Classics in Bloom

Spring has finally hit Portland, and it’s great news for me, as I’ve been itching to get my Caprice back on the road. I finished up installing poly bushings and boxing the rear control arms about a month ago, and I’ve been watching and waiting for the rain to lift, if only for a day, just to see if the upgrades made any difference in the way the car handles Read More

The Wonderful, the Rare and the Weird at the Portland Swapmeet

Every April, the Portland Expo Center becomes ground zero for automotive bargain hunters and seekers of rare parts — and, sometimes, weird stuff.

Six of Oregon’s biggest antique auto clubs run the annual Portland Swap Meet: Historical Automobile Club of Oregon, Horseless Carriage Club of America Portland Regional Group, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America Columbia River Region, Ford Model A Club of America The Beaver Chapter, Early Ford V8 Club of America Read More

What’s the best 10k Collector Car? Share your thoughts with ACC!

ACC’s staff is currently working on the Insider’s View section of the May/June issue, and we’d like your input on the following question:

Say you’ve got an empty spot in your garage and $10k burning a hole in your pocket. You want a complete and drivable collector car to take to shows, cruises, etc, and you don’t want to break the bank when buying it. What’s the absolute best $10k (or less) American collector car buy in the market today? Read More

ACC Blog: A Practical Driver Ruined

People wreck cars every day, but we never talk about how a car can wreck a person.

Here’s the deal:

I recently found myself behind the wheel of a 2012 Ford Mustang GT, and in the beginning, I wasn’t too happy. First, the Grabber Blue paint looked garish and loud under the noon sun. Second, I was driving the car about 250 miles from Portland, Oregon to a gathering of fly fishing fanatics – a nerdfest – just Read More

The American Muscle of Amelia Island

Chad Tyson

The Amelia Island auctions are known to the collector car community as the East Coast version of Pebble Beach in August – meaning that they, along with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, bring out some of the rarest and most expensive cars seen annually. Bidders and concours attendees fly in from across the U.S. and abroad for these events each year, and the auctions have been steadily growing in size and in total Read More

Jim’s Blog – Hunting for Time in a Drag Car

Everybody has a goal when it comes to their collector cars. I’ve decided that the goal for my ’66 Caprice street/strip car is getting it into the 11s in the quarter mile. 

I’ve talked about this before. When is the hunt for more speed going one step too far? But I’ve decided that I should be able to speed the car up without taking away any of its drivability. And I should be able Read More

Should you upgrade your vintage muscle car?

1965 Mustang - Enrique Landa

The ACC Question: Should you upgrade your vintage muscle car with modern wheels, tires, suspension and brakes in the name of performance and safety, or is that just a modern fad that will die out? Do you keep your car as stock as possible to be true to how they were in their heyday? Which do you think should be worth more in the market today?

Mike Daley

Lots of thoughts on this subject. Unless you have one of those Read More

Hack and Splice: Fixing the Worst Wiring Jobs

I don’t know many car guys who like to work on wiring. Especially wiring that’s been hacked on over the years.

But your muscle car is now pushing 50, and past owners added and removed all kinds of accessories back when these cars were daily drivers. Things like that CB radio, or that bitchin’ 8-track player, or even trailer pigtails to tow a boat. Maybe they upgraded to a one-wire alternator, or put in a late-model Read More

It’s Arizona Auction Time

Tony Piff

There are hundreds of classic car auctions in the U.S. every year, but to those of us who keep a close eye on classic car values, several week-long events stand out from the rest. Arizona auction week, with six sales pushing close to 3,000 cars, is one of the largest events of the year, and that makes it a great barometer of how the market is doing.

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