1982 Chevrolet Corvette coupe
Sold at $35,200
RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2019, Lot 1016
Why is it that low mileage can double or triple the selling price of any vintage car? Sure, a low-miles Mopar convertible with a manual transmission I understand. But that well-preserved Pinto with 4k miles for $35,000? Not so much.
Vehicles like this belong to, as I call it, the “What the Hell? Club.” The latest addition is Read More
1971 Chevrolet Nova
Sold at $12,000
RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, May 29–June 1, 2019, Lot 5023
Springsteen says glory days will pass you by. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Not if you keep your old hot rod.
That’s Read More
1957 Chevrolet 210 Custom 4-door 4×4
Sold at $21,450
Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, February 23–24, 2018; Lot 531
This is going to be difficult. On the one hand, I’m a fan of four-bying just about anything with wheels, but this conglomeration falls way short of its potential.
First off, if you’re going to drop an Read More
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top
Sold at $56,000
RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 18-19, 2018, Lot 219
One of the more controversial moments of this year’s ACC Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson came when Carl Bomstead called out Chevrolet’s Tri-Five cars as one of his two “Sell” picks in the current market.
There’s probably no more iconic classic American car than the 1957 Chevrolet, and for years, they’ve been safe bets in terms of Read More
1973 Ford F-100 pickup
Sold at $41,250
Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, May 17, 2019, Lot F111
GM trucks from ‘70s have been achieving big prices at auction for over two years now. Fords just haven’t had the same meteoric rise in values. Why not?
To highlight just how large the discrepancy is, a search Read More
1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega Coupe
Sold at $13,750
Mecum, Phoenix, AZ, March 15, 2019, Lot F91
American car manufacturers applied the “no replacement for displacement” mantra when designing cars up until the 1970s, when the growing demand for fuel efficiency and government-required emission standards all but ended the life big-horsepower, big-displacement V8s.
Chevrolet adapted by releasing the uninspiring 80-ish hp Vega in 1971 — a low point in Chevy history that remained until 1975 with Read More
I live in a small house with a one-car garage that’s nestled within the confines of a bustling city, but I dream of owning a giant shop someday.
My mechanical wares swamp my existing footprint to the extent that I’ve already overtaken one neighbor’s garage, and I’m working on the other neighbor now. I do the best I can with what I have, but something has to change.
When a friend recently asked me why, I realized the answer is a Read More
This month’s “Readers’ Forum” question is all about project cars. Why is it that gearheads tend to like to restore old cars when the math rarely works in our favor? Making an old car new again can take years of time and thousands of dollars even for a DIYer, so what makes all the work and trouble worth it?
Some of you clearly (and correctly) pointed out that it isn’t worth it. Buying a car that’s already done just makes Read More
The 2019 Monterey auctions will go down in the books as a downturn year. Sure, there were a few spectacular sales, but compared with recent years, almost all numbers were down. Yet for some of us who ply in the lower end of the market, all we have to say is, “Welcome back.” As far as the lowest sale for an American car at each auction venue, things actually looked pretty good — especially if you are a fan of Read More
1982 Pontiac Trans Am KITT
Sold at $66,000
Mecum Auctions, Harrisburg, PA, August 2–4, Lot S139
A few years back, I was reviewing cars at an auction for Sports Car Market with a couple of older friends when we happened upon a Knight Rider KITT conversion. Everyone else in my group laughed at it. I secretly wanted it.
Why? Because I was a kid in the 1980s, when David Hasselhoff was Michael Knight, and his jet-black Read More