The 300K Blazer

One of the downsides of spending a lot of time scouring auction results is that the excitement born out of outrageous hammer prices begins to wane.

The more you understand about how markets are influenced — and the more data you process that validates or disqualifies any assumptions you may have about those markets — the less likely it is that you’ll be surprised by “unexpected” results.

Here at ACC, we do the heavy lifting to make sure surprises are Read More

Bucking the Trend

Shakespeare may have melted the hearts of star-crossed lovers when he wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet,” but he was clearly no marketing man.

Take the name “Bronco,” for example. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve likely been inundated with news blurbs and Internet rumors of the impending return of Ford’s iconic nameplate.

There have been so many “leaked” renderings Read More

Spotting the New Wave

Recently, Editor Pickering and I discussed a simple question that I think may have far-reaching market implications. We’re constantly scouring market results in an effort to create a high-level view of the American collector-car market as a whole, and we got on the topic of cars from the 1980s and 1990s. That led to a big question — have we already seen peak demand for vehicles from the ’80s?

To take this on, I knew we’d need some hard and Read More

Ignorance is Bliss

I was working a crossword puzzle during my lunch break one day back in college when a friend interrupted me by throwing a sport-bike magazine down on the cafeteria table. He slid into the seat next to me and announced, “There it is! That’s the one.” He pointed to a picture of a race-ready machine being hooned down an open straightaway on one wheel.

“Badass,” I said, and returned to my crossword. We had already been through this, and I wasn’t Read More

In Need of Space

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

500 Miles of Glory

The crowd forming for our Friday afternoon flight was growing impatient. Families with small children, the elderly, and veterans had already disappeared down the jetway, and the rest of us began pushing forward with expectation. I looked down at my phone and checked the weather in Indianapolis again as Group A began boarding. “Not looking good for Sunday,” I heard someone say. “Yeah, might be in store for the first rainout since ’97,” another quipped. I almost checked another weather Read More

Counting in Car Years

I shared a house with three friends during my last couple years of college. One day I managed to push one of them too far. Maybe I left my dishes in the sink or hadn’t mowed the grass when it was my turn. My friend, who liked to consider himself the house dad, decided it was his place to lecture me about whatever it was I hadn’t done.

I wasn’t the easiest 20-year-old on the planet to live with, but I Read More

Go Find a Carl

I was invited to participate in ACC’s Buyer’s Symposium at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale this January, and I had such a great time last year that there was no way I was going to miss it. Editor Pickering recalled last year’s crew, which consisted of the two of us, Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson and Sam Stockham. He also persuaded the legendary Ken Lingenfelter to join us as well.

When preparing myself for the trip, I found that although I Read More

The Smart Buy

One of the first questions I’m typically asked is which cars can be bought and sold quickly in order to turn a tasty profit. If the answer were straightforward and foolproof, I’d be writing this while floating in my private pool in downtown Margaritaville. Of course, I’m not.

The question I’m hardly ever asked, yet one that I ask myself constantly, is which cars can I buy and sell without losing money? Granted, the thought of not losing money certainly Read More

Climbing in Four Low

With the red rocky crags and metal-crunching monoliths fresh in my mind, I’d like to take a moment to talk about Moab.

This special place in Utah does everything it can to pulverize you, and the pulverized evidence of the place fills not only your ears and your eyes and your nose, but your soul, too. Moab is one of those few places on Earth that enchants with its harshness and implores with its desolation, which is why so many Read More