The Ones That Got Away

This month’s ACC Reader’s Forum question:

We’ve all been there: A great car comes up at a great price, but you just aren’t in a spot to do anything about it. Maybe it’s a lack of funds, maybe it’s a lack of parking places. Either way, the deal slips away, quickly becoming one of your car-person regrets.
Which car deals have you missed, and what were they?

Here’s how you responded:

It is 1974. I have returned from the Read More

One to Watch: 1970–73 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe

Early second-gen Camaros are often lumped in with the emission-starved, safety-bumper-clad late-’70s examples — but it was not until 1974 that GM added the giant Pinocchio-sized schnozz and the not-so-attractive Barracuda-esqe rear window to the F-body. Most buyers agree the earlier cars are a lot prettier.

Camaro buyers tend to love first-gen cars almost universally, but the ’70-to-’73 examples benefited from improvements to steering and suspension that made them more user-friendly on the street.

Prices for these early second-gens have Read More

Rise of the Resto-Mod

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a car traditionalist. I love American muscle in every form. But here at ACC, we understand that rare muscle should stay in its prime, untouched form. A ’69 GTO Judge should stay Carousel Red, which is really orange, and it should be carbureted. A ’70 Boss 302 should sit on Magnum 500s. A Road Runner should have rubber mats and a pistol grip.

When an owner has something rare or inherently valuable — such as Read More

Bronco: The Sequel

We still don’t have the new Ford Bronco that FoMoCo promised us at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. But if you want a Bronco that’s more modern than the drafty rattletrap 1966–77 first-gen, maybe it’s time to consider the true successor to the original: the 1984–1990 Bronco II.

A chip off the old Ranger

Just like the eventually-to-be-released 2021-and-beyond new Bronco, the Bronco II used Ford Ranger underpinnings. This included the 2.8-L Cologne V6 (the 2.0-L and 2.3-L from the 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

Low Mileage Market

1982 Chevrolet Corvette coupe
Sold at $35,200
RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2019, Lot 1016
VIN: 1G1AY8782C5105503

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

Value Dive of the Tri-Five

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top
Sold at $56,000
RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 18-19, 2018, Lot 219
VIN: VC570163461

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