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Don’t Fear the Auction - Advice for the First Timer

Don’t Fear the Auction - Advice for the First Timer

Wednesday, April 23 2014
Selling a classic car at auction can be rather nerve-wracking, especially if you’ve never done it before. Your list of concerns is a mile long: The car will be in the lime-light and exposed to so many people. How will the auction company handle the car? What happens if it doesn’t sell? It goes on, but it’s not as scary as you may think.David Gooding & Charlie Ross, Pebble Beach 2013I recently had a conversation with Morgan...
34' Bugatti Type 57 - A Dream In Green

34' Bugatti Type 57 - A Dream In Green

Tuesday, April 8 2014
A new design by Jean Bugatti, the Type 57 and variants Atlantic and Atalante were among some of the most beautiful cars ever created. Bugatti cranked out just 710 type 57's between 1934 and 1940. This example was spotted at Amelia Island this year and is obviously on the low side of the production run based on it's model year. Sporting a flawless mint-green finish and restored to to perfection, this Bugatti turned heads all day long...
April 2014 Classic Car Events

April 2014 Classic Car Events

Thursday, March 27 2014
 Whew! We've made it through one of the toughest winters on record.  Now that it's behind us, we can look forward to April and the official kick off of Swap Meet Season.  Looking for a hard to find car part?  Working on a project car? Have the itch to buy something old? Check out these swap meets as well as other car events happening around the country this month:1. AACA Charlotte Spring Meet at Charlotte Motor...
The Best Beach Car Ever? 56' Fiat Eden Roc

The Best "Beach Car" Ever? 56' Fiat Eden Roc

Tuesday, March 25 2014
The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance never fails to bring together some of the most interesting and rare cars from around the world. While quite different than the Cylops I spotted,  this 56' Fiat Eden Roc also stopped me from wandering the show field for about 15 mins. The owner advised this example was one of two known to exist in the world. How's that for rare? The car was commissioned by the Agnelli Family (Founders of Fiat...
The Desirability/Reliability Scale

The Desirability/Reliability Scale

Wednesday, March 19 2014
I have a certain problem. Though my wife will be quick to chime in that I have way more than one problem, this problem in particular focuses on bad cars. For example, I was recently at my local book store, checking out the bargain bins (for any misplaced high value automotive titles) when I happened upon a copy of Richard Porter’s book, Crap Cars. Picking it up for a quick thumb through, I found myself saying with just a touch of...
Orange Blossom Tour Recap

Orange Blossom Tour Recap

Tuesday, March 11 2014
Day 2 of the Orange Blossom Tour started cool and dry, but it wouldn't stay that way for long.  (You can read the Day 1 summary here)All of the cars departed for the day's ride from St. Augustine down the Atlantic coast, though the broken Lotus Seven was trailered on a more direct route to a Daytona Beach mechanic who could deal with the expansion tank problem. Shortly after we departed St. Augustine, a 1984 Alfa Romeo...
Orange Blossom Tour is Underway

Orange Blossom Tour is Underway

Wednesday, March 5 2014
March may have come in like a lion for much of the country, but in Northeast Florida, you can count on Jaguars, Tigers, and Mustangsto welcome the arrival of spring in the collector car world.  Amelia Island car week is underway, and we're kicking off the festivities by providing mechanical support on the Orange Blossom Tour, a rally across northern and central Florida organized by Classic Motorsports Magazine.  20...
March 2014 Classic Car Events

March 2014 Classic Car Events

Tuesday, February 25 2014
There's plenty of classic car shows and auctions going on around the country this March. Here's a few you won't want to miss:1. 2014 Atlantic City Classic Car show and Auction:  Happening February 28 through March 2, 2014 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.  With all the salt and pot holes on the road, an indoor show is just about the only way you're going to lay eyes on more than one classic...
Collector Car Insider -  March 2014 Edition

Collector Car Insider - March 2014 Edition

Tuesday, February 25 2014
Get the latest copy of the Collector Car Insider right here! In this edition we get Keith Martin's thoughts on the market, "Star Cars" of Amelia Island, and bit of history between us and a 1926 Model T:  
Collecting Thoughts: Five Porsches to Buy Now

Collecting Thoughts: Five Porsches to Buy Now

Wednesday, February 12 2014
Jim SchragerThe early 1976-77 911 Turbo cars have already started to creep up in value and will keep goingWith Porsche prices setting records every month, how can you buy anything in this wild market? Two theories illuminate potential purchases: momentum and long-term value. The momentum theory favors cars that have appreciated significantly, and you simply hope for more. Our pick there is the 1989 Carrera Speedster. More on that later.The long-...