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Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Reading this could win you a free classic car book

Did you know that the names of nine Spanish cities — Cordoba, Granada, Ibiza, Leon, Malaga, Marbella, Rondo, Seville and Toledo — have been appropriated by automakers for their own vehicles? You no doubt know that England’s national racing color was green and Italy’s was red. You even may know that Spain’s was red with […]

By February 17, 2014 4 Comments Read More →
Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

Did someone really pay half-a-million for dirt and grime?

What do we do when we erase patina, when we cover over the historic evidence of the object’s travel through time to the present day? What do we do when we eliminate the very finger prints of the past by restoring cars to “original,” or “improving” them to make them better drivers or more successful […]

By January 31, 2014 Read More →
Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Strong Arizona auctions set the stage for solid 2014

Arizona auction week started off the 2014 collector-car calendar with a bang. The six auctions sold 2,312 vehicles for a total of nearly $249 million and an average price of $107,096, all significant gains over 2013 results. The premium auction houses – RM, Gooding and Bonhams – stepped up with great collections of cars, and […]

By January 23, 2014 Read More →
Arizona bids for title of best wintertime car show

Arizona bids for title of best wintertime car show

For many people, the annual classic car auction week in Arizona presents a wonderful opportunity (1) to escape way-too-cold weather and (2) to buy or sell classic cars. But for many more people, the auctions are simply one of the biggest and best classic and exotic car shows on the planet. For example, where else […]

By January 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Finally! ‘Reality’ TV promises to get real about classic cars as Corky hits the backroads

Finally! ‘Reality’ TV promises to get real about classic cars as Corky hits the backroads

Like me, are you appalled, even downright angry about the way television portrays the classic car hobby? Click on your big screen and start surfing the channels and before long what you’ll see is someone buying a classic car as cheaply as possible, hauling it back to their shop, slapping on some paint, doing minimal […]

By January 10, 2014 7 Comments Read More →
‘Year at a Glance’ provides a fresh perspective

‘Year at a Glance’ provides a fresh perspective

Believe it or not, the first hammer of the first sale at the first auction of 2014 falls sometime today, at Dave Rupp’s Fort Lauderdale Beach sale in Florida. But as the auction action starts anew in a new year, it can be entertaining if not enlightening to take a quick look back at one […]

By January 3, 2014 Read More →
Starting the new year off the right way

Starting the new year off the right way

Dana Mecum told me the other day that people who work within the classic car industry tend to forget that while it is the cars that draw people into the hobby, it is the people they meet that keep them actively involved. “I see talk and interviews of the boom in the hobby and the […]

Are we looking at the wrong scoreboard? Dana Mecum thinks we are

Are we looking at the wrong scoreboard? Dana Mecum thinks we are

When we report to you about classic car auctions,  we tend to focus on the highest dollar sales figures: Which auction house sold the most expensive car in Monterey? Which auction house took in the most money in Arizona? Dana Mecum thinks we’re looking at the wrong scoreboard. Mecum points out that when the OEMs […]

By December 27, 2013 Read More →
Collectible minivans: Dream or nightmare?

Collectible minivans: Dream or nightmare?

“Next across the block, ladies and gentlemen, is a pristine 1984 Plymouth Voyager, a rare SE model packed with all the options — full gauges, third-row seat, power-opening rear vent windows, wood-look exterior paneling, heavy-duty suspension, wire wheel covers and — taa daa — even a five-speed manual transmission. “The five-speed was standard equipment, though […]

By December 24, 2013 3 Comments Read More →