Shout Out to Overseas Readers

Just a quick THANKS to all the readers in:

UK
Australia
Netherlands
Canada
Belgium
Egypt

 

Drop a comment!!!  Let’s see your rides!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

 

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale, AZ 2017 Videos 8-9

Welcome back to  our recent trip to Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Keep in mind these videos were part of the our Facebook Live event and I’m sharing them here on our blog.  Quality is ‘iffy’ in spots but if you’ve never been to some this huge it’s cool to see some of the areas that the TV coverage doesn’t always show.

This next video is more of the staging area and a look at a few of the cars coming up.  You’ll see the ’69 Road Runner that appeared in Hemming Muscle Machines publication, it is as nice in persons as it was on pages of the magazine.


 

This video is at the Hillbank display.  These are beautiful cars and the all aluminum bodies are awesome to see.  The Daytona coups are built on CSX 9000 chassis (the originals were built on CSX 2000 chassis).  They have the 427 Cobra engine and the 427 S/C. You can find out more at WWW.HILLBANKUSA.COM .


Thanks for reading. A few more videos coming that include an impromptu conversation with one of the sellers and one of the guys working to get the cars up on the stage.

Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction – Scottsdale, AZ 2017 Videos 6-7

Welcome back to  our recent trip to Barrett Jackson Classic Car Auction 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ.  Keep in mind these videos were part of the our Facebook Live event and I’m sharing them here on our blog.  Quality is ‘iffy’ in spots but if you’ve never been to some this huge it’s cool to see some of the areas that the TV coverage doesn’t always show.

These next two videos give you a little look at the auction area. 


In this video I’ll take outside and into the staging areas.  Now we mere mortals aren’t allowed to be in these areas but if you are cool about you can often get up close and personal with some of the cars.

 

 

Nice Road Runner waiting in the staging area at the auction.

 

More coming including some discussion with the stage crew and one of the sellers – and my experiences driving the New Camaro SS and RS.

Tim

Barrett-Jackson Auction Company – Scottsdale 2017

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Here are a couple more videos. Quality is not great in spots but it was the live feed through Facebook.

These videos take place at the entrance.  I imagine that Ford pays good money to have their offering right up front.  In these you’ll see the new Mustang and the Focus RS….both nice looking cars.

In this video you’ll also see the Eco-Boost Ford GT race car and the GT 350!!

There are more videos coming up including a discussion with one of the sellers as his car heads to the stage, a good look at a rear all aluminum Cobra and a clarification on what the stage works kept throwing to the side when the cars came up on stage.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Is My Car Rare? 1971-1973 Mustangs

It’s every muscle/antique/collector car owner’s dream that their car is “Rare”.  However, determining that your car is rare can be tough. So, there is nothing cooler then having the numbers/statics that help prove that your car is special.  Take such as the Marti Reports for Ford products.  They provide those numbers for the Ford collector.

If you aren’t familiar with the products Kevin Marti  can provide here is a link to my post where I the Marti Report for #ProjectSportsRoof – Classic Mustangs – #ProjectSportsRoof’s Marti Report .

There are other similar services for other brands like PHS (Pontiac Historic Services) which has similar documentation.  Whatever your favorite car maker – go check out forums that are related to that brand and ask around.   Now that I have a 1973 Mustang, I hang out at 7173Mustangs.com a wealth of knowledge exist here as well great looking cars and enthusiastic owners from all over the world.

The Marti Report #ProjectSportsRoof show that is is 1 of 76 with that paint and trim codes.  No doubt it is ‘rare’ if you boil the data down far enough and that’s great.  I as mentioned in the posting above that’s great to boast at the local car club hangout. But what does it mean for value?

Logically someone, who has been exposed to car values through the web or the online car auctions like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson, can equate rarity to value.  Just count the number of times the auctioneer says the word “rare”.  But really what equates to value is ‘desirability’ and rarity is a component of desirability.  There are a lot more Boss 302 Mustang produced in 1969 or 1970 then  76 in 1973, but the body style of my Sports Roof isn’t as desirable as the 1970 or 1969 Boss.  So during this Classic Car Auction season in Arizona,  keep that in mind when you are attending an event live or virtually.

But value isn’t everything….you have to enjoy your ride!!!

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, Scottsdale, Az 2016 – Sleeper Pontiac

I just have to add one more sleeper car slated to be auctioned off in Scottsdale this week.  You might be surprised at this little gem.

Since you know by the title that it’s a Pontiac (or is it?) let me show you a badge on the car to give you a hint.   Don’t scroll all the way down yet!!

Hey it's a Pontiac Sports Deluxe? Not exactly!!

Hey it’s a Pontiac Sports Deluxe? Not exactly!!

 

Can you tell yet?

It is a 1967 Pontiac Beaumont!

Looks like a plain Jane Pontiac from the backside!!

Looks like a plain Jane Pontiac from the backside!!

 

It's got a V8!!

It’s got a V8!!

Love the side vents!!!

Love the side vents!!!

 

The Beaumont was a GM based Canadian car sold at Pontiac-Buick dealerships in Canada.   Through out it’s production years of 1962 – 1969 it was based on a the Chevelle, the Chevy II and the Nova, all at different point on it’s time line.  The Sports Deluxe (SD) was in fact the same trim level as the Chevy Chevelle  SS – hence the engine option below.

This one is restored to original, including paint color and it has  date-code-correct 396 engine tweaked a bit to produce 375 HP.

Now that’s a sleeper!!!!!

Should be crossing the auction block on Thursday 1/28.

Thanks for reading.

Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, Scottsdale, Az 2016 – Sleeper Chevelle

It is tough to pick out favorite cars at a place like Barrett-Jackson’s Classic Car Auctions.  There is too much to like.  I can say I just like Mustangs or I just like Corvettes, but in reality, I can find lots to like about many classics.  But when you sit back at the end of the day of previewing the cars and think about the beautiful works of art, there will be a few that come to mind right away.

So here is one of my favorites I saw on opening day.

Lot #1563 1966 Chevy Chevelle 300 Deluxe

Great looking 66 Chevelle.

Great looking 66 Chevelle.

It is a 300 Deluxe

It is a 300 Deluxe

Just a great little every day (back then) commuter car.

Just a great little every day (back then) commuter car.

Just love the painted steel wheels and center hub caps. Hey..what's that badge on the fender?

Just love the painted steel wheels and center hub caps. Hey..what’s that badge on the fender?

What?!!!!1

What?!!!!

 

What a sleeper car!!!!!   Check out the options:

  1.  502 GM crate engine with 502 horse power
  2. Aluminum heads
  3. 12 bolt Posi-Traction rear end
  4. Dual Exhaust
  5.  Richmond 6 speed manual transmission
  6. 4 wheel disc braker
  7.  Aluminum radiator
  8. Tach

Should cross the block on Sunday, Jan 31.  I’ll watch to see what it brings!!!!

P.S. – It’s NO RESERVE!!!

Thanks for reading

Tim

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Barrett-Jackson Car Auction, Scottsdale, AZ 2016 – Are You Ready?

Opening day is today in Scottsdale, AZ and follow me live on Twitter @agcarrestore for live shots, videos and commentary!!!!

 

See you there!!!!

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Hemmings Backfire – Auction Ads

I was just reading one of my favorite automotive periodicals “Hemmings Motor News” (April 14th) last night and I stopped by the letters to the editor section called ‘Backfire’.  I usually just skim that section, I don’t normal care about someone else’s whine…I’m an IT guy, I get that all day.  However, one letter caught my interest (maybe just because it was long).  A reader had written a letter blasting way at “the publisher and advertisers” for promoting our hobby (car collecting, selling, restoration, etc.) in such a way as to ‘…pander to the individuals who take the interest in the industry only because of the financial gains that may be made through sale or investment in collector cars’.  Which according to him was in direct philosophical opposition to many of the writers at Hemmings who complain about “…the fact that the collector-car industry has become so money driven.”  To that I say “poppycock” and “balderdash”!! I’m not even British!!

He goes on to say that the ads promoting auctions and the articles that show the results of those auctions have value only to the ‘high roller’ segment of our hobby.  Again – poppycock!!! (Oh…if you go to reprint/publish this {permission granted} and ‘poppycock’ is not in your lexicon of acceptable words – just replace with “BS”.  I’m cool with that.)

It was good to see, however, that he understood that publishing such great works such as Hemmings Motor News isn’t free and you have to chase the advertising $$$ where it’s found.

Although he brought up a valid point, there are a lot of auction related ads/results/information/articles in Hemmings’ offering. For instance, 20 of the 53 most recent Hemmings Daily email messages either directly stated “auction” or had high-end priced car values – right in the titles.   But I like reading that ‘stuff’!!!

Needless to say I disagree with the man from Menominee, Michigan that promoting auctions is evil and that there is something inherently damaging to the car enthusiast hobby by publishing the results.  I’ll explain why in a minute but I have to set up the basis for my opinion.

I’ve restored a few cars, completely or in part (1966 Impala, 1969 Dodge Dart, 1971 Thunderbird, 1970 Chevelle, 1970 Mustang coupe – trophy winner, a 1984 C4 Corvette – 2 time trophy winner and working on a 1966 Bridgestone Dual Twin – my first attempt at a motorcycle ) and sold them, but I never made a profit – well maybe on the C4, I got that one in a title for title trade for a 1995 Celica – yes that did happen (see the story here….) and sold it for a good price.

Additional, I attend, in person, at least one “big guy” auction a year (most often it’s the Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ – just up the road a piece).  Now, I have never purchased more than a hat, t-shirt, or some other trinket at these types of auctions, I just have this little blog and a lot enthusiasm, but not a lot of ‘free range’ cash. You have to attend at least one of these auctions to understand that there are some big dollar cars that pass in front of the auctioneer, but there other beautiful collectible cars that sell for reasonable prices.  Just walking among some of the iconic classic vehicles is rewarding and I come away inspired!

I enjoy the auction information and their results in the Hemmings’ magazines for a couple of reasons.  First, it is great to know where and when they are being held and what cars are worth getting an up close look at and photograph.  Having a schedule helps with travel planning. (Get a Hemmings Calendar they are listed there.)  Second, call me a “starry eyed optimistic, to the point of being delusional, car guy” (wife would just say “delusional”) but this type of information, in part, makes me see the potential in all kinds of cars.  Just dreaming about taking something that is rough and creating something that others want or appreciate is very cool.  It also gives me a threshold to try to obtain during a restoration – one I’ll never match 100%  – average guy, with average skills and a below average budget – you know how that goes.

This inspiration would be dead on arrival, if I knew there was no way that a car could be restored.  The big guy auctions and the high end restorers help keep the market for reproduction parts going and doors to salvage yards open, either by their purchase power or just by creating the want (need) to take that old VW bus setting on blocks at grandpa’s house and get it road worthy or airing up the tires on that Ford Mustang coupe sitting in the garage with a rod sticking out of the hood and creating a clone. This helps the hobby. It keeps it publicly visible, shows that there is value (even if it’s not always attainable by everyone – what is?) and promotes preservation of history by restoring to factory specs (or close) or creating history by customizing it.  How many customized cars go on to be historic (try Ring Brothers Mustangs or a George Barris creation)?

There is one more over-looked area where these big auctions and car shows benefit the hobby. Size matters. If the industry is big and it makes money on the local, state and/or national level, two things are accomplished.  First, a fan base is created that will reject the legislation trying to be passed to limit our hobby. Second, generate enough ‘horse power’ (pronounced ‘revenue’) to lobby politicians (pronounced ‘showing them the light’) to prevent passage of laws that restrict our hobby. Both very helpful.

So guys and gals at Hemmings (the best automotive periodical publishing company, ever!!! OMG!!!) I don’t care if you have to sell ads for ‘work at home schemes’, as long as you can keep Mike McNessor writing, Richard Lentinello pontificating, the other contributors submitting articles and make Daniel Strohl stop doing whatever that thing is he does with abandoned cars (just kidding – love those too) I’ll always be a happy subscriber!!

Thank you.

Tim Sweet

Tucson, AZ

1970 Mustang

1970 Mustang

1984 C4

1984 C4

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction

Buying a New 1963 Corvair at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction.

 

I watched the event on History Channel – more thoughts on that later.  I didn’t actually see this particular Corvair, but I thought, wow that is a lot for this car.

$40k Corvair.  I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?

$40k Corvair. I wonder what the largest sum every paid for a Corvair?

 

Thanks for reading.

Tim

Recap: the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction | Mac’s Motor City Garage

A crowd estimated at 10,000 people, including 3,400 registered bidders, helped to shape the spectacle at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, Nebraska this past weekend. 1963 Corvair Monza Coupe, 6 cyl. 4-speed