Auction vs. Broker: Is Goliath Taking the Win?

April 19, 2013

    The collector car market is a bit of a crazy and confusing place. A person looking to buy or sell a classic car can be overwhelmed with choices, causing a sort of paralysis when it comes time to take that first step. Sellers are faced with dozens of options - dealers, brokers, ebay. auctions, specialty websites, print publications, and club newsletters. The same goes for a buyer. Where does one turn to find that perfect classic? Who can they trust to deliver a car that is everything they want and everything it is made out to be?
 

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance 2013

March 14, 2013


 
 
For those of you who hail from the northern climes, you understand the duality that is the month of March. It's a hopeful month, after all. The arrival of March means that the worst of winter is behind you and it is going to get warm soon. March helps us realize that winter is not everlasting, as much as it might seem like that in February. When March rolls around you start limiting the use of your heavy winter gear regardless of the temperature, as if your personal clothing choices will somehow influence the climate. "If I wear shorts... it will be warm." You start planning your spring planting and lamenting all of those automotive winter projects that were left untouched for the last 5 months. The preparation for spring is uplifting and invigorating. 
 

Clean and Tidy 1991 BMW M5

February 19, 2013

It is no secret that I love the BMW M5. It is a big, comfortable and luxurious sedan that packs a massive punch, and is gifted with the ability to handle corners with the best of the best "proper" sports cars. It's a great formula, really. Take a mild-mannered mid-sized executive sedan, drop in a supercar engine, throw some brilliance at the chassis and adorn it with only the most subtle visual tweaks, as if to keep its ability a secret. It's the ultimate factory built sleeper.  The results are incredible as M5's of all generations are capable of first-class hoonage with business-suit looks.
 

A Finely Honed Blade in a Leather Holster

February 13, 2013

I admit that I was looking for a car for myself when I stumbled upon this extremely clean  2001 BMW 740i M-Sport on eBay, out of Featerville, PA.  Ever since my time spent working for a BMW dealer many years ago, these have always been among my very favorite cars. If you've never driven the E38 variety of BMW's venerable 7-series, you are missing out!

 

Elegant and Understated: 1953 Packard Mayfair Coupe

January 31, 2013

When the subject of American cars from the 1950's comes up, people often think of the chrome, fins and glitz of the post-1955 era. Most of the time that's a fair assessment of American design language. But there are also plenty of understated and tasteful cars from the '50s and this wonderful 1953 Packard Mayfair Coupe is a great example of that. It has such elegant lines - soft and understated, with minimal adornment but just the right amount of class. The low roof line helps add a stylish hint without going over the top. Even the name Mayfair has a certain classy softness to it. It is difficult to describe what it is we like so much about this car. Sort of like that quiet, plain but pretty girl from school... there's just something about her...
 

Ran When Parked, Needs TLC, Some Rust, Great Potential

January 30, 2013

Ah, the project car. Aside from possibly the League of Nations, it is the source of more ill-fated good intentions and wishful thinking than just about anything else in history. We all have our dreams, right? We take country drives and glance at every old barn and tool shed along the way for the telltale signs of an old machine needing a savior. We peruse the classifieds for anything that says, "ran when parked" or "needs TLC". We have this unquenchable desire to get out and save old machines. Does this desire stem from boredom? Is it because it makes us feel better about ourselves, like we are doing our part for history by preserving relics? Is is just some sickness that's best left unexplained? Who knows. But I do know that anyone who loves cars is almost always thinking about what their next project should be.

 

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