Category: 2018

What Lies Ahead in 2022? Hemmings Editors Offer Their Predictions – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

What Lies Ahead in 2022? Hemmings Editors Offer Their Predictions – Daniel Strohl @Hemmings

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[Editor’s Note: If we’ve learned anything over the last couple of years, it’s that life has become less and less predictable. That said, we threw caution to the wind and asked the Hemmings editorial staff to make their best predictions about what directions the collector car hobby will take over the next year. What cars will become more popular? What trends will we see pop up? What economic factors will impact our hobby? Read on, and offer your own predictions in the comments below.]

From Editor-in-Chief Terry McGean:

This isn’t exactly clairvoyant, since a trend appears well underway, but if the past year is any indication, interest in cars and trucks of the ’80s and ’90s will really gain momentum in the coming year. Viewed from one perspective, this is a natural progression—as generations move through time, nostalgia for the things of youth builds, and examples of those things are then sought. Today, Gen Xers are looking back fondly at their younger days, but their Mustangs were of the Fox 5.0 variety, their Camaros were IROCs, and their Trans Ams were more Knight Rider than Smokey and the Bandit.

But really, those classic nameplates are just scratching the surface of the wave of car collecting building momentum right now. A more original facet of this involves the Japanese cars of the ’80s and ’90s that are currently rising in value. At first this appeared to be limited to the handful of high-end performance cars from that period, like the Acura NSX and Toyota Supra Turbo, but other, less exotic models are catching on now. Given how popular so many Japanese cars became in this era, it stands to reason that a new generation of car collectors will be interested in revisiting those models again.

Then, of course, there are trucks. Vintage pickups have long been adored by American car enthusiasts, and the specific years and models being treated as classics are continuing to expand forward. Chevy trucks of the 1967-’72 generation have been hot for many years, and while it took some time for the 1973-’87 squarebody trucks to take off, they’ve now rocketed skyward in interest and value. More recently, it appears the 1988-’97 Chevy “OBS” (old body style) trucks are coming on with enthusiasts, and it makes sense. Not only are they affordable, but they maintain the trim proportions of some earlier models and the styling has held up well. Plus, these trucks left the factory with many of the features gearheads like to add to older trucks: Front disc brakes, overdrive transmissions, electronic fuel injection, and so on.

There are OBS Fords as well, here referring to the 1980-’97 F-series trucks, which are also rapidly gaining popularity and value with enthusiasts. Expect this to continue, and for similar reasons. Good examples of even the latest versions of this era are already fetching a premium.

So, while these aren’t stunning revelations, the useful takeaway is probably the message that interesting cars and trucks of the ’80s and ’90s are coming on strong, so if there’s something in that period you find appealing, now may be the time to snag one.

From Associate Editor David Conwill:

My hobby-car prediction for 2022: The beginnings of a brass-car revival, with Gen Xers and Millennials at the forefront.

I know at least a half-dozen young people (say, born between 1975 and 1995), who would dearly love to own a brass-era car. That’s those cars built between 1904 and 1915, characterized by a near-universal adoption of the front-engine, rear-wheel-drive form, with a hood and a steering wheel–and use of polished brass as a decorative element. Earlier cars, more buggy-inspired (i.e. “horseless carriages”), tended to have their engines under the seat and use horse-drawn vehicle style elements like color and pinstriping, rather than metal, for stylistic detail. The engineering of the car hadn’t yet completely standardized, however, and devices like gearshifts, braking systems, and even steering-wheel position still varied greatly between manufacturers

Because of their early obsolescence, extreme age, and the fact that they were rare to begin with (being largely experiments or playthings of the wealthy), brass cars were valuable early on in the hobby, but interest has steadily slackened over the past 20 or so years, thanks in great part to the reduced visibility of brass cars following the end of the grand transcontinental tours. As the prices of those vehicles come down, however, they often find their way into the hands of younger, more energetic owners like Dan Findlay, who spearheaded the first great tour of brass cars since the 1990s (a 3,200-mile, south-to-north event) just this spring. Look for more younger folks with a taste for adventure to join him soon, repairing and piloting Edwardian antiques on challenging scenic tours.

Host Dennis Pittsenbarger And Appraiser Addison Brown Talk About Discovery’s ‘Sticker Shock’- Jason Fogelson @Forbes

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Sticker Shock, is like Antiques Road Show for cars.

Discovery Channel’s show, Sticker Shock, is like Antiques Road Show for cars. Airing at 10:00 pm each Wednesday night, Sticker Shock brings together expert appraisers, vehicle owners and their cars in a bustling warehouse space. Prompted by host Dennis Pittsenbarger, each owner tells the story of how they got their car, how much they paid for it, how much they’ve invested in it since, and how much they think it’s worth today. One of the show’s four appraisers (Addison Brown, Randy Carlson, Nick Smith and Todd Wertman) arrives to assess the vehicle from top to bottom, stem to stern, and then presents an estimate of the vehicle’s current range of value. Pittsenbarger debriefs the owner after the appraisal, and we’re on to the next car. It’s a fun, informative hour of television. The owners are the stars – their stories drive the show. But as more episodes have aired, the personalities of the host and appraisers have begun to emerge. I had a chance to speak with two of those personalities in successive phone interviews recently: Dennis Pittsenbarger and Addison Brown. I asked them each a few questions to dig in and find out how they acquired their love of cars and expertise, and how they felt about the experience of working on Sticker Shock.

Sticker Shock, is like Antiques Road Show for cars.

Read on

Related – Discovery Channel rolls out ‘Sticker Shock,’ a car show for non-car buffs

Related – TV’s Car SOS feature a Model A Ford – O’Neill Vintage Ford

Air-Cooled Appreciation: A shrine celebrating all things Corvair opens in Illinois – Richard Lentinello @Hemmings

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Smack dab in the middle of America’s heartland there’s now a Corvair Museum honoring the existence and history of Chevrolet’s air-cooled mechanical marvel. The unlikely location for a museum devoted to the Corvair is Decatur, Illinois, which is 40 miles east of Springfield, three hours from Chicago and Indianapolis, and nearly a seven-hour drive from Ypsilanti, Michigan, where it was previously located. But, thanks to the good graces of the Chevrolet Hall of Fame Museum there, a sizeable room has been set aside for the Corvair museum’s new home.

Read on here

 

These cars are the biggest winners and losers of the 2018 collector market – Andrew Newton @Hagerty

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The classic car world goes through phases. As tastes change and new people start participating in the hobby, the landscape shifts in response. (That’s why Hagerty updates prices three times per year; values are always moving.) This past year was mostly all about trucks—lots of upward movement for C10s, Broncos, Jeeps, and the like. But we looked even deeper to understand what vehicles shot up the most, and which took the hardest hits in 2018. Here are the five cars with the biggest movement up and the biggest movement down for the year.

Read Andrew Newton’s list at Hagerty on the winners and losers

 

Five predictions for the collector car hobby in 2019 – and a few more for the car business – Kurt Ernst @Hemmings

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We can’t remember a year — at least in recent memory — that we were happier to see in the rearview mirror than 2018. From an automotive news perspective, it was the “dog’s breakfast,” a partially digestible amalgam of scraps, with very few tasty bits. Time, then, to dust off the crystal ball, and peer into what we hope is a slightly more optimistic 2019.

Read Kurt’s thoughts for 2019 here at Hemmings

Unluckiest Dealer in the World? – Tornado smacks Illinois collector car dealership rebuilt after 2017 fire – Larry Edsall @ClassicCars Journal.com

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Country Classics in Staunton Illinois is a classic car dealer  that I visited a few years ago and found it to be very friendly dealer that sells affordable classics.

My visit here

However over the last few years they have not the best of luck suffering a major fire and recently becoming the victim of a tornado strike.

Hopefully their luck will deservedly change in 2019 and beyond.

Read the article on the tornado strike here

You can read articles on the 2017 fire here and here

California fires: When disaster strikes, forget the car – Mike Musto @Hagerty

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Almost 37,000 acres—that was the trail of destruction left by the Northern California wildfires in October 2017. And while the counties of Napa, Lake. and Sonoma were all hit hard, it was the city of Santa Rosa that saw the most devastation with more than 2800 homes completely destroyed. The fires claimed lives, property, and businesses and in their path uprooted families who now bare physical and emotional scars that no one should have to face.

It’s now November 2018, 13 months after those deadly fires. And while many in those regions are still rebuilding, a new set of wildfires have emerged that are currently cutting a path through both Northern and Southern California. As of now the death toll and damage continue to rise. It’s terrifying to watch.

Read the rest of Mike Musto’s sobering article at Hagerty

 

California Firefighters Rescue Vintage Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 From Burning House – Rob Stumpf @TheDrive

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Article from Rob Stumpf detailing the dramatic rescue of a vintage Shelby Mustang GT350 from a house being claimed by the latest horrific California Wildfires this time in Malibu.

Read the rest of Rob’s article here

A nice footnote to Rob’s article

“The heartbreaking scenes across the state show just how quickly and violently wildfires can spread, especially with Los Angeles experiencing a severe drought. A small act like saving the Shelby shows a bit of humanity in the chaos.”

If you’d like to pitch in, the Red Cross has been helping evacuees and is accepting donations. Also theLos Angeles Fire Department Foundation, which helps equip firefighters, could use your support as well.