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Andy Reid’s first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars, “none of them normal or reasonable,” as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction

Pre-war classics lined up at RM Sotheby's Arizona auction in Phoenix | Larry Edsall
Pre-war classics lined up at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction in Phoenix | Larry Edsall

Over the years, RM Sotheby’s Arizona Auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix has consistently featured cars that are right in the middle of the pulse of current market conditions.

This year is no different, with much of the inventory being either up-and-coming collector cars or serious muscle cars. Of course, these are mixed in with the usual assortment of high-value classics. RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale is one of my favorites of the year.

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What Andy likes at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction

Muscle car row at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos
Muscle car row at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos

If you have never attended the Barrett-Jackson season opener in Scottsdale and love cars as much as we do, this is definitely something that has to be seen to be believed. The auction is most definitely one of the seven wonders of the automotive world.

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What caught Andy’s eye at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction

Bonhams has brought a strong selection of cars for the Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos
Bonhams has brought a strong selection of cars for the Scottsdale auction | Andy Reid photos

Bonhams is celebrating its fourth year in Scottsdale, and this year’s selection of cars is the best the venerable auction house has ever had here in the desert, as well as being among the best offerings of any of the seven auction companies working Arizona Car Week. This includes my second-favorite car ever offered for sale at any auction anywhere.

As always is the case, Bonhams has a bit of something for every price level, and my picks of cars that I would most want to take home reflect that.

1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce
This beautiful gray Alfa Giulietta is one of the nicer restorations I have ever seen. Not usually my favorite color on these cars, but combined with the red seats, it works wonderfully. I have enough time behind the wheel of these Alfas to know that the driving experience is amazing, and this car is so nice that I would keep it forever.
1958 Alfa Spider
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88
Those who know me are thinking, “Seriously, a C3 Corvette on a list of cars you want?” Well, seriously, the stigma of the C3 is gone and an L88 is truly a weapons-grade sports car, likely able to keep up with and then easily pass any 275 GTB/4 Ferrari on a vintage rally, and likely to cause much consternation in the process. This car is a great example, and I asked a friend, Bonhams specialist Steffan Frisk, to fire it up. The sound was exciting and immediately made me want it.
1969 L88
2003 Aston Martin Vanquish
The gentleman’s alternative to the L88 Vette, a Vanquish has been on my list for a long time. This example with only 15k miles and in a great black color just ticks all the boxes. These cars are on the rise and I want to buy one before they double in value.
Aston Vanquish
1956 Porsche Speedster
I love Speedsters, especially the early cars with the beehive taillights. The first Porsche I ever drove was a ‘56 Speedster, and it has stuck with me over the years. This Aquamarine Blue Metallic car is an extremely well-restored No. 1 condition car that I would personally love to drive into a No. 2 condition car.
1956 Porsche speedster
1952 Ferrari 340 America
This Ferrari represents the beginning of the marque’s long and storied racing history. It competed in the 1952 Mille Miglia, the 24 Hours of Le mans, and the Targa Florio. It was a factory team car and was driven my Taruffi, Trintignant and Bracco. It is eligible for any and all concours and vintage-racing events and rallies, aside from London to Brighton. How much better does it get in a single car?
1952 Ferrari 340 America
1963 Iso Rivolta
These are the easiest-to-live-with Italian GT cars ever built, with stunning Italian coachwork combined with a reliable Chevrolet Corvette powertrain. This Iso Rivalto has a manual transmission and is a great example of a truly world class GT car. A Iso Rivolta like this in a great color combination of silver paint with maroon leather would make a tour car par excellence. I loved this gentleman express.
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1977 Honda Civic CVCC
This little yellow Civic is the nicest example I have seen since they were new. It needs nothing, and if entered would likely win Best of Show at ClassicCars.com’s Future Classics car show. It is easier to find a really nice Ferrari California Spider for sale than it is a Civic as nice as this one. This is a future classic that is guaranteed to increase in value while it sips very little gas.
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1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV
Sure it is a 308, but this Ferrari is one of the cars used in one of my favorite TV shows, Magnum P.I. This is the car that is one of my all-time favorite auction cars, second only to the DB5 form the movie Goldfinger. I will in fact be bidding on it, but I expect it to sell for much more than I am willing to spend. I will be test driving it Wednesday to see if it is everything that I hoped it would be.
magnum pi 308

Pick of the Day: 1963 Volvo P1800S sports coupe

The Volvo P1800 combines expressive European styling with Swedish reliability
The Volvo P1800 combines expressive European styling with Swedish reliability

One of the most enjoyable classic cars I have ever owned was my Volvo 1800S. I restored that car, made two cross-country trips, took it to shows, participated in rallies, and used it during Monterey, California, car week. The car did everything I wanted and more, and it gave few if any problems along the way.

The Volvo combines stunning early 1960s European styling with reliable mechanicals. It does not get any better for me. Continue reading

Why I love classic cars, and how you can enjoy them more

Andy Reid in his Ferrari Daytona | Andy Reid archives photos
Andy Reid in his Ferrari Daytona | Andy Reid archives photos

I can remember sitting behind the wheel of that car in my garage before it was even assembled and imagining I was Sir Stirling Moss driving a Ferrari 250 at Le Mans.

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Pick of the Day: 1977 BMW 630 CSI

The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States
The BMW 630 CSI was the first of the 6-Series cars in the United States

If you are like me, you are always looking for the next big thing in collector cars. There are a number of cars that fit into that category, but one of the best European classic car deals on the market today and one that may well see an increase in value this year is the BMW 6-Series coupe.

The Pick of the Day is a low-mileage 1977 BMW 630 CSI with its original Burgundy paint and tan-leather interior, according to the Los Angeles dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1978 Harley Davidson XLCR Sportster

The black Harley-Davidson XLCR Sportster has a menacing look
The black Harley-Davidson XLCR Sportster has a menacing look

I have been a fan and collector of classic motorcycles, primarily British, German and Italian bikes from the ’60s and early ’70s, since I was 19 years old.  That being said, the one motorcycle brand I have never given much time or thought to is Harley-Davidson.

Although I have even owned around nine Harleys over the years, I never dug into the company’s history and never really became a fan. Continue reading

2016 top stories: 5 – Rookies win at Pebble Beach

Double firsts: First-time entrant and first Lancia to win best of show at Pebble Beach | Concours photo by Ron Kimball
Double firsts: First-time entrant and first Lancia to win best of show at Pebble Beach | Concours photo by Ron Kimball

One of the most unlikely things happened at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this year. Actually, make that two of the most unlikely things happened because not only did a first-time entrant won best of show, but with a marque, Lancia, that was also a first-time best of show winner at the world’s most prestigious concours.

The car was a 1936 Lancia Astura, one of either four or six such cars built, depending on which source you cite, and was a nice restoration of a car originally designed by Pininfarina. The car was formerly the property of guitar legend Eric Clapton and was a car that he loved owning. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation

The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body
The Shelby Cobra is a continuation model with a fiberglass body

There’s a big difference between kit cars and continuation cars, as pointed out in a story last week on ClassicCars.com. And while there are many examples of Shelby Cobra kit cars, the one presented today is a real factory continuation car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX 4000-series car with full documentation from Shelby Automotive, according to the Sarasota, Florida , dealer advertising the sports car on ClassicCars.com. Continue reading

What do continuation cars mean for the collector market?

Jaguar XK SS continuation body takes shape | Jaguar photo
Jaguar XK SS continuation body takes shape | Jaguar photo

Aston Martin and Jaguar have announced continuation production of some of their most famous cars, namely the DB4 GT and the XK-SS. This is great news to be sure, as it allows more people to buy versions of these near-mythic cars at, in theory, prices much less than the cost of a period-built example.

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