All posts by Andy Reid

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.

Pick of the Day: 1998 Bentley Continental R coupe

The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance
The Bentley Continental Turbo R is capable of exceptional performance

One of my favorite things about the collector car hobby is finding a car that was once very expensive and buying it at the bottom of its depreciation cycle. I have done this quite few times, and in every case, I ended up driving a great car that increased in value over my ownership so that when I sold it, I had essentially owned it for free.

Lately, I have been looking closely at the Bentley Continental R coupe built from 1991 until 2002. Over that period, Bentley built only 1,236 of them, and when new, they cost northward of $300,000. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1968 Ford Mustang California Special

The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model
The Mustang California Special is a rare, highly optioned model

A few days ago, I got a message from a friend about a car he was looking for. It was a car that I had not thought about for quite awhile, the 1968 Ford Mustang California Special. Somehow these often overlooked pony cars are still affordable, having not experienced the run up in price that has happened to every other classic Mustang.

The Pick of the Day is a 1968 Ford Mustang California Special in Seafood Green with a Gold Ivory interior. Located in Miami, its options include GT Cyclone Wheels, Shelby style hood with hood locks, fiberglass Shelby-style side scoops, Shelby-style trunk lid with spoiler, blacked out grille with fog lamps, and racing-style fuel cap. Continue reading

Andy analyzes the Vegas vintage motorcycles auctions

1927 R42 on the block at Bonhams | Andy Reid photos
1927 R42 on the block at Bonhams | Andy Reid photos

I attended the vintage motorcycle auctions last week in Las Vegas and saw that while some things are a bit softer than last year, in many cases it had more to do with the quality of the offering than with the market itself. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green
The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green

Usually it is really easy for me to find a Pick of the Day, but today I tried something different. I wanted to find a very special car that could be bought for a bargain price. After about three hours of searching, I think I have found just the car, definitely something I would love to have in my own garage.

My pick is this stunning 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a magnificent luxury automobile offered for the cost of an average new car. Continue reading

Arizona auction analysis: Emerging trends in the marketplace

Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo
Barrett-Jackson is a world unto itself | Larry Edsall photo

The final results from the Scottsdale auctions held during Arizona Car Week are in, and it looks like the total sales numbers are $262.8 million this year compared with $250 million last year. So, it looks like the market is climbing and all is great.

But if you actually attended the auctions, you probably have a different opinion about the pulse of the collector car marketplace. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 MGC GT

The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood
The MGC GT has a six-cylinder engine under its hood

John Thornley, the chairman of MG Car Company, always wanted to create a more budget-minded version of the Aston Martin DB4. His first attempt was the MGB GT, a two-door hatchback model based on the popular MGB roadster. But it was his second attempt, the MGC GT, that really nailed it.

When the MGC with its inline-6 engine was introduced, it was not well-received by the motoring press, and considered by many to be the less-nimble big brother of the four-cylinder MGB. They cited poorer handling and a lack of adequate power to motivate the extra weight of the car. It did not help that, reportedly, all the test cars initially provided by MG had tires holding only 20 psi of air pressure; they should have had 36 psi. Continue reading

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.
honda
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