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.

Andy’s favorites available this weekend at Auctions America’s California sale

Auctions America has come a long way since RM Sotheby’s launched the company in 2010 from the ashes of the Kruse auction company. We attended the first sale in 2010 and it was a good new auction company sale but the cars of that first sale bear no resemblance to the offerings at Auctions America’s California sale this weekend in Santa Monica. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1964 Chevrolet Corvair convertible

The Corvair convertible offers lots of driving fun for not too much cash
The Corvair convertible offers lots of driving fun for not too much cash

The poor Chevrolet Corvair. Of all the classic cars ever produced we are hard pressed to find one that has received more abuse, much of it unjustified, than the Corvair.

The Pick of the Day is a red 1964 Corvair convertible for sale at a very affordable $9,995, which generally doesn’t get you much collector car these days. But Corvairs remain as entry-level classics, having never really outlived their early lambasting as “Unsafe at Any Speed.”

Continue reading

Eye Candy: Alfa Romeo Owner Club National Convention

Alfa Romeo. The name alone conjures images of racing victories and sports car history. The company has created some of the most successful and beautiful sports cars in the history of automobiles and that is why we were excited to attend and judge the concours at Alfamiglia Nordfest, the Alfa Romeo Owner Club National Convention held recently in Warwick, Rhode Island. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1986 BMW 325ES

The BMW 325ES features a deep and dramatic front spoiler
The BMW 325ES features a deep and dramatic front spoiler

Something that is heard quite a lot lately in the classic car community is that all the good deals are gone. Many of us fondly remember when you could buy an early Porsche 911 for $10,000 and an E-type Jaguar for as little as $7,500.

Sadly, the days are over for buying those icons of the 1960s for that little money. It does not matter if there is ever a market correction, the cheap old days for those cars and others of that era are over. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 23rd Klingberg Auto Show and Concours

The 23rd Klingberg Auto Show and Concours in New Brittain, Connecticut, was held on the Klingberg Family Centers campus (which the show benefits) and was the biggest yet, featuring more than 350 cars, most of which were driven to the event. The show is unique as it is part antique car concours with many brass era cars on display, part American classic and muscle car show, and part European sports car show. Thus the Klingberg Auto show has something for everyone who has in interest in cars. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1983 Alfa Romeo Spider

The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic
The Alfa Romeo Spider is an inexpensive way to get into an Italian exotic

Italian sports cars have an allure like no others in the world. They combine striking styling, exotic mechanicals, a driving experience unparalleled by cars from Germany, England or the United States, and a storied history made up of scores of racing victories by some of the most famous drivers in the world. Quite simply, Italian sports cars have souls. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 MGA roadster

The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars
The MGA is one of the most attractive of the classic British sports cars

Summer has arrived, the perfect time for top-down motoring, and one of the best ways to enjoy the wind-in-your-hair experience of a real sports car is behind the wheel of an MG.

The MGA roadster is considered by many to be among the most beautiful of all British roadsters. Amazingly, MGAs are still quite affordable.

A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk
A correct luggage rack is attached to the trunk

The MGA is possibly the best mix of vintage and a modern roadster. It offers a vintage sweeping design, an interior in leather that even a 6-foot-plus driver can be comfortable in and enough power to keep up with modern traffic with ease. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1993 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty
The Bentley Turbo R is a low-mileage beauty

From the 1950’s through the early 1980’s Bentley cars were for the most part badge-engineered Rolls-Royces with the only difference being the grille and the logos. This all changed in the late 1980’s with the launch of the Bentley Turbo.

The Turbo was a look back at the sporting Bentley cars of the 1920s and 1930s, offering incredible luxury matched with serious performance. These were 6,000-pound sedans that could cover 0-60 in 7.5 seconds and reach top speeds in excess of 150 mph. Think of the Turbo R as a high-speed boardroom and you get the idea. Continue reading

Daimler ‘Green Goddess’ reigns at Hershey Concours

The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos
The winning 1948 Daimler DE36 Green Goddess is driven up by owner Mark Hyman | Andy Reid photos

This past weekend I attended The Elegance of Hershey for the first time, and I found it to be a serious, high-caliber concours event with cars that would not be out of place at Amelia Island or Pebble Beach.

The number of truly great cars was staggering, with multiple-award-winning Duesenbergs, Packards, pre-war Alfa Romeos, Ferraris, Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars, and everything in between. Continue reading