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: 1985 Ferrari 308 GTSi Quattrovalvole

The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model
The Ferrari 308 GTSi is the more-desirable Quattrovalvole model

Today, Ferrari is a name brand as big as Coca-Cola or McDonalds. But in the 1970s, it was very much a niche brand known only by the few who had one of the fantastic cars from Maranello or the true car crazy people like me who lived and died by the words written in Road & Track magazine.

This all changed in 1980 when Ferrari put together the best serialized television commercial ever created with the launch of the TV show Magnum P.I. The strength of the Ferrari brand today, I feel, would never have happened if it wasn’t for Magnum and the Ferrari 308 GTS that starred alongside Tom Selleck. This to many people is the seminal Ferrari that they picture in their heads. Pretty astounding since the show went off the air in 1988. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1971 Triumph TR6

The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine
The Triumph TR6 is powered by a feisty six-cylinder engine

A vintage British roadster can be an expensive proposition both to buy and to service, especially if it has a six-cylinder engine. A typical Jaguar E-Type in driver-level condition costs a minimum of around $50,000, and even an Austin Healey 3000 will run you north of $35,000 for any car that can be driven immediately.

Happily, there is a six-cylinder British roadster that’s still affordable, the Triumph TR6, which offers about 60 percent in performance of an E-Type for as low as 20 percent of the price. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe
The Chevrolet Camaro Z28 is a second-generation coupe

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the legendary Camaro, an event being celebrated at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in March. With that in mind, the Pick of the Day is a 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 located in Fairfield, Ohio.

Model year 1974 was a watershed time for cars in the U.S. with new federal emissions and safety regulations. It was also the year that Ford delivered the downsized Mustang II and really started focusing more on economy than performance. Happily, Chevrolet did not follow suit and still offered the full-size Camaro with the V8-powered Z28 version for those of us who wanted a performance car. Continue reading

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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