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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.

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.

With that being said, just what is a continuation car? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1

The Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 is said to be a complete numbers-matching car
The Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 is said to be a complete numbers-matching car

What is the best deal available in the entire Corvette market? If you ask me, it is the 1970-1972 LT1. From the time of its introduction, Chevrolet only built 4,977 high-performance LT-1 cars, which makes it rare, especially when you consider that from 1970-72, the company built 66,121 Corvettes.

The Pick of the Day is a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 coupe that the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com says is a complete numbers-matching car with the correct 350 solid-lifter V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. Continue reading

Andy’s advice: 10 cars to buy while they’re still affordable

1960s American station wagons such as this '65 Buick, are No. 6 on Andy's better-buy-'em-now list
1960s American station wagons such as this ’65 Buick, are No. 6 on Andy’s better-buy-’em-now list

It has been an up and down year in the world of auctions with top tier collector cars such as the Jaguar D-type and rare racing Ferrari cars achieving some serious gains while cars that were hot a year ago, think the Ferrari Testarossa of the 1980s and ’90s and early Porsche 911 cars softening a bit. While that has been happening we have seen an upsurge in demand for muscle cars, notably ‘70s and early ’80s Pontiac Trans Ams and the like.

So what does the future hold in our hobby and what are the top 10 cars to seek out and buy in the new year? Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler

The Cyclone Spoiler was a homologation car to allow the model to compete in NASCAR
The Cyclone Spoiler was a homologation car to allow the model to compete in NASCAR

Continuing my NASCAR theme from last week, the Pick of the Day is a NASCAR homologation car, a 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler in Cale Yarborough colors.

The Cyclone Spoiler and the later long-nosed Spoiler II were cars that Ford Motor Company built in order to go racing. They were special-bodied cars with few options from the aero era of NASCAR. The Cyclone Spoiler II was constructed to compete with the Dodge Charger Daytona and Plymouth Superbird, cars that were dominant in the series, especially on super speedways such as Daytona and Talladega. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR racer

The Chevrolet Monte Carlo raced in NASCAR during the 1984-86 seasons

I was inspired for the Pick of the Day by the season-ending race for the 2016 Sprint Cup series, when Jimmie Johnson won his seventh championship. This awesome achievement pushed me to take a look at vintage stock cars for sale on ClassicCars.com.

Little known fact: Not only am I a longtime NASCAR fan but a former NASCAR driver – I raced from 1996-2001 in the NASCAR Winston West, Featherlite Southwest Tour and NASCAR Goody’s Dash series. So, yes, I have an affinity for NASCAR stock cars, especially old ones. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1977 Bricklin SV-I coupe

The Bricklin SV-1 was created by automotive impresario Malcolm Bricklin
The Bricklin SV-1 was created by automotive impresario Malcolm Bricklin

Malcolm Bricklin was one of this most interesting and controversial characters in the history of the car business. He gave us the Yugo and decided that Fiat should stay in business after they left the U.S. in the 1980s, and gave us Fiats with little or no sales and service support. Those were interesting diversions because Bricklin’s main project was created a car in his own name, and that was the SV-1 safety car.

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Bricklin SV-1 in Safety Orange with a documented 7,248 miles from new and essentially all original. The private seller wrote a great description of the car, including that it sold new in Easton, Pennsylvania, and that it has never been more than 80 miles from the dealership, and is now located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo

The Porsche 911 Turbo is said to be in excellent condition with low mileage
The Porsche 911 Turbo is said to be in excellent condition with low mileage

I have been asked quite bit lately is if there are any good Porsche buys left in the collector car market. There are still a few, such as the Pick of the Day, a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo coupe advertised on ClassicCars.com for a reasonable $49,900.

According to the dealer in Oakwood, Georgia, the Porsche’s total mileage is just 50,230 miles. The Porsche spent its entire life in the dry Texas climate and its overall condition is excellent, the dealer says. Continue reading

Packard in the pond and more from Hilton Head concours

The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos
The Stutz Bearcat that later in the day won Best of Show honors at Hilton Head | Andy Reid photos

Long-term, the 2016 Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’Elegance likely will be remembered for two things: That organizers were able to stage the event so soon after Hurricane Michael ripped through the area and as the concours where the Packard went into the pond.

It seemed something of a miracle that the 15th annual concours on South Carolina’s island playground could take place in the aftermath of such a significant storm, a tribute to the festival, resort and others who went well above and beyond just to put everything back together. Continue reading