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Spend your tax return on a classic car investment fit for the whole family

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Recent trends in the classic car market have illustrated that returns on investments are better than ever with sales at the high end of the market offering up to a 500 percent ROI for smart investors. Trends are heating up at the entry level end of the market with more modest cars beginning to appreciate in value. With Tax Day just around the corner, our experts have some suggestions as to how you can invest your money in something tangible that you can enjoy with your family for years to come – an entry-level classic car.

Based on extensive research, our experts have compiled a list of 10 vehicles that can be bought for less than $10,000 and that will continue to appreciate in the future. What sets the vehicles on this list apart is that these cars are modern enough keep up with traffic, are relatively affordable to maintain and allow owners to enjoy their purchases on the road.
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Why park when you can play: Classics meant for winter driving

Phoenix, Ariz. (February, 2017) – For most classic car owners, when the temperatures drop it’s time to tuck away and protect their classic cars. However, knowing which classics are best suited for blustery winter months can help lower storage costs and provide year-round enjoyment rain or shine. The vehicles listed below represent a collection of the best classics for winter driving:

• 1992 Subaru SVX – Introduced to the U.S. in 1992 as a grand touring coupe, the SVX is known for its sure-footed winter driving capabilities. This vehicle not only looks good with its curvy lines, but its powerful EG33 model 3.3L boxer engine combined with four-wheel drive, over-rev protection, fuel injection and ignition monitoring makes this classic perfect for slick driving conditions.

• 1984-1987 Saab 900 – The first generation or “Classic” Saab 900 is well recognized in the motorsports industry for its rally car pedigree. Featuring front-wheel drive and a double wishbone suspension design, it’s no surprise this iconic classic dominated in rally racing so it will have no trouble overcoming the winter elements in your neighborhood.

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Hidden treasures and explosive sales redefine the collector car market

Phoenix, Ariz. (January, 2017) – Collector car experts at ClassicCars.com – Bob Golfen, Larry Edsall and Andy Reid – share their expert opinions about what is happening in the collector car world after attending the seven auctions of Arizona Car Week. With more than $250 million in preliminary sales figures, a significant increase from the previous year, it became apparent that a new generation of car collectors has been established. New research and on-site observations suggest a changing landscape for collectible car buyers.

Associate Editor Bob Golfen observed that vintage classics from the 1930s sold for less than he had anticipated. “I was chagrinned to see so many really nice old cars from the 1930s selling for a relative pittance,” Golfen said. “Though not cheap, it was still a lot less than I thought they deserved. This is reflective of the latest trends in the collector car marketplace, where a gorgeously restored 1934 Ford roadster went for $52,800 and an exceptional 1941 Cadillac convertible coupe sold for $60,500.” Golfen also observed that modern exotics and cars of the ’80s and ’90s were definitely on the rise, classic muscle car prices continued their strength and ’50s pickup trucks sold for strong prices as well.
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Rare ’57 Porsche Speedster Leaves ‘The Barn’ After More Than 50 Years

Phoenix, Arizona (July 2015) – Classic car “barn finds” represent one of the hottest segments in the hobby, as desirable vehicles coming out of long-term storage become increasingly valuable.  Here’s the latest gem: a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster recently uncovered after more than 50 years by ClassicCars.com, and now for sale on the website.

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Poll results: What do you do to get your classic ready for winter weather?

The Question of the Week for the week of October 13th , 2014 asked you what do you do to get your classic ready for winter weather?

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“Move it to Florida.”

“Drive it!”

“Make sure its covered and in a garage.”

“Pay someone to do it all.”

“Nothing, I live in Florida / CA/ Sand Diego / AZ / … ”

“Start it up weekly.”

“Anti-freeze.”

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Poll results: What is the spookiest vehicle from TV and movies?

The Question of the Week for the week of October 6th , 2014 asked you what is the spookiest vehicle from TV and movies?

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Poll results: Which of these vehicles do you think should be acclaimed 2014 Car of the Year by the International Historic Motoring Awards program?

The Question of the Week for the week of September 29th, 2014 asked you what which vehicle you think should be acclaimed 2014 Car of the Year by the International Historic Motoring Awards program?

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Poll results: What long-gone pre-war and earlier U.S. brands would you like to see come back to life?

The Question of the Week for the week of September 22nd, 2014 asked you what long-gone pre-war and earlier U.S. brands you would like to see come back to life.

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Poll results: Many states grant classic car licenses to vehicles 25 years old, pick a 1989 model you think qualifies as a classic

The Question of the Week for the week of September 15th, 2014 asked you to pick a 1989 model that you think qualifies as a classic?

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