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2017 Amelia Island auctions reveal new major collector car trends

Phoenix Arizona, March 13 2017

As the events at Amelia Island come to an end, three trends have become readily apparent from the collector car auctions. After studying results from the five auctions that ran over three days, post-sale analysis reveals that the impact of younger enthusiasts and investors has begun to impact both vehicle selection for these sales as well as the overall collector car market, driving up values for vehicles that were not historically considered “blue chip investment” cars.

Trends from Amelia Island auctions included booming prices for European exotics built in the ‘80s and ‘90s as well as a continued rise in prices for the Porsche market buoyed by the constant climb in price for air-cooled 911s, which also has created lift for earlier vehicles across the 356 vehicles and water-cooled vehicles like the 944 and 928. On a related note, the desire for Italian exotics amongst the younger set paired with historically high prices for Ferraris has begun to push the non-traditional Italian marque, like Lancia, Maserati and Fiat, to new highs.

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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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ClassicCars.com finds out what classics Mom drove in honor of Mother’s Day

Phoenix (May 7, 2015) –In honor of Mother’s Day, ClassicCars.com, the world’s #1 marketplace for collector cars, recently asked its 100,000+ blog followers what kind of car their mothers drove when they were children.   The number one answer is the iconic Chevrolet Bel Air with 16 percent of the vote. Continue reading