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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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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Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garage

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS enters the car show | Photography by The Function Factory

ClassicCars.com, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Ford Bronco, VW van popular among ClassicCars.com searchers

1957 Chevrolet Corvette
1957 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1967 Ford Mustang continued to reign as the most searched-for vehicle on ClassicCars.com in April, though the state of the current collector car market showed in the fact that the number of searches for that and for other leading cars dropped off from previous months’ levels.

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Jaguar XK-E named most romantic ride by ClassicCars.com

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1962 Jaguar E-type FHC | Hans Marquez photo

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, ClassicCars.com is feeling the love and asked readers to vote for the most romantic car. With 30 percent of the total votes, the Jaguar XK-E was the clear winner.

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Inaugural Future Classics Car Show fills High Street district with a diverse array of cars and people

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Car being led to its space in the show | Photo by Hans Marquez

With support from Car Street Journal and NICOclub.com, ClassicCars.com took over High Street in Phoenix to stage the inaugural Future Classics Car Show Monday evening.

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1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours

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Phil Terry and his 1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours | Photo by Hans Marquez

A 1954 Cadillac Coupe deVille has been selected as the winner of the second annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2016 Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

ClassicCars.com selected as #2 most influential blog

Phoenix, Arizona (November 2015) – ClassicCars.com is honored to announce that it has been ranked the #2 most influential automobile blog.

According to NFC Performance, its top 100 list was determined based on in-house algorithms “using a weighted system incorporating social media signals, off-site signals, and on-site factors.” Social media presence, web design, and original, independent content were also utilized as part of the scoring process. NFC Performance’s list of blogs focused on up-and-coming and independent blogs in the automotive community.

“We are honored that NFC Performance named us as #2 within their list of the 100 most influential automobile blogs,” said Roger Falcione, President and CEO of ClassicCars.com. “We are in great company on this list and I am extremely proud of our team of editors and writers.  We launched our blog, Classic Car News, two years ago with the aim of delivering comprehensive, up-to-the-minute coverage of the collector car hobby every day for the millions of visitors to the ClassicCars.com marketplace.  The response from the community has been beyond our expectations and we are delighted to watch Classic Car News grow so organically.”

ClassicCars.com’s blog, aptly titled Classic Car News, employs renowned automotive journalists Larry Edsall, Bob Golfen and Andy Reid, all of whom possess decades of classic car experience.  The team also includes reporter Nicole James and several accomplished freelancers.  The team’s coverage of the hobby ranges from auction news and event coverage to commentary on industry trends, and everything in between.  For more info, please visit https://news.classiccars.com/.

Since its founding in 2007 ClassicCars.com has striven to offer innovative, entertaining content that educates newcomers to the collector world while remaining a community that supports the buying and selling of classic vehicles.

For more information on the data collected and to see the complete list of Top 100 Most Influential Automobile blogs visit: http://www.nfcperformance.com/blog/top-100-automotive-blog-awards

ClassicCars.com Makes the 2015 Inc. 5000 List with Three-Year Sales Growth of 108%

Phoenix, Arizona (August 2015) – ClassicCars.com is proud to announce that they have earned position #3166 on the 2015 Inc. 5000.

For 34 years, the Inc. 5000 has been an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important Continue reading