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Keith’s Blog: Upgrade or Stock?

I’ve been having a back-and-forth discussion with SCM Contributor Jim Schrager (my long-time mentor) about upgrading engines in vintage cars. This started when I mentioned to him that I was confused about 911 restorations. I see so many ads for early 911s that blather on and on about $250k restorations […]

Keith’s Blog: Happy New Year

Every first of January marks a new beginning. Go out to your garage, and take a look at your sleeping beauties. Think about how much effort has gone into finding, selecting, buying and refurbishing each one. Note that I didn’t say restoring, as now that we are grownups, we’ve all […]

Keith’s Blog: A Never-ending Sears Catalog

I was reminiscing with a friend last night about how our homes and childhoods would light up when the Sears, Montgomery Ward and Spiegel catalog would arrive around this time of year. We would always take turns picking out our favorites. I liked farm sets with plastic horses and cows. […]

 (Back to the) Future Collectibles

1985 Toyota Pickup Xtracab SR5 4×4 #89965. S/N JT4RN66SXF5073411. 259k miles. “2.4-liter 22RE inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, dual-range transfer case, electronically locking differentials, repainted black, gray cloth upholstery, 15-inch American Racing alloy wheels, Bilstein shock absorbers, Smittybilt tubular bumpers, roll bar w/KC auxiliary lights.” Condition: 3+. SOLD AT $21,000. Bring […]

It’s Not a Restoration, It’s a Build

Let’s make one thing clear right from the start: A car is only “as-born” once. It can never be returned to that state. Any attempts to do so result in a fictional re-creation, done to please the owner and whatever standards he is aspiring toward. And that’s okay. We can’t […]

Unredeemable Jackpot

The Dillon County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina announced that a 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spyder, valued at $23 million, was stolen during the early morning hours of July 25, 2022. Detective Sara Albarri said that the 8C was inside a 2009 Haulmark trailer pulled by a white […]