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The Sweet Spot

BMW is well known for building performance cars, but it was the E30-generation 3 Series of the 1980s that really put the German automaker on the map for affordable performance. When the succeeding E36-generation 3 Series was unveiled, BMW fans expected something spectacular. What they got was not the lightweight, […]

Another Sort of Taxonomy

You have certainly heard the adage, “Come for the cars, but stay for the people.” Our hobby is full of personalities, which often make it enjoyable. But the transactional nature of car collecting means it is unique compared to other pastimes. Nothing is so revealing of a person’s traits — […]

Title Trouble

“Legal Files” recently received a call from a distressed longtime friend and client. “Mark” had moved to Arizona and tried to register his 1972 Ferrari Daytona. Mark had owned the car for many years, and presented his clear title issued by his former state. To his surprise, the Arizona DMV […]

Show It Your Way

In the era before Cars & Coffee-style events, it was rare to see gatherings of collectible cars outside a highly organized setting. These were generally semi-formal concours-style events. They started with the early arrival of the entrants’ cars, sometimes before dawn. Cars were most often shown with the hoods shut, […]

Packaged Goods

1998 Nissan 240SX SE # 71190. S/N JN1AS44D0WW105293. 133k miles. “2.4-liter inline-4, 5-speed manual transmission, Silver Moss Metallic exterior, gray cloth with patterned inserts, factory 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, sport-tuned suspension, air conditioning.” Condition: 1.SOLD AT $21,262. Bring a Trailer, 4/21/22. The Nissan 240SX market is interesting to follow. […]

Keith’s Blog: No Need to Hurry

I attended my first Barrett-Jackson auction 30 years ago, in 1992. There might have been one or two other people on the plane to Phoenix from Portland who were going to the auction. At that time, it was a relatively unknown event. When I arrived, I recall being stunned and […]