Keith’s Blog: See You in Florida!

It’s roadtrip time for me again.

It’s a good thing I like cars, as my next two weeks are going to be full of them.

Put Amelia Island weekend, Auctions America in Ft. Lauderdale and What’s My Car Worth into a mixing bowl, and you end up with a ticket on Delta that leaves Portland early today (Tuesday) and gets me home in the evening on Sunday, March 16.

My week starts with shooting episodes of Read More

A Collector-Car Catechism

At times, the SCM offices resemble an automotive confessional. Emails, texts, Facebook postings, faxes and sometimes even old-school, hand-written letters flood in — each missive asking for collector-car absolution or permission.

“Dear SCM, please forgive me as I have sinned and bought a car over the Internet without seeing it in person… again.”

“Keith, I am offered a great deal on a Ferrari. It’s a 308 GT4, friends tell me they are the last undervalued Ferrari, and they’re sure to Read More

Keith’s Blog: Does Having a Correct Engine Matter in an Affordable Classic?

First of all, this whole discussion is really the fault of Miles Collier, columnist for SCM and provocateur extraordinaire when it comes to making collectors actually think about what they are doing when they buy and sell old cars.

Prior to meeting Miles, my criteria were simple: I can afford it, and I’ve never had one. And maybe even better it’s red. That buying logic has stretched from a 1962 Thunderbird convertible to three MGBs to a Mercedes-Benz 219 to Read More

Sell Keith Your Duetto

Last year I put out a call that I was looking for a 1967 Alfa Duetto and got several responses. Just as I was getting ready to pull the trigger, a tidy 1967 Giulia Super showed up on the radar. I couldn’t have both, so I took the four-door (to the delight of my six-year-old) and put the Duetto on hold.

But that was then, and this is now. With our Nova and Isetta sold in Scottsale, there’s room in Read More

Keith’s Blog: Is Paris the New Scottsdale?

The old car scene in Paris is heating up.

Last year there were just two auctions in Paris during Rétromobile week: Bonhams and Artcurial. This year there were four, with RM joining the fray, and Artcurial adding an additional auction featuring a collection of Alfa Romeos. Furthermore, the annual SCM reception has grown into a fixture on the calendar, attracting well over 100 SCMers from around the world to Café Le Jambon à la Broche every Read More

Keith’s Blog: How I Almost Bought a Bastard AC Aceca

Strange things can happen to you at auctions. While shooting new episodes of “What’s My Car Worth” at Barrett-Jackson, one car, of the 1,405 there, caught my eye. Let’s not forget that what defines B-J is the acres and acres of highly polished, overly chromed, customized, raised or slammed, modified and stock American cars.

So when I strolled by Lot 1275.1, a 1955 AC Aceca coupe, I stopped short. It was quite handsome in its metallic gray paint Read More

Grooming the Young Collectors

 There’s no question that America’s love affair with the car has changed dramatically.

The New York Times and Wall Street Journal regularly report on the decline of numbers of driver’s licenses among young people, of fewer miles being driven and declining sales figures of new cars.

This lack of interest in driving is even more pronounced in Europe, where tight-knit cities and excellent train systems make having your own vehicle increasingly irrelevant — and expensive, due in part to high Read More

Keith’s Blog: A Two-Alfa Day, But Where’s the Volvo?

This afternoon is a big day. I’m driving the 1958 Sprint Veloce Confortevole (SVC) to Jefferson, Oregon, picking up the Giulia Super and driving both cars back, with the help of Michael Pierce. (I’m sure the Sprint will be a completely different experience from Pierce’s 1967 427/435 Corvette roadster.) Since putting in the new fuel pump, the Sprint it has been behaving very well, and I’m anxious to get some miles on it. 

The Super has benefited from a variety Read More

Keith’s Blog: Scottsdale 2014 — A Myopic Perspective

The 2014 collector car market has launched. Today all the bidders are gone, and the temporary tents are starting to come down. The trashcans are full of discarded promotional items, bidders’ paddles and parking passes.

The busiest guys in Arizona have to be the collector car transporters, as they load thousands of cars for their destinations in new owners’ garages.

I only caught a brief glimpse of most of the Arizona auctions, as we were shooting new episodes for “Read More

Keith’s Blog: Ferrari 375-plus, Arizona Concours and the Boneyard Tour

I’m sitting in a pickup truck headed west on Interstate 10, headed to the Pima Air & Space Museum. After a day fawning over the first-rate automobiles at the inaugural Arizona Concours, I expect seeing acres of mothballed F-16s to be something completely different.

Just four days ago, I went to the tony Bonhams world headquarters on New Bond Street in London for a private dinner with journalists from Europe and Robert Brooks, Philip Kantor and James Read More

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