Keith’s Blog: The Afterglow of Monterey

The Monday after Classic Car Week in Monterey is strangely quiet. No herds of Lamborghini  Aventadors pushing their way through traffic. All the real Cobras are gone; you know if you see one today it’s a Tupperware special.

I’m staying on through Thursday, to participate in the BMW CCA annual convention, Oktoberfest. Wendie drove our tii tribute (i.e. replica) down for the event, and she and I will drive it home up Highway 1 and 101. I’ll be the Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Tii Gets Ready for Monterey

It was over a year ago that we persuaded SCMer Ned Scudder to part with his beloved Turkis-colored 1972 2002 tii. And on Wednesday, Wendie is planning to drive it from Portland to Monterey.

But the path from acquisition to “in service” hasn’t been easy or short. The car was fundamentally sound, with a fresh engine and paint, comfy seats from an E30 M3 and nice Minilite mags.

But the injection was problematic. The warm-up regulator was frozen, and it Read More

Keith’s Blog: Travels With Alfie – On the Road to Santa Rosa

In all the years I’ve had Alfas, I’ve never driven one to a National Convention held anywhere other than Portland.

When it was announced that this years’ convention would be in Santa Rosa, CA  (55 miles north of San Francisco), I thought about going. When I was asked to be the emcee of the Concorso there, have a seminar on values, and emcee the banquet dinner, it was kind of ordained, don’t you think?

And then I found out Read More

New Money Chasing Old Cars

If the collector-car market were a cappuccino, its frothy foam would spill over the sides of the cup and cascade to the tabletop like a miniature Niagara Falls. Is there a major auction that doesn’t set a few world records? Even Toyotas are now worth more than a million dollars.

Well, not all Toyotas.

As you might expect in this time of valuation acceleration, my inbox is full of questions, many similar to this one from David Cohen, of Read More

Keith’s Blog: The 2013 Northwest Passage – Following a GTV for 1,111 Miles

The 2013 edition of the local Porsche Club tour, Northwest Passage, took place this past weekend.

SCM, Chubb Collector Car Insurance and Sunset Porsche-Audi were the sponsors. We invited two good friends from L.A., Mark Berns and Jaime Gesundheit, to join us and offered them our 1967 GTV.

As they are both deeply immersed in the world of collectible Corvettes, we thought a weekend spent cruising in 46-year-old Italian car powered by 108 cubic inches (the GTV has Read More

Keith’s Blog: It’s Road Trip Time

One of my favorite sounds this time of year is the door to the SCM under-office garage opening and closing. Most often, it means that one of the SCM cars is either heading to the shop or returning, getting ready for the tours ahead.

For instance, this morning Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis drove the 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce to one of our favorite shops, Nasko’s, in Southeast Portland. Nasko has been servicing this Alfa for nearly 30 years and treats Read More

Keith’s Blog: LeMay, One Year Later

I’ve been involved with LeMay — America’s Car Museum in a variety of ways over the past decade, from casual observer to board member. Under the leadership of President and CEO David Madeira, fundraisers generated over $85m, the museum was built, and a year ago last weekend, it opened to the public.

This is cause for great celebration. There is no other automotive museum of this scale in the Pacific Northwest, and I don’t know how far you would Read More

Dodging the Bullet on a 356

Dear Keith:

Now that I’ve purchased the SCM Volvo 1800ES and it’s on the way to my garage, I’d like to ask your opinion on a 356C sunroof coupe that’s been offered to me. I’ve taken a quick look at it, and it appears to be a really nice older restoration, holding up well. There are several relatively minor issues with the body, none of which seem to be rust-related.

The engine number matches the COA, and regular and Read More

Keith’s (and Tony’s) Blog: A Long Lunch Break With the SCM Gang

This week it’s really Tony’s Tale. I decided a couple of weeks ago that it would be good to exercise some of the SCM fleet, specifically the four-doors we have in the basement. As I was busy being the hovering “mother hen” and shepherding the gerbils down the freeway, I asked Tony to be both scribe and photographer for the day.

Here are his thoughts, and the responses he got when he queried the gang who Read More

Keith’s Blog: The Status of the SCM Garage

There’s been a lot of change in the SCM garage the past few months, and all of it for the good.

In the recent past, we’ve been sampling cars that have always intrigued us, to see if they had staying power once they were daily drivers.

I’ll be the first to admit that collector-car hot buttons are intensely personal, like choices in wine or which sports teams you choose to follow. Duckling imprinting has a lot Read More

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