April 2017 Cover Poll

Our Art Director, David Tomaro, has created three possible cover concepts, and we’d like to know which one is your favorite. It should all take less than a minute, and your answers help determine the content of our magazine. Voting ends Friday, February 3, at Midnight PST. If you have any additional thoughts about SCM, regarding either the print magazine or our electronic newsletter, please post them in the comments section below.

SCM is considering creating a special publication. Please select the topic you would be most interested in:
In this special publication, what would you most like to see?
How interested would you be in a supplement that was a Guide to Auto Museums, with descriptions and information?
Vote for your favorite cover:

  • 2013 Bugatti Veyron

  • 1969 AMC AMX/3

  • 1963 Jaguar XKE Lightweight Competition

22 comments

  1. If the AMX photo was as favorably angled as the XKE it would have my vote. E types are great but there is plenty of information on these already. Most of us cannot afford the multi-million dollar cars you keep highlighting. Auction totals in millions of $ of of little or know interest to funds limited true enthusiasts. I have several friends who are about to let their subscriptions go for this reason

    1. ”Funds limited true enthusiasists”? I don’t think ones budget determines the level of enthusiasm one might have for any passion or hobby including this one. I think SCM does a fine job of covering a wide range of cars and budgets. I would add that many of us are interested in cars that exceed our budget and enjoy reading about them anyway.

  2. More coverage of the mid-range collector cars, and the sleepers about to launch.

    I echo John Drewitz’s comments.

  3. had to think between Bugatti and E type… background of Bugatti was better than Jag… its not all and only the car on a cover that makes it striking

  4. Have to agree with these gents. Don’t mind a mix, but most of featured stuff is unobtainium for me…
    AMX is a beaut. E, tho rare, is still ANOTHER E.

  5. Voters vote the same all the time-always has to be aJag, or Ferrari or Maserati–be different! The AMX3 showed that Americans had ideas, could be creative not same old, same old

  6. Reading about the Italian influence on the AMC AMX would be entertaining and a nice depart from the usual top brand stories.

  7. Let’s see… forgetting about the value and desirability of the cars in question and simply evaluating the photographs…

    1. the Bugatti in an unflattering color is shot in a run-of-the-mill stance at a crosswalk in an ugly if not blighted part of town,

    2. the Jag’s racing colors bleached out in the sun as it stands on a dirt road surrounded by arid vegetation,

    3. the copper-colored AMX shot at a dramatic overhead angle on beautiful cobblestone.

    The AMX is the clear winner (it isn’t even close). Replace it with a similarly colored Mustang II and it would still be the better cover photo (though you’d never hear the end of the laughter).

  8. The Bugatti is great, too recent. I agree with the comment about the below about the angle of the AMX shot. Would have been nice to have some American (Motors) iron on the cover, but that pic was unrecognizable.
    I wish more people had expressed an interest in the ’80s and ’90s cars that are about to take off, because those may still be affordable. Unfortunately the “Best Buy’s” are usually already too expensive for most of us.

  9. Agree with Russell – don’t crop the cars!

    The Jaguar took honors as highest selling car at Arizona last month so it deserves to be up there. I won;t be able to afford it but I can still drool over it.

  10. The AMX is unique – the Jag ‘Lightweight” has had considerable coverage before by this magizine and others.

  11. I would like to see 3 out of 4 in the first catagory however, Most important… & Best buys … An 50 cars from ….

  12. How about thinking and writing about where one may do their best in selling their vehicle. Or where will you find ‘whatever make’ at the lowest cost. There must be a trend that has not been identified. Example: For selling BJackson Phoenix for high prices, Mecum Orlando low prices – both for muscle but we are also concerned regarding exotics, brass era, classics, and antiques.

  13. I’ll echo John Drewitz’ comment as well. The photo of the E type is just more interesting – there’s sun, foliage, mountains all in different colors. The AMX might be the more interesting car, but its photo shows of a brown car against a grey-brown background.

    The Veyron? Ho hum.

  14. I voted for #1 not because it’s a fast, expensive car, but because the high shot angle makes the car look so good. OK, #2 is even higher, but the angle is just plain odd. #3 is a classic front 3/4, but the shot angle is relatively low — not so good.

  15. While I know SCM exists primarily to describe market conditions it would be useful to have a gauge for assessing the cost of owner’s upkeep for various models. For example, I recently replaced the bushings in my 87′ 911’s shifter – a relatively simple job that greatly improved the shifter action, for a mere $40 in parts cost and my free labor. If a collector car has a well supported community, plentiful parts suppliers and is “mechanically accessible” it has a broader market appeal and likely a lower cost of ownership. A tool for gauging these factors for various marques/models might be helpful to newcomers to vintage car collecting. For example, maybe a scale of 1 – 3. My Triumph Spitfire would get a 3 because its inexpensive, easy to work and the “cost of mistakes factor” is low. However, an E-Type might get a 1 because its not so easy to self-perform maintenance and the “cost of mistakes factor” is much higher.

  16. While the first two cover choices represent intriguing options, the E-Type is widely regarded as the single most important car launched during the preceding Half Century-plus. Its influence on countless manufacturer’s offerings thereafter is well-documented and, while its auction market performance in the U.S. suggests it remains significantly under appreciated (e.g., 2017 Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson event went for a mere $84K) in contrast to much of the World, its importance in advancing the collector car climate is simply without peer. 56 years later it remains, perhaps, the most gracefully seductive shape ever penned. In stark contrast to the wedge-shaped malevolent aggressive profile of contemporary super car designs which are often distinguishable only by the manufacturer’s logo perched on the vehicle’s bonnet and/or boot, the lithe sensuously flowing lines of the E-Type gave life to the “form follows function” credo of automotive designers.

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