There’s been plenty of discussion about how Bring a Trailer has changed the world of collecting.
The simplest example goes back to the early days of SCM. When we wrote about a Ferrari Dino selling at Barrett-Jackson, the magazine was the only place that sale would be covered in any detail, or even mentioned.
From the very beginning, we have employed VIN numbers in our reports, so at least market followers could be sure of what cars we were covering. But a little report in SCM was all the exposure the sale was going to get.
Today, when a Dino sells online, the news fires across the internet like lightning flashing in the night sky. Soon enough the sale with all its details is common knowledge.
But there’s more than just awareness going on.
My son Bradley, who has just turned 16, follows BaT like it was an old-time religion. Before we bought his 1982 Collector’s Edition Corvette, he was all over the site looking up past and current sales. He devoured the reader comments and used them to shape his opinion of the cars we were looking at.
Growing up, I used classifieds and swap meets as a way to find cars. Now, online auctions have a global reach and buyers and sellers — yes, even kids — are more fully informed than we could ever have hoped to be.
As I watch Bradley devour information, he is constantly popping from auctions to Instagram to YouTube, Hoovering up information. This generation has grown up surfing the internet and playing video games, so there is no learning curve here.
This brings us to the big question of the day.
Bradley has realized that a two-seat car is not ideal. The most important thing to a teenager is his friends, and the C3 is not the best solution to taking them with you to events.
This doesn’t mean his Corvette was a bad choice, it is just turning out not to be an ideal one. But as I have told him, you never know until you own something how it is going to fit into your life. I speak from experience.
We have room to keep the C3 while he sorts things out. And he enjoyed being the youngest owner at Saturday’s Corvette-themed Cars and Coffee here in Portland.
So, after a couple of days of poking around on the internet, he came back to me this morning and told me (didn’t ask me, told me) that he really wanted a car with four doors and a 5-speed. (Am I supposed to disagree with this?)
He has narrowed the field to a BMW E30 or a Volvo 240.
Not only has he assaulted the BaT database with his quest for knowledge on these BMWs and Volvos, he has joined the various forums and Googled the wide variety of buyer’s guides available online.
Once again, I am literally staggered by how fast he can inculcate and sift through the information available as his interest shifts from car to car.
I’ll keep you posted as his thoughts evolve. Just out of curiosity, which would you suggest – the BMW or Volvo?