Keith’s Blog: Heading South

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Scottsdale.

Last year, I missed the desert action for the first time in three decades.

But not this year.

I’ll see you first at the SCM Insider’s Seminar on Thursday morning, at 9:30 am in the Gooding & Company Auction Tent. “Priced to Sell, Determining Value in an Uncertain Market” is the topic. Donald Osborne, Steve Serio, Carl Bomstead and I will be there to share our thoughts and answer your questions.

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Keith’s Blog: Give Yourself a Winter Drive

This January, if the weather allows, block out an afternoon to get behind the wheel of one of your vintage cars and just go driving. Having some friends join you in their old cars would make it even better.

Pick a destination that requires driving on some interesting roads. Even better, have a nice place to eat with a decent view as the destination.

Reflect on each of the steps below – things that you may do automatically. Don’t take Read More

Keith’s Blog: Cruising into the Holiday Season

I’m sitting in the observation suite on board the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas.

A 15-deck Freedom-class cruise ship, it is 1,112 feet long (almost four football fields) and displaces 155,889 tons.

I thought a Caribbean cruise would be a total escape from cars for me and my son, Bradley, but there was a modern Morgan on display in the three-story central promenade. We didn’t try to buy it.

Bradley and I enjoy cruises. They are trips where I Read More

Keith’s Blog: What Cars Should Star on the 2021 SCM 1000?

We’re already talking about the SCM 1000 for 2021.

We always have a featured marque, although all cars from 1973 and earlier are welcome to apply. Your chances of being accepted are just a little better if you enter a featured-marque car.

In 2018 we featured Alfa Romeo. This year it was Porsche. In 2020, English cars will star on the SCM 1000.

I like the look of the field when it has a focus, with a smattering of outliers Read More

Keith’s Blog: What Cars Should Star on the 2021 SCM 1000?

We’re already talking about the SCM 1000 for 2021.

We always have a featured marque, although all cars from 1973 and earlier are welcome to apply. Your chances of being accepted are just a little better if you enter a featured-marque car.

In 2018 we featured Alfa Romeo. This year it was Porsche. In 2020, English cars will star on the SCM 1000.

I like the look of the field when it has a focus, with a smattering of outliers Read More

Keith’s Blog: Selling the SCM Sprint Speciale

I’m sticking to the 105 Series Alfa Romeos.

As I trim and adjust the SCM fleet, I’ve had to make some decisions about which cars appeal to me the most — and which ones work the best.

I’ve always thought that that the 105 Series pre-smog Alfas (roughly 1963-68) represented the high point of that period. They have 5-speed gearboxes, 4-wheel disc brakes, heaters that would drive you out of the car and reasonable creature comforts.

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Keith’s Blog: A Ford Falcon for the SCM 1000?

Last week I explored the two-pedal options for the 2020 SCM 1000. I was looking at cars from 1974 and earlier — and under $50,000.

Among the many thoughtful responses I got were those encouraging me not to overlook the compact American cars of that era. Suggested were Ford Falcons, Chevrolet Novas and Corvairs.

You can find decent driver examples of all of these for under $25,000. They are easy to make reliable, and once they are set right they Read More

Keith’s Blog: Which Slushbox for the 2020 SCM 1000?

I’m a planner. There’s always a chance that my clutch leg won’t be fully operational time for the 2020 SCM 1000.

I plan on driving the route, so I’ve been musing about affordable, 1974-and-earlier two-pedal options.

If I had an unreasonable budget, my first two choices would be either an Iso Lele or a Maserati Ghibli coupe. Both have engines powerful enough to mask the power-and-joy-robbing characteristics of the 3-speed automatics from that era.

However, both cars are well over Read More