Don’t Buy a Project Car

Our old cars continue to make the transition from daily use appliances to coveted artifacts. This change raises an entirely different set of questions when it comes to deciding the quality and condition of a car you might buy.

Just buying something that runs and drives is not what we’re looking for these days.

As I’ve been looking around for my next sports car, I’ve come to some realizations. I don’t want a project car — or one with major Read More

New Year’s Resolution For Your Classic Cars

For most of us, December is not the best month to drive our classic cars. Aside from the cold, there often is snow on the ground — and many roads have been salted.

I would guess that somewhere more than 80% of our classic cars are sitting under covers in heated garages and attached to battery chargers.

Nonetheless, this is a good time to look at what classic cars bring to our lives, and how we can make even better Read More

Help Pick My Next Car

I’ve got that classic-car itch, and only you can help me scratch it.

In my column in the February issue of SCM, I wrote about the three cars that are calling to me right now. I invited subscribers to vote and comment on your choice. As a blog reader, I’d like to hear your opinion as well.

In brief, the three cars are similar in price and performance, but they are very different in concept and execution.

Alfa Junior Zagato

The Read More

February 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 Thursday, December 15, 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.

Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Car Symposiums

Barrett-Jackson is fielding an ambitious, compelling lineup of car-collecting workshops from January 16-20, 2017 at their huge Scottsdale Auction.

SCM Publisher Keith Martin will be a part of the “Getting Started in Car Collecting” panel on January 16. SCM’s sister magazine, American Car Collector, will present “The Top Ten Collector Cars: What to Buy and Why” from 9 am to 11 am on January 18.

All the symposiums are located at the “Beyond The Block” Live Stage next to the Read More

The Spider Veloce is Finished!

Two weeks ago, Bill Gillham sent me a brief email: “Your car is ready for you to come and pick it up.”

After more than a year — and a six-figure resto bill, our 1965 Giulia Spider Veloce is ready to come home.

The notes from Bill had been getting shorter and shorter. “Tracked down another oil leak.” “Have all the electricals functioning,” “Replacing all bushings in suspension,” and so forth.

He added, “We have followed your directions, so it Read More