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“What’s the status of the [collector] car market?” This is a question I hear frequently from our clientele. Recently, the Arizona and Mecum auctions concluded. The results have been tabulated and published for all to read and interpret. Some enthusiasts wait with great anticipation for the market barometers to reveal their signs — then somehow ‘read the tea leaves’ and decide their next move in the market.
While attending the National Parts Depot All Ford show, I was reminded of the other side of the hobby: The “Still plays with cars” entity.
I was introduced to many enthusiasts – let’s call them hobbyists – who simply enjoy old steel. We grew up with cars; learned how to turn wrenches as a way to maintain these vehicles of transportation; that was the hook. We derived enjoyment out of making mechanical things run – sometimes even run BETTER! We modified; learned new traits; pulled engines and trannies; and became known to the local machine shop owner on a first name basis. We painted, polished, tuned, and set out with open headers because of the love for the automobile, NOT because we had any thought of these things increasing in value.
I was also challenged at the NPD show to do a quick search on Craigslist of cars under $2,000. You might be surprised how many cars are out there just waiting for someone to “lay hands” on them like we did when we first entered this hobby.
I invite you to share your car story with us. What made you a “gear head” or “car guy”? I’d be willing to wager it wasn’t about what the market was going to do 10 years down the road. Remember your passion for the steel, the rubber, and the gasoline.