1956 Ford Crown Victoria
1958 Ford Edsel
1957 Chevy Convertible
Most guys are fascinated with Classic-Cars, and I certainly fall into this group! I have actually owned some of these (back in the days before they were know to be “classics!”)
But whenever, I see these, I have to take a hard look. This is one interest that my wife and I share. A 57 Thunderbird, or a 56 Ford Crown Victoria will always grab our attention. We owned a 1960 MGA (red), a 1964 Corvair Monza, a 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible, and a 1969 Plymouth Barracuda. But, we were never smart enough to keep any of these! to see the cars we owned click My-Classic-Cars.
But now is an excellent time to get started, as prices have come down during this recession, and should bounce back after the economy turns around!
Many Classic-Cars collectors, want the cars to be fully restored, and not driven (rarely driven). I personally have always wanted to have one that I can drive. This is done, and several of my friends have classics that they drive. Often, they will use a different engine, some comfort items not in the original, and other than original paint and upholstery!
GM Heritage Center - New 9-13-12 Fantastic collection of GM cars – rarely seen!
A fun reminder of the 50-60′s!
Concept Car – Olds F88 – one of a kind!
How to Get Started with these vintage autos
Going to Classic-Cars shows is also an excellent starting point. You can see a lot of cars, meet other enthusiasts and get some excellent tips from them.
Classic Trucks For Sale I’m currently looking to buy a classic pickup truck. So, I’ve started with this website. Any suggestions – Anybody?
Note: I couldn’t find a For Dummies book on classic cars!
How does your computer fit in with Auto Collecting?
You use you computer for research of Cars shows, calender of events, research on car history, finding other Classic Car people that can help you to find cars, how to do things on your car, etc.
You will notice the links I’ve provided here, which are just starting points. These links will lead you to other websites that offer valuable help.
You should also keep an inventory of parts, on your computer, as well as a directory of sources of parts, shows, etc. I would recommend that you keep a calender of events in Outlook, or some other calendar program.
This looks like an excellent resource for classic car aficionados.
Classics For Sale – ClassicCars.com
Classic Car Classifieds. ClassicCar.com is the Classic Car Social Networking hotspot for Motorheads. Become one of the neighbors at the Motor hood with your …
Wikipedia on Classics (click for more)
Wikipedia provides a good broad definition and a lot of information about Classics Cars, such as the following:
Classic car is a term used to describe an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in opinion. The Classic Car Club of America, maintains that a car must be between 20 and 45 years old to be a classic, while cars over 45 years fall into the Antique Class.
Friends of mine!
I wonder how he could afford this collection! I also wonder how can I see this?
Making Money from Collecting Stuff
The only collecting I ever did seriously, was collecting cars. My primary profit was the use of the car! As I continued, I would continually upgrade the car I had, financed by the sale of my previous car. Collectible cars typically go up in value over time, as opposed to new cars, whose value drops like a rock fairly often. What I loved, was that we drove a corvette for over 20 years, and lost very little money in all that time, and loved the car more than any other car we owned! I also got to drive many other cars that I admired, at a cost lower than most of my neighbors, by driving and owning collectible cars!
One of friends was a very serious collector, and had collected some very valuable cars, paid for in large part from gains on his other collectibles. One example: He sold a 1976 Cadillac Convertible (zero miles), and bought a 1927 Studebaker. He restored the Studebaker, and then sold it for a $25,000 profit, and bought a 57 Thunderbird convertible with the profit, and paid off the money he spent on the Cadillac and Studebaker. He wound up with the 57 Thunderbird with no out of pocket money. He also bought cars similar to what he was restoring, so he could use some of the parts, and sell the rest of the parts. He said, he typically would up with free parts. He did make profits from 1964-65 Mustang parts, because he specialized in these. He had a 10 car garage, with numerous Model A and Model T Fords, as well as his 57 Tbird, and a few mustangs. But he said, his major profit, was being able to drive these cars in parades and shows!