Baking in the glow of another televised Mecum Collectible Car Auction a few thoughts have infiltrated my Brain Box. First..the Collector Car Hobby is stronger than ever. Next..it will remain strong for a very long time in our Post Pandemic World due to TV, Social Media and Un-Quenchable Thirst for Vehicles from the 1900’s-Present Day. Mostly..Prices are up. Way up. Making some Cars TV Stars and Legends. Some Stars of Mecum Kissammee sold between $1,000,000 to $3,000,000.
Average selling price of the more than 4000 vehicles at this televised Mecum Auction was above $100,000 per vehicle. I remember in the Good Ole Days when 100K got you a Legendary Collectible Car and a 3 Bedroom House. Yeah I know I’m old and times do change and yes mostly for the better.
This got me thinking again (yep that brains just keeps working) if I had 100K stuffed in my mattress what would I buy. Hmmmm?? Instead of buying just one Relic I would buy three. Even in today’s astronomical price era you can still get a Gaggle of Value Increasing Junk. With the help from our friends at Hemmings Motor News “The Bible of the Collector Car Hobby” we cruised thru the Vehicle For Sale Classified and came up with Three Categories to feed our Un-Quenchable Thirst, fill our Garage and Driving Needs.
2-1930s-1940s Art Deco Style Classic.
Keep in mind these are the Asking Prices and like all purchases you might get a better deal if you have a motivated seller.
Daily Driver. 1971 Chevrolet C10 Pickup. When it comes to a Daily Driver you can’t go wrong with a Big American Pickup. If you are looking for style, comfort, reliability, ease of repair, parts availability and easy performance/safety upgrades you can’t go wrong with the Chevrolet C10 1967-1972.
These trucks are Handsome and Comfortable. This C10 is a very nice “Driver” not a Show Winner but a real looker. Reliable 350 Small Block, Turbo 400 Trans, A/C, P/S and Real Looker. At $39,500 it’s a great deal and values of these 67-72 C10’s are going to Skyrocket. We would add a Modern Fuel Injection System, Baer Brakes, Upgraded Ignition System, Overdrive Auto Trans (700R) and Vintage Air. Money well spent to enhance Performance, Comfort and Safety. On this nice 71 C10 you “Will Laugh All The Way To The Bank” if you sell in the future.
This 1946 Olds is sweeping, swoopy and just a Pretty Blue Lady. Even the comfy interior looks like the Lobby of the Ritz. Another carry over from pre WWII was the excellent Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission. Even though a “3 On The Tree” can be fun in a Luxury Liner like this you need the Hydra-Matic mated to the silky smooth Straight 8. Showing an older but Lovely Restoration this 1946 Olds 98 at $36,000 is a good deal. You couldn’t restore a Junker for twice that price. Might do some upgrades such as a 12 Volt Electrical System Upgrade and Radial Tires. Sure to ride in Style when you Cruise to the Bohack.
3-Road Warrior - 1983 Porsche 928S. When you are looking for a Long Distance Road Warrior ya gotta go with an Autobahn Blaster. Made to be a Grand Touring Highway Rocket with Porsche Performance the 928 was a Learjet for the road. Supreme comfort, speed, handling, manners, reliability and Porsche Pedigree the 928’s lure has stood the test of time. Our 928 choice is this 1983 “S” Model. Yes the after 1987 had the 32 valve V8 engines but the 16 valve V8 in the “S” have mucho power, run longer, cooler and with less maintenance.
Make sure you do the Timing Belt and Water Pump upgrade. You also want the excellent Mercedes Benz sourced Automatic Trans (mounted in the back) and the Euro H4 Headlight Upgrade. At $24,000 is a superb deal and you gotta love the Classic Porsche Guards Red Paint. Pop in the Risky Business CD in and gobble up miles in Learjet style in a 928.
How’d we do by the numbers?...
1971 CHEVROLET C10 $39,500
1946 OLDSMOBILE 98 $36,000
1983 PORSCHE 928S $24,000
TOTAL$ = $99,500 !! $500.00 Change for Gas !!