There was a time in metro Atlanta that you could look in the Sunday Atlanta Journal-Constitution classifieds under the automobiles for sale section and actually find a heading called “Antique & Classic”. Many Sundays the heading would be two to three columns long, often spreading across multiple pages. Those days are gone and along with them a certain kind of thrill that went along with it.
As the economy has affected all aspects of daily live, it has also had a greater impact on the newspaper industry. The rise of the Internet and even on-demand types of television has drawn some of the life out of newspapers. Today you would be lucky to find five or six ads in the newspaper for any type of collector cars.
However, the flip side of that is that anyone with Internet access can now browse through hundreds, if not thousands of ads for collector cars available for sale. Even the aforementioned AJC has an on-line classified section dedicated to the collector car market, though still not as robust as it once was. Numerous outlets populate the web, just “Google” collector cars for sale and see how many hits you will get.
Atlanta based Auto Trader has a special site just for collector cars as well. They have taken up much of the slack from printed newspapers in the arena. The downside of the Internet is that prices seem to have edged up as it also makes it easy to search for market values of collector cars through various web sites. Unfortunately, most people think that their collector car is in the same condition as most of the high-priced iron sold through the more particular vendors. I can assure you that anyone who drives their collector car on a regular basis cannot compare their car in price to a trailered show-only vehicle of the same model and vintage. They are night and day and prices should be reflected as such, but many times aren’t.
Nevertheless, the collector car market, though seeing a small dip in price due to the economy, remains strong. Once again this coming week, Speed TV will prove that for all to see as they broadcast three days of the Barrett-Jackson Orange County, CA auction. It will be interesting to see how prices are in economically strapped California and if any familiar faces from the Atlanta area show up on TV making a buy.
P.S. – Happy Father’s Day to the collector car Fathers in metro Atlanta! Enjoy the day and take the kids out for ice cream in your favorite collector car. Trust me, the spills will clean up right away, but the memory will last a lifetime.
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