Car Collecting: Everything You Need to Know

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In today’s market, Businessweek recently remarked, “it’s hard to get hurt buying a good collector car. If you do your homework, buy the right car, and enjoy it sensibly, you'll maximize the return on your investment.” This book is aimed at making just such a rewarding purchase possible. For anyone considering buying a collector car, whether for profit or pleasure, veteran appraiser and restorer Steve Linden clearly outlines the pitfalls to avoid, rules to follow, factors to consider, and terms and procedures to ...

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Overview

In today’s market, Businessweek recently remarked, “it’s hard to get hurt buying a good collector car. If you do your homework, buy the right car, and enjoy it sensibly, you'll maximize the return on your investment.” This book is aimed at making just such a rewarding purchase possible. For anyone considering buying a collector car, whether for profit or pleasure, veteran appraiser and restorer Steve Linden clearly outlines the pitfalls to avoid, rules to follow, factors to consider, and terms and procedures to know. His book provides an introduction to the process of buying a collector car, with sections looking at the special issues that arise before, during, and after a purchase, as well as a chapter devoted to general questions.


Choosing and locating the right model, budgeting, purchasing at auctions (on-line, local, and out-of-state), insuring, restoring, and maintaining; Linden addresses all of these topics in an expert and accessible way. His book also contains helpful checklists—covering questions for sellers, documentation, and inspections—as well as a glossary and a complete appendix of resources. The result is a unique and invaluable reference, one that no prospective collector should be without.

See Motorbooks author Steve Linden interviewed by Jay Leno on JayLenosGarage.com: http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/steve-lindens-car-collecting/816381/

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760328095
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Everything You Need To Know Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Linden grew up in a time and place where cars were worshipped, and none more so than the American car. His father enjoyed nice, fast cars, and he and Steve spent many evenings and weekends in the family garage tending to them. By the age of twelve, Steve was repairing just about anything with an engine.

Recognizing Steve’s early need for speed, his father strongly “suggested” a 1967 Lincoln Continental as Steve’s first car, believing that his son would be best protected in a “tank.” But high performance prevailed, and the Lincoln was followed shortly by a 1970 Mustang, a 1964 LeMans, and a memorable yellow 1970 Cuda. Over one hundred cars have since followed.

In addition to writing and cars, Steve is an avid classic motorcycle collector. He provides expert witness testimony in court cases involving collector cars, and he is a classic automobile appraiser. He currently lives on Long Island with his wife, Pam, son Josh, dog Sky, and a small stable of fine automobiles and motorcycles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1: Testing the Waters

Chapter 1 What is a Collector Car and Which One is Right for You?

Collector Car Defined
Make Your Purchase a Positive Experience
What Do You Like?
How Will You Use It?
How Much to Spend?
Convertible or Hardtop?
Optional Equipment
The Non- Numbers Matching Car

Chapter 2 The True Value of a Collector Car

Supply and demand
Condition
The Best Value For You
Future Values
The Future of Collecting Cars

Chapter 3 The Language of Car Collecting

Frame-Off vs. Frame-On Restorations
Original
Numbers Matching
Date Codes and Casting Codes
NOS, NORS, and Reproduction
Clones
Reproduction Cars
Orphan Cars
Undervalued Cars

Chapter 4 The Pros and Cons of Restoration

Cost Considerations
The Rule
Exceptions to the Rule
What Type of Car to Restore

Section 2: Taking the Plunge

Chapter 5 Find Your Dream Car

Publications
Car Shows and Cruise Nights
Car Clubs
The Internet
Auctions
Private Seller vs. Dealer

Chapter 6 Negotiate the Deal

Make the Call
Photographs
First Impressions
Professional Inspection
Find an Inspector
Inspector vs. Mechanic
Complete the Transaction
Out-of-State Purchases

Chapter 7 The Auction Option

Live Auctions
On-line Auctions
Important Auction Terms
Risks of an On-line Auction
Minimizing Auction Risks
Information is Everything!
Off the Block Auction Sales

Chapter 8 Long-distance Logistics and Out-of-State Purchases

Methods of Payment
Limit Your Exposure
VehicleTransportation
Transferring Ownership
Registration Pitfalls

Section 3: Now That You've Gotten Your Feet Wet

Chapter 9 Insurance & Appraisals

Collector Car Insurance
Appraisals

Chapter 10 Parts and Service

Basic Maintenance
Servicing a Collector Car
Specialty Shops
Finding Parts

Chapter 11 Care and Feeding

Where should I keep my collector car?
Basic Care
Car Covers

Appendix: Purchase Checklists
Questions for the Seller
Documentation
Personal Inspection

Glossary
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Introduction

Introduction

Pride of ownership and pleasure of use. These are the answers I always receive when I ask newcomers and veterans what they enjoy most about the collector car hobby. Collector cars are every bit as diverse as the people who participate in the hobby, meaning there is truly a collector car for everyone. Whether you're a Baby Boomer who wants to relive fond automotive memories with your children or a die-hard muscle car fanatic who wants to spend every waking moment in your garage, there's a collector car out there for you.

One thing that makes collector cars so appealing is that they stand out from the crowd. Try placing a 1965 Mustang in a parking lot with one thousand modern cars. Your three-year-old child and your half-blind, 85-old grandmother will readily pick out the Mustang. They may not know exactly what it is, but they'll know it's different.

The universal appeal of a collector car will embolden absolute strangers to walk right up to you and begin a conversation because they know they will be warmly received. Passing motorists will often give you the thumbs-up, and children will yell "Nice car!" at traffic lights. For many years, my wife drove a bright yellow Volkswagen Karmann Ghia convertible. I can't remember one outing when a child didn't happily say her car looked like half a lemon.

One of the wonderful things about this hobby is you can choose the level of participation right for you. You can buy a modestly priced driver-quality car you can hop in at will and drive to the mall, or you can buy a trailer queen that will require you to place carpet on the ground, lest the tires come in contact with pavement.

Pride, pleasure,diversity, camaraderie, uniqueness are just some of the no-cost options that come with collector-car ownership. Everybody has individual reasons for wanting a collector car, and no single reason is more valid than any other. Ultimately, it's all about how it makes you feel.

Owning a collector car, and the endless source of enjoyment that goes along with that ownership, is separate and distinct from the process of buying it. Buying a collector car can be anything but an endless source of enjoyment if the correct decisions are not made before and during the purchasing stage. However, making the correct decisions is not as difficult as you might think. If you succeed in making the correct decisions - and you will - your collector car should bring you many years and many miles of enjoyment and pride of ownership.

This book will help you to identify decisions you will have to make and give you information you will need to make those decisions correctly. You will be able to avoid the pitfalls that await you whether you are a first-time buyer or a seasoned collector. After all, there is no reason buying a collector car should not be as enjoyable as owning a collector car. Hopefully, this book will add to that enjoyment.
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