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The Growth of the Model Car Industry

The Growth of the Model Car Industry
By Edmund Brunetti

Model Car: Vintage VW Bus
Model Car: Vintage VW Bus image courtesy of Pixabay

Over the last few years, model cars have become an ever more popular collectable. There are likely many reasons for this, not the least of which being the fact that racing has also grown in popularity as a sport. In the United States, there is the phenomenon of stock car racing, and in countries like Australia, there is the growth of V8 Supercar racing. This has caused people to want to collect scale models of the cars that their favorite drivers drive. In other sports, one might collect jerseys or cards of specific players; in car racing, people tend to collect scale models of the cars of specific drivers. In either case, a market for collectables has been created, and it is one that is booming.

 

It is not only racing fans who collect scale model cars, however. You can get model cars of your favorite classic or muscle cars, or just about any other car that exists. Someone might just love cars, and because of this, they want to collect models of all of their favorites. There are even specific brands that will cater to specific collectors. If you are into collecting racing car models, then there are a few brands that might interest you. If, on the other hand, you are into collecting classic muscle cars, then you might find that there are different brands that have more to offer. Either way, for the collector, there is always a wide variety of different models available.

 

With the growth of the collectable market, there has also been a rise in the value of many of these scale model cars. Limited edition models are regularly put out, and these are the ones that grab the most attention of those who are collecting in hopes of gaining monetary value. If only a select number of a specific model car has been manufactured, then that specific car will become more and more rare as time passes. Rarity is not a certainty when it comes to value, but the rarer something is, the more likely it is to rise in price if there is a demand for it. This is why many people are now viewing their collections as investments in the future rather than just a simple hobby.

 

No matter what your reason is for collecting cars, it is apparent that the model cars industry is not going away any time soon. There has been a huge growth in the interest in model car collecting over the last few years, and it appears that this growth is going to continue. The smart collectors will likely get involved in this market sooner rather than later, as it is possible that it could hit its peak eventually. Whether you just like the way the scale models look, or you think that you might be able to use them as an investment in the future, getting involved in model car collection right now seems to be the smart idea.

 

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1964 Chevy Impala SS Coupe in Stunning Corona Cream

If you’re a fan of sixties cars, it’s pretty easy to picture yourself cruising in this stunning Corona Cream 1964 Chevy Impala. This sweet Bowtie is was listed for sale on eBay as of the posting of this review, but if you want it, you’d better hurry because it only has one more day before the listing closes. I’m not going to drop the price here, because it’s an auction listing and can change from moment to moment, but if you’re interested, by all means be sure to check out this ’64 Impala SS

1964 Chevy Impala
1964 Chevy Impala for Sale on eBay

1964 Chevy Impala SS Coupe in Factory Corona Cream

Based on the photos provided by the seller in the eBay listing, this 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe looks good inside and out.

This 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe comes to you from California, so it’s in great condition without the problems that come from salted roads in northern climates.

The undercarriage, body panels and paint are all in nice condition.

With only about 5,000 miles on its 350 engine, this car roars to life, and is smoke-free. The 350 motor is paired with the 350 turbo transmission for excellent performance, and as noted by the owner, it runs and drives very well, and goes straight down the road.

This ’64 Chevrolet Impala SS Coupe has power steering and power brakes.

The lights and gauges on this ’64 Impala SS are all good.

The bumpers and chrome trim are all in nice shape, and the interior looks good, too.

This Impala has a clean California title and it is being sold “as is with no warranty.”

The seller provides contact info in the listing, and advises potential buyers to inspect the vehicle before the auction ends.

Summary of eBay listing prepared by Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic 1964 Chevy Impala SS Coupe?

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Classic Cars and More at Memory Lane in Galion, Ohio

Memory Lane in Galion, Ohio is one of my favorite spots in North Central Ohio to enjoy looking at classic cars, and it was featured on the Columbus Channel 4 news this morning, so I want to share the news clip here. Check out the cars and the great memorabilia, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

Memory Lane Auto Museum

Memory Lane is located on the main street in Galion, Ohio, and the collection is curated by Jim Hedges. Hedges is featured in the video, and, in addition to sharing this amazing collection of automotive and pop culture history at the Memory Lane museum, he also buys and sells classic cars.

Want to Buy or Sell a Classic Car?

If you’re looking to buy or sell a classic car, give me a yell in the comments box and I would be glad to put you in touch with Hedges, or simply write up a listing and take advantage of one of the free ads in classifieds section here on Classic Cars Online US.

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect, but first, be sure to visit the Classifieds page if you’re in the market to buy or sell classic cars.

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The Record Breaking 4th Gen 1965 Chevrolet Impala

For 1965, Chevrolet introduced the newly redesigned Impala to consumers and it was met with a record-breaking response that still hasn’t been surpassed in the 52 years since then. It was the first year of the fourth generation for the Impala, and customers purchased over a million of these beauties!

1965 Chevrolet Impala
1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe image by Iebruneau at English Wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The 1965 Caprice Impala

In 1965, Chevy introduced the Caprice as the top-line Impala model. That might sound a bit quirky, because today, the Caprice is its own model and has been for decades, but in its first year, it was simply an Impala package. It was the next year, 1966, when the Caprice broke off as its own model. So, if you hear someone saying 1965 Caprice Impala or using the terms interchangeably, that’s why.

1965 Chevrolet Impala SS
1965 Impala Convertible image by Crwpitman (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The B-Body ’65 Impala

The ’65 Chevy Impala was not only a history-making, record-breaking seller for GM, it was built on the B-Body platform that’s the fourth place best selling automotive platform of all time, beat out only by the German VW Beetle, American Ford Model T, and the Russian Lada Riva.

1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon (6880366212)
’65 Chevy Impala Wagon image by sv1ambo (1965 Chevrolet Impala station wagon) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1965 Chevrolet Impala Engine Options

The 1965 Impala engine options included the Turbo-Thrift 6-Cylinder with a 250cid and 150hp, the Super Turbo-Fire/Turbo-Fire V-8 with 283cid and 195hp, the Super Turbo-Fire and Turbo-Fire V-8 with 327cid and 250hp to 300hp, the 396 Turbo-Jet V-8 with 396cid and 325hp to 425hp, and the 409 Turbo Fire V-8 with 409cid and 340hp to 400hp. According to Impala Classics, production of the 396 Turbo-Jet V8 began in February 15, 1965 and production of the 409 Turbo-Fire V8 ended mid-year in 1965.

’65 Impala Color Options

In ’65, the factory exterior color options for the Impala were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Ermine White
  • Mist Blue
  • Danube Blue
  • Willow Green
  • Cypress Green
  • Artesian Turquoise
  • Tahitian Turquoise
  • Madeira Maroon
  • Evening Orchid
  • Regal Red
  • Sierra Tan
  • Cameo Beige
  • Glacier Gray
  • Goldwood Yellow

Factory interior color options for the ’65 Impala were:

  • White
  • Dark Green
  • Light Fawn
  • Midnight Green
  • Medium Fawn
  • Medium Turquoise
  • Medium Dark Fawn in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Turquoise in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Saddle
  • Medium Blue
  • Dark Saddle in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Blue in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Slate
  • Red
  • Dark Slate in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Dark Red
  • Gunmetal
  • Black in both semi-gloss and flat finish
  • Medium Green

By Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Chevy Impala?

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect, but first, be sure to visit the Classifieds page if you’re in the market to buy or sell classic cars such as the iconic 1965 Chevrolet Impala.

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The Rectilinear Styling of the 1963 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s longest running models, with a history that goes back to 1958 and is still running today in 2017. The 1963 Chevrolet Impala with “Jet Smooth” styling is part of the third incarnation of, or the third generation of, the Chevy Impala.

1963 Chevrolet Impala
1963 Chevrolet Impala image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1963 Chevrolet Impala) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Sleek and Elegant 1963 Chevrolet Impala

This classic Chevy features long, straight lines described as rectilinear, but it has just enough curves to smooth out the look.

So, it comes off as long and sleek rather than boxy, and there’s nothing plain or simplistic in the look of these sweet bowties.

The 1963 Impala was designed with rectilinear styling and it had an aluminum rear taillight panel with a chrome border on the ’63 Impala SS models.

The Chevrolet company described the look of the car as Jet Smooth, and some original ads presented the car driving below a low-flying airplane to let customers compare the body lines of the Impala to a small jet.

’63 Impala Body Lines

More pointed front and rear fenders made the ’63 Impala look longer and more low-slung than previous years’ Impalas, as noted by My Classic Garage.

A ‘crease” graced the roof of the sport sedan models, slightly above the rear window.

1963 was the first year for the “coved” instrument panel, completely changing the look of the dashboard from previous years.

Simple indicator lights (idiot lights) replaced the gauges used in earlier models.

An optional tach was available, built into the dash above the steering wheel, but not very many Impala owners ordered that particular feature.

1963 Chevy Impala Engine Options

1963 Chevrolet Impala engine options were similar to 1962 Impala engine choices, with the small-block 283 cid and the 327cubic inch (4.6 and 5.4 L) V8’s being the most popular engines offered.

A special drag racer’s and NASCAR 427-cubic-inch (7.0 L) version of the 409 TurboFire V8 engine was installed in the 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe – or Chevrolet Regular Production Option (RPO) Z11.

1963 Impala Tranny Options

the transmission options offered in the Impala in 1963 were the 3- and 4-speed Synchromesh standards, the Chevy OverDrive transmission and the Chevy PowerGlide transmission.

Color Options on the 1963 Impala

The factory exterior color options for the ’63 Impala were:

  • Tuxedo Black
  • Laurel Green
  • Ivy Green
  • Silver Blue
  • Monaco Blue
  • Azure Aqua
  • Marina Aqua
  • Autumn Gold
  • Ember Red
  • Saddle Tan
  • Cordovan Brown
  • Ermine White
  • Adobe Beige
  • Satin Silver
  • Palomar Red

The factory interior colors for the Impala in 1963 were:

  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • Fawn
  • Aqua
  • Black
  • White
  • Saddle

By Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Chevy Impala?

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect, but first, be sure to visit the Classifieds page if you’re in the market to buy or sell classic cars such as the iconic 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

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How to Buy Used Classic Cars

Learn how to buy used classic autos and you will have a car you love and an investment that will greatly appreciate. Knowledge is the key here and knowing which questions to ask when you buy used collectible cars.

By Leon Edward

How to Buy Used Classic Cars
How to Buy Used Classic Cars image courtesy of Pixabay

If you are going to buy used classic cars, the most important thing you can have at your disposal is knowledge of them. Purchasing a classic car is much different than purchasing a typical car and even for the most experienced buyers it can be a tricky feat. The last thing you want is to spend big money on a lemon. Here is a look at helpful steps that can help you find a quality classic car that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

Step #1 – Decide What You Want in a Classic Automobile

First, you must decide what you want in a classic car. Do you want to buy used classic cars to enter in competitions or do you want to drive your classic car on a regular basis for pleasure? For those who plan to use the car all the time, going with a vehicle in “show condition” is not the best choice. However, if you plan to compete, then spending a bit more on a classic car in better condition will be worth your money.

Step #2 – Research the Specific Car You Want

After you know what you want in a collectible car and what you are going to use it for, start researching the specific car that you want. Different cars have specific problem areas that you have to watch out for when buying. Take time to research the exact model and year you’re looking for so you know what to look for when considering particular cars.

Step #3 – Carefully Do a Visual Inspection

Once you are looking at a specific vehicle when preparing to buy used classic cars, carefully do a visual inspection. Take a look around the vehicle looking for body damage and rust. Ensure you look under the hood as well as the hoses, belts, and fluids. Keep an eye open for any leaks.

Step #4 – Take the Car on a Test Drive

After you have done the visual inspection, take the car on a test drive. Never buy used classic cars without testing them out yourself. Have the owner start up the vehicle and look at the tailpipe. If there is black or blue smoke, there could be a problem. Drive the vehicle yourself. Take note of the power, any sway that occurs in the front, and how the car shifts. You want the car in great driving condition – otherwise, you may end up sinking a lot of money into repairs once you purchase the car.

Step #5 – Ask for Documentation and Records on the Vehicle

It’s important that you ask for documentation and records on the vehicle as well. You want to see what repairs have been done on the vehicle through the years. If the owner tries to tell you they have no records, think twice before making the purchase.

Step #6 – Have a Pre-Purchase Inspection Done By a Trusted Mechanic

Even if the car looks great to you and it runs great when you test drive it, have a pre-purchase inspection done by a trusted mechanic before you buy used classic cars. A mechanic probably has more knowledge than you do and may be able to find problems that you could have overlooked. Ensure you go with a mechanic you trust and get a full report before making an offer on the vehicle.

Step #7 – Get a Vehicle History Report

Get a vehicle history report on the classic auto, even if the mechanic says things look great. This way you can ensure the car is not stolen and you can also find out how many people have owned the car in the past. These vehicle history reports can be done on the web and are reasonably priced and well worth the money.

Step #8 – Make a Reasonable Offer

Once you are sure the car is a good investment, then you are ready to make a reasonable offer. Make an offer according to the price guide with any problems the car has in mind. Remember, this is a vehicle you don’t have to buy, and if you don’t get a fair deal, you can simply walk away from the deal.

These steps are important if you are going to buy used classic cars. Always use these steps to ensure you get a great deal, and remember that knowledge is going to be your key to success when purchasing any classic vehicle.

At expert author Leon Edward’s website Buy Used Classic Cars [http://buy-used-classic-cars.com] get tips and advice on what, where and how to buy all kinds of classic vehicles for pure joy and investment. Also search database for finds from police and IRS auctions

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Classic & Cruising 1965 Chevrolet Corvair

The 1965 Chevrolet Corvair rolled off the production line and onto the roadways of America with smoothed-out body lines, an absent B-pillar and an upgraded 4-wheel independent suspension. Nicknamed ‘The Poor Man’s Porsche”, the ’65 Corvair had more power than previous year’s models and an improved braking system to complement that extra power.

Nationale oldtimerdag Zandvoort 2010, 1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA, DM-27-60 pic 2
Image of this beautiful 19665 Corvair by Alf van Beem (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Second Generation 1965 Chevy Corvair

The year 1965 was the first year of the second gen Chevrolet Corvair line. Corvairs were in production from 1960 through 1969, with the first generation Corvairs produced from 1960 until 1964. 1965 through 1969 covered the second generation.

Was the Corvair Really Unsafe?

One thing that surprised me, when researching to write this article, is that I’ve always heard the car was taken out of production ‘by Ralph Nader’ because it was unsafe. So, I was surprised to learn that Nader only questioned the safety of the first three years’ models of first generation Corvairs because of the swing suspension installed in them – plus he questioned the safety of the entire auto industry – but the Corvair was singled out by the media. By 1964, an anti-roll bar had been installed in the front end of the cars.

That means, the cars dropped from production, six years later, had nothing to do with the cars in question because the safety issues had been addressed in 1964 and then fully redesigned in 1965 models. Plus, a number of other car models – produced by Mercedes, Renault and Volkswagen used the same type of swing suspension and were not pulled into the safety debate in the same manner.

’65 Corvair Specs

A 140 horsepower engine was installed in the rear of the 1965 Corvair, and it measured 183.3 inches in length from bumper to bumper.

The wheelbase of the ’65 Corvair was 180 inches, and measured 69.7 inches wide and 52.8 inches high.

According to a paint color card shared on Corvair.org, there were 15 available exterior colors for the 1965 Corvair and 7 interior colors.

’65 Corvair Exterior Colors

  1. Black
  2. Light Blue
  3. Maroon Poly
  4. Yellow
  5. Gray
  6. Light Green
  7. Dark Blue
  8. Red
  9. Dark Yellow
  10. Fawn
  11. Dark Green
  12. Turquoise Poly
  13. Orange
  14. White
  15. Ivory

1965 Corvair Interior Colors

  • Ivory
  • Fawn Poly
  • Charcoal Gray Poly
  • Charcoal (I have to confess I’m not clear on the difference between charcoal gray poly and plain charcoal. If anyone has info on it, I would welcome your input.)
  • Red
  • Light Green
  • Turquoise Poly

How Many Corvairs Were Built in 1965?

A total of 235,438 Chevrolet Corvairs were built in the 1965 production run. The breakdown of the numbers for each specific model are:

  • 17,560 Corvair Series 500 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 36,747 Corvair Series 500 2-door sport coupes
  • 20,291 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 8,353 Corvair Corsa Series 2-door convertibles (making this the rarest of the ’65 Corvair models.)
  • 37,157 Monza Series 4-door hardtop sport sedans
  • 88,954 Monza Series 2-door hardtop sport coupes
  • 26,466 Monza Series 2-door convertibles

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By Laure Justice

Interested in Buying or Selling a Classic Chevy Corvair?

Part of the reason Classic Cars Online US exists is to help connect classic car buyers and sellers, and we’ve added several ways for you to connect, but first, be sure to visit the Classifieds page if you’re in the market to buy or sell classic cars such as the iconic 1965 Chevrolet Corvair.

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How Social Media Can Help You Buy or Sell a Classic Car

Social media has become a lot more than just a way to share funny pictures of cats and snapshots of your lunch with your friends. Today’s social media venues can be used to help with selling anything from toothpaste to classic cars, and that’s why you may want to consider using it when you want to buy or sell a classic car.

Using Social Media to Sell Your Classic Car
Using Social Media to Sell Your Classic Car image courtesy of Pixabay

Can Social Media Really Help Me Sell a Classic Car?

Quickly finding a buyer for your classic car means getting your money faster. That’s where social media can really help.

When you put your listing and information about your car in front of other car enthusiasts on social media venues, sure, some of them are just there to enjoy looking at cars – but others are there to find the car of their dreams.

So, if more people see the classic car you’re trying to sell, it’s logically going to sell faster, and it’s far more likely to sell it at the price you want. This means you shouldn’t have to keep lowering your price until you get a buyer, and you will typically find a buyer more quickly.

How Can Social Media Help Me Buy a Classic Car?

Just like selling, when you put your “In Search Of” ad in front of more groups of classic car enthusiasts, you’re far more likely to find someone with the car you’re dreaming of owning in a shorter time period.

If you have a story about why you want the car, like it’s the kind you had in high school, like the car your dad had when he proposed to your mom, or whatever the story is, share the story. The better the story is, the more it gets picked up on social media, and the better results you get.

How Classic Cars Online US Can Help You Buy or Sell a Classic Car

Our social media services include sharing posts to several major social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook pages and groups, and Pinterest, just to name a few of the spots where we participate in social media classic car groups.

If you choose to pick up our social media services or just want more information, we’ll provide a list of the places your listing will be shared and how many people follow us in our groups at each site as well as how many people are in other groups where we share.

 

Classic Car Valuation Tips

A lot of factors go into classic car valuation, or setting the price on a classic car, including the popularity of the model, the rarity of the car, the provenance or story that goes with the car, and the condition. Gathering all the details to correctly price a car ends up taking a lot of time, and it’s really common for people to assign the kind of prices they see on reality TV shows to their cars only to be surprised and frustrated when they don’t sell. So, take a look at these classic car valuation tips and learn how Classic Cars Online US can help you if you’re looking to sell a classic car.

Classic Car Valuation Tips: 1965 Pontiac GTO
Classic Car Valuation Tips: 1965 Pontiac GTO image courtesy of Pixabay

Researching Classic Car Values

Pricing guides are one of your first sources to look when you’re putting  a price on a classic car, but it shouldn’t be your only source of pricing information. A number of companies put out these guides, like NADA, Hemmings, Kelley Blue Book, and Hagerty’s, just to list a few potential sources. One advantage using pricing guides is that they take condition into consideration. That’s also a problem with them, it’s very easy to misjudge the condition based on a subjective opinion and choose the wrong one. One solution is to be very explicit in regards to the car’s good features and its flaws. Another solution is to compare the results of two or three different pricing guides to see how close the results are.

Adjusting the Price of a Classic Car for Popularity, Rarity, Provenance, and Condition

Understanding and setting a value on these four things (popularity of the model, rarity, provenance, and condition) are the keys to accurately putting a price tag on your classic car when you want to sell it. Read on for the basic details you need to know.

Popularity: Some car models are just more popular than others, and when these desirable models hit the market, they tend to go for higher prices. Here’s the catch, popularity of models tends to go in waves, or trends, and to set an accurate price, you need to know what’s trending. The best way to find this information is simply to do some market research, and that’s one of the services we provide, if you need help with it when selling your own vintage automobile.

Rarity: Rarity is another tricky detail to calculate into a classic car’s price, but it’s an important one. Some cars are obvious in their rarity, but were never especially popular, which reduces their value. other super popular models had a small number of options buyers could select from the manufacturer that made them incredibly rare, even though the model as a whole was produced in the millions. To find this information, you need to go into production run data and find out if your car was rare or not, and this is another service we include in our valuation bundles.

Provenance: Provenance is a little harder to determine in that title information is private in most states, but if you know, for example that Elvis owned the car you’re trying to sell, and you have a picture of him beside it, then your value just went through the roof. Even if your car wasn’t owned by a celebrity, however, the story behind it adds to its value because it’s human nature to enjoy a good story, so if you know the car’s history, don’t hesitate to share it in the listing because it adds value to the car.

Condition: I briefly mentioned condition above, in the section about Pricing Guides, but it’s worth examining a bit more deeply. With condition, you’re going to look at things like mileage, if known, rust, dents, paint quality, interior condition, trunk condition, how it runs – if it runs, and even the condition of the undercarriage. Every detail is important, so ideally, a close inspection is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and to be able to set an accurate price on a  classic car.

How Classic Cars Online US Can Help You With Classic Car Valuation

Our classic car valuation services are designed to give you the information you need while saving you time and effort. At this time, as of 2017, our classic car valuation services include doing the market research for you. we’ll run the specs of your vehicle (based on the condition you describe and any photos you are able to provide) through a minimum of two pricing guides, determine the current popularity of the model, and we’ll research its rarity to find out how many of that particular model were produced.

For more information and prices, fill out the contact form below or send an email to LaureJ@consultant.com and we’ll get back to you right away.

What You Need to Know if You Want to Buy or Sell a Classic Car

The classic car market has changed a lot over the years, and stories of people who got their first muscle car for fifty bucks are pretty much ancient history by today’s standards. Classic car prices have skyrocketed over the past few years, due in part to the “reality TV effect” and in part to the baby boomers who are ready to downsize now that kids are grown and out of the house. Sellers obviously want to get as much as possible for their cars, and buyers obviously want to get the best deal possible, so where is the middle ground? Keep reading to learn what I discovered about today’s classic car market and how Classic Cars Online US can help.

Tips for Buying or Selling a Classic Car: 1958 Lincoln Continental Capri
Tips for Buying or Selling a Classic Car image courtesy of Pixabay

The Reality TV Effect on Classic Car Sales

If you watch TV at all and you’re a car enthusiast, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen one of the many reality TV shows that feature classic cars. That means you’ve also probably seen some pretty raggedy old cars go for thousands of dollars and some really pristine restorations and customizations go for multi-thousands of dollars – and so have all of the other buyers and sellers in the classic car market.

This is where The Reality TV Effect kicks in and creates challenges for old car buyers and sellers.

Potential sellers suddenly think of that old rusty car in the barn or back behind the shed and decide, “Hey, $20,000 would be pretty handy right about now. And, there goes that car, listed for sale on an auction site or posted on an online classified ad, like the ones featured here on the site. The thing is, is it really going to sell with that high price tag on it? Maybe, if the right buyer wants it enough, or if it’s a super rare and desirable model, but realistically, probably not.

Potential buyers, on the other hand, see these same shows and they think about their budgets and the reality of their finances – and they end up with the feeling that their dream of owning a sweet ride like the one on the show is never going to happen. Then maybe, just out of curiosity and a bit of hopefulness, they check out the prices on eBay or some other auction site and browse around through some online classic car classified ads, and they see the listed prices and give up on the dream.

So, where’s the middle ground?

  • What the sellers don’t initially see is that first, reality TV is FAKE even though the word “reality” is used to describe the genre, and two, those other cars just like theirs that are listed at exorbitant prices don’t usually actually sell for those prices.
  • What the potential buyers don’t see, is that – again – for the most part, the cars they want aren’t actually selling with any regularity at the prices they’re seeing.
  • What often happens is that sellers lower the opening price a bit at a time, until a buyer finally takes the bait, but a lot of potential buyers give up and drop out of the market long before they ever see the prices begin to equalize.
  • Tire kickers also happen… meaning that people bid or make an offer on the cars thinking maybe they can swing it, then back out of the deal leaving the seller to start all over at square one.
  • Or, sellers decide if they can’t get what the car is worth, according to their fave reality TV show’s example, they will just keep the car and let it rot behind the shed or in the barn.

The Impact of Baby Boomers on Classic Car Prices

According to Car and Driver, the classic car trend that’s related to baby boomers, is that baby boomers are trying to unload their classic cars, creating a crash in the classic car market. (This is actually the opposite of what I expected – I thought I would find that they had expendable cash and were driving prices higher – but not so!)

That sounds like good news for buyers, right? Not necessarily! The boomers selling their classic rides are also operating under The Reality TV Effect. That means, yes, the cars are dropping into the marketplace, but only at the sky-high prices very few people are actually willing or able to pay.

Tie this to the fact that the classic car market is, according to Hagerty Indices for the classic car market and  CNBC, decelerating, though prices remain high: when The Reality TV Effect and The Baby Boomer Effect collide in the classic car market, and this creates a huge gap between expectations and reality, and a lot of frustration for both buyers and sellers.

3 Simple Ideas for Selling Classic Cars Online

When you’re ready to sell your classic car, you want to get the best price possible for it, you want it to sell a reasonable time period so you can get your money, and you want to avoid the frustration of dealing with tire kickers and having to lower your prices over and over again.

  • What’s it really worth? We recommend getting started with a professional valuation of your classic car, and as a side note – that’s a service we provide through this site if you’re interested.
  • How many people will see it? The more people who see your ad, the better chance you have of getting a good price for it, and listing here on the site plus social media promotion is also a service we provide, so if you want to know more, just ask or check out our Services Page.
  • Get great photos: This is especially important when selling a car over the internet. If you’re asking people to buy your car without actually seeing it first, make sure the pictures you share are clear and plentiful, and provide plenty of details.

3 Suggestions for Buying Classic Cars Online

When you’re ready to buy a classic car, you want it to be in the condition described so you know exactly what you’re getting, at a fair price, and just like the buyers, you want a smooth, frustration-free transaction.

  • If you’re shopping on an auction site, check the seller’s rating, read the description, check the photos closely, and ask any questions you have before bidding.
  • If you’re getting the car financed, get pre-qualified before bidding.
  • Check around to see what similar cars have sold for in recent months. Be sure to consider condition, provenance, and the popularity of the model you’re considering, because, for example, a car that belonged to a celebrity is going to go higher than a car that belonged to a non-celeb.

By Laure Justice

Here at Classic Cars Online US, we’re working to build a better way for classic car buyers and sellers to connect. Our goal is to be that sweet spot – that middle ground – where the deals are fair for both the buyers and sellers – and where the transactions go smoothly for both parties. 

Sellers, if all you want is a place to list your car for sale, hop on over to our classifieds page and we’ll get you set up with a free basic ad that gets attention and runs for one week. If you want some help with pricing and promoting your car, we have packages and professional assistance available through the Our Services page to help you get your car sold without all the extra frustration of dealing with tire kickers and guessing at a price based on something you saw on TV. 

Buyers, let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll get your message out to our readers and social media accounts to help you find your dream car.