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How Old Does A "Collector Car" Have to Be?

   When I first “officially” got into the collector car hobby in 1972, in New York City,  I bought a 1954 Chevy sedan and started going to car shows.  One day I took the car to a show at the Brooklyn Museum and they said I could not enter my car because it wasn’t old enough.  I clearly rememberthe “gatekeeper” pointing to a 1948 Lincoln Continental that had once been owned by radio announcer Arthur Godfrey. “Come back when you have a car like that young man,” he said. Of course, I knew I’d never have a car like that, so I was almost ready to give up on the old-car hobby.  I’m glad I didn’t.

   The truth is, a car doesn’t have to be 20, or 25 or 50 years old to be collectible.  Most trends in collecting begin when a new generation gets into the hobby and starts collecting affordable cars that veteran collectors haven’t priced out of the market, yet.  So if you want to see your collecting pay off on a buy-low/sell-high basis, just check to see what “newer” models the younger collectors are going for and start putting that type of vehicle away for a rainy day. — Gunner 

   What’s your opinion on this topic? I’d love to hear it! Blog me!

4 thoughts on “How Old Does A "Collector Car" Have to Be?

  1. Tom Amundson

    John, I remember when i first got interested in old cars. My uncle owned the Ford Garage in Rosholt, Wi. He collected Model T and Model A Fords. He once told me that the prices were making it so a working man could afford to buy an old car anymore. That’s when the focus was on pre-war cars. To your point, young people starting collecting newer cars. My first car was a 57 Chevy 150 I bought for $150. Now my sons are into tuners.

    Keep up the good work. I love the blog!!! See you at Iola 07.

    Tom Amundson

  2. Tom Amundson

    John, I remember when i first got interested in old cars. My uncle owned the Ford Garage in Rosholt, Wi. He collected Model T and Model A Fords. He once told me that the prices were making it so a working man could afford to buy an old car anymore. That’s when the focus was on pre-war cars. To your point, young people starting collecting newer cars. My first car was a 57 Chevy 150 I bought for $150. Now my sons are into tuners.

    Keep up the good work. I love the blog!!! See you at Iola 07.

    Tom Amundson

  3. John Gunnell

    Tom

    My first car was a Classic Chevy, too. And I got it from my Grandfather for free. Well, we did have to bleed the brakes. I should have kept it. It was a Two-Ten coupe with the Del Rey waffle-pattern interior.
    The cheap car I like today is the Sunbird convertible. I fixed up 3 for my grandaughters and then I got one for myself. They are all red, the tops go down and they are a blast to drive in the summer. And affordable if you do the work they need yourself.

    Gunner

  4. John Gunnell

    Tom

    My first car was a Classic Chevy, too. And I got it from my Grandfather for free. Well, we did have to bleed the brakes. I should have kept it. It was a Two-Ten coupe with the Del Rey waffle-pattern interior.
    The cheap car I like today is the Sunbird convertible. I fixed up 3 for my grandaughters and then I got one for myself. They are all red, the tops go down and they are a blast to drive in the summer. And affordable if you do the work they need yourself.

    Gunner

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