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Appreciating Classic Cars: Now’s the Time to Buy?

August 18th, 2014

Maserati MC12 Corsa

If you have a Maserati MC12 Corsa to sell, you should advertise it where potential buyers hang out.

Check your garage, loyal readers, because if you have one, you’re in luck. The Corsa is the racing version of the road-going MC12, and only 50 Corsas were ever produced.

Produced back in 2004 and 2005, the car boasts a Ferrari Enzo V12 engine that makes 620 horsepower and jumps from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. The car is based on the Enzo, however it’s slower and bigger than its more attractive cousin.

It’s kind of like an Enzo in a fat suit, to be honest. Regardless, the car is incredibly rare and valuable, especially in Corsa trim.

So where might potential buyers of this expensive machine hang out?

The Pebble Beach Concours, of course.

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The Greatest New Used Car Ever?

August 4th, 2014

1985 Honda Civic 500000th

I’d be shocked if this car remains available.

Yesterday I caught wind of a brand new Honda Civic, which in itself isn’t that big of a deal. However, this one’s special because it’s a 1985. Also, the seller claims that it’s the 500,000th Civic to roll off the assembly line. And it has 0 miles on the odometer.

Could this be too good to be true?

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Own a Car that Changed the Game

July 18th, 2014

Acura NSX

Any regular schmuck can own a Camry.

A Camry is proven reliable and economical to own. There’s nothing particularly exciting about a Camry, but you can be sure it’ll always be there when you need it.

Owning a Camry tells the world you appreciate the status quo and would rather opt for comfort and knowing exactly what to expect than take a chance on innovation.

Maybe there’s a part of you that wants to live a slightly more exciting life, but you still crave the peace of knowing exactly what to expect in a vehicle.

You, my friend, need a car that changed the game when new, but today is a solid used choice.

MSN Autos posted a gallery of cars that changed the game, most of which are readily available on the used market. Some, like the Model T, are a little more difficult to find.

Read on to find out which are worth considering as your next car.

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Could That Used Car Be a Classic Car?

February 6th, 2014

1994 Dodge Viper

When listening to the classic rock station, I’m accustomed to hearing music from Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd. So when a Metallica song came on the other day, I thought the station switched without my consent. When I realized the channel was still locked firmly on classic rock, I had a small tantrum.

“Metallica is NOT classic rock,” I said to myself. “I listened to Metallica as a teenager, just a few short… umm… oh man, 15-20 years ago.”

Holy moly, it’s true. Metallica are now considered a classic rock band.

Today I’m having the same realization about cars.

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Restore or Not Restore: The 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

January 7th, 2014

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS

When a long-forgotten rare and classic car is found and brought into the public eye, it usually doesn’t take long for it to be restored and sold again in tip-top shape.

A recent find, though, brings up an interesting conundrum. A 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, in its original state, has been found in a Pennsylvania garage. It’s rare to find a Ferrari of this vintage in any condition, but it’s nearly unheard of to find one of just 99 examples built that is in its completely original shape.

Well, original save for a small engine fire.

Even considering the fire, the car might be worth more if left untouched.

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Pebble Beach: The Best Used Car Lot Ever

August 14th, 2013

Ferrari 275 GTB

The 2013 Concours d’Elegance begins this weekend, with some of the most expensive used cars ever to hit the market available for discerning buyers.

While a $17 million Ferrari may not be on the shopping list for everyone, maybe a sub-$50,000 classic could. If so, what could be better than finding your next classic ride in Pebble Beach? It may not be a Ferrari, but there could be an old BMW or Studebaker in your future.

One thing for sure, the cars at Pebble Beach aren’t the cars you’ll find in your local used listings.

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Used Car Prices Change Again—Should You Buy New?

July 30th, 2013
1929 Duesenberg

The 1929 Duesenberg: Holding its value just fine!

Unless you’re in possession of a 1929 Duesenberg, there’s bad news for sellers of used cars.

On the other hand, if you’re a regular Joe in the market to buy a used car, there’s plenty of good news to go around. There’s also good and bad news for new-car buyers, too.

Confused?

Just keep reading, and all will become clear!

First, the Duesenberg:

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What Classic Car Would You Want New Again?

July 16th, 2013

1973 911 Carrera RS

There’s really only one thing in life humans should strive for: an unlimited budget.

With an unlimited budget, people can experience all the driving pleasure the world has to offer. Sure, some people say money can’t buy happiness, but have you ever seen an unhappy person behind the wheel of a Porsche?

Cocky and arrogant maybe, but certainly happy.

While new Porsches are undeniably a source of true happiness, a classic can elevate the joy to a whole new level. That joy can turn to grief pretty quickly, though, when it’s time to look for replacement parts. Imagine owning a 1973 911 Carrera RS and looking for someone to maintain it or repair damaged or worn-out pieces.

As much happiness as cars provide, classics breaking down are a major source of human unhappiness.

But, there is a solution.

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Donated Cars Make for Affordable Classics!

February 15th, 2013
1966 Rolls-Royce

Even donated cars can have class. Here's a 1966 Rolls-Royce!

We’ve touched on the topic of car donation here in the past. Donating a car to a reputable nonprofit agency can benefit the donor by providing a tax deduction while generating money for the charity. The bottom line: Donating cars can help make sure people get the help they need.

It really is a win-win situation.

But what happens to the cars that are donated, and how might a car shopper benefit from someone else’s donation?

Read on and be surprised, as I was, at some of the cool, classic and fun cars that go up for sale after getting donated.

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