Ann from Cincinnati says:

I worked with Jim to buy a Porsche 911 Cabriolet; I’d been looking for a Cabriolet in great condition for about a year and contacted Jim. Working with him via text, email and phone was simple and streamlined plus he’s a very interesting guy who is genuinely passionate about cars and about a straight forward sales process. I’d never purchased a car sight-unseen from an out of state seller — so I had some reservations, however Jim said all the right things, produced all the right support and responded quickly. The entire process took less time than I originally thought it might and the car exceeded my expectations. Thank you again, Ann (Cincinnati, Ohio) 

HAPPY CLIENT

Hello Mr. Lowrey:  I wanted to tell you the ’77 Corvette made it home safely.  I know you were a little concerned about driving it this far, but I had no problems at all.  It turned heads all the way home.  My buddies are “jealous”.  Thank you again for being honest about the car and I know I will enjoy it for a long time.  RT, MS

Craig from San Diego says:

I would not have been able to sell my 1963 Split Window Corvette for anything close to its sale price without Jim's assistance. He is professional, hard-working, and his expertise was invaluable. I recommend him highly to anyone trying to sell a classic vehicle! (Craig, San Diego, CA) 

 

Sheryl from Birmingham says:

Jim did an absolutely fabulous job from start to selling of my husbands car. He took, what was a very stressful situation for me, and made it very easy. He handled every detail as if he knew my husband personally. I highly recommend his services for selling your prized vehicles.(Sheryl, Birmingham, AL) 

 

 

 

Classic and Collectable Cars - Bursting Bubble or a Market Correction?

10/13/2017
Richard N Hawken
We think not, markets [even cars] move in cycles of on average 4 to 6 years. The start of the last cycle can be traced back to August 2009 when you could have picked up a good low-mileage Ferrari F50 for around £400k. Today the same car will set you back around £2m, evidence the top of the market remains robust, away from the casual observer. 

The major classic car indexes recorded their peaks during auctions of Q3/Q4 2015, since then, cumulatively prices have been easing. The differentiator is good cars are falling in value, but great cars have decoupled, increasing in both demand and value. Rising prices over the last few years has brought a number of “average” cars to the market, non-matching, non-original colours, modified etc. which are then being sold at completely new auctions. This nouveaux lack of experience and quality is obscuring the data downwards as true collectors/investors are simply “passing” patiently awaiting superior metal.

Publicized sales such as the 993 GT2 which RM sold for £1.8m in late 2016 only serves to compound the issue as average cars hit auctions with increasing low reserves – which then don’t sell lowering average sell-through rates, causing concern and whispers of bursting bubbles. It’s also worth bearing in mind we have seen recent weakness in other luxury goods asset classes such as London real-estate and fine art for example.

Collectively the data points suggest middle of the road collectable cars will continue to underperform for the next 12 to 18 months or at least until “value” is once again perceived in them.
 
 
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