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A picture of the cover of a book I highly recommend:
I swear I didn’t show the cover just because of the beautiful ’67 Corvette. 🙂
This book has real stories about the very personal connection between people and cars. Chapter 7, “Designed For Mastery, Driven By Sentiment, Wired For Speed,” is absolute poetry to me. Here is a long passage from that chapter:
“Without mastery, without the ability to steer the car in the direction of your every whim, you’re just a passenger. Maybe that’s why autonomous vehicles feel to us like the sworn enemy of every single human sentiment and emotion described above. It takes the Zen moment at the start of a drive, where all destinations are possible, and replaces it with a cyber-plotted itinerary. It exchanges the noble elements of mastery for a lesser alloy of possession and detachment, turns the illicit thrill of speed into the heartless arithmetic of distance and time. The lovingly customized personal vehicle will give way to the linoleum subway chic of shared operation, easy to wipe clean and frequently in need of said cleaning, because few things in this world are treated worse than a public conveyance. Those quantum collisions of romantic entanglement that occur when a girl in a flatbed Ford swings past a corner in Winslow, Arizona? Gone, replaced by frantic and unpleasant coupling behind curtains and between waypoints on Google Maps.”
“Nobody ever wrote a love song about a subway.”
“Nobody has ever felt a deep, personal connection with a city bus.”
If you can, support the car hobby. Attend car shows, join an automobile museum…if you can afford it, buy a car that meets your personal definition of classic.
Although we had a great time at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction last year, we are not attending this year. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t be watching. Of course, I am currently watching and enjoying the broadcasts of the Mecum auction from Kissimmee, Florida.
The photos on the covers are of high-profile cars that will sell for six, seven or even eight figures. Remember from this that I don’t really have super-expensive tastes in cars. No seven-figure cars were in my Ultimate Garage 2.0. Only two of the eleven could be valued at $250,000 or more and five of them were valued at less than $100,000.
I don’t know if I can show actual cars from the catalog without violating copyright laws. In all honesty, I have more interest in the cars from earlier in the auction than in those from Friday and “Super Saturday.” My highly idiosyncratic interest in the Cadillac Allante is piqued by this lot from Tuesday, the second day of the auction. Here is a picture of a similar car from carsforsale.com:
This is a 1991 Allante; the Barrett-Jackson car (also in Red) has just 35,268 miles. At the Mecum auction in Denver in 2018 a 1990 Allante sold, all in, for $1,650. No, I’m not missing a zero. At the Barrett-Jackson auction in Connecticut in 2017 an Allante, I don’t remember the year, sold all in for $8,250.
I don’t think these cars will ever be valuable, but I think they’re gorgeous and if you buy one from 1989 or later, the car has enough torque to be fun to drive. How can you go wrong for less than ten grand?
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