Auto appraisers know that car auctions can be an indicator of market value trends. Motivated sellers by the hundreds will descend upon Carlisle Fairgrounds for the Annual Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral event on October 2nd through the 6th. Of special interest will be Thursday night’s & Friday night’s auctions. This is one of the best buying opportunities of the year. Look for great values as sellers are motivated to sell before winter sets in. Don’t miss out. Savvy shoppers could buy at Carlisle and sell the next week at the AACA Eastern Fall Nationals in Hershey on October 9th through the 12th. Both will present great buying opportunities with motivated sellers. Let us help you negotiate the best deal. AAG’s pre-purchase inspections and appraisal report can help you save money. Stop by our tent and check out our appraisal specials.
When we were first approached about sponsoring the Virginia Festival of the Wheel car show in Charlottesville Virginia, we thought “It’s about time!” While there are a number of local car shows in the area and many of them support local non-profits, this event’s mission was to raise awareness and support for the UVA Cancer Center, which has made a difference in the lives of many people in Virginia and beyond. While raising awareness and financial support for the Cancer Center, this show provided participants with a concours level event in a world-class venue with a program comprised of many local enthusiasts and supporters of the old car hobby.
The show made it possible for our office staff to meet fellow car lovers in person and combine their forces to make the event a success. We were honored to have a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupe as the featured automobile in our tent. We have had the privilege of appraising this memorable automobile several times as time has passed. It is owned by a local family who has been involved in local and national car clubs for many years. Just one of the collectible autos in his stable, this one was purchased by his father in the early 1960’s and won Best in its Class at the Amelia Island Concours d ’Elegance a few years ago.
Other notable autos at the event included the following winners:
The Virginia National Bank Best in Show Trophy – Brant Halterman for his 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang.
The Albemarle Co. Rotary Club People’s Choice Trophy was a tie – Louise McConnell for her 1964 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Lusso and Allan Becker for his 1930 Packard 745 Roadster.
The Chairman’s Choice Trophy - William Alley, 1955 Jaguar D-Type Roadster
The Packards, Featured Marque of the 2019 VFOTW – 1st Place Allan Becker,1930 Packard 745 Roadster; 2nd Place, Allen Richards,1931 Packard 845 Convertible Coupe
Vintage Race Cars – 1st Place, Eric Anderson, 1932 Hudson-Martz Indy Car; 2nd Place, Phil Williams, 1960 MGA Racer Convertible
The Cadillacs – 1st Place, Frank Nave, 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille; 2nd Place, Joel Loving, 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible
Brass Era Cars – 1st Place, Paul Wilson, 1899 Marot-Gardon Open Car
Post-War American Production Cars – 1st Place, Doug Caton, 1955 Chrysler New Yorker Convertible; 2nd Place, Zach Straits, 1961 Ford Starliner Fastback
Exotic Sports Cars – 1st Place, Brian Fox, 2004 Acura NSX Targa; 2nd Place, Tom Farley, 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello 2 Dr. Coupe
German Sports Cars – 1st Place, Michael Copperthite, 1953 Porsche Type 356 Coupe; 2nd Place, Robert Guenther, 2016 Porsche 911 GTS Club Coupe
American Sports Cars – 1st Place, Daniel Miller, 1962 Chevrolet Corvette; 2nd Place, Edward Szeliga, 1964 Chevrolet Corvette
Post-War Foreign Production Cars – 1st Place, David Lowen, 1959 BMW 600 Sedan; 2nd Place, Christopher Thompson, 1959 Alfa Romeo Guilietta Sprint Coupe
Preservation Class Cars – 1st Place, Louise McConnell, 1964 Ferrari 250 Berlinetta Lusso; Tie for 2nd Place, Chris Overcash,1946 Packard Sedan – 2nd Place, Michael Chiavetta, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
American Hot Rods – 1st Place, Don Cullen, 1935 Ford Cabriolet Roadster; 2nd Place, Bobby Hilton, 1931 Ford Roadster
British Sports Cars – 1st Place. Jim Ellis, 1956 Austin Healey 100M; 2nd Place, Jim Cheatham, 1957 MGA Coupe
Fundraising totals have yet to be finalized, but the result is expected to be very close to this year’s goal of $30,000. The success of the event is a testimony to the dedication and efforts of the event’s organizers under the leadership of Mike Baldauf. His vision of combining an interesting and informative program with a nice venue to create a positive experience for all participants was superbly realized. We are looking forward to next year’s event during Labor Day weekend 2020. Great job Mike!
Having just celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, many of us have turned to someone and said “Can you believe it has been 50 years since 1969?” This weekend at Corvettes at Carlisle, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Corvette. This Stingray was well-received with its new larger 350 CID 300-hp engine as standard with a 350-hp version available.
AAG will be hosting two seminars at the show this weekend on Friday & Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM. Play along with our Trivia and Fact or Fiction review of recent 1969 Corvette sales to see how current your value trend skills are. Stop by the booth on the Midway to check on our show specials. We look forward to seeing you at one of the largest Corvette events in the country!
Come and see AAG at Spring Carlisle and let us help you check out your next great buy! Spring Carlisle Auction takes place April 25th and 26th in Carlisle, PA which offers something for everyone. Reasonable cars at reasonable prices. Attend the show and stop by the auction to find your first collector car or one more to add to your collection. The Carlisle Auctions provide a great opportunity to get into the hobby at an affordable level.
AAG will be in Spaces P18- P21 and can provide prepurchase inspection on vehicles in the auction or car coral.
AAG will be sponsoring the UVA Cancer Center at the First Annual Virginia Festival of the Wheel, October 7th at the Sprint Pavilion.
The Virginia Festival of the Wheel will showcase a collection of 80 of the finest vintage and collectors cars in the region and will exhibit vehicles including a retired NASCAR vehicle and an award-winning dragster. The event will also include food trucks and other vendors to make the day complete.
In addition, military, first responder’s and cancer survivors, as well as kids 12 and under, will be admitted free! Come down and enjoy some remarkable vehicles, all while benefiting the UVA Cancer Center!
AAG is gearing up for the Annual AACA Club Meeting in Philadelphia next weekend!
One of the highlights of the weekend is the wide variety of seminars given by AACA members about various aspects of the hobby. AAG’s founder, Larry Batton, presents a Value Trends Seminar each year that documents and highlights current value trends for a variety of automobiles. The Fact or Fiction portion of the seminar features selected vehicles from recent auction sales during the Scottsdale Auction week. Overall sales were down from previous years but lots of interesting and notable automobiles crossed the block last week in Scottsdale.
“The AACA Meeting is a great event that allows us to meet with the volunteer leadership from AACA clubs around the country during the two-day trade show that coincides with the seminars” commented AAG’s Fort Lauderdale agent John Delaney. AAG agents are available to share a portion of the Value Trends Seminar with local clubs by appointment. Contact our Headquarters for more information at 434-295-1700.
Having just gotten back to the real world after my week at Hershey, I can’t help but reflect on what a great time we had again this year. Except for the brief thunderstorm and subsequent run-off that washed our cooler out of the tent and the Saturday afternoon rain, the weather was nearly perfect. If you’ve never been and you like old cars, you have to put it on your bucket list. If you have been, maybe you could add your comments about what you love about Hershey. There are three things that stand out for me this year.
The People – Interacting with many of the AAG agents face-to-face rather than on the phone. I spend a lot of time on the phone. Talking with clients, talking with agents, talking to whoever wants to talk with me. It’s fun to be able to hang out with the agents and get to know each other outside of the appraisal business. Not that we don’t talk shop, but we can relax and talk cars, family and other fun stuff too. Hershey is also a great place to see old friends, clients and meet lots of new people. Life’s all about relationships.
The Cars – Of course being able to visit the car coral and see what bargains are out there and what cars keep coming back year after year, is a great way to spend the day. But the best part is Saturday morning, watching all the cars drive onto the show field for judging. Where else are you going to see 900 antique cars being driven into place with period costumes, a little gray smoke and lots of smiling faces? This is the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Whether restored and detailed by their owners or a recent purchase and first time entrant, it makes me feel good to see so many living the dream and participating in the hobby.
The AACA – How many volunteers does it take to host 300,000 people? And how many shows are hosted by the AACA on every level throughout the country each year? How many hours are given to make your local, regional and national club a place that allows people to live out their passion for the history of the automobile and the old car hobby? The AACA helps owners to restore, maintain and drive those old cars while hanging out with friends and building community around that passion. By supporting the AACA we are really supporting one another. Thank you to the AACA for another great event.
Watch for record attendance at the next all-Ford Nationals in Carlisle on June 5-7. This year we celebrate 50 years of the Ford Mustang and that includes honoring 50 years of the Shelby GT350 as well as a special GT-40 display.
As one of America’s favorite collector cars, the Mustang has seen an uptick in value as its anniversary celebration continues. The Auto Appraisal Group will host two seminars focused on value trends for the Mustang and Shelby GT350 over the past 50 years. Come early to get a good seat and be prepared to participate in our classic car value “Fact or Fiction” fun. Friday’s seminar is at 12 Noon and will review 50 years of Mustang values. Saturday at 1PM we will cover 50 years of Shelby values.
Don’t miss this special weekend presented by Carlisle Events, one of our country’s largest and most welcoming car show hosts.
Here we are again; it is time for two of the biggest and best fall events on the east coast. Fall Carlisle– “a collector car swap meet, car corral, and auction” – is held October 1-5, at 150 acre Carlisle, Pennsylvania fairgrounds and is celebrating its 40th year. AAG has been the official appraiser for the last 25 of those years. With over 8,000 vendor spaces and 2,000 cars in the car corral, you have plenty of opportunity to haggle with the seller and get your best price. The AACA’s Regional Fall Meet at Hershey Park in Pennsylvania is October 8-11 and has been around since 1955 and is a great place to locate all things car related. There are 9,000 flea market spaces, with 3,300 vendors and 1,100 car coral spaces with 200 to be sold the week of the Fall Meet.
Carlisle has an auction on Friday & Saturday of the show and plans to see over 300 cars cross the auction block. This event has produced good cars at great prices and could be another great opportunity to find the car you want. Average sale is about $15,000 per auto offered. There is always something in everyone’s price range at this auction. Here is your chance to buy and sell. All Fall Auction consignments are free unless sold.
Hershey’s AACA Meet is considered one of the largest antique auto shows and flea markets in the United States. I have been attending the event for 25 years and rarely get to see the entire show during the 4-day event. All spaces are hosted by AACA members and true to tradition, only vehicles and parts for autos 25 years or older may be sold. Show field conditions have improved greatly over the years and there is no longer any worry about a mud-fest when the weather doesn’t cooperate. In fact, last year the sun came out just in time for the Saturday morning car judging event.
Stop by and see us at both shows this fall. We will be on the Midway once again at Fall Carlisle and just inside the Green Field in spaces GAI 11-13 as you enter from the car corral at Hershey. As always, we provide on-site pre-purchase inspections and appraisals upon request. We look forward to seeing you and the great deals you will find at the show.
Be part of the auction excitement on Friday and Saturday, November 15 & 16 at Festival Park for the ever-popular collector car auction. This auction sees nearly 300 cars cross the block and cars are frequently run in the following categories: Muscle Car, Street Rod, Classic Car, Antique, Luxury, Exotic, Race Car, Sports Car, Specialty Truck and Motorcycle. If you are interested in machines that fall in these groups, this could be a real buying opportunity. Stop by AAG’s booth to learn about our auto appraisal and prepurchase inspection services. Sellers, come talk to us about documenting your car. Documented cars sell for more than those with no documented history. AAG can help.