Ron, I certainly agree with what you are saying here. I think BJ
auction causes more harm than good to the hobby. But let me put a little
different spin on things, maybe you'll agree and maybe not.
Yes Barrett-Jackson is the most popular auction going, but it
isn't the only one. How many others do we see or hear about? Not
many. We are in the old car hobby, not the Barrett Jackson
hobby. If people want to spend their money on custom cars, they can do
that. Plenty of people still like the stock
Remember, BJ isn't there to promote the hobby,
they are there to take our money. In Scottsdale alone, they have a
week-long festival. Speed channel only shows a few hours of
it. If customs are what's hot right now, then guaranteed that is what
will be scheduled to show when Speed is on the air. We don't see the
other 4 1/2 days of regular cars, classic 4doors, grocery wagons, etc.
They want hype.
It might even be they schedule the cars for Speed
that they can most exploit. And I'm pretty sure there's a fair amount of
shilling going on. I can see it in that fat bastard Craig Jackson's
eyes. Remember we only see what they want us to see, the
alternative to this is being there in person.
I'm with your
friends that have the pure stock originals. I'd much rather have one of
those than a hacked up job. What would be tragic is if they took
there pristine originals and customized them soley because they
thought they'd be worth more.
How many times have we
seen a ragged out Camaro, Mustang, vintage Chrysler even, that the seller
wanted big bucks for. His reason? I saw one on
Barrett Jackson just like it sell for X. Well, it isn't just
like it. This doesn't do us any favors. I'm hoping in the not too
distant future, people will catch on to what BJ is really all about, and
their popularity will wane.
In closing, just remember that
even though BJ wants to be the last word in collector cars, they aren't.
We might see a swing in the bidding some day where the originals are once
again the most popular, leaving the cutomizers to say, hey what's going on
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Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2011 14:31:37 -0500
[GFS] MAJOR CHANGES IN THE COLLECTOR CAR MARKET???
It is an undisputed fact that Barrett-Jackson is the biggest and most
expensive auction in the world, attracting buyers from all over the
world. The fact that there can be NO RESERVE on any vehicle sold there
means if your car is not near perfect you could loose a ton of money.
Barrett Jackson is also the world's most televised car event being shown
around the world. These are all undisputed facts.
We are watching automotive history being made and precedents set by 2011
auction prices which shows what sells high and what does not sell
high and approximately what our similar cars are
I, like thousands of other collectors, was in shock that the amount
of PURE STOCK CARS WERE IN THE MINORITY. It showed that the pure
stock cars are now worth more if they have been tastefully
There was a continuous flow of custom cars and hot rods
that were not kept or put back to 100% stock and they brought higher
bids then 90% of the totally stock cars going across the bidding
Every year about 20 of us car guys get together and all watch the
Barrett Jackson auction. This year three of our buddies that are purist
and have beautiful 100% stock cars---------actually got up and walked
out----they were totally disgusted with the change in the bidding.
Before one purist left he said, "You very seldom or ever saw hot
rods and custom cars on Barrett Jackson 4 or 5 years ago, and now they
dominate the auction!!!!"
I guess we will not hear many purist collector guys saying " MY CAR IS
WORTH A LOT MORE BECAUSE IT IS 100% STOCK IN EVERY WAY". Don't get me
wrong, there were cars there that were 100% stock that brought big
auction prices but most were one of a kind production cars that were
already changed (customized) at the factory before they
were shipped to the new car dealers.
So my condolences to all the purists out there, ( I myself was one many
years ago) I know how you must feel. My advice is
accept it or go into denial and try to prove 3 days of world wide facts
broadcast to the world never happen.
Of course that is just my opinion, and I could be wrong-----but the
overwhelming facts do point in that direction.