The British Auto Club of Las Vegas consists of British car owners and enthusiasts
dedicated to promoting the hobby
of British automotive sport.
BACLV - celebrating 25 years of promoting
British Automotive Sport!
President's Message - April 2015
remember when a good parts car was max of five
hundred dollars and maybe you would actually get paid if you towed one out of someone’s drive way. Those days are certainly
gone. It seems everyone wants at least four grand for a basket case. While this may be good for the values of the cars we
already have it certainly does make it hard for a young person in need of a fun cheap car to get into our hobby. I have seen
some deals at auction but only by a small percentage. The great finds are still out there by word of mouth of that guy around
the corner that has to let it go because of sad times or new horizons in another state. This rang true this weekend at the
Roger’s Collection Auction by Mecum.
Drew and I actually registered to bid just in case there
was a deal to be had. With the vast majority of the collection, being American post war iron I thought the oddball European
stuff like ours may not have the buyers in the room. I was wrong. I was interested in about a dozen cars from a beautiful
1965 TR4 to a poorly repainted 1986 Porsche 928. The prices were not out of this world but by the time you paid the additional
18% buyer’s premium and sales tax, there wasn’t any meat left on the bone. Mecum did their
job to get the right bidders in the room and they had some younger buyers too.
Interest in British
cars is strong and consistent unlike some recent bubbles like Mopar muscle cars. We had a great day together dreaming of cars
we might have one day. I wish him a large garage and an understanding wife. I must be itching for something to fill a void
with Drew getting older and Jordan moving on to the next stage of his life. Aly has her running. We sure are going to miss
them when college takes them out of the house.
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