Evaluating Collector Cars

Maurice Bramhall was a guest recently on ‘Drive Along’ with Ron Baker. During this podcast, Maurice offered his insight on evaluating collector cars.

Drive Along provides interviews with people involved in every aspect of the car culture, from collectors to CEOs, providing interesting and inspiring stories. Ron Baker talks to people with connections to owning, building, promoting and enjoying vehicles of every vintage and description. Enjoy listening to stories about their life experiences, challenges and triumphs involving cars, trucks and motorcycles.

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Billion Dollar Smog Hoax

Jensen Interceptor S

I was searching in the Cambridge Antique Market for small items of automotive ephemera and I saw the headline on a Motor Trend magazine which said “The Billion Dollar Smog Hoax”. I was fascinated to hopefully read what they thought of the beginning of the clean-up of exhaust pollution, but what I got was a rant about Ralph Nader, even down to his origins and education. They were not pleased, but a wonderful article in the magazine was contributed by my childhood hero, Stirling Moss, in which he described all the benefits of the 4 wheel drive system invented by Ferguson, installed in a regular street vehicle.

This was very interesting because we recently sold a Jensen Interceptor which was the first car to offer the option of the Ferguson 4 wheel drive system. Reading his description of all the advantages was just amazing considering that in Canada now so many vehicles are fitted with it.

The test car of the month was the Firebreathing Pontiac Firebird, the lead editorial was a rant about Senator Muskie and his crusade for clean air and all the safety features that were being legislated, to quote the editor: “which holds that Americans should be given a kind of all-forgiving, padded confessional to drive around in”. How far we have come!

Lipstick on a PigLIPSTICK ON A PIG
Avoiding Life’s Lemons

Lipstick on a Pig features excerpts from the vast library of Maurice Bramhall’s experiences.


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1992 Puma AM4 Convertible

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Making Sure Your Vehicle Is Ready To Sell

If you decide it’s time to sell your vehicle, you are going to want to do as much as you can to find customers who are interested and to get the price you want for it. This means putting in a little work before you start advertising your car for sale, and ensuring that, when people come to see it and maybe take it for a test drive, it is in the best condition it can be. Read on to find out what you need to do to make your car ready to sell, and to make that sale quicker and more profitable too.

Repair It

Unless you very clearly state in your advertisement that there are issues with the car, and list them out so the potential buyer knows what they are getting into, and unless you price the car to reflect the money the new owner is going to have to spend to put things right, you will need to get those problems fixed yourself.

It could be something as small as a broken tail light or a fault with a windshield wiper, in which case you might even be able to do the work yourself and it won’t cost you a lot even if you do take it to a mechanic. The same is true for any scratches or small dents and dings that are so easy to get when you’re just driving around.

If the problem is bigger, you will need to decide what to do. You can either spend the money to fix it and then sell it ensuring you price it with recouping your losses in mind, or you can advertise it as having a problem, as mentioned above. What you must not do is sell the car as though it is working perfectly if there is a major fault (or even a minor one).

Fixing the car will mean there is less room for a potential buyer to haggle, and you can get a better price, which means more money at the end of the transaction, allowing you to enjoy yourself at an online casino, buying something you’ve always wanted, getting a new car, or paying off some bills – the choice is yours.

Clean It

If the idea of cleaning your car before you try to sell it seems like too much of a chore, think of it as though you were the buyer. When you go to see a vehicle that you are interested in purchasing, what would you think if you arrived to inspect it to find it dirty, inside and out? You might worry that the owner doesn’t take good care of the car, and that there are other things wrong with it that you’ll need to fix later on.

Not only that, but it won’t give the best impression of the car if it’s muddy on the outside and dusty on the inside – or worse. The best thing you can do is clean the car, inside and out, or take it to a valet cleaner to do it for you. The car will look great, and a buyer will be more likely to drive it away.


How Does High Mileage Affect The Value Of A Classic Car?

If you’re looking to buy a classic car, you might find yourself staring at a bunch of mileages that vary a great deal. The only mileage that can be considered original are the ones that are documented by a service and ownership history.

You can often find a good guide for high mileage vehicles online. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, we have some tips for you here.

Let’s get to it!

The value usually goes down (most of the time!)

No surprises here. If a classic car has a high mileage, the value of it usually goes down. However, the value might not dip as low as it would for a non-classic car, as there isn’t the sentimentality to take into account.

The condition, age, and service history will be taken into account here, as well as the general popularity of the car model and how much people are willing to pay for it regardless of its current condition and/or mileage.

Cosmetic wear & tear is affected

The more that a classic car has been driven, the more cosmetic damage that the chassis and bodywork are likely to have sustained.

Makes sense!

As you’d expect, this can also have an effect on the car’s value, as the aesthetics of a classic car are usually one of the main selling points that people are interested in.

Old cars have odometers that usually go up to 100,000 miles, roughly 160,000 km. When they reach 100,000 miles, they turn over and start at zero again.

Current condition, service and restoration history are everything!

When buying a classic car, take a look at the owner’s log book and file folder. Look for large gaps in the service history. Look for a change in odometer. Many people change the odometer to zero when they restore a classic car.

Many collectors claim that the mileage is original, human memory doesn’t have a good track record. Believe only mileage claims that are verified by documentation. A lot can happen to a car in 40, 50, or 60 yrs.

For modern classics, be careful when reading a Carfax Report, the conversion from Miles to Kilometers confuses the computer into believing there is a mileage anomaly.

Good luck in your search, mileage is only one factor in your decision making.