Monday, June 11, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

New book available for Kindle devices!

List on Wednesday, Sell on Monday
Cascadia Classic shows you the right way to sell your car on eBay

After many requests for advice on how to successfully list cars on eBay, I decided to write a Kindle book on the subject. Chapters include information on the secrets to getting good photographs of your car, how to write an effective description, how to create a custom page layout, navigating eBay's listing options, dealing with bidders while the auction is underway, and how to arrange for payment and shipping afterwards. Additionally, bonus chapters are included on how to safely buy a car on eBay as well.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

1965 Triumph TR4

I originally bought this Triumph to use as a fun Summer beater car, it was a great runner but needed cosmetics.  By the following winter I decided to prepare to have it repainted.  The car was so small that one thing let to another and I ended up taking it off the frame.  Then I decided I better have the whole thing bead blasted before painting, and I guess I should have the frame blasted too.  Hmmm, this interior could use freshening so why don't I take care of that too.  You get the idea.  By the time I was done this became a nut and bolt restoration, it took about a year of work, done in my spare time.  I was very lucky in the fact that the car was incredibly solid, almost 100% rust free.  My painter (with 40yrs experience) commented that he had never seen one this solid.

I enjoyed the restoration process but had no interest in driving a car that nice when I was done.  Sold to a dealer in NY for 35K.

1957 Dodge Sierra Spectator Wagon

This was one incredible wagon.  44K original miles and still with plastic seatcovers in the interior.  This was also a 9 passenger "Spectator" model with the rear facing 3rd seat.  Very hard model to find in any condition, much less a factory black car that was this well preserved.  Sold for 35K for an enthusiast in Denmark.

1963 Volvo 544

It's very rare to find a 544 restored to this level.  This car won best in class at Forest Grove and was pretty spectacular everywhere you looked.  Vintage Volvos have been on the move in the past few years and I expect them to keep moving upward.  This one sold for 22K to a collector in Kentucky.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

1960 Chrysler 300F Convertible

One of just 248 "F" convertibles made in 1960, this one happened to be a factory 'Toreador Red' car, and was in concours condition with 76 miles since restoration.  These were expensive cars when new and have been steadily appreciating in today's market.  Part of the appeal is the fabulous 413 Cross Ram motor, a design that would have been aesthetically outrageous if it were not so effective - a 300F won the Daytona Flying Mile in 1960 with a speed of 145mph.  Six were entered, they placed 1st - 6th.

I didn't put many miles on this car for a couple of reasons;  the low odometer and the car's high value.  I did, on one occasion, put my foot about halfway down and it was enough to raise the hairs on my neck.

This car was completely correct in detail, show quality throughout, and represented entry into an exclusive circle of 300F convertible owners, of which 78 are left worldwide.  Sold for $170K to a collector in Kentucky.

1956 Land Rover

This Land Rover went through a nut and bolt restoration, featured a Series II drivetrain, safari roof, and a fantastic matching trailer.  This was the type of setup that would capture the imagination of any red blooded male, anywhere in the world.  My 10 year old son was very sad to see this one go - sold for 18K to an enthusiast in Maine who knew a bargain when he saw one.