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#1 of 378 Note the order of words......
Nov 25, 2002 (3:52 pm)
Not "collectible autos" but "auto collectibles..."
That is this topic is to talk about stuff we collect besides actual full scale cars.
I myself collect just about everything: Magazines, License plates, sales brochures, die-cast and plastic models, books art and videos.
If I had a dime for every item I had I could probably run out and buy a Classic Duesenberg or Ferrari.
What about you? What do you collect? Let's talk here.
Some of my more oddball items: A Tachometer (Smiths) from a TR-250,
An original brochure for a '62 Cobra 260 featuring a photo of Shelby's Secretary smiling in formal beauty queen attire before a "Snake", A 1/18th scale Porsche 917K in Martini & Rossi livery ('70 Sebring winner)that I've dirtied up to look like after the race, A Bill Neale watercolor of the Chapparal 2F signed by the artist. A signed copy of "the Encyclopedia of Motorsport" (by author--it's incredibly comprehensive).
Nov 25, 2002 (4:11 pm)
Brochure insert in Motor Trend for the '64 GTO. Also 1969 Pontiac GTO, GP and Sprint Six brochures.
Lots of owners manuals collected from wrecking yards over the years.
A bagful of brochures from an early '70s SF auto show, including manufacturers who no longer grace these shores.
Lots of brochures from 1966 when my parents bought a new car.
Ford brochure for the four cam Indy engine based on the small block.
Radio, hubcap and horn button from my first car, a '60 Corvair. Only recognizable items left on car after the accident .
Oil bath air filter housing off a '61 Chevy 348, looks similar to the one they used on '50s Power Packs. I could be persuaded to part with this.
First wheels I had, a Norman of England three speed bike that was almost taller than I was.
Growing up I had a number of what I guess they call "promos", models already built. Let's see, I had a '58 Olds, '57 Plymouth, '55 Plymouth, probably ten others I can't remember. In fact I remember picking out the Olds from a display table in a shop in Northland Shopping Center in Detroit in 1958. Even then I had unerring taste.
Nov 25, 2002 (7:44 pm)
Books----I have a LOT of car books, and some very old and I think pretty valuable ones. But mostly I use them.
The most valuable car books are usually, 99 out of 100 times, marque-specific. If you find books that cover lots of cars, or books on mechanics, even if they are very old, they are usually worthless.
Signed auto books can be worth collecting as well.
I also collect clippings, stories, specifications, etc. from magazines around the world on specific marques and put them into large binders. This, again, for reference mostly.
Last of all, I have some old metal toys I really like.
The BIG DEAL in "automobilia" these days is large porcelin or metal signage. People are knocking down $3,000 for some of them on Ebay.
Nov 26, 2002 (6:25 am)
I had kept some of the old models I built back in the early sixties. I remember you could build them stock or customize them.
I usually kept them stock and actually did a pretty good job.
But...I would tire of them quickly and we would usually blow them up with firecrackers.
#5 of 378 sounds like me...
Nov 26, 2002 (6:14 pm)
...I still wonder to this day why I would spend my entire allowance every week on Matchbox cars, only to simulate 'accidents' with them by taking a hammer, brick or some form of pyrotechnics to destroy them. Little boys are strange.
Anywho, I have a fairly large collection (over 1000) of auto ads, mostly from the '50s-60s, more than a few books (most of which are non-technical), lots of brochures procured from the Chicago Auto Shows (unfortunately only dating sporadically back to 1980 or so, though I've gone every year since '77), a 1964 Porsche brochure. Lots of assorted 'stuff'.
I have a very hard time keeping myself off eBay to grow my collection.
#6 of 378 Stuff and more stuff
Nov 26, 2002 (7:22 pm)
Well as I sit here in my "office" I make a slow turn and see a bookcase my Dad built for me that take up the end of the room. Let's see, complete set of AQ, pretty much everything Chris Nixon has written, most of it signed. First editions of "Unfair Advantage", "The Miller Dynasty" (signed), "Ford, The Dust and the Glory", "Daytona Cobra Coupes", "Excellence was Expected", "The Last Open Road" and on and on. I need a second bookcase. Then there is other stuff. Piston from a Cosworth DFV I bougth at the first Long beach F1 race, various diecasts, a lighter given as a prize from the Northrop Recreational Sports Car Club about 1958, a Halda Twinmaster I found at a swap meet for $15. Lots of trophies and plaques from various British Car and Triumph meets. Stacks and stacks of magazines, old race programs, newer race programs, race posters, lots of race posters, some going back to the '50s. I focus mostly on the posters now. I like '50s and '60s era GP posters where they used illustration instead of photos.
And last but not least, photos, lots and lots and lots of photos, mostly 35mm slides I've shot in the last 25 years. My most prized "stuff" are a number of photos I shot that I had printed and mounted and then autographed by the subject driver including Gilles Villeneuve, Rene Arnoux, Didier Pironi, Nigel Mansell, Al Unser Jr and Sr, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, John Morton and more I can't remember. Then there's all the Triumph stuff and everthing ever printed related to the Swallow Doretti.
Ya, I got it bad.
#7 of 378 Geez...you guys would shoot me.
Nov 27, 2002 (11:33 am)
If you saw how many older car magazines ('50s/'60s) I pitched this year.
The thing I tend to pick up and keep are vanity press, single make books. Ed Cunneen's COPO book is a nice example.
Nov 27, 2002 (11:51 am)
You should have put them on eBay.
#9 of 378 You know, I thought of that...
Nov 27, 2002 (2:23 pm)
and checked the prices people were getting. Not really worth the time. My favorite people are the ones tearing the magazines up and selling individual ads.
On the other hand, I got about a thousand bucks from a stack of ACM SIGGRAPH magazines that were holding up my monitor.
Nov 27, 2002 (4:05 pm)
Please don't thro throw away a '50s car magazine without letting me know (andyswjyy.com). I have everything imagineable for the 60s but very little on the 50s. I especially like Mechanix Illustrated with McCahill's road test and of course, Road and Track.
I didn't really get to buying and savings car mags until I was 18 ('63). I still have the first R&T I ever bought and most of the R&Ts and C&Ds from the 60s