November 11, 2019

As someone who makes his living inspecting classic cars across the country for potential buyers, I’ve had the opportunity to inspect some amazing cars for many different clients. As time goes on, I’ve noticed that some inspections are more enjoyable than others, and th...

October 8, 2019

About a week ago I was looking at an “OJ era” Bronco for a client out east at a classic car dealership I occasionally travel to. The Bronco was pretty nice, a super solid California truck with no major surprises, just a few repair and maintenance issues that would need...

April 30, 2019

If you’re like me, you probably spend a good deal of time reading about classic cars. One thing I see occasionally in the articles I read are many different types of automotive “top-ten” lists. I like these sorts of lists, because they force me to think about and categ...

March 21, 2019

Outside my living room windows at this moment, the first few signs of spring are just beginning to appear here in Michigan. The last of the snow has melted, regular walkers and bicyclists have reappeared on our quiet street, and recent rains have been washing the seaso...

January 25, 2019

A few weeks ago I sat down to put together a photo montage of my year in review. I picked some of my favorite inspections, pulled some small snippets of photographs from them and mixed them all together into this picture. After I was done with all my editing, something...

November 28, 2018

I had an interesting conversation recently with a classic car dealer located north of Detroit. I was at his shop inspecting a 67 GTO for an overseas client. The car was a pretty nice example, clean and well sorted, and I was enjoying my morning looking at it.

As I was s...

March 1, 2018

I had to chuckle last week when I arrived to perform an inspection of a Mercedes SL500 for a client of mine. The car was at a classic car dealer I work with on occasion, and as I was walking over to the car, I ran into one of the salesmen. We discussed the car briefly,...

November 28, 2017

I’ve been inspecting classic cars long enough that I’m rarely surprised by many of the things I find on the vehicles I look at for my clients. Every car I look at is different, of course, and they all have their defects and quirks, but after a while, the inspection pro...

September 7, 2017

John Betjeman once wrote that “Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.” He may have been right. I had an opportunity to reflect on distinctive sounds and sights of a part of my childhood recently, courtesy of an...

August 15, 2017

I saw a survey on social media recently asking readers about their opinions regarding the best model year for cars. The premise was simple: if you could go back and pick any year to buy a car (or cars), what year would you pick? I noticed that the overwhelming majority...

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