Small town USA is the home to American made classic cars. The love for vintage cars of all types is strong in local fairs, car shows, swap meets and just plain ‘ol simple weekend meet-ups.
Over the past few years the classic car market has taken off and begun to appeal to a much broader base of global collectors. Classic cars can command prices of several million dollars. But you don’t have to worry, you don’t need to belong to the top 1 percent to join in on the fun. What makes the car collector market so appealing, is that it has something to offer for almost any budget. Unlike with most other investments, collecting classic cars comes with the added benefit that you can truly use and enjoy your investment.
Whether you enjoy traveling all over the country to enter classic car shows or just staying home and cruising on the weekends, owning a vintage collectible is a wonderful past time for young and old alike. If you simply enjoy working under the hood to fix up that old rusty Bug or put blood sweat and tears into a full museum quality restoration there is something for everyone when it comes to owning a classic automobile.
Over the past years, the market for classics also became much more transparent. In today’s digital age it is easier than ever to connect with collector car clubs, events and businesses. Expert information is easier to access than ever before, and often free. There are a lot of expert resources for various makes and models out there. One we especially like is the Facebook Page of Sunset Classics, which provides a great mix of useful, well curated information about classic cars, events and cars for sale.
The company is specialized in buying and selling classic VW’s and Porsche, but carries other rare American and European classics as well. The owner, classic car expert, John Snell started buying his first VW while still in high school and later turned his passion into a successful business in 2007 (still running strong nearing 10 years later).
As VW lovers, we were impressed with some of the Bugs, microbuses and bucket cars we saw. We especially liked the concourse quality 1957 Deluxe Microbus that was recently featured in “Hot VWs” magazine. Also recently sold was a Barrett Jackson style 23-Window Bus fetching over $120k! Restored Microbuses of this quality are a rare find.
Projects of this calibre usually take years and tens of thousands to complete. John seems to always have at least one or two buses being restored with the utmost care and precision. If you are in the market for an impeccable restored collector Volkswagen, or simply love the art of classic cars you should definitely check out and Like their Facebook page.