I always say that I am like a squirrel gathering nuts at this time of year. I can’t take a lot of photos of cars in the winter, so if I want to keep writing articles all year long, I have to “bank” material during the spring, summer and fall to use in the winter. I still have three hot rods I want to shoot photos of, but that’s about it for that part of my life.
Gunner’s Great Garage has also been busy. We have two cars undergoing complete restorations and we have one car in the shop for repair work. We have an exciting announcement to make about Gunner’s, but it’s not quite official yet, so we’ll hold off on that.
There are a couple of indoor shows coming up. My son Jesse and I will be heading for SEMA at the end of this month (the show itself is in early November). After that, it’s the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Rosemont, Ill. (a very cool venue) and I might do the Performance and Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis in December.
We would also like to start up our shop seminars at Gunner’s Great Garage maybe early next year. Right now, we have Triumph parts all over the shop, so we could not host a group even if we wanted to.
I send this blog out to certain lists to keep everyone informed on what’s happening. My email provider has made it impossible to imbed photos with text, so it is very hard to send photos with a blog. I would have to attach each photo separately (as I did with this Triumph photo). This makes writing the blog too much work and then I don’t do it.
So after this I am going to send out just the text, If you want to see the photos go to the Website www.gunnersgreatgarage.com and the photos will be on there. The blogs also look much nicer on the Website because the text and photos are “styled.”
I feel like I should be on the old TV game show “The Price is Right.” Since about April I have been hired to do at least 53 appraisals of all kinds of collector cars.
The need for appraisals has been growing and I’m lucky that I learned a lot about collector car values when I worked at OLD CARS WEEKLY and OLD CARS PRICE GUIDE. Now the stuff I learned is coming in handy.
My appraisals take from a half day to a day to do. First I go to see the car, gather information about it and take photos of it. Then I go home to research the history and value of the car through my sales literature, books, network of friends and the Internet. The end resut is a booklet from 8 to 10 pages long that gives a proper appraisal of what the car is worth in today’s marketplace.
My standard rates are $300 for the first car and $150 for all other cars in the same collection appraised at the same time. If I have to go a long distance I charge travel costs.
I have appraised vehicles from an Electric Car to a dragster, including a $2 million race car. And that’s exactly what that car brought when it sold at an auction.
I do not appraise cars that my shop restores. I do not ask the owners if they want a high or low appraisal. I simply try to evaluate what a car will bring in the marketplace if you put it for sale today.
If you ever need an appraisal you can call me at 1-715-281-5925 or email Gunnellj@TDS.net.