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Auto collectibles and paraphernalia...

andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
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).

2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

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  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    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.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,415
    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.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,603
    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.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...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.
  • 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.
  • ndancendance Posts: 323
    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.
  • You should have put them on eBay.
  • ndancendance Posts: 323
    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.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    Please don't thro throw away a '50s car magazine without letting me know (andys@wjyy.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

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • grbeckgrbeck Posts: 2,361
    Sounds like you have an impressive magazine collection, andys120. Unfortunately, my collection doesn't contain any magazines from the 1960s. I save issues of Special Interest Autos, Collectible Automobile, Car & Driver and Automobile.

    Do you store your magazines in slip covers or cases? There was a company in Philadelphia that made customized book cases for Special Interest Autos, Car & Driver and Automobile. Unfortunately, the company now only makes cases for Special Interest Autos.

    My "library" (as I call it - LOL!) also contains numerous marque-related books. Probably the most "unique" book is a copy of "American Motors - the Last Independent" signed by George Romney and the author, Patrick Foster.

    I also have about 100 mint and boxed Matchbox cars from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, as well as several Brooklin models. Unfortunately, I still don't have any place to display them. Those non-Superfast Matchboxes are getting tough to find at car and toy shows.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    I'm just too lazy and I've got other priorities.

    They're stashed in cardboard boxes and I'm planing on getting rid of anything from about '74 to '84 (the Automotive Dark Age IMO)

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    ...about 17 diecast models from the Danbury and Franklin Mint. I don't know if they'll have any collectibility in the future but they are very well made and highly detailed, especially the newer ones. I also have a tin Japanese toy 1950 Cadillac that is in excellent condition.

    Also, I have a box of aluminum coins that were dispensed by Sunoco/DX gasoline stations from 1968-69 depicting antique cars from the 1900s through the 1920s.
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,120
    ...I'd like to have those '74 - '84 magazines for a laugh. I can imagine how much trouble those auto editors had to go through to put a positive spin on the mediocre cars of that era.

    I have every issue of "Collectible Automobile" dating back to their May 1984 debut. This is perhaps the finest, most informative auto magazine of them all. The editorial content is top drawer and the photography is excellent.
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    ...the 'Future Collectible' and 'Car Spotter' segments are especially interesting. I agree, Lemko, the photography and general quality of that magazine are first rate.

    I also remember another collector car magazine (the name of which escapes me right now) that was published in the '80s, which either ceased production or merged with another magazine around 1990. I remember writing a letter to them as a teenager, which was published. I liked this magazine in particular because they weren't muscle car or modification focused, like nearly every other old car magazine at the time. They focused more on just nice old cars, often even sedans or luxury cars, with the emphasis on originality, or the restoration to original specs. Anyone want to take an educated guess at the name of this one?
  • speedshiftspeedshift Posts: 1,598
    Special Interest Autos?
  • SIA is one of my favorites.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,593
    I've seen "Collectible Auto", it doesn't ring a bell. I'll have to look for it. I have plenty of SIAs tho.

    Is any one interested in swapping or selling license plates? I'm particularly interested in Southern or midwestern states and anything foreign. I also look for odd plates like the '63 Illinois plates with the John Deere colors (a centennial commemorative).

    Given the geographic broadness of TH we could get a nice license plate exchange going.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • grbeckgrbeck Posts: 2,361
    I think the magazine you are referring to is Car Exchange. It debuted in 1979 or 1980 and was published through the mid-1980s. If I recall correctly, around 1988 it merged with another magazine, but I can't remember the title. It didn't merge with Collectible Automobile or Special Interest Autos.

    lemko: Hang on to those 1984 issues of Collectible Automobile. They are hard to find! I have every issue since 1985. I store them in the silver book cases specially made for the magazine. They really help preserve each issue.
  • idletaskidletask Posts: 171
    I read 4 different auto mags and keep them for 3 months before throwing them away. Well, except when I spot an interesting article/review (in particular I still have that magazine from 99 when they road tested the 330d, ultimately it's that review which made me buy the car), so I have something like 100 mags in cardboard boxes.

    No car books... My main source of automotive history has always been Internet, so one of my important files is the bookmark one :)

    I read other kind of books about cars. In particular I have several books on Newtonian mechanics, car mechanics, fluid mechanics and the like. I still can't understand quite a few of them though. Fluid mechanics are not easy!

    I have one unusual object: the 17" temporary spare wheel of my 330d! I found it so absurd for a kind of this price to come with such a thing that I keep it just for memory. It may be well joined by the one on my new one, as I intend to get a real spare shortly.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,415
    Don't feel bad. Some exotic Ferraris were sold with only a can of tire inflator in the trunk!

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