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Monthly newsletter published by McLellan's Automotive History. Dedicated to literature collectors, restorers, museums, publishers, manufacturers and investors who collect and preserve automotive literature
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October 2003 Issue
 
LITERATURE INVESTMENTS
 
Today's Bargain Can Be Tomorrow's Treasure
By Robert McLellan
 

Nostalgia is emotional and it's money in the bank. Lost youth is always stirred by memories of those cars you would have loved to have owned. You may be able to afford one or two collector cars, but a collection of literature about them is more affordable and a lot easier to store. Nostalgia usually sets in 30 years after youth and when collecting the literature can be expensive.

Why not start with literature that is 10 years old which is when it is usually at its low cost point? It's popularity has temporarily been replaced by the latest introductions, but you can sell it in twenty years when it's value begins its' rapid upward trend. Buying low and selling high is a great philosophy, but in the stock market low can get lower, or values can collapse completely. The nostalgia cycle is no risk. No one gets younger, so we will all reach a nostalgia phase. Then literature continues to increase in value when it enters its' historical phase. By then your investment will provide a bonus for retirement.

So what do you pick for investment? Easy. What was popular 10 years ago! Review the cars of the various makes from years 1985-1995 and you will find some winners. Pick them from the thousands we have in stock. If they were exciting then, you can bet they will be again. Here are some clues.

 
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LITERATURE INVESTMENTS
 
Literature Life
Looking Both Ways
Golden Eras
Good Investment? - Yes!
Buying For Tomorrow
Good Investment?
Profitable Portfolio!
Unanticipated Investment
What Is It Worth?
 
 
 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in the "Automotive Chronicles" are those of the writers' exclusively. Information contained in the articles has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but we do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness. When considering literature as an investment keep in mind that past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Some literature will not increase in value, and other literature varies in potential and results. Condition and desirability are important factors in considering any literature for investment.

 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, October 2003
 
 
 
 
 
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