For decades auto literature collectors
sought information on their favorite makes and models,
usually from their youth, through literature dealers
and swap meets. Now a new group of collectors is emerging.
Hungry for the profits they can make on eBay, they sift
through layers of "ancient" boxes in attics
and basements. The artifacts rarely evoke emotion or
meaningful responses beyond monetary potential for these
"archeologists". The property usually belonged
to older individuals who have often passed on.
Frequently grand kids become curious
when discovering old auto photos and literature owned
by relatives. Seeing their parents as children beside
a completely unfamiliar looking car becomes a mystery
inspiring research. An old car and auto literature collector
in the making? Research on the Internet leads them to
car club sites and literature dealers. Talking to these
youthful enthusiasts is quite enjoyable. The hobby is
growing in a new direction.
The shift in interest to historical cars and literature
from nostalgic is important to the growth of the hobby
and preserving the forgotten cars and literature. Older
hobbyists now concentrate on cars of the 1960s and early
1970s; younger enthusiasts find that less interesting
cars were built in their nostalgic 1975-1990 era and
the 1990s are still too new to be of real interest.
So they look at cars such as: