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June 2011 Issue
 
ARTICLE
The Serious Collector
By Robert McLellan
 

Tom Solley was one of the most serious auto literature collectors that I have ever known. Taylor Vinson was another. And so was Rick Lenz. Tom's and Taylor's collections are now preserved in museums. I purchased the Rick Lenz collection. All three have passed away and all three approached literature-collecting differently. They all had such a passion for collecting literature that they devoted their lives to acquiring all those elusive brochures that would set their collection off as the best. All three succeeded.

Learn more about these collectors:
Prestige, Status and Works of Art, Selling The Luxury Car 1888 - 1942
Zachary Taylor Vinson
Rick Lenz - 10 Years Later

What set them apart from most collectors was that when the best items became available, they acquired them without a second thought. They knew that although the best would probably cost a lot, these pieces of literature would be the most valuable. And as time passed, these would increase the most in value. Therefore, such items would be easy to sell for a profit and there would always be a buyer. That is why car collectors buy the best of the classic cars, muscle cars and sports cars. There is always a buyer willing to pay more than they did when such cars are put up for auction. The right cars will be surrounded by buyers who will fight to become the new owners. The same goes for art, coins, wine, etc. The best is the best investment.

Could you (or your heirs) be able to sell your present collection for a good price? You collect what makes you happy and that is what is important. But make it the best it can be. If you like 60s Fords or 50s Chryslers, you ought to consider their heritage or the performance models if you have overlooked those items. They will make your collection more interesting and more valuable. Maybe something completely different than what you are familiar with is exactly what you need to energize your enthusiasm in collecting literature. Early Corvette is rare and desirable and also interesting.

Here are some ideas that may stimulate your interest.

 
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Alfa Romeo - 1956

American Mercedes - 1906

Auburn - 1936
     

Austin Healey - 1954

Bentley - 1951

Buick - 1915
     

Buick - 1940

Cadillac - 1938

Cadillac - 1951
     

Chevrolet - 1935

Chevrolet - 1954

Chevrolet - 1954
     

Chevrolet - 1955

Chrysler - 1937

Chrysler - 1941
     

Chrysler - 1957

Cord - 1936

DeSoto - 1960
     

Dodge - 1936

Dodge - 1941

Ferrari - 1953
     

Ferrari - 1958

Ferrari - 2004

Ford - 1933
     

Ford - 1935

Ford - 1939

Ford - 1955
     

Jaguar - 1956/57

Lagonda - 1954

Lincoln - 1937
     

Lincoln - 1939

Lincoln - 1941

Locomobile - 1904
     

Maserati - 1970

Mercedes-Benz - 1952

Mercury - 1949
     

Oldsmobile - 1933

Oldsmobile - 1937

Plymouth - 1933
     

Pontiac - 1936

Rolls-Royce - 1928

Rolls-Royce - 1929/30
     

Rolls-Royce - 1949

Rolls-Royce - 1959

Stearns-Knight - 1927
     

Studebaker - 1935

Triumph - 1954

Willys - 1940
     


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