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How do you define “Modern Classic?”

2005 Ford GT

By John L. Stein / Originally Published December 20, 2016 / Hagerty / They say The Rolling Stones never retired. From 1963’s “Come On” to this year’s “Hate to See You Go,” the band’s artistry evolved in one long, winding progression – kind of like the Mother Road, only with staff lines instead of lane lines.

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New Traffic Laws for California Drivers in 2017

Vintage California License Plates

It’s that time again. The New Year always brings a sense of hope and optimism… and new traffic laws that you should be aware of! Here are a few of the changes that go into effect in California on January 1, 2017: Year of Manufacture License Plates (SB 1429, Nielsen): This law expands the Year of

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Making Lemonade: Concours d’LeMons is Monterey’s most refreshing event

1974 Bricklin SV1

By Stefan Lombard / Originally Published August 22, 2016 / Hagerty / Concours d’LeMons takes place on the heavily goose-pooped grass at Laguna Grande Park in Monterey, fitting for an event honoring so many turds. The free show is a celebration of “the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world,” is the perfect lighthearted

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Top cars sell well for Gooding, RM Sotheby’s on Day Three in Monterey

Ferrari 250 GT California LWB Alloy Spider

By Hagerty / Originally Published August 21, 2016 / Hagerty / Gooding & Company joined the fray on day three in Monterey, while Mecum, Russo and Steele, and RM Sotheby’s closed out their events. So far, sales have amounted to $288M, which is $45M less than last year, and the sell-through rate is three points

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The Magic Mustang

The 1964.5 World's Fair Mustang

By Ronald Ahrens / Originally Published August 5, 2016 / Hagerty / In late July, Gary Schweitzer set out for Buffalo as a bundle of nerves with a trailer in tow. The 55-year-old school teacher from Traverse City, Mich., was on his way to the Mustang Club of America’s national show, Mustangs on the Niagara, to

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Double your money in five years?

By Hagerty / Originally Published May 3, 2016 / Hagerty / Speculation has never been the best reason to buy a collector car. More often than not, the buyer loses money on a car that he or she didn’t want in the first place. On the other hand, there’s no shame in buying something that you

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This Is How Values Moved Last Quarter

By Brian Rabold / Originally Published April 27, 2016 / Hagerty / 2016 Q1 Valuation Recap As the year began, the collector car world held its breath. The foot was off the accelerator for all but a few market segments and people were openly wondering if the bottom was ready to drop out. Momentum has certainly

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10 Late Model Cars That Are “Modern Collectibles”

By Andrew Newton / Originally Published December 30, 2015 / Hagerty / In terms of values, the cars we generally think of as classics today tended to follow a certain pattern. Their value would depreciate significantly after a few years or after the next better, faster car came along, then they would be out in the world

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Beauty’s Got Muscle: A true love story between woman and car

By Tara Hurlin / Originally Published December 16, 2015 / Hagerty / When Katie Poletti was growing up in Long Island, N.Y., she immersed herself in the best of both worlds by playing with Hot Wheels and Barbie dolls; she loved to wear flowing dresses but was commonly seen in dirty overalls. Her father had a

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Five classics you’d never guess were great investments

By Hagerty / Originally Published December 22, 2015 / Hagerty / The classic car market has been doing quite well since recovering in 2011 from its Great Recession-induced correction. So, it’s not surprising that certain cars have increased in value in the last year. But the identity of some of the cars that did especially well can

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Five classics that saw huge price increases in 2015

By Hagerty / Originally Published December 30, 2015 / Hagerty / The Dow closed out 2014 at just under 18,000 points. As of this writing, it’s above 17,000 points. Not terribly impressive. Our five cars positively smoked the Dow and are all a heck of a lot more fun to own than a few hundred shares of

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Muscle Cars With a Twist: America’s Car Museum Presents ‘Modified Madness’

Classic car enthusiasts around the world love good ol’ American muscle. Although most experts acknowledge that the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 was the first American muscle car, the classic Muscle Car era truly began in 1964, with John DeLorean’s infamous Pontiac GTO. American muscle cars are reminiscent of a time when V8 engines and horsepower ruled the streets, and

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