Classics By The Beach – May 2015

It’s the first Sunday in May and that means Classics By The Beach. For me, it was a significant Classics, too, because it’ll most likely be my last Classics I’ll visit for some time. Circumstances are changing and it’ll involve a move away from Hobart. More on that in another post, later on. For now, though, I’ve got some cars for you to look at. It’s not often a Ferrari Dino gets outshone at Classics, but I think we can say it happened today. The car of the month for May 2015 is one of the red ones across the […]

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Classics By The Beach – April 2015

Rain was the forecast but this morning saw beautiful conditions at Sandy Bay and the cars were shining at Classics By The Beach for April 2015. Today was also Easter Sunday, so this ornament on an Alvis seemed quite appropriate. We have a couple of ‘new’ cars this month and plenty of favourites that we’ve seen before. Let’s take a look….. Mini 2+2, engineered by Broadspeed This was the car of the day, for me. I’d never even heard of a Broadspeed Mini before, let alone seen one. I’m glad I’ve seen one now. Magnificent! The Broadspeed 2+2 was a […]

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Classics By The Beach – February 2015

A very un-Tasmanian summer Saturday full of wind and wetness had people feeling cautious about bringing their precious metal out on Sunday. The weather cleared, however, with overcast skies but only the tiniest bit of drizzle for a few minutes. Classics was ON! —— Red vs Blue Maserati Ghibli SS The car that stole the show this month was a beautiful Maserati Ghibli SS. I’ve shown this car before but this weekend saw a very special reason to photograph it anew. This is how you’ve seen the car in previous instalments….. The red looks very tidy, without a doubt. But […]

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Classics By The Beach – January 2015

After a stinking hot Saturday, Hobart turned on its best conditions on Sunday – 21 degrees and sunny – for the first Classics By The Beach for 2015. And the people and cars turned up accordingly. It was a bumper field today, with many of the best regulars plus a fantastic gathering of ‘occasionals’ too. As is the case every month, I have to apologise to a few for talking too much and not taking enough photos! I missed a few great cars today. Cobra I didn’t get to catch the owner of this car, but it was the first […]

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Classics By The Beach – September 2014

Holy cow, we’re getting some beautiful weather! And that means beautiful cars by the bucketload, even on an event like Father’s Day. Today’s Classics was jam packed and the cars kept rolling in consistently for a good hour or more after I arrived (and there were plenty already there when I turned up). There was a good helping of regular favourites but it’s always exciting to get some new attendees and September 2014 didn’t let anyone down in that respect. Let’s take a look at some of the attendees with a few favourites at the end. —— This BMW 325 […]

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Classics By The Beach – April 2014

Last weekend saw the April 2014 instalment of Classics By The Beach. I have to apologise for the scant coverage as I was busy talking for most of the morning and didn’t get to take too many photos. I did get to catch some interesting vehicles, however, with a bonus rarity from another car show on Saturday!! —— The white Elise below belongs to Gavin, who’s written on this site a few times before. I’ve had the good fortune to ride shotgun in this one and it’s a memorable experience (and not just for the ingress/egress rituals). We must do […]

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Original Mercedes Gullwing Beats Restored Mercedes Gullwing in Auction Battle

[hr] This is a follow-up from last week’s Monday Reading, where I mentioned a story from Hemmings about two Mercedes Gullwings that were coming up for auction in Arizona. Both are 1956 Mercedes Benz 300SL Gullwings. Both are black with red leather interiors. Both highly desirable. One was completely original right down to its faded paint, frumpy old seats and scars from years of use and storage. The other had been lovingly restored ‘to concours condition’ and looked as fresh as a spring daisy. The old: The new: [hr] The Goodings auction was held in Arizona over the weekend and […]

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Swade’s 7 ‘Investment’ Cars For Less Than $30,000

[hr] I recently featured 7 classic car investments for rich people here on site with the promise that Gavin and I could come up with lists of our own. The terms and conditions: The budget is for a maximum of A$30,000 You must be able to show an example of the car for sale somewhere in the world under that price (at a current rate of exchange). The car has to be interesting. The writer should be able to provide some short theory as to why it’s a possible long-term proposition for making a little money (or, at the very […]

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7 Classic Car Investments For Rich People

Ferrari

[hr] [dropcap]C[/dropcap]lassic Driver’s a website I enjoy reading from time to time. The site has a classified advertising section and some of the cars that come up are absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, many of the best ones don’t have prices attached so it’s hard to know just how much money’s missing from your piggy bank. I’ve written on this site about classic car investment a few times in the past. It’s becoming a very real investment alternative for those with plenty of cash already squirrelled away. You need big $$$ to get a foot in the door and a keen eye, […]

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Classics By The Beach – January 2014

[hr][dropcap]A[/dropcap]nother first Sunday, another Classics By The Beach. This was an abbreviated visit to Classics thanks to the arrival of my outinlaws from Canada. There were a lot of repeat vehicles this time around. Maybe some of those that might have attended with new vehicles were on holidays elsewhere? It was still worth attending, however, and I hope you enjoy the photos from this month’s Classics. I’ve got a very special feature car this month, so make sure you scroll down to see it. —— I’m growing quite partial to these little MR2’s. I know the earlier model is the […]

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