Salvage Yard Stories Gone Bad
Joe Sharretts

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People tell me all the time that being paid to visit salvage yards must be the greatest job ever. I have a great time doing what I do, and most of the time it has been pretty great. But, with every high point in a job, there must be some lows, so I’ve decided to use this month’s blog to tell you all about those times where it isn’t so much fun to be me. In my writing career, I … Read the rest of the story…

Future Collectible? 1986-1991 Jeep Comanches
Rich Truesdell

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Over the course of its long and storied history, Jeep has manufactured a number of unique pickup trucks. These include the Forward Control series (1956-1965), the long-lived J-Trucks (1962-1988), based on the original Wagoneer (both already collectible to a degree), a pickup version of the Kaiser Jeep and American Motors Corporation (AMC) Commando (1966-1973), and the CJ-7-based Scrambler (1976-1986) that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to make noise about bringing back. But one stood out as quite possibly having the greatest … Read the rest of the story…

Slipped Under the Radar… Until Now
Joe Sharretts

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It’s amazing how if you don’t call every single salvage yard within 200 miles of your home, the one you missed is almost certainly the one you are looking for. Years ago, I undertook such a project, and, after several yards told me that there was nothing in the area at all anywhere, I gave up on the Pottstown area of Pennsylvania. Also, Pottstown is only about an hour from where I lived, so I figured that if there were … Read the rest of the story…

The Scottsdale Auctions: The View from 38,000 Feet
Rich Truesdell

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I realize that many of the readers of my blog are going to be interested primarily in U.S.-built vehicles and, because of this, the DKW marque is not going to ring any bells. But this two-stroke, 3-cylinder 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader that sold for an astounding $120,000 at the 2015 Gooding auction is simply too unusual to pass up. The 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader––literally translated Rapid Transporter, Low Loader pickup truck––was a unique and innovative vehicle, especially at its introduction … Read the rest of the story…

Class of 1990 Trucks Become Classic
Rich Truesdell

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What defines a classic? In music, it’s a song that’s iconic, a song you still remember the first time you heard it, and sometimes, the person you were with at the time—especially if you find yourself still married to that same person. In the case of automobiles, it is when a model reaches its 25th birthday that in many states you can apply for classic or heritage license plates. By this standard, trucks, pickups, and SUVs from 1990 have reached … Read the rest of the story…