Donald Osborne's market tips at LA Classic Auto Show
The classic car valuations expert from Jay Leno's Garage TV show will give his unique buying advice at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend
Donald Osborne, the valuations expert who appears on Jay Leno’s Garage every week, is to appear at the Los Angeles Classic Auto Show on Saturday 3 March to give advice on buying classic cars.
His '10 Reasons Why Not to Buy in Today’s Market and 10 Reasons Why You Must' talk will cover common buying mistakes, and gives examples. Here are three sneak previews from Donald:
REASON NOT TO BUY #5
'It’s a really easy restoration, not much is missing.'
Example: 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV. Bodyshell is on dolly wheels; the doors are off; the engine, gearbox and drivetrain have been removed; the wheels, suspension and brakes are off; and the interior is out. The bodyshell has been restored and sprayed in red, but neither the condition of the mechanicals nor the car’s completeness is known. What could possibly go wrong?
REASON NOT TO BUY #8
'Sure they only made nine, but how hard could it be to get parts?
Example: 1935 Stout Scarab. Five still exist; engine parts are actually easy, it’s a Ford V8, but the transmission is proprietary. Shift carefully!
REASON YOU MUST BUY #6
'Upgrade your collection'
Example: 1963 Iso Grifo A3/L Prototype. If you have one the best examples of the production Iso Grifo, here was a rare chance to have a unique example, the one that began it all, out of long term ownership. Opportunities such as this come along very rarely and few are as potentially rewarding. The price? Find the other one...
As for Donald, he will make several further appearances this year, some related to his recent book Stile Transatlantico / Transatlantic Style – A Romance of Fins and Chrome, and will soon be busy filming further episodes of Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne for Jay Leno’s Garage. You can follow him on Facebook, Instagram or by visiting his website.
Classic Cars for Sale
1968 Pontiac LeMans fuel: gas title status: clean transmission: automatic All original with Pontiac 2bbl 350 V8, 2-speed automatic powerglide. American racing rims, rear drag bags, glass pack, and EFI. Late 90s restoration. Runs, drives and idles great! Get many compliments and shows well at car events. Will consider trade for Mustang Bullitt, Mustang V8, Dodge Challenger V8, Ford Rap
Exceptionally original and wonderfully preserved 1993 VW Golf Karmann Convertible. Probably not the car you are used to from Legendary Classics but sometimes you come across something so great that you just not can pass it up. This VW golf is in absolute top condition and except for the soft top that was replaced a few years ago everything on this car is extremely original. This Karmann body V
Very nice matching numbers 1973 Triumph TR6. Overall condition very good. This British roadster shows no rust on body or undercarriage. Our TR6 recently received a full service including a full rebuild of the carburation system. The 2.5 6 cylinder engine runs strong and smooth. The British racing green paint is very nice. The car still has its original black leather interior which is in good
This 1987 Porsche 944 Targa is a rare sight. Especially in this condition. The former owner spend two years travelling around with a Porsche mechanic to find the perfect 944 and saw hundreds of cars. He finally found this particular example and it is what can be expected after such a search. Nearly perfect. Of course this 944 Targa shows no rust what so ever. The 2.5 engine runs strong smooth.