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The Dog That Didn’t Bark

“The dog that didn’t bark” is an expression from a famous Sherlock Holmes mystery called Silver Blaze. The non-barking dog was a crucial clue that led to solving the case. It seems that the murderer-thief entered and exited the estate grounds without the guard dog barking. From this overlooked non-event, Holmes surmised that the dog […]

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Sports Car Market: Double Feature

Turtle Garage has two stories featured in the June issue of Sports Car Market. The first is a summary analysis of the recent six-figure sale of a low-mileage 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight. The other is a summary of the four-day Revs Institute symposium at the Collier Collection. This is the first time we have had […]

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The Revenge of the 80’s!

“If you’re a 40-year-old guy who’s getting into cars, you’re probably more interested in the 1988 BMW M3 than a 1933 Packard.”   -David Swig, RM Sotheby’s Ten years ago the market didn’t pay much attention to cars from the 1980’s. Suddenly, last summer at Monterey a low-mile 1987 BMW M6 sold for six-figures. Last week I […]

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Last month Sports Car Market Editor Chester Allen asked me to submit a buy/sell/hold column for the April issue of SCM. I thought long and hard about the recent valuation trends of several modern classics. Zero interest rates and aggressive Federal Reserve money printing has distorted asset values across a wide spectrum of investable categories—even higher […]

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Bloomberg Names Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC and Porsche 928 as Appreciating Investments

I have long believed that the Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC and the Porsche 928 represent two of the best-engineered GT cars of the 1980’s. Stylistically they are unique and immediately recognizable. The pillarless Benz is especially elegant and represents a high water mark for post-war Mercedes design. Both of these cars were ludicrously expensive when new, […]

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