The Next Generation Car Collecting Guide covers hobby bases


About a decade or so ago, veteran The New York Times Automotive writer Robert Yeager is beginning to notice an interesting emerging trend in the assembled car market. “I started writing about auctions and the growth of the importance of the Internet,” he said. car and driver. “And one of the people I met at Bonham’s, the big auction house, noted that they’ve already started selling a lot of cars to young people.”

When he compared this anecdotal information to other data sources, he found it correct.

“The hobby of spiritedness has been dominated by old people, mostly men. But the world of collectible cars has been changing and buyers are getting younger. And it has become really quite dramatic.”

2018 Pebble Beach Rosso & Steele Auction, Monterey, CA

Motor cycles

This led Yeager to promote, sell, and write a book on the subject. The Next Generation Car Collector’s Guide: How to Buy, Sell, Live with, and Love a Collectible (Motorbooks, $29.99).

Motorbooks The NextGen Guide to Car Collecting: How to Buy, Sell, Live with, and Love a Collectible

The NextGen Guide to Car Collecting: How to Buy, Sell, Live with, and Love a Collectible

Motorbooks The NextGen Guide to Car Collecting: How to Buy, Sell, Live with, and Love a Collectible

The book is largely a how-to guide, providing, as the title suggests, step-by-step information on how to obtain, buy and take care of any vintage car. It also provides a deep guide to certain up-and-coming models from America, Japan, and Europe, especially those from the last decades of the 20th century, which are now popular with millennials and Gen Xers. It casts in some automobile history, particularly some of the stories of women taking up the hobby, many of whom never received the recognition they deserved.

More than that, the book focuses on the ways in which we as humans communicate with our vehicles, or the vehicles we crave.

Phil Linharts with his 1949 general bridle in Oakland, Calif, on February 2, 2021

Kelsey McClellan

“Cars are an intimate part of our lives. They represent all kinds of important human connections with the people we love. They follow us through our lives, so there is a cross-generational engagement between family members or groups of friends,” said Yeager, noting that he himself is a grandfather he hopes to share His grandchildren love cars.

Fitting for our often solitary era, the book also contains tips on how to find an automotive community, in person and/or online, to support one’s interest in young classic cars. Although Yeager invented pre-war Ford hot rods and owned a number of 1960s Alfa Romeos—including 2600 spiderAnd GTV and Giulietta – he currently has a couple of cars that fit this category. “I have 1996 Lexus SC300 Coupe At a distance of 250,000 miles, it’s going like a tank.” “And I have 1972 Mercedes 450SL With 46,000 miles on it, it’s all original and just fantastic.”

1996 Lexus SC400

John Rowe|car and driver

Yeager sees his new book as an entry point for new or curious hobby members, who are Lemon and Radwood groups, among others. “It’s a book for what I think of [as] Portal collectors. People who are in their thirties and forties, are kind of starting. But it is not limited to other groups. “I think someone versed in the car would also like the chapters on how to buy, how to sell, and how to live with a car,” he said.

More than that, he is proud of the book’s focus on the passion for cars. “Another thing I really wanted to emphasize in the book was love,” he said. “I don’t think the publisher was totally in line with that at first, but I was glad to see the word the love Finished on the cover. Lots of people have spoken to me about how much they love their cars, and how they connect with them. And I myself had the experience of crying when I sold a car, so I think it definitely belongs there.”

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