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Antiques of the Future

Can you imagine what tomorrows antiques will be! The furniture your great grandma had in her home can now be classed as antique if she lived in the early 1900s. A piece of furniture becomes an antique after fifty years, although most antique dealers prefer it be older than that.

Tomorrows antiques do not get a lot of consideration, as when people decide to modernise their homes much of the furniture that they class as out dated often ends up on the council rubbish tip and is lost forever. How ever many an antique dealer and antique market traders will visit and browse through the discarded items and may come across something of value.

An old chest of drawers or some other item of furniture may look scruffy and well worn, and not worthy of consideration, but these are often tomorrows antiques. These items of furniture can be restored to all their original glory by an expert restorer or sometimes by someone learning the art of restoring furniture. You can browse around an antique market and many of the items on display look like pieces of junk, many are rusted or torn and dilapidated but to a dealer or a discerning customer they can be just what they are looking for.

In the old days a rag and bone man as we called them, used to come around with a horse and cart and collect all the so called rubbish. In exchange he would give a few coppers of even a balloon or lollipop to the children. This would encourage the children to push their mother into finding some piece of old junk to hand over in exchange for these delights.

Many of these rag and bone men became very wealthy people through your generosity in getting rid of your rubbish.

Jumble sales are still held in church halls, these contribute towards the upkeep of the church. As many people who help out at these sales, and who contribute the goods to sell are often elderly people, quite often old items such as ornaments or jewellery can be found that could be valuable.

I was doing auctions on eBay and I decided to visit a jumble sale at a local church. I felt decidedly self conscious about it until arriving to face a queue I noticed some very well dressed people in front of me. They looked as if they were visiting a high class auction sale instead of a jumble sale, and that fact put me at my ease.

I did not find a lot at this jumble sale but I did buy a large quantity of old car magazines. These I sold on eBay for quite a profit and they went to America. Many people collect antiques for the love of it, while others look at the monetary value; what ever you do it for you probably still enjoy the search and the enjoyment when you find your antiques.

Super Cars Are Here To Stay

Henry Ford is credited with mass producing automobiles with the intention of cheap vehicles, produced quickly, and built to last perhaps a few years. They would then be hauled off to a junk yard and replaced by another low cost vehicle. Ford manufactured sedans, convertibles, sports cars, trucks, and racing cars. The racing variety was intended to promote the line of cars built by Ford. This form of advertisement remains in use today for all auto makers. The car distinction came about with high speed, sporty vehicles that stood out because they had the distinction of being extremely stylish with sleek lines that spoke of speed and class.

Today we see super cars with astonishing price tags!
Modern so called cars can be antiques that are rare and stylish or more modern vehicles with the distinction of being extremely fast and stylish.

According to Wikepedia, Supercar is a term used most often to describe an expensive high end car. It has been defined specifically as “a very expensive, fast or powerful car”.

Historically the Alfa Romeo Monza was dubbed a super car back in 1917 by Car and Track magazine and may be the first to coin the term but others have since described various vehicles as “super” cars according to their taste in automobiles. What designates a car as super? Many enthusiasts state it is high speed while others claim it is the stylish lines of a particular automobile.

Zero to sixty in 3 seconds?
There are a few cars today that can accelerate extremely fast and that garner them the term “super car”. The Lamborghini Aventador with its 690 horse power and zero to sixty speeds of 2.9 seconds gives it definite claim to the car status along with the Ferrari 360 with its own record breaking zero to sixty records of 4.3 and claim of 400 horses under the hood. Many vehicles with car claims can reach extremely high speeds when space allows.

Exotic design brings on historic prices at auction
Henry Ford with his disposable cars never could have dreamed of older models selling for 2 million dollars! Of course those with such high price tags have to be distinctive and specialized to attract buyers. One fine example is the 1986 Trans AM. Modified by the Polly Motorsport Company in Norway this car could definitely claim “super car” status after its transformation into the fastest street legal car in Europe. Modifications allowed it to hit 100 kph in a mere 2.3 seconds and top speed overall of 407.143 kph.

Super cars become pampered pets of distinction
This type of vehicle will most likely never be seen on city streets because they are so expensive and many do not match the criteria to make them “street legal” yet they are beloved by owners and fellow enthusiasts who appreciate the fine lines, powerful engines, and the collectability. Many specialty cars will double their value in a very few years, making them desirable and highly collectable and always will be.

Finding A Classic Car For Sale

Car collectors come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention demeanors and habits. Some collectors are content with one or two treasured pieces in their collection. Others, however, are more voracious and want to have as many as they can afford in their garages. The latter category always seem to be looking for that a specific classic car for sale; something they don’t have but want to add to their ever-expanding collections. A classic car for sale is not all that hard to find, especially now that there are hundreds of classic car listings and websites for a prospective buyer to look through.

The first place to look when one seeks a classic car for sale is, naturally, online. There are several websites that cater to this market, each one having extensive listings of classics for sale, including such models as the 1971 Dodge Challenger 383, or the 1966 Ford Bronco. Most websites that cater to the classic car market have special options in their search system to help narrow down the results. Typically, these take the form of additional parameters, such as what year the car was made, which manufacturer is preferred, the location of the seller, and the zip code. These options help prospective buyers to find exactly what they are looking for at the budged that they have. For the most part, the ads on websites have pictures of the car being put on sale, in order to attract more potential buyers and show that the car is, indeed, in good aesthetic condition.

For those who have more time on their hands, the “classic car for sale” websites usually have their own real-world counterparts. These counterparts generally take the form of classified ads or magazine-like listings that collectors can subscribe to. The core of the concept is still there, though there are a few minor differences. One obvious difference is that these listings do not have the search feature that is so prominent on websites. The system the listings make use of is made as simple as possible by listing the cars alphabetically. However, the listings still include all the details that the sellers provide them, which includes pictures, for the most part. Other bits of common information between the two are contact information for the seller, the asking price, the make and model of the car, and the general condition of the car. Optional pieces of information are how many times it has been driven, the mileage accumulated, a general summary of the car’s history, and any other piece of information that the seller may choose to divulge in the ad. One drawback of the listings is that they are not as up-to-date as their website counterparts are, due mainly to the nature and differences of the two different media involved.

Regardless of which method a collector uses, a classic car for sale is still something that he will seek out. There are as many people out there willing to give up their prized Impala or Cadillac as there are willing to pay good money to take it off their hands. It may take some time looking but eventually, if a classic car for sale is what you’re looking for, you will inevitably find it in one listing or another.