American Specials: Buyer’s Guide, Valuation & Appraisal Services

American  Specials  Buyer’s  Guide:
History,  Trends,  Valuation  &  Appraisal  Services

What  Did  You  Find?  Should  You  Restore?  What  Might  It  Be  Worth?
Begin  To  Answer  Your  Questions  Here.

1955 LeGene “California” Special


The Buyers Guide For American Specials focuses on four areas:

  1. History” – An area where people can read modern and vintage articles on American sports specials
  2. Trends” – Recent events which support a growing appreciation of American handcrafted sports cars
  3. “Valuation” – Auction results for sports specials and a link to the Hagerty Valuation Guide
  4. “Appraisal Services” – A new offering by Undiscovered Classics which helps validate the history and value of sports specials

We hope this additional detail helps and wish you the greatest of success in your research and purchase of an American Handcrafted Special.

Edge Museum in Memphis, Tennessee Unveiling Their Latest Acquisition – a 1952 Glasspar G2 Sports Car (November, 2019)

1: History of Sports Specials

Depending on the type of handcrafted car you are considering to buy, one or more of the articles below will help you learn what you need.  These are comprehensive articles about postwar American handcrafted sports cars as well as hand-built American Sport Customs, and were published in concours programs from two of the finest concours in the world:

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance (2010 and 2015)

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (2012)

In addition, we’ve included a selection of vintage articles about sports specials from 1954 to 1983.  These vintage articles give you some perspective on American Specials and handcrafted American sports cars as seen over the years.

The   Emergence  of  the  American  Postwar  Sports  Car
The Greatest American Car Story NEVER Told: 10 pages
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Program: March, 2015

Affordable  Style
The Short, Sweet Life of the American Sport Custom
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Program: August, 2012

Forgotten  Fiberglass
American Sports Car Specials
Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance Program: March, 2010

Sports  Specials
Old Cars Price Guide: Winter, 1983
One of the Earliest Publications That Discusses Value

“Specials”  Were  The  Rock  Stars  of  the  ’50s
Time after Time, Magazine and Book Covers Celebrated These Cars

Buying  A  “Sportscar  Special”
Modern Sports Car Series – 1957
It’s a nice “vintage” read from the era on one’s views of these cars

The  Postwar  “Do-It-Yourself”  Phenomenon
How & Why People Built Their Own Sports Cars
Time Magazine: August 2, 1954

2: Trends

Recent events which support a growing appreciation of American handcrafted sports cars.  Click on links below to explore these events.

Undiscovered Classic Cars Appear in Museums Across the Country
Undiscovered Classics: March 14, 2020

Amelia  Island  Concours  d’Elegance  Features
Three  American  Specials

Undiscovered  Classics:  March 10, 2020

Transporting Undiscovered Classics Cars – Thanks Reliable!
Undiscovered  Classics: March 15, 2020

Concours  d’Elegance  Appearances
Undiscovered  Classic  Cars  Continue  To  Capture  Concours  Invites  Across  the  Country

“Glass  on  the  Grass”  Across  The  Land
Undiscovered  Classics:  April 3, 2012

3: Valuation

Auction results for sports specials and a link to the Hagerty Valuation Guide

Auction  Results
Learn  More  About  Auction  Results  For  American  Specials

Hagerty  Value  Guide
Review  Hagerty  Value  Guides  For  American  Specials  Which
Glasspar,  Wildfire,  Devin  and  More

4: Appraisal  Services

A new offering by Undiscovered Classics which helps validate the history and value of sports specials

Click  Here  To  Learn  About  Appraisal  Services

Where  To  Go  From  Here

If you need help selling your car, need an appraisal, management of the restoration of your American Special or more – we’re here to help.  American Specials are our “Specialty.”

Click  Here  To  Learn  More  About  The  Services  We  Offer  at  Undiscovered  Classics

Geoffrey Hacker
Undiscovered Classics
Phone: (813) 888-8882

Check  Out  The  Autoweek  Excerpt  Below  And  Consider  Buying
One  Of  Our  “Undiscovered  Classics”  Cars  Today

Autoweek’s Thoughts on “Undiscovered Classics” at Major Concours
By Graham Kozak: September 2, 2015

Instead of bidding on (or buying) cars that come with a concours invitations attached, Geoff Hacker and Rick D’Louhy are finding intriguing, long-forgotten (and relatively affordable) cars and building cases for their historical significance. Time and again, their enthusiasm has opened doors to some of the country’s top concours.

If the concours scene is going to survive in the coming years, it’s going to have to embrace the “Undiscovered Classics” and emerging trends. So go forth and seek the cars you find intriguing, whether or not they’re worth boatloads of money, and you too may find yourself cruising onto the concours green.

If you do end up with something special, Hacker and D’Louhy’s model is one that you’d do well to emulate. Unlike the typical, secretive owners, they’re nothing but transparent about what they do, which lets guys like me share every step of the previously mysterious process with all of you.

Their objective is to make the whole process engaging and informative and maybe even fun — not something you usually say about a stranger’s car restoration.  They would have succeeded even if they hadn’t let me hop behind the wheel the morning of the concours. Not that I was about to stop them.

Excerpt Above is From the Article:
“Thrill of a Lifetime: Driving The Leo Lyons Mercury Onto the Lawn at Pebble Beach

Click Here To Review Autoweek’s Full Article

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