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Welcome to CarAuctionWatch

Indeed, welcome.  Over the coming weeks, months and years, this blog will report regularly on the collector car auction market.  I will report on both general market conditions as well as specific make and model trends.  Each post will contain interesting information, detailed photos and historical valuation graphs, along with historic and modern videos when possible.

Along the way I will take requests on which years, makes and models to cover next.  Over on the companion YouTube channel to this blog, I will review and report weekly on the interesting and important auctions crossing the block on eBay and elsewhere.  When practical, I will test drive collector cars and write my impressions.

Who am I and why am I starting this blog? My name is Chris Lydiksen and I've been a car enthusiast since I was knee-high to a
Miura.  I was born in 1970 in Indiana and can remember vividly the sights, sounds and smells of 60s and early 70s American muscle cars.  But all interesting cars caught my interest from every major international manufacturer.

I remember A.J. Foyt winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1977.  I remember the Le Mans winning Porsches and their road-going siblings, especially the 911 Turbo.  Of course, being a youngster at the time of the mighty Lamborghini Countach meant I had a poster of one on my bedroom wall.  Lotus came to my attention when 007 started driving an Esprit in 'The Spy Who Loved Me.'

By the 1980s, cars were famously becoming main characters in popular television shows like Magnum P.I. with the Ferrari 308 GTS, Knight Rider with the Pontiac Firebird.  These were both preceded by 'The General Lee', a most politically incorrect Dodge Charger which brandished a confederate flag painted on the roof.

As for my personal car history, I've owned cars from America, Germany, France, Japan, and England and have driven cars from several various other countries.  I do have favorites, but that's for another post.  I appreciate all well-engineered cars, trucks and motorcycles (and any motor vehicle for that matter).

In my professional life, I launched in 1998 in the early days of the internet.  During that period, I got in with a group of car collectors and began helping them and many others around the country sell their collector cars, always in preparation for their next purchases. I make my living as a backend software engineer.

So, again, welcome to  Now, on to the cars!


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