2023 - A Look Back - Collector Car Canada

2023 – A Look Back

December 2023 – Another fabulous year of tremendous growth, we have our users to thank. Thank you, buyers.  Thank you, sellers.  Thank you to those who keep an eye on the site, those have joined our mailing list for updates (you can do that by setting up a user account here) and those who help with the great word of mouth we get, telling their fellow car hobbyists about us.  Thanks also to those of you we see at the cruise nights, events and the Cars n’ Coffee mornings we regularly host.  We grew in listing count and all but doubled unit sales – just one car short of an even 2x – from 2022, which was a growth year in its own right.  The registered user base – both Bidding and Non-Bidding Users – also grew by leaps and bounds; we had more than one sold unit shipped overseas, not something we are even trying to do as we continue to promote only in Canada.  So the CCC momentum is growing!

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 5-Speed G50 Manual
1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible
European Spec 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC

Here is a look back some of our favourite sold items:

Highest Mileage Car1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe 5-Speed Manual, 422,000 km; Honourable Mention  – 1997 Honda del Sol VTEC 5-speed manual Targa, 259,000 km – both SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

Favourite Musclecar48 years owned 1967 Pontiac Firebird Convertible – SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

Cleanest car, pre-2000 – TIE! 39K km 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe and European Spec 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Coupe – both SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

Longest distance deal (seller to buyer) – 1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle 4-Speed Manual Convertible (Toronto to France!); All-Canadian Honourable Mention 22K km 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z Convertible (Nova Scotia to Saskatchewan) – both SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

Oldest item1930 Ford Model A Roadster Standard SOLD by Auction; Honourable Mention Custom 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Business Coupe SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

Most Pristine Restoration – 1974 Triumph TR6 4 Speed Manual SOLD on the CCC Buy-It-Now Lot

1979 Volkswagen Super Beetle 4-Speed Manual Convertible
1930 Ford Model A Roadster 3-Speed Manual
Restored 1974 Triumph TR6 4-speed manual

We wouldn’t normally draw attention to the highest mileage cars but the 1988 Porsche holding this distinction was also the highest sale price for the season.  It also holds these distinctions, all-time.  We added the honourable mention to have Japanese representation among our favourites.
Other fun notes:

  • The Model “A” was purchased by the grandson of the seller.  Grandson wanted to keep it in the family, Grandmother needed an arm’s length price in the interest of preserving family harmony.  (We’ve had cars change hands between club mates but this is the closest relationship we’ve seen between buyer and seller.)

  • We were excited when the 1988 560 SEC went to someone born after the car was built – our hobby has a bright future!

  • The buyer of the 1939 Chev could not contain his excitement when the car was delivered to his home:  “I have been waiting for this day for almost 50 years,” he told us.

  • We remain (pleasantly) surprised that the buyer of the ’79 Beetle was in France and had it shipped.  We still hear from him and he has placed bids since.

  • We ran into the seller of the ’74 TR6 in October at – where else? – the Rockton British Car Show, where we had a booth to scout for 2024 sellers.  (It is not to early to submit your ride – you can do that here!)

Thanks for a fab 2023, we hope you enjoyed it half as much as we did… can’t wait for ’24!

1997 Honda del Sol VTEC
1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Convertible
1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe Custom