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Readers ask for classic car advice

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

I was wondering what I was going to write about this month when I got a call from one of my loyal readers requesting some assistance with a classic car that was no longer needed. As a bonus it was a 1977 Corvette! I suggested she might want me to help sell her home. Alas, she’s planning on staying put but would like some more garage space, so being the nice guy that I am I offered to help her out. I already have one Corvette and too many cars so I wasn’t tempted to buy it myself but it should be fun helping her move it on to a home that can enjoy this iconic American sports car. We don’t really “own” our classic cars but are just caring for them and enjoying them for awhile until the next owner takes over.

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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Great Family SUV

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

$24,950 MSRP; $35,500 Tested

Mom’s driving review: Honestly, I didn’t love this car on day one, but I warmed up to it by the end of the week. I asked my friends if they loved theirs and they do so I felt like I needed to give it a chance. I wasn’t fond of the way the seat slides back when you turn the vehicle off and exit. I’m short so when I get back in my arms and legs do not reach the controls/pedals. This feature can be disabled and I hear it’s a positive for taller folks.

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2015 Acura MDX with Advance and Entertainment Packages

  • Written by Julie Boselly, Publisher

The Acura MDX is a high-end SUV for those who like a powerful engine and a lot of high-tech, plus the budget to cover it all. I drove with two other adults in the MDX about 750 miles from Bothell to Redmond, Oregon. We didn’t have to stop for gas on the way there with a 19.5 gallon tank. I filled up once in Redmond and made it all the way back home.
Traveling over the mountains was a breeze. We passed slow moving vehicles in passing lanes with little effort. I’m guessing putting the pedal to the metal would have been a blast, but not incredibly safe. 70 mph felt like 40 mph so it’s easy to speed.

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Classic Car Corner - Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

Once again, at the behest of my loyal readers I set off to investigate the cars of the world. This time I handed my real estate affairs over to my trusted associates and was off to Tanzania to check out the automotive scene. After over 20 hours in the air I set down at Kilimanjaro Airport in the dark and was whisked off in a Toyota Land Cruiser to a camp in the jungle. Of course the cars they used were Toyota Land Cruisers — sorry Range Rover fans, you come in a distant second to Toyota’s venerable Land Cruiser — something about reliability. After a day in the jungle I was driven down some horrible roads to begin my trek up Mount Kilimanjaro, thus beginning what was to be eight days without seeing a car. Upon thinking about it, I realized that we rarely even go a day or two without at least seeing a car so this would be a real break from everyday life as I know it.

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Auctions in the Northwest

  • Written by Tom Berg, Windermere Real Estate

Auction time recently rolled right in with the car show season here in the Puget Sound area. At the end of May I attended the Lucky Collector Car Auction Spring Classic at the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount in Steilacoom.
I did sign up for a bidder card but was able to keep it in my pocket this time. There was a ’36 Ford Coupe in almost original condition I thought I needed but it quickly went to three times what I was willing to spend.

I’m either really cheap or it sold for too much. I would guess that about half the cars were sold and they were the less expensive half. There were a handful of six-figure cars available and supposedly there were phone bidders from around the world but the six-figure Caddys and Packards went unsold.

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