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How to Collect Vintage Cars

Insider tips—and photos—from the president of the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn

December 6, 2012


Lifelong Brooklynite and real-estate executive Lenny Shiller keeps 58 cars in a 12,300-square-foot garage near his home. In 1967, he acquired his first automobile, a hand-me-down 1936 Chevy from his grandmother. His modest hobby turned into an obsession in 1986 when he decided he wanted to acquire and fix a car from every year from 1936 through 1958. You may have already seen some of his prized possessions: a 1947 International KB-6 soda truck he owns appeared in seven movies including Malcolm X and Pollack, and his 1965 Chrysler 300 convertible was in the B 52's "Love Shack" video. Here, the 68-year old, and president of the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn, takes us through his collection and offers tips for would-be buyers.

"A lot of the cars have tremendously escalated in value. I have a 1961 Messerschmitt KR200 that was apprised at $8,000 when I got it, and now micro cars are hot—cars under 500 ccs. There are trends that are set by rich people at auction. My original pink '57 Cadillac convertible is a $50,000 car, even though it's not an El Dorado; it's a Series 62."

Pictured: 1961 Messerschmitt and 1957 Caddy (bottom)
All photos courtesy of Lenny Shiller.
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