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The classic and special interest car market benefits greatly from the internet.  The search for a specific car, generally available in small numbers, requires the buyer to cast a wide geographical net for the needle in the haystack.  Classic car and special interest car sale websites cater to this market and from a consumer perspective reviews of these websites are part of ARA’s website review effort.  Apart from the consumer angle, however, there is another reason to peruse these websites: viewing the cars is just plain fun!  Additionally, the viewing of these websites can aid in research concerning makes, models, and body styles.  ARA will choose such websites for review at random; the reviews will focus on website design and utility and the quality of photographic depiction of the vehicles.

ARA’s first subject of a classic and special interest car sales website is the site from Dallas, Texas.  The review was conducted Tuesday afternoon, January 26, 2010.

The website features a simple but clean design with a black backdrop.  Telephone and e-mail contact information is provided; all visits are by appointment only.  A banner identifies Pete as Peter Adam Krell, “specializing in the sale of classic cars for over 20 years.”

The displays for each car listed present large, high-quality photographs from a variety of angles.  The first car listed is a 1956 Buick Special Estate Wagon in Bittersweet (a shade of red) over Dover White.  In addition to exterior and interior shots, underhood and undercarriage photos are also provided among the 44 photo views.

Other cars listed for sale are a 1958 Pontiac Starchief Catalina Sedan/4 Door Hardtop; a 1957 Chevrolet ½ Ton Stepside Pickup Custom with an Extended Cab and custom bed; a 1934 Dodge 4 Door Touring Model DR (a really beautiful car in very photogenic condition); and a 1965 Land Rover 88 Series IIA LHD (ARA will be presenting a review of a diecast model of a similar Land Rover in the near future.

Pete’s also presents photos of cars recently sold.  Among them is a 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham Resto Rod.

This site, although profiling only a relatively small number of cars, features excellent photography and illustrates the value of viewing these sites for entertainment and research even if you are not in the market for a vehicle.  Then again, one suspects that such sites sometimes generate sales among those “not looking!”

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