About Rick DeBruhl

Somehow I went from being a kid who spent too much time and money reading car magazines, to a semi-grown man who gets paid to hang around the most spectacular cars on the planet along with the fastest drivers. I cover IndyCars for ABC, NASCAR Nationwide, along with the Barrett Jackson auctions for Fox Sports. Amazingly, it means all that time I spent in high school auto shop is really paying off!

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11 comments on “About Rick DeBruhl

  1. I was in the Marines w/ a Charles “Buddy” Debruhl from Greensboro N.C from 1957-1960. Are you any relation?

    • All DeBruhls are related, and while there is a big crop in NC, I’m from the western portion of the family and grew up in California.

  2. Hey Rick! Glad to see the little car is still around. Did you have it painted green again?
    Jim Bell
    Celestian (Class of “73”)

    That’s right… I’m the same guy who had a crush on your next door neighbor in the 6th grade! (Susan Hillman)

    Jim.

  3. Hi Rick, I just read that you bought the Isetta from Mr. Hodgens. Thanks for the great pictures of him and the car. I love the car, but it was soooo good to see Mr. Hodgens. What year did you graduate? I am trying to figure out if I knew you or not. You said you married another alumni. May I ask who? I graduated in 1979.

    Sounds like you have a fabulous life since school – congratulations.

    • I’m a 73 grad and my wife, Patty, graduated the same year. We’ll have the Isetta back for the 100th anniversary for Canoga in October. Make sure you’re there!

  4. Rick, I have a 1941 dodge deluxe with 22,000 original miles. Everything is original, runs fine, wish to sell. Auction, eBay, Craig’s list. Would appreciate your opinion. Gary

    • Gary,
      Impressive to have a survivor. A lot of things will affect the price. Low miles survivor is a big plus, but there is a point where mediocre condition will degrade that value. Good condition and survivor status can help a car jump higher in market value. The downside is that 41 Dodges aren’t hugely popular. In an auction you won’t have a lot of people bidding for it. You will get more money if it’s a coupe. Check the NADA guide to see it’s range.

      Each selling method has its highs and lows. Craig’s list is the cleanest method. It’s simply an ad that doesn’t cost you anything. The downside is that it’s generally limited to your geographic area. Great if you’re in Los Angeles, lousy if you’re in Bismark. Yours is the type of car that may have to get relisted multiple times because it’s a limited market.

      The advantage of eBay is that it has a larger market reach. I’m always amazed that people in Florida will buy a car from someone in California sight unseen, but they do. There is always the risk that it will belly up and you’ll have to start all over again. You can set a reserve which means you’ll limit how low it will sell.

      Auctions have highs and lows. Barrett Jackson acutions are generally no-reserve. That means the car will sell for whatever it is worth to the people in the room at that time. It’s a pretty honest way of selling since there are plenty of knowledgeable people there who don’t let cars sell too low (although it occasionally happens). Other auctions allow you to set a minimum sales price. For a bunch of reasons, I prefer no-reserve as a buyer (I’m more likely to bid if I know the car is really going to sell and there is no artificial pushing the bid to the reserve), but I understand the concern of sellers. Plus you have to pay a seller’s premium (probably about 8%), not to mention transportation costs depending on the location.

      Your best bet might be Hemmings. You pay for the ad, but the folks reading it are collector car enthusiasts who are looking for the kind of car you’re buying. It’s like having more truly interested parties in the same room. The downside is they’re spread out all over the country.

      Be as honest as you can with the description. You can’t say too much about both the highs and the lows. Make sure you include plenty of pictures.
      Good luck!

  5. Have you analyzed the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, V 8 or V 6 ? I usually drive a Cadillac for the best ride. Which new sedans give the most comfortable ride now? Enjoy your web site.

    • I haven’t driven the Genesis sedan, but I have driven the Equus (read the review here). It’s an impressive car chasing the Audi A8 and Lexus LS460. I think folks will have a hard time paying big bucks for a Hyundai badge, but there’s no doubting you’ll get plenty of quality and performance. I’m scheduled to drive the Kia K900 soon which should be a solid competitor.

  6. Hey Rick, just read your piece on the Isetta. Great write up and I love your sense of humour. You can tell I’m from Canada by how we spell humour, eh! I’m a muscle car gramps in the process of deciding which Chevy Nova should receive a rebuilt 454ci, the ’64’ or ’67. Both cars I own are not the coveted 2 door hard top but rather the working mans 4 door sedan. Nonetheless I’m surprised that “more doors” are gaining respect based on ones budget. Assuming both cars are in pristine shape which one would command higher resale value with a 454 install pushing close to 500hp, the ’64 or ’67?
    Thanks
    David

    • It may not make a huge difference, but personally I’d go with the 67. Although they are very similar, I like the styling a little more on the 67 (the headlamps have a better look). Plus, 67 is a year people associate with muscle cars. As with any custom, everything is built to the owners taste and there is always a question of whether it will bring resale value on the other end. I’ve seen plenty of people overbuild cars and then not understand why the buyers wouldn’t spend the bucks. Four doors may be getting respect, but two doors are king. Remember that and don’t get too carried away. The bottom line is that you should build what you’ll enjoy and any money you make on the back end is just a bonus.

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