I had not mentioned it before cause I didn’t want to jinx anything but I have just received (via courier) an entire Street Machine Magazine and Supercar Magazine collection bought on eBay. I have nearly every single Street Machine Magazine of the 1980s and almost all the Supercar Magazines, too. Supercar was a competitor to Street Machine, and it was written in a different ‘reportage’ style of writing compared to Street Machine’s ‘machinic’ style.
The collection includes the very first Street Machine magazine. It has a little Street Machine masthead underneath the Van Wheels masthead and features the V12 Jag powered Holden panel van, Alley Cat, on the cover. this magazine alone often goes for over $100 on eBay. The copy I have is excellent quality!!
I paid $310 for the whole lot (which includes $80 courier from Victoria, magazines are heavy! also it is another reason why I am super poor this fortnight!), which is about 70 magazines. I have many of the earlier ones already, so I am going to keep the best kept versions of issues I have multiple copies of and sell the rest back on eBay. Some of the individual magazines I paid $15-20 to buy. To collectors they have certain values, but for me writing my dissertation some of the articles in these magazines were priceless, so I’d pay anything to win the eBay auctions. Now I think I may start up my own online eBay store!
I am now waiting on my scanner/printer and I shall put up some covers and images onto flickr. It is mostly classic 1980s stuff.