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Auto Sector Veteran Marc Spizzirri wants Dealerships to See Around Electric Car Curve

Marc Spizzirri

When it comes to the future of automotive technology, the wheels are already in motion. Multiple European nations have set “sunset” dates for the internal combustion engine (ICE) and some major manufacturers have already announced plans to cease production. California has already announced a similar effort that would ban sales of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035. It’s a brave new world, says auto and financial industry veteran Marc Spizzirri, and there are opportunities on the horizon. The ever-resilient car dealership sector needs to start assessing the new norms now and not in 2040 when they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Phasing out the ICE has long seemed like a pipe dream. However, manufacturers like Tesla have shown us that it’s possible to run a showroom featuring nothing but electric-powered cars. Adding fuel to this transformative fire is major names like Mercedes-Benz no longer developing ICE engines. This is a massive shift and it’s only going to pick up more momentum from here. According to a November 2020 article from Automotive World, Europe is currently at the forefront of this sea change. “Scotland wants to end the sale of new ICE cars and vans by 2032, and the United Kingdom is likely to shift its current 2040 target to 2035, and might even move it further ahead to 2030,” the article states, adding, “France has a target to end the sale of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles using fossil fuels by 2040, and Spain has a draft law that would only allow the sale of zero-emission vehicles from 2040.”

While the article deems the California effort as North America’s “most ambitious in terms of timeline and vehicles affected,” it also gives dealerships a good idea of what’s to come. Marc Spizzirri, who provides special financial adviser services to dealers, has his thumb on the future of the auto sales sector. His experience as a retired car dealer also provides insider insight that could guide dealerships through changes that will occur under their own roof. As the U.S. Department of Energy points out, all-electric vehicles “require less maintenance than conventional vehicles because there are usually fewer fluids (like oil and transmission fluid) to change and far fewer moving parts.” A dealership that earns the majority of its income from parts and repair work may find it difficult to make ends meet when all-electric vehicles dominate the road. That’s not to say it will be impossible to run a profitable car-selling outlet, but the transition could be harsh unless preliminary steps are made now.

Marc Spizzirri has seen around the electric car curve and he still expects dealers to continue to enjoy profitability. Moreover, those looking to buy into the industry on the verge of this transformation could be making the best business move of their lives. This ICE-to-electric update is a long-overdue event in the “daily driver” commuter sector and it is coming down the road sooner than some may think.

Marc Spizzirri Discusses Vintage Classic Cars as Investments

In Spring 2013, the television show ‘California Life’ interviewed one of the largest vintage car dealers in the US, Marc Spizzirri.  Marc has over three decades of experience in the retail automotive industry, specializing in antique automobiles. Since 1987, Mr. Spizzirri has owned over seven franchised automotive dealerships with a combined annual sale revenue of $400 million. With his combined automotive industry experience and overall love of antique cars, Mr. Spizzirri shares his opinion on the top vintage car models.

Classic Cars has proven to be one of the best performing asset classes over the last thirty years. Although there are many great alternative investment opportunities, Classis Cars stand alone as the best, most consistent performer well above Wine, Art and Jewelry.  Listed below is a cross section of investment examples at different price points.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO

The 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, known as the Holy Grail model, won the Tour de France in 1964, which is one of the world’s most famous and historic motor races. It is a 174 mph road-legal racing car and one of only 36 built between 1962 and 1964. When new, Enzo Ferrari selected the buyers and charged an extravagant $18,000 for the opportunity to owned what became a legend in the automotive community. In 2002, a model owned by Sir Sterling Moss sold for $8.5 million, 10 years later it sold for $35 million and recently a 1963 GTO sold for $70 million.

1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1977 Pontiac Trans Am is an antique car frequently seen at roadshows and purchased by collectors. Designed primarily as a pony car by Pontiac, this Firebird model became famous after its appearance in the movie ‘Smoky and the Bandit.’ The Firebird is known for its unique features such as four square headlamps, nostril design front grill, and powerful engine. The Trans Am has proven to be a great investment with values increasing every year.

1971 Mercedes 280 SL

The Mercedes 280 SL was the successor to other iconic SL models, including the 190 SL and the 300 SL.  Approximately 49,000 were built from 1967 through 1971. The body was originally brought to market as a 230 SL in 1963 and then the 250 SL in 1966.  The well performing, classically designed 280’s have been a consistent performer in the classic car investment community for the last 20 years. A quality investment at an affordable price that is certain to turn heads.

1965 Shelby Mustang GT350

One of the most iconic muscle cars of all time, the Shelby Mustang GT350, has become one of the most coveted and well-recognized Classic Cars.  Released in 1965, Shelby American designed this Mustang specifically for the racetrack, and so has one of the most revered engines on this list. The Cobra insignia is recognized and respected world-wide. The Windsor 289 cu in (4.7L) HiPo K-Code 271 V-8 separated this Mustang from the competition and served as a “halo” for the entire Ford line.

1965 Porsche 911

Introduced in the fall of 1964 and continues to be one of the world’s most recognizable nameplates. The Porsche 911 series has become one of auto industries most successful series and in 1999 it was honored with the title “Car of the Century”. The reason for its success was its comfort and speed, a solution to the problems Porsche faced with the Porsche 356. The 911 is one of the most popular vintage cars to own.  It’s classic design is immediately and uniquely recognizable and has remained one of the most coveted nameplates in the Classic Car community. A fun, high performance car that continually increases in value.