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Don Holton

Holton Auto Appraisals

My appraisal services began in 1983 due to the needs of our local car club members and it has expanded into what it is today. I also buy, sell and locate upon request, new old stock Ford-Lincoln-Mercury and Buick parts through a comprehensive list of independent obsolete parts companies I have compiled since 1969 and now on the Internet. I will also attempt to locate any item for any other make of the vehicle through additional sources available to me.

For each customer I will evaluate, photograph and video tape (as necessary for my or the customers records) and set an appraised value on any antique, vintage, classic or special interest vehicle (including street rods, street machines and kit cars & pickup trucks.) This can be for a vehicle you own or a pre-purchase inspection can be done on a vehicle you are interested in purchasing. All appraisals include detailed information on the condition of the vehicle and color photos. Two hard copies of the appraisal can be mailed or the appraisal can be e-mailed to the customer.

Minimum time standard to receive finished appraisal is approximately 2 weeks from date of appraisal.

Publications Used: I have a very extensive library of CD's, books, periodicals and Original Equipment Manufacture Dealer literature and parts books dating from the 1930's to present.


1976 - NYS Regents High School Diploma Math/Science
1978 - AAS with distinction Criminal Justice Corning Community College, Corning, NY
1980 - BA Criminal Justice Kings College Wilkes-Barre, PA

Current Position:

1987 - Present - Lt NYSDOCCS a Sworn NY State Peace Officer: Officer 1987 - 2004, Sergeant 2004-2011, Lieutenant / Watch Commander 2011-Present

Professional Experience

6/83 - Present — Owner - Holton Auto Appraisals, Elmira, NY. Appraise Customer Vehicles for Personal and Insurance needs, Pre-Purchase inspections. I have been found in court to be an Expert Trial Witness as needed in regards to the Antique, Classic, Special Interest Automobiles and light trucks. (Including Street Rods, Street Machines and Kit Cars.)
I am the Web Master of two comprehensive Car Show Calendars, Co-Web Master for the the Upstate NY Club and :
NY/PA/NJ Car Show & Cruise Night Calendar and Co-Administrator of the International Thunderbird Club's Facebook Page:
World Wide ALL Ford Car Show & Cruise Night Calendar:
Upstate NY Thunderbird Club Chapter of the International Thunderbird Club:
Co-Adminsitratior for the International Thunderbird Club's Face Book Page:

8/85 - 10/87 — Clute Motor Co., Elmira, NY Car Service Advisor/Assistant Service Manager. Promoted to Truck Service Manager 4/87. Responsible for estimating repair costs, scheduling and dispensing of repair work to the mechanics, customer relations, vehicle loaner program and quality control of finished repairs.

5/79 - 9/79 — Albee's Body Shop, Albee Truck Inc., Elmira, NY. General body and fender work. Assist in estimating damage on customer and dealership vehicles and repair of same.

Personal Experience:

1969 - Present — Member of the NY PA Twin Tiers Vintage Car Club Inc. Ford Club Inc. (formerly known as the NY/PA Twin Tiers Vintage Ford Club Inc.). The Club formed for the preservation of antique, vintage and special interest Vehicles. This organization has had affiliation with the Model T Ford Club of America and Model A Ford Club of America by Charter.
1984 and 1986 - Served as President
1985, 1987 - Member of the Board of Directors
1985, 1987 - Annual Car Show Chairman
1978 - 1988 - Judge at Annual Car Show
1985 - 1988 - Chief Judge for Annual Car Show

1990 - 1994 — Member of the DIXIE C.A.R.S. AUTO CLUB Inc. - This organization was an open organization for all automotive hobby interests from antiques to race cars and has since disbanded.

1974 - Present — Member of the BCA (Buick Club of America). Volunteer

1976 - 1993 — Member of MARQ (Marquette Automobile Register Quarterly)
1994 - Present — Member of M.O.R.E. (Marquette Owners Registry for Enthusiasts)
1994 - Present — Registrar for the Built by Buick 1929-30 Marquette
1996 - Present — Newsletter Editor/host website

1996 - Present — Member International Thunderbird Club representing all 1955 to present Thunderbirds
2003 - Present — Concourse Judge / Concourse Team Captain - 2010, 2013, 2014
2004 - Present — Tech Advisor for 1972 - 1982
2004 - April 2013 — Advertising & Classifieds Manager
2006 - 2013 - Appointed Northwest District Advisor (Member of the Board of Directors)
2014 - Appointed South Central Distriect Advisor (Member of the Board of Directors)

2006 - Present - Member of the AACA
2006 - AACA Judge - Senior Master Judge
2014 - Apprenticed Team Captain

2011 - Present - Member of the SAN (SEMA Action Network)
March 2014 - Recognized in the SEMA Action Network as a SEMA Action Network Driving Force publidation as a SAN Strike Force Member.
I have also lobbied for Collector Car & Automotive Legislation since the 1970's .

Personally, I have been involved with the car collector hobby since my parents Don & Kathleen Holton Sr infected me with with the car bug early as they bought New Ford Convertibles every couple years in the 60's and then they brought home their first Model T Ford! I have participated and shown vehicles at local events, AACA local and National Shows, Car Craft Street Machine Nationals, Hot Rod Supercruises and Street Rod /Street Machine events.

Please contact me for your appraisal needs and we can discuss it further.