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Over 50 Years Experience
Collector Car Resume for Christopher M. Bavis:
Collector car appraisals started in 1972 with the purchase and total restoration of Early Ford V-8’s. I now own and operate Collectorcarinterests.com LLC performing multiple types of appraisals for estate, insurance, divorce and financial institutions.
Club Affiliations to include the:
Early Ford V-8 Club of America, past Vice president local chapter, current member and division judge.
AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) current member.
Mid Century Ford Club of America, past president local chapter.
Golden Gears of Frederick Maryland, active member.
Advisors to enthusiasts in the purchase of collector vehicles at national auction events.
1966-1978 employed by Bethesda Ford. Started as a porter and was the service department dispatcher/ shop foreman when I departed that company to work in the restoration industry. Purchase and sold 400 plus collector vehicles to sell at the Hershey and Carlisle swap meets.
1978-1979 employed by the Adler & Mandel Auto Upholstery Company in Rockville Maryland as an interior trimmer restoring collector cars.
1979-1983 employed by the Precision BMW, Fiat, Subaru Auto dealership in Frederick Maryland as their Parts and Service Manager, later as a minority owner.
1983-1985 employed by the Fox Chevrolet Auto Dealership in Baltimore Maryland as their Service Director. (supervised 100+ service employees).
1986-1993 employed by Robert B Suddeth at his Parts and Service Director for his Chevrolet Dealership in Hagerstown Maryland.
1993-2018 employed by the NADA (National Auto Dealers Association) in their Dealer Academy as a Fixed Operations Instructor. Responsible for curriculum development and instruction in the dealerships parts, service and body shop operations. Further responsibilities included 15 years of running the Academy Regional Auction Training Program, A USA and Canadian experience.
2016 & 2017 Attended the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale as a vehicle consultant.
2018 Attended the Mecum Collector Car Auction as a client-vehicle consultant for a successful sale of a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner.
Since 2005 I have operated Collectorcarinterests.com appraisal business and have appraised over 500 vehicles
Successfully assisted a client as an expert witness in a trial in Carlisle Pennsylvania.
Graduate of the American Society of Certified Auto Appraisers Course 2007.
Christopher M. Bavis _8.22.2019
100 Larch Lane Middletown Maryland 21769 301-401-3301
Over 40 Years Experience
Active Automotive Experience
Over 20 Years Technical Expertise
Body Shop Manager
Service Writer, Service Manager
Sales - New, Used, and Collector Cars
Current Owner/Operator of a auto repair shop in Myersville, Maryland
We are saddened to announce that Gerry passed in September 2017.
Over 40 Years Experience
Antique, Classic, Special Interest, Exotic, Street Rods, Trucks
Avid Hobbiest Club Member
Experienced & Approved Expert Witness
Fee Appraiser for over 30 Years
How it all got started...
In the early 1950’s My parents discovered that I was indeed smitten by anything with wheels on it. By
the mid 60’s I was tinkering with the family cars. I had a next door neighbor who was a Naval Officer
who asked my father if I would be interested in helping a fellow WW2 Naval Officer repairing a 1951
Ford Coupe that he had received in his mother’s estate. His name was Edward L Beach. He was the
author of the WW@ submarine book “Run Silent Run Deep”. I spent many a day helping him make
repairs on this “rust” free 1951 Ford. At the end of that summer (1964) he asked me what my plans
were for the future. I said to him that I enjoyed working on cars and the like. He handed me a business
card of the local Ford dealerships service manager. He explained to me that this man had been his COB.
In naval parlance that was the “Chief of Boat”. That was quite an esteemed position on any submarine.
When I decided to start working towards getting my driver’s license my dad told me that I would need
to be able to afford the insurance and purchase a car for myself. I found that business card and called
this service manager. His name was Paul Huntley. He hired me to be a lot boy. It started as after school
work. From 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm most nights and most Saturdays. When that all started I turned my
paper route over to my little brother. When there was time I started to work at several of the local gas
stations to fill out then was a 60-hour week during the summer time and evenings until I graduated from
high school. I took a year off from work to attend a college in Florida. That didn’t work out so well. When
I transferred back to the local area junior college there were several credits that they wouldn’t take
(theology?). That made me 1-A and subject to the armed forces draft. I passed my pre induction physical
and was advised that I would be sent to basic training in early January 1970. They started the first
“Lottery” and my number was 324/365. Not knowing how far they would take left me in a holding
pattern. So I went back to work at the dealership. By the summer of 1970 it looked like I would not be
drafted into the service. I decided just to keep on working at the dealership. In September 1971 I
accepted a position as a “Service Writer/Advisor” at the same dealership. I was an adviser for several
years. While doing so I met a man who was a loan officer at a local bank. He introduced me to
something called a 90-day note. I would borrow $1,000 and would pay him back $1,100 after 90 days.
This allowed me to freely buy and sell cars on the side. Well that side work started to blossom because
at the time no one would give much on a traded in old Ford V-8 in those days. I became the guy who
would pay a little more and clean them up and sell them at places like Carlisle and Hershey PA. That led
to having a dozen garages down on Porter street in NW Washington DC full of cars and parts. In 1972 I
met a guy by the name of Gerald F. McHugh. He sold me a decent 1941 Ford Convertible. I restored that
car over a 7-year period. Gerry and I became good friends buying and selling cars for another 40 years.
My professional career spanned retail dealership management and 25 years with the venerable NADA as
a fixed operations instructor. In the early 2000’s Gerry’s health became an issue and he asked me to
assist him in an appraisal service that he had started. By 2012. I found myself doing all the work and
Gerry just went for the ride. I was ok with that. What a great experience that was. I retired from the
NADA in the summer of 2018 and Gerry passed away that fall. I have by now appraised several thousand
cars and trucks. I currently do a lot of estate and insurance appraisals along with some more
complicated “matching number” appraisals. My wife accompanies me on most of my appraisal jobs as a
navigator and confidant. I have met some very interesting people and been into amazing garages doing
this work. I must say that it really isn’t work it’s a retirement play pay.