August 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

Dozens use Cruise to sell classics, then 'move on to something new'

Jerry Carr, a Royal Oak native, stands with his 1970 Chevy Nova. His dream car is a 1941 Willy’s Hot Rod, which he hopes to buy next. (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)

This week's Dream Cruise will mark the last time veteran cruiser Larry Perkins drives his 1967 MGB Convertible.

Well, at least that's what the 64-year-old Detroiter hopes.

Perkins has owned the Tartan Red roadster since 2007 — along with a 1967 sun-fire yellow Corvette — but he has only a two-car garage and wants to make room for his dream car: a Jaguar XKE. He doesn't want to put the MGB in storage, so he's tapping Saturday's Dream Cruise in hopes of selling the car he has spent a half decade restoring.

"You have to see it to appreciate it," said Perkins, who failed to sell the car on eBay and Craigslist. "The exposure is how you're going to sell it."

Perkins is among dozens of classic car aficionados using the Dream Cruise as a captive marketplace to sell their beloved vehicles. Most of them aren't selling because of the struggling economy, but because they want to move onto other car adventures.

"You get to a point where you say, 'I've had my fun with it, but now I want something else,'" said David Clack, owner of Classic Auto Showplace Ltd. in Troy, which sells classic, muscle, hot rod, sports, antique and special interest automobiles.

Count Larry Raitz among those looking for a fresh start.

Raitz is selling his 1965 black Chevy II Nova after years spent on its restoration.

"I'm ready to move on to something new," he said.

The car holds lots of memories but Raitz says he has no emotional attachment. The decision to sell at the Dream Cruise was a no-brainer: "You go to where the traffic is."

Jerry Carr, a Royal Oak native, is also ready to move on to something new, namely, a 1941 Willy's Hot Rod. But to buy his dream car, he has to sell his 1970 Nova, and hopes to do so by the end of the week.

"So many people will see it," he said. "It's an ideal time to sell."

Jeff Schecter, 61, is hoping Metro Detroit's signature car event will bring better luck than the Gratiot Cruise last week.

He said he sold his 1937 Plymouth Business Coupe twice, but neither potential buyers followed through. So the Farmington Hills native is trying again this week.

But not everything along Woodward has a price.

Carr is displaying a 1929 Model A next to his Nova, but doesn't plan on parting with it.

"I was offered $45,000 for it twice and turned it down twice," he said. "I promised it to my granddaughter, so I'll follow through with that."

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