Guys, last month I started this thread stating that my 1911 collection had virtually no presence at all when it came to true classic examples of the model. http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1221232 While I own a bunch of classic revolvers and non-1911 autos, my 1911 collection is virtually all modern. The only exceptions being two USGIs, an AMT Hardballer, and a Detonics ServiceMaster. My recent Valtro is older, but certainly not old enough to be a "classic". My collection needs some classics before its totally complete. I feel strongly about this, so much so, that I want most of my remaining 1911 purchases to fill this void. Believe me, I do feel we are currently in the golden age of the 1911, with so many options available in all price ranges. Generally speaking, the 1911s of today are much better than 1911s of twenty, thirty, or fifty years ago. However, I want to be able to appreciate the 1911 for what is was, not just was it is. I started by winning this auction. http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=173430688 I've never seen a finer example of a classic Gold Cup NM. As you can see, I paid a good penny, but how often do you see unfired pre Series 70 Colt Gold Cup National Match 1911s? As you can also see, its complete with the original box, papers, and a test target dated 1967. Even the box looks great. Furthermore, there are some well used Colt NMs of similar vintage going for nearly as much on GB. This may be the nicest 43 year old 1911 I've ever seen. While it sat at the top of the 1911 "food chain" in 1967, its certainly not a high end model by today's standards. However, this brings a presence to my 1911 collection that even some of the best 1911s in the world can't. Until now, I bought nothing quite like this. Furthmore, when it comes specifically to Colt, they were better in 1967. Value on this will just continue to rise over the years. This makes 52 1911s, leaving me room for eight more on my 1911 shelves before I'm calling it quits from a 1911 standpoint. I already have the Morris Tactical Elite, Remington R1, and EMF Hartford on order. I should have all three over the next few months, leaving me room for five more. Out of those five, I'd like three or four to be in this flavor. Not $2300 models, but classics nontheless. I'd like a Randall, at least one more classic Colt such as an old commercial Government model, an older Springfield from the 1980's or so, and maybe even an older series I Kimber. I know the Kimber is no classic, but I do like the older models, such as a Classic Custom series I. I own no series I Kimber at this point. I'm also thinking about a nice USFA Government model as well. I'm not ruling out another USGI to go with my Ithaca and Remington Rand, but this is really about commercial models. My point is that I'm not looking for another full custom build, semi custom, or new production 1911. After my recent flurry of customs and semi customs this month, and with the Morris on the way, I'm very content with that part of my collection. I'm leaving a space or two open for something that may interest me down the road. I'm still considering a Baer TRS and/or a Springfield Pro. One space could also be left for Ruger, should they ever introduce a 1911. However, after these next three come in, I consider my modern 1911 collection complete for all intents and purposes. Its the classics that I seriously lack. Now a few questions... Does this make sense to anyone? Is this the right choice to make? I know it is for me personally, but I wanted to know who agrees and who would do the same. Finally, what does everyone think of the 1967 National Match I just won? Pics to follow on that once I have it. As always, your responses are appreciated. Thanks in advance.