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It was born for performance and became the fastest production pickup in America. Hot Rod magazine wrote in October 1990: “With the Syclone, GMC has taken the most significant step of any manufacturer on transforming the pickup into a true sport truck…The Syclone may be the most significant performance vehicle built in the last 20 years.” Others chimed in: “It’s the performance enthusiast’s dream” and “There are no disappointments. It’s safe to say the Syclone is the most revolutionary truck produced since the 1957 Chevy Cameo.” GMC stated it themselves as “introducing today’s technological brainstorm, the new Syclone. This truck…
A one-off GM Design prototype with numerous unique features Equipped with the fascinating Raindrop automatic top Reportedly used by Harley Earl during his retirement in Florida Documented and well researched An important landmark in 1950s GM styling {analysis}This car, Lot 216, sold for $324,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection auction on May 2, 2015. Old is new “Nothing is new under the sun” is a quote that dates back over 2,300 years. Today in the automotive world, that maxim couldn’t be more accurate. A number of luxury brands have touted rain-sensing auto-closing sunroofs and auto-activated windshield wipers.…
Triple-black A-code Mustang GT convertible 289/225-hp V8 engine Four-speed transmission Four-barrel carburetor GT exhaust Power convertible top Deluxe Pony interior Rally Pac gauges Woodgrain console and dash Chrome luggage rack Fog lamps AM radio Styled steel wheels Double-red-stripe tires High-gloss paint on straight body Raven Black with black interior and top Red GT stripe {analysis}This car, Lot F198, sold for $35,640, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s auction in Houston, TX, on April 9–11, 2015. As a collector car community, do we think of first-generation Ford Mustangs as $35,000 cars? It’s not an unheard-of price point for Ford’s pony car, but…
Upgraded with a Mopar 478-cubic-inch Hemi engine using twin Holley 4-barrel carburetors on a cross ram intake manifold. Tubular headers, MSD ignition and a host of other performance tweaks are included. The car features Wilwood front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, following the Hemi Dart theme. The Dart’s clean economical lines are nicely finished in PPG Metallic Blue paint. A straightforward approach is taken with a tan interior and multi-point roll cage, tan carpet and ’Cuda bucket seats mated with Hurst pistol-grip shifter and a woodgrain steering wheel. {analysis}This car, Lot 509, sold for $43,450, including buyer’s premium, at…
Clocked at 141.95 mph at El Mirage Dry Lake in 1949 Winner of numerous concours awards and featured in many hot rod publications Driven on the Colorado Grand, the California Mille, and Monterey Historics An iconic and historically important hot rod {analysis}This car, Lot 210, sold for $187,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Paul and Chris Andrews Collection sale on May 2, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. RM’s pre-sale estimate on this car was $300,000 to $375,000. It was offered at no reserve. A Deuce for the ages In my library, there’s a copy of the May 1955 issue…
This factory racer is a time capsule back to the height of the American muscle car revolution. Developed in the AAR (All American Racers) chassis shop of legendary racer/owner Dan Gurney, the car was then transferred to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. There, Autodynamics finished the chassis developmental work and took over final race preparation and race-day team responsibilities. This specific race car was one of only two (#76 and #77) factory-backed Dodge racing Challengers ever produced, and was the template car for the popular street version sold through the Dodge dealer organization, the Dodge Challenger T/A. With Sam…
The Stutz Blackhawk was an American high-end specialty luxury car manufactured from 1971 through 1987. The Stutz Motor Company was revived in August 1968 by New York banker James O’Donnell. He joined forces with retired Chrysler stylist Virgil Exner, who designed the new Blackhawk. The new Blackhawk was prototyped by Ghia in Italy at a cost of over $300,000. To offer exclusivity and still allow easy servicing in the United States, a custom-built Italian body was added to a GM platform and engine. The Blackhawk debuted in January 1970 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Prices ranged from…
One of 6,759 produced 14,515 miles believed to be original Bloomington Gold Certified in 2005 Original window sticker Matching-numbers 350-ci, 200-hp engine Automatic transmission Factory air conditioning Tilt/telescopic steering column Power steering Power brakes Power seat Power dock locks Power outside mirrors and antenna Cruise control Bronze-tinted glass T-tops Bose radio Aluminum wheels BF Goodrich raised white-letter tires {analysis}This car, Lot K52, sold for $23,760, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, FL, on January 17, 2015. Among new 2015 Chevrolet models, $23,760 and change will get you into a base Malibu or Camaro. Pouring in a few shekels…
• Later-production, iconic first-series example • Recently restored with great color combination • New interior and sportier floor-shift conversion • 302 V8 engine and 3-speed manual transmission • Upgraded with lift and CD player {analysis}This truck, Lot 5, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Amelia Island auction in Amelia Island, FL, on March 13, 2015. Offered at no reserve, it was estimated to sell between $35,000 and $45,000. More of a Ford Scout than a Ford Jeep When it comes to classic American 4x4s, most people think of the post-war CJ Jeep as the rig that…
• 427-ci engine • 4-speed transmission • 12-bolt rear end • Power steering • Power brakes • Dual exhaust • Detailed engine compartment • Royal Plum with black vinyl top • Black bucket seat interior • Console • Factory gauges • Rally wheels • Redline tires • Owner’s manual {analysis}This car, Lot T198, sold for $54,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Kissimmee, FL, auction on January 22, 2015. The 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 takes living large to a whole new level. At just under 18 feet long, it will barely fit in a contemporary garage. Its gracefully sweeping fastback…
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