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This is a second-series truck with the new-for-1955 styling — and a very rare NAPCO 4x4 conversion. 1955 was the first year General Motors offered the new half-ton pickup with 4x4. NAPCO 2-speed 4x4 conversions were composed of 85% GM parts. The NAPCO slogan proudly stated: “Now you can have a standard Chevrolet four-wheel-drive pickup featuring the traction power of a tank, or at the flip of a finger, a smoother ride over the road.” This truck has been treated to a very high-quality frame-off rebuild. It is powered by the famous 235-ci 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed transmission. The extremely…
Perhaps the finest restored example Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior Award winner Loaded with options Cadillac redesigned its models in 1965 and continued a slow evolution of the new styling in 1967 with reworked contours, which gave the cars an appearance of greater length and muscularity. Underneath, the valve train and engine fan were refined for smoother operation, and a new carburetor was fitted. Body mounts were tuned, with the result being a car that was everything that a Cadillac should be: a smooth, quiet, and compliant driver. {analysis}This car, Lot 113, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s auction…

2005 Ford GT

Written by May 2016
 Rare factory Quick Silver Metallic finish and all four options Less than 1,120 actual miles Virtually new in all respects {analysis}This car, Lot 112, sold for $308,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 28, 2016. Have you seen the new 2017 Ford GT yet? It looks phenomenal. It’s smooth and angular, yet sexy and slinky all at the same time. It certainly builds on the legend of both the GT40 and the GT. But what does that mean for values of previous-gen GTs in the future? We’ll get to that in a second. Target: Ferrari…
Featured only in 1970, the Dodge Challenger T/A (Trans Am) was a racing homologation car. In order to race in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am American Sedan Championship, Dodge built a street version of its race car, which it called the Dodge Challenger T/A. This is one of 2,399 total Challenger T/As, presented in its original as-built color combination. This fully restored T/A Challenger features correct options as decoded by the VIN. It’s rare, as one of 989 complete with factory-option Hurst pistol-grip 4-speed transmission. Its matching-numbers engine is confirmed by documentation. {analysis}This car, Lot 827, sold for…
1950 Buick “hard-top” coupe 350-hp, 364-ci Chrysler Hemi V8 Six Stromberg carburetors 3-speed manual transmission, drum brakes Popular Customs cover car 1965 Built by Gene Howard Chopped, channeled and hard-topped “Truly Rare” was built around a 1950 Buick. The body was channeled six inches and rides on a frame fabricated from a ’50 Buick and a ’51 Oldsmobile. The body is equal parts ’50 Cadillac and ’51 Olds. The front and sides are heavily reworked with a flowing plastic look. ’60 Plymouth taillights nestle into deep scallops in the rear fenders. The ’51 Chrysler Hemi by Don Wallace has a…
The first of two examples built for the 1968 season Raced in 1968 by Mark Donohue and Sam Posey Numerous podium finishes, with many years of successful club racing in Europe Comprehensive restoration to 1968 specifications and livery Raced and shown at many events, including eight appearances at the Monterey Historics Well documented, including letter of authenticity from Penske engineer Ron Fournier {analysis}This car, Lot 180, sold for $990,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, sale held on March 12, 2016. In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from his storied racing career to write The…
This Stanley Model E2, one of six models of the Stanley steam car available in the 1909 catalog, is powered by a 10-horsepower twin-piston engine — a marvel of simplicity that employed only 13 moving parts. Once the big front-mounted boiler had been filled with water, fired, and tended by the owner’s careful hands, the Model E2 could hum along and climb steep grades with ease. It was a fun car, combining the eerie silence of steam with the peppy performance that, by the late 1900s, “automobilists” were beginning to appreciate. Former Stanley employee Ralph Van Dine also appreciated it,…
Highly original example of the final C2 Sting Ray coupe Handsome original color combination with black stinger hood 427-ci V8 engine Single Holley 4-bbl carburetor 390 hp at 5,400 rpm 4-speed manual Displays less than 50,000 original miles 2007 Bloomington Gold Survivor Award 2015 NCRS Second Flight Award Accompanied by original jack, spare wheel and owner’s manual Offered with original tank sticker and important documents {analysis}This car, Lot 25, sold for $83,600, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Company auction in Amelia Island, FL, on March 11, 2016. Here’s a question: Would you rather have an authentic Civic War…
1972 Jeep Commando with 69k miles Strong running original 304 V8 Automatic transmission Four-wheel drive Dual exhaust No rust or accident history New tires Original upholstery still looks great No leaks or other issues Runs and drives as good as it looks Very rare/low-mileage Jeep Commando ready to drive anywhere {analysis}This truck, Lot 409, sold for $20,520, including buyer’s premium, at Silver Auctions’ “Arizona in January” event at Fort McDowell, AZ, on January 29, 2016. Something new from something old With the International Scout and the Ford Bronco entering the personal off-road market in the mid-1960s, Kaiser-Jeep figured that their…
This very rare and low-production Special Edition Trans Am has it all. This style Trans Am was immortalized in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies. This “Bandit” is 100% original and has less than 750 miles on it. This Trans Am is one of the lowest original-miles Special Edition cars in existence. It is documented with all its original books, papers and PHS paperwork. {analysis}This car, Lot 480.1, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale sale held on January 24–31, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ. A bunch of you may be tripping over this car’s selling price…
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