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This nicely frame-off restored dually Studebaker tractor is another fine offering from the estate of William “Bill” Kirby. He amassed a well-respected collection of heavy-duty equipment and was a regular at events displaying his outstanding vehicles. This Studebaker Road Tractor is finished in red with black undercarriage, wheels and running gear, and has a tan and red interior. The truck runs with a 4-cylinder, 2-stroke, supercharged Detroit Diesel engine connected to a 5-speed manual transmission and features a 2-speed rear end. Additional features include air brakes, stack-style exhaust, cab roof lights and a roof-mounted horn. {analysis}This truck, Lot 7046, was…
With just 16,200 miles and few devoted owners from new, this 1960 Impala convertible must be one of most original examples left. Equipped with the high-output 348-ci engine, this exceptional Chevrolet has been a cornerstone of the current owner’s exquisite Southern California collection for decades, and was purchased by him from the second owner, who had used the car sparingly for parades and other special occasions. “It took me about 12 years to purchase this unique Chevy,” states the owner. “I was fascinated by the originality and how amazingly well it was preserved. I had to keep calling the guy…

1965 Shelby GT350

Written by November 2014
Rarely are automobiles as sought-after and seemingly immune to market fluctuations as Carroll Shelby’s GT350, and the first-year editions are consistently the most valuable of that breed. The Shelby American Automobile Club’s World Registry keeps detailed records of each Shelby-modified Mustang made; the 1965 GT350 presented here is a solid, documented example treated to a high-quality restoration several years ago. It remains in excellent, well-preserved condition. S/N SFM5S260, the car was originally shipped to Koons Ford in Falls Church, VA, in June 1965 and sold to Dr. John Clift of Vienna, VA; it has a well-established ownership record that is…

1971 Plymouth GTX

Written by November 2014
Offered not only with the powerful 440+6 engine package and manual 4-speed transmission, this Autumn Bronze Metallic GTX is also presented with a few very unusual features. It has the desirable Air Grabber hood, A33 Trak Pak option, power disc brakes, split-back bench seat, pistol-grip floor shifter, and very rare add-on non-console stereo cassette player/recorder setup. Records indicate that this is one of 62 440+6 pack manual transmission GTX hard tops produced in 1971. Given the options on this example, it is very likely the only one of its kind ever constructed. {analysis}This car, Lot 5076, sold for $74,250, including…
• ’31 Ford roadster body channeled over a ’32 Ford frame • An authentic “barn find,” intact since the early ’60s • Fresh 286-ci Vern Tardel-built three-carb flathead V8 • Featured in Pat Ganahl’s book Lost Hot Rods II {analysis}This car, Lot 3115, sold for $78,100, including buyer’s premium, at Auction America’s California sale on July 31–August 2, 2014. Dusty and rusty Most car enthusiasts fantasize about barn finds. Hot-rodders are no different. This car’s auction seller, Greg Hopkins, from Dothan, AL, had just finished building a chopped Model A coupe when he saw this bitchin’ old roadster advertised on…
This 1976 Ford F-100 was built by Charlie Haga and accomplished Class 8 victories in the 1977 Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Haga built the truck for Frank “Scoop” Vessels in 1976, and the ’77 Baja 500 was an important race to Vessels due to the introduction of BFGoodrich Radial tires for the first time in the off-road racing world. Vessels played a role in the development of the first generation of these tires and looked to benefit from this improvement. The F-100 is equipped with a 404-ci Ford V8 engine paired with an Art Carr-built Ford C6 transmission and…
Packard’s last prestigious, low-production offering was the Caribbean convertible of 1955 and 1956. This top-of-the-line model was completely redesigned for ’55, and it sported a new high-output overhead-valve V8 engine with dual four-barrel carburetors, which could produce an amazing 310 horsepower, put to the rear wheels through a new push-button Twin Ultramatic transmission. An innovative, new torsion-bar suspension on the chassis featured automatic leveling to suit the road surface, making the 1955 Packard Caribbean the smoothest-riding and best-handling full-size car of its era. At $5,932, the Caribbean was breathtaking in more ways than one. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Packard built a mere…
• This ISCA award-winning 1972 Corvette coupe has been fully customized in every possible respect • Every piece able to be chromed (except engine block and frame) has been gold- or chrome-plated • This stand-out coupe was the result of thousands of hours of work • Documentation from the original owner • The seller traced this car back to its original owner, who completed all of the customization work and showed this car across the Midwest • This custom won first place in every show it entered and claimed top honors at the ISCA show in Chicago • The original…

1956 Chevrolet 3100 Custom

Written by September 2014
This highly customized ’56 Chevy truck has undergone a meticulous, frame-off restoration by the team at Velocity Restorations. The chassis was outfitted with Mustang II IFS, stainless 4-link, Ridetech’s complete Shockwave air-ride system, custom fabricated 20-gallon fuel cell, narrowed rear end with Strange axles and 3.73 Positraction unit, and more. Under the hood is an LS1 engine upgraded with LS2 fuel injectors, intake and 96-mm throttle body. Engine was hooked to a 4L60E automatic transmission to obtain optimal cruising RPMs. Hundreds of hours were spent on bodywork and panel alignment to achieve perfection. Custom fabrication on the body includes Cadillac…
• Real Y84 Special Edition • Original build sheet • One of 1,107 built • 4-speed transmission • Numbers-matching 400/220 horsepower engine • WS6 performance suspension • Four-wheel disc brakes • T-tops with original storage bags • Original sheet metal with one quality repaint • Authentic Bandit Trans Am {analysis}This car, Lot F179, sold for $54,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Indy 2014 Spring Classic on May 16, 2014, in Indianapolis, IN. When Bo Darville pulled over to sweep up Frog and rescue her from the clutches of Buford T. Justice and his son, Frog’s inept groom-to-be, history was made.…
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