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5.9-liter, 144-hp V8 engine Automatic transmission Four-wheel drive Reported as driven sparingly Near-original condition Known and select ownership Air conditioning Power windows and front seats Roof rack Aluminum wheels Excellent condition throughout {analysis}This vehicle, Lot 154, sold for $26,400, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 1, 2016. A new class of vehicle When Jeep introduced the Wagoneer in 1963, nobody would’ve guessed that nearly 30 years and three corporate owners later, this Brooks Stevens-penned people hauler would become the definitive example of a domestic luxury SUV — or in essence create the modern…
By specifying COPO Code 9561 (9562 for a Chevelle), dealers could order an L72-equipped 427 Camaro. However, COPO Code 9560 belonged to some really exotic hardware. It provided dealers with a race-ready performance car equipped with the all-aluminum ZL1 427 conservatively rated at 430 hp. Production #53 is reported to be the only Code 590 Dover White ZL1 equipped with the M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission. The car was titled at one time to COPO “guru” Ed Cunneen. It was raced in NHRA Pro Stock in 1969 and 1970 and was an NHRA record holder. This very special machine…
In total, 21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957. The most rare and desirable of these are affectionately referred to as F-birds. This is one of only 212 examples fitted with the supercharged F-code 312/300-hp V8 engine. It also has a Holley 4-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. The F-code engine elevated the performance of a standard Thunderbird from a reasonably quick cruiser to a dedicated quarter-mile contender. This 1957 F-bird was fastidiously restored to be competitive on the concours field. Accordingly, the F-bird achieved an enviable show record-winning First Place Gold at every Classic Thunderbird Club International…
A12 replica Rotisserie restoration Less than 500 miles since restoration 440-ci V8 engine 6-bbl setup 3.91 gear ratio Hurst 4-speed transmission Magnum 500 wheels Fiberglass lift-off hood with display posts Yellow with black vinyl top {analysis}This car, Lot F203, sold for $38,500, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Houston auction in Houston, TX, April 14–16, 2016. The muscle car world is renowned for its fakes — or replicas, if you’re being polite. The difference between the two terms is disclosure. It’s only a fake if the seller is trying to cheat the buyer into believing the car is genuine. In this…
The same proud owner has had this Nomad for the past 22 years. The engine is completely chrome and/or billet. It has a 350 GM Performance crate engine, 700R4 transmission, power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, power windows, air conditioning and dual Lexus six-way power seats. This car is sorted out, runs great and is ready to enjoy and show. {analysis}This car, Lot 454, sold for $95,700, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 9, 2016. The 1955 Chevrolets were a dramatic departure from the Chevys of the past, and the most dramatic was the…
Custom build completed in 2015 Balanced and blueprinted 355-ci engine with Comp Cam Weiand Team G intake manifold, Holley carburetor with Big Shot NOS system MSD distributor with Digital-7 programmable ignition Doug’s ceramic-coated headers 3½-inch exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers Aerospace fuel pump and three regulators with 10-gallon aluminum fuel cell Turbo Action 350 transmission with transbrake and Cheetah SCR manual shift 3,500 stall converter Ford nine-inch rear end 4.11 Richmond gears Mark Williams axles, spool and driveshaft Aerospace four-piston disc brakes Wilwood master cylinder, Hurst line lock Mono-leaf rear suspension, CalTracs traction bars Harwood fiberglass cowl hood Eight-point roll cage with…

1955 Hudson Italia

Written by July 2016
One of only 26 examples produced and one of just 21 remaining Powered by its original engine and equipped with overdrive Outstanding driver, tour- and road-ready Carefully inspected and extensively serviced by Mr. Ed Souers, Hudson Italia Historian for the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club and Manager of the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum in Ypsilanti, MI {analysis}This car, Lot 38, sold for $242,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide’s Houston Classic Auction in Houston, TX, on April 23, 2016. From humble start to cutting edge The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded on February 20, 1909, and was named for…
One of 119 RPO 687 “Big-Brake” 1960 Corvettes One of 759 1960 Corvettes built with the 283-ci/290-hp fuel-injected engine BorgWarner T-10 4-speed manual transmission Temperature-controlled radiator fan Positraction rear axle (4.11:1 ratio) Heavy-duty brake and steering package Wide wheels (15 by 5.5 inches) 6.70-by-15 blackwall tires Auxiliary hard top Wonder Bar signal-seeking AM radio Unrestored and well preserved Retains mostly original Roman Red paint finish and black interior Four owners from new {analysis}This car, Lot 31, sold for $85,250, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ The Houston Classic Auction in Houston, TX, on April 23, 2016. The more car shows…
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…
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