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With a striking color combination of brown exterior and tan interior, this 1980 Jeep also has orange Renegade graphics, orange to yellow tones of stripes and period-correct white steel wheels. The Jeep is reported as running with the “rare” 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that is also known as the “iron duke.” This is paired with a 4-speed manual transmission and has the popular 4x4 drive system. The CJ5 has received a recent, sympathetic mechanical restoration that is complemented by what is described as totally original paint. This stunning vehicle is further reported to be sparingly used and has a soft…
Documented with the Certificate of Authenticity by Nickey Chicago and Don Swiatek as an L88 conversion Documented by NICB as delivered new to Nickey Chevrolet on 11/17/73 Notarized affidavit from the second owner detailing the history of the car The last known car converted by Nickey Chevrolet before closing at the end of 1973 The car scored 999 points at the 2013 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, receiving a Concours Gold Certification and the award for the Best Chevrolet-Modified at the show Showing 33,000 believed-original miles Rotisserie restoration retaining the original interior, except for the carpet Featured on the cover…
Number 154 of only 212 built 1,483 original miles Correct 427/425-hp R-code engine Fiberglass front fenders and trunk lid Heater, radio and armrest delete Special lightweight interior components Bostrom lightweight bucket seats Rubber floor mat No seam sealer or sound deadener throughout body panels Aluminum front and rear bumpers and brackets Four correct 15-inch Kelsey-Hayes wheels, disclaimer in glovebox {analysis}This car, Lot S137, sold for $237,600, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s massive Indianapolis auction on May 16, 2015. When Raymond Loewy was working for Studebaker in the late ’40s and early ’50s, he had a sign on the wall of…

1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 440

Written by September 2015
Dodge’s response to the muscle car movement in 1967 was the Coronet R/T, a high-performance package that included the new 375-horsepower “Wedgehead” 440-ci Magnum V8 engine. Fed by a 4-barrel AFB carburetor, the Magnum engine very effectively reduced the rear wheels to smoke with 480 foot-pounds of torque at hand. Standard on the R/T was the TorqueFlite automatic transmission (this one has the optional manual 4-speed), special racing stripes (dealer added, if desired) and identification, Redline tires, deluxe steering wheel, a beefed-up suspension with heavy-duty shocks, springs, torsion bars and front sway bar, a 70-amp battery and heavy-duty brakes. Priced…
This nicely restored and very mildly uprated DeLuxe coupe is a perfect example of how it was done back in the period. The subject of a complete, frame-off restoration, the original steel body was refurbished, while the original flathead V8 was rebuilt to have a bit more juice. The engine was bored 0.125 over, fitted with Egge custom four-ring pistons, and a four-inch Mercury crank. Offenhauser finned 9:1 high compression cylinder heads, an Edelbrock dual manifold, a Mallory electronic distributor and an Iskenderian three-quarter-race cam round out the engine modifications. The 3-speed manual transmission was retained, but with a 12-pound…
1966 Ford Mustang Notchback No. 16 built by Shelby American One of 16 1966 SCCA A/Sedan Group 2 cars Largely unrestored and never raced Painted orange by original owner Sat from 1977 to 2014 Copy of letter from Rick Kopec of Shelby American Automobile Club verifying authenticity 289/350-hp Trans-Am spec engine Aluminum high-rise intake Holley 715 CFM carburetor BorgWarner close-ratio T10 4-speed transmission 18-quart Ford Galaxie radiator 11.3-inch front disc brakes 10 x 2.5-inch rear drum brakes Koni shocks and one-inch sway bar Lowered A-arms and four-point roll bar Maintenance on critical systems only New master cylinder and rear wheel…

1978 Checker Cab

Written by September 2015
Last working Checker cab in New York City Preserved in “as-retired” condition Over $12,000 in recent service Six-cylinder engine Three-speed automatic transmission Coil-spring front and leaf-spring rear suspension {analysis}This car, Lot 259, sold for $7,700, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Greenwich Concours d’Elegance sale in Greenwich, CT, on May 31, 2015. The universal taxi In all the history of the automobile, there are few more recognizable models than the venerable Checker Marathon. If you rode in a taxicab in the second half of the 20th century, chances are good you rode in a Checker. What’s even more interesting is that…
Built using an original 1954 body and VIN tag Updated with an Art Morrison frame Kugel independent front and rear suspension with a two-inch offset for custom wheels Frame and underbody sanded, filled and painted to match the custom exterior Magnuson-supercharged LS6 engine with 554 dyno-proven horsepower to the rear wheels 4L60E transmission {analysis}This car, Lot S754, sold for $159,500, including buyer’s premium, at the Russo and Steele auction in Newport Beach, CA, on June 5–7, 2015. There will always be art, and culturally we’re all the better for it, I suppose. Because along with Warhol’s simplistic paintings of Elvis…
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.…
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