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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…
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…
In 1969, AMC worked with Hurst Performance Inc. to create the SC/Rambler. All cars had a 390-ci 315-hp engine with 4-speed transmission. Painted in its unique “A” scheme of red/white/blue exterior with matching headrest and gray interior. Options include functional Ram Air hood scoop, Hurst shifter, heavy-duty suspension with sway bar, torque links, staggered rear shocks, power disc brakes, and a steering column-mounted Sun tachometer. This car is listed number 290 in the Hurst SC/Rambler Registry. {analysis}This car, Lot 679, sold for $38,500, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2015 Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 16, 2015. In the…
Documented, authentic, original 1955 Chevy movie car driven by singer James Taylor and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson in the iconic 1971 movie “Two-Lane Blacktop.” This ’55 is one of the three built by Richard Ruth for Universal Studios (two identical straight-axle ’55s and one stunt car) for “Two-Lane Blacktop.” This particular ’55 was used to film scenes inside the car, and brackets for some of the camera and recording gear used during filming are still visible on the car today. Only used in “Two-Lane Blacktop,” it was sold to a studio mechanic shortly after filming was completed. The car passed…
This Edsel Pacer was used as a daily driver and then restored by the late actor Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone. It is attractive in its medium gray metallic paint and red-and-white vinyl interior. Most recently, it received a cosmetic freshening that included the installation of a new convertible top and a rear-mounted dual-exhaust system. This car is in very good to excellent condition throughout, making it a stunning example of the most desirable year of Edsel production. {analysis}This car, Lot 131, sold for $35,750, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s sale of the Sam Pack Collection in Dallas, TX,…
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 M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage (MGMC) has been nicely restored. The tracks, road wheels and suspension are in excellent condition. It currently does not have front brakes and does not operate off of its own fuel tanks. Four replica .50-cal machine guns are present along with spare magazines, spare barrels and other equipment. The M16 saw service in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operations. When not engaging air targets, they were highly successful against ground targets due to the amount of firepower generated by the four .50-cal machine guns. {analysis}This half-track, Lot 1049, sold for $201,250, including…
Mark II Continental with 74,000 original miles. Beautiful example of an original well-cared-for car with documented service and owner history. Loaded with functional factory options. Factory air conditioning and power windows, recent service and tune-up just completed. This car still retains a lot of its original paint, chrome and stainless trim. Lots of paperwork, books and record come with the car. {analysis}This car, Lot 644, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 11–13, 2014. A personal Lincoln The first Lincoln Continental, which started life as one of the many “personal” cars built for…
This Packard pickup is based on the 138-inch wheelbase 138D One-Twenty chassis. The original, factory touring limousine bodywork was truncated aft of the front doors and the back of a compatible pickup cab was grafted on. An original box from another period truck of comparable size was added, and it features a ribbed steel floor. The body was finished in black with a red pinstripe, and it is adorned with metal-covered dual side-mounted spares, wide whitewall tires, and even an original Packard trunk, which has been integrated into the cargo bed to carry tools and supplies. An original illuminated Packard…
If there is such a thing as a Hot Rod RV, this is it. Mother Nature has provided “just the right patina” on this unit’s original exterior, with the builder’s unique imagination performing the rest. This RV is powered by Mopar’s 318 V8 with Sanderson custom headers, Flowmasters and dual exhaust with an automatic transmission. The custom-fabricated suspension places the unit lower than Winnebago engineers ever dreamed possible, making it handle like no other. All-new, hand-crafted cedar wood interior is decorated appropriately, including re-upholstered old theater seating, new futon bed, plaid driver’s and passenger’s seats and no shortage of wall…
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