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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…
Hudson highlighted the 1951 model year with the new Hornet model, empowering the already dramatic step-down design with a larger engine. The heart of the Hornet was an evolution of the new Super Six engine introduced in the step-down in 1948, but enlarged to 308 cubic inches. The most powerful Six on the market, it was soon campaigning on the stock-car tracks, rolling up six first-place finishes on the NASCAR circuit. Since its recent acquisition, over $5,000 has been spent on further mechanical refurbishment. Showing fewer than 58,000 miles, this cosmetically original Hornet, with recorded history from new and replete…
 The 1932 Chrysler CH Imperial offered by RM is believed to have been the first car to receive a Bohman & Schwartz body. In many ways, it represents a watershed moment in California coachbuilding. While the car could easily have been built on the longer CL Imperial, choosing the 135-inch-wheelbase CH chassis created a design that was taut and sporting. Painting the Chrysler’s famous Indianapolis-inspired radiator shell and extending the cowl exaggerated the length of the hood. Further emphasizing this aspect of the design was an extremely low raked-back windshield and a snug-fitting top tailored to match, which was combined…
A woodie with Full Classic status This 1948 Chrysler Town and Country shows only 77,630 miles, which is believed to be from new. The interior is finished completely in striking blue leather upholstery, a rare option in 1948 (supposedly only 10% were ordered with the leather option). It is complemented with gray Wilton wool carpeting and is well appointed with a plethora of factory-correct accessories including the dual-cowl-mounted spotlights, dual side-view mirrors, dual amber-colored fog lights, rear-view mirrors, a deluxe push-button AM radio, a clock, optional dual Mopar Model 54 heater units, front and rear bumper guards, and wide whitewall…
• Reported to have sold new to the Wrigleychewing-gum family in Chicago, 1937 • Sold by Wrigley family in 1977 to family mechanic, then to a collection in Arizona in 1983; stayed there until 2013 in dry storage • It is said that this rare and interesting woodie is one of four known to exist • Pontiac is presented as a nearly all-original car with 41,035 miles and fantastic patina • One repaint in black, newer top, some wood in the rear has been replaced, seat covers redone in the 1980s • Six-cylinder engine with manual transmission {analysis}This 1937 Pontiac…
The 1932 Auburn 8-100A Speedster was the Auburn Automobile Company’s most spectacular 8-cylinder offering — an ideal Depression-era road machine for those who could afford it. It offered outstanding performance for a dashing couple, with the flexibility of a 2-speed rear axle providing a low ratio for city use and a high ratio for open roads in all three gears. Today, few Auburn products are more desirable. This Speedster has been certified as Category One by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, as it has an original 8-100A chassis, engine, transmission, axles, body and all other major components. It is crucial…
  Quiet, strong, flexible and powerful, the Cadillac V16 defined luxury in the golden age of classic luxury automobiles. As brilliantly styled under the hood as its Harley Earl exterior, it exuded quality and exclusivity that were reinforced by the refinement of its drivetrain and chassis. The Cadillac V16 was also durable, which explains the transformation of the 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 body style 4375S Fleetwood Four Door Sedan into an ambulance with a 1935 Cadillac V16 grille, hood, skirted front and rear fenders, and 1935 Cadillac 17-inch wheels, hubcaps and trim rings. Cadillac V16s were too good not to…
• Recent high quality frame-off restoration • Beautiful woodie Aerosedan• Inline 6-cylinder engine• Standard 3-speed transmission• Front and rear bumper guards• Fender skirts• Sun visor• Dual exhaust• Color-keyed wheels• Bright beauty rings and hubcaps• Wide whitewall tires {analysis}This car, Lot W29, sold for $47,400, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, auction on September 5-8, 2012. Edsel Ford has to be considered the father of the woodie. As president of Ford Motor Company and the son of one of the world’s wealthiest men, he lived in the moneyed world of power and influence. In the late 1920s, he was well…
    The continuous history of this 1928 Cadillac V8 Town Sedan has been established since 1932. While the provenance of the “Al Capone” armored Cadillac has never been questioned, its origins were never confirmed beyond reasonable doubt until now. Thorough documentation begins with the purchase of this 1928 Cadillac by Harry LaBreque in May of 1933 from Patrick Moore. According to Moore’s daughter, her parents purchased the car from an agent in Chicago with whom they believed it had been placed by Capone. The Moores worked with a traveling carnival, where they exhibited the Cadillac. The ownership history after…
  {analysis}This 1928 Pierce-Arrow, Lot 440, sold for $28,050, including buyer’s premium, at Leake’s Tulsa, OK, auction on June 8–9, 2012. From building birdcages and bicycles, the company George N. Pierce and his partners founded in the mid-19th century went on to become one of the dominant players in the early automotive industry. After Pierce bought out his partners and the company was reorganized as the George N. Pierce Company, he made his first venture into the automotive world in 1901. His initial attempt ended in failure, but that was not a harbinger of things to come. Development continued with…
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