Various pundits have claimed that the market is starting to stagnate going into 2019. Auctions in the Phoenix area in January generally proved that to be correct. Yet we’re no strangers to low prices in this column. Every March/April issue, that’s where we boldly go.
So, once again, and back by popular demand, I present the bottom of the sales chart from this year’s Arizona auctions.
(On star ratings, ★★★★★ is best)
1963 Cadillac Series 75 8-Passenger Sedan
Gooding & Read More
In 1962, only 4,102 Corvair 95 Rampside trucks were built. This truck is registered in the Corvanatics Corvair 95 Registry and is one of only 101 registered. All of the registry paperwork is included. It was completely restored and is in show-quality condition.
As the trim tag indicates, this truck was born Crystal Turquoise, but during the restoration it was painted Woodlawn Green and Cameo White.
Everything on the exterior has been replaced or restored, including all the glass. It’s Read More
Lincoln cars traditionally had unique engines, dating all the way back to inception by Henry Leland. But the purchase of the company by Henry Ford, refinement by Edsel Ford, and restructuring in the post-World War II era by Henry Ford II all led to an all-time great engine, sourced from the Blue Oval.
The revitalized Ford Motor Company of the 1950s expanded the use of common components in production. Lincoln’s first overhead-valve V8 engine in 1952 was also used in Read More
The Fargo Power Wagon is the unique name given to the Power Wagons sold in Canada. They are identical in every way to the U.S. models, except for some unique badging.
This 1964 example underwent a complete frame-off restoration and is powered by a rebuilt 318-ci wide-block engine with poly heads, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with an NP201 transfer case. It features Warn locking hubs, new 33-inch tires, manual brakes, manual steering and spray-in bed liner.
With talk today of a soon-to-be-released pickup version of the Jeep JL-series Wrangler, it seems quite distant to think that Jeep had the first domestically built “compact” pickup. Initially, it was the CJ-8 Scrambler from 1981 to ’85, but the idea also continued from 1986 until 1992 with the Comanche. AMC billed that one as the first “midsize” pickup.
The Comanche is basically the 1984–99 Jeep XJ-platform Cherokee with a pickup box instead of a wagon body. However, there’s more Read More
While the Army’s light-vehicle needs in World War II were met by Willys and Ford Jeeps, heavier trucks were largely the purview of Dodge. Over the course of the war, some 700,000 vehicles in the VC and WC series, from ½-ton to 1½-tons, were delivered to U.S. forces. Most numerous are the WCs, a nomenclature commonly believed to derive from “Weapons Carrier.” In fact, it was Dodge’s own company designation, dating from 1941 and unchanged for the duration.
This truck’s Read More
When it comes to 1963–67 Corvettes, the 1964 model is just like a record screeching when the tone arm is pulled across it. It’s the mid-year that gets no respect.
It’s easy to say off the cuff that they are not a 1963 Split-Window coupe. But that doesn’t explain why 1964 convertibles sell for less than 1963 convertibles. Both years of drop-tops are quite similar. To get to the real reason for Read More
Beautifully restored convertible with brand-new orange paint on laser-straight body panels. Removable hard top. It’s powered by a 350-ci V8 engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission. It’s equipped with power brakes and power steering, dual exhaust system. New chrome bumpers, exceptional glass, trim and brightwork. Rides on six-lug Chevrolet steel Rally wheels, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A radial tires. All-new interior with black vinyl bucket seats and center console. AM/FM stereo with accessory connectivity.
The big-block 440-ci RB (for Raised Block) V8 was Chrysler Corporation’s last bastion for hefty but inexpensive horsepower. Sure, the Hemi was the bad boy on the dragstrip, but anyone who espouses the credo of “Mopar or no car” will tell you that the 440 was the one to beat on the street.
One could almost call the 440 “Mopar Performance for Dummies” — unlike the Hemi, it was cheap, plentiful, and made reliable power all the time, with the Read More