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1 AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR Corvette Market 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 PREMIERE ISSUE! • Auctions • Values • Previews • Events ™ INSIDE TV's “What's My Car Worth?”® Cheap Thrills: A 390-ci Rambler John L. Stein: Your first Corvette Colin Comer: Collecting American muscle 1964 Dodge Charger S/FX January-February 2012 $83k 1965 Corvette 327/375 Fuelie coupe www.AmericanCarCollector.com $302k The first “Funny Car” Last of the breed Keith Martin's includes Big-BlockBuster $181.5k


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CAR COLLECTOR Vol. 1 • Issue 1 • January-February 2012 PREMIERE ISSUE! AMERICAN Corvette Market The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1965 327/375 FUELIE $83k / Gooding & Co. This car listed for about $5,500 new, yet Car and Driver compared it favorably to the $12,000 contemporary Aston Martin DB5 and Ferrari 250 GT. — Thomas Glatch Page 42 GM 1970 CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 $181k / Russo and Steele For a gas jock pulling $1.50 an hour in 1970, ordering the LS6 took an entire extra month of pumping Ethyl. — John L. Stein Page 44 FoMoCo 1969 MUSTANG COBRA JET 428 $55k / Barrett-Jackson With values of big-block Mach 1s easily topping $75,000, shouldn't a rarer derivative of the performance Mustang be more desirable? — Sam Stockham Page 46 MOPAR 1968 DODGE HEMI CHARGER $60k / Mecum For guys who like to use their cars, this vintage aftermarket parts movement has even more merit. Car shows are boring compared to getting wheel hop after banging 4th gear — Colin Comer Page 48 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's includes


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM CLASSIC 1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT 1104 TOURER $140k / Mecum 1932 FORD HIGHBOY ROADSTER $154K / Gooding & Co. Nearly all of its important bits are authentic, but the total assemblage of this '32 was simply an interpretation of a period hot rod — Ken Gross Page 50 Photo documentation includes shots of Admirals Halsey and Nimitz as well as General Eisenhower riding in the back — Carl Bomstead Page 52 RACE 1964 DODGE CHARGER S/FX $302k / Worldwide Although the car was never officially raced, it ushered in a new era of performance and drag racing — Dale Novak Page 54 TRUCK 1964 CHEVROLET C20 PICKUP $15k / Bonhams Even after the major manufacturers all started making their own standardized 4x4s, a four-wheel-drive truck was still an expensive proposition — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 56 January-February 2012 7


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CoLuMnS 10 Torque Welcome from the Editor– Jim Pickering 30 Cheap Thrills 1964 Rambler American – B. Mitchell Carlson 32 Corvette Country How to choose your first one – John L. Stein 34 Horsepower Tips for beginning your collection – Colin Comer 114 Surfing Around Interesting automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead Fun RiDeS 28 Snapshots Brief visits with classic restoration shops 36 Insider's View Advice from folks who've been there, done that 38 Q&A You have questions, we have answers 40 Show and Shine A day at the Beaches collector car gathering – Chester Allen AuCTionS 60 Barrett-Jackson Prices, pictures and more from Las Vegas 74 Mecum Complete results from St. Charles, IL 84 Global Roundup How American cars sold around the world 108 eBay Market movements online nS 10 Torque Welcome from the Editor– Jim Pickering 30 Cheap Thrills 1964 Rambler American – B. Mitchell Carlson 32 Corvette Country How to choose your first one – John L. Stein 34 Horsepower Tips for beginning your collection – Colin Comer 114 Surfing Around Interesting automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead Fun RiDeS 28 Snapshots Brief visits with classic restoration shops 36 Insider's View Advice from folks who've been there, done that 38 Q&A You have questions, we have answers 40 Show and Shine A day at the Beaches collector car gathering – Chester Allen AuCTionS 60 Barrett-Jackson Prices, pictures and more from Las Vegas 74 Mecum Complete results from St. Charles, IL 84 Global Roundup How American cars sold around the world 108 eBay Market movements online Photo Photo this page: Beaches Cruise-In, Portland, OR by Dave Tomaro SeRViCe DePARTMenT 12 What's Happening Upcoming events 14 Crossing the Block Auctions this month – Tony Piff 20 Publisher'sNote Let's lay rubber – Keith Martin 22 Contributors Some folks who made this issue possible 24 Good Reads Drop the wrench and pick up a book – Mark Wigginton 24 Parts Time Pieces to keep you on the road – Chad Tyson 26 Cool Stuff The latest gadgets for you and your ride – Tony Piff 112 What's My Car Worth? ® Keith Martin gives you the lowdown


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Torque Jim Pickering Welcome, American car fans! The Pickering family's 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6, bought new, then sold to some kid for $3,000 in 1982. today that addresses American collectors, their enthusiasm for their cars and what those cars are worth in the marketplace. Inside each issue of American Car Collector, you'll find thoughtful articles, written by experts, that will provide you with the insights you need to be better collectors — which is especially important in these times, when the difference between a $100,000 Chevelle and a $25,000 one can be as little as an engine stamping. I was born with my passion for American I iron. My dad walked into Knaus Chevrolet in 1969 and ordered a brand-new 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 in Fathom Blue with white stripes. It's a car I don't remember personally, as it was sold before my time. But it's a car that has always lived in Pickering family lore — the long-gone LS6 sold to some kid off the street for $3,000. But it was 1982, and back then, it wasn't worth much more – especially with 100k miles and a worn-out 4th gear synchro. And that dieselpowered Volkswagen family car that we needed wasn't going to pay for itself. Now that's a story we've all heard a thousand times. Just about every car person seems to have had a similar experience of automotive love and loss, punctuated by a sale price that has become unreasonably low in retrospect. And if you didn't live it yourself, then you likely know someone who 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 'm an American car addict. And if you're like me, you live and breathe classic American cars — which is why I'm so excited to be a part of this new magazine, American Car Collector. Simply put, there's not another magazine did. “I never should have sold that” is almost a cliché these days. Other GM muscle has come into my life — a 468-ci '66 Caprice coupe, a '66 Impala SS 396 convertible, a '68 Camaro SS, an '01 Camaro SS, an '06 Trailblazer SS, and a '72 Cheyenne Super K10 4x4 project — but among all of them, in my mind, nothing compares to that Chevelle, and I'd reclaim it in a heartbeat if I could. Always in the hunt Regardless of whether you're dreaming of buying back a piece of your youth, hunting that car you've always wanted, thinning or adding to a collection, just getting started with your first collectible, or you maintain one classic that's never slipped from your grasp, we've all got something in common: the need for accurate and timely market values so that we'll know what to spend, how much to ask or how much our insurance coverage should be. And that's what American Car Collector is all about. I started as Auction Editor of Sports Car Market in 2006 and helped launch Corvette Market in '07. And as with Keith Martin's other publications, which have tracked the market for more than two decades, the core of every issue of ACC includes quick takes of a vast number of cars at auction, called Market Reports. Why use auction sales as a barometer? Because they're the best source of reliable, verifiable public transactions of collectible American cars today. The Market Report section of the magazine is much more than just a price guide. We know that every car is different, either in terms of condition or equipment, and we let you see not only what a car sold for, but we also explain why the car sold (or didn't sell) for the reported amount. Check them out, starting on page 58. You'll also find in-depth profiles on GM, Ford, Mopar, Race, Hot Rod, Americana and trucks, written by industry experts who know each genre inside and out. Corvettes are a huge part of the market, and Corvette Market readers who are now receiving ACC will have their own dedicated profile each month, as well as a Corvette-specific column written by expert John L. Stein. Want the best bang for your buck? Take a look at B. Mitchell Carlson's Cheap Thrills column. Muscle and Shelby expert and ACC Editor at Large Colin Comer chimes in on the market, trends, current events and your questions in his Horsepower column in every issue. And if you're ready to buy, our Crossing the Block section gives you a good look at what's coming down the pipeline at upcoming American car auctions. This is our inaugural issue, and everyone involved in its production hopes you enjoy reading it as much as we have enjoyed building it. If you have comments or suggestions, technical questions or want to know more about values, email me at jim.pickering@ americancarcollector.com. We'll print your letters and do our best to address your questions and concerns. Finally, if you know where there's a Fathom Blue '70 LS6 with a missing SS grille emblem and a Monte Carlo-sourced woodgrain dash, I'd love to hear from you. A


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WHAT'SHAPPENING Fifth Annual Corvette Insider's Seminar What: American Car Collector publisher Keith Martin and a panel of Corvette market experts will show how to examine collectible Corvettes. This is a don't-miss event. When: Thursday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Barrett-Jackson, WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale Web: www. AmericanCarCollectorcom/ 2012seminar Phone: 503.261.0555 ext. 217 Cost: No charge for American Car Collector / Corvette Market or Sports Car Market subscribers, Barrett-Jackson bidders or consignors, Bloomington GoldCertified Corvette owners or NCRS members. Admission is $10 for all others. Registration required. Corvette Insider's Seminar in Scottsdale, AZ. ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will be at the big Arizona auctions from January 17–21. You can find our booths at the Russo and Steele Auction and the Gooding & Company Auction. Look for us everyplace else — we'll be wearing ACC shirts and hats. Be sure to say hello, as talking to readers is the best part of this trip. And don't miss our Annual Corvette Insider's Seminar from 9 am to 11 am on Thursday, January 19, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction site in Scottsdale. ACC and SCM Publisher Keith Martin will lead a panel workshop on how to completely examine a pre-sale collectible Corvette — from engine compartment to interior to the underside of the car — like a pro. And, in fact, this group of professional Corvette experts will be on the panel: Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks Michael Pierce, NCRS senior judge and ACC writer Roy Sinor, NCRS national judging chairman David Burroughs, Bloomington Gold CEO Terry Michaelis, ProTeam Corvette owner Kevin Mackay, expert Corvette restorer and owner of Corvette Repair Jim Jordan, owner of County Corvette Admission is free for ACC and SCM subscribers, registered Barrett-Jackson bidders and consignors, owners of Bloomington Gold-certified Corvettes and NCRS members. Space is limited. To register, go to www.americancarcollector.com (AZ) 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Grand National Roadster Show To a hot rodder, Pomona, CA, is the place to be on January 27–29, as The Grand National Roadster Show rumbles into a town that has loved hot cars and high horsepower for decades. Route 66 is this year's show theme. Thousands of hot rods, street rods, customs and trucks will be on display, and the show includes the Grand Daddy Drive-in, which will showcase more than 700 amazing cars — and you'll be able to hear the cars rumble on by. This is the place to show off the car you've been working on for years — or to see cars that other gearheads have been working on for years. If you've got a car you're dying to show off in the Southern California January sun, don't miss this show — and stop by the ACC booth while you're there. www.rodshows.com. Sun-splashed Best in Show Awards Most collectors of American cars tuck their rides into warm ga- rages for the winter, but January 8 will probably be a nice, warm day in Sunrise, FL, and that is when the Renegade Corvette Club cranks up the 6th Annual Open Car & Truck Show at the Ed Morse Sawgrass Auto Mall. Corvettes are eligible for 30 Best of Show awards, and other cars and trucks compete for 40 other Best of Show awards. Registering your car or truck for this flurry of awards costs $25. Live music, food, door prizes, a raffle — and warm sun in January — have us thinking about hauling Publisher Martin's one of none hot-rodded 1964 Chevy Nova wagon out from Oregon. www.renegadecorvetteclub.com A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions BLOCK 2005 Ford GT at Fort Lauderdale, FL Dave Rupp—Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 6–8 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com and cruise straight to the beach! Among the 300 cars crossing the block are a performance-modified 2005 Ford GT with super-low miles, and a two-time NCRS Top Flight award-winning 1961 Chevrolet Corvette 283/315 fuel-injected convertible. Pick up a stylish classic at Dave Rupp's annual January sale, by Tony Piff 1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible in Scottsdale, AZ 1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Town Car; a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, said to be one of three extant; and a 1948 Tucker 48 Torpedo, one of 51 Tuckers ever built. Bonhams—The Scottsdale, AZ, Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19 More: www.bonhams.com and the consignment list looks strong. Early highlights include a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hard top (Bonhams estimate:$55k– $65k); a 1961 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 sports coupe, equipped with 4-speed ($55k–$65k); a 1948 Pontiac Streamliner woodie wagon ($70k–$90k); and the ex-Jack Hogan, Dearborn Awardwinning 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe phaeton ($80k–$100k). This will be Bonhams' first sale during Arizona auction week, 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible in Charlotte, NC Tom Mack—Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 14 More: www.tommackclassics.com able American classics right in the middle of a huge, three-day swap meet. The featured early consignment is an unrestored, all-original 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible with 23k miles claimed actual since new. Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2012 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15–22 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,245 / 1,245 cars sold / $68,509,290 affair, with well over a thousand cars at every price point crossing the block over the course of a week. Star cars this year include a Barrett-Jackson's hometown sale is an absolutely massive 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Tom Mack's Charlotte auction offers a great selection of afford1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car prototype RM Auctions—Automobiles of Arizona Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 19–20 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 172 / 180 sold / $30,811,075 from every genre at this upscale sale, held at the swanky Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. Top-dollar domestics include a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 with fewer than 11k miles; a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, equipped with translucent “bubble top”; a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28; and a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car prototype. RM will offer premium examples of collectible automobiles


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro racer at Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele—Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19-22 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 379 / 607 sold / $20,057,136 customs offered at a range of prices at Russo and Steele's 2012 Scottsdale sale. Star cars include a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra street prototype; a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro “Tin Soldier” race car, restored to original race configuration; and a 1953 Corvette owned by Corvette authority Noland Adams and used as the basis for the USPS postage stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. Look for a vast selection of excellent muscle cars, hot rods and 1948 Studebaker convertible at Fort McDowell, AZ at this unpretentious, family-friendly event are a restored 1962 Rambler American convertible (Silver estimate: $14k–$16k); a 1948 Studebaker convertible ($29k–$31k); and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ($32k–$34k). 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 at Kissimmee, FL 1957 Ford Thunderbird at Scottsdale, AZ Gooding & Company—The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 20–21 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 121 / 131 sold / $34,980,400 cation and very expensive cars. They've had the high sale for each Arizona Car Week of the past four years. Among the hand-selected offerings this year are a 1957 Ford Thunderbird ($60k–$80k) and 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible ($120k–$150k), both offered without reserve; and a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Disappearing-Top Convertible Coupe (Gooding estimate: $1.6m–$2.2m). Gooding & Company has earned a reputation for style, sophisti- Silver Auctions—Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 20-21 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 209 / 334 sold / $3,715,374 Muscle cars and classics of the '50s, '60s and '70s will take center stage at Silver's long-running Fort McDowell sale. Top lots 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Mecum Auctions—Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 24–29 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,066 / 1,561 sold / $41,141,908 $40m last year. 1,500 cars are expected for 2012, with lots and lots of original and restored muscle, hot rods, trucks, customs and resto-mods. Headliners include a 1969 Dodge Daytona, thought to be one of just nine originally with dark green metallic paint; and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 4-speed convertible in tripleblue, with full matching numbers, complete ownership history and Bloomington Gold Survivor and Top Flight Awards earned in 2011. Leake Auction Company — Oklahoma City 2012 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 17–18 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last year: 181 / 265 sold / $2,943,408 coast, but Leake's OKC sale is the biggest thing in the heartland at this time of year. Expect Detroit muscle to be well-represented. With average price near $15k, this is a great place to snatch up a nice driver or cruiser without spending a lot of money. There are plenty of winter auctions to choose from on either Sales at Mecum's well established Kissimmee auction exceeded


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Worldwide Auctioneers—11th Annual Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 24 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 32 / 63 sold / $2,931,650 premier catalog auction. Last year saw an impressive number of '40s, '50s and '60s classics sell in the $100k–$200k range, and expectations are high this time around. The auction is held alongside G. Potter King's Atlantic City Classic Car Show and Auction. This exclusive, high-end sale bills itself as the East Coast's G. Potter King—Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 24–26 More: www.acclassiccars.com Last year: 158 / 396 sold / $3,585,858 1,000 are predicted this time around. Look for an excellent selection of muscle cars, Corvettes, pickups and motorcycles in the $20k range, with plenty to choose from at four-digit price points. A Nearly 400 cars crossed the block here last year, and more than SEMA 2011: Cars, tools and tires, oh my! WE PASS OUT TROPHIES TO OUR TEN FAVORITE BOOTHS AS WE'RE BLOWN AWAY BY THE SHOW IN LAS VEGAS Convention Center seemed to never end. We spent long, wonderful days wandering in a warm, automotive-induced haze, but the show was over before we'd had a chance to see, touch and lust over it all. During the occasional moment of clarity, we encountered a booth so impressive, we just had to stop and give them a trophy. In no particular order, here is the American Car Collector SEMA Top 10: Mr. Gasket: Kracklin' Rose, a T 3,000-hp hot rod, was the undisputed star of this booth. Built by brothers Al and Don Nosse, this car looked great, moved fast and used many of the parts on display from Mr. Gasket/Prestolite Performance. In our opinion, Rose was the most powerful car on the SEMA floor. www.mrgasket.com March Performance: Nominated Kim March of March Performance with his ACC Top 10 trophy. by our Las Vegas-dwelling rep, this company has tackled the hot topic of older cars that were not equipped with air conditioning, power steering and other modern luxuries. For developing a way to provide all the comforts of your 2011 Chevy in your 1957 Chevy, March Performance, here's your award. www.marchperf.com WeatherTech: This company's enclosure was a cordial and relaxing haven in the midst of SEMA madness. Techs attracted a crowd with their informative presentations, and between talks folks would gather to sit, chat and admire all the great floor mats, cargo liners and other products on display. www. weathertech.com Glassworks: A real attention grabber, this booth highlighted the Glassworks lift system, which takes the risk and hassle out of 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Kracklin' Rose, a 3,000-hp beast at ACC award-winning booth Mr. Gasket. he ACC crew made its pilgrimage to Las Vegas for the SEMA Show, which is the annual extravaganza of car aftermarket parts, tools and components. With over 2,000 exhibitors, more than 115,000 industry professionals and endless displays of parts, cars and tools, the huge Las Vegas removing or replacing your hard top. Attendees couldn't resist the opportunity to stop and have their photo taken in the vintage Corvette. Bonus points for a very impressive display. www.thehardtopshop.com OPTIMA Chargers: What do you get when you combine Richard Petty's NASCAR race car, the Dodge Charger from “The Fast and the Furious,” the Charger from “Bullitt” and The General Lee from “Dukes of Hazzard”? One fun booth from OPTIMA, as they showed off the Digital 1200, a charger that will improve battery performance — and bring a dead battery back to life. www.optimabatteries. com Race Ramps: Race Ramps products could be spotted in booths all over SEMA, and they are an industry favorite for displaying all types of vehicles. The company booth showed off ramps made of a mystical, lightweight, high-density foam — including a new “rock” that just begs to highlight an aggressive off-road vehicle. www.raceramps. com Wheel Vintiques: These after-market wheels for classic American cars had more than one ACC staffer dizzy. The display featured a tantalizing 1932 Ford Roadster with a striking set of classic wire wheels. www.wheelvintiques.com Lokar Performance Products: This vendor impressed us with a multitude of great new products and a pristine 1967 Chevy Chevelle. We were most intrigued by their new Drive-By-Wire Electric Throttle Control Pedal Assembly, which is a retrofit for hot rods that does what it says — and looks good doing it. www.lokar.com Wilwood Brakes: This great product was nearly eclipsed by the amazing resto-mod Corvette hanging around the booth. This 1958 'Vette had modifications in all the right places, taking an iconic design to the next level. www.wilwood.com BASF Automotive Refinish Solutions: Demonstrating the latest in waterborne and custom-color technology, BASF featured a 1956 Gullwing and a 1970 Z/28 in a pewter metallic so flawless you could see the stars in your own eyes. www.basfrefinish.com A


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Publisher's Note Keith Martin Let's lay rubber was born. And through it, we became deeply involved with the world of American cars. Now, Corvette Market has become an even bigger magazine, American Car Collector. I've had my share of American cars over the years, including I With chrome icing? a 1970 Plymouth Superbird (440-ci, 4-bbl, 4-speed, Tic-Toc-Tach, bench seat) that I used as a daily driver. I also had a 1968 Road Runner (383, 4-speed, buckets), a 1992 C4 Corvette I drove from Portland, OR, to Anchorage, AK, on the Alcan highway and many others. Our current family ride is a ground-up restored 1964 Chevy 400 Nova wagon with a numbersmatching 283-ci V8, fitted with a Hurst-linkage floor-shift Saginaw 4-speed, buckets from an SS and upgraded with an Edelbrock 4-bbl and a Performer EPS intake manifold (carefully hidden under the stock air cleaner). I've been around new American cars as well. I reviewed the Plymouth Prowler for the NY Times when it made its debut in 1997; the caravan of ten purple retromobiles cruising down Hollywood Boulevard was memorable. But my primary focus has always been on European sports cars. That's why I was delighted to have Jim Pickering, the managing editor of Sports Car Market, agree to be named Editor of American Car Collector. He has lived and breathed American Iron all his life — his wedding cake was shaped like a Chevrolet big block — which means he has a very understanding wife. With American Car Collector, we will bring the same rigorous analysis of the market that has typified Sports Car Market for the past 24 years. You'll see award-winning writers such as Ken Gross offering their personal insights on sales that have made a difference — and that you should know about. Our cadre of seasoned auction reporters is second to none — they rack up thousands of miles every year going to events around the world. If a Hemi 'Cuda sells in France, we'll be there. If a Duesenberg SJ breaks the bank at Pebble, you'll read about it in detail here. When Mecum, Barrett-Jackson, Auctions America, Silver or any other of America's premier auction companies move American iron, we'll share the inside details with you, down to exclusive photos, serial numbers, physical descriptions and more. If you're already a Corvette Market or Sports Car Market sub- scriber, welcome. I know you'll enjoy the ride, and I look forward to being a part of the year-round car shows, cruise-ins and tours that make the American market the vibrant entity that it is. Thanks for coming aboard — if you have questions or comments, send them to me at keith.martin@americancarcollector.com. We're ready to start laying down twin stripes of ink and paper, and you're holding the beginning of the journey in your hands right now. A 20 AmericanCarCollector.com t was just five years ago that I drove my 1963 Corvette Split Window to Portland International Raceway for the Wednesday night drag races. My wife, Wendie, was in our 1978 Porsche 911SC, and we spent the night practicing burnouts, speed shifting and generally making fun of each other when we redlined. From that night, the notion to create Corvette Market magazine CAR COLLECTOR Volume 1, No. 1 January-February 2012 Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions Editor Tony Piff Data Analyst Chad Tyson Copy Editor Yael Abel Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Tom Glatch Daniel Grunwald John Clucas Chip Lamb Norm Mort Dale Novak Phil Skinner Contributors Carl Bomstead B. Mitchell Carlson Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce John L. 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CONTRIBUTORS B. MITCHELL CARLSON wrote his first auction CARL BOMSTEAD bought his first car when he was 14 and has lost count of how many have passed through his garage since then. He's partial to full classics but can't ignore a good sports car or hot rod. His vintage automobilia collection includes hundreds of porcelain signs, mascots, oil cans and several display cases full of automotive memorabilia. Bomstead has judged at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the past 16 years as well as numerous other prominent concours. Read his profile of a Packard Super Eight 1104 tourer on p. 52. report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed his colorful commentary to ACC's sister publication, Sports Car Market, since 1998. He is also a market analyst for Kelley Blue Book, and his work appears regularly in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity,” which basically means Corvairs, International trucks, Packard Eights, BMW E-9 coupes, military vehicles and a Whizzer motorbike. He attends about two dozen auctions a year. If you're into Cheap Thrills, check out his thoughts on an AMX-powered Rambler on p. 30. He also shares his thoughts on a preserved 1964 Chevrolet K20 plow truck on p. 56. KEN GROSS has been an auto writer for 38 years, and his work has appeared in Playboy for decades (so you can tell your wife it's OK to read). His words have also appeared in AutoWeek, Hemispheres, The Rodder's Journal, Street Rodder and Hot Rod Magazine. He wrote the awardwinning TV series, “Behind The Headlights,” and his books include Hot Rods and Custom Cars, Los Angeles and the Dry Lakes: The Early Years, Art of the Hot Rod, Hot Rod Milestones and The Allure of the Automobile. He was curator of the Allure of the Automobile exhibit at the Portland Art Museum during the summer of 2011. He was director of the Los Angeles-based Petersen Automotive Museum and has judged at Pebble Beach for 20 years. Although he still laments the sale of his Ferrari 275 GTB, he is a hot rodder at heart with a garagefull of bitchin' old Fords. This month he examines a 1932 Ford Highboy roadster on p. 50. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com DALE NOVAK started his gearhead life collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger. His mother gave him two weeks to get it running, which he did, but then quickly discovered that Challengers aren't meant to go airborne and that police response time is remarkably fast. He's been buying, selling and collecting cars ever since. Dale enjoys just about anything with an unrestricted exhaust and has a particular fondness for all things Mopar. A few of his prized toys include a Meadow Brook-winning 1956 Corvette, and a “two-tag, Mr. Norm's” 1970 440 Dodge Challenger. Novak is a 30-plus-year veteran of the publishing, marketing and advertising design business, and he has been serving as an auction analyst and contributor for SCM for several years. He also can be found bloviating about classic cars of all types for several auction houses, handling color commentary duties. This month, on p. 54, he takes an in-depth look at a 1964 Dodge Charger S/FX drag car.


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds: Rediscovering Muscle Car Treasures By Jerry Heasley, CarTech, 144 pages, $19.77, Amazon “Look, I know you think that she was the one, but I don't. No, I think you're just remembering the good stuff. Next time you look back, I, uh, I think you should look again.” That's a character from a sweet movie about found and lost love, “500 Days of Summer,” but we both know she's talking about you — and the car that got away. Because that's what it's like. You, in the bloom of youth, meet the car of your dreams, or at least read about it enough that you make yourself believe you've actually driven it, owned it, possessed it. And now, years later, you keep looking. Jerry Heasley certainly shares your pain, and if you're lucky, he will recount your years of looking, dreaming — hell, stalking — that car, and write about it in his column in Muscle Car Review. “Jerry Heasley's Rare Finds” is a compilation of some of his favorite columns, from the 1969 Boss 302 with only 196 miles on it to the first 200-mph Dodge Charger Daytona and the 1960 Le Manswinning Corvette that was being driven on the street by a guy who thought that it was an old driver 'Vette. Like the “(Your car here) in a Barn” series, Heasley recounts tales from the hunt, in a slim-but-entertaining book full of “before” photos of important-but-long-missing cars, fouled with kudzu or sitting under various parts from unrelated cars in a junkyard. Then the “after” photos of the cars — of gems re-polished, diamonds reclaimed from the earth, dreams realized. The chase and the kill are pretty popular, and Heasley has been doing the column for more than 20 years in a variety of publications. The story is so universal, it's right there with “a stranger comes to town” as a form — a comforting campfire tale told and retold to give us all hope. Heasley has it down to an art form, re-spinning each story that puts the reader right there, giving each of us hope that the next wrecking yard we enter, the next friend of a friend's barn we poke into includes that jewel under a tarp that turns into a column by, oh, Jerry Heasley. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Custom Autosound Secretaudio SST Working MSD Ignition Atomic EFI Aftermarket fuel-injection has long suffered from complicated setups and tuning. But not anymore. MSD's Atomic EFI's slogan is “Install Saturday morning, make the cruise Saturday night.” The Master Kit system (PN 2900) requires only eight connections, one fuel line and no laptop to download fuel maps. The fuel rail is integral, removing extra fittings where leaks might develop and eliminating return lines — but the system can support a return line if your car already uses one. TPS, MAP, IAT and fuel pressure sensors are all incorporated into the ECU, which in turn is part of the carburetor-look-alike throttle body. The standard fuel kit is rated up to 525 hp and the high horse- power version handles 620 hp. MSD says it is designed to fit on any square bore, 4-bbl intake, so it'll probably work on the intake you've already got. www.atomicefi.com. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com 40-year-old radios are getting hard to find. And in a classic American car, upgrading to a modern head unit would probably require cutting into that original painted metal dash. So do you hack up originality in the name of decent sounds? It's a tough decision, but you don't have to make it — Custom Autosound's Secretaudio hideaway audio solution eliminates the problem altogether. Mounting flexibility is outstanding, as the main 200-watt, 24 preset receiver can be secured in any number of locations, and the LCD display has ten feet of cable between it and the tuner for variable placement. The remote works from up to 40 feet away — it relies on radio frequency, so no line-of-sight is required. And an iPod docking cable enables you to keep rocking whatever beats you want, whenever you want. MSRP is $299.95, and you can find a list of dealers online at www.casmfg.com.A Lineage: ªªª Many of the stories are well- known and well-documented, so we aren't talking about lack of history or old number plates slid under a recreation of the original. Heasley is first and foremost a reporter, and he is invested in making sure the cars are real. Fit and finish: ªª Despite being less coffee-table and more muffler-shop-waitingroom quality, the printing is well done and the utilitarian design work understated. It's the stories, not the architecture, on display here. Drivability: ªªªª Heasley has a nice voice, and what comes through is a guy as delighted as the people he writes about in the finds they made. It's like having a solid wingman along for your conquests who will tell the tale straight without ever making you look like you were trying too hard. Fast and fun to read. ªªªªª is best


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SNAPSHOTS Northwest House of Hardtops “When you're selling a car at no reserve, you don't want to have anything to apologize for,” says Mark Young, owner of Northwest House of Hardtops. “You do every car the same way — perfect.” Young's specialty dealership, based in Portland, OR, restores and sells 200 Corvettes and muscle cars each year. Young has about 40 cars at any given time, with a dozen or so filling the windowless, spotlessly detailed showroom. On display one recent afternoon were a highly optioned 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible, a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS and a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS 409 convertible. If the cars don't Detailing What: Northwest House of Hardtops Where: Portland, OR Telephone: 503.257.9050 Web: www.chevconnection.com sell here, they'll sell at a Barrett-Jackson auction, where Young's restorations routinely achieve world-record prices. In September 2011, Young took a 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 convertible to Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale and watched it hammer sold for $170,500 — a record made during this slow economy. “Our business hasn't slowed a bit,” Young says. “I hardly have time for my own cars, working six days a week.” Young's “keepers” include a 1970 LS6 Chevelle, a 1967 427/435 Corvette coupe and a Z16 1965 Chevelle Malibu. Returning to the subject of selling cars without reserve, Young confesses, “I'm a bit of a dice-roller. A lot of people worry about no reserve, but I'm a firm believer that if you bring a perfect car, it'll bring perfect money. You just gotta have faith in what you do.” — Tony Piff Wrap it up. It's to go. Rocket Restorations Olympia, WA, is famous as the birthplace of grunge rock, but Rocket Restorations is making a name for itself as a place where battered Road Runners, 'Cudas, Daytonas, Chargers and other Mopar cars rock again. The shop, right in downtown Olympia, has huge plate-glass windows that give the world a glimpse of cars in different stages of restoration — and gearheads are stopping in their tracks these days to gaze at a 1964 Dodge 440 Max Wedge. “This is the first of the 440 hard tops,” said Tom Hergert, who is partners with Mike Volz at Rocket Restorations. “It came here as a cut-up race car, and we're undoing years of race car damage right now.” Rocket is famous for ultra-correct restorations, and incredible efforts go into get- ting the right original parts for each car. The shop sprawls over two large buildings, and salvaged and N.O.S. parts fill racks of shelves and boxes. Two donor cars are supplying the parts for the 440 Max Wedge restoration. “We don't like using reproduction parts,” Hergert said as he peeled a clean car cover off a stunning 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, which spent two years undergoing a complete, nuts-and-bolts rotisserie restoration. The 'Cuda gleamed under the shop lights and looked as if it has just come off the assembly line 40 years ago — except for a scratch in the driver's door window. “We couldn't find an original replacement for Detailing What: Rocket Restorations Where: Olympia, WA Terms: Rocket performs cost-plus restorations. Volz and Hergert say that there are too many surprises in an old Mopar car to do the job any other way. Telephone: 360.705.0943 Web: www.rocketresto.com the glass, and the repro glass looks horrible — you can tell it's not original from 20 feet away,” Hergert said. “So, we thought it was better to have original glass with a scratch.” Shop technicians carefully restitched split seams in the cars' seats, so they are not replacements. The car has won national attention. “This 'Cuda is an example of the best work we do here,” Hergert said. Rocket Restorations has kept busy bringing youth back to mangled and neglected Mark Young and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, freshly restored and ready for auction. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Mopar throughout the Great Recession. Cars fill almost every corner of the shop right now, but Volz and Hergert are always looking for new projects — especially if the customer wants a great car. “We don't cut corners, and that might be our greatest weakness,” Hergert said. “We can't stand putting something out that is not right.” A — Chester Allen


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson GOES FAST Looks slow, AN AMX-POWERED RAMBLER — PERFECT FOR THE LITTLE OLD LADY FROM KENOSHA — OR SOMEONE WHO LIKES SURPRISES Detailing Year produced: 1963– 1965 (2-dr hard top) Number produced: 19,495 (1964) Original list price: $2,417 Current ACC Valuation: $6k–$8k Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis number: Under hood; pop-riveted plate on the passenger's side wheelhouse panel Engine number: Upper left front corner of the engine block (inline 6); center, left side of the block above the oil pan (V8) Website: www.amcrc.com American Motors Owners Association, c/o Don P. Loper, 1615 Purvis Ave., Janesville, WI 53548 Website: www. amonational.com Alternatives: 1963–1967 Chevy II Nova TruTrac Positraction differential. The engine was professionally built and balanced, and features an upgraded Crower cam, Offenhauser 360 aluminum intake manifold, MSD ignition, Edelbrock Performer 4-barrel carburetor and Dynomax high-flow exhaust system. Other notable features include 31-spline alloy T Clubs: AMC Rambler Club 77 County Road Simsbury, CT 06070 1962–1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire 2-dr hard top axle shafts, a 3.50 ring and pinion, billet aluminum flywheel, Offenhauser valve covers, trunk-mounted battery, KYB gas shocks, front sway bar, integrated Autometer gauges, Hurst shifter, BF Goodrich radial tires and original dog dish hubcaps. Included with purchase are numerous mechanical receipts, an original service manual, owner's manual, photo album and extra keys. This Rambler is fast, fun, and runs and drives excellent. ACC Analysis This car sold for $12,650 at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas auc- tion on September 22–24, 2011. I have a rule when it comes to street rods and most other modified cars: What's on the hood should be what's under the hood. Want to wrinkle my nose? An AMX 390 V8 adds enough oomph to make passers-by look twice when the hood is up. Show me a '51 Ford with a small-block Chevy. Following that guideline, this AMC puts a new spin on the sleeper school. The entry-level Rambler American was all new for 1964. Pontiac Tempests, Olds F-85s, Buick Specials, Mercury Comets, and even Plymouth Valiant Signets were proving that while the American buying public had accepted compact cars, they still wanted “big car” styling and amenities. Since Rambler helped to get Americans thinking about compacts, the company had to keep up with the Big Three in producing them. cially owed bine r back, d rear miliar hem, ore off look. eading k, the erican s was the hich e only t a twod top or le could der the t a whole lot Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson ap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson GOES FAST Looks slow, AN AMX-POWERED RAMBLER — PERFECT FOR THE LITTLE OLD LADY FROM KENOSHA — OR SOMEONE WHO LIKES SURPRISES Detailing Year produced: 1963– 1965 (2-dr hard top) Number produced: 19,495 (1964) Original list price: $2,417 Current ACC Valuation: $6k–$8k Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis number: Under hood; pop-riveted plate on the passenger's side wheelhouse panel Engine number: Upper left front corner of the engine block (inline 6); center, left side of the block above the oil pan (V8) Website: www.amcrc.com American Motors Owners Association, c/o Don P. Loper, 1615 Purvis Ave., Janesville, WI 53548 Website: www. amonational.com Alternatives: 1963–1967 Chevy II Nova TruTrac Positraction differential. The engine was professionally built and balanced, and features an upgraded Crower cam, Offenhauser 360 aluminum intake manifold, MSD ignition, Edelbrock Performer 4-barrel carburetor and Dynomax high-flow exhaust system. Other notable features include 31-spline alloy T Clubs: AMC Rambler Club 77 County Road Simsbury, CT 06070 1962–1963 Oldsmobile F-85 Jetfire 2-dr hard top axle shafts, a 3.50 ring and pinion, billet aluminum flywheel, Offenhauser valve covers, trunk-mounted battery, KYB gas shocks, front sway bar, integrated Autometer gauges, Hurst shifter, BF Goodrich radial tires and original dog dish hubcaps. Included with purchase are numerous mechanical receipts, an original service manual, owner's manual, photo album and extra keys. This Rambler is fast, fun, and runs and drives excellent. ACC Analysis This car sold for $12,650 at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas auc- tion on September 22–24, 2011. I have a rule when it comes to street rods and most other modified cars: What's on the hood should be what's under the hood. Want to wrinkle my nose? An AMX 390 V8 adds enough oomph to make passers-by look twice when the hood is up. Show me a '51 Ford with a small-block Chevy. Following that guideline, this AMC puts a new spin on the sleeper school. The entry-level Rambler American was all new for 1964. Pontiac Tempests, Olds F-85s, Buick Specials, Mercury Comets, and even Plymouth Valiant Signets were proving that while the American buying public had accepted compact cars, they still wanted “big car” styling and amenities. Since Rambler helped to get Americans thinking about compacts, the company had to keep up with the Big Three in producing them. cially owed bine r back, d rear miliar hem, ore off look. eading k, the erican s was the hich e only t a two- d top or le could der the t a whole lot Photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson his his Rambler is a classic sleeper. The original 196-ci, 138-hp straight 6 has been replaced by an upgraded 390-ci V8 from a '70 AMX, mated to a Borg-Warner T10 4-speed driving a Ford nine-inch rear end with Detroit


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had changed, as the 196-ci overhead valve inline six still soldiered on at 90 hp. However, the 440H series got a modestly bumped up version of the 196 with 138 horses. Three-on-the-tree — with or without overdrive — or an automatic were the choices in transmissions. Enter the AMX While about as utterly reliable as an engine could be in 1964, the 196 could hardly be considered sporty, even in 440H tune. So the builder of this car felt a swap was in order. Enter an AMC 390 V8 disenfranchised from a 1970 AMX and beefed up with performance parts, a T10 4-speed, and a nine-inch Ford rear with a TruTrac diff. The weight difference between an AMX and a Rambler American is not significant, so driving this car won't be like driving a Pinto with a 460 Ford stuffed into it. Perhaps the most radical thing about it is getting that 390 to fit in the engine bay. No barnstormer here While this is a neat conversion, it can hardly be considered the type of car to be a subtle-but-deadly stoplight grand prix competitor. It should be able to hold its own against the average muscle car, but pair it up against an LS6 454 Chevelle or a Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ, and the Rambler will see nothing but taillights. No, this is pretty much a car destined to make others look twice whenever it's parked and the hood is open. As far as the selling price, I'll call it well bought. Granted, the only true way of establishing the value is when the seller and a buyer agree on a number, so a price guide will only give you a vague indication of what the donors and the finished product should A big-block plain Jane. be worth as separate components. But to re-create this car, the labor alone would likely cost you more than what was paid here. On top of that, don't forget that a '64 Rambler hard top is not an easy car to find in the first place, with only 19,495 made. So if you want one, you'll have to spend quite a bit more than you would for a garden-variety four-door example regardless of its pre-conversion condition. Cheap price for the parts The Rambler isn't a broadly popular car even when stock, but the sum of this car's parts should be greater than what the whole car sold for in Vegas. And therein lies the reason it sold for this seemingly good price: While the world will form a line to your door for replica SS 454 Chevelles and Hemi Cudas, a hopped-up Rambler will generally be something of a three-legged dog — a curiosity that everyone will notice but not necessarily want to own. Unless, that is, your Aunt Beatrice retired from the interior trim line at the Kenosha assembly plant and likes to mess with the young kids in their Fox-body 5.0 Mustangs when she's not having coffee at the Javelin Cafe.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) January-February 2012 31


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Corvette Country John L. Stein PICK A FLAVOR They all look tasty THE QUESTION OF CORVETTE COLLECTIBILITY FOCUSES NOT ON WHETHER ANY HAS MERIT, BUT WHICH ONE IS BEST FOR YOU there are no bad Corvettes — and so the question of collectibility focuses not on whether any has merit, but which one is best for you. C Know your motivation Both emotion and investment are acceptable reasons for buying a Corvette. If you are of a certain age, have always wanted a Corvette and can afford the financial hit that is sometimes paired with emotional buys, my take is that emotion wins. Go buy the one you want and enjoy the hell out of it. But if you expect all substantial acquisitions to rise in value, you are after an investment and should buy accordingly. Generally, this means buy the best of the best. Blue chips will hold their value better in a downturn, and they will appreciate more in an upturn. Land of 1,000 dances With a million or so Corvettes around, there is always the choice of buying a needy derelict, a daily driver or a fully restored car. You take the most risk with the derelict, and it should be priced accordingly. A driver, well-kept with money spent as appropriate, is a good middle ground, although some survivors now cost as much as full restorations. And with fully restored cars, someone else has taken the risk — orvettes are the ultimate American collector car. Initially based on a combination of performance and two-passenger style, all 1.3 million-plus Corvettes made during the past 58 years have achieved precisely that. While there have definitely been some highs and lows along the way, and they're now expecting the reward. Just make sure the job's been properly done. Here are my personal votes for the best entry points into each of the six Corvette generations: C1: 1953–1962 All first-generation Corvettes are expensive, and the first two years had six-cylinder engines. Stay away. The Blue Flame Sixes are too expensive and not the kind of car you'd want to casually own. Instead, I would shoot for a 1961–1962 model, because their increased cockpit dimensions made them a friendlier place. The final year of the “solid-axle” generation, 1962, also received an enlarged 327-ci motor. Buy one with a 4-speed manual transmission, as some collectors regard Corvettes equipped with automatics as “ladies' cars.” There are few deals in solid-axles anymore, so expect to pay a bare minimum of $40,000 for a non-fuel-injected 1961 or 1962. Perfection or rare options push the price to six figures. C2: 1963–1967 All of the second-generation Corvettes are desirable and consid- ered equally collectible. But like George Orwell said, some are more equal than others. Coupe or convertible, it's your choice. I prefer coupes — they look more complete and offer at least some rollover protection. The 1964 model, the last year for drum brakes, is the Rodney Dangerfield of mid-year Sting Rays, but its drum brakes are not much of a reason. The 1967, with its choice of small-block 327-ci A sharp C1: 1961 283/315 Fuelie Hugh Hamilton © 2010, courtesy of Gooding & Company 32 AmericanCarCollector.com


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or big-block 427-ci motors, is highly sought after as the last of the generation. The small-block V8 is a better-balanced car with plenty of performance potential. You can get one for as little as the low- to mid-$30s and have a great experience if you can do some wrenching. C3: 1968–1982 This is the Corvette generation where chinks in performance cred- ibility first appeared. From the early 1970s on, safety and emissions regulations significantly eroded the Corvette's innate desirability, and it reached its horsepower low point in 1975. I would choose a Corvette between 1968 and 1974 from this flock. These early “sharks” are appreciating, and at least in California, cars this old are not required to pass smog checks. Expect to pay from about $10,000 for an average 350-ci 1974 model to $60,000 or more for a good, solid-lifter 1970–1972 LT-1. The 427-ci or 454-ci engines of 1968 to 1974 add cost but not drivability. C4: 1984–1996 The 1984 model ushered in all-new Corvette engineering. This generation was memorable for the return of the Corvette convertible in 1986 after a decade-long absence, and for Corvette's push to match the exotic DOHC multi-valve engine formula of European marques with the ZR1 option. The 1984-89 cars had a “Back to the Future” digital instrument panel, while the 1990 through 1996 models reverted to mostly analog gauges. I'd target spending $10,000 to $15,000 for a first-year, analoggauge convertible. It's modern enough to be a satisfying daily driver today, without any of the low points of the C4 era. C5: 1997–2004 Corvette's rush toward world-class status continued in the fifth generation, and Chevrolet's participation at Le Mans from 2000 onward burnished the car's image as America's supercar. Along the way, the tailspin of an experiment known as the entry-level hard top model of 1999-2000 was replaced by the Z06 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 high-performance model in 2001. All that blistering performance is now more than ten years old, and it remains a great value. And since you can still put most other cars on the trailer with it, the 2001 Z06 hard top delivers big street cred along with great value for $25,000 to $30,000. C6: 2005–present For most of its life, the Corvette was like that kid at school who was just a little too big and awkward on the schoolyard. Finally, an appropriately sized generation arrived in 2005, bringing Corvette into line with contemporary sport-car proportions. There are no bad C6 choices. Get the color and flavor you want, from among coupe and convertible models. But whichever you buy, note that this generation is depreciating. I would choose a garaged, low-mileage car with fastidious ownership. Be patient and wait for the one you want, as there are nearly 200,000 of them out there. Cost per dance: $30,000 and up. A January-February 2012 33


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Horsepower Colin Comer COLLECTwhat turns your crank A COLLECTION, WHETHER IT CONSISTS OF ONE CAR OR 100, NEEDS TO HAVE A FOCUS AND SPEAK TO THE COLLECTOR AT THE HELM Bill Nesius Will Brewster Racing is one way to experience all your car has to offer. Comer is shown above at full chat in his 1966 Shelby GT350 vintage race car. Long-distance vintage road rallies, such as the Copperstate 1000 blend great driving adventure with the camaraderie of like-minded collectors. Comer pilots his 1965 Shelby GT 350. borhood with all the cars was the “junk man”? Somewhere over the past few decades, however, “collecting” has C become socially acceptable. Perhaps because there is an art to it when it is done right, or maybe just because we needed a way to classify the people who do it, it has become a noble endeavor. And collecting that involves old cars is the best form, if you ask me. It's far better than stamps or bugs. For those of you who come to ACC from Sports Car Market, our sister publication, you know what our intent is — to help educate readers on the cars we all love, but more importantly, to bring them up to speed on the current market for the cars they own and the cars they wish they owned. The real market of actual sales, that is. And what is my role in all of this? A little background might help explain. I've worked on and collected American cars since long be- 34 AmericanCarCollector.com ollecting. For those of us who have been hunting a long time for items that trip our trigger, being called a “collector” sounds odd. Remember when the kids with a lot of Matchbox cars were called spoiled brats and not Matchbox collectors? Or when the old guy in the neigh- fore I could drive — in fact, I bought a 1968 Mustang at the ripe age of 13, and it only snowballed from there. Being in the right place at the right time, I was lucky enough to start my collection of American cars when they were still frowned upon by many high-end collectors. Using my head, I always looked for the cars with the highest horsepower with the lowest production numbers. Tri-Power GTOs, Six Pack and Hemi Mopars, multi-carbureted 'Vettes, and solid lifter Fords were usually the targets in my cross hairs. The end result was a logical stable of machines that all have historical significance, the least of which is not performance. The point? A collection, whether it consists of one car or one hundred, needs to have a focus and speak to the collector at the helm. If you aren't a fan of Brass Era cars, don't buy one — no matter how much your best buddy swears you need one. My focus? As noted above, I like performance cars. All great col- lector cars, of all eras, have that one thing in common — they offered the best performance available in their day. From Mercer Raceabouts to SJ Duesenbergs and Chrysler 300 Letter Cars, we've had some amazing American performance cars over the years. And I contend


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that the late, great American muscle cars of 1964–1971 could quite possibly be the last truly collectible cars built in the USA. I closely watched the astronomical rise of muscle car prices and popularity during the past decade or so. I have been the “Muscle Car Guy” at SCM for over six years now, and I've written for Corvette Market since the beginning. I have also written three books, Million-Dollar Muscle Cars in 2007; The Complete Book of Shelby in 2009; and the just-released Shelby Cobra Fifty Years. But more importantly, my “day job” is restoring, buying and selling all kinds of collector cars with a focus on ultra-rare American muscle and race cars, so I'm immersed in the subject matter 24/7. My favorite pastime is competing in vintage racing events, which offers a whole different viewpoint on the cars we love. But what I am most excited about is this column. The powers that be at ACC have given me free rein to write about whatever I want in this space. In every issue. They call it “Editor at Large,” but I call it “What were they thinking?” Here's what's on my mind right now. Consider this the electronic version of an open-door policy. Have a question about the American car market? Send them to colin. comer@americancarcollector.com. After all, if it has to do with cars, I'm all for it. And most of all, welcome to American Car Collector.A Cobras in Comer's showroom. January-February 2012 35


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INSIDER'S VIEW Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month's question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter. The ACC question: “I've just bought a 1964 Corvette coupe in need of a basic restoration. The body appears to be in good shape under a decent red repaint (it was originally green), and the black interior is more or less complete, although it needs to be completely disassembled and cleaned. The car was an original 4-speed, but the engine and transmission are both missing. The seller told me that the car was a 327/300 from the factory, and I was thinking it would make the most sense to go with a small-block as the replacement. But what engine should I buy? A factory-style 1964 327 rebuild, a GM-built crate 350, or an aftermarket SBC screamer with 400+ horsepower? I want this thing to be valuable as a collector car but still lots of fun to drive.” — Mike M, San Francisco, CA ACC readers respond: Bob Immler, via email: I detest the look of a crate engine or even a modern engine in a Corvette. The look of an original Corvette engine is one of the things that makes it a Corvette. I'm going through the same thing myself. I'm in the process of getting a 340-hp '62 back on the road. My father bought the car new and used it as his daily driver. So in '72, he put in a new Chevy short block. The motor is period but not original, but I'm going to have it rebuilt or refreshed rather than going with a crate engine. Joe K. Pittsburgh, PA: Having completed a number of C1 and C2 restorations over the years, and also watching the ever-changing market values and buyer preferences, I offer these observations on Mike's dilemma: (1) If he can obtain original documentation to verify it was a 327/300, then I would recommend restoration to the original motor — assuming that he wants a true collector car. (2) If he can't verify originality, then I would suggest the higher horsepower engine selection (one can never have too much horsepower), and even make many of the aftermarket changes available. Resto-mods, if done well, seem to be attracting a wider range of buyers, i.e., the younger crowd. (3) Restorations are really a personal decision. Mike must decide for himself what he wants when completed, and how much money to commit to the project “up front.” It's the old adage of 5 P's - Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Larry Palermini, via email: If you are going to drive it on trips and use pump gas, go with a ZZ4 crate engine. Unless you're related to someone like Gale Banks. If you are showing the car and driving short distances around town, go for an original 327/300. I would select the ZZ4 and shop until I found a numbers-correct engine for '64 and put it in storage. They are available. Jerry James, Juniper Hills, CA: In the light of enjoying it and not breaking the bank, my recommendation would be a 350 inch FACTORY crate motor... not from a rebuilder. Remember that the last 327 block was built about 40 years ago and age can be a factor. They were great motors then but you can do better now for the same or less money. And by all means, ENJOY your Corvette. Remember to “Save the Wave.” 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Will a later year kill the collector value? Michael Pierce, Portland, OR: Could not help but write to tell you that the '64 original color could not have been green. That color was first available in the midyears in 1965 (Glen Green). After that, '66 offered Mossport Green and ‘67 Goodwood Green. During the straight-axle period, Cascade Green was offered in 1956-57 but was more blue than green. The first “real” green was in 1960, also called Cascade Green. Oh yes... crate and go! You would be very much under water with this 1964 trying to restore it to its as-built status. Wayne Foss, Fullerton, CA: Given what has been stated in the question, I would opt for the crate motor. With the high cost of a basic restoration, the value of your subject 1964 Corvette coupe restored will most likely be less than the cost of the restoration. In order to build an original motor, one would need everything from the oil pan to the air cleaner, plus clutch and transmission, and all would need to be numbers matching for the car. This would cost considerable time and money to assemble the parts, and you still have to rebuild it. If time is a consideration, this option fails. For a daily driver, or just a plain nice car, a crate motor and transmission would provide reliable service without undue delay in completing a car that one could drive. Besides, the question stated that this Corvette was originally equipped with a base engine and 4-speed, nothing special. If the question stated that it was originally a 360-hp Fuelie with heavy suspension and brakes, then my response would take on a completely different tone! Mark Rudnick, Lawrenceville, NJ: If you want the 1964 coupe to have any value as a collector car, you should restore it to stock. The correct 3782870 block with a casting date within six months prior to the build date of the car would be the way to go. The 327/300 engine is an excellent engine and has plenty of power for driving enjoyment. Ray Thompson, via email: You want this to be a collectible Corvette? Then do not even think of doing anything to this car that was not ORIGINAL to this car when it left the factory. First, do your homework and get as much documentation as possible about the car, and that will tell you how this car left the factory. Just correct documentation alone is worth about 20% to 25% added in the final sale price and will make the car easier to sell. The quality of work done on this car must be great, not a “20-footer.” Close inspection must be as good as from 20 feet away. Top dollar is not paid for “good enough for government work” and done with minimum-wage labor. A


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Q&A A Q by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson Send your to questions@americancarcollector.com. If we print it, we'll send you an American Car Collector hat! You've got questions, we've got answers Q: A few years ago, my wife's uncle left us a 1968 Mustang fastback. The car's in generally original condition, with faded light green paint, a couple of dents but no real rust, and a 302-ci V8 and 4-speed. We're not particularly attached to the car, and since I'm actually a Mopar guy, I'd like to turn it into cash so I can buy a Road Runner or a Charger. What's the best way to sell this car? — Jeremy T., Dallas, TX A: We hear this question quite often, and there isn't really a blanket answer that applies to everyone. What's the best way to sell? It depends on where you are, what kind of car you have, and what condition it's in. Here's a quick and dirty overview of some proven options: Run an ad in your local paper or on Craigslist. Thousands of people have had good success this way. Collectors are known to scour Craigslist and the classifieds, and many people use services that search multiple Craigslist feeds (such as searchtempest. com). But you might also have to deal with a limited local audience full of buyers just looking to score a deal. Run a classified in your favorite Mustang magazine or online forum. You'd be selling to an audience that already drinks the Mustang Kool-Aid. But if you go with a print publication, remember that there is some lag time due to the printing process. Online auctions. eBay Motors can be a great place to start, as the listing fees aren't expensive and you get nationwide exposure to people specifically looking for what you're selling. If it doesn't sell, you can relist it, and if you're considered a ‘low volume seller,' you aren't charged until your vehicle sells. Sold cars over $2,000 are charged a flat fee of $125; under $2,000 are just $60. Land auctions. These offer the benefit of an even more targeted audience — bidders here often pay fees to register. Granted, you have to physically take your car to the sale location, but you'll be getting it in front of a lot of interested eyes who are on site for a good reason. High-end auction companies do their best to promote cars ahead of the sale, and although there are added premiums in going this way (anywhere from 5% to 17% of the hammer price, but sometimes more or less depending on the company), you do tend to get a good degree of service for the money. But it all comes down to who is in the room when your car is on the block, and if it doesn't sell, you still have to ship it home. Chad (left) and Jim installing an Edelbrock 4-bbl carburetor in ACC's 1964 Chevrolet Nova wagon. Regardless of which method you choose, be realistic about the condition of your car and what you think it's worth in this market, and be willing to negotiate from there. It'll pay off in the long run. — JP A Q Auctions offer a targeted audience. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Q: I'm in the market for a '60s-era col- lector car that can take my family to local car shows. My budget is about $25k, and I'm going to need space for my wife and two small kids. I'd like something with a bit of power, but I don't need anything over the top, and it needs to be reliable. And since I already have a four-door (mine) and a minivan (wife's), I'd like this one to be a two-door. What's the best bang for my buck? — Harry K., Madison, WI A: There are a lot of options for under $25k. Let's take a look at a few you should consider. Pony cars (i.e. Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, etc.) can offer a lot in a small package. They often come with V8 power, have a second row of seats usually well suited for small children, and well-sorted examples tend to run a long time with basic upkeep. The inline six-cylinder examples were sold as the fuel-efficient versions; they aren't fast, but they are relatively inexpensive. Some of the wilder ones sport big-block engines with multi-carb setups, but those are often beyond your $25k price point. I'd also suggest a badge-engineered variant of a very popular model. Chevelles and GTOs are extremely popular, and their values reflect that. Look for a Buick GS or an Oldsmobile Cutlass with V8 power at a much lower price than a GTO or Chevelle. Mercury's Cyclone shares many similarities with Ford's Torino with an easier hit to the wallet. Even a Firebird will cost less than a comparable Camaro. Also consider a twodoor sedan over the hard-top variant. The B-pillar adds strength to the body, bolstering the safety factor for your little ones, even if it impedes the view from the back seat. If you prefer something off the beaten path — or something you can take there


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Looking for bang for your buck? Muscle cars such as a 1969 Mercury Cyclone Cobra Jet 428 (above) or trucks such as the 1977 Ford Bronco Ranger offer power and hauling capacity that won't break your budget. — consider a utility vehicle such as a Ford Bronco, International Scout or Jeep CJ. These were built on truck platforms, and as such, they tended to be stout. (The manufacturers couldn't reliably sell trucks to farmers or companies if the vehicles broke down in the fields or while carrying cargo on a highway.) Two doors, often a removable top, and an easier time navigating traffic with a higher seating position are the hallmarks of these utilities. Only the most original, low mileage examples or the most customized vehicles in this group would go beyond your budget. It all comes down to personal taste. Whatever yours is, just look around thoughtfully and take your time, there will be something. — CTA January-February 2012 39


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Show&Shine n the normal work world, we usually slough off on Fridays and Mondays. But in car-crazed Portland, OR — home of by Chester Allen Wednesday from June through September. Why? Beaches Summertime Cruise-In at BEACHIN' I Detailing ACC and its sister magazine Sports Car Market — hordes of workers sneak away early each Portland International Raceway, of course. Cruise-ins are a part of summer all across the United States, but few have been around as long as Beaches, which attracts well over 1,000 cars and at least twice that many gearheads on any given night. Some of these cars are imports, but most are pre1974 Detroit Iron or Muscle. Beaches, which got its start well over a decade ago as a charity fundraiser at the Beaches Restaurant When: Each Wednesday night from the first week of June to the last week of September Where: Portland Cost: $5 if your ride is a pre-1974 car. $8 — and a walk in from the parking lot — if your car doesn't meet the admission standards for the cruise-in International Raceway, Portland, OR More: www.beachesrestaurantandbar.com, www.portlandraceway. com Cool cars are a hot ticket IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY SNOOZING KIDS CAN FIT INTO THE OPEN TRUNK OF A SHOEBOX CHEVY OR THE BACK SEAT OF A '60 ELDORADO in nearby Vancouver, WA, has grown into a weekly celebration of American cars and American car culture. It's now one of the biggest cruise-ins on the West Coast and it's The Place to Be on a summer Wednesday night. Entire families come for the show, and proud own- ers eat picnic dinners in front of their immaculate — or completely ratted-out — cars. Little kids sack out in sleeping bags — it's amazing how many snoozing kids can fit into the open trunk of a Shoebox Chevy or the back seat of a 1960 Eldorado. A short walk away, muscle and drag cars rumble, shriek and scream down the PIR drag strip. “There is no better place to be,” said Scott Petersen, owner of Garage Motorsports, a Vancouverbased hot rod and transmission shop. “What else Like a day at the beach, but with cars instead of sand. A participant relaxes beside a 1950 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe. Marc Emerson, American Car Collector 40 AmericanCarCollector.com


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1957 Chevrolet Corvette 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 would we be doing — watching ‘Dancing with the Stars?'” Garage Motorsports has sponsored Beaches for years, mostly because all the entry fees go to worthy charities — and it's a lot of fun, Petersen said. Beaches is a casual show, where artfully rusting rat rods, hot rods, muscle cars, surf station wagons, Cadillac convertibles, Donk cars riding on 30-inch wheels, lowriders resting on the grass and even carefully preserved Ramblers are all welcome — if the car was built before 1974. If you drive a pre-1974 car, admission is $5 for two people. If you drive a hot later model, such as a Dodge Viper or C6 Corvette, you might get to ride it in for $5. If you drive something dull and ordinary, such as a Prius, admission is $8 per person and you have to park that boring ride and walk in to where the cool cars live. ACC Editor Jim Pickering likes to steer in his mammoth 1966 Caprice with its 1932 Ford 3/4-scale hot rod cammed-out 468-ci big-block roller motor rumbling through open exhaust cutouts. Other ACC staffers drive our restored, 283-ci one-of-none bucket-seat 4-speed 1964 Chevy Nova station wagon. Vintage rock 'n' roll — think “American Graffiti” soundtrack meets ZZ Top — drifts over the barbecue smoke, conversation and rumbling exhausts from the nearby drag strip. The gates open at 4 pm, which explains why worker productivity in the area plummets on Wednesday afternoons, and the evening usually ends at dusk, which can be as late as 9 pm during the balmy Northwest summer. Each car, even the ones that don't catch the judges' eyes that night, is a show all by itself. Everyone looks up when a Hemi Road Runner or Chevelle SS lights up for the drive home. Surf cars carry surfboards — some still crusted with sand from Cannon Beach or Seaside breaks — and restored trucks from the 1950s and 1960s look better than new. Sometimes a Ferrari or two show up, but they're just cars at Beaches. Even a clean 1972 Dodge Monaco station wagon attracts admirers, as, after all, how many of those have you seen lately? You'll see all this — and more — at Beaches, but you'll have to cut out of work early to see it all. A 1940 Dodge COE custom January-February 2012 41 1968 Pontiac GTO 1932 Ford Model 18 five-window coupe “There is no better place to be. What else would we be doing — watching ‘Dancing with the Stars?'” Scott Petersen, owner of Garage Motorsports, a Vancouver-based hot rod and transmission shop


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1965Corvette 327/375 Fuelie coupe CHEVROLET Alejandro Rodriguez, courtesy of Gooding & Company The last of the breed is often the best of the breed Chassis number: 194375S116511 by Thomas Glatch This Milano Maroon coupe with a build date of April 30, 1965, was delivered new to Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown, PA. Although the name of the first owner is not known, it is clear that this Corvette was ordered with an eye for both performance and aesthetics. This car was built with the rarest and most expensive engine offered in 1965 — the 375-hp, fuel-injected, high-lift cam engine, coupled with a Muncie close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission and a Positraction rear end. Milano Maroon Metallic paint was ordered for the body, and the highly desirable optional aluminum knockoff wheels with gold sidewall tires completed the striking presentation. An ownership log listing each owner since 1976 states that the car was in Canada from that year through 1985, during which time the car was restored to factory specifications. Owner Sandy Thornburn, of Calgary, began the restoration work, but it is reported to have been completed by another owner, Doug Scott, also from Calgary. In 1990, the car is identified as having been in the ownership of Marvin Rouse of Garden City, KS. During his ten-year ownership, the car received a Bloomington Gold award, showing slightly fewer than 56,000 miles on the odometer. In 2002, under its then-owner, Lynn Henish, the coupe was re-certified by the NCRS with a Top Flight award. According to the judging sheets, the car received an impressive composite score of 97.1 out of 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 100 points. Following the certification, and for its first time in decades, Henish enjoyed the award-winning coupe on the road, accruing some 9,000 miles before selling it privately to the current owner. The Corvette is accompanied by its Protect-O-Plate and window sticker, as well as a comprehensive file containing an itemized list of parts restored and replaced, restoration receipts, photographs of the restoration and the car on display, customs paperwork, receipts and bills of sale from the various owners during the past 35 years. This is a truly outstanding, welldocumented Corvette with rare options that shows the benefits of a high-quality restoration and decades of careful ownership and respectful use. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 4, sold for $86,600, including buyer's premium, at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auction on Saturday, August 20, 2011, in Pebble Beach, CA. There is something intriguing about the last cars of a make, model, or with specific options. There is the mystique of knowing there were no more made and no replacements are available. But there is also the practical aspect that the last is often the best of the breed. That was certainly the case with the 1965 fuel- injected Corvettes. Chevrolet had already rocked the automotive world with the Sting Ray in 1963, a car that Car Life magazine called “a technical tour de force.” But the '65 edition of the Sting Ray benefited from Zora Duntov's quest for continuous improvement. Outside, the Corvette shed some of the styling


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gingerbread of the '63 car, leaving it a purer form. Inside, the Corvette received upgraded bucket seats and instruments that were easier to read. But the biggest news was hidden under that curvaceous fiberglass. Out with drums, in with discs t disc brakes were just n higher-end cars, the '65 wheel discs. Brakes, sive, finned drum brakes, chilles heel of the . GM's Delco Moraine rvette disc brakes that rated the latest in stopg technology, with 461.2 uare inches of swept ining, compared with the drum's 321. The result, reported Road & Track magazine, was astonishing: “Long ago we gave up (read chickened-out) doing stomp-down, all-out nic stops in American cars, but e Corvette restored our faith to n extent that we did 0-80-0-80-0 e and grew bored, almost, with k of fuss with which the car nd true. No lockup, no fade, no rease in pedal pressure. Just . Wonderful.” Rochester, refined At the heart of the 1965 “Fuelie” was an update of the 327-ci engine introduced in the last of the first generation Corvettes, the ‘62 model. This was the second iteration of the Rochester “Ram Jet” injected 283 V8 that debuted in 1957. Designed by John Dolza, the mechanical fuel injection system was created to eliminate the flooding and fuel starvation that occurred in carbureted cars caused by the high G-forces of road racing competition. An additional 10 hp didn't hurt, either. Issues that sometimes plagued the original Fuelie, ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 771 fuel-injected cars (23,562 total) Original list price: $5,581 Current ACC Valuation: $64,000–$121,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $19.99 Chassis #: VIN plate on top of instrument panel at base of windshield Engine #: Pad on front of block below right cylinder head such as cold-starting problems, were gone from the second generation FI, and the 375-hp L84 used on the '65 Corvette was the ultimate in Fuelie refinement and performance. This was a car that listed for about $5,500 new, yet Car and Driver compared it favorably to the contemporary Aston Martin DB5 and Ferrari 250 GT, which cost more than $12,000 each. Replacement by displacement If the fuel-injected Corvette was so great, why did it end? Zora Duntov was as masterful a corporate politician as he was an engineer, but this is one battle he lost. Chevrolet's new 396-ci “big-block” engine could produce as much as 425 hp at substantially less cost to produce. The accountants didn't care if Car and Driver said the Fuelies had “a more ‘European feel.'” They were very powerful, but they had a zippy, high-winding, no-flywheel feel to them that the bigblock Corvettes lacked. The fuel-injected option cost $538.00, the 396 monster was just $292.60, and I'll bet there was more profit in the 396 option despite the lower cost. For driving enthusiasts —and collectors — it was the end of an era. For anyone wanting to own one of these magical Corvettes, this one was a fine choice. This Milano Maroon coupe is downright striking, and it benefited from both complete documentation and an accurate and highly awarded restoration. It is showing its age a bit, but not so much as to hurt its value. But the market for Sting Ray Fuelies — except for the 1963 Z06 cars — just isn't there, at least not compared with the first-generation Fuelies or big-block Sting Rays. And coupes tend to be less desirable then convertibles, unless, of course, we're talking about a '63 Split-Window. While this Corvette sold for mid- to upper-market pricing, a comparable 396 car could sell for twice as much. What a shame, really, at least for the seller, since this beautiful Fuelie coupe is not only one of the last, but also one of the best of the storied line. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of Gooding & Company.) January-February 2012 43 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Lot 540, S/N 194675S102566 Condition 3+ Sold at $55,000 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/4/2011 ACC# 169128 Club: National Corvette Restorers Society, www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425, 1961–1965 Jaguar XKE ACC Investment Grade: A Why buy? A clean, high-performance Corvette — and the last of the Fuelies. Comps 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Lot F159, S/N 194375S112105 Condition 2- Not Sold at $66,000 Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA, 9/30/2010 ACC# 167740 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Lot F186, S/N 194675S111601 Condition 2+ Sold at $90,300 Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA, 9/30/2011 ACC# 167744


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PROFILE GM PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G OFILE GM strip, where big-inch motors and E GM strip, strip, where big-inch motors and meaty rear tires backed up owners' hardihood a quarter mile at a time 44 AmericanCarCollector.com M strip, where big-inch motors and meaty rear tires backed up owners' hardihood a quarter mile at a time 44 AmericanCarCollector.com advertised strip, where big-inch motors and meaty rear tires backed up owners' hardihood a quarter mile at a time 44 AmericanCarCollector.com advertised advertised 450 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 500 ft-lbs of torque at 3600 rpm, it was also the highest-output Chevelle ever offered. Known as the “Pilot Car,” this particular 1970 F Chevelle 454-ci Turbo-Jet LS6 is the earliest known and documented of 4,475 RPO LS6 models produced. A GM executive ordered the LS6 coupe as his zone demonstrator in October 1969 and was told by Baltimore plant manager Earl Prentice that he was to receive the first one built there. The Chevelle LS6 was completed on December 9, 1969, with the words “Pilot job” and “If it had wings it would fly” handwritten on the build sheet. Documentation for this car includes two build sheets, Protect-O-Plate information and the entire owner history. It is highly optioned and features a complete “born in” driveline. In 2010, it received a concours-level restoration to its correct assembly-line condition by MuscleCar Restoration and Design, one of the top Chevelle LS6-focused restoration shops in the United States. It was subsequently featured on the cover of the March 2011 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine. Since restoration, the LS6 has been driven only one mile. PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G PROFILE G GM strip, where big-inch motors and meaty rear tires backed up owners' hardihood a quarter mile at a time 44 AmericanCarCollector.com advertise E GM strip, where big-inch motors and meaty rear tires backed up owners' hardihood a quarter mile at a time 44 AmericanCarCollector.com advertised 450 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 500 ft-lbs of torque at 3600 rpm, it was also the highest-output Chevelle ever offered. Known as the “Pilot Car,” this particular 1970 F Chevelle 454-ci Turbo-Jet LS6 is the earliest known and documented of 4,475 RPO LS6 models produced. A GM executive ordered the LS6 coupe as his zone demonstrator in October 1969 and was told by Baltimore plant manager Earl Prentice that he was to receive the first one built there. The Chevelle LS6 was completed on December 9, 1969, with the words “Pilot job” and “If it had wings it would fly” handwritten on the build sheet. Documentation for this car includes two build sheets, Protect-O-Plate information and the entire owner history. It is highly optioned and features a complete “born in” driveline. In 2010, it received a concours-level restoration to its correct assembly-line condition by MuscleCar Restoration and Design, one of the top Chevelle LS6-focused restoration shops in the United States. It was subsequently featured on the cover of the March 2011 issue of Muscle Car Review magazine. Since restoration, the LS6 has been driven only one mile. roster roster of competitors was lengthy, including cars such as the Chevelle, GTO and 442 from GM, the Mustang and Cougar from FoMoCo, and plenty of Challengers, Road Runners and 'Cudas from Mopar. More affordable and versatile than the two-passenger Corvette, these four- to six-seaters often featured horsepower numbers approaching (and occasionally surpassing) Corvette territory, and properly painted, striped and accessorized, they gave up precisely nothing in the testosterone department. Mid-size performance cars were inarguably more important to more people than Corvettes ever were, so it's little wonder why today, cars like this particular Chevelle LS6 attract such strong bidding. Unlike the Corvette, Mustang, Cougar or Barracuda, to my knowledge the Chevelle never went road racing, never fought for a class win at Le Mans, Riverside or the SCCA Runoffs. Instead, its appeal was more the street-and-strip variety, where a big-inch motor and meaty rear tires backed up the owner's hardihood a quarter mile at a time. While on a road-racing circuit, a well-prepared little 4-cylinder Porsche 356 stood a fair chance against a B-Production Corvette, on the street there was no Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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denying that muscle cars ruled. Lithe though they might be, no import could lord over a decently sorted anything with V8 power. When Big Blocks ruled the road o big- ted ate der ize ost ered. e disc ng it to g that muscle cars ruled. Lithe though they might be, no import could lord over a decently sorted anything with V8 power. When Big Blocks ruled the road o big- ted ate der ize ost ered. e disc ng it to uction uction -block d the r wars into antirely, and ing from the he Chevelle, d Barracuda ecking the e on the ally added ollars to a s jock pull- , that meant a hours hen, as ssing a bigk financial . , buying 6 engine in s even a ase price remium of 9.6%), but it was only available if RPO Z15, the SS 454 package, was also ordered for $503.45. That totaled nearly $800 worth of options, a massive 28% spike over the base Chevelle. Fortunately, the SS 454 package strongly distinguished the LS6 from the masses of six-cylinder Chevelle coupes sold. First and last usually are best Absent any compelling provenance, having the first or last of a particular car is always preferable to one in the middle of a production run. And that is the hat rack upon which Russo and Steele chose to hang this particular Chevelle LS6 at auction. It is a viable and important position to take when you want all the money for something. And who doesn't? In this case, the car's documentation included its executive order history, twin build sheets, the original sale documentation and ownership history. All of this valuable paper well supports the auctioneers' claim that this is the first Chevelle LS6. There can only ever be one first, and this was it. (Things are different today, as pilot-build cars may be destroyed so they can never enter general use on public roads, where legal peril surely awaits in the event of any accident. So what used to be “first built” has now become “first sold.”) Aside from being the first built, this Chevelle had several other important virtues. One was its high 450-hp rating in a year when the Corvette 454-ci LS5 was rated at 390 hp. Another was its modest production run of just 4,475 units. Third was the seller's decision to conduct a concours-quality restoration by recognized experts to as-built specifications — and then resisting the urge to drive it. In this way, the Chevelle could be truly offered as “as new.” And finally, there was the allure of the LS6 engine — a solid-lifter powerhouse intended to be the final word in Chevelle street credibility. While history often reveals such claims as being hollow, as the 1970s rolled on and emissions regs tightened, it became obvious that cars like this Chevelle, the Hemi 'Cudas and Corvette Tri-Power L71s really were the last of the breed of unregulated monsters. All these reasons added up to $181,500 across the block — and a great car for the buyer. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) January-February 2012 45 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 convertible Lot 45, S/N 136670L192509 Condition 2 Sold at $236,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Seabrook, TX, 4/30/2011 ACC# 177893 ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 4,475 Original list price: $3,486 Current ACC Valuation: $125,000–$150,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Chassis #: VIN plate at base of windshield Club: American Chevelle Enthusiasts Society, 900 Conference Drive, Goodlettsville, TN 37072 More: www.chevelles.com/ aces Engine #: Right-front cylinderhead deck Alternatives: 1969–1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, 1969-1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ACC Investment Grade: A Reason to buy: The first Chevelle SS 454 LS6 to come off the line Comps 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Lot F248, S/N 136370B159605 Condition 3+ Sold at $84,800 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/2011 ACC# 179367 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Lot S206, S/N 136370B145238 Condition 1- Not Sold at $140,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168868


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PROFILE FOMOCO 1969Mustang GT Cobra Jet 428 FORD If this car represents a true one of one, why not a bigger price tag? The simple answer is cachet Chassis number: 9T02R109808 by SamStockham include rocker panel moldings, power brakes and power steering. A fully-documented one-of-one car with Marti T 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Report. Fresh rotisserie restoration just completed. Professionally rebuilt, balanced and correct replacement 428 Cobra Jet engine along with 4-speed manual transmission and Trac-Lok 3.50 rear end. Beautiful paint and body work, done by top professionals who take pride in their work and pay close attention to details. All-new interior intended to duplicate the original car as it left the factory. This was a comprehensive, no-expense-spared res- toration with every nut and bolt replaced with restored or correct parts. According to Kevin Marti, only about 4,000 GT fastbacks were built, compared with more than 72,000 Mach 1s. Even more astonishing is the fact that there were only 278 “R code” GTs built, with this car being one of the 158 4-speeds. So, not only is this car one of one, but it's one of 278 total '69 “R code” Mustang GTs built. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 669, sold for $55,000, including buyer's pre- his 1969 Mustang is a factory 63A Sportsroof car with an “R code” 428 Cobra Jet engine and Ram Air shaker hood. Factory 4-speed with GT Equipment Package. Beautiful Royal Maroon with black interior. Options mium, at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas Auction, which took place September 22–24, 2011. The Mustang GT is arguably one of the most well- known models in the world of late '60s muscle cars. It had a run of only four short years from 1965 through 1969 before taking an eleven-year hiatus, but four years was all it took to get those two simple letters into the American car buying psyche. The GT became synonymous with the Mustang almost immediately, as it represented the top of the pecking order on the Mustang checklist. At least until 1969, when the Mach 1 was intro- duced. The Mach 1 was essentially an appearance package (with some suspension tweaks to offset added weight on bigger-engine cars), but Ford managed to move more than 72,000 of them. The recipe worked for Ford, and since the engine had to be a 351-ci V8 or bigger, the go matched the show. What made a GT in 1969? So what's special about the '69 GT? Well, the short answer is not much, as you could get most of the options as part of the new Mach 1 package, or could order them independently on any other Mustang body. The GT in 1969 was less of an appearance package than the Mach 1, with only a subtle lower body stripe, but it did have unique stylistic changes that did a good job of implying performance — you got bespoke GT


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wheels, stickier tires, hood pins, and a pop-open gas cap. The GT package also included uprated springs and shocks, paired with a larger front sway bar. Disc brakes were still an option, as they were on the 1968 model year. round actual GT anded around 5,000 f what Ford delivered o add further confun of GT authenticity, lers actually used g parts from Ford o build GTs from otherwise pedestrian Mustangs. Build sheets are the only real way to deter- mine actual GT status s produced by Ford. t with so many dealer- sters, a 10% swing on agreed- n figures seems to be the norm for ginal build sheets were not always m the factory or were inadvertently ears, many owners simply can't e factory-built GTs. arity equal value? -block Mach 1 Mustangs easily se days, shouldn't a much rarer me Mustang chassis — with all the s included — be incrementally d therefore more expensive? You might expect so, but that's not always the case. A lot goes into valuing a car, but for many of us, the real determination of value is the feeling, the nostalgia, and the story that can be told about it. Did you have this car in high school? Did the quarterback of the football team have one? Did this car win at Sebring? Is this the only one in existence? Without a really good answer (for yourself or others) to any of these questions, a car just becomes ordinary in the eyes of the market. So at $55,000, does this figure really represent the true market value of this package? Let's ask the questions: Does it have racing pedigree? No. Is this car iconic, insofar that it was most-wanted in high school? Sure, but most prefer the Mach 1. Is this the only one in existence? Yes, in this trim package and color combo, it is stated to be one of one, but there were nearly 300,000 Mustangs made by Ford in 1969. If this car represents a true one of one, why not a bigger price tag? The simple answer is cachet — the Mach 1 simply has more of it than the more subtleappearing GT does, even with the rare engine. Where's the original mill? This car showed well, but what made it really at- tractive was the full-zoot, 335-hp 428 CJ and 4-speed manual. Full disclosure was offered with the statement of a correct replacement engine being fitted. A correct casting number replacement engine does affect value, but it should not be a huge deterrent, because it's relatively common — many of these cars fell into the hands of poor-shifting, over-revving kids. What happened to its original engine? Did it get a window in the side during drag racing, or did it have 200,000 miles and need a 0.080 overbore to make it right? No mention of this car's mileage was made. Was this a junkyard resurrection or the restoration of a well- takencare-of example? We may never know. Regardless, in its restored condition, this was an appealing '69 GT with some of the best options available. It may not have had the eyeball of a Mach 1, but you can't build a similar example for what was spent here — at least not using professional services. Forget what your high school quarterback drove — for seat-of-your-pants fun at an affordable price, this GT was a deal. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) January-February 2012 47 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Lot S81, S/N 9T02R151100 Condition 2 Sold at $54,060 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/2011 ACC# 179379 ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years built: 1965–1969 (GT model) Number built: 4,973 Original list price: About $3,400 Current ACC Valuation: $45,000–$70,000 Tune-up: $300 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: VIN lower left dash Club: Mustang Club of America (according to Marti), 5,396 (depending on whom you ask) in 1969 Engine #: Above starter (part number and date code only, no VIN stamp on block) More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1970–1972 440 'Cuda ACC Invest grade: C Comps 1968-1972 Pontiac GTO 1967-1969 Camaro SS 396 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Lot S134, S/N 9F02G189261 Condition 2Sold at $37,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/11/2011 ACC# 176326 1969 Ford Mustang GT 390 Lot 466, S/N 9T02S134754 Condition 1- Not Sold at $40,000 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, 11/13/2010 ACC# 167993


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PROFILE MOPAR 1968Hemi Charger R/T DODGE Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Most collectors return rare muscle to dead stock condition, yet many long for Hooker headers, Thrush mufflers and Cragar wheels Chassis number: XS29J8B233583 by Colin Comer • Factory dark blue metallic with factory Pearl White interior H 48 AmericanCarCollector.com • Engine is not original, but it is from another 1968 Hemi Charger – 465 hp • Engine is balanced and blueprinted with larger cam and carburetors • Factory Dana rear end with custom chrome cover and 3.54 gears • Custom three-inch exhaust system with three-inch factory look-alike tailpipes and powder coated headers • Custom 15x10 Magnum 500 wheels with 50 series tires in rear and 15x8 Magnum 500 wheels with 60 series tires in front ACC Analysis This car, Lot S147, sold for $63,600 at Mecum Auctions' sale on September 17, 2011, in St. Charles, IL. Few muscle cars were sold new to buyers who were hell-bent on preserving them exactly as they rolled off of the assembly line. Any mass-produced car is the result of a likely brilliant design compromised into mediocrity by cost analysts, government regulations and company bureaucracy before the concept becomes reality. And in the thick of the muscle car wars, this was the worst-kept secret on the street. Muscle car buyers all wanted their new car to run like the magazine road tests said they could — and they ighlights from Mecum Auctions catalog: • Total professional restoration • Original factory Hemi and 4-speed console car • One of 489 1968 Hemi Chargers built wanted them to look the part as well. An entire cottage industry sprang up to build “Supercars,” which were modified muscle cars from the likes of dealers such as Yenko Chevrolet and Mr. Norm's Dodge. Starting with a new car, everything from different induction and exhaust systems to mag wheels and bigger tires, dyno tuning, and even entire drivetrain conversions was done either à la carte or as an entire package. Doing this at the time of purchase meant a lot of buyers could roll the personalization of their muscle car into their new car financing — and be terrorizing the streets for just a few dollars more per month. And beyond waking up the sometimes-lazy performance of box-stock muscle cars, the visual modifications also woke up their street cred by ditching things like wire wheel covers, skinny tires and quiet exhaust systems. So what to do if you didn't want to have the dealer pimp your ride, or if you already had a nice stock muscle car? The answer was easy: do all of the same stuff! Ask ten guys who were around in 1969 how many bone-stock muscle cars they spotted at the Dogs 'N Suds drive-in, and I'd bet they would struggle to remember one. Pristine or power? Most collectors' mission with rare muscle cars has been to return them to absolutely dead stock, as-delivered condition, yet many others long for the “good old days” of Hooker headers, Thrush mufflers, Cragar wheels and ladder bars. Cars modified with such go-fast parts are now called “Day Two” cars, as in the second day from new, most of these cars were under the knife, so to speak. For the guys who like to use their cars, this movement has even more merit.


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Car shows are boring compared to getting wheel hop after banging 4th gear. Which leads me to our subject car. Any 1968 Hemi Charger R/T, let alone a 4-speed, is a very desirable car. They didn't make a lot of them, their handsome styling was immortalized by the Charger that chased that green Mustang through the streets of San Francisco in “Bullitt,” and few 6 Hemi. t Hemi is opar to nes into uction t of horseamshafts, estrictive xhaust systems and more meant a good running 440 could dust most mis off the line. w years ago, e of that matt on a rocket h some being t didn't matter if they would shake, shimmy, wheeze and pop just trying to get from the trailer to the show field (or auction block). People had to have that (insert junkiestyle forearm slapping here) HEMI! And then the Mopar market crashed. No longer were people clamoring for any Mopar with that magic Hemi engine — or waiting in line to pay the Mopar restoration specialists $150k for Pebble Beach-level restorations. Today that has made Hemi Mopars a very good buy. And as hard hit as the flawless, perfect, numbers- matching ones are, the “B Level” cars with nonoriginal engines are even worse off. No matter that a lot of the “original” engine cars are in fact not original engine cars, people heavily discount cars that deviate from that showroom-fresh appearance. ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years built: 1968–1970 Number built: 819 Original list price: $4,600 (approximate) Current ACC Valuation: $40,000–$85,000 Tune-up: $50 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: VIN tag on top of dash; fender tag on left front inner fender, partial VIN stamped on left of radiator core support and left trunk jamb rail under weatherstrip Alternatives: Going for fun instead of awards So what if you have an original Hemi Charger with- out its original engine? Why not give it the full “Day Two” treatment in the Mr. Norm's Mopar Supercar style? That appears to be exactly what the previous owner of this Hemi Charger did. With a correct, non-original engine built to run and all the hot speed parts of the 1960s bolted on it, this is a fantastic-looking, era-correct piece. I saw the car in person at the auction, and the paint, detail and execution were exceptionally nice. It was a real Hemi car with a replacement heart, in great original colors, with a lot of visual snap to it. Sure, a lot of the big-buck Hemi specific parts were M.I.A., but my guess is this car will never be turned into a trailer queen. It would be cost-prohibitive to do so. If it was mechanically sorted as well as it was cosmetically, I bet it is a blast to drive, and you sure couldn't take a junkyard refugee 1968 Charger and build it to this level for the amount paid here. Let's also keep in mind that in this world of six-figure “resto-mods,” “tribute cars,” and all-out impostors, our subject car started life as a real 4-speed Hemi car in great colors. There is something to be said for having a real Hemi serial number on your Hemi car, after all. For a paperwork-and- numbers guy who wants to impress his buddies with having date-coded air in his N.O.S tires, this car is absolute blasphemy. But for the Mopar guy who appreciates the Day Two look, it would be pretty hard to beat. I'll chalk this one up as a really cool car that was very well bought. I hope it is somewhere far away from a concours field, banging gears right now. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) January-February 2012 49 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Lot 389, S/N XS29J9B371825 Condition 2Sold at $117,700 Barrett-Jackson, Costa Mesa, CA, 6/25/2010 ACC# 165357 Club: www.chargerforums. com Engine #: Stamped on right side of block above oil pan rail on machined pad 1968–1970 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner/GTX ACC investment grade: B Comps 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Lot S632, S/N XS29J8B259503 Condition 1 Sold at $101,750 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 ACC# 46366 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Lot 162, S/N XS29J9B352118 Condition 1- Not Sold at $105,000 MidAmerica, Blaine, MN, 5/11/2007 ACC# 45337


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932Highboy Roadster FORD ILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932Highboy Roadster FORD This This authentic car never raced or appeared as a feature in a vintage hot rod publication, and that hurts value Chassis number: R18-45482M by Ken Gross F 50 AmericanCarCollector.com ord's classic 1932 roadster, better known as “the Deuce,” has been, and always will be, the quintessential hot rod. Great-looking, with elegant, timeless lines that transcend its age, lightweight — especially when shorn of its fenders — equipped with a modified Ford or Mercury flathead V8 developing three to four times its original output, “Deuce” roadsters like this one were raced at California's dry lakes and later at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This car's 63-year known history dates to December 30, 1948, when it was purchased from John Brooke Moheen Jr. by John Easton of Oakland, CA. Easton reportedly hot-rodded the car in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he completely disassembled the roadster and stored it for years in an enclosed space under his home in the Oakland Hills. On May 5, 1973, Easton sold the roadster to Bruce Olson. Known as “Deuce Bruce,” Olson worked with “Goodguy” Gary Meadors writing technical articles and features for publications such as Hot Rod, Rod & Custom and Street Rodder. Bruce Olson's plans for the roadster were never completed. He died of kidney cancer in 1990. Mike Russell, a well-known hot rodder and speed equipment collector from Aptos, CA, purchased the roadster from the Olson estate in September 1991. Russell finished the build, using many rare and original parts, drove the car for a time, then sold it to Kirk F. White, who in turn sold it to Glenn Mounger in November 1993. An all-steel roadster on an original '32 Ford frame, this car has the speed equipment that knowledgeable hot rodders covet. It's powered by a 258-ci Ford V8 with polished ports and a set of Ardun overhead valve cylinder heads from Don Orosco. It's equipped with an original S.Co.T supercharger and topped with a pair of Stromberg 97 carburetors and an authentic Thickstun air cleaner. The ignition is a Joe Hunt-restored Vertex magneto. The racing camshaft is by DeLong in San Jose; the crankshaft has been balanced; the lightweight flywheel is aluminum. The running gear consists of a dropped and drilled front axle, along with rare Kinmont “Safe-Stop” disc brakes in front and Ford hydraulic drums in the rear. The 3-speed '39 Ford top-loader gearbox is equipped with a Lincoln-Zephyr close-ratio cluster. The rear end is a Halibrand quick-change unit with 3.48:1 and 4:11:1 gears. Firestone 5.60:15 front tires are paired with 8.20:15 rears on reversed '48 Mercury rims. Inside, a genuine '34 Auburn dash is equipped with Auburn instruments including a 120-mph Auburn V12 speedometer. There's an oversized 0-to-8,000 rpm Stewart-Warner tachometer, an S-W vacuum gauge and a repro S-W boost gauge. The interior is pleated, early Ford style, in genuine leather, while the rumble seat is leatherette. The steering wheel is a '39 Ford “banjo,” and a correct '40s-era Ford accessory turn signal actuator is mounted on the column. The


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headlights are Guide 682-Cs from a Diamond T truck, with built-in parking lights for turn signals. The taillights are classic '32 Ford. alysis This '32 Ford Highboy sold for $154,000 at the Gooding & each Auction on August 21, 2011. The any estimate was $125,000 to ights are Guide 682-Cs from a Diamond T truck, with built-in parking lights for turn signals. The taillights are classic '32 Ford. alysis This '32 Ford Highboy sold for $154,000 at the Gooding & each Auction on August 21, 2011. The any estimate was $125,000 to mined mined this car closely on two occa- en it was owned by Mike Russell, n it belonged to the consignor, Glenn ainbridge Island, WA. , historic deuce roadsters have y sold well, publicly and privately. This e not a famous magazine feature d a lot going for it. Its whereabouts were n for 63 years. The Ford V8 was replete sirable speed equipment: a period .Co.T supercharger, reproduction Ardun OHV heads, an Auburn dash panel, an ginal 0–8,000 rpm Stewart-Warner taometer, Kinmont “Safe-Stop” disc brakes ont and a Halibrand quick-change rear. utting aside its provenance and decades nown history for a moment, if you simply d to build this car, this is what you'd be or: A gennie deuce body and chassis, as good is one, paint ready, runs upwards of ghts are Guide 682-Cs from a Diamond T truck, with built-in parking lights for turn signals. The taillights are classic '32 Ford. alysis This '32 Ford Highboy sold for $154,000 at the Gooding & each Auction on August 21, 2011. The any estimate was $125,000 to mined this car closely on two occa- en it was owned by Mike Russell, n it belonged to the consignor, Glenn ainbridge Island, WA. , historic deuce roadsters have y sold well, publicly and privately. This e not a famous magazine feature d a lot going for it. Its whereabouts were n for 63 years. The Ford V8 was replete sirable speed equipment: a period .Co.T supercharger, reproduction Ardun OHV heads, an Auburn dash panel, an ginal 0–8,000 rpm Stewart-Warner ta- ometer, Kinmont “Safe-Stop” disc brakes ont and a Halibrand quick-change rear. utting aside its provenance and decades nown history for a moment, if you simply d to build this car, this is what you'd be or: A gennie deuce body and chassis, as good is one, paint ready, runs upwards of mbling mbling a decent Ardun flathead these s a $40k proposition. A real S.Co.T s a $20k item (although reproductions are m H&H for about $16k). n air cleaner is a grand — if you can find one. A full set of Kinmont disc brakes just sold for $22k, so figure on at least $10k for a pair of fronts. Add $4k for the Auburn panel, other gauges and the tach, another $4k to $5k for the Halibrand quickie (try and find one for less), a few grand for the Zephyr gears, the Guide lights and the dropped axle, and you've spent more than $154,000 before paint, chrome, upholstery and assembly. So why not $175,000 for this roadster? No historical magazine juice Critics could say the windshield should have been chopped more and leaned back a tad, that the highboy would have been more correct for the period with skinny 16-inch wheels and tires, that there was no top or hood, there wasn't enough rake, and that '39 teardrops would've looked better than stock '32 taillights. But that's all nitpicking, and it's all easily corrected. But here's the real reason... Bruce Olson, who started this roadster, never completed the car, and hence it neither raced nor appeared as a feature in a vintage hot rod publication. That's a major determinant of value where period hot rods are concerned. While nearly all of its important bits and pieces are authentic, and many are quite rare, the total assemblage was simply a later owner's interpretation of what a period hot rod should be. The frame, while genuine '32 Ford, does not have an 18-prefix chassis number, probably because the original title was not available and the car had to be re-registered. That puts it in the same class as a reconstructed roadster with “re-pop” rails. Authentic, but no important history Interest in authentic period hot rods with correct speed equipment shows no sign of abating. Major historic hot rod collectors, such as Bruce Meyer, Ross Myers, Jim Mumford, Don Orosco and Richard Munz, already have authentic vintage '32 roadsters with hot rod magazine and/or racing provenance. They'll still step up and pay $200k and more for the real deal, such as the historical roadsters built by Doane Spencer, Dick Flint, Tony LaMasa, Ray Brown, Tommy Foster and Neal East. These cars are eligible for the Pebble Beach Historic Hot Rod Class. This roadster is not. It's a replica of sorts. While its story is known, it really has no important history. That said, authentic historic hot rods are hard to find — and very expensive. Prices on Kinmont brakes and Auburn dash panels continue to rise, but as good as the reproduction steel bodies are these days, knowledgeable collectors who can pay top dollar want the real thing. If you tried to duplicate this nicely built highboy, with its special blend of parts, you'd have to pay much more than $154,000. So in this economy, I'd call this '32 Highboy very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company. Note: Gross researched and wrote the intro for the auction company but was not involved in the actual sale in any way.) 1932 Ford roadster, ex-Jim Khougaz Lot 241, s/n 18155453 Condition 1Sold at $385,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 ACC# 46256 January-February 2012 51 1932 Ford Highboy custom Lot S228, s/n DMV44486NV Condition: 2+ Sold at $180,900 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168845 ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Number produced: 12,080 DeLuxe and Standard V8 and 4-cylinder roadsters in 1932. Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$175,000 Tune-up, major service: $200 (estimated) Chassis #: Plate on frame. Engine #: Cast on bell housing Original list price: $500 (for a DeLuxe, $460 for a Standard) More: www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: None, really… a deuce is a deuce. Reason to buy: Real, steelbodied '32 with long history and stellar parts…. Club: There is no club specifically for vintage hot rods, but the buyer would be welcomed at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) and Goodguys events. Comps 1932 Ford roadster, The Edelbrock Special Lot 154, s/n none Condition 2 Not Sold at $210,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/21/2011 ACC# 183925


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1934Super Eight 1104 Tourer PACKARD Photo documentation includes shots of Admirals Halsey and Nimitz as well as General Eisenhower riding in the back 52 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 75011 Engine number: 752026 by Carl Bomstead • Secret Service jump seat • Original 384/145-hp engine • Mostly original interior • Record log from 1948 indicates passengers included General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Admiral Chester William Nimitz and many others H ACC Analysis This car, Lot S161, sold for $140,450, including buyer's pre- mium, at Mecum's Monterey, CA, auction on August 18–20, 2011. The first Packard, the Model A, was tested on the streets of Warren, OH, on November 6, 1899. The last, painted Mountain Blue, came off the line July 25, 1958, and was built by Studebaker Packard in South ighlights from the Mecum Auctions catalog: • Vacuum assist brakes • Synchromesh 3-speed transmission • Push-button start Bend, IN. Packard survived the Great Depression while others faltered, only to meet its demise in the middle of one of the greatest booms in automotive history. The intervening years, however, included the magnificent classic era as well as a host of questionable decisions. The Packard brothers, James Ward and William Doud, were ideal business partners. James Ward was a mechanical genius, having been awarded several patents while still in school, and William Doud was a natural businessman. In 1898, James Ward acquired one of the 21 Winton automobiles manufactured that year, and when expressing his displeasure with several of the features of the car, he was told by Alexander Winton, “Well, if you're so smart, maybe you can build a better machine yourself.” And that's exactly what James did. Refined and luxurious The Packard Motor Company built a well-deserved reputation of offering luxurious cars that were highly refined, fitted with elegant coachwork and were Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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powered by technically advanced and well-engineered engines. But as the Great Depression cast its dark cloud over the world, the luxury car market quickly evaporated. Packard competitors Marmon and Peerless closed their doors by 1933, and many others soon followed. Packard survived because of its excellent financial health, outselling all its competitors combined. But even so, Packard production declined from almost 35,000 automobiles in 1929 to only 7,040 in 1934. Against this dismal backdrop, in August of 1933, Packard introduced the 11th Series — a car that many collectors feel was Packard's all-time finest, most elegant offering. The dashboard was redesigned with clear round dials, the headlamp lenses were veed to match the radiator shell, and the top edge of the lenses matched the top of the grille. The flowing fenders appeared to lengthen the car, and the front fenders were extended down to the bumper. The Packard Super Eight offered by Mecum was one of the earliest 1934s built. The data tag, 750-11, indicates it was a Model 750, which is a Super Eight 1104 Seven Passenger Touring, and the 11 was the sequential body number. Packard started the numbering at 10, so this was the second body built. The engine, number 752026, was the 26th off the line, as they started numbering at 752001. A frequent flier The Mecum sale was not this Packard's first rodeo. It was sold by Christie's for $129,500 at their Greenwich auction in 2006, and was sold again by Gooding & Company for $231,000 at their Scottsdale auction in January 2008, where it was stated to be a “good deal” by the on-site Sports Car Market analyst. But this August, it brought $140,450, making the 2008 purchase price look like much less of a bargain. This was not a “White House Livery” car, as some have stated. According to the Smithsonian, the White ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years built: 1934 Number built: 764 Super Eights Original list price: $3,090 Current ACC Valuation: N/A Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $75 Chassis #: Body tag on firewall Club: Packards International Motor Car Club 302 French St Website: www.packards international.com Alternatives: Cadillac V12, Lincoln KB Santa Ana, CA 92701 ACC investment grade: B Comps House fleet consisted of only one 1934 Super Eight, and it was a Model 735 that was a Sedan Limousine — definitely not this car. However, our subject car was owned by an automo- tive livery service in Philadelphia, and a log book lists the famous and near-famous who rode in it throughout the years. Photo documentation of this car reportedly dates to 1940, including shots of Admirals Halsey and Nimitz as well as General Eisenhower riding in the back. This is great history, and it should rightfully add to the car's potential value. Restoration with needs Although the car was reportedly restored in 1988, time and use had taken their toll. The horn button was not properly painted, there were loose wires under the dash, the windshield was delaminating, and all four doors were sagging. The engine compartment was dirty with fuel leaks and the porcelain was flaking off the manifold. The car was also lacking a radio, which was first offered by Packard in 1934. How does such a well-documented Packard Super Eight tumble so quickly in value? Mecum did not promote the car in their catalog as heavily as Gooding had done 3.5 years earlier, but Mecum has sold seven-figure cars with equally limited fanfare. Let's face the facts: The Touring body style is simply not as desirable as a Dual Cowl, the car was no longer crisp, and market conditions have changed significantly in the years since the Gooding sale. In this market, top-level restora- tions and all-original preservation candidates bring the most value across the auction block. This car had great history but it fell somewhere between restored and used, and that limited its bottom line here. At the end of the day, for a Packard with great history and an aging restoration, this August's Mecum result was in line with the current of Mecum Auctions.) January-February 2012 53 1934 Packard Eight Dual Cowl Lot 143, s/n 378984 Condition 3+ Sold at $154,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/11 ACC# 176551 Engine #: Stamped on boss on upper left side of block 1941 Packard Super Eight 180 Lot 135, s/n 14292011 Condition 2 Not sold at $230,000 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/30/11 ACC# 183017 1934 Packard Super Eight Lot 268, s/n 76735 Condition 2Sold at $187,000 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/2/11 ACC# 117400 market. A (Introductory description courtesy


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PROFILE RACE 1964Charger S/FX DODGE ‘The first Funny Car' ILE RACE 1964Charger S/FX DODGE ‘The first Funny Car' cars cars were routinely thrashed. Engines and drivetrains rarely survived, and bodies were twisted and contorted to levels that no engineer could have imagined 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 6142174676 by Dale Novak the world to run exhibitions at tracks near Dodge's new car dealerships, so the cars could be displayed to the public before running on weekends. The National Hot Rod Association created a special class for them, known as S/FX, for Supercharged Factory Experimental. Three stock 1964 Dodge 330 Max Wedge T lightweight sedans were shipped from Detroit to Dragmaster in Carlsbad, CA, for race preparation. Dragmaster prepared three 480-ci stroker Max Wedge engines that basically duplicated their 1962 Winternationals-winning Top Gas efforts. Next, the Dodges traveled to Dean Jeffries' shop in Los Angeles for rolled aluminum pans front and rear, radiused rear wheel openings, and paint. Jim Johnson was the first driver hired, followed by Jimmy Nix. Almost immediately, Nix smashed the 10-second barrier and Johnson topped 130-plus mph. The March 1964 debut of the S/FX Chargers is widely recognized as the birth of the Funny Car — a term not generally heard until 1965, and a class not formally christened by the NHRA until 1967. The Chargers became a huge draw, and track operators nationwide literally begged for appearances — the he story of this historic car starts in late 1963, when Don Beebe of Automotive Productions proposed an unheard-of plan to Chrysler Corp. His plan involved creating the fastest three 1964 “doorslammers” in PROFILE R ACE 1964Charger S/FX DODGE ‘The first Funny Car' cars were routinely thrashed. Engines and drivetrains rarely survived, and bodies were twiste FILE RACE 1964Charger S/FX DODGE ‘The first Funny Car' cars were routinely thrashed. Engines and drivetrains rarely survived, and bodies were twisted and contorted to levels that no engineer could have imagined 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 6142174676 by Dale Novak the world to run exhibitions at tracks near Dodge's new car dealerships, so the cars could be displayed to the public before running on weekends. The National Hot Rod Association created a special class for them, known as S/FX, for Supercharged Factory Experimental. Three stock 1964 Dodge 330 Max Wedge T lightweight sedans were shipped from Detroit to Dragmaster in Carlsbad, CA, for race preparation. Dragmaster prepared three 480-ci stroker Max Wedge engines that basically duplicated their 1962 Winternationals-winning Top Gas efforts. Next, the Dodges traveled to Dean Jeffries' shop in Los Angeles for rolled aluminum pans front and rear, radiused rear wheel openings, and paint. Jim Johnson was the first driver hired, followed by Jimmy Nix. Almost immediately, Nix smashed the 10-second barrier and Johnson topped 130-plus mph. The March 1964 debut of the S/FX Chargers is widely recognized as the birth of the Funny Car — a term not generally heard until 1965, and a class not formally christened by the NHRA until 1967. The Chargers became a huge draw, and track opera- tors nationwide literally begged for appearances — the he story of this historic car starts in late 1963, when Don Beebe of Automotive Productions proposed an unheard-of plan to Chrysler Corp. His plan involved creating the fastest three 1964 “doorslammers” in But But the cost of running the operation started adding up, and a new challenge arose: Jack Chrisman's nitroburning Mercury Comet was blazingly fast, and he had a mandate from Ford to beat the Chargers to 150 mph. Nix was fired up by the challenge and wanted to put nitro in his car too — and move the motor back in the chassis. He began cutting up his Charger as the first step, but Dodge found out about the plans and asked that he bring the car to them. He didn't see it again for more than 20 years. One car (the spare) was crushed in a highway ac- cident. Dodge sold the other two cars to Don Mattison and Bud Coons, who owned the Chicago “Guzler” Fuel Dragster team. One car was fitted with the 392 Fuel engine out of their dragster in 1965, but was then destroyed in a crash. In 1980, collector Tom Jones found a '64 Dodge 330 sedan in Wisconsin — a car he suspected was some type of former factory race car. Soon after his purchase, Jones realized that it was the car that Jimmy Nix began cutting in 1964 before Chrysler nixed his plans. Jones sold the car as a project to C.K. Spurlock, who spent seven years restoring it. He then sold it to Frank Spittle, who completed the job. It's rare that a race car survives, rarer that it survives basically intact, and even rarer that it can be 100% verified as the original vehicle that left the factory. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 28, sold for $302,500, including buyer's preCourtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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mium, at Worldwide Auctioneers' sale in Auburn, IN, on Saturday, September 3, 2011. There are three submarkets for vintage race cars: those that resemble the actual car that was campaigned, a backup car that never saw track time, and re the real-deal campaigned cars. ay be subtle in some regards, as the n be so accurately built that even past embers might be unable to tell the ally 30 or 40 years later. Although nces can be subtle, the values, withe not. is type of racing history spend eeking out truly extraordinary ve miraculously survived in a mostly g cars, in particular, were routinely s and drivetrains rarely survived, wisted and contorted to levels that ould have imagined. s ended up in the hands of lesser d drivers, and most eventually fell into s of weekend gearheads. Cars were d and parts were stripped, stolen, d and cannibalized. Case in point: Of e original S/FX Chargers, one met se on the track and the other was d by a highway overpass. Needless nother 1964 Supercharged S/FX ws up at auction labeled as the real re. A 100% guarantee e S/FX Charger, Frank Spittle, had r many years and also completed o high standards. During his tenure, uch information on the car as he sations and investigations included m Johnson, one of the two original drivers, who further confirmed the authenticity of the car and then autographed the dash with his seal of approval. This, along with a tank full of documentation, prompted Spittle to offer a 100% guarantee that this was, in fact, the only known surviving 1964 S/FX Charger extant. Our subject car has been treated to a world-class restoration that focused on locating as many of the original parts as possible. If the actual parts were not available, close or exact period-correct parts were sourced to complete the car. Even items such as the paint, interior and parachute were replicated to exacting standards using photographic research — as well as interviews with the actual craftsmen who originally modified the car. The restoration has been reported to have exceeded hundreds of thousands of dollars and was the accumulation of over 30 years of effort by three very determined individuals, none of whom appear to have been motivated by financial gain, but rather a passion for preserving a portion of significant automotive racing history. By this standard, you will always end up with a world-class result. A fast-moving market The desire for well-heeled collectors to acquire vintage racing machines with airtight documentation is very strong. Scouring through the ACC database, we see multiple examples of first-tier former drag cars — again, those cars that are primarily intact with bulletproof documentation and a rock-solid history — bringing some very high prices. The cornerstones of collecting call for five distinct attributes: style, performance, rarity, historical significance and competition history (restoration quality qualifies as well, when applicable). While this car was never “officially” raced — it was primarily used for exhibition races and dealer promotion — it did define a moment that changed the course of drag racing history by ushering in a new era of performance and racing innovation. As it is the first “Funny Car,” our subject car is important in the history of drag racing. It is the sole survivor of only three made, so it can't be any rarer. The car's performance is also stellar. The restoration is top-notch. So, in everything other than styling, which arguably is the weakest attribute, the car slam-dunks the requirements for an elite collector car. The buy-this-car bell rings loud and clear here. Can this price be considered a deal? Based on the few similar comparables located in the ACC database, these types of cars typically trade north or south of $300,000 — some way north and some way south. Since no two race cars are alike, each car is judged on a different set of criteria, and at the end of the day, it all comes down to how seriously at least two collectors want the car. Considering this one's rarity, documentation, history and condition, I'd say the price paid was a fair deal for both buyer and seller alike. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) January-February 2012 55 ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Year produced: 1964 Number produced: 3 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $275k–$325k Tune-up cost: $200–$500 (Supercharged) Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: On plate attached to left front door hinge pillar Engine #: Engine pad located next to the distributor Club: Mopar Muscle Clubs of America More: www.nmcadigital.com Alternatives: 1963 Plymouth Savoy “Jayhawker” A/FX, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Thunderbolt ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Plymouth Savoy “Jayhawker” A/FX Lot S704, s/n N/A Condition 2 Not sold at $190,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/08 ACC# 48595 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Lot S123, s/n 124377N221407 Condition 3 Sold at $336,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 10/5/07 ACC# 47045 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Thunderbolt Lot 1334.1, s/n 4F41K230520 Condition 1 Sold at $270,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/06 ACC# 40314


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1964K20 Pickup CHEVROLET Pickup CHEVROLET Low-mile Low-mile heavy-duty trucks are not as rare as you'd think. Most of the low-mile trucks similar to this come generally in one color — fire-engine red. 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 4K254T107616 by B. Mitchell Carlson features to the emerging everyday truck driving community. In the 1960s, a pickup was still a utility vehicle. T Trucks were sparse and used hard. Perhaps the ones that had the toughest life of all were four-wheel drive models. Four-wheel drive was an unusual option for a pickup in the 1960s. Prior to this period, manufacturers and customers looked to independent companies like Marmon-Herrington to convert trucks to fourwheel drive. Unfortunately, many of the trucks that received this option were bought for plowing duty. At that time, most of the areas that had enough snow to warrant plows used plenty of salt to melt the ice on the roads. The salt was merciless to vehicles, and many would develop gaping holes after just a year or two. Most of these trucks have long since rotted away. This truck is a true survivor of a rare breed. This K20 four-wheel drive was set up as a plow truck from new. Luckily for the truck, it did not even complete one full season of plowing before it was mothballed. The truck has fewer than 6,000 miles and is in remarkable condition. The interior upholstery is wrapped oday we have endless choices among pickup trucks, and the luxurious options give away nothing to their car counterparts. This is a recent development. The Silverados and Lariats of the 1980s ushered in luxury in protective plastic from new. The body is totally rust-free and has good paintwork. Opening the hood reveals an untouched engine compartment. The specification is typical of a four-wheel drive of the era. A low-geared, 4-speed manual is fitted behind a 230-ci six — putting the truck in first evokes the feeling that a wall could be climbed or driven right through with the power at hand. This is a rare chance indeed to acquire such an unused or altered pickup from this era. The original plow frame and blade are included. ACC Analysis This truck sold at no reserve for $15,210, including buyer's pre- mium, at Bonhams' Fairfield County Concours auction on September 17–18, 2011, in Westport, CT. General Motors introduced a new truck design for the 1960s. Originally, the 1960 model year Chevrolets carried on with their nomenclature, which started in 1958 using Native American names — with the lightduty trucks called Apaches. However, due to displeasure expressed by Native Americans, Chevrolet instituted a new naming convention in 1961, which is basically still in use today. Two-wheel drives were called the C-series, while fourwheel-drive models — as Chevy started building their own 4x4 models in 1957 — were the K-series. The half-ton models had a 10 suffix, three-quarter tons had a 20 suffix, one-tons used 30, and so forth up into the heavy-duty 90 models. As such, the ever


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up became a C10, available r a Custom trim package. , our featured truck is not y a K20. This is also verified er in the VIN. In this case, n as follows: “4” for 1964 our-wheel drive, “254” for etside (wide box) pickup g built at the Tarrytown, NY, nally, the 7,616th unit built e unit sequence number startame a C10, available r a Custom trim package. , our featured truck is not y a K20. This is also verified er in the VIN. In this case, n as follows: “4” for 1964 our-wheel drive, “254” for etside (wide box) pickup g built at the Tarrytown, NY, nally, the 7,616th unit built e unit sequence number start- uctionuction of a new, simplering hood, and in 1964, the b greenhouse and doors re redone to eliminate the ap-around windshield (as t styling trend had been yed out by then) and subsequent og-leg” in the door and door me. This was over and above e usual annual shuffling of grilles d badges. The changes gave the cks a less aggressive and more ylish appearance — which connued until the next generation of M trucks for 1967. eething pains in the 1960s p became a C10, available r a Custom trim package. , our featured truck is not y a K20. This is also verified er in the VIN. In this case, n as follows: “4” for 1964 our-wheel drive, “254” for etside (wide box) pickup g built at the Tarrytown, NY, nally, the 7,616th unit built e unit sequence number start- uction of a new, simpler- ing hood, and in 1964, the b greenhouse and doors re redone to eliminate the ap-around windshield (as t styling trend had been yed out by then) and subsequent og-leg” in the door and door me. This was over and above e usual annual shuffling of grilles d badges. The changes gave the cks a less aggressive and more ylish appearance — which con- nued until the next generation of M trucks for 1967. eething pains in the 1960s d d been making their own 4x4 ore then, they were available d conversion kit by NAPCO), re just starting to gain market o of four-wheel-drive versus ups was extremely slim. Even after the major manufacturers all started making their own standardized 4x4s on their assembly lines, a fourwheel-drive truck was still an expensive proposition. Besides, most period buyers were of the mindset that “with four-wheel-drive, you'll only get stuck worse.” More often than not, buyers were commercial rather than private. Using 4x4s for snowplow duty was one thing that was easily accepted, with the manufacturers frequently at least showing examples ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years produced: 1960–1966 Number produced: 483,853 (all 1964) Original list price: $2,885 Current ACC Valuation: $5,000–$20,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Spot-welded plate on the driver's side A-pillar of these trucks with a plow up front — if not offering a dedicated snowplow prep package. The more famous of these were Dodge's Sno-Commander and International's Sno-Star packages, offered in conjunction with plow manufacturers as a complete package, ready to bust through snowdrifts right off the showroom floor. Now a trailer queen? While low-mile, heavy-duty trucks from the 1960s are hardly falling out of the trees, they are not quite as rare as this one was promoted to be. The thing is, most of the low-mile trucks similar to this come generally in one color — fire-engine red. One-ton and smaller four-wheel-drive trucks were — and are still — popular rigs for brush-fire use. Units from the 1960s are now being retired from service — although a respectable number are still in primary or stand-by use. Granted, one of these may have a pump or other service equipment built into it, but for every guy who wants a pure, clean, unmolested original low-mile 4x4, there's another who wants a fire truck that actually fits in his suburban garage next to his wife's Honda. The selling price for our featured truck generally falls into the range of what a retired brush rig with similar miles would bring — if not on the high end. Although this was built to be a heavy-duty work truck, to use it like that today would destroy its value. With a well-cared-for higher-mile or driver-grade restored example, you wouldn't think twice about running over to the Home Depot for a load of bagged peat moss. But with our featured truck, every mile put on it will slowly ratchet down its value, so you'll probably just grab the keys for the RAV4 instead and make two runs. Weighting all those factors in, this truck was both well bought and sold at a market price —even if it is destined to an existence of going to shows on a trailer behind a modern four-wheel-drive pickup.A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1956 Chevrolet 3600 Custom Lot S37, S/N V3E560005501 Condition 2Sold at $20,935 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/11/2011 ACC# 176132 Club: American Truck Historical Society P.O. Box 901611 Kansas City, MO 64190-1611 Engine #: Passenger's side of the block near the distributor (I6), passenger's side of the block on the front edge of the cylinder head deck (V8) Website: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1960–1966 GMC K2500 ¾-ton 4x4 pickup 1960–1966 Ford F-250 ¾-ton 4x4 pickup 1957–1971 Dodge D-300 Power Wagon 1-ton 4x4 pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1959 Chevrolet Apache Lot 374.3, S/N 3A59J118797 Condition 2+ Sold at $36,300 Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA, 6/25/2011 ACC# 182227 1959 Chevrolet 3100 fleetside NAPCO Lot TH243, S/N 3A59J105986 Condition 1Sold at $48,200 Russo and Steele, Monterey CA, 8/12/2010 ACC# 165834 January-February 2012 57


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MARKET OVERVIEW Made in America U.S.-BORN CARS DRAW BIG MONEY AND INTEREST TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1932 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster, $880,000—WWA, p. 85 2. 1964 Ford Fairlane, $700,000—B-J, p. 70 3. 1930 Cadillac 452A V16, $363,000—WWA, p. 85 4. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $307,400— Mec, p. 82 5. 1964 Dodge 330 S/FX Charger, $302,500— WWA, p. 105 6. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $286,000— WWA, p. 103 7. 2009 Mosler Raptor GTR, $264,000— Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, p. 72 8. 1939 GM Futurliner, $247,500—WWA, p. 85 9. 1911 Stanley Model 72, $231,000—WWA, p. 84 10. 1938 Lincoln Model K, $214,500—WWA, p. 96 BEST BUYS by Tony Piff continuing to break the $200k mark, to a 1911 Stanley Steamer sold for $231k, to a 1932 Duesenberg Model J sold for a whopping $880k, the collector market is obviously still vibrant and healthy, with nostalgic attention being paid to every era of American motoring — not to mention modern supercars like Vectors and Moslers selling for $106k and $264k, respectively. That said, performance figures L ook up and down the list of most expensive American cars recently sold, and the sheer variety is just crazy. From 1960s Detroit muscle on the whole weren't through the roof during the late summer auction season, compared with last year. They weren't through the basement either. Just relatively steady, with the best cars earning the best prices, offset by an increased number of driver-grade cars overall. For the inaugural issue of American Car Collector, we took an in-depth look at two of the season's heaviest hitters: n n n Barrett-Jackson's annual Vegas sale was its usual over-the-top self, all party atmosphere and rock 'n' roll. Barrett began offering the option of a reserve on select cars recently, and this sale's 99% sell-through rate would seem to suggest that the system is working. Total sales increased over last year, although average price-per-car was down. One notable anomalous sale was the 1964 Ford Fairlane offered for charity that brought an absolutely out-of-the-box $700k. n n n Mecum held their annual St. Charles, IL, sale, 1. 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2-dr hard top, $171,720—Mec, p. 80 2. 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442 2-dr hard top, $31,050—CMA, p. 92 3. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible, $71,500—B-J, p. 64 4. 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $27,000—Sil, p. 90 5. 1950 Mercury Eight custom coupe, $44,000— B-J, p. 68 58 AmericanCarCollector.com where muscle was king as usual, with the top sales honors going to a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold for $307k, and a 1968 Pontiac GTO “Royal Bobcat” racer, sold for $240k. Here, too, average price-per-car was down from 2010, meaning Heartland bidders scored some excellent deals. n n n In our market report roundup, we culled high- lights from seven other significant late summer auctions around the globe. American collectibles performed very well in Auburn, IN, where Auctions America by RM and Worldwide Auctioneers held their annual Labor Day sales. Nine out of the 13 top sales of this issue happened at Worldwide, with pre-war heavy iron taking center stage, including that $880k Duesey. AA by RM supplied the weekend's muscle, with high-sale honors going to a 1966 Shelby GT350 H, sold for $127k. A charitable price: Barrett-Jackson's $700,000 1964 Ford Fairlane. n n n Bonhams held a sale in Westport, CT, and another across the pond in Beaulieu, U.K. Between the two sales, very early American automobiles occupied three of the top four slots: an 1899 Locomobile Style 2 Stanhope sold for $49k in Connecticut; at Beaulieu, a 1908 Pontiac 12-hp sold for $42k, and a 1912 Ford Model T Pie Van brought $27k. n n n Classic Motorcar Auctions' Canton sale man- aged to double the number of cars sold over last year and doubled their sales total as well. Post-war American classics were the top performers, such as a 1954 Cadillac Eldorado, sold for $108k, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, sold for $48k and a 1959 DeSoto Adventurer, sold for $30k. Postwar classics dominated Silver Auctions' Carson City sale, too: a 1955 DeSoto Fireflite sold for $61k, and a 1950 Mercury Eight sold for $51k. Three of the top eleven cars were C1 and C2 Corvettes, selling between $37k and $52k. ACC 1-6 scale condition rating 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts n n n We conclude the market reports with Chad Tyson's eBay Motors column. This month, Chad pursued examples of the sedan body style that perhaps best captures the spirit and swagger of American motoring—the elusive four-door pillarless hard top.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV A heckuva birthday party BARRETT-JACKSON ENDS 40TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR IN LAS VEGAS Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics of their auctions in person, you've probably seen the Speed Channel coverage, live from one of four of their annual events. This was Barrett-Jackson's fourth annual I Las Vegas auction, and it was the final stop on the company's 40th anniversary tour. This annual sale is generally promoted as an “event” rather than just an auction, and rightly so. The pre-auction festivities on September 21 included a “cruise-in” at Gaudin Ford, a road rally of auction cars Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011, Las Vegas, NV September 22–24, 2011 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates. Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered: 576/581 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $24,245,585 High sale: 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Custom, sold at $700,000 Buyer's premium: 10%, included in sold prices Barrett-Jackson sales total $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $5m 0 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 2011 2010 2009 2008 f you've followed collector car auctions at all over the past 20 years, chances are you've become very familiar with the powerhouse that is Barrett-Jackson. And even if you haven't been to one 1932 Ford Model B five-window hot rod: a deal at $30,250. down Las Vegas Boulevard, and the opening night party at the Luxor's LAX nightclub with free live entertainment, food and cocktails. Although not as large as the company's Scottsdale sale held each January, this event has grown over the past few years, and among the consignments there was still rarity and diversity enough to impress the record number of attendees. High-sale honors went to Steve Davis' immaculate 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, which set a new world record for a Fairlane at $700,000. Barrett-Jackson always sells cars for charitable causes at their auctions, and there were spaces for several here, with total charitable donations totaling $1.4m. The high seller Fairlane was one of these cars, with proceeds donated to the Armed Forces Foundation. With that in mind, it was no surprise to see it sell for many multiples of what a standard example might bring — the charity car prices are always far above their true market value, which speaks volumes for the generosity of Barrett-Jackson as well as for the collector car family at large. On the flip side, there were also bargain buys for bidders in the right place at the right time. Of the first 30 cars across the block, 60% sold for under $10k each. One of the best deals of the event was the 1950 Mercury lowrider offered as lot 663. It sold for just $44,000, which was well below what the seller likely had in it. I don't think it could be replicated for several multiples of that price. A 1932 Ford Model B five-window hot rod, complete with flat black paint and red rims on whitewalls, earned a cheap $30,250 across the block, while one of the best 1954 Corvette roadsters I'd seen in a while was a good deal at $64,900. There were the usual mega-money sales here as well, including a 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible that made $176,000, a 1957 Chevrolet Pickup with C6 Corvette chassis components that made $148,500, and a 1953 Studebaker Champion “Studester” custom roadster that totaled $115,500. A 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup with a complete restoration sold for a solid $41,800, proving that pickups, when done right, can bring just as much (if not more) money than their car counterparts. At the end of the event, 99% of the lots offered found new homes. Total lots and total sales figures saw a boost over what was achieved last year, moving from 527 sold for $22.9m in 2010 to 576 for $24.2m this year. Not a bad end to Barrett-Jackson's 40th anniversary celebration.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV GM #659.1-1940 LASALLE SERIES 52 convertible. S/N 4329582. Blue/tan/blue leather. Odo: 10,508 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent nut-and-bolt restoration presents as concours-ready. You can pick a few tiny flaws in the paint and chrome, but you really have to work at it. Some storage dust on the frame. Heater hoses missing. Cond: 1. #374-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003177. White/red vinyl. Odo: 26,975 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Said to be matching-numbers with original paint and interior, purchased recently from original owner. Most chrome looks very good, possibly rechromed. Pitting on rear outside bumpers. Interior faded and has some pitted chrome trim. Paint shows some oxidation from age but surprisingly little cracking. Cond: 3. Wonderbar radio, tinted glass, bumper overriders and much more. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,700. This heavily loaded '57 was just starting to show a bit of age (which is exactly how I like to buy my cars). It would have brought at least another $20k a few years back, but today's price represents the current state of the market. SOLD AT $88,000. Thought to be one of 425 convertible coupes built by LaSalle. This example was seen just a month prior at Mecum's Monterey sale on August 21, 2011, where it was bid to $55,000 but did not sell (ACC# 185061). The right bidders were here in Las Vegas today, and it earned a much more respectable price this time around. #379.2-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 5-window pickup. S/N H540009948. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,697 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh, high-level restoration with everything new, including 235-ci 6-cyl of unspecified origin with mild cam, dual exhaust headers and Offenhauser dual carb intake. Excellent paint, trim and interior. Glass chipped on right curved window. No heater. Numerous firewall holes left open. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $64,900. Amazing condition for an unrestored car, yet believable. If all the claims were true, this was one of the most impressive surviving originals I've ever seen. Bought well. #654.2-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC56A104616. Matador Red & Adobe Beige/red & cream vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Immaculate frame-off restoration. Perfect paint, chrome and interior. Has all factory markings. Fitted with new BFG Silvertown radials, including spare in the trunk with correct paint marks and new tire paper sticker. Equipped with power steering and brakes and deluxe bumper guards. Cond: 1. #652.7-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N K857H7501. Black/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 8,818 miles. 347-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Lots of visible paint flaws and some chrome starting to show age, but still shiny overall. Interior presents well except for numerous large cracks in steering wheel. Highly optioned with power steering, brakes and top, fender skirts, Continental kit, spinner hubcaps, whitewalls, heater, deluxe push-button radio and desirable and unusual Tri-Power. Said to be numbersmatching. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. Presented by JD from the TV show “Mindfreak” and offered without reserve. Good eyeball, matching numbers and good options, including Tri-Power all combined for a top-of-the-market price. Well sold. SOLD AT $73,700. An instant concourswinner. No dust, no dirt, just like a '56 Chevy new in the showroom. The huge price reflected the incredible restoration. SOLD AT $41,800. This was a very pretty and very well done '54 Chevy truck. Topdollar, but not unheard of for a top-quality restoration like this. 62 AmericanCarCollector.com #656.1-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57K131921. Larkspur Blue/ivory/blue & ivory vinyl. Odo: 6,449 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older frameoff restoration done to good standard, now showing lots of light paint issues and some chrome scratches. Good interior has a bit of light dirt and some scratches on steering wheel. Highly optioned with a/c, power steering and brakes, electric wipers, #660.2-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 008673102125. Yellow/red leather. Odo: 1,199 miles. 6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Total resto-mod powered by modern modified LS2 and Tremec 5-speed. Paint shiny, right side chrome


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV bumper shows scratches. Missing screws in right-side windshield header. Leather interior, vintage air, power windows, new whitefaced gauges. Custom tubular chassis, Flaming River steering. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,000. This was a nice little resto-mod that should drive like a modern car and will always draw attention. With prices for these now routinely breaking $100k, I'd call this well bought. #692.1-1960 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 01180L176588. Candy Apple Red/tan leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some visible flaws in gleaming paint. Chrome is all new. Dash paint shows dust. Full custom interior with power leather bucket seats, custom console and digital gauges. Built-in custom storage area in bed. Custom raised center hood, no windshield wipers. Cond: 2+. vertible. S/N 20867S112915. Roman Red/red hard top/white soft top/Fawn Beige vinyl. Odo: 71,956 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some chips in paint and scratches on chrome bumpers. Clean interior with cracks on steering wheel. Plexiglass wind wings screwed to door trim. Equipped with both kinds of tops. N.O.M. with correct look. Cond: 2. but still maintained a factory stock look. It looked like good quality work and fetched a good price. Well sold. SOLD AT $55,000. Some better polish and wax would help the paint greatly, but this still looked to be a good driver. The price achieved seemed fair both ways. SOLD AT $34,650. This very interesting resto-mod El Camino is sure to turn heads. The candy paint gave it major eyeball but also let it down just a bit because of minor flaws. Well bought and sold. #341-1961 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. S/N 616W01016. Metallic red/black/red leather. Odo: 3,927 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restored to very high standard. Fresh paint, chrome and leather interior all present as new. Passenger's door lock disconnected. Equipped with optional power brakes, power windows, power seat and Wonderbar radio. Cond: 1. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 70,741 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration with accompanying photo book. Some dust by headlight in otherwise-spotless lacquer paint. Pilkington front glass. Equipped with optional power windows, Wonderbar radio, and knockoff wheels. Looks factory-correct and showroom-new everywhere. Matching-numbers and, according to the VIN, the 54th car off the line in 1963. Cond: 1. #366-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S100054. #48-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr hard top. S/N 116377W195513. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 90,291 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New shiny paint with visible flaws on hood. Chrome and trim look very good. New bench seat interior fitted. N.O.M. 327 V8 engine and Turbo 350 trans, a few modern accessories take it beyond pure stock configuration. Equipped with disc brakes and power steering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. The '66 and '67 Novas are always popular. This was a pretty car and looked to have been well done. No, it wasn't all stock under the hood, but at least it always had a V8 in it. Bought fairly. SOLD AT $71,500. This was the nicest '63 Fuelie I'd seen in a long time. It previously sold at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale auction in January 2008 for $95,700 (ACC# 51965), and I was surprised at the low price when the hammer fell here. Well bought. SOLD AT $80,300. When offered new, the Starfire was the most expensive Olds since the '53 Fiesta. List was $4,647 in 1961 dollars when a Bel Air convertible was $2,995. These are rare cars today, and this one was in exceptional condition, attracting the attention of the right bidders. Well sold. #376-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE con64 AmericanCarCollector.com #85-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124377N232811. Blue/black/black vinyl. Odo: 10,737 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restored to high standard. Shows variable panel gaps and some glass scratching on sides and rear. Powered by a 454 big-block of unspecified origin. Equipped with power steering and power disc brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,200. This was somewhat custom under the skin, #380.1-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S712434. Daytona Yellow/black/black vinyl. Odo: 55,737 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be owned by same family for 43 years, now presented in restored condition. Has a couple of big stone chips on windshield. Some pitting on cast windshield header pieces. New interior shows a couple dents on the console shift pattern plate. Clean engine bay. Good options include power brakes, power steering, tilt/telescoping steering column, AM/FM, tint glass, red stripe tires, Positraction rear axle and a/c. With original window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, owner's manual, order form and pre-delivery sheet. Cond: 2. BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV SOLD AT $33,000. This was a good restoration of a no-stories car that was clearly always cherished. It had good documentation, showed well and sold right. #686.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 replica convertible. S/N 13670L159217. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,635 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Deep shiny red paint on this LS6 re-creation. Some repair detected at base of windshield in front of dashpad. New interior. Equipped with power windows, power steering and power brakes. Detailed engine bay looks factory-original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Previously sold for $44,000 at Barrett-Jackson's 2010 Palm Beach, FL, sale (ACC# 160156). It still looked factory-new, with just a light patina on the leather seats. Everyone liked this Corvette, and the spirited bidding showed it. Well sold. SOLD AT $81,400. This appeared to have been born as an SS 396, so the LS6 wasn't too much of a stretch. The honest description didn't hurt the final price. Well sold. #348.2-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 228870N13287. Polar White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 8,201 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration completed in 2009 shows numerous paint preparation flaws throughout, with poor masking and overspray, especially around windshield trim. Lots of flaws visible on vinyl hood stickers. Hood sits high in front. Wide doorto-fender gaps. New seats and carpets. Leather steering wheel worn in places. Scratches on rear glass. Nicely detailed Ram Air III engine. Equipped with modern a/c. PHS documentation included. Cond: 2-. #104-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. S/N CCE142A12214. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 47,798 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint and chrome. Dull grille trim, dull bed rails, thick, painted-over bed. Good bucket seat interior. Equipped with factory a/c, power steering and power brakes. Build sheet included. Cond: 2-. Windshield-surround looks totally rust free. Interior excellent. Faux wood vinyl trim peeling off console. Engine clean and detailed. Equipped with optional leather seats, tilt/ telescopic steering column, teak wheel and power steering and windows. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,700. Bloomington Gold Benchmark and Survivor and multiple NCRS Top Flights suggest a high level of originality that was hard to fathom on this 40-year-old Corvette in this fine condition. The car sold at Russo and Steele's August 2011 Monterey sale just a few months ago for $39,600 (ACC# 183944), making this price look just fine. If someone was going for a quick flip, fees and transportation expenses eliminated any profit. #332.1-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S60158994. White/white/white leather. Odo: 5,577 miles. 500-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Extremely low miles claimed actual since new. Newer paint has some fisheyes and scratches showing. Some scratching and some light pitting on chrome. Interior looks new, other than a bit of dirt. Driving dirt on engine and rust on air cleaner lid. Equipped with both power seats, tilt/telescopic steering wheel, fuel injection and parade boot. Reportedly ordered new in Amarillo, Texas. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,350. Not listed in the catalog, but it did not matter: this price was giant money for this truck. Values for these late ‘60s/early ‘70s Chevy pickups have been moving up rapidly, and this one leads the pack, thanks to good options and condition. SOLD AT $36,300. The details weakened it quite a bit, but this was not a bad car at a glance. The PHS documents helped quite a bit, and the car managed to sell rather well. #371.1-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S120424. Mille Miglia Red/white/red leather. Odo: 60,494 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very shiny paint just starting to show cracks at hood and headlight door corners. 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #372.1-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L2S522651. Steel Cities Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 16,799 miles. 350-ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to have completely original paint, interior and driveline, with miles actual since new. Awards include Bloomington Gold Survivor, Bloomington Gold Benchmark and NCRS Chapter Top Flight in 1991 and Regional Top Flight in 1993. Paint shows lots of light checking. Front bumper and grille look like new, rear shows usual light micro-pitting. Seats and even weatherstripping look like new. Distributor cover chrome also appears flawless. Original paperwork included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. These behemoths had a 500-ci engine and only 190 hp, and there are actually quite a few that were preserved in this condition. This one showed what seemed like lots of engine dust and dirt for just 5,577 miles, but the wear on the rest of the car looked correct. Market-priced. #658.1-1976 CADILLAC SEVILLE 4-dr sedan. S/N 6S69R6Q456183. Silver/burgundy vinyl/red leather. Odo: 61,559 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint and chrome show scratches and age,


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV but nothing too serious. Rust on radiator trim. Leather seat developing some patina, and driver's door panel has pulled very loose. Engine not restored. Car-wash clean. Reportedly purchased and driven by Elvis Presley, then given to his dentist as a gift. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. This was said to be Elvis's last Cadillac with documentation to prove it, including a photograph of him driving it through the Graceland gates. Not flashy or particularly pretty, but the price paid reflects The King's ongoing legacy. FOMOCO #345.1-1915 FORD MODEL T custom woodie wagon. S/N AZZ99547. Black & oak/black vinyl. Odo: 2,906 miles. Oddball restoration with many custom touches. Lots of new woodwork and shiny mid-level black paint. Brass plating wearing off Klaxon horn. New wood dash and gauges with JVC CD player installed. Fitted with dual overhead-cam 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and disc brakes on old wire wheels. Cond: 2. small block and 6-speed transmission. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $55,000. This was all expertly done with no sign of a cut corner, and it showed just enough miles that any new-build glitches should be sorted out. Buyer should be happy. #40.2-1932 FORD MODEL B 5-window coupe. S/N 43221179. Flat black/gray cloth. Odo: 2 miles. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Old-school-styled ‘32 five-window hot rod. Flat-black, all-steel body. Chrome windshield trim separating at corner. Straight axle in front, disc brakes. Modern smallblock Chevy Vortec done up to look like a 1950s Olds engine, electric radiator fan and Tri-Power carburetion with painted headers that show some heat discoloration. Cond: 2. well sold, but the buyer got a heck of a nice car. Nice flames, great chrome and modern running gear. 50SL61357M. Yellow-to-maroon chameleon/white leather. Odo: 141 miles. 388-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Old-school full custom with chromed twin spotlights and lake pipes. Beautiful color-shift paint goes from bright gold to deep metallic maroon. Split front bumper and frenched dual antennas. Custom headlights and ‘57 Packard taillight lenses blended into rear fenders. Shaved door handles, chopped top, fender skirts. Chromed wire wheels shod with wide whites. Full custom button-tufted leather interior with gold plating and painted burl wood accents. Powered by Chevrolet 388-ci with Tri-Power. Cond: 1-. #663-1950 MERCURY EIGHT “Heavens to Mercatroid” coupe. S/N SOLD AT $30,250. This is how hot rodding looked back in the day: a primer black body with a junkyard-sourced Olds or Caddy V8. It wasn't about big dollars then; it was about going as fast as you could on a limited budget. Today the aesthetic lives on in a very different way, with over $100k reportedly spent on the creation of this one. Well bought. SOLD AT $29,700. As seen on the TV show “Pawn Stars.” Some of the work was newer, some was older, some just real old. Expensive for a Model T, and not really collectible, but would make sense as a funky tourist taxi. #655.2-1932 FORD MODEL B 3-window coupe. S/N 18207766. Orange & yellow/tan leather. Odo: 5,703 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2bbl, manual. Excellent flamed paint and chromed dropped straight axle. Disc brakes fitted with large retro finned drum look on front. Tint glass, power windows, leather interior, a/c. Equipped with 400-ci Chevy #649.1-1934 FORD MODEL B 5-window coupe. S/N 18224501. Black/black leather. Odo: 10,594 miles. 454-ci supercharged V8, auto. Steel body with fiberglass fenders and hood. Very nicely done paint, but numerous small flaws detectable, including edge chips, dust and preparation issues. Interior matches exterior with flame-design carpeted door panels and headliner. Fitted with a/c, automatic transmission, and tilt banjo-style steering wheel. Wears chrome steel smoothie wheels with baby moons. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. This had to the be the steal of the auction. Built and shown as “Heavens To Mercatroid” in 1989 and wonderfully restored in 1997 with air suspension and some modern features. The color-shift paint fad came and went very quickly, but no matter. I predict you will see it again, bringing the new owner a tidy profit. #696.1-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH28957. White/black soft top/white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 44,917 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. New paint and top two years ago, said to be largely original otherwise. Paint edge chips visible on hood and trunk. Chrome shows wear on front bumper and scratches on rear. Noticeable wear on side window trims. Several wires hanging loose under center dash. Tinted glass. Includes both soft top and porthole hard top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,900. This car was seen at Mecum Indy in May 2010, where it was a no-sale at $28,000 (ACC# 163777). It brought nearly twice that today, so call it 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $57,200. This older restoration still showed well and had no trouble finding a new home. A true “E code,” equally well bought and sold. BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV #358.2-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V convertible. S/N OY85H413954. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 52,697 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Lots of paint flaws, with chips and scratches everywhere. Front bumper chrome and door handle chrome weak. Fitted with new interior. Actual dirt visible underneath new dashpad. Equipped with optional power disc brakes, power steering, power rear window, heater and defroster, and dual exhaust. Cond: 3. visible in shiny new paint. Some dents in windshield-surround trim. Equipped with power brakes, power steering and tilt wheel. Comes with Marti Report, original selling dealership paperwork and Shelby Automotive order form. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $176,000. Not perfect but close to it, with good documentation. According to the auction catalog, this was one of just 153 1968 GT500 convertibles equipped with 428-ci V8 and 4-speed. Sold at the top of the market. SOLD AT $25,300. A long and low Vegasstyle cruiser that will look great rolling down the Strip at 3 am. It had lots of eyeball and sold fairly for condition. 2 Red/black vinyl. Odo: 66,373 miles. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Built to promote the Sherwin-Williams Planet Color paint line at the 2009 SEMA Show. Outstanding new paint, chrome, and trim. Brand-new build with 522-horse Roush 427 and 5-speed Tremec TKO transmission. Cond: 1. #6400-1964 FORD FAIRLANE 2-dr hard top. S/N 4F43K136821. issues and show age. New brakes, rotors and brake lines installed, along with new carburetor, exhaust and gas tank. Power steering added. VIN tag looks like replacement but reportedly a numbers-matching car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. This Mach 1 inspired confidence with all of the reported recent mechanical work, with many components new or rebuilt. The addition of power steering will help with handling, and the bidders agreed. Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $700,000. A gorgeous car with the best of everything and all proceeds to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. It was donated by Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. An absolute all-time world record for a 1964 Fairlane that will never be broken. #668-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 8T03S179601. Red & white/white/tan. Odo: 53,566 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration to good standard. Some pin holes and preparation flaws #371.2-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1FO2R151027. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 18,780 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh restoration done to a high level with everything looking new. Obsessive attention paid to correctness and detail. Great paint and chrome. Well detailed Ram Air engine with factory markings and Auto-Lite tar top battery. Cond: 1. #359-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9R02R134396. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 66,408 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, shiny paint, chrome mostly new with some light scratches and bubbles on window and antenna trim. Lots of stone chips in windscreen. Hood fits high in rear. Some interior chrome and trim have SOLD AT $33,000. Much less common than a ‘54 Ford or Chevy, especially in this condition. Top money paid due to the quality and correctness of the restoration. #72-1972 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23H2H219046. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 21,593 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wide fender-to-hood and fender-to-door gaps. Original seats show some wear and color mismatch. New carpets. Wear visible on door panels and interior trims. Clean engine compartment said to have “radically built” 340 V8. Equipped with a/c. Cond: 2. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #92-1954 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE convertible. S/N 13238415. Coral/black/coral & ivory vinyl. Odo: 31,716 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Very high quality restoration in authentic style. Shiny paint. Hood trim misfit on left side. Has cracking on front “Plymouth” badge. New interior with correct finishes, restored gauges, some weak interior chrome. Detailed under the hood and inside trunk. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,750. Not stock and not my favorite Road Runner body style, but the right crowd was here. They fully appreciated it for what it was and bid it to a market-correct price. AMERICANA SOLD AT $60,500. Beautiful Boss 351—I couldn't find a flaw. Strong cars bring strong prices, and this car confirmed that once more. 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #340-1947 DIVCO delivery truck. S/N 1501857. Red, brown & rust/tan & brown vinyl. Odo: 47,136 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cosmetically distressed exterior, immaculate new leather interior, gleaming small-block Chevy V8 under the hood. Delamination on all glass and broken rear window. New chromed front bumper. Oldstyle painted signage on side panel reads TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV “R & R Vinyards,” faux grape vines strung around ceiling. Single seat for driver and carpet and bench seats in rear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. With lots of intentional patina, all the original authentic rust fit right in. This eye-catching “wine truck” would make good advertising for any business and the new owner can park it outside without fear of damaging the cosmetics. The crowds loved looking at it, and with the modern drivetrain it should drive well. A number of Divco trucks have crossed the block in the past year, but none changed hands as cheaply as this one. Well bought. #9-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER convertible. S/N VJ310146. Yellow/white/brown vinyl. Odo: 93,242 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Older price-conscious restoration shows age with thin, dull paint and chrome. Newer seat covers. Horribly cracked steering wheel and loose horn ring. No mention of side curtains. Loose windshield trim. Sitting on old 15-inch Sears whitewalls. Cond: 3. chrome pitting. Equipped with 3-speed with overdrive. Interesting trunk opens wide with lifting rear glass (like a modern hatchback) and a flat-folding tailgate (like a pickup) with varnished wood bed slats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. This was a late entry and did not appear in the auction catalog. The metallic paint threw me, but it was said to be correct to the car. A former owner told me it sold two years ago at B-J Scottsdale for $17k. Big money for an oddball Frazer, but could soon prove a good investment. #105.1-1969 AMC AMX fastback. S/N A9M397X304411. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 24,970 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A couple of paint flaws but not many. Shows some trim dents and light pitting. Chips and scratches on rear glass. Passenger's side dash has cracks. Clean engine with stainless radiator and heater hose covers. Equipped with a/c, power steering, power brakes, and “Go Package.” Cond: 2. covered by windshield sealant. Built-in California with Lamborghini Diablo drivetrain. 220 mph speedometer. Number 2 of approximately 14 built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $106,700. After just a handful of cars, production ultimately halted due to Lambo parts supply issues. It's hard to know what level of factory perfection to expect here because of the very limited build. Same with comparative values. Today it was worth $106,700. #675-2009 MOSLER RAPTOR GTR coupe. S/N 1M94136BX9C682029. Orange/black leather. 7.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Prototype built on a 2009 chassis but not completed until 2011. Presents as new inside and out. Gullwing doors and lots of carbon fiber, for a stated gross vehicle weight of 2,350 lbs. Custom LS7 reportedly puts out 1,200 hp. Cond: 1. 7 SOLD AT $264,000. These trade in a very thin market. The company had some racing success, but the usual money issues with this type of venture caused lots of delays and resulted in a very limited production. As this was the prototype, price paid is what it's worth. SOLD AT $9,900. Just an old fun driver from a California owner that holds a magnet solidly everywhere. At this price, a good value and lots of fun for the new owner. #634.1-1951 FRAZER STANDARD Vagabond 4-dr sedan. S/N F515005722. Dark Garden Green metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 38,439 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Newer mid-level metallic green paint. Some body ripples visible along side panels, cracks in taillight lenses. All chrome and trim good. Left rear door inoperable and has spare tire mounted behind it. All-new interior fabric, instruments like new, but some cracks in steering wheel and some interior 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $33,000. This had been driven just lightly since restoration in 2006. It was reportedly a numbers-matching car with original miles and just two owners from new. All the good points added up to an excellent sale price. Sold quite well. #675.1-1997 VECTOR M12 coupe. S/N 1V9MB1220V104800Z. Yellow/black leather. 5.7-L fuel-injected V12, 5-sp. Bodyoff restoration finished in 2008. Paint very good but not flawless. VIN tag partly SOLD AT $132,000. Don Prudhomme's last top fuel dragster was torn down after its last race, thoroughly checked out and put back together and is now ready to race again. Probably won't, though. Fair price? Someone thought it was worth it, and the seller agreed. A #679-2009 US SMOKELESS TOP FUEL racer. S/N 1210146. Blue/black vinyl. MHD. Fuel-injected V8, auto. 3.78 second 1/4 mile best time at 318.54 mph on nitromethane. Huge V8 with dual distributors, blower and injectors. Tiny cockpit and long 299-inch wheelbase. Fats on back and skinnies on front. Dual chutes. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 2. TOP 10


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL Vehicles for every taste VARIETY ADDS SPICE, BUT MUSCLE IS MECUM'S BREAD AND BUTTER Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics during a four-day period. Unseasonably cool weather made a light M jacket necessary, but the bidders needed little warming up during the first hour of the auction, with eight of the first ten lots hammered sold. From there on it was a fine dance all weekend to find that sweet spot where the seller would sell his car and the Mecum Auctions St. Charles Auction, St. Charles, IL September 15–18, 2011 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bob McGlothlen, Jim Landis and Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 522/1,001 Sales rate: 52% Sales total: $12,536,996 High sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $307,400 Buyer's premium: $300 on the first $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Mecum sales total $20m $15m $10m $5m $0 74 AmericanCarCollector.com 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 ecum's annual fall event in St. Charles returned with a bang in September, with a total of more than 1,000 cars crossing the auction block 1969 Ford Mustang 429 — not perfect, but good enough for a high-sale $307,400. buyer would spend his money. There were still a few holdouts who continued to hope for the prices they visualized four or five years ago, but for more and more sellers, the reality of a new market (and new prices) has set in. Pheasant Run Lodge is the same place where the Bloomington Gold Corvette event takes place every June, so the Mecum crew is intimate with the venue. As always, everything ran smooth and fast. The lots were driven in, hammered sold and returned outside to their assigned parking spaces with practiced efficiency. The parking and staging is all paved, so both the cars and the spectators remained clean. The cars offered here were, on average, much better in all respects than your normal Friday night cruise-in variety. Most of what was available here consisted of #2 level restorations — cars that were measurably better than what you'd find out on the road, but not quite show quality. The variety here ran the gamut from early iron to later-model used models, but quite a few of the offerings fell into the American muscle category, which is no surprise, as that's the foundation of Dana Mecum's success story. The older cars here dated all the way back to 1929, and the newest was a 2011 Nickey Camaro. The top seller was a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 that was not perfect but appeared very correct. It found a new spot to roost for $307,400. The next two places belonged to a Yenko Camaro and Chevelle, sold at $188,150 and $171,720, respectively. Some of the better deals available included a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air at $53,000, a 1969 Mercury Cyclone “Cale Yarborough Edition” fastback at $26,500, and a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda two-door hard top that made a market-correct $119,250. Notable no-sales included a 1932 Ford three-window hot rod that was bid to an insufficient $40,000, a 1933 Ford threewindow hot rod in bright yellow that failed to sell at $45,000, and a 1966 Pontiac GTO “Royal Bobcat” replica that returned to its seller at a bid of $50,000. Mecum auctions are massive undertak- ings, with most offering huge numbers of cars, and this event was no exception. A total of 1,001 cars were offered and 522 were sold for a 52% sales rate and a total of $12.5m — respectable, but slightly off from last year's 528 cars sold for $14.1m. But an average price of slightly more than $24,000 per lot was great news for buyers in the market for quality affordable consignments. With such good variety of cars available, it was a smart place to buy at the end of the summer season. A


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL GM #F208-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H53K039777. Red & black/black cloth. Odo: 7,137 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. All-new chrome. Mid-level shiny paint shows preparation flaws. Doors both fit wide. New weatherstripping, oak bed. New interior fitted, with cassette radio. Detailed underhood with original 6-cylinder engine and new wiring. Cond: 2. ern 3-speed automatic transmission. Trailer hitch fitted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Lots of bugs in radiator suggests this was a good driver. It looked stock and was possibly used in some business as an ad/tow vehicle. Final bid seemed like a very fair offer. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. This very attractive truck looked like a well-restored driver or local show rig. The paint was a minor letdown, but that didn't stop me from liking it a lot. The offer seemed fair. #S164-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 556262370. Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 85,837 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presents as flawless from top to bottom. Earned First Place Awards from 2005 Cadillac Nationals, AACA Grand Nationals and Amelia Island, as well as a Class Award at Meadow Brook in 2006. Paint, chrome and interior all immaculate. Cond: 1. #F249-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC55S0946622. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 19,697 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Fresh paint and chrome with light pitting on side window frames. Powered by a 5.7-L LT1 with fuel injection and 4L60 automatic. Equipped with power steering, power disc brakes and vintage air. Custom bucket seat interior. Cond: 1-. #S124-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P857H24652. Kenya Ivory & Tartan Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 34,692 miles. 347-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Frame-off restored. Superb paint, chrome and top. Interior in excellent condition. Equipped with power antenna, power steering, power brakes, power windows and eight-way power leather seats. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $159,000. One of just 630 Bonnevilles built in 1957 (all of which were fuel-injected). This Pontiac icon presented as flawless and sold at the top of the market, right where it belongs. SOLD AT $53,000. The modern running gear and suspension should make this ‘55 resto-mod an excellent road car. Shoebox Chevys seemed to be selling well here today, and this one fetched a respectable price. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. This has to be one of the finest ‘55 Cadillac convertibles on the planet. It was a true show car, as confirmed by pretty much every significant judging event but Pebble Beach. That said, even for perfection, the six-digit high bid should have been plenty. #T206-1955 CHEVROLET 150 sedan delivery. S/N VD55K116550. Sea Mist Green/Straw Brown vinyl. Odo: 51,295 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Wavy sides and top with paint blister on top of car. Scratches in rear glass. New interior, cracks in steering wheel, cassette radio installed with speakers in kick panels and in rear. Chrome alternator, power disc brakes, mod- 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #S158-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57F2294477. Red/white vinyl/red & gray vinyl. Odo: 191 miles. 283ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, shiny paint and all good chrome. Front and rear passenger's windows don't meet when rolled up. Inside convertible top bows show lots of older repairs. Newer interior. Scratches on gauge faces and pitted radio chrome. Solid frame and undercarriage. Cond: 2. #F192-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N F58F238550. Black/black vinyl/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 84,856 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Lots of edge chips on driver's door and wide front fender-tocowl gaps on both sides. Some cracked weatherstripping. Very shiny new paint and chrome. Interior excellent. Power seat and windows, dual antenna, Continenal spare tire. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,420. The 348 with Tri-Power was the most powerful factory engine from GM in 1958, and this had lots of great chrome and massive eye appeal. Sold market-correct. #S31-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S103962. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,159 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint, chrome, top and interior. A bit more waviness than usual in fiberglass. Worn and NOT SOLD AT $58,000. Just out of storage. The minor flaws were what you'd expect from an an older restoration, but it was still holding up well visually. Final bid could not have been far from a sale.


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL missing window fuzzy trim. Shod with whitestripe bias-ply tires. Formerly a fuel-injected car, now carbureted, injection system not included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,120. The fuel injection was gone, and it was unclear whether the engine was original to the car. But overlooking those two things, this was a nice solid-axle Corvette. Initially unsold across the block, it was later listed as sold, so a deal must have been put together after the fact. Fair transaction both ways. #F64-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S117464. Silver/black vinyl/silver leather. Odo: 62,362 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint with good chrome shows micro-pitting on bumpers. New top. Automatic transmission, power brakes, power steering and power windows. Seats yellowing somewhat. Comes with both hard and soft tops and two extra sets of tires, with one set mounted on original alloy wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $74,200. The mileage suggested this car had lived a garage queen's life in recent years, and its condition seemed to confirm that theory. It was hard to find any nits to pick. A very nice Corvette that sold deservingly well. #S65-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 31337L191732. Ermine White/black vinyl. Odo: 74,868 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Quality repaint. Good chrome and trims, though original silver anodized side trim inserts have been replaced with gold-colored ones. Wiper motor covers painted silver. Cracked weatherstripping on side glass. Very good interior with some paint chips on Tachometer housing and console. Clean engine with Delco Tar-Top battery cover. Said to be matching-numbers with mileage “certified” as actual, per catalog description. Cond: 2+. 242176Z127695. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 91 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh replica race car presents as new. New paint and chrome. All lettering is peel-and-stick. With radio- and heater-delete. Sun gauges, Hurst Line-Lock kit. Ram Air 389 with TriPower carburetion, Doug's headers, boxed rear control arms, and cheater slicks on Hurst wheels. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This looked like a faithful replica of the 1966 Royal Pontiac drag car. All the work was done to good standard, and it was detailed like a new car. While I doubt the high bid would have covered the build cost, it probably should have been enough for a clone. SOLD AT $38,690. This base-engine autotranny Corvette came with enough new rubber to last another 20 years, at least. Fair deal all around. The ACC Pocket Price Guide gives a range of $35k–$58k for 1964 327/250 convertibles, so the buyer made a safe purchase. #S81-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867518066. Riverside Red/black vinyl/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Earned NCRS Top Flight in 2007 and still a strong presentation today. Has a few pinholes in paint on headlight doors. Interior shows no signs of use. Equipped with tinted glass, off-road exhaust, both tops and knockoffs. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. This was a very original-looking '64. The gold side trim inserts were distracting, but the Ermine White repaint was said to be how it left the factory. The bid seemed a bit light for the condition and the matching numbers. #S46-1965 BUICK WILDCAT convertible. S/N 464675H944777. Tan/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 77,286 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numerous prep flaws in fresh paint. Good chrome. New top. Clean engine said to be freshly rebuilt. Underhood insulation missing or deteriorating. New bench seat. Equipped with Speed Minder speedometer. 3-inch exhaust extensions fitted. Cond: 2. #F301-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S103199. Goodwood Green/black hard top/white vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 9,656 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Small paint cracks at headlight corners and couple of dooredge chips. Original chrome bumpers starting to show age. Some cracks in window weatherstripping. Carpet pulling loose at console, and driver's door panel trim pulling loose. Equipped with factory telescopic wheel, sidepipes and both tops. Said to be a matching-numbers car. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Most of the issues were minor on this numbers-matching '67, but the bidders just weren't too excited. At this bid, the owner was correct to wait and try another day. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Tan and brown is not the most dynamic color combo, but on this Buick it did not seem inappropriate. The final bid looked correct, considering the details in need of attention, even with a recently rebuilt engine. #S69-1966 PONTIAC GTO “Royal Bobcat” replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #F236-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S108390. Lynndale Blue/black hard top/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 67,746 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New chrome. 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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL seats. Repaired hole in console trim. Some pitting on hand brake chrome handle. Retains original tank sticker and said to have all-original drivetrain. Cond: 2. restored in 1992 and still looked factorynew. The 1969 Z/28 is the Camaro everyone wants, and the top price reflected that here. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Pretty color. Nice Corvette. Fair offer. This was said to be a numbers-matching car that drove “very nice,” and I believe it. Seller may get more next time if he's lucky, maybe. #S102-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko SC coupe. S/N 124379N615667. Fathom Green/black vinyl. Odo: 77,796 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetically superb, with recent mechanical freshening. Door gaps slightly wide. Rear window scratched. Hard seat backs have scratches. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, front and rear spoilers and AM radio. Comes with dealer transfer sheet and Yenko bill of sale. Cond: 1-. 136379B407823. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 30,088 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An unrestored original, with 30k indicated miles said to be actual. Old paint shows bubbles and flaws on hood and several panel-color variations. Dual gate floor shifter. Talbot racing mirror on driver's side. A “double COPO” car, equipped with the code 9562 L72 427/425 big-block and 4-core radiator, as well as code 9737, the “sports car conversion package.” Documentation includes broadcast sheet and Yenko inventory sheets. Cond: 2. #S80-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Yenko 2-dr hard top. S/N #F83-1972 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. S/N CCE142J153715. Blue & white/white & black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 14,560 miles. 350ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice new paint and oak bed. Wiper scratches on windshield. New seat cover and carpet. Equipped with a/c. Undercoated. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,250. Lots had been spent to restore this truck, and it had loads of eyeball appeal. Today it looked like a good buy, considering condition, factory a/c, and the fact that it was bid to $15,500 just a few months back at Mecum's July 2011 Des Moines sale (ACC# 182373). SOLD AT $171,720. This car previously sold at Mecum's St. Charles sale in 2005 for $357,000 (ACC# 39582). It is said to be one of 99 Yenko Chevelles ever built and one of just 22 accounted for today. This time, it sold for less than half the 2005 price but was still third-highest of the day, indicative of market-wide price corrections. Still a very important muscle car and well bought. SOLD AT $188,150. Certified by the COPO Connection in 2005. These cars are a Mecum speciality and always do well. The #2 top seller at this sale, just ahead of lot S80, the Yenko Chevelle. #F238-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N697820. Yellow & black/black vinyl/yellow cloth & vinyl. Odo: 39,628 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Front bumper fits tight at center. Interior door handle trim has worn paint. Said to have every date code and number correct. Scored 927 of 1,000 at Camaro Nationals. Cond: 1-. #T14-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136800L134371. Cream/tan vinyl. Odo: 89,768 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fresh paint, solid rust-free bed. Side panels straight and smooth. A few very minor interior flaws. New seat cover and carpets. Brightly painted and clean engine compartment. Rolls on SS wheels. Cond: 2. #T12-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY3187K5126324. White/red. Odo: 37,365 miles. 350-ci 245hp fuel-injected V8, auto. No paint chips and none of the usual seat bolster wear. Good weatherstrips, clear soft top window is a bit cloudy. Engine clean and tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,865. All signs pointed to the 37,365 indicated miles being actual since new. This was an honest, well-cared-for ‘89, and it made a fair sale for both buyer and seller. #F181.1-2007 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY26E175129736. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 3,776 miles. 505hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Paint shows no signs of age or wear. Excellent fit and finish. SOLD AT $74,200. This amazing car was 80 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,550. This very recently restored car had reportedly been with the same owner since 1988. Bought correct for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay for a comparable Chevelle that can't haul any wood. BEST BUY


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL Interior basically immaculate. Equipped with chrome wheels, memory package, HUD, and Z06 equipment package. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $53,000. This presented as factory-new, with just 3,776 miles miles on the minty odometer. Considering that MSRP for a Z06 coupe was $48,480 four years ago, the seller did very well. #S29-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY36WX95200014. Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 29,792 miles. 430-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Tail panel looks like a slight color mismatch. Underhood light bulb missing. About due for tires. Equipped with optional chrome wheels, magnetic ride and dual power seats. Cond: 1-. Well sold, but buyer presumably knew exactly what he was getting, so no harm done. #S206-1932 FORD MODEL B three-window coupe. S/N 18142863. Maroon/maroon & black vinyl. Odo: 142 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Couple of paint chips on hood edges. Front straightaxle, single leaf, Wilwood disc brakes. 5-speed transmission, Ford 9-inch rear. Torque Thrust wheels and Vintage Air. 5-liter engine of unknown origin. Cond: 1. this car drove like new. The working radio, unusual heater option and good quality workmanship throughout made this a desirable car, but the high bid should have been enough. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This was the cover car for the October 2000 issue of Rod and Custom magazine. Only 142 miles driven, but the weak offer here might mean it's time to start driving it. SOLD AT $39,220. This had obviously been well cared for, but the 30k miles on the odo equates to almost 15,000 miles per year, so it had been well enjoyed, too. These are $41k at the low end, according to the ACC Pocket Price Guide, so buyer paid the right price or got a slight deal. FOMOCO #U63-1928 FORD MODEL A Touring phaeton. S/N A8182970. Blue/. Odo: 20,182 miles. 200-ci I4, 2-bbl, manual. Said to be a 1928 body with 1929 engine. Surface rust everywhere. Cracked windshield. Top fabric and interior fabric long gone. Throw rug over springs on seat to protect driver's delicate parts. Rear-mounted spare torn and flat. Lots of body dents. Best looking part is the 1929 engine, which looks to have had recent work done. Cond: 4-. #F250-1933 FORD MODEL 40 three-window coupe. S/N JS8193397. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 2,899 miles. 468-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Jack Sheppard-built stretched and chopped body on Boyd Coddington frame with all chromed Boyd's independent rear and front suspension. Boyd's wheels, Wilwood discs, 468-ci Jim Miller racing engine. Custom tan leather interior masterfully executed. Cond: 1. #S196-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE Woodie wagon. S/N 899A2248245Z. Tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 51,238 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Chrome trim starting to dull in places. Side-vent glass has deep scratch on right rear and is starting to delaminate. Decent wood and interior. Doors shut solidly. Said to drive very well, with working radio, heater and Columbia rear end. Newer original-style wiring underhood, with light fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,900. This looked like a good restoration that was just starting to show a bit of age. It still inspired confidence and garnered attention from the right people, hammering sold for a market-correct price. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. The best of everything with break-in miles only. It was an outstanding hot rod that seemed to hit a wall at $45k. Perhaps it will do better in the spring. SOLD AT $4,200. From the collection of David V. Uihlein Sr. and sold on a bill of sale. After thirty years in storage, this found a friend with some extra time and money. #S84-1938 FORD DELUXE convertible. S/N 184248677. Dark brown/tan/brown leather. Odo: 78,263 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Some pinholes and thin spots in shiny paint. Trim nicely masked off prior to respray. Good chrome with no pitting. Allnew weatherstripping, new top. Interior redone, but seat leather shows some light cracking from age. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. According to the auction driver, #S118-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mark IV convertible. S/N H9YC404837. White/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 55,754 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Superb paint shows chips and touch-ups on both sides of rear deck by rear power window. Beautiful chrome and lots of it. Some light delamination on vent windows. Some age cracks in rear seats and come color fade on the fronts. Rare FM radio tuner on transmission January-February 2012 81


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL hump. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. A beautiful, strong driver worth more than the offered dollars. I covered this car in 2006 when it sold for $66k as part of the Cappy Collection at RM's Addison, IL, sale (ACC# 43538). The seller was justified in holding onto it today. #S19-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint convertible. S/N 4H12F170442. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 1,386 miles. 260-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rust-free California car, freshly restored to high level. Wears new paint, chrome, interior, top and trims. Some chips in windshield. Engine looks factorynew, including hose markings and correct decals. Cond: 2+. Deluxe Décor interior group, wood trim, three-spoke rim-blow steering wheel, special speedometer, and in-dash clock. Cond: 1. sport deck rear seat and space-saver spare tire. Numbers-matching, includes original build sheet and Marti Report. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. A very appealing restoration in an unusual color, with all the right documentation. Said to be one of nine in this combination of paint and trim. The bid was light but not by much. SOLD AT $307,400. The Boss 429 was a very special Mustang modified by Kar Kraft to accommodate the Boss 429 engine prior to being sold out of FoMoCo showrooms. This car was rare, and it was done right. The top-level price was a testament to the quality. SOLD AT $29,680. You don't typically see ‘64 Falcons restored to such a high level, and the price paid was toward the top of the current market level. I'll call it well bought and well sold. #S30.1-1967 SHELBY COBRA replica roadster. S/N EM427SC1258032199. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 12,677 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Nice color combo, paint shiny and in fair condition. Edge chip on driver's door. Equipped with side exhaust and knockoffs. Autometer gauges on aluminum dash panel. Power rack-and-pinion steering. Cond: 1-. #F178-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE fastback. S/N 9H15M565932. White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 520 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint in Cale Yarborough Edition livery. Most chrome redone, but front bumper starting to peel. Rear trim shows damage. Good seats and carpets. Dashpad pulling away in front, dash chrome showing age. Cond: 2-. #S234.1-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1F02R146027. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 49,801 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Old paint with cracking and checking everywhere. Lots of small dings, dents and edge chips, plenty of glass scratches. Old filler visible on sail panels on both sides. Right rear wheelwell shows rust bubbling. Original chrome starting to show age. Interior smells musty and old. Boss 351 V8 shows storage dust and dirt. Tire sidewalls worn through to white layer. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. This needed everything, but looked quite original and would make a solid basis for a someone in search of an authentic restoration project. I don't know what the seller is hoping to get, but $30k seemed strong to me for this car. SOLD AT $26,500. Cale Yarborough's victory at the 1968 Daytona 500 in a Mercury Cyclone was honored with the release of a commemorative signature-series Cyclone in 1969. As seen here, it featured a Nascarstyle flush-mounted grille and large greenhouse rear window in for NASCAR-style aerodynamics. With just 285 built, this well kept example was well bought. SOLD AT $29,680. The Cobra is the absolute most popular kit car in the world, and this was yet another of many offered at this—and every—auction. It sold right in the range for a replicar, but the buyer got slightly more engine and one more gear than is typical. 4 9F02Z159202. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 7,503 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very high-level restoration of Kar Kraft #1451, well documented. Paint in excellent condition, interior presents as new. Optional #S109-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N Interior OK, but gauge faces dirty and speakers cut into door panels. Equipped with power steering and power front discs, rim blow steering wheel, Lucas fog lamps, 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #S112.1-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 0F02M481090. Silver Jade/black vinyl. Odo: 69,152 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice overall. Front glass shows wiper scratches, rear glass has sanding scratches. Light windshield trim dents. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #F66.1-1966 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N BP29D65127893. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 91,789 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Some paint peeling, some trim missing. Most chrome pitted, and bumpers also have dents. Seat covers good, carpets worn. Missing dashpad. Modified tunnel cover. Springy Thingy antenna. Edelbrock intake and carb. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,000. This looked pretty tired everywhere but will work just fine for those sunny weekend drives to the local show. Well sold, but not too badly bought. #F195-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23J0B304005. Sublime/black vinyl. Odo: 53,656 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Newer high-quality restoration. Clean and detailed throughout. TOP 10


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MECUMAUCTIONS // St. Charles, IL Shows lots of side and rear glass scratches. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,740. With just a little more than 1,000 Challenger T/As built during their limited one-year production run, they are somewhat rare. This one sold at the top of the market and probably worth it for the superb workmanship. #S94-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B402095. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 16,813 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 1998 and still looks pretty fresh. Very good paint and chrome. Shaker hood, interior presents as new overall, except for dirty carpets and some age showing on console. Some very light scratching on side-window trim. Factory build sheet included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $119,250. This looked like a decade-old quality restoration still holding up well, but the muscle car market has come a long way down from its highs of a few years ago. Price paid was market-correct today. A lot of car for the money. #U40-2003 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 convertible. S/N 1B3JR65Z03V501368. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 21,547 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. One owner, lowish miles. Excellent paint, although front bumper looks like it may have been repainted. Glass clear. Top in good condition. Interior very well cared for. No scuffs on alloy rims. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,220. This had seen 21k miles of enjoyment, but had clearly been meticulously cared for, and basically presented as factory-new. Sold very well. A January-February 2012 83


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Action heats up at late-summer sales #48-1911 STANLEY MODEL 72 roadster. S/N 6267. Dark green & yellow/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,984 miles. Said to be the only surviving model 72. Restored in 1990, and shown at Pebble Beach shortly thereafter. Highly presentable paint, with a few light nicks on panel edges and some polishing swirls. Same for brightwork. Light wear and soiling on seats. Under the hood, boiler apparatus shows limited water staining and soot from light use. Fitted with a Prest-O-Lite acetylene lamp system, Jones speedometer and accompanying plate on rear of car boldly declaring to police, “The driver knows his speed. Don't arrest on guesswork.” Cond: 2-. CLASSICS 9 Ready to move from one owner to another. They're our eyes and ears, identifying market trends before they happen. They're the market authorities. They are American car collectors. And this is the Global Roundup. A Auctions covered in this issue: Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IL, 8/1/2011 — Phil Skinner Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IL, 8/1/2011 — B. Mitchell Carlson Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 8/4/2011 — Jack Tockston Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 8/10/2011 — Paul Hardiman Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 8/17/2011 — Kevin Coakley Bonhams, Westport, CT, 8/18/2011 — Donald Osborne Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 8/25/2011 — Paul Duchene “Its grille design still reminds me of a ‘Ford sucking on a lemon,' a periodcorrect phrase well known among marque enthusiasts and best left unrepeated in their presence.” 84 AmericanCarCollector.com cross the continent and across the globe, American cars finished the summer in good form. The strongest, rarest, most collectible cars sold for appropriately strong prices, while many lucky bidders scored good deals on strong, stylish drivers. Our reporters were there at the auctions, with their clipboards, cameras and price guides, inspecting the cars up close and then watching them cross the block. SOLD AT $231,000. Offered at no reserve by order of the Kansas Superior Court. Previously seen at RM Hershey in October 2008, where it sold for $184,250 (ACC# 117593) A member of the Stanley club was brought in to fire up and operate the car—a real treat for us who are fans of outmoded technology. With Brass Era cars continuing to gain momentum in the market, Stanleys have held strong. So, a century after it was built, a quarter of a million dollars doesn't seem out of line. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #234-1931 AUBURN MODEL 8-98 Boattail speedster. S/N 89825629E. Maroon & cream/cream cloth/cream leather. 268-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration. Paint shows numerous scratches and touch-ups. Tires dry-rotting. Fitted with dual side mounts, Woodlight headlights. Engine bay presents well. Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club verification documents included. Cond: 3. 1959 EDSEL CORSAIR, p. 99 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL NOT SOLD AT $275,000. I rated this car a “3” for condition, but I'd give it a “2” for rarity and desirability. With a final offer bang on the $275k estimated high bid, I'm scratching my head on why this deal didn't get done; seemed like fair money considering the needs. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. S/N 2534. Eng. # J356. Green/greenish cloth/green leather. Odo: 61,250 miles. Long wheelbase. Replica Derham Tourster body, believed to have been crafted by Ted Billings. AACA National First Prize winner in 1975. Presentable paint has more than a few light chips. Deteriorating windshield seals. Dulling chrome, with some light pitting on a few pieces. Top has weathered and aged to a difficult-to-discern shade of green, gray, or is it beige? Seats glossy and wrinkled from use. Plenty of fluid leaks and stains on flaking undercarriage paint. Cond: 3+. 1 #435-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J Derham Tourster-style phaeton. J551. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $430,000. A fabulous, well done restoration, now a bit settled, but still stunning. The style doesn't do it for me, but it was well executed. This car was a $280,000 no-sale at RM's 2003 Amelia Island sale (ACC# 30578), then sold at RM's 2004 Phoenix sale for $288,200 (ACC# 32471). It should be worth $450k or so all day long, and I'm sure before long a deal will be struck. Bonhams, Westport, CT, 09/11. GM #449-1908 PONTIAC 12HP High Wheel Runabout. S/N N/A. Eng. # 22. Green/black leather. RHD. Restored to better-than-new, with paint and brass that presents as perfect. Radiator ripple-free. Equipped with Neverout headlamps with electrics by Splitdorf. Looks more like a perfect replica than the real thing. Cond: 1. rim. Dingy engine compartment. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $101,750. Before Glacier Park became a national park in 1910, lodging was developed by the Great Northern Railway at the southern end of the park as a means of creating a captive tourist attraction. Omaha Orange and Pullman Green (which almost looks black) were the colors of GN's diesel-powered locomotives. As a vehicle due for restoration, this could be considered a bit spendy. As a piece of American history, bought well. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. 702551. Black & silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 76,266 miles. Older repaint now aging but still highly presentable. Same goes for the chrome. Tidy older seat reupholstery work, some discoloration visible on seatback. Minimal carpet wear. Recently tidied engine bay and undercarriage. Equipped with steerable Pilot Ray driving lamps, dual sidemounts with strap-on mirrors, trunk on trunk rack and optional golf club compartment. Cond: 2-. 3 #24-1930 CADILLAC 452A V16 rumbleseat convertible. S/N SOLD AT $880,000. I had last seen this car at RM's Phoenix auction in 2010, then selling for $550k (ACC# 156936). If there was any doubt that Duesey prices are on the rise, here was your proof: No longer in its prime and wearing a replica body, yet it's pushing a million bucks. And it was the topselling car of the weekend at either Auburn venue by more than double. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #746-1935 DUESENBERG MODEL J 4-dr sedan. S/N 2144. Eng. # J310. Dark red/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 84,903 miles. 420ci supercharged I8, 3-sp. Excellent panel fit. Superb paint shows a very few small stress cracks. Gleaming chrome. Some dullness on dashboard, bagging on door panels, shrinkage in leather window-surround beading. Very good seats. A well known car in Duesenberg circles, ex-D. Cameron Peck, -Jerry J. Moore, and -Homer Fitterling. Body returned to this chassis after a vacation on SOLD AT $42,206. From the Meldonfoot Collection of automobiles, all of which had the life restored out of them. It fetched just enough to sell, a touch over the $39k low estimate. If it had been Brighton Runeligible, the value would most likely have tripled. Bonhams, Beaulieu,, UK09/11. #7133-1927 CADILLAC 314A Glacier Park tour car. S/N 150116. Eng. # 150116. Omaha Orange & Pullman Green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 58,968 miles. Cadillac did not use frame numbers in 1927—listed serial number is engine number. Modified with extended rear compartment to carry sightseers at Glacier National Park in Montana. Old orange-peeling repaint, with original Glacier Park Transport Company graphics masked off. All brightwork rusty and pitted. Shift lever missing knob, wrapped in tape. Seats tattered. Solid wood on steering wheel SOLD AT $363,000. The reserve was met at the $325k mark, followed by one more bid. Not bad at all for the seller, as it was bought at Worldwide's 2010 Houston sale for $302,500 (ACC# 162659). It earned high-sale honors at the Main Event, good enough for second place for the weekend, behind lot 435, the surprise $880k Duesenberg. I, for one, am glad to see big iron classics leading auctions once again. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #37-1939 GM FUTURLINER coach. S/N ADF859017. Red, white & stainless/green vinyl. MHD. Odo: 25,374 miles. Unit three of twelve Futurliners built, this one set up to display jet engine technology. Claimed to be the best unrestored example, retaining some display materials onboard. Auction company was unable to verify chassis number. Body poorly touched up and patched over the years. Stock steel wheels shod with eight new tires made for the NATMUS Futurliner project. Driver's compartment upholstery heavily worn, dirty, and sunburned. Top hatch and side glass sealed with green packaging tape. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $247,500. Last seen up the road at Auctions America by RM's 8 January-February 2012 85 TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP canvas/blue leather. Odo: 37,917 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original car with quite a good repaint. Panel fit good, glass good, chrome a little weathered but very straight and usable. Very old top faded but sound. Black leather front seat cushion cracked, but rest are blue and much better and may be original. Equipped with radio, power steering, power windows and fog lights. Scruffy under the hood but probably runs like a clock. On ancient whitewall tires. Mileage could be correct. Cond: 3-. 2011 Auburn Spring sale, where it was bid to $340,000 and not sold (ACC# 179442). Seller accepted a lot less this time, meaning he must have needed to get rid of it. I certainly hope that the new owner isn't going to try to restore it and have lightning strike twice, like unit number eleven, which sold for $4,320,000 at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 (ACC# 40076). Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #14-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr convertible. S/N 8354447. Monica Blue/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 71,461 miles. Circa 1998 restoration. A CCCA Senior awardwinner at that time, and not far off today. Metallics in paint seem blotchy on some panels. Door and window seals starting to come loose in places. Chrome could stand a good buffing. Seats and carpet show moderate wear. Aftermarket light switch beneath dashboard, which is in excellent condition for being original. Recently cleaned up, but engine bay and undercarriage no longer concours-quality. Runs out quite well. Cond: 2-. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #448-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E543004422. White/tan canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 59,875 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Decent example, finished in white with red vinyl interior and a tan canvas top. Paint is excellent, body fit typical and interior well installed. Engine compartment scruffy but looks mostly correct. Chrome is fine and the wide whitewall tires are good. Mileage could well be original. One of 3,640 built in 1954. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,200. At least one person saw through this nice old car and bid it to where it deserved. It seemed to be an excellent, sound example that will reward a light touch in freshening it up, without a major restoration in some ghastly bright color. It would be interesting to find some old blue leather to match the front seat cushion with the rest of the interior. Some cars speak to you; this one spoke to me. It wasn't cheap, but I say well bought. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #262-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 546231024. Alpine White/black cloth/red & white leather. Odo: 47,154 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-on professional restoration. Paint nice, panel fit excellent, aside from passenger's door being out a little at bottom panel. All trim said to have been replated and shows very well. New windshield, hard parade boot. Beautiful leather interior, nicely detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,840. The 300 Corvettes built in 1953 regularly sell for six figures, but the ‘54s languish, despite being basically identical. By now, many of these early cars have needs—they've been driven hard and put away wet, or crashed, or just plain worn out. This looked a lot better than some I've seen lately. It's a mid-range car and was bought under the current market value. Well done. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. SOLD AT $84,150. The last time I saw a ‘41 Cadillac 4-dr convertible sedan cross the block, it was at the Pate Museum. Their HydraMatic transmission-equipped example—in need of restoration—sold for nearly half what this one went for, but I'll still call this one the better buy. Leave it as-is and enjoy, since Cadillacs of this era are great road cars, even today. This one deserves a shot at the next CCCA CARavan. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #174-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 506249752. Blue-gray/black 86 AmericanCarCollector.com #4157-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 75 FLEETWOOD Presidential limousine. S/N 557555865. Black/blue leather front & tan cloth rear. Odo: 52,226 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored factory limo. Paint and exterior chrome both rather tired, plastic lenses crazed. Well worn steering wheel and front carpeting, rear compartment still decent. Reportedly part of Eisenhower White House fleet, said to be First Lady Mamie's favorite car. Custom touches include DeVille hard top styling for passenger compartment, with frameless back doors and pillarless roll-down quarter-windows. Equipped with dual a/c, AM radio and clock. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $108,000. As this car has gone zero miles since its appearance here at CMA's 2010 Glenmoor auction, where it was bid to a $95,000 no-sale (ACC# 167749), the seller's decision to hold it for a year was proven correct. Still slightly below the $115k low estimate, but market-correct. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP tunately it could not be verified. That fact, along with the generally run-down condition, kept bidding far from the seller's reported $200k reserve. Even without the DDE connection, the unique restyling done to this car made it a very interesting item, but still not worth more than the bid offered. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #267-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC55L062759. Turqouise & white/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 30,576 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint and trim. Excellent interior. Well detailed engine compartment. Heater-delete. Little to fault here. Cond: 2+. Green & cream/Cascade Green hard top/tan vinyl. Odo: 279 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very well detailed and concours-ready as presented. Restored by third owner to vastly better-than-original build quality, utilizing all original major components. Earned 2009 AACA National first place, NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence awards and two pairs of NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold certifications. Minimal yellowing of door pull knobs and shift knob; interior otherwise like new. Stated to have original powertrain. Optional power windows and radio-delete. Cond: 1. #432-1958 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 588KO2189. Gold/gold & cream leather & vinyl. Odo: 63,499 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Good older restoration of a very sound car. Good paint, panel fit and glass, excellent chrome. Miles of trim complete, with just a few dings. Continental kit adds two feet to car's length. Very nice, correct interior. Clean and correct underhood and includes J2 package with triple 2-bbl carbs. Equipped with power steering, power brakes and push-button radio. Whitewall tires and gold hubcaps. Indicated mileage feels about right. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,060. Fresh out of a frame-off restoration, this very nice car sold for a very reasonable price. Well done, sir. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #112-1955 OLDSMOBILE 88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N 557T3994. White & Salmon/Salmon & gray vinyl. Odo: 56,611 miles. 324-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. California car with excellent paint in ‘50s color. Mileage shown could be actual since new. Very straight, good panel fit. Excellent chrome, trim and glass. Nice interior in correct pattern, push-button radio. Messy underhood with much rattle-can black paint. No power steering, no power brakes. The Holiday 2-dr hard top was a big favorite that year, with 85,767 sold. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,000. This venue tends to pull some strong numbers for C1s, and this car certainly was no exception. Even considering its trail of trophies, this was still very strong money for a 3-speed with the base-level engine. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #176-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 58E01212106. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 98,571 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Car was originally black, now red. Paint quite good, but with a wavy right rear fender that should have been fixed. Top well fitted. Usable chrome and trim all there, windshield cracked. Excellent new interior. Scruffy engine bay, but has correct triple-carb. Mileage seems correct. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows, seats and top. One of 815 Biarritz convertibles built in 1958. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,400. Relatively subtle example of 1958 GM styling, in the neutral metallic paint that was starting to overtake the “Easter Egg” and “Fiestaware” colors of the mid-'50s. I thought this might be cheap for such a nice example of a striking but unloved car, but when I looked it up, the price was right on the money. A good deal for both parties. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #516-1959 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE Custom Safari wagon. S/N 759C1404. Bronze & white/bronze & white vinyl. Odo: 61,298 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and chrome, good panel fit, all trim present. Correct interior has small split on driver's seat. One might almost think it was original, with its sparkly carpet, but the door handles are pitted, and give away the fact that it's an older restoration. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, push-button radio. One of 4,678 Bonneville wagons in 1959. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,680. This appeared to be decent restoration of a very sound original. Salmon seems to be the new red for '50s cars, however, and there were a quite a number at this sale. If the car runs well, no harm done at the sale price; if it needs mechanical work, the buyer may have to wait a while to recoup his expenses. Another car that would benefit from Vintage Air, especially if it stays in Nevada. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #70-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N VE57S100357. Cascade 88 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $51,300. This looked like an older, hasty restoration, maybe back in the early 1990s, when “Resale Red” guaranteed you'd see taillights. The interior was excellent, but with much left to be done, it sold for a fair price, with money on the table. Well bought, now get to work. Too bad about the color change. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. SOLD AT $27,000. 1959 saw major styling changes for the Pontiac body, including a wider stance, divided grille and “double dogleg” windshield. One of the nicest wagons


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP here, this was sound and straight and had obviously been well-maintained. It seemed like another candidate for Vintage Air, in which case it would make a perfect daily driver for a soccer mom with a 25-foot garage. It was almost as nice as the ‘59 wagon I saw sell at Silver's Reno auction in 2007 for a then-expensive $14,850 (ACC# 46893). This one was well bought and sold today. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #5-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S100234. Tuxedo Black & silver/black hard top & black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,995 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Authentically done frame-off restoration. Bloomington Gold-certified and has earned NCRS Top Flight, Performance and two Duntov awards within the last decade. Better-than-stock door fit and panel gaps. Slight muting of replated chrome. Right taillight is out. Tidy and show-ready both under the hood and under the car. Carpeting starting to fade on top of transmission tunnel, shifter knob and door pull knobs are yellowing. Interior otherwise like new. Cond: 1-. below the $90k low estimate, but still a market-correct result; a fair deal both ways. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #517-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corvair Rampside pickup. S/N 1R12435128864. Black & red/red brocade. Odo: 8,420 miles. 144.8-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Over-the-top restoration of quite a rare Corvair pickup, with underfloor engine at rear and lower front bed with side ramp (hence the term “rampside”). Excellent paint and chrome, good panel fit and good glass, hammerite finish on bed. Brocade interior is a bit much. Wears white-letter tires and aftermarket mags. Mileage most likely accumulated since restoration. Cond: 2. underneath of hood is not typical of factory production. On wide whitewall belted tires. One of 7,013 with 4-speed, one of 1,645 in Honduras Maroon. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,800. Seen one year ago at Silver's August 2010 Reno sale, selling for $37,500 (ACC# 166159). This had the feeling of a hasty job thrown together just for the auction. The low mileage suggested that the odometer may have been reset after a restoration. That said, it sold on a lovely sunny day to a buyer who—if he has studied the price guide—knows he has a few thousand in hand to tidy up the obvious details and move it on to a new home. No harm at this price. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. SOLD AT $123,750. The reserve was lifted at $100k, which is pretty much the entry point for a multiple NCRS and Bloomington Gold C1 non-Fuelie. Even with the accolades, this was still a pretty strong sale. Well sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #268-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 0867S103202. Tuxedo Black & silver/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 39,803 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Small blisters on left front fender. Otherwise, nice paint, excellent brightwork, good panel fit. Very nice interior. Presentable engine compartment. New convertible top still has the tag that says “Do not remove under penalty of Law.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,660. Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Jeep all experimented with “forward control” trucks in the early 1960s, but only Chevrolet solved the weight transfer problem, by using the Corvair engine in the rear. The Rampside had the interesting feature of a very low side-loading floor behind the cab, but the truck was discontinued after the 1964 model year. This example seemed well sorted, and in case you think it was ridiculously expensive, one sold for $31,320 at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Scottsdale sale (ACC# 40070). Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #167-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S109667. Honduras Maroon/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 869 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well detailed restoration, although bodywork is unusually smooth, color seems too brown and trunk lid does not fit well. Bumper chrome checked, windshield scored by wipers. Top is decent, interior tidy. Engine compartment appears correct, though Turquoise metallic/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 65,363 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quite straight, decent panel fit, OK chrome. With original-type headlights and good wide-whitewall tires. Decent leather interior. OK but correct under the hood, apart from scattered flat black paint splurges. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows (including vent windows), seats, top and door locks, Autronic Eye, rear skirts. One of 1,825 built in '63, mileage seems correct. Presents well overall, but needs to be detailed. Cond: 3. #471-1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 63E054230. SOLD AT $27,000. This looked like an older restoration of a very good car. Carson City collector Garth Richards owned one of every Eldorado coupe and convertible from 1953 to 1978, but this was one of the nicest for sale, and it was equipped with a/c, making it eminently usable. No downside to this and very well bought. Detailing it should be well worth the effort. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. SOLD AT $81,540. This sold for nine grand 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #127-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 900 coupe. S/N 309Z70113379. Red/cream vinyl. Odo: 71,131 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1bbl, auto. Ex-Bonneville Speedway Museum car from Wendover, Utah, then from the Garth Richards Collection. Beautiful paint, although masking around windows could be better. Excellent chrome, very straight body, good panel fit. Engine compartment is very clean and correct. Near-perfect interior in correct pattern, with radio and tissue dispenser. Wire-wheel hubcaps, excellent tires. Mileage reportedly accurate. Cond: 2. BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP partment with fresh Jasper-rebuilt motor. Equipped with a/c and all the power goodies you'd expect. Cond: 3+. Some rust along rain gutters. Presentable older interior, with noticeable carpet fade and soiling, along with a tear in top of driver's seat. Topical wash-off under the hood, but not recently. All bare metal under the hood is dull and lightly corroded. Equipped with optional sidepipes and power brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,990. Corvairs remain the Rodney Dangerfield of the collector car world. They “don't get no respect.” Initially thought of as a compact family car, the sporty Monza coupe and its turbo siblings galvanized sales, until the arrival of the Mustang in mid-'64 fired off the pony car race. An enormous 117,917 Monza coupes were sold in 1963, almost half of the entire lineup. This was top dollar for this car, even with its history and no-rust location, and it's likely to remain so. Well bought, now just drive it. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #414-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S106631. Riverside Red/red hard top & white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 16,769 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Recent authentic restoration to original factory configuration. Retains original major powertrain components. Fresh repaint over heavily prepped bodywork showing muted character lines. Slight drop to both doors, plus wider gaps at front. Apart from a DeWitt's aluminum radiator, authentically restored under the hood. Fuel injection unit starting to show some staining. Like-new reproduction interior, complete to the still-clear vinyl floor mats. Optional injection, 4-speed, and both tops. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,550. This Caddy had a great look about it, and although it wasn't perfect, it would have made a great high-end driver at the price paid. Well bought. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #2045-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa replica convertible. S/N 105676W145817. Lemonwood Yellow/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,521 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. VIN tag attached with non-original rivets and codes out to a Monza convertible. Aging trim-off repaint starting to craze, door gaps even. Like-new interior was reupholstered in a non-stock vinyl color (as tan was not offered in ‘66). Tidy, mostly stock engine compartment. Loaded with options, including a/c (converted to R134a), telescopic steering column with wood rim wheel, AM/FM, engine compartment lock and engine compartment light. Stock steel wheels fitted with ‘60s bias-ply tires and wire-wheel hubcaps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,900. Lot 2121's evil twin. Seen in June at Mecum's 2011 Bloomington Gold auction, then a no-sale at $38,000 (ACC# 179633). Reality must have set in since then, as this car proves that yes, even plastic-bodied Corvettes can rust out. Sold cheap for several reasons. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #247-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 336176Z100922. Light green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 30,289 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice paint and bright trim. Beautiful interior. Spotlessly well detailed engine compartment with all the stickers and build marks. Equipped with power steering, power brakes and factory a/c, wearing redlines with dog-dish caps. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. Counter to the rule for any other collector car, for 1963 Corvettes, “if the top goes down, the price goes down.” This one, even with the fuel injection and claimed “$150,000 into the restoration,” still sold for a price that confirms the rule. Market-priced. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #233-1965 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N E5208179. Emerald Green/white cloth/green leather. Odo: 5,329 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has some minor scratches and rubs, all brightwork shows well. Interior presents as new. Seat covers look fresh, though no mention of their age. Decent engine com- 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,150. While technically available as an option on all engines except the turbo, in my over a quarter-century of Corvair ownership, I've never seen factoryinstalled a/c on a real Corsa. This replica Corsa sold for $25,300 at Kruse's Hershey sale in 2005 (ACC# 39515), then sold for $27,000 at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Palm West Palm Beach sale (ACC# 41236). With the needed repaint today, price paid was over the top. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #3103-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S100136. Nassau Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,429 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be all original apart from a decades-old repaint, which presents well from ten feet. Nicks, scrapes, cracks, and occasional buffthrough visible upon closer inspection. SOLD AT $31,050. This was said to be a four-year-old frame-off restoration. I wasn't keen on the color, but what a presentation! The buyer got one heck of a deal on this one. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #56-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124378L340271. Pale yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 38,189 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Best Camaro I've seen in ten years. No flaws found despite considerable time spent trying to nit-pick. Paint, panels, chrome, glass, weatherseals all present as perfect. New Redline “White Oval” Firestone tires on body-color wheels, dogdish hubcaps. Immaculate chassis, flawless engine compartment has all correct details, including decals and hose clamps. Looks factory-fresh from top to bottom. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. The owner told me he wants $37,000 for the car, which was purchased new from Hallman Chevrolet in BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP very desirable Honeycomb wheels, power steering, disc brakes at all four corners, a/c and other expected amenities. W-code big block less coveted than the Super-Duty X-code. Cond: 2-. Excellent repaint, very straight, good trim and chrome, good glass. Seat and carpets look great. Aftermarket stereo installed. Equipped with power steering, disc brakes, tilt/telescopic steering column and cruise control. Downsized model finally ditched removable panel over rear footwell on transplanted wagon body, so it won't leak as badly. The best one of these that I have seen. Cond: 3. Reno, Nevada, on September 26, 1968. Perhaps the tent didn't hold a bidder who liked pale yellow for just two grand more, or maybe a 4-speed manual was preferred over the automatic this day. For whatever reason, seller got close to his number, but wouldn't let it go. In the meantime, he still owns a fabulous car. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #221-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379L523898. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 84,437 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older average repaint, newer black vinyl roof. Average chrome and stainless commensurate with age. No rust evident. Doors close hard. Undetailed original-style interior of driver quality. Underhood undetailed, dusty stock-appearing 302-ci engine, yellow spark-plug wires randomly routed, rusty tube headers, WalMart battery. Rally wheels, recent BFG radial T/A tires, no curb rash. Attractive stance and emblems are let down by condition and presentation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,950. This was a decent car that was well bought, but not stolen. These second-gen Trans Ams seem to be holding up better, and examples like this may be worth a second look, especially when they have the right stuff. Had this been an X-code “SD” car, then take this money, double it and add a little more for security. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #409-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM “Bandit” coupe. S/N 2W87Z8L153389. Black/black leather. Odo: 15,881 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Formerly owned by Burt Reynolds, with 2005 California title to prove it. Repainted to high standard. Typical clunky second-gen F-body door fit and feel. Period Cobra 40-channel CB radio mounted between console and the dash, with big whip antenna on trunk lid. Burt's likeness is embroidered on the headrests. Non-stock window tinting, Kmart “Limited Edition” stickers on exterior door handles, CD player. With optional T-tops, snowflake alloys, and a/c, but belt for compressor has been removed. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,210. I've been wondering where prices for these have been going, and the answer is absolutely nowhere. (I've also wondered how much market GM handed to the Toyota pickup when they abandoned the El Camino. I guess I have my answer.) If you're looking for pent-up demand in the El Camino market, don't hold your breath. Maybe the Pontiac in the parking lot was a figment of my imagination. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #736-1991 GMC SYCLONE pickup. S/N 1GDCT14Z1M8802546. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 3,155 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Low miles, in excellent condition overall, shows more age than wear from use. Excellent panel fit, per factory. Very good paint, black side-cladding shows some fading. Interior presents as new. Cond: 5-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. 19,014 cars got the Z/28 option in 1969, and the legacy still stirs the souls of Bowtie fans. Pedigree aside, this example was in used-car condition, and it would take more than a thorough detailing to get it show worthy. But it could provide an excellent start toward a restoration of high standard and value. Final bid was close to what you'd expect to pay for a restored car, so it definitely should have sold. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #4093-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N White/blue cloth. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sharp-looking car with PHS documents. Very good respray and application of screaming eagle on hood. Interior fresh but shows some wear and tear. Tidy under the hood, but not show-car ready. Fitted with 94 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $57,750. Made famous by the film “Smokey and the Bandit.” This was Burt's personal car, apparently, but could not have been used in production of the movie, since it was released a year before this car was built. The celebrity connection about doubled the price today, just as it did the last time this car was at auction: Worldwide's 2009 Houston sale, sold at $51,700 (ACC# 120379). Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #493-1981 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 1GCCW80K1BZ419985. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 56,806 miles. 3.8-L V6, 2-bbl, auto. Last generation of the El Camino (if you don't count the new silver Pontiac Ute I saw in the parking lot). SOLD AT $17,667. Hot rod pickup, GMCstyle. This truck is a perfect example of the conundrum of ultra-low mileage late-model vehicles. What do you do with them? This was sold by Bonhams at the Wally Lewis collection sale in Portland, OR, in June 2011 for $24,750 (ACC# 182769). So the answer to the question here was to lose money-fast. Bonhams, Westport, CT, 09/11. #35-1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY23P3N5113119.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Black/red leather. Odo: 99,046 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Straight panels, good door fit. Numerous chips show as white through black paint, light scratches, dried and cracking weatherseals, sooty exhaust tips, factory alloys with road rash, tires about 50%. Interior has serviceable sports seats with expected deep wear on driver's side bolster, and dried and cracking leather on steering wheel. Stock and undetailed underhood, driver quality overall. Nothing special, just a used ‘Vette in sinister black needing paint and TLC. Cond: 3-. (plus inevitable surpises along the way), the new owner will be about where the Guide places it. Let's call this one correctly bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #244-1999 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1GYY32G2X5100372. Torch Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 94,651 miles. 5.7-L 345-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint, top and seats show expected minor wear, driver's left bolster fine. Clean outside and in, undercarriage shows road use. Missouri inspection sticker on windshield. Stealth radar/laser detector installed, along with aftermarket Kenwood radio, amplifier in clean trunk. New Michelin “Run Flats” on chromed “wagon wheel” factory alloys. Light scratches in original paint from dry dusting, very minor road rash that would buff out. Presents better than mileage shown, looks best with top down. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,930. Torch Red looks great on any C5, but it's also very common. This one presented quite well, indicating good maintenance over the miles, and more proof that C5s hold up. Far from being used up, many go to 200k-plus miles with normal maintenance, and get surprisingly excellent fuel mileage. (My 2002 clocked 30.8 mpg for the 1,450 mile round-trip to and from this auction.) Bid was to “clean trade-in/wholesale” level for the miles, with average retail in the high teens. Seller might have been better off waiting for non-dealer bidders. Well bought. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. SOLD AT $6,696. ACC Price Guide values these between $10,000 and $14,000, but this example had needs, as evidenced by the bidding and final result. After a quality repaint and attention to maintenance details #2183-2002 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Lingenfelter Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY12SX25123562. Black/black & blue leather. Odo: 11,116 miles. 346-ci 600-hp V8, supercharger, 6-sp. Said to be a oneowner car with “body-off restoration by Lingenfelter,” but not stated when it was done—most likely just before it was featured in the December 2005 issue of Performance Auto & Sound magazine. Custom paint, lighting, ground effects, interior trim. Stereo January-February 2012 95


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP fills the rear up to the trunk lid. No Corvette badges on exterior. High quality workmanship overall, with minimal wear. Optional HUD and Memory Package. Cond: 2-. Better than a barn find, and probably great fun around town. Cond: 3-. tours, wheels, bumpers and a garden gatestyle brush guard to protect the waterfall grille. Wood slats added to box sides, black school bus-style turn signals added to front fender tops. Engine bay and chassis are barn fresh. A straight post-war pickup that colorfully draws attention, but offers little else. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. A bold, well executed custom that either suited your taste or offended it. Previously seen at Mecum's St. Paul auction in June 2011, where it was a no-sale at $75,000 (ACC# 182251). I don't see it getting bid that high a second time—seller should've grabbed the money today. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. FOMOCO #454-1912 FORD MODEL T Pie Van C-cab. S/N N/A. Eng. # 106656. Green/black leather. RHD. Immaculate restoration of Brass Era T in rare C-cab body. Orange peel on hood. Excellent E&J brass acetylene lamps, tires have hardly rolled. Will need mechanical recommissioning, due to lack of recent use. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $8,100. The appealing color combo on this one wouldn't appeal to “anycolor-as-long-as-it's-black” purists. It started right up and chugged to the block, garnering enough bids to change hands. Similar running Model Ts sell in the $10k–$14k range, so the winning bid here was a score. Well bought. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #29-1938 LINCOLN MODEL K convertible. S/N K90002. Blue/blue cloth/blue cloth. Odo: 61,772 miles. Custom coachwork on long wheelbase. Circa-1980 restoration very presentable, although the hand-painted pinstriping somewhat uneven from frequent buffing. No perceivable wear to newer seats and Haartz top. Door panels show minor age and use. CCCA National First Place badge on grille. Light paint chipping on bottom edges of both doors and on cowl. Very tidy undercarriage and engine bay, but could use a fluff-and-buff before hitting the concours circuit again. Throatier exhaust note than expected for a Lincoln K-series V12. Cond: 2-. 10 NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The cowboy/skicountry bidders got excited about an old pickup with a slap-dash paint job and unknown mechanical condition, and bidding quickly went to $16k—but the seller wanted more. Seems the last bid should have been more than enough to get the deal done. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #514-1950 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN convertible. S/N 150LP10251. Pale green/black canvas/cream leather. Odo: 65,022 miles. 336-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An older frame-off restoration holding up well. Appears to have started life a rather attractive Dove Gray. Very good paint and panel fit. Good chrome with some buffing swirls on wheelarch caps. Handsome cream leather interior but with some wavy seams. Pushbutton radio and very nice dash. Very clean and correct under the hood. Wide whitewall tires look new. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows and top. One of 536 built in 1950. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,525. One of seven Ts from the Meldonfoot Collection, all of which presented as perfect museum displays—exactly what they were, prior to auction—and all of which sold for approximately similar money. Fair price paid. Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 09/11. #71-1921 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N 5338366. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Tires worn with less than 20% remaining prove it's a runner. Exposed headlight wiring frayed. Two step plates on right running board, one on left rear, with (oddly) none for driver. Interior re-upholstered a while back in black vinyl. Good dash, steering wheel has dings. Clean engine compartment home to 176-ci 20-hp mill with splash oiling. 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $214,500. When this no-saled for $260k at the April 2011 Branson Auction, I suggested it might do better at Monterey (ACC# 177690). Well, instead of sending it to the coast, it came here, and brought even less than before. Someone got a darn good deal. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #38-1946 FORD MODEL 83 1/2-ton pickup. S/N 1GC228678. Burnt orange & black/black velour. Odo: 97,521 Fresh nonfactory paint color. Considerable paint on weatherseals and fender welts, due to weak masking. Gloss black used for hood con- SOLD AT $41,040. Introduced in 1949, the first-gen Cosmopolitan had a relatively short life, with Ford restyling its entire line after 1951. There were accurate fit issues with the slab-sided body, they never sold particularly well and they soon looked dated, especially after the much crisper redesign cleaned up at the 1952 Carrera Panamericana road race. This one was nicely done in such an unusual color it could TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL have been correct (although Dove Gray with gray-and-maroon leather would have been prettier). Price was market-correct, without much upside. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #170-1950 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. S/N 50SL66830M. Pale yellow/white vinyl/black & gray leather. Odo: 7,074 miles. 255-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice older restoration of California car, with excellent paint and chrome and very nice grille. Good panel fit, but top is shrinking. Excellent interior with extra gauges. Equipped with overdrive transmission, whitewall tires and twin spotlights. 3x2 Stromberg carburetors, aluminum Offenhauser heads, accessory oil filter. From the firewall, it was maroon in color at some point, which might explain the black-and-gray interior. Cond: 2. caps. No soft top. Equipped with engine dress-up kit, Town and Country radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,800. Unmatched period elegance and one of the few cars from this period that's still a usable daily driver and easy to repair. This was a very pretty car in a great color with just the history you'd hope to find. The proud owner was on-hand to fill in details and explain that he was just getting too old to drive it much anymore. Excepting hot-rod options, Tri-Five T-Bird prices seem to have settled in this range, but the condition of the cars varies enormously. Irrespective of the price guide, I call this well bought for quality alone. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #3063-1957 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN wagon. S/N D7DX120937. Red & white/white & red vinyl. Odo: 50,303 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Treated to a frameon cosmetic restoration with color-change. Tons of eye appeal. Paint and chrome all look good. Chrome and bright trim all in place, with some signs of straightening and minor dings. Doors open and close better than most. Interior done well with materials close to factory spec. Factory radio, heater and clock still in dash. Original drivetrain still under the hood, which shows only a few minor updates. No promise the miles are from new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. '57 Fords outsold Chevrolets when new, SOLD AT $51,300. “James Dean” coupes are quite rare and most surviving examples have been customized; the convertibles are almost never seen. This seemed like a very well restored car, and, judging by the performance options it carries, is likely wellsorted. The color change seemed a bit of a puzzle, especially since the car was so well finished. Why not redo the firewall too? Nevertheless, it was a minor point and I'd call this car rather well bought. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #228-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH19160. Fiesta Red/Fiesta Red hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 63,207 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Second year of the two-seat T-Bird. Threeyear restoration of original L.A. car by Dallas T-Bird club finished in 1988. In Carson City since then. Very straight, good paint and chrome, excellent interior, good glass, clean underhood. With Continental spare and porthole top, exhaust exits through bumpers. Good tires, wire wheel January-February 2012 97


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP of freshening this wagon will likely return a profit. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. but can't hold a candle to them in the collector market today. A Chevy wagon in this condition would have brought at least twice this price, but the seller was still pleased. Buyer got a sweet deal, and with a little bit #111-1957 MERCURY VOYAGER 8-passenger 4-dr hard top station wagon. S/N 57LA35439M. Cream & gold/cream vinyl. Odo: 3,167 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration wearing well. Very straight, nice panel fit and good glass, good repaint in correct color. Correct interior may be original or a redo which has aged nicely. Padded dash is wrinkled, steering wheel worn. Lots of trim and it's all good, although bumpers are checked and need replating. Correct and very clean under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, radio and spotlight mirror. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,960. Not as sexy as lot 440, the '59 Colony Park wagon in red and white with wood trim, but felt like a better original car that had been sympathetically maintained and restored. Hard to see how you could go wrong at this price. This was the right car and well bought, with just a few details to attend to. Adding Vintage Air would make this a super cruiser. (Hope you've got a gas station rewards card to offset the mileage, however.) Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #4107-1958 EDSEL CITATION convertible. S/N X8WY704899. White & turquoise/white canvas/white & turquoise vinyl. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. As Edsels go, a top-shelf car all around. Professional restoration, everything working as it was designed to (which was a rarity in reality). Appealing color combo. Everything in place from clear taillights to dazzling hood ornament. Loaded options list includes power steering, brakes, windows, seats and antenna, plus rare factory a/c, and working push-button Tele-touch with controls located in center of steering wheel. A true show winner waiting to take home trophies. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,300. It takes a special breed to collect orphans of such notoriety. These big-bodied Edsels were a pain to sell when new, and they represent an ultra-challenge to restore today, with minimal reward on the other side. I'm sure there was over $150k invested here, so this is the way to get one—after all the hard work is done. But a car like this still requires a bidder who knows exactly what he's looking for. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #52-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR 4-dr hard top. S/N B9UX704023. Gold & black/tan & gray vinyl. Odo: 63,536 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL auto. Estate sale of an orphan car with one repaint in original color. Zero rust or crash damage found. Exterior and interior both reflect decades of sympathetic care. Interior shows light wear and patina commensurate with age, underhood is dusty and presents as factory-original, including decals, with traces of old antifreeze stains, but VIN codes out to a 332-ci V8; engine may be from a 1958 car. Battery sitting loose. Presents and runs well, some parts interchangeable with Fords and Mercurys of the same vintage. Cond: 3-. Maroon metallic/white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 39,642 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration of an enormous car and still near perfect. Very good paint, chrome superb, panel fit excellent, huge grille undamaged, interior very well finished. Equipped with Travel Tuner radio, power steering, seats, windows, six-way power seats and power top with retractable breezeway rear window. Clean and correct underhood, save for corrosion around top of master cylinder. No air conditioning, as was common for convertibles at that time. Nearly new whitewall tires. Indicated mileage could be actual. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,920. When FoMoCo President Robert McNamara bloated the beautiful '57 T-Bird into the '58 monstrosity, he did the same to the Continental Mark III. As observed in the “Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946–1975,” the Mark III SOLD AT $6,372. To encourage sales, the Corsair was a slightly detrimmed version of the more upscale Citation. Its grille design still reminds me of a “Ford sucking on a lemon,” a period-correct phrase well known among marque enthusiasts and best left unrepeated in their presence. Being a relatively rare 4-dr hard top (one of just 1,694 produced in ‘59), this model is in high demand among the “Edselfisti,” especially in this condition. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #303-1959 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N A9HS171740. Onyx Black/red, white & black vinyl. Odo: 59,485 miles. 223-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint showing some drips and orange peel. OK brightwork has some minor dings, dents and pitting, bumper chrome looking thin in spots. Driver's door hard to close. Very presentable interior equipped with AM radio and overdrive. Driver-quality engine compartment. Original factory window sticker included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,828. When equipped with the Skyliner convertible hard top, these cars have no problem pulling three times the money this brought. Price paid here was fair for an honest, low-miles, entry-level car in a nice color combination that you'd be proud to drive anywhere. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #474-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK IV convertible. S/N Y9YC417613. January-February 2012 99


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP “had as much in common with the new Mark IV as a thoroughbred Kentucky Derby winner has with T.V.'s Mr. Ed, the talking horse.” The model lingered for three years before the elegant '61 “Kennedy” Lincolns appeared. This was the best example of four at the sale and sold for a bargain price (single-digit mpg notwithstanding). Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #440-1959 MERCURY COLONY PARK 9-passenger wagon. S/N M9ZD515574. Red, white & faux wood/red cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 258 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The most eye-catching of the 1950s station wagons at the sale. Very sound and straight Idaho car in driver condition. Decent paint, chrome mostly fine but some pieces checking, some scratches on back window from dust. Trim straight and correct. Interior OK, driver's seat shows some wear. Clean and correct under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, radio and whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,660. A stylish timepiece that will draw a crowd wherever it goes. Not as tidy as some of the other wagons but solid, straight and complete, in spectacular colors. Another candidate for Vintage Air. Whoever buys this ought to sign up with a movie props company, as it would make the perfect backdrop to any 1960s movie. Beyond that, it's simple to maintain, and now would be a good time to get ahead accumulating spare parts before they're all gone. In terms of the fun factor, this might be the buy of the whole auction. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #515-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. S/N 2Y89Z172600. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 73,028 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory T-Bird Sports Roadster. Driver-quality restoration a long time ago, unless mileage really is correct. Paint and windshield chipped, chrome scratched. Body fit OK and fairly straight. Driver's seat split. A mess under the hood. Wears Nebraska safety sticker, KelseyHayes wire wheels and factory roadster tonneau. Equipped with power steering, brakes and top, wind-up windows, no a/c. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $31,320. OK, so this had been ridden hard and put away wet, but it still probably ran decently and wasn't a trailer queen. It was also one of about 1,882 Sports Roadsters built 1962–1963, 2,500 of which are now on the road thanks to easy cloneability. I wasn't impressed when I looked at it, but running the VIN, turns out it's a real car. The ACC Pocket Price Guide says $27,500 to $41,200 for a Sports Roadster, so somebody did quite well. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #3052-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE 4-dr sedan. S/N 4Z62Z521900. Dark blue/blue & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 29,590 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unusual vehicle. Paint, interior, mechanicals and equipment all appear to be original. Miles likely actual since new. Paint showing some aging and light rubthrough. Glass all good including roll-down Breezeway rear window. Interior well protected, floor covering clean. Mechanical components ordered new from the factory include power steering, power brakes and heater/defroster. No radio. Cond: 3+. 100 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL plement to paint color. New white convertible top shows no evidence of lowering. Fresh interior presents as new with zero demerits. Underhood equally fresh and factory in appearance, with clean 289-ci engine SOLD AT $3,740. One of the rarest cars in the sale, but no one wants a four-door Mercury, even if it was a high-performance type of car. I've got a feeling we'll see this car re-listed in the $9,500–$10,000 range, and for the right collection, that will be a pretty good addition and still a bargain price. I thought this looked like a very good buy, but evidently few others did. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #216-1965 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 5J72Z187880. Twilight Turquoise/blue & gray vinyl. Odo: 9,343 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Large American wagon refurbished to good standard. Very good re-paint with even metallic coverage on all panels except lightly streaked hood. Glass and brightwork in good order. Wire wheels with chrome rims and gold-colored spokes. Colorado car, rust free, no evidence of crash damage found. Interior tidy, as is engine compartment, but not to showroom level. A solid grocery and parts getter. Cond: 3+. spinning a 4-speed manual to 9-inch rear. A “K code” Mustang in show condition with demerits for hood fitment. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,100. “K code” Mustangs are popular with marque enthusiasts, and this non-GT convertible was a nice overall example. The colors popped on the lawn, and it received many admiring glances. Selling price here was spot-on market value, so seller and buyer should be pleased. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #34-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. S/N SFM5R534. White & dark blue/black vinyl. Odo: 202 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A three-owner car from new, with recent SOLD AT $7,884. These were popular back in the day, but faded from lineups as America adopted the van as family hauler. A pity, as this wagon could easily haul a good sized boat, camper, or race car with the torque provided by 390 cubes. Parked next to the auction tent, it received many looks and positive nostalgic comments with occasional demerits for the pimpin' rims. A couple of bidders liked it enough to overlook the wheels, pushing the winning bid a bit over market value. Well sold. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #101-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5R08K154610. Poppy Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,303 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent respray, factory panel fit except hood noticably bowed up on right and skewed left, just touching fender. Excellent chrome and stainless. Redlines on chrome factory Rally wheels a nice com- January-February 2012 101


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP freshening of circa-1992 cosmetic restoration. Retains all major components from new. All original bodywork, apart from battery tray area. Panel fit better than original. Tidy engine bay, with set of bronze headers fabricated when car resided in Portugal in late 1960s. Original powertrain, engine has been rebuilt at least once. Scuff-free repaint on interior floorboards, and all authentic components bolted to it. Original alloys shod with period Goodyear racing tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $725,000. Rs were intended to do battle on the track, so most have been banged around, modified, or rebuilt from scratch around a little metal VIN tag. High bid would've been OK for one of those cars, but this was claimed to be the most original R extant. Seller correctly held onto it. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #4128-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM662117. Black & gold/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of the straightest, most beautifully restored Shelby Mustangs I've ever seen. Fresh from the shop with all the right stuff. Paint, chrome, glass and soft trim all proper and without a discernable flaw. Excellent panel fit. Immaculate underhood, with tags, stickers and decals applied more like the factory would have done than a concours presentation. On the proper wheels with center caps. Full documentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $127,000. Yes, it presented as perfect, and yes, it had the documentation to prove it was the real thing. I'm sure the restorer had more into it than this price, so a bit of a bargain for the new owner. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #445-1967 FORD F-100 Camper Special pickup. S/N F11YRA73592. Beige/beige & black cloth. Odo: 33,986 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Decent repaint in original color, but windshield and grille are sandblasted, door handles pitted, so 133k at least. Bed has been sealed but shows evidence of very heavy work. Step bumper has two levels of hitch rails. Clean and correct under the hood, but with electric fan fitted. Looks to have pulled a camper the long way around Nevada, and for a number of years. Seat cover is splitting. On good radials. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,940. This solid old work truck had evidence of good maintenance, but also had the wheels run off of it. Still, there's no rust and you can keep on replacing parts forever. In contrast to a number of other trucks at the sale, this one was prepared to haul more than a load of pillows. The price isn't at all bad for a working 4X4 that's dead simple and doesn't have to pass emissions in most places. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #16-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z198924. Royal Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 13,466 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number KK2050. Retains all four build sheets, plus has provenance verification from Kevin Marti. 13k miles claimed actual since new. Restored approximately a decade ago by Boss expert Randy Roberts. For the most part, components were reconditioned and reused, including interior, powertrain, shocks, exhaust and most belts and hoses. Bare metal repaint to original standards or better. Gold medal award-winner in the trailered category at 2008 MCA national meet, and still concours-ready as it sits here. Cond: 1-. 6 Mach 1 simplified the four-headlight setup and smoothed off the faux brake intakes on the rear fenders, but it's still the fastback design the Toyota Celica copied to a T in 1976 and 1977. This was a very pretty car, enthusiastically restored and with room for detail work to bring it up to the next level. It seemed honest and looked like it would be fun to own. Mid-market money, both well bought and well sold. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #16-1971 FORD MAVERICK coupe. S/N 1K93T164586. Green & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,093 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Extensive restoration to as- new condition. Paint, engine re-build, vinyl top, interior (including trunk) fully sorted, listed, and documented. Underhood continues perfection with proud six standing tall. Bucket seat interior completely replaced SOLD AT $286,000. Before the bubble burst, this was owned by an Enron executive, according to another former owner who's an ACC subscriber. Bid to a $230k no-sale across the block; this price was agreed on later. A near identical example sold at Mecum's July 2011 Des Moines sale for $238,500 (ACC# 182969), so it's looking like the Boss could be on his way back. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #209-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0T05N124998. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 57,663 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Great color, nice repaint, all Mach 1 stripes, but so-so masking in places. Straight body, typical panel fit. Front and rear spoilers, shaker hood, dual exhaust. Rear bumper looks to be replated, original in front could use it. Quite nice interior in correct pattern. Correct under the hood, except too much flat black paint. Equipped with power steering, no power brakes. On factory mags wearing decent Goodrich T/As. Mileage could be correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,540. The second-year 1970 January-February 2012 103 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP with replica panels and materials, unmarked headliner and carpet, instruments and dash factory-fresh. Chrome, glass and undercarriage all immaculate. A concours Maverick. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $6,900. This fabulous restoration had tons of eyeball and was a pleasure to behold. Still, one has to wonder why so much time, effort and expense went into creating a concours Maverick, rather than, say, a concours Mustang convertible. This grocery-getter could not be duplicated for the price, so the buyer was the clear winner here. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. #10-1977 FORD BRONCO Ranger Sport SUV. S/N U15GLY12719. Copper & white/tan vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 96,079 miles. Superb repaint over well prepped body. Door fit better than stock, but still not perfect. Every piece of trim either replaced, replated, or professionally restored to new condition. Like-new seat upholstery, with new carpet, seat belt webbing, and dashpad. Gauge needles show some fading. Concours-detailed underhood, but undercarriage untouched and rather filthy. Equipped with optional auxiliary fuel tank, skid plates, heavy-duty sway bars, and heavy-duty cooling package. Circa-1978 Bronco-style steel wheels added. Cond: 2. and-pinion steering fitted, for some reason. Appears to have started life as a black car. Wears Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels with recent whitewall tires. Cond: 3. most wear on the whole car. All other aspects of the car are as manufactured or better. Concours-ready as it sits. Equipped with factory optional “HiWay HiFi” 16 2/3 RPM under-dash record player. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $27,000. Quite attractive, but the garish 1990s red paint was a jarring note. The Firepower Hemi V8 should make this a useful performer—maybe the power rackand-pinion steering was fitted to help keep it on the road? Incorrect color changes like this can present a real problem, unless the car is so valuable you can afford to correct it. In this case, I'd say it cut the car's price 30%, and it was still well sold. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #483-1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Newport coupe. S/N W5569296. Metallic blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 4,235 miles. 301-ci V8, 1-bbl, auto. Restored in the U.S. in 2008. Body straight, paint mostly good, chrome fading a little in places. Chassis, floors and sills good. One gutter trim dinged. Windows tinted, rides on aged and cracked whitewalls. With factory-fitted Continental kit and Imperial grille. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. We've seen a marked increase in state-of-the-art Big Fin Mopar restorations in the last few years. The cars managed to weather the market correction of a few years ago, generally bucking the trend and continuing to increase in value. The reserve here was lifted at $110k. Bought very well, perhaps the deal of the weekend. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #241-1959 DESOTO ADVENTURER 2-dr hard top. S/N 49110347. White/white, black & gold vinyl. Odo: 60,805 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. OK paint shows minor scuffs and chips. Chrome and stainless holding up well, gold-anodized trim somewhat faded. Original interior just OK, with wrinkled dashpad and water-stained package shelf. Grungy engine compartment. Equipped with swivel bucket seats, aftermarket a/c and 8-track player. One of 590 built. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,400. While everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over how nice it looked on the outside, under the hood, and inside, I must have been the only one to take a knee and actually look underneath it. (As it's a high-clearance SUV, it's not like that was difficult to do.) No meticulous frame-off restoration here, just a well-cared-for but used 96k-mile truck that got the ultimate fluff-andbuff topside. Pretty, but not $37k worth of stunning perfection. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #472-1952 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER convertible. S/N C51844501. Red/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 58,909 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of about 6,400 Chrysler convertibles built in 1952 and one of 2,200 convertible New Yorkers. Very straight with smooth paint and trim, lots of excellent chrome. Decent interior, top looks good. Quite clean under the hood, but rack- 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $14,680. This reportedly had three owners since its arrival in the U.K. in 2009. Top bid came in some ways short of the $18k lower estimate (and therefore the reserve), so the owner must have done a quick re-evaluation and let it go—probably a wise choice for a bird so rare in the U.K. Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 09/11. #22-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convertible. S/N 3N573170. Gauguin Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 72,446 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Nut-and-bolt restoration completed last year by Mopar expert Mike Swedal of Minnesota to global concours standards. Only deviations from factory are exhaust and stainless steel components for brake and fuel lines. Leather seating sourced from Gary Goers shows light wrinkling from being sat on a few times—the SOLD AT $30,246. If you're into big tail fins and performance, this was your car, for not a lot of cash. With perfect-condition Adventurer convertibles selling in the $200k-plus range, how could this not be a good deal? Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #429-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY Sport Suburban wagon. S/N 3705109732. Pink & white/brown vinyl & cloth. Odo: 62,708 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A Las Vegas car that was originally all white, now outrageous Good & Plenty pink-and-white. Very straight, good panel fit, good chrome, excellent grille. Nice interior redone to approximate original pattern. Scruffy under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power seats, power brakes, power rear window. Aftermarket Mark IV air conditioning, roof


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL rack, dual exhaust. One of 3,333 built. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. One of the wildest wagons from the Garth Richards Collection. It appeared to be a sound driver that was ready to go. Convertibles of this year occasionally show up, but station wagons almost never do. Like the ‘59 Cadillac, the ‘60 Plymouth's over-the-top styling was out of fashion for years, but now it's back as a curiosity, and the repaint seemed to help today. They're simple cars to maintain and a/c is a huge plus if it's staying in Nevada. In terms of fun-per-mile, surely one of the best buys of the sale. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. 6142174676. Red, white & blue pearl/red vinyl. Odo: 18,590 miles. 480-ci supercharged V8, auto. No fender tag. One of three factory lightweight 330s sent by Chrysler to Dragmaster to be built into NHRA drag cars, evolving into the first altered-wheelbase “funny cars.” Two-decade restoration completed in 2010 to correct 1964 configuration and shows virtually no signs of wear or use. While it has a supercharged Max Wedge under the hood like it originally did, this replacement motor is a more modern rendition built by Brad Anderson. Cond: 1-. 5 #28-1964 DODGE 330 S/FX Charger 2-dr sedan. S/N #5148-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. White/red vinyl. Odo: 34,122 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Real-deal early Hemi, reportedly all numbers-matching and showing actual miles. Straight body appears to have been repainted a few years back. Trim has some patina and minor surface rust. Interior tidy but has minimal pitting on some chrome. Pedals show some wear. Instrument panel clean and fresh, fitted with basic AM radio—no tach or other gauges to monitor high-performance engine activity. All decals and components in their place under the hood. Blueline tires a nice touch. Cond: 2. paint, perfect panel fit and chrome, excellent glass. Doors close with authority. Original interior is a disappointment, with a puffy green terrycloth look and feel that seems out of place on such a luxury barge. Huge trunk clean and tidy. Engine compartment is all factory, including decals, dust, and period-thirsty V8. The engine's original 195 horsepower may seem light, but torque is 320 ft-lbs, so it should scoot. Excellent condition with no excuses. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,900. The restorer probably paid more than the sale price getting it to this level, so definitely a good buy. Pre-sale estimates put this car in the $60k–$70k range, but values on Mopar muscle are still soft. For the enthusiast with his hand in the air, this was somewhat of a bargain, still about four to five times what a base model with the 318-ci V8 would bring. Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #36-1977 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Brougham 2-dr hard top. S/N CS23T7C106473. White/white vinyl/green cloth. Odo: 54,406 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Absolutely huge. Flawless original white SOLD AT $6,372. One of just 16,875 produced in 1977, with low volume blamed on lack of advertising. Or maybe the public thought $7,000 in 1977 dollars was a bit much for a car “only” 231 inches long. Or maybe the 8.9 mpg was a turn-off (which it certainly is today). This example looked wonderful on the outside, and like a towel room on the inside. On this day, it brought market value, pleasing both buyer and seller. Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 09/11. AMERICANA #6-1935 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR phaeton. S/N 5508161. Two-tone maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 84,679 miles. Oneoff body, fabricated when shipped new to Australia as a running chassis. Excellent old SOLD AT $302,500. While this car was being set up by Dragmasters, custom car icon Dean Jefferies fabricated the front and rear valances, radiused the wheelwells, and did the paint. According to the catalog, the other two cars were destroyed by the end of the program (one on the track, the other on the transporter). This sole survivor was also the primary competition car, as it was the only one fitted with the hardware to allow a braking parachute. Since it was offered at no reserve, it set its own market but seems about right, if not a touch on the low end. See the profile p. 54. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. January-February 2012 105 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP repaint. Cosmetically worked on in the early 1980s, when it was converted to right-hand drive and fully reupholstered. Rechrome on all brightwork still quite good. Tidy but not quite show-quality under the hood. Like-new steering wheel restoration. Seating shows some wrinkles and glossiness from use. Original paint on the dash faces starting to flake. Equipped with optional Free Wheeling and AM radio, with antenna under the right running board. Cond: 2-. Last seen at RM's recent 2011 Amelia Island auction, declared sold for $143,000 (ACC# 176564). Rolled off the block here as a no-sale at $130k, but a deal must've come together after the fact. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #238-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR Custom convertible. S/N R508951. Gray/black cloth/brown leather/. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nice paint, new top, original brightwork with some thinning chrome plating. Hood fit is off, driver's door closes hard. OK driverquality interior. Equipped with A-pillar spotlight. One of 1,000 Ambassador Custom convertibles built in 1948. Cond: 3. best of six different Crosleys offered today and sold accordingly. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #192-1958 PACKARD HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 58LS1413. Red & gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 17,265 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Packard's last gasp, based on the Studebaker Golden Hawk hard top, with a fiberglass nose. Now in red but appears to have been a white car. Fairly straight. “Bird bath” spare tire cover on trunk, mylar panel inserts in side flash. Interior a mix of redone and shabby original. Feels flashy and neglected. Equipped with incorrect exhaust, correct supercharger, limited slip differential, wire-wheel hubcaps and wide whitewall tires. One of 588 built. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,600. Previously sold at RM's Novi, MI, sale in ‘06 for $39,590 (ACC# 41661). “Dictator” was the name for Studebaker's 6-cylinder car series until the antics of certain Fascist despots in Europe made the South Bend company rethink their model-naming scheme. Repatriated to the U.S. in 1971 for $1,000, shipped to San Francisco for the then-princely sum of $400, but wasn't restored until 1979. As a one-off, the value will always be whatever two people agree on (sometimes helped along by the prodding of others). Call this marketcorrect for now. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 09/11. #12-1936 PACKARD EIGHT Series 1402 phaeton. S/N 394365. Dark green/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 350 miles. Newer concours-quality restoration. Paint is periodcorrect for color, but applied better than technologically possible when new. All exterior brightwork replated, including those darn pesky grille shutters. Expertly crafted top and interior upholstery, minimal evidence of wear. Light pitting on some interior chrome fittings. Tidy engine bay. Freshly repainted undercarriage in matte black. Stainless exhaust system. Optional ride control and Goddess of Speed hood ornament, with period-accessory mirrored Lorraine spotlight. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,000. This car had buffing schmutz all over it, and a little more time spent wiping it off would have helped. In the end, the buyer got a very cool convertible for not a lot of money. Well bought at significantly below the low estimate. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. #425-1951 CROSLEY SUPER SPORT roadster. S/N VC30009. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 51 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Crude, but quite attractive, with bugeye lights. California car, looks straight, with decent paint and typically casual panel fit. Good chrome on bumpers, fair hubcaps. Tidy interior with simple seats and Mickey Mouse lift-off doors, edges wrapped in rubber strips so you don't cut yourself. Piston shift knob fitted. Good tires, rear-mounted spare. Probably restored, judging from the mileage, but the sloppy steering does not speak well for the rest of the mechanicals. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,160. Rare and should be. The “catfish look” was a sad way for Packard to exit the market, and the gewgaws tacked onto the basically handsome Studebaker Golden Hawk look like stage makeup on a street walker. The toilet-seat rear spare, the ghastly golden mylar side flash and the unforgivable vinyl padding on the outside of the door tops were just cheesy. Painting the car red completed the package today. Well sold. Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 08/11. #250-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N 63R3510. Red metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 66,191 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Paint shows cracks, chips and blisters. Good chrome and stainless, clear glass. Decent interior, torn shifter boot, paint peeling inside speedo. Equipped with supercharger, chrome dress-up kit, power steering and brakes. Includes original window sticker with $4,850 sticker price. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $130,000. While this is a cataloged body in 1936, this is the only known example built upon the Eight chassis, although several Super Eights do still exist. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $14,580. Despite their tiny engines and primitive build, Crosleys were significant in the U.S. for their performance in the early 1950s. The Hot Shot Super became the Super Sport in 1951, and one radically modified car even went to the Le Mans 24 Hour race. (It lasted two hours before the generator failed.) This was the SOLD AT $27,000. This car sold in April at RM's 2011 Carlisle sale for $31,900 (ACC# 177839), with zero miles covered since. Someone took a beating and should have just left the money in the 401k. Well bought assuming everything checks out OK. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/11. A


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EBAY MOTORS // Online Sales 4-doors open way to lower prices NO B-PILLARS ALLOWED by Chad Tyson Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller's feedback) C GM #250920822511-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr hard top. S/N VC56B0265512. Gypsy Red/Dune Beige/red vinyl/beige cloth. Odo: 47,500 miles. 4 photos. Jacksonville, FL. “First year of the four door hard top. Options include power steering, power brakes, automatic transmission, factory skirts, EZ Eye glass and the power pack engine with four barrel carb and dual exhaust. The FACTORY a/c is fully charged and cools to original specification. Garaged in climate controlled storage. The wide white walls that I removed from the car and replaced with radials are included in the sale.” 32 bids. sf 188. Cond: 2+. courtesy lights, turn signals, back up lights, high beams, break lights all works.” 10 bids. sf 3. Cond: 2+. and model, this particular car sends me running the other direction. But like a train wreck I keep on looking at it. At least until it comes up online again. I'll check back in five minutes. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. It's amusing to see the early Pontiac ‘pinched waistline' treatment stretched over the 219 inch length and four doors. But it's a shame to see such a beautiful car get such a low offer. This car, in this condition, should be able to break five figures. The trick is finding someone who appreciates being able to fly a small plane through the car when all the windows are rolled down. SOLD AT $19,995. Why is it when the top goes down the price goes up, but when more doors are added the price goes down? Not fair I say. If this had been a 2-dr hard top, the price would have easily doubled. Even so, this was a pretty penny compared to the larger market. Well sold. #180753992079-1963 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF Vista 4-dr hard top. S/N 663D0000. Blue/blue/white vinyl. Odo: 43,000 miles. 24 photos. Gooding, ID. “This is a Northwestern car that has received a lot of work the last few years. Before I got it the 389 V8 had been rebuilt and the 2-bbl and intake were replaced with an Edelbrock 4-bbl and a new intake. Originally interior came 2 tone blue, but I added white. Original radio not hooked up, there is a CD player in the glove compartment w/remote control. All lights, interior 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #110767402137-1967 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 4-dr hard top. S/N 166397F153463. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 117,789 miles. 38 photos. Fort Lauderdale, FL. “The exterior on this classic is in good condition without any major rust areas. Paint shines with a nice finish, just a couple of minor imperfections but overall good condition. The interior of this beauty is rip-free with little to no wear. Overall most of this classic is here and in better than expected condition. Car runs and drives great.” Four different tires on wheels with surface rust. Engine is soaked in orange paint and appears gooey at the front of the manifold. 28 bids. sf 166. Cond: 3. #140629774661-1973 OLDSMOBILE 98 Regency 4-dr hard top. S/N 3X39T3M329900. Zodiac Blue/gray vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 140,904 miles. 24 photos. Twin Falls, ID. “It is in very nice condition for the year and still is responsive with it's powerful 455-ci V8. It still floats over the rougher roads nicer than most new cars and is a comfortable ride for six people. Fender skirts and the stainless steel hub caps are next to perfect. The only thing cosmetic issue is the 3” bumper extensions have several cracks around them.” 38 bids. sf 145. Cond: 2. ars with four doors get a hard time from all sides. They're too big, too heavy to match the agility and power-to-weight ratio of coupes and convertibles. The styling isn't as sleek and sexy either. I say true, unless we're talking about the four-door hard top cars, that is. You get acres of open space when the windows are all rolled down. They can also offer is a potential sleeper aspect few can match, as well as plenty of legroom for the entire carful. All of this comes at a price point lower than any comparable coupe or convertible. SOLD AT $2,950. It is a tragedy that the 2-dr versions are going for nearly triple what this one sold for. Same with the car costing $7,271 (!) when it was new, as per the dealer's shipping order. Someone got a good deal on an apparently sorted and clean Olds. Although that is not to say that there is much room for flipping it. FOMOCO SOLD AT $4,377. I've been following this car for several months. Listed five times on Craigslist, twice on eBay by my count. While I'm passively looking for this year #220892636237-1956 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Town Victoria 4-dr hard top. S/N M6PF100000. Platinum Gray & Colonial White/black cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 45,935 miles. 7 photos. Chicago, IL. “Car was in storage from 1962-2007. 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gas tank, major tune-up, new brake system, new dual exhaust, tires, battery and cables, belts, heater hoses and heater control valve. Solid body with original floors. All glass is good. Presentable original paint, chrome and interior (driver's seat bottom has some seam splits). Drives,steers and stops well.” 5 bids. sf 330. Cond: 3+. Black/black cloth/white leather. Odo: 68,864 miles. 31 photos. Westchester, NY. 28 bids.”Two owner car, originally a White House Government staff car. Elderly gentleman I bought it from was told it spent a few months in 1960 chauffering Nikita Kruschev as well as various Kennedys. Interior in good shape, front seat could use reupholstering. Always garaged, the Continental's body is very straight and clean. Cruises nicely on the highway, holds the road perfectly. Engine runs smooth and even, doesn't leak anything, garage floor always dry when I pull her out.” sf 58. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,600. The car is relatively uncommon when compared with its 2-dr counterpart (32k v. 178k) but not as rare as the seller thinks it is. Which is probably why there wasn't an agreement between bidders and the reserve. The seller also might be still looking at the receipts for resuscitating the long dormant beast. I suspect it'll sell for a higher price point, but probably not nearly what the seller has in it. #200668539502-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK IV Presidential Edition 4-dr hard top. S/N HY9C424448. MOPAR #140624529906-1967 IMPERIAL CROWN 4-dr hard top. S/N YM43K7329936. Black/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 42,000 miles. 76 photos. Temecula, CA. “A Southern California since new, ‘black plate' sedan. It had been stored from 1978 to 2002. It was a wonderful original car in white with a black vinyl top. It then received a full and complete color change to the present deep and luxurious black and removed the vinyl top. The restoration was completed in 2004.This appears to be fully loaded with factory air and power everything.” Six inch tear in rear seat cushion. BIN. sf 32. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,700. The seller says it will only appreciate in value. Counting on inflation, sure it will. But for actual, significant appreciation, there will need to be money put in the car. I think you'll end underwater before too soon though. Max price currently for condition. WHAT'S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT NOW FREE! The world's largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. www.collectorcarpricetracker.com January-February 2012 109 even with the “black plate” VAT. Well sold. A SOLD AT $14,800. Usually a change to “fire-sale red” drives the price upwards, but this switch to black worked wonders here. This was well above normal market value


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Keith Martin As the host of the television show “What's My Car Worth,” I look at hundreds of cars each year that are crossing the block at auction. In our “Mailbag” section, we invite viewers to send us highresolution photos and some information about their cars, and we select some for an estimate of value. Here are a few of the recent cars that have been submitted; if you would like us to consider your car, please send a photo and description to mycar@whatsmycarworth.tv. And keep watching “What's My Car Worth” on Velocity. 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500XL Fastback Background from owner: Claimed to be one of 90 built. Factory high-performance 406 with 3x2 2-bbl carburetors, 405 hp, 448 lbs of torque. Essentially original, one repaint in the '70s, 80k original miles, mechanically freshened for reliability. Analysis: A rare and unusual car, with a loyal following in the “Total Performance” era big Fords. Collectibility: B Market value: $50,000–$65,000 1968 Shelby GT 500 Background from owner: 1,044 built, owned for more than 30 years. Sold new in NYC, complete document trail back to original order for the car. In CA since 1969, still have original blue CA plate. Ground-up restoration in '07. 24 first-place concours, seven best of show, one best paint, three second place. Gold with white stripes, 4-speed. Taken on two 1,000 mile muscle-car tours. Signed by Carroll Shelby, verified by Marti Report. Insured for $275k. Analysis: Anything connected with Shelby has collectability, and these big-block early Mustangs are highly desirable. While their prices are on the rise, and this is an exceptional example, I think that $275k is too strong in the current market. Collectibility: A Market Value: $135,000–$160,000 1968 Pontiac GTO Ram Air convertible Background from owner: 9,980 GTO convertibles built in 1968, owner claims just 114 were Ram Air. Uncle was original owner, have original bill of sale, Protecto-Plate, warranty card, copy of original title. Restored, still have all the original parts. Engine block has XS code that confirms Ram Air engine. Repainted original color (Vedoro Green), 4-speed, hideaway headlights. Analysis: GTOs of this era always bring a lot of attention when they cross the block, especially when they are convertible, four-speed, Ram Airs. The documented history is a plus. Collectibility: B Market Value: $100,000–$115,000 112 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay Carl's thought: Think people pay goofy money for early automotive trinkets and trash? You don't have to look hard to find non-automotive stuff that's even goofier. How about someone paying $52,900 for a Gang of 4 Target Robot battery operated toy? Yeah, it was mint in the box with the original gun and darts still in the bag, but heck, you could buy a decent early '60s Corvette for that kind of money. Here's some other stuff I've found that isn't battery operated, but it's not 50 grand either: EBAY #380369557551—1930 PACKARD SPEEDSTER SALES BROCHURE. Number of Bids: 2. SOLD AT: $574.99. Date Sold: 9/20/2011. Packard built an estimated 120 of their 734 factory “hot rods” in four body styles. They had a larger 384-ci engine with a two-barrel downdraft carburetor. They were narrower and lighter than the standard offerings and thus offered far greater performance. With such limited production, the sales brochures were, of course, also limited. This was a reproduction that was done by noted Packard authority Robert Turnquist some years ago. Normally, a reproduction is barely worth the paper it is printed on, but these are rare in any form, so the price was not out of line. EBAY #320749228010—POLLY PREM ONE QUART MOTOR OIL CAN. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $698. Date Sold: 9/18/2011. Polly was the colorful logo for the Wilshire Oil Company of Los Angeles. Anything with their parrot logo is very desirable and usually expensive. Oil cans are off their high of a few years back, but this one still sold for adult — but not silly — money. The task will be to find the other grade, Polly Penn, in equally presentable condition. EBAY #270808425383— TEXACO “A CLEAN SPARK PLUG MEANS MORE POWER” BLOTTER. Number of Bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $74.99. Date Sold: 10/03/2011. In the '20s, Texaco offered their dealers a series of eight blotters that could be imprinted with their names and used as giveaways to their customers. They were extremely popular, and the following year Texaco offered a series of 15 by the same artist but in a slightly larger format. Both series are extremely collectible, and when someone gets close to completing the set, they will pay silly money for the last few. Bet that's what happened here. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #230676711345—FORD PORCELAIN DEALER SIGN. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $7,500. Date Sold: 9/29/2011. This double-sided porcelain and neon dealership sign was unusual in that it had four stripes rather than the more common three. It was more than six feet in length and about two feet high. It was in need of complete restoration, and I doubt if the stains can be removed, so a repaint is in order. As such, price paid was all the money. EBAY #260863364716—2 STIFFS SELLING GAS LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $200.50, Date Sold: 10/04/2011. Lovelock, NV, is midway between Reno and Winnemucca, and “2 Stiffs Selling Gas” has been in business since the '30s. They even had an “Air Cooled Deluxe Auto Court” at one point. The quirky station is now off the beaten path, but motorists still flock to the station to buy hats, T-shirts and coffee mugs. The gas is also the cheapest around. This license plate attachment dates to the '50s and is the only one I've seen. Price was about right for an unusual piece. EBAY #250894697927— ORIGINAL EDDIE MEYER RACING DECAL. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $34.99. Date Sold: 9/27/11. Eddie Meyer opened his speed shop in West Hollywood, CA, in the late '30s and was a pioneer in developing and manufacturing speed equipment for Ford V8s. Meyer closed his shop in the early '60s, but his dual intake manifolds and finned high compression heads are still sought after by hot-rodders. This decal was original, although reproductions are available for about seven bucks. For my money, I'd rather have the real deal. EBAY #160655529896—GE AUTO LAMPS DISPLAY CASE. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $482.77. Date Sold: 9/28/2011. This porcelain display case was in very nice condition and included a parts list for auto lamps for cars up to 1932. Price paid was about right, although there is a version with yellow lettering that sells for a bit more. A