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CAR COLLECTOR Vol. 2 • Issue 7 • January-February 2013 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1972 LT-1 A/C TESTMULE $48k / Mecum What’s a piece of Corvette history worth to you? — Michael Pierce Page 44 GM 1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 $77k / Barrett-Jackson Big-money grunt and handling for the Oldsmobile man — Chad Tyson Page 46 FoMoCo 1968 FORD MUSTANG CUSTOMFASTBACK $275k / Barrett-Jackson A big price for a biggermoney custom build — Jay Harden Page 48 MOPAR 1970DODGE CHALLENGER R/T $36k / Mecum These E-body Mopars not only looked great, but they tore up the street as well — Dale Novak Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Cover photo: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1956 CHEVROLET CUSTOM FOOSE ROADSTER $165k / Barrett-Jackson A screaming deal on a high-profile custom — Ken Gross Page 52 CLASSIC 1948 CHEVROLET FLEETLINEAEROSEDAN $47k / Mecum The woodie option was rare, and buyers covet it today — Carl Bomstead Page 54 RACE 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 409/409 $95k / Mecum This 409 is closest thing we have to a time machine, and the value reflects it — Tom Glatch Page 56 TRUCK 1952 FORD F-1 PICKUP $28k / AuctionsAmerica by RM Good condition and a rising market make this a good buy — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 58 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne 409/409; profile, p. 56 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 7 January-February 2013


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Inside COLUMNS 10 Torque The gotta-have moment – Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills 1965–68 6-cylinder Mustangs – B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower An inside look at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals – Colin Comer 42 Corvette Market Patina vs. perfection – John L. Stein 114 SurfingAround Must-have automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead SERVICE DEPARTMENT 12 What’s Happening Arizona auctions, ACC Corvette Insider’s Seminar, and Grand National Roadster Show 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions – Tony Piff 20 Parts Time Headers and a stealthy fuel pump – Chad Tyson 22 Cool Stuff Neon nostalgia, Mopars that time forgot, and the world’s simplest coffee mug 24 Snapshots Leake: Forty years of auctioning collector cars 26 Your Turn What’s fair price on a low-mile ’89 ’Vette? 34 Insider’s View Is it wrong to put a Chevy engine in a Ford hot rod? 62 Anatomy of a Market Report A primer on how ACC rates cars at auction 106 Expert’s Tip How to fix a too-high GM hood 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery —NEW! Sell your car in our new ACC classifieds section 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 112 Advertiser Index Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO Inside CO side COLUMNS 10 Torque The gotta-ha ide COLUMNS 10 Torque The gotta-have moment – Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills 1965–68 6-cylinder Mustangs – B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower An inside look at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals – Colin Comer 42 Corvette Market Patina vs. perfection – John L. Stein 114 SurfingAround Must-have automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead SERVICE DEPARTMENT 12 What’s Happening Arizona auctions, ACC Corvette Insider’s Seminar, and Grand National Roadster Show 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions – Tony Piff 20 Parts Time Headers and a stealthy fuel pump – Chad Tyson 22 Cool Stuff Neon nostalgia, Mopars that time forgot, and the world’s simplest coffee mug 24 Snapshots Leake: Forty years of auctioning collector cars 26 Your Turn What’s fair price on a low-mile ’89 ’Vette? 34 Insider’s View Is it wrong to put a Chevy engine in a Ford hot rod? 62 Anatomy of a Market Report A primer on how ACC rates cars at auction 106 Expert’s Tip How to fix a too-high GM hood 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery —NEW! Sell your car in our new ACC classifieds section 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 112 Advertiser Index FUN FUN RIDES 20 Good Reads Hurst Equipped: Factory-Special Muscle Cars, Speed Parts & Legendary Race Cars – Mark Wigginton 22 Desktop Classics 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado – Marshall Buck 28 Under the Hood Ten tips to prep your vehicle for auction – Dale Novak 32 Waxing Nostalgic Barry Meguiar’s trip through history – Keith Martin 83 ACC Shootout! 1960 Ford Falcon vs. 1969 Chevrolet Corvair; who got the better deal? – B. Mitchell Carlson AUCTIONS 64 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except for 523 cars heading to new garages – Dan Grunwald 72 RM — The Charlie Thomas Collection,Grapevine, TX A never-was 1946 Chrysler Town & Country roadster sells for $141k – Carl Bomstead 80 Mecum Anaheim, CA The Midwest powerhouse continues its West Coast campaign, selling 418 cars for $15m – Victor Van Tress 90 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast – Jim Pickering, Don Schoeny, Kevin Coakley, B. Mitchell Carlson, John Lyons, Robert Malke and Phil Skinner


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Torque Jim Pickering Chevrolet 210 roadster sold at BarrettJackson’s Las Vegas auction for $165k (profiled on page 52), and the second, the 1968 Mustang “Boss” that made $275k at that same sale (see page 48). There are two sides to every coin, and Cars that speak to you T his issue of American Car Collector features profiles on two high-end custom cars that brought vastly different prices at auction. The first is the Foose-built 1956 I think you can make a case for calling either of these cars well bought or well sold. There’s a gotta-have moment with cars like these, where the buyer’s excitement gets measured in cubic dollars. It really just comes down to who is in the room at the time each car crosses the block, and whether the car on offer speaks to them, and to their wallet. In reality, that same moment exists for every car — custom or not — and at every price level. Jumping in head first My first gotta-have moment came in 1998. I was 15, and I was standing in the rain with my dad, looking at a black ’66 Caprice with a 454 big block. Its rumbly LS7 cam spoke to me, but I knew there was no way my dad would ever pay the seller his $2,000 asking price to make it my first car. To my surprise, he did. It ran and drove, but the rear-end bear- ings growled like they were full of gravel and the interior looked like it had been underwater. My mother thought we were both crazy. I didn’t drive it for two years. Dad and I tore it completely apart, spending evenings and weekends working on getting it into decent shape. This included a complete front-to-back rebuild, all of which we did ourselves. Cost was in the thousands in parts alone. The agreement was this was a onetime deal. Break the car and it wouldn’t get fixed. One speeding ticket and the car would be gone. But it was ready for me in time for my senior year of high school, complete with 454-ci big block and loud Pete Jackson gear 10 AmericanCarCollector.com This ’66 Caprice is worth more to me than market value drive. Later, I learned to drag race in it, and during high school, it helped me get my first job at a local auto shop. I still have the car. Since 1998, I’ve installed four different engines (the most recent a 468-ci BBC with aluminum heads and a hydraulic roller cam), two transmissions, two exhaust systems, two rear ends, all-new chrome and trim, a new vinyl top, a fiberglass cowl hood, a complete interior, body and paint, new wiring, all-new bearings and suspension bushings, three stereo systems, and more. The cost? Probably $20k over the $18k–$20k it’s worth on the open market today. That car spoke to me when I first saw it, and the history I have with it means it still speaks to me every time I drive it. So for me, justifying the money spent on it over the years has been no problem. Even my wife feels the same way — I drove it on our first date. True value Is spending a lot of money on one car over time any different than paying a premium for a really good car you can’t resist at auction? I don’t think so. A car that speaks to you is a car that speaks to you, regardless of the situation. As you read this, the annual Arizona auctions and Mecum’s Kissimmee sale will be underway. This is one of the best times of the year to add a new car to your garage — at least 5,000 cars will be available over the course of two weeks, likely including that one you’ve always had your eye on. A couple of words of advice: Be sure to know what the current market level is for any car you’re interested in buying. The ACC Pocket Price Guide is perfect for this — have one with you before you hit the auctions. It’ll help you make an educated decision on what you should spend. If you’re an ACC Premium Database subscriber, log on to our site and research the cars you like. You never know — that Camaro or Mustang may have sold before. Search by its VIN number and check out what it brought last time, and what our onsite reporter had to say about it. And finally, know your budget. Because gotta-have moments happen, and when a car speaks to you, you’d better be ready to pay the price to own it. I certainly won’t blame you.A THERE’S A GOTTA-HAVE MOMENT WITH EVERY CAR, WHEN A BUYER’S EXCITEMENT GETS MEASURED IN CUBIC DOLLARS


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Sixth Annual Corvette Insider’s Seminar The 6th Annual Corvette Insider’s Seminar, hosted by American Car Collector, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 17, at the Barrett-Jackson auction site in Scottsdale, AZ. The keynote speaker is Tom Stevens, vice chairman of GM Global Product Operations, who will discuss the new C7 Corvette powerplant. Keith Martin, SCM and ACC Publisher, will lead a panel discussion that will focus on the Corvette market from 1953 to 2013. Our experts will also recommend their best-buy picks in the current Corvette market. The panelists will be: Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks Michael Pierce, NCRS senior judge and ACC writer Roy Sinor, NCRS national judging chairman Terry Michaelis, ProTeam Corvette owner Kevin Mackay, expert Corvette restorer and owner of Corvette Repair restoration shop Jim Jordan, president of County Corvette Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events 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/2013seminar (AZ) Sign up for this year’s Corvette Seminar — keynote speaker Tom Stevens, GM vice president for Global Product Operations, will discuss the C7 powerplant ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will be at the big Arizona auctions from January 15 through January 20. You can find our magazines at almost every auction, including the Russo and Steele auction. We’ll have a booth at the Gooding & Company auction. Don’t miss our annual Corvette Insider’s Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Barrett-Jackson auction site on Thursday, January 17. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2013 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions, which is packaged with this magazine. Don’t hesitate to say hello when you see us in the desert! For more information, visit www.americancarcollector.com (AZ) Don’t let the title fool you, they’re not all roadsters Woodies and lead sleds are also in attendance at the GNRS Grand National Roadster Show While most of North America is hunkered down for winter, Southern California is basking in sunny, short-sleeve weather. So why not head south to the 64th Annual O’Reilly Grand National Roadster Show — the granddaddy of all hot rod shows. Hot cars from all over the world will rumble into the Pomona Fairplex from January 25 through 27, and you’ll also see thousands of street rods, customs and trucks on display in the cradle of hot rod culture. More than 800 showcase cars and trucks will show up for the Grand Daddy Drive-in on January 26–27. This year’s show theme is “Aloha,” and everyone is encouraged to go dress and decorate in a Hawaiian theme. A special exhibition, “Woodies, wagons and the Spirit of Aloha,” will celebrate the close connection between surfing and hot cars. This show is the place to show off the car you’ve been working on for years — and it’s a place to steal a little summer from the icy teeth of winter. www.rodshows.com (CA)A 12 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions BLOCK by Tony Piff 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” Super Duty at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction JaNuaRy Dave Rupp—Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 4–6 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Dave Rupp’s long-running January auction takes place just Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2013 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 13–20 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,288/1,291 cars sold / $90.4m This annual mega-auction is one of the biggest events in the col- blocks from the beach. This sale usually sees about 300 consignments offered at a range of price points, with Detroit muscle, classics and convertibles prominently featured. The star car is a 1966 Chevrolet Nova L79, equipped with numbers-matching 327/350 V8 and 4-speed manual, fully documented and driven just 17k miles since new, and still wearing its original paint. Tom Mack—Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 12 More: www.tommackclassics.com The star lot at Tom Mack’s 29th annual Charlotte auction is a 1966 Mustang convertible with 4-speed, completely unrestored. Look for 149 more classics on the auction block, plus 100 more in the covered car corral. The accompanying indoor swapmeet is a great place NGTHE Upcoming auctions BLOCK by Tony Piff 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” Super Duty at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction JaNuaRy Dave Rupp—Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 4–6 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Dave Rupp’s long-running January auction takes place just Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2013 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 13–20 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,288/1,291 cars sold / $90.4m This annual mega-auction is one of the biggest events in the col- blocks from the beach. This sale usually sees about 300 consign- ments offered at a range of price points, with Detroit muscle, clas- sics and convertibles prominently featured. The star car is a 1966 Chevrolet Nova L79, equipped with numbers-matching 327/350 V8 and 4-speed manual, fully documented and driven just 17k miles since new, and still wearing its original paint. Tom Mack—Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 12 More: www.tommackclassics.com The star lot at Tom Mack’s 29th annual Charlotte auction is a 1966 Mustang convertible with 4-speed, completely unrestored. Look for 149 more classics on the auction block, plus 100 more in the cov- ered car corral. The accompanying indoor swapmeet is a great place lector lector car world. More than 1,000 automobiles are offered, nearly all without reserve. Headlining the sale are no fewer than 14 Shelbys, ranging from a 1965 GT350 to a 2012 GT500 50th Anniversary Super Snake. Bonhams—The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 17 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 46/67 cars sold / $6.9m Important American consignments at Bonhams’ Arizona sale in- clude a 1931 Cord L-29 cabriolet that won its class at Pebble Beach 1957, offered out of long-term ownership; a 1931 Chrysler CM-6 roadster and a 1959 Chevrolet Apache 4wd pickup from the Martin Swig Collection; a 1941 Lincoln Continental coupe featured in the film “The Godfather”; a 1956 Pontiac Safari two-door wagon; a 1957 c Star Chief coupe; a 1948 Packard Deluxe Touring sedan; 8 Stearns-Knight Model F-6-85 6-passenger roadster; and a MC AMX. 1965 GT350 fastback at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 14 AmericanCarCollector.com d spectators right in the midst of the action. Some of the star s are a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro; a Hemi-powered 1968 Dodge Dart factory race car; a 1937 Hudson Terraplane pickup, st year: 414/655 / $19.3m usso’s exciting “auction in the round” format puts bidders usso and Steele—Sports and Muscle Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 17-20 More: www.russoandsteele.com


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Kissimmee auction, now expanded to 10 days. Featured highlights include a highly optioned and very original 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda; and a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Tanker, equipped with fuel-injected 327/360 engine, RPO 276 15x5.5 wheels, RPO 687 heavy-duty brakes and suspension, and RPO 687 24-gallon fuel tank; and “ZL-55,” a no-expense-spared 1955 Chevrolet resto-mod. FeBRuaRy 1963 Shelby “Factory Competition-Specification” Cobra at RM’s arizona auction offered without reserve; and a 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” Super Duty, fully restored to concours level in 2010. RM Auctions—Automobiles of Arizona Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 18 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 126/140 cars sold / $25.7m Notable early highlights at this upscale sale of blue-chip collect- RM Auctions—The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum Collection Where: Madison, GA When: February 15–16 More: www.rmauctions.com All eyes will be on Madison, GA, when RM sells the Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum without reserve. Among the more than 200 microcars culled from around the world are some interesting American bits, including four King Midgets. ibles include a 1965 Ford GT40 (RM estimate: $2.4m–$3m); a fully documented 1967 Shelby 427 “Semi-Competition” Cobra, one of 29 S/C Cobras built ($1.4m–$1.7m); a unique 1963 Shelby “Factory Competition-Specification” Cobra ($750k–$950k); and a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Tourster, offered from single-family ownership for the first time since 1968 ($1.2m–$1.6m). a 1965 Buick Riviera Gran Sport (Gooding estimate: $50k–$75k); a 1963 Studebaker Avanti ($50k–$60k); a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird ($175k–$250k); and a 1930 Pierce-Arrow Model B Convertible Victoria ($325k–$375k). Gooding & Company—The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 18–19 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 116/118 cars sold / $39.6m Among the world-class offerings at this very exclusive sale are welcomes everyone, and the Fort McDowell sale brings a consistent mix of nice collectibles at entry-level price points. Expect a lot of restored muscle and Corvettes, vintage pickups and some very cool customs. Silver Auctions—Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 18–19 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 158/270 cars sold / $2.7m Silver bills itself as the easygoing-yet-professional auction that Mecum Auctions—Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 18–27 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,546/2,243 cars sold / $58.5m Mecum predicts an unbelievable 3,000 cars for this year’s 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Mecum Auctions—Verde Classics Museum Collection Where: Boyton Beach, FL When: February 22–23 More: www.mecumauctions.com Fran and Ron Green’s Verde Classics Museum Collection will feature 75 vehicles from across the American spectrum and more than 1,000 significant pieces of automobilia, all at no reserve. McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 22–24 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 376/514 cars sold / $6.6m Keith McCormick’s 54th Palm Springs Collector Car Auction will Bonhams—Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Auction Where: Boca Raton, FL When: February 23 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams will host its premier Florida automobile auction in see about 500 quality cars cross the block from every automotive genre. It’s a great place for restored muscle and American classics at sub-$20k prices. conjunction with the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, held at the world-famous Boca Raton Resort & Club. Early American consignments include a 1937 LaSalle Series 50 rumble seat coupe and an ex-Eugene Beardslee 1957 Lincoln Premiere convertible—both offered without reserve.A 1957 Lincoln Premiere convertible at Bonhams Boca Raton


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin What’s your plan? CAR COLLECTOR Volume 2, No. 1 January-February 2013 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 associate editor Chad Tyson Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro auction analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Daniel Grunwald Kevin Coakley Jack Tockston John Lyons Pat Campion Norm Mort Dale Novak Phil Skinner 1971 Chevrolet Impala — an experience, if not a collectible crossed the block. I hadn’t inspected the car, but it was red and started and ran. $1,800 later it was mine. Red, cheap and the top went down. Those aren’t exactly the rules I O would follow to build an interesting collection. But why bother thinking at all when something cool looking pops up in front of you? The car ended up being used by my kids to go to their proms and take on weekend trips. Eventually I sold it and might even have made a few dollars. In retrospect, it wasn’t a collectible — it was an experience disguised as a car. So when you next go car-hunting, ask yourself, am I looking for something specific, such as a Split-Window Corvette with a 4-speed, or am I just looking for something fun under $50,000? Is this a longterm keeper or a drive home, drive around and sell car? And if it is just something passing through your life, can you resist the temptation to spend money on it — money that you will surely never recover? It all comes back to your plan. My New Year’s resolution is going to be to try to separate the cars I buy into must-have because they fit a core purpose of cars I collect, vs. must-have because they are red, cheap and the top goes down. They’re both fun, just different types of fun. A ver the years, I’ve found it is much easier to buy a car and then wonder what I want to do with it than to have a plan and find the car that fits in. For instance, I recall being at a Bob Leflufy auction in Vancouver, B.C., when a 1975 Impala convertible Contributors Carl Bomstead B. Mitchell Carlson Colin Comer Ken Gross John Draneas Tom Glatch Michael Pierce John L. Stein Jay Harden Marshall Buck Mark Wigginton Information Technology/ Internet Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson SeO Consultant Michael Cottam advertising Coordinator/ Web Content administrator Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Francisco Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin aDVeRTISING SaLeS advertising executives Randy Zussman randy.zussman@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 SuBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @acc_help CORReSPONDeNCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com 1963 Corvette fuel-injected Split-Window — collectible and fun 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMaSTeR: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2012 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Hurst Equipped: Factory-Special Muscle Cars, Speed Parts & Legendary Race Cars By Mark Fletcher and Richard Truesdell, CarTech, 160 pages, $26.37 (Amazon) If we were playing some game show, and the clue was “Hurst,” you would probably think of shifters and Linda Vaughn. That’s the way brands work, giving you a top-of-mind impression — a brain hook that always comes up when the company name is mentioned. Kodak, Nike, Pepsi, and in this case Hurst, are capital-B brands — or were, since Hurst in a perfect example of a brand identity with bigger power and longevity than the company itself. In the 1950s, George Hurst was a struggling hot rodder and mechanic who was trying to get control over demons from a tough childhood and his experiences in the war. His first innovation came when he started putting Buick V8s in post-war Lincolns and the like. Although his motor mounts were in demand, the business needed more orders. So he took off on a cross-country trip to speed shops to fill the pipeline. In his car was a floor shifter, and that new product, which he wasn’t pushing, became the driving product of the company. Hurst Equipped follows the story, from kitchen-table design and company starvation, through the explosion of the company, its takeover, and its slide to irrelevance. It didn’t really take all that long, but along the way, Hurst, who was a natural showman, seemed to make all the right moves. He rode the cresting wave of ’60s drag racing, the growth of horsepower and corporate competi- tion for kings of the street car, and managed to put his name and logo on a broad range of cars and products. From the show-stopping, wheel-standing “Hemi Under Glass” to various Indianapolis 500 pace cars, Hurst extended the brand. And, of course, there was Linda Vaughn. As Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Vaughn tapped into the national consciousness, becoming the fan touchstone for Hurst. She had big hair and a big personality…let’s just say her big attributes brought as much attention to Hurst as their quickly fading shifter products in a shrinking performance aftermarket world. George Hurst faded as the business did, first losing control of the operations, finally dying in 1986 in an apparent suicide. What he left was an indelible brand, and great memories of a wild ride. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Fenton split exhaust headers Get improved performance from your straight-six Chevy or GMC with these Fenton reprodu tion headers. We all love that distinctive blatting, rapping sound from these cast-iron split headers. Match them with a set of glasspacks — or run a straight pipe — and you’re ready to rattle all the front glass in the shops on Main Street. These licensed reproductions fit (subject to minor modifications) 1937–62 Chevys with 216-ci, 235-ci, and 261-ci straight sixes. Chevs of the 40’s also carries the headers for the GMC 228, 247, 270 and 302 straight sixes. Prices are $200 for Chevrolet headers and $260 for GMC units. Fenton dual-carb intakes, gaskets, bolts and other aeromotive Phantom 340 Stealth Fuel System If you haven’t yet swapped that late-model fuel-injected engine into your hot rod because you didn’t want to install a fuel cell or weld a sump on your existing tank, the alternative is here. Aeromotive now lets you easily convert your tank to handle up to 700 horsepower with fuel injection or 1,000 horsepower with carburetion. Simply cut a hole in the top of the tank, measure the depth, cut the pump hanger and baffle to length, install the retainer ring and gasket, and then just bolt down the pump and hanger. The complete kit includes the in-tank fuel pump, a baffle system to control sloshing, and the required mounting hardware. It fits in tanks six inches to 15 inches deep. After installation, you’ll hardly remember it’s there because it’s whisper-quiet. Available at www.summitracing.com for $549.95. P/N AEI-18688. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com accessories are also available. Order at www.chevsofthe40s.com or 1-800-952-0585. P/N 3657963A (Chevrolet), 3657963G (GMC). electronic parking brake It’s a simple way to add a parking brake without spending time scouring junkyards for replacement cables or parts that aren’t produced anymore. Or for the hot rodder building from scratch, this is the one-stop piece you’ll need. It just requires installation after the master cylinder (and ABS if applicable) in line for either the front or rear axle. Hook it up to 12 volts and a toggle switch and you’re in the business of staying put. The kit is available for $270 and can be ordered at www.chevsofthe40s.com or 1-800-952-0585. P/N EPARKBRAKE. A Lineage: ªªª Mark Fletcher and Richard Truesdell are both fans of Hurst and the era, and it shows. Through their research in Hurst archives, interviews with former employees and business partners, plus the owners of many historic Hurst vehicles, they have created a rounded portrait of the company and its founders. Fit and finish: ªª Beautiful photo reproduction of collector cars and archive images balances some muddled design work and typography. Drivability: ªªª Sometimes the shadow on the wall is so much bigger than the thing creating the shadow, and that certainly sums up Hurst Performance Products. The company took a pretty small range of offerings and created an image that was so much bigger than the parts they sold. In some ways, Hurst was a triumph of marketing and image over actual performance, and through the showmanship of George Hurst, they kept the image alive well past their ability to thrive as an innovator or sales machine. Hurst Equipped does a nice job of telling that story. ªªªªª is best


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COOLSTUFF Reflections of horsepower Master watercolorist Michael Irvine creates incredibly bold, vivid scenes of Detroit iron in full glory, with depth and detail offering unexpected surprises, hidden stories and deeper meanings. Irvine has just completed the Mopar tryptich “They Came With the Farm,” a project that spanned six years. Prints start at $150. Limited-edition artist proofs are $500. Gallery canvases are $1,500. www.michaelirvine.com Pump it u I’ve owned of portable tank compressors. T usually about a interesting as a black plastic lunchbox, but the Junior Jet 150 looks like a tool that’s ready to work. It inflates most tires to 30 psi in four minutes and features a flashlight, built-in pressure gauge, 27-inch hose and nine-foot power cord that plugs into your cigarette lighter. $93.95 from www.maradynehp.com Neon glow Add the perfect nostalgic touch to your garage, business or “man cave” with these fantastic neon signs, proudly made in the U.S.A. by Cornhusker Sign & Mfg. Corp. Choose from a range of designs recalling service stations of yesteryear, Camaros, Cadillacs and Corvettes and more (Cornhusker products are officially licensed by GM), or have your own creative vision custom fabricated. $750–$1,645, www.oldneons.com Leash the beast Seatbelt buckle dog collars ($21.95), with leashes to match ($17.95), adorned with your preferred logo from the Big Three. www.genuinehotrod.com Old-fashioned travel mug Most travel mugs are constructed either of metal, ’t be microwaved, or plastic, which n leach flavors and chemicals into your drink. I was thrilled to find these simple ceramic travel mugs from the Oregon textile company Pendleton Woolen Mills. In fact, I’m taking a sip from one right now. Ahhhh. $28, www.pendletonusa.com by Tony Piff DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado by yat Ming This was the first year for the front-wheel drive personal luxury car from Olds. Great car but weak model, even with the research done. Certainly made to fit a low price point. There is reasonable detail, but this one is let down by final execution and materials used. Many areas are close in shape and detail but not correct, such as wheels and tires, front side profile, rear end and more. Chrome trim is a combo of plated parts and silver paint around windows and wheelarches. Working features are doors, hood, steering, seat backs that tilt forward, and pop-up headlights. All-plastic interior looks like plastic, paint finish is plagued with orange peel. The manufacturer lists this as a collector model, but I’d say it’s more like a good toy. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Black, Trumpet Gold Quantity: Estimated 5,000 combined Price: $30 to $40 Production date: 2006 Web: www.yatming.com Ratings Detailing: ªªª Accuracy: ªªª Overall quality: ªª½ Overall value: ªªª


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SNAPSHOTS The long and winding road A LOVE FOR OLD CARS WAS THE START OF A 48-YEAR ODYSSEY FOR THE FAMILY-OWNED LEAKE AUCTION COMPANY Richard taught school for a couple of years, but he soon started to work for Mr. Leake’s television station — and he helped at Leake Auctions. “The whole family was there to help out,” Richard said. “It was party all night, work all day — one helluva deal.” By 1972, Richard moved to Leake Auctions for good. “The auc- tion business had gone from being Mom and Pop to a big enough business that was a full-time deal,” Richard said. Everyone in the family kept pitching in at the increasingly successful car auction business. By then, Leake had auctions in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and Louisiana. In 1989, Richard and Nancy bought Leake Auction Company from Jim Leake, who died at age 85 in July 2001. Richard and Nancy decided to focus their auction business on the Courtesy of Leake Auction Co. From humble beginnings grew a major auction house by Chester Allen old cars and put them into a warehouse,” said Richard Sevenoaks, who now owns Leake Auction Company with his wife, Nancy Leake Sevenoaks — Jim Leake’s daughter. “Periodically, he’d have to empty the warehouses, so he’d have an auction.” One day in 1964, Leake had hired Park-Bernet — now known as I Sotheby’s — to sell off 80 cars, including two Duesenbergs that sold for $3,500 each. The sale led to Leake’s creation of The Antiques Inc. Car Museum, which at one time had the largest private collection of Rolls-Royce cars in the world. The 1964 sale also led to an annual collector-car auction in Tulsa, OK, which was the start of the Leake Auction Company. While Leake sold a lot of cars, Detailing What: Leake Auction Company Next auction: lahoma City, bruary 22–23, 013, where 450 cars will cross he block. Where: OKC airgrounds, $15, $7 for children More: www.leakecar.com Cost: Admission is Cox Pavilion he kept collecting others, including a $27,500 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost bought at Christie’s London Auction in 1966. “He didn’t want to tell his wife about that car,” Sevenoaks said. Nancy was raised among all these cool old cars. “You can’t get more stylish than going to your senior prom in a car from the Classic Era,” she said. Nancy ended up going to the University of Arizona, where she met Richard Sevenoaks. A college romance turned to marriage. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com f we could step into Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine and journey to Muskogee, OK, circa 1964, we’d probably find Jim Leake staring at a bunch of old cars. Most people called Leake’s fascination weird, but he couldn’t stop buying the old, gorgeous machines he found while running his grocery business. “His grocery company had lots of warehouse space, and he’d buy Southwest United States, with their main auctions in Tulsa, Dallas, Oklahoma City and San Antonio. Richard wanted to make the auction a fun show, so Leake ponied up $100,000 for a Hollywood-style set with two turntables for cars. Two big-screen televisions and two turntables made for a fast-paced, entertaining show — and bidders liked keeping tabs on two cars at a time. “It’s a happy chaos,” Nancy said. “There’s a lot going on all the time, lots of excitement.” The company also decided to Nancy Sevenoaks focus on cars that offered emotional attachment to buyers. “We decided to auction more muscle, more 4x4s,” Richard said. “Cars that kids grew up with in high school — cars that created an emotional attachment.” The plan worked, and Leake’s auctions keep on growing. The Tulsa auction usually puts 800 cars across the block, and it’s common to see 600 cars in Dallas and 400 to 500 in Oklahoma City. Now, 40 years since that first Leake Auction in 1972 — and 48 years since that Muskogee, OK, auction — Leake is a big player in the car auction world. Leake has auctioned off more than 40,000 cars, and three generations of the family have put their stamp on the business. The world has caught up with Leake, as those junky old cars of 1964 are now often very valuable collector items — and pieces of living history. Nancy and Richard’s children got involved in the auction business when they were 12 to 14 years old, and they’re still working with old cars. “They are our exit strategy,” Richard said with the air of a man who has no intention of retiring anytime soon. “We all just love vintage cars.” From the start, the Leake and Sevenoaks families have seen value in cars, so what cars of today will be collectible in the future? “Modern, high-performance muscle cars, such as Dodge’s Hemi cars and the new Shelby Mustangs,” Richard said. “They are modern cars with the sizzle of the older muscle cars. Everything old is new again, and these modern muscle cars will be around for the next generation — and so will we.” A


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YOURTURN Tell us what’s on your mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Time machine ’89 ’Vette I own a 1989 Corvette convertible with just 32 miles. White with red, automatic, Bose, a/c, leather, all options except the hard top and luggage rack. It had four miles on the odometer when I bought it in 1989. I drove it home from the dealership, which was 28 miles. This is not a collectible, and candidly, I think I want the C7 as I am now 60 years old. I had it listed on eBay in 2011 and it logged 700 views, no offers. I want $35,000–$39,000. What do you think? Thank you for your opinion. — Joseph Caplan Editor Jim Pickering responds: Thanks for your question, Joe. It’s a good one. Placing value on an all-original ultra-low-miles car can be really tough, as price guides don’t really have any bearing on cars like yours. That said, I think your price is a little high. We have seen cars like yours sell at auction before. A quick search of the ACC Premium Database (which includes every car we’ve ever run in ACC as well as a lot that never made it to print) provides a couple of good comparable sales. In 2010, Mecum sold a 1984 coupe (the 750,000th Corvette built) at its auction of the Bob McDorman Collection for $42,900 (ACC# 168123). That car had just 559 miles on the clock, but it also had more historical significance than your car. Another car, a 1988 convertible in silver with a red interior, sold at Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction in June ’09 for $25,970 (ACC# 120821). That car only had 6.5 miles on the odometer and was still on the MSO. Yet another one, this time an ’88 convertible in blue with a blue interior, made $23,850 at Mecum’s Indy sale in 2009 (ACC# 120509). That one had 8,885 miles, which I’d still call pretty minty considering its age. These cars give a pretty good ballpark range on values, even if the data points are a couple of years old. The truth of the matter is we don’t see these ultra-low-mile cars come up for sale that often. I think the silver convertible from BG is probably the best comp to your Corvette. And it sold at Bloomington Gold, which is one of the Joseph Caplan’s 1989 Corvette. The market indicates the $35k–$39k asking price might be a little high top Corvette auctions in the country, especially for cars like yours. Based on these past sales, I think $35k is a lot of money for an ’89, even with no miles. Corvette technology has really come a long way over the years, and that amount of cash can buy a car with more performance. Even $30k is pristine ZR-1 territory. And let’s not forget that engine seals, hoses and other rubber components don’t like to sit that long without being used. The first question that always comes to mind regarding a no-miles car is how much will need to be replaced before you can safely use it. In your case, did the car ever get started and moved around? Have you kept up with the services over the years? How are the tires? How are the brakes? Any serious buyers will want to know. The current market value for a #2 condition ’89 convertible is $10,500 to $16,500. Your car has a good story, really low miles, and likely no issues aside from possible atrophy from sitting. I’d suggest starting out somewhere around $26k or $27k and be willing to move down from there if needed. And when you get that C7, be sure to get out and drive it. You’ll be happy you did.A This 1988 Corvette convertible, with 6.5 miles, sold for $26k in 2009 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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UNDERTHE HOOD 10 TIPS Make the most of selling your vehicle at auction BEING PREPARED IS THE BEST TOOL YOU HAVE When you go to auction, you’ll be happier if your vehicle is well-prepped and you have a realistic expectation of price Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson by Dale Novak S o you’ve decided to let your old car go, and you’ve decided that a classic-car auction is the best place to sell it. What’s the next step? How does the process work? There’s a lot to selling at auction, and it isn’t always as easy as it looks. ACC is here to help you make the most out of the experience. Here’s a list of 10 suggestions from me, and I’ve sold more than a few cars at auction. 1 Evaluate your car This may be the toughest step to take. What’s wrong with your car? What would a prospective buyer see that you’ve simply grown accustomed to? How would a true professional appraiser rate your car? These are tough questions that are rarely addressed honestly by most sellers. Most likely, if you think your car is a very nice #3 driver, it just might be a #4+ daily driver. Guys who honestly believe that they own 28 AmericanCarCollector.com a #1 trailer queen may likely own a very nice #2 example. Look at your car with your eyes wide open. Look at the chrome, the glass, the carpet, inner fenders, chassis, engine bay, headliner and dash. Rate each and every part of your car compared with how it would have been showroom-new. The sum of the parts evaluates the whole. What works and doesn’t work? What would you fix if you planned to keep the car? How would your car honestly rate against one that has been judged as the best in the world? Once you’ve got an accurate picture of what you really have, you’re ready to move on to step number two. 2 What’s my car really worth? Auction results can be wildly unpredictable. Just because a similar car sold for a world-class result doesn’t mean your car will perform the same at auction. It might be an indicator, but by no means will it be the gospel.


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Presentation is paramount. Spend time on cleanup and detailing — it will likely pay off in the sale price BeFORe aFTeR Try subscribing to the ACC Premium Auction Database to see what similar cars in similar condition have sold for at multiple venues. Visit the large auction-house databases and research their results. Scour our free valuations at our site, CollectorCarPriceTracker.com. Lastly, search the Web and a variety of price guides for more guidance. The worst thing you can do is go into an auction with a valuation that is unrealistic. You’ll be disappointed and discouraged and the experience will be costly. And pay no attention to dealer or privateparty asking prices. They usually have no bearing on actual selling prices and can vary wildly for no apparent reason. 3 Fix it or forget it? What bothers you about your car? Odd noises, rattles, squeaks, issues with the brakes, suspension, heating or cooling systems? Chances are if it bothers you, it will bother another guy. Auction houses don’t like selling needy cars, nor do they ap- preciate getting complaints about a car after the sale. Weigh the cost of making your car right against possible outcomes, and if there’s something you don’t want to fix, disclose it. Don’t think of an auction as the proverbial dumping grounds — and don’t believe that auction companies have no recourse with their consignors. Problems can come back to bite you. 4 Which auction is right for me? We all know about the largest auction houses — these days, they have television coverage, piles of ads and a large voice out in the classic-car world. They’re great, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about the smaller auctions that might be closer to you. Many times, smaller auction companies have lower entry and seller fees, and you also have to consider the cost to transport your car to a larger event (plus hotel, meals, airfare, expenses and possibly time off from work). It all adds up. Your car might achieve a few thousand more at a larger auction, but your fees, expenses and commission could eat up much of those proceeds, depending on what that larger auction house charges. That said, don’t rule out the big boys. I’ve sold at both large and small auctions and have had good luck at both. But do look around before you decide on a company, and examine all the expenses that come with that decision. Also, consign as early as possible so you get the benefit of the online and print exposure. 5 Down to the details How a car looks is paramount. The reality is that most cars are never “test driven” at auction (although many auctions will try to accommodate the request). That makes presentation 90% of the sale. What your car card states or how your car performs rolling up on the auction block plays a distant second to that first impression. If you don’t have the time or knowledge to really detail your car well, hire someone to do it for you. A great $300 detailing job can bring another $1,000 (or more) on the auction block. Cut corners here and your neglect or loss of interest will result in lower bids. You’ll likely end up trying to explain to your wife why your car isn’t worth what you told her you’d get for it. So spend the time or spend the money to get this done right. It’s worth it. 6 The docs Cars with the best documentation always achieve the best results. I know some of you don’t have any paperwork for your car. That’s just the way it is. But for those of you who do, leverage it. First, make copies of everything you have. If your original docu- ments are in color, make color copies — they are inexpensive and will present better. Scour the Web for information about your car. What are the performance specs? What options does it have? How many were likely built just like yours? Do your best to discern the marketing benefits of your car. If you have a bunch of documents, put them in a binder with plastic sleeves so buyers can thumb through them. I like to secure the book to the car if possible so nobody walks off with it. Never put your originals on display. As a side note, never display a sheet showing the current NADA values as a measure of what you’re car should be worth. If the auction house uses a pre-sale estimate, let the buyers decipher that information as a yardstick for the final hammer price. Be honest to the core, but in a positive manner 7 Preparing your description You know your car better than anyone else. Prepare a description that tells the story about your car. Let bidders know how much you’ve enjoyed your car, what’s great about it and how well you’ve taken care of it. Be honest to the core, but in a positive manner. For instance, if the windshield on your car is delaminating and yellowing a bit, you don’t need to state that in your description. Nor do you need to state that the interior needs restoration. Your car is on display for bidders to evaluate for themselves. If you know about certain major deficiencies such as the a/c not working or that the rear main seal spews oil like a sprinkler head, disclose them. You’ll feel better about selling your car and buyers will January-February 2013 29


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UNDERTHE HOOD of buyers at the staging area — this is where you’ll have your final shot at closing the sale. Be clear and avoid dancing around the hard questions — buyers will want to engage in an honest discussion about your car. Be honest and prepared, but also let the buyers know what’s right about your car too. Once your car is on the block, the auction company will work with you to get your car sold. They will ask you about your reserve (if you have one) and how flexible you are with the amount you want for your car. It’s best to know your true High-quality photos of your car and an honest description in bullet points can help seal the deal appreciate your honesty. Most car cards have limited space for a description, so use bullet points if you can. Remember, what’s on your car card is what will be read on the auction block. If you have a longer story to tell, tape the long description to the passenger’s side window. 8 A picture is worth a thousand bucks Quality photos help get your car noticed at auction. Serious buyers will browse through the auction company’s sale list and look for cars in which they’re interested. Yes, sometimes a guy is looking for a specific car, but it makes no difference — that car might be yours. Take great photos. Use good lighting and follow the auction company’s instructions for the best outcome. Do not use flash photography in your garage. Don’t use your cell-phone camera. Don’t take photos when the sun is in full bloom. Always use the natural outdoor light, avoid using flash and take photos in the early morning or late afternoon light. 9 Sit. Stay. Sell Being available to answer questions can literally make the difference between a great sale and a no-sale. Bring some folding chairs and a few copies of ACC and plan to hang around your car. If you’d rather roam the grounds and enjoy the show, post your cell-phone number on the car and let the buyers know you are at the auction. Serious buyers will have legitimate ques- tions about your car. Some will ask you how much you want for it, trying to peek into your reserve (if you have one). Some guys will just be kicking the tires (look for bidder badges) or just want to reminisce with you about the one they owned 30 years ago. Remember, you’re on a mission to achieve the best result that you can. 10 Gone in 180 seconds 30 AmericanCarCollector.com Let the auction staff drive your car through the grounds and up on the block. Ride shotgun until you get near the block staging area. There will usually be swarms auctions are fast and furious. you might have only minutes to make decisions bottom line before you are on the block. You’ll only have about three minutes (or less) to make decisions. If there’s a display monitor, look at the number that’s bid. Try to tune out the auctioneer. Trust me, it’s easier to stay focused that way. Asking the auction representative what the bidding is at is an alternative. There are a bunch of subtle nuances that go on between the auc- Being available to answer questions can make the difference tioneer, the ringman and the seller’s representative, and it all moves at a very fast pace. Just remember, you’re in control, provided they haven’t reached your reserve number. They can’t sell your car without your permission otherwise. Sell it or take it home? Keep your costs in mind. If you parade your car around auction to auction, you’ll continue to spend money that will eat away at your net sale amount and diminish your final tally. Do your homework, break out your old Texas Instruments calculator, and crunch the numbers. Being prepared is the best tool you have. If you’re close, it usually best to lift your reserve and call it a day. Sometimes you’ll receive a few more bids, sometimes you won’t. Occasionally, cars will take off with unusually extraordinary results. Ultimately, selling your car at auction is a short-term partnership between you and your selected auction house. There are plenty to choose from — from the largest to some pretty darn good regional players. It’s a matter of research, negotiation and diligence. Auctions move pretty quickly. But if you come prepared, you’re much more likely to have a good day. A


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WAXINGNOSTALGIC Meguiar’s trip back in time ON A VISIT BACK TO KENTUCKY, CAR-WAX HEIR AND HIS FAMILY RELIVE MORE THAN 100 YEARS OF ANCESTRAL AND BUSINESS HISTORY Meguiar’s wax born just 200 miles away Evansville, IN — just 200 miles north of Franklin, KY — was where Frank Meguiar Jr. started formulating furniture polishes in 1901. His home-brewed potions became known for creating a perfectly clear finish on black lacquer furniture. Location is often the key to success, and Meguiar’s new business was close to more than 150 horseless-carriage manufacturers in Indiana. Those companies painted their new vehicles with the same black lacquer, so Frank Meguiar’s Furniture Polish quickly became the preferred carriage polish — and the rest is history. In 1913, Frank Meguiar moved his fam- Courtesy of Barry Meguiar Barry Meguiar, his wife, Karen, and daughters Michelle Shoemaker and Nicole Meguiar visit one of the family cemeteries by Keith Martin County), KY. The Meguiar roots go all the way back to Jamestown, VA, and two Meguiar brothers who fought in the Revolutionary War. A bunch of car guys in Simpson County, KY, began what is now I one of the oldest continuous-running car shows in the world in 1962. So, it was altogether fitting for Barry Meguiar, the third-generation president of Meguiar’s and the host of “Car Crazy Television,” to return to his roots and be honored as the Grand Marshal for the 50th anniversary of the Southern Kentucky Region Antique Car Show & Festival on the Square. The Southern Kentucky Region of the AACA puts on the show each year, and it draws more than 250 cars and more than 11,000 car enthusiasts. “It was an amazing trip back in time for us,” Barry said. “The Simpson County Historical Society provided us with overwhelming documentation on our family roots going back to my great-, great-, great-, great-, great-, great-grandfather Thomas William Meguiar, born in 1757. Mason Barnes (one of the lead car guys in Franklin and a city commissioner), toured my wife, Karen, our two daughters, and me through two Meguiar Cemeteries with the aged tombstones of our ancestors.” 32 AmericanCarCollector.com t’s commonly known that Barry Meguiar’s grandfather, Frank Meguiar Jr., founded the family car-wax business in Evansville, IN, in 1901. What is not known is that Frank’s father, Benjamin Franklin Meguiar, and generations of Meguiars before him, were all born and bred in the town of Franklin (Simpson ily and family business to Pasadena, CA, which became a mecca for great cars when two of the most respected American coachbuilders of all time, Walter M. Murphy and Bohman & Schwartz, made Pasadena their home. Thirty-five years later, Frank Meguiar’s passion for creating deep, clear reflections in automobile paint jobs found its audience when the car hobby exploded on the scene in Southern California after the end of World War II. The Meguiar family has been part of the fabric of the car hobby ever since, but as this journey showed, the roots of the family — and the business of making automobile paint glow — go back to that charming, rural area of Indiana and Kentucky. A The Southern Kentucky Region antique Car Show and Festival on the Square brought Meguiar home


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INSIDER’S VIEW Hot rod blasphemy? 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 biweekly newsletter. Chevy guy and that dictates what you drive. I don’t care what you put in what, as long as it’s fast and fun. We once did a 1600-cc Toyota in a ’72 Maverick for my kid in college — he got more laughs when he opened the hood and great gas mileage. Jerry O., Tacoma, WA, via ACC blog: What you put in your hot rod is your business. But I like to see a Ford in a Ford, a Chev in a Chev. I think you should stay true to the brand. Bill Gould Mark Cochran, Mission Viejo, CA, via email: It’s always a good The ACC question: Traditionally, in the hot rod world, Chevy engines have been the powerplants of choice, even in Ford hot rods. But do you think it’s wrong to drop a Chevy V8 in a Ford when there are perfectly good Ford engines out there? Readers respond: Barry Mann, Winter Park, FL, via email: I checked the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Bible, Snopes and I even Googled it... but alas, no rules, laws, amendments, commandments, etc., saying you couldn’t put a Chevy engine in a Ford or vice versa. Nada, nothing, zip! Bob Smalley, via email: It’s like trans- planting a dog’s heart into a human. It’s just a very bad idea. Bill Warner, Amelia Island, FL, via email: No problem with the small-block Chevy in ’30s Fords. That’s the way it was done in the mid- to late ’50s. Earlier, Olds and Cadillacs were used. I do have a problem with modern big blocks of any manufacture in ’30s Fords. Jim Meyer, Lincoln City, OR, via email: In the last 50 years, our Chevy-to-Ford engine swaps have way outnumbered any other swap. Seems like you are either a Ford or a 34 AmericanCarCollector.com idea to put a Chevy engine in anything Ford. Tom Maruska, via email: I never liked the idea and wish they would keep their Chevy engines in Chevys or the junk yard. I’ve always wanted to put a Ford engine in a Chevy just to get even but I can’t get myself to build a Chevy car. Kevin Kelledy, via email: In hot rod- ding, as in war, all is fair. I have a 1939 Ford Deluxe coupe with a tunnel ram Chevy 454 engine and a TH400. Nothing could be finer! Bill Waite, Cleveland. The owner was adamant about having a “Ford in a Ford.” Problem is, the 351 is a big sucker, and we had to do all sorts of heroics to make it fit, including a custom fabricated water pump to get clearance. From the aesthetic and purist view, I would much prefer a period Flathead. Dave Lavine, Minneapolis, MN, via email: I see no reason why a man building a Ford hot rod shouldn’t install a Ford engine. Why not the venerable 427 or 428? Both were good enough for Mr. Shelby. Robert Williams, via email: It is wrong to put a Chevy engine in any other kind of car, unless it’s a Jaguar. Ron LeBlanc, Manchester, CT, via email: It’s not blasphemy; it’s part of what makes it a hot rod. A Chevy motor in a Ford would never be confused with a flathead or Y-block, and identified you as a hot rodder. Chris Kunkler, Atlanta, GA, via email: Would you rather have your wife get breast implants or breast transplants from another woman? Chevy to Chevy, Ford to Ford, etc. Don’t mix! Jon Leeth, Tuttle, OK, via email: Is it via email: At one time it wasn’t a problem. But now, with all of the Ford smallblock choices out there, anyone who puts a Chevy into a Ford should be seriously flogged in a public square. Capt. David Delano, San Francisco, CA, via email: Why is it any more wrong to install an SBC than a Chrysler or Dodge Hemi? Isn’t that what hot rodding is all about, building a car with what you have or how you want it? If it fits and you have it or want it, use it! John Clark, via email: From a practical standpoint, the Chevy is much easier to get into the ’32, and most of the bits are readily available for the installation. Some years ago, I helped build a ’32 Roadster with a 351 “It’s like transplanting a dog’s heart into a human. It’s just a very bad idea.” wrong to put the ubiquitous Bowtie smallblock 350 into a ’64½ Mustang? Or a Dodge 318 into a ’64 ’Vette? Only as wrong as any other swap in hot rodding. Only as wrong as that one-wire alternator, or that rear axle with the nine-inch ring gear. Only as wrong as the import truck power- steering pump and box in your old farm truck, or as a cookie-cutter front-suspension kit adapted from a languishing mid-’70s “sports car.” Ty Bennett, Fort Wayne, IN, via email: You usually do not restore a Shelby Mustang and drop in a big-block Chevrolet. But a custom is just that — built to one person’s tastes. And variety IS the spice of life. So, let a person work within their budget and knowledge base. Build and save as many old cars as we can and ENJOY them, I say. Do not put someone or a car down because it is not all stock or original. Praise them for their efforts and encourage anyone younger than you to embrace the passion we all share. A


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 626,350 (1965–67) Original list price: $2,734 (early 1965 coupe) ACC valuation: $10,000– $22,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis number: Stamped on the left front shock tower/fender support along the top edge of the fender (also on the right side on San Jose-assembled cars). Data plate on driver’s door. Engine number: Beneath the coil attaching bolt More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1960–70 Ford Falcon, 1960–69 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 1964–69 Plymouth Barracuda (slant-6), 1967–69 Pontiac Firebird Sprint, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro (6) Club: Mustang Club of America ap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 626,350 (1965–67) Original list price: $2,734 (early 1965 coupe) ACC valuation: $10,000– $22,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis number: Stamped on the left front shock tower/fender support along the top edge of the fender (also on the right side on San Jose-assembled cars). Data plate on driver’s door. Engine number: Beneath the coil attaching bolt More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1960–70 Ford Falcon, 1960–69 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 1964–69 Plymouth Barracuda (slant-6), 1967–69 Pontiac Firebird Sprint, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro (6) Club: Mustang Club of America ACC ACC Investment Grade: C 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr hrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 6 ap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 626,350 (1965–67) Original list price: $2,734 (early 1965 coupe) ACC valuation: $10,000– $22,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis number: Stamped on the left front shock tower/fender support along the top edge of the fender (also on the right side on San Jose-assembled cars). Data plate on driver’s door. Engine number: Beneath the coil attaching bolt More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1960–70 Ford Falcon, 1960–69 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 1964–69 Plymouth Barracuda (slant-6), 1967–69 Pontiac Firebird Sprint, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro (6) Club: Mustang Club of America ACC Investment Grade: C 36 AmericanCarCollector.com and and economical cruisers, with mileage figures that won’t have you crying at the pump. Birds and ponies of a feather If you know anything about Fords, you know the first-generation Mustang was really just a rebodied Falcon. That 170-ci 6-cylinder Falcon engine was the standard engine for the Mustang, too. And it wasn’t a bad engine either, with a respectable 101 horsepower. A 200-ci variant was introduced in 1965, with the added benefit of having seven main bearings instead of four. Of the 121,538 early-production “1964½” Mustangs sold, 32,750 (27%) were 170-ci 6-bangers. Their popularity increased during their first full model year — 36% were delivered with the new-for-1965 200-ci six — or 198,900 of the 559,451 units built. By 1966, sixes accounted for 42% of production. Ponies 1966 Ford Mustang coupe, sold for $15,100 this year at Silver auctions, Spokane, Wa Cheap Thr Cheap Thr hrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 626 hrills B. Mitchell Carlson STRAIGHT-SIX YOU DON’T NEED A V8 TO HAVE A GOOD TIME Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: 626,350 (1965–67) Original list price: $2,734 (early 1965 coupe) ACC valuation: $10,000– $22,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis number: Stamped on the left front shock tower/fender support along the top edge of the fender (also on the right side on San Jose-assembled cars). Data plate on driver’s door. Engine number: Beneath the coil attaching bolt More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1960–70 Ford Falcon, 1960–69 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 1964–69 Plymouth Barracuda (slant-6), 1967–69 Pontiac Firebird Sprint, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro (6) Club: Mustang Club of America ACC Investment Grade: C 36 AmericanCarCollector.com and economical cruisers, with mileage figures that won’t have you crying at the pump. Birds and ponies of a feather If you know anything about Fords, you know the first-generation Mustang was really just a rebodied Falcon. That 170-ci 6-cylinder Falcon engine was the standard engine for the Mustang, too. And it wasn’t a bad engine either, with a respectable 101 horsepower. A 200-ci variant was introduced in 1965, with the added benefit of having seven main bearings instead of four. Of the 121,538 early-production “1964½” Mustangs sold, 32,750 (27%) were 170-ci 6-bangers. Their popularity increased during their first full model year — 36% were delivered with the new-for-1965 200-ci six — or 198,900 of the 559,451 units built. By 1966, sixes accounted for 42% of production. Ponies 1966 Ford Mustang coupe, sold for $15,100 this year at Silver auctions, Spokane, Wa special special Sprint 200 package was introduced mid-year. All but ignored today, these Mustangs featured a unique center emblem on simulated wire wheel covers, a unique rocker panel stripe, a center console, and a chrome air cleaner with unique “Sprint 200” decal. In addition to that, ads were launched targeting the Mustang as a sporty looking yet economical car — especially toward women, with “Six and the Single Girl” ad copy. This is probably where the Mustang six’s stereotype of being a girl’s car comes from — that and the famous quote from Carroll Shelby, who reportedly called the Mustang a “secretary’s car” when Ford asked him to take on the project that would become the GT350. But hey, the world has changed. These things are cheap collector cars you can actually use, and if your significant other loves it, isn’t that a bonus? You may not win any drag races in one, but it’s refreshing to


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the $15k to $18k range. For just plain runners, these are the only classic Mustangs that you can get for under $10k — including the occasional convertible. With the heavy marketing of the sixes towards women, Cruise-O-Matics tended to be the most popular transmissions (in both sixes and eights), with 3-speeds close behind, and Dagenham 4-speeds (named after the town where they were built) a rare minority. For collectibility, I think a 1966 Sprint 200 with a Dagenham 4-speed would be the rarest, although any 4-speed convertible would be more desirable. Don’t get your engine hoist just yet Don’t assume that buying a six and making it into a V8 1965 Ford Mustang convertible — an $11,934 sale in 2011 at the Bonhams auction in Port Townsend, Wa drive a collector car that is dead simple, cheap to fix and doesn’t gulp fuel at a higher rate than some small countries. One of my auction assistants has a 1968 convertible, and he reports getting mileage in the upper 20s when not pushing it hard. He also recommends that the most prudent upgrade is dual master cylinder power brakes for safer stopping. How much does it cost? These cars can be significantly cheaper than price guides suggest. I’ve seen rather nice original 6-cylinder hard tops sell for $10k to $12k, with drop tops in on the cheap is the way to go. You’re better off spending more money for an original V8. Converting a six correctly will be expensive, and if you skimp, you’ll break parts on a regular basis. Oh, and there will always be that pesky “T” engine code in the VIN (or “U” for the 170-cube mill) that anyone who knows Mustangs will spot from a mile away. But you don’t really need to swap in a V8 if you’re just looking for a small boost in performance. There were some speed parts made for these sixes in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and while hardly plentiful today, they don’t tend to be expensive when they pop up. Hot Rod magazine ran an article in 1970 about Ak Miller’s modifications on a Maverick with a 200 in it, with several good performance and durability tips — including machining the head/intake to give it triple-carb induction. Other Ford speed fans suggest swapping out the cylinder head from a Granada, which has a separate intake manifold, unlike the Mustang. All of this will give you more power at a reduced cost without significantly adding to the weight on the front end like a V8 would, and that means better handling. Sounds like just the market the Mustang was originally trying to tap. These cars are easy to find and easy to use, so why not jump on the bandwagon? With all that is retro in the American car world today, even an original six has loads of curb appeal, and you sure can’t argue with the price point.A January-February 2013 37


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Horsepower Colin Comer A s MUSCLE how of THE MUSCLE CAR AND CORVETTE NATIONALS TEAM WANTED “THE SHOW TO END ALL SHOWS” Al Rogers This year’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals featured a display of more than 60 yenkos, from Corvairs to Camaros decided it was time to build the all-makes American car show we had always wanted to see. The Chicago venue was available, with roughly 400,000 square feet of indoor space just a stone’s throw from O’Hare airport. And the vacated November dates wouldn’t interfere with any other shows — a rarity in the car show world. F Go big or go home Two problems stared us in the face: Nobody knew how to run a show, and at the time, not one of us knew just how crazy the idea of building a world-class, 500-plus car show in under 12 months would be. But as they say, if you’re going to be a bear, might as well be a Grizzly. Our group of nine collectors decided to go for it anyway. The first order of business was to snag Bob Ashton, the hardworking former Vettefest manager. Bob knew the venue, the logistics, 38 AmericanCarCollector.com or many years, the Fall Chevy Vettefest in Chicago was a must-attend event for Midwest car guys. But unfortunately, for a variety of reasons, the show lost its magic. After the fall event in 2008, its owner, Championship Auto Shows, pulled the plug. Hearing this news, a small group of collectors, myself included, the people, the hobby, and the ins and outs of running a really good show. He became the 10th member of the newly formed Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show (MCACN). While 90% of our members knew next to nothing about running a show, we sure knew a lot about going to shows and what we did and did not like. Lists were compiled and votes taken. The end result was we all wanted “the show to end all shows” — a Pebble Beach for muscle car and Corvette guys. We invited the best of the best in cars and car people. And they showed up! By the end of our 2009 show, the common consensus was that it could never be duplicated. But we weren’t done. Not nearly. This year’s event, held November 17 and 18, marked the fourth year of the MCACN show, and it’s still growing. Rarest of the rare Beyond this year’s 533 show cars on display, plus a swapmeet, car corral and great vendors, what sets MCACN apart? First, there are cars you’ll never see anywhere else. Our special showcases for 2012 included the perennial favorite Shelby Snakepit, with eight hand-picked special Shelbys, including Bobby Rahal and his 1965


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Al Rogers Serious muscle as far as the eye can see GT350. This year’s show also featured the 1969 Trans Am convertible showcase, with six of the eight produced on display; the “Meet the Mean Ones” Yenko display with over 60 Yenkos, from Corvairs to Camaros; the Class of 1962 and Class of 1972 displays, and the “Aero Warriors” display, with 42 of the winged wonders stretching almost the length of the building. We also had numerous unveilings of special cars fresh out of res- toration, including the 1969 Hurst Olds Convertible Pace Car with the famous nine-foot-tall gold Hurst shifter on the trunk. The even-morefamous Linda Vaughn was there to stand with that shifter. There was also a “Muscle Bikes” concours for vintage 1960s and 1970s bicycles —something to which all of us of a certain age can relate. Judging MCACN offers concours judging as well as more than 10 non- concours classes to recognize significant cars of all types. MCACN’s expert team of judges, fluent in all makes, is led by Bill Braun, a noted collector as well as NCRS Chapter Chairman and the former Vettefest Judging Chairman for 22 years. For the Corvette guys, MCACN offers the coveted Triple Diamond concours judging for Corvettes that have already achieved NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold Certification within the past five years. Beyond the MCACN Concours Stock judging, where cars are judged against a 1,000 point scale representing exact “as delivered” condition, there is also the unique Day 2 concours judging. Here, period-correct and documented accessories and modifications are allowed with no point deductions. This Day 2 judging recognizes this emerging trend to restore (and show) muscle cars as they were “back in the day,” with headers, Cragar mags, Thrush mufflers, Sun Tachs and the like. One of my favorite features at MCACN is the Vintage Certification program for original, unrestored cars. This incredibly intense judging and documentation process is only available for six to eight cars per year, and all are rigorously pre-qualified. Owners must submit an application that includes a written record of the car’s history along with supporting documentation and photographs. Four levels of Vintage Certification are offered to suit original cars from absolute time-capsule, untouched preservation-level cars down to cars that may have had limited restoration but still have areas that can offer invaluable references on factory finishes and processes. It is the goal of Vintage Certification to provide recognition and appreciation for unrestored cars while documenting them for historical reference. If we can save even a few cars that shouldn’t be restored from the knife, we’ve done our job. So with all of this, what does MCACN mean to the Al Rogers Linda Vaughn and one of three 1969 Hurst Olds convertible pace cars hobby? Judging by the nearly 20,000 people through the gate over the two-day show, including visitors from Sweden, England, France, and Canada, it has become the one not-to-miss show for American car enthusiasts worldwide. Famed collector and the creator of the original muscle car museum Floyd Garrett summed up MCACN by saying, “I’m going to tell all of my friends that they don’t need to go to any other show during the year. THIS is the one to see!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. A January-February 2013 39


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Corvette Market John L. Stein PATINAvs. PERFECTION PERFECTION CAN BE BREATHTAKING, BUT PATINA IS SOMETHING DIFFERENT — THE REWARD OF A DRIVING LIFE WELL LIVED H eading down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu one sunny Saturday morning, I found my eyes drawn to a flash of scarlet. It was a 1957 Corvette heading north, zooming along in the fast lane at a good clip. The chrome bumpers and toothy grille reflected the blue skies bril- liantly, and the paint was an eye-popping red with dazzling white coves. Maybe too dazzling. It was obvious this car was being cherished and enjoyed, but I wondered just how over-restored the whole package probably looked up close. At a glance, it had that flawless appearance, with a much brighter and more chromatic base-coat/clear-coat finish than the original lacquer. All in all restored, as Mom used to label various exploits of excess, “not wisely but too well.” Only original once Remaking a Corvette carries a sizable burden of responsibility, just as does the restoration of an Impressionist painting or performing plastic surgery. In order for the result to succeed, it should be completely undetectable from the original. Done wrong, and you turn a nice-looking kid into a cartoon caricature, a Monet into a pawn-shop velvet Elvis…or an honest Corvette into a joke. Until about a decade ago, the standard operating procedure for classic-car enthusiasts was fairly simple. The target was nice and shiny rather than 100% authentic, and with plenty of distressed cars available, the protocol became Buy, Repaint, Flip, Repeat. And it happened to a lot of Corvettes. Eventually, people began to marvel when chance revealed a totally authentic car that had never been touched. It was like stumbling into an audience with Zora Arkus-Duntov. “So that’s how the original paint was,” someone would murmur. “So that’s how the door gaps were. So that’s what the vinyl looked like. Wow.” Suddenly, surviving original cars were not just cool, but invaluable. At that point, the good all-original cars started being coveted for what they are — real. And it became more broadly understood that while you can restore a car over and over again, it’s only original once. Today’s auction results bear this out, with some barn-find originals commanding comparable money as nut-and-bolt restorations. A matter of taste People engage with vintage cars for a host of personal reasons. It might be profit or personal therapy, a desire to chase perfection or create a unique resto-mod, or just to tunnel into the past. So it’s no wonder why, when I polled some acquaintances for this column, there 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Can a car be too perfect?


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emerged no consensus as to whether patina or perfection was the high priest. Greg Young is a California attorney and concours judge whose collection includes a ’63 fuel-injected coupe. “An unrestored car in nice condition is the star of any show today,” he says. “But people buying at auction want perfection. My own desire is to have a car that is in the exact shape it was during its day. For a driver, patina is fine, and I left the original dash, headliner and console in my Sting Ray when I went through the car.” West Coast investor and collector Orwin Middleton owns 1957 and ’61 Corvettes. “Restorations used to consist of just paint, chrome and interior, but the game of one-upsmanship has taken over,” he says. “Patina or perfection is a matter of taste, and my preference is absolutely patina. My opinion is that over-perfection is now a dime a dozen, whereas cars with true patina are very rare and much more interesting.” Doug McKenzie, a California-based stock broker and collec- tor, adds, “I appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into making something perfect.” While Wayne Greene, a custom homebuilder and collector, says, “I am a perfectionist in my business, but I appreciate both perfection and patina in cars.” Perfectly original is best Perfection can be breathtaking, laudable and enviable. But patina is something different — the reward of a driving life well lived. Patina is the stone chips on the nose of a race car, earned in battle and so honored. It is the remnants of a beach-club parking permit on the windshield, left over from the Summer of Love. Patina is a steering wheel and shift knob polished smooth by decades of use. And it’s the quiet dignity of original lacquer, rich but not shouting, well-presented but imperfect, spider cracks replacing block-sanded perfection. Years down the road, which Corvette becomes more valuable? I think some collectors will still covet perfection and others will still covet originality. The desire for patina and perfection have distinctly Of course, originality has its limits, too different drivers, and on any given day one may still trump the other on the auction block. But if there is a perfect storm for future value, I see it as this: First, the car will have to be a desirable year with the best RPO codes. Second, it’ll need complete ownership history, preferably VIP. Finally, it’ll need to be in nearly perfect original condition. With a just-right seasoning of patina. A January-February 2013 43


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 A/C TEST MULE Rare test car, affordable price This might just look like just another yellow Corvette. To the purists, it’s a piece of history Chassis number: 1Z37K2S502354 by Michael Pierce and Drew Papsun • Zora Arkus-Duntov’s 1972 test car for the installation of air conditioning on an LT-1 • Bloomington Gold Special Collection • NCRS National Second Flight Award • 53,557 original miles • LT-1 engine • 4-speed manual • War Bonnet Yellow with black interior • Appeared in the movie “Apollo 13” • Tank sticker and microfilm copies of Chevrolet engineering build and test orders ACC Analysis This LT-1 Corvette, Lot W74, sold for $47,700 at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, auction on September 5–8, 2012. In 1971, Zora Arkus-Duntov ordered a Corvette to be built to test the efficacy of air conditioning in combination with solid-lifter LT-1, 350-ci small blocks for the 1972 model year. This was the second time in 19 years that GM had tried this combination, the other being the solid-lifter ’64 and ’65 327/365 L76 cars with optional A/C. Big revs, cool air One of the major engineering concerns was that the GM/Frigidaire compressor was good for a maximum 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com of 12,000 rpm, and the LT-1 tachometer redline was ordinarily 6,500 rpm. With a 2:1 ratio pulley, as was standard, the compressor would turn 13,000 rpm. For 1972, the LT-1 A/C package eventually required the installation of a Muncie M-20 wide-ratio 4-speed transmission, 3:55 rear-end gears, and a 5,600 rpm tachometer, which kept the A/C compressor’s revolutions within the correct parameters. Chevrolet cannot break down how many examples of this combination were built for the 1972 production year. They can only give totals per each option. So as such, we know that there were 1,741 LT-1-equipped Corvettes, and 17,011 Corvettes were ordered with C-60 air conditioning. Some books mention 240 or 286 cars built with both but have no proof of a source to confirm their claims. Drew Papsun has been doing research on these Corvettes for 27 years and has found just over 200 cars to date with both these options. The test car This 1972 War Bonnet Yellow coupe had assembly- line revisions and change orders specifically requested by Duntov and the design/engineering group at the Tech Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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ACC Digital Bonus Center in Warren, MI. In fact, it was originally ordered as a Bryar Blue/Black, base-motor car with a 4-speed, PB, PW, PS, PW, tilt/tele-steering column and air. Many production revisions were made on the fly while it was still at the factory. In fact, the words “Cancel paint color from Bryar Blue to 989 per Floyd Uth, Product Manager” were clearly written on the build order copy attached to the gas tank. Additionally, an appropriately dated, numbered and stamped LT-1 was installed along with the rest of the required options. This ’72 was built September 14, 1971, on the St. Louis assembly line and shipped to the Engineering Test Center in Detroit two weeks later. From there it was shipped off to the Desert Proving Grounds in Mesa, AZ, for hot-weather testing, where Zora drove it as a test mule. After testing, the build combination was approved for ordering and was advertised in the Corvette News magazine January/February 1972 edition. This car was then returned to Warren, MI, where it reportedly sat for almost four years. A complete history An auto dealer in Michigan (notorious for being able to buy GM Research/Test vehicles) bought this car from General Motors and sold it to Thomas Holton, the first owner. Second in line was Mike Polk, who helped to document this car’s Engineering Change Order # 28815-6. In 1981, Steve Gussack from New York bought the car and looked further into its provenance. In 1988, during his stewardship, it received an NCRS Second Flight Award at the National Convention in Lancaster, PA. It was also invited — but was unable to attend — the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1986. It appeared in two movies — “Apollo 13” and an HBO Special — and numerous articles in Vette Views and Corvette Fever. I believe the reason for receiving the National NCRS Second Flight was due to the fact that the “K” in the VIN number indicated to the judges that this was a base-motor car, not the replacement LT-1 that Duntov ordered installed and that was in the Corvette as it was presented for judging. Additionally, the exterior color had been changed from its original order, although before it was painted. Detailing Years produced: 1968–81 (All C3s) Original list price: Number produced: One test car; about 240–286 actually ordered Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: On frame Engine #: Block pad on passenger’s front of engine, below cylinder head Approximately $7,000 “as born” Club: National Corvette Restorers Society More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 coupe, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 The proof is in the numbers Terry McManmon was the NCRS National Team Leader during the time period this car was judged. He has kept assiduous notes on all the Corvettes that have gone through NCRS in his class while Team Leader. He gave me the block casting number (0010), date (H 6 1) and UAW original stamp-pad designation (V0813CKY 2S502354). The numbers appeared to be both original and matching… all preceding the actual build date of the car itself, September 14, 1971. Only a well-engineered and coordinated effort by GM could have made this work. I have spoken to Roy Sinor, NCRS National Judging Chairman; Stan Falenski, 1970–72 NCRS National Team Leader; Drew Papsun, NCRS and Bloomington Expert Judge and Corvette historian; and Terry McManmon, former NCRS Corvette Restorer magazine editor, 1970–72 National Team Leader and one of the highest ranking NCRS Master Judges, all of whom have provided personal insight and history on this car. I asked each of them what they thought the car was worth and what effect the GM/Duntov and A/C test status might have on its value. They all seem to feel that the selling price at Mecum’s Dallas auction was fair, and possibly a better value to the buyer than the seller. A piece of Corvette history David Burroughs at Bloomington Gold mentioned that many Corvettes transcend BG, NCRS or Concours judging by the fact that they are really a part of history, relieved from being a typical factory production vehicle. Think about it... close to 2 million Corvettes have been produced. Almost every one of them was ordered through the GM-RPO system at Chevrolet dealerships. The permutations and combinations produced some rare cars, but how many were used as test vehicles and experimentation platforms that ended up bringing new engines, options and suspension systems to the make? Not many. So while this might just look like just another yellow Corvette to your average tire-kicker, to Corvette purists, it’s a piece of history. At this price, I’d call it well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 45 45CC 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 coupe ACC Investment Grade: B (this car) Comps 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 convertible Lot S74, VIN: 194671S121765 Condition: 2 Sold at $51,940 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 6/22/2012 ACC# 207864 1972 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 coupe Lot F431, VIN: 1Z37L2S511651 Condition: 1Sold at $39,600 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/21/2011 ACC# 183944 Lot 153, VIN: 194370S413145 Condition: 2 Sold at $38,500 Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 4/30/2011 ACC# 177757


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PROFILE GM 1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 Balanced performance, big money The Olds division was clearly chasing a different demographic than Pontiac, one that was more calculated and more serious about their cars 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 338176Z109941 by Chad Tyson bucket seats, console, factory tachometer and vacuum gauge. Very correct restoration with minor upgrades to E improve performance and reliability. Engine rebuilt and upgraded with roller rockers, high volume oil pump and forged pistons. Runs outstandingly and is incredibly fast. Frame-off restoration was completed in approximately 2006. Previously owned by an avid Oldsmobile collector and enthusiast in Northern California. Updated with new Super Stock Oldsmobile wheels and five new Firestone Redline tires. ACC Analysis This 1966 442, Lot 640.2, sold for $77,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas, NV, auction on September 22, 2012. Oldsmobile followed Pontiac, like the rest of their corporate cousins did, into the burgeoning performance market in the mid 1960s. The same way Pontiac turned the Tempest into the GTO, Olds took a ho-hum F-85 or Cutlass series car and added a few parts from the bin. The B09 police package (330-ci, 310-hp V8 and heavy duty suspension) was mixed with dual quipped with the rare L69 360-hp tri-carb intake system and 4-speed manual transmission. Original, rare color of Autumn Bronze paint code MM. Options include power steering, power brakes, factory AM/FM radio, exhaust, 4-speed and a rear stabilizer bar to create the 442 — Oldsmobile’s best-known model of the ’60s. In 1964, 442 stood for 4-barrel carburetor, 4-speed and dual exhaust. 1965 saw the definition change to 400-ci V8, 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, since the standard transmission became a 3-speed manual and an automatic was optional. By 1966, the name stuck. Good thing, because the 4-barrel carburetor wasn’t the only induction offered that year. The L69 option, offered in 1966 only, topped the 400-ci V8 with three Rochester 2GC 2-barrels. This upped the horsepower rating from 350 to 360, but the torque rating stayed at 440 ft/lbs. In the group, but not in the spotlight Oldsmobile was placed between Pontiac and Buick in the GM hierarchy of the early 1960s, although by the mid-1960s, the lines between each automaker and their products had started to blend. In 1966, the 442 was a muscle car through and through, but it still followed the basic structure — it was a little more edgy than a Buick Skylark GS, but a little more refined than a Pontiac GTO. A 442 never starred in a television show or movie, and the Beach Boys didn’t write a hit song about them. These cars were not as tied to pop culture as the GTO was back in the day, and that was because they were marketed to a different group than some of the other youth-oriented GM muscle. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus It’s all in the ads Period advertising was pretty telling in terms of the buyers each make was going after. Pontiac’s 1966 GTO was marketed on TV as “6.5 liters of young tiger. All ile, all wide track.” e most enticing part of e attractive brunette g through the gears onde friend. Oldsmobile’s ements highlighted duty suspension onents and sway bars nt and rear. In their ots, an older man (the voice of astronauts” horty Powers) drives he 442 on country oads, explaining what the 442 has to er. “Step out front in style and action, in ocket-action Oldsmobile.” e Olds division was clearly chasing a different demographic than Pontiac, one that was more calculated and more serious about their cars. The guys looking at a 442 weren’t the ones who would call a lot of attention to what they were doing. For , balanced performance was the name of Digital Bonus It’s all in the ads Period advertising was pretty telling in terms of the buyers each make was going after. Pontiac’s 1966 GTO was marketed on TV as “6.5 liters of young tiger. All ile, all wide track.” e most enticing part of e attractive brunette g through the gears onde friend. Oldsmobile’s ements highlighted duty suspension onents and sway bars nt and rear. In their ots, an older man (the voice of astronauts” horty Powers) drives he 442 on country oads, explaining what the 442 has to er. “Step out front in style and action, in ocket-action Oldsmobile.” e Olds division was clearly chasing a different demographic than Pontiac, one that was more calculated and more serious about their cars. The guys looking at a 442 weren’t the ones who would call a lot of attention to what they were doing. For , balanced performance was the name of The The right options The 442 package was optioned on only about 10% of all F-85s, whereas the GTO made up a full third of Tempests in 1966. This car is a rarer beast than the Goat, even without the L69 factored in. Still, this is the most common 1966 442. Olds produced 21,997 442s that year; 13,493 of them were the Cutlass Holiday coupe — our subject car’s body style. Of the 2,129 L69s, 1,171 had this body style. All L69s came with the manual 4-speed. So why would somebody pony up for it? $77,000 is a lot for a car, but Olds 442s are known for bringing big money when equipped with the right options. Detailing Years produced: 1964–67 Number produced: 74,828 (21,997 in 1966; 2,129 L69s as one-year-only option) Original list price: $3,024 Current ACC Valuation: $45,000–$85,000 Tune-up/major service: $160 Distributor cap: $11 Chassis #: Plate on driver’s door jamb, directly below upper door hinge Engine #: Behind water pump, on top of timing chain housing Club: Oldsmobile Club of America More: www.oldsmobileclub. com Mecum sold an L69 club coupe (post car) with an over-the-counter W-30 package and only 19k miles for $116,600 in St. Charles, IL, in May 2010. BarrettJackson is no stranger to selling these L69s either, as an immaculately restored award-winner fetched $121k at Scottsdale, AZ, in January 2012. But those were the cream of the crop. At Mecum’s Kansas City sale in December 2011, a restored L69 went for just $42,400. The auction description stated, “Believed to be original engine, engine was decked during overhaul, build date matches car.” That boils down to more than enough issues to keep the big dollars at bay. Will it drive any different? Probably not. But as always, when it comes to American muscle, documentation and condition are key. Our subject car falls about in the middle of the recent L69 spectrum. The Autumn Bronze is very attractive, and appropriate, on this car. The black interior appears clean as can be with the Strato Buckets — perfect for keeping you in place during stoplight drags. You’d take as many wins as you would losses against the competitors. And that’s about where these cars fall in the muscle-car hierarchy today. But with the heavy-duty suspension including the rear stabilizer bar, you’d take the win if any corners were brought into play. So, $77k got the buyer a recently restored (finished in 2006) 442 with the right bells and whistles. There were even a few “minor upgrades” (roller rockers, oil pump, forged pistons, et al) included with the engine rebuild — all reasonable and desirable. At the price paid here, this car’s buyer probably won’t make any money in the near future if he decides to resell this car. But this car wasn’t poorly bought, either. The buyer’s an Oldsmobile man — just think of this deal as a calculated decision on a well-balanced muscle car. All that’s left is to get out and drive it. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 47 47CC Alternatives: 1964–67 Pontiac GTO, 1964–67 Buick Skylark, 1964–67 Chevrolet Chevelle ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1966 Oldsmobile 442 L69 Lot S92, VIN 338176M226475 Condition: 2Sold at $42,400 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/1/11 ACC# 190202 1966 Oldsmobile 442 Lot 247, VIN: 336176Z100922 Condition: 2+ Sold at $31,050 Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 9/17/2011 ACC# 186066 1966 Oldsmobile 442 L69 Lot 749, VIN: 338176M402757 Condition: 2+ Sold at $68,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 ACC# 40405


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PROFILE FOMOCO 1968 FORD MUSTANG “THE BOSS” CUSTOM FASTBACK Top price for a top custom Concept drawings courtesy of Kindig-It Design This was a gotta-have moment, and sometimes that’s all the motivation a buyer needs Chassis number: UTP05949 by Jay Harden A 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com ll new chassis-up, not restored. Artistic level of fit and finish. Supercharged 418ci engine, 6-speed Tremec transmission and nine-inch rear end. 24x15 massive rear wheels, fully modern suspension and brakes. Custom interior. Massive sound system and functional “zoomie” exhaust activated from center console. Custom fabricated up-down license plate holder. Custom integrated gas cap and 2005 Mustang GT gauges. Magazine cover, show quality. Best in Show, Utah Autorama 2009. Top Finisher 2009 Good Guys Nationals. ACC Analysis This full-custom 1968 Mustang, Lot 651, sold for a remarkable $275,000, including buyer’s premium, at BarrettJackson’s Las Vegas sale September 20–22, 2012. High and tight A custom car is a lot like a custom suit. Sure, it fits you like a glove and announces to all the world that yes, you are man enough to wear salmon seersucker. But how reasonable would it be to expect to cross paths with another 42-inch waist and 30-inch inseam that simply must have that fishy combo for summer cocktails? Not a similar suit. Not a suit by the same tailor. Your suit. And he doesn’t care what it costs. Custom cars, like custom suits, are rarely, if ever, inspired by return on investment. They are personal expressions of creativity and craftsmanship that are direct reflections of the owner’s and/or builder’s desire to separate himself from the masses. The cars themselves take on new identities, and often names (e.g. Sniper, Frankencuda, Cadzilla), and connections to a life prior to the transformation are often all but forgotten. In doing so, customs often lose any value tied to what they were, and are then held up by what they are. When you measure a custom car like that, without its history as a factory Camaro, or Mustang, or ’Cuda, or whatever, pinning a dollar value to it gets tricky. Because customs must stand on their own, their legacies, and subsequent values, need to be earned one trophy or magazine article at a time. Our subject car has managed to accumulate a number of awards in its five or so years on the show circuit, with perhaps the most important being its inclusion in the list of top five finalists for the 2009 Goodguys’ Street Machine of the Year. First-class, but not first place Although the competition for the rod and custom club’s recognition in the SMoY category has grown increasingly cutting edge and often has instant market Glover Photography, courtesy of Kindig-It Design


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ACC Digital Bonus influence, I need to reiterate that our subject was a finalist and not a winner (that year’s winner, a ’62 Corvette, was a no-sale at $250,000 at s, TX, auction f this year — Digital Bonus influence, I need to reiterate that our subject was a finalist and not a winner (that year’s winner, a ’62 Corvette, was a no-sale at $250,000 at s, TX, auction f this year — son, son, a 1970 t was a SMoY 0 (and built by s who built the ner) sold at t-Jackson’s ttsdale sale for 6,000 in 2011, d then again r $82,500 012 (ACC# 565). The nd sale was a screaming deal, but it’s tive of the what-have-you-done-for-merld of show cars and next-best things. uild-quality as a market factor e skill and reputation of the builder nto the dollar value of customs. Big d to a build can often push a car’s price gher than a comparable car built in a lesser-known shop. The Ring brothers, now famous for their instantly recognizable style and attention to detail, are a perfect example. Their 1967 Mustang, dubbed “Reactor,” debuted in 2006, and is aesthetically pedestrian when compared with their more current offerings. However, Reactor managed a hefty $253,000 at BarrettJackson’s 2010 Scottsdale sale. High-quality cars often manage to sell themselves regardless of whose name is on the title, and when the right buyers are in the room, prices like this aren’t unheard of. A custom street machine like “The Boss” needs to also meet an industry-standard list of pricey prerequisites to be taken seriously. The spec sheet here includes an Art Morrison chassis, a supercharged small-block Ford that makes a reported 992 hp at the crank, 6-speed tranny, two exhaust systems, and giant brakes. But it’s those mammoth 24-inch rear wheels that make the car memorable. The builder, Kindig-It Design, reportedly started with a pair of Mustang door jambs, a roof panel, the top of a cowl, and half a quarter panel for this car’s build. They were given free license with the design, and the Mustang’s body was tastefully crafted to accommodate those meats while skillfully managing to avoid what could have become an obnoxious combination. However, based on the Mustang’s performance on the autocross (a requisite of the SMoY competition), those big fatties pack a lot more bark than bite. Was it worth it? There is no denying that this Mustang has curb appeal oozing out of those zoomies, and that unexpectedly sharp paint job is worn with a certain reserved flamboyance. But $275,000 is a huge number. This sale seems to contradict the conventional wisdom of pasturing out-of-their-prime show cars. But the market is a fluid thing, and we’ve been seeing more and more customs bring big prices at high-end auctions such as Barrett-Jackson. Will they see growth in the future? It’s hard to say, but it also isn’t really the point for a buyer looking to have the coolest show car in his state without the 12- to 24-month wait that comes with having one built. Our buyer has managed to save himself a lot of time and anxiety over building something similar, and even at $275k, I’m willing to bet he still saved a little money over what it would have cost to commission his own custom. Maybe long-term value, in this case at least, has little to do with financial return — especially if the buyer had lusted after “The Boss” specifically since its SMoY finalist days. And he can take the car out and use it today. No waiting required. The money spent for this Mustang wasn’t earmarked for a last-chance lottery ticket. This sale was clearly a gotta-have moment, and in the flashy over-thetop custom-car market, sometimes that’s all the motivation a buyer needs. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 49 49CC Detailing Year produced: 1968 Number produced: 42,581 fastbacks Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Club: Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Original list price: $3,081 Current ACC Valuation: $275k for this car on this day More: www.good-guys.com Alternatives: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro custom, 1970 Plymouth Barracuda custom, 1968 Dodge Charger custom ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1959 Chevrolet Corvette custom Lot S211, VIN: J59S102546 Condition: 2+ Sold at $124,550 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168958 1961 Ford Thunderbird custom Not sold at $110,000 Kruse International, Lot 750, VIN: 1Y712114618 Condition: 1- Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/2010 ACC# 155135 1971 Dodge Challenger custom Lot 661, VIN: JH23C1B304730 Condition: 1 Sold at $106,700 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 4/9/2009 ACC# 120185


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PROFILE MOPAR 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T A Mopar muscle legacy Courtesy of Mecum Auctions When I was a kid in the late ’70s, muscle was cheap. If you wanted to go fast, cars like this Challenger were what you bought Chassis number: JS23N0B353301 by Dale Novak • 383-ci Magnum engine • 4-barrel carburetor • Automatic transmission • Air conditioning • Power steering • Power brakes • Dual exhaust • Custom interior • Black vinyl top • Pioneer CD player • Space-saver spare and jack • Broadcast sheet • Owner’s manual ACC Analysis This Challenger R/T, Lot F179, sold for $36,040, including buy- er’s premium, at the Mecum St. Charles sale in St. Charles, IL, on October 25–27, 2012. I’ve always been a muscle-car nut, especially when it comes to E-body Chryslers. My first car was a genuine U-code 440 Magnum Dodge Challenger R/T, similar to our subject car. When I was a kid in the late ’70s, muscle was cheap. If you wanted to go fast, cars like this Challenger were what you bought. They were common, inexpensive, and they had it where it counted — in horsepower and torque. Late to the party, life of the party In 1970, the Big Three were still vying for the hot- test car on the drag strip. “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” was still moving V8s and 4-speeds off car 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com lots across America. Although they were late to the game, Chrysler’s new-for-’70 E-bodies found eager buyers. The E-body platform was the basis of both the Dodge Challenger and its cousin, the Plymouth Barracuda. The Challenger was offered as the more upscale choice, with more creature comforts, styling options, and a slightly longer wheelbase than the Barracuda. Although the cars look similar, they actually share no sheet metal. Performance versions of these cars, such as the AAR ’Cuda, Challenger T/A, R/T, and anything with a Hemi have become icons of the muscle-car world. The rarest cars with the best options easily brought six-figure prices at auction before the muscle market crash of 2008. Lesser cars took a harder hit as values dropped, but they’ve been slowly improving since. Road- and track-ready The Challenger R/T (Road/Track) option came standard with the stout 383/335 Magnum with a single 4-bbl. That’s what’s fitted between the fenders of our subject car. Optional Challenger R/T engine choices consisted of the 440 Magnum with either a single four (375 hp) or triple deuces (390 hp) up top. Buyers with deeper pockets and good mechanics could opt for the monster 425-hp 426 Hemi. This was the era when you could walk into your friendly Dodge dealer and order a car built to your specifications. Optional engines, trim levels, creature comforts, body graphics and even steering wheel choices created hundreds of possible combinations. Bold colors, known as the “high-impact” colors, optioned with blackout hoods and bold stripes created


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ACC Digital Bonus Mopars that looked great and smoked tires all over the country. And I can sure vouch for that. I built up my car — which cost me $500 in 1978 as an engineless roller — with a healthy 383 and a 727 auto, like our subject car. It was no slouch and could hold its ot of other contemporary me, I accidently got mine e drag racing a friend’s n a deserted country Digital Bonus Mopars that looked great and smoked tires all over the country. And I can sure vouch for that. I built up my car — which cost me $500 in 1978 as an engineless roller — with a healthy 383 and a 727 auto, like our subject car. It was no slouch and could hold its ot of other contemporary me, I accidently got mine e drag racing a friend’s n a deserted country king king about collector-car n I was lined up with t Nova — or when I had e choice to lift and lose, r to stay on the throttle until it was too late to avoid a dip in the road. Who cared about rarity or values? At the time, ll that mattered was the ting glory of being top r a night. e a lot of these muscle cars were t way at some point in their lives. Many p wrecked, which certainly has some n good cars’ value today. For those o drove them to their limits, well, let’s just say it’s amazing we survived to tell the stories of our youth. But I did beat that Nova, and my Challenger lived to race another day. A real R/T Throughout the muscle era, Chrysler used specific codes in the VIN to identify trim levels and engine selections. Our subject car was born as a genuine 383 Challenger R/T, as denoted by the “N” in the VIN. While you see other makes and models that were “believed to be” original all the time, it’s much more difficult to pull that off with a Mopar because of the VIN. Our subject car was also accompanied by its origi- nal Broadcast sheet, which helps to further solidify the original configuration and options. Chryslers also used fender tags, which contained all the productionline build and option codes. Often, these tags are missing. Our subject car’s tag is intact. The engine bay appears to be very correct and is not overdone to a glossy standard. This is also a rare factory air example, which was not all that common for guys who checked the R/T box in 1970. Not quite stock This car has a few customizations. There is a brushed aluminum dash panel and center console trim with red accents, neither of which are factory. The door panel inserts use the same stylish treatment. The owner also opted for a Tuff Wheel, which was not offered until 1971. The seats also appear to be slightly modified and include suede inserts as well as some subtle red custom stitching. Still, this is a sharp example. The stance is utterly correct — and the Magnum 500 wheels and rear Bumblebee stripe are spot-on. It just looks right. And with that 383, it will be a great cruiser and occasional stoplight weapon, just like it was back in the day. A challenging value? The ACC Price Guide plants the value range on a car like this from $29,500 to $43,500. Two of our comps are for genuine R/Ts that both sold for around the same money as our feature car. The third comp (ACC# 191408) was bid to $27,000 at the McCormick auction in November 2011. This was a “built” R/T replica with a 440 Six Pack added. I intentionally added that replica in the mix. You’ll rarely see them achieve the same valuation as a realdeal R/T — even compared with one with the base engine. Keep in mind that colors and options can affect value as well. Given the minor custom touches to our subject car, I’d peel off about $1,000 from the price range listed above, which still puts this car right smack in the middle of the market range. Call it a fair deal for everyone involved. My old Challenger has long since hit the automotive graveyard, but I did snatch up another R/T when the opportunity presented itself. Sliding behind the wheel of mine takes me back in time — every time. I hope this car’s new owner feels the same way. And even if not, I’m sure there are a few hero moments left in it. Just try to keep all four wheels on the ground. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 51 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Lot 33, S/N JS23N0E116271 Condition: 2 Sold at $38,160 Petersen, Roseburg, OR, 7/7/2012 ACC# 208132 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE Detailing Years produced: 1970–74 Number produced: 9,067 (383 R/T hard top only) Original list price: $3,266 Current ACC Valuation: $29,500–$43,500 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Driver’s side dash visible through the windshield Club: www.chryslerclub.org Other: www.challengerforumz.com Alternatives: 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda, 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T, 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 ACC Investment Grade: C Engine #: Pad on block next to the oil pan Comps Lot 471, S/N JH29L0B189863 Condition: 2 Sold at $32,130 Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 8/12/2012 ACC# 213188 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE replica Not sold at $27,000 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/18/2011 ACC# 191408 Lot 329, S/N JH29LOE101580 Condition: 2+


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1956 CHEVROLET FOOSE CUSTOM ROADSTER Blank-check project, bargain price Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson I don’t think you could even begin to build this car for $165k — not with both Fooses, Lanzini and Lopez doing the honors Chassis number: N/A by Ken Gross panel to match Chip’s concept sketch. The TV Show “Rides” covered the build at Foose Design, and again covered the car as it went on the Hot Rod Power Tour in 2004. This is a rare opportunity to own a hand-built car by Chip Foose. Sold on a Bill of Sale. Comes with a title in O Christopher Titus’ name. Buyer takes full responsibility to comply with registration requirements in their state, due to original VIN being lost during restoration. ACC Analysis This 1956 Chevrolet 210 Custom Foose Roadster, Lot 659.1, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas on September 20–22, 2012. At first glance, $165,000 seems like a lot of money for a ’56 Chevrolet convertible. But it probably represents about one-third of the cost of building this wned by comedian and actor Christopher Titus, one of Hollywood’s true diehard hot rodders, this ’56 was created by Foose design. Chip and his dad, Sam, massaged virtually every one-off custom. When you commission Ridler Award and multiple Grand National Roadster Show AMBR trophy-winning builder and television personality Chip Foose to build your personal custom creation, you’d better have a blank check ready to go. Foose is one of the hot-rod world’s genuinely nice guys. He’s an immensely talented, hands-on professional designer and builder, and his popular Velocity Channel TV show, “Overhaulin’,” which returned in late 2012, is a must-watch for a legion of enthusiasts. Chip’s dad, Sam Foose, is an acknowledged custom- car craftsman, and he taught Chip the arts of welding, painting and metal finishing and mechanical work. Chip then attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and became a full-fledged automobile designer and consultant. Chip Foose’s résumé includes a stint with the late Boyd Coddington, where he was responsible for numerous game-changing designs. In 1997, Foose became the youngest person ever inducted into the Hot Rod Hall of Fame. Versatile, quick, and blessed with great taste, Foose’s designs repeatedly launch the commonplace into a new realm of modern sophistication. 52 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ACC Digital Bonus The Titus ’56 That’s certainly the case with this 1956 Chevy roadster. The client was Christopher Titus, who starred in his own TV sitcom of the same name. The 210 began life as a two-door Chevy 210 coupe that Titus acquired when he was 19 years old. He’d updated and customized the car, but the old Chevy project really hit the big-time when Titus got his own TV show. That’s when he commissioned Chip Foose to build it into his dream car. From 210 to Once a Knight The Fooses, father and son, had Darryl Schroeder fabricate a custom tubular chassis with independent suspension from a C5 Corvette. The ’56’s stock 265-ci small block was yanked in favor of a GM Performance Parts fuel-injected RamJet 350-ci V8, with a custom intake manifold cover that artfully conceals the induction system. The running gear includes a T56 6-speed manual gearbox, enormous Baer ventilated disc brakes, Aldan coilover shocks and a Dutchman rear end. Those unique 20-inch custom five-spoke alloy polished rims (eight-inch in the front and 10-inch in the rear) were of course a Foose creation, (Chip calls them “Knight” wheels), and the Chevy’s wheelwells had to be hollowed out substantially to accept them. Just about every interior and exterior panel on this car was massaged and not-so-subtly reshaped; the dash, console, the Cobra seats and interior fittings are all custom-built, and the original ’56 Chevy steering wheel was cut down and received a snappy new hub. The headlights were extended, frenched, and garnished with Ford F-100 trim rings; the windshield is also a Ford item, cut down and slanted rearward for a lower, racier silhouette. The paint was done by Mitch Lanzini of Lanzini Body Works, and the upholstery was done by Gabe Lopez. Add a custom aluminum removable top, and a hand- formed alloy tonneau cover, Jaguar door handles, lengthened rear quarter panels, and custom LED taillights, and ka-ching! You’ve got a totally reworked Tri-Five Chevy (and a totally overhauled bank account). Titus called his car “Once a Knight.” On with the show I’m not sure, given this car’s history, why Titus was willing to sell it, unless he simply tired of it, or Detailing Number produced: One Original list price: Chevrolet did not make a Model 210 convertible in 1956; but a ’56 Bel Air convertible with standard shift was $2,344 Current ACC Valuation: $165,000 on this day Tune-up/major service: $300 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: Pad on front of the block under the passenger’s side head Club: Goodguys, NSRA More: www.good-guys.com; www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: Boyd wanted to raise some cash for something else. Before appearing here, it crossed the block at RM’s Monterey auction in August 2006 but was unsold at $230,000 against an estimate of $300k to $350k. To Christopher Titus’ credit, he drove his Foose custom Chevy cross-country on the Hot Rod Power Tour, showed it a few times, and seems to have really enjoyed using it. From a buyer’s perspective, I don’t think you could even begin to build this car for $165k — not with both Fooses, Lanzini and Lopez doing the honors. For the seller, recouping part of his investment is always nice, and he’ll just have to chalk up the difference as a payment for all the great times he had in the car. Value in the custom world With the exception of the Larry Erickson-designed, Boyd Coddington-built “Chezoom” and “CadZZilla” show cars, (which are not presently for sale), I can’t think of a contemporary 21st century custom that would sell for more today than it cost to build. That’s just how the market is these days, and exceptions to the rule are rare. But we do see a pretty wide range of prices on custom cars done to high levels. Need proof? All you have to do is compare this car with the $275k ’68 Ford Mustang “Boss” from this same Barrett-Jackson sale, profiled on p. 48. Just like with any segment of the market, there is no crystal ball on how a car will do at any given auction. But connections to big names such as Foose tend to help boost resale values. At the end of the day, it all comes down to who is in the room when the car crosses the auction block, and what those bidders are willing to spend to make someone else’s dream their own. On this day, for this car, the number was $165k. This ’56 is no longer eligible for the Ridler award, or the annual Custom Rod of the Year trophy from Goodguys. But driving this Foose-built ’56 will make the new owner the star of any local show. All things considered, the money spent here was a small price to pay for the privilege. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 53 ACC Investment Grade: B (But you’ll have to wait a few decades) Comps Coddington-built custom, John D’Agostino-built custom, Rick Dore-built custom 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington Custom Lot 1315, VIN: 5K06159 Condition: 1Sold at $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2012 ACC# 192581 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible Lot 234, VIN: VC55T216639 Condition: 1Sold at $154,000 RM Auctions, Gainesville, GA, 11/13/2010 ACC# 168390 1940 Mercury Rick Dore custom Lot 530, VIN: 99A157242 Condition: 1Sold at $137,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 ACC# 46257


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1948 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE WOODIE AEROSEDAN Rare option ups the price Courtesy of Mecum Auctions In the era, only a few Chevrolets were fitted with the Country Club package. Some estimates put the number at fewer than 100 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 6FKD11314 by Carl Bomstead • Recent high quality frame-off restoration • Beautiful woodie Aerosedan • Inline 6-cylinder engine • Standard 3-speed transmission • Front and rear bumper guards • Fender skirts • Sun visor • Dual exhaust • Color-keyed wheels • Bright beauty rings and hubcaps • Wide whitewall tires ACC Analysis This car, Lot W29, sold for $47,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, auction on September 5-8, 2012. Edsel Ford has to be considered the father of the woodie. As president of Ford Motor Company and the son of one of the world’s wealthiest men, he lived in the moneyed world of power and influence. In the late 1920s, he was well aware that custom body firms such as Martin-Perry and Cantrell were creating custom wood-bodied “depot hacks” on Ford Model T chassis, as well as for the new Model A. At the same time, he had just completed his new 21-room estate and summer home at Seal Harbor, ME, and envisioned a more elaborate and sporty wood-bodied station wagon for the caretaker to meet his train when they made their trip north. In the fall of 1928, the first prototype was pressed into service at his estate. They were formally introduced to Ford buyers in January of 1929. The woodie wagons produced in the early ’30s by Ford and others were never big sellers. They were expensive, required a great deal of upkeep, and were often open to the elements. They were, however, popular with hotels, country clubs, and commercial organizations that needed to transport small groups of people. In the late ’30s and early ’40s, their popularity increased, and Ford and Mercury produced almost 40,000 woodie wagons between 1940 and 1942. A vision in Ash After the war, there was an unprecedented demand for automobiles. But supply shortages and lengthy lead times for model changeovers meant that the offerings were little more than warmed-over pre-war designs. Chrysler and Ford did, however, offer noted departures from their post-war designs with woodbodied passenger cars. Formerly offered only on station wagons, the wood-framed Chrysler Town & Country and the Ford/


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ACC Digital Bonus Mercury Sportsman woodie convertibles brought people into new-car showrooms, even if those buyers would go home with something a little more practical than one of the harder-tomaintain wood-bodied cars. Chevrolet also entered the post-war era with the same warmed-over versions of their pre-war offerings. Conservative in both styling and engineering, they quickly, however, assumed their prior role as America’s best-selling car. Chevrolet did offer a Fleetmaster four-door woodie station wagon, but the company did not follow Ford and Chrysler’s lead with a passenger vehicle such as the T&C or Sportsman. On the woodie bandwagon But in 1948, that changed, at least partially. The factory, no doubt seeing what Ford and Chrysler were up to, authorized Chevrolet dealers to offer an accessory wood trim “Country Club” package that was produced by Engineered Enterprises and cost $149.50. It was available for the Fleetline Aerosedan and the Fleetmaster Town Sedan or convertible coupe. The kit included an ash door and rear fender framework, red mahogany inserts, stainless steel screws and instructions. Once installed, a regular steel coupe or convertible looked very much like a woodie, but without the structural issues that made wood cars much harder to maintain. Sources state that, in the era, only a few Chevrolets were so equipped. Some estimates put the number at fewer than 100. But at just under $150, which is almost $1,500 in today’s money, it was an expensive cosmetic add-on for an otherwise lower-priced car. It’s no wonder only a handful were delivered. Although released in 1948, the kits would also fit the nearly identical 1947 models, so you see both Detailing Year produced: 1948 Number produced: 211,861 (all 1948 Aerosedans. Sources vary on the Country Club package, with some saying fewer than 100 built) Original list price: $1,434 Current ACC Valuation: $35k–$45k Chassis #: Plate on right front door hinge pillar Engine #: Right side of block near fuel pump Club: National Woodie Club More: www.nationalwoodieclub.com Alternatives: 1941–50 Chrysler Town & Country, 1946–48 Ford Sportsman ACC Investment Grade: B Comps model years with the option pop up for sale from time to time. But the kits didn’t fit anything earlier — the extended fenders on the 1941–42 models and the lower belt line on the 1946s precluded their use. There are several suppliers of newly manufactured kits with prices in the $1,500–$2,000 range, but you are on your own for installation. The original kits did not make a provision for the small flap over the door lock, which has been corrected on the new kits. The reproduction kits also use Di-Noc inserts instead of real mahogany pieces. The original dealer kits also did not include wood on the trunk, but that is now available from several of the aftermarket suppliers. What’s it worth? A well restored 1947 or 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Aerosedan is hard-pressed to fetch $30,000, and we need only look at RM’s recent Charlie Thomas sale to see the financial impact of the Country Club package. They offered two at that sale: a 1947 Fleetmaster coupe that sold for $38,500, and a convertible that realized $35,200. So, everything else being equal, it looks like adding the kit can pay for itself on an otherwise run-of-the-mill ’47 or ’48 Chevy, even factoring in the labor to install it. The 1948 Chevy that Mecum sold at Dallas recently received a stunning restoration, and it was the far more desirable fastback Aerosedan body style, which has aged really well over the years. So for collectors in the market for a post-war Chevrolet woodie, this Aerosedan’s premium was well justified. Was the wood-grain trim original or reproduction? The auction description didn’t specify, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s a more recent addition due to how nice it looked in the photos. Regardless, the Country Club treatment paid the seller a dividend in spades, but then again, the buyer has a stylish woodie at a most reasonable price. I’d call it a fair deal for everyone involved. A (Introductory description cour- tesy of Mecum Auctions.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 55 55CC 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Country Club Woodie Aerosedan Lot 417, VIN: FAM20186 Condition: 2Sold at $36,430 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, ON, 10/21/2011 ACC# 187771 1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster Country Club Woodie Aerosedan Lot 145, VIN: FAA805974 Condition: 2- Not sold at $20,000 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/22/2009 ACC# 153151 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline Country Club Woodie Aerosedan Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston TX, 5/3/2008 ACC# 116843 Lot 37, VIN: 1FKFAA155044 Condition: 2 Sold at $59,400


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PROFILE RACE 1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 409/409 A piece of quarter-mile history Courtesy of Mecum Auctions When it comes to all of the high points of what makes a car valuable, this one is firing on all eight Chassis number: 21211F251699 by Tom Glatch • Rare factory 409 race car with original build sheet, bill of sale, mortgage and period racing photos • Driven by Dave Cates • Sponsored by Ault & James Speed Shop • 409/409 hp W-head engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Dual 4-barrel Carter AFB carbs • Aluminum intake manifold • High-lift performance cam • New-for-1962 lightweight valve train • Fully restored to as-raced condition • Photo-documented restoration • Thought to be the only car to win a race against the Jenkins-Strickler car in 1963 ACC Analysis This original 409 Biscayne drag car, Lot F261, sold for $95,400, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, auction on September 7, 2012. Let’s face it, race cars are throw-away commodi- ties. In a sport where the latest technology is necessary to stay competitive, racers that aren’t destroyed in competition are often sold to lesser teams, or cannibalized for parts and scrapped. And decades ago, when race cars were mostly modified passenger cars, many were returned to street configuration and sold. Either way, the majority of race cars that I grew up reading about or watching on fuzzy black-and-white TV were lost to unnamed two-lane blacktops or the scrap heap, never to return to the limelight. 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Areal fine 409 That makes the availability of a car like the Ault & James 409 Chevy an exceedingly rare opportunity. It’s not an “accurate reproduction,” a “heroic restoration” based on a donor car and a handful of original parts, a “tribute,” or even an outright fraud. No, this is the real deal. A car that took on the best in Stock Eliminator match racing back in the day. A car that, along with its contemporaries in the national spotlight, helped inspire both the muscle-car era as well as ’60s pop culture with every quarter mile pass and spin of the Beach Boys’ “409” record. And it looks the part, too. Finished in correct Ermine White, this Biscayne is all business — the interior and exterior are straight-up plain Jane. Even the engine compartment is basically as-raced in the early 1960s, with the proper paint finishes and all the right components. It looks as if it was lifted right off the strip in 1962. Elapsed-time machine The value of a vintage racer like this one is all about documentation, originality, and racing history. The documentation this car has is almost unheard of for a race car, which puts any potential buyer at ease knowing the car is exactly as claimed. Originality adds to value, because a mostly original vehicle is the closest thing we have to a time machine. When it comes to all of the high points of what makes a car valuable, I think this one is firing on all eight.


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ACC Digital Bonus The Ault & James 409 was discovered by Phil Reed of Kansas City. He wrote on an online forum in 2007: “I found this car in west Texas about 19–20 years ago. A friend took me to look at it and he didn’t want it. Just a body out behind a shop... So I asked one more question... what all came with the body. The owner said a 409 engine and transmission was inside! I o the engine, took about one second to look d, and said SOLD!” s the original engine and T-10 4-speed , and just 5,159.4 miles were on the e went on to describe the original equiper came with the car or was given to him s, the original owner. Reed then spent rs bringing the 409 to perfection in his ration shop, even repainting it a number mes just to get the finish right. est of the best There is literally only one other 1962 09 factory racer in the world that an top this one for originality — the Zintsmaster Chevrolet-sponsored car t was in the collection of Indiana Chevy r Sam Pierce for many years, and now is n Been of Atlanta. The Zintsmaster car mazingly preserved, but is one of 18 409s hat were factory equipped with aluminum front sheet metal, of which only two are known to exist. Then there is racing history. Many of the best Super Stock racers of the era piloted the ’62 409s — “Dyno” Don Nicholson, Ronnie “Mr. 4-Speed” Sox, Dave Strickler driving for Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins, Hayden Proffitt driving for Bill Thomas, and others. Dave Cates was a fine racer, and even beat Dave Strickler in a match race, but he is hardly in the same category as these future legends. However, the 409s these legends drove are long lost, leaving the Ault & James car and the Zintsmaster Chevy as the best there is. Mecum tried selling the Ault & James 409 in 2006, when bidding reached $150k but did not meet reserve. Mecum continued marketing the car, the last time in 2011, when bidding ended at $92,000 without selling. Why interest in this car has waned is beyond me, but other Super Stock racers from that era, such as Phil Bonner’s 1962 406 Galaxie, have seen similar pricing indifference. It looks like the market hasn’t really woken up to cars like these, and the seller finally settled for $90,000, plus commission. Will it be worth more? We’ll have to see it sell again to know. But for someone like me, who watched these cars battle it out on the dragstrips of America back in the day, there’s a huge cool factor to owning a piece of American drag-racing history. Even at $150k, I would call this very well bought, but to buy one of the most genuine Super Stocks on the planet for under $100k — that’s real fine! A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Detailing Year produced: 1962 Number produced: 15,019 Original list price: $3,067 Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$100,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $22.58 Chassis #: On plate attached to the left front door hinge pillar Engine #: Pad on front of the block under the passenger’s side head Club: National Impala Association More: www.nationalimpala. com Alternatives: 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 421, 1962 Ford Fairlane 406 G-code, 1962 Dodge/ Plymouth 413 Max Wedge ACC Investment Grade: B (this car) Comps 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409/409 Not sold at $90,000 Lot S50, VIN: 21637S294496 Condition: 1 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/6/2011 ACC# 189994 1962 Chevrolet Impala Lightweight SS Lot 227, VIN: 21847F306159 Condition: 2+ Sold at $132,000 ACC# 168383 RM Auctions, Gainesville, GA, 11/13/2010 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne 409/409 Lot 1264, VIN: 41211F263310 Condition: 2+ Sold at $60,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2010 ACC# 155037 January-February 2013 57


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PROFILE TRUCK 1952 FORD F-1 PICKUP A collectible parts hauler A decade ago, $10k would’ve bought a top-level truck. Today, $10k is the entry fee for a respectable driver 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: F1D2HM52515 by B. Mitchell Carlson This Ford pickup has had a frame-off restoration that is reported to be “factory original” with a new interior and “perfect” headliner and chrome throughout. The vehicle has new hubcaps. The engine has a glass bowl Holley carburetor. ACC Analysis This F-1 pickup, Lot 344, sold for $27,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Auctions America by RM event at Fall Carlisle on October 4–5, 2012. From F-1 to infinity The F-series was launched in 1948 as Ford’s new post-war truck. It was introduced on January 16 — a full five months before Ford’s new post-war cars hit the market. Starting with these post-war trucks, Fords had easy-to-remember and marketable model designations that they wore in chrome on their flanks. But although the evergreen flathead V8 and flathead six engines were basically the same, the rest of the truck was all new, continuing essentially unchanged into 1950. Ford was unique in the pickup truck arena, as it offered two different engines in its line. First was the venerable flathead V8 — the only choice from 1934 to 1940. In 1941, the company introduced its first 6-cylinder engine, mostly likely to Henry Ford’s consternation. Mr. Ford was always of the opinion that a four was more economical and a V8 more durable than a six. However, everyone else in the industry had a six, and Ford’s V8 was considered by frugal buyers as too thirsty. Despite what Henry thought of it, his company’s 226-ci six sold in reasonable numbers, and even saw use during World War II in Ford’s 1¼-ton “Burma Jeep” Navy tactical trucks. Flathead to OHV With the emphasis on the all-new truck line (and cars) after the war, all engines saw limited improveCourtesy of Ruozzi Brothers Collection


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ACC Digital Bonus ments until Ford released the 215-ci six and 317-ci Lincoln V8 in 1952 — their first automotive overhead valve engines. That 215 is what sits between our subject truck’s frame rails. It may seem odd that Ford elected to headline this new technology at the bottom and top ends of their market, but it does make sense. The industry was starting to go to OHV architecture, but doing so across the board would have been a big gamble for Ford. The flathead V8 had an enviable following, and the company really didn’t want to rock the boat without good reason. Still, these engines paved the road for the V8s that would eventually replace the company’s front-line flathead later in the decade. Modern by comparison The 1952 “Cost Clipper Six” was as modern as anything in the industry. Although it was 11 cubic inches smaller than the previous engine, it put out 101 horsepower compared with the previous flathead six’s 95 horses — and was within spitting distance of the 235-ci flathead V8’s 105. Ford also touted it as being 14% more economical than its predecessor. At that time, Dodge and Studebaker’s half-ton pickups were still using flathead sixes, and Chevrolet was still using splash lubrication. Ford’s new motor used full insert bearings, full-pressure lubrication and overhead valves. The only competitor that had an equally advanced engine in 1952 was International, with their slightly larger 220-ci Silver Diamond six. But Ford had the upper hand, as its motor was also available in the newly restyled car line that was also introduced that year. A decade ago, I briefly owned a 1954 F-250 with the 223-ci version of the six. It wasn’t really powerful — I wouldn’t call it a slug, either; “adequate” would phrase it best, even for hauling a bed full of pea rock. Parts availability is quite good. The only issues typical for OHV Fords from the ’50s are heavier blow-by at hot idle from the crankcase vent tube and significant power loss when using the vacuum windshield wipers. That second issue can be a real problem — when driv- Detailing Years produced: 1949–52 Number produced: 81,537 (1952 F-1 with 6½-foot pickup box) Original list price: $1,362 Current ACC Valuation: $13,000–$24,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $12 Chassis number: Stamped on the frame rail adjacent to the steering box; data plate on the glovebox door Engine number: Basic casting numbers only, on the side of the block Clubs: Early Ford V8 Club More: www.earlyfordv8.org Additional: American Truck Historical Society ing up a hill in the rain, you basically have the choice of driving blind or walking. Finally being appreciated 1951 saw a light restyling of the F-series, mostly with a new grille, and 1952 saw minimal changes in trim. While 1951s and 1952s look very similar, they do have their differences. Aside from the powertrain and badge design shuffling on the hood, the 1952s used more Argent Gray paint in lieu of chrome due to Korean War metal allocation restrictions. Along that line, no 1951s or 1952s had chrome grilles. They were all white. If you see one, it was plated when it was restored. For years, these were always second fiddle to the wildly popular 1953–56 F-100s (affectionately known as “Effies” among Ford fans). While those years have certainly not seen their popularity wane, the ’51 and ’52 F-1s have skyrocketed in value. A decade ago, $10k would’ve bought you a top-level concoursquality truck. Today, $10k is more or less the entry fee for a respectable driver. Sure, there are plenty of farm-fresh pasture trucks still out there, but even they are moving up the food chain. This example, reasonably authentic and well restored, brought pretty much today’s market price at auction for a truck in its condition. It has a few extra chrome and stainless trinkets, but those pieces can be unbolted in short order. And even as it sits, it doesn’t come off as over the top. This is the kind of classic you can actually drive and use as a truck, albeit on a limited basis. After all, you won’t want to scratch up that bed with a load of gravel. But for cruising, and for careful transport of furniture or other similar items, it’ll be well-suited. As for values, I think we’ll see more upward action than downward correction in this segment of the market, at least in the foreseeable future — especially for trucks done to this level of quality. So this was a great buy at the price paid. Drive, enjoy and use on a limited basis. Just watch out for long uphill stretches in the rain. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America by RM.) November-December 2012 January-February 2013 59 59CC More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1948–early 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup; 1948–56 Dodge B-series pickup; 1950–56 International L-, R-, and S-series pickup; 1948–53 Studebaker R5 pickup ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1950 Ford F-1 Lot 5105, VIN: 98RC393749 Condition: 2+ Sold at $44,000 Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2012 ACC# 213319 1952 Ford F-2 pickup Lot 9, VIN: F2R2CH15468 Condition: 2+ Sold at $17,850 McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 2/25/2011 ACC# 176107 1951 Ford F-2 pickup Lot 9, VIN: F2R1SP9198 Condition: 4+ Sold at $15,400 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 ACC# 38882


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MaRKeT OVERVIEW For complete results of each auction covered in this issue, scan this code or go to http://bit.ly/YLyfw2 Rocking in the U.S.A. TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1932 Ford Model a Highboy roadster, $742,000—Mec, p. 86 2. 1936 Ford Model 68 coupe, $318,000—Mec, p. 86 3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $247,500—B-J, p. 69 4. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 2-dr hard top, $185,500—Mec, p. 88 5. 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback, $154,000—B-J, p. 69 6. 1946 Chrysler Town & Country roadster, $143,000—RM, p. 78 7. 1950 Cadillac Series 62 custom convertible, $148,400—Mec, p. 82 8. 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible, $132,000— RM, p. 79 9. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $126,500— RM, p. 74 10. 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $121,000— RM, p. 74 BEST BUYS 1. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 2-dr hard top, $53,900— B-J, p. 66 2. 1956 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible, $28,600—RM, p. 76 3. 1963 Chevrolet C10 pickup, $13,176—CMA, p. 92 4. 1968 aMC aMX coupe, $13,250—Mec, p. 88 5. 1951 Lincoln Cosmopolitan sedan, $10,120—Bon, p. 102 60 AmericanCarCollector.com THE McMULLEN ’32 FORD ROADSTER AT MECUM ANAHEIM WAS THE TOP SELLER AT $742K by Tony Piff S ince Carroll Shelby’s death in May, there’s been plenty of talk and speculation about how Shelby values will change in the collector-car marketplace. Would prices double instantly and remain high forever? Would we see a Shelby bubble? Would the market suddenly be flooded with sellers hoping to cash in on Ol’ Shel’s demise? Well, some time has passed, and here is how things look from my vantage point. While it does seem like more Shelbys have been offered at auction in recent months, prices have not spiked, and many of those cars have returned home to their same familiar garages. Post-1970 Shelbys and modern production cars were built in high volume, and so many were socked away as “instant collectibles” that values will always be suppressed by supply. Early Shelbys such as GT350s and CSX Cobras, by contrast, have been investment-grade collectibles with six-digit price tags for years now. It would seem ignorant to say these cars were in any way unappreciated to begin with. And furthermore, none of these factors is really affected by Shelby’s death. It will be interesting to see how the dust settles after Arizona Auction Week in January, where the number of important Shelbys on offer is staggering. n n n Three of the top 10 sales at Barrett-Jackson’s year- end auction in Las Vegas were indeed Shelbys: a 1966 GT350 sold for $154k, a 1970 GT500 brought $220k and a custom 1967 GT500 SE Super Snake continuation car made $330k — the biggest sale of the event. While it makes sense that an ultimate-spec Super Snake would take top honors, the premium paid for this continuation car might simply be due do to the perfectly executed customization resonating with a few determined bidders. In a similar vein, four custom Corvettes broke $100k in Vegas: a 1967 convertible sold for $149k, a 1958 sold for $143k, a 1959 sold for $131k and a 1965 convertible sold for $110k. Those prices easily rival the $127k paid for a numbers-matching 1967 coupe with the 427/435 big block and 4-speed manual transmission. n n n At Mecum’s debut sale in Anaheim, a 1968 Shelby GT500 sold for $143k. A number of big-block Corvettes failed to sell despite spirited bidding, including a 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold for $154,000 at B-J, Vegas highly-optioned 1969 L88 convertible, not sold at $550k, and a Survivor-grade 1967 convertible with a 427/435, which failed to sell at $225k. What took the spotlight here were the historic SoCal customs. The highly anticipated ’32 Ford McMullen roadster was the auction’s featured consignment, the top sale and, at $742k, the most expensive car in this issue; the ’36 Ford Jack Calori coupe sold for $318k; and the 1950 Cadillac Rick Dore roadster sold for $149k. n n n Authentic, original and correct cars were the theme at RM’s sale of the Charlie Thomas Collection in Grapevine, TX. Of the 175 cars offered, most were pre-1960, including the top five high sales, but the top 15 included three Shelbys: a 1968 GT500 convertible, at $116k; a 1968 GT350 convertible, at $91k; and a 1968 GT500 KR, at $78k. C1 Corvettes did well here also: a 1957 Fuelie sold for $127k, a 1962 Fuelie sold for $70k and a 1954 sold for $69k. 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 our Global Roundup. 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Anatomy of an ACC Market Report A DETAILED DISSECTION OF HOW WE RATE CARS AT AUCTION By B. Mitchell Carlson They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. To give a better appreciation of what our auction analysts look for when they cover cars for ACC, we like to take a specific example and give you visuals of the details. This time, we’ll take a look at a ’64 Corvette that crossed the block at the Fall Branson auction. See more cars from this sale on p. 90. Lot number assigned by auction house. General description of vehicle as observed by reporter, with color and mechanical specifications listed first. #562-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S121393. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 73,043 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good quality color change repaint, aside from some masking issues around windshield frame. Trim around frame has light dings and could use some polishing. Minimal body joint seam broadcasting on right rear side. Rear wheelwells also slightly trimmed to allow more tire clearance. Engine is a 1965 Corvette 250-hp unit, not a 300-hp unit as described on the windshield card. Missing ignition shielding and has modern service parts, such as belts, hoses, hose clamps, radiator cap and battery. Older seat upholstery, showing moderate wrinkling and light wear. Cond: 3+. a price listed in green indicates that the vehicle sold. A price in red denotes a no-sale. Commentary in which reporter sums up factors that may have affected the sale and notes whether it was a good buy. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. Built near the end of the model year. This was just after A.O. Smith also started building fully trimmed Corvette bodies in addition to Fisher Body at the St. Louis plant where the cars were assembled. While this car is repainted in a blue metallic, it’s darker than the original Silver Blue. As a nice driver that not as correct as it seems, the final bid could be considered market price, since ’64s tend to be the most affordable of the C2 series. This symbol indicates vehicles noted by the reporter as exceptionally well bought. Five are called out per issue. CONDITION RATINGS Condition: ACC uses a numerical scale of 1 to 6 to assess a vehicle’s overall condition: 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 4. Meh: Still a driver, but with visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV Glamour, glitz and American iron at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas A 1956 FORD F-100 AND A 1950 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN WERE IRRESISTIBLE TO BIDDERS AND PULLED IN $44K AND $69K Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics ence gambling, swimming, sunbathing and fine dining under one roof, not to mention hot laps in a Shelby Mustang with a pro driver and high-end product displays from car wax to private aircraft. T Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2012, Las Vegas, NV September 20–21, 2012 auctioneers: Tom “Spanky” Assiter and associates automotive lots sold/offered: 523/524 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $22,752,785 High sale: 1967 Shelby continuation GT500 SE Super Snake, sold at $330,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Barrett-Jackson sales total $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m 0 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 his was the fifth year that the Barrett-Jackson “Lifestyle Event” has been held at the mammoth Mandalay Bay convention center — a place where one can experi- 1950 Chevrolet Suburban, the classic people-hauler, sold for $69,300 But the focus of all this party atmosphere still comes down to selling cars, and Spanky Assiter’s team did indeed move the metal. Although B-J now offers the option of a reserve for a few cars, the vast majority are still sold with no reserve. This is a formula that is pretty much exclusive to BarrettJackson, and it works incredibly well for them. The bidders know that the car is there to sell, and that gives them confidence that their bid has a real chance of being successful. The total sales figures for this year were $23m. This averages out to $44k per car for the 523 total lots sold across the block. Numerous trucks were offered, and this category appears to be on an upswing in both price and quantity at most auctions of late. A tastefully customized 1956 Ford F-100 and a 1950 Chevrolet Suburban restored in eye-popping black and silver were both irresistible to bidders and pulled $44k and $69k, respectively. There were no buses or airplanes this year, just acres of collector cars. The bulk of the items auctioned were American mid-’50s to mid-’70s muscle and custom cars. This is B-J’s meat and potatoes, and they do it very well. The top sale this year was a 1967 Shelby Super Snake continuation model that sold for $330k. This was followed by a 1970 Hemi Superbird that found a new home at $297k. My personal pick for best buy was a 1970 Chevelle restored to show standard and equipped with a big-block 454 LS6. It appeared to be a real-deal car, and it sold for just $54k. A perfectly executed steel-bodied 1938 Willys street rod powered by a 640-ci V8 with blower and dual-quad carbs sold for $61k, which must have been just a fraction of the build price. As always, B-J had an abundant number of donated vehicles that were sold free of commissions for various deserving charitable organizations, and they all sold very well. The generous bidding by the audience, with many bidders even donating thousands of dollars to the charities after the hammer falls, is amazing. Nobody else works this like Barrett-Jackson, and they (and the bidding audience) are to be commended for their generosity. This sale closes out the year for Barrett with a bang, but it also leads right into their flagship Scottsdale sale in January. A few featured Salon Offerings for Arizona were on preview display here, and the lineup looks absolutely incredible. If you have been thinking about Arizona in January, this is the year to go. I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV GM #623.1-1950 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN SUV. VIN: 5HPF19276. Black & silver/brown vinyl. Odo: 94,613 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-speed. Good paint, new chrome and plain brown interior. No heater. Headlight eyebrows, fog lamps, Fulton-style sun visor, windshield washers. Cond: 2. starting to show its age. Not perfect, but still wonderful and much rarer than a Nomad. I would call this well bought. SOLD AT $69,300. Great looking and wellrestored two-door Suburban. Ready to cruise with family and friends all in the same truck. Very strong price for a very strong car. #344.1-1955 BUICK SPECIAL 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4B2039710. Green & white/ white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 39,156 miles. 264-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New goodquality paint with some visible small flaws and side panels a little wavy. Said to have all exterior chrome, but front appears dull and scratched and rear is worn through above taillights. Some crackling and light pitting on interior chrome. New seats, door panels and headliner. Tinted glass all around with large chip on windshield. Cond: 3+. #617-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: VC57N130452. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 50,847 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and chrome. Driver’s door fit looks a bit off. Line on the side spear trim appears to sag. New custom interior with tilt wheel and automatic on the floor. Bench seats. Power disc brakes and power steering with aluminum radiator and 350 hp. Cond: 2-. fabric top trim. Scratches and chips on rear glass. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $53,900. Full fresh, high-level restoration. If this car was born as an LS6, then it has to be the mega-bargain of this sale. Color it cheap! #668-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 34467OE144254. Blue/white canvas/ white vinyl. Odo: 31 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Slightly wide door gaps. Power windows and power brakes. Air-conditioned with dual-gate auto shifter. Cold-air induction hood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,300. Looks to be a decent custom cruiser that should make a good driver. Couldn’t replicate it for the money spent here, so call it fair. SOLD AT $36,300. Lots to like, but a definite 10-footer. Good local cruise-in driver with a price-conscious restoration. Very well sold. #385-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF wagon. VIN: C755H23184. Green & cream/green & cream vinyl. Odo: 10,774 miles. 287-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. OK paint with large cracks by hood ornament, chips and some cracks and light bubbles by doors. Some non-magnetic lower areas. Bubbles and wear on front chrome and dents in passenger’s vent window trim. Scratches on rear window glass. Broken trim by front-seat adjuster and long burn on rear seat. Both door panels torn at power window switches. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. This older restoration was 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #375-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 218475319877. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 82,011 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks to be a mix of some older repaint with some original paint. A few chips and scratches, etc., as expected. Original chrome, interior and trim show very well for age. Engine detailed and compartment cleaned with sympathetic attention to most original finishes. Chips and scratches on original tinted glass. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $107,800. Beautifully restored to factory-new look. At the price, however, the new owner will be upside-down for the foreseeable future. CORVETTE #650-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S107120. Red/red hard top/red. Odo: 64,084 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-speed. New paint shows some sanding scratches and preparation flaws. Pitting on rear bumpers and licenseplate frame. All other chrome and trim show very well. New interior. Hard and soft tops. Said to have engine block and fuel injection unit with correct date codes. Detailed engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,450. Unusually nice nonrestored ’62 SS. The buyer and seller should both be satisfied. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 39 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Superb paint with laser-straight sides. Flaws on cowl vent. Light dents in #655-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3637OK105624. SOLD AT $88,000. Great eye appeal and options on this freshly restored straight-axle Fuelie. Well bought and sold. #664-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40867S116403. Red/black BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV leather. Odo: 13,631 miles. 6.0-L 400-hp fuel-injected V8, 5-speed. Very shiny paint, new chrome and newer high-back leather seats. LS2 engine. Power windows, power disc brakes and power steering. All newer suspension and radiator. Polished 17-inch alloy wheels with Redline tires and sidepipes. Cond: 2+. pitting on top of the windshield surround trim. New 350 crate engine with headers and electric radiator fan. Power steering, manual brakes and 5-speed Tremec transmission. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $107,800. The multi-color metallic in the paint had to be difficult and expensive, but I would prefer a stock white myself. Having said that, this is a custom and should look and drive like one. Market price for a premium custom Corvette. SOLD AT $88,000. A nice looking ’64 Corvette with ’67 side vents, hood and ’67-style gauges. Street Shop chassis with all-modern Corvette suspension. Not much left from 1964 except the VIN. Fair price for a highquality resto-mod. #364-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S102479. Light green/ white/red leather. Odo: 75,646 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. Non-original motor. Lots of paint flaws, chips, cracks and color mismatch on hood. Soft-top window starting to yellow, and a small tear on the passenger’s side. Original door panels and all else in the interior look bright red and new. Power windows. Windshield surround scratched and dinged. Front bumper has chromed-over flaw, and most other chrome shows light scratches. Cond: 3. #334.1-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194370S408003. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 19,877 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. New good-quality paint and chrome. Windshield top trim has dents. Power steering, tilt and telescopic. Original interior. Said to have working fiber-optics and vacuum systems. Cond: 3. ago along with engine upgrades and the custom interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. A few details can be picked at, as with any custom Corvette, but they weren’t major. If you like the conversion, it is cost-efficient to buy it rather than to convert one. FOMOCO SOLD AT $60,500. Car looked great until you noticed the visibly rusted-through windshield cage. Not an impossible fix, but requires cutting into the front fenders and welding in replacement parts. Must be bought accordingly. An easy #2 without that flaw. Well sold, considering. #652.1-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G215104512. Black/red. Odo: 14,992 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Stylized 1953 body built over a 2001 Corvette. Well executed and with little use since the changeover. New paint and chrome show a few prep flaws in front. Some wrinkles and dirt on the driver’s seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $61,600. Good color but has lots of body and paint needs, not to mention the engine swap. Well sold. #640.3-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S120778. White/ black leather. Odo: 29 miles. 350-ci 400-hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-speed. All-new chrome and interior, pearlescent with multicolor metallic in the paint and very few flaws. Some light SOLD AT $79,200. Last auction sale for this car was Barrett-Jackson Costa Mesa 2010, at $110,000 (ACC# 164800). Drive it and enjoy, but don’t look for any future appreciation here. 68 AmericanCarCollector.com #645.1-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G545127285. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 29,482 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-speed. Asnew paint, chrome and interior with custom touches throughout. Car was purchased new in 2004 with the 1SB package. Custom Classic body conversion done two years #399-1923 FORD T-BUCKET roadster. VIN: T7146997. Purple/purple & white vinyl. Odo: 624 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Purple paint on everything: body, frame, front and rear suspension. Only valve covers, front leaf spring, mirrors and taillight bezels are chrome. Jag IRS. Some wrinkles in high-backed buckets. Minimal three gauges with speedo. Door on passenger’s side only—solid on driver’s side. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,950. When I was young, this was the most basic and least expensive hot rod you could build. Still the same today. Get into hot rodding without breaking the bank. Just make sure to wear goggles and don’t smile. Fair price. #42.2-1949 MERCURY EIGHT custom sedan. VIN: 9CM51905. Orange & cream/ cream leather. Odo: 85,762 miles. 255-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-speed. Pretty good paint with large chips on front of hood. Holes in hood from missing emblems and extra holes by wipers in cowl. Some trim shows extensive denting. Fit is off on fenders and door gaps. Full custom interior with leather buckets,


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV but steering wheel heavily cracked. Passenger’s door refuses to latch. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,000. Previously sold at BarrettJackson Scottsdale 2012 for $21k (ACC# 193938). Needs lots of finishing touches, and then cruise with the family. Nobody will notice it has four doors. Well sold here today. #693-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10V6R42629. Green/mint green cloth & leather. Odo: 2,888 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All-new chrome and fresh ghostflamed green paint. Disc brakes, dropped spindles and painted frame. Balanced and blueprinted 302-ci crate engine. Automatic, a/c, ps and pb. Stainless gas tank. Leather and cloth interior. Custom gauges, steering wheel and bucket seats. Cond: 2+. at Mecum Kansas City in March 2012 (ACC# 202963). The green color scheme may limit it a bit, but this was a quality build throughout. Well sold. #634.1-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH220494. White/white/ blue & white vinyl. Odo: 14,768 miles. 312ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Overall good paint with some flaws. Paint chips near the front bumper. Chrome worn off top of left-side rear bumper. Clean engine with chrome and polished dress-up kit. Porthole hard top, a/c and power windows. Most lower areas hold a magnet. Cond: 2+. miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. Lots of paint-prep flaws in shiny repaint. Numerous windshield chips and visible cracks. Scratches on rear glass. No rear bumper or windshield wipers. Interior race-prepped with Simpson belts, roll bar and racing driver’s seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $154,000. Full history. Shelby registry. Six hours on rebuilt engine. Rallyor race-ready. Well bought and sold. #671-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 0F02Z143248. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 14,932 miles. 3 SOLD AT $49,500. A strong cruiser sold at market price. The ACC Premium Database shows that this car sold for $19k at the Cole auction in Newport Beach in 1991 (ACC# 5706). SOLD AT $44,000. Previously sold for $31k 5 #665.1-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S315. Blue/black. January-February 2013 69 TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Las Vegas, NV 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. New high-level paint and new chrome. The front door gaps look a bit wide on both sides. Well-detailed engine. Power steering and power brakes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. It’s always impressive to open the hood on one of these and see that massive 429 shoehorned in there. Another huge sale in Vegas. Well sold. #676.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G112680. White/black vinyl. Odo: 59,246 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. Decent paint with lots of sanding scratches on top of the right rear fender and light fisheyes elsewhere. Dents in the windshield surround trim. Like-new interior. Shaker hood, tinted glass and tilt-wheel. Driver’s door closes hard and passenger’s door gaps vary. Cond: 2. rior. Shaker hood. Original cassette voicerecorder. Power steering and power brakes. Comes with an original broadcast sheet. Cond: 1-. with purple ghost flames. 502-ci Lunati engine stroked to 640-ci with a 6-71 blower and dual-quad carbs, automatic transmission and Ford nine-inch rear end. Custom leather bucket seat interior with tilt steering and a/c. Full roll cage and four-point racing harness. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,500. Hard to beat looks and power. Just add courage and drive it away. You couldn’t build it for this money, so I would have to call it a bargain. SOLD AT $88,000. Looks a lot faster than the 275-hp rating it carried in 1971. Perhaps this is an example of the feeling of, “The older I get, the faster I was.” Fair price paid. #640.1-2000 PLYMOUTH PROWLER convertible. VIN: 1PE3W65G7YV604334. Black/black hard top/tan leather. Odo: 12,000 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected 6-cyl, auto. Full-on cosmetic custom Prowler. Everything is chromed. Asanti 24-inch wheels, full custom interior. Shaved door handles. Six coats of clearcoat paint. No mention of performance upgrades, so I’m guessing the SOLD AT $80,300. Well-optioned Boss 302 with a 1983 Texas inspection sticker on the windshield. Well bought and sold. MOPAR #640-1965 IMPERIAL CROWN custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: Y253254349. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 92,287 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 29 Imperials used in the filming of “The Green Hornet” movie. Rough paint. Pitting and worn-off chrome. Lots of movie prop stuff. Machine guns and rockets, front and rear. Lots of switches, dials and levers in interior. Stunt brakes. Cond: 3-. drivetrain is stock except for the chrome and polished parts. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $90,200. If you don’t think Plymouth went far enough with the Prowler, then this might be the car for you. At $90k, this has to be a new record price. AMERICANA #644.3-1938 WILLYS custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 38W604410. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 629 miles. 640-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Steel body with very deep gloss 16-coat paint SOLD AT $55,000. Won by a 27-year-old in a contest at a Carl’s Jr. in Oregon. The movie may not have been a winner, but the seller here definitely was. #647-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23H1B204590. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 54,688 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. Good paint and trim with very few flaws. Color-matched bumpers. New inte- 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #654-1954 KAISER-DARRIN ROADSTER. VIN: 3495390. Red/white/white vinyl. Odo: 52,198 miles. 161-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-speed. Orange peel and prep flaws as well as masking lines show in paint. Glass chips and wiper scratches on the windshield. The windshield chrome surround is starting to show age. There is a small tear in the soft top on the left side. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $112,200. One of those weird cars built by a manufacturer who made his real money making radios and refrigerators. Park it next to a ’54 Corvette and see which garners more attention. Market-correct price. #326.1-1968 AMC AMX fastback. VIN: A8M397T268712. Pink/black vinyl. Odo: 3,334 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power brakes and sidepipes. Clean and detailed engine. Recently resprayed to replicate the ’68 AMX that was given to the 1968 Playmate of the Year. Note: “Replicate” means that the 1968 Playmate never sat here! Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,500. Recently sold in June at Barrett-Jackson OC for $17k (ACC# 209789), so hats off to the seller. Seems like it would be cheaper to buy a normal AMX and paint it pink, if that was your desire. A


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RM AUCTIONS // Grapevine, TX RM Auctions — The Charlie Thomas Collection AMID MANY ORIGINAL, STOCK CARS, A WELL-TRAVELED, NEVER-WAS 1946 T&C ROADSTER TOOK HIGH-SALE HONORS AT $143K Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics owned an interest in 50 franchises operating throughout the Gulf States. In addition, he managed to find time to be the managing partner of the NBA Houston Rockets from 1982 until he sold the team in 1993. Collecting cars was a natural extension of his occupation, and the collection was clearly assembled and maintained in the spirit of stewardship. C RM Auctions The Charlie Thomas Collection, Grapevine, TX October 20, 2012 auctioneers: Brent Earlywine automotive lots sold/offered: 175/175 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $7,439,850 High sale: 1946 Chrysler Town & Country replica roadster, sold at $143,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices One of 200 demonstrators — 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner, sold at $39,600 Of the 175 cars RM offered at his sale at the Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, nearly 80 were Fords. Throw in the Mercurys, Lincolns and three Edsels, and well over half the offerings were under the umbrella of the Blue Oval. One of the more interesting Ford offer- ings was a factory-built dealer display 1954 Crestline “Glass Roof” Skyliner hard top. It was one of 200 showroom-only cars that had a clear panel in the hood to display the new overhead-valve 239 V8. There was also a special light bar that was attached to the hood to illuminate the engine. It was loaded with 25 options and sold here for $40k, a worthwhile premium over the other ’54 Skyliner, auctioned later in the sale for $36k. Continuing the Plexiglas-roof FoMoCo theme was a Canadian-built 1954 Mercury Monterey Sun Valley hard top. The paint and trim showed their age, but the $66k paid looked market-correct for condition. A handful of CCCA Full Classics were 1946 Chrysler Town & Country replica roadster, sold at $143,000 72 AmericanCarCollector.com presented, and the 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible received the most attention, selling for $121k. It was finished in Madeira Maroon Iridescent with red leather and a contrasting tan top. These have long languished under the shadow of the 1941 Cadillacs, and this was one of the stronger results I have noticed of late. In 1946, Chrysler advertised a Town & Country roadster, but no plans or models were ever created. In the early ’90s, an effort was undertaken to create the car based on an oil painting and other factory documents. The result was a well-traveled interpretation of a car that never was. At RM’s 2003 Arizona sale, it realized $143k, and in 2006 at RM’s Monterey sale it brought $92k. Here, it returned to its 2003 price and was the highest-selling car at the auction. Thomas purchased many of his cars at auction over the years. With the ability to track these sales through the ACC Premium database, it’s clear that these cars were bought in the spirit of collecting, and not as a profit-maximizing business plan. With these cars now sold, Thomas is reportedly focusing on a smaller stable of key automobiles. Rumor has it that Thomas bought several cars at their recent Hershey auction — proving it’s difficult not to scratch that collecting itch. A harlie Thomas was the epitome of the self-made man. In 1950 he was a parts runner at an Oldsmobile dealership in Tennessee. Thirty years later, he


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RM AUCTIONS // Grapevine, TX GM #224-1947 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 8442832. Madeira Maroon/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 45,123 miles. 346-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restoration completed in 1999 and has been properly maintained since. Equipped with optional Hydra-Matic transmission but it is rare to find one without it. Dual spots and AM radio. Extra backup light added. Engine compartment clean and tidy. No serious issues with brightwork. Full CCCA Classic and wonderful tour car. Cond: 2+. 10 SOLD AT $94,600. Even though Tri-Five Chevys are off their high of a few years back, this stunning example sold for close to six figures. All the goodies did not hurt (although the wire wheel covers are not listed as a factory option). Fair price for both buyer and the Thomas Collection. SOLD AT $121,000. For years these have languished under the shadow of the ’41 Cadillacs but with this sale may get the traction they deserve. Having driven ours thousands of miles on numerous tours, I can attest to their roadworthiness. To my mind, price paid was market correct; I just hope the new owner gets the rubber on the road. #141-1950 BUICK SUPER wagon. VIN: 56247435. Black & wood/red leather. Odo: 5,983 miles. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Extensive restoration some years ago and still retains a sharp edge. Paint showing a bit of age and a few minor issues with the wood. Very presentable interior with red leather in good order. Wood body produced by Ionia Manufacturing. A very attractive wagon in the right colors. Cond: 2-. #245-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. VIN: P856H20033. Red & black/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 160 miles. 316-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice restoration. Equipped with power steering, Deluxe AM radio and rubber “Dagmar” bullets on the front bumper. Engine clean and interior in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. According to the guides, the hard top and Wonderbar add about five grand to the package. The price paid for an older restoration was about right with the options thrown in for free. A decent buy. SOLD AT $67,100. Pontiac styling evolved bright and bold designs for the mid-’50s. This Star Chief convertible was properly restored and sold for a market-correct amount. The colors are a matter of taste, and if they “float your boat,” all is well. CORVETTE 9 SOLD AT $41,800. A presentable woodie wagon for under $50k is a bargain in any book. Very well bought indeed. #246-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC55K037760. Shoreline Beige & Gypsy Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 911 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Less than 1,000 miles since frame-off restoration. Loaded with options, including power seat and windows, Wonderbar radio, full chrome package and fender skirts. Also has Continental kit and illuminated parking brake. Unusual 3-speed manual transmission with 74 AmericanCarCollector.com 104538. Venitian Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 27 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. The first year that the Corvette was offered with fuel injection. Only 102 were the 579C option that was presented here. Restored with only 27 miles since completion. Panel fit and gaps exceed factory spec. Top well fitted. Interior as-new. Base 3-speed with fuel injection an unusual combination. A strong package. Cond: 1-. #172-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S- #237-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S118800. Rally Red/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 46,824 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration now developing a pleasing patina. New top and rear window. Fitted with knockoff-style turbine wheels and radials. Properly fitted interior shows minor wear. Rear bumper scratched. Steering wheel nicked. Let’s call it a very nice driver. Cond: 3+. overdrive. Very presentable. Cond: 1-. back this Fuelie is the 3-speed. Have to wonder why the buyer did not check the 4-speed box on the order sheet. A rare Corvette finished in the right color. Price paid was up there, but worth it. #202-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S114487. Eng. # 2114487F0702RF. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 21,341 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. One of 1,918 Fuelies produced in 1962 at an upcharge of $484. Older body-off restoration that was rewarded with NCRS Top Flight award. Still very presentable but trim fit off a bit. Correct RF code motor and both tops. Documentation from restoration included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,200. A presentable Corvette that gets you in the game at a reasonable price. Drive as-is, pick away at it over time, and no money will be lost here. SOLD AT $126,500. Only thing holding #249-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S110403. Sunfire Yellow/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,275 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration that is very presentable. Fitted with base-level 327/300 V8 with optional 4-speed. 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RM AUCTIONS // Grapevine, TX the summer sun created a stifling greenhouse effect. An aftermarket zip-in liner was available to cool things down. The add-on valve covers and 4-barrel did not help when came time to sell. If anything, price paid here was a bit strong considering the condition. SOLD AT $46,200. We watched this sell at Worldwide’s Escondido, CA, sale in April 2009 for $58,300 (ACC# 120015). A little over four years later, the Thomas Collection takes a $12k-plus hit. This was a better car than that, so we’ll blame it on the wannabe big-block hood and pipes. FOMOCO #157-1940 FORD DELUXE convertible. VIN: 185709326. Green/tan fabric/brown vinyl. Odo: 72,649 miles. The Deluxe offered the 85-horsepower engine as compared with the 60-horse on the Standard. This wears an older restoration that has held up quite well. Dash gauges are bright and crisp but the bumpers are worn. Paint for its age is very presentable and the shade of green is most attractive. Cond: 2-. #203-1954 FORD CRESTLINE Skyliner 2-dr hard top. VIN: U4NF116788. White/ coral/white/coral vinyl. Odo: 70,974 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A unique, well-documented dealer display car. One of three glass-roofed cars on offer here, this one also features a see-through hood, showing off the engine with a special light bar. Loaded with 25 options including Ford-OMatic and power seat. Has a Coronado deck lid and Magic Aire. One of 200 demonstrators produced to show off new 239 engine. Cond: 2+. ric, which is a bit tattered. Body straight and solid with a few dings in the trim. Respray to reasonable standard. Has an external sun visor, wire wheel covers and a roof rack with surfboard. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,400. Modified interior is the issue here. Otherwise a decent wagon. Interior needs attention, so replacing with original material and pattern will be a step in the right direction. Thunderbird M-code engine a plus. SOLD AT $39,600. A rather rough 1954 Crestline Skyliner (Lot 241) sold for $35,750, and this being as unique as it is would be far more interesting. For four grand more I would rather have this one in my garage. SOLD AT $46,750. A solid presentation of a desirable ’40 Ford Deluxe convertible. Price paid was under the money, so new owner has room to fix the little nits and still be rightside-up. #241-1954 FORD CRESTLINE Skyliner 2-dr hard top. VIN: U4DF136874. Cadet Blue & Sandstone White/green Plexiglas/ blue & white vinyl. Odo: 13,118 miles. 239ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration that is now a bit tired. Paint OK. Interior very acceptable with push button radio. Engine upgraded with 4-barrel and Offenhauser heads. Cond: 3-. #133-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY Sun Valley 2-dr hard top. VIN: 160FH5418272. Blue/white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 62,088 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Canadianbuilt. Featured in Collectible Automobile magazine in 1997. Loaded with every option on the order sheet, including fender skirts, Continental kit and tinted windshield. Trim worn and pitted. Paint looking a bit tired. Engine properly detailed. Cond: 2-. #163-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Sunliner convertible. VIN: M6SC173122. Colonial White & Diamond Blue/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 54,591 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Properly restored with a straight and solid body. Respray well applied in factory-correct colors. Powered by 292-ci M-code Thunderbird engine. Interior seating in good order, but interior paint worn. With power steering and brakes. Continental kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. This was an attractive Sunliner convertible with no glaring issues. A summer top-down driver at a bargain price. Extremely well bought. #222-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convertible. VIN: B9UR739235. Presidential Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 30,308 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Low miles stated to be original. Equipped with optional Mile-O-Matic 2-speed transmission. New top and rubber moldings. Trim with some pitting here and there. Aftermarket a/c added. Paint flaking on firewall. Valve covers and air cleaner not painted white as they should be. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Introduced in 1954, the Sun Valley featured a Plexiglas roof insert. Price paid here was #2 money for a #2 car, so fair all around. SOLD AT $35,750. The Skyliner had a green-tinted Plexiglas insert in roof, and in 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #190-1956 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN wagon. VIN: M6RX170181. Fiesta Red & black/black/maroon leather/black cloth. Odo: 50,686 miles. 292-ci V8, 2 bbl, auto. Interior updated with leather and black fab- SOLD AT $35,750. The best of the three BEST BUY


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RM AUCTIONS // Grapevine, TX ’59 Corsair convertibles offered and, as such, sold for a slight premium. Infrequently offered at all, and here we have three, so take your pick. #170-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. VIN: 2Y89Z148298. Rangoon Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 3,045 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A factory Sports Roadster according to VIN stamped on hood support. (Early 1962 Sports Roadsters did not have identifying VIN.) Data plate reproduced. Interior very nice, but a few trim pieces need attention. Cond: 2-. the Trans-Am Manufactures Championship in 1970. Complete with Marti Report and orignal invoice. Cond: 2. scratched and lacking luster. Just starting to lose its edge. Once owned by noted T&C collector Lloyd Mays. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. Last seen at RM’s Monterey 2006 sale, where it realized $90,750. (ACC# 42781). Prior to that it sold for $143,000 at their January 2002 sale (ACC# 27029). Price paid seems like a bunch for a T&C that never was. SOLD AT $77,000. Price paid here was for a middle-of-the-road Boss 302, and this was a far better car than that. The documentation and low original miles make the price paid light by about 10 grand. Well bought. MOPAR SOLD AT $40,700. I watched this sell at Worldwide’s May 2007 Houston Classic for $62k (ACC# 45300), and now driven only seven miles since. Prior to that it sold at Worldwide’s 2005 Raleigh auction for $49k (ACC# 40012). Sports Roadsters are easily replicated, so the correct VIN was a big plus here. Well bought and sold. #217-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R480615. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 70,461 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resprayed from Jade Black. Paint with a few issues and swirls. Interior in good order. Engine bay clean and tidy. Equipped with 428 Cobra Jet V8. MSD ignition added, along with aftermarket mags. Complete with Marti Report. The GT500 fastback was the most popular Shelby for 1969, with 1,536 produced. Cond: 3+. #168-1939 PLYMOUTH DELUXE convertible. VIN: 3235536. Eng. # P82067335. Black/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 81,759 miles. 201-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration with no glaring issues. Paint showing signs of age with swirls and a few flea bites. Pitting on some trim pieces and bumpers. Red leather interior very presentable. Thought to have been owned by MGM and appeared in “The Big Sleep” with Humphrey Bogart. Cond: 3+. #159-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. VIN: C455588. Maroon & wood/red vinyl & tan fabric. Odo: 96,472 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. On 6-cylinder Windsor chassis. Restoration used something other than red mahogany for inserts. Lacking roof rack. Fog light loose and grille pitted. Issue with driver’s side upholstery. Lots of needs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. This had a neglected look that made me wonder what issues lurked under the hood. Previously sold at Mecum Monterey 2010 for $41,340, which we called “cheap, but well sold” (ACC# 165672). Same story today. A bargain price, but that’s the least of the expenses ahead. SOLD AT $31,900. A cute little Plymouth convertible that sold for a fair price. Most likely belongs in a “Cars of the Stars” museum with the Bogart connection. SOLD AT $63,800. The best GT500s can break the six-figure mark, but they have to be much sharper than this one. This car recently sold for $74k at Mecum Houston in April (ACC# 211874), making this look well bought with a bit of upside potential. #174-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: OTO2G137207. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 5,418 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The 5,400 miles on the ododmeter stated to be original. Born Grabber Blue and wearing Magnum 500 wheels. Bumpers pitted and scratched, but no serious issues elsewhere. The Boss 302 won 78 AmericanCarCollector.com 000. Sumac Red/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 332 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Constructed from a 1946 Windsor as a designed but never offered T&C roadster. Paint has been well maintained and wood is very presentable with no issues noted. Red leather in very nice condition. Rear bumper is 6 #155-1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY roadster. VIN: 71000- SOLD AT $115,500. Appears several times in the ACC database: a no-sale at BarrettJackson Los Angeles 2001 at $32k (ACC# 24364), and a year later at eBay/Kruse 2002, selling for $37k (ACC# 24561). Car did not have Pace Car lettering at that time. Time has been good to this DeSoto, as the selling price has tripled. Still market-correct, so all was square here. #201-1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE Indy Pace Car convertible. VIN: 50383348. White & gold/white vinyl/tan vinyl & gold fabric. Odo: 16,878 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Indy Pacesetter vinyl lettering recently added. About 400 were originally so equipped. Has power seat and dual rear antennae. Highway Hi-Fi 45-rpm record player under dash. New gold wheel covers. Cracked steering wheel the only serious flaw noted. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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AMERICANA #225-1949 HUDSON COMMODORE Custom Eight convertible. VIN: 49418012. Matador Maroon/black Haartz cloth/red leatherette. Odo: 54,137 miles. 254-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored eight years back; odometer stated to show actual miles. Equipped with power top and windows. Also has a windshield visor and Hudson radio. Hudson continued the “step-down” design which was introduced the prior year for 1949. Fewer than 600 Commodore Custom Eight convertibles built in 1949. Cond: 2. #198-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 26782698. Maroon/white vinyl/white & maroon leather. Odo: 73,454 miles. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored some 20 years ago, and time has taken its toll. Door handle loose. Screws missing, trim has needs. Paint showing its age, as is interior. Equipped with power brakes and top, push-button radio and Continental kit. One of 750 produced. Cond: 3-. RM AUCTIONS // Grapevine, TX 8 Eng. # 1607202. Gulf Green & Sahara Sand/white vinyl/green & white leather. Odo: 26,679 miles. 359-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration with National Packard third place award in 1999. Engine properly detailed but top dirty. No serious issues with paint, and trim very presentable. Interior shows a bit of age, but leather not worn or damaged. Brakes not functioning, so don’t wander too far. Cond: 2. #146-1954 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 54782226. SOLD AT $47,300. Last seen at Mecum’s May 2012 Indy sale, where it realized $54k (ACC# 205832). After fees and transportation, seller took a quick haircut. Could have easily sold for a bit more, so call this well bought. SOLD AT $57,200. Last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2008 sale, where it found a new home at $70k (ACC# 48871). Condition was the issue here. I doubt it deteriorated to this degree as part of Thomas Collection, so 2008 sale figure might have been a bit aggressive. SOLD AT $132,000. Featured in October 2003 issue of Classic Car. Rides on new Coker radials. Only 400 Caribbean Custom convertibles produced, so a unique opportunity here, but at steep price. Money was retail-plus. A January-February 2013 79 TOP 10


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MECUMAUCTIONS // Anaheim, CA Hot rods take the spotlight at Mecum Anaheim THE McMULLEN ROADSTER, A COMMON SIGHT TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HOT RODDERS THROUGHOUT THE ’60S, SOLD FOR $742K Report and photos by Victor Van Tress Market opinions in italics M ecum Auctions, the third-largest player in the Monterey month, added another West Coast sale this November. Set in Anaheim, CA, the venue takes advantage of the usually mild Southern California weather and makes sense, as many of the potential buyers are “snow birds” who already happen to be down there enjoying the sunshine. And what better place to drop off the kids while car shopping than Disneyland? Mecum Auctions Anaheim 2012, Anaheim, CA November 15–17, 2012 auctioneers: Matt Moravec, Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jimmy Landis automotive lots sold/offered: 418/836 Sales rate: 50% Sales total: $15,002,335 High sale: 1932 Ford “McMullen Roadster,” sold at $742,000 Buyer’s premium: $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices, 10% for boats and motorcycles The Tom McMullen 1932 Ford Highboy roadster, sold for $742,000 The Anaheim Convention Center is large, modern and comfortable, and it proved a fabulous setting for an auction. The cars were organized by the day they were scheduled to cross the block, which gave the buyers the opportunity to look closely at whatever car rang their bell. The selections were as diverse as anyone could want. On the historic front was the McMullen “Barn Find” 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold for $74,200 80 AmericanCarCollector.com Roadster, presented just as it looked in Hot Rod magazine in 1957. When Tom McMullen bought the car in 1958, for $650, he started modifying it. The fuel tank became a Moon Equipment container mounted in front of the grille shell, and Ed “Big Daddy” Roth laid flame and pinstriping over the black paint. McMullen street-raced and drag-raced the car, and later began to freelance for Southern California-based hotrodding publications, thus making the Deuce a common sight to hot rodders throughout the ’60s. It sold for $742k, which seems about right for such a culturally significant collector’s piece. Two other hot-rod classics that broke into the six figures were the 1936 Jack Calori coupe, which sold for $318k, and the Rick Dore-built 1950 Cadillac, which sold for $148k. Other high sales included a 1930 Duesenberg Model J limousine, sold at $392k; a 1969 Ford Boss 429 at $186k; a 1953 Corvette and a Chevrolet Chevelle Z16, both sold at $180k; another Ford Mustang 429, sold at $172k; a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible at $154k; and a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, which sold for $143k. At the other end of the scale, someone got a 1963 Chrysler Newport for $4,300, a 1965 Ford F-100 pickup sold for $3,800, and a 1961 Mercury Comet went to a new garage for $4,550. Mecum consigned an impressive 836 cars for its first Anaheim venture, including some very significant hot rods. A 50% sales rate is low for Mecum, but $15m in sales isn’t chump change. If they can continue tapping into the wealth of important SoCal hot rods, this sale has a bright future. A


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ACC SHOOTOUT! 1960 Ford Falcon vs. 1969 Chevrolet Corvair WHO GOT THE BETTER DEAL? In the Ford corner… 1960 Ford Falcon, Mecum Dallas Lot W3, SOLD at $10,500 • Documented with dealer invoice • Full restoration • One of America’s first compact cars GM 506281048. Tahitian Blue/cream leather & stingray hide. Odo: 57,295 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original V8 and presumably the original automatic transmission. Even with the air bags, the frame, suspension and steering are all as installed in 1950. The customizing is all to the body. Now a twoseat roadster with a two-piece removable top, leather seats with Stingray inserts. All custom fabricated chrome accents, taillights are handmade, rear quarters stretched five inches, custom-made bumpers, and many more modifications. I’ll bet this drives just fine. Cond: 2+. 7 #S167-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Rick Dore convertible. VIN: W ho got the better deal? It all depends on what you want out of your ’60s econobox. If you want a driver, the Falcon wins, as you’ll play mind games with yourself as you lose money every time you drive the minty Corvair. The price was steep for the Falcon, but you can baby it or beat it with a clear conscience. Personally, I’d take the Corvair, and not just because I’m a Corvair junkie — 1969 was the pinnacle for development for the Corvair, while the Falcon is from the initial year of production. — B. Mitchell Carlson Rod and Custom magazine and multiple European magazines. Fair for buyer and seller. #F66-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: H54L003309. Turquoise/tan leather. Odo: 18,445 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Well-applied custom paint. Excellent chrome wheels, wood panels in bed, awesome interior with soft leather and upgraded electronics. Uses a front Camaro clip and has power steering, power disc brakes and a/c. Undercarriage just as clean as the top. Some damage to paint on top of tailgate and original old weather sealing around the vent windows. Discs up front with clever dust cover over the rear drums to make it look like discs in back as well. Cond: 3+. In the Chevy corner… 1969 Chevrolet Corvair, Mecum Dallas Lot W5, SOLD at $14,500 • 25 original miles • Documented with ProtectO-Plate, delivery checklist • Original window sticker • Stored in climate-con trolled building since new #F170-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA Pro Touring convertible. VIN: 21867J270834. Kandy Tangerine/beige cloth/beige & tangerine leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Rotisserie restoration and Pro Touring customization completed in 2012. Just starting to unwind, but still ready for fun. Trim along top of door scratched. New stainless and chrome brightwork, Billet Specialties wheels. House of Kolor Kandy Tangerine paint. Custom-leather Lexus bucket seats. High-performance ZZ4 crate motor connected to a Tremec 5-speed. Suspension pieces come from Global West Pro Touring, and power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes from Wilwood. Digital gauges, unable to note mileage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,400. Kustom d’Elegance award-winner, 2010 Custom d’Elegance West Coast Custom of the Year finalist. Built in the spirit of the 1950s concept car era, this Caddy has been on the cover of 82 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $37,100. $37k is a lot less than what you would have to put into one to bring it to this level, but that doesn’t equate to resale value. Seller and buyer should both be pleased with this price. SOLD AT $67,840. This car looked like a great driver, and indeed it had been driven, by the looks of the underside. Even the engine bay appeared to have changed colors slightly, due to the underhood heat. Mecum has gotten between $21k and $49k for Im- TOP 10


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MECUMAUCTIONS // Anaheim, CA palas of this era, but probably not for a Pro Touring car done to this level. This should be considered well bought, considering what it cost to build. #F259-1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 168877F111161. Madeira Maroon/maroon. Odo: 49 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. Rebuilt 1969 Chevy 427 engine, rebuilt Muncie 4-speed, the original 3.30:1 Posi 12-bolt rear, N.O.S. Delco front shock absorbers and rare factory-optional driver-controlled rear air shocks. Original broadcast sheet included. Correct NN paint code Madeira Maroon exterior paint. Vintage Goodyear Polyglas tires are 40-plus years old. New front and rear brake systems. Copies of all receipts, all outside parts and labor also provided. Cond: 2+. available on this car, so the owner calls it a “what if” Maroon SS interior. Fourteen of these SS ’67s have sold this year, according to the ACC Premium database, indicating their popularity. They ranged in price from a low of $10k to a high of $51k, making this one look fairly bought and sold. #T76-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677M415737. White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 77,202 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks good at first approach, but has signs of repaint and later touch-up. Rusty underneath, one hole noted—but still not horrible and shouldn’t be a huge issue. Interior mostly in very good condition. Underhood not redone or detailed but correct. Taillight bezels poor and need to be replaced. Cond: 3-. #S94-1971 PONTIAC GTO The Judge convertible. VIN: 242671P121426. Quezal Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,330 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 17 convertibles produced in 1971. Complete PHS documentation, two original build sheets, original car shipping record and invoice, restoration video and photo records. Matching-numbers WC-code 455-ci H.O. engine. Heads are the correct 197 casting. Equipped with close-ratio 4-speed, power locks, windows, driver’s seat, front disc brakes and steering, and a/c. It’s come a long ways back from where it was once. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,100. A body-on restoration for this car means that it must have been a pretty good car to begin, as it is now near perfect. The front bucket seat and console arrangement is not a combination that was SOLD AT $23,850. Another 1967 442 convertible sold at RM in Monterey in 2009 for $63k (ACC# 147464). Restoration costs on this car should still leave some upside, so call it fairly bought. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. Said to be one of only three 4-speed Quezal Gold Goats with black top and black seats. Judged to perfection as a GTO Association of America Gold Standard. Who am I to argue? According to January-February 2013 83


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MECUMAUCTIONS // Anaheim, CA Mecum, this particular Judge sold in October of 2011 for $230k and then in November of 2011 for $285k, which makes this offer seem market-correct or a touch low. #T67-1972 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. VIN: 1Q87H2N140492. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 7,978 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint on hood checked with light polishing scratches throughout. Interior is good, but repainted plastic panels somewhat mottled. Sub-frame heavily undercoated. Cond: 3. late exterior and interior. All-original purchase documentation, dealer letter, original purchase receipt and build sheet show the car to be 100% correct. Rally wheels, a/c, original working radio with 8-track player. Edelbrock intake and carburetor added, with originals included. Cond: 2. #S88-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S721263. Le Mans Blue/black vinyl hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 19,885 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. According to Mecum, “recognized by the hobby as the most thoroughly optioned and most well-documented L88 known.” Factory-optional 4-speed, tinted glass, shoulder belts, auxiliary hard top, rear defrost, F41 suspension, Positraction, J50/J56 heavyduty power brakes, engine block heater, K66 transistor ignition and audio alarm. Original paint is checked in many areas. Original drivetrain and interior and even original exhaust and shocks. Missing only one option: power steering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,680. While second-gen Camaros lag in value and may be less collectible, they do drive and handle arguably better. Of those, the 1970½–73 has more potential than the wrap-around rear-window models, and the RS cars even more. All in all, a fair deal for both seller and buyer. #T112-1972 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko replica coupe. VIN: 1X27F2L146285. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,112 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Interior fit and finish let the car down somewhat, but still a solid little muscle car. Clean undercarriage. Windshield and rear glass stainless trim somewhat tired and scratched. Power steering and brakes, limited slip diff, American Racing wheels, BF Goodrich T/A tires, Yenko stripe package. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,520. While values for the second-gen Camaros and Firebirds have yet to take off, they are arguably better drivers than first-gen cars, and the 455 Trans Am is the most sought-after of the second generation. This was a very nice example, and it sold well. CORVETTE #S199-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S102967. Black/ black fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 77 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is gone, seat covers are gone, carpet’s gone, Plexiglas all gone. Good news is that suspension, drivetrain, brakes, door hinges, handles and everything else that makes up a complete car are in very good condition. I checked the oil in the engine because there were no visible leaks underneath, so I wasn’t sure there was any oil in it. There was. All they had to do, reportedly, was change the fluids and the rubber. A dictionary’s definition of “barn find.“ Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $550,000. Judged Bloomington Gold Survivor in 2006. Complete original documentation and chain of ownership. According to the ACC database, other 1969 L88s have sold this year between $286k and $646k, so passing on this bid seemed correct. #F68-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ2312L5800940. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 8,965 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. A lightly used early ZR-1. Of course it has matching numbers, an original window sticker, a copy of the build sheet and all the books, but it looks a little unloved. Paint has light scratches from dry dusting. Engine bay and underside not detailed and now dusty. Miles claimed actual and no reason to doubt it. A 22-year-old surviving original. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. A nice clone. McCormick no-saled this car at $18k in November 2011 (ACC# 195646), and a few months later it failed to sell at Russo and Steele Scottsdale for an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 194596). Seller would have been wise to quit shopping it and let it go. #F250-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2V87Y3N143265. Arctic White/white vinyl. Odo: 66,540 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An outstanding Trans Am well kept by all three prior registered owners. Believed actual miles with original engine. Immacu- 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $74,200. Fifty-two years later, this Corvette has accumulated just 77 miles. Time has not been exactly kind to it cosmetically, but the bones are solid. Now what? Keep it dusted off? Sympathetically restore it? Donate it to a museum? Do a full restoration? There will be plenty of opinions offered. Whatever happens, it should not lose any money. Well bought, and I’d suspect well sold. SOLD AT $18,550. Prices on these have been up and down and then up again. Despite being offered in Anaheim, this was a 49-state car, and therefore sold for a discount. Well bought for a driver, but not an investment.


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MECUMAUCTIONS // Anaheim, CA FOMOCO #F123-1930 FORD MODEL A 2-dr sedan. VIN: CA749888. Tan and butterscotch/tan leather. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. A California steel-body car with fiberglass fenders. GM 350 crate motor against a 700R automatic transmission. 1,300 miles since completion. Vintage a/c, power steering and a Ididit tilt steering wheel, rack-and-pinion steering, front disc brakes and a Walker high-flow radiator and pump. 100-amp alternator and a high-output starter complete the motivation. Inside you get VDO gauges and custom tan leather interior with heated bucket seats. Includes custom travel trailer with matching paint and wheels. Cond: 2. Hot Rod magazine, complete with a “Big Daddy Roth” flamed paint job and pinstripes. At this level of restoration and this level of history, the price seems fair. #T146-1933 FORD custom roadster. VIN: 16MV1699T3268. Black & silver/gray leather. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Fiberglass car professionally built by American Classic Cars using a Corvette LS1. fourwheel disc brakes. Deep paint, custom aluminum grille. The interior is fully lined in gray leather. Fabricated chassis, BF Goodrich G-Force T/A tires, polished billet steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel, easy-reading digital gauges, floor console and a keyless ignition. Cond: 2. end Roy Brizio to restore it in time to win the first-ever Early Custom Cars 1935–48 class and the Dean Batchelor Award at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where Brizio and Calori accepted the prizes. With provenance like this, it has to be well bought. #S198-1965 SHELBY COBRA continuation roadster. VIN: CSX6019. Guardsman Blue/black leather. Odo: 225 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Continuation car bought new in 2009, documented with a copy of the original MSO signed by Carroll Shelby. Carroll Shelby’s signature also graces the glove box. Engine uses the medium riser aluminum heads, Shelby-style sidewinder intake, producing 550 hp on super unleaded pump gas. Four-wheel independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering in a high-strength fiberglass composite body. Fifteen-inch original-style wood rim steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,450. There’s no way you could come to close to building this for the price paid. Well bought, even without the trailer. white leather. 327-ci V8, supercharger, 4-sp. Started life as a ’32 Ford roadster. Detail and condition near perfect. Black with white pinstripes and colorful flames adorning the front. Chevrolet 327 with a GMC 4-71 supercharger provide the power, coupled to a 4-speed and a Halibrand quickchange. In back is a parachute; pressurized Moon fuel tank up front. Seats done in black-and-white tuck-and-roll. Underside simple and perfectly detailed. Known as “The World’s Most Iconic Hot Rod.” Digital dash, mileage unknown. Cond: 1-. 1 #S109-1932 FORD Highboy roadster. VIN: 18152025. Black/black & SOLD AT $58,300. This custom Ford was very well done and very usable. It surely cost more to build, but this price was fair and market-correct. #S116-1936 FORD MODEL 68 coupe. VIN: 182636987. Black/red leatherette. 267-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Built by Jack Calori and Herb Reneau and shown as the November 1949 Hot Rod magazine cover car. Bored and stroked 1946 Mercury 59AB engine with Clay Smith cam, Eddie Meyer heads, Lincoln distributor and a Weiand intake manifold. Engine accessories polished or chromed. Three-inch chopped top, dropped front axle, clamshell hood, Buick teardrop skirts, 1939 LaSalle grille, 1940 Chevy headlights, 1941 Ford bumpers, 1941 Hudson taillights. Truly custom, old-school style. Cond: 1-. 2 SOLD AT $102,820. Values for continuation cars have yet to take off. This was pretty much a new car, and it would seem cheap for a Cobra, but this is the top of the market. #T177.1-1968 MERCURY MONTEGO convertible. VIN: 8H12Y615030. Blazing Bronze/tan & orange leather. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Smoothed sheet metal, shaved door handles and treated to Dupont’s Blazing Copper paint. Interior uses 1994 Accord seats covered with tan leather and lizard inserts. Custom fiberglass center console. Digital dash, mileage unknown. Two seveninch Alpine monitors. Original 390 engine with auto trans. Flowmaster exhaust, lowered suspension with drop coils and springs, shortened shocks and new bushings. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $742,000. Built by the legendary Tom McMullen in 1958. After years of modifications and changes rendered the car almost unrecognizable, it was completely dismantled by Roy Brizio, who restored it back to how it had appeared on the cover of 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $318,000. This car was discovered in Spokane, WA, in the early 1990s and purchased by collector Don Orosco. In 2002, Orosco sold the coupe to its current owner, who commissioned hot-rodding leg- SOLD AT $25,440. This car has been to two auctions in the past 12 months: a $30k no-sale at McCormick’s in November 2011 (ACC# 195897) and a no-sale at Russo and TOP 10 TOP 10


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MECUMAUCTIONS // Anaheim, CA Steele in January at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 194820). Inconsistent gaps and dirty engine bay (with shiny valve covers and air cleaner) held bidding back a little, but the buyer got a great deal and can easily bring things up a notch. 9F02Z173010. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 26,804 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. A California car that is said to have never left. According to the Deluxe Marti Report, two original build sheets, this 9 is Kar Kraft #1520, one of 857 built in 1969. With 26,804 miles it should be a very good car, and condition does not disappoint. Standard equipment includes 3.91 TractionLok rear axle, power front disc brakes, power steering, trunk-mounted battery, and Magnum 500 wheels. Includes original owner’s manual and sales brochure as well. An original car in very good condition with a new paint job. Cond: 3. 4 #S133-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: grille caps it all off. The Jaguar XJS headlights are probably only as bizarre as the original headlights were. Inside a wraparound dash with center console. Body on steel square tube frame with a 426-ci Hemi in front and an independent suspension at the rear. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. The seller didn’t give himself an easy job, using a ’61 Plymouth Fury as a basis for such a complete styling exercise. That said, once you get past the headlights, this was a very cool car. The chassis was amazing. Kind of like as if somebody parked a Plymouth on top of a Can-Am car. I hope people don’t make cars like this with the expectation of making money. Worth more than the high offer, but hard to get it. #T130-1963 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 3335132159. White/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,474 miles. 440-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A one-repaint, all-originalsheet-metal car with less than 600 miles since mechanical restoration. Trim mostly excellent; grille and rear bumper are not. Cloth inserts dress up the otherwise plain vinyl seats. Correct-style tach attached to column. Under the hood is a built 440-ci Cross Ram engine, bored 0.030 over. With push-button 727 transmission, 8¾ Sure Grip differential, 3.73 gears, power steering, power front disc brakes, Borla mufflers. Clean underneath. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $185,500. Boss 9s sold in 2012 have ranged from $253k to $265k. This would indicate that the values have returned to their peak of 2008. This was a nice original car that I would expect to do well, so the repaint with the trim left on was a major disappointment. At the price paid, have to call it well bought, but hope the new owner doesn’t sink any money into it. MOPAR #F286-1961 PLYMOUTH FURY “Outkast” 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3315131807. Blue & silver/tan leather. Odo: 213 miles. 426-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. A very custom Fury. Roof is chopped, windshield laid back. Even the hood extends four inches downward. All glass is flush, side wing windows are removed, the door handles shaved, custom body lines added and a billet aluminum wheels, one-off bed cover with fuel cell in the bed, custom exhaust, electric doors, custom carpet, front disc brakes. Less than 500 miles since completion in 2010. Original aged instruments rather disappointing by comparision. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,080. Few, if any, D100s have been modified to this extent, so market price is difficult to gauge. Considering the quality of work done, price seemed fair here, without much threat of future depreciation. AMERICANA #T173-1949 HUDSON SUPER SIX 2-dr sedan. VIN: 49189818. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 49,208 miles. 371-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Engine of unknown origin, specs supplied by catalog. Good condition considering car’s age. Odd extra wiring under the hood. Fitted with column-shift transmission and aftermarket a/c. Painted in the trunk lid is the logo for the movie “Cars.” Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,550. A useable old muscle car, although well sold at the price paid. I wonder how they get 310 hp from that little 1-bbl. SOLD AT $29,150. Recently sold at McCormick Palm Springs in February 2012 for $26k (ACC# 198769). An increase in selling price of $2,900 in eight months does not really equate to a profit, but it does make the price look correct. Fair deal for both sides. #T110-1967 DODGE D100 pickup. VIN: D1A2979360. Two-tone silver/two-tone silver & gray leather. Odo: 86,952 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chrysler 440-ci engine, 727 transmission, B&M shifter, custom #T101-1968 AMC AMX coupe. VIN: A8C397T264938. Orange/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 35,789 miles. 343-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint done with trim still attached; trim damaged by buffer in some areas. Bumpers rechromed, but bumper guards were not. Underhood has some upgrades but otherwise an original engine bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,250. Relative to the rest of the pony cars, few were sold and even fewer survive. Three have sold this year between $16k and $27k, making this one a good buy, as the fixes won’t cost all that much. A 88 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at eight U.S. auctions Strong attendance at Vicari’s Classic & Muscle Car auction in Biloxi, MS Bonhams Silver Auctions Portland Fall 2012 Portland, OR — September 21, 2012 auctioneer: Mitch Silver automotive lots sold/offered: 57/120 Sales rate: 48% Sales total: $510,597 High sale: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 convertible, sold at $40,500 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jim Pickering Auctions America by RM Fall Carlisle Carlisle, Pa — October 4–5, 2012 auctioneer: Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp automotive lots sold/offered: 162/295 Sales rate: 55% Sales total: $2,502,375 High sale: 1958 Chrysler 300D convertible, sold at $90,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Don Schoeny Classic Motorcar Auctions Grande Salon Classic Car auction 2012 Canton, OH — September 17, 2012 auctioneer: Dennis Wisbey automotive lots sold/offered: 73/154 Sales rate: 47% Sales total: $1,530,854 High sale: 1937 Cord 812 phaeton, sold at $162,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley The Branson Auction Fall 2012 Branson, MO — October 12–13, 2012 auctioneers: Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Amy Assiter, John Nichols automotive lots sold/offered: 124/233 Sales rate: 53% Sales total: $2,042,876 High american sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, sold at $46,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 90 AmericanCarCollector.com Dan Kruse Classics Hill Country Classic austin, TX — September 15, 2012 auctioneer: Dan Kruse, Jim Richie automotive lots sold/offered: 58/174 Sales rate: 33% Sales total: $3,174,710 High sale: 1933 Duesenberg Model J Franay Sports Berline sedan, sold at $1,815,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner Preserving the automobile — Simeone automotive Museum auction Philadelphia, Pa — October 8, 2012 auctioneer: Rupert Banner automotive lots sold/offered: 50/62 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $2,576,470 High american sale: 1915 Packard Six Model 3-38 roadster, sold at $219,500 Buyer’s premium: 17% up to $100k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report by John Lyons Photos courtesy of Bonhams Higgenbotham 2012 Lake Mirror Classic auto Festival & auction Lakeland, FL — October 20, 2012 auctioneer: Marty Higgenbotham automotive lots sold/offered: 11/39 Sales rate: 28% Sales total: $257,040 High american sale: 1970 Ford Mustang fastback, sold at $42,000 Buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Robert Malke Vicari Classic & Muscle Car auction Biloxi, MS — October 11–12, 2012 auctioneer: Joey Fortner, Guerry Wise automotive lots sold/offered: 151/311 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $3,708,180 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet M-code Corvette, sold at $164,160 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley GM #451-1927 BUICK MASTER SIX Opera coupe. VIN: 1861169. Eng. # 1930891. Blue & black/black vinyl/blue velour. Odo: 74,088 miles. Original rust-free car with original paint and touch-up as needed. Likely original miles, based on condition. Very well-preserved interior with replacement blue velour. Original instruments and brightwork all in good condition. Original engine greasy and stained. With rearmounted spare and unique jump-style folding passenger’s seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,520. A well-kept original car and a steal for the buyer. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. #F63-1939 CHEVROLET pickup. VIN: BDRJ1723. Metallic blue-green & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,413 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration 10 years ago holding up relatively well. Paint shows lots of scratches on cowl from hood placement when open. Driver-quality brightwork. Loose headlights. Rattle-can engine detail. Fair interior. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,852. A solid, no-nonsense truck for not a lot of money. Well bought. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. #51-1954 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF DELUXE convertible. VIN: W8ZA1743. Red/black fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 8,855 miles. 268-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Economy-grade restoration in Resale Red, which doesn’t look bad. Chrome looks fresh, but a lot of the die-cast trim has been plated over pits and dimples. Hood and deck-lid aluminum trim did look nearly new. Soft trim done on the cheap, top fit a little loose, bows and pivot points needed detailing. Underhood clean but not spectacular. Car runs and shifts well, but don’t know if accessories are working. Radio, heater, backup lights, clock,


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL spotlight. Tissue dispenser fully loaded. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,250. While these post-war Pontiacs are very attractive, their pre-war inline engines limit appeal. They top out in the $60k range, but this car was lacking in a lot of little details. Fair price paid for a decent cruiser, all things considered. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #124-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: H255S023216. Turquoise/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 114 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full custom with later V8 and decent workmanship. Wood in bed nicely finished, body panels all line up well. Chrome bright and tasteful. Interior fitted with full gauge package, stereo, and modern a/c. Chrome wheels with baby moon caps set off the blackwall tires. Massive chrome bumpers, custom bar grille. Runs out pretty well. Cond: 2. chrome and trim excellent. Fitted with ZZ3 350 engine with aluminum heads, Edelbrock carburetor, 605-style power steering, power disc brakes, Flowmaster exhaust, and 18- and 20-inch wheels by Boss. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $32,250. Black over red is a great hot-rod color combination, and this ’55 wore it well. The perfect car for local cruise-ins, or maybe even longer-distance trips, depending on the rear end gearing. I’m sure the seller had more than this bid into the car, so I don’t blame him for holding on to it. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 09/12. #550-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC55L041258. Dark aqua metallic & white/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 45,560 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Said to be a generally original car, aside from a recent average repaint, with overspray on the exhaust pipes. Dealer-accessory “hockey stick” rocker panel moldings, exhaust deflectors and wire wheel covers. Muted plating overall. Yellowed steering wheel rim. Good original door panels, headliner and carpet, but non-stock pleats on seat edge vinyl. Generally tidy and stock under the hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,040. An attractive package and a desirable car, well bought. At the price paid, I think the minor issues can be addressed without getting upside-down. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. #S337-1957 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN 2-dr hard top. VIN: T75H7413. Caribbean Coral & white/white & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 32,276 miles. 347-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, one small crack in roof paint. Good panel gaps. Brightwork shows well with some minor crazing. Beautifully detailed engine compartment with period-correct battery; interior as nice as exterior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,100. Desirable performance package in attractive colors. The final result looked market-correct if not a bit of a bargain; I’d expect in a couple years it will look like a steal. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. NOT SOLD AT $11,250. Seller’s reserve was about $13k, which was well within reasonable market value for this truck. Truly one of those vehicles that couldn’t be replicated for twice the high bid, but the right buyer just wasn’t here. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #149-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VB550081437. Black/red nylon & vinyl. Odo: 3,583 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Complete ground-up restoration. Black paint smooth and mirror-like, SOLD AT $45,360. While not as original as played up to be, this was still a pretty decent deal on a decent first-year Nomad. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #596-1957 BUICK CENTURY convertible. VIN: 6D304470. Burgundy & tan/burgundy canvas/burgundy & tan leather. Odo: 94,802 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint in an attractive color combination. Brightwork mostly good with some minor pitting. Driedout window rubbers. Driver’s door won’t latch. Top looks new and well fitted. Engine benefits from some rattle-can detailing. Left tailpipe missing. Fresh, mild custom interior. With a/c, power steering brakes, seat. Cond: 3+. #S304-1960 CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD wagon. VIN: 01235F230293. Two-tone green/two-tone green leather. Odo: 41,839 miles. 383-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Amazing custom creation now showing some age, Equipped with ZZ3 crate motor. Beautiful paint, bubble brewing on top of fender, cracks in rain gutter. Door gaps off a bit, otherwise decent panel alignment. Greentinted glass. Show-quality engine detail. Good brightwork, although grille anodizing looks a little tired. Custom leather interior. One-off billet wheels. Power steering and brakes, a/c, air-bag suspension. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,200. Claimed to be a former SEMA award-winner. You couldn’t build it for this kind of money. Today it looked like a good buy. The rate of paint degradation will determine whether it still looks like a good buy five years from now. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. January-February 2013 91


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #F74-1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 626M1589. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 89,336 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rough paint shows scratches, chips, buffing trails. OK brightwork, huge anodized side trims are in remarkably good condition. Driver-quality engine compartment. Interior looks serviceable. Appears that dashpad is covered with vinyl to conceal cracks, but it actually doesn’t look horrible. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,176. I was talking to the woman who bought this truck, and she called it “cute.” I think “badass” better describes it. Great color combination, great stance and a great deal. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. SOLD AT $15,930. This looked like a market-correct result for condition. The hard-tosource trim pieces were pretty much intact, and the price paid leaves room left for a decent paint job without getting upsidedown. A fair deal both ways. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. #F99-1963 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 3J4509576. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 35,715 miles. 215-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint cracked, pitted, peeling and overbuffed. Driver’s door fit way off. Brightwork fair to poor. Front and rear seat covers don’t match. Engine compartment is a nightmare, with a rag stuffed behind the water pump to soak up the antifreeze leak. Tires going flat. Cond: 3-. #40-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SS convertible. VIN: 30467W113719. Red/white Colortex/red vinyl. Odo: 16,392 miles. 350ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent workmanship. Paint well laid. Interior comfy and looks like original materials, top a little tight. Latermodel Rally wheels look like perfect fit for this car. New V8 under the hood looked fresh—starts and runs like a new car trapped in a sharp, 49-year-old Chevy body. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $8,640. This was one of those cars nobody came here looking for, but everyone ended up looking at. Not likely to appreciate much, but it can be driven and enjoyed for what it is. Market-correct result. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. #F100-1963 PONTIAC LEMANS convertible. VIN: 263P216166. Red/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 4,920 miles. 195-ci I4, 1-bbl, auto. Paint shows some chips and touchups; decent panel gaps; brightwork condition commensurate with age. Grungy engine bay. OK interior. 326 badging incorrect. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,912. Equipped with an engine derived from the right cylinder bank of a 389, this car was the precursor to the legendary GTO. It had a great stance and look; anytime you can get a solid, sporty convertible under seven grand, I say go for it! Drop a 326 in and have some fun. Well bought indeed. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Seller claimed to have nearly $30k invested in this car, which was believable, but he should have jumped on this offer. As cute as this car was, there are a lot of other examples on the market for less money. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. SOLD AT $6,480. Even with its faults, and there were many, this was still a great deal at the price paid. As with Lot F100, the 4-cylinder ’63 LeMans convertible, you can’t complain about a car like this at a price like this. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. #584-1963 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: 3C144A126052. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 20,000 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint, good glass and rubber, presentable brightwork. Truck-quality gaps. White vinyl tonneau cover, wood in bed looks good. Front end lowered, disc brakes added, newer drivetrain, aftermarket intake and carburetor. Deep-dish painted steelies with wide whites complete the look. Cond: 4+. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #605-1963 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 2-dr hard top. VIN: 632M69868. White/red vinyl. Odo: 18,964 miles. 394-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Last respray done on the cheap, trim on, doors closed with overspray on the radiator core support. Decent original brightwork, mismatched headlights. Decent interior. Grungy engine. Cond: 3. #223-1964 BUICK SKYLARK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3K1070308. Light yellow & white/ tan vinyl. Odo: 11,351 miles. 300-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Newer cosmetic restoration. Repainted with new glass, weatherstripping, window seals, seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, headliner and carpet. Reproduction Buick Road Wheels on low-profile radials. Most brightwork replated or expertly buffed out. Period aftermarket triple-pack gauge beneath dash. Tidy and generally stock underhood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,800. While not a powerhouse, the newly restyled Skylark was a taste of things to come for performance Buicks later in the decade. As a pleasant driver, this was a good buy. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #361-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 824P185422 White/blue vinyl. Odo: BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Strong effort at a real 138 car. Good colors and finish with the options right. Black-on-black, 4-sp, buckets, factory tach and console. Taut upholstery. Some signs of panel repair and repro sheet metal. Underhood has correct appearance. Cond: 3+. cracks in dashpad, but seat looks good. Minimal underhood detailing. Heavily optioned from new with power everything, a/c, 8-track, bucket seats, console, and more; confirmed by original invoice, window sticker and PHS. CD player installed, original AM radio still in dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $67,100. Market-correct price. Well bought and well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. SOLD AT $33,600. This SS went early on in the auction. Initially bid to $25k, but the seller rightly stuck to his reserve. Sold postblock for a fair price. Higgenbotham, Lakeland, FL, 10/12. #294-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 115377W199480. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 28,816 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Repowered with Z06 Corvette LS6 and a 700R4 automatic, installed very professionally. Current coat of white is pretty good; some sanding scratches noted on window moldings. Rest of trim mostly reproduction, bumpers replated. Aftermarket cowl-induction hood, window tint film, and plus-one sized alloy wheels. New repro interior soft trim, with minimal wear. Speakers cut into new door panels. Stereo cut into dash. Aftermarket steering wheel and floor shifter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,400. I rather liked it, so I feel it was a decent buy, if for no other reason than it would be the hit of the POCI national meet. This was actually one of my favorite cars here, due in no small part to the ’67 Catalina owned by my neighbors when I was growing up. Four-door hard top enthusiast (and ACC Associate Editor) Chad Tyson would’ve probably dug it also. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #F7-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242378R197971 Red/black vinyl. 400ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny, thick paint. Poor panel gaps all around. Said to have new interior, rebuilt engine and new inner fenders. Equipped with non-working factory a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,340. Short deck, long hood, wraparound dashboard—there was a lot to like about this car, but it did have some needs. The new owner should be able to address those needs without going underwater. All things considered, a fair result both ways. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. SOLD AT $21,492. Essentially a final-generation GTO dressed up as a first generation Nova; the seller made a fair amount of hay on this. Imagine how well it would do with the original six still in it. But then again, it must be etched into the cosmos somewhere that all Novas must have V8 engine swaps to still be around. Or so it seems. A decent buy for all the work done, and you can do a lot worse on one of these. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #218-1967 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 4-dr hard top. VIN: 262397K172523. Light blue/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 82,087 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint close to original color, with casual masking. Several 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $21,060. New inner fenders? Really? This looked like a market-correct result, but even with the consignor’s openness about the non-functional a/c, I couldn’t get over the feeling something bad was lurking beneath that thick shiny paint. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/12. #55-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS Indy Pace Car convertible. VIN: 124679N639866. White & orange/white Colortex/ orange houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 97,384 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Verified as a real Z11 Indy Sport Convertible. Proper materials used in restoration, engine reported as numbers matching. Glass and chrome in excellent condition, lettering on the sides nearly new. Fitted with modern radio but has original a/c and full gauge package. Hideaway headlights functional, as are other electrics tested. Power steering and front discs, all mechanicals in order. Cond: 1-. #523-1970 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494870H911833. Maroon metallic/ black vinyl/black nylon. Odo: 91,934 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. With a/c, Speed Alert, four-note horn, remote trunk release, Rim Blow horn, AM/FM, rear window defogger, and Buick Road Wheels—all confirmed as original by window sticker. Superb repaint has a few nicks on the passenger’s door. Generally clean and original engine bay, with a recent engine rebuild. Well cared for all-original interior. Originally preacher-owned. Cond: 3+. #571-1969 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 276579P26970. Crystal Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 67,389 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh-ish paint looks decent, poor panel fit, rust developing on front bumper. Rattle-can engine detail, sloppy paint on wheels. Aftermarket stereo hacked into the dash, small rip in driver’s seat. Equipped with hood tach, a/c, power steering and power brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,820. The final year of the oft-overlooked body style between the first


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Black/maroon cloth. Odo: 7,157 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unmolested and showroom fresh. Good paint, clean engine bay, nothing to fault inside or out. Equipped with glass T-tops, F41 sport suspension, a/c, power steering brakes, windows and six-way seat, cruise control, tilt steering wheel. Riding on original tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,900. The seller purchased this car the week before at a sale in Dallas for $49,820, netting a fair profit for the week, but he was a trained professional. Considering that #2 condition cars run $62,500– $118,500 (per the ACC Pocket Price Guide), a restoration might prove worthwhile. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #562-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S121393. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 73,043 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good quality color change repaint, aside from some masking issues around windshield frame. Trim around frame has some light dings and could use some polishing. Minimal body joint seam broadcasting on right rear side. Rear wheel wells also slightly trimmed to allow more tire clearance. Engine is a 1965 Corvette 250-hp unit, not a 300-hp unit as described on the windshield card. Missing ignition shielding and has modern service parts, such as belts, hoses, hose clamps, radiator cap, and battery. Older seat upholstery, showing moderate wrinkling and light wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,000. This was a very presentable 365-horse 4-speed coupe that sold for way under market. Definitely one of the deals of the auction. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #380-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S114941. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 70,561 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality repaint and frame-off restoration done in 2009. Fitted with sidepipes, new top, M-20 wide-ratio transmission and Positraction. NCRS Top Flight Award-winner. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $81,400. This car was done beautifully, inside and out, and it should be an excellent tourer. The buyer got a very usable and attractive car, and I think he got a bit of a bargain. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. SOLD AT $14,040. Spirited bidding got this close enough to the reserve that the owner let go. Considering miles and condition, a great buy for the new owner and not a horrible result for the seller. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. CORVETTE #85-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: VE55S001391. Bronze/tan fabric/ tan vinyl. Odo: 57,614 miles. 265-ci 155-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Basically original car. Some paint issues and stress cracks in front of hood opening, exterior chrome shows some pitting and corrosion. Radio, heater, clock and tach still in place. Underhood reveals chrome valve covers and air cleaner; needs some detailing. Factory spare and jack in 98 AmericanCarCollector.com #434-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S127527. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 38,307 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with sidepipes and alloy knockoffs. The engine seems to have been painted in the car, as the writeup claims “frame-on restoration.” Overspray around block. Bumpers pitted, windshield wipers and brightwork dull and corroded. Interior OK. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. Built near the end of the model year. This was just after A.O. Smith also started building fully trimmed Corvette bodies in addition to Fisher Body at the St. Louis plant, where the cars were assembled. While this car is repainted in a blue metallic, it’s darker than the original Silver Blue. For a nice driver that’s not as correct as it seems, the final bid could be considered market price, since ’64s tend to be the most affordable of the C2 series. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #400-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S115947. Satin Silver/ black vinyl. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted 2001, engine rebuilt 2003. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP dismantled and adjusted with many new parts within last 500 miles. Transmission fitted with all new Kevlar bands. New Universal Tires, original Hartford shocks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. An early hot rod and a market-correct result, if not slightly well sold. It sold for $15k at Bonhams’ Greenwich sale in June (ACC# 208167), so the seller didn’t lose his shirt. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. #450-1930 FORD MODEL A woodie wagon. VIN: A2885703. Tan, black & wood/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 345 miles. Well-restored car likely done many years ago and not used much since. Correct LeBaron-Bonney-style interior. Good wood with nice varnish. Very good door fit. Spartan interior with only necessary instruments and controls. Dirty engine bay with staining and signs of fluid leaks only major negative and easily remedied. Sold without reserve with proceeds to benefit Catholic charity. Cond: 2-. in April, where it sold for $32k (ACC# 197740). Well bought this time around by classic car chaser Wayne Carini. Look for it in an upcoming episode of “Chasing Classic Cars” on Velocity. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. #447-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Club coupe. VIN: 876H574857. Black/black leather & cloth. Odo: 54,851 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Another Lincoln from an esteemed collection of Lincolns. Very good gaps and panel fit with some slight misalignment of passenger’s door. Buffing marks in paint. Excellent chrome and trim. Beautiful interior with untouched seats and glistening brightwork. Factory radio, clock and heater. Detailed engine bay. Cond: 2-. wood. Orange peel on dash paint, otherwise paint is very good. Black vinyl interior has red piping. Trim rings fitted on wheels. Nifty glass-bowl Holley carb on engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,500. Of the many trucks at this auction, this one got the most interest. Bidding stalled at $22k, but it sold post-auction at this realistic price. Well sold, and a good buy as well. See the profile on p. 58. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. SOLD AT $26,450. Another excellent older restoration with few miles since. The consignor did an excellent job preparing the car for sale with a full mechanical inspection and a high-quality cleaning and detailing. A well-earned strong result. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. SOLD AT $25,875. Model As can be fussy automobiles, but if well sorted, they are easy and capable cars to enjoy and tour with. The minor neglect of the engine bay might have suppressed bidding a bit, but overall a good result for a good cause. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. #539-1934 FORD ROEDER CUSTOM roadster. VIN: SW98263PA. Red/red steel hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 42,100 miles. 265-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. One-off custom built in period by Robert Roeder of Emmaus, PA. Paint shows very well, brightwork in good shape, except chrome flaking off windshield surround. Nice, clean engine compartment. Spartan interior with baggy seat covers gives it an amateur feel. Cond: 2-. #460-1951 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN sedan. VIN: 51LP15854L. Dark gray/black leather. Odo: 48,584 miles. 337ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very sharp original car with one repaint. Original chrome and trim very nice. Engine bay very nice with incorrect chrome air cleaner the only major flaw. Interior also mostly original with re-covered front seat. Good instruments and controls. Overall a nicely sorted barn-find that was a nice solid original to begin with. Cond: 3. #241-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Victoria 4-dr hard top. VIN: P6DF178211. Mint green & white/two-tone green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 96,318 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recently rebuilt transmission and engine. Better-quality trim-off repaint, with buffed-out trim and mostly new weatherstripping. Fully reupholstered interior, with correct repro inserts for door panels, arm rests and seats. Neat and generally stock under the hood. 1956 was the introductory year of “Lifeguard Safety Design” options such as seat belts and a padded dash, but this car has none of those options. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,010. Nice to see a four-door hard top done up as well as a two-door, as once you roll the windows down, the driving experience is identical—but with more room and easier access for friends and family. A decent deal overall. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. SOLD AT $10,120. This car at first glance looked like a Mercury, and if the badges agreed with first impression, the result would have been several times what was paid here. Huge sun visor and suicide doors gave the car a sort of sinister appeal. Minimal service will make this a wonderful boulevard cruiser. Very well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. SOLD AT $36,180. Last seen at CMA Novi 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #344-1952 FORD F-1 pickup. VIN: F1D2HM52515 Red/black vinyl. Odo: 447 miles. 215-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. New chrome, paint and interior. New cargo box and bed #105-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56B2063. White/two-tone blue leather. Odo: 34,974 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bodywork starting to crack at seams; cheap older repaint. Chrome in relatively good condition. Interior dried out, seats cracking and split, plastic brittle but intact. Original wheelcovers missing, with a replacement cost of about $1,000 apiece. Has a/c but doubtful it’s worked since the Carter administration. Lots of potential. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $16,500. The hand-crafted Continental Mark II featured excellent mechanicals, but BEST BUY


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nothing too advanced for the day. They are very expensive to put back in order, and when done right, value lags far behind a Cadillac Eldo Brougham or similar vehicle, which is why so few nice examples exist. Seems cheap, but seller was right to let it go. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #398-1962 FORD GALAXIE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2G51G176550 Wimbledon White/Mist Green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 78,736 miles. 406-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint let down by unfortunate scratch on the trunk. Hood gap high at cowl. G-code 406-ci 405-hp motor, nine-inch Positraction 4.11 rear, three Holley 2-bbl carbs and a factory 4-speed manual transmission. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,150. This is the most fun I think you can have for under $30k. This was the one car in the auction I lusted after, and which made me wish I had obtained a bidder number. Very well bought. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #120-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4J68Z131070. Raven Black/ red vinyl. Odo: 17,858 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good, solid, no-rust, car. No real restoration work, just a repaint in original color and well maintained. Appointed with the usual items, such as power steering and brakes, heater-defroster, modern radio mounted nicely in dash. Odometer definitely on its second go-around, as evidenced by pedal wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,575. These “Total Performance”-era cars are bargains for those looking for full-sized speed, comfort and enjoyment. And for the price paid, it January-February 2013 103


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP should be a good car. In 2010, this machine went for $12,800 at Silver Reno (ACC# 172282). I’d try to locate proper wheels and maybe a factory AM/FM radio to top it off. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #306-1965 FORD FALCON Sprint 2-dr hard top. VIN: N/A. White/black racing seats. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 1 of 2,806 Sprint hard tops for 1965. 302-ci V8 stroked to 347, rebuilt by Woods Brothers technician. Fitted with Wilwood disc brakes, Moser axles, T-10 toploader transmission, new belts, roll cage, fuel cell, MSD ignition and Ford nine-inch rear. Long-term ownership by a manager at VIR, with SVRA and VDCA log books. Raced in HSR, as well as the 1993 Sebring historics. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 4. other significant options making it one of fewer than 100 built. Decent older restoration with poor storage and minimal use since. Nice prep and paint work with some Bondo in rear quarters. Average door fit. Good glass and marginally working top. Interior original with decent seats and carpeting. Both door panels in serious need of attention. Engine bay clean and largely correct but not prepped for anything other than a short drive. Cond: 3-. steering wheel rim cover. Homemade radio blanking plate. Optional 302 V8. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,310. A ton of race car for the money. The engine alone is worth $25k. Bidding stopped at $12k, and the $18k reserve was lifted. A super buy! Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #530-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08C333287. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,459 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good bare-body repaint on an original red car; lesser masking around body tag. Good door fit and gaps. Replated bumpers and mostly repro emblems, with good original trim. Old rattle-can engine repaint, with plenty of weak areas. Fitted with a set of tube headers, but still sounds close to stock. Freshly replaced power steering pump and brake booster, both still with tags on them. Well-installed reproduction interior, with minimal wear. Power steering, brakes and top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,425. I did not plan on reviewing this car until I noticed the little “Q” in the middle of the VIN tag. Then when I saw it had factory air (and several other rare options), it became a little more intriguing to me. Only 700 Q-code T-Birds were built, and they are unique to 1966. With the only two transactions of similarly equipped cars in the ACC database, both selling for over $70,000 each, this was a sleeper and even with the needs, very well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. #534-1967 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 7F02C917410. White/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 85,340 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two-year-old bare-body rebuilt. Mostly repro trim, but missing “MUSTANG” lettering on left front fender; crazed original door handles. Repowered with a 1969 351 Windsor block, topped with modern aftermarket heads and induction; fitted with CA smogcompliant MSD ignition, tube headers, billet pulleys, and, oddly enough, a restored stock air-cleaner assembly. All work neat and tidy. Good workmanship and minimal wear on repro interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,500. Everyone seems to forget that the first-gen Broncos were also available as a pickup, just like the IH Scout. Pretty much useless as a pickup for hauling, most were used as snowplows—where less interior volume to heat and the ability to toss ballast in the back mattered more. As such, most of those died before disco did. An iffy redo, but this is pretty much where runners are in the market. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #2125-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 replica fastback. VIN: 0F02F199827. Black/black vinyl. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Shiny black. Nice replica B9. Sounds good, looks decent. Nice chrome, good paint. Good gaps for repro parts, tidy Mach 1 interior. Poor stance, sits too high. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,000. A lot of paddle action on this one, but not enough to meet reserve across the block. It was later reported sold for this strong price. Higgenbotham, Lakeland, FL, 10/12. SOLD AT $19,440. Restored as a father/ son project, completed in 2008. But neither one used it much since, so they decided to let it go. A decent buy for a driver, and since the reserve was passed at $17,500, the sellers should be pleased. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #416-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 6Y85Q115522. Aqua blue/ white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 63,082 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Authentic factory Q-code car with factory air conditioning and 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $24,570. It does look like that Eleanor thing has gone out of style, so we can get back to seeing some creativity on non-stock ’67 and ’68 fastbacks. A respectable deal for both parties. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. #275-1968 FORD BRONCO Sport pickup. VIN: U15NLC71064. Ivy Green Metallic/ black paint/black woven vinyl. Odo: 20,519 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent rather average repaint, with uneven metal flake. Very dull original chrome and heavily faded emblems. Poorly fitting doors, but not the worst fit I’ve ever seen on one of these. Burlap seat covers over heavily worn original seats. Missing the horn button; Mossy Oak #210-1976 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK IV 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6Y89A855702. Aqua Blue Diamond Fire/white vinyl/ white leather. Odo: 24,989 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exquisite trim-off repaint, almost indistinguishable from original. Good original landau roof, aside from light soiling and shrinkage. Interior in generally excellent original condition, except vinyl cracking on both door pulls. Blue Diamond luxury group includes contrasting light and dark wood appliqué on dash/door panels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,640. ’70s Marks have been picking up in value—so much so that the


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL dealer who bought it let me know he would have been willing to bid a little more to get this one if he had to. Market-correct price for condition. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. MOPAR #402-1922 DODGE FIRST SERIES roadster. VIN: 693490. Eng. # 751957. Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 1,992 miles. Well-done older restoration with very few miles since. Nice gap and panel fit. Good paint with minor edge chips. Top fit excellent. Nice nickel headlights. Very nice interior with correct patterns presented in vinyl. Clean original instruments. Clean engine DUP GLOBAL dealer who bought it let me know he would have been willing to bid a little more to get this one if he had to. Market-correct price for condition. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. MOPAR #402-1922 DODGE FIRST SERIES road- ster. VIN: 693490. Eng. # 751957. Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 1,992 miles. Well-done older restoration with very few miles since. Nice gap and panel fit. Good paint with minor edge chips. Top fit excel- lent. Nice nickel headlights. Very nice inte- rior with correct patterns presented in vinyl. Clean original instruments. Clean engine SOLD SOLD AT $14,375. The first of 20-plus cars from a private collection. Bought on spec and hastily prepared for the sale, this sold squarely mid-estimate and represented a fair value for both buyer and seller. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. #422-1931 PLYMOUTH MODEL PA business coupe. VIN: 1638692 Black/black vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 43,017 miles. 196-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Dusty and rusty, but pretty much intact. Paint oxidizing and peeling. Bench seat looks like an older redo and is holding up well, compared with rest of car. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $9,350. A real barn find. After decades, they hooked up a battery, and it started right up! I would change the fluids, do the safety stuff, and leave it as-is. Great buy under $10k. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #45-1948 DODGE SERIES B-1 woodie wagon. VIN: 82080738. Red & wood/black vinyl/saddle brown leather. Odo: 7 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Less than one mile showing on odo, presumably since restoration. Paint color probably not factory, but wood looks right. Much money spent restoring wooden body. Rear doors fit a bit loose. Not as much put into the metal body or mechanicals, but engine does run out well. January-February 2013 105


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP EXPERT’S TIP Fix that high GM hood Does the hood on your GTO, 442, Impala, or Camaro sit high in the rear? Do you constantly have to push it down with the palm of your hand? I bet you think you need new hood hinges. Not so fast — it could be an adjustment problem. Here’s a quick tip that’s worked for me on GM cars — although it should work for just about anything. GM hood hinges, the kind with coil springs for tension, are usually fastened to the car’s fenders on either side with three bolts. There are adjustments that can be made here, and if your hood has ever been off the car, it’s a good bet that this is the culprit. Open the hood and have a friend stand at the front, by the hood latch. Have him (or her) hold the hood up with both hands. While he or she is holding the hood, take a wrench or ratchet and loosen both front hinge bolts slightly. Only about a turn from tight. These will serve as your pivot point. Then, while your friend is pushing up on the front of the open hood, loosen the middle and rear hinge bolts on both sides. The rear of each hinge should drop toward the ground, pivoting around the front bolt. This will pull the rear of the hood down tight to the car. Now, while your friend is still pushing up on the hood, snug up all your hinge bolts. Once they’re tight, he or she can let go. Close your hood slightly, checking for clearance all around. Be careful here — you don’t want to scuff your paint. Once you know for sure it’s not going to hit anywhere, go ahead and shut your hood. If the problem is fixed, you’re good to go. If not, you might need new hinges after all. — Jim Pickering 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $22,680. On the surface this looks like a lot of money for a 60-year-old flathead-6 Cranbrook, but it’s a convertible in a desirable color combination. Those things considered, looks like a fair deal both ways. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. #399-1958 CHRYSLER 300D convertible. VIN: LC41686 Ivory/tan vinyl. Odo: 30,610 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older paint with flaws. Taillight brightwork pitted. Engine just OK, needs detailing. Fitted with period aftermarket a/c. Letters C, Y, L, and E are missing from “CHRYSLER” on leading edge of hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. Wood on a one-ton chassis is rare, and I expected a mid-$40k price here, which the dealer who bought it probably thinks he can get. A final retail value above $50k may even be possible. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #511-1951 PLYMOUTH CRANBROOK convertible. VIN: N/ABlack/black cloth/ Highlander plaid. Odo: 89,000 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Decent paint shows some wear and tear. Nice cloth top looks new. Driver-quality brightwork, dried-out window rubber. Some delamination on passenger’s door glass. Driver-quality engine compartment. Interior clean and tidy. Cond: 3. GLOBAL ROUNDUP Chrome good. Fitted with heater and AM radio. Cond: 3+. is a testament to the star power of the 300 “letter” cars. Well sold. Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #394-1960 DODGE POLARA wagon. VIN: 6705111160 Dusty Rose & taupe/rose vinyl. Odo: 2,712 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Another pillarless station wagon, this one of the Dodge variety. Fitted with Power Steering and brakes, as well as a compass with the speedometer. Paint generally OK but with numerous small flaws. Flat black paint in side moldings is peeling. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,900. A rational selling price, and good for both parties. This was a greatlooking piece of Americana, and you can take almost everyone you know with you in it! Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 10/12. #127-1963 DODGE POLARA wagon. VIN: 6635138089. Cream/red vinyl. Odo: 114,242 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint generally OK but is mismatched at driver’s front fender. Chrome and trim show their age, but all is there. Interior all stock and in good shape for a driver. Push-button automatic. Optioned with power steering, factory a/c, and power rear window. Seller says dual exhaust system is recent. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,508. This Polara had some nice options and had a great ’60s look on those steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps. For the price paid, I could even live with the mismatched paint. Once $500 cars, wagons like this are now hot in the market because they just weren’t saved. The goofball Dodge styling from ’63 is polarizing, but it’s also cool. And you’ll never lose it in a parking lot full of Camrys. Well bought at the price paid. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 09/12. SOLD AT $90,750. This was a pretty tired 300D, and the fact that it brought over $90k #117-1968 DODGE CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: WS23L8E122035. Medium Green/green vinyl. Odo: 312 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All stock, aside from electronic ignition. Excellent paint from 2011 with no visible issues. Chrome and trim both look new. Said to have numbers-matching engine and transmission. Documentation


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL includes fender tag, owner’s manual and Certicard. Decoded by Galen Govier. Cond: 1-. less attention than the coupes. Still, it’s a convertible, so even as the entry-level Champion with entry-level work done to it, well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. SOLD AT $38,880. This was claimed to be an original Oregon and Washington car, and the seller said no rust was found anywhere during the repaint. Considering the quality and the current market for Mopar muscle (which still isn’t what it was during the boom days of 2007), the price paid here was right on the money. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 09/12. #2133-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H8G180586. Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 98,105 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A factory 383 post car. Probably a real Road Runner. With ’70 body, pistol-grip shifter, late-model white no-name bucket seats, Western Auto steering wheel, JC Whitney column tach, Sears mags, Autozone rusty exhaust tips and glass packs. Big, fat oversized raised whitelettered meats on the rear, slightly smaller on the front. Cond: 3. was a nice enough barn find, however, and brought mid-estimate money. Fairly bought and sold. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/12. #509-1928 REO SPEED WAGON flatbed pickup. VIN: 16E5624. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 7,870 miles. 268-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Typical so-so fit for old truck with wooden cab frame door. Decent older repaint. Hubcaps painted body color; rears are from an I.H.C. Six-Speed Special of the same era. Tires less than 50% but good otherwise. Cleaned-up engine bay. Converted to a 12-volt alternator. Revarnished wood steering wheel rim. Newer seat redo, with generic pleats. Kill switch on passenger’s side seat base. Cond: 3. #10-1969 JEEP JEEPSTER Commando convertible. VIN: 870201750683. Tan metallic/tan fabric/tan vinyl. Odo: 57,425 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well done resto-mod with unknown history. Stock looks with proper patina. No sign of accident or panel replacement, all glass looks good. Interior still decent. Dash-mounted gauge package looks like it belongs. Chevy V8 under the hood looks right at home with performance valve covers and air cleaner. Power front disc brakes and power steering complement the 4x4 abilities. Has winch but no cable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,800. The seller was promoting this as a portable stage. Get the joke? If this were an International or Dodge Bros., it would struggle to do half as well as this did, proving that sometimes a name is all that matters. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/12. SOLD AT $22,050. It looked like a Road Runner, VIN seemed to confirm. It rumbled the block and brought some money, but not enough to sell. Post-block deal came together at this realistic price. Higgenbotham, Lakeland, FL, 10/12. AMERICANA #403-1913 HUPMOBILE MODEL 32 roadster. VIN: H37154. Eng. # 36720. White/ black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,209 miles. Solid car restored long ago to amateur standards. Checking and spider-webbing throughout paint. Nice nickel lights in need of polishing. Stained radiator with obvious repairs everywhere. Original fenders with some original paint. Old vinyl seat redo. Dirty engine bay with the familiar smell of bad gasoline. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $32,200. One of many cars from the same collection also hastily prepared for sale. It #256-1947 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION convertible. VIN: G293494. Pale yellow/tan cloth/cream vinyl. Odo: 12 miles. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Converted to 12-volt electrics. Recent top, tires, battery, brakes and fuel system. Motor also recently rebuilt. Decent repaint, with light overspray on undercarriage. Rear fenders poorly aligned to body. Vent door trim from a Commander Regal Deluxe or Land Cruiser. Windshield delaminating, vent windows foggy and yellowing. Ho-hum older seat and door panel redo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. During my inspection, it seemed that most everything was working. The price paid was market-correct for a vehicle of this condition. Not something with investment potential, but probably well worth the money as a cool, capable 4-wheel cruiser. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/12. #582-1974 AMC JAVELIN fastback. VIN: A4C792N216587. Maxi Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 51,846 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. 10-year-old repaint showing some oxidation, and body showing a few minor dings and dents. Decent brightwork, clear glass, driver-quality engine detail. Interior wear is what you’d expect for age and mileage. Equipped with a/c, power windows, power steering and brakes and a factory 8-track. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,660. In a case not unlike the 1963 Corvette, the “First by Far With A Post-War Car” 1947 Stude drop-tops get SOLD AT $10,530. A strong survivor from the last production year of the Javelin. AMC built about 22,500 Javelins in 1974, a small number when compared with 400,000 Novas. Considering rarity and condition, well bought. Classic Motorcar Auctions, Canton, OH, 09/12. A January-February 2013 107


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from eBay Motors #300734511856—1965 Chevrolet Corvette N.O.S. Fuel-Injection Setup and Distributor. 12 photos. Item Condition: New. Whitney Point, NY. “This unit was never mounted. It was a display unit at corporate headquarters. Sold on bid to an engineer who never used it. I bought it years ago to use on a ’65 Fuelie I was going to restore. So up for bid is a brand new 7017380 Corvette fuel-injection unit. This piece was never stamped with any numbers. Auction includes a new 1111070 Fuelie distributor.” 1 bid. Sold at $11,300. There are plenty of Chevrolet fuel-injection units available at any given time, whether you’re looking for a ’57 Bel Air setup or one like this ’65 Corvette piece. But a brand-new one is a pretty special find. The price paid doesn’t compare to the $4k to $7k that other used setups tend to bring. I’m not a fan of pieces and parts just for show, but I hope this doesn’t make it onto a car. Instead, keep it a pristine conversation piece for another 48 years. $9,400 in 2011, too. So I suppose that would make this a “low price.” But the unit sold in ’09 was functional and complete. This one is far from that. Still, there is plenty of room to refinish and resell. #320994140956—1963 Plymouth 426 Max Wedge engine. 3 photos. Item Condition: Used. Selinsgrove, PA. “This is a rare find — a real 426 Max Wedge engine. It came out of a 1963 Fury. Rebuilt by NAPA and has about 9k miles on it. They painted the engine blue, but it should have been orange. It’s a Super Stock Stage III with the stock bore. Date code reads: 1210-62. 4267M-P. I also have the complete exhaust that goes with this engine. If you have a Mopar that originally came with this but you don’t have the engine, here’s your chance to get one. This would greatly increase the value of your car.” 31 bids. Sold at $10,000. In 1963, 2,130 Mopars came with the 426 Max Wedge. Lord knows many of them went the way of the Dodo, but somehow this one survived with its stock bore. If you have a documented Max Wedge car with no motor, well, this is the price you pay for a correct powerplant. #200741190527—1958 Mercury 430-ci Super Marauder Intake Manifold and Air Cleaner. 12 photos. Item Condition: Used. Medina, OH. “Very rare triple 2-bbl intake manifold and air cleaner top and bottom for 1958 Mercury Super Marauder 400-hp 430-ci engine. Original Mercury parts. Nothing aftermarket here—this is the real deal. I have been told there were only 100 of these made. You will be the talk of the parking lot with this setup.” Buy It Now. Sold at $3,000. This came on the highest-horsepower production American engine in 1958, and was available only in Lincolns and Mercs. The seller was right in the estimation of only 100 produced. The pieces are media blasted. The heavy pitting on the air cleaner top is unfortunate, but good luck finding another one. Fair price paid. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #261106337493—1932 Ford Pines Winterfront Grille. 6 photos. Item Condition: Used. Hunting Station, NY. “The Holy Grail of 1932 Ford parts. This one will need a total restoration but it is solid with surface rust, light pitting and pitting on the chrome. Also has a wear spot from the headlight bar, nothing a good plater can’t handle. It is missing every other bar and I have found that they are available from other inexpensive pines — Jag and ’32 Chrysler to name a few. I removed this grille from a ’32 shell and the fit was great, so there is no warping. Please look at the pictures as there has been some welding, brazing or soldering at the base of some of the bars. This may be your only chance to own one at a low price.” 20 bids. Sold at $4,582.32. The original point of the Pines Winterfront grille was that it could be closed in cold weather to warm up the vehicle faster. Now the point is to have something nobody else does, which explains this price. The last one I saw sell went for $8k in October 2009. I saw another bid up to


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#140880643627—1932 Ford 5-window coupe body. 12 photos. Item Condition: Used. Cincinnati, OH. “All real-Henry steel. Top is chopped just under four inches for a killer stance, coupled with a brand-new Brookville louvered deck lid for that Great Lakes look. Body is in bare steel with no hidden rust or Bondo. Body has all-new subrails and is ready for a floor. Comes with a piece of sheet metal that is perfectly formed and trimmed to fill the top but has not been welded in. Top tack strip is in great shape. Body has a brand-new wood kit that has not been installed, except for the roof area. Doors open and close great with nice, even gaps. Have both original door latches and new Vintique window regulators. Original dash is in great shape, with only two small holes drilled for accessories. New wheelwells, new below deck lid panel, new louvered deck lid, hinged but not latched, all new rain gutters around trunk area, and a new Brookville smooth firewall. I also have all five reproduction window garnish moldings cut to fit the chop. Cowl vent is in great shape, as are the drip moldings. This is a perfect start for a real steel hot rod.” 2 bids. Sold at $13,900. Hopefully the buyer didn’t want it chopped less than this. For this same money, you can get a cheaper glass body and a complete rolling chassis. It can also just buy a higher-quality glass body. But steel is more desirable, and the cars built from real Henry stampings earn significantly more at resale time. Well bought. A Take us with you! ACC anytime, anywhere. Download our FREE app from the Apple iTunes store. January-February 2013 109


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers). Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe coupe the most desired Cadillacs. $79,000 OBO. Contact Steven, 818.995.8530, Email: stevenbernheim1@gmail.com (CA) 1951 Buick Super Estate wagon VIN: 2627005. White/maroon and gray. 0 miles. 400-ci V8, automatic. I was told the restoration was done in the 1990s; the car was found in Nevada. Has Mustang front end, and a Nova rear end, a 400-ci Chevy small block with aluminum intake, 4-barrel, headers, RV cam, 350 turbo with a shifter. $14,500 OBO. Contact Gary, 503.936.8817, Email: gkbaloha@frontier.com (OR) 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible VIN: VC56K123093. Turquoise and white/turquoise and white. 52,000 miles. 265 V8, Powerglide. Body-off frame restored 3 years ago, about 1,500 miles since. PS/PB, power windows and seat, padded dash, radial tires, stereo w/CD changer. Immaculate. $79,000 OBO. Contact Mark, 828.403.5691, Email: markmand272@gmail. com (NC) 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible Montero Red/black. 389 V8, auto. PHS documented, 389, 4-bbl, auto, PS, PB, power top. Solid #2 condition, appraised at $42,500. Health forces sale. $40,000. Contact Dennis, 251.968.8141 (AL) 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible VIN: 16087232. Light blue/dark blue. 146,234 miles. I8, automatic. Have owned for 40 yrs. The car is in excellent original condition, including the wood. More photos available upon request. $60,000. Contact Phil, 425.466.8186, Email: 4philt@ gmail.com (WA) 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible VIN: 7340951. Black/red. 44,122 miles. V8, 3-speed manual. Private collector selling beautifully restored Cadillac convertible coupe, with extremely rare, factoryfitted chrome-trimmed running boards. The odometer shows 44,000 miles. This is a CCCA Full Classic. One of 110 AmericanCarCollector.com works, drives perfectly. $79,500 OBO. Contact Willard, Bill Millis, 207.465.7038, Email: wemillis@gmail.com (MA) 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible VIN: F0246070. Corinthian Blue/Blue. 80,000 miles. 472ci V8, auto. Original car with no aftermarket modifications. Incredibly smooth, quiet and reliable. A/C blows ice cold, everything works, even factory clock! New wide whitewall radial tires, paint is deep and lustrous. Interior like new. Factory options include automatic climate control, Soft Ray tinted glass, leather upholstery, Signal Seeking AM/FM radio, six-way power seats, tilt and telescopic wheel, cruise control, dual trumpet horn, power windows, locks, plus floor mats. Includes original jack and a full-sized spare tire. $37,500 OBO. Contact Ken, Pedigree Motorcars, 561.866.1601, Email: pedigreemotorcars@gmail.com Web: www.pedigreemotorcars. com (FL) CORVETTE 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible VIN: 242679B136820. Liberty Blue/Blue. 95,000 miles. 400ci V8, auto. Older restoration of Liberty blue/blue. Superior driver, new white top with parade cover, auto, ps, pb, buckets, console, safe-t-track, PHS docs, numbers matching rebuilt 400/350, electronic ignition. $26,500. Contact Jay, 240.506.0952, Email: bernste5@aol.com (MA) VIN: VC56B142007. Black with white top/black and white. 5,128 miles. 265/205, 3-speed with overdrive. Body off restoration, AACA National First, Power Pack, stick, overdrive, power seat, skirts, wire caps, wide white radials. Everything 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible VIN: E57S103269. Arctic Blue/ Red. 283/283 hp, 3-speed. Convertible/hard top, VIN 3269, RPO-684, fuelie. Body-off restored. Show condition. Documented. Super rare. Historic. $150,000 OBO. Contact Terry, 419.592.5086, Email: tmichaelis@charter.net Web: www. proteam-corvette.com/Corvette1957-1068D/1068D.html (OH) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible VIN: 194671S121082. Sunflower Yellow/saddle. 5,000 miles. 350/330 hp, 4-speed. 1971 LT-1 convertible. NCRS Top-Flight Sep 2012. M-21, 4.11 rear, alarm, perfect P-O2 covers. Complete professional frame-off resto. Full restoration pictures, partial build sheet. $64,500 OBO. Contact Mark, 715.385.3341, Email: daddy19581955@yahoo.com (WA)


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Showcase Gallery FOMOCO r1929 Ford rumble seat oadster 327 V8, 350TH automatic. Independent suspension, disc brakes and much more. A completely restored, full-fendered street rod. New Roman Red paint. $32,500. Contact Bill, 505.685.4115, Email: bipeabq@aol.com (NM) 1930 Ford Model A roadster Yellow/brown. 10,000 miles. I4, Has hydraulic brakes and 16-inch wheels. Not a show car but a good driver. New interior. $30,000 OBO. Contact John, Pearson Associates, 707.887.1000, Email: pearsonassoc@hotmail.com (CA) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible VIN: 9F03M480101. Gulf Stream Aqua/White. 55,000 miles. 351 Windsor, Auto. Loaded, a/c, documented, Marti Report, 6th built in 1969, beautiful, runs great, needs nothing. Trade/Sell. Contact Dick, 561.272.1718, Email: cobracohen@aol.com (FL) (United States) 2006 Ford Mustang GT convertible Brown/tan mohair. 28,568 miles. L head six 217-ci, 3-speed manual. Outstanding original condition with 28,568 miles from new. May be the finest example extant; one repaint in 1975. Will be welcome in preservation class. Gooding Scottsdale sale Jan 13. Contact John, Ramshead Collection Inc., 916.952.1678, Email: RamsheadJW@aol.com (CA) 1967 Plymouth Barracuda Resto-Mod 2-dr hardtop VIN: 5R08C129269. Rangoon Red/red. 86,861 miles. 289 Ccode V8, Automatic. Absolutely gorgeous! Early production (August 18) 1965 289 C-code Mustang at San Jose plant. Original Rangoon Red with a red interior. Runs and drives great and is ready to cruise or to show. $27,500. Contact Andrew, 816.984.3070, Email: 3ltvette@ gmail.com Web: https://picasaweb.google.com/3ltvette/1965M ustangPictures?authkey=Gv1s RgCL3f-5PTmf2FEA (MO) 1969 Shelby GT350 convertible puter w/programmer, stainless headers and exhaust, battery saver, post gauges, never seen snow, never raced, $2,000 wheels, 500 hp $22,995 OBO. Contact James, 260.672.1616, Email: jjolroanoke@gmail.com (IN) MOPAR 1934 Dodge 5-window coupe Human Horsepower, These are examples of the 16 cars produced the first year of Hot Wheels (1968). All of the cars are real authentic Redline Hot Wheels. There are some great colors here and some highly sought-after cars. It comes with an original 1968 12-car rally case. $450 OBO. Contact Stan, Email: bighifive@sbcglobal.net (TX) CANADIAN 1975 Bricklin SV-1 gullwing $130,000 OBO. Contact Lester, 918.481.0227, Email: gtvalfa@ sbcglobal.net (OK) AMERICANA 1968 Hot Wheels Sweet 16 Die Cast VIN: D7FH201167. Blue/Shell White. 23,583 miles. 321-ci V8, Auto. Car recently went through a partial restoration (new paint, weatherstripping, rechrome bumpers, a/c, brakes and rear trunk upholstery). Vehicle had a full restoration done back in the ’90s. Does come with an aftermarket top, original fender skirts and is mec $34,999 OBO. Contact Patrick, 832.797.1564, Email: pjdittrich@yahoo.com (TX) 1965 Ford Mustang convertible VIN: 1ZVFT82H175233902. Red/gray. 42,000 miles. V8, 5-speed Hurst. Roush package $20,000, programmable com- VIN: 1ZVFT85H565112803. Yellow/black. 63,000 miles. V8, Automatic. 500 Audio System, V8, rear spoiler, super-clean car with lots of power. Please call for a list of new items installed! $17,900. Contact Ryan, 360.910.6809, Email: sales. cclt@comcast.net Web: 360autorestorations.com/Page_5.html (WA) 2007 Ford Mustang GT coupe VIN: BH23E72247620. Proprietary Purple, accented with Blackberry Prism/black. 700 miles. 528-ci Hemi, Automatic. One-of-a-kind rotisserie restoration, everything new and expensive. Approximately 700 miles. Keith Black allaluminum 528-ci street Hemi, dynoed at 480-hp. Keisler Engineering Stage 3 4-speed automatic. Custom suspension. VIN: 1144. Green acrylic/tan. 27,000 miles. 351 Windsor, Auto. All-original acrylic, nonpainted rare green SV1 Bricklin gullwing. Low miles, loaded, museum piece. Typical acrylic body wear. New correct tires. Runs great, doors have remote system. $17,500 OBO. Contact Steve, 217.741.8781, Email: sgvette@aol.com (IL) A 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 2013 111


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 211, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America by RM. 877.906.2437, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Mecum Auctions. 262.275.5050, 445 South Main Street, Walworth, WI 53184. Auctions: Anaheim, Kissimmee, Kansas City, Houston, Walworth, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Des Moines, Monterey, Dallas, Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (WI) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@ russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.worldwideauctioneers.com. (IN) Corvette Parts & Restoration County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953-2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay Carl’s thought: A Bible that was given to Elvis Presley during his first Christmas at Graceland recently sold at an auction in England for $94,600. Throughout the Bible, Elvis had written his thoughts and comments, which added to the value. Proving that the world has not gone totally wacky, a pair of his unwashed and soiled underwear worn under his famed white jumpsuit during a concert in 1977 failed to sell when the approximately $10,000 reserve was not met. You never really know what you might find at auction, or how any given item will do once it hits the spotlight. Here are a few other eBay items that grabbed my interest recently: EBAY #290705644703— CARTER CARBURETOR GLASS GLOBE. Number of bids: 9. SOLD AT: $371.78. Date sold: 5/10/2012. The seller of this Carter glass globe had no idea what a treasure he was offering. He mumbled that it did not go on a gas pump but that it might have been a display piece in a hot-rod shop. The globe actually went on the top of an elaborate Carter Carburetor display that showed three different carburetors. The display is being reproduced, but without the globe, so it was well worth twice the price paid here to a collector looking to complete his display. WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 40—ONE-GALLON CONOCO HARVESTER OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $2,530. Date sold: 10/26/2012. The Conoco Minuteman logo was used by the Continental Oil Company on cans and signs until 1929, when they were acquired by Marland Oil. Their early items are very desirable and this can, which was in good condition, sold for the going rate. EBAY #22110380977—1941 N.O.S. PEPSI-COLA LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 19. SOLD AT: $406.01. Date sold: 8/19/2012. In 1951, Pepsi-Cola changed from double dots between Pepsi and Cola to a single dot, making it easier to date Pepsi collectibles. This license plate topper had the double dots, but was also dated 1941 on the piece itself. It had never been used and had very minor age and paper marks. Sold for a fair price considering its condition. EBAY #251158999857—UNITED MOTORS SERVICE NEON SIGN. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT: $4,716.66. Date sold: 10/3/2012. United Motors Service was founded in 1916 and was acquired by GM in 1918. In 1971 114 AmericanCarCollector.com they changed their name to United Delco. This was the smaller 24-inch version of this popular oval porcelain and neon sign. It hung in a shop window or could be used as a countertop display. It was in exceptional condition, and if anything, it sold for under the money. EBAY #200799999433— FRANKLIN MINT 1967 CORVETTE L88 CONNOISSEURS SERIES. Number of bids: 40. SOLD AT: $651. Date sold: 8/5/2012. This 1:12 scale L88 received a lot of attention, with 40 bids, and sold at a premium even though it was from their Connoisseurs Series with an issue price of $495. This highly detailed, extremely realistic model had working lights, and the windows even rolled up and down. The L88 was, as Corvette folks are aware, the 427/430 big block, and only 20 were produced in 1967. Chances of owning the real thing are slim, so for $650, here’s the next best thing. EBAY #300784136552— EVEL KNIEVEL SHOW OF STARS AUTOGRAPHED PROGRAM, TICKETS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. Number of bids: 49. SOLD AT: $610. Date sold: 9/30/2012. The program was from Evel Knievel’s 1967 Ascot Park, CA, show and had several of his autographs, as well as others that were part of his Show of Stars. It also included two unused tickets to Knievel’s Motorcycle Dare Devils show at the Hollywood Bowl and a number of autographed photographs. A real treasure trove of Evel Knievel memorabilia, especially if you are old enough to remember his exploits. EBAY#181017775885— ECLIPSE BRAKE LINING LIGHT-UP COUNTER DISPLAY. Number of Bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $500. Date Sold: 11/4/2012. This colorful counter display was back-lit, and the glass was not cracked or damaged, although the metal frame could use a little attention. It was about 15 inches in length and in good working order. Cute as heck, and price paid was certainly fair.A