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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3 • Issue 13 • January-February 2014 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1978 CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR EDITIONS $86k / VanDerBrink $20k / Mecum $10k / Mecum Three Pace Car Corvettes, three very different prices; what gives? — John L. Stein Page 46 GM 1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE MALIBU SS 396 Z16 $214k / Mecum The big-block Chevelle’s notorious origin — Tom Glatch Page 48 FoMoCo 1970 FORD TORINO 429 CJ TYPE N/W $66k / Barrett-Jackson Are bargain-basement days over for the Torino Cobra Jet? — Patrick Smith Page 50 MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA FORMULA S $47k / Barrett-Jackson Small-block power brings big-block money — Tom Glatch Page 52 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1933 FORD MODEL 40 HIGHBOY ROADSTER $70k / Auctions America So what if there’s no history? — Ken Gross Page 54 AMERICANA RACE 1952 HUDSON HORNET SEDAN $28k / Bonhams Originality and Twin-H power bring a nice price — Carl Bomstead Page 56 2009 DODGE CHALLENGER DRAG PAK $24k / Mecum 10s out of the box, once you finish it — Dale Novak Page 58 TRUCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO $147k / VanDerBrink If you don’t like this price, try to find another one — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 60 Courtesy of Mecum Cover photo: 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu SS 396 Z16 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1933 Ford Model 40 Ford Highboy Roadster “The Mexican Blackbird”; profile, p. 54 © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America January-February 2014 9


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 12 Torque Where do you find value? — Jim Pickering 40 Cheap Thrills Five Lincoln-Mercury sleepers — B. Mitchell Carlson 42 Horsepower Building a nasty GTO — Colin Comer 44 Corvette Market Is that Corvette project really worth tackling? — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 66 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas Sales grow to $32m from $23m, and 656 out of 659 cars change hands — Dan Grunwald 74 Mecum Auctions — Chicago 2013 The Harley Earl 1963 Corvette leads 615 out of 917 cars to an $18.2m overall total — Dan Grunwald 80 Russo and Steele — Las Vegas 2013 The first R&S Vegas outing sees 102 out of 237 cars sell for $3.5m overall — Jack Tockston 88 VanDerBrink Auctions — The Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection In a Nebraska field, 512 non-running cars total $3m — B. Mitchell Carlson 96 Roundup Classics to customs from coast to coast — Jack Tockston, Kevin Coakley, B. Mitchell Carlson, Cody Tayloe, Patrick Coakley, Stuart Lentzke, Joe Seminetta, Phil Skinner 10AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 26 Good Reads The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966–1972 — Mark Wigginton 28 Desktop Classics 1932 Ford 5-window coupe — Marshall Buck 84 Quick Take 1968 Chevy II Nova coupe — Jim Pickering 86 Our Cars Dale Novak’s ’59 Corvette SERV DEPA 16 What’s Collector events of note 18 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions, plus our Nova wagon goes to auction 24 Parts Time ACC Picks the 10 best new items from SEMA 28 Cool Stuff A swingin’ truckbed toolbox, a portable winch and a triple-duty pen 30 Your Turn An Invicta Custom and a family-built ’46 Ford 32 Feature: The Cars 78 Glovebox Notes 2014 Ford F-150 XLT 100 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 LTZ pickup SuperCrew 4x4 pickup 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers Background photo: Trolling for treasure at the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale in Pierce, NE (see feature, p. 32) Tony Piff That Time Forgot Unearthing Bowtie history at Lambrecht Chevrolet


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Torque Jim Pickering Buying on emotion A fter three years of on-again, off-again work, my ’72 Chevy K10 4x4 resto is finally complete. The truck is good to go at a moment’s notice. There’s only one problem. It doesn’t really belong to me anymore. My daughter Katie has claimed it as her own. Katie turned 2 in November, and she’s particularly vocal for her age. “My truck,” she says when she sees it, and she always insists that we take it — wherever we’re going. And when we do, she sits in her car seat, with a commanding view of the road, and points out yellow buses, other cars, and other trucks. And when we get out, she runs to the tailgate to read me the letters: “C-H-EV-R-O-L-E-T!” The funny thing about all this, and the part that most of my family and friends don’t believe, is that I’m not pushing her to do any of it. I’m not sure you can push a 2-year-old to do anything — especially not my opinionated Katie — and yet the truck has still become one of her favorite things. And to me, that makes it even more valuable than it already was. History and value This is a special issue of ACC, as it marks the start of our third year, and it includes in-depth coverage of one of the most talked-about car events of the past decade: the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, NE. ACC regulars Jay Harden, B. Mitchell Carlson and Tony Piff put together the most comprehensive report on the event you’ll find anywhere. It starts on page 32. Value at Lambrecht was a hard thing to nail down, as many bidders felt the lots offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance at owning a no-mileage part of old-car history. Many paid over-the-top prices to drag home a part of the legend. Price guides really had no bearing on the outcome, aside from illustrating just how expensive many of the cars were as they sold. There’s one question I keep hearing with regard to this $3m auction of mostly rough Chevrolets: Why were these cars worth so much? How can we justify the prices paid against the current market level, especially when many of them, stored for years outside 12 AmericanCarCollector.com in the elements, brought many multiples of what better examples might bring elsewhere? The power of emotion To answer that, we have to take a look at two of the driving forces behind values: the current market, and the power of emotion. The market is relatively easy to track. You can refer to value guides and auction reports to come up with a “normal” price range. Any significant amount beyond normal can be attributed to emotion — you’re compelled to own a car for one reason or another, and you pay what it takes to bring it home — usually well above the market level. This isn’t always a bad thing, as long as the buyer knows that the market may take a long time to catch up — if it ever does. My truck — excuse me, Katie’s truck — is a great example. The current market may say it’s worth $15k or so, but the history I’ve had in it over just the past two years with her has made it worth much more to me. If I had to replace it due to theft or accident, I’d pay a premium to get a similar truck. Why? Because it’ll always remind me of this point in time with my little girl. And I’d be happy to do so because I see value in that story we’ve created. All it would take is one other bidder with similar reasons to push the price to the sky. And everyone would be left scratching their heads about why it was so expensive. LAMBRECHT’S CARS BROUGHT OVER-THE-TOP PRICES. WERE THEY WORTH THE MONEY SPENT? Nothing comes between this lady and her truck Justified — or not? So were the prices paid for some of those rusty hulks in Nebraska justified? The simplest answer, at least in terms of the market, is it doesn’t really matter. Why not? Because most of the Lambrecht sales didn’t change market values. These cars got caught up in the Lambrecht myth and legend, and buyers paid emotion-based prices that elevated these cars and trucks right out of being relevant to valuing other cars that sell elsewhere. They simply don’t compare. For the rough outside-storage cars in this sale — the ones that needed everything — many of the prices paid simply made no sense, and they don’t have to. Just like I see far more than market value in my truck, especially when my daughter is stomping around in the bed and spelling “Chevrolet,” many Lambrecht buyers saw more value in these cars than the market might deem appropriate. But the story was captivating, and that legend put these cars, however rough and needy, in a world of their own. Maybe the Lambrecht name will follow these cars around, and maybe they’ll always be worth more because of it. We’ll just have to wait and see. But in the meantime, I hope at least some of them end up fixed up and functional, where they can become a part of their buyers’ lives and justify the prices paid. After all, that’s what they were built to do. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING 2014 ACC Insider’s Seminar Colin Comer, author of Million Dollar Muscle Cars, The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, will talk about high-performance American collector cars at the annual Arizona Insider’s Seminar presented by American Car Collector and Barrett-Jackson Endorsed Insurance. The seminar is on January 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at BarrettJackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, an expert panel of ACC writers — including Comer, B. Mitchell Carlson and editor Jim Pickering — will take a look at the best American investment/fun cars from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and today. Publisher Martin will moderate the panel. The seminar is free for ACC and SCM subscribers, Bloomington Gold-Certified Corvette owners and NCRS members. $10 for all others. www.americancarcollector. com/2014seminar (AZ) Pick up useful collecting and investment tips at the ACC Insider’s Seminar ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will be at the big Arizona auctions from January 12 through January 18. 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 ACC Insider’s Seminar from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Barrett-Jackson auction site on Thursday, January 17. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2014 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 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Grand National Roadster Show Did you wade through snow or tiptoe on ice today? It’s winter, but Southern California is basking in sunny, short-sleeve weather. So why not follow the sun to the 65th Annual 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 24 through January 26, and you’ll also see thousands of street rods, customs and trucks on display in the cradle of hot-rod culture. This is the longest-running indoor car show in the world. This event 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. More than 500 showcase cars and trucks will compete for awards — including the coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster prize. Another 400 to 800 great cars will rumble to life during the Grand Daddy Drive-In on January 25 and January 26. The show will celebrate 100 years of speed at Bonneville, and this year’s theme is “Need for Speed.” Need we say more? www.rodshows.com (CA)A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Tony Piff 1948 Buick Roadmaster sedan with only 18,000 miles will cross the block at the Tom Mack January auction in Charlotte, NC JANuARy Dave Rupp — Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 3–5 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com This early January sale usually offers about 300 cars and takes place just three miles from the Florida beach. You can count on plenty of American muscle, quality street rods, Corvettes of all ages, and some very nice pickups. The star car is a 1942 Packard One-Twenty convertible coupe with dual sidemounts. Tom Mack — Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 10–11 More: www.tommackclassics.com a 1946 Ford Sedan Delivery and a well-optioned 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS. Three unrestored originals of note: a 1941 Buick Roadmaster sedan with just 18k miles, a one-owner 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 XL with 24k miles and a 1949 Oldsmobile Club coupe, barnstored from 1958 until recently. Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2014 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 12–19 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,331/1,335 cars sold / $102m Expect about 125 quality cars to cross the block at the 30th edition of Tom Mack’s annual Charlotte auction. Headliners include ACC’s 1964 Nova wagon heads to auction ACC is cleaning out our garage to make room for some new old cars, and that means our restored 1964 Chevrolet Nova wagon needs to find a new home. It’s an original 283-powered 400-series Nova with its numbers-matching engine, and was converted to a Saginaw 4-speed manual from its original 3-onthe-tree. The complete restoration was finished two years ago, including paint and interior in the car’s original colors. Other upgrades include SS bucket seats, SS gauges with tach, Hurst shifter, Edelbrock intake and carb, Pertronix electronic ignition, rear air shocks, and more. It’s a true turn-key cruiser. It’ll be crossing the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event in January as Lot 684, and it’ll be selling there at no reserve. Learn more about it at www.barrett-jackson.com. — Jim Pickering 18 AmericanCarCollector.com The ’70s Hot Wheels Funny Cars “Snake” and “Mongoose” headline Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale sale. The pair is offered as a matched set and including their original transport rigs. Other important consignments include a 1929 Duesenberg SJ LeBaron “Sweep Panel” dual-cowl phaeton, a 1954 Plymouth Belmont concept car, and two L88 Corvettes: a ’67 coupe and a ’69 racer.


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Russo and Steele — Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15–19 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 451/701 cars sold / $17.7m Russo and Steele will return to Scottsdale with a long list of quality muscle cars and hot rods. The star cars are a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, equipped with factory a/c and purchased new by actor Lee Marvin; and a Govier-inspected 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda with a “one of one” options list, original 426 Hemi and date-code-correct TorqueFlite automatic transmission. This very classy one-day sale offers a hand-picked selection of blue-chip collector cars. The auction takes place at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. The featured American consignment is a 1932 Marmon V16 Victoria coupe (Bonhams estimate: $1.1m– $1.4m). Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 92/112 cars sold / $13.5m clientele. The star American consignment for January 2014 is a 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton (Gooding estimate: $2m–$2.3m). Expect a lot more pre-war heavy iron, plus a handful of important muscle cars, sports cars and Corvettes. Silver Auctions—Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 17–18 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 213/351 cars sold / $3m Silver’s long-running Fort McDowell sale is a great place to score an affordable classic during Arizona Auction Week. There will be a strong assortment of American classics, Detroit muscle, cool customs, and custom trucks. The featured early consignment this year is a 1947 Oldsmobile woodie wagon, one owner until 2003, purchased new in Scottsdale (Silver estimate: $65k–$75k). Mecum Auctions—Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 17–26 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,807/2,424 cars sold / $70.7m This 3,000 car sale lasts an unbelievable 10 days. Featured lots include a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette known as “The Real McCoy”; a 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Sebring racer; a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback; and a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible. From the Richard Berry Callaway Collection, look for the 1988 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway “Sledgehammer,” a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette styling car, a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Berline convertible, and a 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra. FEBRuARy 1957 Ford Thunderbird “F-bird” convertible at RM Phoenix American highlights at this sale of world-class collectibles include an unusually original 1930 Duesenberg Model J “disappearing top” convertible coupe (RM estimate: $2m–$2.4m); a 1961 Chaparral 1 sports racer, campaigned by Jim Hall and Hap Sharp (contact RM for estimate); a documented supercharged 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible ($200k–$250k); a 1915 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 7-Passenger Touring ($200k–$250k); a meticulously restored 1946 Ford Sportsman ($180k–$220k); a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible ($175k–$225k); an award-winning 1933 Packard Twelve coupe roadster ($375k–$475k); and a 2005 Ford GT, featuring single ownership and 5,100 miles since new ($190k–$220k). RM Auctions—Automobiles of Arizona Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 16–17 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 75/84 cars sold / $36.4m Gooding & Company—The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 17–18 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 101/105 cars sold / $52.5m 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Petersen Salem Collector Car Auction Where: Salem, OR When: February 1 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake — OKC 2013 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 21–22 More: www.leakecar.com Last year: 257/352 cars sold / $5.7m The focus is squarely on American makes at Petersen’s twiceannual Salem auction, with a strong helping of street rods and customs. The sale takes place at the Oregon State Fairgrounds. Leake’s OKC sale has a 30-year history and takes place just 90 minutes from Leake’s hometown of Tulsa. The sale typically sees about 350 cars, heavy on American performance, vintage pickups, wicked street rods and quality Corvettes. Last year’s sale averaged $22k per car. McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 21–23 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 407/530 cars sold / $7.4m Gooding’s annual Scottsdale auction presents top-flight collector cars from every automotive genre and attracts a jet-setting This will be Keith McCormick’s 56th Palm Springs Collector Car Auction. With an average sold price of about $18k, it’s a great sale for drivable classics, but there are plenty of big-money cars, too. Last year’s high sale was a 1931 Packard Eight Model 833 convertible, sold at $115,500.A


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Scottsdale — more than just car auctions ONE OF THE CAR WORLD’S BIGGEST WEEKS IS GETTING BIGGER For years, Arizona in January has been all about car auctions and nothing else. This year, that’s changing. Here’s what’s new: Automobilia Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16–17, 2014 More: www.automobiliascottsdale.com Automobilia Monterey sets the bar every year, with dozens of vendors selling vintage posters, signs, photographs, badges, pins, hood ornaments, mascots, models, literature, postcards and original art, all under one roof. For 2014, they’ve added a Scottsdale event, taking place at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort. Arizona Concours d’Elegance Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 12, 2014 More: www.arizonaconcours.com It will be the biggest automobilia expo in town, and the focus is squarely on authentic, original merchandise — nothing reproduction. Introductory-year admission just $10. Arizona Auction Week now has a concours to call its own. Rare vintage automobiles representing the global history of the motorcar will line up for judging on the immaculate grounds of the Arizona Biltmore, with Packard as the featured American make. ACC Publisher Keith Martin emcees the inaugural event. Sports Car Market’s Insider’s Guide to Arizona is the definitive guide to this year’s week of car sales and events. Download it at www.sportscarmarket.com/digital-issues/arizonasupplement2014 January-February 2014 21


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3, Number 1 January-February 2014 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 Kevin Coakley John Lyons Norm Mort Phil Skinner A Look for Lot 684! merican Car Collector is making its first plunge into the Arizona Auctions. We have consigned our nicely restored 1964 factory-283 Nova wagon to Barrett-Jackson. It has been assigned Lot 684, which means it will run early Thursday afternoon. We’ve paid our consignment fee of $700, and will document all the various costs and experiences we have and report back to you. As noted on p. 18, this may be the nicest shoebox Nova wagon in the world, upgraded with a floor 4-speed, SS buckets and gauges, and completely redone from stem to stern — while still carrying most of its original Chevy II 400 badges and original chrome. Restoring this car was a much more complicated project than I thought it would be; even a Chevy economy car from the ’60s turned out to have a welter of unique parts, and as few wagons are restored to a high standard, mundane things such as sourcing the taillight chrome began a herculean task. The disassembly, chroming and reassembly of the luggage rack sucked up $2,000 as easily as an Edelbrock AFB 4-barrel — which we have added to this car — devours fuel. I’m afraid to total up the stack of restoration receipts, but my financial manager says that we passed $50,000 some time ago. While we have bought cars from many auction companies, this is the first time an ACC project car has been offered for sale. We invite you to examine it and will be glad to answer any questions. Even more important than the sale will be the story that goes with it — what it was like to transport it, stage it, have it detailed once it arrived, attend to it prior to the sale, bring it to the block and then see if there are at least two people in the audience who love it as much as we do. See you there. A Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology/ Internet Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Coordinator Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox 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 Administrative Assistant Cassie Sellman Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag 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 Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.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 © 2014 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 22 AmericanCarCollector.com AMERICAN JOIN US Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Pat Campion Dale Novak B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Keith Martin's


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PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine The 10 best new items from SEMA The Specialty Equipment Market Association conducts the biggest automotive aftermarket event of the year. Every fall, thousands of exhibi- tors, buyers, sellers and industry professionals flood the Las Vegas Convention Center halls to see what’s new in the car world. ACC was there, and out of the thousands of new parts that will be on the market for 2014, here are my 10 favorites from this year’s show: Coker Tire American Classic “Bias-Look” Radial Whitewall Tire 2013 SEMA Winner: Best New Tire and Related Product Corky Coker really wanted to make bias-plylook radial tires. Every time his engineers came back to him and said it couldn’t be done, he kept pushing them — for years. Now safe, modern radial construction meets the classic profile I love to see. Sizes range from 6.50R13 up to 8.20R15 with more to come. www.cokertire.com 800.251.6336 Leap Innovations Weigh Safe Trailer Hitch Scale 2013 SEMA Winner: Best New Tools and Equipment Product It’s just stupid to burden your truck with a poorly loaded trailer. Your car(go), tools and passengers are at higher risk for accidents when you do. Safe tongue weight involves proper distribution of the pounds on the trailer. This tool helps you get the job done right. A built-in scale measures tongue weight to show you what’s underloaded, overloaded and just right. www.weigh-safe.com 801.820.7020 Classic Industries/OER 1971–72 Plymouth Duster Twister 340 Sharktooth Grille Assembly What once was lost, now is found. The Sharktooth grille from OER — available through Classic Industries — is now available, so you can replace that broken piece you lived with for years. Or PARTSTIME PARTSTIME PARTSTIME PARTSTIME RTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to TSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine The 10 best new items from SEMA The Specialty Equipment Market Association conducts the biggest automotive aftermarket event of the year. Every fall, thousands of exhibi- tors, buyers, sellers and industry professionals flood the Las Vegas Convention Center halls to see what’s new in the car world. ACC was there, and out of the thousands of new parts that will be on the market for 2014, here are my 10 favorites from this year’s show: Coker Tire American Classic “Bias-Look” Radial Whitewall Tire 2013 SEMA Winner: Best New Tire and Related Product Corky Coker really wanted to make bias-ply- look radial tires. Every time his engineers came back to him and said it couldn’t be done, he kept pushing them — for years. Now safe, modern radial construction meets the classic profile I love to see. Sizes range from 6.50R13 up to 8.20R15 with more to come. www.cokertire.com 800.251.6336 Leap Innovations Weigh Safe Trailer Hitch Scale 2013 SEMA Winner: Best New Tools and Equipment Product It’s just stupid to burden your truck with a poorly loaded trailer. Your car(go), tools and passengers are at higher risk for accidents when you do. Safe tongue weight involves proper distribution of the pounds on the trailer. This tool helps you get the job done right. A built-in scale measures tongue weight to show you what’s underloaded, overloaded and just right. www.weigh-safe.com 801.820.7020 Classic Industries/OER 1971–72 Plymouth Duster Twister 340 Sharktooth Grille Assembly What once was lost, now is found. The Sharktooth grille from OER — available through Classic Industries — is now available, so you can replace that broken piece you lived with for years. Or Mr. Mr. gasket HEADLOCK — Locking Header Bolt Set At the start of SEMA 2013, Classic Industries/OER Air Cleaner Emblem Kits This is the first piece of automotive bling that didn’t send me hightailing it the other way. Their compound curves make sure the emblems fit only one way on the correct big-block open-element air cleaner. And something this pretty should fit properly. Your choice of 396/375, 427/400, 454/425 and 502/450 kits are now available for $143.99 each. www.classicindustries.com 800.854.1280 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Prestolite Performance Group announced their name change to ACCEL Performance Group. As a result of the parent company shift, subsidiary Mr. Gasket will serve restorers and hot-rod builders with an even bigger catalog of parts. One of those pieces is the locking header bolt set. Serrations under the bolt head provide extra biting grip when tightened down. The hexdrive socket cap (with hex-drive tool) allows for secure tightening in cramped engine bays. The coarse-thread 3/8-inch by ¾-inch bolts fit Chevy 262–400, Pontiac 326–455, Chrysler 383–440, and Oldsmobile 330–455 engines. www.mr-gasket.com


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Rocket Racing Wheels Rocket Solid and Rocket Fire Our friends at Rocket Racing Wheels recently re-created the iconic Indyroadster wheel style. The Rocket Fire’s ribbed design modernizes the original six-pin piece with new materials and optional five-lug mounting pattern. The Rocket Solid features a smooth wheel Dakota Digital ECD-100 Electronic Cable Drive Unit Okay, so that 4L60E in your first-gen Camaro sure surface, but the same high quality for which Rocket Racing is known. Expect availability in early 2014 of both 16x5 wheels in three bolt patterns and a number of finishes. www.rocketracingwheels.com 888.307.7525 improves gas mileage, but did you give up wondering how fast you’re going? Dakota Digital is here to help without requiring you to replace your gauges. This compact box (5”x4.1”x2.15”) bridges the gap between original mechanical speedometers and modern transmissions that only supply electronic outputs. www.dakotadigital.com 800.593.4160 Del City Mini Fuse Panel Since custom builds always require careful space considerations, let Del City remove a headache from the situation. Their low-profile, sealed mini-fuse panel with bussed inputs accepts 22–12 gauge wires — up to 10 fuses on each of the two powered circuits. Bussed M6 input studs means one common power input for all circuits. It is important to note that the entire panel cannot exceed 160 amps (80 amps each side), with a 30-amp maximum per branch. www.delcity.net 800.654.4757 Royal Purple Max-Clean Fuel System Cleaner and Stabilizer Royal Purple’s latest cleaner restores fuel economy and horsepower (3.2% and 2.6% respectively), stabilizes fuel for storage and reduces harmful emissions. Treats up to 20 gallons for 3,000-mile (6 oz.) or 10,000-mile (20 oz.) intervals. www.royalpurple.com 888.382.6300 E-Stopp Remote E-brake 2013 SEMA YEN Launch Pad Winner These are going to be everywhere soon. It’s a push-button emergency brake kit that will work with any sort of brake system. No clunky levers or pedals to clutter up an interior any more. Another brilliant use for the E-Stopp: Hide or lock away the button for increased anti-theft protection. The $449 kit includes the actuator, control box with switch and pack of wire connectors. www.estopp.com 562.605.2842 January-February 2014 25


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The Cars of Trans-Am Racing: 1966–1972 by David Tom, CarTech, 192 pages, $28.72, Amazon GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton The Trans-Am series was the pinnacle of manufacturer-supported road racing in America. For that short time when facial hair was the norm and bell bottoms and denim were in vogue, the racing world saw overt or covert support from Ford, Chevrolet, Mercury, Dodge, American Motors, Pontiac and Plymouth. They were spending hard cash or offering back-door engineering support to get to the oh-so-desirable second part of the “Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday” mantra. If you were a fan of any type of muscle-car “small sedans,” you had a chance to see your cars racing head to head on famous tracks around the country, and driven by the biggest names of the time — guys so big they still only need one name: Foyt, Gurney, Jones, Tullius, Savage, Titus, Donohue, Revson and Follmer. This book examines the changing cast of characters, from drivers to teams to engine builders, from the wellknown Roger Penske operation to Bud Moore’s gang, as well as the lesser lights of the series: Bob Tullius’s Group 44 Dodge Dart team, or Ron Grable and Ronnie Kaplan’s efforts with the Javelin. It was a time of creative interpretation of the rules (which were decidedly restrictive on what you could and couldn’t do to the cars) which led everyone from Penske, Smokey Yunick and Bud Moore, right down to small privateers, doing everything they could to get past overmatched tech inspectors. Would you believe teams built engines in which only the cylinder most likely to be checked was legal? Full of historic images and updates on the cars as they run in vintage racing today, The Cars of Trans-Am Racing is a lively, comprehensive tour of one of the best times in American racing. Lineage: David Tom started the Historic Trans-Am Registry, has extensive seat time in a wide variety of cars and has owned nearly a dozen significant Trans-Am Camaros. This background puts him in a pretty solid spot to write about the breadth of the series, the cars and the participants. Tom is also a journalist and restoration expert. His knowledge of the technology and times adds details not found in previous looks at the era. Fit and finish: CarTech has a look and feel for most of their books, and this one isn’t an outlier. Functional design and above-average reproduction at a low price point sums it up. Drivability: What makes Tom the right guy to do this book is also its downfall. You never really want the guy who geeks out on something to an obsessive degree also telling you the story. Why not? You can lose the sweep of the story to the details. Tom knows an amazing amount of Trans-Am history and lore, but at times it’s disorganized with odd turns off the narrative path where the story lies. It’s always interesting, but disconcerting. is best CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN The Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar Wednesday, January 15 9 a.m., Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ “The Muscle car MarkeT — Today and ToMorrow” KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Colin Comer, ACC Editor at Large and author of The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years. PLUS: ACC experts name the best buys in both fun and value by decade: 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and modern. what should you buy right now and what will it cost you? ACC’s All-Star Panel Includes: B. Mitchell Carlson, ACC Auction Analyst and “Cheap Thrills” columnist; Jim Pickering, ACC Editor; John L. Stein, ACC contributor and Corvette columnist; and Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks Register: www.AmericanCarCollector.com/2014seminar Phone: 503.261.0555 ext. 217 Space is limited — pre-registration is strongly encouraged. No cost for Barrett-Jackson registered bidders or SCM or ACC subscribers. $10 admission otherwise. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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COOLSTUFF Spr load T Swingin’ truckbed toolbox The UnderCover SwingCase mounts in the corner of your truck bed for out-of-theway tool storage and swings out over the tailgate for easy access. The rugged plastic case is lockable and waterproof. When not in use, lock the case to your truck with a padlock or simply slide it off the frame and bring it inside. Installation takes about five minutes. Holds up to 75 pounds. $180 from www.summitracing.com XL i EDC b SOG Tech high the knife securely closed. Apply a decisive amount of force to the kick flipper or thumb stud, and the blade flips open and locks into place. Lefties will approve of the reversible pocket clip. Choose from a variety of blade shapes and material from ww by Tony Piff Winch in a pinch Master Lock’s portable winch slips over a ball hitch o bolts to a trailer for occasional light-duty pulling. It will drag 2,000 pounds, pull 5,000 pounds through the water, or pull 6,000 pounds rolling. It’s not a dedicated full-time workhorse, but at $79.99, it’ll pay for itself the first time you use it. www. summitracing.com Triple The S Clamp-on cup caddy RoboCup lends a hand — two, actually — anywhere its rubber-lined jaws can grip. $19.97 from www.genuinehotrod.com was spec the arme ingly slim p black an ink cartr 0.5-mm m pencil, a threaded c eraser. Ju cycle thr points. Constructed of sturdy, lightweight brass, with a non-reflective finish. $16.95 from www. marvgolden.com py ays homage to the iconic Firestone Deluxe Champion tire with this clever phone case. Sized for either iPhone 4 or iPhone 5. $19.95 from www.100mph. com.au DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1932 Ford 5-window coupe “As American as apple pie.” We’ve all heard that millions of times, but it certainly applies to the all-new 1:18-scale Grand National Deuce Series from ACME Trading Co. This series is a tribute to American hot rods. The first model is an eye-catching, full-fend- ered coupe, decked out in metal-flake paint with a fully chromed, plumed and wired flathead V8 with Ardun heads. Look closely around the exterior and you’ll find a nice touch of delicate black-and-white pinstriping, too. Interior detail is modest — a little too much so — but well done with a great steering wheel and good painted, chromed, and pinstriped dash. Overall fit and finish of this is excellent. This is a cool model, and a neat piece of Americana. Examples are due out before the end of 2013, and will be produced as a numbered, limited series. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: “Lemon Cosmic Dust” Quantity: 996 Price: $129.95 Production date: 2013 Ratings Detailing: ½ Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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YOUR TURN 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 body color), etc. Trunk matting is modern (incorrect) ma- terial; cardboard panels missing; spare tire is not a correct period reproduction. Underbody looks like it was hit with 10 cans of flat-black Krylon; incorrect dual glass pack mufflers; fuel tank incorrectly painted and is full of dents. I realize that it is difficult to perform a detailed examination of every car. However, the ACC description of this car has serious omissions. — Greg Cockerill, Rochester Hills, MI Tony Piff, ACC Auctions Editor, re1960 Buick Invicta Custom Invicta issues I am writing you to take serious issue with the incomplete and misleading description of your Russo and Steele coverage of Lot F414 from Monterey, a “1960 Buick Invicta convertible” (November-December 2013, p. 94). The description omits several key facts about this car that have significant bearing on its value and (presumably) its selling price. The published description also suggests the car is much higher quality than it actually is. First, and foremost, this is not just an Invicta, it is an Invicta Custom. This was a very special and rare mid-year model that included full leather bucket seats and console. Only 675 convertibles and 1,750 coupes were built with this option. I do not expect your reporter to know these exact numbers, but the point is that this is extremely rare. Of course, some of these cars are faked, and to authenticate that it is a REAL Custom model, you must decode the body trim tag. As it turns out, this particular car is indeed a legitimate Invicta Custom convertible. The auction description makes NO men- tion of this being a Custom model, or that it even has a bucket-seat interior. This strikes me odd, since an unusual feature like bucket seats in a 1960 Buick would normally be called out in the brief ACC auction description. Second, this car does NOT have a fac- tory-issued VIN plate! It has a state-issued (Washington state) VIN plate, located in the correct location. The reason for this is unknown, but any tampering or changes to the factory-issued VIN plate is very significant and should be reported in the ACC auction description. I believe that this information could significantly affect the value of the car. The subjective description of the car’s inte- 30 AmericanCarCollector.com rior as “very good quality restoration of seats, dash, gauges” is inaccurate, as is the overall rating of “#2 condition.” Let me list just a few of the shortcomings of this very hasty and nonauthentic cosmetic refurbishment: The car is missing all four wheel-opening moldings (standard equipment on Invicta); the narrow-band radial tires are obviously incorrect in both appearance and construction. This car’s interior is fresh and pretty but not executed authentically. The seating is vinyl (not leather) and lacks the correct graining; The colors are also a poor match to the correct maroon interior color of an Invicta Custom. The dashpad has been covered poorly with bulk vinyl, covering up the original molded die-electric seaming. The carpet (black) is incorrect, and should be maroon. Floor mats are incorrect vintage. Top boot is white — should be maroon. The engine compartment is amateurish. It has an alternator instead of generator; incorrect aftermarket fuel filter; is missing underhood insulation; bad spray-bomb work everywhere; body-color overspray on fender bolts; incorrect black firewall (should be sponds: Greg, obviously we missed the fact that this car was an Invicta Custom — a rare option in 1960, as you mention. I’ve edited the online auction record (ACC# 227127) to reflect your observations and insights. I appreciate you taking the time to set the record straight. I know that car! On page 20 of ACC #12 (November- December 2013), I was delighted to see a photo of the last car my uncle restored before his passing in 2001 — a 1946 Ford. It is pretty much the way it left his home to go to his son in Boise. I am sure it has changed hands a few times, but no question this car was restored by Dan Rowe right here in Idaho Falls, ID. Enclosed some before and after photos. — Rick Anderson, Idaho Falls, ID Oops In my column in the November-December 2013 issue of ACC, I mentioned two incorrect auction totals. Auction America’s Auburn sale in late August totaled $27,543,203 for 774 of 1,134 cars, while Worldwide Auctioneers’ Auburn sale totaled $4,119,615 for 67 of 81 cars. Both sales are covered, this time with the correct numbers, in the Roundup section of this issue, starting on p. 96. — Jim PickeringA 1946 Ford before and after restoration


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FEATURE THE CARS THAT TIME FORGOT For more than 50 years, Ray Lambrecht’s cars endured rain, snow and wind. Now they faced 18,000 enthusiastic tire-kickers The Legend Lambrecht of 18,000 people, 500 rotting cars and one crazy weekend 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Story by Jay Harden Photos by Tony Piff W e’ve all heard classic-car legends. Like that couple from New York who bought some land in Portugal and found a forgotten barn full of cars on it, or the man who found an original 427 Cobra in a storage shed, untouched since the ’60s. And there’s the stories of the shuttered dealership, somewhere in the Midwest, full of original cars left by an owner who just closed up one day and walked away. Are these stories true? When they pass from car guy to car guy over open hoods and open beers, it’s hard to tell for sure, even though someone always swears that they are. So when word of Ray Lambrecht’s Chevrolet collection auction broke this summer, the car world exploded in a frenzy of anticipation. More than 500 cars from the 1950s through the 1980s, many with fewer than 20 miles and some still on the MSO, were to be sold from the long-closed dealership. Here was a real-life urban legend about to unfold in a very public way, and anyone could pay to own part of the myth. Internet forums crackled in anticipation, the story spread like wildfire around the world, and Editor Pickering told me to pack a


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A 1958 Chevy Cameo pickup drew big crowds — and big money at $147k bag. I was on my way to Nebraska to see it firsthand for ACC. New or never Ray Lambrecht took over the Pierce, NE, Chevrolet dealership in 1946, shortly after returning home from World War II. He and his wife, Mildred, managed all aspects of the business, with the assistance of only one mechanic, until the place shuttered in 1996. Ray managed to peddle thousands of cars over those five decades, but it was the cars he didn’t sell that made his story special. If one of his cars didn’t sell before the new model year debuted, it never did. They piled up inside and around his downtown dealership, and eventually made their way to an empty field outside of town. There they joined every car he ever took in on trade. That’s where they stayed, some of them for over 50 years, as his collection. Some were stored inside, while most suffered in the wind, sun, rain and snow of the plains. But now, after years of chasing people away from the cars, Ray finally, at the age of 95, decided to let them go. Like kids in a toy store The ensuing VanDerBrink sale was a booming success. Considering that the town of Pierce, NE, is home to only about 1,700 people, watching the 18,000 auction-goers, many of whom managed to clog up the main road into the sale for several miles, was an event in itself. Buyers came from Alaska, Minnesota, Texas, California, Canada and Norway, and did so to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and just getting the RV out of storage. They wore coveralls and Tommy Bahama, cowboy hats and Red Sox caps. Some came to spend while most came to mingle, but, everywhere I looked, people were busy smiling and chatting each other’s ears off. I first noticed Jack as he stood quietly in the middle of a buzzing swarm of treasure hunters, his eyes fixed on the business end of a Corvair. It was only Friday, which was preview day, but thousands of people were shuffling about in every direction. They were busy yep, that 1-mile odometer reading is correct January-Feburary 2014 33 plotting mental waypoints to guide them back to the best finds, and looking very much like children in an open-air toy store. The crooked smile and 10-mile stare on Jack’s face revealed he was no different from the rest. He was just taking a moment to soak it all up. Tall, slender, and in his late 70s, he stood, all alone, dead-center of the row I was wading up. I strolled up next to him, pivoted deliberately towards the Monza he was studying, and said, “Well, what do you think?” He shifted his weight toward me without ever breaking his stare, and, as if he’d been expecting me, said, “Incredible. Just incredible...” Untouched only once After hours of exploration, Jack and I eventually circled back around to have a long look at the 20 or so signature cars of the sale. These were the cars and trucks that had been stored inside the dealership all these years, including a ’58 Chevy Cameo, a ’58 Chevy Apache, and a ’78 Corvette Pace Car — all of them still brand-new under decades of dust. Unfortunately, the crowd’s respect for the cars loosened up as the event progressed. The Cameo, which had remained hidden and protected for over 50 years, was hit hard by the bidders and specta


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FEATURE THE CARS THAT TIME FORGOT tors. Its doors were tugged open and slammed closed; its bedrails supported lazy elbows; its seat foam was squished for no other reason but to elicit painfully obvious observations: “It really is like new!” Handprints and smeared dust rapidly eroded five decades of peace. I saw a man scrawl his name in the gunk that covered a white 1963 Corvair Monza coupe that would later sell for $40,000. I saw water bottles lying in battery trays. Leftover hotdog foil was tossed in cowl vents. It was hard to watch. No one seemed to mind. With the day rapidly closing and a suddenly cool breeze escorting clouds in overhead, Jack and I trudged over to a collection of tools, NOS parts, and dealership paraphernalia arranged haphazardly in the dirt. I discovered a complete 1960 Chevrolet Essential Service Tools kit in its original cardboard packaging. The tools themselves aren’t exactly rare, but this set had never been used. The Kent Moore manual included in the kit, the one that specified where each tool was to be used and how, appeared as if it had never been peeled open. I remember looking up from the stacks of boxes and parts and manuals sitting in the dirt and thinking that this must be some sort of mistake. Rain was threatening. Surely, whoever was responsible for all these treasures was running in circles, desperately searching for a tent or tables or, at the very least, a tarp. Surely this stuff wouldn’t be sitting in the mud when I showed up the next morning. I wish I had been right. Business time The sun had just begun to peek over the horizon when I stepped off the Saturday morning trolley running out to the field from downtown Pierce. The gathering crowd was immense, and it pulsed like a colony of ants on the move. What I already knew was this: The cars that had been stored inside were incredible. The cars that had been left outside were not, regardless of what their odometers said. The locals were fantastic, and, without effort, managed to be friendly, inviting, and exceptionally accommodating. Only two mysteries remained. The first: How much for the signature cars? What about everything else — the oddballs and the trade-ins? The long-beds and the four-doors? By now, the crowd’s mood had shifted. The full-face smiles from only 12 hours earlier were replaced with deeply set jaws and quick eyes, careful to hide any tells. Buyers managed to stake out adequate vantage points around the signature cars, some spilling over into the neighboring rows of soybeans. It was along that border, between legumes and legend, that I met a man named Pat. He stood broad-shouldered and flannelled, giving new meaning to “3 on the tree” with a seasoned poker face and a reserved countenance. But a thick buyer’s guide and legal pad undermined his efforts. He had his eye on a rose-colored, four-door ’57 Chevy Bel Air (Lot 7L) in remarkably complete and salvageable condition. It was a trade-in, with about 47,000 miles on the clock. According to Pat’s literature, a running, #4 condition car should fall somewhere between $4k and $7k. Pulling out his legal pad, he flipped a page or two over the back and found the hand-drawn value grid, one of many, which he created specifically for the car. The way he saw it, the fact that the car didn’t run would normally knock the value down a notch, but he conceded that this Bidders and onlookers were able to get up close and personal with the cars 34 AmericanCarCollector.com The rose-colored ’57 Bel Air


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unless you were a bidder — and even then — getting to the auction action was difficult crowd probably didn’t mind the lack of function. He then assumed nothing here would sell on the low end of the value spectrum, and reasoned $7k would be about right. He then looked up from his pad, scanned the crowd, and decided, given the circumstances, that number would probably need to be doubled. He rounded up to a clean $15,000, and then added an extra two grand just to be safe. That would be his limit. I couldn’t argue with his logic, but $17,000 for a static Bel Air with too many doors struck me as steep. I was staring the car down, trying to justify Pat’s math, when Yvette VanDerBrink started the show. She and her crew stood atop a flatbed trailer equipped with a PA system and hitched to a shiny white Chevy pickup. Thousands of people turned at attention and stared silently. Big money The first objects on the block were assorted NOS bits and dealer- ship swag — chum in the water. If there were any doubts as to whether the Lambrecht name was going to up the ante, the answer came in the form of a $600 yardstick. The sharks were hitting everything in sight. By the time attention turned to the signature cars, the crowd was primed. The mass of onlookers was stone-silent. No one wanted to miss the big numbers, and the numbers got big in a flash: $140,000 for the Cameo. $80,000 for the Apache. $80,000 for the Corvette. One-two-three. Whenever Yvette yelled “SOLD!” eyes would roll, heads would nod, and knowing glances would be exchanged. Some simply saw a bunch of old cars selling for the price of a house. Others saw some of the most well-preserved examples of our automotive history, deserving of every dollar spent. Interestingly, the signature cars accounted for less than 5% of the total cars available. Would those few cars, and the Lambrecht legend itself, be enough to make the rest of the lots memorable? We were about to find out. With the sale of the signature cars complete, Yvette and her crew turned the corner and began making their way down the eastern-most row of vehicles. About midway down that first row sat Pat’s rosecolored ’57. Bidding started at $5,000 and blew past Pat’s ceiling of $17,000 in a Cars were forklifted into orderly rows for the auction January-Feburary 2014 35 matter of seconds. The number climbed to $20k, then $25k, and then $30k. It finally sold for $39,375 with commission — well over twice what Pat thought would be outlandish. The new owner, a soft-spoken Georgia native with a dark beard and camo cap, sidestepped the herd as they migrated past. When I asked him about his motivation and the number it took to put the car on a trailer, he said, “I know it won’t be worth what I paid for it for at least another 15, 20 years, but I don’t really care. I like the car, and I think eventually the Lambrecht story, being a part of this sale, will hold up. People are gonna remember this.” And what to do with the car? “I plan on takin’ it home, cleanin’ it up, gettin’ it runnin’, and drivin’ the hell out of it. Just like it is.” A piece of history Sunday evening, in the last moments of light and the last moments of the auction, Yvette’s dad was picking the surrounding relics out of their slumber with an enormous forklift and pitching them on trailers. I thought about the other car legends I’ve been told, and how the best of them live in a foggy world, where the realities of everyday life don’t really play a part. Why would someone hide a Shelby for decades, or fill a warehouse in Portugal with collector cars and leave them there? It makes no sense. I kept hunting for answers as to why Mr. Lambrecht did it. Fortunately, I couldn’t find any. A


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FEATURE THE CARS THAT TIME FORGOT “How do you just put a new car in a field and let it rot away?” — ACCer Jim Besch of Joliet, IL Preview day in Pierce, NE — the calm before the swarm MYSTERY, MADNESS AND MOTORS Story and photos by Tony Piff 62 never-titled “MSO cars.” Vehicles filled the tiny dealership and a few scattered 36 AmericanCarCollector.com U nbelievable fact #1: For 50 years, Pierce, NE, Chevy dealer Ray Lambrecht refused to resell any used car he received as a trade-in. Unbelievable fact #2: He also refused to sell any new car that failed to sell after the close of the model year. The accumulated hoard eventually totaled more than 500, including warehouses, but most were just driven out of town to a wooded lot surrounded by soybean fields, parked, and left for dead. Lambrecht closed shop in 1996, and the cars stayed put. It would be yet another 17 years before Lambrecht, now age 95, would finally decide to sell. Nebraska was ground zero for one of the craziest auctions in collector-car history Prepping the stage for history To prepare the auction site, VanDerBrink Auctions spent weeks clearing and leveling the swampy thicket, extracting hundreds of cars from the mire. (A pixelated Google Earth view shows nothing more than a dozen or so sun-bleached cars scattered around a small overgrown forest.) The cars were then forklifted into orderly rows, and the remainder were trucked in, with the 19 best-preserved cars at center stage. A string of power lines was installed to power floodlights that illuminated the field after sunset. “I wanted to see history,” said Mike Purin of Peoria, AZ, grinning broadly on preview day. “This is history. If I had a dealership, I’d buy one of these cars and put it in my showroom.” “I just wanted to see what a madhouse it would be,”


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“This is the next generation of hot rods” — Todd Heitman of South Sioux City, NE Projects and parts Beyond the headlining MSO cars destined for five- digit prices and permanent climate-controlled storage, 450 other vehicles underwent the scrutiny of an entirely different set of die-hards: the project people. “This is the next generation of hot rods,” said Todd Heitman of South Sioux City, NE, examining a beige 1979 Impala wagon cocooned in a layer of grime. “There’s a heck of a good car under there. Change the wheels and go cruise.” That car ultimately sold for $13,125. “The bodies are straight, clean and perfect,” said Dave Marsh of Austin, TX. Marsh traveled to Pierce with his sights on a single lot: a massive blue 1954 6100 Series utility truck on duallies with no bed. “I don’t know what it is about that truck,” he said. “I’m about love. I fall in love with things.” As the auction procession advanced closer, Marsh grew visibly nervous. “I got butterflies,” he said, and excused himself to prepare mentally. It was all over in about 60 seconds. “I went to $10k and quit,” he said afterward, flush with endorphins. “I feel good. I should’ve stopped at $8k.” With commission, the price came to $11,025. Maybe the winning buyer loved the truck even more than Marsh did. Dedicated gearheads descended in droves to see history in the making said Chris Paugh of Edwardsville, KS. An electric atmosphere of joyous bewilderment unified families and strangers filtering through the rows of weathered hulks. It seemed almost unnatural to pass another human without making eye contact, smiling, shaking one’s head in disbelief and sharing some comment on the ridiculousness of it all. But this field of lost American iron wasn’t just a spectacle to behold. For the thou- sands of dedicated gearheads who registered to bid, this weekend represented that rarest of opportunities: the chance to rescue a classic car that had not been touched in decades. To preserve and protect Preservation-minded collectors, many of whom had traveled long distances by plane, wore expressions of frustration and disappointment. For these people, the widely reported story that Lambrecht was a shrewd automotive investor who “loved cars” did not ring true. “How did you not sell a big-block muscle car in the muscle-car era?” said Troy Campbell (an ACCer from Kansas City, MO), referring to a 1969 Chevelle SS 396, now rusting through and badly damaged from storage. “How do you just put a new car in a field and let it rot away?” said ACCer Jim Besch of Joliet, IL. “I think Lambrecht just hid them so he didn’t have to deal with them.” Pierce locals offered little insight, couching their appraisals of the man in polite euphemisms like “eccentric” and “thrifty.” Even the cars stored indoors were not safe from the perils of neglect. The “star car,” a 1958 Cameo pickup with 1.4 miles (see the profile, p. 60), featured a dented roof caused by a collapsed ceiling. Damaged sheet metal notwithstanding, the truck was a time capsule, still show- ing stenciled yellow sequence numbers on its quarter-windows. The Cameo was Saturday morning’s opening automotive lot, and bidding quickly sailed over the predicted $100k, confirming that deep-pocketed collectors were here, ready to play hardball. Final price for the Cameo: $147k. The 62 MSO cars alone totaled $2.1m, for an average price of $34k apiece. The one that got away — Dave Marsh with the coveted 1954 6100 Series utility truck January-Feburary 2014 37 Didn’t get screwed There were a lucky few who managed to procure a Lambrecht souvenir without paying an arm and a leg. Bill Hartwig of Fremont, NE, was amused to see a Lorensen Pender dealership tag on the trunk of an impossibly trashed 1953 150 4-door. Hartwig was born in Pender, NE, and after the car sold, he expressed his interest in the badge to the new owner, who welcomed him to it. But none of Hartwig’s tools fit the oddly sized screws. Later, he spotted a tiny screwdriver in the dirt. It fit perfectly. “The guy paid $450 for the car and wasn’t going to charge me for the badge. I gave him 10 bucks for it.” A


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FEATURE THE CARS THAT TIME FORGOT According to Tony Piff The world may never know why Ray Lambrecht abandoned so many cars Like it or lump it, Ray Lambrecht conducted business his own way A HARD SELL by Jay Harden B y the time Saturday afternoon rolled around, I was exhausted. I had been cruising through acres of old cars and curious buyers since sunup. I needed a break, so I shimmied back into the protective cover of a mid-’70s Chevy pickup bed, sans tailgate, and put up my feet. The majority of the other visitors had long since abandoned the field where Ray Lambrecht’s hoarded spoils were being unceremoniously divvied up among strangers. The truck I sat in was almost dead-center in the middle of the field, surrounded by brand-new junk cars serving as sofas and conversation starters for a couple hundred content, exhausted voyeurs. Auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink and her crew were still slogging through the crowd atop their motorized pulpit, trolling for big fish with every old car. How the hell did all of this happen? The Lambrecht family and VanDerBrink both made an effort to spin Ray’s collection as a love affair with the automobile, and one that the old man knew would be of value someday. I’m sure that’s partly true, but it can’t be the whole story. No one who “loves” cars allows a forest to gorge itself on the pretties, do they? the local sources I pestered, Ray was known as a good man, but could be a bit cantankerous and ornery at times. He did business his way, and that meant when he wrote down the sale price for a car, you could take it or you could shop somewhere else. Evidently, he wasn’t always in the mood to sell cars, either. According to one lifetime local, who for the sake of smalltown politics will remain anonymous, there were “just days when Ray wouldn’t sell any cars.” As I sat in the sun in the back of that truck, thinking all this over, I struck up a conversation with a local named David Hoffman. Accompanied by his wife and two young sons, David was visiting the sale not to buy, but to people-watch. With the friendly, honest temperament that seemed to define Pierce natives, he, like everyone else in town, knew all about Ray and his glut of unbuyable cars. He had spent much of his life driving past this field and its off-limits contents, and could hardly believe the volume of the turnout. When I asked if he had any interest in trying to buy a car out of the lot, he just laughed and shook his head. His wife then shot him a curious glance, and asked, “Well, did you tell him about the truck?” Just after high school, David walked through the doors of Lambrecht Chevrolet with his eye on a shiny new 1976 Cheyenne half-ton pickup in white and red. At that time, “(Ray) just wanted too much for it. It was too expensive. I tried to talk him down a few hundred dollars, but he wouldn’t hear it.” With a light, yielding smile, he continued, “A few weeks later, I was driving down this road,” he motioned toward the main street fronting the field, “looked out here, and there it sat. It’s been here ever since.” That truck, Lot 44L, unused and neglected for almost 40 years, sold later that day, to someone else, for $21,000. It had 4.4 miles on the clock. A Courtesy of Jeannie Lambrecht Courtesy of Jeannie Lambrecht Ray Lambrecht, shown with his wife, Mildred, opened his dealership shortly after returning from World War II 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Tony Piff The truck David Hoffman had wanted since 1976


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson FIVE SLEEPERS S BOWTIES AND BLUE OVALS AREN’T THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN ince most of the rest of this issue might make you think the world has a bad case of “Chevy on the Brain,” allow me to suggest five cheap performance sleepers from the LincolnMercury division. Generally, Lincoln and Mercury variants of Ford cars bring less money in the current collector-car market. This also rings true with Buick-Olds-Pontiac cars versus Chevrolets. That means you can get a lot more car for your money with one of these makes, assuming you don’t care that there isn’t a Blue Oval or Bowtie on the grille. Let’s look at one driver-quality example from five different price points: 1 $5,000 — 1979 and 1982–86 Mercury Capri RS / 5.0 fastback The Capri nameplate has been all over the Lincoln-Mercury land- scape since its first use by Lincoln in 1950. After the European-built Capri of 1971–78 ceased to be imported, the name was used on the Fox-bodied Mustang marketed by Mercury for 1979. Powertrains were exactly the same between the two nameplates, meaning that for a real small-block Ford (read that as 302 cubic inches), the 1980–81 models took a timeout. While Ford made lots of marketing hay with “The Boss Is Back” in mid-1982 with the 302’s return, it also returned to the Capri as the RS —equivalent to the Mustang GT. After 1984, the RS became the 5.0 (something of a cross between a Mustang GT and LX). On the downside, the factory-built drop-top never made it to the Capri, so the fastback hatchback is the only choice. While RSs turn up once in awhile, the limited-edition gold-trimmed 1983 Crimson Cat (in maroon) and mid-’82 through ’83 Black Magic (in, ahem, well… black) editions are all but extinct today, especially equipped with the optional 302. 2 $10,000 — 1984–86 Mercury Capri RS ASC McLaren 5.0 SC fastback or convertible From 1984 through the end of Fox-bodied Capri production in 1986, ASC McLaren upfitted these cars with enhanced handling and European-esque styling, and they also offered a convertible. The ASC McLaren convertibles were not at all like factory-built Mustangs. These cars were true two-seaters with a cloth top not unlike Mercedes-Benz SLs with a three-section plastic rear window. Offered through the Lincoln-Mercury dealership network as a factory-authorized converter, they cost $3,380 for the sport coupe and $9,290 for the sport convertible in 1985. As such, only 933 were done for the three years that Capris were part of the program, although most (522) went the full route with the drop-top conversion. The conversion work was about as good as possible in the mid- 1980s, and the few that are around today have held up well. $10k should get you a nice driver-grade convertible or a minty no-excuses low-mile fastback. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 3 3 2 from Lincoln-Mercury 1 Courtesy of Scott Nonnenman $15,000 — 1985–89 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC; Cars & Concepts / Roush GTC Stage II Yes, you read that right — a Roush Lincoln. Cars & Concepts offered Lincoln-Mercury dealers a Grand Touring coupe version of the Mark VII LSC in three steps with two major stages. The base Stage I was centered mostly about aero appearance upgrades in either monochromatic Midnight Black or Arctic White, while the Stage II is where Jack Roush and company entered the picture and expanded upon that with two more levels. The first-level Roush Stage II got a heavily modified suspension, with modified airbag springs and a rear axle Panhard arm. The final step got a Roush-built 4-barrel 351W, backed up with either a T-5 5-speed or a beefed-up AOD. That engine upgrade added $14,265 on top of the $8,504 it cost for Stage I and Stage II mods, meaning that by the time you’d built one to ultimate specs, you’d pretty much bought the equivalent of two Mark VII LSCs with one to show for it. Production was extremely limited (generally agreed to be about 50, with 351-powered Stage IIs numbering perhaps 10) and finding one today in any condition is akin to finding a needle in a haystack. Minty Stage I cars easily fall just short of this price point, but if you can find a good verifiable Stage II driver, $15k should be right


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4 in the zone, although a real-deal show-quality Stage II with a 351 is already a “whatever the market will bear” commodity. 4 $25,000 — 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente HiPo two-door hard top By 1964, the Comet was in need of a sportier identity, hence the Caliente series. Caliente means “hot” in Spanish, but most were lukewarm, with 2-barrel 289s like what was in my mom’s Galaxie 500 sedan. What it really took to make the Caliente hot was the top-shelf engine option — the HiPo 289. Considering that the Falcon, Comet, and Mustang all shared the same platform, this was pretty much a no-brainer to engineer. A drop-top may be out of our $25k price cap unless it’s ratty, but $25k for anything else with a HiPo from the factory — regardless of the model — is a buy. 5 $35,000 — 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 428 Cobra Jet two-door hard top Akin to the 289 HiPo, one would assume that anything that came from the factory with a 428 Cobra Jet under the hood is a top commodity. But this isn’t necessarily true. I’m constantly amazed at how cheaply Cobra Jet Cougars and Cyclones sell. Put a Pony on the grille and they would all but double in price. That being the case, this Eliminator is essentially a restyled and well-equipped Mustang Mach 1. While 428 Cobra Jet-equipped Mustangs took a big hit in the circa 2008 market shift, the Eliminators weren’t affected as much since they were never at the insane prices to begin with. However, with upper-tier muscle cars moving up in value again, Cobra Jet-powered Eliminators should once again prove to be a stable buy yet slowly move up in value. Drag Pack Super Cobra Jets will likely be out of bounds here, but if one pops onto this playing field, grab it and run. A 5 January-February 2014 41


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Horsepower Colin Comer A TIRE FRYER in concours clothing THERE REALLY IS NOTHING LIKE SURPRISING SOMEBODY BY HITTING 4TH GEAR AND GOING SIDEWAYS In other words, the right guy for this job. The mission was to build the ultimate GTO sleeper, a car that could run high-12-second quartermile times but looked dead-stock to anybody outside of a concours judge. It also had to be 100% streetable. I wanted to take people that had never been in a GTO before and have them get out, legs shaking, and say, “Now I understand what all the fuss is about!” Deceptive? Perhaps. But fun. Colin’s ’65 gTO — don’t be fooled, this isn’t another wheezy trailer queen “optimized” cars, a “money where your mouth is” kind of thing. The car I’ll use as our lab rat is my 1965 GTO convertible. R True sleeper Goat A little over 10 years ago, I wanted to build a GTO hot rod — a sleeper in the spirit of the original Royal Bobcat cars, but optimized by taking full advantage of modern technology wherever possible. Ideally it would be a 1965 4-speed, Tri-Power convertible — in black. Seems simple, doesn’t it? On paper, yes. In reality, no. Factory black paint is rare on any muscle car, and extremely rare on a ’65 GTO ’vert. While I found a lot of decent cars to use as a starting point, none checked all the boxes. But in 2004, I got lucky. While visiting Pontiac restoration guru Scott Tiemann, the conversation turned to my hunt for a ’65. Unbeknownst to me, Scott had a triple-black ’65 4-speed convert tucked away and was waiting to restore it. After telling him my plan (and a lot of arm twisting), Scott sold me his car with the understanding that he would do the restoration. Scott is an accomplished drag racer who is usually bound to Concours Gold standards in his restorations, but he is also a driving force behind the Pure Stock Drag series. 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ecently, the Big Man, aka Jim Pickering, and I had our usual exchange of emails wherein he tries to get me to write something that fits his vision for the magazine. He suggested, in the wake of my offering ideas on how to optimize vintage cars, that I write about one of my own Hidden power Since the original block was long gone, we found a properly date-coded 421 block and went all-out to build a “Royal Bobcat Cheater”-style engine. While I initially topped it with a set of correct ’65 heads and a big tight-lash solid-lifter cam, I was concerned about having to always use race gas with nearly 12:1 compression. On top of that, we just couldn’t get it to run like I wanted. So we made the decision to use Edelbrock aluminum heads, which not only dropped the compression to a much more pump-gas-friendly 10:1, but also flowed far better than the stockers. We milled off all the casting numbers and identifying marks and did our best to make them look like cast-iron heads before painting them Pontiac Blue. Other than the “peanut” spark plugs, they are fairly convincing. We used a ’66 Tri-Power intake because they have a larger center carburetor than the ’64–’65 setup. The carbs were heavily massaged, re-jetted, and tweaked to work as well as possible, and while I know I am giving up a LOT of power over using a modern intake and big 4-bbl, I can’t bring myself to not have a 3x2 setup on my dream GTO. It also has a factory Ram Air pan and open-hood scoop. We used castiron 1967 exhaust “headers” and connected them to a custom 2.5-inch stock-looking exhaust. On the engine dyno (with real headers), the 421 made just over 500 hp, and just as much torque. For the transmission, we put M21 close-ratio gears in the original M20 case, and it twists the power through a custom aluminum driveshaft (painted cast gray) to the original (rebuilt) 3.90 Saf-T-Track rear with HD Moser axles. I also used a Centerforce clutch. Believe it or not, nothing has broken. Yet!


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metallic shoes, larger wheel cylinders, upgraded hardware and cryo-treated drums. On the interior, we yanked the heater and radio and replaced with factory “delete” parts in the spirit of having a barebones, go-fast GTO. Hammer down So how does it work? For its intended purpose, extremely well. Immediately after restoration at the 2008 Supercar Reunion, I let my wife be the first to drive it down the quarter-mile. Mind you, she had never drag-raced before. After a few practice runs, she clicked off a 13.399 at 106.32 pass on the 14-inch Redline tires, leaving the line at just off idle. Needless to say, we were all pretty pleased with that. Since then, like any fresh resto, I’ve played with it further and it’s Standing the test of time at gateway Motorsports Park Suspension, tires, brakes Initially we set up the chassis with soft original springs and 80/20 drag shocks up front, and used a lot of little tricks to get the weight to transfer to the rear tires. We retained the original manual steering box as well. It drove like crap. So it got new springs and gas shocks all the way around, and a Borgeson quick-ratio manual steering box went in, all helping to eliminate some of the diabolical handling. We fitted G70-14 bias tires, as used in 1967–70, in place of the skinny 1964–66 7.75-14s, in a futile attempt to get some of the power to the ground, which kinda works. When I want to try harder to break stuff, I have a pair of era-correct 14-inch M+H Racemaster slicks I bolt on the rear. We kept the manual drum brakes but fitted them with carbon even healthier now — the next time it hits the strip, with the M+H tires installed, I am positive I can see those 12s we planned for. What would I do differently? Well, I’m still pretty tempted to put Jerico guts into the transmission for the ability to pull off clutchless shifting to really blow people’s minds. My goal was never to make a ’65 GTO into something it isn’t, so it doesn’t handle or stop like a modern car and has no creature comforts. With a 4-speed, 14-inch tires, and a 3.90 gear, it sure isn’t a high-speed touring car, either. What it does do, thanks in large part to a thoughtful build using hidden modern tweaks, is run like we all want a muscle car to run. It uses pump gas, doesn’t get hot, is tight as a drum, and looks like a 100-point concours resto. Which is really, really helpful in getting suckers — err, I mean passengers — to take a ride. There really is nothing like surprising somebody by hitting 4th gear and going sideways. After all, as great as factory-correct is, deep down don’t we all just want to go burn rubber? A January-February 2014 43


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Corvette Market John L. Stein Is that Corvette project really WORTH IT? DO THE MATH. IF YOUR CALCULATED HOURLY RATE IS UNDER SHOP-SWEEP WAGES, SAY THANKS, TURN AROUND, AND RUN If you want to take on a Corvette project, you’ll have to ask yourself some key questions first, starting with “why?” O rphaned puppies whimpering in an apple crate. A spurned ex, lonely in the corner at the local bar. A derelict and abused ’82 Pace Car in a side yard. They’re all tempting targets for the “fix-it man,” ordained by some mysterious genetic code to saunter up, jump in and take over. We’ve all done it, I suppose — and sometimes for good reason. But those puppies may chew up your house, and that spurned ex has probably already had a few too many. What about the car? How can we determine when a needy Corvette is really worth all the effort it’ll take to restore it? The first advice I’d give someone in the market for a project is to ask himself “why?” The way I see it, there are four typical answers to that question, and each has its own way to motivate adopters to knock on opportunity’s — or sometimes jeopardy’s — door. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com almighty profit This is a seductive and dangerous master. Salvaging any old car is costly, especially if you farm out body and paint, plating, interior and component rebuilds. So if you’re considering a significant restoration, make sure the model is worth the time and expense. For instance, it costs about the same to redo a 300-horse 1964 Sting Ray as it does a 1967 Tri-Power 427. But surprise, the ’67 will be worth at least 283% more when you’re through. Do it: When the numbers pencil out way in your favor, and remember to factor in your time. From the probable resale value, subtract the purchase price and the cost of all outside goods and services. The remainder is your profit, into which you should divide the projected number of hours your project will take. This result is your hourly rate.


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Run away: If the math stinks. If your calculated hourly rate is under shop-sweep wages at Junior’s Garage and Ferret Grooming, say thanks and turn yourself right around. (Or as an alternative, you can tell the seller a new number that would make the math work for you.) Your emotional rescue Ah, the emotional allure. You had a ’58 when you and Sheila first met. It’s a model you’ve wanted your whole life. Dad had the same year and color. If rescuing and rehabbing a car for such emotional reasons is important, I say more power to you. Just be forewarned that unless there is something special about the particular car you’re about to have tattooed into your wallet — such as that it actually is Dad’s old Navy car — the smarter path might be to find one that’s already done, and then pay the seller market value. Do it: This is the one and only, and if you don’t grab it now, you’ll likely never have another chance. Run away: If emotions have made you blind to reality — specifi- cally the time, space and dollars that a big project will take. I can practically guarantee that every half-finished project for sale on eBay — and there are plenty of ’em — started with an emotional rush that the seller couldn’t maintain. He’s now selling at a loss. For the love of the game Nothing matches resurrecting a mechanical device with your own two hands. You do the work that improves the beast, and then you’re the first in decades to turn the key and hear the starter whir, the lifters clatter, and the thrum of exhaust. Resurrecting any car from a deep sleep is a fantastic experience, probably second only to the thrill of the initial find. Do it: When you like the year and model, you’re comfortable with the car’s condition and completeness, you see a workable path to success, you have time, skills and place to do the work, and the math pencils out. Run away: The car’s totally abused. Sometimes, the closer you look at an old car, the less appears worth saving. And since picky restorers hate flaws, starting with a rust bucket, collision victim or hatchet job is asking for heartburn. In this case, keep on digging for better bones. So happy together Maybe the best kind of Corvette project is the one that builds kinship between you and your spouse, child or parent — or maybe a sibling or amigo. Then the long hours in a crowded garage aren’t a penance at all — they’re a gift. But work out the details of who pays for what before you acquire that dusty ’90 ZR-1, including whose garage it will live in, how you’ll divide the labor, and who will own the gleaming rocket when done. Do it: You both love the car, you’re in total agreement on who owns it, who does what and at whose expense, and you are committed to a schedule and a strategy. Run away: While the kinship that a restoration project can bring is invaluable, make sure the math pencils out. Because you don’t want to end up stressed and deep underwater with your beloved partner in slime. When it comes down to it, you’re the only one who can decide whether a project is really worth tackling. Go in with eyes open, and hopefully you’ll come out the other side happy, and with the completed Corvette you’ve always wanted. A January-February 2014 45


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE INDY PACE CAR EDITIONS Three of a kind Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Why the enormous price spread for what was essentially the same make and model? by John L. Stein respectively. Every collector-car situation is unique, with parameters and factors changing with every sale. And that’s why, in an analytical sense, it’s interesting when we can compare apples to apples by examining several identical models, all sold during a short time period. And that’s just what happened with these three cars. But why the enormous spread for what was essentially the same make and model? Pull up your favorite garage creeper as ACC tells all. Let’s look at some of the details, in ascending order of price: T ACC Analysis his past summer, a trio of 1978 Pace Car Edition Corvettes sold over the course of 36 days. That’s not unusual in the auction world, but this was different. These cars brought $10k, $20k, and an astounding $86k, remote-operating mirrors, power windows and door locks, and air conditioning — plus the Pace Car side decals. Otherwise it was not well optioned, featuring only the base 185-hp L48 engine, an automatic transmission, and the tape player. Our ACC reporter didn’t cover the car in his report, but from the images, we can call this car somewhere around a #4 condition. Generally, the car presented well enough outside and inside, with the difficult-to-match silver leather seating looking especially nice. driver or project? Under the hood, however, the busy engine bay offered mixed messages, with fresh-appearing paint on the engine together with other components that looked weathered. Along with the warning that the car had not been started or driven recently, a missing air-conditioning V-belt gave the impression that some time and attention would be needed. Buying a non-running car is always a gamble, but Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions $10,165 — Lot F5, Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, September 4–7, 2013; VIN: 1Z87L8S904569 This Pace Car was part of a 150-plus car collection and had not been run in some years. Like all the 1978 Pace Cars, it featured removable glass roof panels, a tilt-telescopic steering column, AM/FM radio (this one the RPO UM2 version with an eight-track tape player), 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com in this case I believe someone actually made a strong buy for a couple of reasons. First, usually someone with the resources to collect more than 150 vehicles also has the resources to buy good examples. This one looked generally good inside and out, and the appearance of a repainted engine suggests — although by no means conclusively — that an overhaul (or at least a validation of fitness) had been done at some point. So while the non-running status helped keep bidding down, it may have also paid dividends for the buyer if the entire package turns out to be solid. In that case, a fresh battery, fluid changes, lube and safety check may be all that’s necessary to have a viable runner. There was very little risk at $10k, so this one looks like a score, considering the market for nice base-engine cars is around $20k


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ACC Digital Bonus Until its sale in the VanDerBrink auction in Pierce, NE, the only time this Corvette ever saw any action was on April 26, 1978, when it left Bowling Green, KY, heading for Nebraska by rail. That it was subsequently delivered to Lambrecht Chevrolet, parked there without ever even being unwrapped, and then left idle for more than 35 years is the stuff of legend. Although some might call it a life unfulfilled instead. The four miles showing on the odometer strictly rep- David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions ns, Chicago, 8S905175 output 220-hp uncie M21 ox, and repre,073-mile car, r held all the s was as good as ot in 1978. sitive elements nal Pace Car cluded in a box ad of fouling ides of the he inclusion of d manuals, and a rect RPO UP6 o. (“Breaker, breaker; Cooter, good buddy, you got yer ears on?”) In short, this Pace Car is just what you’d hope to find if you wanted one — a low-mileage example with evidence of careful ownership since new. Market price, smart buy This car presented reasonably well, although various minor flaws were apparent, including some swirling on the black body sides, slightly blemished seat upholstery, and either water-spotted or blemished alloy wheels. Under the hood, the L82 looked authentic and unmolested, right down to the now-oxidized fasteners and mousy period GM wiring. We could call this a solid #2 car, bordering on #2+. With no decals and apparently low mileage, this example looked like a smart buy to me. L82 4-speed cars in good shape tend to trade between $20k and $40k, and this one’s low mileage and good condition were key to its value. For the price of a new Fiat 500, the valets will definitely park this one front and center on Saturday night. It was twice the money of the Dallas car, but way more than twice the car. Call it a fantastic buy. resented whatever distance the car covered on its way from the assembly line to its train trip, plus occasional movements between storage spots at the Lambrecht dealership. As well, no set up, pre-delivery service or detailing was ever done, as the cardboard protectors were still on the floors, plastic still covered the seats and steering wheel, and the little center hubcabs and Pace Car door graphics were likewise still in their original boxes. And having never been sold, the car was still on its MSO. The auctioneers didn’t so much as dust the car off, and it certainly looked the part of Rip Van Winkle with its decades-old coating of dirt. Car myth and auction fever Disheveled as the car appeared, the legend defi- nitely came home to roost on auction day, as a local gent outbid all comers to nab the car he’d eyed for so many years in the window of the local dealership. Unquestionably, the price paid was way north of the $19,500 to $36,000 ACC price-guide estimates for ’78 base-engine Pace Cars — especially considering this one had an automatic transmission and only the AM/ FM/CB radio option. Not only was this car’s $86k price more than eight times the cost of the first ’78 Pace Car on our list, but the price put this C3 Shark in the same neighborhood as some very good first- and second-generation Corvettes. But theoretically, under all the dirt and grime from years of storage, this car should be as close to perfect as you would have found back in ’78. The trouble is, condition didn’t really factor into this deal, at least not as much as the car’s story did. The bottom line The car-collecting skill set is something of a voodoo cocktail — part mechanical aptitude, part financial analyst, part historical sleuth, and part emotional savant. When all these talents contribute to help you find a truly special car, the world is fine. But when one of them goes haywire — either totally underperforming or else being grossly overenthusiastic — the outcome can spin you into a ditch. How can we really make heads or tails out of such a wide spread in prices? The bottom line is this: The Mecum cars sold right where they should have, based on their options and condition, and both were smart buys in this market. But the Lambrecht car was by all accounts off the charts, and there’s nowhere to go but down in terms of its dollar value — especially if the new owner drives it anywhere but onto the lawn at Bloomington Gold. But don’t rush to judgment too quickly. When you B. Mitchell Carlson $86,400 — Lot 15L, VanDerBrink Lambrecht Collection, Pierce, NE, September 28, 2013; VIN: 1Z87L8S904699 consider that this Pace Car may be something more than just a NOS Corvette, specifically the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for its new owner, the $86k sale price was not only money well spent. It was actually cheap.A January-February 2014 47 January-Feburary 2014 47CC 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition Lot S18, VIN: 1Z87L85904223 Condition: 2+ Sold at $20,865 Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 6/28/2013 ACC# 22542 Detailing Year produced: 1978 Number produced: 6,502 Original list price: $13,653 Current ACC Valuation: $19,500–$36,000 (L48), $21,500–$40,000 (L82) Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $12 Chassis #: VIN plate under lower left windshield corner Engine #: On block in front of right cylinder head Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, 1995 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition convertible, 1998 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition convertible ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition Lot 141, VIN: 1Z87463S902571 Condition: 2+ Sold at $17,280 Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 6/15/2013 ACC# 222578 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition Lot 329, VIN: 1Z87485902242 Condition: 1Sold at $31,350 Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 4/26/2013 ACC# 216186


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PROFILE GM Top-tier Chevelle 1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE MALIBU SS 396 Z16 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions After nearly a half-century, the Z16 Chevelle is still one of the most wanted cars in the country VIN: 138375K167720 by Tom Glatch • One of 201 Z16 Chevelles produced • One of three known factory Tuxedo Black/black Z16 Chevelles • Documented with the original window sticker and Protect-O-Plate • Sold new at Doane Chevrolet in Dundee, IL • Listed in the General Motors Z16 Memo • Drag raced when new • Frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration performed by Buddy Herin • 396/375-hp engine, aluminum intake manifold • 4-speed manual transmission • Power steering and brakes • Bucket seats with console, 160-mph speedometer • Dash-mounted clock on padded dash • Mag-style wheel covers and Goldline tires ACC Analysis This car, Lot S128, sold for $214,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Dallas auction on September 1, 2013. Throughout the ’60s, Chevrolet’s “Z” designa- tion always meant something special. The 1963 Z11 Biscayne was a lightweight Super Stock contender with aluminum fenders and bumpers and a special 427 version of the “real fine” 409 engine. The Z06 Corvette that same year was a road racer with a 36-gallon fuel tank and all the factory racing goodies. The first Z/28 Camaros (1967–69) were street machines but built with the performance components, 48 AmericanCarCollector.com including four-wheel disc brakes and the special 302 V8, that needed to be homologated to race in the SCCA Trans Am series. The decade ended with the incredible ZL1 Camaro, the ultra-expensive, ultra-rare drag-race machine powered by an all-aluminum 427 derived from Chevy’s Can-Am program. In between all this was the 1965 Z16 Chevelle. But its purpose was very different. Building a legend: SS 396 An internal Chevrolet memo stated, “This is a spe- cial project, to create a stir about the new 396 engine. Having this engine at [a] 375 hp rating in a light car results in a street machine that may be the most potent and ‘ fun’ car in the country.” (emphasis theirs). The mystique that developed around the Z16 was no accident, as it was clearly spelled out in the same memo: “Since the car is not advertised, etc., — making it an “unlisted” car, it could with good exposure become the most wanted car in the country — especially in view of the fact that only 200 (all coupes) are to be built.” Actually, two prototypes, 198 production coupes, and a one-off convertible for GM Executive Vice President Bunkie Knudsen, were built, and about 72 are known to survive. This was a smart way to both test the market for an all-new high-performance midsize Chevrolet, and to build buzz to help sell upcoming 1966 SS 396 models, should the project be a success. Performance cars from the ’60s were carefully engi- neered from mostly existing components, with very few unique items created just for that specific model. The


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ACC Digital Bonus Z16 was no different, and the internal memo listed all of the factory parts that would go into this car: the stronger boxed frame from the Chevelle convertible, a shortened rear d brakes from the Impala, and heavypension. The only transmission e was the durable Muncie close-ratio d manual. Inside, the Z16 featured ry Chevelle comfort and convenience , and the price of about $4,500 was p there in Corvette country. Built to go fast ut the rest of the Z16 seemed to be ased on Teddy Roosevelt’s philosophy o “speak softly and carry a big tick.” Just three colors were available, Regal Red, Tuxedo Black and a light Crocus Yellow. The rear of the Z16 had a unique black and chrome trim panel which framed Chevelle 300-style aillights, and other than the small “396” emms and fake mag wheel covers, the Z16 didn’t m “race me!” but rather said, “Go ahead, make ” under its breath. And the 375-hp big stick it ed under the hood certainly delivered. opular Hot Rodding saw 14.6 at 100 mph in the ter mile, as always at the mercy of the tracrovided by the street-tire technology of the t Motor Trend magazine said, “Performance n our spec panel are extremely impressive, re inadequate inasmuch as they don’t tell the f how this car will accelerate over 100 mph. dle doesn’t hang there, but goes on wiping the face of the 160-mph speedometer until the engine redlines. It’s the hottest of the hot intermediates.” Selling the muscle The Chevrolet internal memo also described the marketing plan for the Z16. “The car will get special distribution in that it will be directly offered to people who a) have demonstrated their enthusiasm for ‘special’ performance products by Chevrolet; b) have means and potential for maximum exposure of the car.” One of those rare people who met both criteria was Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on the hugely popular “Bonanza” TV show. He bought his Crocus Yellow Z16 from Nickey Chevrolet in Chicago. Detailing Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 201 (including two prototypes and one convertible) Original list price: $4,586 Current ACC Valuation: $125,000–$200,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $10.99 Chassis #: Driver’s side A-pillar Engine #: Pad forward of cylinder head on right side Club: The Z16 Registry More: www.z16chevelle.com Alternatives: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 “Bonanza” was sponsored by Chevrolet, and the cast also appeared in Chevrolet advertising. Blocker also owned a Chevy-powered Genie sports racer in the USRRC and Can-Am series, sponsored by Nickey. Enthusiasm? Maximum exposure? Blocker’s purchase of a Z16 was a perfect fit. Other prominent Z16 owners included publisher Robert Petersen, Briggs Cunningham, A.J. Foyt and Phil Hill. Rare and expensive In December 1964, Chevrolet Engineering built the first Z16 prototype, exactly as the memo spelled out. Ordered by Z16 project manager D.H. McPherson, it began life as an SS 327. Once it was completed and final testing done, the car was driven for several months by McPherson. It may have spent time at GM’s Milford, MI, and Arizona Proving Grounds, and was on hand at the Z16 Chevelle’s official introduction in the spring of 1965. That car still exists. It sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale in 2006 for $412,500 (ACC# 40456), and again in 2009 at Mecum’s Indy sale for $355,100 (ACC# 120622). It is by far the most valuable Z16 in the world, and since it’s the first, that value is understandable. The Dan Blocker Z16 also survives, and it sold in 2005 for $273,000 (ACC# 39564). Our featured Z16 doesn’t have that kind of prov- enance, but a car like the Z16 doesn’t necessarily need it. After all, if you step back and take a look at which Chevrolet performance packages were most potent and most popular over the muscle-car era, you’ll inevitably land on the SS 396 Chevelle and El Camino, and those both started here. Other Z16s have been selling at and around the mid-$100k level for some time now, but excellent examples can and do bring more when conditions are right. And they were here: This is a superb, accurate restoration of a well-documented car. It also walks softly in Tuxedo Black paint — one of 12 Z16s ordered in that color, and one of three to also have a black interior. With the exception of the Z16 #1 prototype and the Dan Blocker car, this was the second-highest sale of a Z16 we’ve seen. Clearly, even after nearly a half-century, the Z16 Chevelle is still one of the most wanted cars in the country. But at this price, I’d still call it well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) January-February 2014 49 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Z16 prototype Lot S122, VIN: 138375B118040 Condition: 1Sold at $355,100 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/13/2009 ACC# 120622 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Z16 Lot S711, VIN: 138375K176243 Condition: 2Sold at $154,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2009 ACC# 119318 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Z16 Lot 660, VIN: 138375K167369 Condition: 2 Sold at $194,700 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/27/2008 ACC# 116125


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PROFILE FOMOCO Underdog muscle on the rise 1970 FORD TORINO 429 CJ TYPE N/W Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The new owner not only got a Torino Cobra Jet with Marti Report, he also got the only one made as a Type N/W VIN: FOR30C140910 by Patrick Smith B 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com efore the new generation Torino came out in 1970, the Ford Dealers Association in Oregon got together with an idea to promote the new body style. The special Torino would be unique to the Northwest, and 601 were to be produced. Available in three colors, this one is Pacific Blue with a black hood, dual chrome hood-lock pins, dual racing mirrors, rocker panel racing stripes and argentstyled wheels. Of the 395 Type N/W models made, only five are 429s and only one is a 429 Cobra Jet. This is the car. Chrome Super Stock wheels and radials were added (original wheels and covers go with car). The only other change was to the rear differential. The 3.01 ratio was replaced with a 3.70 gear locker. All of the original tags are still located on the engine, transmission and rear differential. Numbers matching. Only 12 Torinos were built with non-Ram Air Cobra Jet engines. It comes with a cool recent photo of the original owner and salesman with the car parked in front of the still-operating Ford dealership. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 678, sold for $66,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on September 28, 2013. The Ford Torino underwent a major restyle in the spring of 1967 under stylist Bill Shenk, Ford’s youngest senior designer at the time. Shenk was supposed to create a 1970 Montego body as a backup for executives to consider during the usual in-house styling competition. He’d been told that Mercury already had their contender ready. Left to his own devices, Shenk broke a rule and used red instead of the standard Silver Di Noc to cover his clay body, which made his design stand out during the review process. Lee Iacocca liked Shenk’s design so much that he stole it from Mercury to be the next Ford Torino. Fairlane had been Iacocca’s baby, and he liked the aggressive lines of Shenk’s new design. A special Torino Regional promo cars are one way automakers juice sales in springtime. When the Oregon Ford Dealers Association saw the new Torino, they got excited and decided to repeat the “California Special” magic that had worked so well for the Mustang. With that, the Torino Type NorthWest (N/W) was born. Every Type N/W came with matte black hood and locking pins, body-color sports mirrors, argentstyled road wheels with trim rings, Wide Oval tires, and rocker panel graphics with “Type N/W” on the rear quarter panel. It was a package car to some degree. Only three colors were offered: Pacific Blue, Washington Green and Oregon Orange. These were Grabber colors with special names.


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ACC Digital Bonus Rare power Only 395 of these cars were built. Looking at some of the production breakdowns reveals a microcosm of the Ford Torino owner circa 1970. e interested in y, not tire-frying 5 Type N/W models 9 powered and only et. Fifteen had the rel engine and the e fitted with standard ines. The paint color ribution repeats he story, with 177 of the Type N/W Torinos sold in Pacific Blue, 142 in Washington Green and only 76 in florid Oregon Orange. Most cars had black vinyl upholstery th bench seats. e Cobra Jet was highly venomous, h ratings of 370 horsepower at 5,400 pm, while the Super Cobra Jet had “just” 375 horsepower. Those figures were pure fiction. Ford fudged he ratings to gain favorable ratings rag racing and insurance premiums. rag Pack option with your Torino J status. That added a 3/8-inch fuel line, Holley carburetor, four bolt main bearings with heavy-duty rod caps and forged pistons, engine oil cooler, and a solid-lifter camshaft. Strangely, the $155 upgrade didn’t warrant a separate engine code in the VIN. The only way to tell is to check your axle code for a 3.91 or 4.30 ratio. A Drag Pack Torino could be either a C- or J-code engine. The J code means your Cobra Jet had a shaker air scoop. Road tests from the era reveal 13.99-second ETs at 101 mph — that meant the SCJ was capable of mixing it up with 4-speed Six Pack Chargers, W30 442s, and 1967 GTO Ram Airs. With better tires and refinements, they run faster at the drag races today. Detailing Year built: 1970 (Type N/W) Number built: 395 (Type N/W) Original list price: $3,560 Current ACC Valuation: $15,000–$30,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $14.41 VIN: Plate on driver’s side dashboard, tag on driver’s side door. Engine #: D0VE or D1VE engineering code on block, partial VIN stamped below driver’s side cylinder head on block. Actual casting date is on lifter valley. still a bargain buy? In today’s market, the Torino is an affordable buy compared with its GM or Mopar rivals. Although Torino Cobras have appeared on countless bargain muscle-car lists, they don’t draw auction heat the way Mach 1 CJs, Six Pack Mopars, or Ram Air GTOs do. But this strong sale could be a signal that bargainbasement days are over for Torino Cobra Jets. Torino enthusiasts are detail-oriented and dedicated to restoring these cars to show-condition. That’s tough, as reproduction parts supply is weak for Torinos, and Cobra Jet parts are scarce and expensive. For all Torinos from this era, bodywork often means using donor cars. Generally, restoring one is hard work compared with a GM or Mopar, and doing so gives little financial payoff — at least until recently. The Torino CJ sales record is one of steady, in- creasing growth over the past five years. The few cars I found that sold ranged from $25,000 to $73,700 for a Super Cobra Jet — and that car came with a bench seat and column-shift automatic, no less. More revealing is the number of no-sales of high-quality restored 429 Cobras. Clearly, owners know what these cars are worth compared to similar makes, and in a lot of cases, they’re holding out for better offers. Looking at the big picture, it seems that experienced enthusiasts are filling up their collections with less-common examples of high-performance muscle cars, and they’re choosing the best examples they can find. Likewise, new buyers are finding deals by choosing a no-questions, numbers-matching big-block Ford instead of opting for a more popular GM or Mopar with a dubious past. The new owner of this car not only got a 4-speed Torino Cobra Jet with Marti documentation and a fresh rebuilt numbers-matching driveline, he also got the only one made as a Type N/W. With that in mind, this was a smart purchase with a lot of potential. Both buyer and seller should both be happy here.A (Introductory description cour- tesy of Barrett-Jackson.) January-February 2014 51CC 51 Club: Fairlane Club of America. www.fairlaneclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440+6, 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W30, 1967 Pontiac GTO Ram Air ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Ford Torino Cobra Lot 670, VIN: 0A38J171876 Condition: 2 Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2012 ACC# 197608 1970 Ford Torino GT CJ Lot S67, VIN: 0H35C107810 Condition: 3+ Sold at $47,700 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/29/2012 ACC# 197674 1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra with Drag Pack Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA, 6/25/2011 ACC# 182575 Lot 340.2, VIN: 0A35C131004 Condition: 2Sold at $73,700


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA FORMULA S FASTBACK Plymouth’s balanced pony With only a few tweaks, Ronnie Sox sent a 4-speed 340 through the lights at a big-blockkilling 13.33 seconds at 106.5 mph 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: BH29P9B199722 by Tom Glatch • Rare, matching-numbers 1969 Barracuda Formula S • 340-ci engine with rare 4-speed manual transmission • Fresh restoration with 500 test miles • In storage for 30 years before show-winning restoration • Built with high-quality original and reproduction parts. Only deviations from stock are the addition of an Edelbrock carburetor with electric choke and Mopar performance electronic ignition, along with March pulley set • Trunk and cargo area house an Alpine amplifier and Infinity speakers to allow music via iPod hookup hidden under dash ACC Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $47,300, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on September 26, 2013. On April 1, 1964, a new kind of automobile was in- troduced to the American public. It had a sporty look, yet had room for five passengers and plenty of cargo. V8 power was available, too. Car Life magazine reported, “Few cars we have driven for our continuing series of road tests have stirred up so much interest among the motorists encountered during the period of the test.” The revolutionary 1964½ Mustang? No, that would be revealed 16 days later. In what must be the worst timing of any automobile launch, the Plymouth Barracuda was actually the first “pony car” announced. Both new cars were similar in concept — the Barracuda was built off the compact Valiant, while the Mustang came from the Falcon. But that is where the similarities stopped. Off on the wrong foot Ford hid the Falcon in a long-hood/short-tail body that was the essence of sportiness. Along with the smashing style went enough performance options to keep most buyers happy, at least at first. The Barracuda, on the other hand, looked like a Valiant with a fastback top grafted on, which, in fact, it was. Even the official name, “Plymouth Valiant Barracuda,” and the plethora of “Valiant” badges tacked on it did nothing to hide this fact. The Barracuda was actually a pretty good car, but first impressions are hard to change. The result was the 1964½ Mustang is still the most successful new automobile in history. In comparison, the Barracuda was merely a footnote. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus Formula S Things improved in 1965, when the Formula S option was added to the a lineup. With the help of gineer/rally racer Scott e addition of stiffer suspener brakes and a more 3-ci V8 made the Formula e Barracuda should have rom the start. But by the 966 model year, 126,058 s had been built, versus Mustangs. outh didn’t give up, and big re made to the Barracuda in st notably new sheet metal pletely distanced it from the s and Valiants that shared e A-body platform. Now it s available in hard top and nvertible form, as well as the original stback. Performance was also increased, with the dition of an optional 383 B-block V8 later at year, and a 440 version of the same ngine in 1969. It was a true shoehorn job o get this large engine in the A-body engine artment, and items such as power steering, c brakes, and air conditioning no longer fit. her performance option became available rysler’s high-winding new 340 small block, ely rated at 275 hp (the NHRA factored it . Whether mated to the Formula S model or ar ’Cuda 340 model, this became, in many eal all-around Barracuda. Best in balance e magazine wrote, “In choosing between the ’Cuda 340 and the ’Cuda 440 then, it depends on what the buyer is looking for. If he wants acceleration and performance alone, the 440 will deliver, thank you. But for a ‘complete’ car, one not so fast, but one that handles and stops, the obvious choice is the 340. Indeed, there are such obvious discrepancies between the superb way the ’Cuda 440 goes, and the way it does other things (like, for example, stop) that in many ways it is a disturbing automobile…. As it stands now, the 440 is not a good, or complete, package. Everything it does, except for dragstrip performance, Detailing Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 1,431 (1969 Formula S 340 fastback) Original list price: $2,999 Current ACC Valuation: $18,000–$35,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $12.97 Chassis #: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine #: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Club: Walter P. Chrysler Club More: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1969 Ford Mustang 351, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 350, 1969 Pontiac Firebird 350 ACC Investment Grade: C the smaller 340 ’Cuda does better.” But Hot Rod magazine found that the 340 was even better than the 440 on the strip. In what was one of the all-time great road-test coups, Ronnie Sox just happened to be doing some development of a 340 Barracuda for Plymouth the day the Hot Rod editors were to pick up their test car. That’s right, the late, legendary “Mr. 4-Speed” of Sox and Martin fame. He agreed to help Hot Rod get the most out of their track test, and with only the addition of a Holley carb, Edelbrock manifold, and Hooker fenderwell headers, Sox sent the 4-speed 340 through the lights at a bigblock-killing 13.33 seconds at 106.5 mph. Even running through mufflers, he consistently turned 13.70 times. Hot Rod’s conclusion? “We agree with Ronnie Sox’s opinion that the ’Cuda 340 held more interest and pleasure value than many other super-cars. This little runner is a super-car, without any doubt attached. It is also a “pony-car,” a compact, a work-horse, and a sizeable threat on the drag strip. The price isn’t all bad either.” Small-block power, big-block money Buyers of American performance often believe in “bigger is better” — the larger the engine’s displacement, the better the automobile, and the higher the price they are willing to spend. This ’69 Barracuda buyer bucked that trend. He must have listened to Ronnie Sox. In the modern market, sales of these cars are surprisingly uncommon, but Mecum sold a nice ’67 383 fastback in May 2013 for $32,100 (ACC# 224005), while Barrett-Jackson sold a similar ’69 ’Cuda 440 in 2010 for $48,400 (ACC# 155052). That makes this sale look especially strong. Granted, our feature car is very original, beautifully restored, and has been mildly “restified” to make it an even better driver, but few small blocks of any kind sell for big-block money. This 340 Formula S was very well sold, but considering the overall bang for the buck of this package, I think the price Barrett-Jackson.) January-February 2014 January-February 2014 53 Comps 1966 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S Lot T302, VIN: BP29D62673640 Condition: 2Sold at $15,635 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/19/2010 ACC# 162749 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S 383 Lot S99, VIN: BH23H8B175622 Condition: 1- Not sold at $55,000 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/9/2010 ACC# 160291 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S 383 Lot SP37, VIN: BH23H8B153436 Condition: 2+ Sold at $41,800 RM Auctions, Novi, MI, 4/25/2009 ACC# 120358 was still a great value for the buyer. A (Introductory description courtesy of


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1933 FORD MODEL 40 HIGHBOY ROADSTER “THE MEXICAN BLACKBIRD” Good look, great price © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America It’s hard to find fault with any aspect of this old-style roadster. You can’t assemble these rare parts and have a car built as nicely for $70k 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1825841 by Ken Gross • Period style chopped ’33 Ford highboy • SCoT-supercharged Ford flathead • Vintage speed equipment and instruments • Dash panel signed by Billy F. Gibbons ACC Analysis This car, Lot 3156, sold for $70,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn, IN, sale on August 30, 2013. Thirty-three’s a charmer Ford Motor Company broke the Model A mold with the stylish 1932 model, equipped with a thenremarkable 221-ci V8 engine. But the 1932 Model 18, which hot-rodders called the “Deuce,” proved to be a one-year wonder. Starting in 1933, more substantial restyling became a way of life at Ford. E.T. “Bob” Gregorie adapted the ’33 styling from a design he’d penned for the English Ford Model Y. The look was more contemporary, thanks to a vee’d grille, a tapered body, a double-drop frame and a full X-member chassis. The new Model 40 moved the flathead engine forward, and a 200-ci 4-banger was still available. The ’33 chassis, stretched six inches for a 112-in wheelbase, improved the proportions. Sweeping fenders and a slanted windscreen added to the illusion of speed and modernity. Hold that thought for a moment... Kirk F. White, a Philadelphia Main Line scion with a taste for fast cars, raced a blown T-bird at the Kansas City NHRA “Nats” in the 1960s, campaigned a Ferrari 512 at Sebring with Roger Penske and Mark Donohue, and provided the Sunoco Blue Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona that Dan Gurney and Brock Yates drove cross-country in the first “Cannonball Run.” Kirk’s pioneering car auctions in Bryn Mawr, PA, in the early ’70s, with a colorful horse auctioneer named Omar Landis, offered everything from Ferrari GTOs to Vincent Black Shadows at what now look like giveaway prices. The consummate collector, Kirk was shilling Spindizzies (motorized 1940s-era model tethercar racers), historic motorcycles, toy trucks, tin and cast-iron toys and historic hot rods at Hershey before anyone else realized their value. White’s evocatively penned, long copy ads in Hemmings intrigued all who read them, and some of the cars he sold over the years included the ex-Tommy Foster ’32, the Ray Brown roadster, and the Doane Spencer T-bird. His website (www.kirkfwhite.com) is always filled with interesting buys, and Auctions America featured a large collection of his memorabilia, posters, models and cars at their Labor Day Weekend Sale in 2013. One of Kirk’s cars offered was our subject car. This aggressive-looking ’33 Ford highboy roadster was originally built by John Marchman of Houston, TX.


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Year produced: 1933 Number produced: 4,349 (All 1933 roadsters) Original list price: $490 Current ACC Valuation: $55k–$100k, depending on build quality, history and condition Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN: Stamped in left frame rail just before cowl Engine #: On bellhousing Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA), Early Ford V-8 Club of America Cars with authentic vintage histories are increas- ingly rare, so another path to getting one involves gathering up the right old parts and assembling a steel car, the way it might have been built back in the day. So what if there’s no history? That begins the minute you finish it and fire it up. Starting with a ’33 Ford steel roadster body and frame, Marchman loaded a 276-ci bored and stroked flathead with authentic period speed parts — a SCoT blower topped with twin Stromberg 97s, a set of finned high-compression heads (curiously, with the maker’s name removed), a Winfield cam, and Johnson adjustable tappets, as well as a set of headers and loud mufflers. The devil’s in the details Other mods included tapered Guide headlamps, Dodge tail lamps, a chopped windshield and a neat canvas top with a mail slot rear window, a chromed Mor-Drop front axle, steel artillery wheels with big-and-little blackwalls, and ’33 Ford caps. Inside the dash was chock full of desirable Stewart-Warner gauges, including a gennie police speedometer, and was signed by Houston’s own musical genius, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. A 3-speed, ’40 Ford column shift transmission with a Lincoln-Zephyr close-ratio first and second-gear cluster, a Columbia two-speed rear, and finned ’40 Lincoln hydraulics ensure this baby can accelerate hard and cruise nicely, with its occupants coddled on a handsome leather bench. The early Ford banjo steering wheel, finished in white, is a nice touch. As my pal Joe Caputo likes to say, this car has “The Look.” “Mexican Blackbird” is the name of a rockin’ ZZ Top tune about a “hot as a pepper” prostitute from south of the border. It was the perfect name for a spicy car. Marchman kept the “Blackbird” for a few years, and enjoyed driving it before White acquired it. Looking as though it was ready for plenty of showand-go thrills, it sold for considerably less at the auction than it would cost to build. The right stuff It’s hard to find fault with any aspect of this old- style roadster. The Mobil Oil Pegasus decals on the cowl sides hint at unbridled speed and power. The ’33’s stock louvered hood sides were left off so you couldn’t miss the polished blower and heads. A turn-key hot rod, with everything done, including a way-cool name, it was purchased by Richard Munz of Madison, WI, whose hot-rod hoard includes the famous Tommy Foster ’32, the Woodward-MoellerEast ’32 roadster and two more 75th Anniversary “Most Significant” award-winning Deuces. Richard didn’t have a ’33, and he said he’d always liked the ’33–’34 model’s rakish lines. “I thought it was selling very reasonably,” he said. I’d have to agree with him, too. You can’t assemble these rare parts and have a car built as nicely for $70k. If you want to make it your own, for a nominal sum, you could buy a set of new steel fenders from Steve’s Auto Restorations and have a perfect yearround rod, or just drive it like it is, which is what Munz plans to do. For his $70,400, Munz got a finished car that’ll turn heads, and the blown flatty puts out enough punch to make things entertaining. There’s nothing the matter with a Ford “underhead valve” V8 that can’t be cured with forced induction — SCoT blowers are reliable (if you remember to grease the end bearings), and they can really wake up a flathead. Kirk White added, “That car is a great driver. It was a fair sale all around.” I’d call it well sold, and very well bought. Bye-bye, 1934 Ford Custom roadster Lot 714, VIN: 181204495 Condition: 1 Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Reno, NV, 8/8/2013 ACC# 227247 More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: 1934 Ford roadster, 1932 Ford roadster, 1936 Ford roadster ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1932 Ford Model B roadster Lot 785, VIN: 1816704 Condition: 2 Not sold at $115,000 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/3/2013 ACC# 227156 Lot 157, VIN: SW08036PA Condition: 3+ Sold at $90,750 1932 Ford Model B “Golden Rod” RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2013 ACC# 215680 Blackbird! A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of Auctions America.) November-December 2013 January-February 2014 55


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1952 HUDSON HORNET SEDAN Classic cruiser, NASCAR roots Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Bonhams Hudson’s racing exploits brought people into the showroom in the ’50s, and that legacy continues to add to their allure today VIN: 183883 by Carl Bomstead introduced in the step-down in 1948, but enlarged to 308 cubic inches. The most powerful Six on the market, it was soon campaigning on the stock-car tracks, rolling up six first-place finishes on the NASCAR circuit. Since its recent acquisition, over $5,000 has been H 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com spent on further mechanical refurbishment. Showing fewer than 58,000 miles, this cosmetically original Hornet, with recorded history from new and replete with all of its original books and manuals, is ready to buzz into only the fifth garage it’s ever resided in. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 509, sold for $27,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ “Preserving the Automobile” sale at the Simeone Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, on October 7, 2013. The first Hudson rolled off the production line in July 1909. With the deep pockets of Joseph L. Hudson of Hudson Department Store fame, and the acute business acumen of Howard Coffin and Roy Chapin, the company had become the 11th-biggest automaker in the country by the following year, in a field that included hundreds. udson highlighted the 1951 model year with the new Hornet model, empowering the already dramatic step-down design with a larger engine. The heart of the Hornet was an evolution of the new Super Six engine Hudson continued to prosper with the development of “closed” models so drivers and passengers were not exposed to the elements, and they quickly adopted the new developments of the era, such as the self starter. By 1929, Hudson stood in the third spot in U.S. automobile sales behind Ford and Chevrolet. As the Depression took hold of the country, Hudson continued with expensive innovations that were not appreciated by the buying public. But the company did manage to survive while a lot of others did not, and after the war, Hudson was poised for unprecedented growth. New look, slick performance In 1948, Hudson introduced the Super Six with unit-body construction. Sales brochures referred to the new car as “monobuilt,” with the floorpan suspended from the bottom of the chassis. The chassis also extended past the rear fenders, giving the car a much lower look than everything else available on the market at the time. Before the war, Hudson had set an impressive 102 official American Automobile Association (AAA) Class C and D records for speed and endurance, which had a positive impact on sales. So when the Hudson Hornet was introduced in 1951, with its more powerful 308-ci inline six and a lower center of gravity created by the “step-down design,” the racers took notice.


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years produced: 1951–57 Number produced: 35,921 (1952 Hornets) Original list price: $2,749 Current ACC Valuation: $19,000–$25,000 Chassis #: Right front door post Engine #: Right front side of block Club: Hudson Essex Terraplane Club More: www.hetclub.org Alternatives: 1952 Pontiac Chieftain, 1952 Oldsmobile 98, 1952 DeSoto Firedome ACC investment Grade: C Comps From factory to competition Marshall Teague, a Daytona Beach resident and runner-up in the first race sanctioned by NASCAR in 1948, quickly realized the potential for the new Hudson Hornet and went to Detroit to visit the Hudson Motor Car Company without so much as an introductory appointment. In what would be unheard of in today’s corporate world, he walked away with company support and cars for his new team of “Fabulous Hudson Hornets.” It’s regarded as the first stock-car racing team to be supported by a Detroit auto manufacturer. One of Teague’s first stops when he returned to Daytona Beach was to Smokey Yunick’s “Best Damn Garage in Town” to invite him to join the new team. Smokey knew nothing about stock-car racing, but he did know engines, and with his knowledge of physics and chemistry, he could determine how far to push an engine before, as he said, it “blowed.” He also carefully studied the NASCAR rule book and quickly determined that you could run anything you wanted that was “within the spirit of competition.” The combination of Teague, Yunick and the new step-down Hudson Hornet with the Twin-H power, “severe usage” performance parts supplied by Hudson and the special 7-X engine was almost unbeatable. Overall, Hudson won 27 of the 34 NASCAR Grand National races in 1952. Hudson, however, was a victim of its own success. The unibody design was expensive to update, and with planned obsolescence now a part of the car world thanks to the Big Three and their annual body changes, the Hudson soon looked dated and tired. Hudson merged with Nash to form AMC, but the marque vanished into history in 1957. Setting the value Hudson’s racing exploits certainly brought people into the showroom in the ’50s, and that legacy continues to add to their allure today. Pricing them, however, is like tacking Jell-O to the wall, as their values are all over the board. For example, Mecum sold a rather ragged ’52 Hudson Hornet for $7,000 in June 2012 (ACC# 209127), while Gooding & Company sold an outstanding example at their August 2012 Pebble Beach sale for $178,750 (ACC# 212005). Several others are in the ACC Premium Auction Database in the low $50k range. November-December 2013 January-February 2014 57 57CC So where does our subject car fit in the overall scheme of things? First off, it was a well-documented, low-mileage, four-owner car that appeared to be very original. It also has the “Twin-H Power” dual-carb 308-ci high-performance engine, which adds to its desirability. Documentation includes the original service policy, owner’s manual, radio manual, workshop book, accessory folder, clock tag and original Hudson key fob. But if you read between the lines of the auction copy, the picture becomes a little clearer. It’s claimed to be “cosmetically original,” which likely means the brightwork needs some help and the paint is unwinding a bit — not a bad thing if you’re a stickler for originality, but if not, it’ll take time and money to clean up. The seating is stated to be original, too, but an excellent replacement package is available for ’52 Hudsons, which is a big plus. From here, considering the price paid and the gen- eral state of the market for good cars in great shape, it looks like there is room for some cosmetic spiffing up of the car while still being on the right side of the equation. So at the end of the day, I have to call this a solid transaction for both parties, with a slight nod to the buyer. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1953 Hudson Hornet Lot S157, VIN: 7C214181 Condition: 4+ Sold at $7,000 Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/22/2012 ACC# 209127 1951 Hudson Hornet convertible Lot 145, VIN: 7A112278 Condition: 2Sold at $99,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2010 ACC# 159831 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan Lot 378, VIN: 7C265361 Condition: 2 Sold at $88,000 RM Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 6/27/2008 ACC# 117333


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PROFILE RACE 2009 DODGE CHALLENGER DRAG PAK 10s in a plain white wrapper David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions If you’re a professional drag racer, you already know what to do. Finish it, strap yourself in, and let ’er rip VIN: N/A by Dale Novak • One of approximately 90 factory-built • Identification plate with unique serial number sequence • Primed and painted body • 6.1L Hemi engine prepared for drag racing • Special BIW modified for drag racing and approximately 1,000 lbs lighter than production • Composite lift-off hood with functional scoop • Lightweight drag-race-only front-brake assembly • Lightweight cooling module with electric fan • Lightweight instrument panel assembly • Special cable-operated throttle pedal and linkage • Manual rack-and-pinion steering • Polycarbonate door windows • Front-chin spoiler ACC Analysis This Drag Pak Challenger, Lot ing buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Chicago, IL, sale held on October 10–12, 2013. Let’s go racing In 2009, Direct Connection, Chrysler’s Mopar Performance Division, made a calculated decision to design, build and release a revival example of Mopar’s factory-built race cars, reminiscent of the late 1960s. These cars were to honor the 40th anniversary of the notorious 1968 Dodge Hemi Dart and Plymouth Hemi Barracuda — cars that ruled the streets and the strips of the U.S. when they were launched. 58 AmericanCarCollector.com F246.1, sold for $24,610, includThese new Drag Pak cars were constructed on the new-generation Challenger platform, and they were purpose-built, track-prepared weapons. The 2009 models, of which 100 were reportedly built, came out of the box equipped with a factory race-prepared 6.1L Hemi V8 similar to the engine used in the SRT8, but with a bunch of performance tweaks such as 12:1 pistons, a special long-runner intake manifold, a unique throttle body, and a special hydraulic roller cam to boost power well beyond the 425-hp rating of the street versions. For 2009, that engine was coupled to the buyer’s choice of either a 5-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. But there were no driveshafts, differentials or racing wheels. Those items were to be selected and installed by each individual end user. Other things left off included windshield-wiper assemblies, HVAC units, rear seats, body sealer, sound deadener, power steering, underbody heat shields, fuel tank assemblies and exhaust systems. The door glass was replaced with thin polycarbonate, front and rear glass was only temporarily mounted (for easy removal when fitting a roll cage), and side mirrors were deleted. And, crucially, these cars were also built without airbags, and all side- and rear-impact bracing was removed. That may not have been a big deal in the ’60s, but it made these cars illegal for road use in today’s world. To keep everyone honest, Chrysler shipped these cars without VINs. No late-night cruising one of these downtown — you’ll never legally drive one of these on the street.


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ACC Digital Bonus Weapons-grade lightweight On the track, however, those parts savings added up in a big way. The Drag Pak Challenger tipped the scales at a stripped-down 3,200 pounds, compared with the tamer street-legal Challenger SRT8, which settled on the curb at 4,140 pounds. That nearly 1,000e the Drag Pak a real-deal 10-second livered, these cars were sanctioned , Super Stock and Comp Eliminator y are truly a modern-day rebirth of g cars sold in the late 1960s. e car’s credibility and legacy, the legBig Daddy” Don Garlits is reported o have purchased the first 2009 dragrace-package car and has raced it in NHRA competition. His car retained the factory white paint and blackedout hood and added Garlits Dodge, “Big Daddy” graphics and longitudinal black stripes. Naturally, adding to the retro theme, the car is plastered with speed-parts stickers and various minor sponsor graphics. t certainly adds to the credibility that ows these cars when they show up at auction. a promising future? tions most often brought up with these ter on usability and collectibility. Drag Pak cars are certainly rare, and they are also without question genuine factory race cars with great drivetrains and an aura of coolness yanked right out of the 1960s. When new, the 2009 Drag Pak cars sold for a shift under $40,000. A few Drag Pak cars have hit the market over the past few years, and one could assume that those ones were initially bought as instant collectibles, which haven’t panned out in the short term, or as wannabe drag-racer dream cars that were never finished. Either way, the few I’ve seen sell at auction have sold for around $30,000 each for “as-delivered” examples, with well-done completed cars finding about $65,000–$85,000, depending on their components and race notoriety. But these are factory-produced race cars. Why don’t they sell for more? It all comes down to that Detailing Years produced: 2009–11 Number produced: 90–100 in 2009, depending on the source Original list price: $39,999 Current ACC Valuation: $25,000–$35,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Club: NHRA More: www.nhra.com Alternatives: 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO, 2009 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet, 2011 Challenger Drag Pak (V10) ACC Investment Grade: C Comps crucial point about VINs and registration. If these cars were street-legal, like the ’68s they were meant to celebrate, their valuations would dramatically change. Naturally, they wouldn’t and couldn’t be delivered like this in the modern-day nanny state we live in. But think about any factory lightweight purpose- built drag car from the 1960s and their prices today. Part of their appeal is not only their finite production and horsepower-to-weight ratios, but also what those cars represented in the days before insurance companies and government agencies put the kibosh on them. Street cred was part of the myth, and that’s missing from this strictly race-only Drag Pak’s equation. Build it or store it? This car sold slightly below the current market value for unfinished, as-delivered examples. So what should the new owner do with it? If you’re a professional drag racer, or you just want something to instill instant fear down at the local Friday night drags, you already know what to do. Finish it, strap yourself in, and let ’er rip. And with complete running cars seeing a premium over the price this one brought, building it might be the smart move, at least in the short term. However, originality is more important than ever when it comes to muscle cars from the ’60s, and it drives the market today, especially at the top levels. If you have one of these stored away, it makes sense to keep it there. The current market has not been all that favorable for these, and that is mainly due to their limited use. In the long run, either option will likely be a worthwhile investment. As we inch toward a world of fossil-less-fuel cars, guys who can recall the wrap of open headers in a cammed-up big block will gravitate toward the new-gen muscle cars and their race-spec versions — and I think they’ll likely be willing to pay up for them. With that, I’d call this Challenger well bought, not only by the price paid, but as a steward of what may be one of the last runs of factory-built gasoline- powered lightweight drag cars ever built. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) January-February 2014 59 Courtesy of Auctions America 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Lot 4127, VIN: N/A Condition: Sold at $30,000 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2013 ACC# 229092 Courtesy of Mecum 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Lot U48, VIN: N/A Condition: Sold at $31,030 ACC# 223424 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 Courtesy of Mecum 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Lot U94, VIN: N/A Condition: Sold at $32,100 ACC# 223425 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013


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PROFILE TRUCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO Time-capsule truck OFILE TRUCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO LE TRUCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO Time-capsule truck truly truly unique, so disregard your price guides UCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO Time-capsule truck truly unique, so disregard your price guides black roof. The body is in excellent condition. The ro LE TRUCK 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 CAMEO Time-capsule truck truly unique, so disregard your price guides black black roof. The body is in excellent condition. The roof has damage from a building roof collapse due to snow. The damage is to exterior skin and not to the interior. The windshield is cracked from the hit. T 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 11L, sold for $147,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the VanDerBrink Auctions sale of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection in Pierce, NE, on September 28, 2013. Style and functionality The Cameo was on its final half year of production in 1958. While it was hardly a rip-roaring success, it did open the door to the industry as the first pickup with fully integrated styling. Up until the introduction of the Cameo with the all-new Task Force Chevrolets and GMCs in mid-1955, truck rear-fender styling was all about functionality. However, the Cameo was more cosmetic than functional, as the package was nothing more than large he vehicle was purchased new by Ray Lambrecht for Lambrecht Chevrolet Company. It has 1.3 miles and has NEVER been sold to the public. It is on original invoice. The truck is turquoise in color with a fiberglass fenders added to a regular old-style narrow short box. The all-new 1957 Ford F-series made full-width styled beds commonplace — and standard equipment — but it was the presence and sales of the Cameo that cemented Ford into committing to the new design. Knowing they had just been trumped in their own game, GM’s designers and engineers endeavored to come up with their own Fleetside pickup box. They were not quite ready when the restyled quad-headlight 1958s were introduced in the fall of 1957, so the Cameo soldiered on for another half year. As such, only 1,405 were built in the Cameo’s abbreviated final year. who saved new trucks in 1958? This truck was ordered new by Ray Lambrecht Chevrolet, built at the Kansas City assembly plant, shipped to the dealership, and never sold. It retains its original body ticket, confirming that it was always a Lambrecht truck, equipped with a deluxe heater as its only option. It wasn’t disclosed if Ray had always intended to keep it or if it just happened to end up unsold. A theory that I have on why it initially may not have sold is that the dashboard had the worst paint job I’d ever seen on a new vehicle. It had runs, sags, and patches B. Mitchell Carlson


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ACC Digital Bonus of dull finish from spraying it too close and too thick. It would not surprise me if that’s what turned off potential buyers in 1958. Couple that with the new and less costly Fleetsides arriving shortly afterward, and it was pretty easy to see why this truck was yesterday’s news and still at the alership at the end of the model year. This was also the first new Chevy that Ray decided o keep rather than blow out at the end of the year. er the Cameo, he saved several 1959 cars and a -ton cab and chassis truck, then a few cars from ost years — ranging from no 1961s to eight pickups d two cars from 1964. The last old new car was a 990 Lumina APV. ollection or tax-man inventory? Several of the locals I talked to during the weekend f the auction theorized that these cars continued to be rried as inventory, hence an expense for Ray’s busiss, becoming a loss over a few years. Considering at every single person I talked to who lived in the ea was of the opinion that the only thing that really attered to Ray was money, this is very plausible. The mily representative neglected to comment on exactly y he saved them, so we’re forced to speculate. He certainly wasn’t overly concerned about this uck’s preservation. It was among a number of unsold w vehicles that were stored in a nearby building at had its roof cave in one winter approximately 35 ars ago. This is why the truck had a dent in the roof d a cracked windshield — it was so untouched that ards of glass were still on the top of the dashboard t auction time. No attempt was made in recent years to start it — let one get it running — although Ray cared enough out it to move it into a service bay of his dealership ilding. Yet beneath the dust, dent, dead bat in the d, and general state of decline, it is still the ultimate mplate to restore a 1958 Cameo to factory stock. qua albatross While a lot of folks fantasize about having a “new” old car, reality can be far more brutal. The doubleedged sword of owning one of these is that unless you like to — and have the means to — trailer the vehicle to and from shows and never drive it, you will lose money on it. The moment something like this turns a wheel on a public road, it is no longer a new old car or truck, and it is worth less. Instead of being NOS, it becomes a low-mileage used car. If you can afford and support such a vehicle, and enjoy the fact that every person who wants to restore one will come calling to you as a template to restore theirs, go for it. If you want to drive Detailing Years built: 1955–58 Number built: 1,405 (1958) Original list price: $2,231 Current ACC Valuation: $25,000–$55,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $10 VIN: Spot-welded plate on the driver’s side door frame Engine #: Passenger’s side of block, near the distributor Club: Classic Chevy Cameo & GMC Suburban Pick Up Club it, shop elsewhere. The new buyer from New Hampshire said he plans to keep the truck exactly as it is and create a “found in the dealership” display at a museum. A choice of one From the moment that I first heard about the auction, I knew that this Cameo was going to be the top sale. Why? While there are the occasional new Chevy cars from the 1950s and 1960s floating around in the market from dealers who squirreled one away — not 62 like Ray did — no other new old Cameos are known to exist. Couple this with the increasing interest in vintage pickups and the story of this auction going viral and subsequently becoming a TV marketing fairy tale, and this truck ending up at the top of the heap was a no-brainer. It also didn’t surprise me that it sold for what it did. It is truly unique, so disregard your price guides — before, during, and after its sale. Before I left for Lambrecht, I told various non-car people what I felt was going to be the top sale and what it would bring. At that time, I unilaterally told them that it was going to be the Cameo for “somewhere north of 100 grand,” with several betting me lunch that I was nuts. Well, I haven’t had to buy lunch for quite some time now. Not a market mover Now that it sold and everyone’s heard about it (to include a multitude of inaccurate selling prices), the wannabes are jumping out of the woodwork, with all consignors seeming to think that a one-off sale is now the new market. A similar truck was offered on the same weekend at Barrett-Jackson’s event in Las Vegas, selling for $37,950. Two weeks later, another was offered at the Branson auction, selling for $45,000. That truck was actually built 502 units after Lambrecht’s — with the consignor going so far as to proclaim that his was a better truck, since the Lambrecht truck “needed to be restored.” Never mind that I could’ve filled this column entirely with ways that truck was inaccurate. I also imagine that every ’58 Cameo that may possibly come onto the market within the next five years is now in a body shop getting repainted in aqua and black. However, try as they might, those trucks still aren’t going to be all-original with 1.3 miles, albeit lightly damaged from less-than-careful storage. And that’s really the point here: We’ll likely never see something like this offered for sale ever again, and with that in mind, this sale price wasn’t out of line. A (Introductory descriptions courtesy of VanDerBrink Auctions.) September-October 2013 January-February 2014 61 61CC 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo Lot 659, VIN: 3A58K109252 Condition: 3 Sold at $55,000 More: www.cameotruckclub. com Alternatives: 1955 Chevrolet Cameo, 1957 GMC Suburban Carrier, 1958 Dodge D-100 Sweptside pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo Barrett-Jackson, Reno, NV, 8/8/2013 ACC# 227207 Lot 668, VIN: 3A58K109252 Condition: 2+ Sold at $38,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/5/2013 ACC# 216031 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo Lot F86, VIN: 3A58S109931 Condition: 3 Sold at $23,850 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/6/2011 ACC# 186168


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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 From Chevys in Nebraska TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, $3,424,000—Mec-TX, p. 102 2. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $1,605,000— Mec-IL, p. 76 3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO coupe, $567,100—Mec-TX, p. 98 4. 2012 Shelby gT500 Super Snake coupe, $500,000—B-J, p. 72 5. 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “airbox” convertible, $310,300—Mec-TX, p. 100 6. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro yenko coupe, $294,250— Mec-TX, p. 98 7. 2005 Ford gT coupe, $256,800—Mec-IL, p. 78 8. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $225,500— B-J, p. 68 9. 1970 Pontiac gTO Judge convertible, $214,500— WWA-IN, p. 100 10. 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman convertible, $159,500—WWA-IN, p. 96 BEST BUYS 1. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO coupe, $567,100—Mec-TX, p. 98 2. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, $110,000— B-J, p. 68 3. 1960 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, $47,300— DkC, p. 98 4. 1946 Lincoln Continental convertible, $42,000— R&S, p. 84 5. 1990 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway Aerobody coupe, $11,550— WWA-IL, p. 102 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VanDerBrink’s Lambrecht Chevrolet auction totaled $3,037,046 in Pierce, NE by Tony Piff long career, the successful Chevy dealer socked away more than 500 cars, many of which had never even been titled. Inexplicably, these “new” cars were often just carted out to a field and left to rot. And in late September, that’s exactly where the auction took place. An estimated 18,000 people turned out to witness the once-in-a-lifetime sale, and nothing was cheap. In all, 512 lots sold for a cumulative $3m, led by a dusty 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup that sold at a whopping $147k. V n n n That same weekend, Barrett-Jackson held its an- nual sale in Las Vegas. Totals grew by an impressive 41%, rocketing to $32m from $22.7m last year. The top non-charity American car was a 1931 Lincoln Model K convertible at $352k, followed a 2005 Ford GT at $275k and 1967 Shelby GT500 E convertible at $225k. Barrett-Jackson maintained a 99.5% sales rate among the 659 lots and saw an average price per car of $49k. n n n Russo and Steele joined in on the Las Vegas action this year and achieved $3.5m in total sales. The anDerBrink’s sale of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection in Pierce, NE, will no doubt stand as one of the most talkedabout automotive events of this decade. Over the course of Ray Lambrecht’s auction house sold 102 out of 237 consignments for a 43% sales rate and $35k average sold price. A 1967 Shelby GT500 E Super Snake was the high American sale at $130k. Rounding out the podium were a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, sold at $88k and $86k, respectively. n n n This October, Mecum packed up its annual “Fall Classic” sale, previously held in St. Charles, IL, and reopened with “Mecum Chicago” in Schaumburg, IL. 615 out of 917 cars successfully changed hands (67%), to the jingle of $18.2m total and an average of $30k per lot. That compares favorably with the $11.6m achieved in St. Charles last year. Top honors went to the 1963 “Harley Earl” Corvette convertible at $1.6m. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 broke the half-mill barrier, selling at $535k, and a 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” found $268k. n n n We conclude this issue with highlights from eight sales in our Global Roundup: Lucky in Tacoma, WA; Mecum in Dallas, TX; Worldwide in Auburn, IL; Auctions America in Auburn, IL; Vicari in New Orleans; Masters in Minot, ND; Dan Kruse Classics in Austin, TX; and Worldwide’s sale of the Burt Collection in Lake Forest, IL. A to the Lights of Las Vegas THE LAMBRECHT CHEVROLET COLLECTION TOTALED $3M, LED BY A DUSTY 1958 CHEVROLET CAMEO PICKUP THAT SOLD FOR A WHOPPING $147K 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


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2013 MY PERSONAL FAVORITE WAS THE SPOTLESS 1951 “PONTIAC SERVICE” SEDAN DELIVERY, SOLD AT $43K Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics from 524, and the sales rate held solid at just under 100%. The dollars increased as well, from $23m last year to over $32m this year. That’s a boost of more than 41%. Nearly 85% of the offerings were T American cars and trucks. Most were 1950s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV September 26–28, 2013 Auctioneers: Assiter and Associates. Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered: 656/659 Sales rate: 95.5% Sales total: $32,080,895 High American sale: 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II coupe, sold at $700,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 283/275-hp Fuelie with 4-speed, sold at $143,000 and newer vintage, along with a nice selection of resto-mods and high-quality, recently built hot rods. A custom 1955 Ford F-100 sold for a whopping $132k, and a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 made $99k, but stock trucks performed strongly as well, such as a 1970 Bronco at $33k and a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo at $38k. Another top seller of note was a 1970 Chevelle LS6 convertible that sold for a respectable $178k. My personal favorite was Lot 366, a spotless 1951 Pontiac Sedan Delivery with a “Pontiac Service” logo painted on the rear panels. It sold for $43k. This event is still growing substantially every year. Barrett put the 2013 attendance numbers at nearly 70,000, including 1,258 registered bidders. Of those, 517 were firsttime bidders and 168 were foreign — all good news for both Barrett-Jackson and the market as a whole. As usual, multiple cars sold not for profit, but for the benefit of charitable causes. The top three lots were charity cars: a 1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II coupe at $700k, a 2012 Dodge Charger NASCAR racer at $500k, and a 2012 Shelby GT500 Super Snake coupe, also at $500k. More than $2.2m was raised for charity during the three-day event, with 100% of the proceeds donated. If you excluded the 1,258 bidders from 2012 Shelby gT500 Super Snake coupe, Wounded Warriors charity car, sold at $500,000 66 AmericanCarCollector.com the 70,000 attendees, that still leaves 68,000 people who simply bought day or event passes to see the show. As far as I know, this is the least expensive entertainment that money can buy in Las Vegas: more than 650 old cars of exceptional quality, all for sale, and all in one place. A his September saw Barrett-Jackson return to Nevada for its sixth annual Las Vegas auction, and this year’s event was even bigger than last year. Total consignments increased to 659


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV GM #800-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. VIN: 506258173. Red & white/red & white leather. Odo: 4,677 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mild resto-mod with power brakes, a/c, digital dash. Engine of unstated origin. Good paint and chrome with light pitting on rear “V” emblem. Variable door, hood and trunk gaps. Scratches on rear glass. Modern tape player. Cond: 3+. instantly and idles smooth. Miles are since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $225,500. Wonderful restoration in unusual and appealing colors. I couldn’t find a flaw. Well sold. #687-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57A134700. Red/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 4,846 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Seven-year-old restoration said to have all matching codes, including engine, transmission and rear end. Some trim scratches and a couple of small trim dents. Interior and most chrome look good; paint still looks pretty good. Continental spare tire and fender skirts. Tinted glass. Tar-top battery. Clean engine. Said to be driven weekly. Cond: 2. Car Craft and Hot Rodding magazines. Sale price looked fair considering what it must have cost to create. SOLD AT $41,800. Said to be a driver that has recently completed some long road trips. Fairly bought. #174-1954 OLDSMOBILE 98 HOLIDAY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 549M34867. Two-tone blue/gray & blue cloth. Odo: 70,999 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of paint fisheyes and some old corrosion on hood. Chrome bumpers show well, but other bright trim is showing age. Lots of glass delaminating in various places. Plastic-covered seats. Power antenna, a/c and rear speakers. This was top of the line in 1954. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,800. I like the 3-speed trans and fuel-injection combination on this car. Reminds me of my glory days. (I sold my ’57 for $800.) This one was fairly sold and bought in today’s market. #122-1967 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494877H926475. Blue/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 9,729 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint, chrome and new custom leather interior with billet steering wheel. Some original dash components show age. New stereo with new front and rear speakers. Headers on 430-ci engine. Scratches on passenger’s side glass. On 22-inch chrome wheels. Drum brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,650. Appears to be an older restoration that is due for a freshening. This sold for $23,100 two years ago at BarrettJackson’s 2011 West Palm Beach sale (ACC# 178255), which would seem to confirm this market-correct price. Copper/tan cloth/copper & tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 7 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highlevel rotisserie resto by Snodgrass Restoration. Superb paint and chrome. Starts up 8 #736-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57232527. SOLD AT $22,000. Costs less than a ’71 Chevelle and it can haul your new recliner home. Fair to both buyer and seller. Black/black leather. 7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. New Central Office Production Order #47 of 69 ordered from GM. Factory-new with aluminum LS7 and lots of aftermarket racing upgrades. No a/c, power steering or power brakes. Racing seats and fabric side-window fence fitted. Cond: 1-. #719-2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: 2012COPO047. #303-1971 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 350 pickup. VIN: 136801L151340. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 21,095 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny black shows some prep flaws. Light pitting on chrome bed trims. Scratches on rear bumper and tailgate top trim. Some windshield scratches. Front bumper shows old pitting under new chrome. With cowl-induction hood and a/c. Left the factory with a 4-speed and now sports a Turbo 350 auto. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,850. Looks like a very nice cruising machine with some mild upgrades. Well sold. #634-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124870N546968. Red & white/ black & gray leather. Odo: 5,049 miles. 377ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Well-executed resto-mod with 377 small-block and fuel injection. Paint is great except very rough and poor around center grille; one small door edge chip. Custom Sparco interior, Hurst shifter, Pro Comp instruments, Vintage Air and Wilwood brakes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,500. Very cool, fresh restomod has been featured as a cover car on 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $110,000. Not street legal. Sold on bill of sale only. Comes with build number only. No actual VIN, no odometer. Car #32 sold for $151k at MidAmerica St. Paul in June (ACC# 225798), so this price looks like a deal. CORVETTE #699-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S104310. White & TOP 10 BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV silver/white cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 99,875 miles. 283-ci 275-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A couple of paint prep flaws visible on the front. New chrome, including the windshieldsurround. Dent-free hubcaps. New interior. Cond: 1-. much. Last seen in February of 2012 at Leake in Oklahoma City, where it failed to sell at $39k (ACC# 196848). Before that, it sold for $50k at Mecum Dallas in October of 2011 (ACC# 190677). #328-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S121645. War Bonnet Yellow/black leather. Odo: 87,735 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice new paint and chrome. Replaced windshield with black-out on bottom makes it impossible to check for rust issues on windshieldsurround. Power brakes, a/c, power steering, AM/FM, tilt telescopic wheel and leather interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. A strong price with no advertised AACA, NCRS or Bloomington Gold documentation. Last sold for $63k at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale in April 2012 (SCM# 202332). #716-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S120761. White/black vinyl. Odo: 653 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and chrome. Some light scratches on rear glass with well-fitting trims. Visible dents on aluminum console trim plate. Cracks on driver’s-side dashpad. Said to have a matching-numbers engine, which is factory detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. Looks like a solid car with a good option list. The automatic might keep the price down, but with nearly 500 ft-lbs of torque, who needs a 4-speed? A good driving Corvette at a fair price. FOMOCO SOLD AT $104,500. AACA Award-winner. One of five ’63 Corvettes in this sale, and I liked this one best. Sold at a market-correct price. #433-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S116043. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 10,653 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint shows lots of prep flaws up close. Chrome looks okay. Some trim has scratches and fit issues. Original tinted glass. With sidepipes and a big-block hood. Cracked and dry leather interior. Cond: 3. #683-1932 FORD MODEL B roadster. VIN: DMV52553NV. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 237 miles. Created for SEMA 40th anniversary in 2006. Built with a new steel Dearborn Deuce body and all-new custom parts. Ford V8 power with a/c, chrome shorty sidepipes, Moon aluminum fuel tank and aluminum radiator with electric fan. Wide white fats and skinnies and smoothie wheels with SEMA logo hubcaps. Some bluing shows on chrome headers. Cond: 1-. custom features a “Fatman” frame, Mustang II front and Ford rear, 350-ci F.I. engine, 700R4 trans, power steering and brakes, a/c and Air Ride. Full custom interior with digital gauges. Remote door and trunk openers and a folding soft top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,200. Iconic Lincoln Zephyr body that excited lots of viewers—and bidders. It sold for $95k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012, which we called “strong but not silly money for a well thought-out custom” (ACC# 192568). After expenses, seller probably came out about even. #650-1950 FORD “Golden Ruby” 2-dr sedan. VIN: HODL161023. Candy Black Cherry/white leather. Odo: 1,631 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Wonderful Candy Black Cherry paint with gold scallops. Frenched headlights and taillights. Chrome dual spotlights. Wide whites and old Fiesta Flipper hubcaps. All-new chrome and custom white leather interior with long-handle floor shifter. Disc brakes, a/c, solenoid trunk and door latches, Air Ride suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,600. Gorgeous ’50s Ford custom that sold cheap compared with the cost of building it. SOLD AT $79,200. Still looks like new. Very high-quality build. Seems like a marketcorrect price for this car, and a good deal considering the original money invested. SOLD AT $55,000. A decent 20-footer, but lots of details let it down up close. The selling price seemed slightly strong but not by 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #729-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR convertible. VIN: 2905102. White/ivory leather. Odo: 1,199 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. If you look hard you can spot a few visible paint flaws. Built by Deco Rides and displayed at Pebble Beach and SEMA. Full #484-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH196642. Coral/white porthole hard top/white soft top/coral & white vinyl. Odo: 45,300 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint shows lots of flaws, mostly age-related but also edge chips and pits. Chrome showing lots of scratching with wavy front bumper. Cracked weatherstrips. Interior starting to age out as well. Still looks really sharp at 20 feet. Optional 312-ci 225hp engine with dress-up kit. Cond: 3.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV factory spec. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,200. An older restoration that is aging equally in all areas but that needs a new owner with time and Benjamins to spend on it. Sold commensurate with condition. #667.1-1966 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 6F09T141634. Maroon & gold/black leather. 302-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. A T-code 6-cyl Mustang decorated to emulate a GT350 H. 302 engine with 2x4 and 6-71 blower sticking through hood. Chrome roll bar and racing belts on high bolster seats. Full digital dash and instruments. Spotless paint. Some scratches on rear glass. Suspension with inboard disc brakes. Also has nitrous oxide, just in case. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $500,000. Lots of sponsors. A great cause that always draws big money at Barrett-Jackson. It will probably never be driven again. Just resold and resold and resold. As it should be. MOPAR SOLD AT $57,200. A real looker, and most people will never know it’s a fake. The upside here has to be the fun factor. #731-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 convertible. VIN: 5CXSA1813XL000247. Silver & maroon/black & gray leather. Odo: 4,275 miles. 4.0-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Essentially a new Shelby in “as-delivered” condition; some heavy scratches through the paint on passenger’s rocker. Optional supercharged engine. #247 of 249 built. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,300. Equipped for racing but way too nice to race. Hertz never rented one of these! It last sold for $10,350 at Brooks’ 2000 Carmel sale, when we described it as a “full-blown show car... worth much more than the sold price in parts alone” (ACC# 10397). Seems like the seller should be happy today. #633-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08K351783. Red/black cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,826 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lots of circular sanding visible under the paint on the trunk lid. Chrome shows well. Some windshield chips and heavy wear on the windshield header. A few trim scratches and dents. New Pony seat covers. Interior side panels show some age. Some pulling visible on dashpad. Looks to be an original soft top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $123,200. This wasn’t an instant hit for Carroll Shelby for numerous reasons—marginal reliability being one of them. But this one was second from the end of the run, so any production issues were probably sorted out by the time they were putting it together. Last sold in 2010 for $80k at Barrett-Jackson’s Costa Mesa sale (ACC# 165347). Well sold. SOLD AT $36,300. This original K-code Mustang looked like a decent sunny-day driver. Priced correctly. #327.1-1967 SHELBY GT500 KR replica fastback. VIN: 7F02C179496. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 34,087 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Started out as a 289/2-bbl Mustang. Now reincarnated as a Shelby GT500 KR with new bits and trim inside and out. Shiny new paint looks just a bit thick. Good chrome. All glass shows scratches. New interior. Right side rocker trim not fit to 72 AmericanCarCollector.com P8JS9C5240817. Red, white & blue/black & red leather. 5.4-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Wounded Warriors charity car with thousands of signatures (some starting to fade from cleaning). Completed the 2012 High Five Tour across America (48 states), raising money and awareness for American military personnel and their families. Now being sold to support the Wounded Warriors charity. (Built with a Super Snake high-performance package by Shelby.) Cond: 2. 4 #3000-2012 SHELBY GT500 Super Snake coupe. VIN: 1ZVB- #346-1956 DESOTO FIREFLIGHT Sportsman 2-dr hard top. VIN: 62050931. Pink & gray/cream & rose cloth & leather. Odo: 52,238 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint with some orange peel on roof. Good chrome (and lots of it). New leather-andcloth interior. Power steering, brakes, seats and windows. New period-correct wiring. Original buyer’s contract, build sheet and letter from Chrysler Historical Society. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $62,700. A few small flaws put this car into the “well sold” category. It recently no-saled at Russo and Steele Monterey at a high bid of $44k (ACC# 227040), after selling at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April for $40k (ACC# 216024). AMERICANA #728-1941 WILLYS STREET ROD roadster. VIN: AZ342016. Dark Coffee & Sand/ black leather. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dennis Taylor swoopster body on a custom powder-coated tube chassis. Superb flamed paint. Suicide doors. Heidts, Wilwood, Air Ride Technologies, Dakota Digital, Boyd Coddington wheels and a 454 crate engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,300. Gorgeous street rod built to a very high level with a real exotic feel about it. Hard to value, as these are all pretty different, but considering the build cost, this was a deal. A TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Schaumburg, IL Mecum Auctions — Chicago 2013 IT WAS THE PERFECT VENUE FOR THE HARLEY EARL 1963 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE, WHICH SOLD FOR $1.6M Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics 917. I f you weren’t in the Chicago area during the second week of October, you missed one of the best days of autumn. The temperature was a balmy 70 degrees, and the cars on offer at Mecum numbered This auction used to be called the Mecum Fall Classic, held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. It is now “Mecum Chicago,” and it takes place at the Schaumburg Convention Center near O’Hare International Airport. The convention center is large and modern, with plenty of spectator seating and a Mecum Auctions Schaumburg, IL October 10–12, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bob McGlothlen, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 615/917 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $18,209,888 High American sale: 1963 Harley Earl Corvette convertible, sold at $1,605,000 Buyer’s premium: 7% (minimum $500), included in sold prices The Harley Earl 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300-hp convertible, sold at $1,605,000 good ventilation system that made it pleasant to sit without enduring exhaust fumes. As usual, the Mecum team moved the sale along with precision and ease, as if they’d been selling at this location all along. The cars moved in one door, across the stage, and out the other door quickly and efficiently. Mecum is known for selling muscle cars, hot rods and Corvettes, and those cars made up the meat of this sale. It was the perfect venue for the famous Harley Earl 1963 Corvette convertible, which sold for $1.6m. This car is no stranger to the auction circuit and has been a gold-standard investment, netting impressive profits for each of its past three owners. One surprise was the “Hemi Under Glass” Collection. The four-car lot was heavily publicized and was expected to bring somewhere north of seven figures. But when bidding stalled at $750k, they were declared a no-sale. While these cars are some of the most famous drag cars ever raced, not all of them are original cars. As the catalog made explicitly clear, the original car was destroyed and rebuilt as an exacting replica. No one could tell the difference, but bidders may have been put off by the story — or maybe the serious collectors would prefer just one car. We will have the chance to see, as Dana Mecum gave notice that the cars would be offered again at Kissimmee in January as individual lots. There were 11 cars that brought more than $100k, but that’s not to say everything was expensive. Twenty-two cars sold under $5k, with the trophy going to a 1982 Cadillac DeVille at $2,500. The average sold price was $30k overall, Offered as a four-car lot, the “Hemi under glass” Collection didn’t find a new home 74 AmericanCarCollector.com up from $22k last year. Sales totals took a big leap forward as well, to $18.2m from $11.6m. Not a bad weekend’s work for Dana Mecum and his crew. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Schaumburg, IL GM #F98-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 20JPK10630. Blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 28 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Brandnew restoration. Looks showroom new everywhere, including weatherstrips, gauges and in-dash original-style radio. Engine enhanced with dual carbs on an Offenhauser intake and Offenhauser aluminum valve cover. Dual exhaust. Cond: 1-. #S208-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2423701115425. Silver/blue vinyl. Odo: 39,614 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavily documented original-mileage Ram Air III Judge with a fresh frame-off restoration. A couple of paint flaws on the Endura bumper and sanding scratches on the rear glass. Said to be matching-numbers. Interior console lid color looks mismatched. Wide door gaps. Cond: 2+. window looked factory-new. Buyer paid a mid-market price for a top car. Well bought. S114012. Blue/ white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 26,000 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Built for Harley Earl in 1963 with factory custom sidepipes and a custom interior with a/c. Flat-face 1965–67 design gauges. Glovebox door has altimeter, accelerometer, temp gauge and vacuum gauge. Four-wheel disc brakes. Comes with an extra set of Goodyear original blue-stripe tires on aluminum rims. Cond: 1. 2 #S110-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867- SOLD AT $37,985. One of the nicest restored ’50s pickups I’ve seen. The bidding was spirited, with multiple active bidders to the end. Well bought, well sold. #S162-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 962P9663. Black/red tri-tone vinyl. Odo: 35,105 miles. 389-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Some light trim dents on window trim and scratches on rear glass. No wiper arms. New bucket-seat interior with newer Autometer tach. Powered by a Pontiac aluminum 389 with high-performance parts specially built for Mickey Thompson. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,155. Last seen at Mecum St. Charles in 2011, where it no-saled at $65k (ACC# 189330). Sold at market-correct price today. #S190-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228870L108283. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 84,948 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint with some pinholes. Good chrome and trim. Right taillight lens broken. Rear glass shows scratches. Interior has some light wear. PHS documentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,605,000. One of the most iconic custom Corvettes ever, showing better than new. Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 1999 for $152k (ACC# 12779) and again at Mecum Indy in 2010 for $980k (ACC# 162650). A true American automotive investment piece. FOMOCO SOLD AT $56,175. Seen recently at Mecum Indy in May, where it no-saled at $85k (ACC# 224087). A very special car built by Pontiac’s Department X back when the factory could find ways to do that. Most of these cars had dog dishes rather than eightlug wheels. Well bought. #F183-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 41467F151331. White/ black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 73,352 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh rotisserie restoration done to high level 500 miles ago. Paint, chrome, trim and interior all look new, SOLD AT $43,870. Sold for $37k at Mecum Indy 2012 (ACC# 201886), then no-saled at $40k at Mecum Indy 2013 (ACC# 224103). For a car with PHS docs and presenting this well, I have to call it well bought in today’s market. CORVETTE #S157-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S109639. Black/ black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 21,206 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Top Flight award winner in June 2012. SOLD AT $23,540. A well-done Model A roadster that still shows very well. A good buy for this condition. #S150-1950 MERCURY CUSTOM coupe. VIN: 50LA37308M. Maroon/white leather. Odo: 19,953 miles. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Chopped-top Merc features dual dummy #S24-1931 FORD MODEL A roadster. VIN: A1577586. Blue & black/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 410 miles. Some pitting on chrome trunk rack and cowl lights. Visible chips on front fender. AACA National 1st in 1995. Cond: 2+. as do windshield, header chrome and gauge faces. Some dents on the passenger’s seat trim. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,850. A meticulous restoration that brought top money. Well bought and sold. 76 AmericanCarCollector.com Looks factory-new in most every respect, inside and out, top to bottom. Driver’s door fits wide at the bottom. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,700. Even the hard top plexiglass rear TOP 10


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GLOVEBOXNOTES MECUM AUCTIONS // Schaumburg, IL By B. Mitchell Carlson 2014 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew 4x4 pickup spotlights, frenched antenna and headlights. Lake pipes, fender skirts and Sombrero hubcaps. Now with a/c and three Stromberg deuces on a 350 Chevy. Stone chips in the paint on the front of the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,450. A really cool sled, bid to $35k at Mecum Indy last spring and not sold (ACC# 223930). Perhaps the same bidder acquired it today. Price as tested: $42,055 Equipment: 360 HP 5.0-liter “Coyote” VVT FlexFuel V8, 6-speed SelectShift automatic EPA mileage: 14/19, 16 combined; 17.5 observed Likes: The 4-valve 5.0 “Coyote” V8 — essentially a detuned and FlexFuelcapable version of the Mustang GT — is very responsive and sounds good, even in stock form. While the EcoBoost V6 may be rated at five more horsepower (wow), it’s working harder and sounds like a Maytag. With a load, the Coyote will beat it and not need premium fuel to boot. The tailgate step was a “do not pass Go without it” option in my book. As far as I’m concerned, this built-in and intuitive arrangement is right up there with sliced bread, sex and air tools. Dislikes: In an era in which 436-hp Corvettes can get 30 mpg at 80 mph, it’s annoying that this gets the same gas mileage as my 1978 Lincoln with half the speeds in the transmission and a 4-barrel 460 under the hood. And there’s the clutch pedal. It’s missing. And you won’t find one in a new half-ton pickup built by anyone. I may not be smarter than an onboard computer, but I’d rather choose my own gears and have the option of instantly disconnecting the driveline by myself if conditions warrant, thank you. Verdict: What I’ve learned over the years is that there is not one vehicle that can do it all for most enthusiasts. A specific vehicle for a specific application will always work out better than an SUV, CUV, or WTFUV attempting to do everything with a compromise. For those of us in the northern climes, where our collector cars retire for the winter, or have the need for a truck, a Coyote powered F-150 is a good way to go. It will placate your need for V8 power while enduring whatever winter tosses at you or hauling whatever you need — if not your muscle car behind it on a trailer. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall experience: 78 AmericanCarCollector.com ½ #S198-1965 SHELBY DAYTONA replica coupe. VIN: CSX2601MX. Blue/black leather. Odo: 3 miles. 302-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Daytona coupe built with Shell Valley Body. A few light prep flaws in paint. Jagged scratch right in front of driver on windshield. Twenty-two-gallon racing fuel cell and full-sized spare mounted under rear window. Cond: 1-. mile car should. No visible flaws. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $256,800. Very few of these cars were driven to any extent, and they are starting to show up on the auction circuit today looking for a profit on the original $150k MSRP. Sold right on the money. A car still on MSO sold two weeks earlier for $275k at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas (ACC# 228083). MOPAR #S29-1953 DODGE CORONET Sierra wagon. VIN: 47001465. Red & silver/gray leather. Odo: 2,142 miles. 241-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Beautifully restored to much better than new with slight custom touches. Flawless paint. All-new high-quality chrome and full leather interior. Hemi V8 with a 3-speed overdrive trans. Ram hood ornament. Looks as good under as on top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $48,150. Replicated to emulate the Dan Gurney Daytona. I don’t see many of these at auction, but I liked this one enough to call it a decent buy. #S168-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9T02R151100. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 56,345 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality Champagne Gold paint and very good chrome and trims. Interior has some light age issues but nothing serious. Super Cobra Jet Drag package. Shaker hood. Has Elite Marti Report. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,380. This rare two-door Coronet wagon looked a bit funky and a lot fantastic. I really liked this car. Fully priced, but seems like a deal compared with what you’d pay for a comparable Nomad. #S145-1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA “Hemi Under Glass” fastback. VIN: N/A. Black & gold/black racing bucket. 426-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Part of the the fourcar “Hemi Under Glass” collection, offered as one lot. Built by Bob Riggle as a faithful replica after the original car was destroyed. Edge chips on doors. Removable plexiglass rear window to access engine. Thin “shell only” bucket seat with racing harness. Gauges limited to oil temp and pressure. “See-through” hole in dash, in order to see the track when wheel-standing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,200. No-saled at $52k at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2011 (ACC# 168849), but sold soon after for $54k at Mecum Indy in May 2011 (ACC# 179379). Today’s sale looks market-correct, with a little profit in the seller’s pocket. #S219-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S15Y401163. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 2,047 miles. 5.4-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Looks as a 2,000- 7 NOT SOLD AT $750,000. One of the most famous drag-race cars ever. Maybe not the fastest, but a serious crowd-pleaser. First sketched out on a napkin by Ray Brock for George Hurst to build as a promotional item for the Hurst brand. It’s always hard to sell four cars as one lot. Look for these to be offered in Kissimmee as separate lots. #F164-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23H0B191059. Orange/ brown vinyl. Odo: 10,293 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint, chrome and trim look new TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Schaumburg, IL with some visible orange peel. Scratches on all side glass. Missing trim screw at headlight. Very clean engine. Clean original interior with minimal wear. Wide passenger’s door gap. Cond: 2. vacuum-powered windows. Doors close solidly and hold firm. Built in a converted bomber plant in Willow Run, MI. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,870. The final year of Frazer using leftover parts and the only year with an automatic transmission available. Pretty rare, especially in such complete condition, but price seemed a little strong for an oddball orphan four-door convertible. SOLD AT $44,940. Its fourth appearance at auction in three years. After no-saling at $30k at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction in February 2011 (ACC# 177431), it successfully sold at $28k at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September 2011 (ACC# 188206) and again at $39k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2012 (ACC# 193561). Sold again at a market-correct price today. #S152.1-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BH27G0B126861. Silver & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 297 miles. 572-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Pro Tourer with 572 Hemi V8 and manual trans. Power windows, locks and a/c. Shaved door handles. Good paint. Wide hood and door gaps. A couple of windshield stone chips. Full custom interior with analog gauges. Cond: 1-. #S220-1956 NASH AMBASSADOR Custom sedan. VIN: V12244. Blue & navy blue/ blue cloth & leather. Odo: 40,938 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Generally okay paint has lots of fisheyes on hood. Chrome shows light scratching but nothing serious. Excellent original-look leather and cloth interior. Continental spare tire. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,750. Nobody restores one of these. It is a large car with lots of chrome and four doors, from a forgotten make that the mainstream doesn’t care about. The sale price doesn’t come close to the restoration cost. A SOLD AT $97,370. An impressive, wellexecuted custom with just light break-in miles since it was built. Recently seen at Mecum Monterey, where it no-saled at $90k (ACC# 230948); before that, a $100k nosale at Mecum Indy in May (ACC# 224026). Price paid today therefore looks bang-on correct. AMERICANA #S69-1951 FRAZER MANHATTAN 4-dr convertible. VIN: F516B001016. Green/ white cloth/green & brown cloth & leather. Odo: 24,029 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Good new paint and chrome. Wide driver’s door gap. New top and interior. Trico January-February 2014 79


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Las Vegas, NV Russo and Steele — Las Vegas 2013 THE “BARN FIND” 1966 FORD FAIRLANE WAS BUILT AS AN R-CODE REPLICA MORE THAN FOUR DECADES AGO; IT SOLD FOR $43K Report and photos by Jack Tockston Market opinions in italics sales. Their Vegas sale in late September coincided with the well-established BarrettJackson sale held there, and the success of both events shows that Las Vegas has the potential to become another car-collecting hub. The city has thousands of affordable rooms, great entertainment, and venues well suited to collector-car auctions. R Russo and Steele Las Vegas, NV September 26–28, 2013 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Rob Low, Dan Rouse, Phil Gee, Frank Bizarro Automotive lots sold/offered: 102/237 Sales rate: 43% Sales total: $3,533,540 High American sale: 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, sold at $130,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1966 Ford Fairlane R-code replica 2-door hard top, sold at $43,000 Russo’s signature “auction in the round” format puts bidders right in the midst of the action. Padded bleachers close in on each side of the auction block offer a comfortable seat and a great view. As the cars roll through, bidders and spectators are invited to “come on down” for close-up inspections, or to just join in the excitement as the ringmen whoop up the intensity. Outside in the storage area, security was tight as a drum, with guards on 24-hour patrol. Even with my media credentials, it took a call from CEO Drew Alcazar before I could be admitted. With the string of thefts that happened this summer during Monterey Classic Car Week still fresh in my memory, it was reassuring to see Russo taking matters so seriously. A 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake man- aged to break the six-digit barrier, selling at $130k. It was the most expensive American car of the sale, followed by two 1957 cars: a Studebaker Golden Hawk at $88k and a Chevy Bel Air at $86k. The top Corvette was a 1966 427/390 convertible at $77k. Two ’50s wagons made a great impression and found good money. A 1956 Nomad now sporting dual 4-barrels on a 350 SBC was well presented and made the right $55k. The ’58 Mercury Voyager wagon was an even rarer sight. It looked immaculately show-ready from every angle, and I was not surprised to see it fetch $66k. Another car that generated a ton of buzz 1957 Studebaker golden Hawk coupe, sold at $88,000 80 AmericanCarCollector.com was a 1966 Ford Fairlane, built as an R-code replica more than four decades ago, then socked away and forgotten. Now offered as a restored “barn find,” it offered performance, history and a great story, and at $43k it was well bought and sold. A usso and Steele grew their auction calendar by 100% this year, adding new sales in Las Vegas and Newport Beach on top of longrunning Scottsdale and Monterey


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Las Vegas, NV GM #S714-1926 CADILLAC 314 phaeton. VIN: 122354. Celery & olive/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 84 miles. Pleasing colors, tall imposing presence, long 138-inch wheelbase. Paint aged on Fisher body but holding well. Nickel-plated radiator and headlights could use a dollar’s worth of polish. Panels and gaps good, no rust, minor storage rash. Interior clean, nice tan leather seating fore and aft, thick original wood steering wheel, clock inoperable. Looks ready for parades and touring. Cond: 3+. ished stainless. Custom interior, front and rear buckets, white gauges, power steering, a/c. Crate 350-ci Ramjet V8 (350 hp). Wilwood power brakes all around. None better. Cond: 1-. underhood, correct 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet, rebuilt TH400 trans, Delco battery underscores originality goal achieved. Mint top to bottom. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $85,800. There are some beautiful ’57 Chevys out there, but I’ve seen few, if any, done to this level. I kept walking around it, awed by the design, attention to detail and quality of workmanship. Huge price for a ’57 Chevy post, and worth every penny. SOLD AT $58,300. 21-inch wheels, solid lifters, and roller cam sound like contemporary mechanical specs. I’m calling this well bought and sold. #S662-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC56S003474. Bronze & cream/tan vinyl. Dual 4-barrels on small block of unspecified displacement, automatic transmission. Quality paint on waveless panels, no dings or road rash. Chrome and stainless excellent, glass good. Polished American mags. Interior redone to original level, save for the digital gauge cluster and nice wood steering wheel by Grant. Looks good, sounds good, sits right. Cond: 2. #F407-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Greenbrier camper van. VIN: 2R126S109746. Bronze & white/white steel poptop/multi-striped vinyl. Odo: 94,120 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Placard says “Unrestored paint and interior,” with careful miles traveled. Rust-free with minor touchups. Decent tires on original steel rims and stock hubcaps. No crash damage or major paintwork. Interior clean. Gear includes pop-up roof, window screens, camp stove, cooler, folding chairs, cookware, flatware, spotting scope and lantern. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. A one-of-one Holy Grail muscle car, reeking with investment potential. The pleasing stealth street colors attract no attention, but cred remains for the knowing. The ACC Pocket Price Guide values these at $29k–$35k, so this was perhaps the bargain of the day. Exceptionally well bought. CORVETTE #F491-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S107228. Jewel Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 45,261 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original 283 V8 replaced with 350 of unknown spec, age or mileage. Heavy orange peel on lower panels, crack above gas door, paint bubbling at left rear. Trunk lid skewed. Deck drilled for missing hard top. Stainless shows use, bumper chrome thin. Serviceable interior, driver’s seat has small split, stock radio replaced with JVC cassette, turn-signal assembly broken, clock inoperable. Driver-quality underhood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. ’56 Nomads play second fiddle to ’57s at auction, but this was an exceptional example. The period color combination, subtle upgrades and overall impression of quality made this one stand out. Buyer and seller did well on this deal and should be satisfied. #S678-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: VC57S101305. Pearl white/ ivory leather. Odo: 1,511 miles. 350-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Magnificent pearl white paint, perfectly straight panels and shutlines. Nosed and decked, shaved doors, flawless one-piece chrome bumpers, pol- 82 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $12,000. VW camper vans have brought some silly money in the past two years, but the Chevy version hasn’t followed suit. This example was better than average, and the 4-speed stick was a plus to some. Recently sold for $9,500 at Mecum’s Monterey auction just weeks ago (ACC# 227513), making this look like a failed quick flip at a market-correct high bid. #S611-1972 BUICK GS 455 Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4G37U2-Z104427. Sandalwood/black vinyl/dark green vinyl. Odo: 68,550 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Real GS 455 Stage 1. Matching-numbers California car was ordered new with 37 options. Flawless paint, panels, vinyl roof, chrome and stainless. Ram Air hood, chrome factory Rallys, BFG white letter tires, correct T-3 headlights. Interior fresh and clean, a/c blows cold. Immaculate SOLD AT $37,000. As a Corvette owner since 1962, I’m saddened to find one lacking pride of ownership. As presented, this one had little collector value. However, if one happened to have a correct date-coded 283 under the work bench, there’s a chance of putting this one right. Maybe the winning bidder had one, since price paid was $7k above low estimate. #F495-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: NV10867S106436. Tuxedo Black & silver/black vinyl/Fawn vinyl. Odo: 46,000 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint of average quality. Right door slightly out. Chrome and stainless ser


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Las Vegas, NV QUICKTAKE 1968 Chevy II Nova coupe SOLD at $25,680 Mecum Auctions, Schaumburg, IL, October 10–12, 2013, Lot T59 I’ve always loved sleepers, and this $25k Nova had me wishing I’d been in Chicago for the Mecum sale in October. Novas make great drag cars — they’re light and simple, and some came with big blocks from the factory, so fitting one is pretty easy. This car wasn’t a big-block car originally, but it is now, and it had some great parts — the kind of stuff experienced car guys install after they’ve grenaded weaker pieces in the past. And most of those parts were hidden from casual view. The good stuff included a 454 with a steel crank and rectangle port heads, custom roller cam and roller rockers, MSD 6AL ignition, ceramic headers, and a Holley 950 HP race carb — the kind with adjustable air bleeds for ultra-fine tuning. That engine’s coupled to a Muncie M21 and a Ford nine-inch with a Detroit Locker rear end (with no Posi clutches to wear out) that’s been fitted with traction bars. In short, it’ll likely survive whatever abuse you want to beat into it — from drag racing to street/strip cruising. ’68s are unique among third-gen (1968–74) cars. 1968 was the only year of this generation still designated as a Chevy II, and it featured a lot of one-year-only parts, including special emblems and a different dash. A lot of people wouldn’t notice most of it, but Nova guys do, and some consider these early cars more desirable because of those pieces. Finally, it wore a recent resto and looked great on color-matched steelies. The interior was understated in black with a custom wheel, a tach, a pair of modern gauges, and a Hurst shifter. For $25k, this was a deal considering how nice it looked, and the time and money spent on the parts used to build it. I’d call it very well bought. A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $50,000. Black on black is everpopular, and this ’Vette got lots of attention parked outside and on the block. Restored 13 years ago, it still looked good today. Well bought and sold. #S610-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194370S408708. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 56,607 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent respray on straight, uncracked panels. (Placard says “Butternut Yellow,” but the yellow for ’70 was “Daytona.”) Front air dam molded into lower fascia looks bulky and vulnerable. Big-block hood. Period aftermarket alloys dull. Interior original. Engine compartment lightly cleaned, some chrome bits, crinkle black valve covers. Looks to be a nice driver. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,700. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $39,000. Compared with Lot F491, the other ’61 Corvette (sold at $37k), this was the better one, still with original engine and uncracked bodywork. It was no show car, but it could be brought up a grade. Final result seemed fair for both seller and buyer, with money left in the kitty to fix shortcomings without snorkeling. #S661-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S107102. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 7,269 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frameoff restoration in 2000, 15k miles since. Panels and gaps to factory standard, driver’s door shuts hard. Paint still deep, bumpers rechromed, now showing minor road rash on front and windshield. New tires on uncurbed factory alloys. Interior stock, clean. Engine compartment looks stock and original. Cond: 3+. vicable. Interior clean, stock seat coverings look newer than door panels and dash. Thick paint in both jambs is heavily chipped. Right armrest loose. With rare power windows. Car was born a Fuelie, confirmed by higher-redline tach. Underhood dusty, all shields present, stock generator remains. Cond: 2-.


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OURCARS 1959 CHEVROLET Corvette convertible Owner: Dale Novak, ACC Contributor Purchase date: July 2004 Price: $36,000 Mileage since purchase: Less than 600 Recent work: New mufflers, tune-up, chassis lube, purge/refill rear differential and coolant. Originality wasn’t this car’s strong suit, but the mild changes were reversible. The molded-in air dam and dull Bricklin-style alloys were not design improvements, then or now. Buyer and seller should be pleased with the result. FOMOCO of old cars, my wife and I decided we wanted another classic. We wanted something to take to the local shows, cruise-ins and the occasional drive to picturesque Door County, WI. We decided on a classic Corvette mainly due to the resale market if we ever decided to part ways with it — as there always seemed to be a decent market for a nice old Corvette. The search began, hitting the Internet After a hiatus from the world to track down a car that we could both agree on. After gazing at what seemed like hundreds of Corvettes, we practically gave up. Then, one morning with a cup of coffee in hand, I clicked on my saved search in Auto Trader Classics, and there it was: a shimmering Inca Silver 1959 Corvette with an incorrect-yet-alluring white interior. We agreed on it immediately. The original color combination, abundance of chrome, and sleek, graceful lines hooked us like seagulls to a handful of wafting potato chips. The car was never meant to be an investment. We bought it purely for enjoyment. A Corvette purist would scoff at the NOM engine (that looks completely stock), the Hurst shifter and stock seats finished in a never-offered white vinyl upholstery. But the car has been remarkably robust, looks and runs great, and will break the rear tires loose on demand. Case in point, I peeled one of the rear mufflers open like a banana during a spirited drive along a rarely traversed two-lane blacktop, thus the recent exhaust work.A #F459-1932 FORD MODEL B replica roadster. VIN: DR142373CAL. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 1,615 miles. 2007-built all-steel ’32 Ford roadster on TCI chassis. Immaculate presentation. Body preparation and red paint flawless, panels and shutlines perfect. Headlights mounted low. Black cloth convertible top, chrome, and polished alloys mint. Black vinyl interior, high-dollar square-weave gray carpeting, tach by driver’s right knee. $4,500 sound system. Full-dress Chevy ZZ4 crate 350 (350 hp), polished Edelbrock 4-bbl, roller cam, block-hugger headers, aluminum radiator with electric fan, GM 700R4 trans, eight-inch Ford rear. Cond: 1-. RUSSO AND STEELE // Las Vegas, NV gauges pitted, lenses fine. Power windows work, clock doesn’t. Original flathead V12 looks completely stock, no leaks or seeps. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,000. It’s wonderful to find one of Edsel’s babies still powered with an original flathead V12 instead of an OHV replacement. The basic body design, according to myth, came from a designer sketch completed in a single hour. It took much less time than that to find a new owner, who paid about $18k under low estimate for one of the best buys of the day. An exceptional investment well bought. #F440-1954 FORD CRESTLINER Skyliner 2-dr hard top. VIN: 04GF100890. Ivory/ green plexiglass/ivory & green vinyl. Odo: 29,094 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Car presents as new, no bodywork evident, all brightwork mint. Trademark green-tint Skyliner plexi roof insert. Minor stone chips on hood front, glass and weatherseals excellent. Repro interior well fitted, embroidered Ford crest on package shelf. Engine clean with optional 4-bbl to produce 160 hp, versus 120 with usual 2-bbl. Attractive and orderly. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. This pro-built steel roadster looked fresh out of the box. An iconic and minimalist vehicle; presentation was top line with zero demerits, despite a lengthy search for nits to pick. Six years old with 1,615 miles implies a babied life as an undercover garage queen. An astute gearhead snapped this up for the cost of the parts. This is the one I woulda, coulda, shoulda... #F472-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: H141516. Maroon/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 53,446 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Refinished in lacquer in 1999, and holding up well. Grille and bumper chrome in exceptional condition, rear bumper lightly pitted. Straight panels, hood fit off. Convertible top water-stained. Spotlight fitted. Interior good, bezels on 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $23,375. Placard said engine was a flathead, but the correct first-year OHV Y-block engine with Holley 4-bbl carb was underhood. Also confusing, the first number of the VIN was “O” where a “U” is expected to signify a V8. If verifiable as correct, I think this could easily reach its high estimate of $38k. For now, I’m calling this one well bought. #S655-1958 MERCURY VOYAGER wagon. VIN: M8JE500867. Oxford Gray & Flamingo Red/black & red vinyl. Odo: 76,142 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Immaculate presentation. Show paint and per- BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Las Vegas, NV fect brightwork, straight panels, even gaps, flawless hubcaps. Interior flawless with no evidence of use. Engine bay deep detailed to showroom 1958 without the brochures. Cond: 1-. loys, recent white-letter tires. Interior serviceable. Underhood holds original 427 side-oiler V8 spinning C6 Merc-O-Matic, and 3.50 Traction-Lok rear end. Rare machine, and good alternative to pedestrian Mustangs. Cond: 2. ible. VIN: 7432674186. Brown metallic/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,122 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. One older respray in original brown metallic. No-rust California car. Hood sits high. Thin chrome on front bumper, rear bumper good. Aftermarket side trim. Convertible top shrinking. Interior stock, steering wheel badly cracked at hub, dull plastichrome shows age on dash, door cards and transmission buttons. Slant-six engine clean, original radiator, no leaks or seeps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,000. If there was a concours for station wagons, this would earn a prize. Everything worked, including the electric rear window. The car sold at Russo and Steele’s 2012 Scottsdale auction for $63k (ACC# 191565). It no-saled at Russo’s Monterey sale this August at $50k (ACC# 227140). Price here might seem high, but where is another in this condition? Call it well bought and sold. #S671-1966 FORD FAIRLANE R-code replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6A40S167362. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 57,704 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a 289 car, per A-code VIN. White, straight body, fiberglass hood with leading-edge scoop, steel wheels, poverty caps, blackwall tires. Black interior, radio delete, two basic bucket seats. 427-ci engine clean, dual Holley carbs, Drag Pak, headers, dual 3.5-inch exhaust, Toploader 4-speed manual. Wonderful presentation. License plate: “R CODED.” Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. I almost passed by this rare piece, but the badging caught my eye. Back in the day, Dan Gurney road-raced Cougars with some success in the Trans Am series, but not with big-block power. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows three GT-Es offered since 2010, ranging from $75k (Worldwide Houston 2013, ACC# 224339) to $182k (Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2011, ACC# 170280), plus one $70k no-sale (Mecum Indy 2012, ACC# 201862). This rare car was very well bought. MOPAR #F524-1963 DODGE DART GT convert- SOLD AT $7,975. This drop-top Dart has probably endured its share of derogatory comments about its brown hue over five decades. Price seemed a bit generous for condition, but it was rust-free, it ran and the top goes down, so no harm done. Repainting it Resale Red might have been a more profitable choice, but I digress. A SOLD AT $43,000. A very old barn-find clone, with drivetrain “in the car for over 40 years,” then fully restored by Danny Vadnais (a Duntov Award-winning restorer, according to the catalog). Buyer obtained an interesting, usable conversation piece that will be welcome at nostalgic drags everywhere. Well bought and sold. #S626-1968 MERCURY COUGAR GT-E 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8F91W536157. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 33,562 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ten-year-old restoration holding up well. Red paint presentable, brightwork and glass good, no major dings or evidence of body repairs. Correct and rare big-block badging, AR al- January-February 2014 87


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Pierce, NE VanDerBrink Auctions — The Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection THE FIVE TOP SELLERS, STILL ON MSO AND NEVER TITLED, HAD A CUMULATIVE 26.5 MILES ON THEIR ODOMETERS Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics T he Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce, NE, was by far one of the biggest automotive events of the year. Aided by the last-minute announcement that the History Channel was going to tape and air the Saturday portion of the two-day sale, interest and subsequent attendance swelled for an event that had already gone viral online. The Nebraska Highway Patrol estimated the crowd at 18,000. Approaching the auction site, located two miles outside of rural VanDerBrink Auctions Pierce, NE September 28–29, 2013 Auctioneers: Yvette VanDerBrink, Dale Pavlis, Aaron Williamson, Terry Brickner Automotive lots sold/offered: 512/512 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $3,037,046 High American sale: 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo pickup, sold at $147,000 Buyer’s premium: 5% for onsite, 8% for online, included in sold prices 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo pickup, showing 1.3 miles on the odo — $147,000 Pierce, there were five-mile-long traffic jams on both Friday (inspection day) and Saturday. Toss in some early morning rain, followed by overcast skies and temperatures in the 50s on Saturday, and it was a venerable vintage-auto pilgrimage. By the time auctioneers offered up the first vehicle, however, the sun was shining, and it was on the way to becoming a warm — and very pricey — day. Saturday saw sales totals of $1.8m on 166 Buyers and onlookers swarmed Pierce 88 AmericanCarCollector.com cars, led by the first vehicle in the row of the 19 better cars and trucks. This was the 1958 Apache 31 Cameo pickup, realizing $147,000 (see the profile, p. 60). The rest of the top five were a 1963 Impala hard top at $105k, a 1958 Apache 31 stepside pickup and a 1978 Corvette Indy Pace Car Edition at $86k each, and a 1964 Impala hard top at $79k (for more info on the Pace Car, see the Corvette profile, p. 46). These five vehicles, which were still on their original Manufacturer’s Statements of Origin and had never been titled, had a cumulative total of 26.5 miles on their odometers. The Lambrecht halo effect continued for both days — not only on the other MSO vehicles, but also on the trade-ins that had sat outside and not aged well. The established “crush bid” of $350 was rarely invoked, and only on Sunday. In addition, parts and automobilia also sold incredibly high as well — despite the auction company’s poor coordination with online bidders. As a measure of the prices, a NOS 1962 Lambrecht Chevrolet yardstick sold for $600. Yes, just one. Sunday was another fine day in northeast Nebraska, and while the crowds were down a bit, the auction was still well attended. Despite almost all of the Sunday vehicles being weathered and damaged used cars, sales continued to be strong. All told, sales were nearly $2.5m before factoring in the 5% buyer’s fee for the more than 3,100 onsite bidders, or 8% for the 2,700 bidders online. With so many bidders, spectators, and TV viewers all traveling or tuning in to be a part of this legend come to life, it’s a safe bet to say that the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction will be remembered for a long time to come.A


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Pierce, NE GM #350L-1949 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 499M3727. Aqua/aqua leather. Odo: 77,632 miles. 303-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old trade-in, left to rot outside for decades. Generally solid on the outside, with a few dings and small dents that could be worked out. With several inches of leaves on the floorboards and no top material left, I wouldn’t expect the floor to last long. Most brightwork is still on the car, if barely. Glass is delaminating. Seats are bare, rusty frames. Generally complete under the hood, so you’ll know what to replace. Cond: 5-. bargain, this was still not too badly bought. (Aside from shipping costs.) #7L-1957 CHEVROLET 210 sedan. VIN: VB57K104394. Dusty Rose/gray cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 47,377 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Kept in the dealership for decades. Decades of caked-on dust. Wiping the grunge off reveals excellent original paint, chrome, and stainless trim. Clean original interior just needs a good cleaning. Door seals are soft and pliable. Period “Smokey the Bear” bumper sticker on bumper. Cond: 3-. when he puts it into a museum. (I can’t help but notice the number of aqua-and-black Cameos suddenly consigned to auction immediately after this sold...) See the profile, p. 60. #1K-1959 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: D59K119033. Copper & white/ two-tone gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 55,292 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent original paint in need of buffing. White will need to be stripped. Rust starting to poke though lower rockers. Only missing the right front headlight and turn-signal trim—rest is in pretty decent shape. Cracked windshield. Motor is in car, but not much connected to it. Carb, air cleaner, exhaust manifolds, water pump, radiator, distributor, hoses and belts are inside the car. Seats would be pretty decent if they can be cleaned. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $9,975. This dead Rocket Eight attracted lots of interest—it was all but impossible to get a photo without someone around it. While it would be valuable once restored, getting there from here will be a long haul. Not that it can’t be done, but for what this brought, you’ll be upside-down before the car leaves the body shop, with trips to the machine shop and trim shop left to go. Even as a parts donor, there’s not much of an upside here. #10L-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr hard top. VIN: C56K086795. Plum & white/ gray nylon & white vinyl. Odo: 50,220 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Sparsely equipped, with Powerglide automatic, in-dash clock, and AM radio the extent of the options. Stored in the service area of the dealership for decades. Last oil-change sticker shows that it was done at 34,223 miles in June 1959. Nice original paint and chrome under decades of dust and grime. Period-replacement Wards Riverside tires still hold air. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $39,375. The ambient oil vapor from the degreaser made the very dusty Dusty Rose paint almost look like it was sooty but actually helped preserve it. Not too many four-doors were kept this original over the years, as most were used up and parted out for two-doors and convertibles. A little steep for being a used, non-MSO car, but makes some sense considering the originality and hype. #11L-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE 31 Cameo pickup. VIN: 3A58K118014. Turquoise & black/gray & white nylon. Odo: 1 mile. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Stored since new. On original invoice. Truck has never been dealer-prepped, retaining protective coverings on seat, unit sequence numbers on glass, floor mat behind seat. Dented roof and cracked windshield from a roof caving in on it; truck was then moved inside the dealership. Some rust staining from dripping water. Bed wood still intact, with a dead bat along for the ride. Fabulous interior. HUGE paint run on dashboard helps explain why it never sold when new. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. The ’59s didn’t fare well out here, as there was one pilferer over the years who fancied their parts in particular. Reportedly, the thief even had the audacity to come back to the Lambrechts after being convicted to ask for his tools back. Like most out here, this was a lot to pay for a project, but at least it was one of the most complete ’59s out here. #121L-1960 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 700 sedan. VIN: 00769K112531. Ermine White/ silver & gray vinyl. Odo: 1 mile. 140-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. New inventory with 1.7 miles. Worst exterior damage is a healthy dent in the roof. Paint is pock-marked with plenty of surface rust. Floor has plenty of surface rust but no blowouts. Water has seeped though the dent in the roof, contributing to overall heavy interior corrosion. Engine bay complete, but heavily corroded and moused. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $31,500. From the first year of 4-door GM hard tops, and a car that nobody seems to have saved. They were plentiful back in the day, and this was a true time capsule of a good used car for circa 1959. Sold to a lass from Australia who wanted a Tri-Five to bring back home. While not a 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $147,000. Being a half-year-only model for 1958 (the Cameos went away when the regular-production all-steel Fleetside box went into production in mid-year), these are rare enough, with just 1,405 built. Combine that with 1.3 miles and being the poster child for this sale (literally), it’s little wonder that this sold for nearly $150k. The new owner intends to leave it exactly as-is SOLD AT $3,150. Among the Corvair cognoscenti, owners of 1960 cars are known as “Cavemen,” due to the austerity and uniqueness of these first-year models. They’ll feel right at home with this one. This was the least expensive “new” Corvair out


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Pierce, NE here but for the real old-timers, anything north of $50 was too much money. #5L-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 2-dr hard top. VIN: 30927W264244. Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 17 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Exterior very dirty; a portion shows what appears to be manure. A cursory wipe of a small area shows the paint to still be in very good condition. (Note: I didn’t lick my finger for a taste-test.) Seats, headliner and carpet in fabulous condition. Bottom half of engine has something you never see: the original inspection marks on the valve covers in grease pencil. Shod with five original bias-ply tires. Cond: 3. superb condition. Bird bombs on the trunk have discolored the paint. All four original tires hold air, although they were sitting flat for years. Beautiful original interior, better than any repop kit out there. Still has the shipping plastic on the seats and door-sill protectors. Dusty engine bay should clean up easily. Cond: 3. ered with a half-century of dust, dirt, and grime. Paint and chrome very well preserved, thanks to ambient oil mist in the shop. Nobody makes a reproduction interior that looks as good as this one. Under the slight mustiness, you can dectect a hint of new car smell inside. Full complement of new owner paperwork in glovebox. On MSO. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,300. While this one may need some paintwork on the trunk, the 327 and color combo made it more desirable than Lot 3K, the teal ’64 that sold for $76k. SOLD AT $44,100. After the new owner got the keys, he opened the trunk, and it looked just like new, featuring four virgin wheelcovers. Starting at a $10k opening bid, Yvette appeared surprised to see nearly every hand with a bidder’s card shoot up. The car sold again immediately after for $2k less, confirming that this was strong money but not insane, all things considered. #124L-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAN 95 van. VIN: 3R125S108451. Light blue metallic/Fawn vinyl. Odo: 46 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Damaged side doors won’t fully close, admitting water, mud and critters. Engine access “mail slot” in back also got hit, so it will not open for engine access. Some original plastic on the seats, plus soiling and sun fade. Unpleasant odor. Cond: 5-. #40L-1964 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: 4C154J161283. Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Never sold or titled—still on MSO. Sun-faded paint, with light surface rust on hood and cowl. Tailgate missing, bed wood rotted away. Radiator removed (somewhat carefully), along with the battery. Crystal-clear 1964 oil in the crankcase, and the motor is loose. Excellent seat, once the dust gets washed off of it. The mice started to have their way with the original owner’s manual and warranty packet. Floor-mat rolled up, exposing the original white foam insulation on floorboard. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $78,750. If there was one car that really deserved to be cleaned up out here, it was this one. Having spent the past 49 years exclusively in the dealership—with Ray constantly declining offers to buy it— this was one of the finest cars here. The famous collector who picked it up has the resources and good taste to give it the care it deserves. And no, it wasn’t Leno. #35L-1965 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: C1545J154822. Maroon & white/. Odo: 5 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional V8, heavy-duty 4-speed, AM radio, and deluxe trim with two-tone paint. Said paint is actually pretty good, with minimal surface rust. Heavier body damage from a tree falling onto the box sides and hood. Broken windshield. Seat is missing, with the floor mat rolled up and lying by the gas tank. Radiator intact. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $19,950. Despite cab-over Corvairs gaining in value by leaps and bounds in recent years, this price even defies logic. Unless there’s a nice rust-free van in El Segundo that will become a “Lambrecht Legend” via leapfrogged VIN tag, this is silly money. #24L-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847J340437. Red & white/red vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Never sold; has invoice and MSO. Exterior is dirty from years of storage inside the dealership. However, wiping off small areas reveals paint and chrome in 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $24,300. This was one of the better 1964 trucks out of the line of eight. The owner of the gas station that used to be across the street from Lambrecht Chevrolet said that these trucks sat behind his shop for years, with the wood all rotted away by ’78. By the early ’80s, they had all made their way to the Lambrecht farmstead to continue their decay and be picked over by the local ne’r-do-wells. The buyer should hang on to this one for a while, replace the missing parts and stabilize the decades of neglect, rather than contemplate flipping it. #1L-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41847S267633. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Per the window sticker still attached 49 years later, equipped with 250-horse 327, standard 3-on-the-tree, tinted windshield, full wheelcovers and whitewall tires. Cov- SOLD AT $19,440. Sold online to bidder in Texas. This truck had the worst body damage, but it was one of the few with a V8 in it. Good luck. #6K-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K416726. Medium blue metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 75,837 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with 375-hp big block, 4-speed, center console, power brakes and Magnum 500-style wheels. Parked outside for


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VANDERBRINK AUCTIONS // Pierce, NE several years after sustaining heavy roof damage. Paint baking off tops of doors and rear flanks. Rust-out in rear wheelwells. Interior vinyl has faded and warped significantly. Missing rear window. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $29,160. Sold to an online bidder who paid crazy money for a rusty, heavily damaged car. At least he can pull the original drivetrain and VIN off. Expect to see this reincarnated in the future. #46-1977 CHEVROLET VEGA hatchback. VIN: 1V77B7U102358. Buckskin Tan/ Buckskin Plaid cloth & vinyl. Odo: 6 miles. 140-ci I4, 2-bbl, auto. New car on MSO. Parked outside for extended period and badly weathered. Lightly baked paint. Rust around bottom of hatchback window. Dull trim might buff out. Rusty where the drip moldings used to be. All four original tires on the steel sport wheels are in decent shape. Heavy fading of most the interior. Heavily soiled seats might clean up. Steering wheel getting sticky from age; hazy gauge faces. Mice have gone after the owner’s manual and warranty packet on the floor. Engine bay complete. Cond: 4-. even NOS. Call it a hunch, but I suspect that the onsite buyer was wearing coveralls with a front pocket full of hundred-dollar bills—just the type of guy with friends who will be impressed when he shows up at the coffee shop in a new 34-year-old grain truck (and I don’t mean Starbucks). #118L-1982 CHEVROLET CHEVETTE Scooter hatchback. VIN: 1G1AJ68C3CA170718. White/black cloth. Odo: 817 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Per the remains of the original window sticker, ordered by Lambrecht Chev for a retail price of $5,605. Moderate moss accumulation. No chrome, just decals. Heavily faded bumpers. Doors difficult to open; hinges seem rusted. Dusty, sun-faded, bare-bones interior. Complete and rusty under the hood. Original glassbelted 14-inch tires still hold air. Cond: 4-. nothing to do with the IPC values. See profile, p. 46. FOMOCO #286L-1964 FORD CUSTOM sedan. VIN: 4P54V196258. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 31,275 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Old used car trade-in, sitting ever since. Original dealer’s sticker from Mimick Ford of Madison, NE, on rear valance panel. Heavy moss and vegetation on hood and roof. Paint damage on the sides from trees growing next to it. Most chrome and trim is still there and in pretty decent shape. Minimal rust-out of the rare-to-find rear bumper, but it still needs work to be a core. Complete under the hood. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $11,025. Final year of the infamous Vega. Lousy interior quality hurt this car the most, but lousy engineering of the aluminum engine block didn’t help either. No upside here, but if you’re a Chevy completist in need of a “new Vega,” this was your car. #77L-1979 CHEVROLET C70 Custom Deluxe 5-ton truck. VIN: C17DE9V157500. White/black vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. New truck still on MSO. Twopage build sheet on the glove box. Equipped with air-brake equipment, 9,000-pound front and 18,500-pound rear axles, 5-speed transmission with 2-speed rear axle, power steering, AM radio, Bostrom driver’s air seat and air horns. Kept outside and moderately weathered, but worst damage is from parts thieves. Missing SOLD AT $5,775. The best way to describe a Scooter package is that it’s the next best thing to a fleet vehicle. (Actually, this car was even more austere than the Chevette issued to my dad’s boss when they worked for the Bell System.) This may be the only time a new Chevette ever sold for more than the window sticker. Granted, it took 31 years to do it, and only by $170.... CORVETTE #15L-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car edition coupe. VIN: 1Z87L8S904699. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 4 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. New car stored indoors. Never dealer prepped; IPC decals in box, center caps and emblems removed and in the back. Thirty-five years of dust and mouse droppings on outside, minimal yellowing of protective plastic on steering wheel inside. A weekend spent cleaning up the engine will make it ready for Bloomington Gold. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $810. If it were closer to Portland, ACC’s Assistant Subscriptions Manager Cassie Sellman could have had a readily available parts car. However, there’s not much here that would be worth reusing— and I can’t justify $810 for a side window for my station wagon. Bought by someone online who thinks that rear bumper is more solid than it actually is—and who hopefully can come pick it up rather than hiring someone to haul a parts car. #65L-1972 FORD PINTO Runabout Sprint hatchback. VIN: 2U11X275172. White & light blue/white vinyl. Odo: 95,281 miles. 122-ci I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Used car traded in and parked ever since. Complete under the hood. Rust-out at shock towers and rockers. Heavier sun fade on paint and graphics, with surface rust taking hold. Driver’s door glass broken. Broken grille and lightly dinged bumpers. Interior is complete but very dirty and rough from exposure. Cond: 5-. front bumper, most of dash, steering wheel, door panels, and other miscellaneous parts. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $16,275. Behold: the only Mark IV 427 big-block here, and it’s 94 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $86,400. For all of you out there with one of these on the MSO (and there are a lot of you), do not adjust your set price. The buyer lived in the area and had eyed this particular car since it was new. He vowed that if he ever had the ability, he’d buy it and set it free. So this price has SOLD AT $683. Over the years, I’ve seen several Sprint Mustangs and even a Sprint Maverick, but this is the first time I’ve run into a Sprint Pinto since the ’70s. (The Sprint appearance package commemorated the 1972 Olympics.) Bought by an online bidder in Florida, so the most expensive part will be shipping. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at eight auctions 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, sold at $214,500—Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn Vicari Auctions New Orleans 2013 New Orleans, LA—August 9–10, 2013 Auctioneers: Joey Fortner, Ken Buhler Automotive lots sold/offered: 79/146 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $1,954,530 High sale: 1966 Shelby GT350, sold at $162,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Phil Skinner Auctions America Fall Auburn Auburn, IL—August 28–September 1, 2013 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 774/1,134 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $27,543,203 High sale: 1930 Duesenberg Model J, sold at $1,540,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report by Kevin Coakley, Photos by Patrick Coakley Worldwide Auctioneers 2013 Auburn Auction Auburn, IL—August 31, 2013 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered: 67/81 Sales rate: 83% Sales total: $4,119,615 High sale: 1933 Auburn Twelve convertible sedan, sold at $275,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Lucky Collector Car Auctions 2013 Fall Classic Tacoma, WA—August 31–September 1, 2013 Auctioneer: Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/offered: 94/200 Sales rate: 47% Sales total: $1,576,835 High sale: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $110,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston 96 AmericanCarCollector.com Masters Auctions Motor Magic Classic Car Auction Minot, ND—September 1, 2013 Auctioneer: Kevin Huston Automotive lots sold/offered: 71/107 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $1,152,622 High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, sold at $42,745 Buyer’s premium: 3%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Stuart Lentzke Mecum Auctions Dallas 2013 Dallas, TX—September 4–7, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jim Landis, Mike Hagerman, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 986/1,385 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $37,678,828 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, sold at $3,424,000 Buyer’s premium: 7% (minimum $500), included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Worldwide Auctioneers The Burt Collection Lake Forest, IL—September 21, 2013 Auctioneers: Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 121/121 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $1,579,537 High American sale: 1937 Packard Twelve cabriolet, sold at $80,300 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joseph Seminetta Dan Kruse Classics Austin 2013 Austin, TX—September 28, 2013 Auctioneer: Daniel Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 119/177 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $2,538,030 High sale: 1965 Shelby continuation Cobra, sold at $154,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe CLASSICS 10 #60-1937 CORD 812 Sportsman convertible. VIN: 2494F. White/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 14,884 miles. Sold new as a supercharged export car to Uruguay. Restored in that country 2008–11 before being repatriated. Replacement supercharger hand-built as a new unit. Decent repaint, but lifting along tops of doors. Modern windshield in a frame that could’ve been replated a lot better. Light wrinkling on seats; leather on door panels still looks new. Fabulously restored dashboard and gauges. Tidy engine bay with a few modern touches for reliability. No reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $159,500. There are more than a few 1930s driveline components that can benefit from discreet use of modern technology. One of my now late buddies was a 3M machinist that came up with a way to replace the common line shaft on a ’32 Nash generator/water pump unit using sealed waterproof bearings and a flex joint between the two sub-assemblies (all done in less than a week of lunch hours). This 812 may not win many concours, but it would likely be my first pick for an ACD club tour. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. GM #47-1934 LASALLE SERIES 50 convertible. VIN: 2107058. Orange & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 46,427 miles. Restored around Y2K. Superb paint and very even door and panel gaps. All chrome replated. Well-fitted modern top. Well restored under the hood. Glove leather used on the seats, including the rumble seat out back. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $151,250. For 1934, LaSalle separated itself more from parent Cadillac mechanically with an inline eight that was based on Oldsmobile’s but cast under con- TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL tract and finished by Cadillac. LaSalle also used their own transmission (prized by hotrodders years later) and an open driveshaft. Strikingly well finished, even if the Great Pumpkin paint job is a bit garish for a Depression-era car (although in theory a new LaSalle could have been painted in a nonstock color for an extra fee). Sold well. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. #797-1949 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 15023248. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 85,529 miles. 248-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Unfinished frame-off project. Body remounted, no convertible top, but mechanism is repainted, installed, stowed. Painted ten years ago, panel fit okay, old chrome, toothy grille complete. Red mohair seating, instrument panel all there, black rubber flooring. Straight eight rebuilt with 35k miles, 6-volt battery. New clutch and pressure plate 500 miles ago. Starts and runs well. Comes with “many extra parts to hoard or sell.” Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,400. As the last car of the evening, it ended the proceedings on a high note, generating a spectacular sale for a spectacular car. Even if it has “two doors too many” for most dealers out there. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. #S921-1951 CHEVROLET STYLELINE sedan. VIN: JAM277171. Red/tan & brown stripe cloth. Odo: 35,693 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Reportedly a barn-find car, originally red, fire-chief markings. Interior headliner still from factory; seating redone, some staining and minor wear and tear. Chrome original and in decent condition for its age. Heater is the only creature comfort. No signs of hits or panel replacements. Even exterior rubber seals and weather strip in decent condition for its age. Cond: 2-. bargain” (ACC# 209024). Well sold here a little over a year later, but still not a bad deal for the new owner. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 09/13. #45-1958 BUICK SPECIAL convertible. VIN: 4E1077802. Glacier White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Only 80 miles since restoration. High-quality paint and brightwork to localshow standard. Correct panel gaps. Restored interior. Power steering and brakes, no a/c. Stock cup-holder for four drinks in the open glovebox. Continental spare tire. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,400. This “slopeback” Buick’s silhouette reminded me of a period ChrisCraft runabout. The first 600 or so made had this rear end, subsequently changed to a squareback and stand-up spare, making this Super 56C arguably rare. Too nice to become a yard planter, and much work needed to finish, it will take a Buick enthusiast with time and money to see the project through. Well sold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/13. #82-1949 OLDSMOBILE 76 sedan. VIN: 496M14692. Light green metallic/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 18,560 miles. 231-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Released from the GM Heritage collection in 2009. Claimed generally original with actual miles. Paint looks too good to be original, but does have some light patina. Excellent chrome and trim, wonderful door and panel fit. Superb original interior, with slight hints of new-car smell and old wool. Recent cleanup under the hood. Darn nice for being mostly original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,040. While this was a factory red car, that was the end of this seller’s concession to originality. He thought the faux fire-chief graphics would get the car sold, and it appears he was right. An appealing car, well presented and well sold. Vicari, New Orleans, LA, 08/13. #5208-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. VIN: 577L02657. White/black woven vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 81,571 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Otherwise-nice paint shows some chips and cracking near driver’s door vent. Excellent brightwork. Well-detailed engine compartment. Brilliant interior chrome trim, white leather yellowing. $125k reportedly invested, including added J-2 carburetor. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,200. When this car sold at RM Plymouth in July 2012 for $52k, the reporter called it “a SOLD AT $41,800. One of the nicest cars of the auction. Well restored and ready to enjoy. Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. #6026-1960 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 01280L05770. Red/black & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 49,092 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks like it might be original; holding up okay. Exterior trim shows the expected wear. Driver-quality engine detailing. Non-original 350 engine of unspecified vintage equipped with aftermarket electronic ignition. Acceptable interior January-February 2014 97


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP condition. Rubber weatherstrips starting to dry out. Equipped with black vinyl tonneau cover, power steering and brakes. Cond: 3. was still on the low side for a 442 convertible. Well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13. SOLD AT $19,800. This was a decent driver-quality El Camino that could be used for normal daily driving without stressing over the flawless condition. It looked like a market-correct result. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 09/13. #51-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: 860S3323. Black/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 24,525 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh deep black paint showing few flaws. Good trim with bright chrome. Both doors out slightly but otherwise decent panel fit. Nice soft top looks new. Glass is clear, rubber in very good condition. Bucket-seat option and very clean interior. Scratches and missing paint on dash. Factory eight-lug wheels. Engine is driver-quality with fluid residue noted on top of intake manifold. Cond: 2+. #S134.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. VIN: 124379N615382. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 5,526 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Yenko Camaro number YS9637. Optioned with COPO packages 9561 and 9737. Older restoration showing age. Badging showing wear. Numerous paint flaws. Cowl faded with paint chips at windshield base and behind passenger’s door. Glass appears original with light scratches throughout. Cheap vinyl Yenko decals on front seat headrests are peeling off. Driver’s carpet worn. Tidy engine with reproduction chalk and crayon marks. Cond: 3+. 6 Muncie M22 4-speed manual. Attractive paint with only a few minor flaws. Passenger’s door slightly out. Brightwork average. Interior clean and period-correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $567,100. Top-drawer ZL1s were selling for almost twice as much six and seven years ago, making this a relative bargain. This one had good options and was well documented with ownership history going back to the original buyer. A comparable car sold earlier this year at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction for $605k (ACC# 214983), making this one well bought. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #F218.1-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K454543. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. 540-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. 674-hp big block, Richmond 5-speed manual-overdrive transmission. Air Ride Technologies suspension. Recent build showing some use. Glossy paint with small chip on passenger’s side door. Mostly new chrome and stainless. Light scratches on windshield. Upgraded gauge package. Newly refinished seats and door panels. Although massive, the engine looks at home and is not overdone. Clean undercarriage with upgraded suspension. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. The consignor specialized in vehicles formerly owned by celebrities as well as movie cars. This wide-track Pontiac reportedly spent the past 20 years in the personal collection of a picture car coordinator for Hollywood and has probably been very well maintained with a fleet of vintage vehicles. Fine examples will often go for double what was paid here, making this well-equipped example well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13. #88-1968 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344778Z119018. Blue/white vinyl/ cream vinyl. Odo: 83,781 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-up restoration 20k miles ago. Paint is showing age with a few cracks and small bubbles throughout. Rubber very dry. Missing strip of trim on passenger’s rear fender. Worn interior door pulls. Seat base paint flaking. Missing wiper knob. Engine is driver-quality. Claimed 500 hp not consistent with factory ratings. Has “W-30” badges but no red fender wells. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,250. While this one had its needs and inconsistencies, the sales price 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $294,250. This same car last sold out of the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection at Mecum St. Charles 2005, where one lot of five cars sold for $1,785,000, or $357k each (ACC# 39581). After years of decline, the market is ticking up a bit. This one is an older restoration that has some cosmetic needs, but at the end of the day, it’s a Yenko you could drive and enjoy. Well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. VIN: 124379N 64294. Garnet Red/red vinyl. Odo: 5,143 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Number 62 of 69 built. Said to be only one in this color combination; one of 12 with a 3 #S127-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 COPO coupe. SOLD AT $51,360. “SS” badged with no documentation, but that’s really irrelevant at this point, given the extensive list of upgrades. Other than wheels and tires, the exterior appears stock, but the car is hiding a beast of an engine and modern suspension. While there is never a shortage of Chevelles available for sale, this one was especially nice and likely sold for less than the build cost. Given the slight overall decline in the Chevelle market, this one was a good deal for both parties. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #52-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 223379N106455. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 77,258 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS confirms restoration to original spec. Repainted in 2000 with better-than- BEST BUY BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOVEBOXNOTES GLOBAL ROUNDUP By John L. Stein 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ Crew Cab pickup GLOBAL ROUNDUP original workmanship. All correct T-3 headlights. Engine rebuilt in 1985 3k miles ago and still very clean. Minimal wear on the repro interior. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,500. From this first year of production until the last one was built in 2002, Pontiac paid SCCA $5 per car sold for use of the trademarked “Trans Am” name. Reserve met at $75k, for a marketcorrect sale. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. Price as tested: $49,050 Equipment: 5.3-liter, 355-horsepower EcoTec3 V8 with direct injection, 6-speed automatic transmission, shift-on-the-fly 4x4 EPA mileage: 16/22 Likes: This is probably the best pickup I have ever driven. Over a week I used it to tow and haul nearly 1,000 miles from sea level to 8,000 feet, averaging 20.2 mpg. Inside, my digital sound meter registered a library-quiet 60 dBA at 70 mph, and the heated and air-conditioned front seats are comfortable. Remarkably, the nav system shows USFS trails, making it easy to explore with the dual-range 4x4 system. A tow rating of 9,500 pounds seals the deal. Dislikes: The navigation system won’t display USFS trails from greater than a relatively close-up 0.25-mile elevation, making it difficult to plot a long-distance off-road trek. Likewise, the nav screen doesn’t pan smoothly at the swipe of a finger. And lastly, the Z71 off-road package raises the step-in and bed heights, making it harder to climb into the cab or load cargo. Verdict: This is one pickup I’ll be telling people about for a long time. It embodies everything I hold dear in a truck: roomy and quiet crew-cab interior, motorcyclefriendly six-foot, six-inch bed, good towing capacity and fuel economy, and genuine off-road capability. At nearly $50k, the Silverado Z71 is hardly cheap — until you consider it can tow your Lola T70 and toy-box trailer, take your family on vacation or follow the Baja 1000 route, all in confidence, comfort and safety. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall experience: Atoll Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,835 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration completed within last few years and 150 miles. PHS documentation confirms all done to original spec. Better-than-original paint quality. Lousy gap between Endura nose and the body—rather like original. All headlights are correct T-3s. Light soiling in the reproduction seat pleats. Light soiling in the authentically detailed engine bay. Fresh master cylinder and brake lines. Cond: 2+. 9 #64-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge convertible. VIN: 242670P255726. steering wheel, speedo bezel pitted. Numbers-matching drivetrain, underhood dusty, all shields in place. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $61,050. This looked sinister in black with silver coves, and dual quads atop a mouse motor made a desirable package. Last sold at Mecum Indy in May 2013 for $54,035 (ACC# 223014). Seller turned down a high bid of $60k at Mecum Monterey in August (ACC# 230573), which would seem to confirm this price. Buyer obtained a driver-quality Corvette with cash to spare for fixing and potential future profit. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/13. E57S105073. Onyx Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 29,513 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Former NCRS Top Flight award-winner. Older restoration with minor paint cracks on driver’s door, chips around trunk and light scratches on hood and front fenders. Chrome like new. Good rubber all around. Early signs of delamination on passenger’s window. Wear on driver’s seat. Carpets a little worn and slightly dirty. Engine in good shape but visually worn from older restoration. One of 43 that were built, and said to be one of 17 or 18 that still exist today. Cond: 2. 5 #S121-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “airbox” convertible. VIN: SOLD AT $214,500. While upper-eschelon muscle cars still haven’t returned to where they were six years ago, Judge convertibles didn’t drop all that far anyway. This one had plenty of action on it both onsite and with phone bidders. A handful of Judge convertibles have sold above $230k since 2010, so call this one well bought and sold. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. CORVETTE #514-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S100989. Black Onyx & silver/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 90,609 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Straight fiberglass, light scratches in paint, thin chrome on bumpers. Windshield has light wiper scratches that may polish out. Ugly large blemish on right side of hard top, deep scratch on back window. Repop seats and door panels look recent, minor chip in SOLD AT $310,300. One of the rarest of first-generation Corvettes, this well-documented “airbox” was the pinnacle of American performance in its day. With almost every option available except power windows, this frame-off-restored former racer also included thorough documentation. They do not come up for sale too often, and this one was well bought. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #32-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S105724. Red/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 2,894 miles. 350-ci 400hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration done very well. Slight paint run on nose. Factory-correct panel fit. Trim appears fresh and is in great condition. Small area of delamination on windshield. Newer carpets, seat fabric and most interior trim. Upgraded 350-ci engine in excellent condition matching rest of the car. Aftermarket wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP described as matching-numbers. Rear end sits too high. With power steering, brakes and windows, AM/FM, no a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Last sold for $18,700 at RM’s 2003 Phoenix sale (ACC# 30248). This was a solid-looking car that did not look like it had spent its life at the track. The simple mechanics and robust structure would make this a fun track-day toy. Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. Although it was not stated when the restoration took place, at least one can assume with the mileage that the bugs have been worked out and not feel guilty about putting the car on the road. Market-correct price for condition. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13. 677S118414. Marlboro Maroon/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 39,796 miles. 427-ci 430hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-speed. One of 20 produced in 1967. Documented with tank sticker, vintage photos and time slips including the first run. Thought to be the only 1967 L88 convertible to retain its original body panels. Restored in mid-’90s and showing some age. A few touch-ups on hood. Driver’s door slightly out at bottom. Mostly original interior extremely well kept. Passenger’s door trim adhesive coming loose at armrest. Engine appears factory-fresh with no heat damage on paint. Cond: 2+. 1 #S123-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: 194- SOLD AT $27,500. Last seen at Auctions America’s Auburn sale in June 2012, where it no-saled at $22k (ACC# 202158). The cost of making it “correct” with a high-quality respray and other minor items would quickly put you underwater on a car that was a perfectly nice driver as it sat. At that, well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. #86-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Challenge coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2187J5113467. White/black cloth. Odo: 3,062 miles. 5.7-L 245-hp V8, 4-sp. Roll bar, five-point harnesses. Some paint overspray on rubber molding. (Did we have an off-track excursion?) Sold on bill of sale only. Cond: 2-. YY2184H5111640. Teal/graphite leather. Odo: 29,159 miles. 350-ci 390-hp turbocharged V8, 4-sp. Paint consistent with its age. Interior worn and torn. Removable smoked-glass roof. Twin Turbo Callaway Aerobody conversion (designed by Paul Deutschman) replaces the nose and tail caps, as well as the side panels. Twin turbos bring hp up to an estimated 390. One of an estimated 59 produced for 1990. Cond: 3+. #21-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway Aerobody coupe. VIN: 1G1- SOLD AT $11,550. I spoke to the new buyer after the sale. He did not like the teal color but could not pass up the good deal. Only 29k miles, but how many of them were smoking the rear tires? Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. SOLD AT $3,424,000. A world record price for a Corvette of any year sold at auction. In 2009, one of only two 1963 Corvette Grand Sport roadsters failed to meet reserve at $4.9m at RM’s Phoenix auction, but it is believed that the consignor had paid even more for it (ACC# 119050). Although these do not come up for sale often, the early L88 market has been heating up, and that trend continues upward with this sale. What seems well sold today might feel like a bargain when we look back on this sale in the future. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #10-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S426717. LeMans Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,379 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Current paint oversprayed on badges and trim, yet undersprayed on door jambs. Orange peel on hood. Good chrome. Good panel fit. Not 102 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL FOMOCO #6093-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster. VIN: A3771173. Washington Blue & black/ beige canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 13,055 miles. Paint shows lots of touch-ups and cracking. Dull exterior brightwork. Rims freshly powder-coated and shod with new Goodyear rubber. Top looks new and in good shape. Grungy untouched engine compartment. Decent unoriginal interior. Equipped with cowl lights, dual sidemount my head as to why it’s such a hot potato. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 09/13. #57-1946 LINCOLN MODEL 76 convertible. VIN: H150351. Blue metallic/dark blue cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,607 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older cosmetic restoration. Repaint still presents well. Bumpers and some smaller trim were replated well, but the complex grille is lacking workmanship or is a tired original. Fitted with a modern electric fuel pump. Clean engine bay shows use. Well-upholstered seats and door panels. Optional hydraulic power windows and AM radio. Modern FM radio converter body cared about any other HV-12 series Lincoln, and more times than not they were cannibalized to keep a Continental going. As a no-reserve sale, a slight nod goes to the buyer. Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. #F135-1949 FORD WOODIE wagon. VIN: 98BA665834. Midland Maroon Metallic/ brown vinyl. Odo: 51,906 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Unforgiving dark maroon paint showing signs of age with dull spots, cracking and light scratches. Wood is in great shape. Prominent front grille is scratched. Delamination on rear side widows and driver’s vent window. Rubber in decent shape spares and a removable trunk. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $17,750. This one has been on the 2013 Midwest tour: Prior to it trading hands at Mecum Indy in May for $18k (ACC# 223565), it sold for $23k at Mecum KC in April (ACC# 225196). Hell, if the body is solid (which it appeared to be), it’s worth more than the sale price here. Scratching mounted beneath dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,350. Incorrectly cataloged as a “1946 Lincoln Continental,” this is in fact the standard Lincoln convertible. After WWII, Lincoln ceased using the Zephyr name. As such, the non-Continental models were either referred to as just Lincoln or by the model number of the body style. However, while everybody saved Continentals, no- with some tears. Poor door alignment with rubbed areas inside jambs. Cracked steering wheel, but interior otherwise decent. Seats in good shape. Rubber floor covering worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,430. Seems January-February 2014 103


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP cheap, but it no-saled at $58k at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2012 (ACC# 200386) and at Mecum Indy 2012 at $48k (ACC# 205503), which suggests that this price reflects the market accurately. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #41-1953 FORD CUSTOMLINE coupe. VIN: B3PG154429. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 70,138 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Reportedly reconditioned in 2010. Waves in paint and heavy orange peel. Newer chrome. Clean engine bay. Nicely restored interior. Power brakes, no a/c. Cond: 2-. #5226-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria 2-dr hard top. VIN: P6LV154212. Pink & black/pink brocade cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 8,820 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Pink and black paint very well done. Exterior brightwork commensurate with age. Chrome wires with wide whites really pop. Glass shows some scratches. Nicely done engine compartment with period battery. Interior in good shape. Cond: 3+. seat material and carpet. Very presentable engine with a few dress-up pieces. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,750. A nice-looking car for not much money. These are robust to drive and mechanically simple, with good parts supply due to high production. Well bought. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. #94-1953 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D3L13281. Red/gray cloth. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Flawless paint, bed wood, and trim. Hood opens to front or rear. Rolled rear pan with non-stock taillights, shaved door handles. Beautiful brightwork. Crate Ford 302 with GT40 aluminum heads, aftermarket fuel injection and headers. Gorgeous gray cloth upholstery with digital dash and power windows. Vintage a/c. Four-wheel disc brakes, with a Volare subframe. Seventeen-inch Boyd’s wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. Claimed to be one of one to roll out of the factory with this paint and interior color combination. I don’t know what, if any, premium can be placed on that claim, but the final result looked marketcorrect, if not a bit of a bargain. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 09/13. #803-1963 FORD GALAXIE convertible. VIN: 3J69Z158356. Rose Beige/white vinyl/white & Rose Beige vinyl. Odo: 96,865 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-loved, well-maintained, rust-free drop-top. New repaint of good quality, brightwork mostly good with minor pitting noted. Power seats have new covers, nice dash and wheel, power windows, original AM radio. Clock and a/c inoperative. Underhood clean, new three-core radiator with dual electric fans. Power steering and brakes. Nice cruiser. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,700. These have shown a steady increase in value over the last few years, but an average one will still run you less than $10k. This one had the V8 swap going for it with several upgrades and was generally clean, but it was difficult to ignore the paint finishes. Sold market-correct considering the work needed. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13. #S552-1966 MERCURY S-55 convertible. VIN: 6H54Q520114. Emberglo/white Colortex/black vinyl. Odo: 8,807 miles. 428ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very rare car with the hottest setup ever in a Mercury, and in a very unusual factory color to boot. Fairly decent cosmetic re-do, but masking 101 was missed. Pretty sure mileage is on second go-around or reset to zero. Runs out well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,170. Not tarted up with faddish things like huge wheels or jarring colors. This was a rod for the ages. Well thought out, properly optioned, and beautifully assembled. My only gripe is the nonO/D transmission. So sue me, I like relaxed highway cruising. So nice to see a Ford engine in a Ford rod. Cliché though it is, you couldn’t build it for the price. Masters Auctions, Minot, ND, 09/13. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $23,925. Depending on demographics, big ’60s Fords are sometimes a hard sell at auctions. This example was a pretty, well-presented convertible that would attract purists. Those seeking a flashy color might look elsewhere. The sale price felt market-correct, so both parties should be satisfied. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Tacoma, WA, 08/13. #167-1964 FORD FALCON 2-dr sedan. VIN: 4R19U127864. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 57,627 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very clean car, but low-quality paint prep and application. Most glass okay. Modern wheels and tires. Clean interior with newer SOLD AT $30,240. I honestly can’t recall seeing another 1966 S-55 at auction ever— let alone with the most desirable powertrain—so this was quite a treat. Seller kind of knew what he had. He was looking for something in the mid-$30k range, but with cash on the table, his mind got right real quick. Probably top of the market for the car on the block, but in top-shelf condition, this could be a $50k car to the right people. Vicari, New Orleans, LA, 08/13. #30-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R482767. Grabber Yellow/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 16,991 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 428 Super Cobra Jet with Drag Pack and Sports Deck rear seat. Restored to concours standards, judged once, then corrected by a Shelby specialist based upon the results. Better-than-OEM paint quality. Typical bowed fiberglass hood, like they all were when new. Concours-ready engine bay. A bit more detailing needed on the undercarriage for national concours standards, but darn nice otherwise. Minimal soiling and wear on restored interior. Repro inspection stickers on windshield. Cond: 2.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL rear-axle ratio. No visible rust, but would be somewhat covered by side trim. Cond: 3+. reveals it was owned by a smoker. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. While the Marti Report stated that it’s one of eight GT500 Drag Pack cars in Grabber Yellow, it seems like I’ve been running into 1969 and ’70 Grabber Yellow Shelbys all over the place this summer. Must be one of those cycles we see in Auctionland, where you never see a certain type of car for years, then a dozen are flooding the auction staging lanes. Bid to $95k on the block, and by the end of the night announced “sold.” Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 08/13. #70-1973 FORD F-350 Ranger Camper Special pickup. VIN: F35HCQ44715. Medium Ginger Metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 57,202 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Body very straight, minor dings on trim. Paint very good original. Aftermarket rear bumper steel and surface-rusted. Interior excellent, including black-brown speckled rubber floor. Add on dealer a/c, cruise control, and 3.73 SOLD AT $5,150. Nicer than Lot 74, a 1974 F-250, even with almost 10 times the mileage, excepting the lack of 4WD. The oddlooking 140-inch wheelbase makes for better weight distribution with a slide-in camper as well as a vertical storage spot for the spare in front of the right rear tire. Fit new 16-inch wheels, add the camper or boat trailer and go. Well bought. Masters Auctions, Minot, ND, 09/13. #S564-1973 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 3F05Q233146. White/black vinyl. Odo: 34,995 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. On the plus side, it’s a real-deal Mach 1, equipped with Q-code Cleveland V8, disc brakes, Magnum 500 wheels, power steering, NACA hood, full gauge package, and more. On the down side, it was restored on a budget a few years back, with little trim parts now working their way loose. Interior SOLD AT $16,200. The last of the breed. Of course they had grown to be a bit big, but they were so much better than the soonto-arrive Mustang II. These cars are still on the soft side, and for a car in this model year with no bigger engine available, seller should be happy it did this well. For the new owner, a little investment in cosmetics might yield some profit down the road. Vicari, New Orleans, LA, 08/13. #74-1974 FORD F-250 pickup. VIN: F26YRU87422. Red/red & black vinyl. Odo: 6,026 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint good overall, with “Neche F.D.” on doors and hood. F-250 badge partly missing. Gorgeous grille protected by brush guard. Edges bumped and scraped, befitting a 40-year-old lightly used municipal vehicle. Molded plastic water tank still in box. Bubbles over left rear tire; rust-through near the bumper. Interior very nice. Radio delete plate. P.T.O. lever on floor. Used-car January-February 2014 105


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,815. An interesting combination of almost-new with patina. The only vehicle at the auction with a real use for spotlights, and it had two. This truck generated a lot of interest, both on site and at ACC headquarters. It could serve as a concours tool if the need arose, as even the hood hinge mounts were still galvanized. Or you could just drive it, slowly, as with 4.10 gears you don’t want to go much over 55 mph. (Trust me.) Well bought and sold. Masters Auctions, Minot, ND, 09/13. MOPAR #5206-1965 DODGE CORONET lightweight replica 2-dr sedan. VIN: W157190267. Brilliant Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 70,214 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Altered wheelbase done very well; Mercedes-Benz “Brilliant Silver” also well done. Panel fit, not so much. Spotless engine compartment sports faux injection stacks over 4-bbl carb. Sparse interior looks good; equipped with vintage air. Cond: 3+. fuel leak underneath. Unrestored engine in average condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,795. From the Michael Scott Collection. He purchased this vehicle because he had one identical to it after returning from Vietnam. Very nice condition for an all-original car, given the mileage. Although highly optioned with power steering, bucket seats, console, deluxe woodgrain steering wheel and more, the items that may have put off some bidders were the auto tranny and smaller of the two R/T engines. But it is still an original timepiece and a deal for the new owner. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. #1-1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH23D72293644. White/ white vinyl. Odo: 3,349 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Documented with copies of build sheet and original invoice. Older average-quality repaint holding up well with a few flaws. Front window rubber replaced with incorrect seal and silicone filling in gaps. Straight body with mostly original trim showing age. Tidy interior overall very nice. Engine paint flaking from age and use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,600. The eye-catching color and good initial impression were let down by details—the biggest of which is the VIN decoding as a base-level 383 2-bbl car. Well sold. Masters Auctions, Minot, ND, 09/13. #S136.1-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T NASCAR Cross Ram 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29U0G174601. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,163 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. True 1970 R/T Charger with Xstamped NASCAR Cross Ram powerplant. Modern additions such as big brakes, large wheels and tires, and aftermarket performance exhaust. Upgraded Tremec 5-speed transmission. Recent rotisserie restoration. Flawless paint and brightwork. New rubber everywhere. Interior shows virtually no wear. Engine shines like new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,000. There’s a limited market for this kind of car. That said, you couldn’t build one for this kind of money, so I have to call it a good buy. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 09/13. #S99-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: WS23L77192460. Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 91,980 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored with a few very small paint bubbles on passenger’s side. Chrome shows minor pitting in places. Small scratches in glass and solid older rubber all around. Clean interior. Slight SOLD AT $12,375. The first lot of any auction is always tough, and this one seemed to fare quite well. Described by the consignor as a 318, but the D-code VIN indicates a 273 from the factory. The car was well documented with original invoice and build sheet, but the owner’s statement was not cross-referenced with the build sheet. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/13. #8-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23L0B184885. Sublime/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61,687 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint with some wrinkles visible in top. Peeling black plastic at base of windshield. Originalappearing bumpers with dinged front. Glue visible around rear window. Good body prep with proper gaps. Bad spots in paint on rear spoiler. Very nice interior looks like a mix of old and new. Underhood very clean with some aftermarket touches. Factory a/c with power steering and manual brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $139,100. This car no-saled at $90k at Mecum Indy in May 2013 (ACC# 223446). Receipts included document that you could not duplicate this car for the price sold here if you were to build it yourself. The consignor says there is $80k in the engine build alone. The new owner bought the car right for less than the estimated $150k and without a two-year wait. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13. AMERICANA #17-1949 HUDSON SUPER SIX convertible. VIN: 49178709. Burgundy/white cloth/ red leather. Odo: 12,680 miles. 262-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Matching-numbers engine with a recent comprehensive rebuild. Later “Twin-H Power” carb setup added. Tidy interior. Pitted and dull brightwork. Nicely preserved wood dash. Paint scratched and dull. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,850. A darling of the show (despite it having some cosmetic needs). Aerodynamic, with flowing lines. I would 106 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL normally be concerned with 1949 unibody construction, but the dropped floorpans and chassis girders made for a fairly stable platform. Well bought. This car will show much better with a quality wetsanding and detail. Only 121 gross hp, but kids will know the marque from the movie “Cars.” Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. #47-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 26782341. Gulf Green/white vinyl/green & white vinyl. Odo: 65,528 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A solid car in need of a total restoration. Tired paint, pitted chrome. BB-sized holes in windshield—but no worries, as there is a new one in the Cond: 5. SOLD AT $31,900. The parts seemed complete, and restored examples can bring six figures, but this car needs just about everything. Market-correct price. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. #56-1967 JEEP JEEPSTER Commando SUV. VIN: 870101610188. Red & white/ white nylon/red & white vinyl. Odo: 82,165 miles. 225-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Amateur paint with excessive orange peel and cracked seams. Poor top fit, no rear window. Buick “Dauntless” V6. Power brakes. Turbo-Hydramatic GM 3-speed. 4WD. Cond: 4. #W125.1-1984 JEEP CJ-7. VIN: 1JCCE87E5ET016732. Silver/tan hard top/ brown vinyl. Odo: 80,231 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Fresh restoration with new paint, chrome, hardware and graphics. Dull spot on front bumper. Scratches on driver’s door handle. Good panel fit. Poor paint prep on hard top with scratches on rear glass. Fresh interior. Spots of delamination on rear-view mirror. Tidy and clean original engine. Cond: 2-. back seat. Deeply cracked seats. Power brakes, top and windows. Continental rear tire. One of 750 made. Title in transit. SOLD AT $14,850. A fun toy for sunny days only in its current condition. Well sold. But robust mechanicals and a hearty frame should make for minimal problems. Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 09/13. SOLD AT $17,120. CJs, Scouts, Broncos and Land Cruisers have done very well lately, and this one was no exception. Parts for these are generally inexpensive, and everything from body panels to seats can be swapped with factory-appearance replicas. For the price paid, it’s not hard to find one in this condition (or build yourself). Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/13.A January-February 2014 107


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country is not NOS, but in exceptionally good shape. Not ported or altered. Accelerator cable and return spring brackets are custom. Air filter CNC machined from billet aluminum includes a K&N washable element, anodized and CNC ball end mill engraved in tribute. For this auction I am also including a set of jets for tuning.” 29 bids. Sold at $7,600. Last issue, we saw an inline carb sell for $2,550. This is what the whole setup (with some labor-intensive custom touches) can cost. Well sold. #231043289956—Ford Boss 302 Intake, Carburetors and Jet Set. 12 photos. Item condition: Remanufactured. eBay, Bettendorf, IA. “Complete Cross Boss induction set up with the DOZX 9510A carb (875 cfm) fanatically restored to a high functional and cosmetic standard including some unique custom parts. Ready to run. All soft goods new. Every functional aspect of the carb blueprinted. Castings inspected, found to be crack-free, no stripped threads or flaws. All gasket surfaces inspected, tested for flatness. The Cross Boss intake manifold #360745560184—1914 American LaFrance Fire Engine Type 10 Transaxle. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Galena Park, TX. “Transaxle from a 1914 American LaFrance ladder truck. I opened up the covers on it and the gears look fantastic. There is a very thick black coating of lube all over the gears and I see no rust on any of them. Ring and pinion gears also look brand new. Everything rotates as it should. I believe with a simple flushing and cleaning the transaxle will be ready to use. The main casting is made of bronze. There is a date code of 1914 stamped in the bronze near the differential cover.” 1 bid. Sold at $1,800. If you’re into antique fire engines, you were probably the bidder here. Something tells me that most of these pieces and parts are already with the people who are interested in them. However, once in awhile, one pops up on eBay or at a swapmeet. and transmission will fit other year Buicks. Very rare item.” 5 bids. Sold at $3,431.76. This is the 6-cylinder to have for this era of Buick. They made 20 more horsepower than the Standard version (50 hp). Appears to be nearly plug-and-play, but it’s wise to pop open the side covers and look at the internal parts. I’ve seen more complex engines last longer in storage, but every storage situation is different. Well bought if just a carb and fluid change gets it running. Fairly bought if it takes much more. #290965964453—1927 Buick Straight-Six Engine and Transmission. 11 photos. Item condition: Remanufactured. eBay, Mount Clemens, MI. “Buick Master (large) engine, 274 ci. #198334. Completely rebuilt to factory specifications seven years ago and properly stored, but never fired or run. New bearings, pistons, rings, rebuilt head, etc. Complete with starter, generator, distributor, water pump etc. Carburetor is not available. Transmission shifts gears properly. This engine 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #436—1969 Chevrolet 350-ci V8 with Muncie 4-speed. 1 photo. Item condition: Used. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA. “A small-block Chevrolet V8 engine, number V08267WK; with Mickey Thompson valve covers and an Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor complete with Muncie 4-speed transmission.” Sold at $475. These aren’t a factory-mated pair. The WK suffix in the engine ID says this block originally bolted to a Turbo-Hydramatic, not the accompanying M21 4-speed. Still, this will at least cover core charges if they aren’t operational or rebuildable. Well bought. no damage. There are some spots on the insides of the bars. I just don’t want to bend the bars messing with it. The one I used in my sedan was in the same shape. I painted mine flat black on the backside since you can’t clean the back once it’s installed. The pictures I took are current and of the grille listed.” 19 bids. Sold at $742. Price paid is as much as a new reproduction piece sells for. Slightly well sold since repops don’t have any “spots” to address and rectify.A #121185765130— 1937 Chevrolet Grille. 3 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Humble, TX. “Grille for a 1937 Chevy car with the top trim. Reproduction of unknown brand. The finish is very good but not perfect. The bars are nice and straight and show


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Showcase Gallery supercharged car. California car, restored in ’90s. Has Marti Report and original invoice. Looks and drives beautiful. $95,000. Contact Paul, 248.808.4222, Email: paulchoukourian@yahoo.com (MI) 1969 Ford F-100 pickup Blue & white/blue. 48,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Amazing, low-mileage, original F100. Zero rust, superb condition throughout. Comes with original Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, jack. Great history. 100% correct and original. $21,500 Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: matt@degarmoltd.com Web: www.deGarmoLtd.com 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Cartier coupe S/N 2Y89A832918. Medium Green Metallic/Forest Green leather. 22,000 miles. V8, Automatic. Condition 1- stunning MK IV. 22k original miles, all-original, chalk marks from assembly line still visible. Underside as nice as top. Runs perfect. Last year of big V8. Cartier clock edition. $22,000. Contact Bill, 585.233.1727, Email: wgreener@bsk.com (NY) 2011 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 1ZVBP8CF1B5116751. White. 4,000 miles. V8, 6-sp. white with Guardsman Blue stripes. Light and fast with razor-sharp handling, perfectly balanced and powerful. One owner, never raced, with all manuals, records and promo materials. Break-in done correctly. Kept in an air-conditioned garage in FL. Like new. Contact Dan, 508.561.8616, Email: drourke@aol.com (FL) S/N JH23GOB160608. V8, Extensive performance upgrades for street, strip and track. Show-quality new build with test miles only. Additional photos and specs available. Make offer. Contact Thomas, 715.458.2277, Email: bob@ lcars.com Web: www.lcars.com (WI) V8, One-off constructed on C-2 competition chassis. 220 hp Chrysler Hemi, aluminum body. Well documented, known ownership. $750,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555, Email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Web: www.fantasyjunction.com (CA) WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT Maroon/black. I4, 3-spd manual. AACA-certified race car. Many awards. Notable drivers. DOHC McDowell head on Ford B block. Winfields, starter, Rudge wire wheels, spares, historic album. $37,500. Contact Fred, 717.277.5701, Email: racer33@comcast.net (PA) A NOW FREE! The world’s largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. www.collectorcarpricetracker.com MOPAR 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A pro-touring 2-dr hard top RACE 1952 Cunningham C-3 West Palm Beach coupe 1945 Dreyer sprint car racer It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.AmericanCarCollector.com/classifieds January-February 2014 111


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Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers. com Corvette Parts & Restoration 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. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are 112 AmericanCarCollector.com level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. 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County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Leasing Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT) Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw, Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Museums LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531, Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR best source for 1965–present Mustang, 1965–70 Shelby, and 1967–73 Mercury Cougar Parts. Call or visit our website to receive a full-color catalog full of the parts you need with the best prices in the industry. With two fully stocked warehouses, we have the largest “in stock” selection of parts. Visit us online at www.mustangsunlimited.com or join us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest buzz in all things Mustang. Customer Satisfaction is goal #1. Phone: Connecticut 888.398.9898, Georgia 888.229.2929. 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & Lemans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–29 and 1980–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird Delivery of your parts averages just 1–3 days! www.nationalpartsdepot.com National Parts Depot. 800.874.7585, We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355.A January-February 2014 113


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: An auction company in Laguna Niguel, CA, was poised to offer Lance Alworth’s ring from the 1972 Super Bowl, with bidding set to start at $44,000. One problem: The ring had been stolen many years ago from Alworth’s friend’s restaurant in San Diego and had dropped out of sight. A couple in Palm Springs claimed they had acquired the ring as collateral on a loan and entered it in the auction. They also called Alworth to see if he wanted it back. Even though he told them it had been stolen, their price to him remained a steep $40k. So Alworth called the authorities, and he got his ring back after 21 years. For the Palm Springs couple, this was not a good auction experience. Here are a few that were a lot better: EBAY #121177074589— 1939 WALT DISNEY SUNOCO CANVAS BANNER. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $599.99. Date sold: 9/22/2013. Disney licensed at least two oil companies to use their characters to promote products. Sunoco offered a couple of different styles of blotters along with banners and other promotional material that featured Mickey, Minnie and Pluto as part of their promotion. This was one of three different 36-inch x 58-inch canvas banners offered by the seller from the 1939 promotion. Condition was acceptable, and the image of Donald in the car was way cool. To my mind the price was not out of line. EBAY #161051811165— 1965 CORVETTE OWNER’S KIT. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $900. Date sold: 6/29/2013. This unused owner’s kit included a 10-karat gold lapel pin, patch and owner’s card that had the VIN of a Glen Green Fuelie roadster. The seller also included the original bill of sale and a copy of the window sticker for the Corvette. Pricey, but if you owned the car, so what? EBAY #121162253505—1965 “BIG DADDY” ED ROTH “RAT FINK” REVELL MODEL STORE DISPLAY. Number of bids: 9. SOLD AT: $535. Date sold: 8/26/2013. This threepiece hanging hobby-shop store display urged kids to buy “Rothfink” Revell Monster models. The largest piece was 13x10, and the entire display was in excellent condition. The kids even had a chance to name one of his next models and win a free kit. If you are from the era or remember Big Daddy’s Rat Fink characters, then this was a must. Someone did indeed step up. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY #390680370644—EARLY ONE-PIECE GLASS TEXACO GAS-PUMP GLOBE. Number of bids: 42. SOLD AT: $16,655. Date sold: 10/22/2013. This extremely rare one-piece globe was used in the 1915–17 time frame and was vented on top. The seller said he found it in an attic a year ago and had obviously not made any attempt to clean it. Aside from the dirt, it had a few minor chips on the mounting flange and was missing the metal surround for the vent. It was not cracked and was in remarkable condition considering its age. The holy grail for gas-globe collectors and sold appropriately. EBAY #321231176651— DUESENBERG HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 28. SOLD AT: $1,800. Date sold: 10/25/2013. The “Duesenbird” was the standard hood ornament used on Js and SJs between 1929 and 1937. It cost $25 when new, and this was the correct two-piece construction compared with the more recent reproductions, which are cast in one piece. A bit pricey considering the condition, but then again, they are rarely offered in any condition. EBAY #231026953772— 1968 SILVERSTONE CORVETTE JIM BEAM SAMPLE DECANTER. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $5,000. Date sold: 8/9/2013. This was stated to be the original sample of 12 Silverstone Corvette decanters that were made for the IAJBBSC—International Association of Jim Beam Bottle and Specialties Club. The Silverstone Silver paint, code 986, was unique to 1968, and the seller said it was impossible to match if you were respraying a decanter. No documentation was offered, but one buyer went for the tale and forked over some tall green. I hope there was at least a touch of product left in the decanter if all was not as it should be. A