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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 4 • Issue 19 • January-February 2015 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “711” RACER Not sold / Barrett-Jackson It has history, but is it as valuable as a genuine Z06? — John L. Stein Page 38 GM 1987 BUICK GNX $105k / Mecum The Lambo-beating baddest muscle car of the ’80s brings big money — Tom Glatch Page 40 FoMoCo 1971 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 $28k / Barrett-Jackson A right price for one of the last original performance Mustangs — Patrick Smith Page 42 MOPAR 1968 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T $122k / Mecum Hemi cars are coming back to the big-money spotlight — Dale Novak Page 44 AMERICAN ™ 4 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1933 FORD ROADSTER “BOYDSTER III” $70k / Mecum Not a bad buy on a car with some Boyd upside — Ken Gross Page 46 AMERICANA RACE 1958 EDSEL PACER CONVERTIBLE $36k / RM A market failure in ’58, but well bought today — Tom Glatch Page 48 2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS NASCAR RACER $165k / RM What’s the next step for a retired high-profile racer? — Jay Harden Page 50 TRUCK 1963 FORD F-100 CUSTOM CAB UNIBODY PICKUP $33k / RM A big price for an F-series, even in a hot truck market — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 52 Cover photo: 1987 Buick GNX Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible, p. 48 Teddy Pieper ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions January-February 2015 5


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 8 Torque From SEMA to Scottsdale — Jim Pickering 32 Cheap Thrills 1963–87 Jeep Gladiator and J-Series pickup — B. Mitchell Carlson 34 Horsepower Five tips for resto success — Colin Comer 36 Corvette Market The best $70k Corvettes — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 56 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas, NV At their biggest Vegas auction ever, Barrett sells 704 out of 706 cars, and sales break $33m — Travis Shetler 64 RM with Auctions America — The Sam Pack 74 The Branson Auction — Branson, MO Sales approach $3m, and 117 of 200 cars find new owners — B. Mitchell Carlson 82 Dan Kruse Classics — Austin, TX Sales total $1.3m at the Hill Country Classic, and 81 out of 192 cars change hands — Cody Tayloe 90 Roundup American iron from coast to coast — Cody Tayloe, Dan Grunwald, Bret LeBreton, Adam Blumenthal 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Collection 131 cars sell without reserve for $11.5m, and that’s just a portion of the collection — Cody Tayloe FUN RIDES 18 Good Reads The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday! — Mark Wigginton 20 Desktop Classics 1970 Oldsmobile 442 Holiday Coupe — Marshall Buck 22 Snapshots Inside the Ron Pratte Collection — Sam Stockham 28 Features The 10 coolest new items at SEMA — Tony Piff 30 SEMA in photos — Tony Piff and Jim Pickering SERV DEPA 10 What’s Car events of note 12 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 18 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 20 Cool Stuff Vintage plate puzzle and a no-touch water remover 24 Insider’s View What’s the best first collector car? 70 Our Cars 1914 Stutz Bearcat replica built by George Barris — John Boyle 88 Glovebox Notes 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4L Scat Pack 92 Quick Take 1984 Ford Bronco XLT — Jay Harden 100 One to Watch 1989 Shelby Dakota — Chad Tyson 106 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 108 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 111 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers


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Torque Jim Pickering cars without bright, miles-deep paint need not apply. This is a trade show just for people From SEMA to Scottsdale T IT MAY BE TIME TO REDEFINE WHAT YOU CALL COLLECTIBLE he annual SEMA show in Las Vegas is where the automotive aftermarket world shows off under hot lights. Here, huge wheels are the norm, fat rubber is a must, and employed in the aftermarket car world — no general public allowed — and that means the cars on display are over-the-top attentiongrabbers. The lowest cars are lower, the fastest are faster, and tire smoke buys brand credibility — all inside and around the 3.2 millionsquare-foot Las Vegas Convention Center. I’ve been going to SEMA for a few years now, and the size of the party always surprises me. It seems like no matter how much time I devote to seeing all of the show, it’s too big, with too much to see and do — especially since I’m addicted to checking out the many custom cars. I just can’t walk past a Ford Cammer or twin-supercharged big-block Chevy without stopping. Big-name builders bring their A-Game cars, and each custom rides the razor edge of design and performance. These are the cars that create new trends that later trickle into the mainstream. Everything from the type of car picked through the parts used to build it can start a movement just by its presentation or stance alone. These cars are a good barometer of where the custom-car world is heading, because you see it all at SEMA first. What’s next? This year, I was interviewed, along with noted collector car journalist and ACC Contributor Ken Gross, by Barry Meguiar for his “Car Crazy” TV show at SEMA. During our interview, we talked about the car market in general, where the money’s coming from at the top end and where the actual top of the market might be. We also discussed how cars are now being treated as pieces of art, and — something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately — the next gen of car collectors and what cars they’re interested in buying. A big part of my job here at ACC is selecting the cars we profile in each issue. So, every month I thumb through hundreds of auction results to see what’s been sold and at what kind of money. And, like I mentioned to Barry, stuff from the ’80s has come on strong 8 AmericanCarCollector.com The past is the future: 1980s Chevy short-bed modified into a ground-scraper during the past six months. Surprisingly, it’s not just the high-end stuff like the Buick GNX on our cover. It’s the more mundane stuff that’s starting to get recognized. We’ve been seeing everything from Chrysler K-cars to GM and Ford trucks from the ’70s and ’80s pop up for sale in good overall condition — and the ones that are selling are starting to see some measurable increases in value. Now that doesn’t mean your mother’s 1984 Dodge Caravan is now a collectible, but maybe her low-mile 1984 Bronco is. Don’t believe me? Check out this month’s Quick Take on page 92. Considering that, it shouldn’t have been a surprise to see some cars from this era done up at SEMA. One pair of customs in particular really caught my attention — a 1980s short-bed Chevy truck and a similar late ’70s version, both slammed on the ground with glossed-up stock-style paint schemes and large-by-huge wheels and rubber. These were the first two trucks from this generation I’ve ever seen done up at the show, and they turned a lot of heads while I was there. If that’s not reinforcement of a new trend, I don’t know what is. On to Arizona What SEMA in November is to the American custom-car world, Scottsdale in January is to the American car auction world. This is the week that sets the tone for the auction year in the U.S. market, and it always starts with a bang. Last year’s event set a record $253m in sales, and this year’s extravaganza promises to be even bigger, with heavy-hitters like the Ron Pratte Collection at Barrett-Jackson. Many of the Pratte Collection cars were record-setters on their own in past auctions, and now they’re all coming up for sale once again. Undoubtedly, it’ll be one of those one-off specials that makes the big money and is the big news from the week. But while those cars will be the stars Have you driven a Ford lately? of the show, and our traditionally hot cars like vintage Shelbys and LS6 Chevelles will likely stay hot, I think we’ll see some movement on cars from later eras — cars that we might not have thought twice about last year. After all, what’s cool — and what’s valuable — is all in the eye of the beholder. That view, at least from where I’m sitting, is changing. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events Eighth Annual ACC Insider’s Seminar Colin Comer, author of Shelby Mustang Fifty Years, The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles: Cobras, Mustangs and Super Snakes and Shelby Cobra Fifty Years, will talk about highperformance American collector cars at the Eighth Comer Annual Arizona Insider’s Seminar presented by American Car Collector and BarrettJackson Endorsed Insurance. The seminar is on January 14 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ. In addition, an expert panel — including Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson and Editor Jim Pickering — will take a look at American car market — and how to get more young people involved. The seminar is free for SCM and ACC subscribers, Bloomington Gold-Certified Corvette owners and NCRS members. $10 for all others. Barrett-Jackson admission is required to get into WestWorld. www.americancarcollector.com (AZ) Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. ACC’s Insider’s Seminar always draws a healthy crowd of American-car enthusiasts 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 and Silver auctions. 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 Wednesday, January 14. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2015 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. Grand National Roadster Show Did you wade through snow or tiptoe on ice today? It’s winter, but Southern California is basking in sunny, shirt-sleeve weather. Heat things up at the 66th 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 23 through January 25. 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 show is the place to show off the car you’ve been working on for years — and 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. SoCal is the place to be in January. www.rodshows.com (CA)A 10 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Tony Piff Star Car: 1953 Buick roadmaster, formerly owned by Howard Hughes, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. unrestored, with 5,339 actual miles JAnuAry Dave Rupp — Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 9–11 Featured cars: • 1936 Cord phaeton When: January 10–12 Last year: 1,401 of 1,405 sold / $110m Featured cars: Star Car: 1953 Buick Roadmaster. Formerly owned by Howard Hughes, who had the car hermetically sealed and equipped with high-power air-filtering system. Unrestored, with 5,339 actual miles More: www.barrett-jackson.com • 1950 General Motors Futurliner. Offered from the Ron Pratte Collection. Proceeds to benefit the Armed Forces • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom “CheZoom.” One of Boyd Coddington’s most famous creations Foundation Russo and Steele — Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15–18 Last year: 484/735 cars sold / $21m Star Car: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss Star Car: Supercharged 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Tom Mack — Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 9–10 More: www.tommackclassics.com Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2014 Where: Scottsdale, AZ 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Star Car: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 at russo and Steele Scottsdale


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK More: www.russoandsteele.com 429. Restored to “Trailer Concours Gold” standards Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 13–14 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 87/101 cars sold / $23.4m Featured cars: Star Car: 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda at Mecum Kissimmee Star Car: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette. Exceedingly original and preserved example offered from the Ardie Overby estate. No reserve • 1937 Chevrolet Master Deluxe sport coupe. Multiple-award-winning example from the Ardie Overby estate. No reserve More: www.bonhams.com • 1948 Buick Roadmaster convertible. No reserve RM Auctions — Automobiles of Arizona Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 15–16 Last year: 108/126 cars sold / $45.6m Featured cars: Star Car: 1949 Mercury convertible custom by Dick Dean Last year: 110 of 118 sold / $49m Featured cars: Featured cars: • 1957 Dodge D-500 convertible. Equipped with factory record player • 1959 Desoto Adventurer More: www.silverauctions.com Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 16–25 Last year: 1,759/2,576 cars sold / $62.7m Featured cars: Star Car: 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Star Cars: 1967 and 1968 Chevrolet Yenko Super Camaros. Highly documented examples. (Gooding estimate: $425k–$525k each) • 1921 Dodge Brothers hot rod pickup • 1957 Chrysler Saratoga. Recent restoration to exacting standards; 33,000 original miles. Nicely equipped example with power steering and power brakes More: www.rmauctions.com Gooding & Company — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16–17 • 1933 Ford roadster ($125k–$175k) More: www.goodingco.com • 1933 Pierce-Arrow 1247 LeBaron convertible sedan. No reserve ($250k–$300k) Silver Auctions — Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 15–17 Last year: 191/328 cars sold / $3.3m • 1966 Ford CS500 Shelby Racing transporter truck in unrestored condition More: www.mecum.com • 1978 Pontiac Trans Am formerly owned by Burt Reynolds Petersen Salem Collector Car Auction Where: Salem, OR When: January 31 Last year: 37/93 cars sold / $398k More: www.petersencollectorcars.com FEBruAry Leake — OKC 2015 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 20–21 Last year: 305/393 cars sold / $6.4m More: www.leakecar.com McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 20–22 Last year: 409/561 cars sold / $7.5m More: www.classic-carauction.com Star Car: 1949 Mercury custom by Dick Dean at rM Phoenix 14 AmericanCarCollector.com G. Potter King — Atlantic City Classic Car Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 27–March 1 More: www.acclassiccars.comA — the highest-optioned example known to exist


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin D Readers help choose our cover id you know that some of you helped pick the image of the Buick GNX that’s on our cover? Before every issue, we send out an email to our newsletter subscribers with the choices the art directors, David Tomaro and Jeff Stites, are considering for the cover. Your choices help us stay connected with you. This month, the entire editorial team was assembled, and senti- ment was running strong to choose the 2006 NASCAR Monte Carlo SS. We’ve never had a car that new on the cover, and never a NASCAR racer, either. Some felt strongly it would be attractive to our readers, and others felt that the NASCAR connection might not be a first choice with ACC subscribers. The poll went out, and the results of the voting were conclusive. The GNX came in first, with 34% of the votes. The Monte Carlo was dead last, with just 13%. The Ford F-100 was second with 29%, and the Boydster third with 24%. All four cars are profiled in this issue, as each represents a signifi- cant sale in their respective market segments. But when it came down to what you wanted on the cover, it was the GNX, and our art directors agreed with you. We think this also may translate into better sales on the newsstand, but we won’t know that for some months. ACC has an electronic newsletter that goes out every other week. It is filled with information about the latest sales, and news about upcoming events like our Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. If you’re an ACC reader, you’ll like getting it. Plus, you’ll get a chance to tell us what you think about the cars and trucks we are considering for the cover. To subscribe, go to www.americancarcollector.com and click on “Newsletter Signup” on the right hand side of the page. And start watching your inbox for more good stuff about collecting American cars and trucks. A CAR COLLECTOR Volume 4, number 1 January-February 2015 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 Pat Campion Dale Novak Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Scott Correy SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin ADVErTISInG SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 211 SuBSCrIPTIonS Subscriptions Manager Sarah Willis 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 JOIN US Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Norm Mort Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak We thought about it, but you decided: no 16 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 © 2015 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 Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Everyone in and around racing has heard the phrase “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday.” It’s used The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday! by Bob McClurg, CarTech, 192 pages, $27.76 (Amazon) as a justification, balm and mantra for those who sell cars. The man behind the phrase is Bob Tasca, specifically Robert F. Tasca Sr., and in the 60 years since starting to sell Fords from his Hudson dealership (he initially couldn’t get the Ford franchise he wanted), Tasca, his sons and grandsons have been innovative racers and marketers, living the motto. Along the way, Tasca became one of the largest dealers in the U.S., with a racing legacy that includes historic winners, even pushing Ford itself to build faster street cars. He even helped (through personal magnetism and salesmanship) launch Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. Well-known automotive writer Bob McClurg traces the family history, as well as the racing history. And for Tasca, it is all about family. Even his racing started as a way to amuse his three young boys, a reward for their hard work cleaning cars on his lots after school, which in turn was his way of keeping them busy, harnessing their energy, teaching them the family business…and giving his wife a break. Tasca Fords competed in road racing and other endeavors, but the focus was always that quarter-mile bit of asphalt that was both battlefield and marketing platform. The Tasca experience quickly became part of Ford itself, with the ’60s marketing slogan of “Total Performance” growing from the Tasca’s success and a close relationship with all echelons of the manufacturer. Unlike Ford’s Le Mans and Indianapolis goals, Tasca remained focused on drag racing because, as he told Henry Ford II, “I can make money drag racing because it’s mainstream. I know you guys like the high-brow stuff…that’s fine for image, but I don’t put image in the bank; I put dollars in the bank.” Throughout the years, Tasca’s success in drag racing has been a keystone to his win/sell busi- ness plan. It began in the early ’60s at the Charleston (Rhode Island) Drag Strip, and continues to the present day, where the patriarch’s grandson, Bob Tasca III, competes at the top echelon of NHRA Funny Car racing. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Evans High Performance Waterless Engine Coolant Waterless coolant shouldn’t be news to any serious collector. For over 20 years, the fine folks at Evans have showed the world a better way to keep engines running cool. They champion that no water means no pressure/corrosion/ erosion/overheating and ultimately no problems associated with your cooling system. Need celebrity endorsement to reinforce the idea? It helps keep things cool at Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage (okay, not the steam cars) and Edd China from TV’s “Wheeler Dealers” endorsed the product. Visit evanscooling.com for technical details and to locate a dealer near you. (There is also some fun reading about the chemical and physical limitations of water on the site for us nerds in the audience.) 18 AmericanCarCollector.com 1982–92 Chevrolet Camaro Radiator Filler Cover I, along with other ACC staffers, expect to see increas- ing values for the cars I saw and drove during my formative years. And that consists of a lot of iron and plastic from the 1980s, because no sane parent buys a teenager a new car. I did learn to drive stick on my second car, a 1988 Camaro. Details can make the difference between selling at your price or theirs. Plus, isn’t it just better to have clean, nice cars? Help bring back your third-gen Camaro by replacing the damaged or missing radiator filler cover. You know the piece. It was black; now it’s more of a brown, gray or green. In addition to beautifying the engine bay, it’ll help keep the cooling system working by correctly directing airflow as designed. For more information on these panels (p/n 14019578) and the installation hardware (R8292), go to classicindustries.com or call 855.35.PARTS. A Lineage: Bob McClurg is a solid profes- sional, and he had the full cooperation of the Tasca family and records to create an accurate history. don’t really need all the cutouts, do we?) with competent printing help a book that suffers from mediocre design and typography. Fit and finish: Lots of great photos (though we Drivability: Bob Tasca Sr. died in 2010 at 83. It’s too bad he wasn’t around for the completion of this book, because it is a fitting tribute to a man dedicated to family, business and racing. His creativity and drive led to making his own high-performance cars to sell, which actually pushed Ford to create national models and packages. That in turn helped keep Ford in the street and strip horsepower race. And in telling the story, McClurg has created a rounded, readable portrait of the Tasca patriarch and dynasty. is best


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COOLSTUFF Plate puzzle If you love colorful vintage license plates, this 1,000-piece puzzle is a must-have. M 30 inches by 24 inches www.genuinehotro Make it sharp The tried-and-true Spyderco Sharpmaker i simple, versatile blade ener that will last year set it up and draw you straight down the “sto watch your edge come b life. When you’re done all the pieces snap together for compact storage. $63 from www bladehq.com by Tony Piff Touchless car dryer The Air Force Master Blaster dries your car with a blast of filtered air, for zero water spots and no risk of micro-scratches. It’s the only way to remove water from hard-to-access crevices such as side-view mirrors and body seams. The 4-hp unit pumps out 58,500 feet of air per minute. $349 from www.mamotorworks.com Music on the go No modern car stereo in your old car? No problem. The UE Boom wireless speaker syncs to your smartphone via Bluetooth and streams your favorite music in a big way — loud enough to hear over your rumbly V8. It also acts as a hands-free calling tool, thanks to its built-in mic, and it’ll go 15 hours on a charge. Keep your original AM radio and toss this in the back seat. $199 from www.ultimateears.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1970 oldsmobile 442 Holiday Coupe There was always something about the multi- page Dr. Olds ads that really stood out. I still have one of the eight-page ads filed in my research archives. They were brilliant and memorable marketing. Like Frankenstein, the Dr. Olds 442s live again — this time in 1:18 scale, thanks to ACME Trading Co. and their all-new series of 1970–72 Oldsmobile 442s from the Dr. Olds ad campaign. There will be four to six in the series, with trim packages from W-30s to Holiday Coupes such as this first release. ACME has revived older tooling with numerous upgrades and details. The only giveaway to their age is the “dog-leg” door hinges, although those have been thoughtfully painted flat black. You’ll love the attention to detail, from the great 455 engine to a fully detailed interior with its carpeting, movable sun visors, and even the ceiling-mounted shoulder belts. Everything opens, and there’s full chassis detail, too. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Nugget Gold Quantity: 936 Price: $134.95 Production date: 2014 Web: www.acmediecast.com Ratings Detailing: ½ Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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SNAPSHOTS AuTHE RON PRATTE COLLECTION Vehicle auction: Begins January 13 at 4 p.m. Where: Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 tomobilia auction: Begins January 11 at 9 a.m. INSIDE S The Ron Pratte Collection Story and photos by Sam Stockham ome of Barrett-Jackson’s most memorable and high-profile auction cars of the past decade will be coming back to market this January, as Barrett-Jackson sells off the entire Ron Pratte Collection at its annual Scottsdale flagship sale at WestWorld on January 10–18. Remember the GM Futurliner? This huge vehicle resulted in an even higher profile sale when it crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block in January 2006, selling for $4.3m. That one sale turned the collector car auction market into dinner-table talk almost overnight. BarrettJackson struck paydirt again in the world of priceless marketing with the sale of CSX3015, the one-of-two and only remaining twin-supercharged Shelby Cobra Super Snake. It sold for a staggering $5.5m in January 2007. Real-estate developer Ron Pratte was responsible for purchasing both, and he’s been buying ever since. Pratte managed to accumulate more than 100 blue-chip names with a nod toward Shelby, and Coddington, and Yenko… Do you see a trend? In September, I was invited to tour the collection, which has been housed in a few nonde- script airplane hangars in Chandler, AZ. Barrett-Jackson CEO Craig Jackson and President Steve Davis were both on hand to give details on the collection and talk about the coming sale. While the Futurliner and the Super Snake may be the most recognized vehicles, Pratte’s collection also includes gems such as the lowest-VIN Ford GT sold to the public, many Hollywood cars including the ’58 Plymouth Fury known as “Christine,” and Howard Hughes’ 1953 Buick Roadmaster, built with its own air filtration system. To say that this collection is stunning is an absolute understatement. Every single car and piece of automobilia will be on offer at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction. The automobilia collection alone, which includes hundreds of original signs, globes and more than 40 original pedal cars, is going to take a couple of days to sell. Why sell such a fantastic collection? To quote Steve Davis, “He (Pratte) didn’t get into it for the money and he is not selling it for the money.” Many may speculate that he is trying to time the market, but Craig and Steve insist that is not the case. One thing is for sure: Mr. Pratte is no fool, and he has decided to donate all proceeds from the Futurliner sale to help the Armed Forces Foundation — a charity very close to Pratte, as he’s a Vietnam veteran himself. Regardless of motivation, the bottom line here is that this is one of the most exciting collec- tions to be offered in quite a while, so get your paddles warmed up and make sure you find a spot close to the stage. You you won’t want to miss it. A 22 AmericanCarCollector.com 1907 Harley-Davidson Strap Tank


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SOME OF BARRETT-JACKSON’S HIGHEST-PROFILE CARS ARE AVAILABLE AGAIN — AND YOU CAN OWN THEM 1950 General Motors Futurliner and 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special concept car 2007 Blastolene B-702 custom roadster 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake January-February 2015 23


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INSIDER’S VIEW The best first collector car The ACC question: Most of us have been involved in the car world for years. But if you can imagine just starting out in the car world today, knowing what you know from years of experience, what would you buy, how much would you spend, and why would you choose that car over everything else available today? What’s the best first collector car for someone new to the hobby? 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month’s question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. Readers respond: Tom, via ACC Blog: Pontiac Fiero. You can get a very nice 1986–88 GT with decently low mileage for $4k to $6k. Lots of club support. Parts availability is good, they are easy to work on, they still look cool and they are a blast to drive. Vince Manto, via ACC Blog: Some cars, although reasonably priced and collectible, have issues that could present a problem to “new-to-the-hobby” types, and there are many issues such as stick/ automatic, power brakes/steering, convertible etc. I would suggest a Corvette (any year), or perhaps any old car that parts can easily be found for, so that a new hobbyist does not get frustrated and abandon the hobby (ask me how I know). Once in the hobby, people usually mingle with other collectors/hobbyists, and learn from them all the knowledge needed to determine their next move, whether it be a different car or to improve their own. Jim Mayo, Las Vegas, NV: Buy a mid-’80s John Layzell, South Florida: 1984 Ford Mustang GT350 20th Anniversary convertible 5.0L. Craig Bradley, via email: 1960s Mustang. They’re prolific and reasonable. Wassmattau, via ACC Blog: 1968–72 Chevy half-ton pickup. Tony Moller, via ACC Blog: My suggestion would be an A-body Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1968 through 1972. I might be considered prejudiced, but that would be my car. That is because my first collector car was a 1972 Cutlass Supreme convertible that belonged to my dad. Wayne H., via ACC Blog: It is important to pick a project you Trans Am GTA or Camaro IROC. Cheap to buy, cheap to fix, fair following, will go up in value. They’re somewhat rare — you don’t see them much. And I think they have the cool factor. Delta Raider, via ACC Blog: If you want to be like everyone else, get a Mustang or Camaro from the no-horsepower ’80s. If you dare to be different, find a 401 or 360 AMC Javelin from 1971–74. You may have to answer a few questions like “what is that?” but you will be noticed. Dave Lennartz, via email: How about a Fox-body Mustang? It could be a V8 (lots of hop-up potential), 5-speed (had one) or A/T. Or, slightly more exotic, how about an SVO? Or one of the specialedition convertibles (like the 7UP)? If there’s more money available, what about an early Saleen? On the other hand, how about a lawenforcement notchback coupe? What about a first-generation Lightning pickup? (Had one.) Or the Chevrolet SS pickup that preceded the Lightning by a few years? Brad Adamson, via email: 1990 Chevrolet SS 454 shortbox pickup. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com “You will never be sorry buying the best car you can find” can finish, meaning it has to be within your skills and budget. Finding a project candidate that can be bought, fixed and sold at a profit is likely pretty elusive for most folks. I’ve fixed a lot of project cars, and the profit is directly proportional to how much “free” labor I can invest in it. Here are several favorites of mine: ’60s Mustangs. Fairlane or Falcon on V8s. Chevy or Ford pickups up through about 1972, but this line is rising — look for the pre-plastic-dash and interior-trim trucks, and those with disc brakes are better drivers. All of these have a decent reproduction parts supply, so most everything can be had to put them back to like-new condition — meaning you can get it finished. Larry Hoffman, South Texas: The best collector car is one I can afford to buy — something not “trending.” I especially watch for local bargains. I am no longer make-specific. Jim Polston, Summertown, TN: A great first collector car would be a mid-’70s Stingray. They can be had at varying prices depending on condition. I personally have a 1976 Can Am-bodied Corvette, in almost show condition. Insurance can be a problem, but companies like Hagerty are available and very reasonable. Chris Kunkler, Atlanta, GA: It would have to be the Chevy Corvair, preferably the second-generation Corsa or Corsa Turbo. Here are a host of reasons/arguments for this choice, in no particular order: • Millions were made and sold; easy to find non-rust buckets. • They are very, very affordable/inexpensive. • They are very easily modified/personalized, inexpensively, to


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1966 Ford Mustang 1984 Pontiac Fiero provide excellent handling and great performance. • The styling is timeless. • Replacement parts are all over the place (many thanks to Clarke’s). • They’re so simple that a small toolbox can take care of rebuilding the entire car. • Did I mention that Corvairs parts cost and availability are unmatched? • Many other Chevy parts from Camaros, etc., of that era, bolt right on. • They were very well built, as were all GM cars of the era. • The club support is second to none! Doug Wittkowski, via email: For me, rule number one is not so much what car, but the condition of the car being considered. Learning a few minor repairs might be part of the fun and a good idea for a first-time collector. But more times than I care to remember, I have seen it end in tears if the search for a “buy” leads to a car that really needs more work than the owner is capable of completing. And by capable it can range from or be a combination of lack of time, money or skill. Concentrate on buying the best of the car you decide on, and consider possibly going down in price range to achieve that goal. You will never be sorry buying the best car you can find. A Comments with your subscription renewals We love to hear from our readers, and here’s what some of you had to say when you re-upped your subscriptions. Thank you! I like the auctions when you do good buys and bad buys. — Dave Savaiano, Philadelphia, PA More muscle cars and less antiques of the ’40s and ’50s. — Chick Renn, York, PA (Feature more) lower- end cars. — Mike Byers, Spartanburg, SC Love the auction results! Thanks! — Ed Millard, Upland, CA Host some info conference calls or webinars. — Ralph Tileston, Summerville, SC More articles on rare Chevy trucks. — David Franco, Los Angeles, CA You’re the best! — Dan Kruse, San Antonio, TX More Corvette cover- age! — Bob Progner, Sarasota, FL I like to see docu- mentation, build sheets, window stickers, etc. — Jeff Hecker, Vancouver, WA More 1965 Shelby info. — Bob Bychowski, Bolingbrook, IL Add more on Corvettes. To go from Corvette Market where it was all ’Vettes to current where Corvette seems to get equal billing to Mopars and all others. Feature more than one ’Vette per issue. Thanks. — John Stimac, St. Catharines, ON, Canada Watch for er- rors! A while back, a 1949 Frazer was reviewed, stated that the manufacturer also made radios and appliances… WRONG! It was Powell Crosley who made radios, etc., NOT Mr. Kaiser or Mr. Frazer. — Walter Breville Jr., Valley Park, MO Walter, thanks for your eagle eye! — Jim Pickering When a collector car is restored, give costs, i.e.: motor, bodywork, interior etc. ’50s, ’60s muscle cars. Thank you. — Raymond Lonbardo , Drexel Hill, PA Just lovin’ it! I own Guldstrand GS-90 #2 Prototype first customer car. — Charlie Budenz, Menifee, CA My interest is in stock Packards and Hudsons. Love your magazine — Pocket Price Guide is great! Thanks! — Bill Bageant, Oak Harbor, WA Mercury, in particu- lar ’66–’70. — Joseph Abely, Wrentham, MA Discuss the paint jobs in more detail, i.e. base coat, clear coat vs. acrylic enamel. How did the cars really used to look. — Ananta Sivam, Renton, WA How about a special Corvette issue at the end of the year? — Ron Petrus, Plain City, OH January-February 2015 25 FEATURE! NEW


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind All in the details I just skimmed issue 18. I love the publication, and also receive many other car magazines. I feel that the editorial comments in ACC are generally dead-on. Two quick questions: A ’68 Firebird 400 (Auctions America Burbank auction report, p. 60) is referred to as a first-year model. I thought these were also out as ’67s. The ’76 F-100 (Race Profile, p. 52) looks a lot like a ’67 to me. Am I missing something? — Paul Shanahan, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering responds: Thanks for the note, Paul. You’re right about Frank Vessel’s race truck profiled in issue #18 looking earlier than its listed year. Some sources say the truck started out life as a ’72 F-100 (although the grille looks to be a ’67 piece). Some of the vintage shots supplied by Auctions America show a ’73-up front end, cab, and long-bed configuration. What we do know is that it was built into its Class 8 race configuration in 1976 by Charlie Haga. That’s how the auction house had the truck listed for sale — as a ’76 — presumably because of its race build date. It was sold on a bill of sale and had no VIN listed. As for the Firebird, the first year was ’67. You got us on that one. Good eye! Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com The full scoop on Scoop’s Ford I recently received my November- 1968 Pontiac Firebird. It was not a first-year model December 2014 issue of American Car Collector. I was excited to see the emphasis given to the 1976 Ford F-100 race truck once owned by the renowned Frank “Scoop” Vessels. I was, however, disappointed in the many inaccuracies purported by the author, John L. Stein. In short, he needs to attend “Off-Road 101” with regard to the history surrounding this vehicle. I have enclosed an article printed in the December 1976 issue of Off Road Magazine, where in fact this truck was the focus of an article on tire testing. Frank Vessels raced on a set of Desert Dog PCV tires for the SCORE Riverside Championship race. There are a number of photographs of this truck with the fenderside rear bed looking pretty much like the actual auction truck sans several manufacturer logos or decals. In short, more research done by the author would have made a more accurate article. In closing, I have also enclosed my “The ’76 F-100 looks a lot like a ’67 to me. Am I missing something?” renewal for your great magazine and look forward to many years of outstanding auction-related coverage. — Walter A. Kimble, Gastonia, NC ACC Editor Jim Pickering responds: Thanks for the information, Walter. It’s clear from the images you sent over that this truck did in fact race in-period as it looked on auction day. Courtesy of Auctions America Is it a ’67, a ’72 or a ’76? Per the auction house and presumed build date, we’re going with ’76 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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FEATURESHOPPING LIST PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT 10 new items that stood out at SEMA by Tony Piff 3 L 1 Whitewall looks, modern performance Give your resto-mod that old- school look without compromi ing modern performance technology. This 20-inch alloy rim replicates a vintage steel wheel with a faux wide white stripe. The cutaway image illustrates a 14-inch rotor and six-piston Wilwood caliper concealed in what looks like a 14-inch rim! $1,200–$1,400 per wheel from www.deluxewheels. com 2 ooking for cool products at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association is kind of like trying to land a snowflake on your tongue in a 100-mph blizzard at Disneyland. There’s so much stuff and so much stimulation that half the job is just filtering out the hype and maintaining your focus. Here are 10 fresh products that stood out at SEMA and made me say, “Hey, that’s pretty cool!” No corrosion, no tools The Jibb Safety Cable Fastener replaces the traditional nut and bolt on most battery cable ends. The proprietary polymer material not only eliminates corrosion, but allows you to safely install or remove the battery cable in seconds without tools. Made in the U.S.A. $29.95 from www.jibbsafetycable.com 4 Storage surface These sliding drawers give you added storage capacity without adding clutter. Each drawer holds up to 200 pounds, and the deck is rated for up to 2,000 pounds. The system is weatherproof and secure, and it installs without drilling. Made in the U.S.A. Price for a standard 6.5-foot bed is $1,149.99. www.decked.com 5 Sleeper hit Map in your mirror The SmartNav 5 replaces your stock mirror. It features 3D-mapped GPS with audible turn-by-turn directions, Bluetooth integration, dash cam with DVR, and the system even includes a backup camera. The navigation touchscreen is translucent, so it still functions as a full-width mirror when you focus through it at the reflection in the distance. $749.99 from www.app-tronics.com 28 AmericanCarCollector.com of the summer The AirBedz air mattress fits around and over your wheelwells, turning your entire pickup truck cargo bed into a sleeping surface. It’s just the thing for camping, tailgating, and outdoor romance. Many sizes available to fit most makes and models. $219.99 from www.truckairbedz.com


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6 8 Shackle me not BubbaRope’s Gator- Keep on creepin’ on Traditional creepers on casters can’t handle uneven terrain, and they all require some amount of ground clearance. The Magic Creeper slides over any surface with no clearance needed. The slick, durable loop of fabric works like a conveyor belt, and it rolls up for easy portability with the integrated straps. Measures 60 inches long by 28 inches wide. $74 from www.magiccreeper.com 7 9 Jaw soft shackle has a breaking strength of 32,000 pounds. It’s stronger than a comparable steel shackle, but it floats! Made in the U.S.A. $42.99 from www.bubbarope. com Click shut Now you can add the self-latching no-slam doors featured Red solo cups Tailgate beer pong. $89 from www.tailgatepong.com 10 Chain keeper Twisting up excess chain lowers the load rating and is illegal in some states. This simple, elegant widget keeps your safety chains off the ground. Choose from black, orange or yellow. Made in the U.S.A. $8.95 from www.hitch-gear.com on many modern luxury cars to any vehicle. SlamStop catches a slightly closed door and pulls it completely into the closed position. Slamming the door won’t harm the system. The kit installs easily with standard tools, and a discreet slot is the only sign of modification. Price for four doors, including installation, is about $1,200; $600 for two doors. Call 818-850-7760 or visit www.SLAMSTOP.com. January-February 2015 29


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to the company. Trucks were a sizable chunk of Willys’ market before the war, and after hostilities ended, the company went back to building pickups again — although with plenty of influence from that beloved model MB jeep. Yet by the late 1950s, Willys’ Q Detailing Years produced: 1963–87 Number produced: 135,791 (1974–87, previous years have inconclusive data) Original list price: $2,696 Current ACC Valuation: $7,000–$22,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Data plate on the cowl, driver’s door A-pillar, or base of the windshield (post-1980) full-sized pickups were really starting to look dated. A modern truck For 1963, Kaiser-Willys changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep and went about modernizing its trucks. The dated flat-fendered trucks were out, replaced by the all-new J-series Gladiator pickup and the Wagoneer. The Gladiator, initially cata- Engine # location: Basic casting numbers only, in various locations the block, depending upon source of engine Clubs: American Motors Owners Association More: www.amonational.com Additional: American Truck Historical Society Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to t Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to the company. Trucks were a sizable chunk of Willys’ market before the war, and after hostilities ended, the company went back to building pickups again — although with plenty of influence from that beloved model MB jeep. Yet by the late 1950s, Willys’ Q Detailing Years produced: 1963–87 Number produced: 135,791 (1974–87, previous years have inconclusive data) Original list price: $2,696 Current ACC Valuation: $7,000–$22,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Data plate on the cowl, driver’s door A-pillar, or base of the windshield (post-1980) full-sized pickups were really starting to look dated. A modern truck For 1963, Kaiser-Willys changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep and went about modernizing its trucks. The dated flat-fendered trucks were out, replaced by the all-new J-series Gladiator pickup and the Wagoneer. The Gladiator, initially cata- Engine # location: Basic casting numbers only, in various locations the block, depending upon source of engine Clubs: American Motors Owners Association More: www.amonational.com Additional: American Truck Historical Society loged loged as models J-200 through J-330 (based on weight ratings and wheelbase), had modern, squaredoff, clean styling. It featured roomy cabs, a dramatic upright grille, and the choice of two cargo boxes (the full-width Townside, and the step-sided and appropriately named Thriftside). It also featured an all-new en- Cheap ThCheap ThrCheap ThrThrills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to thep Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to the company. Trucks were a sizable chunk of Willys’ market before the war, and after hostilities ended, the company went back to building pickups again — although with plenty of influence from that beloved model MB jeep. Yet by the late 1950s, Willys’ Q Detailing Years produced: 1963–87 Number produced: 135,791 (1974–87, previous years have inconclusive data) Original list price: $2,696 Current ACC Valuation: $7,000–$22,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Data plate on the cowl, driver’s door A-pillar, or base of the windshield (post-1980) full-sized pickups were really starting to look dated. A modern truck For 1963, Kaiser-Willys changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep and went about modernizing its trucks. The dated flat-fendered trucks were out, replaced by the all-new J-series Gladiator pickup and the Wagoneer. The Gladiator, initially cata- Engine # location: Basic casting numbers only, in various locations the block, depending upon source of engine Clubs: American Motors Owners Association More: www.amonational.com Additional: American Truck Historical Society loged as models J-200 through J-330 (based on weight ratings and wheelbase), had modern, squared- off, clean styling. It featured roomy cabs, a dramatic upright grille, and the choice of two cargo boxes (the full-width Townside, and the step-sided and appropri- ately named Thriftside). It also featured an all-new en- 1963- 1963 ad for a Jeep Gladiator horsepower. Within a year, Wagoneers started to diverge from Gladiators, as the former featured a new horizontally themed grille in 1964 and the latter kept the same basic grille through 1969. For 1965, an optional 327-ci AMC V8 entered the mix, making 250 hp, while the standard engine became the AMC 232-ci OHV six. Model nomenclatures shuffled to become J-xxxx, with four digits, once again denoting cargo capacity and wheelbase. For 1967, all two-wheel-drive models were dropped. By 1968, an optional 230-hp 350-ci V8 from Buick was available. More engines, different names AMC bought Kaiser-Jeep in 1970, renaming the company Jeep Corp. Gladiator nomenclature continued through 1971, afterward internally referred to as just “Jeep Trucks” or J-series. Powertrain Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr heap Thrills B. Mitchell Carls rills B. Mitchell Carlson Jeep’s full-size but pickups were far from foreign to the company. Trucks were a sizable chunk of Willys’ market before the war, and after hostilities ended, the company went back to building pickups again — although with plenty of influence from that beloved model MB jeep. Yet by the late 1950s, Willys’ Q Detailing Years produced: 1963–87 Number produced: 135,791 (1974–87, previous years have inconclusive data) Original list price: $2,696 Current ACC Valuation: $7,000–$22,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Data plate on the cowl, driver’s door A-pillar, or base of the windshield (post-1980) full-sized pickups were really starting to look dated. A modern truck For 1963, Kaiser-Willys changed its name to Kaiser-Jeep and went about modernizing its trucks. The dated flat-fendered trucks were out, replaced by the all-new J-series Gladiator pickup and the Wagoneer. The Gladiator, initially cata- Engine # location: Basic casting numbers only, in various locations the block, depending upon source of engine Clubs: American Motors Owners Association More: www.amonational.com Additional: American Truck Historical Society loged as models J-200 through J-330 (based on weight ratings and wheelbase), had modern, squared- off, clean styling. It featured roomy cabs, a dramatic upright grille, and the choice of two cargo boxes (the full-width Townside, and the step-sided and appropri- ately named Thriftside). It also featured an all-new en- 1963 ad for a Jeep Gladiator horsepower. Within a year, Wagoneers started to diverge from Gladiators, as the former featured a new horizontally themed grille in 1964 and the latter kept the same basic grille through 1969. For 1965, an optional 327-ci AMC V8 entered the mix, making 250 hp, while the standard engine became the AMC 232-ci OHV six. Model nomenclatures shuffled to become J-xxxx, with four digits, once again denoting cargo capacity and wheelbase. For 1967, all two-wheel-drive models were dropped. By 1968, an optional 230-hp 350-ci V8 from Buick was available. More engines, different names AMC bought Kaiser-Jeep in 1970, renaming the company Jeep Corp. Gladiator nomenclature continued through 1971, afterward internally referred to as just “Jeep Trucks” or J-series. Powertrain UNDERDOG UNDERDOG THE GLADIATOR COULDN’T SURVIVE IN THE PICKUP ARENA uick, name some American pickup trucks. Ford, Chevy, and Dodge roll off your tongue like a reflex action. International and Studebaker follow if you think a little bit. Bet you forgot about Jeep. Everybody knows Willys for its famous World War II MB model, 1972 Jeep J-2000


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1977 Jeep Honcho ad larger AMC 258, remaining for the rest of J-series production. In 1974, their names officially became the J-10, J-20, and J-30, to play in the same ballpark as the rest of the U.S. light truck industry for half-, three-quarter-, and oneton models. AMC introduced the first styling package for the J-series trucks in 1974: the Pioneer. This was basically an optional equipment package, but it did have some unique trim. The Honcho was introduced in 1977. It was basically all trim and tape, with wide-tape graphics, black-out trim, and styled steel wheels. Engine nomenclatures changed from standard to metric in 1979, so the 258 and 360 became the 4.2L and 5.9L respectively. The 5.9L became standard in the J-20/J-30 and was optional in the J-10. Winding down The J-series trucks soldiered on into the 1980s, including the joint venture with Renault. In addition to a new grille, 1980 also saw a change from the use of GM’s TH400 automatic to Chrysler’s 727 TorqueFlite, plus the introduction of the Laredo — mimicking the CJ’s popular option package. 1981 saw the built-in windshield shade in the roof disappear for cleaner aerodynamics. By the last two years of production (1986 and 1987) the special trim packages were dropped and only two trim levels were offered — Base and Pioneer. By then, production was a mere trickle, with 1,153 made that final year. Despite low-volume production, two other factors ultimately spelled the end for these trucks. First was the introduction of the Cherokee-based Comanche mid-sized pickup in 1986. The second and biggest gun was the acquisition of AMC by Chrysler in 1987. Chrysler bought AMC primarily to get Jeep’s brand and SUVs. The company didn’t want to have two competing similar-size trucks, and it already had the Dodge Ram, so the J-series was retired. Resurrecting Gladiators The Gladiator / J-series were never very popular, from the time they were built to today. This is not to say that they weren’t liked, as they had and continue to have a very solid, near cult-like core of private owners, since few were part of fleets. Also, very few were babied when new — most were run hard and put away covered with mud or road-salt-laden snow, let alone just wet. Most have rusted out and gone away, so they rarely show up on the market today. However, rare doesn’t always mean valuable. Jeep trucks almost always bring less than a commensurate truck from The Big Three, International or Studebaker. Yet like those other two independents, Jeep trucks used mostly off-the-shelf major components and systems, so repairing one (or even building one up) is not all that difficult. Indeed, they used some of the most robust driveline components in the industry, such as Dana axles and BorgWarner manual transmissions. However, restoring one can prove to be daunting if replacement sheet metal and trim is needed. Like any collector car, buying the best original one you don’t have to take apart is the best way to go, and you should plan to spend $7k to $22k for a good example. Perhaps the most famous use of a Gladiator didn’t involve an actual truck. Mound, MN-based Tonka Inc. was licensed by AMC from the mid-1960s into the early ’70s to make 1:20-scale tin toy versions of the truck (along with the CJ-5 and Wagoneer). Several versions were made, including a dump truck, cement mixer, and of course, a pickup. As such, many of us could say that our very first pickup truck was a Gladiator. A January-February 2015 33


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Horsepower How to RESTORE IT RIGHT Take advantage of modern finishes such as base/clear paint or looked at any number of supposedly “restored” cars that were anything but — usually despite a mountain of receipts showing thousands of dollars spent. So why is this? It can be due to any number of reasons, from R unscrupulous shops, to well-intentioned DIY owners simply trying to tackle a project well above their ability, to flippers just trying to make a car look good enough to pass off to the next starry-eyed buyer. But restoring cars is a really rewarding process when done right. And after almost 30 years of restoring cars, I’ve assembled some tips that should at least keep you from losing a limb if you decide to jump in. 1 Rust Just say no. Unless the subject is extremely rare (i.e., no better examples exist or are available) or holds some incredible sentimental value, there is no reason to start with a terminally rusty car. First, it is nearly impossible to rebuild a rusty car — especially a unibody one — and end up with the same integrity of one that was 34 AmericanCarCollector.com estoration. How can a simple concept be the root of so much debate and heartache? By definition, restoration is the act of returning something to its original state by whatever means necessary. Yet every one of us has had a restoration nightmare THIS AIN’T HORSESHOES AND HAND GRENADES. THERE IS NO ROOM FOR “GOOD ENOUGH” IN THIS GAME Colin Comer Fix rust the right way, not like this never rusty. Second, what will you really have when it is done? If a photograph can steal your soul, as many cultures once believed, then it is an absolute certainty that a pile of thin Taiwanese sheet metal welded into the shape of a GT350 won’t have the same soul as a car that was welded together at Ford and then rolled down the line at LAX in 1965. Now, if you do have a rusty car that just has to be saved, do it right. Find the right guy to do the work and don’t try to do it on the cheap. Save (or should I say restore) every original part by whatever means necessary, and find good original or NOS factory metal to use where you can’t. Don’t ever think you’ll come out ahead financially. Realize it is a labor of love and do it justice. 2 Mechanicals I’ve built plenty of engines and transmissions in my day, but I know damn well I can’t build them like a specialist can. Some of the best money you’ll spend is subletting the important bits to the people who really know how to make them work — and last. To that end, I’ll never install an engine that hasn’t been broken in and then tuned on a dyno (with a carb and distributor also “done”), a trans that I am not sure is perfect, a driveshaft that isn’t balanced, or a diff that doesn’t have all-new bearings and seals, and hasn’t been set up to factory specs. Likewise with radiators, oil coolers, suspension components, even wheels. There is no room for “good enough” in this game. This ain’t horseshoes and hand grenades, after all. 3 Finishes I see a lot of folks bending over backwards to honor factory- assembly-line finishes and coatings. This is fantastic if you’re building a car to show in tough points-judged competition, but I suspect you’re not.


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Don’t be afraid to use modern materials and coatings to achieve 99% of the correct look with 1,000% better longevity. Lacquer paint, asphalt-based undercoating and bare-metal hardware all sound like great ideas until you start using them. In the real world, the look they give unravels faster than a cheap suit. Remember how these cars looked after six months of daily use? That’s not something you want for a six-figure resto after a few years. If you’re going to drive it, don’t be afraid to powdercoat items such as frames and suspension parts. Be sure to use modern rust-proofing compounds in the hidden areas, and use a quality base/ clear paint inside and out. 4 Restore, don’t replace Letting a pro build your engine with break-in and tuning on a dyno means less stress and more HP You can get just about any part for any car as a new repro- duction, but it’s always best to use an assembly-line original OE part whenever possible. As good as the new stuff is, it rarely fits nearly as well as your original parts, and most have detail differences that experts can spot immediately. Yes, it will cost far more to have your original chrome, stainless, and aluminum trim and emblems restored or refinished. But in the end, they’ll fit better and last longer. Remember: We’re trying to retain as much of your car’s original DNA as possible. Don’t throw it out and replace it with parts made last week. 5 Get it done, break it, repeat That perfect, shiny, brand-new looking muscle car is only 90% done if you nailed everything during the resto. Don’t believe me? Go drive it. This is the sorting stage, but don’t worry, it’s usually pretty enjoyable. Start putting miles on the car to break stuff in and start getting all those mechanical bits to shake hands. Drive that car as you would your modern car. Freeway. City streets. Hot starts. Cold starts. Repeat. Run the wipers and run the heater. Drive it at night and see how the lights work. Drive it hard and drive it like the pope is riding shotgun. Windows up, windows down. You get the idea. Carry a notebook and a pen, and use them to make a list of ev- erything that isn’t perfect. Go tweak what’s wrong and start all over again. I find the sorting process typically takes a few hundred miles and about 10 heat cycles before the car “feels” right, when the engine is breaking in, the brakes are bedded, the trans starts feeling good, the fast and hot idle speeds are set right and repeat properly, etc. Is the car reliable enough that anybody could use it without special instructions? If yes, you’re done. These five tips are a general outline to help with the finer points of restoration. Obviously a restoration is only as good as the people performing it, so if you’re going to farm it out, do your homework and be involved. Know your goal and share it with the people doing the work, as they can likely help tweak the recipe to suit you and not just a judging manual. No matter who does the work, go into it knowing it will likely cost at least twice as much and take twice as long as you think — but if you use your head, and these tips, it will be cheaper and more enjoyable in the long run. A January-February 2015 35


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Corvette Market John L. Stein BEST BUYS at $70k or less LIKE SWARMING CRABS, CORVETTE COLLECTORS SEEM TO ALIGN WITH A GROUP INTEREST IN THE NEXT BIG THING 1963 C2 Sting Ray I’m taking a clue from the recent early Porsche 911 price spike here. The original 1963 Sting Ray is the direct equivalent to the first-year 1964 911, as well as the first-year 911S of 1966 — the start of a new generation of Corvette. The ’63s were also transcendent: Wearing tons of Bill Mitchell and Zora Arkus-Duntov DNA, they offered major handling advances, unique knife-edge styling with retracting headlights, and in particular, the ’63 coupe’s split rear window. The 1963 build totaled 10,594 coupes and 10,919 convertibles, with just 2,610 of these fuel injected, another 199 equipped with the Z06 racing suspension and brakes, and another 63 coupes with big 36-gallon gas tanks. Your $70,000 should buy a nice base coupe today, and prices go up from there. Reach high for best effect. 1968–72 C3 Stingray big blocks It seems like just yesterday that C3s were $5,000 1963 C2 Sting ray S warming soldier crabs. Put a few dozen of them in a pen and something amazing happens — they all bunch together and move as a tightly formed group, presumably to help them avoid danger. They hug the walls, avoid shadows and form defense lines with regimented precision — impressive for an inch-long Indo-Pacific crustacean with no obvious means of communication. Why do they all gravitate toward doing the same thing? Well, they must be Corvette owners. Corvette owners seem to swarm around certain models for perhaps a similar reason — safety in numbers. First it was ’53s, now it’s Z06 Tankers. First it was solid-axles, now it’s C3 big blocks. Like swarming crabs, car collectors seem to align with a group interest in the next big thing. In the incredibly important study of Corvette Crabology, a term I just now made up, asking “why” is important. Because if you know “why” swarming crabs swarm, you may be able to predict where they’ll swarm next. Hoist up this logic and wheel it over a box of Corvette owners, and you just might predict their next swarming maneuver. To this end, Editor Pickering challenged me to predict where $70,000 would be best spent in the Corvette world today. Naturally I thought immediately of swarming crabs, although now I’m becoming a little alarmed as to why. Nonetheless, I’ll take Pickering’s crab-bait and run down the quest for the best $70k Corvettes. Here are my guesses, and don’t worry — I’ll be well out of town by the time you read this. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com cars, but nowadays the best of the Sharks will ring in at $70,000 or more. Generally speaking, it’s the 427-ci 1968–69 models and 454-ci 1970–72 models that will do so. Despite their cheesy interiors, the first five years of the long- running C3 generation carried the attractive chrome bumpers, so focus your swarming crab posse here. And take comfort that it’s not just mature eyes that like ’em. Whenever I’m hauling an SUV full of high-schoolers to a swim meet, should we pass an old car, I always interrupt their League of Legends conversation to ask their opinion. In the case of early Sharks, the reaction is typically, “Sick!” That’s not a joke; it’s reassurance that the car you buy today will appeal to Millennials’ tastes years down the road. Tops on my list: the aluminum-head 427 L89 and 454 LS6. 1968 C3 Corvette with 427-ci 435-hp V8


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1996 C4 Grand Sport convertible 1996 C4 Grand Sport convertible Arriving at the end of the fourth-generation Corvette’s lengthy 13-year production run, the ’96 Grand Sport coupe and convertible finally reaffirmed that the pushrod, two-valves-per-cylinder Chevy V8 could compete with the best Euro sports cars. This was a huge victory, because it countered the entire purpose of the controversial, complex and frightfully expensive DOHC 32-valve ZR-1 engine program of 1990–95. Featuring the 330-hp LT4 engine bristling with high-compression pistons and roller rocker arms, the Grand Sports also had unique Admiral Blue paint, black ZR-1-style wheels, distinctive VIN codes and, in the case of the coupe, flared fenders. With just 190 built, the convertible model lives higher on the money tree today, with prices for low-mileage creampuffs pushing close to $70k. Of all the (generally underappreciated) C4s, this one seems best poised for greatness. 2015 C7 Stingray Z51 coupe 2015 C7 Stingray Z51 coupe Today is the best time to live the best life you can. You’ll never be younger or more virile, or better able to stamp your size 12 Vans onto the go-pedal of a radical new Stingray. And as luck would have it, the 2015 Stingray coupe Z51 3LT is just a tick under Editor Pickering’s $70k challenge at $69,445. As in previous centuries, the Z51 is the base Corvette’s performance version, and in this case includes larger wheels and brakes, a dry-sump engine, unique aerodynamic details, sticky summer tires and the versatile MR suspension. I suggest jumping in — and then grabbing your lady, kid, dad, bro, cuz, granny or BFF and taking the trip you always knew you should. Although the C7’s value is sure to erode for years to come, the experiences you’ll share are more important than anything you can put in a bank. A January-February 2015 37


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “711” RACER Viva Las ’Vette We have to assume that what could be saved was saved during the resto process — but for preservation sticklers like me, the question of what was lost is going to linger 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 38 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 30837S102899 by John L. Stein H arry Mann Chevrolet was the largest Corvette dealer in America when the new 1963 Sting Ray Z06 made its race debut at the October 1962 Times Grand Prix in Riverside, CA. However, driver Gary Pickens was relegated to the sidelines, as Chevrolet had released only six RPO Z06 competition Corvettes and none would be available to the Mann dealership until December. Undaunted, Mann and Pickens took a regular 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe with the L84 fuel-injected 360-hp engine and built their own Z06spec coupe to campaign the following year. The car received numerous modifications including a roll cage, comprehensive weight-reduction measures, and the addition of Z06 suspension and brake components. A recreational gambler, Pickens completed his racer by painting the number 711 as a pair of dice on the doors, hood and rear deck. Pickens raced the car throughout California in 1963, but fame really came calling in July when filming began on the new race-themed Elvis Presley movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The producers needed real race cars for the movie’s climactic scene, and Pickens’ diceliveried Riverside Red racer was the perfect choice. It turned out to be the driver’s most lucrative payday, as MGM rented the car for the duration of filming. The studio even included a $500 bonus for the famous spinout scene, during which the car received the only racing damage of its career. Although hunted for years by hopeful collectors, the car remained hidden until 2011, when Corvette specialist Mike Scott and restorer Gary Nabers located and purchased it. They later completed a concours restoration that helped it achieve an NCRS American Heritage Award in 2013. The restoration retained the well-preserved interior, the 1964 model-year engine Pickens had later installed, and the original BorgWarner T-10 four-speed gearbox. Period-correct Z06 components were sourced and installed as necessary, ensuring the car is configured as it ran at Riverside in 1963. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 767.1, was hammered as a no-sale at a reported high bid of $330,000 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, NV, on September 25–27, 2014. I was a spectator at the 1962 Times Grand Prix at Riverside where the Sting Rays were introduced, and I have a vivid memory of the excitement that surrounded these new Corvettes. Compared to the typical road-going American barges of the day, they looked like spaceships. In the three-hour enduro on Saturday, Dave MacDonald took the pole in the No. 00 Don Steves Z06 before Doug Hooper in the No. 119 Mickey Thompson Z06 won a race of attrition while also turning the fastest lap. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Detailing Year produced: 1963 Number produced: 10,594 Original list price: $4,252 Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$250,000 Tune-up cost: $500–$600 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis # location: Cross brace under glovebox Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head g Ray, and in particular the d arrived. But its dominan was short-lived, as in 1963, atched the Corvettes, inding Pickens in the No. 711 r — shown as being entered e Gardner Reynolds Tire . — battle an entire Shelby- n battalion to no avail. Bob , Allen Grant, Lew Spencer n Gurney decimated the field as. ection gained, patina lost? n a well-known race car is duced publicly after so , and it’s gratifying when s closely as possible to how ling Year produced: 1963 Number produced: 10,594 Original list price: $4,252 Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$250,000 Tune-up cost: $500–$600 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis # location: Cross brace under glovebox Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head g Ray, and in particular the d arrived. But its domina- n was short-lived, as in 1963, atched the Corvettes, in- ding Pickens in the No. 711 r — shown as being entered e Gardner Reynolds Tire . — battle an entire Shelby- n battalion to no avail. Bob , Allen Grant, Lew Spencer n Gurney decimated the field as. ection gained, patina lost? n a well-known race car is duced publicly after so , and it’s gratifying when s closely as possible to how nking nking that the patina and battle scars the 711 car earned in competition and its Elvis movie adventures are lost forever under a perfect new coat of paint. Generally, my feeling is this: If you want it perfect, go build a replica from the ground up; if you want it real, fight hard to preserve what’s there. We don’t know what kind of shape the car was in when it was rediscovered, but we have to assume that a restoration was actually necessary, and in the process, what could be saved was saved. But for preservation sticklers like me, the question of what might have been lost in the process is going to linger, and that does have some impact on value, especially in the originality-driven Corvette world. One of one, in its own way On the positive side, this is undisputedly a period competition car connected to a well-known L.A. Chevy racing dealer, and with the swingin’ Elvis movie exposure, it has significant appeal. (Although with no disrespect to “The King,” had the 711 car appeared in a “King of Cool” movie, the upside would have likely been even stronger.) This car’s long period underground does not hurt it one bit — in fact, it January-February 2015 39CC 39 might actually help it. (I believe that overexposure can blunt a car’s value.) However, the auction information about sourcing period-correct Z06 parts during restoration suggests that the car was in less-than-complete condition when found. Valuable, but no genuine Z06 This car was a Fuelie from new, but while it con- tains period-correct Z06 chassis components as it did when it raced, it’s not a real Z06. It also does not have its original fuel-injected engine, instead running the replacement that Pickens installed in ’64. So does competition and movie history make the 711 Sting Ray more or less valuable than a genuine Z06? I’d suggest less valuable. If this car had been in the 1962 Times Grand Prix enduro when the Z06s debuted, or else finished among the Cobras in 1963, that could vault its value closer to those of the real racing Z06s. But admission into the upper echelons of big-tank Z06 pricing requires a stronger history than this car has, not to mention Z06 options installed from the factory. Z06s are valued between $250,000 and $700,000 or higher today, with the six original 1962 Riverside racers potentially worth far more. And so, special and unique as the 711 car is, I’d say the $330k bid that it attracted in Las Vegas should have been enough to seal the deal in the current market. And to top that off, it’s the highest offer we’ve seen compared to several other recent no-sales of this car at other auctions, including a $325k high bid at RM Monterey in August 2013 (ACC# 227352) and a $275,000 high bid at Mecum’s Houston auction in April 2014 (ACC# 252725). But that’s just for now, because the ’63 Sting Ray world order is on fire, and that could reset the game board in the not-too-distant future. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette “711” racer (subject car) Lot 118, VIN: 30837S102899 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $325,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2013 ACC# 227352 More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1965 Shelby GT350, 1967 Yenko Camaro, 1968 Corvette L88 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “Gulf One” racer Lot S110, VIN: 30837S102227 Condition: 2+ Sold at $1,113,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/22/2009 ACC# 119379 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Lot S125, VIN: 30837S115624 Condition: 2+ Sold at $267,500 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/2013 ACC# 227411


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PROFILE GM Bad-boy Buick, muscular price 1987 BUICK GNX Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Wicked, mean, and supremely powerful, nothing was faster than the GNX to top speed, including contemporary Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars VIN: 1G4GJ1171HP445567 by Tom Glatch • Original window sticker • Under 50 miles • Number 85 of only 547 produced • Original promo jacket included • Stock interior protective plastic intact ACC Analysis This car, Lot S155, sold for $105,300, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Chicago auction on October 11, 2014. Back in 1990, I got a rare ride in a 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 coupe. It was a beautiful, original car owned by a collector, and that big 454 V8 with 450 gross horses under the hood produced pedal-to-the-floor burnouts I’ll never forget. So what did the owner of the baddest-ever factory Chevelle have for a daily driver? A 1987 Buick GNX. “I just have the need for speed,” he told me. The ’87 GNX is that kind of car — modern enough to drive every day, yet an old-school muscle machine ready to satisfy any speed freak’s cravings. A new era of performance 1971 was the end of the road for most of America’s true muscle machines. That slowly began to change in the early ’80s, as technology started to catch up with government regulations. One of the first of this new generation of performance was the Buick Regal Grand National — a surprisingly hot car that launched in 1982. Although rather out of character for Buick, 40 AmericanCarCollector.com the Grand National celebrated back-to-back Manufacturers Championships in NASCAR in 1981 and 1982. As Motor Trend reported in a December 1983 road test: “Buick started with NASCAR back in the beach racing days before the high-banked ovals, using cars that were ventilated by portholes, armed with sweepspears, powered by 322-cubic-inch Nailheads, and driven by Fireball, Buck, Buddy, and the boys. They went like hell.... The Regal Grand National is their heir, as sure as Kyle followed Richard and Richard followed Lee.” That’s the Petty clan, for you Yankees. Mid-size with a bad attitude Dressed in charcoal gray and silver, the Grand National may have been your typical mid-size reardrive sedan, but under the hood of about 35 of 215 GNs built was an engine Buick engineers had been working on for some time, a turbocharged 231-ci V6. Buick first began offering the Turbo V6 option in 1976 (the ’76 Buick Regal Indianapolis 500 Pace Car used one), with the goal of getting old-time muscle out of a modern powerplant. They were on the right track: By ’82 the V6 delivered 175 hp at 4,000 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 2,600 rpm, wrapped in a car that weighed about 3,400 pounds. After a one-year hiatus, the Grand National returned with a turbo V6 standard, now producing 200 hp. Though quarter-mile times were still around 16 seconds, the GN was the fastest 4-passenger sedan in America. Now dressed in monochrome black, “The Dark Side” and “Darth Buick” were terms of endear


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Detailing Years produced: 1987 Number produced: 547 Original list price: $29,290 Current ACC Valuation: $29,000–$69,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $9.88 Chassis # location: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad on front of engine ment often applied to these cars. With the 1986 GN, Buick added an intercooler, upping the turbo V6’s ante to 245 hp. Zero-to-60 times were now under six seconds, and the quarter mile went by in 13.8 seconds. Not only was that faster than the Corvette that year, but the GN was now as fast as many cars from the ’60s. The popularity of this “working man’s supercar” grew too, with 7,896 Turbo Regals sold. Once word got out that 1987 would be the last year for the rear-drive Regal, Buick was flooded with orders for 27,590 Turbos. Buick also saved the best for last, a limited run of special GNX models. Cranking up the Grand National The GNX was too specialized to build on an assem- bly line, so Buick sent 547 Grand Nationals — one for each dealer — to McLaren Performance Technologies/ ASC for assembly. The McLaren-built Turbo V6 lurking under the GNX hood bristled with the high tech needed to produce galactic power: a special Garrett T-3 turbocharger with a quick-spooling ceramic impeller, a larger intercooler with a ceramic/ aluminum-coated air-flow duct, and a special GNXonly management chip in the Engine Control Module (ECU). Low-restriction dual exhaust was added, and the Turbo Hydramatic 200-4R transmission was modified with a custom torque converter and fluid cooler. Buick rated this engine at 276 hp at 4,400 rpm, but in truth it probably produced over 300 hp. The GNX experience didn’t stop at raw horsepower. Buick’s Chief Engineer on the project, Dave Sharpe, told author Gary Witzenburg, “We had to do much more than just put a bunch more power into it, which would have been a disaster.” ASC stiffened the chassis and suspension, added a “ladder bar” to the rear axle, and installed 245/50VR16 front and 255/50VR16 rear tires — very large for 1987 — on special alloy wheels. ASC also added fender flares, front fender vents to reduce underhood heat, and trimmed the interior with Stewart-Warner gauges and special Lear front seats. The price of admission was a shocking $29,290 (a regular GN started at $16,617), but you got the fastest piece of Detroit iron in America. How fast? When Popular Mechanics tested the GNX for their March 1987 issue, they paired it with the exotic Callaway Corvette Twin Turbo, since no factory-built vehicle was in the GNX’s league. Super Stock & Drag Illustrated reinforced that, as a mysteriously slow GNX still outran a Mustang GT, a Firebird GTA, and a Camaro IROC Z in that magazine’s March ’88 issue. Top speed was “just” 124 mph, regulated electronically because of the tire rating and front-end lift worries, but nothing was faster getting there, including contemporary Ferrari and Lamborghini supercars. Wicked, mean, and supremely powerful, Car and Driver proclaimed: “Lord Vader, your car is ready.” Stored away With such a limited build and such a sinister reputa- tion, the GNX was an instant collectible. If you missed out on buying a new GNX in ’87, you actually still have your chance, since some were bought new and stored away by speculators. A handful with 100 miles or less show up at auction every year, such as this 45-mile GNX. We’ve seen these cars sell for as much as $115,000, so this one was right near top dollar. And why not? With fantastic unused condition, enough power to rule a galaxy far, far away, and enough comfort and style to make the task enjoyable, the GNX is a unique part of muscle car lore. And this one was well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1987 Buick GNX Lot 2503, VIN: Condition: 1Sold at $69,300 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/24/2013 1G4GJ1179HP446465 ACC# 231537 1987 Buick GNX Lot 487, VIN: Condition: 2 Sold at $37,950 Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/22/2014 1G4GJ1175HP453168 ACC# 239062 Club: GNX Registry More: www.gnxregistry.org Alternatives: 1987 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway B2K, 1987 Buick Grand National, 1993 GMC Typhoon ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1987 Buick GNX Lot 5108, VIN: Condition: 2+ Not sold at $85,000 Auctions America, Auburn IN, 8/30/2014 1G4GJ1174HP447992 ACC# 245281 January-February 2015 41


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PROFILE FOMOCO Market-price M-code 1971 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 The M-code was Ford’s hot small block, topped only by the Boss 351 VIN: 1F05M136030 by Patrick Smith Marti Report. 351 M-code V8, 4-speed transmission, Ram Air hood, power disc brakes, stripes and in-dash tach. Fully loaded car. Finished in Grabber Yellow with black interior, this car is a true head-turner. Underside done in factory-correct red oxide. C 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 341.1, sold for mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale on September 25–27, 2014. Mustang evolved For the ’71 model year, Ford’s design team faced intense pressure from two groups of executives who wanted Mustang to go in very different directions. One group wanted the car to continue in the sporty, light-car nature true to its 1965 roots, while another wanted Mustang to go larger, with a longer wheelbase and more luxury features. Design team leader Gale Halderman tried appeasing both groups with zaftig designs full of slits and $27,500, including buyer’s pre- omplete, no-expense-spared, nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration done very correctly with attention to detail. This is a true 23,000-mile car and comes fully documented with all of its options on its full scoops as they started their clay model concepts in the spring of 1967. Ford gained a new President in 1968 when Bunkie Knudsen accepted the position after leaving GM. Ace GM stylist Larry Shinoda joined Ford the same year. Knudsen pushed for large and muscular and won out — Bunkie had a grudge with GM and it showed with the Mach 1. The Mach 1 fastback model was completed first. Bunkie walked into the design studio one evening and gruffly pointed out that he liked the fastback. Halderman said they had a couple of other designs being completed if he wanted to look at those as well. Bunkie shook his head and said, “I like this one.” The Sportsroof was locked in by June 1968, with the convertible and hard top following soon afterward. Knudsen had insider information about what was being planned over at GM, and the Mach 1 switched to hidden wipers and a body-colored front bumper to match GM’s plans for their pony cars. The engineering department sweated the details, too, with major changes to the suspension. These included staggered rear shocks on all cars equipped with 351 or larger displacement engines and variable-ratio power steering. Bigger, if not badder Size was up and horsepower was down for ’71, but there were still options for muscle car buyers with a need for speed. Although the base engine on a Mach 1 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Detailing Year built: 1971 Number built: 36,449 Original list price: $3,268 Current ACC Valuation: $11,500–$20,500 was a 302, the 351 was offered in flavors from mild to wild, including a special Boss 351 model. The M-code 351 was a high-performance engine. Equipped with closed-chamber heads with big ports and a matching intake manifold, it liked high-rpm operation but wasn’t a solid-cammer like the Boss 351, so it endured city traffic well. It made 285 horsepower with a 10.7:1 compression ratio and used two-bolt main bearings. This was Ford’s hot small block, topped only by the Boss. Ford gambled on trading raw horsepower for luxu- rious features, and the bet paid off. Mach 1 held the lead in ’71 sales, with 36,499 cars sold — the Camaro Z/28 was a distant second. On the street, the M-code 351 4-barrel was a mid-pack runner, averaging 0–60 mph in 6.6 seconds and doing the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds. When it came to a street battle, the Z/28 and Plymouth ’Cuda could beat it. If winning was your bag, you got a Boss 351 or 429 SCJ and endured the endless high-octane refills. 1971 was the last year to get a Ram Air 4-barrel Mach 1. That high-compression 351 was accidentally given a tune-up during the government-mandated 50,000-mile emissions test run, which voided the car’s result. Ford had the lower compression and less powerful Q-code Cobra Jet on board and certified already, so the Ram Air 351 4-barrel simply disappeared from the order sheet, replaced by the CJ. Today, the higher-spec M-code is a plus for buyers. Values today Average Mach 1 prices reached a high of $36,471 in 2006 before bottoming out at $19,764 in 2009, with dips and swings in between. It’s a textbook example of how muscle cars fare in a volatile market and why sitting out a storm if you have a good car is wise. Examples with a few needs sell for high-teens range, while cars with rare options and excellent condition can cross the $30,000 threshold. The good news is the average sale rate from 2006 to present is at $29,000, which is the sweet spot for casual collector and dealer alike. That price will get you a good, no-stories car. It takes $30k for a car with some cool options. To trade up to either a Boss 351 or a 429 version, you’ll spend double that amount. Our profile car looks very good in desirable Grabber Yellow paint, and it has the Ram Air hood, stripes, rear spoiler, and instrument group options. It has been recently restored, so all the major stuff has been done. That said, some minor work will still be needed to bring it up to show-standard, including a proper air cleaner decal, valve covers, pedal dress-up trim and engine-bay work, among other things. This car was a good deal at the price paid — I’ve seen more expensive M-code cars and without this car’s options and condition. And at the end of the day, you simply couldn’t restore one of these cars for the price paid here — and that makes this one well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) Club: Mustang Club of America Engine # location: Casting number and date code above starter motor near freeze plug Tune-up: $220 Distributor cap: $15.97 VIN location: Plate on driver’s side dashboard, tag on driver’s side door, partial on rear of block near head More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda, 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 T5 M-code Lot T165, VIN: 1F05M162347 Condition: 2Not sold at $25,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 245125 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 M-code Lot 436, VIN: 1F05M177151 Condition: 3 Sold at: $23,210 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/26/2014 ACC# 243445 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 M-code Lot 416, VIN: 1F05M136030 (subject car) ACC# 238854 Condition: 1Not sold at $29,000 McCormick’s Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 2/21/2014 January-February 2015 43CC 43


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PROFILE MOPAR 1968 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T Hemi rings the bell Values for most sought-after Hemi Mopars have been creeping up since January 2012, and good colors and documents push prices even higher 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: XS29J8B301965 by Dale Novak • Frame-off restoration • Real J-code Hemi car • Equipped with a 1968 date-coded 426 Hemi • Rare Dark Turquoise metallic paint • White bucket seat interior with console • Power steering • Power brakes ACC Analysis This car, Lot S226, sold for $121,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, sale, held September 3–6, 2014. First-gen Dodge Chargers, built from 1966 through 1967, offered plenty of performance. But by most carguy standards, they lacked in the styling department. Dodge fixed that in 1968 with the introduction of an all-new body with flared quarter panels and a sleek aerodynamic stance. The new Coke-bottle look was far more visually interesting than the boxier outgoing model, and it resonated with more muscle car buyers, too. Sales jumped dramatically from 15,788 Chargers sold in 1967 to 96,108 in 1968. Out of that number, 17,584 buyers opted for the R/T package, which offered the stout 440 Magnum mill standard. The infamous 426 Hemi was optional. Rare for a reason Like most rare muscle cars of the late 1960s, rarity was usually driven by a finicky mechanical reputation and/or enormous options costs. In the case of the 1968 Hemi Charger, you could check off both boxes. The 426 Hemi already had a bad rap as a street engine since it required more mechanical aptitude to keep it running at its best — and for guys who simply wanted to mash the pedal on a Saturday night, spending your Sunday in the driveway tinkering with your Hemi was not much fun. As such, only 467 guys put one in their garage in 1968, which equates to a fairly rare, and valuable, car today. Charging ahead Mopar valuations, in general, have been leading the muscle car market upward. Up front in those value observations (once again) have been the top-of-theheap Hemi cars. In the raucous run-up of values in the mid 2000s, world records were set for the poster child for outrageous values — 1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertibles — which brought seven-figure prices at public auction and reportedly sold privately for north of $4m for “best in the world” examples. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Detailing Current ACC Valuation: $65,000–$104,000 Years built: 1968 Number built: 467 (Hemi) Original list price: $4,600 (approximate) We all know what came next. Market values crashed and Hemi values across the board tanked hard. Most valuation pundits suggested that the heyday of cheap money and market speculation was over, further suggesting that the big-money buyers and collectors for finite American muscle had left the room. And, for the most part, they were right. At least until June of 2014. That month, Mecum sold a “holy grail” Hemi ’Cuda convertible for an eye-opening $3,780,000, including buyer’s premium, at its inaugural Seattle, WA, sale (ACC# 244569). That sale proved just about every valuation guru wrong in a public way, as most, if not all of them, predicted that the Hemi ’Cuda convertible would never return to those type of lofty valuations. On top of that, it helped to spark a renewed interest in just about all the mainstream Hemi muscle cars. Keep in mind, Hemi values for most of the sought- after Mopars have been slowly creeping up since about January 2012. Add to that superb documentation, an original drivetrain, and top it off with a third pedal, and you’ve likely got yourself a bell-ringer at the next televised (insert auction company name here) sale. Firing up the data To illustrate the market’s movement on Hemi Chargers, we can look back at an ACC profile written by Colin Comer in ACC #1 on another 1968 model (January-February 2012, p. 48). That car sold on September 17, 2011, at the Mecum St. Charles, IL, sale as Lot S147 for $63,600. That Charger was in good overall condition and was born with a 4-speed manual. The original Hemi mill was MIA, plenty of day-two parts had been added to the presentation, and a lot of its Hemi-specific parts were missing. Still, Comer suggested that it was well bought, and given the previous years of rocketship “nose-bleed” Hemi prices, he was spot on. Granted, in comparison, our subject car presents far better than that Day Two car. It’s also missing its original Hemi engine, but it is reported to be fitted with a proper date-coded 1968 Hemi block. Other notable options include a bumble-bee stripe delete, bucket seats and console with the automatic floormounted shifter. Also worthy of noting, the fender tag shows that the car was a special order, since it was already sold before it was ever put on the assembly line. Considering all that, it’s no surprise that our subject car was more expensive than the Day Two car. But we’re talking 100% more expensive — $63k versus $121k — and while part of that is due to this car catering more to the deeper pockets of the OEM resto Hemi world, a boosted market level also played a part. The ACC database only shows a handful of 1968 Hemi Chargers changing hands since 2007, with values ranging from $63,600 (the aforementioned Day-Two Charger) to $137,800 (Mecum Kissimmee 2012). The ACC Pocket Price Guide places them at $65,000–$104,000 for a very nice example. A dealer in Texas had this car listed for sale in the open market for $150,000. He ultimately sold the car at the Mecum sale for considerably less, but the price paid here is likely more in tune with the current market. This doesn’t make the dealer’s asking price absurd, but it does illustrate the dynamics of a live auction as a bellwether of value. Given the trend lines and frothy sale of that 1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible, this sale result is likely spot-on at the current market value for a car of this caliber. I’d call this a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) January-February 2015 January-February 2015 45 Club: www.chargerforums. com Engine # location: Stamped on right side of block above oil-pan rail on machined pad Tune-up: $500 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Tag on top of dash; fender tag on left front inner fender, partial VIN stamped on left of radiator core support and left trunk jamb rail under weatherstrip Alternatives: 1968–70 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner/GTX, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Lot 172, VIN: XS29J9B332118 Condition: 2 Sold at $69,550 Twin Cities Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/21/2014 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T ACC# 244488 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Lot F185.1, VIN: XS29L8B183283 ACC# 216623 Condition: 2+ Sold at $86,670 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T Lot SP135, VIN: XS29J8B275737 ACC# 201381 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $69,000 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/13/2012


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1933 FORD ROADSTER “BOYDSTER III” Hot rod trendsetter Coddington was responsible for the machinedbillet look that propelled old-school hot-rodding, arguably kicking and screaming, into the 21st century 46 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 18340089 by Ken Gross • Boydster III body by Deuce Customs • LS6 Corvette V8 • Winner 2010 Milwaukee Best Rod in Show • Winner 2010 Pittsburgh Most Outstanding Rod in Show • 502 miles since completion ACC Analysis This car, Lot F217, sold for $70,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, sale on September 3–6, 2014. Known as “Cinnamon Twist,” this Boydster III has a fiberglass body, an LS6 Corvette V8 with a 4L60 automatic, along with instruments, independent suspension, steering wheel and billet wheels by Boyd, stainless-steel show brake rotors, and a full leather interior by Kasper Auto Trim. It was assembled at Excel Auto Body in Janesville, WI, and by American Hot Rod in Los Angeles, CA. In his heyday, Boyd Coddington (1944–2008) was one of the biggest names in contemporary hot-rodding. Dour and taciturn, the burly former Disneyland machinist-turned-hot-rod-guru was an imaginative builder who surrounded himself with extremely talented people, all of whom have gone on to hot-rod fame. Think Chip Foose, Craig Naff, Dick Brogden, Jesse James, Li’l John Buttera, Thom Taylor, Larry Erickson, Tom Vogele, Bob Bauder and Brad Fanshaw as well as Marcel DeLay and his sons, Mark and Luc, to name a few. Hot Rods by Boyd featured an all-star cast turning out remarkable cars. The big guy in the aloha shirt Coddington’s hot rod career began in 1968. Moving to California from Idaho, he initially worked out of his own home garage at night while he worked days at Disneyland. Hot Rods by Boyd in Cypress, CA, was founded in 1978. His cars quickly established new trends. Boyd’s sleek, minimalist 1933 Ford coupe for Vern Luce won the Al Slonaker award at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1981, and he built an equally smooth 1933 Ford roadster for Jamie Musselman. Both garnered rave reviews. These seminal rides defined the clean, crisp, ultra-modern “Boyd Look” that won six America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophies. Simply put, Boyd shell-shocked hot rodding — a genre that clung to its old traditions. His cars were immediately hailed as something very different, ultramodern and highly desirable. He respected classic Ford and Chevrolet design language, but he and his designers reinterpreted it in an elegant, contemporary way, creatively re-engineered with hand-fabricated components and sophisticated chassis updates such as handmade, fully independent suspension. Along with his close friend Li’l John Buttera, Coddington was responsible for the machined-billet look that propelled old-school hot-rodding, arguably kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. Boyd was named to every conceivable hot rod hall of fame, and deservedly so. Out of this world Milestone Coddington creations included the still- radical CadZZilla fastback coupe, designed by Larry Erickson for Billy Gibbons; CheZoom, a marvelous Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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Detailing Year produced: 2010 Number produced: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$80,000 Tune-up, major service: $250 Engine # location: N/A Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) take by Thom Taylor on the iconic ’57 Chevy hard top, built for “Mr. Gasket’s” Joe Hrudka; the Aluma Coupe for Mitsubishi Motors, with a rear-mounted transverse DOHC 4-cylinder engine; Sportstar, a Lexus-powered modern take on a roadster, built for Buz DiVosta; and a sparkling series of award-winning Boydster I, II, and III roadsters. As Boyd’s fame grew, he developed a unique line of custom forged-billet aluminum wheels and accessories, starred in a reality TV show on The Discovery Channel called “American Hot Rod,” expanded his shop and his brand exponentially, took the company public, boomed and busted. Boyd’s unmistakable appearance — he was usu- ally clad in a white baseball cap, a garish Hawaiian shirt, with a thick beard and sunglasses — and his extraordinary record of success established him as a respected member of the hot rod community. There was only one Boyd Coddington. Love him or hate him, you had to admire his talent and the impact he had. Honored by every rodding periodical, Boyd’s hot rod revolution made the cover of Smithsonian magazine. Eventually, Boyd’s one-off rods and customs, built for a star-studded list of wealthy clients, ran afoul of California’s “Ship of Theseus” laws. He’d registered many of his creations as antiques to avoid emissions restrictions and taxes, but they were essentially brand-new vehicles, constructed with few or no OEM parts, and riding on new scratch-built chassis. Boyd had become a de facto manufacturer, which resulted in a misdemeanor charge in California in 2005. He pleaded guilty, paid the fine, and life went on. Sadly, Boyd Coddington died in 2008 of complica- tions from diabetes — sepsis and a perforated colon. Soon after, Buttera died as well. Street rodding still feels their loss. Boyd’s son Chris and third wife, Jo, operate Hot Rods by Boyd today, but times have changed, there are more talented competitors, and they are not the factor they were when the irrepressible Boyd held sway. Back to the future It’s safe to say that if a Boyd creation such as CadZZilla or CheZoom came on the market, it would sell for six figures. (We’ll probably see that when Barrett-Jackson sells CheZoom with Ron Pratte’s collection this January). Even the original GNRSwinning Boydster I should command top dollar. But Boyd’s other cars haven’t had the same impact. And Boydster clones, often built by lesser shops, usually sell for far less than the value of their components and the work it took to assemble them. That’s the case here. Asked why Boyd’s cars don’t bring a premium today, respected South San Francisco hot rod builder Roy Brizio says, “It surprises me. Boyd changed everything. He reinvented street rodding. I build pretty normal, straightforward cars that never go out of style. Boyd’s cars were clean, elegant, futuristic and beautiful. They were so smooth they looked like they could have been made of fiberglass. In the future, they’ll be more valuable. They’re just not considered icons yet. People don’t relate to them now the way they do to cars like the Doane Spencer and Tom McMullen roadsters. But it will happen in time.” Mark Vaughn, AutoWeek’s West Coast Editor, wrote a number of articles about Boyd. Asked about Boyd car values today, he echoed Brizio. “It’s too early,” Vaughn said. “But give it some time.” If you want to be ahead of the curve as a hot rod collector, consider a Boydster (or for that matter, one of Jerry Kugel’s Muroc roadsters). They’re bound to appreciate. In the meantime, I’d call this a very decent buy, with some upside potential. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1932 Ford Custom by Boyd Lot 436, VIN: 32 Condition: 1 Sold at $264,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2000 ACC# 10276 VIN location: Custom plate on the left frame rail More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Any 1932–33 contemporary-style hot-rod roadster ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1940 Ford DeLuxe Custom by Boyd Lot 1315, VIN: 5K06159 Condition: 1Sold at $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2012 ACC# 192581 1932 Ford Custom Boydster II Lot 174, VIN: AB181719 Condition: 1 Not sold at $85,000 McCormick’s Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 11/19/2005 ACC# 39908 January-February 2015 47


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1958 EDSEL PACER CONVERTIBLE Ford’s failed upstart Teddy Pieper ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions Not even the star power of the Stallone name could help this Edsel VIN: W8RR700452 by Tom Glatch that included the installation of a new convertible top and a rear-mounted dual-exhaust system. This car is in very good to excellent condition throughout, making it a stunning example of the most desirable year of Edsel production. T ACC Analysis This car, Lot 131, sold for $35,750, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s sale of the Sam Pack Collection in Dallas, TX, on November 15, 2014. For decades the Edsel has been the poster child of epic corporate failure. The automotive equivalent of New Coke. Books have been written about it, and it’s the subject of college marketing courses of what not to do. The one thing everyone seems to forget about the 1958 Edsel? It was actually a pretty good automobile. Big splash, small wake A year of marketing hype preceded Edsel’s launch on September 4, 1957 — “E-Day,” the spin machine called it. Edsel was intended to be Ford’s answer to the dominance of Pontiac, Oldsmobile and Buick in the mid-price segment, with the smaller Pacer and Ranger models built on Ford platforms, while the topline Corsair and Citation models were built on larger Mercury platforms. What Ford hoped the curious would see on E-Day was a powerful, stylish automobile, filled with in- 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com his Edsel Pacer was used as a daily driver and then restored by the late actor Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone. It is attractive in its medium gray metallic paint and red-and-white vinyl interior. Most recently, it received a cosmetic freshening novation — and it was. But within days it was clear to Ford management that something was very wrong. By model-year end, just 63,110 cars were sold, far less than the 200,000 units marketing projected. Factors to the fall Pundits have suggested many factors for the Edsel’s mass-market failure. One was poor build quality, thanks to all Edsels being produced on existing Ford production lines, requiring some component shuffling as Edsels popped up between Fords or Mercurys. Ford’s advertising blitz suggested the Edsel would be a completely new kind of car, and the buying public expected that when they filed into showrooms to see it. But despite innovative features such as the “rolling dome” speedometer and push-button transmission controls mounted in the center of the steering wheel, the Edsel fell short of expectations in person. Clearly,


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engineering and some sheet metal had been borrowed from other Ford brands and updated to build the car. To many, the car simply didn’t live up to all the hype. There was price confusion, too — Edsel was sup- posed to slip into the Ford hierarchy between Ford t they were priced in line with the e upscale Mercury units. Some Edsels sive than their Mercury counterparts, d some head-scratching among poteneering and some sheet metal had been borrowed from other Ford brands and updated to build the car. To many, the car simply didn’t live up to all the hype. There was price confusion, too — Edsel was sup- posed to slip into the Ford hierarchy between Ford t they were priced in line with the e upscale Mercury units. Some Edsels sive than their Mercury counterparts, d some head-scratching among poten- ylingyling has been suggested as a factor , and it is polarizing even today. But k an Edsel next to its competition and mpare them. 1958 was a terrible year r automotive design in general, and xt to the excessively gaudy Buick oadmaster, Olds Ninety Eight, DeSoto Adventurer, or even the Lincoln Continental, the Edsel actually looks pretty good. One factor that can’t be argued is he great recession of 1958. It hit the onomy hard, and every Big Three nd saw significant sales decline. MC, with their compact Rambler, d a sales increase. The effects of the nhower recession” were so bad cale cars that DeSoto was dead by the end of 1960, while new compacts like the ’59 Studebaker Hawk and ’60 Ford Falcon were huge successes. Doomed from the start With time, Edsel could have weathered the eco- nomic storm of ’58, sorted out its pricing problems, and eventually taken sales from GM, but the car was doomed even before its launch. Robert S. McNamara was the leader of the Ivy League “Whiz Kids” brought in to save Ford in the late ’40s, and he hated the Edsel concept. On August 28, just days before E-Day, McNamara told a colleague, “I’ve got plans for phasing it (Edsel) out.” And a few days later, McNamara was made a group vice president at Ford, which gave him the power to do so. By 1959, Edsel had lost most of its innovation and individuality, and sold just 44,891 cars. Finally, a handful of badge-engineered Galaxies were built for 1960 before McNamara pulled the plug on Edsel on November 19, 1959. A man consumed by data, Robert McNamara championed boring, practical transportation such as the Detailing Years produced: 1958 Number produced: 1,876 Original list price: $2,993 Current ACC Valuation: $25,000–$60,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $17.40 (OEM) Chassis # location: Plate on driver’s side front door pillar Engine # location: Tag attached under the coil mounting bolt Club: The Edsel Owners Club More: www.edselclub.org Alternatives: 1958 DeSoto Adventurer, 1958 Buick Century, 1958 Oldsmobile 98 Falcon, and couldn’t see the value of something like the successful Thunderbird — or the upstart Edsel. Ironically, this is the same Robert McNamara who became Secretary of Defense from 1960 to 1968, and whose data-driven approach is often blamed for the escalation, and ultimate failure, of the Vietnam War. Short of its potential Our featured Edsel Pacer is certainly one of the most desirable of the marque, as 1958 was the only year that Edsel came close to the vision of what the brand could be. This is a nicely restored car, too, with the correct as-ordered Code “B” Silver Gray Metallic paint with “AZ” red and white vinyl interior. Only the top-of-theline Citation convertible would be more desirable, and a handful of those ragtops have sold for $90,000 to $120,000. Those prices are anomalies, as most Edsels, even Citations, sell in the $25,000–$60,000 range. But at $35,750, I believe this Edsel, like the brand itself, fell far short of its potential. A similar turquoise and white Pacer convertible sold for $55k at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in April 2012 (ACC# 197667). That suggests that buyers would rather have a two-tone in one of the other luscious shades like Ice Green, Jonquil Yellow, or Sunset Coral than the gray monotone offered here — even if it was this car’s original color. Not even the star power of the Stallone name could help this Edsel. That’s a shame, because the ’58 Edsel is far better than its reputation, and this example was very well 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible Lot 364, VIN: W8RR700690 Condition: 2Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2012 ACC# 197667 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1958 Edsel Citation convertible Lot 4107, VIN: X8WY704899 Condition: 1 Sold at $91,300 Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2011 ACC# 185981 bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1958 Edsel Citation convertible Lot 318, VIN: X8WY702122 Condition: 2+ Sold at $121,000 RM Auctions, Addison, IL, 11/11/2006 ACC# 43546 November-December 2014 January-February 2015 49CC 49


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PROFILE RACE 2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS NASCAR RACER Oval-track hero Jeff Gordon is one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup history, but $165,000 is a lot of money for what is essentially a full-scale die-cast 50 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: N/A by Jay Harden • Campaigned by Jeff Gordon in 14 NASCAR Nextel Cup Races in 2006 and 2007 This Chevy is perhaps one of the most notable cars from the Sam Pack Collection, and it would be an ideal acquisition for any NASCAR or motorsports fan. F ACC Analysis This car, Lot 165, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Sam Pack auction in Dallas, TX, on November 15, 2014. Usable racer, pennies on the dollar Over the past couple of years, the ACC staff has dedicated more than a few pages to analyzing the financial upside and instant fun factor of parking a retired roundy-round racer in your garage on the cheap. Our past NASCAR profiles and features have primarily focused on the exceptional value and robust • Winner of the 2006 USG Sheetrock 400 and 2007 Bank of America 500 ollowing its retirement from professional racing at the end of the 2007 season, this car was restored to as-raced condition by the Hendrick Motorsports Number 24 team, and it still appears just as it did in 2006 and 2007. functionality of these cars, but with an emphasis on their usability. The Sprint Cup teams are continually forced to update bodies and chassis to meet evergrowing restrictions in the pursuit of parity, and that effort often results in very short competitive lifespans and overnight obsolescence. As a consequence, a complete chassis, and sometimes a complete car, can roll across the auction block without ever having rumbled down pit lane. What’s even better is that these cars are often sold complete with those high-winding small-blocks that sing out that beautiful 700-plus-horsepower song. The engineering effort dedicated to the drivetrain components alone is well worth the price of admission, and with parts readily available to the public through specialty suppliers, an over-the-hill stock car can provide an excellent starting point to kick off a recreational racing career. So long as the price is right, of course. Weapons-grade toy This car, however, represents a bit of a departure from our previous focus. In fully restored and asraced (successfully, I might add) condition with all the proper paperwork and authentication, it’s highly unlikely this car has weekend-warrior duty in its future. Although Jeff Gordon is one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup history, $165,000 is an awful lot of money to drop on what is essentially a full-scale die-cast with no discernable utility. A wise man, or, more likely, a wise woman, once said, “The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys,” and this sale does little to mitigate that point. That being said, only two men in NASCAR history have been showered with winner’s circle champagne more times than Jeff Gordon, and no man has seen the checkered flag more in NASCAR’s modern era (post 1972). He owns win records at four different tracks, including Indianapolis’ hallowed Brickyard, and is, most importantly, a four-time Sprint Cup Champion. Teddy Pieper ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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Detailing Year produced: 2006 Number produced: N/A Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $100,000–$175,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Club: Historic Stock Car Racing Series More: www.hscrs.com Alternatives: Any late-model NASCAR racer with big name and winner’s circle history Because the greats are ultimately measured in championships, it is worth mentioning that The Wonder Boy trails only The King (7), The Intimidator (7), and Jimmie Johnson (6, but no cool nickname) in that department. Interestingly, aside from Johnson, only one other active driver (Tony Stewart) has more than one championship notch in his belt. Considering the new, much more volatile championship structure, the likelihood of another driver surpassing Gordon’s championship totals any time in the foreseeable future seems rather improbable. Exclusivity, emotion, dollars I typically shy away from the topic of pure collect- ability because I’ve never been very good at preserving, well, anything really. But as far as collectibles go, this one, although expensive, does make some sense. Although NASCAR’s history is deeply rooted in the South’s moonshiner past and good ol’ boy sensibilities, the sport’s current and future success owes much to Gordon. He is widely credited for leading the way for the new generation of drivers who have reshaped the sport, and he has featured as a prominent figure in NASCAR’s steady injection into the mainstream. He may not be the polarizing figure that Earnhardt Senior was, but he has, like all the greats, seen his number and name proudly emblazoned in back hair and immortalized in skin and ink. When considering collectability, two primary fac- tors drive outrageous prices: exclusivity and pure, unadulterated emotion. In 2007, Barry Bonds sent home run 756 over the wall in San Francisco to break Hank Aaron’s homerun record. The ball fell to a 21-year-old student who, wisely, put the ball up for auction almost immediately. When the hammer dropped at Sotheby’s, our young friend pocketed a little over $750,000 despite the fact that the legitimacy of the record was, and still is, hotly debated. Exclusivity clearly won the day. Mix a little emotionally charged nostalgia in and you get something along the lines of the $3.2m sale for a copy of the first Superman comic, Action Comics No. 1, which took place a few months back. Analyzing this sale using the aforementioned crite- ria helps paint a fairly clear view of present and future valuation. This particular car ranks fairly low in terms of exclusivity considering the fact that Gordon has driven countless cars over his career, but he has hinted at retiring sooner rather than later, so it’s sure to get a bump soon. The car does have a few wins tied to it, however, so bonus points there. The wins didn’t come during one of those championship seasons, though, so we have to deduct a few bucks for that. The documentation, which is an absolute must- have, all seems to be present and accounted for, and the autographed race suits are a nice little bonus. All those factors add up to what is, as I mentioned earlier, an excellent — but expensive — collectible best suited to a life under glass. Someone obviously wanted this car because it is an authentic Jeff Gordon car with heritage. It likely won’t appreciate dramatically over the years because Jeff Gordon isn’t the best stock-car racer of all time and he’ll never be remembered as such, but he is one of the best and will always be a part of that conversation. His legion of fans may disagree with me, however, and as long as they’re writing the checks, they’ll always have the final word. But for now, I’ll call this well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR ex-Jimmie Johnson Lot 672, VIN: 48297 Condition: 3+ Sold at $200,000 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 4/9/2009 ACC# 120197 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1989 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR ex-Dale Earnhardt Lot 645.1, VIN: 5 Condition: 4Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2010 ACC# 160375 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR, ex-Tony Stewart Lot 1012, VIN: 120020 Condition: 3 Sold at $330,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2008 ACC# 48788 January-February 2015 51


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PROFILE TRUCK 1963 FORD F-100 CUSTOM CAB UNIBODY PICKUP Light-duty rig, heavy-duty price Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions The unibody concept worked fine, provided that a Gentleman Farmer had it and used it sparingly VIN: F10CK400447 by B. Mitchell Carlson F 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com ord’s unibody pickup trucks were relatively low-production vehicles, and they were produced only from 1961 to 1963. High-quality survivors are extraordinarily rare, and to find one such as the vehicle offered here, which has known history from new and an excellent restoration, is unusual indeed. According to an affidavit on file, the F-100 was bought new on April 11, 1963, in Enid, OK, and it remained in the family until 2002. The paperwork further notes that at that time it had recorded only 72,673 actual miles. It was restored in its correct colors, Corinthian White and Rangoon Red, with the rust-free body, interior, underhood, engine, and transmission all finished to the same very high standard. The engine itself is the optional 160-brake horsepower V8, which is mated to the heavy-duty Cruise-O-Matic transmission, and it was professionally rebuilt with hardened valve seats to accommodate the use of unleaded gasoline. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 245, sold for $33,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Hershey auction in Hershey, PA, on October 10, 2014. The unibody pickup, introduced by Ford in 1961, wasn’t a new concept. Ford had offered Model As with integral beds before, but these were built in very limited numbers. After World War II, Crosley and Powell offered unitized boxes on trucks, too, but they were either too light duty (Crosley) or too low production (Powell) to make much of a market splash. Bringing style to utility In 1957, Ford set a new standard in the industry with its Styleside pickup box. The Styleside was the first all-steel-styled pickup box, and it was offered as standard equipment on Ford’s new trucks. No longer was it a high-priced foreman or company owner’s status symbol — every Joe Six-Pack could buy one, and buy them they did. The traditional step-side box was mostly relegated to fleet use pretty much overnight. GM didn’t catch up until mid-1958, with the intro- duction of the Fleetside box on both Chevrolet and GMC trucks. You really can’t call the GM Fleetside an all-steel box, either, as it continued to use a wood plank floor. As for Dodge, its 1957 Sweptside — fashioned from rear fenders of 2-door station wagons — was a bit too late to seriously compete with Chevy’s Cameo and too expensive to compete with Ford. Their version of the Styleside, known as the Sweptline, was introduced in 1959 (it was also used by Studebaker from 1961 to ’63 on the Champ pickup). International was the only other pickup maker to go the styled-cargo-box route in the 1950s, but its truck — the A-series — was essentially a limited-production Golden Anniversary model. International’s regularproduction Bonus Load box didn’t arrive until the B-series models did in 1959. Also in 1957, Ford introduced the Ranchero. It gained popularity as a very light-duty hauler, where style trumped cargo capacity. It was popular enough that Chevrolet followed suit two years later with its El Camino.


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Detailing Looked good on paper When you hit one out of the park, you can’t always expect your efforts to be repeated, but Ford tried again. To once again up the ante, the 1961 F-series models got bold new styling. Playing a big role in it was an all-new integral unibody Styleside cargo box. Offered initially only on half-ton F-100s in 6½-foot and eight-foot lengths, then adding the eight-footer on 1962 and 1963 F-250s, Ford boasted “solid car-like handling.” Yet this time it wasn’t the standard pickup box configuration. That was the evergreen Stepside bed, which dated to 1953. For larger models, all four-wheel drives, F-350s, and all 1962–63 F-100s, the original generation (1957–60) Styleside continued in production. Part of the reasoning for building the unibody Styleside on the F-series was due to the Ranchero’s move from the full-size car platform to the new compact Falcon. In addition, Ford also introduced its new Econoline at that time, available as an integral box pickup. Ford likely sensed a perceived need for something a little larger than the Ranchero and Econoline, yet still more stylish than a regular pickup. Something akin to a full line of light-duty unibody pickups. A better idea? As can be evidenced by the continued use of the pre- vious two cargo boxes, Ford knew that body-to-frame flexing could be an issue with its unibody trucks. Modern unibody pickups — such as the Honda Ridgeline — have minimal cargo-carrying capacity and are all but big cars. But in the early 1960s, pickups were supposed to work. While the role of the pickup was starting to transition from expensive tool to stylish and useful transportation, trucks still had to earn their keep. The unibody concept worked fine, provided that a Gentleman Farmer had it and used it sparingly. However, loading the cargo box with a good heavy load such as firewood or cinder blocks meant that the frame would flex and the body would show buckling behind the doors, right where the gap was on a traditional separate-box-and-cab pickup. Ford saw this and threw in the towel at the end of the 1963 model year, introducing an all-new Styleside box for 1964. Picking up in value, but not a full load For decades, F-series trucks from the early 1960s were valued well below same-era Chevrolets and GMCs. Within the past 10 years, all classic pickups have seen great increases in value. This is especially true with Ford unibodies, even if they still rank behind their GM counterparts. However, while these trucks have become more valuable, they really haven’t seen prices like our featured truck achieved with any sort of regularity. Nor do I expect them to in the near term. I figure that this truck overshot its coverage by about $7k–$10k. At that rate, I’d have expected this truck to not only be concours-clean, but also concours-correct. With halogen headlights and radials, it was done more as a nice driver. It also had added stainless-steel door glass shades and period aftermarket-type air conditioning (which the F-series would not get from the factory until 1968). I may be proven wrong in the future, but for now, I’ll call this price overloaded, even if the truck looked great getting there. Well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1963 Ford F-100 unibody pickup Lot 288, VIN: F10JK416090 Condition: 3 Sold at $8,100 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ, 1/19/2013 ACC# 215102 Clubs: Early Ford V8 Club More: www.earlyfordv8.org Additional: American Truck Historical Society Engine # location: Basic casting numbers only, on the side of the block Years produced: 1961–63 Number produced: 40,535 Original list price: $2,019 Current ACC Valuation: $14,000–$25,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Stamped on the frame rail adjacent to the steering box; data plate on the driver’s door jamb edge More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1961–65 Ford Ranchero pickup, 1960–66 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, 1961–67 Dodge D-100 pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1961 Ford Econoline pickup Lot T108, VIN: E10SH145492 Condition: 3 Sold at $16,200 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/5/2013 ACC# 231937 1962 Ford F-100 unibody pickup Lot 4, VIN: F10CK300783 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $10,000 Petersen Auctions, Roseburg, OR, 7/7/2012 ACC# 208102 January-February 2015 53CC 53


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MARKET OVERVIEW An auction for everyone THE FINAL NUMBERS AT EACH SALE WERE AS VARIED AS THE AUCTIONS THEMSELVES by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1967 Shelby Cobra roadster, $1,292,500—rM, p. 71 2. 2006 Ford GT coupe, $513,000—Mec-IL, p. 100 3. 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird coupe, $453,600—Vic, p. 101 4. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro yenko coupe, $324,000— Mec-TX, p. 91 5. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $302,400—Mec-TX, p. 98 6. 1965 Shelby Cobra alloy continuation roadster, $225,500—rM, p. 71 7. 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback, $220,000—B-J, p. 62 8. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro CoPo rS coupe, $172,700—B-J, p. 58 9. 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top, $167,400—Vic, p. 101 10. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $165,000— B-J, p. 58 T he sales featured in this issue ranged from 200-car consignment auctions in Branson, MO, and Austin, TX, to a 700-car extravaganza in Vegas, to the liquidation of a 130-car private col- lection near Dallas. The final numbers at each sale were as varied as the auctions themselves. Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale notched up over last year’s record $32m to $33.3m, selling 704 out of 706 cars. The top lot was a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, sold for $825k to benefit charity. The Branson Auction grew totals to $2.8m from $2.3m last year, with 117 cars changing hands out of 200 consigned. A “1966 Gotham Cruiser” replica Batmobile was the big sale here at $150k. Dan Kruse Classics expanded their Austin A rent-a-racer ready for racing — 1966 Shelby GT350 H, sold for $110,000, rM Auctions Sam Pack Collection auction to three days, but sales figures did not follow suit. Totals declined to $1.3m from 2013’s $2.5m, and 81 cars found new homes out of 192 on offer. High-sale honors went to a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sold at $66k. RM sold off the Sam Pack Collection in Farmers Branch, TX, to the jingle of $11.5m. The all-noreserve sale saw 131 cars hammer sold. A 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster topped the charts at $1.3m and was the most expensive car in this issue. Tony’s Market Moment: Mr. Pack’s collection BEST BUYS 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $66,000—B-J, p. 60 54 AmericanCarCollector.com had a broad focus on Fords, from vintage to modern, original to restored, in stock, custom, and conceptcar configurations. He purchased the $1.3m Cobra in 2002 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale for $227k, which our Auction Analyst called “on the money” at that time. In fact, reading the auction report is a like a stroll through the ACC Premium Auction Database, as nearly every car in the Pack Collection appeared at auction once or twice previously in the past 15 years. They didn’t all see 500% appreciation under Pack’s stewardship, but most held their value, and only a few sold under the money. The lesson here: Buy what you love, buy the best that you can afford, diversify, and when the market is hot, don’t be afraid to sell without reserve.A Mecum, Dallas, TX September 3–6 September 25–27 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX September 26–27 Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA october 6 Mecum, Schaumburg, IL october 9–11 Vicari, Biloxi, Mo october 9–11 Branson, Branson, Mo october 17–18 rM, Farmers Branch, TX november 14–15 $0 $10m $3.7m $2.8m $11.5m $20m $30m $40m $50m $1.3m $3.8m $15.1m Auctions in this issue $15m Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, nV $33.3m 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super pickup, $20,520—Mec-IL, p. 94 1930 Ford Model A roadster, $20,350—Bon, p. 96 1926 Buick Master 6 Landau convertible, $13,230—DKruse, p. 84 1924 Ford Model T roadster, $6,050—Bon, p. 96


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas BARRETT’S BIGGEST VEGAS SALE TO DATE PUSHES PAST $33M BarrettJackson Las Vegas, NV September 25–27, 2014 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates, Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 704/706 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $33,292,085 High sale: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, sold at $825,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Top seller at Barrett-Jackson Vegas — 2015 Dodge Challenger SrT Hellcat, sold at $825,000 Report and photos by Travis Shetler Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 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: Salvageable for parts extravaganza was an opportunity to experience Las Vegas’ siren song of seduction: the promise that since you are smart, attractive and uniquely skilled at whatever you try, anything can and will happen — just step right up. The festivities began a week early with the 7th L 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Annual Barrett-Jackson Cruise-In, held at local dealership Gaudin Ford. The Barrett-Jackson touch was evident throughout. In addition to approximately 75 cars, there was food, live music, kid activities and awards. Ultra-friendly Barrett-Jackson staffers provided a coffee-table-quality auction catalog as a helpful reminder why everyone was invited. At the opening night gala, Chairman/CEO Craig Jackson announced Barrett-Jackson’s partnership with the Discovery Channel. Discovery will begin broadcasting the Scottsdale Auction in 2015. And at the gala entrance, two Elvis cars were on display. The first car was the 1963 Corvette racer from “Viva Las Vegas.” It failed to change hands, although bidding reached as Vegas welcomed Barrett-Jackson for the seventh time, and the auction company came to town with more cars than ever, including two Elvis cars with special Las Vegas connections. Barrett-Jackson’s bigger-than-life $330k (see the profile, p. 38). The other was Elvis and Priscilla’s honeymoon car — a 1967 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, sold for $88k. The couple used it as their honeymoon vehicle, driving home to Graceland after being married in Las Vegas. A lot of accompanying documentation supported the story. Barrett-Jackson occupied over 600,000 square feet of prime Las Vegas convention space to sell over 700 cars and generate over $33m in sales. Sellers, buyers, automotive representatives, causal tourists and media personnel flooded the venue to see the show. The auction held bargains for buyers, windfalls for sellers and market-appropriate prices on a number of cars. The first vehicle across the block was appropriate for Las Vegas: Lot #1 was a large, red 1973 Oldsmobile convertible that sold for $8,800. The action concluded two days later with Lot# 7002, a superb 1970 ’Cuda which was also red, and which sold for $96k. The high sale of the week was a car sold to benefit charity: the first production Dodge Hellcat, sold at a whopping $825k. The Hellcat money was donated to Las Vegas’ own Opportunity Village. More cars, more sales, bigger totals, and plenty of charity — that sums up Barrett-Jackson’s biggest Las Vegas sale to date.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV GM Larkspur Blue/blue vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Prettiest car at the auction. Nut-and-bolt restored by the Snodgrass brothers out of Florida as their show car. Absolutely nothing to fault. Paint, fit, finish and interior are #1 perfect. Undercarriage is breathtakingly beautiful. Rare same-color top draws crowds like a bank giving away free money. Cond: 1. 10 #773-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57F263474. #2. Panel fit is good, but the tailpipes are not parallel. The interior is a #1-. Cond: 1-. made for the most aggressive Chevelle ever. Well sold and bought. Valuation is difficult, and even with the six-digit price, the build cost probably eliminated any profit margin. SOLD AT $172,700. There were only about 1,000 COPOs built, and the documented ones will always be a good investment. Well bought, with some value left on the table. SOLD AT $165,000. Extremely well sold at twice market value. There are more 1957 Chevrolet convertibles running around than GM built, but this car illustrated why these cars command the spot they do in our collective consciousness. I think this car will be immune to the changing demographics of the collector market. #759-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F036032. Black/black & white leather. Odo: 61,958 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. #1 paint is an impressive accomplishment on a black car of this size. Interior is a very nice #2 with a bit of wear and puckering on incorrect-style leather work, and the rough door-sill plate on the driver’s side is unnecessary. Wire rims look good but always seem incongruous with Jet Age styling. Cond: 2+. #801-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pace Car RS/SS convertible. VIN: 124679N637188. White & orange/white vinyl/orange & black houndstooth. Odo: 86,016 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recently restored. Certified by Jerry MacNeish to be a numbers-matching 396-ci/350-hp SS. Paint and finish show very well. The interior is a 2+ in light of the wear inside the door tops. Black houndstooth on orange seats gives plenty of color. Cond: 1-. #700-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370L181962. Shadow Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 20 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Car presents very well as the result of a full nut-and-bolt restoration 20 miles ago. Mostly original sheet metal with #1 paint in an unusual color. Panel fit and chrome are excellent but for some scrapes on the lower windshield trim. Uncommon bench seat fills the #1 interior from door to door. Highly optioned and highly desirable. Block restamped, with an affidavit from the machine shop that did the work. However, it would still be nice to know more details about why that step was necessary. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. This car sold for $30k over Lot 379, a 1969 Pace Car with the more common 350. Quite well sold over market value, but possibly not a bad investment over the long run. SOLD AT $99,000. Very well sold. There were just over 12,000 convertibles built in 1959 (including the 1,320 Eldorados), nearly 10% of Cadillac’s production for that year. This vehicle’s place in the automotive world makes it a solid investment that will continue to increase in value. 650469. Garnet Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,182 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This Central Office Production Order Camaro looks very calm in dark red. Color variation at the cowl and dust in the paint keeps the paint to a 8 58 AmericanCarCollector.com #769-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO RS coupe. VIN: 124379N- SOLD AT $104,500. Modern supercar performance in a unique monster disguise SOLD AT $117,700. A very attractive car with great collectibility. Very well bought at the bottom of the value range. Pretty much the most collectible Oldsmobile muscle car. #789-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370R244297. Black/black leather. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Resto-mod Chevelle built by the Roadster Shop as the ultimate Pro-Touring ’70 Chevelle. LS7 with a Viper 6-speed manual. Two-tone black-and-matte paint with red pinstripe is perfect but for a rock chip in the leading edge of the hood. Chrome blacked out with updated lighting. #1, fully custom interior with 2+2 seating. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Terribly well bought at roughly half of the market value. If the restamping turns out not to be an issue, the new owner should be extremely happy. Other than the Shadow Gray color as opposed to a more traditional hue, there is no other explanation for the low price than the restamping. #771-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 344670M304209. Rally Red/ white vinyl/pearl white vinyl. Odo: 24,642 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully documented and numbers matching. Full frameoff restoration. The paint is #1-. Three dings in the chrome trim. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV CORVETTE White/tan fabric/red leather. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Odo reset at recent frameoff restoration with originality preserved. Lots of aged and thin spots in the paint, and many touch-ups. Body panel fit is slightly off; nearly a full-circumference crack around the top of the fender just ahead of the driver’s side taillight. Cond: 3+. #714-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S002295. Polo about the solid-lifter 360-horsepower fuelinjected motor and the 4-speed transmission. Car has won four NCRS Top Flight Awards (all 97+), an NCRS Performance Verification Award the NCRS Zora Arkus Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. Cond: 2+. dles. Inside, the seats look new, but the A-pillars detract from the overall look. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. Corvette collectors will appreciate the car’s shabby-but-preserved cosmetics and good mechanical running condition. Very well bought. One of only 3,640 built in 1954. #750-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S104004. Roman Red with white coves/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7,884 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. This is a really sharp Corvette. The paint and panel fit are a very nice #2. The interior looks freshly reupholstered, but there is some worn welting and wear on the rest that keep it a #2. The dual-quad carbs and matching numbers are what makes this one special. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $143,000. Well bought and sold at about 70% of the high market value. Plenty of room to address a few issues and still be on top, as fuel-injected C1s are in no danger of dropping off of the collector-car radar. #767.1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S102899. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,370 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Headline car. Has period California race history and appeared in the Elvis movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The largest Chevrolet dealer could not get an original 1963 Z06 from GM, so he built his own with lots of Z06 parts, then raced the California tracks. Found in storage in L.A. after the third owner spent years driving it on the streets. Paint is very good from 2011 restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. The big-block drivetrain and 4-speed make this a very desirable car. This car sold in 2012 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas for $57k (ACC# 218149). If the seller this year was the buyer that year, then he or she took a hit, but this buyer got a good deal. FOMOCO #223-1923 FORD MODEL T tourer. VIN: 3220453. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Decent paint; interior and undercarriage rate a #2. Most importantly, the car is titled to Cal Worthington’s Worthington Ford and is said to have been his personal vehicle. A good looking, pseudo-celebrity car whose history gives one a chance to overlook the variety of small issues—even the VIN that would seem to indicate a 1919 build date. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. The car appeared at auction twice in 2008, no-saling at $45k both times (Russo and Steele Scottsdale, ACC# 51975; Mecum KC, ACC# 119520). Well bought and sold today, right in the middle of the current market. #756-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S113590. Roman Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 62,974 miles. 327-ci 360hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Purchased by the seller in 1967. The excellent #2 paint has some chipping along the leading edge. Good-looking #3 interior has fit issues at the leading edge of the driver’s door; interior chrome is aging. But anyway, this car is all 60 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $330,000. Car is unique, rare and carries lots of certifications and documentation. Two prior no-sales within the past year: bid to $275k at Mecum Houston in April (ACC# 252725) and to $325k at RM Monterey 2013 (ACC# 227352). Seller clearly is not happy with where the value is currently, so he should take a chance and wait a few years. The provenance will carry the value forward. Trying for a half-million seems a bit premature. See the profile, p. 38. #648-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S405470. Rally Red/ black hard top/white soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 61,050 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great-looking car. The #1 paint is very nice, and the panel fit is as expected. Chrome is mostly good but for scuffs on the door han- SOLD AT $31,900. A car where the condition is not going to prevent use. Having grown up hearing Cal Worthington’s jingle (and spending a summer selling cars for him), the provenance is what caught my attention on this car. Very well sold at a price nearly double the value. As with the Elvis and Johnny Cash cars also sold, celebrity pays. #475-1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 1Y86H413892. Empress Blue/white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 80,671 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint chips and overspray; scuffed chrome at the front. Panel fit is fine, but rear ride height is too high. Decent interior is attractive in blue, with normal wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Very well sold. Price is near the BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV top of the market. However, the buyer is no doubt pleased with his new, stylish acquisition. blue/black vinyl. Odo: 1,987 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Looks perfect. Just under 2,000 miles since being completely restored. Paint, finish and panel fit are a solid #1-. Interior is correct and a solid #1- as well, with window felt issues. Fully documented and correct car. There is really nothing to do here. Cond: 1-. 7 #776-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SMF65892. White & SOLD AT $60,500. Quite well sold, nearly $20k over the top of the market. One of just 1,806 built. Strong price for a strong car. SOLD AT $220,000. Very well sold at the top of the value range. Seller indicated that the sale was bittersweet, as he was sad to see the car go but pleased at the hammer price. #788-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02S14956501877. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 66,157 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original, unrestored Shelby. Repainted once. Currently, the paint is #3 quality with heavy swirling on the rear quarters. The #2 upholstery and #3 undercarriage are consistent with the history as presented. The original window sticker is with the car, and extensive documentation dates back to the original owner. Cond: 2-. #160-1971 FORD TORINO GT convertible. VIN: 1H37F195209. Grabber Green/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 45,282 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint, fit and finish are almost perfect, although the rear lower valance needs to be buffed. The interior is a 1- with minor issues, and the undercarriage is a slightly used 2. Well detailed under the hood. Great appeal with the color combination and the added visual impact of the redto-orange-to-yellow side stripes. Enough to distract from the absence of a/c. Cond: 1-. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 250 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Carries an Eminger Invoice and Marti Report. Restored 250 miles ago, the #1 paint is strikingly blue. The doors and trunk have uneven panel gaps. Inside, the #2 interior looks good. Under the hood, the engine compartment is nicely detailed. Seller added power steering and the rear spoiler. Thorough restoration with all-original sheet metal except for one OEM replacement fender. Cond: 2+. inspected, the car showed poorly, but following the on-site Mothers detailing, it’s sparkling. Very light shade difference in the hood stripes. #2 interior is in good shape. Claimed to be a factory big-block car, but not explicitly stated to be numbers-matching. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. Nice car in a cool non-stock color with 4-speed, but not worth the strong price paid for it. Considering the custom touches, the seller got really lucky. #7002-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23V0E133662. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 55,456 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Outstanding Shaker-hood car, said to be one of 883 Six Pack automatics. Paint and panel fit are #1 quality following a rotisserie restoration. Black vinyl roof adds bold contrast to the perfect red interior. Underneath, the chassis is also a #1. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $95,700. While so much red might seem like too much, this Galen Govier-inspected Plymouth was very impressive and made even non-Mopar fanatics reconsider. Well bought and sold. Not a Hemi, but the Shaker hood adds great value. The final price was near the top end of the range, but still less than the car might have brought (and well below Lot 799, the $385k 1971 Hemi ’Cuda). This car will make the new owner smile every time he enters the garage. SOLD AT $31,900. This car came across as a full-sized version of a Hot Wheels car. Well sold, as the sale price was in the neighborhood of a Cobra Jet car. Buyer must be happy as well. MOPAR #359-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23H9E119339. Custom Plum Crazy/black vinyl. Odo: 9,439 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. When first SOLD AT $165,000. The collectibility combined with the presence and history brought out the bidders in Las Vegas. Very well sold at nearly 50% above market price. #645-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. VIN: 1F02R163509. Grabber 62 AmericanCarCollector.com #781-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A170840. Lemon Twist Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,421 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An original Superbird with a #1- repaint. Some dirt in paint at cowl. The interior and undercarriage both present as #2 quality, but the car is consistent with the stated low mileage and originality. Has Galen Glovier authenticity verification. Richard Petty signed the air cleaner. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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SOLD AT $121,000. Well bought, as this car sold slightly under market for the “entry level” Superbird. The collectibility and the color ensure that this car will stand out wherever the new owner decides to take it. BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV AMERICANA #711-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27H1B100704. Sassy Grass Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,856 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full Galen Govier documentation. Rotisserie restoration presents as truly flawless. #1 in every category. Brought by the same seller as the red-on-red 1970 ’Cuda (Lot 7002). Said to be one of only four that left the factory in this configuration. Cond: 1. #491-1962 LADAWRI CONQUEST roadster. VIN: 0RE8822F. Silver/unfinished fiberglass hard top/red & black leather. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A Corvette-flavored fiberglass kit designed in Canada in 1956. In 1957, the designer moved to Long Beach, CA, and production began. Concours-quality restoration with superb fit and finish. Interior is a #1, and the upgraded undercarriage shows as a #2. Modern upgrades include late-model Chevrolet chassis, power disc brakes, heavy-duty aluminum radiator, oversized alloy wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,800. Very well sold at nearly $20k above the market range. Color and options help set the value, and here, the new owner clearly found his or her match. I expect that the value will soon catch up to the price paid here, making everyone happy except for the second-to-last bidder. #486-1997 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E2VV301524. Red/black leather. Odo: 16,500 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Low-mileage car. Excellent paint, with small scratches and an emblem issue. Gold wheels actually look just right against the red. Inside is very good with hard plastic 1990s Chrysler switchgear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $48,400. These bodies were apparently built to accommodate a wheelbase of 108–120 inches. Fully documented history and restoration. Not as striking as the Kellison (Lot 367). Well bought and sold. #367-1969 KELLISON ASTRA coupe. VIN: DRF90525. Silver/black leather. 355-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Magnificent paint looks almost liquid. Fit is a #2, which is good for a limitedproduction fiberglass body from the ’60s. The #2 interior is a slick, aeronautically inspired cockpit with a dash full of mystery buttons on the passenger’s side. 200 Mile Per Hour Club sticker on driver’s tiny nonopening vent window raises more questions than answers. Cond: 2+. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ SOLD AT $37,400. Well bought and sold almost in the middle of the market. Selling for almost exactly half of the original sticker price of about $75k, the buyer has room left for burnouts and a profit. CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN SOLD AT $38,500. Seen at auction two years ago at Petersen in Roseburg, OR, bid to $27,500 (ACC# 209004). The seller held out and got a little more this time around. Well bought and sold. A ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com January-February 2015 63 Keith Martin’s


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RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX RM with Auctions America — The Sam Pack Collection TOTAL SALES CAME OUT TO $11.5M, EXCEEDING MR. PACK’S REPORTED EXPECTATIONS OF $9M RM with Auctions America Farmers Branch, TX November 14–15, 2014 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/ offered: 131/131 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $11,543,400 High sale: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, sold at $1,292,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices one of Carroll’s personal vehicles — 1965 Shelby Cobra alloy continuation roadster, sold at $225,500 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 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: Salvageable for parts 64 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics S am Pack’s 473-car collection was the kind that would usually take a lifetime to amass. But despite a lifelong obsession with cars, Pack did not in fact start collecting until age 65. It was only recently, at age 77, that Pack made the tough decision to cut back, in order to consolidate his collection from four buildings to two. In midNovember, 131 of his prized possessions crossed the auction block, all at no reserve. During the auction preview, Mr. Pack made his way through the warehouse to check on things and greet his guests with a friendly smile. He was accessible and approachable, which is not always the case in such a scenario. The sale opened to a large standing-room-only throng of enthusiastic bidders who were confident in the quality of the consignments. Pack was a successful Ford dealer, and many of the cars on offer wore the Blue Oval or related brands such as Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel and Shelby. There was also a handful of other American makes and a very small number of foreign nameplates. With all lots offered at no reserve, total sales came out to $11.5m, exceeding Mr. Pack’s reported expectations of $9m. The top two sales were Shelby Cobras, with high honors going to a 1967 427 Cobra at $1.3m and the #2 spot going to a 1963 289 Cobra at $880k. A 2006 Ford GT with delivery decals and interior plastic still intact came next at $418k. ACC Auction Analysts reported on many of the cars previously when they were offered at other auctions. It was satisfying to note how well these cars were maintained and how finely detailed they were as they crossed the block. Pack reportedly knew each one of these vehicles well, and while some were preservation-quality trailer queens, many showed additional miles of enjoyment since their previous appearances at auction. Despite letting go of nearly a quarter of his col- lection, Pack is not done yet. Ultimately, his goal is to maintain a collection half the size of what it was before the sale. The successful businessman (who has no plans to retire) will sell off more of his collection privately in the coming months. And he will likely make a few more acquisitions.A


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RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX GM #128-1959 BUICK INVICTA “Peaches & Cream” 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6F2014480. Peach & cream/peach & cream leather. Odo: 48,254 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-maintained award-winning custom. Chopped top and shaved door handles. Very high-quality custom paint job holding up well. Perfect panel fit. Replated chrome and trim all around appears as though brand new. Residential-style plush pile carpeting shows a little wear on the outer edge of the driver’s seat. Gauges appear to be original but in good condition. Upholstery shows a little wear. Custom vinyl headliner with tufting that matches the seat and console. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,750. This highly optioned Impala received a frame-off restoration after 15 years of collecting genuine GM NOS parts, and all the original sheet metal is said to have been retained. The Impala market has been relatively steady over the years, with buyers shelling out a little more money these days for good ones. The sold price here was right in the middle of the auction estimate and in line with recent sales, making it a fair deal for all. #215-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO “Hot Rod 1” convertible. VIN: HR0001. Green/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 3,388 miles. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Custom build featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine in 2005, with 50 pages dedicated to the build process. Presents as a factory original but with a few discreet touches. Brake cooling cut-outs in body ahead of rear tires. Recessed oval side marker lights. Both doors are slightly out at the bottom. Bumpers painted body color. Stripes are painted on, not vinyl. Mirrors and brightwork around windshield in very good condition. Interior in top shape. Extra gauges. Power top. Detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. This Richard Zocchi custom creation was the winner of the Goodguys’ Custom d’Elegance Award in 2004, and the names attached to the build are among the “who’s who” in the custom and hot rod world. Zocchi, who has been customizing cars since the 1970s, utilizes an old-school approach, incorporating design elements from other marques into his creations. The build quality and workmanship are outstanding, and it could not be replicated for the price paid here. Well bought. #152-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F59J215520. Roman Red/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 58,748 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very nice high-quality restoration with a little age. Light scratches on top of driver’s door. Rechromed bumpers in excellent condition. Original side trim in excellent condition with no dents. All rubber has been replaced. Interior carpets point to no use. Seats in very good condition and appear original. Gauges are clear and easy to read. Interior paint is near flawless. Power windows. Engine has been restored and other than the battery appears factorycorrect. Cond: 2+. had four top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes while qualifying for a pole position within the 2006 and 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship Series. Retirement in 2007 and restored to as-raced condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,000. Once upon a time retired race cars were sent out to pasture, but they’ve become a hot commodity in recent years. This was an important car not that long ago, and it was in good restored condition. Well bought and sold. See the profile, p. 50. CORVETTE #123-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S004297. Polo White/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 54,470 miles. 235ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Mileage is said to be original. Well-preserved, high-quality older restoration. Older paint holding up very well. Passenger’s door is out slightly at bottom rear. Brightwork is near perfect. Unforgiving chrome driver’s door threshold shows virtually no scuffs. Some discoloration noted on steering wheel. Driver’s position carpet shows minor wear. Fuel gauge face is cracked. Rear-view mirror has some delamination on the bottom right edge. Engine compartment is tidy, but restoration is deteriorating. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This is not a resto-mod of an actual 1969 Camaro but a brand-new, ground-up build using an all-steel body from Dynacorn Classic Bodies and a ZL1 crate motor. The goal was to build the ultimate classic muscle car using modern technology. It sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in 2012 for $88k (ACC# 193204), which was presumably much less than the actual build cost. Here it was well bought at a $22k discount from just two years ago. #165-2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS NASCAR racer. VIN: 24387. Blue & red/black cloth. 358-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is the NASCAR racer that took Jeff Gordon to victories at Chicago Speedway in July 2006 and Lowe’s Motor Speedway in October 2007. Of 14 races, the car and driver SOLD AT $79,750. Restored to Bloomington Gold standards in the 1980s, this C1 has spent the past decade in the Pack Collection. The second-year ’Vette added three additional color options over the first year, which was only offered in Polo White over red, as seen here. This example was well optioned and included the side curtains. Low original mileage should have pushed the bidding a little higher, but it was well bought, selling just under the auction estimate. #209-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 194677S100626. Purple/tan cloth/black leather. 502-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Resto-mod custom on oversized wide wheels and tires. Paint is deep and rich but shows some clearcoat scratches. Bumpers removed. Minimal trim is bright and shines well. Panel fit is excellent. Aftermarket gauges have been added to the interior. Carpets show some wear and point to a little use. Vinyl interior is restored. Nearly everything under the hood is polished aluminum. Etched flames in air cleaner and valve covers. 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RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX place awards before joining the Pack Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s Orange County auction in 2011, selling for $85k (ACC# 179653). Nearly everything on this Sting Ray has been massaged in some way, and it comes with documentation of the build process. The description notes over 5,000 miles, but due to digital gauges, the mileage here was unknown. When we saw it in 2011, it was at 5,813. Well bought considering the original build cost. FOMOCO #149-1937 FORD MODEL 78 replica coupe. VIN: AZ305864. Red/brown leather. Odo: 611 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. High-quality build that is a couple of years old. Outstanding paint. Only very minor flaws that come from cleaning. Chrome and brightwork are in excellent condition. Glass is like new. Interior is excellent. Carpets are in new condition. Seats do not show any sign of use. Classic-style aftermarket gauges integrated into the dash. Panel fit is excellent. Doors shut like a bank vault. Engine compartment highly detailed. Engine paint is just as good as the rest of the car. Cond: 1-. miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quality paint in matte finish is capable of hiding imperfections. Touch-ups here and there. Hood contacts body when raised, with some chipping around hood’s body crease. Rear edge of the driver’s door is chipped. Panel fit is excellent. Painted driver’s side seat base is chipping and worn. Upholstery in very good shape. Cab is finished with exposed sounddeadening material. Air-conditioning vents have been well integrated into the dash. Engine is tidy and fits nicely. Cond: 3+. cared for. 1948 was a low production year for these station wagons, as the manufacturing facility halted production early to begin retooling for the next model year. There were only 8,912 produced for 1948, about half of the run in 1947, and the 1949 model year soared to over a million cars. We watched this one sell in 2010 at RM’s Monterey auction for $66k (ACC# 165662). Even though it could use a refreshing, it exceeded the auction estimate here today. Well sold. SOLD AT $82,500. Built by Boyd Coddington as a “shop truck” and semi-daily driver, this pickup has also been featured on the shows “Chasing Classic Cars” and “American Hot Rod.” A certificate accompanying the truck certifies it as a “true” Coddingtonbuilt vehicle, which will add value, as his legacy is captured in the builds that exist. We saw this cross the block at Mecum’s 2011 Monterey auction, where it sold for just over $50k (ACC# 185002). Value has increased since, and Coddington’s work will only continue to climb. SOLD AT $99,000. Oze Rod Shop in Ohio offers these frames and body kits based on the iconic Ford design. Since completion, this one has gone on to take top honors at a handful of events. Appeal becomes limited when potential buyers learn that it was not manufactured by Ford, turning away some of the “purists.” The catalog estimate was wide on this one, and it landed on the upper end of the spectrum. Strong sale, especially considering that it sold at Russo and Steele’s 2011 Scottsdale auction for $73k (ACC# 171064). #143-1941 FORD custom pickup. VIN: 6461521. Maroon/tan vinyl. Odo: 2,964 68 AmericanCarCollector.com #194-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 899A2260553. Black/ tan vinyl. Odo: 14,651 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older high-quality restoration. Black paint shows age with minor blemishes and light scratches. Wood panels have lost their high luster but are in good condition. Hard-water stains throughout. Replated trim with occasional dings. Panel fit is factorycorrect. Interior shows some use. Aftermarket water temperature gauge. Doors shut and latch with authority. Engine appears mostly original. Valve cover paint is flaking off. Strong smell of fuel when opening the hood. Fluid at base of carburetor. Cond: 3+. #223-1950 MERCURY EIGHT custom convertible. VIN: 50DA54937M. Dark green/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 7,130 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older build showing some use. Paint touch-ups throughout. Small but deep scratch on rear trunk has been touched up. Rock chips on nose. Some orange peel on passenger’s door. Grille and trim on top of the doors have been replated. Chrome on door handles shows wear. Shag driver’s floor mat shows heavy use. Billet aluminum on steering wheel slightly dull. Dated GM tilt steering column and automatic transmission selector. Bulky air conditioner hanging from the dash. Lots of dress-up pieces under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. Great-looking lead sled, but the age of the build reveals itself. Last sold at RM’s North Palm Beach sale in 2012 for $72k (ACC# 222315). While the build is high quality with everything one would expect, it is beginning to show its age. Custom values vary wildly depending on the quality of the build and the level of customization. All things considered, fair price if not slightly well bought. SOLD AT $88,000. An older restoration that hasn’t been touched but has been well #140-1950 MERCURY EIGHT custom woodie wagon. VIN: 94174597. Inca Gold/ white & gold leather. Odo: 14,003 350-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, auto. High-quality custom build. Paint is deep and rich, with only minor imperfections. Wood condition is exquisite with the exception of a three-foot-long crack on the passenger’s rear fender. Both doors are out significantly at bottom rear. Carpets show slight wear and point to vehicle use. Kick panel at the driver’s footwell is separating from the interior wall. Backside of rear view-mirror mount is rough. On Chevelle frame. Crate engine nicely dressed with smoothed inner fenders and firewall. Cond: 2+.


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OURCARS 1914 STuTZ BEArCAT rEPLICA BuILT By GEORGE BARRIS Owner: John Boyle, ACC Contributor Purchase date: February 1999 Price: $17,000 Current miles: Unknown Miles since purchase: 6,800 Recent work: New rear tire, oil pan gasket, oil change RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX out at the rear but close nicely. Rear taillights look original and unrestored, with some patina noted on the faux-chrome taillight centers. Interior restoration is just as high-quality as the exterior. Seats and steering wheel look as though they have never been used. Carpets are new. Clean engine compartment. Surface rust present on some underhood items. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,750. Rare and desirable. Not many of these exist today, as they were mainly workhorses that lived a hard life. Less than 800 were reportedly produced for 1950, and the survival rate is pretty low. A huge amount of money was spent to get the finished product we saw here, so call it well bought, but in 2009, one restored to original condition sold at RM Monterey for $165k (ACC# 141188), proving again that original beats custom when selling time comes. I loved cars. That fall, “Bearcats!” premiered on CBS. It featured the exploits of two adventurers, circa 1914. Their car: a Stutz Bearcat. I became transfixed with Brass-Era speedsters. I was shocked to learn a Bearcat was high school, and like most boys, In 1971, I was a junior in worth the cost of a nice house. But I learned George Barris built two replicas for the show. I figured I might have a shot at getting one of them. By the fall of 1998, I was ready to buy. Through the Stutz Club I found one owned by an elderly attorney who was selling off his collection. The car is not a kit — it’s more like a 1960s hot rod that happens to look like a 1914 Bearcat. Body panels were hand crafted from thick steel, while the frame is rectangular tubes. The mechanicals are familiar — a Ford 223-ci six, a 4-speed, and a ’65 Mustang rear. While mechanically sound, it needed a full cosmetic restoration. The hardest part was finding new wood wheels; luckily, I found an Oklahoma wheelwright to make a set. Visually, the car is very close to a Stutz. Barris replicated details few would have noticed on TV: friction shocks, right-hand drive, oversize rear-brake drums, and a center-mounted gas pedal. It’s the perfect car for weekend drives in the country. Considering genuine Bearcats start at a half million and my car gives a similar driving experience, I’m more than satisfied.A 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #186-1956 FORD RANCH WAGON custom wagon. VIN: A6RR150907. Black/red leather. Odo: 34 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Restoration a few years old but shows no use. High-quality black paint. Minor imperfections in clearcoat from cleaning. Passenger’s door is out along trailing edge, driver’s door out on bottom half. Custom door handles are almost impossible to open. Restored interior shows no use. Aftermarket gauges have a nostalgic feel and are very attractive. Tiny LEDs replace the blinker indicators and high-beam indicator. Smooth engine bay fenders and firewall. Engine has tons of billet dress-up pieces. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. Originally intended for Lincoln; however, engineers knew the retractable hard top would prove too expensive for the more limited brand and decided that Ford would have a better chance of making a return simply by spreading the technology over more production cars. Examples can be found for half of the purchase price here, but you get what you pay for. Oh, and plan on opening up the checkbook if the seven servos, 11 switches, and 10 relays for the retractable top need sorting. This one was sorted, restored and good to go. Well bought. SOLD AT $57,750. Families favored 4-door station wagons, leaving the 2-doors mainly for tradespeople. The Chevy 350 may not be “sacrilege” in such a custom, but the difficulty starting it on auction day didn’t help. (A mechanic could be seen working on it extensively on preview day.) With mileage in the double digits, the sorting process was obviously not complete. When the sorting is done, the new buyer has a great-looking car that was well bought. #115-1957 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7FW271476. Black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 85,639 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality restoration performed in-house and showing little use. Side trim and door handles show some light scratches. Both doors are slightly #131-1958 EDSEL PACER convertible. VIN: W8RR700452. Gray/black vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 11,221 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint in excellent condition, with few flaws. Chrome and brightwork all restored. Driver’s door is out at the top rear. Passenger’s door out along trailing edge. Attractive red interior paint; some dry spray on repainted steering wheel and tops of door panels. Gauges are restored and are in excellent condition. Carpets and thresholds show no wear. Bottom cushion on outboard side of driver’s seat slightly collapsed. Engine bay has been repainted and engine restored. Restored by late actor Sage Stallone, son of Sly. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,750. First-year Edsel with the iconic grille. This Pacer convertible boasts rarity along with a bit of celebrity provenance. You couldn’t begin to restore one for the price paid here, and I have witnessed comparable examples of lesser quality demand more money. Very well bought. See the profile, p. 48.


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RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX #225-1960 EDSEL RANGER convertible. VIN: 0U15Y701426. Black Velvet/white vinyl/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 22,606 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage believed actual. Older restoration in excellent condition. Paint showing age in places. Light scratches in clearcoat. Scratches on trim between bumper and body on the Continental kit. Heavy scratch in center of rear bumper. Driver’s door slightly out. Side trim is excellent, with only a minor dent on the passenger’s front fender. Interior shows little use. Seats show slight wear and discoloration compared with the newer panels. Restored engine shows light use. Cond: 2. rior and fastback body. Mustang GT values tanked with the 2008 crash, bottoming in 2011, but prices have been headed up since. The price paid here was strong but market-correct. 7049. Aluminum/black leather. Odo: 56 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Polished body with no paint. Small dent in passenger’s rear quarter-panel. Rear trunk lid license plate illuminator is discolored. Smoothed welds visible behind roll bar. A few scuffs here and there and lots of handprints. Seats show little use. Gauges are new. Engine compartment is clean and tidy and shows no use. The underside of hood reads “Carroll’s polished” in black marker. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $225,500. Documented as one of 6 #201-1965 SHELBY COBRA alloy continuation roadster. VIN: CSX- into a highly modified vintage racer, competing in SCRA, HSR, SCCA, and SAAC events. It is unknown what kind of condition the car was in before being recommissioned as a racer, but one only hopes that it started out as a basket case. Call it well sold, considering it does not have generations of provenance and an actual GT350 H had to be sacrificed to achieve the end result. leather. Odo: 11,351 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very high-quality paint with painted stripes. Rear trunk lid is tight on driver’s side, causing racing stripe not to line up. Side vent windows are original, with light scratching. Original wheels show years of use. Hammer marks on spinners. Stainless thresholds inside doors show marks from entry and exit. Original AC steering wheel. Gauges are original. Seat leather appears to be original and shows some light cracking. Piping around driver’s seat bolster has worn through. Carpets are in excellent condition. Cond: 1-. 1 #188-1967 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX3279. Green/black SOLD AT $60,500. Much more tame in styling than the earlier “horse collar”-grille cars; one can’t help but wonder if the brand would have survived if built like this from the beginning. By this time, the cars were merely restyled Fords, and they failed to gain consumer support. This is said to be one of 76 Edsel convertibles built for 1960. This one was sold out of the Solmon Brothers Collection in in 2012 for $62k (ACC# 210545), confirming this market-correct price. #121-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. VIN: 5R09K211375. Rangoon Red/white vinyl. Odo: 22,805 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality paint with few flaws. Passenger’s door is out at top rear. Chrome and trim in excellent condition. Restored interior appears almost as good as the day it was born. Unforgiving white vinyl seats show little discoloration. Carpets show little wear. Gauges are clean, clear, easy to read, and appear factory-original. Original radio. Restored engine compartment with chrome air cleaner and chrome valve covers. Period-correct Texas license plate. Cond: 2+. Carroll Shelby’s personal vehicles—and perhaps the newest series Cobra that he owned and the last one added to his personal collection. We last saw this one cross the block at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction in May 2013, where it was well sold at $342k (ACC# 219509). It was still well sold here, even $100k under low estimate. #207-1966 SHELBY GT350 H racer. VIN: SFM6S564. Red & gold/black cloth. 295-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body is mostly straight, but it does show some minor battle scars in the paint in the form of rock chips and minor cracking. Front windscreen is sandpitted from road use. Rear window is Plexiglas. Driver’s door out along rear edge. Passenger’s door out toward bottom. Interior is spartan with a racing seat, removable steering wheel and aftermarket gauges. No carpet. Engine bay quite presentable for a race car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,292,500. The top sale at this auction. This Cobra had thorough ownership history including every owner dating back to new. It was one of three Shelby Cobras offered at this sale and the most prized, with the others being a 289 and an alloy continuation car. We last saw this one at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2002, selling for $227k (ACC# 26898). At that time it was a non-original blue. The market-correct sale price here shows just how far the Cobra market has come in the past 12 years. #157-1969 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: 9F02M481894. Black Jade/black vinyl. Odo: 17,623 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well optioned with Deluxe Marti Report and Shelby American World Registry verification. Restored exterior with hardly any paint flaws. Small pinholes here and there, but nothing to get excited about. Some dry SOLD AT $68,750. 1.3% of 1965 Mustangs were equipped with the K-code V8. Adding to the desirability of this one is a Pony inte- SOLD AT $110,000. Last sold an RM Monterey 2013 for $105k (ACC# 231276). The car is believed to have been a stock GT350 H up until 2003, when it was transformed January-February 2015 71 TOP 10 TOP 10


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RM AUCTIONS // Farmers Branch, TX spray on top of driver’s door. Trim in very good condition. Heavy scratch in rear glass. Very good panel fit. Scuffs on the driver’s door threshold point to overall vehicle use. Unrestored interior showing some wear. Gauge faces slightly cloudy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,500. Sold in 2006 at Worldwide’s Hilton Head event for an astonishing $101k (ACC# 43685), and again two years later at an RM sale in Dallas for a more market-correct $77k (ACC# 116372). There were a total of four Hertz cars to choose from in this sale, but the 1969 is one of the rarest, with only about 150 built. This one is said to have had one known repaint and low original miles. The price paid is an accurate reflection of the current market. #181-2001 FORD THUNDERBIRD concept convertible. VIN: 1LNLM9145XS600567. Red/Ceramic leather. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Deep red paint with some light scratches. Factory panel fit. Bucket seats sans headrests, finished in white leather which is slightly discolored on the base cushions. Console switches never made it to production. Under the hood, typical trim pieces that made their way onto the production version have been omitted. The windshield-wiper mechanisms are visible, and the wiper arms are inoperable. Cond: 2. the hood. The supercharger looks at home in the engine compartment. Cond: 2+. bumper. Trim in excellent condition. Rear bumper has a deep scratch. Vinyl graphics are in good condition. Interior very well restored. Gauges appear original and are easy to read. Original radio with Highway Hi-Fi record player. Engine compartment appears mostly original. Driven less than 100 miles since 2001. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. A supercharged version of the T-bird that the Blue Oval should have built. Although very similar to the production version, the keen eye will recognize that nearly every body panel has been reworked to achieve a more aggressive appearance. If you’re a Thunderbird fan, the sale price seems pretty reasonable for a one-off (even if you aren’t able to register the car). #182-2004 LINCOLN MARK X concept coupe. VIN: 1FAHP60A224100251. Atlantic Pearl/Lime Sorbet leather. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory-quality paint. Tight panel fit. Actual stainless and chrome trim. Panoramic folding glass hard top. Highquality leather seats, dash, and center console. Twin center console armrests are very worn. No carpeting inside; floor is finished in the same leather as the seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. Said to be one of less than 400 Pacesetters produced. Holding up well for the age of the restoration, and it would not hurt this one to air it out on the highway every now and then. This very car has been covered at auction several times, making this its fifth offering since 2001, with early sales in the low $30k range up to a $116k at RM’s 2012 sale in Grapevine, TX (ACC# 213731). Despite a sharp rise in values in the past few years, this sale price was on the soft side. SOLD AT $55,000. Molded tonneau cover is an extension of the front seat headrests, a la “Bullet Bird.” Other unique touches include interior pieces covered in “ceramic” leather and aluminum switches and knobs on dash. Underhood is largely unfinished, with several missing trim pieces and items you would typically find unexposed. If you have a Sports Roadster in your collection needing a one-off updated companion, this one would be a must-have. Fairly bought. #179-2003 FORD THUNDERBIRD supercharged concept convertible. VIN: 1FAHP60A82Y100397. Machine Silver/tan leather. 3.9-L supercharged V8, auto. Factory paint. Chrome accents on hood vents and around windshield are in excellent condition. Panel fit as expected. Seats are finished in leather on all sides including the rear, and are much softer than you would get from a factory production car. Real chrome on dash and doors, as opposed to a chrome-look appliqué. Other than a few touches, everything is similar to the production version. Real carbon-fiber trim under 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #114-1962 CHRYSLER 300H convertible. VIN: 8423143032. Festival Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 29 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with recent high-quality respray showing very few flaws. Windshield has wiper streaking. Driver’s door out significantly at bottom rear, but other panel fit factory-correct. Rear taillights are original; plastic lenses sun-faded. High-voltage instrument cluster in excellent condition. Stainless console and dash trim a little tarnished. Engine compartment appears original and unrestored. Dry fluid residue noted at base of carburetors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $129,250. This garnered a lot of attention, with a steady flow of people gravitating toward it and seemingly ignoring many of the other concept cars. Exteriorwise, the car looked production-ready and was pleasing to the eye. Inside, many of the items were makeshift, reminding you that it was not a production model. The popularity of the vehicle as a crowd favorite while on display translated to success when the car hit the auction block. Well sold. MOPAR #204-1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE Pacesetter convertible. VIN: 50383348. White & gold/tan vinyl/gold vinyl & brown tweed. Odo: 16,885 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration is holding up exquisitely. A few paint touch-ups around doors, but otherwise in very good condition. Rust bubbles beginning to form on tail where body meets SOLD AT $41,250. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s 2002 Scottsdale auction, where we called it well sold at $36k (ACC# 26901). Our reporter also pointed out the questionable door fit, which was not sorted despite the opportunity during the repaint done this year. Still, excellent examples can break $100k even with the bottom-rung engine option for 1962. This one was a bargain at less than half of that, and not much more than the Barrett-Jackson price 14 years ago. Very well bought. A


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BRANSON // Branson, MO The Branson Auction A 1950 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN LIMOUSINE USED BY MISSOURI’S OWN PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN SOLD FOR $105K The Branson Auction Branson, MO October 16–17, 2014 Auctioneers: Ben DeVore, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/ offered: 117/200 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $2,764,485 High American sale: 1966 Gotham Cruiser, sold at $150,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices The President Harry S. Truman 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan limousine, sold at $105,300 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 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: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics rerun. One thing I usually enjoy about this sale that was T 74 AmericanCarCollector.com missing this time was the CCCA Full Classics. All past sales have had at least one, and this was the first time none were offered. Indeed, high-end cars were in short supply this time, as the top sale at the end of Saturday was a 1953 Buick Skylark, sold at $108k — which certainly seems below the market. Another car that made it into six-figure territory was the one of perhaps greatest interest to the locals: a 1950 Lincoln Cosmopolitan limousine used by Missouri’s own President Harry S. Truman. The car was an older restoration, and it sold at $105k. The post-event run sheet a week after the auction showed significant progress made in post-sale deals. Of the 20 post-block sales, two managed to eclipse the Skylark: a “1966 Gotham Cruiser” pseudo-Batmobile at $150k (which also sold here a year and a half ago) and a 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation car at $135k. These Third highest seller — a factory export-market 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, sold at $108,000 he Branson Convention Center was once again home to South Central Missouri’s most prestigious collector car auction in October: The Branson Auction. A total of 200 vehicles crossed the block over two days, with only one sales ratcheted up the results by approximately a third, going from about $2m for 109 cars sold to nearly $3m in receipts on 117 total sales. Regardless of how well things went, proprietor Jim Cox didn’t seem too concerned. After the proceedings ended for the day on Friday, he told me, “I just enjoy doing this sale.” A


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BRANSON // Branson, MO GM #548-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 6836085. Yellow/black vinyl/white & yellow leather. Odo: 4,060 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory export-market car, with original (as stated) 2-barrel carburetor instead of a 4-pot. Not a minty-fresh restoration, but has lots of eye pop. Good, glossy paint. Mediocre door fit. Replacement vent window glass already has some bubbling. Sticker on windshield reads “Departmento De Asuntos Agrarios y Colonizacion.” Light driver’s seat wear. No Fisher body tag under the hood. Engine is clean, tidy, clearcoated, and has a 12-volt alternator. Cond: 2-. #566-1965 PONTIAC GTO custom convertible. VIN: 237675K125606. Dark blue metallic/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 10,294 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Goodguys award winner in recent years. Excellent prep and paint, a touch more metallic than stock Nocturne Blue. Better panel fit than possible from GM in 1965—even on their show cars of the era. LED lighting throughout. Custom leather interior. Aftermarket billet steering wheel. Power windows. Motor has “date correct” Tri-Power induction but no PHS report to confirm it from new. Aftermarket 18-inch alloys with custom-cut Redline low-profile tires. Cond: 1-. panel gaps. Four modern halogen headlights. Very tidy and stock-appearing engine bay. Reproduction seats and door panels are essentially GTO pieces. Some attempt at paint-detailing the undercarriage. Wears a 1967 Quebec rear license plate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,000. Odometer nearly illegible due to sun fade. I was only able to read after digitally processing an image of it. This was exported to Mexico City; hence the 2-barrel carburetor, to deal with low-compression gasoline. I’d bet that it was also restored down there. The story wasn’t completely clear, which is part of the reason it went cheap. Call it a weak #2 selling for weak #3 money. #514-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 166375S212819. Medium blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 80,167 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One-owner car until recently. Retains Protect-O-Plate from when it was sold new at Terrill-Phelps Chevrolet in Springfield, MO. Trim-off repaint done quite well. Original trim shows light wear and scuffing. Modern replacement windshield. Front seats appear to have modern replacement upholstery, well fitted. Heavier steering wheel rim paint wear. Original painted surfaces under the hood are rather scruffy despite being cleaned up. With power steering. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $86,400. This was one of the best-condition cars here, but yesterday’s show car is tomorrow’s feature auction car. Big money for a non-stock early GTO, so the buyer clearly liked the custom choices. #283-1966 PONTIAC CATALINA 2+2 2-dr hard top. VIN: 254376E224569. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 41,665 miles. 421ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mediocre older repaint. Older, rather mediocre bumper rechrome with serviceable original trim. Okay door gaps, with doors that rattle when shut. Mostly original interior, repop seats. Rattle can of interior vinyl dye in rear seat footwell. Bland engine bay with an older cleanup and more rattle-can black on ancillary components. Older radial tires. Minimal options, with power steering and brakes, and full wheel covers. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. The Beaumont Sport Deluxe was the Canadian equivalent of a Super Sport or a GTO. This one last sold at Mecum Indy in May for $29k, which was about the right price for it (ACC# 243868). At that time, the consignor stated that it had a 325-horse 396, and I rather doubt that it got swapped since then. CORVETTE #564-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S101962. Venetian Red & Shoreline Beige/red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 4,844 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Recent better-quality trimoff repaint, but doesn’t appear to be a frame-off. Undercarriage dingy and unkempt from new. Good body prep and good flushfitting doors. Most chrome that hasn’t been replaced with aftermarket pieces is done well. All-reproduction interior soft trim, with a few pieces starting to show light soiling. Driver’s door window crank won’t stay on the stud and keeps falling onto the floor. Generally clean and stock engine bay, with a recently rebuilt fuel-injection unit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,000. This was the most bland, nondescript 2+2 I’ve ever seen. Basically a big honkin’ GTO in a Catalina body and 4-bbl carb 421 as standard; most went out the door pretty spiffy. This didn’t even have the usual (optional) eight-lug wheels. Originally went off the block as a no-sale at $10k, but was listed as sold in post-event data from the auction company. SOLD AT $17,500. Originally a no-sale at $17k across the block, declared sold later in the day. Not a preservation-class original, but pretty decent for a solid car that hasn’t been taken apart. Yet. Market pricing. 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #571-1967 BEAUMONT CUSTOM Sports Deluxe replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7361771105198. Maroon metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,081 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. NOM circa-1967 396 big-block (called a 375-hp in the description) added when the car was restored, along with the Sports Deluxe trim. Decent repaint. Mostly decent original trim with some replating. Acceptable SOLD AT $86,100. One of 756 1957 Fuelies, and with the original 3-speed to boot. (It seems like most early 3-speed cars get “upgraded” with the later 4-speed.) This car was bid to a paltry $60k on the block, but a deal came together later at this more reasonable price. #559-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S100365. Marina Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 509 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restamped block, “with all visual components date correct.” Copy of a recent records request to NCRS states that it earned a Chapter Sec


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BRANSON // Branson, MO ond Flight with 91 points in 1990 and a Chapter Top Flight with 95.9 in 2002. Good prep and paint. Good door gaps. Looks stock under the hood, including the lessthan-glossy finish on all components. Undercarriage showing light real-world use. Tidy interior, with the greatest wear and discoloring on the repop floor mats. Cond: 2-. engine bay, with a good motor repaint, but headers and modern belts and hoses keep it from having show potential. Power windows and steering, two tops, AM/FM radio. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Another case of “of course it’s numbers matching—I put them there.” At least this time they admit it. Also, for a car so nicely done and judged well, nobody stepped up and said that it definitely is a real-deal car—since there’s no paper trail from GM to prove anything beyond the original selling dealership. Could be another example of why there’s more 435-horse mid-years now than when they were new. And bid accordingly. #231-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z67J3S402254. Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,341 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent prep and paint performed five years ago. Better-than-stock door gaps, but driver’s door latch very fussy. All-original chrome would look presentable if it weren’t up against newer paint. Good alloriginal interior, with more wrinkling on seat inserts than wear. A few select hard plastic pieces appear to have been re-dyed. Clean SOLD AT $22,500. Boasted as having 85,341 actual miles, but that’s hardly a compliment for a mid-1970s car. That’s about where they used to really unwind. Rather, the two decades of storage may have helped more—provided that it was awakened gently. First year of the rubber beak, so it sold well enough. FOMOCO #613-1928 FORD MODEL A rumble-seat roadster. VIN: A530253. Dark green & black/black leatherette/brown vinyl. Odo: 22,779 miles. Accessory quail radiator cap, running-board step plates, and wind wings. Likely restored in 1960s or ’70s, when restoration parts quality was very hit-and-miss. Old 20-footer repaint, but at least it keeps the tin from rusting. No masking under the hood. Recently repainted wheels and newer tires—all six. Older amateur upholstery work with lumpy seat padding but no tears. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. The windshield card’s description had a whole page about Model As but not a damn thing about the example on offer. Thing is, when all you have is fluff and BS for a description, most of us assume you’re peddling a POS that has more issues than National Geographic. Not too far from the mark here, but too much for the running project that it is. #577-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH244045. Peacock Blue/white hard top/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 18,448 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored fairly well a decade ago. Better-quality bare-body repaint with a few nicks picked up since. Chrome has either been replated or is reproduction; dull original stainless trim. Weak door gaps. Recent touch-up under the hood, including reproduction inspection stickers. Clean undercarriage. All-reproduction interior vinyl. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, T&C AM radio, and hard top only. Repro Sports Roadster Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,600. Enthusiasts consider the 1956s the best of the original two-seat T-birds, reportedly for the more reliabile 12-volt electrical components and the standard Continental kit. If they’re honest, however, most will admit that it’s because of the white ’56 (and its female driver) in “American Graffiti.” A no-sale across the block at $42,500, but reported sold at this amount in post-auction results. #279-1963 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. VIN: F10JR353099. Red/gray vinyl. Odo: 66,052 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Casual restoration in recent years. Good repaint, with a few areas of light orange peel. Spot-weld dimples in the bed from original manufacture retained. Dry-rotting window gaskets. Light crazing on the original door handles—one of the few chrome pieces on the truck. Dealer-installed rear bumper, owner-installed side stakes. Reproduction seat upholstery, well fitted. Period AAA “Fasten Seat Belts” tag below speedometer. Tidy and generally stock motor. Cond: 3+. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BRANSON // Branson, MO NOT SOLD AT $8,000. 1963 was the final year that Ford offered both the unibody pickup with integral box and a traditional separate cargo box. The latter utilized the previous generation box (1957–60), which may not integrate perfectly with the cab styling, but does look quite purposeful. Then again, I grew up around these, including one identical to this that my dad owned when I was a wee lad. It appeared to sell when the reserve dropped at this marketcorrect bid, but final results show a no-sale. #597-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08C722260. Rangoon Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 7,672 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Reproduction data plate on the door. Concise professional restoration almost two decades ago. 1996 AACA National First Place and Senior badge on grille. Superb bare-body repaint. Mostly reproduction brightwork. Perhaps the most solid door fit I’ve ever seen on a soft-top Mustang. Modern black seatbelts added. Front seats showing some bagginess from light use. Recent touch-up under the hood and under the car. Bone-stock under the hood. Cond: 1-. Reproduction interior expertly fitted. Accessory oil-pressure gauge, Sun tach, Hurst shifter. Rather worn interior brightwork. Clean and tidy engine bay, but not quite stock. Aftermarket chrome valve covers and tube headers, 1970s Monkey Wards voltage regulator, modern battery and cables. Repop Magnum 500 wheels with radials. Cond: 3+. 3-sp. Average-quality repaint. Most trim buffed out, bumpers sport an older replate. Loose-fitting door handles. Metropolitan Club decal on scratched original windshield. Faded taillights. Good reupholstery work with a non-stock fabric. Recently cleanedup engine compartment. Modern fuel system, with electric pump, regulator, and several feet of rubber hose. Runs out okay. A piece of safety cord helps keep the hood fastened. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Boxcar B-bodies (1966–67) are still pretty soft in the market since the correction a few years back, but this was still bid under the money. Easily could’ve been $10k more, warts and all. AMERICANA #580-1929 HUDSON MODEL R coupe. VIN: 845757. Dark blue & black/black broadcloth. Odo: 56,802 miles. Equipped with rumble seat, cowl lamps and varnished wood-spoke wheels. Old enamel repaint with cracking on all surfaces still buffs out fairly well. All plating dull and pitted. Older turn signals in back with a ’60s signal head clamped to the steering column. Decent door fit for a wood-framed car. Good workmanship on older seat upholstery. Recent suspension work and modern electric fuel pump. Light engine bay cleanup. Difficult to keep running and arrived out of sequence, but did cross the block under its own power. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,452. 1957 was the final year of the Nash- and Hudson-badged Mets. From here on out, they were sold though through Rambler dealers, but with Metropolitan as its own stand-alone marque. As not a real stand-up example, this one sold well enough—especially since the reserve was off at $6,800. #505-1979 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II Rallye SUV. VIN: J0062JGD20248. Dark brown & white/black vinyl. Odo: 26,247 miles. 345-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted in recent years, but not done well. The further you go up the truck, the more orange peel there is. Good workmanship on the Rallye graphics, though. Poorly fitting doors. Original-style carpeting and bench seats are well fitted; crudely redone door panels crudely screwed on. Modern aftermarket sound system in stock location, with speakers in door panels. Generally tidy under the hood, leaning towards looking stock. Newer aftermarket steel wheels and oversized tires. Power steering and brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $32,940. Easily the nicest stock car here. We usually don’t see run-of-themill equipped Muskrats restored to this level. Despite the fact that it is actually starting to unwind in some ways, it’s still almost too darn nice to drive, and it wouldn’t take too much to get it back to concours lawnornament condition. Spendy, but well spent. MOPAR #252-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23L75133249. Maroon metallic/ white vinyl. Odo: 20,296 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great bodywork. Paint, not so much. Good gloss, but with light overspray on some trim. Selective rechroming, but most stainless and alloy trim is decent original. Excellent door fit. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $22,000. The longtime use of the Super Six nomenclature ended for 1929, when Hudson went to simpler model names R and L (perhaps standing for Long, as it was the extended-wheelbase chassis exclusively for custom bodywork by Biddle & Smart). Super Six returned for 1933, when automakers were doing anything to get old-line customers back into the showrooms. Last seen a year ago at Mecum’s Chicago auction, then declared sold at $29k (ACC# 236926). Plenty offered then and now. #210-1957 NASH METROPOLITAN coupe. VIN: E31620. Beige & white/beige cloth. Odo: 53,540 miles. 90-ci I4, 1-bbl, SOLD AT $7,560. Well, brown was big in the 1970s, so it could hide the instant rust. Last seen at Russo and Steele Scottsdale in January, selling to this consignor at $8,900 (ACC# 242482). After failing to flip it on eBay, he brought this stay-around-brown Cornbinder out here so it could stay with someone else. The market speaketh, since it’s an off-roader more than an investment. A


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX Dan Kruse — Hill Country Classic A TROPHY-WINNING 1939 FORD DELUXE 2-DOOR SEDAN WITH AN ALL-STEEL BODY AND NHRA CERTIFICATION FOUND $62K Dan Kruse Classics Austin, TX September 26–27, 2014 Auctioneers: Daniel Kruse, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/ offered: 81/192 Sales rate: 42% Sales total: $1,331,154 High American sale: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $65,610 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 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: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics veterans like Dan Kruse Classics and Leake Auction Company expanded on their long history of success. For 2014, Dan Kruse grew their Austin “Hill T 82 AmericanCarCollector.com Country Classic” to a two-day sale and upped consignments to 192 from 177 last year. Unfortunately, this change did not translate into a stronger sales total. Eighty-one cars sold, compared with 119 last year, and overall sales dipped to $1.3m from $2.5m. Average price per car held flat at an affordable $15k. The bidder pool was not as full as in years past. There were a lot of familiar faces, but most of them were from within the car business. he number of collector car auctions in the Lone Star State continues to increase. Newcomers such as Motostalgia and Vicari staked their claim, Mecum grew their Texas calendar to three sales this year, and regional Whatever the reason for the lower results this time out, the Dan Kruse folks couldn’t be friendlier. They do a good job at handling the consignments on the block, and there was no shortage of quality cars. A 1969 AMC AMX with all the right stuff sold in a post-block deal for $28k, a 1965 Dodge Coronet with a freshly built 440 Six Pack sold for $22k, and a 1970 Ford Torino GT with a 351 bored out to 460 was a great buy at $23k. My pick for the best buy was a 1926 Buick Master 6 Landau convertible, sold for $13k. A trophy-winning 1939 Ford Deluxe 2-door sedan with an all-steel body and NHRA certification found $62k here, which was a great price for a great street rod. Maybe we’re simply witnessing market saturation, and two days was just too much for this venue. Or could it be that the tide is starting to turn in Texas? We’ll have to wait and see. A An all-steel 1939 Ford Deluxe 2-door sedan street rod, sold at $62,100


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX GM vinyl/blue velour. Odo: 14,867 miles. Older restoration showing years of use. Dry spray on hood. Paint run on passenger’s door. Chrome becoming cloudy. Single windshield wiper has left heavy streak on glass. Front glass rubber is poor. Driver’s door out at rear. Interior is tired, with door panels coming undone. Gauges are faded and difficult to read. Has rumble seat, rear spare, cowl lights, brass MotoMeter and accessory wire wheels. Cond: 3-. #220-1926 BUICK MASTER 6 Landau convertible. VIN: 1556238. Green/tan brakes. GM 350 engine with lots of pieces that will need polishing. Some aluminum appears slightly hazy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,100. Shiny showpiece that hasn’t seen much life on the street. The GM 350 motor will only increase its reliability and streetability. Everything else on this one has been massaged as well. Offered to the private market at about $75k; the consignor cut it loose for much less at a price that was fair for buyer and seller. #209-1950 FORD CUSTOM sedan. VIN: B0DA193607. Burgundy/gray cloth. Odo: 94,501 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Said to have recent service. Rebuilt flathead V8, transmission and carburetor. Recently cleaned and repacked drum brakes. Older paint is pretty rough, with plenty of dull areas and some fairly heavy scratches. Delamination on passenger’s vent window. All others are okay. Older chrome with typical blemishes. Seat fabric in good condition. Passenger’s door upholstery is coming unglued. Dash-mounted clock works. Engine is mostly original and appears well worn and dirty. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $13,230. Recently no-saled at Leake Tulsa in June with a high bid of $15,500 (ACC# 251763). The offers were not as strong this time around, but the consignor decided to cut it loose. The Master was Buick’s top offering above the Standard Six, but this one was offered with the smaller of the two 6-cylinder engine choices. These are pretty simple cars, and while not perfect, this one did not have a long list of needs. The market for pre-war Buicks is pretty niche, and the sales price was on the soft side. Well bought. FOMOCO #257-1939 FORD DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 18489274. Red & black/red & black leather. Frame-off restoration completed 2008. NHRA certified. All-steel body. Trophies and restoration documentation included. Show-quality exterior paint with matching interior colors. Suicide doors. Good panel fit. Trim has been replated or replaced. Wheels could use a polish. Interior is all new from the carpets to the seat upholstery. Mustang II front end. Disc is clear, with a few very minor scratches. Rubber is holding up well. Well-sorted interior with good seats and carpets. Splits in steering wheel with pitting on the horn bezel. Continental kit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,840. Up close, the car was nice, but it had certainly seen its fair share of post-restoration use; now it’s just a solid driver. We saw it back in April of 2013 at Mecum’s Houston auction, where it did not sell at $21k (ACC# 220658). Values for ’50s Mercs are very consistent, with the big bucks going to the convertibles and limited-run Sun Valley cars of 1954 and 1955. The price paid here was fair. #305-1968 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10YCD04448. Black/black velour. Odo: 74,006 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Older paint in unforgiving black shines well but also displays many usage imperfections. Could use a good buffing. Bumpers painted black. Original trim. Door rubber replaced. Rubber is cracked and dry around the fuel-filler neck. Panels appear to fit correctly. Gauges are original and show age. Carpets and seats have been updated. Cover hides any flaws on dash. Fox-body era 5.0 Mustang powerplant. Air conditioning added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,200. The shoebox Fords have a pretty loyal following, and the cost of entry here was not much. The description of recent service made this one more attractive and compensated for the older paint and other shortcomings. It won’t take a great deal of work to bring this one up another $10k. Fair price for a fair car. #205-1956 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 56SL111465M. Ivory & black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 39,317 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older restoration is high quality and now showing effects of time. Paint has been carefully touched up throughout but cannot hide age. Light pitting on the chrome bumpers. Light brightwork scratches and minor dull areas throughout. Panel fit is correct. Glass SOLD AT $16,740. The pickup truck customization craze of a few years ago seems to have settled down, certainly due at least in part to rising values for stock trucks. This was a nut-and-bolt restoration a few years ago but not an “open checkbook” build. Decent ones in unmodified shape tend to bring about the same money as the sales price here, putting this one right in line if the build suited your taste. #311-1968 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 8R01J101031. Red/black leather. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older customization that has grown tired with age. Non-factory-colored paint is peeling and flaking in places. Trim is scratched and dull but not dented and all there. Inner fenders rolled for beefy tires. Panel fit is okay. Suspension reportedly set up for “road racing.” Massive stereo components and speakers take up the rear of the cabin. Racing seats with large bolsters added. Small steering wheel. Digital gauges. Lots of dress-up pieces under the hood. Aluminum radiator. Air conditioning. Digital odo. Cond: 3-. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX tion. Surface rust on inner fender of engine bay. Dirty motor with some fluid spray. Cond: 3+. well stored with expected flaws from use. Clearcoat scratches could use a polishing. Original rubber holding up just fine. Excellent interior. Cloth seats and original carpets show very little wear. A few scuffs and scrapes on driver’s seat from entry and exit. Gauges are clear and easy to read. Wellpreserved engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,280. Eye-catching from 20 feet away, but a closer look reveals a Mustang that is pretty tired and could use some refreshening. Not to everyone’s tastes and certainly over the top if something more original suits your fancy. If you like what you see, then this was a good buy, and despite its cosmetic shortcomings, probably a lot of fun to wheel around in for a while. #289-1970 FORD TORINO GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0R35H129548F. Red/black vinyl. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The consignor bailed out a distressed party mid-restoration and finished it out to the tune of about $40k. Very straight body with newer Dodge Viper red paint. Rubber has been replaced. Bumpers not rechromed during build and are a little dull but not pitted. DOT-approved drag slicks on rear. Interior mostly original and in good condition. Tach on steering column. Billet accessories throughout engine compartment. Born with an H-code 351, upgraded to a 460 with 429 heads. Aluminum radiator. Fuel cell in trunk. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Consignor says “partially restored,” but it’s more like a project halted mid-stream. 1977 marked the last year of the Gen I Bronco, and they are sought-after for that reason. I see this as proof that the red-hot classic utility market is finally showing some cracks. Not long ago, incomplete restorations that still needed sorting were bringing over $20k. Now there seems to be an over-supply, with prices being pushed down. Correct high bid considering good ones are getting easier to find. #295-1988 FORD MUSTANG ASC/ McLaren convertible. VIN: 1FABP40E9JF204209. Red/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 14,074 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Glossy paint with prep issues and debris throughout. Paint runs on tail and fisheyes here and there. Panel alignment is incorrect on both doors and rear bumper. Corners of tonneau cover vinyl worn. Interior decent. Seats show little wear. Carpets bunching in footwells. Signal stalk and switches worn from use. A few dress-up pieces under the hood. Plug wires recently replaced. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,220. Pull up to any car meet and there will be countless Mustangs, but the Torino in Sportsroof configuration offers something a little different. For the most part, the Torino was an intermediate car, with lots of 4-door and 2-door hard tops built. The Sportsroof was available in GT trim with high-displacement optional engines, making it more of a muscle car. With this car’s 460, slicks and fuel cell, it is set up to run fast in a straight line. Well bought. #208-1977 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GLY51092. Brown/white lift-off hard top/brown vinyl. Odo: 51,149 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be three owners from new with current ownership dating to 1988. Partially restored. Older repaint with some prep issues in need of a refreshing. Wheel paint is rough and flaking. Side trim has some light denting. Sun-faded front turn signals. Well-presented interior. Driver’s interior door pull is worn and faded from handling. Factory hard top is in good condi- 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $14,850. Good, unmolested Foxbody Mustangs are getting more and more difficult to find. There are some out there that have been preserved since day one, with delivery plastic still on the seats and the window sticker still affixed. Then there are ones like this, with a few thousand miles of use that won’t make you feel like you are the curator of some museum piece. Although offered privately for about $15k, the consignor decided to let it go for a little less. Sold right in line with recent sales. MOPAR #280-1965 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. VIN: W351102668. Red/red cloth. Odo: 32,200 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a factory a/c car; offered here with no air and big-block power that is built for the strip. Original build sheet included. Older paint is average quality with a few prep issues. Trim is showing age. Good panel fit. Older rubber is in good condition. Glass is clear with minimal scratches. Interior clean and well kept. Seat fabric correct and in excellent condition. Engine bay has been repainted. New headers dumping to threeinch exhaust. Lots of polished accessories under the hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,100. ASC/McLaren Mustangs tend to show up in the classifieds with astronomical asking prices because the owners believe they are “rare.” This one had its share of flaws but wasn’t completely hopeless. No claim was made regarding original mileage, but if the odometer is accurate, this one actually sold under the money. #281-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra coupe. VIN: 1FACP42D7PF176220. Black/ black cloth. Odo: 36,242 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, 5-sp. Low mileage and all original. One of 4,993 produced. Original window sticker included. Factory black paint SOLD AT $21,600. Although the 440 and Six Pack are not original to the car, they are certainly the best of what is available without jumping into the stratosphere with a Hemi. The build appeared to be pretty fresh, and the headers looked as though they hadn’t seen much in the way of high temperatures, but the absence of a hood scoop kept this one looking run-of-the-mill. 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GLOVEBOXNOTES DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX By Jim Pickering 2015 Dodge Challenger 6.4L Scat Pack Price as tested: $47,265 Equipment: 6.4-L 485-hp Hemi V8, 8-speed TorqueFlite automatic with adaptive electronic control, Brembo 4-piston front and 4-piston rear brakes, Scat Pack appearance package, driver convenience group, leather interior, technology group, power sunroof. Mileage: 15 city/25 highway Likes: Gobs of power without all the standard tech add-ons you get in the SRT. In fact, the only thing that tips off the masses that this thing has the SRT motor are a few discreet 6.4 badges and a nasty exhaust snarl. Eight-speed auto is seriously quick to shift and fun to use in manual mode. Sport mode cranks throttle response, transmission, and steering up to “burnouts all the time” levels. All-new interior is both modern and nostalgic. Adaptive cruise control is pretty cool. Dislikes: Base price on this thing was $37,495, plus $995 destination. Add-ons pushed the price into “might as well get the SRT 392” levels (SRT starts at $47,390). What’s the point of a cheaper sleeper muscle car with a bunch of add-ons that boost up the price? Also, in today’s world, mention the word “scat” and people think of pooper scoopers instead of roaring V8s. And you’ll hear about that. A lot. Verdict: Dodge has really come out of the gate strong with its performance offerings in 2015, and this Challenger is one of my favorites. At under $40k, there’s not much that’ll touch this car in the fun-per-dollar equation, and the driving experience is fantastic, with an evil-when-you-want-it attitude that makes commuting fun. Give me a basic cloth-interior version without the sunroof, tech group, and other non-go-fast options for that base price and I’m sold. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: overall experience: (at base MSRP) 88 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $31,428. The 110 was the economy range in the Packard lineup, which couldn’t have come at a better time for the company in light of the Great Depression. Despite the smaller engine, it’s still a Packard and would be at home at any pre-war rally. This one was offered privately at around $40k, but the final bid was right in line with where it should be, making it a fair deal for all. #259-1969 AMC AMX fastback. VIN: A9M397X1000029. Matador Red/red vinyl. Odo: 47,585 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Red, white, and blue stars and stripes. Handling Pack, Go Package, Twin Grip axle. Restoration a few years old with some use. Bubble in center of the hood. Painted graphics are even and uniform. Window rubber has a few tears. Light pitting on taillight trim. Cleanly restored interior. Newer carpets. Factory tach. Aftermarket white-faced Equus gauges in center of dash. Original engine-bay paint. Everything underhood is tidy. Fresh hoses and plug wires. Cond: 2-. AMERICANA #292-1941 PACKARD 110 Club coupe. VIN: CA865782. Laguna Maroon Metallic/ tan cloth. Odo: 52,254 miles. Older restoration with imperfections mostly from use. Good panel fit. Trim mostly good with pitting surfacing on the rear bumper. Rear metal bumperette is loose. Glass is clean and clear. Rubber gaskets appear fresh. Reupholstered interior. Driver’s seat bottom is loose and detached. Original gauges are cloudy at the edges with debris present on the faces under glass. Engine compartment shows years of use but is in overall good condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,080. When the discussion turns to iconic muscle cars of the late 1960s, the AMX is unfortunately often forgotten. This one had the right stuff: four-onthe-floor, Matador Red with painted graphics, and a very clean matching red interior. Bidding stalled out in the low $20ks, but the consignor was looking for a number closer to $30k. This market-correct deal came together later. #66-1979 JEEP CJ-7 Renegade. VIN: J9A93AC060169. Brown/black vinyl. Odo: 68,374 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint in very poor condition. Body rusted out everywhere. Dent on front fender. Frame appears to be in good condition. Newer front bumper. Fender flares missing. Carpetless interior reveals welded-in floor pan patches. Newer high-back seats. Dash is faded and needs sorting. Makeshift roofmount bracket to hold radio. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $2,500. Recently seen at Leake’s Dallas auction in April, where it was well sold at $3,960 (ACC# 251637). Rust has touched almost every surface, and luckily, someone decided to patch up the floor pans to keep the occupants from falling out of the bottom. There is not much that this one doesn’t need, including a check of the internals after it backfired on the block with a cannon-like bang. This one will need a lot, with little upside potential. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at four auctions GM #314-1929 LASALLE SERIES 328 convertible coupe. VIN: 404414. Green & black/tan leather/black leather. Odo: 95,150 miles. All original, never restored. Very dull paint with flakes, pitting. Minimal chrome abounds with blemishes. Grille, bumpers rusty. Soft top heavily soiled but intact; clear window. Scruffy interior. Seats torn, exposing cushioning material. Headliner ripped. Loose rubber padding on floor pedal. Rumble seat in better condition than front buckets. Driver-quality engine bay, as one might expect. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 4+. Vicari Auctions’ top-step-of-the-podium winner — 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird coupe, sold at $453,600 Vicari Auctions Biloxi, MS — october 10–12, 2014 Auctioneers: Joey Fortner, Ken Buhler, Jack Armstrong Automotive lots sold/offered: 208/405 Sales rate: 51% Sales total: $5,180,490 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, sold at $453,600 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Bret LeBreton Mecum Auctions Schaumburg, IL — october 9–11, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 576/930 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $15,051,370 High sale: 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, sold at $513,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX — September 3–6, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 767/1,135 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $31,414,518 High sale: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, sold at $734,400 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Bonhams Preserving the Automobile Philadelphia, PA — october 6, 2014 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner, Patrick Meade Automotive lots sold/offered: 47/60 Sales rate: 78% Sales total: $3,821,290 High sale: 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster, sold at $1,430,000 Buyer’s premium: 25% on first $100,000; 20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000; 12% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal SOLD AT $45,100. A “time warp” LaSalle that reportedly emerged from storage going back to WWII. So what to do now—restore or preserve? Probably the latter, but with a little bit of the former just so the family won’t mind being seen tooling about town. An open V8 LaSalle that is eligible for CCCA outings at this price was a fine purchase. Well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #S128.1-1955 PONTIAC SAFARI wagon. VIN: L755H7587. Tan & white/ brown & tan vinyl. Odo: 46,136 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Some orange peel visible in paint, and some trim shows masking lines. The passenger’s door fits wide at the bottom. Chrome and trim look good, and interior and dash look new. Clean engine and tinted glass all around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,920. Take the whole family along on your sunny-day drive, and do it in style. The tan color certainly isn’t flamboyant, but you will be noticed in this vintage wagon, and most viewers will not have seen anything like it before. I am calling this Pontiac well bought. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. Michael Furman courtesy of Bonhams Top seller at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction — 1907 American underslung 50-hp roadster, sold at $1,430,000 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #S48.1-1956 CHEVROLET 210 2-dr sedan. VIN: 61011623808. Eng. # 169509. Sherwood Green & white/Charcoal Gray &


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Star Frost cloth. Odo: 8,688 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Original survivor with the expected blemishes. Well-cared-for original rubber with some bunching on the driver’s door vent window. Factory-correct panel fit. Small ding in window trim behind passenger’s door. Spartan interior in above-average condition. Worn paint and noticeable scratch on steering wheel. Engine paint shows age and is flaking off. Factory markings still present. Cond: 2-. car. That said, it’s an important car, so the price paid looked market-correct. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. really stands out. The 5-speed helped as well. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. SOLD AT $33,480. Canadian-built basic 210 with a straight six and 3-on-the-tree, and while not perfect, only 8,688 miles from new and one of the most original in existence. What was missing was a compelling backstory. A search around the Internet reveals this one was once offered on eBay with no-sale top bid of $30,500. I’d say the market is set on this one. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. #S60.1-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57J154835. Red/black & red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 64 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The body side panels are wavy and a bit dull in places. Chrome bumpers look new, with some peeling chrome on the rear bumper. The trim looks good and fits well. Wiper scratches on front glass. Cond: 3+. #S660-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS coupe. VIN: 124377L123529. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 18,085 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Clean example of a restored first-year Camaro in a great color combo. Paint is nice but not perfect. Interior is restored and very nice. Non-original center gauges. Some incorrect components on remanufactured engine. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2. #S539-1968 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242678P310496. Peacock Teal/white convertible top/cream. Odo: 94,025 miles. A very nice historically documented convertible GTO. Paint is excellent with no flaws, chrome bright but not perfect. Interior is also excellent. Engine clean and detailed. Only knock is some aftermarket adds along with the bored rebuilt engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,760. This was a good result for the seller, as it was sold at a strong number. Ultimately this goat climbed to a high altitude given the performance upgrades, convertible top and excellent paint. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. SOLD AT $38,880. This car was restored to a good level, but I was surprised at the result, considering it had a remanufactured engine. Well sold. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. 124377N101382. Granada Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 10 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. First Camaro delivered to Yenko Chevrolet. High-quality two-year restoration. Excellent panel fit. High-quality paint. Brightwork is near flawless. Glass is like new. Interior very neat and tidy. Virtually no carpet wear. Everything like new. Date-code-correct 427ci engine block. Intake manifold, carburetor and heads correctly coded as Corvette L72 components. Cond: 1-. 4 #S114-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. VIN: SOLD AT $38,880. No hot rod mods here. Just a nice, stock local-show driver. Sold fair both ways. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S98.1-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 2376765P260597. Blue/white cloth/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 1,606 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Very clean and well detailed in all areas. Some dirt on white driver’s seat. Fitted with original a/c and Tri-Power. Power windows, power brakes, and power steering with tilt wood-rim steering wheel. Upgraded 5-speed. Said to have PHS documentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,280. A great color combination that #S639-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242378R190670. Light blue metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 47,420 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Believed to be an unrestored original. Driver condition. Paint is flawed as expected, but still has a shine. New vinyl top. Interior is in good original condition. Engine is a little rough, but not bad for a driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,900. This car reportedly came from an estate, where it was probably stored for a while. It could be a good candidate for a restoration, and the price was fair for originality, condition and options. Buyer and seller should be happy with the result. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. SOLD AT $324,000. Confirmed to be the first Camaro delivered to Yenko Chevrolet, where it was in inventory for over a year. It’s a real-deal Yenko with a beautiful and correct restoration, but that can’t change the fact that it’s no longer a matching-numbers #S192-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N685068. Blue/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 68,764 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Dashpad is pulling loose on the top. Engine shows driving dirt. Power disc brakes and original air pump. RS package, tilt steering wheel. Endura bumper. New houndstooth seat covers. Lots of scratches on rear glass. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP QUICKTAKE 1984 Ford Bronco XLT SoLD at $26,400 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/10/2014, Lot 208 VIN: 1FMEU15HXELA42319 transmission and differential. The strong price looks fair considering the quality and correctness. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S536-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379A117495. Liberty Blue/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 64,326 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shows well in this unusual color. Paint in very nice condition with few flaws. Nice panel fit. Interior clean and restored, as is engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,640. A really attractive GTO, but price must be considered strong since it wasn’t a Judge, a convertible or Ram Air optioned. Seller should be pleased. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. on the mud and mall life for which it was intended. Instead, it lived inside what must have been climate-controlled storage, venturing out rarely and racking up only 22k miles. But $26k for an ’84 Bronco? This is one of those sales that cements a stupid-looking This 50-shades-of-beige Bronco seems to have missed out entirely grimace on my face. If this truck had less than 1,000 miles I would maybe, possibly understand. But it doesn’t. And worse, the odometer displays what is “likely the actual mileage from new.” Likely? At $10,000 or less, “likely” is an acceptable answer. At an out-of-this-world amount, it is not. And although the interior looks fantastic, the catalog says it’s new. That’s different than original. Five thousand dollars would’ve been about right for something like this not that long ago, and a buyer at that price would have ditched the roof and installed serious mudslinging meats before even getting it home. But at this price, guys with a hankering for a crate motor and a set of boggers aren’t the main market anymore. Thirty years on, kids from the “He-Man” era who used to ride around in the back of these are now prime earners, and they’re the next players in the collector car market. Trucks from this era are starting to see some movement, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is just a hint at a coming trend — especially considering that there are so few really good versions of trucks like this out there today. They say you can never pay too much, only buy too early. I just wonder if the people who said that ever figured an ’84 Bronco would become collectible. A 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #S527-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 454 pickup. VIN: 136800L133753. Black & white/black vinyl. Odo: 5,742 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice black-over-black ’70 El Camino SS shows well with the 454. Good paint, nice interior, decent chrome. Engine clean and original in appearance. Non-original aftermarket radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,650. Unsure of the originality of its components, but it’s attractive either way. The price fell right in the acceptable range, so rack it up as a good result for both parties. A genuine matching-numbers LS6 could have sold for more. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. — Jay Harden #S570-1972 BUICK SKYLARK GS replica convertible. VIN: 4H67J2H151323. Blue metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 85,521 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A great-look


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ing GS clone restored in very nice color combination with hood tach. This is a topnotch restoration with paint, chrome, interior, engine compartment, and under carriage all getting the full attention. Definitely a worthy muscle car for an enthusiast. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,520. Nice truck, biggest motor, best trim level. Well bought for sure. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S559-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. VIN: 1D67H2R603437. Yellow & black/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 51,673 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Average example of a convertible Chevelle. Paint is newer but showing some age as a good driver. Body fit and chrome below average. Interior complete but showing age. Unable to view engine but suspect comparable driver condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,180. Fantastic restoration, but given that it’s not a real GS, price paid was all the money. Even though the restoration was quite an investment, it was still a great result for the seller. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. 148014. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 97,196 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good overall paint with a couple of stone chips and light dents on the front of hood. All trim and chrome look good. Air, power steering and brakes. Good interior with speakers in front door panels. Opening back window and bed rails. Missing original options list from glovebox door. Cond: 2. #S174-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCE142S- SOLD AT $21,060. Yes, it’s a convertible Chevelle, but not a big-block car or highly optioned or particularly sharply restored. So the result was a decent result for both parties, with the buyer acquiring a good driver. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. CORVETTE #S144-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S104840. Blue/blue canvas/blue vinyl. Odo: 238 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A high-level restoration where everything looks factory new or better. Chrome, paint, top, interior and engine look fresh and spotless. Said to be matching-numbers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $108,000. Some people think the ’58s were SOLD AT $72,360. You thought your Fuelie was rare? This most basic of Split-Windows is said to be one of only 909 that came equipped with the 3-speed manual. Most basic engine, most basic transmission and mostly optionless, but a special car when looking at the production numbers. Well bought for a Split-Window no matter what the configuration. It last sold in 2009 for $50k at RM Hershey (ACC# 143347). Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. #S152-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S106540. Elkhart Blue/white cloth/teal vinyl. Odo: 513 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 2011 and still has spotless Elkhart Blue paint. Rough door panel tops. Teal interior with factory-detailed engine. Great chrome. Optioned with sidepipes, power brakes, and power windows. Cond: 1-. just too much trim, chrome, and decoration. I love them. This one really sparkled, and the bidders were generous. When you pay this kind of money, you want to buy the best, and this fits that category. I’ll call it good for both parties. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S62-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S102210. Daytona Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 50,185 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Well-cared-for older restoration now driver-quality. Paint is good overall, with minor flaws. A few scratches around the hood on the driver’s side. Panel fit is correct. Typical worn stainless around the shifter. Bottom seat cushions look tired, but overall upholstery is good. Equipped with optional AM radio. Engine is average and could use a detail. Cond: 3. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $118,800. Looks ready for Bloomington Gold and NCRS judging. Not sure that that will add much more value here, though. The new owner paid a strong price to win this one, but no one can argue with the quality, and the color combination is great. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S535-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0786C5115629. Gold/mirror T-tops/gold twotone vinyl. Odo: 46,241 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. A good example of a Collector Edition with reasonable miles that you can still take out and drive. Paint is in great condition for the miles, as is interior. A well-taken-care-of ’80s Corvette. Cond: 2. AT $86,400. Last seen at Mecum’s 2013 Chicago sale one year ago, not sold at a bid of $90k (ACC# 236583), confirming it was well sold today. This money could also purchase a well-equipped new Z06 Corvette, good for a very respectable 650 hp. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. FOMOCO black leather. In the Middleton Collection since ’59. Older restoration has come undone in areas but has patina. Paint crazed with lots of chips and scratches throughout. Serious flaking on cowl. Hood stops are loose. Repro black top looks okay, has milky rear windows. Flaking on top supporting structure. There appears to be a perforation in the body at leading edge of rear fender. Seats look good and comfy with some wear. Very dirty wood floor in trunk. Original engine bay. Fitted with an electric starter. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,600. If you wanted a fun cruising car that you could enjoy without being concerned about diminishing the value, this would be a fine choice. Good result for buyer and seller. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. #S95-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 Hennessey coupe. VIN: 1G1YR26R895800743. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,715 miles. 6.2-L 763-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. As-new 3,715-mile ZR1, upgraded by Henessey to 763 dyno-tested horsepower. #301-1924 FORD MODEL T roadster. VIN: 9787170. Black/black leather/ toration done to an exceptional standard. Paint, chrome, trim, interior all excellent. Looks like white or silver pinstriping; shows no imperfections. Dual wind wings have an etched floral pattern. The only real negatives are the doors being slightly off and a trace of what appears to be gas on the hood. Engine bay shows meticulous prep. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,350. A stunning car restored to the nines. Model A values have been rising the past few years and are not far from the $40k mark. That the astute buyer nabbed this (at no reserve) for a little more than half that was a genuine coup. Very well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. SOLD AT $6,050. Reportedly kept in dry storage the past few years. A presentable eye-catcher that had needs, but nothing of the magnitude to scare off an avid restorer. Besides, the buyer got a great deal, and so there’s room to tinker and come out above water at the end of the day. Well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. The stock ZR1 for 2009 only made 620 hp. No visible flaws anywhere. Cond: 1-. SOLD #321-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster. VIN: A3462332. Blue/tan canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 407 miles. Recent frame-off res- #F58-1932 FORD panel truck. VIN: B524059. White & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 74,839 miles. Not overly shiny paint, as you might expect on a stock ’32 truck. There is a visible patch in rear left panel under the paint. New wood floors and a single seat with no adjustments or seat belts. The engine looks clean. Sports what appears to be a custom-made aluminum windshield frame. Painted bumpers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,440. Looks like a lot of fun in the slow lane, and it looks to be a good and reliable driver. Possibly a great advertising billboard for not a lot of money. Fairly bought. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #306-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe roadster. VIN: 1742350. Palm Beach Gray/tan cloth/dark brown leather. Odo: 1,000 miles. In Middleton Collection for past 30 years. Looks fantastic after mechanical service and cosmetic detailing in 2007 at a claimed $6,300. Paint overall excellent; a few starbursts, flaking. An outbreak of fisheyes in variable chrome. Doors slightly off. Deeply skirted front fenders. Poppy Red wheels 96 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP and pinstriping. Newish Universal Tire whitewalls. Dual chrome Sparton horns. Rumble seat. Encased rear spare. Rear color-matching luggage rack. Seats offer great support in crisp interior. Detailed engine bay looks stock. Cond: 2+. the build. It appears little expense was spared, and the winning bid was more in line with stock woodies, although the modifications will make this one easier to enjoy. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. #S542-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH331838. Fiesta Red/ white hard top/Fiesta Red & cream vinyl. Odo: 2,396 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great ’56 T-bird with fantastic documentation. Older restoration to 100-point standard has held up very well. Paint is excellent, with minor imperfections. Interior matches well with mostly original components. Engine follows in a very original and clean condition. No reserve. P-code VIN indicates a 312-ci V8, but placard says 292. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,700. An Early Ford V-8 Club car bearing Texas plates. Claimed to have been the recipient of numerous awards post-restoration, and it looks the part. It was very well sorted and wouldn’t need a whole lot to bring it up a notch. Just a solid and stylish 1930s Ford that’ll fit right in on the vintage touring circuit and backing out of the family driveway for a weekend spin. Money paid was well below the $60k low estimate, making for what should have been one very happy new owner. Well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #S81.1-1938 FORD 81A woodie wagon. VIN: 81A7904352. Blue & wood/tan leather. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One-year restoration recently completed. Stock appearance inside and out, with modern driveline and chassis. Demon tri-power carbs, 4-speed auto, 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering, coil-overs, a/c. Flawless paint. Wood replaced and appears very well milled. All new glass and rubber. Vinyl seats upgraded to leather. Spotless engine bay. Undercarriage as tidy as the top side. Cond: 1-. 57SL70004M. Cream/black cloth/black & light yellow vinyl. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nicely restored but not over the top. Paint is excellent with minor flaws. Interior is equally nice with engine compartment spotless and restored. Odo shows no miles; I’m guessing the speedo has been rebuilt. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,900. Recently sold at BarrettJackson Scottsdale this past January for $33k (ACC# 241080) and before that at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012 at $70k (ACC# 193948). This price in the middle looked reasonable to me. It also no-saled at $66k at Mecum Indy in 2013 (ACC# 223935). Both buyer and seller should be happy this time. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. SOLD AT $72,360. With its Fiesta Red exterior and very festive interior, this was a sharp car with the condition to go along with it. Manuals, articles, pics, and others sorts of ephemera came with the car. Strong price paid was correct for the excellent condition. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. #F110-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH392512. Red/red porthole hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 2,255 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has some micro-scratching, but nothing that a little compound and wax won’t fix. New interior in 2013. The dashpad color is peeling off. The engine, trans, and power steering are said to have been recently rebuilt. New wiring, heater core, shocks, brakes and alternator upgrade. No mention of soft top; porthole hard top attached. Cond: 2. #S636-1966 FORD MUSTANG 2+2 coupe. VIN: 6T09K124681. Red/black Pony vinyl. Odo: 39,155 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A great example of a Hi-Po K-code fastback with the right colors and options. Non-original wheels. Well documented. Modest restoration with nice paint showing some imperfections. Good chrome that’s bright and clean. Interior is excellent but still looks original. Engine looks fresh, clean and correct. A really nice collector car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,440. While the market trend seems to be off slightly from 2013 for the Mustangs, this car with pony interior and all the right stuff commanded a market-correct result. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. #S637-1967 MERCURY COUGAR coupe. VIN: 7F915639357. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 98,450 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration while with the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois. Comes with plenty of documen-tation. Good paint presents well. SOLD AT $135,000. Appearing mostly stock, sort of; there has been quite a bit of time and money spent on the build. This one would be right at home touring the countryside with other woodies or crossing the country on a hot rod tour. Showing zero post-restoration miles; one would assume things have been sorted given the quality of 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $29,700. Looks like the hard work is done here. Should make a great driver. Seems like the T-bird market is a bit soft these days. This one sold at no reserve and was well bought. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #F903-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER Pace Car convertible. VIN:


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside Body fit and chrome are good. Interior is very nice and original looking. Engine and compartment are completely restored and clean with a few upgrades such as MSD. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,760. Purchase price solidly market-correct. Good result for both buyer and seller. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. #S115.1-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02S149561. Red/white/black vinyl. Odo: 27,237 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint is very shiny but shows lots of flaws. Interior has a tear in the center console pad. New seat covers and carpets. Engine shows dust and dirt. Highly optioned from the factory. New Edelbrock intake and Holley carb. Originally came with power steering but now has manual steering. Cond: 3+. 1989 Shelby Dakota Spice up the performance of an unremarkable pickup, add rarity, and an up-and-comer is born pickups were also inspired. Carroll Shelby partnered with Chrysler in the 1980s to spice up several of the company’s F FWD econoboxes. The first of these was the 1983 Charger, and that led to other K-cars that wore the Shelby name. But Shelby’s return to RWD and V8 power didn’t happen until 1989, when he took 1,500 Dakota Sports (860 red and 640 white), pulled their 3.9-liter V6s and stuffed in 175-hp, 5.2-liter V8s. Other custom Shelby touches include charcoal cloth seat and door inserts, leather-wrapped steering wheel, nitrogencharged shocks, and Goodyear Eagle GT+4 tires. These aren’t the high-performance rigs we’ve come to expect Detailing Number sold at auction in the past 24 months: One Average price of those cars: $15,000 Year built: 1989 Number produced: 1,500 Current ACC Valuation: $8,500–$13,500 from Shelby — no huge supercharged horsepower here. In fact, the only modification to the Dodge 5.2 was removal of the belt-driven fan for clearance reasons. That boosted output over stock by just 5 hp. But even so, these trucks were still pretty quick for their day, with a zero-to-60 run time of eight seconds. I didn’t see any of these trucks pop up at auction for sale in 2014, but that doesn’t mean this truck doesn’t have potential to make a move in the market. Performance variant of a popular ve- hicle? Check. Low production numbers? Check. Still cheap enough to put on a credit card? Check three times. I also anticipate seeing a great deal more of all of Shelby’s 1980s cars as part of a larger ’80s and ’90s movement up in the market in the coming years. The Shelby Dakota should be at the forefront, considering the market’s recent affection for pickups. A 100 AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $302,400. Will breaking the $300k barrier be the new norm? There were four Ford GTs offered at this event, and with less than 50 original miles, this was the top seller of the bunch. Super-low-mileage examples are seen from time to time, but the winning bid was pretty strong for a non-Heritage car. Recent sales indicate that there is still some upside left in these modern classics. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. orange/black leather. Odo: 182 miles. 5.4-L 2 #S125.1-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FA FP90S464401711. Blue & ord got the performance pickup right (see SVT’s Lightning and Raptor), but credit goes to Dodge for getting the idea rolling. The first evidence for this subgenre came in 1964 when Dodge offered an op- tional High Performance Package on their pickups, which featured the 426 Wedge V8. Their emissions work-arounds on the Li’l Red Express and Midnight Express SOLD AT $73,440. Spending money on new paint with poor prep work really lets this car down, in my estimation. With that and some non-stock items in mind, I would call it fairly bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. tennial White & blue/Ebony leather. Odo: 43 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Documentation includes original bill of sale. Window sticker removed but present. Delivery plastic remains on thresholds. Still has newcar smell. Paint is factory-perfect. Panel fit is untampered. Engine is museum quality. Properly preserved. Cond: 1-. 5 #F192.1-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S45Y401528. Cen- TOP 10 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL supercharged V8, 6-sp. This Ford GT, like most others, is “still in the wrapper,” with only 182 miles on the odometer. No flaws or visible wear anywhere on the car since delivery. The rare Heritage option replicates the paint scheme on the cars that beat Ferrari at Le Mans in 1968 and 1969. Cond: 1-. only. Good glass. Chrome okay. Black vinyl soft top could be mistaken for a newer piece; incorporates nifty six-slatted window design. Rear-mounted spare. Black spoke wheels. Serviceable tires. Seats show major cracking; tears patched with duct tape. Engine looks correct; dirty bay. Pennsylvania car. Cond: 3+. be a fresh restoration with new paint, new interior, and mostly new chrome. Some wide panel gaps and worn chrome on the door handles, taillight bezels, and the steering wheel, which also has a couple of cracks visible. Comes with a dash-mount shifter similar to a Citroën 2CV. Chrome wire wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $513,000. One of only 343 Heritage editions out of 4,000 Ford GTs built. If you drive and enjoy it, yours will be the only one with driven miles, and the value will plummet. A pity, but that is the market reality. This one sold market-correct. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. MOPAR #320-1920 DODGE SERIES 20 tourer. VIN: 497740. Eng. # 549971. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,779 miles. Shows very well despite being a claimed unrestored original. Nice black paint with only a few chips. Driver’s-side rear-view mirror SOLD AT $9,900. A wonderfully preserved Series 20 that sold way south of the $18k low estimate. Hard to believe nothing was done to this car after 94 years. A bargain, in my eyes. Well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #F170-1955 DODGE ROYAL LANCER convertible. VIN: 34813982. Pink & white/ black cloth/pink & black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 315 miles. 270-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Looks to SOLD AT $46,440. This was the secondmost-expensive Dodge you could buy in 1955, with an MSRP of $2,723, which was $152 more than a Chevy Nomad. A real looker that sold market-correct. Fair deal for buyer and seller. Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 10/14. #S525-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 440 Six Pack replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: RH23F9G221102. Sassy Grass Green/ black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 54,558 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Recently painted replica. Good paint. Good chrome, but not great. Nice original-appearing interior. Engine January-February 2015 101


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP compartment original in appearance. Aftermarket Cragar wheels are a great match. Cond: 3+. called a no-sale. Of the two at the auction, this Superbird had the crisper appearance, but the Hemi car (Lot S922) found the bigger number. While prices have risen for these non-Hemi cars, this sale seems market-correct for examples of this caliber. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. SOLD AT $36,720. A very attractive re-creation of a 440 Six Pack car with Air Grabber hood. Sales price is right on the money for what it is. Well bought and sold. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. R0A172589. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,036 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Numbers-matching Hemi, listed in NASCAR Registry, Galen Govier inspected, with lots of documentation. Complete rotisserie restoration in top condition in all areas. A noquestions car. Cond: 1-. 3 #S922-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD coupe. VIN: RM23- #S134.1-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23U0B207771. Plum Crazy/black vinyl. Odo: 50,769 miles. 528-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Newer rotisserie restoration with some signs of street use. Plum Crazy paint is high quality. Painted graphics instead of vinyl. Trim is good all around. Replated or replaced chrome. Light scratches in back glass. Trunk slightly high toward driver’s side. Interior is restored, with few flaws. Pistol-grip shifter. Ray Barton Racing engine. Mopar Magazine cover car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,560. Perfect first-year Caravan “reference car.” This was one of six mid-1980s vehicles offered in Dallas that had never been retailed, all with mileage in the double digits. They proved to be crowd favorites, with many curious about why they were preserved to begin with. For someone who perhaps could not afford the base price of around $9k in 1984, the selling price here was an exceptional bargain (and with the Mark III conversion to boot). Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. AMERICANA #316-1913 REO MODEL ST5 “Reo the Fifth” roadster. VIN: 46892. Blue & black/ black vinyl/black leather. In single ownership from 1950s to 2012. Some mechanicals recommissioned two years ago. Paint okay. Both fenders pretty banged up. Hood has scratches, dings. Dual lights integrated into cowl. Wood running boards look like new. Soft top dirty; has many tears. Rearmounted spare. Seats brittle and dirty with rust stains, and cracks exposing cushioning material. Plaque reads “Second Annual Inland Empire Motor Fair April 14–15–16 1961 Spokane, Washington.” Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $453,600. Among the most sought-after B-body cars from Plymouth. Superbird prices have climbed recently, with this Hemi-optioned example approaching a half million. Not a world record, but a strong result, especially for the geographic region of the sale. Vicari, Biloxi, MS, 10/14. VIN: RM23V0A167117. Blue Fire Metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 25,661 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Beautifully restored Superbird in striking Blue Fire Metallic. Believed to be original 25k miles. Highly desirable optional bucket seats with pistolgrip floor-shift manual transmission. Excellent in all elements of condition. Documented ownership since new. A real collectible. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $167,400. Sold immediately post-auction after being 9 #S913-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. SOLD AT $86,400. The “U” code shows that this one started life as a 440 car, but it’s now the ’Cuda of someone’s dreams. The owner who commissioned the build was looking to get the ultimate streetable Hemi, so fuel injection was added along with numerous other high-performance parts. Such a top-notch build likely exceeded the sale price here. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. #T232-1984 DODGE CARAVAN Mark III conversion minivan. VIN: 2B6FK13C9ER234459. Beige Sand/Streamliner Brown cloth. Odo: 74 miles. 2.2-L I4, 2-bbl, auto. “Coachbuilt” touches include venetian blinds, closet area with clothing rod, and multiple tables with cupholders. Monroney sticker still on window. Paint and vinyl graphics in excellent condition. Rubber in generally superior condition. Faux-chrome grille losing its luster. Interior is like new and untouched. Dealer removable decals and instructional pages still affixed. Very dirty engine compartment. Air conditioner compressor stained with dried fluid. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,275. A thoroughly enjoyed (i.e. “heavily used”) example of Ransom E. Olds’ “farewell car,” the last model with which he was personally involved. I couldn’t help but wonder if hillclimbs and rallying events were also in this car’s past. Regardless, the price was good enough to justify all the question marks, selling way below the $25k low estimate. Very well bought. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #351-1922 PEERLESS MODEL 56-7 opera coupe. VIN: 271399. Blue & black/green cloth. Odo: 24,089 miles. Older repaint has held up extremely well; not much to call out. Front bumper has nicks. Grille untouched. Good glass. Both doors off alignment. Rearmounted spare. Spokes painted blue with brass center hub and six lugs. Good interior. Front seats fold away, can also be extended to accommodate a third passenger. Door-liner fabric slightly worn. Van Sicklen odo. Engine bay appears to be original, tidy. AACA badge on front bumper. Pennsylvania car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,600. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP miles. In the Middleton Collection since 1964. Early ’80s restoration by Bob Turnquist of Hibernia Auto Restorations showing its age. Paint has peels, flakes, microscratches, bubbles. White pinstriping intact. Mediocre chrome, fisheyes all over. Inviting, nearly dirt-free interior environment has benefited from many long years of dry storage. All instruments, levers, controls intact. Trunk locked. Tidy underhood. A CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3+. A straightforward mode of transport for the whole family plus a dusting of early-American “cool” with the adjustable front seats. Rarest of the “Three Ps” (Packard, PierceArrow, and Peerless). The ACC Premium Auction Database shows just four 1920s Peerless cars ever offered at auction. A very nice machine sold at a price that should please buyer and seller. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #338-1929 KISSEL MODEL 8-95 White Eagle speedster. VIN: 951139. Eng. # 951258. Cream & green/green leather. Odo: 7 miles. Part of the Canton Classic Car Museum since 1980. Stated to now have correct motor in lieu of Ford engine that once resided underhood. Said to be only known surviving Model 8-95. Dull paint shows discoloration, large flake in rear, spider cracks in both doors. Smudges of black paint below driver’s door. Hole in body for missing component. Hazy headlamps. Both doors have gaps. Bench seat heavily cracked; rumble seat in better condition. Nice wood dash, although instrument pod is faded. Marginally detailed engine bay. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,200. A decent example with some needs, but they’re mostly in the details. Well bought, crossing the block at no reserve just shy of the $25k low estimate. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #S52.1-1956 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 56991052. Red/red canvas/ivory leather. Odo: 66,210 miles. 374-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One of 276 produced in 1956. Older restoration. Paint is high quality but could use a buff and polish. Small area of dry spray behind passenger’s door. Some chrome beginning to look a little hazy. Panel fit is good, with doors that close with a reassuring vault-like sound. Bright interior trim. Stitching on dash is somewhat wavy and inconsistent. Restored engine compartment. Cond: 2+. Odo: 27,907 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Mileage believed original. Suspension lift with larger tires. Aftermarket roll bar/light bar mounted in bed. Very nice restoration. Fresh paint in original color has only minor flaws. Brightwork restored or replaced. Rubber is mostly new. Interior is extremely clean. Dash plastic is free of cracks with only minor sun fading, if any. Door panels near perfect. Seating is a split-bench from another AMC donor and refinished better than original. Factory radio. Disappointingly filthy engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,840. Possibly one of the nicest in existence until you open the hood. This one included the original window sticker and was equipped with several luxury appointments, such as AM/FM radio, sport steering wheel, and floor carpet. Values vary wildly for Wagoneers, CJs, Gladiators or anything wearing the Jeep label, with condition and originality helping to determine the market. The new buyer took home a nicely restored example with what is believed to be low original miles. Fair deal for buyer and seller. Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 09/14. #F141-2000 AM GENERAL HUMMER H1 pickup. VIN: 137ZA9035YE186414. Yellow/black cloth/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 22,079 miles. 6.5-L turbo-diesel V8, auto. The paint looks like it could be factory-new. Top and rear cover look new. The interior is cramped. Despite the huge width of this vehicle, it has very narrow seats. Inside rear-view mirror is desilvering. Features a central tire inflation system, MIL-Spec runflat tires, 13,000-pound winch, a/c and CD player. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,100. Older authentically styled reproduction Speedster coachwork, as Bonhams announced when this car came up for sale. It looked great from 20 feet away, but imperfections were clear upon closer inspection. It had presence, and the museum provenance added to the positives, but the repro coachwork no doubt hampered bidders’ enthusiasm. It sold just shy of the low estimate, which was probably all the money. Well bought and sold. Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA, 10/14. #302-1938 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT Model 1603 sedan. VIN: 11032120. Eng. # A50 6422. Blue/taupe cloth. Odo: 2,085 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $162,000. The solid color sets this Caribbean apart from the multi-colored cars that seem more common. This would be the last year for the Caribbean, and at the time Packard was doing everything it could to save the struggling brand. Parts are difficult to source, and restorations can be costly, which is why good ones sell well above $100k. The value here was strong and market-correct. 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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country hooked to the main unit). Under-dash unit is in beautiful condition. It is crisp and clean with no repairs, cracks or issues. Face is stunning. Kit has the condenser, blower unit, modified glovebox. Hoses and unit are dated 1964. Rubber still looks to be in excellent condition. Brackets, relays hardware and instructions are included as well as the original box. Note that there is no compressor (don’t think the kit came with one). Unit was stored for years in an old warehouse.” Best Offer. Sold at $4,500. This kit was shopped around a lot. The seller asked for $5k and ultimately settled for $500 less. If the seller gets within 10% of their asking price, I say send it off, and the seller reached the same conclusion here. Piecing a kit from a catalog or getting a standalone aftermarket unit costs less than the price here, but NOS comes at a premium these days. Well sold. #251668418129—1965 Chevrolet Chevy II NOS Factory GM A/C Kit. 24 photos. Item condition: New. eBay, Arlington, TX. “Early GM part #987408. Kit appears to complete with the exception of one wiring harness (note: parts list has two wiring harnesses missing, but I believe one is #201151624933—Dictograph Products Corp. Motor Dictograph. 7 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Northbrook, IL. “1920–30s limousine intercom system. Used so that the passenger in the rear compartment could communicate with the chauffeur in the front compartment of the limousine. Consists of a microphone with push button to talk and a speaker. Good original condition. Was used in Packard, Cadillac, Lincoln, Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow and other very high-quality limousines and town cars of the day.” 31 bids. Sold at $1,560. Kelly Munroe Turner’s company, Dictograph Products Company Inc., was mainly developing intercoms and hearing aids before the 1920s. But with the grandeur of the ’20s growing, high-end auto manufacturers got in on the communication game. At the time, the company stated the Motor Dictograph was “standard equipment in practically every well-known American production of high-grade chauffeur-driven motorcars, including Pierce-Arrow, Packard, Cadillac, Hudson, Winston….” This particular dictograph is probably best as a separate collectible, rather than trying to repair and fit it to your Series 67 Peerless. Remarkable price paid. #261634239526—15x8 Chevrolet/GMC Truck Wheels. 5 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Denver, CO. “15 x 8 Chevy GMC truck rims. Will also fit Toyota and Nissan if the center is big enough. 6 on 5½ bolt pattern.” 1 bid. Sold at $120. This auction is a good lesson in how descriptions can make or break a price. There are a lot more words this seller could have used to attract additional attention. These four-nub “hubcap” wheels come from disc-brake Chevrolet and GMC half-ton trucks and Blazers and are highly valued by ’67–’72 GM truck guys. There are several threads on message boards dedicated to these rims. If people find them for sale on eBay or Craigslist, they post the link to the board and the wheels are sold quickly. Our fearless editor bought these for his ’72 K10, and he droned on for at least a week about them — from worrying that they were maybe the wrong ones to boasting about how good of a deal they were. But they do fit his truck, and they were half price. Cheapest set of four wheels I found at the same time was $300. He’ll probably end up spending more than this on a set of 4x4 hubcaps. body work done and primed. Chip in the body work. All bolts are there in the pan and teeth.” 45 bids. Sold at $1,752. Repairing these must be a Herculean task. It wasn’t even 30 seconds into my search and I found half a dozen 1953 DeSoto grilles for sale ($200 to $800). And all of them were bent, mashed, or looking more like a hockey player’s grill. So pay when you find a complete and straight unit. Fair deal. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #321527568506—1953 DeSoto Grille. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Falmouth, ME. “Original 11 teeth and grille pan. Teeth are pitted and need to be chromed. Started to clean them up with a scotch disc to get the heavy, jagged chrome off. The two teeth on each end are a little jagged on the bottom edge from corrosion. The second from left tooth has a one-inch crack at the top, radiating from the rear top bolt hole. All bolt holes and bolts have had the threads chased. These teeth have no major structure damage, they are just pitted. The pan was rusty and has some pitting on the bottom; it has been sand blasted and had the


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#201200418034—1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Hood Scoop. 19 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Woodstock, GA. “You are looking at a very rare and original Ram Air hood scoop assembly for a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang. This is a very clean piece and will not take much to make it paint-ready for your Boss. The underside has been cut as per the Ford Off-Highway Performance recommendation to increase air flow and horsepower to the mighty Boss ‘9. Fortunately, the previous owner who made the modification to the plenum saved the piece to be re-installed when the scoop is restored.” Best Offer. Sold at $1,605. Aftermarket fiberglass pieces are readily available for around $150, or about 10% of what was paid here. But I can’t fault an owner who wanted an original piece. The varying quality of aftermarket fiberglass is concerning, especially when many parts are sold as-is and it’s up to the installer to correct flaws from the factory. Fair deal for what the buyer was after.A January-February 2015 107


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1950 Oldsmobile 98 convertible 1962 Pontiac Bonneville convertible S/N 8A394465H. Blue/blue. 544 miles. CA car, second owner. Frame-up restoration. Power windows, seats, top. Motor by Egge. Call for all the details. $34,900. Contact Bryce, 661.259.2976, Email: mandb7777@att.net (CA) 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible Victory Red/red, black & pewter. 6,800 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Modified 455, turbo 400 trans, 750 Holley DP CF, RPM Performer intake with Ram Air, engine run on dyno for break-in showed 429 hp, 510 lbs./ft. torque, heads and cam work by Butler Performance. 8-lug Kelsey Hayes wheels, black cloth electric top, custom interior. $38,000 OBO. Contact Ray, 208.322.3957, Email: recce1963@live.com 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe White/white. 72,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Original 394/335-hp, bucket seats, console with shifter and tach, power steering, power brakes, power driver’s seat, power windows, rare power vent windows. Low mileage, recent paint, newer whitewall tires with original chrome wheel covers. $45,000. Contact Frank, 630.556.4500, Email: fkcarparts@gmail.com (IL) 108 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 124378N415226. Green w/ white stripes/black. V8, 4-spd manual. 302 engine with crossram manifold, M21 4-speed trans, 4.10 Posi rear axle, clean interior with console and Tic-Toc-Tach. Great real Z/28. $47,500 OBO. Contact David, Email: chevy68z28@gmail.com (FL) Placer Gold/Saddle Brown. 112,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Malibu 350. Numbers matching, original owner. PS, PB, power top, bench/interior, TH350, 245-hp 2-bbl, new stainless dual exhaust, new timing chain, gaskets, fuel pump and tune-up. Includes original radio, hubcaps and original spare. $31,500 OBO. Contact David, AutoArcheologist.com, 860.398.1732, Email: Orange/black. I6, 3-spd manual. Clean and original Oregon state 1/2-ton, long-bed truck. All-original paint except tailgate. Tailgate replaced with clean original. Lowered 3 inches, vintage 15-inch aluminum slot mags. Daily driver. Regular maintenance done w/receipts, including gas receipts! Personal delivery possible on West Coast. Call for details and additional photos. $4,300. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible 1969 Pontiac Firebird coupe S/N 22337LOR521513. Green/black. 100,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Strong running and aggressive. Freshly rebuilt 4-bolt 350 with cam, headers, intake and carburetor. Rebuilt TH-350 transmission. Brand-new suspension, power disc brakes and fresh paint. Custom interior. Great driver/ cruiser. $14,500 OBO. Contact Miles, Email: miles.slattery@ gmail.com (TN) 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup E4WBrill@aol.com Web: www. autoarcheologist.com (CT) 1974 Pontiac Trans Am coupe Buccaneer Red/white. V8, 3spd automatic. L75 455, Posi, all numbers matching. Number one-quality restoration. Car is near perfect with no rust ever. PS, PB, PW, power locks, factory air, tilt, rear window defrost, AM/FM. $35,000. Contact Dr. Warren, 505.856.9402, Email: warren@wilhelmconsulting.com (NM) 1976 Pontiac Formula 400 coupe Black/Black Deluxe. 38,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Original engine, original exhaust, auto. Factory-color black paint with Deluxe interior, a/c, rear defogger, tilt, AM/FM/8track, Honeycomb wheels, Posi rear, fantastic repaint on a rustfree body. No modifications, calls only, please. $16,500. Contact Andre, 440.647.6686, Email: mitzie95@gmail.com 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero coupe S/N IGIZIIG2HP127530. Maroon/maroon. 48 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. One-owner, never modified. Never driven in winter, original paint, driveline, wheels, etc. T-tops never removed until recent cleaning. Needs new owner before snow flies. $9,500 OBO. Contact Willard, 207.242.8619, Email: wemillis@gmail.com (ME) CORVETTE r1955 Chevrolet Corvette oadster Gypsy Red/beige. Light beige interior and beige canvas soft


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Showcase Gallery top, driven only 54 miles since a recent frame-off restoration. Equipped with a 265-ci V8, Powerglide automatic transmission, wide whitewall tires, original AM radio. First year that Chevrolet offered the V8 engine, the scarcest model Corvette manufactured. $124,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics. com Web: www.heritageclassics.com/inventory/detail/1176-chevrolet-corvette-roadster. html (CA) 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible sics.com/inventory/detail/1187chevrolet-corvette-roadster. html (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe Arctic Blue/cream. V8, 283/270hp, dual fours. Stunning numbers-matching classic. Born June 19, 1957, with delivery in South Dakota. Nut-andbolt, several-thousand-hour rotisserie-restoration in 2008 to exacting factory standards. Original factory color with cream convertible top makes this a reborn collector’s dream. Multi-level NCRS award winner: NCRS Local Top Flight award 99.4%, NCRS Regional Top Flight award 98.4%, NCRS Performance Verification, NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award 98.8%. Stunning in every respect. $127,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@donmackey.com (AZ) 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion and FIA Daytona 6-Hour, 1973 Sebring 12-Hour. SVRA Medallion, 2002 Monterey, 1993 Bloomington Gold, 2013 Sebring Legends Honoree, 2014 Amelia “Spirit of Road Racing Award” recipient. Full restoration 1993. Unquestionable documentation. $275,000. Contact Phil, 352.378.4761, Email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net (FL) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe 97%, NCRS Top Flight certified 97.7%, Triple Crown certified 99.9%, Gold Spinner Award. Meticulous restoration in 2005 to near-exact factory delivery specs and condition. Superb option set includes: F40 Suspension, close-ratio 4-speed, lacquer paint, PW, PB, Teakwood telescoping wheel, Off Road exhaust, 3.70 rear end, five original factory knockoff wheels. Incredibly beautiful. $142,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@ donmackey.com (AZ) 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L89 coupe 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Riverside Gold/black. V8, automatic. Body-off restoration by Naber’s Brothers. Bloomington Gold and NCRS. One of only 17 automatic L-88s ever produced. Price firm. $650,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 800.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com (OH) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Sebring Silver/Riverside Red. V8, 4-spd manual. Split-window, Tanker Z06. Bloomington Gold, NCRS. Hall of Fame and Special Collection. Price firm. $650,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 800.592.5086, Email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com Web: www.ProteamCorvette.com (OH) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie coupe Red/black. 99,026 miles. Roman Red with white coves, new white soft top and black interior, equipped with 4-speed transmission, power brakes and wide whitewall tires, nicely detailed black-plate California car. Runs and drives great. $68,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, 310.657.9699, Email: sales@heritageclassics. com Web: www.heritageclas- Primer/Bronze. 51,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An opportunity to purchase a true L89, 427/435hp, aluminum head, TriPower, numbers-matching Corvette. Original color Corvette Bronze. Documentation back to 1968 with tank sticker. This a project car with lots of room to do the things it needs and come out ahead. Engine completely rebuilt to stock. $18,000 OBO. Contact Ted, 423.646.4504, Email: tkoehner@hotmail.com (TN) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 19467OS410099. Monza Red/Saddle leather. V8, 4-spd manual. 350/350hp. 99% original. NCRS 2nd Flight Award. Needs restoration and frame repair. Windshield frame is perfect. Deluxe interior. Includes perfect hard top. Engine runs and mechanically in decent shape. $23,500. Contact Mark, Ridgetop Restorations, 715.385.3341, Email: daddy19581955@yahoo.com (WI) 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Rally Red/red & white. V8, 4spd manual. 327/375-hp, possibly highest-award-winning and most correctly restored 1965 Corvette coupe. Red carpets and dash. One of five known FI coupes in this color combo. Bloomington Gold certified S/N 194679S701281. Daytona Yellow/black. 83,434 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 350-ci V8, 350hp, 4-bbl, L46 code motor. Restored, matching numbers car with power steering and power disc brakes. Rare convertible with factory a/c. No odor. Manufactured September 1968. $36,000. Contact Mark, CrossPointe Exotics LLC, 203.758.5180, Email: guastaferri@hotmail.com (CT) Red & white/black. V8, 6-spd automatic. ”Retro 58” classic look, comfort and reliability of a new ’Vette. 400 hp, power top, navigation, original owner, never damaged. Health forces sale. $25,500. Contact Dennis, 251.968.8141, Email: skfrazier1@hotmail.com (AL) January-February 2015 109


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Showcase Gallery FOMOCO 1923 Ford Model T roadster 1950 Ford Woodie wagon Blue & silver/Dove Gray. 9 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Total Performance T-bucket, Ford 302, C4, M/T, Wheel Vintiques, Mallory, Lokar, Wilwood Edelbrock, much more. $16,500. Contact John B, 518.853.4923, Email: jtbat@frontiernet.net (NY) 1929 Ford Model A wagon There isn’t a better post-1948 Woodie anywhere. Very original with 62,000 miles. All-original wood. Recent complete engine rebuild by Frank Ezolds. Painted once years ago and still flawless. Original interior is mint. $68,500. Contact Matt, deGarmo Ltd. Classic Motorcars, 203.852.1670, Email: matt@degarmoltd.com Web: www.degarmoltd.com (CT) 1958 Ford Ranchero pickup S/N 67412F9A02408. Candyapple Red/black. 60,706 miles. V8, automatic. Factory red GT500 listed in the Shelby Registry and documented with ownership history and MartiReport. 428, 2x4bbl, automatic. Meticulous ground-up restoration. Black decor interior with Shelby roll bar, wood wheel, gauge package and fold down seat. Magstar wheels with correct Goodyears. Restoration receipts and pictures. $139,900. Contact Mark, Memory Lane Motors, 425.228.2277, Email: memorylane@juno.com (WA) 1968 Shelby GT 350 convertible RACE 1957 Silver Bomb roadster Silver/V8, 4-spd manual. ”Silver Bomb,” Dean BatchlerLockheed engineer-road racing special built in 1955, 283 Chevy with triple deuces, documented road racing history, period photos, featured in Vintage American Road Racing Cars 1950–70, VSCCA logbook, ready to run. Motor Classic & Competition, 914.997.9133, Email: sales@motorclassiccorp. com (NY) r1964 Stapp Chevy sprint ace car Tan & black/I4, manual. Underwent a complete frame-off restoration. Stunning wood, in near-perfect condition, 100% original. Located one hour from San Francisco. $40,000. Contact Wm. B., Email: billyoung1228@aol.com (CA) 1932 Ford roadster S/N C8KF118662. Merlot/Black. 0 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. EDCHERO? 1958 Ford Ranchero with 1958 Edsel front clip. Clean and straight with 352 V8, 3-spd transmission and dual exhaust. Priced to sell. Trades considered. $18,500 OBO. Contact Tom, 520.709.0424, Email: tomsnider5766@msn. com (AZ) 1963 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 18163488. Cream & red/red. 1,400 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Professionally built (6,000 man hours), two tops, 383 stroker motor, 500+ hp, 2008 AMBR Best Detail award. Many trick and custom built billet parts. The ultimate Deuce roadster. $220,000. Contact Nat, 631.848.7674, Email: nlanza@fly-efi.com (NY) Acapulco Blue/black. 89 miles. V8, automatic. Beautiful origina GT 350, matching numbers, runs great, a/c, PB, PS, white convertible top. New, a/c, interior, tires, exhaust. Beautiful car ready to roll. No stories, no rust, couple of slight blemishes, good sound car. $100,000. Contact Jim, 561.379.9448, Email: Libertirules@gmail.com (FL) 1987 Ford F-250 Bigfoot Cruiser Edition pickup V8, automatic. Custom T-bird. Stock 390 drivetrain, extensive modifications, runs good. Has a top. $37,500 OBO. Contact William T, 609.980.1300, (NJ) f1967 Shelby GT500 astback S/N 1FTHF26L1HKA77247. Blue/blue. 8,000 miles. V8, automatic. One of 300 made. Original mileage truck with original paint, air, cruise, tilt, everything functions as it should. $25,000. Contact Michael, 716.912.0941, Email: mthorrigan@yahoo.com (NY) Black/black. V8, Restored to 1965 #4 black/gold configuration. Raced USAC 1964–73, then URC 1974–80. Stapp “house car” 1964–66. Driven by five USAC Sprint Car National Champions and 12 drivers who competed in the Indy 500, four of whom (Jones, Rutherford, Andretti, Foyt) won the 500 a total of nine times. Drivers include Steve Stapp, Lloyd Ruby, Parnelli Jones, Johnny Rutherford, Mario Andretti, Jud Larson, A.J. Foyt, Bud Tingelstad, George Snider, Ralph Liguori, Rollie Beale, Billy Vukovich, Pancho Carter and others. Bullet-proof documentation and provenance. Flawless restoration by Joe Fiore. Featured in May/June 2007 Vintage Motorsport magazine (seven pages) and HAMB Vintage Sprint Car thread pages 107 and 199. $85,000. Contact Larry, 520.455.9224, Email: larrypfitz@gmail.com (AZ)A 110 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Showcase Gallery Advertisers Index ACC Arizona Insider’s Seminar ........... 99 Adamson Industries............................. 17 American Car Collector ....................... 63 American Collectors Insurance ......... 116 Auctions America .................................. 7 Barrett-Jackson ................................... 13 Blue Bars ............................................. 78 Camaro Central ................................... 59 CarFurniture.com .............................. 105 Carlisle Events ..................................... 73 Charlotte AutoFair ............................... 87 Chubb Personal Insurance .................... 9 Corvette America ................................. 35 Corvette Specialties ............................ 94 County Corvette .................................... 2 Genuine HotRod Hardware ................. 21 Grundy Worldwide ............................. 103 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 57 Hagerty Insurance Corporation ........... 93 Heartland Housing Assistance ............ 81 JC Taylor ............................................. 75 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ......... 88 Kinekt ................................................ 111 L.A. Prep .............................................. 89 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 105 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ... 107 Memory Lane Motors, Inc. .................. 33 Michael Irvine Studios ......................... 85 Mid America Motorworks .................... 11 Morphy Auctions ................................. 67 Mustangs Unlimited .......................... 101 National Corvette Restorers Society . 111 National Parts Depot ......................... 115 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 103 Original Parts Group ............................ 65 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...... 77 Paragon Corvette Reproductions ........ 61 Park Place LTD .................................... 69 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc ............. 79 Reliable Carriers .................................. 55 Russo & Steele LLC............................. 15 Silver Collector Car Auctions .............. 27 Sports Car Market ............................... 63 The Bradford Exchange, Ltd. ........ 19, 96 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 107 The Miami Auction Center ................... 83 Thomas C Sunday Inc ......................... 63 TYCTA ................................................. 97 Velocity Channel .................................. 95 Watchworks ....................................... 111 Zip Products ........................................ 37 January-February 2015 111


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. The company boasts an expert team of specialists, who offer 180 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697. 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) Classic Car Transport L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed 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 Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com 112 AmericanCarCollector.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. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800.541.6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully-enclosed, cross-country, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully-licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.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 Zip Products. 800.962.9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. 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 Central . Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Corvette Repair. The Leader and most recognized NCRS, Bloomington Gold & Triple Diamond Award winning Corvette repair shop in America. Breathtaking state of the art restorations, with the highest attention to detail and workmanship to any C1, C2 or C3 Corvettes. Compare our hourly rate and be surprised... or shocked. Contact Kevin J. Mackay at 516.568.1959 www.corvetterepair.com (NY) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL)


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Legal Street Shop, Inc. 256.233.5809. Custom 1953–1982 Corvette replacement chassis and driveline components. www.streetshopinc.com. (AL) Corvettes for Sale 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) Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 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) 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 ProTeamCorvette.com. Corvettes: 1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since 1971! Moneyback guarantee. Worldwide transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s, LS6s, ZR2s, ZR1s, LT1s, COPOs, Fuelies, Special 425s/435s/ RPOs. Call toll free 888.592.5086 or call 419.592.5086. Fax 419.592.4242, email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com or visit our website: www.ProTeamCorvette. com. ProTeam Corvette Sales, 1410 N. Scott St., Napoleon, OH 43545. Special Corvettes wanted at CorvettesWanted.com! NCRS Member #136. 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. American Collectors Insurance. 1.866.887.8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com 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) California Car Cover Company. 800.423.5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. 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 Performance, and Accessory parts for 1965–present Mustang, 1967–1973 Mercury Cougar, and 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang. More than 55,000 available parts in 2 fully stocked warehouses, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR Mustang Parts SUPERSTORE! FREE Shipping on orders over $300. Visit www.mustangsunlimited.com or call 800.243.7278. National Parts Depot. 800.874.7585. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 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 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. Restoration—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.cosmo- Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited has been the source for Restoration, politanmotors.com (WA)A January-February 2015 113


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: At their Sports Legends Auction on November 1, Goldin Auctions sold a 1903 World Series Game 1 score card, after 15 bids, for $109,200 including the 18.5% vig. The card had been completely scored and was in original condition with absolutely no restoration. This was the first-ever World Series, and in it, the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates faced off for the title. The Boston Americans had Cy Young on the mound, while the Pirates had Honus Wagner in the field. With Young pitching, Wagner singled in the first inning, driving in the first run. The Pirates won the game but lost the series. About six of these score cards are thought to exist, so this is a rare and unusual piece of sports memorabilia — but boy, at a price. Here are a few more things I uncovered that weren’t as pricey: EBAY #121429421927—PAIR OF 1917 PORCELAIN CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATES. Number of bids: 14. SOLD AT: $1,913.99. Date sold: 9/12/2014. California first issued license plates in 1914 — almost a decade later than several of the Eastern states. For 1916 through 1919, they used the same white-with-blue lettering porcelain plate but used a different small lead medallion for each year. For 1917, the state flower (the poppy) was used. This pair of plates was in excellent condition, and the number on the medallion matched the plates. Expensive but not outlandish. MORFORD AUCTIONS. LOT 83—1924 HUPMOBILE CALENDAR. SOLD AT: $862 INCLUDING 15% BUYER’S PREMIUM. Date sold: 11/1/2014. This calendar was in amazing condition, with only minor wear in the outer margins. It had a complete full pad and the original metal strips at the top and bottom. The American Indian illustration at the top was by Phillip Goodwin and advertised “The Car for the American Family.” The lower illustration featured a Hupmobile sedan. Have to wonder how it survived for 90 years in this condition. EBAY #261565411633—1960s IRWINDALE SPEEDWAY WOOL JACKET. Number of bids: 38. SOLD AT: $767.66. Date sold: 8/24/2014. The original Irwindale Speedway was built in 1965. One of the developers was Harry Snyder — the founder of In-N-Out Burger. It was located next to the 210 freeway on what is now the Miller Brewery site and was known, of course, for serving the best burgers around. The wool jacket was in excellent condition and may have never been worn. A cool reminder of the early hot rod and drag racing days in Southern California. EBAY #291266616625—PORCELAIN HUSKY HI-POWER GASOLINE-PUMP PLATE. Number of bids: 6. SOLD AT: $4,061.51. Date sold: 10/19/2014. This small 8½-by-9 Husky gas-pump plate was from the Husky Oil Company that was established in Cody, WY. They expanded into Montana in 1954 and Canada 114 AmericanCarCollector.com in the 1970s, where they still operate. Almost any early gas and oil item with ties to Montana seems to bring the money, and this piece was no exception. EBAY #141392736637— 1954 HUBLEY METAL CORVETTE TOY. Number of bids: 40. SOLD AT: $1,006. Date sold: 9/7/2014. This 13inch metal Corvette by Hubley was as minty as it gets. It appeared to have never been played with, and the box was just as pristine. It was complete with the cardboard insert and protective coated paper. There were a few minor production flaws, but the rubber tires were perfect and it was as if it had been in a time capsule for the past 60 years. As such, the price paid was up there, but you never go wrong buying condition. MORFORD AUCTIONS. Lot 16—STANDARD OIL POLARINE FIVE-GALLON LIQUID GLOSS CAN. SOLD AT: $3,565 INCLUDING BUYER’S PREMIUM. Date sold: 11/1/2014. This five-gallon can was in exceptional condition, with a striking image that was bold and vibrant. It was virtually flawless, featuring an early open touring car with a speedboat on the lake in the background. Polarine used a similar image on five-gallon oil cans, but I have not seen the liquid gloss can in this condition. Well worth the money, all things considered. EBAY #111438360810— CARROLL SHELBY AUTOGRAPHED 2010/2012 GT500 AIR-BAG COVER. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT: $2,025. Date sold: 8/24/2014. This Carroll Shelby-signed air-bag cover included a Certificate of Authenticity from the Carroll Shelby Foundation. Shelby autographed anything and everything, but with his passing, values have been inching upward. The same seller offered a bevy of items that had been signed by Shelby, but none sold for close to this kind of money. Auction fever was at work on this one.A