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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5 • Issue 25 • January-February 2016 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 $30k / Worldwide Is the C5 Z06 finally on an upswing? — John L. Stein Page 42 GM 1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD-455 $111k / Barrett-Jackson A potent Super Duty brings six figures — Patrick Smith Page 44 FoMoCo 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT 390 S-CODE FASTBACK $56k / Barrett-Jackson A market price for Ford’s hot pony — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 46 MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA $220k / Worldwide No-reserve Hemi ’Cuda brings the right money — Dale Novak Page 48 AMERICAN ™ 1974 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455, p. 44 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1965 CHEVROLET NOVA SS “DOBBERTIN” $56k / Barrett-Jackson Nice price for a Pro-Street magazine trend-setter — Jay Harden Page 50 AMERICANA RACE 1974 AMC JAVELIN AMX $41k / Auctions America Surprisingly big money for a no-mile ’74 AMC — Tom Glatch Page 52 2012 CHEVY CAMARO SS BONDURANT RACE CAR $20k / Barrett-Jackson A well-used racer or a screaming deal? — Sam Stockham Page 54 TRUCK 1972 FORD F-100 SPORT CUSTOM PICKUP $17k / Auctions America Ford trucks gain traction in the market — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 56 Cover photo: 1965 Chevrolet Nova SS “Dobbertin” Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson January-February 2016 7


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 10 Torque Now’s the best time to be a car person — Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills 1973–78 GMC MotorHome — B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower The changing view of cheating the EPA — Colin Comer 40 Corvette Market The best Corvette buys from $10k to $50k — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FUN RIDES 22 Good Reads The Military Machine, Volume Two: U.S. Dodge; The Development and Deployment of Dodge Military Trucks 1940–1975 — B. Mitchell Carlson 24 Desktop Classics 1965 Ford Mustang station wagon — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots 1 SEMA in photos — Jim Pickering and Jeff Stites 28 Snapshots 2 Duesenberg drag racing: The 2015 Thunder Run — B. Mitchell Carlson SERV DEPA 12 What’s Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 22 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 24 Cool Stuff No-effort rust removal and a brand-new old Shelby 30 Wrenching Converting to Evans Waterless Coolant AUCTIONS 60 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2015 Totals hit $27m as 677 of 692 cars find new homes — Travis Shetler 68 Auctions America — Hilton Head Island 63 cars sell out of 95, totaling $5.4m at this new auction — Mark Moskowitz 78 Worldwide Auctioneers — The Ron Brown Estate Collection 102 no-reserve muscle cars and ’50s cruisers bring $4m — Bob DeKorne 86 Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile Barn finds and untouched originals total $3.2m, with 61 of 72 cars sold — Adam Blumenthal 94 The Branson Auction Sales total $2.3m, and 121 of 198 lots find new keepers — Andy Staugaard 8 AmericanCarCollector.com 67 Quick Take 1967 Ford Mustang 4x4 custom fastback — Chad Tyson 76 One to Watch 1993–95 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning — Chad Tyson 104 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 106 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 110 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 111 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering The Good Old Days INTERESTS HAVE SHIFTED AS OUR CARS HAVE EVOLVED, BUT THAT’S NOT A BAD THING B efore I had a kid, I used to spend a lot of time out at Portland International Raceway, running my Caprice in the late-night drags. Every Friday, and sometimes Saturday, too, I’d be there, chasing time and kicking tires with other car-crazy guys who needed to shake off the work week. I remember the first night PIR ran the late-night program, back on a warm evening in 2000 or so, and the miles-long line of neon imports that backed up onto the I5 freeway. I had to run the defroster in my car to keep my big block from overheating as we inched along. Those races were the local news topic that day — I remember bright lights and cameras from a TV station in my face. I think I said something about street racing. A few years later, PIR ran nitro dragsters to see if the surrounding neighborhoods full of regular people could handle the noise. All the racers watched in awe. Everything else stopped. The rails barked to life, zoomies ripped the air and bounced sound off the berm and into the dark sky. One pass and they were done. That kind of thing wasn’t welcome in the neighborhood, thank you. Noise test: failed. And then there was the evil flat-black ’55 Chevy that I only saw once. It was near midnight and the last run of what had become a lightly attended event. Its screaming whoosh of a turboed burnout had me running from the empty staging lanes as the lights came down — just enough time to note its nasty dropped-down stance, sheet-metal wing, Lexan windows and current tags. It built boost and started shooting orange flames out the exhaust. Nine seconds later all that remained was an echo in the haze of an empty dragstrip. I never saw it again. Over the top and mundane There’s something about overkill that really resonates in the car world. Ever since the days of the original muscle car, there’s been a chase for the biggest, baddest machine available. And that’s just the regular car guy consumer — starting with the guy who wanted a ’70 Hemi ’Cuda from the factory, or a ’73 SD-455 Trans Am. That same guy probably wanted a Z06 Corvette in 2001 and dreams of a Hellcat today. Add in on top of that builders who have developed serious skill in fabrication and 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Long live overkill tuning over the years, and you’ve got the recipe for some real gas-fueled craziness. The twin-turbo, supercharged, nitrousinjected Dobbertin Nova on the cover of this issue is a perfect example. So is that ghost of a ’55 that ran a dark nine-second quarter mile on slicks, boost and valid plates. But what’s interesting is that as the car world has redefined overkill over and over again, becoming even more vibrant through the advent of technology and straight-up skill, the general public’s view of cars has also appeared to change markedly. Attendance at those late-night drags has dropped way off over the past few years — the days of a line out to the freeway are long gone. And while there are still cool cars around, at least in my neck of the woods, they’re thinner on the ground than they used to be. None of my neighbors drive anything that’s even a bright color, let alone classic, collectible, or over the top. From what I can tell, when I’m at home, I’m the only car guy in a two-mile radius. That might sound like a bad sign for the car world, but I think it’s just evidence of change — not a lack of interest. Look at all of today’s popular television shows focused on car builds. There are events like the upcoming Arizona auctions — overkill in their own right — which bring together thousands of cars and hundreds of thousands of like-minded car people from around the world. And there’s SEMA, where the OEMs and aftermarket builders bring together masses of industry insiders to show off new products showcased in outrageous builds. Like the car technology itself, all of these things have only improved. The mass market for this stuff is still there. It’s just evolved and become more specialized. I really believe that the good old days of the car, at least in terms of the enthusiast, are right now. Our access to cool cars and the availability of information about every make and model — from the Model T through the newest C7 — is better now than ever before. Over-the-top stuff is even more over the top than it used to be. For those of us interested in this stuff, the sky is really the limit, even if some of our traditions have shifted. As for me, my nights are now filled with bedtime stories rather than high-rpm shifts. But that doesn’t bother me in the least, because I’ve had my daughter out to the track, and she bounced with excitement throughout the evening, even though there weren’t as many cars there as there used to be. The only trouble is now the over-the-top machines that show up are crazier than they used to be. Guess it’s time to buy an 8-71 blower for my big block. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events 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. Tony Piff ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will visit all the big Arizona auctions from January 25 through January 31. You can find our magazines at almost every auction, including the Russo and Steele and Silver auctions. Stop by our booth at the Gooding & Company auction. Don’t miss our annual ACC Insider’s Seminar at the Barrett-Jackson auction site on Wednesday, January 27 (specifics to be announced). Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2016 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. Two California Shows Bring the Heat Most of the United States is shivering its way through ice and snow, but the 67th Annual Grand National Roadster Show — the granddaddy of all hot rod shows — will heat up an already warm Southern California weekend. More than 500 showcase cars and trucks will rumble into the Pomona Fairplex from January 29 through January 31. The coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster prize is up for grabs. Can’t make it to Pomona? The 66th Annual Sacramento Autorama will bring more than 500 show and custom cars and trucks inside the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento from February 12 to 14. www. rodshows.comA 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Grand National Roadster Show


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CROSSINGTHE Dave Rupp — Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 8–10 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Tom Mack — Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 8–9 Featured cars: Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, mostly unrestored with one repaint, at Mecum Kissimmee, FL • Star Car: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible. Finished in correct Ermine White with red interior, 4-speed and knockoff wheels More: www.tommackclassics.com • 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. Frame-off restoration. 360-hp 396-ci V8 and 4-speed, in Tuxedo Black • 1966 Shelby GT350 H Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 15–23 Last year: 1,775 / $2,380 cars sold / $68.2m • 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible. One of nine 1970 Hemi Challenger convertibles built; one of four equipped with automatic transmission. 1,140 miles since restoration Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. Full res- More: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1969 Pontiac Trans Am convertible • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. Mostly unrestored with one repaint. One of two Dover White Yenko Camaros known to exist. Includes original dealer papers, owner’s manual, warranty card, Protect-O-Plate and certificates of authenticity from COPO Connection Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2016 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 23–31 Last year: 1,609 / 1,628 cars sold / $131m Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) JANuARY BLOCK by Tony Piff • 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible. No-expense-spared, frame-off restoration in 2009 by Pontiac specialist Jerry Burge. With Pontiac Historic Services paperwork, copies of awards. From the Thomas Stutzman Collection More: www.barrett-jackson.com • 2003 Saleen S7 Competition Package. One of 78 produced. This is the first of only four naturally aspirated S7s built with the optional “Competition” Saleen performance upgrade package, according to Saleen records Russo and Steele — Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 27–31 Last year: 451 / 653 cars sold / $19.6m toration after being stored for 33 years. Original matching-numbers engine, 4-speed manual transmission, rear end housing with correct paper axle tag. Documentation includes a copy of the 1976 title and Deluxe Marti Report Featured cars: • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6. Diamond Restored certified by Jeff Dotterer and Chris White • 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 4-speed convertible. Extremely original example. Known history from new. Cover car on the November 2015 issue of Muscle Car Review Star Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, fully restored after 33 years of storage, offered at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ 14 AmericanCarCollector.com • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88. Unrestored and highly original with only 2,500 miles. One of only 116 produced and one of 10 with 4.56:1 rear end. Numerous top-level awards.


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88, unrestored and with only 2,500 miles, offered at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction More: www.russoandsteele.com Documentation includes tank sticker on original fuel tank Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 28 Last year: 74 / 84 cars sold / $24.9m More: www.bonhams.com magenta metal-flake paint (Estimate available upon request) Last year: 114 / 126 cars sold / $51.5m • 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra ($800k– $950k) Featured cars: • 1963 Ford Thunderbird M-code Sports Roadster (Gooding & Company estimate: $200k–$250k) Featured cars: • 1923 Mercer Sporting Series-Six • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe. No reserve RM Sotheby’s — Arizona 2016 Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 28–29 Last year: 110 / 123 cars sold / $63.6m Featured cars: • 1936 Packard Twelve coupe roadster. Offered from nearly 20 years of enthusiast ownership. CCCA Full Classic. Detailed service records (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $225k–$275k) More: www.rmsothebys.com • Star Car: 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra. One of just 23 full-competition-specification 427 Cobras produced. Successful competition history; winner of the 1968 SCCA AP Championship and the 1971 Endurance Championship ($2.5m– $3.3m) • 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra Dragonsnake. Converted to Dragonsnake specifications in 1965. Very successful drag racing career, including national titles in four separate classes. Presented today exactly as it competed, complete with its Weber-carbureted 289 Ford V8 with Belanger sidemount header, 4-speed transmission, Cobra Sunburst rear wheels with slicks, wire front wheels, removable hard top and 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Silver Auctions — Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 28–30 Last year: 76 / 162 cars sold / $850k • Star Car: 1934 DeSoto Airflow coupe. Said to be one of 1,584 produced. Body-off restored in 1982, now offered at auction out of the restorer’s estate. This will be the car’s first time at market in over 35 years More: www.silverauctions.com Gooding & Company — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 29–30 More: www.goodingco.com FEBRuARY • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe ($700k–$800k) Petersen Salem Collector Car Auction Where: Salem, OR When: February 6 More: www.petersencollectocars.com Leake — OKC 2016 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 19–21 Last year: 305 / 430 cars sold / $6.8m More: www.leakecar.com McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 19–21 Last year: 417 / 584 cars sold / $7.5m More: www.classic-carauction.com G. Potter King — Atlantic City Classic Car Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 26–28 More: www.acclassiccars.comA


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5, Number 1 January-February 2016 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 Senior Associate Editor Chad Tyson Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion B. Mitchell Carlson It doesn’t get much more old-school than Duesenberg drags developments in the automotive aftermarket at SEMA. Station wagons continue to be strong — you’ll learn about the T 1968 Mercury Colony Park Wagon that ACC once owned. Our readers drove it from Detroit, MI, to Portland, OR, and then we sold it to a collector in Washington. As I recall, we paid around $7,000 for it (which was all the money, as no one cared about these big old wagons a decade ago). It sold for $21,450 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, and chances are its value is going nowhere but up. Cars from the ’70s are rising as well — I wasn’t surprised to read about a 1974 Javelin AMX with just 400 miles on it bringing $41,250 at Auctions America in Auburn, IN. I always come away just a little bit smarter after reading one of John L. Stein’s columns about Corvettes. This issue’s on best-buy Corvettes, was no different. The more you know, the better the choices you will make, and the greater the chances are you will be satisfied with your purchase. And we continue to share with you the things we’re learning about how to take care of our vintage cars and trucks. Editor Jim Pickering and Associate Editor Chad Tyson spent a day converting Jim’s 1972 Chevy K10 pickup to use Evans Waterless Coolant. They’ve documented all the steps they went through for you. From What’s New to How To, you’ll find what you need to be a smarter collector in this issue of American Car Collector. A From Duesenberg Dragsters to SEMA he world of American collector cars is broad, and ACC is here to share it with you. In this issue, our writers take you on a trip through the many facets of our hobby. You’ll read great stories ranging from drag-racing vintage Duesenbergs to state-of-the-art Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Daren Kloes Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer 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 SuBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Manager Meredith Volk 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 Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Wallace Marx Bob DeKorne B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US Jim Pickering ... and the new kids are keeping the hobby exciting, too 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 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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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com The old ACC 1968 Mercury Colony Park now lives with a cousin in Bozeman, MT Two or four barrels? I absolutely loved the ’74 Country Squire profile in the last issue (ACC NovemberDecember 2015, p. 48), and the mention of the former SCM/ACC ’68 Colony Park. Give me one of each. On p. 70, the text lists a 400 4V as the engine. If the car is original as claimed, I think that was listed incorrectly. The Ford 400 always ran a 2V, as far as I remember. The optional engine for ’74 was the 460 4V, which superseded the 429 in the big Fords and Mercs that year. — Paul Shanahan, via email You’re right about the 2V, Paul, and thanks for the catch. — Tony Piff Long-roof time machine I got a kick out of seeing Keith’s Mercury station wagon featured front and center in American Car Collector (ACC NovemberDecember 2015, p. 8). It was 50 years ago almost to the day that I was sitting in Mercury Studio working on the design of the 1968 full-size Mercs. I was a rookie designer, so I didn’t have a lot to do with the final overall design, but I do remember working on the taillights and grille. I thought at the time it looked like a Lincoln trying to look like a Pontiac. Ford Styling was an exciting place to be working at the time. In the basement they were working on the J Car (a later version of the Ford GT40). Across the hall the Continental Mk III was being created and down the hall were the new Mustangs and Cougars. My immediate boss was Jack Telnack (a man on his way up to the top of his profession). He was a great boss and a great designer with exquisite taste and we remain friends to this very day. I’m sure we would have never imagined that the full-size Mercs we were designing would be featured in a magazine on collecting cars and getting the thumbs-up from passersby. I remember Oops A Kurtis clarification: In the last issue of ACC, we profiled a later-built Kurtis 500S (November-December 2015, p. 50). That car, along with all our sidebar comps, are all “new” cars, rather than original Kurtis Kraft cars built by Kurtis in period. Our value analysis was correct for these cars as later builds, but missing from the profile was the current value of Kurtis-built cars, which carry a serious premium over their continuation and component-built replica siblings. How much of a premium? Owners report offers of $500k and more for the few remaining examples of the fewer than 30 original Kurtis-built 500S cars, but we have not yet seen one sell on the open market to prove it. The Split’s exhaust: In the November-December issue, we listed the Corvette profiled on p. 38 as having both “off-road” exhaust and “sidepipes.” The car was listed by the auction company as having “N11 side exhausts,” but it clearly did not have sidepipes, which were not available from the factory until 1965. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Further, some of our NCRS friends have pointed out that while N11 Off Road Exhaust was in fact listed as an option in 1963, none are thought to have been built. What are we left with? A car that likely had standard exhaust from the factory. — Jim Pickering seeing them on the road as everyday drivers, then as beaters, and finally in junkyards. It’s nice to know a few made it 50 years, still look like new, and still generate smiles. They also seem to have a calming effect on people and bring one’s thoughts back to a simpler time. — Ken Eberts, via email Where’s the Colony Park? The ol’ wagon is alive and well (25k mile) in Bozeman, MT, and as you can see, is now living very comfortably with a fairly rare sibling! — Peter Bronken, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering: It was weird to see the old Mercury pop up for sale at Barrett-Jackson just after I wrote about it in my ACC column. As Lot 350 in Vegas, it made $21,450, and I think that was a screaming deal considering how clean it still is. (See the Market Report, p. 64.) Glad you got it, Peter, and that it completes a set! A


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GOODREADS by B. Mitchell Carlson The Military Machine, Volume Two: U.S. Dodge; The Development and Deployment of Dodge Military Trucks 1940–1975 by David Doyle, The Ampersand Group (www.ampersandpubco.com), 496 & 522 pages, $129.95 plus shipping If you like Mil-spec Dodge trucks in their original OD green, you will absolutely love this series. It is easily the best reference yet on these trucks. This is especially true on the postWorld War II M37 series, for which accurate restoration and historical information has in the past been sketchy or difficult to find. Respected military ve- hicle author David Doyle presents as complete a history of these trucks as you’ll find anywhere. The first book deals exclusively with development and production before and during World War II. Book two continues on after the war and into the post-Vietnam era, plus showcases period images of these trucks in use. The text is very informative, but the photographs really make this set shine. With the exception of the color images on the hard covers and a handful inside, the vast majority are from the period when these trucks were new in use — the majority taken either by Chrysler or the government. The original images of various stages of production are not only fascinating to look at, but are a godsend to anyone doing a correct restoration. Doyle has done a credible job of putting tons of written and pictorial information back into circulation for history enthusiasts and restorers. It’s not cheap, but good information rarely is. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Performance Automatic’s Ford 4R70W Street Smart Transmission Packages Performance Automatic’s 4R70W Street Smart System t engines pump power — rang small blocks a 3.5-liter EcoB Coyotes. The Street Smart System package come complete with transmission, standalone tra sion controller torque conver with filler tub harness. You ju have a car to i Not only does PA use top-notch parts inside the transmission, but they’re so confident in their product that each one comes with a lifetime warranty. 4R70W Street Smart packages start at $4,829.91. Visit perfor- manceautomatic.com to order or find a dealer locally, or call PA directly at 240-439-4650. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com OER 1973–91 GM Truck Glovebox The rising interest in restored, and restoring, square-body GM pickups brings with it reproduction of some of the harder-to-find parts. Odds are that bits, such as the liner of the glovebox, have probably broken apart — if not outright disintegrated — over the past 30–40 years. OER is doing what it does best and filling in those vacuums in the aftermarket. This part fits 1973–87 GMC and Chevrolet pickup, Blazer, Jimmy and Suburban models with a/c. It also fits Blazer, Jimmy and Suburban models with a/c from 1988 to ’91. Price is $99.99. Learn more at classicindustries.com or call 800- 854-1280. Lineage: David Doyle is one of the most prolific and respected authors on military vehicles. He has extensively researched this volume. tory of Dodge trucks, it is mostly done through period images. There are enough government contract numbers to make the casual reader start to drift off, but owners of these trucks will be pleased to have that information. Drivability: This isn’t exactly “Army Trucks 101,” but since this is the first time that this much detailed information has been concentrated into two volumes, it is a must-have tool for those who regularly research these trucks or own them, and a very valuable asset if you are considering purchasing one of these trucks — from the most prolific to a one-off prototype. is best Fit and finish: While this set chronicles the his


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COOLSTUFF Rust Be Gone Evapo-Rust brings rusty metal back to life. Just let parts soak, and then rinse with water. That’s it! No scrubbing required. Evapo-Rust is nontoxic and can be reused over and over. One gallon ($19.77) de-rusts up to 300 pounds of steel. After treatment, paint the bare metal or spray with Evapo-Rust Rust-Block ($8.97). www.summitracing.com by Tony Piff A GT350 You Can Drive Revology’s hit first-gen Mustang resto-mods ($121,750 and up) pair vintage looks with modern underpinnings. Now they’ve upped the ante with a Shelby-licensed 1966 GT350 replica. The Revology GT350 features a 5.0-L Coyote V8, Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, a/c, four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, unequal-length control-arm front suspension, three-link coil rear suspension, Ford nine-inch rear, and more. Each Revology car includes a one-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, two-year powertrain warranty and fiveyear warranty against rust and corrosion. Orders start at $139,500. www.revologycars.com Salad wrenches Serve up those leafy greens! £14.95 (about $23) from www.presentindicative.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1965 Ford Mustang Station Wagon The real Mustang station wagon garnered a lot of press when first shown. Yes, there was a real one, designed by Robert Cumberford, and built in Italy by Intermeccanica. Matrix produces a vast number of interesting cars — many one-offs such as this. Some are great, some are not. Research on this one was very weak. The red with gold stripes is wrong; they replicated a much newer reproduction by Joe Kamp… sort of. The rear tailgate belongs only on the original. The green version Matrix offers is wrong too, having a hood scoop from the newer reproduction. Wheels on both don’t replicate any I have seen. Interiors are good, but again a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, overall fit and finish is very good. It’s a reasonably nice model of another piece of pony car history. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Red with gold stripes, dark green Quantity: Estimated 400 of each color Price: $90 to $110 Production date: 2014–15 Web: www.matrixscalemodels.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½


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SNAPSHOTS Every Econoline should have four supercharged Cammers Inside SEMA ACC DROPS IN FOR THE AFTERMARKET INDUSTRY’S BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR he Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, or SEMA for short, is where the automotive aftermarket shows off its stuff. From high-dollar builds through brand-new parts and accessories, SEMA fills the Las Vegas Convention Center with everything automotive for one gas-fueled week in November. Here are some of our favorite shots from this year’s event. T Photos by Jim Pickering except where noted Big names and high-dollar builds as far as your legs will carry you Chevrolet’s new-for-2016 Camaro Lowrider Lincoln shows off its stripes 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Leno gets a closer look at the new Camaro


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1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible, done by Rad Rides by Troy Jeff Stites Editor Jim Pickering stops to chat with Barrett-Jackson auction king Craig Jackson Ken Lingenfelter shows off the all-new Lingenfelter Silverado Super-clean ’55 Chevy post January-February 2016 27


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SNAPSHOTS A Duesie of a Drag Race DUESENBERGS RAN DOWN THE AIRSTRIP SIDEMOUNT TO SIDEMOUNT, WITH A PAIR OF INDIANA STATE PATROL TROOPERS RUNNING RADAR Story and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson luxury, style and grace, they were in fact the most powerful roadgoing cars available at their introduction. One of the first exhibitions of Duesenberg’s elegance and speed was a grudge match between Hollywood talent agent Phil Berg’s Duesenberg J and Zeppo and Chico Marx’s 1927 Mercedes-Benz supercharged S on Muroc Dry Lake in 1932. Berg’s Duesie walked away with the victory — and the bragging rights. These days, however, the parade during the annual Auburn P Cord Duesenberg Festival in the company’s home of Auburn, IN, is one of the few places to regularly observe Duesenbergs in action — but being a parade, there isn’t much action. It’s more like proving these now extremely valuable relics can still move under their own power. Parked at a concours, a Duesie has a unique swagger and state of presence. But to truly appreciate one is to see, hear and smell it in action, and that was the genesis for the 2015 Thunder Run. Just like back in the days of Phil Berg and Zeppo Marx, there are still men with means who are willing to show what these grand machines can really do. Waking up the thunder Five years ago, the Ab Jenkins Duesenberg Exhibition of Speed was held concurrent with that year’s ACD festival in Auburn, IN, and conducted at the nearby Kendallville Municipal Airport. Reportedly, 75 Duesenbergs showed up, with 40 running up and down the flightline art of the cachet of every Duesenberg was that it was bred and born from racing. Fred and August Duesenberg were race car builders first, back when they starting working with cars for Mason. They later branched out on their own to become builders of competitive Indy cars in the teens and ’20s. While the later Model J and SJ Duesenbergs were noted more for Later known for luxury, Duesenbergs were born from racing as an impromptu drag strip, showing that they still had racing in their soul. That event was the inspiration for this year’s inaugural Duesenberg Thunder Run. The Thunder Run set up not far from this year’s ACD festivities at the Goshen Municipal Airport, which was also hosting the Freedom Fest Vintage Air Show at the same time. The air show was no slouch either, as it fea- tured the B-17 Flying Fortress “Yankee Lady” from the Yankee Air Museum of Ypsilanti, MI, plus the EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor based out of Port Clinton, OH. Additionally, NATMUS’s GM Futurliner was also on display. The Thunder Run was the one-day culmination of this year’s annual ACD Club meet. The 18 Model Js and SJs (including a modern replica Duesenberg II), plus two Model As, convoyed from Auburn to Goshen under escort of a volunteer unit of the Indiana State Patrol. While most made the 46-mile trip under their own power, some were trailered at the end of the convoy, so time was allotted for them to dismount before all of them were paraded around the taxiways of the airport. The Duesenbergs head down the taxiway to line up for racing 28 AmericanCarCollector.com


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After the parade lap, which gave the spec- tators the closest views and sounds of the cars in action, all 20 were parked alongside the vintage aircraft while the air show continued. To the line With air traffic temporarily suspended, the crowd was treated to a high-speed run by the Mormon Meteor — 2007’s Pebble Beach Best of Show winner. While no records were set, it went fast enough up and down the main runway to lose one wheel cover, which was recovered in short order with minimal damage. Next, most of the other cars participated in the first-ever measured quarter-mile Duesenberg-only drag race, running sidemount to sidemount, with a pair of Indiana State Patrol troopers running radar Luckily, the Mormon Meteor had already won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 2007 before losing a wheel cover while flying down the runway at Thunder Run to measure trap speeds. With the 6,000-foot main runway, there was plenty of room for the measured course plus runoff, with several drivers accelerating past the quarter-mile trap to get their Classics up to full speed. There were no smoky burnouts, but several of the owners did push the envelope to get their three-ton iron running the quarter at speeds over 70 mph, most still in second gear. This first heat was run for about a half hour, and then they cleared Two-thirds of the way to planes, trains and automobiles off the flightline to allow the air show to resume. About an hour later, the group was given clearance on short notice to continue the Thunder Run on the flightline, this time with fewer Duesenbergs participating, but with a few ACD members’ Cords and Auburns mixing it up, too. A decade ago, I was impressed by the 30-car Duesenberg Room collection at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. But seeing these cars out running on a warm Indiana Sunday as God and Fred Duesenberg intended was even more astounding. Hopefully, it won’t be another five years before we have a chance to bear witness to the power and glory that is the grandest of America’s motorcars — Duesenberg. Next time: No word yet on a Thunder Which one do you suppose gets off the ground faster? Run for 2016, but the ACD Festival always takes place the week before Labor Day in Auburn, IN. Learn more at www. acdfestival.org.A Awakening 4,800 Studebaker-generated horsepower on the “Yankee Lady” B-17 Flying Fortess January-February 2016 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO BE COOL Chad and Jim with your engine’s new best friend Special thanks to World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR. Learn more about their museum and facilities at www.worldofspeed.org. SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST Evans High Performance Waterless Coolant, p/n EVN-EC61001, $46.45/gallon Evans Prep Fluid, p/n EVN-EC42001, $31.97/gallon Evans Conversion Kit, p/n EVN-E2197, $17.97 Refractometer (not required, but useful if converting several Evans vehicles), p/n EVNE2190, $78.97 Mini Pyrometer w/ laser, p/n SUMG1054, $53.97 Lisle Spill-Free Coolant Funnel, p/n LIL-24680, $27.97 TIME SPENT: Three hours DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest) EVANS WATERLESS COOLANT ELIMINATES BOIL-OVERS, CORROSION, PITTING AND HIGH PRESSURE IN YOUR CLASSIC CAR’S COOLING SYSTEM. HERE’S HOW TO DO THE SWAP by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson Photos by Tony Piff W ater-based coolants have been the standard since the beginning of the car industry. But those traditional coolants have limitations that car people have simply learned to accept. Coolant turns acidic over time, so we swap it often to eliminate electrolysis from eating our engine’s metals from the inside out. We replace plugged heater cores and radiators, full of scale and other deposits left by water. And we still deal with boil-overs on hot days and the high pressure needed to boost water’s boiling point, which can blow hoses and gaskets. Evans Waterless Coolant eliminates all of these problems by completely eliminating water from the equation. EWC has a higher boiling point than water by more than 100 degrees, so there’s no need 30 AmericanCarCollector.com for high pressure in the system to keep temps in check and no risk of boil-overs. It significantly reduces oxidation and electrolysis, and does not build up scale inside heater cores and radiators. Best of all, it is a one-time swap that’ll last as long as you own your car. The only maintenance? Check your water content once a year. At about $340 total (including three gallons of coolant, Prep, and tools/ equipment), this isn’t cheap, but considering the time, effort and expense you’ll save by not needing to swap coolant, rod out radiators, or deal with boil-overs anymore, it’s money well spent. Learn more at www.evanscooling.com. Swapping over is simple, but there are some important steps to follow. We took my ’72 Chevy K10 to World of Speed’s shop in Wilsonville, OR, to show you how to do it.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 1 Start with a cool engine. Disconnect the negative battery terminal and locate the radiator drain petcock, which in this case is on the driver’s side of the radiator, pointed right at the steering box. Thanks, GM! 2 Key to this process is removing as much of the old coolant from the system as possible. Open the radiator cap and the petcock to allow coolant to drain out. To limit the mess that coolant raining on the steering box will cause, stick a two-foot length of 3/8-inch fuel line on the end of the petcock and put the other end into a large bucket. Let it run until it stops. 3 Next task: Remove any residual coolant from the heater core if accessible. Locate the feed and return heater core hoses and disconnect them both from the engine. Stick one in an empty catch container, and if you have an in-line valve anywhere in either line, be sure it’s open. 4 Evans recommends high-volume air for this job, such as a leaf blower. Compressed air can also be used, but it isn’t as effective and can cause damage if you’re not careful. Blow any remaining coolant out into the container. 5 A small-block Chevy has two waterjacket drains — one on each side of the engine just above the oil pan — stopped up with threaded brass plugs. If you can get to them, use a six-point 9/16-inch socket and a ratchet and loosen both to hand-tight, but don’t remove them yet. (If you can’t get to the drains or can’t get them out of the block, don’t worry — we’ll get to that in a second.) 6 Block drains can make a pretty big coolant mess all over you and your floor. We used a transmission funnel and a length of heater hose to direct the engine block’s coolant into an old gas can. Drain both sides. 7 With the block drains still removed, pull the thermostat housing and thermostat from the top of the engine. 8 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Blow through the block, pushing any remaining water and coolant out of the block drains. If you can’t get to the drains or there aren’t any, pull the lower radiator hose and place a bucket under it to catch what’s in the block. We used high-pressure compressed air, an air nozzle, and a rag. When the block is dry, reinstall the thermostat and housing. 9 Reinstall the thermostat and housing, the heater core hoses, the block drains and the lower hose (if applicable), and close the radiator petcock.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 10 Evans Prep Fluid is specifically designed to pull any remaining moisture from your cooling system. Fill the radiator with Prep, check for leaks, hook up the battery and start the engine. We used Lisle’s Spill Free Coolant Funnel (Summit Racing p/n LIL24680, $27.97) to burp air out of the system. 11 For the Prep Fluid to do its job, it must circulate through the entire cooling system — so you need to get the engine to operating temp, with the thermostat open and the heater running. We used a mini laser pyrometer (Summit Racing p/n G1054, $53.97) — a hands-free gauge — to verify the truck’s thermostat had opened and that all heater hoses were hot. Run for 10 minutes beyond that point, then allow the system to cool. 12 Drain the radiator and the block again, using the petcock and block drains. Save the Prep Fluid, as it’s reusable up to three times — but be sure to keep it in a closed container, as it will pull moisture from the air if left out. If you don’t get all the Prep out of the system, don’t sweat it — it’s also waterless and compatible with Evans Waterless Coolant. 13 Close up your block drains and petcock, and fill the engine with Evans Waterless Coolant. Burp the system, close up the radiator cap, and run for ten minutes after it hits operating temperature. Let it cool. 14 Testing water content is critical — you need less than 3% water for a successful conversion. Evans uses two different meth- ods: a refractometer that uses a Brix scale to measure moisture, and small test strips that come inside the Conversion Kit. 15 To use the refractometer, first calibrate it using fresh Evans coolant. Place two to three drops on the glass, aim it toward a light source, and set the reading to 57.0 using a small screwdriver. Clean it off, place two to three drops of coolant from your radiator on the glass, and view the results. A reading of 55.7 equates to 3% water. Higher numbers mean lower water content. 16 To use Evans test strips, first draw an ounce of coolant from your radiator into a clean container and allow it to cool below 100 degrees. Pull a test strip out of the container and place it in your coolant sample. Move it around for 20 seconds. Then remove the strip and let it sit for two minutes and 20 seconds. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 17 Compare the color of the test strip with the supplied chart. If you’re green, you’re good — that’s 0%–3% water. If you’re at 5% or more, corrective action needs to be taken — starting with a drain and fill of the radiator with fresh Evans coolant, which will lower the percentage of water. We fell right at 3%. 18 Finally, place the supplied stickers on or near your radiator to ensure nobody ever adds water to your radiator. Your system is now good to minus 40 degrees and has a 375-degree boiling point, and it’ll stay that way as long as you own the car. A


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson CULT CLASSIC Class A GMC MOTORHOMES NEVER DIPPED INTO SCRAP-YARD TERRITORY; EVEN RATTY EXAMPLES STILL SELL WELL Toronado in its MotorHome. For 1973 through 1976, that was the 225-hp 455-ci big block. From 1977 on, it was the downsized 190-hp 403-ci version. For all years, it was coupled to the Turbo HydraMatic 425 also used in the Cadillac Eldorado. Front-wheel drive made for better packaging for GM’s MotorHome, since it allowed a very low stance aft of the torsion-bar front suspension. The MotorHome also utilized unibody aluminum space-frame construction, with molded fiberglass and aluminum sheet body panels. The rear suspension used tan- Sgt. Hulka, your ride’s here — 1973 23-foot GMC MotorHome T he late 1960s and early 1970s saw explosive growth in the recreational-vehicle industry. GM noticed that trend and wanted to be a part of that market. So the company introduced a Class-A motorhome in 1973 through select GMC dealers called, somewhat unimaginatively, the GMC MotorHome. This was also the year that GM introduced all-new light- and medium-duty trucks, and the same corporate styling theme used there found its way into the MotorHome. As such, GMC’s MotorHome is generally regarded as one of the best-styled motorhomes built. Power for the home from a barge Offered in 23- and 26-foot lengths, the GMC MotorHome had a number of unusual features for its time, but its front-wheel-drive powertrain got most of the attention. However, GMC wasn’t the first company to build a front-drive unit. That distinction goes to Clark Equipment Company (the forklift people) in 1963 with the Cortez Motorhome, which used its proprietary forklift transaxle and engines from Chrysler. In addition, John Hall (the stepson of Airstream founder Wally Byam) started production of the Revcon motorhome in 1972, using a powertrain straight out of the Oldsmobile Toronado. Some claim GM waited for the Revcon to come out first to see if the market would accept a front-drive RV. GM had also intended to use the power pack from the Oldsmobile 36 AmericanCarCollector.com dem wheels. Bogie arms bolted to the side of the lower framing, and air suspension was standard. This allowed an unobstructed low floor (14 inches off the ground) behind the driver’s seat and engine compartment. At eight feet tall, the body stands significantly lower than a body-on-frame Class-A RV. With all this, it’s one of the only motorhomes you can say “handles well” with a straight face. GMC MotorHomes were constructed and trimmed out entirely in-house by GM at its truck and bus plant in Pontiac, MI. Only the usual RV appliances, such as the refrigerator, stove and optional roofmounted air conditioning, were externally sourced. A streamlined box Just as the MotorHome was being launched and started taking hold in the market, GM, along with the rest of the country, was gobsmacked by the OPEC oil embargo. The larger the vehicle, the worse sales became, and large RVs took a big hit. The saving grace for the GMC MotorHome was in its marketing. GM played up its aerodynamics and relative fuel savings compared with big square plastic boxes, helping sales. Later in production, they were also sold with empty interiors and no windows for upfitting as disaster response units and mobile showrooms, called the GMC TransMode. With the Toro/Eldo downsized for 1979, GM pulled the plug on the MotorHome, although some late-production units were marketed by Coachman (actually TransModes converted into RVs). And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the most famous version — a 26-foot model that was transformed into the EM-50 Urban Assault Vehicle in the 1981 movie “Stripes.”


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Maintaining a truck and house in one package Most of the same quirks of a Toro/Eldo of the 1970s show up here. While the transmissions are generally stout (even with an internal roller chain between the transmission and the differential), the CV joints for the half shafts are an Achilles heel. In reality, though, access to portions of the powertrain are more of an issue. As for replacement drivetrain parts, even four decades later, availability is a non-issue. The Olds 455 is one of the Detailing Years produced: 1973–78 Number produced: 12,921 Original list price: $14,695 and $15,695 (1973 23- and 26-foot) Current ACC Valuation: $10,000–$30,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $15 VIN location: Plaque on side of the body, near the door Clubs: GMC Motorhomes International More: www.gmcmi.com Alternatives: 1963–70 Clark Cortez motorhome, 1971–79 “Kent” Cortez motorhome, 1973–76 FMC 2900R motorhome, 1972–89 Revcon motorhome ACC Investment Grade: C- most robust engines GM ever built, so it’s up to the task in a MotorHome, which was designed from the onset to be light and have minimal drag. An early 23-footer weighed 10,500 pounds, with a 1978 26-footer at 12,500 pounds — light even compared to a Class-C cutaway van. Some modern-day owners like to convert to 21st century aftermarket throttle-body fuel injection for both power and economy (if going from 10 to 12 mpg is considered economy — but it’s twice what you might see in a typical gasoline Class-A, even today). Another conversion is to use the 500-ci Cadillac V8 — you can even leave the transmission in it if it came from an Eldorado. Also, both the big-block Olds and Cadillac can be built up with aftermarket performance parts, too. But before chopping a hole in the doghouse to make room for velocity stacks or a 6-71 blower, remember that the roller chain and CV joints will always be the fuseable links in the powertrain. Minty originals are cherished The MotorHome is one of the few RVs with a bona fide cult fol- lowing. Not just among those into vintage RVs, but in the car collecting and racing communities too. Just look in the paddock at a vintage race — you’re all but guaranteed to see at least one. As such, they have had stable resale values over the years, instead of plummeting like a 12,000-pound rock off the Grand Tetons. They never dipped into scrap-yard territory like converted school buses, and even ratty dead examples still sell surprisingly well, once enthusiasts find them to restore or for parts. Few MotorHomes are still purely stock. Over the years, these things were upgraded and personalized — at the very least by custom paintwork, but also with modernized interiors and wild customization. Only in recent years have low-mile originals and restored bonestock examples become prized. Still, GMC MotorHomes are still quite attainable, with most ex- amples fetching between $8,000 for a useable driver for a handyman to $30k plus for primo originals or high-quality rebuilds. Just bear in mind that like any RV, you will have all the maintenance issues of a truck and a house combined into one continuous money-extracting package. While it’s not time to sell your Hemi ’Cuda convertible for a fleet of these, the smart money for a vintage-vehicle enthusiast who likes to get away from it all — whether it’s in the Poconos or at the paddock — would be to consider a GMC MotorHome. Hey, for cool factor, upside, and usability, it’s better than some 21st century fiberglass box. A January-February 2016 37


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Horsepower Colin Comer DIRTY TRICKS BACK IN THE ’70S, WE YANKED OFF EMISSIONS EQUIPMENT TO STICK IT TO THE EPA. TODAY, HALF A MILLION VW OWNERS ARE SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER BECAUSE VOLKSWAGEN DID IT FOR THEM isn’t pennies a gallon anymore, we drive a heck of a lot more than we used to, and technology has made compromise optional. I have to admit that going 80 mph at 2,200 RPM sipping fuel is kinda nice compared to going 70 mph at 4,500 RPM and stopping every 100 miles for a fill-up. Now, unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few months, you’ve heard about Volkswagen and the “DieselGate” scandal over their TDI “Clean Diesel” cars that turned out to be, well, not so clean. It appears that somewhere around half a million TDI-powered cars, the staple of the hypermiling and tree-hugging set, have been discovered to have a software cheat that VW used to dupe the EPA and raise power and fuel mileage in one fell swoop. Needless to say, VW’s customers aren’t happy, nor is the EPA. In fact, VW is looking at billions of dollars in damages, and you need a really good calculator to compute all the class-action lawsuits that are in the works as I type this. So how exactly did VW cheat? It appears that they simply figured Pontiac pulled some emissions chicanery with the 455 Super Duty engine but got caught before it went to market N obody reading ACC looks back fondly at the dawn of EPA-mandated emissions controls in the 1960s. Or the fact that by 1972, those controls had effectively turned every American performance car into a wheezy, out of tune, low-compression version of their formerly athletic selves. Then just when we thought we’d suffered enough, along came the catalytic converter in 1975, followed by Oldsmobile diesels you could hear from a mile away (but rarely made that kind of distance under their own power), Chrysler “Lean Burn” popcorn machines, and other such insults to the beautiful process of internal combustion. Thankfully, the advent of modern fuel injection and real com- puterized engine controls has righted our performance ship. The horsepower wars are back and better than ever, and performance of today’s new cars on a whole blows away anything that rolled down a Detroit assembly line from 1964 to 1971. And today, just like during the original muscle car era, people want performance. But a funny thing has happened — sometimes “performance” means how far they can get on a gallon of fuel, or how small they can make their carbon footprint. And these are all good benchmarks, as more than enough damage has been done to our atmosphere and natural resources already. Clean is in Yes, the new generation has deemed “hypermiling” as much fun as doing a 13-second quarter-mile with an LS6 Chevelle. Why? Fuel 38 AmericanCarCollector.com out how the EPA test works and then made their engine management systems do certain naughty things under test conditions — like burn less fuel and pollute less. Apparently a few triggers for the “clean” mode include knowing when only the drive wheels are moving (on rollers) and the steering angle is near zero — two things that only occur on a “rolling road” test bed. This TDI cheat made me think of a similar, yet far less successful one, during the height of the emissions-controlled muscle car era. Super Duty tricks In 1972, Pontiac was getting ready to release the 455 Super Duty, unquestionably one of the best muscle car engines ever produced. Heck, I’d say it is even safe to say that the SD-455 is to the muscle car folks what VW’s TDI is to the hypermilers — the gold standard of each era. So here is how Pontiac’s engineers tried to cheat the system in the archaic carburetor and no-computer days: They figured out the EPA test and created a hidden work-around. Sound familiar? Legend has it that the PMD guys calculated that the test for EPA certification lasted no more than 50 seconds. So on the SD-455 engine, they simply created timers that after 53 seconds would disable the EGR valve in top gear and also allow full ignition vacuum advance. Of course, during certification, this little hack was detected and the EPA withheld certification until it was, ahem, “corrected.” If only they had done this for VW, they could have saved them billions of dollars and the worst PR black eye that VW has had since the “Unintended Acceleration” Audis in the 1980s. Changing views What really struck me when looking at these two cheats separated by four decades is how much consumers’ views of pollution controls have changed. When smog equipment and emissions tuning debuted, the very first thing a new owner did was to go home, yank all that


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SD-455s would have run if Pontiac had successfully made it through testing without getting caught. Or if any number of other manufacturers could have done the same. Or if you could have brought home your 1971 Hemi ’Cuda and downloaded a tune to its ECU from the Internet and made it run like the magazine test cars did. Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why VW customers feel screwed. They were sold, to a certain extent, a bill of goods. They thought they were buying a clean diesel that made great numbers without the hardware that other diesel cars needed — like diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) injection and the related mess and expense that consists of. But they aren’t unsafe or unreliable. They just pollute more than they should, which, even as “dirty” as they are, is probably 10 times cleaner than a 1973 SD-455 without the EPA cheater timer. One of each Now, before you say “Colin is full of it!” I have a little experience Volkswagen: Naughty, naughty! crap off, and immediately tune their car to pre-emissions specs — usually with headers and some other go-fast stuff thrown on as well. Magazines of the day even ran detailed tutorials showing how you, as a car owner, could cheat the system and make your car run like it should without air pumps, EGR valves and hideously lean carburation. Bottom line: If you had a new car, it was you who wanted to stick it to the EPA. Today, half a million VW owners are screaming bloody murder because VW engineered an EPA cheat that made their new TDIs run better and get better mileage. Just think how much better those here, owning not only a 1973 SD-455 Trans Am, but also a 2014 VW Jetta TDI. Yes, in 2013 my wife decided that driving a 2007 Grand Cherokee SRT8 every day, at an average of 10 mpg, was not for her anymore, so she bought a new TDI SportWagen. Which, oddly enough, she loves. The VW gets 40 mpg and, since neither one of us views it as anything more than an appliance, it is quite freeing to not obsess about its care and feeding — or handing the keys to an occasional valet. Of course the one thing I can assure you is that, if VW doesn’t make us an offer we can’t refuse to buy it back, this thing will never go to the dealership for whatever “fix” they come up with. After all, what kind of hot-rodders would we be to let somebody make our new car slower and less efficient? I’ve spent too many years figuring out how to do just the opposite. A January-February 2016 39


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Corvette Market John L. Stein ACING IT Best Bets in Affordable ’Vettes IT’S EASY TO BUY A CLASSIC CORVETTE FOR “A HUNDRED OR MORE,” BUT HOW ABOUT WORKING FROM THE BOTTOM UP? the song on Pandora got me thinking about categorizing potential Corvette scores the same way. It’s easy to buy a classic Corvette for “a hundred or more,” but F how about working from the bottom up? I decided to investigate with ACC’s Pocket Price Guide (included with your subscription). Based on ACC’s price guide, which rates good #2 cars in better- than-driver condition, here are my thoughts on best bets in $10k, $20k, $30k, $40k and $50k ’Vettes. These picks are based on the lower end of the ACC price guide to show what may be possible, not what is typical. In some ways, this approach mirrors the real-estate strategy of buying the worst house on the best street: The rest of the block will bring your place up. $10,000 As expected, no C1s and C2s exist in the $10k range. And, in fact, the earliest Corvette rated under $10,000 is the low estimate for a 1974 base C3 coupe. With its 195-hp engine and plastic bumpers, this car was indeed something of a dark patch in the Corvette’s otherwise 40 AmericanCarCollector.com or a few weeks there in 1966, The Royal Guardsmen’s mirthful “Snoopy vs. the Red Baron” injected the refrain “Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more” into our cerebrum. Of course, the numbers recounted the German World War I flying ace’s kill record, but a random encounter with bright path. That said, the “American Hustle” era does have a certain smoggy coolness to it, and the cars are growing on me. So is their affordable price. Six other C3 models also register under $10k in the ACC guide, including the ’75 coupe at $9,000, a ’76 coupe at $8,000, a ’77 coupe at $8,500, a ’78 coupe at $9,000, a ’79 coupe at $9,500, and a California-spec (305-ci) ’80 coupe at $9,500. (Again, all prices noted are at the “low” end of the low/high spread.) The under-$10k world is your oyster in C4s, with 15 different models in the ACC guide slotting under $10,000. Amazingly, the low estimate for the largely unloved first-year 1984 model is just $4,800. Although a record 51,547 were built that model year, it’s incredible that any first-year Corvette generation could be so low-valued. High time to buy? The ’85 and ’86 models don’t do much better, starting at $5,400 to $5,900, respectively. From there the low end of the Corvette price scale rises incrementally, peaking at $9,500 for an ’89 convertible. The newest sub-$10k Corvette is a ’93 coupe at $9,300. All later Corvettes are $10,000 and over. Bottom line: Target base coupes in the 1975–93 range. $20,000 A budget of $20k will get you into most C3s and C4s, and half of the C5 generation. The early C3s — 1968 to 1972 — had chrome


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front and rear bumpers; they are aging beautifully and I rate them for future appreciation. The ACC guide pegs the 1968 base and 350-hp L79 models at a low estimate of $18,000 and $18,500, respectively. The base 1969–72 coupes likewise slide under the $20k mark at around $18,000 to $18,500 at the low end, so there are plenty of choices here. As noted above, virtually the entire 1984–96 C4 generation can be found for under $20,000, with the exception of halo models like the 1988–89 Corvette Challenge cars, ZR-1s, and the last-year ’96 Grand Sports. And finally, almost all 1997–2000 coupes and convertibles (except the ’98 Indy 500 Pace Car replica) can be found below the $20k mark. Bottom line: Look for C3s, C4s and early C5s. $30,000 Amazingly, there is not one entry point into the solid-axle or mid- year club for $30k. But it will still get you into some cool ’Vettes, such as a 1968–69 427-ci C3 at $24,000 to $28,500 on the low end. It will also easily put you into the exoticness that is the 1990–93 ZR-1, and into virtually any C5 model, Z06s included. Proffer your cash just right, and $30k will bag a 2005–07 C6 coupe, a marvelously capable car that will excel at everything from everyday commuting to Cars & Coffee, and from touring to track days. With 30 grand, there are numerous options over 40 years and four generations. Bottom line: For a classy chassis, buy an early Shark; for usabil- ity, an early C6. $40,000 While $40k won’t buy the latest C7, it’s sufficient to get you into every other Corvette generation, from a quad-headlight solid axle all the way up to a 2012 base C6 coupe. Because C1s have gotten so pricey, if I had $40k rattling around in a coffee can, I’d make tracks to the solid-axle aisle and take home the best 1959–60 model I could find for the $39,000–$40,000 low estimate. Elsewhere in Corvette land, I’d use $40k to target a low-optioned 1963–65 mid-year coupe or convertible. Top of this pile is a 300horse 1965 L75 coupe, which factors into the ACC guide at a low of $39,500, or a base-level ’66 coupe, which is rated right at $40k. Bottom line: Get a quad-headlight solid axle or an early mid-year. $50,000 Fifty Gs lets you go target shooting in any Corvette generation. Among the blue-chip ’Vettes, I’d aim for an iconic base ’57 at $49,000 or a 300-horse L75 Split-Window coupe at $50,000 even — again, both entry-point prices. Moving forward to the C3 Sharks, a Tri-Power 435-hp L71 1968 convertible pencils in at $45,500 on the low end. You can buy any C4 model for $50k, with plenty of cheddar left over. Here, a smart move might be into the last-year DOHC 32valve 1995 ZR-1, or else a nice ’96 Grand Sport convertible (though given free reign, I’d target a 1988–89 Corvette Challenge racer — and some track days). The same $50k will get you into most C5s and C6s, with the lower end of the upper crust being the final year for the C6 in the form of a 2013 Grand Sport convertible. Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more was an epic record for Manfred von Richthofen in 1918, and then another epic record for The Royal Guardsmen 50 years ago. And today? Now that I’ve got that song in my head, I’m looking at every Corvette I see with those price buckets in mind. My own targets? A Sting Ray first, a solid axle second, an early Shark third, and then wait for a C7. Let us know your picks at comments@americancarcollector.com. A January-February 2016 41


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PROFILE CORVETTE 2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Hard-Top Heartthrob Collectors are already showing strong interest in cars of the 1980s and 1990s. Can the 2001 hard-top Z06 be far behind? VIN: 1G1YY12S615124660 by John L. Stein • One of 5,773 produced • 385-hp LS6 engine • 6,500-rpm redline tachometer • Titanium exhaust system • 6-speed manual transmission • Bridgestone Potenza RE760 tires • FE4 suspension • Rear brake-cooling ducts • Quicksilver paint • Bose AM/FM/CD stereo • Service records and original window sticker • Driven 100 miles per month since new • Presents in showroom condition ACC Analysis This car, Lot 69, sold for $29,700, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction in Fredericksburg, TX, on October 24, 2015. It was offered as part of the Ron Brown Estate Collection. Whenever the final and forevermore history of Corvette is written, the Z06 will hold a vaunted position — arguably higher even than the ’57 Fuelie or L88. That’s because while Chevy’s exotic first fuel injection and the ground-shaking L88 were options that few people actually bought, the Z06 has enjoyed two very important lives within the Corvette brand. The first was in 1962–63, when the Z06 competition package helped take the new Sting Ray to the track to challenge the original Cobra. Just 199 of these Z06s were produced, and admittedly, like the 1967–69 L88, high cost and hard-edged performance ensured 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com that most were purchased either by racers or highperformance zealots in the know. So while the first iteration of the Z06 helped establish the Sting Ray as a competitive sports car, the option did its job and then disappeared. However, the pivotal second act for the Z06, starting in 2001, was far more important. Powertrain chief engineer Bill Nichols suggested naming a new performance package intended for the slow-selling hard top after the historic racing equipment. The name stuck and the new Z06 went on a tear, with nearly 55,000 built between 2001 and 2014. It was a lighter, more powerful, better-handling Corvette. Unlike many classics (notably a few Thunderbird and Mustang generations), the Z06 name has never been diluted though smoke-and-mirrors marketing. It has always been, and hopefully will remain, full of substance. If you are a buyer, an owner, or a seller of a Z06 of any year, you can enjoy confidence that your car is the real deal. One door closes, another opens Although the 1999–2000 hard top was offered as a more “affordable” Corvette, it underperformed on the sales floor compared to the coupe and convertible. Its failure allowed the modern Z06 to live. I’m not an anti-hard-top C5 guy at all — a Corvette is a Corvette, and today the relative scarcity of the hard-top body design and its use as the basis of the first modern Z06 should overcome any objection that the hard top isn’t fully a Corvette, either in DNA or Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) design. Plus, there are actual benefits to the hard-top setup — namely lower weight, a reduction in exhaust booming and tire noise from the rear, and the ability to lock valuables out of sight in the trunk. You can even add a suitcase rack if you want. Try that on a coupe. Personally, I’m predisposed to liking this era of Corvette, and in particular the Z06, thanks to several great experiences that include a period engineering ride and drive up the California and Oregon coasts with Nichols, chief engineer David Hill, NCM Hall of Famer Jerry Burton and others. I also had a memorable (albeit brief) test in a Motorola Cup racer at Daytona, seat time in an SCCA race at Sebring, and ultimately a test of the Le Mans C5-R near Indy. Now is the time There is good reason to go looking for a first-year Z06 now. As a collector, 15 years is exactly where I’d want to buy into a car, using the general assumption that vehicles reach their lowest value level at this juncture. But being at low ebb in value also means cars run the risk of neglect. So I’d buy from a prosperous owner who has well cared for and sparingly used the car. From here on, there’s a realistic chance that its dollar value will at least be stable, if not ascending. And in a further serendipity, collectors are already showing strong interest in cars of the 1980s and 1990s. Can the 2001 Z06, with its fire-breathing LS6 mill and top-notch handling, be far behind? As normal as normal gets Not much information was offered about the Ron Brown Z06 sold by Worldwide Auctioneers. Among the 102 lots offered at the auction, sales ranged from $1,100 for a little Honda minibike to $220,000 for a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, putting this Z06 toward the low end of the range. In total, 16 ’Vettes were offered, with the results for these cars starting at $8,250 for a bronze 1984 coupe and reaching $170,500 for a white 1963 Split-Window. Among the top 10 sales, four were Corvettes — all of them mid-years. We don’t know the mileage of this car, although there are clues. The stated 100 miles per month pencils out at 18,000 miles over 15 years — not bad at all. A Battery Tender lead under the hood suggests the car was kept in running condition, and the interior shows little use commensurate with the miles; dirty floor mats, although unattractive, may simply reflect the car being moved around and aren’t necessarily indicative of abuse. The only question arises from the tires — Bridgestone Potenza RE760s instead of the Z06’s original Goodyear Eagle F1s. Old tires are a bad deal on a powerful car, so the switch to later rubber might actually have done the buyer a favor. The current American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide shows first-year 2001 hard-top Z06 values ranging from $22,000 to $27,500, and the final-year 2004 hard-top Z06 values ranging from $28,000 to $32,000. Only the 2001 model had the 385-horse engine; the 2002–04 models enjoyed intake, camshaft, valvetrain and exhaust upgrades that pushed the LS6 to 405 horses. This price, therefore, means the Ron Brown Z06 was either an exceptionally nice car, or that the market for these first-year modern Z06s has already bottomed and is now heading back up. On the auction day, I’d have called this one well sold. In another year or two we’ll know if it was also well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lot S23, VIN: 1G1YY12S015127926 Condition: 1 Sold at $29,400 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 6/27/2008 ACC# 117087 More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1974–75 Corvette convertible, 1988–91 Callaway Corvette, 2005–06 Corvette coupe Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Under lower left windshield corner Engine # location: On block just behind driver’s side head Years produced: 2001 Number produced: 5,773 Original list price: $47,500 Current ACC Valuation: $22,000–$27,500 Tune-up cost: $300 (estimated) ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 S/N 1 Lot S129, VIN: 1G1YY12S015100001 Condition: 1 Sold at $53,900 Mecum Auctions, Canal Winchester, OH, 11/5/2010 ACC# 168131 2001 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lot S80, VIN: 1G1YY12S215103000 Condition: 3+ Sold at $33,390 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/9/2010 ACC# 160322 January-February 2016 43CC 43


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PROFILE GM Six-Figure Super Duty 1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD-455 The SD-455 Trans Am rattled the cages of entry-level European sports cars, all for just $5,500 VIN: 2C87X4N159682 by Patrick Smith the 455 Super Duty and manual transmission, and this is one of them with less than 9,500 actual miles. This three-owner car has been professionally T 44 AmericanCarCollector.com restored and is in show condition with fresh paint to factory code and all-original sheet metal. The original interior still appears as-new. The matching-numbers drivetrain has never been apart and is fully decoded. The history of the Super Duty is legendary. However, a little-known fact is that all the 455 Super Duty engines were literally hand-built race engines, as an off-assembly line operation. This was unheard of for a production vehicle, especially during the time of detuning and emissions regulations. Included in this car is a copy of the Pontiac Division Build Sheet, original owner’s manual, warranty booklet, a copy of the window sticker from Pontiac Historical Services and a copy of the original title from the original owner, dated August 1974. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 744, sold for $111,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas, NV, sale on September 24–26, 2015. The second-gen Trans Am was a very good handler right off the Pontiac showroom floor. To top that off, the available Ram Air engines were among the he 1974 Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am Super Duties were the very last of the highperformance cars from the ’70s. A total of 943 were produced for the 1974 model year. Of that number, only 212 were equipped with best Pontiac had ever made. But in the early 1970s, through a series of unfortunate circumstances, the Trans Am was in danger of disappearing for good. Declining muscle car sales, new emissions targets, managers uninterested in performance cars and a brutal strike that nearly crippled sales of F-bodies all took a toll. But Pontiac’s determined engineers continued carrying the high-performance torch, designing the Super Duty 455 — an engine package that made serious grunt while still meeting the new emissions criteria, and had the potential to be tuned to make more power than anything Pontiac had built prior. Tuning up the Trans Am The SD-455 was a complete engine package. Tom Nell, Gregg Peterson and Herb Adams, joined later by John Sawruk and others, took the then-current 455 engine and improved it, rather than developing something completely fresh. They had valuable data from Pontiac’s 366-ci Ram Air V NASCAR race engine program, indicating exactly what changes were needed to make the 455 better. Tweaks included a reinforced lifter valley and engine main bearings, better connecting rods, and heavy-duty pistons for sustained high-speed work. They also knew the cylinder heads needed better airflow and high-quality valves. A new block and heads were cast to address all this. 5140 forged steel rods were added along with bigger seven-sixteenths-inch diameter bolts. Engineers included a provision for dry-sump oiling and used a nodular iron crankshaft. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Engine # location: Casting number on right side of block just past last freeze plug, partial VIN under front passenger’s side cylinder head All this was done for reliability instead of cost savings. The distributor gear is one-to-one ratio to prevent early failure. The big Inconel 1.77-inch exhaust valves were swirl-polished, and the new head castings flowed much better than the original units. Forged TRW pistons and a Ram Air camshaft sporting 301/303 duration rounded out the package. The engines were hand-assembled by two-person crews at Milford and then dyno tested. These were detuned race engines rated a ludicrous 290 horsepower, which kept insurance rates at bay. Specially tuned versions at GM were said to make much more power — in the neighborhood of 600 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. Unlocking some of that potential was just a few parts swaps and a hot tune away. The program faced many delays, mostly from sup- pliers. It wasn’t until late summer of ’73 that the first SD-455 Firebirds arrived at dealerships. Production for 1973 was 295 cars — both in TA and Firebird Formula forms. Most Super Duties are 1974 models, of which 1,001 were made. Good value then, high prices now The press loved the Super Duty. Hot Rod compared one with a $10,000 DeTomaso Pantera and declared the SD the better buy. Car & Driver gave it rave reviews. Pontiac nailed the styling in 1970, and now they had the engine to match. The SD-455 changed the nature of the Trans Am entirely, helping to solidify the performance image that would carry the car through the later part of the decade. Nothing could match the SD-455 for the price. A Jaguar XKE cost $9,200, while the 454 Corvette was $6,200. The SD-455 Trans Am rattled the cages of entry-level European sports cars, all for just $5,500. Pontiac fanned the flames with a black-and-gold Trans Am and SD-455 show car, while participation in the Cannonball Runs gave it hip credentials that ad agencies could only dream of. SD-455 prices rose sharply, along with most Trans Ams, as 1980s high-school grads finally started buying their dream machines. Decent non-numbers-matching 4-speed SD cars broke $50,000 by 2007. A prime 4-speed car can now top $150,000, and we’re seeing the automatics play catch-up. In 2013, the average SD-455 was $49,000–$60,000, while a solid no-stories car averaged just over $100,000. By 2015, the low end of the market averaged $55,000, while nice cars were $126,000 and up. A nonnumbers-matching example sold for $165,000 in 2013 (ACC# 215589), which shows how high the bidding can go. Now a mid-range car with the right options sells at around $80,000. The best examples have risen steadily in value over the past four years, and that’s helped boost entry-level car values accordingly. At the price paid, our subject car’s a great deal, as it’s a 4-speed with a lot of power options, good documentation and low miles for under the money we’ve seen other cars bring. Call this one very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Club: National Firebird and Trans Am Club Years produced: 1973–74 Number produced: 1,296 total (943 1974 Trans Ams) Original list price: $5,295 Current ACC Valuation: $35,000–$59,000 Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $14.25 VIN location: Driver’s side of dashpad, driver’s side door decal More: www.firebirdtaclub.com Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, 1969 Plymouth Hemi GTX, 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1974 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 Lot 1037, VIN: 2V87X4N151836 Condition: N/A Sold at $101,200 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2015 ACC# 259019 1974 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 Lot 7001, VIN: 2V87X4N168811 Condition: N/A Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/28/2013 ACC# 233299 1973 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 Lot 34, VIN: 2V87X3N140028 Condition: 1Sold at $165,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2013 ACC# 215589 January-February 2016 45


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PROFILE FOMOCO Near-Perfect Pony 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT 390 S-CODE FASTBACK This car would be just as valuable — if not more valuable — with everything restored as the factory made it 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 8T02S190336 by Jeff Zurschmeide H ere is the real deal: a factory S-code 390 4-barrel big block and an original factory 4-speed. One of only 65 built in this paint and trim code: factory Acapulco Blue with black interior and the black-out hood treatment. This GT Mustang is verified with a Deluxe Marti Report and the original Buck Tag. It has gone through a complete ground-up restoration, including the correct red oxide underbody and with performance and modern upgrades. Factory options include power front disc brakes, louvered hood with black-out treatment, deluxe steering wheel, power steering and 4-speed manual transmission. The factory power steering setup has had a modern upgrade; by replacing the original components with an electronic assist power steering system that includes a control module, it allows you to adjust steering for comfort driving to track mode. During the restoration the engine performance upgrades included a mild cam, aluminum quick flow heads, long tube headers, Magnaflow cross-flow exhaust and an aluminum intake. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 468, sold for $56,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale on September 24–26, 2015. The first-generation Ford Mustang is a gold-stan- dard collectible. Even though the Mustang was never particularly rare and a whole lot of them survived middle age, it has become one of the cornerstones of American car collecting. Last year, as part of the 50th anniversary celebra- tion of the Mustang, Lee Iacocca was quoted as saying, “I had a vision of an American-made four-seat sporty car. We had no data, but I felt there was a market to be driven by baby boomers.” Iacocca was right — the boomers embraced the Mustang, and Ford dealers sold 22,000 of the new pony cars on the first day of sales. But the project wasn’t done yet. Iacocca called Carroll Shelby and asked him to make the new car perform. Shelby recalled it like this: “In 1964, Lee Iacocca said, ‘I want you to make a sports car out of the Mustang.’” Shelby tried to beg off, famously calling the new Mustang a “secretary’s car” and a “mule.” But Iacocca insisted, and put the weight of Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 18,838 (1968 Mustang GTs) Original list price: $3,500 Current ACC Valuation: $28,800–$34,800 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $11 VIN location: Passenger’s side dashboard (1968 only) Engine # location: Back of engine block, right-hand side above starter Club: Mustang Club of America Ford Motor Company on Shelby’s arm. The rest, as they say, is history. Not even two years later, Shelby was bragging about “blowing off a Porsche with a $3,900 donkey.” A potent package By 1968, the Mustang had seven listed performance levels, ranging from the 200-ci Thriftpower 6-cylinder at 120 horsepower up to the 427-ci V8 at 390 horsepower, which was listed as an option but is rumored to have never been produced. Near the top of the list was the 390-ci S-code package, rated by Ford at 325 (some models at 335) horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. When mated with the 4-speed manual transmission, this was a potent pony car. The S-code engine added $263 to the 1968 Mustang fastback base price of $2,689, and the 4-speed transmission cost another $233. Buyers also ended up paying about $300 more for required options like power brakes, power steering and the GT equipment group. But what you got for your money was an amazing car. Weighing in at about 2,800 pounds fully dressed, you got a quarter-mile time in the 13-second range at 105 mph right off the showroom floor. The 1968 Mustang GT 390 fastback was the basis for the legendary “Bullitt” car driven by Steve McQueen. When it comes to street cred, you can’t do much better than that. Unicorn or workhorse? That brings us to this particular 1968 Mustang, and it’s an impressive car. The listing states that the car underwent a complete restoration with attention to details like the underbody oxide coating and correct C-stripe sweeping back along the belt line from the headlight and down around the side cove. Acapulco Blue is an attractive color, and plenty of care was taken to put the interior back to dealer showroom condition. This car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction for $56,100, including the 10% buyer’s premium, which means the winning bid was $51,000. That’s above our current rating November-December 2015 January-February 2016 47 47CC for a good #2 car at $28,800 to $34,800, but this car was nicer than your average good #2. The price paid was in line with what we’ve seen for similar examples in this condition, so it’s fair to say that both the buyer and seller got a fair deal here. But, depending on your point of view, a few of the restoration decisions on this car might be troubling. The seller updated the original power steering with a modern variable assist electric unit with a cockpit-mounted controller, and modified the engine with an aftermarket cam, intake, heads, headers and exhaust. That probably boosted the engine power a bit, and the power steering will be very nice, but did the car really need it? If you want to buy a Mustang for track use, you’d be better off buying something roughly 10 years old for about 20% of the purchase price of this collectible. It’s safe to say no one’s going to be flogging this vintage GT on a racetrack anytime soon. Further, will anyone notice a few extra horsepower out on the street? If you wanted to make a driver Mustang, why spend the money on a real original S-code? Rare, and will be original According to the seller, just 65 Mustangs were made in this exact specification. As Mustangs go, that’s a pretty rare combination. In the collectible world, I have to believe that this car would be just as valuable — if not more valuable — with everything restored as the factory made it. The good news is that nothing was done here that can’t be easily undone, and my bet is that within 10 years, this car will be back to its stock configuration. As time goes by, this car’s originality will be too valuable to do otherwise.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1968 Ford Mustang GT Lot 353, VIN: 8T01X218737 Condition: 2Sold at $27,500 More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Challenger, 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro, 1968–70 AMC AMX ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1968 Ford Mustang GT Lot 146, VIN: 8R02S162374 Condition: 1Sold at $49,350 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/20/2014 ACC# 238893 1968 Ford Mustang GT Lot F126, VIN: 8R02S138930 Condition: 2- Not sold at $53,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/17/2014 ACC# 232371 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2010 ACC# 160338


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PROFILE MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA Preservation Hemi Not all Hemi ’Cudas are created equal. Even among preserved originals, there are varying degrees of quality. An unrestored car isn’t always a great car 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: BS23R0B257766 by Dale Novak Hemi. Plymouth built just 652 hard-top Hemi ’Cudas in T 1970. This one is unrestored and is perhaps the most preserved of any, with just under 17,000 miles since new. This ’Cuda’s factory-original Hemi is still intact and features a high-duration hydraulic-lifter cam, 10.28:1 compression ratio, forged rotating assembly and dual Carter four-barrel carburetors. Completing the sinister appearance is the optional Shaker hood. Documents with this incredible low-mileage ’Cuda include the dealer invoice and bill of sale. The chance to acquire such a low-mileage muscle car as this ’Cuda is perhaps as rare as the car itself. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 15, sold for $220,000, including the buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Ron Brown Estate Collection auction, held on October 23–24, 2015, in Fredericksburg, TX. It was offered without reserve. By 1970, Mustangs, Camaros and Firebirds were already leaving their marks on blacktops all over his beautiful 1970 ’Cuda was finished in Jamaica Blue with light blue accents and gold pinstriping. There are no wild graphics, but its quiet demeanor hides the fact that it carries engine code “R,” designating the 426-ci America, and even AMC was in the fold with the AMX. Trans Am racing was adding more fuel to the fire, and drag racing with nearly factory bone-stock cars was a good way to spend a Saturday afternoon at the track, or a Saturday night on the streets. The Big Three were in an all-out marketing race aimed at hard-working young men willing to finance their need for speed. Insurance companies were behind the curve, and Goodyear was giddy with robust tire sales as guys ripped and melted their back tires to shreds. It was a good time to be young and foolish. This was the climate that the E-body platform was introduced into in 1970. It included two cars by Chrysler: the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda. The Pentagram boys may have been late to the frothing pony car race, but better late than never. And with an all-powerful Hemi fitted under the hood, the E-body was the baddest street machine around. Small fish, big fish Within the performance E-body lines, the cars carried the shortened ’Cuda name on the Plymouth side, and hot Challengers got the R/T designation. The opening salvo for the ’Cuda line came in the form of a punchy 340 V8 and ranged all the way to the villainous 425-hp 426 Hemi V8. Between those two engine options lived the 340+6 (three 2-barrels) on Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! the AAR ’Cuda and Challenger T/A models, 383, 440 and 440+6. Naturally, buyers could opt for a 4-speed or the sturdy 727 TorqueFlite automatic “Slap Stick” transmissions. Plenty of other options were also available, which allowed buyers to add some creature comforts. For the purposes of this profile, we will only discuss the 1970 Hemi ’Cuda coupe. We’ll leave the convertibles off the table, as well as Hemi Dodge Challengers. There are different value dynamics for each of those. We will also dispatch all the 1971 models since they are far more rare. With that, we have cut the field down to 368 Hemi ’Cuda coupes built with an automatic transmission and 284 with a third pedal (652 total). Not all Hemis are equal The 1970 Hemi ’Cuda coupe market has been about as predictable as a roulette wheel. Just when you think you’ve got it pegged, another car bounces into a slot, enters the market and falls on its face, while others seem to win big. To help explain that, you have to understand that not all Hemi ’Cudas are created equal. Some are the product of imagination, built around a VIN plate from a rusted-out Swiss-cheese body, and others are great examples with superb documentation that have been properly restored with as many OEM parts as possible. There are also preservation cars, not unlike our subject car, that remain largely untouched. But even among preservation examples, there are varying degrees of quality. An unrestored car isn’t automatically a great car. Recent values have been ranging from about $165,000 to $200,000 for reasonably good examples with automatic transmissions. Best-in-the-world 1970 coupes have fetched as much as $350,000 with a Pistol Grip 4-speed in between the seats. The current ACC Pocket Price Guide pegs them at $155,000 to $255,000, which is a broad range, but as noted, there are many factors in play that can make one example worth more than another. Going fishing So how about this car? This sale wasn’t its first auc- tion appearance. It was first up for grabs at Mecum’s Indy sale in 2013 (ACC# 219511). It did not sell with a reported high bid of $275,000 — our analyst called it a “crazy high bid for the condition.” It was further reported to be the first time the one-owner example had been publically offered for sale. Our field analyst continued that that car was rough on the edges and had most certainly been repainted, Detailing and rated it a condition #4+. Another associate had also relayed to me the same information, that indeed the car had been resprayed in the same factory color at some point in its life, and that the overall condition was less than stellar. While this does not necessarily make it a bad car, it most certainly plays a role in the car’s overall valuation. The car popped up for grabs again at the Mecum Indy sale in May 2014, where it did find a new owner at $199,800 including the buyer’s premium (ACC# 254552). From there, this car then appeared on eBay Motors, where a Texas dealer sold it for $249,000 on May 26, 2014. I examined the numerous images posted by the sell- ing dealer on eBay. He did a great job of saying very little about the car, instead allowing bidders to come to their own conclusions by posting plenty of photos. Evidence of the repaint showed in those photos, as well as some black spray paint applied to the chassis. Some rust bubbles were forming on the A-pillars and along the rear window channel. The interior appeared to be in good overall shape and the engine bay and trunk needed attention. There were also a few incorrect items and some “day two” additions noted on the car, but those would be rather simple to correct by the new owner. The car looked more or less the same as presented at the Worldwide Auctioneers sale in October. Catch it, clean it and fry it up While our subject car could be considered a preser- vation example, it is lacking in a few important preservation areas. But on the plus side, the low miles are great and the original numbers-matching drivetrain is still in the car. However, there are no bold graphics or bright colors, so by Hemi ’Cuda standards, this car lacks some sizzle. A third pedal would also be a magnifying game changer. I personally would consider this ’Cuda coupe a good, but not exceptional, preservation example. Considering that, and given all the data and reasonably good comps to work with, I call the price paid predictable — and correct — for this particular car. A new owner could likely restore it to maximize the value, but that might be a break-even or a losing financial proposition. With the miles as low as they are, driving it too much most likely would depress the value further. So what do you do with it? Whatever the new owner decides for the future of this car, hopefully he can tack on a few spirited miles to relive the days when Hemi E-bodies ruled the streets. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) January-February 2016 January-February 2016 49 Club: Plymouth Barracuda Owners Club Engine # location: Stamped on right side of block above oil pan rail on machined pad Years produced: 1970–71 Number produced: 652 (1970 Hemi cars) Original list price: $5,300 Current ACC Valuation: $155,000–$255,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield More: www.pbcoc.com Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Challenger Hemi, 1974 Pontiac Firebird Super Duty, 1969–70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda coupe Lot S728, VIN: BS23R0B159416 Condition: 1Sold at $247,500 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2015 ACC# 257033 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda coupe Lot 5024, VIN: BS23R0B178823 Condition: 1Sold at $176,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2015 ACC# 256767 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda coupe Lot S125, VIN: BS23R0B257824 Condition: 1Sold at $297,000 Mecum Auctions, Austin, TX, 12/13/2014 ACC# 256553


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1965 CHEVROLET NOVA SS “DOBBERTIN” Tubbed Trend-Setter Although $56,000 isn’t cheap, it’s certainly not expensive — particularly for an icon that not only influenced a generation, but still looks damn good today VIN: 118375N120207 by Jay Harden W 50 AmericanCarCollector.com hen the Dobbertin Nova was unveiled in 1982, it turned the custom car world on its ear. It has appeared on the cover of 14 magazines and has been featured in over 100 publications around the world. It is, without question, one of the most significant and important custom cars ever built, and to this day remains a benchmark for innovation and excellence among hot rod enthusiasts. Rick Dobbertin devoted more than 3,000 hours over the course of three years to create this legendary performance vehicle. He started with a ‘65 Chevrolet II, then transformed it with twin Roto-Master turbochargers, a BDS 6-71 supercharger, an eight-port nitrous oxide system, a 454-ci LS7 V8, Holley 750, cfm carbs, twin radiators, B&M Comp Turbo 400, Dana 60 rear end, JFZ rear brakes, full roll cage and Deist Flame Out fire-suppression system. The driver is kept advised by 17 Auto Meter gauges and two Auto Meter Pro-lites. Polished Center Line “Auto Drag” wheels have the requisite big and little tires that are the hallmark of any Pro-Street custom. And in case the JZF disc brakes with drilled rotors failed to provide sufficient stopping power, Dobbertin mounted twin parachutes out back. The Nova is in exceptional condition. With the exception of the front wheels, the car is still 100% original to the day it was built. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 725, sold for mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale, held $56,100, including buyer’s pre- September 24–26 in Las Vegas, NV. It was offered without reserve. It’s hard to believe that nearly four decades have passed since the term “Pro-Street” began seeping into the hot rod vernacular. Although a bit passé these days, particularly when considering the current influence of Pro Touring and its emphasis on functional all-around performers, I’m not sure there’s anything quite so badass as a giant set of meats tucked deep up under an old hot rod. In fact, one of the earliest and most vivid memories of my indoctrination into the world of fuel, fire and smoke is owed to a Pro-Street Chevy II. You see, my dad used to carry me with him to this nutso little car show down in Macon, GA, that could very well be responsible for all the warning signs, gates and automatic locking doors we’ve all come to loathe when visiting low-rent overnighters. For a long weekend every summer, this nondescript motel was overrun with hot-rodders and bikers who had more interest in cutting loose and getting sideways than stacking trophies and spit-polishing chrome. One year, some guys with Harleys and toothy grins went blasting down the hotel corridors, scaring the hell out of everyone. Another year, an overzealous burnout almost took out half the parking lot. It was fantastic. Trends and legends Somewhere along the way, my dad and I were standing over the fender of some bitchin’ little hoodless number while he explained to me the mechanical Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Club: National Street Rod Association (NSRA), Goodguys process in which a roots blower gobbles up air and spits out horsepower. Just then, one of the regulars rolled up in his tunnel-rammed, back-halved ’67 Chevy II. What happened next will likely stay with me for the rest of my life. With a lazy grin and the push of a button, he set the line-lock and dropped the hammer. Those giant meats started churning and the crowd started hootin’ and hollerin’. Before you could say “whole paycheck,” I was swallowed up by a whiteout in June. In Georgia. I couldn’t see the car in front of me. I couldn’t see my own hand in front of my face. That small block was whipping those steamrollers like they were rented mules, and they were screaming for their lives. When the smoke cleared, two perfect little troughs in the tarmac, each about two feet wide, and two steaming piles of rubber were all that was left of the best burnout I’ve ever seen — before or since. Considering that the Dobbertin Nova is one of the most influential Pro-Street cars ever built, if not the most influential, it really isn’t much of a stretch to imagine that one of my favorite hot-rodding memories could very well have never happened had Rick Dobbertin been more of a fisherman than a gearhead. Crazy, but usable Although Dobbertin’s twin-turboed, supercharged, nitrous-injected big-block is about as over-the-top as it gets, there’s no way you can look at that monstrosity of polish, tubing, braided lines and cogged gears without wishing you had one of your own. The mere fact that this car survives in pristine, “as- built” condition after 30-plus years tells us quite a lot about its usability, but the thing actually seems to purr like a kitten, so long as you pet it softly, carefully. For a car that was clearly never intended to be a grocery-getter — more of an all-out assault on practicality — I can’t help but be impressed with the limited video I’ve found of it in action — not that it really matters. If functionality suddenly became a prerequisite for collectibility, I’d probably be out of a job. A deserving icon The truly fantastic aspect of this car is that it was, and maybe still is, one of the most iconic hot rods of the magazine era — an era built on gearheads who waited impatiently for that next colorful payoff in the mail, which, when it came, stoked their passions. Back before the lowest common denominators managed to weasel their way into the mainstream, the idea of celebrity, even for a car, was an idea that held merit. Maybe I’m looking through the distorted lens of nostalgia when I say that editors and builders and readers seemed to trust each other’s opinions a little more back then, but it certainly felt like a time when a cover car would only make the rounds if it truly deserved the attention. And Dobbertin’s Nova got around like no other. When my dad and I used to motor down to Macon, hot rods and choppers still lived out there on the fringe — relatively unencumbered by the influence of poorly dictated television and manufactured drama. It was a time when word of mouth, glossy pictures and impatience could create excitement in a way that seems a bit more difficult to replicate today. There are certainly some incredible machines currently being built by unbelievably talented craftsmen, but I’m not sure many of us still carry that what-could-possiblycome-next enthusiasm the way we once did. Maybe that’s why I like this car so much — not because of how it compares to modern machines, but how it compared with its peers. The Dobbertin Nova was an over-the-top badass, plain and simple. Supercharged value Although $56,000 isn’t cheap, it’s certainly not expensive — particularly for a car that not only influenced a generation, but still looks damn good today. The value of ’60s muscle continues to climb into the ether, so finding a solid Chevy II, even the early models like Dobbertin’s, is going to be pricey. Having a professional build you a nice, vanilla show cruiser with an LS and a/c will likely run you somewhere between $75k and infinity, depending on how badly you’d like to be the next big thing. Buying a nice, finished car — provenance optional — would probably run you somewhere between $30k and $75k, so Dobbertin’s Nova really isn’t that far out of line for a used, medium- to high-quality build. And while you may find another cool early Nova for a little less scratch, I think we can all agree it won’t be twinturboed, supercharged, nitrous-injected big-block cool. It just won’t. Well bought, all day. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) January-February 2016 51 Years produced: 1965, 1982 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$60,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor cap: $30 VIN location: Plate attached to driver’s door-hinge pillar Engine # location: Stamped on pad in front of cylinder head, passenger’s side More: www.nsra.usa.com, www.good-guys.com Alternatives: Any period-built Pro-Street car with magazine coverage ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS Lot F136.1, VIN: 118376W118485 Condition: 1Sold at $48,600 Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 6/14/2014 ACC# 244107 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Pro-Street Lot F45.1, VIN: 136370L113567 Condition: 2- Not sold at $25,000 Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 6/14/2014 ACC# 244102 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Gasser Not sold at $90,000 Lot S178, VIN: 20867S101454 Condition: 2+ Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168956


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1974 AMC JAVELIN AMX No-Mile Muscle Good secondgeneration Javelins tend to command $12,ooo to $17,000 in the marketplace, which is what makes the $41k sale of our featured ’74 so shocking 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: A4C798N155301 by Tom Glatch a 360-ci V8 engine that pumped out 245 horsepower. It is meshed with an automatic transmission. Power brakes and steering make for safe and smooth operation. Factory options include bucket seats, seat belts with shoulder harness, and a center console. T ACC Analysis This car, Lot 5047, sold for $41,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auction America’s Fall Auburn Auction in Auburn, IN, on September 5, 2015. You read that right. $41,250 for a 1974 AMC. I’ve lived in southeastern Wisconsin my whole life, and the Kenosha-built AMCs are part of our DNA (just like the Green Bay Packers), but that’s a shocking number, not only for an AMC from 1974, but for pretty much any factory-built American car from 1974. Let’s face it, 1974 was hardly the zenith of American performance. It was the last year for the Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda, as well as the Javelin. The original Mustang was already gone, the Cougar had become a Thunderbird clone, and inside GM, serious discussions had the Camaro almost on the chopping block. Speed costs money, and by 1974, there was little his is a rare find: a 1974 AMC that has only 406 original miles driven by its single documented owner. Painted in Big Bad Blue with a white vinyl top, it is a great color scheme in relation to its white interior. The AMC was not all show; it came packed with speed left. In general, these cars are now worth little money in the collector market. Only Pontiac’s Firebird was a serious 4-passenger performance car by middecade, especially the ’74 Super Duty, and that car has the market value today to prove it. That’s not to say the 1974 Javelin AMX was a bad car, but like its Big Three competitors, it had lost most of its former glory. AMC’s pony Introduced as a 1968 model, the Javelin was AMC’s answer to the Mustang. It received excellent reviews and sold above expectations. While the Javelin, and its unique sibling, the 2-seat AMX, couldn’t compete with America’s supercars — the Boss, Z/28, Hemi, and the like — it could surprise many other performance cars. On the race track, the Javelin and AMX showed their true potential. Craig Breedlove set records at Bonneville, Ronnie Kaplan’s team finished third in the ’68 Trans Am series, and Shirley Shahan, the “DragOn-Lady,” set a number of NHRA records in her ’69 AMX SS. In 1970, AMC scored a huge coup: they hired Roger Penske and Mark Donohue to run their racing program, just as the other factories were getting out of racing. That dream team finished second in the Trans Am series in 1970, then won the championship in 1971. Roy Woods bought Penske’s equipment and scored Trans Am championships in 1972 and 1976. To homologate the rear spoiler used on the Trans Am racers, and to celebrate the hiring of the legend- Courtesy of Auctions America


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Club: American Motors Owners Association ary Penske team, AMC sold 2,501 “Mark Donohue Edition” Javelins in 1970. Those Javelins are the most valuable of the bunch, and the rare (100 built) “Trans Am” cars in the red/white/blue paint scheme of the actual Trans Am racers can touch $50,000 when sold. For 1971, Javelins received a sheet-metal refresh by chief stylist Dick Teague, which included flared fenders that were probably influenced by the Trans Am racers’ need to cover wide racing tires. The twoseater AMX was gone, but performance versions of the second-generation Javelin were now called “AMX.” The ’71 AMX got a fine-mesh grille, cowl-induction hood, and a lip spoiler above the rear window, all influenced by input from Penske’s brilliant driver/ engineer Mark Donohue. With the 330-hp, 401-ci “Go Package,” the AMX was a fine performance car. It was also the end of an era, and the 1972 to 1974 Javelins and AMXs, while nice cars, rapidly lost any semblance of performance, though a special “Pierre Cardin” edition in 1972 brought the fashion touch to the Javelin, with a wild multicolor interior. A big sale Today, good second-generation Javelins tend to command $12,000 to $17,000 in the marketplace, which is what makes the sale of our featured ’74 so shocking. Some people might like the paint scheme of this car, but as for me, the Code P2 “Maxi Blue” paint and white vinyl top and interior remind me of a poly- ester suit John Travolta might have worn in “Saturday Night Fever.” “Maxi Blue” revived “Big Bad Blue,” one of the psychedelic colors AMC offered from 1969 to 1971, so this Javelin AMX is like Woodstock meets Disco, and it’s not for everyone. The emissions-strangled 360 engine and other options are hardly earth-shattering, too. So all this ’74 Javelin has going for it is ultra-low mileage. I would call this sale, then, a complete and total anomaly — but the story gets even more bizarre. When it comes to valuing a no-miles car, you’ll often hear analysts say things like, “Think it’s expensive? Find another,” referencing the fact that the car in question is totally unique and worth whatever someone is willing to pay because it’s the only one. Well, while researching this Javelin, I did find another. Same Maxi Blue paint, same white top and interior, same engine and options. And the mileage? Just 1,344. That car sold in 2009 for $35,510 (ACC# 120050). We even commented at the time, “This was undoubtedly one of one in a very unusual and striking color combination.” Well, I guess that car wasn’t all that unique after all. There are at least two almost-new Maxi Blue ’74 AMX Javelins on the planet, and we’ve now got two data points telling us what they’re worth. But all things considered, I’d still call this one well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) Years produced: 1974 Number produced: 4,980 Original list price: $3,299 Current ACC Valuation: $12,000–$17,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $19.97 VIN location: Plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Metal tag on front of valve cover More: www.amonational.com Alternatives: 1974 Plymouth ’Cuda, 1974 Dodge Challenger, 1974 Chevrolet Camaro ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1972 AMC Javelin Lot 224, VIN: A2C797H221879 Condition: 3Sold at $11,340 Dan Kruse Classics, San Antonio, TX, 3/28/2015 ACC# 264564 1973 AMC Javelin AMX Lot T273, VIN: A3C798P299402 Condition: 3 Sold at $15,900 ACC# 213497 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/8/2012 1974 AMC Javelin AMX Lot 178, VIN: A4C798N302662 Condition: 1Sold at $35,510 ACC# 120050 Tom Mack, Charlotte, NC, 4/3/2009 January-February 2016 53CC 53


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PROFILE RACE 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS BONDURANT RACER Track-Used Camaro Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The Camaro has a much stiffer unibody than the old Fox Mustangs we used to race, so there’s less chance of daylight shining through this one’s seams 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 2G1FK1EJ2C9144700 by Sam Stockham miles. All tires and brakes have been returned to factory T specifications. This car can be registered and driven on city streets. All factory engine, transmission and smog parts are on the car. Ready to race and have fun. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 113, sold for $19,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas, NV, auction, held September 24–26, 2015. When I was 22 years old, I joined the team at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, AZ. I was put in charge of roughly 40 cars used for the Advanced Road Race classes. I’m a Mustang guy, and Ford was Bondurant’s supplier at the time. It was my dream job. I’ll spare you the high-profile name dropping, but getting to run on track and learn from some of the best drivers out there — students and instructors alike — makes for a great day at work. Over time, I learned to be a pretty decent driver. Over the next 3½ years, I spent countless hours on the track, making sure the cars were good enough for the students. These cars were driven hard and broken his is a true Bondurant Race School car, #1. 426-hp, 6.2-liter V8, 6-speed automatic, paddle shifters, rear-wheel drive, air conditioning, heads-up display, backup camera and sensors, 20-inch wheels. Only 8,700 original often due to constant abuse. Back then, the Advanced Road Racing fleet was made up of aging 1989 and 1993 Fox-body Mustang GTs. I remember liking the ’89s much better. They seemed less refined. They would drift nicely at 80 mph and had less body roll than the ’93s. All Bondurant cars were race-prepped by Roush Racing, with safety equipment, fire-suppression systems and suspension mods for handling. The only modification to factory drivetrain specs was the removal of the catalytic converters to reduce the risk of fire, and cooling-system upgrades to handle the Phoenix heat. These cars were not street-legal and never saw the street. All cars were still owned by Ford, and once the useful life had been completely wrung out of each unibody, they were scavenged for parts and crushed. Bend it, mend it, repeat In my years there, I saw cars catch fire or get stuffed into tire walls by inexperienced drivers more times than I could count. Those cars were always put back together. The corporate value was in a car’s income potential, not its street value. Totaling a car was unheard of. The 1989 cars were so well worn that toward the end, I remember the final death blow taking the form of a sheet-metal split that would typically form in the transmission tunnel and run up the face of the


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 2010–present Clubs: American Camaro Association firewall to the cowl. Pretty impressive. What is even more impressive is that these cars had only covered between 30,000–40,000 miles before their date with the crusher. But they were race cars, and race cars live hard lives. From Blue Oval to Bowtie Then, after 2002, GM became Bondurant’s vehicle sponsor. Haulers full of new Corvettes for the students appeared, rounded out by a new support fleet built of many other GM nameplates. Part of the GM deal was to dispose of the Ford inventory, so Bondurant had a yard sale. Keep in mind, up until that point Ford mandated that everything be crushed. I personally know of a couple collectors who purchased some of the late1990s Mustangs, certainly on long-term speculation. They went for between $11,000 and $15,000 based on condition — prices I thought were pretty high considering they were track-only cars that could not be registered for traditional street use. Of course, today you can register these cars in Arizona because they are more than 15 years old, but the guys who bought them had to wait that long. What’s the point of this story? Well, for one, I enjoy the memories of days on the track, but really it’s to illustrate the abuse the race cars endured. In addition, it’s because to date, many more ex-Bondurant Mustangs and Cobra Crown Victorias (very cool!) have hit the open market than Bondurant GM cars, so they’re our comparisons to this late-model Camaro. Looking through the ACC Premium Auction Database, I see only two auction transactions back in 2013 for two separate Mustang school cars. I remember these cars well. They were used for beginner courses and they were worn out when I knew them. They traded for cheap used-car prices, which is about right because what do you do with them? These transactions also showed that the school name didn’t really add a premium to a worn-out car. Where’s the value? There is no doubt that Bob Bondurant is a racing legend. He is also a nice guy and is involved with the school to this day. Will his school become as legendary as he was as a racer? I say no. It’s a business — and not the same sort of business that Shelby American was under Carroll’s guidance. In our subject car, I see a bone-stock Camaro with a few options, no race prep, and an automatic transmission. Very few Bondurant cars ever had automatics, as heel-toe downshifting is a main part of the course curriculum. So how then was this car used? I called my friend and longtime Bondurant instructor Danny Bullock, who confirmed that most likely this car’s 8,700 miles were racked up by Teenage Defensive Driving, corporate events, and paddock duty in the autocross or the accident avoidance simulator. The 2012 Camaro has a much stiffer unibody than the old Fox Mustangs, but even if it didn’t, this one’s probable use is still good news. No hard racing time means less chance of daylight shining through the body seams. Also worth noting is the fact that Chevrolet’s deal with Bondurant today is akin to a lease program. Bondurant swaps out cars often, and they are kept street-legal. When sold, generally the cars are stripped of any Bondurant identity and moved out through the dealer network, or at auction like this one. But key to all that is that cars used in the program rotate in and out relatively frequently — more so than the Mustangs I knew. Not a bad deal If one were to Blue Book this as a used car, it should trade in the $25,000 range with so few miles. The discount paid here probably had something to do with how those miles were accumulated, a process which was, if we’re being honest, not likely as smooth as your average Sunday cruise with the wife. At the end of the day, this is a used car with a 30-second story and some stickers. Wherever you go, people will think you work for the company. For me, that’s a pretty cool memory. But most buyers will get tired of telling the story. Take the stickers off and what you’ve got is a stock — but pretty well used — Camaro. However, all things considered, I’d still call it a good deal. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) January-February 2016 55 Original list price: $35,880 Current ACC Valuation: $18,000–$28,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Driver’s side dash, under windshield Engine # location: Stamped on rear of block, driver’s side Number produced: 90,310 (2012) More: www.camaronationals. com ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Alternatives: Any latemodel ex-racing school vehicle, including Camaro, Mustang, Corvette, etc. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Lot T119, VIN: 2G1FK1EJ2A9166323 Condition: N/A Sold at $29,700 ACC# 262329 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/25/2015 1995 Ford Mustang Bondurant Lot F72, VIN: N/A Condition: N/A Sold at $6,000 Mecum Auctions, Schaumburg, IL, 10/12/2013 ACC# 236814 1999 Ford Mustang Bondurant Lot 565, VIN: N/A Condition: N/A Sold at $5,225 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/2/2013 ACC# 229878


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PROFILE TRUCK 1972 FORD F-100 SPORT CUSTOM PICKUP Workhorse Collectible Collectors are finally noticing these stylish pickups can be used in modern traffic just like GMs, and prices are moving up 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: F10GNN40386 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 302-ci V8 engine with dual exhaust • Manual 3-speed transmission • Two-owner vehicle • Just over 15,000 actual miles • F-103 model-code Sport Custom • Solid with little to no wear throughout • Chromed bed rails • Spotlight and foglights • Heater • Radio • Factory wheel covers and whitewalls ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 3032, sold for $17,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Fall Auburn event in Auburn, IN, on September 4, 2015. Pickups for every purse and purpose From the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Ford and General Motors paralleled each other as far as pickup truck offerings were concerned. Both had new designs introduced in 1967, both introduced a significantly new truck grille in 1971, and both saw their trucks get a redesign for 1973. GM’s product was more successful in sales at the time, and Chevrolets and GMCs are vastly more popular in the modern collector market than trucks from the Blue Oval. But Ford’s efforts at the time didn’t just earn the company a second-place spot — those efforts also sowed the seeds that eventually enabled the F-series to outsell Chevrolet’s trucks starting in 1978. In the new-truck world, Ford’s held the number one spot in sales ever since. In the 1960s and ’70s, both GM and Ford exploited an expansion of available trim packages. At the time, pickups were evolving from large work tools into second family cars and recreational vehicles, yet all the typical truck requirements still needed to be met. In 1966, Ford had an optional Ranger package, and Chevy’s option was a Custom. By 1972, they each offered four trim packages: Matching Chevy’s Custom, CST, Cheyenne and Cheyenne Super was Ford’s Custom, Sport Custom, Ranger and Ranger XLT. In addition, each manufacturer had its own Camper Special models on three-quarter ton and one-ton chassis. Courtesy of Auctions America


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COLLECTOR’S RESOuRCE: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing Sport and Custom in name only Our feature truck’s Sport Custom package was Ford’s spin on what a “sporty” pickup should be — not as well trimmed as a Ranger, but a step up from the bare-bones entry-level Custom. The Sport Custom featured alloy rocker panels and wheelwell lip moldings, black background alloy tailgate trim panel, color-coordinated vinyl door panels and floor mats, plus a more lushly padded two-tone bench seat. Hardly the stuff of a wannabe F-100 GT performance package. This and all other trim packages were essentially variations on comfort and looks, as all had the exact same powertrain availability. Standard was the 240-ci inline six, with a more stout 300-ci design as an option. The big engine was the FE-block 390 V8, but this was essentially the same standard full-sized Mercury engine from a few years before, set up for low-end torque rather than performance. Next on the list was a destroked version of the 390, at 360 ci. Of all five engines available in ’72, one can make the argument that the rev-happy mid-level small-block 302 V8 in our featured pickup was the most sporty choice. Our featured pickup also is equipped with a couple of desirable options, namely cargo box rails and magstyle wheel covers, both of which were introduced mid-year in 1971 for the Explorer package and continued to be optional into the entire next generation, through 1979. At first glance, our featured truck comes off as a 1972 Explorer, but it has the stock interior rather than the Explorer’s unique cloth seat inserts, plus the Explorer package wasn’t available with a short wheelbase. Over this truck’s years in limited use, the change to a generic flexi radiator hose instead of the original molded profile-type hose and generic battery don’t do much for me (as they come off as on-the-cheap fixes), plus I can really do without the driving lights mounted on top of the front bumper and the spotlight. If it were my truck, I’d ditch the driving lights for a set of period front bumper guards, but since the A-pillar has a hole for the spotlight, you’re pretty much stuck with it. The Avocado Metallic paint may not do much for most folks, but it’s very periodlooking. And hey, it’s better than dark brown. Undervalued, but catching up The 1967–72 GM pickups — especially the Chevrolets — have been very popular in the collector market essentially since day one, and they have been increasing exponentially in value over the past decade. Currently, they seem to have stabilized a bit, but we continue to see slight increases in pricing. On the other hand, commensurate-year Fords have been red-headed stepchildren. It’s not that Fords are generally regarded as ugly, being just as stylish as a Chevy or GMC of the era. If anything, it’s the perception that they were more worker bee-like than the seemingly sportier Chevys. But that is starting to change, and higher-option short-bed F-series trucks like our subject are leading the charge. While some vintage SUVs have spiked up in value and have since corrected, pickups continue to slowly rise. Above and beyond a case of everything rising with the cream, collectors are finally noticing these stylish pickups can be used in modern traffic just like GMs (then again, I am a bit biased on that subject, since the first vehicle I ever drove was my dad’s 1968 F-100 Ranger). Low-mile original trucks are rare across the board. But since the war of attrition has not been good to Fords, due to being used to destruction and beyond thanks to lower values rather than their Chevy counterparts, there are even fewer Blue Oval examples like our subject rig left in the market. A decade ago, $10,000 would have bought you a short-wheelbase ’72 F-100 in concours-ready condition, or maybe a low-mile example like our featured rig. Now, $17k would have been a good deal even on a long-bed truck with this equipment — and they’re typically valued less than short beds regardless of the manufacturer. With the increased interest in all genres of low-mile unrestored originals, this truck was really well bought, and I think it’s bound to increase in value if it continues to be well maintained and used sparingly. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) January-February 2016 57CC 57 Clubs: American Truck Historical Society Engine # location: Tag attached to the distributor locking bolt, basic casting numbers only on the side of the block Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 457,746 (1972 styleside F-100) Original list price: $2,804 Current ACC Valuation: $12,000–$26,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 VIN location: Stamped on the frame rail adjacent to the steering box; dataplate on rear edge of the driver’s door More: www.aths.org Additional: www.fordification. com/index.htm Alternatives: 1967–72 Chevrolet C-10 CST pickup, 1972–80 Dodge D-100 Adventurer pickup, 1969–75 International Custom pickup ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1972 Ford F-250 pickup Lot 705, VIN: F25HKM87897 Condition: 2+ ACC# 264826 Not sold at $23,000 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/2015 1968 Ford F-100 pickup Lot 305, VIN: F10YCD04448 Condition: 3+ Sold at $16,740 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 9/27/2014 ACC# 252417 1969 Ford F-100 Ranger pickup Lot F12, VIN: F10HKF90212 Condition: 3+ Sold at $18,725 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2013 ACC# 227268


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MARKET OVERVIEW From the Shiny to the Shabby EVERY CAR HAS ITS PRICE, BUT SOMETIMES THE VALUE IS IN THE EXPERIENCE by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $379,500— Auctions America, SC, p. 72 2. 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 R-code 2-dr hard top, $275,000—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 64 3. 1908 Rainier Model D 45/50HP 7-passenger tourer, $253,000—Bonhams, PA, p. 88 4. 1835 Braithwaite and Ericsson Mississippi locomotive, $220,000— Bonhams, PA, p. 88 5. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-dr hard top, $220,000— Worldwide, TX, p. 84 6. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $170,500— Worldwide, TX, p. 82 7. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $162,250— Worldwide, TX, p. 82 8. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback, $143,000— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 66 9. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $137,500— Worldwide, TX, p. 82 10. 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV convertible, $134,200— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 63 BEST BUYS 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $99,000—Bonhams, PA, p. 90 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe, $44,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 80 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, $24,840—Branson, MO, p. 100 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS coupe, $30,800—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 63 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon, $21,450—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 64 reserve sale garnered $4m, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda was the most expensive lot at $220k. Bonhams’ annual Preserving the W Automobile sale in Philadelphia saw 61 of 72 mostly dusty cars change hands for a combined total of $3.2m. The big American seller was a 1908 Rainier Model D 45/50-hp tourer at $253k. Barrett-Jackson returned to Las Vegas and sent 677 of 692 cars home with new owners. A 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 racer came out on top at $500k, and sales totaled $27m. Auctions America’s first trip to the High sale of the Ron Brown Collection auction — 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-dr hard top, sold at $220,000, Worldwide Auctions, TX Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival was a success. A 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster changed hands for $380k, sending totals to $5.5m, with 64 of 95 lots sold. At the twice-annual Branson Auction, 121 out of 198 cars hammered sold to the jingle of $2.3m overall. A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible was the top American lot at $64k. Tony’s Market Moment: An ex-duPont Family 1929 Ford Model A pickup sold at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction in October. Relatively complete and a recent runner, the truck had deeply faded paint, foggy lenses, cracked glass and a hole in the floorboard. I found that description utterly charming and intriguing, and at $4,950, I might’ve even bid on it. Collectors paying up for patinated barn finds and gearhead kids buffing the paint off their rat rods seem like points on a continuum rather than separate trends. This truck fell somewhere in between. I think this was a smart buy, because where could you get more raw motoring experience per dollar? A Model A is not so primitive that you’d have to relearn how to drive, and you could use the truck without fear of damaging a significant investment. And there’d sure as hell be nothing else like it in the Costco parking lot.A Auctions in this issue Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV September 24–26 Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA October 5 Branson, Branson, MO October 16–17 Worldwide Auctioneers, Fredericksburg, TX October 23–24 Auctions America, Hilton Head Island, SC October 31 $0 $5m $2.3m $4m $5.5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $3.2m $27m orldwide Auctioneers sold off the 102-car collection of Ron Brown in Fredericksburg, TX, this October. The no


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2015 A TWO-OWNER 1968 CORVETTE L88 COUPE WITH LOW MILEAGE SOLD AT $330k, AND A 1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 R-CODE MADE $275k BarrettJackson Las Vegas, NV September 24–26, 2015 Auctioneer: Joseph Mast Automotive lots sold/ offered: 677/692 Sales rate: 98% Sales total: $26,998,590 High sale: 2016 Corvette C7.R Z06, sold at $500,000 (for charity) Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Restored to a level that would be hard to duplicate — 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 R-code 2-dr hard top, sold at $275,000 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 60 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Travis Shetler Market opinions in italics S ince Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 Las Vegas auction, Mandalay Bay Resort added 350,000 square feet of convention space at a cost of $66,000,000. This increased the total square footage to over 2,000,000. For auction attend- ees, this meant more ground to cover, but negotiating between the separate areas was more straightforward. Barrett-Jackson offered nearly 700 cars and sold all but 15. Total sales in Las Vegas were down 19% from last year, but Craig Jackson stated 2015 as a whole was one of Barrett-Jackson’s strongest years in terms of sales and attendance. The week kicked off with the 8th Annual Las Vegas Cruise-In, which included awards for the Best Resto Mod, Best Hot Rod and Best Street Rod. For the opening night gala, auction-goers enjoyed food, drinks and live music at the 11-acre Mandalay Bay Beach. And during the sale, you could drive and ride in new offerings from Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge, browse countless vendor booths jammed with new products, one-of-a-kind vehicles and automobilia, and keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Barrett raised more than $750,000 from the sale of three charity cars. The top non-charity car was a 1968 Corvette L88 coupe with low mileage and two-owner history, sold at $330,000. Second place went to a 2005 Ford GT at $291,500, and a 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 R-code completed the podium at $275,000. After their Reno auction in August, Barrett-Jackson announced that they would not be returning to Hot August Nights in 2016 and instead were heading to an all-new venue. From the Las Vegas stage, Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson made the official announcement that the auction house will host a sale at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut on June 23–26. Northeast buyers and sellers will now have the Barrett-Jackson experience right in their own back yard. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV GM #689-1949 OLDSMOBILE FUTURAMIC 98 convertible. VIN: 499K2706. Red/black cloth/brown leather. 303-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Displays the new-for-1949 Rocket V8 under Plexiglas. Quality paint over straight body with good panel fit except for the leading edge of the showcase hood. The engine bay needs to be detailed, especially as it is on permanent display. The leather interior looks very good, and the well-optioned dash trim shines. Cond: 1-. train and suspension will make the truck highly usable. However, the custom work and extensive modifications will keep the value more restricted than a fully original example, and the new owner may need to wait for just the right buyer to make a profit. #128-1957 CHEVROLET custom COE car hauler. VIN: 5A57F107946. Black/red leather. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This fantastic custom car hauler utilizes a Chevrolet COE cab on what appears to be a modern chassis. The paint is applied to a show-car standard, even on the very long deck. The engine compartment is not detailed, but everything seems in order. Inside, the custom interior is red everywhere with an updated electronic dash and new column. Full power accessories. An unusual and apparently usable hauler. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. Well bought and sold. The styling of these redesigned GM cars coupled with the V8 motors makes for permanent desirability in the market. The buyer obtained a solid, collectible vehicle with no obvious needs. Time spent addressing the engine bay’s appearance will help to ensure the car’s ability to generate a profit over time. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows this car sold in 1991 at World Classic for $32,500 (ACC# 12746). #785-1955 GMC SUBURBAN custom SUV. VIN: A28805684. Dark blue/cream leather. Completely custom resto-mod. Mostly stock sheet metal and trim with recessed Cadillac taillights. Paint and chrome are concours quality. Panel fit is very good. Truck sits lowered over large-diameter steel wheels. Inside, the three rows of seating are covered in high-quality cream leather with dark blue stitching. A custom console with full electronics divides the cabin. The solid rear axle has been replaced with an independent rear suspension. Carbon panelcovered LS1 sits inside a custom engine bay. Cond: 1-. crease in value. While the fuel-injected models will always bring the top sale figures, the horsepower difference was only 13 hp. The car will be usable, enjoyable to drive and sure to appreciate. #746.1-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57B220513. Tropical Turquoise/white vinyl/turquoise, white & gray. Odo: 3,740 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Full restoration some time in the past. The paint is well applied to a body with good fit. The chrome trim presents as-new. Inside, the tri-color interior is somehow subdued and also finished to a high standard, with some slight discoloration of the armrest pads. Underneath the hood, there are some signs of the passage of time, but nothing extensive. This is a well-done vehicle which has been driven and cared for. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,350. The market for such a creation is narrow, and it will always be worth whatever it sells for on auction day. The truck previously sold twice at BarrettJackson Scottsdale: for $32k in 2013 (ACC# 259851) and for $57k in 2015 (ACC# 258241), so this price somewhere in the middle looks fair. #673-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57N141480. Onyx Black/ red & gray vinyl. Odo: 1,195 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Looks like a full rotisserie restoration. The panel preparation and fit are factory-correct. The paint is glossy, smooth and deep. The undercarriage is factory-fresh without any signs of use. Under the hood, the dual-quad carbs are covered by the giant batwing air-cleaner assembly. The interior is also showroomfresh. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. Quite well bought. Not a flawless car, but still capable of showing up most of the competition. The new owner can enjoy using it without fear. Some attention to a few pieces in the engine compartment and interior will help when it comes time to sell. #359-1959 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE. VIN: 59J004758. White/tan cloth & leather. Odo: 10,953 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Poor-quality repaint. Body is relatively straight except for left fender skirt. Everything present and accounted for. Tired trim needs replacement; lenses are cracked and aged. Underneath the monstrous hood, the engine compartment may be the highestquality area of the car. The interior is also complete, but almost everything needs some attention. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $47,300. Well bought at a price below what has been invested in this truck. The show-quality work on an excellent body will ensure that the buyer will get lots of attention. The completely modernized drive- 62 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $60,500. Well bought at a price significantly below the standard car’s price. The dual-quad carbs and high-quality full restoration add value well beyond what was paid here. The buyer has a car with no needs and an excellent outlook for an in- SOLD AT $36,300. Any closer than 30 feet, and this finned icon reveals that it needs a full restoration. Well sold, although the buyer has a driver he can use without fear. #105-1965 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 266575C105482. Capri Gold/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 28,106 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Visually a fantastic


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV and imposing car. The paint is adequate but not show-quality. Exterior chrome trim is fresh. Updated engine. Engine compartment presents as a cared-for driver. Rust in chrome around glass. Overall, the interior looks very good with lots of real wood trim, full gauges and room to spare. There is a hole on the side panel of the seat, slight puckering on the door panels, and the rear window shelf needs to be replaced. Cond: 2-. gine bay with appropriate aging and discoloration. Inside, the very nice original interior is in good condition, but for the sun-baked package shelf. Well optioned with full documentation and the original keys. Cond: 2. Tulsa in June of 2015 (ACC# 265486). Well bought and sold this time around. SOLD AT $30,800. Well bought. The buyer scored an original, well-documented car. First-year Camaros with the RS hideaway headlights are desirable, and this car’s originality adds to the value in today’s market. Buyer has plenty of room for profit. SOLD AT $14,850. Previously sold at Mecum Houston 2013 for $26k (ACC# 220742); a $17k no-sale at Mecum Anaheim 2012 (ACC# 214003); and sold for $22k at Mecum Indy 2012 (ACC# 206118). Well bought today. #783-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676Z107552. Barrier Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Brilliant blue GTO convertible with an excellent repaint in the original color. The trunk lid needs some help with alignment. Chrome and glass look good. The new convertible top needs fine-tuning. The interior looks new and correct. The engine compartment could be detailed to a higher level. Under the hood, the carbs carry the correct tags, and the car is said to be fully documented. Cond: 1-. #779-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N598167. Rallye Green/black vinyl. Odo: 5,758 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comes with documentation and a letter from the original owner describing how he bought the car, sold the car and later reacquired the car. The original-color repaint is glassy smooth. Panel fit is good. The interior is said to be mostly original, with just a small, repaired tear in the driver’s seat and a tatty package shelf. The trunk is very well done. Under the original flat hood is the perfectly prepped and detailed original 302 motor. Cond: 1-. #744-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD-455 coupe. VIN: 2V87X4N159682. Buccaneer Red/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 9,500 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the billboard cars seen throughout Las Vegas before and during the auction, this low mileage SD-455 shows the results of a professional restoration. The paint is well executed on the surfaces of a very straight body. The door jambs and underhood areas appear original. There are some fit issues around the Endura bumpers. The engine compartment could be detailed to a higher level. Inside, the interior shows some signs of aging as opposed to use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $111,100. These Super Duty Trans Ams represent the pinnacle of collectibility for 1974. A lot of money, but this lowmileage, well-documented example is about as good as you could hope to find. (See profile, p. 44.) SOLD AT $60,500. Well bought and sold at the top of the current market value. Manualtransmission Tri-Power GTOs represent the zenith of collectibile Pontiacs. This car has been well executed and just needs a little labor to correct the few issues. The buyer paid full price but received a sharp, iconic muscle car. #187-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. VIN: 124377N146317. Madeira Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 34,670 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An attractive, two-owner car with low mileage and full documentation. The original paint is showing evidence of its age with chips and wear. Under the hood is an honest-appearing en- SOLD AT $88,000. Well sold and bought at a price slightly above mid-market. The excellent respray and unusual ownership history will keep this particular car in the higher end of the market. New owner should do well. #699-1969 PONTIAC GTO Ram Air IV convertible. VIN: 242679R167185. Matador Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1,270 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration. Excellent paint and perfect chrome. The leading edge of the trunk lid is high and should be corrected. The engine compartment reveals a showroom appearance with the correct finishes. Inside, the interior is as-new with only the curling edges of the console lid cover detracting from the appearance. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $134,200. Sold for $29k at a 1997 Mecum auction (ACC# 21727), for $127k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013 (ACC# 260455) and for $121k at Leake 10 #375-1975 CHEVROLET BLAZER SUV. VIN: CKY185F143789. Orange & white/ white fiberglass/brown & plaid. Odo: 53 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Shockingly original K5 Blazer in desirable 1970s color scheme. This truck is new, as it was placed into climate-controlled storage upon purchase. Factory-correct in all aspects. Paint is untouched. Both doors have a droop, just as they did upon being built. Under the hood, the showroom appearance is only marred by overspray from the very heavy undercoating (which is still slightly tacky at the thickest points). Inside, the perfect interior shows plaid seat inserts and a GMC “Keep on Trucking” spare tire cover. Cond: 2+. January-February 2016 63 BEST BUY TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV SOLD AT $28,600. Very well sold and bought. These were everywhere for decades following their introduction, but an unmodified Blazer is unheard of today. A time-capsule example that seems like a safe investment, although the new owner will feel guilty every time the wheels turn. CORVETTE #748-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S111724. Rally Red/ red hard top/black soft top/red leather. 427ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recently restored. Numbers-matching, high-output L72 bigblock. Extensively optioned, with both tops. Panel fit and brightwork present as new. The paint is very well applied. The interior is in very good condition with only a sight discoloration to the top of the dash. Cond: 1-. and publication history. Bloomington Gold certified. Very well equipped with several luxury options. The paint is fresh, with a few areas which should be corrected. The brightwork and glass both sparkle. However, there are a few panel joints with uneven gaps. Underneath the hood, the triangular chrome air-cleaner assembly draws the eye. Inside, the interior appears as-new. Cond: 1-. 327/350 V8 and called the price “fair” (ACC# 264862). Well sold here. FOMOCO 2 SOLD AT $95,700. Well bought. This redon-white color combination is on par with Lot 748’s red-on-red color scheme for eye appeal. The new owner bought a greatlooking American Icon with plenty of upside potential. SOLD AT $71,500. Very well bought. This is about the most desirable regular production Corvette available from 1966. Combine the convertible body with the matchingnumbers big block and red-on-red color scheme, and you’ve got a winner. #733-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S104853. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 204 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. This is a greatlooking Corvette equipped with Tri-Power L68 big-block. Extensive documentation #368-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S401623. Rally Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 6,213 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Catalog says “upgraded with a fully rebuilt 350 high-performance engine.” One of many red-on-red Corvettes at the auction. The excellent repaint is applied over a body with good panel fit. Chrome and glass look very good. Under the hood, the replaced motor sits inside a well-executed engine bay. The interior is also in very good condition, with only a cracked dash distracting from the appearance. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. Recently sold for $24,300 at Silver Portland in April 2015, when the reporter noted that it had a #743-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 R-code 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6A43R249537. White/black vinyl. Odo: 23 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to museum quality. The body has been expertly prepped and the paint is applied to the highest standard. Trim, glass and panel fit are exceptional. Inside, the car presents as perfect. Following a 2½-year rotisserie restoration, this car won the Platinum Challenge at the Norwalk, OH, NMCA Muscle Car Nationals, scoring 6,925 points out of a possible 7,000. Paperwork and build sheets accompany car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $275,000. This rare, documented and perfectly restored factory race car was restored to a level that would be hard to duplicate. Very well sold at a price that will cause an adjustment at the top end of the market. Buyer may not wish to sell the car in the immediate future, but time should be a good friend. Fawn & faux wood/gold vinyl. Odo: 25,000 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. This very lowmileage wagon is strikingly original. Original paint is relatively untouched. Body fit and condition is as assembled, with the exception of what appears to be some repair work at the bottom of the rear fenders. Inside, the interior is time-capsule original with centerfacing third-row seats. The woodgrain panels are in good condition. Appears to be the same ’68 Mercury with 20k miles on it #350-1968 MERCURY COLONY PARK wagon. VIN: 8Z76Y602415. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV that ACC/SCM bought and sold a few years ago (see “Torque,” ACC Nov.-Dec. 2015, p. 8). Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,450. Well bought at a price that seems a bit low for the originality and low mileage, and I’d like to think ACC celebrity status adds to the value. Long-roof vehicles always garner special interest from car aficionados. Highly original cars from less-desirable eras are bringing this much or more. Well bought. ` 8 #702-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0T02G154360. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie-restored Boss 302. Excellent paint over a straight body. Door fit is off on both sides. Trim is excellent. Under the hood, the engine compartment is factory-correct, as is the undercarriage. Inside, the spartan interior is in very good condition and carries the 8,000-rpm tachometer as expected. Cond: 1-. Ram Air and Drag Pack along with other desirable options. Cond: 1-. together on this model. The prospects for collectibility look very good. MOPAR SOLD AT $132,000. Very well sold at over double the current market. This was a very attractive color combination on a car in excellent shape with supporting documentation. Additionally, the car went through the auction during prime time on Saturday. The buyer purchased a great and hard-to-duplicate vehicle, but it will be some time before a profit will be realized. #736-2006 SHELBY GT-H coupe. VIN: 1ZVFT82H365226433. Black & gold/black leather. Odo: 933 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Menacing and gleaming, this 40th anniversary tribute to the Shelby GT350 H rental car is virtually new. Shelby built 500 cars after Ford, Shelby and a Hertz VP collaborated on the idea. Of the 500 built, four were equipped with a manual transmission. This is one of the manual cars, owned by SOLD AT $143,000. Very well sold at an above-market price. Boss Mustangs are among the most collectible of 1970 cars. Well-optioned original or fully restored examples are the best investment. Here, the buyer paid a premium but received an excellent investment in return. Time will provide for a profit. #7002-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 428 fastback. VIN: 0T05R117586. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 46,393 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An original car with documentation and a supporting Marti Report. Color is said to have been applied to fewer than 250 cars. Paint and brightwork in excellent condition. Door, trunk and hood fit issues could easily be factory. Well-detailed engine compartment. The original interior shows little wear, except for the tired steering wheel. that VP. The paint, panel fit, engine compartment and interior have no issues. The car manages to look much more businesslike than the standard Mustang. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Well bought and sold. There is little market information available, as the rental cars were auctioned off to dealers after their service. The manualtransmission cars were never offered to the public or dealers. There are more powerful Shelbys available, but everything comes #701-1960 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: 9204106018. Dusk Mauve/ mauve cloth/mauve leather. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This giant Imperial is stunning. Recently fully restored, excellent quality paint is applied to a straight body. There are alignment issues at the driver’s door. All brightwork appears new. Under the hood, the engine bay is almost showroom fresh. Only the Autolite battery detracts from the appearance. Inside, the new color-matched leather stretches everywhere, even to the added leather steering-wheel cover. This is Mopar opulence at its 1960 finest, with full options and true presence. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. Recently sold for $110k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 (ACC# 258717). Very well bought today at a final bid below the current market value. Imperial convertibles were always low-production cars (only 618 built in 1960). The unique styling combined with the rarity make them very collectible cars. Here, the buyer avoided the considerable cost of restoration and has an almost new car with very few details needing attention. This should prove to be an economically reliable investment. #773-1963 DODGE 330 2-dr sedan. VIN: 6132114412. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 13,819 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. This is a factory-built race car (no manufacturer warranties applied). One of just 19 built. Documented with the Chrysler IBM build-record card and also a Galen Govier decoded report. Paint is showing the 35 years which have passed since undergoing a color change from Sandalwood. Under the hood, the giant Max Wedge V8 with cross-ram intake manifold sports a pair of staggered carburetors that stretch from one fender 66 AmericanCarCollector.com well to the other. Interior has problems, but it is as a result of the originality; carpet is the only item that has been replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. Well bought. These represent one of the highly sought-after TOP 10


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Mopar halo cars and they sell. Prices have come down slightly in the past few years, but factory-built race cars will always be valuable. The buyer should find this a good investment. #671-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23J0B302107. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 98,694 miles. 360-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Changed from the original color of Vitamin C Orange to a well-applied, color-sanded and mirror-finished black. Driver’s door fit needs attention. The interior is very good, but there is slight curling on the pad on the door armrest. Under the hood, the Six-Pack package is covered by the bright red air-cleaner assembly. Claimed to be one of 1,120 4-speed-equipped cars. The drivetrain is original, and the car includes a Galen Govier inspection. Cond: 1-. QUICKTAKE 1967 Ford Mustang 4x4 custom fastback SOLD at $25,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, September 24–26, 2015, Lot 490 VIN: 7R02C138413 SOLD AT $77,000. Very well bought at a price well below the six figures top models can bring. This car was restored to a high standard. The color change is probably one reason for the lower price. Unique colors on any muscle car add value and on Mopars, the High Impact options such as Vitamin C Orange, Sassy Grass Green, Lemon Twist Yellow and Tor Red add value. The buyer would do well to invest in a repaint to the original color. #754-2004 DODGE VIPER Hennessey convertible. VIN: 1B3JZ65ZX4V101187. White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 4,700 miles. 8.6-L turbocharged V10, 6-sp. Tuned and modified by Hennessey to produce 1,000 horsepower. The engine is bored out with twin turbochargers added. In very good condition and shows only slight evidence of having traveled an average of 400 miles per year in the past decade. Magazine tests indicate a 0–60 time of 3.25 seconds and a top speed of 210 mph for the convertible. Cond: 1-. a rig with mud tires. What do you buy? A Bronco isn’t sporty enough, and a Mustang isn’t going to get you out to the bog and back. You’ve got two choices: settle for something or get creative. This builder took the best of both worlds and crammed them together, dropping a Mustang Say you’re a die-hard Ford fan who loves muscle cars but needs body down on top of a Bronco 4x4 chassis. It’s probably the only Mustang around that’ll sit you eye-to-eye with modern SUVs in traffic. And beyond its goofy 4x4 pony-car stance and a Hurst floor-shifter handle that sits higher than the steering column, it’s reportedly about as sorted as something like this can get. One of the builders reportedly drove it daily for years. The catalog copy stated, “This ‘Ford-ification’ idea was conceived around 1980 by a few guys in a restoration shop and resulted in the production of about a dozen similar vehicles. It is unknown how many of those remain today.” There’s no information as to what year the Bronco chassis is, but we can reasonably presume it was a second-generation (1978 or 1979) unit because of its wheelbase and live front axle. Second-gen Bronco wheelbases were longer — 104 inches up from the first-gen’s 92 — which meshes pretty well with the 108-inch Mustang. So what’s something like this worth? Average prices in 2015 for ’78–79 Broncos and ’67 Mustang custom fastbacks came in at $23,872 and $93,051, respectively. Stock ’67 V8 fastback Mustangs averaged $41,140. So despite the fabrication, ingenuity and creativity poured into this rig, the bidders ended the fight well under what a stock Mustang would have done. But that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Customs just aren’t for everyone — espe- cially when they’re Mustangs on 4x4 chassis. Still, the new owner ended up with a helluva look-at-me statement that’ll go wherever he wants to go, and for that, I’d say the money spent was about right. A —Chad Tyson SOLD AT $63,800. Well sold beyond high market. Pretty much every big muscle-car auction will have at least one Viper. This special car performed better than average, and the buyer’s investment will likely pay off over the long term. A January-February 2016 January-February 2016 67


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Hilton Head Island, SC Auctions America — Hilton Head Island ONE OF THE BEST DEALS: A 1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO BROUGHAM AT $121K, WELL BELOW THE PREDICTED $175k–$200k Auctions America Hilton Head Island, SC October 31, 2015 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Bill Rothermel Automotive lots sold/ offered: 63/95 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $5,422,000 High sale: 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold at $379,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Well bought, far under the $175k–$200k estimate — 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham sedan, sold at $121,000 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 68 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics & Fancy Aeroport Gala and an Aero Expo. And to top it all off, Auctions America has now joined the party. The concours moved to Port Royal Plantation in T 2013. The onsite Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa proved an ideal auction venue. During the two-day preview, the 95 cars on offer could be seen from the hotel’s entrance. The adjacent convention center provided an indoor option for vendors and auction automobilia, as well as a climatized auction space. Ample underground parking, unusual in the low country, provided nighttime protection for the consignments. Hendrick Performance brought a number of excel- lent cars, and their team was omnipresent. They had a full indoor display, and representatives were available to educate auctiongoers about NASCAR history and he Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival is 10 nonstop days of old-car action. There are vintage races, a car club corral, banquets and a concours d’elegance. The festival even added aviation to the mix this year, with the Flights Hendrick’s Certified Racecars. The diverse mix included 99-point concours muscle cars, vintage luxury convertibles, high- and low-end sports cars, race cars, classic off-road vehicles, a woodie, a 5-window coupe, a Hudson Super Six limousine, and at least five future classics with less than break-in mileage. Six Bentleys were offered at no reserve. The 10 Corvettes on offer spanned the model’s first half-century, starting with a first-year 1953 that took high American sale honors at $379,500. The second-most-expensive American lot was also one of the best deals of the weekend: a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, which went home to a new garage for $121k, well below the predicted $175k–$200k. Midday auction attendance was excellent in spite of the festival’s many compelling distractions, and aggressive phone bidding fueled the competitive atmosphere in the room. Sixty-three out of 95 cars changed hands, for a healthy $5.4m total and a 66% sell-through rate, providing a solid foundation for Auctions America’s return in 2016. A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Hilton Head Island, SC GM #123-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: L14754. Twilight Turquoise & India Ivory/white vinyl/turquoise fabric & ivory vinyl. Odo: 23,462 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Above-average restoration (date unknown) with little use since. Great paint with few flaws. Body straight but hoodand trunk-fit problems easily seen. Attractive fender skirts with fit problems. Great chrome but some fit problems. Engine immaculate and correct with minor dent on valve cover. Interior immaculate and attractive. Some door window felt missing. Cond: 2-. 2006, although the ACC Premium Auction Database indicates the car sold in 2014 for $187k at RM Plymouth (ACC# 244410). Well bought today, far under the $175k– $200k estimate. #198-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SS convertible. VIN: 30467W104227. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 54,468 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Cosmetic restoration completed in 2005. Red paint is well applied over obvious bodywork. Weld joints in rear fenders and obvious Bondo left rear. Chrome molding appears aged, with a few dents and dings. Seat covers and door panels appear fresh. Some pitting of chrome console. Engine compartment dirty, rusted, with peeling paint and insulation. Cond: 3-. fans. This car no-saled at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2015 with a top bid of $67k (ACC# 262556). Seller relented to market forces; buyer got a fabulous muscle car. Fair transaction. #175-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 3J67V2M140083. Ebony Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,874 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full restoration by Thornton Brothers, highly respected Oldsmobile specialists and parts suppliers. Restoration date not specified. Quality application of deep black paint. Great graphics. Panels straight. Appropriate gaps. Excellent top and upholstery. Console and dash are not as new as rest of car. Immaculate engine bay. Well optioned with a/c, 8-track, Rally Pack, AM/FM, tilt wheel, anti-spin rear, cruise control. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $67,100. In 1956 advertisements, Chevrolet announced, “The hot one’s even hotter!” This car’s color combination and convertible top supported this impression, but poor attention to detail detracted from the finished product. Seller was correct to sell a bit below the $70k low estimate. After some minor expense to fix the chrome, buyer will have a most presentable car. A fair deal for both. #157-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham sedan. VIN: 58P007550. Gray/ stainless steel/blue cloth. Odo: 49,812 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One of 400 Eldorado Broughams built in 1957. Refurbished with new paint and interior in 2009. Paint smooth and well applied in classic Cadillac Deauville Gray. Mild pitting inside of window frame. Brightwork very good. Upholstery like new. Attractive interior chrome. Vanity items include magnetic tumblers, Cross pen and perfume atomizer, but not in sight. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $13,200. The Chevy II and Corvair brought the fight to the Ford Falcon in 1963, but an anemic six was no match for Ford’s new 260 and 289 V8s. A convertible but hardly a collectible. This car was attractive from 20 feet, but there’s not much else to add. Seller got all the money. #120-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 L78 2-dr sedan. VIN: 134279B383899. Monaco Orange/black fabric. Odo: 55,619 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stunning SS 396 two-door post. Full rotisserie restoration 2007. Recently detailed again. Great paint. Panel fit better than new. Brightwork flawless. Immaculate fabric interior. Raised white-letter Goodyear tires. One of fewer than 20 SS 396 375-hp cars with post option, according to description. NOS radio and antenna added. Aluminum heads added. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,500. Not a W-30. Not a Hurst-Olds. If you were looking for a highly optioned boulevard cruiser, this was the one. Well bought and sold at the low estimate. #167-2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO NASCAR racer. VIN: 48267. Blue & silver/ black racing bucket. 5.9-L V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Raced by Jimmie Johnson during 2003–06 seasons. Winner of the 2005 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. Two additional topfive finishes. Car never finished outside the top 10. Extremely good paint and graphics; seller says paint has not changed since its last race. Interior neat and presents as original. Engine rebuilt to race specs with period parts. Sale includes private VIP tour of Hendrick Performance Heritage center and free shipping to buyer’s home. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. Highly collectible Cadillac with an incredible array of features that were groundbreaking at introduction and difficult to maintain, including an air suspension, power seats with memory, automatic high beams and door locks, pushbutton open-and-close hood and trunk, etc. All said to function. Auction description states present owner took possession in 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $71,500. If you wanted to go fast in 1969, you could order a bare-bones Chevelle SS 396 with a side post to increase rigidity. Chevrolet’s version of a Road Runner had to be carefully ordered. The result is unusual and valuable to Bowtie NOT SOLD AT $95,000. The star of the sale, displayed prominently. Reconditioned and certified by original Hendrick Motors


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Hilton Head Island, SC ports with extensive documentation. Authentic Hendrick racing machine with real history, but fans might be saving their higher bids for a points race winner, championship season car or road race car they could use. Right buyer wasn’t in the room. #191-2006 PONTIAC SOLSTICE convertible. VIN: 1G2MB33B36Y110114. Silver/ black canvas/gray & tan leather. Odo: 782 miles. 2.4-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Nearly new nine-year-old Pontiac. The owner said he was too big for the car and that was the reason for selling it. Paint, panel fit, interior all consistent with minimal mileage. XM radio. Cond: 1-. well over auction-house estimate. Well bought and sold. #150-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S106986. Black & silver/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 367 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Full restoration. First year of the duck tail with round taillights and last one with contrasting coves. Paint flawless, attractive colors, panel fit close to perfect. Excellent chrome; slight mismatch of front chrome spears with extensions over headlights. Immaculate interior and engine compartment. Periodlooking whitewalls, hubcaps with spinners and Wonderbar radio. Cond: 1-. pleted body-on restoration. Protect-O-Plate. Original engine. Good paint. Good panel fit. Much new chrome; brightwork around windshield appears dulled from polishing. Excellent interior; vinyl looks new. Engine neat, with paint loss on top of block. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Desirable finalyear C2 4-speed convertible with base engine. I suspect the restoration started with a good car. High bid looked realistic against the $75k–$85k estimate. SOLD AT $16,500. Base model of a Pontiac success. Solstice production peaked in 2006 at nearly 20,000 cars per year but waned as the dissolution of Pontiac grew closer. The car is striking and should offer attention and the relatively trouble-free driving of a new model for years to come. Though the price was high for a typical car, the deal seemed fair for buyer and seller. CORVETTE 1 065. Polo White/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 34,599 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1bbl, auto. Restored to over-restored. Outstanding paint. Door gaps better than new. Irregularity of fiberglass on deck lid is consistent with factory early production. Door and window chrome do not align well. Perfect interior. Engine compartment pristine. Cond: 1-. #168-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001- SOLD AT $77,000. This Corvette was restored with obvious effort and expense, and it attracted huge attention. No mention of matching numbers, but authentically redone. The new owner has a great dualquad Corvette at a great price. #159-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S103426. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 39,056 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 2010 NCRS Top Flight award in 2010. Attractive triple-black. Frame-off restoration documented with photos. Judging sheets included. Paint well applied with some ripples in fiberglass. Paint abnormality in left rear fender. Door gaps excellent. Interior flawless. Some paint loss on header. Cond: 1-. #169-2003 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Le Mans pace car coupe. VIN: 1G1YY22G635100007. Anniversary Red/Sand leather. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. LowVIN pilot car and one of two pace cars built for use at Le Mans in 2003, according to catalog. Purchased from a GM Heritage Center auction. Paint nearly as-new, as are accent decals. All panel fit is as-new. Roof lights and taillights are strobes. Euro-spec rear lights and license inset. Interior shows minimal wear consistent with minimal use. Registered in Montana on a salvage title. Can’t read digital odo, but said to be under 2,500 actual miles. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. One of two Le Mans cars in the auction. Both had incredibly low mileage. This one was the more exciting 6-speed car. Bidding stopped at a median price for such cars without such heritage. While this unusual car deserved a higher bid, it may not be found at an American auction. SOLD AT $379,500. Number 65 of 300 first-year Corvettes. In a notable collection since 1998, when it was purchased at a Mecum sale for $93k (ACC# 14765). Not a world record, but high for the market and 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $70,950. From the Hendrick stable and one of 10 Corvettes in the auction. This car stood out under the tent and was auctioned during prime time. Well bought under the $75k–$90k estimate. #171-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S119140. Rally Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 72,002 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Just com- #179-2003 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Le Mans safety car coupe. VIN: 1G1YYY22G635108950. Anniversary Red/gray leather. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. One of four Le Mans safety cars from anniversary year, according to catalog. Complete with working safety lights on top and rear. Paint fit, finish and interior condition all consistent with minimal use. Less than 2,000 miles. Engine compartment clean. Euro-spec taillights and license-plate inset. Five-point TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Hilton Head Island, SC safety harnesses for driver and passenger. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,900. Automatic version similar to Lot 169. Green and amber strobe lights on detachable roof. An unusual, barely used vehicle offered at no reserve. The car will be a hit at Cars and Coffee. Well bought. FOMOCO #124-1934 FORD MODEL 48 5-window coupe. VIN: KY10823. Brown & black/tan mohair. Odo: 62,624 miles. Deluxe model with multiple accessories, including rumble seat, rear-mounted spare, cowl lights, front bumper-mounted amber lights and paired horns. Paint and pinstriping well applied and correct. Top canvas and interior fabric appear new. Brightwork unblemished. Attractive white-face gauges with modern chrome accessory gauge mounted below dash. Cond: 1-. tion. Interior and engine compartment look tired. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $36,000. Semipreservation car whose fully restored value would not cover costs. Some work needs to be done to drive and enjoy it. Well sold. #119-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 4Y86N431544. Black/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 65,731 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration well presented. Miles claimed actual. Has a/c, AM/ FM radio, power top, windows, door locks, six-way seat, steering and brakes. Paint is well applied. Panel fit is excellent. Doors meet and do not drop when opened. Chrome shows some polishing marks but is otherwise excellent. Interior shows signs of age but is quite attractive. Interior chrome is untarnished. Air-cleaner valve covers, overflow tank and radiator have been repainted. The rest of engine compartment appears well maintained. Cond: 2+. detracted from same and raised questions about the rest. If there are no other problems, buyer should be satisfied, but the best of the best can command even more. #117-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special fastback. VIN: 0F05M118879. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 86,323 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 96 Mach 1s produced with “Twister Special” graphics, a regional Midwest edition. Said to be an unrestored original with one repaint. Paint evenly applied, except right front fender has different texture. Chipped around doors. Interior door panels show wear. Seats look better than rest of interior. Engine clean and neat. Has a/c, power steering and brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $45,100. Prior to the auction, this car was parked at a remote, uncovered portion of the lot next to an unrestored woodie, which seemed to garner more attention. The coupe, though extremely well done and well accessorized, suffers from a bland paint scheme and an aging and shrinking collector group. This buyer got a great period piece, and the seller achieved an optimal sales price. #125-1937 FORD MODEL 78B woodie wagon. VIN: 78790B6097. Washington Blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 74,086 miles. Said to be a two-owner preservation car but has been converted to 12V and has replacement top and seat covers. Remainder could be original. Wood does not appear rotted but has lost much sealer and has some fading. Rear window with extensive delamina- 74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $64,350. HBO’s “Entourage” has elevated the profile and popularity of this boulevard cruiser. Suicide rear doors and a 126-inch wheelbase add to the presence. The car was captivating, and it sold for the price of a better one. #173-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F026137299. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 44,474 miles. 302-ci V8, 4 bbl., 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration, date unknown. Mostly excellent paint with slight orange peel above driver’s door. Generally good panel fit except at headlight panels. Great brightwork. Loose driver’s door handle. Top of driver’s door glass is chipped. Interior excellent. Engine compartment well done with reproduction factory paint markings. Hurst T-handle shifter, 3.91 rear, raised white-letter tires. Restoration photos and Marti Report. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,300. The effort and expense of this restoration were obvious, but a few details SOLD AT $66,000. Regional special editions were somewhat common in the muscle car era. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows this one sold at BarrettJackson in 1993 for $19k (ACC# 5037). A similar car with similar mileage no-saled at Mecum KC last December at $65k (ACC# 6772573), making this look market-correct. MOPAR #170-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B307242. Burnt Orange/black vinyl/Burnt Orange vinyl. Odo: 34,617 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Outstanding full rotisserie restoration with no visible flaws. Drivetrain and sheet metal said to be original. Panels, paint and fit all like new or better. Factory markings and factory decals. Great documentation by owner. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $89,100. Fabulous restoration


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Hilton Head Island, SC ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside with seller on hand and with a large display of significant documentation and data. Middisplacement muscle cars continue to struggle compared with their big-block brothers. This was the best of the best and brought top dollar for what must have been an expensive restoration. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #113-2003 DODGE VIPER SRT10 convertible. VIN: 1B3JR65Z83V501299. Red/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 13,201 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Low mileage and obviously well cared for. First year of larger V10 powerplant. Great paint with no fading or scratches and few chips in front. Great panel fit. Interior suggests minimal use. Engine compartment attractive, neat and clean. Cond: 1-. 1993–95 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup in 1989 and was gone almost immediately. GMC’s Syclone only showed up in 1991 and the follow-up Typhoon wasn’t a direct-enough competitor. Chevrolet manufactured the 454 SS from 1990 to ’93, so there was only one year of direct head-to-head sales comparison with the Lightning, and Ford outsold Chevy handily. For the Chevy, the sales had fallen from a high of 13,748 the first year to 3,205 trucks for the following three years combined. The first-generation Lightning’s sales also decreased each year of production, but not as dramatically. The Lightning was a set package deal; it had one transmission I Detailing Years built: 1993–95 Number produced: 11,563 Average price of those cars: $8,964 Current ACC Valuation: $8,775 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 5 (auto), one engine (5.8-liter V8) and set body style (fleetside). No four-wheel drive or extended cabs, either. The major choice the buyer had was color. The ’93 models came only in red or black, while white (the rarest color choice) was added for ’94 and ’95. Power came from the long-used Windsor 5.8-liter V8. But since the truck came from SVT, they added GT40 high-flow heads, stainless shorty headers and other heavy-duty/high-performance parts. That V8 pumped out 240 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. That power output was higher, 20% and 10% respectively, than the 351 Ford put in other trucks that year. In the collector market, the Lightning is trending up. The median price of these trucks, as collected by ACC’s Premium Auction Database, has risen 41% since 2011. The average price of these pickups over the past five years bounces around a little bit due to a couple of exceptionally low-mileage examples selling for north of $20k. Mecum sold a first-year Bright Red SVT Lightning for $26,950 in Austin, TX, back in December 2014. It had just 3,665 miles. There’s room for more growth here, and given the interest in ’80s and early ’90s perfor- 76 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com mance vehicles lately, I reckon this truck will continue its upward valuation trend. A — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $28,600. Two-and-a-half years out of an Oregon estate after 40 years in one family. While this car had the seating of a limo, it had little else in the way of luxury accessories. Money spent on restoration would not be recouped. Well sold. A n my old neighborhood, a faded Bright Red ’93 Lightning, with peeling clearcoat, rumbled by my windows at least once a week. The driver left a pair of rubber patches at the corner of Alma and Central nearly every time. My neighbors hated it. I loved it. When Ford brought the SVT Lightning to market, there was a little remaining competition in the briefly flourishing sports-truck market. The Shelby Dakota appeared SOLD AT $43,450. First year of a major design change for the Viper. Gone was the hinged front end; most consider this newer generation more comfortable and usable. This was a great example sold in the middle range of Viper prices. Buyer should be pleased. AMERICANA #129-1918 HUDSON SUPER SIX limousine. VIN: 70M272. Maroon & Black/gray cloth. Odo: 39,677 miles. Aluminum body remarkably straight for age. Shiny but old paint. Non-stock taillights. Privacy window. Gray fabric seats are replacements, aged mohair carpets. Engine compartment tired with leaking water pump. Cond: 4+.


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Fredericksburg, TX Worldwide Auctioneers — The Ron Brown Estate Collection 1950s CRUISERS REMAINED A BIT SOFT, ALTHOUGH A STELLAR 1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA CONVERTIBLE DID BRING $124k Worldwide Auctioneers October 23–24, 2015 Fredericksburg, TX Auctioneers: Rod Egan, John Kruse Automotive lots sold/ offered: 102/102 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $4,035,350 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, sold at $220,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Oodles of trim that take a lot of time and money to get right — 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible, sold at $123,750 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 78 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Bob DeKorne Market opinions in italics collection included a few blue-chip Fords and Mopars; he was well known as a true car guy with a huge heart. When he died in early 2015, he had already arranged for Worldwide Auctioneers to assist the family in settling his estate. They conducted the sale right at Brown’s dealership. Friday evening commenced with around 160 no- R reserve lots of automobilia, signs and antiques. John Kruse handled the work on the block and dispensed with the collection in short order. Many of Brown’s friends and associates picked up a piece or two to remember him by. By 8 p.m., Worldwide staff were turning the room over for Saturday’s automotive lots. The Saturday crowd was huge and just kept com- ing, with packed bidders’ seating, lots of interested spectators and solid prices throughout the sale. Nothing fell through the cracks this day, as Rod Egan expertly on Brown made a lot of friends in Central Texas, and his dealership Street Dreams was a beautiful facility chock-full of highquality American muscle cars and ’50s cruisers. Ron particularly loved GM, but his guided the sale of 102 no-reserve collector cars. The high sale was predictable: a well-documented, lowmileage, original-paint 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda at $220k. Next was an outstanding 1963 Split-Window Corvette coupe best described as a survivor, which was a nice buy at $171k and could have gone higher. Bargain of the day? Either Lot 41, a very nice ’59 El Camino at $35k, or Lot 76, an immaculately restored 1970 Mustang 428 R-code fastback. The owners were unable to find the Mustang’s matching-numbers documentation, which hampered bidding, and it sold for just $110k. 1950s cruisers remained a bit soft, although a stellar 1959 Impala convertible did bring $124k. A freshly painted 1947 Dodge Power Wagon 4x4 sold for $35k, and it truly deserved to return to a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Ron had high standards for paint and bodywork, and as a result, his cars sold for market-correct prices right down the line. It was a pleasure to report on cars that were in such fine condition and so obviously well cared for.A


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GM #24-1941 CHEVROLET MODEL AK custom pickup. VIN: AZ200636. Black/tan leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely built to drive, with independent front suspension, power steering, drilled disc brakes and aftermarket a/c. Nice older paint, good gaps and excellent chrome. Oak bed with chrome trim. Dressed up under the hood, but downright grubby inside, with an amateur upholstery job starting to unwind. The modern bucket seats don’t blend well with an otherwise strong presentation, but that can be fixed. Cond: 3. fine highway cruiser. No wipers on a very wet day in central Texas. Several bidders brought this right to a market-correct price quickly. Slightly well sold. Last seen at Leake Tulsa 2014, not sold at $44k (ACC# 2518012). #13-1956 CHEVROLET 3100 Cameo pickup. VIN: V3A56L002897. Ivory White/ red leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mild resto-mod truck with a great look. Older paint still shines nicely with just a few nicks. Older oak bed still looks great. Custom seat upholstery and digital instruments in an otherwise ’50s interior, very sharp. Nice and clean under the hood and sounds great. New gas suspension, disc brakes, and generally tidy underneath. A desirable truck built to drive. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,700. A lot of eyeball on the outside of this truck, with strong chrome and trim. The back of the truck still shows well, but too bad they didn’t have the right tailgate. Looks sharp but not highly detailed under the hood. At least most of the major items were looking good, and it attracted a lot of attention; it didn’t seem to hurt the bottom line much, anyway. Nicely sold. #6-1956 CHEVROLET 210 custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: C56K072146. Red & white/red & black leather. Odo: 7,921 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Slight resto-mod but only obvious inside and underhood. Excellent paint and chrome, shaved handles, fine panel fit. Custom bench-seat interior in period-style leather is clean with gorgeous digital dash. Nicely finished engine bay with some extra chrome bits and a Z06 intake. Four-wheel disc brakes and American Racing Mags. Clean chassis and new rubber. Minor vent-window glass delamination is the only obvious flaw. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. It’s always tough to pin a price on a slight custom, but this truck didn’t stray too far from the original Cameo, and was obviously done well and has held up nicely. Cameos always command a premium, and this one is built for easy cruising. Ron liked to tweak his cars just a bit, and I thought this one might slip through the cracks, but the room spoke loud and proud. Have to call this one slightly well sold. Recently seen at Worldwide Montgomery, TX, in May of 2015, not sold at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 264905). #14-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56A024211. Harbor Blue & Nassau Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice, straight panels with an older finish just beginning to show its age. The chrome is excellent and abundant, as is the trim inside and out. Clean and bonestock inside, with an excellent replacement two-tone interior and factory dash with an AM radio. A lovely engine bay is clean and correct, with great-looking wide whites and wire wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,500. A tastefully done restomod that’s a real head turner. Lowered just a bit with low-profile tires for a cool stance. Very nice custom interior that looked proper for a ’50s car. It sounded fantastic and started easily, and with an estimated 400 hp and overdrive transmission, it should be a SOLD AT $62,700. One of two ’56 Bel Airs in the sale in the attractive Harbor/Nassau Blue paint scheme—Lot 16 is the matching Nomad. A very nice car with an older finish January-February 2016 79


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Fredericksburg, TX but obvious care. Power top and AM radio are the main options, but the good looks and flashy chrome are standard equipment. Prices have seemed a little soft on ’50s cars, and that was evident here, as this car might have made a little more five or 10 years ago. It would still earn you respect at any Tri-Five event, and nice to see one bone-stock in Ron’s collection. A solid buy. #16-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC56F024671. Harbor Blue & Nassau Blue/two-tone blue fabric. Odo: 37,388 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An attractive car with good panel fit and excellent trim and chrome. Older repaint still shines with just a few flaws. Rubber seal issues prevalent. Interior looks like a very nice correct replacement. Flying-bird hood and fender ornaments, bumper guards, rocker moldings and chrome headliner bows. Sharp presentation and ready to enjoy. Cond: 2-. his garage? The quintessential ’50s car, the right colors and a fine restoration added up to lots of bids that respected this icon. Well sold with an undeniable presence. Last seen at Mecum Houston 2013, a $55k nosale (ACC# 219996). #72-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F59F243931. Roman Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 26 miles. 348-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Another really well-prepared body from Ron Brown. Great panel fit, lovely paint, clear chrome and excellent trim bits everywhere. Red-with-tweed-insert interior is excellent, and one of the great dashes of the decade with that cool space-age steering wheel. Fresh and immaculate under the hood, right down to the details. Nothing to quibble about here. Cond: 1-. sounds great. Won on the phone right at the market price. #35-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124379N510554. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,371 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very nice paint job with only minor wear and sharp graphics. Excellent trim and chrome throughout. Sharp vinyl top. Power steering and brakes, tach, clock and AM radio inside, with a very clean and proper interior. Nice woodgrain trim and deluxe wood steering wheel. A nice clean package any enthusiast would love to own. A very sharp car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. A very nice presentation of an honest older restoration. This Nomad ran well and seemed solid except for the rotting door seals. New owner should be proud to show it at any Chevy or Tri-Five event. Slightly well bought. #57-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57B100448. Matador Red/ white vinyl/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 66,551 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Absolutely beautiful paint and bodywork, with strong chrome and trim throughout. No corners cut here. Matching stock interior looks new. Immaculate dash, clear glass and fresh carpets. Power steering and brakes, Continental spare. Clean and correct under the hood. Spinner caps, skirts and dual exhaust. Parade boot and Wonderbar radio. A lovely package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $123,750. Ron’s buddies told me that he did hundreds of restorations and only kept the best, and that’s where this Impala squarely falls. Great finishes everywhere, proper panel fit, too, and oodles of trim that take a lot of time and money to get right. Ron didn’t mind messing with a car if it could be improved, but this one sat bonestock. Tough to improve on this design, and in the day, it was a huge stylistic leap forward from the ’50s cars. A strong result on a very strong car—seems fair to all. #49-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676P188588. Dark red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 9,681 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. The engine has the correct codes. Nice finish over solid bodywork with just a few flaws. Very deep chrome and crisp trim. Replacement interior looks great, with correct console and sharp gauges. Nicely detailed underneath and very clean under the hood. A wonderful driver that shows well throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. A great-looking package from one of the most popular years of Camaro production. Ron had an eye for great GM muscle, and he obviously enjoyed this car, as it had the perfect amount of wear and was obviously well cared for. Bidders took notice, and the action was brisk right from the start. An easy one to buy sight unseen and a fair deal all around. Three recent no-sales at auction: bid to $50k at Leake Dallas 2013 (ACC# 234561), to $61k at Vicari Nocona in May 2014 (ACC# 243551), and to $50k at Leake Tulsa in June 2014 (ACC# 251827). #21-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379N579827. Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 47,101 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A simple and very clean SS. Panel gaps and finishes are first-rate, as is the chrome. Chin spoiler, great graphics and a set of Magnum 500 rims give it a great classic look. Clean interior with original woodgrain trim. But let’s get to the point: 325 hp and 4-speed. A really strong, basic Camaro. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. With big ’50s cruiser prices a little soft in general, I was eager to see where this beauty would land. Fear not—all the old-timers are not dead yet, and who wouldn’t want a ’57 Chevy this nice in 80 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $52,250. 1966 was the first year the GTO was a distinct model in the Pontiac lineup. Fine, straight bodywork and excellent paint throughout. Rally rims and Redline tires look great. Runs strong and SOLD AT $44,000. Ron had quite a few Camaros, and this one is certainly not the flashiest of the bunch—but it’s clean, square, and correct with the right engine and tranny. This is what I think of when I hear the word “muscle car.” No sissy amenities or extra weight—just the essentials to get on down the road. I’m calling this one of BEST BUY


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Fredericksburg, TX the deals of the sale—but I’m a sucker for the highly original cars. CORVETTE 6 306. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 57,081 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A lovely survivor with minor wear showing in all the right places. Very nice panel fit, amazing paint, clean chrome and glass. Nothing perfect, but everything in fine order. Very clean original interior that at first glance might look like a replacement. Factory a/c—rare with a 4-speed, and the first year available. Accurate with minor wear under the hood. Highly desirable. Cond: 2+. #79-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S120- bidders, you’d have to say that the final price realized must be the market. Sold for $140k at Barrett-Jackson in 2009 (ACC# 119123); a $135k no-sale at Mecum Indy in 2012 (ACC# 205006); a $95k no-sale at Mecum Indy in 2013 (ACC# 223068); and sold for $155k at Mecum Monterey in 2013 (ACC# 230593). Well bought at an even higher price today. 163. Lynndale Blue/teal vinyl. Odo: 10,532 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lovely accurate paint and bodywork, as-new chrome and trim; this one has been restored to award-winning condition. Proven by Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, and Gold Spinner Concours Award—the Triple Crown for a ’Vette. Bone-stock down to the clamps and markings underhood, it’s a time capsule. Clean, proper interior. Cond: 1-. 9 #68-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S113- Edelbrock aluminum heads and Thickstun high-rise manifold—a great traditional look. Steel wheels, caps and blackwalls finish it, with juice brakes and a Walker radiator getting you home. Traditional 3-on-the-floor shifting. Digital odo. Love it. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,750. I really liked this car with its old-school touches and built flathead. The steelies with caps and that period high-rise intake really stand out. Oldschool interior except gauges, steering column and wheel. Great LeBaron Bonney top. A sweet mix of vintage speed parts with a few modern hot-rodder touches. One of just two traditional hot rods in his collection; Ron had a knack for slight customization without losing a traditional look. You could not build it for the final price, so if it fits your needs, well bought. SOLD AT $170,500. Reported to be a twoowner car, it has survived in excellent condition. Bone-stock everywhere you look. Lots of bidders here, and despite a strong final bid, have to call this one well bought— where are you going to find another? An entry into every Corvette event in the world. Last sold for $150k at Mecum Monterey 2013 (ACC# 227429). S123677. Rally Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,275 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A sensational car, with great equipment and provenance. Fantastic straight bodywork and a great finish throughout. Beautiful chrome and stainless trim as well. 7 #50-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676- SOLD AT $137,500. One of the nicest restored ’Vettes at the sale. No frills, just straight-ahead performance. Obviously babied since restoration, there’s nothing to fret about here. Final hammer price was right on the money, but you can’t spend too much for quality, and this is an undeniable weapons-grade collectible, so even at that price, I’m calling it well bought by a very lucky new owner right in the room. Sold for $110k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 (ACC# 240393). FOMOCO #73-1931 FORD MODEL A convertible. VIN: DRF57578. Green/tan fabric/brown vinyl. Very sharp fiberglass body with an old-school style. Upholstered roof with twoinch chop and a traditional interior with modern steering. 221-ci flathead has Spinner caps and sidepipes. Full numbersmatching driveline as certified by Kevin Mackey. AM/FM, clock and teakwood wheel. A stellar car with nothing to complain about. Comes with Protect-O-Plate, warranty docs and Bloomington Gold certification. Unmarked factory sidepipes and factory headrests as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,250. All of the major Corvette judging organizations agree: This is an exceptional car. With a full room of hungry 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #43-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint convertible. VIN: 4H14F175419. Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 35,651 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Sporty version of an otherwise rather bland design. Nice finish on the unusual dark green paint, with nice chrome bits and mag wheels. Overall excellent body work. Very sharp all-black interior, and a fresh vinyl soft top. Sport steering wheel and tach. Immaculate under the hood and obviously done to a high standard of originality. A well-rounded package you don’t see every day. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. The short-lived Falcon Sprint is a great-driving little car and a bit underappreciated. The car sold here was nicely presented and sure sounded great. Bidding was a little soft despite the packed house, and it took hard work by the auction staff to finish where it did. Probably marketcorrect, and right on the money on the funper-dollar meter. #11-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R215943-04173. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 127 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Elite Marti Report included. Straight body panels throughout, nice paint, great trim and graphics. Factory a/c, tinted glass, power steering, disc brakes, shoulder harness seat belts, tilt wheel and tach. Amazing original interior survives intact, even the woodgrain. Optional woodgrain wheel and the obligatory Ol’ Shel signature. Tidy and correct underhood. Beautiful car. Interior looks original and the nicest I’ve seen. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Fredericksburg, TX SOLD AT $112,750. One of 20 built in this configuration. Highly correct and beautifully presented. Bidding started at $100k and rose steadily to a fair value, but slightly in favor of the lucky new owner. #76-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 428 R-code fastback. VIN: 0T05R109357. Calypso Coral/coral & black vinyl. Odo: 73,097 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A high-level restoration throughout, with wonderful bodywork, fine finishes and great trim everywhere. Power steering, power disc brakes and a/c. Just beautiful inside with a lovely stock interior. Magnum 500 rims. R-code 428 Cobra Jet engine is fully correct, with a numbers-matching tranny. One of the stars of the show, and a significant opportunity. Cond: 1-. simple interior appropriate for the car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $72,600. Plymouth caught a little racing heritage with the AAR ’Cuda, a straight-ahead performance car that would turn 14-second quarters right out of the box. You could look just like Sam Posey and Mark Donohue in a street-legal rocket no one could miss. All the gearheads wanted this car, but it sold just above the money to the telephone. work-truck style. It ran and drove just fine, and was just begging to find a nice rancher to live with, which it did. Lots of interest on the block, and the final price showed the demand from the packed house. Well sold. #45-1970 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29R06127045. Burnt orange/black vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 66,945 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice paint and chrome with solid bodywork. Nice black vinyl top. Matching-numbers Hemi drivetrain with Hurst pistol-grip shifter and Sure-Grip Dana 60 rear end. Options include 26-inch radiator, power front disc brakes, rally gauges and Tic-Toc-Tach. Clean white upholstery and original woodgrain. Significant car in fine shape. Cond: 2. R0B257766. Jamaica Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 16,802 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An original Hemi with A32 Super Performance Axle package and 10.28:1 compression. Optional Shaker hood with Slapstick shifter. Has a few touch-ups and body dings. Beautiful and just like Detroit built ’em under the hood. Great original interior and a fine preservation candidate. Sold on bill of sale, reportedly stored for 43 years. Cond: 3-. 5 #15-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23- SOLD AT $110,000. Pretty much the top dog for Ford in 1970, and a beautifully restored one at that. Nothing in the way of many first places here. The estate could not find engine numbers, so sold from the block as a “date correct” engine. Still looking, trying to find something I can be grumpy about. Just that pesky numbers-matching thing kept this from going big. Well bought. Last sold at Mecum Indy 2013 for $96k (ACC# 223621). MOPAR #12-1947 DODGE POWER WAGON 4x4 pickup. VIN: 83904816. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 44,687 miles. 230-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Very fresh exterior paint, good-enough bodywork for a work truck, and a fresh pine bed. Five new truck tires with side-mounted spare. Beefy power winch mounted up front. Clean engine bay. Passenger’s side vent window has a bullet hole in it. Amateur replacement headliner and seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,200. Lots of steel here, lots of paint, with all the big stuff handled in 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $132,000. Rare numbers-matching performance drivetrain. Nicely repainted but otherwise highly original. A fine example that sold very well with this Texas crowd, and there were 10 other guys in line behind the winner. Nicely presented and well sold. #53-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23J0B306893. Sublime Green/black vinyl. Odo: 8,013 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restored not long ago; this ’Cuda has fine body and paint work. Excellent graphics. All the details done right here, with fine chrome and trim, a spoiler and cool side-exit exhausts. Very nice under the hood and bone stock, with that big Six Pack right up front. Fresh and SOLD AT $220,000. One of 652 Hemi ’Cudas built in 1970, and probably one of the least messed-with I’ve seen. Very solid underneath, and bone-stock under the hood. Nice docs and a convincing package. Brought correct money today after spirited bidding from the phones and the room. Where else are you going to find a woodgrain Realistic under-dash FM radio? A special opportunity, for sure. A lot of money, but a fair deal for all. Previously no-saled at Mecum Indy 2013 at $275k (ACC# 219511) and sold at Mecum Indy 2014 for $200k (ACC# 25452). (See profile, p. 48). A CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 TOP 10 Keith Martin’s


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BONHAMS // Philadelphia, PA Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile THE 1908 RAINIER MODEL D 7-PASSENGER TOURER HAD AN INCREDIBLE UNTOUCHED PRESENCE AND SOLD FOR $253k Bonhams Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2015 Auctioneer: Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 61/72 Sales rate: 85% Sales total: $3,183,180 High sale: 1908 Rainier Model D 45/50-hp tourer, sold at $253,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Rolling history. 1908 Rainier Model D 45/50-hp 7-passenger tourer, sold at $253,000 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 86 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics A ntique locomotives shared the docket at Bonhams’ fourth annual preservation auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA. On offer were five lots from the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. The British-built circa-1835 “Mississippi,” used during the Civil War and believed the oldest Southern locomotive in existence, sold for $220k to an institutional buyer. As in years past, vehicles followed the automobilia auction on a Monday afternoon, with a two-day preview over the weekend and a casual reception Sunday evening. Consistent with the mission of the museum, the main focus was preservation cars and barn finds. The exceptionally well-preserved 1908 International Model A Runabout, with its distinctive high wheels for traveling on undeveloped roads of the period, achieved one and a half times its high estimate when it sold for $75k. From the same year was the ex-Buess Collection 1908 Rainier Model D 7-passenger tourer. Shabby in its untouched state, it had an incredible presence and was the most expensive American lot of the day at a respectable $253k. A nicely aged 1913 Napier Type 44 tourer with Cunard coachwork drew a crowd but failed to sell at a high bid of $110k. A fully restored 1935 LaSalle Series 50 convertible offered a nice break from the patina and dust, and it earned the second-place American high-sale spot at $127k. Next down the list, and jumping ahead a couple of decades, a very shiny 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible sold just shy of the six-digit mark at $99k. At the distant affordable end of the spectrum, three pre-1930 Fords sold under $5k, including an ex-duPont Family 1929 Model A pickup at $4,950. This niche sale in an intimate setting is the perfect lead-in to RM Sotheby’s high-profile Hershey auction, which takes place just a few days later at the AACA Eastern Regional Fall Meet. Bonhams has shown that there is a serious market for collector cars in less-thanflawless condition. A


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BONHAMS // Philadelphia, PA CLASSICS 4 tive. VIN: N/A. Black. One of 14 B and E locomotives exported to the U.S. in the 1830s. In permanent collection of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago since 1938. Early history hazy. Engine believed built circa 1834–36, entered service in 1837. During Civil War, reportedly served the Confederates during Union’s siege of Vicksburg in 1863. Eventually captured by the Union, aided in the supply of troops. Acquired by Illinois Central Railroad in 1891. Shown in 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition and 1933–34 Century of Progress World’s Fair. Cond: 2. #205-1835 BRAITHWAITE AND ERICSSON MISSISSIPPI locomo- NOT SOLD AT $110,000. A wonderful example of the marque with charming patina. A pleasant sight, close to my seat at the auction. This would no doubt turn heads at the Bonhams-sponsored London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. That the high bid didn’t come close to the $150k low estimate was surprising, but the right buyer wasn’t in the room today. Seller should have had no regrets carting this one home. #265-1907 STEARNS 30/60-HP 7-passenger tourer. VIN: 350. Eng. # 150. Red/tan canvas/red leather. RHD. Inline 4 makes a whopping (for its time) 60 hp. Chain drive. Formerly in the Harrah and Conant Collections. Three-decade-old restoration still stunning; no odo, but I can’t imagine the car’s been used very much since then. Sharp paint with black trim, yellow pinstriping. Terrific brass. Unsoiled top in great condition. Red-painted spokes wrapped in unscuffed whitewalls. Spotless interior. Buckets in front, two folding solos and bench seat in back. Fire extinguisher. Clock. First in Class at 1997 Pebble Beach. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. Believed the oldest Southern locomotive in existence. An 0-4-0 type with flanged wheels and a Stephensontype firebox of metal-plate riveted construction. As it wasn’t present at auction, I couldn’t inspect it. However, the catalog had eight pages dedicated to it, and based on the many photos, I was confident assigning a #2 for condition. Sold to an institutional buyer at no reserve. Appeared to be a very good deal considering its historical importance in the development of railroad transportation. Well bought. #249-1903 STEVENS-DURYEA MODEL L runabout. VIN: 326. Eng. # 309. Red/black leather. MHD. 2-cyl opposed-piston engine, 6 hp. Looks to be mostly, if not completely, original. Coddled in its lifetime, as it was formerly in the collection of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum for many years. Nicely aged paint still presents well. Brass headlamps dull. An open car, no roof or top. Leather seats in front of cockpit fold down. Red-painted spokes. Black leather fenders frayed, but complete. Tiller steering located between front buckets. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $600,000. Stearns was Cleveland-based with origins dating to the turn of the century. One of the star lots of the auction and the catalog cover car. Big, bold and beautiful. High bid was $50k shy of the low estimate. Can’t fault the heady provenance, and while $600k is still a big number, collectors may have been turned off by the overly restored state. No record of a Stearns in the ACC Premium Auction Database, but I’d say the seller made the right decision not to take the bait. VIN: 1603. Black & brown/brown canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,939 miles. A remarkable preservation car. Paint is so aged that it’s hard to tell its colors (and the dimly lit spot in the museum doesn’t help). Very shiny Gray & Davis headlamps and side lanterns contrast unnaturally with rest of car. Top mechanism is there, but top itself is shot. Two solo seats with bench in rear. Seats ragged, cushions nearly gone, may or 3 #261-1908 RAINIER MODEL D 45/50-HP 7-passenger tourer. 88 AmericanCarCollector.com may not be savable. Rear carpets in shambles. Formerly in the Buess Collection for more than 60 years. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $253,000. One of the star cars of the auction. One word: Wow. Too bad it wasn’t in a well-lit area, since I could have admired and explored this big tourer for quite a while. A full-on restoration would destroy all the wonderful history, so let’s hope the new caregiver gives it the respect it deserves. Sold a nick under the $250k low estimate. No record of a Rainier ever selling at auction in the ACC Premium Auction Database, but where else are you going to find another like this? Well bought. #223-1916 MECCA THIRTY tourer. VIN: 441. Blue & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 27,919 miles. Very rare, possibly the only remaining Mecca. Five-passenger touring model. “Reported to have been stored from the 1950s until only a few years ago.” Paint has seen better days, lots of chips, flakes, some pitting. Blue-painted spoke wheels. Full running boards. Lenses cloudy, look original. Pillarless doors. Single center taillight at rear. Newish seats show minimal wear. Newer rear carpet. An honest, no-frills Brass Era historical footnote. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. Don’t feel bad if the name puts a quizzical look on your face. The Mecca marque disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared. This was probably the last time any of us will lay eyes on one of these. For that reason alone, worth the price paid, $2k short of the low estimate. #228-1923 DORT SIX tourer. VIN: 100329. Eng. # DT5236. Brewster Green/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 1,695 miles. Falls inline-six with overhead valves, about 196ci. Restored. Very nice paint. Chip on cowl, hood. Black front fenders show lots of scratches, rear fenders in better shape. 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BONHAMS // Philadelphia, PA low strip runs along length of car, subtle red pinstriping. Five-nut green wheels. Newer soft top in good condition, clear glass window. Clear split-screen windshield with spotlight. Single taillight at rear. Turn signals at cowl look new. Decent chrome. Left rear door doesn’t close properly. Interior a mix of new and old—mostly new. Cond: 2-. German sports car company was the only manufacturer to dabble in air-cooled engine technology. This one looked new and crisp as it sat, but really had the potential for improvement with some additional prep. Still, a head-scratcher, as it failed to sell at a high bid of $52k, far below the $70k low estimate. Traded hands post-sale. Last sold at $37,400 at RM’s Meadow Brook sale in August 2006 (ACC# 42388). Ten years on, double the money. GM SOLD AT $18,700. Josiah Dallas Dort, friend and business partner of William Durant, started out as a carriage manufacturer and only later turned to car production. This looked good from 20 paces and got better as I approached. But even its former ownership in the Harrah and Nethercutt Collections couldn’t crank up bidders’ enthusiasm, and it fell shy of the $20k low estimate. There’s no record of a Dort selling at auction in the ACC Premium Auction Database, but given the provenance and relative rarity, I’d have to call this well bought. #232-1929 FRANKLIN SERIES 135 faux cabriolet. VIN: 35185899L14. Eng. # 35143578. Blue & gray/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 88,359 miles. Syracuse, NY-built. Aircooled 274-ci inline six. Above-average paint, some chips on rumble-seat cover and door handles. Ilco-Ryan non-glare headlamps. Glaring permanent stains on chrome front bumper. Non-folding soft top fits perfectly, glass window clear. Passenger’s door off. Period-accessory trunk, dual sidemounts, dual exterior mirrors, dual wind wings. Single taillight only. Newer whitewalls. Rumble-seat leather supple. Snug inside. Excellent wood and dash. Clean carpets. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2-. #251-1910 BUICK MODEL 16 toy tonneau. VIN: 1367. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. From the collection of Jim Hearn. Recent restoration done to a high standard. Straight paint, no major imperfections. Brass in good shape, but not as well prepped as rest of car. Top in good condition, can be removed for pure open-air motoring. Minor speckling on top’s plastic window, but still allows good visibility. Redpainted spoke wheels with skinny radials. Looks totally new inside. No mileage gauge. Tidy engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. This was an impressive LaSalle that looked as if it recently left the restoration shop. The pleasing color scheme complemented the well-appointed cabin. The $140k–$160k pre-sale estimate may have been a tad aggressive, as the ACC Premium Auction Database shows Series 50s rarely attaining this level. This one did well on the block, but I bet its overly restored presentation left some bidders reluctant to up the ante. Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $68,200. Back when this attractive car rolled off the line, the machines of David Dunbar Buick were known for their spirited performance and reliability. This sporty toy tonneau was no exception with its powerful (for the era) 5-liter, 4-cylinder engine. The new owner should be happy at how well it moves down the road; the seller, too, as this wonderful example sold at a healthy clip above the $60k high estimate. Well sold. SOLD AT $77,000. And you thought that 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #218-1935 LASALLE SERIES 50 convertible. VIN: 2207498. Diana Cream/beige canvas/brown leather. Odo: 96,382 miles. Two-decade nut-and-bolt restoration stated to have cost over $180k in parts alone. Crisp paint shows orange peel, waviness. Nice chrome trim. Dual sidemounts in recessed fender housings. Good glass. Newer whitewalls. Rumble seat has excellent brown vinyl upholstery. Unusual seethrough fuel cap. Newer top excellent, glass window has spots, but visibility’s good. Fresh interior with comfy seats. Carpets #239-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5762067663. Dakota Red/ivory vinyl/red leather. Odo: 22,414 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Restored in Dakota Red (originally Olympic White). Paint shimmers, some flaws, but nothing glaring. Good shut lines. Driver’s outside mirror only. E-Z-Eye glass in good shape. Nice finish to chrome, which is used liberally, though grille not as well prepped. Scratches on other chrome bits. Gotta love those bold front Dagmars! Interior a gem with no real issues. Loaded with power features. Used engine bay not as well presented as rest of car. Fitted with batwing air cleaner covering dual quads. Cond: 1-. clean. Headliner unsoiled and intact. Metal dash unscuffed. Manual windows work. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. This gleaming Eldo would’ve been out of place among the older preservation lots at this sale, were it not sitting next to a very shiny Alvis and two squeaky-clean Lincolns. This was one gorgeous car, and I could find nothing major to quibble with. It was a no-sale in the room at $92k against a $115k low estimate, and the owner relented and struck a deal afterwards. Very well bought. BEST BUY


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BONHAMS // Philadelphia, PA #246-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41447Y11952. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 36,753 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two owners from new. Repaint over 30 years ago still looks incredibly sharp, though there is some orange peel. Excellent glass. Chrome said to be original, very nice. Excellent gaps. Both external mirrors NOS, mirror lever still there, but mirror broken. Marvelous original interior. Very good give to seats. Legible instruments. Push-button AM radio. Clean carpets. Good headliner. Unmolested engine bay, no signs of leaks or drips. Offered with original manuals, books, bill of sale and window sticker. Cond: 2+. Murray Body Co. did a fine job nonetheless. The truck’s highly original state was unmistakable and strangely attractive, despite its glaring flaws. The auction catalog encouraged the buyer to “use it as is,” but I would want to invest in making it a more hospitable runner. Buyer may even turn a small profit, too. At this price, no harm done to either party. #233-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: H150723. Lincoln Maroon/tan canvas/tan leather & cloth. Odo: 75,641 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Exhaustive, decade-old restoration mellowing a bit, but still radiates. Excellent paint and chrome. Clear glass. Straight body except driver’s door is out. Very good panel fit. Driver’s side mirror only. Tan canvas tonneau protecting new, unsoiled top. Impeccable interior. Cloth inlay in seats ever-so-slightly dirty. AM radio. Clean engine bay. Many AACA, CCCA and concours awards. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. This good-looking Impala was obviously the beneficiary of lots of TLC. That it’s an SS ups its desirability, but they made nearly 120,000 SSs in ’64, so it’s not rare. This hammered sold at the higher end of the $22k–$34k value range per the ACC Pocket Price Guide, which I’d call a fair deal both ways. FOMOCO #270-1929 FORD MODEL A pickup. VIN: N/A. Eng. # AA3769948. Manila Brown/ black vinyl. Odo: 86,147 miles. Converted from station wagon to pickup at some point; largely original otherwise. Paint heavily faded, marked up. Driver’s wood door eroded, doesn’t close properly, rickety running board. Driver’s mirror only. Lenses foggy. Dirty windshield. Red-painted wheels, left rear hub’s tattered. Left front tire flat. Sidemount spare. Rear window cracked. Bench seat brittle. Hole in floorboard. Door linings gone. Wood slats supporting roof look new in aged cabin. Engine bay dirty but complete. Cond: 4-. capsule. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,800. An exceptional preservation oozing with character. Spirited bidding launched this one past the $50k high estimate. A very strong result indeed, but this was the ideal venue to sell such a car. It encapsulated the preservation theme of the auction and the museum’s mission. I’m not certain this result would be repeated anywhere else. Well sold. A no-sale at $35k at Dragone’s auction in Westport, CT, in May 2013 (ACC# 216523). #216-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6100991. Arctic White & Tiara Gold Metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 78,337 miles. 289-ci V8, supercharged, auto. Described as a high-quality restoration completed two years ago and it shows. Glistening two-tone paint. Chrome mostly sparkles. Dual chrome exhaust. Chrome wire wheels. #1 interior done to the nines. Driver’s door lock not working. Miniature scale model of car in rear. Power seat and front windows. Rear seat speaker. Equipped with power steering and brakes. Tidy trunk. Engine bay shows some detailing. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. A wonderful tourer with great colors and few needs. Bonhams estimated $115k–$130k, but bidding didn’t get close to that. Hard to imagine any prep issues were responsible, as this was a solid presentation. Instead, chalk it up to an aggressive estimate that’s not quite in line with where the market is today. Still, given condition, this one deserved more. AMERICANA #248-1908 INTERNATIONAL MODEL A highwheeler. VIN: 1547. Black/tan canvas/ black leather. RHD. Opposed 2-cyl aircooled engine, 2-sp planetary transmission. An ancient runabout designed to traverse less developed parts of the countryside (the reason for the high wheels). Original paint, trim and upholstery. Soft top is heavily distressed, window missing. Original wheels and tires. Room for two up front and two in back. Original engine. A marvelous time SOLD AT $99,000. A very sharp Golden Hawk that drew a lot of eyeballs. It came with a binder containing the owner’s manual, restoration pics and service receipts. The ACC Pocket Price Guide values these between $27k and $44k, but its great presentation and docs heightened bidders’ willingness to send this gorgeous Hawk into the stratosphere. Sold to a buyer in the room $6k shy of mid-estimate. Recently no-saled at $68k at Mecum Kissimmee, January 2015 (ACC# 264259). A Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider SOLD AT $4,950. It wasn’t known when the conversion to a pickup took place, but the 92 AmericanCarCollector.com www.sportscarmarket.com


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BRANSON // Branson, MO The Branson Auction 79 CLASSICS SOLD UNDER $20k, INCLUDING A 1953 CHEVROLET 3100 AT $19,980 AND A 1956 FORD F-100 AT $18,900 The Branson Auction Branson, MO October 16–17, 2015 Auctioneers: Jeffrey Knosp, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/ offered: 121/198 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $2,320,418 High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, sold at $63,720 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices The underside matches the topside quality — 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup, sold at $19,980 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 94 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics it for just $38k. If you’re in the market for quality and value, Branson is the place to be. Out of the 121 cars sold here in October, 39 went for $10k or less, and 79 went under $20k. The setting couldn’t have been better. It was a O beautiful fall weekend in the Ozarks with crisp, clear mornings and warm sunny afternoons. Jim and Kathy Cox’s twice-annual sale has become a tradition in the Branson Tri-Lakes area, and bidder turnout was good. They achieved a 60% sell-through rate with 121 of 198 cars hammered sold. Total sales came to $2.3m. There was a good cross section of cars, from old classics through modern muscle. The one disappointment was a lack of Mopar representation. Only two Dodges, one Plymouth, and two Chryslers crossed ne of the best buys on the Branson auction block this fall was a real-deal 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. It was almost perfect, and it would have been a fair buy at $50k, but one lucky bidder nabbed the block. This was surprising with big-muscle Mopar values on the move right now. In the category of very well-restored classic trucks, a 1953 Chevrolet 3100 sold for $19,980, and a 1956 Ford F-100 found a new keeper at $18,900. Notable no-sales included a 1968 Shelby GT350 with a high bid of $77k, and a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that maxed out at $75k. The top American sale was a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible at $64k, and a 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback came next. The Mustang looked pretty much stock on the outside, but under the metal was a rumbling crate 347-ci stroker V8, 5-speed transmission, custom drive shaft, independent suspension and adjustable disc brakes. You never know how the collector market will respond to a custom build, but at least two Branson bidders loved this Mustang, sending the price to $56k, nearly double the market value of a stock 2+2 fastback. Well bought and sold. A


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BRANSON // Branson, MO GM #257-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 3KPD7382. Red/tan leather. Odo: 27 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Newly restored series 3100 Chevy pickup. Paint is excellent. Fit is good all around. Interior is newly restored with a leather bench seat. The engine bay is very clean, and the underside matches the topside quality. Cond: 2. replaced. The top of the frame shows some rust. Interference with door closing. Dirty underside and engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,120. This car looked great at 20 feet, but up close it shows its imperfections. Assuming it runs out well, it will make the buyer a fun little driver. Priced about right, so buyer and seller should be happy with this sale. Recently seen at Vicari Nocona in May, not sold at $7,500 (ACC# 265274). SOLD AT $19,980. This 5-window Chevy truck has strong collector support and good upside potential. The restoration was superb, and the buyer got a great deal. Well bought. #532-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE custom pickup. VIN: V3A58K110562. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 973 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Custom lowrider done very well. Excellent oak bed. Paint is awesome. Engine bay is very nice. Interior is well done. Underside matches the quality of the top side. Glass is good but has minor scratches in the window tint. Chrome and trim are bright and shiny. Cond: 2. #593-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242677P254998. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 23,350 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optioned with power steering, brakes, and top. Correct 400-ci engine. PHS documentation comes with the car. The paint is phenomenal with just a few polishing swirls. The interior is like new. Underside and engine are very clean. Redline tires and chrome wheels really set the car off. The only real flaws I see are a dented top windshield trim and a poor fit on the driver’s door. Cond: 2-. repainted and re-upholstered for a quick sale. You could actually smell its mediocre paint job. Not much more than a cool daily driver, assuming it runs out well. The seller should be happy all the way to the bank on this one. #560-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: 124378N319161. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent rotisserie restoration. Luxurious deep black paint. Interior is like new and really stands out with its black-and-white houndstooth seats. You could eat off the engine as well as the underside. Fit is good. Chrome and trim are very good with just a few minor scratches. The only negative I see is that the window seals are old and show their age. Options include power steering, power brakes and a/c. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,730. An outstanding custom restoration of the popular 1958 Chevy Apache pickup. Nothing on the truck was overlooked, and it retains the overall look and feel of a 1958. Although it is hard to place a value on a custom, I feel that this one was well bought and has good upside potential without spending another dime. #514-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR convertible. VIN: 30967W295810. Tan/white vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 93,605 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint has some pitting and minor scratches. In some areas it looks like paint over dirt. Chrome bumpers are very good, but the trim is pitted and scratched. The interior appears to be restored and presents as-new. Clear glass, but the window seals and rubber need to be 96 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A very nice GTO. I would like to add this one to my collection, but the seller just wanted too much for my pocketbook—and for those who were bidding. The reserve should have been lifted at the high bid. Oh well, there are quite a few more available for the right money where this came from. #608-1968 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE148J156854. Red/red & black vinyl. Odo: 85,966 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint is poor with overspray; underlying dust and dirt throughout. Chrome and trim are just fair. Door fit is poor on the driver’s side. The best part of this truck is its new twotone interior. The bed is clean and sprayed. The gas tank and filler have been shifted to the rear. Why? Aftermarket mags and slightly worn small tires look tacky. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,610. This truck gave the impression of being recently NOT SOLD AT $37,500. This car looks better now than it did when it rolled off the assembly line. Although it does not have its original motor, it is period-correct. The high bid was generous but not enough to drop the reserve. Maybe next time. #622-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K368022. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 51,814 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appears to be a real-deal SS 396. It has all the correct interior SS 396 badges, which are consistent with its age. The paint, trim and chrome are excellent. Vinyl top is perfect. Glass is


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BRANSON // Branson, MO clear with minor scratches. You could eat off the engine. Underside is perfect. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,800. Almost national-show quality, this is one gorgeous car. Assuming it has the correct engine, it should have sold for top dollar, somewhere in the neighborhood of $50k. The hammered price was in the middle of its price range, so the buyer got a good deal on this one. Excellent buy. CORVETTE #562-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S116768. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/cream leather. Odo: 50,384 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint with minor scratches. Chrome and trim are dull and need to be buffed out. Fit is good except for the left door. Interior wear is consistent with age. Engine bay is clean. Underside is dirty and needs restoration. Glass is mostly clear with some minor chips. No hard top visible. Engine stamp pad has grinder marks where numbers were ground off. There was a damp odor emanating from the interior, probably due to prolonged storage. Cond: 3+. apparent on this car that nobody should have missed them. This should have reduced the value of the car by at least $10k but didn’t seem to do so in this case. The car should not have sold anywhere near its book value, considering its missing engine code, condition, and the fact that it is an automatic. Well sold. #520-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0784C5115645. Silver Beige/Silver Beige leather. Odo: 8,330 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Very nice paint combination with pinstriping. The interior, body and paint look like new. The engine bay and underside need detailing. The glass T-tops are clear and without scratches. Fit is very good. Cond: 2-. FOMOCO #550-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH123717. Thunderbird Blue/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 9,278 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is a good older repaint but showing its age. Chrome and trim are good for age but need restoration. Body has evidence of minor rusting in engine bay. Underside needs a good cleaning. Interior is rough and needs to be restored. Hard top has clear glass. Windshield glass is slightly pitted. Optioned with power seats and power windows. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,300. Just another Corvette that’s had its numbers ground off of the engine stamp pad. The grinder marks are so SOLD AT $23,220. Last year of the C3, but with several Corvette firsts: lifting rear hatchback glass (exclusive to Collector Edition) and Cross-Fire injection that meters out fuel for better economy and performance. Also, there was no high-performance engine option and no manual transmission in 1982. A good buy for this Collector Edition Corvette. SOLD AT $28,080. Looks mostly original but neglected and needs a total restoration. Offered at no reserve. Any bidder needed to consider restoration cost to eventually come out ahead on this early ’Bird. The sold price leaves little room to work with on a restoration. Well sold. #241-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH257626. Thunderbird Blue/blue & white leather. Odo: 13,894 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice example. Older repaint in very good condition. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor scratches. The interior is excellent. The engine bay and underside are as good as the rest of the car. Glass is clear. Options include 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive, power steering, power seats and power windows. Both tops are included and in very good condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,400. This is about as good as it gets for a '55 T-bird that you can actually drive. These cars can be found in better condition, but they would be museum pieces or garage queens. What a great vehicle to take on a Route 66 trip and have some fun with. The price was right where it should be, and both buyer and seller should be happy. #261-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D6A10750. Powder blue/blue & white leather. Odo: 55,150 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BRANSON // Branson, MO 3-sp. This restored F-100 is excellent all the way around. The paint is beautiful, as is the diamond pattern steel bed. It has a restoration from a local body shop whose owner is a well-known collector car enthusiast. The original bill of sale is included with the truck. Cond: 2. Redline tires and spoked mags. Modified two-tone interior looks great. Owner states engine is the original 289. Engine bay and underside exceptionally clean. Fit and window/door seals are really good for a Mustang. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. The high bid was strong, but the quality of restoration justified it. Surely the high bidder and seller had to be close on this one. SOLD AT $18,900. This F-100 has strong collector support and good upside potential. The restoration was first-rate, and the buyer got a good deal. Well bought. #221-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Victoria 2-dr hard top. VIN: P6UF174359. Red & white/ red & black vinyl. Odo: 44,000 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks good at 20 feet, but at five feet it is faded with minor dents and scratches. Chrome and trim show their age and need restoration. Fit is good all around. Glass is clear. The window and door seals are cracking and need to be replaced. Interior is good but shows its age. Engine bay and underside are clean. Cond: 3-. vinyl/teal & white vinyl. Odo: 12,315 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This car is rough all around and just needs to be cleaned and presented well. Paint is unattractive with numerous scratches and chips. Chrome and trim are good, with minor scratches and swirls. The two-tone Pony seats are the best part of the car. However, the carpet is trashed. The underside and engine bay both need a good cleaning and detailing. Cond: 4+. #591-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08A701675. Teal/white Redline tires against the black body really look great. With a/c, power steering and power brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,480. In the early Mustang world, fastbacks are preferred over the notchbacks when it comes to fixed-roof collectibility. This was a nice example, but the price paid does not leave room to address its minor needs. Well sold. #574-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 5F09C290397. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 25,636 miles. 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. New 347 crate stroker engine from Summit Racing. Interior very nice. Fit is good. Engine bay is immaculate with just the right amount of chrome. Paint is very good with minor scratches. Glass is good, but rear window has scratches. Chrome and trim are very good, with some dents and scratches. Underside is very nice to match the top. Has a/c and original radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,444. This car needs some work to take it above the basic driver level. Fairlane Victorias are not nearly as soughtafter as their Crown Victoria and Sunliner cousins. This price doesn’t leave the new owner with anything left to improve its condition. Well sold. #613-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 5F09A648862. Burgundy/copper & beige vinyl. Odo: 30,890 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is excellent with just a few scratches. Chrome and trim are like new. Wheels really set off the car with double SOLD AT $24,840. This car sold for $27,500 at the Branson auction in the spring of 2012 (ACC# 201337). The car could have brought much more at this auction had it been detailed and presented better. It had all the right stuff for a ’65 Mustang, including the A-code 225-hp engine, but was sorely neglected prior to auction time. The car should have sold in the neighborhood of $30k, but the seller took a big hit with the poor presentation. Very well bought. #582-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 5R09A221966. Black/cream vinyl. Odo: 50,876 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The body and paint are very good, with the usual minor polishing scratches and swirls. The bumpers have been rechromed. The trim is dull with fine scratches. The interior is very nice. Glass is clear with some minor scratches. Some of the window seals are cracking. Windows crank hard. The engine bay needs to be detailed to match the rest of the car. Underside is very clean. Double SOLD AT $55,620. A tastefully modified first-year Mustang. The side exhaust, aftermarket mags and wide tires make it look really mean, and the stroker engine backs that up. According to the ACC Pocket Price Guide, a stock 1965 Mustang 2+2 fastback should go somewhere between $18k and $28k. This one is a bit more than stock and so deserves a bit of a premium, but almost double the high end book value is a bit much. Well sold. #631-1969 FORD TORINO GT Cobra 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9K46Q2204342. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 95,054 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A very nice Torino GT Cobra with a 428 Cobra Jet engine. Paint is very good with some polishing swirls. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior is nice, consistent with age. Underside is very good, consistent with the topside condition. Engine bay nicely appointed with big 428 engine. Tinted glass is clear. Fit is good. Window seals and rubber showing age but still have some life in them. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,620. The VIN decodes cor100AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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BRANSON // Branson, MO rectly to a 428 Torino GT Cobra. This car was originally manufactured with the nonRam Air Q-code 428, but it has a Ram Air hood. I could not verify if the engine was original but am certain that Ram Air was not. Regardless, the ACC Pocket Price Guide shows a price range of $18k–$32k for the Torino GT Cobra. Given this car’s superior condition, the buyer and seller should both be happy with the price. #625-1973 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GLQ91978. Light green/black vinyl. Odo: 9,091 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint very good, with minor imperfections. Chrome and trim are good. Interior is good with a painted floorboard. Underside is clean but dripping oil. Engine bay needs to be detailed. Door fit is poor. Relatively new off-road tires. Cond: 3+. and the owner claims the engine has never been out of the car. However, given the car’s current condition, the high bid was fair, and the reserve should have been dropped. AMERICANA #231-1947 STUDEBAKER M5 pickup. VIN: 123257. Green/brown leather. Odo: 216 miles. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Mostly original with an older restoration. The paint is poor, with numerous scratches and cracks, and begs to be repainted. Chrome and trim are good, with minor pits and scratches. Interior is very good with leather seat showing little wear. Very good window and door seals. Engine bay needs detailing. Underside is clean. Glass is clear. No rust visible. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Not much more than a beefed-up daily driver. The 351 engine is non-original, since only the 289 and 302 V8 engines were options that year. Broncos have been a hot commodity on the auction circuit lately, and I suspect that this is why the seller did not take the bait. MOPAR #543-1964 DODGE 440 wagon. VIN: 6642197924. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 4,728 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint in good condition. Fit is typical early Dodge fit—loose with bouncy doors. The chrome and trim look original and are in good condition for the age. The interior is in great shape, except for the dash and gauges, which need restoration. The engine bay, with its big 426 Wedge engine (not to be confused with the later 426 Hemi), needs to be detailed. The underside is dirty. The windshield has some wiper rash. The rest of the glass is clear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,880. You don’t see many Studebaker pickups around the auction circuit. This one was said to be a barn find with an older restoration. Just above driver level, it could use some TLC. However, the overall condition is good for its age and would make someone a great driver. Well bought and sold. #611-1955 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT SPEEDSTER 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7167663. Gray & white/white leather. Odo: 127 miles. 259-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Finish is bright and shiny and appears to be a repaint. Door fit is fair for its age. Chrome and trim are very nice with minor pitting. Engine bay is detailed, but too much glossy black for my taste. Seats are nicely restored with pleated leather. Underside is very clean. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. With 426 and 4-speed, this rare Dodge station wagon is one of two built in 1964, per Galen Govier, 102AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $23,000. As market value for this model is $26k–$46k, the seller was probably right in not dropping the reserve. However, you’ve got to wonder if there is any upside in this car as its target market ages. A


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson A New Used 4-Speed A FORD TOPLOADER AND CADDY EXHAUST MANIFOLDS ARE THIS MONTH’S FINDS #271972881240—1966 Ford Fairlane GT Toploader 4-Speed Manual Transmission with Clutch. 4 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Dwight, IL. 8/31/15 “Toploader 4-speed with bellhousing and flywheel (pictured on engine), pressure plate, clutch plate, throw-out arm, shifter and driveshaft.” Buy It Now. Sold for $1,500. The go-to Ford stick-shift for a long time and for good reason—they’re tough. The setup sold here would be great for converting an old slushbox. One could easily spend this amount on just a rebuilt transmission with extra parts sourcing still to be done. That said, there is no statement on condition here—just a photo of the interior that shows nothing obviously alarming. If the transmission checks out, the buyer got a fine deal. #281857862891—Nash Metropolitan MG Disc-Brake Conversion. 12 photos. Item description: Used. Chino Hills, CA. 11/22/15 “Up for auction is a complete kit to convert your Nash Metropolitan to front disc brakes off an MG Midget. The included parts make this conversion essentially a bolt-on procedure. I have taken the original MG Midget spindles, pressed out the original bushings, and machined and pressed in brand-new bushings, which will perfectly slip right onto the original Metropolitan kingpins. Also, dust shields have been modified to clear bottom ends of Met kingpins. Please be aware that all these parts are used and come with no warranty expressed or implied. The parts included are spindles, rotors, hubs, pads, bearings, calipers and just about everything you need. You will be reusing your original brake hoses and some misc. hardware. Also included are step-by-step instructions on how to do the conversion with many photos. I have done this conversion dozens of times and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have.” 31 bids. Sold for $661. I don’t get to feature too many brake parts, as they’re wear items and anything Wilwood makes now is far superior to braking technology and manufacturing in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. The four bidders expressed fervent interest in this lot and is an eminently practical upgrade for any Metropolitan. The seller even went through the trouble to give the lucky new owner the how-to instructions as well. Well sold as the parts could be compiled for less, but somebody else already doing the thinking is worth something. #331642585449—1934–37 Cadillac V16 Exhaust Manifolds. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Seattle, WA. 9/10/15 “Not complete, but the pieces could make a set as the hard-to-find part is the rear because it is unique to 1934 through 1937. The right center piece is like new, all the others have been used and some need welding repair.” 2 bids. Sold for $900. Part-time business idea: Scan these and start 3D printing some molds for replication. It’s not like Cadillac is still making them. It appears the left-side center section is broken, at least beyond repair by any shade-tree mechanic—although it seems like someone has already attempted a fix. Fairly bought, mostly due to scarcity. I found plenty of ’38–40 manifolds and even a few from the early ’30s, but no other ’34-37 pieces. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com #131639485219—Action Twins Hood Ornament. 4 photos. Item description: Used. eBay, Aptos, CA. 11/4/15 “Here is an ‘Action Twins’ or ‘Liberty Twins’ hood ornament. This was produced by the Action Ornament Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1931. It is in good condition and sits on a wooden pedestal for display. One of the studs that mounts the feet of the figures to the base is broken off. The propeller spins, the figures crank and it would make a great addition to your collection. The tag is still on it. The wooden base is not quite heavy enough for the ornament. It will tip easily, so you may want to add some weight to it for your display case.” 5 bids. Sold for $1,144.99. Once upon a time, there was a gentleman in Saginaw, MI, reproducing these in a small batch, but this is no repop. The price paid here is right in line with sales over the past several years, although still down from the $2k price they used to fetch four or more years ago. There was another original twins mascot (eBay# 131639485219) sold on October 16 for a best offer of $1,700, less than half the seller’s $4,000 asking price. Considering all that, I’d call this one well bought.A


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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 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Seville 2-dr hard top S/N 60H117434. White & blue/blue & white. 107,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Matching-numbers drivetrain, 390 ci/345 hp 3x2-bbl, a/c. AM radio works perfectly. Power everything: window, wing windows, steering, brakes, seats, locks, antenna and trunk. Clock works to the minute. Has had one repaint, its original color. $60,000. Contact Jose, 510.796.7646, Email: swornin4ever@yahoo.com (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 2-dr sedan perfect on 93 octane pump gas. Hard to find one better. $65,000 OBO. Contact Bill, Email: billcollopy@holbrookinc.com (IL) 1969 Pontiac Firebird 2-dr hard top Carousel Red/Parchment. V8, automatic. Original rust-free, numbers-matching California car with all original sheet metal. 350-ci, 4-bbl, automatic. Power windows, a/c, power steering and brakes. Protect-O-Plate, build sheet, window sticker and tons of historical receipts. Rare bench-seat option. Great condition. Runs and looks great. Collectible. $19,900. Contact George, 518.322.5102, Email: georgef.ferro@gmail.com (NY) 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup S/N 216115103035. Roman Red/red. 37,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 409-ci/409-hp, dual quad, Posi, radio-delete stock interior, only “Day Two”certified changes: pie-crust cheater slicks, exhaust cutouts, Cherry Bomb mufflers, Sun tach, three-gauge set under dash, steel wheels/dog dish hubcaps. No ps/pb. Excellent condition. Runs and drives 106 AmericanCarCollector.com Stock, unmodified with 12,500 original miles, excellent condition. Less than 3,000 built. Mid4-second 0–60 time. Alternate contact: Scott 602.541.9444. $30,000. Contact Edward, 602.377.1197, Email: ebwestfam@cox.net (AZ) 2002 Cadillac DeVille sedan Black/black. 31,000 miles. V8, automatic. Original miles. Mint condition in and out, always dealer serviced. No stories, very clean. Vogue wheels, special grille. Serious buyers only. $8,900 OBO. Contact Antuan, 805.754.7264, Email: antuan. hakobian@gmail.com (CA) CORVETTE The finest original truck anywhere. Low original mileage, every document from new including all service receipts. A/C, power steering and brakes. Original manuals and tools. Flawless throughout. Contact Matt, Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible S/N E57S101009. Black/Black. 999 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Ninth car made, it is 25th car 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, 2013 Sebring Legends Honoree. 1993 Bloomington Gold, 2014 Amelia “Spirit of 203.852.1670, Email: matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Web: deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible S/N 6L67S6Q143441. Calumet Cream/Antique Light Buckskin Sierra grain. 77,386 miles. V8, automatic. Buckskin convertible top, 500-ci V8, automatic, AM/ FM stereo. The paint, chrome, glass, interior and top are all in excellent condition. The only sign of this being a 39-year-old car is the crack in the dash. $16,500 OBO. Contact Ronald, Email: redtail0506@verizon. net (PA) 1991 GMC Syclone pickup before the Sebring cars. Big Brake fuel-injected car. Ran SVRA ,CSRG, HMSA and general racing venues. $250,000. Contact Jim, 925.963.0570, Email: galluccijim@aol.com Web: none (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 20867S114531. Black/black. 39,520 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Two-Topper. Triple Black. NCRS. The Last C1 solid-axle Corvette produced! When only the best will do! Additional photos online. NCRS #136 Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1962-1064F/1064F.html (OH) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340-hp convertible S/N 30867S112591. Black/ black. 70,000 miles. V8, 4spd manual. Triple-black roadster. All numbers match, completely restored, knockoff wheels, NCRS judged 2014 at 94%. $65,000. Contact Gary, 248.860.7373, Email: gary.herwick@comcast.net 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window coupe


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Showcase Gallery Road Racing Award”. Full restoration 1993. Unquestionable documentation. I drove this car to a truly unique and extensive racing history. $295,000. Contact Phil, 352.378.4761, Email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net (FL) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible of tank sticker, MSO, titles. Refreshed/restored: a/c, hard top, interior, exterior. Heavily optioned, original matching engine, transmission, rear end, trim tag, etc. $46,500. Contact Ken, 248.626.5500, Email: kal@thepdmgroup.com (MI) 1972 Chevrolet Corvette convertible made (one of 20 with 4-speed manual). Built-in radar detector. Copy of window sticker and build sheet. Misc. memorabilia (magazine ad and article, owner’s manual, plus more). $14,000 OBO. Contact Craig, 214.232.2608, Email: cpbas@ embarqmail.com (TX) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe 1G1YZ25E4951094003130002859Atomic Orange/black. 6,605 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Pristine, original owner, absolutely new condition, no excuses, scratches, nicks, chips or curb rash. Garaged and covered since new. All fluids flushed and changed, and new battery April 2014. Extended GM warranty until 9/26/16. All paperwork included. $54,000. Contact Gerald,513.895.4533, Email: jfall@zoomtown.com (OH) S/N 194675S108237. Rally Red/black. 47,700 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Certified Bloomington Gold Survivor. Radio delete, L76 327/365-hp, 4.11 rear, sidepipes. Original paint and interior, black convertible top and red hard top, ProtectO-Plate. $79,995 OBO. Contact Paul, Maxatawny Auto Sales, 610.683.0480, Email: maxacars@gmail.com Web: www. maxatawnyusedcars.com/1965Chevrolet-Corvette/Used-Con-vertible/Kutztown-PA/6662327/ Details.aspx (PA) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 350-hp convertible S/N 1Z67K2S518701. Red/black. 40,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Well documented, original miles, base 350-ci with 4-speed, power steering and power windows. Original paint and like-new original interior. Everything works as-new. Original dealer invoice, Protect-O- Plate and manuals. Tank sticker still on car. Car has earned four NCRS Top Flights. $39,900. Contact Leo, 916.899.9666, Email: michaudleop@gmail.com (CA) I1978 Chevrolet Corvette ndy Pace Car T-top S/N 1G1YY2253T5600186. Admiral Blue/black leather. 14,200 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Original, one-owner, Southern California ’Vette with the LT4 330hp engine. Low original miles. All original owner’s manuals, window sticker, purchase order, original California title in original owner’s name. One of 810 built for one year only. Collectorquality example. $32,500 OBO. Contact Simon, West Coast Classics, LLC, 310.399.3990, Email: info@westcoastclassics. com Web: www.WestCoastClassics.com (CA) 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Wil Cooksey coupe S/N 194677S112248. Black/black. Two-owner car. Body-off restored. Documented. When only the best will do! Additional photos online. NCRS #136 $129,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette, email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1967-1027G/1027G.html (OH) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Mille Miglia Red/black. 74,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. LS5 454/365-hp, two tops, leather, a/c (rare on big-block cars), docs including original copies S/N 1Z8748S900123. Twotone silver/8,761 miles. 4-spd manual. L82 with 8,761 actual miles. When only the best will do! Additional photos online. NCRS #136 $29,995. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: https://www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1978-1031G/1031G.html (OH) 1986 Chevrolet Corvette Malcolm Konner Edition coupe Crystal Red/Titanium leather. 2,384 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Number 202 of 427 built for the U.S. market. Two-owner Wil Cooksey Z06 has 505-hp 427. Wil-Cooksey-edition-only interior, paint, graphics and spider rims. Super-low mileage. This car is perfect. Never driven in rain. Additional details and images online. $75,000 OBO. Contact David, Auto Archeologist, 860.398.1732, Email: E4WBrill@aol.com Web: www. AutoArcheologist.com (CT) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe S/N 1G1YY0784G5108313. Pewter & black/gray. 40,300 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 1 of 50 Malcolm Konner Corvettes January-February 2016 107 FOMOCO r1932 Ford Model 18 oadster S/N CALKA1251. Black/black & white. 32,000 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Gene Winfield built hot rod in 1963, featured in April 1964 Hot Rod Magazine. All original other than paint and interior (exact redo to 1964 specs). Ardun-headed flathead motor, dyno’d 310 hp, 3-speed Merc trans, Halibrand quickchange diff, ’56 Buick wire wheels. Rewired and plumbed. Contact me for lots more info! $175,000 OBO. Contact Chris, 707.473.0609, Email: misssanfrancisco@aol.com (CA) 1939 Ford Standard wagon S/N 91A184690821. Wren Tan/brown. 34,000 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Factory stock, no rust ever, beautiful original wood, highly detailed, mechanically fresh, Adirondack summer estate car. History is known from new. $75,000. Contact Phil, 760.451.1978, Email: restoman42@aol.com (CA)


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Showcase Gallery r1957 Ford Skyliner etractable L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com Web: deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1967 Lincoln Continental convertible S/N D7KW169525. Starmist Blue & Colonial White/white & blue. 17,243 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Factory air conditioning, 312 Thunderbird Special, automatic, power steering, brakes, windows and seat. Continental kit. Motivated seller. $56,500 OBO. Contact Ronald, 215.962.9505, Email: kwlizardking67@gmail.com (PA) f1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 astback S/N 7Y86G812559. Back/dark green. 103,500 miles. V8, automatic. Numbers-matching survivor/driver. Last year of the iconic 4-door convertible with suicide rear doors. One of 2,300 built. Recent sympathetic restoration. Bare-metal repaint. Engine rebuilt. Top and all electrics work great. Original chrome, glass, interior. Over 100 detailed photos available. California black plates and clean title. Great history. $31,990. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible S/N 5F09A317688. Burgundy/Palomino. 77,485 miles. V8, automatic. Stunning, professionally restored from top to bottom, A-code Mustang in a gorgeous color combo. Original miles; includes strong 289 4-barrel V8, factory a/c, push-button AM radio and folddown rear seat. This show-level example is a great choice for the serious Mustang collector demanding excellence. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/ inventory/detail/352 (CA) f1966 Shelby GT350 H astback Driven 60 miles monthly to and from country club and occasional car shows; never raced or abused. All four options, gray calipers w/Ford GT logos. Well sorted and highly maintained. $262,250 OBO. Contact Tom, 239.253.2626, Email: tfuith@ embarqmail.com (FL) 2005 Ford GT coupe 2008 Ford Mustang preproduction “Bullitt” coupe S/N 8T03R20529303276. Highland Green/black. 85,593 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Traction-Lok Differential, Elite Marti Report, listed in Shelby Registry, original owner documentation, $104k total restoration receipts, rebuilt engine, transmission and differential. Two owners since new. Current owner for 44 years. Driven only 750 miles since restoration completed in 2008. $239,995 OBO. Contact Charles, My Hot Cars, 800.900.0227, Email: clove9414@aol.com Web: www.myhotcars.com (CA) 2005 Ford GT coupe A supremely original car with just one repaint over 40 years ago. Originally black, has 4-speed top-loader installed in 1970. Runs and drives beautifully, never rusted, damaged or tracked. Contact Matt, Matthew 108 AmericanCarCollector.com Silver & black stripes/black. 7,300 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Original owner and only driver. Red/black. 1,255 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Low original documented miles. Spectacular! Absolutely all original. All four factory options. Clean CARFAX showing no damage or paint history, no odometer issues, no structural or loss history. Unblemished and exceptional in every way. Extra key, extra key fob, original window sticker, books, tire inflator with tow hook, and car cover never out of the original sealed plastic packaging. Mark IV Red, Ebony leather & white stripe. In Oklahoma since new, and is believed to be single-family owned. Needs nothing and is truly an amazingly original example of an American supercar. $297,500. Contact Don, 520.349.0940, Email: dmack@ donmackey.com (AZ) f2008 Shelby GT500 astback S/N 127652. Vista Blue Metallic/black leather. 87 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. This may be your last chance to own a brand-new Shelby GT500. Only 87 miles from new and has every stitch of documentation including window sticker and bill of sale. Gorgeous color combo and all the options. Fresh from a private collector. $39,995. Contact Craig, Craig Brody Investment Motorcars, 954.646.8819, Email: craigbrody@investmentmotorcars. net Web: www.investmentmotorcars.net (FL) Highland Green/black & charcoal. 63,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Number 5 of 29 pre-production “Bullitts” built, MRT “’68 reload” hood, FRPP springs, genuine Torque Thrust wheels, new Nitto tires, nav, Sirius, six-disc changer. Runs and drives perfectly. Includes book used during San Francisco debut in 2007. Car & Driver featured and tested this car. Signed by Chad McQueen. $25,000 OBO. Contact Jim, 612.501.3866, Email: kulsethracing@charter.net (MN) r2009 Superformance Mk III oadster S/N SPO2856. Indigo Blue/black. 9,001 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Factory-built Cobra replica, Roush 427IR with Tremec 5-speed, valve covers and air cleaners CNC’d to appear as snake skin, assembly done by Olthoff Racing with many upgrades; quick-ratio power steering, billet brake and master cylinders, 3M clear bra, tall roll bar, ceramic pipes, pin-drive knockoff wheels with Wilwood brakes. Signed glovebox door. If you feel the need, here it is! $79,950. Contact Jim, Email: qbflyr@aol.com (FL) MOPAR 1955 Chrysler 300-C 2-dr hard top S/N 3N551076. White/tan. 106,000 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. 331-ci Hemi. All original


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Showcase Gallery except for lower front seat leather. Recently tuned, originally a West Coast car. Everything works except for radio vibrator. All service records since 1994. More photos and information available. $60,000. Contact Albert, 814.466.6115, Email: bav1140@comcast.net (PA) 1987 Chrysler by Maserati TC convertible S/N ZC2FP1103KB20372. Royal Cabernet/Ginger. 14,870 miles. I4, 4-spd automatic. Absolutely gorgeous. Pristine throughout, ready for show or daily use, a/c, full power. Dual turbo, new tires, tools, car cover, two tops. Tan convertible top never used. Stored in climate-controlled garage. Extremely low mileage. Built in Italy by Maserati. $13,000. Contact Harry, 954.463.7888, Email: hjbslvcld@aol.com (FL) 2000 Dodge Viper GTS ACR coupe Excellent condition, great body. New paint, new seats, new windshield, electric wipers, rebuilt brakes, e-brake. Lights all work. Good drivetrain. New carb/tune-up. Engine valve job, good compression, no smoke, no bad noises. New battery, cables. Gauges, speedo, odo all work. New top and front & rear floor mats. $9,900 OBO. Contact Douglass, 801.298.1661, Email: dugab@msn.com (UT) 1923 Henderson Four Deluxe long-tank motorcycle S/N 1B3ER69E1YV604802. Steel gray & silver stripes/black. 29,300 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. All original, one of 85 GTS ACR coupes built in 2000 in steel gray. Fast, loud and clean. ACR package includes ram-air induction, 18-inch BBS wheels, adjustable suspension, fivepoint seat belts and low backpressure exhaust system. A street-legal race car. $48,000. Contact Alan, 770.904.0167, Email: alanboe@aol.com (GA) AMERICANA 1958 Willys CJ-5 Jeep S/N D4279A. Blue/I4, manual. Twenty tears in a private museum. Detailed restoration, correct wiring, stainless spokes. Period-accessory saddle bags, seat and lights. Includes toolkit and manuals. Magneto and generator serviced. Excellent paint. Looks good enough to put in your family room. Contact Michael, FitzSimons Engineering, Email: mike@fiteng.com (CT) RACE 1965 Ford Mustang coupe S/N 5754852458. Green/green & black. 43,000 miles. I4, 3spd manual. Original mileage. S/N 5F07C350500. Red/black. V8, 4-spd manual. Fresh 4.9-L engine, TopLoader transmission, professionally built cage, logbooks, fire extinguisher, racing seat bolted to cage, fresh fuel cell, Cobra Automotive brakes, recent paint. Many spares including six extra wheels. $26,000 OBO. Contact Doc, 770.394.6147, Email: docjewell@gmail.com (GA)A January-February 2016 109


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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) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 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. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Premier Auction Group. 844.5WE.SELL . The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. 844.5WE.SELL. 844.593.7355. www.premierauctiongroup.com. info@premierauctiongroup.com 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) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics & historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.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 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) 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— 110 AmericanCarCollector.com 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) Classic Car Sales Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800.668.3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ‘59 Volkswagen Beetle antique auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the east coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.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)


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Advertisers Index American Classics and Hot Rods ........ 23 Auctions America .................................. 9 Barrett-Jackson ................................. 4–5 Blue Bars ............................................. 64 Camaro Central ................................... 83 Car Art by David Snyder ...................... 93 Charlotte AutoFair ............................... 77 Chevs of the 40’s ................................ 79 Corvette Expo Inc ................................ 73 Corvette Specialties .......................... 100 County Corvette .................................... 2 Danchuk .............................................. 71 Electric Garage Auctions ..................... 21 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ................ 31 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 33 Gano Filter Company ........................ 111 Genuine Hot Rod Hardware ................ 25 Greensboro Auto Auction .................... 89 Grundy Insurance ................................ 37 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 97 Hendrick Motorsports ......................... 35 JC Taylor ............................................. 61 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ......... 66 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 LeMay - America’s Car Museum ......... 99 Lory Lockwood .................................... 75 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 103 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd .... 111 McCollister’s Auto Transport............. 116 Michael Irvine Studios ....................... 115 Mid America Motorworks .................... 65 Moultrie Swap Meet ............................ 91 Mustangs Unlimited .......................... 101 National Corvette Museum ................ 109 National Corvette Restorers Society . 103 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 107 Original Parts Group ............................ 13 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...... 15 Park Place LTD .................................... 69 Passport Transport .............................. 81 Performance Racing Oils ................... 104 Petersen Collector Car Auction ......... 109 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc ............. 85 Reliable Carriers .................................. 59 Russo & Steele LLC............................. 11 Silver Collector Car Auctions .............. 17 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. ............ 39 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 107 Thomas C Sunday Inc ....................... 111 Volunteer Vette Products .................... 19 Woodside Credit.................................. 87 World of Speed ................................... 95 Zip Products, Inc. ................................ 41 zMax .................................................. 101 January-February 2016 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 shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-257-9595. 4We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters. com/AutoTransport Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com 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) Corvettes for Sale 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 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. 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) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) 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 112 AmericanCarCollector.com 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. 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13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing 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 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. 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We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A National Parts Depot. 800.874.7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang January-February 2016 113


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: Julien’s, at their November 8 Beverly Hills auction, sold John Lennon’s J-160E Gibson guitar for $2.41m — far and away a record price. Lennon purchased the guitar in 1962 and it was in his possession for only a short time, as it was stolen at a 1963 Christmas concert. He did, however, use the guitar to record “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” among others. It was fully documented and had been in a guitar collection for many years, with the owner claiming he had no idea it was stolen. Here are a few items that are not as expensive, but I think they are on the up-and-up: WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 217—NOS MOBIL OIL BOTTLE RACK WITH ORIGINAL BOX. SOLD AT: $6,200. Date sold: 10/17/2015. This was the best set of Mobil Filpruf oil bottles I’ve ever seen, as it was unused and complete with its original shipping box. The bottles and rack were close to perfect and sold for a huge premium. In acceptable condition, the set goes for about $2k, so chalk the difference up to this one’s amazing condition. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 49—SAVAGE TIRES “HEAP BIG MILEAGE” TIN DIE-CUT FLANGE SIGN. Estimate: $20,000–$30,000. SOLD AT: $39,040. Date sold: 10/05/2015. This is one of the most desirable early tire signs offered in years. Bright vibrant colors and the dramatic image of an American Indian. It measures 36 by 22 inches and was in exceptional condition. The best, but at a price. MORPHY ACUTIONS LOT 209— MUSGO “MICHIGANS MILE MAKER” GAS GLOBE. Estimate: $15,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $21,600. Date sold: 10/05/2015. Musgo was the brand name for the Muskegon Oil Company. These one-piece globes were hand-painted and then fired. As such, each one is a bit different. They were used in the 1927–29 time frame. They are not all that rare, but in good condition, as was this example, they still bring adult money. EBAY #131623314544—JAPANESE TIN 1953 PACKARD CONVERTIBLE BY ALPS. Number of bids: 34. SOLD AT: $9,392.92. Date sold: 10/18/2015. This very desirable tin 1953 Packard convertible was manufactured by Alps and was in acceptable condition. Offered in red, 114 AmericanCarCollector.com black and light gray, the 16-inch toy was also available as a coupe. The trim was heavily oxidized and there was some wear on the interior. In slightly better condition and with the box, it would have sold for about twice what was realized here. WM MORFORD AUCTIONS LOT 172—SUNSET MOTOR OIL ONEQUART OIL CAN. SOLD AT: $1,750. Date sold: 10/17/2015. Sunset was a left-coast refiner and marketer that was acquired by Wilshire Oil in 1957. They were rather obscure, and items from their past are very collectible. Quality oil cans are back in favor after being in hibernation for a few years, and this one rings all the bells. Not cheap, but seldom seen, so worth the price paid. EBAY #262089224887— JACK HENRY 21 STUD FLATHEAD INTAKE MANIFOLD. Number of bids: 18. SOLD AT: $1,425.99. Date sold: 10/18/2015. Jack Henry owned a Los Angeles service station and designed this dual-carb adaptation for a flathead intake manifold. This early version was rather crude, but it is one of about three that are known to still exist. The later versions are a bit more refined. A buddy found this years ago at the Portland Swap Meet and paid the seller’s price of $25, pocketing a healthy return here. Most likely will end up on the wall, as these make interesting garage art. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 225—SERVICESTATION EQUIPMENT ECO-METER GAS PUMP. Estimate: $20,000–$40,000. SOLD AT: $61,000. Date sold: 10/05/2015. This dramatic double-clock-face gas pump had been restored and was over seven feet tall without the globes. It was rare as can be and pricey — even more so when you buy a pair of globes. It would require a large room for display but would certainly be the center of attention. A