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VanDerBrink: Wells, MN August 6

Dan Kruse Classics: Austin, TX September 10

Aumann Auctions: Frankfort, IL September 10

RM Sotheby’s: Hershey, PA October 6–7

Barrett-Jackson: Las Vegas, NV October 13–15

Branson: Branson, MO October 14–15

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CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1973 CORVETTE MOTION MANTA RAY GT $110k / Mecum An authentic — and valuable — ’70s factory custom — John L. Stein Page 44 GM 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE COPO 427 $99k / Worldwide A good buy on a GM-built 427 Chevelle — Patrick Smith Page 46 Volume 6 • Issue 31 • January–February 2017 Eight Sales That Define the Market FoMoCo 1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER F-CODE $171k / Auctions America It’s all about the options on this well-bought Ford — Tom Glatch Page 48 MOPAR 1961 CHRYSLER 300G HARD TOP $77k / Auctions America Last of the true letter cars brings a market price — Carl Bomstead Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 1942 GMC Series CC-150 ¾-ton pickup, p. 58 Courtesy of Bonhams 4 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1954 CHEVROLET 210 CUSTOM HARD TOP $38.5k / Barrett-Jackson Why big names and a little fame didn’t add up to more — Ken Gross Page 52 AMERICANA RACE 1962 KING MIDGET MODEL 3 $10k / Barrett-Jackson Was this big-money Midget price justified? — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 54 1988 OLDSMOBILE NASCAR RACER $7k / Motostalgia What to do with a cheap vintage NASCAR racer? — Jay Harden Page 56 TRUCK 1942 GMC SERIES CC-150 ¾-TON PICKUP $22k / Bonhams A low-production truck at an under-money price — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 58 Cover photo: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hard top F-code Courtesy of Auctions America January–February 2017 5


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The Rundown COLUMNS 8 Torque: There’s more to car ownership than the drive — Jim Pickering 38 Cheap Thrills: 2003–04 Mercury Marauder — B. Mitchell Carlson 40 Horsepower: Every car guy needs a dream garage — Colin Comer 42 Corvette Market: Honesty is the best policy when it comes time to sell — John L. Stein 122 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 18 Good Reads: The Hooters 500, A Definitive Classic Car Visual History, The Studebaker Golden Hawk and Selling the Muscle Car — Mark Wigginton 22 Desktop Classics: 1949 Buick Roadmaster Riviera coupe — Marshall Buck 24 Snapshots: SEMA in photos, four ACC product picks, and getting sideways in a Superformance Mark III 102 Your Cars: Automotive gold in a barn — Joe Bortz 114 Junkyard Treasures: A secret stash of classics in Wisconsin — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 12 What’s Happening: Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 20 Parts Time: Cool parts for your car 22 Cool Stuff: Bright lights, race on, and Mopar memories 28 Wrenching: Tune Your AFB carburetor 34 Your Turn: Behind the trends and ahead of the plate 36 Readers’ Forum: Best road-tripper, T-bird or Vista Cruiser? 94 Market Moment: 1981 Chevrolet Corvette coupe — Jim Pickering 108 One to Watch: 1998–2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS — Jim Pickering 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 112 The Parts Hunter: Is original always best? — Pat Smith 116 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 118 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 119 Advertiser Index AUCTIONS 60 Market Overview Late-season auctions bring Full Classics and full projects, plus ACC’s “Buy It Now” recommendation — Garrett Long and Jim Pickering 64 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas Big crowds, and a big $32m total — Travis Shetler 72 RM Sotheby’s — Hershey, PA A 90% sell-through rate yields $12m — Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel 80 Branson — Branson, MO American iron dominates the offerings, to the tune of $3m — Andy Staugaard 88 Dan Kruse — Austin, TX Ten rare Corvettes come to market, and total sales hit $2m — Cody Tayloe 98 Roundup American vehicles at VanDerBrink in Wells, MN; and Aumann Auctions in Frankfort, IL — B. Mitchell Carlson Snapshots, p. 24


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Torque Jim Pickering The Complete Experience Making a car your own is about more than just driving it I once knew a car like this, perhaps more intimately than its owner did B efore my time as a magazine writer and editor, I spent my days fixing people’s cars. The small shop where I worked would fix just about anything, but my specialty was the old stuff — the cars our flat-rate auto technicians avoided. For me, as a young paid-by-the-hour car kid, it was great. I felt like all the classics and hot rods were mine. Among these cars was a restored ’52 Chevy truck that perpetually leaked oil on its owner’s driveway. There was a ’66 Rambler American with a lifter tick that its old lady owner loved and didn’t want to fix. There was a restored ’65 Corvette 327/350 convertible, in for periodic brake work and other tiny sort-it-out items. And there was a nice ’65 Malibu SS convertible, used as a daily driver and as daily inspiration by a local writer who wasn’t afraid to get it dirty. Among all these, my favorite car was a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in orange and black. The car was dead-stock down to its Magnum 500s. It had been restored in the not-too-distant past, complete with impressive chassis detailing and a rebuilt originalspec engine. It had been a contest-giveaway car won by the manager of our neighborhood grocery store. He kept his trophy Boss pickled as an investment, bringing it out only for oil changes regardless of whether it really needed them. This owner would drop the car off and 8 AmericanCarCollector.com disappear, and I’d get to work, rumbling the orange bullet into my bay and setting it up on my lift. I’d drain the clean oil just to fill it with more clean oil, lube the suspension, and check the tune-up, which always included a quick carburetor adjustment. I’d put a staticcling reminder sticker up in the corner of the windshield — new date, same mileage. Soon after, the owner would take the Boss back to his dark garage, where it would sit, hidden away and unused for another three months. I was effectively the only one to touch that Boss, but I felt like I had a connection with it, even if I didn’t get to row those gears. I never understood why the owner didn’t allow himself to drive it much, either, but I can remember thinking that, like two parts making a whole, if you combined the owner’s limited time behind the wheel and my time under the hood, you might just be able to build one complete experience of that car. Making it your own The idea for this month’s carburetor tuning-based “Wrenching” column came about from a rare kid-free Saturday I had a few months back. My wife and daughter were out on an adventure, so I spent the day playing around with my Caprice — mostly adjusting my 800-cfm Edelbrock carburetor to get it working the way I wanted it to. I was in the garage all day, playing with different combinations to get the fuel curve right, and at the end of the day I left satisfied that I’d actually accomplished something — and while the car drove better, I realized that a good part of that satisfaction I felt came from the fact that I’d spent an entire day driving and tinkering with my car. In a world of kids’ birthday parties, yard work and deadlines, that’s rare. I’m a big believer in making the car or cars in your garage actually yours, and for me that’s more than just having a title in hand and going for a spin on a sunny day. It’s also about taking pride in work done — be it cleaning an interior, detailing paint or tuning a carburetor to run better than it did before. When the job you’re doing turns out the way it’s supposed to, you get that hit of pride. When it doesn’t — and it won’t always — consider it an educational experience at best. But either way, there’s value in that time spent playing around under the hood. All that is part of the reason we started ACC’s “Wrenching” column in the first place. Being an American Car Collector is just as much about buying and selling as it is about setting points or adjusting a carburetor. It’s about a complete experience. I still wish I’d had some real seat time in that orange Boss. I’m sure the owner still has it, locked away in a garage and waiting for the day it moves on to a new caretaker. I just hope that he started driving it a little here and there, and maybe figured out that part of the fun of a car like that is changing the oil yourself. 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. Tom Glatch’s New Book Veteran ACC writer Tom Glatch’s new book, The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars, explores the world of Yenko, Shelby, Baldwin Motion, Grand Spaulding, Nickey and other shops and specialty departments that turned out tiremelting performance from the 1960s until this day. The book is saturated with Glatch’s exper- tise and smooth writing, and there are plenty of great photos. Motorbooks is the publisher, and the book sells for $50. It’s a great read. www.quartoknows.com. A ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will visit all the big Arizona auctions from January 14 through January 22. 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. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2017 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. ACC Arizona Insider’s Seminar Heading to Arizona Auction Week 2017? So is ACC! Sign up now for the Annual Arizona Insider’s Seminar presented by American Car Collector. The seminar takes place January 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Our ACC panel will talk about the future of collecting — what’s going to be collectible, and what will stay collectible. The seminar is free. Barrett-Jackson admission is required to get into WestWorld. www.americancarcollector. com. 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Hot Rod Shows Heat Up Most of the United States is shivering its way through ice and snow, but the 68th Annual Grand National Roadster Show — the Granddaddy of all hot rod shows — will heat up the endless summer of Southern California. More than 500 showcase cars and trucks will rumble into the Pomona Fairplex from January 27 through January 29. 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 17 to 19. www.rodshows.comA


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Featured cars: • 1971 Plymouth Satellite Plus. 440-ci V8 makes 425 horsepower with 3.91 gears and Sure Grip Positraction More: www.silverauctions.com Star Car: Documented 1970 Plymouth Superbird with 4-speed at Tom Mack in Concord, nC January Dave Rupp — Fort Lauderdale Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 6–8 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 6–15 Last year: 1,794/2,506 cars sold / $84.2m Featured cars: • 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible. With a V-code 440 Six Pack and a 4-speed More: www.barrett-jackson.com • 1972 Plymouth Barracuda Hot Wheels “Snake II” Funny Car. Restored, period-correct and ready to defend the 6.35-second quarter-mile record it set in 1973 and sold for Steven Tyler’s charity, Janie’s Fund • 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight. NHRA record-holding racer also known as the “Hemi Honker” More: www.mecum.com Russo and Steele — European Sports, Hot Rods and Muscle Cars at Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 18–22 Last year: 521/723 cars sold / $21.3m Featured cars: • 1962 Shelby Cobra roadster. Owned by Lance Reventlow More: www.tommackclassics.com Tom Mack — Carolina in January Where: Concord, NC When: January 13–14 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Plymouth Superbird. Restored to original, documented and a rare 4-speed Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2017 Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 14–22 Last year: 1,481/1,490 cars sold / $103.4m Featured cars: • 1960 Chevrolet CERV 1. Built to research parts at high speeds to later be used in passenger cars • 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. Record-setting production car owned 14 AmericanCarCollector.com More: www.russoandsteele.com • Star Car: 1966 Shelby GT350 convertible. One of 12 continuation cars built in the ’80s with a Paxton supercharger Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auctions Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19 Last year: 94/112 cars sold / $18m More: www.bonhams.com Silver Auctions — Arizona in January Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 19–22 Last year: 281/484 cars sold / $3.9m RM Sotheby’s — Arizona 2017 Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 19–20 Last year: 126/149 cars sold / $62.7m Featured cars: • 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial. One of a kind, beautiful and personal car of Ralph Roberts More: www.rmsothebys.com Gooding & Company — The Scottsdale Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 20–21 Last year: 96/113 cars sold / $42.4m Featured cars: • 1932 Ford Roadster. Custom painted and a crate 350-ci V8 by Garrett Long More: www.goodingco.com February • Star Car: 1969 AMC AMX/3. Known as the “Monza” model, which won First in Class at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the Bizzarrini class Petersen Salem Collector Car Auction Where: Salem, OR When: February 4 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com The Finest — Boca Raton 2017 Where: Boca Raton, FL When: February 11 More: www.thefinest.com Mecum Auctions — Los Angeles Where: Los Angeles, CA When: February 17–18 More: www.mecum.com Leake — OKC 2017 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 24–25 More: www.leakecar.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6, number 1 January–February 2017 GeT In TouCh Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Editor at Large Colin Comer Auction Editor Garrett Long Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro auction analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Chad Tyson John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner continued to grow, with 37 hours of live coverage of the auction on the Velocity Channel in 2016. The marriage of television and live auctions has increased the T awareness of collector car auctions tremendously. It has made Barrett-Jackson into a brand with near-universal recognition among car lovers. This issue of ACC is full of information that will be useful to you as you head towards Arizona. It includes our Arizona Insider’s Guide (www.americancarcollector.com/arizona2017). In it you’ll find everything you need to get the most out of auction week, including schedules, maps, insider’s tips and more. Don’t miss the ACC Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson on Wednesday, January 18. Our experts will be there to answer your questions and share their thoughts with you. Find more details on p. 12. In addition to the great profiles of important cars in this issue, such as the 1969 Chevrolet COPO 427 Chevelle and the supercharged 1957 Ford Fairlane F-code, there are other thoughtful articles that will help you with your collecting. Take a look at John L. Stein’s thoughts on p. 42 about how to get your car’s story straight to bring top dollar. And Colin Comer is finally getting around to building his dream garage (p. 40) — I’m sure you’ll want one just like his. And finally, Editor Jim Pickering led the ACC team back to SEMA this year. Starting on p. 24, you’ll find their picks of the best of what was new, along with terrific photography that makes you feel like you were there. Looking forward to seeing you in the desert. A 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Get Ready for Arizona wenty years ago, in 1997, I was an announcer in the Speedvision Channel booth at Barrett-Jackson. That year, we televised six hours of the auction live. It was the first time an auction had been broadcast in real time, and none of us were sure just how it would be received. The response was overwhelming and positive. Coverage has Information Technology Brian Baker Web Developer Ian Burton 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 Customer happiness Specialist Lyndsey Camacho Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CorreSPonDenCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/Dhl/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. PoSTMaSTer: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2017 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 Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton NASCAR’s Greatest Race: The 1992 Hooters 500 by Rick Houston, CarTech, 224 pages, $22.57, Amazon Lots of blood and beer have been spilled in arguments about the best NASCAR race in history, and this book is a bit like spraying starting fluid on your weak campfire to get it going — fun, but somebody’s going to get hurt. Rick Houston certainly has the background to make the titular argument for the season-ending, championship-bestowing, legends-coming-and-going Atlanta race in 1992 being the best. First, six drivers had at least a mathematical shot at winning the title that day. Davey Allison, Bill Elliott and Alan Kulwicki were close in the points, with Harry Gant, Mark Martin and Kyle Petty all having a shot — even if it was as likely as a meteor strike. Adding to the drama, it was Richard Petty’s last start, at the end of a legendary career and a yearlong goodbye tour, and also Jeff Gordon’s first Cup start on the way to four championships. Houston does a workmanlike job pulling the story together, weaving the words of drivers, owners, crew chiefs and officials about “NASCAR’s Greatest Race,” but his telling lacks narrative style and novelistic depth. A near miss. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Studebaker’s Hidden Treasure: The History and Design of the Studebaker Golden Hawk by Mark L. James, Baronpublishing.com, 88 pages, $29.95 Author Mark James sat down years ago and decided he wanted to own a finned-wonder from the fabulous ’50s. He had a world to choose from, and like a sailor returning to port, he spent his time selecting the right vehicle for his cash and passion. That turned out to be the Golden Hawk. In this slight, handsome book, James examines the three variations of the Golden Hawk produced in 1956–58, coming from the small and financially strapped Studebaker factory, as well as showcasing the predecessors, the 1953 (Avanti designer Raymond) “Loewy” Starliner coupe and the 1955 President Speedster. Along the way, we learn about the financial challenges of yearly tooling costs and Studebaker’s ways around them, and much more. This is obviously niche reading, but also stands as a lovely example of self-publishing at its best. With nicely written text and charming snapshots of the cars complete with cluttered backgrounds, all packaged in a handsome design, it is proof you can do it yourself. James’ love of the car comes through on every page. Lineage: Fit and finish: 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Drivability: Classic Car: The Definitive Visual History by Giles Chapman, Martin Gurdon, David Long, Andrew Noakes and Chris Quiller-Rees, Dorling Kindersly, 320 pages, $40, Amazon If you aren’t in tune with the DK imprint, you should be. Their books have a unique style and approach. They take information presentation to a high level, with complex topics broken into small info-nuggets and supported with vivid explanatory visuals. In this case they take on the enormously broad topic of classic cars, specifically the post-World War II period up until the 1990s. More than 250 different models are covered, and any random spread is filled with beautiful images and smart text. There are a few longer pieces, but the definitive VISUAL history is just that, with the emphasis on the iconic, the odd, the wonderful range of automobiles produced in the amazing post-war explosion of creativity and progress. Prepare to learn on every page. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Selling the American Muscle Car by Diego Rosenberg, CarTech, 192 pages, $32.45, Amazon It was way back in 1953 when an internal Chevrolet memo by Zora Arkus-Duntov set the stage for an earthquake in the car business. Zora wanted to make sure Chevrolet got their piece of the hot rod pie, and he thought the best way was through engines — specifically lots of aftermarket speed parts for the new V8s. They had to interrupt the Ford stranglehold. It started working. In a few short years, racing participation was banned for the manufacturers, and the first workaround may have been the Pontiac GTO. Take a mid-sized sedan, offer a long list of optional engines, transmissions and rear-ends, and put the racing on the street. It caught on, and the race to build hot street cars was quickly followed by audacious steps to sell those cars. Diego Rosenberg has done a nice job of capturing the tenor of the times, and the wild, fast-changing marketing plans during the period. Supported by plenty of marketing brochures, advertising and event photos, he documents a singular era in high-performance sales. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Coker’s Firestone Wide oval radial Muscle car restorations aren’t complete without the right tires. But if you like to drive your car, you’re stuck, as radials don’t look completely correct, while bias-plies ride, well, like bias-plies. Coker has come up with a solution in the all-new Firestone Wide Oval radial — a tire that looks for all the world like what came on your original GTO Judge while offering the increased performance you’ve come to appreciate in the years since 1970. Available in numerous sizes, with prices starting at $236 each. Check them out at www.cokertire.com. Pilkington Classics Glass What do you do when you get a cracked windshield, broken side window or shattered backlight in your otherwise all-original muscle car? There are any number of aftermarket replacements out there, but are they really 100% correct? With Pilkington Classics, you get OEM quality that you can be sure will fit, and they also offer sand-blasted LOF logos and date codes, just like your original glass. Nobody on the show field will be the wiser. Prices vary by application. Learn more at www. pilkingtonclassics.com. lucas octane booster Modern fuels got you pinging? cas Octane Booster has been ted and proven to deliver at st three times more boost n most other brands. It is table for use in fuel-injected, rbureted, throttle body and otary engines. It’s safe for bos, oxygen sensors and cata ic converters. Use with each -up for maximum performan d fuel mileage. Available in 5- and five-ounce sizes at your favorite automotive retailer. Learn more at www.lucasoil.com. lebaron bonney Interior Kits LeBaron Bonney Company has been providing accurate, excel- lent-fitting, high-quality restoration interior kits for over 56 years. Produced under the LeBaron Bonney and Hampton Coach brands, the kits use original interior patterns and correct original-type materials, and are complete and ready to install. Upholstery kits, panel sets, tops, fabrics and carpets are available for vehicles including 1928–62 Ford, Lincoln and Mercury, 1916–68 GM, and 1939–62 Dodge and Plymouth. Kits are also presented for less common makes such as Pierce-Arrow, Hudson, Rambler, AMC, Studebaker and others. For info and pricing, check out www.lebaronbonney.com. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Mopar Throwback Artist Michael Irvine’s Time to Race Ready to take your racing a little more seriously? Start tracking your progress. The VBox Sport logger stores all the valuable data needed as you speed around the local track or run the quarter mile. After the race, use the app on your iPhone to see 0–60 times, top speed and G-forces. Or use the lap timer to analyze where you made or lost time from run to run. $400 on Amazon. Find out more at www.vboxmotorsport.co.uk. Avoid the Winter Blues Garage space is reserved for our collec- tor cars, whic drivers out in t Right now tha ice and snow. S yourself some of the hassle of scraping your windshield with IceScreen’s Windshield Cover. Put the magnetic cover on at night or when you get to work and your windshield will be clear when you return. Get one with attached side-mirror covers for $47.99 and save some hassle. www.icescreen.com latest project, “Right On Spaulding!” pays tribute to legendary Mopar man Mr. Norm and his Chicago dealership, Grand Spaulding Dodge. Irvine’s piece shows the thriving Mopar movement of 1970 that was taking place at Mr. Norm’s Dodge store, all on the side of a beautiful Plum Crazy Super Bee. Limited edition prints start at $160. www. michaelirvine.com by Chad Taylor Light It Up Nothing ruins your night like car trouble. With SMARTFLARE’s LED Combo Light, you can let the motorists flying by know you’re there. These flares give 360-degree light and peace of mind. With multiple settings, change those flashing red lights into steady white and use them as a lantern for changing that flat or tinkering under the hood. There is no such thing as too much light. Get two for $49.99. www.smartflareproducts.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1949 buick roadmaster riviera Coupe The 1949 Buick Roadmaster saw the debut of VentiPorts, otherwise known as portholes. Other than that, I’m not sure why True Scale Miniatures (TSM) picked this car to model — and in three color schemes, no less. Yet it’s a cool piece of American luxury. The company did a pretty good job, but just don’t inspect one too closely, as you may find various quality and fit issues, which is a running theme with TSM. Paint finishes are smooth high gloss, but they also come with unwanted fingerprints and some extra glue here and there. Detailing receives high marks, with an abundance of delicate chrome-plated parts along with many little photo-etched metal bits all around. The VentiPorts on each side are individually applied, and it shows, as some are poorly aligned. Overall shape and fit of rear windows have problems, but interiors are well detailed and easy to see. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Black with white roof, blue with gray roof, red Quantity: Estimated 500 to 750 of each version Price: $100 Production date: 2016 Web: www.tsm-models.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½ ½


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SNAPSHOTS SPECIALLY EQUIP for Car-Guy Appeal Customs, hot rods and low-riders take center stage at SeMa A look at what was hot at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas T he Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association got its start way back in 1963, but it’s been growing ever since, bringing the best and brightest of the industry — and their products — to the Las Vegas Convention Center in November to celebrate the hobby and show off what’s new. Here are some of our favorite shots of this year’s event. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering The all-new le Mans-winning Ford GT


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PPED best of the best ACC picks our four favorite new items from SEMA 2016 Sitting Pretty Stance is important. No matter where you looked at this year’s SEMA event, there was never a vehicle sitting at stock height. It didn’t matter if you were looking at a truck or muscle car. The most popular way to achieve such extremes is aftermarket air suspension. This year, AccuAir — a well-known leader in the field — displayed its new ENDOCVT. CVT stands for compressor, valve, tank — the new unit includes it all in one package. No more piecing together your system. It even includes a built-in air dryer for those of us in high-moisture climates. It comes with AccuAir’s DOT-certified aluminum tank and 2,000-psi compressor. With this, you get all the best parts from one of the best manufacturers in one complete package. Check it out at www.accuair.com. That Exotic Domestic The thought of a performance V12 is nothing new to those in the exotic-car world. But in the U.S, it has always been about the V8. With the use of superchargers, turbos and other performance modifications, we have gotten a lot out of our V8s. But think of starting with a beastly V12. At V12LS.com, they have created the world’s first 12-cylinder LS1. Because the engine is essentially two GM engines put together, it can still use many GM parts. With six cylinders per bank, it ends up being roughly the same length as the inline six that many base GM cars came with, and the width has not changed. Now you have 8.6 liters to work with before adding your forced induction or nitrous. Yes, please! Learn more at www.V12lS.com. Just Print It 3D printers are everywhere these days, and Jim Pickering it’s now possible to 3D print items in metal. What does that mean for us car enthusiasts? Well, those impossible-to-find parts you have been trying to find for your classic can now be made. That’s what HV3D Works specializes in. Give them your worn-out part and let them create you a new one. If they do not have your part in their catalog of items previously completed, they can scan it, make any repairs necessary on the computer, and send you your new part. No matter what or how big the part, HV3D will work with you to come up with a solution. The days of disappointment after rummaging through all the bins at your local swapmeet are over. Learn more at www.hv3dworks.com. Power Up Your Steering We all love our old cars, but many of us wish they were a little more user-friendly. EPAS Performance can help. They offer a unique electric power-steering option for many of our favorites, from Mopar and Ford trucks to Hudson and Packard cars. Electric power steering has become a popular choice for modern automak- Garrett Long Drake automotive shows off the original Georgia Shaker vintage drag car ers, but it has some drawbacks, mainly in terms of road feel. The EPAS system differs in that it allows you to adjust the amount of assist you want — more when maneuvering through a crowded parking lot, less when you want to cruise down backroads. It’s the best of both worlds — new-car drivability with classiccar feel. Check it out at www.epasperformance.com. A January–February 2017 — Chad Taylor 25


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SNAPSHOTS Jim Pickering Just another lS-powered Camaro — until you count the cylinders Jim Pickering bruce Canepa, Ken lingenfelter and bruce Meyer kick some tires Jim Pickering a ’55 Chevy nomad shows off immaculate detailing Jim Pickering Subframe, engine and trans — just add Camaro 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Getting Sideways in Vegas Jim Pickering The Superformance Mark III rocks, if you catch my drift by Garrett Long I n many ways, SEMA is about blending the old with the new. Engine-swapped Willys Jeeps and muscle cars with old-school paint jobs and styles are common sights meant to appeal to our respect for legacy and our crazy inner car guy bent on burnouts. In a great culmination of the two, Superformance let its drivers loose, giving smoky joyrides to brave passengers in replica Cobras at this year’s SEMA event. I was lucky enough to persuade them to let me ride. On a walled-off glorified parking lot, covered with enough tire rubber to be about half an inch higher than the rest of the lot, I jumped in a snarling Superformance Mark III for a quick sideways blast. That primal nature that made the original Cobra so interesting is alive and well in the Mark III — as is the need to take big steps in and out to avoid baconating your calves on sizzling sidepipes, hot from screaming out the V8 song of our people. There was no slow acclimation to the experience. No, as soon as my butt was in the seat, my driver gave me a nod. She revved up the Ford crate motor, dumped the clutch, and the world slid by. Part of my brain was aware that a few hundred people were watching in the background, but it was overshadowed by a screaming sidepipe rattling my brain and tire smoke hazing my vision. It’s difficult to try to process what’s happening. It was all I could do to just smile, but I certainly did. Let it be known — Superformance’s products are the real deal, especially if you’ve got a love for the past and a need for speed. A Garrett Long Why not turbo your old beater pickup? ... ... or put the engine in the back? January–February 2017 27 Jim Pickering


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO FINE TUNING EDELBROCK CARBS ARE GREAT RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOURS WORK EVEN BETTER by Jim Pickering and Jeff Zurschmeide itself goes back to the AFB carbs of the 1960s — a tried-and-true setup that offers plenty of adjustability while remaining reliably adjusted once set up. These things are everywhere — if your car isn’t fitted with a Holley or a Rochester, you’re almost certainly running one of these under your hood. But is that carb running at its best? The trick to getting any carburetor set right has always been E knowing what to adjust and how to adjust it. A lot of car people tend to get their carb working okay and leave it alone from there, living with any quirks it may have. But a few tools — as well as a modern wideband oxygen sensor — can give you the info you need to make a carb run right. ACC Contributor Jeff Zurschmeide recently installed a box-stock Edelbrock 600-cfm Performer carburetor on the 383 stroker in his 1969 Chevrolet Corvette. It ran okay out of the box without any adjustment, but we both figured we could make it run even better without much effort. So I grabbed a few tools and ordered up a few parts from Summit Racing to get us on the right track. Here’s how we dialed everything in. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com lectronic fuel injection may be the wave of the future, but there’s nothing wrong with a properly tuned carburetor. The key is figuring out how to tune it. Edelbrock carburetors have been a go-to for street-bound muscle cars and classics for several decades. The design SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST: Edelbrock 1406 carb tuning kit, p/n EDL-1487, $44.27 Moroso HEI advance curve kit, p/n 72300, $15.48 AutoMeter Ultra-Lite wideband air/fuel gauge, p/n 4379, $199.95 AutoMeter gauge panel, p/n 2236, $17.95 Performance Tool vacuum gauge, p/n W80594, $13.47 Summit Racing timing light, p/n SUM-G1059, $65.97 Carburetor base gaskets (useful, but not required), p/n SUM-G1418, $1.97 each TIME SPENT: Four hours DIFFICULTY: J J (J J J J J is toughest) AIR-FUEL RATIO (XX:1) 10–11:1 Very rich 12–13:1 Rich. Best power at full throttle 14–15:1 Ideal. Good for idle and light throttle 16–17:1 Lean. Possible drivability issues 18–19:1 Very lean


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1 a previous owner installed a too-big 750-cfm carb on Jeff’s 383. He opted for a 600-cfm replacement, but it needed to be worked over to adequately feed those stroked cubic inches. 2 Key to 21st century tuning is a wideband oxygen sensor. Here we used an AutoMeter Pro-Comp unit, as it uses easy-to-read color-coded lights in addition to digitally displaying the engine’s actual air/fuel ratio in real time. This unit comes with the weld-in exhaust bung, the sensor and all the required wiring. 4 3 5 Jeff mounted the gauge in an old pod and temporarily fitted it where his Corvette’s original radio used to be. Wiring the gauge is simple — ignition-keyed power and a solid ground, in addition to the feed wire from the sensor itself, which needs to be fished through the firewall and sent down to the exhaust system. With the gauge wired in and mounted, we fired up the ’Vette and went for a drive for some baseline readings. Once the car was warm, we saw numbers in the mid- to high-15s, all the way up to a too-lean 16:1 AFR. The engine also had a big stumble — or hole — just off idle and again under throttle. The threaded sensor bung needs to be welded into the exhaust pipe, usually close to the manifold or header for an accurate reading — and that’s the only permanent modification required. I installed the sensor and plugged it into the harness, using zip ties to keep the wire off anything hot or moving. January–February 2017 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 6 With the starting point figured out, it was time to make some changes. As any old-school tuner will tell you, “Timing first, then carburetor.” So with that, before trying to tune the carb, we grabbed Summit Racing’s dial-back tim- ing light (p/n SUM-G1059) and hooked it up to the Corvette’s new HEI distributor. 7 If you’ve never used a dial-back timing light, it’s simple: Disconnect the vacuum advance and plug off the carb’s vacuum line, start the car, point the timing light at the tab, pull the trigger, and turn the dial on the back until your timing mark shows at zero degrees. Then read the dial for your advance reading. In this case, we were at 18 degrees at idle, which can cause detonation and was making the Corvette crank over slowly when starting. 8 11 after backing off initial timing to 14 degrees, we checked full advance by running the engine up to about 3,000 rpm. Small-block Chevy engines like about 36–38 degrees of total advance at that point — this one was a little lazy, with a centrifugal advance curve that came in slowly and extended past 3,000 rpm. now to set the idle mixture. Edelbrock carbs have two mixture screws located in front. Pick one and screw it in slowly until the engine starts to stumble. Then back it off slowly and listen to the engine RPM increase. Once the engine stops gaining RPM as you back off the screw, stop and reference the vacuum gauge. Turn the screw even more slowly, both in and out, looking for the highest vacuum reading you can get on the gauge. Once you’ve found that sweet spot, repeat the process with the other mixture screw. Edelbrock’s manual calls that a “lean-best” setting. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com 9 The heI’s ignition curve can be adjusted by replacing two springs under the ignition rotor. Pop the cap, pop the rotor, and you’ll see the springs and weights that allow centrifugal advance inside the distributor. We used Moroso’s HEI advance kit (p/n 72300), fitting one medium and one light spring to get the distributor to fully advance sooner — all in at about 3,000 rpm. Retest to verify. 10 on to the carb. Old-school tuners swear by setting idle mixture using a vacuum gauge. Here we used Summit p/n W80594, along with the new wideband sensor, to get a better picture of what the engine wanted. Use full vacuum rather than ported for the gauge — Edelbrocks have ports for both. The full vacuum source is located at the driver’s side front of the carb.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 12 Check this “leanbest” setting against the reading of the wideband at idle and adjust more as required. I’ve found that the idle mixture settings tend to affect more than just the idle, which is why I always start here. We ended up slightly richer than we were initially, at a steady 14:9 AFR, which is pretty close to the theoretically perfect 14.7:1. Still, the engine leaned out under throttle with a nasty stumble in power delivery. 14 13 edelbrock sells a tuning kit that consists of several metering rods, jets and springs to tune in your carburetor (Summit p/n eDl-1487). The carburetor manual also comes with a handy chart for each carb that plots possible rod and jet combinations on a power and cruise axis. This lets you richen up or lean out the cruise mixture, the power mixture, or both at the same time. We first went after the initial stumble. All 4-bbl carbs function on an idle circuit, a primary circuit and a secondary circuit. The transition from idle to primary, which happens when you’re first stepping on the gas, is handled with an accelerator pump. The pump shoots fuel into the top of the carb to create a richer transition, and ours was just a little too lean. Edelbrocks are easy to adjust, as the pump shot has three settings to adjust the volume of fuel delivered. 15 Moving the accelerator pump arm to the top hole increases the amount of fuel the accelerator pump shoots, enrichening the transition and cleaning up that initial stumble. Now on to the too-lean primary circuit. 16 The primary circuit on one of these carbs uses metering rods and jets. Edelbrock’s carbs come out of the box jetted to #1 configuration on the chart in the owner’s manual. We needed more fuel, so we decided to try #23 on the chart. That meant we needed to swap metering rods only, using a smaller diameter 073x042 rod and the stock .098 main jet. All of this comes in the tuning kit. 17 32 AmericanCarCollector.com The rods are located under the two small covers on top of the carb, held down with ¼-inch screws. Loosen the screws enough for the covers to lift up and swing out of the way, and then you can pull the rod and spring assemblies out.


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18 here’s a look at how the primary circuit works outside the carb. Note the rod, jet and spring. When engine vacuum is high, such as at idle and early partthrottle, it overpowers that spring and pulls the rod down into the jet, where its wider taper blocks off fuel flow and leans out the carb. Mash the gas, vacuum drops, and the spring lifts the rod up, where its narrower taper enrichens the mixture. Adjustments come with the size and taper of the jets and rods, as well as the strength of the spring that counteracts engine vacuum. 20 19 other. Swapping rods is as easy as holding down the little retainer spring and sliding out the rod to replace it with an- If you need to swap jets as well, that’s easy, too. Pull three alligator clips, remove seven screws and the fuel line, and the top of the carb lifts off. Inside you’ll find primary and secondary jets, which you carefully remove with a crisp flat-head screwdriver. The primary jets sit down below the metering rods, while the secondary jets are toward the rear of the carb. Note the chart only applies to the primary circuit — the secondary circuit (or secondary jets) is basically only used at most-to-full throttle. 21 With the carb buttoned back up using the #23 configuration, we double checked our idle mixture and then took the Corvette out for a spin. With the lower base timing and faster curve, the car started easier and was happy to rev, and the flat spot in the throttle was gone. Note the 14.3:1 AFR showing on the gauge at cruise. 22 a big part of tuning is trial and error, so plan to try different things to achieve your desired result. For us, we ended with a crisper idle, easier starting, much better throttle response, and no more big hole in power delivery. Best of all, the car is more fun to drive now, and the gauge can be removed when not tuning to keep that stock look. A January–February 2017 33


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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 — in fact, I watched one like mine sell for over $50k at Barrett-Jackson’s Vegas sale a few months ago. But what I find most interesting here is while there’s a strong market for these things, you can still get rough-butrestorable examples for light money. There’s a huge spread of value between runners and restored rigs, and restoration parts tend to be half price to what you might expect to pay for comparable car pieces. You and I both know that a lot of these trucks were built, but there’s still money to be made here if you buy a project right and fix it, which is why I featured them. As for the Express, I’d argue that they’ve been special since day one. But we’re seeing an uptick in actual sales prices — both rough and nice — so they’re on the move. Protect-O-What? I’m reading the description by Jeff People love ’em, and the prices reflect it Keep on Truckin’ First, let me start by saying how much I enjoy reading and absorbing each issue, so much so that I finally pulled the trigger and subscribed. Yeah, I know, it’s taken a little longer than I wanted to, but at least I finally did it. I love the coverage that’s presented and how each issue has a wide range of vehicles to read and learn about. It’s quite fascinating to read how a certain vehicle is described and where the lows and the highs are for each car/truck presented. I have not been to a “famous” collector car auction (at least not yet), but I do appreciate how you make me feel like I’m involved. Now, for the other topic at hand: trucks. I’m a truck guy. Always have been, always will be. Oh sure, I love muscle, classics and everything in between, and I’m 180 degrees away from the types who believe that if it’s not all original then it’s worthless. I love them all and I don’t discriminate. I love my 1968 Chevy C10 SWB. By the way, that paint is 16 years old. But I digress. I’m writing to compliment you but also to lodge a little laughable moment I had in Issue 29. You see, I’ve been saying for over 20 years that our trucks, ’67–72s, would explode. 1967–72 GM truck owners are an extremely faithful bunch. When I read the September–October 2016 issue’s “Market Buys” feature on the 1967–72 GM truck (p. 52), I had to chuckle… well, laugh, actually, because to be perfectly honest, y’all are just a tad late, or the readership is too busy with their heads buried in Cobras or ’Cudas to see these trucks’ current values. Maybe you’ve been saying it all along and I’m a little late to the 34 AmericanCarCollector.com party. Either way, I thought it was pretty good. But it gets better. Then I receive the November–December 2016 issue and read “One to Watch” on p. 116. Again I chuckle. Dodge Li’l Red Express Wagons have been an investment for quite some time now — it’s just the number of rough ones out there that keeps prices lower than they should be. Thanks again for a great magazine. I’ll be looking forward to every issue. And the trucks (wink, wink, nudge, nudge, saynomore, saynomore). — Gary Binge, via email Jim Pickering, ACC Editor, responds: Gary, you’re right about the truck community being a tight one, and having owned a ’72 Chevy for the better part of the past decade, I understand why — the trucks themselves are simple and stylish, and people love seeing them. I was constantly waved at and talked to in parking lots when driving mine. There’s just something about old trucks that Americans identify with. It’s no secret that these trucks in par- ticular are market sweethearts and have been for some time. You can go to any highprofile auction like Mecum in Kissimmee or Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale and see a bunch of nice examples go for decent money Zurschmeide on the Saddle Tan (no, not “gold”) ’63 Split-Window Corvette on p. 40 of the November–December 2016 issue. I see it apparently came with a Protect-O-Plate, possibly making it the only ’63 Corvette ever equipped with one. Are there pictures of this rare item? Guys, I love the magazine. It’s well written and interesting. And yes, Corvette people are a pain. But seriously, you guys are better than this. — Steve Giannangelo, Springfield, IL Jim Pickering: Steve, you’ve written us before to set us straight and I’m glad you have. We do make mistakes from time to time, and I think it’s important to call them out and correct them whenever we find them. You’re absolutely right about this 1963 Corvette. GM issued Protect-O-Plates from 1965 through 1972 — NOT in 1963. Each plate was stamped with the car’s drivetrain info from the factory and the owner’s information at the dealership. They were then used in an imprint machine when the car came in for service, as it saved the dealer from needing to manually fill out all the info on the work order. Today, a car’s plate can verify its original equipment, which is clearly important info in the collector market — just not for a car built two years before Chevrolet started using the system.A The only ’63 ’Vette in the world with a Protect-o-Plate?


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READERS’ FORUM This month’s ACC Reader’s Forum question comes from our own John L. Stein: I’m looking to set up a 1,000-mile road trip with some high-school friends. To do it right, we need a classic car. What’s the better option of the sub-$20k cars below? Or is there a better choice out there that I have not considered? Ease of later resale and potential value gain counts. Looking for stock cars only. Here are the two I’m considering: 1964–67 olds Vista Cruiser wagon Why? Great looks, every- one loves wagons, and that roof glass is too cool. Plenty of room for three people and all their stuff. 1964–66 Ford Thunderbird convertible Why? Drop-top, fairly elegant and relatively easy to find in generally good condition. Which would you choose and why, or do you have a better idea? Readers respond: The ideal wagon is in the ACC Classifieds: A 1988 Chevy wagon. 92k miles, asking $7,500. There’s more than enough room for “three adults and their stuff,” and it’s well under budget. — ACC Contributor Jack Tockston, Gig Harbor, WA n n n 1958–60 Thunderbird (Square Bird) coupe or convertible. I think these are way better looking than the 1964–66 Thunderbirds. They are easy to fix, and cruise along at 100 mph as if you’re going 55. They weigh in at around 4,500 pounds, so a brake job needs to be on the short list. — Paul C., via email n n n The name says it all: Vista Cruiser! I am out in D.C. right now, but flying out to Los Angeles for the Pomona Swapmeet at the end of the month. I am going to be meeting some friends and I just found out that one of them will be bringing a ’62 Bel Air 9-passenger wagon. We have a full weekend of shows and swaps and now doing it in comfort and style with the Bel Air. Wagons are the best for good times like that. — Jay Parrish, via ACC Blog n n n Go with the wagon. It is simple and parts are readily available anywhere. It has lots of room, which the T-bird does not. The convertible top on those ’Birds is very finicky and when down takes up the whole trunk — so no room for stuff that three people take with them when being top-down cool. Have fun! — Russ B., via email n n n 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Best Ride for a Road Trip? I would choose the Olds wagon. It holds more people than the T-bird and is an easier sell when done than the T-bird. — ACC Contributor and parts guru Patrick Smith, via email n n n I would go with the Olds Vista Cruiser. As you state, it is big enough for three and all their stuff. Well, don’t forget there is ample room under the hood for keeping your favorite cold beverages cold behind the grille and the warmer beverages warm behind the battery. Just a thought. — Eldon K., via email n n n You don’t indicate where you’re going or what time of year, so I’ll go with the Olds wagon… sadly, for purely practical considerations. More space for people and bags. And since it’s a sedan, a better chance for better a/c. Besides, a convertible is great for the first 100 miles; anything after that, and the wind, sun and noise can get a bit tiresome. Been there, done that (Phoenix to San Diego in a Miata…in the late spring). — ACC Contributor John Boyle, via email n n n As the owner of an original, 12,700-mile-since-new ’64 Thunderbird convertible, I can report that this is a great choice to knock back 1,000 miles in style, comfort, class and reliability. Smooth, effortless, quiet and elegant. The epitome of the “Sinatra Era.” — Todd Duhnke, Wichita, KS n n n Pietrafesa, via email The wagon will get you farther with more junk. — Robert n n n If you’re putting more than two people in the car for a 1,000-mile trip, then you only have one choice: the Olds station wagon. But the 1964–66 Thunderbird is the perfect long-distance performer, too. With that 390-ci 4-barrel motor, you have plenty of torque and horsepower for cruising the interstate effortlessly at 70 mph. The T-bird will also have the creature comforts needed to make the journey enjoyable. And didn’t you say convertible as well? What could be sweeter than cruising the interstate with the top down in a Thunderbird? I think someone made a movie about that same scenario. Another viable choice to consider? Instead of “Thelma & Louise,” let’s watch “The Blues Brothers.” I always wanted a Crown Vic Police Interceptor and I found a 2004 model with 38k miles on it about nine months ago. It was a detective’s car and was in excellent shape. Didn’t cost a lot of money, either. Everything on the car is heavy duty, and it rides like a dream. Something else I noticed after I bought the car — people switch from the left lane to the right lane when I’m behind them. I’m able to make good time under those circumstances! Whatever you decide to do, have fun and bring me back a T-shirt. — Mark Dell Acqua, Millersville, MD n n n The Thunderbird might be a little small for three guys plus lug- gage. Have you considered a 1963½ Ford Galaxie 500 or XL? A goodsized car with lots of style, and they are available in good condition. Good parts availability, too. You can get them in the hard top with the fastback or a drop-top. Have fun on your trip and don’t get in a hurry. Enjoy it! — Roy D., via emailA


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson A PANTHER The Mercury Marauder wasn’t a big seller during its production run, but it’s poised to move up in value now Stalks the Market Mercury’s last stand of a unique performance car promises to move up in value Corvette. Today, the car’s status as a true collectible of the 1990s is cemented. At Ford, there were occasional rumblings of a Police Interceptor C for the masses to hit that muscle sedan market, but the best Ford offered was a sport package on the Crown Vic. The Impala SS was retired as the uncontested American muscle sedan with the rest of the B-body rear drivers at the end of 1996. Blue Oval fans had to haunt their local government surplus auctions for a cop Crown Vic and tweak it to build their own Impala SS competitors. Return of the big M When a legit competitor did arrive, it wasn’t from Ford, but Mercury. Seeking something to make the division stand out, Mercury took on the concept of a full-size performance sedan, spinning it off the Marauder nameplate of 1963–66 and 1969–70. Starting with Mercury’s version of the Crown Vic on the Panther 38 AmericanCarCollector.com rills B. Mitchell Carlson A PANTHER The Mercury Marauder wasn’t a big seller during its production run, but it’s poised to move up in value n eap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson A PANTHER The Mercury Marauder wasn’t a big seller during its production run, but it’s poised to move up in value now Stalks the Market Mercury’s last stand of a unique performance car promises to move up in value Corvette. Today, the car’s status as a true collectible of the 1990s is cemented. At Ford, there were occasional rumblings of a Police Interceptor C for the masses to hit that muscle sedan market, but the best Ford of- fered was a sport package on the Crown Vic. The Impala SS was retired as the uncontested American muscle sedan with the rest of the B-body rear drivers at the end of 1996. Blue Oval fans had to haunt their local government surplus auctions for a cop Crown Vic and tweak it to build their own Impala SS competi- tors. Return of the big M When a legit competitor did arrive, it wasn’t from Ford, but Mercury. Seeking something to make the division stand out, Mercury took on the concept of a full-size performance sedan, spinning it off the Marauder nameplate of 1963–66 and 1969–70. Starting with Mercury’s version of the Crown Vic on the Panther 38 AmericanCarCollector.com on on a full-size 4-door platform generated an immediate cult following among those who wanted a potent LT-1 but needed the practicality of a sedan over a Camaro SS or ls B. Mitchell Carlson A PANTHER The Mercury Marauder wasn’t a big seller during its production run, but it’s poised to move up in value now Stalks the Market Mer p Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson A PANTHER The Mercury Marauder wasn’t a big seller during its production run, but it’s poised to move up in value now Stalks the Market Mercury’s last stand of a unique performance car promises to move up in value Corvette. Today, the car’s status as a true collectible of the 1990s is cemented. At Ford, there were occasional rumblings of a Police Interceptor C for the masses to hit that muscle sedan market, but the best Ford of- fered was a sport package on the Crown Vic. The Impala SS was retired as the uncontested American muscle sedan with the rest of the B-body rear drivers at the end of 1996. Blue Oval fans had to haunt their local government surplus auctions for a cop Crown Vic and tweak it to build their own Impala SS competi- tors. Return of the big M When a legit competitor did arrive, it wasn’t from Ford, but Mercury. Seeking something to make the division stand out, Mercury took on the concept of a full-size performance sedan, spinning it off the Marauder nameplate of 1963–66 and 1969–70. Starting with Mercury’s version of the Crown Vic on the Panther 38 AmericanCarCollector.com on a full-size 4-door platform generated an immediate cult following among those who wanted a potent LT-1 but needed the practicality of a sedan over a Camaro SS or Mach Mach 1 and (of all things) the 2003–05 Lincoln Aviator SUV. Suspension components were largely taxi and Police Interceptor package units. Inside were front bucket seats with a center console and floor shift from the Crown Vic Sport package, but unique to the Marauder were leather seating and the use of AutoMeter gauges in the console, a less restrictive dual cat-back exhaust and unique 18inch alloy wheels. Introduced in mid-2002 as an early 2003 model as part of Mercury’s celebration of Ford Motor Company’s centennial, FoMoCo took another move out of the Impala SS’s playbook — and harkening back to old Henry himself — and made the Marauder available only in black. By mid-year, buyers had optional colors: Dark Blue Pearl and Silver Birch. Minimal changes came in 2004. There was an upgraded transmis- sion, as well as a new power moon roof and two-tone interior. No longer available was Dark Blue Pearl, replaced by Dark Toreador Red. The Marauder had sufficient — but not overkill — power and good handling for its size, thanks to the robust Panther platform that was fine-tuned by over two decades of cop-car and taxi use. It served a small but eager market.


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Detailing Years produced: 2003–04 Number produced: 11,052 Original list price: $34,495 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $8,300; high sale, $51,700 VIN location: Base of driver’s side windshield, several federally mandated additional locations throughout the car Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: N/A (equipped with DIS) Clubs: International Mercury Owners Club, Mercury Marauder Club More: www.mercuryclub.com, www.mercurymarauder.org Alternatives: 1994–96 Chevrolet Impala SS, 1993–96 Buick Roadmaster sedan and wagon, 1999–2010 Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ACC Investment Grade: D Death by window sticker Not only did Mercury price the Marauder a couple thousand dollars more than it should’ve been, but dealers also played the “additional market demand adjustment” game that has plagued all specialty FoMoCo products since the 1990s. As such, most potential buyers stayed away, and with weak sales, the car died after 2004. Had Mercury been more aggressive with pricing, the Marauder would have stood a good chance of at least staying in production for a few more years. It’s a pipe dream or armchair quarterbacking to speculate whether the Marauder could’ve saved the division from its 2011 death — there were too many other factors working against Mercury as a whole — but it had a good possibility of making the brand more than a poor man’s Lincoln. Today, Marauders are just a blip on the radar. While having some- thing of an “instant collectible” uptick in values after they ceased production, they have generally depreciated at a rate akin to a typical used car. As such, values haven’t hit bottom yet. However, that doesn’t mean you should be waiting for that to hap- pen. Well-cared-for examples that have been used sparingly are now surfacing at attractive prices, along with a few occasional no-mile “instant collectibles.” At this point there’s little price difference between the ’03s and ’04s. However, the 25% that weren’t painted black seem to bring a slight premium. In order of least to most rare are silver, red, and blue, yet the desirability seems to be inverse. Also, buyers of a 2003 also got a black leather jacket. Anyone trying to sell one for over-the-top money should include the jacket with the car. Not a truck, but built Ford tough While the DOHC 4.6 is not the usual forte of a taxi mechanic, the rest of the powertrain is dead common, damn near bulletproof, and parts are only as far away as any parts store or your computer. The 4-valve heads don’t spit out spark plugs like the 2-valve 4.6s do. Trim pieces are starting to get scarce, so if your Ford dealer has some in stock, you’d be wise to snag them even if you don’t need them now. More aggressive driving may also exacerbate another malady that besets high-mileage Panthers — rear axle bearing and seal failure. Once again, with so many of these used as taxis and cop cars, the parts are readily available and the fixes well known, but that issue is a pain for the shade-tree mechanic to fix. In retrospect, Mercury’s last stand of a unique performance car promises to move up in value as production of normally aspirated V8s is becoming increasingly scarce. You heard it here first — wait too long and you’ll be saying, “Dang, I wish I bought one when they were reasonably priced.” A January–February 2017 39


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Horsepower Colin Comer GARAGE no dirt floor, mice or cold feet will live here A dream garage is always worth the wait and go for a ride, but also the ability to wander out to a garage with a cup of coffee before everybody is awake. A place to hang out, have a few buddies over on a nice night and tell tall tales … err, I mean all true stories. All things a proper car-guy garage is used for. I Some history When I rented my first apartment, it only had an outside parking spot, and we all know nothing good ever comes of those. So I only parked whatever beater I was driving there and kept my “good” car at our family’s farm, making for a 120-mile round-trip if I wanted to drive or work on it. And, for those of you familiar with barns in the Midwest, well, at best I was working on a dirt floor that smelled like cow manure and had to work hard at keeping the mice away from wiring harnesses. At worst it was 20 below zero, smelled like cow manure, and I was repairing mouse-chewed wiring. My first house fixed some of this with its two-car garage and two outside parking spots. But it wasn’t a good neighborhood, and I was also restoring cars in there for people, so my own stuff was still stashed with family or friends. After that came one stall in a shared duplex garage, and then an- other small two-car garage whose best attribute was its ability to keep most of the rain out. And then I moved into the house we live in today — a tiny little 80-plus-year-old house that I should have bulldozed but 40 AmericanCarCollector.com bonus room: The subterranean level takes shape; it will hide additional cars ’ve never had a decent garage. That isn’t to say I haven’t had good shop space to keep cars in over the years, because I certainly have, but that is different. Of course I’m thankful for that ability, but I’ve always wanted a garage to keep cars in at home. Not just to easily grab something couldn’t because it’s cute. It has a matching tiny garage that, despite my best efforts, seems to be the local Hampton Inn for mice. It’s too small for anything bigger than two intermediate-sized cars. In spite of all this, somehow it has sufficed for 12 years, mainly keeping our daily drivers out of the weather — if not mice, including the more genteel (in appearance only) Wisconsin shrewmice. Hungry little bastards all. is Where theHEART IS


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Garage time So roughly five years ago, I bit the bullet and had plans drawn up for a new garage at home. Nothing fancy, but it would hopefully be warm, dry, rodent-free and have room for about five cars. Our local village board rejected it. I revised the plans, only to have it rejected again. Apparently anything more than a three-car garage is deemed “unnecessary” by our little village. So I had an idea. A building in the style of a gambrel- roof barn with three deep bays, a small second floor for a home office/library, and the best part: a basement that could hold more cars. So on the surface it looked like a nice little barn with three garage doors, but hidden from view was additional space. We drew up some new plans, and the “car barn” was approved. Hallelujah! I finally had that dream garage in sight. And still do, because it’s been under construction for over a year. Like anything, of course, even though I thought we had it pretty well figured out before we started, it has been constantly evolving as we go. It is amazing how details you’ve never noticed before — a hose reel location, or the height of garage-door tracks — suddenly become monumental decisions. As for the amenities, I tried to incorporate certain things I’ve al- ways dreamt about for a garage. Outlets everywhere. A bathroom. A central dehumidifier. Compressed air piped throughout. Good lighting. A stall to wash cars inside with conditioned water and a floor drain. And I also wanted the whole thing to be very energy-efficient and low-maintenance — we put much effort into accomplishing that. But the biggest splurge was perhaps the one I’ll appreciate most come winter: heated floors. After decades of walking and lying on after years of waiting and a few false starts, Comer’s car barn is nearly done freezing-cold concrete, I may not know what to do with a warm floor. Plus I know the cars will like the dry, warm air under them as well. It isn’t Arizona, but it will be a lot better than that old barn. And if I see one mouse, I’m getting 10 cats immediately — and I don’t like cats. Thankfully it appears the end of the project is in sight. I know there will be things I wish I had done differently, or great ideas I’ll see a little too late. But none of it will matter, because going to the garage will no longer mean going to work. And I can’t tell you how excited I am about that. A January–February 2017 41


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Corvette Market John L. Stein Get theSTORY STRAIGHT Thoroughness and honesty count for a lot, because when there’s doubt, buyers hold back Don’t let the trophies fool you — this baby had a few issues A colleague once bought a rescue dog. It was a cute, brighteyed thing that looked like a cross between an Australian cattle dog and a German bierwurst sausage. Unfortunately, this lovable mutt had numerous congenital problems, including seizures that required substantial doses of time and money to diagnose and treat. The good news is that with the right medication, the little guy is happy and healthy today. This reminds me of what can happen when buying a collector car. What looks good on the surface — or online or inside the auction tent — may wind up needing diagnosis and treatment too. No wonder smart buyers are cautious. But if you’re selling instead of buying, how do you allay buyers’ natural (and well-founded) cautions? By doing their job — due diligence — for them ahead of time. This thinking drew into focus the time when a friend and I jumped into the ownership of a low-mileage 327/300 1964 Corvette convertible at what seemed to be a bargain price. It had started life as a normal Corvette, much like the other 13,924 convertibles built that year. Equipped with the base L75 engine rather than the 365-hp L76 or the 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 375-hp L84 Fuelie, it nevertheless had the desirable manual gearbox and an auxiliary hard top — with which only half of the convertibles were equipped. But from there, the tale got fishy, as the ’Vette had morphed into a show car in the late 1960s. It had pearlescent paint, engine and suspension work, chrome plating, and body and interior modifications each more dramatic than the last. So while the car had covered only 20,000 miles since new, mechanically and cosmetically it had been through at least two to three lives by the time we found it. Or perhaps more accurately, it found us. Pursue the truth The pinball nature of our car’s history — with many puzzling gaps — made me wonder how, organizationally, one should prepare to sell a vehicle with such a complex past. Here’s what I came up with: Create a chart (either on paper or computer) with three vertical columns. The left-hand column is for negatives. The middle column is for neutrals. And the right-hand column is for positives.


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By combing through the car and honestly placing important facts regarding its features, history and condition in these three columns, you’ll end up with a pretty good descriptive mosaic. Like NCRS judging encourages owners to do, you can then chip away at turning the negatives into positives (or at least neutrals) before putting the beast up for sale. For my experiment, I decided to create separate charts for exterior, interior, powertrain, chassis and ownership history, recording whatever information was available, paying particular attention to original vs. non-original features, good or poor condition, and working vs. nonoperational components. As expected, the resulting document became a precise, quick-access set of “stories” — some good and some bad — about the car. In the positives column were the 20,000-mile status, its original configuration as a 4-speed car, the original factory hard top, and its photographically documented build and show history. Worrisomely in the negatives column — at least as far as Corvette purists are concerned — were the conversion to a tube front axle (which necessitated replacement of the original suspension pickups with leafspring mounts), the installation of an automatic transmission (and loss of the original manual), and numerous cosmetic alterations. As well, the car carried a “370 cu. in.” lettering atop one fender, suggesting that the original motor had been built to a higher spec. But how high? Nobody knew, although one clue was that the car proved difficult to start, dramatically backfiring and breaking starter-motor cases in the process. And once running, it also had an annoying habit of stalling after several miles, necessitating a tow home. Fix what you can, reveal the rest Clearly, it was essential to move some of the negatives over to the neutral or positives column. My buddy and I didn’t want to spend ridiculous money returning the car to its original state, so we focused on the best return for investment. First up was solving the running issues. A Corvette racer friend immediately diagnosed the hard starting and backfiring as a mistimed distributor, and with that remedied and a high-output starter installed, the car fired up and idled fine. And we eventually traced the stalling problem to the old fuel tank and lines. Little by little, we were reforming the chart. Then came a trip to a local shop to rent the lift. A ride up the rack revealed a clean, straight, accident-free car, and that the alternations it received were of high quality. The suspension components were good, and the lack of corrosion on the many chrome-plated parts showed that the car had rarely — if ever — been used in inclement weather. Nice! In another stroke of good luck, the engine, transmission and rear end were all oil-tight. While it was airborne, photographing the undersides documented the positives and showed the general absence of negatives — good follow-through in advance of a buyer asking. Rack time is time well spent. Once this systematic check was complete, we decided to correct a few minor items and leave the major mods for the eventual buyer to reverse or not. The reason? A good, hard look at the facts convinced us that while returning the car to stock condition was possible, it wasn’t practical. Owing to its high level of modifications, our ’64 convertible was thus destined to remain a gasser, at least while in our custodianship. And wryly, we had to admit that all the period modifications that once made the car special later served only to hold its value back. In the end, our systematic research and discovery process netted two valuable things. One was the ability to craft, in written form, as complete a history of the car as possible. And second, photographic proof of this history and current condition. Personally, I think such thoroughness and honesty count for a lot, because while straight info earns trust, when there’s doubt, buyers hold back. Getting the story straight helps mitigate those concerns — even if our once purebred car proved to be something of a mutt. A January–February 2017 43


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE MOTION PERFORMANCE MANTA RAY GT That ’70s Strut As a connection to the 1970s and to the well-known performance tuner, this car is a minor one-of-one holy grail VIN: 1Z37J3S407168 by John L. Stein • One of three Motion Performance Corvettes built in 1973 • Custom bodywork and numerous special Motion Performance features • 350-ci engine with 425 dyno-tested horsepower • Reworked Turbo 400 transmission • Center console, T-tops and letter of authenticity signed by Joel Rosen, aka “Mr. Motion” • The only 1973 Motion Performance Corvette Manta Ray GT known to exist ACC Analysis This car, Lot S119, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Harrisburg, PA, on July 23, 2016. During the leisure-suited 1970s, many a third-gen- eration Corvette “shark” was sacrificed on the altar of custom culture. This was the era of wide lapels, bell bottoms, twinkling polyester and such, and the era’s custom cars were likewise made to strut, wearing massive fender flares, big spoilers, diamond-stitch interiors, and heavy-flake paints. Any Corvette was widely seen as simply a starting point — a blank canvas just waiting to be turned into the newest custom. Of course, aftermarket tuner companies were in on 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com that game, as there was money to be made, even if it was in small numbers. American hustle, indeed! But among them, at least in terms of custom C3 Corvettes, Motion Performance was one of the first, starting its GT program in 1969. Portal to the 1970s Some sticklers for original Corvettes may find this Motion Performance-modified Corvette an abomination, but I’m a fan. And not because I find its modifications to improve Bill Mitchell’s original vision for this Corvette generation attractive, but because this restored custom is an authentic view into the 1970s, when flared-fender Corvettes and Camaros, shackled-up Mustangs and Montegos, and shag-wagon Chevy, Ford and Dodge vans were not laughable and anachronistic, but genuinely cool. In the 1970s, mods like these were totally fair game because they increased the value and desirability of a vehicle during a period in which its core value was spiraling downward, as used cars nearly always do. Today, however, it’s a different story. Imagine cutting up an original C3 to build a custom just as the market is recognizing the model more and more for its inherent value. Even Bill Mitchell himself might not have it. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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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 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Plate on lower left windshield pillar Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $13,600; high sale, $110,000 (this car) Year produced: 1973 Number produced: 25,521 (three Motion GTs) Original list price: $5,562 (base) Aging well The car world’s tastes do change, but while most Corvette collectors and Corvette shops go where today’s interest and money is — restorations and resto-mods — it is refreshing to see period-correct modified Corvettes starting to be restored to faithfully honor their place in time. And looking good was what they were all about. But there’s a difference between your average custom ’70s Corvette and this Motion car, and that’s the fact that this example was sold as-new by Motion Performance as a complete package. Motion Performance was known for building high-performance, strip-ready cars for the street. Started by Joel Rosen on Long Island, NY, in the early 1960s, the firm became indelibly connected with Baldwin Chevrolet. This car has always been a Motion car, and it’s a rare one at that — Motion GT Corvettes were expensive, and as such, they were only ever built and sold in very small numbers. In this case, it’s the only one left of three GTs built in 1973. Named the Manta Ray (after Dean Jeffries’ 1963 Mantaray custom, perhaps?), this example is said to have 14 bodywork changes. While they are not specifically listed, they clearly include exposed headlights, a big-block hood, aggressive fender flares all around, chromed Hooker Headers and sidepipes, extended flying buttresses behind the roof pillars, vaned aluminum wheels, an external Monza-style fuel filler, and a tall rear spoiler. In concept, it’s drifting the direction of “Corvette Summer” — but it thankfully stops at early spring. Modest performance boost According to the J-code VIN, this car’s original 350-ci engine was the 8.5:1-compression base 190horse model. That was the lowest output and most common variant for ’73. Although in its metamorphosis to become the Manta Ray, this car’s small block was upgraded to a claimed 425 hp, driving through a stout TH400 transmission. Other underhood upgrades include an MSD ignition and Accel coil, black-finished carburetor, chrome-plated master cylinder cap and alternator, a shorty air filter with mesh top, and Motion-branded aluminum valve covers. Equipped with the automatic transmission, power windows and air conditioning (recently serviced), this Manta Ray was clearly intended for comfortable driving to go with its flashy red and black paint and upgraded power. In other words, it’s equal parts show and go. All the money The Shadow may have known what lurks in the hearts of men, but I don’t. That’s a weird way of saying that it’s tough to predict what will cause a bidding war at auction. Under normal circumstances, I can imagine a custom ’70s ’Vette struggling to reach $20,000, but in this case the buyer paid five times more for what some might call a tarted-up low-spec ’73 coupe, of which over 25,000 were made. Why? The answer lies in that in-period Motion connection. There’s a legitimizing factor here with this car be- cause it was sold as a complete custom built by Motion rather than being somebody’s homebuilt creation. It survives as a unique and authentic connection to the 1970s and to the well-known performance tuner. And so in its own way, this car is a minor one-of-one holy grail, and to at least two bidders in the room at Mecum, it was worth over $100k. With just enough design modifications to make it look like a street-legal race car (the Motion Performance mission), and stopping just short of being silly (like the Monkeemobile or “Corvette Summer” coupe — also a ’73, by the way), the Manta Ray walks a fine line between performance and whimsy. And while those bell bottoms and polyester suits may still be best left in the closet, rare cars like this Motion ’Vette are clearly still strutting in the marketplace. But I still think it was well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) Club: NCRS Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 L84 coupe, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 L89 coupe ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 7011, VIN: 194670S404021 Condition: 2+ Sold at $159,500 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2016 ACC# 6804590 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin-Motion Stage III GT Lot 73, VIN: 194379S725819 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $115,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 4/22/2016 ACC# 6799605 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Custom (Motion Replica) Lot 328, VIN: 194370S410155 Condition: 3+ Sold at $24,750 MotoXotica, Phoenix, AZ, 1/13/2011 ACC# 168553 January–February 2017 45CC 45


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PROFILE GM Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE COPO 427 OFILE GM Wolf in Sheep’s Clot ROFILE GM Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE COPO 427 a a COPO Chevelle. It can take an LS6 in the quarter mile E GM Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE COPO 427 a COPO Chevelle. It can take an LS6 in the quar ROFILE GM Wolf in Sheep’s Clothes 1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE COPO 427 a COPO Chevelle. It can take an LS6 in the quarter mile • • Extremely rare and legendary race-bred performer • Factory M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed car with 4.10:1 Positraction • Very well equipped with options including chambered exhaust • Rare Fathom Green over green; legendary L72 427 show-winning restoration completed during 2004 • Verified COPO vehicle by Ed Cunneen of the COPO Connection ACC Analysis This car, Lot 29, sold for $99,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction in Auburn, IN, on September 3, 2016. Prior to 1970, stuffing anything larger than a 396-ci big block in a Chevrolet A-body involved a post-sale engine swap. Or, if you were in the know, you could use a Central Office Production Order — or COPO — as a way of skirting around GM’s self-imposed cubicinch displacement limitation on mid-size cars. Clever use of COPO manifests, which were typically used to build taxis or fleet trucks, could create the desired big-bore engine order. COPO number 9562 delivered a 427-ci Chevelle rated at 425 hp to your selling dealer right from the factory — no engine hoist needed. But in 1969, not many inside the GM system were aware of that trick. Vince Piggins, Chevrolet Engineering Promo Chief, helped get the COPO Chevelle in production to com- 46 AmericanCarCollector.com pete in NHRA SS/D drag racing. Don Yenko ordered 99 cars, and as other dealers got wind of it, they placed orders, too, pushing the total to approximately 358 cars. A super deal At $3,800 and change, the COPO Chevelle was the supercar bargain of 1969. These cars were offered in 13 variations, with specific numbers indicating special equipment. The majority of these involved manual or automatic transmissions, bench or bucket seats, special coil springs and power disc brakes. Several things were the same for all COPOs: They all came with L72 427s sporting big-port iron heads, a solid-lifter camshaft, forged pistons and crank with four-bolt mains, and an aluminum high-rise intake manifold with a Holley 800-cfm 4-barrel carb. All COPOs also had 12-bolt rear ends with 4.10 gears, heavy-duty radiators and chambered exhaust. These weren’t SS cars, so no special trim appeared other than an SS hood. A plain blacked-out grille with the Chevrolet logo was all you got. What you paid for was under the hood and floorboards. The COPO cars were the hottest hardware Chevrolet had available at the time. In fact, a properly set COPO Chevelle can take a later 454 LS6 in the quarter mile. The L72’s high-rise intake and openelement air cleaner let it breathe, compared to the LS6’s snorkel air cleaner and cramped low-rise intake. The only real threats to COPOs were 428 SCJ Fords, 440 Six Pack Mopars, and Hemis. 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 Year produced: 1969 Number produced: Approximately 358 Original list price: $3,800 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $150,000; high sale, $357,000 Engine # location: On engine block in front of passenger’s side cylinder head Tune-up: $400 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Driver’s side dashboard, driver’s side door tag 4-speed bench-seat restored car, like the one that sold at Mecum Indy 2009 (Lot S124) for $310,000, represents the ideal, high-end COPO realm. That brings us to our subject car. This Fathom Green car is well equipped with the sport stripes, raised-letter 14-inch tires, 4-speed transmission with the hallowed “Rock Crusher” gear cluster, and a bunch of nice extras such as courtesy interior and hood lamps, console, gauges, radio, wheelwell trim and power disc brakes. It has solid documentation in the form of Ed Cunneen verification and ownership, COPO Connection verification, a partial build sheet and several awards from its time on the show circuit. But it doesn’t have its original engine or any verified race history with a big-name driver. However, it’s important to note that 4-speed cars tended to live a hard life, so finding one with its original driveline intact is a challenge. Although a non-original engine keeps the price down, it also liberates the owner to use the car and enjoy it as intended. Priced in the low end of COPO Chevelle sales, this leCTor’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 Year produced: 1969 Number produced: Approximately 358 Original list price: $3,800 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $150,000; high sale, $357,000 Engine # location: On engine block in front of passen- ger’s side cylinder head Tune-up: $400 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Driver’s side dashboard, driver’s side door tag 4-speed bench-seat restored car, like the one that sold at Mecum Indy 2009 (Lot S124) for $310,000, repre- sents the ideal, high-end COPO realm. That brings us to our subject car. This Fathom Green car is well equipped with the sport stripes, raised-letter 14-inch tires, 4-speed transmission with the hallowed “Rock Crusher” gear cluster, and a bunch of nice extras such as courtesy interior and hood lamps, console, gauges, radio, wheelwell trim and power disc brakes. It has solid documentation in the form of Ed Cunneen verification and ownership, COPO Connection verification, a partial build sheet and several awards from its time on the show circuit. But it doesn’t have its original engine or any verified race history with a big-name driver. However, it’s important to note that 4-speed cars tended to live a hard life, so finding one with its original driveline intact is a challenge. Although a non-original engine keeps the price down, it also liberates the owner to use the car and enjoy it as intended. Priced in the low end of COPO Chevelle sales, this The The COPO Chevelle market is neatly divided into two categories: Yenko SCs and everything else. The high-profile, in-your-face attitude of a Yenko and its double COPO spec (including the COPO 9566 “Sport Car Conversion” that included special suspension) raises the price accordingly. Yenko only made 99 of his cars using the COPO system, and about 22 have been accounted for. COPO cars weren’t promoted in brochures, so the paper trail is scant, hidden in grease-laden shop manuals. Very little was known about the COPO Chevelles until the late 1980s, when survivor cars were discovered and written about. The numbers discussed then were very low, and as it turned out, inaccurate. Once non-Yenko L72 Chevelles started making the rounds and experts like Ed Cunneen shared the knowledge, the car made progress through the auction circuit. Pinning value on the COPO Yenko supercars with their stripes and special headrests sell for around $250,000 today, while highend examples have been known to clear $275,000. In contrast, regular COPO Chevelles are slightly more affordable and represent an excellent opportunity to get a 427-powered car without the Yenko price. Regular COPO Chevelles have been selling anywhere from $135,000 for a nice frame-off restored automatic car to $150,000 for a numbers-matching M22 4-speed car with power brakes and bucket seats. Something odd like a numbers-matching black M22 January–February 2017 47 buyer got a car with solid restoration needing minor refreshing underneath. Some new tires and a complete check-up of the engine should sort out this car for additional shows or weekend drag events. The gap between Yenko and COPO Chevelle prices is unlikely to narrow anytime soon, but the demand for factory supercars like this is solid. As a numbersmatching car, this would have been a major score. As it stands, I’ll call it a good bargain. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko Not sold at $180,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/13/2009 ACC# 142116 Lot 278, VIN: 136379B356260 Condition: 2- Web: www.yenko.net Alternatives: 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ, 1969 Dodge Super Bee 440 Six Pack, 1969 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Yenko Lot S80, VIN: 136379B407823 Condition: 2 Sold at $171,720 Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, 9/14/2011 ACC# 184406 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO Lot 426.1, VIN: 136379B407670 Condition: 1Sold at $76,680 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/2004 ACC# 32408


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PROFILE FOMOCO Top Example, Lowered Price 1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 SKYLINER RETRACTABLE HARD TOP F-CODE Courtesy of Auctions America With both a retractable top and supercharged engine, this ultra-rare F-Code Skyliner had to be the ultimate in circa-1957 “wow” VIN: F7FW305543 by Tom Glatch • F-code supercharged Thunderbird 312-ci, 300-hp V8 • Automatic transmission • Continental kit • Twin dual-purpose spotlight/mirrors • Rare — one of 13 built in 1957 • Only 1957 F-code Skyliner with power front windows • Beautifully restored in factory-correct colors • Multiple AACA winner • 2011 Best of Show at Skyliners of America National ACC Analysis This car, Lot 4148, sold for $170,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn auction in Auburn, IN, on September 3, 2016. About a decade ago, retractable hard tops were all the rage. They truly offer the best of both worlds, allowing the wind-in-the-hair experience of a ragtop with the safety, security, and comfort of a sedan. Manufacturers from Ferrari and BMW to Pontiac and Chrysler all introduced models with the feature. Not surprisingly, the concept has become mainstream. But as is often the case with innovation, the retractable hard top is nothing new. The Peugeot 402 “Éclipse Décapotable” from the mid-to late 1930s had one, as did the 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt concepts. But it was Ford that brought it to mass production with the amazing 1957 Skyliner, which made its debut at the New York Auto Show in December 1956. 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com Destined for Lincoln If you think Ford’s “miracle car of this generation” should have been a mid-priced Mercury or, better yet, a top-shelf Lincoln, you’re right. Ford stylist Gilbert Spear devised the concept in 1948. In early 1953, Special Products engineers Jim Holloway and Ben Smith began developing the retractable hard top for William Ford’s pet project, the Lincoln Continental Mark II. The ultra-exclusive, ultra-expensive Mark II would have been the perfect application for the gee-whiz top, but when the price of the Mark II approached the $10,000 point, the retractable hard-top project was canceled. Still, Ford wanted to get something out of the $2.2 million it cost to develop the system, and they chose to re-engineer it for the full-sized Fairlane model. Ford proclaimed “the same patient research, plan- ning, and testing that went into the Skyliner went into every model of the new kind of Ford for 1957,” making the Skyliner the perfect halo car for the company. Simple yet complex Even today it’s amazing to watch the big two-piece steel roof fold and slip under the raised rear deck in just under a minute. But unlike the computercontrolled hydraulic systems on contemporary vehicles, Ford’s Skyliner had all the electromechanical sophistication of a pinball machine from the same era — seven motors, 10 switches, 11 relays and 610 feet of wire. No wonder the complete contraption added 530


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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 pounds of weight over the Sunliner. The roof and mechanism also consumed so much space in the rear of the Skyliner that the only storage was a small steel basket. At a starting price of $2,942, the Skyliner was $337 more than the soft-top Sunliner convertible, and the most expensive car in the Ford brand outside the Thunderbird. But in 1957, the shock-and-awe factor was worth every penny. Ford made the most of it with a strong advertising campaign, even hiring the most popular couple ever on TV, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, to promote it on their show. That $2,942 got you an all-new Ford with longer, lower, wider styling, modern perimeter frame, and 292-ci V8 power under the hood, but not much else. Adding the options befitting a top-of-the-line vehicle could push the price toward the $3,500 mark. Despite the price tag, a total of 20,766 Skyliners were sold in 1957, helping to propel the Ford brand to total sales of 1,655,068 units. Today’s collectors may be enamored of the flashy 1957 Chevrolet, but at the time the buying public chose the new Ford over the updated Chevy — the first time since 1935 that Ford took the sales crown. The excitement tapered off for the 1958 and 1959 Skyliners, with 14,713 and 12,915 sold respectively. But to be fair, sales of most American automobiles were down those years. The Skyliner was canceled after the ’59 model, as re- engineering the top for the upcoming 1960 models would have been nearly impossible. The Ford Motor Company was also reeling from the late-’50s economic recession, and from the huge losses of the Edsel debacle. Big options This 1957 Skyliner was ordered to be the best ride available. Built on June 7, 1957, it is finished in Raven Black (code A) with a Flame Red top (code V) and a Flame Red, Colonial White two-tone interior (code AU). Options? This Skyliner has most of them, including power steering and brakes, power windows, Town & Country radio, electric wipers with washer (replacing those annoying vacuum wipers), tinted glass, and the “Continental Kit” spare-tire carrier. This car was also ordered with the rare super- charged F-code 312-ci V8. Developed to counter Chevy’s fuel-injected “Black Widow” NASCAR racers, the F-code engine packed special heads, cam, distributor and 4-barrel carburetor, along with the Paxton-McCulloch VR57 supercharger pumping out up to 6 psi of boost. Paxton claimed up to 360 hp for this engine, but Ford rated it at 300. Most of the around 212 F-code engines were in- stalled in ’57 Thunderbirds. Only 27 Fairlane coupes are thought to have been equipped with the F-bomb, and just 13 Skyliners. With both a retractable top and supercharged engine, this ultra-rare F-code Skyliner had to be the ultimate in circa-1957 “wow.” Just six of the original F-code Skyliners are thought to exist today. In the past decade, five of those six have sold at auction, ranging from $110,000 on the low side to $330,000 on the top. So at $170,500, this sale was just under the average for the model with the F-code option. You can’t blame the price on the quality of this car, as its provenance and multiple awards should underline the quality here. No, it just seems that on this day the demand for the ultimate in ’50s shock-and-awe was lacking, and as such, this Skyliner sold for a very attractive price. On any warm, sunny day with a small crowd to impress, this car will look very well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1957 Ford Custom 300 F-code Lot S90, VIN: D7FG194882 Condition: 1 Not sold at $190,000 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/5/2011 ACC# 187720 Club: International Ford Skyliner Club Years produced: 1957 Number produced: 13 (F-code Skyliner) Original list price: Approximately $3,600 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $104,690; high sale, $330,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $109 (NOS) VIN location: Plate on left front door pillar post Engine # location: Casting number on side of block above oil filter Web: www.skyliner.org Alternatives: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air fuel-Injected convertible, 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner Lot 115, VIN: D7FW271476 Condition: 1Sold at $60,500 RM Auctions, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/14/2014 ACC# 256054 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner F-code Lot 328, VIN: F7FW387795 Condition: 1Sold at $258,500 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 11/10/2006 ACC# 43557 January–February 2017 49CC 49


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PROFILE MOPAR ILE MOPAR 1961 1961 CHRYSLER 300G HARD TOP Courtesy of Auctions America This was a quality example of what many feel is the most desirable of the true Chrysler letter cars VIN: 8413155588 by Carl Bomstead faux-continental spare of the 300F. The 1961 300G was tested by Road & Track magazine and it went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. Quarter-mile stats were 16.2 seconds at 87 mph. Without a doubt, this is one of the more lavishly T 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com appointed cars when it came to the interior; they were luxurious and exceptionally fast, aimed to the wellfixed motoring enthusiasts of the early 1960s. This car started as a rust-free example, then was given a meticulous nut-and-bolt restoration. For many purists, the G-edition of the 300 Series represents the last of the great letter-series cars. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 409, sold for $77,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Fall Auburn sale in Auburn, IN, on September 3, 2016. The Chrysler 300 was a gamble that Chrysler could ill afford to lose. Rivals Ford and Chevrolet were busy introducing sports cars to appeal to younger buyers, but after spending a huge amount of money revamping the 1955 line, Chrysler did not have the resources to follow suit and had to improvise. The company answered its competition with a New Yorker sedan that offered a special handling he Chrysler 300G was the last 300 to wear Virgil Exner’s famous fins. Major differences from the previous year’s model included a new front end with canted quad headlamps and a new rear treatment, which lacked the package and racing motor. It was not exactly in the same sporting league as the Thunderbird or Corvette; however, it was the fastest, best-handling sedan on the market, powered by the 300-horsepower 331-ci Hemi Firepower V8. This limited model was the 1955 Chrysler C-300, and it was only offered as the hard-top coupe and available only in red, white or black. A 2-speed PowerFlite automatic was the only transmission. Parts were off the shelf. The grille came from the Imperial and the rear quarter molding was Windsor. Wire wheels were an option only because there was a large supply left over from the Imperial.


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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: 1961 Number produced: 1,280 coupes Club: Chrysler 300 Club Web: www.chrysler300clubinc.com Engine # location: Boss behind water pump From parts bin to performer At the 1955 Daytona Speed Week competition, the C-300 made its bones, finishing 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the American Stock Car Flying Mile Class, and the buying public took notice. The C-300 received a major boost from Carl Kiekhaefer of Mercury outboard motor fame. He felt stock car racing would further his company’s reputation as a leader in power and reliability. He started the Mercury Outboard Team with the C-300 and had a sophisticated testing facility of his own to help tune the car for victory. The C-300 won 37 races, making Kiekhaefer’s team the NASCAR and AAA stock car champion in 1955. The banker’s hot rod The 300 letter cars continued on, with Chrysler heavily promoting the fact that they were the most powerful production cars in America. But it all came to a screeching halt in 1958, when Chrysler accepted the AMA ban on factory involvement in motorsports. At that point, the Chrysler 300 evolved into a “banker’s hot-rod.” In 1960, with the 300F, Chrysler dropped their famed Hemi, replacing it with a 413 Wedge. That engine was fitted with a cross-ram induction system, utilizing long 30-inch ram-air resonator tubes pulling the mixture to dual 4-barrel carburetors set nearly over each front wheel. Tom McCahill, the dean of automotive writers, called the 1960 Chrysler 300F “the hottest sedan ever built in the history of the world.” The 1961 300G was more of the same, with refined styling and what Bob Rodger, Chief Engineer of Chrysler-Imperial, called the “quiet dignity and elegance of beauty.” The rear deck was restyled, replacing the controversial spare-tire outline with a simple badge. The luxurious leather interior was retained, the dual headlamps were canted and a new grille was introduced. Also carried over was the standard 375-horsepower engine, with a 400-hp option. Road tests indicated that while the 300G’s acceleration was indeed slightly slower than the F, it was still much faster than any other American sedan on the market at the time. Last of the line The 300G was also last of the true Chrysler letter cars. The 300 name was appropriated for use on Chrysler’s mid-priced series beginning in 1962, and many of the letter-car performance features were offered as options. But the letter car allure was gone, and the cars built using the 300 name after that point were basically just Chryslers. The 1961 Chrysler 300G offered by Auctions America was finished in the correct shade of Alaskan White (code WW1) and was stated to have received a recent comprehensive restoration. It was fitted with the standard 413-ci engine and 3-speed TorqueFlite push-button automatic transmission. It was not presented with any of the exotic options such as a/c, the 400-hp engine or a floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. Nonetheless, this was a quality example of what many feel is the most desirable of the true Chrysler letter cars. The ACC Pocket Price Guide places a median value of $74,800 for a 300G coupe, with a high-water mark of $220,000. Based on that data, I have to say the price paid here was market-correct, although I’d call it tilted slightly toward being well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) Original list price: $5,411 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $71,000; high sale, $220,000 Tune-up cost: $250 VIN location: Left front door hinge post Alternatives: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, 1961 Ford Thunderbird, 1961 Imperial Crown ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1961 Chrysler 300G coupe Lot S640, VIN: 8413159853 Condition: 2+ Sold at $61,600 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/14/2014 ACC# 244807 1961 Chrysler 300G coupe Lot 4115, VIN: 8413141405 Condition: 3+ Sold at $48,400 ACC# 243777 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 5/8/2014 1961 Chrysler 300G coupe Lot 373, VIN: 8413177698 Condition: 2+ Sold at $47,300 Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 10/3/2013 ACC# 228025 January–February 2017 January–February 2017 51


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1954 CHEVROLET 210 CUSTOM HARD TOP Long on Profile, Short on Price Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The fundamental purpose of customizing is to modify a car to make it even better looking. In that vein, this reproportioned 2-door misses the mark VIN: B54L041961 by Ken Gross B 52 AmericanCarCollector.com uilt on the hit TV show “Monster Garage,” this car was chopped and sectioned by Gene Winfield, Dick Dean and Bill Hines with frame and running gear by Fat Jack. The interior features a handmade skull in the dash by Norm Grabowski. The dash and headers were done by Jesse James, and the paint is a one-ofa-kind Winfield fade-away job by Gene Winfield. Automatic transmission. From the Tammy Allen Collection. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 249, sold for $38,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction in Las Vegas, NV, on October 15, 2016. Barrett-Jackson offered over 80 cars — including a few customs — from the Tammy Allen Collection at Las Vegas in October. Some of them went for serious money, like the chopped and slammed 1950 Mercury coupe, nicknamed “Wasabi” for its Japanese mustardgreen paint finish, which sold for $159,500. This Chevy 210, at least on paper, looked like it had all the ingredients for a record-setting price. But despite attributes such as a Thom Taylor design, a “Monster Garage” TV show feature build, a radical chop-and-section job by custom culture legends Gene Winfield, Dick Dean and the late Bill Hines, and running gear by “Fat Jack” Robinson, the gold-on-gold Chevrolet went for relatively little money. It sold for less than it sold for previously, right after it was completed. I think I know why. First, a little history. Fins and Moonglow By the late 1950s, the custom-car era had basically peaked. A new 1957 Chevrolet, for example, had all the elements that customizers were striving to emulate —memorable GM Motorama-derived styling with natty little fins, a powerful 283-ci V8 topped with optional fuel injection, and a luscious (for the era) interior, making its earlier cousins from the 1952 to 1954 era seem rather dowdy in comparison. But in the panoply “Moonglow” on a 1957 cover of Car Craft of great Chevy customs, Duane Steck’s “Moonglow” ’54 Chevrolet hard top, constructed from 1955 to ’56, still evokes praise, even though the car itself disappeared decades ago. Steck built his slammed hard top (there was no B-pillar) in his own garage. Painted white with


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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: 1954, 2003 Number produced: 194,498 (1954 Deluxe 2-door) Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $10,450; high sale, $47,300 (all 1954 Chevrolet sedans) Tune-up, major service: Estimated $250 ith a radical, 4½-inch artfully d top, a nosed and peaked hood, ed ’52 Ford headlights, ’56 sler taillights and a restyled grille h multiple bars, “Moonglow” was a r Craft cover car in January 1957. iped by Larry Watson, and quently redone three times, nglow” became a custom-car . The modifications were tasteful, y accentuated the car’s already CTor’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: 1954, 2003 Number produced: 194,498 (1954 Deluxe 2-door) Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $10,450; high sale, $47,300 (all 1954 Chevrolet sedans) Tune-up, major service: Estimated $250 ith a radical, 4½-inch artfully d top, a nosed and peaked hood, ed ’52 Ford headlights, ’56 sler taillights and a restyled grille h multiple bars, “Moonglow” was a r Craft cover car in January 1957. iped by Larry Watson, and quently redone three times, nglow” became a custom-car . The modifications were tasteful, y accentuated the car’s already glow” glow” took a year to build for its d then he modified it further over n 1960, and Steck’s brother sadly recalls seeing it on its way to a wrecking yard. Several tribute “Moonglow” clones have been built — a mark of great respect in custom circles. On the other hand In contrast, this car was built in five days for a Jesse James “Monster Garage” TV program. We know that similar projects in fact took a lot longer to build, but the actual time was probably compressed to give the illusion, for the sake of TV viewers, that the complex work — a three-inch body section — was done in record time. Looking at footage of the build, with the car in a complete state of disarray, it’s hard to believe the entire project was accomplished in so little time. It was called the “Old-School ’54,” and the traditional online rod and custom encyclopedia Kustomrama reported the cost to build it was $23,360. I suspect that was a wholesale figure. In January 2011, this car sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction (for the first time) for $44,000, including commission. Eventually, if not then, it ended up with Tammy Allen, a high-profile car collector and supporter of local charities who operated Allen’s Unique Cars in Grand Junction, CO. After the untimely death of her son, Allen sold her entire collection in January of this year at Barrett-Jackson, where she was very well known, as she’d bought many of her cars at the giant Scottsdale venue. Auctioned at B-J for a second time, the radically customized Chevy sold for $38,500 — somewhat less than its first sale five years earlier. Back to the future I referenced Duane Steck’s “Moonglow” here because if it were still extant, I think it would sell for much more than this car. Other notable custom cars, like the Barris-built ex-Bob Hirohata ’51 Mercury or another Barris beauty, the 1955 Chevy “Aztec,” are still acclaimed. Despite the all-star cast who were involved with the Old-School ’54, to my eyes, this car simply doesn’t rank as a memorable custom creation. If anything, the builders tried to do too much. The end result is rather unattractive. The fundamental purpose of customizing has always been to modify an already nice-looking car to make it even better looking, and in that vein, this severely reproportioned 2-door misses the mark. It looks like the handiwork of a committee, and it fails, in my opinion, to have lasting value despite the small-screen fame and important names attached to it. All things consid- ered, I’d call it well sold at the price paid here. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible Lot 4071, VIN: C54T036160 Condition: 2 Sold at $58,300 ACC# 6804753 Engine # location: Stamped in pad in front of passenger’s side cylinder head Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Web: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com, Alternatives: Any other ’50s-era custom cars with modern builds following traditional methods ACC Investment Grade: D Comps VIN location: Tag on driver’s door pillar; stamped on frame rail under driver’s seat Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 8/31/2016 1950 Mercury Eight Custom convertible Lot 223, VIN: 50DA54937M Condition: 2 Sold at $66,000 RM Auctions, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/14/2014 ACC# 256285 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe custom Not sold at $40,000 Lot S184, VIN: 3HJF28378 Condition: 1 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2010 ACC# 165737 January–February 2017 53


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1962 KING MIDGET MODEL 3 Big-Money Midget Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson It looks like the whole car was made by a couple of Boy Scouts using a sheet-metal brake. But if you don’t mind its size, driving a King Midget is fun 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: T614200 by Jeff Zurschmeide T his fully restored King Midget Model 3 features a non-standard Briggs & Stratton V-twin engine with an automatic transmission. From the Tammy Allen Collection. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 55, sold for $10,450, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in Las Vegas, NV, on October 14, 2016. But can it mow the lawn? Every once in a while in the automotive life, you’ll encounter something like a King Midget. These tiny cars were part of a recurring craze in the automotive world: the idea that you can build an incredibly cheap, incredibly economical, teensy-weensy little car and people will buy it. The number of companies that have attempted this formula is almost beyond count, because most of them made very few cars and faded into obscurity with nothing but a second mortgage on the entrepreneur’s house and an unhappy wife to show for the effort. Brands like the Auto Cub, Autoette, Brogan, Citicar, Colt, Crofton, Electra-King, Eshelman, Imp, Nu-Klea, Publix, Pup, Saviano, Scootmobile, and a dozen others that you’ve never heard of all came and went very quickly. Long lived the King In the midst of all those ambitious but ill-fated at- tempts, the King Midget stands more or less alone in its longevity and success. The Midget Motors Corporation was founded in 1946 and first produced an open-wheeled kit car that looked very much like a Midget Sprint racer. It was powered by a 6-hp garden engine, or any engine you cared to install, and at first offered a 3-speed manual transmission with no reverse gear. In the beginning, it was offered only in DIY-kit form, advertised as “the world’s lowest-priced car” at just $270. As production ramped up, the King Midget was offered with a single-speed automatic, but again with no reverse gear. In 1951, the King Midget Model 2 was released. This one could fit two people and came with a 7.5-hp engine. The Model 2 was more like a real car both in looks and in functionality, although you still probably wouldn’t want to drive one on public roads. The price of a Model 2 was $550 in the mid-1950s. At that price, the King Midget was competing against normal-size cars that could drive at highway speeds, such as the Kaiser Henry J at about $1,400. Not surprisingly, King Midget sales were mainly made to technology and DIY enthusiasts. The King Midget Model 3 was introduced in 1957, and it was as close as the King Midget was ever going


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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: 1957–70 (Model 3) Number produced: Original list price: $950 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $6,875; high sale, $14,850 Tune-up cost: $10 Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Top of frame under left rear fender Engine # location: Varies Club: The International King Midget Car Club Approximately 5,000 (all models) to get to a real driving alternative for your average buyer. This one was over a foot longer than the Model 2, had hydraulic brakes on all four wheels, a 2-speed automatic transmission, and depending on the year you bought, you got either a 9- or 12-horsepower engine. The King Midget Model 3 was produced virtually unchanged from 1957 to 1969, along with some other experimental models, scooters, and dune-buggy-type creations. The original owners of the Midget Motors Corporation sold the business in 1966, and the company went bankrupt by 1969. The spare parts and assets were sold and passed among various individuals, and now the enthusiastic brand club is the custodian of the King Midget legacy. The brand’s 24-year operating run is respectable, as is the continued interest in these vehicles. God save the King Today, the King Midget still looks like a kit car you’d buy through an ad in Popular Mechanics. There’s nary a compound curve to be found anywhere, and it looks like the whole car was made by a couple of Boy Scouts using a sheet-metal brake. But the frame is a welded unibody that works well for its purpose, and to be honest, the King Midget wasn’t too far off what brands like Fiat and Citroën were selling in Europe. The result is that a King Midget makes an interesting and affordable addition to any collection. And if you don’t mind being the smallest thing on the road, driving one is fun. Our subject Midget is about as nicely restored as you’re likely to find anywhere. The seller has replaced the original single-cylinder engine with a modern V-twin Briggs & Stratton engine at around 18–23 horsepower, mated to the original 2-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the engine bay, including fuel tank, has been reconfigured to accommodate the new engine. That’s okay, because these cars were designed to allow their owners to get creative. Absolutely everything about this car is better than new. The sale price here, with buyer’s commission, was just $10,450. You can be absolutely sure that the seller paid much more than that to restore and modify this car, so it’s hard to call it anything other than very well bought. Finding comparable sales is just about impossible, because with just about 5,000 King Midgets built of all types, you simply don’t see these very often at auctions. But a quick glance through the classified ads on the King Midget club website and Hemmings shows that most examples on the market are asking about half what our subject sale cost. So assuming this is one of the best on the planet, that’s a good deal on a car that can easily take home a first-in-class trophy at any show you want to attend, be it a Sunday Cruise-In or a Concours d’Elegance. And you can be absolutely certain that none of your friends will have one. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Alternatives: 1946–52 Crosley, 1952–2002 Cushman Truckster, 1959–61 Crofton Bug Web: www.kingmidgetcarclub. org ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1965 King Midget Model 3 Lot 618, VIN: B036108 Condition: 2 Sold at $9,200 ACC# 5789494 RM Auctions, Madison, GA, 2/16/2013 1967 King Midget Model 3 Lot 437, VIN: 351 Condition: 4 Sold at $3,564 Kruse International, Phoenix, AZ, 1/22/2009 ACC# 1643384 1969 King Midget Model 3 Lot 771, VIN: K693122 Condition: 2 Not sold at $5,700 Kruse International, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/30/2004 ACC# 1558454 January–February 2017 55CC 55


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PROFILE RACE 1988 OLDSMOBILE NASCAR RACER Top-Speed Deal If you want to go fast — and I mean salt-flat fast — what else can you buy that’s more race-ready than an old NASCAR race car? VIN: N/A by Jay Harden all components are currently present. The heart of the car — the Banjo Matthews chassis T 56 AmericanCarCollector.com — is complete, with lots of good racing components ready for their first shakedown and adjustments. While the Busch series of the time ran V6 engines, for vintage competition this racer has a fresh small-block Chevrolet race-prepared engine. The fresh Richmond 4-speed and clutch will serve the new owner well, putting power to the classic Goodyear Eagles. A perfect entry into vintage racing or a nice addition to any collection. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 49, sold for $7,370, including buyer’s premium, at Motostalgia’s sale in Watkins Glen, NY, on September 10, 2016. There are few vehicles on the planet more irrelevant than obsolete race cars. Most are born into this world as finely crafted, highly specialized machines at the very limit of competitiveness, ingenuity and human capability. But the cutting edge rarely stays sharp for very long. Obsolescence doesn’t necessarily equate to insig- nificance, however, as many revered champions go on to live pampered lives in private collections and museum exhibitions. The best and most significant his Olds has been campaigned in vintage racing and does show some signs of track time, but is largely straight and clean. The interior space will only need updated safety equipment to return to competition; however, cars — think Le Mans heroes and Trans-Am icons piloted by the series legends — often appreciate over time, with the heft of their personal mythologies often transcending the significance of their lap times. For every prized stallion retired with distinction, however, hundreds of winless also-rans, like our Oldsmobile here, unremarkably outlast their relevance. Anything from rule changes, lost sponsorships, technological innovations, or the simple, relentless onslaught of time can reduce cherished thoroughbreds to oversized paperweights overnight. Nowhere within the realm of racing is this more true than in the world of NASCAR. Filling the paddock If you visit the NASCAR website and take a look at the driver rosters, you’ll see a list of 49 Sprint Cup drivers and 51 XFINITY Series drivers. That’s 100 drivers, each in need of a car. Although there is some driver overlap between the series (78 distinct drivers, just to be exact), it’s worth noting that each series runs distinctly different cars. That being the case, we need a minimum of 100 cars for 100 drivers in order to kick off the season. While some teams run lean, with only one or two cars per driver, many teams prep as many as four to six cars for a season. If we keep our numbers conservative at two cars per driver, our number of total cars now climbs to a minimum of 200 prepped and raceready cars for any given year — the actual number is likely significantly higher. Of the season’s survivors, some will be sold to Linsey Otte, courtesy of Motostalgia


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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! smaller teams, some will be preserved under lights, and some will be scrapped. Some, however, will be retired, their value having been reduced, literally, to the sum of their parts. If the number of those cars represents a mere 5%–10% of the season’s competitors, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 20 cars are likely entering the consumer market each year. If we consider the fact that NASCAR’s “Modern Era” began way back in 1972, or 44 years ago, it seems quite reasonable to assume that several hundred ex-racers are scattered around for purchase. In fact, you might be surprised at just how easy it is to find an old race car for sale. Hendrick Motorsports has a “Certified Racecars” program that offers up retired cars complete with a tour and a personalized unveiling. Gene Felton Restorations specializes in stock car restorations, and had more than a dozen available for purchase last time I checked. Race-Cars. com had three times that amount. Availability is not an issue. So, the real question is not “Can I buy one?” but “Why should I buy one?” Serious machines Many retired NASCAR roundy-rounders find themselves reduced to driving school and “NASCAR experience” mules, subjected to the tortures of wannabes like myself — those of us eaten up with both an abundance of bravado and shortage of ability. I was 21 years old the first time I ever climbed through the window of a NASCAR race car. It was a fall morning at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and my old man sat two cars ahead of me. We had just completed the prerequisite “Richard Petty Driving Experience” classroom seminar, and all that stood between me and 30 glorious laps was a green flag and a trembling left leg, eager to dump the clutch and put those stickies to work. The first thing that struck me after settling into the aluminum seat and cinching down my belts was the complexity of the cage. A NASCAR chassis is designed to protect its occupant from attacks from all angles because each racetrack (and driver) poses a unique threat. Due to both NASCAR’s exacting standards to pro- mote parity and each race team’s absolute dependency on consistency and interchangeability, NASCAR chassis builders are some of the best fabricators in all of racing. Precision and repeatability come at a hefty price, too, as new NASCAR chassis typically cost somewhere between $60,000 and $75,000 each. Sounds like a lot of money, right? Once I started preparing myself to exit turn four somewhere north of 140 miles per hour, it sounded like an absolute steal. My dad and I led our class with the only average lap speeds north of 160 mph — with him besting me by some fraction of a thousandth of a mile an hour that’s not even worth mentioning, really. Anyway, only after I was handed my “official” participation certificate verifying my name and lap speed did I begin to appreciate how easily I went so fast. That’s what a good car will do for you. I’ve wanted one ever since. So, what does one do with an old NASCAR racer with no historical significance? Well, the easy answer would be to take up vintage racing and make your best attempt at blowing the doors off the tea-and-biscuit crowd, but I honestly don’t have the time or resources to parade-lap around the local speedway. In fact, I’m more of a hot-rodder than racer at heart, but there is one place where those two passions merge for me — the salt. Top speed or bust Several years after our day on the Speedway, my dad and I visited the Bonneville Salt Flats for the first time. Lazing the days away under straw hats and high midday sun, we did what any first-timer at Speedweek does — we plotted. My dad babbled on about a tubechassis for his ol’ Stude, and I ignored him while envisioning my Chevelle blazing across the landscape. And then a streamliner began a tidy pirouette di- rectly in front of us at over 300 mph. Suddenly, a stout roll cage moved to the top of the priorities list. If you want to go fast — and I mean really fast — what else can you buy that’s more race-ready than a race car? Our Oldsmobile here was purchased for pennies on the dollar, and comes complete with professionally built chassis, small-block Chevy, 4-speed tranny, nine-inch rear-end, and everything in between. I’d argue there’s no other vehicle on the market so ready to go so quickly so safely as a retired NASCAR race car. Cage? Done. Aero? Done. Are NASCAR racers designed to go left? Well, sure, but that’s easily remedied. Just ask Russ Wicks. He drove a NASCARspec Dodge Charger to a top speed of 249 mph on the salt several years ago. Why not us? If you’re looking for an historic racer to impress your buddies over lattes, this isn’t the car for you. If you want something to beat on that will keep you about as safe as a race car can, then maybe you should take another look. Is it collectible? Not exactly. Is it floggable? Absolutely. With that in mind, I’d call this really well bought, and I hope it’s bound for the salt.A (Introductory description courtesy of Motostalgia.) January–February 2017 57 Detailing Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $27,820; high sale, $500,000 (all NASCAR) Years produced: 1988 Number produced: N/A Original list price: Over $100,000 Tune-up cost: $250-plus VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Clubs: Historic Grand National, SCTA More: www.historicgrandnational.com, www.scta-bni. org Alternatives: Any NASCAR racer built by a team to race professionally ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Lot 167, VIN: 48267 Condition: 2- ACC# 267175 Not sold at $95,000 Auctions America, Hilton Head, SC, 10/30/2015 1989 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR Lot 645.1, VIN: 5 Condition: 4Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 3/31/2010 ACC# 160375 1989 Buick Regal NASCAR Lot 146, VIN: 66112588 Condition: 4 Sold at $44,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2006 ACC# 41023


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PROFILE TRUCK 1942 GMC SERIES CC-150 ¾-TON PICKUP Rare Workhorse Courtesy of Bonhams A GMC’s value is like a trailer behind a Chevy: No matter how fast the Chevy goes up or down, the GMC is always just behind it 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: CC15231422 by B. Mitchell Carlson M anufactured during the abbreviated 1942 model year, this GMC ¾-ton pickup is quite a rare sight. Upon purchasing the vehicle in 2010, the owner commissioned a full restoration of the already clean and solid truck. The body was brought down to the bare metal and finished to a very high standard. Under the freshly manicured body, the powertrain was subject to an extensive refurbishing, where anything that was worn or tired was replaced. During this process the truck received a new clutch, new brakes, and the electrical system was converted from 6 to 12 volts. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 212, sold for $22,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ annual “Preserving the Automobile” sale at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, PA, on October 2, 2016. The new-for-1941 GMC trucks shared a cab and most sheet metal with their equally new cousins from Chevrolet, but GMCs were different trucks under the skin, due to GMC’s own overhead-valve 6-cylinder engines. But there were some differences in cosmetics that really set the two trucks apart. Chevy followed the rage in automotive styling at the time with a waterfall grille for the main lower section, but GMC used vertical bars for both upper and lower sections. This gave the Chevy something of an exaggerated rounded chubby-cheek frontal look, while the Jimmy had more of a broader, massive look. Call it more businesslike if you will, and from the truck people at General Motors, that was certainly the target. Save the chrome for the cannons While mechanically unchanged from 1941, the 1942 trucks started a very rapid evolution of cosmetic changes until civilian production was curtailed in February of that year. Initially, these model years were all but identical, yet within weeks, stainless steel and chrome gave way to painted trim. The first to change was the grille, becoming painted body color. This started even before the Pearl Harbor attack, as American industry as a whole was becoming heavily involved in military production domestically and for Lend-Lease countries, which stressed the availability of chromium and copper. After the U.S. declaration of war, use of chrome and stainless on


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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 cars all but ended — especially on trucks. At GMC, bumpers, headlight rims, door handles and hubcaps became painted rather than plated — more often than not in black. Shortly before the halt of civilian vehicle production, there was no brightwork at all — all trim was painted. In addition, the front steel bumper became an extra-cost option. On some other cars and trucks, bumpers were a wood plank. A 1942 on paper Delving further into our featured truck, all of this about 1942 proves to be a moot point. Researching the VIN, serial numbers for CC-152 series trucks for 1941 went from 0001 through 5353, with 1942 production spanning from 5354 and up. In short, serial number CC152-3142 here is a 1941-production truck. However, since it was built relatively late in the model year, it was likely first sold and titled in 1942. This is even more of a possibility, as if it was still on the dealer’s lot after Pearl Harbor, it fell under control of the War Assets Board, and its sale was rationed. In this era, there were several states that would automatically title vehicles to the year sold. Others (such as truck-heavy North Dakota) issued titles indicating both the year of manufacture and year the title was generated. Hence, since this truck was made in 1941 and if one of these states issued the title in 1942, it would then become a 1942 on paper. I have encountered this numerous times — mostly with trucks — since model-year changes are less cosmetically apparent, especially decades later. That being the case, our example is generally correctly restored as it was presented here. The varnished-wood cargo-box floor is still artis- tic license, but at worst, a can of paint can cure that if it was desired to be a factory-stock concours lawn ornament. Seven decades post-war Over the past decade, truck prices have continued to move up. Even during the recent market correction, vintage pickups were one of the few genres of old iron that stayed the course and defied downward trends. In today’s relatively flat market, old pickups at worst are holding their own and not retreating. Always playing second fiddle to Chevrolet, GMCs have traditionally traded for less than commensurate Chevys. And that trend has stuck, even when pickup values moved smartly up over a decade ago. Indeed, the best analogy is that GMC values are like trailers behind Chevys: No matter how fast the Chevy goes up or down, the GMC is always just behind it. I’d expect an identical 1941–42-era Chevy to be a few bids either side of $30,000, so I would have pegged this between $25k and $30k. The few modifications from bone-stock (minor cosmetics, seat belts and 12-volt conversion) make it easier to live with in the 21st century, so they shouldn’t affect values appreciably — for or against. I suspect that the final bid here was less about quality and due more to this being a duck out of water. While Bonhams has sold several vintage light trucks that have knocked it out of the park in pricing, those have occurred at venues with heavy auction competition, such as Scottsdale and Monterey. Selling a Jimmy pickup around high-end cars at a stand-alone event at the Simeone Museum is like wearing a new pair of Red Wing work boots to the opera. I’d suggest there was more on the table here, especially at an event like Scottsdale. If a dealer was the buyer, we may see how this really pans out, but I get the feeling that it was a collector who bought it. Dealers seem to shy away from GMCs simply because they’re not “no-brainers to sell” like Chevys. Regardless of who bought it, and whether it’s really a 1941 or 1942, my final take is still the same: A good buy on a nice GMC. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Engine # location: Driver’s side of the block, behind oil filter canister Years produced: 1941–42 Number produced: 1941, 5,353; 1942, 855 Original list price: $740 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $25,740; high sale, $34,650 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Passenger’s side frame rail, aft of the bumper bracket, weightrating plate on passenger’s side of the cowl under the hood Clubs: American Truck Historical Society Web: www.aths.org, www. oldgmctrucks.com Alternatives: 1941–47 Chevrolet pickup, 1941–47 Dodge WC pickup, 1941–49 International K or KB pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1941 GMC Series CC-101 pickup Not sold at $40,000 ACC# 256516 Lot F119.1, VIN: CC1019006 Condition: 2+ Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/4/2014 1942 Chevrolet pickup Lot 28.1, VIN: BD215513 Condition: 3Sold at $29,150 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/6/2011 ACC# 177721 1942 GMC Series CC-101 pickup Lot 38A, VIN: N/A Condition: N/A Sold at $33,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2006 ACC# 110737 January–February 2017 59CC 59


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MarKeT OVERVIEW Full Classics and Full Projects Million-dollar Duesenbergs and hundred-dollar Impalas rounded out late summer and fall MarKeT MOMENT Let me introduce myself as b. Mitchell Carlson tells us why Wells, Mn, was the place to be — or not be — for low-buck finds like this 1965 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hard top, which sold for $500 by Garrett Long T he Branson Auction returned to its namesake city this October and sold 129 out of the 284 mostly American cars. Helping hit the sales total of $2.7m was the highest-selling American car, a 1957 Ford E-code Thunderbird, which made $90,750. Andy Staugaard shares his thoughts on the event. Cody Tayloe attended Dan Kruse Classics’ auction in September, where double-digit-mile Corvettes were released to the wild. Totals at the auction rose to $2m, with a 2009 ZR1 with just 8 miles as the top sale at $88,560. The AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet was held in Hershey, PA, in early October. Larry and Jeff Trepel navigated the chaos and covered the RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction, where 113 of 126 lots sold, hitting $11.5m. Making up a large portion of that total was a 1930 Duesenberg Model J going for $2m. Barrett-Jackson had an immense Las Vegas sale on October 3, with a sell rate of 99%. With only four cars wrote about some true classics in Aumann in Frankfort, IL, on September 10 in our Roundup section. A BEST BUYS 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top, $16,740—Dan Kruse Classics, TX, p. 90 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 1925 lincoln Model l beetleback roadster, $154,000—rM Sotheby’s, Pa, p. 76 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $57,200—barrett-Jackson, nV, p. 68 2010 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe, $88,560—Dan Kruse Classics, TX, p. 91 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $104,500—rM Sotheby’s, Pa, p. 76 of the 758 going back to their owners, the auction total hit $32.6m. A beautiful 1969 Boss 429 was top sale at $357,500. Travis Shetler was there to report on the event. B. Mitchell Carlson hit the grassroots scene, traveling to VanDerBrink on August 6 in Wells, MN. He also the new ACC Auction Editor. I’m a recent journalism school grad from the University of Kansas, choosing the field to meld my passion for words and cars. I’m a longtime car guy — from bouncing around as a kid in the passenger’s-side footwell of my dad’s C5 Corvette to now spinning wrenches on my own track-day racer when I’m not in the office at ACC headquarters, editing the Market Reports you’re about to read. I’ll be offering my own unique insight to the market in every issue of ACC in this space, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with you as part of the ACC team. I spent my third week on the job at SEMA, where I was immersed in the sweet smell of roasting tires while sliding around the track in a Superformance drift Cobra. Check it out on p. 27. — Garrett Long


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MarKeT OVERVIEW ToP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE 1 1931 Pierce-Arrow convertible, $456,500— RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 78 Model 41 Victoria 2 1937 Packard convertible sedan, $275,000—RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 79 3 1932 Cadillac V16 RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 74 sedan, $220,000— Twelve Series 1508 buy It now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 4 1970 Plymouth hard top, $170,500— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 71 Superbird 2-dr 5 1970 Oldsmobile 6 1958 Chevrolet ible, $165,000—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 67 442 W-30 convert- $161,700—RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 74 Impala convertible, 1990–95 Chevrolet Corvette Zr-1 coupe At Branson’s auction in October, a 1990 Corvette ZR-1 sold for just $14,190. Yeah, it likely needed some work, but that’s still impressively cheap for a specialized Corvette supercar from the 1990s. Prices like that don’t mean all ZR-1s have come down in value suddenly — far from it, as they are now aging into collectibility. A Z is a fantastic driver with a free-revving 32-valve engine that tends to be pretty reliable. Is there upside? Sure, if you buy one right and consider that there will be costs associated with maintaining it. With market medians in the low-$20k range, getting one in the teens is a steal even if it does need a little work. — Jim Pickering auctions and Totals in This Issue 7 1968 Shelby GT500 $157,300—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 70 convertible, 8 1936 Cord 810 pha- RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 74 9 1925 Lincoln eton, $154,000— Back roadster, $154,000—RM Sotheby’s, PA, p. 76 Model L Beetle10 1974 Pontiac Trans $128,700—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 67 Am SD-455 coupe, 62 AmericanCarCollector.com $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m $40m $5m $56k $0 VanDerBrink Wells, MN August 6 Dan Kruse Classics Austin, TX September 10 Aumann Auctions Frankfort, IL September 10 RM Sotheby’s Hershey, PA October 6–7 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV October 13–15 Branson, MO October 14–15 Branson $2.1m $3.3m $32.6m $11.5m $2.7m


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas 2016 Big crowds bring high sales in Vegas BarrettJackson Las Vegas, NV October 13–15, 2016 Auctioneer: Joseph Mast automotive lots Sold/offered: 754/758 Sales rate: 99% Sales Total: $32,560,360 high Sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $357,500 buyer’s Premium: 10% included in sold price Truly superb example of a rare and instantly recognizable car — 1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-door hard top, sold at $170,500 Report and photos by Travis Shetler Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. lost cause: Salvageable for parts 64 AmericanCarCollector.com at the auction, the attendees were greeted by the sound of Hellcats, Vipers and Corvettes giving ride-alongs around a track constructed in the giant parking lot. Fullthrottle acceleration, slaloms performed at the limits of adhesion and 180-degree four-wheel drifts ensured that everyone knew Barrett-Jackson was back in town. Last year, the cars were displayed in one of the giant T convention areas, and the sales arena was roughly a half mile walk each way, giving the impression of two separate automotive affairs. This year, to make the display and the auction more of a cohesive event, the sales stage was set up in the middle of the display area. While your pedometer would still get a workout by the time all of the sights were taken in, it never felt as if you were away from the action. The auction loudspeakers were almost relentless as they pounded out sale after sale at a very quick “Scottsdale” pace. The Barrett-Jackson charity vehicles offered sold for a combined total of $950,000, with the top selling charity vehicle being a 2015 Ram 2500 pickup sold to benefit Camp Southern Ground. The truck was donated and designed by Zac Brown Customs (yes, that Zac Brown). It was custom fitted with knives and a unique interior his last October was Barrett-Jackson’s ninth year in Las Vegas and their 45th anniversary overall. With the Las Vegas auction being their final event of 2016, they made sure to cap it off with flash and style. Upon arrival consisting of Mississippi Hornback alligator skin on the seats, console and door panels, and Brazilian bovine hair-on-hide floor mats and sun visors. There was the usual selection of over-the-top Barrett-Jackson-style vehicles. It is not uncommon to see one Superbird at a sale, but to find two 1970 Plymouth Superbirds parked back-to-back made for a welcome surprise. Lot 770, a Tor Red car selling for $170,500, had a 440 Six Pack with an automatic. It was parked in-line with my favorite vehicle this year, Lot 750, a 440 4-barrel car with a manual transmission and a great story. The car was purchased by the EPA in 1972 to chase down commercial airliners to study air pollution, noise levels and tire dust. After the studies, the Plymouth was parked and abandoned in a government surplus lot. Eventually, the car was purchased at a government auction for a reported $500. The car was fantastically restored to include the changes made by the EPA, including some of the equipment used for testing. Unfortunately, the car was a no-sale at $190,000. I spoke with a father and son who flew in from Colorado just because it was like “being in a giant museum, with lots of amazing things to look at.” Next year will be Barrett-Jackson’s 10th Las Vegas auction and it is certain that the show will continue to grow and shine as it does every year. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV GM #641-1941 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: AZ357277. Blue & dark blue/taupe vinyl. Odo: 877 miles. This sharp truck is eye-catching and presents very well. It was the subject of a four-year father-and-son restoration project; the paint is well applied over excellent bodywork. The Art Deco grille is excellent and the whitewalls, while not correct, go well with the blue and chrome. Under the side-opening hood, the well-detailed compartment reveals an inline six that carries a Fenton split-intake manifold and exits through dual exhaust. Inside the very minimalist cab, the interior is nice but seems to be just a bit unfinished. Cond: 1. fantastic vehicle that managed to combine form and functionality. Generally, race cars are not profitable ventures, and sellers rarely realize the money and time put into the project. In the case of Bombshell Betty, the buyer may not realize a profit in the future, but no doubt the smiles and admiration were the motivating factors for the purchase to begin with. #718-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F58F190537. Snowcrest White/ white vinyl/red tri-tone. Odo: 39,995 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Just like the 1955 Bel Air convertible sitting next to it (Lot 725), this 1958 has been restored by Snodgrass Restoration. The car is as-new with desirable options including the 348 with TriPower and a manual transmission. The paint is excellently applied over very straight and tight-fitting body panels. The glass and chrome show high quality, as does the interior. Under the hood, the high-performance motor sits perfectly detailed in the large engine bay. Cond: 1. tour to the audience. The black-and-white leather interior is also well done, with just the slightest lumpiness obvious under some of the padded panels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $88,000. Well bought and sold. The seller indicated that he was hoping for a bit higher selling price, but this figure was likely not a disappointment. The buyer paid well below the current market value for a well-executed 1959 Cadillac convertible. While the car did not carry many options, the quality and apparent thoroughness of the work performed should give the buyer peace of mind and room for an increase in value. SOLD AT $38,500. Well bought and sold. The values for trucks like this have been averaging in the mid-$20k range for the past decade or so. Occasionally, a particularly nice example will break the $30k figure. The buyer here paid top money for the vehicle, but the presentation and performance parts did make it a very attractive truck. Not likely that a return will be had on the investment at any time in the near future. #760-1952 BUICK SUPER land-speed racer coupe. VIN: AZ291463. Unfinished aluminum/aluminium. 320-ci I8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Parked near the main entrance to the auction, Bombshell Betty draws everyone to her. A heavily reworked Buick, the car holds six land-speed records, ranging from more than 130 mph to in excess of 165 mph. A wonderful piece of machinery to look at, which was clearly made for a purpose. Built to go fast in special places. The dents, dings and scrapes combine with the unfinished appearance to make everyone take an extra look. Cond: 4. #773-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847S100004. White/red vinyl. Odo: 278 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A former GM executive car, this was the number-four 1963 off of the St. Louis assembly line. Restored to exactly as it left the factory with 300 horsepower, a 4-speed manual, dash tach, air conditioning and full power, this car has very few flaws. Paint and panel fit are very good, with a hint of door gap on the passenger’s side and some scratches on the surface of the trim. Under the hood, the engine compartment is asnew, down to the Optikleen washer bottle. Inside, the bright red interior is also as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $85,800. Well bought at a price substantially below the current market value. The ’58 Chevrolets do not have the same wide appeal as the Tri-Five cars, but the one-year-only model has a loyal following. The buyer will likely do well at a future date and until then has one of the most imposing Impalas one can acquire. #759-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F065714. Pink/white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 54,468 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This Cadillac is in excellent condition. Claimed to have been in good condition with only 53,000 miles before the work began. Finished in well-applied pink paint, the panel fit is showroom-tight. Under the gigantic hood, the engine compartment is detailed to showquality. The trunk is refinished as well, with the proud owner gladly giving a generous SOLD AT $53,900. Well bought and sold at roughly twice the current low market value. The unique VIN and the GM ownership history helped, but the real value here is the highly optioned Impala in excellent condition. There may not be a profit in the near future, but this buyer has a very attractive vehicle that needs essentially nothing. SOLD AT $36,300. Very well bought at a price that certainly was nowhere near the builder’s investment. The buyer acquired a 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #790-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III coupe. VIN: 242379Z114040. Carousel Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,534 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is a well-documented barn find that has been restored to a high standard. The paint and panel fit are excellent. The trim is correct and the glass shows some scratches. The engine compartment is very well finished, with minimal options to detract from the very powerful motor. Inside, the interior is done to a high standard, but suffers from unfinished door-jamb welting as well as weathered paint on the top of the dash. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,800. Quite well bought at a price well below the bottom of the current market for a Ram Air III car.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV concours levels. Inside, the blue interior is very attractive and there are no issues to complain about. Cond: 2. There is work for the buyer to do here, but even with the expense of refinishing the dash, the market should reward the effort. A well-documented car in a desirable color, it will bring plenty of admiration in the interim. #779-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Pace Car convertible. VIN: 124679N615350. Dover White & Hugger Orange stripes/white vinyl/orange houndstooth. Odo: 245 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is an excellent example of a full-rotisserierestored Camaro. With documentation of the restoration and an upgrade to electricheadlamp doors, this car has excellent panel fit and paint finish. Trim is excellent and the door handles operate as new. Well detailed under the hood, with a very good interior showing some slight puckering at the curved seams. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,200. Very well bought and sold. This car last appeared in the auction database at Worldwide Auctioneers’ Auburn sale in August 2013 (ACC# 6496339). At that time, it sold for a high bid of $82,500. The seller here realized a good profit and the buyer obtained a rare and valuable muscle car in excellent condition for a price well below the current market value. #761-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 344670M19674. Matador Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 77,248 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This Olds is stunning in red and white. Excellent glossy paint over a well-fitted body is evident at every corner. Carrying the rare W-30 high-horsepower engine, combined with its convertible top and manual transmission, makes the car one of 96 made with the combination. Well documented, the car was a time capsule of originality when purchased. Subjected to a one-year, frame-off restoration; the trim, glass and interior are show-quality. Under the hood, the red wheelwell liners frame the powerful 455 motor in a highly detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2. 5 SOLD AT $69,300. Well bought at a price far below the current bottom end of the market. This car appeared in April 2013 at Mecum’s Houston auction (ACC# 6009774). At that time it had 66 fewer miles and was a no-sale at $90k. The purchaser did very well here with one of the better buys of the Las Vegas auction. The hammer price should leave room for a handsome potential profit. #751-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM Ram Air III coupe. VIN: 223379N106455. Polar White & blue stripes/blue vinyl. Odo: 77,259 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is an excellent example of a high-powered Pontiac. The Ram Air III option combined with the 4-speed manual transmission easily secures the attention of passersby. Subjected to a full frame-off restoration (or sub-frame, to be more accurate) 10 years ago, the paint is finished to show quality and the rust-free original panels are fitted to factory levels. The trim and glass are as-new and the engine compartment is detailed to SOLD AT $165,000. Well bought at the lower end of the current market value. The 4-speed manual transmission adds considerably to the value of the car. The buyer acquired a rare and valuable car, which has already had virtually everything refinished to the highest degree. There is room for a careful and patient buyer to make a profit here. 905. Admiralty Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 46,683 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This Super Duty is fantastic in Admiralty Blue. Originally a Pontiac engineer’s personal car, showing one repaint. The panel fit is good, but the driver’s door needs some attention. Trim is 10 #699.1-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD-455 coupe. VIN: 2V87X4N160- January-February 2017 67 TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV good, but there is some scratching to the glass. The tailpipes need to be aligned. The essentially hand-built 455 motor has been rebuilt and the engine compartment is asnew. Inside, the car has no issues. Extensive documentation, including the engineer’s own notes and data, are included with the car. Cond: 1-. George Barris in 1975 with a raised roof so that the actor did not have to remove his cowboy hat, the result incorporates an attractive combination of a Vista roof panel and a beefy roof rack in the rear. The vehicle was restored by George Barris Kustom Industries in 2014. Accompanied by authenticating documentation, the car is in very good condition. The paint and panel fit are good, with interior in good shape also. The engine compartment is quite well detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $128,700. Very well sold at a price near the top end of the current market value for Super Duty cars. These are some of the very last high-performance GM muscle cars, and fewer than 250 had the manual transmission/Super Duty combination. The buyer obtained a rare and desirable car that will likely continue to increase in value. #801-1975 CHEVROLET SILVERADO pickup. VIN: CKM145J135311. Maroon/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 13,807 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This is a perfect example of a GM square-body truck. The paint is factory original, down to the orange peel. While there are a few scratches in the bed, the panels and the extensive, delicate trim are as-new. Under the wide hood, the engine compartment is detailed to the same level. The interior is filled with maroon vinyl in excellent condition. The only items replaced are stated to be the battery, tires and shocks. Claimed to have been owned by a Colorado dairy farmer and used for Sunday drives into town, this is the ubiquitous pickup that populated our streets for over two decades. Cond: 1. what was invested in this car. The hammer price was easily three times the low value of these cars. The buyer obtained a betterthan-new version of the Bandit. As an investment, the car purchased represents the top of the food chain for these late ’70s Trans Ams, but it will likely take a bit of time to realize a profit. CORVETTE SOLD AT $60,500. This car was offered in Monterey by Mecum Auctions at their 2014 sale. I noticed the car there and was impressed at the time. Selling for a reported $76,680 in 2014 (ACC# 6710907), the car ended up with a classic-car dealer until being sold in Las Vegas. The hammer price is likely all of the current value, but if the new owner is patient, there could be a slight upside. Well bought. #635.1-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM “Smokey and The Bandit” coupe. VIN: 2W87Z9L128233. Starlight Black/glass Ttop/black vinyl. Odo: 64,551 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This “Smokey and The Bandit” Trans Am is perfect. The professional restoration company found this low-mile car and subjected it to a 2,700-man-hour restoration. The excellent work shows in the show-quality repaint over a factory-straight body. Trim and glass are also excellent. The 400 motor/manual transmission drivetrain were also rebuilt, and the engine compartment is concours-quality in its presentation. The interior is very well done, but these cars were never known for the quality of materials or craftsmanship inside. SOLD AT $25,300. Well bought. The originality and condition make this truck a rare find. The value of these trucks is currently rocketing upwards. Models have brought in excess of $30,000 just this year. The sales price here was expected and this example was well worth it. The originality should prove profitable if the truck is used carefully. #775-1975 PONTIAC SAFARI wagon. VIN: 2P45W5X156068. Gray/red vinyl. Odo: 33,649 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This giant wagon was previously owned by John Wayne. Customized for The Duke by 68 AmericanCarCollector.com #786-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E56S001933. Onyx Black/ black fiberglass & black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 22,483 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4bbl, 3-sp. This is an excellent Corvette that has a claimed two-year nut-and-bolt restoration. Seller states that the car just received an NCRS Second Flight Award this year. The paint is showing slightly thin along the top of the driver’s door and there is a bit of cracking visible in the fiberglass. The chrome is very good. The car is stated to have a new soft top as well as the hard top. At the rear, the tailpipe on the passenger’s side needs to be adjusted. Under the hood sits an original dual-quad V8 in a showquality-detailed engine bay. The inside is factory new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. Well bought at a price roughly 75% of the current market value. This car just sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Connecticut auction earlier this year for $91,300 (ACC# 6805128). The seller obtained a very attractive, well-restored example of a car that is claimed to be one of just 223 produced with this powertrain. Those are the type of things that make Corvette collectors take notice. The seller should do well with this very collectible C1. There is only so much which can be done to make velour look crisp, but the car certainly looks as-new inside. Stated to carry Burt Reynolds’ signature. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,000. Well bought and sold. The seller would never have recovered anything near tona Blue/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 24,299 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This Corvette is striking in Daytona Blue with matching blue interior. The body panel fit and finish is excellent. Reportedly subjected to a no-expense-spared restoration in 2013, the car is done to a very high standard. The white vinyl top is a bit grungy for such a well-done vehicle and should have been prepped better. Under the hood, the engine compartment is quite well prepared and the interior is excellent. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. Well bought at a price near the bottom of the current market value. Previously sold in 2008 in Reno at the Silver Auctions Hot August Nights sale for $52,920 #793-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S106830. Day- BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV (ACC# 1641633) with an unexplained slightly higher mileage. Subsequently, the car was sold for $90,200 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in 2013 (ACC# 6778220). It seems likely that the Scottsdale sale predated the restoration. The buyer should have no difficulties realizing a profit on a handsome vehicle that can be enjoyed in the meantime. #768-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S404741. International Blue/blue vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 42,122 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. This Corvette is impressive in triple blue. A high-power, Tri-Power L71 model, the car carries the original drivetrain. It was extensively restored and has won numerous awards including NCRS Top Flight. Fit and finish are excellent under a very high-quality repaint. The triangular air cleaner carries the signature of Zora Duntov, the “father of the Corvette,” crowning off a meticulous engine compartment. The interior is in very good condition. Cond: 1. market value. Original Corvettes with documentation and rare colors and options are always desirable. The buyer here should be able to enjoy the vehicle and realize a profit should they make the decision to sell. FOMOCO #799-1942 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. VIN: H131648. Burgundy/tan wool. Odo: 78,551 miles. 302-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. The older paint has some chips and wear. The nickel plating has a gentle patina that fits the car well. Misaligned driving lamps detract from the front end of the car. Under the long hood, the engine compartment is truly stunning and the interior is well done. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. Well bought at the lower end of the current market value for these cars. Lincolns were engineered differently from the competition, and the level of quality is evident just looking at this car. With just over 3,000 produced, the cars are not common. While not as popular as the Cadillac and Chrysler counterparts, a well-executed Lincoln convertible such as this one should provide a bit of profit, even if the buyer needs to be a bit more patient to find the correct buyer in the future. SOLD AT $82,500. Well bought and sold just past the top of the current market value. The car is a high-output big-block in a rare triple-blue color combination. The buyer has an attractive and valuable vehicle that should show appreciation over the years. #778-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S710546. Riverside Gold/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 52,364 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. This is a one-owner, numbers-matching car. An NCRS Second Flight Award winner with well-preserved originality throughout. The one-year-only Riverside Gold original paint shows flat across the hood. The engine compartment is very well detailed. Inside, the interior is quite well preserved, with only a slight amount of steering wheel wear. Extensive original documentation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $117,700. Well bought and sold at a price near the low end of the current 70 AmericanCarCollector.com “ SOLD AT $25,300. This is a fantastic-looking Lincoln. Well bought at a price well below the bottom end of the current market value. There were two other Continentals present: Lot 377, a 1948 coupe selling for $23,650, and Lot 437, a 1947 convertible selling for $49,500, both the slightly less valuable post-war models. Not an overly powerful vehicle, with a small-displacement V12, but always stylish and sure to continue as a desirable collector car. One of the more striking American cars to come out of the early 1940s. The buyer should have room to make a small profit in the future as the car sits. Acapulco Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 667 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This Acapulco Blue convertible shows evidence of a professional repaint. Stated to have undergone a complete restoration, including a bare-metal respray, the finish and panel fit are very good. The motor has been balanced and blueprinted and sits in an engine 7 #728-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 8T03S16929101044. #648-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III convertible. VIN: H8YG424519. Black/black vinyl/cream. Odo: 51,741 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This black Lincoln convertible is imposing. The vehicle was professionally restored in the past and the paint is well applied over a straight body with good panel fit. The trim is showing evidence of aging with some scratches. The unique convertible top is drum-tight with no sagging or puckering. The engine compartment is nice but a bit dusty. Inside, the highquality replacement carpets and leather present very well. Cond: 1. Not an overly powerful vehicle, with a small-displacement V12, but always stylish and sure to continue as a desirable collector car. One of the more striking American cars to come out of the early 1940s. 1942 Lincoln Continental ” TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV bay that is detailed to show-quality. Inside, the interior is also done to a very good standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $157,300. Well sold at a price nearly in the middle of the current market value. The buyer received a nicely sorted vehicle in an attractive color with usable options. Over the long term, this car will likely prove to be a wise investment. #780-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G204668. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 49,905 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be mostly original sheet metal with one repaint. Shaker hood added along the way, revealing a well-detailed engine compartment when opened, with a rebuilt original motor. Accompanied by an Elite Marti Report, the car is a multiple show winner, appearing in magazines and calendars. Cond: 2+. price below the current market value. This car has an extensive auction history and has not traded hands at a price this low in over a decade. The car first appeared at RM Auctions’ Phoenix January 2003 sale, selling for $132,000 (ACC# 1556614). Two months later at Amelia Island, FL at an RM sale, the car sold for only $104,500 (ACC# 1556979). Next, it appears at RM’s August 2007 sale in Rochester, MI, where the value nearly doubles to $187,000 (ACC# 1570388). By January 2011, the car sells for $126,500 back at the Phoenix RM sale (ACC# 2076891), and finally, last sold at RM’s April 2013 sale at Fort Worth, TX for $132,000 (ACC# 6123356). The condition was consistently excellent throughout the decade, and the buyer here obtained a very solid vehicle for a good price. SOLD AT $71,500. Well bought and sold. This car has only traveled 13 miles since it was last sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Connecticut auction this summer on June 23, 2016, for $61,600 (ACC# 6803673). Prior to that, the car was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach sale on April 4, 2012, for $78,100 (ACC# 6753535). MOPAR #736-1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. VIN: 7400604. Royal Maroon/tan canvas/tan & maroon leather. Odo: 89,356 miles. 324-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. A show-quality restoration is evident throughout this car. From the beautifully refinished wood to the quality paint and panel fit, this car is deserving of the Platinum Award received at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. The brightwork and glass are in excellent condition. The interior is just as striking as the outside. The upholstery and trim work is very well done, and the dash is a work of period art. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $170,500. Well bought and sold at slightly beyond the top of the current market value. The buyer ended up with a truly superb example of a rare and instantly rec- A167083. Tor Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,395 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. This is a good example of a Tor Red Superbird. While the undercarriage has a few flaws, the panel fit is at least as good as when Plymouth manufactured the car. Accompanied by a Galen Govier report documenting the authenticity; the Six Pack engine was refurbished and fantastically detailed by Mopar specialist Roger Gibson. The inside is just as nice. Cond: 1. 4 #770-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V0- ognizable car. Previously seen in April 2008 at RM’s Wayne Davis Collection auction, where it sold for $104,500 (ACC# 1640489). The analyst there noted it had an incorrect engine. The car was next seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction in January 2015, where it did not sell at a hammer price of $140,000 (ACC# 6773850). If the motor is currently correct, then the buyer should do well in the future. #750-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A168703. Light blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,931 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Used by the EPA from new to test airliner pollution. Some of the equipment included are an avionics radio with a headset hanging from the rear-view mirror and an ill-fitting avionics radio antenna on the front fender; special testing equipment and batteries have replaced the rear seat. The exhaust is modified to create a revised exit position and a delicate monitoring tube runs up the outside of the tall rear wing, eventually reaching the top to sniff for pollutants. Restored to its EPA configuration and a blue respray which left the door jambs and engine compartment white. This is a well finished and unique car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. This car last appeared at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction in May 2014 (ACC# 6709685). At that sale, the car brought a high bid of $250,000 but failed to sell as the owners were reportedly holding out for $300k. The market is still not up to the owners’ expectations. However, with considerable patience, the sellers may yet realize the desired price. While the sellers were perhaps displeased with the result here, they have not yet folded, and rightly so. A SOLD AT $110,000. Very well bought at a January-February 2017 71 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Hershey, PA RM Sotheby’s — Hershey, PA Packards dominated the auction block, but a Duesenberg took the show for $2,090,000 RM Sotheby’s Hershey, PA October 6, 2016 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine automotive lots sold/ offered: 113/126 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $11,538,512 high american sale: 1930 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $2,090,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Top seller at this year’s rM Sotheby’s hershey auction — 1930 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $2,090,000 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 72 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Larry Trepel and Jeff Trepel Introduction by Larry Trepel Market opinions in italics gathering in the U.S. If you need a headlight for your 1936 Buick, this may be your best chance of finding it. If you just came to look at cars, the high point was the AACA concours, where you could view everything from a rare 1925 Rickenbacker D6 to an even more rare 1991 Plymouth Voyager. This year, RM Sotheby’s offered a delightfully R eclectic and interesting mix of cars on which to bid. The stars were Duesenbergs, but equally enjoyable to view was the wide range of Packards on offer, with 17 models from different eras; some were superbly restored while others were in original condition. One could view the rise and fall of Packard by looking at the many examples on display, starting with a 1910 Model NC 18 M Sotheby’s annual Hershey sale takes place amid a staggering number of events and vendor stands to explore. There are likely more cars, rusty parts, tools, models and other items for sale than at any other and ending with a 1956 Caribbean convertible. Some of these struck me as an opportunity to own an iconic car at a very reasonable price. Fourteen were sold, with highest honors going to a 1937 Twelve convertible sedan that hammered at $250k, well above its estimate. Also impressive were the notable number of beauti- fully restored cars, including a 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, a 1929 Packard Eight convertible coupe, a 1958 Chevy Impala convertible and a 1925 Lincoln Beetle-Back roadster. These were all wonderful examples of the highest levels of skill and craftsmanship. As a bonus, for motorcycle fans such as myself, RM Sotheby’s also included 11 motorcycles. Sold prices, including buyer’s fees, ranged from $4,400 for a restored 1960 Ford Zodiac, to $2,090,000 for a 1930 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, the only car to breach the million-dollar mark. Ending the auction with a final sell rate of 90% was impressive; this incorporates six post-block sales, including the marvelous 1927 Duesenberg A/Y prototype. A


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Hershey, PA CLASSICS 8 #251-1936 CORD 810 phaeton. VIN: 8102 361H. Eng. # FB1632. Cigarette Cream/ivory canvas/dark red leather. Odo: 318 miles. An AACA and Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club prize winner (though years unspecified), which includes ACD certification as a Category 1 Original Car (except, of course, for the non-original sidepipes). Excellent panel fit with smooth paint, now with a few nicks and scratches. Excellent chrome. Some wear to the convertible top, which also could fit somewhat better. Beautiful dash, but big bubbles in steering wheel. Nicely patinated older red leather. Detailed engine compartment with those added sidepipes. Cond: 2-. and unsupportive. A couple of moth holes in back seat. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. All in all, nothing terribly wrong with this car but it gives off a somewhat weary vibe. The 810 engine swap is not a positive, but that was taken into account in the $40k to $60k estimate. This example hammered mid-estimate at $50,000, and the resulting buyer’s price of $55,000 is really a pretty good deal on an entry-level, running, driving and presentable Cord. GM #265-1916 CHEVROLET BABY GRAND TOURING. VIN: N4133. White/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 7,494 miles. Older restoration, on static display since 1997. Paint still tidy, appropriate quality for era and class. One peeling spot near engine. Beautiful brass headlights, running boards a bit inauthentic looking, Soft-top frame has a break in it, and there are serious cracks in the wood spokes in all the wheels. Engine looks good, electric fuel pump installed. Small oil leak from head. Underbody restored and still looking virtually unused. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $154,000. A handsome but not concours-ready open Buehrig Cord which could benefit from some relatively minor freshening. The buyer here purchased a good-looking convertible at a price right at the current median, so there should be room for some upgrades. #234-1937 CORD 812 Westchester sedan. VIN: 81231874A. Eng. # FB375. Geneva Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 51,392 miles. One of two 1936–37 Cords at this auction whose induction was not what it initially appeared to be. Lot 251 had the famous sidepipes, icons of supercharging, but it turned out that it was not supercharged, with the pipes added by a later owner. In the case of this lot, all 812s were initially supercharged, but apparently this 812 had a later engine swap for a non-supercharged 810 engine. So the distinguishing feature of an 812 vs. an 810 was not present. This 812 Westchester was a less-than-pristine example with good panel fit and door operation, driver-quality older paint and chrome. Attractive interior, but the seats are thin SOLD AT $23,100. This charming, very early Chevrolet has been subjected to the pros and cons of long-term display at the AACA Museum. Nicely done restoration, but running condition may need some sorting. Wheel cracks certainly need to be addressed, and would bring it to level 2 condition. Overall, a relatively rare and desirable car for a Chevy collector who wants to stand out among the hordes of Model Ts. Hammered just above its high estimate, but will still call it well bought. Viceroy Maroon Dark/beige broadcloth. Odo: 37,192 miles. According to the auction catalog, this imposing V16 underwent a seven-year restoration completed in 2014. Negligible deterioration since. Slight tarnishing to a few pieces of chrome, but otherwise it remains impeccable. Magnificent engine compartment. As pre-war sedan bodies go, this one is quite attractive, with early hints of the aerodynamic age just around the corner. A handsome body style in beautiful livery, this V16 does not need to apologize at all for being a closed car. Cond: 1. 3 #151-1932 CADILLAC V16 sedan. VIN: 1400238. Eng. # 1400238. SOLD AT $161,700. I had some conceptual issues with this car. Wouldn’t it be more fun, as well as better for the moving parts, to actually drive it (top down) more than 17 miles per year? Blew through the high estimate of $125,000 as well as most price guide values, and topped the price of the ’58 Cadillac (Lot 133) by $57,000. If you wanted what may be the best ’58 Impala anywhere, this is what you had to pay. Well 74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $220,000. Remarkably, Cadillac produced V8, V12 and V16 models in 1932, even in the midst of the Depression. V16 values have increased in recent years, as well-heeled collectors become aware of the V16’s engineering sophistication. Bidders apparently agreed, and the car sold for slightly over high estimate and about 20% above the ACC Pocket Price Guide median. Last seen, with just a few miles less, at Bonhams’ 2014 Philadelphia auction, where it sold for $181,500. Thus, a 20% increase here, although seller’s profit after expenses may have been modest. A reasonable price for a magnificent Classic in top-flight condition. #235-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F58J235064. Cay Coral/white canvas/white & silver & coral vinyl. Odo: 189 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2bbl, 3-sp. Jaw-dropping Impala convertible exhibited in the Hershey Lodge lobby along with the 300SL, the 1931 Pierce-Arrow and the Duesenbergs, and deservedly so. Bodyoff restoration in 2004–05; driven only 189 miles since. Note in car says the top has never been down since restoration. Multiple award winner. Exterior, interior, underhood and everything else is flawless. All power options including steering, brakes, windows and seat. I didn’t think that a ’58 GM convertible could get much better than Lot 133, the Cadillac 62, but this must be the best in the world. 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RM SOTHEBY’S // Hershey, PA bought for the quality, but someone please drive this car. #133-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 58F030075. Alpine White/blue cloth/blue & white leather. Odo: 25 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One of a trio of 1958 GM convertibles at the auction, also including a Chevy Impala (Lot 235) and a Buick Limited (Lot 243). Factory a/c possibly not original to this car, but correct. Spectacular 2015 restoration, virtually without flaw. Odometer reads 25 miles and the car looks it in every respect. Engine compartment much cleaner than most kitchens. An obsessive presentation. Cond: 1. of personal taste, but it is generally acknowledged that the 1958 Buick and Olds are icons of excess that represent a low point in GM design. A previous owner of this car chose to emphasize the bulk with the kitschy accessory spotlights and chrome fender skirts. Price guides vary on these cars, but given the condition of this example I would say the buyer got a car closer to #3 condition for the price of a #2 specimen. Well sold. FOMOCO 9 SOLD AT $104,500. Sold far below estimate of $125k–$150k. Not much to say about condition because the car is perfect inside and out. Is there a condition 1+? As such, I thought it would bring more, possibly close to the high estimate. I wonder if the rather prosaic color combination tamped down the bidding, or is the market just soft? In any case, congratulations to the buyer who has purchased one of the best 1950s restorations I have ever seen, at far below cost. Very well bought. #243-1958 BUICK LIMITED convertible. VIN: 8E4012620. Warwick Blue/white canvas/ blue and white leather. Odo: 62,144 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Third car in the triumvirate of 1958 GM convertibles, but not as desirable as the Cadillac 62 (Lot 133) or the Chevy Impala (Lot 235). Hood and front fender fit slightly off, trunklid far off on left side. Slightly patinated and chipped paint acceptable for an older restoration. A bystander commented that the blue color was “all wrong for this car” and I agree, but it may have been original to the car. (Catalog stated it was Warwick Blue, but in researching the 1958 color chips it looks just like Cobalt Blue to me.) Exterior chrome mostly good, and no car has more. Cond: 3+. 277771. Eng. # 277771. Light & dark gray/ black vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 91,646 miles. Characterful, stylish Lincoln with one of Brunn’s more exclusive custom bodies, a precursor of other manufacturers’ later boat tail bodies. Matching numbers with original Brunn body tag. Rumble seat and tilt-up “fat man” steering wheel. Restored to near-perfection for Pebble Beach 2013. California restorer onsite to cheerfully discuss the car. Usual roster of minor flaws unneeded because there aren’t any. Cond: 1. #149-1925 LINCOLN MODEL L Beetle Back roadster. VIN: SOLD AT $64,900. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible, and I found it totally enchanting. Graceful lines which rival the 1941 Cadillac or Lincoln Continental; much cleaner and more elegant than the heavy post-war Town & Country woodie convertibles on the same platform. Sold respectably at mid-estimate, but in my assessment is a bit low. I wonder if the Fluid Drive transmission, which does not have a good rep, turned off some bidders. The buyer has a beautiful piece of machinery, restored to a high level, for a very reasonable price. It will have great presence at any concours or on the road. AMERICANA SOLD AT $154,000. This Lincoln has it all: exclusivity (only three cars with this body style known to survive); a great story (purchased by newlyweds in Auburn, Indiana, driven by the wife at least into the 1970s, supposedly as the only car she ever owned); a spectacular restoration with authentic finishes (with awards from Pebble Beach, CCCA and AACA); and reliability (restorer stated that the car completed a 700-mile tour a week before the auction). It sold mid-estimate, but I’ll again say that pre-war Lincolns are among the most undervalued classics around. To me, this car “should be” worth at least $250,000. On this particular day the buyer got an amazingly high quality car for a relative pittance. Very well bought. MOPAR SOLD AT $90,750. Yes, styling is a matter 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #228-1941 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER convertible. VIN: 6630215. Polo Green/tan & ivory cloth/tan & ivory leather. Odo: 76 miles. Beautiful example of a rarely seen, top-of-the-line model, from the collection of #114-1929 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT roadster. VIN: 174037. Eng. # 174223. White/brown. Odo: 16,800 miles. Body appears very intact, with large areas of surface rust, but could find no rust-through areas. Running boards intact and anchored properly. From a quick look underneath, frame seemed quite solid as well. Doors close well, with inner panels appearing to be original and quite stunning. Paint likely original, evocative patina in some areas, but much of it is gone as well. Some exterior trim parts missing. Most prominent problems are missing windshield and incorrect replacement radiator, but should be able to find them on eBay by 2030. Soft-top cloth shredded, frame has some breaks as well. Engine is running and car was driven around. Cond: 5+. the late Charles Cawley. Excellent panel fit and deep, smooth paint in the striking yearcorrect color of Polo Green. Superb chrome and hardware inside and out. 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RM SOTHEBY’S // Hershey, PA SOLD AT $61,600. Close call as to whether it should be left as a preservation example or treated to full restoration. Unfortunately, there are some key areas that need to be addressed just to make it more drivable, but if this Packard were in my care, I would go the former route. While original, but rough, examples of many cars are reaching new heights, this sold at a price that was appropriate, considering the large sum that would be needed to restore it. Fairly bought and sold. #129-1929 PACKARD EIGHT 626 convertible. VIN: 259300. Eng. # 258642. Black/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 76 miles. Concours-level restoration. Paintwork is superb, all chrome richly done. No flaws evident except for peeling paint on one wheel hub. Cloth top appears as-new, engine bay as impressive as the rest of the car. The interior is also restored to perfection. As good as it gets. Cond: 1. erwise perfect, nothing more to discuss. A winner at Pebble Beach and other events, most notably awarded the Bernard J. Weis Award for the Most Authentic Restoration by the Pierce-Arrow Society. Surprisingly simple instrument panel compared with a contemporary Duesenberg or Cadillac. Massive presence. Cond: 1. piece, and faux-wood metal dash has some noticeable chips. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $123,750. Reasonably priced 1930s iconic Packard serves as a nice entry into this era of classics. Impressive, but no longer perfect, so well suited to driving instead of trailering. Fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $456,500. You can’t get much more exclusive than this. There were 25 LeBaron-bodied Pierce-Arrows from 1931 to ’34, 13 of which survive. This may be the only 1931 Model 41 LeBaron Convertible Victoria built, and it is certainly the only known survivor. The elegance and underlying quality of the LeBaron-bodied PierceArrow motorcar combined with the superb, accurate restoration make this car expensive but fairly bought. SOLD AT $105,000. Much love and much money invested in restoring this elegant, if not exceptionally rare, Packard. Failed to meet reserve on the block, stopping at $90k. Sold post-auction for $105k; new owner is getting a wonderful car at a very reasonable price. Packards continue to be hit-or-miss at auctions, with some notable decline in older restorations. I expected this recent restoration to do better. Well bought. VIN: 3050235. Eng. # 325760. Butterscotch & maroon/tan cloth/ dark red leather. Odo: 8,873 miles. Examining this majestic car in the long, broad corridor of the Hershey Lodge is like stepping back into an elegant 1931 Pierce-Arrow showroom. Ten-year old restoration has hardly aged at all. Focusing as hard as I can, maybe I can detect some wear to the piping on the driver’s seat. Oth- 1 #233-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 41 Victoria convertible. “ There were 25 LeBaron-bodied PierceArrows from 1931 to ’34, 13 of which survive. This may be the only 1931 Model 41 LeBaron Convertible Victoria built, and it is certainly the only known survivor. 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 Victoria convertible 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #136-1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT coupe. VIN: 753291. Eng. # 753217. Red/ black leather. Odo: 12,319 miles. Paint generally lustrous, but older restoration now has a number of areas with crackling and visible sanding marks. New wire wheels and tires. Chrome mostly good, a few flaws on close inspection. Engine bay very clean, some aging, but no noticeable flaws. Interior has newly re-covered seats, nicely done. Steering wheel has flaws in the center #120-1937 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR coupe. Eng. # D165177. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 74 miles. Full restoration done just 74 miles ago, if one goes by the odometer. Paintwork very nice, but perhaps white is not the most exciting color for this unusual car. Door and hood fit very well, trunk fit was a bit off. Underbody appears brand new. Running boards more solidly mounted than at factory. Wiper arms missing, a bit puzzling considering the level of the rest of the car. Interior beautifully done in largely original style. CD stereo nicely hidden in dash, carpeting weave tastefully done in period look. Bad glass in rear-view mirror and a Walmart-level trunk light were the only interior faults I could find. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. I considered this an unusual, well-thought-out combination of originality with some key upgrades, centering around the installed 1953 engine that is significantly newer than the original, but still linked to the Studebaker bloodline. An appealing and certainly rare model; no doubt very few left in this condition. In person, the styling appears bold and swift. The name “Dictator” certainly adds interest, and was dropped by Studebaker to avoid being linked to the real dictators of 1937. A delightful and now rare car, well restored, and very well bought. ” VIN: 1073232. Buckingham Gray/tan cloth/ red leather. Odo: 2,042 miles. Beautifully restored about 10 years ago, but now suffering from paint crackling in several areas of body, in center of hood and passenger’s side doors. Front bumper has some wavy spots and a few bubbles. Left taillight has corrosion. Slight yellowing in some areas of fabric top. Interior spectacular; flashy red seats may turn some off, but impressive nonetheless. Pinstriping on wheel covers coming off in some spots. Engine still looking excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $275,000. This mammoth and stunning Packard is now showing some signs of decay in its still impressive restoration. Previously unsold at 2 #156-1937 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1508 convertible sedan. TOP 10 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Hershey, PA Dragone in 2012 (ACC# 4773853) with a high bid of $265k. The estimate here of $175k–$200k seemed almost too low at first, but may reflect RM Sotheby’s assessment of its condition. High bid of $250k seems market-correct and reflects the lack of increase in value of Packards. Still, buyer can rightly feel that they now own quite a spectacular classic compared to many other cars sold at this price. Hope the paint flaws aren’t an October surprise. Fairly bought and sold. #238-1941 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT series 1907 2-dr sedan. VIN: 14522032. Eng. # CD502599. Blue & silver/blue. Odo: 56,313 miles. Very good, but not outstanding restoration 10 years ago. Paint excellent overall, but a bit uninspiring. Panel fit very good. Chrome bumpers and trim very good overall. Hubcaps and trim rings good at first glance, but have some wear and a few dings. Interior also restored, but some faults, such as slight pitting on dash chrome, cracks in steering wheel, warped plastic dash pieces, dull-looking lids in rear ashtrays. Wood on door panels very nice, dash is correct metal faux-wood. Headliner perfect, carpets a little soiled. Engine tidy, not overdone, but perhaps too long a session with flat black spray-paint can. Periodtype wiring is a nice touch. Hood latches not working well. Recent valve work and power window repair. Cond: 2-. con & Sapphire/white canvas/blue leather. Odo: 81 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One of two Caribbeans in the sale, along with Lot 246, a similar 1956 model. This 1955 example enjoyed a restoration completed this past summer. Mediocre panel fit; trunk lid worse than mediocre—probably difficult to get it exactly right. Extremely nice tri-tone paint. Abundant chrome is mostly very nice, but a few pieces are slightly cloudy. Beautifully done interior with outstanding fabrics, finishes and fit. Car sits low in back when parked. The Torsion-Level suspension likely is responsible and it may well level out when started. Very nice underhood except for non-authentic grease on hood springs. Cond: 2+. Shannon Green & Corsican Black/white canvas/white & black& green cloth & leather. Odo: 54,327 miles. 374-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. This Caribbean was restored about 13 years ago, so was not as fresh as the 1955 model in Lot 259, but the restoration is holding up rather well. Better panel fit than the newly restored 1955 car, smooth older paint, but nice enough. Chrome and stainless steel just okay, many pieces rather cloudy and a few dents and scratches are evident. Interior still displays nicely, but upon close inspection shows some wear. Very clean, but not detailed underhood, with very cool batwing air cleaner. At the auction this car sat a little low in front—the opposite of the 1955—but looked very level in the catalog, so again, it may level out when started. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $77,000. The 1953–56 Caribbean was Packard’s attempt to produce a prestigious “halo” car in the style of the contemporary Cadillac Eldorado or Buick Skylark. The 1955–56 models featured a new suspension, a V8 engine with two 4-barrel carbs and a heavily revised body with rather juke-boxy, Cadillac-derived styling. Only 500 1955 Caribbeans were built. Sales price just under low estimate fits right into price guide ranges. Since this car was just restored, the buyer perhaps got a bit of a bargain. #246-1956 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 56991266. Dover White, SOLD AT $68,200. The 1956 Caribbean had three major enhancements from the 1955: a larger, higher-horsepower engine (of course, it was the ’50s); awesome reversible front seat-back cushions (cloth or leather, a great idea for a convertible); and a Jetsonesque pod growing out of the steering column to house the push-buttons for the Twin Ultramatic Drive. And since this car had all three, I deemed it extra-cool. An appealing car that sold well below the rather heroic $80k–$100k estimate, which seems like a fair deal for both parties. A NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This LeBaronbodied Packard has happily seen some use since restoration. A few battle scars and imperfections render it just a couple of notches down from concours perfection; it would make a wonderful car to drive to shows without obsessive fear of stone chips or spilled coffee. Bid to $70k, and I believe consignor should have taken it; there may well be nothing higher out there. #259-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 55881269. White Jade & Zir- January-February 2017 79


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BRANSON // Branson, MO The Branson Auction American cars undoubtedly commanded the auction block, making up the vast majority of lots The Branson Auction Branson, MO October 14, 2016 auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp automotive lots sold/ offered: 129/284 Sales rate: 45% Sales total: $2,717,675 high american sale: 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible, sold at $90,750 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices not many produced with three pedals and a 426 hemi — 1969 Plymouth hemi road runner 2-door hard top, sold at $80,000 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 80 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics the auction block, making up the vast majority of lots. The field consisted mostly of classic American T muscle, with a handful of good European consignments and just a sprinkle of Italian supercars. I noted in my past write-ups that Mopar was usually underrepresented at Branson, but I seem to have had my wish granted this year, with almost 10% of the entries sporting Mopar badges. Out of the top 10 sales, eight were American. With Europeans taking the first- and third-highest sale prices, an American car came in second place with a showroom-ready 1957 Ford E-code Thunderbird, selling comfortably above its median price in the ACC Pocket Price Guide for $90,750. A well-documented 1969 NOM Hemi Road Runner 2-door hard top came in fourth, hitting $80k, followed by an all-original his year’s Branson auction brought a nice variety of cars to the venue on the southern border of Missouri. While there were plenty of mild-mannered Germans and showstopping Italians, American cars dominated 1963 427 Ford Galaxie 500 with 4-speed and raceready engine going for $77k. A beautiful 1956 Ford Thunderbird, restored with obvious care in the owner’s garage over the years, went for $61,050. A slightly tuned-up 1990 Corvette ZR-1 went for a stoplight Grand Prix price of $14,190. Sitting well below the price guide median value of $27k, this Corvette is meant for the road, not the garage. Cars that should have sold were a 1956 Ford Thunderbird for $47,050, and a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe, which I thought was essentially perfect, for a high bid of $67,500. You always get the friendly hometown treatment in Branson, whether you are a buyer, seller or onlooker. There is also a lot to see and do outside of the auction. The next Branson auction is scheduled for April 21–22, 2017, and they are already taking consignments. Take a look at what they have to offer at www. bransonauction.com.A


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BRANSON // Branson, MO GM #318-1950 GMC 100 pickup. VIN: AZ333257. Narva Green/burgundy leather. Odo: 237 miles. 228-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. According to the auction listing, this truck has had a recent complete frame-off restoration with new heater, gauges, bed wood and widewhitewall Coker tires. As such, body and paint are excellent, while chrome and trim are just a step down from that. Interior very good, with minor imperfections here and there. The engine bay, underside and glass are all in excellent condition. Cond: 2-. buyer will go home happy because the median market value for this car is $42k. Well bought. #546-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57S299018. Matador Red/ white vinyl/Matador Red & gray vinyl. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. One of the auction’s feature cars. Older restoration needs some TLC. Paint good with minor swirls. Chrome and trim the same. Clean underside. Engine bay needs detailing. Interior very good, but carpet dirty. Good fit all around. Good glass and window rubber/felt. Cond: 2-. In fact, it is probably more perfect now than it was when it rolled off the assembly line. Modern radials mounted on oversized wheels, filling the wheelwells nicely. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,150. This truck probably looks nicer today than it did when it came off the assembly line. A good investmentquality truck. Previously sold at Leake in April 2016 for $25,025 (ACC# 6799650). A quick flip seems to have brought the seller a small profit here at Branson. Well sold. #297-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: DRMVB0000158099MO. Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige/Gypsy Red and Shoreline Beige. Odo: 7,006 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint still shows well with minor imperfections. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior just fair and needs detailing. Engine bay is very good with 327-ci NOM engine. Original engine was a 265-ci. Fit and glass are very good all around. Underside is clean. Aftermarket mag wheels need to be polished since they detract from the beauty of the car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Although their prices are on the decline, 1957 Bel Air convertibles—especially the fuel-injected cars like this one—are a Chevy icon and will always be collector cars. This one was not perfect and really should have sold at the high bid. #319-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847J335248. Palomar Red/red vinyl. Odo: 55,923 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint exceedingly well done. Good fit and gaps. Chrome and trim good, with only minor pitting. New seats and most of interior restored. Still in rather good condition. However, they neglected the headliner and it needs to be replaced. Engine bay and underside detailed. Glass mostly good all around, with minor pitting. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. The only drawback in my mind is that this car is a resto-mod, although a well-configured resto-mod often increases a car’s market value over an original of the same quality. Without knowing the reserves and no estimates from the auction company, I calculate that this car’s value should be somewhere around $40k. So the high bid was oh-so-close, but not quite enough. #591-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124379N604096. Black/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 12,833 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This Camaro has it all and is almost perfect. All of its restored features are excellent, and the car looks better than it did when it came from the factory. The only issue I found was that the doors were saggy, but that was common in the ’60s. According to the auction listing it has the “correct 396 with M22 Muncie.” This does not mean that the engine was born with the car. It only means that it is was available as an option for this car. Also included is a 3.73:1 Positraction 12-bolt rear end, L89 aluminum heads and correct spare and jack assembly. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. This looks to be a quite nice, mostly original car. Impalas like this one (1961–64) will long be collectible and should have a stable value. The high bid was close, but not close enough. Another four or five grand should have had it. SOLD AT $29,150. This car is ready for local car show judging but needs a little TLC on the interior and wheels to reach top dog at any show. Assuming it runs out well, the 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #545-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 124378N397605. Le Mans Blue & black/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 97,009 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Everything about this car is rather excellent. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. There was heavy bidding but the reserve was not released. It should have sold somewhere around $60k even if the big 396 engine was original to the car. However, the seller decided to keep it for another day and hope for a higher bid down the road. I would have taken the money and ran to the nearest bank. #242-1970 PONTIAC GTO coupe. VIN: 24370P283832. Atoll Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 94,113 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Body and paint are very good with a few minor


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BRANSON // Branson, MO chips and scratches. Chrome and trim are good. Interior is poor and needs restoration. Engine bay and underside are clean but could be better. Wheels are factory steel with Redline tires. Cond: 3+. Clear glass all around. Perfect door, hood and tailgate fit. Beautiful wood bed. New raised-white-letter tires. Cond: 2+. Tank is only for show. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. This is a mostly original GTO which needs a bit of TLC. A little elbow grease and a few dollars could bring this car up to show level. In its current condition it is not much more than a nice driver and did not demand the $33k median book value provided in the ACC Pocket Price Guide. #601-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS pickup. VIN: 136800K212437. Fathom Blue/blue vinyl/black vinyl. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with a/c, power steering, power brakes, tilt column and functional ZL2 Cowl Induction. The paint is new and very good. Fit is good. Chrome and interior are very good, but window trim is dull. The engine bay and underside are clean. Rally SS wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires really set it off. Original owner’s manual, Protect-O-Plate and partial build sheet are included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,450. A frame-off restoration—like new and gorgeous all around. This was my favorite truck in the auction. If I were going to buy my grandson (or me, for that matter) a truck, this would be it. Although a bit pricey, it is definitely worth the extra money over a marginal restoration. It should also have good upside potential for investment purposes. Well bought. #256-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 3J67K2M227695. Red/white leather. Odo: 75,034 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint very good to excellent. Most of the fit is good except for the driver’s side door. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor polishing swirls. The interior has been restored and looks like new. Engine bay is well detailed but has too much glossy black paint for my liking. Underside is very good. The glass is good all around but the window cranks need attention. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,800. A well-restored old truck sold at no reserve. I talked to the gentleman who restored this truck and he really took pride in it. It would make a nice museum or parade piece—especially for someone who appreciates a quality restoration of a classic old truck. He should have offered it at a reserve because the truck was worth more than the low price paid. Well bought. #588-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH285581. Fiesta Red/ white vinyl/Fiesta Red and white vinyl. Odo: 52,017 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, brakes and windows. Includes two tops and Continental kit. Older repaint still shows well, with minor polishing swirls. Chrome and trim are excellent, as is the restored interior. Engine bay is also excellent, showing off its original 292-ci engine. Fit is good and glass is clear all around. Restoration pictures and file are included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,650. This is one nice El Camino. I have to assume that the engine is not original and, therefore, not an LS5 since there is no mention of it in the documentation. The selling price here seems like a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #554-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCS142S114522. Red/red & black houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 889 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with a/c, power steering and power brakes. Exceptional paint, with only a few minor flaws. A few minor scratches on excellent trim and chrome. Interior like new, with crystal-clear gauges, newly painted dash and attractive houndstooth seats. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $30,000. This was one of my favorites at the auction. A little more restoration/detailing effort would make this a true show car. It didn’t sell because the seller would not lift his reserve. But the base 350-ci engine might also have held bidders back from reaching that undisclosed reserve. FOMOCO #253-1931 FORD MODEL A tanker pickup. VIN: A4546421. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 77,529 miles. A nicely restored Model A truck, and a great example of American history. Just some minor chips and scratches in the otherwise good-condition body and paint. Chrome, trim, interior, glass and fit are all very good, too. Seven new replica tires all around, including the spare. SOLD AT $61,050. This is one of the best 1956 Thunderbird restorations that I have seen. In fact, it was almost perfect, not restored by some chop shop. An elderly Thunderbird enthusiast had painstakingly done the restoration over several years in his own garage. I’m sure he hated to see it go. Median ACC Pocket Price Guide value on this car is $40,400. Great job and well sold. #238-1967 FORD MUSTANG GTA convertible. VIN: 7F03S211273. Red/black vinyl/Cranberry Red vinyl. Odo: 27,403 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 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BRANSON // Branson, MO the interior in the same color or repainted the car in the original red. Convertible top needs to be replaced along with its frame, which shows rust. Windshield has wiper rash and too many scratches. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Cond: 4+. aftermarket black and silver mags with new tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. These early Broncos are really in demand right now and this is a good example of one. Not sure what the seller was looking for, but the high bid should have gotten the job done. SOLD AT $33,000. In 1967, Ford enlarged the Mustang to hold their big-block 390-ci and 428-ci engines in order to compete with the ever-growing list of muscle cars. The GTA designation on this car simply stands for a GT model with an automatic (A) transmission. This particular Mustang is not much more than a driver, and a poor one at that. A decent GTA can go for $40k, no problem, but not in this condition. It sold here at Branson in April 2005 for $29,150 (ACC# 1562765). The seller was able to unload it here for a 10% gross profit. Perhaps not a very good investment over 11 years, especially with fees and maintenance, but well sold anyway. #274-1968 FORD BRONCO 4x4 SUV. VIN: U14NLC57878. Yellow and white/gray vinyl. Odo: 88,394 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint is very good. The interior is restored to an excellent level. The engine bay and underside are very clean and show well. Door hinges worn with poor fit. Nice #502-1968 MERCURY COUGAR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8R91J516699. Saxony Yellow and black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,368 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint that still shows well with minor scratches. Chrome, trim, fit, interior and engine bay all very good. Glass is clear. Underside needs restoration. A two-owner car, according to the auction listing. Marti Report shows the car was originally sold by Wes Grosz Lincoln-Mercury in Vallejo, CA, on 3/31/68. The lady who purchased the car enjoyed it through the years in California and moved to Harrison, AR, in the early ’90s. The car still wears its California black plates. The 302 engine with 4-barrel carburetor powers a C-4 Merc-O-Matic transmission with a 3.00:1 ratio rear axle, along with factory air and a modern sound system. Cond: 3+. only obvious flaw. Fit very good all around. Formula S trim is original and complete. Original interior is only fair and could be improved. Rear window glass has many scratches that distract from the beauty of the car. Engine bay and underside are well detailed and look great. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. This car has a new 360-ci NOM, but the auction listing says it includes the original (and hopefully rebuildable) 273-ci, 235-hp V8 with the sale. Overall, this is a nice Barracuda with possible upside potential. Price guide median value for these is $19,500. I say the seller should have taken the high bid and run to the bank. #287-1968 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. VIN: XP29H8G210745. Red/black vinyl/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 48,954 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older repaint still showing well, with minor polishing swirls. Panel fit good all around. Interior nicely restored. However, engine bay and underside are dirty and need to be detailed to match topside quality. Clear glass all around, and in good condition. Magnum wheels with new tires really set it off. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,100. These Cougars were nice automobiles in their day. Today, however, they seem to have disappeared. You simply do not see many of them at auction. My recollection is that they had a rust problem. This one has no rust and would make a great driver as long as it runs out right. A no-reserve car whose median price guide value is $14.7k. Well bought. MOPAR #273-1966 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA Formula S fastback. VIN: BP29D62505758. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 90,418 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint very good, with minor polishing swirls the “ An elderly Thunderbird enthusiast had painstakingly done the restoration over several years in his own garage. I’m sure he hated to see it go. 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $30,250. This car shows well as-is, but would make an excellent-quality show car with a few dollars and a little elbow grease. According to the owner, the drivetrain is original and was overhauled about five years ago. The car sold at no reserve and was an excellent buy. I am sure the buyer went home happy with this one. ” #541-1969 PLYMOUTH HEMI ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM21J9A249020. Turquoise & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 37,906 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely restored Hemi Road Runner. VIN decodes to a true Hemi car, but the engine in this one is a non-original motor. Auction literature states that the “WT” stamping on the pad “may indicate a counter exchange block.” It also states that the two 4-barrel carburetors are rebuilt originals. Repaint


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BRANSON // Branson, MO excellent, as are restored chrome and trim. Restored interior like new. Engine bay does the big Hemi justice. Glass clear all around. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. One of the early American subcompact automobiles built for Mom to take the kids around town or Dad to commute to work. Stylish, efficient and fun to drive. With a $17.6k median price guide value, the high bid here was just not enough to entice the seller to let it go. Underside matches the topside quality. Includes build sheet. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $80,000. The Hemi is correct for the car, but not original to the car. The 4-speed manual is relatively rare, as out of 84,420 Road Runners built in 1969, only 194 2-door Hemi hard tops were factory built with a 4-speed. The NOM Hemi should cost the seller about 10%, bringing fair market value to around $80k, which was the hammered price. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. #289-1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T “Dukes of Hazzard” 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29L9B295953. Hemi Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 846 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Excellent body and paint. Chrome and trim very good, with the usual swirls and scratches. The left door sags, otherwise fit is good all around. Interior, glass and underside all very nicely done. The engine bay is exceptional, showing off the big 440 with three deuces. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $69,500. This is a very well-restored Barracuda, but it is not a true original Hemi ’Cuda. The decoded VIN shows that it was born with a 340-ci “LA” engine, not a 426 “RB” engine. Even so, a top-notch 340 ’Cuda should demand a price of somewhere north of $50k. However, this hammered price was a little too far north. Very well sold. AMERICANA #260-1960 NASH METROPOLITAN convertible. VIN: E71467. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 40,496 miles. 1,489-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Recent repaint shows well. Chrome, trim, interior, engine bay, underside and glass are all very good. A very clean little car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. This is one nice AMX that you do not see at auction very often. In fact, it probably looks better now than it did when it came off the assembly line. It sold at Mecum Kansas City (ACC# 6799161), in March of this year for $27.5k. Its current median price guide value is $31.6k. The high bid here did not do it justice, and the seller was right in not lowering the reserve. A #292-1970 AMC AMX coupe. VIN: A0C397X251946. Red & black/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 48,122 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include Go-Pack, a/c, power steering and brakes. Excellent repaint. Good fit all around. Chrome and trim are excellent. The interior has been nicely restored and shows little wear. Glass is clear all around. Engine bay looks like new. Underside is very good. Some documentation but more than most. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,600. This car has taken a hit lately due to the bad press created by the flag painted on the roof. The owner told me that it was purchased for $65k just a few years ago. In today’s world, the hammered price of just over $50k (including buyer’s premium) is probably as good as it gets for this exceptional car. Sold at no reserve. #607-1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA Hemi ’Cuda coupe. VIN: BS23H0B258755. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,541 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint very good. Chrome very good, but trim is dulling, especially around the windshield. The restored interior is very good. Glass is clear all around. The engine bay could be better, especially to highlight its big Hemi engine. Underside is very good and matches the topside quality. Cond: 2-. January-February 2017 87


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX Dan Kruse Classics — Austin, TX Car covers hiding some special Corvettes came off for this Austin event Dan Kruse Classics Hill Country Classic Austin, TX September 10, 2016 auctioneers: Dan Kruse automotive lots sold/ offered: 83/178 Sales rate: 47% Sales total: $2,039,715 high sale: 2010 Corvette ZR1 coupe, sold at $88,560 buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices 8 miles on the odo and 638 hp under the hood — 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Zr1 coupe, sold at $88,560 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. lost cause: Salvageable for parts 88 AmericanCarCollector.com A collection of 10 rare Corvettes, nine from 2009 and one 2010, were the buzz this year at Dan Kruse’s 42nd Hill Country Classic, held at the Palmer Events Center in Austin, TX. These Corvettes were acquired by a single collector who felt that the chance to purchase the cars was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, these are not your average Cars & Coffee C6 Corvettes: These were ZR1s, GT1 Championship editions and CSR coupes, all having essentially just rolled off the production lines. Here, they were offered at no reserve, with eight out of the 10 making up the top 10 sales. The Corvette collection claimed the second- and third-highest sales prices, only being nudged to silver by a red Italian. In the number two spot was a 2010 ZR1 coupe, holding the highest MSRP of the ’Vettes, which sold for $88,560. It was followed by a 2009 ZR1 selling for $86,400. This was the second year in a row that consignments were all housed indoors as well. Although the weather this year was spectacular, it is much easier for bidders to view all the vehicles in one climate-controlled room. Prior to moving everything indoors, an advantage to having vehicles displayed in a fenced-in area just outside the events center is the venue’s proximity to a public park. It was not uncommon for passersby to have their eyes caught by clean, interesting cars while strolling through the park. After gawking at the cars through the fence, quite a few curious spectators would be seen minutes later forking over a few bucks to come inside and take a look around. Thanks in part to the Corvette collection; Dan Kruse Classics had the best Austin sale since 2013. Sales totals were just over $2 million, with 83 of the 178 lots sold, which works out to a sell-through rate of 47%. The 10 Corvettes out of the collection made up $714,000 of the sales total. For bargain hunters and bidders new to the hobby, there are always deals to be had. There were more than 25 vehicles that sold for less than $10,000. Dan Kruse, always the salesman, announced while on the block that they had a record number of registered bidders — more than 800. With auction number 42 in the books for Austin, they definitely have a good recipe to attract even more of the right cars and audience for next year. A


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX GM #121-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: C55S067211. Black/teal vinyl & cloth. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Built a couple of years ago and showing some occasional use. Paint well applied and glossy. Small imperfections from being driven. Pitting at the antenna mast base. Scratches in the rear window tint. Panel fit appears correct. Bench seat with a floor-mounted shifter. Transmission swapped from a Corvette, with a notch cut out in bench to accommodate shifter. Heavy wear on steering wheel, with some pitting on the dash trim. Carpets are average. Seats are in good condition. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This was described as a “one-off, coachbuilt sport roadster,” one has to wonder about the circumstances surrounding the build. The real value would be if this was a complete, unmodified example, which begs many questions such as was this someone’s vision, or the best pieces of more than one car mated together? This would be an eyecatcher at Cars & Coffee, but it seems odd that someone would hack up a decent example, if that was the starting point. Although it did not meet reserve, this was the third-highest offer for a vehicle of the entire sale. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Tri-Five Bel Air values are all over the board because of varying conditions: a broad mix of factory engine choices and body-style configurations, plus the fact they are favored by customizers. Unless you have a unique vision or are passionate about the build itself, it is usually much less expensive to buy a restomod that is already complete. Seldom that builders ever get their money back. Not sure what turned bidders off on this one, but it closed at a number well below wholesale that isn’t even in the ballpark of the current Bel Air resto-mod market. #82-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO custom roadster. VIN: 58J025703. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 35,065 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Modified to a custom short-wheelbase with step-in access and no doors. Bodywork is decent, other than the strange area where the doors were omitted and you have to crawl over the threshold covered in vinyl that is snapped into place. Paint is older, with typical imperfections found in black paint such as swirls from polishing. Interior is in good condition. Nearly the entire body cavity is covered in white vinyl, as most factory interior panels will not fit the uniquely customized body. Cond: 2-. #117-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847L162232. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 18,729 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body tag confirms true Super Sport. Restored in the ’90s, with restoration documentation and maintenance records. Restoration is holding up well, yet aged enough for use. Paint is in good condition for age, with minor fades. Some small imperfections in the trim, but nothing significant. Panel fit is correct. Interior is clean and tidy. Accessory tachometer attached to the steering column. Floor-shift automatic transmission. Typical wear on the center console stainless trim. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. A most tame SS in way of displacement and horsepower, but a true-documented, numbers-matching RS/ SS nonetheless. Values have been relatively stagnant over the past few years. #96-1981 PONTIAC TRANS AM Turbo coupe. VIN: 1G2AW87T1BL131624. White/ gold cloth. Odo: 26,632 miles. 301-ci turbocharged V8, auto. Unrestored original. Believed to be actual milage. LU8 Turbo package. WS6 suspension package. D53 hood decal. B18 custom trim group. Paint is in good condition with few flaws. Vinyl decal has some discoloration, but adhesive is holding up well. Left rear fender trim is slightly discolored and wavy. Interior is above average. Original carpets show minimal use. Headliner is beginning to loosen in various areas but is not to the point of sagging just yet. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,740. This was a true turn-key SS, with an older restoration, complete documentation and a previous long-term ownership. Sure, it’s not a 409 SS and it does not have a 4-speed manual, but this was a really good car that sold for crazy low money. It had good placement in the sale only a few lots after the no-reserve Corvette collection. Where were the bidders on this one? The price paid was nowhere near realistic. A $40k-plus car all day long, this was the steal of the century. Very well bought. #61-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124378N430059. Tripoli Turquoise/ turquoise vinyl. Odo: 80,498 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, window sticker, dealer invoice, sales brochure and various receipts. Appears to be an older and well-kept restoration. Paint is very nice, with a few minor flaws from use. Trim has a few scratches. Panels line up well. A few scratches can be seen in the rear glass. Interior is tidy. Driver’s door pull is worn smooth from closing. Small tear in the driver’s seat-bottom cushion. Sport console with instrumentation. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 2-. 90 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $19,000. While this car is said to be an unrestored original, it was a Van Nuys-produced Firebird, which used a water-based paint unlike the lacquer-finished Norwood cars. The paint on many of the Van Nuys cars failed under the warranty period and had to be repainted. Values on these have been steadily creeping up over the past few years. The bidding was about $10k shy of where the Texas dealer who consigned it needed to be, but he probably would have let it go for somewhere in between. Before the dealer had it, it was advertised online from an Arizona private party for $16,500. CORVETTE #111-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S107241. Ermine White/black vinyl. Odo: 38,420 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be all original with no body filler. 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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX work is dull and pitted. Original interior is holding up well and in average condition. Carpets show only minor to moderate wear. Seat upholstery is very good overall. Engine compartment shows age. Original aluminum radiator. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $41,040. Looks like an honest car from 20 feet away, but being up close reveals the many imperfections. This is one of 1,532 built with the optional RPO 313 2-speed Powerglide. Also included is the RPO 419 hard top. The sale of the car included a trunk full of parts, which could signal that the owner was beginning to assemble an arsenal for restoration. Offered at no reserve, the sale price was reasonable considering the originality of the car. #62-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J0P5800313. Ruby Red Metallic/red leather. Odo: 32,072 miles. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. All original with factory paint presented in well-kept overall condition. Panel fit is correct. No noticeable flaws. Small rock chips on the hood where paint has been touched up. Windshield shows early signs of delamination at the edges. Glass roof with a second paint-matched factory targa top stowed in luggage area. Driver seat slightly worn at the outside bolster. Otherwise, interior is in good original condition. Original carpets show only minor wear. Screen printing is all intact. Rubber is original but all good. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Last seen at Motostalgia’s Indy auction in June of 2016, where it did not sell with a high bid of $28,000 (ACC# 6803600). The catalog estimate at that sale was a lofty $44k to $55k, or record-setting territory for a C4 ZR-1. Bear in mind there are examples that exist with delivery plastic still covering the interior with triple-digit mileage. Unlike most low-mileage originals, this one has also been exercised to the tune of almost 1,000 miles since the previous sale. Although the ZR-1 is among the most coveted of the C4s, values today are at the same place they were about eight years ago. #110-2010 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YN2DT0A5800217. Velocity Yellow/black leather. Odo: 8 miles. 6.2-L 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Basically brand new. Highly optioned and limited-production color combination. Well curated, with flawless paint. Carbon-fiber body panels line up as they should. No signs of wiper use. Low chin spoiler shows no signs of scuffing or abrasions. Interior is spotless. Leather-covered lightweight seats show no signs of entry or exit. Engine looks as though it just left the factory. Cond: 1-. Velocity Yellow. The consignor did not recoup anywhere near his purchase price here, but the selling price was healthy and on the retail side of the market. The upside will be better when these move on from merely being used cars. Fair deal for buyer and seller. FOMOCO #41-1940 FORD DELUXE custom sedan delivery. VIN: CA737703. Black & purple/ red leather. Odo: 78,465 miles. V8, auto. Sold with customized trailer and 1959 Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon scooter all painted to match. High-quality build. Slick deep black paint shows some imperfections from use and cleaning. Steel front fenders with fiberglass sidesteps and rear fenders. Molded gas cap. Shaved door handles and emblems. Interior is expertly finished as well. Rear seat added to what used to be the cargo area. Upgraded gauges. Lots of billet aluminum inside. Power windows with ’80sera GM switches. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,560. The keystone of the sale was 10 rare 2009 and 2010 no-reserve C6 Corvettes with virtually no miles and Monroney stickers still affixed to the glass. Of these, this had the highest MSRP, of $122k, and commanded the highest sales price of the group. The consignor purchased the cars in 2009, figuring he would never have the opportunity again. While not the rarest package and color combo of the group, this was one of only 89 ZR1s built in “ This was a true turn-key SS, with an older restoration, complete documentation and a previous long-term ownership. Sure, it’s not a 409 SS and it does not have a 4-speed manual, but this was a really good car that sold for crazy low money. 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS SOLD AT $75,600. Really, there were three lots in one here between the street rod, matching trailer and scooter. The custom trailer had the capabilities to elevate the scooter and then rotate on a turntable, which certainly gained a lot of attention when crossing the auction block. The build here was well executed and the quality was rewarded with this being one of the top sales of the auction. Additionally, the new has worn off enough and now the combo is prime for occasional use. Fair price paid by the new owner and many headaches saved by purchasing one that is already done. ” #43-1940 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Zephyr cabriolet. VIN: H999832. Blue/ white canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 83,377 miles. L-head V12, 3-sp manual trans with 2-sp Columbia rear end. Passenger’s door could not be opened. Older paint is dull with crazing on the trunk lid. Heavy scratches throughout. Pitting on the bumpers and door handles. Rubber is hard, but not yet cracking. Canvas top is tattered and soiled with fraying at the edges and small holes where it folds when retracted. Leather seats are worn smooth and slick. Carpets are worn at the driver’s position. Gauges are slightly faded. Interior brightwork is pitted. Cond: 4+. January-February 2017 91 BEST BUY


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX NOT SOLD AT $26,000. This year was the last year Lincoln-Zephyr was a separate marque and the first year ever that the name “Continental” appeared on a Lincoln. Also, for 1940, these cars were partially hand-built, as the dies were not finished until the next year. Convertibles for this year are also more common, as only 54 coupes were believed to have been constructed, compared with 350 cabriolets. The road ahead on the restoration would be a long one, but a future six-digit sales price could be the reward, if it makes the grade. The top offer was not unreasonable considering the work that lies ahead. #80-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE Woodie wagon. VIN: 0BF113425. Green/ brown vinyl. Odo: 51,068 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Traceable ownership dating back to 1977. Older thick repaint with mostly minor age blemishes throughout. Prep issues on the roof behind driver’s door. Panel fit is good, while exterior trim is average. Pitted gas cap. Rear wood around the windows is faded. Wiper streaks on front glass. Some early delamination noted on edges of rear side glass and door-vent windows. Interior is average, with slightly worn floor coverings. Rear seat is coming apart at the piping. Horn bezel is pitted. Gauges are cloudy. Cond: 3. #35-1954 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D4D24828. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 1,304 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Vintage Air, power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, hood-flip kit, air-ride suspension. Fuel filler relocated to bed. Described as a fresh build, but definitely showing some use. Fiberglass running boards and rear fenders. Paint has some areas of sun fading. Driver’s door is significantly out at the rear. Electric door releases with shaved door handles. Brightwork in good condition with new chrome wheels and new chrome grille. Rubber has been replaced. Updated carpets show little use. VDO gauges. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2-. slight bump three or four years ago, and the top bid was a little light. An update to the bright work set against the dark contrast of the existing paint and maybe some wide whites would do this one wonders. It just needs a little reconditioning and a thorough description to bring the money. The offer was fair, but within days of the close of this sale, the consignor had it listed in Vicari’s Biloxi sale in October. #16-1966 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U13FL751959. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 54,596 miles. 170-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Many parts are said to be original. One repaint appearing to have been done long ago. Paint is mostly dull with occasional heavy fading and cracks popping up here and there. Rear bumper is faded, with many scratches, while the front bumper appears much more recent. Solid rust-free floor pans. Hazy front glass with a rock chip. Minimalist interior. Pull-knobs are weathered. Centralized gauge is clean and clear. Heavy pitting on the horn bezel. Seats are slightly soiled but above average for a vehicle with no top or doors. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Last seen at Motostalgia’s Indianapolis sale in 2016 (ACC# 6809387) where it did not sell. Since that sale, the ivory-colored painted wheels and grille have been replaced with chrome to possibly widen the appeal. The high bid here matched the $40k of Motoostalgia’s low catalog estimate, but the consignor decided to pass on a very fair offer and take it home. #92-1963 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. VIN: 3Y86N403221. Gray/ white vinyl/ivory leather. Odo: 82,719 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint showing age. Trim appears original, with small dings throughout. Dull bumpers with heavily pitted grille. Trunk lid high at the front or possibly not completely closed after retracting the top. Ivory-colored door panels soiled on driver’s door. Original carpets. Factory air conditioning. Pad covering dash. Interior illumination is functional. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,800. We called it “well bought” last year when this same car sold at Dan Kruse’s Austin sale for about $33,500 (ACC# 6786623). The buyer at the sale last year was over the moon about his purchase and has driven it eight miles since. This is an unrestored example, and the current consignor did a nice job of affixing additional descriptions to help prove authenticity. It certainly paid off here. Still well bought; the new owner is bringing home a solid car while the consignor turned a small profit in one year of ownership. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $24,300. Originality was certainly the selling point on this one. Once the seller’s description moved past the drivetrain, it was followed by a healthy list of “original” parts that included items such as the original key and oil-bath air filter. Original mileage was not stated in the description, so it could be on its second lap. Was apparently dry-stored, as excessive water intrusion and typical rust were not immediately evident. Cracks once showing in the Bronco market have subsided, with solid originals commanding a premium. Any attempts to seek improvement here will only detract from originality. Well bought. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Not much was offered in terms of a description but the top and windows were all down, so hopefully that’s one less gremlin to fight. Let’s just hope they all can return back up. The market has been pretty steady on these after a #100-1966 FORD GT40 replica coupe. VIN: 1A57M0N0B66. Silver/black leather. miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Tall-deck 351ci block stroked to match 427-ci displacement. Continuation GT40 engineered by CAV of South Africa and assumed to be assembled by PI Motorsports. High-quality paint with only minor buffable scratches. A few paint chips that have been touched up. Vinyl decals. Interior is nearly flawless. Carpet slightly frayed on the driver’s door from entry and exit over the high sill. Dressed-up engine with plenty of aluminum to keep a polisher busy. 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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX MARKETMOMENT 1981 Chevrolet Corvette coupe SolD at $5,500 Motostalgia Auctions, Watkins Glen, NY, September 10, 2016, Lot 9 VIN: 1G1AY8760BS409699 NOT SOLD AT $140,000. The CAV GT can be purchased any way from a rolling chassis to a completed turn-key car. Although it is not specifically stated, it is assumed that this one was possibly a rolling chassis, which was completed by PI Motorsports of Orange, CA—a marque specialist for DeTomaso Panteras. Being a “kit car,” build prices can be all over the board depending on the owner’s personal preference. PI Motorsports does have a pre-owned CAV GT on their website for $100,000. The quality was there and the top bid seemed reasonable, but still likely less than the build cost. Geoff Hammond, courtesy of Motostalgia this one is no scalding performer. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a steal at the price paid. I wish I’d been there to bid on it. Here’s the thing: Cars from this era are moving up in interest if not yet value — but as in- No, the late C3 isn’t the pinnacle of Corvette collectibility, and no, terest grows, so too does value. Or at least that’s been the model over time. So while you could argue that this thing will never be poised for a huge dollar jump because it’s an ’81 Corvette, I’d take the gamble. Why not? It was $5,500. To me, this car is more than the sum of its lesser parts. I hate those wheels on anything else, but here they’re the only ones that fit. The pinstripes are tacky, but it would look weird without them. The color? Uninspiring, but it’s really attractive on that updated later C3 body. As a whole, it just looks right. And that look has somehow, at least in my mind, become cool once again after being decidedly uncool forever. So what about the yawning performance this thing is sure to deliver? Well, I just got back from SEMA, and the swirl of unending project ideas that place always generates is still turning in my head. Here’s what I’d do: Yank out the original 350 and automatic, stick them in the corner of my shop, and source an LS crate motor from GM, backed up by a 5-speed manual conversion from American Powertrain and a 4-speed console from a restoration-parts house. Now we’ve got $15k in a Corvette that’ll keep up with most modern ’Vettes and be fun to drive, yet maintains a look that I think is soon to be on the upswing in the market. Sound like fun to you? Sounds like fun to me. A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $24,300. Originally purchased from the U.S. government by James Leake; it remained in his private collection until it was sold by Leake Auction Company in 2013 at their Tulsa sale for $17,600. The new owner sent it to Alfred State College in New York, where their Automotive Trade students completely rebuilt the engine, transmission and drivetrain. A group from the college then used it to compete in the 2015 ELK Charity Challenge. Offered at no reserve, this was a fair price for a workable conversation piece. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #170-1968 FORD TORINO GT convertible. VIN: 8H43S128569. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,821 miles. 390-ci AmericanCarCollector.com #66-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL limousine. VIN: 6Y80G401269. Black/blue cloth. Odo: 84,935 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Henry Kissinger’s former limousine. Lehmann-Peterson conversion. Bulletproof glass. Reinforced front end. Mechanical rebuild. Older repaint shows age combined with use. Missing hood ornament and heavy scratch on the hood. Smaller scratches and flaws throughout. Poor prep on the trunk lid. Panels line up correctly. Rubber is dry and hard, with some cracking. Brightwork showing age. Interior is average. Soiling on the door panels from handling. Window tint is scratched throughout. Carpets are very worn, with staining throughout. Cond: 3-.


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be one of 797 surviving Torino GT convertibles. Factory a/c. Power windows. Older repaint in good condition. Some body filler present. Dry spray on top of left rear fender. Paint chipped, with minor scratches all over. Good panel alignment. Interior is in average condition. Carpets slightly worn. Gauge faces are a little hazy. Interior is tidy. Bottom of hood is clean, without any fluid staining. Cond: 3. mission. The high offer is not unreasonable, and the correct price is somewhere between the top bid and the owner’s asking price. #64-1977 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GL004538. White/white vinyl. Odo: 49,696 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Believed to be two previous owners. Original red paint visible on underside of the vehicle, at the base of the antenna mast, and in fender wells. Last registration from 1998. Significant blemishes throughout, with some exposing bare steel. Missing rear side-marker lens. White interior is very soiled. Seats are beginning to open up at the seams. Surface rust on the exhaust outlet. Engine is dirty and tired. Lots of fluid staining and dull paint on the painted components. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. This is the first year the Torino was offered, and due to a UAW strike, not everything printed in the sales literature for that year actually made it into production. While not your everyday Torino, the really rare 1968 Torino is the 428-ci, which was added mid-year and used in place of the planned 427-ci. The owner had this one advertised online for $25k prior to the sale, a steep number given comparable sales and the lack of a manual trans- new, apparently the first owners took it down to the paint shop for a respray just after initial purchase. Dressed up with odd LED light bars that detract from the originality. If this were a custom build or resto-mod, these might be acceptable. This was the last year of the Gen I full-size Broncos and values can vary wildly, even for ones in similar condition. The selling dealer had this one advertised for $27,500 but let it go for much less. Better rigs have sold for less. Well sold. #125-1978 FORD F-150 4x4 pickup. VIN: F14SRCG3053. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 74,219 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Long bed. Modified suspension with oversized tires. Repaint appears to have been applied some time ago, with plenty of opportunity SOLD AT $21,600. Originally red when January-February 2017 95


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // Austin, TX MOPAR for use. Scratching and small dents throughout. Stainless is in poor condition. Discoloration in rear window tint from previously installed decals. Doors rattle when opening and closing. Door panels are worn. Dash has been re-covered and is in decent condition. Seats appear to be new. Carpet has been replaced but is piecemeal, with mismatching materials and colors. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. Finding the line somewhere between a collectible and just a used car can be tricky; the condition of this pickup comfortably sits in “used car.” Texas is a hot truck market, but this one doesn’t appear to have been well cared for or carefully looked after. More like rode hard and put away wet. With the lift kit and oversized tires, it has the right look, but the money could have been better spent elsewhere. The high bid points to a safe price for someone to come in and make some improvements. Anything more would be too much. #69-2003 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 1FAHP60A53Y107518. Gray/ saddle leather. Odo: 91,147 miles. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Hard top included. Panel alignment points to a previous accident in the front. Paint has been touched up here and there. Rear bumper has been gouged, with paint still cracked and showing a previous repair underneath. Scratches on rear bumper cover from sliding items out of the trunk. Interior is showing heavy use. Driver’s seat heavily worn. Aftermarket radio missing face plate. Gauges are in good condition. Cond: 3. #60-1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA coupe. VIN: BP23G0B222767. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 97,380 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Long-term ownership for 23 years. Said to have an “extensive restoration.” Exterior is slick and glossy. Minor paint blemishes such as rock chips on the nose, but nothing major. AAR stripes. Cloudy bumpers with some notable scratches on the front bumper. Door handle is pitted. Some rubber is rough. Driver’s door sags when opened. Seats are in good condition. Carpets slightly worn at driver’s position. Pitting on interior brightwork. Center console laminate flaking off. Cond: 3+. Driver’s seat shines smooth from leather wear. Plastic interior pieces are discolored and sun faded. Leather on the steering wheel is warped and needs to be replaced. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,400. This was the car used in the series “Scandal Made Me Famous,” depicting the events that unfolded around the relationship between John and Lorena Bobbitt; the latter famously cut off her then-husband’s gender-defining appendage as he slept and later threw it out a car window. It is unclear if this is the antagonist’s vehicle from the series, but such great attention was paid to the screenwriting, considering the events occurred in 1993, six years before this car was produced. The movie’s credibility paid off for the seller, with this one changing hands for twice what you could buy one for down at the local usedcar lot. Very well sold. AMERICANA NOT SOLD AT $30,000. This restoration was described as “extensive,” but there were no records or build photographs that accompanied the car, and the condition was average. The consignor’s description listed it as an “original engine” car producing 300 hp. The engine was entry level for that year, and the correct horsepower for a 318-ci V8 in 1970 was 230 hp. Barracuda values were riding high but crashed during the tough economy of eight years ago, and haven’t rebounded since. This one is pretty tame with the small engine mated to an automatic. The consignor should have let it go. SOLD AT $12,150. One of the biggest issues with the 11th-generation Thunderbird is that many sellers think they are worth a lot more than they really are. They are difficult to get parts for because many components are unique to these cars and the parts are no longer on the shelf down at the Ford dealership. In fact, some Ford dealerships send these straight to wholesale auto auctions if they have any needs when traded in because they do not want the headache of reconditioning. The 11th gen may be collectible one day, but today they are plentiful used cars, and not very good ones at that. The dealer that had this last was asking a hefty $16,000, and the sales price here was just above dealer wholesale. 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #07-1999 CHRYSLER SEBRING JXI convertible. VIN: 3C3EL55H9XT523673. White/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 119,192 miles. Made-for-TV-movie car. Mismatched paint in places likely from a previous accident. Several prep issues on the hood. Left side of car appears to have original paint. Trunk lid is speckled with imperfections and deep paint chips exposing metal. Cowling in front of the windshield has chunks missing. Solution is a repair consisting of black silicone and black duct tape. #133-1962 STUDEBAKER HAWK GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 62V19272. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 60,900 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint with many flaws. Paint bubbling up in places with some early signs of crazing if the light hits it just right. Driver’s door is difficult to close. Rubber is older, but all there and not yet cracking. Pitting on much of the brightwork. Small dents in the stainless. Door trim wavy. Upholstery updated in 2014 and is in good condition. Carpets show slight wear. Rebuilt starter, generator and carburetor. Front end recently rebuilt. Power steering inoperable. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,750. Last offered at RM’s Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction in September 2006, where it did not sell for $4,000 (ACC# 72762). The catalog from the sale said the engine was rebuilt in 1994, pistons were hardened, and refreshing was done by way of new shocks, springs, exhaust, tires and brakes, along with an updated cooling fan and electric fuel pump. From 2013 to 2015, even more refreshing was done by the previous owner, which also included an all-new interior. Rarely is a GT Hawk sold below $10k, a benchmark this one has yet to reach, and the cars in that price range have more needs. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Two Auctions CLASSICS #23-1909 MAXWELL MODEL A open depot hack wagon. VIN: 1882. Eng. # AC75951. Red & black/blackl vinyl. RHD. Horizontally opposed water-cooled boxer twin engine, with planetary transmission. Stated by the previous owner that it was originally owned by an East Coast hotel that had it fitted with this depot hack-style body to haul luggage. Wears year-of-manufacture porcelain Virginia license plates. Restored at least a decade ago, and generally quite well. Reproduction Firestone tires on painted wood-spoke wheels. All brass hardware and fittings, generally polished. Functional acetylene headlights with Prest-O-Lite tank on the right running board. Well-fitted leatherette roof and vinyl seats. All-original powertrain, with the original magneto ignition. Engine paint is beginning to flake off and get greasy, bare alloy castings getting a dull luster. Cond: 2. 1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hard top, sold for $18,900 at VanDerbrink auctions, Wells, Mn VanDerBrink Auctions The Milton Peterson Collection Wells, Mn — august 6, 2016 auctioneers: Yvette VanDerBrink and Dale Pavlis automotive lots sold/offered: 26/26 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $58,936 high sale: 1960 Chevrolet Impala 2-dr hard top, sold at $18,900 buyer’s premium: No on-site buyer’s premium, 8% for online bidders Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Aumann Auctions The George Schaaf Collection Frankfort, Il — September 10, 2016 Auctioneer: Kurt Aumann automotive lots sold/offered: 83/83 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $3,290,438 high sale: 1912 IHC Mogul 45-hp tractor, sold at $283,500 buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson SOLD AT $30,450. The Maxwell and the Ford Model T were early competitors for the spawning low-price market in the early teens. Maxwell-Briscoe eventually ended up being the springboard for Chrysler, but is best remembered as Jack Benny’s car on his long-running radio show. Today, since nobody remembers Maxwell or Jack Benny, it’s looked upon as a cute little Brass car. Sold about right, at a little more money than an early Brass Era T done to this same level of restoration. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. 1944 allis-Chalmers M7 arctic half-track tractor, sold for $18,375 at aumann auctions, Frankfort, Il 98 AmericanCarCollector.com #38-1920 DENBY 134 open 2-ton stake truck. VIN: 8578. Gray & black/black leatherette. Restored over a decade ago, and showing use since. Decent repaint, with heavier chips and scratches anywhere the sides of the butterfly hood can reach. Fitted with large cowl-mounted gas headlights, and unlike most trucks in this collection, actually has lines connected and running to an acetylene tank on the driver’s side floorboard. Recently refinished wood-rimmed steering wheel. Brush-painted chassis over pits isn’t holding up real well, as about a third of the undercarriage is now rusty again. Reproduction solid rubber tires on the painted wood spoke rims. Cond: 2-.


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GLOBAL SOLD AT $26,250. Built in Detroit from 1915 through 1931, their best sales years were in this era right after World War I. While the industry was evolving at this time, trucks generally remained very utilitarian and essential self-propelled wagons. This Denby has no gauges, a wagon-style seat, and the gravity-fed gas tank as your first line of defense in a frontal collision. Without a windshield, it’s easy to imaging a driver lashing up old Dobbin to the front and working the reins while steering if it got stuck in a muddy road. While Highwheelers like the IHC and REO come off as old-fashioned and charming, this comes off as the most basic of tools. Sold for the upper end of what a truck from this era would bring. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. #36-1927 GRAHAM G-BOY 1-ton express-body truck. VIN: D976540. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 184 miles. Expert restoration of the cab and chassis within the decade. Mostly new wood in the cab, with well-fitted bodywork and good prep before painting. Dull bare-metal finish on the GBoy emblem on the radiator shell over the crank hole. Varnished wood instead of steel used for the running boards. All replacement glass, with fancy leaded cut glass for two of the three rear windows. More of an amateur re-covering job on the seats, but it looks presentable. Rudimentary modernmade, mostly plywood, express box fitted in the back. Custom lettering on the woodplank end gate. Bolted to the bed of the box is a modern production Tangley calliope. Reproduction tires mounted on the stock multi-piece rims and cast-iron spoke wheels. Cond: 3+. over the Paige Motor Company to form Graham-Paige. The calliope included with the truck skews the value. For some, the truck is a fancy cart for the music box. For others like me, it’s more expensive junk that takes up valuable cargo space in an otherwise neat and somewhat rarely seen truck. As such, lop about $15k off the price to have a closer idea of what the truck is actually worth. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. GM #15W-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr sedan. VIN: VC56J012718. Blue and white/ white vinyl and black nylon. Odo: 96,265 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Not much of the original paint is left on the front clip, as it’s mostly surface rust. More paint wear than surface rust on the rest of the body. Rust holes over the headlights, at the bottom of all fenders, below the taillights, rocker panels and floors. Was hit in the right-side doors that don’t open, green and white replacement doors included loose with the car. Rear bumper is better than the front, but that’s not saying much. Heavily soiled original interior, with torn-up front seat bottom. Very dirty under the hood. Air cleaner has been taken off; but not to worry, it’s sitting in the alcove between the grille and the radiator, with the jack on top of it. Automatic choke and fuel line disconnected from the carburetor. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $750. While it was being sold, Yvette kept yelping, “It’s too cheap, it’s too cheap.” No, it is what it is, and that is a parts car vastly more than any fantastical idea of restoring this rusty beat-up hulk. Title or no title, sold classic-car-market-correct, and actually scrap-iron-market too high. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. SOLD AT $39,375. In 1921, the three Graham brothers inked a deal with Dodge Bros. in which the former exclusively used engines from the latter. In 1927, they sold their remaining interests to Dodge, then took #13WW-1958 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr hard top. VIN: 58J164097. Primer gray/blue vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 99,740 miles. 283ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fitted with Cragar SS wheels on bias-ply tires. Originally Silver Blue over Snowcrest White two-tone paint. Now has an older primer job, with a couple pieces of the trim put back on. The rest of the trim, plus some smaller interior parts and a stock 4-barrel intake manifold, are in the trunk. Replated bumpers. Rough original seats, with equally rough seat covers. Door panels, carpet and headliner are gone. January-February 2017 99


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Engine compartment is all but restored. Engine decodes as a 1965–67 283 2-barrel with Powerglide, so it’s a safe bet that transmission is also still connected. Engine paint is more of a red than Chevrolet orange. Aftermarket valve-cover wing bolts and plastic fuel filter. Universal-fit upper radiator hose. Engine runs out well, but has a raspy exhaust note from glasspack mufflers. Cond: 4. riage. Fresh non-stock dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,076. Impalas were not available as a 4-door hard top in this inaugural year of the nameplate, so the Bel Air was the top-rung trim for this body style. Oddly, the consignor parked this car front and center as the first car offered—essentially blocking the view of the restored ’60 Impala. Granted, this would need more help to sell, being a 4-door that’s a project in process, but in a way it almost says more about the ’60 Impala. What this car says is that someone paid more than enough. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #1W-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 01737J129831. Turquoise & white/multi-blue vinyl. Odo: 15,303 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Sold on a bonded title. Originally had a 283-ci V8 with columnshift 3-speed manual. Now fitted with a 1958 vintage 348 with Tri-Power and floor shift 4-speed manual when the car was restored a couple of years ago. Good barebody repaint. Doors need a determined slam to latch properly. Mostly reproduction trim on the outside, but all original and pitted inside. Original dealer’s tag from Jay Shon Chevrolet of Sioux Falls, SD, above the left taillights. All-reproduction interior soft trim, adequately installed. Reasonably well detailed under the hood, but far from show-quality. All-black-painted undercar- SOLD AT $19,170. At best a driver-grade redo, yet even for a driver, one can easily spend a couple weekends and a thousand bucks to get it a little better. If that was done beforehand, this would’ve fared a little better, but bonded titles make folks a little gunshy here in MN—despite Yvette saying “it’s no big deal” (it is if you’re the one paying for the surety bond—then waiting for the threeyears to expire before the title is clean). Still, it will never be a real-deal car. Among the on-site folks, the general consensus is that it was a $15k car all day long. However, it sold with only one bid to someone online. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #4W-1961 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. VIN: 11669K178837. Ermine White/ blue vinyl & nylon. Odo: 73,167 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Old repaint. Holes in the floor along the rocker panels just aft of the cowl. Poor older bodywork has filler falling out between the driver’s door glass and mirror. Decent bumpers and side trim. Period bumper-mount trailer hitch. Seat upholstery and door panels are pretty decent. Bottom of driver’s door has peeled up significantly. Aftermarket tachometer wedged in between the driver’s door and the dashboard. Generally complete and stock under the hood, although it’s quite dingy in there. Regular maintenance looks to have always been done on the cheap. Impala wheel covers and old radials on the stock 14-inch wheels. Despite a little lifter tick, it runs out fairly well. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,600. Overdrive in a Chevy of this era isn’t seen too often, although it makes more sense on this entrylevel 283 V8 than on a 348 or the mid-year 409. Although it’s more at home with a Stovebolt six ahead of it. That and being my favorite year for pre-1965 Chevys made this the one car I’d actually consider buying here. However, there’s too much rust for my taste, even for use as a driver. Not a smokin’ hot deal, but still fairly well bought. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #2W-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 21847J267176. Tuxedo Black/fawn vinyl. Odo: 96,558 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint, still wearing the pitted dealer tag from Larson Chevrolet of Superior, WI. Being from northern Wisconsin, it is also very rusty—highlights being rotted-away lower rear quarter panels (most of the passenger’s side cut away) and holes in the floor that make you wonder if the driveshaft isn’t the only thing keeping the bench seat in the car (considering that said seat does rock from side to side, it just might be). Speaking of bench seat, it still wears its original vinyl, albeit very dingy and with a few seam splits. Carpet—forget about it. Heavy surface rust on all steel and iron components under the hood. The spark plugs are sitting on the intake manifold, so no, it’s not a runner. Mix of tires—a bias-ply snow, a radial, a bias ply holding air, and a bias ply that will not hold air. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,300. Despite Yvette’s comment that “it’s a Golden Anniversary car,” ahem, no it isn’t. That’s a Fawn tan interior, per the body tag—not gold. Plus, all GA cars were painted gold—this has been Tuxedo Black since Fisher Body sprayed it in June 1962. One could make the claim that having a title is its saving grace, but that may be the most important part to take off this parts car by some folks. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #3W-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41847J281027. Red, black primer/white-painted roof/black cloth. Odo: 43,540 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Bonded title. Originally had a 283 and floorshift 3-speed manual, with the clutch pedal 100 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP YOURCARS The ulTIMaTe barn FInD? serious way for over 50 years, and for more than 10 years, I’ve run a hobby business that helps collectors market their cars when it comes time to sell. So it’s not out of the ordinary for people to call me with cars to sell. But just recently, a car crossed my path that I almost couldn’t believe. There I was on a Friday night watching the I’ve been collecting cars in a latest 6 o’clock news when the phone rang. The voice on the other end said, “Hello, this sounds like Joe Bortz. I have a car that I want to sell you … a Pierce-Arrow.” The gentleman said, “It is a V12. A custom LeBaron-body coupe on the long wheelbase with a padded top, Landau irons, sidemounts, sidemount covers, sidemount mirrors and a rumble seat. It was the show car for Pierce-Arrow at the New York Auto Show in 1932, it is a one-off car and it is the featured car in the 1932 Pierce-Arrow sales brochure.” I was starting to become a little dazzled, but I wasn’t ready for the rest of the story. This owner had bought this Pierce in 1964 and driven it in college. In 1968, he put it away in a wooden barn with a wooden floor and it had been sitting there ever since. In the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, I owned plenty of wonderful classic cars such as a 1936 Robert Hall McCormick V12 Packard dual-cowl phaeton, a wonderful J Duesenberg, classic Cadillacs, and lots of Packard dualcowls. But after seeing a few pictures, this car stuck in my mind. So after deliberating with myself for a week, I finally gave in and told the gentleman that I would buy the car. We took pictures of the car to document its removal from the barn and its arrival in Highland Park, IL. We buffed out the paint and are now working to get the car running. While it is absolutely not a show car, it is a wonderful survivor. Absolutely no rust, the doors close like a bank vault and it even has the original heater and period dealer-installed radio. The history has been traced back quite a bit to a prior owner in 1953. We are aiming to have the car running for car shows in 2017 — especially the 2017 Pierce-Arrow gathering at Hickory Corners. Just further proof that great cars are still out there, waiting to be found. — Joe BortzA SOLD AT $1,250. I had an ever-so-brief fling two decades ago with a ’64 Impala 4-door sedan with this same powertrain as this, in marginally better condition yet basically original (it came from salt-free North Dakota, so at least the seat didn’t rock back and forth). While the 327 had ample power to move it around, the handling failed to impress, along with the chubby-cheeks styling from the front. It sold quickly for about the same money this brought, so I’ll call this one on the low end of the market, but in the zone due to plenty of rust to still deal with. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #13W-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164375J741194. Ermine White/black vinyl. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No title, no interior. Originally Glacier Gray with black bench-seat interior. Very heavily weathered repaint, especially on the upper surfaces of the body. Broken windshield, with a section of the upper passenger’s side missing. All of the rear window has been broken out. All the taillights are missing. The left side of the trunk is dented and the left rear quarter-panel filler cap is gone. Most of the rear trim is missing, which is just as well judging by the remaining mangled pieces. Bumpers should be good cores. The only things left inside the car are the steering column with shifter and pedals. Floors look pretty solid. Under the hood, the radiator with hoses, distributor cap with ignition still dangling from the bottom of the dashboard. Heavily faded paint, along with areas that have been sanded down. Roof repainted in recent years. Black primer hood. Front bumper is actually pretty decent, rear is at best a core. Original front seat is replaced by a pair of black buckets from a modern disposable car. No carpeting, so you can plainly see the patch panels, including the floor-shifter hole. Replacement engine is quite scruffy. Initially lit right off, but quit and needed coaxing to start again. Cond: 5+. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL wiring, and air cleaner—among other things—are all missing. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $500. When you need to look at the body tag to tell what color the interior was, you know you have a parts car. At that, the parts that are left are hardly worth donating to anything else. Sold well enough for the trouble of dealing with it. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #79-1965 CHEVROLET C60 2-dr semitractor truck. VIN: C6235J119483. Seafoam Green/green vinyl. Odo: 96,114 miles. Configured with air brakes, two-speed rear axle, PTO drive, and manually tuned AM radio. Fitted with a Simplex fifth-wheel hitch, dual frame-mounted fuel tanks, Mico brake lock, Signal-Stat side-mounted turn signals, and roof-mounted air horn. Older colorchange repaint over the original orange, which has some flaking along panel edges and general wear. Overspray on the cab mounts, thick masking lines on the door seals. Good door gaps. Plainly re-covered seat. Right-side windshield visor is lying on the seat. Good older bias-ply tires on all six Budd split-rim wheels. Greasy-grimy engine, with the air cleaner missing. Haphazardly run spark-plug wires. Fluid-change intervals noted on masking tape applied to the radiator bracket—back in the 1980s. Very greasy rear axle and chassis components. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,250. That six-banger had to work pretty hard to haul a load, hence some deep gear reduction to get it rolling. With a GVWR of 19,000, a CDL isn’t needed to drive it without a trailer, although an airbrake endorsement is. As such, it’s more accessible to enthusiasts than most semitractors. All things considered, it sold about right, so there’s no worry of it being bought just to pull off the cab and put it on a pickup. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. #6W-1968 CHEVROLET C10 stepside SWB pickup. VIN: 148A111847. White and gold/fawn vinyl & burlap. Odo: 1,811 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mismatch between the serial-number tag on the cab—which is C1546Z148707, a 1966 C10 with Custom level trim—and the stamping on the chassis (title with lien shows that 1968 chassis number). Since it’s got a lienholder on the title, a clear title has been applied for, but was not in hand on the sale date. Front bumper is in ROUNDUP GLOBAL January-February 2017 103


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP the bed, painted rear bumper is heavily dented and rusty. SWB stepside pickup box is from the 1968 chassis, with rotted-out wood flooring. Repowered by a third-gen 350 with a TH400 automatic behind it. Runs out fairly well, and sounds robust due to a new shorty exhaust system that exits between the back of the cab and front of the box. Cond: 5+. truck V8, and they thought they had a chick magnet. Thing is, the only gals who would ride in a deathtrap like that necessitated an extra leaf spring on the passenger’s side (and they said it was to reduce axle hop— yeah, right). Even if this was a verifiable Yenko, this is not worth resurrecting. Running parts car all day long, regardless of how well it runs. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. FOMOCO SOLD AT $1,600. All I have is three words—don’t go here. Granted, if you are into ’60s Chevy trucks and you have a smattering of parts, this may serve you well—along with the clear title for the frame. However, it shows at best a partial number, so as Yvette even stated while selling it, “Just don’t title it anywhere outside of Minnesota and you should be fine,” so you’re back to a title issue again. Otherwise, these parts really need to go back to the four winds and not stay together here. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #5W-1969 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr sedan. VIN: 113279W415967. Cortez Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 86,896 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repowered with a third-gen 350-ci small-block, converted from fuel injection to a high-rise aftermarket intake manifold with a Quadrajunk 4-barrel and chrome open-element air cleaner parked on top of it. All of it is heavily faded, with rust where there were scratches and chips decades earlier. Rusted out wheelwells, rockers, floors and rear quarter panels. No carpeting, so you can see the older floor patching and where more would need to be done. Driver’s door panel is sitting on the rear seat. Newer dual-exhaust system. Takes a few kicks of the gas, but runs out robustly. Cond: 5. #55-1931 FORD MODEL AA U.S. Mail 1-ton van. VIN: 18999. Dark green & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,401 miles. Assigned Kentucky VIN 18999, rather than the engine number of A2629128. Restored approximately decades ago by a previous owner back to its original configuration of a U.S. Mail truck. Sliding side doors and rear Dutch doors with screens. Good enough of a restoration to have an AACA National First Place badge on the left front corner of the body. Paint is holding up well, but has light cracking along the wood seams and some of the grain. Some paint touch-up on the lower rear doors. Light rippling of the bodywork tin, but the hood and grille are pristine and well restored. Old mail sacks with empty boxes stuffed into them to give them shape. Reupholstered plain driver’s bucket seat—the only seat in the truck. Once well restored under the hood, but now all bare metal is rusty—aside from new head stud nuts. Cond: 2-. ing on the carbs and intake, with general light road grime on the whole engine. Good repaint a few years ago. Mild additional pinstriping, with added V8 graphics and “Flatheads Forever” on the tailgate. Custom mount on the right tail light bracket for a CB antenna. Tonneau cover over the pickup box, aftermarket sliding rear window. Original, mottled and discolored headliner. Period Stewart-Warner tach clamped to the pinstriped steering column. 1980s era AM/ FM/cassette deck and CB radio mounted below the dash, with the original AM radio still in place. Steel wheels shod with modern radials. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,000. 239-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Based on the Route 66 cruise decals in the dashboard, this was likely built for cruising and touring. Since 1953 was the last year of the flathead V8 and first year of the iconic “effie” pickups, it’s one of the most desirable of the four years of production, for the reasons you see here. Not all that bad of a deal any way you look at it— especially since vintage trucks have yet to drop in value. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. SOLD AT $19,950. This was one of the standardized bodies for the Post Office, and since a lot of these were made back in the day and were used all over the country, a few have been restored. Generally enough to meet demand for what’s otherwise a specialized area of collecting—even among old-truck collectors. Sold to a phone bidder for a very realistic price. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. SOLD AT $1,100. For the person who still thinks they’re in high school—or maybe still is. This is the type of rolling-crap-pile muscle car that I remember from my late 1970searly 1980s high-school days that the druggies and burnouts drove. Yank the sixbanger out of a rusty Nova, put in a pickup- 104 AmericanCarCollector.com #34-1953 FORD F-100 custom 1/2-ton pickup. VIN: F10R3U13587. Light gray/red vinyl. Odo: 7,879 miles. Originally had a column shift 3-speed manual, but converted to an automatic. Original engine block, but all aftermarket speed parts bolted to it. Offenhauser finned aluminum heads and triple Stromberg 97 carburetors. Modern distributor and coil, plus tube headers. Fuel stain- #8W-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 convertible. VIN: 4J65X173461. Raven Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 9,608 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering. Old topical repaint, with heavier wear on the tops of the fenders and various chips and polishing swirls throughout. Small rust bubbles underneath the front fender top trim. The older replacement top is not very well fitted, with uneven gaps across the side windows. Very dingy under the hood, but shows newer head gaskets and new shiny exhaust manifold bolts on both sides. Driver door armrest shows that most of the red dye has worn off down to the original blue vinyl. Originally a padded dashboard, but repainted and the holes for the pad are exposed. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP carpeting, both showing moderate wear. Starts up and runs well, but a bit raspy due to the non-stock glasspack dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,500. Originally hailing from the LA Assembly Plant, one can assume that it spent its initial years in a salt-free road environment. However, it’s evident that it’s been reworked at one point a while back, so it’s basically a cruisenight special as presented here. Not all that bad of a deal, but that’s factoring that you are either planning to drive it as-is and flip it, or that the buyer is planning to keep it and refinish it piecemeal. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #9W-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD Landau 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4Y87Z190589. White/ black vinyl/light gold vinyl. Odo: 91,117 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint, which is pretty much a 10-footer aside from various nicks and chips. Good roof vinyl, in dire need of cleaning. Rust stains below the roof trim. Decent original seats; the fronts probably need a dye job. The door panels have damaged armrests & blistering on the simulated wood trim. The carpet is shot. Very dingy under the hood. Heavily corroded battery and cables. Repowered by a circa-1968 Mercury 2-barrel 390 that will not run. No belt on the a/c compressor. Last registered in 2001, and judging by the undercarriage, it looks to have been static since that time. Cond: 5+. since new and that the truck is an unrestored original. Well-cared-for original paint, with a few worn spots on the left front fender and on the box. Good original brightwork, with a few light scuffs. Period replacement windshield. About as good of a door fit as you can get on a 1970s truck. Headliner starting to sag. Light rust at the base of the kick panels from water draining off the rubberized carpet, but floors are solid. Starts easily and runs well, with a deeper-thanstock exhaust note. Cond: 3+. rather than sewn with piping. No detailing done to the motor, mounted beneath the driver. Exhaust system is getting very rusty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,925. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Camper Special package added such items as the “western” mirrors, clearance lights, sliding rear window, heavier springs, and the oddly proportioned eight-foot pickup box with side-mounted spare tire compartment on the extended wheelbase chassis. I’ve seen a number of these 1973–79 Camper Specials surface at auctions in recent years, most likely since they were pampered since new as camper tugs by recently deceased original owners. While one-tons bring less money than half-tons and most three-quarter tons, the low miles make this one a reasonable buy. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. AMERICANA SOLD AT $1,944. On the surface, this seems to be a decent car, but the reality is it’s very needy. That’s the problem with neglected personal luxury cars. Once they start to let go, there’s a lot of stuff that just cascades adding to the list of needing to be refurbished or replaced, especially electrically. As for the trimmings, there’s more of it, which is more intrusive with limited availability that gets very expensive. In short, the best way to go on these is low-mile maintained originals. No interest on site past $1k, selling online to someone who may be in for a bit of a surprise when it lands on their doorstep. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. #73-1973 FORD F-350 Ranger Super Camper Special 1-ton pickup. VIN: F35HLQ60518. Ivy Green Metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 20,123 miles. Factory options include air conditioning. Period-accessory topper, front bumper guards, Class III hitch, cab step plates, and FM radio converter. Stated that the 20,123 indicated miles are actual 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #37-1911 REO MODEL H ¾-ton express truck. VIN: H928. Black/black leatherette. RHD. Nine-horsepower single-cylinder engine, with 2-speed planetary transmission. More cosmetic than concise restoration done within the decade. Good repaint of both the wood and steel components. Accent pinstriping applied to the body and fenders. Repaint below the chassis, such as on the leaf springs, was not by a professional, and now has light surface rust leaching through. Recently polished all-brass trim and fittings. The acetylene lamps are ornamental. Wood spoke wheels show some light chipping, and are fitted with newer hard rubber tires. Amateur seat recovering job, with the leatherette folded over along edges “ SOLD AT $44,625. The engine in this truck is very closely related to the curved-dash Oldsmobiles of a decade earlier—and not just because Ransom Eli Olds started both companies, either. This was a competitor to the popular International Harvester Highwheelers, and very similar in construction principles—although by 1911, IH was using 2-cylinder engines. Also similar are the 21st century selling prices, as any pre-war (and that’s pre-World War I) Highwheelers still around today are far and few between. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. #35-1912 INTERNATIONAL AUTO WAGON Model AA delivery van. VIN: 3601. Black & red/black leatherette. RHD. Horizontally opposed air-cooled 2-cylinder engine. In addition to the original serial number tag on the chassis, it also has a homemade tag with an Indiana-assigned VIN of 171382. Paint is flaking despite at least one repaint. Dull nickel front trim. Correct but nonfunctional style of acetylene head lamps. The motor still uses the original magneto, but has a battery for a non-intrusive starting motor. As such, the additional modern wiring is a bit haphazard. The seat has been reupholstered in recent years, but didn’t include a seat back. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH A Focus on Cars That Are Showing Some Financial Upside mounting holes beyond the body framing. Original wooden wheels on older replacement hard rubber tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $39,375. Some folks would refer to this as a “pie wagon,” but delivery van is more accurate. Most surviving Highwheelers in the 21st century are now express body pickups. With a bulky body like this, it would’ve been harder to find a place to store it; it would also have more vulnerable wood and is more intensive to restore, so several restorations of these took the easy path to an open body. Today, more level heads would view this rarely seen body style as rolling advertising for a business. Probably the best deal on a Highwheeler here, as it’s generally original and hasn’t been taken apart, yet giving it a paint job and tidying up will not ruin any originality. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. 1998–02 Chevrolet Camaro SS cold-air hood and a decklid, as well as different suspension components. The Z’s motor also got a few changes and was rated at 305 horsepower. The SS looked different enough from the Z/28 for car people to take notice — especially those driving the then-unsupercharged 4.6-L Cobra. The SS really shined with the addition I of the LS1 engine in 1998. Eventually rated at 325 hp, the LS1 in the SS was a stout performer, and when coupled to the T56 6-speed manual, it made the SS a really fun driver that could smoke the rear 275s at will, while also knocking down over 25 mpg on the freeway thanks to that long, low body. These cars have been overshadowed by a newer generation Detailing Years built: 1998–02 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 Number listed in the ACC Premium months: 12 Average price of those cars: $17,939 Auction Database: 75 Current Median ACC Valuation: $18,053 3,025 (1998); 4,829 (1999); 8,913 (2000); 6,332 (2001); 11,191 (2002) Courtesy Mecum Auctions of Camaro, and values have taken a hit. But for buyers hunting down that dream car they always wanted back in the ’90s, there’s some upside to these SS cars with their uprated performance and SS-only looks. I’d be careful buying one now strictly as an investment — save that for no-miles special-equipment versions — but as a fun driver that could very easily have upside in the future, it’s hard to go wrong. A 108 AmericanCarCollector.com — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $28,875. Initially a car maker, Diamond T transitioned from cars in 1905 to trucks in 1911 and never looked back. The closest they came to making personal vehicles was their Model 201 one-ton pickups from 1937 through 1949. The J3 was one of their earliest models, continuing in production in right-hand drive until discontinued in 1920. And it wasn’t a cheap truck, at $2,200 ($53k today with inflation). It wasn’t necessarily a cheap truck here, either. It sold realistically considering that even with the modern tire upgrade, this is still a 25-mph show-and-parade rig. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. f you were a muscle car guy in the late 1990s, you lusted after one of two cars: the Mustang Cobra or the Camaro SS. The fourth-gen Camaro SS package, introduced in 1996, was carried out by SLP Engineering in Plymouth Township, MI. SLP started with 285-hp Z/28 Camaros fresh off the train from GM, to which they installed unique body panels, including a #54-1914 DIAMOND T MODEL J3 2-ton utility. VIN: 8198. Black/black vinyl. RHD. Continental engine with Brown-Lipe transmission. Sliding-door-type cab. Wheels are later-production multi-piece rims with older modern-era bias-ply tires—none of the four match and the rears are retreads. Old repaint, with mediocre prep and application plus lots of scratches. Fresh bolts on the upper radiator tank, where there are rust stains from leaks. Highly polished brass nameplates on the hood. Decent engine, powertrain, chassis and interior repaint in gray. All driveline components show some level of oil and grease staining and leaks. Heavier wear on the red-painted wood running boards. Most of the muffler is gone, but the frame brackets are still in place. Plainly re-covered seats, but they are well done. Cond: 3.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #47-1944 ALLIS-CHALMERS M7 Arctic half-track tractor. VIN: 27. White/white vinyl. MHD. Odo: 30,038 miles. Stated that it was a 1940 in the catalog, but has a delivery date of 1/3/44. Older mechanical restoration, with a decent repaint in recent years. Correctly configured and equipped. Paintedover rust-out on the inside of the tub at the bottom corners. Light rust freckling on the top of the transmission. Cracks around the grille shell opening and uneven body filler around the crank hole. Newly reupholstered seat bottoms. Original paint flaking off the bottom of the plywood flooring. Good windshield glass, with masking lines on it. All steel tracks show minimal use since being repainted. Original gauges are heavily weathered. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,625. The M7 is one of the more unique specialized vehicles of World January-February 2017 109


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP War II. Using Willys MB jeep driveline components (engine, transmission, high-low range of the transfer case, and rear differential) assembled by Allis-Chalmers of West Allis, WI, this small half-truck was developed for use in the Arctic. As such, they were all originally painted white—to include the front tires. A unique feature was the front skis, which were mounted over the front wheels to look like fenders to the untrained eye. Selling price is slightly higher than a commensurate Willys MB, only because it’s not highway legal. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. #48-1944 ALLIS-CHALMERS M7 Arctic half-track tractor. VIN: 192. White/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 462 miles. Fitted in recent years with an ad-hoc aluminum-framed Plexiglas paneled cab with a vintage Chevrolet heater mounted on the ceiling. Hoses for the latter are tie-wrapped to the right windshield frame (here’s hoping that the tie wraps don’t snap or the hoses blow). Older repaint, with surface rust leaching out around the bolts, fasteners and panel edges. Configured with the stock skis deployed under the new front tires and tractorsourced rims—which show Persian Orange paint beneath the flaking-off white. Reupholstered in recent years in incorrect black vinyl. Incorrect larger round gas tank installed at the back, with modern plastic trailer taillights beneath it. Function-over-form engine compartment. Cond: 3-. part of the center lift mechanism. Older repaint, which is now faded with some surface rust. Newer-era decals on the engine cover. Tinwork is in very good condition, only needing minor straightening and proper prep work before being repainted. Gas tank is missing. Motor is generally complete, but does not have any hoses or belts. Control linkages are not connected. All tires are flat; while the rears might just need new tubes, the fronts are shot. Cond: 5. into Terex in 1968 after the sale of the plant and heavy-truck line to White. As such, it’s easy to see GM’s designer Ned Jordan’s styling touches on this unit. While Caterpillar later made larger bulldozers, in the early 1960s this was the largest highway transportable dozer in the market—even if it did weigh 35 tons (I overheard Schaaf’s go-to heavy hauler state that he needs a 106,000-pound GCVW permit to move it off the property). With limiting factors like that, vintage construction equipment is something of a niche, but it is growing with contractors and those who became successful with this type of equipment—willing to tip their hat to it for preservation rather than scrap. Reasonable price for what must be the ultimate big-boy toy this side of a Sherman tank. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. SOLD AT $600. The dinky little Continental inline four in these looks right at home next to a Crosley. However, since they were designed primarily to be one- or two-row cultivators, they’ll move these along just fine. That’s also helped by being so light without attachments on it that most folks could easily pick up the front end. Having assisted my dad when he restored his, I can attest this tractor is mind-numbingly simple to restore, with surprisingly good parts availability (mostly since a lot of farmers still work these for a living nearly 70 years later). They’re also wildly popular and thusly bring good money, so despite what this brought, it’s cost-effective to restore. Actually, in the general scope of these Gs, this was fairly well bought. VanDerBrink Auctions, Wells, MN, 08/16. SOLD AT $18,375. One of only 291 produced from 1943 to ’45. And George had two of them. In a way, I can see what George had in mind here—one was the show queen, the other one was the winter play toy. Since there were two of them, the auctioneer came up with the brilliant idea of selling bidders a choice. To nobody’s surprise, the first high bid took the first unit that was authentically restored (Lot 47), while this lot sold to the top bid on the second time around. Sold slightly high considering the lesser condition and modifications, but rarity of the type drove the price more than any practical use. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. #23W-1948 ALLIS-CHALMERS MODEL G tractor. Persian Orange/Persian Orange steel. MHD. 62-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. The basic tractor is generally complete, and also has 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #57-1961 EUCLID TC-12-2 bulldozer. VIN: 30485. DayGlo light green/black vinyl. MHD. Two 6-71 Detroit Diesel inline 6-cylinder engines, each backed by an industrial HydraMatic transmission, with a power train for each track. Equipped with a 10-foot Gar Wood front cable winch blade and Gar Wood rear winch. Aftermarket stainlesssteel straight exhaust pipes with “tink-tink” caps. Both engines run well—and typical for a Dirty Detroit, loud and smoky. Cond: 3. #67-1974 INTERNATIONAL 4366 articulated 4x4 tractor. VIN: 2970002U010017. Harvester Red/white paint/black vinyl. MHD. Odo: 3,177 miles. 466-ci turbocharged I6, Manual Well equipped for the era. Original paint and graphics have been maintained. It also had relatively little use, with 3,177 hours on the engine. Edge wear on the diesel injection pump’s paint, oxidized aluminum case on the GM alternator, and surface rust on uncoated hardware. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,250. Euclid was General Motors’ off-highway equipment division from its acquisition in 1953 until it was reorganized SOLD AT $14,175. In 1974, this was IH’s largest tractor—despite being assembled for them by Steiger of Fargo, ND, using IHsupplied engines. Mr. Schaaf collected all eras of tractors, with a preference for 1960s through 1980s. Of his, this was hands down the nicest original of the bunch. You can easily tell that it rarely spent the night outside—if ever. Being so large, most articulated 4x4s didn’t have it so good, being left out in the elements since day one. There’s been a definite shift in vintage tractor collecting to “muscle tractors” of the 1960s and 1970s, with interest in these articulated types growing. However, with the rig being so big, it’s a small cadre of collectors who have a big enough facility and money to burn. Yet here there was a lot of interest in it. With a greater appreciation of unrestored originals in all fields of collecting, this wasn’t all that bad of a buy on a tractor that’s hard to find in this condition. Aumann Auctions, Frankfort, IL, 09/16. A


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Is Original Always Best? NOS is great, but certain items, even if they haven’t been opened, have a “best before” date anywhere. Stainless side moldings are nice. Diecast inserts have very little pitting. Console lid works properly, with good alignment and working latch. Shifter is in good condition also. An excellent driver console that can easily be restored for show or as-is. The wood-grain cover for the lid is missing and can be purchased through many parts suppliers.” Sold at $456.62. Since you spend the majority of your time inside your car, it makes sense to make it as nice as possible. Getting a decent used console for anything not Chevrolet can be a problem. The Buick GS console isn’t reproduced yet, so restoring means piecing one together from bits or buying a good unit like this. Four and a half doesn’t sound bad for this, but between shipping and incidentals such as the lid cover, you’ll be into this one for near a grand. It’ll make anyone other than a GSX owner think twice. #112164216751 Vintage Nostalgic Hurst LightningRods Shifter. 8 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. West Grove, PA. 11/8/2016. “This auction is for a Hurst Lightning Rod shifter. It’s in good used condition. One ball has a chip missing as shown in my pictures. There are some NOS shifter balls for sale on eBay. Don’t miss out!” Sold at $459.95. What’s surprising is the seller didn’t mention the one factory application Hurst Lightning Rods were used in, namely the 1983 Hurst Olds. Restorers of such cars usually have worn upholstery fabric and headliners to deal with more than these incrediblelooking shifters. This is likely why the seller tagged rat rods, drag racers and nostalgia fans in his ad to generate more sales leads. Hurst sold aftermarket versions for F-bodies in the 1980s, and a few cars were sold with these as dealer conversions. Sold price is a bit above going rate for one of these, as it’s a limited market and needs the shifter bezel to match. #252614651692 1970 Buick 455 Console 1971–72 #1383969. 12 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Canal Fulton, OH. 11/7/2016. “Very good condition console with shifter. Removed from a 1970 Buick GS455 automatic. There are no cracks in console body and no cracked mounting holes. No stripped threads in the plastic parts #172400695328 1967 Original Corvette Tire. 8 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Moorestown, NJ. 11/7/2016 “Original NON DOT tire. Eight-digit serial number. Has very little tread wear. This is perfect for NCRS judging. I also have a set of five Laredo tires on original rims.” Sold at $550. This sounds like a lot of cash for one used tire, but you have to consider the stakes involved in NCRS competition. Since Chevrolet made 13,445 Corvettes in 1967 with whitewall tires (option P92), there’s a lot of potential Survivor cars in the running for that kind of award judging — many more so than the paltry 4,230 cars that got optional Redline tires that year. I shudder to think about driving a mid-year in the wet on the so-called “rain tire” as Uniroyal advertised on the side walls circa 1967! But it’s worth it to the right person and that’s the bottom line. #331966366031 Two 1969–72 1-Ton Chevrolet truck NOS GM Brake Hoses. 6 photos. Condition: New. eBay. Dandridge, TN. 9/21/2016 “This auction is for two NOS GM brake hoses. The 9757641 fits a Series 30 1969-72 Chevy pickup. I don’t know what the other one fits, so you will get them both. The other part is #2048574. Both in the GM wrappers.” Sold at $9.99 How NOT to buy parts online. Certain items, even if they haven’t been opened, have a “best before” date. Brake hoses are some of those parts. Rubber dries out and ages even inside a package unused for decades. With flex lines, failure can occur on the inside wall of the hose, not visible to the eye. Visible cracks are a given failure warning any mechanic can see, but aged original hoses should be changed and 44-year-old stock has no business on a one-ton truck. Is your restored 1969 Blazer worth $9.99? 112 AmericanCarCollector.com


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#152273342654 NOS 1970 Cutlass S emblems OEM. 4 photos. Condition: New. eBay. New Columbia, PA. 11/8/2016 “New Old Stock GM emblem packages #230964 with cut-outs for side trim. 1970 Oldsmobile, GM nuts included, very nice OEM pair, see pictures. Please check your sources to verify this will work for your application.” Sold at $265. This is one expensive pair of Cutlass S emblems, but they’re rare. These emblems were cast with side reliefs for cars ordered from the factory with optional body side moldings. Regular emblems are solid on the sides, and you can’t install them on cars with RPO B84 side moldings. Clearly, this is for someone going the extra mile restoring a car to original, as many owners leave off the side moldings when they repaint their cars. Reproduction companies won’t touch these oddball variations, as sales wouldn’t justify the cost to make them. These bits and pieces go a long way toward explaining why the Big Three shaved away the options list during the 1970s. #122215971280 1966–67 Corvette AM/FM Radio. 12 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Williamstown, NJ. 11/7/2016. “Here is a factory-original GM Chevrolet Delco AM/FM radio assembly that fits 1963–67 Corvettes. It came out of a 1967 Corvette when it was swapped out with an aftermarket radio many years ago. It had been wrapped up and put on a garage shelf. The chrome does have a few very small pits here and there, nothing all that major. The volume knob clicks on and off, the tuning knob moves the dial. All the preset buttons seem to work fine. Working condition of radio is unknown.” Sold at $125. You can buy reproductions that look like the original outside but with modern internals. They are $500 and not usable in show cars. Rebuilding an AM/FM ’Vette radio is going to burn up a few bills as well, assuming you have a core to start with. Normally a mid-year radio core starts around $110 for one with buttons and minor pits to $200 or more for a nice one you can install without external work. Reconditioned units are $500 and up. At the sold price, this was a fair deal.A January–February 2017 113


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JUNKYARD TREASURES The man himself — he even owns a nearby tavern Jack’s Auto Ranch may have your next project Story and photos by Phil Skinner Considered a complete car, and a Full Classic, this 1946 lincoln Continental coupe can be adopted at Jack’s auto ranch J Rusty Gold in Wisconsin ack Bender opened Jack’s Auto Ranch just outside of Watertown, WI, in 1966. Brought up in the salvage business, he not only took cars apart but did some rebuilding in his early days. Over the years, Jack’s Auto Ranch transformed from a yard that dealt with late-model cars to specializing in vintage vehicles. Today, Jack’s Auto Ranch serves the old-car community from around the country and the world with shipments going out every day. But to really experience Jack’s properly, you have to travel to Watertown and walk among the 4,000-plus vehicles. Heavy long pants or coveralls are a Detailing What: Jack’s Auto Ranch Where: N6848 N. Island View Road, Watertown, WI 53094 Hours: Monday to Phone: 920-699-2521 Web: www.jacksautoranch. com Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon must, as well as water-resistant footwear. Long-sleeve shirts should also be worn. But the number-one rule is bring your own tools. And if you come to Watertown on tavern and dance hall that Bender also owns and operates. A 114 AmericanCarCollector.com the right night, one “must-see” is the Concord House, a good old-fashioned Mopar fans can find plenty of choices such as this 1959 Dodge, well picked but with hidden treasures still left Light-duty commercial vehicles are also found at Jack’s auto ranch, such as this 1963 Corvair 95 Greenbriar passenger van


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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/place-ad 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 1942 Plymouth Deluxe custom coupe 1940 Lincoln Zephyr front clip. New paint, interior and chrome. Chevy V8, auto trans. Runs good. $55,000 OBO. Contact Bill, Ph: 856.382.7688. (NJ) 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr sedan S/N 135609. Red/red. 629 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. A lot of hot rods claim to be the total package, but this ’55 Chevy actually backs that talk up. The stout big block has surprisingly good manners, and paired with the car’s smooth-shifting automatic and custom leather interior, serves as the basis for one of the most comfortable resto-mods we’ve seen. Buy it for the Bowtie, buy it for the build quality, but whatever you do, just make sure to buy it quickly because quality customs like this don’t have a habit of sticking around. $109,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors.com (NC) 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina 2-dr hard top S/N C856H10768. Sandalwood & Sun Beige/Sandalwood & Sun Beige leather. 62,300 miles. V8, automatic. Factory 317 ci, 4-barrel carburetor, Hydramatic. Low 116 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 262676E116478. Black/black. 57,197 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. This classic car was an Arizona car until 1996. Power seats, convertible top, has 389 motor rebuilt in 1994, Rochester 4-bbl and much more. Owners kept records on work done, and extra parts come with car, including the 14inch tires; currently has new Cooper tires barely driven on. $15,999 OBO. L’Cars. Contact Robert, Ph: 715.458.2277. Email: lauraannrogers@yahoo.com (WI) S/N 1G1FP33F4LL113307. Metallic red/gray. 165 miles. V8, automatic. Essentially new vehicle with 165 original documented miles with paperwork including delivery materials. 5.0-Ltr TPI. Options: gray custom leather buckets, auto trans with overdrive. In climate-controlled storage. $33,000 OBO. Contact Joseph, Ph: 203.454.0044. Email: jbomd@aol.com (CT) Midnight Blue/red leather. 26,500 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Exceptional frame-off restoration. Lots of documentation. This original Gran Sport boasts a laser-straight body, excellent fit and finish, red leather interior, Hotchkis springs, sway bars and rear fourlink components, a strong 401-ci “nailhead” V8 and manual trans. Sorted, turn-key perfection! Lightly used since restoration completed. $36,500 OBO. Contact Will, Ph: 315.750.8917. Email: will@hrensgarage. com (CA) 1966 Pontiac Bonneville convertible miles, drives nice, overall very good condition. Professional repaint in 2006, much trim re-chromed/buffed. Newer Coker radial tires. Original nice matching leather interior. Comes with lots of literature, sales brochures, etc. No PS or PB, clock does not work. Have 2012 appraisal for $28k. Owned 11 years. Located in Portland with ’56 Oregon license plates. $24,000 OBO. Contact Tim, Ph: 971.279.5878. Email: twgodfrey@ hotmail.com (OR) 1965 Buick Skylark GS 2-dr hard top 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible Blue/custom black & blue Houndstooth. V8, automatic. Recently restored; replaced quarters, rocker mouldings, convertible top, installed Custom Autosound radio, new custom interior with TMI (comfortable) seat covers and seat foam, newly painted, brand-new tires and alloy wheels (not pictured). A real beauty. Replace smallblock engine with a big block if you want a beast! $35,000 OBO. Contact Darlene, Ph: 724.989.2398. Email: darlindeer@yahoo. com (PA) 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2-dr hard top S/N 135572. Viking Blue/black. 17,039 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Tired of the same old Chevelles and GTOs you can find anywhere, anytime? Then take a close look at this killer 442. Numbers matching and highly correct, it’s a super cool muscle car that’s poised to gain value by the year. Whether you’re an emphatic Oldsmobile collector or a serious muscle car fan who wants something that’s a little different, this exclusive A-body is the perfect choice. $109,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com (NC) 1988 Chevrolet Caprice Classic wagon S/N 30867S113220. Tuxedo Black/Saddle leather. V8, manual. Restored to bring her back to her original beauty. New convertible top and color-code-correct leather interior. Seat pads replaced and new door panels installed with all new accessories. New glovebox door along with clock, shifter plate and seat belts. New grille, front bumper and hood grilles. Rear original bumper rechromed and polished. New suspension installed including new shocks, spring leaf, sway-bar link kit with new strut rods and brand-new bushings. Positraction rear end with a heavy-duty ratio of 3.08:1 with AW code and the original housing with casting number 3871375. Engine and transmission both have matching numbers (11-20-62) with casting number T10-7B, and have been tuned up. The a/c works great! Four new tires with original knockoff wheels. Hard top and a second set of wheels included. Matching-numbers car garaged in Los Angeles with a clear title. $115,000 OBO. Preston Litho. Contact Jean Pierre, Ph: 310.505.0018. Email: jeanpierre@ prestonlitho.com (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe S/N IGIBN81Y5JR195418. White/blue. 94,200 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Collector quality! No rust, no accidents, original paint, beautiful interior, excellent trim throughout, 9-passenger. Everything works. Arizona car. $7,500 OBO. Contact Daniel, Ph: 828.478.1378. Email: janedan26@ gmail.com (NC) 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z convertible S/N 30867S118349. Red/red. 94,790 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/340-hp with manual trans. Matching numbers and meticulously cared for. Comes with both hard and soft tops. Loads of history and paperwork and a blast to drive. $49,500 OBO. Mark V Motors LLC. Contact Dustin, Ph: 315.271.7828. Email: markvmotors@aol.com (NY) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible Riverside Red/black. 90,025 miles. Matching-numbers survivor in original condition. Two-owner CA car, under same ownership for the past 30 years, equipped with RDcode 300-hp engine, 4-speed transmission, radio, jack and handbook. Rare opportunity to own a beautifully maintained original Split-Window coupe. Runs and drives incredibly well. $79,500. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699. Email: sales@heritageclassics.com (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Split-Window coupe S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. V8, 4-spd manual. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion


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Showcase Gallery and FIA Daytona 6-Hour. 1973 Sebring 12-Hour. SVRA Medallion, 2002 Monterey, 1993 Bloomington Gold, 2013 Sebring Legends Hall, 2014 Amelia “Spirit of Road Racing Award.” Full restoration in 1993. Unquestionable documentation. $285,000 OBO. Contact Philip, Ph: 352.378.4761. Email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible 2001 Shelby Cobra replica Superformance Mk III roadster 1969 Plymouth Barracuda coupe Silver Pearl/black. V8, 4-spd manual. NCRS got it right when they awarded this gorgeous car a Top Flight award. With matching numbers, original colors and every detail being correct, it would make a welcome addition to any sports car collection, not to mention being an incredible kick to drive. Options include the big-block 427/425 engine, leather interior, sidepipes, AM/FM radio, knockoff wheels and a wood steering wheel. $145,000. OBO. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670. Email: Matt@deGarmoLtd. com (CT) 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Black/red. V8, 3-spd automatic. You can pay top money for a Minter-level restored T-bird, or you can pay a fraction of that for a wonderfully restored, original colors, matching-numbers car that runs and drives absolutely without fault. Most ’57s had a porthole in the hard top; this one has the ultra-rare and desirable porthole-delete option. Engine is the beefy 312-ci, 245hp V8. Options include power steering, power brakes and automatic transmission. $54,500. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd. Contact Matt, Ph: 203.852.1670. Email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com (CT) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N K1399AM1682. Shelby Blue & white stripes/black. 1,958 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Ford power, 600+hp, 514-ci, superlow original miles, every option, like new. $68,500 OBO. Contact Keith Martin, Ph: 989.763.4524. Email: kmbeversr@gmail. com (MI) 2006 Ford GT coupe S/N BH23F9B130391. Yellow/black. 63,919 miles. V8, automatic. Fender-mounted turnsignal indicators, vinyl top, bucket seats, center console, wire wheel covers and simulated-wood steering wheel. Upgraded with rear air shocks, Hooker headers and 3:91 gears in the 8.25 differential. It also has a complete but inoperative air conditioning system and the original spare tire. $9,500 OBO. Contact Stan, Ph: 519.657.5913. Email: sunriseeq@execulink.com (Ontario) 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster S/N 1FAFP90586Y401856. Tungsten & gray stripes/black. 5,055 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. One owner. Perfect condition with all options. Always garaged. $297,000 OBO. Contact Larry, Ph: 949.400.9940. Email: LD4RE@yahoo.com (CA) Spot primer. Project car. No engine or transmission. Originally an automatic car. Body tags have not been tampered with. Custom fiberglass top included. Car is located in Bay City, MI. $6,500.OBO. Contact Jim, Ph: 616.450.5659. Email: lukeysads@ gmail.com (MI) 1967 Ford Mustang GT fastback S/N 1G1YY12S235100505. Black/black. 17,500 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. All stock, no modifications (405hp). Only driven on nice days, stored winters and never raced or abused. Has all original paperwork including window sticker. Owned car since 2003. Super condition inside and out, also under the hood. No accidents. $25,500 OBO. Contact Don, Ph: 815.685.5280. Email: donzi1967@aol.com (IL) 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe S/N 1G1YT2D67F5600281. Red/tan & black. 3,914 miles. V8, manual. Z06 Corvette with the Z07 performance options. New Michelin Sport Cup tires. $84,000 OBO. Contact Bob, Ph: 979.743.0179. Email: bhuette@southwestrail.com (TX) FOMOCO 1956 Lincoln Premier 2-dr hard top S/N 135511. Lamborghini Reventon Gray/black. 273 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Sometimes the best cars are the ones that speak softly. No blower sticking through the hood, no stall-inducing idle and no wild graphics. Just a clean, solid, well-constructed classic that was purpose-built to look great and kick asphalt. With its timeless style, excellent performance and modern athleticism, this slick pro-tourer is an absolute blast to drive and instantly admired wherever it goes. Don’t miss your chance to own a powerful, well-sorted performer that’s as cool today as it was 48 years ago! $149,900. OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com (NC) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback White/beige. V8, automatic. Rare, powerful and beautiful, this Hemi-powered 300B has been beautifully restored to correct factory spec in every detail. All-original drivetrain, all correct. Push-button Powerflite transmission. Runs and drives perfectly. $58,500 OBO. deGarmo Ltd. Classic Motorcars. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670. Email: matt@deGarmoLtd.com (CT) MOPAR 1956 Chrysler 300B 2-dr hard top S/N 135087. Viper Red/black & gray. 493 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. If you haven’t driven a Viper, prepare for a mind-altering experience! This RT/10 accelerates like an experimental rocket sled. Yet despite the car’s brute power, it’s easy to drive, comfortable and relatively docile if you can manage to keep your right foot away from the floorboard. Rest assured, putting something like this in your garage is about the most fun you can have when it comes to four wheels! $49,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors.com (NC) 2010 Dodge Charger RT Hemi AWD sedan Black/black leather. 37,000 miles. V8, automatic. Original owner. Still under factory warranty. Dealer-serviced. Sunroof, navigation, leather, wing. Premium package. VIN-etched windows. Car looks and runs like new. Call with any questions. $17,999. OBO. Contact Dave, Ph: 516.946.7771. Email: lusheba1@aol.com (NY)A Black/red. 62,000 miles. V8, 368-ci engine, power steering, brakes and windows, original interior, dual mirrors, road lamps and radial tires. $21,500. OBO. Contact John, Ph: 216.341.0397. (OH) S/N 8T02R20315602419. Highland Green/Saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. One of 13 King of the Roads with these options. Framed Elite Marti report, 428-4V CJ engine, 3.50 Traction-Lok rear end. Authentic, meticulous rotisserie restoration by Bill Andrews of HRE Motorcars Freeport, NY. $189,900. Paramus Lamborghini. Contact Eddie, Ph: 201.783.6507. Email: EJones@ DrivePrestige.com (NJ) January–February 2017 117


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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, customs and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson 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, BarrettJackson 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) 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) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 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— Douglas County 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 (OR) 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) 118 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality 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.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. 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) Buy/Sell/General Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a handcrafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@ allardj2x.com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/allardj2x.com Motorcar Portfolio LLC. 330-4538900. 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 website www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) 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 (WA) Classic Car Transport 21 South Auto Gallery. 480.986.6460. Located in Mesa, AZ, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of highquality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investmentgrade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser, we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) 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 pickup 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.”


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5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, Advertisers Index Autosport Groups ................................ 77 Barrett-Jackson ..............................10-11 Barron Publishing Company ............... 39 Blue Bars ............................................. 87 Camaro Central ................................... 83 CarCapsule USA ................................. 73 Charlotte AutoFair ............................... 97 Chevs of the 40’s ................................ 67 Chubb Personal Insurance .................... 9 Corvette America ................................. 13 Corvette Specialties ............................ 79 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............ 109 EMS Automotive ................................ 107 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 31 Greensboro Auto Auction .................... 93 Grundy Insurance ................................ 17 Heggen Law Office, P.C. ..................... 71 JC Taylor ............................................. 69 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ....... 100 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................. 89 JJ Rods ............................................... 81 Kinekt ................................................ 117 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 Liquid Performance ........................... 105 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ...................... 75 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 107 McCollister’s Auto Transport............. 124 Metal Rescue ..................................... 113 Michael Irvine Studios ....................... 123 Mid America Motorworks .................... 19 Motorcar Portfolio ............................... 95 Moultrie Swap Meet .......................... 101 National Corvette Restorers Society . 113 National Parts Depot ........................... 63 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 105 Original Parts Group ............................ 21 Overstreet House of Cars .................... 65 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ...... 23 Park Place LTD .................................... 85 Passport Transport .............................. 61 Performance Racing Oils ..................... 99 Petersen Collector Car Auction ......... 119 Race Ramps ........................................ 35 RK Motors of Charlotte ......................... 2 Russo and Steele LLC ................... 7, 111 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. ............ 41 Superformance .................................... 15 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 103 Thomas C Sunday Inc ....................... 103 TYCTA ............................................... 111 Volunteer Vette Products .................... 37 WeatherTech ..................................... 119 Zip Products, Inc. ................................ 43 zMax .................................................. 109 January–February 2017 119


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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 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 Corvette Parts & Restoration 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) Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-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. Events—Concours, Car Shows Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404.237.2633.. June 2–4, 2017 A 3-day hijinx competitive rally, 1-mile driver time trial and juried Contest of Elegance for Champions and Heroes (race cars through 1974) from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com, www.rmacham- Zip Products. 800-962-9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, 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 120 AmericanCarCollector.com Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at pionsandheroes.com. (CA) Insurance ered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888-6GRUNDY (888-647-8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1-866-CAR-9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1-866-CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. 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Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) Museums located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. California Car Cover Company. 800-423-5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com (AR) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have provided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253-2722336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) 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 AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog, call 800-888-8637 (CA) 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) Race Ramps. 866-464-2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the bestselling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps. com. (MI) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: Over the years I have witnessed license-plate collectors go long and deep for the rare and unusual. Low numbers and first issues in good condition garner serious money, but nothing like the $9m a Dubai developer spent for “Dubai 5” for his Rolls-Royce. A few years ago he spent $6.7m on plate number 9 for another Rolls-Royce of his, but I doubt if he is done, as he has two more Rolls-Royces in his garage and two more on order. What attracted my attention, however, were the results from Mecum’s recent Road Art Auction held October 20–22. Here are just a few of the 1,200 items offered. Prices realized include 20% premium. LOT F180—SMITH-O-LENE 48-inch DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $60,000–$90,000. SOLD AT: $104,400. An impressive sign that checks all the boxes — graphics, condition and rarity. Pricey, but go find another. Well, Mecum sold it earlier in the year for $66,000, so the price paid here looks a bit on the aggressive side. Regardless, a spectacular sign. LOT T57—OILZUM AUTO SUPPLIES PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Estimate: $10,000–$15,000. SOLD AT: $28,800. This early porcelain flange sign featured “Oswald the Chauffeur,” the Oilzum logo. The sign is one of just two known and was in very acceptable condition. Considering how rare the sign is, I’m surprised that it did not sell for a bunch more. LOT F80—FORD JUBILEE DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. Estimate: $40,000– $60,000. SOLD AT: $67,200. This stunning Ford Crest sign measures 55 by 96 inches and was designed to commemorate Ford’s 50th anniversary. It likely will be the cornerstone of the new owner’s collection, and with multiple colors of neon, a most impressive sight when powered up. LOT F146—UNITED MOTORS SERVICE SIGN. Estimate: $12,000–15,000. SOLD AT: $37,200. United Motors, which was acquired by General Motors and evolved into Delco, is very collectible due to the early car image. Their advertising was ubiquitous but still brings serious money. Another example of this 122 AmericanCarCollector.com sign was offered at a Mecum auction earlier in the year and realized $20,400, which now looks like a bargain. A cool sign, but at a stiff price. LOT S7—RAND MCNALLY OFFICIAL SERVICE STATION PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $20,000–$30,000. SOLD AT: $37,000. The Rand McNally Road Atlas provided maps as well as a listing of “recommended” hotels, restaurants, garages and service stations. These recommended locations, of course, paid a fee to be included, and they were able to hang this colorful sign outside their facility. The great graphics make them very collectible and pricey today. The challenge now is to find the other three to complete the set. Good luck! LOT S47—HI-FLY GREEN GAS GASOLINE GLOBE. Estimate: $25,000–$35,000. SOLD AT: $26,400. This was a single lens mounted in a metal body. It was one of about 10 different very rare aviation globes offered and was one of the more expensive, even though it was just a single lens. Aviation globes rarely come to market, and when they do, they sell for adult money, as noted here. LOT F86—MOBILGAS TOKHEIM 36 ADC SHOWCASE GAS PUMP. Estimate: $30,000–$40,000. SOLD AT: $76,000. Several companies offered showcase gas pumps that were used on gas islands and displayed point-of-sale items that a motorist might require. The Tokheim 36 ADC is one of the most impressive, and this example was restored in Mobil livery with a very desirable milkglass shoebox globe. Most all of the display pumps bring serious money, but this goes to the head of the class. A