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Saratoga Auction, Saratoga Springs, NY September 21–22, 2018

Nixon Auctioneers, Rosemount, MN September 22, 2018

Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV September 27–29, 2018

Vicari/Dan Kruse, Waxahachie, TX October 6, 2018

RM Auctions, Hershey, PA October 11–12, 2018

SG, Winona, MN October 12–13, 2018

Branson, Branson, MO October 19–20, 2018

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43 AMERICAN BONUS: Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions Included With This Issue! CAR COLLECTOR $407k A Style Benchmark Bargain Rarity: $27.5k North-of-the-Border 1964 Fargo Power Wagon ™ 70 Years On... 1936 Ford Jack Calori 3-Window Coupe January–February 2019 Head-Scratcher: What Do You Do With a $56k 1910 Cadillac Racer That Never Existed? www.AmericanCarCollector.com Are We There Yet? Readers Ponder Whether ’90s Vehicles Are Collectible Keith Martin’s


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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 8 • Issue 43 • January–February 2019 The Scoop CORVETTE 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 454/275 $44k / Barrett-Jackson Plastic 454 Corvette brings an earlier chrome-bumper price — John Boyle Page 50 GM 1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 $43k / Barrett-Jackson Evidence that second-gen Camaros are on the move — Dale Novak Page 52 Eight Sales That Define the Market MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER $32k / Mecum A modified Mopar with the right hot-rod stuff — Patrick Smith Page 56 FoMoCo 1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 428 CJ $74k / Barrett-Jackson Great options and a great restoration. Why not more expensive? — Tom Glatch Page 54 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1936 FORD JACK CALORI 3-WINDOW COUPE $407k / Mecum Calori’s trend-setting ’36 raises big money — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1948 PLAYBOY A48 CONVERTIBLE $132k / RM Auctions Post-war rarity brings an impressive price — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 60 1910 CADILLAC RACER $56k / Bonhams A classic racer that Cadillac never built — Carl Bomstead Page 62 TRUCK 1964 FARGO W100 POWER WAGON PICKUP $27.5k / Barrett-Jackson Great price on a rare Canadian Mopar — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 64 Cover photo: 1936 Ford Jack Calori 3-window coupe Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1970 Plymouth Duster, p. 56 Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions January–February 2019 9


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COLUMNS 12 Torque: Tools of the trade — Jim Pickering The Rundown 32 Wrenching: Make a safer fuel line 42 Cheap Thrills: 1975–78 Lincoln Continental — B. Mitchell Carlson 44 Horsepower: Why aren’t classic Jeeps worth more? — Jay Harden 46 On the Road: The needy project gets the love — Elana Scherr 48 On the Market: Collectible vans on the watch list — John L. Stein 134 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: Hot Wheels, Mustang by Design, Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits, and The Complete Book of GTO — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics: 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots 1: Mopars take the spotlight at the Remlinger Muscle Car Collection — B. Mitchell Carlson 28 Snapshots 2: SEMA in photos — Jim Pickering 76 Market Moment 1: 1984 AMC Eagle sedan — Chad Taylor 99 Market Moment 2: 1979 Comuta-Car — Chad Taylor 126 Junkyard Treasures: Nobody Else’s Auto Recycling in Great Bend, KS — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 24 Cool Stuff: Garage décor and aerosol galore 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 40 Readers’ Forum: Are cars from the 1990s collectible? 68 Buy It Now: 2008–09 Pontiac G8 GT/GXP — Chad Tyson 122 One to Watch: 2004–06 Dodge Ram SRT-10 pickup — Chad Taylor 124 The Parts Hunter: NOS gas caps, ball joints, door-edge guards and tailgate trim — Pat Smith 128 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 130 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 133 Advertiser Index AUCTIONS 66 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys and a prediction for Scottsdale — Chad Tyson 70 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas, NV Sin City Sale sells 100% of 739 lots for $34m — Travis Shetler 78 Branson — Branson, MO Branson’s fall sale brings in $2.8m on 158 lots sold — Andy Staugaard 88 SG Auction — Winona, MN 136 of 220 lots bring a $2.2m total — B. Mitchell Carlson 100 Nixon Auctioneers — Rosemount, MN Estate sale in suburban St. Paul, MN, area sells all 48 lots for $298,765 — B. Mitchell Carlson 110 Roundup Highlights from Vicari/Dan Kruse Classics in Waxahachie, TX, Saratoga Auto Auction in Saratoga, NY, and RM Auctions in Hershey, PA


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Torque Jim Pickering Buying Smart I f you’re familiar with ACC, then you know that we’re all about value. Every Market Report and car profile that ap- pears in these pages tells you the price paid for each car at auction. Was this car, at this price, on this day, a good deal? Will it be a good deal tomorrow, or next month, or next year? Our reports take an educated stance on these value statements, and we use decades of data and market analysis as our tools to tell it like it is. We all want to get a great deal on something, but it’s just not always the case. Yes, I’ve bought some great stuff for under the money because I was in the right place at the right time. I’m sure we all have. But in reality, getting the better end of a transaction is always a 50/50 gamble. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But hey, you can’t win them all, right? Oddly enough, some of my Some of my worst purchases have turned out to be my very best buys cerns. To her, a potential wedding ring had just morphed into a couple of hundred pounds of stoplight-red steel. Why did I buy that? Later that summer, I was promoted to service writer, so I started spending all my time in the office. My roll cab became a well-waxed ornament in the corner of the shop, perched and locked under its black Snap-On cover. A few months later, I moved to Sports Car Market magazine, and the box came home to my garage, where it became a weekend shrine to my days as a mechanic, full of tools that had once belonged to my grandfather, then my dad, and now to me. Around that time, I real- Need it? Maybe. Glad to have it? Definitely worst purchases have actually turned out to be the best overall buys I’ve ever made. Tools of the trade Back in the fall of 2005, I walked into a local branch of my credit union and plopped down in a loan officer’s office. My goal? Refinance my 2001 Chevrolet S-10, which I didn’t completely own yet, so I could pull out $4,000 in equity to buy something my longtime girlfriend Kristina was dead-set against: a brand-new Snap-On roll-cab toolbox. Now, I was spending money I didn’t have on something I really didn’t need, but to me it wasn’t a bad idea. I was working as a mechanic, and the box I was using just wasn’t big enough for all the pry bars, screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets and air tools I’d acquired. Or at least, that’s what my friends at the auto shop and my Snap-On dealer wanted me to believe. I was fresh out of college, broke — and 12 AmericanCarCollector.com serious about wrenching. It didn’t take much of a shove from my friends to send me down the stairs of debt for a shiny new red toolbox with a stainless top, even if Kristina had made it clear that she thought it was the dumbest thing I could possibly do. The bank was more than happy to extend my loan terms and my payment amount to front me that money. I walked out of the branch with cash in hand, just waiting for the following Tuesday, when Eric, my Snap-On preacher, rolled into our parking lot for his weekly tool sermon. I plopped down that $4,000 and traded in my Home Depot-sourced setup for a Candy Apple Red KRL722 roll cab that Eric had been dangling in front of me for months. I buzzed in anticipation for the rest of the day, waiting for him to return and unload it. Later that night, after the shop closed, Eric, the older mechanics and I all stayed late as I organized my stuff in the new box. Kristina even came by to see it, despite her obvious objection and not-so-subtle con- ized that Kristina had been, as usual, right all along. I considered selling the box and paying off the truck, but I couldn’t make myself do it. The box was just too useful despite its excess. It held all my tools, in one place, ready and waiting for me. So I kept it, used it when I could, and sold the truck to pay it off. Fourteen years on, it’s still the place where I’m most organized, from my basic hand tools to receipts for the engines I’ve built. It’s where I go for spare parts, custom tools I’ve made, and for presents I’ve wanted to keep hidden from family members at Christmas. It’s where I kept Kristina’s wedding ring long before I asked her to be my wife. It was the last place she’d ever look. It has now moved with me three times, most recently just this past summer, and it’s now perched dead center in my garage between my ’66 Caprice and a ’79 C-10 short-wide that I’m building. Kristina still grumbles at the box to this day, but it has always been the center of my car life — now it just looks the part. As for value, well, considering the circumstances back in ’05, it was a pretty stupid buy. Call this one well sold. But I think it also fits the definition of very well bought, too. 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. Endless Summer at the Granddaddy Most of the United States is locked up with ice and snow, but there is a little bit of summer out there — if you’re willing to travel to the endless summer of Southern California. The 70th Annual Grand National Roadster Show — the granddaddy of all hot rod shows — will bring more than 500 showcase cars and trucks into the Pomona Fairplex from January 25 through January 27. The coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster prize is up for grabs. Can’t make it to Pomona? The 69th Chad Taylor ACC on Assignment in the Desert American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will visit all the big Arizona auctions from January 14 through January 20. You can find our magazines at almost every auction. Stop by our booth at the Gooding & Company auction. Don’t miss our annual ACC Insider’s Seminar from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld on January 16. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2019 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions, which is packaged with this magazine. Please come say hello when you see us in the desert! For more information, visit www.americancarcollector.com. (AZ) Get the Inside Scoop in Arizona Heading to Arizona Auction Week 2019? So is ACC! Make your plans now to attend the Annual Arizona Insider’s Seminar presented by American Car Collector and Barrett-Jackson. The seminar is on January 16 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. We’ll talk about which cars to buy, hold or sell. In addition, an expert panel — including Editor Jim Pickering — will each pick and discuss the one thing they think you should always do before you buy an American collector car or truck. The seminar is free, but BarrettJackson admission is required to get into WestWorld. www.americancarcollector.com. (AZ) 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Annual Sacramento Autorama will bring more than 500 show and custom cars and trucks inside the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento from February 15 to 17. www. rodshows.com (CA) Auto Mania or Shovel Snow Sure, it’s cold out there in Pennsylvania, but it’s nice and warm at Auto Mania from January 18 to 20. Pennsylvania’s biggest indoor swapmeet — at the Allentown Fairgrounds — rolls into the big, heated Agriculture Hall, where you’ll find tons of parts, automobilia and anything to do with cars. This spot is two hours from New York City, Philadelphia and Scranton, so expect a lot of gearheads. Visit www. carlisleevents.com for more information. (PA) Break Out the Sunscreen and Head to Florida By February, we are all tired of winter. Sneak in a few days of summer at the Winter Florida AutoFest in Lakeland. You’ll find a huge swapmeet, a Carlisle Auction and thousands of gearheads. Add in the Florida sun, and you’re tuning up for spring from February 22 to 24. A classic-car show and a big car corral are also on tap. Bring money and sunscreen. www.carlisleevents.com (FL)


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Star Car: 1965 Ford Mustang pre-production coupe at barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, aZ JaNuary Mecum Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 3–13 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 2,045/2,952 cars sold / $89.4m Featured cars: • 1965 Ford GT40 • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top • 1932 Ford McMullen roadster Silver Auctions Arizona Where: Peoria, AZ When: January 10–12 Web: www.silverauctionsaz.com Last year: 201/351 cars sold / $3.4m Tom Mack Where: Concord, NC When: January 11–12 Web: www.tommackclassics.com Barrett-Jackson Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 12–20 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,729/1,749 cars sold / $113.8m Featured cars: • 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition • 1967 Chevrolet C10 Custom pickup • Star Car: 1965 Ford Mustang pre-production coupe Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 53/83 cars sold / $6.9m Featured cars: • 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Series 840 roadster 16 AmericanCarCollector.com • Star Car: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 pre-production pilot 2-door hard top • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro L78 Bonhams Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 17 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 95/108 cars sold / $25.2m RM Sotheby’s Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 17–18 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 112/129 cars sold / $36.1m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport phaeton • 1956 Ford Country Sedan 8-passenger wagon • 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial dual-cowl phaeton • 1961 Pontiac Catalina 425A Super Duty • 1931 Duesenberg Model J Berline Russo and Steele Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16–20 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 457/703 cars sold / $17.9m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396/375 convertible Mecum Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 22–27 Web: www.mecum.com Bonhams Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 24 Web: www.bonhams.com February Petersen Where: Salem, OR When: February 2 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com G. Potter King Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 8–10 Web: www.acclassiccars.com Dave Rupp with Vicari Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: February 15–17 Web: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Featured cars: • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster • 1949 Cadillac Series 62 convertible • 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Leake Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 22–23 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 256/354 cars sold / $6.7m GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: February 28–March 2 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 404/540 cars sold / $13.5m A Gooding & Co. Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 18–19 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 111/129 cars sold / $49.1m Featured cars: • 1964 Pontiac GTO • 1934 Packard Twelve Series 1108 tourer by Chad Tyson


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 8, Number 1 January–February 2019 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 Auction Editor Chad Tyson Senior Data Editor Chad Taylor editor at Large Jay Harden Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro auction analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel Jim Pickering Check out “Snapshots” on p. 28 to see how SeMa has grown into a celebration of cars From Business to Pleasure in This ACC S EMA. It’s gone from a business-to-business show for aftermarket manufacturers to a celebration of all cars, from vintage to prototype to hot rod. ACC was there, and we’ve brought you snapshots that capture the immensity and intensity of the event. In “Wrenching,” Jim Pickering shows you how to fabricate steel fuel lines to replace the often-decrepit rubber ones, this time using a 1956 GMC 150 truck as an example. Our columnists are full of vim, vigor and vinegar this month. The Readers’ Forum question asks if cars from the 1990s are collectible. You offered no shortage of opinions. “Yes,” “no” and “depends on the car” were among the answers. See what your fellow readers had to say. John L. Stein takes a look at the vintage-van market. Some have become collectible, some have not. He explains what is going on. And Elana Scherr weighs in with her thoughts about broken col- Check out p. 48 for vintage-van love lector cars, and why they can be a better choice than restored ones. Plus we profile a bargain-basement 1984 AMC Eagle that sold for pocket change, $3,850. Is this the cheapest way to get into the vintage-SUV market? It took $407,000 to land the 1936 Ford Jack Calori coupe hot rod. Ken Gross explains why it was worth every penny. You’ll find surprises and enlightenment on every page of this issue of ACC. I guarantee once you start to read it, you won’t be able to put it down. A 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Contributors Carl Bomstead Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Elana Scherr Information technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Michael Cottam advertising and events Manager Erin Olson: erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector. com Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox: cheryl.cox@AmericanCar Collector.com advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer: jessi.kramer@AmericanCar Collector.com aDVertISING SaLeS advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 213 SubSCrIPtIoNS Subscriptions and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb: susan.loeb@AmericanCar Collector.com 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 © 2019 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge B. Mitchell Carlson John Draneas Michael Pierce Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Hot Wheels: From 0 To 50 At 1:64 Scale by Kris Palmer, Motorbooks, 162 pages, $25.47, Amazon I’m just a few y 16 when Mattel la Wheels toy cars in 1 no longer intereste desperate instead t and drive the real t Plus I had spent th formative pre-teen years racing 1:32 and 1:24 slot cars, and the notion that some tiny, cheap, notall-that-accurate c model you rolled d a track was cool w laughable. Fifty years of s proven me wrong. S Automotive w takes you through the history of Mattel and the choice to enter a market already crowded with Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox and more. Success was instant, growth phenomenal, and ultimately the toy company known most for Barbie captured lightning in a bottle a second time. The story belongs to some amazing designers and marketers, and it’s a great read. The book comes in a nifty, period-correct vinyl carrying case for Hot Wheels nostalgia buffs. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Collecting Muscle Car Model Kits by Tim Boyd, CarTech, 176 pages, $20.56, Amazon Like a Russian nesting doll, Muscle Car Model Kits is a niche inside a niche inside a niche. That said, it’s a hugely informative book (with high utility, if you roll that way) on a subgenre of model making. Tim Boyd is certainly the right guy to create the book, being one of the most important authors and columnists in the space, to the point of being named to the International Model Car Museum’s Hall of Fame. So if you are interested in building or collecting model kits of American muscle cars, this will be an essential book. Along the way you will learn plenty about good kits and bad, details that went missing, and the kits. And remember, use that glue in a well-ventilated space. Lineage: Drivability: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com reason there are so few reissues of old original Fit and finish: Drivability: Mustang by Design: Gale Halderman and the Creation of Ford’s Iconic Pony Car by Jimmy Dinsmore and James Halderman, CarTech, 176 pages, $36.50, Amazon Gale Halderman was there at the beginning, and one of his sketches of a Ford Falconbased design exercise became the Mustang. And while success has many fathers, Halderman is without doubt one of the mportant figures in the creation of a car that changed he American automobile andscape. Mustang by Design akes you behind the scenes as Lee Iacocca pushes to create a new kind of car, he “sporty personal car.” And while Halderman’s sketches formed the basis for the Mustangs that rolled off the assembly line, it was a team that included Joe Oros, Phil Clark, Hal Sperlich and many more, all led and energized by the passion of Iacocca that ensured these cars came into being. Along the way, Dinsmore highlights the challenges and rewards of the project, as well as fills the pages with images and important data. Good stuff. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: The Complete Book of Pontiac GTO: Every Model Since 1964 by Tom Glatch, Motorbooks, 176 pages, $33.87, Amazon When corporate outlaw John DeLorean and company took a look at the motor mounts on the upcoming Pontiac LeMans and realized they could stuff a big block under the hood, the GTO was born. It was a hit, and helped create the musclecar era, born of cars designed as grocery-getters turned into fire-breathing stoplight racers. ACC Contributor Tom Glatch and the design team at Motorbooks have created a lovely-to-look-at and delightful-to-read history of the GTO, complete with a year-by-year examination of changes in sheet metal and thinking, supported by a huge trove of color images. The story doesn’t stop in the ’70s, as Glatch covers the early years, 1964–74, as well as the Bob Lutz-led return of the GTO in 2004 using the Holden Monaro. He tells the story behind the long-ago success of the GTO, showcas- ing owners of classic examples of the GTO, as well as production numbers, advertising from the period and more. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Nova Armrests Have a 1968–74 C Q-Jet eFI Fed up with that old hard-to-tune Q-Jet on your classic GM truck or muscle car? Holley’s new Sniper EFI Quadrajet conversion is the perfect answer, as it’s a true bolt-on solution — the first spread-bore throttle-body system that doesn’t require adapters to fit a factory manifold. This has all the same features of the 4150-style Sniper EFI system, including four 100-pound-perhour injectors, built-in timing control, and a 3.5-inch full-color touchscreen for setup and tuning. Bolt it on, hook up four wires, plumb in a fuel system, and go. The system will support up to 500 horsepower, and most stock air cleaners will fit, so it won’t look out of place when you pop that hood. Give your classic the best in modern drivability. $1,389 at www.holley.com. new armrests? Class with new reproducti pads for GM’s X-bo base is injectionmolded and fits either original or new reproduction door panels. The armrest pads are made with modern uretha feature the correct M grain pattern around a s insert. These come i but can be painted t your interior. Availa in a complete kit or a individual compone The kit is $79.99 at www.classicindustries.com. Stop the rust Evapo-Rust is just the ticket for stopping Fuel that Camaro Have you added more power under the hood of your Camaro? If you’re still running an original fuel system, chances are it’s not delivering enough gas to your car’s carburetor. Solve that problem with Camaro Central’s 1967–69 Camaro 1/2-inch stainless-steel sending unit. Most fuel lines were made of 5/16- or 3/8-inch line, so this 1/2-inch system is a significant upgrade in size, yet it installs just as a factory unit would. Couple it with a new 1/2-inch line and fuel that big V8 appropriately. $109.95 at www.camarocentral.com. rust dead in its tracks — but using the original solution required submersion of the rusty part, which has been a limiting factor for those of us looking to use it on larger components. But now, Evapo-Rust is available in a gel, which combines the rust-removing power of the original with the ability to apply it to vertical rusty surfaces. With its gel consistency, it will cling in place, neutralize the rust, and then can be washed away with water. It will not harm copper, brass, aluminum, glass or plastic. $9.99 at your local auto-parts retailer. Learn more at www.evapo-rust.com. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Can It Does your car door squeak when you get in? I In Cas Emergen In Gea addition to y SOS function, a blade to cut through a stuck seat belt, and two window punches. The drop-resistant, waterproof light is made from military-grade aluminum and will provide four hours of light at 135 lumens. Be emergency-ready by grabbing the AutoXscape for $59.99 from www.ingearauto.com. Stake Your Claim All loaded up with boring socks from Christmas? Now get yourself something you really want, such as this Speed Shop Color Changing LED sign from Summit Racing. It can be personalized with the name — up to 10 characters — of any shopdwelling car lover. The sign comes with a remote to choose among 20 different light colors and 22 different display modes. It’s the ultimate way to lay claim to your garage space. Order one at www.summitracing.com for $169.99. there squealing as you roll up your window? Th first thing we all do is spray some penetrating or general-purpose oil to silence the noise. It works for a while but eventually dries out or washes away. A better solution is Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease from Lucas Oil. It provide the convenience of an aerosol with the benefits of using good old-fashioned grease. It’s made to cling to the applied surface, resist separation and water washout and can be used at nearly an temperature. Check out www.lucasoil.com for full details and to find the Red “N” Tacky Spray Grease at an auto-parts store near you. Restore, Don’ Replace Is your car or truck t away for the winter mo Then now is the perfect take care of those cloud lowing headlight lenses team over at Griot’s Ga has just what you need w their Headlight Restora Kit. Griot’s unique aero spray replaces the origi OEM UV coating on th that has worn away ove years. The kit comes w UV-replacing spray for o of headlights, cloths, sa pad and alcohol wipes t prep. Order your kit for $ DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1969 Pontiac Firebird trans am Auto World has produced a gaggle of ’69 Firebirds — standard and Trans Am, as shown here. The Firebirds are in their “true 1:64 scale — vintage muscle” series. Each is only three inches in length but features a good amount of detail and accuracy. They have diecast-metal bodies and chassis with underside detail. Interiors are very good, with open windows for easy interior viewing, and a nicely done correct engine can be found under the hinged hood. Get your magnifier to see “RAM AIR IV” printed on the sides of the hood scoops, “Firebird TRANS AM” on the front corners, “PONTIAC” on the rear light panel and perfect tiny rear side-light emblems. These are out of production, but most can be eas- ily found (especially on eBay). Value is very good, but the rarer colors have spiked. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:64 Available colors: Blue & white, blue, Ultra Red & white, Ultra Red, white & blue, red & black, silver, black Quantity: 1,672 of each color Price: $7.99 to $44 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½ by Chad Taylor


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SNAPSHOTS All in the Family the remlinger Muscle Car Collection is a Mopar lover’s dream and one family’s labor of love a former lumberyard now houses the remlinger Muscle Car Collection, which outgrew a 10-car garage Story and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson eighth grade but had a knack for mechanical and body work and enrolled in the local technical college. After completing the course early, he moved to Chicago for a short time, working in a dealership and a body shop. He eventually decided to go back home and start his own shop, specializing in heavy truck, trailer and motorcoach work, which allowed him to start restoring and collecting Mopars. His b evolved into several expansions, with his s and daughters joinin This new facility T Detailing What: The Remlinger Muscle Car Collection Phone: 507-254-0227 Where: 3560 Service Drive, Winona, MN Hours: By appointment Web: www.remlingerresto rations.com which was a building supply store and lum beryard, is a result o his collection outgrow ing a 10-car garage. The Remlingers won’t call it a museum (as it’s n regularly open to the public), but future plans call f it being a host site for car-club events, Cars & Cof gatherings, charitable fundraising events, wedding receptions, and other local events. Indeed, after SG Auction hosted their fall event here, Jim and the company now have a multi-year agreement to host the future SG fall auctions here as well. Mopar or no car As far as Jim Remlinger’s interest in collector 26 AmericanCarCollector.com he scenic Mississippi River town of Winona, MN, recently gained an attraction for those of us who enjoy the view of American drag racing, muscle cars and old cars in general: the Remlinger Muscle Car Collection, formed by Jim Remlinger and family. Remlinger grew up in the Winona area. He quit school in the cars, it’s easy to figure that he’s a Mopar guy. Not only does he still have his first car — a 1966 Dodge Charger — he and his son Jimmy are recognized experts in the restoration of 1960s B-body Mopars. The collection features some rare Mopar Muscle, such as an all- original (including tires) 15,170-mile 1966 Plymouth Satellite HP2 hard-top Hemi, a one-of-48 Mr. Norm’s 1968 Dodge Dart GSS 440 with 19,791 miles, which was restored by Jimmy, and the Mr. Norm 1969 Charger Band Aid Funny Car. In addition to his collection, Jim became the long-term caretaker of eight cars from the Clark Rand Collection. These are some very significant drag racers from the 1960s, including the only known Devin purpose-built as a drag racer, two Sox & Martin team cars, and the “UFO” ’65 Plymouth — also restored by Jimmy. edals and gas stations C toured the collection, there was also on disong other vehicles, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado z, a 1932 Packard Super 8 phaeton, a Ford l T truck, and the newest vehicle — a 2018 e Challenger SRT Demon. In addition, there merous pedal cars throughout the facility — to e a group of 1960s-era European Junior Ferrari rs. “We wanted to add the junior race and ars to help get kids interested in the hobby,” nger said. ddition to fine automotive art gracing the , there is also a replica vintage Standard gas n by the main entrance. “We are looking to add acades depicting Main Street USA of the ’60s 0s era in the back,” Remlinger said. “That will e our events hall.” ile there aren’t regular scheduled hours for g, arrangements can be made for clubs and tour s to see the collection by calling in advance. A


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one of two Sox & Martin team cars on display one of 48: Mr. Norm’s 1968 Dodge Dart GSS 440 a replica vintage Standard gas station near the main entrance aims to re-create the feel of vintage Main Street uSa the only known Devin purpose-built as a drag racer It’s not all Mopar: 1957 Cadillac eldorado biarritz 1966 Plymouth Satellite hP2 hard-top Hemi January–February 2019 27


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SNAPSHOTS Strap In for SEMA Photos by Jim Pickering except where noted What’s flashier than a hot Wheels car come to life? two blown big blocks power the “twin Mill” Doug Campbell displays the Superformance “Future Gt Forty” 28 AmericanCarCollector.com a very clean first-gen Corvette resto-mod shows off perfect paint and gaps in the Lingenfelter booth


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“roadkill” host Mike Finnegan’s ’55 Chevy gasser “blasphemi,” fresh from its first 9.0 quarter-mile pass, draws foot traffic to holley’s booth Short C10 pickups are all the rage — especially when slammed B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Lingenfelter shows off a Superformance Grand Sport — with 427 power aCC’s own elana Scherr checks out the new hemi January–February 2019 29


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WRENCHING LINE of FIRE Why use constantly degrading rubber when it’s easy to build your own safe, long-lasting steel fuel line? by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson A CC Contributor Jeff Zurschmeide bought a new-to-him 1956 GMC pickup a few months back. The truck looks great and is mostly stock, aside from a 350 V8 swap. But when the previous owner installed the engine, he used rubber line and a plastic filter to run fuel from the block-mounted pump to the carburetor inlet. It’s exactly the setup you’ll see on many classic cars today. Once upon a time, this sort of thing was not a big deal. But today’s pump fuels have more ethanol in them than ever, and that ethanol has a tendency to break down rubber hose over time, turning it hard and brittle. Using standard rubber fuel line on the pressure side of a fuel system just isn’t a great idea these days — especially if your car runs pump gas. Why? Simple. If that broken-down fuel line splits and starts to leak gas on the pressure side, especially over the top of a hot exhaust manifold, you’ll have a fire. There are better options out there to get gas up to the carburetor, using slick, reusable parts that just so happen to look better than a rubber line and plastic filter. Since Jeff isn’t concerned about keeping his truck 100% original, we opted to use bulk steel line, AN-style fittings, and a modern Edelbrock ANstyle reusable fuel filter, all sourced from Summit Racing. Here’s how we upgraded Jeff’s fuel-delivery system while also making it safer and better looking. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com P/N SUM-220665B, carb fitting for Edelbrock Performer Series, 5/8-20 to -6 AN, $4.99 (P/N SUM-220633-2B, -6 AN tube nuts (two per pack), $2.99 each SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST (summitracing.com) two packs) P/N SUM-220634-2B, -6 AN tube sleeves (two per pack), $1.99 each (two packs) P/N EDL-8129, Edelbrock polished fuel filter, -6 inlet/outlet, $32.95 P/N EAR-961947ERL, inverse flare 3/8-inch to -6 AN fitting, $10.92 P/N EAR-AT921106ERL, 90-degree -6 AN male-to-female fitting, $16.20 each (2 required) OTHER PARTS AND TOOLS Edelmann P/N 3600ST 3/8-inch steel brake line, $27 Ridgid 37-degree flare tool, Model 377, $110 Pipe cutter and reamer, $15 TIME SPENT: One hour DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest)


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1 the fuel line on this small-block Chevrolet got the job done, but today’s fuels are caustic enough to cause this to fail — and you won’t really know how long you have until it hardens, cracks and leaks raw fuel on your hot exhaust manifold. The smarter choice is to eliminate this type of line and filter on the pressure side and go with steel lines and a better-quality filter. 4 2 It doesn’t take much to tackle this job, other than a few fittings, some steel line, a new filter, a wire coat hanger for mockup, and a good-quality flare tool such as Ridgid’s Model Number 377. You can find just about everything you need from summitracing.com, and the flare tool is available online and at a number of home-improvement stores as well — it’s typically used to make lines for plumbing and a/c work around the house. With the upper section of line loose, we moved down to the fuel-pump output fitting, which is a 3/8-inch inverse-flare design. unfortunately, this is a low area of the fuel system, and if there’s a good amount of fuel in the tank, you’ll likely end up with a running stream of fuel out of this location. We simply took a shop rag and a small pair of vise-grips and used both to gently pinch off the supply line that ran into the other side of the fuel pump. This is a good time to replace this line as well, but it needs to be flexible to account for engine motion. 3 the first step, after disconnecting the battery, is to remove the fuel line routed from the pump to the carburetor. If the vehicle has been running recently, this line will contain pressurized fuel, so be ready with a shop rag once it’s loose. With the fuel lines removed, it’s time to change the feed fitting on the carburetor. The standard barb-end fitting is fine for rubber line, but that won’t work with a steel hard line. Summit’s 5/8 by 20 to -6 adapter is perfect for this application, and it comes with a new sealing washer, too. 5 January–February 2019 33


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 6 edelmann’s 3600St isn’t actually 3/8-inch fuel line. It’s 3/8inch brake line. That’s important here, as AN-style flares are 37 de- grees (as opposed to a standard 45-degree flare) and aren’t double flares like you might see on an OEM application. As such, a standard straight-welded tube may very well leak at the flare, as the seam where the tube was constructed becomes part of the face of the flare. Spiral-core brake line is rated for much higher PSI than fuel line, doesn’t have that straight seam, and as such is much more reliable for this sort of task. This part number, for $27, is a 25-foot spool, which allows for a lot of mistakes and remainder for other projects. 3/8 line translates to -6 AN components. 8 7 unwinding the spool may look like a chore, but this line is actually fairly pliable and easy to work with. After rough- ing out about how much fuel line was needed, we marked it and cut it off using a pipe cutter. Quick tip: Steel fuel line, especially if it’s from a roll, can be tough to get perfectly straight. A low-buck solution? Take a 2x4 or 2x6 hunk of wood, drill a hole in it that’s slightly larger than the tube diameter, and then chuck that board up in a vise. You can use it to help work your line straight. For longer sections, a 4x4 works well — just insert the tube in one end and pull it out the other. The wood will straighten out the tube as it passes through. 9 the 377 flare tool uses an eccentric cone to roll the tubing into the 37-degree form. Simply insert it flush with the top of the form, slide the tool into place, tighten it down and turn the handle until it clicks. The end result is a perfect 37-degree flare. 10 the single flare works here thanks to the tube sleeve and tube nut. the sleeve is also beveled at 37 degrees, which matches the flare in the tube and supports it from behind. The tube nut slides up from behind both and sandwiches the sleeve, flare, and -6 AN fitting together, creating a seal that’s good enough for even higher-psi fuelinjection applications. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 11 We installed the 3/8 inverse flare to -6 aN fitting in the fuel-pump output and threaded a 90-degree aN fitting to it, which allowed us to thread our straight section of flared tube directly to the fuel pump. We then bent it by hand to clear the radiator hose and follow the contour of the cylinder head. Then, using a Sharpie, we marked where to start a 90-degree bend.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 12 edelbrock’s 8129 fuel filter is perfect for a carbureted application using -6 fittings, and it’s easily disassembled and cleaned, so it’ll last the life of your car. Here we’ve mocked up where we want it in relation to the carburetor, which helps to dictate how much bend we need in the steel line. 13 With the tube removed from the car, we proceeded to bend it approximately 90 degrees using a pipe bender, and then cut it to length at approximately where we wanted the filter to be. Then we test fit it again. 14 after installing the tube nut and sleeve, we used the 377 flare tool again to complete this section of line and then installed the filter. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com 15 With the lower section of line to the filter complete, we moved on to the filter-to-carburetor section, starting with a 90-degree bend at the carburetor inlet, pointing down toward the manifold to help keep the line tucked up and out of the way of the air cleaner.


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16 using a bit of wire from a coat hanger, we mocked up the bend and length of the final section of line, and then used it as a template to fab up a steel line to match. 17 using the board method, we fabbed up a soft 90-degree bend, then flared one side and mocked it up in the truck to make sure it fit before the final cut and flare. 18 here’s our final piece, with all flares completed and all fittings snugged down. A quick drop of motor oil on all AN fittings will assist in assembly, and they don’t need to be ultra tight in order to work. After running the truck and checking for leaks, we were done. Now there’s no chance of degraded rubber or plastic filters causing a fire, which is cheap insurance for those of us who love to drive our cars. A January–February 2019 37


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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 Mystery Numbers From La La Land I have been a subscriber to both SCM and American Car Collector for several years now and really enjoy each one. I have a question nobody has been able to answer about Camaros built in Los Angeles. We have a 1970 RS/SS with the 396, a/c, etc. The cowl tag, like all the L.A. cars, has a whole bunch of numbers on the bottom row. Our tag reads 03D 600610 260120. The first one is the date, we suppose, but what are the other numbers for? Does anyone know how to decode them? Nobody seems to know, or how to find out. Are you able to help? — Fred Nelson, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering: Hey, Fred, thanks for your question. I checked all my reference materials on first-gen Camaros and came up with basically the same thing you did. So I took it one step further, and contacted Camaro numbers and restoration guru Jerry MacNeish. MacNeish is the owner of Camaro Hi-Performance, which specializes in Camaro appraisal, consulting and restoration services (www.z28camaro. com). Here’s what he had to say: “03D is the build date; the other numbers are not documented, probably internal plant codes at the L.A. plant.” As of now, that’s all we have. Maybe 38 AmericanCarCollector.com someone out there in the ACC readership worked at the L.A. plant when these cars were being built and can shed more light on these otherwise undocumented codes? If that person is you, send us a note at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Canadian Muscle Values? I own two 1965 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe L79s (327/350). These are considered to be the original Canadian “GTO.” They are documented by GM of Canada as being among just 23 Regular Production Order L79 Beaumonts built in 1965. Research shows only six of the original 23 built still exist, and we own the only two in the U.S. I would like to sell them, but since so few were made, I can’t find a value of what they should be worth. They have been in many concours shows, they were class winners in the 2015 Muscle Car And Corvette Nationals’ Special L79 display, and have been featured in several articles in muscle-car magazines. I know L79 Chevelles (6,021 built in 1965) sell for between $40,000 and $60,000, so what do you think the value of my Beaumonts might be? — Joe Lizon, via email Patrick Smith, ACC Contributor and Canadian muscle-car specialist: The Acadian Sport Deluxe with L79 is indeed a rare vehicle with few known survivors. But that doesn’t mean cars like this are going to be regarded as more valuable than their Chevelle counterparts here in the U.S. All things considered, I’d place an ex- ample with correct factory paint and interior combination at around $40,000 in today’s market. Any deviations from stock, such as a color change, will hurt values — probably to the tune of about $5k. That’s a good place to start — but anything can happen at an auction!A 1965 acadian beaumont Sport Deluxe L79s


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READERS’ FORUM 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 Are the ’90s Collectible? This month’s Readers’ Forum question: The 1990s were the era of fourth-gen Camaros, SN95 Mustangs and ZR-1 Corvettes. Specialty cars built at that time were pretty good for their day — and certainly better overall than what came out of the 1980s. But are they really collectible now? For those of us who were there, that decade doesn’t seem that far in the past. But it’s important to remember that 1990 was 28 years ago. Cars that were 28 years old in 1990? Model year 1962. Every traditional muscle car, from the early GTO through the Boss 429 and Hemi ’Cuda, fit into that window of time — and by 1990, those cars were starting to be appreciated in the market. So what do you think? Are cars from the 1990s fully collectible now, or are they still just drivers? What would you (or do you) collect from that era, and why? Readers respond: Not for another 10 years! — Robert, via email n n n ’90s ain’t going to get it. Ugly ugly! — Jon H., via email n n n I think that a younger generation will want the cars of their youth. They are not on my wish list, but who are we to say what the next younger buyers want? — Richard, via email n n n I’m the original owner of a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition. It was the last anniversary edition of the Trans Am. It was designed to honor the original 1969 Trans Am. I feel the collectibility has moved up on the meter to some degree, with only 1,600 produced, but it will take some years to fully find its value to the market. The ’80s provided the beginnings of regaining muscle prowess, but the ’90s muscle-car era certainly went further. There are some great vehicles from this time period that show a promising collectible future. Also, this era certainly provided the groundwork for the muscle cars we have had in the past decade-plus. Lastly, the generation that grew up with the ’90s muscle cars are now at the age where they have the purchasing power to obtain these vehicles for a number of years to come. — Rick G. Arlington Heights, IL n n n No, they are not worthy of being called a collectible. A ’90 ZR-1 is not a ’63 Split-Window. Ask any collector and their cutoff is basically the ’70s. Third-generations are even pushing it! — Anonymous, via email n n n I think we’ve only seen the beginning of the push for ’90s collec- tor cars. Obviously, some models will appreciate more than others. However, generally speaking, we have not seen the peak. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IroC-Z coupe, sold at $23,100 this year at Worldwide auctioneers in houston, tX 1993 Ford Mustang SVt Cobra hatchback, bid to $31,500 but not sold this year at russo and Steele in Monterey, Ca I’m 34 years old and my friends are buying cars from the ’90s because they’re dependable, easy to drive and perform well. When compared to classic-car prices, they seem reasonable. We currently have a 1999 Callaway C12 in our collection. The C12 was my one of my dream cars since I was a young teenager. To finally see one in person, and be able to drive it, has been a childhood dream come true. — Jason G., Mandeville, LA n n n Yes. The ’90s are collectibles based on age and production vol- ume, of course. For decades and decades, a car at 25 years old became officially an old-timer. Now, 25 years has become “classic” and it takes 30 years


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for something to become an old-timer. That stretch to 30 years is just to reduce the number of old-timers. I think that’s unfair — it’s purely a money decision. — Marc M., via email n n n You changed the question from the title of “Are the ’90s (cars) Collectible?” to in the body of the story, “Are cars from the 1990s FULLY collectible?” There’s a big difference there. Anyone can collect anything their heart desires. So in that sense, yes, the cars of the ‘90s are collectible simply because someone can collect them. But are they FULLY collectible? No! Because that implies that they have become as highly desirable and therefore collectible as cars from any other decade. But their day may come. It’s just not here yet. — Ric P., via email n n n It’s a matter of perception, I have some rare ’50s, ’60s and ’70s cars stashed away myself. But then again, I have had them for so long, there are like my old buddies, and I still bang and grind gears with them when I take them out for a spin (which is quite frequently, only with a bit more finesse). Perhaps if I had extremely rare lowmileage pristine or restored cars, then I might be a bit more diligent about treating them as trailer queens or Road Gods. But considering that there is an ever-evolving generational shift in the automotive world, the same could be said for the ’90s cars (which my generation usually ignores). If I had to pick a few potential collector cars for the Gen X’ers, I would say that the category includes the last of the Fox-body Mustangs, the 1995 Mustang Cobra 351 and the plastic fantastic 1990 ZR-1. As I attend auctions around the country, I see that these seem to be the cars that are gaining some traction in popularity and value, so maybe I’m not alone in my thinking. Oh well, that, in my humble 1993 Chevrolet Corvette Zr-1 coupe, not sold at $19,500 this year at Dan Kruse Classics in Midland, tX opinion, sums it up for me, and on that exhaust note, I will fire up my trusty B9 ’Stang and hit the pony trail. — Robert M., via email n n n Collectible? Maybe. They are more like special-interest vehicles. Performance was coming back and technology was a big part of that progression. The downside is the electronics. The manufacturers discontinue electronic parts when their warranty obligations have ended, and that leaves the aftermarket to help keep the ’90s vehicles running. So the best bet is to buy low-mileage/well-preserved ’90s vehicles. — Bill T., via emailA January–February 2019 41


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson LINCOLN’S The Continental is the big, cheap home of one of Ford’s finest engines 1977 Lincoln town Car L incoln cars traditionally had unique engines, dating all the way back to inception by Henry Leland. But the purchase of the company by Henry Ford, refinement by Edsel Ford, and restructuring in the post-World War II era by Henry Ford II all led to an all-time great engine, sourced from the Blue Oval. The revitalized Ford Motor Company of the 1950s expanded the use of common components in production. Lincoln’s first overheadvalve V8 engine in 1952 was also used in heavy-duty Ford trucks that year. In the 1960s, Lincoln’s power came from 430-ci and 462-ci variants of the “FE” engine family (as in Ford-Edsel) introduced in 1958. With a new era of future emissions regulations to contend with by 1968, Ford created the Lima 385 engine family. Made at Ford’s Lima, OH, engine plant, the 385 engine family’s most popular manifestations were the 429-ci V8 — used in Fords and Mercurys — and the 460-ci V8. The latter engine, while eventually available in all three brands and nearly all ranges of trucks, was initially intended for Lincolns — namely the new-for-mid-1968 Continental Mark III. When this baroque interpretation on the T-bird platform went into production, this engine also supplanted the 462 used in the Continental sedans and hard tops. The 429 premiered in the Ford Thunderbird, also during 1968 production. From then until 1972, Lincoln used the 460 exclusively. Class and girth As part of the Continental’s 1978 Lincoln town Car coupe, sold for $4,950 at Mecum Indianpolis this year 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 1970 redesign, it returned to body-on-frame construction. It looked for all the world like a bigger Mercury Marquis. A 1975 refresh gave the car a larger, blockier and more distinctive look (primarily through a unique greenhouse), yet it still had a nondescript grille that made some wonder if it was still a fancy Mercury. This was cured in 1977 with a new front end, featuring the same type of Rolls-Royce-esque cathedral grille that helped make the 1968–71 Mark III a runaway success, along with porthole oval rear-quarter windows as options from the Mark IV and V. 1978 saw the Continental Q-SHIP Owen Fitter ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions Detailing Years produced: 1975–78 (460-ci powered) Current ACC Median Valuation: $8,750 Number produced: 347,031 Original list price: $8,053 (1975 coupe) Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Top of the dashboard on the driver’s side Engine # location: ID decal on driver’s side valve cover; partial VIN stamped on the right front of the block Clubs: Lincoln and Continental Owners Club Web: www.lcoc.org, www.lincolnsofdistinction.org, www.460ford. com/forum/ Alternatives: 1975–78 Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford LTD Brougham, 1975 Imperial, 1971–76 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham / DeVille ACC Investment Grade: C


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go on a diet, using lighter-gauge glass, sheet metal, and the plastic LTD/Marquis dashboard structure in lieu of the Continental’s formerly unique metal-framed assembly. The Continental also got the 351M-based 400-ci engine standard nationwide. For this final year of the 460 in cars, it was not certified for sale in the Golden State, but the other 49 could have it as an option in Continentals and Mark Vs. The party only lasted one more year, as the 400 was the only engine for 1979 — the final year of the full-sized Lincoln. Continentals from 1978 with the 460 have the best power-to- weight ratio and are noticeably better performers. I’ve owned a number of 1970s Lincolns, and these are my favorites. Best of the bunch While the 1977–78 Mark V with a 460 has plenty of snort (despite rear-axle ratios as tall as 2.50 to 1), the shorter wheelbase and longer overhangs make those cars wallowy. The Continental, on the other hand, with a longer wheelbase and more-taut rear springs, handles surprisingly well. With an aftermarket sway bar added to the rear suspension and careful tire selection, I surprised many BMW owners with a 460-powered Town Car that I once owned. The cherry atop the sundae is that 460-equipped Lincolns have a more robust rear-axle assembly than even an F-150 pickup, plus hydroboost brakes, making them a superb tow vehicle. For those who are in the market for one, you’ll find that they are about as cheap a collector car as you get for the size and money. If you pay over 10 grand for one, it had better be a low-mile original Grannymobile in well-preserved original condition. These cars sold exceptionally well from 1977 through 1979, and most were bought by an older clientele that generally took good care of them. As such, good Continentals are still plentiful. With $5,000 to spend, the market is your oyster, with spare change left for gas. On that note, mileage isn’t as bad as some make it out to be. Around town, factor about 12 to 14 mpg. Out on the highway, I’ve “alas, poor yorick. I knew him…” the author’s last encounter with his favorite 1978 Lincoln Continental town Car, laid bare as a parts car at French Lake auto Parts salvage yard a decade ago seen 18 mpg, but 14 to 16 is more realistic. Your best bet for performance is to find a mid-1968 or 1969 460, as they had high-compression heads (10.5:1). Later production used a phenolic-cam gear that was retarded four degrees to further help emissions. Pull and replace the water pump and the timing set with a double-roller chain and all-steel gears, and you have a no-brainer 300,000-mile engine with great torque that can be built up from there for performance. Oh, and 429 Cobra Jet heads will bolt on — the ultimate in go and grunt. Leave it in a 1975–78 Continental, and you’ll have the best in a Cheap and Thrilling Q-ship. A January–February 2019 43


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Horsepower Jay Harden CLIMBING Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson inFOUR LOW Modern Wranglers are bringing big money, such as this 2018 custom Jeep Wrangler unlimited, sold at barrett-Jackson in Palm beach, FL, for $75,900 Why aren’t Jeep CJs riding the rising tide of classic SUVs? W ith the red rocky crags and metal-crunching monoliths fresh in my mind, I’d like to take a moment to talk about Moab. This special place in Utah does everything it can to pulverize you, and the pulverized evidence of the place fills not only your ears and your eyes and your nose, but your soul, too. Moab is one of those few places on Earth that enchants with its harshness and implores with its desolation, which is why so many of us refer to it either in terms of “next time” or “someday.” Though Moab crawls with vista viewers, craggy climbers, pedal pushers and throttle twisters (that’d be me), it is impossible to speak of the place without also mentioning that other four-letter icon with which the place is synonymous — Jeep. Whether you’re ambling through downtown, crawling up Poison Spider, whoop-ta-dooing through the Slickrock, or exploring the La Sal Mountains, the Jeeps are there. Some are stock, some are full-on Mall-Terrain Vehicles, some are rentals and some are hand-built masterpieces of tubing and rubber. Either way, their presence is overwhelming. Where’s the value? Although I spend most of my time in Moab trying to avoid pitch- ing myself over my handlebars, or worse, into a bottomless abyss, I do my best to keep my eyes up and my ACC goggles on. That being the case, I’d be remiss if I failed to take a look at the current state of the Jeep market. We’ve been talking about the approaching and now breaching 44 AmericanCarCollector.com classic SUV tsunami for several years now, and the water is still rising. Somehow, and for reasons that still escape me, the classic Jeeps — CJs, to be specific — aren’t riding the tide. To be clear, a clean CJ-7 is more expensive now than it was 10 years ago, but the uptick has been granny-gear slow, at least when compared to the growth of virtually any other 4x4 of similar vintage. Why? Is the problem simply a matter of supply and demand, or is there more to it? No one I knew while growing up owned an FJ or a first-gen Bronco, which we all know have been on an obscene tear in value surge over the past decade. However, more than a few CJ-7s took up space in our high-school parking lot, and they were about as cool a ride as there was. Relatively cheap to own and operate, they were, and are, as great a first car as they are a 10th. They excel at keeping you cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Simple, durable, and almost unparalleled in their attractiveness to the opposite sex, the old Jeeps weasel their way under the skin. Like Moab, they do little to protect you from yourself and sometimes leave you fearing for your life, which some of us would argue is occasionally necessary to remind us we’re alive. What’s unusual here is that we spend a lot of time talking about the power of nostalgia, but in this case, nostalgia just isn’t cutting it. Based on the experiences of my youth, I’d expect my peers to be pushing the old-Jeep market through the roof, supply be damned. What’s actually happening is my peers are out there throwing logic — and cash — out the window in pursuit of the vehicles we never owned. Why aren’t old Jeeps keeping pace? I have a theory.


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Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1979 Jeep CJ-7 SuV, sold for $14,300 at Mecum Kansas City in 2017 1980 Jeep CJ-7 renegade SuV, sold for $15,370 at Gaa Greensboro in 2016 A modern take When I spoke of Moab being inundated with Jeeps, I wasn’t just referring to the CJs. The place is absolutely crawling with JKs — the 4-door Unlimiteds, to be specific. Jeep Wrangler sales have exploded over the past few years, with total new-car sales tripling over the past decade and a half, and they have also managed to work their way into the top 10 of most credible Best Resale Value lists. If you’ve ever been to SEMA, you’d be hard-pressed to argue against the Jeep Wrangler being easily the most supported vehicle in all of the aftermarket. I saw further evidence of the devotion to accessorization this past January while I sat in the nosebleed section at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale. I watched one fat-tired Wrangler Unlimited after another sell for anywhere from $75,000 to $90,000. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Since my trip to Scottsdale, I’ve been keeping my eye on these late-model Jeeps, and lightly used and moderately modified JK Wranglers continue to sell at auction for what I can only describe as 2018 Jeep Wrangler unlimited custom SuV, sold for $110k this year at barrett-Jackson Scottsdale absurd amounts of money. The ACC Premium Auction Database has average auction sale prices for 2015-to-2018 Jeep Wranglers ranging from about $60k to almost $80k. Is this trend contributing to the continued disinterest in old CJs? I think so. The new Wranglers, and the Unlimiteds in particular, may be among the only late-model vehicles on the road that have managed to improve on the original in a way that retains the real essence of their inspiration. New Camaros and Mustangs and Challengers have a splash of retro styling and are faster in every direction than the oldies, but they still look and feel like new cars. And while Jeeps earned their reputation in the rough stuff, the magic has always been about going topless. Now that the Unlimiteds have a whole extra set of doors to leave at home, an actual full-size family of four can pile in — just like with an old Jeep, but better. As a result, I’ve almost convinced myself that an old CJ-7 might just be one of the best values in classic 4x4s in the current market. Now I just need to convince my wife that we need one. Maybe another trip to Moab will do it. A January–February 2019 45


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On the Road Elana Scherr TOO GOOD TO KEEP? old reliable, elana’s 1969 Dodge Polara Is it possible that we love our projects more when they need more attention? the most reliable. In the 10 years in which either my husband or I have been daily- T driving it, the Dodge has never been on a trailer. That is a good thing for many reasons, not least of which being that I don’t think it would fit on a trailer. Those of you familiar with Chrysler’s full-size cars know what I’m talking about. Those of you unfamiliar should picture an aircraft carrier with four wheels and a Pentastar badge. Since I’ve just said that the Polara is the best and most reliable car in our fleet, you might be forgiven for thinking that it is one of the favorites. Actually, we’re often messing with it in an attempt to love it more. It’s as if by being so reliable, the car doesn’t need us. It would be perfectly happy in any driveway — happier maybe. After all, I did just off-road it on the Pismo sand dunes and I doubt it appreciated the experience. Hey, the truck was busted at the time and I had a date with some dune buggies. I guess the question is this: What should you do when you find yourself tempted to fiddle with a car that’s running fine — or worse, when you’re tempted to sell it and purchase something that isn’t running fine? 46 AmericanCarCollector.com If it ain’t broke, it ain’t worth havin’ he best car I own is a 1969 Dodge Polara. It’s not the fastest — that would be my 1970 Challenger. It’s not the most valuable — that would be the 1971 440+6 ’Cuda. It’s not even the most unusual. That honor is shared between a 1971 Opel and a 1965 Ford wrecker. The Polara is the best because it’s Living large The Polara started life as a full-size Dodge in 1960, and was briefly a mid-size machine from 1962 to ’64, just in time to be used with the high-powered 413 and 426-ci Max Wedge engines. That era of Polara is highly sought after and collectible, but that’s not what I have. In ’65 the Polara grew again, back to what Chrysler called its “C-body” platform, and by 1969, it was nearly 18.5 feet of slab-sided family car. When I first got into classic cars, people mostly bought C-bodies as engine donors, yanking the big-block engines to put in more desirable body styles. I’ve always liked the big cars, though. They’ve got trunks nearly the size of a pickup bed, and you could put two rival football fans in the back seat without them being close enough to hear each other’s insults.


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Despite its size, the Polara is easy to drive. It’s got that late-’60s power steering that turns with a finger, a breath, or a thought, and power brakes that bring the monster to a startling stop. If you’re going to panic-stop, though, make sure you hold your passengers in place, mom-arm style. The shoulder belts on the ceiling are primarily decorative, and if you use them, I’ll be annoyed about having to paperclip them back up in place afterward. Good, but made better One of the upgrades we made to the Polara when we first got it was the addition of a front sway bar, so handling is car-chase-movie ready. Parking, which you’d think would be a nightmare requiring tugboats and aircraft signal wands, is easy. You can see every corner of the car, and its 440-ci engine is responsive to even small throttle inputs. It’s a fantastic car — easy to drive, fast, uncommon but not obnox- ious. We bought it because everything else we owned was too small or too hot-rodded to be a commuter car, and in its stock, bench-seated form, the Polara was perfect for that. So why is it now non-stock, bucket-seat, three-seconds faster (at least) and all torn apart in the backyard? We got bored. It’s been like that for the decade we’ve owned the Polara. There was nothing wrong with the 383-ci engine that was in it when we got it, but first we added dual exhaust, and soon after pulled the 383 for a 440. Then we put aluminum heads on the 440 and swapped out the front bench for buckets from an up-model Polara 500, and now we’ve got the engine apart again because an Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminum intake needs to be where the stock iron one is now. In our house, if the car doesn’t break enough to require regular wrenching, we have to come up with reasons to rip into it, because that’s where the fun is. Otherwise the urge to sell it and buy some- on the beach at Pismo. been there, dune that thing else becomes overwhelming. For us, the temptation to fix is the whole point of owning old cars. New shiny problems Of course, replacing parts on a car is as likely to cause problems as it is to fix them, so now we’ve got a kickdown linkage mismatch and for some reason the oil pan has a leak which it didn’t have before. Spending all that time with the Polara also made me realize how faded the paint is, and honestly, it’s needed the headliner replaced for the past three years. Hooray! Plenty to do! If for some reason the urge to swap these problems for new problems doesn’t go away, well, late-’60s and early-’70s Caddys and Lincolns are still somewhat affordable. I bet a ’68 Mark III would be a great daily driver with all kinds of reliability issues. Just how I like ’em. A January–February 2019 47


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On the Market John L. Stein VAN HAILIN’ When minivans arrived and the Disco Era ended, van coolness dried up like the Salton Sea. Let’s jumpstart it again construction equipment, or with bolt-in multi-row seating, an entire Little League team. And oh, yeah, properly staged with carpeting, lava lamps and Barry White 8-tracks, they could selflessly serve as shag-wagons too. Hence that song. To every van there is a season The Big Three produced a highly useful array of 6- and 8-cylinder vans in short and long wheelbases, with and without windows and multi-passenger seating, and with various chassis and powertrain capabilities throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Yes, you can still go buy a modern van today. But among the classics, here are my favorites. 1968–74 Ford Club Wagon Shaggin’ — er, Shaggy Wagon: 1968 Chevrolet Sportvan, Scooby Doo edition, sold for, like, $3,600 in 2015 at twin Cities auctions W hy do certain songs stick in our brains forever? If you consult a neuroscientist, they’ll go off about repetition, lyrical patterns, brain anatomy, autobiographical memory and stuff. But ask Bud at the Raccoon Lake Swapmeet on Sunday, and he may just relate how a particular song instantly reconnected him to a particular car at a particularly groovy time in life. Well, they’re both right! ACC’s “On the Market” covered car songs to some degree in the March–April 2017 issue, referencing the Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” and Bob Seger’s “Makin’ Thunderbirds” in the process. What’s bugging me right now, though, is one that didn’t occur to me at the time — “Chevy Van.” It’s a dreamy (or maybe sleazy?) 1973 ballad about, well, making love in a Chevy van. Now, before you get all wound up about such scandalous behavior, please note the song is referenced here strictly to convey 1970s American culture, in which vans played an important role. Indeed, 40 to 50 years ago, American vans were culturally significant while also strong working members of our essential blue-collar trades. They were cool, and got the job done — just like pickups do today. Built like steel boxes and featuring cab-forward designs, they could hold just about anything you could lift high enough to load, from dirt bikes to small boats, from camping gear to 48 AmericanCarCollector.com Chateau: With its two-tone paint, 302ci V8, removable multi-row seating for 12, and long 123.5-inch wheelbase, this up-level Econoline can do just about anything. It’s similar to the van Mert Lawwill drove to the races in “On Any Sunday,” and which Steve McQueen used in a Honda Elsinore bike commercial in the early 1970s. Cool factor: High. Because such vans could be owned either by oving families, handymen or hog farmers, those hat survive today might be in any condition, from airytale to fairly scary. The up-level Club Wagon Chateau had stainless-steel exterior trim and houndstooth upholstery, and a boss AM/FM radio. I drove a long-wheelbase white E100 (the light- duty model) with a 302-ci V8 throughout college, and took pride in knowing that everything I owned — including my Ducati motorcycle — could fit inside it. Budget $8,000 for a good Club Wagon Chateau today, and watch out for rust in the unibody. 1971–77 Dodge Sportsman Maxi Wagon: The king of Dodge’s unibody “B-vans” during this era was the extended Maxi Wagon, stretching a titanic 17.6 feet from bumper to bumper and with a rear overhang of nearly four feet. With a profile characterized by its long nose, which allowed a bit more engine-bay access, the Sportsman was available with an inline 6 or a variety of V8 power. The 318-ci or 360-ci V8 should do it, or go for the later 440-ci V8 — if you dare!


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On a motorcycle trip during the 1980s, I became stranded in a small central California town during a rainstorm. All the motels were sold out. A sympathetic manager at one rented me her Sportsman for the night — at full motel-room price, of course! I happily took it. Inside was peasoup green shag carpeting and numerous photos of her poodle. This experience didn’t make me fonder of Sportsman vans, but the vast interior space — up to 15-passenger capacity with configurable seating installed — certainly did. Figure $10,000, and presume wellpreserved Maxi Wagons to be unicorns. 1973 Dodge Sportsman 1967–70 Chevrolet Sportvan: The song “Chevy Van” croons, in part, “She’s gonna love me in my Chevy van/And that’s all right with me.” I don’t mean to harp on it, but how much more classic (or cliché?) can you get than to buy the van from the song? Fortunately, though, since Sammy Johns’ hit tune doesn’t seem to have matriculated to modern times (except in this column) like “Little Deuce Coupe” or “Mustang Sally,” most people won’t know to chide you about it. Unlike the mostly 1970s Fords and Dodges described above, in Chevyland, I personally prefer the second-generation, late-1960s models. Of these, my favorite is the eight-passenger, 108-inch wheelbase Sportvan. This preference is solely due to design; the second-gen Chevys had character that the third-gen models lacked, clean as they were in their lines. These Bowtie vans came with an inline 6 or small- block 307-ci or 350-ci power and an optional automatic. Bottom line: bulletproof, easy to source parts for, and tunable. Not that you’d want much power in a vehicle with the profile of a refrigerator box and fourwheel drum brakes. They’re more “classic” but less all-around roadworthy than the later Ford or Dodge. Plan on $10,000 for a solid one. Their body-on-frame design eases restoration. Where have all the flowers gone? So how come, given their intense awesomeness through the 1960s and 1970s, today’s vans have not retained this coolness? After all, the muscle-car design paradigms of the 1960s and 1970s are alive and well in the form of the modern Mustang, Challenger and Camaro. And pickups are fantastic, with Ford’s Raptor standing tall among the pack, and Jeep about to reenter the segment with a Wrangler-based unit. One theory is that minivans, which Chrysler Corp. invented in 1983, quickly spawned a huge market for ubiquitous, soulless peoplemovers, splintering the previous full-size van market into two parts: van people and “minivan moms,” stealing sales momentum from the “real” van segment. Indeed, why buy a clunky, thirsty truck-based van when a minivan was more efficient and economical, and designed for families instead of hauling tools and table-saws? As well, the Disco Era had recently sailed o’er the horizon, soon to be followed by the Love Boat, and with that, van coolness dried up like the Salton Sea, and simply blew away. Until now, that is! Let’s go grab some vans. A January–February 2019 49


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 454/275 Big-Block Appeal Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson That this (albeit half) plasticbumper car brought comparable money to ’71–72 chromebumper 454s indicates the increasing acceptance of later Corvettes 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1Z37Z3S418765 by John Boyle • Matching-numbers LS4 454/275 • M21 4-speed manual transmission • Factory air conditioning • 47,000 original miles ACC Analysis This car, Lot 377, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on September 28, 2018. It was offered with no reserve More power Oscar Wilde wrote, “Nothing succeeds like excess.” Most car people want the biggest optional motor, and some of us prize the engine call-outs and badging as much as the performance they promise. To collectors and drivers alike, there is an undeniable appeal to owning the top of the line. The Corvette, already a fine performer and capable racer with many variations of the ubiquitous smallblock Chevy, welcomed its first “big block” in 1965. The L72 with 396 cubic inches was rated at 425 hp — a whopping 70% increase in power over the base engine. The following year, the 427 was introduced, and until its retirement in 1969, it provided the basis for an array of high-performance options that were rated up to 435 horsepower. For 1970, the ultimate big-block, the 454, appeared. Initially offered as the 390-hp LS5, it was augmented in ’71 only by the 425-hp LS6. Beginning in 1972, horsepower numbers dropped to 270 due to the switch to net horsepower ratings and the implementation of some emissions regulations. A year of change Until 1973, the growing list of government safety and environmental mandates to the C3 were largely invisible. As the C3 entered its sixth year, the chrome front bumper disappeared, replaced by a new body-colored urethane nose. Adding 35 pounds of weight, it met new government requirements for low-speed impact protection. However, the chrome twin-blade bumpers remained in back, giving the car, in the eyes of many, a less-than-integrated look. Additionally, side-impact beams were added to the doors, and a new coolant recovery system, air-induction hood and radial tires were added. And pointing the way to the C3’s future as more of a cruiser than sports car, increased sound deadening materials and quieter mufflers were added. Nearly 15% of production was fitted with the new LS4 big-block. A revised version of the LS5, the new engine had a milder cam and improved emissions, yet at 275 hp, it was rated slightly higher than the earlier motor. Torque rating stayed at 390 foot-pounds. The big block provided respectable performance. Road & Track found it could reach 60 in 7.2 seconds and run a quarter mile in 15.4. Car and Driver tested a


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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! 4-speed and knocked almost a second off that. Oddly, at $250, the big-block was less expensive than the small-block L82 350/285 engine priced at $299. In its review, Car and Driver said it preferred the small-block car, saying it had better balance, while conceding that many, including Corvette engineers, liked the torque provided by the larger engine. Our subject car is a well-equipped example, featuring the LS4, 4-speed and a/c. It wears very period Elkhart Green paint, which has a nice shine and shows no damage. It rides on the standard factory Rally wheels, and wears raised white-letter tires, introduced mid-year to supplement narrow whitewalls. The interior is basic black and looks to be in good shape, with minor wear to seat fabric, carpets and steering column. An aftermarket pad is atop the parking-brake housing, which serves as the center armrest. The engine compartment is clean and stock, with factory decals in place and just the usual corrosion on the brake-fluid reservoir. The auction company description doesn’t indicate if, or when, any restoration or refinishing was done. Decline into the disco era The C3 went through several phases during its long (many would say too long) 1968–82 production run. 1968–72 cars are considered the most sporting of the bunch. These are the least affected by regulations, and were out the door before the energy crisis. That, along with further emissions requirements, played havoc with the remainder of the C3’s run. The ’73s and ’74s might be characterized as mid-pe- riod C3s, having some government-mandated changes, but still respectable performance. A matching plastic rear bumper arrived and the big-block departed in ’74, as did the convertible the next year. The final years of the C3 were more disco-era than muscle-car-era, with smog-strangled engines burdening the aging design. As power decreased, GM increasingly made features such as a/c, power windows, telescopic steering wheels and AM/FM radios standard, turning the Corvette into a luxury car with sporting pretentions. Fair price for a big-block At $44k, this car was well sold compared with the recently restored, numbers-matching, 4-speed 350/300 1969 Corvette that sold for $23,100 at BarrettJackson’s Connecticut June sale (profiled in ACC #41). The differential is increased when you consider that car’s condition and the fact that it’s a more desirable chrome-bumper car. Of course, what that car lacked was the bragging rights awarded to those who possess a car with the largest available engine. This ’73 is a nice car, but one year too new to be seated at the chrome-bumper cool-kids table. The ACC Pocket Price Guide median for a big-block is $25,500 — a small premium over the L82 small-blocks, but a sizeable jump over the base-engine car ($16k), indicating that this was exceptionally well sold. Searching the ACC Premium Auction Database, two big-block ’73s were sold by Mecum this year. One went for $22,500 at their Los Angeles sale in February (ACC# 6877899), while another brought $63,800 at Monterey in August (ACC# 6865324). This sale splits that difference. While $44,000 no doubt seems excessive for any rubber-bumper car, it helps to have to look at this sale from a “glass half-full” perspective. The top engine option/big-block versions of any muscle or pony car carry a premium, and the last two cars I profiled for ACC suggest this price may not be as high as it seems. A middling-quality ’70 440 Road Runner profiled in ACC# 41 brought the same amount, while a recently restored ’69 Nova SS 396 sold for $58,300 (ACC# 40). And although there are some exceptions, a quick look through the price guide indicates you’ll pay comparable money for many ’69–71 Chevelle SS 396/454s , ’69–71 Camaro Z/28s, some Nova SSs, any 440-powered Mopar, and most Mustang Mach 1/428s. Finally, as derided as they are, the middle-age C3s are still Corvettes, and they have an undeniable cachet. That this (albeit half) plastic-bumper car brought comparable money to ’71–72 chrome-bumper 454s indicates the increasing acceptance of later Corvettes. I suspect buyers who are too young to remember the media catcalls during the C3’s 190-hp twilight years just see these cars as affordable but stylish collectibles, ignoring their performance limitations. So when it comes to big-block Corvettes, even the relatively unloved ’73–74 plastic-bumper cars, the price paid here just might be the market. As with many of his quips, Mr. Wilde proved himself a keen observer of the human condition, or in this case, collector-car market. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) January–February 2019 51CC 51 1972 Chevrolet Corvette 454/360 coupe Lot 105, VIN: 1Z37W2S518360 Condition: 2 Sold at $24,580 ACC# 6803422 Kruse Classics, Midland, TX, 5/21/16 Detailing Years produced: 1968–82 Number produced: 4,412 (454-equipped cars), 30,464 (all 1973 Corvettes) Original list price: $5,811 Current ACC Median Valuation: $25,500 Tune up/major service: $300 VIN location: Tag on left front body-hinge pillar Engine # location: Pad at top front of passenger’s side cylinder bank Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1968–70 Plymouth Road Runner 440, 1970–72 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 or 454, 1969–70 Pontiac GTO Judge ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1974 Chevrolet Corvette 454/270 coupe Lot 2265 VIN: 1Z37Z4S470613 Condition: 3+ Sold at $12,100 Leake, Tulsa, OK, 6/7/18 ACC# 6872421 1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454/275 convertible Lot 352, VIN: 1Z67Z3S428760 Condition: 2Sold at $51,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/23/2010 ACC# 166287


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PROFILE GM Second-Gen Second Wind 1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Second-gen Camaros could go down soon as another wouldacoulda-shoulda opportunity. Don’t say you weren’t forewarned VIN: 124870N558107 by Dale Novak original color, Shadow Gray. All the body panels are original to the car, and floor pans still have the original primer. This car is optioned with the LT-1 350/360-hp engine mated to an M22 manual transmission, 4:10 Positraction rear, spoiler package, power steering, power disc brakes, tinted glass and factory AM/FM radio with rear-seat speaker. T 52 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 412.1, sold for $42,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas sale held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on September 27–29, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. The 1970 Camaro, also known as the 1970½ Camaro, was a tad late to the party for the 1970 model year. The car was completely redesigned from the ground up. While the drivetrain options were similar to the 1969 lineup, the body, suspension and just about every part on the car were new. GM marketing materials described the all-new Camaro as a driver’s car. It was sleek, wider, lower and arguably more aggressive-looking than the firstgeneration Camaro (1967–69). It handled better, and his 1970 Camaro Z/28 was purchased new from Dudley Martin Chevrolet in Manassas, VA. This car retains its original interior — door panels, dash and headliner. The car was repainted just over 11 years ago in its depending on which options you selected, could tear up the road equally as well. The Z/28 Special Performance Package, so named via the GM option code (RPO Z28), was even more formidable than its predecessor. Buyers who checked the box for the Z/28 received the spunky, high-winding, solid-lifter 350-ci LT-1 engine found in the Corvette. Although the Camaro’s engine was rated at 360 hp (the Corvette came in a 370 hp), “unofficial” non-factory testing of the 1970 LT-1 came in at over 400 hp. The LT-1 remains one of the most remarkable engines ever designed by Chevrolet. Performance ratings for the all-new Camaro were equally impressive. Not only did it handle better, it was in near race form right off the showroom floor. Quarter-mile times came in at 14 seconds at just over 100 mph. Given the beefy weight of the car at around 3,600 pounds, that’s a respectable number. Even better, when equipped with a 4-speed manual, the Camaro Z/28 could take full advantage of the versatile LT-1 V8 by quickly finding the perfect RPM range on the street for quick acceleration. Gentlemen, start your pony car wars With the introduction of the 1965 Mustang, Ford had set the stage for what would become the Pony wars — and the race, literally, to build faster, morepowerful compact-style muscle cars, was in full swing. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) racing fanned the flames, with all four manufacturers duking it out for top-dog status on the track with the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” mantra. Winning pony cars on the track meant winning sales in the showroom. Given the steep competition in the market, the 1970 Camaro sold well, with GM selling over 124,000, and the punchy Z/28 accounting for 8,733 units. It was a popular car in the early 1970s and remains so today. One good Z/28 deserves another We’ve seen the first-generation Z/28s (1967–69) sell for staggering amounts. Diving into the ACC Premium Auction Database, there have been some very special examples that have sold for north of $100,000. As the market ages and moves forward, meaning that older buyers drop out and younger buyers enter, the future could be predictably very bright for secondgeneration Camaro Z/28s. Younger buyers will begin to gravitate to the second-generation bodies (particularly the 1970–73) since those models speak to them in the same way that first-generation buyers see the earlier cars. Yes, performance began to taper off in 1971, but the cars still hold a special place in the part of our collective car brain that connects with these cars (or any car, for that matter). As such, it would not surprise me to see these models advance in value to be more on par with the first-generation models. Dealers seem to have taken notice of this, as a detailed market search of 1970–73 Camaro Z/28s showed asking prices from the mid-$50ks to the mid-$60ks. I also took note that some dealers are well stocked with Z/28 and SS Camaros of this era, which tells me they see the market moving forward, which bodes well for their inventory — meaning rising “on the book” values rather than depreciating. The current ACC Median Valuation for a well- presented 1970 Z/28 is $46,000, with a “B”-level investment grade. Other price guides suggest a value in the low $50ks. While the current trend shows a price adjustment of minus 8%, what our price guide can’t foretell is the number of buyers potentially sitting on the sidelines, waiting to jump into the old-car hobby. A fellow market-analyst associate once told me that they are making new collector cars every day — and new buyers to purchase them. That statement couldn’t be more true in the case of our subject car. The A to Z valuation Our subject car wasn’t perfect by any means, but it serves as a good car to define the middle of the market. It presents nicely, and it is a genuine Camaro Z/28 that combines some limited restoration work with originality. As described by the Barrett-Jackson catalog copy, the car was painted about 11 years ago. The copy suggests that the engine may not be original to the car. The interior is, however, reported to be original, as well as the chassis and floors. It is also documented with the original sales invoice and Protect-O-Plate. I wouldn’t expect a car like this to necessarily ring the bell, but I wouldn’t expect it to fall on its face, either. Opportunity could be knocking on the 1970–73 Camaro Z/28s. Why? Consider that a well-presented Plymouth AAR ’Cuda chimes in with an ACC median value of $83,500, a Dodge Challenger T/A at $64,000, and a Ford Mustang Boss 302 at $71,500. While these cars may be deemed more valuable than a 1970 Camaro Z/28, the like-kind attributes ring a lot of the same bells. These could go down soon as another woulda-coulda-shoulda opportunity. Don’t say you weren’t properly forewarned. With an ACC median value of $46,000 against an all-in sales price of $42,900, I’d consider this Z/28 to be a well-bought classic with a rock-solid future. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) January–February 2019 53 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z/28 coupe Lot 0104, VIN: 124870N547269 Condition: 1Sold at $53,500 ACC# 6841858 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 6/28/2017 Years produced: 1970–81 Number produced: 124,901 in 1970 (8,733 Z/28) Original list price: $3,411 Current ACC Median Valuation: $46,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Driver’s side dash, under windshield Engine # location: Pad on block, passenger’s side front Web: www.camaronationals. com Alternatives: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1970 Pontiac Trans Am, 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe Lot F161, VIN: 124870N516926 Condition: 2Sold at $33,550 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/16/2018 ACC# 6863910 1970 Chevrolet Camaro RS Z/28 Lot 607, VIN: 124870N518924 Condition: 2+ Sold at $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/23/2016 ACC# 6803710


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PROFILE FOMOCO 1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 428 CJ Top Pony Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson It seems the mid-$70k range is about all the market will bear for a mainstream late-’60s pony performance machine — even a top-ofthe-line one at that 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 9R02Q169174 by Tom Glatch automatic transmission, and has resided with the same California owner for the past 15 years. This highly optioned Mach 1 is equipped with T power steering, power disc brakes and factory air conditioning. During its restoration, it was completely disassembled prior to painting and was rebuilt system by system and bolt by bolt with Ford, Autolite and factory NOS parts. The engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, electrical, tires, interior and hoses are all new. Every pad, clip, spring, retainer, shoe, switch and bulb is also new. A high-quality paint job wraps up the work done, and the whole thing sits on Firestone Wide Oval tires. This Mach 1 has 25 break-in miles since completion, causing the odometer to roll over to all zeros. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 773, sold for $73,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale on September 29, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. his 1969 Mach 1 Mustang is documented by its Marti Report as one of four produced with these options. It is powered by its matchingnumbers 428-ci Cobra Jet engine with correct Holley carburetor, backed by a C6 3-speed “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” seemed to be the thinking around many of Detroit’s decisions during the 1960s. No manufacturer embraced this more than the Ford Motor Company. Henry Ford II built much of the company’s marketing around this philosophy, and he spent millions to ensure high-profile victories from the Daytona 500 to the Indianapolis 500 to the biggest motorsports stage in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Still, there was a nagging question: Was all of this effort and money creating better Fords for the street? The man who coined “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” was Bob Tasca, owner of the second-largest Ford dealership in the ’60s. Tasca Ford in East Providence, RI, not only raced the company’s products, but was also the go-to dealer for the hottest street Fords, much like Royal Pontiac, Yenko Chevrolet or Grand Spaulding Dodge. As a master salesman, Tasca could see the disconnect between Ford’s racing victories and their underwhelming street machines. Street mojo Tasca decided to show Ford just what they needed to build by whipping up a performance machine he called the KR-8. “The trend-setting KR-8 began life as a Medium


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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 Gold Metallic 1967 Mustang GTA 2-door hard top demonstrator model equipped with the top-of-the-line 10.5:1 390 FE big-block engine and backed by a big-block Ford C6 3-speed automatic,” wrote author Bob McClurg in his book The Tasca Ford Legacy: Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday! “Tasca and company had super-tuned the factory-rated 320-hp engine and taken it as far as it would go. Still, Bob felt that the car’s performance was lackluster at best, so he began making plans to change it.” Tasca took a 428 Police Interceptor short-block, added a set of 1964 427 medium-riser heads and an aluminum intake with two Holley 780s — the kind of component mix-and-match the factory could easily do. McClurg quotes former Hot Rod magazine editor Eric Dahlquist: “Bob Tasca regaled me with the background of the KR-8 Mustang, KR standing for King of the Road and 8 standing for 428. I had driven the car the day before and it was fast — faster than any GTO, Chevelle, or GTX and was totally tractable to boot.” Dahlquist wrote a three-page story about the KR-8 in Hot Rod, and after thousands of letters landed on Henry Ford II’s desk, the 428 Cobra Jet was born, added to the Mustang lineup in February 1968. A series of historic Super Stock victories that year also cemented the car’s reputation. “Ford went on to sell over 13,000 Cobra Jets in what remained of the 1968 model year and recaptured some of their street ‘mojo.’ Ford enthusiasts finally got the world-beater they were looking for,” said Dahlquist. The king of the corral The 428 Cobra Jet returned in 1969, wrapped in a restyled body and powering a new performance SportsRoof (fastback) model, the Mach 1. The great Bud Lindemann in his pioneering TV show, “Car and Track,” got to test one of the first ’69 Cobra Jet Mach 1s at Ford’s Dearborn test track. “Ford has finally seen the light, so the race for street supremacy is on,” gushed Lindemann. “This car looks like it’s going 30 mph before it left the line.” Once it left the line, Bud was impressed, “They advertised it at 335 horsepower plus 445 foot-pounds torque at 3,400 rpm… With all that power up front, you can make it do just about anything, including a fandango.” He also noted, “The cornering and handling of the Mach 1 in our initial trial run was great.” Bottom line: “This little pony could be king of the corral.” A total of 72,458 Mach 1 Mustangs were built in 1969, but most were 351-powered. Only 10,080 of them were propelled by the 428 Cobra Jet. Our featured 1969 Mach 1 428 CJ is about as desir- able as these cars get. The restoration is breathtaking, correct to the smallest detail. Plus, this San Jose-built Mustang came loaded with factory options, as proven by the Marti Report on this car. Kevin Marti owns Ford’s historic database and can pull the exact factory build sheet or invoice for a variety of Fords. He can also query the database to find how many Mach 1s were built with the same options — in this case, just four. So why did this above-average Mach 1 428 CJ sell for just north of the median price for these cars? The Mach 1’s midpoint is about the same as its crosstown rival, the ’69 396 Camaro. It seems the mid-$70k range is about all the market will bear for a mainstream late-’60s pony performance machine — even a top-of-the-line one at that. Prices on these types of cars have been fairly flat for the past decade or more, surely because they were much more common than the exotic Boss 429 Mustangs or COPO Camaros. That’s a disadvantage for sellers, especially after an expensive nut-and-bolt restoration. But for buyers, that means these peak-of-theMuscle-era pony cars are still within the means of Jackson.) 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ fastback 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ fastback Lot ST0044, VIN: 9F02R140749 Condition: 1Sold at $64,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 6/28/2018 ACC# 6874909 Club: Mustang Club of America Engine # location: On the rear driver’s side of the block, just below the head Current ACC Median Valuation: $66,000 Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Top edge of the dash on the driver’s side, visible through the windshield Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 72,458 Mach 1 (10,080 428 CJ) Original list price: About $3,122 Web: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396, 1969 Pontiac Firebird Formula 400, 1969 Plymouth Barracuda 383 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ fastback Lot 749, VIN: 9R02R109093 Condition: 2 Sold at $63,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2018 ACC# 6867934 many collectors. I’d call this one very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Lot 2378, VIN: 9T02R210640 Condition: 2 Sold at $51,700 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2018 ACC# 6858085 January–February 2019 55CC 55


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PROFILE MOPAR DIY Muscle 1970 PLYMOUTH DUSTER Carol Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions With a Slant-6 donor shell, there’s no fear of destroying the value of a rare original 340 car either by accident or through irreversible body modifications VIN: VL29C0B408161 by Patrick Smith • Rotisserie restoration • 408-ci engine upgrade • Automatic transmission • Light blue cloth interior • Bench seat • Cragar wheels • Original front and rear seat included • Engine upgrade receipts ACC Analysis This car, Lot F153, sold for $31,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Chicago 2018 sale on October 26, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. This car was sold as part of the Dan Houpt Collection and holds a special place within a small assemblage of classic Mopar muscle cars. Dan was a lifelong Mopar enthusiast. Over a short period of time, he managed to collect a small but wonderful array of small-block and big-block Pentastar warriors from the golden age of the muscle-car era. Dan found four beautiful examples, which he doted on from 2014 until he passed away this past August. This 1970 Duster was the second one he bought. Unlike the others, this one was set up to go without worries of damaging or breaking rare parts. It’s a hot rod through and through. A hot Valiant Speaking of hot rods, Plymouth’s design staff pulled a fast one on the Dodge Boys in 1969. With their substantial budget for retooling the Valiant, they decided 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com to create a semi-fastback hard top. Making their own exclusive body, Plymouth created a niche market for themselves. They re-skinned the car using the sedan wheelbase, and from the cowl back, they created a sensational swoopy semi fastback with generous interior dimensions. Dodge saw the Duster in fall of 1969 and howled all the way down the hall to Papa Robert McCurry. The end result was that by 1971, Dodge gained the rights to the same tooling dies. They debuted their own Dodge Demon model that year. If you wanted speed, Plymouth sold their hot 340 with a 10.5:1 compression ratio and your choice of the base 3-speed manual, optional 4-speed manual or the 727 TorqueFlite automatic. The 383/440 GTS packages were gone by 1970, but Plymouth offered a 360 Duster package later in the decade, which made for a real sleeper when set up correctly. For competition, the Duster had just Nova SS 350s, Maverick Grabber 302s and Gremlin X 5.0-Liters to deal with — Plymouth virtually had the field to themselves. But factory 340 Dusters were gone by the end of 1973. While finding a genuine Duster 340 isn’t hard, what’s left now are expensive restorations or rough cobs. A numbers-matching 340 from 1970–71 is worth too much now to bash on the street. Stock or modified? Fortunately, Mopars are very popular in both stock and modified form. A fresh hot rod gives you the best of both worlds: tire-frying power and original looks with modern touches like power rack-and-pinion


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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 Current ACC Median Valuation: $31,500 (1971 Demon 340) Years produced: 1970–76 Number produced: 192,375 (non-340 Dusters) Original list price: $2,172 (Slant-6 coupe) steering, aluminum heads, electronic ignition and fuel injection if you want to really be up to the minute. Something like that can be driven anywhere. With a slant-6 or 318 donor shell, there’s no fear of destroying the value of a rare original 340 car either by accident or through irreversible body modifications. That said, building a hot rod Mopar — especially using a popular model like the Duster — isn’t a cheap affair. Finding a clean, rust-free body, getting the engine and transmission set up with your favored goodies, custom paint and interior work all adds up to big money. That’s why this car was such a deal. The selling price can only be matched if you’re willing to write off your labor and time. The market for performance-modded Dusters is stable and healthy. Unlike Ford and GM, Mopar didn’t forget over-the-counter high-performance parts sales after 1971. Instead of the parts collecting dust in dealer bins across the nation, Chrysler assigned new parts and launched Direct Connection to sell them. The old Hustle Stuff and Scat Pack goodies were carried over, given new numbers if necessary and added to newer competitive parts that kept the littleguy racers and bigger teams in the victory lane. Tips on builds and track setups were available to Joe Leadfoot via their Direct Connection racing manuals issued in 1976 and updated frequently. They had all the info needed from Mopar gurus like Tom Hoover and Larry Shepard. The Direct Connection program accelerated through the 1980s, and as such, Mopars have a long history of factory-sponsored modifications that were done right and up to the minute. The payoff came in victories at the strip and desirability when the time comes to sell. Thanks to Direct Connection, modified Mopars aren’t as hard to sell as other brands of ’60s and ’70s muscle cars. Two markets There are two Duster markets: one for low-produc- tion 340 sports coupes and one for 318s and Slant 6s. Slant-6 Dusters were mass-produced from 1970 to 1976. The prices range widely depending on the quality and depth of a build. A $30,000 modified Duster is fairly common, but it could range from a no-frills bracket racer that’s all engine to a street-strip car with some show and go. Finding one completely done to consistent high standards isn’t easy. Often, money has been poured into the driveline, leaving the interior or paint- and bodywork behind. On the other hand, the big-money rides are the 1970–71 factory numbers-matching 340 Dusters. $40,000 isn’t unusual for one with the cool extras such as High Impact paint, Rallye wheels, buckets and console. The 1972–73 models are more affordable, but for how long? That’s why this car’s a bargain. It was rotisserie restored with a lot of love, and it shows throughout. Some suspension work was done as well, as the shockabsorber mounts have been relocated. The dashboard is custom made, the upholstery is new custom cloth and interior paint is done to a much nicer standard than factory. Even the body decals were custom made to show off the stroker small-block build. The Mopar black-crinkle valve covers, aluminum radiator, custom floor mats, Hurst shifter and Cragar SS mags are all top-shelf items typical of a quality hot rod. A look at current sales of similarly equipped cars shows this one to be right in the ballpark in terms of values for modified A-bodies. With a price spot-on market, this was both a great buy and a good sale for a car that can be used without worry. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 Lot: S23.1 VIN: VS29HB191116 Condition: #3+ Sold: $24,750 Club: For A Bodies Only Web: www.forabodiesonly. com Engine # location: Partial VIN on block above oil-pan rail Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Nova SS, 1971 Ford Maverick Grabber, 1971 Dodge Demon 340 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Dashboard, decal on driver’s door, fender tag 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 replica Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/21/2017 ACC# 6839558 Lot 460 VIN: VL29G0B352683 Condition: #1Sold: $24,200 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 Lot F76, VIN: VS29H0B184103 Condition: #3 Sold at $30,740 ACC# 213138 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/8/2012 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/2/2010 ACC#168278 January–February 2019 January–February 2019 57


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1936 FORD JACK CALORI 3-WINDOW COUPE Low-Slung Leader Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions The stunning Calori coupe set the standard for custom ’36 Fords back in 1949, and 70 years later, it still does VIN: 182636987 by Ken Gross • Hot Rod magazine cover car November 1949 • Built by rodding pioneers Jack Calori and Herb Reneau • Bored and stroked ’46 Mercury 59AB flathead • Clay Smith cam; Eddie Meyer high-compression heads • Three-inch chopped top, La Salle grille, ’40 Chevy headlights • Best in Class at Pebble Beach Early Custom Class in 2005 • Dean Bachelor Award for the “Most Significant Hot Rod” ACC Analysis This car, Lot S82, sold for $407,000, includ- ing buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s auction in Monterey, CA, on August 23–25, 2018. Arguably, it’s the most famous restyled ’36 Ford coupe of them all, beginning with an appearance on the cover of Hot Rod in November 1949. Four inches off the pavement, with a hint of a tail-dragger stance, de-chromed, simplified and full-skirted, Jack Calori’s ’36 3-window accomplished what everyone who built custom cars wanted: It turned heads and attracted ladies. On that now-famous Hot Rod cover, Jack Calori’s pretty girlfriend Juanita stands casually alongside. Calori, a handsome Lynwood, CA, motor officer 58 AmericanCarCollector.com (motorcycle policeman), understood the allure of his ’36 coupe. An active member of both the Dolphins and the Lancers hot rod clubs of Long Beach, and a competitive dry-lakes racer, Calori was already well known for his jet-black ’29 Model A-V8, with chopped split windshield and distinctive twin chromed exhaust pipes that ran diagonally up each side of the car. SCTA roadster racers built increasingly hotter engines that were no longer suitable for street use, so Calori acquired this one-owner ’36 coupe in 1947 to use as a tow car for his roadster. Expert metal man Herb Reneau suggested to Calori that they build a custom out of it, so Jack installed a dropped front axle and kicked up the rear of the frame to lower the stance. Reneau chopped the coupe’s top three inches for a perfect silhouette. Building “the look” Reneau completed the restyling with an alligator- style hood that was extended three inches, and fabricated matching solid side panels. The pièce de résistance was a slender vertical ’39 LaSalle grille. Given the coupe’s low-slung look, it made perfect sense for Reneau to cut off the stock ’36 Ford headlight stands and replace them with faired-in lights from a ’40 Chevy. In the rear, the trunk handle was shaved, the rear license plate was inset, and a pair of 1947 Hudson


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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: 1936 (1947) Number produced: 21,446 DeLuxe 3-window coupes Original list price: $570 Current ACC Median Value: $40,718 Tune-up/major service: $250 (estimated) Engine # location: Cast in bellhousing taillights replaced the stanchion-mounted Ford units. The coupe was updated with 1941 Ford bumpers and teardrop Buick fender skirts. Whitewall tires were never fitted. The finishing touch was multiple coats of hand-rubbed black nitrocellulose lacquer. The result was commemorated with a Rex Burnett Hot Rod cutaway drawing. Inside, the mohair interior was replaced with dark red leatherette, accented with ivory piping. A number of moldings and fittings were plated. The dash was modified to accept six Stewart-Warner convex-lens gauges. Reneau fabricated a slick chrome tray, which could be pulled out from underneath the dash panel on the passenger’s side. Given the preference for drive-in restaurants in that era (the better to show off a custom car), that tray came in handy. From custom car to custom rod Calori sold his roadster but kept its Clay Smith- tuned 59A Mercury engine, and installed it in the ’36. A hot mill by late-’40s standards, it was bored 1/8th and stroked the same amount by offset-grinding the crank. The displacement was 267 ci. Calori modified the car’s Merc V8 with the top speed equipment of that era, starting with a Clay Smith cam and a modified Lincoln-Zephyr dualpoint, dual-coil distributor. Eddie Meyer supplied the polished, finned, high-compression heads. The racer-style dual intake, also polished, was a Weiand product. Period touches include a Bell fuel pressure pump under the dash, with a pressure gauge and a Ford Crestliner steering wheel. In contrast to the car’s exterior, which featured a minimum of brightwork, the entire oil pan was chromed, as were the twin water pumps, the generator’s external casing, the oil filler/breather and the dipstick assembly. The SCTA did not permit coupes (or sedans) to compete, so Calori ran the 3-window at a Russetta Timing Association (RTA) meet in 1948 and was clocked at an impressive 114.50 mph. The narrow LaSalle grille looked great, but there was no room for a fan, so air flow was limited. Calori and Reneau tried a number of solutions, such as an air scoop under the front bumper, a larger radiator water tank, and even hood louvers, but none of those steps ever kept the much-modified engine from overheating. Restored to a fare-thee-well Calori eventually traded in his custom coupe toward a brand-new 1950 Mercury. Many customs from the early ’50s did not survive, but this car did. It went to an owner in Minnesota and was eventually found by Roger Domini in Spokane, WA, who owned it for many years. Noted collector Don Orosco had the coupe before it was acquired by Jorge Zaragoza of El Paso, TX. Zaragoza, who owned the ex-Tom McMullen ’32 roadster, commissioned Roy Brizio Street Rods in South San Francisco, CA, to restore the Calori coupe to its primo 1949 configuration. I saw the disassembled coupe at Roy’s shop before the meticulous restoration started. It was remarkably complete, with nearly all of its custom touches, including all the original Stewart-Warner instruments, and even the special interior tray. Roy and his crew contacted Jack Calori, who was still living at the time (he died in 2008). He remembered many details, ensuring a period-perfect restoration. Calori visited Roy’s shop to help. Brizio had original photographs of the car for a guide. His team solved the car’s chronic heating problem with a modern electric fan that could be removed when the car was shown. The coupe only had one Appleton S-552 spotlight. Brizio’s crew, led by Bill Ganahl, resisted temptation to add a second light. A winner, then and now In 2005, the ex-Jack Calori coupe won the first Historic Early Custom Cars 1935–1948 Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well as the prestigious Dean Bachelor Award at that same event, for the most significant hot rod present. The $407,000 sale price is a record for a ’36 Ford — there are Duesenbergs that have sold for less. The hammer price also was $89k more than a 2012 sale for the same car. The winning bidder, Scott Gillen, also owns a Brizio-built ’35 Ford 3-window. A man with an eye for design, Gillen said he has always admired this car, and he just had to have it. Beautifully restored, the stunning Calori coupe set the standard for custom ’36 Fords back in 1949, and 70 years later, it still does. I’d call this a great deal for the seller, and while the price may seem high right now, we may look back in a few years and think this sale was a bargain. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) January–February 2019 59 1936 Ford Custom roadster Lot 216, VIN: 181671177 Condition: 1Sold at $132,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/21/2010 ACC# 155066 VIN location: Stamped on the frame rail near the firewall, driver’s side Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Web: www.goodguys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other ’30sto-’40s-era period customs restored to their as-built configuration ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1936 Ford Model 68 Coupe Jack Calori Lot S116, VIN: 182636987 (subject car) Condition: 1Sold at $318,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213968 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe convertible Lot 804, VIN: 182906380 Condition: 2+ Sold at $192,500 RM Auctions, The Milhous Collection, Boca Raton, FL, 02/15/2012 ACC# 192770


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1948 PLAYBOY A48 CONVERTIBLE Ultimate Orphan Jeff Creech ©2018 Courtesy of RM Auctions With an owner community small enough for everyone to be on everyone else’s Christmas card list, these cars simply do not show up at auction 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 88 by Jeff Zurschmeide • An unusual and very rare American post-war microcar • The 88th of 97 examples produced • Equipped with retractable hard top ACC Analysis This car, Lot 157, sold for $132,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ sale in Hershey, PA, on October 11, 2018. If there’s one great claim to fame for the Playboy Motor Car Corporation and its 97 orphaned children, it’s that Hugh Hefner got the inspiration for the eponymous men’s magazine from the car. Hef confirmed it himself in 2002. Everyone knows the magazine, but most of us would have to look up the Playboy automobile to tell you anything about it. Here’s the setup: In the immediate post-World War II period, automakers were cranking out as many cars as they could to satisfy demand after four years of building no consumer cars whatsoever. Remember that a car was only supposed to last about five years at that point, so the whole country needed new cars and most people had some money in their pockets. While the Big Three were still producing 1942 models, a Packard dealer named Louis Horwitz and a Pontiac engineer named Charles Thomas formed the Midget Motor Car Company in Buffalo, NY. The idea was to make a new kind of car. Together with a mechanic named Norman Richardson, they changed the name of the company to the Playboy Motor Car Corporation and developed the first prototype of the Playboy in 1946. It was a rear-engine setup, which was quickly abandoned. But the overall Playboy car design was important for several reasons. What’s the big deal? First, the Playboy looked different than other cars of the day. The major automakers were still making cars with big fat pre-war fenders, but the Playboy had smooth sides that predicted the designs that were about to come out of the big studios. After the Playboy, the refreshed Packard Super 8 and the Step-Down Hudson came out in 1948, followed by the Airflyte Nash and Shoebox Ford in 1949. Second, the Playboy is thought to be the first retractable hard-top car built in America. The metal top can be folded down level with the rear bodywork. The retractable hard-top idea didn’t show up again for 10 years, until Ford made the Fairlane 500 Skyliner in 1957. Third, the Playboy used a unibody design with coil springs at the front and hydraulic brakes and shock absorbers all around. Engines were sourced from several companies, along with the transmission and rear axle, so the car had some of the latest technology while still using off-the-shelf parts. Finally, the Playboy was smaller than most cars of the day, but bigger than microcar oddities such as the Crosley lineup. You could seat three people across the single bench seat of a Playboy, but it was designed for two. The fundamental idea of the Playboy was to provide an affordable second car for prosperous post-war


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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: 1946–51 Number produced: 97 Original list price: $985 Current ACC Median Price: $132,000 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $100 VIN Location: Passenger’s side firewall Engine # Location: Engine block Club: Playboy Motor Cars Web: www.playboymotorcars. com Alternatives: 1951–54 Muntz Jet, 1951–54 Kaiser Henry J, 1952–53 Allstate ACC Investment Grade: C Comps families. Horwitz and company proposed to sell the Playboy for just $985. In 1947, the cheapest Ford you could buy was $1,154, and the least-expensive Chevy was $1,160. Nuts and bolts The first Playboy prototypes made in 1947 had a 2.2-liter (133-ci) Hercules flathead 4-cylinder engine rated at 48 horsepower, paired to a column-shifted 3-speed transmission with an optional overdrive. For 1948, the company went with a smaller Continental flathead 4, displacing 1.5 liters (91 ci) and offering 40 horsepower. With a curb weight of 2,035 pounds, the Playboy had a top speed of about 65 mph, according to the 1948 sales brochure. In 1951, a final engine change was made to a 2.2-liter (134-ci) Willys engine with 72 horsepower. Throughout its pre-production life, the Playboy used a Warner 3-speed transmission with an optional overdrive and a Spicer rear axle. Brakes were sourced from Wagner and the steering gear from Ross. That means that parts for the engines, driveline and running gear can be found. All told, 97 Playboy cars were completed, all techni- cally prototypes. The cars were never offered for commercial sale and the company ultimately folded for lack of investment in the wake of Preston Tucker’s spectacular failure. According to the website set up by the current owner community, 51 Playboys have been identified and about 15 of them are roadworthy. A big sale for a small car The subject car looks great in the auction photos. The only obvious deviations from originality are in the engine compartment. Someone should tell sellers that if you must use modern hose clamps, at least take the time to get the right size so they don’t leave a long strip of loose metal hanging out. Also, do tidy up your Teflon tape on fuel line connections. However, if those are the only bones to pick with a 70-year-old vanishingly rare car, things are okay. It should take about $10 and 10 minutes to put it right. The problem with analysis is that there’s nothing to compare with this sale. There are no other recorded sales of Playboys in the ACC Premium Auction Database, and there’s just about nothing out there that’s quite like a Playboy. It’s the ultimate orphan car. So what is a Playboy worth? Well, the market said $132,000 for this one, but the next one could easily go for a fraction of that price depending on who showed up to buy it. With an owner community small enough for everyone to be on everyone else’s Christmas card list, these cars simply do not show up at auction. Hemmings is a good start, but if you really want a Playboy, you should contact the owner community and start looking (and waiting) for one to come up for sale. The next sale price is anyone’s guess, but it’s safe to say asking prices just went up by a lot. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1957 Nash Metropolitan coupe Lot F197, VIN: E25753 Condition: 3 Sold at $11,000 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 6/16/2018 ACC# 6874859 1955 King Midget Model II roadster Lot 3146, VIN: VS8598 Condition: 2 Sold at $3,850 ACC# 6878873 RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 8/30/2018 1939 American Bantam Roadster Lot 67R, VIN: T202809 Condition: 5 Sold at $9,605 VanDerBrink Auctions, Norwalk, OH, 7/15/2017 ACC# 6841791 January–February 2019 61CC 61


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PROFILE RACE 1910 CADILLAC RACER Re-created Racer Courtesy of Bonhams What do you do with a vintage racer that never was? Engine number: 46746 by Carl Bomstead for. With this new model, Cadillac was able to offer a relatively powerful and good-performing car at an excellent price. Each successive year after its introduction saw the T 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Cadillac 4-cylinder model gradually upgraded. The engine’s displacement was increased, and the car was more refined throughout. Built on a 1910 Cadillac chassis, this racer is good- looking and bound to be great fun to drive. Cadillac never produced anything quite like this in period, so it is safe to assume it was a well-executed conversion. A fun machine with a great period-racer look, this Cadillac should prove great fun on the road, track or on a Brass car tour. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 120, sold for $56,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum sale in Philadelphia, PA, on October 8, 2018. The early history of the Cadillac Automobile Company is certainly a question of “what if.” If Henry Leland had not been asked to appraise the Henry Ford Company for sale and liquidation, Cadillac may never have happened. And if Oldsmobile had not turned he first multi-cylinder Cadillac was their 4-cylinder model introduced in 1905. It was a bit primitive in construction, but Cadillac knew they had to move on from the singlecylinder motors they had become known down Henry Leland’s improved engine that produced three times the power of the Olds mill, again, Cadillac may never have happened. Building it better Henry Leland was a precise engineer whose acu- men was precise gear making. He had developed and refined the process of manufacturing interchangeable gears built to a tight tolerance. His company, Leland & Faulconer, known as L&F, was building gears for Pope, Pierce-Arrow and other bicycle firms of the day. They evolved into steam and combustion engines and were granted a contract for 2,000 engines for Olds. Leland, as an experiment, “hot-rodded” an engine, and it produced three times the power that Olds required, but they were too busy to delay production for any possible change-over. When Leland appraised the Henry Ford Company — Ford had already left the firm — he suggested that rather than liquidate, they reorganize and manufacture automobiles utilizing the engine that Olds had rejected. The rest is history, as the Model A Cadillac, with L&F supplying the engines, transmission and steering gears, was first exhibited at the January 1903 New York Auto Show. With 2,287 orders, it was declared “sold out.” While other automotive manufacturers proved their mettle with racing accomplishments, Cadillac made


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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 Current ACC Median Valuation: $56,000 (this car) Number produced: 1 Original list price: $1,600 (Model 30) Year produced: 1910 (chassis and engine) Tune-up/major service: $2,000 (if you can find parts) Engine # location: Top of crankcase Club: Antique Automobile Club of America their reputation with mechanical excellence. Due to the extremely tight tolerances, Cadillac’s parts were totally interchangeable. This was emphasized in 1908 when Cadillac won the prestigious Dewar Trophy — the first American car manufacturer to do so. It was a result of their having won the Royal Automobile Club Standardization Test, when three runabouts were disassembled, 90 factory parts substituted and the cars re-assembled. They then ran 500 miles around Brooklands. Their reputation was secure. One of none The 1910 Cadillac race car that was sold by Bonhams is a racer that might have been. As noted in the auction description, it was not a vehicle produced by Cadillac. It may have been built in the ’50s, but there is nothing definitive to prove that. Racing was certainly in vogue at the time, and the body is period-correct. It was mounted on a 1910 chassis with a 226-ci inline-4 motor, which was correct for 1910, and the engine number falls in the correct sequence. It is also fitted with Cadillac’s self-starter, which was introduced in 1912. The development of the self-starter was a priority for Cadillac after Leland’s friend was killed with a crank handle. Charles Kettering had developed an electronic ignition, and with an order for 8,000 units, he formed Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, or Delco. They were also working on a selfstarter, and it is a matter of discussion as to how much of the Delco design was utilized. They were, however, given a contract to produce 5,000 self-starters for Cadillac. The self-starter on this car is obviously not period- correct, and neither is the Mobil Pegasus decal. The Vacuum Oil Corporation trademarked the Pegasus in 1911 through a subsidiary in Cape Town, South Africa. It was white on a red background and was adopted, in red, as a trademark for Socony-Vacuum in 1931. Veteran or curiosity? The question is, what do we do with this racer that never was? It would be an interesting display piece for not a whole lot of money, but the questions will never end. The auction description suggested it could be a can- didate for Brass tours or the track, but not all events accept re-creations. It was certified in 1952 by the AAA as a veteran racer, so that may open a few doors. The new owner, I’m sure, has a plan, and I certainly hope he enjoys the Cadillac racer. I just don’t see how there is any financial return. Price paid was all the money for a car that never was. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1912 Buick Model 43 racer Lot 432, VIN: 1299 Condition: 4Sold at $90,200 Bonhams, The Bothwell Collection, Los Angeles, CA, 11/11/2017 ACC# 6854005 1921 Ford Model T Scorpion racer Lot 428, VIN: 4907449 Condition: 3 Sold at $18,700 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, 11/11/2017 ACC# 6854038 Web: www.aaca.org Alternatives: 1910 Marmon Wasp, 1910 Locomobile, 1910 National ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1909 Ford Model T TransContinental Replica racer Lot 835, VIN: 3707 Condition: 2Sold at $30,800 RM Auctions, The Wiseman Collection, Tarpon Springs, FL, 12/1/2007 ACC# 47735 January–February 2019 63


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PROFILE TRUCK 1964 FARGO W100 POWER WAGON PICKUP Badge of Honor Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson A great buy on a great pickup from the Great White North VIN: 6182928604 by B. Mitchell Carlson frame-off restoration and is powered by a rebuilt 318-ci wide-block engine with poly heads, mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with an NP201 transfer case. It features Warn locking hubs, new 33-inch tires, manual brakes, manual steering and spray-in bed liner. T 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 104.1, sold for $27,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, NV, on September 27, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. The Power Wagon takes two trails The original Dodge Power Wagon, born from the World War II VC and WC series half-ton and threequarter-ton trucks, was the only heavy-duty factorybuilt one-ton four-wheel-drive truck when introduced in 1946. he Fargo Power Wagon is the unique name given to the Power Wagons sold in Canada. They are identical in every way to the U.S. models, except for some unique badging. This 1964 example underwent a complete It took a few years, but other manufacturers eventually starting building 4x4 pickups in-house to compete with the Power Wagon. International was the first in 1953, then GMC and Chevrolet followed (both essentially being NAPCO conversions added on the assembly line). With the competitors’ 4x4 trucks built with the same cabs and sheet metal as the regular pickups, the Power Wagon — with a cab that was introduced in 1939 — really started to look dated. With style having as much pull as stamina in the 1950s, Chrysler elected to split the Power Wagon line two ways beginning in 1957. While they would continue to build the traditional one-ton Power Wagon (now sold as the model WM300), they also built four-wheel-drive versions of their all-new half-ton and three-quarter-ton pickups. While the rear-wheel-drives were models D100 and D200, the W prefix was denoted for the 4x4s of each of the load ranges — W100 and W200. By the next year, Dodge added the four-wheel-drive option to the standard one-ton pickup, which became a W300. As such, Dodge had two one-ton 4x4s — a W300 and the “traditional” WM300. The two distinct lines continued with the all-new


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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. Dodge “Dart Sweptline” pickups of 1961. The D and W series of pickups (as well as all D-series conventional trucks) had a squared, formal look, yet had a distinct upper-body-side character line — traits that their rivals in Dearborn and Detroit also had. The older-style WM300, which was built until 1968, was actually the best seller of all Dodge’s 4x4 models. While each of the W100 through W300 models sold in the range of just over 100 to 1,000 units each year, the WM300 consistently outsold them until 1965, when W100 sales first surpassed WM300s. Not from North Dakota... While Dodge had the lion’s share of truck sales, Chrysler had been selling another brand of trucks since 1928: Fargo. The brand is believed to have been named after the founder of Wells Fargo Express Company, William G. Fargo — yet Chrysler did acquire the assets of an earlier Fargo Motor Car Company, which operated from 1913 to 1922. Just as likely to suggest the name was the vice president of sales for Chrysler’s DeSoto division and soon-to-be Vice President of Chrysler Joseph N. Fields, who began his business career by selling farm equipment in Fargo, ND. Chrysler created Fargo to sell light-duty trucks based on DeSoto mechanicals, but by the end of 1928, they bought out Dodge Brothers. Not only did they have Fargo and Dodge Brothers, but they also got the Most pickup owners have firmer convictions regarding their truck brand than their religion. Graham Brothers name, as it was owned by Dodge Brothers. With two established brands plus a newbie in Fargo, Chrysler suddenly found themselves with too many truck models, so Fargo was retired in 1930. The name was rejuvenated for Chrysler’s truck- export division in 1933, then, in 1935, it became Chrysler of Canada’s truck brand for dealers that had Chrysler-Plymouth franchises. Back then, dealer franchise lines in Canada were more than lines in the sand — they were firmly structured walls. Dodge-DeSoto dealers sold only those two brands, but Chrysler Corporation also built them a badge-engineered Plymouth as a low-end Dodge. Chrysler-Plymouth dealers may have had the bottom and the top of the Chrysler lines, but they didn’t have trucks. As this was before the Plymouth pickup, Canadian dealers wanted to sell a complete line of trucks with a unique brand, hence the badgeengineered Fargo. From 1935 until Chrysler discontinued the Canadian-market Fargo brand in 1972, Fargos were identical to their Dodge counterparts. Most Dodge models were marketed and built as Fargos — from half-ton pickups to Class 8 semi tractors. With the relative volume of Canadian sales, it was easier for Fargo to be Chrysler’s global-export truck brand. For example, I have a 1952 Fargo Power Wagon brochure from a Fargo dealership in Honolulu, HI (seven years before U.S. statehood). While Chrysler shut down Fargo as an overseas- export brand by 1978, the name continued to live in Turkey into the 21st century, as they sold the brand to Citroën PSA. It’s also more than coincidence that Dodge and Fargo both also have five letters – with a “g” as the fourth character. It’s easy to change badging and lettering between the two with minimal tooling expense. Could this be the only survivor? Yearly model production of W100s was in the hundreds — and that was for Dodge-branded trucks. Fargos saw markedly lower production. With only 504 V8-equipped 1964 Dodge W100s built, it wouldn’t be out of line to consider that our featured pickup may be the one of few 1964 Fargo W100s left in existence, if not the only one that’s restored. On rarity alone, this was a smoking-hot bargain. Yet regardless of which five-letter badge is on the fenders, this W100 appears to be very well restored and quite authentic. Vintage pickups continue to do well in the market — especially 4x4s — and in the past year or so, the Sweptline-era Dodges have been starting to feel that love. And it isn’t because the 1967–72 Chevy values have priced out would-be buyers. Most pickup owners have firmer convictions regarding their truck brand than their religion. Chevy buyers who can’t afford 1967–72s are gob- bling up the newer 1973–87s — they are not buying Dodges, Internationals, Jeeps or, heaven forbid, Fords. However, the new youngbloods getting into vintage trucks are less into brand worship and are more keen on shopping all makers, and that’s where interest is growing the most. The fact that it’s a Canadian truck also greatly helps our featured rig — not just as a historic piece of the Old Dominion, but south of the border also as a curiosity. All factors considered, the buyer did a beauty of a job getting this one bought, eh. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) January–February 2019 65CC 65 1964 Dodge D100 pickup Lot 173M, VIN: 1181449076 Condition: 5 Sold at $2,750 VanDerBrink Auctions, Mansfield, SD, 6/9/2018 ACC# 6872268 1967 Dodge W100 Power Wagon pickup Lot T134.1, VIN: 2161717959 Condition: 2Sold at $50,600 ACC# 6870009 Detailing Years produced: 1961–71 Number produced: 504 (Dodge W100 V8s) Original list price: $2,499 Current ACC Median Valuation: $27,500 (this truck) Club: American Truck Historical Society Engine # location: Driver’s side front of the engine block, below the cylinder head Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Data plate on the driver’s door striker panel Web: www.aths.org, www. sweptlinetruck.com/index. php Alternatives: 1961–68 Mercury M-100 4x4 pickup, 1961–66 Ford F-100 4x4 pickup, 1958–64 Studebaker 4x4 pickups ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 1957 Dodge W100 Power Wagon pickup Lot T257, VIN: 82901207 Condition: 2 Sold at $29,160 ACC# 243870 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2014


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MARKET OVERVIEW Arizona Sets the Tone for a Year of Auctions Barrett-Jackson is the reason you’re reading this that as well, given that Barrett-Jackson is now celebrating its 47th year of selling cars. But after 1999, other sales popped into Arizona — and stuck around. RM showed up in 2000, followed by Russo and Steele in 2002. Gooding & Co., Bonhams and Worldwide have all set up shop since then. Auctions go where the people gather. As other sales have joined in on the fun, Barrett- Jackson’s market share has shrunk, from 87% of the total sales in 1999 to 45% in 2018. However, let’s not forget the number that actually matters here: total sales. Barrett-Jackson’s 1999 overall haul was $20,033,091, while last year’s was $113,770,305. I wouldn’t bet that anyone in the corporate office is too disappointed with that sort of growth, even with a “shrinking” market share. Since 2013, the Arizona auction totals have eclipsed auctions go where the people gather, and a lot of people gather at barrettJackson’s annual Scottsdale event by Chad Tyson Island, FL, in mid-March. What happens in Scottsdale and Phoenix also has an impact further into the year. Think I’m off base with this thought? Ask around and there’s likely a majority T opinion (at least anecdotally) that 2015 was the pinnacle of the collector-car market. The market has been softer — or has plateaued — since then. Where does that perception come from? The Arizona sales totals reached the apex at $294m that year. Monterey Car Week totals didn’t hit any high point in 2015; the $463m peak of those sales came in 2014. First impressions matter. The big show Scottsdale results since 1999, which is as far back as ACC has complete records, have been inextricably linked to Barrett-Jackson. Obviously, this went on long before BEST BUYS 1939 Packard Super eight phaeton, $132,000—rM auctions, Pa, p. 110 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $74,800—barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 76 1970 buick GSX Stage 1 2-dr hard top, $88,000—barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 74 1978 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $7,260—the branson auction, Mo, p. 82 1937 buick Special Model 40-C phaeton, $40,700—rM auctions, Pa, p. 111 he new auction year kicks off right here, right now. The tone gets set during the Arizona Auction Week. How these six major auctions fare will likely influence — on a scale larger than just this week of sales — consignors and buyers through the first quarter. That time period also includes the auctions in Paris, France, in February and the ever-expanding gathering in Amelia $200m every year — despite never being that high before. That also tracks with Barrett-Jackson’s performance at the sale, as that company has not brought in less than $100m per Scottsdale sale in that same time period. All the while, Barrett-Jackson averages $60k– $80k per car sold. Where to go from here? Surely most of us have talked to some sort of financial advisor, taken a financing/money management class — or at least watched a commercial for financial advising. Anyway, we have all heard that past performance does not equate to future results. This is always a wise notion to keep in mind, but without a much larger economic downturn, there is little doubt that this year’s overall numbers are headed out of the ballpark. In the 2019 Insider’s Guide to the Arizona Auctions packaged with this issue, Publisher Martin predicts a 5% increase in total sales over last year. That works out to around $265m, a total that has only been eclipsed once in the history of Arizona auto auctions. My prediction is that it’ll be even a little bit higher, possibly as much as a 10% jump in total sales. That would bring the total to $275m–$280m. Anything over $261,338,771 would be the second-highest total ever for the Arizona auctions. Be sure to pick up the March–April issue of American Car Collector out in February to see how the week shook out. A


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE buy It Now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 2008–09 Pontiac G8 Gt/GXP Let us not forget the last 1 1956 Ford convertible, $295,000— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 120 2 1960 Plymouth 3 1938 Cadillac Conversion convertible, $189,750—RM Auctions, PA, p. 77 4 1939 Packard $132,000—RM Auctions, PA, p. 123 6 1961 Chrysler $115,500—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 77 convertible, $126,500—RM Auctions, PA, p. 120 300G convertible, 7 1968 Shelby GT500 8 1958 Chevrolet 9 1970 Plymouth pickup, $110,000— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 72 convertible, $93,500— The Branson Auction, MO, p. 84 10 1957 Chevrolet ible, $90,200—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 74 Corvette convert68 AmericanCarCollector.com Hemi ’Cuda replica Apache Custom auctions and totals in this Issue $34m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m $40m $5.7m $5m $299k $0 Saratoga Auction Saratoga Springs, NY September 21–22, 2018 Nixon Auctioneers Rosemount, MN September 22, 2018 September 27–29, 2018 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV Vicari/Dan Kruse Waxahachie, TX October 6, 2018 October 11–12, 2018 RM Auctions Hershey, PA October 12–13, 2018 Winona, MN SG October 19–20, 2018 Branson, MO Branson $197k $2.2m $2.8m convertible, eton, $132,000—RM Auctions, PA, p. 110 Super Eight pha5 1948 Playboy A48 Series 90 $209,000—RM Auctions, PA, p. 111 Fury convertible, Thunderbird hurrah from Pontiac. And no, it’s not the Cavalier-esque, jelly-bean GTO. Pontiac brought over another Holden platform — but didn’t burden it with a bland body. The G8 brought performance back to the underperforming brand, and it had room for friends. Unfortunately for Pontiac, it was too little, too late, and GM really wanted that $25 billion congressional bailout loan. The purveyors of the Goat were sacrificed like one. What? Now I’m telling people to buy something one might find on any given city’s automotive row of used-car dealerships? Yep. Aim for the GT or GXP versions, as they have V8 power. The GT came with a 360-hp, 6.0-liter engine — but only with an automatic transmission. If you want to row your own gears with the last of the Pontiacs, the 400-hp GXP is the one for you. You’ll need to search, as Pontiac only made 1,849 of them. If you’re not able to find one, but want a similar experience, the Chevrolet SS is pretty much the second-gen G8 GXP. Prices will vary based on trim level. The base V6 sedans can be had for under $10k, but Mecum sold a GXP for $42,900 in early August 2018 at their Harrisburg, PA, sale. Along those lines, Carlisle and Mecum sold G8 GTs earlier in 2018 for around $21k each. Buying now prevents regrets down the road. — Chad Tyson $10.8m


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2018 A fantastic 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Fiesta Red nabbed $ BarrettJackson Las Vegas, NV September 27–29, 2018 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast and the Mast auctioneers automotive lots sold/ offered: 739/739 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $34,049,345 high american non-charity sale: 1999 Shelby Series 1 convertible, sold at $205,700 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices assembled and detailed to the highest levels — 1956 Ford thunderbird convertible, sold at $295,000 Report and photos by Travis Shetler Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts cars that crossed the block found new owners, resulting in a 100% sell-through for Barrett-Jackson, including the few vehicles with a reserve. The sale generated nearly $35,000,000. Memorabilia B 70 AmericanCarCollector.com contributed over $760k. Barrett-Jackson also always has big emphasis on charities, both local and nationwide. This year, they raised over $1,000,000 from the sale of charity vehicles. The charity vehicles included Lot 3002, a fantastic 1956 Ford Thunderbird in Fiesta Red, generating over 25% ($295,000) of the charity total by itself. Five other vehicles were also offered for the benefit of the various charities, including a new Ford pickup, a new Ford Mustang and a Shelby GT350. Of the remaining vehicles that crossed the block, buyers faced choices including exotics, perfectly restored classics and muscle cars, resto-mods, full customs and a large selection of Japanese products that set sales records of their own. The top sellers were Lot 459, a 2005 Porsche 918 Spyder at $1,760,000, Lot 748, a 2018 McLaren 720S, which sold for $352,000, and Lot 739 came in at third, as the top American-built car. This was a 1999 Shelby Series 1 convertible. The silver car with red stripes was one of only 60 to receive a arrett-Jackson returned to the Mandalay Bay Casino for their 11th annual sale in Las Vegas, closing out their 2018 auction season with a massive selection of cars and activities. This year, each and every one of the 739 supercharger when Shelby American built it. Las Vegas is Barrett-Jackson’s second home, and the city is an ideal fit for the company. Just as mentioning Las Vegas immediately paints a picture in the listener’s mind, so too do the words Barrett-Jackson. Both are over-the-top experiences, which really have no equal. As other towns offer some of what Las Vegas has for visitors, other auction companies echo certain features of Barrett-Jackson’s auction experiences. Some will offer as many cars, some will offer ultra-rare exotics, some will offer over-the-top customs and some can turn parts of their auction into an automotive event. However, the regularity with which Barrett-Jackson does all of these things at every sale is nearly unmatchable. Even the majority of local, non-car people have heard of Barrett-Jackson, thanks in no small part to the media blitz that both advertises the coming of the sale and provides live coverage of the auction itself. The auction house has taken up such a position in the collector-car world that when a seller describes his or her car as “Barrett-Jackson-ready,” the buyer immediately understands what that means and has a solid idea of what to expect from the vehicle even before seeing it with their own eyes. Barrett-Jackson will return to their second home for their 12th auction next year, and everyone already knows that both the host city and the auction house will guarantee that the event is an extremely memorable experience.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV GM #665.1-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16836085. Yellow/white vinyl/ white leather. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. In excellent condition. Subjected to a complete restoration several years ago, the car has been cared for and is show-ready. Paint is excellent. The body fits together well. The engine compartment has been detailed. Inside, the yellow is attractive and well taken care of. Cond: 1. vinyl/black & white cloth. Odo: 54,541 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One-family-owned car. Restored in 2007, shows high-quality work and attention to detail. Many of the soft items have been replaced including the roof, seat upholstery and seat belts. Only the knob on the seat-adjustment lever stands out in contrast as it is a bit over the hill. Cond: 1-. amenities have been added. Under the hood is the biggest surprise. Where an LS powerplant is expected, this truck was built with a 454—the only item which is not fully current. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $80,300. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale sale at $73,700 (ACC# 6861867). This time selling from the Bryan Frank Collection. Very well bought at a significantly below-market value price. The buyer obtained an excellent car in an eye-catching color combination. There is nothing but enjoyment and likely a bit of profit in the car. #664-1954 BUICK CENTURY convertible. VIN: 6A1097835. Maroon/black vinyl/ maroon leather. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A big Buick in fantastic shape. Fully restored at an undisclosed time, and the paint is showquality. Panel fit is fine and the glass and trim are as-new. Under the hood, everything is detailed. Inside, the interior is very well done also. Only thing needed is to have the black carpets vacuumed. A great-looking car that needs nothing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $57,200. Well bought at a belowmarket-value price. The provenance of onefamily ownership, combined with the excellent restoration, should help this “middle child” 1956 example to maintain value in a fluctuating Tri-Five Chevy market. #693-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5762037586. Black/ black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 43,325 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very original, twoowner car. Repaint in original color has considerable cracking. The patina leaves this Biarritz in need of attention to both the interior and the exterior. Under the hood, the car is driver quality, with touch-ups needed in several areas. Interior reveals extensive drying and cracking to the leather. No signs of abuse or neglect—just a car that is showing its age. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $110,000. Well sold and bought. Full resto-mod trucks have been doing very well, and the Las Vegas auction was no exception. A big-window Ford pickup (Lot 695) was in the top 10 sales vehicles, bringing a price of $181,500. There is value in this truck, but the seller likely missed out on some additional money by forgoing the LS, which seems to be what everyone is looking for. #662-1962 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 21211K88616. Yellow/gray vinyl. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appears as it did when it left the factory. One repaint to show-quality. The doors and panels all line up. There is virtually no trim, but the little that is present is in excellent condition. Under the hood, there is a bit of detailing that could be done, but the 409 looks new. On the inside, this stripped-down car has no radio, no heater and only rubber floor mats. The seats have had the fabric replaced with new seat inserts; everything else is said to be original. The car is spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $71,500. Last seen at auction at RM’s 2011 Phoenix sale, where it sold for $60,500 (ACC# 2078480). Well bought this go-around, as there is considerable value left in the vehicle. Whether the buyer decides to drive, show or sell the car, he or she will be pleased with the results. #774.1-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56T144822. Black/white 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $68,750. Well bought. Expensive cars to restore, but everything was present. Last seen at Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale in July 2015, where the car did not sell at $75,000 (ACC# 6786403). The buyer has room to make some corrections and still have value left in the vehicle. 678. Silver/black leather. Odo: 32 miles. 454-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. An over-thetop custom truck—there is nothing to complain about here. Everything that a buyer wants to see in a resto-mod is here. Paint is finished to show-level standards and everything fits together nicely. Inside, all modern 8 #478-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE custom pickup. VIN: 3A58L105- SOLD AT $52,800. Well bought. The buyer obtained good value for his or her money. The stripped-down street racer is a desirable vehicle with plenty of room for profit. The 4-sp and 409 coupled with the simplicity of the car will generate driving enjoyment. #800-1966 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 166476L124874. Aztec Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 63,809 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mildly upgraded with disc brakes and period-correct Torq Thrust mags, this is a great-looking Caprice. Repainted in the original Aztec Bronze, the fit and finish are good. There is a fixable gap TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV at one side of the trunk. Diamond pleat pattern on seats and door panels gives the car a slightly custom flavor. Highly optioned with a/c, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, ps, pb, four-way power seat and Quadraphonic stereo. Cond: 2. at the current market value for the car. The color combination and condition indicate that this vehicle will likely increase in value with the market. The buyer has an excellent Z/28 to enjoy in the meantime. MI, auction in September of 2005. The car sold there for $49,220 (ACC# 1564314). The buyer has plenty of upside on this purchase. SOLD AT $30,800. Well bought and sold. The drivetrain and finish made this car stand out from similar vehicles. A buyer would need to invest considerable resources to find another 1966 Caprice in this condition. #782-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N708903. Garnet Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 68,723 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A striking car that looks too good to be original, with no mention of a restoration. Neither the seller nor the auction company made any representations regarding originality either, so if that is the case, someone should have spoken up. The paint, fit, finish, trim, glass and interior are all done to a very high standard. Both the hood and trunk lids show uneven gaps. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,300. Rather well bought at a price $18k below the current market value. A Z/28 does not generally lose value. This sale was a bit off from the sale noted over a decade ago at RM’s Novi, #664.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N607432. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recipient of a rotisserie restoration to show levels. Paint is excellent, as is the body fit. Under the hood, the engine compartment is well detailed and correct, down to the clamps and markings. Interior is in very good condition, and the houndstooth fabric goes well with the yellow exterior. A very sharp Camaro. Cond: 1. Yellow/black vinyl. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An excellent GSX. Full nut-and-bolt rotisserie restoration in 2010. Concours-level work. Paint, trim and glass in excellent condition. Bumper fit off at front right. Engine bay looks good. Needs a new soft seal between air cleaner and hood scoop inlet. Inside, the seat-belt buckles have missing paint in spots. Cond: 1. #730-1970 BUICK GSX Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H305619. Siren SOLD AT $88,000. Well bought at half again the current market value. Last seen at Mecum’s Indianapolis, IN, auction in May of 2012, where the car did not sell at $95,000 (ACC# 6751499). Before that, the car was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, sale in 2010 for a price of $128,700 (ACC# 1682851). Great buy. SOLD AT $68,200. Fairly bought and sold CORVETTE 10 1909. Venetian Red & white/white vinyl/red leather. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Complete, no-expense-spared, frame-off restoration. Very good paint. Trim and glass appear correct and clear. Interior is excellent. The engine compartment is in need of more detailing. Cond: 1. #734-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S10- SOLD AT $90,200. Seen previously at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, sale back in April, where it went for $134,200 (ACC# 6868459). Still, it’s well sold this time around. This price is 14% over the current market value. This was almost top dollar for the car, but attention under the hood coupled with time should work out for the buyer. Even if it didn’t really work out for the seller this time around. 74 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV MARKETMOMENT 1984 AMC Eagle Sedan SOLD at $3,850 Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, October 25–27, 2018, Lot T35 VIN: 2CCCK3550EB708627 #665-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S105794. Red & white/ white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,381 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Comprehensively restored to an excellent standard. Paint is well applied, and the body fit is very good. Under the hood, the fuel-injected motor is presented in a tidy engine bay. Inside, the interior is also excellent. The seats, carpets and dash are bathed in red, and everything is as it should be. Cond: 1-. JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV MARKETMOMENT 1984 AMC Eagle Sedan SOLD at $3,850 Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, October 25–27, 2018, Lot T35 VIN: 2CCCK3550EB708627 #665-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE con- vertible. VIN: J58S105794. Red & white/ white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,381 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Com- prehensively restored to an excellent stan- dard. Paint is well applied, and the body fit is very good. Under the hood, the fuel-in- jected motor is presented in a tidy engine bay. Inside, the interior is also excellent. The seats, carpets and dash are bathed in red, and everything is as it should be. Cond: 1-. minivan. minivan. But with all those requirements, we have ended up with an endless amount of crossover-types clogging up our roads. Granted, they have it all — yet they do nothing well. And most of them look like jelly beans that were left out in the sun. When Editor Pickering sent me this AMC People want cars that do it all: part sedan, wagon, SUV and Eagle, it seemed like the perfect car to show my disdain for the CUV crowd. It’s four-wheel drive, can haul a reasonable number of people and has a dedicated trunk for everyone’s bags. Yes, it looks ridiculous, but no more so than the coupe/sedan/ hatchback combinations you’ll see at any traffic light. Our subject 1984 AMC Eagle sedan, Lot T35, crossed the block at the Mecum Chicago auction on October 25 to 27 and sold for $3,850 with buyer’s premium included. The body is very straight, the maroon paint and vinyl top are in great shape and all the trim is present and shiny. The maroon interior with woodgrain dash and grid-pattern seat inserts has survived as well. The car even comes complete with a rusty trailer hitch bolted to the rear bumper. The AMC Eagle was a first in the automotive industry. A sedan with four-wheel drive was unheard of. A struggling AMC had an aging model line and limited funds to produce something new. Fortunately, they owned Jeep and the off-road prowess that came with that brand. So they took the aging AMC Concord, which was already derived from the even older Hornet, and sent power to all four wheels. The Eagle was available in 2-door, 4-door, kammback and wagon body styles, with nearly 200,000 of all variants being produced from 1980 to 1988. A niche crowd took note, and the Eagle kept AMC afloat for a few more years. An even more niche crowd of 1980s fans still love these things. After all, they’re still unique-looking, even today. The wheezy 6-cylinder and automatic transmission won’t win any races, but who cares? For less than four grand, this sedan is the ultimate gesture to show those jelly-bean CUV owners what an original crossover looks like. Well bought. A 76 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $88,000. Well bought. The Corvette was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast auction in June 2018, where the car sold for $69,300 (ACC# 6875518). Two years prior to that, the car sold at BarrettJackson’s same Connecticut auction in 2016 for $102,300 (ACC# 6805129). Buyer has a great amount of potential in the car. #719-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S102098. Ermine White/white fiberglass/Roman Red vinyl. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. White over red is an excellent color combination for Corvettes. Paint and panel fit are very good. Inside, it’s hard to find fault with anything. Under the hood, the fuel-injected motor sits in a properly detailed engine bay. Attention to detail even extends into the trunk. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $74,800. From the John Staluppi Jr. Collection, and formerly of the Reggie Jackson Collection. Certainly well bought. The sold price is almost $30k below the current market median value for a fuel-injected Corvette. Buyer can enjoy and sell with minimal downside. #775.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194376S111738. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 54,098 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed matching numbers while retaining smog and a/c equipment. Striking in an attractive dark blue repaint. Panel fit is nice, even. Some scratching to BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Las Vegas, NV the trim in a few areas. At the front, there are rock chips along the leading edge of nose. Cond: 1-. fading to the dash and general-but-acceptable wear to the soft parts. Under the hood, the engine bay is well detailed. Catalog states, “It’s powered by a counter replacement 427/390-hp engine.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. Well bought at a price substantially below the current market value, but have to factor in the NOM. The buyer can enjoy this car with few concerns of diminishing the value. There is room here to make a profit, even if several areas are addressed. SOLD AT $75,900. Fairly bought and sold. Sale price was just below the current market value. The originality, coupled with the factory big block, ensure that this car will continue to not only maintain, but likely increase in value. #774.2-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S112211. Rally Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 12,267 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Has only the slightest issues. Fully restored; the paint is done to a very good standard and the panel fit is very good, especially for a soft top. Trim has some scratches. Bumpers are excellent, but the outer edges dip down just a little. Cond: 1-. FOMOCO 1 1136. Fiesta Red/Fiesta Red hard top/white leather. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One spectacular Thunderbird. Nothing to complain about. The paint, panel fit, trim and glass are all correct. Inside, the car is as it should be. I saw this car at Barrett-Jackson’s Reno sale in 2013 and the only fault I found then was a bulging fender skirt gasket, which has been remedied. Cond: 1. #3002-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH26- SOLD AT $115,500. Last seen one month earlier at Worldwide’s Pacific Grove, CA, auction in August of 2018. The car did not sell at a high bid of $100,000 (ACC# 6878696) then, but the bidding in Las Vegas was enough to get the job done. SOLD AT $60,500. Very well bought. Sales price was $17k below the current median value. This is a good purchase price for a big-block car. The driver has a car that he or she can drive and enjoy while the value increases. #673.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S123622. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,930 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetically restored in 2018. Recently acquired from the owner of the past 40 years. The car shows evidence of care and attention. Trim wear visible, and paint wear at convertible top mounting points. Interior has some SOLD AT $295,000. Very well sold. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Reno auction in 2013, where it brought $62,700 (ACC# 6449432), with the same zeroed-out reading on the odometer. These Thunderbirds have not been the perennial favorites they once were, and well-done drivers can be found for new Camry money. However, this example was assembled and detailed to the highest levels. The Fiesta Red color makes the car that much more desirable. There is no doubt that the charity designation (all proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association and Regional West Foundation) drove up the price artificially in relation to the market, but a buyer would have to evaluate many other vehicles to find one that was in similar condition. Sunlit Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,746 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very 7 “ #740-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 8T03S14950501792. #670.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G193347. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 32,178 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully restored in the 1980s, and well preserved since then. Paint is very good, and the car has better-than-average panel gaps throughout. Underhood, the engine bay looks very close to how it did new. The interior is original but for an aftermarket tachometer mounted atop the steering column. Overall, the insides are in very good condition. Marti Report and all documents are included. Cond: 2. high level of restoration. Only some little bits that need to be addressed; interior chrome is showing some wear. Overall, the car is a great example of an attractive Shelby. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,900. Fairly bought and sold. The sale price was directly in line with the current market value. This Boss was last seen at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, auction in September 2013, not selling at an undisclosed high bid. The buyer bought a very nice car in a pleasing color, with room to enjoy and potentially make a small profit. A Very well bought. Sales price was $17k below the current median value. This is a good purchase price for a big-block car. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible January–February 2019 77 ” TOP 10 TOP 10


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THE BRANSON AUCTION // Branson, MO Fall 2018 Of the top 10 sales, three were Corvettes, the highest seller being a 1957 model at $52,800 Branson Auction October 19–20, 2018 Branson, MO Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Ben DeBruhl automotive lots sold/ offered: 158/225 Sales rate: 70% Sales total: $2,776,721 high sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda replica convertible, sold at $93,500 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Well bought — 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $52,800 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics Of these, 175 were American (mostly muscle), 40 were non-American, four were motorcycles, three trailers, and there was one golf cart and one boat that crossed the block. Total gross income on 158 sold lots amounted to $2,776,721. That’s down about $723k from a year ago due to 24 fewer cars offered and none selling for six figures this time. The auction high sale was a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda B 78 AmericanCarCollector.com with a NOM but period-correct 426 Hemi engine at an all-in price of $93,500. Second on the list was a 1968 Jaguar E-type 2+2 for $69.3k. Third was a 1932 Packard Eight Series 902-507 for $67k. Only 11 cars sold above $40k. And, interestingly, 103 lots sold for less than $20k, showing that Branson is the place to come if you want to enter the collector-car hobby. There was an excellent selection of Corvettes and Thunderbirds. In all, 17 Corvettes crossed the block, ranson’s fall auction was a moderate success. Jim and Kathy Cox put together an excellent cross section of quality automobiles and have found their niche with a 70% sell-through rate. There were 226 cars that hit the block. representing the C1 through C4 generations. Of the top 10 sales, three were Corvettes. The high-sale ’Vette was a 1957 convertible at $52,800, then a 1961 convertible at $42,350, followed by a 1968 convertible at $41,800. Of the 11 Thunderbirds, six were Baby ‘Birds (’55–57). These early ’Birds have taken a fall of late on the auction circuit, as demonstrated by the sales here in Branson. The highest sale was a 1957 Baby ’Bird at $34,100, followed by a 1956 for $30,800 and another 1957 for $30,525. The remaining three cars were sold in the low-to-mid-$20k range. I was glad to see two Oldsmobile 442s make the top 10. Both were 1970 models with the highly desirable 455-ci engine. Coming in at number four overall was a convertible, which sold for $57,200, and number seven was a 2-door hard top that brought $48,400. It seems like the Olds 442 has not gotten much respect as a muscle car, although they have every bit the muscle of a GTO, but have lagged in sales dollars. Maybe that is beginning to change for the better. We’ll see. It’s always a fun and entertaining time in Branson. I expect that Jim and Kathy will not disappoint in their next auction, slated for April 12–13, 2019.A


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THE BRANSON AUCTION // Branson, MO CLASSICS #568-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Series 902507 2-dr sedan. VIN: 347507. Silver & maroon/ gray cloth. Odo: 99,238 miles. Hard to find much wrong with this beautifully restored automobile. The only issue I see is a dirty underside—a car of this quality deserves to have its underbelly as clean as its topside. Cond: 1-. minor bubbles and scratches. Panel fit is good. Interior believed to be original—in good condition for its age and mileage. Wheels are very good and glass is decent all around. I cannot access the engine bay for inspection. Original radio has been replaced with an aftermarket AM/FM cassette radio. Cond: 3+. scratches and pits. Fit is good all around. Interior and wheels are good and can be left alone. However, engine bay and underside are just fair and need to be detailed. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $67,000. It was a rough time in the auto industry for luxury cars during the Great Depression, coincidentally the same years that Packard produced the 900 series. This one was restored about 15 years ago to better-than-new condition. The sales price reflects the quality of a car that normally has a median market value near mid$40k. Well presented and sold. GM #245-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847T232547. Red/black & red leather. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. An older resto-mod that still shows well. Includes a 6.2-L LS3 Chevy engine, new gauges and new gaskets. All categories are very good except for the wheels and underside, which need to be detailed to match the rest of car’s condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,800. A big-block Olds selling at no reserve. In good condition for its age. Not much of a market for these big old cruisers, but will make someone a great driver if it runs out well. Well sold at this price. #553-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K478602. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 5,000 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Auction listing states one repaint, but it has not held up so well. There are numerous scratches, chips and pits throughout the paint job. Chrome and the trim are the same. Gaps are otherwise good, and interior condition is very good. Wheels, engine bay, underside and glass are just average-driver quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. Not a bad El Camino, assuming it runs out right. However, it needs some restoration and detailing to bring it up to a show-worthy level and increase its value. Median market value is somewhere around $20k. Sold at no reserve to an eager buyer. Good buy. #566-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344670M128391. Green/white vinyl/ green vinyl. Odo: 44,525 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with ps, pb, power windows, a/c and AM/FM with 8-track player. Green was a popular color back in the 1970s, and this has a lot of it. Paint shows some chips, scratches and pits. Panel gaps and fit are decent all around. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor scratches. Interior shows wear consistent with mileage. Wheels, engine bay and underside all need to be detailed. Glass is solid all around, with occasional scratches consistent with age. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,150. A very nice resto-mod of a popular-year Chevy Impala SS. If you like these big cruisers from the ’50s and ’60s, this one fits the bill. The LS3 engine will generate plenty of power to impress the street-racing gang. You could not build one for this price. Well bought. #299-1966 OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88 convertible. VIN: 358676C108465. Autumn Bronze/bronze leather. Odo: 57,172 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is good, with 80 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $31,625. This car was auctioned at no reserve. It is not much more than an average-quality driver; however, it does have the big 396 under its hood. No mention is made in the auction literature as to the originality of the engine, which I take to mean that it is not original to the car. Median value for an authentic SS 396 is about $39k. So, assuming the engine is not original, the hammered price is about right. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #277-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136800K171784. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48,093 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, power brakes and a/c. Paint, chrome and trim are just fair, with numerous SOLD AT $57,200. Advertised as a “true low mile survivor with under 45,000 miles on odometer, owned by one family since new.” Auction literature also states that the engine was “remanufactured in 2011 and hardly driven since.” Hopefully it still has the original block. Oldsmobile 442s have not gotten the respect that they deserve in the muscle-car world. This one, with its 455, is one of the better ones to have for investment potential. The hammered price was just a couple of thousand above its market value. Fairly bought and sold.


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THE BRANSON AUCTION // Branson, MO #261-1972 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CCE142B127882. Blue & white/blue herringbone cloth. Odo: 8,723 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. New paint is very well done. Poor door fit and hard to close. Chrome and trim are worn and weathered and need restoration. Interior is just fair, with new seat cover. Wheels, engine bay and underside are just fair and need detailing. Underside is showing some rust. Cond: 3. owner to work towards that goal. Well bought. #565-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S116858. Black/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 44,681 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with period-correct knockoff wheels, power windows, power brakes and a/c. Drum brakes upgraded to power disc brakes all around. Body, paint, fit, chrome/trim, interior, wheels and glass all in acceptable condition, with only minor imperfections. Engine bay needs to be detailed to match rest of car. Cond: 3+. engine option, and disc brakes all around are included in all 1965 models (although one could have been ordered with drums for a $64.50 credit for a brief time). This car should sell for about $20k more than the high bid. Seller was right to walk away from this bid. #296-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z8748S438728. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 47,279 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint just fair, with lots of scratches and dulling. Fit is good. Seats are worn, with rest of interior showing its age. Wheels are nice, but starting to dull and fade. Engine bay and underside are just fair and need detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,475. These Chevy pickups between 1968 and 1972 are really doing well on the auction circuit. However, this one needs some TLC to get it up to show condition. It doesn’t need a paint job, but the rest of it needs to be restored. At the hammered price, the buyer has some room to work. Well bought. CORVETTE #247-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S103962. Tuxedo Black & silver/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 21,907 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Looks great at 20 feet, but up-close inspection reveals numerous scratches, cracks, chips and marks. Shows lots of weather and wear. Definitely needs a repaint, although the fit, chrome and interior are quite good. The wheels, engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Some evidence of rust on the inner door metal. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A very nice C2 with some investment potential, assuming it has an original drivetrain. I have no reason to believe that it is not original, but this fact was not stated in the auction literature. Also, the car was originally white; painted to its current black. High bid was about $10k less than market value, so seller was smart to walk away. #569-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194375S120649. Silver/silver vinyl. Odo: 5,573 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored back to its original color; paint is nicely done. Chrome and trim have minor scratches, especially on running boards. Interior shows more wear than its relatively low miles would dictate. Clock does not work, which is typical of this generation Corvette. Knockoff wheels are nice, but the tires need to be detailed. Engine bay shows some rust and has an aftermarket radiator. It, along with the underside, needs a good detailing to match the car’s body. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,260. Would make a good driver, assuming it runs out well. Would also be a good entry into the Corvette world at this price. Median market value is about twice the hammered price. Very well bought. #244-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0781E5139405. Bronze/gold leather. Odo: 24,552 miles. 5.7-L 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Most everything on this car is in good, driver-level condition. The only issues I see are a headliner that falls down, an underside that needs to be detailed, and a fading rear plastic bumper. Equipped with the Cross-Fire fuel-injected induction, which did not go over very well in its day, but does the job if maintained to spec. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,800. This car could be a Condition 2 show car with a new paint job and some detailing of the engine bay and underside. However, in its current condition, it cannot rate more than a Condition 3 driver. With a full restoration, this car’s market value would be somewhere above $70k. Hammered price left room for the new 82 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $46,000. According to the auction listing, this is a low-mileage, matching-numbers car. The 327/350 is a solid SOLD AT $8,360. A low-mileage driver in fairly good condition. This will make an excellent low-priced entry into the Corvette world. When maintained well, these C4 Corvettes are fun to drive, and reliable for both local and cross-country trips. BEST BUY


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THE BRANSON AUCTION // Branson, MO #614-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY22P4T5108400. Silver/ gray vinyl. Odo: 55,939 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. A base-model C4 with very good body and trim. Gaps are excellent. Interior shows wear consistent with mileage. Wheels are factory standard and nicely detailed. Engine bay and underside need to be detailed to match body quality. Glass is good, with minor scratches all around. Cond: 3+. #541-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH394949. Red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 6,492 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body and trim are excellent. Fit is just fair, with overly wide gap on driver’s side door. Chrome and trim are decent, with just a few scratches. Interior, engine bay, underside and glass are all excellent. Hard top included in excellent condition. The soft top is new. Cond: 2. good, with minor scratches and pits. Panel fit is good. Interior has been redone and remains in good condition. Wheels are just fair. Engine bay is poor and needs to be detailed. Underside is clean. Glass is good all around. Wood bed can use restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,075. This is not an investment-grade Corvette, but an excellent entrylevel car for someone wishing to get into the ’Vette world. Previously, Leake sold this car at their Oklahoma City sale in February 2018 for $11,550 (ACC# 6866403), so the seller took a loss here, but the buyer gets a good car for just about its median market value. Good buy. FOMOCO #542-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Sunliner convertible. VIN: U5PC161640. Blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 6,297 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well. Fair panel fit for a ’50s Ford. Chrome and trim are scratched, pitted and dull—needing restoration all around. Seats look to be original and are in good shape considering its age. Carpet needs to be replaced. Wheels are nice and period-correct. Engine bay is clean, but underside is dirty. Windshield is scratched, but rest of glass is good. Includes rear Continental kit with spare tire. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. The Baby ’Birds were flying high in Branson today. No fewer than five appeared, representing the first three years of production from 1955 to 1957. This is one of the better ones and almost perfect, selling in the low $30k range, while the others found a home in the upper $20ks. Not a bad buy given its median market value of $41,500. Buyer should be ecstatic. #213-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5F07F179875. Red/red vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice restoration on a classic Mustang. Newer repaint shows well. Fit is excellent for an early Mustang. Interior is new and well done. Cannot find much wrong with the wheels, engine bay, underside and glass. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,450. You don’t see many of these old Dodge trucks at auction. They were unusual in the day in that they started the car-style look for a truck with their carlike side panels and taillight configuration. Looks to be a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #556-1966 DODGE HEMI CORONET 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: WP23H67215489. Red/ white vinyl. Odo: 41,891 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration with very good paint, fit, interior, engine bay, underside and glass. Only negatives are the chrome and trim, which are dulling and have numerous scratches. The wheels also need new tires to match the quality of the restoration. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. The bidding was heavy until it reached the high bid. Although this is a nice one, there were over half a million of them made. With a median value of $17,500, the seller was smart not to drop the reserve. SOLD AT $21,000. This car sold at Bonhams in Brookline, MA, in 2008 for $38,600 (ACC# 1642464). That should have been the price here, but seller has not kept the car up to show condition. The sold price of $21k gives the new owner some room to work. Good buy. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com MOPAR #279-1957 DODGE A100 pickup. VIN: 84300529. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 62,353 miles. 315-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Advertised as being restored to original condition. The body, chrome and trim are rather NOT SOLD AT $66,000. According to the owner, this is a real-deal factory 426, numbers-matching Hemi. Last seen at BarrettJackson Orange County, CA, in June 2011, where it sold for $85,800 (ACC# 3234587). Only 204 Coronets were produced in 1966 in this configuration (4-sp Hemi Coronet 500). The high bid was just a bit light considering its median value at about $72k. Good decision by the seller not to take the bait on this fine investment-grade muscle car. BH27G0B302179. Bright blue metallic/black vinyl/white leather. Odo: 43,041 miles. 426ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent seven-year 9 #550-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA replica convertible. VIN: TOP 10


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THE BRANSON AUCTION // Branson, MO restoration and it shows very well. Repaint is excellent, with no visible flaws. Panel alignment is very good. Chrome and trim are bright and shiny with no scratches. Engine bay shows off the big 426 Hemi very nicely. Underside matches the top-side quality. Glass is new all around. Cond: 2+. bay and underside are acceptable. Glass has minor scratches and chips. Some servicing and original marketing documentation is included. Auction listing states this is “a complete restoration of a very rare, one of only 501 hard top ’Cuda 383 4-speeds built.” However, the engine is not original to the car. Cond: 2-. 440-ci engine and new 6-sp transmission. Other improvements include restored gauges, new ignition, new disc brakes and new mag wheels. Body and paint are excellent. Fit is decent, except for door bounce on driver’s side. Chrome and trim are just fair, with scratches. Interior is very good, consistent with mileage shown since restoration. Wheels and engine bay in excellent condition. Underside needs detailing to match top-side quality. Glass has minor scratches all around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. This car appears better than when it came off the factory floor, albeit with a 383 engine at that time. The owner found a period-correct 426 Hemi and wisely chose to use it in the restoration process. If this were an original Hemi ’Cuda convertible, it would be worth close to $2.5 million. However, this is about as close as you can get to the real deal with a periodcorrect Hemi. Great buy and high auction sale to boot! #536-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23N1B388331. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 62,439 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body and paint are quite good, with only minor issues. Fit and chrome are also decent. Trim has minor scratches. Interior is just fair, showing some wear consistent with mileage. Wheels are good but need a better detailing job. Engine NOT SOLD AT $52,500. A very nice Plymouth ’Cuda with a period-correct, NOM 383/300 engine. This car was a no-sale at Leake Tulsa in June with a high bid of $54k (ACC# 6872419). It was also a no-sale here at Branson last April with a high bid of $51k (ACC# 6868098). The ACC Pocket Price Guide median market value for this car is $58k. I believe the market has spoken and the high bid today was about right, considering its NOM engine. Obviously, the seller is not yet convinced, despite the market spelling it out clearly. #617-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23N1B211218. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,953 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Somewhat of a resto-mod, this car was born with a 383-ci engine that was replaced with a NOT SOLD AT $36,000. A very nicely restored and modified Challenger R/T. If it were all original, its value would be somewhere in the low-$40k range. So did the engine, transmission, and other upgrades make it more or less valuable? According to this auction’s bidders, the answer is less valuable. However, that does not mean that it would not catch someone’s eye at the next auction. Seller was right to walk away and wait for another day. AMERICANA #262-1972 JEEP JEEPSTER Commando convertible. VIN: J2F87FVA07913. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,756 miles. 232-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Looks good at 20 feet but not so good at five feet. Poor repaint. Doors have a poor fit and are bouncy. Chrome, trim and wheels are in poor condition and need restoration. Engine bay and underside are just fair and need to be detailed. Radio is missing, leaving an open hole in the dash. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,500. Looks to me like the seller just put a cheap paint job on a subpar Jeep in order to cash in on the current hot market for these vehicles. Surprisingly high bid for a car that needs some work. Seller should have taken the bait. A 86 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN Fall 2018 Auction Top seller was a 1963 Corvette Split-Window, a fuel-injected car with some paint issues, at $91,800 SG Auction Spring Grove, MN October 12–13, 2018 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Kurt Warner automotive lots sold/ offered: 136/220 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $2,223,924 high sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie Split-Window coupe, sold at $91,800 buyer’s premium: 8% for onsite buyers; 11% for online, included in sold prices Well sold — 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe, sold at $78,300 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics consignment auctions, for their fall 2018 sale they partnered with the Remlinger Muscle Car Collection at their recently opened facility outside of Winona, MN. The weekend of the auction was well timed for a P 88 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com spectacular drive in the Mississippi River Valley at the height of the changing fall foliage, regardless of whether you drove the two hours south from the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area or three hours north from the Quad Cities of Davenport/Bettendorf, IA, and Moline/ Rock Island, IL. While a little nippy each morning, by the time the first car crossed the block, it proved to be a fine day. Speaking of very fine, the Remlinger Muscle Car Collection’s facility worked out quite well for hosting an auction. A repurposed former lumberyard, the main building on the site worked out reasonably well for an indoor-auction arena, complete with a local sponsoring restaurant catering in food for sale. My only complaint would be that, with brown-painted walls, the lighting reviously known as Spring Grove Auction, their namesake city in southern Minnesota, SG Auction has conducted a spring and fall collector-car auction for each of the past five years. Branching out and growing their was not great. From what I later learned, additional lighting is on the short list for improvements. A staff of veteran auctioneers made good use of the time selling cars. Rarely did a car spend more than three minutes on the block, there were no reruns, and they were done with sales by 5 p.m. on each day. Cars were mostly staged outside, run in one side of the building to sell, then run right out the other side. The only exceptions were a few featured lots displayed indoors; the largest of these were four superbly restored Ford Thunderbirds from the Vault Collection, all of which failed to sell when they crossed the block. A 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe delivered the best result of all the sold cars. A fuel-injected car, it also had some paint issues and sold for $91,800. Not far behind was another Split-Window, this one with a 300-hp motor and better paint, changing hands for $78,300. While imports were few and far between, the pres- ence on the Web saw a few global sales here, such as a 1957 Studebaker President sedan that sold for $6,105 to a buyer in France. With a multi-year agreement with Remlinger for their fall events, SG Auction is poised for continued success as an auction house worthy of attention in the Upper Midwest.A


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COMPANYNAME // auction_cityauction_stateauction_country SG AUCTION // Winona, MN CANADIAN #S3-1986 CHEVROLET K10 Silverado pickup. VIN: 2GCEK14H6G1135262. Apple Red/burgundy cloth. Odo: 99,639 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the Service Parts ID tag, built new with a 5-liter V8 but is a real-deal, solid Apple Red unit. Factory options include a/c, tilt steering column, cruise control, dual gas tanks, auto-locking front hubs, cargo lamp, sliding rear window and Rally wheels. Now has only left-side tank, with nothing behind right-side filler door and control switch punched out of dashboard. Decent repaint, but won’t win any awards. Masked-off Flint Assembly Plant decal in door jamb, but is a Canadian-built truck. Notch cut out of top center of front bumper. Aftermarket bumper guards flanking it. Period aftermarket Class III hitch out back. Matte black spray-on bed liner. Dull door handle chrome, dry-rotted door glass seals. Decent original interior soft trim, with light wear and sun fade on seat and door panels. Cond: 3. than the paint, and most window trim is quite dull. Some delamination of rear quarter windows. Door fit and gaps are okay at best. Good workmanship on reupholstered seats; flanked by original door panels, which have moderate-to-heavy water staining. New or refinished banjo steering wheel, set over original gauges, with cracked lettering. Fitted with a very unusual set of large GM-branded Super Ray driving lamps. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. 1986 was the last year Chevy V8 pickups had carburetors. Not that it would’ve mattered that much here, as they’d have likely whacked the fuel injection for an aftermarket 4-pot carb if this was a final-year 1987. Best summed up by the consignor (for a change), who wrote that it’s “a mostly rust free…reliable daily driver.” If anything worries me, it’s the “mostly rust free” part, yet replacement body panels all but fall out of trees. For what was paid here today, it’s not worth taking to the next level, but for an occasional work truck, these continue to grow in value and it will likely be worth improving it in less time than most folks would guess. GM #F28-1940 BUICK SPECIAL sedan. VIN: 13744751. Steel blue/tan cloth. Odo: 88,700 miles. Repaint is at least four decades old, and not aging gracefully. While they did a decent job of it at the time, since then there is rather a lot of spot discoloration (likely from bird or plant droppings), light scrapes and seemingly random chips. Yet, buffed to an inch of its life, it doesn’t come off too badly at 20 feet. Brightwork is a mixed bag; bumpers had an older economy-grade replate, some stainless was buffed out better NOT SOLD AT $8,750. Welcome to another episode of “How the Mighty Have Fallen.” The front license plate frame has a pair of AACA badges; a Minnesota Region First Prize and a 1979 National First Place with Senior add-on. Not what one would’ve expected, based on how the car is now. It seems to be a victim of improper storage— either in a machine shed or even outside for some time. While it seems to run out decently, the cosmetic condition does lead one to wonder if the mechanics were equally cared—or not cared—for. Opened with an $8k bid on site; that and any bid beyond could’ve and should’ve realistically made it go to a new home. #F5-1965 BUICK SKYLARK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 444375H207600. Beige metallic/gold vinyl & cloth. Odo: 22,100 miles. 300-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint, but too faded, flaking, scratched and rusty to matter. Heavier floorboard rust, along with rear bumper being rotted out over the exhaust outlet, and front bumper rusted out on the ends. Very sloppily troweled-on body filler aft of driver’s door on most of rear quarter panel forward of wheelwell. Decent door and cowl gaps, but doors droop, so they need to be lifted to latch properly. Various pieces of trim missing or damaged. Engine bay very dusty, greasy and rusty. Old aftermarket seat cover up front is shot on driver’s side and fairly disgusting on passenger’s side. Speaking of disgusting, let’s not go there with the original carpet. Surface rust on dashboard. To its credit, it January–February 2019 89


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN does run and have a title—and that’s about it. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $648. Absolutely not worth restoring, unless you like spending $75k on a $25k car on its best day after winning Best of Show at the BCA national convention. Aside from donating good powertrain components as cores (at the very least, I’d open up the engine and the tranny before even thinking about dropping them into something else), there’s not a lot of value here. As a parts car, you couldn’t scare up $600 worth of reusable parts here. About as stripped out as you could get a Buick in ’65, it doesn’t even have power steering or power brakes. At least it sold at no reserve, with two bids placed on it, so the consignor doesn’t have to take it home and the auction company recouped some of their time on it. #S64-1966 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. VIN: C1446A159148. Red & white/ beige vinyl & cloth. Odo: 158 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory Powerglide, ps and pb. Dealer-installed a/c, in-dash tachometer, backup lights and four-way flashers. Highquality, frame-off restoration completed in recent years. Good door gaps; hood sits slightly low to cowl. Lesser-quality rear bumper plating, with a lightly pebbled finish on upper surfaces. Rest of plating is rather good, to include grille and reproduction emblems. Minimal glue slop on replacement door seals. Authentic seat upholstery and rubber flooring. Tidy and detailed underhood. Engine repainted in authentic blue-green with reproduction decals. Hinge supports getting rather dusty. Economygrade battery. Clean, black-painted chassis and suspension, with freshly installed hardware and brake lines showing no flash rust. New radial tires and trim rings added to stock wheels and reproduction hubcaps. Cond: 2. miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power windows and center console with pedestal tachometer. Repowered with a 403-ci Olds V8 and TH400 automatic from a ’79 Pontiac Firebird. Fairly decent repaint as of late, inclusive of the SSII wheels. Most brightwork generally buffed out. Taut, well-fitted top. Seats redone in a non-stock velour, yet in stock pattern. Vinyl reproduction door panels, but rockets are upside down. Aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel and triple-gauge panel mounted below dash, but in line with gas pedal. Circa-1980s AM/FM/ cassette deck mounted in dash. Reproduction pad on dash. Heavier polishing scratching on gauge bezels. Newer undercoating and radial tires. Runs out well—actually rather muted considering the dual exhaust system on it. Cond: 3+. Also has repop door panels, carpeting and dashpad. Aftermarket tach clamped to the steering column at 12:30 position (gas gauges are overrated anyway—you don’t really need to see ’em). VIN displayed with the car (123377N197234) does not match VIN on undisturbed tag on the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. Just another tarted-up, used-and-abused, modified Camaro, so I’m not surprised that there may be a VIN issue. A $12k opening bid from on site, going shortly to $17,500, where the reserve was lifted and with no further bids, hammered sold. Screw date-correct engines; if the title and the car don’t have matching numbers, nobody bidding was prudent. Well sold, even if this dolled-up pile has no legal issues. SOLD AT $15,552. I’m a bit surprised that you don’t see Oldsmobile 403s as replacement engines—they’re the largest Olds small block. Part of the lesser interest in it has something to do with its misleading reputation as a smog engine (which it really isn’t, although it has a unique control module). It also has a reputation of running warm or even overheating, due to Siamese cast bores inside the block because of its relatively huge bore. It may not be perfect, but it damn sure beats the usual small-block Chevy zombie routine. Indeed, one of our occasional contributors to ACC put one in what was once a 1981 Gutless Supreme Diesel coupe. Now it really moves—and makes tire smoke instead of a carcinogenlaced oily haze. Reserve was met at $13k, so consignor was more than reasonable in making it go away. Still, several bidders continued to chase it for nearly a couple of grand more. SOLD AT $35,640. In this final year of this generation of Chevy pickups, they had gone from being austere tools, as when introduced in 1960, to nearly well-optioned cars, with a cargo box instead of a trunk. The reserve was easily met at $30k, with a few more bids, both on site and online, before ending up here. A rather strong price, even for a well-restored and well-equipped example, so perhaps this generation of GM pickup is finally seeing some love. #S67-1966 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442 convertible. VIN: 338676M129034. White/ maroon vinyl/maroon velour. Odo: 3,152 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #F57-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: 124377N147978. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,940 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Capri Cream with gold interior. While the 327 V8 in the car decodes as a 1966–67 4-barrel, it’s for a C-10 pickup. Now has aftermarket 4-bbl induction. Also fitted with tube headers, chromed valve covers, HEI distributor with yellow ignition wiring, and fresh orange engine paint. Rather average repaint, inclusive of rally-style stripes. Masking lines on side glass and vent window seals. Sloppy installation of door seals, which are damaged on the ends. Rust leeching out from bottom door seams. Economy-grade reproduction seats. #F58-1967 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. VIN: CS147J115001. Dark blue/ blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 46,290 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed to have an optional 292-ci 6-cylinder, but the Service Parts ID tag in glovebox shows no optional engine. SPID does show the truck to be equipped with Custom trim, chrome bumpers, large rear window, body side moldings, HD rear springs, Deluxe heater and wheel covers— which, unlike 99.44% of its surviving peers, it still has. Average repaint, in a non-stock, non-metallic blue. Cargo-box floor planks painted black, along with having a gang box mounted on rails just ahead of tailgate. Rear bumper not mounted square, but like the front, has good plating. Original seat and door panels have light-to-moderate wear and patina. Non-stock carpeting. Good engine paint, with newer replacement fuel pump, hoses and distributor cap. Tune-up data on period label tape, attached to radiator support bracket. Modern radial tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. Regardless of which 6-banger is in the truck—or that it’s an I6 in lieu of a V8—I rather liked it. Even with the gang box in back (easily hid by a tonneau cover), this was spot-on for looking the part of a typical period pickup. Granted, I’m a


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN sucker for any 1967–72 that still has its wheel covers, in lieu of any variation of Rally wheels. Opening bid from an on-site bidder was $9,500, with plenty of action to the $11,750 reserve and one more bid to top everyone else to buy it, so I wasn’t the only one who didn’t mind the straight 6. #S69-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379B154741. Blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 25,184 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include M26 4-speed with overdrive, ps, pb and AM radio. Stated that it had a frame-off restoration a few years back. Good paint application, but body prep leaves a lot to be desired. Occasional pits in the Endura front bumper, which also could be better aligned to fenders. Also has sloppy welding spatter in door frames. Black plastic plug over radio antenna hole. Better-quality rear bumper replate, reproduction mirrors and emblems. Well-fitted replacement roof vinyl. New door seals, but doors sag a bit. All-reproduction interior soft trim, well fitted. Clean, repainted engine with all stock fittings. Performance parts decals on radiator support. Quite a bit of additional wiring. Recently powder-coated wheels with new radials. Even more recent stock-style exhaust system, with the inventory bar-code stickers not baked off yet. Cond: 3+. replating, plus mostly reproduction trim. If it wasn’t for the Sanden compressor, headers, painted brake master-cylinder cover and low-end replacement battery cables, the very clean engine bay would look factory stock. Expertly installed repro seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting. All aftermarket gauges in stock pods. Thick black undercoating and big-bore, chambered exhaust on bottom of car. SS wheels with repro Polyglas tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Looking at the original invoice, it was easy to figure out what happened when the car was sold. Originally, a William Tyrell was listed as the buyer, but that was X’ed out, and above that was listed “E. Lee Tyrell &/or Elsie M. Tyrell.” Most likely, the bank wasn’t going to do a loan on a new muscle car for the son, so Ma and Pa ended up buying it on his behalf. Part of the reason for their concern was that the 455 Stage 1 was recently released, since GM dropped the 400-ci maxdisplacement mandate on A-bodies early in 1970. No concerns about this one selling here, though, as $45k was a long way to go on this—even in the original stay-around brown. CORVETTE SOLD AT $41,580. Another one of those interestingly optioned cars from the 1960s and early 1970s. Optional power brakes, but arm-strong power steering. With the blue interior, one would think that blue stripes would accompany that, but blue wasn’t a choice in 1970, so black it is. Actually, it would’ve looked a lot better in plain white—just sayin’. Last seen Mecum’s Pomona, CA, auction in February 2017, where it was reported sold at $44,000 (ACC# 6829889). Some of the charm must have worn off (either that, or the dealer who may have bought it had no bites on it), so when the bidding dried up, the consignor cut it loose. SOLD AT $29,160. You don’t see too many M26s in muscle cars. Of course, the M21s and M22 Rock Crushers are what most stick-shift folks want, unless they’re a serious drag racer and want the heavy-duty, 3-speed direct. Across the block, bidding didn’t exactly go into overdrive, but did meet the reserve at $26k and got one more bid past that to sell. At least someone liked it enough to pay retail for a Goat that’s not as good as it seems. #S73A-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370R210238. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 325 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional F41 suspension, power disc brakes, tilt steering column, AM/ FM radio and center console with gauges. Modern rotary-compressor a/c system and tube headers added. Better-quality body prep and base/clear paint application, inclusive of rally stripes. Good door fit and gaps. All-new door and glass seals, plus reproduction windshield and window tint applied on all other glass. Better-than-OE bumper 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #S77-1970 BUICK GS 455 Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H263586. Burnished Saddle/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 17,043 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documentation from when it was sold new by Riley Motor Company of Sheridan, WY, on April 4, 1970, including the Protect-O-Plate mounted in warranty booklet. Options include ps, front disc pb, automatic climate control with a/c, center console and AM radio with 8-track tape. Better-than-average base/clear repaint. Good workmanship on replacement vinyl roof. Just-as-nicely-installed reproduction interior soft trim, with no discernible wear except on pedal pads of repop vinyl floor mats. Dual aftermarket gauges situated below dash, above gas pedal. Near concours-quality detailing underhood, with only a plain battery not being from GM. Shiny gas tank and bigbore exhaust on original, dingy undercarriage. Cond: 2. #S87-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S104755. Tuxedo Black/white vinyl, black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 69,572 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-owner car, with a restoration done when it changed hands five years ago. Stated that the car also has a hard top, which will be included with the car, but was not on site. Soft top could well be original, or at the least be an old, well-fitted replacement, as it’s somewhat yellowed and stitching is quite soiled. Bodywork had good prep before being repainted; giving a good sheen. Good fitting of reproduction door panels and seats. Carpet has either pulled loose or wasn’t mounted under repro driver’s door sill. Wonder Bar AM radio. Original seat belts show some fading, but appear to be serviceable. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,960. While it’s neat that they still have the original seat belts, that’s only best for a concours car. Bear in mind that it’s recommended to replace seat belts about every 10 years for safety—not never in 56 years. And while eye catching, this restoration is more oriented towards being a nice driver rather than kicking ass and taking names at Bloomington Gold and NCRS. Along those lines, it did well enough, especially since the bidding originally dried up at $57k. As it was ready to roll out the door, the auctioneer stated that it was going to take $62k to get it bought (wonder how they came to that figure?). By the end of the day, someone made the required offer to get it sold post-block.


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN #S104-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S102084. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 81,532 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power windows. Fitted with modern replica C2 knockoff wheels shod with Redline radial tires. Repainted reasonably well in recent years, but it’s neither representative of original build quality nor much of an improvement over that. Door gaps not that great on either side, but do latch reasonably well. Replated or replacement bumpers, likely done the same time as respray. Reproduction seat coverings wrinkling due to compacted padding. New glovebox door, but dull, original alloy console trim. Older aftermarket AM/FM/cassette stereo, adapted to fit stock holes. Engine repainted recently, and that’s about the best of the detailing work. While things are somewhat clean underhood, attention to authenticity is nil. Modern exhaust components. Cond: 3+. engine bay. Suspension sits slightly low towards front. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,440. One gets the impression that the restoration six years ago was nothing more than paint and interior, based on work done since. Granted, 54-year-old cars need tending to on a regular basis, but this comes off as finishing up what should’ve been done before. Either that or it’s been a “paycheck restoration” over the past six years. Coupled with this being the least-liked year of C2 by most folks, you have a fairly realistic sale more than a smokin’ hot deal. This was hammered home by the fact that when the bidding ended at $42k, the auctioneer stated that it was going to take $43k to buy it, and that last bidder said he’d take it. FOMOCO SOLD AT $78,300. Last seen at the 2006 edition of Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction, then selling for $61,600 (ACC# 1565236). Since then, it’s been tramped up a bit but hasn’t become markedly better. And here we go again, with another ’63 wearing knockoff wheels. They’re starting to get as prevalent as 1955–57 T-birds with 1961–63 Sports Roadster wire wheels. Bidding opened at $60k, and once the reserve was met at $72,500, it was hammered sold. Here’s proof once again that folks go sillystupid for a Split-Window and forget about the rest of the car. Well sold. #F49-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S106102. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 26,044 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional engine, 4-speed, 3.73 Posi differential, power windows, pb, a/c and AM/FM radio. Frame-on redo dates to six years ago, with recent work on front suspension, new radiator, replacement wiring harness, stainless-steel exhaust system and pb booster. Rather pleasing repaint, with good prep work. All wheelwell lips shaved to some extent for added clearance. Decent door fit. Averagegrade rechrome on bumpers, but at least they are smooth and wave-free. Tri-bar knockoff-style wheel covers and older radials on stock steel rims. Generally well-fitted reproduction interior soft trim, although there’s some wrinkling on driver’s seat bottom. Recent fluff-and-buff in stock restored #F77-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH185722. Colonial White/ black cloth, white hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 61,674 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with snaps for an aftermarket tonneau cover. Decent-quality repaint, even if they did spray over the body tag underhood. Consigning dealer’s sticker just below trunk lid. Doors don’t latch flush with body, as they sit out a bit at bottom. Plastic plugs in door jambs from a rust-proofing shop. Good bumper replating. Modern non-OEM windshield. Seat changed from black with white inserts to solid black when redone a few years ago with a reproduction kit. Original, yellowed kick panels stick out next to reproduction door panels. Vintage gray, wovencotton, latch-type seat belts. Older engine-bay detailing now showing some soiling, especially on engine paint and in cast-alloy dress-up-kit valve covers. One of the low-budget red battery cables was painted black for ground, with neither well routed to dime-store battery. Older, cobbled-together exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,240. Heavens to Betsy, a ’57 T-bird with stock wheel covers—will miracles never cease? It seems like it’s all but required these days to put a set of the Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels from a 1961–63 Sports Roadster if you consign one to an auction, so it’s refreshing to see the regularissue wheel covers for a change. And they do look nice, as they complement the rest of the styling rather than try to steal the limelight. A decent cruiser any way you look at it, as in no way would it be a show car as it sits. Sold for full retail. #S78-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7KW148377. White & black Styletone/white vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 7,067 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional ps. Older, presentable, masked-off repaint. It’s actually is better in the black than the white sections of the Styletone, due to lax masking around glass seals. Doors latch okay, but they sit low to the body and rattle a bit. Replated bumpers, original and pitted door handles and ventwindow frames. Various light dents and dings in forward top trim. Functionality of top was not proven, but stated that someone “guaranteed the top works.” Very dingy and rusty motor, but generally stock. Reupholstered seats, faithful to original materials and patterns. Dice mounted on door-lock plungers. Aftermarket volt meter and additional lamps and switches (most numbered with one labeled “up”) mounted across bottom center of dashboard, fed by less-than-professionally-installed crimpconnected wiring. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,198. The reserve was met at $14k (not dropped), and car continued to be bid on in $250 increments until the last bidder remained standing. The dice on the door-lock plungers is quite symbolic, as you’re rolling the dice on this iffy Skyliner not falling apart around you and emptying your bank account like a drunken weekend in Las Vegas. Well sold. #F32-1962 MERCURY METEOR Custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2F41L510350. White/red vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 12,907 miles. 260ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Period-accessory fender skirts. Rather good trim-off yet exterior topical repaint a few years ago. While off, most of that brightwork was polished. Economygrade bumper replate, with back bumper pushed slightly inward. Body filler evident at bottoms of rear quarters—troweled on like drywall compound. Overspray on door January–February 2019 93


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN seals, with good original paint in door jambs and original door-seal glue slop. Good door fit and even gaps. Good original seats, with a Fingerhut textured plastic cover still on the back seat giving some idea of why the front seat is in such nice shape. Heavier fading and paint wear on the driver’s door panel and upper painted section. Brilliant dashboard trim. Modern CD sound system hung under dash. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,250. This was the inaugural year of the mid-sized Mercury, taking its name from the entry-level, full-sized Merc of the previous year (a name which continued to be used as the Canadian-market brand that was placed between Ford and Mercury). While it appears to be a pretty decent grannymobile, the Bondo job on the rear quarters sheds any and all assumptions of it being a low-mile original. Opening bid on Proxibid of $5k and then only one bid on site is the whole and sum of the bidding activity on it. While advertised as a no-reserve car (as seen on the banner in the photos), it rolled out as a no-sale, with the phrase “it’s gonna take over $6k to get it bought” echoing though the building. Plenty bid across the block. If someone’s playing slap-and-tickle no-reserve/now-it-has-areserve games, just walk away. #S86-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0F05H193892. Blue metallic/ blue vinyl. Odo: 64,786 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, ps, Rim Blow steering wheel, Sport Deck rear seat and AM/FM stereo. Wears a repop Tasca Ford badge out back, but may have never been farther east than Tomah, WI, as it was sold new in the Dallas sales district. Stated that “the engine was rebuilt back to factory appearance,” but that’s not quite accurate. Originally a 2-barrel car, but now has aftermarket 4-barrel induction, with a repop 3514V decal added to a non-stock, open-element air cleaner. Aftermarket chrome K-brace, plus a shield, added over a/c compressor pulley to ward off a seal leak, with R134a fittings on it. Rechromed bumpers, light dings in the grille surround. Tidy installation a few years back of interior vinyl, with only light soiling in seat pleats and carpeting. Knobs missing from radio. Aftermarket gauges below dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,480. I don’t know why they bothered with the a/c pulley shield, as the Borg-Warner “iron lung” compressor isn’t the chronic leaker. It’s the Frigidaire unit (which FoMoCo also used in large numbers—mostly on full-size and luxury cars). Then again, it may be a “more shiny bits” thing, as that was something of a theme in this, ahem, “factory appearance” engine bay (at least the engine block was painted the correct Ford Corporate Blue). Bidders gave themselves plenty of room to hang themselves here, as the reserve was surpassed at 30 grand, garnering two more bids to being well enough sold. #F59-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 1F05H211893. Grabber Lime/ dark green vinyl. Odo: 62,240 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sport Deck rear seat, rear window louvers, Magnum 500 wheels (now shod with radials) and AM/FM stereo radio—with Budweiser bottle caps attached to the knobs (who’s the bigger knob?). Cracks in bodywork along hood-opening channel, broadcasting under-average-quality repaint. Heavier paint scuffing on bottom of driver’s door frame from sagging door. Repop door sill missing FoMoCo emblem. Passenger’s door fits well enough, even if it does rattle. Ill-fitting Sport-type mirrors, attached with sheet-rock screws. Cobra emblems added over front fender reflectors—done markedly more professionally than the mirrors. Faded and uneven coverage of flat-black hood paint. Set screw made to fit antenna. Good seats, dashpad and door panels. Light-tomoderate carpet wear. Aftermarket steering wheel. Little is stock underhood. Cond: 3. sticker from Lyngaas Ford of Pottsville, IA, yet it has 1988 Texas license plates. While there’s some old panel respray (upper halves of doors, among other spots), most of the paint is original and somewhat distressed. Faded original chrome. Rusty hubcaps and rear-step bumper. One decentsized rock chip in windshield. Original seat vinyl actually pretty darn good, with discoloring on driver’s seat bottom. Redneck-engineered speaker installation on B-pillars (essentially an ear cushion for driver on their left side and passenger on their right side), with a 1970s-era, low-buck AM/FM/ cassette deck. Post-it on steering wheel warns of poor brakes. Dingy, unkempt engine bay, with a rusty motor. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,750. By 1971, most Ford pickup engines were back to being shared by the cars, the exception being the truckonly 300-ci I6 and 360-ci V8. What’s more amazing to me is that Ford (or anyone, for that matter) still offered an overdrive unit that could be ordered with a 3-on-the-tree— although the column stick shift continued to be built at least though 1984 (as I know a coworker who bought one new off the dealer’s lot back then). Bidding here opened at $5k, and just kept chugging along, for a truck for which this bid would’ve been really silly money just five years ago—let alone where it ended up selling from a no-reserve collection. A pretty strong price for a truck that’ll need work ASAP, but it does show that bumpside F-series are starting to make some gains in values. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. No-sale at 24 grand? Really. This thrashed, bashed and tarted-up high-school-parking-lot-issue pony isn’t worth half of this. Maybe if it originally was a 429 Cobra Jet car, but not for any flavor of 351—C, W, M or BS. I seriously doubt the money behind any bids here. #S109-1971 FORD F-100 SportCustom pickup. VIN: F10GLL49659. Raven Black/ red vinyl & nylon. Odo: 2,596 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Optional overdrive unit; aftermarket dual fuel tanks. Original dealer’s 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #F67-1975 FORD F-250 custom pickup. VIN: F26YRV61926. Light blue/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 6,590 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Older topical repaint done a few years back, now with multiple light stone chips on leading edge of hood. One fist-sized rust spot on bottom of the left rear quarter panel; flaking off body filler there. Black spray-on bed liner. Decent door fit, iffy hood fit. Dull grille, with loose lettering on it, but rest of brightwork presentable. Later-production, single-piece wheels with aggressive mud and snow radials; lacking hubcaps. Generally stock underhood, but carburetor is on a riser block—mostly so stock air-cleaner assembly can clear an aftermarket HEI-style distributor and electronic ignition system. Heavier original engine paint flaking and subsequent surface rust. Seat redone with


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN modern fabric inserts. Weathered and split original rubber flooring. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,160. For what was put into the car—being turn-key ready with splendid presentation—this was short money on the car. The consignor needed to move it out to make room, so his work is someone’s reward. If you like playing with big-block Bbodies a quarter of a mile at a time versus parking on manicured grass, this was well bought. SOLD AT $9,990. Ford ¾-ton four-wheeldrive pickups from 1967 through mid-1976 are among the most bullet-proof ever built, due mainly to the New Process 205 geardriven transfer case. Since the NP205 is divorced from the tail shaft of the transmission, these trucks had a markedly taller stance than their period Chevy/GMC and International equivalents, or even the Dodges (which tended to stand pretty tall, too). With the 4-speed with granny low in this truck, one may easily make the argument that the FE block 360 V8 underhood is the weak link. Just keep the snowplow off it, or that rust spot will envelop the whole truck in two seasons. With the ever-escalating values of all ’70s pickups, this was a reasonable deal. MOPAR #S44-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23L77188107. Light yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 953 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original 440 block, with rest built up for performance with a lot of flash: alloy heads and intake manifold, MSD ignition system with distributor, plus chrome valve covers, air cleaner and brake master cylinder with booster. Whole engine bay shows great workmanship and is sparkling clean. Motor also runs out with great gusto, but not obnoxiously so. Seller states all stock engine parts are included with the car. No fender tag. Exceptionally nice base/clear paint. Show chrome bumpers. New repop correct hood ornament added days before the auction (the original was accidentally snapped off days before). Door gaps are okay at best, but fit well. Non-stock, threeinch, big-bore exhaust system. Well-fitted repro seats, door panels and carpeting have a few seasons of light use on them. Cond: 2-. #S15-1970 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE sedan. VIN: RH41G0A242140. Lime Green Metallic/green vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 42,284 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory options are just a/c, ps and vinyl roof. Body side moldings and Rallye wheels on radials added later. Consignor believes the 42,284 indicated miles are actual, although he bought it essentially as presented here at last year’s Iola Car Show & Swap Meet. Rather presentable repaint done in recent years—if Lime Green Metallic is your thing. Masking lines along window seals rather prominent. Cover over front seat, due to seam separations at driver’s position. Otherwise-original interior is pretty decent. DINmount sound system cut into dash. Aftermarket fuel gauge added on extreme left top corner of dash. Small aftermarket open-element air cleaner. Non-stock dual exhaust. Cond: 3. panels below doors. Good but not spectacular repaint. Fitting of replacement vinyl roof and trim cap leaves a lot to be desired at base of C-pillars, as it does not meet up at all with the trim. Left headlight will start to creep open about half an hour after the car is turned off. Good door and cowl gaps. Topically cleaned-up engine bay, but engine in the midst of it has heavily faded and worn original paint, corroded bare metal, plus haphazard routing of wiring. Well-fitted reproduction seat coverings, door panels and carpeting. Runs out well, but leaves a drip trail. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $117,000. While Superbird prices seem to be making a rebound, most of the examples that are still around tend to be better-quality restorations (as they’ve been worth doing full-tilt restorations on for decades), with fewer middling, driver-grade examples like this one. Yet what’s driving the higher values is folks stepping up for top-shelf cars, so we see far fewer cross the auction blocks. This one didn’t seem to raise much real interest among folks here, and didn’t even get an opening bid online. Past $110k, it seemed like interest in the car ran out of steam, as the unstated reserve was likely quite a bit further than what was in the room. NOT SOLD AT $7,100. A bit odd to have factory-installed a/c and not much else (although you can argue that the original owner knew what they were getting into with a dark green car in the summer). Since the a/c vents are integral to the dashboard, you’d have to have a parts car or really want to go through the effort to R&R the dash to do a conversion. On a 440 Six Pack convertible, it could be worth it. On granny’s 4-door sedan…it’s more likely to be the donor car. This is way too nice to be a donor, and rather neat to have the chance to get an almost Road Runner the whole family or three husky friends (or even three friends who are huskies) can easily get in and out of. However, with consignor hoping to see somewhere north of eight grand, the twodoors-too-many crowd ruled the day. #S75-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A179785. Vitamin C/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,439 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include 3:54-ratio Sure Grip differential, A33 Track Pak, Hemi suspension, deluxe bucket-seat interior, and solid-state AM radio. Bodywork has some fit issues, especially at rocker 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #S98-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS29N0B113563. Go Mango/black vinyl/Burnt Orange vinyl & leather. Odo: 98,689 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally powered by a 383 Magnum, now fitted with a “period correct” 440 Six Pack. Stated that the original 383 is included with the car, but not displayed with it on site. Fender tag listed options including six-way adjustable driver’s seat, Music Master AM radio with 8-track stereo tape, and a/c. The latter now has a modern rotary compressor, but original is included in parts pile with engine. Clean and generally comes off looking stock under the hood—aside from that compressor, a plastic power-steering-pump cap, and a modern battery. A small green puddle forms under front of engine after it’s parked for a little while. Good


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN bare-body repaint and chrome. Well-fitted reproduction seats and carpeting, although latter has some staining. Undercarriage spray-painted black, then fitted with new brake lines, fuel tank and chambered exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,520. The few R/T Special Editions that I’ve seen cross the auction block all seem to be orange, burnt orange or brown for some reason (perhaps because all were rather popular when new). The SE will also be the only Challenger that had optional leather seating surfaces. Just as many folks will get put off by the engine swap as will be attracted to it. One can make the argument that it’s worth a premium since you get both engines, yet you have to rebuild and put the 383 back in for that argument to really be valid. Since it is what it is, it sold for what it’s worth. #F71A-1971 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA convertible. VIN: BH27G1B395132. Sno White/black vinyl/orange vinyl. Odo: 25,514 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Fender tag verifies original options as center console, tinted windshield, variable-speed windshield wipers, power top and solid-state AM radio. Post-production addition of rear wing and Magnum 500 wheels shod with modern radials. Wears a rather low-effort repaint from a few years ago, but otherwise is a generally original car. Decent bumper chrome and trim. Door gaps a touch wider at front, but door fit okay. Largely stock, if somewhat dingy, underhood, with generic battery and mix of types of hose clamps. Well-fitted replacement top. Good original seats, door panels and dashpad—all with minimal UV damage. Moderate fading on center console plus heavier sun fade and discoloration of original carpeting. Dingy undercoating, with a newer gas tank. Cond: 3. block car. Anything north of that opening bid was a gift, regardless of what’s later done or not done to the car. #S103-1971 PLYMOUTH VALIANT Scamp 2-dr hard top. VIN: VH23G1R246925. Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 41,904 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, pb and AM radio. Believed to be 41,904 actual miles. Factory-applied paint, recently buffed out with buffing compound still along edges of Scamp decals and alloy trim. Said trim is in decent shape, but could stand some polishing of its own. Door edges have moderate chipping, but shut well and have decent gaps. Good, but not perfect, original bumpers, with right side of front bumper sitting further inboard than the left. Black paint around headlight bezels flaking off. Period FM radio converted, attached on bottom of a/c ducts. While recently washed off, engine bay a bit dingy, with heavier surface rust on unpainted metal. Wheelwells rather dirty and holding lots of polishingcompound residue. Modern generic battery and mounting bracket. Stock wheels and covers, with older radial tires. Cond: 3. driver’s seat bottom. Better job of cleaning rather than detailing underhood, but mostly original anyway aside from a handful of service items. Light undercoating on the undercarriage, aside from original exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,090. Now for our WTF moment of the auction: $18k for a K-car pickup? Up until this point, I’d have factored that the best one on the planet might barely cross into five-digit territory. Granted, this is a low-mile original (insert your favorite broken-K-car-waiting-for-parts joke here), but is still a wheezy 2.2-L 4-banger, with 3-speed slushbox. Yet pickup trucks of any stripe (and especially if they have stripes) are still doing land-office business. Cars—and especially pickups—from the big-hair 1980s are coming into vogue with those of us who grew up around them. Also, darn few were saved, and they are quite the oddball compared to what the rest of the industry was doing. It was one of the reasons that I featured them in my “Cheap Thrills” column in ACC #23 (p. 38), so you can’t really say that you weren’t warned. I just didn’t think we’d be here this quickly. SOLD AT $9,450. The Scamp was something of a quasi-sporty package, marketed to a younger audience. Unlike the Road Runner, a Scamp didn’t get you an engine that will scram, as there was no change in standard or optional engines (or most of them had a Slant 6). Most likely a grandmamobile for most of its existence; it’s not often that you not only find one with relatively low miles, but in a good color. Being offered out of a no-reserve collection, it did reasonably well. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. You could tell that most of the dealers here were doing the math in their head for what it would cost to exchange the original 318 and 3-speed for a 440 or Hemi with a 4-speed. And paint it black. Overall, call it a cared-for, old, used car, not a survivor. Opening bid was at $50k, which meant they quit doing their calculations, since it no longer added up. As it rolled out, it was stated from the block, “We are in range, but we need to talk.” Consignor left a for-sale sign in the car, indicating that $79,777 was the price at that point—which is big-block money for a small- 98 AmericanCarCollector.com #F42-1984 DODGE RAMPAGE Prospector pickup. VIN: 1B7EZ44C8ED321839. Light gold metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 8,923 miles. 2.2-L I4, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, cruise control, locking gas-filler door and AM/FM/cassette stereo. Period-accessory tonneau cover, bed rails, mud flaps and rear-window mountain graphic. Seller states the 8,923 miles are actual, and that it’s essentially all original. It must have been a good day at the plant, as original paint is about as nice as I’ve ever seen on any mid1980s Chrysler product when new. Graphics are excellent, without even any wax build up or light chipping on edges. Plastic nose flexes and distorts as temperature changes throughout the day—like they all do. Minimal wear and discoloration of the AMERICANA #S12-1948 WILLYS CJ-2A utility. VIN: 170357. Mustard yellow/black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 888 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Modified tear-drop-style hood— which is very crudely cobbled up from underneath—to allow for later-production F-head engine from a CJ-3B or CJ-5, carburetor, and home-cobbled air filter canister to fit. Other mods underhood include an aluminum radiator and electronic ignition. Motor “is a fresh rebuild in 2016.” Average repaint over some bodywork repaint, yet still has some small dents and dings. Eagle hood ornament must have come from top of a flagpole or the 50%-off pages of the JC Whitney catalog years back. That and headlight rims are the only pieces of chrome, as all other trim is painted white. Newer aftermarket soft top. Simple but well-fitted vinyl seat cushions. Later production forward rubber floor mat and seat belts. Mix of stock and aftermarket gauges. Mix of snow tires in back and Ground Grip tires up front. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,773. The CJ-2A and CJ-3A used the same basic Willys Go-Devil flathead engine that powered the G503 jeeps of World War II. When Willys went to the F-head configuration, the additional


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SG AUCTION // Winona, MN MARKETMOMENT 1979 Comuta-Car valve-train height necessitated raising the cowl of the Jeep to accommodate the additional engine height, thus becoming the taller-hooded CJ-3B. Stuffing an F-head into an earlier Jeep will lead to hood-clearance issues, and this is about par for what usually happens. More of a tool than a collectible vehicle at this point, this was closer to real-world value than to seeming like a good deal. #S7-1960 RAMBLER SUPER sedan. VIN: C375960. Red/red & black vinyl. Odo: 8,797 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Period-accessory fender skirts. Originally Frost White. Good older repaint with reasonably good masking. Indeed, you have to look in door jambs to find any traces of original white paint that was missed. However, some panel edges have buffer burn-though. Dryrotted windshield seal. OE-grade bumper chrome, with some alloy and stainless trim pieces polished out. Hinges are stiff, so doors need a concerted effort to latch well. Seat bottoms have likely been reupholstered, but rest of interior is original and in good shape. Reconditioned rubber flooring. Clean engine bay, but far from detailed. Modern hoses, hose clamps, ignition wiring and battery. Runs out quite well. Cond: 3. SOLD at $1,100 Mecum Auctions, Chicago, IL, Oct. 25–27, 2018, Lot F217 VIN: 909SR2223A Jason Brandt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions America. It was the tiniest four-wheeled car on the road, especially compared to the Ford Excursions and Silverado 3500s. But before the German Smart, we had the American-made Comuta-Car. The door-stop-shaped vehicles were built in Sebring, FL, by Commuter Vehicles Inc., which had just purchased Sebring Vanguard, the company behind the earlier Citicar. The vehicles were simple: straight axles, leaf springs at all corners, an aluminum frame and an ABS plastic body. The drivetrain consisted of a three- to six-horsepower electric motor connected to eight 6-volt batteries. The gear selector was a toggle switch on the dash: forward or reverse. This Comuta-Car sold for only $1,100 at Mecum Auctions Chicago auction on October 26. SOLD AT $4,718. For 1960, the Super was the mid-grade Rambler trim level, and only available in a 4-door sedan. Deluxe 4-door sedans and wagons were below it, Custom 4-door station wagons and 4-door hard tops were above it. This three-tier trim level was used on all three model lines; Rambler, Rebel and Ambassador—in addition to the compact American. The red does make it pop, but subsequent use and the aging process are starting to show as well. Even at that, this was still a pretty decent deal on the surface, yet it was bought by someone on Proxibid, so the added expense of shipping will cut it closer to market correct by the time it’s in its new garage. A It is painted Sebring Green, although the shade varies from panel to panel, with a single bench seat in white vinyl. The little wedge still has the giant front and rear bumpers it had when new. They were needed to pass safety regulations but also housed the massive number of batteries — four in the front and four in the rear. At least they were easy to access. Specs for the Comuta-Car include a top speed of 35 to 38 miles per hour and a range of around 50 miles — but owners claim a range of 10 to 15 miles, and the top speed of 35 mph is said to be terrifying. On the bright side, it has a heater, four-wheel disc brakes and steel-belted radials. What more do you need? As a real-world car on today’s roads, there is no way in hell I would leave my neighborhood street in one of these. But when thinking of it as a luxurious golf cart, sign me up. I have a ton of great memories locking up an E-Z-Go’s brakes and sliding it down a wet, grassy hill. For a measly $1,100, this seems like a deal. Plug it in to charge and “just” nine hours later, you have a whole 10 miles of memories to be made. If you are feeling brave, it is road-legal. I would consider a personalized license plate to let everyone know this is the original American Smart car. Just be sure to get a big orange triangle, too.A January–February 2019 January–February 2019 — Chad Taylor 99 Back in 2008, the Smart Car finally made its way to the shores of


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN The Vic Wenzel Estate Collection The top American seller was a running-with-issues 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at $34k Nixon Auctioneers Rosemount, MN September 22, 2018 Auctioneers: Lonnie Nixon, Don Nixon automotive lots sold/ offered: 48/48 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $298,765 high american sale: 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, sold at $34,000 buyer’s premium: None for onsite buyers; 4% online, included in sold prices Well equipped, including optional air-ride suspension still intact — 1960 Cadillac eldorado biarritz convertible, sold at $34,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 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 V 100 AmericanCarCollector.com ictor “Vic” Wenzel was the epitome of the American Dream. A self-made man with an eighth-grade education, he worked in a number of fields until he founded what eventually became one of the Midwest’s most successful rigging companies, Vic’s Crane and Heavy Haul. As such, he always had an interest in old mechanical things, being an early car, truck and tractor collector before it was popular. He was well known as a pioneer car collector in local collector-vehicle and equipment circles for decades. Due to his business successes, he was able to not just collect a great amount of this neat, old stuff — to include a few relocated buildings such as a Catholic church — but had room for it where he lived in the suburban St. Paul, MN, community of Rosemount. Indeed, in the 1990s, he was the bane of my sister’s professional existence when she worked for Rosemount’s Planning and Zoning office, with all the varied stuff that he had around at his homestead. However, since he was in memory care for the last few of his 89 years before his passing in June, most of the vehicles hadn’t been touched for approximately a decade. Upon his demise, the family contacted Nixon Auctioneers — well versed in the field of vintage tractors and equipment — to sell off the various items from his collection. Due to the lack of attention paid to the collection in recent years, all but a few pieces had storage issues in some way, shape or form. The one piece that didn’t — and which showed how diverse his collection was — proved to be the top-selling item: an Advance-Rumely 18-20 steam traction engine, dating from the early 1900s. Not only still operable, but currently licensed under Minnesota’s stringent laws for steam boilers, this fire-breathing behemoth found a new home at $60,000, which actually represents something of a good buy (considering that, like a Formula One race car, buying one is about the cheapest and easiest thing that you can do with it). As for internal-combustion-powered conveyances, the top-selling car was a 1955 Jaguar XK 140 roadster. The subject of a lot of conjecture by those attending, the once-restored-but-now-disheveled roadster hammered sold for $47,000. As for American-made vehicles, the top honor went to a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible. A runner, but with its share of issues, this Caddy fetched $34,000. If one thing kept sticking in my mind about this auction, it’s that we as individual collectors need to think about an eventual exit plan. Some enjoy the hunt, some enjoy just having the most toys in the biggest toy box, but someday you’ll be gone and it’ll have to be dealt with. Inevitably, I kept thinking that, in nearly all instances, if he had considered at least starting to thin out his collection when they were still in operable condition, he and his family would’ve been able to pass on most of these cars to willing collectors as their maintaining stewards. Now, some may see restoration, while others end up as parts. All involved deserve a better legacy.A


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN GM #94-1949 CHEVROLET 3600 pickup. VIN: 21GRB2677. Dark green/brown vinyl. Odo: 31,035 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Original paint, with plenty of, ahem, character— mostly fading, nicks, scrapes, light surface rust and spotty discoloration. Aftermarket brush guards added front and rear make the truck look more like a bumper-car ride. Also has period spotlight and visor. Later bigtruck mirror added to right front fender. Several generations of taillights added out back. Six inches of water in the front of the cargo box (as the truck is parked slightly nose down) prove that the box with wood floor is watertight. All six wheels are original split rims, with a mix of old tires. Original seat is not in too bad of shape—once you get past the mold in crevasses. Aftermarket AM radio added under the dash decades ago. Dingy, greasy engine, but is stock and has newer hoses. Cond: 4-. senger’s side seat back, and seams in seat bottoms have water staining. Rubber flooring looks like it’s pooled water at several different times. Very dingy but complete underhood, with a tag showing it was checked in 2001. Cond: 5. slammer cars. A fellow car enthusiast I know is well acquainted with the Wenzel family and relates that Vic always had a hard time keeping the air ride working. He’d fix one leak and another would surface. With over half a century of technological improvements, one could have a shot at making this work better, but it’s not going to be a cheap date. Still, it’s fairly rare to find one that didn’t have its airbags swapped out for coil springs, so that helps explain the rather stout final bid versus condition. SOLD AT $2,000. This was probably a pretty decent, original car when Vic bought it, but sitting for nearly two decades in damp conditions has done it no favors. Still, the body is a lot less rusty than what one would otherwise expect for its condition. It wouldn’t be too hard to convince someone that the 53,266 miles on it are on the first time around, but it will still take quite a bit to make this useful again. Then it won’t have the charm of being original anymore—and still a 6-cylinder. Bidding opened at a grand, and it was well sold for this. SOLD AT $5,824. While it looked like it could run, no attempt was made to start it, so most folks with a sense of reality bid thinking that it’s going to need some work to get it up and functional again. Had this been a half-ton 3100 series, it would’ve likely got close to—or gone into—a five-digit selling price. Proof that three-quarter-tonners and larger, with their eight-lug wheels and split rims that nobody wants to deal with, continue to trail their little brothers in the market. Yet that means those of us who don’t mind slower highway speeds and a rougher ride get a better deal on a more rugged truck that looks nearly the same. #115-1950 PONTIAC CHIEFTAIN Six 2-dr sedan. VIN: K6TS13643. Light blue metallic/ gray cloth. Odo: 53,266 miles. 239-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Serial-number tag attached with mismatching pan-head screws. Radio delete, but has center-speaker clock. Dealeraccessory back-up lights and fuel-filler trim. Faded original paint, with light surface rust forming on upper and lower surfaces (no, it won’t buff out). Dent on roof akin to having a tree or post fall onto it (that really won’t buff out). Moderate surface rust on all chrome—inside and out—plus varying levels of peeling-off bumpers. Good stainless trim. Seats wouldn’t look too bad, but there’s a fist-sized hole worn into the pas- 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #117-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 60E054829. White/ white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 60,080 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Well equipped, to include optional air-ride suspension (still in place) and cruise control. While the air bags are still in place, they aren’t doing much— especially up front, which is sitting quite low. Older topical repaint; still rather presentable. All chrome has some level of at least light pitting, with a few pieces getting pretty bad. Poor alignment of lower rocker trim hints at previous bodywork. Original interior, but seat dye is getting mighty thin in places, although there are no tears or open cracks in the hides. A section of steel brake line, with an air fitting screwed in on one end, sits nonchalantly atop the center armrest. Very greasy and dusty engine bay, but complete to include all the air-ride bits. Heavy surface rust on bottom of car. Cond: 4-. #119-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 105676W134193. Maroon metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,953 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Retains rusty remains of original Protect-OPlate from when it was sold new on February 12, 1966, in Denver, CO. Lousy repaint on a shoddy prep work, with lackadaisical masking in several areas. Paint blistering especially bad on rear quarter panels. Usual rust-out area at base of windshield was repaired well, but base of dashboard against windshield and bottoms of door frames is rusty. Actually, the whole car—inside and out—has elevated levels of surface rust. Replated bumpers and stainless trim are actually still pretty good. Replacement top has shrunk and barely fits over the side rails. Backlight is yellow plastic. Seats are in decent shape, but really need a good cleaning. Speakers cut into door panels. Every piece of metal inside is rusty or pitted. Engine is a corroded and rusty fuzzball—just like the undercarriage. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,560. Slap-dash reconditioning—from back in the 1970s when nobody really cared since a late Corvair convertible was a thousand-dollar car on its best day— really goes downhill when exposed to longterm storage in a damp area. I’ve never even seen a Protect-O-Plate that was rusted out as badly as this one was—only the plastic embossed labels are legible. Based on old registrations, Vic likely got this in the early 1980s, with not much done to it since then. I might like Corvairs, but I’m not this much of a masochist—I’ve parted out better cars than this. Bidding opened at a grand, and that was still too much for this. SOLD AT $34,000. The 1958–60 air-suspension Cadillacs—the original, unintended #114-1971 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494871H901396. White/black vinyl. Odo: 21,647 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lousy prep work on trunk lid, as old repaint


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN on it has a bad case of acne. Rest of car’s repaint doesn’t look too poor, but is hiding body filler in lower quarters. Windshield moldings gone. Doors sag, and, upon opening, one is greeted by a heavy mildew smell. Very moldy steering wheel. Seats have some mold on them, but to a far lesser extent. They have more of an issue with seam splitting on seat backs. Period generic AM/ FM/8-track stereo in dash. Headliner falling down. Left wheels have tires that hold air and both turbine-type wheel covers, right side looks like it was dragged in place, with beads rolled off the rims and wheel covers missing. Cond: 5. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,000. One of the most desirable variants on a Model A, but not quite a rare as one might believe (see my Truck Profile in ACC 36 for more on that, p. 64). Provided that this fires up with minimal effort, it should make for a pretty decent little truck for secondary roads. You don’t have to worry about scuffing up a show pony here, just drive it and continue to improve it as you own it. Opening bid was at $11k, and sold here at full retail. SOLD AT $1,560. This is a pretty bland and bare-bones example of a first-year boattail Riv—easily discerned by the one-year-only vent louvers on trunk lid. While these are starting to see some appreciation in the market, it’s for no-issues, original examples. While restoration is not out of the question, it’s not cost effective for the foreseeable future. Even going the custom route (what traditionally happened to bottom-feeder examples of these over the years) will be quite the challenge. For this bid, it was beyond scrap price, so it’s quite a leap of faith on someone’s part to resurrect or get that many good parts from it. FOMOCO #127-1926 FORD MODEL T roadster. VIN: 13467043. Light green & black/black leatherette/black leatherette. Period-accessory tube front bumper. Repainted quite a few years ago and has several panel-edge scrapes and scuffing on hood akin to having bungee-strap wear on it. Most green paint has a textured surface, while black running boards have a decent gloss. Older, distressed chrome—rather than nickel plating—on radiator shell, stock radiator cap and headlight rings. Has electric start—with a battery added under car—but still has a crank hung out front from a period-style strap. Rear-mounted spare tire, with aftermarket rear bumper. Old vinyl seat redo, which has some light mold on passenger’s side edge. Period aftermarket belt-driven water pump, but at expense of the now freewheeling fan. Stated that it’s a runner, but was not started. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,000. My house-sitter has been on the hunt for a reasonably priced, driver-grade, 104 AmericanCarCollector.com open-bodied Model T. He had to work at his day job during the auction, so with bidder’s card at the ready, we figured that three to four grand could get the job done without much harm. Most folks in the hobby will tell you that nobody under AARP age even cares about these cars. I factored the old guys with Model T club jackets were going to be our biggest competition. Not so! They were all spectators. At 54, I was probably the oldest person bidding on it after it opened at $2,500. Or should I say bid on it, as in singularly, as I only got one bid in before his pre-set limit of $4k kicked in. There were about six of us who got in at least one bid, and another three that chased it to the end. Granted, it’s a roadster, but it’s also an old farmer restoration done on the cheap when Ford was president. So, tell me again how nobody wants these anymore. #112-1929 FORD MODEL A roadster pickup. VIN: 3975156. Black/black leatherette/black vinyl. Odo: 88,264 miles. Older amateur restoration. Mediocre repaint on body, iffy on reproduction fenders. Moderate paint chipping on cowl from butterfly hood. Reproduction Boyce MotoMeter. Motorcycle-style plastic turn signals added. Decent plating on radiator shell, bumpers and headlight buckets. Equipped with dual sidemounts, one extra from original. Tonneau cover fabricated from same leatherette used to re-cover top. Generic pleats in reupholstered bench seat. Sloppy tie-wrap job on steering column, to hold wiring and turn signal flasher in place. Modern oil-pressure gauge mounted below center of dash. Heavier surface rust on engine. Converted to a modern GM alternator. Stated that it runs, but no attempt was made to start it. #124-1937 FORD MODEL 78 Deluxe V8 coupe. VIN: 3703347. Tan/light brown cloth. Odo: 6,972 miles. Equipped with dealer-accessory radio, heater and clock. Repainted approximately two to three decades ago. Now there’s some flaking just behind passenger’s door, right above running board, due to lifting from body filler. Filler also used to patch fender cracks in wheelwells and on cowl under the hood. Period aftermarket fog lamps. Okay plating, except for light surface rust in vanes of grille. While engine was repainted a while back, things are rather dirty in the bay now. Chalky finish on running-board rubber. Reupholstered with a high-quality reproduction kit, showing only slight wear. Light pitting on gauge bezels. More dust than road grime on undercarriage from sitting. That certainly didn’t hurt functionality, as it started right up when it came time to sell it. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,000. The 1937 Ford car wasn’t designed by Ford’s design team, headed up by E.T. Gregorie. Rather, it was done by body fabricator Briggs. Comparing a 1937 or 1938 with a Gregorie-team-designed 1939 Ford, the former does come off as a bit chunkier and with less finesse. Hardly ugly, just discernibly more plain. While there are a few things that can get ugly on this car, it was actually the nicest car here in the collection (if that’s any consolation). Bid onsite tried to open at $4k, but Proxibid already had someone at $6,250. Sold well enough as tour car that can get upgraded à la carte. #95-1949 FORD F-6 2-ton dump truck. VIN: 88RT130514. Green & black/gray vinyl. Odo: 46,896 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with a 2-speed rear axle and PTO for the locally fabricated steel dump body. Restored within the past decade, but not driven much since. Decent


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN repaint, but only done on exterior and inside cab. Engine bay has a couple of layers of paint peeling off cowl, with gray likely the original hue. Engine painted a brilliant shade of vermillion, with accessories biased toward functionality over form. What little chrome and stainless is on the truck presents well. Stock Budd wheels, bumpers, mirrors and running boards all painted same black as dump box. Heavy green overspray on the pedals. Reproduction rubber flooring, headliner and dashboard plastic. Aftermarket gauges added below glovebox. Fire extinguisher mounted to passenger’s door frame. Newer bias-ply tires all around, with the rear duals being snow tires. Cond: 3+. Belt, as they were notorious rusters. If you work on the corrosion over the headlight buckets, you may find a lot more to deal with as you get into the car. So I’d just let sleeping dogs lie, and just cruise around with it as-is. Besides, it’s got “two doors too many” for several enthusiasts and most collector-car dealers, so for the price paid here, just fix the piddly little stuff and drive it. SOLD AT $4,400. The disparity in pricing between this and the ¾-ton Chevy pickup is interesting. This is a better, restored truck; yet a lot more folks wanted the equally doggy-slow Advance Design pickup and were willing to pay $1,200 more for one that, if it runs, will likely have wake-up issues such as sticking brakes. Then again, this does take up a bit more room than a typical garage stall, but not all that much. Well bought if you always liked playing with dump trucks—or just old trucks, for that matter. #133-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 sedan. VIN: G8PT117957. Black/gray nylon. Odo: 79,265 miles. 332-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional ps, pb, power seat, full tinted glass, clock and push-button AM radio. Okay original paint, with some heavier polishing scratches and occasional light chip and scratch. Rust blisters forming at tops of fenders at headlight trim—a common rot spot for these. Balance of car has no other perceivable rust-out, despite heavier undercarriage surface rust from sitting. Broken right inner taillight lens and base, with the mortal remains sitting in the trunk. Passenger’s front door doesn’t latch well, but other three do. Seats redone in a more modern all-cloth, but in a pattern that’s close to original. Moderate soiling on door panels, headliner and heel pad on carpet. Very dirty underhood, but generally stock. Older economy battery and flex upper radiator hose. Older bias-ply tires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,500. The 332-ci V8 was part of the newfor-1958 FE (Ford-Edsel) block family, and only used for that one year. Not many ’58 Fords are still around up here in the Salt #116-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: C9KW181055. White/red & white vinyl, black nylon. Odo: 34 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional ps and push-button AM radio. Period-accessory Continental kit. Body tag pop-riveted into place, done before most recent yet rather old repaint. Superfluous painted pinstriping added. Doors sag a bit, so they need to be shut with authority. All chrome, at the very least, is lightly pitted, but stainless should buff out well. Most black nylon coming off bottoms of front seat, which also have a few cigarette burns. Door panels and the black carpeting aren’t too bad. Greasy and grungy underhood. Stock motor, with an aftermarket multi-tune horn mounted on driver’s side fender apron. Stated that it runs, but no effort made to prove that. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,000. Since the Skyliner retractable was the most expensive Ford for the three years they were built, most were loaded up with options. Especially by 1959, so this one is relatively austere by comparison with just the mid-range Y-block V8, automatic and power steering. Purchase price of this final-year retractable may be one of the cheapest expenses the new owner has with it. I have very little faith in the top being functional, as all three years of the Skyliner were rather fussy—even when the car is in top-top shape. Sitting since 2004, it’ll likely fight any effort to open up. And if it does start, may quit mid cycle. Someone on site attempted to open the bidding at $2,500, but Proxibid already had someone at three grand. Well sold. January–February 2019 105


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN #118-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V convertible. VIN: 0Y85H420958. Cream yellow/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 56,158 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power seats plus Town & Country AM radio. Repainted several years back to match codes on painted-over body tag. Respray doesn’t look too bad, but it also covers some rust repair in lower rear quarters. Door-stop bumpers missing, so not only does door need to be shut with some effort to latch properly, it rattles a bit when it does. Blue tarp sitting on back seat, which gives some idea on how well the top probably doesn’t function. At least that did its job, as seats are actually in pretty good shape. Carpet pretty much toast, though. Definitely toast is pb booster, being one solid fused mast of crusty corrosion. Complete engine gives a bit more promise, but is quite dingy—although not stated if it runs or not. (I’d bet on the latter, as the battery is gone.) Cond: 5+. wheel cover and mirror, along with control cable in door panel. Seat leather and door panels don’t look too bad, but interior smells somewhat musty. Old Michelin radial tires, which I’d trust as far as rolling onto a trailer. Cond: 5. a Grande package. Then the coup de grâce: driven in winter slop, then parked for at least the past 14 years on a dirt floor, so remaining traces of road salt can continue to percolate within the unibody. This wasn’t a case of the red mist, it was the red mold. As the final bidder was online (although there were several onsite bidders, including the underbidder), they may get quite a surprise when it gets fork-lifted off the delivery truck. MOPAR SOLD AT $1,248. We may not be at the point where you can heed my advice in this issue’s “Cheap Thrills” column, using these as a source for a good 460 V8, but restoring one of these Mark IIIs can be a daunting task. There’s all sorts of electrical doo-dads and unobtainable replacement trim they have that’ll have to get dealt with. I’ve seen worse cars restored, but with a good supply of well-cared-for, original Mark IIIs out there at 10 grand or less—why? This one is worse than it looks. Most folks won’t have the patience to see this project through, so I figure that it was bought for the motor. SOLD AT $8,580. It’s interesting that Vic had the two major, top-shelf American luxury convertibles for 1960—a Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz and this Mark V. This was also the last year of the bigger-and-brasher-isnot-necessarily-better Lincolns, as the 1961 Continental set a new standard for restrained luxury. It was so much of a reset on Lincoln’s part that when they introduced their new personal-luxury coupe eight years later, they pretty much ignored the 1958 Continental Mark III. The fact that this Lincoln sold for Mark-edly less than the Caddy—although in better shape—also speaks volumes. However, the high bidder was online, so they may have more to contend with than they planned on. #113-1970 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0Y89A845855. Dark blue/white vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 43,865 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional climate control, cruise control and AM/FM stereo radio. Tag in engine bay indicates it was last looked at in 2004. The ensuing 14 years of inactivity have not been good to it. Crusty, rusty engine bay, but at least it’s complete down to engine data badge on radiator support. Older repaint, with plenty of light scrapes and scuffs, plus overspray in door jambs. Seams starting to split on roof vinyl, plus bodywork is lumpy under vinyl at base of C-pillar and below backlight. Rear quarter window on passenger’s side stuck open. Missing left rear 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #122-1972 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 2F01F207152. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 29,816 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, ps and AM radio. Mostly original paint, but a good share of back of car was repainted and has faded more and is now duller. Original selling dealer’s tag on trunk lid from the Ford dealer in nearby Shakopee, MN. As it is native to the Salt Belt, rust is percolating from out of rocker-panel trim is just the tip of the corrosion iceberg, as bottom of car is highly corroded. Dingy yet stock engine bay. No battery. Interior smells moldy. Seats somewhat sticky to touch, and driver’s seat bottom has heavier seam splitting. Corroded door-sill trim, grungy carpeting. Heavily faded red shag carpet. Period Keystone Klassics wheels, with plenty of period pitting, on old radials. Cond: 5+. #134-1924 DODGE BROTHERS SERIES 116 tourer. VIN: A13960. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 74,776 miles. Old, homespun restoration. Repaint has a good gloss to it—yet would be better if properly washed and polished. Some heavier edge chipping in several places—especially butterfly hood and cowl. Paint flaking around radiator cap, which has a period Boyce MotoMeter on top of it. Bumpers plated in chrome awhile back; original dull nickel on headlight rings. Dashboard painted over with rust on it, as most of paint has flaked off and rust again reigns supreme. Heavier wear on flooring. Seats and side panels redone in more modern vinyl, in pretty decent shape. Okay replacement top. Heavily dry-rotted, paintedover cowl-to-windshield-frame seal. Engine repainted a few decades back and could stand a bath. Not stated if it runs or not. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,928. I don’t see where anyone thinks this is worth the final bid. Everybody wants a 1971–73 big ’Stang in a fastback or convertible, not a coupe—even more so than the earlier years. Yeah, its Resale Red, but it’s also a rusty dead sled that’ll need just about everything. The 2-barrel 302 is the bottom-rung V8, and it’s not even SOLD AT $7,600. Henry Ford’s former suppliers were doing quite well on their own by the time this touring car was built. Indeed, they were nipping at the heels of Ford as a fierce competitor, although the Dodge Bros. were slightly up-market from Ford by 1924. It’s not all that difficult to locate a 1920s Dodge Brothers, and if you have a jones for a Roaring ’20s car but don’t want to figure out Ford’s planetary transmission, they can fill that niche quite easily for similar money. While this one sold a bit strong, it wasn’t by a whole lot. If it does prove to be a runner, then the buyer did all right. If not, it’s well sold. AMERICANA #125-1907 BRUSH MODEL A roadster. VIN: A2150D. Yellow & wood/black vinyl. RHD. Standard planetary transmission with


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full-coil suspension on solid wood axles and rear chain drive. Bodywork is a 2-seater with a parcel shelf over rear axle. Appears to have been restored in the mid-1950s, as the wood has varnish more modern than 111 years old on it, and has a tag on the cowl that states “Exhibited at St. Paul Auto Show, Nov. 26–30, 1958.” Structural and body wood is quite sound, with a reasonably good finish on most pieces—although axles are due for a redo. Clear-finish-wood spoke wheels with pneumatic tires. Ancient repaint is presentable, even with heavier edge chipping. Brass hasn’t been polished for several decades—if not since the restoration. Hide of Naugha upholstery is passably decent. Stated that it is a runner, and while it took a bit, did light off for a few seconds, yet will need some attention. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,500. Unfortunately, there was no celebrity ownership history, so there’s no Brush with fame here. Built in the inaugural year of the Brush Runabout Company, it continued essentially unchanged until the end of production in 1911. Always a lightweight car, they also featured the chassis and axles made of oak, maple and hickory. Priced around $500, before the Ford Model T, they sold in respectable numbers. As such, quite a few Brushes have survived over the last century-plus. Indeed, Vic had two of them—this one being the better of the two, and being a runner (if barely) to boot. Sold market correct, this is the cheapest and easiest way to enter a London-to-Brighton-type Brass-Era event. #126-1908 BRUSH RUNABOUT roadster. VIN: 21495. Blue & red/black vinyl. Standard planetary transmission with full-coil suspension on the solid-wood axles and rear chain drive. Wooden bodywork is a 2-seater with a “mother-in-law” seat over rear axle. Older repaint, which has held up fairly well, yet with some edge chipping and limited flaking on wood. Heavier paint chipping on top of radiator. Red chassis paint is just as good—if not a touch better—than body paint. Good varnish coverage on cowl, steering-wheel rim and wooden axles. Wheel spokes have varying degrees of varnish quality—all on the same wheel. Good “NON SKID” reproduction tires look decent, yet the right front seems to stay lower than “ Unfortunately, there was no celebrity ownership history, so there’s no Brush with fame here. Built in the inaugural year of the Brush Runabout Company, it continued essentially unchanged until the end of production in 1911. 1907 Brush Model A roadster January–February 2019 107 ”


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN the other three. Dull brass wheel hubs. Single-cylinder engine reasonably clean, although gas tank just behind it is rather dusty. Good, newer vinyl on all three seats. Stated that it won’t run. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $11,000. Out of the four years of Brush production, this was the only year that both a single-cylinder (now up by one more horsepower from 1907) and a 2-cylinder were offered. As the Brush quickly built up a following for lightweight simplicity, the 2-bangers didn’t sell well, and these open, single-lung runabouts continued until the company was absorbed by United States Motors in 1910. While a greater range of bodywork was offered starting that year, the GM-wannabe conglomerate folded up a year later. Compared to the year-earlier brass-radiatored Brush that sold before this, this was well enough sold. Looks pretty but doesn’t run, so it’s on track to end up in a museum. #135-1917 INTERNATIONAL MODEL F express truck. VIN: 7239. Black & red/ black vinyl. Per serial number, this truck was built in 1918 but titled as a 1917. More cosmetically refurbished than what can be truly called restored. More function over form under that coal-scuttle hood, but not greasy-grungy, either. Some modern wiring on magneto, but at least Rube Goldberg wasn’t the technician. However, engine wasn’t masked off when chassis was repainted, as bottom half of crankcase has heavy red overspray. Not all that spectacular of a repaint, in either black or red. Original, weathered wood cargo bed painted over as-is—metal hardware and all. Mismatched headlights, with right side missing its lens. Wood-spoke wheels need to be revarnished pronto, or will go bad. Authentic reproduction tires. No instrumentation at all. General allusions to its ability to run, but not started. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. Introduced in 1915, the model F was International Harvester’s first conventionally designed truck (in lieu of the smaller highwheelers); even if it did have the radiator at the cowl, and a slope-nosed hood like a period Renault (even in IHC literature of the time, they were called a “Renault-style” hood). Not only would this be an ad-hoc heater for Northern climates, but a far more practical reason for this setup was to 108 AmericanCarCollector.com protect the radiator. Teamsters who operated horse-drawn wagons of the day were none too keen on these newfangled contraptions taking over their work, and frequently would back into trucks parked at loading docks, damaging their radiators. Better protected in long-term storage than most vehicles in this collection, this essentially needs just checking over before taking it to a show. Bought reasonably well, for what is mostly a century-old truck. #96-1918 MITCHELL MODEL B of 1917 3-ton truck. VIN: 22617. Red & gray/red vinyl. RHD. Built under license by Mitchell Motors of Racine, WI, from the Four Wheel Drive Auto Company (FWD) under a U.S. Army contract during WWII. Restored one to two decades ago as a civilian truck, but retains the original Army Ordnance Department tag on engine bulkhead. Updated at some point to rims that fit pneumatic tires, which are in good condition. Decent enough of a color-change repaint, which is now getting chalky and has overspray on black chassis. Engine doghouse covers removed and sitting in the stake bed, along with a boarding ladder. Not stated if motor is operational, and no attempt was made to start the truck (however, if you need parts, this Wisconsin T-head engine was also used in the original Stutz Bearcat). Modern seat cushion on the original bench and seat back. Wooden cargo box is a modernmade, locally fabricated item. Cond: 3. that FWD contracted not just with Mitchell, but also Kissel Motor Co. of Hartford, WI, Premier Motor Co. of Indianapolis, and possibly even Peerless of Buffalo, NY (sources differ), for production to fulfill the contract. Each company also paid a $200 royalty to FWD for each unit made. My hands-down favorite here, once I found the Army Ordnance acceptance plaque proving that it’s a WWI military vehicle. Bidding opened at $5k, and was some of the most intense for any of the vehicles here—onsite, on the phone, and online—eventually getting loaded onto the trailer of the buyer who was here on site. #97-1929 MACK AP 7½-ton chain-driven flatbed truck. VIN: 683002. Green/white vinyl. Wood-framed cab fabricated beyond original open cowl, with original serial number plate removed and now gone. While fenders are banged up, they are repairable. Headlamps removed, leaving only mounting posts. Hood and mother of all radiators in rather good shape. Front frame rail/bumper missing, exposing front of engine and starting crank (at 707 ci, I don’t want to upset anyone who could hand-crank this one over). Dingy but complete under scuttle hood, with “coolant 20 gal 2-17-09” chalked on front of cylinder head. 1950s-era, whitevinyl, tractor-type seat for driver, with a black vinyl pad on wood bench for any riders. Lots of rotten planks on bed deck. Sold without a title, but the serial number is very easy to see on the front of the left frame rail. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $16,500. The 3-ton Model B may have dated to 1912, but it was liked by the U.S. Army, which bought 24,355 of them from 1916 (for the Mexican Punitive Expedition) through the end of World War I. Indeed, they were so popular with the Army SOLD AT $12,000. While those who have some idea about old trucks, but just enough to be dangerous, would say that this is just a big “bulldog” Mack, this is actually exceptionally rare. It’s the second unit built of the 11 made for the first year of a non-firetruck 7½-ton model AP. It’s a shame the cab was redone, as the original Mack weight-rating and serial-number tag is now long gone (which is fairly good sized at about 6x6 inches and solid brass—a hot commodity on online auctions). Mack still has original build sheets for these trucks, so hopefully the new owner will acquire it and orient the truck to that specification. Even as-is, it’s quite an impressive, generally original rig. Compared to other “bulldog” Macks, this one was a relatively good buy—that is, if you have the logistics to deal with this beast.


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NIXON AUCTIONEERS // Rosemount, MN #89-1940 INTERNATIONAL D-50 chaindrive tandem-axle conversion semi tractor. VIN: D503611. Red & black/green vinyl. Odo: 19,999 miles. Fitted with a Cook Bros. of Los Angeles chain-drive tandem-driveaxle conversion in April 1943, consisting of a Rockwell SQCD single differential with sprockets driving a chain for each of the four sets of duals on the two dead axles. Gravity-fed tube chain oilers drip onto each of the four drive chains (try getting away with that today). Moderately refurbished approximately 20 to 25 years ago, and has been largely sitting unused since. Repaint could buff out, but also has some rust repair that’s blistering. Eight new tires on rear wheels, old front tires hold air—for now. Chrome trim is rusty, but the stainless is pretty decent. Missing the top trim strip from the grille, and cloisonné emblem is rough. Engine is complete but dirty. 1970 license plates, and sold without a title. Cond: 4-. that the 25,662 miles are actual, due to lack of rust. Seat vinyl is quite good but very dusty. Heavy steering-wheel paint wear, but has no rim cracks. Greasy, dingy engine and missing the air cleaner. All six tires match and have equal tread, so they are likely original to the truck. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $5,096. During World War II, replacement trucks were rarely built and released for the civilian market (and only for what was deemed critical war work), but the trucks that were on the road were being used far more often to do more and heavier work. To keep up with the added demands, it was common for trucks to be up-fitted with conversions such as this. Being the resident Cornbinder aficionado, I was sort of hoping to pick this up on the cheap (with the lack of a title being more daunting than getting it running again). When it came time to sell it, the bidding started at a thousand dollars, but quickly was bid to $3,000 (so much for saving it from a scrap-iron bid, like some of the trucks here). After that, it was back-andforth volleys between one bidder on site and one on the phone. When the hammer finally dropped, it went to the bidder on the phone. #92-1948 STUDEBAKER M16 pickup. VIN: M1661236. Red & black/maroon vinyl. Odo: 25,662 miles. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with locally fabricated wooden graintight box with hoist since new, which has been repainted multiple times and is missing the end gate. I wouldn’t expect the box to tilt anytime soon, as not only is the truck a non-runner, the hydraulic lines are in pretty sad shape. Original cab paint is rather faded, but not overly nicked or scratched. Both front fenders are bashed in, with two different turn signals mounted on them. Plenty of dents in the grille, too. Plausible SOLD AT $550. At the end of World War II, Studebaker continued building their M-series trucks that were introduced in 1941— and in a way continued to be built during WWII. The US-6, with this cab structure, was “substitute standard” for the U.S. Army, yet few were used by them—those almost all went to construct the Alaska Highway. The vast majority of US-6s were LendLease to the USSR—who thought they were the best thing since bottled vodka. Thing is, this one has some work to do before it’s going anywhere under its own power, but it’s nothing too insurmountable. Looks for all the world like it was used only during harvest for most of its existence, then shedded—until the last decade or so. Sold above scrap price (if not by much), so it has a darn good chance of hitting the road again in some way. #93-1948 REO D19A 2-ton dump truck. VIN: 70050. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 89,999 miles. 245-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Tired old paint—most likely as originally applied at the assembly plant in Lansing, MI. Worst rust (actually, the only rust-out) is on forward section of front fenders. Cab is extremely sound. Fitted with a very rusty and beat-up Gar Wood tilting all-steel dump box, which was added to the cab and chassis later on. Aftermarket brush guards around headlights; no dents in unprotected grille, but the center spear grille trim has a few dings. Engine is complete but rusty under that huge clamshell hood that could eat a mechanic. Budd wheels were all reconditioned perhaps a decade ago, but with older 6.00-20 tires fitted that make the truck look like it has castors instead. Broken 1950sera Ford taillights. Steering wheel is in quite good shape, but the gauges are pretty rough, with lettering mostly flaked off. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $858. When this truck was built, REO was still a viable independent truck builder, about to embark on a government contract for what eventually became what we almost all imagine an “Army truck” to be—the 2½-ton “Eager Beaver,” better known as the M-35 deuce-and-a-half. In less than a decade, REO was bought out by White motors and was on the road to becoming just another badge-engineered, common-cab truck with other White-acquired brands Diamond T and Autocar. REOs of this era have something of a cult following, and at this price, this one will likely be redone to some level—at worst it will be saved for someone else down the line to do something with it or take care of it. #120-1954 KAISER MANHATTAN sedan. VIN: 2175121. Light beige & brown/brown & tan cloth. Odo: 8,966 miles. 226-ci supercharged I6, auto. Repaint likely is older than the 1976 Texas inspection sticker in windshield. At 20 paces it doesn’t look too bad, but there’s some cracking at base of windshield, below side glass, and below trunk— all with some light rust leach-through. Significant scratching near hood hinges on front fenders. Sloppy masking at bottom of windshield seal. Roof dented above driver’s door from a post or some other cylindrical object. Light frosting corrosion on most of chrome, some of which may buff out. Very solid door fit, even if hinges are quite stiff. Seats and door panels reupholstered in a 1970s-era cloth, but correct to original patterns. Rather dusty engine bay. Supercharger and intake plenum painted to match roof, both with heavier chipping. Lots of surface rust on undercarriage, but still structurally sound. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,400. I recall seeing this at local car shows about 25 years ago, so it didn’t get too roached from sitting for the past few years. Provided that the motor and blower are loose, it won’t take much to get this back on the road again, but there’s still work to be done. Bidding opened on site at $500, which almost made me start to wave my bidder’s paddle. The best buy of the day, even if you’re not a fan of the “Dutch” Darrin styling, because the McCullough supercharger has to be worth the $1,400 alone.A January–February 2019 109


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Three Auctions CLASSICS #26-1935 DESOTO AIRFLOW sedan. VIN: 9603496. Brown & tan/tan cloth. Odo: 65,347 miles. High-quality older restoration very well cared for. Excellent color transition from top to bottom. Panel alignment is quite good. Brightwork has been replated. DeSoto grille. All-new seals. Light scratches noted in glass. Attractive interior color scheme, and very nicely restored. Reupholstered seating in good condition, with a few minor stains. Carpets show minimal wear. Gauges are clean and clear. Simulated wood dash presents well. Headliner fit is questionable at the rearmost windows. Doors make a good sound when they are shut. Tidy luggage compartment was not overlooked during restoration. Cond: 2-. In 1949, Motor Trend’s first Car of the year — 1949 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold for $77,000 at rM auctions’ hershey, Pa sale Vicari Auctions in Association with Dan Kruse Classics Waxahachie, tX — october 6, 2018 Auctioneers: Ryan Reed, Daniel Kruse automotive lots sold/offered: 12/63 Sales rate: 19% Sales total: $197,100 high sale: 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $42,120 buyer’s premium: 8% on site; 11% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Saratoga Auto Auction Saratoga Springs, Ny — September 21–22, 2018 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine automotive lots sold/offered: 174/280 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $5,700,883 high american sales: 1953 Buick Skylark convertible; 1959 Chevrolet Impala convertible; each sold at $121,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Larry Trepel Supercharger and lightning bolts for $21k? — 2002 Ford F-150 SVt Lightning pickup, sold at Dan Kruse Classics in Waxahachie, tX 110 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Auctions hershey, Pa — october 11–12, 2018 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine automotive lots sold/offered: 132/148 Sales rate: 89% Sales total: $10,763,125 high sale: 1930 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Fleetwood roadster, sold at $495,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Larry Trepel NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Last year, this example sold at this same venue at Motostalgia’s no-reserve auction for $46,400 (ACC# 6851061). Here, this marks the fifth time this example has crossed the block since 2012. The first sale was at Mecum’s 2012 Kissimmee sale, where it sold for $30,740 (ACC# 6754766). A few years later, it sold at The Finest’s Aspen sale in 2016 for $44,000 (ACC# 6804611), and a few months after that, was sold once again at Mecum’s 2017 Kissimmee sale for $55,000 (ACC# 6823423). Most recently, it could be found online through a dealer listing asking $65,000. Ironically, it is the same consignor offering it now who sold it at Motostalgia’s sale at no reserve. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. 52. Dark blue/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 59 miles. Beautifully done older restoration showing just a bit of aging. Body excellent, door fit slightly off on one side. Paint very good, no crackling, one minor chip on door, and lacking in luster in a few areas. Step panels striking-looking. Interior splendid; dashboard, steering wheel and uniquely bent column shifter all in excellent condition. Rear wood and seats superb. Armourplate rear windows and other glass all excellent. Undercarriage appears unused, supporting odometer reading of just 59 miles, although some mention is made that the longtime owners traveled with it. Cond: 2+. 4 #160-1939 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT phaeton. VIN: B5027- BEST BUY TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL GM SOLD AT $132,000. A striking Super Eight Packard believed to be previously owned and used in parades by Juan and Eva Perón. A 19-year-long restoration by former owners at their home was completed in 2002. Apparently sold by them in a 2017 auction. Even if imperfect, the Perón history and even the story of its restoration make this a fascinating car. Sold well below estimate of $200k–$250k, I’d call it extremely well bought, and it is already up for sale again for much more. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #183-1941 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT One Eighty Sport Brougham sedan. VIN: 14522044. Eng. # CD502507. Green/gray cloth. Odo: 48,632 miles. Older body-on restoration, still appearing very well. Attractive paint color, nicely done, a few minor flaws now showing. Door shut very good, but driver’s side handle loose. One fender skirt’s fit is off. Chrome trim and bumpers not perfect, but still fine overall. All lenses and lights look good. Interior looking relatively fresh, with cloth seats in fine shape, as well as dash, headliner, instruments, switches. Steering wheel almost perfect, with one small crack. Dash Bakelite has a few minor cracks. Underbody very clean, especially considering time and some use since restoration. Cond: 2+. #639S-1930 OLDSMOBILE F-30 convertible. VIN: CR1738. Blue/white cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 4,415 miles. Older full restoration looks excellent from a short distance. Full closeup reveals extensive paint crackling in fenders, hood, driver’s side door; possibly emerging soon in other areas. Body panels themselves straight and dentfree. All chrome still very good. White cloth top in fine shape but slightly discolored. Wood wheels very good, tires a bit aged. Simple restored interior excellent. Engine compartment still clean; no evidence of oil leaks or corrosion. Cond: 3+. lovely example was the first car offered (at no reserve) from the Lloyd Needham Collection of 1930s to 1950s convertibles. Apart from the mildly disappointing paint, this car was in remarkably pristine condition for an approximately 25-year-old restoration. Sold, with premium, for only two-thirds of the low estimate. A lot of beautiful car for a small amount of money, and purchaser should be very pleased with this Best Buy. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Elegant, classic Oldsmobile complete with rumble seat. Carefully restored at one time, with many elements still looking pristine. But significant paint problem means either a large bill for full repaint, or leaving and enjoying as-is. Consignor decided high bid of $29k was not enough, but may find in today’s market that the paint issue will continue to be an auction albatross. Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY, 09/18. NOT SOLD AT $67,500. A very nice and relatively rare “sporty” Packard, if there is such a thing. Restored at one time by Richard Gold, CCCA President at the time, and his expertise shows in the level and longevity of the restoration and color choice. Seen in person, the handsome look of the LeBaron body is evident. While the estimate of $85k–$100k might seem high for a OneEighty Packard, this particular one deserves a sale in that range. Close, but not quite enough. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. 43311807. Samarra Beige/black cloth/tan Bedford cord. Odo: 10,069 miles. Handsome Buick restored in early 1990s, still showing nicely. Excellent panel fit. Paint mostly very good, with some areas of light orange peel on trunk lid and front fenders, plus a little cracking at A-pillars. Chrome also mostly quite nice, with a few smaller pieces now showing age. Convertible top not seen, but if as described in catalog, is quite nice. Inside, this particular car is unusual for a 1930s open car in that it has Bedford cord upholstery rather than leather. However, cloth was an option, and the correct Buick trim code was supplied by RM. Seats virtually perfect here, matched by equally beautiful steering wheel and dash. Very neat, tidy and authentic engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. So 1937 (carried over to 1938) was a great year for Buick styling. Hard to believe that the Series 40 Special was the bottom-ofthe-line Buick for 1937, although the convertible phaeton was a rare body style. This #398-1937 BUICK SPECIAL Model 40-C phaeton. VIN: 3139921. Eng. # #371-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 90 conversion convertible. VIN: 5270136. Eng. # 5270136. Deauville Beige/ brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 1,994 miles. Older pre-2000 restoration. Body changed from coupe to convertible, with no serious flaws since. Paint holding up well, no crackling, finish still lustrous. Some chrome trim pieces have pitting, but others are fine. Passenger’s side running board surface has some irregularity. Fender skirts sitting correctly. Wheels and covers excellent, whitewalls still white. Rear passenger’s compartment has small fold-down seats installed, nicely done; all seats show little wear. Dashboard wood appears over-lacquered. Some cracks in steering wheel. AACA Senior First-prize winner 2000. Cond: 2+. 3 SOLD AT $189,750. Handsome V16 Cadillac overall, with some aging flaws but holding up fairly well. Some may not approve of converting the body in later years, but apparently not an issue to buyers here, as it sold right within RM’s reasonable estimate. Certainly some pluses to owning a convertible. Fairly bought and sold. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #405-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 496208030. Madeira Maroon/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 89,804 miles. January–February 2019 111 BEST BUY TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration unraveling slightly, but still a lovely Cadillac. Excellent panel fit and good-quality paint with a few flaws, chips and light orange peel here and there. Exterior chrome also quite good, with a few blemishes, but most interior chrome looks more aged. Excellent dash and carpet. Mild patina and soiling to seats and door panels. Authentic engine compartment showing use, which is encouraging. Cond: 2-. imperfect Buick wagon just did not get the bids one might expect. Offered prior to auction by dealer for an optimistic $89k. A nosale at RM Scottsdale back in 2003 ($40k, ACC# 1556631); at that time odometer showed mileage at 40,144. If accurate, driven just 21 miles in 15 years. Time for it to go on a trip somewhere. Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY, 09/18. SOLD AT $77,000. In 1949, Cadillac was Motor Trend’s first Car of the Year, primarily for its high-compression OHV V8, but it’s instantly clear that it was also a real style leader. This car was part of the Lloyd Needham Collection since the 1980s, with restoration under his ownership at an unspecified date. It was obvious that the car had been driven substantially since, so the mechanicals likely are sound. A great car to own, drive and show. Price is quite a bit above the ACC Pocket Price Guide median, but I think it was a fair price for a car of this evident integrity. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #656S-1950 BUICK ROADMASTER wagon. VIN: 15579463. Royal Maroon/ burgundy leather. Odo: 40,165 miles. 322-ci I8, 1-bbl, auto. Aging restoration, still showing fairly well overall. Paint has no major flaws, a few chips here and there and some minor mid-life loss of shine. Most chrome—bumpers, grille, door handles—in excellent shape. Headlight surrounds not as good, and some damage to windshield trim on one side. Rock chip in one side window. Wood well done, if not top-tier, with no serious cracks or flaws. Tan Philips screws without caps stand out, though. Interior quite nice, with upholstery, carpet and dash looking very good. Cond: 2. #55-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD C wagon. VIN: VC56J071251. Silver & black/ gray cloth. 525-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Modified to race specifications. Old repaint is good overall and of high quality. Small cracks evident at the beltline behind passenger’s door. Hood misaligned and tight at front, with large gaps in rear at cowl. Glass in good condition overall. Brightwork is in good overall condition. Interior set up for racing. Tube chassis and roll cage. Aluminum door skins and and aluminum interior. Refabricated aluminum transmission tunnel. No carpet. Firewall moved back into the driver’s compartment. Seats are set back further. High-back cloth seats from an unstated donor, possibly a Chevy S-10 Blazer. No odometer. Oversized tach mounted on top of dash. Rack-and-pinion steering. Braided hoses. Tubbed rear end with ladder-bar suspension and narrowed Dana 60. Cond: 3+. Brightwork is good, with light pitting around door frames and handles. Bumpers are good. Clean and clear glass. Panel alignment is acceptable overall. Interior is stunning. Carpets replaced. Brightwork on dash with some light pitting, but is very bright overall. Seats have been reupholstered and show very little wear. Very few flaws to be found inside. Very nice example. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. First seen at Motostalgia’s 2017 Waxahachie sale, where it sold at no reserve for $126,000 (ACC# 6851050). It was offered again in 2018 at Worldwide’s sale just outside Monterey, where it sold again at $132,000 (ACC# 6877747). This example seems to perform well each time it is offered. It made its way back to this sale in Waxahachie, but the high bid here was soft compared to the recent transactions. Interesting to note that it can be found for sale online with a current asking price of $175,000 with directions to contact Glen McPherson for more info. Glen McPherson was the collection consignor for the 2017 Motostalgia sale, where it sold at no reserve. It appears he somehow ended up with the car once again. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. SOLD AT $36,720. From previous listings online, this appears to originally be a West Coast car. It was offered for sale by an exotic-car dealer in the San Francisco area with an undisclosed asking price. From there, a dealer in Tempe, AZ, had it listed for $44,000, describing it as a “straight, rust free California car.” Next, it showed up listed in South Texas, where it was offered on eBay with a “Buy It Now” price of $55,000. It is a purpose-built car with a lot of personalizations, which can take ages to find the right buyer. Auctions can be the best platform for these, as long as the seller is willing to listen to the market. Fair deal finally realized for this wagon. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. NOT SOLD AT $57,500. This impressive if 112 AmericanCarCollector.com #69-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO 4-dr hard top. VIN: 5770091032. Bahama Blue/ blue leather. Odo: 39,248 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c, ps, power windows, power seats, clock and AM/FM radio. Nicely presented restoration. Paint in rather good condition. Few finish flaws—if any—covering the massive real estate. #65-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: H59L107473. Coral/white & coral vinyl. Odo: 8,608 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration looking slightly tired. Front fender spray does not match doors. Heavy dry spray on right rear fender below the fin. Exposed trim looking dull in places. Trim loose at left front fender. Wheels would benefit from a good polish. Vented disc brakes. Glass is good overall. Weatherstripping has been replaced, and is older but decent. Driver’s door sags when open. Upgraded seat belts with shoulder belt. Gauges are average. Interior paint is in good condition. Carpets are slightly worn. Tilt wheel. Air conditioning added under the dash. One-piece rear bumper. Cond: 3.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP NOT SOLD AT $48,000. The first-generation El Camino was only produced for two years: 1959 and 1960. It was developed to compete with the Ford Ranchero, and the highly stylized El Camino outsold the conservative Ranchero when launched. The two really only competed in 1959, as the Ranchero became the much more compact Falcon Ranchero in 1960. El Camino values are all over the board and vary widely depending on modifications and customizations. They have sold ranging from $10,000 to an outlier bringing over $100,000 in the past two years. Being an older restoration needing some updating, all the money was bid here but came up short of a sale. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #11-1959 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 convertible. VIN: 597K04507. Blue & white/light blue vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 9,003 miles. 371-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration in good overall condition. Rust-free example appears well kept. Floor pans are solid. Nice two-tone paint with clean transitions between colors. Panels line up well. Could use a good buff. Chrome is lightly pitted. Wiper streaks on front glass; otherwise, glass is good. Rubber has been replaced, and is average. Original clock and radio. Factory heater. Carpets have been replaced, with slight wear at the driver’s area. Gauges are clear. Interior brightwork and paint are above average, with a few paint chips below the radio. Vinyl top recently replaced. Chrome wire wheels. Tidy undercarriage. Cond: 3+. #27-1960 PONTIAC PARISIENNE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0783751910. Black/gray vinyl. Odo: 11,112 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Canadian PHS documentation. Older restoration in very good condition. Unforgiving black paint is deep, with few flaws. Poor patch at top of left rear fender where antenna was previously mounted. Minor paint run on underside of left rear body line. Brightwork in very good condition. Driver’s mirror slightly loose. Panel alignment is spot-on, with doors that sound fantastic when closed. Bucket seats with full center console. Interior illumination operable. Dash chrome has light pitting in some places. Carpets replaced. Brightwork around doors, trimming the interior ceiling, is exceptional. Underdash-mounted aftermarket a/c. Some odometer lettering is flaking. Interior paint is deep and rich. Belly of the car is nearly as clean and tidy as the top. Cond: 2-. Accompanied by owner’s manual, sales brochures, and color and upholstery selector. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,760. Catalog listing refers to this as a Super 88, but 371 engine and third digit in VIN of “7” says this is a Dynamic 88, the entry-level Olds. This B-body convertible example was part of a two-year run of the fourth generation of 88s. From the marketing photos, it appears to have been a California car recently. It seems to have been well maintained, with a list of recent reconditioning including a top replacement and rebuilt engine and transmission. Fourthgen 88 convertible sales, including Super 88s, over the past few years are few and far between, but point to a steady rise in value ranging between about $30,000 in 2012 to the most recent sale of $66,000 in 2018. At the sale price here, this was a downright bargain. Very well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The Parisienne was the top-of-the-line Pontiac nameplate for Canada in 1958 and 1959. While sold in Canada as a premium Americanized offering, it shared no panels with its similar bubble-top U.S. counterparts, as it was actually fitted to the shorter-wheelbase 119-inch Chevrolet “X” frame. This one was first seen at Leake’s fall Dallas auction in 2016, where it sold for $29,700 (ACC# 6814748). There, it was offered by a dealer with a reserve of $38,000 and sold for about $8,000 shy of what they had hoped. There are not many sales to compare the value with, as the previous 2016 sale of this example is the last recorded sale since being offered again here. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #227-1961 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPECIAL Fleetwood 4-dr hard top. VIN: 61M111960. Tunis Beige/bronze ostrich-grain leather. Odo: 45,656 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c and power everything including vent windows and locks. Auction catalog states car was painted about 10 years ago, and it still looks great. Hood up slightly at back left corner; probably adjustable. Most exterior chrome very nice, but windshield surround and associated gasket look older. Interior is claimed original, and, if so, is remarkable. Gorgeous ostrich-grain bronze leather as-new along with dash, steering wheel and everything else. No seat belts. Engine compartment also detailed about 10 years ago and is nearly pristine. Whitewalls yellowing a bit. SOLD AT $49,500. In 1961 the restyled, slightly-downsized Cadillac was overshadowed by Elwood Engel’s immortal new Lincoln Continental (although Cadillac outsold Lincoln by more than five to one). This handsome and rarely-seen Fleetwood has a certain Mid-Century Modern elegance of its own, however. The condition could be brought to concours with just a few minor upgrades. The sales price obliterated the modest, no-reserve estimate of $25,000– $35,000, and was much higher than typical price-guide estimates. I could find no direct comparables and I question the estimates. While the price was certainly healthy, the buyer now has an unrepeatable, high-quality car for a reasonable outlay. Not inexpensive, but intelligently bought. Already consigned to a future auction. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #675S-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS Z16 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138375K167501. Crocus Yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 223 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very rare Z16 Malibu. Full body-off restoration some years ago, appears to be sparingly driven since then. Paintwork decent but appears thick in areas, with some body flaws near the bumpers. Passenger’s side window has noticeable gap. Wheel covers just a bit dull. Interior has unusual white vinyl seats, well restored. Engine compartment neat, clean, impressive, correct chrome valve covers and air cleaner; not overdone. Sticker shows last registered for road use in New York in 2016. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Chevelle Malibu Z16s are worshipped by Chevy collectors, with just 201 built to publicize the 396 engine for future models. Nicely restored, but paintwork seemed just a bit disappointing


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL for a car with an estimated auction price of $210k–$240k. At this price level buyers may demand perfection, or may just be a small pool who have the resources available to buy these valuable Chevelles. Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, NY, 09/18. #175-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. VIN: 124678N395919. LeMans Blue/white canvas/blue vinyl. Odo: 89,790 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. In excellent colors. Catalog description seems to indicate that the SS exterior trim was added during restoration, and that car was not an original SS. I could not determine for sure from the VIN or trim tag, and no paperwork supported originality. If added later, very well done. Excellent paint and chrome with a few minor chips. Basic Camaro interior rather cheap and cheerful, but mostly in very good order. Minor demerits are delaminating rear-view mirror and chrome trim missing from steering wheel. Carpet crudely cut in driver’s footwell; needs to be redone. Apparently has power disc brakes but no power steering. Redlines on Rally wheels. Very neat, clean and over-chromed underhood, but no harm. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,050. The very type of car you do NOT expect to see at a Hershey auction. Pony cars and muscle cars are conspicuous by their near-absence. This attractive exception was a good, driver-quality restora- tion that did the large things (paint, panel fit, interior) quite well but stumbled on details. Not a good car to have judged, but it would be fun to own, drive and proudly show locally. Estimate of $35,000 to $40,000 seemed a bit ambitious considering the catalog’s hints that the car was not an original SS. Why not just come out and say it? But all’s well that ends well—the sale price was fair to both buyer and seller. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #53-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 223379N112402. Polar White/white vinyl. Odo: 94,070 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. YW-code factory Ram Air III. One of nine produced with a/c and 3-sp automatic. PHS documentation and window sticker. Older frame-off restoration in nice overall condition. Panel alignment good. Small rub on nose near passenger’s side headlight. Deep scratch on rear bumper below passenger’s side taillight. Brightwork around doors slightly scratched. Interior is a very nice example. Thresholds covered in plastic wrap to minimize wear. Gauges slightly faded, but nothing major. Original radio. Vinyl interior is in good condition. Door panels are very nice, with correct fasteners. Restored engine compartment with correct Pontiac silver-blue engine paint. Correct T-3 headlamps. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. A gentleman was inspecting this one closely for a client of his, whose main criteria included the condition of the brightwork and whether the stripes were paint or vinyl. When it crossed the block I did not notice him as a bidder, so something in the inspector’s report possibly came back unsatisfactory. We’ve watched this one cross the block twice previously. First at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale sale, where it sold for $176,000 (ACC# 6798434). The reporter there called the sale fair for both parties. In 2017, Motostalgia offered it at the same venue as this one, January–February 2019 115


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP selling at no reserve for $157,500 (ACC# 6853308). The room must have been asleep on this one as it really did not gain much traction here. It is currently listed (as of publication) for sale on a Waxahachie dealer’s website asking $189,000. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #71-1975 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 1Q87D5N610202. Silver/gray Alcantara & black leather. Odo: 110 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Top 100 placement in the Syracuse Nationals two years in a row. Long list of performance mods. Older build in need of a buff, but holding up well overall. 1970 Camaro front clip. Heidts Mustang II front end. Fiberglass hood with custom aluminum hinges moved to the top of the hood. Nose of hood is high. Passenger’s door is out slightly. Minimal brightwork. What is there is in good condition. H4 front headlights are slightly cloudy. Other exterior lenses are in good shape. Large tubbed rear end. Roll cage. Complete dash covered in vinyl. Full custom interior. Gauges in good condition. Carpet appears to be recent. Battery relocated to the rear, next to 16-gallon fuel cell. Wilwood Dynalite 4-piston brakes front and rear. No inner fenders. Cond: 3-. replaced. Wiper streaks on glass. Foul odor inside. Gauges are dingy. Interior said to be new, but carpets appear original, with slight wear. Lens missing over interior light. Dashpad wavy on passenger’s side. Auxiliary gauges under the dash. Appears to have newer a/c components underhood. Disc brakes. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. Residue from shoe polish on the front windscreen revealed an ambitious previous asking price of $16,995. If the consignor’s description is accurate, the stated eight miles since the installation of a new engine leaves little confidence of proper sorting. There were not many pickups at the sale, and this is Texas, where trucks reign supreme. The third-generation C-series pickup is one with wide appeal to both older collectors and the newer generation of aficionados to the hobby. Consignor was likely banking on the new engine to increase the value, but in reality, any bidder would expect the truck to run well, regardless of it being new or original. The price offered was fair but probably just beginning to cover the seller’s overall investment. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Damaged in shipping, with large dent behind left front tire. Auctioneer announced that they would take care of the repair. The last sales noted on this example were both in 2012. It was first sold at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale sale in January 2012 for $26,400 (ACC# 6759254). Later that same year, it showed up at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale, where it sold for $34,100 (ACC# 6742967). A previous listing noted the mileage to be around 2,400 miles, although the odometer here reads just over 100. No doubt that a lot of money went into the build, and the two previous sales were much higher than the offer here. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #21-1982 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: 1GCDC14H0CS165571. Blue & white/blue cloth. Odo: 28,782 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray of average quality. Pearlescent clearcoat with prep issues throughout. Some waves in body. A few areas where filler is present. Rub on front left side of bumper where paint swapped. Grille is lackluster, with a crack in the middle. Weatherstripping appears to have been 116 AmericanCarCollector.com #16-1992 GMC TYPHOON SUV. VIN: 1GDCT18Z1N0810298. Apple Red & gray/ gray leather. Odo: 78,570 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Original example with practical miles. Appears to be unrestored, with no signs of previous paint. Driver-quality condition. Panels lined up well. Paint is slightly faded. Wax residue around decals. Tinted rear glass has several scratches, but other glass okay. Some staining on taillights. Moisture in right reverse light. Chips around driver’s door. Rubber appears to be original. Interior screen printing is intact aside from the screen printing on blinker stalk, which is lightly worn. Carpets worn. Seats have some stress, but are not opened up. Dash is free of any cracks. Aftermarket stereo. Engine is dressed up and presents well for age and mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. The second of two Typhoons offered at the sale, and like the one before it, this one sold at no reserve. It sold earlier in 2018 at Barrett Jackson’s Scottsdale sale for $19,800 (ACC# 6862903). What is difficult to determine is what makes this example almost $5,000 more valuable than Lot 6, which ran just seven cars prior. The odometers were within about 1,000 miles of one another, but this one was a rarer color. Values for these rigs vary considerably between examples, ranging from around $10,000 to near $30,000, with a few anomalies outside that range. Color and mileage do seem to have an effect on values. Sold right at the previous sale at Barrett-Jackson; the market has spoken and the price has been set on this one. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #6-1993 GMC TYPHOON SUV. VIN: 1GDCT18Z8P0811841. Black/black leather. Odo: 79,373 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Most paint appears original, with a few repainted panels. Cracked finish in places. Touch-ups on the left rear quarter panel at the beltline. Tailgate has paint bubbles and missing emblems. Front left fender flare pulling away from the body. Fog lights are absent. Window seals are original and showing age. Side-door glass seal is cracked. Interior is average. Driver’s seat shows leather cracks. Gauges are clean and clear. Carpets appear to be original and show minor wear. Small crack on the dash. Engine compartment not detailed, but tidy and average quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,580. There were two Typhoons at the sale; this one ran first. Offered at no reserve, just as it was when it sold in 2017 by Motostalgia at the same venue. There, it brought $12,000 (ACC# 6851031), falling short of the catalog estimate of $15k to $35k. Prior to the Motostalgia sale, it was a Thursday car at Mecum’s Houston sale in 2017, where it sold for $17,050 (ACC# 6833470). Before both the 2017 sale and the sale here, it could be found on a dealer’s website asking $29,500. It is still available there, despite being sold


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP both here and in 2017. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. CORVETTE #48-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S106445. Blue/white vinyl/navy blue vinyl. Odo: 82,544 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. With power steering. Older restoration in good overall condition. Brightwork shows only minor blemishes. Some slight scuffing on the windshield surround. Bottom rocker trim also shows some wear. Panel alignment is good. White top is unforgiving and older. Several stains with some minor scuffing. Michelin street tires. Front windshield is slightly hazy. Seats re-covered and carpet replaced. Minimal threshold wear. Interior illumination operable. Pitting on the horn bezel. Gauges glass slightly cloudy. Engine paint bubbling in places. Cond: 3. popular model for 1936. Rumble seat is amusing to us now, but by 1936 consumers wanted all of the passengers to be inside the car. The new Convertible Club Cabriolet offered that, roll-up windows and a more substantial top. Now the roadster is sportier and more rare, so more coveted by collectors. If you could look past the paint, this roadster appeared to be in reasonably good driver-quality condition, and has been in one family for at least 25 years. Offered at no reserve, but I thought the catalog estimate of $55k–$65k was quite optimistic for the condition. However, it is a desirable model and sold reasonably well. Both parties should be pleased. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. SOLD AT $42,120. Previously offered by a dealer with an online asking price of $59,900. The car was said to be matching numbers, but otherwise no award pedigree to validate a high asking price. The hubcaps made it somewhat a novelty, as those often were tossed in favor of a set of KelseyHayes wires or something similar. Values have been slowly inching up at a steady sustainable pace since the bubble burst on these about 10 years ago. Hammering just below $40k before fees; mark this one down as well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. FOMOCO #367-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe V8 roadster. VIN: 182873855. Coach Maroon/ tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 15,944 miles. Good-quality, early 1990s restoration now showing more than a little patina, but still charming. Excellent door fit, but hood appears to sit a little too far forward. Paint retains shine but has innumerable flaws; still okay for a driver. Exterior chrome mostly good enough, but windshield frame is poor. Convertible top not observed. Inside, seat is still very good, but floor mat is filthy. Clear instruments set into excellent faux-wood dash. Ancient steering wheel needs restoration. Interesting clock set into rear-view mirror, which is delaminating. Dingy whitewall tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,300. The spiffy Deluxe roadster was Ford’s least- 118 AmericanCarCollector.com #63-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56C2238. Black/red leather. Odo: 232 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All-aluminum Robert Pond Motorsports 428-ci V8. Billet pulleys, braided hoses and machined velocity stacks. Low mileage on high-quality restoration. Lots of subtle body modifications. Moore Brothers chassis. Lowered stance with Kugel Komponents 4.11:1 independent rear suspension. Doors are solid. Paint is excellent, with a few minor imperfections due to age. Underside paint as high quality as topside. Custom smooth floorpans. Brightwork is in very good condition. Panel alignment good. Thresholds show very little signs of entry and exit. Mark VIII Continental power bucket seats. Classic Instruments gauges. Dash completely reconfigured with factory-appearing air vents. Power windows and locks. Center console with custom billet aluminum etched to match thresholds, etc. Headliner is in good condition. Cond: 2+. more you look over this example. It first sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2015 Scottsdale sale for $104,500 (ACC# 6778988); a pretty soft number compared to what it likely took to build. Later that same year, it was offered at Mecum’s Monterey sale, where it did not sell for $200,000 (ACC# 6796458). One has to wonder why the consignor passed on the opportunity to nearly double their money on a fairly high-priced car. It made an appearance at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale sale, where it found a buyer at $220,000. A no-sale here, it can be found for sale by a dealer asking $240,000. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #161-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56E2897. Black/red & white leather. Odo: 51,105 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Purportedly mostly original with some partial restoration work. Body panels dent-free with excellent panel fit. The partially original paintwork has a fair amount of crackling in spots. Bumpers excellent, likely rechromed, along with some other chrome trim pieces. Wheel covers all excellent, but whitewalls a bit yellowed. Interior presents beautifully, with seats, dash and chrome trim looking remarkably young. Carpets appear more worn than rest of interior. Engine compartment restored very nicely, with all components repainted or replaced. No mention of mechanical work done to engine. Gasoline smell evident near car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Strong example of a Continental Mark II, a car I consider undervalued in today’s market. This one is in the restoration gray zone, though, with some originality mixed with excellent restoration. Some parts, such as the interior, might be mixed. The paint crackling may have turned some possible bidders off when seen in contrast to the condition of the rest of the car. Consignor may have to decide whether to complete the partial respray. With high bid of $50k, I agree it was worth holding out for more, at least this time. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. High-quality build that surely was not cheap. It’s the subtle touches that begin to catch your eye the #61-1963 FORD FALCON Futura convertible. VIN: 3H15U146504. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 4,342 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Appears mostly stock with upgraded drivetrain. Paint in decent condition: slightly faded but good overall. Trunk tight to the left, with the larger gap to the right. Also slightly high at rear. Chrome replated.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Light pitting around window frames. New windshield and side glass. Vinyl top in good condition. Unforgiving white does show some creases and stains. Interior is tidy. Carpets replaced at some point and now slightly dirty. Sound deadening added under carpets. Interior brightwork pitted. Aftermarket gauges. Interior paint good overall, and mostly free of any scratches. Power antenna. Battery relocated to trunk. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,340. Sold in 2012 for $35,000 at Mecum’s Anaheim sale, where it had just 1,800 post-restoration miles. There, it was listed as a frame-off restoration. Since that sale, the miles have more than doubled, showing someone had a chance to enjoy it on occasion. Move than five years after bringing $35,000, the sale price here was definitely on the wholesale side and a downright bargain. Very well bought. A few days after the sale here, this one could be found on a dealer’s website with an asking price of $23,900; still a fair price. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #45-1966 SHELBY COBRA replica roadster. VIN: BB050906460VWH379. Mica Blue/black leather. Odo: 522 miles. 460-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Re-creation with full DOT inspection and road certification. Fiberglass body. Long list of custom-build components. Well-prepped body and paint overall, but showing signs of age. Some panel fit issues, with some chipping around hood. Light pitting around windshield frame. Heavy scratches on windshield header at driver’s position. Lenses are in good order. Large sidepipes. Interior carpets dirty, but no noticeable wear. Seats reveal no wear. Several auxiliary gauges and indicator lights on dash. Interior brightwork has some pitting. Lots of Cobra components under the hood. Includes three binders with parts list, diagrams and photos. Cond: 2-. With the extensive list of performance modifications, the builder’s transmission choice might just be the turn-off for the driving purist who would appreciate the high level of involvement that goes hand-in-hand with such a simplistic yet powerful rocket ship. The flip side might be that the aging population who desires such a car may no longer wish to punch the clutch every time they change gears. Unmentioned was who provided the “kit” for this one, as it does not have a CSX continuation designation, which rules out Shelby American, the most valuable of the builds. First sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale sale for $71,500, and later sold again at their 2018 Scottsdale sale for $60,500 (ACC# 6863331). Here, the bidding fell short of both previous sales. A dealer currently has it listed on their website with no advertised price. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #70-1969 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 9R01F124861. White/black vinyl. Odo: 84,183 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint is decent, with signs of use, and passenger’s door a shade off. Stripes painted on. Dark tinted windows. Brightwork average. Body panels line up well. 1990sstyle double-blade windshield wipers. Oversize aftermarket wheels. Large gash in trim around passenger’s window. Deep scratches in passenger’s window glass. Driver’s seat bottom cushion ripped along seams, exposing foam underneath, which is worn and torn also. Carpet frayed, with a chunk missing on driver’s side bulkhead. Carpets worn throughout. Interior illumination operable. Headliner in good condition. Gauges slightly faded. Center speaker on top of dash is cracked. Engine rebuild approximately 5k miles ago. Ported and polished heads. Disc brakes all around. Cond: 3. consignor is likely seeking to recoup more of his reconditioning expenses. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #23-2002 FORD F-150 SVT Lightning pickup. VIN: 2FTZF07332CA78922. Silver & blue/gray leather & cloth. Odo: 43,211 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, auto. Repainted with custom touches and wild lightning-bolt graphics. Custom graphics on bed cover. Badges removed and replaced with airbrushing. Panel alignment is correct. Glass is clean and clear. Weatherstripping is original and in good condition. Lenses are free of any fading. Tires are recent. Custom console and airbrushing throughout the interior. Lots of aftermarket switches on center stack. Gauges legible. Driver’s seat bottom cushion slightly collapsed on the outside. Steering-wheel buttons worn through. Other screen printing is intact. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,520. First offered at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in 2017, where it did not sell for $22,000 (ACC# 6823894). Later that year, it was offered at Motostalgia’s Waxahachie sale, held at the same venue as the sale here, where it sold at no reserve for $17,600 (ACC# 6853296). While many Ford aficionados have a soft spot for SVT vehicles, the graphics and interior touches can be polarizing for a prospective buyer and may even be a deal breaker if one is not into the skull motif. Following the sale, it could be found on a dealer’s website asking $35,000, with the contact listed as the same consignor who sold it at the previous Motostalgia sale at no reserve. Maybe the previous deal fell through? Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. NOT SOLD AT $48,000. The 3-sp automatic was quite an unexpected surprise. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. The seller included a recent list of expenditures that begins to get close to the high bid here. Buyers are typically after the fastbacks, and a manual transmission would not have hurt. Values have been very stable over the past decade, with very little movement in price up or down. This one appears to need very little for the casual collector or someone who desires one for a cruise night. It is a good overall driver that does not need much, but don’t expect a big payday when it is time to sell. The high bid was fair, but the #83-2007 SHELBY GT500 coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT88S375309339. Gray/black leather. Odo: 1,515 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. 40th Anniversary Edition. Presented in good factory condition with few flaws to note. Body is scratch- and dent-free. Vinyl stripes are good overall. Panel alignment is tight at the hood and driver’s fender. Rubber is good. Some minor wear on the outboard edges of the seat. Shift knob and steering wheel show very little wear. Gauge cluster on top of the center of the dash. Signed by Carroll Shelby. Thresholds are free from any damage. Engine could use a good detail but shows little use. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Offered last year at Motostalgia’s Waxahachie sale, where it sold January–February 2019 119


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP at no reserve for $31,900 (ACC# 6853303). This was among the final lots of the sale here. There were only 155 examples produced of the 40th Anniversary Edition, and this reportedly was car number one. Curators have been careful to preserve the low mileage through the transfer of ownership. Comparable examples can be found ranging from $40,000 to $50,000, showing little depreciation from when the car was offered new. It was a solid buy here last year, but the offer here was too far under the current market. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. MOPAR 2 #215-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. VIN: 3301120362. Caramel Metallic/white, black, gold cloth & vinyl. Odo: 35,208 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Remarkable top-of-the-line Plymouth with rare 383 “Sonoramic Commando” V8. Panel fit imperfect but better than new for a 1960s Detroit Iron product. Striking metallic paint much better than new. Most chrome very good. Rubber gaskets between vent windows and windshield header look like melted tar. Interior very nice, with uniquely upholstered seats under plastic covers, slight soiling visible underneath. Excellent carpet. Dash chrome not new, but good enough. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels typical for a restored Mopar of this era, but not really correct. Underhood rather heroically over-chromed (e.g., the fan), but I wondered if that might have been for its original display at the 1960 Mexican International Auto Show. Owned in Mexico for some time thereafter and has Mexican license tag. Cond: 2+. V8, with 30-inch tubular intake headers and dual air cleaners. But no heater! Just a lonely fan switch in the blank where the push-button heater controls would normally reside. Apparently, Chrysler thought there were no cold mornings in Mexico. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2013 for $148,500 (ACC# 6777448). The Mexican provenance, together with the unusual spec, striking colors and beautiful (although not perfect) condition, resulted in a breathtaking sale at $209,000—$59,000 above the high estimate. An out-of-the-park grandslam result. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #381-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. VIN: 8413158814. Red/ black boot cover/tan leather. Odo: 5,842 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The last of the Exner-finned Chryslers. Door and panel fit probably better than new. Paint not new, but smooth and without evident flaws. Chrome mostly excellent. Inside, four leather bucket seats are in fine shape, although the swiveling driver’s seat is slightly baggy. Complex AstraDome instrument panel unmarked. Wear on interior seems restricted to console area and door panels, with some soiling and dull or slightly dented brightwork. Tach on console and Lucite steering wheel. Convertible top not observed. Very clean and authentic underhood. Compared to the 1960 Fury (Lot 215), the engine compartment is less flashy, with satin-finish twin air cleaners rather than chromed. Incorrect Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels on car, but original steel wheels and wheel covers are included. Cond: 2+. 6 NOT SOLD AT $23,000. The Satellite was a top-trim Belvedere until moved down a notch by the GTX in 1967. Two engines were originally offered in the GTX: a 440-ci and a 426-ci Hemi. Last seen at Dan Kruse’s September 2017 Austin sale, where it did not sell for $21,000 (ACC# 6853386). It has been offered for sale privately on the Web with an asking price of $35,900 for what is assumed to be over a year since it did not sell at Dan Kruse’s Austin sale. The high offer was a little stronger here, but less than what the consignor was seeking. The market has spoken, and low $20k seems to be the number. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. SOLD AT $126,500. With only 337 examples built, 300G convertible ownership puts one into a rarefied club indeed. Zero history was presented on this car, but it appeared to be a somewhat older, high-level restoration that has been well maintained, with a little age now showing through. Loaded with desirable features such as factory a/c and swivel seats. Sold for just over low estimate (including premium), but I thought it deserved another $10,000 to $20,000. Quite well bought, plus the lucky buyer saved about $83,000 compared to the broadly similar Lot 215 1960 Fury (or maybe the same buyer bought both!). RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. SOLD AT $209,000. Over-the-top, Exnerfinned fantasy with many “dream car” features such as swivel bucket seats, oval translucent steering wheel, power windows and the fabulous Sonoramic Commando 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #41-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: RP23D77129888. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 21,196 miles. 512-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely applied black paint, with just a few prep issues along the roof. #86-2004 DODGE RAM SRT-10 pickup. VIN: 3D3HA16HX4G174492. Viper Electric Blue/black leather. Odo: 2,965 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Number 44 of 50 VCA (Viper Club of America) editions built for 2004. Practically brand new, and very well looked after. Paint is lustrous and has been well cared for, with no flaws to be found. Panel alignment is spot-on. Weatherstripping and glass are like new. No scratches in the bed. Interior still smells new. Seats show no wear, nor do the steering wheel and pedal covers. Carpets not Scratch on top side of driver’s door. Panel alignment good, but driver’s door rattles excessively when closed. Some scratches in left rear glass. Brightwork good and shiny. Rear trunk trim faded between the taillights. Grille is slightly dull. Lenses in good order. Pitting on rear exhaust outlets. Clean and clear gauges. Carpets loose at driver’s door threshold and slightly worn. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH Median Sold Price By Year Cars with Values on the Move $30,000 $35,000 $25,000 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000 $5,000 $0 $32,550 $29,945 $25,300 $20,625 $33,000 worn. Gear shifter to the highly sought-after 6-speed manual appears hardly touched. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. The last lot of the sale, and the bidders had pretty much dispersed. Rain was heavy outside. This was a strong offering to finish out the sale, and the overall condition still points to very limited use. The interior is a time capsule. The first owner won this truck in a raffle, and it was presented to the lucky winner at the 2004 Daytona 500. It was first sold at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in 2017 for $64,900 (ACC# 6823533), and sold for $55,000 at this same venue last year when Motostalgia handled the no-reserve sale (ACC# 6851052). No fault in passing on the high offer here and best to try again when there is more money in the room. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. 2014 2015 2016 2017 2004–06 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Pickup E Number sold at auction in the past 12 9,527 Average price of those cars: $36,344 months: 16 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 65 Current ACC Median Valuation: $33,000 very year, I find one or two vehicles that make me contemplate selling my boring daily driver and blowing up my budget. The Camaro ZL1 was the car in 2012, and in 2015 it was the Hellcat, in Challenger or Charger form. One of the first was back in 2004 with Dodge’s announcement of the new Ram SRT-10 pickup, complete with Viper engine up front. Every kid dreaming about cars in the ’90s or 2000s knew that one of the most badass cars around was the Viper. Massive V10, manual 6-speed and sitting on huge 335 rear tires, it was extreme. Now imagine me, a 14-year-old growing up on a farm, when along comes the truck version. I can use this. It’s got a bed to haul hay and grain from the feed store and you could probably tow a trailer with it. Five hundred horsepower is enough, right? I never managed to persuade my parents into bringing one home, and lacking a license and money, I couldn’t make it happen for myself, either. As is the case with most performance cars, the SRT-10 was a three-year flash in the pan. They sold, became used cars and values declined. The truck that retailed for $50k was selling in the low $20ks by 2013, and almost dropped into the teens in 2015. Between ’13 and ’15, ACC only recorded about four Ram Detailing Years built: 2004–06 Number produced: SRT-10s selling each year. In 2016, that number nearly doubled to seven, then exploded in 2017 with 20 Viper trucks trading hands. The median price broke the $30k mark last year and slightly increased in 2018. The best examples have brought over $50k, with the top seller being a 2004 VCA Edition bringing in $64,900 at Mecum Kissimmee 2017. Is it a coincidence that 2016 also happened to be the year of the new Hellcat? I think not. We are riding the shockwaves of a horsepower war, and that has brought a renewed attention to one of the meanest, baddest trucks ever released. In both regular cab, 6-speed manual form or quad-cab automatic form, these trucks will be bringing $40k before you know it. Now is the time to get a muscle truck. If you see one pulling a horse trailer with a bed full of hay, it’s me. I’ll let you know how it does.A 122 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $2,268. This always was the right engine in the wrong package. The little turbo is good for 220 hp, but we’re not talking about handling characteristics of a Miata. Expect tons of cowl shake and body roll if driving becomes spirited. A PT Cruiser convertible with 125k on the clock is probably not going to be the cornerstone of any collection. Maybe it found a buyer who just wanted to scratch the itch of owning a convertible, but don’t be surprised if this shows up in a dealer’s inventory. There are plenty of basket cases out there, but this one seems well used but also well looked after. This one sold right in the middle of whole- 2018 #7-2005 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER GT convertible. VIN: 3C3AY75S75T362468. White/tan canvas/gray leather. Odo: 124,272 miles. 2.4-L turbocharged I4, auto. Decent overall shape given the mileage. Slightly faded headlamps. Rock chips along the front. Panel alignment is good. Canvas top shows some wear and scuffing, but does not need to be replaced at this time. Taillight lenses in good order. Glass is clean and clear. Interior is decent aside from the driver’s seat, which has had leather repair and is heavily worn on outboard seat bolster. Slight wear on carpets. Minimal wear elsewhere. All screen printing is intact. Rear seat belts faded. Interior illumination operable. Some sticky residue on the center stack around HVAC controls. Engine compartment could use a refreshening. Heatfaded in places, with hose insulation disintegrating. Cond: 3.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL sale and retail. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. #79-2005 DODGE VIPER convertible. VIN: 1B3JZ65Z75V501872. White/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 630 miles. 8.3-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Number one of 100 Commemorative Edition Vipers. Factory fresh with few flaws. Dual fanged stripes. Blue stitching on seats and shift boot. Serialized dash plaque. Blue embroidered floor mats, bright door-sill scuff plates. Satin silver instrument bezels. Original tires. Panel fit factory-correct. Top in excellent condition. Lenses free of any fading. Thresholds show minimal wear. Floor mats show some wear, but very minor. No wear on the bolsters. Steering wheel and shifter free of any wear. Screen printing is all in good order. Cond: 2. (with four fuel gauges, why not?). Goodquality paint but now a bit dull—same with chrome. Some rust popping through on passenger’s side door bottom. Antenna but no radio. More recent, high-quality cloth top. Inside, the cloth and vinyl trim are in good shape, with one small tear and a stain in the cloth. Excellent carpet. Driver’s armrest torn. Dash paint and chrome aged, but clear instruments. Bakelite steering wheel heavily cracked. Cond: 3. appropriate. Very little chrome on this model; just bumpers, grille, door handles and headlight surrounds. All look rechromed except for door handles, which have pitting. Playboy logos all look excellent. Other trim pieces are painted silver; crack in one of the G.E. spotlight housings. All-new exterior rubber trim gaskets. Interior is simple and restored. No cracks in steering wheel, but patinated center logo. Driver’s door panel coming off at bottom. Paint and metal in a few areas in engine compartment slightly rough. Engine itself good overall but has some gas stains and fair paint. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. When new, the privilege of owning one of these “commemorative edition” Vipers added almost $5,000 to the $85,000 base price tag. Being number one of 100, with fewer than 700 original miles, this one is well preserved and a little extra unusual. What remains unclear is what Dodge was “commemorating” with this special edition. The same treatment was also added to the 2005 Dodge Neon SRT-4 and the 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10. Here, the provenance of car number one of a limited edition—and careful preservation of mileage—fell short of any monetary appreciation from new. This example could be found for sale online by a dealer with an asking price of $100,000. If sold for anywhere close to that, it would set a record for a 2005 Viper, as average sales prices for the past few years are roughly half of what is being sought. The high bid was appropriate money. Dan Kruse Classics, Waxahachie, TX, 10/18. AMERICANA #201-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR custom cabriolet. VIN: R502739. Stratos Blue/tan cloth/tan & blue cloth. Odo: 77,781 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Offered at no reserve from the Richard Burdick Collection. Catalog stressed that the car was set up for touring, with dual carbs, aluminum head and alternator. However, it did not mention that the car appeared to have two fuel tanks and, a first for me, four fuel gauges (one in front of the passenger in the bezel normally used for the clock)! I never did get an explanation. An older restoration now well-used January–February 2019 123 SOLD AT $38,500. Have you ever seen one? Near-unicorn, one-model-year Ambassador cabriolet built just prior to Nash moving to unibody-only models in 1949. Only 1,000 examples built, so if you wanted one, you probably needed to get it here. The condition was only adequate, but the car retained an air of conservative integrity. Some improvements may be in order, but a full re-restoration is not needed. Considering the extreme rarity of this model, I thought it was rather well-bought. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18. #157-1948 PLAYBOY A48 convertible. VIN: 88. Seafoam Green/ white metal/tan vinyl. Odo: 49 miles. 91-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Full restoration around 2010; reset odometer shows just 49 miles. Decent paint quality level appropriate to original. All body panels good, with no dents; fit also 5 SOLD AT $132,000. An interesting piece of automotive Americana, from post-war period when many of relatively modest means designed and built cars, until they went belly-up. The two-piece retractable hard top was far ahead of its time. The car inspired Hugh Hefner to name his magazine Playboy. Surely that helps the value of these rare-but-simple economy cars, with a stunningly high sale price of $132k here. If Nash had named its Metropolitan the Penthouse, they’d probably still be in business. (See profile, p. 60.) RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/18.A TOP 10


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith Scarce Tailgate Trim and Rare Ball Joints Low-demand cars don’t have low restoration costs #20246187938 1981–88 GMC tailgate trim-panel Classic High Sierra. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Skowhegan, ME. 10/24/2018. “This is a used but pretty nice tailgate trim panel pulled off a 1987 GMC Sierra Classic 3500. This is used and not perfect. It has some tiny dings on the far right side, a couple of scratches in the middle and a scratch mark on the far left side of the GMC emblem. The GMC emblem itself has black paint chipped off around the border. This is not perfect, but much nicer than 90% of them I find and see turn up on eBay. This has not been polished and is listed in as-found condition...” Sold at $455. Once considered one of the Holy Grails of GM square-body truck parts, the tailgate panel recently became available as a reproduction. This is good news as it gets a real beating over time. It’s brushed aluminum with enough space between it and backing plate to leave some fine dents and gouges and just for extra measure, GM put the GMC logo on the left side and Chevrolet logo on the right. That way you can’t swap one for the other! This piece isn’t perfect, as the seller says, yet it sold for a healthy tick above market for condition. To give you an idea, NOS pieces at one time went for four figures for a loaded Sierra version. It’s hard for me to call this market. Repops sans emblems are available for $299. Suspension parts for old non-popular sedans are hard to find. The price here seems a lot, but it isn’t much above the average rate for an NOS joint, which is about $200. A modern Moog piece is $85. It works fine, just doesn’t look original. The main reason it’s so much is the joint’s part of the assembly. Steering knuckles and Pitman arms are different for disc-brake C-bodies, and there were two different center links. Something to remember when you’re looking over that Monaco that “just needs a front-end job.” #362003776172 1966–68 PlymouthDodge-Chrysler C-body NOS lower ball joint. 2 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Fairmount, GA. 8/12/2018. “NOS MoPar #2898275 lower left ball joint and arm for 1966–68 Ply-DodgeChry full size C-body models with factory disc brakes. New, never installed and made in USA!” Sold at $295. #232924253280 GM NOS Underhood light assembly for Chevy, Buick, Olds, Pontiac, Cadillac, GMC. 2 photos: Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Redlands, CA. 9/18/2018. “Super nice vintage original OEM ’60s ’70s ’80s OEM GM underhood lamp light. Original Chevrolet Buick, Pontiac Olds, Cadillac, GMC. Tested, goes out and comes on when moved up and down. Works great!” Sold at $10. I’m curious how it was tested when there is no connector on wire end. The lack of connector, screws or any wiring scheme makes more work for the uninitiated installer, but the price is right. NOS over-the-counter kits from GM are $80 and more depending on age, so it’s a deal for someone who wants a lamp without a big price. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #401616711471 NOS 1971–73 Ford Mustang Gas Cap Deluxe Mach 1. 8 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors, Grantville, PA. 10/13/2018. “NOS 1971-72 Ford Mustang Deluxe pop-open gas cap. Ford part number D1ZZ9030-C. It’s NOS in the Ford box. Has some manufacturing flaws seen in photos, nothing serious.” Sold at $399.99. $400 plus shipping for a gas cap sounds pretty hair-raising when you’re talking about a Mustang — America’s mass-produced sweetheart. The part number is correct, decoding as a Mustang gas cap circa 1971, but the C suffix tells us it’s the third revision. The pitting on the catch lever and hazy detailing tell us the tooling’s shot. Reproductions are available at a third of the price and are beautiful. If I’m paying this price, it’s got to be mint condition.


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#192690891916 1973–77 Pair of NOS Chevelle coupe dooredge guards. 4 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Buffalo, NY. 10/15/2018. “Original pair of 1973–77 Chevy Chevelle NOS 2-door door-edge guards. The guards are still wrapped in the factory tissue paper inside packages. These did not come with any attaching clips from the factory. If only genuine Chevrolet will do, then these are for you.” Sold at $34.99. The opera-window A-bodies are starting to come on as collector cars. Some pieces are being reproduced now, but soft trim and interiors are still scarce. It would have been nice to show the buyer the entire trim piece. No one is going to hang on to the tissue paper anyway. This was a fair price for a set of originals.A January–February 2019 125


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Nobody Else Does it Like This this 1949 Dodge b-5 pickup with the “Pilot house” cab has a solid body and could be restored or rat-rodded if so desired This family-run parts yard in Kansas specializes in classic American iron Story and photos by Phil Skinner daughter Addie, has created a real family-run business. “Addie is my right-hand man,” Ehrlich says of his 15-year-old daughter, I “She operates our big forklift helping to unload cars, plus she helps with parts removal and in the shipping department. She is indispensable. And she has several vehicles of her own.” Starting from scratch, Ehrlich has been able to organize his yard, which hosts upwards of 500 mostly domestic vehicles, and there is room to grow. Chad prefers to remove parts for customers, and their shipping department sends out shipments daily to locations around the world. “Our Facebook page is where we post new inventory the moment it comes into the yard,” Ehrlich says. “With over 11,000 followers, it is amazing to see interest in our cars from around the world.” A Detailing What: Nobody Else’s Auto Recycling Hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Saturdays by appointment Phone: 620-793-3557 126 AmericanCarCollector.com Location: 332 N. Highway 281, Great Bend, KS 67530 a rare sight, a 1956 DeSoto Firedome wagon, has given up some parts, with more to offer trans ams and Camaros from the late 1970s are hot property at Nobody else’s Chad ehrlich stands with the first car he ever bought, a 1958 buick, and his No. 1 helper, his daughter addie n 2012, a Great Bend, KS, parts-yard owner wanted to retire. That is how Chad Ehrlich got into the parts-yard business. He inherited the yard’s name: Nobody Else’s Auto Recycling. All the late-model cars were sold off and he began stocking the yard with vintage cars. In the past six years, the yard has continued to grow, and Chad, along with his wife, Shayla, and his


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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 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top 1960 Cadillac Series 62 2-dr hard top S/N VC57Bxxxxxxx. Tropical Turquoise & ivory/turquoise & black. V8, 3-spd manual. Refreshed older frame-off restoration. Media blasted and new base- and clear-coat paint. All new chrome, five new wide whitewalls, C.A.R.S. interior, all new T&N rubber seals. Power Pac original 283, 220-hp engine with 3-speed standard transmission w/OD, all rebuilt. Very straight and solid body. $38,000 OBO. Jay Hammond Chevy Parts. Contact Jay, Ph: 302.521.0225, email: jhchevyparts@aol.com. (DE) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top S/N 60G135493. White/black & white. 85,500 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional and rust-free example. Very desirable and mostly all original, apart from a repaint in its original color and an aftermarket retro period-correct radio. Fully loaded with original factory specifications and options including a/c, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, sixway power seat, power antenna, two-speed windshield wipers with washers, black Caspian cloth and white-coated fabric upholstery, aftermarket retro period-correct AM/FM radio with rear speaker, heater, defroster, white sidewall tires with full wheelcovers, dual backup lights, Easy Eye Glass, and its original 390-ci, 325-hp V8. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: http://www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA) 1966 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top S/N VC57A141955. Harbor Blue/blue. 60,000 miles. V8, manual. Only three owners since new. Since I have owned it, I have had the car professionally restored. The EZ-glass and stainless are original. Almost all other parts have been replaced or restored to new condition. Overdrive transmission, dual 4-bbl WCFB carbs with rare Batwing air cleaners and Wonder Bar radio. A museum-quality car and national show winner. Completely rust and dent free. $59,500. Contact Sam, Ph: 706.335.6441, email: larry@thurmondandassociates.com. Website: https://www.thurmondandassociates.com/. (GA) S/N 242670P225222. Cardinal Red/black. 94,000 miles. V8, automatic. Real Ram Air III convertible, one of 114. Matching numbers from carb to rear axle. All components rebuilt and blueprinted. Fresh paint and interior on original Cardinal Red-over-black car with rare factory vinyl stripe. 400-ci/366-hp engine and specially calibrated PD-code Turbo 400 transmission. Power steering, power disc brakes, factory gauges, 3.55 Posi and more. Rebuilt HD suspension; new shocks, springs and bushings. PHS documents with restoration photos and receipts. $70,000. Contact Ron, Ph: 719.213.3188, email: rcmadd@ comcast.net. (CO) 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS 2-dr hard top S/N 242370B114280. Cardinal Red/red. 27,622 miles. PHS documentation, Ram-Air, Turbo 400 automatic, Safe-T-Track, new hood tach, Factory a/c, ps, pb, wood steering wheel, new graphics, T3 headlights, Rally II wheels, excellent condition. No sales calls. $68,500 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 209.402.2837, email: imc@hub3.net. (CA) 1970 Pontiac GTO Ram Air III convertible condition. No sales calls. $49,500. Contact Jerry, Ph: 209-402-2837 or 209-532-0855, email: imc@hub3.net. (CA) 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-dr hard top only 1,825 built, excellent condition, runs & drives perfectly. $12,500 OBO. Contact Ron, Ph: 614.313.3399, email: rjyounkin@columbus.rr.com. (OH) CORVETTE 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 20867S101562. Roman Red/red. 62,450 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A wonderful example of this older frame-off restored convertible with a matching-numbers 327/340-hp V8 RE-code engine with a 4-barrel Carter carburetor matched to its original close-ratio 4-speed manual transmission! Refinished in Roman Red paint with a matching red vinyl interior with new black soft top and factory steel 15-inch wheels and original two-bar knockoff wheel covers on bias-ply whitewall tires. $82,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: http:// www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1979 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1Z8789S451715. White/black leather. 20,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A/C, power steering, brakes,windows, 350/195, Gymkhana suspension, sport mirrors and other options. A survivor in very nice original condition; believe low mileage is original. Lots of documentation from new; original warranty paper, owner’s manual, selling dealer intake report, dealer invoice, copy of original title dated 12/10/79, previous registrations, etc. $15,649 OBO. Contact Michael, email: mfulton1313@yahoo.com. (PA) Burgundy metallic/Burgundy. 55,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Low original miles, numbers-matching original 305-ci HO V8 engine, 4-spd automatic overdrive transmission with console, 3.73 rear axle, tach, clock and gauges, power windows, power door locks, power trunk release, sport suspension, cruise control, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, AM/FM cassette stereo GM radio, four new tires, four restored GM Monte SS aluminum wheels, includes the four original steel wheels and tires. A great-driving car. Second owner for 25 years. $12,995 OBO. Contact Joseph, Ph: 518.868.2133, email: joe54vette@aol.com. (NY) 1994 Pontiac Trans Am 25th Anniversary coupe S/N 242176P132960. V8, automatic. Montero Red, new Legendary Auto Interiors black interior, 389-ci engine with Tri-Power and 2-speed Turbine 300 Powerglide auto transmission. PHS certificate, new Vintage Air Gen IV a/c, high-torque starter, electric fans, high-flow water pump, all lines stainless steel, wood steering wheel, Delco Moraine brake booster, all-new brakes, T3 headlamps, Flow Master mufflers/tailpipes, Rally II red center caps/lug nuts, Goodyear lettering Poly Glass tires (OEM), 100-amp chrome alternator, Monroe gas shocks. Excellent 128 AmericanCarCollector.com FOMOCO 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 2G2FV22P1R2249182. White/white. 88,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. 25th Anniversary Trans Am with blue racing stripe, white leather interior, T-tops, 5.7-L LT1 V8 engine, 4-speed automatic. Limited edition, S/N P5FH140915. Torch Red/red & white. 21,350 miles. V8, automatic. Always garaged, rust-free example of this noexpense-spared restored Thunderbird with both factory hard top and new white soft top and with factory specifications and options including Ford-o-Matic automatic transmission, telescopic steering column, power front disc brakes, fender skirts, tach, clock, power four-way driver’s seat, heater and defroster, AM radio and its original 292 V8 4-bbl engine and highly desirable and striking Thunderbird chrome wheels. $34,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA)


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Showcase Gallery 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser 2-dr hard top a ’73 Marquis Brougham. Prefer pickup in Chicago area. I will assist with shipping if needed; for any packing, I’ll need to recover costs. $150. Contact R, Ph: 847.338.8299, email: rlagergren@comcast.net. (IL) 1996 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra convertible S/N 365AK57563559. Classic White/black & white. 92,100 miles. V8, automatic. Great daily driver; completely rust-free and mostly all-original example with its original 368/290hp V8 engine. Beautiful and striking paint with original full-length body-side stainless trim with rear quarter panel gold anodized trim. Gorgeous condition and mostly alloriginal and unrestored interior. The car is a rare Canadian-built Monarch namesake model with reportedly 91k original miles $35,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: http://www. TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1973 Mercury Marquis Brougham interior sedan miles. V8, automatic. All original except for repaint in July 2017. Low original miles. Underneath the hood is Chrysler’s LA-series 318 V8, still sporting its 2-barrel carburetor and factory air conditioning, dual exhaust (Flowmaster) and radiator stripping to reveal the brass upper tank. New water pump, valve-cover gaskets, intake manifold gasket, starter and thermostat. Power steering and drum brakes. Documented with its broadcast sheet. $29,000 OBO. Contact Richard, Ph: 513.678.1274, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo. com. (OH) 1981 Chrysler Imperial 2-dr hard top S/N 1FALP46VXTF207375. Lazer Red/black leather. 5,200 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Low one-owner miles, number 2,416 of 2,510 produced. Sold new in Arizona and never left. Window sticker, SVT certificate, two sets of keys, NOS Cobra floor mats, no modifications, all-original equipment as delivered with the exception of the battery. Show-quality, no excuses. $28,500. Contact Grant, Ph: 623.980.0014, email: gpavolka@gmail. com. (AZ) MOPAR 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top 1979 Jeep CJ7 Renegade 4WD SUV S/N 2A3BY62J58R133791. Daystar Blue Metallic/dark blue cloth. 82,928 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. One owner! Garge kept, V8, original electronic fuel injection (runs poorly), 3-speed automatic transmission. Original paint and carpet, like new. $6,000. R&R Country Motors Inc. Contact Ed, Ph: 708.946.2309, email: rrcountrymotors@ sbcglobal.net. (IL) AMERICANA Blue. Seats, door cards and sun visors in excellent preserved condition, removed from S/N WH23F8G173967. Yellow/white. 59,000 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Stock restoration with original R1 240-hp engine. Fully optioned; several upgrades and much documentation. Near-perfect condition. $41,000. email: paintim613@aol.com. (AZ) S/N J9F93EH052429. Red/blue & red. 33,500 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptional example of this rare, very desirable and collectible 1979 American Motors Jeep Renegade with 304 V8. Reportedly only two Southern California owners since new, with only 33k original miles and loaded with original factory options including a 4-speed manual transmission and 2-speed transfer case, bikini top with soft doors, and a product of a frame-off restoration in 2008, when it was mildly customized with extremely desirable and practical upgrades. $22,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: http://www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA)A FOLLOW ACC January–February 2019 129


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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 Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors sought-after automobiles. Web: www.owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org 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) 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) 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 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) 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) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of wellqualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the record-setting 130 AmericanCarCollector.com New England Auto Auction. 207.594.4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longest-running event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.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 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) W. Yoder Auction. 920.787.5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semi-annual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction. com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. 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)


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Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999. Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle and exotic automobiles. What sets Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients, combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.com Buy/Sell/General acre 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) lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport Corvette Parts & Restoration 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. West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics. com info@WestCoastClassics. com (CA) Classic Car Transport 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. Mid America Motorworks. 800-500-1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks. com. (IL) Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. 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 Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four- 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. Collection Management Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at 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) McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, RideCache. 512-751-8450. A professional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/ACC RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. 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) FOLLOW ACC January–February 2019 131


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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 Corvettes for Sale Leasing-Finance 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) Insurance Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.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) Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877-973-7700 or info@pfsllc. com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) 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.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! 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. 253272-2336 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 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) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) 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 Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound.com. (CA) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong set foot on the surface of the moon. He was the first human to do so. The nation was enthralled with the exploits of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and the lunar module, Eagle. Michael Collins placed “Columbia” in the moon’s orbit as Armstrong and Aldrin spent 21.5 hours on the lunar surface. Exciting stuff from almost 50 years ago. Heritage, at their November 5 sale, sold the Armstrong Family Collection of space memorabilia for over $5m. One of the more interesting items offered was the identification tag from lunar module Eagle. The manufacturer, Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, placed three of these on the module and upon return had them mounted and presented to the three crewmembers. This was the first to be publically offered. It sold for $460,500, including the fees. Here are a few more cool pieces that are a little more down to earth. EBAY #292776116385— GILMORE RED LION GASOLINE CLOTH BANNER. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $3,050. Date sold: 10/24/2018. This colorful banner promoted a gasoline additive Tetraethyl, which was used by Gilmore starting in 1922. It was in excellent condition and rather rare, but a friend found one on the same day as this one sold and it was only a mile from his house. The stuff is still out there. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 121—PONTIAC DOUBLE-SIDED NEON PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of bids: 12. Estimate: $12,500–$18,000. SOLD AT: $13,530. Date sold: 10/08/2018. This spectacular Pontiac neon sign was in exceptional condition and the colors were bold and vibrant. It was finished with a bullnose endpiece that is often missing. Price paid was well within reason, and considering the condition, you could even say it was well bought. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 284— GOODRICH GUIDE POST HIGHWAY MILEAGE SIGN. Number of bids: 10. Estimate: $3,000– $5,000. SOLD AT: $9,225. Date sold: 10/08/2018. An incredibly rare metal highway sign that provided the mileage and direction to three major West Coast cities. Based on the mileage, it would have been located close to the CaliforniaNevada border. Highway signs, such as Route 66, bring the money, and this one falls in the same category. Serious money for a very rare highway sign. THEODORE BRUCE LOT 6078—FIVE MATCHBOX “BIG RIG” TOYS. Estimate: $14.44–$21.67. SOLD AT: $10.83. Date sold: 134 AmericanCarCollector.com 10/29/2018. Matchbox die-cast toys were first made by Lesley Products in England in 1953. The company is now owned by Mattel. They were a staple in any kid’s toy collection and were very collectible. I have a box full, but based on this auction find, they are not worth a decent bottle of wine. Bummer, dude! EBAY #372459235488—1950 SAN DIEGO ROADSTER CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 34. SOLD AT: $1,501.76. Date sold: 10/11/2018. Vintage club “colors” are becoming increasingly popular, but at a price. People were smaller 60 years ago, so it’s unusual to find one that a big guy can wear. This was a size 40 and sold for serious money, but I have to think that if it were a few sizes larger, it would have sold for another grand or so. EBAY #35241376564—1964 A.J. RENZI UNIVERSAL MONSTERS HOT ROD PLASTIC TOY CAR. Number of bids: 48. SOLD AT: $1,174.99. Date sold: 9/09/2018. This blue plastic toy had four monsters as driver and passengers. The monsters were original, with “A.J. Renzi” molded on the back. Seems like a bunch for a little plastic car. EBAY #163220183957— CHEVROLET ACCESSORY DASH CLOCK. Number of bids: 43. SOLD AT: $437. Date sold: 8/27/2018. The accessory dash clock was mounted with a magnet that was missing here. The description stated it was appropriate for a ’70s Chevrolet, but it sure appeared to be earlier than that. Was over-wound, so it’s in need of some professional help. Would be way cool on a Tri-Five Chevy if you can get it fixed for a reasonable amount. A