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MAG Auctions, Reno, NV, August 8–10, 2019

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Mecum, Dallas, TX, September 4–7, 2019

Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, June 15, 2019

RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, August 29–September 1, 2019

Saratoga Auto Auction, Saratoga Springs, NY, September 20–21, 2019

Branson Auction, Branson, MO, October 18–19, 2019

SG Auction, Winona, MN, October 18–19, 2019

Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, August 30–31, 2019

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$118k “Super Sale” 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 CAR COLLECTOR $253k AMERICAN Mighty Mopar January–February 2020 Issue No. 49 HOT ROD: Ken Gross on Ways to Make a Good $65k Deuce Great HOW-TO: Juice Up the Charging System in Your Muscle Car www.AmericanCarCollector.com 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX


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Eight Sales That Define the Market Volume 9 • Issue 49 • January–February 2020 CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE $99k / Barrett-Jackson Changes from stock can bring good money — John L. Stein Page 50 GM 1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 $118k / Mecum Big GM muscle scores a really big price — John L. Stein Page 52 FoMoCo 1995 FORD MUSTANG SVT COBRA R $38.5k / Barrett-Jackson With modern Mustangs rising, now’s the time to buy an R — Sam Stockham Page 54 AMERICAN MOPAR 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX $253k / Mecum Rare Mopar royalty tops this three-day sale in Dallas — Dale Novak Page 56 COVER PHOTO: 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1932 Ford Highboy Roadster, p. 58 Courtesy of RM Auctions 10 AmericanCarCollector.com


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD ROADSTER $65k / RM Auctions A good starting point for a great Deuce — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA 1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T “GENERAL LEE” $55k / Barrett-Jackson Bidders chase TV show replica to a well-bought conclusion — Elana Scherr Page 60 RACE 1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 LIGHTWEIGHT $121k / Mecum What are history and performance worth? — John Boyle Page 62 TRUCK 1970 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP $110k / Barrett-Jackson How high will the C10 market go? — Kevin Whipps Page 64 January–February 2020 11


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The Rundown COLUMNS 14 Torque: What does the renewed rise of resto-mods mean? — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills: 1984–90 Ford Bronco II — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower: Old cars for non-car people — Jay Harden 48 On the Road: Local car shows are about more than just the cars — Elana Scherr 134 Surfing Around: Gotta-have automobilia on eBay and beyond — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 24 Your Turn: Origins of muscle, helpful Holley hints, and catching a falling knife 26 Good Reads: Books covering Hemi high performance, Bobby Rahal and speed wars — Mark Wigginton 32 Snapshots: SEMA in photos 42 Readers’ Forum: Are burnouts burnt out? 74 Market Moment 1: 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP sedan — Chad Taylor 84 Market Moment 2: 1997 Chevrolet 1500 pickup — Jim Pickering 126 Junkyard Treasures: Little Valley Auto Ranch in Texas — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 18 What’s Happening: Car events of note 20 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 28 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 30 Cool Stuff: Safer driving, better storage, and beer shifting 34 Wrenching: A boost for your charging system 68 Buy It Now: 2005–06 Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 coupe — Chad Tyson 12 AmericanCarCollector.com 120 One to Watch: 1985–90 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z — Chad Taylor 124 The Parts Hunter: Rare, optional and one-year-only pieces — Patrick Smith 128 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 129 Advertiser Index 130 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers AUCTIONS 66 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys — and why look forward to Arizona Auction Week? — Chad Tyson 70 Barrett-Jackson — Las Vegas, NV All 678 consigned cars found new homes for a $33.8m haul in the desert — Brett Hatfield 80 Mecum — Dallas, TX In Mecum’s only Texas stop in 2019, 713 of 1,073 automotive lots sold, generating a sales total of $22.4m — Cody Tayloe 90 Worldwide — Auburn, IN Debuting a new facility, Worldwide sold 75 of 91 car lots for $3.9m over Labor Day Weekend — B. Mitchell Carlson 100 SG Auction — Winona, MN 160 of 275 lots sell SG Auction’s fall sale in Winona, MN, totaling $1.9m — B. Mitchell Carlson 108 MAG — Reno, NV Late-summer sale sees 277 of 492 cars go for $6.2m — Michael Leven 116 Roundup Highlights from Branson Auction in Branson, MO, RM Auctions in Auburn, IN, Saratoga Auto Auction in Saratoga Springs, NY, and Silver Auctions in Coeur d’Alene, ID


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TORQUE Jim Pickering Rise of the Resto-Mod New tech can make old cars better. But should it? I wouldn’t consider myself to be a car traditionalist. I love American muscle in every form. But here at ACC, we understand that rare muscle should stay in its prime, untouched form. A ’69 GTO Judge should stay Carousel Red, which is really orange, and it should be carbureted. A ’70 Boss 302 should sit on Magnum 500s. A Road Runner should have rubber mats and a pistol grip. When an owner has something rare or inherently valuable — such as that Judge, Boss or Mopar — leaving it stock makes sense. But what about the also-rans — the Tempests, base Mustangs and plain-Jane Satellites? Is a ratty, common, base-model Corvette interesting enough to keep around in its original form, or should an owner feel free to modify it with today’s parts? I’m not sure there’s a right or wrong answer here, but it’s worth pointing out that the Beach Boys never sang about turbos, and what would Ronnie Sox — “Mr. 4-speed” — do with two extra gears, anyway? Weaker muscle And yet a new resto-mod trend has taken hold. Technology has swooped into our muscle-car world, but it’s easy to understand why. In 2020, 500-plus-horsepower muscle is common. A Toyota Camry has 300 hp. That may not mean anything to the concours crowd, but to everyone else, original muscle’s excitement has weakened. If you’re willing to modify your old car, the aftermarket delivers fuel injection, big brakes, suspension improvements and the like. Your GTO can be the supercar you’ve always imagined it to be — just grab your checkbook and your tools. None of that is news. What is news, however, are climbing values. In spite of traditionalists’ views, top-level resto-mod prices have exploded at auction over the past year. The prices are a surprise, but it’s not like these cars are fundamentally new to the market. They’ve flown high before, in the early 2000s, until the housing crash and Great Recession saw prices fall like a rock. A lot of market analysts predicted that they’d never recover. At that point, customs became the kick-dogs of the stock-is-best types. But here we are, seeing big numbers once again for the best of what the aftermarket has to offer. There’s one major difference, 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering The SEMA show in Las Vegas is a great place to spot resto-mods and upgrade trends. See more about this year’s event on p. 32 though — a lot of today’s resto-mods are built with more respect given to a car’s original design, trim and colors than they were in the early 2000s, and they’re therefore more palatable to traditionalists. Still, I think rising values tell us less about the cars and more about their buyers. Better cars Maybe that new 300-hp Camry is to blame, but I think the roots of wanting more out of our special cars go back farther, all the way into the 1970s and ’80s with the billet-and-tweed street rod scene. The writing was on the wall as soon as hot-rodders started wanting automatic transmissions and air conditioning in their cars. Bias-ply tires and drum brakes offer a unique experience, but it’s really only useful for seeing how far we’ve come. It ultimately all boils down to use — or ease of use — and while ACC is valuationbased at its core, I’ve taken a broad view of what value really means when it comes to old cars. It’s about dollars, but it’s also about value per dollar. If a buyer wants a Chevelle to drive — to actually drive — what makes more sense? $50k for a resto-mod with an LS, overdrive and big brakes, or $50k for a 138-code SS 396 with a 4150 Holley, drum brakes, a TH400 and an older restoration? That answer used to be simple if resale value was of concern. But with resto-mod prices on the rise and real-world usability and changing buyer demographics all factored in, things get muddy. New trends I don’t think resto-mods are a flavor of the month. That said, I’m not going to suggest that the future of our market falls completely to them, or to stock restorations. Don’t sell one just to get the other. As we move forward, there will be a place for both in the greater market and in the pages of this magazine. I do think, however, that we’re going to see resto-mods become even more subtle in how they’re done — with hidden changes designed to make them more reliable, tunable, safer, and more fun to drive in the modern world without losing original character. Much of ACC’s “Wrenching” content focuses on this, including this month’s charging-system upgrade on p. 34. Cars like that are key in bringing a new generation of buyer into this world — a generation that grew up on reliable econoboxes and that loves seeing big-power muscle destroy tires on Instagram — the same way we did while cruising the main drag as kids. After all, if the Beach Boys had spooled- up LS engines, they’d have sung about boost, and Sox would have rowed through all six given the chance. A


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WHAT’S HAPPENING 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. Auto Mania or Shiver It’s cold out there, but it’s nice and warm inside at Auto Mania. Pennsylvania’s biggest indoor swapmeet — at the Allentown Fairgrounds — rolls into the big, heated Agriculture Hall from January 17 to 19, 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) It’s Always Sunny in Florida Steal a few days of summer in the middle Chad Taylor ACC in Arizona American Car Collector, along with our sister magazine, Sports Car Market, will visit all the big Arizona auctions from January 10 through January 19. 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 to 10 a.m. at the Barrett-Jackson Auction site on January 15. Get the scoop on the entire week in the 2020 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) of winter at AutoFest in Lakeland, FL. 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 21 to 23. A classic-car show and a big car corral are also on tap. Bring money and sunscreen. www.carlisleevents.com (FL) Go to The Granddaddy Some people trek to Southern California for the Rose Bowl — the Granddaddy of all bowl games — on New Year’s Day. Gearheads wait a little longer, but they’re sure to show up on January 24–26 for the 71st Annual Grand National Roadster Show — the Granddaddy of all hot rod shows. More than 500 showcase cars and trucks ACC Arizona Insider’s Seminar The annual Arizona Insider’s Seminar, presented by American Car Collector and Barrett-Jackson, takes place on Wednesday, January 15, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Barrett-Jackson WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. We’ll talk about our picks of cars and trucks to buy, sell and hold in 2020. In addition, an expert panel including Editor Jim Pickering will discuss which muscle cars are smart purchases in today’s market, and why. The seminar is free, but Barrett-Jackson admission is required to get into WestWorld. www.americancarcollector.com. (AZ) 18 AmericanCarCollector.com will roll into the Pomona Fairplex. The coveted America’s Most Beautiful Roadster prize is up for grabs. Be there or shovel snow at home. Can’t make it to Pomona? The 70th Annual Sacramento Autorama will bring more than 500 show and custom cars and trucks inside the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento from February 14 to 16. www.rodshows.com (CA)


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CROSSING THE BLOCK UPCOMING AUCTIONS—Compiled by Chad Tyson JANUARY Mecum Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 2–12 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 2,173/3,363 cars sold / $93.7m Featured cars: • 1968 Challenger 2 Streamliner • 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback • 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX MAG Auctions Where: Peoria, AZ When: January 10–12 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1956 Ford F-100 Pro Touring • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback Barrett-Jackson Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 11–19 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,820/1,821 cars sold / $124.4m Featured cars: • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO ZL1 STAR CAR: 2017 Ford GT Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Last year: 54/72 cars sold / $9.2m Featured cars: • 1934 Auburn 850Y custom phaeton • 1965 Dodge Coronet A990 Lightweight • 1931 Cadillac 370A V12 roadster Russo and Steele Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15–19 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 304/557 cars sold / $11.7m Featured cars: • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top • 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 4-door hard top 20 AmericanCarCollector.com (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) STAR CAR: 2017 Ford GT at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ Bonhams Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 108/120 cars sold / $16.1m Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 • 1955 Kurtis 500 Swallow coupe • 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Series 740 coupe RM Sotheby’s Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 16–17 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 131/155 cars sold / $36.8m Featured cars: • 1933 Cadillac V16 all-weather phaeton • 1925 Duesenberg Model A Speedster • 1953 Spartan Spartanette tandem camper Gooding & Co. Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 17–18 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 106/155 cars sold / $48.2m Featured cars: • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396/375 • 1948 Tucker 48 sedan • 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Mecum Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 21–26 Web: www.mecum.com Bonhams Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 23 Web: www.bonhams.com FEBRUARY Petersen Where: Salem, OR When: February 1 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com G. Potter King Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 7–9 Web: www.gpkauctions.net Dave Rupp Collector Car Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: February 14–16 Web: www.ftlauderdaleauction.com Carlisle Auctions Where: Lakeland, FL When: February 22–23 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com McCormick’s Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 21–23 Web: www.classic-carauction.com GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: February 27–29 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com A


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THIS ISSUE OF ACC WHAT’S HOT IN Editor Art Director Digital Media Director Auction Editor Senior Data Editor Editor at Large Copy Editors Auction Analysts WRENCHING: How to upgrade your muscle car’s weak charging system p. 34 Contributors Financial Manager CAR COLLECTOR Volume 9, Number 1 January–February 2020 GET IN TOUCH Publisher Associate Publisher Executive Editor Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Keith Martin Erin Olson erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chester Allen chester.allen@AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 503-261-0555 x 218 503-261-0555 x 203 jim.pickering@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 208 Dave Tomaro david.tomaro@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 202 Jeff Stites jeff.stites@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Tyson chad.tyson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor chad.taylor@AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Harden Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Andy Staugaard, Travis Shetler, Dan Grunwald, Pat Campion, Mark Moskowitz, Jeremy Da Rosa, Adam Blumenthal, John Boyle, Bob DeKorne, Michael Leven, Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, Pierre Hedary, Joe Seminetta, Daren Kloes, Jeff Trepel, Brett Hatfield, Larry Trepel Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ken Gross, John Draneas, Tom Glatch, Michael Pierce, John L. Stein, Mark Wigginton, Dale Novak, Jeff Zurschmeide, Phil Skinner, Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 215 Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@AmericanCarCollector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 216 ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com SUBSCRIPTIONS SNAPSHOTS: Hot vehicles and gear from this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas p. 32 Head of Subscriptions Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 217 877-219-2605 x 1 service@AmericanCarCollector.com @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone Fax General Email Feedback Web 503-261-0555 503-253-2234 P.O. Box 4797, Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS help@AmericanCarCollector.com comments@AmericanCarCollector.com www.AmericanCarCollector.com 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday 877-219-2605 x 214 877-219-2605 x 213 503-261-0555 x 205 503-261-0555 x 221 503-261-0555 x 207 503-261-0555 x 206 AMERICAN JOIN US READERS’ FORUM: Are burnouts still cool, or just an obnoxious waste of resources? p. 42 22 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 © 2020 by American Car Collector LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Contact us at American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Courtesy of Bonhams Fast, certainly. Calling it the first muscle car? Not so fast ... The First Muscle Car The ACC analysis of the 1955 Chrysler C-300 on p. 50 of issue #48 (November– December 2019) matches up with a Hagerty piece penned by famed automotive illustrator Thom Taylor in 2018 in stating these cars were the first muscle car. However, the numerous forum responses to that article hotly contest that viewpoint. • C-300 is a longer wheelbase than a ’55 Chevy or a ’49 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 — the point being mid-size of vehicle even if not called mid-size at the time. • C-300s are limited-production luxurymarket cars for NASCAR (etc.), not a mass-market car... nor the first car to be marketed on racing prowess (old hat in the industry). That said, it was one of the better examples of using Daytona Beach time trials and NASCAR — Hudson didn’t really capitalize on their early-’50s NASCAR success in their advertising. • The ’64 Pontiac GTO was the first vehicle described in print as a muscle car (Car and Driver, if I recall correctly) • The cars most identified as muscle cars were a response to the GTO formula (not C-300) — and while many now lump Camaros and Mustangs into “muscle car,” purists see those as a different category • There is an early-’50s Rocket 88 ad (movie theater?) that clearly shows driving it with some intensity. Olds knew what they had made. If anything, the 300 cars are an upscale response to that. And so on. Was the ’55 C-300 the first intentionally designed high-end American muscle-car precursor? Sure, I guess (I see them as more of a precursor to what BMW, Mercedes and such sell in North America in RWD coupes). First muscle car? No. — Trebor Snikwah, via email 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Dragging prices? Not So Dandy? In ACC Issue #48 (November–December 2019) on p. 56, you review the sale of Dick Landy’s Hemi Dart and call the $220,000 sale a “deal on a very special car.” Is it? I’m a retired stock broker. A very wise man once told me, “Don’t try to catch a falling knife on the way down.” Anybody who follows the auctions can see these ex-factory drag cars crossing the block at a fraction of what they were just a few years ago. I recall watching Don Nicholson’s Comet sell for less than half of pre-auction estimates and saying to my 38-year-old son, “Wow, that’s cheap for a Dyno Don car.” My son replied, “Who is Dyno Don?” I think that says it all. — Richard Caprio, via email Helpful Holley Hints Regarding the Holley carburetor article (ACC #47, September–October 2019, p. 34), I could offer a few additional comments. I have done a few over the years, so I may not be the intended target. My experience is that newbies should get a tip to lubricate the O-rings on the front-to-back transfer tubes before installation; they are really tough to install without leaks otherwise. Also, just like cross-tightening lug nuts, cross-tightening carburetor screws is important, especially on Holleys. I wish I could share your confidence on power-valve recommendations. It is pretty easy to find a socket wrench to tighten these versus an open-end wrench. Also, the more-modern carb you demonstrated is not prone to backfire power-valve failure; most pre-1991 (e.g., an original) Holleys do not have the anti backfire valve and are very prone to this failure. Voice of experience for me: I just did one on my ’70 Challenger and failed twice before the counter man at Mancini Racing here in Detroit recommended this update. It’s a $15 part from Holley and pretty simple to install; no power-valve failures since. I will also share a simple trick I learned to tell if the valve is blown: Turn both idle-adjuster screws in while the vehicle is running; if they can be bottomed out and the engine still runs, it’s adios power valve. — Mark Reynolds, via emailA


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GOOD READS Mark Wigginton Plymouth High Performance by Darwin Holmstrom, MotorBooks, 192 pages, $32.85, Amazon Hemi Muscle 70 Years: Chrysler, Dodge & There is something unexplainable — a strange superpower that hangs around the Chrysler Hemi engine. Sure, a hemispherical cylinder head with top center plug location makes obvious sense. It creates a lovely, symmetrical fuel burn and force on a piston. It’s so obvious, it was used from the earliest days of the motorcar. Peugeot used a hemi in race cars in 1912, and the Welch Tourist used a hemi in a 2-cylinder car in 1903. Let’s just say Chrysler was late to the party when they created their first hemi nearly a half-century later. It came about as a way to have a competitive V8 in a post-war world where everyone had one. But the Hemi, all buffed up with a capital “H,” did the unthinkable. This modest first engine turned into the dominant racing engine, and became the most iconic feature of the Chrysler, Dodge and Plymouth lines, as well as shorthand for race-winning power. Darwin Holmstrom tells the story, in a light and breezy style, and fills it with detail. Most of the focus is from origins through the muscle-car era, with a nod to the return of the Hemi, both as the lump in the front and a driver of marketing in the new century. It’s a lovely, informative read. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Speed Duel: The Inside Story of the Land Speed Record in the Sixties by Samuel Hawley, Firefly, 360 pages, $15.89, Amazon There was a wonderful period in the 1960s when a constant parade of new land-speed records was set, fell and set again. In 2010, Canadian author and historian Samuel Hawley created this delightful history of the era, a time when a hot-rodder with a dream could strap on a jet engine, try to keep it on the ground and become the center of the universe. Craig Breedlove, the combative Arfons brothers, Art and Walt, and others captured the imagination of America, heading each season to the Bonneville Salt Flats to try to outdo each other. Who would hit 400 mph first? 500? 600? Nobody knew the limit, but everyone wanted to be the guy who did, not the guy who failed and maybe died trying. This is a terrific read, as intimate as a novel, a page-turner even when you know the outcome. Snap this one off the bargain shelves. You won’t be disappointed. Lineage: Fit and finish: 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Drivability: Bobby Rahal: The Graceful Champion by Gordon Kirby, David Bull, 255 pages, $27, Amazon This 1999 book is really a pairing of masters, a biography of one of the great racers by one of the great automotive writers. Bobby Rahal was quick from the outset. Growing up with a father who raced, Rahal’s early outings in his father’s cars drew attention. Before long he was on a well-trodden path, driving and competing against the best in Formula Atlantic, which led to time in Europe, culminating in a brief taste of Formula One. That cruel mistress spat him out, back to the United States, disappointed and divorced. But Europe’s loss was America’s gain, and Rahal’s talent was not to be denied — although his patience was certainly tested, as he cobbled together rides in various series to keep behind the wheel. All that scrambling led him to Jim Trueman and Truesports, which led to CART, where he has been a champion, team owner and even, briefly, the guy in charge of the series. Kirby is a stone pro of a writer and reporter, and the book reads like all of his work, featuring spare writing and an obvious affection for the subject. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Cars of Racing Legend Craig Breedlove by Samuel Hawley, Chicago Review Press, 299 pages, $20.83, Amazon Ultimate Speed: The Fast Life and Extreme When Craig Breedlove started looking around for someone to write his biography, he turned to Samuel Hawley, who nearly a decade before wrote the definitive history of the land-speed-record battles of the 1960s. Breedlove became synonymous with speed, taking his basic idea of using jet engines to drive slim, aerodynamic vehicles faster and faster, first across the salt, and then to the Black Rock Desert. In his 80s, he is still pushing for another attempt at the current record of 763 miles per hour, set by Andy Green in 1997. Ultimate Speed is more than records and record attempts; it’s a full-throttle look at the ambitions and fears of a man, clearly braver than Batman, who has crashed and survived at higher speeds than anyone else and has nevertheless put everything into continuing. While Speed Duel takes you on the journey for the record in the 1960s, Ultimate Speed is a deeper, more personal look at the man behind the mania. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickering New Power, Old Look Want to add modern power to your classic Chevrolet but don’t like the way the LS engine looks? Lokar has you covered with its LS Classic Series. These intake systems are designed to give your LS engine an old-school GM look, bringing vintage style and modern performance together under your hood. Available systems include a ’63 Fuelie intake, a ’57 Fuelie intake, a classic 4-bbl intake and a Tri-Power intake. All use single or dual drive-by-wire throttle bodies. Pair one with a set of vintage-style valve covers, a custom valley pan, and a coil relocation kit and your friends will have to look closely to see that the BBC or injected small-block under your hood is really a modern LS in disguise. Prices vary by application. Check all your options out at www.lokar.com. 14-inch classic intake system ’57 Fuelie intake system Toss Your Weights and Springs Looking for modern tunability in your vintage engine? You don’t need to swap engines or install EFI to have greater control over how your engine runs. A distributor from Progression Ignition looks like a stock distributor, but it controls ignition New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ New Produ Products to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickerin cts to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickering New Power, Old Look Want to add modern power to your classic Chevrolet but don’t like the way the LS engine looks? Lokar has you covered with its LS Classic Series. These intake systems are designed to give your LS engine an old-school GM look, bringing vintage style and modern performance to- gether under your hood. Available systems include a ’63 Fuelie intake, a ’57 Fuelie intake, a classic 4-bbl intake and a Tri-Power intake. All use single or dual drive-by-wire throttle bodies. Pair one with a set of vintage-style valve covers, a custom valley pan, and a coil relocation kit and your friends will have to look closely to see that the BBC or injected small-block under your hood is really a modern LS in disguise. Prices vary by application. Check all your options out at www.lokar.com. 14-inch classic intake system ’57 Fuelie intake system Toss Your Weights and Springs Looking for modern tunability in your vintage engine? You don’t need to swap engines or install EFI to have greater control over how your engine runs. A distributor from Progression Ignition looks like a stock distributor, but it controls ignition Tri-Power Tri-Power intake system ’63 Fuelie intake system Better Light The old sealed-beam lights in your muscle car do an okay job, but modern lighting has come a long way in the past 30 years. Swap out your original-style bulbs for something more modern using United Pacific’s seven-inch replacement headlight assemblies. or cars and ks using the larger round bulb, these are a bolt-in replace- ment and use a modern H4-style lightbulb. They’re constructed of stainless steel and glass — no plastic parts here. Add in a relay kit, as we did in ACC #26, and you’ll have a much brighter view of the road. Get them for $17.99 each at www.summitracing.com. New American Icon The makers of POR-15 Automotive Restoration Products have roduced the American Icon and of Automotive Finishes n the company’s new Refinish vision. Introductory prodts include C-800 Icon Clear — a flagship glossy clear at designed for durability, consistency, and a quality finish that is user-friendly for application and gloss etention. If a repaint is in ur car’s future, learn more at www.americaniconfinishes. com. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOL STUFF Chad Taylor Safeguard and Display Keep your vehicle pristine this winter in the Signature Series Showcase from CarCapsule. In addition to providing a protective bubble that prevents dirt, dust, corrosion and musty odors from wreaking havoc, the Signature Series Showcase is the perfect place to display your prized possession with built-in multipattern LED lights. It also includes IntelliCharge to keep car batteries charged and works as a backup power source for the capsule’s inflation fan in case of a power outage. Order your Signature Series Showcase now at www.carcapsule.com. Starting at $2,195. Can-Do Spirit Unexpected problems are part of classic-car ownership. Chill out with a needed laugh by adding he Crushed Beer Can Custom Shift Knob from American Shifter Company to your car. Each is made of high-impact resin, hand painted and coated in a protecive coating to reduce wear. It comes pre-installed with a 16mm hreaded steel insert. Check out all he available designs and pick one up for $69.95 at www.americanshifter.com. COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF COOL STUF OL STUFF Chad Taylor Safeguard and Display Keep your vehicle pristine t OL STUFF Chad Taylor Safeguard and Display Keep your vehicle pristine this winter in the Signature Series Showcase from CarCapsule. In addition to providing a protective bubble that prevents dirt, dust, corrosion and musty odors from wreaking havoc, the Signature Series Showcase is the perfect place to display your prized possession with built-in multipattern LED lights. It also includes IntelliCharge to keep car batteries charged and works as a backup power source for the capsule’s inflation fan in case of a power outage. Order your Signature Series Showcase now at www.carcapsule.com. Starting at $2,195. Can-Do Spirit Unexpected problems are part of classic-car ownership. Chill out with a needed laugh by adding he Crushed Beer Can Custom Shift Knob from American Shifter Company to your car. Each is made of high-impact resin, hand painted and coated in a protec- ive coating to reduce wear. It comes pre-installed with a 16mm hreaded steel insert. Check out all he available designs and pick one up for $69.95 at www.american- shifter.com. 30 30 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SNAPSHOTS: SPECIALTY EQUIPMENT MARKET ASSOCIATION A totem to tire smoke, powered by Ford SCENES FROM SEMA Photos by Jim Pickering Is it time to start thinking about an LS-swapped IROC? 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Modern power brings a new “cool” factor


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Why build a Camaro when you can build a Riviera? Miss the ’90s? They’re back Can’t find a full-size Blazer? They come in “fun size” now Slammed trucks are in — even Mopars January–February 2020 33


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WRENCHING: HOW TO CHARGE IT I Chevrolet. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com A weak charging system leads to slow accessories and dim lights. Here’s how to fix it by Jim Pickering magine for a second that it’s a dry, mild winter evening, and you’re out in your muscle car. It’s dark, it’s cold, and it starts to drizzle, so you turn on your headlights, your defroster and your wipers. Then, when you roll up to a stoplight and your taillights illuminate, the defroster fan slows down, the headlights dim, and the wipers slow their pull across the glass. Sound familiar? Your 1960s muscle car or classic is now 50 years old, and it’s a safe bet that it still has its factory wiring and its original-style alternator (or generator). Bad connections can cause this slow and dim condition in even 100% stock cars — but once you add in additional power-hungry components such as electric cooling fans, modern stereos or even modern EFI systems — stuff that was never factored into your car’s wiring theory — your charging system has to work harder than ever and will still fall behind. If you’re like me and have a GM car from the 1960s that’s been retrofitted with a one- wire-style alternator sometime in the past, your charging system “upgrade” may have actually made the situation worse. Whether it’s a cold winter night or a hot summer day, it won’t take much to load a sub- optimal system to the point where its lack of capacity is noticeable. If we’re really being honest, this is the kind of stuff that keeps us from using our cars in anything but the best of conditions. What fun is that? Regardless of your make or model — or what’s been done to it over the years — the fixes are simple. It all starts with a good understanding of what you’re looking at, good, clean connections, and a few modern parts from Summit Racing to help bring more juice to your system in a way that won’t hurt the rest of your wiring. Here’s how I fixed a low-voltage situation in high-stress, low-rpm moments in my ’66 WHAT YOU’LL NEED SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST AC Delco CS-style alternator, 105-amp, P/N ADO-335-1014, $74.99 Powermaster CS-style wiring kit with resistor, P/N PWM-123, $24.99 Summit Racing 6-ga alternator wire kit, P/N SUM-810002, $24.99 8-gauge wire, 50-foot roll, P/N PCO-81081S, $31.99 10-ga fusible link wire, P/N PCO-8122PT, $5.99 12-ga fusible link wire, P/N PCO-8124PT, $5.99 OTHER PARTS LIST: Assorted ring and spade terminals, heat shrink, solder, black wiring tape, $15 TIME SPENT: Five hours DIFFICULTY: JJJ (JJJJJis toughest)


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2 1 Most healthy batteries maintain about 12.8 volts at rest. Charging systems tend to put out between 13.5 and 14.5 volts at engine idle — so seeing just 12.3 volts at idle with everything running was an eye opener in my ’66 Chevrolet. There are two main styles of alternator you’ll find on most classic cars: internally regulated and externally regulated. In both cases, the typical setup uses a main power wire (typically 10-ga) to de- liver power from the alternator to the battery, a sensing wire to tell the regulator what the current charge rate is within the system, and a powerfeed wire from the ignition switch to energize the regulator when the key is on — and to allow you to shut the system down when the key is off. 3 Just because you have a low-voltage reading doesn’t mean you have a bad alternator or regulator, however. The first thing to study is your factory wiring diagram to look for points of connection, as corrosion at these points can cause significant voltage drops. It can also teach you a lot about where your car senses and provides current. Just because you have a good reading at the battery doesn’t mean you have a good amount of power at the fuse box. 4 Cleaning the terminals may be all you really need to do to fix a low-voltage condition — in the case of a GM car, that includes the battery terminals, the wire connections at the back of the alternator, the plugs at the external regulator (if still equipped), and the horn-relay buss bar. Sandpaper and a wire brush can work wonders here. Check over all the wires in the system, then reinstall everything and recheck your readings. If you’re not running aftermarket parts, this can solve a lot of powerrelated issues. January–February 2020 35


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 5 My case was a little more challenging, as someone installed a GM one-wire-style alternator in my ’66 Chevrolet in place of the original three-wire unit. These were popular as simple upgrades over stock units, but that simplicity brings with it less low-rpm capability. These units use an RPMtriggered internal regulator rather than a 12-volt keyed source to initiate the charge, and they don’t sense remotely, as a stocker would have. As such, low RPM performance can be diminished with this kind of alternator, and the 1960s GM wiring schematic isn’t well suited to this style of alternator due to its long stretches of 10-ga wire (and subsequent voltage drop) between the battery, alternator and fuse box. That voltage drop would have been covered with a stock three-wire alternator’s remote sensing abilities, which would have cranked output at the alternator enough to keep the proper charge rate using those long lengths of relatively small wire — wires that aren’t up to the task of working with higher-amp modern alternators. 6 There were two options here: revert to a three-wire stock-style setup, or upgrade to something bigger. Since my car has EFI, cooling fans and a host of other aftermarket equipment that all draws from the battery, I needed to upgrade both the alternator and the wiring. I chose a 105-amp CS-style alternator from a ’90 Corvette to power this car, as it mounts the same way as the one-wire (or a factory three-wire) alternator but has much better power delivery at low RPMs, as it was designed for modern, injected-car power needs. It’s also inexpensive at just under $80 and is easy to come by at any parts house in the U.S. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 7 I started by disconnecting the battery and pulling it out of the way. This is also a good time to check both your positive and negative main battery cables, as a bad connection here can cause a lot of issues. From there, I pulled the alternator off the car, which only required removing two bolts, one belt and one wire connection. 8 The CS130-style alternator on the right is physically smaller than the 10SI-based onewire on the left, but its mounts are in the same places. All the same original brackets work, and I was also able to use my original mounting bolts as well. 10 9 With a 15/16-inch socket on an impact, I removed both pulleys from both alternators. The CS130 has a serpentine-belt-style pulley that obviously won’t work with the V-belts on this car. Fortunately, they’re interchangeable. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Bolting up the new unit is as simple as removing the old one — and it doesn’t look out of place, either, except maybe in the most stringently stock engine compartments. In that case, an original-style alternator might be the better choice. Whichever alternator you choose, for a GM car from the 1960s with add-on electrical components, revising the original wiring layout is next.


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11 Rather than sending the power through the harness all the way to a wire junction near the horn relay, I instead ran a much thicker — and shorter — line from the back of the alternator to the starter power lug, which then connects to the battery through a beefy positive battery cable. I used a 6-ga wire from Summit Racing to handle the potential capacity of this new alternator. I also soldered in a six-inch section of 10-ga fusible link for circuit protection. Fusible link should be four sizes smaller than the wire it’s protecting — it exists to break the circuit if it overloads, and it’s more durable than a fuse, which can pop due to voltage spikes, as you might find when jump-starting. Bigger charging requires bigger wiring. 12 With power now feeding the battery directly, I unwrapped the wiring loom on the driver’s side fender to remove the original charging wire from the harness. While I was in here, I found the original three-wire alternator setup inside the loom. The brown wire that runs to the plug is handy here. January–February 2020 39


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 13 The CS130 alternator uses a special wiring plug, and Powermaster makes a nice unit that’s just the thing for alternator swaps. This comes with one pre-terminated wire with a built-in resistor that keeps power from backfeeding into the system, which could make the engine continue to run even after shutting off the ignition. This wire activates the alternator’s internal regulator (as opposed to engine speed, as with a one-wire alt), and as such, it needs to go to a 12V keyed ignition source. I tied it into the factory brown wire that originally led to the external regulator on the firewall. This wire also comes with an extra terminal for the sense port of the new alternator, which you can add if you choose to run a remote-sense wire — but it’s not required, as the CS is internally sensing, and we’re dealing with much larger diameter wiring in shorter sections, which eliminates most cases/occurrences of voltage drop. I then re-wrapped the harness with new black tape to keep things looking clean. 15 The new alternator, along with a larger main charge wire, means that the factory ammeter — a calibrated tool which measures the rate of charge across a length of wire — will no longer be anywhere near accurate. These can be dangerous, as many are unfused, run parallel to the main charge wire, and aren’t capable of handling the amperages put out by a CS-style alternator. As such, I elected to disconnect the wires for this car’s ammeter — one is located at the battery’s original junction on the core support, the other at the horn relay. The Holley ECU in this car has a built-in voltmeter that can handle the same task. 14 My new charging system prioritizes the battery rather than the old wiring junction in the harness, which is good for aftermarket systems that pull their power directly from the battery — fans, ECUs, etc. But now that power needs to make it over to the horn relay buss bar to feed the rest of the car. To help eliminate voltage drop between the battery and that spot, I used new wire, and protected it with a new fusible link at the factory battery junction block. From there, it connects to the horn relay opposite the original main power wire. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 16 After reinstalling the battery and a new 8-ga wire from the positive cable to the fender-mounted original power junction block, it was time to try out the new system. I verified all the connections were complete, reconnected the battery and fired up the car. With every accessory running, the new system has a solid 14.3 volts at the battery terminals, the horn relay and at the fuse box. Net result? The headlights are brighter, the wipers consistent, and the cooling fan blows strong — even at a lopey 750-rpm idle. A


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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 Burnouts Burnt Out? Chester Allen This month’s Readers’ Forum question comes to us from Steve S.: How do you feel about the ever-increasing proliferation of burnout contests at car shows? I don’t think it’s just me, an admitted old fogey, that’s becoming more and more annoyed with such a wasteful, polluting, eye-burning, inane, destructive spectacle. We all know the purpose of burnouts at the dragstrip — a necessary element of the science of that sort of racing. But even that is not taken to the point of destroying the tires. Far from it. Now, look, I’ve loved cars — working on them, racing them, collecting them, everything about them — since I started working in my dad’s garage at age 13, some 60 years ago. So though I’m an old fogey, I’m not a curmudgeon. I believe in letting everyone have fun as they see it until it impinges on others. And I think that’s what this burnout trend has started to do, especially as it begins to show up on the streets, as I’ve seen lately. But maybe it’s just me. What do you think? Readers respond: It is all part of the “selfie” generation. — Glenn DeFaber, via email n n n Burn, baby, burn! Brings me back to my teenage years. — Dan Bulzacchelli, via email n n n To me, an “old” guy, a burnout with front wheels locked is a joke and abuse of the vehicle — not just the tires. Don’t get me started on doughnuts! — Richard Wendt, via email n n n Back in the ’60s, chirping the tires in second gear was what we all strived for. ’62 Chevy 409s, Ford 406s, and Plymouth and Dodge 413s could catch rubber in all four gears. Ultimate cool! Doughnuts and tire-melting smoke-outs are absurd and meaningless entertainment for the naive. I used to roll downhill backwards so I could pop the clutch and burn the hell out of one tire on my mom’s ’53 Plymouth Cranbrook 6-banger (don’t ya tell her. I’m 75 and I still haven’t told her). — Denny Blair, via email 42 AmericanCarCollector.com n n n Burnouts are not burnt out. I was born in 1945 and lived on the East Coast during the muscle-car era. During my youth I was given many tickets for what police described as “exhibition of speed,” or what we would interpret as a burnout. My wife and I raced Super Stock class in the ’60s and early ’70s. We are car enthusiasts and for decades have attended NHRA drag races and car shows (we exhibit our 2009 Shelby GT500 KR). We personally haven’t observed much of an increase in burnouts. We have noticed an increase of exhibition of exhaust-sound displays — a contribution from manufacturers of modern muscle cars. We find the burnouts and exhibition of exhaust sounds entertaining. — Jim and Janie Stewart, via email n n n Enjoy them (burnouts) while you can... I doubt the future “electric eggs” (aka “cars”) will be able to do so! — Shawn Kolbe, via email n n n Burnouts are still KOOL! But they are best left for us serious street racers. We relegate the smoky blue haze and rubber dust to


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the streets, or for the occasional quick ego-torque-spin while idling, lurching and thumping through a parking lot on the way out to an undisclosed secret street race. However, you are expected to light ’em up in a bleach box at the drag strip. All that being said, don’t do it at some cheesy car show — that is just tacky and as bad as the guys who rev their exhaust to see who is the most obnoxious. Besides, the onewheel squeal is pathetic. — Robert M, via email n n n I agree with Steve S. 100%. Burnouts are also very hard on the equipment. Not only the tires, but the risk to the driveline, and that can be expensive to fix. Doing huge burnouts in an older Corvette with IRS means all sorts of U-joints could fail, flinging metal bits everywhere. The thought of a needle bearing flying out at 4,000 rpm is rather scary, eh? What about a later-model Corvette? The ball bearing inside a CV joint is equally scary. And it really isn’t a genuine measure of power. Anyone with an old pickup, a biggish torque-monster motor and snow tires can create a smoke cloud that makes the Trinity Test Site look like a campfire. Big deal. Would a responsible owner of a 911 Turbo do it? Doubtful. Sure, let Louis Hamilton do doughnuts environment, burnouts, driving cars off cliffs to see who can leap the farthest and many other wastes have nothing to do with auto enthusiasm, at least as far as I’m concerned. — Rob, via email n n n I’m an old fogey also (turned 70 this year) and I would never do that to any of my cars. I witnessed one of these displays at a local car show a few years ago where they had a concrete barrier in front of the cars as a safety precaution. One guy must have had a line-lock failure and he took out his front bumper, grille and hood. Pretty expensive “fun” in my book. — Dave Hollen, via email n n n after winning the F1 Driver’s Title — he earned that. But in general, meh. It strikes me as being a real waste of resources — tires, car parts, risk of injury, etc. It isn’t worth it. Winning a $1,000 set of tires by risking a $5,000 driveline sounds like a less-than-logical payoff! — Andy Bogus, via email n n n Are you kidding? The more burnouts, the better. They bring me back to my teenage years every time I hear one. I just put line locks on my ’72 Road Runner just for that reason. Next time at a car show that features a burnout area, see when the whole party stops talking about “a car they used to have” or “who really won that drag race 40 years ago” blah blah blah and starts watching a single car take over the show, each secretly wishing they would get a turn. Keep up the good work, drivers of those great classic hot rods that thrill all ages at shows. Others like myself spin tires anytime I can, even on my way to Home Depot. — Kevin Geigle, via email n n n Well, now you’ve done it. Insulted all the teen/Millennial hooli- gans. And I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always thought that burnout contests and even drifting are a waste of resources, destruction of tires, abuse of cars — many of which we’re trying to preserve — and a general disregard for the environment. e streets, or for the occasional quick ego-torque-spin while idling, lurching and thumping through a parking lot on the way out to an undisclosed secret street race. However, you are expected to light ’em up in a bleach box at the drag strip. All that being said, don’t do it at some cheesy car show — that is just tacky and as bad as the guys who rev their exhaust to see who is the most obnoxious. Besides, the one- wheel squeal is pathetic. — Robert M, via email n n n I agree with Steve S. 100%. Burnouts are also very hard on the equipment. Not only the tires, but the risk to the driveline, and that can be expensive to fix. Doing huge burnouts in an older Corvette with IRS means all sorts of U-joints could fail, flinging metal bits everywhere. The thought of a needle bearing flying out at 4,000 rpm is rather scary, eh? What about a later-model Corvette? The ball bearing inside a CV joint is equally scary. And it really isn’t a genuine measure of power. Anyone with an old pickup, a big- gish torque-monster motor and snow tires can create a smoke cloud that makes the Trinity Test Site look like a campfire. Big deal. Would a responsible owner of a 911 Turbo do it? Doubtful. Sure, let Louis Hamilton do doughnuts environment, burnouts, driving cars off cliffs to see who can leap the farthest and many other wastes have nothing to do with auto enthusi- asm, at least as far as I’m concerned. — Rob, via email n n n I’m an old fogey also (turned 70 this year) and I would never do that to any of my cars. I witnessed one of these displays at a local car show a few years ago where they had a concrete barrier in front of the cars as a safety precaution. One guy must have had a line-lock failure and he took out his front bumper, grille and hood. Pretty expensive “fun” in my book. — Dave Hollen, via email n n n after winning the F1 Driver’s Title — he earned that. But in general, meh. It strikes me as being a real waste of resources — tires, car parts, risk of injury, etc. It isn’t worth it. Winning a $1,000 set of tires by risking a $5,000 driveline sounds like a less-than-logical payoff! — Andy Bogus, via email n n n Are you kidding? The more burnouts, the better. They bring me back to my teenage years every time I hear one. I just put line locks on my ’72 Road Runner just for that reason. Next time at a car show that features a burnout area, see when the whole party stops talking about “a car they used to have” or “who really won that drag race 40 years ago” blah blah blah and starts watching a single car take over the show, each secretly wishing they would get a turn. Keep up the good work, drivers of those great classic hot rods that thrill all ages at shows. Others like myself spin tires anytime I can, even on my way to Home Depot. — Kevin Geigle, via email n n n Well, now you’ve done it. Insulted all the teen/Millennial hooli- gans. And I couldn’t be happier. I’ve always thought that burnout contests and even drifting are a waste of resources, destruction of tires, abuse of cars — many of which we’re trying to preserve — and a general disregard for the environment. It It really isn’t a genuine measure of power. Anyone with an old pickup, a biggish torque-monster motor and snow tires can create a smoke cloud that makes the Trinity Test Site look like a campfire. Frankly, I think they are stupid. I thought they were stupid when I was a kid and was supposed to love them, and I think they are stupid today. I remember standing in a Bloomington Gold parking lot and watching people fry tire after tire... one guy roasted a brand-new set and the crowd went wild. Not sure if the spectators or the car owners were more idiotic. I have no opinion about the noise or pollution or any of that stuff. I think if you own a performance car, you spend enough crazy money without throwing piles more on roasting tires for drunken people’s enjoyment. Did I say it was stupid? — Steve Giannangelo, via email n n n I spent a good part of the early ’60s racing Fuelie Corvettes at Pomona, working with Dyno Don Nicholson (eventually achieving an 11:80-second ET, 113 mph with a 352-ci stroked Ram Jet small block that remained my daily driver when corked up and with the slicks removed). There is NO RELATIONSHIP between a purposeful drag racing, straight-line burnout and a NASCAR-type “victory spin.” One increases TIRE BITE, in attempting to achieve a timing and speed goal, while the other displays an amateur’s lack of sanctioned racing skill and expensive vehicle and tire ABUSE! One is serious, while the other is simply squirrelly, stupid and reckless! — Robert DeMars, via email n n n Yep! Sorry, you’re getting old. Me too, for that matter, but as with most things, there’s a time and a place. I still think burnouts are cool and I like to see them. Again, time and place for it — not at a packed car show where someone might get hurt, but if the venue was small and it was safe, then by all means waste your tires if you want to. It’s your money. — Anonymous, via emailA


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CHEAP THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson BRONCO: THE SEQUEL Courtesy of Ford Motor Company 1984 Ford Bronco II: “Come back with something the skis fit in!” Good or bad — this was the true continuation of the original Ford Bronco W e still don’t have the new Ford Bronco that FoMoCo promised us at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. But if you want a Bronco that’s more modern than the drafty rattletrap 1966–77 first-gen, maybe it’s time to consider the true successor to the original: the 1984–1990 Bronco II. A chip off the old Ranger Just like the eventually-to-be-released 2021-and-beyond new Bronco, the Bronco II used Ford Ranger underpinnings. This included the 2.8-L Cologne V6 (the 2.0-L and 2.3-L from the Ranger were not offered). Bronco II was essentially a shortened Ford Ranger with a permanent wagon roof on the back, featuring fixed rear-quarter windows that rolled into the roofline and a full-size rear hatch. Several trim packages were available, generally following with the Ranger and the full-size Bronco, in XL, XLT, XLS and top-shelf Eddie Bauer editions. 1986 was a pretty big year for changes for the Bronco II. Originally exclusively in 4-wheel drive, a 2-wheel-drive version was made available. Four-wheel-drives now had “Touch-Drive” electric shifting for the transfer case. The standard engine became the 2.9-L V6 with electronic fuel injection. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 1989 was the other big year for change, as the Bronco II shared the same heavy restyle with new front clip, dashboard and interior fittings as the Ranger. Ford also stepped up the build quality of the Ranger with this refresh, most of which also carried over to the Bronco II. Yet the end was near for the Bronco II. The new-for-1991 Ford Explorer — in 2-door and 4-door form — was introduced in early 1990, and the Bronco II was discontinued. The Explorer was longer, better riding and more stable. Don’t tip the driver The Bronco II had a propensity to roll over when attempting evasive maneuvers — much like the Jeep CJ-7 and Suzuki Samurai. Folks bought and used these SUVs like any other car — but they don’t handle like a car. They have a higher center of gravity, exacerbated by the short wheelbase and greater amount of glass higher up than a 4x4 Ranger (glass being heavier than sheet steel). While the NHTSA found that the roll-over rate for the Bronco II is similar to all other 1980s preSUVs, it’s still better suited for trails than freeways. The heaviest attrition of Bronco IIs is actually from daily use in the snow and salt belt — where your typical drivers tend to be more attuned to contending with a given vehicle’s idiosyncrasies as part


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Detailing Years produced: 1984–90 Number produced: 764,498 Original list price: $10,860 Current ACC Median Valuation: $3,000–$7,500 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Top of the dashboard on the driver’s side, driver’s door-jamb decal Engine # location: Driver’s side front of the engine block, just below the cylinder head Alternatives: 1983–92 Ford Ranger,1980–96 Ford Bronco,1983–94 Chevrolet S-10 / GMC S-15 Jimmy ACC Investment Grade: D In stock form, they’ve become a curiosity in the This 1987 Eddie Bauer edition sold for $12,650 at Mecum’s 2017 Chicago auction B. Mitchell Carlson of winter driving. The Bronco II’s short wheelbase may make for a rougher ride and give it tricky high-speed handling, but was desirable for use with a snowplow. With lower resale values than Rangers in lesser conditions, they were generally run into the ground and then junked or parted out. A specialty collector truck Yet if you know that you don’t use hammers to drive screws and you don’t take a C7 Corvette trail riding when it’s snowing, the Bronco II may be for you. It has something of a niche following among off-roaders. collector-vehicle world, and prices are starting to see some upward movement. With vintage trucks, MPVs and SUVs continuing to do well — with most collectors giving them limited, careful use — the few original lower-mile Bronco II 4x4s are starting to ride on their coattails. Even at the start of the vintage-truck craze a decade ago, highercondition Bronco IIs began to outpace Rangers in price — and continue to do so. Now that Ford has all but abandoned car sales in North America, perhaps a few well-cared-for original Bronco IIs kept for posterity will remind us that we should be careful of what we want — and told that we want — as we may actually get it. A January–February 2020 45


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HORSEPOWER Jay Harden IGNORANCE is BLISS Would you tell a non-car friend to buy a classic daily driver? For a non-car-guy looking for a classic daily driver, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle isn’t a bad way to go — maybe I was working a crossword puzzle during my lunch break one day back in college when a friend interrupted me by throwing a sport-bike magazine down on the cafeteria table. He slid into the seat next to me and announced, “There it is! That’s the one.” He pointed to a picture of a race-ready machine being hooned down an open straightaway on one wheel. “Badass,” I said, and returned to my crossword. We had already been through this, and I wasn’t sure what else to say. My friend had come to me a week or two earlier seeking advice on which shiny crotch-rocket was best. My response? None of them. I’m terrible at accepting advice, and I know all too well the seductive power of shiny loud bits. But my friend’s experience straddled atop a motorcycle was limited to having once ridden his cousin’s best friend’s dirt bike for about 10 minutes. When I tried to explain what 100 horsepower in a 500-pound package meant in terms of his life expectancy, he was none too pleased. I encouraged him to buy a used dirt bike and spend some time with me in the trails for a year or two and then reconsider. Instead, he convinced himself that I was joking. My friend went on to buy that bike he pointed out on the cover of that magazine. He also managed to total it and break a couple of bones before he even acquired his permit. Adding insult to injury, he hadn’t even managed to insure it yet. In the end, he did the right thing — he swallowed his pride and choked down his losses, but he hasn’t ridden a motorcycle since. At the time, I felt bad for attempting to shoot down my friend’s interest in that bike, but I couldn’t help myself. My experience growing up riding and driving everything I could get my hands on was enough for me to know things were likely going to end badly for him. He came to me for advice, but what I had to say was so far from what he was hoping to hear that he chose to ignore it altogether. 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Dream Chevelle A different, less-impulsive friend recently ap- proached me to ask about muscle cars. He had finally convinced his wife that it was time to start shopping for something loud and fun. I always get excited at the prospect of spending someone else’s money, so I was in. I will admit, though, that I was surprised that this particular friend was so serious about picking up some old-school American muscle. He’s a successful businessman in his mid-40s, so I know the cash flow isn’t a problem, but the only inclination I’ve ever had that he was even remotely interested in classic cars was a passing compliment or two for my own Chevelle. But hey, the market is growing because of guys like this. We needed to talk budget and timeline, but, most importantly, I wanted to get a sense of how he was planning to use the car. Did he want a weekend cruiser or a show car? Something to drive and enjoy or something to preserve as a collectible with the intention of turning a profit? Either way, I was happy to help, even if we were just going to be window-shopping. I began thinking about the best car for a guy in my friend’s situation. He has a couple of young kids, no discernible mechanical abilities, and a limited toolkit,


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but is sharp as a tack and very much a see-it-through-to-the-end kind of guy. He mentioned that his ideal candidate would be a ’70 Chevelle, but he was open to suggestions. With those things in mind, a Chevelle really did seem like a great place to start. Not only are they plentiful, easy to work on (or easy to find someone else who can work on it), and overwhelmingly supported by the aftermarket, they’re big, roomy, and perfect for spirited family cruising. I wasn’t convinced the 1970 model year was the right choice for him, but that decision would and should be influenced by one of my earlier questions: How was he planning to use the car? When we finally had an opportunity to chat, I asked that exact question. It turns out that my friend was working under the assump- The old-car life is fun, but I’ve lived it long enough to know the importance of a modern daily driver, too. tion that he would trade his daily-driver Tacoma for a daily-driver Chevelle and off he’d go to daycare and then the office. Cue the record scratch. You want to do what? In that moment, I flashed back to my old college buddy and the aftermath of biting off more than he could chew. Can you live with an old car as a daily driver if you haven’t ever really been around them? What about adding kids into the mix — doctors’ appointments, student-teacher conferences, etc.? With the right car — one with no up-front visible issues — it might just work. Or it might just turn a long-held dream into a nightmare of both big and little issues that never seem to get fixed. As a guy who tries to use his own old car all the time, I was stumped about what to tell him. The old-car life is fun, but I’ve lived it long enough to know the importance of a modern daily driver, too. I felt myself preparing to pivot out of the conversation completely. But then I pivoted back. Like Steinbeck once wrote, “No one wants advice — only corroboration.” Who am I to say to what lengths my friend is willing to go in order to live the muscle-car dream? He asked me to help him search for the right car, not to talk him out of anything, right? I thought about it for a while — and about my friend with the motorcycle — and then suggested something more modern than that ’70. How about one of Mopar’s SRT machines or a Pontiac G8 GXP? Back seats, modern reliability, muscle soul. Is it the same thing? No, not really. But it’ll still be a lot of fun while being easier to live with as an only car. Here’s hoping he makes the right call for him — and understands what he really wants and why he really wants it. A Something like a Pontiac G8 GXP can provide firepower in a more practical package January–February 2020 47


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ON THE ROAD Elana Scherr WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME The Local: It’s not a car show. It’s a community I t could be a bar, or a diner, or the closest Starbucks. There are only two rules defining what qualifies as “The Local.” One is that it is conveniently close, the place you go when you want to be out of your house — but not too far from it. The other is that you might see people you know there, like a party, but you won’t have to clean up after they leave. For me, it’s not a bar or a restaurant that I turn to when I want company, but a car meet — the Mopar Club’s semiannual show and swapmeet in Van Nuys, CA. Chrysler Performance West (CPW) has been putting on the Fall and Spring Fling shows for more than 20 years (24 for the Fall show and 33 for Spring, if you’re making a spreadsheet). I went to my first one in the late ’90s with my neighbor Damion. It was a huge deal. We were college kids living in Hollywood and this was a car show way out in the San Fernando Valley — 15 miles on the map, but another world in Los Angeleno terms. Getting there required waking up at an unreasonable hour so we’d make it before the good stuff was gone. In hindsight, we probably left around 7:30 am, which to a veteran swapmeeter isn’t nearly early enough to get there before the good stuff is gone, but to a college kid it was unreasonable. Tarps and treasures Damion drove a light green 1973 Dodge Charger, and I remember he was on the hunt for a Plymouth Road Runner. I wasn’t on the hunt for anything. I just thought it was cool to poke around in the piles. At that first show, I think I bought some door handles for a Challenger and a sales brochure for a ’67 Barracuda, neither of which I owned at that time. I didn’t own a car at all. I didn’t even have a license. I followed Damion around like a puppy, making wild guesses about which cars we were 48 AmericanCarCollector.com Harold Pope, original owner of my Challenger — or as we still refer to it, Harold’s Challenger. He never sees me without narrowing his eyes and asking, “How’s my Challenger?” looking at or what cars a pile of parts might become. A few years later, I bought my first car there — a triple-white 1973 Plymouth Duster. It was a complete car, so I still didn’t have any good reason to buy things in the swapmeet, but that didn’t stop me from doing so. You just never know when you might need a 1971 Monaco


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owner’s manual or a Direct Connection window decal. I was almost relieved when parts started getting scarce enough, and thus expensive enough, that I couldn’t casually pick up a tunnel-ram intake just because it would look cool on the coffee table. Eventually I did get a project car — a 1972 Challenger, at which point I realized that the door handle I’d bought a few years earlier was for a ’Cuda, and they aren’t the same. I used it anyway. It fit — it just wasn’t quite right. Flings and friends Spending more time looking for parts meant meeting more people, and somewhere along the line going to the Flings became less about seeing cars and more about seeing friends. When I met Tom and Another rule of The Local is that things change slowly, and even if you miss a visit or two, when you go back, the same people will be sitting in the same places, having the same conversations about the same cars they “could have picked up for $300 back in 1981.” It’s very comforting. moved to the Valley, our house was less than a mile from the park where the show was held. Talk about conveniently close! Folks from out of town started staying with us for the weekend, and the show turned into late-night wrenching and beer drinking in our backyard. Probably more beer than wrenching. We’d wake up the next morning with headaches and burn them off with food-truck breakfast burritos while we compared deals on damp blue tarps. The Fling became a waypoint along the year, like Thanksgiving or the Fourth of July. People didn’t even call anymore to see if we were going; they just assumed we were, and they were right. I missed a few here and there because of other travel overlaps, but another rule of The Local is that things change slowly, and even if you miss a visit or two, when you go back, the same people will be sitting in the same places, having the same conversations about the same cars they “could have picked up for $300 back in 1981.” It’s very comforting. A car community Of course, even if things change slowly, things do change. The show still starts early, and I still get there late, but when I arrived last time, I noticed that there were fewer old cars parked along the street. It used to be that the cars people drove to the show were as good or better than the show cars. I guess we’re all getting soft, wanting air conditioning and 30 mpg. Once inside, the swap was small, and the show cars familiar, but there are other events I go to in order to see rare machines. What I wanted from the Fling was the people, and there it delivered. I waved to Sean, sitting by his wing car, and hugged Diane — she has a Satellite — and then Lynn, a fellow Polara owner. Lynn once brought me some super-cool mid-century modern throw pillows because she’d been to the house for one of the pre-show parties and knew my decor. So yeah, the parts section is better on eBay, but nobody online is going to bring you presents or call you over to play with a Basset Hound puppy ’cause they know you love dogs. Where does that happen but at your Local? It’s not a car show, it’s a community, and I’m grateful to be a part of it. A January–February 2020 49


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CORVETTE PROFILE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE Reborn Resto A rebuilt title doesn’t outweigh this car’s resto-mod market boost VIN: IA26469 by John L. Stein • 5.7-L, 405-hp LS6 engine • Tremec 5-speed gearbox • VBP suspension • 1963 body panels and doors • 1967 stinger hood • 1967 sidemount exhausts • 1967 turbine wheels • NVU programmable instrument cluster • Vintage Air a/c system • AM/FM Bluetooth radio • Less than 1,000 miles since completion • “Rebuilt” title ACC Analysis This car, Lot 693, sold for $99,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, NV, on October 5, 2019. Valuing classic, original Corvettes isn’t always straightforward, but when those cars are largely original, coming up with an apples-to-apples comparison — and therefore a barometer for value — isn’t challenging. But while the market prices for stock collector cars are sliced, diced and defined to a fare-thee-well, all bets are off when it comes to valuing modified cars. Everyone has their own definition of automotive art — meaning that if a particular blown In Violet ’Cuda, slammed Chevy C10 or Pro Street bullet-nose Studebaker really twangs your strings, you’ll pay what’s required to get it and the seller wins. But resto- 50 AmericanCarCollector.com mods can be dangerous, too: If that same modded mound of Americana strikes no one’s fancy but the builder’s, why, he’s got himself a nice, shiny money pit. Dig? Mystery machine Chevrolet’s St. Louis plant pumped out more than 21,500 first-year Sting Rays for ’63, including 10,919 convertibles like this. And I say “like this” because this fairly stock-looking ’Vette is anything but. According to the American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide, the median value for these drop-tops ranges from $44,000 for a 250-hp base convertible to $250,000 for the factory race-spec Z06 (if you can find one). Leaving the unicorn Z06 off the table then, the next highest ’63 Sting Ray convertible is the 360-hp L84 Fuelie at $88,000. What does this mean insofar as the $99k sale price of this B-J auction lot is concerned? Sometimes more Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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information lies in what is not said on the auction card rather than what is said. For starters, we don’t know what the car’s original engine was, nor whether it had a Powerglide automatic or 3- or 4-speed manual transmission. Likewise, we don’t know how much of the body — or frame, for that matter — is original, and we don’t know anything of the car’s history. This mosaic of missing data suggests that this auction lot was built up from the remnants of a wrecked or castoff convertible (as suggested by its “rebuilt” title and non-Chevrolet VIN). The build was completed in 2018. Due to the public display of this presumably difficult past, I think it’s pretty impressive that this ’63 custom ’Vette garnered almost $100k at auction — but that says a lot about today’s resto-mod marketplace. The price Barrett-Jackson achieved is more than the median value for any other 1963–64 Sting Ray convertibles (Z06 excepted), and is identical to ACC’s value assessment of the 1965 big-block 396-ci convertible and the final-mid-year 1967 427 coupe. Those changes from stock helped a lot here. An expert amalgam As outlined in the bullet points in the intro, this ’Vette was resto-modded to look like a mid-year convertible with different elements from 1963 to 1967. So it’s faithful to its era in that regard, and yet still packs a larger and more powerful engine underhood. Otherwise, this resto-Vette was spec’d, equipped and built to be driven, with a more flexible 5-speed Tremec gearbox, power steering and disc brakes (the latter of which didn’t appear on the ’Vette spec-sheet until 1965), electronic instrumentation, aftermarket air conditioning, and Bluetooth-enabled audio, so you can stream “Tach it up, tach it up/Buddy gonna shut you down” from your smartphone anytime. And then go shut somebody down. I like that the car has been kept authentic, generally using components and design elements that were available in period — powertrain excepted. Even the admittedly “Hey, lookee here!” Nassau Blue racing stripes over Arctic White paint aren’t over the top. With safety equipment, roundels and numbers added, this car wouldn’t be too out of place in a NASA race. Big red “R” At the end of the day, this is a nicely done first-year Sting Ray with carefully selected mods that a well-moneyed Corvette enthusiast might have done in the day — plus some, thanks to the engine, 5-speed, electronic instrumentation and modernized suspension and radial tires. Unfortunately, this car also has a vacuous past (i.e., no history records, and missing its original build 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 324/250 coupe Lot 231, VIN: 30837S117928 Condition: 2 Sold at $74,550 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/22/2019 ACC# 6897256 January–February 2020 51 DETAILING Years produced: 1963–67 Number produced: 10,919 (1963) Original list price: $4,037 Current ACC Median Valuation: $44,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 (estimated) VIN location: Cross brace under glovebox Engine # location: Left rear side of engine block (LS engine) Alternatives: 1963 Corvette 327 L75 coupe, 1965 Corvette 396 L78 convertible, 1967 Corvette 427 L36 coupe sheet), a non-Chevrolet VIN, a title loudly tattooed with a big red “R” (for “Rebuilt”), and zero information about the period-authenticity of, well, anything on the car — even the body panels and frame rails. It’s as if this lovely creation is as ethereal as a ghost. Ninety-nine grand for a ghost? That would defi- nitely give me pause — not because of the car itself, but because of the questions I wouldn’t ever be able If you wanted to build something similar, you’d have to spend close to $40k for a donor car and then do all these mods, making the total spent much higher than the price paid here. to answer for my friends. But I’m not everyman, and I recognize that lots of folks respond to “the thing” more powerfully than they respond to “the thing’s history.” This is especially true with customized, modernized cars. Plus, if you wanted to build something similar, you’d have to spend close to $40k for a donor car and then do all these mods, making the total spent much higher than the price paid here. All things considered, for a cool driver, I’d have to call this adopted orphan well bought. Let’s just hope the buyer asked some good questions at auction though, because they’ll need the full story on that se- rial number when it comes time to sell the car. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 convertible Lot S212.1, VIN: 30867S120414 Condition: 2+ Sold at $46,010 ACC# 6905988 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 coupe Lot FR0189, VIN: 30837S121074 Condition: 3+ Sold at $82,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/25/2019 ACC# 6907025 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA, 6/22/2019


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GM PROFILE 1967 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 427 Living Large Courtesy of Mecum Auctions This was the highest expression of performance in a family hard top from Chevrolet VIN: 168877L166557 by John L. Stein • 427-ci V8 engine • 425-hp and 460 ft-lb of torque • Muncie M21 4-speed transmission • Moroso Positraction differential • Power steering • Drum brakes • Emerald Turquoise paint with black vinyl top • Black interior • Frame-off restoration in 2010 • MCACN Gold award winner ACC Analysis This car, Lot S139, sold for $118,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Mecum Las Vegas auction on October 12, 2019. In the days before Pony cars and muscle cars, big American sleds with big V8 engines ruled. Roomy enough to hold up to six people inside, and fast enough to scare your friends, they were exactly right for the days of cheap gas, the Swinging ’60s, and the cultural revolution. This Impala brought impressive money at the Sin City auction, owing to its award-winning restoration and equipment list. Of the hundreds of thousands of family-oriented Impalas built during the time, with both 6-cylinder and V8 engines, very few L72 427s were made, and even fewer are still around today. Let’s walk through the options list on this car, start- ing with the L72 427 engine. GM made it possible for a family man to be able to equip a daily-driver hard top with an engine just like the one their bachelor friend had in his Corvette. But the hard top could serve double duty as a family hauler, grocery-getter, vacation cruiser and go-to-church-on-Sunday machine. 52 AmericanCarCollector.com The Corvette? Not so much. Upsides to this car include terrific performance for a big boat, a high degree of exclusivity thanks to that hallowed 427 mill, and admirable comfort… as long as you don’t hook it into any sharp turns. Hardly a slight car, a period Impala quickly reaches its dynamic limits when the road turns curvy. That by no means diminishes the value of this car, because it simply is what it is: the highest expression of performance available in a family hard top from Chevrolet in the day. It’s all about the V8 With Mustangs and Camaros, GTOs and Corvettes already duking it out for superiority at stoplights all across America, a Big Bertha like the ’67 Impala needed something special under its hood to earn respect. This one has it. Rated at 425 hp, the L72 427-ci V8 in


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this car is said to also develop 460 ft-lb of torque. Atop its iron block (cast in December 1966, by the way, but auction materials did not say it’s original to this car) are square-port cylinder heads, and inside are a forged-steel crankshaft, aluminum pistons and solid lifters. Lurking above is an aluminum intake manifold fed by a 780-cfm Holley 4-barrel inhaling through a twin-snorkel air cleaner, and spent gasses are offed by cast-iron manifolds and dual exhausts. The driver can keep tabs on all seven liters via a 7,000-rpm tachometer. $118k is a big price for a big car, and it all comes down to that engine. Chevrolet By the Numbers shows that for 1967, only 11 L72 engines were assembled for passenger cars such as the Impala — and yet some 66,510 1967 Impala SS 2-door hard tops were built. The auction information leaves it way open for interpretation whether this car was originally so equipped, but it had been owned in its current configuration by a prior owner since the early 1980s, before cars like this were worth swapping into reality. Still, absolute, concrete proof of this car’s originality would be big news in the Chevy community. Below decks is a Muncie M21 4-speed transmission, and out back is a short 4.56:1 Moroso Power Brute Positraction axle — just right for claiming ownership of an equally short section of road outside of town. Although the Corvette was in its third year of 4-wheel disc brakes by ’67, the Impala has drums all around (yikes!), but at least there’s power steering to help turn the beast. Nice and quirky All the right stuff’s there on this SS, including un- derstated turquoise paint over a black interior, bucket seats, three pedals, full wheel covers over steel wheels and bias-ply tires, and those famous big ol’ Rat motor orange valve covers. And yet there are some oddities and “misses” in the presentation too. They’re small. One is a slightly peeling “Turbo-Jet” decal on the aircleaner housing; another is a misaligned “427” script on one of the front fenders. For what it’s worth, the entire package was good DETAILING Year produced: 1967 Number produced: 11 (all L72 Chevrolet passenger cars) Original list price: $3,003 (base) Current ACC Median Valuation: $46,500 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Driver’s door jamb Engine # location: Pad on engine block, ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head Alternatives: 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 Cammer, 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS 427, 1966 Dodge Polara Hemi enough to earn a Gold Award at the 2011 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Chicago, a year after its restoration. That’s a decade in the rear-view mirror now, but does it really matter? Not particularly, in that a showboat of this sort isn’t likely to get enough use — nor robust enough use — to require expensive replacement of perishable items such as tires, brake cylinders and the like. What value hugeness? Since this Impala 427 sold in the low-six-figure range, I thought it would be interesting to see what other options exist for the magic “427” power of the same era. Referencing the American Car Collector Pocket Price guide, here’s a list of attainable Corvettes and their median values: 1966 Corvette coupe 425-hp L72, $84,500; 1967 Corvette coupe 435-hp L71, $159,500; 1968 Corvette coupe 435-hp L89, $79,500; and 1969 Corvette coupe 435-hp L71, $105,500. So as you can see, the Impala detailed here is premium priced, both for an Impala SS and for most 427-ci ’Vettes of the era. But there’s a lot to be said for rarity, as well as having Corvette power with seating for five. Call this one well sold — but for a big-block Impala fanatic, it was probably well bought, too. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 L72 Lot S684, VIN: 168877L166557 (subject car) Condition: 2+ Sold at $51,700 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/20/2014 ACC# 244407 1968 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 L36 Lot 5091, VIN: 164878S148068 Condition: 2 Sold at $51,700 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 5/9/2014 ACC# 243681 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 427 L36 Lot S178, VIN: 168877L130736 Condition: 2 Sold at $51,840 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/17/2014 ACC# 232401 January–February 2020 53


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FOMOCO PROFILE 1995 FORD MUSTANG SVT COBRA R Rare Racer Modern Mustang popularity is increasing, and guys like me remember these fondly from our early 20s VIN: 1FALP42C4SF213613 by Sam Stockham • Number 38 of 250 cars built in 1995 • 5.8-L V8, 5-speed manual • Manual seats and windows, rear seat delete • Initially sold only to customers holding a competition license • All original, no dealer prep • 318 actual miles • Paint correction, recent ceramic coating • Factory invoice, window sticker, Ford Certificate of Authenticity ACC Analysis This car, Lot 478, sold for $38,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction held October 3–5, 2019. For as far back as any of us can remember, the allure drawn to a product through its appearance or exclusivity has been a cornerstone of marketing. Every ad man worth his scotch and pitch cards knows that giving a product a little sex appeal is the easiest way to score top dollar and move units. If you are selling cars to guys, make the car curvy, make it look fast, and put a nice-looking girl in the ad next to it. Simple, right? Or you can do what Ford did when introducing the 1995 Mustang Cobra R and strip the car of all options, color choices and outward sex appeal, do very little marketing and sell all of them before they were even produced to people who needed to meet licensing 54 AmericanCarCollector.com requirements. Okay, so I left a few key points out that do appeal to men buying cars. The sex appeal here lies in the intended use of the car, and that was to take it racing. The mystique lies in the 250 produced, so to own one means that you are a perceived member of the global automotive elite, right? Uh, sure. A new Mustang The SN-95 Mustang was launched in 1994, looking like a committee-designed jellybean with a spoiler. While not aesthetically offensive, it never blew anyone’s hair back. It did, however, incorporate some classic Mustang design cues: The three-bar taillights look nostalgic if you are lying down, and the door Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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DETAILING Year produced: 1995 Number produced: 250 Original list price: $38,000 Current ACC Median Valuation: $31,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 (estimate) VIN location: Driver’s side dash, under windshield Engine # location: Right side of block Alternatives: 1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 1LE, 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R, 2003 Ford Mustang Cobra ACC Investment Grade: C Comps scoops don’t tie into the fender line quite right, but it was a nice try. The Cobra R package, however, was dull by design. The only color was white — why bother with anything flashier when the cars were destined to be stickered up by race sponsors? The bulged hood was developed specifically for the R and was necessary to cover the added deck height of the 351. The Cobra R wheels were a highlight and looked especially good on the pre-’93 Fox-body cars. Faster Pony The R was a good step up for Ford in terms of per- formance. The iconic 5.0, in its last year of Mustang production, was given the boot for its stroked brother, the 351 Windsor, producing 300 horsepower and 365 ft-lb of torque. Those were good numbers, but If there was ever a time to buy one of these, it’s now, even though appreciation has been flat. Paying $38,500 today is like paying $19,000 for one 24 years ago, which is what you would have paid for a brand-new GT coupe. consider the Camaro Z28 was pushing 275 hp from a 350-ci mill. A stronger Tremec 5-speed transmission dealt with the additional power nicely and kept shifts smooth, long after the T-5 would have lost its thirdgear blocker ring. The R was packed with other race goodies too — goodies that pointed its use directly at the track, even though Ford knew much of the equipment would be changed out. Cooling was a main focus, with a bigger radiator and power-steering cooler. Cooling the occupants was out, as the a/c system was left on the factory shelf for 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R weight savings. There was extra cooling for the twopiston PBR brakes through the factory fog-light holes, and it was desperately needed. The progressive-rate springs, while stiffer, were usually tossed in favor of a specific rate, and the tan bar stools called front seats were put to work in front of a video-game system for your 10-year-old, whom you weren’t taking for a ride because the back seat was left at the factory, too. A market price This particular car sold where it should in today’s market. Being a 318-mile example, the only eyeopener is the “paint correction” stated in the auction description. That could mean the seller’s 10-year-old whacked it with the lawn mower in the garage while on a break from his video games, but it’s also a required step in most modern ceramic-coating processes. Either way, it did not seem to have an effect on price. Unfortunately, being the blandest of the R-model variants, these cars aren’t quite getting the love that they deserve in the marketplace. There were many R cars that did get raced, but there were still plenty that got put away for future speculation, just like this one. Hindsight being 20/20, if you were a speculator in 1995, you got clobbered on your investment of the $38,000 MSRP. If there was ever a time to buy one of these, it’s now, even though appreciation has been flat. Paying $38,500 today is like paying $19,000 for one 24 years ago, which is what you would have paid for a brand-new GT coupe. While I don’t see these going through the roof anytime soon, a car like this should hedge inflation. Modern Mustang popularity is increasing, and guys like me remember these fondly from our early 20s. The new owner won’t lose money here — but I hope sex appeal for the model was the driving force here. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) January–February 2020 55 1995 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R Lot F229, VIN: 1FALP42C9SF213591 Condition: 1 Sold at $38,500 Lot 393.1, VIN: 1FALP42C3SF213635 Condition: 1 Sold at $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/11/2019 ACC# 6899774 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/6/2017 ACC# 6816808 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Lot 103, VIN: 1FAFP42R63F373141 Condition: 1 Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/10/2016 ACC# 6799802


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MOPAR PROFILE 1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX Mopar Flexes Market Muscle David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Bottom line, this was one of the best Mopars on the market this year VIN: RS23R1G125086 by Dale Novak • One of only 19 Hemi GTXs produced with automatic transmission in 1971 • Documented with the broadcast sheet, consumer info sheet and warranty pamphlet • Approximately 40 miles since restoration • Matching-numbers 426 Hemi engine • Matching-numbers 727 automatic transmission • A34 Super Trak Pak with Dana Suregrip 4.10 gears • Factory N96 Air Grabber hood with hold-down pins ACC Analysis This car, Lot F140, sold for $253,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Dallas, TX, sale on September 6, 2019. America’s muscle car had a formula: Start with something lightweight, stuff a huge engine in it, beef up the suspension and drivetrain and make sure it could hook up. In the case of the 1967 Plymouth GTX, the formula worked well. The standard Super Commando 440 mill was a potent beast that delivered 375 hp. If that wasn’t enough to pin you to the seat, buyers could step up to the 426 Hemi, which came to play with 425 hp on tap. From 1968 to 1970, the GTX had evolved to a more universally recognizable muscle car, with an aerodynamic NASCAR-style rear deck, Air Grabber hood, body stripes and an optional deck spoiler out back. The single 4-bbl 440 continued to be the base option along with the optional 426 Hemi. New for 1970 was a 440+6 “V-code” option with 390 hp. Hello 1971 By the end of the 1970 model year, insurance com- panies, gas prices and new government regulations began to take a toll. It wasn’t that American muscle was dead on arrival, but a phase-out was in the works — especially given the coming new emissions standards. That final nail in the coffin choked the life out of nearly all of America’s muscle machines. 1971 was the last year of the GTX as its own distinctive model. Future models (1972–74) were badged as


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an extension of the Road Runner. The all-new “fuselage” body style, although appearing longer than its 1970 predecessor, actually utilized a one-inch-shorter wheelbase along with a wider rear track. It was a love-it-or-hate-it style — personally, I’m in the love-it camp, but I’m a pushover for Hemi-powered Mopars. A “two-tag” Mopar One thing Chrysler did right was to identify models and engines within the VIN. This makes building a fake high-dollar Mopar pretty tough. VINs are stamped all over the car, and the fifth digit in the sequence identifies the engine — in this case the R-code 426 Hemi. Our subject car was also so laden with options that they didn’t all fit on one fender tag. Factory option codes would spill over to a second tag. Those cars, in Mopar speak, are known as “two-tag” cars. They’re quite rare. That makes our one-of-19-Hemi-with-an-automatic- transmission GTX much rarer than it might appear on the surface. I’m sure the bidders on this example knew that. That rarity aided in what may seem like a huge final bid. Big money for a big car Per the Mecum website, there were about 1,000 cars up for grabs at the Dallas sale. Our subject car was the highest sale over the three-day event. The seller, who is a very well-known Mopar collector, brought ten of his prized possessions to the block. Eight of them changed hands. This car was restored by Dave Dudek, who is also very well known in Mopar circles. He owns one of the go-to shops for serious Dodge and Plymouth musclecar restorations. His attention to detail has led to some of the highest Mopar prices at auction. Piling on to the already excellent pedigree of our subject car, this GTX remains very fresh, with only 40 miles on the restoration. Plus, in addition to the original numbers-matching elephant 426 Hemi under the hood, there is decent original paperwork. This all points to a best-of-the-best opportunity. Well bought or sold? First and foremost, this is one hell of a rare ma- chine. There just weren’t a bunch of these built and sold in 1971. Per the ACC Pocket Price Guide, that number is 30 Hemi GTXs sold in 1971 (other sources claim 32). Of those, there’s no telling how many are left — especially those still powered by their original engines. Our subject car checks a bunch of the boxes needed for an American muscle car to ring the auction bell. Fastidious collector? Check. Correct and proper restoration by a marque expert? Check. Verifying original documentation? Check. The list goes on to include a ton of options, numbers-matching engine and transmission, a great color combination and a verifiable number built — meaning one of only 19 examples with the Hemi mated to the automatic transmission. Check, check, and check, please. The current price guide suggests a median value pegged at $117,000. The main issue is a lack of peerto-peer comps — with the two highest sales for 440 examples coming in at $88,000 and $77,000. Plus, these sales date back more than a few years, so while they are viable as a backstop, they have little to no bearing on the sale price of our subject vehicle. A black 1971 Hemi GTX with a bench seat and 4-speed transmission sold for $130,000 in 2015. In the world of collectible-car values, that’s a very long time. To add to this, that car and our subject car don’t comp out very well. Our subject GTX is simply a more striking example. Bottom line, this was one of the best Mopars on the market this year. Given an increased interest in lateryear muscle — especially a spot-on, super-rare 1971 Hemi GTX that represents the last of the breed — I’d call this a market-correct sale, if not slightly well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) This is one hell of a rare machine. There just weren’t a bunch of these built and sold in 1971. Per the ACC Pocket Price Guide, that number is 30 Hemi GTXs sold in 1971. Of those, there’s no telling how many are left — especially those still powered by their original engines. 1971 Plymouth GTX 2-door hard top Lot T213, VIN: RS23V1E103108 Condition: 2 Sold at $88,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/21/2016 ACC# 6800011 DETAILING Years produced: 1967–71 Number produced: 2,942 in 1971, 30 to 32 with Hemi power Original list price: $4,480 Current ACC Median Valuation: $117,000 Tune-up/major service: $350 VIN location: Top of left side dash panel, visible through windshield Engine # location: Fifth digit of VIN, partial VIN on radiator cradle and oil-pan rail Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1971 Dodge Charger Hemi ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top Lot 39, VIN: BS23R1B204626 Condition: 1Sold at $418,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2018 ACC# 6856543 1971 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner Lot 2477, VIN: RM23R1R105122 Condition: 1- Not sold at $92,500 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/17/2012 ACC# 196856 January–February 2020 57


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM PROFILE 1932 FORD ROADSTER Starter Deuce ©2019 Courtesy of RM Auctions This bargain ’32 Ford Highboy roadster is just the first step on a potential road to greatness VIN: 181592274 In the 1970s, a shortage of usable roadsters led to by Ken Gross • Offered from the collection of Jack Dunning • Professional build by Glenn and Randy Hatcher • Brookville steel body and chassis • 1939 Ford flathead V8 engine and driveline ACC Analysis This car, Lot 431, sold for $65,450, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ sale in Hershey, PA, on October 11, 2019. Hot-rodders covet 1932 Fords, especially roadsters. From the outset, the ’32 came equipped with the first edition of Ford’s doughty flathead V8, iconic styling and a paucity of weight with its fenders removed. So it didn’t take long before hot-rodders began buying up every “Deuce” roadster available. the creation of fiberglass replica bodies, first by Dee Wescott, then others. Reality check But serious rodders wanted real “Henry” steel. The trouble is, most of those bodies required extensive restoration work, and they had become very expensive even in rough condition. So Ray Gollahon and his son Kenny, in Brookville, OH, bought the requisite vintage stamping machines, tooled up, and began turning out exact replica all-steel ’32 roadsters. Brookville Roadster’s products are highly re- spected, and the Ohio factory will sell you a roller — a properly jigged Deuce roadster body on reproduction frame rails, with axles, brakes and wheels — for about $60,000 with all the options. In this case, the buyer got a running car for the price of a bare-steel “roller.” That’s a good deal, but bear with me for a minute. The seller, Jack Dunning, probably paid a lot more than $65k for the car you see here. He commissioned builders Glenn and Randy Hatcher to do the assembly work. A ’39 Ford donated its engine, hydraulic drum brakes, a sturdy 3-speed floor-shift transmission and a rugged Ford banjo rear end. The auction description is short on detail, but there’s a proper ’32 Ford 18-prefix VIN number. The engine appears to be the stock ’39 Ford 24- stud flathead, slightly modified with an Offenhauser triple intake manifold, topped with three Stromberg 97s. There’s a set of finned aluminum Offy highcompression heads as well. The two end carbs have blocking plates, which makes sense because triple 97s would overwhelm a stock ’39 Ford 221-ci V8.


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DETAILING Year produced: 1932 Number produced: 6,893 DeLuxe Roadsters; 520 Standard Roadsters Current ACC Median Valuation: $38,500 Original list price: Deluxe Roadster, $500; Standard Roadster, $460 Tune-up/major service: $250 (estimate) VIN location: Stamped on frame rail in front of the firewall on the driver’s side Alternatives: Other ’50s-era hot rod street roadsters ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Time for a few changes The problem is this is a “belly-button” car. It looks like countless others. There’s no individual statement, and what’s even worse for a hot rod, it’s seriously underpowered. But it’s a good start, and if you’re the buyer, you’ve saved some money over building it from scratch. But another $20k to $25k would make it a much better car. Here’s what I’d do. After checking the engine block for cracks, I’d bore it out, install lightweight 3 5/16ths forged pistons and a four-inch Scat stroker crank, fit oversized 1.75-inch valves, port and relieve the block for better breathing, and add a high-performance ignition. There are many great camshafts available for flat- heads. I like the Isky 400 Jr., and I’d go with adjustable tappets and Lincoln-Zephyr-style valve springs. That work would cost about $8k to $10k and boost output to 175 to 200 hp. Alternatively, for much less money, you could buy an OHV later-model Chevy or Ford crate motor, a set of engine mounts and an adaptor, and you’d have an easy, bolt-in, 300 hp. Fit oldstyle valve covers and carbs and you’d be in business. We’re not done yet For a more authentic look, Rootlieb sells a hood for this car in steel; I’d get the later-style 25-louver job — it looks great and helps a flathead breathe better. The builders used big Ford Commercial headlamps. That dropped and drilled front axle is fine, but original Ford hydraulics aren’t up to today’s stopping standards. So-Cal Speed Shop offers a set of reproduction Buick finned drums packed with contemporary disc brakes. We’re going after a late-’50s look here, so they’ll work. Keep the rear drums, but be sure to install a proportioning valve. If you’ve got money left, replace the modern S-W gauges with vintage units from a swapmeet. Hot rods are all about individuality, so you can juggle hubcap choices, add an old steering wheel, and do a few more things to personalize your ride. Bottom line: At $65k, this Highboy was a good deal and a great starting point. Spend a little more and you’ll have a much more credible hot rod — and something that can bring even more at sale time. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) January–February 2020 59 I’d fit smaller, more stylish Guide 682-Cs, available in repop form, with built-in directional lights. That low-mounted license plate belongs on the flat valence between the existing ’39 Ford teardrops, and rod shops offer vintage-style license-plate lights. The tailpipes should be rerouted to the frame rails. I’d lose the whitewalls and trim rings, and substitute Coker 4.50–4.75:16 and 7:50:16 blackwall Firestone bias-plies for a more righteous tilt. For an even lower look, flatten a couple of springs fore and aft. To give this roadster some real character, I’d rub through the paint in several places with Scotchbrite pads for a cool patina. 1932 Ford roadster Lot 249, VIN: AB5055556 Condition: 3 Sold at $60,500 ACC# 6804201 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2016 1932 Ford roadster Lot 217, VIN: 17173049 Condition: 1Sold at $82,500 ACC# 265078 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/2015 1932 Ford roadster Lot 683, VIN: DMV52553NV Condition: 1Sold at $79,200 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/28/2013 ACC# 228082


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AMERICANA PROFILE 1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T “GENERAL LEE” Star of the Show Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson If you split the $110,000, the Charger seems cheap, but $55,000 is a lot to pay for a 318 Satellite, even if it does make an excellent garage buddy to an orange General Lee 60 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: XS29L9B271923 by Elana Scherr • “General Lee” paint job • High-performance 510-ci V8 • Fuel injection • Modern suspension and brakes ACC Analysis This car, Lot 698.1, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Auction, held October 3–5, 2019. It was part of a package deal, sold alongside Lot 698.2, a 1973 Plymouth Satellite custom coupe police patrol car. Together, the pair made $110,000. Put up your Dukes Like human celebrities, cars that are recognizable from movies and television shows just have a cachet that even the prettiest stock restoration can’t match. Show up at a car meet in a notable hero car and suddenly you’re the celebrity. It’s a quick way to draw a crowd. Which cars are the most recognizable? Well, it’s subjective of course, depending on your age and taste, but our list would include any Batmobile, the Bluesmobile, Kitt from “Knight Rider,” the “Back to the Future” DeLorean, any of the bewinged or supercharged racers from “The Fast and the Furious,” but let’s say the Supra, Eclipse and Charger — and of course, speaking of Chargers, the General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show first charged onscreen in 1979, running until 1985. It followed the exploits of a couple of small-town country boys who didn’t always follow the rules but were “never meaning no harm.” The plots were repetitive — get wind of Boss Hogg’s bad plan, foil the plan, and at some point, have a car chase down a dirt road and jump a car over something. The cars got as much screen time as the actors, and the Duke boys’ 1969 Dodge Charger might be more famous than any other part of the show aside from Daisy Duke’s short-shorts. Since most of us probably can’t get away with walking into a car show in hot pants, the next best way to win over the crowd is to show up in an orange ’69 Charger with the “01” on the door, a push bumper on the front, and black-and-silver “Vector” wheels on all four corners. Hood-sliding optional.


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Unlike the screen car, this Charger does not appear to have the doors welded shut. Really, it would be a shame if it did, since the interior looks great in refinished tan. DETAILING Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 20,100 Original list price: $3,126 Current ACC Median Valuation: $61,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Dash, radiator core support Engine # location: Engine front Alternatives: 1977 Pontiac Trans Am “Smokey and the Bandit,” 1976 Ford Gran Torino “Starsky and Hutch,” 1983 GMC G-series Vandura “The A-Team” ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Modern classic The paint’s too nice on this Charger for hood sliding, plus you’ll probably want to leave it open so people can admire the decidedly not-stock, fuelinjected, 510-ci stroked big block in the engine bay — much beefier than the 383s and small blocks that powered many of the TV cars. The aluminum-headed Dodge is backed by a GM automatic transmission and 8¾ Mopar rear with 3.55 gears. Cooter the mechanic didn’t build this one, although he would have been impressed by its 600 hp and 600 ft-lb of torque. You can do all the burnouts you want and get plenty of launching power with all them horses. Just don’t smash the deep Milodon 8-quart oil pan when you land. Feel free to swing it hard around the corners, though; with a custom coilover suspension and Wilwood brakes, this General is modern machinery. It’s up to you if you want to climb in through the window Bo Duke style or just open the door like a regular schmoe. Unlike the screen car, this Charger does not appear to have the doors welded shut. Really, it would be a shame if it did, since the interior looks great in refinished tan. It’s all in working order, with new gauges and a roll bar, but looks stock with its woodgrain console and slim matching steering wheel. The original stunt cars were a lot less finished inside. General interest The cars built for television filming varied based on the stunt needs — no reason to spend too much time on the details if the whole thing was going to crash through the side of a barn a few minutes into the show. Somewhere between 250 and 325 Chargers were used during the Dukes’ seven seasons, and fewer than 20 of the original cars are known to exist, in various degrees of stunt-readiness. The most recent sale of an actual star car was at Mecum in 2019, when a rather crumpled and scarred stunt car from the 2005 movie remake sold for $88,000. A less bashed-up car from the movie went the same year for $57,000. Both are a long way from the $121,000 that golf champion Bubba Watson paid in 2012 for “Lee 1,” used in the opening sequence of the television show. At first glance, you might think the buyer got a heck of a deal on a resto-modded Charger for less than we usually see them go for, but see, this one is a bit of a math problem, since the lot was actually two cars. The Charger was partnered for sale with a ’73 Plymouth Satellite in police-cruiser trim — basically a DIY chase-scene kit. If you split the $110,000, the Charger seems cheap, but $55,000 is a lot to pay for a 318 Satellite, even if it does make an excellent garage buddy to an orange General Lee. Based off this sale, it seems that interest in owning a General Lee isn’t waning. Neither of the cars in this pairing was used in any filming, which means they weren’t driven by the stars of the show and they never jumped a creek. None of that will matter too much to folks who see them pull in at a local car show though, and that’s worth yee-hawing about. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 784, VIN: XP29F9B237962 Condition: 3+ Sold at $60,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/5/2013 ACC# 216017 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 289, VIN: XS29L9B295953 Condition: 2Sold at $50,300 The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/14/2016 ACC# 6804895 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 360, VIN: XP29G9B150362 Condition: 3 Sold at $32,879 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/12/2013 ACC# 226948 January–February 2020 61


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RACE PROFILE 1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 LIGHTWEIGHT Total Performance David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Sales seem to have settled into the $120k–$150k range, which seems right for a low-production race car VIN: 4A66R133125 by John Boyle • One of 50 Galaxie Lightweights built in 1964; one of the first built • One of 25 built with an automatic transmission (from the factory with an HX tranny used in Thunderbolts) • Class winner at the 1966 NASCAR Winternationals at Daytona • Concours restoration completed in November 2017 • Correct 427/425-hp V8 engine and carburetors • Correct dual-range HX automatic transmission and RCI bellhousing • Formerly part of the Rick Kirk Ford Lightweight Collection • Raced by Cobble and Bolland out of Pennsylvania, later raced by “Crazy Nate” Cohen ACC Analysis This car, Lot 107, sold for $121,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s auction in Louisville, KY, on September 21, 2019. The “Total Performance” era at Ford began on June 11, 1962, when Henry Ford II announced the company was withdrawing from the Automobile Manufacturers Association ban on factory-sponsored racing. Like Chrysler and General Motors, Ford had been stepping around the self-imposed treaty for years, spiriting high-performance parts out the back door to various builders. After the public announcement, letters were soon on their way to dealers telling them how to order performance parts, sponsor local racers and generally court the young enthusiast market. 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Factory lightweights Major drag-racing teams had always built their own cars, but there were many small teams competing at local strips that could help spread the Ford performance message, so factory-built lightweight dragsters emerged. In ’62, Ford produced a small batch of lightweight Galaxies — 11 in total — powered by 406-ci engines. Fiberglass body panels, aluminum bumpers and deletion of comfort items cut weight by about 100 pounds. Beginning in 1963, Ford’s performance efforts evolved around its new 427-ci big block. Offered in both 410-hp single 4-barrel Q-code and dual-quad R-code 425-hp guises, the new mill and new aero


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factory standards. The fiberglass hood fits well. The stock dash has the correct radio and heater blanking plates, and the reproduction interior is well fitted. Under the hood are correct factory finishes, OEM hoses and unusually hard plastic ducts instead of the usually seen flex hoses. No mention is made of it being numbers matching, but being a drag racer, I’m not sure anyone would expect that. As a class winner at the NHRA Winternationals, the car does have significant racing history, but the brief auction description didn’t provide additional history or how much of it is original. friendly ’63½ Galaxie fastback were winners on NASCAR tracks. For the ’63 turn-key racers, the same fiberglass/ aluminum approach was used in addition to using a lighter-weight chassis. All seam sealers, sound deadening and carpets were deleted, reducing overall weight by about 300 pounds. Two hundred and twelve were produced with a $4,100 list price — about $1,400 more than a standard fastback. In early ’64, Ford announced the availability of lightweight Galaxies with an updated high-rise 427 engine. A bulletin sent to district offices gave order codes, wholesale prices ($3,950 for sticks, $4,150 for automatics) and a not-too-subtle reminder… “This car is a maximum performance vehicle and should only be sold to the knowing customer who understands the warranty implications if the car is used in competitive events.” Because the ’64 body weighed 150 pounds less than the ’63, fiberglass was limited to the hood. Batteries were relocated to the trunk. All were Wimbledon White with red interiors. With the anticipation that lightweight Fairlane Thunderbolts would be more competitive against intermediate competitors, Ford limited Galaxie lightweight production to 50 units, evenly split between 4-speeds and automatics. Their performance was respectable, with low-12-second quarter miles and speeds of 110–120 mph. White lightning Restored just two years ago, our subject car shows limited use and looks fresh, with a finish well above A fair buy This $121,000 sale is well below the ACC Pocket Price Guide median of $159,500. Recently, sales seem to have settled into the $120k–$150k range, which seems right for a real-deal low-production race car. In 2018, the subject car was part of a collection offered at Mecum Indy. It went unsold with a high bid of $105k, while a sister car brought $126,500 (ACC# 6869973). The outlier seems to be the sale of a similar- condition automatic that sold for $170,000 at Mecum’s 2014 Kissimmee sale. That same car failed to sell the year before at their Monterey sale at $175,000 (ACC# 230733). The ACC Pocket Price Guide has a common listing for both the ’63 and ’64 Lightweights, and despite the difference in production numbers (212 vs. 50), the earlier cars, likely due to their more exotic construction (i.e. more fiberglass and aluminum) bring the same price as the ’64s. At the 2019 Mecum Kissimmee sale, a ’63 brought $121k (ACC# 6894979). In 2015, Mecum sold an unrestored #3 condition ’63 Lightweight with plenty of patina from its competition days for $70,200 (ACC# 265337), which was in line with the ACC price guide value of $50k–$80k at that time. The high-value model among the Ford factory drag cars is the 1964 Fairlane Thunderbolt, numbering 100, with an ACC current median value of $239,500. Although the sale price of this example is in line with the market, given its condition (rated a 2+ by an ACC Auction Analyst in 2018), I’d call this one well bought.A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight Lot F173, VIN: 3N66R143275 Condition: 1Sold at $126,500 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 ACC# 6869972 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight Lot F175, VIN: 4A66R133125 (subject car) Condition: 2+ Not sold at $105,000 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 ACC# 6869974 DETAILING Year produced: 1964 Number produced: 50 Original list price: $4,150 (auto trans) Current ACC Median Valuation: $159,500 Tune-up/major service: $150 (estimate) VIN Location: Left inner fender/data tag in driver’s door jamb Engine # location: Block at left rear just above oil pan Alternatives: 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, 1965 Dodge Hemi Coronet, 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 Lightweight (4-speed) Lot F174, VIN: 4A66R145466 Condition: 2Sold at $126,500 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 ACC# 6869973 January–February 2020 63


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TRUCK PROFILE 1970 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP Have We Hit Peak Truck? Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson A classic C10 goes for an absolutely enormous price VIN: CE140Z101195 by Kevin Whipps • 6.2-L Gen-V L86 V8 • 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission • Olive green and white two-tone • Holley Hi-Rise Intake • Titanium intake pipe • Speartech standalone harness • 12-bolt rear end with Eaton Positraction • LED marker lights • Tubular upper and lower A-arms • Adjustable coil-overs • 13-inch front brakes, 12-inch rear brakes • HDX Dakota digital gauges ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 470, sold for a whopping $110,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction on October 4, 2019. Are we finally seeing peak truck prices? What does it take to build something that would fetch this much money? Ever-growing popularity You’ve probably heard all about the 1967–72 C10 pickups. Maybe a buddy of yours had one in high school, or it was one of those vehicles that you lusted after yourself. But these trucks are popular — there’s no doubt about that — and that’s why some of them are fetching some pretty high prices. In this case, it was more than $100k. This is a super-clean ride with a lot done to it, but it’s not the base model itself that brings the value. Chevy made a lot of these trucks, but short beds in particular are rarer — they made just under 41,000 of them in 1970 compared to 234,904 long beds. That’s almost six times as many, making the short beds the 64 AmericanCarCollector.com


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more desirable collector choice. These trucks also sit in a sweet spot of American truck history. The late 1960s brought a ton of cool muscle cars, and the trucks were no different. Dodge, Ford and Chevy all released new body styles around this time, and although each one has its fans, the Chevrolet C10s were far and away the most popular ones. As a result, many people have nostalgia for these trucks, and probably grew up riding in the passenger’s seat with their fathers — or owning one themselves. It’s a truck built for Baby Boomers in their prime, and that can bring in the bucks. The later the better? So there’s an interesting wrinkle in this story. If you were to go out and ask the average C10 enthusiast which particular year and model they wanted, they’d say a 1967 short bed with the big back window was their unicorn. If forced to pick a second, the 1968 model would do, but ultimately, many collectors want that 1967 because of its rarity and exclusive These trucks — the ones that get over six figures on the block — are the outliers. There are a few that pull the big numbers, sure. But for the most part, they’re not the norm. No, instead it’s much more common to see them go for anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000, with a few peppered in at higher numbers. options. And yet, that’s not what this sale tells us. In fact, if you look down the lineup of sales for these models, it’s the later years that seem to do better. All sorts of stock trucks from 1969 on up are getting over $30k, and in some cases, over $35,000. What does this tell us? First, the relative scarcity of the 1967 models may mean that our data is incomplete; not many have sold, so we don’t have enough information. Or it could be that the later models have more options (which is true) and are therefore becoming more desirable among collectors. Or it could just be that it’s because those trucks are what’s out there. And if the choice is a later C10 or no C10, then any year model will do. Features stand out This particular truck isn’t stock. It’s got a clean coil-over suspension, and there was a complete frame-off restoration, so between those two things alone, you’ve got a fun truck to take out and drive. That 6.2-L V8 doesn’t hurt things, either, and when you throw in big brakes and a fully modernized, well, everything, there’s a lot to love about the truck. But above all else, it doesn’t look outrageous. This is a truck that appeals because it’s mostly stock-looking but has a bunch of touches that make it super-clean. Other trucks done up with aftermarket parts have gone for these kinds of numbers in the past, too. But again, the big question here is whether or not we’ve reached peak truck. Is this as high as these things will get? Should the savvy investor rush out and pick something up so they can see their value appreciate? Well, maybe. These trucks — the ones that get over six figures on the block — are the outliers. There are a few that pull the big numbers, sure. But for the most part, they’re not the norm. No, instead it’s much more common to see them go for anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000, with a few peppered in at higher numbers. Of course, you could go another way and build one for yourself. And if you want to go that route, you’re still in for an uphill battle. If you’re looking to replicate this sale, you’ll want to find a short bed, and then restore it with upgraded equipment. It’s not going to be cheap, but in the end, you could end up making some cash on the deal. They’re not making any new ones At the end of the day, these C10s are some of the most popular trucks ever built, and as a result, they can bring in a lot of cash when they’re built using current trends crossed over original looks. Will all of them score big? Probably not. But in a truck like this, which is just packed with clean details, it’s certainly worth every penny. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) DETAILING Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 40,754 Original list price: $2,692 Current ACC Median Valuation: $25,145 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Driver’s side door jamb Engine number location: Pad on the passenger’s side of the engine (SBC/BBC), driver’s side rear of block (LS/LT) Alternatives: 1967–72 Ford F-series, 1968–71 Dodge D-series, 1969–75 International D-series ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super Lot 432, VIN: CCE142B142489 Condition: 2 Sold at $36,300 ACC# 6891042 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019 1968 Chevrolet C10 Lot 22, VIN: CE148S179977 Condition: 2 Sold at $31,536 Silver Auctions, Big Sky Collector Auction, Spokane, WA, 5/16/2018 ACC# 6869913 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super Lot 472.1, VIN: CCE142S195290 Condition: 2 Sold at $50,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/25/2016 ACC# 270897 January–February 2020 65


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MARKET OVERVIEW Arizona Auctions Bring Hope for a New Year But will it be good for everyone? Courtesy of Terry Ballard Arizona Auction Week in January renews optimism in the car hobby by Chad Tyson O ur brains are usually kind enough to each of us to forget things and take the edges off past incidents. Even just the Earth’s annual orbit is enough to help us leave troubles and worries far behind. This is a new year and the whole cycle starts right up again — regardless of what happened just 12 months ago. Arizona Auction Week is the reset we get/need every year. There’s something about this week that keeps people engaging time and time again. Even in off years and economic downturns, the most the Arizona Auction Week has dropped year-to-year in the past 20 years is 16% — and that was from 2008 to 2009! The biggest drop more recently was a 14% plunge from 2015 to 2016. The past three years have shifted up or down by four or fewer points. There are loads of reasons for the continued, sustained success: ease of access (Phoenix Sky Harbor is the 13th-busiest airport in the U.S., with over 20 million passenger boardings a year), the need for some natural Vitamin D in the dead of winter, or thousands of cars of all sorts of makes for sale in a relatively confined locale, to name a few. It’s the last bit, however, that might mean lower numbers for some of the auction companies down by the Salt River this time around. Things are really crowded in the Valley of the Sun, as Leake is joining the seven BEST BUYS 1960 Chrysler 300F 2-dr hard top, $39,050—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 78 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, $324,500—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 78 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk 2-dr hard top, $16,470—SG Auction, MN, p. 106 1940 Lincoln Zephyr convertible, $21,450—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 76 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback, $72,900—MAG Auctions, NV, p. 114 established sales. Just lumping a new sale in with everyone else, even with an established name and backing from a much larger entity, won’t automatically mean an overall increase to the week’s grand totals. Moreover, being in one spot naturally precludes one from being in another at the same time. And one more spot to be in is one less spot one would have been in. Is there enough differentiation between the companies to stand out in a potential buyer’s mind? Sure, Barrett-Jackson is Barrett-Jackson and no other company will have that many vehicles available at no reserve, so that metric is out for the others. The high end is packed and competitive as all get- out, with fewer buyers the higher one goes. What I do expect is for the auction-week sales to be up overall (for the first time in four years), but down in terms of per-car, per-auction numbers similar to what we saw in Monterey 2019. Now we just have to wait and see how it all shakes out. A


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES IN THIS ISSUE BUY IT NOW WHAT TO PURCHASE IN TODAY’S MARKET — AND WHY 2005–06 Chrysler Crossfire SRT6 coupe • Based on the first-generation Mercedes-Benz SLK • 3.2-L V6 has three valves per cylinder and a supercharger; built by AMG • Yes, the best thing about this car is it’s mostly German, but that’s great considering what Chrysler made before and after that partnership dissolved $1,540,000—BarrettJackson, NV, p. 78 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, $324,500—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 78 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX 2-dr hard top, $253,000—Mecum Auctions, TX, p. 88 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe, $187,000—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 75 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $170,500— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 72 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, $165,000— Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 76 1971 Plymouth ‘Cuda convertible, $150,000— RM Auctions, IN, p. 122 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 convertible, $148,500—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 76 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, $121,000— Mecum Auctions, TX, p. 83 10 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $110,000—Barrett-Jackson, NV, p. 75 68 AmericanCarCollector.com 2017 Ford GT ‘66 Heritage Edition coupe, Bear with me here. It does have a face only a German-American mother can love, there was no manual transmission available in the SRT6, and the damn thing started at $45,695 as a coupe, which was an $11,200 increase over the base Crossfire. If you’re spending anywhere near that for one now, well, I have some oceanfront property in Wyoming we should talk about. The good news is that they’re remarkably cheap for the performance package. The most expensive one I found on a quick, local Craigslist search was $9,995 and $20k (4k miles) on the wider world of eBay. That range seemed to persist when searching other cars-for-sale sites. If you like the look (I do), there isn’t much else that resembles them on the road. Cars this distinctive tend to develop a cult following. You can be part of the club too! Still, don’t bother with a base 215-hp Crossfire. The SRT is an upgrade in so many ways: the springs are nearly 50% stiffer up front and 42% in the rear, larger brake rotors and, of course, that IHI supercharger. The price differences won’t be much if you’re shopping around. The biggest plus of all are those 330 ponies under the hood. — Chad Tyson $100m $150m $200m $250m $300m $350m $400m $50m $61.7m $0 -12% May 2018 2019 -29% June 2018 2019 -16% July 2018 2019 August 2018 2019 -34% September 2018 2019 8% October 2018 2019 15% SIX-MONTH YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISON $427.4m Combined Overall Auction Totals $283.7m Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 $124.7m $86.4m $110m $66.2m $105m $79.2m $96.8m $106.7m $123.1m 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts


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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV Las Vegas 2019 Top-selling Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition sets new high-water mark for American-made cars in Las Vegas for Barrett-Jackson Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV October 3–5, 2019 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, Shane Radcliff, Andy White, TJ Freije Automotive lots sold/ offered: 678/678 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $33,752,060 High sale: 2017 Ford GT ‘66 Heritage Edition coupe, sold at $1,540,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices The sale price here may have seemed staggering, but when you are driving one, it feels worth every penny — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition coupe, sold at $1,540,000 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics • Second-highest sales total ever at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, trailing only last year’s $34m • The high sale here was the most most expensive Americanmade car sold at any Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction • Since the 2008 sale, Barrett-Jackson has sold 7,443 of 7,477 car lots (99.5% sell-through rate) Vegas sale was held at the stunning Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Events Center, which boasts over 2 million square feet. Barrett-Jackson offered up some of the finest American Classics, muscle cars, resto-mods, European exotic and luxury cars, and Japanese performance vehicles. With nearly 700 lots on offer this year, there was something for everyone. As one of the premier auto auctions in the U.S., Barrett-Jackson attracts consign- L ments that one just doesn’t see at other sales. Not one Ford GT, or even two, but four, including a 2017 ’66 Heritage Edition with fewer than 30 miles on the clock, which 70 AmericanCarCollector.com as Vegas is known the world over for many things. Enormous, awe-inspiring casinos that seem to go on forever, decadent restaurants with some of the best food in the country, gambling on a level unrivaled anywhere else in the world, and stage shows that must be seen to be believed. In a city full of incredible entertainment, the Barrett-Jackson auction is something to behold. The Las was the top seller at $1.54 million. Shelby Mustangs were well represented, as were Corvettes (11 early solid-axle and mid-year Corvettes were offered from the Jim Osterman Collection), celebrity cars, and resto-mods of almost every stripe. Classic Chevys were plentiful, with one startlingly well-restored 1957 Bel Air convertible changing hands for just over $170k. Vintage Fords, multiple Mopars and some Mob-worthy vintage Cadillacs (proper for Sin City) filled out the bill. Barrett-Jackson auctions are always a bit of a show, an event, a marketplace, and a car sale all rolled into one. The vendor field is huge by anyone’s standard, and you could spend an entire day just checking out all the stuff for sale other than what’s on the auction docket. The automobilia on hand is some of the coolest stuff around. There were a handful of celebrities walking the floor; some were working, but many of them were there to see the finest collector cars on sale under one roof. It can be a little surreal. In a town that is an amusement park for grown-ups, Barrett-Jackson fits right in. A QUICK TAKE


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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV GM #707-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57N115574. Tropical Turquoise/white vinyl/Tropical Turqoise/ Indian Ivory vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Traveled only five miles since a nut-andbolt rotisserie restoration was completed in July of this year. Absolutely spotless in every way. The paint, chrome, trim, interior, engine compartment—even the hidden gas filler under the driver’s side taillight—it all looked absolutely brand new. I doubt this car looked this good fresh off the assembly line. Cond: 1. 5 that, it seems tough to justify this price. This was close to top-of-the-market money for a nice, but not excellent, Invicta. Well sold, indeed. #788.1-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 31867L146923. Autumn Gold/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,709 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed to be a 17k-originalmile, single-family car. Otherwise shiny paint shows tiny blisters just behind the convertible top on driver’s side of rear deck. Some inconsistency in panel gaps, particularly at the passenger’s door. Bumper chrome presents well, and stainless is well polished. 409 is dolled up with polished valve covers and chrome air cleaner over dual quads. Engine bay is nicely detailed. Black vinyl interior appears recent, as does the carpet. Cond: 2-. present well. Steering wheel has cracks commensurate with age. White leather interior shows only minor creasing, and the carpets look recent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. Last seen at the 2007 Russo and Steele Monterey sale, where it failed to change hands at $31k (ACC# 1570740). 1964 was unique for the Eldorado in that it was the only year without fender skirts. This gave the car a slightly sportier appearance. The bucket seat/center console added to the sporty theme. This copy was said to have been with its owner for over 35 years. The triple-white color scheme seemed perfect for a hot desert climate. The winning bid was right on the money, but seemed like a bargain for this much cool. SOLD AT $170,500. Displayed on raised ramps with mirrors to allow viewing of the spotless undercarriage, this was the slickest ’57 Bel Air I have seen in quite some time. The quality was obvious, attention to detail undeniable. When you find an example this clean, this proper, you take your time and drink it in. The real testament to the quality was a winning bid $100k over ACC Pocket Price Guide value. #780-1959 BUICK INVICTA convertible. VIN: 6F4030119. Sable Black/ivory vinyl/ivory, silver & black vinyl. Odo: 30,515 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. From the Bryan Frank Collection and the recipient of a claimed high-end refresh. Glossy Sable Black paint shows a bit of swirl and some minor inclusions, with light orange peel atop the doors leading from windshield to rear deck. Engine bay is cleanish. Chrome wire wheels are brilliant and lustrous. Chrome bumpers show buff marks and patina. Stainless is decent but could be better. Tidy ivory interior is accented by black and silver stripes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Last seen at this year’s Monterey Russo and Steele sale, where it was stolen for a bargain-basement $48,400 (ACC# 6908622). I reviewed this car at that sale, and was shocked it went for so cheaply. Since then, prices on these ragtops have dropped precipitously, with median value in the low-$30k range, as opposed to the mid-$50k range (without the 30% add for SS 409) earlier this year. The seller may have gotten out just in the nick of time. Well sold, indeed. #484-1964 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 64E109844. Aspen White/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 70,442 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped as one would expect with a/c, and power seat, brakes, windows, steering and antenna. Older restoration is holding up fairly well. Paint shows good prep, but some orange peel is present. White vinyl convertible top shows light pinch wear at the rear of the C-pillar. Rear plastic window appears fresh. Engine bay is correct, but could do with a bit of light detailing. Brightwork and chrome #669-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N679510. Rallye Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 98,226 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rallye Green paint presents well, showing good prep and execution. Chrome bumpers look to have been replated recently. Engine bay is correct and well detailed. Door panels and carpet appear new. Wood-rimmed steering wheel is solid, without cracks. Black vinyl seats show no wear, but the look slightly lumpy on the bottom outside bolster on the driver’s side. Very little to fault here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Last seen at RM Auctions’ March 2019 Fort Lauderdale sale, where it found a new home at $61,600 (ACC# 6901209). The 1969 Z/28 was powered by a 302-ci V8 (a 327 block with a 283 crank), producing 290 hp. As part of the Z/28 package, the car would come equipped with either front or four-wheel disc brakes, a 4-speed manual transmission, dual exhaust, special emblems on the grille, fenders and rear panel, special suspension, and a number of other options. As clean as this one was, it sold just under book. Someone took home a well-above-average car for a just-below-average price. SOLD AT $82,500. This land barge was striking in appearance, particularly with the chrome wires and wide whites contrasting the black paint. With 1959 production totaling only 5,447 units, these are somewhat rare today. Even with 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #676-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 3J67U2M172849. Viking Blue/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 76,466 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful color combo of Viking Blue over white vinyl. Equipped with the W29 442 Appearance and Handling Package. 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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV MARKET MOMENT 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP Sedan JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV MARKET MOMENT 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP Sedan polished polished throughout. Glass has no wiper tracks or rock chips. Engine bay is correct and detailed. Driver’s side door is difficult to open. White vinyl bucket seats show no wear, nor does rest of interior. When sitting in the driver’s seat, either the seat is mounted too high or the seat foam was made to ride like a park bench; I am staring right at the top of the windshield frame (at 5 feet, 11 inches, I am not overly tall). My forehead would be a target for rocks and bugs. Nice restoration, but the door and the seat things are disconcerting. Cond: 2-. S Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, October 4, 2019, Lot 351 VIN: 6G2EP57W29L320755 I t’s hard to believe that it has been a decade since GM announced it would discontinue the Pontiac brand. A year later, the name synonymous with brutish American muscle was erased from dealership facades around the country. The decision was even more of a disappointment because Pontiac was still releasing raucous V8 monsters onto the street. The meanest of these late-model beasts was the LS3-powered Pontiac G8 GXP super sedan. It may not appear much different from the pedestrian G8 on the outside, but under the unassuming four-door body is a drivetrain derived from the Corvette. The LS3 produces 415 hp and 415 ft-lb of torque and launches this sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Stopping power is handled by four-piston Brembo calipers up front. The best part? Although difficult to find, the G8 GXP was available with a 6-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, our subject car is not one of them, instead sporting the 6-speed automatic. That, however, did not keep it from achieving a hefty price of $36,300. European super sedans of the same era are also hovering around the low-to-mid-$30k mark. The difference is that BMW M5 or Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG came with a $100k-plus asking price, while the topdog G8 GXP had a base price of just $40k. I don’t need to crunch any numbers to see which was hit hardest by depreciation. To some, $40k might seem like an exorbitant amount for a 10-year-old Pontiac, but the G8 GXP is a bargain compared to its Euro counterparts. This car likely brought a stronger price than other examples because of its pristine condition and sub-10k mileage, but keep in mind that a used M5 with 70k miles would cost the same. We can all spot the better deal here. One thing’s for sure — the new owner will get their money’s worth of smoky burnouts and ear-to-ear grins behind the wheel of A this ferocious Pontiac. 74 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $64,900. Before I sat in this, I was falling in love with this car. I loved the colors. I loved the attention to detail in the restoration. I loved that it was an A-body convertible. Then I tried to open the driver’s door. It took so much effort, I double checked to make sure it wasn’t locked. I sat in the car to get a look at the odometer, and it was like sitting on a Sears catalog from the 1970s. The car was beautiful, but I bet the new owner got an unpleasant surprise the first time he sat in it, especially after paying almost $40k over median for the pleasure. #490.1-1983 PONTIAC TRANS AM Daytona 500 Pace Car coupe. VIN: 1G2AW87S1DN210791. White & black/gray cloth & leather. Odo: 79 miles. 305-ci Cross-Fire fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint is typical early-1980s GM, with ample orange peel. Claimed 79 original miles, and it shows. There is a four-inch-long white scuff mark on the lower part of driver’s side on front polyurethane bumper. Engine bay is tidy. Passenger’s side hood strut is broken at the base, and the remaining strut cannot support the weight of the hood. Minor windshield glass delamination on the passenger’s side. Factory Recaro seatequipped interior is as-new, with no sign of wear. Comes complete with pace-car option package and lights in the box. Cond: 2. — Chad Taylor


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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV SOLD AT $16,500. Last seen at RM’s McMullen Collection sale in Lapeer, MI, in June of 2007, where it traded hands for $26,400 (ACC# 1570027). This was indicative of some market softening, but seemed quite a deal when considering this is likely the lowest-mile copy of a limited-production pace car. Likely will prove to be well bought. #490-1989 PONTIAC TRANS AM 20th Anniversary Pace Car coupe. VIN: 1G5FW2177KL240283. White/tan leather. Odo: 694 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Factory Indy Pace Car complete with pace-car lights, Pontiac Historic Society paperwork and window sticker. Shiny factory paint is marred by what appears to be a sepia-colored gasoline drip down the driver’s side of hood. Glass is as-new, so is the weatherstrip. Clean engine bay houses the turbo 3.8-liter V6 sourced from the Buick Grand National. Hood struts are weak and will not hold up the hood. Tan leather interior is free from wear. Wheels are rash-free, shod with the original Goodyear Eagle GTs. Cond: 2. Corvette, the 327 Fuelie gave a great and impressive last hurrah. Rated at 360 hp, this was the best-performing Corvette yet. The following production year would see a massive redesign with four-wheel independent suspension, slick new bodywork, and the iconic Split-Window coupe. Boasting an NCRS Second Flight award, this rotisserie-restored example deserved every penny of the sale price. SOLD AT $44,000. The 20th Anniversary Indy Pace Car was the first car to pace Indy that did not have to be modified beyond the strobe lights, camera and two-way radio. This copy was one of only 1,555 pace cars produced, and as such garnered a fair premium. Given the low miles, and despite the stain in the paint, this sold well above median value of just over $30k. #781-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S105936. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl, Tuxedo Black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 415 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. From the Bryan Frank Collection. Heavily documented with NCRS Shipping Data Report, NCRS Second Flight award, restoration documentation and ownership history. Stunning Tuxedo Black paint is striking against the red vinyl interior. Engine bay is clean and correct. Interior shows only minor creasing on the seats. Horn button shows light patina. Dog-dish hubcaps signal the 5.5-inch wheels and Big Brake option. Both tops included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. The final year for the solid-axle CORVETTE 10 #734-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S110393. Sebring Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 17,421 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. From the Jim Osterman Collection. Full documentation of restoration by Boyd Coddington. NCRS Second Flight winner. Sebring Silver paint is nearly flawless, with the only fault being a minuscule rub mark on the passenger’s side front fender. Tidy engine bay houses a 327 Fuelie. Black leather interior shows minor wrinkling, but no wear to note. Some minor scuffs present on the door sills. Cast-aluminum knockoff wheels wrapped in whitewall radials. Cond: 2. 4 equipped. Matching-numbers drivetrain is nicely optioned with factory a/c, ps, pb, tilt/telescopic steering, AM/FM and both tops. Engine bay is clean and correct. Wheels have rare, factory, turbine-style deluxe wheel covers. Chrome bumpers show light buff marks. Interior looks fairly fresh, with little indication of wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,450. Third-generation Corvettes seem to be finding their stride. At the fore of that charge are the big-block convertibles, commanding far more than their small-block brethren. With a softening market, median value for this copy should have been well over $70k. This was very well bought indeed. #142-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 coupe. VIN: 1Z37L2S519485. Bryar Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 11,439 miles. 350-ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Documented ownership history. Well optioned with tilt/tele, ps, pb and factory FM radio. One of 240 LT-1s built in 1972 with factory a/c. Unrestored save for one repaint. Bryar Blue paint looks as if something sticky was left sitting on it. Numbers-matching engine resides in a slightly dusty engine bay. Interior shows little sign of wear, but smells musty. Chrome bumpers show light patina, some buff marks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $187,000. Extensive documentation, restoration pedigree by one of the car world’s lost greats, and ownership by a renowned collector, coupled with being the Holy Grail of Corvettes in lovely condition all helped drive the sale price of this example well past market value. It all came together to give both the buyer and the seller a win. #800-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194670S411868. Monza Red/black vinyl, Monza Red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 67,648 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Monza Red paint has been done to a decent standard. Hard-top impression marks can be seen on rear deck, a common trait to Corvettes so SOLD AT $28,600. Last seen at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, where it found new ownership at $39,600 (ACC# 6811089). When this Corvette last changed hands, it was much nearer the top of the market. This was a nicely preserved example that was quite presentable. Some light TLC would have made this one a gem. With book value hovering near the previous sale price, this was well bought indeed. #661-2011 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YN2DTXB5800520. Crystal Red Metallic/black & gray leather. Odo: 809 miles. January–February 2020 75 TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV 6.2-L 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Equipped with the then top-of-the-line 3ZR package. A scant 809 miles showing, this ZR1 is absolutely as-new. With no obvious sign of damage or wear to be found anywhere, this was for all practical purposes a still-new 2011 Corvette. Cond: 1-. miles. One of 700 convertible coupes Lincoln produced in 1940. Appears to be an older repaint that is beginning to let loose, with crazing and pitting present. Minor bubbling at the bottom of A-pillar on driver’s side. Chrome and stainless present well, as both have been refinished. Green leather benches have minor creasing. Carpets appear recent. Dash and gauges are in lovely condition. Cond: 3. #768.1-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R21022303607. Wimbledon White/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 3 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint reveals obvious care taken with preparation and application. Chrome bumpers appear to have been recently refinished. Stainless trim is polished and shiny. Engine bay is clean, correct, features “factory” inspection marks. Undercarriage shows the same attention to detail. Saddle vinyl interior presents as-new, with no sign of wear or use. Accompanied by thorough documentation and a Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 1-. 6 SOLD AT $66,000. With a sticker price near $125k when new, this ZR1 had depreciated by almost half. Curiously, it sold for just under price-guide value, with no miles or wear of which to speak. It seemed like a pretty cheap price of admission for this level of performance. Well bought. #723-2019 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 convertible. VIN: 1G1Y53D95K5801696. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 59 miles. 6.2-L 755-hp supercharged V8, auto. A new Corvette in every way. No flaws, wear, shortcomings or deficiencies to be found. Tags are still hanging in the interior. With ZTK Track Performance package, 3ZR option package, custom calipers and custom interior. Cond: 1-. 8 SOLD AT $21,450. The winning bid was less than one-third of the price guide median value. With that much room, one could certainly afford a high-quality repaint and still be well below market. The buyer left with a massive bargain. #419-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: H9RW196734. Colonial White & Wedgewood Blue/blue & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 7,745 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This frame-off-restored convertible is equipped with every Ford option available in 1959 including a/c, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat and dual mirrors with spotlights. Paint had good prep but shows ample orange peel throughout. Chrome has been refinished and presents well. Piping on outside edge of bench seat has cracked in several places. Remainder of the interior appears recent and in good nick. Engine bay is clean and correct. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. Much of the market seemed to be trending downward, but there was one truth to remember: Supreme quality will always command a premium. The restoration here was first-rate throughout, with no expense spared, lots of supporting documentation and SAAC Shelby Registry. The sale price was well above market value, but it’s doubtful it covered the price of the project. SOLD AT $148,500. With a sticker price of $148,590, and many dealerships with a 100-plus day inventory of 2019 Corvettes, this hardly seemed like a great buy. However, if you were looking for a triple-black ZR1, and didn’t mind paying full sticker, this may have been your thing. FOMOCO #640-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR convertible. VIN: H104313. Cigarette Cream & black/taupe canvas/green leather. Odo: 47,850 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #789-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9R02Q150340. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,008 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Heavy documentation of restoration is bolstered by a Marti Report. Q-code car means this one is a 428 without the shaker hood. Paint could have been somewhat better polished, as there is a slight haziness. Chrome and stainless are both bright and well polished. Glass is free from marks or damage. Engine compartment is nicely detailed and correct. Magnum 500 wheels are as-new, shod in period-correct Goodyear Polyglas bias plies. Black vinyl interior presents well, with little to no wear. Equipped with folddown rear seats. There is a ding in the stainless SOLD AT $46,200. Despite some minor shortcomings, the quality of this restoration did show through. Couple that with the full complement of factory options, and this was a car you would have difficulty replicating for the price. What was more surprising is that it didn’t sell for more. BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON • LAS VEGAS, NV trim just beneath the driver’s side door sill. The sills themselves are polished and free from damage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. The Q-code 428 Cobra Jet lacked some of the street swagger of the R-code’s Ram Air shaker hood, but that hardly meant it was lacking in performance. Ford, like the other American manufacturers, walked a fine line between trumpeting performance figures and scaring insurance companies with big numbers. The 428 was advertised with 335 hp, when the truth was likely north of 400 hp. Even without the shaker, this example was too cool for school. The sale price here was spoton price guide median value for a car that was above median condition, meaning someone left with a bargain. #779.1-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R480500. Silver Jade/black vinyl. Odo: 47,962 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with the 428 Cobra Jet, tilt wheel, fold-down seats, 3.50 Trac-Lok rear diff and a C6 auto. Quality repaint with good prep. Small divot on the passenger’s side of the rear decklid. All chrome shows ample buff marks. Exhaust tips are coated in carbon. Underhood is correct and mostly clean. Interior shows little wear, with door panels and seat covers in good shape. Wood steering wheel has scratches around the circumference. The metal strip that bonds the weatherstrip to the side windows is wavy. Cast wheels are free from rash or wear. Cond: 3+. Spotless and striking; a clear bra has protected the finish, absorbing a few minuscule abrasions. Wheels are perfect, glass is clear, and the interior shows no wear of note. Cond: 2+. earlier that day, so watching this one cross the block was particularly compelling. This latest iteration of Ford’s road-going supercar is exciting in most every way, and getting to spend time behind the wheel was amazing. The sale price here may have seemed staggering, but when you are driving one, it feels worth every penny. MOPAR SOLD AT $324,500. I know things are slowing in the market, but come on. Sale price here was only 70% of what it really should have been. ACC Pocket Price Guide shows median value for a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition as $462,000. The winning bidder may have gotten the deal of the week, saving over $150k on this sexy Gulflivery GT. Exceedingly well bought. #747-2017 FORD GT ’66 Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 2FAGP9CW6HH200084. Shadow Black/black leather. Odo: 27 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, auto. As-new, flawless, with nothing to fault here. Only 27 miles since it left the factory. EcoBoost V6 pumps out 647 hp. Cond: 1. 1 SOLD AT $71,500. Last seen at the November 2017 Mecum Las Vegas sale, where it reached a high bid of $80k but did not meet reserve (ACC# 6854959). Condition here could have been improved without having to sell the farm, as most of the bigger restoration items had been addressed. That said, the owner may have been so deeply invested in the restoration that throwing more money at the car was out of the question. This sold for well below guide values, giving the new owner a chance to address some of these shortcomings without being upside down. 96Y400652. Gulf Blue & Orange/black leather. Odo: 4,922 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. 2 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #748-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S- SOLD AT $1,540,000. I drove one of these “ SOLD AT $39,050. With only 964 hard tops produced in 1960, the 300F guaranteed membership in an exclusive club. The 413-cube mill fed by the striking cross-ram induction made a show out of popping the hood. This copy was very original. It was driver quality with some cosmetic concessions, but where else could you get this much car for this money? It sold fully $20k under book, which looked like a screaming buy. A I know things are slowing in the market, but come on. Sale price here was only 70% of what it really should have been. ACC Pocket Price Guide shows median value for a 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition as $462,000. 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe #460.1-1960 CHRYSLER 300F 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8403147866. Formal Black/ tan leather. Odo: 86,055 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Formal Black paint may be the original paint job. It is shiny from a few feet away, but closer inspection reveals ample crazing, pitting and patina. Chrome shows buff marks and scuffs. Stainless could stand to be polished. Tan leather seats show wrinkles, creasing. Dashboard courtesy light casts a terrific yellow glow on the radio. Engine bay is squared away, and the cross-ram induction is just so cool. Cond: 3. ” BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10 BEST BUY


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX Dallas 2019 Top-selling $253k Hemi GTX is one of 19 with an automatic and 30 overall that Plymouth made in 1971 Mecum Dallas, TX September 4–7, 2019 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, James Landis, Russell Conklin Automotive lots sold/ offered: 713/1,073 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $22,436,400 High sale: 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX 2-door hard top, sold at $253,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Mecum’s top seller — 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX 2-door hard top, sold at $253,000 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics • Two of eight Hemi-powered Mopars sold: The top-selling GTX and a 1971 Hemi Charger R/T • 66% sell-through rate down only two points from 2018, but the lowest at Mecum Dallas since 2012 (64%) • 85 of the 124 consigned Corvettes sold sale. E leven private collections shared center stage as Mecum returned to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center for their 2019 Dallas sale. In total, just over 1,000 vehicles crossed the block, with a 66% sell-through rate. Mecum has found great success in Dallas, with increased interest from regional consignors and spectators, aided by the lack of local competition at this year’s Dallas is an enthusiastic market, and the auction was well attended with both seated bidders and spectators watching the action and roaming the halls. The convention center is so vast that you cannot hear the auction calls from the rostrum from the easternmost venue hall. On the block, bidding was lively, set to a backdrop that included the “Bullitt” Mustang driven by Steve McQueen on display. That iconic example will be crossing the block at Mecum’s 2020 Kissimmee sale in January. Every vehicle in Dallas’ top 10 was an American nameplate: five Chevrolets, three Mopars, one Ford, as well as the only example not coming from the Big Three, 80 AmericanCarCollector.com which was a Shelby Cobra CSX8000. The number-one sale was not a Saturday car, but a Friday offering that came out of the Peter Swainson Mopar Collection. This example, a 1971 Plymouth Hemi GTX, is said to be one of 19 GTXs produced with an automatic transmission for that model year. Its collection stablemate, a 1969 Dodge Daytona verified to have the lowest serial number designated for Daytona production, did not sell, with a high bid of $230,000. The only non-muscle/sports car in the top 10 was an impressive 1974 Ford Bronco finely redone to better-than-new standards. Fitted with a Coyote V8 and custom leather interior, that example sold for a noteworthy $137,500, taking the number-eight slot in the top 10. In all, sales totaled $22.4 million at this year’s Dallas sale. Despite the aforementioned lack of area competition this year, sales were down $5.9 million from Mecum’s 2018 Dallas auction. A quick look at the 2018 top 10 and it’s easier to understand the drop, as that sale boasted bigger numbers, with four Ford GTs among the top sellers — a model that was entirely absent at this year’s sale. A QUICK TAKE


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX GM #T97-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: H255S059930. White/red cloth, white vinyl. Odo: 31,999 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Reportedly original engine and transmission. Older repaint in need of another—chipped and cracked throughout, showing original factory paint underneath. Heavy chips on passenger’s door with touch-ups in non-matching white color. Early signs of crazing on front fenders. Bed paint has touchups all along top. Wood bed heavily weathered but not rotted through. Brightwork is pitting. Glass in good shape overall. Original interior with heavy wear on the driver’s seat, as fabric has become very thin and brittle. Factory gauge cluster is cloudy. Rot in door jambs will need to be addressed. Weird interior smell— probably really, really old tobacco smoke. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,000. We last saw this one cross the block at Leake’s Tulsa sale in June of 2019. Are you sitting down? The high bid was only $10,000 (ACC# 6906123). Ouch! By no means concours quality, this was a nice car with an older, slightly unwound frame-off restoration with fewer than 500 post-restoration miles. I have witnessed field-find examples with a little cleanup bring close to the same money as offered in Tulsa (see ACC# 6783949). I imagine the consignor there was pretty deflated and would love to know what circumstances attributed to such low interest. Luckily, here it did four times better and found a new home. The sale was right on the money. SOLD AT $22,000. Said to have been placed in storage from 1988 to 2013, this one was offered at no reserve with an auction estimate of $20k– $25k. Highly restored examples can bring over $100k, and even ones in need of a restoration rarely fall into this price range. Sure, this example has needs, but it is a great starting point. Mecum was realistic in their estimate, and the sales prices appears to be right where they expected. Fair price for all involved. #F220-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57N218996. White/black cloth, red vinyl. Odo: 381 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Continental kit and fender skirts. Older frame-off restoration with fewer than 500 miles. Small paint chip on top of right front fender. Paint touched up on the driver’s side edge of hood. Scratches on driver’s side cowl. Paint chip and rub on left rear fender. Panel alignment is good. Vent-window seals dry and cracked. Brightwork is in good condition. Typical light scratches on back glass. Interior is in very nice condition. Original gauges clean and clear. Dash paint evenly applied. Carpets have been replaced. Seats show minimal wear. Steering wheel is free from any cracking. Material wavy on sun visors. Red oxide floor pans. Cond: 2-. 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #S72.1-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: K558H1303. Black/black cloth, silver vinyl. Odo: 22,158 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. Claimed unrestored with original paint. Miles said to be original. Paint is very well preserved. Early signs of crazing beginning to appear on rear quarter panels. Shut lines factory-correct. Original trim in very good shape for its age; mostly free from any dings or dents. Front glass has very light wiper streaks. Interior is fantastic: Headliner is in good shape, seats show very little signs of wear, and carpets are in excellent condition. Gauges exceptionally clean and clear; almost appear restored. Engine compartment shows some minor soiling and surface oxidation in places, but very nice considering originality and age. Factory Tri-Power. Display mirrors highlighting unrestored undercarriage show no signs of rust or significant weathering. Cond: 2-. was a one-year car that came standard with many power accessories that were typically optional in that era. First seen at Mecum’s Dallas sale in 2012, where it surpassed the high estimate, selling for $97,500. Interesting to note that since that sale, it has only traveled a mere 45 miles. Most recently, it was offered at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in 2018, where it sold out of a private collection for $77,000 (ACC# 6861354). The downward trend on this one continues here and the price paid is what would be expected. #F81-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: G59S266538. Black/black vinyl, tri-tone cloth. Odo: 61 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration. Body panels are said to be all original. Panel alignment is very good. Some light scratches in paint around bed, but appear buffable. Front windshield has a deep horizontal scratch right in the center. Rear glass has some light scratching throughout. Brightwork presents well with few flaws. Gauge acrylic is slightly cloudy with some splintering. Dash paint is in good overall condition. Carpets have been replaced, with some minor wear at driver’s position. Door panels are exceptional. Seat trim is very nice. Steering wheel is nicely restored, with very light pitting on the horn bezel. Very tidy engine compartment with correct engine paint and a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. A great, well-preserved time capsule. Bonus points for high originality, especially the exceptionally tidy, original undercarriage. The 1958 Bonneville was the first year the name was used as a standalone model, and it SOLD AT $47,300. Offered at no reserve. A pre-restoration listing could be found online, showing the El Camino in original condition. It was single-owner from 1959 until 2012 and was described as “daily driven” in the Dallas area. The mileage then showed to be just over 92,000. If driven daily for over 53 years, there is a possibility it could have been nearing 200,000 miles on the chassis. The El Camino was also originally red and white with a straight-6 powerplant, 3-on-the-tree and was said to have been sold new in East Texas. The seller at the time was asking $23,500. Sold at a fair price today, a lot of money has certainly gone into it to reach the end result. #F109-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237275Z120987. Cameo Ivory/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 30,680 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. PHS documentation. Equipped with power steer


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX ing, bucket seats, front disc brakes and Vintage Air. Upgraded to 455-ci V8 and 5-speed manual. Well-applied respray is glossy, with few flaws. Stainless is a little weathered, with hard-water spots. Bumpers and other brightwork are in good condition. Larger-than-normal body gap between passenger’s door and front fender. Doors open and close with ease. Aftermarket gauges. Carpets replaced. Headliner is in good order. Seat coverings appear to be original, with some minor wear. Passenger’s seat bottom is overstuffed. Interior illumination is operable. Sits high in the rear to accommodate oversized tires. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 3+. (ACC# 6896231), which is better net to the consignor than what it did here. I would like to think a concours-quality Judge is worth more, but with two crosses of the auction block for similar money, I suppose it’s not. Maybe what is missing are awards and documentation to heighten its credibility. Still, well bought. set of tires, but it really did not seem to need much else. The condition is pretty solid and well preserved, but something was holding the value back. Good examples should typically transact north of $20k and even $30k, but this one just could not get traction. After Dallas, the next sale on the Mecum docket was Louisville, where this example made a second appearance that resulted in a sale at $8,250. After transport and consignment fees, the owner decided to let it go. The owner would have benefited more from taking the offer in Dallas. SOLD AT $35,200. The incorrect 455-ci V8 looks right at home under the hood and the further addition of a 5-speed manual likely creates a more exciting driving experience. Aside from the beefy tires and raked stance, the custom mods are more subtle than over-the-top. For instance, the factory steering wheel and the factory radio are retained. You certainly would not get turned away from a Pontiac rally. Values are all over the place, with higher prices being paid for convertibles and nicely restored Tri-Power examples. Even considering 2-door hard tops, values rarely dip below $30k in modern times. A nicely executed example with a beefy engine upgrade and other customizations make this one well bought. #W69-1968 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 394878M601918. Tan/green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 32,586 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Believed to be unrestored with original mileage showing. Original paint slightly faded with no signs of crazing, with a few touchups here and there as well as some deep scratches. White vinyl top is in good condition aside from a small hole on left rear quarter panel. Front windshield is slightly sand-pitted, but no wiper streaks. Panel alignment is good. Trim shows lots of scratches throughout but sits straight. Interior is in outstanding original condition. Dash, seats and door panels are all very nice. Carpet is slightly worn. Headliner is in good condition. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. The description says this Toronado was purchased from the original owner and it was garage-kept its entire life. It appears to have a new #S87-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge convertible. VIN: 242679B176542. Carousel Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 34,711 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation. Correct Ram Air III drivetrain and engine. Rotisserie restoration completed in October 2018. One of 108 Judge convertibles for 1969, of which 79 were 4-speeds. Dated and matched Rally II wheels. Equipped with power top, rear spoiler, 3.55 Safe-T-Track rear differential and hood-mounted tach. Paint very well applied, with a few clearcoat scratches. More significant scratches on hood in front of driver’s position. Doors align very well. Trunk is slightly high at right rear edge. Restored trim is straight and presents very well. Interior is very tidy. Seats are in good condition. Factory console armrest is loose and misaligned. Restored engine bay with reproduction factory chalk marks. Cond: 1-. 9 #F2-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87K9L150046. Black/black leather. Odo: 40,822 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and graphics are in good overall condition, with a few small chips in paint and some dry spray here and there. Dry spray inside front fender vent pockets. Large gap around rear fender forward of rock guards. Rear glass has adhesive sealing residue around edges. Panel alignment is acceptable. Driver’s door sounds a bit clunky when opening and closing. Interior reupholstered and reworked in leather with vinyl backing. Carpets appear to be original and are showing signs of age. Dash stainless is in good condition. All screen printing is intact. Gauges are clean and clear. Headliner is good. Some scratches on rear plastic interior trim around window. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. Offered at no reserve with an auction estimate of $20k–$30k. This one was equipped with a manual transmission, which is often desired; however, missing were the iconic T-tops. The “screaming chicken” Trans Ams have enjoyed an increase in interest, no longer just because of “Smokey And The Bandit,” but more recently thanks to reality automotive television programming popular with the next generation of enthusiasts who often treat these Bandit cars as something of a Holy Grail. Just surpased the high auction estimate; what is well sold today may seem like a bargain in years to come. SOLD AT $121,000. Values have dipped tens of thousands of dollars from where they were a decade ago, but these are still hardly considered “cheap.” With a restoration completed less than a year ago, the consignor could have more money in the car than what they got out. This same car was offered at Mecum’s 2019 Kissimmee sale, where it was a no-sale at $120,000 #S27-1983 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz coupe. VIN: 1G6AL5784DE666827. Senora Saddle Metallic/brown leather. Odo: 23,768 miles. 4.1-L fuel-injected V8, auto. With the Biarritz package, Continental kit, stainless-steel roof and AM/FM with factory CB. Mileage stated to be original. Said to be one owner from new. Paint appears to have been resprayed, now with some trash in paint on trunk and a few dimples and fisheyes on hood and cowl. Side trim is in excel- January–February 2020 83 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX MARKET MOMENT 1997 Chevrolet 1500 Pickup lent condition. Stainless roof free of any dents and major scratches. Buttoned, tufted leather seats are in good condition. Inside is almost likenew; virtually no signs of wear. Gauges are clean and clear. Factory radio. All screen printing intact. Headliner is in good condition. Carpets slightly worn. Cond: 2-. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions SOLD at $16,500 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, September 4–7, 2019, Lot T134 VIN: 1GCEC14R9VZ105067 W hat’s the next big trend? You’re looking at it. GM trucks have been hot for a while now — specifically shortbeds built from 1967 to ’72. Those trucks sit in a sweet spot of simplicity, styling, reliability and comfort that has made them a favorite among old-car owners. They also take modification well, including upgraded brakes, engines, transmissions, interiors and the like. With boosted interest came boosted prices, which then started affecting the next generation of trucks — those built from 1973 to ’87. If the earlier trucks were good, why not the next group, too? Prices have started to rise there as well now, and for most of the same reasons as with the earlier rigs. That brings us to this ’97, which sold for $16,500 at Mecum. Known as the OBS, or “Old Body Style,” the 1988–98 GM trucks are among the last of the simple, straightforward rigs built in an era before smart technologies and a lot of computerized components complicated and priced up new pickups. They have also been car-guy favorites from new, thanks to a hot street truck scene that powered its own market in the 1990s. A lot of muscle-car guys used these as daily drivers back in the day, usually lowered down on some larger-than-stock wheels, as is the case with this one. I was struck by the number of these trucks at SEMA this year, which suggests increased interest from younger buyers. As more of these rigs are presented like this one at Mecum, I’d expect buyers who have been priced out of earlier rigs to take notice, and that will drive prices up. I’d call this one a good buy at the price paid, even if it’s slightly more than you might expect. Prices will be higher next year. A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $10,450. The car was described as a one-owner, but a vehicle history report shows a change in ownership in 2016, when this Cadillac found a new home in Florida after residing in Michigan. It was believed to have originally been sold by Don Massey Cadillac in Detroit. While the ownership may be inconsistent with the description, the statement on the mileage appears to be factual, as the condition is too good for the odometer to be on its second lap. Soon after the sale, it appeared on a Dallas-area dealer’s website asking $19,995. That may be the right price to the right buyer, but the transaction here was reasonable and realistic. #T49-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1175HP436662. Black/gray leather & cloth. Odo: 52,489 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Black repaint is older and revealing lots of flaws: hard-water stains on paint, scratches and scuffs throughout, faded in some areas. Door seals replaced. Lenses are sun-faded. Glass has hard-water stains. Bird droppings on rear bumper at an indoor auction. Interior is tired. Driver’s seat back is twisted and leaned back excessively. Both front seats are from later GM model with better bolster support. Padding appears collapsed. Aftermarket speakers installed in the doors. Interior trim pieces are broken. Domelight cover missing. Headliner is in good order. Dash vinyl is cracking and pulled away in instrument cluster. Aftermarket tachometer. Aftermarket a/c controls. Cond: 3-. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX SOLD AT $18,700. It is not unusual to see a well-preserved Grand National with extremely low mileage cross the block from time to time. There were three Grand Nationals at this sale alone and all three sold, but this one was not in the “well preserved” category. Somewhere along the way, the engine was exchanged for a replacement (but correct) crate motor and several power-enhancing modifications were added. A previous listing from a dealer’s website did not advertise the asking price, but did clarify the mileage to be around 150,000, with claims of 500 hp being produced. Sold at wholesale pricing in the Grand National world, and rightfully so given the crate engine, overall condition and departure from originality. #T216-1990 CHEVROLET BLAZER S10 SUV. VIN: 1GNCT18Z9L8129882. Red/red cloth. Odo: 227,227 miles. 4.3-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Oneowner, original Texas vehicle. Said to include receipts dating back to new. Air-conditioning system has just been replaced, along with new oil cooler, power-steering pump, catalytic converter, plug wires and CV axle. Ten-year-old repaint shows some signs of fading here and there. Poor prep on passenger’s door. Dry spray on right top panel just behind side glass. Heavy wiper streaks on glass. Weatherstripping is original and holding its own. Door jambs show much more faded paint. Carpets and seat upholstery are original. Carpeting dash overlay with cracking on dash panel beneath. Aftermarket radio. Digital dash. Screen printing missing at window controls and finish rubbed off on headlight controls. Cond: 4. it would have broken $1,000. The strategy of offering it at no reserve paid off. Well sold. #S77-1996 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS sedan. VIN: 1G1BL52PXTR148317. Black/gray leather. Odo: 200 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory paint is original and shows few flaws. Some age fading on the trim around the windows. Panel alignment is factory correct. Rubber is nearly as good as new. Some discoloration on the bottom driver’s seat cushion from entering and exiting. Factory carpets are in good condition. All screen printing is intact. Headliner is in good condition. Gauges are clean and clear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This is not a stretched H1, but an H2 built on a GMC ¾-ton frame. In a previous online listing, the build was said to have started with a brand-new donor pickup purchased off the showroom floor, and the owner claims to have $200k invested in the build. The previous asking price was $115,000. Unless a potential buyer is just hooked on having something that looks like an H1 but with six doors, an authentic H1 can be had for less than the build price and asking price here. It is highly doubtful the build costs will ever be recouped, or really even come close. Fair price offered and passed. SOLD AT $23,100. Offered here at no reserve. Mecum recorded a sale at their Kissimmee 2019 auction of an example bearing 193 miles on the odometer. The VIN was not recorded at that sale, so there is not 100% certainty that it was this exact car, but it is highly likely. What is interesting to note is that the Kissimmee car sold for the exact amount here, $23,100 (ACC# 6894430). There was another sale of a 1996 Impala recorded at the Branson Auction’s fall 2018 sale for, again, the exact same dollar amount (ACC# 6886141), but the mileage was not indicated. It is interesting to note that some cars with greater mileage have sold for more, and some examples with fewer miles have sold for less. With reasonable circumstantial evidence that this is the same car that sold in Kissimmee, the market is set. SOLD AT $3,850. Offered at no reserve; this era of General Motors vehicles is not known for superior build quality. The crate engine was not disclosed by the seller to the auction company and it was not mentioned in the description, but was presented on a dealer’s site prior to the sale. Along with the new engine, which was more recent, a new transmission was installed about 30k miles ago. There are also many other new parts and maintenance items performed to keep this example on the road. While it was a clean example given the age and mileage, had it been at a wholesale dealer auction, it is unlikely that #W165-2015 HUMMER H2 custom SUV. VIN: TEX113906. Maroon/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 920 miles. 6.6-L turbocharged V8, auto. Custom built on a stretched ¾-ton GM pickup frame. Paint well applied. A few chips here and there, mostly around hood. Excessive sand in body creases and crevices. Soft top looks challenging to take off and reinstall. Center tunnel appears to distribute a/c to rear occupants. Gauge cluster is right out of a GM pickup—looks odd and out of place. Column-mounted gear selector has little room to operate. Seats free from any wear. Plastic windows are mostly clear aside from the rearmost, which is pretty cloudy. Solid rear axle does not offer the ground clearance of the H1 Hummer. Cond: 2-. CORVETTE #F121-2008 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indianapolis 500 Pace Car coupe. VIN: 1G1YY26WX85124478. Black/black & tan leather. Odo: 2,364 miles. Festival Car number 30. Signed by Emerson Fittipaldi on the console. One of 17 coupes used at the festival. Original black paint shows age but little use. Buffable clearcoat imperfections throughout. Some bubbling in paint on right corner of roof, along with some deep scratches. Yellow overspray on right A-pillar and glass—possibly from fresh road-stripe residue. Graphics in good condition. Panel alignment is factory correct. Notable scuffs on threshold at driver’s side. Driver’s seat shows a little wear. No bolster wear on driver’s seat. Original carpets and floor mats are in good condition. Cond: 3. 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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX build sheet were included with the sale. A couple of other Indy 500 pace cars have sold this year; a coupe sold at Mecum’s 2019 Phoenix sale for $33,000 (ACC# 6904550) and a convertible at the same auction brought $60,500 (ACC# 6904549). Both were sold back to back out of the same collection with fewer than 10 miles showing on the odometer. If the best a coupe with seven miles on the clock could do there was $33,000, the high offer here was more than fair. FOMOCO #S45.1-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH232015. Goldenrod Yellow/black & yellow vinyl. Odo: 58,361 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint has faded areas; a few more areas are starting to fail. Chipped paint around the headlamps. Brightwork in good condition. Seals beginning to crack and harden. Panel alignment is good. Front windscreen free of any wiper streaks and in good condition. Interior appears original. Original carpets are slightly worn, with the area of heavy wear close to the accelerator. Driver’s seat bottom is open at the seams, revealing padding underneath. Steering wheel free of any cracks. Dash stainless is in good condition. Brightwork around gear selector pitted. Dressed-up engine components now lackluster. Cond: 3. with hard-water spots and lots of scratches throughout. Lots of small bubbles speckled underneath. Black paint on grille and bumpers chipping off. Fit off and wrong in multiple spots. Interior stripped with the rear open to the trunk and roll cage added. Wires hanging down from dash. Seats are good. Carpet is extremely dirty, with a large dead bug on the driver’s floorboard. Seals appear to be original and brittle, with some cracking around the doors. Battery relocated to former rear-seat compartment. Fenders widened to accommodate oversize wheels and tires. Large aftermarket brakes. Paint rub on left front bumper where it contacted another object. Missing side reflectors and marker lights on all four corners. Cond: 4. and shifter knob. Correct pinstriped taillights. Marti Report. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. No hard top present or mentioned in the description. Little was done to hide the flaws on this example. Several areas of paint were chipped and not touched up. The seat bottoms were open at the seams. Because it is said to be unrestored, a potential buyer may appreciate the car more in raw form. What made this one unusual was the Goldenrod Yellow color, which stands out in a sea of Raven Black and Torch Red. Values have had their ups and downs with no significant swings in either direction. The question for the new buyer is, do you restore it or leave it as-is? The money was right if not slightly well sold. #F263-1978 FORD FAIRMONT custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 8X91F149203. Chrome/black cloth. Odo: 7,656 miles. 306-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Unforgiving chrome wrap is scuffed, weathered, 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $4,950. If you’re into cars from the big screen and small screen, this may have been the one for you. Easily recognizable to fans of “Fast N’ Loud,” the build on this car was featured in season one, episode 11 of the television show. The premise was to turn what they considered an “ugly” car into a “mirrored drift car.” It was previously listed for sale on Facebook Marketplace in February 2019, located in Overland, KS, with the owner wanting to trade for a 4WD truck, ATV or sports car. The guys from Gas Monkey Garage state the build cost was around $40k and they had originally sold it on eBay for $16,549 not long after the original airing of the episode in 2012. Offered at no reserve and well bought at a price that doesn’t strain the bank account for most folks. #W92-1986 FORD MUSTANG SVO hatchback. VIN: 1FABP28T4GF242432. White/gray cloth. Odo: 40,249 miles. 2.3-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Mileage believed to be original; paint appears the same. A few touch-ups on nose, but good overall. Black trim has been touched up near the driver’s door in a color that does not match. Some sun fading on black trim. VIN numbers etched in glass. Newly reconditioned wheels. Panel alignment is good. Aftermarket sunroof cut into roof. Interior is in very good condition. Pump-up, hand-operated lumbar support on driver’s seat. Carpet a little worn on the driver’s side. Gauges are slightly cloudy. Original cassette deck. Headliner in good condition. All screen printing intact. Slight wear on the steering wheel SOLD AT $9,900. It seems Fox-body enthusiasts are quick to predict rising values on SVOs, but the real numbers show otherwise. Sure, they’re not $5k like they were a decade ago, but it is not unusual to see them sell for less than $10k. A 2017 sale at Barrett-Jackson gave false hope to rising values when a 1985 example with seven original miles, factory leather interior, and window sticker still affixed sold for $63,000 (ACC# 6825964). A year later, they sold a 3,100-mile example for $33,000 (ACC# 6862738), making these two the highest SVO sales ever. Consider those outliers, as most other sales don’t even come close. The sale price here was fair, and the car is now listed with a Florida dealer asking $16,900. MOPAR #F206-1958 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: LY115164. Ivory/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 43,306 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 675 produced. Power steering, seats and brakes. All-original panels with older respray in good overall condition. Trunk alignment is tight to right edge. A few scuffs in paint here and there. Bumpers in good condition. Lightly pitted brightwork. Interior appears to be all original. Original carpets show some wear. Seats show minor wear, especially at driver’s position cording. Light pitting on horn bezel. Gauges clean, clear. Screen printing shows minor wear, especially at transmission selector. Interior door stainless dull. 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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX and Cadillac, the Imperials would see a redesign every two or three years. The oversized gauges used in examples such as this are something to marvel at, with so much room words like “temperature” are not abbreviated but spelled out in their entirety. This example has been seen a handful of times since we first saw it in 2010. Successful sales include 2010 Fall Carlisle, where it sold for $80,000 (ACC# 1689465), and Mecum Kansas City 2011, where it sold for $80,000 (ACC# 6757678). Other appearances mark “no sales” for this example with high bids of, well, $80,000 exactly, two times. The high bid here was close, but it wasn’t $80k, which is where the market has previously held strong for nearly a decade. #F136-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29L9B355101. Bright blue metallic/ blue vinyl. Odo: 42,763 miles. Lowest-serialnumber example for Dodge Daytona production. With A34 Super Trak Pak., Hurst shifter. Superb, high-quality restoration: Paint is very well applied, with a few flaws. Very small paint chip on the left front fender. Windshield surround is a little wavy and tacky. Some scuffing on brightwork, but it is all straight. Driver’s door is slightly out; passenger’s door fits much better. Rear glass has a few scuffs, but windshield and side glass are excellent. Interior nearly flawless, as everything appears to be well restored. Console shows slight wear. Engine compartment also nearly flawless; all factory stampings and labels in place. Like-new Polyglas tires. Cond: 2+. bbl, auto. Original broadcast sheet. Rebuilt engine and transmission. Slap Stik shifter. Very nice restoration completed about five years ago. Light clearcoat scratches throughout. Driver’s door has a small chip on rear edge. Vinyl on rear quarter panel scratched. Factory trim in good order. Body straight with good panel alignment. Rear glass is slightly cloudy with light scratches. Interior is above average: seats show virtually no wear, steering wheel is in good order, and gauges are clean and clear. No problem with the headliner. Engine compartment is extremely nice. All hoses are factory-correct. Stampings and factory labels are in place. Cond: 1-. and shows a little wear. Factory 8-track player under the dash. Engine bay is nicely restored and shows very little use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. Originally restored for Sage Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone. In 1971, the R/T was the most expensive B-body Dodge offered, and fewer than 100 V-code Six Pack Charger R/Ts were built with the automatic transmission. The restoration puts this example in a league of its own compared to a majority of its peers. Sure, Hemis bring more, as they almost always do, but few examples reach the offers seen here. If any of them are worth it, this would be the one. Previously, this example was offered at Silver Auctions’ Reno sale in 2010, where it failed to sell for $60,000 (ACC# 6614563). The market has changed since then, and Mecum’s estimate of $85k–$125k was fair. Well bought here under the low estimate. SOLD AT $99,000. Introduced in 1969 as a 1970 model year, the Challenger was a late response to the Camaro and Mustang. Launching their most potent Pony car ever also came on the eve of a nationwide gas crisis that started to sway many manufacturers to produce fuel-efficient cars. In 2015, Mecum sold this example at their 2015 Kissimmee sale for $83,160 (ACC# 6774778). Mecum’s estimate today was between $75k–$100k. All in, it sold right at the top of the estimate. Well sold. NOT SOLD AT $230,000. Offered with several other Mopars out of a private collection, this was a well-restored example, which is one of 503 produced and one of 139 equipped with a 4-speed manual mated to a 440. While the chassis and transmission were matching-numbers, the engine block is non-matching but date-code correct. Catalog’s estimate was $275k–$375k, which is right on the money given the recent restoration by marque expert Dave Dudek. A stellar car with a big reserve, especially for a Friday, the bids just could not get there—falling nearly $50,000 short of the low estimate. #F138-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B305402. Panther Pink/ black vinyl. Odo: 87,577 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2- 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #F144-1971 DODGE CHARGER R/T coupe. VIN: WS23V1A144052. Citron Yella/black & gray cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 38,557 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Well documented with two broadcast sheets, consumer information sheet and owner card. V-code 440 Six Pack. Power steering and brakes. Go Wing rear-deck spoiler. Hideaway headlights. Very nice, well-kept restoration. Extremely clean with a few flaws in paint. Vinyl graphics expertly applied and nearly flawless. Small paint chip at rear corner of hood, where it rubs when operated. Interior is very nice. Custom monogrammed floor mats. Some driver’s seat fabric is fraying. Steering wheel is in good order #F140-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23R1G125086. Curious Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 41 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Slap Stik shifter. A34 Super Trak Pak. Matching numbers. One of 19 GTX Hemis produced with an automatic transmission for 1971. Expert restoration with very few postrestoration miles. Panel alignment is excellent, likely better than new. Body is straight. Paint prep and application are excellent. Factory emblems and graphics appear almost new. Trim is in excellent condition. Lenses and indicators are free of any sun fading. Interior is excellent. Steering wheel looks as though it has not been touched. Door panels and seats are in excellent condition. Carpets are replaced and show no wear. Screen printing appears to have been restored. Very few flaws to be found. Cond: 1-. 3 SOLD AT $253,000. Offered out of a private Mopar collection that was run in its entirety on Friday, this example reigned as the top overall seller this weekend for Mecum’s Dallas auction. Not only that, it also sold just slightly over the high estimate of $250,000. The third-generation GTX was a one-year car as a standalone model, and Hemi examples are unicorns at auction, with the ACC Premium Auction Database recording zero previous sales of 1971 Hemi GTXs. There are plenty of Hemi ’Cudas of the same year by TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS • DALLAS, TX comparison, but the values are too far apart, with the ’Cudas regularly bringing much more. Maybe the Hemi GTX is the bargain? It offers rarity unseen in the more-common Hemi ’Cuda along with a not-so-common GTX wrapper. Fair price paid for a hidden gem. (See profile, p. 56.) AMERICANA #F163-1978 JEEP CJ-5 Renegade Levi’s Edition SUV. VIN: J8F83EH055151. Sun Orange/ tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 98,558 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restored. Presented with lots of receipts and photos of the restoration and participation at various shows. Original invoice included. A few scratches that are deep, mostly around body cavity from installing and removing the top. All brightwork appears to have been replaced and is in very good condition. Carpet loosely fits in places, with amateur cutouts and some bulging. Original carpet included with the sale. Gauges are clear, but screen printing behind the glass is somewhat faded. Original factory radio. Very nice dash with close attention paid to application of interior paint all the way down to the seat frames. Ultratidy engine compartment. Original restored wagon wheels included with the sale. Cond: 1-. left front fender, tailgate and driver’s door. Mask lines on top of bed. Black-painted grille, headlights surrounds and bumpers. Paint cracks in door sills. Vinyl graphics are good reproductions. Aftermarket fender flares. Automatic Hurst shifter. Exterior side lenses painted black. Rear indicators faded and worn. Color-matched sprayin bedliner. Removable hard top. Interior is clean but pretty tired. All gauges are cloudy. Carpets appear to be original and are showing wear. Dash covering is wavy. Sunvisor material is loose. Rubber appears to be original but in decent condition. Cond: 3. auto. Appears to be all original. Wood graphics—notorious for peeling and fading with age—in good overall condition. Paint chipped and touched up throughout. Panel alignment is good. Brightwork is original and decent, with some peeling laminate finish. Window seals appear to have been replaced. Occasional pitting along luggage rack. Front windshield sand pitted. Carpets are original and worn. Center armrest misaligned. Cracking in leather. Factory air conditioning. Headliner is good overall. Rear seats average. With factory cassette deck and aftermarket LED fog lights. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,650. The “Terra” and “Traveler” variants of the Scout II carried an extra 18 inches between the front door and the rear wheels. The Traveler was a traditional utility with a full removable roof, while the Terra was the removable-top half-cab pickup version. Like the extended “Unlimited” version of the TJ (or LJ) Jeep, the extended Scout IIs are coveted by many collectors. The consignor on this one appeared to be a small restoration shop out of Oklahoma, and the final piece they presented for sale was nice but may not fit the tastes of the masses. Painted brightwork and painted exterior lenses might not be for the purist, and the interior felt a little incomplete. Still, not a bad driver and well sold for what appears to be a solid example. SOLD AT $35,200. Many things about this CJ-5 are better than new without being over the top. While the popularity of Jeep Wranglers and previous variations, such as the CJ-5, is high, values are steady but not as strong as you would see in a similar utility vehicle, such as a Toyota FJ. However, this one is the exception. Marketed to a wide audience on an online bidding platform in June 2019, it successfully sold with a high bid of $24,000. Some commenters described the price as a bargain. It appears little has changed since the online sale. Well sold here. #T297-1979 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II Terra Rallye pickup. VIN: J0102JGD41529. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 23,277 miles. 345-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Half-cab “Terra” pickup. Repaint with prep issues throughout. Some bubbling on #F274-1988 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER SUV. VIN: 1JCNJ15U1JT070691. White/burgundy leather. Odo: 128,961 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, “ SOLD AT $20,900. The Grand Wagoneer is an uptrimmed version of the Wagoneer, which saw a relatively unchanged body structure from 1963 to 1991. With a 29-year run, it holds the title of the third-longest run of a single-generation, U.S.-produced vehicle. While not rare, good ones can be hard to find, with collectors and enthusiasts taking note. The good ones are bringing the money, and values and have been on the rise over the past few years. There are a few sales within the last year alone that have topped $50k. The mileage on this one is not low, nor has any special attention been paid to improving it beyond used-car quality. High teens to low twenties is about right in today’s market, but mark this one as very well sold considering this very example sold at Leake’s Tulsa sale for $7,700 (ACC# 6875266) in 2018. A While not rare, good ones can be hard to find, with collectors and enthusiasts taking note. The good ones are bringing the money, and values have been on the rise over the past few years. 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV January–February 2020 89 ”


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN a decent buy for the $990,000, but it was also the auction’s the top seller The Auburn Auction 2019 Billed as the last Tucker that was assembled, it not only represented Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN August 30–31, 2019 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 75/91 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $3,864,450 High sale: 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $990,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Billed as “likely the last (Tucker) to be completed” — 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $990,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics • Six sold lots eclipsed the $100k mark • Total sales fell 43% from last year’s $6.9m sale that featured an additional 23 cars on offer • Average per-car price of $51,526 B ack when Worldwide first conducted an auction during the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn, IN, a dozen years ago, one of their goals was to eventually have their own permanent auction facility. Being in the National Automobile and Truck Museum in the former Cord plant directly behind the ACD Museum was a great central location to be around the fes- tival for the last few years of the auction. It was, however, something of a logistical problem, mostly when moving vehicles out of the main floor and setting up for the auction. And that’s not factoring parking for those attending the auction. With the closure of the WWII Victory Museum complex directly across Interstate 69 from the RM Auctions’ Auburn Auction Park, Rod Egan and John Kruse were able to purchase the building earlier this year as their new permanent base of operations. And in one fell swoop, all of the Auburn auction activity suddenly clustered together. Getting off to a good start in their new home, Worldwide had 91 cars consigned on their two-day event — to include six cars on the Friday segment of mostly 90 AmericanCarCollector.com automobilia and collectibles. They had two auction segments on Friday — an automobilia-only sale at 1 p.m. and the main car auction at 6 p.m. One of the only non-car lots on Saturday night was actually heavily car-related: the sale of the Cord trademark for $88,000. The top sale was the 1948 Tucker 48 sedan. Billed as the last Tucker that was assembled (albeit within the decade), it not only represented a decent buy for the $990,000 for which it hammered sold, but the proceeds also benefited the Mayo Clinic’s Cancer Center. While the overall numbers were down a bit this year, last year’s sale of mostly no-reserve collection cars did skew things a bit. All numbers were right in the ballpark for the 12 years that Worldwide has been a part of the ACD weekend. In a new permanent home, and one not just across the freeway from a competing auction house but also next to the permanent home of the Early Ford V-8 Foundation Museum, Worldwide should continue to do well as a fixture of the Labor Day ACD Festival weekend. A QUICK TAKE


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN CLASSICS #70-1931 AUBURN 8-98 replica-body Boattail Speedster. VIN: GU72931. Black & red/black Haartz cloth/red leather. Odo: 47,085 miles. Fitted with a modern replica body from the cowl back as part of a refurbishment done within the decade. High-quality prep and paint application. Generally good door fit. All chrome has been recently replated. Knockoff painted wire wheels shod with older Lester bias-ply plain-tread tires. Clean and tidy under the hood. Chassis and bottom of body painted gloss black, then components were fitted. Leaf springs are leeching rust from between leaves. Electrical flexible conduit installed from engine bay to back of body. Like-new muffler, but pipes are now very rusty. Glossy finish on seat leather. Less wear on carpet than the seats. Newer Signal Stat controller clamped to steering column for turn signals that are wired into the brake and parking lights. Cond: 2-. touring, these are fantastic drivers among other Full Classics (which a Series 63 is). Offered at no reserve, the bidding opened at $15k and didn’t go much past, selling over the phone to a bidder in North Carolina. Final price is commensurate with good pre-war, 4-door, HydraMatic-equipped Caddys, be they restored or original. jazz trombonist Monte Barton (no, I’ve never heard of him either), who kept the car until 1971. Such is fleeting fame in the entertainment industry. I have confidence that at an auction in 2088, Funkmaster Flex’s 2008 Ford Flex SEMA show car will get the same reaction. Last seen selling at RM Sotheby’s Hershey auction in 2017, then selling for $134,750 (ACC# 6853229). That may have been a touch light back then. The bid here should’ve gotten it sold—regardless of celebrity-owner status. GM NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Anyone care to bet against me that this most likely started out as a needy, brown 4-door sedan? Considering that this body does not attract a magnet, and is essentially a grandfather to all those Tupperware Cobras and Glenn Pray Auburn Speedsters out there, this was sufficiently bid. #31-1937 CORD 812 Sportsman convertible. VIN: 8121256F. Maroon/black cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 68,396 miles. Stated that the car has never been taken apart for a restoration, but has had some cosmetics over the years. The decade-or-so-old panel repaint has a period authentic sheen to it, helped to some extent by some light polishing scratches. Light crazing on driver’s door. Fuel-filler lid, trunk lid and headlight doors are slightly darker than the rest of body. Several touched-up scratches on convertible-top lid. Said top is a high-quality replacement showing little wear. Chrome presents well; bumpers may have been replated decades back. Period-accessory fog lamps. Seats, door panels and carpeting are exceptional if they are 82 years old. Washed-off undercarriage; muffler rotting out at bottom. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Stated that the original owner was 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #48-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 63 sedan. VIN: 7344921. Maroon/beige broadcloth. Odo: 69,999 miles. Factory-optional HydraMatic and Hill Holder. Period-accessory spotlight, modern clamp-on door-frame mirrors. Stated that the car is largely original, to include the majority of the paint. Said paint has a somewhat flat sheen to it, but still looks reasonably good and looks the part of being period-authentic. Ditto for the uniform finish on all the chrome, inside and out. Older engine repaint, but could stand a better job of cleaning around it. Light-to-moderate wear on front seat bottom, with a plaid blanket over it. Rest of the seat upholstery and door panels are very good originals with minimal wear. Aside from a repainted fuel tank, somewhat dingy chassis. Cond: 3+. #21-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 536217944. Light blue/dark blue cloth/twotone blue leather. Odo: 95,338 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration done approximately over a decade ago—between driver grade and localshow quality. Good paint, with period-correct sheen. Light nicks on and below trunk lid. Decent panel gaps and door shut lines. Mostly replated chrome, now just starting to get a touch cloudy. Gold-toned trim starting to dull and wear through on edges, although the inserts are still rather good. Reupholstered seats are quite supple and have plenty of light wrinkles from limited use. Door panels also redone at the same time and now show wear on armrests, and the pinstriped gold trim is wearing off. Cleaned-off motor, but hardly detailed. Universal-fit flex upper radiator shell. Recently spray-painted black over old, flaking undercoating. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. Last seen selling for $53,900 two years ago at RM Sotheby’s auction during Fall Hershey (ACC# 6853215). The car hasn’t gotten any better in that time, and while early-1950s Caddy converts are correcting downwards, I do think that the final bid here was a touch light. Call it an even $50k and everyone involved would have (or at least should have) been sufficiently pleased. SOLD AT $19,800. The consignor purchased the car in 2013, and then had it judged at a Classic Car Club of America meet in the Originality class, where it attained 96 points. The Series 63 is a fairly rare model, as it was only offered in 1941 and 1942. Offered only as a 6-window sedan, the “two doors too many” factor of desirability saw few survive to today—let alone as well-kept originals. Yet for a CCCA CARavan or #82-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57N136805. Tuxedo Black/silver vinyl & black nylon. Odo: 3,531 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power Pac, Powerglide and pushbutton AM radio with dual rear-mounted antennas for options. Good older repaint. Good door gaps and panel fit. Replated bumpers and a few other larger pieces, but mostly original plating with minimal scuffing or pitting. Generally stock under the hood, with some attempt at using correct or reproduction components—such as some hoses and hose clamps. Old engine repaint, with paint flaking off valve covers, coolant staining


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN around thermostat housing, and fuel staining around carburetor. Aside from a new silver gas tank, the whole undercarriage is painted glossy black. Older, well-fitted reproduction seats and door panels. Repro carpet pulling loose from the top of the toe board. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Sold new in Montreal, remaining in Quebec until consigned here, so it must have been kept off the roads for the most part in the winter. These panoramic-rear-window GM 4-door hard tops are some of the few 4-doors that give a 2-door a run for its money today. If I were consigning it, first thing I’d do is remount the radials so the whitewalls were facing out. The black-wall austerity look doesn’t come off well on a top-shelf 98, at least to me. At the very least, whitewalls would complement the paint far better. Being well cared for over its 71k miles of use made up for “two doors too many” for a lot of folks, and offered at no reserve, this did as well as could be hoped for. SOLD AT $32,450. For younger generations who think a ’57 Chevy is cool but too expensive for them to buy, your ship is on the horizon. With the core band of enthusiasts of these cars starting to go off to their great reward, the market is starting to get soft for less-than-stellar examples. Also helping in the redistribution efforts was that this one was offered at no reserve—no owner who still thinks it’s a $50k car was holding it back. Some may think this was a good buy, but I feel that it’s a case of the market trying to find a level spot. While not a show car, this should be a great cruiser about which the new owner can proudly brag to his buddies what a deal he got on it. #77-1960 OLDSMOBILE 98 Holiday 4-dr hard top. VIN: 609W03927. Red metallic & white/two-tone red vinyl & nylon. Odo: 71,623 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well equipped with pw, full tinted glass, Autronic Eye, power front seat and push-button AM radio added to the usual standard trappings of the top-end 98. Better-quality older repaint has now mellowed. Bumpers may have been replated, but now are a bit muted. Original chrome and stainless likely has had some professional polishing done in recent years. Solid-fitting doors and good panel gaps. Original seats are pretty good, although there’s a seam split on driver’s seat bottom. More surface rust on the block than any other part underhood. Newer AC Delco battery. Dusty but solid and rust-free undercarriage. The stock (possibly original) exhaust system is quite rusty, but not sounding obnoxious. Cond: 3+. #27-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 custom coupe. VIN: 124379N696271. LeMans Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,247 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Burnished Brown with dark brown vinyl roof. Stated that it has “a correct JH suffix code L78”, but that’s just the block; the heads and induction are all aftermarket components. The block is pretty much the only stock part under the hood; with headers, Wilwood brakes, a billet serpentine-belt pulley system, an MSD HEI ignition and alloy radiator. High-quality, color-change base/clear repaint. Show-chrome bumpers and reproduction emblems, with scuffed original windshield trim. Aftermarket 17-inch wheels and tires. Well-fitted replacement vinyl for halo roof. Stock-reproduction seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting. Repro bezel on console shifter, reflecting the 4-speeds in the modern automatic transmission. Plenty of road spray on the undercarriage. Cond: 2-. 37,796 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Build completed in 2009, showing little use since. Features a color-shift base/clear paint that was applied well over excellent body prep. Seventeen-inch Cragar SS wheels on modern radials. Stock reproduction seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting; with custom upholstered rim on billet steering wheel, Vintage Air HVAC controls for modern a/c, triple-gauge pod below dash and DIN-mount sound system in dash. Original engine block and heads; built up with aftermarket high-rise intake, double-pumper Holley carb, cast-aluminum valve covers, MSD HEI ignition and chrome alternator. All is clean but not detailed. Undercarriage is nothing special, with custom chambered exhaust system and dingy undercoating on everything else. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500. Stated that it has “documented 5,667 careful miles since a comprehensive restoration.” Call it a resto-mod, Pro Touring, or just plain modified, but restored it is not. I’m not at all besmirching the quality of the work done—which was quite good—just quit misusing the term “restoration.” Based on the quality of work done here, this was a pretty decent buy, if for no other reason than that to do up one like this you’ll spend more for the work. That’s also likely happened on this one—yet the reserve was met without much fanfare. CORVETTE SOLD AT $44,000. The bidding here opened at $25k, then immediately jumped up to a $33k bid on Proxibid. The bids went back and forth until the reserve was met at $40k, which pretty much tossed a wet blanket onto any further advances and it was hammered sold. The consignor easily had twice that into the car, but that’s what happens once in awhile when you modify—even one of the most popular cars to modify. At least it wasn’t Resale Red. #30-1969 PONTIAC GTO custom convertible. VIN: 242679B153344. Dark maroon colorshift metallic/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #23-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S112535. Tuxedo Black/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 86,904 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Concours-quality restoration done a quarter of a century ago, having attained Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, and Chevy Vettefest Gold Spinner accreditation in the mid-to-late 1990s. Since then, has seen minimal use and shows minimal degradation. Paint still is better than when Fisher Body applied it new—if barely. Doors protrude slightly from body. Chrome replating and refurbished trim still excellent, yet with some light scuffing. Bloomington Gold Certified decal in driver’s side windshield. Rear suspension sits slightly high. Minimal seat and carpet wear. Generally clean under the hood, but cast iron and aluminum are somewhat dull. Very little flash rust on undercarriage bare steel. Cond: 2.


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN near begging for any advance, so he hammered it done. Top money paid for just a driver that someday the new owner will have to decide to either improve or run into the ground. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $95,000. From the final year of first-gen production; most would argue that this was the most valued engine in a solid-axle Corvette—the one and only year it had a 327 with fuel injection. Considering that this one is still doing great despite a quarter-century-old restoration, it’s easy to see why the consignor didn’t consider cutting it loose for an under-six-digit bid. #13-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S105901. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 760,380 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory optional a/c, pb and AM/FM radio. Reproduction knockoff alloy wheels with radials. More of an older repaint and tidying up, rather than a restoration. There’s some light cracking around a few masking lines—especially around windshield and hood. Uneven gaps around headlight buckets, but okay door gaps. Some patchand-fill at top dead center in front wheelwells. Cracked and dry-rotted vent window and windshield seals. Original seats, with some seamsplitting on bottom cushion and seam stretching on backrest. Dashboard frame has been repainted at one time, as the body and VIN tags have flaked-off black paint on them. Older partial paint detailing underhood. Used-car undercarriage. Cond: 3. #16-1911 FORD MODEL T open runabout. VIN: 303436. White & black/black leatherette/ black leather. Reproduction body tag attached to cowl. Old paint still presentable despite some light cracking in places. Plywood baseboard for open bodywork, with laminations starting to lift at rear corners over edging. More-robust plywood in front seat base, with amateur cut to allow access to a modern battery. Good varnish on the cowl and wood spokes, with a “Voitures Anciennes Du Quebec” tag facing forwards. Brass trim polished a few years back and still has a decent sheen. Light dings in radiator tank. Mismatched headlights. Reproduction Boyce MotoMeter. Reasonably well-fitted top. Average upholstery work on seats. Reproduction rubber floor mat and pedal covers. Reproduction tires more correct for a 1920s-era car. Cond: 3. roon leather. Odo: 52,257 miles. 337-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Modified underhood with a pair of period cast-aluminum, finned heads and dual Stromberg 97 induction. Otherwise, it’s clean and stock, to include the seafoam-green engine paint and 6-volt generator. Head bolts are rusty (should’ve used chromed acorns instead). Good repaint done in recent years. Well-fitted, newer top. All major chrome was replated, most stainless professionally buffed out. Expertly reupholstered door panels and seats. Minimal wear on replacement carpeting. Light scratching on restored steering-wheel rim. Repainted dashboard, with some wiring dangling below it. All-blackpainted undercarriage, aside from newer brake lines and non-stock dual exhaust system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,850. For someone of the nonthree-pedal persuasion who just wants a midyear to drive, this seems to be a decent proposition. Having factory air makes up for the 2-speed Powerglide automatic, value- and utility-wise. You certainly don’t have to worry much about nicks and chips while driving it around. Too much to spend to gussy it up for show duty—let alone taking down to the frame to properly restore or build into a resto-mod—and laughable if you think it’s a “Survivor.” With the reserve lifted at $45k, the auctioneer was darn SOLD AT $10,450. Car number stamped on the body tag (which is listed as being on the title) is a lot later than from 1911—as they ranged from 34,900 to 70,915. Engine numbers stayed close to the body number that year, but were not guaranteed to match. More importantly, the engine number was considered the legal serial number during Model T production. Unfortunately, aftermarket engine parts blocked access to the engine stamping pad. If this is the engine number, the block dates to July of 1913—very plausible considering that there’s 108 years of potential engine-swap time. Being from Quebec, if sold new in Canada, this was before the production of engines in the Dominion and separate s/n range. Model Ts have been seeing an uptick in interest as of late, and the selling price here is right in the bell curve for a pre-assembly-line car with some parts swapping. #64-1949 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN convertible. VIN: 9EH40652. Black/tan cloth/ ma- SOLD AT $33,000. When the original Continental was discontinued in 1948, so too was the V12 that powered it. One would’ve thought that Lincoln would’ve developed an overhead-valve V8 for their new post-war cars, and if they did, it would’ve made for a very interesting market competition between them and Cadillac in the early 1950s. Instead, Ford essentially super-sized and refined their flathead V8 for the new Lincolns. Lincoln did premiere Ford’s first post-war OHV V8 but that was for 1952, and the war was already lost to Cadillac by then. It’s not often that you find a Cosmo drop-top anymore, and the period speed parts make it all that more unusual. Not too bad of a deal, if you dare to be different. #45-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: E7FH281008. White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 52 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Optional pb, Town & Country radio, plus the soft top only. Incorrect Kelsey-Hayes 1961–63-era Sports Roadster wire wheels on bias-ply tires. Professionally restored by a marque expert within the decade, with a CTCI Senior award since then. 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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN less to say, if you like these big boats, you wouldn’t lose if you got this one. A relative bargain, being well sorted and a future trophy magnet. SOLD AT $110,000. This E-bird is a frequent flyer on our ACC Premium Auction Database, with a couple of no-sales since it sold here in Auburn at the 2012 edition of Worldwide’s auction for $104,500 (ACC# 4880380). Now with a few miles under its belt, it’s not minty fresh— but not an unwound beater, either. Even with every example being an open car, the demographic for the original T-bird is an aging one, so hoping to sell yours for record money isn’t going to happen. #42-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III convertible. VIN: H8YG407536. Black/white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 68,661 miles. 430-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory-installed a/c. Reproduction dealer-installed triple 2-barrel carburetion. Superb body prep and paint application. Masking okay around unaltered body tag in driver’s door jamb. Show-quality replating of all chrome, in addition to new gold-tone finish on Continental scripts, which are as-new. Bankvault door fit. Very well-fitted, correct top, down to embossed Continental star on C-pillar vinyl. Clean, near-concours detailing under the hood. Light road spray on undercarriage. Stock-style stainless-steel exhaust system and radial tires. Well-fitted supple seat leather, door panels and dashpad. Cond: 2+. #43-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL convertible. VIN: 4E69Z213838. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 91,998 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional ps, pb, power driver’s seat and remote trunk release. Dealer-accessory fender skirts and Rotunda tachometer mounted on center console ahead of shift quadrant. Originally a 300-hp, 390-ci powered car. Now has a circa-1964 4-bbl, 427-ci side-oiler under the hood. Everything underhood could benefit from better cleaning and detailing. Decent enough of a repaint in recent years. Replated bumpers, reconditioned trim. Doors sit a bit low, especially on passenger’s side. Good original interior, with some light yellowing of seat piping and stretched stitching. Faceplate on AM/FM radio is like-new, unlike the rest of the bezels. Non-stock glasspack dual-exhaust system on a dirty undercarriage. Cond: 3. sides of the center armrest and carpeting. Stockstyle undercoating now has some light road spray, and the rear leaf springs have some surface rust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. 1965 is something of an odd duck for the slab-side Lincolns; while they retained the extended wheelbase of the 1964s, 1965s got front disc brakes and a new front fascia, combined with ongoing minute changes throughout the car. With an all-new design (and new engine) for 1966, the ’65s really were a one-year wonder. Bidding opened at $25k and had no trouble reaching $40k, where it was rapidly walked up in $1k bids until one bidder was left. To judge it in any other venue (as it’s “been there, done that” in Lincoln and Continental Owners Club competition) might require some primping up in a few places, but I get the feeling that its new owner will make it an eye-catching cruiser more than anything else. As such, it was money well spent. SOLD AT $34,100. First rule of engagement for Ford 427s: An automatic was not available until the domesticated 1968 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT-E 7.0, with a detuned 390-hp version of the 427 as standard. It took 56 years for Ford to offer an automatic that would be worthy behind a 427—the 7-speed DCT in the Shelby GT500—and that doesn’t have a torque converter. Sold well enough for being the sum of its parts rather than something that never really existed. SOLD AT $52,800. The Super Marauder multicarb induction was originally offered as an option on any 1958 Mercury and a dealer-installed accessory (or over the parts counter) on Lincolns. Until a few years ago, these were quite rare, but one of the Lincoln vendors remade a run of complete units a few years ago. Interestingly, the consignor has the photo negative of this car, in white with a black top and black-leather interior. As he’s at that downsizing point of his life, he didn’t need both cars but wanted one, so the black one lost out and crossed the block. Need- 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #26-1965 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. VIN: 5Y86N426040. Fiesta Red/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 1,919 miles. 430ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power front bucket seats, a/c, tilt steering column, auto-dimming headlights, and AM/FM radio. State-of-the-art restoration completed approximately a dozen years ago. Only concessions to the 21st century are a modern Motorcraft battery and radial tires. Exquisite repaint. Authentic sheen on all chrome, which is replated. Rather consistent panel and door gaps, even around the top flipper. Seat bottoms are showing some wrinkling, light soiling and minimal yellowing. Minimal wear on #47-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT custom fastback. VIN: 6F09K254694. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 80,667 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of the original window sticker shows it was equipped with optional full tinted glass, Interior Décor Group, full-length console, Visibility Group and AM/8-track sound system. Color-change repaint in 2012 from original Silver Frost. Shelby GT350-style rear quarter windows added in the 1970s. Hood scoop added before repaint, hood pins and Talbot-style mirrors added afterwards. Brightwork ranges from decent original to a few more recently replaced pieces. Good original seats, somewhat loose-fitting due to 53 years of settling padding. 1970s-era Hurst shifter. Aftermarket air cleaner and alloy valve covers, but otherwise generally stock under the hood. Plenty of road spray underneath. Cond: 3+.


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • AUBURN, IN SOLD AT $66,000. Bidding opened at $25k, with the reserve passed—not lifted—at $57k. Final bid was a gift from the gods—and don’t give me that “but it’s a one-owner” line. From what I’ve seen, that’s either a blessing or a curse. In this case, being heavily personalized, it’s somewhere in the middle. The good news about first-gen Mustangs is that there are enough potential buyers who’ll gobble up personalized examples. With over a million of them built by the end of the 1966 model year, there’s room for everyone. MOPAR #41-1966 PLYMOUTH HEMI SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: RP23H61180377. Bright red/red vinyl. Odo: 70,238 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Period dealer-installed a/c. A circa-1981 repaint and bumper replate is the extent of any restoration. As part of the repaint, VIN tag was lifted and pop-riveted back on and has a “Custom painted by Bud Ward Pine Bluff, Ark” decal in vent windows. Remainder of the brightwork is original, lightly pitted and scuffed, with a few pieces that are moderately nicked. Okay panel gaps, at best. Washed-off underhood not at all detailed. Moderate paint flaking off of valve covers and engine block. Rear parcel shelf and tops of rear seats have heavy sun fading; the front seats, dashpad and back-seat bottoms are still quite good. Cond: 3. running being one of the more wholesome of them. As such, he fancied cars with big engines, so a first-year Street Hemi would be right up his alley (or, more likely, unlit country road). I found this real-deal, red-on-red Hemi interesting, if for no other reason then that it’s been 35 to 40 years since you could find a Hemi like this—unrestored, pushing a bit shaggy, but one that you wouldn’t lose sleep over driving on occasion. Seemed like all of these were restored to the nines from the 1990s to 2006. This is also about as cheap as you can get a Hemi car today, without having to cut down overgrowth and winch it on a trailer. Bid to $40k on the block, but a post-block deal was done by the time the lights went off on Saturday. AMERICANA SOLD AT $47,500. Reportedly originally owned by a gent who, to be charitable, had several less-than-honorable endeavors—moonshine “ #66-1951 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER State convertible. VIN: 8192147. Gray/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 24,303 miles. 232-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restored to match the production-order sheet from the Studebaker National Museum, with optional automatic transmission. Good repaint done a few years back, with a period-correct sheen. Plenty of overspray on otherwise black-painted undercarriage. Holes in A-pillar from a previously installed spotlight. Vent window and door seals replaced as part of repaint, but vent-window frame chrome is not all that great. Bumpers, grille and most body trim replated. Decent door gaps. Older engine bay cleanup is still pretty good, now with moderate soiling on carburetor. Seats and door panels reasonably well redone, but the interior has a slight musty odor. Newer non-stock Haartz cloth top. Older bias-ply tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. 1951 was unique for the top-end Commander line from Studebaker. On one hand, it was the final year of the iconic bullet nose, and on the other, it was the first year for a new overhead-valve V8 engine (entry-level Champions continued to use flathead sixes until the model line was discontinued after 1958). This one was a Reportedly originally owned by a gent who, to be charitable, had several lessthan-honorable endeavors—moonshine running being one of the more wholesome of them. As such, he fancied cars with big engines... 1966 Plymouth Hemi Satellite 2-dr hard top 98 AmericanCarCollector.com pretty decent driver, donated by the estate of Allen Walrath to the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, IN, and they consigned it here to help fund the facility. A win-win situation: The high bidder got a decent buy and the museum is better funded for a while. #14-1955 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT State Speedster 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7807936. Pimlico Gray Metallic & Shasta White/tan vinyl. Odo: 13,686 miles. 259-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Pulled out of a wrecking yard in 1988, then comprehensively restored over a nine-year period, after which it was driven in a number of club events. Better-quality base/clear repaint in original hues. Modern windshield. Door and panel gaps are passable, considering what the restorer started with. At first glance, it looks clean and generally stock underhood. Economy-grade fuelpressure regulator, plastic in-line fuel filter and hose clamps. Converted to a 12-volt negative ground electrical system with alternator. Expertly redone seats and door panels, showing minimal wear. Y2K-vintage, in-dash DIN-mount AM/FM/ cassette deck, with modern rear-parcel speaker grille painted to match upholstery. Cond: 3+. ” SOLD AT $30,800. It seems like you tend to find these 1955 President Speedsters in some of the oddest color combinations—such as olive green over pale yellow—even considering that it’s a product of the garish 1950s. While I’d be hard pressed to call this gray (even with the lights playing tricks with colors in this building), at least this pinkish-salmonish metallic over offwhite comes off as relatively normal. After the restorer passed away, he donated the car to the Studebaker Museum, and they were the ones who consigned it here to raise funds. All in all, everyone did reasonably well here. A


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN with a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A trading hands for $71,280 Winona 2019 Auction A post-block deal ended up as the sale’s high spot, SG Auction Winona, MN October 18–19, 2019 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Curt Warner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 160/275 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $1,911,152 High sale: 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-dr hard top, sold at $71,280 Buyer’s premium: 8% for onsite buyers; 11% for online, included in sold prices 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A 2-door hard top, sold at 71,280 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics • One of the more affordable sales of the year, with an average price of $11,945 • Despite an additional 55 lots over last year’s number, sales fell by $312,772 • 27% of consignments (74 lots) were Chevrolets I t’s not often that you have a chance to attend an auction where you can have an enjoyable touring drive to the auction venue. Pretty much any way you can get there, the SG Auction fall event in Winona, MN, will provide you with a picturesque drive, and if you’re not driving a car hauler, you’ll likely have some fun twisty roads to enjoy. Yet SG Auction is not in the tourist trade; they’re in business to sell cars, and selling cars at the Remlinger Muscle Car Collection is something they do well. Now in their second year at this venue, it’s well suited for conducting a 300-lot car auction. They even had a good handle on dealing with light rain on Saturday morning, with a canopy over the pre-stage area, so cars could be wiped dry before crossing the block, and plenty of room to conduct the auction in the back half of the Remlinger building. As far as sales, it was a mixed bag. With 55 more consignments and 24 more sales than last year, one would figure that the gross sales figures would be higher, yet they were actually down by nearly $313k. While the sales rate was off by 4%, the 100 AmericanCarCollector.com lower take was due entirely to more consignments on the higher price scale that brought less money or failed to sell. In the $20k–$50k range, sales were very strong. Topping all sales was some good ol’ American muscle: a 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A. While the SubLime hard top was a no-sale across the block, a post-block deal was put together on it by the end of the event for $71,280. SG Auction also utilizes Proxibid as an online bidding platform, and it was certainly worth the effort for SG and the consignors of the 25 cars that sold through it. In fact, five of the pre-war American cars from the David Harris Collection sold through them to a collector in Belgium. Online bidding is a force to be reckoned with and is here to stay. Located on the scenic banks on the Mississippi River and within four hours of several major metropolitan areas (three of them state capitals), Winona has proved to be a good location for SG Auction’s continued success. I’m looking forward to another quality event next year. A QUICK TAKE


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN GM #S82-1912 CADILLAC MODEL 30 tourer. VIN: 64574. Eng. # 64574. Dark blue/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 99 miles. Cadillac historical documentation shows it originally shipped to the dealer in Rochester, NY, on 12/6/1911; four documented owners since. Mostly original paint, with a few panels that have been resprayed—possibly when the top was replaced in 1940. Heavier paint cracking on radiator shell and behind front seat, but not flaking off. While not shiny, the brass does present well. Leather sling for crank (even with the first year of electric start, it was not with blind faith). Cream-colored wheels are in good shape, with older Universal tires mounted to the rims and modern wheel weights. Seats show some distress, more dye wear on the bottoms and some wear-through on the back. Newer front seat bottoms, but original hides elsewhere. Cond: 3. original chrome. Good original seats, door panels and headliner. Flooring has some water staining and moderate wear. Recent mechanical work includes a brake-system overhaul and new front suspension—including new hydraulic shocks and front springs. Cond: 3+. system. Newer radial wide whitewall tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. With the brake and suspension work, this first-year V8 drop-top is more of a cruiser than a show car. At least whoever owns this had their priorities right for modifying it—make the car stop and handle better before adding more power. Other things that need tweaking are pretty much that: Tweak it as part of the new ownership bonding experience. Not at all a bad car, it’s just that this was all the money in the world for it. SOLD AT $17,820. I factored that this would bring $20k, especially since I had seen another lower-mile HydraMatic-equipped ’41 Caddy bring $19,800 at Worldwide’s Fall Auburn auction a month and a half earlier. That was a more formal-looking 6-window Series 63; I figured that this more svelte-looking 4-window Series 62 (also a CCCA Full Classic) should bring a tad more. So much for that; the fickle world of collector-car auctions strikes again. Offered at no reserve from the David Harris Estate Collection, it was definitely changing hands. Whomever’s hands they went into, they should be applauding with glee, for they got a good buy on a greatdriving car. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. 1912 was significant for Cadillac—and the rest of the auto industry—as this was the inaugural year for any car to have an electric starter for the engine. While not a show pony, this is a regal Brass Era car for touring that makes no excuses for proudly showing its scars for 107 years of existence and use—and I like it that way. So does the ACC Premium-subscriber owner, who would only let it go if someone really wanted to pay his price for it. $45k certainly wasn’t that price today, and I can’t blame him. #S88-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 sedan. VIN: 8361889. Dark green/gray broadcloth. Odo: 35,841 miles. Optional HydraMatic transmission and fresh-air heater; dealer-accessory wheel trim rings, accessory bumper guards and fender skirts. Stated that indicated miles are correct from new and that the car is largely original. Doors and roof repainted a few decades ago, now mellowed to match original paint on rest of car. Masking line faintly detectable along base of C-pillar; light orange peel more obvious and not at all present on original paint. Recently polished all- #S67-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC55K070321. Aqua & white/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 14,043 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Clean, tidy and stock engine compartment, just shy of show-ready condition. Converted to dual-master-cylinder brakes, fitted with modern aftermarket tubular front A-arms and an aluminum radiator. Older repaint that still looks quite good. Too tight a gap at rear of driver’s door, which has caused some paint chipping on both door frame and edge. Replated bumpers, reconditioned stainless trim and mostly reproduction emblems. Top fit is passable. Reproduction seat and door panel fit much better. Seat belts added up front. Moderate wear to driver’s side front reproduction rubber floor mat. Rattle-can black on undercarriage, to include most of older non-stock dual-exhaust #F25-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. VIN: 209270117588. Corona Cream/ black vinyl. Odo: 33,920 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1bbl, 4-sp. Repainted in recent years in original color, trim-off but masked off around the window seals. Good door fit, even if the gaps aren’t spoton. Older replated bumpers, mix of repop and original emblems, scuffed headlight bezels. Fitted with 1964-era rear grille and three-prong spinner wire-wheel covers. Also fitted with factory-style a/c, with added ducts on ends of lower dashboard. Repop a/c decal in opposite corner of the car from where the factory would put it— driver’s front corner of windshield rather than passenger’s side rear window. Seats redone with modern cloth inserts, but in the stock pattern. Door panels don’t fit snugly. Modern electronic radio and center console. Vaguely stock under the hood and barely considered washed off. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,480. The 1962 Monza coupe had the highest production of all Corvairs, yet few of them turn up today. Some would say that most rolled over, but that’s a bit flippant to say. It’s more like they were worth so little for so long that the War of Attrition consumed the vast majority of them. A driver-grade example any way you cut it, but still not a horrid one at all. Factory-installed-type a/c helps in this sale (although the stock system is far from ideal). #S102-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136176K216270. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 98,639 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Slightly better-than-average base/ clear repaint a few years back, although with a few light blisters from lapses in body prep under driver’s side rear quarter window. Sanding scratches on various stainless moldings. Replated bumpers and some emblems are reproduction. January–February 2020 101


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN Good original door handles, reattached after repaint without gaskets. Good door fit and reasonably good panel gaps, although hood slightly askew. Aftermarket 1990s-era AM/FM/cassette deck and Hurst shifter. Better-quality repop seat vinyl, showing no appreciable wear. Redyed center console. Minimal cleanup under the hood. Older undercoating, but fitted with newer body bolts and bushings. Non-stock wheel covers and radial tires on stock steel rims. Cond: 3+. I’d actually be scared to drop the top, as the unibody may split. Ran hard, put away wet, painted wet, well sold here. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Pretty much an everyday, meat-and-potatoes, entry-level collector car, with the look of an SS 396. Overall, reasonably well bought for a decent driver, or watch this space for when it re-enters the market and becomes a “numbers-matching” SS 396 by swapping in a dump-truck 366-ci Mark IV big block. #F105-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 convertible. VIN: 223677U144172. Black/tan vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,788 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Economy repaint done a few years back, over body filler. Recently cleaned and buffed, except they never bothered to open the doors and clean, as jambs are filthy. Rust blisters in bottoms of door frames. Light hail damage on hood and trunk lid. Aftermarket whip antenna. Mediocre original brightwork. Pontiac arrowhead protruding from front bumper peak, like an overbite. Old economy radials on Rally II wheels. Newer, color-changed top. Interior smells musty. Multiple seam-splits on seats. If you think that the engine bay is a dirty, greasy snake pit full of low-budget dress-up parts from the 1980s, you’re spot on. Helper springs on the rear leaves. Cond: 4+. #F33-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 convertible. VIN: 223679U124080. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,519 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional tilt steering column, ps, pb and power top. Repainted reasonably well within the past few years, changing from original Goldenrod Yellow. Decent door and panel fit. Replated bumpers, but most other brightwork is good and original. Fitted with aftermarket 14inch chrome wire wheels, shod with newer economy-grade radial tires. Well-fitting older, if not original, top. Seats redone with non-stock cloth inserts years—maybe decades—back; carpet has been replaced, but the rest of the interior is original and in decent shape. Holes forward of shift quadrant on center console, from something previously mounted there. 1970s-era cruise control mounted on the tilt wheel lever. Early 1980sera GM AM/FM radio in dash. Period-correct 400 V8 under the hood rather unkempt and dingy. Cond: 3. Well-fitted reproduction seats, door panels, dashpad and carpeting. Redyed dashboard and center console. Stick-on Interior Décor Group repop wood trim. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,160. While a pleasing shade of blue, this is nowhere near LeMans Blue—let alone Dover White. At least it’s not Resale Red. Yet color doesn’t make for an enjoyable driving car, which this one seems to be. Across the block, the reserve was off at $25k (at least the consignor wasn’t expecting correctly restored showcar money) and continued to get five more bids, so all involved should be pleased on this deal. SOLD AT $23,220. When I talked to the consigning dealer about the car after it sold, he felt that the wheels “killed the value of the car.” He did cut the reserve loose when the bidding dried up, so it couldn’t have been that bad. Still, if you either like chrome wires on a Firebird or have a set of Rally IIs sitting in your garage looking for a new home, this was a good buy. SOLD AT $13,598. This was more of a Fireturd than most casual observers (or even potential bidders) would think. There was a $500 Reward anti-theft sticker from USAC on the driver’s side quarter window; I think they should cash it in. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #F42A-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379L514821. Dark blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 97,500 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, ps and front disc pb. Originally Dover White with a dark-blue vinyl roof and base-level blue vinyl interior. Goodquality color-change repaint, in a fantasy color combination (since neither this dark blue nor silver stripes were available when new). Heavier overspray on door seals and pinchweld moldings, lighter on outboard edges of rear leaf springs. Replated rear bumper, painted-steel front bumper. Most trim and emblems are reproductions. Good workmanship on replacement halo roof. Economy-grade service parts such as battery, belts, hoses and clamps. Various added wiring. Robust cold idle, but tames when warmed up. #F127-1969 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO custom pickup. VIN: 136809B329170. Red/red cloth, black vinyl. Odo: 94,085 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Five-footer repaint, color changed from the original burgundy. Poor prep work; being sprayed over dust and cracked original paint, with sloppy masking around the window seals. Painted rally stripes, to include on tailgate, with thick masking lines. Big block with aftermarket intake, dual-pumper carburetor, openelement air cleaner, chrome valve covers, headers and HEI distributor. None of it can be called clean or expertly installed. Low-budget, aftermarket race-style seats, in a red-and-black two-tone. New door panels and dashpad. Faded, stained and worn carpeting. Hurst shifter mounted in a hole cut into floor. AM/FM/cassette deck and triple-gauge panel below dash look to have been bought when Men At Work were in the Top Ten on the radio. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. This BS 396 comes off as the answer to what to do with all those parts lying around the garage—get a swapmeet spot, land on Craigslist, or hang ’em on that El Camino parked out back by the saguaros (since it did come from Arizona). My guess is that one trash can was full of dead rattle-cans and another one was full of Keystone Light empties after the repaint was “done.” Bidding opened at


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN $10k, and beyond that the auctioneer was probably talking to the hand. #S44A-1975 CADILLAC DEVILLE coupe. VIN: 6D47S5Q224689. Firethorn Red/Firethorn Red vinyl half-roof/red & white plaid cloth. Odo: 87,827 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional tilt/tele steering column, cruise control and signal-seeking AM/FM stereo radio. Well-cared-for original paint and vinyl half-roof. Minimal stone chipping on nose and trailing edges of wheelwells. Uneven hood gaps, but good door gaps— even if they have to be lifted slightly to latch properly. Excellent original chrome and trim. Poorly aligned low-beam headlights. Good alloriginal interior. One small crack in the driver’s door panel armrest, one larger crack in the upper portion of the passenger’s door panel. More surface rust than engine paint left, better coverage on stock air cleaner. R134a fittings on a/c lines. Heavier surface rust on chassis, but has newer shocks. Cond: 3+. when it was sold new by Ray Hutson Chevrolet and Nissan of LaCrosse, WI. Like-new seats, carpet and dashpad. Even the headliner isn’t really sagging. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,376. Publisher Martin has a soft spot in his head for these, as his grandfather had one while Keith was growing up. However, there hasn’t been one added to the ACC corporate garage—yet. With the dealer-accessory brush bar, it would be handy for jockeying around the occasional (okay, frequent) dead Alfa around the place. This one would’ve been a good one to get. While it was close to correct money on it, I feel it was well bought, as it has no excuses and you can show and/or work it as-is. SOLD AT $28,620. 1991 was the final year of the “square-box” Blazer and Suburban, so this represents the highest level of development and refinement that dates back to 1973. With electronic fuel injection, automatic overdrive transmission and HVAC controls that work without needing Vise Grips (and better body sealing to keep the interior climate in and dust out), it’s little wonder that prices are darn near equal to the 1970s vintage trucks to which they look very similar. Bidding opened at 10 grand and continued strongly until it hit the wall here, then the reserve was lifted. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $7,000. 1975 was the first year for HEI ignition (as in all GM vehicles) and the use of rectangular sealed-beam headlights (like several GM vehicles). At first, I thought that this was a Talisman package, due to the plaid cloth seats, but the Talisman was only available on Fleetwoods, and this has the standard cloth seats for a Coupe DeVille—even with a standard power front seat. Good luck finding a luxury vehicle sold in the U.S. in 2020 with cloth seats—it’s dead cow or nothing. This was a onebid wonder from online, with no action from anyone live on site. #F108-1991 CHEVROLET BLAZER K-1500 Silverado SUV. VIN: 1GNEV18K4MF133292. Gunmetal & red/red cloth. Odo: 28,424 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory options include a/c, sliding rear quarter windows with wind wings, power windows (including rear tailgate), power mirrors, power locks, tilt steering column, cruise control, center console and electronic AM/ FM/cassette deck. Stated that the 28,424 indicated miles are actual and that it is largely original, aside from general maintenance items, plus a Class III hitch and 15-inch alloy wheels. Wellcared-for original paint, tape striping and brightwork, with just a few light nicks in scattered spots. Retains original dealer tag from #F149-1947 FORD 8N farm tractor. VIN: 8N1249. Gray & red/gray vinyl. Period-accessory brush/push bar up front. Authentically restored within the past few years. Good paint application on tin and cast iron, but poorly masked around the patent plate. Painted over a couple of light dings in rear fenders, and paint on rear fenders is nearly a matte finish. Newer front tires; rear tires are good but have some light cracking on sidewalls. Repop decals on air cleaner, oil-filter canister and differential housing over PTO shaft. Chrome trailer ball mounted on swinging drawbar. Modern, generic vinyl cover over original steel seat. Modern plastic crimp connectors on all of wiring. Uniformly surface-rusted exhaust pipe routed below driveline. Starts easily, even when cold, and runs out well. Cond: 2-. #S69-1955 FORD F-100 panel truck. VIN: F10D5H60312. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 409 miles. 223-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Repainted recently, but has a pebbled finish with no attempt to knock it down with finish wet sanding. Best of the repaint has light orange peel. Rear valance panel and rockers are wavy from filler. Lots of overspray on components mounted to cowl. Decent older engine repaint in the stock light yellow; now has light surface rust around water pump and soling on the block. Additional wiring added to homemade harnesses. Aftermarket step plates. New door seals, but doors don’t latch well or seat flush to body. Non-stock seat coverings, which are starting to seam-split. Electric-blue house carpeting in forward section, varnished wood floor in back. Non-stock modern gauges. New radials on the stock rims. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,340. Stated that this was originally owned by the Dairy Queen in Granite Falls, MN. On one hand, maybe it would sell better done up in Dairy Queen graphics; but on the other, not everyone who wants a panel truck wants a Dairy Queen truck, so leaving it generic may attract more serious buyers. In the end, it doesn’t make much difference due to the amateur workmanship with just about everything on it. $5k opening bid online, selling when the reserve was cut loose when the bidding dried up. #F40-1959 EDSEL RANGER 2-dr sedan. VIN: A9UC718577. Light blue & white/blue vinyl & nylon. Odo: 88,727 miles. 223-ci I6, 2x2-bbl, auto. Clifford dual 2-barrel manifold and splitexhaust headers. Clean from induction and valve covers up, not so much below. Horrid job of troweling body filler into rust holes in fender arches and rockers. Wavy, swollen doors and fenders. Minimal-effort repaint on top of all that, with January–February 2020 103


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN some masking around glass moldings, but heavy overspray on undercarriage, body tag in driver’s door jamb, on door seals and into engine bay. Heavily pitted door handles; rest of chrome isn’t much better. Aftermarket stainless windshield visor. Recently reupholstered seats and door panels, in a stock-style pattern. Dashboard paint better than anywhere else on the car. Cond: 4. Dodge was heavily involved with war contracts—both for the U.S. and under the LendLease agreement—so very few 1941 Plymouths were made. Yet that doesn’t mean that this rusty, crusty dead sled is worth more than what was bid. SOLD AT $6,105. Oh boy, an Edsel that sounds like a modified Stovebolt Chevy. One year after being introduced as a medium-price-range model—staggered both between Ford and Mercury plus Mercury and Lincoln—not only was the Edsel pared down to two models that wedge between Ford and Mercury, but a 6-banger became standard in the 1959 entry-level Ranger. The death knell for a 1950s mid-range car— even Mercury never had a 6-cylinder until the Comet appeared in 1960 (and that was supposed to have been an Edsel). There are enough things wrong on this rusty tub to make this well sold. Maybe they just wanted the dual 2-barrel induction set-up that badly. Either that or this Proxibid buyer is in for one helluva surprise when it gets kicked off the transporter. MOPAR #F22A-1941 PLYMOUTH P11 pickup. VIN: 81002115. Faded red/brown vinyl. Odo: 80,054 miles. Originally green, but repainted red so long ago that the paint has faded to pink. Left front fender was originally blue, with a recently applied dent. Rust-out on bottoms of fenders, doors, cargo box, cab corners and running boards. Heavily dry-rotted window and door seals. Windshield heavily delaminating. Homemade front bumper with push bars. However, this is what needs pushing, as the engine is loose but won’t run. Old farm-implement front tires and spare in the bed, mix-master tires on the rear split rims. Newer battery sitting on passenger’s floor, connected to newer cables. Heavily distressed vinyl door panels and seat. Speedometer is internally falling apart, obscuring most of the odometer. In short, it needs everything. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $2,808. Plymouth pickups were only built from 1937 to 1942 (discounting the badge-engineered Mitsubishi 1979–82 Plymouth Arrow and K-car-based 1983-only Scamp). 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $71,280. Crossing the block, this failed to sell for $66k, with the suggestion from the block that “I think $70k will get it bought,” as it rolled off the block. Sure enough, while Lot S59 was being auctioned, it was announced that this car had sold, becoming the top sale of the weekend. #F150-1984 DODGE RAMCHARGER SE Royal W150 Prospector SUV. VIN: 1B4GW12T6ES306476. Black & silver/red corduroy. Odo: 5,328 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Power windows, power door locks, tilt steering column, cruise control, a/c and AM/FM stereo radio. Stated that it’s a one-owner truck. Lower black section repainted, as it’s covered with patched metal and Bondo from rust. Crusty undercarriage. Replated bumpers, dull (nearly white) alloy trim. Doors need to be lifted to latch prop- #S46-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B282541. SubLime & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,584 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Concise restoration completed in 1993 to match the fender tags, with minimal use since. Recently touched-up underhood, with all Mopar components (aside from a metal inline fuel filter), to include a newer Mopar battery. Missing cap from coolant overflow bottle. Excellent bare-body repaint, still in great condition. Ditto for replated bumpers and reproduction emblems. Interior looks like it was restored this year, not 26 years ago. Aftermarket embroidered carpeted floor mats. Light wear on fake wood-rim steering wheel. Optional AM/FM stereo radio. Aftermarket Mopar oilpressure gauge mounted below dash. Rally wheels shod with older raised white lettered radials. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,070. With the success of these Ramchargers, along with the full-size Broncos and Blazers in the 1980s, it’s surprising that they’ve gone the way of the Dodo bird in 2020—especially since just about everyone has SUV on the brain. Bidders who had a brain opened at $3k on this one; by $9k they pretty much fled, as bidding slowed markedly, yet it kept going to $10,250, where the reserve was dropped and it hammered sold. AMERICANA #S83-1910 HUPMOBILE MODEL 20 runabout. VIN: DMU3079. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Delayed restoration-in-progress nearly completed and needing only detail finishing. Well, that plus replacement of a few temporary components, such as swapping back in the correct magneto, now that it’s finished. Good repaint, with some chipping on back edge of left rear fender from handling. Duller finish on the original E&J headlamp assemblies. 1920s-era Hupmobile-badged MotoMeter fitted to a dogbone adapter. Clean and tidy engine, spark plugs wired, but with some temporary wiring and no manifolds attached to block. Undercarriage is complete, aside from a crude, temporary, unmuffled exhaust pipe. Seat leather recently completed and well fitted. Well-finished varnished wood firewall and steering-wheel rim. Cond: 3+. erly, due to sagging hinges. Vinyl edging lifting off of bodyside moldings. Seam-splitting on driver’s seat bottom, but other seats are in good shape, back seat and carpeting are like-new. Door panels have heavier sun fading to chalky white; driver’s side armrest cracked. Unkempt engine bay. Runs okay, but has an intermittent muffler rattle. Cond: 3.


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SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN SOLD AT $9,768. The original Hupp Motor Car Company was founded by Robert Craig Hupp in 1908. However, the cars were always known as Hupmobiles; from the first Model 20 introduced at the Detroit Auto Show in February 1909 until the last one left the assembly line in 1941—actually, Graham-Paige’s assembly line, with a retooled Cord 810 sedan body. One of the earliest Hupmobiles in existence, this car was in the process of being restored when it was acquired as part of the David Harris Collection. And like several of Mr. Harris’ cars, this one sold at no reserve online to a collection in Belgium. #S89-1930 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL C coupe. VIN: 1002122. Light yellow/brown vinyl/ light yellow leather. Odo: 82,449 miles. Old repaint, with some edge chipping, checking on a few panels and dulling finish on most upper panels. Silver-dollar-sized paint chip on centerright hood panel, showing original aqua (or green) paint. Lackadaisical masking for brown accents. Chrome plating overall is muted; some pieces with moderate pitting. Varnish on wood wheel spokes mostly flaked off and needs to be redone. Supple seat leather; more worn in, not worn out. Steering wheel painted the same goofy brown metallic as body accents and roof moldings. Said roof (along with replica trunk) now has kitchen-table-grade vinyl covering it, rather than the original leather. Engine bay going feral. Sloppy chassis wiring. Cond: 3-. #F18-1953 WILLYS 4-53 pickup. VIN: IT30337. Maroon/gray vinyl. Odo: 29,570 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Actual serial number is 453EC214678, rather than the VIN on the title. Older redo, wearing a decent repaint. Reproduction vinyl graphics on tailgate rather than original-style stencil lettering. Economy-grade NDT tires on rims that were masked off and painted with the rest of the truck. Modern clamp-on door-frame mirrors. Shop-fabricated rear bumper, painted black and labeled “OLD WILLY.” Okay door fit. Smooth, ribbed floor in the cargo box, not the original, beat-up floor. New shocks, but original and fatigued leaf springs. Plain but well-upholstered seat and door panels. Newer door seals. Older engine repaint. Modern yellow plug wires. Ball valve spliced into the fuel hose, but mounted right over the exhaust manifold (genius!). Cond: 3+. rear. Workmanship on seat upholstery is pretty decent, using modern fabric for the inserts. Sagging rear leaf springs. Low-budget, non-stock dual-exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,470. A Golden Hawk without a blower on the motor is like a Corvair Spyder without a turbocharger. At best, this is the equivalent of a Silver Hawk (but at least one with the optional V8 that is the exact same configuration that’s in this car now). In this case, knock $10k off the price due to “some assembly required” and knock even more off as the assembly for the rest of the car is sketchy. This sold for all the money it’s worth. At that, it took a lot of arm twisting for the consignor to let it go when the bidding went dry, but he did turn it loose. If the buyer feels that his labor is worth the potential bump in value once it’s completed, have a nut. SOLD AT $25,530. 1930 was unusual for Pierce-Arrow as they used letters for model names. Since the end of the Great Arrow in 1908, they had otherwise used numeric model designators until the very end of production in 1938. By and large, Fierce-Sparrows really don’t work well in light, festive colors. This would come off a lot better in its original darker green or aqua. Then again, this was done decades past (likely in the 1960s or early 1970s) when gaudy repaints were vogue—along with brown vinyl. One could keep patching this up, but the better course to take would be resetting it back to day one with a frame-off restoration. Yet for what this brought, that’s not really cost effective, but restorations rarely are. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $10,260. The post-war Willys pickups were available either with a flathead 6-cylinder or this flathead 4, essentially dating back to the 1929 Whippet and the WWII Jeep. While the F-head gave the old Go Devil 4 a few more ponies, it’s still rather heavily taxed, so consequently these are also deeply geared, making them quite lethargic on the highway. This was more of a redneck redo than a restoration; with the reserve off at $8k, the consignor knew that too. Yet it continued to get another $1,500 in bids, so it sold well enough. #F31-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6102065. Red/white vinyl, charcoal cloth. Odo: 71,132 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Supercharger and all related induction is included loose with the car. Color-change repaint has a few years (if not decades) on it. Door fit is horrible (even for a Stude), and, as such, there are a few paint chips from doors hitting the body—and even damage to the replacement door seals. Some—not all— moldings have been reconditioned, making the dull, scuffed ones look even worse. Averagequality bumper replating. Stainless plug fitted in hole in the left rear quarter panel where a radio antenna was, leaving a solo antenna in right #S101-1970 AMC REBEL The Machine 2-dr hard top. VIN: AOM190Y271170. Maroon metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,648 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional Kelsey-Hayes Rally wheels and power brakes. Real-deal Machine, but originally painted Hialeah Yellow. High-quality color change respray is something of a near-pearl, candy-type paint. Masking could be a lot better around corroded body tag on end of driver’s door. Good door fit. Most chrome was replated, and quite well. Clean and well detailed for the most part under the hood, save the aftermarket fuel line with pressure gauge and Kermit-green, mass-market modern battery. Good engine paint, but exhaust-manifold dressing is pretty much baked off. 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year wonder—being the final year of the Rebel—as AMC’s competition to the Plymouth Road Runner (mid-size muscle car on a budget, marketed to younger buyers). This one opened strong enough at $30k, and was bid initially to a no-sale at $37k, but was noted as being a postblock sale by the end of the day. SG AUCTION • WINONA, MN weld moldings are loose. Cond: 4-. CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN #S21-1972 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II pickup. VIN: A82880G483240. Dark turquoise metallic & white/aqua nylon. Odo: 97,454 miles. 345-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Retains the Line Setting Ticket on the cowl, showing it was built with a 345 V8, heavy-duty 3-speed stick, 3.73 open differential, Deluxe trim, heavy-duty electrical system and special paint. Severely rusted out, especially in rocker panels and cab corners. Spray foam shot into some of the rust holes to keep the drafts out. All chrome is pitted to some extent. Dingy, unkempt engine compartment, although it does have a new battery, distributor cap and recent oil filter. Fitted with an enginebelt-driven hydraulic pump, confirming that it had a snowplow at one time. Seat has more soiling than wear. Door panels and seat belts are in good shape; dashpad has several cracks. Pinch- ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC SOLD AT $3,348. For those of you from the South who wonder why you never see Scouts from the North Country, here’s your answer. Actually, I’m somewhat surprised at how good this one is along with it still being around, although I’ve seen far worse back in the day that were still running. I suspect that this was a long-term, dedicated plow truck, which became an errand truck until recently. Restoration project? Yeah, right… you might be able to save the powertrain and the VIN tag and that’s all you’ll want to reuse on a rust-free southern tub and chassis. Sold very well considering, and the buyer can’t use the, “Well, it didn’t look THAT bad when I bought it” line, but it did sell to a dealer. A 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com January–February 2020 107 Keith Martin’s


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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV Hot August Nights 2019 A concours-ready 1953 Buick Ionia wagon traded hands for a paltry $49k, which likely didn’t cover the cost of paint and rechroming MAG Auctions Reno, NV August 8–10, 2019 Auctioneers: Jerry Daysie, Gary Daylor, Rob Rowe, Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/ offered: 277/492 Sales rate: 56% Sales total: $6,220,670 High sale: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon coupe, sold at $136,080 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices The most expensive Buick you could buy in 1953 — Buick Roadmaster Ionia woodie wagon, sold at $48,600 Report and photos by Michael Leven Market opinions in italics • 152 Chevrolets and 101 Fords were the largest marque groups in this sale, accounting for 51% of the consignments • The $136k 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was the second-highest high sale in MAG HAN history • Running average of $23,347 per car in the four years MAG has hosted this sale you’re not a hot-rodder, I highly recommend putting this event on your to-do list — the creativity and craftsmanship of the builders, on top of the celebratory vibe of the participants and spectators, will not disappoint. For the past few years, Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) out of Reno has H conducted the Hot August Nights auction and grew the event into a three-day affair. Consistent with the greater celebration, the consignments are mostly American, with many lots being either resto-mods, customs or muscle cars. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com olding a major automotive event just a few hundred miles away and a couple of days before Monterey Car Week kicks off might seem counterintuitive, but nothing could be further from the truth. Where Monterey has a huge, international audience, Hot August Nights is a uniquely American event and revolves around this country’s love of the automobile. Even if Top seller of the auction was a 2018 Dodge Demon that hammered for a cool $136,080. The next-highest seller was a 1970 Ford Mustang resto-mod in Grabber Blue that went to a new owner for a strong $97,200, followed by a built 1970 Chevelle with a 454 at $76k, and rounding out the top five was an NCRS Top Flight ’67 ’Vette 327/300 4-speed that sold for $69,638. Notable no-sales were an exceptionally well-done 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible resto-mod bid to $100,000, a ’68 Shelby GT500 convertible in Garnet Red with a C6 automatic that was a no-sale at $96k, and a really well-restored Milano Maroon 427/425 1966 Corvette convertible that failed to move on at a disappointingly low bid of $85,000. Some spectacularly great buys were had on several cars, including a well-maintained and documented 1999 Ferrari 360 that sold for $51k, a concours-ready 1953 Buick Ionia wagon that traded hands for a paltry $49k — which did not pay for the paint and chrome — a very usable, driver-quality ’57 Chrysler New Yorker with a 392 Hemi that went for $19,980, and an extremely well-restored, totally stock 1936 International pickup that was stolen for $17,750. A QUICK TAKE


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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV CANADIAN #591-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 4131402489. Light blue & white/brown vinyl. Odo: 2,225 miles. Well-restored, Canadian-built truck without bells and whistles. Paint better than new but with many little flaws; tape line between body and roof with less-than-crisp edges. “Chevrolet” lettering on tailgate done in vinyl decal now peeling. Chrome bumpers very good. Refinished bed wood could be original. Brown vinyl seat well done. Stock wheels powder coated; Coker wide whitewalls. Engine bay tidy and clean. Stovebolt 6 and carb recently rebuilt. New battery, exhaust wiring, fuel pump. Cond: 2-. end. Rides on 17- and 19-inch chrome Ridler wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,460. A really, really nice and classy build that was not overdone and looks eminently usable. The paint alone would make this a real star at a local show but it’s also easy to see this car appealing to non-hot-rodders, who could just hop in and enjoy a pleasant drive with the family. For the build quality and its low-maintenance userfriendliness, this was a very sound value. GM #621-1948 CHEVROLET 3100 COE utility. VIN: 6RPK1025. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,956 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Interesting but basic hauler built on a bus chassis with COE body. Engine located mid-ship under custom frame and plate ramp structure. Paint with lots of orange peel buffed heavily to remove texture—still fairly rough. Chrome good and new glass. Sits on RV wheels, lowering stance. Front disc brakes. Driver’s door shuts hard; striker plate rusty. Modern gauges. Rhino-grade vinyl & square-weave carpet inside. Reserve of $32k– $33k. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $26,250. This old truck was done well enough, but “fluffy” redos like this look so wrong to me. Nowadays, lots of people buy trucks as commuter vehicles, but back when this pick-’em-up was new, they were nothing more than granny-geared work tools. Powder blue and wide white walls might look nice on your mother’s Nash, but not on a truck. Despite my disdain, the high bid was light by five or 10 grand. #644-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 7120104089. Black/Oatmeal leather. Odo: 6,769 miles. Beautiful hot rod built up from up from one of 775 Canadian-built cars. All steel except fiberglass rear fenders. Nine coats of paint and clearcoat; smooth metal finish looks miles deep, but fiberglass fenders less impressive. Oatmeal-colored leather nicely broken in; modern adjustable front seats. Billet interior controls, Auto Meter gauges, combination nav/ stereo system. Mustang II front end, 4-wheel discs, Flaming River column, Ford 9-inch rear NOT SOLD AT $29,000. In a riff on poet John Greenleaf Whittier, Kurt Vonnegut said, “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are ‘It might have been.’” Sorry to get all literary on ya, but this COE could have been so-o-o-o-o much better designed, executed and presented. It’s a decent hauler, but that’s all—there’s no place to store anything like tools, wheels, tires, or spare parts should a potential buyer want to use it for racing. Will require more work for potential—and marketability—to be fully realized. As-is, could’ve sold. #632-1953 BUICK ROADMASTER Ionia woodie wagon. VIN: 16745764. Rose metallic/ black vinyl/burgundy leather. Odo: 42,914 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Outstandingly restored at an unknown date and still concours-ready. Paint was glass smooth; acres of chrome immaculate. Sumptuous leather is glove-soft; Persian rug floor mats a tasteful indulgence. Only nits are what looks to be too much metal flake in the January–February 2020 109


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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV multi-stage paint, somewhat variable gaps, a modern Edelbrock carburetor, and an SW watertemp gauge under the dash. Winning bidder had to raise his own bid to seal the deal. Cond: 1-. Looks like it once had a very nice restoration. Now showing age and neglect more than wear. Paint showing oxidation, crazing, pitting. Gaps, panel alignment very good. Chrome needs buffing, copious trim excellent. Interior vinyl/brocade seat covers with pulling seams, and rear seat badly discolored. Dash very good but parcel shelf peeling. Controls—steering wheel, switchgear, stalks—look dainty on such a big car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,600. After the Motorama-based Skylark, the Roadmaster Ionia wagon was the most expensive Buick you could buy in 1953. Restoration costs are similarly impressive; redoing just the chrome and other brightwork certainly cost more than half the all-in price. For this reason, plus the equally outstanding quality of the rest of the work, this was an outstanding buy at a fraction of restoration cost. #616-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD custom wagon. VIN: 066648. Dark gray metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 88,615 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally India Ivory over Cashmere Blue. Paint prep, application very nice, with lots of fine, evenly distributed metal flake. Chrome, other brightwork very good save poorly fit headlight eyebrows. Decent panel alignment; gaps variable. Black vinyl seat covers in diamond pattern; black door cards in original waffle pattern. Mechanical updates include Vortech V8 with Demon carb, B&M shifter, electronic ignition, alternator, aluminum radiator with electric fan and modern a/c. Cond: 2. teaser. Still, the buyer got a good deal and is a driveline swap away from a very usable showpiece. SOLD AT $22,140. With its stand-alone headlights, strong eyebrows and big, folded-over fins, it almost looks like an Exner design that didn’t quite work out—a face only a mother could love. But it was solid, wore attractive colors and had a distinct period look, so this was a whole lot of car for the money and downright cheap by the square foot. Fairly bought. #551-1962 CHEVROLET C10 Stepside pickup. VIN: 2C1440107598. Orange & white/ tan vinyl. Odo: 11,402 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Interesting creamsicle paint scheme. Otherwise show-quality paint makes taping issues and runs in door jambs hard to understand. Chrome very good, with painted custom rear bumper. Gaps good, but doors are out, hard to shut. Could not open hood. Two-tone vinyl with orange piping nicely done. Original-style steering wheel with stitched leather wrap. Painted surfaces in cab a bit rough. Power discs up front on drop spindles, lowering springs—nice stance. Oddly finished wood in bed and walls with sprayed liner. Cond: 2+. #613-1963 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD custom convertible. VIN: 63F087849. Tuxedo Black/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 87,687 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Fresh restoration with mild custom touches. Well-applied black paint on all exterior metal surfaces, including formerly chromed trim. Slight waviness to all side panels. Shaved doors and most emblems removed. Painted section of dash loaded with debris. Door hinges unpainted. Doors sagged. Side exhausts casually executed. Smoked taillights. New cloth top. Tan leather in chevron pattern to showfield quality; trunk finished to match. LS1, stainless headers, aluminum radiator, air ride, 20-inch modular chrome wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,000. I’m sure there were A LOT of hours spent prepping this big car for paint, but its long, wavy panels really let it down and the overall presentation suffered as a result. The black paint only exaggerated the flaws. Together with the shortcuts taken on some of the detail work, I’m not surprised bidding was lukewarm. I’m sure it was a very disappointing result for the consignor, but the crowd knew what it was looking at. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. I used to be a purist regarding Nomads, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to accept that certain mechanical improvements (like those found on this car) are actually okay. That said, I think this car might have sold if it had been presented differently. The dark metallic gray and cheap directional wheels looked dated. Word was that $55k would buy the car—a bit pricey, but reasonable if you liked the 1980s look.... #466-1959 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 2-dr hard top. VIN: 597M80827. White/red vinyl. Odo: 45,671 miles. 371-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #611-1984 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4AK4799EH603639. Black/black leather. Odo: 57,315 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Last licensed in 1982, when it appears to have been put away wet. Paint mostly good, with right rear fender and both bumpers resprayed. Touch-ups all around left quarter window. Antenna and some badges missing. Large chip in rear window surround. Leather and tweed seat covers soiled—console too. Switch gear dirty. Indifferent presentation, as whole car needs a serious detailing. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. I’m still trying to decide how I feel about the evocative paint, but this is a very nice, albeit otherwise conservative build. I do like that this truck has kept its low-output, original inline 6, but am bewildered why all the custom touches were added to an otherwise base truck, leaving us with this “All Show, No Go”


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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV SOLD AT $17,820. Unlike some examples of its big-brother GNX, the more-modest GN model rarely got pickled for posterity; they got used, as they were still fairly potent for the period. This one showed its use and presented as nothing more than a used car. That it was the first-year, least-powerful version of the GN also drove the bidding. Sale price is in line with condition, but if the inevitable deferred maintenance is significant, this could be an expensive proposition. Fairly bought, for now.... #524-1990 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN 1500 SUV. VIN: 1GNEV16KXLF179520. White & blue/ blue cloth. Odo: 78,992 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. One-family, three-generation ownership—bought new from Bill Janess Chevy in Fallon, NV. Low indicated miles certainly believable given condition. One repaint to better-thanfactory standard save for some sanding marks and new tape pinstripes. Panels, gaps, chrome, trim and glass all good. Corduroy seat covers appear almost new, carpets less so. Engine bay neat and clean, but all dashboard bolts covered with spattered sealer. New radiator, battery, brakes and muffler. Cond: 2-. ken in. Laundry list of desirable options: F41 suspension, M21 gearbox, N11 off-road exhaust, Positraction rear end, transistor ignition. Further blessed with NCRS Top Flight status. Matchingnumber engine, trans and rear end. Rolling on Rally wheels and Redline tires. Cond: 2. feeling it may have led a hard life. The reserve, said to be $14k, indicated realistic expectations, but bidding didn’t even get that high; apparently I wasn’t alone. Somebody will reward the seller’s patience. #655-2002 HUMMER H1 utility. VIN: 137FA84342E200107. Metallic green/gray cloth. Odo: 30,437 miles. 6.5-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Oneowner, low-use example showing average of 1,800 miles of driving per year. If you’ve ever ridden in an H1, even a gussied-up street version, you would not be surprised that many have seen limited use. Less-than-perfect presentation more about original build standards than wear. Paint of varying quality and with lots of orange peel, per factory. Gray tweed interior shows minimal wear; strong smell of Lysol and potpourri a possible red flag. New Cooper Discoverer tires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. There was a lot to like about this highly desirable final-year C2: a 427/435 engine, a great color and several excellent options. But as it is no longer razor-sharp, it was never going to command top dollar. That said, it is still very presentable and would be a prized possession for the right custodian. All told, the high bid was fair and could have taken the car home. Not sure what the consignor was thinking by hanging on to the car. FOMOCO SOLD AT $12,960. Another one that I would have been happy to take home. It was at the high end of the market and definitely a little spendy, but this light-duty 4x4 had been well cared for and was not overpriced. Both parties should be happy with this deal. #529-2002 PONTIAC TRANS AM WS-6 coupe. VIN: 2G2FV22G922157274. Black/gray leather. Odo: 82,488 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. One-owner Ram Air WS-6, with clean CARFAX. Paint moderately chipped on nose, with scratches, chips more abundant on rest of car, perhaps indicating a front-end respray. T-tops very heavily tinted; almost looks like paint. Front and rear glass clear, unmarked. White paint drips on heavily bolstered driver’s seat—leather otherwise sound, inviting. Carpets a little tired. A lot of tread left on Firehawk Indy 500 rubber. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. At first I thought, “Nice, a low-mile WS-6 will be good to write up.” However, while there was nothing glaringly bad when I inspected this car, it looked a bit tired (neglected?) throughout and I got the 112 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $59,000. While nearly $60k looks like a lot of money for a 17-year-old used car with tons of presence but no collector value, the consignor would have taken a bath at the high bid; MSRP was well north of that figure. Further, market price for a never-seen-a-clickof-off-road-use H1 is at least $5k–$10k above what was bid. Generally, folks who can afford a garage ornament this expensive can also afford to wait out the market, so the consignor was smart to walk away. CORVETTE #621A-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S119842. Sunfire Yellow/black leather. Odo: 37,998 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Built on June 1, 1967; sold by Bill James Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO. Restored some time ago and now showing signs of age. Paint good but not glass-smooth: pock marks, microscratches throughout. Interior leather nicely bro- #635-1950 FORD CRESTLINER Woodie wagon. VIN: BOLB138574. Light brown metallic/ burgundy & tan vinyl. Odo: 9,692 miles. 239ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Good surf-wagon vibe with just the right amount of patina. Older paint holding up well; looks to have been clearcoated well after original color applied. Original wood framing re-varnished—panels in between missing, with door skins painted as faux-wood. Bumpers good but with polish swirls; bright trim very good, slightly scratched. Wears original roof rack, sun visor, several SoCal surf stickers, and yellow California plates. Rolls on wide whitewalls and steelies with chrome rings. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Despite the somewhat dowdy color and missing panels, I very much liked this car and understood the bidder interest. 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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV #622-1950 MERCURY M-72 custom coupe. VIN: 501E27655. Silver/red leather. Odo: 2,000 miles. 5.3-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Classic lead sled in unusual but really flattering hue. Paint mostly excellent, dry spots on passenger’s door ledge, rear of hood and occasional debris. Chopped top and other bodywork is first-class. Steel wheels with Cadillac “Sombrero” caps. Wheel-bearing grease sprayed all over wide whitewall tires. Excellent red leather tuck-androll. New matching square-weave carpets. Powered by LS engine. Vintage Air, 4-wheel discs, air ride, remote doors, dual pipes and yellow California plates. Cond: 1-. well-known West Coast dealer that looks like it’s been enjoyed, and more importantly, ready to be enjoyed by its next owner. All the work is well done and nicely preserved, but the customization would not have been groundbreaking even in the day. But with all the right period cues, the next owner would still draw a lot of attention when showing or driving the car. Thirty large would not even buy you a stock Skyliner in this condition, so the consignor was wise to walk away. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. I absolutely loved this car...until I looked under the hood. A top-end build that took the easy route with an LS swap. Seems like sacrilege that a real period piece like a chopped Merc should suffer such an indignity; how ‘bout a built flathead or even a ‘50s Yblock? I would like to think the bidders agreed, and that is why they didn’t go any higher, despite the quality. With a Ford engine, another 20 grand might have been in order. As-is, car could have sold. #658-1954 FORD CRESTLINE Skyliner custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: U4FF113907. Blue metallic/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 76,181 miles. 239-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Handsome, tastefully done, “mature” hot rod with many common period touches on a fairly rare model. Frenched headlights, lowered hood, ‘54 DeSoto grille, lake pipes, custom pinstriping, wire hubcaps, rear fender skirts, Continental kit, etc. Restored at unspecified date to local-show-winning standard. Paint, pinstriping very good; two-tone interior showing some age and use but still very nice. Tinted glass roof unmarked. Orange Flathead block jarring with valve covers painted blue to match exterior. Cond: 2. #597-1956 FORD F-100 Stepside custom pickup. VIN: F10B0K22533. Lime green metallic/ tan leather. Odo: 26,841 miles. All-steel Stepside adorned with only a Ford badge on nose, V8 emblem on grille. Exceptional paint, with ultrafine flake uniformly distributed across all surfaces. Modern headlights. Glass and rubber all-new. Riding on 18-inch polished Foose fivespokes. Late-model seats very well done in tan leather. Polished modern steering column; Dolphin gauges. New small-block Ford; Edelbrock high-rise manifold, billet serpentine pulleys, other shiny dress-up bits. Modern a/c and front disc brakes. Cond: 1-. colorful cars. A very classy truck that anyone would be proud to own...provided they were okay with a Bowtie/Blue Oval hybrid. While the LS1 is cheap, powerful and easy to install, it seems out of place in a high-budget build like this one. Regardless, the high bid was below market by 10 or 15 grand, at least. #617-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02517362901922. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 35,136 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A good driver-level car on Shelby Registry, #1922. Once very good paint now showing numerous cracks and chips around roof surfaces. Chrome good and trim mostly so but with severe scratching above windshield. Panel alignment okay, but wide gaps distract. 6k miles on rebuilt motor; C6 automatic, 9-inch rear end, 31-spline axles, TracLoc gears. Deluxe interior very good. Steering wheel restored; some marks on driver’s door card. Factory a/c, ps, pb, new battery, 10-spoke Shelby wheels. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. Say what you will about the color (I dug it!) but this was arguably the nicest restoration/build I saw at the auction—there was no way the high bid covered the cost of construction. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The personal car of a 114 AmericanCarCollector.com #625-1956 FORD F-100 custom pickup. VIN: F10V6K25222. White/Caramel leather. Odo: 536 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Striking build from Classic Corners Garage in Mesa, AZ. Simple white paint hard to fault. Oak bed with rolled-on liner on three sides. Heavily grained, mottled Caramel leather exceptional; custom console with navigation screen, back-up camera. Lokar shifter, Ididit column, Dakota digital gauges. Powder-coated chassis sports TCI front clip with adjustable coil-overs. Powered by an LS1 with 4L60E trans. Aluminum radiator and stainless headers. Topped by Corvette-style finned (faux) valve covers. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. An extremely high-quality build with such presence that it stood out from a distance, despite being surrounded by far more SOLD AT $72,900. This car was let down by just a few things: the paint, no confirmation of matching numbers and the automatic transmission. A good respray can fix item one, a Marti Report would clarify item two, but there’s really nothing to be done about the automatic. Even so, this kind of money usually only buys a farless-desirable 1970 GT350, so the winning bid represents a great buy. With a relatively small investment there could be some serious upside potential, and this car was very well bought. #S330A-2019 FORD MUSTANG “Bullitt” coupe. VIN: 1FA6P8K09K5501286. Dark Highland Green/black leather. Odo: 71 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Car presents as-new and boasts impressive stats like 480 hp and 420 ft-lb of torque from its 5.0-L, all-aluminum V8, with BEST BUY


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MAG AUCTIONS • RENO, NV 0–60 in 4.4 seconds, 6-piston Brembo brakes, 0.97g on the skidpad. Better than a gardenvariety 5.0 Mustang, but with a several-thousand-dollar premium. Cond: 1. cream. High bid probably light by 10 grand or so, so it went home, as it should. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. Still a bit scarce at the time of this auction; I reckon someone was trying to make a quick buck on this 71-mile example. Details were sparse on our subject car, but the base sticker price of a new “Bullitt” Mustang is around $47k. But the optional magnetic ride suspension, Recaro seats and the enhanced electronic package can add up to five grand. Not sure how much the consignor was looking for, but a quick Internet search within three hours of my home shows a few low-mileage cars for under $45,000, making the high bid look a bit silly. MOPAR #566-1941 DODGE DELUXE convertible. VIN: 42046. Tennis Cream/tan canvas/Caramel vinyl. Odo: 1,285 miles. A very appealing and understated boulevard cruiser. Paint well applied over very good prep. Chrome good and bright trim mostly so, save beltline strip. Right-side half-windshield cracked. Cloth top unblemished but stretched and torn at side and rear quarter windows. Vinyl seat covers very good; same for Art Deco gauges with modern, retro-style speedo. Wide whitewalls slightly soiled; steel wheels a bit scuffed. Converted to 12-volt electricals. Cond: 3+. #626-1957 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER 2-dr hard top. VIN: N57L1709. White & turquoise/ black vinyl. Odo: 16,746 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Always a West Coast car. Two-tone paint redone at some point to driver standard; some areas with pockmarks and debris. Chrome good; would benefit from a good polish. Original trim mostly quite nice, with some pitting on cast parts. Glass very nice, with light chipping in front and slight scratching in rear. Rear seat covers older but good; fronts new. Speedo face crazed, door cards aged, dash trim worn. From new with 392 Hemi. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. A really spectacular car that is far better in every respect than it would have been new. And between the BRIGHT RED paint and the noise, there wouldn’t be a soul in the neighborhood who didn’t know when you arrived home. A car that could be the anchor piece in many nice collections. High bid only $5k short of reserve price, so it really should have gone to a new owner. AMERICANA SOLD AT $19,980. Big Exner fins, great period colors, room for six (plus all their luggage in the enormous trunk) and a big Hemi to drag it all around. Probably could move up half a grade with a really good detailing—making it an even better buy than it proved to be on the day. Only hope the new owner has a big enough garage. Extremely well bought. #608-1970 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA custom convertible. VIN: BH27C0B291129. Red/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,116 miles. 5.7-L supercharged V8, auto. Fantastic resto-mod with only minor chipping from use to mar the concours-level paint. Supercharged, twin-plug, modern Hemi with polished plenum, and enormous aluminum radiator. Shaker hood with light cracking and billet aluminum hood hinges. Black leather seats heavily bolstered. Top unseen. Pro Touring front and 4-link rear suspension. Slotted discs all around. Body tag MIA, so original configuration unknown. Featured in Mopar Action mag and recently selected as one of the top 10 “Mopars on the Strip.” Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Anybody driving this very classy car in period, with its wide chrome grille, would have likely cut an image somewhat above their station—such was this car’s handsome and dignified look. With only 91 hp on tap, likely best kept on local show/parade duty and surface streets, or slow Sunday drives for ice #549-1962 RAMBLER AMBASSADOR wagon. VIN: W197310. Two-tone blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 9,745 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored 10 years, 2k miles ago, with all receipts. Paint almost great, with tiny flaws everywhere. Hood color slightly off rest of car. Panels straight as a pin, with gaps mostly good. Bumper chrome good, other bright trim highly polished. Newish two-tone interior matches exterior colors, but dashboard not as crisp. Lounge-Tilt seats, factory a/c, Flash-O-Matic transmission, Twin-Grip diff, chrome roof rack, ps, pb. Originally purchased by Mr. Bishop at Ayer Rambler in Reese, MI, on October 8, 1962. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,600. A wonderful diversion at this hot-rod-based event and very certainly eracorrect. These mid-sized V8 wagons were real sleepers back in the day, and this was a very nice example—not so nice that you’d be afraid to use it, but still good enough to show locally. Would be a very cool tow rig for a small vintage race car or to take on a camping trip. One of the cars I could have gone home with and been very happy. A good buy at twenty large, with the buyer getting the better part of the deal. 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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Four Auctions GM #26-1941 CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: OR82118. Black metal flake/ blue vinyl. Odo: 15,951 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. From a distance it looks like a stock black paint scheme, but up close you see heavy blue metal flake. Well applied over a very straight body but with plenty of swirls. Huge chrome grille well replated, likewise very good body stainless and excellent door handles. Reverse chromed wheels look good and don’t have any rust or scrapes. Driver’s mirror is a mid-’60s unit. Stock-looking dash is well done, with excellent stainless. Now here is where it starts go sideways—at least to me: rest of the interior done in a bright two-tone purple-blue vinyl, with a “V” pattern on back of seat. All very ’50s diner—not in a good way. The stock engine bay is dusty, with a radiator that looks like it might be original to the car. Cond: 3. Bills from Yenko verify history. So is this a “true” Yenko Nova, one of one? — 1969 Chevrolet Nova Yenko 2-door sedan, not sold at $101,000 at Saratoga Auto Auction Silver Auctions Coeur d’Alene, ID — June 15, 2019 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 32/87 Sales rate: 37% Sales total: $339,172 High American sale: 1966 Chevrolet Nova 2-door hard top, sold at $31,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, with $250 minimum, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Boyle RM Auctions Auburn, IN — August 29–September 1, 2019 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 413/553 Sales rate: 75% Sales total: $15,540,440 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley 116 AmericanCarCollector.com Saratoga Auto Auction Saratoga Springs, NY — September 20–21, 2019 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 144/276 Sales rate: 52% Sales total: $3,974,541 High sale: 2006 Prevost Vantare motorhome, sold at $360,000 Buyer’s premium: 10% for onsite buyers; 13% for those online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Larry Trepel Branson Auction Branson, MO — October 18–19, 2019 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered: 153/249 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $2,970,680 High sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 Split-Window coupe, sold at $148,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Andy Staugaard NOT SOLD AT $17,000. In 1941 the Master Deluxe was the lower of the two Chevrolet trim levels, with 2-door vehicles accounting for 219,000 sales. The economy, however, was improving, and the upscale Special Deluxe, priced at an additional $56, managed to outsell its cheaper brother by nearly 10,000 units. It’s fun to see cars of this era preserved, especially with this level of chrome and stainless work. But this mild custom is neither stock nor custom enough to generate much excitement. Nonetheless, it was bid to a level that should have seen it sell, a few thousand over stock price-guide values. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. #2121-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16973515. Mandarin Red/tan canvas/red & white leather. Odo: 49,090 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The last paint respray didn’t find its way into the door jambs; also some prep issues lying beneath. Poor panel fit on hood, fenders and doors. Wide whites showing some heavy yellowing. The top looked decent in the catalog picture; interior wear commensurate with age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $57,500. One of the many brown-skewing cars from the Ed Meurer Collection; Ed apparently had a penchant for brownish cars. The deal for this car was closed in the Still


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL For Sale lot. The result was significantly lower than the optimistic pre-sale estimate but correct given its needs. These cars can regularly trade for north of $100,000, so there’s room here to address its needs without getting upside down. This was a fair deal going both ways. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. #584-1957 CHEVROLET 210 Handyman wagon. VIN: VA57S240708. Red/white vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice body and paint. Fit is very good all around. Chrome and trim have only minor scratches. Mag wheels really set it off against shiny red body. Can’t inspect the engine bay. Underside is very good but has some body-paint overspray. Glass is good all around. Equipped with power disc brakes, power steering, a/c, new instruments and new tires. Cond: 2. Interior looks okay; front seat has a few loose buttons. Note on dash says “No brakes.” Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,000. I always wonder about collectors who own so many cars; how do they actually run and maintain them to an acceptable standard? I’m guessing the brakes don’t work from lack of use. If they’re paying any attention, prospective buyers would likely have the same concern. The selling price looks about right for something in between good and excellent condition. Some meaningful prep time likely would have netted a better result. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. #548-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7J1077174. Red/blue-gray leather. Odo: 49,036 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is not very good, showing several scratches, pits and bubbles. Fit is very good all around. Chrome and trim are dull and have numerous scratches and pits. Interior is good—except for dash paint. Wheels and engine bay are nice. Underside needs to be detailed to top-side quality. Glass has cracked rubber seals. Cond: 2-. body panels, interior pieces, chrome and windows. Seller notes trunk is unfinished. If it’s as original as seller says it is, why would he stray from the stock engine configuration? Also, after spending lots of money, time and effort, why bring it to auction with an unfinished trunk? The less-than-stock and not-quite-finished vibe may have been responsible for the high bid being about 60% of the ACC price-guide median, but fairly close to what another price guide gives for a #2 car. At any rate, a bit of attention to small details (and perhaps bringing the underhood back to stock), would likely pay off at a future sale. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. SOLD AT $31,000. This wagon is done right, and should be a good investment down the road. Both buyer and seller should be happy with the hammered price. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. #2141-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 60E091185. Carrara Green/ black vinyl/light green leather. Odo: 63,276 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks decent, with excellent exterior shiny things. Top looks presentable, as does the engine compartment. SOLD AT $20,900. You don’t see many of these early Rivieras on the auction circuit, and they are good collector cars. This one needs some TLC to reach its potential. With a median ACC Pocket Price Guide value of $17,500, the seller did well. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. #82-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379L506644. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,730 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good newer paint on what seller says are original body panels. Vinyl top looks very good. New bumpers, good window trim, door handles show wear. Driver’s door seal shot, but just a few inches away there are new window whiskers, suggesting possible shortcuts taken. Dash very good, as are factory console and gauges. New seat covers in factory style make original sill plates look dingy by comparison. Factory radio speakers on parcel shelf and clearly visible through rear window show rusty screws. Engine rebuild reportedly has under 1k miles; engine bay clean and filled with aftermarket air cleaner, intake, valve covers and pulleys. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Reportedly a two-owner, 4-sp Z/28 with original block, factory #2114-1969 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. VIN: 8G1017280. Titan Red/white vinyl/ two-tone brown leather. Odo: 87,167 miles. 401ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint, but door fit a little off. Nice exterior brightwork and white convertible top. Presentable engine compartment. Solid interior upholstery and trim. Equipped with power windows, steering, seat and brakes as well as factory a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. With over-the-top styling featuring fins on all four corners, we have yet another offering from the Ed Meurer Collection. It sold on the high end of the pre-sale estimate, but I’d still call it well bought. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. #889-1969 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko 2-dr sedan. VIN: 114279W475515. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,082 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full restoration some years ago by consignor’s own restoration shop. Driven sparingly since restoration. Striking-looking; work done with much care. Excellent paintwork with January–February 2020 117


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP deep luster, almost scratch-free. Bodywork mostly excellent, with hood and door fit just a wee bit off. One loose chrome trim piece and dent in front bumper kept this from Condition 1- rating. Interior well restored and shows little use since. Simple Nova dash and bench seats. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,900. A very nice, mostly original 442. Although the 442 is every bit the car a GTO is, they just don’t get the same respect. For example, this 442 has a median market value of $30k, while its equivalent GTO cousin has a market value of $32k. That said, this 442 was a great buy. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. NOT SOLD AT $101,000. An interesting history, presented accurately by consignor, who grew up near Yenko dealership and knew them well. This Nova was originally sold by Yenko Chevrolet, but as a stock Nova, not a modified Yenko. The original owner later had the 427 installed by Yenko in 1982. Yenko had a small run of their own aluminum blocks cast at that time to replace some blocks subject to porosity cracking problems. As seen in this Nova, they had “Yenko” embossed on those blocks. The engine was then built by Grumpy Jenkins, a regular builder for Yenko. Bills from Yenko verify this history. So is this a “true” Yenko Nova, one of one? Depends on your view a bit, but to me the story makes it as interesting as any Yenkobranded Chevy. But it’s technically a non-original Yenko, so it was hammered sold at a reasonable price of $101k. Days later, something went amiss and the sale was withdrawn. Could the winning bidder have complained the car was misrepresented? We don’t know. Saratoga Auto Auction, Saratoga Springs, NY, 09/19. #623-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344879M223021. Gold/gold vinyl. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Auction listing states car had a frame-off restoration; engine is matching numbers, and both engine and transmission were rebuilt. The older repaint still shows well. Chrome and trim look good and shiny. Interior is in good condition. Wheels are nice, with new tires. Engine bay, underside and glass all good. Ram Air in the trunk according to listing, but all locked up during the sale. Cond: 2-. #46-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: KE140J142534. Blue/blue & black cloth/blue vinyl. Odo: 8,065 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint in factory color. Straight body with good panel gaps, although cab-to-box gap looks slightly wide. Nice reproduction bumper, factory-style grille custom-painted body color. Bed floor has usual minor dents, now covered with a thick mat. New door handles and typical wear to vent-window trim. Nice dash with factory gauge package and aftermarket radio. Very nice interior, with reproduction carpet and houndstooth seat covers; door sill unmarked. Engine bay very clean, with braided hoses, aftermarket valve covers and open air cleaner. Cond: 2. mph, all pretty respectable for a 4,000-pluspound car. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Of the 500k Impalas produced in 1995; a little over 21,000 were wearing the SS badges. The highest recorded auction sales I could find had one selling at a 2009 Mecum sale for $24,000, and then last year Worldwide sold one for $23,100. Nice examples can be found in the $10k–$20k range all day long. Yes, this car only has 200 miles, but it’s not so rare that someone is going to pay a 100% premium over the average price to get it in their garage. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. CORVETTE NOT SOLD AT $28,000. The seller said it was a 10-year-old professional frame-off restoration that he’s babied. A short-bed 4x4, it combines popular ’68–72 GM pickup style with an upgraded suspension, although the six-inch lift and farm-store cab step may turn off some potential buyers. Bid to an impressive number, high enough to buy a nice stock truck, but the consignor thought this truck’s quality and customization make it worth more. In today’s market, he might be right. Then again, a week after this sale, this truck showed up at Mecum in Portland, where it reached a high bid of $24k and didn’t sell (ACC# 6908171). Maybe next year. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. #1115-1995 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS sedan. VIN: 1G1BL52P9SR177094. Dark cherry metallic/ gray leather. Odo: 200 miles. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. The condition is all as-new, which is pretty impressive 24 years on now. Fitted with the LT1 engine, slightly lowered suspension and trim package, the B-body SS was an attractive package with a bit of performance underhood. GM claimed 0–60 in 7.0 seconds, 15.3-second 1/4 mile and a top speed of 142 118 AmericanCarCollector.com #570-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194376S115021. Red/black vinyl. 327-ci, 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has lots of scratches, chips and pits. Fit is good. Door sills need to be replaced. Chrome has same issues as paint. Interior is good considering age and miles. Wheels look good with ’Vette hubcaps. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Glass is driver quality all around. Appears to be the original engine to this car, according to the engine stamp pad. Automatic transmission has been replaced. Sidepipes are a plus. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,750. A good-looking Corvette at 20 feet, but close inspection shows some issues. It appeared at Mecum Kansas City in April 2013, and was a no-sale at a high bid of $45k (ACC# 6736575). Just a month later, in May 2013, it appeared at Mecum Indy, where it was again a no-sale, this time at $40k (ACC# 6738501). The median market value for the car is $49k, but in its current condition, I would not value it more than $35k. The best thing about it is its original engine. Well sold. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONE TO WATCH Cars With Values on the Move $16,000 $14,000 $12,000 $10,000 $10,038 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 $0 2015 2016 2017 IROC-Z graphics across the door and you think, “I don’t know why I like it, but it’s just so cool.” The biggest reason why IROC values are destined to increase T 1985–90 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z he ’80s Camaro IROC-Z is like Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” You know that it’s not the greatest song ever produced, but every time it’s on the radio or in the background of a movie, you can’t help but sing along. Just like when a Camaro passes you, sporting those 2018 2019 Detailing Years built: 1985–90 Number produced: 166,976 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 27 Average price of those cars: $19,087 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 179 Current ACC Median Valuation: $15,400 is the model’s status as an ’80s icon. Much like the 5.0 Mustang, younger buyers are beginning to search for the dream cars they yearned after as a child. But unlike the Mustang, Camaro IROC-Z prices have not taken off. The median value is up overall from five years ago but has fluctuated greatly during that time. The real change is the number being offered at auction. In 2019, that number was 33, and of those, 24 sold. Compare that to 2014, when just 14 crossed auction blocks and only seven sold. The number offered and sold has increased every year since. More buyers are snagging nice examples of the IROC-Z, proven by the continued increase in quantity of cars selling at auction. Although prices look flat now, as more quality examples gain attention, they will also see gains in value. Keep your eyes peeled for the best IROC-Z you can find, and it will be worth it. I promise you are not being rickrolled.A • Highs: Iconic ’80s styling; a desired poster car forever etched into the minds of a generation of car fans • Lows: Lackluster horsepower and torque ratings; bystanders expect driver to sport a mullet • Outlook: Nothing screams 1980s like an IROC-Z. It’s exactly what Gen-X buyers are looking for as they reclaim icons from their youth 120 AmericanCarCollector.com 120 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $17,600. Just a fun vehicle. A 1928 Model A pickup roadster converted to a Coca Cola delivery truck. Great to sell Coke at parades, fairs, ball games, etc. Not much else practical to do with it, but it will turn a lot of heads. Great presentation. Well sold. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $17,600. This car was not only really nice, its presentation was outstanding. Black was not available from 1970 through 1976, so this was the first year to get it since that period. Although it sold at a premium, the buyer gets a very nice car that is well documented. Well sold. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. FOMOCO #510-1928 FORD MODEL A pickup roadster. VIN: A2398085. Red & black/black leather. Body and paint done well with minor issues. Fit is good all around. Interior is good. Model A engine replaced with inline-4 Ford Pinto engine and stated to run well. Engine bay, underside and wheels all in acceptable condition. Cond: 2-. MEDIAN SOLD PRICE BY YEAR $15,498 $15,950 $15,400 $11,000 #500-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37L7S425400. Black/black leather. Odo: 62,000 miles. 350-ci, 180-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A quality car all around. Body, paint, interior, engine bay and underside are all excellent. Mostly original, with many features including the L48 matching-numbers V8 engine, automatic transmission, leather seats, factory a/c, power windows/brakes/steering, cruise control, tilt/ telescopic steering wheel, AM/FM cassette radio, aluminum wheels with new BFG radial T/A tires, convenience group, and the rare luggage and roof-panel carrier (V54) option. I find little to fault except a few minor scratches. Very well documented with complete owner history. Cond: 2.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #59-1931 FORD MODEL A Victoria 2-dr sedan. VIN: A4141721. Black/white vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 93,323 miles. Older paint shows age and chips to edge of front fenders and door edges. Running boards made of approximatefitting diamond plate. Vinyl top done in incorrect color and with a grain more suited to a ’70 Mark III. Headlight and radiator stainless good. Windshield trim bubbled and peeling; it’s so bad someone gave up and painted the bottom section silver over the uneven scabby finish. Dash was nice—unusually, the top section was chromed. Very nice seats in what looks like the correct material. Engine bay dusty, with chips and wear to firewall. Engine itself is wrong color, but it was green. Cond: 3-. chrome valve covers, air cleaner, ignition, new Optima battery and aluminum radiator. Factory washer reservoir has embossed Mercury logo. Cond: 2-. than generous and matched the price guide for this body style, but was turned down by the seller. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Factory looks with some subtle performance mods. It was announced on the block the car wasn’t a factory 4-speed, but with the correct factory console now fitted, you’d never know it. High bid was slightly higher than what the guides say it should sell for and not too far from the seller’s reserve. However, given the quality of the car and freshness of the restoration, I can understand him wanting to try another day. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. SOLD AT $18,360. One of 36,830 padded-roof Victorias produced in 1931. Restored 52 years ago to hobby standard—meaning it looked like a car someone recommissioned for fun, with scant regard for correctness. Still, the Model A parts industry was thriving back then (even if you had to use a paper catalog and mail a check), making some of the changes very questionable. The Victoria body style is highly prized (in the ’50s and ’60s many were used as the basis for rods) and is second only to wagons in value today. This car was slightly well sold for condition (a #3- car bringing #3 money), but since it appeared to have good bones, it was obviously seen as a fair buy to the new owner. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. #25-1965 FORD FALCON Sprint 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5T17C124197. Turquoise/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 14,244 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Recent paint with a straight body. Excellent side trim, very good window trim. Those nice pieces make the original grille with its slight wear more noticeable in comparison. New door handles (a rare sight even among restored cars). Rear-view mirror has minor pitting. New window and door seals. Excellent factory-style seat covers, carpet and door panels. Nice dash with good trim, but let down by aftermarket steering wheel. Usual aftermarket gauges under dash. Engine bay was slightly dusty, engine now fitted with aftermarket #40-1971 FORD TORINO 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1H30H224146. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,725 miles. Resale Red paint was sprayed over dirt and has various issues. An attempt was made to enliven it with a black hood and laser stripes off a Torino GT; however, the stripes weren’t offered on this body (a formal hard top as opposed to GT’s Sportsroof). Bumpers worn, as are the window stainless trim, but plastic grille is good. Older, dull paint visible in door-hinge area. Rest of door jambs shows an attempt at masking, but there is overspray on glass and door latch. Front seat vinyl pattern doesn’t match back seat—likely taken from a different year Torino. Non-a/c, radio-delete dash in good shape. Engine bay shows grease and wear. Aftermarket tube headers added along with the usual aftermarket add-ons: valve covers, manifold, ignition and air cleaner. Cond: 3-. #17-1990 FORD BRONCO XLT SUV. VIN: 1FMELL15NXLLA31114. Black/black fiberglass/ gray cloth. Odo: 74,053 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory paint looks good from a few feet; up close someone got too excited with a buffer and burned some paint off of the cowl and driver’s door. Odd minor dents on upper portions of doors, too high to be door dings from anything other than a semi. Tailgate paint has many chips. Front bumper shows well, rear has two dents, likely from trailer mishaps. Interior very nice, with uncracked dash, excellent factory seat covers and carpets. Underhood stock and recently treated to a bath in protectant spray. Radiator hose still has NAPA sticker on it. Underside is not so nice, showing wear, dirt and grease. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Here in northern Idaho, many SUVs are used as intended. This one has reportedly been garaged its entire life, been used sparingly and has received care in its nearly 30 years. Owner reports a lot of recent work including a tune-up, transmission service with new seals, new locking front hubs, exhaust, hoses and more. A glance at the ACC Premium Auction Database suggests it is worth another $5k. I don’t know if the owners are subscribers, but they chose to believe recent sales and took it home. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $15,000. I’ve always liked the style of the second-generation Torinos and had high hopes for this car when I first spotted it. Despite its condition issues, it certainly looks the part of a muscle car, and its rarity (at least compared to contemporary Chevelles) means you’d stand out at the cruise-in. High bid was more #544-1934 PLYMOUTH PE Deluxe cabriolet. VIN: 2283832. Red & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 9,000 miles. Not much to comment on here. This is an excellent-quality, concourslevel car all the way around. Well optioned to include luggage trunk, rumble seat, dual wipers, lay-down windshield, clock in rear-view mirror, dual sidemount tires, dual sidemount mirrors, dual horns and more. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,000. Hard to put a price on this one, given how uncommon these cars are now and its January–February 2020 121


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP any potential rust issues. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. remarkable condition. But it sure seems that it was fair to both buyer and seller, with the buyer having a slight advantage on such an outstanding car. The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/19. #73-1949 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE Club 2-dr sedan. VIN: 12176883. Blue-green/ gray cloth. Odo: 56,089 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Repainted in the ’80s; the car is holding up well with a straight body and factory panel gaps. Small rust bubbles beginning to pop through at base of body between doors and rear fenders. Front bumper has some wear and minor scratches, as do grille and body trim. Windshield stainless very dull. Original glass aging well. Nice interior redone in ’80s with modern materials; seller says all interior hardware is original. Excellent painted woodgrain dash, with excellent chrome and radio surround (seller states original radio works and comes with brochure). Modern carpet looks out of place. Engine bay stock (except for a/c system) and clean with modern battery and plug wire. Converted to 12-volt; all 6-volt parts, such as original 1949 headlights, included. Cond: 3+. #122-1953 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY New Yorker wagon. VIN: C5384672. Brown metallic & tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 82,277 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Said to be original paint except for front clip, which was repainted in ’55 following a sand storm. Repaint is crazed with age; the rest is better, although showing 65 years of wear with scratches and chips. Sections are buffed through to primer. Bumpers and grille show age but are serviceable. Very nice dash with good chrome. Paint on lower half of glovebox chipped. Steering-wheel horn button cracked. New headliner. Original alligator-pattern Naugahyde seats and wood paneling/stainless rub strips in load bay look better than one’d expect for a wagon of this age. Underhood not detailed but shows servicing. Now riding on chrome Kelsey-Hayes wires, with original wheels and hubcaps included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $79,750. The note I made was: “Nice 20-footer.” That might have been a little harsh, as it still looks good from 15 feet away. The price paid seems fair considering the whole package. No harm done here. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. #3072-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27H1B438390. Snow White/black vinyl/orange vinyl. Odo: 34,360 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks good, but black graphics scratched on right rear quarter panel. Nice exterior trim including a trunk-mounted luggage rack. Clean, well-detailed engine compartment. Orange interior could use a good cleaning (or color change—it’s a bit much). Passenger’s door won’t release. Claimed to be the last convertible built, but they don’t present any evidence to support that claim. Cond: 3+. 7 NOT SOLD AT $15,000. A slightly longer, restyled 1949 Second Series car, this Special Deluxe was the top-of-the-line 2-door. Seller said this was a lifelong Montana car with matching numbers and assumed original miles. Seemingly sparingly used and well cared for in its 70 years; it’s fun to see a car of this vintage, a mid-way point between the price-conscious ’30s and flashy ’50s. Bidders seemed to appreciate the car, bidding it to a couple of thousand above its price-guide value. Seller is putting a premium on its original parts and overall condition, while overlooking its non-original interior trim and 122 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Said to be a one-family car, displayed with family history items and a neat wooden canoe, which, in my honest opinion (like wagons displayed with surf boards hundreds of miles from any ocean), borders on kitschy. One of 1,399 built, the seller says it’s probably the nicest survivor left—it’s hard to dispute that. It clearly means a lot to the family, but perhaps their nostalgia and sentimental value made them overlook the high bid, which was very fair for condition, if not originality. Personally, I’d like to see it with new paint (at least in the front) and upgraded chrome as befitting a rare, top-of-the-line Chrysler. However, in today’s market, it’s likely to be left alone as a display of “shabby chic.” Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. #2086-1959 CHRYSLER 300E convertible. VIN: M591100380. Black/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 55,335 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint shows lots of scratches and wear; trim in similar condition. Yellowing wide whites. Okay engine compartment, leather upholstery showing some stains, nice machine-turned dash insert. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $150,000. If only they would have checked the Hemi and 4-speed boxes on the original build order. It came in on the low end of a very optimistic pre-sale estimate and it looks like all the money to me. Well sold. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. AMERICANA #2088-1951 HUDSON HORNET Brougham convertible. VIN: 7A98949. Maroon/tan canvas/ maroon leather. Odo: 71,735 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Twin H-Power, flathead, straight 6. Paint shows scratches and touch-ups. Brightwork a mixed bag of decent and dull. Nice chrome wire wheel with factory hubcaps and wide whitewalls. Okay engine compartment. Decent interior upholstery and trim, equipped with color-matched exterior sun visor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,300. Hudsons of this era seem to be enjoying a bit of an upturn, when most of its contemporaries are trending down. Is this TOP 10


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GLOBAL because of awareness generated by the “Cars” movie? This one eclipsed the high estimate by a wide margin. So well sold, but buyer didn’t spend too much. RM Auctions, Auburn, IN, 08/19. #22-1963 RAMBLER AMERICAN 440 convertible. VIN: B531118. White/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 5,998 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older repaint in factory color on a straight body. Paint in door jambs is factory. Body gaps the way they were when it left Kenosha. Bumpers and window stainless show wear and minor scratches. Newer top fits okay, but lacks the definition seen in factory units. Rear window beginning to crack. Seats have newer covers in factory two-tone, door panels are said to be original, as is dashpad; both are in very good shape for age. Painted dash, radio bezel shows its age, as do gauges and steering-wheel horn stainless. Basic (and pretty much empty) engine bay is clean, firewall looks to have original paint and could use a good cleaning. Aftermarket battery. Cond: 3. PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! NOT SOLD AT $10,000. The last year for the boxy ’61–63 generation, which shared the wheelbase but not the earlier Pininfarina styling of previous Americans. Offered by longtime second owner, who reports that the engine has only done 1k miles since rebuild. I don’t mean to damn with faint praise, but the car was done to a level you’d expect in this class and price. Certainly good enough for ice-cream runs, but nothing spectacular. My hunch is the owners were looking to recoup some of the more recent expenses and didn’t want to back down. Hard to see the car bringing much more at another venue. Silver Auctions, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 06/19. A www.americancarcollector.com/premium The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for ACC subscribers January–February 2020 123


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THE PARTS HUNTER Pat Smith Carbs, Spares and Trunk Lids Gambling on the rare, the optional and one-year-only stuff #264233788035 1971 Buick Riviera trunk lid. 4 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Roanoke, VA. 9/26/2019. “Lid is in excellent shape except for a small dent right in center hump. Has surface rust where molding edge was located. 67Lx37Wx10H. Weighs approximately 45 pounds. You can get cost of shipping from 24018. Greyhound, Fastenal. UPS Freight, Fed Ex Freight. It’s 3 inches too big to ship USPS.” Sold at $395. This is a “gotcha” situation if there ever was one. One-year-only parts are real problem children. If you need one, it’s a seller’s market. However, as a seller, you could sit on that item for years. In 1971, GM’s ventilation was an inferior design that was replaced by proper flow-through ventilation in 1972. The aftermath was a slew of one-year-only trunk lids on all the B-body cars. The dent is in a work-hardened crown, and trunk will need divot repairs. This was no bargain, but what choice did the buyer have? #372715458493 1970–71 Mustang/Torino 429CJ Rochester Q-jet carb. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Saskatoon, SK, CAN. “Up for auction is an original Rochester Q-jet carburetor #7040286 for 1970–71 Ford Mustang 429CJ with automatic transmission and a/c. This carb has been stored indoors in a heated shop for many years and is in very nice condition. Date code is 2519. These are extremely hard to find.” Sold at $495. Rochester made carbs for companies other than GM, and this was one of the more desirable “contract carbs.” Date code tells us this was for a Torino, as the Mustang started using 429s in 1971. Ford couldn’t make their Autolite carb pass emissions without a smog pump. Rochester made it happen by leaning out the jets and tying it with a lazy and late distributor advance curve. Adding richer jets and recurving the distributor woke up the car. It’s missing the Autolite tag and anti-stall dashpot. Even so, price paid is slightly under market. Well bought. #1913137206117 1970–77 Pontiac Trans Am/Camaro Z/28 Space-Saver Spare. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. New Kensington, PA, 10/2/2019. “This is a very nice original GM space-saver spare tire removed from a 1974 Trans Am years ago. It has never been inflated or mounted on a vehicle. Inflator bottle is in excellent condition with no damage whatsoever and still wears its original GM label. Bottle is still full. Nice parts for detailing your trunk for show-car-quality restoration.” Sold at $289.99. Nine years ago, these space-saver spares were fetching good money. Enough cars have been parted since to bring the price to reasonable levels. Really early versions are still expensive, but this one sold right at top market. Nice touches include the plastic stem cap and pegs and inflator bottle. It almost makes up for the pain that shipping will bring for these heavy pieces. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #193142800007 1963–64 Delco AM/FM optional stereo. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Krum, TX, 10/5/2019. “Original Impala 1963/1964 Delco AM/FM factory option stereo radio Chevrolet GM, I had saved this for my ’64 convertible but sold the car a while back. At the time, it worked just fine. It will need knobs, which can be bought on eBay. I cannot guarantee it still works, but it did several years ago when it was removed from a nice ’64 Impala sedan.” Sold at $299. With shipping, the buyer is taking a real gamble here. Not only are the knobs absent, but so is the mounting ear, which holds the radio in place behind the dash. I see the bolt for mounting ear and that’s all. This is not a deal due to missing parts, unknown operating condition and top-drawer price. A


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Phil Skinner Texas Metal When is the last time your saw a 1956 Ford F100 “Big Window” in a parts yard, with a solid cab, no less? Little Valley Auto Ranch is a go-to for solid parts D an Barkley established Little Valley Auto Ranch in Belton, TX, in 1983. He started from scratch, building his business out of a love of old cars. About 400 vehicles from the 1950s to the 1980s are scattered about, heavy on GM and Tri-Five Chevrolets. Another 150 complete vehicles are ready for immediate sale. Customers have long known about LVAR, coming from such far-off lands as Europe, Australia, South America and, more recently, from Middle East countries. While Dan Barkley has a keen business sense, his real passion is racing stock cars. He and his son Dan Jr. have built race cars for their own enjoyment and for a few select customers. Modifications and street rods are also created under the banner of American Hot Rodz, where they do everything from light restoration to heavy-duty custom builds. “We have built a few award-winning street rods over the years,” the younger Barkley said. “We take Texas pride in our work.” The forward portion of the yard is visible from Highway 190, which passes in front of the 10-acre business, showcasing the complete vehicles ready for sale. “While Chevrolets are our specialty,” Dan Barkley said, “we realize our customers likely have a variety of interests, so we try to cater to everyone, and that’s why customers keep coming back.” A Detailing What: Little Valley Auto Ranch (LVAR) Where: 1151 S Wheat Road, Belton, TX 76513 Phone: 254-939-8548 Web: www.americanhotrodz.com Facebook: www.facebook. com/littlevalleyautoranch E-Mail: texasexports2000@cs.com When: Monday–Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lots of good sheet metal and trim are still attached to this 1954 Ford Crestline Victoria hard top 126 AmericanCarCollector.com


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This very solid 1955 Chevrolet 210 Handyman wagon body awaits its next life While Chevrolet is king at LVAR, other jewels like the 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible are available There’s solid chassis and sheet metal on a number of early 1960s Chevrolets at LVAR The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! January–February 2020 127


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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. 50 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 1953 Buick Special convertible 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top S/N 136677B162510. Marina Blue/bright blue. 17,375 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. White top. SS tribute, frame-on restoration. Rare 396/375, Muncie M20 4-speed, new clutch, Sanderson headers, Flowmaster mufflers, power steering, power disc brakes, factory a/c. Center console with clock, Retrodigital radio, SS gauges, blinker tach, rosewood steering wheel. New chrome bumpers and Rally wheels, trim pieces restored. 2018 engine and bay refreshed. Over $80,000 invested, documented. Featured at two car shows, three websites and car club ads. $54,900. Private owner. Contact Eric, Ph: 714.401.1034, email: ericver@verizon.net. Website: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SWd1CQlNs. (CA) CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe S/N 70249764. Red/red & white. 40,440 miles. Inline 8, 2-spd automatic. Wonderful, original, low-mileage Buick Special. The 50-year anniversary for Buick. Outstanding condition. The last of the straight 8s for Buick. Always garaged and meticulously cared for. No disappointments; a truly beautiful vehicle. $50,000. Contact Todd, Ph: 317.491.3514, email: tj@talonrc.com. (IN) 1954 Buick Skylark Project car on rolling, restored chassis. Body in primer. All major parts and paperwork included. $20,000. Ph: 315.382.3742,email: classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. (NY) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible S/N 41447U115970. Tuxedo Black/black. 0 miles. V8, automatic. Exceptional and extremely rare. Recent frame-off restoration of this highly desirable original Southern California Factory SS 2-door hard top (41447) with a date-correct 327 V8 matched to a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. Professionally finished in the most striking Tuxedo Black paint, matched to its original black SS bucket seats vinyl interior (trim code 815) with center console and floor shifter. Loaded with factory options including air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, dual exhausts, AM/FM radio, electric clock, cruise control and tinted glass. $39,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1966 Pontiac GTO 400 2-dr hard top S/N 56WA18506M. 469 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional comprehensive frame-off restoration. Completely rust-free and restored with great attention to detail. 312-ci V8 engine in beautiful and striking Flo-Tone two-tone color combination with a gorgeous matching interior. The car had factory options including 312 V8 engine, Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, vinyl upholstery, power top, electric clock, horn ring, chrome window surround moldings, full-length body-side stainless trim, rear fender skirts, rocker panel moldings, heater and defroster, signal-seeking AM radio, power steering, tinted glass, four-way power front seat and power windows. $69,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hard top PS and PB. $49,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics. com. (CA) 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS replica convertible FOMOCO 1956 Mercury Montclair convertible S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 5-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only Split-Window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic-sports-car service business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: jaguarguy.wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) 1973 Chevrolet Corvette 454/270-hp coupe S/N E7KW171886. Flame Red over Colonial White/red & white. 0 miles. V8, automatic. Rare opportunity to own an absolutely beautiful, cosmetically and mechanically restored example of a very stock, original and fully factory loaded Skyliner retractable hard top. Rare E-code 312 dual-quad 270/285-hp V8 engine. Factory air conditioning, power windows, power brakes, power steering, power seat, heater, dual spot lights, skirts and Continental kit. $75,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1957 Lincoln Premiere 2-dr hard top S/N VC57S244808. Matador Red/red & silver. V8, automatic. An exceptional older restoration with beautiful Matador Red paint and absolutely superb condition red and silver vinyl interior. 283 TurboFire V8 engine, Powerglide automatic transmission. Full wheel covers with 14-inch wide whitewall tires, three-spoke steering wheel with full horn ring and electric clock. Stainless-steel trim on windshield, side windows, rear windows and front fenders, with gold-anodized front fender louvers. Power top, full carpeting and factory-optional AM radio, power brakes and DeLuxe heater and defroster. $69,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 128 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 242176Z120735. Candlestick Cream/ black. V8, 4-spd manual. Original Southern California car. Completely rust-free. Original 389 V8 engine equipped with the added dealer-installed Royal Bobcat Performance Package: 3x2-bbl tri-power carbs ($120) having been upgraded with a 1970 400/290-hp V8 engine with an upgraded Ram Air IV camshaft with its original Rochester tri-power setup (and with the original Ram Air IV air cleaner and body-color hood scoop to be sold with the car, currently stored in the trunk), its original M20 4-speed wide-ratio manual transmission ($184.31), S/N 1Z37Z3S410362. Blue-Green/black. 13,900 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A great and rare example. Southern California car with matching-numbers CWT-code big-block 454/275-hp LS4 4-bbl V8 engine. This T-top coupe is in its original BlueGreen (Code 945) color with only one repaint since new and its all-original black vinyl trim (Code 400) interior matched with its original and highly desirable M21 4-speed close-ratio manual transmission and loaded with factory options. $27,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 57WA77301. Pink & white/pink, black & white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. A true 1950s piece of art and a great eye-catcher! Car runs and drives very nicely. Radio and seat adjust not working, but everything else does. $25,000 OBO. Contact Stephen, Ph: 401.847.3989, email: srseiter@cox. net. (RI)


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1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 resto-mod coupe S/N 1ZVFT82H275262681. Black/black. 3,500 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. This is number seven of 308 Roush 427R Mustangs produced. Black with the rare Jack Roush stitched seats. Low miles, in pristine condition. Out of a celebrity private collection. $42,000 OBO. Contact Ralph, Ph: 610.721.2750, email: raremusclecars@aol.com. (PA) 2008 Ford Mustang “Bullitt” Tribute coupe Silver/black. V8, manual. Award-winning restomod. High-performance 302 Ford Racing engine, high-performance cam and Edlebrock fuel injection, hidden weapons/gadgetry, proximity cameras/ alarm, plus many more performance and “007” mods. Experience the unrivaled beauty of an SR-1 E-type with the power, convenience and reliability that comes with modern technology. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Gene, Ph: 612.298.5648, email: gene.berghoff@gmail.com. Website: jaguarguy.wixsite.com/restomod. (MN) 1968 Ford Mustang coupe Highlander Green/Charcoal. 53,008 miles. V8, manual. This could be the most iconic movie tribute car ever. Ford made a limited production of these numbered 2008 “Bullitt” Mustangs in honor of the 1968 Mustang in the movie “Bullitt.” This car is highly desirable, collectible, enjoyable (which I can attest to) and a great value. It has always been garaged. It has 53,008 miles. These Mustangs still bring a premium price, for those who know condition is everything. Given my Bullitt’s condition and low mileage, I’m only asking $15,908. HIS. Contact Harvey, Ph: 561.394.7247, email: Hoggfinancial@ bellsouth.net. (FL) MOPAR S/N 8R01C137409. Lime Gold/Ivy Lime. 126,200 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Legend Lime Gold— LLR #68-10, original California-built car. Always stored in garage. Rebuilt 289 V8 (7,265 mi), rebuilt automatic transmission, MagnaFlow dual exhaust. New paint, cooling system, suspension and interior. Second owner, known total history. $27,868. Contact Donald, Ph: 714.528.8533, email: dfpalmerjr@ gmail.com. (CA) 2007 Ford Mustang Roush 427R coupe V8, 4-spd manual. Rare, hard-to-find Road Runner with solid body. Has 383, 4-speed and bench seat. I bought it 20 years ago in Albuquerque, NM. I’m selling it because I’m helping my daughter financially. Make me an offer and come get it. Alternate phone number: 915-872-9470 (voicemail or text). 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V10, 6-spd manual. Purchased new in Portland, OR. Occasional driver in good condition. Stock, always garaged, never tracked. $47,500. Contact Kim, Ph: 360.468.7390, email: Tanbark97@gmail. com. (WA) S/N BH23C1B166076. Plum Crazy/black. 76 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Gorgeously and very recently restored (with only some 67 miles on the build) and completely rust-free. Resto-mod/tribute with a 1968 rebuilt and modified 440/500-hp V8 engine matched to a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission with Pistol-Grip shifter and center console. In stunning Plum Crazy paint with matte black billboards. We have a thick file of records documenting the car’s recent restoration and showing that no expense was spared, with over $150k spent. $87,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 2000 Dodge Viper GTS coupe 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda custom 2-dr hard top AMERICANA 1960 Studebaker Lark custom wagon S/N 60S1908. Bronze & cream/brown. 361 miles. V8, automatic. Rare 2-door wagon, Nebraska body, leather interior, first place concours d’elegance. Fresh build August 2019, 361 miles, Chevy .030 with mild cam, 700R4, 9-inch Ford, Mustang II, Art Morrison frame with air ride, 18- and 20-inch wheels. No trades. $45,000 OBO. Contact Scott, Ph: 419.564.3599, email: scott@scottsharrock. com. (OH) 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Supercharged coupe S/N R1454. Avanti Gold/Fawn. 83,349 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example of this mostly all-original and stock supercharged R2 with matching-numbers 289/289 hp 4-bbl Super Jet Thrust V8 with 9:1 compression ratio. Original Avanti Gold factory color paint with extraordinarily rare and desirable factory 4-speed manual transmission. Factory options include power steering, power front disc brakes, AM push-button radio, electric clock, heater and defroster. Reportedly one of fewer than 500 factory 4-speed Supercharged R2s ever built between the 1963–64 production years. $75,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) A January–February 2020 129


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertising/Marketing Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Motorwerks Marketing. 480-2281881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and timesensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Auction Companies 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, 130 AmericanCarCollector.com 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 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) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) 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. 310-8991960. 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 well-qualified 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 Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com (CA) 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. 594-4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longestrunning 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 sought-after automobiles. Web: www.owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org New England Auto Auction. 207- 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 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 RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American


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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. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Copley Motorcars. 781-444-4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) 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) Buy/Sell/General 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) Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619-515-2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) 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. 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 American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. 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 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 Collection Management 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, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925 736-3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com Corvette Parts & Restoration West Coast Classics. 424376-5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and 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 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. 1953–2013 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and January–February 2020 131


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $199.00. 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) Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) Insurance 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows 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) 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) Leasing-Finance J.J. BEST BANK & CO. provides low-rate and long-term 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 5 minutes! Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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) 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 132 AmericanCarCollector.com Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877-973-7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 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 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 Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car 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.customautosoundmfg.com (CA)


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Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts. From our first beginnings in 1969, Larry’s has always strived to provide the broadest line of high-quality parts for the best prices. We have painstakingly reproduced over 1,000 different parts for our 1955–1966 Ford Thunderbird, 1965–1973 Ford Mustang and 1954–1957 Ford Passenger Car product lines and are never satisfied with less than the best workmanship. Learn more now at www.larrystbird.com or call us at 800-854-0393. who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilverexhausts.myshopify.com Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208-755-3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Hahn Auto Restoration. 724-4524329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cuttingedge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves, getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com Original Parts Group Inc. 800243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44-1428-687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Manns Restoration. 636-9337008. Since the 1930s, four generations of the Manns family have been reviving priceless family heirlooms to be treasured by future generations. Honesty and good work have brought recognition and numerous world class awards from across the country. The unifying characteristic of each project is the quest for perfection. No matter what level of restoration your project calls for, we will always strive for Best in Show. Keith Martin’s We offer a variety of services including Metal Fabrication, Paint, Body, Mechanical, Wood, Upholstery and Interiors, and Electrical. mannsrestoration.com (MO) Pollock Auto Restoration. 610323-7108. Experienced with BrassEra, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@pollockauto. com www.pollockauto.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519-3524575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com A Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com January–February 2020 133 ™


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A Taste of the High Life SURFING AROUND Carl Bomstead CARL’S THOUGHT: Ever wonder what a $42,000 sip of 60-year-old whisky tastes like? Neither have I, but we just missed our chance. Sotheby’s, at their October sale of fine and rare whiskys, set yet another record for Macallan 1926 Scotch Whisky when they sold a bottle for $1,873,951. It was the “holy grail” of Scotch whisky and was from cask 263, from which only 40 bottles were ever drawn. It was bottled in 1986 and was one of only 16 given the Fine and Rare Label. Figuring 45 small pours from the bottle, it works out to about $42k a taste. I think there’s a bunch of car stuff I would rather have. EBAY #352768761601—1953 CORVETTE ORIGINAL TITLE. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $800. Date sold: 9/9/2019. This was the original title for the 298th Corvette produced in 1953. They only made 300, so this was obviously close to the end of the production run. The question is, what do you do with it? Would be of great interest if you had the Corvette, but most likely it’s an interesting piece of history for a paper collector. EBAY #312803077862— GUNTHERMANN BLUE BIRD LAND SPEED TOY RACER WITH BOX. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $3,500. Date sold: 10/13/2019. Malcolm Campbell set all kinds of speed records on land and water. In 1935, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, he was the first to go over 300 miles per hour on two runs, setting another world speed record. Most of his records were set driving the Blue Bird, and this toy replica of the car had only minor play wear. The kicker was the box, which had fantastic graphics. A well-deserved premium paid for the exceptional condition. EBAY #223663477249— BEVERLY HILLS FORD LICENSE-PLATE FRAME. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $788. Date sold: 10/19/2019. Early licenseplate frames are very collectible. The value is determined by the marque and location of the dealership. Some are also die-cut, which is a big plus. This one was from Beverly Hills, which attracted attention, and the early style of the frame added to the interest. Someone had to have it at a rather aggressive number. EBAY #273953729922—MOPAR 440 SIX PACK INTAKE MANIFOLD WITH CARBURETORS. Number of bids: 36. SOLD AT: $1,999.99. Date sold: 8/7/2019. In mid-1969, Chrysler announced the A12 440 Six Pack option for the Dodge Super Bee and the Plymouth Road Runner. 134 AmericanCarCollector.com It featured a trio of Holley 2300 carburetors and an aluminum Edelbrock manifold that kicked the horsepower to 390. The one offered here appeared to be complete except for the air cleaner but was in need of restoration and carburetor rebuild. Sold for a bunch less than several others recently offered, so even after the cost of rebuild/restoration, the new owner should be just fine. EBAY #383147437908— 1966 SHELBY GT350 H DRINKING-GLASS SET. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $909. Date sold: 9/13/2019. This set of six cocktail glasses was complete with the original packaging, and each featured the layout of a different track including Watkins Glen, Riverside, Daytona and Road America. Issued by Hertz to promote their rent-a-racer program. A cool go-with for your Shelby GT350 H. EBAY #133126527219 —1911 CALIFORNIA PRE-STATE SCREENFRONT LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: Buy-ItNow. SOLD AT: $999. Date sold: 9/2/2019. California required motorists to register their vehicles starting in 1905 but did not issue plates until 1914. In the interim, people used homemade and manufactured plates, and these screen-front plates were one option. Rather rare and especially so in this very fine condition. Pricey, but as we have seen in the past, plate collectors go for the rare and unusual. EBAY #291977977469—GUIDE HEADLIGHT LIGHTHOUSE DISPLAY. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $2,995. Date sold: 9/8/2019. This eyecatching display was a touch over 50 inches in height and it appeared to be in fine condition. These show up every so often and usually sell for a bit more than this one, so I’ll call it well bought. A