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Keith Martin’s 10 AMERICAN Generally speaking, movie car a decent buy at $61k ™ CAR COLLECTOR Auctions • Values • Previews • Events $143k INSIDE Colin Comer takes an inside look at a million-dollar Cobra Pink penalty: Ken Gross on a custom with all the right stuff, but ... REAL OR RE-POP? John L. Stein weighs the pros and cons of Corvette parts July-August 2013 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow replica www.AmericanCarCollector.com $23k Bargain Corvette supercar $51k Legendary phantom, real price EXCLUSIVE! Hot August Nights guide inside


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CAR COLLECTOR Vol. 2 • Issue 10 • July-August 2013 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 $23k / Barrett-Jackson Probably the best Corvette buy in the market today — Michael Pierce Page 42 GM 1957 CHEVROLET 150 BLACK WIDOW REPLICA $51k / Mecum A tribute car with a twist, and a fine example of “restification” — Tom Glatch Page 44 FoMoCo 1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 $1m / RM The new market level for Shelby’s roadster — Colin Comer Page 46 MOPAR 1969 DODGE CHARGER “GENERAL LEE” $61k / Barrett-Jackson A big-screen General for not a lot of cash — Jay Harden Page 48 AMERICAN ™ Cover photo: 1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet lightweight David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1955 LINCOLN CAPRI “MUCHA MUCHACHA” $65k / Collector Car Productions Full-tilt custom brings a cruiser price — Ken Gross Page 50 CLASSIC 1937 PONTIAC DELUXE SIX WOODIE WAGON $48k / Auctions America What do you do with this perfect-patina woodie? — Carl Bomstead Page 52 RACE 1968 FORD MUSTANG LIGHTWEIGHT $143k / Mecum Valuing a piece of Ford racing history — Tom Glatch Page 54 TRUCK 1972 CHEVROLET C10 CHEYENNE SUPER $61k / Mecum Rare truck options lead to a big price — Jim Pickering Page 56 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super; profile, p. 56 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions July-August 2013 7


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Inside COLUMNS 10 Torque Cruising into the future – Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills 1970 AMC Rebel Machine: Rare and potent, and still a good buy – B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower Optimizing old cars, revisited: More tricks to make your classic streetable in the modern world – Colin Comer 40 Corvette Market Real versus repro parts – John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia – Carl Bomstead SERVICE DEPARTMENT 12 What’s Happening Hot August Nights, Monterey madness 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions 22 Parts Time Fresh wheel paint and C5 suspension 24 Cool Stuff Zero-degree ratchet, doodle-ready tool chest and our favorite multi-tool 26 Snapshots Corky Coker makes new old tires 28 Your Turn Fox-body Mustangs and resto-mods 30 Insider’s View Carburetor or fuel injection – which is best? 60 Anatomy of a Market Report A primer on how ACC rates cars at auction 100 Expert’s Tip How to tell if those low miles are accurate 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces for your classic 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in our ACC classifieds section 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 113 Advertiser Index 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Photo: How about a Mustang wagon? Unique vehicles are plentiful at Hot August Nights, p. 32 Harvey DeGrande AUCTIONS 62 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach When Barrett-Jackson hits a 98% sales rate, is anyone really surprised? A million-dollar 2014 Corvette tops this $20.5m sale – Dale Novak 72 Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic A 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra rumbles past $1m, and auction totals grow to $7.2m – John Lyons 80 Auctions America Spring Carlisle The $2.2m total covered everything from an $8k AMC Gremlin to a $149k 1959 Big-Brake Fuelie Corvette – Adam Blumenthal 90 Vicari Nocona Barn-find Big-Brake Fuelies top this $2.6m Corvette-heavy sale – Phil Skinner 98 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast – Jack Tockston, B. Mitchell Carlson, Jeremy Da Rosa, Cody Tayloe, Ian Gail, John Lyons, Norm Mort FUN RIDES 22 Good Reads Holman Moody: The Legendary Race T – Mark Wigginton eam 24 Desktop Classics 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 – Marshall Buck 32 Hot August Nights Your guide to one of the premier American car events 86 Our Cars Up close and personal with ACC staffers’ vehicles 88 Your Cars ACCers share their favorite vehicles 102 Quick Take 1966 Plymouth Satellite – Tony Piff


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Torque Jim Pickering Cruising into the future W hen I was 18, one of my favorite things to do was cruise downtown Portland on the weekends in my bigblock ’66 Caprice. Broadway, one of the main streets in downtown, turned into a cruise spot every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. I’d head down around 10 p.m. or so in my car just to be a part of the car scene — to see and be seen behind the wheel. I looked forward to it every week. When I first started doing it, back around the summer of 2000, it would take a half hour or so to make the 10-block circuit of Broadway. Downtown was flooded with interesting cars of all shapes and sizes — everything from brightly colored imports to muscle cars. If you were young and into cars, it was the place to be. But from the time I started until about 2004, the scene was in steady decline. I’m still not sure exactly why. Cruising was illegal, but it never really stopped anyone prior to that. Maybe the tickets got more expensive, or maybe it was due to rising fuel prices raising the cost of each mile. For whatever reason, the party was over. If you go down there now, all you’ll see are Town Cars and Prius taxis on their way to hotels that line the street. Kids these days I’ve heard a lot of chatter lately about Millennials — kids born from 1980 to 2000 — and their apparent distaste for cars. There are a lot of Baby Boomers out there lamenting the fact that their children just don’t seem to care about the classic car in the garage. If you were a kid in the 1950s or 1960s — the golden age of the American muscle car and hot rod — cars were an important part of your social life. A car was how you interacted with the world, and how your world interacted with you. A car represented status, fun and freedom. These were universally understood concepts. Maybe you had the coolest car on the block or maybe you didn’t — but I bet you remember who did. You can break down today’s collectors directly from that: People tend to want to relive their youth, and they’ll pay for collector 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Hot August Nights — to learn to love old cars, you need to be around them cars that take them back in time. I’m a Millennial. I was raised in a world of Nintendo, floppy discs, Netscape and fuel-efficient Honda Civics. The muscle-car era was over well before my generation could drive, and the cars that got our parents hooked, even if they were cheap back in the day, were already generally considered too valuable to hand over for unsupervised nights on the town. Many of this generation never made personal connections with those cars, and as a result, 20- and 30-somethings can have a hard time seeing value in them today. Then again, there are a bunch of us who do get it, and we tend to be the ones who groan when we hear generalized complaints about young people’s distaste for cars. It’s not that they don’t care, it’s that they’ve never had a reason to care. Old cars were simply outside most of these kids’ worlds. But those universal concepts from the cruising era — fun, status, freedom — still ring true, even in a sea of beige dailymobiles. From where I sit, while we’ll never relive “American Graffiti,” the problem is access to old cars, not attitude. Hit the road The next generation of collectors needs to develop their own passion for these cars if the cars are to continue on as lust-worthy objects. For some people, it may never happen. Not everyone loved cars back in the day, either. But one thing’s for certain: You can’t expect them to catch the addiction at a museum or on a downtown strip void of other cool old cars. So now’s the time to toss those keys to your son or daughter, especially if he or she has shown a spark of interest in old cars before. Let them drive your GTO to high school a couple days a month, or take the ’Cuda out on a Friday or Saturday night. Take them to an organized event such as the Woodward Dream Cruise or Hot August Nights in Reno (in which ACC is proud to be taking part this year — there’s an in-depth guide to this year’s event on p. 32), where cruising in an old car is the destination. They’ll either think you’re crazy or they’ll love it. And if they love it, you’ve started something good. A FROM WHERE I SIT, WHILE WE’LL NEVER RELIVE “AMERICAN GRAFFITI,” THE PROBLEM IS ACCESS TO OLD CARS, NOT ATTITUDES ABOUT THEM


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Courtesy of Hot August Nights Hot August Nights — the biggest little car show in the world Hot August Nights Hot August Nights is one the biggest events of the year for American car collectors. The yearly extravaganza of thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, street rods and classic cruisers starts with an extra two days August 2–3 in South Lake Tahoe. Hot August Nights then cruises to the familiar digs and streets of Reno on August 6–11. Event organizers anticipate that more than 800,000 gearheads and thousands of cars will once again be part of one of the biggest parties of the year. Expect traditional car shows, car cruises, swapmeets and music everywhere. Barrett-Jackson will award $20,000 to the car that earns the Ultimate Best of Show Award during the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine. The Barrett-Jackson Cup — and that $20k — will go to the top finisher among 45 cars chosen as finalists. The fourth runner-up will win $1,000, third will win $3,000, second will win $6,000 and the first runner-up will collect $10,000. This is Barrett-Jackson’s first year at Hot August Nights, and the Barrett-Jackson Hot August Nights Auction will send hundreds of cars across the block at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center from August 8 to 10. It’s probably a good idea to make your hotel reservations right now. Most events are free, but the famous casinos in South Lake Tahoe and Reno remain pay-to-play. www.hotaugustnights.net (NV) Woodward Dream Cruise The U.S. car industry is cranking out — and selling — some great cars, and there is no better place than Detroit’s Woodward Avenue to celebrate the comeback. Good times or bad, Woodward is still one of the great cruise-ins on the planet. This year’s Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles to life on August 17, and steering some Detroit iron — new or old — down that long drag will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, especially when you share the asphalt with thousands of hot classics, street rods and muscle, muscle, muscle. www.woodwarddreamcruise.com (MI) Corvettes at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey in August is often a celebra- 1965 Fiberfab Stingray Special tearing it up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Tony Piff 12 AmericanCarCollector.com tion of European sports cars and American Classics, but this year will bring hundreds of Corvettes to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from August 16 to 18. Dozens of Corvettes will rumble and roar around the track. Hundreds more will fill a Corvette Corral for the ages. The races — where you feel the old cars ripping around the famous track — are always our favorite part of Monterey in August, and this will be a great year. www.mazdaraceway.com (CA)A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions RM St. John’s: 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton JULy Tom Mack — Mountaineer Collector Car Auction Where: Fletcher, NC When: July 6 More: www.tommackauctions.com The star cars at this sale are a 1939 Cadillac Series 61 Sedan, unrestored with 19,500 miles and full documentation; a pair of 1964 Dodge convertibles; and a rotisserie-restored 1954 Mercury Monterey convertible. The auction happens in conjunction with the 46th Annual Mountaineer Antique Auto Club Car Show & Flea Market. Silver Auctions — Spokane 2013 Where: Spokane, WA When: July 13 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 99/164 cars sold / $1.3m BLOCK AUgUSt Auctions America California Where: Burbank, CA When: August 1–3 More: www.auctionsamerica.com by Tony Piff AA’s new California sale, which will be televised live on NBC Sports. Among the 400 consignments are a 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback, recently restored to concours quality; “Respect Tradition,” a multi award-winning ’32 Ford roadster; a fully-documented 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra factory demonstrator, said to be one of fewer than 20 examples equipped with automatic transmission; and a multi-award-winning 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code convertible, frame-off restored. The Scotty Gray Collection will feature a selection of well-maintained hot rods, like a ’32 Ford roadster with full fenders and removable hard top and a California surf-culture-inspired ’33 Ford woodie custom. Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs will feature prominently at Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson Where: Reno, NV When: August 8–10 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Silver hosts this auction in conjunction with the Early Ford V8 Club’s 43rd Annual Spokane Swap Meet. Look for Silver’s usual mix of affordable classics from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. At this sale last year, the average sold price was $13,500, and high-sale honors went to a 1948 Chevy street rod, sold at $48k. Petersen — Graffiti Weekend Collector Car Auction Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 13 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Last year: 36/74 cars sold / $531k Barrett-Jackson will mark their arrival at Hot August Nights with the Barrett-Jackson Cup, a $40k prize purse awarded at the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine, with $20k given to Best in Show. Among the featured early consignments — all offered without reserve — are “Golden Era,” a Rick Dore-built 1926 Ford Model T; “No Bad Days,” a 1933 Willys Highboy street rod; a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245 convertible; and a 1971 Buick GSX. (See our Insider’s Guide to Hot August Nights on p. 32 for more.) Vicari — New Orleans 2013 Where: New Orleans, LA When: August 9–10 More: www.vicariauction.com Hot rods, modified muscle and all manner of American classics take center stage at this well-established sale, held indoors at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Last year, a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T was the top lot at $38,200, followed by a ’32 Ford Highboy at $37,600. Sold prices averaged $15k. RM — St. John’s Where: Plymouth, MI When: July 27 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 61/74 cars sold / $6.8m Look for a strong selection of muscle cars, customs, pickups and convertibles at this sale, held at Mardi Gras World. The auction takes place as part of the 4th Annual New Orleans Classic Auto Festival, and Vicari promises “a few surprises” and a “Nawlins-style flavor.” B&T Specialty — The Reno Auction Where: Reno, NV When: August 9–10 More: www.btspecialtycarauctions.com Pre-war Classics are the focus of this annual auction, the official sale of the Concours d’Elegance of America. The headline cars are a 1930 Cadillac V16 all-weather phaeton (RM estimate: $150k– $200k); a 1922 Duesenberg Model A Doctor’s Coupe with known ownership from new ($175k–$225k); a 1931 Lincoln Model K Sport phaeton with open coachwork ($175k–$225k); a 1935 Packard Twelve coupe roadster ($200k–$250k); a 1931 Cord L-29 cabriolet ($175k–$225k); and a 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, recently restored to concours quality ($725k–$900k). 14 AmericanCarCollector.com 1957 Ford thunderbird E-code at Auctions America


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK 1971 Buick gSX at Barrett-Jackson Reno Last year: 239/482 cars sold / $5.4m B&T Specialty bills this sale as the “Best Little Auction in the Biggest Little City in the World.” The two-day sale takes place in a 120,000-square-foot air-conditioned facility and will feature 400 street rods, hot rods, customs, muscle cars, sports cars, pickups and more. Bonhams — Exceptional Motorcars and Automobiles at Quail Lodge Where: Carmel, CA When: August 15–16 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 82/153 cars sold / $9.5m RM Auctions — Monterey Where: Monterey, CA When: August 16–17 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 105/119 cars sold / $95.3m RM’s 2012 Monterey sale totaled more than $95m, with an average sold price of $907k. Among the many heavy-hitters offered this year are a matching-numbers, ACD-certified 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ convertible coupe (RM estimate: $2m–$2.5m); an awardwinning 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman ($225k–$275k); and a trio of freshly restored, V8-powered station wagons, including a 1938 Ford ($110k–$140k), a 1950 Ford ($100k–$125k) and an award-winning 1949 Mercury ($125k–$175k). Bonhams’ annual Quail Lodge event features some of the auction house’s most important automobiles of the year. The consignments are varied, featuring collector cars from every genre, including a few Corvettes, some American muscle and pre-war Classics. The featured American consignment is a very rare 1914 American Underslung Tourer. Formerly part of the William Harrah Collection, it is reportedly the only example not held in a museum. It features a 6-cylinder engine with nearly 10 liters of displacement and 4-speed transmission. Mecum — The Daytime Auction Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 341/570 cars sold / $30.8m Gooding & Company — The Pebble Beach Auction Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 17–18 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 109/122 cars sold / $113.7m This boutique sale of blue-chip collector cars takes place just up the hill from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Last year, the average price per sold car was $1m. The consignments cover a broad range of automotive genres, with many pre-war Big Classics, such as a 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe (Gooding estimate: $2.25m–$2.75m). There are always a handful of investment-grade Corvettes, Cadillacs, muscle cars and woodies, too. Auctions America — Auburn Fall Where: Auburn, IN When: August 29–September 1 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 637/999 cars sold / $17.8m Look for an impressive selection of muscle cars, pickups, street rods and motorcycles at Mecum’s Monterey sale. Early star cars include a 1964 Shelby 289 Independent Competition Cobra, still with original 289 and alloy body, plus period racing photos and footage; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton with upgraded coachwork by Fran Roxas of Chicago; a 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible; a 1937 Ingalls Special road race car; a 1985 March Buick 85G GTP race car; and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible. Russo and Steele — Monterey on the Waterfront Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 124/266 cars sold / $8.2m Just shy of 1,000 cars crossed the block at this sale last year, topped by a 1935 Duesenberg Model J Derham sedan, sold at $457k. But with sold prices averaging $28k and plenty of cars changing hands under $10k, this is truly an auction with something for everybody, and all the action will be televised live on NBC Sports. Elsewhere on the sprawling Auburn Auction Park grounds, you’ll find a car corral, swapmeet, dozens of vendors and celebrity appearances. AA reported 52,500 attendees at the 2012 event. Worldwide Auctioneers — The Auburn Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–31 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 89/124 cars sold / $5.3m Among the early highlighted lots here are a CCCA 100-point, ACD Club-Certified 1933 Auburn Twelve phaeton convertible sedan; a 1939 Cadillac V16 convertible Touring; and a 1910 Winchester motorcycle, commissioned especially for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and thought to be the only remaining example. This will be Worldwide’s sixth annual Auburn Auction. A After outgrowing their old Monterey venue, Russo set up shop adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf last year. They return to their new venue this year for three evenings of auction action and more than 250 cars. Look for a strong selection of high-quality restored muscle, hot rods, Corvettes and customs. A highly documented 1962 Shelby Cobra is the featured early consignment. 16 AmericanCarCollector.com 1965 Shelby gt350 at Russo and Steele’s Monterey auction


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin Growing the car hobby, one magazine at time “American Car Collector is the top car magazine in the country. Not only do they offer in-depth coverage of the latest car auction news, they also provide entertaining stories about the car business. It is a must-read!” — Richard Sevenoaks, president, Leake Auction Company collector magazine in the U.S., we’ve just expanded our distribution to include every Barnes & Noble in America. Plus, we will have thousands of issues available at Hot August Nights in Reno. There’s a simple reason for the growth of American Car Collector. T Editor Jim Pickering and his team of knowledgeable enthusiasts keep putting together one knockout issue after the next. You’ll find insights in this magazine that you simply won’t find anywhere else. In this issue, our Corvette expert John L. Stein tells it like it is when it comes to the difference between re-pop and N.O.S. parts. Editor Pickering takes an in-depth look at a ’72 Chevy truck that made $61k at auction — a big-money price for the model. Renowned expert Ken Gross weighs in on the ’55 Lincoln “Mucha Muchacha,” and authority Jay Harden calls it like he sees it on the “General Lee” that crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson. And that’s just a small taste of the articles you’re holding in your hands. There’s simply no other magazine that brings you so much informa- tion, about so many cars, from so many experts. I guarantee you will read this issue cover-to-cover, and come away with a ton of new information to share with your friends. ACC is designed to do one thing — help you enjoy your collector car, and the world of collecting, even more than you already do. Enjoy the read! A hanks for the kind words, Richard — and after you read this jam-packed issue, I’m sure you’ll agree with him. If this is your first issue of American Car Collector, you might have picked it up at a Barnes & Noble or at Hot August Nights. As we continue on our streak as the fastest-growing new carCAR COLLECTOR Volume 2, No. 4 July-August 2013 Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions Editor Tony Piff Associate Editor Chad Tyson Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Kevin Coakley John Lyons Norm Mort Phil Skinner Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology/ Internet Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Coordinator Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Randy Zussman randy.zussman@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis Administrative Assistant Cassie Sellman Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Look for us in all Barnes & Noble stores and at Hot August Nights! 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2013 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN JOIN US Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Pat Campion Dale Novak B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Holman Moody: The Legendary Race Team by Tom Cotter and Al Pearce, Octane Press, 256 pages, $52.54 (Amazon) My first trip to Riverside Raceway, as a bright-eyed 10-year-old, was to a stock-car race, back when stock car meant something. It was 1963, and Dan Gurney won in a Holman-Moody Ford. While Gurney went off in his own direction (win- ning four of the next five Riverside 500s for the Woods Brothers), the odd duo of John Holman and Ralph Moody continued to win races with a long list of legendary drivers. The business partners were a volatile and dynamic team. Holman, the salesman, and Moody, the driver and engineer, started business together in what amounts to a shotgun wedding at the end of manufacturer involvement with racing in 1957. Ford underlings who wanted to stay in racing offered all the bits needed to continue a team to Holman. To make it happen, Moody borrowed money on an airplane he owned, and the pair bought a race team’s worth of gear. The next 15 years were a whirlwind of successes in stock cars, in drag racing, and in endurance sports car racing. Tom Cotter and Al Pearce chronicle the highlights of racing with Holman-Moody in a new edition of a book by Cotter that first appeared in 1973 and was revised in 2003. Told in images, captions and text, the story of Holman-Moody is firmly rooted in NASCAR. Just the list of drivers they used, 339 in NASCAR, reads like a Hall of Fame brochure. Here are just a few who won races for them: Marvin Panch, Fireball Roberts, Parnelli Jones, Curtis Turner, Junior Johnson, Joe Weatherly, Fred Lorenzen, Dan Gurney, Tiny Lund, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti. And this is just in stock cars. They were innovators (first tube frame NASCAR chassis), entrepreneurs (theirs was the first large-scale NASCAR shop running multiple teams) and expansionists (moving from NASCAR to sports-car racing and drag racing). And they were staggeringly successful. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Summit Racing Equipment High-Performance Engine and Wheel Paint The best way to g from blah to bling i fresh paint. Most of us don’t have a paint booth in the garage, but that doesn’t have to stop us from gettin professional-quality The engine pain tion of heat-resistant silicone and highperformance fluorourethane resin. Colors come in standard black, red, Chevy Orange, Ford Blue and Hemi Orange. And for those who like to fool others, aluminum color is available. The paint can be brushed or sprayed on. (Thinning can be done easily with tap water.) Acrylic and epoxy binders provide superior adhesion for Summit Racing’s wheel paint. The two-part system offers protection against nicks, chips and scratches. Gloss Argent Silver and Gloss Charcoal Gray are your color options. Of course, both paints need to be applied to clean, bare metal. Visit www.summitracing.com, or call 800.230.3030, for more details. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com (shown with donor C5 components—gray and black items) Bolt on 1938–48, 1949–54 Chevrolet Car C5 Corvette Suspension Conversion Crossmember from Chevs of the 40’s Corvettes stand alone as th top American sports car. But y get your 1938–48 or 1949–54 C to handle like one, too. This C twisty roads in no time. There are a couple of caveats, as this is for customs: You’ll need at minimum 17-inch wheels with four inches of back spacing, and the coil-overs need to be 9.5 inches long compressed and 12.5 inches long when extended. The 50-pound chunk of fabricated steel costs $895. A steering rack can be added for an additional $335. Visit www.chevsofthe40s.com, or call 800.9525.0585, for more details. P/N C5CONV. A Lineage: ªªªª Tom Cotter, with The Cobra in the Barn and like titles in his bibliography, also has a long history in motorsports as a journalist and marketer. Al Pearce has covered NASCAR for 27 years for Autoweek. So you have two professionals who know the material. Fit and finish: ªª Rolling Stone art director Roger Black’s dictum for successful design was to simplify, using black and white, with a touch of red. The designer of “Holman-Moody” got it all wrong, with a look that bleeds red. Photo reproduction is marginal as well. dotes, factoids and informative photo captions. What you won’t get is the real story of the relationship between Holman and Moody, which by other accounts was tumultuous. But as an overview of the team’s history and success, the book is a fun read. (This edition includes an update at the back. The first edition is going for $250 on Amazon.) ªªªªª is best Drivability: ªªªª The book is full of amusing anec


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And what better place to write down a phone number or make an impromptu grocery list? $449 for the bottom chest, $349 for the top. Limited edition. www.craftsman.com Cold air and no leaks The all-in-one A/C PRO charger not only replenishes lost refrigerant — it also stops leaks and prolongs system life with special lubricants and additives. Just squeeze the trigger. $39 from www.advance- autoparts.com Siphon Siphon right Need to empty a fuel tank before putti your vehicle in long-term storage? Or do you just want better flow control from that awkward, spill-prone five-gallon jug? Put the Flo n’ go hose in your fuel source, pump the handle to prime, and siphon to your heart’s content without spilling a drop. $29.95 from www.genuinehotrod.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 The Chevelle SS was one of the top muscle cars of the 1970s. The ACME Trading Company is well aware of this, and they’re just gearing up for another version of the top-dog, steroidpacked 454 with LS6 package. This new release, out in June, is a numbered, limited-edition run, and follows ACME’s previous sold-out black Chevelle SS. Along with numerous correct details, they have perfectly replicated the Chevelle’s 450-hp heart. Every bit is there, down to the cowl induction, which you can flip open for display. The overall stance of this beast is spot on, and it looks great on those mag wheels with accurate Goodyear Polyglas tires. The interior will more than satisfy the most picky collector with its highly detailed dash and console, cloth seat belts with GM logos, perfect seats and door panels which even have chrome power-window switches. Of course the trunk opens, and the undercarriage is fully detailed too. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com COOLSTUFF LSTUFF One tool o rule hem all Multi-tools a OLSTUFF One tool o rule hem all Multi-tools are invaluable, ut 90% of the me I just need arp edge. The PowerAssist s two locking, d blades instantly e without ever e tool. Unfold, d five more lock- ng implements are available. Smooth andles make r a comfortable, ul grip. Made in A. $85.95 from ecenter.com Dry-erase tool chest Label and re-label those drawers with white- board ease. And what better place to write down a phone number or make an impromptu grocery list? $449 for the bottom chest, $349 for the top. Limited edition. www.craftsman.com Cold air and no leaks The all-in-one A/C PRO charger not only replenishes lost refrigerant — it also stops leaks and prolongs system life with special lubricants and additives. Just squeeze the trigger. $39 from www.advance- autoparts.com Siphon right Need to empty a fuel tank before putti your vehicle in long-term storage? Or do you just want better flow control from that awkward, spill-prone five-gallon jug? Put the Flo n’ go hose in your fuel source, pump the handle to prime, and siphon to your heart’s content without spilling a drop. $29.95 from www.genuinehotrod.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS6 The Chevelle SS was one of the top muscle cars of the 1970s. The ACME Trading Company is well aware of this, and they’re just gearing up for another version of the top-dog, steroid- packed 454 with LS6 package. This new release, out in June, is a numbered, limited-edition run, and follows ACME’s previous sold-out black Chevelle SS. Along with numerous correct details, they have perfectly replicated the Chevelle’s 450-hp heart. Every bit is there, down to the cowl induction, which you can flip open for display. 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SNAPSHOTS Old tires made new WHETHER YOU DRIVE MUSCLE, A HOT ROD, A CLASSIC OR A 1950S SEDAN, IT’S PROBABLY RIDING ON COKER TIRES by Chester Allen F ew gearheads think about the tires they need to keep their old car on the road — unless they can’t find the tires they need. Most of us don’t have to worry about finding tires for our cars, whether they came off the line in 1928, 1948 or 1968 — thanks to Corky Coker of Chattanooga, TN. Coker has spent the past 39 years tracking down old tire molds and making new versions of old tires. Coker Tire makes thousands of s each year, and the company has grown into several d buildings in downtown Chattanooga. oker’s father, Harold Coker, started Coker Tire as andard tire business in 1958. In 1974, Coker left llege and came home to handle the company’s vintage-tire business. “I was majoring in beer, babes and banjo, so my dad told me to come home and get to work,” Coker said. “In 1974, antique tire sales represented only 5% of the company’s total business.” Coker changed all that when he started travel- ing around the world to find the old molds of discontinued tire lines. Then he struck royalty deals with Michelin, Firestone, BF Goodrich and other Photos courtesy of Coker Tire Co. companies to start making and selling the old tires. Big tire companies had stopped making tires for der cars, and Coker found a sweet market spot in the des of old-car owners who needed new versions of ashioned tires. Now, Coker Tires supplies thousands rent vintage tires and reproduction wheels to owners OTS Old tires made new WHETHER YOU DRIVE MUSCLE, A HOT ROD, A CLASSIC OR A 1950S SEDAN, IT’S PROBABLY RIDING ON COKER TIRES by Chester Allen F ew gearheads think about the tires they need to keep their old car on the road — unless they can’t find the tires they need. Most of us don’t have to worry about finding tires for our cars, whether they came off the line in 1928, 1948 or 1968 — thanks to Corky Coker of Chattanooga, TN. Coker has spent the past 39 years tracking down old tire molds and making new versions of old tires. Coker Tire makes thousands of s each year, and the company has grown into several d buildings in downtown Chattanooga. oker’s father, Harold Coker, started Coker Tire as andard tire business in 1958. In 1974, Coker left llege and came home to handle the company’s vintage-tire business. “I was majoring in beer, babes and banjo, so my dad told me to come home and get to work,” Coker said. “In 1974, antique tire sales represented only 5% of the company’s total business.” Coker changed all that when he started travel- ing around the world to find the old molds of dis- continued tire lines. Then he struck royalty deals with Michelin, Firestone, BF Goodrich and other Photos courtesy of Coker Tire Co. companies to start making and selling the old tires. Big tire companies had stopped making tires for der cars, and Coker found a sweet market spot in the des of old-car owners who needed new versions of ashioned tires. Now, Coker Tires supplies thousands rent vintage tires and reproduction wheels to owners Unlike Unlike steel or other metal parts, tire Detailing For more information on Coker Tires, visit www.cokertire.com. over time, even when stored in a wareho That means old cars need new tires. Many of Coker’s tires still carry the o manufacturer’s logo and look exactly the same on the outside, but many of the tire are now made with improved materials and techniques. “Traditional look b modern technology,” Coker said. Coker said he still searches for old molds, but he also has new molds e neered from old molds or blueprints, so the product line continues to grow — and so does his company. Coker Tire’s antique-tire division started with o employee in 1974, but there are more than 80 on the payroll now. In addit Coker Tire has opened a new warehouse and wheel factory in California. C said he wants to keep production and jobs in the United States. “It’s the ri thing to do for the business and for our country,” he said. After almost 40 years in the business, Coker has a big car collection, a restora- tion shop, a great reputation — and his own television show. “Barn Finds” will begin this fall on the Travel Channel, and it takes Coker and his father, now 83, full circle. In the show, Coker, his dad and other family members travel throughout the Deep South in search of forgotten or hidden old cars. Coker and his dad compete to see who can find the best car — and deal. The cars are then taken to Honest Charley Garage — Coker’s restoration shop in Chattanooga. “It’s a fun show, and you can watch it with your family,” Coker said. Coker’s focus still remains on tires, and he’s still collecting molds to keep cars on the road. After all, cars made 10 or 20 years ago will still need tires 20 years from now. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Corky Coker in his element “Nowadays, when companies discontinue a tire, they send us a list of molds,” Coker said. “We recently bought about 1,500 molds from Michelin for ’80s and ’90s high-performance cars.” A Keep your tires tip-top Corky Coker knows tires, and he has these tips to keep your tires in good shape: • A car or truck in storage for six months or more should be put on blocks or jack stands. • Don’t store your cars near electric motors or other sources of ozone. corrodes tire rubber. p your tires inflated to the recomded pressure. “We check the oil d other fluids before we drive our d cars,” Coker said. “We should so check the tire pressure.” • If possible, drive the car every three months to prevent tire cracks and flat-spotting. • Don’t mix radials and bias-ply res on a car. Why? The two types f tires grip the road differently, and a mix of the two can cause steering oblems. “Rims designed for biasy tires can crack due to the extra ss placed upon them by radials,” r said. “This is dangerous. We make replacement wheels so you can put radial tires on your older car if you wish.” • Coker recommends filling your tires with nitrogen. “Nitrogen molecules are bigger than oxygen molecules, so they’re less likely to escape through the sidewall — rubber is porous.” Nitrogen also has no humidity, so there is less tire corrosion from the inside out,” Coker said.


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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 grow. I think it’s safe to say that these cars have reached collector status, and I’m quite curious to see how the story will continue to evolve as time goes by. Brian Z’s comment in the Insider’s View section in issue No. 9 (May-June 2013, p. 34) about hearing these cars referred to as the “1955–57 Chevy of the ’80s” is quite a compliment. I believe the 5.0 Mustangs will eventually exceed the Shoebox Chevys in collectibility thanks to their production numbers. At the very least, there’s no doubt in my mind that the 5.0 Mustang will be every bit as much the “icon.” Either way, it’s all still good. I look forward to issue No. 10. — Mark DellAcqua, Millersville, MD Setting the horsepower record straight Mark DellAcqua’s 1993 Mustang LX 5.0 Foxes and shoeboxes I’m a charter subscriber to ACC, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every issue. It has become one of those magazines that I look forward to receiving at the beginning of every other month. As the longtime owner of a 1993 Mustang LX 5.0 in Reef Blue (which is now a sleeper drag car that’s capable of running 10s), it’s been really interesting to watch the popularity of the Fox-body cars continue to Tom Glatch’s Mopar profile in the May- June 2013 issue of ACC calls out Chrysler as the car company with the most available horsepower in the 1950s. The 300C did make 390 hp, but that wasn’t the most powerful engine of its era. The highest-rated horsepower in the 1950s belonged to the Lincoln and Mercury. Their 430-ci tri-power engine, offered starting in 1958, delivered 400 hp. — Bill Connell, via email Pricing a resto-mod I have a ’56 Continental Mark II. It’s a “frame off” restoration of a solid car. We powder-coated and detailed the frame, added front disc brakes, and replaced the original engine and drivetrain with a rebuilt and upgraded 460/C6 transmission. Inside, there’s a completely new leather interior, and we added Vintage Air configured as an original factory a/c car (with evaporator in the trunk and roof outlets). I’m wondering how I can determine the value of a car that looks original but has modern mechanicals. Any thoughts will be appreciated! — Joe Northrop, via email Jim Pickering responds: That’s a tough one — in many cases, customizations from stock can a be limiting factor when it comes to value, unless you find the right buyer — someone who shares the same taste in modified cars as you. Not impossible, but not always easy, either. What’s it worth? The simple answer is whatever someone is willing to pay. The ACC Pocket Price Guide has it in the $38k–$70k range — although the most recent sale we list is a black 3+ condition car that sold for $34k at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction in November of 2012 (ACC’s Auction Database# 214547). But those prices only apply to stockers — not resto-mods like your car. Joe Northrop’s 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II resto-mod My suggestion is to take a look at other resto-mod sales — cars that are similar to yours in the type of work they had done, and look at the prices those cars brought when they sold at auction. The online ACC Premium Auction Database is perfect for this. Generally, the spectrum is pretty wide — sometimes, modified cars bring bigger money than originals and sometimes they don’t. It all comes down to how the car was built, how it is presented and marketed at the auction, and ultimately, who is in the room when it crosses the block. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com


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INSIDER’S VIEW Carburetor or fuel injection? The ACC question: Say you’re assembling a ’64 Chevelle as a cruiser. Everything’s complete but the engine — it’s time to choose between modern computerized fuel injection and a carburetor. Which do you go with and why? Readers respond: Bill George, Hudson, OH, via email: After reading information about the fuel injection, listening to other builders, hearing the cars up close, talking to current owners of fuel injection, I put an LS1 in my current ’57 Chevy project. My decision was based on today’s fuels and the lack of suppliers of non-ethanol fuels. I also am convinced of the reliability of the new technology. I thought I would always be a carburetor guy, but knowing what I know now, I don’t think I will go back to carbs! John Knittle, Oceanside, CA, via email: Certainly carburetion has its benefits in being flexible, as you can change jets and metering rods in a wink and set it for either street or strip. But fo the average cruiser, an EFI setup will give the bes and consistent gas mileage. Steven Vining, via ACC Blog: If original had carbs, you go carbs. I have carbs (albeit newer ver — Edelbrock after Carter AFB and Webers repla touchy Solexes) on my ’50s and ’60s cars. Mike, New Orleans, LA, via ACC Blog: I have a ’74 Pantera that I converted to a Weber-style fuel injection. The throttle-bodies are all machined aluminum. It is a ’60s retro look with modern convenience. As far as looks, I can’t go anywhere without a lot of questions and pictures. Go for fuel injection! If you do it first, it’s not as expensive as you may think. Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month’s question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. M. Ornstein, Bedminster, NJ, via ACC Blog: Carbs on a carb car! Tune it by ear! Brian Induni, Hayden, ID, via ACC Blog: I’m somewhat of a pur- ist. I tend to go back to what the car had originally. However, if I were to build a hot rod (or variant) I would use a simple multi-port FI system that didn’t involve the input of too many sensors to work properly. I love tuning a Chevy 396 with a screwdriver, paper clip and my ear. But when I get my 2001 Rinker boat (5-liter MPI) out of winter storage, it is an absolute pleasure to turn the key, wait for the fuel pump to build up pressure, and hear it fire up like it was running just a few minutes ago. Jimbosidecar, via ACC Blog: Simplicity. That’s half the fun of owning an older car. Carbs for me. Thomas Smith, via ACC Blog: I know it’s more money and more wiring, but injection is monitoring fuel as needed, where a carb is basically dumping fuel. Next time you’re sitting around at a car show, just listen to cars starting up. The carb cars will crank a little longer, puff some black smoke, and stumble when accelerated. An FI car will fire up quick, burn clean, and the driver won’t have to restart it five times. Not to mention FI will get you better gas mileage. I have both, but if I could afford it, all my cars would FI. Ted Nicolas, Ventura, CA, via email: “There is something to tuning by ear — it’s an emotional thing. When it’s on, it’s on, and you know it. A computer? Daaaaa!” Jimmy Nylund, Dulce, NM, via email: Has anyone ever figured out how long of a pole you’d need to hang a gas can off of just to get the fuel pressure needed for an EFI setup, should the fuel pump go bad? With a carbureted engine, putting the can on the cowl is usually sufficient. Ronald Thybault, via email: I understand the old system. There is something to tuning by ear — it’s an emotional thing. When it’s on, it’s on, and you know it. A computer? Daaaaa! Need I say more? TexRancher, via ACC Blog: Through the years and into the pres- ent, having driven ’55–57 Chevys (Power Pac 283, Rochester 4GC), ’62–64 Impalas SS (300/327, AFB) and ’66–67 GTOs (389 and 400 with AFB, Tri-Power, and Quadrajet), my choice is carbs for the pure fun and originality! Nothing like having a stable of wild animals like Goats and Impalas! In case there’s someone itching to ask; yes, I have something later to do the dirty work such as pulling trailers: a 1990 Chevy ¾-ton long bed, injected 350 4-speed with 734,000 miles on it and still going strong. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com This question has been going around the four-wheeling community for years. A lot of Jeeps on the trail are now fuel- injected. My ’71 Bronco has a 302 with a 600-cfm Truck Avenger carb. I love it, but I get so jealous when we get up in altitude. The FIs just adapt, while people running carbs can have trouble. Now for the dilemma: If I break down in the hot desert, or at high altitude, 30 miles from anywhere, I would rather have the carb, which can be tweaked to help. At high altitude, I would rather have the FI, which adjusts for thin- ner air. Regardless of where you are, FI or relay problems could leave you trying to get towed back out by another wheeler. Final decision: It is up to the driver to choose what he installs. He is the one who has to fix it on the trail. George Bishopric, via email: The carburetor is a thing of the past, and some, like that in my ’56 Thunderbird, were a bad design even then. A few years ago, I put in one from a ’57, and if I were to do it over, I’d go FI without a second thought. Jim Bailie, Brumos Racing (ret.), via email: I don’t care how long a large group of “old-school” (of which I am one) mechanics will shout “carbs rule!” — a properly-done-for-the-job electronic fuel system will make the very best carburetors look like toys. But if it’s a vintage car, and you have it working the way it did when it was new (or a little better), think a very long time before tearing it off just to replace it with late-model EFI. A


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UNDERTHE HOOD yOUR gUIDE TO ONE OF THE YEAR’S BIGGEST AMERICAN COLLECTOR-CAR EVENTS Hot nights E ach August, the Nevada cities of Reno and Sparks turn into a rolling tribute to the automotive lifestyle, with thousands of customs, classics, hot rods, and muscle cars rolling into “the biggest little city in the world” for a weeklong celebration of rock ’n’ roll and cool cars. The event, which started in 1986, has grown to huge proportions, drawing hundreds of thousands of visitors to Reno each year from around the globe. And the number of things to do during the show has grown as well — from cruising to car shows and concerts, there’s a lot going on. That’s why ACC put together this guide — to help you get a sense of what’s happening and when, and to help you decide what you want to see and do while you’re in town for the event. Don’t forget about the sales. Barrett- Jackson takes over this year as the official auction of Hot August Nights. They’ll be selling cars Thursday through Saturday at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Check out our preview of their auction on the next page. B&T Specialty Classic Car Auctions will return to town after selling cars here the past two years. Their Friday and Saturday sale will start at 11 a.m. The exact schedule wasn’t set as we went to press, but pick a direction and you’ll find plenty of car-related activities. So hop in your best car, grab a couple of friends, and let’s hit the strip! A Numbers to know Auction companies Barrett-Jackson: 480.663.6255 B&T Specialty: 877.876.9080 Police Reno Police: 775.334.2175 Sparks Police: 775.353.2231 Washoe County Sheriff: 775.328.3001 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Hot August Nights Nevada Highway Patrol: 775.388.2500 Airport Reno-Tahoe International: 775.328.6400 Public transportation Regional Transportation Commission: 775.348.7433 Shuttle/car service South Tahoe Express: 866.898.2463 Reno Tahoe Limousine: 775.348.0868 Sierra West Limo and Sedan: 775.588.4500 North Tahoe Executive Shuttle: 530.550.7555 Taxi service Reno Cab: 775.333.3333 Yellow Cab: 775.355.5555 Whittlesea Checker Taxi: 775.322.2222 Tow companies Milne Towing (Reno-Sparks, Northern Nevada): 775.359.0106


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WE CLUE yOU IN ON WHERE TO STAY, WHERE TO EAT, AND WHAT TO DO Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson Barrett-Jackson’s unique “lifestyle event” is like a rock festival, state fair and classic-car auction all rolled into one — the perfect match for Hot August Nights. This will be Barrett-Jackson’s first sale here. Expectations are high, and the consignments are awesome. When: August 8–10, gates open at 8 a.m. Where: Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Phone: 480.421.6694 Cost: Prices vary per day. A three-day adult pass is $50. Discounts apply for military members, seniors, students and children. A Star cars 1926 Ford Model T “Golden Era” street rod by Rick Dore. 351-ci 325-hp Ford V8, C4 automatic. Steel body handformed on stretched chassis. No reserve. cool cars All Points Towing (Reno-Sparks): 775.323.4002 D&S Towing (Reno-SparksFernley): 775.358.7779 Visitor centers Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority: 800.367.7366 Tourist Center at Legends (Sparks): 775.636.9560 Courtesy of Hot August Nights Fuelie convertible (pictured). 4-speed. Desirable black-over-red color combo. Frame-off restoration finished 2006. From the William Munday Collection. No reserve. July-August 2013 33 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 street rod (pictured). 454-ci V8. All steel. Leather and ostrich interior by Ron Mangus. No reserve. 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/245 1933 Willys Highboy “No Bad Days” convertible. Dual quads, 4-speed, matching numbers. No-expense-spared, body-off restoration. From the William Munday Collection. No reserve.


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UNDERTHE HOOD Telephone: 800.687.8733 Web: silverlegacyreno.com Located in downtown Reno, the Reno, NV 89501 Where to ... EAT JAZZ, A LOUISIANA KITCHEN Where: 1180 Scheels Drive, Ste. B-111, Sparks, NV 89434 Telephone: 775.657.8659 Web: sparks.jazzkitchens.com Cajun delights and a high-desert Silver Legacy features award-winning restaurants, an intimate showroom, and all the amenities you expect from a mega-resort. PEPPERMILL HOTEL CASINO Where: 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502 backdrop make for unusual bedfellows, but Jazz makes it stick. The French Quarter café features fine Cajun cuisine at reasonable prices. The Voodoo Wings are a must-try appetizer. Follow up with a po’boy or Cajun stir fry and you’re eating good. Live music fills your ears Thursday through Sunday. WILD RIVER GRILLE Where: 17 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89501 Telephone: 775.284.7455 Web: bestrenorestaurant.com A fixture of the Reno skyline for over 130 years, the Riverside Hotel is home to one of the best restaurants in town. If you can still eat after ordering all the delicious appetizers, the salmon is the best around. This won’t be the cheapest meal in town, but order a specialty cocktail, get a seat on the patio, and enjoy the view of the Truckee River. Telephone: 775.826.5151 (Reno) 775.626.0101 (Sparks) Web: pinocchiosbarandgrill.com The best happy hour in town is PINOCCHIO’S BAR & GRILL Where: 5995 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502, 4820 Vista Boulevard, Sparks, NV 89436 easy to find whether you’re in Sparks or Reno — just follow everybody (they often have a wait) to these locally owned watering holes. Popular dishes to join the cocktails include the Big Ass Salad, chicken scallopini and chicken-and-wild-mushroom lasagna. Telephone: 775.826.2121 Web: peppermillreno.com Home of the official Hot August Atlantis Casino Resort UNCLE VINNY’S PIZZA Where: 1560 South Stanford Way, Sparks, NV 89431 Telephone: 775.356.1400 Web: unclevinnys.net Breakfast among warehouses in CIRCUS CIRCUS RENO Where: 500 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89503 a sports bar named Uncle Vinny’s Pizza? You bet. And it’s probably the best-kept $7.75 secret in town. Also not to miss is the pizza lunch buffet with all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, fries and more for less than $10. With a deal like that, parking can get a little cramped, so get there early. STAY GRAND SIERRA RESORT & CASINO Where: 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno, NV 89595 Telephone: 800.501.2651 Web: grandsierraresort.com Northern Nevada’s premier Telephone: 800.648.5010 Web: circuscircusreno.com The official home of the Hot August Nights Sock Hop, Prom and Circus Circus Show-n-Shine Extraordinaire. Highlights of the hotel include a 28-carnival-game Midway of Fun, Cabaret Stage, and six restaurants. An evening here wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of four circus shows. Check the schedule posted near the Midway Stage and on the Mezzanine at the hotel. JOHN ASCUAGA’S NUGGET Where: 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431 resort. Guests can access 10 restaurants, a spa, a bowling alley, a two-screen movie theater and a driving range. The GSR has long been a Hot August Nights sponsor and hosts nightly live entertainment during the week. It’s also one of three sites for the Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine. OTHER AUTOMOTIVE SIGHTS NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM Where: 10 South Lake Street, Reno, NV 89501 Telephone: 775.333.9300 Web: automuseum.org Get out of the sun and into one of the top automobile museums in the country. Sirens of Chrome is on display through October 15 and showcases the dazzling and enticing show models from automotive history. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection) 1938 Phantom Corsair at the National Automobile Museum Telephone: 800.219.1786 Web: janugget.com One of the few family-owned Nights kickoff party. That won’t be the last time you’ll stop here, as specialty car displays, Night Life Show-n-Shine competition and official merchandise are part of the agenda. You’ll also find the lounge, bar or hideout that you’re looking for. Dress to impress at the EDGE nightspot. ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT Where: 3800 South Virginia Street, Reno, NV 89502 Telephone: 775.335.4600 Web: atlantiscasino.com Always something luxurious, they say. This Four Diamond resort is right next to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, where BarrettJackson is holding their premiere HAN auction. Here you’ll find the Cruise of Champions, daily car shows, and (rumor has it) Guinness Book of World Records hula-hoop contests. PARK casino resorts remaining, just two miles from Reno-Tahoe International airport and host to the Official HAN Drag Races and Burnouts. The Nugget is just steps from Victorian Square — the place to be for action in downtown Sparks. SILVER LEGACY RESORT CASINO Where: 407 North Virginia Street, PROPARK GARAGE Where: 135 North Sierra Street, Reno, NV 89501 Telephone: 775.322.2219 Web: propark.com ENC VALET Where: 316 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509 Telephone: 916.996.6796 Web: encvalet.com SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT Where: 960 East Glendale Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431 Telephone: 775.352.8787 Web: summitracing.com West Coast gearheads get their goodies in a timely fashion thanks to Summit Racing’s Sparks retail and distribution location. Shop here for a huge selection of in-stock parts and guaranteed low prices.


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson AMC’sstreet fighter THE MACHINE WAS THE EQUIVALENT OF THE ROAD RUNNER OR SUPER BEE — A LOT OF SERIOUS BANG FOR ONLY A FEW BUCKS — both then and today. To capture the market, AMC really needed the equivalent of the Plymouth Road Runner or Dodge Super Bee — a lot of serious bang for only a few bucks. In that mold, they created The Machine. I Kenosha stoplight weapon Akin to those two Mopars, the parts to build it already existed within the com- pany — it was just a matter of combining them. The mid-sized Rebel lineup already had a swoopy fastback, and the AMX had the powerhouse engine — specifically their top-tier Go Pack 10-to-1 compression 340-hp 390. To top it off, AMC was also working with Hurst on several other projects at this time. The end product was more than just a big engine in a Rebel. The car also got a stiffer suspension, front and rear sway bars, and station-wagon rear springs to give it a slightly jacked-up look. A 3.54 rear end was standard, but Twin-Grip limited slip was a factory option, and Detroit Lockers up to 5.00 to 1 could be installed as a “dealer kit.” Hurst’s most obvious contribution was the prerequi- site 4-speed shifter. Automatics got a standard AMC floor shifter. Other “must have” muscle-car pieces in The Machine were a functional hood scoop with integral tachometer on the back, power front disc brakes, and styled steel wheels that were also available later on AMXs and Javelins until 1972. Detailing Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 2,362 Original list price: $3,639 Current ACC Valuation: $22,000–$32,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis number: Lower driver’s side of the windshield Engine number: Center, left side of the block above the oil pan More: www.amonational. com Club: American Motors Owners Association Alternatives: 1968–74 Plymouth Road Runner, 1968–70 Ford Torino GT, 1970–74 AMC Javelin Oh say can you see Initial offerings were painted white with red, white, and blue Scotchcal reflective striping akin to the S/C Rambler. Part of the striping package also included a broad red, white and blue stripe down the middle of the center console’s armrest and lower grille. It also featured most of the hood, including the scoop and tach, painted in blue. After the initial batch of 1,000 white cars, they could be ordered in any color that was available in the Rebel palette — but without the stripes. A flat-black hood with The Machine decals on the front fenders, end of the trunk, and dashboard was the only way to discern that there was a bit more to Walter Mitty’s Rebel than meets the eye. Most of the Rebel options could also be added, including air conditioning, power windows, power seats, and vinyl roof. Sales data from the time quoted quarter-mile times of 14.4 seconds at 98 mph. There was certainly room for improvement, but it was not a slug, either. n the era when the fastest jobs were done up in retina-burning Candy Apple Red, Plum Crazy, Top Banana, and Sassy Grass Green, AMC knew that they had to be garish to get a piece of the muscle-car market. The loudest example was the 1969 Hurst S/C Rambler. However, it was limited production, and compared with the rest of the AMC docket, expensive ACC Investment Grade: C 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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All business, no critters Although visually striking with the striping pack- age — especially in white — AMC went with a nearly generic name for their new car. They wanted to show that while it was a Rebel (in name and attitude), it was also all business. Their marketing materials took several jabs below the belt at the Big Three: “We didn’t name it after wild animals, cartoons, or use GTs and funny numbers.” Yup, that pretty much slammed everyone. AMC also made available a set of “Up With the Rebel Machine” cartoon decals that looked like a cross between a hippie and B.C. (the cartoon-strip character by Johnny Hart) riding a gear. Rare, but not that valuable With only 2,362 made for 1970 only (since that was also the final year for the Rebel), Machines are pretty rare. This is compounded if one considers that the Rust Belt states were their strongest markets (especially their home state of Wisconsin), so the war of attrition has claimed a lot of them already. Considering that, you’d think they should bring double what they generally do, coming close to $40k or $50k S/C Rambler pricing. Some Machines have brought big bucks if perfect, such as Mecum’s $63k example from Indy this May (Lot F110.1), but most generally don’t bring the money of their contemporaries. Why not? I believe that the Ford camp/Chevy camp/Mopar camp mentality has a lot to do with it. Thanks to the general one-track mindset of the core of those groups, few know the car exists. The few who do stray from the herd tend to think it’s neat and cool, but for most of them, the AMX was the only contender. Secondly, the AMC camp is even tighterknit, and ever since these cars had lower resale values in the 1970s, that clientele has generally been tight with their money. The best examples don’t make it to market — they tend to trade among the loyalists. Finally, these cars could be kitted out to look like a garden-variety Rebel. While stealth helped back in the day for racing for pink slips on back roads, today the market for a muscle car that looks like Aunt Ethel’s Rambler is thin. All of this is too bad, because The Machine is a cool car, and buyers can get a lot for their money at between $15k and $30k. It’s competitive with most of the other mid-size muscle cars, and since AMC used a lot of off-the-shelf parts, these cars aren’t too difficult to support in the 21st century. Yes, clones can and have been put together, but the Y engine code in the VIN separates the poseurs from the real deal. Since The Machine didn’t have a big awakening during any of the previous spurts in prices, there’s no reason to believe that more folks will start driving prices up. I could be wrong here, and heaven knows, should one appear in some popular TV show or movie, all bets are off. However, with the younger generations starting to get into muscle cars without the badge baggage from the period, we might start seeing more folks be Up With the Rebel Machine. A July-August 2013 37


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Horsepower Colin Comer OPTIMIZINGold cars I The finer points of MANY OF YOU ASKED FOR DETAILS ON TIPS AND PARTS I USE IN MY SHOP TO IMPROVE OLDER VEHICLES. HERE ARE SOME FAVORITES n the March-April 2013 issue of ACC, I wrote of how I prefer an expertly prepared and “optimized” vintage car rather than a mega-buck state-of-the-art Pro-Touring one. Many of you wrote in asking for more details on “optimizing” tips, tricks, and parts I use in my shop, so this month I will share some of my favorites. None of these things are magical elixirs that will smooth out a poorly rebuilt, unbalanced engine or make your M-21 with trashed synchros shift right. Remember: These are things you do AFTER everything else is as good as it can be. So, in no particular order, here we go: Engine oil Yes, the lack of ZDDP in modern engine oil is an issue. The bot- tom line is with flat tappet cams you do need an oil with at least 1,200 PPM of zinc and phosphorus. The more the merrier, and it helps more than just cams, too. Think cam lifters, piston skirts, bearings, etc. While synthetic oil is better at higher temperatures and offers extended drain intervals, I never say it is a must. I’ve found a lot of engines work better (and leak less) with good conventional oil. There aren’t many off-the-shelf oils available today that I have found to be exemplary. The best one you can buy in just about any auto-parts store is Valvoline 20w/50 VR1 Racing Oil in the silver bottle. A step up from that is one you’ll have to ask for: Valvoline Racing 20w/50 oil in the black bottle, part # VV851. It is even better than VR1, and most NAPA stores have a secret stash of it. Torco makes exceptional motor oil as well, either their TR-1 conventional or SR-1 synthetic. We old-timers will recall Kendall GT-1 — the green oil. It is now sold as Brad Penn and is still good oil. And for the best oil you’ve never heard about, Lubrication Engineer’s Monolec Ultra engine oil in 15w/40 (part #8800) is awesome stuff. It is the number-one choice in my shop, and protects everything from my 1973 Bronco to our 9,000-rpm, 800-hp race engines. As far as oil additives are concerned, if you use one of the oils above, you don’t need ’em. Trust me. Transmission and differential lubes For manual transmissions that require gear oil (not ATF), such as any Muncie or Borg Warner 4-speed, do NOT use GL-5-rated gear lube. Period. GL-5 with limited slip additive is just too slippery for proper synchro operation and will also chemically attack the bronze parts in your transmission. Sta-Lube makes a GL-4 gear lube, and Brad Penn just released one as well. Synthetic? Don’t even think about it. Forget the hype about how much a synthetic lube will improve the way your transmission shifts. It won’t. Automatic transmissions are easy: Any good ATF is just fine, but if it is going in an old Ford that requires Type F, make sure it is compatible. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Driveshafts Every driveshaft has a critical speed (beyond which the tube will actually “whip”) based on its diameter, length and rpm. OE shafts are typically dangerously close to it at today’s highway speeds. Add to this the fact that they are 40-plus years old and have countless hard miles on them and at best you’re driving a blender, at worst you lose a driveshaft and do a ton of damage to your car — and possibly yourself. Differentials? Again, for street cars I steer people away from synthetic lubes. A good conventional GL-5 gear lube is all you need. I like Lakewood’s BFL (non-synthetic) gear lube, and we’ve never had a failure with it, even in race cars. For all-out race cars and locker (not plate-type limited-slip) diffs, Lubrication Engineer’s Duolec is available in numerous weights and is as good as it gets.


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A new driveshaft, properly sized and with the right type of mate- rial for your application, can make a tremendous difference. Plus, an aluminum or carbon fiber one can shed over 20 pounds of rotating mass. That’s huge. Just make sure to go to somebody who knows their stuff. I’ve had great luck with Dynotech Engineering. Unlike your local driveshaft shop, Dynotech builds shafts for not only the Big Three, but also every form of racing, including NASCAR. They balance at 5,000 to 8,000 rpm to less than 1/8 of an ounce instead of 2,000 rpm and “good enough.” Their website has really handy worksheets to help you measure and order your driveshaft right the first time. Ignition If you haven’t heard, replacing your ignition points and condenser with a drop-in electronic conversion kit is a smart move. Pertronix kits are the standard-bearer here. They have a kit for almost every application, are reasonably priced, and simple to install. Just make sure to follow the instructions and confirm you have a minimum of 12 volts in both crank and run positions. That means you, Ford and Mopar owners. as Coker, Universal Vintage Tire, and Lucas. For all-out performance, it is hard to beat the Avon CR6ZZ, a V-rated, super-sticky track tire that is also DOT road-legal. It has a great-looking tread design and is available in good sizes for muscle and pony cars. Sasco Sports (www.sascosports.com) sells them. As for alignment, if your car originally came with bias-ply tires and you’re running radials, you’ll need to tweak the settings to get the best handling. I like a little negative camber, at least two degrees positive caster on manual-steering cars, and as much as five degrees positive on power steering cars. Don’t forget to experiment with HOT tire pressures, too. On a 3,000-pound car, around 30 psi hot usually works best. Brake pads/shoes Don’t neglect your brakes. Make sure everything is up to snuff, Tunes I’m a big fan of a simple device called the RediRad, a simple, hid- den interface that works with your stock AM or FM radio and allows you to plug in any smartphone or MP3 device and stream it through your original sound system. I have one in just about every old car I drive. Check it out at www.rediscoveradio.com. Tires/alignment It’s tough to find decent tires in 14-inch and 15-inch sizes. Gone are the days of being able to choose from multiple H- and V-rated rubber. However, with a little sleuthing, there are some decent tires left to be found, and it pays to seek them out. Try the specialty vendors such especially the flex hoses. Use good fluid, and change it often. If you run your car hard, don’t trust parts store shoes and pads — those $19.95 specials are made to outlast the lifetime warranty, not to save your bacon. Porterfield Enterprises sells performance pads and shoes for most old cars, and they can reline yours if not. For the street, use their R4S compound. Fuel Today’s fuel sucks. If you can avoid reformulated fuel, by all means do so. If you can’t, it is even more important to keep it fresh, as the shelf life of ethanol-enhanced fuel is pretty short. Also, I highly recommend Lucas Octane Booster — the stuff in the red 15-ounce bottle. It is the only one we found that actually works, and it also provides upper-cylinder lubrication. In high-compression cars, use one bottle per full tank of unleaded premium. You’ll be surprised. So there you have it, a list of easy fine-tuning tricks that will make your car safer, faster, and smoother, all for almost no money. After all, if you don’t enjoy driving your car, you won’t drive it. And where’s the fun in that? See you on the road! A July-August 2013 39


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Corvette Market John L. Stein REALvs. REPRO REPRODUCTION PARTS ARE USUALLY CHEAPER THAN RESTORING ORIGINALS OR BUYING N.O.S. — BUT THERE ARE DOWNSIDES… Jim Pickering Are those bumpers real or replicas? Ike relate to Corvette collecting today? Simple. With the growth of aftermarket replacement parts, the question of what’s real versus fake has grown critically important. From replacement fiberglass to engine and chassis components, and from convertible tops to instruments and interiors, a fabulous percentage of vintage Corvette parts are now available as re-pops. Go down the replacement road far enough and a so-called “real” 1960 Corvette may retain barely more than its original frame and title. I 40 AmericanCarCollector.com n 1956, Miss Clairol advertising posed the now-iconic question, “Does she…or doesn’t she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.” The point, of course, was that the company’s new “Hair Color Bath” was so realistic you couldn’t distinguish Gigi’s dyejob from her natural locks. So how does a ladies’ product launched when America liked If it looks right, is it right? Why should anyone care if the replacement parts look and work right? After all, modern CAD/CAM processes can build highly accurate parts, and re-pops are usually cheaper than restoring original components or buying N.O.S. pieces. Then there’s the convenience factor, since you can order repro parts on Thursday, receive them Friday and install on Saturday. Whatever issue you had is quickly resolved, and your vintage Corvette looks better than ever. Especially if your intent is to sell, nice and shiny often wins. But there are downsides. If you mix with the NCRS or concours crowd, they’ll probably lecture you for using anything other than OE components that are build-date- and RPO-correct — or moreover, the actual components your car had when it rolled out of St. Louis. So


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the purists’ dislike for anything except original instantly demotes your re-pop-equipped car from its top potential value, and with every additional original part you replace with a counterfeit, the value descends further. This is why I love the late Stephen Covey’s phrase, “Begin with the end in mind,” because it applies so fully to collector-car ownership. In other words: Only do today what you’ll most value in the future. However, aftermarket parts well and truly have their place. Look at Vintage Air, a supplier of retro-style air-conditioning systems. One of their systems is a viable choice for someone wanting to civilize a vintage ’Vette for urban commuting, Southern summers or day-tripping along Route 66. If aftermarket parts expand the usefulness of your daily driver, I say go for it — as long as mods can be undone later. on whether aftermarket or re-pop parts are an improvement or a liability in their own cars. Their answers varied, but the discussions yielded three general themes: 1) Original is better; 2) Choose reproduction parts carefully; and 3) Select GM-certified re-pop parts if available. Retired aerospace engineer John Shockley has owned a ’67 327/350 roadster for 16 years. In most cases, Shockley said, it behooves you to repair original components if that’s possible. “My general feeling is, even as a non-NCRS guy, first try to save and the alternator is toast. Rebuild it or replace it? restore the original parts,” he said. “That way you’re preserving the originality and spirit of the car.” However there are exceptions. “My car was restored before I bought it, so a new water pump is the only major repair I’ve made,” he said. “I chose an Edelbrock pump, which has more even pumping on both sides. Being alloy, it’s lighter and it also has better bearings. If a part is better, I have no problem with it, and in this case I just put the original pump aside.” Lifelong enthusiast and restorer John Jaeger owns a 1965 small-block coupe. The car had already been hot-rodded by the time he found it, and with a 350-inch engine and other tweaks, it If possible, keep it original I polled several midyear Corvette owners to get their perspectives was miles away from Bloomington Gold Survivor status. “It’s hard to know what to buy, and it takes a lot of research to learn the best resources,” he says of aftermarket parts. “It’s trial and error to learn where to buy stuff, and frankly, some of it doesn’t work right. For instance, the side-vent window rubber moldings I bought are too thick to fit properly, making the windows hard to operate. If I had to do it over again I’d spend 10 times more for N.O.S. parts.” Corvette Service Company owner Ed Wittwer notes that some aftermarket parts may, by intention, not match the GM originals. “People have been making things slightly different to avoid patent infringement or royalty payments,” he says. “So my rule of thumb is that unless it’s a licensed GM product, it’s probably close but not quite right. If you are an astute collector, there is no substitute for real. As the value of the cars goes up, authenticity is essential — and that’s why I have accumulated lots of N.O.S. parts over the years.” A July-August 2013 41


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 The first Corvette supercar The ZR-1 has an understated look that is visually very similar to the standard C4. But it’s a completely different animal VIN: 1G1YZ23J3L5801904 by Michael Pierce the car, including the original welcome letter from GM and a complete vehicle history in a scrapbook that includes all documents, photos and other memorabilia. T 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This ex-Mike Yager 1990 red/red ZR-1, Lot 390, sold for $23,100, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 4–6, 2013. For those of you who don’t know Mike, he’s the founder of Mid America Motorworks — one of the country’s largest Corvette parts and accessories suppliers, and a well-known Corvette collector. Corvette performance reborn The mid-1970s weren’t kind to Corvette. Federal emissions and fuel economy standards choked performance significantly — horsepower and torque more or less vaporized, culminating in an all-time low 165-hp rating for the base 350 V8 in 1975. That was also the year Dave McLellan took over as Corvette’s chief engineer. He had a tough act to follow in Zora Arkus-Duntov, as well as a rough road ahead thanks to the general climate of the industry at his 1990 Corvette ZR-1 was once part of Mike Yager’s personal collection. All original documentation comes with the time. But he understood the need to revitalize the brand, and the C4, produced as a 1984 model, was his team’s first stab at doing just that. But McLellan wasn’t content to leave well enough alone — several enhanced-performance Corvettes were needed to really boost the car’s image back to its former glory. The first project was the twin-turbo B2K option, produced by Callaway Engineering in Old Lyme, CT. 512 cars were factory ordered in this program from 1987 to 1991. The second project was the ZR-1. A total of 6,939 of these high-tech, highperformance Corvettes were produced from 1990 through 1995. Building a better peformance ’Vette On the outside, the ZR-1 has an understated look that is visually very similar to the standard C4. But the ZR-1 was a completely different animal, starting under the hood with the Lotus-engineered and Mercury Marine-built LT5 engine. The stock L-98 C4 Corvette engine and the ZR-1’s LT5 shared a 350/5.7L displacement, but that was their only similarity. ZR-1 motors had all-aluminum blocks, Nikasil wet liners, 32 valves, four overhead cams, and a valet key-activated advanced engine management system. That system controlled a solenoid-actuated variable intake system that closed off half of the 16 intake runners and disabled half of the engine’s 16 fuel Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus injectors when the engine ran at less than full throttle. The driver could toggle the system on and off. That meant you could restrain it to about 250 hp for the dealership oil-change guy or parking attendant, or leave it on for a stout 375 hp — a big deal in the performance climate of 1990. LT5 power inched its way to 405 by 1993, and it could be timed, tuned and mapped to over 600 hp. The motors were all hand-built and individually dyno tested in Stillwater, OK, at the Mercury Marine Plant. Other ZR-1 components included an on- the-fly driver-controllable active suspension system by Bilstein, redesigned rear body work that was three inches wider than the standard C4, huge 315/35ZR-17 rear tires, a fullsynchro 6-speed ZF transmission, upgraded 11.5-inch HD brakes, and special steering. Even the wheel bearings were upgraded from what was used on the standard C4. The windshield was bronze-tinted to reduce cockpit heat, and there was a strategically placed clear section at the bottom that gave radar detectors a clean view ahead. Last I heard, an OEM replacement windshield was $1,800 — and they were discontinued in January 2003. The ZR-1s were all about performance, and they delivered, with 0–60 times of about 4.5 seconds off the showroom floor. In fact, in March of 1990, a completely stock ZR-1 set a world record for speed and endurance, managing a 175 mph average for 24 hours, completing 4,221 miles without any material issues. So despite its complexity, the ZR-1 was extremely reliable — and it still met all government standards for safety and emissions, and avoided the EPA’s Gas Guzzler tax. But buyers paid for all those pluses, with a base price double that of the standard 1990 Corvette. This car Mike Yager was the second owner of this low-mile, first-year ZR-1. Of course it had all the right paperwork, books, letters and documentation. This was one of 18 cars Mike sold at an RM auction a few years ago to upgrade his startling collection of engineering, styling and race Corvettes. In fact, Mike says that in order Detailing Current ACC Valuation: $21,500–$31,500 Tune up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $28.00 VIN: On windshield VIN tag, block and chassis Years produced: 1990–95 Number produced: 3,049 in 1990, 6,939 total Original list price: $60,000–$67,000 Engine #: On engine pad Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1990–2005 Acura NSX, 1987–91 Corvette B2K Callaway Twin Turbo, 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster ACC Investment Grade: C Comps to buy the next four Corvettes for his collection, the net proceeds from the sale of the 18 were still “short.” Overall, our subject car is in good shape, as many of these cars are. A lot of these cars were set aside by enterprising owners as instant collectibles — cars to be sold in the future for a profit. But since a lot of guys did that, there was always a good supply of inthe-wrapper examples out there, and prices never took off — especially as base-level Corvette performance caught up and surpassed ZR-1 levels. And adding to their complexity, ultra-low mile ZR-1s tend to have issues relating to their age — gas goes bad and fuel systems need to be cleaned or rebuilt, seals dry up, and rubber components expire. Parts for these cars are expensive, so bringing one back to life can be costly, depending on what it needs. With a ZR-1, a decent number of miles on the clock can prove to be a good thing — especially if they’re documented as having been added over time. This car had approximately 20k miles on the clock, so it was used enough to limit mechanical atrophy. A quick Web search showed this car as having 11,225 miles when it was offered for private sale in May of 2003, so it appears that its use was more or less constant over the years, if light. That’s what I’d be looking for in one. A lot of Corvette for the money Lot 390 sold for $23,100, which is right on the current market level for these cars in this condition. The Yager connection is a nice plus, but I don’t think it added significant value to the bottom line here. There are dozens of these low-mile ex- amples on the market at any one time, and I think they’re among the best values for money in the Corvette world today. The ZR-1 may not be the fastest late-model Corvette anymore, but its performance is still staggering, and I think one should be part of any collection of low-production, high-performance vehicles. I have had both a ’90 and ’95 in my garage, and I’ve driven them hundreds of miles. For price, performance, and fun factor, this ZR-1 was a great deal. Just remember to always keep that valet key in the “on” position. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) July-August 2013 43CC 43 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 617, VIN: 1617Z23J85802790 Condition: 1Sold at $18,630 Classic Motorcar Auctions, Novi, MI, 4/21/2012 ACC# 197748 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 505, VIN: 1G1YZ23JXL5801288 Condition: 2 Sold at $33,000 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/16/2012 ACC# 214475 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot F68, VIN: 1G1YZ2312L5800940 Condition: 2Sold at $18,550 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213990


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PROFILE GM 1957 CHEVROLET 150 BLACK WIDOW REPLICA A tribute car with a twist David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions These cars didn’t officially exist. But they were very real — just ask the competition VIN: A57K108393 by Tom Glatch • 1957 Chevy 150 sedan “Black Widow” • Built to re-create the famous Black Widow car from 1957 with one very important modern upgrade, a new GM performance parts Ram Jet 350 fuel-injected engine, dressed to look just like an original Rochester fuel-injected engine • Correct 4-speed manual • 3.50 Posi rear end • Correct Sun tach • Frame-off, no-expense-spared restoration ACC Analysis This 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedan, Lot S90.1, sold for $50,825, in- cluding buyer’s premium, at Mecum’s Houston auction on April 6, 2013. Has an American performance car ever had a more sinister name? Chevrolet never officially called these 1957 racing sedans “Black Widows” — in fact, the cars didn’t officially exist. But that just adds to their mystique. They were very real — just ask the competition. The man behind the Black Widow project was Vince Piggins, who had made the 1951–54 Hudson Hornets dominant in stock-car racing before moving to General Motors in 1956. With a mission to make Chevrolet a force in racing, Piggins set up the Southern Engineering and Development Company (SEDCO) in Atlanta. Piggins had the support of legendary Chevrolet personnel such as Zora ArkusDuntov, John Dolza and Ed Cole as he set about cre- 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com ating a race-spec Chevrolet sedan for the 1957 season. It’s ironic that today’s “stock cars “ don’t have one component from a production automobile. Back in the ‘50s, except for a simple roll bar and seat belts, every piece of that “stock car “ had to be issued from the manufacturer. So every one of the special components that made the Black Widows so fast had a factoryissued part number. Not your average Chevy Piggins built approximately 10 Black Widows, plus two development cars. All were based on Chevrolet 150 Model 1512 utility sedans (business coupes) built at the Lansing plant — the basest of the base models. The engines were the famed 283-hp, 283-ci fuelinjected units that Duntov and Dolza had developed primarily for the Corvette. Every Black Widow featured black-and-white two-tone paint, and underneath that humble skin were numerous special parts, such as six-inch-wide, six-bolt wheels and a 10-bolt rear axle that were similar (but not identical) to those found on Chevy half-ton trucks. Even the fuel tanks on these cars were larger 20-gallon items, taking up what was originally the spare-tire well. Records, rules and legends The Black Widows were ready for the famous Daytona Speed Weeks in February 1957, where their speed became the stuff of legend. Buck Baker ran


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ACC Digital Bonus away with the Grand National race on the oval beachand-road course and on the beach in Class 5 (259- to 305-ci), Chevys took 33 out of 37 places in the Flying Mile. It was a stunning performance, so much so that NASCAR set down new rules on February 20, 1957, mandating just one 4-barrel carburetor. It was the end rcharged, and multi-carb stock hat still stands today. ng ’57 Chevy was a SEDCO O published a catalog called r Competition Guide,” filled with ing components and detailed w they created the Black Widows. ide was sent to 411 dealerships , 1957, in an effort to persuade s to build their own Black Widow s, with all parts available from r local dealers. So while only EDCO-built cars should be ered Black Widows, many other dans and business coupes were erted into Black Widow clones for -car and drag racing. th Congress threatening to force o manufacturers out of racing, GM he Automobile Manufacturers on anti-racing pledge in May e 9, Chevrolet President Ed Cole o shut down. Even without fuele support of SEDCO, Chevrolets R Grand National races that year, and Buck Baker took the championship. Rarities and replicas Two SEDCO-built Black Widows are thought to exist today. Beyond that, verifying any purported Black Widow or circa 1957 Black Widow clone will be very difficult. They were all built by third parties, not Chevrolet, so no records exist. A number of Black Widow “replicas” or “tributes” have been created over the past few years. Some are nothing more than ’57 Chevys painted black and white. Others are heavily modified ’57s with modern equipment that have little in common with the real Black Widows, save the distinctive paint scheme. But a few true replicas have been crafted, following the Stock Car Competition Guide to a tee. Detailing Club: Tri Chevy Association More: trichevy.org Alternatives: 1957 Ford Fairlane F-code, 1957 Dodge D-500, 1957 Plymouth Fury ACC Investment Grade: B Comps These painstaking re-creations are the pinnacle of replicas, and are true museum pieces. One of these sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2010 for $100,800, while a superb reproduction of Buck Baker’s car sold for $57,200 at BarrettJackson’s Las Vegas event in September that same year. A modern spin on the old racer Our feature Black Widow, however, is a tribute with a twist. From the outside it has the right vintage look (although it’s missing the open six-bolt wheels). Inside, it has the correct bench seat and Sun tachometer, but also a floor-shift 4-speed manual (the real cars were 3-on-the-tree manuals) along with armrests, sun visors, and a few other comforts the real Widows lacked. This car’s big upgrade is under the hood. What looks like a correct ’57 283 Fuelie is really a modern crate engine: GM’s Ram Jet 350 with iron Vortec heads. It features advanced electronically controlled port fuel injection that makes 350 hp in stock form. Here, it’s been styled to look like one of the old Rochester mechanical systems, so at first glance, everything looks vintage under the hood. It’s close enough to fool most passers-by. My late friend and mentor, Paul Zazarine, coined the term “restification,” meaning the hybrid of accurate restoration and hidden updates. This car is a fine example of restification — more accurate than many “tributes,” yet more reliable and enjoyable to drive than the museum-quality replicas. In short, this car had all the looks as well as modern drivability. Just hit the key and head out to your favorite car show. No fussy mechanical injection gremlins, and no worrying about hurting a vintage piece by putting real miles on it. We’ve seen similar replicas sell for around this same price, but those replicas lacked much of the vintage vibe of this Black Widow, including the stylized Ram Jet crate engine. So even though it isn’t a 100% correct Black Widow copy, it’s a really usable one. And at this price, that makes this fast, fun Chevy a really great buy. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) July-August 2013 45CC 45 1957 Chevrolet 150 Engine #: Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Year produced: 1957 Number produced: Approximately 10 Original list price: Approximately $3,000 Current ACC Valuation: $55,000–$110,000 (museum-quality replica) Tune-up/major service: $275 Distributor cap: $31 VIN: Plate on the left front door hinge pillar Lot S116, VIN: VC57J290208 Condition: 2 Not sold at $39,500 Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/22/2012 ACC# 209099 1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow replica Lot 63, VIN: A570138807 Condition: 1Sold at $71,500 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2008 ACC# 48801 1957 Chevrolet 150 Black Widow replica Lot 53, VIN: N/A Condition: 2+ Not sold at $75,000 Gooding & Co., Palm Beach, FL, 1/22/2006 ACC# 40594


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PROFILE FOMOCO 1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 Million-dollar snake Darin Schnabel ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions This sale, along with a few others, alerted the general public to what Cobra folks have known for quite some time: The Cobra market is on fire VIN: CSX2332 by Colin Comer 10, 1964, and it was originally painted bright blue with a red interior. The first owner of 2332 was William Faulkner of T 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Tulsa. Faulkner sold the car to Bob Crowder, who reportedly added the sidepipes and beefed up the 289 engine. Crowder sold the car in 1986, with 21,000 miles, to Jamey Mazzotta of Redding, CA, who later sold it to Andy Cohen of Beverly Hills. Cohen was the owner of Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories and featured the car in his 1991 parts catalog. The catalog noted that the car had a “375+ hp 289 motor, which has propelled this particular car to a 12-second-flat quarter-mile time!” The car subsequently passed to Jay Rawitzer of Danville, CA, who had the car through at least 2001. When the car was last advertised, it was noted that the car had 36,000 miles; the odometer now reads 36,798 miles. Aside from the extensive history in the Registry, CSX2332 is accompanied by a small cache of important original paperwork, including the original Shelby American window sticker. After acquiring the car, Davis commissioned a full restoration, which has made this example a standout among its peers. ACC Analysis This Cobra, Lot 112, sold for $1,001,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auction’s Don Davis sale on April 27, 2013. his car was originally billed to Shelby American on February 10, 1964, and it was shipped to Los Angeles aboard the SS Amsteldyk. It was later invoiced to Bill Doenges Ford of Tulsa, OK, on September The deafening racket you hear is not 1 million cicadas screeching love songs, it is the clatter of feverish keystrokes creating Internet posts about the most recent million-dollar 289 Cobra sale. This sale, combined with the other 289 Cobra RM hammered at this sale for $935k, and Gooding & Company’s $1.32m result for one in Scottsdale, have been the sales needed to alert the general public to what Cobra folks have known for quite some time: The Cobra market is on fire. While most casual observers still think great 289 Cobras are $600k or less, anybody who has tried to buy one in the past 24 months knows that is no longer the case. Great cars, ones with all the right bits, squeaky-clean histories and coming from good homes, have been trading very close to that two-comma mark for a while. The gold standard Cobras have always been immune to many of the tried-and-true collector-car rules. As long as a Cobra had a decent history and was known to be the real car (i.e., not an “air car” or of otherwise sketchy origins) then things such as color changes, non-original engines, and modifications didn’t have much effect on value. Compared to the Corvette world, this is an odd phenomenon. Logic tells us that any Cobra is so special that any non-original parts or go-fast mods didn’t change that fact that any Cobra was, well, a Cobra. They have always been highly collectible, blue-chip cars. Chart their values over the past 50 years. It’s like watching the space shuttle blast off from Cape Canaveral on a plume of fire. To lose money on a


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years built: 1963–65 Number built: 580 Original list price: $5,995 Current ACC Valuation: $600,000–$1,000,000 Tune up / major service: $250 Engine #: Left side of engine Club: Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) Distributor cap: $20 VIN: Tag in engine compartment, hood latch, inside door Cobra used to be extremely hard to do. Pay too much? Time quickly fixed your sin. However, the higher prices became, the more people started to care. An incorrect block in a $50k Cobra is a non-issue, but in a million-dollar one? Big issue. New money And here’s where it gets really interesting: Today’s “new” Cobra buyers just know they want a Cobra. They don’t know the cars like the old-line Cobra diehards who can spot a correct screwdriver for the tool kit from 500 feet away. But the dyed-in-the-wool Cobra guys aren’t buying cars at today’s numbers. Heck, they already have their Cobras, and most have owned them for decades. The new buyers are clearly driving the new Cobra market, hustling to get in before prices potentially jump again. This same thing has happened more than once in the past. One generation of owners bows out, another moves in, and the buyers fight with their wallets over any Cobra that hits the market, establishing new prices in the process. There are always a lot more Cobra buyers than there are good cars. When I say “good” cars I mean extremely honest, well-known, well-sorted ones complete with things like those original screwdrivers. The bad part for most buyers is that these kinds of Cobras don’t typically hit the open market. They don’t have to, as anybody who owns one simply has to tell a few friends it’s for sale and the car sells to another end user. And unless you really know these cars, a lesser Cobra can look exactly the same as a really good one to the untrained eye. CSX2332 Where does our subject car, CSX2332, fit in? I have not inspected the car in person since the Davis restoration, but I did review the photos in detail. I also inspected the car in person at the Mecum auction in 2010, where Mr. Davis bought the car for $550,000. First, while the SAAC history is reasonably com- plete and shows no red flags, one has to remember that SAAC collects all this data through owners (think about that for a second) and a volunteer army that simply reports what they know about any particular car. And while this data is exceptionally valuable, it is not infallible or always complete. So while 2332’s history reads very well and is straightforward in print, there is a little more to the story. When I inspected the car in 2010, I noted “exceptional original paperwork missing a car that July-August 2013 47CC 47 matches.” I also found some areas of its aluminum skin and inner panels to be not typical of AC Cars’ work. Many important components were not original, including the drivetrain, from what I could see. Further research revealed that 2332 did indeed run 12-second quarter-mile times — unfortunately, after its second owner had built it into a lightweight drag car. He sold off its original drivetrain, gauges, interior, and many other parts in the process. In reviewing the photos from its post-Davis freshen- ing, it was indeed exceptionally presented, but still certainly not correct. I’d personally rather see original and dull rather than fresh and shiny. Some items really jumped out, such as the front grille installed backwards, incorrect seats and gauges, the stillmissing front bumper hoop, the incorrect wheels and late-1960s style Polyglas muscle-car tires. Many other details had Cobra guys pounding their keyboards. A million-dollar experience While this car wouldn’t make a purist’s list of the top 289 Cobras, I do hope it is well sorted mechanically and offers the new owner the famous Cobra ownership experience he or she is surely excited for. After all, that is not lessened with incorrect parts. There is no denying 2332 is a stunning-looking 289 Cobra, and with some TLC many incorrect items could be fixed before its first SAAC outing. As for the price, while the best Cobras are indeed selling in this range (and higher, as the Gooding result shows), given the shiny-yet-not-correct restoration with 2332, I have to call this one very well sold, and I’m sure the old-line Cobra guys would agree. However, it is proof of what most of us “insiders” have known for a while — million-dollar 289 Cobras are no longer a rarity.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 135, VIN: CSX2509 Condition: 3 Sold at $1,320,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2013 ACC# 214802 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 50, VIN: CSX2538 Condition: 2Sold at $852,500 More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427, 1929 Duesenberg Model J Tourer, 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible ACC Investment Grade: A Comps Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2013 ACC# 215661 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Lot 118, VIN: CSX2356 Condition: 3Sold at $792,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2012 ACC# 209500


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 DODGE CHARGER “GENERAL LEE” Just a good ol’ buy Among the screen cars that have rooted themselves in gearheads’ daydreams, the General Lee still ranks high VIN: XP29F9B237962 by Jay Harden autographed by many of the cast members. Comes with an original certificate of title from Warner Bros. feature films. Also has a copy of the 2005 movie. Includes photos of the vehicle in front of the studio, T 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com along with photos with the cast members in this car. This truly is a special car and offers a chance to own a piece of motion-picture history. ACC Analysis This 1969 Dodge Charger, Lot 784, sold for $60,500, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 Palm Beach sale. TV and movie cars have a tendency of flowing into the public consciousness — think of cars such as Doc Brown’s DeLorean time machine, the A-Team van, KITT from “Knight Rider,” Bandit 1, and the Batmobile. They’re all instantly recognizable and continually copied by adoring fans who saw them as the four-wheeled stars of the shows. As a result, originals that saw screen time tend to be worth a lot of money at auction. Among the screen cars that have rooted themselves in the daydreams of dyed-in-the-wool gearheads, the General Lee ranks high — it’s still easily the most his is an official vehicle that was made for the 2005 motion picture “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and has the Certificate of Authenticity. One of three 1969 Dodge Chargers released by Warner Bros. Dash famous muscle car around, even nearly three decades after the Duke boys jumped their last prime-time creek. Good ol’ boys Over the course of six seasons and 145 episodes, the Dukes managed to fly, slide, and crash their way into national notoriety. Bo and Luke were the epitome of good-natured rebels, and, as Mr. Waylon Jennings sings in the opening credits, were just “makin’ their way the only way they know how.” Fortunately for us, that was “just a little bit more than the law would allow.” With Waylon’s melodic voice introducing each show, cousin Daisy Duke’s mesmerizing cutoffs attracting boys like moths to a flame, and appearances by the likes of Tammy Wynette, Cale Yarborough, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, and the Oakridge Boys, “The Dukes of Hazzard” was early ’80s television entertainment at its finest. Toss a genuine, ramp-jumping hot rod in the mix, and it’s not difficult to understand why boys and young men of the era were so enamored with the hillbilly hijinks. Adding to the show’s allure was the fact that the General Lee was not only the fastest car in Hazzard County, but, being a ’69 Dodge Charger, was also a real-deal muscle car. The power slides and burnouts were performed by actual cars with actual drivers. There were no high-budget effects to hide behind. The General was aired out on a regular basis, much to the delight of fans, and the hundreds of ’68 and ’69 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus Charger carcasses left behind attest to the brutality of the on-screen stunts — more than one General was written off per episode, at least on average. The car, like the Dukes themselves, came to represent the fearless, hard-working, dependable everyman with humble roots and a heart of gold. Fame and fortune Although the last episode of “The Dukes of Hazzard” aired almost 30 years ago, the show’s influence has not been lost on the men and women who tuned in as children. Bubba Watson, the PGA Tour’s 2012 Masters Champion, is a perfect example. In 2012, Bubba made his way to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale sale with the specific intention of driving home in the car of his boyhood dreams. He then plunked down $121,000 in prize money for the car that was jumped in the show’s opening sequence, Lee 1 (Lot 1291). Only a few years earlier, the virtuosic Kenny Wayne Shepherd commissioned the build of a custom General after shredding his way to the top of the Billboard charts. Dubbed “Xtreme Lee” and featuring a fuelinjected 440, Kenny’s Lee, which he still owns, made its debut at the 2004 SEMA show and was featured on an episode of the hit TLC series “Rides.” Dukes fever went through the roof when John Schneider’s (Bo Duke) personal General Lee was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in 2008 for a staggering $495,000 (Lot 1321). What makes that price all the more astounding is that the car was never actually featured in the original series. While it had a professionally prepped Hemi and a host of performance and suspension upgrades, Schneider built the car to feature in the Dukes reunion movie. The car was then signed by much of the original cast, and went on to be featured in Car and Driver magazine. A little over a year later and after some of the hype (and the collector-car market) had died down, Schneider’s car was resold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale for $258,500 (Lot 691). Valuing a remake Considering all that, why did our feature car sell for such a comparably low price? Let’s be honest. The 2005 “Dukes of Hazzard” movie, for which this car was built, was awful. Granted, the original series wasn’t a shining moment in the history of scriptwriting, but the film was even worse. Bo and Luke were played by two knuckleheads, and the plot was as exposed as Daisy’s derriere. While a lot of the visual elements of the TV series were there, the original spirit of the Dukes just plain wasn’t. Sure, this remade General looked fantastic once Cooter got around to fixing it up in the film, but by that point in the script, the movie was simply too far gone to be saved. Although the sales literature notes the inclusion of an original copy of the movie, that’s not really a bonus — I’d be willing to bet the owner just wanted it out of his house. While this car is a General Lee, it will always be a General Lee from the movie and not the TV series. And that makes a big difference in cool factor, and alternatively, in value. Silver screen to silver dollars Maybe the new owner was just after a nice Charger, and the addition of the General Lee persona was icing on the cake. The price paid here really wasn’t that far off the $45k you’d probably spend for a quality, wellbuilt 1969 Charger R/T. This car had a 383 under the hood, which didn’t really help in the value department, but the final number achieved at Barrett-Jackson is only above the current market level for a street-spec Charger by about 30%. Think about it this way: If you were hunting for a solid General and really wanted to drive one home, an additional 15% upswing over a comparably equipped Charger would be pretty reasonable. Add to that another 10% to 15% for the Hollywood effect and the numbers start to make sense. At $258k, the last price paid for Schneider’s car seems stratospheric. But it, along with the $120k Lee 1 sale, sets the bar for General Lee values at auction. In that light, our $60k “face” or display car that was also used in the Dukes franchise and never put in harm’s way seems to make much more sense. At the end of the day, this is a real-deal General you can slide around corners, and it comes with a free pass to holler “Yeehaw!” whenever so inclined. All things considered, I think the buyer got the better end of the deal. I’d even bet the farm on it. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Detailing Years produced: 1969 Number produced: 89,200 total. 309 General Lees were built for the original TV show. At least 26 were built for the 2005 remake. Original list price: $3,839 Current ACC Valuation: $30k–$45k (Charger R/T), $55k–$70k (this car) Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $7 VIN: Tag on top of dash Engine #: Pad on block next to oil pan Club: www.hazzardnet.com Alternatives: KITT Trans Am, Bandit 1 Trans Am, GMC A-Team van ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 577, VIN: XP29F9B237962 Condition: 3Sold at $45,000 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/23/2013 ACC# 215777 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 27, VIN: XS29L9B278991 Condition: 2 Not sold at $190,000 Shannons, Melbourne, AUS, 3/10/2008 ACC# 115919 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee” Lot 1321, VIN: XP29G9B279159 Condition: 2 Sold at $495,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2008 ACC# 48758 July-August 2013 July-August 2013 49


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1955 LINCOLN CAPRI CUSTOM “MUCHA MUCHACHA” Pretty in pink, but worth green? This sled is truly stunning, but (and it’s a big but) it’s painted pink — and it’s really pink “M VIN: 55WA16711H by Ken Gross ucha Muchacha” is a fantastic cruiser that runs and drives well. The first known ’55 Lincoln chopped radical custom, it looks as perfect as when it was finished in 2009. It was built by some of the best contemporary custom practitioners, including John Aiello, Bob Divine, Ferby Miguel and Alex Gambino. Its many awards include “World’s Most Beautiful Custom Achievement Award” at the Sacramento Autorama, 2009; First in Class at the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show; First Place Radical Custom, John D’Agostino Kustom Award and the “Lucky 7 Outstanding Custom Award” at the 2009 San Francisco Rod, Custom and Motorcycle Show; the “Outstanding Excellence Award” at Blackie Gejeian’s Invitational 2010 Fresno Autorama, and much more. ACC Analysis This 1955 Lincoln Capri Custom, Lot SP130, sold for $65,225, in- cluding buyer’s premium, at Collector Car Productions’ Spring Classic Car Auction in Toronto, Canada, on April 13, 2013. The customizing craze began on the West Coast in the mid-1930s, reaching its peak as a national trend in the 1960s. The formative era was the period immediately before and directly after World War II. Many of the first customs were totally unique, because the hobby’s appeal involved personalizing a car so it didn’t resemble any other. Car shows welcomed customized cars in classes ranging from mild to radical, depending upon the degree of body modification. 50 AmericanCarCollector.com Cut ’em up! Radical customs required major metal surgery. Chopped and filled hard tops, or padded soft tops, sectioned bodies, fade-away and/or completely molded fenders, fender skirts and partial-to-complete body de-chroming were just a few popular trends. Chopping and sectioning, in which a portion of the roof pillars or body panels were removed, required immense skill. Before fiberglass and plastic fillers became popular, custom alterations were most commonly done using soft, malleable lead. Melted and reshaped lead was also used as the basis for artfully sculpted bodywork. That led to the name “lead sled,” a semi-derisive term used to describe later, ’50s-era customs. Suspensions were lowered so custom cars took on a more streamlined look. A few customs were channeled — an extensive operation that involved dropping the entire body over the frame, then remounting it for an even lower appearance. Customizers developed attention-getting hues such as Candy Apple Red, along with pearlescent and metalflake processes, to further distinguish their cars. Scalloping and pinstriping were in. The custom-car era produced some truly wild-look- ing automobiles. In hindsight, the earliest customs are arguably the purest in concept, relying on extensive metalwork and selective use of borrowed items such as grilles, side trim, hubcaps and headlamps from more expensive donor cars of the period. By the mid-1960s, simple de-chroming and lowering were still popular, but the overall clean look of new car models was such that very little bodywork was Courtesy of Collector Car Productions


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 11,462 1955 Capris, one like this Original list price: $3,910 Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$70,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $11 VIN: Data plate in driver’s door jamb Engine #: On side of block above oil filter Club: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) needed to make them look better. The muscle-car era was well under way, and by then, a car’s engine became its most important feature. From then on, radical body modifications were rarely undertaken, except by diehards. A modern classic custom A 1955 Lincoln would not likely have been trans- formed into a radical custom in the early 1960s, back when it was just an affordable used car. The radical custom craze was nearly over by that time. But in the past two decades, top customizers such as Rick Dore, John D’Agostino and Richard Zocchi have performed major work on many mid-to-late ’50s models in the fashion of earlier times. Kimberly Mejia’s trick Lincoln is a perfect example. Serious bread went into this svelte coupe. Mejia told Rod & Custom Editor Rob Fortier that her original plan was to have a mild custom. “You know, just some shaving and lowering, maybe different taillights and grille, round the hood corners on it, paint it real pretty and call it a day.” Mejia said she was going to do the car “100 percent; no, 90 percent, then sell it so I can do another car.” After meeting with John Aiello of Aiello Customs, she decided to have the luscious Lincoln done as though it could have been customized in 1959 or 1960. “Nothing modern showing, not too accessorized, no lakes pipes, no pinstriping... it was going to be clean, simple and elegant.” The whole nine yards Simple and elegant it is: There’s not a surface on this hammered hard top that hasn’t been touched, from the frenched ’56 Olds headlights and extended rear fenders with ’55 Packard taillights, to the custom grille and lowered bumpers and the piece de resistance, a three-inch front and 3.5-inch rear top chop. The radical slam was accomplished with airbags, modified springs and lowering blocks. The tufted and pleated fabric and vinyl interior is period-perfect; the engine is a stock 341-ci Y-block. The only real mechanical modification is a set of front disc brakes. Kim’s even running 15-inch bias-ply whitewalls with stylish full-disc hubcaps that are part Olds, part ’57 Lincoln Premiere. The era-correct PPG pink finish with gold overtones was done by Randy Tannehill, with custom stainless trim by Flynn Millard. It’s all finished the way it could have been back in the day, if they’d had modern paints and guys with this much skill. When her lovely Lincoln was completed, Kim took it to nearly every major custom show and won all sorts of awards. Up for sale in Toronto in April, the car was hammered sold at $65,225, which couldn’t begin to have covered the extensive custom work, but how do you put a price on all the fun Kim Mejia’s had with this oh-so-pretty car? Not fade away Let’s face it: Customs are a very personal thing. This sled is truly stunning, but (and it’s a big but) the car’s been everywhere Kim could take it for major awards. Plus, it’s painted pink — and it’s really pink. In the custom-car era, when pink was popular, some guys built pink cars. But today, it’s more of a chick thing. Even then, ladies who want a full-on custom in this color make up a limited market. Customs are already a hard sell at auction — even more so when they’re done in a polarizing color combo. In this car’s case, there’s no two ways about it — resale value is seriously less than the car’s original build cost, and it’s mostly due to the color. I’m sure Kim knew that going in, and I’ll bet she has no regrets. She’s probably well into her next car already. But all things considered, I think the new owner did pretty well here. He or she saved a considerable amount of cash over what it would have cost to build a similar custom from scratch. Considering its period look and high-quality construction, I’ll call this car realistically sold and very well bought — especially if you like pink. A (Introductory description courtesy of Collector Car Productions.) July-August 2013 51 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe custom Not sold at $40,000 Lot S184, VIN: 3HJF28378 Condition: 1 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/2010 ACC# 165737 More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra-usa.com Alternatives: 1954 Cadillac custom, 1955 Packard custom, 1954 Buick Roadmaster custom ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1950 Cadillac Series 61 custom Lot 13, VIN: 506281048 Condition: 1- Not sold at $110,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/2011 ACC# 183048 1961 Ford Thunderbird custom Lot 382.1, VIN: 1Y71Z114618 Condition: 1Sold at $85,800 Barrett-Jackson, Costa Mesa, CA, 6/25/2010 ACC# 165348


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1937 PONTIAC DELUXE SIX WOODIE WAGON A time capsule in ash What do you do with this very original, low-mileage Pontiac woodie? VIN: 6CA126061 by Carl Bomstead • Reported to have sold new to the Wrigley chewing-gum family in Chicago, 1937 • Sold by Wrigley family in 1977 to family mechanic, then to a collection in Arizona in 1983; stayed there until 2013 in dry storage • It is said that this rare and interesting woodie is one of four known to exist • Pontiac is presented as a nearly all-original car with 41,035 miles and fantastic patina • One repaint in black, newer top, some wood in the rear has been replaced, seat covers redone in the 1980s • Six-cylinder engine with manual transmission ACC Analysis This 1937 Pontiac woodie station including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Spring Carlisle auction, held April 25–26, 2013 in Carlisle, PA. Prior to the late ’20s, wood station wagons were just utilitarian drivers. Often referred to as Depot Hacks, they provided basic transportation for travelers and their assorted steamer trunks between busy railroad stations and local communities. Automobile manufacturers built the chassis and engines, but the 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com wagon, Lot 363, sold for $48,400, boxy bodies were built by independent body makers such as Ionia, Cantrell, Murray, Hercules and Campbell, among others. From work to play By the time the Model A was introduced in 1927, Edsel Ford had his people tracking the sales of custom body firms that were selling depot-hack bodies for Model T chassis. These companies had started to promote similar bodies for the new Model A. Ford recognized a business opportunity in building his own custom bodies. He’d also just completed “Skylands,” a magnificent 21-room summer home and estate at Seal Harbor, ME. A stylish woodie station wagon, built by Ford, would be just the thing for the caretaker to meet their train when they arrived in their personal parlor car. In January of 1929 the first Ford station wagons were introduced, but the prototype had been completed in 1928 and was destined for Edsel’s Maine estate. The estate wagon By the ’30s, the elegant maple-, oak- and mahog- any-bodied woodies elevated from work vehicles to status symbols, as they were more costly to produce © 2013 Courtesy of Auctions America


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years produced: 1937 Number produced: Approximately 500 Original list price: $992 Current ACC Valuation: $40,000–$70,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $25 VIN: Top of frame ahead of steering gear Engine #: Left front corner of block than their all-metal counterparts. Often referred to now as estate wagons, they were used at resorts and estates of the well-to-do. In 1937, Ford produced over 9,000 woodie station wagons, and most other manufacturers were adding the prestigious wagons to their catalogs. Pontiac joined the party midway through the 1937 model year with a 6-cylinder station wagon priced at $992. Pontiac’s slogan, “America’s Finest Low-Priced Car,” was not exactly accurate, as the Ford offering was priced at $755 — almost 25% less than the Pontiac. Nobody knows how many of these wagons Pontiac produced. One owner has stated he’s been trying to find the number for 18 years. What is known is that fewer than 1,000 were built in 1938, a full year of production. As such, an educated guess would be that fewer than 500 were made, with about four accounted for today. Of the four, however, one has been customized with questionable taste and another has a 454 Chevy V8 under its hood. This car wears an original Hercules wood body and was reportedly originally sold to the Wrigley family in Chicago. They eventually moved it to their estate in Arizona and kept it there until 1977, when it was sold to one of their mechanics. It sold to another owner in Arizona in 1983. Since then, it’s been stored in the dry Arizona climate and appears to have been maintained as necessary with nothing altered or modified. It’s had brake and fuel system overhauls but is otherwise still original apart from some upholstery work and an old respray. It wasn’t offered with documentation of the Wrigley family ownership, but even without the paper trail, it still makes for a fascinating tale. Restore or preserve? What do you do with this very original, low-mileage Pontiac woodie? Do you restore it, hot-rod it, or leave it alone and drive it? Sure, it’s one of the only remaining examples of its kind, but restoring it to stock doesn’t make financial sense. A full stock-style restoration would easily consume 1,500 hours of skilled labor. At a very reasonable hourly rate of $75, you’d be about $150,000 into the Pontiac by the time it was ready to be shown. To put that into perspective, a friend of mine recently spent well over a year trying to sell a 1948 Oldsmobile Woodie Six with a back seat full of trophies. He finally settled for less than $75,000. I doubt if this Pontiac would be worth more. I shudder at the thought of hot-rodding it, as the lines just don’t lend themselves to modification. And the world doesn’t need another woodie with mags, surf stickers, and a crate 350 V8. So what should the new owner do? Financially, there’s only one answer that makes sense: Leave it alone and drive and display it as a surviving example from another era. If that’s what the new owner has planned, then this was fairly bought and fairly sold at the price paid. Use it for a few years and it’ll likely still pay you back when it comes time to sell. And the best part? Regardless of where you take it, you’ll probably have the only one there. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1941 Packard One-Twenty woodie Lot 131, VIN: 14932005 Condition: 4 Sold at $106,700 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2012 ACC# 213411 Club: National Woodie Club More: www.nationalwoodieclub.com Alternatives: 1939 Ford V8 station wagon, 1937 Plymouth PT 50 station wagon, 1941 Buick Series 49 Estate woodie ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1941 Ford Deluxe woodie Lot 24, VIN: 186594360 Condition: 3Sold at $55,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2013 ACC# 214766 1937 International D-2 woodie Lot F137, VIN: D27631 Condition: 3+ Sold at $79,500 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 ACC# 209633 July-August 2013 53CC 53


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PROFILE RACE 1968 FORD MUSTANG COBRA JET LIGHTWEIGHT Drag-race Pony David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions This could be the Holy Grail of Mustangs, or just another car VIN: 8F02R135031 by Tom Glatch • One of 50 lightweight Mustangs produced • Delivered to Ford in Dearborn as a marketing vehicle • Factory-sponsored drag car driven by Dave Lyall • Sold to Lyall for $1 to compete in the Super Stock wars • Documented with copies of the window sticker, Lyall’s $1 contract, Michigan title search, Ford internal memos about the 428 Cobra Jet Lightweight Mustang program, and Marti Report • Finished in Lyall’s racing livery • 428 Cobra Jet engine • 4-speed manual transmission • Cragar wheels, Hurst shifter • Radio delete, bucket seats • Photo-documented frame-off restoration ACC Analysis This 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight, Lot F213, sold for $143,100, including buyer’s premium, at Dana Mecum’s Original Spring Classic Auction in Indianapolis, IN, on May 17, 2013. On December 26, 1967, Jacque Passino, Manager of Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations, sent a telegram to all regional and district sales managers announcing a special, limited-edition “428 Cobra Jet Engine Mustang.” Four days later, 50 Mustang fastbacks were rolling down the Dearborn assembly line. All were painted Wimbledon White with black vinyl interiors. All were equipped with a heavy-duty 4-speed manual transmission, 3.89:1 rear axle and manual drum brakes. The first 20 or so were built 54 AmericanCarCollector.com without seam sealer and sound deadening, while the remaining cars were built as usual. All were radioand heater-delete, but no other exotic tricks were used to reduce weight. And all were powered by a modified 428 Police Interceptor V8, a powerplant not yet available on the Mustang. The VINs were sequential, starting with 8F02R135007 and ending with 8F02R135056. Thus, the legendary “135” cars were born. Ready to run These Mustangs got their moniker from the first three digits of the VINs (R135xxx). All were built to qualify the Cobra Jet as a production car for the NHRA. The lighter cars were slated for Super Stock/E racing, while the remainder, equipped with a slightly de-tuned Cobra Jet, were built for the C/Stock class. Thanks to research by Scott Hollenbeck and Chris Teeling, we know only 14 dealers got these cars, including the usual suspects of Ford racing, such as Tasca Ford in Rhode Island, Russ Davis Ford in California and Dick Brannan Ford in Indiana. Three were shipped to Canada. Ten were also sent to Ford’s Stock Vehicles Department in Dearborn. In February 1968, a Cobra Jet stampede descended upon the Winternationals in Pomona. No fewer than eight Mustangs were prepared by Bill Stroppe for the event, driven by a who’s who of Ford drag racing — Dyno Don Nicholson, Gas Ronda, Al Joniec, Hubert Platt, Jerry Harvey, Carl Holbrook, Bill Ireland and Phil Bonner. Strangely enough, only Al Joniec’s and Gas Ronda’s Mustangs were “135” cars; the rest were 390 Mustangs modified to “135” specs. Al Joniec beat


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years produced: 1968 Number produced: 50 Original list price: $3,612.60 Current ACC Valuation: $100,000–$150,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $14.95 VIN: Plate on the passenger’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine #: Pad under the back of the driver’s side cylinder head Club: Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Registry More: www.428cobrajet.org Alternatives: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 427 COPO, 1968 Dodge Dart GSS 440, 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty Hubert Platt with a 12.12 at 109.48 pass in the SS/E final, then went on to defeat Dave Wren’s Mopar in the Super Stock Eliminator final with a 12.50 at 97.93 after Wren redlighted. Torque monster What made these Cobra Jets work so well was more than just horsepower. Unlike Ford’s built-for-racing 427, the 428 engine was a long-stroke, slower-revving design. That long stroke produced massive amounts of torque, while the lower redline made the engines very reliable, perfect for days of racing. Vintage photos of these cars launching at the lights invariably showed the front wheels off the ground, the product of both great torque and good traction. These eight Cobra Jets and their drivers became the Ford Drag Team, barnstorming the country to display the Cobra Jet’s prowess. The rest of the “135” cars tore up drag strips around the U.S. and Canada, and by the time the tire smoke had settled, the 1968 “135” Cobra Jets had racked up impressive results. For example, Barrie Poole set the ET record for SS/E at 11.87 in his native Canada, and then did the same in the U.S. with an 11.32 ET. When the production Cobra Jet Mustang arrived in showrooms on April 1, 1968, potential buyers already knew what to expect, and showroom sales were amazing — Tasca Ford alone sold 47 the first month. This car Cobra Jet 8F02R135031 was delivered to Ford’s Stock Vehicles Department for “highway development.” It was then sold to Dave Lyall of the Detroit area for $1. Dave is one of the legendary figures of Ford racing. He was hired in Ford Engineering’s dynamometer department in 1963, and within a few years was working on Ford’s NASCAR, Le Mans, Indy and other racing engines (and he still builds Ford racing engines in the Detroit area). He was also drag racing on weekends, having driven, among others, a lightweight 1963 R-code Galaxie and a fiberglass-bodied Falcon in 1965, so he was an ideal candidate for a “135” car. This was a factory-sponsored racer — Lyall paid Ford the obligatory $1 for the Mustang, which had an MSRP of $3,612.60. July-August 2013 55 1964 Ford Galaxie Lightweight Lot S130, VIN: 4A66R145479 Condition: 2+ Sold at $217,300 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/22/2009 ACC# 119453 Valuing a thoroughbred Vintage race cars are always niche vehicles. It seems like everyone loves ’57 Thunderbirds or ’69 Camaros, but to sell a race car such as the Dave Lyall Cobra Jet, a potential buyer would have to be at least a drag-racing fan, and probably a Ford enthusiast, but most likely a Mustang man, too. So depending on who you are, this could be the Holy Grail of race Mustangs — or just another car. That reduces the pool of potential buyers at any auction, and makes valuing, and selling, a car like this difficult. Mecum tried selling one of the lightweight Cobra Jets (8F02R135012) at Kissimmee last year, but it was a no-sale at $140k (ACC# 200517). Another “135” Mustang (8F02R135019) was a no-sale at Kissimmee this January, with bidding reaching $200k this time (ACC# 215169). I don’t know what is more amazing, that bidding reached $200k, or that the seller did not accept it. At least with the Dave Lyall Mustang, the seller, Richard Ellis, recognized a fair (although a bit disappointing) price for the current market and accepted it. At this price, I’d call this car well bought — after all, this is a Mustang with a real race pedigree. And as they say, try to find another for less. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1968 Ford Mustang Lightweight Lot S124, VIN: 8F02R135019 Condition: 2- Not sold at $200,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/18/2013 ACC# 215169 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight Lot S86, VIN: 6142236007 Condition: 4+ Not sold at $105,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2012 ACC# 192832


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PROFILE TRUCK 1972 CHEVROLET C10 CHEYENNE SUPER Top-shelf, top money Courtesy of Mecum Auctions We have no way of knowing how many trucks were built like this, but the number was small — and how many of those survived? VIN: CCE142S146634 by Jim Pickering • Chevy C10 Short Bed with wood floor • Cheyenne Super Package • Wood-grain trim and Houndstooth interior • Totally restored with new GM parts in 2006 • Restoration by Gary Terry of Cheyenne Super-Man in Abilene, TX • 402-ci big-block engine • Turbo HydraMatic transmission • Factory air conditioning • Power steering and brakes • Bucket seats with console • Tilt steering column • Factory tachometer • Black base coat, clear-coat paint • Rally wheels with three-bar spinner center caps ACC Analysis This C10, Lot F198, sold for $60,950, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, IN, on May 14–19, 2013. That’s right. Over $60k for a black Chevy truck. But this was a little more special than your average run-of-the-mill work truck. Car meets pickup By the late 1960s, pickups had become a popular mode of transportation in the suburban neighborhoods of America. This change had started in the 1950s 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com with trucks such as the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier and Dodge Sweptside — trucks with car-like styling, built to be more at home in the church parking lot than they were out on the farm. Those trucks were never hot sellers, but the idea be- hind them took hold in the American market. Through the 1960s, the truck-buying demographic started to change, and these new buyers wanted increased comfort and style with their utility. These buyers were just as likely to use their trucks as commuters during the week as they were to haul a load of gravel or bark dust for their suburban gardens on the weekends, and truck manufacturers were happy to add additional comfort and luxury options to their lines to boost sales. In today’s market, the 1967–72 Chevy and GMC pickups are some of the most popular vintage trucks. Fords and Dodges just don’t have the same appeal, and neither do earlier or later GM units. These 1967–72 trucks are in the sweet spot — they’re good looking, and they represent both work-truck utility as well as reasonable creature comforts, especially when well optioned — and there were a lot of available options, some of which are rare. Our subject truck features nearly all of them. Best of the best Let’s run through just what makes this truck so desirable in today’s market. These trucks could be ordered in several bed


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ACC Digital Bonus lengths. Today’s collectors love the shorter 6.5-foot bed, or 115-inch wheelbase. More than 273,000 twowheel-drive trucks with eight-foot beds were made in 1972, compared with just under 40,000 shortbeds. This truck has the attractive wood floor option, too. It was ordered with the biggest engine — the 400, which was really a 402 big block and represented 8% of production. It also has a/c and a TH400 automatic, which were delivered in 33% and 28% of trucks, respectively. The buyer selected the Cheyenne Super package, which was the top-of-the-line trim level in 1972 and was added to only 7% of trucks that year. That package includes all the wood-grain exterior trim and deluxe interior fittings, such as wood-grain dash inserts, a headliner, deluxe upholstery and more. Other rare options include bucket seats and center console (4% of production), the AM/FM radio (3% of production), a tilt column (9%), cargo lamp (5%) and an in-dash tachometer (2%). It also appears to have three-point seatbelts, which were generally dealerinstalled. All it’s missing are bumper guards, a tissue holder and an under-dash 8-track player. Lastly, it’s black, which suits the body very well. Add all that up and you see just how scarce something like this would have been in 1972. It’s a muscle truck in a great color — arguably closer to a big-block El Camino SS than a base-level 6-cylinder longbed C10 with a three-on-the-tree. We have no way of knowing exactly how many were built like this, but suffice to say, the number was small — and how many of those survived? Primed for a home run I was excited to see this Super come up for sale at Indy, as I figured it would bring a lot of money. In addition to being highly optioned, it had been restored to a better-than-new standard with all GM parts by Gary Terry of Cheyenne Super-Man in Texas — his work is well known in the ’67–72 Chevy truck world. Mecum’s estimate was $50k–$75k. However, there were some things about this truck that weren’t correct. For example, the chrome rally wheels with spinner caps were not a factory option, and neither was the Edelbrock spreadbore intake manifold used in place of the original cast-iron piece. This truck’s underhood appearance was much glossier than it would have been from the factory, with things such as body paint on the power brake booster and core support. It was done very well, but not 100% as it would have been in 1972. Detailing Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 39,730 (1972, 115-inch wheelbase) Original list price: $2,680 base Current ACC Valuation: Varies significantly — shortbeds can range from $15,000 to $60,000, depending on options, originality and condition Distributor cap: $12 VIN: Tag in door jamb Engine #: Pad on passenger’s side of engine, forward of cylinder head Tune-up / major service: $200 Club: www.1967-1972chevytrucks.com Show me the SPID The bigger issue here is originality. The popularity of these trucks has made reproduction parts especially easy to come by, and a lot of trucks out there today wear option packages they didn’t get at the factory. Parts swapping is especially easy with these trucks. Was it really delivered with all these rare options, or were some of them added later? For cars of this era, verification usually comes in the form of a build sheet hidden under a seat or on top of a fuel tank. With these trucks, you need to look at the Service Parts Identification tag (or SPID) affixed to the inside of the glovebox door. Every option with which a truck was delivered from the factory is spelled out in plain English right there. I wasn’t at Indy, and Mecum didn’t provide a shot of the SPID. Without seeing it, it’s impossible to tell what came on this truck from the factory. And to complicate things further, there are people who make reproduction SPIDs — and they’ll add any options you’d like. So even that can’t be considered a guarantee — but many of the repros I’ve seen use an incorrect typeface that’s pretty easy to spot. A top-market price If this truck was actually delivered as it was presented here — and keep in mind that the auction company never called it an original — that would make it one rare machine. Something like this just didn’t make a whole lot of sense when new, so few were ordered this way. $61k is a lot of money for a truck. I don’t think it’s out of line, but I do think it’s at the very top of the current market. Chalk this result up to a perfect storm of condition, options and location. The result just verifies the hot truck trend we’ve been tracking for the past several years. At this price level, I doubt the buyer had any doubts about this truck’s authenticity. But if I were the new owner, I’d be digging into every casting number I could find and going over that SPID with a microscope. If all is well and good, this was an okay deal on a top-level Cheyenne Super. Otherwise, this is a top-level driver, and at this money, it was exception- ally well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) July-August 2013 57CC 57 Alternatives: 1967–72 Ford F-series, 1968–71 Dodge D-series, 1969–75 International D-series ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Chevrolet C10 CST Lot 390, VIN: CE149S819328 Condition: 2 Sold at $24,200 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2013 ACC# 214860 1971 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super Lot F177, VIN: CE141F623553 Condition: 2 Sold at $30,475 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/11/2011 ACC# 176121 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super Lot 613, VIN: CCE142S183985 Condition: 2Sold at $36,300 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2010 ACC# 160250


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MARkEt OVERVIEW For complete results of each auction covered in this issue, scan this code or go to http://bit.ly/YLyfw2 TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1966 Shelby Cobra roadster, $1,050,000—WWA, p. 76 2. 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $619,500—HW, p. 99 3. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $346,500— RM, p. 102 4. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 coupe, $286,000— RM, p. 105 5. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $280,800— Vicari, Nocona, p. 94 6. 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible, $275,000—B-J, p. 66 7. 1935 Pierce-Arrow Model 845 coupe, $275,000—WWA, p. 78 8. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 convertible, $258,500—B-J, p. 66 9. 1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster, $242,000—WWA, p. 74 10. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $192,500—RM, p. 102 BEST BUYS 1. 1968 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/t 2-dr hard top, $55,000—B-J, p. 70 2. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $45,630— Vicari, Nocona, p. 74 3. 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Nickey 2-dr hard top, $40,125—MectX, p. 100 4. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top, $34,100— WWA, p. 74 5. 1956 Buick Riviera Special 2-dr hard top, $14,300—AA, p. 82 58 AmericanCarCollector.com Sunny weather makes for expensive Corvettes BIDDERS PAID UP FOR C2s AND C1s, INSPIRED BY THE PROSPECT OF DRY PAVEMENT AND CLOUDLESS SKIES by Tony Piff $36m at six spring auctions.” This time around, bidders once again paid up for C2 and C1 Corvettes, and I’m willing to bet that had something to do with the prospect of dry pavement and cloudless skies — although some very important Shelbys occasionally stole the spotlight. At the auctions covered in this issue, I also noted an increase in the number of healthy Mopar sales. I n n n The most expensive non-charity Corvette at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach was actually a tie between three 1965 convertibles, all sold at $165k. A Hemi-powered 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T wasn’t far behind at $121k. A 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible took high-sale honors at $330k. Barrett-Jackson kept the number of consignments about the same as last year and sold 13 fewer cars, but overall totals increased to $20.5m from $17.8m. The sales rate was a solid 98%. n n n Shelbys did very well at Worldwide’s Houston Classic, with three GT500s in the top 15, ranging in price from $113k to $134k. A flawless 1966 427 Cobra was the catalog cover car, and it sold for just over $1m. The big Mopar here was a 1969 Dodge Daytona. It had a non-original Hemi under the hood, and it sold for $97k. Worldwide’s figures looked solid overall, with totals increasing to $7.2m, up from $6.6m last year. They sold 101 cars out of 113, for an impressive 89% sales rate — a nice bump from last year’s 85%. n n n Three out of the top seven high sales at Auctions America Spring Carlisle were Corvettes, including the top two lots. A 1959 283/290 Fuelie convertible sold for $149k, a 1963 327/340 coupe sold for $96k and a 1965 327/365 convertible sold for $53k. The top Mopar was a 1969 Plymouth GTX, sold at $31k. Overall numbers took a dip from last year, with 105 cars sold out of 225 (down from 131 out of 267), and totals dropped to $2.2m from $2.5m. n n n At Vicari’s first auction in Nocona, TX, fuel- injected Corvettes took the first-, second- and fourthplace slots. A 1963 327/360 coupe sold at $281k, a 1962 327/360 convertible sold at $162k, and a 1960 283/250 convertible sold at $103k. The top 10 here also included two 1970 ’Cudas. A numbers-matching 383 car sold for a strong $65k, and the very well-done Hemi car was a replica, but that didn’t stop it from finding $87k. Vicari achieved an 83% sales rate and a $2.6m total, ensuring that they’ll be returning to Nocona in 2014. ACC 1-6 scale condition rating 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts n n n We conclude this issue with highlights from eight more auctions: Silver Portland; Mecum Kansas City; Mecum Houston; Collector Car Productions Toronto; Hollywood Wheels West Palm Beach; James G. Murphy in Kenmore, WA; RM’s sale of the Don Davis Collection in Fort Worth; and Branson, MO. A n last year’s July-August issue of ACC, the Splash page headline read “Corvettes come out on top: C2s lead the way to 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake Big-tank Fuelie convertible, sold for $115,500 at Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL


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Anatomy of an ACC Market Report A HANDY GUIDE TO HOW WE RATE CARS AT AUCTION By B. Mitchell Carlson They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. To give a better appreciation of what our auction analysts look for when they cover cars for ACC, we like to take a specific example and give you visuals of the details. This time, we examine a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 that sold at the Branson Auction in April 2013. Lot number assigned by auction house. general description of vehicle as observed by reporter, with color and mechanical specifications listed first. A price listed in green indicates that the vehicle sold. A price in red denotes a no-sale. Commentary in which reporter sums up factors that may have affected the sale and notes whether it was a good buy. #535-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138177K194920. Blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 51,526 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Replacement CE-code engine block. Excellent repaint. Slightly wide door gaps, but not out of line for this era of A-body cars. All four headlights are T-3s; right-side alignment is off. Tidy and basically stockappearing engine bay. Very tidy undercarriage. Light wear starting on reproduction interior soft trim. Cond: 2- SOLD AT $35,648. Not much in the way of creature comforts here—not even bucket seats. That and the non-original motor means that the seller was wise to cut it loose. Sale price was all it’s worth. This symbol indicates vehicles noted by the reporter as exceptionally well bought. Five are called out per issue. CONDITION RATINGS Condition: ACC uses a numerical scale of 1 to 6 to assess a vehicle’s overall condition: 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 4. Meh: Still a driver, but with visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach THE 1968 DODGE CORONET R/T WAS AN OLDER RESTORATION, BUT IT WAS A TRUE-BLUE J-CODE HEMI, AND AT $55K, A TREMENDOUS SCORE Report and photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics car collectors, with acres of automotive awesomeness, dozens of booths, a non-stop rock-’n’-roll soundtrack and a full selection of the finest state-fair cuisine. It is certainly one of the few places you can eat a corn dog while shopping for a $25k wristwatch. Compared with Scottsdale, the Palm I Beach sale is more low-key, with fewer cars and a more casual pace. But even that Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL April 4–6, 2013 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates; Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered: 422/431 Sales rate: 98% Sales total: $20,547,568 High sale: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $1m Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Sales total $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m 0 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 comparison is only so meaningful, as nearly 55,000 people attended the three-day Palm Beach event — and there were plenty of standing-room-only moments. The SPEED channel was there, as usual, capturing the action for live television and adding one more level of excitement. Barrett-Jackson consigned six fewer cars this year and sold 13 fewer (422/431, down from 435/437), but overall dollar totals still grew by a substantial chunk, up to a $20.5m total from $17.8m. That translates to an average sold price of $49k, up from $41k. This can only happen with better cars and more buyers to appreciate them, and both factors bode well for the future of this sale and the future of the hobby. American muscle always drives Barrett’s Palm Beach sale, and this time around was no different. The first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray sold for $1m, earning top-sale honors, with proceeds benefiting charity. The high non-charity lot was a 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible, sold at $330k. More Bowtie muscle followed. A 1970 Oldsmobile 442 convertible took the next slot at $275k, and a 1970 Chevelle LS6 convertible sold at $259k. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 and a 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 rounded out the top five non-charity American lots at $209k and $175k, respectively. In the Mopar category, one of the best buys of the sale had to be the 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. It was an older restoration showing some age, but it was a true-blue J-code Hemi, and at $55k, it was a tremendous score. Another screaming deal was the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 COPO, sold at $59k. The documented numbers-matching “paint delete” car wore a fresh restoration, and it even had a 4-speed stick shift for your right hand. Add in some sunny skies, a gentle breeze, just the right tunes, and what more could you ask for? A s there any better smell than sizzling hamburger co-mingled with good ol’ American unrestricted exhaust fumes? Barrett-Jackson’s lifestyle event continues to be Heaven on Earth for American 1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside pickup, sold at $73,700


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL GM #769-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. VIN: 124379N633319. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 242 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Date-code-correct 396/375 aluminumhead L89. 4.11 12-bolt Positraction, M21 4-speed, power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel, rear defogger and Vigilite light monitoring system. Non-OEM trim tag. Triple Crown winner at World of Wheels Dallas; Platinum First Place at 2013 Winter National, 992 out of 1,000 points. Few small blisters noted along passenger’s fender and drip rail. Dash gauges look dull. Paint prep is lacking somewhat. Cond: 2+. #450-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379Z352391. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,204 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Overall, a high-quality older restoration that shows well today. Average gaps over good paint application. A few fisheyes on the nose, some microblisters on rear trunk lid. Loaded with great documentation—perhaps the best I’ve seen. Cond: 2. National award-winner. Documentation includes original dealer packet, tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate, GS Historical Society documents and copy of original sales agreement. Rare factory a/c. Chips under paint at corner of windshield. Console door trim weathered and flaking. Engine bay is excellent. Said to be one of 280 Stage 1 automatics produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. The powerplant here was the money-mover. No mention if this was “as-delivered,” so I assume it was not, so well sold. That said, this Camaro was well done and very well presented. Not much to fret over and looked every bit the part of the real deal. #713.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379L529383. Blue/ houndstooth vinyl & cloth. Odo: 51,716 miles. 302ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Road-race car with rare GM prototype Cross Ram. Original engine, transmission and rear axle, documented by Jerry MacNeish. Good gaps overall, great paint prep and application. Chrome, wheels and engine bay near show condition. Interior shows some light use and wear, but nothing a weekend’s work won’t take care of. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. The 1968–69 Chevelles lag behind the 1970s, perhaps due to the styling, as they look less muscular. That said, I like them, and so do plenty of other red-blooded muscle-car guys. The documentation was rich and plentiful, including pretty much every piece of paper a guy could ask for. Slightly well bought given the heavy jacket of paperwork and overall appeal. #693-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge replica convertible. VIN: 242679B142211. Carousel Red/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 25,019 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well done as a driver with nothing that jumps out as exceptional. Good gaps overall. Some crazing, cracking and microblisters in paint. White top is discoloring. Wears hood tach, Ram Air badging, Judge stripes and graphics, but not a Judge and not marketed as one. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $82,500. The upper tier of the GS line back in 1970, although your local dealer could upgrade the build to a Stage 2. Stage 1s were very expensive, and guys generally didn’t gravitate to a Buick as the muscle car of choice—so they are rare. This was a very nice car and could easily be massaged to #1- condition. Given that, a fair deal for both parties. #713-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370A167016. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 82 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very well-done SS restored to highest standard with N.O.S. parts. Fresh in just about every way, with only very minor wear noted. All-new date-coded glass, all-correct GM hoses, clamps, markings, etc. The Goodguys/Hemmings Muscle Machines Muscle Car of the Year, featured in Super Chevy magazine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. This sounded like it was running on six cylinders when it rolled up on the block, but that didn’t seem to hurt bidding. The wildcard here is the documented prototype Cross Ram intake. A rare piece of GM history, so at market for now until we see it sell again. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $62,700. The description for this car was puzzling to say the least. It seemed like a Judge, but no part of the description supported it. The description mentioned PHS documentation but gave no details. Great buy if it was a genuine Judge convertible (and it was not). Well sold as a more ordinary GTO convertible. #764-1970 BUICK GSX Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H287815. Saturn Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 98,221 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All-original panels and 90% original sheet metal. Matching numbers. SOLD AT $148,500. Impeccably restored with hardly so much as a scratch or swirl. That said, these cars are faked often. I’m not going to suggest that was the case here, but the car had no documentation, and this was a large check to write on a maybe. But with documentation and this level of quality, another $50k would not have surprised me. #670-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 COPO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370K209758. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. About as good as it gets. Very fine fresh restora


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL tion with only a few flaws noted (few bumps under vinyl top, some scratches on rear glass). Total show-quality presentation and ready for national judging. Matching numbers. Documented “paint delete.” Documented by over 300 restoration photos, all restoration receipts, Protect-O-Plate and build sheet. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $59,400. Straight up, let’s get this out of the way. Well bought. The only item that might have rung the bell even harder would be a Cranberry Red paint job. But no matter—this was done right, with a 4-speed and air as icing on the cake. #767-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 convertible. VIN: 136670B171065. Blue/white vinyl/ parchment vinyl. Odo: 68,786 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the most desirable Chevelles ever built, and a true trailer queen. Matching-numbers LS6 engine, M22 Rock Crusher transmission, 3.31 Positraction rear axle. Documented by original Protect-O-Plate, warranty booklet and National LS6 Registry certificate. Interior seats slightly weathered, as are the vent knobs. Cond: 1-. 8 SOLD AT $275,000. Better-than-showroom condition. The 442 market has been strong as of late and seems to be continuing that upward trend. This result certainly adds a rather large exclamation point to that observation. Still, given the lack of documentation, this was well sold. #421.1-1972 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 454 pickup. VIN: 1D80W28642715. Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,989 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real-deal SS 454 restored to driver quality and ready to enjoy. Gaps are average at best. Paint and prep very well done, with only a few microblisters and small fisheyes noted. Driver’s door trim is bent and scratched. Radio lens is very dull and cloudy. Cond: 3+. 4L60E automatic transmission. Near perfect in every way and a true showpiece with little to fault. Featured and driven by Grammy Award-winning country artist Brad Paisley in his “Old Alabama” music video. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $128,700. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s 2011 Scottsdale sale, where it sold for $132k (ACC# 168941). This terrific Corvette was a perpetual crowd-pleaser in the main showroom. So much so that I had to revisit several times just to sneak a photo of it. It would appear that the Brad Paisley connection added nothing to the value, but still nice for conversation. At market for an excellent resto-mod with two results to benchmark the value. #761-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S108206. Red & white/ red hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Big-Brake Big-Tank Fuelie. Wonderbar radio, hard top. Lots of nice options but somewhat of a driver. Could use a weekend of detailing. Some microblisters and small cracks noted in paint and body. Regional 97.7-point Top Flight Award winner in 1999, less than five miles since. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. The paint was well done overall, and the new owner has a 4-speed to row and a/c to keep the cockpit cool—a hard-to-find combination. All those factors brought strong money. CORVETTE SOLD AT $258,500. The real deal, and a good one at that. Well bought and sold. The buyer needs to do nothing but trailer it home and make plenty of room on the garage shelf for all the trophies. Yes, you can buy perfection, and here it was. It would not have surprised me to see this go another $30k. #772-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 344670M207645. Orange/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 54,949 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 1,500-hour restoration completed January 2013 and looks the part. Interior chrome on console shows some nicks and scuffs. Ultra-rare W27 rear axle. “An undocumented car,” according to the catalog; said to be one of 96. Cond: 1-. 6 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #776-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE resto-mod convertible. VIN: J59S107590. Black/black canvas/red leather. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Original 1959 Corvette body on custom chassis built by Corvette Corrections using all-modern Corvette suspension. Engine is an LS1 backed by a SOLD AT $115,500. Last appears in the Platinum Database no-saling at Kruse Auburn 1991 at a high bid of $43k (ACC# 4062). In 1991 it was reported to be in #1 condition, so the car has been well preserved. Fuel injection came in two variants in 1960: 250- and 290-horse. This was the big kahuna of Corvette performance back in the day and the most valuable of the bunch. The big brakes and larger 24-gallon tank were usually reserved for race duty. A market-correct result. #708-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S114823. White/white hard top/white vinyl soft top/gold leather. Odo: 25,308 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Total body-off restoration. Paintwork is very well done with only small issues to note. Earned 2012 Top Flight at Chapter judging event, scoring 96.1; 96.4 with driving points. Dings in the chrome, some scratches in rear glass of hard top. Nice interior, crisp and clean. Factory AM/FM radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,500. These well-mannered Corvettes have plenty of punch when needed and offer a more TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL ters. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. This car had an interesting story, including being stolen in 1967. Big money paid here, but the owner bought one of the best ’65 Fuelies out there, beautifully restored and well presented with abundant documentation and numerous awards confirming everything. refined driving experience with better handling than a big block. (Not as hot on your feet, either.) The Top Flight award made all the difference here. Well sold, but a nice one to own. #765-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S101608. Blue/white hard top/white vinyl soft top/white vinyl. Odo: 2,245 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Judged by NCRS no fewer than five times, culminating in a final score at the National Convention in 2006 with a Top Flight Score of 99.0 and the Duntov #719-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194370S416751. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 35,159 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. NCRS Second Flight, with tank sticker and other documents. No fender seams showing, well-done paint over very nice bodywork. Few rivets showing on the nose. Minor wear on driver’s door. Small chips noted. Some gaps wider than most would consider acceptable. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,200. A very nice Corvette with excellent documentation. Last seen by FOMOCO #732-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH395729. White/tan vinyl/bronze vinyl. Odo: 14,273 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration with no expense spared. Power brakes. Steering wheel has some paint scraped through to the bare metal in a few places, but hard to find anything else wrong with it. Includes build sheet. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $73,700. A show-quality “Early Bird.” Last sold at Mecum Indy in May 2012 for $50k (ACC# 201881). It was rated a #1at the Mecum sale as well. Find the best, buy the best and if you’re lucky and patient, you may find yourself making a few bucks. Well bought in 2012 and at market in 2013. Mark of Excellence Award. Very nice presentation of an original 375-horse Fuelie. Few dings in the trim. Engine bay could be better detailed. Top alignment pin is rusted and cracked. Some very small micro blis- yours truly at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2010, selling for $66k (ACC# 160131). Then rated a #2+ and in the same condition today. That said, it made strong money today, but this seems to be the new normal for a ’70 LS5 with the right paperwork and right condition. #66-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 5F09C387493. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 52,665 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A desirable Mustang in driver condition. Some masking issues noted. Trunk tight on driver’s side, passenger’s door is tight, hood is bowed. Trunk sheet metal shows some mild wrinkles; car may have been tapped at some point. Glass scratched, vent windows pitting. Driver-grade interior. Newer wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. I must say that the 1965 and 1966 Mustang fastbacks are some of the most stylish cars ever designed by Ford. Certainly way ahead of their time. This example was simply an honest driver in decent shape. Fair deal on both ends, with a slight advantage to the seller. #773-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G150413. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 65,962 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. MCA Gold Level-judged car. Very nice with only a few minor imperfections. Paint is showing some age, light scratches and 68 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL some swirl marks. Shaker hood, rear window louver, correct date-coded block and Marti Report. MCA correct down to the smog system and factory chalk markings. Cond: 2. 62,233 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A solid car with an older restoration that is holding up extremely well. Paint is older and shows some chips and touch-ups. Entire car showing age throughout, but still very nice. Gaps are decent, but trunk gap is low on driver’s side. New correct leather-and-cloth interior, chrome wire wheels and new wiring harness. Hemi motor with full power. Cond: 3. cracking in the finish—sanding marks too. Gaps are average. Arm rests are worn and spray-painted. Balance of the interior is showing age. Wheels and Redline tires are excellent. Chassis is sprayed black with an undercoating material. An older restoration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $80,300. The Boss market has been solid as of late, and this sale is more evidence in support of that fact. Not all that long ago, we saw these machines slide into the $50k range. Today, the market has regained ground and the number here is rather the norm for one in this condition. Fair deal for buyer and seller, with advantage to the buyer. #722-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0T05R106624. Lime green/lime green vinyl. Odo: 75,179 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration of a realdeal R-code Mustang in rare paint scheme. Marti Report confirms this is a one-of-one car out of 1,371 total 428 CJs built for 1970. Includes original build sheet and over 100 pictures of restoration and all receipts. Chip on top of driver’s door. Some nicks on the headlamp bezels. Gaps good for the most part. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,150. Like many cars from the Munday Collection, the preservation and care of this car were evident. It really needed nothing as a driver and would make for an easy restoration project if so desired. No harm done at this price. #658-1957 DODGE D100 Sweptside pickup. VIN: AZ243235. Blue & white/tan & white vinyl & cloth. 314.6-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Dodge’s answer to Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier. Total frame-off rebuild some time ago and a national first-place winner. Fairly large chips on the passenger’s headlamp bezel. Some brush touch-ups noted. Orange peel on hood. Gauges old and yellowed, steering wheel worn, vinyl floor mat fits poorly and is torn near the gas pedal. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. The Hemi market has softened as I predicted it would (not that I enjoy being right). This car no-saled at Mecum Kissimmee in January at $63k (ACC# 200313), and before that at Mecum Dallas in October 2011 at $60k (ACC# 190805). This round, she sold all the way at no reserve. For a real 1968 R/T with datecoded Hemi, the right colors and the right gearbox, this was a good buy. #784-1969 DODGE CHARGER “General Lee” 2-dr hard top. VIN: XP29F9B237962. Orange/tan vinyl. Odo: 94,870 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Made for the 2005 motion picture “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and has certificate of authenticity. One of three 1969 Chargers released by Warner Bros. Dash autographed by many cast members. Rough around the edges; paint is better but still shows some orange peel, swirls and micro-blisters. Some roof corner trim missing. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $66,000. The R-code 428 was a potent engine, running up against some of the most powerful powerplants of the era. While this car’s green-over-green color combo might not be all that desirable, the 428 and 4-speed most certainly are. No harm done and looks just broken in, so drive it. MOPAR #657-1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE Sportsman 2-dr hard top. VIN: 62050931. Pink & gray/mauve & white leather & cloth. Odo: 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $73,700. For the Dodge collector, a must-have if you can snag one. You rarely see these offered for sale, and like other desirable pickups, these have been doing well as of late. But considering this one’s aging restoration, very well sold. A278331. Red/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 60,573 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Genuine J-code Hemi. Some micro-blisters and #697-1968 DODGE HEMI CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: WS23J8- SOLD AT $60,500. Like most movie cars, this was kind of shabby. I watched it cross the block recently at Auctions America’s March 2013 Fort Lauderdale sale, where it sold for $45k (ACC# 215777). Bold move by the buyer, but his calculated risk paid off. Sold at market at Auctions America; here, very well sold. (See the profile, p. 48.)A BEST BUY


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic THE 1966 SHELBY 427 COBRA SOLD FOR $1M, AND TWO OTHER SHELBYS EXCEEDED $100K TO MAKE THE TOP 10 Report and photos by John Lyons Market opinions in italics Spa. The sale took place in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, which was also in its second year. Texas continues to be a hotbed of carcollecting activity, as the recent boom in the R $10m $2m $4m $6m $8m 0 72 AmericanCarCollector.com 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers The Houston Classic Montgomery, TX May 4, 2013 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered: 101/113 Sales rate: 89% Sales total: $7,220,810 High sale: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $1,050,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Sales total 1966 Shelby Cobra roadster, sold at $1,050,000 oil industry and the nationwide economic turnaround have both contributed to strength in the hobby. The auction proved this again, with stellar results. Finding and accepting the right cars for a high-end concours and catalog auction is always a challenge, but the car specialists at Worldwide did an excellent job. The cars on offer not only represented a diverse selection, but the quality was excellent as well, with many of the cars fully show-ready. The weather cooperated with chilly sunshine on the preview days and then a spectacular 70-degree cloudless sky on the day of the sale. La Torretta is a stunning venue, with rolling hills, beautiful lakefront vistas and luxurious hotel rooms and villas that would be suitable for any major concours event. Over a seven-hour period, 113 lots crossed the block, with a large percentage selling immediately to enthusiastic bidding. Worldwide continues to do a superb job with post-block negotiations as well, with several more cars selling promptly after the sale, for a final sell-through rate approaching 90%. Total sale volume was an equally impressive $7.2m. Top seller of the auction was the 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra that sold for $1m. This flawless example was the object of countless inspections over the three-day preview period. It went to a new home for strong money, showing that there is no lack of interest in great Shelby cars. Two other Shelbys made the top 10: A 1968 GT500 KR convertible found $135k, and a 1967 GT500 fastback went for $132k. Other strong sales included the perfect 1935 Pierce-Arrow 845 3-window coupe, sold over high estimate at $275k, a 1932 Auburn 8-100A Boattail Speedster, at $242k, and a stunning 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, at $132k. The top Corvette was a 1965 396/425 convertible, sold at $116k. An exceptionally well-done 1969 Dodge Daytona sold at $97k, which was a fair price considering that the non-original engine was a 426-ci dual-quad Hemi. With another very successful sale thus concluded, next up for Mr. Egan and Mr. Kruse is The Auburn Auction on Labor Day weekend.A od Egan, John Kruse and their team returned in May to the Houston, TX, area for their 12th consecutive year, and their second at La Torretta Lake Resort and


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX CLASSICS 9 Black/black leather. Odo: 45,078 miles. Excellent slightly aged restoration in sinister triple-black. Some dust and slight buff marks in paint. Spotless interior. Excellent instruments and controls. Show-detailed engine with only a bit of dust. Car could easily detail back to concours with a day or so of attention. Cond: 1-. #62-1932 AUBURN 8-100A Boattail Speedster. VIN: 8761. seen strong interest in the past 10 years. Very original, with checking and cracking of paint and slight discoloration of the plastic exterior bits. No decals except for the scoop. Original and correct interior. Non-air car and no tachometer. Worn seats commensurate with original miles. Cond: 3. here, and Worldwide did a great job marketing the car. Initially unsold at a high bid of $950k; the post-block deal came together later at a market-correct price. SOLD AT $66,000. Car came in with a very strong $85k–$115k estimate, but the use and wear slowed bidders. Bid above $50k on the block, and then Worldwide successfully prevailed on the seller to let it go postblock. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. SOLD AT $242,000. This car did not have ACD certification, but it is show-ready and would likely certify, according to the ACD members at the sale. It sold for fair market value, but still a bit of a bargain given the cost of the restoration. GM Blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 26,033 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Spectacular car with great attention to detail and wonderful options and accessories. Excellent preparation and paint. Perfect chrome and trim with bumper tips, steel rocker moldings, dual outside mirrors and fender skirts among the optional items accessorizing the car. Great door fit. Interior also excellent. Reproduction seat kit and carpeting. Seatbelts, prism, tissue dispenser and other goodies. Spotless engine bay, dual exhaust. Cond: 1-. #101-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC56B020001. CORVETTE #40-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1946755119169. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 12,036 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Really well-documented and well-restored car. Fastidious owner paid attention to every detail. Many awards and ready for many more. Excellent paint and trim. Unusual color combination. Highly detailed interior. Original instruments in excellent condition. One minor crack on speedo lens, not noticeable from every angle. Totally correct and detailed engine bay. Cond: 1-. #97-1968 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15FLD71836. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 1,414 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well redone to original standards and not claimed to be a concours restoration. Very nice paint and better-than-factory panel fit. Rear quarters cut out and fitted with fiberglass extensions. Front fenders left original. Some paint touch-ups on door edges. Very tidy interior appears virtually as-new. Spotless engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. Sold without reserve. Lots of people looked, and there seemed no doubt that this first-gen Bronco would sell within the $25k–$35k estimate—and that’s exactly what it did. Fair deal for buyer and seller. SOLD AT $115,500. A good car that brought a lot of attention. While ’65s don’t quite do the money that a great ’67 will do, this car realized strong money. Bidders recognized a high-quality automobile, and the price was fair to all parties. SOLD AT $34,100. The only reason I can come up with to explain why this car sold so softly is the 1956 model year. A ’55 or ’57 this well restored and optioned would have sold for twice the price paid here, if not more. Very well bought. Perhaps the bargain of the sale. #89-1973 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula SD-455 coupe. VIN: 2U87X3N145023. White/black vinyl. Odo: 62,056 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Incredibly rare car that has 74 AmericanCarCollector.com FOMOCO 1 #70-1966 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX3264. Red/black leather. Odo: 51,197 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. The star of the sale. Perfect provenance with well-known ownership, some celebrity ownership, all documents back to day one. Outstanding restoration, original correct colors. Virtually nothing to question with any aspect of this car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,050,000. The qualified buyers were #4-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. VIN: 8T03R21591604146. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,430 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well-done older restored car. Lots of docs including original build sheet and Marti Report. Decent paint with maintenance marks only. Good chrome and trim. Excellent restored interior with driver’s seat use and slightly dusty gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $134,750. Previously unsold here at Worldwide’s 2005 sale, bid to $176k BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX (ACC# 38327). This was a great-looking car in great colors. While its show days are in the past, for the price paid, it will make a great car for cruising around. Well bought, but seller really should be pleased as well. #6-1970 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 0F02R482429. White/black vinyl. Odo: 7,843 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Incredibly well-preserved original car. Mileage stated as original from new. All original paint and trim appearing like a five-year-old restoration. Some slight sheet-metal creases in passenger’s door. Interior preserved to same standard. Original engine show-detailed. Cond: 3. AMERICANA 7 SOLD AT $104,500. Last seen here at Worldwide’s 2006 sale, where it sold for $184k with 166 fewer miles on the odometer (ACC# 41679). The seller paid a small price for letting this car sit for the better part of seven years. Bidders accounted for the fact that this car is now well beyond its show days, as re-restoring this car will cost in the six figures. Still, a bit of a bargain. SOLD AT $112,750. I wish there was a different score I could assign such a great low-mile original muscle car. The level of preservation was amazing. Virtually as it was when delivered new in 1970, with only the most minor wear and use since. Price paid was a bit of a bargain given its miles and honesty. MOPAR #7-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. VIN: 8413110032. Red/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 917 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Nice older restoration with age now apparent. Older paint in good condition. Top yellowing with age. Interior showing wear, leather seats drying. Instruments in good condition. Engine detailed some time ago, all correct bits. Equipped with factory-optional a/c and Golden Touch radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $96,800. I really liked this car, as achieving good fit and finish on these is nearly impossible. The colors were great, and the biggest negative was hardly a negative at all: the engine upgrade. Sold for fair money, tilted toward a good value for the buyer. #5-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29L9B409063. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 39,683 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Original 440 car upgraded to 426 Hemi. Superb restoration with remarkably good panel fit, spotless paint and trim. New interior with excellent seats and carpeting. Gauges and controls all very good as well. Detailed engine bay. With all appropriate documentation, including broadcast sheet. Cond: 2+. Black/tan leather. Odo: 73,308 miles. Spectacular restoration of a rare car. Stunning paint both in color scheme and quality of prep and application. Spotless chrome and trim restored to concours standards. Interior equal to exterior with everything virtually as-new. Engine bay and undercarriage highly show-detailed. Phenomenal history and lots of documentation. Cond: 1. #26-1935 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 845 coupe. VIN: 2090150. SOLD AT $275,000. A true concours-caliber car. Had it appeared at concours judging the next day, I think a Best in Show would not have been out of the question. The car bid quickly to $200k, where the seller took off the reserve, and then two bidders duked it out in $5k increments up to and through the $250k high estimate. The cost of restoration was obviously huge; as such, the buyer got a very fair deal. #30-1946 HUDSON SUPER SIX convertible. VIN: 3159579. Cream/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 58,240 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Much older restoration that has been well maintained. Fitted with later Ford V8. Checking and scratches on paint. Older chrome and trim. Interior nice but obviously done years ago. Original instruments and controls in fair condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,600. Formerly part of the Art Astor Collection, where it was sold by RM in 2008 for $39k (ACC# 117187). I guess the market for quasi-resto-mod Hudson convertibles has stayed roughly the same over the past five years, with a near-identical result today. No harm done at this price. Seller was hoping for more, but in the absence of major improvements or detailing of the car, expectation was probably optimistic. A 76 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Carlisle, PA Auctions America Spring Carlisle A 1968 FORD MUSTANG GT CALIFORNIA SPECIAL WITH A CHATTY SELLER AND NUMEROUS AWARDS TO ITS CREDIT WENT FOR $39K Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics S $2.5m $1.5m $2m $.5m $1m 0 80 AmericanCarCollector.com 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 unny skies made for warm days at Spring Carlisle 2013, a welcome sign that this year’s tough winter would soon release its grasp and be a faded memory. An eclectic mix of fine-looking metal filled the conference center, the surrounding grounds and two large tents. If so inclined, you could have counted 225 classics on the overtaken landscape. Admission to the Carlisle Swap Meet and Car Corral included entry to the auction. This translated into a constanct current of people entering and leaving the Expo Center Auctions America Spring Carlisle 2013 Carlisle, PA April 25–26, 2013 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Ben DeBruhl Automotive lots sold/offered: 105/225 Sales rate: 47% Sales total: $2,209,495 High sale: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake fuel-injected convertible, sold at $148,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Sales total 1968 Ford Mustang gt California Special coupe, sold at $38,500 throughout the two-day sale. Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Ben DeBruhl dialed the buzz-factor up and maintained a steady pace for two days straight, keeping the crowd entertained and involved well into the evening hours. There was something on tap to appeal to everyone. Taking center stage for top-sale honors was a rare and desirable Bloomington Gold award-winning 1959 Chevrolet Corvette “Big Brake” Fuelie convertible. In pristine condition, this beauty sold for $149k. Following in its tracks was another Corvette, this one an expensively restored 1963 327/340 Split-Window in appealing Ermine White. It brought a strong $96k. On the FoMoCo front, a spectacular 1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special spurred conversation, and its understandably proud owner talked freely with interested passersby. With numerous awards to its credit, it sold for $39k. A 1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Series continuation car had to be one of the best on the planet, but it didn’t meet its reserve and was a no-sale at $85k. If you were looking for something out of the ordinary, a 1929 Ford T-bucket convertible was just the ticket. This wild machine changed hands at a reasonable $8k, and its ability to draw stares and looks of amazement came at no extra charge. Additional cars of note included a very attractive, stock 1971 AMC Gremlin — yes, a Gremlin — in funky Wild Plum paint that sold for a reasonable $8k. And if race cars get your juices going, there was a race-prepped 1975 Chevrolet Camaro that did time on the drag strips at Atco and Englishtown. It didn’t seem to have many needs, but was a surprising no-sale at $6k. When the time came to turn out the lights, 105 reasonably priced cars had changed hands, achieving a sell-through rate of 47%. The average price per car here was $21k — $5k more than what AA achieved at their Fall Carlisle sale last year and $2k better than Spring Carlisle 2012. The auction raised more than $12k to benefit the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation for Amyloidosis Research. (Chip Miller was a co-founder of Carlisle Events.) Carlisle is an “everyman” event: a gather- ing where collectors of all stripes can join the party and indulge in their shared passion. It’s these collectors and this kind of experience that will attract the younger generation, ensuring the collector-car hobby flame continues to burn brightly. A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Carlisle, PA GM #363-1937 PONTIAC SIX woodie wagon. VIN: 6CA126061. Black/black canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 41,035 miles. Said to be one of four known to exist. Highly original with great patina. Reportedly sold new to the Wrigley chewing gum family in 1937, sold in 1977 to the family’s mechanic, acquired by seller in 1983. In dry storage since. Older repaint dull and dusty. Decent brightwork on bumpers. Original wood looks good. Pontiac chief hood ornament. Newer canvas top. Factory steel hubs. Rear-mounted spare. Musty inside, but instruments and controls are there. Liner cracking. Seat covers redone in the ’80s. Scruffy engine bay. Cond: 3-. fetched more had the owner spent more time prepping it for sale. Very well bought. #378-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F58B146020. Orange/white vinyl/orange vinyl. Odo: 49,812 miles. 348ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Paint wavy with chips and orange peel. Body is off-kilter. Grille dirty with scuff marks. Chrome almost gone in foglight nacelles. Pitted front bumper. Side panel chrome strips are dented. Gluey substance around passenger’s door handle. Rust in trunk and on liner. Rubber molding cracked on trunk-surround. Factory hubs, fender skirts. Inconsistent engine prep. Interior presents much better than exterior. Cond: 3. #371-1967 BUICK GS 400 convertible. VIN: 446677H276221. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,246 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only 2,140 produced in ’67. Frame-off restoration completed in 2001; said to be a “trailer queen” since. In excellent condition with 24 documented firstplace awards including 2001 AACA Senior Winner, 2003 AACA Senior First Prize Grand National Winner, and Buick Club of America Senior Award. Great paint. Standard hood scoops look cool on this luxury model. Chrome, trim, panel gaps all high quality. Dual exhaust. Power top excellent and untouched. Redline tires. Bucket seats, factory tach, radio, a/c. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $48,400. A relatively fresh face in the guise of a weathered veteran. A time warp of sorts that capitalized on its Wrigley connection, collectors’ sustained interest in well-maintained woodies (buyers with fragile budgets tend to avoid examples with needs, as they can empty the coffers quickly), and low miles. Big money here. Well sold. See the profile, p. 52. & red/black & red vinyl. Odo: 20,394 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Straight, eye-catching two-tone paint with small chip on passenger’s door. Distinctive chrome. Jet hood ornament is fantastic. Front bumper has microscratches and rust in “bullet” nacelles. Glass is good. Well-sorted interior. Slightly foggy instruments, but legible. Roof lining intact. Carpets soiled (an easy fix). Sonomatic AM radio. Dirtier-than-expected engine bay for 20k miles. Cond: 2-. #360-1956 BUICK SPECIAL Riviera 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4C1043174. Black SOLD AT $43,450. 1950s cool with some broken bones. It looked great from the back of the room, but progressively worse the closer I got. The misalignment of the body was my biggest concern—the buyer’s, too. He paid a discounted price that should leave room to nurse it back to health and possibly come out ahead. Well bought. #108-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. VIN: 21569B266943. Black/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 90,216 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Older restoration with decent paint. Grille below front bumper slightly dented. Chrome surrounding front left turn signal coming loose. Vent window rubber worn. Scratch on driver’s door. Rust inside fuel filler door. Rear bumper out, has light scratches. Factory whitewalls. Interior looks better than exterior. Minor peeling on dash. Tear in roof lining. Sony CD player; stock radio in glovebox. JBL speakers. Trunk has rust. Engine lightly detailed with orange block. Power steering and brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,625. A fabulous car with a slew of awards to prove it. It was billed as having never received less than first place in any show in which it entered and sold at double the ACC Pocket Price Guide estimate. What does the new owner do now? Drive it and impair its value or uphold its “trailer queen” status? Well bought and sold, but the edge goes to the seller. #316-1975 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: N/A. White/black vinyl. 454-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Always a drag car, never used on the street. Raced at Atco and Englishtown. Race fuel only. Six hood rings. Lucy “The Boss” signature on doors. Full roll cage. Sport-Comp gauges. B&M Racing ProRatchet shifter. Steering wheel left on floor where passenger’s seat would normally be. MasterLine axles. Appears fully prepped for racing duty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,300. Sold at no reserve. A nice car with not very many needs to bring it to solid #2 condition. I think it would’ve 82 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $3,850. Sold at no reserve. This was in fairly decent condition after 90k miles, with mostly minor issues that will be fixable without spending a lot of money. A fair deal for both parties, but I’d give a nod to the buyer. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. A near-religious experience when they lit the flame to move the car to its place in line. Not a big difference between its 700 hp and today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup cars that make about 850. Two totally different machines and purposes, but for the power alone, I think $6k was close, but not quite enough. Problem is, this was an ideal venue for this type of car. The seller should see this as an accu- BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Carlisle, PA rate barometer of value and adjust his expectations. #111-1975 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE coupe. VIN: 3D07C52122289. Black & red/black & red. Odo: 5,122 miles. V8, turbocharger, auto. Race car powered by ’71 Chevy V8 of unknown displacement built to 525 hp. GM Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed auto. Positraction rear end. Fitted with scoop, front and rear spoilers. Dual exhaust. Instruments look original. Mr. Gasket shifter, Sun Super Tach II. Oil pressure and voltage gauges under dash. PROCAR racing seats. Engine bay not accessible. Cond: 3. #368-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S108886. Ermine White/black vinyl. Odo: 94,262 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Positraction rear end. Lives up to its billing as a “no-expensespared, body-off restoration to NCRS judging standards.” Faultless. Gorgeous paint in correct factory color. Brightwork shows right amount of shine. Cast aluminum knockoff wheels. Well-sorted interior nicely worn in. AM/FM radio, heater. Close to sparkling underhood, but valve covers are dirty. Cond: 1-. lasting turn-signal system. Progressive wheels. Sunpro gauges. Grant steering wheel. Four-wheel disc brakes. Locking driveshaft brake system. Special built-in battery tender. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $5,000. This car probably looked good on the track, but the low miles suggest it may not have seen much action. The 525-hp motor could have been the sole reason the owner didn’t sell, although I don’t think he’ll realize much more than what was bid here. CORVETTE #376-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S104361. Tuxedo Black/ black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. 283ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. One of 745 290-hp Fuelies built in ’59. Billed as a “complete, professional, no-expense-spared, body-off restoration by a foremost Corvette facility.” Bloomington Gold award. RPO 684 heavy-duty brakes and suspension. Positraction rear end. Dog-dish hubcaps, original Goodyears. Removable hard top. Documentation includes complete owner history and judging sheets. A performanceoriented Corvette with few creature comforts; alas, no radio or heater. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $96,250. The second-highest sale of the auction. It wasn’t a Fuelie, and it didn’t bring Fuelie money, but still a very strong result that was worth every penny. Well bought, but the seller did just fine, too. #329-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy 500 Pace Car edition coupe. VIN: IZ87485902242. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 938 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 6,502 Pace Cars built in ’78 with list price of $13,178. Showing actual miles. Complete and highly optioned L82 model in like-new showroom condition. Gleaming aluminum wheels with original Goodyear GT radials. Factory radio with CB. Protective covers on front carpets. Underhood neat and tidy. All documents included. Comes with Pace Car decal kit, never applied. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $7,975. A maniacal spasm of inspired lunacy that was a hoot to look at and, I can only imagine, a hoot to drive. But where does one venture in this glorious flaming rod? For fear of killing the mechanicals, I’d recommend a soft, flat patch of earth, such as the local desert. So much to like here, but the totally unexpected oak storage compartment was the kicker. Several T-buckets sold here in the teens in 2012, making this one a good deal. Well bought. #370-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 8H179966. Green/tan vinyl/ burgundy leather. Odo: 24,243 miles. One of 452 convertibles produced in ’48. Imposing from its perch in the middle of the room, although the hot lights can’t mask the few flaws, such as paint bubbles on the rear quarter panel. There’s pitting on the grille and chrome headlight-surround. Presentable interior. Hazy instrument lenses. Convertible top lining is dirty. Continental kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,350. A pristine Corvette that looked fantastic under the lights. Marketcorrect transaction for condition. FOMOCO SOLD AT $148,500. The top sale of the auction. A faultless presentation of a rare, beautiful and desirable example. Prominently showcased on the floor of the Expo Center. Last crossed the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in January 2012, where it sold for $175k (ACC# 199693). The seller took a hit here. Well bought. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #131-1929 FORD T-BUCKET. VIN: A108798. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,524 miles. Ford V8 bored .030 over. Holley 4-bbl. Fiberglass body. Ghost flames in yellow tones, with hint of red against white. Custom removable top. Custom-built oak storage compartment. Front fenders come with car. Mr. Gasket valve covers. Mustang GT floor-shift auto. Ever- SOLD AT $33,000. The 1948 Lincolns were the last V12 cars manufactured by a major domestic automaker and are recognized by the CCCA as “Full Classics.” This car last appeared at Auctions America’s 2012 Fall Carlisle sale, where it no-saled at $30k (ACC# 214181) in #3- condition. Fast-forward six months, three more miles on the odo, now a #2- car, and it sells for $3k more. The buyer did well here, as decent convertibles can command $10k more. #158-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH128271. Black/black


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Carlisle, PA OURCARS 2002 CHEVROLEt Corvette coupe Owner: Jack Tockston, ACC Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 2006 Price: $29,500 Mileage since purchase: 21,000 Recent Work: Oil changes, four-wheel alignment, flat repair canvas/black & white vinyl. Odo: 8,073 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, Very little to quibble about. Reportedly resprayed five years ago. Paint beautifully applied. Brightwork and glass present very well. Light scratches on front bumper. Chrome wire wheels, whitewalls and fender skirts in excellent shape. Doors oddly quiet when opening. All instruments are legible. Controls are all there. Said to be driven less than 500 miles since engine rebuild. Underhood is tidy. Power windows, seat, 150-mph speedo. Cond: 2. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 70,215 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appears to be an older repaint coming undone. Waves, cracks, light scratches. Driver’s door drops a bit when opening. Chrome strip across rear deck is loose. Nice interior with bucket seats, factory tach, and AM radio. Sport-Comp gauges under dash. Trunk locked. Shiny valve covers and blue manifold set off tidy engine bay. Standard suspension with high-rate springs, largediameter front stabilizer bar and high-damping shocks. Marti Report confirms car is correct. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. I personally think T-birds look better in lighter colors, but the black didn’t detract from this beauty. Market-correct price. In 2006, after a two-year search, I found the Corvette I wanted: a loaded 2002 Speedway White Corvette coupe, 11,000 miles. Less than 5% of C5s were white. On September 20, 2006, the negotiated price was a $29,500 (MSRP: $46,235), and almost free using profits from selling two collector cars. A full 3M protection package was installed when new, and the car remains blemish-free. The original Goodyear run-flats have about 40% tread remaining, and hold polished factory alloys. The LS1 engine pulls like a train through a smooth automatic transaxle. My previous ’Vettes had 4-speeds, but with the Seattle region’s frequent gridlock, not having to row gears is a blessing. Critics decried the quality of the C5 (and C6) interior. I find the leather sport seats comfortable and infinitely adjustable if wanted. It looks and smells new, but a black interior can carry a penalty to some. The cargo area is the largest of all sports cars, and I appreciate it when traveling to auctions. The C5 has been trouble-free while pro- viding an economical 30+ mpg (highway). It’s a keeper. A #356-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT California Special coupe. VIN: 8R01C155974. Acapulco Blue/white vinyl hard top/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 52,027 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 4,118 GT/CS Mustangs. Six-year-old “nuts-and-bolts” restoration still breathtaking. 289-ci V8 bored out to 300 hp. Includes Marti Report and GT/CS Registry. Carroll Shelby signature on glovebox; Chip Foose’s on passenger sun visor (although he had no involvement with the car). MCA and Grand National shows: five first-place wins at five shows. Mustang Monthly: Best Mustang Award, feature article. Awards in trunk. Glistens underhood. Power steering and brakes with front discs, a/c. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. This car was parked under one of the tents, and I think it got short-changed being in the darker environment. Despite some cosmetic issues, it was striking in its fastback design. And the red paint enhanced its aggressive profile. I also wondered if it took a backseat to the strong selection of Mustangs on offer. Whatever the case, the high bid was probably light by at least $5k. #346-1969 FORD MUSTANG resto-mod coupe. VIN: 9T01F112979. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 57,523 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Modifications completed two years ago. Menacing paint scheme is smooth and even. Chipping on trunk lid exposes white paint. Hood scoop with “302 HO” badging. Side scoops on rear fender. Front and rear spoilers, sport mirrors, Magnum 500 wheels. Impressive inside, too—Ford Racing floor mats, three-spoke Grant GT steering wheel, straight dash, clear instruments, Indy shifter. Kenwood radio. Engine updated with fuel injection. No visible leaks. Disc brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,500. A hands-down showstopper that got a lot of eyeballs in the Expo Center. Owners stayed busy conversing with ogling attendees, including this reporter. Most GT/CSs were produced with the small-block 289 2-barrel carb setup and C4 auto. This tweaked 300-hp example upped its desirability a notch. Sold for strong money, but something this extra special doesn’t come along very often. Well bought and sold. #374-1969 FORD TORINO GT Cobra fastback. VIN: 9K46R 108299. Candy Apple 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $9,625. Sold at no reserve. A good-looking car with a racy profile. The bigger issue is that the performance won’t match the visual hype. Sold right on the money.


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Carlisle, PA YOURCARS 1964 StUDEBAkER Avanti R2 Owner: Michael Jones, ACC subscriber from Fort Worth, TX Purchase date: 2010 Price: A gift Mileage since purchase: 1,000 Recent Work: Detail work, rebuilt radiator, rebuilt front brake calipers, replaced front brake pads AMERICANA #183-1936 PACKARD 120 convertible coupe. VIN: 9991310. White/tan canvas/ brown vinyl. Odo: 70,965 miles. In same ownership since 1970. Lustrous paint, very appealing color combo. Some peeling on back of hood. Brown pinstriping intact. Light scratches on headlamps. Packard radiator ornament. Chrome good with minor pitting. Soft top and cover are stained. Bench seating for two. Factory wheels with wide whitewalls. Fold-up luggage rack, rumble seat. Instruments retain vintage look. Door for glovebox, but nothing’s behind it except view of engine. Optional clock. Cond: 2. it could be realized without spending a lot. High bid was wishful thinking, as this should’ve brought at least another $10k. #206-1963 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISMO HAWK coupe. VIN: 63V32351. White/black vinyl. Odo: 49,622 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Reportedly an original car. Paint is mediocre; lots of small chips, peeling. Rust in paint, engine bay, door jambs, trunk, underside of hood. Panels straight. Chrome is average. Bubbles on rear bumper. Glass is good. Dual exhaust. Interior weather-beaten, but the sweet aircraft-style instrument display is a work of art. Carpets heavily soiled. With period AM radio, factory tach, power disc brakes, Dana rear end, front and rear sway bars. Engine ratty. Cond: 4-. Studebaker Avanti R2. It is factory-equipped with the 289 Studebaker engine, Paxton Supercharger and 4-speed transmission. My uncle in Dayton, OH, had owned the car since the mid-’70s. Being all fiberglass, it was a natural fit to be a garage mate to our Corvette. After I expressed interest in acquiring the car, it was given to me in late 2010. In December of 2011, we received notification our 1964 Avanti had been accepted for the 2012 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance. At the show in late February 2012, the Avanti was awarded a coveted Tiffany Crystal Excellence in Class Award. We have put over a thousand miles on the car since acquiring it. It is a major attentiongetter anywhere it goes. It is our plans the Avanti will remain in the family for the future.A My favorite car is our 1964 SOLD AT $40,700. Nice to see a classic from the mid-’30s here. I thought this 120 was let down by its parking spot under one of the tents. It would’ve been better appreciated in the early spring sunlight. High-quality examples have sold recently above $50k. Given our subject car’s well-aboveaverage condition, I’d have to call this well bought. #397-1959 NASH METROPOLITAN coupe. VIN: E62144. Red & white/black & white vinyl. Odo: 44,907 miles. 91-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Five-year-old restoration shows well, but not without flaws. Some swirling, chips and orange peel. Pitting on grille and front bumper. Scratches on rear bumper. Driver’s door fit off. Glass is good, moldings intact. Lining on underside of hard top has a few dirt spots, but no tears. Carpets are good. Bench seats look new. Service manual and parts catalog in clean trunk. Driver engine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $9,200. A car with a lot of needs and a lot of character. Seeing as these have been changing hands in the teens lately, a new owner would find himself underwater pretty quickly just bringing this project car up to decent condition. Fairly bid. #137-1971 AMC GREMLIN hatchback. VIN: A1A465E726369. Wild Plum/white vinyl. Odo: 73,175 miles. 232-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Newer restoration of an original car. Paint is a bit dull, but optional white side stripes add zing, perfect for a Gremlin. Interior looks fantastic with only minor issues. Rare manual sliding sunroof requires little effort. Optional sport mirror and electric wipers. Later-year AMC hubcaps. Stock AM radio. Spare tire. Valve cover and manifold painted light blue, contrasting nicely with rest of detailed engine bay. Reported to have correct drivetrain. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. An honest, cute, fun car, although with 55 hp, it’ll take a while to reach the beach. Not quite #1 condition, but 88 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $7,810. In single-family ownership all its life. Never could I picture myself taking a liking to an AMC, but this car did the trick. Price paid was above-market, approaching Gremlin X territory, but the condition and terrific color combo made this car special. A fair deal for both parties. A


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VICARI // Nocona, TX Vicari Nocona 2013 A 1963 SPLIT-WINDOW BIG-BRAKE FUELIE SOLD FOR $281K, AND A 1962 BIG-BRAKE FUELIE CONVERTIBLE SOLD FOR $162K Report and photos by Phil Skinner Market opinions in italics P ete Vicari and his crew have worked hard to establish their niche in the world of collector cars. Vicari, a self-proclaimed automotive addict since age 12, put his heart and soul into this new auction, held in a Texas town of which most outsiders have likely never heard: Nocona. Located about 100 miles north of down- town Dallas and 150 miles south of Oklahoma City, this little town was once renowned for its premium-quality cowboy boots. Sadly, the famous factory that produced those boots Vicari Auctions Nocona 2013 Nocona, TX April 20, 2013 Auctioneers: Joey Fortner, Tony Langdon Automotive lots sold/offered: 95/115 Sales rate: 83% Sales total: $2,623,331 High sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 coupe, sold at $280,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Fuelie coupe, sold at $280,800 closed in 1999, and today the plant sits idle and vacant. But a few years back, a local boy who made good, Pete Horton, returned to Nocona with a vision to revitalize the town with a vintage-automotive theme. He built an impressive brick building that resembles a 1950s-style car dealership to house his equally impressive collection of cars. The other Pete, Mr. Vicari, played a major role in assembling the collection, and it only seemed natural to bring an auction to town. They paved a vacant lot, pitched a tent, and the game was on. This one-day sale attracted bidders from as far away as Florida and California. Even Richard Rawlings of the hit reality TV show “Fast N’ Loud” attended the sale. There were camera crews everywhere, and the atmosphere was absolutely electric. But the cars were still the real attrac- 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Big-Brake Fuelie convertible, sold at $162,000 90 AmericanCarCollector.com tion, and there were many very impressive consignments. The run sheet was a delightful mix of muscle cars, street rods, customs, stock classics and fixer-uppers, all of which made this small-but-mighty sale enjoyable. Two “barn find” Corvettes headlined the show: A 1963 Split-Window Big-Brake Fuelie, well documented and basically as original as it gets, sold at $281k, while its stable-mate, a 1962 Big-Brake Fuelie convertible, came in with a rather strong $162k. Another barn-find car was the 1940 Lincoln Zephyr 3-window coupe, stored for many years, left pretty much in its “as-found” cosmetic condition, but with the engine put in running order. It sold for what seemed like a bargain at $48k. There were a few deals, such as a 1954 Buick Skylark sold at $108k, and a few surprises, such as a flawlessly executed 1970 Hemi ’Cuda replica sold at $87k. The auction itself was like a feeding frenzy, with a couple of dealers scooping up new inventory and a number of private sellers watching their prized possessions find new garages. When it was all through, both Petes were pleased. They signed a five-year deal, which includes the promise of a new indoor event center. The venue will be ready by next April, when Vicari Auctions returns to this sleepy little Texas town. A


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VICARI // Nocona, TX GM #S351-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1145020. Malibu Blue/white Colortex/two-tone blue leather. Odo: 719 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Miles are since restoration, completed at least 15 years ago. Great color combo, but has a few minor issues. Bodywork very good; some hazing chrome. All glass and plastics look good except for backlight, which shows minor scratches. Slight yellowing on those massive whitewalls. Cond: 2-. with love and care this could reach $20k. Very well bought. #S908-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57N138611. Matador Red/white Colortex/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 25 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fairly well built resto-mod. Bodywork decent and lines up well. Interior looks pure stock with modern stereo cleverly concealed. Done back in the mid-1990s, it has held up very well. Paint still deep with only a few microscratches noted. Glass clean, top fits snug all around. Underhood sanitary but has gained a bit of patina. Miles probably since work was done, which would indicate this car has mostly sat idle. Cond: 2. deck all aligned properly. Chrome trim has light to moderate pitting, rear bumper pushed to the right. Interior is original with some wear and tear, but presentable. Even the headliner looks good. Original eight-lug wheels. No PHS documents to confirm whether Tri-Power is original. Has heater, power steering and brakes, but no a/c. Lacks underhood detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $108,000. Many people, myself included, prefer the look of the 1954 Skylark over the 1953, and this color combination might make a hardcore Ford guy go a little GM. While this was a superb restoration when completed during the Clinton era, it’s now showing some patina, affecting value. I’ve have seen similar examples pull $150k by just looking a little fresher. Still, the seller seemed pleased with the bid, and the buyer can either enjoy one of the hottest Buicks ever built, or do a little cosmetic restoration and make a little profit. #S326-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR wagon. VIN: VC57A124928. Two-tone green/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 40,755 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. At first a pretty decent-looking wagon, but up close some aging is apparent. Older repaint in original colors. Interior all original except for a modern radio. Power steering, manual brakes. Has some door dings in the sheet metal, some issues on bright trim. Crazed plastic on horn ring and worst of all, the gauges, with odometer hard to read. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,150. This car has been around for a while, but it has a lot going for it. Even in this condition I expected a price closer to $20k, and under the right lights it might happen. Very well bought. SOLD AT $45,630. It seems ’57 Chevys are always in demand, and this was a fair price. Cleaned up and given a full reawakening, this car could possibly hit $70k–$75k. With the transplanted powertrain, it could be an excellent cruiser. One of the best-bought cars in this sale, but new owner will have to take a serious approach to getting it roadready. #S390-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F0054559. Breton Blue/white Colortex/white vinyl. Odo: 3,848 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Pleasing color. Bumper chrome in pretty good condition, some scuffing, lenses in good condition. Interior appears to be done on a budget; top from 2006. True miles unknown. Said to be in good working condition overall. Loaded car with all the expected power amenities. Factory a/c converted to R134A. Cond: 3+. #S907-1964 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 824P257167. Sunfire Red/black Colortex/black vinyl. Odo: 83,274 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration at least a decade ago starting to show its age. Hood color has faded. Interior soft trim holding up well. Rear window plastic has a couple of major scratches. Bumpers and side trim presentable. Minor pitting noted on rear valance, lenses decent with no crazing. Doors open and close with relative ease. Underhood clean but not spotless. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,120. With a little more time invested in detailing and replacing a few easy DIY items, this car would have popped and might have been stronger on the block. Tri-Five Chevys are iconic American automobiles, and wagons are sought-after. The new owner has a pretty decent ride, and 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $87,480. Only the 1959 can command a price in this range, and only in the right markets. Seller lifted his reserve around the $70k mark, which was wise. Bidders fought like a war had broken out, using wallets as weapons. A car of this condition bringing this money is a sign the market must be on its way up. #S325-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 363W34627. White/tan & brown vinyl. Odo: 69,806 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Decent all around. One older repaint in original colors. Doors, hood and SOLD AT $56,700. PHS documents verified this car’s original colors and equipment, which helped fuel the bidding. In recent months I have seen equal or better cars fail to get near this bid, and a number of those cars were called sold. This was very well sold. #S363-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138176A193569. White/red vinyl. Odo: 51,323 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetically and mechanically restored. Great eye appeal. Brightwork above par, with a number of new parts. Factory AM radio, heater and clock. Aftermarket gauges and upgraded seatbelts. Enthusiastowned, apparently driven on occasion, as there are a couple of minor chips in the front paint. 3.31:1 rear axle ratio and M20 transmission make this a fun ride. Seems to run out well. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY


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VICARI // Nocona, TX SOLD AT $44,820. One of the most popular muscle cars of all time. While this was a real-deal SS, there was no mention of matching numbers. The workmanship is what carried this car to a new owner, and the seller should be pleased with the money raised. #S337-1969 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494879H936058. Azure Blue/ black vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 91,940 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well appointed for the day, including all power amenities, steering, brakes, windows, driver’s seat, 8-track player, center console and gauge package. Older high-quality respray in original color. Has some wear chrome acne, other bright trim fogging up. Glass is good. One wheel center cap was missing. Scary under the hood, but starts and runs out well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,180. This would be perfect for an evening cruise, as long as you kept moving and didn’t let the other guys have a chance for a close inspection. The throwntogether appearance might have turned off some buyers, but the reserve was lifted at $7,500 and bidding got hotter. These little Novas are a great base for ultimate performance, and I think this might be reborn into a quality street machine. SS and big-block rat motor helped drive the final price to this healthy result. Very well sold. #S314-1986 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS pickup. VIN: 3GCCW80H5GS907538. Dark burgundy & silver/burgundy velour. Odo: 73,745 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mostly original car wearing factory paint. Some wear and tear, odd little stress cracks on driver’s door, bed looks like it’s done some heavy hauling, now touched up. Soft trim is unmolested. Lower windshield trim shows some surface rust. Light wiper marks on windshield. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $102,600. While this car was just a little short of NCRS condition, it wouldn’t take much to bring it up, like trying to find a proper radio. Bidder interest was strong, and reserve was lifted when bidding hit $90k, a little long on the last couple $2,500 jumps, but when the hammer came down, the new owner was quite pleased. Seller was happy with the final result also. These late C1s have seen ups and downs and appear to be on a rebound—I believe they will lead the pack for recovery on all Corvettes. #S905-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S100928. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 58,758 miles. 327-ci 360hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Barn-find car delivered in primer, painted British Racing Green by first owner, painted black by second owner, then stored away. Factory Fuelie and Big-Brake car. Hard top only. Driver’s door has loose inside panel. Some minor wiper marks on windshield. Chrome has seen better days but is original to the car. Underhood basically original. Some serious scratches on top of roof. Rear windows have some minor crazing and fogging. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,340. This generation of Buick’s personal luxury car seems to lag behind both the previous and succeeding generations. The most expensive Riviera in the ACC Premium Database sold for $29k at Mecum’s June 2012 sale in Little Rock (ACC# 210470). Due to high cost of repair and parts availability, the value for a lessthan-perfect car takes a big hit. Correctly bought and sold. #S311-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr sedan. VIN: 113270W388635. Pearl White/ black vinyl. Odo: 79,057 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Custom job with non-original engine, interior and wheels. Workmanship on the shoddy side overall. Paint is flaking, especially in the drip rails; waves in lower body panels; visible damage on right rear quarter. Pioneer stereo in dash, interior done cheap and cheerful. Engine sounds strong. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,480. While these later muscle trucks are still just valued as “used cars,” they’re certainly worth preserving. The build quality of these last El Caminos was pretty good, and even with the miles shown (true miles are unknown), this example has held up well. Market-correct price. CORVETTE #S904-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S102897. Roman Red & Ermine White/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 24,128 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored around 2006, holding up well. Paint shows very light micro-scratches, chrome is deep and smooth. Underhood clean, but decals showing a little aging. Proper parts used throughout, including chrome radio shield. Modern tape deck in dash, deck-lid sits a bit high. Original clock, tach and speedometer all clean, clear and bright. Glass is clean, no marks or chips. Wears spinner wheelcovers with correct whitewalls. Best of all is the smooth purr from under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $162,000. As one of just 246 RPO 687 Big-Brake cars produced, this is probably one of the more original cars out there. (It would have been the Holy Grail if only the owner had specified the Big Tank, too.) Price paid was well within market, and another indication of rising Corvette values. #S906-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S120130. Saddle Tan/ brown vinyl. Odo: 38,495 miles. 327-ci 360hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Car has never been taken apart, now coming out of near 20-year hibernation. Paint showing its age, chrome has some minor pitting, but original low miles seem to match wear and tear. Shows minor stress around left headlight opening. Underhood all in order. Big Brakes reportedly never touched. No sign of leaks or other mechanical issues. Weatherstripping a bit dry. A little detailing would make this car pop. Cond: 3-. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com


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VICARI // Nocona, TX SOLD AT $280,800. This is the type of car a dedicated collector could only dream of. This car and Lot S905, the ’62 Big-Brake Fuelie, were both consigned relatively late and probably helped attract more bidders. Reserve was lifted just north of $200k, and bidding kept going. One of the fiercest bidding battles I’ve seen in quite some time. This car should do well on the NCRS circuit. For the new owner, it should do well on returns of investment. #S401-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ22JXR5800338. Black/gray leather. Odo: 6,229 miles. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. An extremely well-maintained car. Very minor microscratches probably no worse than delivered. Glass and body panels perfect. No wear on seats or pedals, floor covering looks new. Wheels and tires also clean. Underhood all in order; some labels and decals were showing a bit of age, but hoses and belts look brand new. Cond: 2+. Lincoln Zephyr is not recognized as a Full Classic (its brother the Continental is). Despite that, this design is one of the hottest Art-Deco vehicles ever produced, and their values skyrocketed a couple of years ago. This example needed a lot, but the money it brought was well in line with market. Interesting in that it wasn’t rodded. Could be a “preservation” class contender with some sympathetic freshening. #S903-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL club coupe. VIN: 8H178698. Valley Green/ tan broadcloth. Odo: 82,539 miles. An alloriginal car coming out of years of storage, presented in “barn find” condition. Not washed or cleaned. Factory paint sports a few minor dents, especially along rockers. Chrome pitted but complete. Factory radio, heater, clock and Motor Minder. Weatherstrip dry and ready to fall off. Underhood in running order, but essentially in as-found condition. Hubcaps and trim rings with really old tires. Not ready for the road, but ready to be sold. Cond: 4-. dash-pad. Has power steering and brakes, Magnum 500 wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,072. All spiffed up with decent cosmetics and mechanicals, this car could do gangbusters, well into the high $30k range. But as it sat, there was much to be done, and the price raised was about all the seller could hope for. #S340-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA replica convertible. VIN: BH27G0B236062. Blue/black Colortex/black vinyl. Odo: 6,497 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Serial number is the only clue that it’s not the real deal. Not sure where the engine was sourced from, but workmanship is very good. Excellent paint, chrome and glass. Has proper Rallye wheels and Wide Oval radials (even if not the proper brand). Shaker hood, pistol-grip shifter, power steering and brakes. Only major issues are the ill-fitting rear wing, and the back bumper shifted to the right a fraction of an inch. Still a remarkable re-creation of a sought-after muscle car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,960. This was truly one of the best-looking ZR-1s I have seen at auction, and the black paint showed off the very nice bodywork. With the low miles, I see this car earning awards and honors, not to mention increasing values. Well bought and sold. FOMOCO #S902-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR 3-window coupe. VIN: H93465. Burgundy/tan stripe cloth. Odo: 37,373 miles. Sharp, untouched coupe with some major fading and other issues after many years stored in a garage. Interior in decent condition. Wearing fender skirts. 1975 New Mexico sticker on windshield shows it was in regular use for nearly 40 years. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,740. A lot of interest in this car up to about $10k, then only two bidders, and one was a well-known member of carrelated reality program. Unsure if it will be brought back to stock with a complete, expensive restoration, or cleaned up and made ready for “preservation” exhibitions or rat-rodded with a crate 350 under the hood. Whichever, this price was very fair, although I thought it would do as much as $10k more. Well bought. MOPAR #S361-1966 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: PP23G62124721. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 89,415 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint has seen better days but isn’t all that bad. Shows a few bright trim dings and pitted chrome. Plastics show some crazing. Interior clean and complete, but some rust coming up under SOLD AT $87,480. A magnificent price for a replica, although I’m sure build costs cut deep into the profit margin. One might think it was 2007 all over again from the interest in this car. Good sale. #S342-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23N0E101304. Black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,153 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers-matching drivetrain, paint color is factory-correct and kind of rare. Looks great on first viewing, but little things need attention. With power steering and front disc brakes, AM radio, aftermarket fog lights. Said to be a California car until recently. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $48,060. This car had great looks, and the auction house made it run, which it did well. Sadly, the V12-powered 96 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $64,800. A rather strong price compared with the $40k–$50k I was expecting. Is Mopar Muscle magic really back in full strength? When it hit $50k, two new bidders jumped in, and it was a four-way race to the end. Well sold. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at eight auctions Collector Car Productions the toronto Spring Classic Car Auction toronto, Ontario — April 12–14, 2013 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Ed Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 189/292 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $4,151,007 High sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, sold at $182,631 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Norm Mort Hollywood Wheels the Palm Beach Auction the top seller at Mecum’s kansas City auction — 1936 Ahrens-Fox fire truck, sold at $132,500 Mecum Auctions kansas City 2013 kansas City, MO — April 25–27, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moavec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 446/699 Sales rate: 64% High sale: 1936 Ahrens-Fox fire truck, sold at $132,500 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 for $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Mecum Auctions Houston 2013 Houston, tX — April 4–6, 2013 Auctioneers: Bobby McGlothlen, Jimmy Landis, Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman Automotive lots sold/offered: 738/993 Sales rate: 74% Sales total: $25,118,065 High sale: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $235,400 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 for $5,500 to $9,999; 7% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Silver Auctions Portland 2013 Portland, OR — April 12–13, 2013 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 96/197 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $856,796 High sale: 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner, sold at $32,130 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeremy Da Rosa 98 AmericanCarCollector.com West Palm Beach, FL — March 22–23, 2013 Auctioneer: Scotty Adcock Automotive lots sold/offered: 141/249 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $6,290,760 High sale: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, sold at $619,500 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Ian Gail James G. Murphy Co. kenmore, WA — March 16, 2013 Auctioneer: Joe Parypa Automotive lots sold/offered: 166/166 Sales rate: 100% High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top, sold at $35,000 No buyer’s premium Report and photos by Jack Tockston Branson Auctions the Branson Auction Branson, MO — April 12–13, 2013 Auctioneers: Wade Cunningham, Jim Nichols Automotive lots sold/offered: 118/190 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $2,516,714 High sale: 1976 Lincoln “Gotham Cruiser” Batmobile replica, sold at $172,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson RM Auctions the Don Davis Collection Fort Worth, tX — April 27, 2013 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered: 64/64 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $21,230,500 High American sale: 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $1,001,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Lyons SOLD AT $104,860. One of the top-selling customs of the auction. The truck market is hot, especially in Texas, but this one is so much more than just a truck. Fresh off of an 18-month build, it was used at the SEMA show last year. The body and paintwork were outstanding, especially the continuity of the flames as they transitioned both onto the exterior of the hood and into the engine bay. It is not uncommon to see top-flight examples reach $100k, and this one was well worth the money paid. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #S130-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1097299. Black/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 4,302 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 836 produced for ’54. Welldocumented restoration. Long list of awards. Beautiful paint, small flaw on right front fender is difficult to spot. Excellent chrome. Good rubber and glass. Exquisite red leather has seen very little use. Nailhead V8 just as tidy as one would expect. Absolute show-stopper. Cond: 1-. GM #S180.1-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 5HPD12154. Black & blue/tan leather. 502-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Incredible flawless deep black paint with blue flames. Frame-up customization. Very tasteful body lines with only the cab being original. Panel fit is excellent. Interior shows virtually no use. Flame job continues into the engine compartment beautifully. Every visible nut and bolt appeares to be new. A show-stopper. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $149,800. Values on top-quality first-generation Skylarks have remained constant for many years. Back in the early 2000s, it was unheard of for one to break the century mark. This car last sold for $140k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2012 (ACC# 193086). The car was well bought there, considering the quality.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Here, the price was market-correct. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. 001. Elysian Green/green cloth/green leather. Odo: 68,307 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Meticulous concours restoration of the first pre-production Biarritz convertible. From the minds of Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, Ed Glowacke and Ron Hill. Verified by both GM and CLSC. Used extensively for promotional purposes. Cond: 1-. 2 #458-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: auto. Frame-off build, age unknown. Show paint has minor garage rash, deep scratches brush-filled. Gaps off on right door. Rear bumper lightly scratched, front mint, excellent glass. Gold trunk emblems, dual exhaust, chassis shows dusty use. Showroom underhood, chromed Chevy 383 stroker (425 hp claimed), fat aluminum “Be Cool” radiator, electric fuel pump, Vintage Air. Gray cloth interior. Digital and analog gauges. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. A phone bidder wanted this car badly, increasing the bids in huge increments before eventually taking the car home. Very well sold at nearly twice market. RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 04/13. #225-1957 PONTIAC SAFARI 2-dr wagon. VIN: C757H13159. Green & white/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 87,530 miles. 347-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Single-family ownership since new and totally unrestored. Okay paint with rust on quarter-panels and blemishes elsewhere, especially roof. Swirly brightwork present and straight. Interior looks good for age of car, especially dash, although driver’s floorpan needs replacing (good one in cargo area). Engine bay tidy and clean, leaky rear main reported. Needs TLC and a barrel of repairs, but solid and straight. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $619,500. A hugely significant car with complete documentation, restored to equally impressive standards. It earned an impressive price, too. Well bought and sold. Hollywood Wheels, West Palm Beach, FL, 03/13. #S90.1-1957 CHEVROLET 150 Black Widow replica 2-dr sedan. VIN: A57K10 8393. Black & white/black vinyl & white cloth. Odo: 17,050 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A tribute to Chevrolet’s 1957 factory-built NASCAR racer. Frame-off restored with period-correct details. Deep black paint has small crack on roof. Slight masking lines on side window trim. Small delamination spot on passenger’s door vent window. Door gasket rubber looks new. Driver’s seat fabric a little worn. Tidy engine bay with correct appearance; 350 replicates a 283 with Rochester fuel injection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,000. With 425 hp claimed, 6-disc CD changer, a/c and automatic transmission, this was a flashy cruiser, aging but still show-worthy. It was first on the block at noon before a standing-room-only crowd; Bidding zipped to low estimate and sold to applause. Seemed a fair value to buyer, seller and knowledgeable audience. James G. Murphy Co., Kenmore, WA, 03/13. #108-1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 J-2 convertible. VIN: 579A04375. Yellow/white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 41,660 miles. 371ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Attractive color combination. Older restoration still showing reasonably well. Usual slight door gap issues and other little items showing age of restoration. Very nice paint and trim. Perfect chrome. Interior mostly excellent with very slight wear the biggest concern. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,340. Another one-family special, this sale was clearly worth it for the seller. While an original car (and rare: two doors!), there’s a lot to repair and replace here. Having said that, the buyer was obviously willing to spend—and who am I to argue with a factory 4-speed auto from ‘57? Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/13. #103-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 21637S294496. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Phenomenally well-restored car detailed to highest show standards. Perfect paint, chrome and trim. Tremendous presence. Virtually untouched interior far better than new. Perfect engine bay. Mirror-finished underside. All documentation included as well. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $110,000. Previously unsold at a final bid of $90k at Mecum Dallas in 2011 (ACC# 189994). Sold here at low estimate. The cost of doing this car was probably higher than the price paid. SOLD AT $50,825. Last seen at Mecum Indy 2012, where it no-saled at $30k (ACC# 204542). Since the original car was unavailable to the public, it is uncertain how many actual Black Widows ever existed. Another tribute sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2011 for $36k, making this one well sold. See the profile on p. 44. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #201-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57K164413. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 65,388 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, July-August 2013 99 TOP 10


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EXPERT’S TIP GLOBAL ROUNDUP Low miles or not? It seems too good to be true — a cool ’66 Mustang convertible in great shape with next to no miles on the clock. But it’s 47 years old. Is it the real deal, or has that odometer been modified? At an auction, the description card text is provided by the seller. Most auction companies include a disclaimer along with it that states they’re not responsible if the car isn’t as advertised. So it’s on you to decide if what you’re looking at is what the seller says it is. Here are a couple of quick tips to help you figure out if the car you’re looking at is as minty as claimed: 1. Pedal wear. OK, so a car shows only 8,000 miles from new. Look at the brake (and clutch, if equipped) pedals for foot wear. Have they been worn down? Consider that a red flag. Also, if they’re new enough to show mold release, they’re probably reproductions. Why would the seller replace parts with only 8,000 miles? 2. Paint lines. Pop the hood and check out where the front fenders mount to the inner body panels. Do you see any tape lines here? Look at the heads of the bolts. Have they been turned? How about the windshield and back glass weatherstripping. New? A car that’s been apart is not always a red flag — especially if the seller discloses a recent resto. But I’d still want to know why a low-miles car needed it, especially with an increased interest in originality in this market. 3. Chassis wear. Take a look underneath and check out the front suspension, rear suspension and rubber bushings. Everything should be relatively clean, but aged. Fresh paint, or fresh undercoating, should make you wary. — Jim Pickering 100 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $22,000. This was the model that started John DeLorean’s ascent in the car business long before his freefall. The one here was Resale Red, sat right and got lots of attention. I wondered if the hood hinges would wear out from attendees admiring the Tri-Power. Cosmetically, its needs were minor. Fair price to buyer and seller. James G. Murphy Co., Kenmore, WA, 03/13. #S166.1-1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS Nickey 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138378K172146. Ermine White & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 7,124 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Registered and certified by the Nickey Registry. Frame-off restored. Paint chip in trunk recess. Dry spray noted near driver’s door; otherwise, very even paint. Shiny brightwork; scratches in stainless below windshield. Little wear inside. Interior door-handle-surrounds are well worn and obviously overlooked in restoration. Engine SOLD AT $13,000. This was a straight, clean, one-owner pickup in surviving original condition. Built at GM’s plant in Oshawa, Canada, this rig had a life of garaged leisure from new. At first I thought it was a respray, but close inspection revealed no freshening at all. This crowd loved the originality, and bidding was active. Well bought and sold, with a nod to the buyer. James G. Murphy Co., Kenmore, WA, 03/13. #S61-1974 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO Classic pickup. VIN: 1D80R4R438455. Turquoise metallic & white/black cloth. Odo: 38,792 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed essentially original and showing actual miles. Light paint touch-up with a brush on cracks. Slight hue shift on white headlight nacelles. Good door and panel fit. Slight old-car smell inside, but not overpowering. Hard to discern any wear on the seats. Re-dyed pinchweld molding, with overspray on door jambs. With optional power steering and brakes, a/c, AM radio. Cond: 3+. As such, I have to call it a bargain. RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 04/13. #205-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr sedan. VIN: 824P128130. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 61,386 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Competent repaint peeling on left rear. Good bumpers, aluminum trim tarnished, fake hood-scoop chrome pitted. Steel wheels, full hubcaps, Redline tires. Hood fit wide on right, other gaps per GM. Red vinyl interior is either good original or older repop. Dash good, steering wheel cracked, factory tunes. Dirty engine compartment offset somewhat by Tri-Power induction. Straight with minor details waiting. Cond: 3+. GLOBAL ROUNDUP bay is exceptionally well detailed with a few correct chrome accents. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,125. Correct restoration with a long list of Nickey additions that were original to the car. The new owner bought into an exclusive club for little more than you’d pay for a nicely restored Chevelle SS. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #215-1972 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CCE142J115110. Two-tone green/green vinyl. Odo: 71,151 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Long-bed Fleetside in factory colors. Garaged since new, matching numbers. Driver’s door out at bottom, no evidence of bodywork. All glass good, trim and grille shiny, box (with light scratches) holds original white-painted wheels and tires. Later wheels with trim rings fitted. Factory camper package, large white mirrors on doors. Original interior near mint with very light wear; perfect dash. Engine stock, light dust, no leaks. Beautiful condition despite 40 birthdays. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP QUICKTAKE the mid-1960s, Chrysler lavished performance resources on its mid-sized “B-body” platform. Road Runners and GTXs powered by Hemis and Wedge V8s gained iconic status, and over the decades to come, countless Satellites and Belvederes sacrificed their panels and parts as donor cars, or were rebadged and re-engined as replicas. 1966 Plymouth Satellite As the tire-smoking muscle-car movement gained momentum in SOLD at $20,520 Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, April 12, 2013, Lot 243 Sometimes it seems like car guys have forgotten about the hundreds of thousands of cars purchased as simple grocery-getters. And even when we cross paths with one — such as this Satellite — we just can’t shake the hunch that there’s a rumbling Hemi under the hood. This car showed an un- believable 15k miles on the odometer, but backed up with thorough documentation. Condition was original and very good throughout, with just light paint touch-ups. The Certicard showed that the original buyer was Mildred Block of Pasadena, CA. (What was that song lyric?) The unremarkable 361-ci V8 (factory markings still visible) was not an “economy” engine choice, but was far down the totem pole of engine options for 1966. So, the car checks all the boxes for a “preservation” piece: unrestored, unmodified, low miles, well maintained, well documented. And it’s rare, if only due to the naturally high attrition rate of utilitarian modes of transport. But the term “utilitarian” is contrary to the Mopar legacy (unlike the legacy of, say, VWs and pickup trucks) and will forever limit value. Kudos to the quirky collector who can enjoy this car as-is. For the buyer unable to resist the temptation of an easily bolted-in 383 or 440, I know you’ll find the full support of your ACC brethren. (The old mill can go under the work bench.) Either way, I think this was a special car, and it was well bought. A —Tony Piff SOLD AT $346,500. This car no-saled at $180k at Mecum Indy 2011 (ACC# 179320). Before that, it sold for $248k at Worldwide Auburn 2010 (ACC# 166401). These felt the impact of the recent recession, falling from fairly consistent results in the $300k–$400k range to struggling at even $150k. This was a refreshing result, fair to both buyer and seller. RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 04/13. Saddle Tan/tan leather. Odo: 53,443 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Realdeal ‘63 Fuelie with everything needed to prove it. Very good restoration to NCRS standards. Very slight door gap variances. Perfect paint and trim. Interior equally well done. Show-detailed engine. Lots of documentation. Cond: 2+. 10 #109-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S11508. SOLD AT $9,000. The 1973–77 “colonnade” A-body GMs sold exceptionally well for GM—this was the era when the bestselling car in the U.S. was the Oldsmobile Cutlass—but they have been ignored by the generations before (die-hard muscle fans) and after (younger performance fans seeking an inexpensive RWD coupe). Well-kept lower-mile ones like this that have not been junked up will appreciate. A decent buy in the long run. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. CORVETTE 3 #125-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F00 1274. White/red leather. Odo: 45,751 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Nice factory-quality restoration. Usual minor door gap issues, but likely better than factory original. Some slight paint prep issues. Beautiful interior. Show-detailed engine bay and underside. Instruments and controls all perfect. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,500. This car generated a 102 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP palpable buzz in the room, as it was a SplitWindow and a great one at that. Sold at a very strong number, but go find another as well documented and restored. RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 04/13. #SP118-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S109299. Silver & black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 64,907 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint, but prep issues and sanding marks galore. Decent chrome with wear on door handles. Driver’s seat switched with slightly worn, cracked passenger’s bucket. Fully painted underhood with minimal wear. Side exhaust, Redline tires. Matching numbers with comprehensive history file. No reserve. Cond: 2-. could push it off the block. Well sold and fairly bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S225-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3257T5600908. Blue/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 81,312 miles. 5.7-L supercharged V8, supercharger, 6-sp. Fitted with aftermarket Procharger supercharger and exhaust. The latter has a rather robust note; the former sounds like it has a dry bearing. Decent original paint, with light wear. Older tires. Aftermarket faux-wood interior trim kit, polished stainless door sill protectors. Light seat wear. Generally tidy under the hood. Cond: 3. suggests the car has actually spent time on the road. Duplication would clean out a healthy bank account. Very well bought. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #470-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: E7FH395594. Azure Blue/ Azure Blue hard top/white leather. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. “$150,000 restoration.” Good paint, good leather interior in correct design replaces original vinyl. Chrome and stainless all good. Poor trunk shut-lines. Good power options. On Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels with whitewall tires. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $86,424. Last sold for $79k at RM’s 2008 Toronto sale (ACC# 118487). Documentation here included restoration photos, the original warranty booklet and Protect-O-Plate, the original owner’s manual, radio-operating instructions and tirechanging instructions. Money was about spot-on considering overall condition, but owner should do well in the long run. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN 04/13. #S60-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “Indy Festival” convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3389L5110429. Turquoise metallic/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 43,002 miles. 5.7-L 250-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Delivered new to Chevrolet’s Central Office as one of 80 “Indy Festival” cars. Claimed essentially original with actual miles. Well-kept paint and graphics. Heavier and uneven front tire wear. Interior wear commensurate with age and miles. Cleaned-up engine bay. Usedcar undercarriage. Equipped with Preferred Equipment Group 1, Delco-Bose music system and performance rear axle. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,200. Said to be one of 53 drop-top Grand Sports with red leather. Originally ran on Friday to a $25k no-sale against a stated $30k reserve. When it reran late on Saturday, the reserve was dropped at $20k, and immediately thereafter, the hammer was as well. Generous, considering that this was ridden harder than most we see. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. FOMOCO #F249-1948 FORD coupe. VIN: 899A296464. Orange/orange leather. 4.6-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Former street rod magazine feature car. Multiple award winner. All-steel body with suicide doors. Older custom paint holding up well, with a few touch-ups. Interior matches the outside color scheme. Peek-a-boo opening in trunk floor to show off all-chrome suspension. Well-executed custom bodywork. Visible adhesive strips behind body trim. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,625. This car recently sold for $91k at Mecum Dallas in September 2012, which we called “a win for buyer and seller” (ACC# 213118). But why didn’t they get those trunk shut-lines perfect? Well sold today. Hollywood Wheels, West Palm Beach, FL, 03/13. #159-1959 FORD GALAXIE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: H9RW194513. Aqua/aqua retractable hard top/blue & white cloth. Odo: 43,410 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent restoration and great color scheme. Excellent functioning retractable top. Excellent panel fit. Great paint prep and finish. Interior lovely, with nothing ignored in restoration effort. Engine show-detailed, undercarriage just as presentable. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,500. The pace car in 1990 was the Chevy Beretta, so Corvettes were pressed into service for the Festival parade. This would be an interesting piece for the Corvette collector who thinks he has everything, but the new owner needs to get it to an alignment shop that knows C4s before having new hoofs put on. Offered at no reserve, and bidding came on faster than they 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $42,800. The craftsmanship and attention to detail were amazing. The chopped top and frenching were tastefully executed, and the modern Lincoln powerplant preserved the Ford lineage between old and new. A slightly worn steering wheel SOLD AT $52,250. I did not intend to review this car, but the condition kept drawing me in. These come to auction often, and it seems virtually all of them have issues of some sort, with an unrealistic owner hoping to shoot the moon. This car had it all in terms of looks, colors, quality of restoration and function. Sold just at low estimate and a bit of a bargain. RM Auctions, Fort Worth, TX, 04/13. #227-1963 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN wagon. VIN: 3J72X127385. Beige/tan vinyl. Odo: 2,978 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $16,050. Although the factory specifications were mild, this presented well and earned high marks for proper preservation. The paint shone as though the car was just a few years old, and the interior showed nicer than some restorations. Condition and originality helped the seller get top dollar. Well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #T173-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H9E121451. Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 57,813 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presented as a frame-up restoration; no word when. Older repaint with some fading. Scuffs on matte hood stripe. Bubbles on roof, trunk and cowl. Pitted chrome with dull areas and stainless scratches. Dirty worn carpets. Vinyl seat material in good condition. Splintered plastic speedo window. Cond: 4-. #S136-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH23C0E111698. Lemon Yellow Twist/black leather. 528-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fresh resto-mod rotisserie restoration with many nice touches. Excellent paint shows little wear. New rubber and trim. Really nice panel fit. Highly detailed engine bay with aftermarket aluminum Hemi. Very clean underside with lots of suspension upgrades and steering rack. Larger wheels and tires over upgraded big brakes. Inside features all-new interior with upgraded gauges and a/c. Some material bunching in the door jambs where leather panels are wrapped. Cond: 1-. #227-1954 KAISER SPECIAL “Early” 2-dr sedan. VIN: K545012312. Cream & green/ tan vinyl. Odo: 11,972 miles. 226 ci, 2-bbl, 3-sp. “Mechanically and cosmetically restored.” Good paint, original chrome showing age. Original older interior holding up OK. Door trim partially missing. Equipped with overdrive. Fog lights fitted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $27,825. Said to be one of 325 built; 18 believed to survive. Formerly of Ralph Wescott Collection. Good eyeball, but far from perfect car. The Kaiser market is a niche market, and this car sold very well. Hollywood Wheels, West Palm Beach, FL, 03/13. SOLD AT $20,330. The 383 and automatic will never bring the big Mopar bucks, but all things considered, this was not a terrible buy for an entry-level muscle car. There is still some value to be unlocked by spending money in the right areas. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. #SP123-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23GOB10 - 8685. Lime green/black vinyl. Odo: 6,153 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older rotisserie restoration. Paint and chrome with few flaws despite age. All-black interior still looks fresh. Engine, drivetrain and suspension recently detailed. A very clean example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,300. Very nice ’Cuda restomod with close attention to detail. Price paid would be entry-level for a numbers-matching Hemi car, but for this custom creation— and considering that it sold for $67k at Mecum Indy in May 2012 (ACC# 206030)— have to call it very well sold. Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 04/13. AMERICANA #287-1936 PACKARD 120 resto-mod convertible. VIN: 165154. Viper Red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 916 miles. 383-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Listed as a “recent frame-off” restoration, and I believe it. Balanced and blueprinted engine, Lokar shifter, all the power options, custom dashboard, coil-over front end with nine-inch rear, Coker whitewall tires, a/c. Cond: 1-. #209-1969 AMC JAVELIN SST 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9C797X181282. Red, white & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 84,487 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional red-white-blue paint scheme appears original. Minor road rash on front bumper, rear pitted. Cragar chrome mags, soiled white-letter tires, stainless mud guards. Faux-black scoops, hood gaps a hair wide. Driver’s door glass held in place with helicopter tape. Original vinyl interior remarkably good. Engine stock under dirt, chrome valve covers, no leaks. Power steering and brakes, no a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,048. This clone T/A was originally a 1970 318-ci V8 Challenger from the southern U.S. Now with all the T/A features, it was less than half the price of a real one. Call it a driver, well bought considering all its virtues and quality. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN 04/13. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $175,350. A resto-mod that fetched so much more than an authentic and original example. Really well sold. Hollywood Wheels, West Palm Beach, FL, 03/13. SOLD AT $12,500. The tri-color paint got less attention than the hood scoops, and no one believed me when I said they were original and correct. Aside from the driver’s window issue, this was a relatively straight piece of history that just needed a cleanup and some tweaks. I hope the new owner knows Javelins won multiple Trans Am championships in the early ‘70s. Well sold but fair. James G. Murphy Co., Kenmore, WA, 03/13. A


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country # K179—Jenkins’ Custom 750 CFM Carburetor. 1 photo. Item condition: Used. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN. “Jenkins’ custom-built, two 2-barrel carbs welded together to make 750 cfm carb.” Sold at $2,006. Easily the coolest single piece in the Grumpy Jenkins Collection and demonstrative of his mechanical-engineering expertise. There isn’t much of a comparison with other carbs, outside of an original Barry Grant prototype — maybe. With that, I’ll call it fairly bought and sold. # S88.1—2008 Chevrolet ZL1 Engine. 10 photos. Item Condition: New. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN. “Brand new. Seller is original owner/dealer. 427-ci, 430-hp anniversary edition ZL1. Number 053 of 427. Only 427 engines produced before Chevrolet retired the tooling. Individually numbered with matching leather jacket. Original crate included. Water pump, fuel pump and starter are included options. Aluminum pistons for 9.5:1 final compression ratio. Aluminum oval port heads have a 110cc combustion chamber. 1.7:1 aluminum roller rockers. Plaque and fender badges included.” Sold at $15,515. This engine cost from $22k to $26k brand new. Why not save $10k at auction? This buyer was in the right place at the right time. Next time we’ll see one at this price, there will be a lot more miles on it. Well bought. # 321108740512—1970–71 Ford Torino GT Window Louvers. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors, Sumter, SC. “Nice original OEM 1970–71 Torino GT rear-window louvers. They are straight with no dents. Hinges, holddown pins and slides are all in good condition. We will ship within the continental U.S. only or they can be picked up here (Sumter, SC). No cracks, no dents, no reserve. They will be packaged very carefully.” 14 bids. Sold at $2,225.09. Look all you want; it’ll be a tall task finding another set in decent condition. Well bought. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com # Z330—Ford Tri-Power Intake and Carburetors. 1 photo. Item condition: Used. Mecum Auctions, Houston, 04/13. “Ford 390/428 intake, carburetors, air cleaner and valve covers.” Sold at $950. Some aftermarket companies offer triple-carb combo kits for the Ford 390/428. Those are available for just under $3k and without valve covers. The only question here is do the carbs need to be rebuilt? If not, this was an excellent buy.


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# 230948476438—1971 Mopar 440 Six Pack Complete Engine. 12 photos. Item condition: Rebuilt. eBay Motors, Tamaqua, PA. “Full rebuild. All new Mopar parts: Roller timing chain, new high-volume oil pump, purple stripe cam, six pack rods, forged crank, high-volume fuel pump. Never started. Complete from pulleys to clutch — bell housing etc. Cannot build a nicer motor for this price. Complete your restoration today.” 18 bids. Sold at $7,800. You can buy a nice motor at this price — it just won’t be a Mopar unit. Almost all the accessories come on the block, so this is just about plug and play. It’s a good deal because of that. Fairly bought. # K175—Grumpy’s Personal Snap-On Tool Box with Tools. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN. “This red, free-standing, Snap-On brand tool box was the personal go-to of one of the most historically significant engine builders of all time. Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins kept and used this 13-drawer unit in his Pennsylvania garage since he first acquired it in the late 1960s. Each drawer is filled with the various tools and instruments found to be most useful by a man whom most considered a true mechanical genius. With its authentic wear marks from near daily use, along with its decorated surfaces littered with stickers and plaques from the NHRA Nationals, Winter Nationals, Spring Nationals and Gator Nationals, this dream conversation piece is the perfect addition for any home garage. A truly one-of-a-kind piece of racing history, this personalized tool box is undoubtedly one of the most significant items being offered from Grumpy’s Estate collection.” Sold at $23,600. There is no way to duplicate this kind of drag-racing history and no point in comparing it with an equivalent set of new tools and boxes. Well bought for those reasons. Well sold for getting over $23k for old stickers and used hand tools. Do you think Snap-On will honor any warranty claims? A The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 817.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! July-August 2013 109


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers). Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS wagon new wheels with Nitto mud terrain tires. Just in from Arizona. Only going up in value. $29,995. Iowa Auto Outlet, 515.986.0902, Email: aarons@ iowaautooutlets.com Web: www.iowaautooutlets.com (IA) CORVETTE S/N 136460K137846. Blue/blue. 53,361 miles. V8, automatic. 400-ci V8 engine w/ supercharger, TH400 automatic transmission, 3:23 posi rear, power steering and brakes, dual exhaust, factory air conditioning. This is the SS wagon Chevrolet should have made— but never did. $29,995. Iowa Auto Outlet, 515.986.0902, Email: aarons@iowaautooutlets.com Web: www.iowaautooutlets.com (IA) 1971 Chevrolet K10 4x4 shortbox pickup 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe Nassau Blue/bright blue. V8, 4-spd manual. Very nice big-block Corvette with the original 427/425 engine, transmission, rear end. New Al Knoch interior, power antenna, AM/FM radio, repro knockoffs and new Goldlines. Price is firm. $67,500. Contact Edward, 631.484.6337, Email: oldnelle@ optonline.net (NY) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N KE141Z645465. Hugger Orange/black. 82,676 miles. V8, automatic. 4x4, 350-ci V8 engine, automatic transmission, fully restored. Rebuilt engine, transmission and transfer case, fresh Hugger Orange paint on a rust-free body, brand- 110 AmericanCarCollector.com Green/green. V8, 3-spd automatic. Absolutely stunning restoration on a rust-free 10-out-of-10 Arizona car. Ten factory options including air conditioning, console, disc brakes, radio, power steering, dual exhaust, 302 4-bbl, deluxe wheels, power top with glass window, plus more. Numerous NW first place awards. $55,000. Contact Terry, 604.614.2228, (BC) (CAN) 1979 Ford Mustang Indy Pace Car Green/black. 105,181 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. Fourowner Oregon car. 200-ci six/ auto. Stock paint. SSBC front disc brake kit. 8-inch, 5-lug rear with new brakes. Vintage 15-inch Torq Thrusts w/new BFG T/As. $8,700. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1968 Ford Mustang convertible vintage American Torq Thurst Mags, frame-off concours restoration. $65,000. Contact Daniel, 858.926.6177, Email: sddan1@ att.net (CA) FOMOCO 1967 Ford Mustang coupe 2011 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 1ZVBP8CF1B5116751. White/4,000 miles. V8, 6-sp. White with Guardsman Blue stripes. Shelby started with a new GT premium package (all options) and went through the entire car to create #60 of this special, limited-edition GT350. Interior leather package, pillar w/gauges, supercharged aluminum engine, Shelby/Ford/ Whipple supercharger w/520hp, 19-inch Cragar wheels, 6-piston Baer brakes, Shelby/Ford Racing suspension for a complete performance package, Shelby/ Borla center exhaust. Light and fast with razor-sharp handling, perfectly balanced and powerful. One owner, never raced, all manuals, records and promo materials. Ambient lighting, Shaker 500 audio system. Break-in done correctly. Kept in an air-conditioned garage in Florida. Like new. Contact Dan, 508.561.8616, Email: drourke@ aol.com (FL) MOPAR 1949 Dodge Deluxe 2-dr sedan S/N 194677S101879. White/Red. 80,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/350, matching numbers, leather interior, Pewter/Black. V8, 4-sp. 5.0, 4-sp, restored. Rare factory a/c, and very early production car. One of few correct examples left. Buy this for much less than you can restore one. $16,000 OBO. Contact Steve, 586.291.1100, Email: slapp15@yahoo.com Green/84,501 miles. I6, 3-spd manual. Rebuilt to drive. 230ci flathead, rebuilt 0.40 over, balanced, dual Strombergs on Offenhauser intake with Fenton dual exhaust. Rebuilt transmission, brakes, radiator and so on. $14,000. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE 2-dr hard top S/N XS29U0G173576. Eggshell White/black. 93,000 miles.


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Showcase Gallery 440 Magnum, auto. Stunning presentation of one of one R/T SE Charger in rare Eggshell White. Total body-off restoration with photos. Unheard-of option list for R/T: leather bucket seats, cruise control, air, rear-window defogger, deluxe interior package. Build sheet is original. Perfect mechanicals, Tic Toc Tach. New glass, chrome, floors, trunk, interior, vinyl roof, etc. $45,000 receipts. Never hit. Rare class and muscle. Let the other guys all get orange. $45,000. Contact Mark, 816.830.2391, Email: tallsound@yahoo.com (KS) AMERICANA 1969 Jeep Commando CJ-6 “Commando.” 221-ci V6 dauntless motor and the standard 3-speed on the floor shift. Upgraded with CJ-7 power disk brakes and power steering. Safari top, many other upgrades. $15,000 OBO. Contact Jeffrey, 631.204.7886, Email: parzival@ pipeline.com (NY) 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD 5.9 SUV Grabber Blue/78,000 miles. V6, 3-spd manual. This is a rustfree example of the Jeep LWB Magnificently restored. $18k spent: new trans, trans cooler, radiator, new tires, ceramic brake pads, drilled/slotted rotors, muffler system, built-in radar/laser detectors, 100w driving lights. Only serviced by Jeep dealer, all records. Approx. 1,000 made. Needs nothing. Motivated seller. $7,900 OBO. Contact Kenneth, 973.454.9009, Email: mokenb@aol.com (NJ) A July-August 2013 111


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 211, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America, 877.906.2437, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the annual Labor Day Auction is held in conjunction with the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Classic Car Transport Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-tocoast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-theart satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers. com Corvette Parts & Restoration County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2008 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) 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) Mecum Auctions. 262.275.5050, 445 South Main Street, Walworth, WI 53184. Auctions: Anaheim, Kissimmee, Kansas City, Houston, Walworth, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Des Moines, Monterey, Dallas, Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (WI) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russo-andsteele.com. (AZ) 112 AmericanCarCollector.com Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. Street Shop, Inc. 256.233.5809. Custom 1953–1982 Corvette replacement chassis and driveline components. www.streetshopinc.com. (AL) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one Corvettes for Sale Corvette Central. Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of 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) Leasing


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobila on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: What’s a nickel worth? Well, the 1913 Liberty-head nickel that recently sold at auction was worth $3.1 million to the two buyers who had to have it. It was one of five illegally cast in 1912 with the altered date. The coin was acquired in 1942 for $3,750, and the owner was killed in a car wreck in the mid-’60s. The coin was in his possession at the time and was given to his sister, who stored it in a closet for 30 years. At one point it was declared a fake, then later authenticated. Not a bad windfall for the heirs. Here are a few more that, unfortunately, were not as profitable as that nickel: EBAY #111010680414— VINTAGE FORD 3600D BADGE. Number of bids: 11. SOLD AT: $969.79. Date sold: 2/16/2013. This little inch-and-a-half pin was listed as being an employee badge, but the 3600D was a diesel tractor made by Ford between 1975 and 1981. I have no idea what it was used for. Best guess? Probably a pin a salesman wore. Condition was a bit edgy, and the pinback was missing. Ford guys are not known for spending a bunch on trinkets, but tractor guys are another story. Still a ton for a little pin that shows a bunch of wear. EBAY #230930632821—ICHIKO SPACE PATROL X-5 BATTERYOPERATED TIN TOY. Number of bids: 39. SOLD AT: $31,100. Date sold: 2/24/2013. This little eightinch space toy was in marvelous condition, with a flashing stun gun and revolving radar antenna. It was complete with the box, which was also in excellent condition. The colors were bright and vibrant, and it would be rated in nearmint condition. A spectacular toy but at a staggering price. MORFORD INVESTMENT GRADE COLLECTIBLES AUCTION LOT 3—JITNEY BUS CANDY CONTAINER. SOLD AT: $330 including 10% buyer’s premium. Date sold: 5/10/2013. This glass figural candy container bus had the original metal wheels and tin canopy. Candy containers first appeared in the teens and were popular well into the ’60s. They were produced in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and there is an active group that collects them. Considering the condition, this one was well bought. EBAY #261180475340—PAW PAW BAIT COMPANY LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $328. Date sold: 3/10/2013. License plate attachments, often referred to as “toppers,” were used to advertise all sorts of products and causes. This one, in decent condition, was certainly unusual and sold for a reasonable amount. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com EBAY 251226688096—TWO 2014 CORVETTE C7 PRESS KITS FOR DETROIT AUTO SHOW. Number of bids: 30. SOLD AT: $755. Date sold: 2/14/2013. Corvette tightly controlled the press kits for the introduction of the C7 Stingray, producing only 2,014. These were numbered 0268 and 0341. One had been opened for photos and the other was still sealed. Obviously, a hard-working-but-underpaid automotive journalist augmented his meager wages by offering the two he scammed as soon as possible. As scarce as these are, the price paid was not all that unreasonable. MORFORD INVESTMENT GRADE COLLECTIBLES AUCTION LOT 39— PACKARD HOOD ORNAMENT. SOLD AT: $3,300 including 10% buyer’s premium. Date sold: 5/10/2013. This deluxe version of the Packard Goddess of Speed, often called “the doughnutpusher,” was used between 1926 and 1928 on the Third- through Fifth-series Packard. The Goddess of Speed is the longest-lived mascot in the history of the American automobile. Price paid here was a bit aggressive but not far out of line, as these don’t show up all that often in this condition. EBAY #25126353769— CHAMPION SPARK PLUG PAINTED SIGN. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $1,625. Date sold: 4/26/2013. The seller thought this might be porcelain, but it is most likely enameled due to the number of colors. It measured 27-by-10 and dated to the early ’40s. It was in very nice condition, and the colors were bright and vibrant. As such, price paid was marketcorrect.A