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Keith Martin’s s ith Martin’s s 16 16 AMERIC $64k BOSS BATTLE Which 429 was the better buy? th Martin’s s 16 AMERIC $64k BOSS BATTLE Which 429 was the better buy? CAR CAR COLLECTOR Auctions • Values • Previews • Events CAN ™ Plymouth Earns Its Stripes 1970 AAR ’Cuda INSIDE: Your comprehensive guide to one of the year’s biggest car-guy events! TIME-CAPSULE CORVETTE: Barely touched ’67 427/390 makes $783k Early SUVs haul in big money in today’s market An engineering fail but a PR and auction success 1967 Plymouth Barracuda:$324k 1962 International Scout 80: $33k July-August 2014 www.AmericanCarCollector.com


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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3 • Issue 16 • July-August 2014 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390 $783k / Mecum A long-hidden, low-mile Sting Ray brings a record price — Tom Glatch Page 48 GM 1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE MALIBU $23k / Collector Car Productions Preservation piece or blank canvas? — Jay Harden Page 50 FoMoCo 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429s $209k ............ $176k Auctions America Which Boss was the better buy? — Dale Novak Page 52 MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH AAR ’CUDA $64k / Auctions America A road-racer E-body at a high market price — Patrick Smith Page 56 AMERICAN ™ 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1955 FORD “GLASS WONDER” SHOW CAR $52k / Auctions America What’s a period home-built ’glass car worth today? — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1957 CONTINENTAL MARK II $44k / Barrett-Jackson Top money for a mostly original Mark II — Carl Bomstead Page 60 1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA HURST HEMI UNDER GLASS $324k / Mecum Wheelstander brings a top market price — Tom Glatch Page 62 TRUCK 1962 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 80 $33k / Barrett-Jackson Early SUVs are hauling in big money in today’s market — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 64 Cover photo: 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Courtesy of Auctions America 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe, p. 48 David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions July-August 2014 11


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 14 Torque How do you decide whether to preserve or use collector cars? — Jim Pickering 42 Cheap Thrills Mean, green CUCV — B. Mitchell Carlson 44 Horsepower American muscle on the Copperstate 1000 — Colin Comer 46 Corvette Market Should you sock away a C7? — John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 68 Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2014 Totals jump from $20m to nearly $25m, and 511 of 514 cars fi nd new garages — Dale Novak and Craig Gussert 76 Mecum Auctions — 27th Annual Spring Classic 924 of 1,420 cars sell for $38m, and a Shelby Cobra demonstrator makes $956k — B. Mitchell Carlson 84 Leake Auction Company — Dallas 2014 Leake adds a second Dallas sale to the calendar, and 248 of 385 cars bring $5.5m total — Cody Tayloe 90 James G. Murphy — The Kee Collection Charles Kee’s high-desert fi eld of Chryslers and Imperials brings $193k — Chad Tyson and Jim Pickering 98 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast — Kevin Coakley, Pat Coakley, John Boyle, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ray McNamara, Cody Tayloe, Frank Schilling 12 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 26 Good Reads Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip — Mark Wigginton 28 Desktop Classics 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible — Marshall Buck 32 Snapshots A Mopar ghost town in the high desert 38 Hot August Nights Your inside guide to Reno, Sparks, and car-guy heaven — Jim Pickering 82 Our Cars 1992 Sa Saleen Mustang SERV DEPART 16 What’s Happen Collector events of note 18 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 26 Parts Time Nifty pieces to keep your car on the road 28 Cool Stuff Bondo buster, and the joy of swingin’ from a trailer hitch 34 Your Turn A lost art, discovered Impalas, and price guide additions 36 Insider’s View Is it better to buy a fi nished car or a restoration project? 75 Quick Takes 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV — Chad Tyson 104 1978 Ford Mustang Cobra II fastback — Sam Stockham 92 One to Watch 1992–93 GMC Typhoon — Chad Tyson 97 Glovebox Notes 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT SUV — Jim Pickering 108 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 110 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifi eds section 110 Advertiser Index 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers


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Torque Jim Pickering Preserve or enjoy? A bout a month ago, a car hauler rolled to a stop in front of ACC’s headquarters. Inside was our new ACC car, a 2000 Dodge Viper GTS ACR. The car is one of 218 American Club Racers built in 2000 — a harder version of the GTS coupe designed for track days. It was ordered without stripes and with optional air conditioning. It had only 1,700 miles from new. The price was $42,500 — well over our budget of $25k for a company car to replace the ’64 Nova wagon we sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. But car guys are rarely accused of being reasonable, and I still think we got a deal, especially considering the car still smelled new inside. Our plan has always been to get out and drive our cars. And while I don’t tend to worry about use, something about this car was different. A dirt road to dead Mopars In March, ACC learned that James G. Murphy Auctions was offering nearly 300 Chryslers, Imperials, Dodges and Plymouths from the Charles Kee Collection in a place called Brothers, OR — smack in the middle of the state, about 200 miles away from our home offi ce. Kee had wanted to build a car museum in the small town, but despite having a large number of cars and a lot of property, his plans never came to fruition, and he died in December 2013. That part of the state is beautiful, with both mountain passes and long straight stretches of desolate highway cutting through high desert. After considering we’d be adding a signifi cant chunk to the Viper’s mileage by taking it, I convinced myself that it would be an easy trip for the car and a good chance to get to know it. Back roads, no rock chips, no damage. No real harm caused. So in early May, ACC Associate Editor Chad Tyson and I hopped in it and blasted south out of Portland. Vipers have a reputation for being hard to handle and twitchy at speed, and I was surprised to fi nd that really wasn’t the case — at least not in the way I pictured it. The GTS didn’t feel dangerous because of its gobs of power or instant-response handling. 14 AmericanCarCollector.com It felt dangerous because it’s such a complete, well-balanced package. A little devil on your shoulder is standard equipment here, and it coaxes you to push a little harder until you get close to the limits of the car’s ability. And it’s pretty obvious that when you get there, the learning curve is a steep one. The trip down was fantastic, with sunny skies and deserted roads. We rolled into Brothers about four hours after leaving Portland, but we stopped dead at the entrance to Kee’s property. In front of us was something I hadn’t counted on: a dusty, severely washboarded gravel and dirt access road. We’d just driven the car 200 miles, but this was a new threshold. Here we were in a tight, wrapper-fresh, 14-year-old black Viper with sport suspension that had never so much as been wet from rain. I pictured all the new squeaks and rattles we’d cause, never mind the mess we’d make of the car. Still, we couldn’t just leave it on the highway while we covered the sale, so we had to make a decision: Go or no go? The choice Use is a common theme in this issue of ACC, from the 3,000-mile ’67 Corvette profi led on p. 48 and the 8,600-mile ’68 Chevelle on p. 50, through Colin Comer’s Copperstate 1000 piece on p. 44. At some point, everyone with a specialty car, be it a new Corvette or a low-mile preserved Mustang, runs up to that threshold AT SOME POINT, EVERYONE WITH A SPECIALTY CAR RUNS UP TO THAT THRESHOLD OF COMFORTABLE USE. WHAT TO DO? A little devil on your shoulder is standard equipment of comfortable use. How do you decide what to do? Do you preserve or enjoy? You can make a convincing argument for both cases. Using a car — I mean really using it — can erode its value. On the other hand, do you gain any real value by keeping a never-driven trophy? For me, as I sat on that two-lane highway and stressed over the thought of off-roading this untouched ACR, an answer came from those 300 Chryslers on the horizon. Kee’s plan for a museum never happened. What kind of enjoyment did he really get out of the cars? It’s too late now to ask him if it was worth it. Life’s short. So I slid the transmission into fi rst, let out the clutch, pointed for the smoothest section of road, and watched the dust fl y. The diesel truck-driving onlookers at the auction looked at us like we were from Mars, and the parking attendants all gave us the thumbs-up. It turned out to be a cool moment rather than something I regret — that time I took a Viper where it was never meant to go — and to my relief, the car was no worse for wear after a high-speed dust-off and a deep detailing later that week. At the end of the day, how and if you use your car is up to you, and the value side of the equation will always tell you to keep it parked. But there’s a lot to be said for getting out and putting some good miles on a good car. After all, some stories are priceless, and the experience is worth the cost. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Jim Pickering Get your fill of hot cars at Hot August Nights in Reno, NV Hot August Nights Hot August Nights is one of the top events of the year for American car collectors. The party starts in South Lake Tahoe from July 25 to 26 and then moves to Reno from July 29 through August 3. Thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, street rods and classic cruisers take over both towns. Event organizers claim that more than 800,000 gearheads and thousands of cars will show up. We went last year, and we’re sure that that num- ber is an understatement. This is the place for gearheads. Expect traditional car shows, car cruises, swapmeets, drags and music everywhere. There is no way to see it all. The Barrett-Jackson Cup will go to the top finisher among five cars chosen from the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine. The winner will be named on national television during Barrett-Jackson’s July 31–August 2 Hot August Nights Auction. This is Barrett-Jackson’s second 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. This is one of the biggest hot rod and muscle events of the year, so 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 Jim Pickering See legendary cars on a legendary track Trans-Am racing at Laguna Seca Monterey in August is way more than fancy car shows and glittering parties. Drive on up to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to see great American race cars from the past race again. This year, 1966–72 Trans-Am cars will rumble around the famous Corkscrew during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion from August 14 to 17. Dozens of Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, Javelins, Challengers, Darts and Barracudas roar around the track. These races — where you feel the old cars ripping up the famous track — are always our favorite part of Monterey in August, and this will be a great year. www.mazdaraceway.com (CA) 16 AmericanCarCollector.com 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 cruises on the planet. This year’s Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles to life on August 16, 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)A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Last year: 99/164 cars sold / $1.3m More: www.silverauctions.com Silver Auctions — Missoula Auction 2014 Where: Missoula, MT When: July 19 More: www.silverauctions.com VanDerBrink — The Jeff Jones Collection Where: Sabin, MN When: July 19 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com STAR CAR: 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro — rotisserie restored in 2003 and COPO Connection-certified — GAA Greensboro, NC JULY Tom Mack — Mountaineer Collector Car Auction Where: Fletcher, NC When: July 4–5 Featured cars: • 1965 Ford Thunderbird • 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe roadster • 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 4-door hard top More: www.tommackauctions.com Silver Auctions — Jackson Hole Auction 2014 Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 5–6 Featured cars: • 1948 Willys Jeepster • 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza • 1977 Chevrolet Corvette More: www.silverauctions.com Auctions America — The Littlefield Military Collection Where: Portola Valley, CA When: July 11–12 Featured lots: Star Car: 1945 M37 105-mm howitzer motor carriage (USA). Fully driveable More: www.auctionsamerica.com Vicari — New Orleans 2014 Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 11–12 Last year: 79/146 cars sold / $2m More: www.vicariauction.com Petersen — Graffiti Weekend Collector Car Auction Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 12 Featured cars: • 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS • 1971 Chevrolet pickup • 1954 Chevrolet pickup GAA Classic Cars at the Palace Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 24–26 Featured cars: • 1970 Ford Mustang R-code coupe. One owner, numbers-matching, all-original, with Deluxe Marti Report • 1955 Chevrolet 150 2-door sedan. Fully customized with many updates • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/400 convertible. Numbers-matching with Tri-Power, 4-speed and factory a/c Star Car:1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. Rotisserie restoration in 2003, Jerry MacNeish-certified and COPO Connection-certified More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver Auctions — Spokane 2014 Where: Spokane, WA When: July 12 More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Mecum — Harrisburg 2014 Where: Harrisburg, PA by Tony Piff • 2013 Chevrolet COPO Camaro rolling chassis. Ordered new by Rick Hendrick’s City Chevrolet in Charlotte and signed by Rick Hendrick • 42-ton Scud A missile launcher (USSR) • DUKW Amphibious Personnel Carrier (USA) Smith’s — Cape Girardeau 2014 Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 11–12 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com 18 AmericanCarCollector.com STAR CAR: Fully drivable 1945 M37 105-mm howitzer motor carriage — Auctions America Portola Valley, CA


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK STAR CAR: 1968 Shelby Turbine Indy Car at Mecum Monterey, CA STAR CAR: 1956 Chrysler Plainsman concept car by Ghia — Auctions America Burbank, CA When: July 24–26 Featured cars: • 1972 Pontiac LeMans convertible. With 389-ci 400-hp V8 and 4-speed More: www.mecum.com • 1974 Chevrolet C65 car hauler. Used by drag-racing legend Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins • 2008 Shelby GT/Barrett-Jackson Edition prototype. Serial #1 prototype used to showcase the 2008 Shelby GT/BarrettJackson Edition cars Last year: 371/677 cars sold / $31.4m Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro coupe • 1956 DeSoto Fireflite convertible • 1951 Ford woodie wagon • 1934 Dodge flatbed pickup Star Car:1968 Shelby Turbine Indy car. More: www.mecum.com One of two prepared and tested by Team Shelby Bonhams — Exceptional Motorcars STAR CAR: 1933 Ford custom roadster — Barrett-Jackson Reno, NV STAR CAR: 1940 Packard Custom Super Eight 180 convertible sedan by Darrin — RM Plymouth, MI RM — Motor City Where: Plymouth, MI When: July 26 Last year: 72/80 cars sold / $7.75m Featured cars: • 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial convertible Victoria by Waterhouse. One of only three examples known and a multi-award winner (RM estimate: $525k–$725k) Star Car: 1940 Packard Custom Super More: www.rmauctions.com • 1906 Studebaker Model G tourer. Formerly owned by Henry Austin Clark Jr., Bill Harrah, and Bob Valpey ($325k–$450k) Eight 180 convertible sedan by Darrin, one of nine known survivors, formerly owned by Otis Chandler, restored with input from its designer ($225k–$300k) Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson Where: Reno, NV When: July 31–August 2 Last year: 343/345 cars sold / $14.2m Featured cars: • 2006 Shelby GT-H prototype. One of 250 with only one owner: Shelby American 20 AmericanCarCollector.com More: www.barrett-jackson.com AUGUST Auctions America California Where: Burbank, CA When: August 1–2 Last year: 326/403 cars sold / $17.3m Featured cars: • 1929 Cadillac 341B roadster • 1932 Ford Highboy roadster • 1934 Dodge Deluxe rumbleseat coupe • 1949 Buick Roadmaster convertible • 1951 Chevrolet 3100 rat-rod pickup Star Car: 1956 Chrysler Plainsman concept car • 1957 Chrysler New Yorker convertible • 1964 Cadillac Series 75 Custom Fleetwood limousine More: www.auctionsamerica.com • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible • 1968 Ford Mustang GT custom fastback • 2005 Ford GT • 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca Edition Silver — Little Creek 2014 Where: Shelton, WA When: July 8–9 Last year: 33/66 cars sold / $385k More: www.silverauctions.com Mecum — The Daytime Auction Where: Monterey, CA When: August 14–16 and Automobiles at Quail Lodge Where: Carmel, CA When: August 15 Last year: 77/89 cars sold / $31m Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible. From the William “Bill” Fuenfhausen Collection • 1951 Mercury Custom convertible. Offered without reserve More: www.bonhams.com • 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. Well preserved, fewer than 16,200 miles from new Rick Cole Auctions — Monterey 2014 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 14–17 Featured car: • 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 replica by Unique Motorcars. Registered as a 1964 Cobra. Driven only 2,000 miles. Collectors can inspect all the consignments in person at the Marriott in downtown Monterey and then bid from anywhere via smartphone. There will be no on-site bidding More: www.rickcole.com Russo and Steele — Monterey on the Waterfront Where: Monterey, CA When: August 14–16 Last year: 89/125 cars sold / $7.1m Featured cars: • 1968 Eagle Indy racer. Dan Gurney’s Eagle, restored to original spec and eligible for vintage events • 1963 Shelby Cooper King Cobra. Thoroughly researched period racing history, correctly restored and race-ready Star Car: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429.


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK • 1920 Mercer Series 5 Raceabout. In same family since 1945 ($300k–$400k) More: www.goodingco.com EG Auctions — Calgary Hot August Nights Collector Car Auction Where: Calgary, AB, CAN When: August 22–23 More: www.theelectricgarage.com STAR CAR: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 — with rare parts and factory 820-S NASCAR-spec engine — Russo and Steele Monterey, CA Originally invoiced through Shelby American and essentially a factory prototype with rare parts and factory 820-S NASCAR-spec engine More: www.russoandsteele.com RM Auctions — Monterey Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–16 Last year: 105/120 cars sold / $125m Featured cars: Star Car: 1965 Ford GT40 roadster prototype. The eighth of 12 GT40 prototypes built, used by Shelby American for testing and development, with many important drivers (RM predicts price will surpass $8m) • 1933 Packard Twelve coupe roadster ($325k–$375k) • 2006 Ford GT ($200k–$275k) More: www.rmauctions.com Auctions America — Auburn Fall Where: Auburn, IN When: August 28–31 Last year: 774/1,134 cars sold / $27.5m Featured cars: • 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman • 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Speedster • 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C-Six tourer ($200k–$275k) VanDerBrink— The Carl Davis Collection Where: Cleveland, OK When: August 16 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Gooding & Company — The Pebble • The Henry Austin “Austie” Clark Jr. 1911 Mercer Type 35R Racebout. Single-family ownership since 1949 and a well-known participant in many early veteran and vintage meets ($2.5m–$3.5m) • 1948 Tucker 48 ($1.4m–$1.6m) • 1926 Rickenbacker Eight Super Sport ($600k–$800k) Beach Auction Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 16–17 Last year: 118/128 cars sold / $113m Featured cars: • 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra. Late-production example with rack-and-pinion steering, offered for sale for the first time in over 30 years (Gooding estimate: $800k–$1m) More: www.auctionsamerica.com • 1936 Duesenberg Model SJ dual-cowl phaeton by LaGrande. Fitted with a factory SJ engine. One of only 36 SJ Duesenbergs ever built, and presented complete with its original chassis, body and bellhousing Worldwide Auctioneers — The Auburn Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30 Last year: 67/81 cars sold / $4.1m Featured cars: • 1955 Hudson Italia coupe. Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring. One of 26 examples produced • 1931 Cord L-29 convertible sedan More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Silver — Sun Valley Auction 2014 Where: Sun Valley, ID When: August 30–31 Last year: 66/124 cars sold / $1.1m More: www.silverauctions.comA STAR CAR: 1965 Ford GT40 roadster prototype — the eighth of 12 prototypes — RM Monterey, CA 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin for months — and then years — on end. The simplest way to make sure your car gets out and does what it loves best — cruising — is to make commitments to tours and events. Searching out events that are new to you can create great adven- I tures. I guarantee if you do a Web search for “car events” and put in your ZIP code, at least five car activities you have never heard of will come up. Pick one and go for it. Small events can be more fun than big ones — they are more personal, the food is often better — and cheaper — and you’ll always see some cars you’ve never seen before. Start getting ready now While local events are fun, nothing beats a mega-event. They gen- erally combine show-and-shines, auctions, cruise-ins and hundreds of vendor booths stocked with the goodies you just have to have. However, suddenly deciding it’s a great idea to hit Hot August Nights — hey, it’s going to start in four days — is a recipe for disaster. Rooms will be booked, your car may need last-minute attention, and the friend you would like to go with you may already have made other plans. If you make a note right now that HAN begins on July 29, you can go online and make your reservations today. List everything that needs to be done on your car before you go, and plan to have it all done 10 days before you leave. Look up the schedule of events on the website and see if there are any events that require advance tickets. Plan your days there — even if you end up ignoring your schedule, at least you have a starting place. Do your car — and yourself — a favor. Don’t let the calendar get away from you, and end up with a summer where you haven’t enjoyed your car. Sit down right now and plan out three or four events you want to attend in July and August. Put them on your calendar, get your family and buddies involved so they will go with you, and have a great time in your wonderful old car. A Make the plan f you don’t control your calendar, it will control you. For collector car fanatics, that means planning your July and August activities right now — so that you can maximize using your old cars. The greatest problem in the collector car hobby is cars sitting CAR COLLECTOR Volume 3, Number 4 July-August 2014 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 Brian Baker Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager 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 Jim Pickering Local cruise-ins are a great way to stay active in the hobby 24 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 © 2014 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 Dale Novak Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Woodward Avenue: Cruising the Legendary Strip by Robert Genat, CarTech, 158 pages, $21.83 (Amazon) The beaches of Southern California were ground zero for surf culture. The pioneers — just kids, mostly — turned a goof and a hobby into a phenomenon hat spawned an entire economy and lifestyle. It didn’t matter f you were living in Missouri or Mississippi, you could still nd guys reading surf magazines and dreaming of getting jams rom Kanvas by Katin or a nice new Hobie stick. f The streets of the Haight in San Francisco had the same ransformative impact on the entire country as the Summer of Love danced its way into the popular consciousness. Politically, sexually, the world changed. Woodward Avenue is one of those places. Just a wide, long, straight strip of mundane asphalt in Detroit, Woodward became larger than itself. In the then-epicenter of automotive design and manufac- turing, coming out of post-World War II khaki, Detroit started waking up to the realm of the possible. And, like Malibu or Haight-Ashbury, those darn kids got together and accidently changed American car culture. Follow the path: young men with time on their hands, new cars and a middle class with cash to spend take to the straight, broad boulevard with plenty of stoplights. Before you know it, cruising and drag racing are born. Hot-rod magazines and Hollywood aren’t far behind. Soon every kid in America is borrowing the family sedan on a Friday night, sometimes after quietly installing speed equipment right under their parents’ noses. Robert Genat puts together the history of that special time in Woodward Avenue, setting the time machine for the mid-’50s and then taking us on a tour up and down those streets, from the beginnings to today. And I mean a mile-by-mile tour, including background on the hot drive-ins, the legendary malt shops and meeting places. So, put on the soundtrack to “American Graffi ti,” slick back your hair and go for a drive on Woodward Avenue. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine ACCEL Extreme 9000 ceramic-boot spark-plug wires Heat is the cause and solution to most engine problems. It is energy, released as heat and light, which expands gases, forcing pistons down their bore. Anybody like the way their cold engine runs? But any car guy will tell you that too much heat is a huge problem. Don’t let that heat affect your ignition. At the end of April, ACCEL announced a new line of spark-plug wires to perform under the worst conditions. The ceramic-boot ends can withstand temperatures up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The 8-mm wires feature double silicone protection, Ferro-Spiral core construction and stainless-steel terminals. ACCEL says these will “deliver the fastest, most powerful spark while maintaining the highest level of RFI/EMI suppression.” Tough to beat that. Initial pricing ranges from $129.99 to $160.95, depending on universal or custom-fi t choices. Visit www.accel-ignition.com for ordering, other products and additional information including a list of retailers. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Edelbrock Performer RPM Chrysler 383 Power Package Top-End Kit Mopar’s 383 big block doesn’t get the attention that the 426 and 440 engines do. Maybe that’s why engineers at Edelbrock kept testing and tinkering with it over the years. With this new kit, they developed 421 horsepower and 417 lbs-ft of torque. That’s almost full (advertised) Hemi power, with none of the emblems to prompt that ever-annoying “that thing got a...” question. Edelbrock has promoted their dyno-matched components together since the ’80s, but any guesswork is now out the window. The “allin-one-box” convenience is made even easier, as now just one part number is needed to order a complete Performer RPM top-end kit. What you get for 1968–79 383 blocks is an aluminum dual-plane intake, aluminum heads with 2.14-inch intake valves and 1.81-inch exhaust valves, springs, fl at-tappet cam that lifts .480/.495, gaskets and timing set — all matched to make you more power. Prices start around $2,200 for this specifi c set. Visit www.edel- brock.com for more information, other kits and where to buy. A Lineage: Robert Genat has a long automo- tive bibliography, including The Birth of Hot Rodding, which put the Dean Batchelor award from the Motor Press Guild on his mantel. He also is a passionate hot-rodder and car restorer. The depth of research on Woodward shows on every page. Fit and finish: Reach for a CarTech title and you Drivability: Not growing up in Detroit, not know what you will get: cookie-cutter design, mid-level print quality and slim volumes. No surprises here. having Woodward Avenue in my DNA, I looked forward to reading the history. And it’s all here, with details on the fast and/or famous cars that showed up, the backstory on Detroit and how it began to embrace the new street’s direction and ethos. But I had this slightly odd feeling of looking at someone else’s yearbook. Genat has done such a nice job re-creating the time and place that it felt personal. It’s so inside, I felt left out. That means he did his job well. is best


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COOLSTUFF The right wrench A half-inch-drive Filler fi nder The pocket-sized “Filler Detective” is an invaluable tool for pre-purchase inspections. Flashing lights and sounds pinpoint not just precisely where there’s fi ller, but how deep the vile stuff goes. A microfi ber contact pad prevents scratches. $79.97 from www.summitracing.com Hitch your hammock $275 for two “hammock chairs” and a hitch-mounted stand. Many colors available. Trailer hitch and tailgating party not included. www.wayfair. com Rep your brand Now you can buy pants, jackets and polo shirts at the same place you shop for carburetors, intake manifolds and valve cover gaskets. Pep Boys’ new line of offi cial licensed merchandise will have you repping your favorite brand from head to toe. There’s Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Charger, Cobra, Ram, Firebird, Challenger, Shelby… To fi nd the nearest location or to get started shopping online, visit www.pepboys. com. Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Back in the day, owning a Cadillac was something spe- cial. There were some that really stood out, such as the ’53 Eldorado convertible, of which only 532 were produced. This Eldorado is an old release from The Danbury Mint, but one that you can still easily fi nd due to the volume produced. The detail level rates as very good, but far below what we’ve come to expect today — the big “Mints” aimed lower. The high-gloss, cream-colored paint fi nish, with contrasting red interior, looks great. It accentuates the size and all of the lines of this behemoth. The seats are trimmed in real leather, which is okay, but not great. Overall fi t and fi nish receive high marks. All panels open, but detail of engine and bay are weak at best. These also came with a removable convertible top and a wood display base. If you like Cadillacs, really good models, or just models based on heft, then this is certainly one to have. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com torque wrench is an essential part of any gearhead’s toolbox — they’re perfect for torquing wheels, cylinder heads, suspension components, etc. Trouble is, they typically come in two fl avors: really cheap and really expensive, and the cheap ones aren’t always accurate. At $93, Summit’s 20-150 ft-lb click-type wrench is affordable, yet it’s still a quality piece that’ll help you out with those really tight jobs. www.summitracing.com The right wrench A half-inch-drive Filler fi nder The pocket-sized “Filler Detective” is an invaluable tool for pre-purchase inspections. Flashing lights and sounds pinpoint not just precisely where there’s fi ller, but how deep the vile stuff goes. A microfi ber contact pad prevents scratches. $79.97 from www.summitracing.com Hitch your hammock $275 for two “hammock chairs” and a hitch-mounted stand. Many colors available. Trailer hitch and tailgating party not included. www.wayfair. com Rep your brand Now you can buy pants, jackets and polo shirts at the same place you shop for carburetors, intake manifolds and valve cover gaskets. Pep Boys’ new line of offi cial licensed merchandise will have you repping your favorite brand from head to toe. There’s Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Corvette, Mustang, Camaro, Charger, Cobra, Ram, Firebird, Challenger, Shelby… To fi nd the nearest location or to get started shopping online, visit www.pepboys. com. Free shipping on orders of $75 or more. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible Back in the day, owning a Cadillac was something spe- cial. There were some that really stood out, such as the ’53 Eldorado convertible, of which only 532 were produced. This Eldorado is an old release from The Danbury Mint, but one that you can still easily fi nd due to the volume produced. The detail level rates as very good, but far below what we’ve come to expect today — the big “Mints” aimed lower. The high-gloss, cream-colored paint fi nish, with contrasting red interior, looks great. It accentuates the size and all of the lines of this behemoth. The seats are trimmed in real leather, which is okay, but not great. Overall fi t and fi nish receive high marks. All panels open, but detail of engine and bay are weak at best. These also came with a removable convertible top and a wood display base. If you like Cadillacs, really good models, or just models based on heft, then this is certainly one to have. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com torque wrench is an essential part of any gearhead’s toolbox — they’re perfect for torquing wheels, cylinder heads, sus- pension components, etc. Trouble is, they typically come in two fl avors: really cheap and really expensive, and the cheap ones aren’t always accurate. At $93, Summit’s 20-150 ft-lb click-type wrench is affordable, yet it’s still a quality piece that’ll help you out with those really tight jobs. www.summitracing.com Detailing Detailing Scale: 1:16 Available colors: Alpine White Quantity: At least 10,000 to 15,000, or more Price: $150–$200 for mint boxed Production date: 1990. Reissued 1996 Web: Danbury no longer sells model cars. Search sites such as eBay Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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from Bend to Burns, or from one small town to another. Here, jackrabbits outnumber T he town of Brothers is an hour deep into central Oregon’s high desert, right off two-lane U.S. 20. It consists of a few buildings and a rest stop for drivers on their way people. Up until May, it was also home to Charles Kee’s several-hundred-strong Mopar collection. Kee died last December, and his cars, after years of sitting in the sun, were auctioned off by James G. Murphy Co. on May 8 and 9. We couldn’t resist heading down to check out the collection. When all was said and done, 268 cars — Imperials, Chrysler 300s, Plymouth Barracudas, and more — sold for just under $200k. See the complete auction report on p. 90. — Jim Pickering Jim Pickering Marc Emerson Jim Pickering Marc Emerson July-August 2014 33


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Still affordable — this 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS sold for $16,800 at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale in February It’s a lost art To all those wannabe automotive authors out there, I want to emphasize Colin Comer was spot-on regarding the book publishing world as it currently exists (“Horsepower,” May-June 2014, p. 42). The Internet as an historical and refer- ence source can be downright dangerous and is often filled more with conjecture, opinion or loosely based facts that have become so distorted as to only resemble the truth. There are some sites that are excellent, but you have to research a lot before being able to say something is gospel. I prefer to rely on original, company ar- chive info, my 2,000-book library, company literature — suspect at times — and period car magazines dating back to the 1930s. At least these writers had editors. As for money, after 11 old car and truck books published over the past six years, I can tell you that I am no closer to paying for some full restoration projects still lingering in my garage. I was silly enough to believe a spinoff benefit for sitting in front of a computer while our pool sat empty, as did the bucket seats of my sports and micro cars, would be a sizeable annual or semi-annual royalty check. Today, it seems people would rather have electronic copies at a fraction of the hardcopy. And I can tell you from experience that 10% of the electronic copy price won’t buy you a small, regular coffee. Long live the written word in book form! — Norm Mort, SCM and ACC Contributor, via email 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Buy that Impala now! OK, NOW you have done it. For years I have been dreaming about grabbing a 1965 Impala SS and restoring it. You have now enlightened the masses to what a great car it is (“Three to Watch,” May-June 2014, p. 36), and I will never find a cheap one. Seriously, they are great cars, but they don’t suit everyone. My mom had one, maroon with black buckets, 283 and Powerglide. Nothing really special, but it was a pretty car. She used to loan me the car when I had dates back in high school, and I would pull it into the side yard under a tree for shade and wash and wax it. That car has such beautiful lines and curves. While it didn’t set any speed records, it was a nice cruising car, and spacious — great for double dates (or “parking”). I think you are correct about Firebirds, too. They are overlooked right now. My friend down the street had a ’68 Firebird (back when everyone had Chevys), but I’ll be darned if he didn’t make that thing run pretty fast. Set of headers, 4-speed, mild cam, 4.11 gear and cheater slicks would get him 12.90s at the track. Not bad. — John Hargrove, via email Jim Pickering responds: Okay, so the secret is out: Impalas are great cars. But while values may be moving up, GM built a lot of them in 1965 — 803,400 to be exact — so I don’t think you’ll have a hard time finding a good starting point regardless of budget. Pre-muscle muscle Coverage of recent sales of performance cars built prior to the muscle-car era would be welcomed. There has been an influx of these cars offered at recent auctions. It looks like the factory lightweights from Ford, Mopar and GM are most interesting. There are numerous books that tell a terrific story about the “Race on Sunday, sell on Monday” concept. We really did drag race “everything, everywhere.” But few of these cars are listed in the cur- rent edition of the American Car Collector Price Guide. Will they be added in? — Eddie O’Brien, Silverthorne, CO Chad Tyson responds: I understand where you’re coming from, Eddie. Yes, they will be added in… next time. We are already planning on adding in pre-muscle cars, but this time we’re going back a bit farther than drag racing. The updates you’ll find in this edition include many popular Full Classics. But like you said, more of these drag racers are coming to auction, and that makes them increasingly important to the market. My short list includes Thunderbolts, Tempest Lightweights, even Black Widows, and a pantheon of Hemi-powered beasts from Plymouth and Dodge. As for other updates to the guide, read- ers can email me anytime at chad.tyson@ americancarcollector.com to let me know what they’d like to see added.A


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INSIDER’S VIEW The ACC question: We’ve all bought a pristine car and at other times taken on a project. Which way is better? Would you rather buy a nice, shiny example and take the kids to a cruise-in right away, or do you see more value in working a car into exactly what you want — maybe with a father, son, or daughter’s help? Tony Piff 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. Complete car vs. project car Readers respond: John Vervoort, Waldwick, NJ: With a fi nished car comes a higher entry price and immediate gratifi cation. You can drive it away and enjoy it with little or no effort. You won’t have any signifi cant time invested in driving your dream. But with a project car comes a wonderful experience, where you will learn every facet of your favorite car and learn it more intimately than you ever imagined. It will test the limits of your patience, your commitment, your creativity and will be very stimulating to your intellect. It will undoubtedly take three times as long as you initially thought and cost three times as much, too, but at the end of the day, it’ll be yours — to have and to hold, and also to brag about, which for some people (like me) means a great deal. Mark Hopkins, Calgary, AB, CAN: Reminds me of a short lesson I received from an elder statesman of the car-restoration craft at my fi rst Barrett-Jackson. I call it the $50k rule. He was in his mid-’70s then, and augmented his retirement income restoring ’55–’57 T-birds. He said he restored a couple each year and then sold them at the auctions. In the course of the conversation, I asked I never got his name, but his message stuck with me. And he sure did beautiful work. JimmyJeeper, via email: I’d suggest a fi nished car for two reasons: One huge advantage is that the price for the sum of the parts and labor can be much lower. Secondly, since the car’s drivable — okay, perhaps swapping out hideous mirrors, overly loud muffl ers or other minor parts could be done — enjoy driving it while buying, then working on, a project. Daral Travis, via email: It all depends on “Most of us are guilty of overestimating our expertise or underestimating the time and funds needed to complete our projects” him if he did other cars besides Baby ’Birds — Mustangs perhaps? He scoffed, and I asked him if he disliked Mustangs. He replied with a smile, “Son, I love Mustangs, but you aren’t getting it. It costs me $20k to $30k to restore each of the T-birds, and I supply 90% of the labor. If you pay to have all the work done, a quality restoration will cost at least $50k.” (And this was 2005.) “It takes just as much of my time, just as much paint, and the parts cost about the same to rebuild a Mustang as a T-bird. When the T-bird is done, I have a $75k car to sell. If I did the same with a Mustang, I’d have a $25k car, and probably no profi t. “My point is — never restore a car worth less than $50k unless it’s for the love of that particular car. You’re sure to end up underwater. If you want a car worth less than 50 grand, fi nd the best one out there, even pay a premium to get it. It will still cost less than restoring it. If a car will ultimately be worth more than $50k, then it may be worth doing the resto.” 36 AmericanCarCollector.com your age (and health). At 66 with bad arthritis, doing it myself isn’t an option anymore. Glad I did my high school car over again 13 years ago (had it since Jan 13, 1965). Now I just drive it and maintain it. Luckless Pedestrian, via ACC Blog: While it will always be cheaper to buy a fi nished car, you’re never going to be a true “gearhead” unless you’ve built or rebuilt your own. Personally, I don’t feel like I own a car until I’ve done at least one serious project/repair on it. Terry Fritz, via email: I would buy a nice, drivable, completed car. Maybe not to my “exact” specs, but one that I could drive and enjoy for a couple years until I really begin to appreciate it as what it is. When the patina is worn off a bit, I’d then bring it around to my “needs.” Even with a car that you lovingly restore, halfway through your restoration your fi nished target changes. John Boyle, via email: “Buy the best you can afford.” Ideally, (for the buyer) that means buying a fresh restoration that the seller is upside-down on. Recently I attended an auction where some lucky buyer got a fresh Mustang for what the seller had just spent on a quality restoration, another case of “buy the restoration and get the car for free.” But sometimes, we don’t get that lucky. Perhaps you’re on a budget or your dream car (perhaps one you have a history with and you must have that VIN) is a project. If you’re fortunate, the hard parts have been done, and with a bit of sweat equity, you’ll have a great car.


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So yes, by all means buy it, if you go into it with your eyes wide open. An 80% complete car is no bargain if you can’t afford the parts or the parts simply are unobtainable. And yes, a project would be a great parent-child bonding project. But even those have pitfalls. I have another friend with a half-completed Model A pickup. His adult son is too busy to help retired dad finish it. And there is always the chance that the child will lose interest…usually precipitated by an interest in the opposite sex. In which case, your loss is about to become someone else’s good fortune. But even if your project turns out to be a bad financial investment, look on the bright side. With every car I’ve owned, I’ve learned a great deal. You’ll make memories — hopefully good ones. Matt Kells, via ACC Blog: I’ve done both, but I really prefer to restore a car “myself.” It’s my car, and unless it has some historical significance to the brand, I usually do it my way. I take hundreds of photos during the process and document what’s been done. I drive the cars for a few years and then move on to the next. I’ve never been disappointed by a restoration because I did it myself. The process is what I like. Driving them is gravy. Alex Watts, Beavercreek, OH: Is there really a finished collector car? Look for the stage of completion that you honestly think you can handle, then buy one stage better than your estimate. Most of us are guilty of overestimating our expertise or underestimating the time and funds needed to complete our project. Ray Quinn, New Hartford, NY: I had the best time of my life restoring a dream car of mine: a 1967 GTO convertible. PHS stated that it was red with black top and interior, auto, center console with his-and-hers shifter. Anybody who has restored a car will appreciate that it needed a lot more work than I originally thought. My best friend and I took four years and a lot of help from a few great friends to restore the GTO. The end result was a car that took Best of Show in almost every show we went to, and was something that I was very proud of. There is nothing like the feeling of taking a car that was destined for the junkyard and turning it into something that is coveted by every guy who sees it. I sold it to a man with a museum in Sweden. I miss my car every day, but I believe that we are only guardians at best and that cars are not ours but are to be shared, whether at car shows or museums. Jon Leeth, Mustang, OK: Definitely gotta build mine. They didn’t exactly make a whole lot of mid-’50s crew-cab COE (cab-overengine) trucks. So I’m taking it on myself to build my own classic super-cruiser. I’m intent on making it look as period-correct as possible on the outside and the interior, but full of modern reliability and refinement under the skin. I’m just finishing up on collecting the all-sheet-metal pieces. Drivetrain and rolling stock is currently my prominent research topic. Boneyard Bob, via ACC Blog: Nothing beats the struggles, frus- trations and aggravation of dragging some forgotten rust-bucket out of some dilapidated, run-down field shed and resuscitating the heap of scrap iron. And yet, somehow nothing is more gratifying. Sure, as the patina cakes on my brain and dementia starts to set in, buying a done car seems to make intelligent sense (I have none, so my wife says). However, then there is always the mystery of what kind of relic was there to begin with. Well, given that many of us who have brought cars back from the dead are fully aware of the sneaky, deceptive, cut-rate shortcuts, lies, tales and stories, I would be more than overly concerned. I still say nothing beats a survivor. Genuine stuff will always be worth more than some phony, shiny “Hong Kong Phooey” repro/resto job rolling across the block under bright sparkly lights.A July-August 2014 37


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FEATUREHOT AUGUST NIGHTS The heat is on H THE INSIDE SCOOP ON THIS YEAR’S AUCTION, CAR SHOWS, CRUISING AND MORE Text and photos by Jim Pickering ot August Nights is a weeklong celebration of hot rods, muscle cars, and rock ’n’ roll. In late July and early August, it takes over the streets of Reno and Sparks, NV, turning the entire area into one of the biggest car shows in the world. Last year saw over 10,000 registered vehicles and hundreds of thousands of spectators fl ood the area. From cruising in Sparks and downtown Reno to car shows, drag races, concerts and the Barrett-Jackson auction, there’s a lot to see and do. Here’s some helpful information to help get you going in the right direction: SCHEDULE (Please note all dates and times are subject to change) Hot August Nights Main Event When: Tuesday, July 29–Sunday August 3; times and locations vary with each venue Where: Check-in begins at the Grand Sierra Resort at 8 a.m. What: Activities include Show-n-Shines with combined prize fund of over $150k, Ride & Drives, drag races, auction, swapmeet, Big Boy’s Toy Store, Autocross, craft fairs, cruises, free live entertainment from the ’50s, ’60s early ’70s, and more Drag races and burnouts When: Wednesday, July 30–Saturday, August, 2; 6 p.m. to midnight Where: John Ascuaga’s Nugget, west parking lot Price: $10 (Children younger than 6 admitted free) continued on p. 40 38 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson The second edition of Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights auction will bring even more action to Reno, with hot rods, classics, muscle cars, and more all available to the highest bidder. Barrett-Jackson will again present the Barrett-Jackson Cup — and a purse of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes — to the car chosen by their panel of judges as the most innovative and functional, and built with the utmost quality and style. Learn more at www.barrettjackson.com. When: July 31-August 2, gates open at 8 a.m. Where: Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 South Virginia St., 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 Last year: 343/345 cars sold / $14.2m Numbers to know Auction company Barrett-Jackson: 480.421.6694 Police Reno Police: 775.334.2175 Sparks Police: 775.353.2231 Washoe County Sheriff: 775.328.3001 Nevada Highway Patrol: 775.687.5300 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 Jeff Dow, courtesy of the National Automobile Museum Nevada): 775.359.0106 All Points Towing (Reno-Sparks): 775.323.4002 D&S Towing (Reno-Sparks-Fernley): 775.358.7779 Visitor centers Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority: 800.367.7366 Tourist Center at Legends (Sparks): 775.636.9560 Other automobile sights to see NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM Address: 10 South Lake Street, Reno, NV 89501 Phone: 775.333.9300 Web: www.automuseum.org Get out of the sun and into one of the top automobile museums in the country. “World War II hits home” is on display through October 10 and showcases the dazzling and enticing show models from automotive history 1961 Beatnik Bandit custom at the National Automobile teed low prices Museum in Reno SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT Address: 960 East Glendale Avenue, Sparks, NV 89431 Phone: 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 guaran- July-August 2014 39


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FEATURE HOT AUGUST NIGHTS Going through customs takes on a new meaning at Hot August Nights Schedule, continued from p. 38 What: Drivers will get the opportunity to compete in an 1/8-mile race to see who is the fastest. All vehicles must be 1976 or older Reno Swap Meet and Cool Car Showroom When: Thursday, July 31–Saturday, August 2; opens 7 a.m. daily Where: Reno Livestock Events Center — Wells Avenue, Reno Price: $6 Autocross Where: Thursday, July 31–Saturday, August 2 When: Reno Livestock Events Center — Wells Avenue, Reno Time and price TBA Barrett-Jackson Cup Finals When: Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Where: Downtown Reno Ballroom — 4th and Virginia streets What: Viewing of 25 finalists (chosen in Downtown Reno Vehicles to suit every taste are displayed throughout the week from Wednesday to Friday) while judges select the top five winners. The Barrett-Jackson Cup Show-n-Shine is worth over $100k in cash and prizes Big Boy’s Toy Store When: Wednesday, July 30–Saturday, August 2; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Downtown Reno Price: Free What: More than 320 booths of the latest parts, accessories and technology for any hot rod or classic Drag races take place 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday 40 AmericanCarCollector.com Cruises When: Tuesday, July 29–Saturday, August 2; 7–10 p.m. Where: Victoria Avenue, Sparks, and Downtown RenoA


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson WAR HORSES H U W Cheap Thr ills B. Mitchell Carlson WAR HORSES H U W based vehicles, and that presented a host of challenges that needed to be worked out quickly in order to g Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson WAR HORSES H U W based based vehicles, and that presented a host of challenges that needed to be worked out quickly in order to get the war machine mobilized. After the war, the Department of Defense created a program of standardizing military vehicles so they’d never have to deal with the same confusion again. Standardization of vehicles worked well for training and logistics, Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: but it also started a closed loop of specialized vehicles that subsequently became very expensive. During the Vietnam confl ict, this had escalated to the point where an M-series truck such as the Kaiser-Jeep M715 cost the government nearly double the price of a typical civilian pickup. Detailing $2,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $800 Distributor cap: N/A VIN: Plate on the driver’s door lock pillar Clubs: Military Vehicle Preservation Association Detroit goes to war With heavily trimmed post- Engine number: Passenger’s side of the block on the forward edge of the cylinder head deck More: www.mvpa.org Additional: www.steelsoldiers. com/forum.php Alternatives: 1950–68 Dodge M-37, 1976–77 Dodge M880series, 1967–69 Kaiser-Jeep M715 series ACC Investment Grade: C 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Vietnam defense budgets, there was dwindling money available to replace worn and damaged trucks. Front-line trucks needed to remain specialized, but military planners, with that trimmed budget in mind, called for a new class of light-duty trucks that would be largely based on civilian pickups, yet still be able to perform rear- and middle-echelon tasks — and even serve on the front line in a pinch if needed. The fi rst of these trucks was the 1976–77 Dodge M880 series. heap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson WAR HORSES H U W based vehicles, and that presented a host of challenges that needed to be worked out quickly in order to get the war machine mobilized. After the war, the Department of Defense created a program of standardizing military vehicles so they’d never have to deal with the same confusion again. Standardization of vehicles worked well for training and logistics, Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: but it also started a closed loop of specialized vehicles that subse- quently became very expensive. During the Vietnam confl ict, this had escalated to the point where an M-series truck such as the Kaiser-Jeep M715 cost the govern- ment nearly double the price of a typical civilian pickup. Detailing $2,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $800 Distributor cap: N/A VIN: Plate on the driver’s door lock pillar Clubs: Military Vehicle Preservation Association Detroit goes to war With heavily trimmed post- Engine number: Passenger’s side of the block on the forward edge of the cylinder head deck More: www.mvpa.org Additional: www.steelsoldiers. com/forum.php Alternatives: 1950–68 Dodge M-37, 1976–77 Dodge M880- series, 1967–69 Kaiser-Jeep M715 series ACC Investment Grade: C 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Vietnam defense budgets, there was dwindling money available to replace worn and damaged trucks. Front-line trucks needed to remain specialized, but military planners, with that trimmed budget in mind, called for a new class of light-duty trucks that would be largely based on civilian pickups, yet still be able to perform rear- and middle-echelon tasks — and even serve on the front line in a pinch if needed. The fi rst of these trucks was the 1976–77 Dodge M880 series. 4 4 p t through tie-down points and paint. These were very basic trucks, powered by Chrysler’s ubiquitous 318 small-block V8 with a TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and with no power amenities such as power steering or power brakes. The M880s got the job done, but there was defi nitely room for improvement. Most poignant was the gasoline engine — with almost everything else in the military’s fl eet diesel-powered, the M880’s days were numbered. GM Defense and the CUCV General Motors proposed a relatively economical replacement for the M880 — the Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicle (CUCV, colloquially expressed as the Kuk-vee). It was also based on a civilian pickup truck — the Chevrolet / GMC K30 1-ton. To better meet the needs of the military, it was powered by the same 6.2L diesel V8 used in the front-line HMMWV (or HUMVEE) program and optionally available in civilian trucks since 1982. Backing it up was a TH400 automatic transmission, an aluminum-case chain-driven New Process 208 2-speed transfer case, and non-slip differentials. Not only did the CUCV series match the M880 for each body style produced — a cargo pickup, ambulance, chassis cab, and utility body — the CUCV also added a command car, based on the K10 Chevy Blazer / GMC Jimmy. CUCVs were also more user-friendly to drive than an M880, with power steering and power brakes. Adopted by the DoD in late 1983, production commenced on 1984-model-year-based trucks. Common traits of the CUCV were chemical warfare-resistant paint, grille guard, NATO standard small-arms retention racks, NATO standard 24-volt jump-start slave terminals, blackout lights with a unique light-switch panel in the dash, brown vinyl upholstery, and a rear step bumper with pintlehook hitch. They were built until 1986, when the production of this


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generation of GM pickup ceased. The CUCV was one of the bona-fi de success stories of the DoD during the Reagan administration. Not only did they provide a costeffective stop gap until the HUMVEEs were fully integrated into the fl eet, but they continued to be used into the new millennium. They also proved their mettle in combat during Desert Storm — generally in a support role, but occasionally seeing front-line action despite their thin-skin confi guration. The CUCV in civvies CUCVs are now old enough to qualify for collector or specialty licensing in most states — and Historic Military Vehicle plates in a few of those. As the fl eet of all 1984–86 trucks has aged, their values have dropped. CUCV values continue to track closely to their civilian equivalents — if not slightly less on occasion. That means in today’s market, you can buy one dirt cheap. For military vehicle fans, the time is ripe for bargains, and CUCVs are now the most inexpensive way to enter the hobby. Then again, you’ll likely have to defend your truck’s honor as a genuine military vehicle, as most of the unwashed masses will probably think you rattle-canned a Silverado. If there’s a weak spot here, it’s the 6.2L diesel. It’s hardly a pow- erhouse at 135 rated horsepower. But it is reliable, and the rest of the powertrain is stout. As such, CUCVs also have a following with offroaders, and the diesel is easily swapped with a small- or big-block Chevy V8 for extra mud-slinging action. I think we’ll see CUCVs rebounding in value in the future. Most have been purged from the DoD’s rolls, so the secondary market is where they’ll come from. In addition, unlike the Vietnam War-era vets who are getting into their retirement and downsizing years, those Variations of the CUCV M1008: A 1-ton 4x4 pickup with uprated axles and suspension, making it a 1¼-ton. The pickup box was fitted with folding cargo seats and a soft top, with a carrying capacity of eight troops M1008A1: An M1008 with antenna mounts and radio racks in the bed instead of troop seats M1009: A half-ton Blazer / Jimmy-based command car, with radio and antenna mount kits M1010: A fully equipped ambulance, and the only CUCV to be fitted with air conditioning in the cab M1028: A 1¼-ton 4x4 pickup with further up-rated suspension. It was designed to carry the S-250 pattern equipment shelter, and most were not fitted with tailgates M1028A1: An M1028 fitted with a New Process 205 gear-driven transfer case M1028A2: An M1028A1 fitted with dual rear wheels M1028A3: An M1028A2 with the standard New Process 208 transfer case M1031: A cab and chassis version of the M1028 of us who served in the military from the Cold War era into Desert Storm are at that point in life where the kids have graduated and we have a few bucks to spend on the M1009 that our commander had and we always wanted. If that’s you, or you’re just looking for a cool work truck for not a lot of money, you’d better grab one now while they’re still cheap. A July-August 2014 43


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Horsepower Colin Comer STRANGERSin their own land AMERICAN MUSCLE ON THE 2014 COPPERSTATE 1000 THERE IS A RUMOR THAT MY COBRA SAW 6,600 RPM IN 4TH GEAR MORE THAN ONCE, BUT I CAN NEITHER CONFIRM NOR DENY THAT Only 22 of 86 cars entered this year were American, despite better parts availability and service support April and, as the name implies, entails 1,000 miles of fantastic driving throughout, and sometimes a bit outside of, Arizona over four days. The CS1000 is open to select pre-1973 cars, and about 75 participate every year. 2014 was the 24th year of the rally, and my 10th consecutive year as a participant. This year’s event saw my wife, Cana, and me back behind the I wheel of our 427 Cobra — the third time we’ve taken this particular car. Now, we’re both fair-skinned, so riding in a black-on-black car with no top and an 11.8:1 compression 427 throwing off insane BTUs between (and under) us may make the Cobra seem like a poor choice. But trading a little sun and wind burn to have the ability to literally leap around traffi c as needed makes it seem perfectly logical. To one of us. The other, well, she tolerates it because I let her drive as well. One of the few Now, here’s the statistic that’s interesting to me: Just 22 of the 86 cars entered were American. Of those, only 17 were post-1963 cars. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com ’ve written a few columns here about optimizing your American car for reliable (and safer) high-speed operation on today’s roads. And the best way to enjoy a properly dialed-in performance car is to truly put it to the test on any number of the long-distance vintage car rallies and tours available to us today. One of my favorites is the Copperstate 1000, which is held every It seems odd considering how capable and tough most mid-1960s to 1972 American cars are, especially the performance variants. At worst you’re a set of radial tires and a highway-friendly ring and pinion away from running with any of the European cars, at least in a straight line, and replacement parts are as close as your nearest AutoZone if component failure becomes an issue. I’ve always looked at the roster for these types of events to see which cars people enjoy traveling this many miles in. For example, you always see a lot of Mercedes 300SL Roadsters and Gullwings, Ferrari 275 GTBs and Daytonas, Jaguar E-types and Porsches — with good reason. All are capable, comfortable high-speed touring cars. This year’s CS1000 list had a similar phenomenon with American cars. Out of the 17 1963–up cars, there were two 1967 ’Vettes, two Panteras, four 1965–67 Shelby GT350s, and three 289 Cobras (okay, eventually four 289 Cobras when somebody’s — we’ll call him Chris Andrews, well, because that is his name — fancy European rally car failed to proceed and his Comp Cobra was pressed into service). Even more telling is that all but one completed the rally, and that was only because of a bad electronic distributor pickup, not oily bits exiting an engine block or some similarly tragic failure. 2015 Copperstate 1000 When: April 19–22, 2015 Entry fee: $5,950 Open to: Pre-1973 and older sports, racing, and grand touring cars More: www.copperstate1000. com


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High-speed muscle One of the more interesting cars on the rally this year was my good friend Bob Rubens’ 1969 Charger R/T. Bob has owned his menacing jet-black R/T for 43 years, and after being hounded by me for a large number of those to do a damn rally with one of his old cars, he, predictably, picked the largest one he owns. Prior to the rally, he installed a 2.76:1 gear, 149-mph rated radial competition tires, and packed what appeared to be a second, completely disassembled 1969 Charger in his trunk. The Charger was perfectly content chasing Cobras with its a/c on and God-knows-what horrible music on the 8-track. Stuart Shoen, of event sponsor U-Haul, decided it would be good to bring his ex-U-Haul-sponsored 1970 Torino Grand National stock car on the rally. Yes, boys and girls, a real-life 1970 NASCAR on public roads. The doors don’t operate, there are no mufflers, but it did have the latest in magnetic U-Haul trailer lights stuck to the back of it. For safety’s sake, y’all. Oh, and a 3.00:1 rear gear behind a “full house” 427 race motor. True story: Since the rally ran near the U.S./Mexico border this year, all participants had to stop at a few Border Patrol checkpoints during the event. At one of them another participant rolled up shortly after the U-Haul stock car had passed through. When the Border Patrol officer asked the other driver what kind of “race” we were having, he said, “Oh no, it isn’t a race, strictly a 1,000-mile tour through Arizona.” The Border Patrol officer quickly replied, “Tour, my ass. A (expletive deleted) NASCAR just rolled through here!” Now, not to be one-upped by a stock car, Michael Hammer brought his 2005 class-winning La Carrera Panamericana 1954 Lincoln Capri race car, still wearing its full La Carrera livery, and still in search of some mufflers. Hammer showed us all what beautiful four-wheeled drifts a 1954 Lincoln could execute on twisty mountain roads. Of course, boys being boys, one night in the parking lot when the Lincoln was parked Stuart Shoen’s 1970 Torino Grand National stock car near the stock car, somebody decided there should be a rev-off to see which one was louder. The Torino won. As for us, our little Cobra did not disappoint. In spite of some very hot weather and very spirited driving, it never missed a beat. In 1,000 miles it used just under one quart of oil, but we did consume over 120 gallons of fuel, 8.5 hats, roughly 80 bottles of drinking water and just under one gallon of SPF100 sunscreen. There is a rumor that it saw 6,600 rpm in 4th gear more than once, but I can neither confirm nor deny that. So was it worth it? Absolutely. We’ll be on the Copperstate 1000 again next April, and I hope after reading this you’ll consider getting your pre-1972 American car ready to join us. I don’t care if it is a 1940 Ford, a 6-cylinder 1967 Camaro or a RAIV Trans Am, there is no better way to enjoy and bond with your car than a week on the road with 150plus other folks having just as much fun as you. You won’t regret it! A July-August 2014 45


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Corvette Market BUY AND HIDE? Time to WISE COUNSEL MIGHT INQUIRE WHY YOU WANT TO RISK YOUR MONEY BY STORING A PERFECTLY GOOD CORVETTE AWAY FOR SO LONG John L. Stein Photos courtesy of General Motors It’s too late to order an optioned 2014 C7 Corvette, but you can still obtain them from dealers profi led both: the $86k 1978 Pace Car in the January-February 2014 issue, and the $151k Grand Sport in the May-June 2014 issue. If this kind of pricing for New Old Stock ’Vettes is actually a W growing trend, that suggests that right now may be the time to buy a new 2014 Stingray — the fi rst of the C7 platform — with all the best options, and then squirrel it away. But does doing that actually make any real sense? What exactly would you need to do, and what are the points to consider? Here’s my take. What to buy, and how to buy it By the time you read this, it will be impossible to order a new fi rst- year C7 Stingray, optioned like you want it, because production has already switched over to 2015 models. But you can still buy one from a dealer and salt it away. Premium prices invariably follow the rarest cars equipped with the best options, and so for a new C7 to have any chance of skyrocketing 46 AmericanCarCollector.com hen you see a four-mile 1978 Pace Car and an 11-mile 1996 Grand Sport sell for four times their value-guide estimates, it challenges any previous understanding of values for time-capsule Corvettes. And if you didn’t see those cars, look no further than ACC — we value in the future, it had better have the right equipment and fl y the right color combination. In the C7’s case, this means the Z51 3LT package, carbon body bits, MR suspension, automatic transmission, performance exhaust and competition seats. As far as the future “best color,” that’s up for negotiation, although I’d bet on Laguna Blue before Lime Rock Green. If you’re serious about putting a C7 genie in a bottle, this means scouring every dealer from here to Poughkeepsie to fi nd the right car. If at all possible, get it before any pre-delivery servicing has occurred, so you maintain the car as closely as possible to how it rolled off the line. Also buy the car on its MSO rather than titling it if possible — although these days, that may be tough to do. Where and how to store it Once you’ve found your car, you’d better not drive it. A few hun- dred miles on dry roads won’t sully the car much, but you bought this as an investment, right? Compared with an example that someone else bought and stored with two miles on the clock, your car with some sunny-day fun miles will play second oboe at any auction 20 years from now. Don’t let mice live in it or let Broomhilda store her beer cans on


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the hood, either. Car’s off limits. And it does need to live in a dark, cool place, because light fades materials, heat deteriorates plastics, and ozone in air pollution cracks rubber. And naturally, climatecontrolled storage can be important because humidity helps metals oxidize. And make sure you keep your insurance policy on the car tracking with its (hopefully) increasing value. Naturally, you’ll store your nascent-NOS C7 with a dry fuel sys- tem, battery removed and other systems properly mothballed, right? While you’re at it, lift that puppy off its OE tires and suspension, and tuck it under a nice cover. Put that C7 in your estate If you’re over a certain age, you may have to consider that your playtime in this great earthly Autorama will be done before your longslumbering C7 is ready to reap any great financial gains. And since you’re the one who bought and stored it as part of your diabolical Corvette master plan, you should ensure that instructions for the car’s future are included in your trust. That way, Dakota and Scooter won’t have to battle over what to do with it when you’re toast. Should you or shouldn’t you? If you have the means to buy a $54,000 to $66,000-plus car and a place to store it for a couple of decades, and you can make sure your little King Tut Korvette will not be a burden — either financially or logistically — to your family, I say go for it. At the very least, the ancillary enjoyment you’ll get from the C7’s ongoing hibernation could become a great part of the family’s Thanksgiving-dinner repartee. “How many more years ’til the Corvette comes out, Uncle Ernie?” “Just 18 more years, Kitten.” On the other hand, wise counsel might inquire why in the name of Zora you want to risk your money by storing a perfectly good Corvette away for so long. After all, the economy cycles, inflationary The right equipment and color add value bubbles rise and then pop, and wars and catastrophes come and go. There’s no telling what our world will be like in the projected 10, 20 or 30 years necessary for this bet to pay off. Certainly, a more conservative approach would have you padding your nest by some other means than packing a fairly expensive automobile into a dark room. The bottom line is this: Until the actual day of reckoning, there’s no guarantee that any mothballed Corvette will outperform other investments, or even outpace inflation for that matter. Accordingly, it’s well worth pondering all of these factors before hatching any serious plan to cash in on a new-old C7 in 2037. Even though I don’t know the final answer to the puzzle, I do know one thing: When in a casino, never gamble more than you can afford to lose. A July-August 2014 47


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390 COUPE A Sting Ray untouched by time David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions The first owner was the only person to ever drive this Corvette. The passenger’s seat has never been sat in, and the car has never been washed or seen rain 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 194377S118237 by Tom Glatch • Unrestored with 2,996 original miles • One owner until July 2011 • Original 427/390, M20 4-speed and 3.36 Positraction rear end • Original paint, interior and chrome • Documented with practically every original document including the window sticker, Protect-O-Plate, purchase receipt, title, registration, photos and owner’s manual • The original owner, Don McNamara, is the only person to have driven the car • Three people are known to have sat in the car • No one has sat in the passenger’s seat • Last driven regularly in October 1967 and not driven since the mid-1980s • Stored in a dry Colorado Springs garage for over 40 years under a car cover • Displayed in the entrance to the Bloomington Gold Great Hall in 2012 • Mr. McNamara’s belongings remain in the car ACC Analysis This car, Lot S128, sold for $783,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Houston, TX, on April 12, 2014. When Donald Joseph McNamara passed away at age 74 on July 7, 2011, few in his hometown of Colorado Springs noticed. In fact, I could not fi nd even a simple obituary for him. But among the collector car community, Don McNamara has left an enduring legacy. A dream Corvette In 1966, after a dozen years serving in the Marine Corps, including time in Vietnam, 30-year-old Don McNamara left the military and moved back to his parents’ home in Colorado Springs. He celebrated his honorable discharge from the military by taking a trip to Las Vegas, where he won a big payout from a slot machine. When he returned home, $5,000 richer, he asked his father, a car salesman, to help him order his dream Corvette. The options he wanted brought the sticker to $5,504.55, but Don was not willing to spend more than his slot machine winnings. It took some time, but his dad fi nally found a dealer willing to order the specifi ed Corvette for just under $5,000. Built on May 10, 1967, the Ermine White and red Corvette was delivered 10 days later to Ray Motor Co. in Lamar, CO, 160 miles southeast of Colorado Springs. Soon after, Don replaced the original blackwall rubber with a set of blue-stripe tires — completing a red, white, and blue Corvette. Hide it away Don and his Sting Ray were a common sight around Colorado Springs that fi rst summer. But by fall he was driving it less and less, and when the insurance and license came up for renewal, he chose to let them lapse. He rarely drove the Corvette again, and when he did, it was like some covert Special Ops mission: always late at night when nobody would see it, and he’d cover just a few miles at a time. When asked about the Corvette, he would say he no longer owned it. And when the odometer neared the 3,000-mile mark


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Detailing Year produced: 1967 Number produced: 3,832 (L36 427/390 cars) Original list price: $5,505 Current ACC Valuation: $69,500–$118,500 Tune-up/major service: $1,000 in the mid-’80s, he parked it for good. Since Don took delivery of the Corvette, he was the only person to ever drive it, and it’s believed that only three people ever sat in the driver’s seat. The passenger’s seat has never been sat in, and the car has never been washed or seen rain despite its immaculate condition. Was the trauma of his years of combat the cause of Don McNamara’s increasing seclusion? We can only speculate. But he never married or had a family, never had a checking account or credit card, and lived very simply in his parents’ home on Wolfe Avenue. Frozen in time After Don passed away, his next-door neighbor of 22 years was surprised to learn there was a vehicle in Don’s one-car garage. But Don had befriended another neighborhood couple, and they inherited his few possessions after his death — including the Corvette, which they found in the garage, carefully covered in shipping blankets decorated with the Stars and Stripes and a Marine Corps fl ag. And found in Don’s wallet was a photo of the Corvette taken when it was new. The couple sold the garage-fi nd to Corvette collector Dr. Mark Davis, who affectionately named it “Mac.” He then revealed it to the world at the 2012 Bloomington Gold Great Hall. The Corvette was also thoroughly examined by Bloomington Gold founder David Burroughs and noted expert John Rettick, and they took over 4,000 detailed photos to advance the knowledge of what was truly “factory original” for 1967. Imagine a 47-year-old automobile that has been frozen in time, save for a few small personal touches added by its only owner, with components and fi nishes preserved by the dry Colorado climate. David Burroughs calls this car “the best teaching aid I’ve ever seen” — high praise from the man who created Bloomington Gold Certifi cation to preserve original and restored Corvettes in factory-delivered condition. A piece of Corvette history Prices for the most desirable Corvettes have moved up in recent months, even beyond levels seen during the pre-Great Recession boom. Of those high-demand Corvettes, the iconic ’67 L88 factory racers have been at the top of the chart, and understandably so — since the 1980s in the Corvette collector world, the L88 has been the most valuable production ’67. The McNamara Corvette is a more pedestrian 390-hp model — yet in terms of value, with regard to recent sales, its $783,000 price ranked it under the multi-milliondollar L88s but well over the usually more desirable L71 427/435 cars. Yes, it’s still a big-block Sting Ray, but the L36 was the least of the fi ve 427 options that year. It’s a great engine for effortless cruising, but it’s not a top-performance 427, is hardly rare, and is hardly on most collectors’ gotta-have lists. Only one ’67 L36 has approached the price of the McNamara Corvette, and that car just happened to be the last 1967, and last C2, Corvette produced, sold for $660,000 at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale sale in 2007 (ACC# 44187). But Don McNamara’s L36 is no ordinary ’67 Sting Ray. Rare is the ’60s Corvette that is not over-restored — even those million-dollar L88s — and rarer still is one that is mostly original. And even the best of those scarce cars are typically not in showroom-fresh condition. But Don McNamara’s Corvette is, and because it is so very original and still so clean, that makes it exceedingly rare. Add to that the McNamara story and you have a perfect storm for big value. $783,000 may seem like a shocking sum for an L36 Corvette that would otherwise max out at around $150,000, but what price can you put on a piece of Corvette history? This was undeniably well sold, but at a price that’s completely appropriate for the car, its condi- tion, and its story. That makes it well bought, too. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) All-time top 1967 Corvette sales 1 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, January 12, 2014 2 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, September 5, 2013 3 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Mecum Auctions, August 13, 2010 RM Auctions, August 16, 2002 4 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Sunray DX L88 5 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 eBay, October 1, 2005 6 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L36, “McNamara Corvette” 7 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L36, “Last Sting Ray” Mecum Houston, April 12, 2014 Barrett-Jackson, January 18, 2007 $3,850,000 $3,424,000 $1,325,000 $900,000 $850,704 $783,000 $660,000 July-August 2014 49CC 49 Distributor cap: $225 (NOS) Chassis # location: On plate under glovebox and stamped into frame on driver’s side rear Engine # location: Stamped on engine pad in front of right-hand head Club: National Corvette Restorers Society More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1965 Shelby Cobra 289, 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe Lot 53, VIN: 194377S122032 Condition: 2Sold at $110,000 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2014 ACC# 232316 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe Lot S78, VIN: 194677S114121 Condition: 2 Sold at $100,580 Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 6/28/2013 ACC# 225831 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe Lot 1285, VIN: 194377S122940 Condition: 1 Sold at $660,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007 ACC# 44187


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PROFILE GM Minty-fresh Malibu 1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE MALIBU This car has the perfect combination of lineage, originality, terrible color and puny drivetrain to maximize value and minimize expense VIN: 136378G104091 by Jay Harden A 50 AmericanCarCollector.com ll-original car with 8,600 actual miles. Ash Gold with black top and interior. 307 V8, power steering, Rally wheels, AM Radio, Bumperettes. Factory pinstripe. Runs and drives like the brand-new car it almost is. When you have the opportunity to buy a low- mileage car like this, it makes you doubly proud of the ownership, and the car is bound to keep appreciating in value. Remember, they are only original once! ACC Analysis This car, Lot SP121, sold for $22,555, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Collector Car Productions’ Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on April 5, 2014. The most daunting challenge I face as an auction analyst is managing my own immunity to the numbers. Watching $100 million change hands over the course of a week will do that to you. In truth, I can’t afford most of the cars I report on. I observe from the cheap seats and subjectively objectify using the tools at my disposal — previous sales data, the ACC Price Guide, and my knowledge of current market trends. Using an ever-fl uid sliding scale, I am constantly working to articulate the subtle nuances that differentiate a $100,000 car from one that brings double that amount, actively denying myself the foregone conclusion that it is simply wanted twice as badly by someone willing to pay twice as much. In my reality, $25,000 is a lot of cash. It’s also a very signifi cant number that resonates with those of us who spend our lunch hours scouring the local classifi eds over leftovers. I have scrutinized, harshly and with intense focus, a lot of cars at the $25k mark. Unfortunately, I’m rarely impressed. The segment tends to be dominated by 10-footers, emotional baggage, and whatever was featured on the last episode of “Overhaulin’.” However, every so often a gem emerges, and this particular Malibu may just be the most car I’ve seen trade hands at that price point in a very long time. Not first or best This car has the perfect combination of lineage, originality, terrible color and puny drivetrain to maximize value and minimize expense. That fi rst point, lineage, is a critical one. Chevelles are, and probably always will be, among the most desirable muscle cars on the market, but this particular car is fl oating lazily just outside the mainstream. Sure, it’s a Chevelle, but it’s a 1968 Chevelle. Outside of Chevelle-ophiles like myself, you’d be hard pressed to fi nd a casual enthusiast who even knows that it is a Chevelle, much less who can tell you the year. It’s the middle child who lacks the advantage of either having been the fi rst or the best. I have a giant soft spot for the sharky snout of this car because I have a ’69 parked in my garage that has Courtesy of Collector Car Productions


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Detailing Years produced: 1968–69 Number produced: 266,400 (1968 Malibu) Original list price: $2,918 Current ACC Valuation: $14,000–$26,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $11 Chassis # location: On tag at base of windshield, driver’s side Engine # location: On block pad on passenger’s front of engine, in front of cylinder head shaped my life in innumerable ways. But the ’68, with its vent windows, unfortunate lower body trim and giant marker lights, simply doesn’t present as cleanly as some other models. The average value of ’68s is nestled right down at the bottom of the trough between the more classically styled ‘66/’67s and the iconic ’70, and it will likely remain there forever. However, the ’68 is inarguably still a Chevelle, and it will always reap the benefi ts of that popular emblem. Parts present and untouched The second point I mentioned — originality — goes a long way to add signifi cant value to a car that may otherwise go unnoticed. That may seem like a painfully obvious point to make, but it can’t be overstated. When looking to wring every last ounce of value from every dollar spent, taking the time to fi nd an original, unmolested car will save you thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours, and bucketloads of heartache. Taking on a basket-case Chevelle for a quarter of the price paid here may be enticing considering that the A-body cars are some of the best-supported vehicles in all of the automotive aftermarket, but piecing a car together from catalogs can be a soul-strangling endeavor. If you’ve ever tried to perfect the fi t of sheet metal or stainless trim that was delivered in a box with the word “REPRODUCTION” on the side, then you know the pain. This car looks complete, top to bottom, and the mile- age is absolutely perfect. There are just enough tics on the odometer to move it out of the realm of total conservancy, but so few as to be truly exceptional. It is essentially a brand-new car that I think is begging desperately to be saved from a senselessly mundane existence. What do you do with it? A car this solid and complete is a fantastic candi- date for a fairly painless repaint, but I think deviating from the wretched beauty of the Ash Gold Poly would be an unforgivable mistake. Although this car is dipped in what has to be one of the worst colors GM ever mixed, it is a fantastic departure from the hordes of red, black, and silver Chevelles that line the rows of cruise-ins nationwide. So what’s next for this car? Originality is a com- modity these days, and leaving the car as-is would be a smart choice. But would it be any fun to use like that? A complete tear-down and rebuild as an SS hasn’t been priced out of the world of reason, either, but that’s been the standard procedure for so long that cars like this basic example are getting hard to fi nd. If it were mine, I’d leave the fundamentals alone and embrace the beauty of bolt-ons rather than waste good money to blend in. Oddball colors like this one can be terrifi c con- versation starters, and they often have the effect of crawling under the skin of the spit-and-polish crowd by drawing more than their fair share of attention. And let this be a friendly reminder that the straightest path to automotive purgatory runs straight through the local paint shop. I wouldn’t hesitate to pitch the 307 into the corner of the garage and toss a fogged LS, a lopey big-block, or a carefully disguised stroker in its place. What’s wrong with getting crazy with giant wheels, tubular control arms, disc brakes, and a 6-speed transmission? Put all the original parts in a box if you must, and save them for the day you never put it all back to stock. At least then you can always sell the parts along with the car so that the next guy can have an opportunity to never use them too. This is a car that needs to be driven. Hard. It is very original, and I salute the previous owners for their efforts, but this isn’t a rare and beautiful butterfl y. This is a Plain-Jane Chevelle that has somehow miraculously avoided decades of misuse. I just hope the new owner is ready to make up for lost time. A (Introductory description courtesy of Collector Car Productions.) July-August 2014 51 Club: Team Chevelle Forum More: www.chevelles.com Alternatives: 1968 AMC Javelin SST, 1968 Buick Skylark GS 400, 1968 Ford Torino GT ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 replica Not sold at $20,000 Silver Auctions, Fort Lot 115, VIN: 136378Z142318 Condition: 3+ McDowell, AZ, 1/17/2014 ACC# 232198 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Lot 6K, VIN: 136379K416726 Condition: 5 Sold at $29,160 VanDerBrink Auctions, Pierce, NE, 9/28/2013 ACC# 227822 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 350 replica convertible Lot 16.1, VIN: 136678K197272 Condition: 5 Sold at $16,500 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 4/7/2011 ACC# 177718


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PROFILE FOMOCO Who’s the Boss? 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429s Photos courtesy of Auctions America Which was the better buy? At this price point, you can’t always judge a car solely by the price paid by Dale Novak ACC Analysis In the November-December 2013 issue of ACC, Editor Pickering tapped me for an article about two 1969 Camaros, otherwise known as the Camaro Comparo. For this exercise, I’ll be digging into two heavy hitters: a pair of 1969 Ford Boss 429 Mustangs. I’ll label this the 429 Mustang Match-up. Building the Boss The Boss 429 was the brainchild of Semon E. “Bunkie” Knudsen, who, after a successful 29-year career at GM, jumped ship to take the position of President at Ford Motor Company. The job didn’t last very long, about 19 months, due to some head butting with then-Executive Vice President Lee Iacocca, an up-and-coming star at Ford and well known for his marketing prowess. Nevertheless, during his short tenure, Knudsen wanted to take on the track-dominating Chrysler Hemispherical 426 (Hemi) and put Ford on the competition map. Ford was already running the newfor-1969 Torino Talladega, and engineers were tasked with designing and building the massive, heavybreathing 429 to take on the now-famous Hemi. Once completed, Ford needed to homologate the engine into a production car to make it NASCARlegal. While most CEOs would have automatically dropped the engine into the Torino Talladega, Knudsen made the decision to stuff the oversized mill into the new Mustang Sportsroof body. Knudsen felt that the popular Mustang platform, especially in Boss trim, was better suited for retail sales and more likely to resonate with power-hungry guys looking to shred 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com some Polyglas tires on a Saturday night. NASCAR rules didn’t specify the type of car the “production” engine needed to be supplanted into, just that the manufacturer needed to produce 500 units to comply with the fl imsy rules that dominated NASCAR at the time. A Krafty solution solution Although Kn from a marketi fi t into the stoc Business effi ci Kar Kraft of B would be alter mill and ramp u rated 375 hp. B Those body r 429s are so dif Boss 429s — o they are known — a of subtle and n nuances that m special. They a impossible to f the Ford VIN i to designate th a “Special Per designation on t tag. u r o n m a f i Brighton were fi ished, a Kar K NASCAR chas number (KK1201 to Once the bo fi n- K


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Detailing Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 857 (1969), 499 (1970) Original list price: $4,900 Current ACC Valuation: $180,000–$230,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $45 Chassis # location: KK number on inside of driver’s door above Ford warranty plate Engine # location: KK number on rear of block Club: Mustang Club of America Lot 543 (white) KK2558 for all 1969/1970 production) was affi xed to the door jamb above the Ford data plate. With that, the hand-built cars’ fi nal retail cost ratcheted up to just under $5,000, which was an eye-watering amount of money in 1969. Still, production in 1969 totaled 857 units, and 499 units in 1970, which was considered a success by Ford and Kar Kraft. The white Boss VIN: 9F02Z195381 Our fi rst car, Lot 543, was sold for $209,000, in- cluding buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale on March 15, 2014. Here’s what Auctions America’s catalog said about the car: “This particular car is a very original example that has received one repaint in Wimbledon White, with an interior décor group black interior that features bucket “comfortweave” high-back bucket seats and center console. The interior and undercarriage are unrestored and the mileage registers as 33,960 miles. “The Boss 429 had its concours preparation over- seen by Ed Meyer, who is the head judge of the Shelby American Automobile Club, with over 30 years of experience with these cars. Mr. Meyer certifi es this as an outstanding original-example Boss. This outstand- Lot 563 (maroon) ing fi rst-year Boss 429 is naturally accompanied with a Marti Report, various pieces of original documentation, and it has consistently scored highly in three national Shelby Convention concours gatherings.” I was at this sale and it was a great event. If you have never been to this auction, the venue is outstanding and the South Florida weather can’t be beat during March. This Boss 429 Mustang, Kar Kraft chassis 1785, was in terrifi c condition. While the color was neutral, it looked very nice in person. I like white-over-black cars, and this one exhibited a certain feeling of originality that’s nearly impossible to replicate. It’s the kind of thing only a few cars possess, as it’s often erased when cars are fully restored. This car had been partially restored, and it was still in very nice condition overall. The parts found on this example, according to sources, were mostly authentic, with plenty of OEM items on board. Plus, this Boss 9 was rewarded with some serious judging hardware not found on all examples, such as three-time recognition from the Shelby American Automobile Club. Ed Meyer, who is the head judge of SAAC, also provided his seal of approval for this car, and oversaw its concours preparation. Further, it was also reported to have 33,960 miles — a statement backed up by an exceptional unrestored interior and undercarriage. More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1969 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 1970-71 Hemi ’Cuda and Challenger 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot 466, VIN: 9F02Z187771 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $230,000 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/24/2013 ACC# 231520 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot S135.1, VIN: 0F02Z127597 Condition: 2 Sold at $197,950 ACC# 227170 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/2013 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Lot F118, VIN: 9F02Z159789 Condition: 2Sold at $588,500 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2013 ACC# 227424 July-August 2014 53CC 53


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PROFILE FOMOCO Lot 543 (white) The maroon Boss VIN: 9F02Z172964 Our second car, Lot 563, was sold for $176,000, including buyer’s premium, also at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on March 15, 2014. Here’s what Auctions America’s catalog said about the car: “On offer is this fully restored, very correct example of Ford’s pre- eminent muscle car; the highly respected Boss 429. “Engine compartment and undercarriage are highly detailed. The engine block is stamped with correct partial VIN, and the transmission plus the remainder of the driveline are believed by the vendor to be original. The interior is correct with accurate non-toe pad carpet, while the trunk-mounted battery is an accurate reproduction with the proper vent caps. “The engine has only a few hundred miles on an older professional rebuild. The steering system has a fresh rebuild with correct, unique Boss 429 parts, including ram, pump and Blue Dot reproduction hoses. Other evidence of the detail used in the restoration includes the use of correct reproduction Autolite shocks, correct date-coded glass, original-style lug nuts, alternator, belts and engine pulleys. All smog equipment is present.” Kar Kraft chassis #1689 also presented very nicely at this sale. The Royal Maroon color was perhaps more attractive than the white example, but coupled with the black interior, came off a bit flat to me due to the lack of contrast. As reported, this car was nicely restored with an exceptional engine bay and very nice undercarriage. Per the description, the consignor also expressed that the engine was likely original to the car. On the flip side of the presentation, the car also included more than a few reproduction parts, which were required to complete the restoration. While this isn’t the kiss of death for a Boss 9, it does affect the car’s valuation. Documentation was reasonable and included a Deluxe Marti Report, a very rare factory build sheet and two Ford dealer invoices. A 2013 Mustang Club of America Concours inspection report also accompanied the car. Additionally, it had a 2013 National Silver designation by the MCA, which is testimony to the overall presentation. The 429 Mustang match-up Boss 429s routinely trade hands from $175,000 to about $250,000 based on the multitude of sales tracked in the ACC database. The highest recorded sale was $588,500, achieved at Mecum’s Monterey, CA, sale in August 2013 (ACC# 227424). That car was completely original, with only 902 documented miles on the clock. Our two subject cars were both very nice cars in their own respect. But which car was the better deal? Both cars were in fine condition, but the white Boss was a more 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Lot 563 (maroon) authentic example. It had more of its authentic and likely original “born with” parts, and retained much of its DNA from the factory. The maroon Boss didn’t have the same level of preservation or presentation, and while that doesn’t make it a bad car, it does make it less valuable — especially in the six-digit category world of car collecting. The question is, was the white car really $33,000 better than our maroon example? Picking a best buy Authenticity has a price, and Boss 429s are incredibly sought-after automobiles. But at this price point, you can’t always judge the better buy solely by the price paid. It all boils down to this: You can’t replace originality, and you can’t replicate it, either. The white car would be far more difficult to replace — it was more authentic and more desirable — and in the long run, it will be more sought after than the maroon example. But on the flip side, the maroon Boss would be a more useable car, since it can be driven and enjoyed without sacrificing as much of its value. So to answer the question, you have to ask yourself what you’d want to do with your car. As a pure investment that you might rarely drive, if ever, the white car wins. As a great investment-grade car you’ll run through the gears a little more often? The maroon car looks a little better. At the end of the day, both of these cars were well bought, each in its own right. But with that statement, and considering how the market views these cars as ultimate Mustang collectibles, I’d give the edge to the buyer of the white Boss as the more astute purchase, even considering the additional $33k he had to toss in the ring to park it in his garage. Originality is king in the car collecting world, and that car will always be just a little more desirable because of its originality and historical aura.A


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PROFILE MOPAR 1970 PLYMOUTH AAR ’CUDA Plymouth’s All American Racer Courtesy of Auctions America The AAR ’Cuda was the most flamboyant, balls-out racer replica you could buy in 1970 VIN: BS23JOB294273 by Patrick Smith P 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com resented in striking Tor-Red with AAR graphics, this Plymouth has looked “raceready” since day one. It includes an AM radio, Rallye dash, center console with Slap Stik for the automatic transmission, black vinyl bucket seat interior, Rallye wheels, space-saver spare tire, jack and sidepipes with new muffl ers. This is an original AAR edition with a properly date-coded block that has been restamped to match this car. This 340 Six Pack V8 is connected to the original transmission, and the rear end is also original to the car. Included in the sale of this exciting California-built machine is a copy of the original build sheet and also a window sticker copy. Additionally the ’Cuda has a written report from Galen Govier, and in December 2013, a validation report was issued from MMC Detroit. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 546, sold for $63,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on March 14–16, 2014. The AAR package was born when Chrysler Corporation decided to enter the popular Trans Am race series in 1970. Dodge ran their own Challenger T/A, while Plymouth campaigned under the “All American Racers” banner, led by Dan Gurney and Swede Savage. An AAR for the street In order to homologate their car for Trans Am, Chrysler had to build and sell street versions of the AAR. So for 1970, the AAR package, coded A53, came with a bunch of special-purpose parts, including a Trans Am 340 engine with a unique casting number. But unlike the Boss and Z/28, the production AAR was more of a hot rod than a true corner carver. The AAR ’Cuda was the most fl amboyant, balls-out racer replica you could buy. Multiple carbs were standard equipment. You had to special order that kind of stuff on a Z/28 or Boss 302. The 340 engine block was stress relieved, and had high nickel content and extra-thick main webbing to allow use of four bolt mains in competition. The oil-pan rails were thicker than a regular 340 casting. Special cylinder heads had relocated pushrod holes with adjustable screws to allow for enlarged ports. The engine was heavy duty in every way, including the Edelbrock intake manifold and three Holley carbs. Low-restriction dual exhaust had trumpets exiting the side of the body ahead of the rear tires. The brakes were power disc and drum. Rallye suspension, with heavy-duty shocks and a more pronounced front-torear rake, was included, with staggered E60 x 15 front and G60 x 15 rear tires. A matte black fi berglass hood scoop with hood pins was part of the cold-air induction package, and you also got distinctive strobe tape stripes down each side, with the AAR logo at the rear.


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Detailing Lose on Sunday, canceled on Monday Chrysler entered the Trans Am series much later than Ford and Chevrolet had, placing 5th in the series by the end of 1970. The team lacked the experience that only comes from competing a few years with the car. The Boss 302 was dialed in, and it showed with a Championship Series Win for 1970. By contrast, after starting out already behind, Plymouth was done with their program by the end of the year, leaving their teams to continue on as privateers. Similarly, in spite of the street AAR’s extra sass, wild colors and hot engine, it was a bust in sales. Plymouth sold 2,724 AAR ’Cudas, while Ford sold 6,318 Boss 302s and Chevrolet moved out 19,014 Z/28s during a carryover calendar year. That sealed the AAR’s fate as a one-year-only model. Mopars and AARs in the market Mopars have been muscle car market bellwethers almost from the very beginning — especially rare performance variants such as Hemi or Six Pack cars. In a strong market, they led the charge in record-setting prices. During a market correction, they took the fi rst big price drops. The Trans Am homologated E-bodies, such as the AAR, have an enthusiastic but smaller following than the typical 340 ’Cuda or Challenger R/T. When the market was white-hot, these Six Pack small-blocks crested the $200,000 range, with one selling for $226,800 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale in 2006. Today, the usual strong sale is in the $70,000–$80,000 range. Good AARs without major issues currently change hands for $50,000–$60,000. A nice 4-speed example that’s numbers matching or has a desirable rare color such as Citron Yellow can sell in the $80,000 range today. A strengthening muscle market bodes well for rising prices. It should be noted that some Mopar fanciers like cars with factory originality even if it means sloppy quality control compared with GM, Ford or AMC rivals. Living with the beast If an AAR is on your list, there are few kinks you need to know about. The proper way to lift the fi berglass hood without cracking it is to lift with your hand wrapped under the hood, fi ngers facing you — not by the thin top half of the scoop. Operating costs are a little higher with two extra carbs and related goodies. The payoff is an enjoyable street driver with usable power range compared with the high-revving Boss 302 and Z/28 — with one of these, you don’t have the hassles associated with driving a car when it’s not “on the cam.” It’s also rare compared with a Z/28 or Boss 302. Our example was a well-restored car fi nished in desirable Tor-Red paint and equipped with console, AM radio, stainless-steel drip moldings and the 727 TorqueFlite. The catalog description is clear that the car has a properly date-coded block that has been restamped. It’s worth noting that it didn’t hurt the selling price by much. The bigger issue here was that the car was relatively light on options and has the manual steering box, and that makes the car slightly over market at almost $64k. But given Mopar’s history at leading the muscle market charge, you might still consider this a deal by year’s end if the momentum continues at this rate. For now, I’d call it fairly bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Lot 952.1, VIN: BS23JOB294123 Condition: 2 Sold at: $61,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2012 ACC# 191455 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Lot SP122, VIN: BS23JOB305193 Condition: 1- Clubs: www.AARcuda.com, www.moparforums.com Alternatives: 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1970 Pontiac Trans Am ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 2,724 Original list price: $3,966 Current ACC Valuation: $55,000–$85,000 Tune-up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $12.40 Chassis # location: VIN tag on driver’s side dashpad, door decal, radiator cradle partial stamp and on cowl Engine # location: Casting number ‘3577130TA’ and partial VIN appears on oil pan rail Not sold at $62,261 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/14/2013 ACC# 216262 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda Lot 638, VIN: BS23JOB296037 Condition: 2Sold at $66,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2012 ACC# 197701 July-August 2014 July-August 2014 57


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1955 FORD “GLASS WONDER” SHOW CAR Breaking the mold A fair number of people built plywood bucks, covered them with plaster, bought resin materials, and hand-built their own fiberglass bodies 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 18295765 by Ken Gross a 1942 59L Ford fl athead V8, with a ’39 Ford 3-speed manual fl oor-shift transmission. The engine block has been bored to 3 3/8 inches, T ported, and relieved — and equipped with a Winfi eld camshaft, a Harman & Collins dual-coil distributor, a four-inch Mercury crankshaft, dual Stromberg 97 carburetors on an Evans manifold, and reproduction Harrell fi nned aluminum high-compression heads. The engine and transmission have been rebuilt — as have the radiator, water pumps, clutch, distributor, brakes and exhaust system — with original parts. A tag on the engine states it was built by Coach Maintenance in Hollywood, CA. Recognizable styling components include a cut- down 1955 Buick panoramic windshield, Buick “sidespear,” chrome trim, and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels from a 1933 Ford. The car has been displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and it appeared on “My Classic Car,” “Hemmings’ Lost and Found,” “Vintage TV,” and in an article in Rod & Kulture his one-off hand-laid-fi berglass-bodied special was located in 2003 in partially restored condition. Built in California on a 1933 Ford chassis (and titled as a 1933 Ford, despite the “1955” catalog designation), it’s powered by magazine. It received local awards at events that included Wheels of Time, the Hot Rod Hoe Down, and Lead East. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 4151, sold for $52,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale in Auburn, IN, on May 8–10, 2014. Futuristic fiberglass When Chevrolet’s Corvette appeared in 1953, its GM Motorama-inspired roadster body was made of a relatively new “miracle” material called glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), better known then as fi berglas. (Fiberglass spelled with two ‘s’s didn’t come until later). The Corvette was not the fi rst use of plastic compos- ite for an automobile body. Henry Ford had long been fascinated with the automotive potential for soybean plastics, and Ford had built a prototype before the war broke out in 1941. The urgent need for war materiel shut down Detroit’s assembly lines in 1942, but the U.S. military used fi berglass for a wide variety of parts and components during the war. When hostilities ended, newmodel cars were in short supply, there was a massive Courtesy of Auctions America


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pent-up demand, and enthusiasts began customizing older automobiles. Fiberglass proved to be easy to work with, making it a natural material for a handy guy who wanted to build his own car at home. A new era in car bodies Historians trace the beginnings of the fi berglass car-body craze to 1950, and a talented California boat designer named William “Bill” Tritt. He and his associates, Otto Bayer (from Wizard Boats) and Jerry Neiger, ran Glasspar in Costa Mesa, CA, where they produced fi berglass boat hulls. Tritt and Bayer soon gained an auto client. Inspired by the Jaguar XK 120, Army Major Kenneth Brooks from nearby Lido Island wanted a custom sports car that would be attractive, affordable and composed largely of domestic components. With a body designed by Bill Tritt, the Major’s fi nished ’glass-bodied roadster was called the Brooks Boxer. Recognizing the potential for fi berglass car bodies, Tritt decided to build and sell body shells based on the Boxer design. Later, Tritt partnered with Naugatuck Chemical and built them a prototype car, based on the Boxer, called the Alembic 1. A team of Naugatuck employees drove the Alembic 1 cross-country, displaying it at trade and car shows. It was featured in Life magazine, helping to publicize the use of fi berglass for home-built car production. Meanwhile, Tritt’s Glasspar roadster body went on sale, and he began making a somewhat different design fi berglass body for an enterprising California Willys dealer, B.R. “Woody” Woodill, called the Woodill Wildfi re. Tritt marketed his own Glasspar bodies, but it took a very handy enthusiast to assemble all the components needed to build a running car. Woodill assembled a few cars at his factory in Downey, CA, but largely sold body and frame kits nationally, with very detailed instructions, so backyard mechanics, using either Ford or Willys components, could build their own Wildfi res. Build it yourself Glasspar, Woodill and countless other bodies for sale were relatively inexpensive. But in the eraprevailing spirit of “Do it Yourself,” a fair number of people across the U.S. built plywood bucks, covered them with plaster, bought the requisite resin materials, and designed and hand-built their own fi berglass bodies — which were then mounted on home-built or used production-car chassis. Geoff Hacker, a Florida-based college professor, and his friend, Rick D’Louhy, are the enthusiasts behind “Forgotten Fiberglass,” (www.forgottenfi berglass.com) a fascinating blog that discovers, reveals and details glass-bodied post-war cars of all types. If you’re interested in cars like this one, they are the source. A special car without history The DIY approach seems to have been the genesis of the “Glass Wonder.” Its styling borrows cues from the period’s best designs, such as the GM Le Sabre and the Buick Wildcat Motorama showcars, although its proportions are slimmer, the rear fi ns are larger and higher, and the components, based on an early Ford chassis and running gear, are hardly as sophisticated as the Le Sabre’s dual-fuel supercharged OHV V8. The consignor was Mike Acerra from Allentown, PA. He bought the car on eBay, from a seller who had found the “Glass Wonder” in an ad in Hemmings Motor News a few years ago. Acerra and his son Jason learned that the car had been stored at a local dealership since the early 1970s. They rebuilt the engine, found a set of re-pop Harrell heads, and preserved the original red and white lacquer fi nish. They note that the ’33 Ford frame was “Z-ed” in the rear, the dashboard is equipped with period Stewart-Warner gauges, and the interior is upholstered in tan Naugahyde. Workmanship is reportedly “top notch.” Sadly, despite the fact that this car has been seen on TV and in magazines, nothing is known about its original builder, nor the origin of the name, “Glass Wonder.” The fact that it was listed as a 1955 “Special” might indicate the year it was initially titled. Cars like this are something of an acquired taste, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Besides attracting attention, what do you do with a car like this? Sport Customs have been featured at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, and other primo events, so there’s always that possibility. For a one-off, unusual, and oddly attractive special like this, with its little-known history, $52,250 does seem like a lot of money. But the market is seeing some increasing value in this type of car. There’s a Woodill Wildfi re on eBay as this is written — and not a factory-built car — that’s nudging $40k. KaiserDarrin roadsters are rising in value, and C1 Corvettes are into six fi gures. And forgottenfi berglass.com is heartily beating the drum for unusual glass cars. On that basis, while I’d certainly call this well bought, I’d also say it was tion courtesy of Auctions America.) July-August 2014 59 comparatively well sold. A (Introductory descrip- Detailing Year produced: 1955 Number produced: One Original sales price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $45,000–$65,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 (estimated) Distributor cap: $19.75 (Mac’s Antique Auto Parts) VIN # location: On frame near steering box Engine # location: On bellhousing Club: Early Ford V-8 Club of America More: www.earlyfordV8.org Alternatives: 1952–58 Woodill Wildfire, 1950–53 Glasspar G2, any vintage homebuilt fiberglass sports car ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1951 Glasspar G2 Lot 736, VIN: 185611852 Condition: 3 Sold at $52,800 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/3/2013 ACC# 227143 1953 Woodill Wildfire Series II Lot 109, VIN: 99723 Condition: 3+ Sold at $66,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2012 ACC# 213579 1951 Glasspar G2 Lot 855, VIN: 185611852 Condition: 3 Sold at $40,700 RM Auctions, Tarpon Springs, FL, 12/1/2007 ACC# 47749


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1957 CONTINENTAL MARK II Ford’s post-war classic If a car was expensive to build, then it is even more expensive to restore today. That’s especially true of the Mark II VIN: C56J3315 by Carl Bomstead M 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com ark II Continental with 74,000 original miles. Beautiful example of an original well-cared-for car with documented service and owner history. Loaded with functional factory options. Factory air conditioning and power windows, recent service and tune-up just completed. This car still retains a lot of its original paint, chrome and stainless trim. Lots of paperwork, books and record come with the car. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 644, sold for $44,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 11–13, 2014. A personal Lincoln The fi rst Lincoln Continental, which started life as one of the many “personal” cars built for Edsel Ford, evolved into one of the most elegant American cars ever produced. Lore has it that upon returning from a European trip, Edsel turned to designer Eugene “Bob” T. Gregorie with ideas for a convertible coupe that had a European fl air. It was to be available for his February Florida vacation in 1939. As the story goes, his infl uential friends were so taken by the design that they committed to several hundred examples if the car were to be built. It, of course, did go into production, and the 1940–41 Lincoln Continentals were the epitome of styling for their time. After the war, however, the clean, crisp lines evolved, and the new styling featured a massive chrome grille and a body that did not carry the elegance of the pre-war Continentals. On top of that, Ford Motor Company’s fi nancial statement was upside-down, and Edsel Ford had died in 1943, leaving no one to sponsor the Continental project. It was an obvious cost-cutting target, and by 1948, the Mark I was gone. However, soon after the death sentence had been given, a proposal surfaced for the nextgeneration Continental. The Mark II With fi nancial fortunes improving and Ford Motor Company celebrating its Golden Anniversary in 1953, thoughts of a super-luxury car that would again place Lincoln at the pinnacle of the market were gaining momentum. Special Products Operations, which became the Continental Division in 1955, was formed to create the most luxurious American automobile — a car to rival the quality of Rolls-Royce. They presented several renderings — all in William Clay Ford’s favorite color of Honolulu Blue — to the company brass. All were Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC


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Detailing Years produced: 1956–57 Number produced: 2,994 Original list price: $9,695 (’56), $9,966 (’57) Current ACC Valuation: $38,000–$70,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis # location: Data plate on left door post Engine # location: Top of block-back of intake manifold Clubs: www.lcoc.org Alternatives: 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, 1956 Crown Imperial rejected, but after an expanded competition, a Special Products Operation design was selected and the Mark II was born. Interestingly, Gordon Buehrig of Cord 810/812 fame was the chief body engineer. The Continental Mark II, introduced October 15, 1955, at the Paris Motor Show, was built to exacting quality and exuded luxury. All body panels were fi tted on a simulated chassis prior to painting to ensure proper alignment, and chrome plating exceeded SAE specifi cations by a factor of three. The interiors were Bridge of Weir leather, broadcloth, or a new fabric called “Matelasse.” After extensive testing and inspections, each car was draped with a fl eece-lined cloth cover and wrapped in a big plastic bag. Air conditioning was the only option. At a price tag that pushed $10,000, they were more than twice the price of the Lincoln Premiere hard top. Short-lived class The rich and famous fl ocked to the car, and it was well received by the critics. Orders were brisk at fi rst, with about 1,300 received during the last three months of 1955, but then things began to unwind. Price was, of course, an issue, and only 652 of Lincoln-Mercury’s 1,300 dealers were on board, so support was weak. Deep discounting was required to move the dealer inventory, which alienated the early full-fare buyers. Faced with a loss of over $1,000 per car sold, the last Continental Mark II was produced in May of 1957. I confess to a soft spot for the Continental Mark II, as it was one of the fi rst collector cars I acquired some 35 years ago. When I bought it from a friend of a friend in Phoenix, I was assured the car was roadworthy and that a return trip to Seattle would not be an issue. I was picked up at the Phoenix airport in the owner’s ’56 Thunderbird, which promptly broke down and could have been a harbinger of things to come. But it wasn’t — the Mark II drove and handled as advertised and attracted an admiring crowd along the way. Expensive then, expensive now If the Mark II is so wonderful, why has it not touched the hearts of collectors? These cars’ styling is sedate, not fl ashy, and they are readily available, with more than half the total production still on the road. A lot of them need work, and the rule of thumb with regard to that is this: If a car was expensive to build, then it is even more expensive to restore today. That’s especially true here. To sell in the high fi ve-fi gure range, a Mark II has to be restored to the exacting specifi cations of when it was built, and in so doing, most owners quickly turn upside-down. The car offered at Barrett-Jackson could have re- ally used a better description from the seller. But from the text and images provided, it looked and sounded like this car was very original. That can be both a blessing and a curse, as the line between patina and resto candidate can be hard to see, and a restoration can kill your investment in a hurry. You can’t cut corners on a car like this, either — replace the Bridge of Weir leather interior with vinyl and your car is worth a pittance. Our on-site reporter noted lots of issues with the car’s cosmetics, and none of them will be cheap to fi x. With that in mind, this price was aggressive. Big restoration bills could be looming around the corner for the new owner. I’d call this one well sold, but just thinking about these cars makes me wish I had mine back.A (Introductory description courtesy of BarrettJackson.) July-August 2014 61CC 61 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1956 Continental Mark II Lot 423, VIN: C56A1756 Condition: 2Sold at $42,000 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/21/2014 ACC# 238891 1956 Continental Mark II Lot 680, VIN: C5601627 Condition: 1Sold at $86,900 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/28/2013 ACC# 228090 1956 Continental Mark II Lot 48, VIN: C5601603 Condition: 3Sold at $41,800 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 8/31/2013 ACC# 227791


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PROFILE RACE 1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA HURST HEMI UNDER GLASS Right-price wheelstander David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions The Hemi Under Glass was a giant engineering fail, but race fans loved it, and it was the perfect rolling billboard to market Hurst’s products 62 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: N/A by Tom Glatch • The original 1967 Hurst Hemi Under Glass exhibition wheelstander piloted by Bob Riggle • Riggle restored the car for collector Bill Sefton, and they campaigned it at exhibitions with Riggle at the wheel • Regularly on public display at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, CA • Rear-mounted 426 Hemi engine • Cragar wheels and Goodyear slicks ACC Analysis This car, Lot S200, sold for $324,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s sale in Kissimmee, FL, on January 25, 2014. “Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!” the radio waves barked, and if the Gods of Nitro smiled upon your local drag race, you’d hear that one of the legendary wheelstanders would make exhibition runs at your event. The two best known and most popular were Bill “Maverick” Golden’s Dodge Little Red Wagon truck, and the Plymouth Hurst Hemi Under Glass Barracuda with Bob Riggle at the wheel. The spectacle of either of these vehicles roaring down the track, front wheels skyward, a shower of sparks in their wake, would be indelibly etched in your memory. And if “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn appeared with the Hemi Under Glass, well, it just didn’t get any better than that! Run like hell George Hurst’s plan was to create a competitive racer using the new-for-’64 Barracuda and 426 Hemi. The 426 wouldn’t fi t in the Barracuda’s engine bay, so Hurst had to improvise. “‘We’ll drop a Hemi in the rear,’ George said, ‘and run like hell.’ And that’s how the whole thing started, over coffee, George and the Hurst Performance Engineers kicking around ideas.” So said the full-page ad in the April 1965 edition of Hot Rod magazine. “The question that day over coffee: What type of new vehicle should we experiment with? The conclusion was, a street machine that could be reworked extensively and turned into a rolling research lab. There it was. George saw it and sketched it on the tablecloth, and now it’s reality.” Working with Chrysler engineering, Hurst’s team obtained a 1965 Barracuda and removed the engine, interior trim, and anything else they deemed unnecessary. They modifi ed the area behind the front seats for the 426 Hemi, which ran its power through an inverted Chrysler 4-speed to a V-drive, then to independent rear suspension made up of Corvette and custom components. The reality was, when drag racer Bill Shrewsberry tried driving the new creation, the front wheels lifted until the rear bumper hit the pavement. On top of that, the independent rear suspension didn’t live long, either, and had to be replaced with a live axle. As a race car, the Hemi Under Glass was a giant


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engineering fail, but race fans loved it. And with over 2 million people fl ocking annually to drag races in the mid-’60s, the Hemi Under Glass became the perfect o market Hurst’s products. o o wheels ewsberry left Hurst to drive his own .A. Dart, and Bob Riggle took over gle was a Hurst engineer who was g the Hemi Under Glass, and he echnique for driving the beast. He irection by staggering the rear tire o counteract the torque steer from veline. This would cause the car eer left after launching, and then he right with each gear change. “I s able to work it,” he said, “so I ld make it through the quarter mile y zigzagging down the track at a undred-and-some miles an hour.” e would look out the side window o keep the car on track and in its o whe ng fail, but race fans loved it. And with over 2 million people fl ocking annually to drag races in the mid- gineering fail, but race fans loved it. And with over 2 million people fl ocking annually to drag races in the mid-’60s, the Hemi Under Glass became the perfect o market Hurst’s products. o o wheels ewsberry left Hurst to drive his own .A. Dart, and Bob Riggle took over gle was a Hurst engineer who was g the Hemi Under Glass, and he echnique for driving the beast. He irection by staggering the rear tire o counteract the torque steer from veline. This would cause the car eer left after launching, and then he right with each gear change. “I s able to work it,” he said, “so I ld make it through the quarter mile y zigzagging down the track at a undred-and-some miles an hour.” e would look out the side window o keep the car on track and in its o whe If If I was in the left lane I’d watch f I was in the right lane I’d watch o gineering fail, but race fans loved it. And with over 2 million people fl ocking annually to drag races in the mid-’60s, the Hemi Under Glass became the perfect o market Hurst’s products. o o wheels ewsberry left Hurst to drive his own .A. Dart, and Bob Riggle took over gle was a Hurst engineer who was g the Hemi Under Glass, and he echnique for driving the beast. He irection by staggering the rear tire o counteract the torque steer from veline. This would cause the car eer left after launching, and then he right with each gear change. “I s able to work it,” he said, “so I ld make it through the quarter mile y zigzagging down the track at a undred-and-some miles an hour.” e would look out the side window o keep the car on track and in its o whe If I was in the left lane I’d watch f I was in the right lane I’d watch o .” .” d Hurst built a second Hemi Under 67 season, necessitated by the he ’67 Barracuda. Lessons learned r were incorporated in the new ong with alcohol and fuel injection. e ’67 was sent on the show circuit da was built. Although it looks he ’67, it had a blown Hemi (there ” pipes in front of each rear tire) and incorporated a window in the fi rewall to help Riggle see the track. It also had dual handbrakes, which allowed Riggle to “steer” the rear tires. ngineering fail, but race fans loved it. And with over 2 million people fl ocking annually to drag races in the mid-’60s, the Hemi Under Glass became the perfect o market Hurst’s products. o o wheels ewsberry left Hurst to drive his own .A. Dart, and Bob Riggle took over gle was a Hurst engineer who was g the Hemi Under Glass, and he echnique for driving the beast. He irection by staggering the rear tire o counteract the torque steer from veline. This would cause the car eer left after launching, and then he right with each gear change. “I s able to work it,” he said, “so I ld make it through the quarter mile y zigzagging down the track at a undred-and-some miles an hour.” e would look out the side window o keep the car on track and in its o whe If I was in the left lane I’d watch f I was in the right lane I’d watch o .” d Hurst built a second Hemi Under 67 season, necessitated by the he ’67 Barracuda. Lessons learned r were incorporated in the new ong with alcohol and fuel injection. e ’67 was sent on the show circuit da was built. Although it looks he ’67, it had a blown Hemi (there ” pipes in front of each rear tire) and incorporated a window in the fi rewall to help Riggle see the track. It also had dual handbrakes, which al- lowed Riggle to “steer” the rear tires. e e o ” Riggle bought the fi rst Hemi Under Glass car from Hurst in 1969. He initially campaigned it as the Frantic Fish, then later again as the Hemi Under Glass. A serious crash caused Riggle to quit the wheelstander business for many years, until 1991, when Linda Vaughn encouraged him to get back in the game. 1965 Dodge A100 “Little Red Wagon” Lot 249, VIN: 1882021629 Condition: 3 Sold at $550,000 Collecting drag-race history The three original Hurst Hemi Under Glass Barracudas eventually were reunited by Bob Riggle, who then sold the cars, and a recent re-creation of the ’68 car, to Mopar collector Bill Sefton: “Bob and I met at the Spring Fling in Van Nuys, CA, in 2004, I think. He had both the ’66 and the ’68 with him, and we started talking about it and I bought the ’68 car. Then about a year later I bought the ’66 car from him, and when he did the ’67 it seemed a good place for the cars to go because I show them. The public gets to see them in action. Bob and I have done a lot of shows where he drives the car. It’s nice we’ve kept the brand together the entire time.” Unfortunately, Bill Sefton had to sell his collection of fi rst-class Mopar performance cars. Mecum attempted to sell the four Hemi Under Glass Barracudas as a set last fall. Bidding reached $750,000 but the reserve was not met. Hardly surprising — how many people would want all four of these legendary wheelstanders? Mecum then tried selling the ’67 Hemi Under Glass alone at Kissimmee this past January, where it went for $324,000. Considering the car’s history, that seems to me to be the right value, but it was a surprise to see bidding actually climb that high. Prices for historic drag racers have traditionally been woefully soft compared with other vintage racers, and that makes this deal all the more impressive. Well bought and sold. A (Introductory description cour- tesy of Mecum Auctions.) July-August 2014 63 2007 Showboat replica Lot 260, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $176,000 ACC# 143231 ACC# 143223 RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/26/2009 Detailing Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: Three Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $300,000–$350,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $28.97 Chassis # location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Club: The Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum More: www.museum.nhra. com Alternatives: Bill “Maverick” Golden’s “Little Red Wagon,” Tommy Ivo’s “Showboat” and “Wagon Master” ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1961 Buick Wagon Master Lot 250, VIN: N/A Condition: 3 Sold at $209,000 RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/26/2009 ACC# 143224 RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/26/2009


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PROFILE TRUCK 1962 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 80 Scout finds big money Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. LLC You can argue whether the Scout really was the first SUV, but there’s no arguing that all vintage SUVs are hot in today’s market 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: FC41444A by B. Mitchell Carlson shocks and grade-8 bolts throughout. Brand-new uprated steering components include T heavier-duty tie rods, rod ends, drag link and drop pitman arm. Front disc-brake conversion utilizes GM components for reliability and serviceability. All exterior vehicle trim has been replated in nickel and hand brushed. Custom powder-coated bumpers front and rear. Custom soft canvas top with aluminum powder-coated removable support cage. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 706, sold for $33,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 13, 2014. In the late 1950s, International Harvester’s manage- ment was looking to grow their market share in a number of directions. After a 1958 trip on which a few high-ups at the company saw how World War II Jeeps his 1962 Scout 80 has been restored by Vorstellen LLC and tastefully modifi ed with suspension, brake and interior upgrades. The upgrades include brand-new leaf springs, bushings, shackles, Bilstein 5100-series were being pressed into service as utility vehicles in the Southwest, they suspected that IH might be able to build something better suited to the task. From there, engineering issued a vague challenge to its designers: Design a vehicle to replace the horse. Several fl at-sided designs failed to get things mov- ing, and the project was nearly over before it started. But lead design engineer Ted Ornas came up with a dandy little idea that revitalized it, initially sketched out one evening at his kitchen table on a piece of scrap matte board. The company was experimenting with using a plastic polymer with the trade name Royalite for body components. Ornas thought that would be perfect for the on-road / off-road utility vehicle, and his compound-curve design was penned with it in mind. The idea gained traction up the corporate chain, and while the composite body didn’t pan out, by late in 1960, IH had obtained a former Uniroyal tire plant in Fort Wayne, IN, to start production of the steel-bodied Scout for 1961. It was offered in one of three body confi gurations: pickup, a wagon called the TravelTop, and as an open body. Additionally, it could be two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.


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Detailing Years produced: 1961–70 Original list price: $2,579 Current ACC Valuation: $9,000–$25,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN # location: Data plate on the driver’s side of the cowl Engine # location: On a machined pad adjacent to the distributor Sport Utility Product planners fi gured that the two-wheel drive pickup was going to get the lion’s share of sales (they were already selling pickups anyway, not Jeep-like things), so that’s what most of the initial production was geared for. The market spoke differently, with the greatest demand for the four-wheel-drive TravelTop. The Scout may have on the surface seemed to be a direct competitor to the Jeep CJ. However, the CJ was smaller and not as well equipped, and while the Jeep wagon was bigger, it was also very bare bones and less agile. In essence, the Scout created a new genre of vehicle — the Sport Utility. With it, IH dealers started getting trade-ins for Scouts that they had traditionally never seen before — namely sports cars. The fi rst-generation Scout was built until late 1970, and it had evolved along with the constantly evolving decade of the ’60s. The fi rst series — the Series 80 — incorporated two features that subsequent models didn’t have: a bulkhead behind the front seats, which separated the rear compartment, and a folding windshield. The former didn’t last very long, as it made passenger access to the rear compartment from the front all but impossible. The latter made it all the way to the end of Series 80 production in late 1964. By that time, over 100,000 of the handy little Scouts had been built, to include a limited-edition Red Carpet Special, commemorating the 100,000th Scout in 1964. A hot market You can argue whether the Scout really was the fi rst SUV, but there’s no arguing that vintage SUVs of all stripes are a hot commodity in today’s market. A decade ago, Scouts were regularly trading for under $1k. I know, since I bought a running 1967 Scout 800 V8 TravelTop for $800 in 2003, and I was absolutely tickled pink at the time that I fl ipped it two years later for $2,000. Today, dead sleds are bringing $2k, and well-sorted examples are over $10k — usually double that. They have a near-cult following, with appeal on several fronts, from off-roaders to general old-car fans, truck enthusiasts and IH tractor collectors. But unlike a lot of collectibles, these are individual- istic vehicles, and that means the vast majority of the fl eet has been modifi ed in one way or another. With all Model 80s powered by the half-of-a-V8 slant-four derived from their 304-ci V8, powertrain upgrades tend to rule the day — primarily with IH V8 engine conversions. Modifi cations like that don’t seem to hurt the bottom line, with quality of workmanship doing more to determine a Scout’s value than what was changed from stock. This Scout Considering that, this Scout’s suspension, brake and appearance modifi cations were not a huge issue for the typical buyer. That said, I was not particularly impressed with this example. While the body paint and upholstery work were good, the use of low-budget aftermarket bits and baubles just didn’t do it for me. Under the hood, there was good but non-stock-engine- color paint, and the cowl was rattle-canned in fl at black with no appreciable masking of the wiring harness. There’s also blanking plates in the door for the window and crank mechanisms, so it’s more of a fair-weather friend than an all-weather runner. I wouldn’t call it a top-market example, but it sure brought a strong price. As the vintage-SUV market continues to swell, there are a few chinks in its armor. The best of the best in Blazers, Broncos and Scouts are currently bringing justifi ably big money, while the also-rans like this specifi c Scout ride the coattails. And at $33k, I think that’s exactly what happened here. I’ll call it very well sold. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of BarrettJackson.) July-August 2014 65 July-August 2013 65CC 1971 International Scout 800B Comanche Lot S31, VIN: 883887C434502 Condition: 3+ Sold at $15,900 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 4/27/2013 ACC# 216437 1967 International Scout 800 Lot T151.1, VIN: 780905G185462 Condition: 2Sold at $16,585 ACC# 221953 Clubs: IH Collectors More: www.nationalihcollectors.com Additional: www.oldihc. wordpress.com, www. scoutregistry.com Alternatives: 1955–83 Jeep CJ-5, 1966–77 Ford Bronco, 1969–72 Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 1961 International Scout 80 Lot T72, VIN: FC6231A Condition: 3+ Not sold at $6,750 ACC# 190163 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/1/2011


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MARKET OVERVIEW Three Torino Talladegas confi rm a healthy muscle car market VALUES NOTCH UP FOR THESE RARE-BUT-UNDERVALUED NASCAR HOMOLOGATION CARS TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster, $955,800—Mec, p. 80 2. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS Yenko coupe, $345,600—Mec, p. 78 3. 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $286,200— Vic, p. 102 4. 1946 Ford Sportsman Deluxe woodie convertible, $209,000—B-J, p. 74 5. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $205,200— Vic, p. 106 6. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $197,100— Mec, p. 80 7. 1965 Shelby Cobra aluminum continuation roadster, $185,000— Moto, p. 104 8. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $165,000— B-J, p. 70 9. 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $165,000— Lke, p. 86 10. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $165,000— B-J, p. 72 BEST BUYS 1968 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $71,500—WWA, p. 101 66 AmericanCarCollector.com One of three at recent auctions—1969 Ford Torino Talladega fastback, sold at $33,480 at Mecum Indy by Tony Piff model’s historic signifi cance — not to mention rarity, with just 750 or so built for homologation — the ACC Price Guide gives it a “C” collectibility rating. Talladegas come to market occasionally, and when they do they rarely sell, confi rming that buyers don’t value them as much as the owners offering them. But three Talladegas have already changed hands F this year, for $33k, $44k and $110k at Mecum Indy, Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, and Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, respectively. Do three cars signal a trend? Maybe not, but $44k is top-of-the-market money, and $110k is an unheard-of sum. Whether or not a meteoric Talladega trend mate- rializes, this suggests confi dence in the muscle car market — and that important cars will eventually get their due. A ord’s 1969 Torino Talladega “aero car” wasn’t pretty, but it was effective, absolutely dominating the 1969 and 1970 NASCAR seasons — and forcing Plymouth to respond with the even-more-outrageous Superbird. Despite the Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL April 11–13 Mecum, Kansas City, MO April 24–26 Leake, Dallas, TX April 25–26 Vicari, Nocona, TX May 1–3 Motostalgia, Seabrook, TX May 2 Worldwide, Montgomery, TX May 3 Silver, Spokane, WA May 7 Auctions America, Auburn, IN May 8–10 James G. Murphy, Brothers, OR May 8–9 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN May 13–18 $0 $10m $20m $24.6m $8.3m $5.5m $3.2m $5.3m $6.6m $1.5m $18.9m $192k $38.1m $30m $40m 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle restomod 2-dr hard top, $70,400—Lke, p. 88 1959 Oldsmobile 98 convertible, $43,450—AA, p. 99 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $35,750—WWA, p. 101 1962 Chrysler 300 Sport Series 2-dr hard top, $5,500—JGM, p. 92


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2014 A 1965 CORVETTE FUELIE RAGTOP SOLD FOR A HEALTHY $165K, AND AN UNRESTORED 1969 CAMARO Z/28 RANG THE REGISTER AT $134K BarrettJackson Palm Beach, FL April 11–13, 2014 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates; Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 511/514 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $24,599,780 High sale: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, sold at $1,000,000 (for charity) Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Fuelie convertible, sold at $165,000 ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report by Dale Novak and Craig Gussert Photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics house reported more than 50,000 people in attendance, and the atmosphere was as high-energy as ever. The prices were healthy for the most part, with a few I 68 AmericanCarCollector.com bargains in the margins, which is part of the excitement of the no-reserve format. If you line those up with cars that were well sold, the market seems healthy indeed. With only three cars going unsold, even cars with a reserve were finding the right money and changing hands. The $48,140 average price per car looked pretty steady compared with last year’s $48,690. A big part of Barrett-Jackson’s focus at all of their sales is raising funds for local and national charities. This year’s top charity car was a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe — the first to roll off the assembly ’ve covered Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach more times than I can count, and this year’s sale was perhaps the strongest to date. Palm Beach totals typically hover near the $20m mark, but this year the numbers surged to nearly $25m. The auction line — selling for $1m on the nose. On the Blue Oval side, Ford offered the 2013 Ford Mustang from the movie “Need for Speed.” This car was uniquely customized and looked great. It sold for $300k. All told, Barrett-Jackson raised $2.35m for charity in a matter of three days — with the help of some very generous bidders. Diving into the non-charity lots, the high seller was a 1935 Packard Twelve Model 1207 convertible coupe that found spirited bidding and a $330k price tag. Coming in at number two was a “wrapper”-style 2005 Ford GT with 929 miles on the clock, sold at $242k. Rounding out the top three was a 1946 Ford Sportsman convertible, changing hands at $209k. Some other cars that stood out were a 1965 Corvette 327/375 Fuelie convertible, selling for a healthy $165k, and an unrestored 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, ringing the register at $134,200. In the much-followed resto-mod department, we looked at a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette with a 2009 LS3 engine and lots of modern goodies. It was a great build, and the $135k price looked market-correct or perhaps even slightly under the money. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL GM #414-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC550061437. Blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 9,186 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Likely an older restoration, showing age in places, recently freshened up for sale. Fluff-and-buff under the hood with the fresh smell of paint still off-gassing. Masking issues and some panel fit issues. Interior shows well with very little use. Chassis freshly spray-painted. Claimed to be a California car from new and still on California title. Cond: 3. Perfection has a price, and at this sale it was $165k. #399-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57N227024. Black/black vinyl/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 880 miles. 454ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration showing age. Paint looks 15 to 20 years old. Interior shows light use and wear, with some brightwork fading on dash. Otherwise nice. Some cracks showing in body; light scratching throughout. Paint issues mainly related to age and use, with swirling and buffing marks throughout the finish. Restored and up-fitted with Rochester fuel injection. Cond: 3. #369-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N574108. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 14,652 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unrestored car. Unusual presentation with no cowl-induction hood and no rear spoiler—ordered that way from the factory and documented. Original paint shows exceptionally well and obviously has been well cared for. Interior also in very nice shape. Engine bay has been worked on, with new paint on the block, new hoses, some new stickers, etc. New exhaust fitted, with one tailpipe extending about two inches farther than the other. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,500. Nomads are somewhat rare, especially examples in decent shape. This car presented well at first glance but softened as we looked over it in more detail. The fresh smell of rattle-can paint under the hood is rarely a good sign—at least let it settle in for a while before you bring it to auction. Given the condition, this was slightly well sold. Blue/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Perhaps the most perfect car I will ever encounter. Professionally restored from top to bottom by two brothers who only restore Tri-Five Chevys. Ready to show at any invitational concours judging event and a surefire winner at any lesser show. Restored for show purposes only and likely will never be driven anywhere other than onto a trailer. Difficult to find a single flaw anywhere on the car— and believe me, I worked hard to do so. Cond: 1. 8 #435-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57T205187. SOLD AT $73,700. Although the condition was a bit weathered, the body remained nice and straight, which helped the car present better than its #3 condition rating. Based on the car card, the Rochester fuelinjection unit was added during the restoration, so the value will be adjusted accordingly. That said, the money paid was just about right, given the desirability of a nice Tri-Five convertible finished in the right colors. #388-1960 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 609M21498. White/white vinyl/ burgundy & white leather. Odo: 76,401 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice overall. Flaws are minor. Paint is well applied. Engine bay is slightly over-restored. Small tear in driver’s seat. Trim does not line up on passenger’s door. Light pitting in steering wheel. Driver door’s slightly out. Beautiful car, rare and very well restored. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $134,200. This car came from the same seller as Lot 355, a 1968 Corvette. The cars were parked next to one another, and both were very nice, unrestored examples. This Z/28 was loaded with documentation and included a display poster that decoded all the pertinent aspects of the build and factory order. Although there was some fluffing done for presentation, it was nothing that would harm the value. Given the odd factory order with no cowl hood or rear-deck spoiler, I’d call this a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. #669-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379G127904. Carousel Red/black vinyl. Odo: 47,775 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Touch-ups noted. Trunk gap is out. Door gaps are wide. Chips on front nose section. Some chips were painted over and left divots. Body putty noted in rear wheelarches. Paint match issues also noted. Passenger’s door may have been damaged at one point. Cracked steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $165,000. This was the best car I looked at during the entire sale. Even the clear fuel filter bowl seemed to have perfectly colored fuel in it, with not so much as a fingerprint on the glass or chrome. The ACC Premium Auction Database won’t allow a #1+ rating, but this car deserved it. 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $99,000. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale auction in January, sold at $77k (ACC# 241098). One of the very best condition cars on offer here. Just about zero flaws noted, and all those I did find were extremely picky in nature. A little ahead of the market, but no harm done for a world-class example. SOLD AT $55,000. Last sold at Barrett’s Scottsdale sale in January for $77k (ACC# 241200). Although the engine was not original, it was a genuine Ram Air III car and a TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL real Judge, in iconic Carousel Red color, and with a 4-speed to boot. Not terribly under the money, given the condition, but I’ll still call it well bought. #419-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. VIN: 136670B185402. Blue/ white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A fresh restoration throughout, but some areas have been overlooked. Built to LS6 specs. Top fit could be much better, as could the interior upholstery fit. Engine bay shows as-new or better than new; same for the chassis. Some fisheyes on passenger’s side easily visible. Cond: 2. tions does not surprise me. A fair deal for both parties. #431-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344671M143192. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 70,594 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Showing use and age just about everywhere you look. Scratch in glass. Microblisters in paint. Body is very straight, but numerous paint issues throughout. Chassis is excellent overall. Interior shows use, age and deterioration. Driver’s seat leans back considerably due to broken bracket. Nice car, but a driver only. Will need to be painted to take it to a higher level. Cond: 3-. only a handful of black 1954 Corvettes, but no documentation to verify that claim. The 1954 Corvette market has been on a slide as of late, with most drivers now trading in this range or lower. (The best find close to $100k.) Given the overall condition, this example was well sold, and I think a better car could have been bought for the same money. #446-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S105360. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 55,897 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice Split-Window. Interior shows age, use and enjoyment. Center console is lightly weathered, as are dash and some other elements. Minor paint issues noted, such as orange peel, some dry spray, and small fisheyes. With a little effort and work, this could easily be a #2- presentation. Unable to examine engine bay. A Chapter Top Flight award winner in 2001. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. Nice example overall. Barrett-Jackson was quick to state that this was an undocumented example, so with that comes some buyer-beware baggage. The car card also stated that the engine was an original restamped LS6 block. Obviously, condition trumped common sense here, and the buyer paid up for a questionable Chevelle that was likely built to sell from the ground up. Well sold. #422-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870M374974. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,361 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration to high standard, but showing some age in a few minor spots. Some minor dents in rear window trim and light scratches on center console brightwork. Interior and engine bay both show very well with only light use noted. Paint line on hood stripes is slightly off. Door edge shows a previous repair. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,500. Rare and desirable Oldsmobile 442 convertible, well documented, heavily optioned, and came out of the respected Hendrick Heritage Collection. Last sold at Mecum Indy a year ago for $77k (ACC# 223977). Although the car was a bit rough on the edges, it had tons of options, was freshly serviced and still ran down the road with its original engine. Olds 442s have been very lively in the current market, but this one rang the bell loud and clear—and then some. Well sold. CORVETTE #425-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S002361. Black/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 71,652 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Older restoration of a 1954 Chevrolet Corvette now unwinding in places. Engine bay showing some fuel and oil seepage; lower portions generally grimy. Interior show well, but knobs on dash are well worn. Used-car chassis presentation. Nice car up on initial inspection but a #3- once you examine closer. No windshield wipers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $123,200. Described as a “complete” numbers-matching example, which can be a loaded statement, based on conversations I’ve had with Corvette experts. SWCs are highly sought-after in the current market, and nice examples can expect intense bidding on the auction block. This one was nice but has softened since it was judged in 2001. I’d call it well sold. 5S118548. Blue/black vinyl soft top/blue hard top/black leather. Odo: 46,221 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Nearperfect condition, with only small marks in restoration. Underhood and interior are close to flawless, with some hard-to-detect imperfections in the paint. Chrome shows small scratches from polishing. Some 10 #441-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 19467- SOLD AT $77,000. This W-30 was ordered full of options, which was unusual, since most W-30 buyers were seeking performance over creature comforts. Still, it is an Oldsmobile, so finding one loaded with op- 72 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $69,300. Claimed to be one of TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL weatherstripping coming unglued. An excellent example overall with very good documentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2010 Scottsdale auction, selling for $84k (ACC# 158061). Has been very well kept, based on the 1- rating it achieved at that time. The 375-hp fuel-injection option was the top tier for the 327 small block. The only higherhorse option was the mighty 396, rated at 425 hp. The seller was a private collector and did very well, nearly doubling his money. #433-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S119605. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 29,259 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Driver presentation of a desirable 427/435 Corvette. Paint issues with application and spray method. Zebra stripes over roof line from improper spray pattern. Balance of paint is mottled and slightly cloudy. Some panel fit issues. Engine bay is closed. Driver’s door is tight, vent window is delaminating. Passenger’s door is out. Small cracks noted in body. Headlamp bucket fit could be better. Tank sticker confirms original build. Cond: 3-. expenses). The car lacked the sizzle to fetch a larger number, but this was a market-driven result, since very few comps exist. If the new owner drives it, the value will drop accordingly. FOMOCO #418-1932 FORD MODEL B 3-window coupe. VIN: MV1710. Bronze/ivory leather. Odo: 624 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice presentation. Well done and now showing some age throughout. That said, the engine bay and other minor details are somewhat of a let-down. All-steel body, but built more like a modern fiberglass street rod. Minor paint issues noted. Engine is a 454 crate motor with black valve covers and blackpainted headers, which do not complement the car. Cond: 2-. along some of the seams that has been painted over with a clearcoat finish. This would be an excellent example of a car you could drive and enjoy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $209,000. Recently seen at RM’s Phoenix sale in January, not sold at a high parting bid of $170k (ACC# 232090). Not the concours-ready car suggested on the car card, but still a very nice driver that’s broken in and ready for further touring and shows. Sold at market, if not slightly well sold. #644-1957 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56J3315. Creme/taupe leather. Odo: 74,219 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Both doors out, hood gap is wide. Bug trapped under the paint. Chips and some touch-ups noted. Dash is a bit lumpy. Body putty in C-pillars, with acne forming. Front fender has been repainted. Deep sanding marks showing. Original chassis is in terrible condition. Poor condition overall, with a repaint on deck in the near future. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $165,000. This Corvette was last judged in 2009, scoring a Regional 94.7 and achieving Top Flight status. It was also judged in 2008, scoring a 96.3. It has now softened to a quality driver level, which is a good thing if you plan to strap yourself into the pilot’s seat. On condition alone, I’d call it well sold, but the documentation takes the valuation up a notch. #355-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S413002. Silver/blue vinyl. Odo: 608 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unrestored car loaded with documentation to verify the miles. Appears to have been pulled out of storage or a barn and lightly cleaned up and brought to the sale. Some evidence of dye work and interior spray paint with color-matching issues. Some portions of interior simply look better than others; colors do not match from one panel to the next. Engine bay could have been cleaned up. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $99,000. This Corvette was advertised before the sale for $99k on a few websites, with the seller stating the car would otherwise be sold at Barrett-Jackson. Well, he pretty much got his money (less auction 74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $77,000. Given that this was an all-steel example, so much more could have been done to maximize the value of the build. Color notwithstanding, the engine bay offered no bling, and the overall presentation lacked spark. Had this car been built to replicate a “period” hot rod with vintage speed parts and a more authentic look, it could have brought far more than it sold for here. That said, the final tally shows the inherent value of an all-steel ’32 Ford body. Slightly well sold given the presentation. VIN: 99A1224940. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 80,870 miles. Likely a highquality restoration, but that took place a few years ago. Original wood remains in nice condition, with some filler in the cracks and splits, which are all minor. Some heavy glue 4 #468-1946 FORD DELUXE Sportsman woodie convertible. SOLD AT $44,000. I owned one of these not all that long ago, and it’s hard to imagine how expensive they were in 1957— America’s most expensive car, in fact. With only 444 sold in 1957, they are rare to find, and very nice cars are even rarer. The market for these has flat-lined as of late. Not all that long ago, these were drifting up toward $75k–$100k for the best examples. We had this one pegged at $35k–$40k given the condition. It sold at the upper end of the scale, given the need for a respray, but no harm done. (See the profile, p. 60.) #415-1969 FORD TORINO Talladega fastback. VIN: 9A46Q189831. Dark blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 46,442 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A good example of a “fluff and buff,” TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL sitting high on a pedestal with mirrors underneath. But the car has not undergone a full restoration—more like a tactical restoration with some chalk marks and new bits to help the car present better. Underneath it’s just a tired driver. Rare car nevertheless. Cond: 3-. QUICKTAKE 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV SOLD at $33,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 11–13, 2014, Lot 172 SOLD AT $44,000. Although Talladegas are rare, values remain low. I suspect this is due to the lackluster body lines that would look more at home on a sedan than a fastback NASCAR homologation body. The rarity sold the car here, but given the overall condition, I’d call this example slightly well sold. MOPAR #398-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29U0G125126. Blue/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 67,004 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One owner up until 2007. Car presents very well, but interior lacks attention to detail; shortcuts noted in the restoration. Otherwise, the car is very nice throughout and remains in show condition. Great colors and a good detailing under the hood. Gauges are slightly yellowed, and steering wheel is faded. Seatback plastic in rough condition but has been painted to look better. Equipped with pistol-grip 4-speed on the floor. Gorgeous example. Cond: 2-. says she doesn’t remember much of it, but I sure do. It’s a big reason why my current daily driver is a Grand Cherokee. My little brother and My mom bought a 1987 Grand Wagoneer back around 1991. She I called our Jeep “The Tank.” There wasn’t a Wyoming winter blizzard or spring hailstorm that would stop us from getting where we wanted to go, even if we were fighting the whole way. My clearest memory of the old Jeep came from a Pizza Hut parking lot sometime in the summer of 1992. My then 6-year-old brother climbed up into an open rear window — legs in and body out — and promptly lost his grip, hit the pavement, and broke his arm. He still doesn’t like when I bring that up, but it’s better than the time a fastball broke his nose. This gray 1989 Grand Wagoneer probably hasn’t seen a blizzard or inclement weather of any kind in awhile. Everything still looks stock under the hood; a mixed bag of shinier replacement hoses and wiped-down metal bits, with other parts showing their age. This Jeep was basically a checklist in terms of a market-leader: one owner, low and original miles, and uncommon colors. The one owner averaged about 2,200 miles a year in this rig; more than the average Ferrari, but far less than most other Wagoneers. ACC’s Premium Auction Database lists this as the second-most-expensive Grand Wagoneer sold at auction, followed by an ’82 Grand Wagoneer Deluxe sold at Auctions America Auburn in May, from the Bob Lutz Collection, which made $37k. Russo and Steele sold an ’88 Grand Wagoneer for almost $28k in Scottsdale this January, and Mecum sold an ’84 for $31,800 at Monterey 2012. Those are some big prices, but they’re reserved for the best examples. Most drivers hover from $8k to $15k. This one was well sold, but not by much. I’d love to have “The Tank” back, and I’d probably pay decent money to get a minty-fresh example of it, too, if just to taunt my brother. After all, what’s a piece of your childhood worth? A — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $60,500. Very nice presentation of a desirable Charger R/T with the pistolgrip shifter. The interior shows some age and does not measure up to the balance of the car. Mopars continue to show strength as of late, and this was another good indicator of that. Sold ahead of the curve, but likely no harm done for a beautiful example. A July-August 2014 May-June 2014 75


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN Mecum Auctions — 27th Annual Spring Classic THE 1963 SHELBY COBRA ROADSTER WAS A FACTORY DEMONSTRATOR WITH RACK-AND-PINION STEERING, AND IT SOLD FOR $956K Mecum Auctions 27th Annual Spring Classic Indianapolis, IN May 13–18, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/ offered: 924/1,420 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $38,149,243 High sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $955,800 Buyer’s premium: 8% ($500 minimum), included in sold prices ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 76 AmericanCarCollector.com Demonstrator 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster, with 347-ci “fun motor” fitted along with original 289-ci on a stand, sold at $955,800 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M ecum’s longest-running collector-car auction, the Spring Classic, saw some significant changes at its 2014 sale. Most visible was the auction’s new location, inside the Indiana State Fair’s newly remodeled Coliseum building. This provided attendees with stadium seating, and it allowed all cars sold each day to be sheltered inside from the start of the morning, through staging and across the block. This proved a godsend, as it was unseasonably wet almost every day of this year’s event. One reason there was room for everything to run so smoothly was a sizable drop in consignments. There were 1,420 cars on offer, down from 1,713 last year. Of those, 924 sold (compared with 1,142 last year), yielding a slightly lower sell-through rate of 65% (down from 67%). Consignors credited the decrease to two other changes: First, the seller’s fee rose from 7% to 8% (no-reserve cars are still 5%); and second — and what seemed to rankle consignors even more — was a newly added “docking fee” of $95 per car. The reduction in consignments does not seem to be a fluke, as these two policy changes were in effect three weeks earlier at Mecum’s Kansas City spring auction, which showed commensurately lower numbers as well. Fewer cars also meant fewer overall sales. This year’s nearly $38m total came in almost $10m behind last year. While last year’s event was buoyed by two million-dollar-plus sales, nothing crossed into sevendigit territory this year. The top sale did come close, though. The 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster was one of the first of the type to be fitted with rack-and-pinion steering, it was a factory demonstrator, and it sold here for $956k. The next-highest sale was courtesy of the post-block sales group “The Bid Goes On”— a 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” drag car at $572k. A 1968 Yenko Camaro SS followed at $346k. Despite fewer cars consigned and sold, the average price held relatively solid at $41,287, compared with $42,004 last year. In fact, I noted what seemed like a majority of the sold cars bringing prices at the higher end of the ACC Price Guide valuations. So despite lower totals at this particular sale, the market appears to be continuing its climb. (Your new Price Guide will arrive with the September-October issue of ACC. — Ed.)A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN GM #F297-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41847S166092. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 32,555 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good older trim-off repaint. Repro door seals are lifting. Very good original interior, although the seats are starting to get baggy from the padding collapsing after half a century. Aftermarket triple-gauge pack under dash. Hurst shifter. Heavier steering wheel paint wear. Clean under the hood, with a non-stock chrome alternator, ignition wires, and hose clamps. Lake dump pipes behind front wheels, street outlets behind the rears. Newer overall glossy black undercoating. With a/c, power steering, power brakes. Cond: 3+. pulled the interior and motor to race it with a dual-tunnel-ram 427. As such, the majority of those 1,314 miles were put on a quarter mile at a time. Drag duty from new is far from unique for a Yenko Camaro; keeping all the original parts is. Topping that off is the relative rarity—just 64 ’68 Yenko Camaros produced makes the 200 ’69s look almost common. Reserve was met at $310k, establishing ’68 Yenko Camaro pricing. #F114.1-1972 PONTIAC LEMANS GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2D37N2A189123. Carolina Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 40,885 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documents confirm special-order paint, sold new in Concord, NC. Restoration completed two months ago. Excellent prep and paint. 1970 455 V8 in place of stock 175-hp 350. Also added OEM-style power steering and brakes. Underhood presents well despite economy service parts. Reproduction seats, door panels, carpet. Aftermarket steering wheel. Squeaky-clean undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,860. The standard Impala interior was all vinyl, but this car had the extra-cost optional vinyl with nylon inserts— not often seen today because most restorations are done in the easier- and cheaper-to-reproduce all vinyl. Even with several liberties taken, it sold about right. Especially since we watched it sell for $28k at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas sale last September (ACC# 232944). 124378N420630. Sequoia Green/black vinyl. Odo: 1,314 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Built by Don Yenko Chevrolet on order number 00797 in December 1967, assigned Yenko number YS-8019, and sold new by Tom Bell Chevrolet of Memphis, TN. Miles claimed actual since new, although it was restored during the current owner’s tenure shortly after acquisition in 1991. Good repaint. Good original chrome and trim. Restored with its original interior (removed for drag racing when the car was new). Retains original motor as delivered from Yenko, as it was removed when the car was raced. Cond: 2. 2 #S152-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS Yenko coupe. VIN: 215146), which would seem to confirm this price. It’s had some tweaks on it in the past year to spiff it up a bit, but it’s still more of a nice driver than a weak show car. #F315-1977 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L7L604725. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 8,929 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed essentially original with actual miles. Well-preserved original paint. Ziebarted when new. Excellent original interior. Typical GM fit and finish. Light paint flaking on motor and accessories, but finishes are original and presentable. Modern AC/Delco battery. With power steering, brakes and windows, gauge package, AM/ FM radio, and rear defogger. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,900. 1972 may be the start of the plunge for muscle cars and their respective values, but this price still proves that the motor swap hurt the value more than keeping the 350 under the hood. The consignor cut the reserve loose at $17k, so he knew it, too. #F225-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2V87X4N167750. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 11,914 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include Super Duty 455, automatic, a/c, and power steering, brakes, and windows. Recent fluff-and-buff on a 2006 restoration. Presentable paint. Light scuffing on all brightwork. Doors rattle like typical Gen-II F-bodies; gaps vary. Mostly reproduction interior soft trim, showing light wear. Modern sound system cut into dash. Some attention paid to engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,400. The Z/28 came back after a two-model-year hiatus, as a mid-year introduction during 1977, with a production of 14,349 units. Most of these half-year cars were 4-speeds, although California cars were automatic only. Can’t argue the price here: Limited production of an honored model, low miles, originality, and the most desired color all set this example apart. This could prove to be rather well bought. CORVETTE #S53-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S001834. Polo White/ clear Plexiglas/red vinyl. Odo: 82,512 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Fitted with a period-accessory Plexiglas top (unable to verify soft top). Stated that the previous owner had it from 1967 until 2012. Heavier seam broadcasting. Paint flaking, especially off lower quarters. Back in the day, the exhaust outlets were converted into backup lights. Frosty chrome and trim. Rusty, greasy undercarriage. Seam separations on the driver’s seat, but interior is generally serviceable. Decades of patch-it-together engine servicing in a washed-off engine compartment. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $345,600. This car proved a little too much for the original owner to handle, so it was traded back in. The new owner then 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $51,840. Seen last year at Mecum Kissimmee, selling at $50k (ACC# SOLD AT $56,160. Who said terrariums TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN were a fad of the 1970s? Heaven forbid you had to drive on a hot day in a sudden downpour—you could grow ferns inside the car. The good news is that it’s generally original. The bad news is that it’s generally original and will need a lot of help. Sold well enough that way. #F55-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S721119. Daytona Yellow/green vinyl. Odo: 3,049 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Light sanding scratches in an otherwise decent repaint. Good door fit and better-than-average panel gaps for this model. Complete, correct engine bay. Newer seats, door panels, and carpeting. Dye mismatch on console components and dashboard. Optional 3.08 ratio Positraction differential, full tinted glass, power windows, steering, and brakes, tilt/ tele steering column, AM/FM radio. Cond: 2-. are quite good, and it’s a very respectable car as-is, it’s nowhere near “Possibly the finest example of a 1941 Lincoln Continental in the world,” as the windshield card boasted. Still, easy to argue that it was appropriately bid, as well as that it was a tad short. #T54-1954 FORD F-250 pickup. VIN: F25V4E19397. Torch Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 98,159 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored approximately 15 years ago by family of original owner, who still had it. Originally set up as a chase truck for the owner’s heavy-crane rigging company. Superb repaint, faithful to original Torch Red. All reproduction brightwork. Excellent door fit. Hood is on par for this series, with hinges that work best with a prop rod. Seats neither stock nor well done. Engraved plaque on glovebox door. Generally stock under the hood, just shy of show-quality. Cond: 2-. but uses modern fittings. Modern side-exiting exhaust. Authentically reupholstered seats, starting to show light wrinkling. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $955,800. This was one of the first Cobras to be fitted with rackand-pinion steering and was a demonstrator used out of the Kansas City sales district. The reserve was lifted when the money ran out at the final bid, becoming the high sale for the weekend and paving the way toward million-dollar 289 Cobras. #W262-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 6F07T213703. Antique Bronze/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 10,094 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Car claimed unrestored with actual miles. Five original triple-band Goodyears. Only non-factory items are fluids, battery, floor mats, chrome dealer tag from Van Steele Ford of Appleton, WI, and a circa-1975 Amoco Motor Club decal. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Stated loosely that it was a special-order Green Bay Packers tribute car. However, it was originally sold new in Valier, MT. So, if it was special ordered, it was more likely a John Deere reference. Over-the-top final bid. FOMOCO #W165-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 2-dr sedan. VIN: H120051. Black/tan cloth & maroon leather. Odo: 71,414 miles. Copy of the original build ticket from the Henry Ford Museum shows restoration as it was originally built. This includes the optional Borg-Warner overdrive unit. Oversized Trippe lights added later. Pretty decent older repaint on outside, runs on cowl and painted-over body tag under the hood. Mostly decent replated brightwork. Fisheye lens for the whole reflector on the outside mirror. Good finish to the gold-plated interior accents. Light upholstery wrinkling on the seats and headliner from installation. Heavier pedal wear. Tidy underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,520. I used to own an identical ’54 F-250—except mine had a six with a “granny low” 4-speed and was nowhere near as nice as this one. It almost made me pine for it, until it was driven into the staging building during a blinding rainstorm. Yup, those vacuum wipers leave me cold—although there are electric motor conversions out there. When I talked to the consignors as they were drying it off, they suggested that they were hoping to get about $20k out of it, so it looks like they got close enough. All parties concerned should be pleased. #S134-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2135. Dark blue/black leather. Odo: 457 miles. 347-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Complete original 289 included on an engine stand. 347-ci “fun motor” installed 2006. Restored within the past decade to just shy of concours quality. Fitted with period Halibrand wheels; original wires included. Authentic sheen on the higher-quality repaint. All brightwork replated. Engine bay would be show-quality 1 SOLD AT $23,760. Set the Wayback Machine to late 1966, Mr. Peabody. That’s the only other way to find such an otherwise plain Mustang this original and with such low miles. Can’t argue with the selling price, if not making the argument that it seems to be well bought. 72945. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 38,609 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number KK1658. Marti Report shows that it was sold new in Newport, KY, with optional Visibility Group, center console, interior décor group, and deluxe seatbelts with warning light. Full-blown restoration completed in 2008 by marque specialist Randy Ream. Since then, it won SAAC gold in concours judging in 2009, an AACA National First Place in 2010, and MCA Concours Gold in 2012. Has been kept concours-ready since. Retains all correct reproduction inspection markings and tags. Cond: 1-. 6 #S186-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z1 NOT SOLD AT $35,000. While the bones 80 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10


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OURCARS 1992 SALEEN Mustang coupe Owner: Sam Stockham, ACC Contributor Purchase date: Super Bowl Sunday, 2006 Price: $18,500 Current miles: 28,900 Mileage since purchase: Almost 5,000 Recent work: New rear tires (hmmmm) MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN SOLD AT $197,100. 1969 Boss 429 pricing lately seems more like skipping rocks across a pond. Nearly identically prepared cars with either skip along and cross the $250k mark (such as the first red Boss 9 built, which sold for $281k at Mecum’s Kansas City sale three weeks earlier), or go nearly $100k shy and sink in short order like this one. The other two on offer here found mixed results as well: Lot F248 (in black) did $257k, while Lot S139 (also in black) choked as a $310k no-sale. was a Saleen. In 1992, they were the top of the pecking order for Fox-body Mustangs. My first car, a 1983 Mustang GT, just didn’t quite compare. I really liked that car, but I love this car. In High School, all I wanted I found it about eight years ago in Atlanta with 24,000 miles on the clock. I flew out, inspected personally and drove it all the way back to Scottsdale. All 2,200 miles imprinted a very memorable experience on me, and the car never missed a beat. This car is one of only 17 that Saleen built that year. Ten of those 17 cars had a first-year supercharger installed at Saleen. In this color combo, this car is one of one, and it’s documented by Saleen as such. My car is slightly modified from original, with bolt-on engine parts such as heads, intake, cam and exhaust. The combo is good for about 480 horsepower. Someday I may return it to original condi- tion, as I have all of the original parts, but for now it is just too much fun the way it is. Fox bodies are performance icons for my generation, and I think we’ll be seeing them move up in value in the future. Consider yourself warned — get ’em while they’re cheap! A SOLD AT $33,480. It still baffles me why these cars don’t do better in the market. They were the first of the “aero cars” built expressly for homologation for NASCAR, with the Charger 500 and Plymouth Superbird built as direct competition to it. They also have low build numbers (748 total), combined with the 428 Cobra Jet motor and robust C-6 automatic. When the consignor realized this was all the money, he turned it loose to a Ford fan. Well bought for the long term. #S105.1-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 coupe. VIN: 9F93Q551528. Light gold metallic/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 66,127 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Per the Marti Report on display, this was a Ford test car for the 428 Cobra Jet with close-ratio 4-speed. Fitted from new with power steering and power brakes, making for a very tight fit in the authentically detailed engine bay. Excellent repaint with authentic red #F105.1-1969 FORD TORINO Talladega fastback. VIN: 9A46Q207094. White/black vinyl. Odo: 33,011 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Retains copy of window sticker and original build sheet. Only option is pushbutton AM radio. Good but not show-stopping repaint. Missing the unique door-top emblems. Several underhood components with flaky original paint. Modern water temp and oil pressure gauges under dash. Repair showing on seat. Cond: 3+. primer undercarriage. Good door and panel gaps, even if the doors need to be slammed. Newer reproduction seats, but interior still has a hint of old-car smell. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,200. No-sale last fall at Mecum’s Chicago auction at $67k (ACC# 237012). This time around, the reserve was cut loose at the final bid. As I stated in my “Cheap Thrills” column in issue #13, Mercurys get little respect. Look at what a Twister Special would go for, and you’ll get an idea of how this car would fare if it were a Mustang of any stripe. MOPAR #S98.1-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23J0B279397. Top Banana/black vinyl. Odo: 49,339 miles. 340ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Copy of the broadcast sheet indicates restoration to generally original configuration. Excellent bare-body repaint when restored in recent years. Good panel gaps and door fit. Generally tidy and authentic under the hood. Reproduction seats, carpet, door panels and dashpad. Title delay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,800. The reserve was surpassed at $60k, showing that small-block Mopar values are still struggling to make it back to where they used to be. At least it was a sale in this case, and it does show upward progress compared with recent years. Especially since it was a no-sale here four years ago at $58k (ACC# 163699). AMERICANA #F221-1937 DIAMOND T 221D 1½-ton pickup. VIN: AB58795. Red & cream/cream vinyl. Odo: 28,315 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-conforming VIN: S/N stamped on homemade tag screwed to firewall. Chassis S/N stamped on stock firewall tag is 38859. Chevy 350 small-block under the hood and a TH400 automatic following it, plus modern power steering and brakes. Custom express-type cargo box with gloss wood flooring. Overall good workmanship. 1970s GM pedals are a bit distracting, but the modern Lokar shifter blends in better with the rest of the stock-style interior restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,640. One of the better modern powertrain choices for these otherwise tortoise-slow trucks. (The stock Hercules flathead six, 4-speed direct transmission, and at best 4.86-ratio differential equates to 82 AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Indianapolis, IN which looks like the heater core blew out at some point and dumped rusty water down the driver’s side. Cond: 3+. wood trim inserts. Rusty rocker panels and rear quarter-panel bottoms. Dull, pitted chrome and trim, missing a few pieces. Seems to sit higher than stock, but no lifting blocks. New oversized tires. Crusty undercarriage, with black paint slopped over a good share of it. Seats and door panels redone in recent years. Modern sound system cut to fit. Cond: 4+. a land-speed record of 45 mph.) Since this is getting close to what bone-stock Model 80 and 201 pickups bring, one can argue that it sold about right if you want to factor in the work put into it. I’ll argue that since a ton-and-a-half was never a pickup, this was plenty for a downsized grain truck. #T11-1972 AMC MATADOR sedan. VIN: A2A157A100847. Light green metallic & white/green vinyl. Odo: 48,713 miles. 232-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Miles believed actual. Fifteen-year-old repaint comes off as good as a well-cared-for original. Original chrome is generally quite good. Sloppy adhesive on inside of the older replacement windshield. Various Mopar event stickers from the past few years on the windshield. AMO Club award emblems on grille. Generally excellent all-original interior, except for carpet, SOLD AT $5,000. On one hand, it would seem like that 232 six would have to work overtime to move a full-sized car around. On the other, full-sized AMCs were more like mid-sized compared with the Big Three—plus those AMC six-bangers move Jeep Wagoneers from this era around with no problem, and those are at least half a ton heavier. Cheap enough for a generally original car. At this price, get a new rug and make it a show car or leave it as-is, and you’ll never lose it in the parking lot at work. #F338-1976 JEEP WAGONEER 4x4 SUV. VIN: J6A15MZ000135. Sunshine Yellow/ parchment vinyl. Odo: 62,640 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional 401-ci V8, automatic, QuadraTrac, full tinted glass, and a/c. Original, faded paint, heavily buffed to give it some kind of shine. Heavily faded fake- SOLD AT $6,750. A bit rough and tumble, and let us not forget that the rust was all but installed new at the factory in Toledo. Still, this one is either a rock-hopper, or it could be brought back to its former glory—although not cost effectively at this price. Don’t lose sleep over repainting it, though. It’s served its purpose and has gone beyond patina. Further proof that vintage SUVs are still holding their own in the marketplace. A July-August 2014 83


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake Auction Company — Dallas 2014 A VERY RARE 1957 CHEVROLET EL MOROCCO — ONE OF ONLY THREE 1957 4-DOOR HARD TOPS KNOWN TO EXIST — SOLD FOR $141K Leake Auction Company Dallas, TX April 25–26, 2014 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby Ehlert, Tony Langdon Automotive lots sold/ offered: 248/385 Sales rate: 64% Sales total: $5,509,020 High sale: 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $165,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Very rare 1957 Chevrolet El Morocco 4-door hard top, sold at $140,800 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics would put the squeeze on long-established “momand-pop” operations such as Leake Car Auctions, but according to Leake auction representative and industry veteran Andy Stone, just the opposite is happening. Stone says customers are seeking more personalized T 84 AmericanCarCollector.com attention and a higher level of customer service, which has led to swelling consignments and bidder registrations. And so the company added a springtime Dallas sale this year, complementing their well-established December event. Results from this most recent Dallas sale continue the story of success. The two-day auction saw 385 cars cross the block, with a sell-through rate of 64%. Offerings were mostly American nameplates and included plenty of muscle cars, customs and a good selection of pickups. (This is Texas, after all.) Leake ran two arenas side by side for both days of this auction, and bidding was fast-paced and intense. he collector-car market in Texas is healthy. Very healthy. You’ll need at least two hands to count all of the auctions taking place in the Lone Star State this year. You might think that such competition There were plenty of affordable classics for bargain hunters and new collectors looking for a reasonable entry point. The crowd included spectators to dealers, as well as a range of classic-car enthusiasts with modest one- or two-car collections to seasoned aficionados focused on high-level restorations. A very fresh and highly restored 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible took the number-one sales position at $165k. The number-two seller was a very rare 1957 Chevrolet El Morocco that sold for $141k. These rarely come up for auction, and this one was said to be one of only three 1957 4-door hard tops known to exist of the 16 El Moroccos produced. Another Chevy completed the podium: a 1967 Corvette convertible with Tri-Power 427/435 V8, sold at $114k. The last hammer fell Saturday evening, marking $5.5m in total sales for the weekend. With the sun setting on the spring Texas auction season, Leake is now gearing up for their June Tulsa auction before returning to Dallas in November. Increased choice and competition in Leake’s core market has worked to the company’s advantage as they apply the age-old business strategy of good customer service, which continues to attract consignors and new bidders.A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #2472-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER coupe. VIN: 1038956. Black/black & gray. Odo: 1,706 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Five-year-old restoration shows little use. Fresh buff and polish performed onsite did wonders for the deep black paint. Fatman Fabrications frame. Doors and trunk line up well. Hood shifts forward slightly when opening, making it difficult to close. Slightly tubbed rear fenders accommodate wider wheels and tires. Gas tank relocated with filler on rear fender. Rubber and glass all new. Interior near perfect. Minor smudge on driver’s seat. Cond: 1-. and it would be welcome at the next LaSalle meet. There appears to be a lot of upside left. Well bought. #1155-1950 CHEVROLET sedan delivery. VIN: AZ282076. Red/black leather. Odo: 10,424 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint. Only major flaw is paint cracking near gas cap from fuel spillage. Good airbrushed graphics. Frenched headlights. Some minor dented trim throughout, but otherwise brightwork is good. Glass is in nice condition. Questionable door fit. Interior is tasteful and presents well. Carpets are a little worn. Rear seat added. Engine is shiny and dressed up nicely. Cond: 3+. tors won’t care much about cars driven by their great-grandfathers, such as these TriFive Chevys. Is that a factor turning the market, or have these fallen out of favor for another reason? Right now these are a good buy, and this one was certainly well bought. #466-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 58F019063. Red/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 1 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Painstakingly restored to a high level, with documentation and photos included. Paint is smooth as glass. Miles of chrome and trim are all near perfect. Panel fit is excellent. Doors open and close with ease. Interior is better than new. Seats are fresh and appear to have never been sat on. Trunk is as clean as they come. Engine is freshly restored and just about flawless. Cond: 1-. 9 SOLD AT $44,000. The consignor had a reserve of $50k and over $70k in receipts on the recent build. The money was spent in the right places, but these have a more limited appeal than later muscle cars, and the small cab can make them downright uncomfortable to drive, especially if you have a passenger along for the ride. This one was likely too nice for the the current market. Very well bought. #434-1940 LASALLE SERIES 50 coupe. VIN: 2329897. Blue/tan cloth. Odo: 90,755 miles. Older paint is faded and dirty. Trim is pitted and scratched. Delamination showing on both door vent windows. Good panel fit. Rubber is older but not original, and holding up well. Interior is clean and tidy. Interior chrome is pitted. Carpets and headliner are in good order. Engine is very dirty. Fluid stains noted at base of carburetor. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. This same sedan delivery sold at Leake’s Dallas auction in fall 2013 for the exact same price (ACC# 234724). The name of the company on the side panels was the only part of the graphics made of vinyl, so it could be easily removable. Complete and turn-key; the price has proven market-correct, with two sales at the same amount. However, consider it slightly well bought, as you could not build one for the sale price. #122-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC560081427. India Ivory & maroon/white vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 89,225 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Documented with restoration photos. Power steering and brakes. Continental kit. Correct factory-original paint colors. A few prep issues, but nothing major. Good trim with light pitting on the door handles. Windows said to be original. Minor delamination on both door vent windows. A few scuffs on the seat vinyl from use. New carpet. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. Biarritz money for a Series 62, but if any Series 62 was worth it, this was it. Very well sold, but worth every penny. #132-1959 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 59J076444. Pink/pink leather & cloth. Odo: 48,232 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint said to be original color. Miles of dry spray and fisheyes. Rubber is dry and needs replacing. Crack down length of driver’s rear quarter-window. Driver’s door tight. Trim is all there but cloudy. Wavy chrome on trunk lid; other chrome decent but far from new. Said to have new tires, but whitewalls are flaking off. Interior trim lightly pitted. Upholstery and carpets in good shape. Sloppy amateur fabric dash covering. ’70s-era Corvette engine looks tired. Missing a/c compressor. No reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,850. A good cleaning would do this one wonders. 1940 marked LaSalle’s final year. This one had a reasonable amount of needs but overall is not hopeless. A new fuel tank and front-end alignment signal that the previous owner has kept it running and on the road. A light refreshing, 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $38,500. Another Bel Air sold today for yesterday’s 210 prices. Current values are soft, and nice examples seem to be in high supply. There is much speculation that the new generation of car collec- SOLD AT $19,800. Recently sold for $26k at Leake’s OKC sale in February (ACC# 239091), and listed on the consigning dealer’s website for just shy of $31k. In fact, the online photos serve as a reminder of the importance of inspecting a classic as opposed to buying off of an Internet posting. While this looked sharp online, in real life there were many things that needed to be TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX sorted, and with these Titanic Caddys, there’s a lot of real estate to cover. Replating the chrome could cost you close to the purchase price. Final price looked fair. #1175-1963 CHEVROLET C-10 resto-mod pickup. VIN: 3C144B101286. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 2,761 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint with a few flaws. Paint rubbed through where hood makes contact. Dry spray noted along with a few dimples. Poor prep on the eyebrow over the front windshield. Trim has a few dings but is all there. Pitting on door handles. Nice wood bed but seal is showing age. Clean interior with updated gauges, new seats, and new carpet. Dash door interiors are freshly painted. Crate motor shows use. No a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,610. For something you don’t see every day, these have done stronger than you might expect at auction. In 2013, one sold at McCormick’s Palm Springs auction for just over $15k (ACC# 242759). That one was not restored but did have a fresh coat of paint and a tune-up. It also had a little more authenticity to it, with originalappearing factory seats and upholstered door panels, compared with this one’s donor seats and bare-metal doors. This one was relatively rough, but the new owner won’t get into any trouble for the price paid. #455-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242676K122277. Silver/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,459 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation. Said to be an eight-year restoration. Small fisheyes noted in the paint. Scratch on trunk lid. Light pitting on vent windows, taillight bezels, and hood ornament. Interior appears a little tired. Faded walnut veneer dash trim. Slightly cloudy gauges. Repaired tear in the driver’s seat cushion. Cond: 2-. said this one was pushing 1,200 horsepower. From the size of the turbos, there is not much doubt that the claim is feasible, but at what octane? Aside from the radical motor, this was actually a very nice custom that was well put together. Custom work and tuning and sorting the mechanicals could not be replicated for the price paid. Well bought. CORVETTE #2466-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S104793. Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,359 miles. 327-ci 360-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint with some prep issues. Dimples and fisheyes throughout. Blister on hood. Newer chrome plating and sidepipes. Vent window trim new. Front windshield recently replaced. Rebuilt rear suspension and trailing arms. Original gauges are said to be working. Clock works. Seats show some wear but not excessive. Stainless around shifter shows use. Carpet and door panels have been replaced. “Period-correct” engine overhauled and presents well. With factory power steering and front discs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,250. This was tastefully done with a lot of originality still intact, despite the lowered suspension, larger wheels and updated powerplant. The matte black interior dressed things up nicely and complemented the newly upholstered black vinyl seats and updated carpet kit. Modifications aside, this was still a run-of-the-mill truck lacking any particular pedigree, and there is no shortage of custom pickups—especially in Texas. Price paid was a good deal for buyer and seller. #158-1963 CHEVROLET GREENBRIER van. VIN: 3R126S100046. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 56,818 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Thick respray poorly prepped, door jambs not included. Dents painted over and not repaired. Rubber dry and worn. Some gaskets missing around the doors. Older chrome with areas of rust and plenty of wear. Side glass has light scratches. Windshield shows signs of delamination at edges. Donor seats look like they’ve seen plenty of use. Abused floor painted black. Missing wiper knob. Missing headliner SOLD AT $45,100. Pretty tame and missing a few things collectors really look for, such as 4-speed manual and Tri-Power (which was dropped mid-1966). While it might have been restored on and off over a period of eight years, it does not appear to be an eight-year restoration. Well sold at top dollar in today’s market. 177K193258. Blue/black leather. 468-ci turbocharged V8, 6-sp. Big block with Turbonetics twin turbos and Merlin aluminum heads. Leather Recaro power seats. Excellent paint. Trim recently replaced. Rubber has lots of life left. Good panel fit. Wearing and rubs noted on the trunk lid arm. Tasteful interior shows little use. Air conditioning. Power windows. Tilt wheel. Custom speaker pods in doors. Aftermarket gauges. Monster engine with gigantic turbochargers and lots of chrome. Cond: 2+. #2437-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE resto-mod 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136- SOLD AT $66,000. A lot of parts have been gone through, but it doesn’t appear to be a complete comprehensive restoration. This Corvette appeared to be a basic 1964 327/300, but the consignor had it advertised at 360 hp—which wasn’t an option in ’64. It appeared to be a nice driver that didn’t need much, but final price looked strong. Well sold. FOMOCO leaves exposed insulation. Cond: 4+. 88 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $70,400. The seller’s description #511-1941 FORD DELUXE convertible. VIN: 186627692. Florentine Blue/white canvas/brown leather. Odo: 45,334 miles. Driven by Ryan Gosling in the movie “Gangster Squad.” Older thick repaint is fading on the horizontal surfaces, cracking in places. Large deep scratch on trunk lid. Rubber hard and dry. Chrome shows a few heavy scratches. Top is soiled. Driver’s door sags. Interior mostly original. Water stains on floor near outer edges. Very worn floor coverings. Engine is deteriorating and dirty. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,350. 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LEAKE // Dallas, TX in the engine compartment. Engine looks at home and presents well. Cond: 3-. gesting stripes are not factory original or car has been repainted. Glass is clear, but tint is coming off at the edges. Slightly cloudy headlights. Newer tires. Passenger’s side door dips slightly when opened. Driver’s seat has some wear. Engine is slightly dirty from use but correct and original. Cond: 3+. otherwise touched. The fact that it’s driven that few hundred is promising on the mechanical front. There isn’t much to these cars, and this one’s needs all appeared to be cosmetic. The sale price here is nearly identical to the last one, so the consignor was able to enjoy the car for free. Fair deal for all. #2459-1949 FORD CUSTOM Club coupe. VIN: 98BA700531. Blue/white & blue leather. Odo: 1,001 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Freshly restored but far from concours level. Newer paint is average quality, with a few areas already touched up along with some light scratches. Period-style touches include lake pipes, spotlights, sun visor and fender skirts. Back glass shows some scratches. Chrome is new or replated. Door trim a little lackluster. Panel fit is correct. Driver’s door is difficult to close. Very clean, freshly updated interior. Original-appearing steering wheel shows wear. Engine bay is above average and very tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,500. We last saw this one in 2012 at Mecum’s Indianapolis auction, where it sold for $23,850 (ACC# 205689). Other than the Pony interior package, this is a T-code Mustang, so it started life out as a bottom-rung 6-cylinder. Along the way, a fuel-injected 5.0 was added, along with a hodgepodge of Shelby stick-ons. Some cosmetic issues need to be addressed, but well bought for the whole package. #2415-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra coupe. VIN: 1FACP42D3PF176036. Red/ gray cloth. Odo: 44,029 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, 5-sp. Includes documentation and window sticker. Most paint is original, but it appears the front right side has seen a respray, and there are prep issues on the left front fender. Noticeable scratches on the roof. Correct panel fit. Good original rubber. Glass clear and side-window tint hides any potential scratches. Interior is above average. Elastic-band door pockets are stretched open. Hurst shifter. Gauges clear. Polished intake. Large tube headers. Aluminium radiator. With SVT documentation and a few performance and polished mods. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,575. A no-sale on Friday with a top bid of $34k, this one was rerun on Saturday, where it did not sell again at $33,250. This deal came together later, so the market has spoken. Other recent sales near $50k were for examples with fewer than 10k miles on the clock. The mileage on this one suggests it has been lightly used and enjoyed. AMERICANA #428-1984 JEEP CJ-8 Scrambler pickup. VIN: 1JCCF88E3ET014103. Nutmeg/brown vinyl. Odo: 355 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Chevy engine presentable in average condition. Older repaint faded and dull. Scratches on the roll bar from top removal and installation. Bumpers show years of use. Good rubber. Newer-style Jeep mirrors. Poor interior paint. Seats worn and weathered. Noticeable console wear. Clear gauges. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,950. It was described as a “fresh restoration,” and the money was spent in the right places to make this car appealing. These rank pretty low in value when compared with convertibles and woodie wagons, but they offer good canvas for customization, and the touches here helped the “period” vibe. Building one yourself would come in pretty close to the price paid here. Well bought. #2434-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08T267679. Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 11,362 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Older repaint with areas of dry spray and unevenness. Chrome and stainless are dull and used. Older rubber replacement is holding up well. Passenger’s door is out; panel fit otherwise okay. Piping loosening on driver’s seat. Carpets are a little worn. Shelby GT wheels look out of place. Chassis has been properly reinforced SOLD AT $13,750. We last saw this one in November 2013 at Leake’s fall Dallas auction, where it did not sell for $1,000 less than the top bid here (ACC# 234779). 1993 was the only year for the Fox-body Cobra, so there’s a premium for the rarity, and Cobras fetch a little more than GTs. Prices have stayed solidly in “used car” territory, but that may be changing. This example sold right in line with its peers. MOPAR #2527-2002 DODGE VIPER coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E72V10102254. Red/black leather. Odo: 43,544 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Last year of this body style. Paint appears to be all original. Striping does not extend to lower fascia, sug- SOLD AT $11,550. While CJ-5s and CJ-7s are readily available, the Scrambler pickup is more elusive. In 1984, fewer than 5,000 were produced. This one appeared to have a hard top from a CJ-7 to protect rear-seat occupants, leaving about a foot of the extended bed exposed. Hard tops were manufactured for postal service CJ-8s, but good luck finding one of those. This one had some needs but appeared to be usable and ready to drive. A dealer previously had this one on his website for $28,500. Even disregarding that lofty price, this was well bought. A July-August 2014 89


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JAMES G. MURPHY CO. // Brothers, OR James G. Murphy Company — The Kee Collection HUNDREDS OF MOPARS IN OREGON’S HIGH-DESERT COUNTRYSIDE James G. Murphy Auctions Brothers, OR May 8–9, 2014 Auctioneers: Tim Murphy and Dennis Turman Automotive lots sold/ offered: 268/268 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $192,528 High sale: 1959 Dodge Coronet 2-dr hard top, sold at $7,150 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Chryslers as far as the eye can see Report and photos by Chad Tyson and Jim Pickering Market opinions in italics while. Population: 49. But the one thing you used to be able to see was a field of glinting chrome and glass, just close enough to the highway to stand out to a car guy passing at 80 mph. This was Charles Kee’s collection. Chrysler was the make of choice for Kee, who had a T 90 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com long career in cable TV in the central Oregon area. He collected everything from early Dodges and Plymouths through later-model fuselage-body Imperials — hundreds of cars — and brought them all to his property in Brothers. His plan was to start a museum in the town — to make it a destination stop off the highway — but those plans never panned out. He died in December 2013. Many of the more desirable cars — the Chargers, Challengers, and Super Bees — were sold off to European buyers during the boom in muscle prices. What remained consisted mostly of Imperials and here isn’t much in Brothers, OR. Aside from a rest stop off Highway 20 and a few old buildings, it’s high-desert terrain as far as you can see — just sagebrush, a few hills in the distance, and a tree or two every once in a Chryslers spread out among his acres of land, stored with tinfoil over the glass and newspaper over the seats to preserve their interiors from the desert sun. Kee’s family called in James G. Murphy auctions to move the rest of the cars this spring, and a good number of die-hard Mopar fans from around the area convened inside a barn on a rainy May morning as Kee’s cars crossed the block. Some bidders were after complete cars for total rebuilds, while I overheard others talking about buying whole cars just for their bumpers, or pushbutton transmission cables and dash parts, and leaving the rest behind. The high sale of the day went to a 1959 Dodge Coronet at $7,150 — it looked like it could almost be a runner, and the interior and engine compartment were both still pretty clean. As for the rest of the cars, prices were very much in line with their conditions as complete projects: a 1967 Imperial Crown sold for $495, a 1965 Chrysler Newport made $550, and a 1965 Plymouth Barracuda brought $770. While the curious glint of trim and glass is now gone from the Brothers landscape, at least a good number of the cars will be used again, either as projects or as parts for other projects. I think that’s the best possible outcome for this small-town collection of big Mopars.A


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JAMES G. MURPHY CO. // Brothers, OR ONETO WATCH FOMOCO A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside #149-1978 FORD F-250 Ranger XLT pickup. VIN: X26SKCA2140. White & light blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 67,260 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Cab has slight rust at end of drip rails. Bed very scratched, without a single square inch of clean paint. Both tanks have liquid in them. Hopefully it’s just old gas. Power steering and brakes really fill engine bay, along with that 460. Road flare on front seat, not far from pile of sheets and box of facial tissue. Boxes and unopened packages of trim pieces fill the back seat. Tool-box door, sun visor and tailgate loose in bed. Cond: 3-. 1992–93 GMC Typhoon Diablo, Testarossa, Corvette, NSX? Each of them saw GMC taillights in the early ’90s total. The 4.3-liter V6 shares the same bore and stroke as the venerable 5.7-liter V8, just minus two of those cylinders. The turbo boosts output to 280 peak ponies at 4,400 rpm and 360 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm, and that added up to a 0–60 time of 5.3 seconds. In 1992. In an SUV weighing 3,800 pounds. Contemporary base Corvettes and Ferrari 348s clocked 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. How easy is it to get one in your driveway? Plenty of solid examples are still available F Number sold at auction in the past 12 4,697 Average price of those months: Two cars: $13,812 Current ACC Valuation: 92 $9,500–$13,000 under $10k. However, I don’t expect it to stay that way for too many more years. According to our ACC Premium Auction Database, the average price since 2010 has gone from $11,925 to $19,800 in 2012, before dipping back to $13,812 in 2013. How much is someone willing to pay for the right Typhoon? Detailing Years built: 1992–93 Number produced: Well, the last Typhoon ever built sold for $52,800 in 2009. Barrett-Jackson coaxed that remarkable price from buyers at their Scottsdale sale. Since then, Mecum sold one at Indy in 2011 for $20k, and Russo and Steele got nearly $20k for one in Scottsdale in January 2012. Collectors, especially Gen X and Y, are turning more and more to the mid-to-late ’80s and early ’90s cars, as a confluence of attrition, nostalgia and affordability is making them attractive to own. As interest increases in Typhoons as collectibles, more will come to auction (we’re seeing a current average of just a few a year) and AmericanCarCollector.com orget about these? It was easy enough — at a glance these look like standard Jimmys with some obnoxious body plastic. But a quick YouTube search will show you Typhoons blowing the doors off of other modern sports cars. Diablo, Testarossa, Corvette, NSX? Each of them saw GMC taillights in the early ’90s. GMC only built the turbocharged Typhoon in 1992 and 1993, producing 4,697 SOLD AT $2,640. This was one of the better vehicles here, but the price is not far under what I can find advertised locally. That makes it one of the poorer values at the auction. It certainly stood out from a row of Chrysler four-doors. Well bought for that. MOPAR #128-1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Deluxe sedan. VIN: W5520970. Black/gray cloth. 301-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Dash is cracked and shriveled like a dried lake bed. Not a speck of reusable rubber seal anywhere. Front passenger’s door-handle bezel is not secured to door; moves with handle. All glass there and in fair condition. Dings and cracking paint in all doors. Tops surfaces all sunfaded. Chrome window trim is present and should polish out well. Just two flat tires. Odo unreadable. Cond: 6. the prices should move up. It’s already trending that way. A — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $550. This should be worth it based on the trim alone. There is, however, a more-or-less complete car here, so parting it out would be a shame. Plus, those side spears just fit other four-doors. I’d install new tires, freshen up the drivetrain and clean, clean, clean some more. If that’s all it


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JAMES G. MURPHY CO. // Brothers, OR takes to get it on the road again, forget paint and body—just enjoy as-is and call it a win. Well bought. #113-1956 DESOTO FIREDOME Seville 4-dr hard top. VIN: N/A. Light blue. 330-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Most paint gone from top surfaces, except roof paint surprisingly all there. Glass and trim are decent; shouldn’t require much polishing. Engine bay is dirty, just missing the air cleaner. The car received the baked-potato treatment: The windows are all covered in aluminum foil (from the inside). All tires flat. Huge pile of keys under trailer hitch. Odo not accessible. Cond: 6. #102-1959 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. VIN: M314105464. White/black & red vinyl. Odo: 82,792 miles. 326-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Dent in driver’s door. Rust and paint issues on passenger’s side fender. Driver’s fender is fading to primer and oxidized metal. Hardly any paint on hood. Chrome trim is present and accounted for. Air cleaner housing is brighter and cleaner than rest of engine bay. Fabric is shrinking and warping on door panels. Vinyl seat covering chewed away to reveal older upholstery underneath. Chunks of sound deadening and other interior bits litter the carpet. Rust poking from behind driver’s side kick panel. Cond: 4-. in passenger’s side quarter, door and fender. Trailer hitch bolted to frame. Newer tires. Trunk has original spare, car cover and blower motor assembly. One of few cars with a battery. Dusty interior, different from dirty. Switch and button labels all readable. Headliner in remarkable condition— same with chrome support bows. Bottom edge of driver’s door panel ripping and separating. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,070. Between the contrasting periwinkle, rust, and aluminum foil, this car would catch anyone’s attention from a hundred yards away. Could be a great start to a ratty resto-mod. But I suspect, at this price, it’ll be restored. Strong price, relatively speaking. All the pieces are there. Well sold. #130-1957 PLYMOUTH CUSTOM SUBURBAN wagon. VIN: N/A. Blue & rust/gray cloth. Odo: 97,760 miles. 277-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Last tagged in 1965 on Pacific Wonderland plates. Doors won’t open, even if they aren’t fully closed. Hood stuck shut. No title and no access to VIN. More rust than blue. Only one tire flat. Completely full of deteriorated boxes and hubcaps—cannot see seats. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $7,150. Top sale of the auction, but not the best-condition car. Still, pretty affordable, right? The price makes it more than a parts car, and there is a lot to start with. It still needs a lot, tipping things slightly in the seller’s favor. #302-1960 CHRYSLER WINDSOR sedan. VIN: 8103147234. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 39,582 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One of the more complete cars down in the field. Trim missing from rear passenger’s door. Patina starting on tops of fenders. Several dents in askew front bumper. Fin taillights in decent condition. Antenna broken at base. Dent at front of passenger’s fender. One missing headlight. Door panels soiled and warping. Steering wheel cracked all around. All four tires holding air. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $5,500. The lower-priced 300 Sport Series was barely distinguishable from the higher-spec Letter Series version when driving past. I smelled fuel from the engine bay, but I took that as evidence that it likely runs. The battery and fully inflated tires were good signs, too. Great buy, even if there is some sorting to do before this cruises again. I can’t find others near this price in this condition. #105-1962 IMPERIAL CROWN 4-dr hard top. VIN: 9223125762. Bronze/tan leather. Odo: 21,669 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. California black plates last tagged in 1963 on front, 1984 on back. Bullet taillamps intact. Has power steering, power brakes, and a/c—a $590 package on top of the base price of $5,644. Radiator cap missing. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,190. Seventh-highest seller. That’s thanks to the popularity of wagons, not anything inherently special about this Plymouth. The buyer got the bonus of enough hupcaps to start a side business selling them. The question really is, can the buyer put $10k into this car and get a $13k car out of it. Yes, if he doesn’t go stock. Throw a big block in there and have some fun. At the very least, it’ll be one of the few Plymouth wagons around town—maybe even the only one. SOLD AT $605. The base car with the base engine had 305 ponies on tap. We should adopt this as a national horsepower minimum. Fewer doors would have brought more, but, like the rest of the cars, it probably wouldn’t have been here otherwise. A nearly complete car for $605? That’s a good deal no matter how it’s sliced. White/red & black vinyl. Odo: 52,710 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of the cleanest cars here and perhaps the one closest to being driveable. Last tagged in 1984. Dents #103-1962 CHRYSLER 300 Sport Series 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8223241913. SOLD AT $1,210. Three helicopters could land on this car: one on the roof, one on the hood and one on the trunk. And the frame could probably handle the weight. But seriously, most demolition derbies ban Imperials outright because they’re just that unstoppable. Inexpensive and huge—is there a downside here? Probably, but this was well bought. #131-1962 IMPERIAL LEBARON 4-dr hard top. VIN: 9323109671. Black/blue leather. Odo: 22,317 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last tagged in 1972. Wild cracking and crazing of paint looks like shattered July-August 2014 93 BEST BUY


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JAMES G. MURPHY CO. // Brothers, OR glass. Some faded parts show blue paint under black. Bullet taillamps busted. Trunk full of trim, hubcaps and other metal bits. Layer of dirt and dust throughout. No belts on engine, but a/c compressor still hooked up. Cond: 6. reads, “318 runs nice” (although these cars never got the 318). Stupid foot-shaped gas pedal. Interior faded enough to confuse what the colors actually once were. Floor shifter mechanism sitting on rear seat but no linkage. Cond: 4-. steering, but no a/c. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $660. There might have been a couple sacks of potatoes and a kitchen sink in that trunk—no wonder the rear tires were completely flat. The buyer would really need to have an affinity for Imperials to do anything but part this out. That Imperials were produced in low numbers doesn’t seem to do much for their values, but this was one of the better buys per ton of the day. Well bought. #133-1963 IMPERIAL CUSTOM 4-dr hard top. VIN: 9133136960. Blue/blue leather. Odo: 69,819 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Doors stuck shut. Driver’s door not fully closed. Two dents on driver’s quarter— straight panels. Chips and minor surface rust on nose. Four flat tires. Bumpers surprisingly straight and clean. Rust streaks evident at base of trunk lid. Back of seats and tray package faded to almost green. Headliner falling down. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $1,540. Definitely one of the sportier cars here. One of 12,500 V8 Dart GTs in 1964. Sold for a quarter of the price that these average in decent condition. Is it worth $6k with another $4k into it? Probably not, making this a custom candidate or a parts depot for a better Dart GT. Either way, still a pretty good deal. #108-1964 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: V442729093. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 88,297 miles. Sure looks like original paint. Some fading at back end of trunk. Trim panel at trunk hinge fits poorly with inconsistent gaps. Manual brakes, but power steering. Dirt is evenly distributed in engine bay, like it was sifted. Box labeled “Flammable Liquid” in trunk. Carpet heavily worn at driver’s feet. Driver’s seat ripped in several spots. Headliner is split and sags right over front seats. Rest of interior is decent. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $880. The Crown coupes can go for as much as $32k, according to the ACC Price Guide. Would this car be a $32k car with $31k of work? Most likely. This would be a great start for restoration, but I just wonder how deep the market is. Maybe it’ll be cannibalized for one of the other 3,973 ’65 Crown coupes. The entry price is cheap enough to do no harm to anybody—restoration or parting out. #109-1965 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. VIN: V852527557. Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 91,088 miles. 273-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks less like paint, more like speckled primer. Still, one of the nicer cars here. Good back glass. Driver’s front tire flat enough that the bead has broken free of the rim. Engine bay okay, but some vacuum lines are broken or missing. Rustiest part of whole vehicle is battery tray. Power brakes. Trunk loaded with hubcaps. Cracked seats held together with green tape. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $660. Buying a car without inspecting the interior, engine bay, and trunk is never a good idea. But I suppose it isn’t all that different than bidding on a car from a distance as it crosses the block. If anything, this might be a fun way to teach people about body work. Lots of long, straight panels and plenty of smaller, changing surfaces to learn on—if there is the storage room for it. #145-1964 DODGE DART GT coupe. VIN: 7445145359. Black/black & tan vinyl. Odo: 74,395 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Remnants of tinfoil in windows. Repainted from gold to black with red trim. Paint is wearing away in stripes. Handwriting on valve cover 94 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $2,200. Cleaner and nicer than Lot 108, the ’65 Barracuda, and only $140 more. The new owner could probably flip for 100% profit, but where’s the fun in that? This is a great little car with few apparent issues. Superb value. #137-1965 IMPERIAL CROWN 2-dr hard top. VIN: Y253135111. Light blue/white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 28,005 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last tagged in 1991. Meshstyle grille in remarkable condition. Few slight dings, but easily repairable. Long, straight body sides. Vinyl top deteriorated to almost nothing. Surface rust popping up on exposed roof and trunk. Rusty valve covers highlight the dirty engine bay. Everything but battery present. Headliner losing battle with gravity. Power windows, brakes and SOLD AT $2,090. Inasmuch as there were “star cars” here, this was one of them. It’s a fairly easy comparison with the current market, too, as it didn’t appear to be a total basket case. Probably best to clean it up, maybe reshoot the paint, then get to cruising. Great value here. #134-1966 CHRYSLER 300 2-dr hard top. VIN: CM23G63287570. 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new thin-stripe whitewalls, dirty but not yellowing. Only three lugnuts per wheel. No exterior trim pieces missing. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $770. First year for optional 440. Then again, if this car had that engine, it probably wouldn’t have been sitting in that field. Doesn’t look too far from driving again. If the internals are solid (as in good condition, not seized), this was a heckuva deal. Well bought. #164-1966 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY wagon. VIN: CL45G66250798. Light blue & rust/gray cloth. Odo: 66,506 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Last tagged in ’91. Patina for days; it’s almost two-tone. Acres of glass are all there. Passenger’s side taillamp is missing. Faded bumper sticker reads, “All fishermen are liars. Except you and me.” (The latter phrase is almost completely faded away). Rust poking through quarters behind rear wheels. Sweater draped over the steering wheel. Floor littered with either calcified food or feces pellets. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $990. A grand for a 383 wagon with all of its glass and trim? Sweet. Not that this was a battery away from driving off—not even close—but this could be a really cool car. At this price, there was no harm done to anybone involved. #256-1966 DODGE CHARGER fastback. VIN: XP29F61260390. Rust/black vinyl. Odo: 37,928 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Tough to tell what color it once was. Most remaining paint is cream or green, depending on the body panel. But there is more exposed metal than paint. Taillamp panel missing. Filler slathered on failed dent repair on driver’s fender. Has a/c still connected. Single-reservoir, manual drums. No seats. Passenger’s quarter glass down— whether it was left that way or the mechanism gave out, who knows? It’s not moving now. Interior filled with rotting cardboard and sheets of cloth. Cond: 6. July-August 2014 95


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JAMES G. MURPHY CO. // Brothers, OR SOLD AT $1,320. Not many Chargers are bought under their original MSRP anymore ($3,122 in ’66). You’d be hard-pressed to find a basket-case comparable to this, though. The adventure on the front fender gives me worry about everything else, but at this price it’s worth blowing apart and rebuilding; $20k into this car should bring $20k out of it. Fairly bought. #257-1966 DODGE CHARGER fastback. VIN: XP29E61280067. Blue/red vinyl. 318ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. More complete than Lot 256, the Charger sitting next to it. Hood and tops of fenders faded to white. Paint cracking and flaking along passenger’s side. Huge chunks of filler falling off passenger’s door. Chunk of 4x4 fence post on the back seat. Taillamp panel there, but half the lens is broken off. Air-cleaner housing present. Power steering, but single-reservoir manual drums. Could learn surfing on the dashpad waves. All windows up makes for a lot less dirt on the inside. Another car with a trailer hitch. Cond: 6. the quarters, but that’s not the car’s fault. Tied for the third-most-expensive car. Also, just $15 more than original MSRP. Fair deal, below market by a grand or two. #279-1967 DODGE CHARGER fastback. VIN: XP29F72353878. Blue/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 64,867 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No title. Trunk lid paint has gone missing in a big rectangle. Remnants of vinyl top surround rear window like a raccoon mask. Fuse panel hanging by wiring under dash. Wires clipped throughout. Weathered and worn instrument panel and dash. More evidence these were just cars once upon a time—trailer hitch bolted in back. Cond: 6. #138-1968 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY convertible. VIN: PH27L8D300794. Blue/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 90,934 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Last tagged in 1981. Rusted wheelwell lips. Dent or ding on every body panel. Vinyl convertible top barely there; frame has some rust. Four flat tires. Dirty, bright red engine. Rust on underside of hood. Wires and vacuum hoses draped over engine or wrapped around anything else. Remnants of rodent nest under intake manifold. Crankcase breather hole in valve cover open to environment. No console. Ripped seat upholstery. Warping door panels. No optional power anything. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $990. The best from the row of Chargers—in that it had a title and was more or less complete. Two big bonus points there. And it sold for several hundreds less than the others—triple win there. Maybe the filler scared off a few buyers. Well bought. #106-1967 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER 2-dr hard top. VIN: CH23K73115075. Tan/tan cloth. Odo: 91,294 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint is chalky. Body straight and no obvious rust. Broken trim piece on top of passenger’s fender. Battery is present and even hooked up. Power steering, brakes and windows. Driver’s door opens and shuts easily, with a solid thunk. One of the cleanest interiors at the auction. Hard to remember that the seatbelts were optional. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,430. One of the pricier parts cars at auction. Maybe it’ll be a drag racer. It’ll have to be something, since it doesn’t have a title. As a parts supplier, there were plenty of pieces to get a return on this price—most body panels, running gear (cores) and some interior bits should be salvageable. Well bought as such. #311-1967 DODGE CHARGER fastback. VIN: XP29G61176769. Silver & rust/black vinyl. Missing a lot here: no dash, drivetrain or title. Silver paint gave way to elements and rust long ago. Power-brake booster with single reservoir and wiper motor only pieces in engine bay. Ghost of “1969 National Parks Parcs Nationalix” sticker on driver’s quarter-window. Seats gone; four hubcaps where passenger’s seat should be. Broken, spare grille-surround loose on floor; large piece of particle board under it. No windshield or steering wheel. Parked over pile of wood. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $3,080. Appealing, in that there’s a 440 and a top that drops. Fairly bought for those two big pluses. Otherwise a basket case. If all of the cars here had been in factory-new condition, this might have fetched top-sale honors. Alas, there is a lot of money and a lot of time between what this car is and what it could be. #214-1973 IMPERIAL LEBARON 4-dr hard top. VIN: YM43T3C173521. Red/tan leather. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Huge presence, even in a field of full-size Chrysler products. Previously gold. No rear bumper or taillight assemblies. Bubbling and flaking paint on trunk and roof. Trunk baling-wired shut. Keys resting in driver’s door lock. Rear Imperial nameplate broken, reading “MPE” and “RIAL” in different directions. Interior stuffed with sheepskin seat covers, decaying newspapers and sound-deadening material. Driver’s door panel in back seat. Window weatherstripping in decent condition. Odo unreadable. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $4,070. 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GLOVEBOXNOTES By Jim Pickering AMERICANA #148-1964 JEEP WAGONEER SUV. VIN: 141430822. White/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 76,515 miles. 230-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Last tagged in 1973. Fading paint all over, heaviest patina on hood and roof. Body is straight. Bumper sticker reads, “Communist Peace is More Deadly Than War.” I wonder how the owner felt about ’Nam? Glass is dirty but crack-free. All light lenses oxidized and clouded. Spotlight on rooftop makes me think of Dr. Seuss or the Teletubbies. Half a dozen hubcaps and spare tire loose in back. Cond: 4+. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Price as tested: $71,830 Equipment: 6.4-L 470-hp Hemi V8, 8-speed automatic transmission, Quadra-Trac active on-demand 4x4, active damping suspension, performance-tuned steering, forward collision warning with crash mitigation, active Bi-Xenon HID headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitors, heated and cooled Laguna leather seats, heated second-row seats, Uconnect AM/FM/XM/NAV, trailer tow group IV, dual pane panoramic sunroof, power liftgate, LED daytime running lights and taillights, Harmon Kardon Audio group with 19 speakers and subwoofer. EPA mileage: 13/19 SOLD AT $1,650. My favorite car of the auction. (Go figure—my daily driver is a 2000 Grand Cherokee.) It’s strange to see a Wagoneer this old, as most that are still around are from the ’80s. Can’t beat this price, especially if it runs and drives. Hopeful, yes, but this was less damaged and weather-worn than other cars around it. Well bought. #147-1971 JEEP CJ-5 Renegade II. VIN: 8305017373518. Baja Yellow & white/black vinyl. Odo: 28,014 miles. 221-ci V6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Skinny knobby tires. Massive front bumper setup. Spots of surface rust around roof’s drip rail. Buick V6. VHF-FM transceiver. Driver’s seat has what was once a white towel duct-taped to the bottom cushion. Carpet will need replacing, but possibly fumigate first. Sinister blue “EEX 666” license plates bleached to white. Cond: 4+. Likes: Everything you’d expect in a new SRT-developed street monster: Explosive Hemi power coupled to an intelligent quick-shifting transmission, tight steering and very little body roll through the curves. Sport mode and track mode crank up both the throttle response and transmission shift points, making this a track machine as well as a family hauler. Brembo brakes offer a solid pedal feel and excellent grip. Launch control is easy to use, with drama-free 2,000-rpm starts. Chrysler NAV / Satellite radio interface continues to be among the best in the industry, with a simple and effective interface that just makes sense. Dislikes: Mufflers are not raspy enough, considering the power on tap. And it looks too tame, too — while the red calipers, black wheels, and muscular body cladding might give the secret away to Mopar fanatics, it flies under the radar more than the rest of the SRT line, and for over $70k, I’d want to stand out. Other small items irritate, such as metal runners in cargo area that cause items placed in the rear to slide around, and wind buffeting from the sunroof at freeway speeds. The computer’s torque management program feels a little heavy-handed, too, coming in early and often to protect the drivetrain from your right foot as it prods that Hemi. SOLD AT $3,520. Bidding started at $1k— higher than many other lots sold for. Interesting note about Renegade IIs: AMC didn’t allow dealers to order them. The company picked which dealers received them. Of the 600 made in ’71, 200 came in Baja Yellow. Fair price paid. A Verdict: Want both a muscle car and an SUV? This Jeep’s for you. Since the days of competition with the now-discontinued Chevrolet Trailblazer SS, the SRT has become even nastier and moved further upmarket into a price point typically dominated by European SUVs, and it’s a real competitor there. For 2014, it’s a fantastic overall package with a lot of performance and usability. The only real downside? Its capabilities make all the daily commuters around you seem like little old ladies cruising at 10 under the limit. But hey, when some space opens up and you lean on the loud pedal, you’ll be flying under the radar. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall experience: 97 AmericanCarCollector.com July-August 2014 97 ½


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at six auctions GM #F364-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 12GA215099. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 4,581 miles. Nice street rod restored 10 years ago. Paint chips on doors and uneven trunk gaps detract from the exterior view. Pinstripes are a nice touch. Has a/c, front power disc brakes, Lokar shifter. Interior features sporty gauge set and good headliner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,000. Some flaws were evident since the long-ago restoration, but price paid leaves room to address the needs without going underwater. Solid car and well bought. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. John Scotti Collection was one of the key features at Auction America’s Auburn auction Auctions America Auburn, IN — May 8–10, 2014 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton, Jim Lestinsky, Jonathan Kraft Automotive lots sold/offered: 629/760 Sales rate: 83% Sales total: $18,944,005 High sale: 1934 Chrysler Airflow Custom Imperial sedan, sold at $213,400 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report by Kevin Coakley Photos by Pat Coakley Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO — April 24–26, 2014 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered: 359/578 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $8,255,560 High sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $280,800 Buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Vicari Auctions Nocona, TX — May 1–3, 2014 Auctioneers: Joey Fortner, Ken Buhler Automotive lots sold/offered: 106/220 Sales rate: 48% Sales total: $3,208,788 High sale: 1971 Chevorlet Corvette LS6 convertible, sold at $286,200 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Ray McNamara 98 AmericanCarCollector.com Silver Auctions Spokane, WA — May 7, 2014 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, Dan Schorno, Jake Sanford, Brady Hammrich Automotive lots sold/offered: 101/153 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $1,506,816 High sale: 1970 Ford Mustang coupe, sold at $54,000 Buyer’s premium: 8% Report and photos by John Boyle Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance Seabrook, TX — May 2, 2014 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Dallas Wolbaum Automotive lots sold/offered: 71/89 Sales rate: 80% Sales total: $5,324,375 High American sale: 1965 Shelby Cobra continuation roadster, sold at $185,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX — May 3, 2014 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered: 74/94 Sales rate: 79% Sales total: $6,608,200 High sale: 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, sold at $489,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Frank Schilling SOLD AT $51,300. The buyer badly wanted this “tin woodie” for his collection, so I don’t expect we’ll see it offered at auction again any time soon. Nicely sold. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #F394-1955 CHEVROLET 210 sedan. VIN: 0167451T55Z. Victory Red/tan leather. Odo: 28,440 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A first-rate frame-off restoration. Has power seats and windows and a/c. Only two faults #F905-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Townsman “tin woodie” wagon. VIN: C54K007199. Red & faux wood/red leather. Odo: 6 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Only 6 miles since a tastefully completed restoration. Very nice paint and chrome. Clean interior and engine bay. Cond: 2.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL noted: painted-over scratches on front left quarter and minor scratches on interior console and right door. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,880. Well-done restoration and modification. Color was eye-catching and upgrades will help the driveability. Fair sale on both sides for the current condition. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #4095-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. VIN: A857H7181. Sheffield Gray & Tartan Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 6 miles. 347-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Beautiful color combination looks fresh and well done. Good panel gaps, excellent brightwork. Engine compartment well detailed except for the aftermarket battery. Spotless interior with fresh seat covers. Equipped with power brakes, steering, and top, Autronic Eye, clock, under-seat heater and fender skirts. Cond: 2. #3136-1958 OLDSMOBILE 98 2-dr hard top. VIN: 83669D11054. Frost Blue & Polaris White/white vinyl/white & blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 80,233 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint and panel gaps, brightwork shows some wear and tear but nothing too bad. Glass has some scratches. Well-detailed engine compartment. Interior looks great—especially the brilliant chrome work on the dashboard. Equipped with power steering, brakes, and windows, fender skirts, Continental kit, exterior visor and fog lamps. Cond: 3. with blinding dashboard chrome. Another offering from the Scotti Collection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,100. There was no mention of how long it’s been since the restoration, but based on the fresh look and low miles, I’d judge it hasn’t been turned out long. The final result, while strong, probably doesn’t completely cover the cost of the car and the money spent to get it to this condition. Looks to be a fair deal both ways. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #S520-1958 BUICK LIMITED 4-dr hard top. VIN: 8E4005240. Blue/white vinyl/white & blue cloth. Odo: 94,728 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is good except for fading trunk. Chrome has dings all around; bumper will require rechroming. With power seats and antenna. Gauges reportedly all work. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,100. Another no-reserve offering from the Scotti Collection; described as having a “body-up restoration,” this was yet another example from an era when they shoveled on the exterior brightwork. This is a really nice example of a stylish one-yearonly body with great colors and accessories. Strong price, but I think the new owner got an excellent deal here. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #5054-1958 PONTIAC PARISIENNE convertible. VIN: 8786745114. Robin’s Egg Blue/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 77,999 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some shade variation between the body panels. Extensive brightwork has some minor scratches, dings, and dents. Except for aftermarket battery, engine compartment looks tidy. Interior is exceptional SOLD AT $63,800. Produced for sale in Canada, this one-year-only body style highlights an era when chrome and stainless trim was heaped on from bumper to bumper. This car had it all: attractive colors, all the options, and the top goes down. A very similar car sold at RM’s 2013 Michigan auction for $83k (ACC# 231328). Offered with no reserve and coming in a fair bit below the low estimate.This one was a bargain, in my book. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #4101-1959 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 599M27041. Gold Mist/ tri-tone brown leather. Odo: 84,059 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint in decent shape, couple of chips on leading edge of hood, but no big deal. Excellent exterior brightwork. Wide whites really set it off. Interior worn a bit beyond patina. Otherwise a nice, well-equipped package. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,580. Seen at auction about a year ago, no-saling at Mecum’s April 2013 Houston sale at a high bid of $15k (ACC# 219941). There’s some work to be completed here, but the buyer should do just fine—and he got a whole lot of car for the money. Well bought. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. July-August 2014 99 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $43,450. A #2 car for #3 money. This could have gone for another $10k and still been a good deal. Well bought. New owner is the one with a big smile on his face. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #3012-1961 BUICK SPECIAL 2-dr sedan. VIN: OH1565626. Blue/tri-tone gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 11,295 miles. 215-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Okay paint respray didn’t include the engine compartment. Rear bumper has a bit of a ding. Grungy engine compartment, aftermarket battery. No gripes with the interior. Cond: 3. #F313-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847S192571. White/ red vinyl. Odo: 78,605 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original, including glass and chrome (lightly scratched and pitted). The dual antennas are a nice look. Power steering and Vintage Air. Clean undercarriage and engine bay. Cond: 3+. radiator. Interior holding up well except for a bit of a saggy headliner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,700. Offered with no reserve out of the Scotti Collection, this bench-seat, 4-speed, 427 beauty included documentation showing its original bill of sale dated December 11, 1967, with a price of $3,029. This car showed up in the ACC Premium Auction Database as a no-sale bid to $21k at eBay/Kruse 2002 (ACC# 27583). No telling how many times it might have changed owners in the interim, but no matter—12 years and 10,000 miles later it sells strong. Well done, Mr. Scotti. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. SOLD AT $17,172. Clean, third-generation Impala with a popular engine choice. There is room at this price to improve the chrome and other minor items. Well bought. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. SOLD AT $13,750. Having hardly been driven since it sold for $9,300 at RM’s Toronto Spring Sale in 2005 (ACC# 38011), looks like this one is pretty much keeping up with inflation. A decent, honest little car for not a lot of money. Letting it sit could be a real concern, but if the mechanicals check out, this was a good buy. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #4128-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS lightweight racer. VIN: 21847306016. Ermine White & Roman Red/red vinyl. Odo: 5,506 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Red side stripe shows some cracking; paint decent otherwise. All exterior brightwork in good condition. Engine compartment looks as if it just rolled out of the Zintsmaster garage. Heater-delete interior is in excellent condition. Provided with load of documentation. Originally campaigned by Zintsmaster Chevrolet out of Kokomo, IN. Seller claims it to be the last known surviving factory-built and -documented lightweight racing Impala. Cond: 2-. #S531-1966 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 266576C138359. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,997 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers-matching car. Paint isn’t bad. Eight-lug aluminum wheels, power steering and brakes, fender skirts. Interior has some tears, chrome showing its age, inconsistent door gaps. Cond: 3+. #S105-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N574968. LeMans Blue/white vinyl & houndstooth. Odo: 89,269 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with a GM-sourced Cross Ram induction with cowl-induction hood. Bare-body restoration in recent years. Excellent repaint. Door gaps could use a little more work, but they shut fine. All new door and glass seals. Major chrome pieces replated, and mostly reproduction brightwork from there. Reproduction soft trim inside, expertly fitted. Light fogging of gauges. Well-detailed under the hood to show-standard or better. Well detailed undercarriage, too. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $21,060. A stylish entry in the muscle car era. Most of the low points are correctable with some effort—based on that, slight advantage to the seller at the price paid. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. SOLD AT $151,250. Zintsmaster took this car to the 1962 U.S. Nationals, and it ran a low-12 time hitting 115 mph. The car was then stored for 20 years before being sold to a private collector. It failed to sell on the block with a high bid in the mid $120ks, but a deal was reached after some post-block negotiations. Considering its history and rarity, I’d say the new owner scored a bit of a bargain. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #5091-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164878S148068. Red/ivory vinyl. Odo: 50,300 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Red paint shows some microscratches but otherwise looks good under the lights. Good panel gaps. Brightwork wear commensurate with age. Red steel rims with dog dish caps give a bit of a sleeper look. Coolant leak around the gooseneck; engine compartment otherwise shows well with period battery and new SOLD AT $65,880. Even if a Cross Ram setup was factory ordered, it was always shipped in the trunk of the car and not installed, since GM had a ban on factory multi-carb setups starting in 1967 on all cars except Corvettes. These were also rather popular over the counter at dealership parts departments—and under the counter from shifty midnight parts sources. The reserve was met at $60k, with one more bid to get it bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/14. #5124-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N63609. Tuxedo Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 146 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful black paint with white stripes shows very well. Good panel fit. Passenger’s door closes hard. Excellent brightwork. No complaints with the engine compartment. Interior shows well. Equipped with Rally Pack guages, AM/FM Delco radio, tach and analog clock. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. The catalog described it as a “Z/28 with RS features,” including different grille, concealed headlights, and headlight


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL washers. These enhancements might be an issue for Z/28 purists, but it sure didn’t hurt this result today. Yet another no-reserve offering from Mr. Scotti selling strong just under the high estimate. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #T37-1972 GMC K5 JIMMY 4x4 SUV. VIN: TKE182F518747. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 36,805 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint, with masked-off original side stripe graphics and various light nicks. Bedliner paint on leading hood edge is starting to peel. All original trim, with light pitting and scuffing. Side emblems pop-riveted back on. Reupholstered seats. Original glovebox build sheet indicates that it was built with optional 350-ci V8, automatic, Positraction, power steering, off-road package, gauge package, AM radio and rear seat. Aftermarket wheels, brush-bar bumper, Warn winch, roll bar, and whip antenna. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,576. With only 180 hp on tap by 1977, the glory days of the Trans Am as a performance car were in the rear-view mirror. The sales picture was less gloomy, however, as Burt Reynolds and film stardom were to increase ’78 sales by more than a third. This was a nice car which found a home squarely within the price guide estimates. Fairly bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. #136-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM Turbo Pace Car coupe. VIN: 2X87JAL147690. White/white vinyl. Odo: 46,087 miles. 301-ci turbocharged V8, auto. Quality repaint that could pass for factory. Silver trim on hood has turned blotchy with age, but still very presentable. Decals still nice, Pace Car decals still in original box in trunk. Spare tire looks like it’s never been on the ground. Nice dash, interior very good except for wear to driver’s seat back. Very original under hood, clean but not detailed. Engine block heater plug indicates car may have spent some time outside in the North. Cond: 3+. bumper and windshield frame component rechroming, but not a show job either. Light wrinkling on the reupholstered seats. Generally all-black chassis components, with bare fiberglass on the bottom of the body— all of it now with moderate road dust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,920. By the numbers, with a Rochester fuel-injection unit feeding a hydraulic-lifter 245-horse engine, it should work out to 250 horses in theory— essentially equaling the factory hydrauliclifter Fuelie offering. In reality, who knows? Trolled around regularly over the last few years, last turning up at a Mecum sale in Little Rock in June of 2012, declared sold at $100k (ACC# 210508). As such, there didn’t seem to be much interest here, and it didn’t spend much time on the block, but a deal came together later. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/14. SOLD AT $13,500. A rather solid first-generation Jimmy, which is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity as each day passes. Even as the used rock-hopper that it is, this wasn’t silly money for it. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/14. #47-1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z7252927. White/blue cloth. Odo: 66,000 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Slightly thick-looking recent repaint over nice body. Overspray on taillights. Emblems worn. “Screaming Chicken” decal wearing. New grille inserts. Scratches on door sills. Stock dash, factory a/c. Very pale blue interior lightly worn and seems a bit faded. Very clean but undetailed underhood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,800. One of 5,700 Pace Car edition cars. All had the Garrett turbocharger, which gained back some of the horsepower lost over the years. This looked better than any 34-year-old pony car has a right to, short of a complete restoration. Sold at the low end of price range, so if there are no hidden mechanical issues, well bought. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. CORVETTE #S114.1-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104596. Venetian Red/beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 20,514 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Engine block decodes as an EH-code 245hp dual-quad unit. Authentically detailed at one point, but now showing some moderate dust accumulation. Generally good body prep and paint application. Doors protrude slightly, but gaps aren’t too bad. Decent #8-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194378S414622. Maroon/ tan vinyl. Odo: 9,370 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Incredibly original C3. Unrestored with mostly original paint. Typical spider cracks in fiberglass at hood corners. L88 hood has gold pinstripe reportedly added by original owner. Minor windshield delam. Excellent gaps. Very clean interior all original, save for new carpet; smells a little musty. Has the pop-out rear window. Clean, complete engine compartment with all original components, including transistorized ignition. Has F41 suspension, closeratio 4-speed and date-code-correct L71 engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,750. This car came with its original window sticker and dealer order forms. The original owner reportedly went to trade it in 1970 for a ZL1-equipped car; when none was available, he installed an over-the-counter ZL1 and an L88 hood. Later, a correct L71 replacement was sourced. This car definitely slipped under the radar! Even without the original engine, the buyer scored a low-mile original significantly under market. Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 05/14. Blue/beige vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,307 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. COPO Corvette with rare (2% of total production) L89 option, plus F41 suspension, G81 Posi with 4:11 gears and N11 off-road exhaust. New paint to good standard. Some chips, small cracking and waves. Front bumper looks like an inexpensive aftermar- #24-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S401487. July-August 2014 101 BEST BUY BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ket replacement. Gaps variable. New vinyl top sits a little proud from body. Mostly original and well-worn interior, dash possibly replaced. Numbers-matching engine recently rebuilt; aftermarket valve covers, electric fan, variable paint quality. Tank AL ROUNDUP ket replacement. Gaps variable. New vinyl top sits a little proud from body. Mostly origi- nal and well-worn interior, dash possibly replaced. Numbers-matching engine re- cently rebuilt; aftermarket valve covers, electric fan, variable paint quality. Tank SOLD SOLD AT $71,500. This presented well from 10 feet but was let down by some of the details. Bidding started at $40k, and auctioneer Rod Egan had to work hard to get bidding to this final sale price. The car has some needs, but with comparable performance to an L88 at a fraction of the cost, it’s hard to see how you could go wrong. A good buy. Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 05/14. #S915-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194671S113525. Mille Miglia Red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,176 miles. 454-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A documented low-mile original. Reportedly in climate-controlled storage for many of its years. Minor paint flaws. Undercarriage clean but has a few rust spots as expected. Cond: 2+. 3 with dealer invoice, window sticker, build sheet, warranty book, and owner’s manual. Basically a new 1975 Corvette. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,100. This car was reported to be the actual one used for a Danbury Mint 1:24-scale model and came with an example of same. A very honest restoration, and the car could not be duplicated again to this standard at this price. It’s taken awhile for me to come around to these rubber-bumper C3s, but for a trouble-free, easy-to-maintain, top-down GT car, this was a great purchase. Buyer should be very happy. Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 05/14. #22-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0783E5145318. White/ red vinyl. Odo: 4,725 miles. 5.7-L 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Seller states that mileage is actual. Nice paint, which might be original, over solid body. Front and rear bumper flex panels don’t match, per factory. Aftermarket rear spoiler, replacement taillight lenses. Interior has minimal wear and is clean, with light soiling in baggage area. Engine bay is clean and factory-correct. Cond: 2-. auto. First year for a V8 in Falcon. Mostly original, numbers-matching. Top damaged on right side; original chrome needs attention. Body straight, undercarriage clean, nice interior. Grille broken in the middle. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,820. Clean car with addressable items. Nod to the seller but a fair price as well. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #31-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 4Y85Z107214. Teal/white vinyl/ white. Odo: 25,316 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and straight body with good gaps. Some stainless and chrome show usual amount of wear. Aftermarket tonneau cover. Clean and detailed engine compartment with plenty of chrome accessories. Door weatherstrips tired. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,000. The rear license plate frame read “Happiness is being a grandparent,” which tells us about the car’s past and probable future. A great ice cream-getter and a stylish driver. The seller got a fair price, and the buyer a fun car. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. SOLD AT $286,200. Good preservation and abundant documentation led this investment-grade LS6 Corvette to the high-sale spot of the sale. Both sides walked away smiling. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #26-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67T5S420010. Green/ black hard top/saddle vinyl. Odo: 60,381 miles. 350-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully restored like a new car. Superior repaint, no chips or scratches anywhere. Correct gaps. Chrome and stainless like new. Detailed chassis. Interior completely fresh and new. Engine bay detailed to show-standards. With luggage rack, a/c, power steering steering and brakes, AM/FM, map light, alarm system and Positraction and rare black vinyl hard top. Full documentation SOLD AT $14,580. If accurate, what we have here is a car put away as an “instant collectible.” If you’re too young, you may not appreciate the sensation caused by the arrival of the C4. Chevy called it “The Exotic American,” and it boasted high-tech looks and equipment for its day—a far cry from the long-serving C3 it finally replaced. Sold well above what C4s normally go for, but in 2009 it earned $19k at Mecum St. Charles (ACC# 120764). If mileage checks out, probably not a bad price for a “new” 30year-old car. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. FOMOCO #S530-1963 FORD FALCON convertible. VIN: 3H15F222164. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 37,231 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, SOLD AT $13,770. A lightly rodded Merc that will stand out from its Mustang and Falcon corporate cousins. Seller’s claims of a recent frame-on restoration can be believed. A nicer car and a better buy than Lot 12, the similarly powered ’66 Mustang. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #163-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5F07D132456. White/red vinyl. Odo: 54,872 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh white paint, color change from original Pagoda Green, which is visible in chips in door openings. Poor masking around windows. Surface rust on left fender under hood. Rust #19-1964 MERCURY COMET Caliente 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4H23F516916. Maroon/ black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 5,685 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice factory maroon paint, with good body gaps and stainless, with the usual pitting on taillight bezels. No trim rings on rear wheels. Doors stand out slightly, probably due to new rubber. Nice uncut original dash with CD player hung below it. Aftermarket steering wheel. Aftermarket valve covers, air cleaner and modern details under the hood. Cond: 3+. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP QUICKTAKE 1978 Ford Mustang Cobra II fastback SOLD at $18,975 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 14, 2014, Lot 145 on passenger’s door A-pillar. Aftermarket antenna. Factory rocker panels have nonstock and poorly applied red trim. New red interior. Non-stock valve covers and other underhood pieces. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,828. Early car built on May 11, 1964, and originally sold in the area. Correct “64½” details like low horns and early hood stamping. Owner states several performance upgrades to engine. It came across as a quick restoration to cash in on the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. After taking the trouble to decode the car, it’s too bad the restorer didn’t return the car to factory stock, but I suspect “Pagoda Green” is probably the reason for that. Early Mustangs will always have a following. This entry-level car was fairly bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. courtesy of Auctions America car’s life will determine its desirability later as a collectible. Simple enough, right? Not for the Mustang II. Even though it was a sales success at over 192,000 sold in 1978 alone, almost nobody cares about the Mustang II today. Why? Were too many produced? Maybe, but most of them ended up in junkyards after The impact a car had on the consuming public at some point in the donating their front suspension and steering to fiberglass ’32 Ford hot rods, so I think rarity might actually be working for the Mustang II these days. Personally, I think the real issue with the Mustang II is that it’s a reminder of a dark time in our automotive history — the hangover after the muscle car party of the ’60s. We should not forget that time of automotive doldrums, but nobody wants to remember the hangover, just the party. The Mustang II had a couple of halo packages in 1978, branded the King Cobra and the Cobra II. The latter is what we have here. These were all-sizzle no-steak packages. At $724, this option package included striping on every body panel, a unique front air dam, and Shelby-esque snake emblems everywhere. This car looks very well preserved, with only 20,000 miles on the clock, and is well optioned with T-tops, a/c, 4-speed and the strangled 5.0-liter engine putting out a whopping 139 hp. If you dig these cars, this looks like a great example to have, but unfortunately, this was not the line-topping King Cobra package. This car brought double the money they were bringing not long ago, but I don’t think we’re seeing a huge boost in Cobra IIs here. This car might not lose money in the future, but that’s only due to its rarity in this condition. This was a nice example of an unloved model, but it was definitely well sold. A — Sam Stockham 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $185,000. Most continuation Cobras are fabricated out of fiberglass. This was one of the much more desirable, valuable and rare aluminum examples—about as close as one can get to the real thing. The price paid was about right for a CSX4000, although the seller didn’t gain much by keeping the miles low. He could have enjoyed it a little bit and still achieved similar money. Fair deal for buyer and seller. Motostalgia, Seabrook, TX, 05/14. #12-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 6F07C146265. Guards Red/black vinyl. Odo: 63,622 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh red paint on straight body. New carpet and interior. Factory a/c. Grant steering VIN: CSX4278. Blue/black leather. Odo: 584 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. CSX4000series Shelby continuation car. Aluminium body. Very little use on the build; in factoryfresh condition. Correct panel fit. Carpets and seats show little wear. Gauges clear. Halibrands wrapped in Goodyears tucked neatly into the fenders. Engine appears period-correct. Polished components are well cared for and lustrous. Built in 2006, titled as a 1965. Cond: 1-. 7 #163-1965 SHELBY COBRA aluminum continuation roadster. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP wheel. Some interior metal trim now painted body color. Speaker cutout in parcel shelf. Evidence of prior body damage on left inner fender. Stiff door and hood hinges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,768. With nearly 500,000 coupes produced in ’66 alone, these will never be top-tier collectibles. It’s a nice enough-looking car, and the 302 is a plus for performance, but the details don’t inspire confidence. New Resale Red paint and crate motor means this one will continue its life as a cruiser or high school kid’s car for a long time. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. #S912-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z1 72964. Royal Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 30,793 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored close to original with only a few hundred miles on rebuild. Well-documented car with 2013 MCA Concours inspection report and “Trailered/Driven” Silver Award at Grand National show. Undercarriage shows factory paint overspray and yellow markings. Cond: 2+. 5 the same price today. Buyer will enjoy the ride, and the seller should feel satisfied. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #T244-1970 FORD F-100 Ranger XLT pickup. VIN: F10YKJ54257. Beige & white/parchment vinyl. Odo: 16,693 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, power steering and brakes, West Coast mirrors. NOM is a circa-1966 Mercury 410. Fitted with ¾-ton suspension and rear axle, modern alloy wheels. Superb, mostly original paint. Wear on driver’s door molding. Rest of the trim presents well. Modern aftermarket tonneau cover, dual exhaust and class III hitch. Excellent original seat upholstery, although the armrests are heavily yellowed. Very tidy engine installation, looking bonestock to the untrained observer. Cond: 3+. buyer. This Mustang isn’t just a case of “anniversary fever.” With light use and good care, buyer should be fine in the long run. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. #5142-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0T05R162106. Competition Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 67,390 miles. 428ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint, although the last application didn’t seem to include the door jambs. Driver’s door out a bit, and passenger’s closes hard. Looks like the hinge pins have been replaced. On Magnum 500 wheels with blackwalls. Engine compartment looks good with period battery. Interior let down by dash-mounted tach and console box reupholstered with incorrect material in a sloppy manner. Provided with Marti Report and additional documentation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $205,200. An authentic restoration, including correct factory overspray. Sold here at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2008 for $248k, which we called “a fair price, all things considered” (ACC# 116803). This time around, it sold postblock with a nod to the buyer. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. #S548-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 9F02M480042. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,096 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Said to be #42 of 935 built. Original wood steering and Hurst shifter over the upgraded transmission. Engine bay is shiny. Some minor paint flaws. Previously owned by Bob Seger. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,720. ACC Premium Auction Database shows the car was originally Dark Jade. Last sold for $66k at Leake’s Dallas sale in 2012 (ACC# 214539), then a $65k no-sale at Mecum Dallas in 2013 (ACC# 236292). Pretty much 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $14,850. The 410 was used exclusively in The Big M in 1966 and ’67 only—essentially the same as a 390 with 0.2 inches of additional stroke. The Ford romantic in me would like to think that the former owner choose a 410 in the spirit of doing something different, rather than just because a ’66 Monterey had rusted out with a good motor in it. The reserve was lifted at $9k, having no problem generating more bids, so it was more than just yours truly who really liked this. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/14. #143-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0F05M171869. Grabber Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 86,192 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An iconic pony car with all the right parts: 351 Cleveland, shaker hood, wood steering wheel, a/c. Excellent body and paint. Small run in driver’s door jamb. Detailed underhood. Marti Report confirms original options. Driver claims $50k spent on restoration, invoices included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,000. Another case of “Buy the restoration, get the car for free.” Car brought all the money and then some, but given the quality, it’s a fair deal for the SOLD AT $37,400. Let’s see: Mustang? Check. 335-hp 428 CJ? Check. 4-speed? Check. Shaker hood and rear louvers? Check. This one hit all the spots and in spite of its easily correctable flaws was a pretty good deal. Well bought. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #5086-1971 FORD TORINO Cobra Jet 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1N38J181025. Grabber Green/black vinyl. Odo: 11,934 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Above-average paint, decent panel gaps. Passenger’s door closes hard. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL discs, and Traction-Lok rear axle. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,150. Marti Report indicated this is one of 3,054 produced and one of 408 painted in Grabber Green. A nice presentation all around and another strong result from the Scotti Collection. With no reserve, both buyer and seller got a fair deal here. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #30-1986 MERCURY MARQUIS Colony Park wagon. VIN: 2MEBP94F36X676539. White/brown cloth. Odo: 96,562 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Nice exterior. Some wear on wood decals, metal trim pieces and front fender. Rub strip loose on rear bumper. Fuel filler door sprung. Interior very clean; seats and carpet present better than a new lease-return. Dual facing rear seats look like they’ve never been used. Underhood dirty with last fall’s leaves on cowl. Car hasn’t been abused, but it hasn’t seen much love, either. Still, nothing was wrong that a weekend wouldn’t fix. Cond: 3. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 52,942 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chrome scratched and pitted throughout. Bumpers need to be rechromed. Body is straight, but interior shows its age. Undercarriage sprayed with undercoating. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3-. from a virtually brand-new car, it still had that unique new-car smell. This was another Gas Monkey Garage purchase. It will be interesting if it appears in an upcoming episode. Prowlers have been holding fairly steady for clean original examples, and this sale further illustrates that trend. Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 05/14. SOLD AT $17,496. With some effort, this car can be brought up a notch. There should be enough room in the price to bring it back. Well bought. Vicari, Nocona, TX, 05/14. SOLD AT $3,780. An honest, one-owner car from a nearly extinct genus worth preserving. Hopefully it finds a good home. I liked the car so much I was an underbidder. Summer is here, and there’s a bit of Clark Griswold in all of us. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. MOPAR #4047-1952 PLYMOUTH CONCORD Suburban wagon. VIN: P236404073. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 74,243 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fresh paint didn’t make its way into the door jambs but looks okay otherwise. Exterior brightwork minimal but in good condition, side windows showing some minor delamination. Nice clean engine compartment. Interior looks okay. Wicker headliner has a couple of blemishes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,220. The last year of the GTX, the luxury counterpart of the Road Runner. Seller says it’s a recent restoration with rebuilt engine and transmission. A rarely seen car let down by details. Correctly sold at bottom end of price range. Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 05/14. #9-1999 PLYMOUTH PROWLER convertible. VIN: 1P3EW65G1XV500341. Purple/ black/charcoal gray. Odo: 8 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Looks like a new car preserved in a hermetically sealed container. No faults anywhere, inside or out. Still has plastic on the floors. No wear evident anywhere. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,000. This was a nice little wagon—simple, plain, certainly not overdone, and well sold today. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. #S603-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM21H9A133504. SOLD AT $38,500. As you would expect July-August 2014 107 #38-1971 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: R523U1G117934. Tawny Gold/black vinyl/fawn vinyl. Odo: 35,901 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint with a few issues. Reflective fender stripes well applied. Doors sit proud and have fit problems. Seller claims rear window louvers and luggage rack are original factory options. Probable original interior shows wear. Dash cover has wrinkles, door sills worn and dented. Carpet has fit issues. Engine compartment inner fenders in body color have runs and uneven coverage. Engine paint is matte. Cond: 3-. #4133-2006 DODGE VIPER SRT10 VOI.9 Edition coupe. VIN: 1B3J269266V101801. Stone White/black & blue leather. Odo: 268 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. What can I knock? Its only got 268 miles! Suffice it to say, it’s the last of 100 VOI.9s (Viper Only Invitational), and it’s showroom-fresh with loads of documentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,500. Another ’06 VOI.9 sold with no reserve in 2013 at the Mecum Kissimmee sale for $125k. Run-of-the-mill Vipers can be had for a lot less money, but based on rarity and one comparable sale, this looks like a bargain for the new owner. Well bought. Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 05/14. A


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-money parts and accessories from around the country #191107530079—1972 Dodge Demon 340 GSS Paxton Supercharger Kit. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Orange City, FL. “This is an extremely rare Mr. Norms Paxton Supercharger kit. I have owned this kit since 1979, when I bought the Demon it was installed on that sold new at GSD (Grand-Spaulding Dodge). This was from a GSS automatic car. Includes: original carburetor enclosure with the famous casting on the top, original SN-60 supercharger (it has no leaks or bad seals when last ran), and original 1972 Demon 340 early Thermoquad intake manifold (cast on 9-1-71). This is the rare, non-EGR, no-plug-under-the-carb, non-emissions, spread-bore intake that was used on every Paxton 340 GSS Demon made. It is missing the driver’s side pulley that mounts opposite from the tensioner pulley.” 7 bids. Sold at $2,550. Mr. Norm, Norm Krause, built the largest-volume Dodge dealership in the country and turned it into the Mopar equivalent to Baldwin-Motion or Yenko Chevrolet. One of the hotter packages the dealership produced, after first putting 383s and 440s into Darts, was a supercharger package for the 1972 Demon. While choosing one of the more appropriate names for a supercharged car—Demon—they didn’t sell many. About 100 supercharged Demons came out of GSD, making this package rare. But it’s for a 340; that limits the appeal and ultimately the price. Well bought. until then it should be a blast. No casting numbers are available, so I’m unable to determine whether this is a 3.8- or 4.1-liter, on- or off-center Stage II block. Still, these are rare blocks, and this one has racing associations. I’ve seen used blocks go for north of $3,500, and complete units ready for rebuild sell around $6k. Seller was right to hold out for more. #K50—1996 Buick Stage II Turbo V6 engine. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. Mecum, Indianapolis, IN. “Buick Stage II Turbo engine Built by Brayton Engineering. Built for the AJ Foyt Indy Racing Team circa 1996. Drysump engine with one-off components. Designed by General Motors. Current owner purchased at a Foyt inventory auction. Shipping crate addressed to Foyt Enterprise included.” Not Sold at $4,500. I don’t usually feature unsold items here, but this V6 was too cool to pass up. The one-off oiling system bits might be a pain to deal with at some point, but up #171249216265—Kelsey-Hayes Mustang Boss 302 aluminum brake caliper set. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Wallingford, CT. “Original aluminum Kelsey-Hayes Bud Moore Boss 302 Trans Am Mustang brake calipers. These calipers were made special for the Ford Boss Mustangs for the 1970 Trans Am season. This set of four aluminum calipers consists of a pair of left and right front calipers and a pair of left rear calipers. Weight savings of almost 24 lbs. They are in great shape. Along with the calipers are some spare parts that include bleeders, line fittings, ceramic insulators, caliper bolts, (7) 1.625” pistons, (4) 2.00” pistons and (4) aluminum 2.00” pistons. These are a very rare example of Ford’s level of commitment to Trans Am in the heyday of racing. Another very cool piece of Trans Am history.” 27 bids. Sold at $2,700. It looks like a complete set, but read carefully: right front, left front, two left rears. It’ll get you close, but no cigar. There are complete kits available for four-wheel disc conversions for 1970 ’Stangs for under half of this price—with aluminum calipers. But those kits aren’t nearly as cool as these old calipers are, even while lacking a right rear caliper. A rear aluminum K-H pair, in lesser condition, sold for $1k earlier this year. Fairly bought and sold. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #181366436087—Corvette side curtains. 7 photos. Item condition: Remanufactured. eBay, Wheaton, IL. “These are the right- and left-side curtains for a ’53, ’54 and ’55 Corvette. They have been professionally restored—all triple chrome plating, new plexiglass and weatherstrip. These are date-coded. Absolutely great condition and extremely rare part. Perfect for NCRS Top Flight. Note: Blue film on glass is just a protective covering that peels right off.” Buy It Now. Sold at $5,000. Yep, that’s about the right price these days. Once upon a time (four-plus years ago) these were $2,500 to $3,500, but no longer. Fair deal for both parties in the current market.


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#301146411099—Willys M38 Ramsey 50-R Winch with PTO. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Carlisle, PA. “Ramsey 5,000-pound, PTO-driven winch removed from a Willys M38 military jeep. Model number is 50-R, serial number is 59204. Looks to be correct and original, including bronze engagement lever. Original OD paint was painted over on the winch, the PTO looks to be the original OD paint. This is a complete, working take-out assembly which includes the winch with carriage frame, transmission PTO unit, PTO shaft with U-joints and frame-mounted carrier bearing. There are no cracks or breaks in the housings. Overall, I would consider this item to be in good condition.” 15 bids. Sold at $4,676. I found another Ramsey military winch for sale, in the U.K., for $3,100. It was clean but disassembled. That makes a complete one, with PTO shaft, seem like a good idea/ deal—especially since there probably isn’t a Chilton’s manual for these guys. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 ™ July-August 2014 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 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 coupe CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe Lemans Blue/black. V8, 4-spd manual. Documented, numbers matching, Protect-O-Plate. Cowl-induction hood, Endura front bumper, rear bumper guards, console gauges, Rosewood steering wheel. $56,900 OBO. Contact Andrew, 941.320.9033, Email: acohen@ swflgovlaw.com (FL) S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. V8, 4-spd manual. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion, FIA Daytona 6-Hour, 1973 Sebring 12-Hour. SVRA Medallion, 2002 Monterey, Bloomington Gold 1993; Sebring Legends Honoree 2013. Full restoration 1993. Unquestionable documentation. Call for details. $275,000. Contact Phil, 352.378.4761, Email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net Advertisers Index Advantage Lifts.....................................41 American Car Collector ......................113 Auctions America .................................15 Barrett-Jackson ....................................19 Bennett Law Office ...............................95 Blue Bars ............................................109 Camaro Central ....................................73 Carlisle Events .....................................6-7 Champion Chevrolet...........................115 Charlotte AutoFair ................................85 Chubb Personal Insurance ...................21 Corvette America ..................................37 Corvette Repair Inc. .............................13 110 AmericanCarCollector.com County Corvette .....................................2 Dealer Accelerate .................................81 Genuine HotRod Hardware ..................35 Greensboro Auto Auction .....................79 Grundy Worldwide ................................45 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ...........77 Hot August Nights ................................91 Infinity Insurance Companies .............116 JC Taylor ..............................................69 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ..........95 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ..................71 Leake Auction Company ......................23 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...............25 S/N 194375S116394. 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Contact Trent, 708.447.2442, (IL) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette LT1 convertible S/N 194671S121082. Sunflower Yellow/saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. 330-hp, close-ratio 4-speed, 4:11 rear, PO2 wheel covers, alarm. NCRS Top Flight Putnam Leasing ......................................3 Reliable Carriers ...................................67 Rick Cole Auctions ..............................4-5 Route 32 Restorations ..........................30 Silver Collector Car Auctions ..............8-9 Sports Car Market ..............................109 The Chevy Store Inc ...........................103 Thomas C Sunday Inc ........................107 Turnstone .............................................91 Vicari Auctions ......................................83 Volo Auto Museum ...............................31 Watchworks ........................................111 Zip Products .........................................47 Daytona Blue/blue. 56,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/300, 4-speed, matching numbers, white top, original fiberglass with bonding strips, accident-free, GoldLine tires, repro knockoffs, PS, NCRS judged, indicated 56k miles. Nice interior, chrome and older paint. Interesting ’Vette trades considered. $49,500 OBO. Contact K. A., 248.626.5500, Email: kal@thepdmgroup.com (MI) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe 1964 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray coupe S/N 194375S110019. Silver/black. 149,307 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 4,700 miles on rebuilt engine and 4-speed. Numbers matching. Second owner (bought in 1969). Price NADA average retail. Wellmaintained (Dick Guldstrand) original (except for 396 hood and Griffin radiator). $61,195. Contact Philip, 818.981.9738, Email: angelaphil423@dslextreme.com (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe


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Showcase Gallery Top Flight award 2012. Perfect car. Partial build sheet. Professionally performed frame-off restoration. $61,500 OBO. Contact Mark, Ridgetop Restorations, 715.385.3341, Email: daddy19581955@yahoo.com (WI) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray T-top coupe Always garaged, never driven in rain, snow or ice. Car cover included. $16,500 OBO. Contact Stan, 309.287.5400, Email: src1915@gmail.com (IL) FOMOCO 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible miles. Documented ownership history. No accidents or rust repair. Over 700 photos of restoration. Details on our website. SAAC verified member. $174,990. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) MOPAR 1964 Plymouth Valiant Signet 200 2-dr hard top S/N 194371S117382. Nevada Silver/black. 66,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Beautiful Nevada Silver coupe with factory working air, PS, PB, PW, tilt telescopic, factory-original AM-FM stereo radio in working condition. Clock and all gauges work. NCRS documentation and window sticker. Tires have fewer than 100 miles on them. New chrome, exhaust, radiator, carpet, paint. I have all receipts. $30,000 OBO. Contact Robert, 248.207.5739, Email: stolerr1@ aol.com (MI) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1G1YY22P3T5106038. Torch Red/light gray. 32,300 miles. V8, automatic. Torch Red exterior, gray leather interior. LT1, 5.7-L V8, 300-hp, automatic. Sport seats, Goodyear GS-C tires. All-original, low-mileage, very nice driver. S/N SFM6S527. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. 5,775 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Factory Shelby GT350. Numbers matching. Recently restored correctly. Special ordered. Glass, chrome, dash and gauges are all original and unrestored. Believed to be original S/N 0A55X149740. Red/red, black & white. V8, 3-spd automatic. 352 4-bbl, Cruis-omatic, PS, new power top and new cylinders and motor, new WWW tires, new glass including windshield, new LeBaron Bonney interior, detailed engine and underside. Frame-on restoration and needs nothing for show or driving. Everything works, including the radio and clock. $39,950. Contact Louis, 828.612.0415, Email: lou.wetmore@gmail.com (NC) f1966 Shelby GT350 astback Very rare Packard “service car” (one of only four known to exist). Excellent condition throughout. Also have a 1960 Packard utility trailer and unrestored cedar strip canoe. Email for more information and pictures. Contact Regina, Email: ruskor@blacktusk.org (NV) AUTOMOBILIA Custom Neon Garage sign S/N 1445130219. Red/black. 125,000 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. Original paint, never hit, no rust. Oregon car from new. Complete documentation includes original window sticker. Two-owner car; seller’s had it since 1986. Last year for push-button trans. All stock aside from Cragar five-spoke wheels and glasspack dual exhaust. Starts and runs well. A really nice original driver. $8,000 OBO. Contact Sue, 503.396.2649, Email: bobsueballenger@comcast.net (OR) AMERICANA 1937 Packard 115C pickup S/N 115C13940. Black/tan. 75,000 miles. I6, 3-spd manual. New, 10-foot neon double-sided “Garage” sign. Showroom condition, Fire Engine Red powdercoated aluminum letters, white neon. Call for pricing (crating, shipping and taxes extra). Custom neon signs/fabrication available. Contact Lisa, Nights of Neon Inc., 818.535.5419, Email: lisa@nightsofneon.com (CA) A It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.AmericanCarCollector.com/classifieds July-August 2014 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) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February--Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July-Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September-Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, 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. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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) 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 Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com 112 AmericanCarCollector.com L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) 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. catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) 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 American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers. com Corvette Parts & Restoration 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 . 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 Corvette Repair. The Leader and most recognized NCRS, Bloomington Gold & Triple Diamond Award winning Corvette repair shop in America. Breathtaking state of the art restorations, with the highest attention to detail and workmanship to any C1, C2 or C3 Corvettes. Compare our hourly rate and be surprised... or shocked. Contact Kevin J. Mackay at 516.568.1959 www.corvetterepair.com (NY) 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) Zip Products. 800.962.9632, Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Street Shop, Inc. 256.233.5809. Custom 1953–1982 Corvette replacement chassis and driveline components. www.streetshopinc.com. (AL)


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Corvettes for Sale 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. 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 Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT) Legal Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Law Offices of Bruce Shaw, Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Museums in 2 fully stocked warehouses, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR Mustang Parts SUPERSTORE! FREE Shipping on orders over $300. Visit www.mustangsunlimited.com or call 800.243.7278. LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited has been the source for Restoration, Performance, and Accessory parts for 1965–present Mustang, 1967–1973 Mercury Cougar, and 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang. 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Surfi ng Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and beyond Carl’s thought: Rock Island Auction Company, at their recent May auction, sold a magnifi cent Le Page double-barrel percussion shotgun for $253,000, including the 15% buyer’s premium. It had deep relief chiseled motifs, threedimensional carved steel components, and a carved ebony stock. The word at the auction was no person alive today is capable of such metal carving, and if there were, it would take fi ve to 10 years to complete the work. It was presented to the President of Mexico by the President of France in 1879 and was once part of the Harolds Club Museum of the Old West. Here are few other cool pieces I found for sale over the past two months: EBAY #390792512143—SIDEWINDERS SCTA HOT ROD CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 18. SOLD AT: $1,825. Date sold: 3/15/2014. In the ’50s, the Sidewinders were the club if you were into the Southern Californian hot rod scene. This jacket was owned by Don Hurley, who was a well-known bellytank hot-rod builder. If you are fortunate enough to have one of these legends in your garage, then this was a must. A piece of hot-rodding history. EBAY #141214044128—STRUCTO TOY CAR TRANSPORTER WITH ORIGINAL BOX. Number of bids: 2. SOLD AT: $150. Date sold: 3/15/2014. This late ’50s transporter was new in the box and was complete with three plastic Cadillac sedans along with the ramps, although it was not in the best of condition. The price was certainly reasonable enough, so it will make a nice display piece without costing an arm and a leg. EBAY #261421168550—“THAT GOOD GULF GASOLINE” GAS PUMP GLOBE. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $1,902. Date sold: 3/16/2014. This one-piece gas globe illuminated Gulf gas pumps in the 1925–30 time period. It is unique in that it is a one-piece globe rather than two lenses on a metal frame. It was a bit faded, and that had an adverse effect on the final price. All in all, a fair price. EBAY #141217247914—1926 COCA-COLA “GAS TODAY” TIN PRICER SIGN. Number of bids: 88. SOLD AT: $4,444. Date sold : 3/30/2014. This tin sign had an area in the center where the current price of gasoline could be written in chalk. The sign measured about 23 inches by 14 inches and was not in the best of condition, as it was bent and had numerous nail holes. In addition, the paint was flaking off, with numerous rust spots forming. All that said, combine Coca-Cola 114 AmericanCarCollector.com with gasoline advertising and the money gets silly in a hurry. That’s what happened here. EBAY #251494175663—KNOX RADIATOR BADGE. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $1,303.33. Date sold: 4/9/2014. Knox automobiles were manufactured in Springfield, MA, between 1900 and 1914. The early cars were air-cooled and were known as “The Waterless Knox” or “Old Porcupine.” The first water-cooled Knox was introduced in 1908, and this rare badge dated to the final six years of the firm’s existence. Rare badges bring the money, but this one went well beyond the expected range. EBAY #261456728839—COBRA DAYTONA COUPES SIGNED LIMITED EDITION BOOK. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $1,825. Date sold: 4/25/2014. This was number 11 of a limited edition of 400 of Cobra Daytona Coupes — Carroll Shelby’s 1965 World Championship. It was signed by the author, Peter Brock, and 21 drivers, including Phil Hill. In addition, it includes Carroll Shelby’s signature along with the crew. It was an unopened book; however, one corner was dinged. All the signatures made the book worthwhile, but these are frequently offered, and the damaged corner was a concern. EBAY #251492756413—JENNEY GASOLINE SERVICE STATION NAME BADGE. Number of bids: 13. SOLD AT: $326. Date sold : 4/7/2014. Jenney Manufacturing was founded in Boston in 1812. By 1920, they had an elaborate network of service stations in the surrounding area. They merged with Cities Service in the ’60s. There was a time when this name badge would have been hot property, but the handful of serious collectors have passed or moved on and the market has drastically dropped off. Yes, even the gas collectibles market has an ebb and flow.A