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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 4 • Issue 22 • July-August 2015 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1982 CORVETTE COLLECTOR EDITION $24k / Mecum A great low-mile driver Corvette at rental-car money — John L. Stein Page 40 GM 1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO BIARRITZ “RAINDROP” PROTOTYPE $325k / RM Sotheby’s A rare GM Styling car sees a market price — Tom Glatch Page 42 FoMoCo 1966 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE $36k / Mecum Does $36k seem like a lot for a first-gen Mustang? — Sam Stockham Page 44 MOPAR 1969 DODGE DART HEMI CUSTOM $43k / Barrett-Jackson A good buy on a usable Hemi street terror — Patrick Smith Page 46 AMERICAN ™ 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype, p. 42 Darin Schnabel © 2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 4 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD “JIM KHOUGAZ” ROADSTER $187k / RM Sotheby’s A puzzling result for an historic dry-lakes racer — Ken Gross Page 48 AMERICANA RACE 1974 STUTZ BLACKHAWK COUPE $50k / Auctions America Big money for a distinctly ’70s-minted new classic — Jay Harden Page 50 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A $171k / Hollywood Wheels A famed racer reflects on his sublime Challenger T/A — Sam Posey Page 52 TRUCK 1991 GMC SYCLONE PICKUP $35k / Auctions America Value rises on GMC’s Ferrari-beating sports pickup — Tom Glatch Page 54 Cover photo: 1932 Ford “Jim Khougaz” roadster Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s July-August 2015 5


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Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 8 Torque Probing the car gene — Jim Pickering 34 Cheap Thrills 1984–88 Pontiac Fiero — B. Mitchell Carlson 36 Horsepower Practical cars are necessary, but they don’t have to be boring — Colin Comer 38 Corvette Market Ten things to know before having your mid-year Corvette judged by the NCRS — John L. Stein 122 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 58 RM Sotheby’s — The Andrews Collection 78 cars sell without reserve for $52m total in Fort Worth, TX — Carl Bomstead 68 Auctions America — Auburn Spring A 1987 Buick GNX rumbles to $110k, 199 of 299 cars hammer sold, and sales total $5m — Kevin Coakley 78 Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach Sales total $21.6m with 523 cars offered and 99% sold — Dale Novak 88 Mecum — Kansas City 362 cars sell out of 636 for a combined $8.4m at this three-day Heartland sale — Andy Staugaard 96 Vicari — Cruisin’ Nocona Thunder and lightning can’t stop 106 of 216 cars selling for $2m total, and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird makes $162k — Phil Skinner 104 Roundup Coast to coast coverage — Jack Tockston, Jeremy Da Rosa, Travis Shetler 6 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 18 Good Reads Chevy Chevelle: 50 Years — Mark Wigginton 20 Desktop Classics 1951 Buick Le Sabre concept — Marshall Buck 22 Snapshots A look at the American market with Barrett-Jackson’s CEO — Dale Novak 24 World of Speed opens its doors — Chester Allen 26 Feature: Lingenfelter Interview Visiting the man behind one of ion’s biggest muscle tic car collections ckering SERV DEPA 10 What’s Car events of note 12 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 18 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 20 Cool Stuff Heavy-duty dollies, Mopar bar thrones, and a third eye for better vision 72 Quick Take 1964½ Ford Mustang III “Shorty” — Dale Novak 76 One to Watch 1981–86 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler — Chad Tyson 94 Glovebox Notes 2015 Cadillac Escalade Platinum 110 Glovebox Notes 2015 GMC Canyon Ext Cab 112 Upcoming Collectible A look at the new Shelby GT350R — Dale Novak 114 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 116 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 118 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 119 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering The Car Gene L ike most of us, when I was a kid, I spent pretty much all my time on the floor playing with Hot Wheels cars. My mom used to sew replacement knees into my pants, as I’d wear them through in no time, building parking lots and off-road courses through gold shag carpet. Cars were my thing before I can remember having a choice about it. About six months ago, I dug those same Hot Wheels cars out again, this time to give to my 3-year-old daughter Katie. And once again, I spend a silly amount of time playing on my living room floor. But this time it’s at Katie’s insistence, because “we have to build parking lots, Daddy.” Katie has become an honest-to-goodness car kid, and it’s been really interesting to watch it happen. I’d like to say I’ve been an impartial observer, but I haven’t been, and I don’t think you can blame me. It’s hard to avoid feeding a spark of something in your child, especially when it’s a spark you know all too well. But what’s interesting about Katie and her car nature is how unique it’s become lately. My ’72 Chevy truck is her favorite thing in the world right now, but she’s the only kid on our block who seems to care at all about cars. You can say the same thing about her playschool as well, as evidenced by the lukewarm attention we get when driving up in something loud, bright or interesting — like my orange pickup, ACC’s Viper, or my big-block-powered ’66 Caprice. It’s hard to pin down exactly why that’s happening — maybe it’s due to the parents and their lack of exposure to the car world trickling down to their children, or maybe it’s just that the world, in general, is changing, and that the car culture that has enjoyed being mainstream for decades is becoming more specialized. Motor City This past April, ACC Auctions Editor Tony Piff and I hopped a plane to Detroit to meet with Ken Lingenfelter. I’ve been working on getting out to Ken’s collection ever since he bought our ACC Nova wagon at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January of 2014. I’d never been to the Motor City, and what struck me most about it was its obviously crumbling infrastructure juxtaposed 8 AmericanCarCollector.com WE MAY OR MAY NOT BE BORN TO LOVE CARS, BUT THE DRIVE BEHIND THAT LOVE IS A POWERFUL THING A future car guy — or gal — has to start somewhere with a flourishing car culture. On one hand, there are rows and rows of abandoned homes, left when jobs dried up or banks foreclosed. Yet look how many people show up for the Woodward Dream Cruise every summer, or at Lingenfelter’s open house on the Saturday of our trip, when a couple thousand people brought their Camaros and Corvettes to his Brighton warehouse to wander through his collection, take pictures and kick tires. Car culture was born in Detroit, and while Detroit itself has died down from what it once was and is struggling to reinvent itself, that car culture it created has endured. During our interview, Ken talked a little about kids, collecting and the next generation, and Ken’s thoughts on the matter mirrored those I’ve heard a lot lately: Today’s kids aren’t as interested in cars as their parents were, and that could be a problem for the hobby in the future. As a man who deals with cars on a daily basis, both through events he hosts and events he attends, Ken’s got a good view of what’s going on. But Ken also mentioned the notion of a “car gene,” and that resonated with me. While I’m sure you can’t make a scientific case for a car gene being a part of our DNA, for car people like Ken or like me, it might as well be — that’s just how important the hobby is in our lives. And when we see it passed over, abandoned or just ignored, it’s hard to understand why. Alive and well Just like Detroit, the car world is changing, but I don’t think the outlook is a negative one. While the mainstream might be focused on other things, that car gene continues to be alive — even in places I thought it had died. I take Katie to school in my truck a lot. Predictably, I get a range of looks from the other parents when we pull up at her playschool, the nastiest of which come from hybrid drivers who don’t understand the weight of the car connection that Katie and I share. But there’s one other little girl at the school who always seems to be watching and smiling when we arrive. Just a few days ago, a lady came up to me as I was parking the truck at the school. I didn’t notice at first, but with her was that same little girl. “I just wanted to say I love your truck,” she said. “We have an old Bronco. It’s my daughter’s favorite thing in the whole world.” A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Jim Pickering Car-Guy Events Don’t Get Much Bigger Than This Hot August Nights is one of the top events of the year for American car collectors. The party starts in Virginia City, NV, from July 31 to August 1, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 4 through August 9. 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 annual Barrett-Jackson Cup will go to the top finisher among five cars chosen from the Downtown Reno Show-n-Shine. The winner takes home a cool $30,000 and will be named on national television during Barrett-Jackson’s August 6–8 Hot August Nights Auction. This is one of the biggest gearhead events of the year, so 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) The Spirit of Detroit Runs On The U.S. car industry is still Tony Piff 50 Years of the Shelby GT350 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, Shelby GT350 cars will rumble and roar around the famous Corkscrew during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion from August 13 to 16. One race class is 1965–70 Shelby Mustangs! Plenty of other Shelby Mustangs will show up in a massive car corral. Imagine seeing a grid of rumbling, shaking Shelby Mustangs ready to rip around the track. These races — where you feel and hear the old cars on the famous track — are the best part of Monterey in August. www.mazdaraceway.com. (CA) 10 AmericanCarCollector.com churning out awesome new muscle cars, and there is no better place than Detroit’s Woodward Avenue to celebrate the comeback of turn-key, tire-smoking American iron. The 21st Annual Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles to life on August 15, and steering some Detroit iron — new or old — down that 16-mile-long drag will raise the hairs on the back of your neck, especially when you share the asphalt with 40,000 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 by Tony Piff Star Car: 1966 Shelby GT350 H. Fully restored, with a/c and fitted with a period-correct Paxton Supercharger, at Auctions America in Santa Monica, CA July Silver Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 4–5 More: www.silverauctions.com Smith’s Where: Paducah, KY When: July 10–11 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Vicari Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 10–11 More: www.vicariauction.com Petersen — Graffiti Weekend Collector Car Auction Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 11 Featured cars: • 1921 Dodge touring sedan • 1936 Ford humpback Star Car: 1948 Lincoln extreme custom, named “The Misssing Linc” More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver Where: Spokane, WA When: July 11 Last year: 101/153 cars sold / $1.5m More: www.silverauctions.com Auctions America California Where: Santa Monica, CA When: July 17–18 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Last year: 252/399 cars sold / $17.2m Featured cars: • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air fuel-injected convertible. Frame-off restoration to show-quality standards with just 121 miles (Auctions America estimate: $110k–$150k) More: www.gaaclassiccars.com • 1954 Ford “Beatnik Bubbletop.” This custom hot rod started out as a 1954 Ford and was transformed into the world’s largest bubbletop custom car by Gary “Chopit” Fioto. Offered from the private collection of Barry Weiss, star of A&E’s “Storage Wars” ($150k– $250k) Star Car: 1966 Shelby GT350 H. More: www.auctionsamerica.com Fully restored and ready for use. Now fitted with a period-correct Paxton Supercharger and tastefully added a/c ($140k–$180k) Collector Car Productions — Maple City Classic Car Auction Where: Chatham, ON, CAN When: July 18, 2015 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 23–25 Featured cars: • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302. One of two as optioned Star Car: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack. Frame-off rotisserie restoration of a documented, numbersmatching car. With Shaker hood. One of three in green RM Sotheby’s — Motor City Where: Plymouth, MI When: July 25 Last year: 60/78 cars sold / $7.4m Featured cars: • 1930 Packard Deluxe Eight dual-cowl sport phaeton. Formerly a part of several noted collections (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $275k–$350k) • 1933 Packard Twelve Individual custom sport phaeton in the style of LeBaron ($400k–$450k) More: www.rmsothebys.com Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 30–August 1 Star Car: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR ($190k–$240k) Featured cars: • 1965 Plymouth Belvedere I Super Stock racer


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet yenko Chevelle at Mecum in Harrisburg, PA More: www.mecum.com AuGuST Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson Where: Reno, NV When: August 6–8 Last year: 304/318 cars sold / $9.9m More: www.barrett-jackson.com VanDerBrink — The Boxdorfer Family Collection Where: Tea, SD When: August 8 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com JR Auctions — Cannery Row Car & Yacht Auction Where: Monterey, CA When: August 12–15 More: www.jr-auctions.com Rick Cole Auctions — Monterey 2015 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 13–15 Last year: 28/37 cars sold / $60m Mecum — The Daytime Auction Where: Monterey, CA When: August 13–15 Last year: 361/643 cars sold / $34.6m More: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 2006 Ford GT. Fully equipped. 1,750 original miles • 1946 Cadillac Series 62 Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette More: www.mecum.com L88. Stored for 25 years, then restored by Corvette expert Roger Gibson. Documented with tank sticker. NCRS Top Flight award in 2015 More: www.bonhams.com Bonhams — Quail Lodge Auction Where: Carmel, CA When: August 14 Last year: 106/117 cars sold / $108m Star Car: 1950 Hudson Commodore convertible, owned and used by the “King of Cool,” Steve McQueen RM Sotheby’s — Monterey Where: Monterey, CA When: August 14–16 Last year: 118/129 cars sold / $143m Featured cars: • A pair of 1949 Hudson Commodore convertibles with Twin H-power, both 100-point show-winning restorations, consigned from different owners Star Car: 1969 Corvette L88 coupe. A 2,500 actual-mile “time capsule” More: www.rickcole.com Russo and Steele — Monterey on the Waterfront Where: Monterey, CA When: August 13–15 Last year: 102/189 cars sold / $12m More: www.russoandsteele.com 14 AmericanCarCollector.com • 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ “Riviera” phaeton by Brunn. Engine no. J528. One of three original Riviera phaetons; supercharged engine; formerly owned by Harry Schulzinger, Bob Bahre and Noel Thompson ($1.6m–$2m) Star Car: 1933 Stutz DV32 Monte Carlo. VIN: DV541559. Formerly owned by J.B. Nethercutt, Harrah’s Automobile Collection and the Ruger Collection. Restored by Fran Roxas and fastidiously maintained since; now offered from the private collection of marque specialist Richard Mitchell ($600k–$900k) VanDerBrink — The Hove Collection Where: Beresford, SD When: August 15 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Gooding & Company — The Pebble Beach Auction Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 15–16 Last year: 107/121 cars sold / $106m Formerly owned by Underslung expert Walter Seeley (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $750k–$900k) Featured cars: • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette fuel-injected coupe, offered at no reserve More: www.goodingco.com • 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta convertible, offered at no reserve Star Car: 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra (Gooding estimate: $900k–$1.2m) VanDerBrink — The Roger Borkhuis Collection Where: Minot, ND When: August 19 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Featured cars: • 1910 American Underslung Traveler Toy Tonneau. VIN: 1811. A 2014 Pebble Beach Best in Class winner. Silver — Little Creek 2015 Where: Shelton, WA When: July 21–22 Last year: 38/99 cars sold / $363k More: www.silverauctions.comA Star Car: 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra at Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin the collector car world. They are the movers and shakers, and ACC’s mission is to help you learn a little bit about how they see things changing and evolving. As you read about Sam Posey’s recollections of the 1970 T Trans-Am Challengers, it’s almost like you’re sitting next to him in an easy chair and he is telling tales of long ago. Seeing the ACC Nova at the Lingenfelter Collection was a treat. Ken is a longtime collector, and ACC Editor Jim Pickering and Auctions Editor Tony Piff spent a long and enjoyable day learning about Ken, why he collects and what he likes. Craig Jackson really needs no introduction. However, I was sit- ting in the Speedvision booth the very first year that his auction was televised — for a whole four hours! Who would have known then that the combination of his world- class event and the broadcasting of it into millions of homes would help create the entire collector car phenomenon that we now experience. Craig spent time talking with ACC’s Dale Novak, and his insights about collecting and the current market make a good read. Combine the ACC-exclusive interviews and writings by key players, and our always-insightful profiles and auction reports, and you’ve got another great issue just waiting for you to dive in and start turning the pages. A Behind the Scenes With the Big Names his issue of American Car Collector takes you behind the scenes, with interviews and articles by three of the great names in car collecting. Part of our mission each issue is to bring you the thoughts of the key collectors and personalities who drive CAR COLLECTOR Volume 4, number 4 July-August 2015 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 Senior Associate Editor Chad Tyson Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Kevin Coakley Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology Brian Baker lead Web Developer Scott Correy SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin ADVERTISInG SAlES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 211 SuBSCRIPTIOnS Subscriptions Manager Ethan Bradford 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 Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US Tony Piff ACC Editor Jim Pickering visits with mega-collector Ken lingenfelter (see p. 26) 16 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 © 2015 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Chevy Chevelle: 50 Years by Mike Mueller, Motorbooks, 192 pages, $29.10, (Amazon) Back at the dawn of the Muscle Car era (conveniently 50 years ago for a cottage industry of automotive authors), General Motors started building mid-sized sedans on their A-body platform, which had disappeared at the end of 1958. They brought it back in 1962, and the Chevelle was aimed at the Ford Fairlane segment. The A-body was the Swiss Army knife of GM, the basis for the Chevelle, El Camino, LeMans, Cutlass, Skylark and Century models. But it was the Chevelle (starting as the Malibu in the ’64 model year) that found a way into the hearts, minds and wallets of the American consumer. It all started with the blizzard of choices: 2-door hard tops, coupes, convertibles, sedans and station wagons, plus 4-door hard tops, sedans and wagons. You want a six or a V8; a 3- or 4-speed stick, a 2- or 3-speed automatic? Initial comparisons to the beloved ’57 Bel Air were immediate, and Bowtie fans were looking for a street racer of their own. But while the Pontiac GTO and Olds 442 were already out, the initial Malibu SS was anemic. Muscle was king, but the Malibu SS was little more than a jester at court until the Chevelle SS 396 arrived in 1966. Three years later it was dominating dealerships as America’s best-selling muscle car. Author Mike Mueller looks back at the history of the Chevelle, model by model, the various engines, the production codes and trim packages. Full of breezy text, exhaustive tech lists and beautiful photography, Chevy Chevelle: 50 Years is a fun, informative and detailed guide to one of Chevrolet’s most beloved cars. Lineage: Mike Mueller has almost 30 automotive books under his belt, and paired with Mark Meekins, the co-founder of the National Chevelle Owners Association (who comes across as a charming Chevelle nerd in his introduction) and a large posse of fact-checking Chevelle lovers, accuracy is guaranteed. Fit and finish: It’s a bitsy, data-intensive book, with lots of factoid lists and modest text, plenty of well-printed color photos and un-fussy design. Drivability: Reading Mike Mueller’s prose must be like sitting across from him in a diner. A folksy style leads the way, but the depth of knowledge is quickly obvious. Don’t get fooled by the aw-shucks. Chevy Chevelle: 50 Years is the perfect place to either learn about the car for the first time, or have enough details at hand to guide you in a purchase. is best PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson Mopar High-low Horn Set Say, does the horn on your muscle/malaise-era Mopar sound weak, not quite like you remember, or not sound at all? OER has the solution. These new high-low horn sets are a direct fit for Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth models made from 1966 to 1978. Best of all, for you hardcore restoration nuts, Chrysler LLC has christened these with the coveted Mopar Authentic Restoration Products license. That means these horns are as close as it’s going to get to OEM-level parts. MH108 is the part number you’ll need when ordering from your OER supplier. MSRP: $142.99 New products to modernize your street machine Classic Industries GM Chrome Rear-View Mirror We all need to see, especially when driving our respective collec- tor cars. Opt for this Classic Industries replacement for your cracked, hazed, wobbly or otherwise broken rearview mirror. The chrome backing adds a bit of flash without being gaudy. Compatible models include 1970–81 Camaro, 1970–86 Firebird, 1973–79 Nova, 1972–76 GM pickup and 1970–90 Impalas. Don’t forget the mounting button and adhesive, if needed, when purchasing. Head to classicindustries.com or call 1.855.35.PARTS (72787) to order yours today. 18 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Ti Fighter The Vox Odino from Viper Knives is a smart, us everyday carry with a ton o acter. It features a titanium f handle, reversible deep-car clip and elongated thumb h opening and closing. The b just under three inches. $18 bladehq.com. Made in It Night Vision Flashlights are great, but when you’re changing a tire in the dark, you need both hands. Keep a headlamp in your glovebox, and you’ll always be prepared. The Third Eye has ultra-efficient LEDs for long battery life and durability, six brightness settings, an adjustable nonslip strap, lockable angle tilt — and it just looks so cool. $33.50 from www.thirdeyeheadlamps.com. Mopar Shop Stools These new officially licensed Mopar counter stools are as rugged and comfortable as they are stylish — perfect for the garage, office or bar. Choose from 14 classic Mopar logos. Each stool ($99.99) is 30 inches tall. Also available as a pair of stools with matching table for $494.99. www.classicindustries.com LSTUFF Ti Fighter The Vox Odino from Viper Knives is a smart, us everyday carry with a ton o acter. It features a titanium f handle, reversible deep-car clip and elongated thumb h opening and closing. The b just under three inches. $18 bladehq.com. Made in It Night Vision Flashlights are great, but when you’re changing a tire in the dark, you need both hands. Keep a headlamp in your glovebox, and you’ll always be prepared. The Third Eye has ultra-efficient LEDs for long battery life and durability, six brightness settings, an adjustable non- slip strap, lockable angle tilt — and it just looks so cool. $33.50 from www.thirdeyeheadlamps.com. Mopar Shop Stools These new officially licensed Mopar counter stools are as rugged and comfortable as they are stylish — perfect for the garage, office or bar. Choose from 14 classic Mopar logos. Each stool ($99.99) is 30 inches tall. Also available as a pair of stools with matching table for $494.99. www.clas- sicindustries.com Whe Whe You For stress-free car shuffling in confined spaces, GoJak’s self-loading car dollies are the right tool for the job. The foot-actuated mechanical ratchet secures and lifts the tire, no electricity or hydraulics needed. The Model 6200 is the strongest and most versatile in the GoJak line, good for up to 6,200 pounds (1,550 pounds each) and tires up to 13 inches wide. $249.97 apiece or $449.97 a pair from www.summitracing.com. The $99 rack offers tidy storage for four GoJaks when not in use. Made in the USA. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1951 Buick le Sabre Concept From a bygone era came this beauty — one of the most famous of all GM Motorama cars. Minichamps has done itself proud with this one. It’s certainly one of the best 1:43-scale models the company has ever made, and with surprisingly good attention to detail. It is, in a word, excellent. Proportions and stance are spot-on. The well-applied high-gloss paint seems to be just the right shade of light Silver Blue Metallic, and it’s complemented by great chrome trim. All but one of the many parts, big and small, are fitted perfectly; only the position of the steering wheel is slightly askew — a little too low. The interior is loaded with detail — even a tiny separate gauge mounted to the trans tunnel far into the footwell. This is a model worth spending your time looking over. Find one and buy it. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Silver Blue Metallic Quantity: 999 Price: $98.99 Production date: 2014 Web: www.motorsportsminiatures. com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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SNAPSHOTS CAR TAlK He enjoyed buying them, he enjoyed collecting them and I think he actually liked the process of selling them. He met a lot of great people and became friends. It’s amazing how many people become very good friends — part of the Barrett-Jackson family — hanging out together and coming to the auctions together. ACC: The import markets have been on fire lately, with sales for select cars exploding in value. On the domestic side, do you see any cars that could ignite in value in the same way? I think that they’ve already done it and there are cycles. The muscle cars have gone up, gone down, come back up again. L88 Corvettes, as limited-production cars, have taken those runs. Concept cars have seen those runs. A lot of cars have really come up in value, but they aren’t going to do the kind of exponential runs as some of the European sports cars. But even in European sports cars, you see flapping of the market. I see 300SLs — cars that you have a large quantity of that shot up so fast, it’s easy to get a glut back in the market. Whatever goes up tends to, at some point, plateau. ACC: Given a budget of $40,000–$50,000, which American muscle car would you recommend to a first-time buyer at one of your auctions? What would be a decent investment, or at least a car that could likely be sold for the same money five years down the road? K-code Mustangs. That’s the platform to make a Shelby. Up, down, it’s one of those consistent cars. I don’t think they are going to make a huge run. I answered this question years ago with 442s and Stage 1s when they were $30k, $40k. They took big runs because anything that goes up, it brings up what’s the next best thing and after that, what’s the next best thing? When Hemi cars have been making a big run, you know, what’s next? Is it a 383 that you can afford? One of the main things in these cars, when you get into that price with CRAIG JACKSOn BARRETT-JACKSON’S CEO ON HIS COMPANY, THE MARKET AND HOW THINGS ARE CHANGING IN THE CAR-AUCTION WORLD by Dale Novak ACC: We have reported on a number of private collection sales of collector cars in the past three years. Some of those sales have been for exceptional automobiles, such as the Ron Pratte Collection in Scottsdale. What do you see as the common motivator for those types of sales? Ron didn’t buy them for the money, didn’t sell them for the money — he wasn’t timing it. He’s a guy who loves building stuff and he spent just five days in the last 18 months at the museum prior to making the decision. He goes, “I’m just doing too many different things and as a retired guy, I’m working 80 hours a week.” It was just his mentality and he had a lot of other interests. Taking care of that (the cars), all the airplanes, helicopters, houses, boats — he had a lot of things juggling. It’s not that he thought the market had peaked and he was selling. He had bought and driven every one of those cars. Who says he won’t do it again after all his other projects? 22 AmericanCarCollector.com range, is really the condition, because you can spend $40k restoring the car. You want to buy the best car you can, but buy a pedigree car — buy something that will have some intrinsic value other than just quality. It’s hard for newcomers to really understand the difference between a car restored with NOS parts, a car restored with aftermarket parts and now with how popular barn finds are, that if you find a perfect original car, it could bring exponentially more. That’s why when I’m advising someone, I always say, “Buy the best car you can, but buy something you like. Don’t just buy something because you think it’s the flavor of the month. What do you see yourself driving for three years? And enjoying? But also buy something that if you drive it for three years, you’re not driving the value down by buying a low-mileage, all-original car.” ACC: Our readers often ask us about entry-level cars, cars that can be bought for under $25,000. If you could suggest one car, any style, even a pickup or station wagon, which one would you suggest and why? “Smokey and the Bandit”-era Trans Ams. There’s a large segment of the market that relates to those. Those cars languished forever and they’ve been on a good run. I don’t think you’re going to see them go up like Ferraris, but you’re going to see them gain. I graduated high school in 1977, so to me, those were smogger cars and they weren’t that great as far as performance. My brother was 14 years older, and I grew up with him going to the drags and racing the real performance muscle cars. But they’ve become sort of iconic with “Smokey and the Bandit”; now, looking back, I think that era of Trans Ams is gaining a lot of popularity. Again, buy the lowest-mileage, best car you can find. ACC: There will be a “next generation” of collectors and enthu- siasts coming into the market. For that generation, which cars from Detroit do you see them gravitating towards and why?


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Actually, a couple years ago, I had a great conversation with a grandfather, a father and a son. They were taking him (the son) around and looking at cars that he wants. And because of “Fast & Furious” he wanted to build a ’69 Camaro that was “too fast, too furious.” The kid wanted to find an entry-level ’69 Camaro and wanted to do it himself. I think with “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Fast & Furious,” and the video games where they are playing all of these cars, they have a new appreciation, but they like modern technology. You’re going to see this next generation wanting to take those cars and put modern technology in them. I notice it talking to my son. They’re not as enamored with what someone else made and being cookie-cutter. They want to know what they can do to customize because they go into a video game and they can customize their car exactly the way they want it. You have to look through their eyes. They are used to being able to do that. I do think the next generation is going to want greener, more unique vehicles. If you go around SEMA and you look at all the different things coming down the road, I think you’re going to see a lot of that integrated in the future. ACC: What is B-J doing to bring younger buyers into the col- lector car hobby? NASCAR, baseball and football all do that very well — is there something auction houses can do to promote car collecting to the younger generations? Part of Barrett-Jackson’s advantage is that we’ve been on television now for 18 years — a whole generation has grown up watching us and that is going to keep expanding. That’s what happened with the three generations I just spoke of. The son grew up watching Barrett-Jackson with his father, and his dream when he turned 16 was to come to Barrett-Jackson and buy a car. Also, through social media and through the digital world, we are reaching out to talk to them organically as well as through the linear network. When I took over Barrett-Jackson, my average customer was in his late 60s. If I didn’t change the demographics of what I was selling, I’d be the last buggy whip maker, and I was determined not to go down that road. So we swung the pendulum over and we started embracing more post-war and muscle car and later-model cars. Then we took the TV show, we started tweeting, we started doing Facebook. Go out to the Ride ’N Drives we have. I have Ford, General Motors and Dodge all in the muscle-car wars out there. You can take a drag race in a Hellcat, you can go on a hot lap around the track in a new Viper, a Corvette or the Mustang. We’ve integrated and really had focus groups with the three big auto manufacturers and that’s why they are so ingrained with us. We work social together, we make video clips together, we integrate into the live broadcast together — it’s a very integrated program. We’ve got to go after the younger demographic. Tony Piff Our TV ratings every year are skewing younger and broader. So, this has been an ongoing discussion. We do focus groups, we understand the demographics, we work with our TV partner, we work with the manufacturers, we have summits where we all come together and we look at what all of our quantifiable data tells us, where things are going and what we’re doing. Our goal is to broaden the demographics in gender and age group, simultaneously. We’re getting more women who love coming here. That’s why I made Barrett-Jackson more lifestyle, so it’s not purely just guys. Women have fun here. And it’s families. As more families grow up coming to Barrett-Jackson, the more long-term new customers we are bringing in. ACC: Numbers-matching cars have always been a hotbed of discussions in the classic car world. Excluding Corvettes, how large of a role in the value of the car does that play in your mind and the minds of most of your buyers? We have a team of experts who we employ just to check that. Our experts go out there and look at the cars and if they find a bad one, you have to go back down the food chain, and we would rather stop it right here and have it go back that way. I think it’s really the only way to address it as more knowledge comes out — there are more 435 horsepower Corvettes today than there were back in 1967. There are more LS6s probably by ten-fold running around. So we’re super-tough on those cars. We’re also tough on all the others. Is it a LeMans, or is it a real GTO? Then you get into the nuances and that’s why we need these experts. Was it a dealer-installed option without paperwork? Numbers matching is not just a stamp on the block or the transmis- sion. Are the options that make that car native to it? Is it a dual-Cross Ram Z/28 from the factory? Is it a JL8 brake car from the factory? It’s a broader subject because the value of the car may not be just “does it still have DZ block in it?” but “did the car start life as this?” That takes it from a $60,000 to a $120,000 car. So we’ll get into them and really look at them before they go over the block. ACC: Let’s say you’re consulting with a buyer about purchasing a shiny, near-perfect, collector car versus a very nice but far from mint example of the same “original” car, one that has never been restored including the paint, interior and drivetrain. Further assuming both cars had excellent documentation from new — which car would you suggest would likely be the better investment 10 years from now? It goes to one of the first questions: What are they going to use the car for? Are they going to look at it strictly as an investment? I always say don’t do that. Are they going to drive the car? If you’re buying a super-low-mileage, all-original car and you want to go drive it, you’re going to start driving the value down. I always sort of lean towards “don’t restore it.” There are certain cars that I just don’t think ever should be. And then there are other cars that have had such a hard life. ACC: If you could only have one classic car — and that car only cost one dollar for you to buy it, and the same one dollar when you sold it — which means you would only own it for the driving experience or the emotional connection … which car would be in your garage? For me, it would be having my Figoni et Falaschi Delahaye back. Barrett-Jackson auctions offer a level of spectacle unlike anything else in the collector car world I toyed with buying the car back. It’s one of the sexiest black Figoni et Falaschi Delahayes in the world. I spent 10,000 hours of my life restoring that car. I took it from an absolute piece of junk and turned it into a showroom car. My watch has it on it, it’s been on the logo of our company. In different eras, there are certain cars. 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SNAPSHOTS Brave New World AFTER YEARS OF PREPARATION, THE NORTHWEST’S NEWEST CAR ATTRACTION IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS — AND FUN by Chester Allen A steady rain soaked more than 1,000 gearheads decked out in car-club jackets and hats, but no one bolted for the hot rods, muscle cars and classics clustered in the parking lot. The long-awaited World of Speed museum in Wilsonville, OR, was about to roar to life. Dave Hough’s 1969 Nanook AA/Fuel Altered Model T dragster lit up and shook the windows of the new museum — and then the crowd rolled into 80,000 square feet of car paradise. More than 100 cars waited on — and entertain — visitors in the world of American motorsports. But it’s also a hands-on place, where people can get together, talk cars — and spin wrenches. The museum has 15 service bays — the legacy of the building’s years as a car dealership — and the lifts aren’t there for decoration, said co-founder Sally Bany. Many local high schools no longer offer autoshop class, so kids can learn about cars at the World of Speed. “Young people now have a place Dave Tomaro Famed nASCAR veterans are highlighted on a banked track World of Speed Where: 27490 SW 95th Ave., Wilsonville, OR 97070 (about 20 minutes from downtown Portland and ACC World Headquarters) Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays the polished concrete floor, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Danica Patrick NASCAR racers. A 44-foot-wide replica of the banked Daytona Speedway displayed four legendary NASCAR cars, including Cale Yarborough’s 1979 Oldsmobile 442. One wall displayed “Zero to Admission: $10 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, students and military. Ages 6 to 12 are admitted for $5 Website: www.worldofspeed.org 1,000 MPH,” the history of the landspeed record attempts at Bonneville Salt Flats. Kids clustered around hands-on exhibits that showed how superchargers, turbochargers, nitro pumps and other gadgets work. Others raced for three operating race car simulators or the replica speed shop — complete with legendary engines on stands — or the massive Wall of Sound, which is more than 100 feet of interactive displays celebrating the link between music and fast cars. “There is no reason to ever leave this place,” one guy said. Museum Director Rachel Bany heard the comment and smiled. “We want people to come in, talk to each other and learn their car stories,” Bany said. “People want to know what makes these cars unique — and to get to know the people behind the cars.” Bany, along with her parents, created World of Speed to educate to work on cars, learn about cars and get to know each other,” Sally Bany said. “There are older people here — our volunteers — that can tell kids about NASCAR before big sponsorships — about a time when drivers stayed up all night to get their cars ready for a race.” Places such as the World of Speed will inspire — and help teach — new generations of car mechanics and car people, Sally Bany said. The idea of linking entertainment and education idea became real- ity when Jerry Mello and his 14-year-old grandson, Trey Wood, walked into the museum. Trey headed straight for the three race car simulators, while Mello checked out the rows of fast cars and hands-on exhibits. “I’ve always had an interest in cars — I’ve got two buildings with 13 Corvairs and a whole lot of parts — I even made a motor home out of Corvair parts,” Mello said as Trey spun out his virtual Lotus onto the virtual track infield. “Now, I’m building Trey’s first car with him.” Of course, the car is a Corvair. After Trey finished his virtual race, he looked around and said the World of Speed felt like home. “This is cool, and I’m glad we have it now,” Trey said. “I’m lucky that I’ve always worked on cars with my grandpa — I’ve always thought they were so cool. I’m learning a lot of stuff working on cars, which I love. I’ll learn a lot right here too. Not a lot of kids get this.” The museum’s car displays, exhibits and other features will regu- larly change, but the mission of bringing people together will never change, Sally Bany said. “We’ve got all this indoor space — and a two-acre lot for swap- meets, shows, and car clubs,” Sally said. “This is a place for people to meet, talk about cars and live cars — even if it is raining.” A Dave Tomaro A replica speed shop captures an era 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Tyson Test your racing skill in a simulator Dave Tomaro Did we mention there are a lot of cars?


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FEATURETHE LINGENFELTER INTERVIEW EnGInEERInG THE PERFECT COllECTIOn Tony Piff KEN LINGENFELTER REFLECTS ON HIS CARS, THE MARKET, AMERICAN MUSCLE, AND THE NEXT GENERATION by Jim Pickering and Tony Piff recently visited Ken at his 40,000-square-foot collection in Brighton, MI, to talk collecting, the market, and what drives his automotive passions. F ACC: Your name is a big one in the performance world. Tell us a little about John Lingenfelter, how the company got started, and how it’s evolved into what it is today. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com or over 40 years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been turning GM products into serious performance machines. Ken Lingenfelter is the man behind the brand, and he’s also a car auction regular, with one of the biggest muscle car and Corvette collections in the nation. We The Lingenfelter family all came out of Pennsylvania. John and I were distant cousins. John was probably the most aggressive of all of us from an engineering and risk-taking standpoint. He started the business in the very early ’70s, and he built some amazing drag cars. Some amazing engines. Did a lot of work with twin turbos. John really built himself quite a name. John was all about money to go racing. He was a drag racer more than anything else. Set some amazing records. Got 13 NHRA Grand National titles in his career. But unfortunately — and he always said this could happen — he said, “I’ll probably kill myself doing this” — and that’s what happened. He had a horrendous drag racing accident in 2002 and he passed away from his injuries in 2003. John’s brother Charlie really convinced me to step in and take


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the business forward. For the most part, we’ve tried really hard to continue to live out John’s legacy. I’m not quite the drag racer he was, or the road racer, or the risk taker, but we’re still engineering. ACC: You had a very successful history in real estate prior to purchasing LPE in 2008 — did your collection start prior to that? My career was in real estate and title insurance. The development side. I started my own company when I was 22. I took that company to a size that I never possibly imagined it would be. We had several thousand employees. I sold the business to a public company in 2003. It turned out to be really good timing, because it was just before real estate started to back off. I’d already been collecting cars by that point. I probably had about 50 cars that I’d collected. But the sale of the business gave me the opportunity to have the resources to go out and acquire cars that I really wanted. ACC: Your dad was a GM exec — what did he do for the General, and did your exposure to his work steer your own interests? He worked for Fisher Body in Euclid, OH. And basically, he started on the assembly line. He’d risen through management the hard way. Wasn’t college educated. They sent him to GMI — General Motors Institute in Flint, and he went from an assembly-line worker to a white-collar job. The factory there built the Nomad wagons. He was involved in the development of the Olds Toronado in 1966. They built it down at that plant. They built the Toronado and the Riviera, and then later on also the Cadillac Eldorado. That was in ’67. He was a workaholic, and so he’d come home for dinner, and then he’d pack me up and we’d go back to the factory. You could do those kinds of things in those days. And you know, I’d run around the factory. I’d get in the cars with him to do the tests and everything else, and I was already a car geek, and that just complemented the whole thing. ACC: Have you always been a car guy? Matchbox series cars were a big deal when I was a kid. And I know there’s no such thing as a car gene, but I’ve got a lot of uncles Tony Piff “ The sale of the business gave me that I really wanted ” the opportunity to have the resources to go out and acquire cars — Ken Lingenfelter and cousins that are into drag racing and road racing. My dad’s career accelerated that. You know, my parents told stories about the fact that I’d be in the ’55 Chevy standing on the hump, you know, naming every car that went by. But the influence from my dad… my dad had a very strong work ethic. So we spent time at the factory, and we would come up for the General Motors open houses at the Tech Center. Have you seen the three Firebird cars? They look like rockets. Obviously that kind of got me. But the car that really did it for me, the car that really hooked me, was that ’63 Split-Window Corvette. I was already well on to being a car guy, but that car REALLY hooked me. Tony Piff July-August 2015 27


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FEATURE THE LINGENFELTER INTERVIEW dad did to this car. Do you understand that’s 725 horsepower? Do you realize what that does?” She’s been in the race cars a couple of times. And she likes it, but now she’s a 15-year-old girl, and she’s caught up in her life, friends and doing well in school. ACC: And at the same time we’re seeing a growing classic car auction market — think that’ll continue? What’s amazing to me too is how many of these people are first-time buyers. Some of these companies have a very good handle on tracking that. I was just down at Barrett-Jackson in West Palm [Beach]. And same thing. This massive number, like 25% or 30% were people who had just not been to that auction before. Those are impressive numbers. Still when you walk around at events, you see a lot more of an Hey — that ’64 Chevy nova wagon looks familiar ... Jim Pickering ACC: How many cars do you currently have here in this collection? The last time I counted, there were 250 cars total in the collec- tion. But it’s spread out a little bit. We can have about 180 cars back there [in the collection’s main building] and still have room to do our fundraisers. We’ve got another building down the street… there’s probably another 25 or 30 cars there. I’ve got a warehouse in California. Some cars out there. I have a home on Lake Michigan. There are cars there. Everywhere I’ve got a home I’ve got a big garage. I’ve got a home in Fort Wayne. There are a few cars down there. ACC: You’ve got everything here from a Can Am Pontiac from the ’70s to Duntov’s historic EX-87 V8 Corvette mule car. How does a car enter the Lingenfelter Collection? What do you look for, and what do you tend to avoid? My taste is all over the board. And truly, the theme of the col- lection is cars I like. For the purposes of having people in for the charity events we do, thank goodness my taste is very similar to a lot of others. Those Can Am cars, back in those days, those were cool. The Grand Am Pontiac I showed you. That’s cool. There weren’t a lot of ’80s cars — muscle car type things — that really got a lot of attention, but the ones that were there — I liked them all — and I bought ’em and they’re back there. I think a lot of guys my age, and even younger, looked at those cars and wanted them, so they attract a lot of interest. Obviously I’m a big Pontiac fan. There’s a lot of Firebirds back there. And then Corvette… I mean, Corvette has just been amazing. You know, there are so many ways you can modify them. Enginewise, interior, paint, wheels and tires. C5 Corvettes… what an amazing value, even today. ACC: Do your kids have any interest in the collection? Not in the least. My son, he and I have gone to the Indy 500 together forever. He was a car kid all along. We went to NASCAR races, he went to car shows with me. Then he decided he wanted to be a doctor, and he’s been focused on medicine ever since. I have triplet daughters. They’re 22. One didn’t even get her driver’s license until she was 19. And I have a 15-year-old still at home, and she’s shown just a little bit of interest. I mean, she knows what we’ve done to the cars. When she was 12 or 13, she knew about how we supercharged cars. She’d grab people by the hand and tell them, “I want to show you what my 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Real-deal yenko and COPO Chevelles Tony Piff older age group. I see a lot of bald, gray guys like me. Especially at Corvette functions. That’s huge. But you know, a Barrett-Jackson thing is kind of a lifestyle event. And participating in it is fun, too. When you’re bidding on a car, it’s kind of like going to a casino and gambling a little bit. ACC: How many cars would you say you’ve bought at auction over the years? What do you look for when buying? I’ve bought 100 cars… maybe 150 cars at auction. And keep in mind that there are 250 cars in the collection, but I’m turning them over all the time, always looking for a better example of what I’ve got. I’ve got a nice El Camino back there right now. It’s an SS 396, black with white stripes and a 4-speed. How much better can you get? That ’71 Monte Carlo SS 454? Same thing. How much better a Monte Carlo can you find than that one? You probably can’t. I try to get a good look at what’s going to be at the auction. I’ll look online. I don’t want to overpay for anything, so I’ll check the value guides that are available. You know, they’re only as accurate as the people who put them together, but it’s something. I think I’m pretty good at looking at cars, but even I can be fooled. “ I know there’s no such thing as a ” car gene, but I’ve got a lot of uncles and cousins that are into drag racing and road racing


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FEATURE THE LINGENFELTER INTERVIEW Tony Piff How dedicated is Ken to GM? After Pontiac died, he built his own Trans Am There’s a lot of ways to restamp blocks these days, and try to hide things that are in the car. When I walk up to a car and it’s been freshly painted, that worries me just a bit. You know, I’m concerned about how much filler is in the body. And I’ve learned the hard way a couple times, where you buy a car that does have filler and if it’s not done right you’re chasing rust the whole way, and I don’t want to do that. My cars are bought to put on display in the collection for the charity events we do. That doesn’t mean taking a bunch of time to restore them. They’re enough to maintain just because you have to keep them up. “ Growing up, I was The loyalty my dad had to General ACC: This collection and your company are both very much dedicated to GM products. Why no tuned Fords or Mopars coming out of LPE? And why so many GMs here in the collection? ” I just know that product better. We’ve got enough talent to do anything in the performance company. But we know the GM products best. LS engines are amazing. The new direct-injection engines… we’ve got a lot of engineering done on them, so we know how to make them go fast and make more power. That’s our core business, so we’re focused in that direction, and we’ve got our hands full with that. The other thing is, our customers really expect us to be focused on the GM products. If we started doing too much Mustang work, or Ford work, I think they might turn on us (laughs). ACC: Is brand loyalty really as big of a deal as it used to be? You know, growing up I was a General Motors guy and we lived in Dearborn. And everybody in Dearborn had a Ford. I was such an outcast because I had a Chevy. It’s diluted some these days, it’s not like it was — but it’s still pretty strong. You know, if you’re a Ford guy, you’re not a Chevy guy. And if you’re a Chevy guy, you’re not a Ford guy. I appreciate it all. I love all the cars. I love the engineering. There are some Mustangs that are very cool. But our fans expect us to be loyal to the brand and we are. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com Tony Piff EX-87 — Duntov’s Corvette performance mule a General Motors guy and we lived in Dearborn. And everybody in Dearborn had a Ford. I was such an outcast because I had a Chevy Motors was amazing. I’m not quite sure how these car companies did it to that last generation, but you have people who grew up in the Ford system, and they’re just as loyal. NASCAR had a lot to do with that too. I mean, the racing that took place really drew the lines between Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler — or Plymouth and Dodge — and those parents instilled that in their kids, and it just went on and on. The whole car collection auction thing has got so much to do with what we were exposed to when we were younger, and what we really enjoyed back in the day. ACC: A lot of guys believe we’re living in the golden age of high performance right now. If you were just getting into the hobby now, would you buy something new or would you buy something old? Why? Oh boy, that’s so hard to say because budget has so much to do with that question. You know, obviously the new stuff is there, but… it depends on if you have to use it for a daily driver… I mean, I did. I was drag racing my Camaro back in the day, and I had to be sure that when I brought it home from the drag strip Monday morning I could


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FEATURE THE LINGENFELTER INTERVIEW drive to school or to work. So that had a bearing too. But, you know, I’m a gearhead. I like to work on the stuff myself, too. So I’d probably go with an older car, you know, a C6 or C5 Corvette. And I’d probably have my daily driver be something that was fun, but that I didn’t mess with (laughs). ACC: Back in 2014, you bought ACC’s ’64 Nova Wagon at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale sale. What have you done with it since? Has it lived up to your expectations? I didn’t have to do anything to it — you guys did it right. And it has lived up to my expectations, because again, what it does here in the collection is draw attention. First of all, it’s a wagon. Wagons are cool. And they’re really cool right now. In 1964 I was 11 years old, and my dad bought wagons, and that had something to do with it too. To have a wagon with a 4-speed — and as good looking as that one is — white with a blue inside, and one that’s kind of hot-rodded with the wheels and everything else… It’s just a very cool vehicle. And, you know, that’s where my passion runs. ACC: As a man with the resources to collect whatever cars you’d like, how do you stop yourself from buying? What does your wife think about all this? Actually, my wife is a car person too, so no problem there at all. She doesn’t understand me buying the old cars. That part she doesn’t get much of a kick out of. But the performance cars… I showed you her ZL1 Camaro, and I just bought her a new Z06 Corvette. We haven’t taken the cup tires off that Z06. I’m pretty sure she’s taking that to the track in about three weeks, and she’s going to get a chance to test it out a little bit. Not a problem at all. But she doesn’t care for the wagons and some of the older ones. That just doesn’t do much for her. But she doesn’t say “don’t buy it,” either, because she knows it’s part of me. When it comes to eBay or Bring a Trailer, that’s hard. I had Bring a Trailer up this morning, and I looked at a couple vehicles, and I’m not going to do anything with them right now, because believe it or not, I’m kind of out of room, and so I have to be a little bit more selective these days. ACC: A lot of collections are kept just for personal reasons and never open to the public. Your collection is different. Can you tell us a little about how you’ve made this collection work for charities over the years? We’ve proven that we can generate donations by bringing people in to look at the cars. We’re not event planners. So we’ll make the venue available, and what we’ll do is let them know that if they want to use the venue, they’ll need to make a donation to the Lingenfelter Foundation, to support kids’ charities mostly. Really what we say is, “Donate what you think is fair.” We’ve done everything back there from a black-tie event with hor d’oeuvres and cocktails to pizza and beer, to a symphony orchestra coming to the center room and playing there, to a rock band. Our biggest one is our breast cancer event we do every October. We’ve seen everything under the sun. We’re going to do a wine tasting here on the 15th. And we’ll have wine distributors come in, and people will have the cars to look at while they’re sipping wine. We did 100 events here last year, and we’ll do that at least again this year. ACC: Yenko, Baldwin-Motion, and Nickey are muscle car legends. In the modern era, names like Lingenfelter, Callaway, and Hennessey are basically doing the same sorts of modifications to stock vehicles. What do you think the future collectibility of the cars you build will be? 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Tony Piff Wagons draw a lot of attention — especially this Vista Cruiser and G Well, I think for companies like the ones you listed, we’ve all been around for a long time. So I think they’re going to be pretty good. Does it add a huge premium onto the resale of the car? It really depends on what the guy does with the car after we tune it. If we tune it and he takes it out and beats the crap out of it on the drag strip, then probably not. If it’s a wide-body rare car that we built, then probably Jim Pickering lingenfelter’s collection is open to the public twice a year


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Well, that car, for example, had just outlasted… we’d done every- thing. We’d taken it to as many shows as we could. You know, it had our standard package in it, but it had kind of a wild design to it. And it just wasn’t something that I thought really showed off our heritage. So we moved it down the road. And we’ll do that once in a while. We do that with some of the new cars, too. We’ve got a couple of 2010 Camaros back there that we turned into Trans Ams. When you’re collecting cars at the rate we are, and you’ve got a reputation of being a performance guy and such, you get an opportunity to make a statement now and again. And I was really unhappy when General Motors dropped Pontiac. To me, that was the excitement brand. All of a sudden we weren’t going to get Trans Ams to tune like we had over the years. We had a reputation on Firebirds, and that was a segment of business that was going to be gone. So I told our guys, I said, “Look. We just have to do this. GM didn’t do it, we’re going to do it.” So I sat down with a couple of designers and we put this car together. Designed it, built it, made a clay model, built molds, and took it to SEMA. And that year, there had to be 50 2010 Camaros. But nobody brought a Trans Am. That car, if we went to a show, like Hot Rod Power Tour, or a local show, or a SEMA-type show, or a big Camaro event, everybody would come over. And we weren’t all that interested in selling them one of those, but we got a chance to talk to them about upgrading their LS6, or LS3, or whatever. I do regret selling a couple of those. I built a black one that had the “Smokey and the Bandit”-type gold stripes. I probably shouldn’t have sold that one because I just liked it a lot, and it would still be here. But we have situations where people will come into the collection for a charity event and they’ll see something, and they gotta have it. My first Corvette was a ’77. This one had 78,000 miles on it. Brown leather interior was a little worn. I always took good care of it, but it was nothing special. And so it was back there, and you know, it’s your first Corvette. That’s significant. This group of guys came over from Europe and they were looking GTO Judge creation “ We did 100 events here last year, and we’ll do that at least again this year ” it will have a lot of value. But like anything else, the cars get older, and they lose value. And if you bought a C4 Corvette and it was a Lingenfelter or Callaway, it’ll probably get a little more than if it wasn’t. If it was a car that we built that set a record, or set records, with the racing program that we were in, then yeah, it’ll probably gain a little value. But it’ll never be a huge difference. The one thing John left us and we’ve really taken advantage of is our brand’s strength. We’ve always warrantied out work and stood behind what we do, and so the result is our very strong brand. Our cars, selling in Europe or Australia, are at a premium. We’ve got some cars that have gone to Geneva, and a C6 Lingenfelter car is going to do a lot better in Geneva than just a regular C6. ACC: Mecum sold a 2006 Lingenfelter Z06 GTR at its Houston sale a month ago for $65,000, and the copy suggested that it was yours. How often do you sell cars? Do you ever regret it? in the collection. And one guy was a broker and he was buying cars for a guy there. And he walked by that car and he said, “The guy I’m representing wants to buy that car.” And I said, “It’s not for sale.” So he comes back later and says, “Well I talked to my owner and he really wants to buy that car. He’ll give you $25,000 for it.” Well, it was worth $6,000. I said “You know, that’s a very generous offer, and I really appre- ciate it, but I just want to be polite and make sure you tell your owner that I’m not being a jerk. It’s just plain not for sale, okay?” So we’re wrapping up later on, and he comes back and says “The guy I’m representing said he wants to be polite to you, too, but he really wants that car. And he’ll give you $35,000 for it.” It’s a $6,000, 350, white-with-brown-interior Corvette. $35,000. I said, “Sold.” I mean, at some point your businessman has to get in there and say, you know, “This is stupid.” ACC: Is there any advice you’d like to give to other buyers? A lot of people go to auctions and try to guess what’s going to be worth more money down the way. I got over that a long time ago. To me, if you’re going to an auction to buy a car, you should be going to buy it because you like it and you’re going to enjoy it, whether enjoying means just sitting and looking at it, driving it, racing it, whatever the case may be. But to determine whether or not you’re going to make money down the way? I’ve always looked at it, if you do buy a car and you’re careful and you buy a good car — and you have to be careful — that if you do make money, that’s just icing on the cake.A July-August 2015 33


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo niche for be sporty car w better-thantypical han in their day both were k by GM whe at their prim ment. From spor PINT-SIZEDPontiac C Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr ap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal eap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo niche for be sporty car w better-than- typical han in their day both were k by GM whe at their prim ment. From spor PINT-SIZEDPontiac C to to commuter car Origina Fiero was g economy co conscious m Built on a steel space frame, the Fiero was encapsulated in plastic with SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) horizontal panels, RRIM (Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding) side panels, and Enduraflex front and rear fascias. This was all revolutionary at the time, but GM would use a lot of that technology in the future, ranging from Lumina APV minivans to Saturns and the C5 and later Corvettes. Far from its initial concept Detailing Years produced: 1984–88 Number produced: 367,906 (total) Original list price: $10,649 Current ACC Valuation: $4,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $120 Distributor cap: $6 Chassis # location: Top of the dashboard on driver’s side Clubs: Pontiac-Oakland Owners Club Website: www.poci.org Additional: www.angelfire.com/ fl5/fiero/fierolinks_006.html Alternatives: 1991–94 Mercury Capri, 1985–89 (1990–2007) Toyota MR2, 1988–91 Buick Reatta ACC Investment Grade: C 34 AmericanCarCollector.com of a unique sports car, the Fiero quickly became a parts-bin special due to a limited project budget. The only engine at introduction was the “Iron Duke” 2.5-liter four, coupled to either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission with locking torque converter. Essentially mid-engine, the powertrain was taken from the front-wheel-drive X-platform and slightly modified to drive the rear wheels. Up front, it utilized the front suspension from the rear wheel drive C-platform (Chevy Chevette/Pontiac T1000) with larger brakes. At introduction, three models were available: the basic coupe, a 2M4 sport coupe with alloy wheels on wider aspect ratio tires and stouter rear axle ratio (4.10 ls B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo niche for be sporty car w better-than- typical han in their day both were k by GM whe at their prim p Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo niche for be sporty car w better-than- typical han in their day both were k by GM whe at their prim ment. From spor PINT-SIZEDPontiac C to commuter car Origina Fiero was g economy co conscious m Built on a steel space frame, the Fiero was encapsulated in plastic with SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) horizontal panels, RRIM (Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding) side panels, and Enduraflex front and rear fascias. This was all revolutionary at the time, but GM would use a lot of that technology in the future, ranging from Lumina APV minivans to Saturns and the C5 and later Corvettes. Far from its initial concept Detailing Years produced: 1984–88 Number produced: 367,906 (total) Original list price: $10,649 Current ACC Valuation: $4,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $120 Distributor cap: $6 Chassis # location: Top of the dashboard on driver’s side Clubs: Pontiac-Oakland Owners Club Website: www.poci.org Additional: www.angelfire.com/ fl5/fiero/fierolinks_006.html Alternatives: 1991–94 Mercury Capri, 1985–89 (1990–2007) Toyota MR2, 1988–91 Buick Reatta ACC Investment Grade: C 34 AmericanCarCollector.com of a unique sports car, the Fiero quickly became a parts-bin special due to a limited project budget. The only engine at introduction was the “Iron Duke” 2.5-liter four, coupled to either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission with locking torque converter. Essentially mid-engine, the powertrain was taken from the front-wheel-drive X-platform and slightly modified to drive the rear wheels. Up front, it utilized the front suspension from the rear wheel drive C-platform (Chevy Chevette/Pontiac T1000) with larger brakes. At introduction, three models were available: the basic coupe, a 2M4 sport coupe with alloy wheels on wider aspect ratio tires and stouter rear axle ratio (4.10 1985 1985 saw the introduction of the GT model — sorely needed if “sporty” was to be any sort of factor. It was equipped with the Chevrolet-sourced 2.8-liter V6, coupled to either the existing 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. The V6 was also optional in the SE, with the previous year’s carry-over front fascia. To further set sport and economy apart, the manual transmission for the 2.5 four became an Isuzu-designed 5-speed overdrive. The 2M4 moniker was also dropped, becoming just the Sport model. Unfortunately, Fiero sales nearly halved. At the the start of the 1986 model year, all Fieros now rode on 14-inch tires, and the SE got a blacked-out Euro-look with a GT-style front fascia. IT WA BUT T 1984 Pontiac Fiero Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr Cheap Thr p Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo p Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson platforms o normal com both develo niche for be sporty car w better-than- typical han in their day both were k by GM whe at their prim ment. From spor PINT-SIZEDPontiac C to commuter car Origina Fiero was g economy co conscious m Built on a steel space frame, the Fiero was encapsulated in plastic with SMC (Sheet Molding Compound) horizontal panels, RRIM (Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding) side panels, and Enduraflex front and rear fascias. This was all revolutionary at the time, but GM would use a lot of that technology in the future, ranging from Lumina APV minivans to Saturns and the C5 and later Corvettes. Far from its initial concept Detailing Years produced: 1984–88 Number produced: 367,906 (total) Original list price: $10,649 Current ACC Valuation: $4,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $120 Distributor cap: $6 Chassis # location: Top of the dashboard on driver’s side Clubs: Pontiac-Oakland Owners Club Website: www.poci.org Additional: www.angelfire.com/ fl5/fiero/fierolinks_006.html Alternatives: 1991–94 Mercury Capri, 1985–89 (1990–2007) Toyota MR2, 1988–91 Buick Reatta ACC Investment Grade: C 34 AmericanCarCollector.com of a unique sports car, the Fiero quickly became a parts-bin special due to a limited project budget. The only engine at introduction was the “Iron Duke” 2.5-liter four, coupled to either a 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission with locking torque converter. Essentially mid-engine, the powertrain was taken from the front-wheel-drive X-platform and slightly modified to drive the rear wheels. Up front, it utilized the front suspension from the rear wheel drive C-platform (Chevy Chevette/Pontiac T1000) with larger brakes. At introduction, three models were available: the basic coupe, a 2M4 sport coupe with alloy wheels on wider aspect ratio tires and stouter rear axle ratio (4.10 1985 saw the introduction of the GT model — sorely needed if “sporty” was to be any sort of factor. It was equipped with the Chevrolet-sourced 2.8-liter V6, coupled to either the existing 4-speed manual or 3-speed automatic. The V6 was also optional in the SE, with the previous year’s carry-over front fascia. To further set sport and economy apart, the manual transmission for the 2.5 four became an Isuzu-designed 5-speed overdrive. The 2M4 moniker was also dropped, becoming just the Sport model. Unfortunately, Fiero sales nearly halved. At the the start of the 1986 model year, all Fieros now rode on 14-inch tires, and the SE got a blacked-out Euro-look with a GT-style front fascia. 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Early in calendar year 1986 (called a 1986½) a new GT was intro- duced. Its most prominent feature was a new rear-quarter-window greenhouse. It gave the car something of a Pontiac corporate sports car look, with similar fastbacks ranging from the Sunbird to the Firebird. Mechanically, they also got a new Getrag-designed 5-speed manual transmission. For 1987, the base and Sport models got a new nose. They also got an improved version of the 2.5 four. Now called the Tech-4, it featured throttle-body fuel injection, roller rocker camshaft, and distributorless ignition, bumping the output up to 98 hp. Best for last Prior to the new model year introduction, Pontiac announced that the 1988 model line was to be the last year for its P-platform rear-engine coupe. Despite an uptick in sales in 1986, the bottom was starting to fall out. The Fiero was no longer the only kid on the block, as Toyota had joined the fray with the MR2 in 1985. The Fiero was also plagued by bad press from lackluster performance and lackluster build quality, in some cases resulting in engine fires. One problem was faulty connecting rods, which could punch through the engine block and spill crankcase oil all over the hot catalytic converter mounted right below. GM issued a recall on all 1984s in 1987 to solve the problem. Akin to the final year of Corvair production, the last year was the best of the bunch. The econobox base model was dropped, leaving the Sport, GT, and a one-year-wonder Formula model to replace the SE. All Fieros had a new suspension, upgraded with its own unique design. This may seem odd, but was likely more a case of it having been in the engineering and supply pipeline before the decision to kill off the platform. When the last Fiero rolled off the line at Pontiac Main in downtown Pontiac, MI, on August 16, it ended a production run of 26,402 built for 1988 — and marked the end of a creative era for GM. Cheap fun Collectible Fieros today are led by all 1988s (especially the Formula, the least built model that year at 5,484 units) and the 1984 Indy Pace Car replica. However, in the past three decades, all Fieros have gone from cheap commuter bombs to cheap collectibles. While the engine-fire issue has pretty much been handled, Fieros today suffer the same GM issues of any of their 4-cylinder front-driver corporate cousins: Stock up on crank position sensors, fuel pumps, and if you have an automatic, the torque-converter lockup switch. All these will fail before they reach 100k miles or at will, now being three decades old. The car’s most unique idiosyncrasy is its coolant tubing, which cools the engine from a radiator mounted in front. You have to be careful how you raise the car for servicing to avoid damaging that tubing by a casually placed floor jack or two-post lift. Today, not unlike the Corvair, several strong regional clubs augment an online enthusiasts’ presence. Engine swaps are popular, too, which really can transform the Fiero’s performance. So while it can be argued that it’s an orphan car (since not even Pontiac is around anymore), the Fiero will not be forgotten by legions of devoted fans. A 1984 Pontiac Fiero Indianapolis Pace Car Edition July-August 2015 35


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Horsepower Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED PRACTICAL CARS. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING maintain them beyond set and logical intervals, don’t park them at the furthest reaches of parking lots, or don’t see stars when we watch our kids launch something perishable into some black hole we know we’ll need tools to reach. Because we do all of this, and more. We are car people, after all. However, the general idea of a “daily driver” is a vehicle that is more appliance than family member. But does that mean we can’t have a daily driver we enjoy? Not if I you ask me. Appliances with character I live in the Midwest, where having “seasons” means it snows or rains about 65% of the year. I had a fun car and a daily driver almost from the start — way back in high school. But it wasn’t to preserve some irreplaceable collector car. My fun car was a $900 MGB that basically wouldn’t start in the winter, had no heater, and was already pretty rusty. I knew one more winter could become its last. So I went through a variety of daily drivers that were known at the time as “winter beaters.” Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe Horsepowe ower Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED PRACTICAL CARS. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING r Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED PRACTICAL CARS. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING maintain them beyond set and logical intervals, don’t park them at the furthest reaches of parking lots, or don’t see stars when we watch our kids launch something perishable into some black hole we know we’ll need tools to reach. Because we do all of this, and more. We are car people, after all. However, the general idea of a “daily driver” is a vehicle that is more appliance than family member. But does that mean we can’t have a daily driver we enjoy? Not if I you ask me. Appliances with character I live in the Midwest, where having “seasons” means it snows or rains about 65% of the year. I had a fun car and a daily driver almost from the start — way back in high school. But it wasn’t to preserve some irreplaceable collector car. My fun car was a $900 MGB that basically wouldn’t start in the winter, had no heater, and was already pretty rusty. I knew one more winter could become its last. So I went through a variety of daily drivers that were known at the time as “winter beaters.” Practical Practical then: Comer’s 1985 GlH Turbo pump. It was fun for a couple of weeks before it basically broke in half and I parted it out. I also had a 1970 Duster with a Slant Six and a 3-speed on the floor. Fantastic winter car and somewhat structurally sound, but literally no heat because somebody installed the head gasket wrong (or so I suspected) and there was virtually no water circulation to the heater core. I used to drive it with a JC Whitney 12-volt car heater sitting next to my feet. er New Yorker, ut structurally f limitations has s. I paid under d somehow got it power Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED orsepower Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED PRACTICAL CARS. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING maintain them beyond set and logical intervals, don’t park them at the furthest reaches of parking lots, or don’t see stars when we watch our kids launch something perishable into some black hole we know we’ll need tools to reach. Because we do all of this, and more. We are car people, after all. However, the general idea of a “daily driver” is a vehicle that is more appliance than family member. But does that mean we can’t have a daily driver we enjoy? Not if I you ask me. Appliances with character I live in the Midwest, where having “seasons” means it snows or rains about 65% of the year. I had a fun car and a daily driver almost from the start — way back in high school. But it wasn’t to preserve some irreplaceable collector car. My fun car was a $900 MGB that basically wouldn’t start in the winter, had no heater, and was already pretty rusty. I knew one more winter could become its last. So I went through a variety of daily drivers that were known at the time as “winter beaters.” Practical then: Comer’s 1985 GlH Turbo pump. It was fun for a couple of weeks before it basically broke in half and I parted it out. I also had a 1970 Duster with a Slant Six and a 3-speed on the floor. Fantastic winter car and somewhat structurally sound, but liter- ally no heat because somebody installed the head gasket wrong (or so I suspected) and there was virtually no water circulation to the heater core. I used to drive it with a JC Whitney 12-volt car heater sitting next to my feet. er New Yorker, ut structurally f limitations has s. I paid under d somehow got it e e where I had to ob without cover. A car I could t would allow the f an opportunity e to be something d not do). Yes, I ove away from eaters and into y driver — someng somewhat liable, with l of its body nels, that cost re than a couple dred bucks. Practical now: Comer’s “new” 1986 Shelby GlH-S epower Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE A orsepower Colin Comer INTERESTING Drive Something WE ALL NEED PRACTICAL CARS. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE TO BE BORING maintain them beyond set and logical intervals, don’t park them at the furthest reaches of parking lots, or don’t see stars when we watch our kids launch something perishable into some black hole we know we’ll need tools to reach. Because we do all of this, and more. We are car people, after all. However, the general idea of a “daily driver” is a vehicle that is more appliance than family member. But does that mean we can’t have a daily driver we enjoy? Not if I you ask me. Appliances with character I live in the Midwest, where having “seasons” means it snows or rains about 65% of the year. I had a fun car and a daily driver almost from the start — way back in high school. But it wasn’t to preserve some irreplaceable collector car. My fun car was a $900 MGB that basically wouldn’t start in the winter, had no heater, and was already pretty rusty. I knew one more winter could become its last. So I went through a variety of daily drivers that were known at the time as “winter beaters.” Practical then: Comer’s 1985 GlH Turbo pump. It was fun for a couple of weeks before it basically broke in half and I parted it out. I also had a 1970 Duster with a Slant Six and a 3-speed on the floor. Fantastic winter car and somewhat structurally sound, but liter- ally no heat because somebody installed the head gasket wrong (or so I suspected) and there was virtually no water circulation to the heater core. I used to drive it with a JC Whitney 12-volt car heater sitting next to my feet. er New Yorker, ut structurally f limitations has s. I paid under d somehow got it e where I had to ob without cover- . A car I could t would allow the f an opportunity e to be something d not do). Yes, I ove away from eaters and into y driver — some- ng somewhat liable, with l of its body nels, that cost re than a couple dred bucks. Practical now: Comer’s “new” 1986 Shelby GlH-S t t I refused to r something . I still had to like s driving. So f you’re reading this magazine, it’s safe to assume you classify cars into the same two categories I do: cars we revere, probably too much, and only use sometimes, and cars we throw under the general classification of “daily driver.” Now, it isn’t that we don’t care for our daily drivers, don’t


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sticking to what I knew, I turned to Mopar and bought a 1985 Omni GLH Turbo. It was a six-year-old car at the time. No rust. Working heat and a/c. Brakes. Its seats were made of some material that wasn’t greasy, wasn’t vinyl, and wasn’t shredded. Front-wheel drive for snow, good fuel mileage, and it was stinking fast. I think I paid $4k for it, including an extra set of factory alloy wheels with winter tires and a new Borla exhaust (“Million Mile Warranty!”). At once I was a practical man. And I loved that GLH Turbo. It became my daily driver for the next four years. Why I sold it I don’t remember, but I am sure it was a stupid reason. To rectify this mistake, I just recently bought a 20k-mile 1986 Shelby GLH-S — the Omni I always lusted after when I had my lowly GLH-T. Fun and practical In the years since that first “respectable” daily driver, I’ve always tried to stick to something that balances fun with practicality. The ones that stand out as being the most enjoyable were a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9, probably the best snow-doughnut machine ever created (which could be why Mopar bought me out of my extended warranty after countless transfer case and differential replacements); a 2002 Ford Lightning (its only shortcomings were the regular cab and two-wheel drive in the Midwest, but I missed this one enough to buy another a few years back); and a 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 I bought new and still own (it does everything right, and now that it is depreciated to nothing, it’s even more fun to drive). A few that fell short and didn’t stay long were a 2004 Mercury Marauder (great car and chassis lacking about 200 hp to be truly exciting); a 2008 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS (great LS engine but disappointing chassis, brakes and interior compared with the SRT8 Cherokee), and a couple of late-model Mustang GT500s (that only fell short in number of doors and spousal approval — I thought I could get them through, but I was wrong. Again). until a Hellcat Jeep comes out, a 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT will have to do as a daily driver My current daily driver is a 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT. The 6.4L Hemi is fantastic, of course, and the 8-speed ZF transmission is simply brilliant. I just wish they could have dropped those items into something closer to that 2006–10 body — smaller, lighter, with far fewer electronic nannies. All the fancy tech stuff I don’t know how to use just makes me feel old, as does the surprisingly harsh suspension. Of course, if Chrysler decides to offer a Hellcat Jeep, well, I might just have to wear a kidney belt and get an infotainment system tutor. So what is your ideal daily driver? Does performance matter or do you prefer something more luxurious? Your favorite winter beater? Does anybody know where my ’66 New Yorker is? It was white with offset Le Mans stripes, red cop-car wheels with Pirelli P7 tires, and rusty quarters. Drop me a line at colin.comer@americancarcollector. com. A July-August 2015 37


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Corvette Market John L. Stein WKNOWhat to HAVING YOUR CAR NCRS JUDGED MAY SEEM LIKE A MYSTICAL JOURNEY UP THE MOUNTAIN, BUT IN REALITY IT’S A WHOLE LOT MORE RATIONAL B SHOWefore You Working up to a good score in nCRS judging will raise your Corvette’s value, as well as your pride and satisfaction Vinnie Peters, Editor, The NCRS Corvette Restorer can take just as much dedication, preparation and talent. Whether for 10 weeks or 10 years, you’ll probably make hundreds T of decisions — and possibly burn through even more checks — while pursuing an NCRS validation. You will fret over body panels and birdcages, paint codes and diodes, and investing in NOS versus (gasp!) re-pop parts. You’ll also become an expert on polishes and pastes, microfiber towels versus diapers, and what kind of tire detailer won’t make your Sting Ray’s Wide Boots look like Shamu after a deep dive. Welcome to the big show. Be not afraid Here is some news that should appease your stress and fears. While the specter of having your car NCRS judged may seem like a mystical journey up the mountain, in reality it’s a whole lot more rational. That’s because NCRS judging is unique in comparison to traditional concours or judged shows, where all cars in the class compete against one another. NCRS judging is exactly the opposite, where your car is evaluated on its own merits and not against any other car. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com he nerves of “American Idol” contestants have nothing on the owners of midyear Corvettes heading for National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) judging. Because getting a Top Flight, Performance Verification, Duntov or other NCRS award in this most esteemed of Corvette evaluation processes In addition, the judging criteria are openly and clearly established, and available to everyone, NCRS member or not. And lastly, evaluations are done by true experts of your exact year and model, rather than by some car guy who just happens to not be playing golf on Saturday. Typically, 10 trained NCRS judges look at each car, two apiece for interior, exterior, chassis, mechanical and operations (functionality). And best of all, the judges’ findings are not only presented to the car owner, but the owner has the opportunity to respond if he or she disagrees. Knowledge is power The whole point of this process is to empower you to make your Corvette as accurate as possible, using the best compilation of knowledge and information available. Doing so raises its value, your pride and satisfaction, and the aggregate quality of all like models. ACC Contributor Michael Pierce is what’s known in NCRS circles as a “400-level Master Judge.” His specialty is 1963–67 Corvettes, especially big blocks, and he has judged hundreds of midyears over a span of 34 years. I asked him for his top 10 pieces of advice for midyear owners — whether newbies or veterans — who are contemplating entering an NCRS-judged meet. The thoughts Pierce articulates below are more than just generous — they are of immense value to all midyear owners.


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1 ber to get it. 2 3 4 5 Integrate with your chapter. “NCRS is a society. Whether you’re shopping or are already an owner, find out the right people in your local chapter to contact. You’ll have instant allies.” Ensure everything works. “There are 4,510 total points available in NCRS judging and you may lose two, three or five points for little things that are not right. But you’ll lose 25 points immediately if the engine doesn’t start, or if the heater, wipers and radio don’t work. Just one of these simple faults can erase all the work you put into perfect paint. Plan to drive your car 500 miles — especially if you’re shooting for a Duntov award, which requires running the engine to 90% of maximum rpm to ensure it doesn’t miss. The pass rate the first time out is dismal — at least 50% of cars don’t make it.” Get smart. “The degree and willingness of the owner to get information about their own car immensely improves the chances of success.” Join the NCRS. “Whether you have one car or 700 cars, when you join NCRS you can engage with a collection of people who all share a common interest in and focus on Corvettes — regardless of their walk of life. For $45 a year, maintaining these relationships will add immeasurably when you’re planning to have your car judged.” Get the latest version of the NCRS Technical Information Manual & Judging Guide for your car. “Study it before you buy a car, and especially before you show.” Secret tip: You don’t even have to be an NCRS mem- 6 7 8 9 Know when to leave it alone. “If you believe you have an original car and want to have it judged for a Bowtie award, don’t clean it so well that it looks like new. If you have something original, show it that way. Clean the glass, vacuum the floors, and clean the engine-number pad. Then leave the rest alone. The value of an original is presenting what was, not what it can be turned into.” Be the champion of your own car. “If there is something special about your car — or an interesting anomaly — document and show this provenance. If it’s a special situation, and you can show the paperwork, you win.” Stay positive. “Many newbies get disheartened because they see points taken off for things that they think are inconsequential, such as black-phosphate-coated intake-manifold bolts that should be marked ‘SP’ — when theirs aren’t. So they lose sight of the big picture when small points go away. But when they get the judging sheet back, they can improve next time.” The effort is worth it. “A Top Flight score of 97 at a national NCRS event is a good, strong target to achieve. It will cost money to get there — perhaps $10,000 to hit that level if starting at a 94 — but the improvements will repay you well. One reason why is that with a Top Flight score of 97, a prospective buyer won’t even have to see your car to have confidence in its value.” 10 Learn and grow. “The byproduct of investing the kind of work, focus and money that achieving NCRS certification requires is that you will learn a tremendous amount about your car. While the commitment and costs are real, the end result — that you have become exponentially more knowledgable about Corvettes — is priceless.”A July-August 2015 39


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COLLECTOR EDITION Corvette Karma Whoever bought this “collectible” in 1982 clearly lost the game on all accounts. But whoever snatched it up in Kissimmee won VIN: 1G1AY078XC5108750 by John L. Stein • One of 6,759 produced • 14,515 miles believed to be original • Bloomington Gold Certified in 2005 • Original window sticker • Matching-numbers 350-ci, 200-hp engine • Automatic transmission • Factory air conditioning • Tilt/telescopic steering column • Power steering • Power brakes • Power seat • Power dock locks • Power outside mirrors and antenna • Cruise control • Bronze-tinted glass T-tops • Bose radio • Aluminum wheels • BF Goodrich raised white-letter tires ACC Analysis This car, Lot K52, sold for $23,760, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, FL, on January 17, 2015. Among new 2015 Chevrolet models, $23,760 and change will get you into a base Malibu or Camaro. Pouring in a few shekels gets you into a Silverado, and adding a few thou can bounce you right up to a Spark EV. Deal or no deal? Well, new cars have their place for fuss-free trans- portation. And yet, wouldn’t you really rather squire into work on a sparkling Monday morning, or the bank parking lot on a warm Friday payday, in this? For 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 40 AmericanCarCollector.com the $23k that this C3 time capsule sold for at Mecum Kissimmee, as Keith Urban sang, “Baby, I’m in.” Big style for rental-car money In the latest world order of quarter-million-dollar ’63 Z06s and $150k midyear resto-mods, getting any presentable Corvette for a rental-car price seems like a righteous proposition. Especially when the car in question is presented as a 14,515 original-miles piece that isn’t just eligible for, but has already achieved, Bloomington Gold certification. Has the asteroid Ceres reflashed the Corvette gravitational field? Let’s find out. The first step is to explain that the Collector Edition was not an option, but a specific model that included numerous features that were unavailable separately. Most obvious were unique Silver Beige paint (which ironically outnumbered the next most popular color, white, by more than two-to-one), graduated decals on the hood and body sides, special emblems and pinstripes, unique aluminum wheels, a frameless glass hatchback and a power antenna. Inside, the Collector Edition added a Silver Beige leather interior, a leather-covered steering wheel, special emblems, and upscale carpeting. The Collector Edition also included standalone pro- duction options including CC1 removable glass roof panels (normally $443), QXH low-profile white-letter 255/60R15 tires (normally a heavy $542.52), and a C49 rear window defroster (normally $129). This particular car was also equipped with popular DG7 power mirrors ($125), the AG9 power driver’s seat ($197) and K35 cruise control ($165). Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Club: National Corvette Restorers Society The good Every third-generation Collector Edition has several positives going for it. First, the model represents the swan song of the longest-running Corvette generation, whose roots stretch back all the way to the chassis of the 1963 Sting Ray. In engineering terms, it began when John Glenn went into orbit and ended during the space shuttle program — an enormously long run for any kind of tech. Second, the Collector Edition clearly has GM designer Bill Mitchell’s influence all over it, and is the last Corvette to ever wear the great GM design lord’s signature elements of an ultra-long nose and sharklike body. Third, the ’82 Collector Edition was a one-year- only phenomenon, and only the third such specialedition ’Vette model ever offered (after 1978’s twin Pace Car and Silver Anniversary models). Fourth, it was a well-equipped car that included as standard equipment most of the good stuff for the year — although the FE7 gymkhana suspension (a deal at $61) and the UN5 CB-equipped AM/FM radio ($695) would be worthy adds. And finally, particular to this car, the 14,515 miles showing (and believed accurate) mean there’s many years of life left, and so putting on a few thousand more miles won’t hurt a thing. With a comprehensive servicing and inspection, this shark could be perfectly fit for duty. The bad Like every great stage character since Roman times, the ’82 Collector Edition also embodies certain tormented elements simply because it is a Corvette of its time. Perhaps the greatest failure is that no special engine accompanied the special model — its 350-ci iron V8 hoofed out the same 200 hp as any other Corvette that year. Worse, there was no manual transmission Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Plate on lower left windshield pillar Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Current ACC Valuation: $18,000–$32,000 Tune-up cost: $500 (with NOS parts) available, making the ’82 model the first Corvette since 1954 to not offer a proper gearbox. Adding further insult is the federally mandated 85-mph speedometer, a somber reminder of the dark days of the 55-mph national speed limit. And lastly, Chevrolet dealers ordered and sold the heck out of this model — one in every four 1982 Corvettes is actually a Collector Edition. The reality Thirty-three years down the road, there are good lessons here. The main one is to be warier than a prairie dog in a shooting range when a major corporation brands a mainstream product with the word “Collector.” Showing just how far wrong you can go with a Corvette investment in this case, the base price of the 1982 Collector Edition model was $22,537.59. Which means this car, a little-used driver with Bloomington Gold Certification in hand, sold at Mecum for just $1,223 more than its original base MSRP. And that does not take into account the erosion in the value of the dollar in those 33 years — a hit of Richter-scale proportions. Do you believe in karma? Whoever bought this “collectible” in 1982 clearly lost the game on all accounts. But with a sale price here at the lower end of ACC’s $18,000–$32,000 range, whoever snatched it up in Kissimmee won. I just really wish it had been me. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1978 Corvette Pace Car, 1978 Corvette Silver Anniversary, 1981– 83 DeLorean DMC-12 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Year produced: 1982 Number produced: 6,759 Original list price: $22,537.59 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition Lot S535, VIN: 1G1AY0786C5115629 Condition: 2 Sold at $21,600 Vicari Auctions, Biloxi, MS, 10/11/2014 ACC# 255923 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition Lot S16, VIN: 1G1AY0781C5111276 Condition: 2Sold at $19,260 Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 6/28/2013 ACC# 225844 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition Lot 440, VIN: 1G1AY0783C5111120 Condition: 2 Sold at $17,325 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/24/2013 ACC# 215435 July-August 2015 41CC 41


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PROFILE GM GM Design Collectible 1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO BIARRITZ “RAINDROP” PROTOTYPE Darin Schnabel © 2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s After his retirement from GM in 1958, Harley Earl was often seen driving this car around his new home in West Palm Beach, FL VIN: 58G0499432 by Tom Glatch • A one-off GM Design prototype with numerous unique features • Equipped with the fascinating Raindrop automatic top • Reportedly used by Harley Earl during his retirement in Florida • Documented and well researched • An important landmark in 1950s GM styling ACC Analysis This car, Lot 216, sold for $324,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection auction on May 2, 2015. Old is new “Nothing is new under the sun” is a quote that dates back over 2,300 years. Today in the automotive world, that maxim couldn’t be more accurate. A number of luxury brands have touted rain-sensing auto-closing sunroofs and auto-activated windshield wipers. As the ancient scribe said, “nothing new,” as evidenced by this Cadillac. As the post-war “Jet Age” quickly morphed into the “Space Age,” it seemed like anything was possible. It certainly seemed that way at mighty General Motors, and putting his stamp of approval on every GM product was Harley Earl, GM’s Vice President of Design. Long before social media and data mining re- vealed consumers’ tastes, Earl launched the famous Motorama traveling shows to display GM’s current and future automotive designs, and to gauge the acceptance of those designs from the flocks of people who attended them. 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Earl’s LeSabre One of the most famous Motorama cars was the 1951 LeSabre XP-8. More than just a show car, the LeSabre was Earl’s personal transportation for a number of years. British design critic Stephen Bayley called the LeSabre “a phallic jelly-mould of a car with aeroplane nozzles and details, which Earl named after the F86 Sabre jet serving the U.S. forces. Earl, regardless of what the sociologists said about cars displaying your sexual fears, steered this awful tool around Grosse Pointe as his personal transport, leaving friends and colleagues at country clubs around Michigan astonished at his style.” Legend has it that a sudden rain shower got the interior of the LeSabre wet while parked at one of those country clubs. With the enormous resources of GM at his disposal, Earl had the LeSabre equipped with a rain-sensing top mechanism. At the first drops of precipitation, the rear deck would automatically rise, the top would move into position and attach to the windshield frame, the windows would roll up, and the deck would lower back into place. With the exception of the rain sensor, this spectacle was not unlike the automated convertible-top mechanisms of today’s luxury cars — but this was 1951. Sometimes the ideas generated by the Motorama show were just too far ahead of the technology at the time, or the market wasn’t ready for them. So LeSabre’s rain-sensing system gestated until the later ’50s, when it was revisited by GM Design. The Standard of the World If any production automobile completely embodied the Motorama philosophy, it was the Cadillac Eldorado. Cadillac claimed to be the “Standard of the


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing he Eldorado was that standard. orado, built in 1953, cost $7,750 e next Cadillac model. It pioneered d windshield and featured a hard vering the convertible top — d on Harley Earl’s LeSabre. , a hard-top coupe, the Seville, onvertible, now known as . By 1958, the Eldorado had s the ne plus ultra of American t 815 of the exclusive Biarritz t that year. rtibles were delivered to GM difications. Our subject car was one of the five, and it was given fiberglass body panels, predicting the giant fins and bullet taillights of the ’59 models. All body moldings were removed, except for the wheelarches. The interior was also heavily modified, with leather seating for four and a large full-length console through the middle. Luxury appointments were everywhere, even including an ice bucket built into the center console. Most important, the “raindrop” feature first seen on the LeSabre was reportedly fitted to three of the cars, including this one. Four of the five convertibles made the rounds of public appearances at state fairs and other venues. As with most design and engineering studies, those four Cadillacs were eventually scrapped, but one was recovered and restored many years later. Our subject car, the fifth car, was retained by Harley Earl. After his retirement from GM in 1958, Earl was often seen driving this car around his new home in West Palm Beach, FL. A letter written by Richard Stout in 1991 attests to those sightings, and to the car’s “raindrop” top, apparently still fitted at that time. Stout should know Harley Earl — he was a designer under Earl at GM in the late ’40s and early ’50s before moving on to a career at Lincoln-Mercury, Packard and Edsel. Restored to like-new condition, Earl’s Cadillac moved to Texas, where Paul and Chris Andrews paid $330,000 for it at RM’s Al Wiseman Collection auction in 2007 (ACC# 47748). What it’s worth How can you accurately gauge the value of a one-off prototype? Certain makes will attract more potential buyers — a one-of-a-kind Cadillac will generate more interest than a Yugo prototype — and a flashy car from the ’50s should appeal more than one from, say, the ’70s. RM Sotheby’s estimated the value of Earl’s “rain- drop” to be $400,000 to $600,000. The other existing ’58 prototype sold for $220,000 in 2010 (ACC# 156892), but due to its one-time junkyard condition, that car used a great deal of donor-car parts and does not have its “raindrop” mechanism. Then there is the larger-than-life legacy of Harley Earl, and the fact that this is one of possibly two cars outside of GM’s collections that have Earl’s provenance (the other is a 1963 Corvette convertible styling car that sold for $980,500 at a Mecum auction in 2010, ACC# 162650). To me, $324,500 for the last remaining “raindrop” ’58 is on the cheap side — but it’s not far off from the $330,000 it made when it last sold in 2007. It seems like the market has spoken here. But as a piece of GM and Harley Earl history and with some innovative styling and engineering features, I can’t help but call it well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Club: Cadillac & LaSalle Club More: www.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1958–60 Lincoln Mark III/IV/V, 1957–60 Imperial Crown convertible, any GM styling car from the 1950s/1960s ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Year produced: 1958 Number produced: Five Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $250,000–$450,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $18.98 VIN location: Front of lefthand frame side bar Engine # location: Center left-hand side of block above oil pan 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Harley Earl custom Lot S116, VIN: 30867S114012 Condition: 2Sold at $980,500 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/19/2010 ACC# 162650 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype Lot 256, VIN: 58E013586 Condition: 3 Sold at $220,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/21/2010 ACC# 156892 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype Lot 853, VIN: 58G0499432 (subject car) Condition: 1Sold at $330,000 RM Auctions, Tarpon Springs, FL, 12/1/2007 ACC# 47748 July-August 2015 43


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PROFILE FOMOCO Stable Pony Runs With the Best 1966 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE Not every Mustang can pass the $30k mark. This one had all the right stuff VIN: 6F08A255294 by Sam Stockham • Triple-black A-code Mustang GT convertible • 289/225-hp V8 engine • Four-speed transmission • Four-barrel carburetor • GT exhaust • Power convertible top • Deluxe Pony interior • Rally Pac gauges • Woodgrain console and dash • Chrome luggage rack • Fog lamps • AM radio • Styled steel wheels • Double-red-stripe tires • High-gloss paint on straight body • Raven Black with black interior and top • Red GT stripe ACC Analysis This car, Lot F198, sold for $35,640, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Houston, TX, on April 9–11, 2015. As a collector car community, do we think of first- generation Ford Mustangs as $35,000 cars? It’s not an unheard-of price point for Ford’s pony car, but it’s also not something we see happen all the time. As with anything, the answer to this question depends on your perspective. If you are a fan of 100-point restorations and MCA national show-winning cars, then I suspect you would see $35,000 as less than the cost of acquisition and 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com restoration. To that buyer, a car like the one sold at Mecum Houston represents a great deal. But if you are the guy who likes a good car at a low price because driving it is important, I would wager that $35,000 seems like a lot of jack for a nice driver Mustang — and it would be. But it seems to me that there have been a lot more $30,000-plus Mustangs sold recently, and I think these cars deserve a closer look. Market movement We all know that the collector market as a whole has seen some significant gains in the past few years, so much so that many of us ask why we have that 401k in the first place. Regardless of personal investment strategies, the tide of the market has risen and taken even the most common, if not iconic, names with it, including the Mustang. The SCM/ACC Pocket Price Guide gives the ’66 Mustang three stars (out of five) for forecast of appreciation, and calls the V8 convertible a B-grade investment. Right now I believe the Mustang behaves much like your index fund does — not too volatile and adjusts according to the larger market. When the larger market gets hit, the Mustang will be hit the least. A cool million By mid-1966, the Mustang had been in production about two years and had already rolled the one-millionth car off the assembly line — a pretty impressive Dan Duckworth, courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1965–73 (First gen) Number produced: 607,568 (1966) Clubs: Mustang Club of America feat for the day for a single model. By comparison, Chevy could move only about half that number in the first 12 months of 1967 Camaro production. The Mustang is not exactly rare. That means good examples are easy to find. What it also means is that there is a following and thus demand for these cars continues to be strong. Mustangs are iconic and almost everyone wants one at some point, and while they may not be as attractive as a supermodel, they won’t burn your house down and keep your dog once you realize how nuts they are. No, Mustangs are simple, fun to drive and to look at, and when your love affair is over, moving on down the road is easy. She has it all Our subject car checks all the boxes of desirability without being a top-shelf Shelby R-code, or even a solid-lifter K-code car. What that really means is that this car will be low-maintenance, but this may be the only item keeping values low(ish) on it. The A-code 225-horsepower 289 is no slouch, and when paired with the 4-speed, gives a great driving experience. On top of that, this is a convertible and was presented in original triple black — a timeless color combo. Add in the Deluxe Pony interior, the GT package, special handling package, disc brakes and the snazzy GT stripes, and you have a winner, ladies and gentlemen. The $35,000 question Earlier this year, Barrett-Jackson sold a ’66 con- vertible in an attractive red-and-white color combo for $30,800 (ACC# 256764). This car was described as a fluff-and-buff and really brought big money considering its condition. Other cars have sold for even more this year outside of Barrett-Jackson, but I cannot speak to their condition. Fair enough to say, though, they were most likely very well done. While I did not have the oportunity to inspect our subject car close up, nor did I have access to the data plate, I will assume the car is true to its representation. The pictures show a very well-done car that is not a 100-point car but a great show car, and I don’t think anyone would dispute that. I get the impression this car is a bit of a trailer queen even though there are no assembly-line consumer tags underhood. The engine paint shows no heat discoloration, which could be cause for concern. This could either mean the car has never run or this is a very fresh restoration. The description does not help in determining which, nor does it give the car’s mileage. Either one of these scenarios could point to the car having never been shaken down after restoration, and that’s important. The last 10% of a restoration is the hardest part, and it involves actually driving the car (gasp!) and tuning for drivability. Many people do not do that last 10%, as they are worried about cosmetic damage, including discoloration of engine paint, which is normal around exhaust manifolds. For cars like this, the driver’s experience behind the wheel may be compromised if things aren’t worked out properly, and here, it could be the new owner’s job to get it all right. But of course, that’s only if he or she plans to drive it. All of this brings us back to the original question: Are cars like this ’66 Mustang $35,000 cars? The answer is a resounding yes — but not for garden-variety stuff. Had this been a 6-cylinder Sprint model, $35,000 would have been over-the-top money. But for the options presented here, I would even say the car was well bought, with a solid future outlook in the market and an easy out if and when the new owner falls out of love.A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1965 Ford Mustang GT convertible Lot 279, VIN: 5R08A152278 Condition: 1Sold at $34,388 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/23/2014 ACC# 256439 Tune-up/major service: $150 VIN location: Stamped on top of left front fender apron Engine # location: Tag attached to engine under coil bolt, casting numbers on passenger’s side rear of block, above starter Current ACC Valuation: $26,000– $36,000 (convertible with V8) More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro, 1967–69 Pontiac Firebird, 1964–66 Plymouth Barracuda ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1966 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 645, VIN: 6R08A214626 Condition: 3 Sold at $30,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2015 ACC# 256764 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot F211, VIN: 5F08C718902 Condition: 3+ Sold at $21,600 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/5/2014 ACC# 256529 July-August 2015 45CC 45


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 DODGE DART HEMI CUSTOM Cruise-Night Racer This Hemi Dart pays homage to Mopar’s race heritage and brings it forward using advances in brake, cam and valve-train technology 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: LL23F9B235917 by Patrick Smith U pgraded with a Mopar 478-cubic-inch Hemi engine using twin Holley 4-barrel carburetors on a cross ram intake manifold. Tubular headers, MSD ignition and a host of other performance tweaks are included. The car features Wilwood front disc brakes and rear drum brakes, following the Hemi Dart theme. The Dart’s clean economical lines are nicely finished in PPG Metallic Blue paint. A straightforward approach is taken with a tan interior and multi-point roll cage, tan carpet and ’Cuda bucket seats mated with Hurst pistol-grip shifter and a woodgrain steering wheel. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 509, sold for $43,450, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, FL, on April 17–19, 2015. The Dodge Dart was given an all-new look in 1967, and the result was a classic design that continued in production with basic cosmetic changes until 1976. In addition to being one of Chrysler’s best-selling cars of the era, the Dart had a huge impact in the drag race and street performance car world. The basic 340 Swinger was one of the best budget small-block scream- ers ever made, and the limited-edition 383 and 440 big-block GTS soothed those with the cubic-inch fever. The Dart goes racing For the NHRA competition realm, the 1968 Hemi Dart was the weapon of choice by racers from Charlie Castaldo to Arlen Vanke. As delivered from the factory, the LO23 Super Stock Hemi Dart was a serious speed tool. Niceties were few: There was no radio or heater. Your seat was a Dodge van special with aluminum brackets. But you did get a gorilla of an engine — a 426 Hemi with 12.5-to-one pistons, dual Holley 4-barrels, Hooker headers, and your choice of automatic 727 or a 4-speed manual. The package was capable of running deep into the 10s from the showroom floor — fast enough to walk away from just about anything else being built by the Big Three at the time. Surviving Hemi Darts are highly desirable to racers seeking a genuine unit for competition, and to collectors of vintage race cars. But real ones are highly valued by their owners, and that means that for the most part, they aren’t cruise-night candidates. So what does the Mopar enthusiast who just has to have a Hemi Dart — one of the baddest American cars ever Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing e cars like this custom build OR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing e cars like this custom build uilding uilding your own s 1969 Hemi Dart pays hom- o Mopar’s race heritage and gs it forward using a modern ation of the Hemi in combinan with advances in brake, cam d valve-train technology. In the plest terms, this is a modernd, usable version of the Hemi t using the basic Hemi-in-aar formula. And while it may s mean as an original, it will se, if only for the simple fact llECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing e cars like this custom build uilding your own s 1969 Hemi Dart pays hom- o Mopar’s race heritage and gs it forward using a modern ation of the Hemi in combina- n with advances in brake, cam d valve-train technology. In the plest terms, this is a modern- d, usable version of the Hemi t using the basic Hemi-in-a- ar formula. And while it may s mean as an original, it will se, if only for the simple fact op op of that, instead of being -bones racing crate, this o has a nicely upholstered l interior with upscale ’Cuda m a Gran coupe — the ones with rest. Lush tan carpeting and e door panels. Even the headl cage is color coordinated R’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing e cars like this custom build uilding your own s 1969 Hemi Dart pays hom- o Mopar’s race heritage and gs it forward using a modern ation of the Hemi in combina- n with advances in brake, cam d valve-train technology. In the plest terms, this is a modern- d, usable version of the Hemi t using the basic Hemi-in-a- ar formula. And while it may s mean as an original, it will se, if only for the simple fact op of that, instead of being -bones racing crate, this o has a nicely upholstered l interior with upscale ’Cuda m a Gran coupe — the ones with rest. Lush tan carpeting and e door panels. Even the head- l cage is color coordinated Overall, Overall, the craftsmanship on this car appears to be pretty high. A look at the engine bay reveals a better level of paint finish quality than Mopar performed on their show vehicles. Name-brand parts were used throughout. The custom fabricated bits such as the solid engine mounts are nicely detailed pieces you’d be proud to show off at the burger stand. All this stuff took time to make and to install professionally. Priced right Buying an original Hemi Dart is an expensive prop- osition — the most recent ACC Pocket Price Guide puts prices for the original 80 Super Stock Hemi cars at $125,000 to $165,000. If the car in question has a good race history or a driver’s name attached to it, the price rises. The model is so competitive that NHRA still keeps a class open for them under SS/AH, where racers still set records with engine combos pushing 1,000 horsepower. Even the VIN tags alone are worth a lot of money. You can hardly lump an original and a replica like this into the same basic category — their uses and their target buyers are very different. But buying a car like this, built with some of the same looks, makes a lot of sense for an end user who wants something with some of that same bad-boy LO23 attitude while being a lot more usable. And it makes even more sense to buy one already done, as it’ll almost always be cheaper than building one yourself. You can break it down like this: A Mopar 478-ci Hemi crate-engine long block runs about $16,000 and change. Completing one so it can run pushes your build total to the halfway mark on the winning bid seen here — and we haven’t touched the body, interior, paint and extras it would take to duplicate this package. In terms of bang for the buck, this thing rates pretty high on the scale. Considering all that, if this car runs as good as it looks, the owner made a smoking burnout of a deal at $43k. Any way you look at it, this is excellent value for the money. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1969 Dodge Dart GTS Lot 469, VIN: LS27P9B154521 Condition: N/A Sold at $39,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2013 ACC# 259937 Clubs: www.moparforums. com Engine # location: Decal on driver’s side front of engine behind water pump Years produced: 1968–69 (Hemi Dart and ’Cuda) Number produced: 155 (Hemi Dart and ’Cuda) Original list price: $4,500 Current ACC Valuation: $125,000–$165,000 Tune up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $23.40 VIN location: Driver’s side dashboard plate, driver’s door tag Alternatives: 1968–69 Corvette L71, 1969 Dart GTS 383, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427 replica ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1969 Dodge Dart GTS Lot 457, VIN: LS23M9B300686 Condition: 1Sold at: $69,300 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/24/2013 ACC# 231545 1968 Dodge Dart Hemi S/S Lot S116.1, VIN: L023M8B391719 Condition: N/A Sold at $133,750 Mecum Auctions, Schaumburg, IL, 10/12/2013 ACC# 236740 July-August 2015 July-August 2015 47


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932 FORD “JIM KHOUGAZ” ROADSTER Significant Dry-Lakes Deuce Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Interestingly, the ex-Tom McMullen ’32 Ford sold for over three times as much, as did the ex-Dick Flint ’29 Ford roadster, and neither of those cars had their original frames VIN: 18155453 by Ken Gross • Clocked at 141.95 mph at El Mirage Dry Lake in 1949 • Winner of numerous concours awards and featured in many hot rod publications • Driven on the Colorado Grand, the California Mille, and Monterey Historics • An iconic and historically important hot rod ACC Analysis This car, Lot 210, sold for $187,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Paul and Chris Andrews Collection sale on May 2, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. RM’s pre-sale estimate on this car was $300,000 to $375,000. It was offered at no reserve. A Deuce for the ages In my library, there’s a copy of the May 1955 issue of Hot Rod Magazine. On the cover, Don Clark (the “C” in CT Automotive; Clem TeBow was the “T”) and a guy named Jim Khougaz are pictured working on a radical OHV conversion for a ’46 Mercury flathead. Khougaz was very familiar with flatheads, and he was something of a purist. An early dry-lakes racing enthusiast and a talented wrench, Jim was determined to run his personal ’32 Ford “Deuce” roadster — originally his street car, and later his racer — as quickly as more aerodynamic, track-nosed, bellypanned and lighter T-bodied Fords. In the spirit of the Greatest Generation, Khougaz, a tough, battle-tested former Army Air Corps B-17 waist gunner, had his own way of dealing with the Deuce’s barn-door aerodynamics. Although channeling would catapult his car into the seriously competitive Modified Roadster class, Khougaz wanted to show his ’32 could run with the big boys. So to keep up with the 48 AmericanCarCollector.com small-silhouette T-bodied lakesters, he channeled the car seven inches and faired the bulky Deuce body into the frame. He then fabricated a full-length aluminum belly pan. In lieu of a track nose, he fashioned a flat spoiler panel in front of the cut-down ’32 grille to keep the front end down at speed. The windshield was deep-sixed, and he fabricated a slick tonneau cover to reduce cockpit turbulence. Jim figured his engine skills would do the rest. Khougaz tried a lot of setups before he built a high-output 286-ci flathead using the era’s finest speed equipment: a red-hot Winfield SU-1A cam with its distinctive lopey idle, finned, high-compression Edelbrock heads and a four-carburetor Edelbrock intake, with a Harman & Collins magneto. He ported and relieved the block, and carefully balanced all the Jim Khougaz at the dry lakes Courtesy of Dr. Mark Van Buskirk


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Highboy roadsters could top speeds of over 130 mph. Jim did even better. Running on alcohol fuel in 1946, his lowboy hit 141.95 mph at El Mirage Dry Lake. After winning a sizeable collection of coveted Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) timing tags, Khougaz retired this car in the mid-1950s. A lucky find Occupied with his engine balancing business and the building of a 200-mph T lakester (which he crashed spectacularly, and was calmly extinguishing the resultant fire when the crash trucks arrived), Khougaz stored the ’32 roadster intact in his loft for 40 years, then sold it to an Indiana dentist, Dr. Mark Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk then shipped this remarkable find to Dave Simard’s East Coast Custom in Leominster, MA, for a comprehensive, five-year, body-off restoration. Simard was able to save much of the original sheet metal. He and his crew fabricated a new alloy belly pan, and wherever possible, they used original or NOS Ford replacement parts. Steve Pierce of Gilford, NH, matched the original interior in pleated cordovan leather, and re-created the tonneau cover. Viking Auto in Vernon, VT, matched the paint to a sample found on the car. Mark Kirby of Motor City Flathead built a 286-ci flathead engine with all the correct parts, including a quartet of carefully rebuilt and tuned Stromberg 81 carburetors. A set of chromed lakes pipes can be uncapped, or the exhaust can be routed underneath the car through a pair of Smithy’s mufflers. Debuting at the 2001 Grand National Roadster Show, the roadster won the coveted Bruce Meyer Preservation Award, then appeared at Pebble Beach in the 2003 hot rod class. At the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in 2004, it won the hot rod class. Van Buskirk did it all with this car. He ran the Colorado Grand and the California Mille and competed at the Monterey Historic Road Races. This ’32 has won trophies at the Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, at Eyes on Classic Design and at many other venues. It’s been featured in The Rodder’s Journal, Street Rodder Magazine, Rod & Custom, Old Cars Weekly, and Hop Up. Eyes on the prize In 2006, the Khougaz-Van Buskirk roadster was chosen as one of the Best ’32 Fords of All Time, joining an exclusive group of just 75 highly respected Deuces. The resurrected two-seater has been a relentless trophy-winner wherever it has been shown. It’s eligible for every historic hot rod show, all the 1,000mile specialty events, and it’s ready to boogie over to July-August 2015 49 Detailing Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) the nearest local cruise-in. When Van Buskirk first sold this car in 2007, it brought $385,000 (ACC# 46256). The buyer was Ralph Whitworth, who planned to build a hot rod museum in Winnemucca, NV. When Whitworth’s plans changed, he sold the roadster two years later for a bargain $214,500 at an RM sale at the Petersen Automotive Museum (ACC# 142753). The buyers were Texas collectors Chris and Paul Andrews, who in turn sold the car when they reduced their collection’s size this past May. I was present at the Texas sale and thought the roadster would sell in the $250,000 to $300,000 range. But bidding started slowly and didn’t progress very high. Some Ferraris and classic Packards changed hands for seven figures in this sale. But hot rods — with the exception of an ex-Joe MacPherson ’56 Ford pickup with a “Cammer” V8 at $374,000 — sold for relatively moderate prices. So what’s the problem? While extensively promoted and in perfect condi- tion, this car’s sale price was a surprise. This roadster had it all: impeccable history, great looks, impressive concours credentials, the works. One theory opined that there was nowhere else to take this car — that it had done it all. And to be fair, channeled cars aren’t for everyone, especially if you’re tall. They’re uncomfortable to drive, although in this car, the seat had been sunken into the floor a bit to make driving easier. Interestingly, the ex-Tom McMullen ’32 Ford sold for over three times as much, as did the ex-Dick Flint ’29 Ford roadster, and neither of those cars had their original frames. You could argue that McMullen and Flint were better known than Jim Khougaz, but that’s splitting hairs. I think the few bucks-up hot rodders who could afford this car missed the opportunity, and with that in mind, I’d have to call it very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1932 Ford Roadster “Jim Khougaz” Lot 241, VIN: 18155453 (subject car) Condition: 1Sold at $385,000 1932 Ford Roadster “Jim Khougaz” Lot 225, VIN: 18155453 (subject car) Condition: 1Sold at $214,500 Year produced: 1932 Number produced: 6,893 DeLuxe V8 roadsters (plus 520 standard V8s) Current ACC Valuation: $180,000–$250,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 (estimated) VIN location: Stamped on the left front frame rail More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other historic 1932 Ford roadsters or other hot rods with drylakes history ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1929 Ford Model A “Dick Flint” Lot 125, VIN: 196 Condition: 1 Sold at $577,500 RM Auctions, New York, NY, 11/21/2013 ACC# 231682 RM Auctions, Los Angeles, CA, 9/26/2009 ACC# 142753 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 ACC# 46256


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1974 STUTZ BLACKHAWK COUPE The Classiest Grand Prix Courtesy of Auctions America Should the Blackhawk be valuable today and into the future simply because it was obscenely expensive when new? VIN: 2K57Y4P103089 by Jay Harden joined forces with retired Chrysler stylist Virgil Exner, who designed the new Blackhawk. The new Blackhawk was prototyped by Ghia in T 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com Italy at a cost of over $300,000. To offer exclusivity and still allow easy servicing in the United States, a custom-built Italian body was added to a GM platform and engine. The Blackhawk debuted in January 1970 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Prices ranged from $22,500 to $75,000. They featured the signature trunk-mounted spare along with distinctive side exhausts. Inside were Connolly leather seats with power front buckets and gold-plated interior trim, including the instrument bezels. The hand-built Blackhawk had 18 to 22 hand- rubbed lacquer paint coats that took six weeks to apply. Total production time for each vehicle was stated to be over 1,500 hours. The production model utilized Pontiac’s 7.5-liter V8 engine and a GM TurboHydramatic 400 automatic transmission. The engine was reportedly tuned to 425 hp. Elvis Presley was the first to purchase the original production vehicle, and he liked the car and its statement so much, he eventually bought four more. Other elite owners included Evel Knievel, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Wilson Pickett, Robert Goulet, Larry Holmes, Jerry Lewis, Billy Joel, Lucille Ball, Elton John, Al Pacino, Frank Sinatra, Paul McCartney and many more prominent and wealthy enthusiasts. he Stutz Blackhawk was an American high-end specialty luxury car manufactured from 1971 through 1987. The Stutz Motor Company was revived in August 1968 by New York banker James O’Donnell. He ACC Analysis This car, Lot 692, sold for $49,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 27–29, 2015 I enjoy writing about the many ways that vehicles, classic American cars and trucks in particular, manage to affect me. The Stutz Blackhawk, however, hits a bit below the belt. What does one say about a Stutz Blackhawk that hasn’t already been said about Wayne Newton? Think about it — a portly American thinly disguised as a lavishly ornamented European who has somehow managed to preserve an air of wealth and prestige in the face of perpetual bankruptcy. Am I right, or am I right? Sure, the short list of original Stutz owners is domi- nated by the 1970s’ most prominent male crooners, balladeers, and eccentric Type-As, but what does a muster of wealthy peacocks have to do with a vehicle’s intrinsic value or, for that matter, collectibility? That’s a tough question — particularly when I have a difficult time looking at the Stutz Blackhawk without being reminded of the classic children’s tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Showing off The world of loud, brash hot rods and muscle cars — the world that I love — is dominated, unsurprisingly, by men. We don’t need to start quoting Freud to assure ourselves that we men are often driven by a primitive, maniacal fascination with dangerous things. Why? Because somewhere along the way we convinced ourselves they are necessary for winning the affection of the opposite sex.


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Engine # location: Current ACC Valuation: $15,000–$35,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $11 VIN location: Driver’s side cowl, visible through windshield Years produced: 1971–87 Number produced: Approximately 600 total Original list price: $35,000 (1974) uth, however, is that, generally speak- st ladies don’t like loud, dangerous . They tend to prefer, at least in my ience, soft, luxurious things that ntuate their personal appointments her than overshadow them completely. d nothing says soft and luxurious quite he Stutz’s available mink fur carpet. dly worth mentioning that the ’70s scle car and rock ’n’ roll, or that the e roller skates and crushed velvet, ting that even Leroy Brown, the he whole damn town, drove a custom d an Eldorado, too. A muscle car wasn’t even his second choice. With that being said, buying a new Stutz in the heart of the free-swinging disco era probably made a lot of sense if you lived in a world of money-money-moneymonnney-(dramatic pause)-Moan-Ay. Nowadays, maybe not so much. Expensive then, expensive now? Although celebrity ownership often has an undue effect on a vehicle’s potential value, there’s nothing here to suggest that this particular car belonged to anyone more prominent than the owner of a longdefunct disco. Does that mean it should be valuable simply by the pedigree of the original ownership association? And why should the influence of a group of people who, as a whole, probably couldn’t change their own oil be considered when determining the collectibility of a classic automobile? Should the Stutz Blackhawk be valuable today and into the future simply because it was obscenely expensive when new? In some ways, the architecture of the revived Stutz does make a lot of sense for a boutique auto. Why waste time and effort engineering and manufacturing a chassis and drivetrain that the target consumer couldn’t really care less about anyway? In fact, I think this model would probably be quite successful in today’s luxury consumer market. However, when it comes to resale and collectibility, the Stutz lives in such an odd niche — somewhere between kit car and custom — that takers will likely remain few and far between. In fact, I’m willing to bet that there can’t be more than a Stutz or two that live in single-car garages. My guess is that most of these cars are parked in the back corners of sizeable collections — collections that can afford space for the oddball, “ just-cuz” kind of ride. Good deal or not? From the waist up, the Stutz Blackhawk has a solid reputation for quality workmanship and top-tier materials, but $50,000 is a lot of money to spend on a curiosity — especially considering its humdrum underpinnings and 3- overall condition, as reported by ACC Auction Analyst Pierre Hedary. Remember, this is a 1974 Pontiac Grand Prix underneath. But don’t forget that there are two ways of looking at a car’s value: what it should be worth — which really just comes down to taste (or lack of it) — and what it actually is worth, based on actual market sales. To that end, you can argue all day about the merits or demerits of gold-plated ’70s GM components, but these cars do have a history of bringing decent money at auction. This one was expensive, but it wasn’t the record sale. That honor belongs to a 1969 Stutz prototype that sold for almost $58k at an RM auction in 2004 (ACC# 69741). From 2011 through 2014, ACC’s database shows an average Blackhawk price at auction hovering around $30k — many of which likely had some celebrity connections. Again, not $50k as seen here, but not cheap, either. The least expensive one? $7,600 for a ’76 at McCormick’s Palm Springs in 2014 (ACC# 246289). I’m sure some will argue that, from a maintenance and usability perspective at least, the Stutz is actually a savvy buy, but I’m not convinced, especially not at $50k. It may have another brief moment in the sun as buyers inevitably work their way through the next decade primed for outrageousness on the auction block — the ’70s — but the numbers, the condition, and the principle of the thing just don’t add up here. Remember, not all that glitters is of Auctions America.) July-August 2015 51CC 51 Clubs: Stutz Registry More: www.madle.org Alternatives: Any NeoClassic, including Zimmer, Excalibur and Clenet ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Passenger’s side of engine block, just below the head 1973 Stutz Blackhawk Lot 309, VIN: 2K57Y3A191345 Condition: 3 Sold at $29,700 Bonhams, Boca Raton, FL, 2/23/2013 ACC# 215270 1977 Stutz Blackhawk VI Lot 517, VIN: 231706 Condition: 3 Sold at $34,271 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/7/2013 ACC# 215238 1973 Stutz Blackhawk Lot 320, VIN: 2K57T3A245482 Condition: 3+ Sold at $31,270 MotoeXotica, Phoenix, AZ, 1/14/2011 ACC# 168648 gold. Call this one well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy


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PROFILE RACE 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Sublime Time Machine Courtesy of Hollywood Wheels LE RACE 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Sublime Time Machine Courtesy of Hollywood Wheels value value is an abstraction, but the emotions it generates — frustration, joy, pride of ownership — are real OFILE RACE 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Sublime Time Machine Courtesy of Hollywood Wheels value is an abstraction, but the emotions it generates — frustration, joy, pride of ownership — are real by by Sam Posey transferred to Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Racing fabrication shop. There, Autodynamics finished the chassis developmental work and took over final race preparation and race-day team responsibilities. This specific race car was one of only two (#76 and #77) factory-backed Dodge racing Challengers ever produced, and was the template car for the popular street version sold through the Dodge dealer organization, the Dodge Challenger T/A. With Sam Posey as the primary driver for the team, T 52 AmericanCarCollector.com Autodynamics campaigned these cars in the glory days of the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am series. Number 76 was raced four times in the 1970 Trans-Am series, three times driven by Sam Posey, who drove it at Donnybrooke, St. Jovite and in the Kent race. In the final race held at Riverside, Tony Adamowicz was the driver while Sam drove #77. Features of this car include one of its original Keith Black Trans-Am racing engines that has been fully rebuilt and is spec-correct for the 1970 SCCA Trans-Am racing season. Other key original racing components his factory racer is a time capsule back to the height of the American muscle car revolution. Developed in the AAR (All American Racers) chassis shop of legendary racer/owner Dan Gurney, the car was then include the transmission, rear end, suspension and wheels, plus much more. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 248, sold for $170,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Hollywood Wheels’ Amelia Island, FL, sale on March 15, 2015. It all seems so long ago: It was 1970, and our team was in L.A. building the Challenger that would be Dodge’s entry in the Trans-Am, which was to become famous as the most competitive road-racing series ever. Delays in our contract with Dodge meant that the car — we were only building one — wouldn’t be ready for the first race unless the crew worked night and day. We were holed up in an industrial park next to the Long Beach airport where the first DC-10 was being built. Typically, our guys worked until 10 p.m, then drove to a topless bar (bottomless, too, on lucky nights) where copious amounts of beer provided a break from the nagging fear of not finishing the car in time. One memorable night, our fabricator, Ray Stonkus, dove into a pool that didn’t have any water in it. Another night, we had an earthquake, the phone lines soaring and plunging against the smog-filled sky. In another sense, that summer seems like yesterday.


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! season as a backup car to #77. That’s the car that sold here. It was driven by Ronnie Bucknum in Seattle and Tony Adamowicz at Riverside. But it is my #77 that was the real workhorse. Racer turned collectible In its second life — on the vintage circuit — #77 be- came a regular winner in the hands of its owner/driver Ken Epsman, a driver so fast he would have been competitive in 1970. Today it is owned by Richard Goldsmith, an adventurer who has skied to both the north and south poles and who gave our family a thrill when he invited my son, John, to drive it — a car built 12 years before John was born — in a practice session at Lime Rock. Our feature car, #76 — mechanically in every way The car, after all, is still around, nchanged except for the way ’s perceived. The Sublime aint job is now distinctive and memorable rather than ugly, and e cheater fuel tank under the sh seems quaint. The flawed r suspension that cost us a win khart Lake, the only race we could have won, has never been put right. Parts become whole I remember the first day the , there at Willow Springs in the rt: the intense light, the still ck to the men who had worked ss of the shop. I had been the r before, and it is something you llECTOR’S RESOuRCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! season as a backup car to #77. That’s the car that sold here. It was driven by Ronnie Bucknum in Seattle and Tony Adamowicz at Riverside. But it is my #77 that was the real workhorse. Racer turned collectible In its second life — on the vintage circuit — #77 be- came a regular winner in the hands of its owner/driver Ken Epsman, a driver so fast he would have been competitive in 1970. Today it is owned by Richard Goldsmith, an adventurer who has skied to both the north and south poles and who gave our family a thrill when he invited my son, John, to drive it — a car built 12 years before John was born — in a practice session at Lime Rock. Our feature car, #76 — mechanically in every way The car, after all, is still around, nchanged except for the way ’s perceived. The Sublime aint job is now distinctive and memorable rather than ugly, and e cheater fuel tank under the sh seems quaint. The flawed r suspension that cost us a win khart Lake, the only race we could have won, has never been put right. Parts become whole I remember the first day the , there at Willow Springs in the rt: the intense light, the still ck to the men who had worked ss of the shop. I had been the r before, and it is something you en en the frenzy of last-minute r and your chief mechanic is giving you the signal to start the engine. There’s a solemnity to that pause between when he twirls his finger and you push the starter button, and maybe I prolonged it a couple of heartbeats. Then I was rolling down pit lane and the car felt strange — sluggish, the steering slow to react, the throttle travel too long, a mixture of jounce and wallow as the shocks and springs worked together for the first time. The car was coming alive, expressing itself, and even as the season went by and we improved it, its essential character didn’t change. This car would always seem too heavy, too big, too loud, too lime green. In its first race, at Laguna Seca, cracks opened up in the transmission tunnel, and glancing down, I could see the track below. But we finished, and the car showed us something else: It was fast. Probably not fast enough to win, but we could run with guys like Peter Revson, Jim Hall and Jerry Titus — good company. We finished 3rd three times. Pretty good, except that what Dodge cared about was that we never won. And the pony-car market was drying up even as we were racing our hearts out that summer. So there never was a second year. No chance to build a Challenger with a chassis that didn’t crack apart or brakes that didn’t lock up. But fans — Mopar and others, too — admire the car, which stands out in vintage races thanks to its color and impeccable provenance. A second Challenger, #76, was built later in the Building it back in the day July-August 2015 53 identical to #77 — brought $170,500 when it sold this past March — a price below what some other realdeal Trans-Am cars have achieved at auction. It seems that those missed first-place finishes have also affected the two Trans-Am Challengers’ values in the current market. But, should the #77 car ever cross the auction block, I’d think the price achieved here for its counterpart would serve as a benchmark for its value. This car has been well restored and is no doubt the real thing. But if you had to choose between the two, I would think most buyers would pick #77 because of its history — it went wheel to wheel with the likes of Parnelli Jones, Mark Donohue, and George Follmer on the great tracks of this country: Road America, Laguna Seca, Lime Rock. How much is that history worth? A car’s dollar value is an abstraction, but the emotions a car generates — frustration, joy, pride of ownership — are real. So is the sense of history it invokes as an authentic connection with another time. For me, it’s the Trans-Am of 1970: a loud, lime-green summer 45 years ago that seems like yesterday. A (Introductory description courtesy of Hollywood Wheels.) Detailing Year produced: 1970 Number produced: Two Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $150,000–$250,000 Tune-up cost: $500 VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Club: www.historictransam.com Alternatives: Any in-period Trans Am racer, including Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Ford Mustang Boss 302, and AMC Javelin ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1967 Shelby Mustang Trans-Am racer Lot 3116, VIN: 7R01K218307 Condition: 1- Not sold at $190,000 Auctions America, Burbank, CA, 8/1/2014 ACC# 244563 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am racer Lot S134, VIN: 18159 Condition: 2+ ACC# 209471 Not sold at $300,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 1971 AMC Javelin Trans-Am racer Lot S660, VIN: N/A Condition: 1Sold at $847,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2010 ACC# 165836


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PROFILE TRUCK 1991 GMC SYCLONE PICKUP G What GMC had done, in true musclecar fashion, was raid the GM parts bins to build a powerful truck. What they ended up with was a turbocharged, all-wheeldrive sports car 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1GDCT14Z8M8801541 by Tom Glatch into a true sport truck…The Syclone may be the most significant performance vehicle built in the last 20 years.” Others chimed in: “It’s the performance enthusiast’s dream” and “There are no disappointments. It’s safe to say the Syclone is the most revolutionary truck produced since the 1957 Chevy Cameo.” GMC stated it themselves as “introducing today’s technological brainstorm, the new Syclone. This truck moves in the spirit of the musclecars of the 1960s, but with the technology of the ’90s!” Due to the performance aspects of the Syclone, the I majority of these trucks saw spirited driving, as well as track time and perhaps even some street racing. It is extremely rare to find such an incredible example, and like many of the other low-production ’80s and ’90s performance vehicles, they are becoming increasingly popular and their value is starting to rise, making this a great opportunity and example to add to any collection. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 228, sold for $35,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auction America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction on March 27, 2015. t was born for performance and became the fastest production pickup in America. Hot Rod magazine wrote in October 1990: “With the Syclone, GMC has taken the most significant step of any manufacturer on transforming the pickup Think of it as a two-seat sports car with room — lots of room. No need to pack light for a weekend jaunt, no need to buy just one bag of groceries. The GMC Syclone was the solution to the age-old problem of postage-stamp trunk space in two-seater sports cars. “But it’s a pickup truck,” you say. No more than a Ferrari FF is a 2-door station wagon. Putting sport in a truck These trucks were conceived by Buick engineers, who were looking for a project to utilize their knowledge of turbocharging after the end of the Grand National/GNX program. In 1989, those engineers helped Pontiac create the limited-edition Firebird Turbo Trans Am to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Firebird’s flagship model. Using the 3.8L turbo V6 from the Grand National, Pontiac contracted with Prototype Automotive Services to build the Turbo Trans Am in PAS’s City of Industry, CA, facility. After that program, those same gearhead engineers started playing with a turbocharged Chevy S10 pickup. They took a black truck, added “Grand National Intercooled” badges and Grand National wheels, and put “Buick” on the tailgate. Buick wasn’t interested in building the truck. Chevrolet wasn’t either, as they already had their full-sized 454 SS pickup in production. But GMC truck wanted to spice up their practical, utilitarian image, and the Syclone was born. Courtesy of Auctions America


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COllECTOR’S RESOuRCE: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing More: www.sportmachines. com A Porsche with a bed “Think of it as a Porsche 911 that really ‘hauls.’” said the full-page ad in USA Today. To prove its point, GMC listed the specs of the new Syclone next to that of the Porsche 911 Carrera 4. What GMC had done, in true muscle-car fashion, was raid the GM parts bins to build more that just a powerful compact truck. Full-time all-wheel drive came from the Chevy Astro van, which shared the same chassis as the S-10/Sonoma, delivering the power 35% front/65% rear. And what power! The Buick 3.8L turbo wouldn’t fit the truck’s engine compartment without significant work, but the GM 4.3L Vortec V6 fit just fine. Those power-mad engineers added a Mitsubishi TD06-17G turbo, a water-to-air intercooler, and a modified 48-mm Corvette throttle body. The result was 280 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque in the 3,500-pound pickup. “The Syclone will beat a brand-new $122,000 Ferrari 348ts,” wrote Car and Driver magazine in one of its infamous apples-to-oranges road tests. “No doubt about it. If the script is right. Be careful of heat though, because temperatures above, say, 75 degrees, cause significant power losses. On cool days, the Syclone’s turbo, torque converter, and adhesive-tape traction are devastating from 0 to 60. Above 80 mph, it pays for its truck shape. It clears the quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds, compared with 14.5 seconds for the Ferrari, but the Ferrari is moving 6 mph faster (99 mph versus 93). The Ferrari grabs the lead very soon after the quarter and never looks back. Its top speed is 166 mph. The Syclone’s is 126.” Usable power The ridiculous speeds that the magazine’s testers saw could be obtained not only in perfect weather, but in the wet too, thanks to the AWD. Keeping everything planted were 245/50/16 Firestone Firehawk tires on 16x8 alloy wheels unique to the Syclone. Brakes were discs front, drums rear, but the Syclone was the first truck equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes. The hunkered-down suspension was stiffened with heavier springs and sway bars. The only transmission available was the 700R4 automatic, also from the Corvette. Car and Driver continued: “It also happens to be pretty darn good at the other moves we Americans expect of sports cars. It beats the Ferrari at braking, too, drawing to a stop from 70 mph in 183 feet, four feet shorter. Cornering grip is less but, at 0.80 g, it is still respectable. If results count more than labels, the GMC Syclone is truly a sports car too that will have to be reckoned with.” GMC sold 2,995 of the $26,000 Syclones in 1991, including 113 export “Saudi” trucks, but canceled it after the first year. PAS built the similar Jimmy-based GMC Typhoon SUV in 1992–93, and sold almost 2,000 more. That’s the enigma of the Syclone — it was a great sports car but couldn’t haul a trailer or much of a payload (500 pounds max). That made it a very expensive big boy toy (at least the $30,000 Typhoon had room for five and inside storage). That hurt sales when it was new, and doesn’t help value today. The good news is the Syclone seems to be past the bottom of its value curve and starting to climb. And with just 1,795.9 miles on the odometer, this Syclone is about as well preserved as you can find. Both factors probably pushed this sale higher than any Syclone we’ve seen. I would rather have purchased Apple stock back in the ’90s, but at least the Syclone is starting to be seen for what it is, and pay back a dividend. This one was very well sold, at least for now. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1991 GMC Syclone pickup Lot 736, VIN: 1GDCT14Z1M8802546 Condition: 1Sold at $17,667 Bonhams, Westport, CT, 9/18/2011 ACC# 185927 Year produced: 1991 Number produced: 2,995 Original list price: $25,790 Current ACC Valuation: $20,000–$35,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $15 VIN location: Plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad on the left rear side of engine Alternatives: 1990 Chevrolet 454 SS pickup, 1989 Shelby Dodge Dakota, 1993 Ford Lightning pickup ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1991 GMC Syclone pickup Lot J160, VIN: 1GDCT14ZXM8800620 Condition: N/A Sold at $26,460 ACC# 263555 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/25/2015 1991 GMC Syclone pickup Lot 324, VIN: 1GDCT14Z8M8801281 Condition: N/A Sold at $31,900 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2015 ACC# 258705 July-August 2015 55 May-June 2015 55CC


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MARKET OVERVIEW Cutaway C3 Tops $700k — Again WHILE FORD GTs DOMINATE THE HEADLINES, A ONE-OFF ’65 CORVETTE FINDS THE MONEY by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1931 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe, $3,520,000— RM Sotheby’s, p. 60 2. 1934 Packard Twelve 1106 sport coupe, $2,200,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 66 3. 1930 Cadillac V16 convertible sedan, $1,925,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 60 4. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Gulf Oil racer, $1,650,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 62 5. 1934 Packard Twelve 1108 convertible sedan, $1,045,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 66 6. 1910 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-SS tonneau, $852,500—RM Sotheby’s, p. 66 7. 1965 Shelby GT350 R racer, $770,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 64 8. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette demonstration stand, $715,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 64 9. 1935 Cadillac 452D Imperial convertible sedan, $605,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 60 10. 1934 Packard Twelve 1107 convertible, $528,000— RM Sotheby’s, p. 66 BEST BUYS 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top, $62,640— Mecum, p. 94 56 AmericanCarCollector.com GTX1 TT Spyder (a factory-authorized conversion) sold for $330k at Auctions America’s Auburn auction, pushing totals to $5 million, with 199 of 299 consignments changing hands. At Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm F Beach, FL, a 2006 Ford GT was the most expensive lot at $319k. Barrett sold 516 of 523 consignments, and sales totaled $21.6m. In Kansas City, MO, Mecum sent ord GTs topped the high-sale charts at three of the five springtime auctions featured in this issue. An unusual 2006 Ford 1965 Chevrolet Corvette demonstration stand, sold at $715,000 a 2005 Ford GT to the high-sale spot at $275k. Sales totaled $8.4m, with 362 of 636 cars sold. Father-and-son collectors Paul and Chris Andrews sold 78 cars for a staggering $52m in Fort Worth, TX, and RM Sotheby’s ran the show. The Andrews’ 2005 Ford GT sold for $330k, but a 1934 Packard Individual Custom coupe did about 13 times better and secured high American sale honors at $4.2m. The next weekend, 90 minutes north in Nocona, TX, Vicari sold 106 of 216 cars for $2m total. A 1970 Plymouth Superbird came out on top at $162k. Tony’s Market Moment: GM marketers needed a way to highlight important under-the-skin changes to the 1965 Corvette, which from the outside looked pretty much like the 1964 model. So, pulling a production Corvette from the assembly line, they created a functional auto-show display car with cut-away chassis and engine parts, revealing all the advanced technology. At RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection sale, this remarkable one-off sold for a remarkable $715k. The price seems strong indeed for a Corvette you can’t drive, except for one thing: The car sold in 2007 at RM’s sale of the Al Wiseman Collection for $704k — pretty much the same money. It looks like we’ve established a market price for the ultimate Corvette garage ornament.A lucky, Snoqualmie, WA April 4 Auctions in this issue $860k Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, Fl April 17–19 Mecum, Kansas Ciy, MO April 23–25 Silver, Portland, OR April 24–25 Morphy, las Vegas, nV April 25 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX May 2 Auctions America, Auburn, In May 7–9 Vicari, nocana, TX May 7–9 $0 $5m $2m $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m $8.4m $501k $614k $52m $21.5m 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe woodie wagon, $26,400—AA, p. 72 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Super pickup, $18,360—Mecum, p. 90 2002 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $14,690—lucky, p. 108 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible, $12,100—AA, p. 70


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Fort Worth, TX RM Sotheby’s — The Paul and Chris Andrews Collection A 1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 98 REALIZED $187K AND WAS A BARGAIN, AS IT HAD THE NASCAR-BANNED J-2 V8 AND A/C RM Sotheby’s Fort Worth, TX May 2, 2015 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/ offered: 78/78 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $52,070,700 High American sale: 1933 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Stationary coupe by Dietrich, sold at $4,180,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 J-2 convertible, sold at $187,000 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 58 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics inches square and more than 1¼ inches thick. Noted illustrator Stefan Marjoram supplied special art for each car. T On May 2 at the Andrews’ private museum, RM Sotheby’s raised the gavel on 78 prime lots without reserve. Lifelong gearhead Paul Andrews founded his electronics company in the early 1970s. When he sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway in 2007, Paul and son Chris were able to devote their full attention to developing their museum into one of the country’s finest automotive collections. While Paul and Chris showed the cars frequently at the world’s top concours, their major focus was driving events. They are regular participants on the Copperstate 1000, Colorado Grand, and Duesenberg tours with wives he catalog was the first clue that this would not be your typical car auction. The hard-cover coffee-table book detailing the Paul and Chris Andrews Collection was a collector’s item in its own right, measuring 12 inches by 12 and siblings in the passenger’s seat. Their continued focus will be driving events, with about 20 cars retained in the reduced collection. Leading the 1950s offerings was the 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz “Raindrop” prototype, sold at $325k, well below $400k low estimate (see the profile, p. 42). A 1957 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 realized $187k and was a bit of a bargain, as it had the NASCAR-banned J-2 V8 along with a/c. Of the four Corvettes offered, the crowd-pleaser was a 1965 display car that raised and lowered two feet off its chassis to reveal its drivetrain components. The unit was discovered in the mid-1990s in South Africa. Certainly a captivating piece, but not without a price, as it sold here for $715k. A 1932 Ford Lakes roadster built by Jim Khougaz was my favorite custom, and it sold for a strong $187k (see the profile, P. 48). The Andrews used it on the Colorado Grand, but they weren’t the first to enjoy the historic hot rod at speed — in 1948, the car was clocked at El Mirage Lake driving 141.95 mph. A


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Fort Worth, TX CANADIAN #184-1953 MERCURY M-100 pickup. VIN: MAC83BHQ13913. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 15,999 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A Canadian-market Mercury finished in Flying A graphics. Vinyl interior in good order, although it has a “been driven” look. Tasteful pinstriping here and there. Engine clean, but no detailing effort. A well-maintained driver. Cond: 2-. 91,881 miles. Delivered as roadster; custom Murphy coachwork quickly installed for Charles Howard, Buick dealer, GM VIP and horse breeder of Seabiscuit fame. Styling by Franklin Hershey, with sporting raked windshields. Restored in 1980s with recent respray. Now showing a bit of age, but very well maintained. A striking one-off Cadillac. Cond: 2. was replaced with reworked 1950 Olds wraparound. Fitted with crate 472 V8 with TH400 3-speed automatic. Paint showing age, brightwork losing its luster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,400. Price paid was in the expected range, so no harm, no foul. For not a lot of money, the new owner has a good parts-getter and bragging rights that he bought it at the Andrews auction. CLASSICS 1 vertible. VIN: 2414. Eng. # J395. Red & black/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 44,710 miles. A stunning example of a desirable Murphy disappearing-top convertible coupe. One of 25 built, with ACD Category 1 certification. A true one-off custom. Appeared in several well-known movies. Restored and awarded Best in Class at Pebble Beach. Driven on two recent Duesenberg tours. A well-known and respected Duesenberg. Cond: 1-. #244-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J disappearing-top con- SOLD AT $1,925,000. This was last seen in June of 2007 at RM’s McMullen sale, where it realized $1,056,000 (ACC# 45556). It nosaled at $352k at a 1991 Christie’s auction (ACC# 11293). Those predicting the demise of the Full Classic market best take a second look—this was one of many Classics to sell well above high estimate. A solid but not unreasonable sale. 5100043. Diana Cream/tan/brown leather. Odo: 280 miles. One of six examples built and riding on a massive 154-inch wheelbase. Documented with original build sheet. One of only 50 V16 Cadillacs built in 1935. Thought to be first delivered to a member of Eli Lilly family. Formerly owned by Richard Gold and Dr. Barbara Atwood. Older restoration that presents well. Minor issue with seating, and few blemishes in the livery. Certainly has presence with a capital P. Cond: 2+. 9 #245-1935 CADILLAC 452D Imperial convertible sedan. VIN: SOLD AT $121,000. This was last seen at Gooding’s 2007 Pebble Beach auction, where it realized $121k (ACC# 46485). Eight years later, not much has happened. Older customs can be a tough sell, but this had a clean and classic custom look. Price was just about right. #207-1950 OLDSMOBILE 88 DELUXE Holiday 2-dr hard top. VIN: 508M67772. Adler Green & black/two-tone green cloth & leather. Odo: 49,530 miles. 304-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Long-term nut-and-bolt restoration to an impressive standard. Was on cover of Cars & Parts in 1993. Restoration holding up well, with expected slight signs of age. Classic pillarless hard-top design. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. I watched this sell at the 2008 RM Astor Collection sale for $99k, which at the time seemed like a rather aggressive price. I was right, and the price here is a bit more realistic. SOLD AT $3,520,000. An unmolested and well-documented Duesenberg with known ownership from new. This was last seen at RM’s 2008 Amelia Island sale, where it sold for $2,640,000 (ACC# 44509). Prior to that it sold at Blackhawk’s 2002 Hershey sale for $737k (ACC# 29257). Price paid was well over today’s $3m high estimate but reflects what the new market is willing to pay for superior examples. GM & black/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 3 #205-1930 CADILLAC V16 convertible sedan. VIN: 700991. Red SOLD AT $605,000. This was last seen at RM’s January 2009 sale, where it realized $473,000, with only one mile on odo since. Although the Andrews realized a tidy profit, this was one of the few Full Classics that sold for under the low estimate. It was an imposing Cadillac, and I hope the new owner gets it on the road. #240-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 486211324. Maroon/ maroon & white leather. Odo: 74,808 miles. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Customized in the ’80s with two-inch chop, rear deck spliced and refitted. The original split windshield #215-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 536234856. Azure Blue/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 31 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An exceptional example restored to perfection. Leather interior flawless, paint is deep and luxurious. Brightwork sparkles. Parade boot fits properly, which is unusual. Power everything with signal-seeking radio. Only 532 produced. Cond: 1. TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Fort Worth, TX SOLD AT $291,500. Biggest price for a ’53 Eldo since the market peaked in 2008, but this is far and away the best example I have seen. If you want the best, you best dig deep, or something like that. #227-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: A1047113. Lido Green/green fabric/ two-tone green fabric. Odo: 243 miles. 322ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A very solid restoration finished in attractive Lido Green with contrasting top. Interior in correct waffled pattern. Engine clean and restored to as-new condition. Very nice brightwork. Only issue is slight sign of use on the seating. Minor indeed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $209,000. Well, this would give you bragging rights at the next Pontiac outing, but at a price. Sold well under the $300k–$400k estimate. Well bought, but far from a bargain. #225-1961 PONTIAC VENTURA Super Duty replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 561S3274. Black/tri-tone green vinyl. Odo: 1,414 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Super Duty 421 motor and T-10 4-speed added in late ’80s. The car was restored at that time and continues to show well. Has the right look. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $187,000. The ’53 and ’54 Skylarks have been soft for several years, but this one showed some life. It was a splendid example and deserved a premium. A few years back, I bet it would have pushed $300k. #203-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC55A060137. Gypsy Red & Shoreline Beige/red & beige vinyl. Odo: 95 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Restored to the nines, nothing to fault, and I wonder if there is a better example in the world. Equipped with power steering and brakes, Wonderbar radio, electric clock and tinted glass. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $112,750. This was acquired at RM’s Robinson Collection sale in November of 2010 for $110k (ACC# 168362). Not much happened in the ensuing five years, but I can only pause to think what would have been if it were real. CORVETTE SOLD AT $82,500. Seems like a bargain for the condition. You could not come close to doing one for the price paid. Well bought indeed. #238-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: P857H33383. Raven Black/ white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 707 miles. 347-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. The only 347 Bonneville with fuel injection finished in Raven Black. Expensive at $5,782 when made, and one of only 630 produced. Received a full frame-off restoration about 10 years back with correct markings and tags. Has been well preserved with minimal signs of age and use. A very solid example. Cond: 1-. 62 AmericanCarCollector.com #197-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104016. Cascade Green/Cascade Green hard top/beige vinyl. Odo: 38,962 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored in late 1990s. Correct date-coded 4-speed added (first offered in April of 1957). Bloomington Gold and NCRS awards followed. Has mellowed a bit. Power mechanism for soft top is gone, but hard top remains. Panel fit far better than when it left factory. One of 1,040 fuelinjected Corvettes produced in 1957. One of 713 with 283/283 motor. An attractive car, but a bit past its prime. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $170,500. The Andrews acquired this Corvette at Gooding’s 2010 Arizona sale for $103k (ACC# 156876). Prior to that, it sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2003 Scottsdale sale for $99k (ACC# 30053). Back in 1998 it no-saled at a Kruse auction at a high bid of $40k, wearing a repaint in original Aztec Copper and still with 3-speed (ACC# 13305). Boy, a home run here for an aging beauty queen. #232-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S101971. Jewel Blue/ blue hard top/blue leather. Odo: 3,988 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 419 examples finished in Jewel Blue with contrasting white coves. Last year for contrasting coves. Equipped with 4-speed manual and Wonderbar radio. Very presentable paint and leather interior with minor patina. A fun driver, but a ways off from the show circuit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. Price paid was marketcorrect for a 283/230 in very nice condition. A quality driver that will get all kinds of attention and a few trophies at local events. 67S103980. White/black leather. Odo: 21,960 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A true RPO 687 Fuelie delivered to Yenko Chevrolet as part of the Gulf Oil race team. Numerous wins with Dick Thompson, “The Flying Dentist,” at the wheel. Returned to stock and used as a street car. Returned to racing colors with correct parts. Received the first NCRS American Heritage award. Cond: 3+. 4 #251-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Gulf Oil racer. VIN: 208- SOLD AT $1,650,000. I watched this sell at Gooding’s 2008 Pebble Beach auction for $1,485,000 (ACC# 117566). Bigger price today, but still well below the $2m–$2.75m estimate. Don’t know where it would have brought more, as RM Sotheby’s pulled out all the stops to promote it, so this must be the new market price. #189-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S116260. Sebring Silver/ TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Fort Worth, TX black vinyl. Odo: 54,812 miles. 327-ci 300hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. An original and unmolested example of the iconic “Split-Window,” once part of the Chip Miller Collection. One of only 278 ordered with air. Black vinyl seating in good order, with expected signs of age. Original paint in exceptional condition. A true time-warp example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. Bidding went off the charts on this one. Split-Windows are desirable, and even more so with a/c. The Miller Collection ownership is also a plus. Add in the original unmolested condition, and we are talking one very rare, very desirable Corvette. Price paid is a surprise but can be justified. n/a. Blue/white vinyl. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Disassembled when new, with major components cut out to show how they operated. Body raises up two feet to expose running gear. Used on 1965 show circuit and now fully functional. Discovered in South Africa in mid-1990s and returned to show-circuit condition. Cond: 2. 8 #236-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE demonstration stand. VIN: SOLD AT $126,500. Has been there, done that, so will be difficult to do it all over again. That did not deter the bidding, however, as it flew by the $90k high estimate. A couple bidders must have had a plan for it. Very well sold indeed. Last sold in September of 2009 at RM’s Icons of Speed and Style sale for $110k, which we called “well bought and sold” (ACC# 143228). #210-1932 FORD LAKES roadster. VIN: 18155453. Blue/cordovan leather. Odo: 5,418 miles. Built by Jim Khougaz with chassis channeled seven inches and grille sectioned. Powered by 286 flathead with quad carb manifold. Three-speed manual with red steelies. Won numerous SCTA timing tags and clocked at 141.95 at El Mirage Dry Lake in 1949. Restored in 2001 and driven on Colorado Grand and California Mille. Loaded with history and a pile of trophies. Cond: 2+. Hemi with Hilborn electronic fuel injection. Exceptional red leather interior with period Stewart-Warner gauges. Period look with modern drivetrain. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. Have to think that the cost to build this exceeded the price paid. It has the right look and is good to go, so new owner is all set. Fair all around. #252-1939 FORD DELUXE custom sedan. VIN: 18515049. Suede Green Pearl/brown leather. Odo: 6,578 miles. A sleeper heading down the road. Powered by a 1965 Corvette 327 V8 mated to the original 1939 Ford 3-speed manual transmission. Seating is adapted from ’55 Thunderbird. Fifteeninch wheels have been cut down from standard 16-inch wheels. Paint has a few noticeable touch-ups. Interior in good order with appealing dash and hardware. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,250. A good Saturday night cruise car for not a lot of money. Price paid was fair enough for all involved. SOLD AT $715,000. Final price fell well below the $1m–$1.4m pre-sale estimate, but it was still fully priced. A bunch of money for a static display, but quite an attentiongetter. Hope it ended up in a quality museum. FOMOCO #214-1916 FORD MODEL T “Trojan” Tbucket. VIN: V2225975. Lime Fire Metallic/ white fabric/white naugahyde. Built in 1961 and appeared in Hot Rod Magazine. Winner of multiple awards. Powered by Buick Nailhead V8 with six Stromberg 94 carburetors. Finished with traditional flames. Recent restoration, with Best in Class win at 2009 Detroit Autorama. Retains original bodywork, engine and frame. A period hot rod that has been very well maintained. Cond: 2+. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $187,000. Price paid was well below expectations, and considering the history of this ’32 roadster, it was a bargain. Period hot rods have taken on a new level of collectibility since appearing at Pebble Beach some years back. (See the profile, p. 48.) #217-1932 FORD MODEL 18 custom roadster. VIN: 17173049. Black/white hard top/red leather. Odo: 1 mile. Built in 2006 with Brookville steel body and one-piece Carson-style hard top. Powered by 392 SOLD AT $77,000. An attractive Merc, but it did not catch the buzz. Sold for well under the expected money, but still can’t call it a bargain. Refreshing to see one that has not felt the hot end of the customizer’s torch. #212-1965 SHELBY GT350 R racer. VIN: SFM5R108. White/black racing bucket. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Converted by Shelby from a K-code to one of the 36 GT350 Rs. Driven by Pedro Rodri- 7 #248-1949 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: 9CM163072. Firemist Red Metallic/ black Haartz cloth/two-tone gray vinyl. Odo: 20,854 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An older solid restoration with a few mild custom items added. Fitted wit power windows, AM radio, clock and rear fender skirts. Dual exhaust added along with tinted glass and a slightly lowered chassis. Engine highly detailed with correct clamps and decals. Ready for cruise night. Cond: 2+. TOP 10 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S // Fort Worth, TX guez in first race, beating Jerry Titus. First in class at ’67 12 Hours of Sebring and also ’67 B Production class champion at Daytona. Returned to 1967 AARC spec, eligible for vintage racing. Full-race Plexi windows and roll bar. Featured in a number of publications. In as-raced condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $770,000. I watched this sell at Gooding’s 2006 Pebble Beach sale for $748k (ACC# 42631). In the nine years since, the market tanked and recovered. Sold at a loss after factoring in expenses, but I doubt the Andrews are overly concerned. AMERICANA 6 CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ 7540. Blue/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 41,230 miles. The only 1910 Model 48-SS known. A close-coupled variation of standard tourer but with smaller rear seat. Was reported to be an excellent original car when restored. Has acetylene headlamps and electric self-starter. Excellent paint and interior, with little to fault. A solid example and ready for Brass Era tours. Cond: 1-. #204-1910 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 48-SS tonneau. VIN: SUBSCRIBE TO ACC SOLD AT $852,500. This was last seen at Gooding’s 2008 Pebble Beach auction, where it realized $633k (ACC# 117612). Interest in Brass Era cars continues, and the early, large-horsepower Pierce-Arrows bring strong money. If anything, price paid was a bit under the money. 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 66 AmericanCarCollector.com Eng. # 901601. Packard Green/green leather/green leather. Odo: 75,327 miles. One of four sport coupes built by LeBaron but attributed to Packard Custom Body Division. The 1934 New York Auto Show car. Returned to the factory and updated with 1935 front-end sheet metal and leather roof. Fully documented with photos in both configurations. Unusual instruments in glovebox doors. Restored in 1980s but now showing signs of age with paint cracking on fender. A sensational Packard. Cond: 2. 2 #221-1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1106 sport coupe. VIN: 750795. SOLD AT $2,200,000. This is not quite in the same league as an Individual Custom, but it is not far behind. Fully documented, with no questions whatsoever. With a respray and some other minor work, this will win awards at the world’s best concours. A very desirable acquisition at a fair price. #195-1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1107 convertible. VIN: 902535. Maroon & red/black fabric/maroon leather. Odo: 59,935 miles. A very authentic and desirable Packard Twelve. Properly restored, although a few paint issues evident. Complete with sidemounts and trunk rack guard. Dash done to perfection and leather seating elegant and luxurious. Engine bay clean and tidy. Blackwall tires complete the look. Cond: 2. 10 SOLD AT $528,000. Many consider this one of the most desirable Packards produced. The power of the Twelve and the elegant 1934 styling make a strong package. Price paid was about what was expected in today’s heated market. 902670. Eng. # 901752. Auburn/tan fabric/ green leather. Odo: 103 miles. The 1934 Twelve convertible sedan by Dietrich is one of the most prestigious and desirable of all American Full Classics. Beautifully restored by marque expert. Best in Class at 2010 Pebble Beach. Panel fit to perfection, as is paint. Sold new by Earle C. Anthony dealership in Los Angeles. First time offered for public sale. Cond: 1-. 5 #228-1934 PACKARD TWELVE 1108 convertible sedan. VIN: SOLD AT $1,045,000. Price paid was well below the $1.2m–$1.6m estimate. Acquired for prominent East Coast collection. One of the few deals at the Andrews sale. A TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10 Keith Martin’s


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN Auctions America — Auburn Spring IF YOU NEEDED A BIG BLOCK UNDER THE HOOD OF YOUR RAGTOP, HOW ABOUT A 1970 BUICK SKYLARK GS 455 STAGE 1 REPLICA FOR $45K? Auctions America Auburn, IN May 7–9, 2015 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/ offered: 199/299 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $4,962,808 High sale: 2006 Ford GTX1 TT Spyder, sold at $330,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1970 Buick Skylark GS 455 Stage I replica convertible, sold at $45,100 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 68 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics A woodie wagon for under $30k? Sign me up! One of the best deals of Auburn Spring 2015 was a 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe wagon with green paint and wood sides. The little 2-door wasn’t pristine, but it was ready to go and totally appealing, and it changed hands at just $26,400. This edition of Auburn Spring was a little subdued compared with last year’s sale, which saw some 400 cars from the John Scotti Collection sell without reserve. Sales this time around totaled $5m, and 199 cars sold out of 299 consigned (67%), for an average price per car of $25k — a touch stronger than in years past. If a green 2-door woodie wagon wasn’t your thing, there was plenty more to choose from at a wide range of prices. Two American star cars broke $100k: a very rare 2006 Ford GTX1 TT Spyder in as-new condition pulled in an impressive $330k, and an almost-new 1987 Buick GNX made $110k. The top Corvette of the day was an expensively built 1965 Grand Sport replica racer, sold at $61k. Notable no-sales included a very nice 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T from the Ken Lingenfelter Collection, bid to $300k, and a flawless 1956 Bel Air convertible bid to $100k. Shoppers looking for a summer top-down cruiser bid a super-clean 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner to a reasonable $35k sales price, while a V8-powered 1962 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible changed hands under the money at just $12,100. If you needed a big block under the hood of your convertible, how about a 1970 Buick Skylark GS 455 Stage 1 replica for $45k? A 1971 Dodge Challenger with 318-ci V8, 2-barrel carb and automatic looked fair at $13,750, but the car had a lot of needs. However, it also had a solid body, and I thought it could be a great starting point for a serious resto-mod. You could even find a good deal on a good car down under the $10k mark. A friend of mine paid $9,900 for a 1960 Pontiac Safari wagon, and he drove it 150 miles home with a smile on his face.A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN GM #2098-1951 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. VIN: 16251291. Blue/black canvas/ two-tone blue leather. Odo: 2,578 miles. 320-ci I8, 1-bbl, auto. Nice paint, horrible panel fit, brilliant exterior chrome and stainless trim. Nice top, excellent engine compartment. Beautiful leather and interior chrome. Cond: 2. sucker for old red and white Impalas. This one sold near the $35k high estimate, but by my judgment it was a bit of a bargain, with some meat left on the bone. Well bought. SOLD AT $62,700. The catalog description speculates this might be one of six similar cars in existence. If there were 12, it would still be a good deal. The proverbial “you couldn’t build it for the money” car. Well bought. #2117-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56K084941. Sierra Gold & Adobe Beige/white vinyl/ivory leather & copper cloth. Odo: 58 miles. 265-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Flawless rotisserie restoration. All-new interior, new top, lots of new mechanicals. Extremely well detailed. Everything looks beautiful on this car. I’m sure there’s a flaw here or there, but I can’t see it. Cond: 2+. #2081-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 4-dr hard top. VIN: 860W3942. Black/tri-tone russet vinyl. Odo: 91,491 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Almost 30-year-old paint holding up very well. Excellent panel fit, brilliant brightwork, vent windows showing some delamination. Very well-detailed engine bay, interior looks as though it’s never been used. Cond: 2. endorsement. So, in my totally unbiased opinion, this was the buy of the weekend. He reportedly cruised it back to the Detroit area at the posted speed limit without a hiccup. #2013-1962 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS convertible. VIN: 621M13522. Garnet Mist/white vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,798 miles. 215-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint looks fresh and well done, exterior chrome, stainless and anodized aluminum in very good original condition. Convertible top looks to be in good serviceable condition. Engine compartment shows driver-quality detailing. Interior original and very good. Equipped with power top, steering and windows. One T-3 headlight, three not. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,100. Compact convertible, V8 in excellent condition. What’s not to like? Coming in short of a reasonable low estimate ($15k–$23k), this one looks like a good buy to me. SOLD AT $35,750. Bought at the high end of the pre-sale estimate ($25k–$35k). This car sparkled on the block. I spotted it a couple weeks later at a Detroit-area classic car dealer marked up about 40%. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Describing a car this perfect is a lot harder than a #3- car. This is another one that could have gone either way. I guess the owner felt there is a better result out there, and he may get it. #2083-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 018375159915. Roman Red & white/red & white houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 70,057 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Paint shows some wear but is not horrible. Brightwork about the same. New black plastic wiper blades look bad. Left rear glass starting to delaminate. Gas leaks evident on intake manifold. Dirty upholstery, interior trim shows some pitting. Former Historical Automobile Society of Canada 1987 First Place National award winner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,450. I must confess, I’m a 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #2017-1960 PONTIAC SAFARI wagon. VIN: 160S14927. Sierra Copper & white/ brown vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,077 miles. 389ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent fresh paint, done with trim on and didn’t find its way to the door jambs; showing just a little bit of bubbling on the bottom back edge of the driver’s door. Brightwork worn through in some spots, windshield shows some minor wiper scratches. Driver-quality engine detail with new brake master cylinder and booster. Interior shows some fading in the door panels and a cracking dashpad; otherwise, wear commensurate with age. Cond: 3-. #2075-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 2-dr hard top. VIN: 40927W145342. Gold/off-white vinyl. Odo: 32,688 miles. 165-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. One repaint in original gold and showing pretty well. Good panel fit, brightwork in very good condition. Decent engine detail. Interior in great shape but could use a good scrubbing. The original window sticker shows a 1964 price of $2,561. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,810. By my calculation, someone lost some serious money here, and someone got a decent buy a little under market value for a solid Monza. SOLD AT $9,900. Bought by a good friend of mine who said he bid on it based on my #1031-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 16637Y110177. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 53,161 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint done thick and quick, showing lots of cracks and bubbles. Bumper chrome peeling off, dented grille, right side windshield trim is MIA. Windshield shows BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN delamination, engine shows excess gasket goo along front of intake manifold. Ugly fivespoke mag wheels wearing a layer of grunge. Interior a little rough; window cranks on the floor; window gaskets cracking and falling apart. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,900. This showed plenty of shortcuts and didn’t have its original powerplant, but no harm done at this price. #2113-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375P354025. Tiger Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,275 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows well. Good panel gaps and exterior brightwork. Hurst five-spoke wheels with Redlines. Engine compartment a little grungy. Interior looks great except for cracked wood steering wheel; small piece of wood under the speedometer is chipped. Cond: 3+. #2065-1970 BUICK SKYLARK GS 455 Stage I replica convertible. VIN: 446670H127910. Fire Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,901 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Red paint looks well done, good panel gaps, excellent exterior brightwork, convertible top in very good shape and well fitted. Engine paint a little shoddy. Interior clean and not showing excessive wear. Equipped with under-dash 8-track deck and tissue dispenser. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,100. This sold at BarrettJackson Scottsdale in January of 2012 for $60k (ACC# 193081). Someone must have had a little auction fever. Selling this time bang-on the high estimate and a marketcorrect result. #2132-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1173HP452830. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 121 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. All as-new except for the plastic inserts that tie the bumpers to the body; they’re flat and crusty looking. Otherwise it looks like a new car. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $62,500. Formerly part of Reggie Jackson’s collection. Bidding came up short of the $70k–$80k estimate, and I guess the current owner isn’t in any hurry. The money will come for this one. #1062-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1361772134089. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 32,211 miles. 283ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Repaint shows some chipping on front valence. Decent panel gaps, brightwork shows well. Well-done engine compartment. Interior looks solid and serviceable. Equipped with factory air. T-3 headlights in the front. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. It’s all the money, but I can’t say it’s not worth it; well bought and sold. CORVETTE #2100-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport replica racer. VIN: 194375S102816. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 415 miles. 400-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Body mods look correct and well done. Decent paint, but you would worry about a little track rash. Knockoff wheels with tie wires, tubular frame, Plexiglas windows, 200-mph speedometer. It’s pretty much a race car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,075. Offered without reserve, this came in at the low end of a reasonable pre-sale estimate ($20k–$25k). Looks like another decent, market-correct buy. July-August 2015 71


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN QUICKTAKE 1964½ Ford Mustang III “Shorty” SOlD at $511,500 VIN 100009 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 28, 2015, Lot 438 SOLD AT $60,500. If you can’t shell out multiple hundreds of thousands for the real thing, this is about as close as it gets, and I doubt the sale price is anywhere near what it cost to get it in this state. Not a lot of money for a beautiful track-day screamer. Well bought. #1093-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194G79S731477. Daytona Yellow/black leather. Odo: 77,868 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Three-year-old paint looks great, good exterior trim, nice engine detail, clean and fresh interior, correct date-coded tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,000. If you’re gonna swap the motor, can’t you at least get a 427? I think the bigger incorrect motor held it back. Well bought just the same. FOMOCO this Quick Take, but the basics are as follows: Ford wanted a twoseat Mustang and had this prototype built. Of course, Ford had no intention of actually producing it for sale and was set to destroy the The story behind the Shorty Mustang is far too long to digest in prototype once they were done with it. The car’s builder couldn’t bear that, so he stole it and hid it away in a warehouse but didn’t pay the storage fees. Meanwhile, insurance paid off Ford for the missing car. When it was eventually found, the insurance company had title to it, and they sold it. So it escaped destruction. The car is a fully documented, air-tight, one-of-a-kind Ford prototype. I was at this sale and got a good look at the car. Unlike most prototypes, which have a tendency to be somewhat crude, this car displayed very well. The restoration was first class, the bodylines were excellent and all the custom touches built into the original prototype were extremely well translated during the restoration. Trying to dissect the sale result for a one-of-a-kind Mustang is like trying to foresee the next Powerball lottery numbers. That said, the best way for a car like this to find a new owner would be for it to be dropped in to a highly publicized auction — one that could use the collector car telegraph to send up smoke signals to collectors all around the globe. That’s exactly what happened here. The estimate for the car was pegged at $400,000 to $600,000, with plenty of secondguessing and official reading of the tea leaves involved to get there. Was the car worth more than a 1965 GT350? Maybe. How about a 1965 GT350R? Probably not. The only known was that it was the only one known to exist. This car had never been offered for sale since the current owner captured it some 47 years ago. That, in itself, certainly added to the value. In the end, the winning bidder, seated in the front row, purchased the car for $511,500, including the buyer’s premium. While I can’t call the car well bought or well sold — it’s simply too rare and there will never be a comp to stack it up against — I can confirm that the new owner bought a genuine investment-grade Mustang like no other. If “Shorty” ever comes up for sale again, I predict it will find more money, since this pony is officially out of the corral with a known benchmark to peg the value. If I’m right, I may have to go buy one of those Powerball tickets. It could be my lucky day. A 72 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $39,050. Another sale bumping the high pre-sale estimate and still a good deal in my book. Fair deal all the way around. — Dale Novak #1090-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: OBF113425. Green & wood/brown vinyl. Odo: 51,060 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows some wear and tear, chrome trim has some emerging pitting. Wiper scratches and delaminated glass. Wood frame is a little rough, but serviceable panel wood shows some cracking. Rear seat coming apart on top seam. Weatherstrips are dry-rotted and cracking. Cond: 3-. #2088-1940 FORD MODEL 01C pickup. VIN: 185596163. Red/green vinyl. Odo: 179 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful paint, better than Ford ever did. Minimal exterior brightwork in excellent condition, cracked left rear taillight lens, spotless engine compartment. Not much inside, but it’s all in tiptop shape. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN including options such as painted stripes, McIntosh CD stereo system, lightweight BBS forged aluminum wheels, and colormatched Brembo brake calipers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,400. How often do you have the chance to score a woodie wagon for under $30k? Now go drive it and have some fun while you think about a restoration. #2174-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Club sedan 2-dr sedan. VIN: M6NT138560. Black/tritone vinyl. Odo: 1,840 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful black paint, great panel fit, excellent brightwork. Excellent engine bay including period battery. Wide whites with wire wheel covers. Nothing to complain about with the interior. All very well done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $330,000. Ford SVT group commissioned Genaddi Design Group to build the GTX1. Later, Ford GT expert Rich Brooks installed a chrome and twin turbo package, bringing the powerplant up to 1,000 hp. Strong money for a strong car. Well sold. MOPAR #2118-1957 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: C5736398. Sunset Rose/black canvas/two-tone brown leather. Odo: 38,634 miles. 393-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some touch-ups. Decent body panel gaps. Cracked rear bumper chrome and some pitting on pot-metal chrome. Windshield starting to delaminate. Nice engine detail. Leather interior showing some minor wear. Poor fit on seat chrome trim. Weatherstripping starting to dry out. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,400. Based on the $28k– $35k pre-sale estimate, this result may be all the money, but still not out of line for the presentation. Well bought and sold. #2175-1960 FORD SUNLINER convertible. VIN: 0C55Y136481. Rangoon Red/ white vinyl/tri-tone red, white & black vinyl. Odo: 6,130 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some micro-blisters on the hood, decent panel gaps, exterior stainless trim showing some light scratching, driverquality engine detail, nice interior without any excessive wear. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Offered from the Lingenfelter Collection. The pre-sale estimate of $340k–$380k suggests to me that this might have been a litmus test. Based on the current market, if they were serious about selling, this should have done it. #2159-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23G18445054. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 51,665 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Repaint didn’t find its way into the door jambs, go-fast stripes look a little rough, underside of hood shows some emerging rust. Exterior brightwork fading with many dings and dents. Chrome fivespoke mags are dull and pitted. Grungy interior; door panels may have received some spray dye. Driver’s door release gone. Equipped with factory air. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,750. So there wasn’t a lot to like about this car except for the fact that it seemed to have a pretty solid body. It would be a great starting point for a resto-mod. Offered without reserve and coming in substantially below the $18k low estimate, it looks like a bargain. SOLD AT $76,450. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows this sold three times in late 2011, starting at Russo and Steele Monterey in August for $43k (ACC# 185640), then Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September for $61k (ACC# 188191), and finally at Bonhams California in November for $77k, showing the exact current mileage (ACC# 190063). The reporter said at that time, “I think we are at the end of the line here,” and this price confirms he was right. SOLD AT $35,200. Smack dab in the middle of the pre-sale estimate and a marketcorrect result. I’d call it a bit of a bargain to get a big, classic convertible for this money. #2125-2006 FORD GTX1 TT Spyder. VIN: 1FAFP90S26Y400847. Gray/black leather. 5.4-L turbocharged V8, 6-sp. All as-new, 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #2130-1970 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23R0B107384. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 37,982 miles. 426ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful paint, exterior brightwork shows some micro-scratches. Well-detailed engine compartment. No problem with the interior. Wears poverty caps and all the right factory go-fast goodies. Cond: 2. #2084-1988 JEEP WAGONEER SUV. VIN: 1JCMT754JT140112. Blue & woodgrain/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 2,011 miles. 4.0-L fuelinjected I6, auto. Exceptionally well preserved. Paint and wood graphics look original. Alloy wheels have a lot of oxidation. Nice clear glass. Grimy engine compartment. Interior shows minimal wear. Cond: 3.


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside SOLD AT $14,025. The older Wagoneers are gaining traction in the current market. While this one might still be in the flat of the curve, in time it’s bound to increase as well. No harm done here. Looks like a fair result without much to compare it with. AMERICANA #2020-1960 STUDEBAKER LARK convertible. VIN: 60V13244. Dark green/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 73,673 miles. 259-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Okay older paint holding up, chrome exterior brightwork showing some micro-pitting, rip in the left rear convertible top. Clean engine compartment. Interior vinyl holding up well, no cracks in the dashpad, loose door panels. Sloppy weatherstripping glue on driver’s door. Doors close hard. Cond: 3-. 1981–86 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler although there is some debate among the Jeep faithful as to whether 1986 was even a production year and not just a few leftover 1985 units. At introduction, Jeep was not selling many pickups, period. The full-size J-series weren’t exactly J flying off of the lots, and Jeep bet a smaller, less-expensive rig would spur more interest. It did, sort of. The CJ-8 outsold, domestically, the J-series in each of its first five years. Call it a win, considering Jeep used the existing CJ-7 as a starting point, which meant the engineering costs were relatively small. The finished CJ-8 ended up two feet longer than the CJ-7, including 10 inches at the wheelbase. Perhaps it is because of this in-between-ness buyers weren’t excited. Hybrids weren’t always popular, and it’s worth noting that Jeep’s light-duty replacement pickup in 1986, the all-new Comanche, sold more in its first year than all of the Scramblers combined (45,219 vs. 27,783). Let’s face it; if you’re interested in one of these, you’re probably into other oddball collector cars. Why it did or didn’t sell well doesn’t matter much because, hey, this is cool and how many others do you see? When scoping out a Scrambler, know they came in one of three trim levels: the base model, the SR (Scrambler Renegade) and relatively high-end SL (Scrambler Laredo). The 4-cylinder engine came standard, but most buyers opted for the 258-ci inline six. A 4-speed manual was the standard transmission, but a few came with the optional 3-speed auto. Why one to watch? ACC’s Premium Auction Database shows us Detailing Years built: 1981–86 Number produced: 27,783 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 10 Average price of those cars: $18,265 Current ACC Valuation: $8,500–$17,000 76 AmericanCarCollector.com that starting in 2010, there were three consecutive years of average price decline on the CJ-8. But in 2013, the average ticked up over the previous year, and that trajectory has continued through 2015. I’m confident it will continue. These trends hold even with data trimming (removing the high and low outliers each year), so we know it isn’t just one really expensive sale buoying the market. How high is the high currently? Well, Mecum sold an ’81 Scrambler for $32,400 at Kissimmee back in January. That was the second over-$30k sale in nine months after two years of none reaching that mark. Look for more to come to sale as their owners see the trend.A AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $18,000. Not sold on the block, it was in the “still for sale” lot for $20k, and this sale came together later. A fair deal both ways, in my estimation. A eep launched “America’s first small 4x4 pickup” on March 25, 1981. Call it a CJ-8 or call it a Scrambler — AMC’s and Jeep’s promotional materials interchanged both terms — just don’t call it a great seller. Different as it was to the market, production decreased each year the CJ-8 was available. The final model-year production was a mere 1.5% of the first-year run (128 vs. 8,355) — SOLD AT $12,210. Offered at no reserve. Market-correct result for V8-powered convertible. #1129-1980 JEEP CJ-5 Wrangler Renegade. VIN: JOM83AB714427. Brown/tan cloth/tan cloth. Odo: 20,664 miles. 151-ci I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows some touch-ups on the hood. Nice bright graphics. Fresh BFGoodrich rubber on new wheels. Clean engine compartment. Nice interior, no tears or excessive wear. Cond: 3+.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach MUSCLE CARS, STREET RODS, RESTO-MODS, PICKUPS, PRE-WAR CLASSICS AND CORVETTES DOMINATE THE LANDSCAPE BarrettJackson West Palm Beach, FL April 17, 2015 Auctioneers: Assiter Auctioneers: Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 516/523 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $21,573,940 High sale: 2006 Ford GT, sold at $319,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1964 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod convertible, sold at $88,000 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 78 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Dale Novak Market opinions in italics H ulk Hogan ripped off his shirt for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s mid-April sale in West Palm Beach, FL. The pro wrestling Hall of Famer pushed bidding for a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 resto-mod to $150k, helping Barrett-Jackson rack up nearly $1m for worthy causes. The Palm Beach auction floor gets more crowded each year. This year, attendance grew to more than 60,000, a 30% increase over 2014. The number of bidders increased by 28% to more than 1,200. The high seller of the weekend for a non-charity car was a 2006 Ford GT, hammering home for $319k. Other notable six-figure sellers included a 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback at $105k and a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle — “Herbie,” one of the actual Disney movie cars — changing hands for $127k. While there were plenty of foreign cars up for grabs, this sale is ground zero for American iron. Muscle cars, street rods, resto-mods, pickups, pre-war Classics and Corvettes dominate the landscape, ranging from entry-level drivers all the way up to investment-grade showpieces. For new buyers, it’s a great place to get your feet wet in the hobby. Veteran collectors will find a strong assortment of must-haves above the $100k price point. The Palm Beach weather is great, and Barrett- Jackson does a great job keeping everyone engaged, but there are plenty of vendors, activities, drinks, and food when you need a distraction. Valuations for most of the cars remained strong this time around, and the mostly-no-reserve format continues to work well. Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach is one of the only auctions where you can expect a routine sales rate of 99%. It’s also perhaps the only sale where you’re likely to see the Hulkster’s bare chest on the auction stage.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL GM #441-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 8350627. Maroon/tan cloth/ maroon leather. Odo: 5,942 miles. Driver’s door out. Rubber fender guards are rough. Chrome has light scratches and pitting throughout. Top is nice but a bit dingy. Good interior, with some cracks in the steering wheel medallion. Dry spray and small blisters, touch-ups on the paint. Some paint sagging from heavy application. CCCA National First winner. Cond: 3. #395-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC55B205121. Silver & black/red leather. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Very nice, high-quality Bel Air custom with LS3. Trunk sits a little high. Passenger’s door is tight. Trim shows polishing marks and light scratches. Easy-to-replace soiled air intake should have been done before the sale. Very nice interior hard to fault. Swirl marks in paint and very light spiderwebbing. Slightly wavy at the rear quarters, but otherwise excellent. Cond: 2+. #433-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F003499. Black/black cloth/black & white leather. Odo: 5,068 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Trunk skewed. Interior presents well; some minor pitting and soiling in the dash controls. Some scratch marks in the chrome. Chips in the paint near the trunk emblem. Some grille bullets missing. Small fisheyes. The cowl is deeply pitted. Laser-straight body. An older restoration that has been recently refreshed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $95,700. One of only 3,100 made and a reasonably nice example that looks good at first inspection but unwinds a bit under the microscope. Typical color combination for the era and a former CCCA award-winner at the national level. Older restoration, but still looks very nice overall. A fair deal all around if not slightly well sold. #7001-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1079426. Black/red vinyl/red leather. Odo: 28,552 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Just about flawless in every way. Gorgeous chrome. Nicely restored interior with minor nits too silly to mention. Some pitting on steering column. Carpet shows some modest soiling. Passenger’s door gap is a bit wide. Otherwise a first-class show car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Modern and cool and just the ticket for the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale. Great shape overall with very little to distract you. No doubt that a huge amount of money has been spent to get the car to this level, but it will depreciate with every mile like a new car. This is the going rate for a high-quality resto-mod. #450-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. VIN: A857H7181. White & red/ white vinyl/white & red vinyl. Odo: 16 miles. 347-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Has 16 miles on it since the restoration. Driver’s door is tight. Trunk is out, with some pitting in the chrome. Interior paint is heavily orangepeeled. Newer seats and restoration, but well cared for. Paint prep issues and dry spray, fish-eyes, dust, dirt and some small things in the chrome windshield header trim. Light cracking in the rear taillights. On the verge of being a #2-. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,000. These massive land yachts with fins, chrome and glittery interiors have been doing quite well. “Steady” might be the best word for it. I’ve even seen younger buyers gravitate towards these cars because they are so over-the-top compared with anything modern. I predict the market will continue to stay fairly firm as long as they keep building houses with garages large enough to park one inside. Well sold. #474-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. VIN: 138677B134459. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,323 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. Fresh restoration of a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396/375 horsepower. Driver’s door out. Some pitting on metal trim. Paint daubs and chalk marks added. Light scratches in the trim. Chrome center console has been spray-painted; other age issues with the interior in general. Bottoms of doors are wavy. Very fresh restoration, straight and well done, but original build is unclear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $170,500. Last seen at BarrettJackson’s Orange County sale in June of 2012, selling there for $121k (ACC# 209055). The reporter in the field wrote, “Their time will again come, so with patience, this will prove to be a good buy.” Three years later, that statement proved correct. $171k is still a far cry from the pinnacle of Skylark values some years ago, however. Will they ever come back all the way? Perhaps not, but this was a marketcorrect result. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $93,500. Last seen at Auctions America’s Auburn sale in May 2014, selling there for $89,100 (ACC# 243721). Just about an identical result this time around, give or take a few thousand. This car presented well, and there is a lot of interest for these land-yacht-style mid-to-late-1950s cruisers with miles of chrome and flashy interiors. Two sales at near identical amounts confirm that. SOLD AT $110,000. No-saled recently at Mecum Kissimmee, bid to $62k (ACC# 262514). Before that at Mecum’s Spring Classic in 2006, it sold for $54k and was presented in yellow over black with a 325-horse replacement block (ACC# 41734). At this sale, engine was reported as


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL 396/375—not claimed original, but the car is suggested to be an original 375 hp. Yellow to black, 325-horse to 375-horse... lots of questions here, so I’d call this well sold. #476-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177Z154694. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 75 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. True SS fitted with a 550-hp 427. Very nice. Light pitting in the dash brightwork. Fitted with modern a/c. Some blistering near the cowl and a few random fisheyes throughout the paint. Some sanding marks. Straight body panels. Cond: 1-. presentation. One-inch crack in paint. Driver’s door trunk is way out at rear deck. Chrome-plated interior portions pitted. Black spray paint on center console. Body putty in lower door and rust issues beginning to show. Reported as #14 of 120 used for ontrack duty at the 1970 Indianapolis 500. Y74 is correct Pace Car code. Cond: 3-. dition you could expect on a car and then some, with cracked paint, heavily pitted chrome and a well-worn interior. Large crowd around it every day. Only a handful of “fishbowl” clear tops known to exist. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $85,800. Very well done and presents as near perfect, with only a few modest nits to discover. The 1966 and 1967 Chevelles have been doing well lately, and this one was no exception. Well bought and sold. #469-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N637325. Orange/blue vinyl. Odo: 5,616 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. Well-presented Z/28. Trunk is skewed. Driver’s door out. Trim is nice except for the back window. Fresh interior. The center console is spray-painted. Window sticker shows the JL8 brake option. Paint has some fisheyes but is otherwise very well done. A new replacement trim tag has been installed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,600. A frequent flier at a few recent auctions. Last seen at Mecum Seattle in June of 2014, a no-sale at $42k (ACC# 255739). Before that at Mecum Anaheim in November of 2013, a no-sale at $35k (ACC# 238636). Given those bids— and that the car was just about ready for a total restoration—it did well here for a fairly weathered driver with a respectable history. #75.1-1975 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87S5N536501. Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 43,247 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Hood a tad high. Steering wheel is marred. Interior brightwork is faded. Small crack in the body by rear quarter and roofline. Cracked taillight, and the headlamp bezels are heavily pitted. No engine identification sticker on the hood scoop. Fisheyes plentiful in the paintwork. Cracked grille has been painted over. Plenty of sun-cracked plastic. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $88,000. There are “preservation” cars and then there are those that are just well used. This one fell into the “well used” category, and without the ultra-rare top, it likely would have found half this money. Last seen at Mecum Indy in May of 2014, selling for $56k (ACC# 243841). This time out it found remarkable money given the shabby condition. Well bought at Mecum Indy and well sold here. #431-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S101033. Orange/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 3,773 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, manual. Nice example of a 1957 convertible with two 4-barrels. Passenger’s door out. Other gaps are good. Some wrinkles on the top. Well preserved under the hood, but an older restoration. Generally holding up very nice, and obviously has been stored and cared for. Small blister on hood and a small wave in the lower front fender. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,700. First-generation Z/28s have been in a holding pattern as of late, with only the world’s best examples finding top dollar. JL8-disc-brake Z/28s have found huge money in the past, but the replacement trim tag likely gave guys pause to hold back on the bidding. A fair deal, if not slightly well sold. #118-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Pace Car convertible. VIN: 342670M292728. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 91,650 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fluff-and-buff 82 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $27,500. I took a close look at this car at the Mecum Kissimmee sale in January 2015, where is was a no-sale at $21k (ACC# 257211). Here it brought fairly strong money given the overall condition. Not a bad car, but it is fairly weathered with plenty of needs to bring it up to even local show quality. The 4-speed helped it along. Well sold. CORVETTE #454-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S001834. White/ Plexiglas/ red leather. Odo: 82,515 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Very original unrestored car. Previous owner kept it for 45 years. Shows every possible issue with con- SOLD AT $137,500. This was the highesthorsepower Corvette one could buy in 1957 unless you opted for the finicky fuel injection. In fact, many guys who purchased Fuelies swapped them out for the two-four intakes since they were easier to maintain and live with. This was reported to be a numbers-matching example with NCRS Regional Top Flight paperwork to go with it. A nice example, not perfect by any means, but one that is ready for a quality-minded collection. Slightly well sold given the overall condition.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL #390-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 0867S104397. Black/red vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 29,388 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, manual. Excellent preserved example with very good fiberglass body. Panel fit is outstanding. Interior seats and carpet were replaced at some point, as noted on car card. Other minor things may have been refurbished here and there. A true preservation Fuelie. Cond: 4. vette that had lived a charmed life. The doors opened and closed with ease, and the overall presentation was very nice as long as you viewed the car for what it was. Finding a restored car is simple—just go online and get out your checkbook. There are plenty out there, from the very best in the world to casual drivers. Finding one that has never been restored and remains in stellar condition—that’s something entirely different. No harm done at this price. SOLD AT $99,000. Right off the bat, let’s get this straight: This was a very nice Cor- #402-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S102298. Fawn Beige/ Fawn Beige hard top/beige vinyl. Odo: 29,695 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, manual. Bloomington Gold Survivor with lots of documentation. Mostly original paint. Owner has had the car since 1999. Previously owned by Chip Miller. Very original car with a nice patina to the engine bay. Front wheel area has been resprayed. In great condition given the preservation status. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $110,000. The owners stayed with the car for the entire duration of the sale up until it went up on the auction block. They were more than happy to answer any questions and eager to do so. That diligence paid off at sale time, with the car finding good money on the block. Fair deal for buyer and seller. #463-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S121263. Dark blue/ blue fiberglass hard top/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 58,926 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very well-documented car with great paperwork. Totally preserved, with the original paint cracking throughout the entire car. Chrome is pitted and interior is worn. Equipped with a/c and hard top. Very nice fiberglass under the original paint. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $55,000. The thing to look for on these preservation examples is the fit and finish of the fiberglass. Look at the shut lines and door fit, as those things can tell you a lot about the car. There is simply nothing like driving a genuine never-takenapart Corvette that’s been loved. I owned one before, and it was the best Corvette I ever drove. A fair deal and maybe even well bought given the rare a/c. #432-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 40867S100232. Red/black cloth/black leather. 382-ci 550-hp fuel-injected V8, manual. Resto-mod with 5-speed and Pro-Comp gauges. Chrome trim slightly weathered. Top has some small stains. Fitted with a/c. Disc brakes all around. Vent windows lightly pitted. Small blisters in the paint. Replacement front end. Older paint still presents well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. The formula here is to take the least-valuable mid-year Corvette (1964) and then turn it into a killer restomod. This one was done well, but not as nice as others I have seen. I would suggest 84 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL that the builder of this car sunk way more into it than the selling price. Given that, well bought as a street toy, but one with zero to very little collectible value. #413-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S115213. Blue/blue vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,561 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, manual. Older restoration. Passenger’s door in. Interior is nice but does have some very small cracks in the vinyl. Center console has some chips and scratches. Gas is pooling in the intake. Some touch-ups on the older paint job, which is still showing well. Very nice overall as a well-kept driver. Miles are stated to be original. Cond: 3+. restoration. Masking issues show different colors of paint. A driver all the way. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $40,700. These are rare Corvettes, with the Tri-Power 427/400 falling just under the highest-rated 427/435 cars. Dealers likely ordered 427/390 and 427/435 cars back in the day and left the 400-hp big-block cars exclusively for special orders. This example was definitely a well-weathered driver and had plenty of needs evident, all wrapped up in a not-so-desirable color combination. Well sold, but still a fun car to own. #485-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194670S414128. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,390 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, manual. Somewhat of a fluff-and-buff presentation. Interior aged but not overly so. Chrome trim on the windshield header bar is heavily pitted. Engine bay has been dolled up with some rattle-can work. Pitted door handles, masking issues. Door jamb color does not match the body color. Intake on engine freshly painted. Very heavy orange peel in some portions of the paint. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,900. The LS5 was the most powerful option for 1970 at 390 horses and the only big-block choice. This Corvette was a tad tired but still presented fine as a casual driver. These seem to trade in the $35,000–$55,000 range, based on condition, and only the best of the best find more money than that. Slightly well sold for condition. #464-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194670S406683. Blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 42,725 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, manual. Good driver quality. Paint bubbling on center console and other paintwork throughout the interior. Driver’s door is tight, passenger’s door very wide. Scuffs in the paint from the top. Pitted front grille. Nice chrome. Lots of sanding marks and small cracks in paint. Rear quarter-panel was hit and repaired at some point. Touch-ups throughout the paint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $88,000. This Corvette reportedly had lots of owner history and good paperwork to attest to the original mileage of 38,561. Given all the information offered and the original miles on this big-block convertible, fair deal for both parties. #486-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S726305. Green/black vinyl/saddle vinyl. Odo: 194,679 miles. 427ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, manual. Claimed to be numbers-matching. Driver’s door wide. Grungy engine bay. Touch-ups. Vinyl-covered hard top. Generally original presentation showing many shortcuts with a partial SOLD AT $49,500. Said to be one of fewer than 500 1970 LT1 convertibles. These are sought-after Corvettes that seem to hover in the $35k–$65k range, given condition and paperwork. This example was right in the July-August 2015 85


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL middle of the pack, with more than a few needs. Based on the condition, I would consider this one well sold. FOMOCO #391-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: E7FH244643. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 71,822 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Soiled front seat. Turned dash a bit weathered. Includes hard top and air conditioning. Visors are warped. Windshield frame chrome is pitted. Older presentation under the hood. Passenger’s door out. Black chassis liberally spray-painted. Masking issues. Paint is marred from the hard top. Older restoration. Appears to have had a water leak that warped the cardboard panels in the trunk. Cond: 4+. Jackson Scottsdale in January of 2014, selling for $55k (ACC# 240918). Prior to that at Barrett-Jackson 2012 Scottsdale sale, it changed hands for $48k (ACC# 193829). This time out the new price should yield a small profit after shipping cross-country and the entry fees. Or perhaps zero if the seller dropped a bunch of money into it to bring it up a grade. Well sold. #471-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: F02R483113. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 83,688 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. Wheels are pitted and then painted over. Weatherstripping coming apart in some portions of the interior. Poor bodywork around rear quarter-window, some rust bubbling in lower portion of driver’s door. Micro-blistering and sanding marks. Car was red at one point in its life, with evidence of the red paint still showing. Rear deck trim is faded. Cond: 3+. said, for a car you could actually drive, this was perhaps slightly well bought. MOPAR #426-1969 DODGE HEMI CHARGER 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29J9B248656. White/black vinyl. Odo: 44,203 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Driver’s door in at bottom. Dirt and corrosion in the armrest. Clean engine bay done to local-show quality. Terrible rear glass seal. Paint likely per the original factory quality, meaning that it’s not perfect. Cracked paint in the drip channels. Chips in the rockers. Gauges are faded and yellowed. One of 52 Hemi Charger 500s built for 1969. Known as the most highly optioned example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,200. This one’s been passed around a few times. Last seen at Barrett- SOLD AT $104,500. Shelbys have been in a holding pattern as of late, and the 1969– 70 cars are considered entry-level. That SOLD AT $165,000. Formerly part of the Wellborn Musclecar Museum, which was known for its Hemi Mopars. This car remained in nice condition but was beginning to show age throughout. Still, a great car with the Hemi under the hood. It would not have surprised me if this had fetched more on the block, but perhaps the automatic held it back. Slightly well bought. AMERICANA #55-1950 CROSLEY SUPER convertible. VIN: CD204140. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 345 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, manual. Nice car overall. Seats, door panels and wood trim in good condition. Prep issues with some paint over a very straight body. Some small blisters in the rear panel. Not too much work needed to take it up to a #2-. Cond: 3+. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $15,070. There are always plenty of these on the market, but finding a nice one is difficult. This one was in good shape, solid and would be a fun car to tinker with on a sunny day. Won’t take up much space, either. Well bought and sold. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO Mecum — Kansas City OVERALL THIS WAS A BUYER’S AUCTION, AND HIGH-SALE SPOTS ONE, TWO AND FOUR ALL WORE THE BLUE OVAL Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO April 23–25, 2015 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 362/636 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $8,421,330 High sale: 2005 Ford GT, sold at $275,400 Buyer’s premium: 8%, $500 minimum, included in sold prices Star car of the auctions — 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special fastback, sold at $243,000 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 88 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics K ansas City, MO, was definitely Ford country at Mecum’s three-day sale in late April. High-sale spots one, two and four all wore the Blue Oval. The top lot was a 2005 Ford GT with a lowish 8,276 miles on the odometer, sold at $275k. Next came a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special (produced exclusively for Ford dealers in the Kansas City area) with 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 and 4-speed transmission at $243k. According to the auction listing, it was one of 24 1970 Twister Specials so equipped. GM made the podium with a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, equipped with big-block 427/425 V8 and 4-speed transmission. It sold just shy of the six-digit mark at $95k. A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 with 4-speed followed at $88k. Sales figures held steady compared with 2014 Kansas City results. Totals inched up to $8.4m from $8.3m, and Mecum consigned and sold more cars (362/636, up from 359/578), although the sales rate itself declined to 57% from 62%. With 636 cars crossing the block in just three days, Mecum keeps things moving at a brisk pace. If you are selling, you need to be at the auction block when your car comes up, and if you are buying, you need to be ready with your bid. Overall I felt that this was a buyer’s auction, if just slightly. A 1970 Plymouth Road Runner found a new owner at $63k, and a beautiful 1940 Lincoln Zephyr sold for $31k. In the truck department, an outstanding 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super changed hands at $18k, and a stunning 1951 Ford F-1 was well bought at $26k. One lucky bidder took home a 1973 Jeep CJ-5 for $5,750, proving that you don’t have to write a check with five digits to score a cool vintage ride.A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO GM #F161.1-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 11837S141219. Red/red & white cloth & leather. Odo: 30,880 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NOM of unspecified origin. Paint is bright and attractive with few imperfections. Some window seals are cracked. Excellent engine bay, but the black is too glossy. Glass and bubble top in very good condition, with minor polishing scratches. The auction listing states “new chrome and brightwork,” but the trim is dulling and has minor scratches. The underside needs improvement to the level of the top side. The interior is outstanding. Right front window rolls down very hard. Cond: 2+. #S70.1-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242177K120418. Wine/cream leather. Odo: 56,091 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The paint, chrome and trim are very good. The interior looks mostly original; seats are faded but still in good condition. The engine bay needs a cosmetic restoration, and the hood insulation needs replacing. Period-correct wheels with Redlines. Underside is acceptable. Cond: 3+. off restoration. Deep black paint with some minor imperfections on the right door. New houndstooth seats are very nice, but distracting carpet needs to be replaced. Right inner door panel is slightly bulged out, but the door fit is solid. Very good chrome and trim, with just a few minor scratches. Nicely detailed engine bay. It has the “correct” engine, but no mention of matching numbers. The underside is highly detailed and looks great. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $43,200. I have always liked these early ’60s bubble tops and wish I had room in my garage for one. This was a nice example in the right colors. It sold at BarrettJackson in January for $29k, which was a great buy (ACC# 258130). I imagine the owner was very happy with the result here at Mecum, flipping it for a nice profit. Well sold. #S65-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242177K123700. Black/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 98,783 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, factory air and AM radio. The car looks to be mostly original. The paint is first-rate, with a deep look and minimal polishing scratches. However, the window and door trim are unsightly, with numerous scratches. The interior seats, carpet and dash are very good to excellent, but the interior metal trim shows scratches. The chrome wheels are really nice, with datecorrect Redline tires. The engine bay is very well done, and the underside is nicely restored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,720. A nice, clean Goat that would make a great driver for local shows and parades. It could also double as a good investment with a little money and elbow grease. This car sold for $27k at Mecum Indy in May of 2012 (ACC# 206149) and again at Mecum Kansas City in December of 2013 for $51k (ACC# 239961). Nice profit! This time around, the seller lost a bunch, but I still think the buyer paid too much. #S148-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242378R190670. Metallic blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 47,475 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint appears to be original and does not have much shine left. The auction listing states, “Matching numbers 400 ci engine,” but the engine bay needs at least a cosmetic restoration. The interior is consistent with its age but smells musty, like it has been in damp storage for a while. The underside shows rust and needs to be restored. I could not shut the hood to get the picture and believe it was due to rusting within the hinges. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $56,160. By 1969 the Z/28 Camaro had really taken off, and Chevrolet built over 20,000 of them. This is a nice one and, even with those high production numbers, it should have some upside investment potential. Recently sold for $44k at Mecum Kissimmee (ACC# 262382). Well bought and sold today. #S15-1971 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE141S668172. Orange & white/black & white cloth. Odo: 83,689 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely restored. The paint is generally first rate; some chips on the door edges; some chips painted over on the body. The truck bed was not refinished before painting and distracts from the overall restoration. The chrome and trim are very good to excellent. The engine bay with its non-original 400-ci engine is excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,720. GTOs are on the move, especially 1967s, and this one is a good example of that fact. The car is very nice and sold well above the $32k high figure in the ACC Pocket Price Guide. Well sold. 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $21,600. This was not a good example. It sold at Vicari in Biloxi in October 2014 for $18,900 (ACC# 255976). I reported on the car in February at Leake, where it sold for $22k (ACC# 257378). The owner must have had a good reason to take the high bid here. There was not much, if any, profit made on the flip either time after expenses. Well sold for condition. #F131-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N702703. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 1,997 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older frame- SOLD AT $20,520. This is a nice truck with good upside investment potential. It sold in 2012 at Russo and Steele Scottsdale for $18,700 (ACC# 194616). Buyer and seller should be happy with the deal they made here. 141292. Butterscotch & white/white & black cloth. Odo: 78,135 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. With power steering, power brakes and original engine. The paint is excellent due to a recent paint job. However, there is some evidence of rust on door-latch bolts. Interior has been restored to excellent condition; seats are covered with period-correct #F188-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCE142S- BEST BUY


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO clear plastic. The chrome is excellent, but the trim is dull and needs buffing. Door, hood and tailgate fit are all good. Underside and engine bay are excellent. Bed has been redone with a color-matching protective rubber spray. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,360. The only place this truck can move is up. Its looks and quality match that of similar trucks selling in the $30k range. Excellent buy. #S116-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3G87X2M150119. Nordic Blue/blue leather. Odo: 76,315 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only 659 442 W-30s produced in 1972. Looks mostly original with new paint. The fit is good all the way around. The bumpers have been rechromed. The interior is excellent for the stated mileage. The engine bay is superb. The underside is nicely restored. The owner said that it is one of only 200 made with a fiberglass hood, but I could not verify this statement. Cond: 2+. the claims of originality and NCRS Top Flight, although a previous reviewer stated that such documentation was included when it sold at Barrett-Jackson in March of 2008 for $88k (ACC# 116101). The car nosaled later that same year in October at Mecum, bid to $70k (ACC# 117970). The seller took a loss, but the buyer should be happy. #T100-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S118846. Medium Blue Metallic/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 42,000 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The paint is just fair, with numerous scratches, bubbles and chips. The trim work is dull with numerous scratches. The windshield shows wiper rash and scratches. The bumpers have been rechromed. Original hubcaps and new tires. The headlight bucket fit on the left side is poor. Same for the doors. The underside is clean. Inside you will see a cassette radio and unprofessional dashboard repaint. However, the interior is in overall good condition. The engine bay is clean. Cond: 3-. hard top. Underside is clean. NCRS Top Flight in 2004; comes with judging sheets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,500. I was able to verify that this car has its original big-block 427/425 engine via its engine stamping with serial number and original broach marks. It looked to be mostly original and was in relatively good condition, considering its age and mileage. This car is a good example of why you should attend the first day of any auction—there are some good buys to be had. FOMOCO #F60.1-1940 LINCOLN-ZEPHYR CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: H95644. Burgundy/tan cloth/burgundy & tan leather. Odo: 12,171 miles. 267-ci V12, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Appears mostly original. The paint shows its age with nicks, scratches and swirls. The chrome and trim are in good condition. Clean engine bay. The V12 engine with dual carburetors produces only 120 hp. The interior and leather seats look original and are in good condition. However, the carpets are soiled and need replacement. Top looks new. Original dog-bowl chrome hubcaps and painted fender skirts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,280. This is a very nice 442 W-30 with good investment potential, especially when bought at this price. This car sold in May of 2014 at Mecum Indianapolis for $24k (ACC# 254521). A great buy at that time. Well sold today. CORVETTE #S98.1-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S105395. Venetian Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 53,063 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Older body-off restoration that won NCRS Top Flight at some point in the past. Older repaint still shows well with minor scratches. Top is like new. Interior very good except for faded carpet. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor imperfections. New door seals, fit is very good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $86,400. This is a nice C1 Corvette. Only 664 out of over 6,000 produced in 1957 were optioned with a 4-speed manual transmission. I found no documentation to prove 92 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $42,000. This car was just a basic driver and begs to be repainted and given at least a cosmetic restoration. There was no documentation present and no statement of originality, correctness or matching numbers. As an owner of two ’63 Corvettes, I felt that the high bid was plenty. #T118-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S109090. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 74,975 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint, but convertible top lid and left door paint do not match the rest of the car. Nice chrome and trim in good condition, with some small scratches. Knockoff wheels look great. The interior shows well with its teak wood steering wheel and refinished dash. The seats appear to be original and in good condition considering age and mileage. The carpet is ripped and should be replaced. Poor rear window glass on the SOLD AT $31,320. A prelude to the Lincoln Continental, the Lincoln-Zephyr was a handmade vehicle for the rich and famous. This is one of 404 made in 1940, 350 of which were convertibles. The rarer coupes demand higher prices. However, even the cabriolets have sold at auction in the high $50k and low $60k range in the past 10 years. Although their prices are falling, the price paid for this one seems very fair indeed. Good buy. #F28-1951 FORD F-1 custom pickup. VIN: F1R1KC24622. Sheridan Blue/gray leather. Odo: 6,971 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Frame-off restoration. Paint has small minor chips throughout but is otherwise excellent.


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GLOVEBOXNOTES MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO By Jim Pickering 2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Platinum Chrome and trim are bright and well polished. Bed has a real classy look with its imported water-resistant “purpleheart” wood. Interior is outstanding. Engine bay with Mercury flathead V8 is awesome. Even the underside is beautiful. The wheels are nice and simple with chrome rings and dogdish hubcaps. The only fault I can find is poor door fit on the driver’s side. Cond: 2-. bay and underside are all outstanding. Fit is good except left door will not close, which should be an easy fix. The wheels look great and include new tires. Cond: 2+. Price as tested: $94,565 Equipment: 420-hp 6.2L V8, 8-speed automatic transmission, Magnetic Ride Control, 12-inch color reconfigurable gauge cluster, Navigation, Head Up display, heated/cooled/massaging front seats, heated rear seats, power folding third row, illuminated door handles, retracting side steps, Platinum Collection 22-inch wheels, console cooler, wood door and dash trim. Mileage: 15 city/21 highway likes: Lots of space and loads of tech — this is GM’s flagship SUV and it shows. Easy to like being pampered by power everything, high-end finishes and components, and the latest in lane-departure warnings, adaptive cruise control, ride control, massaging seats, etc. Nice V8 burble at idle. Dislikes: Feels heavy, especially when braking. And you pay for all that tech. This thing is Expensive with a capital E. Verdict: If you can justify $90k for an SUV, it’s hard to go wrong here — the Platinum Escalade is plush, comfortable, and capable, with more features than you ever knew you needed. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: Overall experience: SOLD AT $25,920. This is one beautiful truck that definitely has some upside potential. Trucks this age and condition can easily sell in the mid-$30k range. Great buy. #F45-1955 FORD CROWN VICTORIA 2-dr sedan. VIN: U5RW111947. Green & white/ green & white leather. Odo: 3,652 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely restored Crown Vic with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Some external trim is rough and pitted. A few chips on the metallic interior surfaces. Has its original radio. The doors SOLD AT $34,560. I talked to the owner of this car, who spent several years building it. He stated that all the parts he used were correct, and he just wanted to move on and build something else. The price paid here was about right, with a bit of a premium paid for the GT350 replica upgrade. Both the buyer and seller should be happy on this one. #F170-1967 FORD FAIRLANE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7K35C177682. Dark Moss Green/ Ivy Gold cloth & vinyl. Odo: 61,197 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. “An un-restored original car,” but it has been recently repainted. Rusty fender bolts. Body chrome is very nice. Body trim is dull and scratched. Interior has been well kept and is in good condition for its age, but shows pits of rust on the metal trim. The engine bay and underside are dirty and need a cosmetic restoration. Some documentation. Cond: 3+. bounce a bit, but the fit is good when closed. The underside needs to be restored to match the top side. The engine bay is clean, but the paint looks phony. VIN codes out to a 2-bbl 272 (and the 289 wasn’t even available yet). Wheels and hubcaps appear nice and original. The correct fender skirts give it a graceful look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,140. 1955 and 1956 Crown Vics remain popular in the collector car market for their unusual (two-year-only) styling. This was a good example and should have sold somewhere in the low $30ks, but the non-original 289 probably held it back. Buyer and seller should walk away happy with this price. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #F132-1966 SHELBY GT350 replica convertible. VIN: IA042392. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 69,030 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ground-up restoration of a ’66 Mustang converted to a GT350 replica. Has power steering, power brakes, front disc brakes and 17-inch chrome wheels. Paint, chrome, trim, interior, engine AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $17,280. I assume that this car was a very well-kept family car. It seemed mostly original and unrestored except for the repaint. Being just a “plain Jane” Fairlane, it showed well and sold for the price of a GT. Well sold. #T119-1967 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 7F03C162546. Red/white vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 64,544 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has an older repaint with numerous scratches. The glass is good, but the windshield seal needs to be replaced. The chrome is bright, but the trim is dull and needs restoration. The door and hood fit are good, but the trunk fit is poor. The white convertible top is dirty. The interior is fair, showing wear consistent with mileage. The engine bay is clean and nicely appointed. The underside is clean. Repair and service receipts are included. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,300. Not much more than an average driver in fair condition. For each positive I found a negative. With a little work and


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO With factory air. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,540. This was a very nice Mustang and was well presented. All aspects of this car were in very good to excellent condition. It received a deserved high bid above market value. Well sold. money, it could be made into a very nice driver. Well sold. #S90.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special fastback. VIN: 0F05R118862. Grabber Orange/black leather. Odo: 75,731 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. According to the auction listing, this is one of 24 428 SCJ 4-speed Twister Special Mach 1 Mustangs built in 1970. They were produced exclusively for Ford dealers in the Kansas City area. This car appears to be mostly original with an excellent restoration. It presents as perfect all the way around, better than it came off the showroom floor. Cond: 1. #S101-1991 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: 1FMEU15H5MLA07900. White/blue cloth. Odo: 69,253 miles. 5.8-L fuel-injected V8, auto. The paint looks original and in good condition for age and mileage. The chrome and trim are just fair, with numerous scratches and dents. Except for the front seats, the interior needs a complete restoration. The engine bay is rough and needs at least a cosmetic restoration. The fit is good all the way around. The underside shows some rust. Cond: 3-. shame, since the rest of the car is gorgeous. These big-block Road Runners are great investments, assuming that they’re done correctly (and with matching numbers). This one sold well under the market. Great buy. #S141-1996 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E6TV200483. Blue & white/ black leather. Odo: 69,722 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Paint is very good, but front end has some chips. The interior is consistent with its mileage. There is windshield-wiper rash on the driver’s side. The chrome wheels look nice with new tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,990. Just an average Bronco. The Kelley Blue Book value for a Bronco in good condition is about $2,500. So the hammered price here goes to show that Broncos are hot right now in the auction market. Well sold. SOLD AT $243,000. This car was a star car at the auction and attracted a lot of attention. It was the #2 high sale of the day. I had no choice but to grade it a 1. It was simply perfect from every angle. Let the market dictate the price of such a rare supercar. Hopefully the buyer and seller both go home happy. #F166-1972 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 2F03Q199033. Blue metallic/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 88,190 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The paint is excellent. The interior is lightly worn and in good condition; however, the carpets need cleaning. The chrome and trim are outstanding. Engine bay is clean. Most of the car looks to be original or at least correct. Trunk area like new. Underside is coated but clean. White vinyl top is like new. The correct Magnum 500 wheels and tires are very nice. MOPAR #F175-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23N0G146483. Vitamin C Orange/black vinyl/white leather. Odo: 77 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration. Of course, with only 77 miles since restoration, the stunning Vitamin C Orange paint, interior, underside and engine bay are all excellent. The original bumpers have been rechromed. It really is a well-done car. The SOLD AT $31,860. Nice car for its age. The car sold at Mecum Houston in April of 2014 for $32,400 (ACC# 252951). According to the ACC Pocket Price Guide, its market value currently ranges $31k to $40,500 for a #2 example. So, the seller breaks about even and, assuming it runs out well, the buyer did well. AMERICANA #T55-1973 JEEP CJ-5. VIN: KS13 3283. Blue/black vinyl/gray vinyl. Odo: 90,770 miles. 258-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. The paint is just fair, with chips and scratches. The engine bay is poor and needs a cosmetic restoration. The interior is presentable for a Jeep. The front seats are new vinyl; rears are older cloth. It comes with new tires and polished aluminum wheels that set it off nicely. Cond: 3-. buyer will get all the restoration documentation including pictures, receipts and owner history. Here is my one complaint: The wheels and tires are dirty and distract from the appearance of this overall marvelous car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,640. It seemed like someone dropped the ball on the presentation of this gorgeous car—no one cleaned the wheels and tires. What a SOLD AT $5,750. These old Jeeps are economical, popular and a lot of fun. This one is in good driver condition and, assuming that it is mechanically sound, was an excellent buy. I would have loved to purchase this one for my 15-year-old grandson. A July-August 2015 95 BEST BUY


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VICARI // Nocona, TX Vicari — Cruisin’ Nocona AS THE THUNDER ROLLS, A 1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD HAMMERS FOR $162K Vicari Nocona, TX May 7–9, 2015 Auctioneers: Joey Fortner, Matthew Kruse Automotive lots sold/ offered: 106/216 Sales rate: 49% Sales total: $1,984,784 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack, sold at $162,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, 11% for online sales, included in sold prices Pampered and cared for, and with only 2,589 miles, this 1970 Plymouth Superbird 440 Six Pack 2-door hard top sold at $162,000 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 96 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Phil Skinner Market opinions in italics On Thursday the 7th, a 75-car cruise started in the morning and visited several area sights before heading back to town for a barbecue. As the cruisers settled in around town, auction staffers were busy checking in cars. The sale started promptly at noon Friday. About 100 T vehicles crossed the block, followed by another Texas barbecue. Saturday began at 10 a.m., and the auction staff kept things moving even with bursts of thunder and a couple of short downpours. Friday saw light crowds but strong sales. Saturday had lots of spectators with limited serious buyers. Still, those who came to buy knew what they were looking for. Taking center stage at this sale were a couple of high-performance vehicles, such as a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with 440 Six Pack and 4-speed, securing high-sale honors at $162k. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396 Indy Pace Car convertible was well bought ornados, thunder like I have never experienced, flash floods, hail — against all odds, Pete Vicari’s team pulled off another successful classic car auction the second weekend of May in Nocona, TX. It was their third visit to the Cruisin’ Nocona festival. and sold at $47k. Still a regional player for the most part, Vicari knows what his customers want and works to get the right items for his sale. The consignment list included plenty to choose from near the $10k mark. Some of my favorites were a 1941 Ford Super Deluxe sedan, sold at $9,720, a slant-6-powered 1969 Plymouth Barracuda convertible at $10,800, and a 1963 Pontiac LeMans convertible with the “half-a-V8” 195-ci I4, not sold at $10k. In the vintage truck category, a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 was a fair purchase at $10,823, and a very honest 1969 Jeep Commando found a deserved $14k. A new addition to the auction staff at Nocona was veteran bid caller Matthew Kruse from Auburn, IN. Pete Vicari has been friends with the Kruse family for many years. Seeing this experienced bid caller at work was a treat, and he played well with Vicari’s lead auctioneer, Joey Fortner. These auctions are always enjoyable, with a laid-back atmosphere, but when it comes time to get a deal done, Vicari goes that extra mile and makes sure his customers are happy campers. At the end of the sale, it was hard to find a frown anywhere. A


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VICARI // Nocona, TX GM #382-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 5HPE16361. Forester Green/brown leatherette. Odo: 90,007 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Appears mostly original. Newer replated front and rear chrome bumpers, cheap factory heater. Very plain, as is to be expected. Engine starts and runs well, shifts into gear with no effort. A few small dings, odd creasing to left rear of cab. Bed wood replaced several years ago and needs to be refinished. Inside, the cab has that “old truck” feel and nostalgia-triggering odors of oil and gas coming up through the floorboards. Basic truck, no frills. Cond: 3. #362-1962 CADILLAC DEVILLE Park Avenue sedan. VIN: 62D60760. Olympic White/ivory leather & gold nylon. Odo: 42,803 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Unmolested car, not very common, with just 2,600 produced. Still wearing its factory paint and all the original soft trim; some splitting at the seams on the driver’s seat; paint and chrome show age. Plastic lenses were all clear without crazing or chips. Glass shows no issues. Cond: 3. auto. When I first inspected this car, it was probably a #4; after cleanup it looked a lot better. Typical equipment, Hurst “his and hers” shifter, AM radio, heater-defroster, power steering and brakes. Appears to have come out of long-term storage. Dull paint, taillight lenses cracked and/or crazed. Glass good, no signs of body damage or bubbles. Interior usable but odometer is on second trip around. Engine bay needs detailing but nothing has been altered. Paint and trim match cowl tag. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,823. Pickup trucks in general continue to generate a lot of interest in the collector-car market, and the Advanced Design Chevys are doing well. Seller was looking for $12k and would not budge. In a perfect retail situation, he might have gotten a little more, but this was on a rainy day in North Texas. Well bought, fairly sold. #325-1955 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE. VIN: 556262578. Light blue & white/bluesilver velour. Odo: 88,295 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent car with no rust-out or major repairs. A lot of chrome has been redone, but not all of it. Color pleasant but not factory. Stock underhood. Aftermarket chrome wire wheels don’t help. Dashpad cracked, with minor pitting; taillight lenses show weathering and some crazing on the lenses. Body panels were straight and mechanics appeared to be in fairly good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,820. Interest here was from several dealers before the sale. Bidding reached $12,500 and stopped, and the $20k reserve was declared. A few minutes later it was announced sold at $16,500 plus commission. Well bought and sold. With a deep detailing and expert restoration of the soft trim, this car really has mid-$20k potential, but don’t cheapen the experience with vinyl and velour. #551-1966 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: 156116S223182. Regal Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 60,390 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Basically unmolested from new. Older respray in original color, some masking and overspray issues noted. Interior very well appointed and looks nearly new; some floor and pedal wear, but seats are in great shape. Factory AM/FM, but no heaterdefroster. Underhood looks pure stock with original decals on the air-cleaner snorkel. Some underside chrome showing a little surface rust. Body panels and glass all good. Light scuffing on brightwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,300. I thought this car would be a tough sell, but several interested bidders crawled all over it. Before the sale I thought this was a $13k–$14k car. Detailing and polishing paid off for the seller. #914-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Indy Pace Car convertible. VIN: 124679N625728. White & orange/white vinyl/ orange houndstooth vinyl. Odo: 625 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-barrel, 4-sp. Full restoration. Well equipped. AM radio not working, disconnected wires under the dash, but doesn’t look bad. Slight smudging on the top. Paint very nice, as is the interior with little detail items such as the proper carpet edging. Clean, clear gauges and good glass all around. Chrome in good condition, Rally wheels restored. Runs out well. Engine not numbers-matching. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,095. In top-quality condition this car could hit $50k. I have a feeling this car isn’t going to be kept stock very long. It really did have good eye appeal, but electrics and motor are best left to an expert. Decent starting point for a full restoration. 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $54,000. Not your father’s go-towork car or mom’s grocery getter. This vehicle was made to scoot but didn’t look like it had ever gone racing, which was probably a high point. Seller was looking for something closer to $75k, but with real money from two serious bidders, it was time to take the money and run. #565-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242177K139413. Fathom Blue/gold vinyl. Odo: 35,512 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, SOLD AT $46,980. Seller hesitated to lift reserve at $42k, but he did, and there were three more $500 jumps before the hammer came down, so he was happy despite his original $55k reserve. Needs detail work to be a show car but is a great starting point, and most of the hard work had been done. Very few Pace Cars equipped with this powertrain, so it may have been a 350 V8 from the factory. #923-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370K142670. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 18,720 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be a real-deal LS5 SS with matching numbers, but they


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VICARI // Nocona, TX were ground off the block during the rebuild. Very good body panel alignment, decent interior, including SS dash but with bolt-on Sun Tach and JVC in-dash stereo. Under the Cowl Induction hood with nice pins, the chrome fairies have been busy. Rides on American Racing wheels. Cond: 2. quickly. 1980s JVC stereo, factory a/c, and even a clock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,960. First, the seller was very upfront with what he could tell about the car. Second, the workmanship and presentation were excellent. Third, all of the major issues (such as missing numbers) were clearly announced. For a drivable performance machine, call this one better sold than bought, but both sides should be happy. #619-1970 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138570F101388. White/ black vinyl. Odo: 70,935 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. From the first year of this personal luxury entry from Chevy. Has seen a lot of life. Paint tired, chrome has flaws, underhood has a few alterations, door sticker missing. 1980s Optimus stereo, cracked dashpad. Car starts and runs with no aid. Stress cracks on rear quarter seams and surface rust. Crazing and cracks on the lenses. In general a rather tired car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $22,680. Seller was looking for about $6k more but realized he had a good customer and let him get his way. Weakest part of this car was the soft trim. With some attention, this car could bring a good return, but as it sat, I call it very well sold. #564-1975 GMC 1500 Sierra Classic Gentleman Jim pickup. VIN: TCV145B506296. Black & gold/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,638 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A rather obscure dress-up kit for the GMC pickups, well appointed with factory AM/FM, a/c, power steering and brakes, bucket seats with center console, and that big-block V8. Looks to have had at least one repaint. Odometer on its second time around, but truck is generally original. Windshield has been replaced. With original faux wood trim and even the signature floor mats. Just a bit tired cosmetically. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,670. Dealers in the crowd didn’t seem too interested. It looked like a couple of novice car buyers drove the price from a $3k opening bid to the hammer. I think with quality paint, attention to the soft trim and a little rechrome work, this car could be a low-$20k candidate. FOMOCO #376-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE sedan. VIN: 186615164. Maroon/tan & gray cloth. Odo: 88,007 miles. Claimed a 100% original barn find, but the seats were re-covered probably in the 1970s with non-authentic material. The dash is okay, but the radio face plate is corroded, some gauges very hard to read, headliner starting to disintegrate. Still, the body is solid, good floors, no body rot. Most glass good. Nice starting point for a full restoration if only it had two fewer doors. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. Despite car’s obvious condition, there was a lot of interest, and it sold very well against the seller’s $15k reserve. #610-1971 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme convertible. VIN: 342671M18 3667. Matador Red/white vinyl/pearl white vinyl. Odo: 30,745 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. At first glance, the new red paint makes this car look pretty good. Looking deeper, things like non-functioning driver’s door button allude to other issues. 1970-style fenders make you wonder what happened to the originals. Chrome presentable. Nice seats, but original door panels have seen better days. Glass is good. Big-block V8 fires up 100AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $4,320. This is Texas, and pickups are king. While Chevrolet trucks do very well in the marketplace, GMCs lag behind—despite being pretty much identical vehicles from 1968 on. The “Jim” package adds some value, but condition wasn’t perfect, and this was the less-desirable long bed. I think $6k–$7k would have been in the ballpark. #359-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO coupe. VIN: 6L67S6Q103393. Emberglow Firemist/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 73,544 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tired but still running. Wearing most of its original paint. Front and rear plastic extensions have been replaced; color matching was close but not close enough. Car needs full cosmetics. Has all the power accessories plus a parade boot, top goes up and down, engine runs, transmission shifts, lights work. Has aftermarket stereo. Signs of light bodywork on front left fender. Clear title. No reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,720. Early V8 Fords continue to stay strong in the market, and for the car’s condition, this was a dang impressive sale. Seller made a few dollars and was happy, even though he had over $13k for reserve. A deep detailing, attention to accessories, trim bits, etc., and this car might bring $15k. It was one of my favorites at this sale. #922-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT California Special replica coupe. VIN: 8F01C201377. Ivy Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,100 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recently restored to replicate a GT/California Special. Has proper hood, side scoops and even sequential taillights. Paint is fresh and well done in original color. Interior changed to black from Ivy Gold; aftermarket stereo and a/c, plus a few other touches. Underhood chrome is king, but no internal engine mods. Disc brakes added for safety. Body straight, very good chrome and glass. Everything in working order and looks ready to go. No reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,900. This consignor is known for


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VICARI // Nocona, TX bringing decent-looking cars to auction and seeing what the market will do. A real GT/ CS in this condition probably wouldn’t have done a whole lot better. Workmanship on this car was good, and the bidders all appeared to be dealers, so they must have felt there was money to be made. #348-1973 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 3F03F183208. Blue/white vinyl/blue crinkle vinyl. Odo: 73,845 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older cosmetic re-do with original exterior color, chrome showing some age. Top looks fairly new, not pulling up too much on the sides. Interior basically stock; woodgrain appliqué has some discoloration. Pedal wear confirms car could be on its first trip around the odometer. Glass good all around, no cracks or chips. Underhood has no modifications; clean but would benefit from a nicer detailing. Base hubcaps with trim rings on the wheels. Cond: 3. Branch for $41k (ACC# 256053). In January 2002, it sold for $31k at eBay Kruse (ACC# 25493) and for $36k at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (ACC# 26901). I think this car could do $70k–$75k with the right audience. Well bought and sold. #515-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA convertible. VIN: BH27B9B378323. Blue/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2,384 miles. 225-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. One of those cars that makes you ask, “When did you last see one?” Has an older low-cost repaint in original color; masking and overspray protection would have cost more. Bumpers replated recently. Rocker repair evident. Upgraded Kenwood stereo probably from time of the Carter administration. A few rust bubbles. Overall the car has a tired look. Did I mention the slant six under the hood? Consider that a plus. Cond: 3-. Paint looks fresh with plenty of depth; body panel alignment has typical front-end warp. Soft trim, dash and gauge presentation all better than factory. Glass clear and bright, lenses without issue. Fired right up from a cold start. Pampered and cared for. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,000. Seller was hoping for about $20k more, but this was a good time to take the money and move down the road. It appeared that a collector bought this car, meaning it won’t be seen again on the market. Vicari seems to do well with these Superbirds. Well bought and sold. Last sold for $167k at Vicari’s October 2014 Biloxi sale (ACC# 255978). AMERICANA #587-1969 JEEP COMMANDO SUV. VIN: 8705F1756784. Red/white fiberglass/black vinyl. Odo: 36,110 miles. 225-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. A nice, honest, low-mile vehicle that hasn’t been pampered. No sign of bodywork. Paint is tired, interior looking a little forlorn, top appears to have never been removed. Engine area needs detailing but is complete and unaltered. Fitted with period aftermarket a/c, AM/FM radio, and 1970s 40-channel CB radio. Glass is good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,230. These cars do represent an era, and this example really wasn’t that bad. Price paid was fair. The seller signed up looking for something closer to $20k but made the wise decision when bidding stopped. Well bought and sold. MOPAR #915-1962 CHRYSLER 300H convertible. VIN: 8423143032. Festival Red/white vinyl/ tan leather. Odo: 29 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored around the turn of the 21st century, still has lots of eye appeal. Paint has some micro-scratches, glass is clean, clear, no streaks or marks, chrome deep and reflective, some trim bits have a patina. Underhood tidy, proper-looking. Power steering, brakes, windows and seat. Interior leather soft and supple. Tail lenses are the weakest part of the car with minor crazing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,320. One of the rarest of all letter cars—just 123 built. Seller had over $85k as his reserve. Last sold in November of 2014 at RM Farmers 102AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $10,800. In the world of muscle cars the ’70 ’Cuda is king, but there’s little trickle-down value here. Still, this convertible had potential. If brought back and restored to pure stock form, I think it might bring upwards of $30k. Buyer should be happy with it, as it will probably be the only one on the block. Seller didn’t do too bad either. #918-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 440 Six Pack 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V0A167117. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,589 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Reportedly all numbers-matching. Well appointed with power steering, disc brakes up front, factory AM/FM, Tic-Toc-Tach, etc. SOLD AT $14,040. Seller had a $20k reserve, but before the sale said he was willing to take less. When bidding hit $10k, the reserve came off, and it was game on. Three bidders in rapid succession moved things along in $500 leaps until there was only one. I think that with a good detailing, it could have appealed even more, and the final price could have hit the $16k mark. This was one of my favorite vehicles at this sale—true, untouched, no games, no stories. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Three Auctions GM #62-1940 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Series 75 sedan. VIN: 7320465. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 88,898 miles. Looks like a limo, but no divider between compartments. Older dull black refinish, major chrome replated, minor bits pitted, droopy front door handles. Rustfree sheet metal, glass good, steel wheels have small caps and wide whites. Long radio antenna curves toward driver’s door. Stock interior, front seat loose plus moth damage, rear serviceable. Stock engine compartment not detailed. Crimped radiator hose, new gas filter, fuel pump, plug wires and distributor cap indicate some recommissioning. Economy prom rental. Cond: 3. Top seller at lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA — 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $18,080 Lucky Collector Car Auctions April Jackpot Snoqualmie, WA — April 4, 2015 Auctioneers: Don Jones, Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/offered: 59/81 Sales rate: 73% Sales total: $859,584 High American sale: 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $18,080 Buyer’s premium: 13% onsite, 15% online, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jack Tockston Silver Portland, OR — April 24, 2015 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/offered: 41/73 Sales rate: 56% Sales total: $501,448 High sale: 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, sold at $51,905 Buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum $75, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeremy Da Rosa Morphy las Vegas, nV — April 25, 2015 Auctioneer: Dan Morphy Automotive lots sold/offered: 18/52 Sales rate: 35% Sales total: $614,350 High American sale: 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible, sold at $30,800 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Travis Shetler SOLD AT $15,820. Base price was a spendy $3,995 in pre-war dollars, and limited options were laughably cheap by today’s standards. Dropping in a crate 502-ci big block with appropriate drivetrain updates would make an interesting resto-mod. Bidders didn’t seem to have much vision here, but at least one saw enough possibilities to take it home. At about $3 per pound, I’m calling this one well bought and sold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #17-1954 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 5A2015086. Light blue/ivory vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 32,420 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint in original blue, no rust, single upward dent in hood from forgotten tool. Steel wheels, full caps, wide whites. Driver’s door won’t open, brightwork and glazing good. Soiled vinyl convertible top has mild stretch and clear plastic backlight. Interior worn, leather bench seats splitting, same speedometer as pricier Roadmaster. Underhood area superficially cleaned, Morphy, las Vegas, nV, top seller: 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible, sold at $30,800 104AmericanCarCollector.com


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL engine looks original. Probably a fun cruiser. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,650. Some 3,343 of these convertibles were produced in 1954 and purchased by upwardly mobile professionals en route to Cadillacs. (The Buick’s sneering toothy grille seemed to underscore the point.) And “new for 1954” was GM’s first use of the wrap-around “Panoramic” windshield. This rust-free, no-reserve offering looked solid with no evidence of major bodywork or crash damage. New owner obtained an easy project for summer cruising. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #13-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 60F606959. Brilliant Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 71,174 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older cloudy metallic repaint in factory color on straight panels. No rust or bodywork found. Newer convertible top has shot plastic blacklight. Good stainless and chrome trim except for corroded left taillight surround. Power antenna inoperative. Holes in front fenders betray missing emblems, windshield chipped (one nickel-sized). Interior aged, economy flatpanel vinyl seating, factory radio, steering wheel paint mostly gone. Stock and dry underhood. Decent driver if unconcerned with fuel mileage. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,750. Very well bought at the bottom of the market range. There are rarer options, and a manual transmission is always desirable, but this Impala presented a good opportunity for the buyer. The seller might have found a higher bid elsewhere, but the price was not out of line. Morphy, Las Vegas, NV, 04/15. #48-1966 PONTIAC LEMANS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237176P327139. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 72,081 miles. 326-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great color on this very desirable and attractive body style. Stated to be a restoration on a rust-free car. Paint nicely prepped and finished. The chrome is good. The interior is well presented, and the black wrinkle finish on the dash panel is good. The engine compartment is detailed. Aftermarket American Racing wheels do not detract. Cond: 2. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,933. Long on hood and presence, these were powered by Caddy’s 429-ci V8 (340 hp) in a FWD chassis shared with Olds Toronado. About 18k built. This example looked straight, had no evidence of damage repairs, and started right up when called to the block. Its presence and “economy” would be intimidating to Prius commuters. The auctioneer worked hard to close the sale for credit-card money with some still available to fix the seats. Well bought and sold for current condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #253-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6711637. Capri Cream/cream & tan vinyl. Odo: 33,322 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint resprayed in original color, chrome and brightwork wonderful. New Year One interior with a $5,000 price tag. Factory air. Engine bay clean and fits car well. All-original body. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,030. Great car for the buyer, and the seller probably made most of the money back. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/15. SOLD AT $18,080. Fifty-five years ago, about 14,000 of these 19-footers left the factory offering luxury to envious eyes. 325 hp was impressive then, and gas was cheap. Not without its needs, but the new owner snagged it well under market. Well bought. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #25-1965 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 166675J130326. Artesian Turquoise/white vinyl/white & aqua vinyl. Odo: 56,273 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Low-mileage, rust-free Montana car in a fantastic color combination. The car is unrestored and shows minimal wear and tear. The paint is in very nice condition, and the trim is all present and fine. Inside, the interior combination is just right. Wearing a light patina associated with gentle use. Under the hood, the small-block motor is well presented. The engine compartment needs a bit more detailing to get the last bits of dust out. One of the favorite cars of the auction crew. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,900. Well sold slightly above the middle of the current market. A nicely presented vehicle that will give the buyer an enjoyable driver to use without risking the value. Morphy, Las Vegas, NV, 04/15. #44-1967 CADILLAC ELDORADO coupe. VIN: H7148481. Blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 92,088 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight and rust-free panels, nice repaint in original hue. Steel wheels, uncurbed original full caps, whitewall tires. Stainless trim good, chrome good except a couple of pitted pot-metal bits. Musty inside, seats split, stock and complete dash, headliner good. Engine compartment driver quality, appears unmolested. Believable odometer reading. #15-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242677P157425. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,493 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very honest GTO. The paint is full of touched-up chips, and there are slight disfigurations at the wheelwell and along the right rocker brightwork. In a different car, these problems would be more worrisome. However, this original, low-mileage car is everything you want in an automatic GTO convertible. Well equipped with “his and hers” Dual Gate shifter and an under-dash FM receiver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. Well bought, almost 10% under the market. The new owner has acquired a lot of car to enjoy, and he or she should be able to turn a profit in the future. GTO convertibles look like solid long-term investments. The originality of the car was a perfect fit with the market’s infatuation with originality. Morphy, Las Vegas, NV, 04/15. July-August 2015 105


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #207-1968 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO custom pickup. VIN: 136808Z127103. Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 91,523 miles. 383-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Recent frame-off restoration. Paint shows well, no noticeable blemishes anywhere. Brightwork phenomenal. Interior excellent. Engine bay neatly resto-modded with tuned-port injection on a 383 stroker. 700R4 tranny. Cond: 2+. late white paint on straight, rust-free panels, including cargo box. Lowered for stance, dual exhaust, chrome American Racing mags set it off. Glass, stainless and bumpers excellent. Interior redone with matching blue cloth on seats, door panels and carpet. Engine bay fresh, Holley Double Pumper carb, cast-aluminum valve covers, and water pump. Black VHT paint on headers, power steering and brakes. Show-quality. Cond: 1-. #256-1975 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 6D47S5Q231480. Red/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 60,750 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint shows well. Top nice. Chrome beautiful. Recent rebuild, lots of new items listed. Interior fantastic, with only very minor wear. Engine bay tidy and clean. Huge list of new and replaced parts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,520. Great engine/tranny combo, the paint is wonderful, and the attention to detail is obvious. Done right all around. Both parties have to be happy with the result. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/15. #14-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379L531068. Yellow/blue cloth. Odo: 3,048 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Gorgeous paint, laser-straight panels, GM gaps, hood slightly high. Subtle changes to grille and rear valance. Showquality glitter and glass, 16-inch polished Centerlines, nice stance. Gray cloth covers what looks like late Camaro bucket seats and door panels with working electrical switches. Auto Meter gauges in custom dash. Underhood fully dressed with Zoops pulley set, Demon 4-bbl, R134a a/c, custom fan shroud polished or powder-coated. Four-wheel discs for whoa, 350-ci for go. $70k in receipts. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. This seemed like a fresh build with no use or demerits. The stance was just right, workmanship firstrate. Purchased at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January of 2014, for $23,650 (ACC# 240551). In June of 2014, it no-saled at Mecum Seattle with a final bid of $20k (ACC# 25511), and again here at $16k. Trucks have been bringing good money at auctions, this cab style is popular, and it’s definitely investment-grade. We’ll see if this one shows up for monetary recognition in the near future. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. NOT SOLD AT $25,500. I saw this ride at the Lucky Tacoma sale in May 2014, where it sold for $34,650 (ACC# 243976). A fresh build then with 41 test miles, now with 3,007 added. Although it’s still looking fresh and a crowd magnet, block results were disappointing, with bids barely above low estimate. Owner correctly kept it, and I hope it turns up on the Mecum Seattle docket in June. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #46-1971 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. VIN: CS148S213090. White/blue cloth. Odo: 58,881 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely done resto-mod with immacu- 106AmericanCarCollector.com #78-1972 PONTIAC GRAND VILLE convertible. VIN: 2P67W2X307471. Brown metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 24,817 miles. 455ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint in thick bronze metallic over long wavy panels, especially bad on left side. Paint on hood and driver’s door badly crazed, embedded debris throughout. Windshield lightly chipped, with large star at center. Good convertible top has glass back window. Serviceable interior looks original, seating going baggy, factory AM radio, power windows. Engine compartment dirty; rusty blue valve covers, red intake, rusty block document partsswapping. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,900. Previously not sold at $4,000 at Lucky’s August sale in Tacoma, WA (ACC# 245163). The wide whites, bright red paint and skirts made this quite a cherry to catch, and the price is right on. Well bought and sold. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/15. #257-1975 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Salon 2-dr sedan. VIN: 3K57K5R113402. Light blue/white vinyl/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 17,828 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows very well. Chrome equally sharp. White striping on body stands out wonderfully. Interior plush, with minimal wear on touchpoints. Engine bay immaculate. Long list of new parts, plus noted “$17,000 paint job.” Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $15,500. These colonnade cars are creeping into the collector realms, and this was an excellent example of what these cars have to offer. Landau top, rims, plush interior... Listed as completely restored a year ago, with all new parts. The seller wisely kept the pink slip in pocket. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/15. CORVETTE SOLD AT $6,215. The waves on these panels would attract Executive Editor Chester Allen’s longboard. Very well sold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #19-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S406291. Green/white vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 249 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Old economy green paint over original Safari Yellow peeking in many places. Replacement nose clip has paint bubbling over fasteners, emblem mounted eight inches too low. Old ragtop,


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP front bumper good, rear has scuffed thin chrome. Rally wheels, windshield stonechipped, weather seals shot. Interior shabby, seats in baggy black corduroy, aftermarket cassette radio. Engine area stock, filthy, a/c belt missing, rusty distributor shielding, aftermarket air cleaner. An ambitious project. Cond: 4+. bought, indeed. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. FOMOCO #64-1939 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: PPA56839. Maroon/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 38,924 miles. Very good restoration presents well. Despite being in the rain, you can tell paintwork and underlying bodywork are excellent, except chips on driver’s door edge. Brightwork glistens, all glass clear, tan cloth convertible top wrinkled by folding. Unfamiliar taillights. Flathead V8 (239 ci, 95 hp) and surroundings all showroom. Wide whites on body-color steel wheels set it off. Nice piece. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $14,408. This was a tired base Corvette in search of resurrection. The positives were a top that drops and 4-speed; the rest, a money pit. Owner said he had it for 15 years, and odometer “just turned.” A home hobbyist might accept the challenge, but paying a shop assures financial snorkeling. Lot 65, a black ’02 C5 convertible, was the far better alternative at $14,690 with fewer miles and no needs. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. 25119311. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 85,752 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original triple-black configuration has unblemished paint, ragtop looks fresh and unwrinkled. Minimal brightwork excellent. Factory polished mags hold Hankook tires installed 6k miles ago. Interior presents as-new, as does clean and stock engine compartment. A drop-top C5 with well-loved vibe and condition that contradicts mileage shown. Cond: 2-. #65-2002 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32GX- NOT SOLD AT $42,500. An attractive car that someone maintained to preserve originality. Though no mention that mileage was original, it would be believable if it were. Fixing the driver’s power window and windshield-wiper park was all that seemed needed here. ACC’s Pocket Price Guide places these in the $58k–$90k range with an Investment Grade of C. Seller correctly took it home. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #59-1948 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: 99A2241062. Barcelona Blue/tan cloth/brown & tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 60,829 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Presents as fairly recent restoration. Quality Barcelona Blue repaint on unblemished panels. Brightwork looks fresh, steel wheels, full caps, wide whites set it off. Glass good, driver’s wiper blade missing. Interior stock and clean, steering wheel chipped and cracked, correct gold instrument faces, excellent wood-graining on dash and sills, brown rubber flooring. Engine area clean, 6-volt sparks. Owner says it “needs a fuel system flush and a water pump.” (Flatheads have two water pumps.) Nice cruiser. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. This was the best restoration at this sale. Its paltry demerits were the minor chips and lightly soiled chassis from driving. With detailing, this ride could be a showfield centerpiece and class winner. Aside from the taillights, the vibe was bone-stock and lovingly assembled. This crowd didn’t seem too keen on vintage iron, and bidding stalled at less than likely restoration cost. Owner was right to hold. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #49-1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 71H168522. Yellow/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 43,501 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Nice paint on rustfree panels, reminiscent of Pale Primrose used on period British cars. Ragtop, glass, gaps, chrome very good. Steel wheels, full hubcaps, wide whitewalls. Interior replicates original in brown leather, steering wheel has no cracks. Instruments clear, factory radio, inoperative driver’s power window. Under long, heavy hood is clean compartment, original flathead V12 (130 hp), 6-volt electrics retained. Nice presentation. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,690. As the owner of an ’02 C5 with one-third the miles, I found the condition of this one most impressive. With no evidence of respray, I wondered how almost 87k miles were traveled with no road rash or Scotch protection (as found on mine). Entering the Corvette world in this example would be rewarding and cost-effective. Sales price was $10k under low estimate, making this a top steal of the day. Well 108AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $35,000. A quality piece. A popular country-club car back in the day, and I’d volunteer to assume the helm for a summer coastal cruise today. The seller’s candor regarding the car’s needs was appreciated, but I wondered why those needs weren’t repaired and what other faults lurked. On the block, bidding stalled at what seemed a conservative number, and seller correctly held to his unmentioned reserve. We’ll see this one again. Recently no-saled at Bonhams Scottsdale at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 264584). Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #3-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH111050. Black/black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 5,580 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Previously restored. Driveable, but the paint is tired, swirled, chipped and ready for a makeover. Inside, the interior presents better than the outside, possible recent upholstery. The dash looks better than average without the usual fading found on the speedometer. Under the hood, engine needs to be detailed, and the entire compartment is very dusty. Cond: 3-. BEST BUY


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GLOVEBOXNOTES GLOBAL ROUNDUP By Jim Pickering 2015 GMC Canyon 4WD Extended Cab GLOBAL ROUNDUP factory-original with remarkably supple leather that’s barely creased, unworn carpeting, 8-track tunes. Underhood has light dust. A time capsule. Cond: 2. Price as tested: $30,200 Equipment: 2.5-L direct-injected DOHC I4, 6-speed automatic, electronic 2-speed transfer case, four-way power driver’s seat, power windows, air conditioning, tilt wheel, remote keyless entry, EZ lift and lower tailgate, spray-on bed liner, audio system with 4.2-inch display. Mileage: 19 city/25 highway likes: GM’s new small truck is the perfect size — not too small, not too big. Easy to see out of and has good handling dynamics for a truck. Simple dash layout with easy-to-understand controls. Dislikes: The 2.5 might have enough grunt for a rear-drive standard cab pickup, but it’s painfully underpowered in this application. Accelerating onto the freeway takes all she’s got, and even then, you get more noise than motion. Verdict: GM’s got it right with this allnew small pickup — that is, if you spec it out correctly. Our tester was a strippeddown 4x4, but with a few more options — and the V6 — this is all the truck most of us need. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: Overall experience: SOLD AT $11,300. The Mustang’s enduring popularity, parts availability and easy assembly make this an easy project (or flipper magnet). The desirable year, V8 engine and automatic transmission further enhance the bait. This example had “upside” written all over it if the work was done at home with parts sourced appropriately. Obtained for exactly half of low estimate, this is a score for the buyer. Well done with double thumbs-up. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #48-1978 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V coupe. VIN: 8Y89A910135. Blue metallic/blue leather. Odo: 46,787 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One owner, 100% factory, top to bottom. Paint lightly crazed on grille nose cap and leading edge of hood (from radiator heat), remainder is mint. Flawless glitter and glazing. Steel wheels, uncurbed full “wire wheel” hubcaps. Interior 110AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $25,300. Below market and very well bought. A good driver or the basis of a full-on restoration. These cars may be close to the lower end of their value curve at the moment, but 1955–57 Thunderbirds should follow the market. They always look great when finished, especially in this color combination. Morphy, Las Vegas, NV, 04/15. #77-1967 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 7R03C168191. Blue metallic/ black vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 17,641 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Jambs verify older respray is original metallic blue; hood and windshield lightly chipped. No telltales of crash or rust damage, newer convertible top fits well, plastic backlight clear. Chrome good, door handles lightly pitted, steel wheels, full caps. Interior has serviceable original two-tone vinyl, cracked steering wheel, painted metal door tops scratched, driver’s armrest split. Underhood driverquality, power steering, manual brakes. Would be an easy family restoration project. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,605. This was from an estate sale, and surviving family members were present to watch their parents’ pride and joy change hands. It was obviously well maintained, sparingly used, and garage-kept. Price guides have no bearing on the value here, and none were in hand as bidders pursued it. Selling price was appropriate for condition, and surviving family applauded with smiles. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. MOPAR #60-1953 PLYMOUTH CRANBROOK convertible. VIN: 13406476. Blue/blue vinyl/ blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 85,820 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nice light blue paint with dark blue accents and pink edging. Recent convertible top with mild wrinkling and clear backlight. No evidence of rust or damage repairs, bright trim excellent, sits on steel wheels with “wire wheel” hubcaps and wide whites. Interior fresh in blue cloth and vinyl on seats (with red piping) and side panels. Driver-quality underhood, I6 engine stock and original, new battery, chrome alternator and recent coil. Fun ride for a class reunion. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,080. This drop-top had a mild feminine custom vibe, perhaps built as a first car for a teenager. More go than show, especially with the three-on-the-tree. Built on great bones, I wouldn’t be surprised if miles shown were original. Bidders seemed taken with this effort, and winning bid was about $6k more than I had envisioned. Well bought and sold, with a nod to the podium. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP COLLECTIBLE UPCOMING There’s a New Shelby in the Neighborhood #50-1956 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER St. Regis 2-dr hard top. VIN: N563255. White & red/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 17,651 miles. 354-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent repaint on factory panels, both doors out at bottom, windshield has vertical crack top to bottom on right side. Chrome, stainless, full hubcaps very good. Factory original inside, driver’s kick panel needs replacing, armrest worn through, carpeting soiled. Driver-quality underhood, air cleaner missing, new battery (1/15) implies idle storage. An unfinished project. Cond: 3-. American Car Collector magazine was invited to sit down with Paul Brearey, Marketing Manager for Enthusiasts Events for Ford Motor Company, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, FL, to discuss the upcoming release of the all-new 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R. Yes, that’s a Shelby with an “R” in the name, which should jog our collective memories of those utilitarian race-bred 1965 GT350Rs that terrorized tracks all over the world in the mid-1960s. Ford has pulled out all the stops for the rebirth of the R-series Shelby. The car lives up to its name as a purpose-built track weapon that is quite capable, right out of the box, for those willing to test the limits of the machine. Naturally, for professional teams, some modifications will be made to prepare the car for track-only use, but the rest of us can surely enjoy the Shelby right off the showroom floor. So what makes it so special? That’s the easy part. No back seat, no radio, no a/c (all available as options, however), full racing harness and a reported 500-plus ponies with a staggering 8,250-rpm redline on tap to keep your butt planted in the fully-formed Recaro seats. Power at the rear wheels comes from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 transferred through a Tremec quick-shift 6-speed manual transmission. Other features include all sorts of weight-reduction engineering such as full carbon-fiber wheels, rear wing and radiator support. Brake components include genuine cold-air intake/outtake ventilation to further keep the massive six-piston brake calipers cool under severe duty. The car is also fitted with dedicated coolers for the engine oil, the gearbox and the limited-slip differential. Adding to all the fun and games is a fully adjustable suspension with dash- and steering-wheel-mounted controls to take you from a comfortable street car to all-out track duty at the flick of a switch. While the official numbers are not out yet, the GT350R will list from the mid-$50k to mid- $60k range, and yes, there will be a frenzy of Ford-hungry buyers lining up to get theirs first, so grab your deli ticket number now if you can. Total production is expected to remain under 5,000 units, with specific R chassis numbers assigned to each car. That’s a lot of machine for the money. And given all the world-class engineering and special components that will only be available on the R models, it’s a car sure to please driving enthusiasts, team owners and collectors alike. Carroll would be pleased. A 112AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $18,000. At a distance, this looked like a prime specimen; up close, not so much. All the shiny bits were there, with more checks needed to finish the project. Mopar fans would appreciate an original Hemi (354 ci, 180 hp) and push-button shifter. Unfortunately, there were not enough of them in the room or on the phone to get a deal done. Reserve was unmentioned, but final bid was all the money for condition. Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 04/15. #266-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23NOE106864. Lime Light Green/black cloth. Odo: 14,490 miles. 440ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint quality, glass, and chrome good. Interior wonderful, with light wear. Engine bay clean with chrome, some bolt-ons rough. Good looking and well presented, and a legendary performer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,176. This well-kept ’Cuda was fitted with extensive modern performance parts and had lots of information on hand. These cars fetch big money, and this was no exception. Well done for both sides. Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 04/15. A — Dale Novak


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Big-Money Parts and Accessories from Around the Nation #221742825727—1948 Tucker Auto Radio. 11 photos. Item condition: NOS. eBay, Soquel, CA. 4/22/15 “After 67 years, I guess they aren’t going to build my Tucker like they promised, so I should probably sell the radio I bought for it. This radio has been with me for most of my life, and I have moved around more than a few times dragging it with me. It is in good overall condition with no rust or corrosion. Notice the push buttons for the radio; they spell “TUCKER.” I’ll secure all the papers so they don’t get damaged any more than they are, but I don’t want to try to ship the glass front frame. I don’t know if it works, of course, because it’s never been installed in a car, but it’s a bit of automobile history that was always important to me. All my life I’ve been fascinated with Tuckers, but since they have gone up in price so much lately, and since new cars have AM/FM, disc players, satellite radio and more, I don’t think I’ll ever need my Tucker car radio.” 23 bids. Sold for $670. Part number 102954. I’m sad this seller never got his Tucker, but when they regularly go for close to $1 million, I’m sure he’s not the only one sad about not getting one. There are only so many cars that this would appropriately fit in (just 51 of them, really), so it’s not likely that functionality was a significant factor in bidding here. It could make a fun interactive piece at a car museum, however. Plentiful bidding for a limited-use piece equals well sold. That said, good luck finding another. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com #221712502992—1941 Chevrolet Deluxe Spinner Accessory Steering Wheel. Nine photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Geneva, IL. 3/15/15 “Quite rare; condition is illustrated in pictures. The spinner spins freely. Would be a cool addition to a custom, hot rod, rat rod or your ’40s GM car (or Ford, Mercury, Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Ghia, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Nash-Healey, Muntz, Darrin, etc.). Please see pictures below/above, they are actual pictures of the listed item.” 21 bids. Sold at $1,324. How much cooler is this than those little eightball knobs? No contest. The seller included a graphic from a 1940 advertisement for the same steering wheel. The price when new? $12.50. I found another spinner steering wheel for sale with the Buy It Now option of $489.95. But that one was just the skeleton with no trim or horn button. Price paid here seems fair, after some vigorous bidding, for a mostly complete unit that could go right into a car. Hat tip to Kevin, who alerted us to this. #201323401602—DIVCO 18x4 Milk Truck Wheels. Seven photos. Item description: Used. eBay, Palo Alto, CA. 4/10/15 “This is a set of DIVCO 18x4 milk truck wheels with early Ford bolt pattern. They are in good shape other than some pitting on the inside of the wheel and the backside of the wheel. This will not affect their use and could be concealed with a scab coat or some heavy-filler primer on the back side of the rim.” Buy It Now. Sold at $1,300. The seller and I seem to disagree on what “some pitting” means. The images revealed a surface more akin to severe acne vulgaris than a useable wheel surface. But these are the real deal, so the buyer clicked on the Buy It Now button and got a pair for a chunk of change. Can’t blame them for ponying up for the same type of wheels that carried so many salt-flat racers to record speeds in the hot rod glory days. #141594646891—1931 DeSoto Radiator Cap Hood Ornament Mascot. Five photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Lebanon, CT. 3/15/15 “Original radiator cap mascot used on 1931 DeSoto cars. Ornament is in very good overall condition. Sword is straight and unbroken. Only a few scattered freckles on the original plating. Cast details are crisp and clean. Red gasket and locking ring on the base are in great shape, without corrosion or wear. Cast by the Jarvis Company, makers of many original factory hood ornaments of the early 1930s. A beautiful example of a classic mascot for the serious collector or proud DeSoto owner.” 13 bids. Sold at $1,250. Carl Bomstead has shown me time and again how pricey mascots can be, so I lack my usual incredulous attitude this go-round. Plus this guy looks way more imposing than the doughnut chasers adorning contemporary Packards. I’ve seen replicas go for $400 or so. Given its decent condition, well bought.A


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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 1940 Chevrolet Master Deluxe coupe ditioning. $54,900. Contact Chuck, Central Classic Cars, 419.618.3855, Email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com Web: www.centralclassiccars.com (OH) 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-dr sedan I6, Solidly restored in 2014/15. L.A. based, all-original, matching-numbers car with 78,800 original miles on the body and 100 miles on the entirely rebuilt powertrain. Interior, undercarriage, engine compartment all restored. Examples of performance enhancements are aluminum pistons, dual exhaust, 3.73 gears, upgraded brakes. Freeway driver. Call for extensive details. $29,000 OBO. Contact Larry, 858.699.1207, Email: larkar413@gmail.com (CA) 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-dr hard top S/N 56S057843. Twilight Turquoise & India Ivory/turquoise. 94,181 miles. V8, manual. Cloth and vinyl interior. Powered by a Super Turbo Fire 265-ci V8 w/ Power Pack. Totally original car, lots of original documents and many photos available. Call or text. $18,500 OBO. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports, Inc., 812.760.5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www.BuxtonMotorsports. com (IN) 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air 409 2-dr sedan Dove White & Hugger Orange/orange & black. 44,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Drive and enjoy it now, needs no tinkering to get it right. “The Yankee,” fully restored, 396/350, Muncie/Hurst 4-speed, 12-bolt Posi rear, CA black plates. Everything works. Paint is immaculate, drives and shows fantastic, just as you would expect. Radio, clock, white power top. Email me for history, additional info and photos. $65,000. Contact John, 831.375.7363, Email: fullscalemodels@yahoo. com (CA) 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT coupe Venetian Red/red. 270 hp. Body-off restored. Duntov Mark of Excellence, Bloomington Gold and four NCRS awards. $150,000. ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 419.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com (OH) 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Heater and radio delete, no ps, no pb, hidden stereo under seat. Cheater slicks, exhaust cut-outs, Cherry Bombs, correct Sun tach, all stock interior with bench seat. Steel wheels with poverty caps. Climate controlled storage. $75,000 OBO. Email: billcollopy@holbrookinc. com (IL) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS RS Indy Pace Car convertible ible. Summer cruiser, stored winters in climate-controlled garage, northern Illinois suburb. $25,000 OBO. Contact Allen, 847.234.5867, Email: allenseidel@hotmail.com (IL) CORVETTE 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 1G2PG370606FP257779. Red & gray/24,596 miles. V6, 4spd manual. Exceptional condition, 2.8-liter, electric windows, a/c, deluxe sound system. Alloy wheels, two owner’s manuals. Email for additional images. Chicago. $8,750 OBO. Contact Burt, 312.951.8981, Email: burt@fitzrich.com (IL) 1999 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible S/N VC56J031280. Nassau Blue and Harbor Blue/light blue and light gray. 1,235 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. Complete photo-documented restoration. Factory air con- 116 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 216115103035. Roman Red/red. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. A “Day Two”-certified 409 4-speed car with dual quads and Positraction. Red/white. 3,048 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. SLP Camaro, very low miles, leather interior, LSD, 12-disc player in trunk, as-new future collect- S/N J59S104983. Classic Cream (1 of 223)/black. Other, 4-spd automatic. Impeccable! NCRS Top Flight. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com Web: www.proteamcorvette.com/ Corvette-1957-1004G/1004G. html (OH) 1960 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 00867S101940. Tasco Turquoise/Turquoise. 4-spd manual. 270 hp. Impeccable. $160,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: www.proteamcorvette.com/Corvette-1960-1002G/1002G.html (OH)


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Showcase Gallery 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Silver Blue/black. 4-spd manual. Factory a/c Split-Window, 300 hp. Body-off restoration by Nabers. Bloomington Gold and NCRS Top Flight. Very rare! $195,000. ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 419.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com (OH) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340-hp Split-Window coupe S/N 194377S119262. Goodwood Green/Saddle Tan. 14,870 miles. 4-spd manual. 435 hp. 14,870 actual miles. Bloomington Gold and NCRS Duntov award. $200,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: www. proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1967-1007G/1007G.html (OH) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible a/c (rare on big-block cars), docs including original copies of tank sticker, MSO, titles. Refreshed/restored: a/c, hard top, interior, exterior. Heavily optioned, original matching engine, transmission, rear end, trim tag, etc. $58,500. Contact Ken, 248.626.5500, Email: kal@thepdmgroup.com (MI) 1973 Chevrolet Corvette coupe in 2006. Numbers-matching Commando 383 V8 with 2-barrel carburetor and 727 Torque Flight Automatic Transmission. Always very well maintained, gets attention and sounds great. Car located in southwest Florida. $12,500 OBO. Contact Debbie, TYCTA, LLC, 847.774.4857, Email: tyctallc@ gmail.com Web: www.youtube. com/watch?v=gvJaW1hvaFE (IL) 2005 Dodge Ram SRT-10 Hennessey Venom 1000 pickup S/N 30837S102047. Saddle Tan/Saddle Tan. 4-spd manual. Body-off restored. Jewelry! $169,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: www. proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1963-1056F/1056F.html (OH) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Export Fuel-Injected Tanker coupe Silver/red. 791 miles. 4-spd manual. 350-hp with 791 actual miles. Original unrestored time capsule with excellent cosmetics. $100,000. ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 419.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com (OH) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe L88 S/N 194375S110192. Tuxedo Black/black. 4-spd manual. Bloomington Gold Special Collection and NCRS Duntov award. $450,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Classic Corvettes, Email: terry@proteamcorvette.com Web: www. proteamcorvette.com/Corvette1965-1021E/1021E.html (OH) Monaco Orange/black. Nabers body-off restoration. Bloomington certified, Bloomington Earthquake ’88, well documented. $650,000. ProTeam Corvette Sales Inc., 419.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com (OH) 1971 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Yellow/V8, Pro built, totally fresh, ready to win in either SCCA or vintage. Full complement of spares and tools makes this a turn-key race package. Contact Joe, 707.935.0533, Email: joehuffaker@gmail.com (IA) MOPAR 1968 Plymouth Fury III convertible S/N 1Z37Z3S405849. White/tan. 95,773 miles. V8, 4spd manual. T-top with matching numbers with build sheet, records, invoices, owner’s manual, 454-ci. Power options: p/s, p/b, a/c, p/w. Other options: tilt-tele steering column, alarm. Excellent overall condition, runs and drives well. $24,900. Contact Chuck, Central Classic Cars, 419.618.3855, Email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com Web: centralclassiccars.com (OH) 1999 Chevrolet Corvette Huffaker-Tommy Bahama coupe S/N 3D3HA18HX5G740276. Red/black. 4,820 miles. V10, automatic. Twin-turbo Venom 1000, low original miles. Custom built from the inside out. Over $150k invested. Have a list of mods and many photos. Nothing else compares. $58,500 OBO. Contact Brian, Buxton Motorsports Inc., 812.760.5513, Email: brianbuxton@buxtonmotorsports.com Web: www.BuxtonMotorsports. com (IN) CUSTOM 1950 Citroën 11B custom 4-dr sedan Silver & black/gray. 32,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Looks stock on the outside. All custom inside. 350 motor/350 trans. TCI front end, TCI power rack, 10-bolt rear, Edelbrock carb and intake, a/c, custom interior, custom paint, Alpine stereo, custom wheels, Evans coolant, electric fan, battery in trunk and more. Very fast and handles like a dream. $45,000. Contact Frank, 760.464.6728, Email: ftonne@live.ca (CA) A Mille Miglia Red/black. 74,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. LS5 454/365-hp, two tops, leather, Light blue/blue. 120,519 miles. V8, automatic. Second owner purchased from original owner July-August 2015 117


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. The company boasts an expert team of specialists, who offer 180 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas 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. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Premier Auction Group. 844.5WE.SELL . The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. 844.5WE.SELL. 844.593.7355. www.premierauctiongroup.com. info@premierauctiongroup.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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 118 AmericanCarCollector.com 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) 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 Sales 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) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800.668.3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ‘59 Volkswagen Beetle antique auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the east coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. 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


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s r Market Keith Martin’s Subscribe Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com Advertisers Index American Car Collector ....................... 66 American Collectors Insurance ......... 124 Auctions America ................................ 13 Barrett-Jackson ................................... 15 Blue Bars ............................................. 82 Bonhams / SF ...................................... 17 Camaro Central ................................... 83 Carmel Artomobilia ............................ 109 Charlotte AutoFair ............................... 81 Chevs of the 40’s ................................ 69 Chubb Personal Insurance .................... 9 Collector Car Price Tracker ............... 115 Corvette America ................................. 35 Corvette Specialties ............................ 83 County Corvette .................................... 2 Danchuk .............................................. 69 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. .................. 7 Gano Filter Company ........................ 115 Genuine HotRod Hardware ................. 21 Greensboro Auto Auction .................... 91 Grundy Worldwide ............................... 37 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 67 Hot August Nights ............................. 101 JC Taylor ............................................. 79 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ......... 82 Kinekt ................................................ 113 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ................. 77 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 LeMay - America’s Car Museum ......... 97 Lingenfelter Performance Engineering 23 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 111 MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd ...... 83 Memory Lane Motors, Inc. ................ 103 Michael Irvine Studios ......................... 87 Mid America Motorworks .................... 59 Mustangs Unlimited .......................... 103 National Corvette Museum ................ 113 National Corvette Restorers Society . 107 National Parts Depot ......................... 123 New England Auto Auction ............... 113 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 107 Original Parts Group ............................ 29 Paragon Corvette Reproductions ........ 93 Park Place LTD .................................... 63 Passport Transport .............................. 73 Petersen Collector Car Auction ......... 113 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc ............. 89 Reliable Carriers .................................. 57 Rick Cole Auctions .............................. 11 Ronald McDonald House .................... 75 Silver Collector Car Auctions .............. 61 Sports Car Market ............................. 119 Spuds Garage ..................................... 65 SwissTrax Corporation ........................ 19 The Bradford Exchange, Ltd. .............. 31 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 111 Thomas C Sunday Inc ......................... 66 TYCTA ................................................. 99 Watchworks ....................................... 113 Zip Products ........................................ 39 zMax .................................................. 109 July-August 2015 119


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Corvettes for Sale Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800.541.6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully-enclosed, cross-country, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully-licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com Corvette Parts & Restoration Corvette Central . Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only 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) 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) 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) 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. ProTeamCorvette.com. Corvettes: 1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since 1971! Moneyback guarantee. Worldwide transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s, LS6s, ZR2s, ZR1s, LT1s, COPOs, Fuelies, Special 425s/435s/RPOs. Call toll free 888.592.5086 or call 419.592.5086. Fax 419.592.4242, email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com or visit our website: www.ProTeamCorvette. com. ProTeam Corvette Sales, 1410 N. Scott St., Napoleon, OH 43545. Special Corvettes wanted at CorvettesWanted.com! NCRS Member #136. Insurance 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) 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) Museums LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, 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 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) 120 AmericanCarCollector.com American Collectors Insurance. 1.866.887.8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www. JCTaylor.com. (PA) 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)


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Parts—General AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are 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. Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800.888.8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state of the art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog call 800-888-8637. (CA) California Car Cover Company. 800.423.5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Evans Waterless Coolant is a revolutionary coolant with a boiling point of 375° F, providing superior engine cooling protection. This means no vapor formed, no hotspots, no boil-over, and a much lower cooling system pressure. Evans eliminates water caused corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans protects on the other end of the temperature scale to -40°F, and lasts the lifetime of the engine. Visit www.evanscooling.com for more information. 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. More than 55,000 available parts 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. Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355. Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800.874.7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmo- politanmotors.com (WA) A July-August 2015 121


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: Christie’s, at their April 7 New York auction, sold the original 18-page lyrics to Don McLean’s “American Pie” for an astonishing $1,205,000. The lyrics included numerous revisions and unpublished deleted sections. If you were around in the ’70s, you certainly remember singing the chorus “…drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry,” and explaining that the “day the music died” referred to the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash in 1959. A historical manuscript but at a price. Here are a few other items that, while not as historically significant, were not nearly as costly: EBAY #131403686423—ORIGINAL BLUEPRINT FOR PAXTON SUPERCHARGER SIGNED BY CARROLL SHELBY. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $1,567.56. Date sold: 1/25/2015. This Shelby American blueprint shows a Paxton supercharger mounted on a 302 V8. It is dated 1967 and may have been for a planned supercharged GT350. Seller stated he had it signed by Shelby a few years prior to Shelby’s death. A very cool piece of Shelby memorabilia that was properly framed and realistically priced. EBAY #311264825286—GERMAN HOT WHEELS RACE CAR SET WITH TWO CORVETTES. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $709.99. Date sold: 1/26/2015. This was an unused mint-in-thebox Corvette race car set that was produced for the German market. The Corvettes were in their original packaging and had the Hot Wheels buttons. The box was in amazing condition, with crisp and bright graphics. Had this set been in English, I’m willing to bet the price would have been half again as much. EBAY #391050501020—1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR JAPANESE TIN CAR BY LINEMAR. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $1,000. Date sold: 2/15/2015. This 11-inch tin car was made by Marusan for Linemar and had a colorful reproduced box. The toy is very desirable, as it is highly detailed down to the fluted headlight rims and colorful interior. Another example was offered for $2,000, also with a reproduced box, while one with the original packaging sold for $2,175. Based on those sales, this looks like it was well bought. EBAY #221699523006—1934 FORD GREYHOUND HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $911. Date sold: 3/3/2015. The 1934 Greyhound was the only factory-supplied Ford mascot. It was, however, the same Greyhound mascot that was sold by accessory stores for the 1932 and 1933 models. This example 122 AmericanCarCollector.com was in very nice original condition with the correct 40-18385 marking. There was some slight pitting, but that is to be expected with a zinc diecast piece. Price paid was a touch on the high side, but then again, these are not often offered. EBAY #171677909957—1939 SKIPPY SHARK NOSE PEDAL CAR. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $4,500. Date sold: 2/18/2015. This beautifully restored Skippy pedal car was manufactured by Gendron and was offered for several years. The 1940 version had a functional hood and simulated motor but also had a more traditional grille. An unrestored 1938 example sold for $2,300, but I have to think you would be hard pressed to restore it to this standard for $2,200, so the price paid was not out of line. EBAY #261825040796—1914 TERRITORY OF HAWAII AUTOMOBILE TAG. Number of bids: 3. SOLD AT: $2,247.22. Date sold: 3/30/2015. The four Hawaiian counties consolidated their automobile licensing in 1922 and produced a unified license plate. Prior to that time, the counties of Hawaii and Honolulu had annual issues from 1915 to 1921, and homemade plates were required a few years prior to that. This tag may have been required by the Territory of Hawaii in addition to the county license plate. Regardless, it sold for a pretty penny, as do most all early Hawaiian license plates and tags. EBAY #171715426851—J.D. DOUBLE SYSTEM SPARK PLUG. Number of bids: 17. SOLD AT: $1,400.99. Date sold: 3/15/2015. These were known as a “series plug,” as the high-tension current would enter on one terminal, arc across the points to the other, and exit to a conventional plug on the same cylinder, firing simultaneously. Not too hard to figure out why these did not catch on. But they’re highly sought after by plug collectors, as evidenced by the rather aggressive price paid here. A