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Keith Martin’s 28 AMERICAN Climbing Collectible 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer $26k ™ CAR COLLECTOR BUYER’S BIG BREAK The Market Authority — Find Out What Your Car Is Worth Big-Brake Fuelie Only $85k INSIDE: What’s the Best Investment — Vintage or New Corvettes? RESERVE OR NOT? Auction Advice from Readers and Experts Great Looks Meet Modern Comfort 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Custom Wagon: $96k All the Fun at Half an Original’s Price 1969 Plymouth Road Runner A12 Replica: $39k July-August 2016 www.AmericanCarCollector.com


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CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1960 CORVETTE 283/290 BIG-BRAKE CONVERTIBLE $85k / Worldwide Under-the-money buy on a rare, original Corvette — John L. Stein Page 50 GM 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 $404k / Auctions America The baddest of all Camaros at a bargain price — Patrick Smith Page 52 Volume 5 • Issue 28 • July-August 2016 The Collector Market in Eight Sales FoMoCo 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-CODE $193,600 / Barrett-Jackson The best of the early T-birds at a market value — Tom Glatch Page 54 MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER A12 REPLICA $38.5k / Mecum Add-on A12 stuff boosts the fun, not the money — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 56 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD CUSTOM WAGON $96k / Barrett-Jackson Billet-and-chrome Nomad brings a pretty penny — Tom Glatch Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1955 HUDSON ITALIA $242k / Worldwide Auctioneers Hudson’s short-lived show car at a market rate — Carl Bomstead Page 60 1966 CHEVROLET NOVA PRO STREET $19k / Mecum Light money on a legit racer with the right stuff — Jim Pickering Page 62 TRUCK 1988 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER $26k / Auctions America There’s a strong market for the definitive SUV — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 64 Cover photo: 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake convertible Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code, p. 54 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson July-August 2016 9


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 12 Torque Modern muscle raises the profile of car-guy subculture — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills 1971–72 Chevrolet Chevelle Heavy Chevy — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower Matching your machine to your mission — Colin Comer 48 Corvette Market Is it better to buy new or classic? — John L. Stein 130 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead 32 Snapshots 1 The fourth annual NW Rodarama — Jack Tockston 34 Snapshots 2 The Portland Swap Meet in photos 122 Junkyard Treasures g, recovery, and a whole re — Phil Skinner AUCTIONS 68 Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2016 Sales hit $23.1m from 481 cars crossing the block — Morgan Eldridge 76 Worldwide — The Houston Classic Auction 76 cars totaling $11.4m cross the block in Montgomery, TX — Cody Tayloe 88 Leake — Dallas Spring 2016 An 80-car no-reserve field on Sunday helps bring overall numbers up to $4.1m — B. Mitchell Carlson 100 Silver — Portland Spring 2016 37 sold cars bring in $345,060 — Jeremy Da Rosa 110 Roundup American vehicles at Branson, MO, and Auctions America at Fort Lauderdale, FL — Andy Staugaard, Pierre Hedary 10 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 26 Good Reads Sox & Martin, more Lost Drag Strips, The Cars of Harley Earl, and rare top-down muscle — Mark Wigginton 30 Desktop Classics 1970–71 Stutz Blackhawk — Marshall Buck SERV DEPA 14 What’s Happening Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 28 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 30 Cool Stuff Magnetic gloves, a desktop “Christine” and a timing-chain wall clock 36 Wrenching Swap your drum-brake wheel cylinders 42 Readers’ Forum Should you go reserve or no-reserve at auction? 96 One to Watch 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Indy Pace Car — Jim Pickering 98 Quick Take 1987 Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale 4x4 pickup — Jim Pickering 116 Your Cars A look at ACC readers’ rides 118 Glovebox Notes 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe 120 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 124 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 126 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 127 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering Horsepower 101 MODERN MUSCLE IS PUSHING THE CAR SUBCULTURE TO THE MAINSTREAM 100 paces. And at the same time, it’s the kind of car everyday people tend to ignore. It just goes to show that despite how big the car world seems to be, it’s still in fact a subculture — albeit a pretty cool one. I couldn’t resist writing about that Nova, T and it’s a good thing I wasn’t in Houston when it sold, or else it might be in my driveway right now. After all, the right car — the one that pushes all our buttons — can cause us to ignore logic, budgets and even our spouses. That car would have done all of the above for me. So it would likely be mine, and I’d likely be sleeping in it right about now. That’s a count-your-blessings moment — race seats aren’t that comfortable. Fire it up When I was 16 years old, an older kid in my neighborhood had a similar drag car to the one featured on p. 62. His name was Luke, and his dad owned the gas station just a few blocks from my house. Luke pumped gas in the shadow of his orange 1967 Chevelle 300 post. The car had the same purposeful stance as our subject Nova. It was a legit racer — 327 with dual Edelbrocks, shoe-polish numbers, slicks, and header-mounted glasspacks that echoed off the trees as he tore off to the high school drags on Wednesday afternoons. The thing was a flash of color and sound. In my world, a kid with a car like that was rare. Luke and his Chevelle were the coolest. I remember taking my project Caprice to that station for its first fill-up. It was still missing its hood, so my shaking, cammed big block was hanging out in the open like a car-guy beacon. For weeks, every fuel stop had Luke strolling past all the Hondas and Toyotas waiting for fuel to talk cars with me, and to try to talk me into coming out to the track to see if my big block could beat his dual-quad Chevelle. After about a month, I finally did, and I was blown away by just how many cars came to play, and how many young people were racing. My world up to that moment was popu- 12 AmericanCarCollector.com A quiet driver and a monster — 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS lated almost exclusively by kids in cheap, safe commuter cars. I was sure that the car world I knew from movies didn’t really exist anymore for people my age, and yet here it was — car culture at full tilt, hiding just under the surface of everyday life. And a bright orange Chevelle on slicks led me to it. I remember racing being a lot tougher than it looked, and funnily enough, I can’t remember who won that race between Luke and me. Flexing the new muscle In the years since, car subculture has changed drastically. I got a really good taste of just how much it has this past week. This month’s ACC test car was a brand- new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS. I was hot to get my hands on it, as I used to have a 2001 SS in the same shade of eye-searing red, and I have not been behind the wheel of a newgen version since the last SS tester came to us back in 2010. The new car came equipped with a torquey 6.2-L V8, 6-speed manual, and a dual-mode exhaust that barked like a 327 through header-mounted glasspacks. I spent the week educating my neighbors on the merits of GM’s direct-injected V8 through throttle wraps on my way to and from my house. Their kids seemed to love it. The biggest surprise of the new Camaro was how people reacted to it. The Camaro is now technically in its sixth generation, and it looks pretty similar to its fifth-gen siblings, which are everywhere these days. And yet people constantly commented on the new Camaro, Mustang drivers revved their engines at me at least four times a day, and the mob of interested people at Cars & Coffee Portland, even in the rain, was substantial. Everyone wanted to sit in it. My years of driving both my ’01 SS and my ’06 Charger SRT8 had me prepared for a certain kind of reaction to the ’16, but what I actually got was a whole lot bigger. Driving the car for a few days was an eye-opener into how good the world of modern muscle has become, even from just a few short years ago — bright as an orange paint job and loud as an echoing rev in a world full of soulless silent jellybean drivers. The best part of that Camaro? It was nasty without being purpose-built. It’s a quiet driver and a monster all at once. It is a flash of color and sound. It’s the kind of car that brings out the car person in everyone, causing us to ignore logic, budgets and yes, maybe even our spouses. It’s the future of the car world, right in front of us, and maybe that’s the real count-your-blessings moment. A his month’s Race profile takes a look at a basic Nova drag car — the kind of understated monster that stands out to car crazies like us, bright as a neon sign, even from


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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 Hot Nights for Car Guys 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 29 to 30, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 2 through August 7. 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 go to this event, and we KNOW that num- ber is an understatement. There is no way to see, feel, hear and taste it all, so you’ve got to keep going back. It’s always a little bit different each year, so it always seems new — but familiar as well. This year, Motorsport Auction Group is putting on the big auction, which runs from August 4 to 6 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. 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) Cruising the Dream The U.S. car industry is now making the best muscle cars in history — who would have thought we would see a Second Age of Muscle? — and there is no better place than Detroit’s Woodward Avenue to celebrate the comeback of turn-key, tiresmoking American Iron. The 22nd Annual Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles to life on August 20, and steering some Detroit iron — new or old — down that 16-milelong 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) 14 AmericanCarCollector.com America in the U.K. This is going to sound strange, but there’s a huge festival in Great Britain that celebrates all things American — especially cars. The American International “The Heartbeat of the USA in the U.K.” event is scheduled for July 7–11 at the Draycott Showground in Draycott, England. More than 30,000 people from all over the world will celebrate American music, cars, trucks, motorcycles — and RVs. This has been going on each year for the past 30 years. “A wealth of splendid American cars, motorhomes — most bigger than your house — and hundreds of bikes,” trumpets the website. Who can resist this? www.americana- international.co.uk (U.K.) A


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CROSSINGTHE Silver — Jackson Hole 2016 Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 2–3 Last year: 39/96 cars sold / $461,007 More: www.silverauctions.com Mecum — Denver 2016 Where: Denver, CO When: July 8–9 Last year: 397/602 cars sold / $11,941,680 Featured cars: Star Car: 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe by Murphy at RM Sotheby’s Motor City auction in Plymouth, MI • 1964 Pontiac GTO, with 4-speed, a/c and dealer-installed 428-ci V8 • 1948 DeSoto Custom club coupe More: www.mecum.com • Star Car: 1969 Chevrolet Nova, with big-block 396 and Tremec 5-speed Smith’s — Paducah Summer Collector Car Auction Where: Paducah, KY When: July 8–9 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Petersen — Graffiti Weekend 2016 Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 9 Featured cars: • 1932 Chevrolet Confederate sedan More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver — Spokane 2016 Where: Spokane, WA When: July 9 Last year: 26/79 cars sold / $126,347 Featured cars: • 1970 Ford F-100 More: www.silverauctions.com Vicari — New Orleans 2016 Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 9 More: www.vicariauction.com 16 AmericanCarCollector.com VanDerBrink — Wes Anderson Estate Auction Where: Chatfield, MN When: July 15–16 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Mecum — Harrisburg 2016 Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 21–24 Last year: 763/1,294 cars sold / $20,073,306 Featured cars: More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com 41,101 original miles GAA — Greensboro 2016 Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 28–30 Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby Cobra CSX3302 Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) JuLY BLOCK by Chad Tyson • 1970 Shelby GT500 fastback, with original 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 and one of 104 equipped with Drag Pack More: www.mecum.com • Star Car: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS, with 4-speed and recent restoration • 1960 Oldsmobile 98 convertible, with air-ride suspension and cosmetic customization VanDerBrink — The Ageson Collection Where: Lester, IA When: July 23 Featured car: • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, with More: www.gaaclassiccars.com • 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible • 1969 Shelby GT500 fastback, with original documentation and rare color combination RM Sotheby’s — Motor City Where: Plymouth, MI When: July 30 Last year: 62/78 cars sold / $7,402,450 Featured cars: • 1933 Packard Twelve coupe roadster, possibly the last 1933 Packard coupe roadster produced • Star Car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pro-Touring. Multiple-award winner, with 505-hp LS7, custom leather interior and stainless-steel roll cage


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Star Car: 1939 GM Futurliner, Number 3, with Allison J-35 jet engine, at Motorsport Auction Group, Hot August Nights in Reno, NV More: www.rmsothebys.com • Star Car: 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe by Murphy VanDerBrink — Black Hills Antique Auto Auction Where: Rapid City, SD When: July 30 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com AuGuST Motorsport Auction Group — Hot August Nights 2016 Where: Reno, NV When: August 4–6 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1939 GM Futurliner, Number 3, with Allison J-35 jet engine More: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com • 1949 Chevrolet custom. A former Ridler award winner, with LS1, 6-speed, custom tube chassis and Wilwood power disc brakes VanDerBrink — Milton Peterson Collection Where: Wells, MN When: August 6 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Southern Classic Auctions — Louisville Classic 2016 Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: August 13 More: www.southerclassicauctions.com 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Silver Auctions — Shelton 2016 Where: Shelton, WA When: August 13 Last year: 47/90 cars sold / $421,411 Featured car: • 1948 Buick Skylark More: www.silverauctions.com VanDerBrink Where: Hudson, WI When: August 13 More: www.vanderbrink.com Mecum — Monterey 2016 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 18–20 Last year: 387/658 cars sold / $45,008,293 Featured cars: • 1933 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe • 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I More: www.mecum.com Russo and Steele — Monterey 2016 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 18–20 Last year: 130/210 cars sold / $10,353,258 More: www.russoandsteele.com Rick Cole Auctions — Monterey 2016 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 18–22 More: www.rickcole.com Bonhams — Quail Lodge 2016 Where: Carmel, CA When: August 19 Last year: 99/109 cars sold / $45,938,738 Featured car: • 1934 Pierce-Arrow 840A coupe More: www.bonhams.com RM Sotheby’s — Monterey 2016 Where: Monterey, CA When: August 19 –20 Last year: 129/150 cars sold / $167,334,500 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1966 Ford GT40 • 1966 Shelby GT350 • 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 More: www.rmsothebys.com Gooding & Company — The Pebble Beach Auctions Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 20–21 Last year: 115/129 cars sold / $128,098,000 More: www.goodingco.com Lucky Collector Car — Fall Classic 2016 Where: Tacoma, WA When: August 29–30 Last year: 98/179 cars sold / $972,475 More: www.luckyoldcars.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin reserve. We asked auction companies to respond, and had you subscribers weigh in as well. You can read everyone’s opinions, starting on p. 42. We all fantasize about visiting automotive junkyards, but con- F ers. A tributor Phil Skinner has made it his lifelong passion. This issue, he takes us to a treasure trove of rust and dents in Pueblo, CO. Read the story on p. 122. Which will cost you more to own — a classic 1963 Split-Window Corvette or a new Z06? John L. Stein makes a strong case; you’ll be surprised what he comes up with, starting on p. 48. Who would have thought the venerable Jeep Grand Wagoneer would be called a collectible? In fact, their prices have been zooming, and B. Mitchell Carlson, on p. 64, tells us why. You will enjoy our experts’ thoughts on the key cars we profile this issue, including a 1966 Chevy Nova Pro Street, a 1969 Camaro ZL1, a supercharged 1957 T-bird and more. And topping it all off are our signature auction reports, with our insightful Market Analysts sharing the good, the bad and the ugly buys they have personally watched at auctions around the country, including Barrett-Jackson, Worldwide, Silver and Leake. It’s a fabulous gourmet buffet of good stuff for collector car lov- What Do You Think About No-Reserve? rom exploring junkyards to selling at no reserve, this issue of ACC is packed full of stuff that will make you devour it from cover to cover. One of the perennial questions in the collector-car world is whether it is better to offer your car with or without a CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5, Number 4 July-August 2016 GeT IN TouCH email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auction editor Chad Tyson Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Daren Kloes Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker Seo Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVeRTISING SALeS Advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SuBSCRIPTIoNS Subscriptions Manager Lyndsey Camacho 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 Time to buy? See p. 64 22 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. PoSTMASTeR: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 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 B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Wallace Marx Bob DeKorne Brett Hatfield Keith Martin's


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Drop-Top Luxury Reaching out to you for some help. I have a 1968 Chevy Caprice convertible and I can’t find that Chevy ever made a ’68 convertible. Where can I get information on my car? I’ve attached my VIN in the photos. Please help and thanks in advance for your assistance. Anxious to know more! Trying to find out quickly as I’m looking to run it through an auction this month! — Dan O’Toole, via email Jim Pickering, ACC Editor, responds: You know, I’ve seen a lot of things, but never a Caprice convertible. At least not from 1968. But I bet I can tell you how your car happened. The Caprice was supposed to be the top-line Chevrolet, kind of like their Cadillac. All 1968s were formal hard tops, 4-door hard tops or wagons. There were no convertibles. However, there were 24,730 Impala convertibles built that year, and that’s what you’ve got. Your VIN is what tells the tale — GM was not always great at letting us know engine size by the VIN, unlike, say, Mopar, but GM’s VINs do tell us what model and body a car is supposed to be. If it were a Caprice, the first three digits would be 166. You’ve got 164, which decodes to an Impala convertible. So how did that happen? My guess is a previous owner had access to Caprice parts and wanted to build something unique. From the photos you supplied, it looks like he converted everything, from the exterior trim, to the dash trim, to even the Caprice seating. Overall, not a bad job. So, while your car may be a one-of-none A unicorn 1968 Chevrolet Caprice convertible? Sadly, no Courtesy of Dan O’Toole special, it’s still pretty cool. Good luck with the sale. What’s in a Rivet? I enjoy the magazine, and I get a chuckle especially at the author’s comments and opinions expressed regarding auction vehicles. One comment caught my eye today, and I felt obliged to give you some insight. In the previous issue, Mr. Carlson commented about the suspicious VIN-tag rivets on a ’65 Pontiac (May-June 2016, p. 78). As an owner of a one-family-since-new ’65 Pontiac LeMans, I can tell you the plain rivets can indeed be original. When I advertised my car for sale last year, a “knowit-all” buyer from New York City looked the car over and called me out on the same issue, claiming something must be afoul with the car’s VIN. No way, I said. After catching my breath, I did some research (not for myself, but to defend the car to Mr. New York) and came across information claiming that the rosette-style rivets everyone looks for actually weren’t used across the board until a couple years later, and that ’65 was a transition year, where they were used for part of the year, and not in all the Fisher Body facilities, and therefore not in all assembly plants. My car was built in Pontiac, MI, in late ’64 and has the plain hardware store rivets on the VIN tag, and I guarantee you they have been there since late ’64. Mr. Know- 24 AmericanCarCollector.com It-All’s area of expertise was in the ’68–’72 cars, and naturally he assumed that the rosette rivets were always used. No, he didn’t buy the car, but it found an appreciative new owner late last fall. As an aside, having had several similar cars over the past 30 years, I have had a ’65 and a couple ’67s with the rosettes (always assumed they were original), but I also had a ’65 Tempest and a ’67 wagon with the VIN tag spot welded to the door jamb! It couldn’t have been easy to spot-weld a stainless tag to a painted piece of body metal, but they did it. And not cut off and re-attached either, but factory. I could go on and on about all the other things I’ve seen which were not “correct” but absolutely were done in the plants as needed to finish the car. I would respectfully suggest that you guys never say never, don’t assume anything, and don’t get too full of your own opinions. Food for thought ... — Pete Stowell, via emailA Oops In ACC March-April 2016, on p. 62, we stated that a 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” racer sold at $412,500. It did not meet reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale and did not sell at an undisclosed high bid. Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton There probably isn’t a bigger combo of names anywhere in drag Sox & Martin: The Most Famous Team in Drag Racing by Jim Schild, CarTech, 176 pages, $25.20, Amazon racing than Sox & Martin. That would be Ronnie Sox and Buddy Martin to be exact, and the dragstrip duo became household names during the ’60s as drag racing went from street roots to spectator sport to factory-selling strategy. After starting by racing a va- riety of Chevys and Fords, the legend and brand that became Sox & Martin ended up primarily linked to Plymouth. They dominated Super Stock drag racing in the ’60s with Hemi Barracudas, then leveraged that success into wins in Pro Stock, back in a world where there was still some “stock” to be found. Sox & Martin is Jim Schild’s detailed and readable look at the duo, with a particular focus on Sox. With more than 25 books under his belt, Schild has managed to get to the heart of the Sox & Martin legend. Filled with plenty of fresh photos, it’s a nice drive down drag rac- ing’s memory lane. Lineage: ( is best) The Cars of Harley Earl by David W. Temple, CarTech, 192 pages, $39.95, Amazon Trying to come up with a designer who had more impact on American cars than Harley Earl is a fool’s errand. Earl stands as the designer who changed the look of American cars. He’s the man who embraced the Jet Age, translated it to the streets, and created dazzling concept cars. Working in his father’s Hollywood, CA, coachbuilding shop, Earl made his mark designing the 1927 LaSalle for GM. His work caught the eye of GM President Alfred P. Sloan, and Earl quickly became the Leonardo Da Vinci of Detroit iron. Coming out of the post- World War II doldrums, Earl led GM into a decade of innovation and fresh ideas, from bringing in the tailfin period to creating futuristic prototypes that helped bang the drum for the rest of GM’s product line. David Temple, a well- regarded automotive historian and author, brings what he learned on the previous Motorama: GM’s Legendary Show and Concept Cars to focus on Earl’s contributions and leadership, creating a wellresearched and densely written history of the time. Lineage: Fit and finish: 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability: Lost Drag Strips II: More Ghosts of Quarter-Miles Past by Scotty Gosson, CarTech, 208 pages, $23.82, Amazon When you have a hit on your hands, you need a sequel, and author Scotty Gosson was right on schedule to reprise the success of Lost Drag Strips. The first book took pains to explain drag racing history: the explosion of street racing followed by organized drag racing in the ’50s and early ’60s, then laid low by the inevitable shakeout that weeded out less-successful venues. Then the pressures of growth took even more of a toll, as tracks that started out distant from towns became overwhelmed by growth that wound up taking track land for development. Lost Drag Strips II has an easier task: create a modest list of now-defunct tracks across the country and tell their stories, from beginning to end. It is filled with some great stories and period photos as it tells a common tale from cradle to grave of strips from Medford, OR, to Green Cove Springs, FL. It’s a fun read, which also stands as a bit of a warning that the sport is constantly under pressure from a changing, uncaring world. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Wide-Open Muscle: The Rarest Muscle Car Convertibles by Randy Leffingwell, photos by Tom Loeser, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $32.31, Amazon In racing, you typically want the stiffest possible chassis and the most powerful engine available. A minimum of weight is good, too. For boulevard cruising, you want a great body, high style, and, of course, a top that comes down. They tend to be mutually exclusive, since the minute you cut off the top, the chassis gets sloppy. Things flex, which keeps the power from getting down. Which is why the cars in Wide-Open Muscle are so stupidly rare: Drag-raceoptioned muscle cars without tops make so little sense that few were ordered that way. But thanks to the collecting acumen of The Brothers (David and Tom Graves), all 30 cars lovingly detailed by Randy Leffingwell and beautifully “light-painted” by photographer Tom Loeser were stashed in one place. Featuring some of the rarest examples of extreme power and wind-in-the-hair joy from one of the coolest periods in American car building, Wide-Open Muscle is a treat from first page to last.A Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson STIME by Chad Tyson easy easy Performance Classic Sequential Taillight In ACC #26, our Wrenching column featured a set of LED VHX Instrument Systems for 1964–65 Ford Falcons, Rancheros and 1965 Mustangs Dakota Digital is well known for their instrument panels. They made their name on digital instruments that propelled a vintage car’s interior into the video-game age. But that’s not all they do. Their VHX series of instruments uses the familiar sweeping gauges, but with solid-state sensors, LCD message centers, lit needles and backlit faces adding up to an easy-to-read cluster that won’t detract from the classic styling of your car. They just released a set (p/n VHX-64FFAL) for 1964–65 Falcons, their Ranchero cousins, and the first-year Mustang. Choose either Black Alloy or Silver Alloy for $795 at dakotadigital.com. taillamps. We loved how it turned out. But what if you don’t have a mainstream ride? Where do you find a set? Easy Performance might just have you covered. Want to convert a 1963 Buick Riviera? They have the parts. How about a 1975 Mercury Comet, 1957 Plymouth Belvedere or a mid-year Corvette? You bet. Sure, they have kits for Chevelles and pick-your-year Mustangs too. Check out easyperformance.com or give them a call at 616-214-7880. Prices range from $195 to $305. oeR 1985–90 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and IRoC-Z Hood Inserts Increased interest and nostalgia for third-generation Camaros Hornblasters 100-Watt Public-Address System Next time you’re rolling down Victoria Avenue in Sparks, NV, or wherever your local cruise is, you can share your thoughts with the surrounding folks. Just make sure your alternator can handle it. Maybe not the best idea for those of us who are especially juvenile, but it costs just $179.99. Visit hornblasters.com. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com seems a bit off, as these were just new yesterday, right? Well, those 1985 models are 31 years old now and probably need some attention — especially considering their rising values. Luckily, OER, often at the front o aftermarket part reproduction, is there with some n parts. Those plas inserts on the ho your Z/28 or IRO have been baking in the sun, freezing in the winter and generally losing their shape and fading to gray. A new pair is $189.99 (p/n 748557), with foam rubber seals and mounting hardware. Check them out at classicindustries.com.


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COOLSTUFF All in the Tim Looking for the per Christine on Your Desk This 1:18th-scale 1958 Plymouth Fury is just the right size to lurk next to your computer or on your shelf. Its hood, doors and trunk open — just make sure they don’t start doing it on their own. $89.97 at www.summitracing.com clock to keep in the garage? Steven Shaver Timing Chain and Gea wall clock will fit righ in. Each is hand-made in California from legi recycled timing sets. This is easily the most fitting car-guy way to keep track of the time w all know vanishes whe we’re out in the shop. $ from www.uncomm goods.com by Jim Pickering Don’t Drop the Bolt This finger glove hides a magnet in the tip, helping you keep a secure hold on nuts and bolts, or helping you retrieve ones you may have accidently dropped. Great for use around open intakes and carburetors. $9.95 at www.bustedknucklegarage.com Tape to the Rescue You can’t really use duct tape to fix everything, but this roll of self-fusing Rescue Tape might just save your bacon. This stuff seals leaks in hoses quickly, has 950 psi tensile strength, insulates 8,000 volts per layer, and can live up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Use it on fuel lines, radiator hoses and more to get you home. A pack of two 12-foot rolls costs $21.95 at www.rescuetape.com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1970–71 Stutz Blackhawk We all have at least one guilty plea- sure. One of mine is a strange attraction to the very first series of these Stutz Blackhawk models, which have been produced under the Premium X label by IXO models. A multitude of colors are offered, with choices of two different rear ends as on early and late cars. They come fitted with three different types of wheels depending on version. Overall stance, proportions, and fit and finish are excellent. Delicate chrome trim has been well applied, as has the smooth high-gloss paint, and interior detailing is great. Produced a few years ago, all versions can still be found. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Black, silver over black, red over silver, two-tone blue, white Quantity: Estimated 2,000 of each version Price: $30 to $50 Production date: 2012–13 Web: www.ixomodels.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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SNAPSHOTS Best of the Northwest THE FOURTH NORTHWEST RODARAMA SHOWCASES TOP-TIER BUILDS Story and photos by Jack Tockston I f you’re reading this magazine, chances are you’ve entered or attended traditional rod and custom shows. The Northwest Autorama offers something a bit more challenging. Rod enthusiast Larry Hanson leads a small group of the like-minded who use a selection process that parallels how artists’ work is “juried” for highend showings. Here, owners were asked to submit photos and descriptions of their rides along with where they had previously been displayed. The goal was to provide the paying public with the highest-quality show vehicles while avoiding rides often seen at regional shows, cruise-ins and tours. During March 26–27, 2016, vehicles that made the cut filled the Washington Detailing What: Fifth annual Northwest Rodarama State Fair Event Center Showplex in Puyallup, WA. Two hundred and four hot rods, customs, low-riders, rat rods, motorcycles, and even a flawlessly restored vintage Chris-Craft runabout contributed to the “wow” factor. Headlining the event was Velocity Channel’s When: March 25–26, 2017 Where: Washington State Fair Event Center-Showplex, 110 9th Ave. SW, Puyallup, WA 98371 Web: www.nwrodarama.com Dave Kindig of Kindig It Design, along with shop foreman Kevin “Kevdogg” Schiele. Affable and approachable despite constant selfie requests from many of the 5,000 attendees, they brought along a few of their high-quality builds from their Salt Lake City shop. My favorite was the “Copper Caddy,” a chopped 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille in Candy Brandy Wine, fitted with a custom tan leather interior you could smell at 10 paces, and many hand-made copper trim pieces. It was built for Jerry Lugar of Hillsboro, OR. Displayed vehicles came from seven states, with most from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and British Columbia. Spectators’ ride plates reflected the same regions, spotted in the acres of free parking. Attendees consistently commented on how much they were enjoying the show, the you’re in the neighborhood, this is a must-see event to add to your bucket list.A 32 AmericanCarCollector.com clean and modern facility, the variety and quality of the vehicles, the family-friendly atmosphere, and even the quality of food from the many in-house vendors. The only gripe I heard was from a participant who thought it unfair that he couldn’t casually sit in a chair by his car. But this was no casual affair; it was about presenting the best of automotive art. The fifth annual Northwest Rodarama will be held the same weekend in 2017. If Alice Cooper’s 1937 Auburn Velocity Channel’s Kevin Schiele (left) and Dave Kindig of Kindig It Design kept busy fulfilling selfie requests from many of the 5,000 attendees The “Copper Caddy,” a 1960 Coupe DeVille


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SNAPSHOTS Portland Swap Meet RANDOM SCENES FROM THE ANNUAL TREASURE HUNT Chad Taylor Chad Taylor Jim Pickering Jim Pickering 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO GIMME A BRAKE BRAKE HYDRAULICS, ESPECIALLY WHEEL CYLINDERS, RUST FROM THE INSIDE OUT. HERE’S THE EASY WAY TO REPLACE THEM by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson cylinders. And no, they don’t need to be pouring brake fluid down your tires before you should consider replacing them. Brakes are supposed to be a sealed hydraulic system, and that seal is most vulnerable at the C wheel cylinder — mostly from moisture that seeps past the cylinder’s sealing surfaces. Over time, that moisture leads to rust that can destroy your brakes from the inside out. When did you last replace the wheel cylin- PARTS LIST: P/N UP37080, NAPA rear wheel cylinders, 1966 Impala. $9.99 each P/N NBF35032, DOT 3 brake fluid, $4.99 P/N CRC 091847, Brakleen, $2.39 each TIME SPENT: 45 minutes DIFFICULTY: JJ (J J J J J is toughest) 36 AmericanCarCollector.com ders in your muscle car? If you can’t remember, it’s time, and we’re here to show you not only why it’s important, but also how to get the job done quickly and easily despite the maze of drum-brake springs and clips in the way. My 1966 Caprice was our subject car, but most American cars from the 1950s through the 1980s use a similar setup. We’re only focusing on the rear here, since I already converted the front of my car to disc brakes — but for OEM drum front brakes, the job is the same. lassic-car brakes, in general, are pretty simple and generally hassle-free. Most of us don’t run our cars often enough or hard enough to warrant regular replacement of the factory components — especially with regard to OEM rear drums that only handle a small portion of the actual stopping. That leads to a hidden issue that you might not have thought of — leaky wheel 1 Jack up the rear of the car and set the frame on jackstands or blocks. Remove the rear wheels. Chock the front wheels, release the parking brake, and place the transmission in neutral.


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2 Remove the drum. Depending on how tight the brakes are set, you may need to spin the drum while pulling on it for removal. If it’s been in place for a while, a few raps with a big hammer on the face of the brake drum will help break it loose — just don’t hit the lug studs. Here’s what you’ll be working with. It’s important to note the placement of the springs so that everything will go back together the same way it came apart. It helps to only do one side at a time, as the opposite side can serve as a roadmap for reassembly (or tell you where any leftover parts are supposed to live). 3 5 4 Before going any further, you’ll want to clean everything. I like standard Brakleen in the green (non-chlorinated) can. Put on gloves, put a pan under the assembly, and hose it down. This will remove most of the brake dust and any grease or brake fluid that’s built up over the years. The ease of this job really comes down to having a good brake-spring tool. I’m partial to Snap-On P/N 131A because of how well it works. You can buy similar versions at Sears or even Harbor Freight. Any of these will get the job done. The alternative? Vise Grips, screwdrivers and a lot of swearing. 7 Place the tool over the peg at the top of 6 This end of the tool is your best friend when it comes to removing the two upper drum springs. Note the lip. the drum. The tool lip should be inside the open end of the spring hook. Then rotate the tool until the lip digs under the spring hook, and keep turning it until it is pointing away from the spring coils. Pivot the tool handle toward the spring and the spring should pop right off. July-August 2016 37


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 8 Repeat the process with the other spring, and be careful not to lose any parts that might drop. 9 and twist. A B 10 With the retainer springs out, the whole shoe assembly can drop down and hang on the parking-brake cable. If your shoes are worn, you can replace them easily now. 11 Remove the wheel cylinder’s shoe actuator pins by pulling them out of their rubber recesses at the wheel cylinder. 12 There are two bolts that hold the wheel cylinder to the backing plate (A), but you’ll want to loosen the brake line (B) first. Hit the fitting with some penetrating oil, such as PB Blaster, before trying to turn it. And be sure to use a line wrench so you don’t round off the nut. In our case, size is 3/8-inch. Get it loose, but don’t remove it yet. each brake shoe is held to the backing plate with a retainer spring and a pin. We used a special brake tool to remove them — just hold the pin in place in the backing plate with your hand, push on the tool to compress the little spring, 13 once the line is loose, remove the two bolts holding the cylinder in place. Ours were ½-inch. Then loosen up the line until it’s free and remove the wheel cylinder. Quick tip: Leave the master cylinder cap in place and you won’t lose much brake fluid here. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 14 The new cylinder goes in the same way the old one came out — start the brake line, get it hand-tight, reinstall the two mounting bolts, and tighten the line. Open the bleeder. 15 Take some scuff pad, clean the two actuator pins and reinstall them. Also note the six flat spots on the brake backing plate. This is where the brake shoes ride. Clean them and then apply some anti-seize to each spot.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 16 Hang the shoe assembly back on the backing plate, making sure to line up the actuator pins inside each brake shoe. Reinstall each drum retainer pin and each spring clip to hold the shoes in place. Refit any other components you removed. 17 The other end of the brake tool is for spring installation — the tooth on the end of the bend makes the job a snap. 18 Feed the spring over the tool, and hook the tool’s tooth on the peg where the spring needs to go. Then pry up. The spring slides down the tool and into place. 19 Take another quick look at all the components to make sure everything is placed as it was before you tore it apart. This is also a good time to adjust your brakes if you need to. Then replace the drum and close the bleeder. Repeat the entire process on the other side. 20 Crack open the master cylinder, and if you find the fluid is dirty, suck it out with a syringe or a vacuum bleeder and refill it with clean fluid before bleeding your brakes. No sense in pushing dirty fluid through the lines. 21 Grab a buddy and put him in the driver’s seat, and then get under the car on the passenger’s side. Have your friend pump the pedal until it gets hard and hold. Open the brake bleeder valve on the new wheel cylinder to bleed out air from the lines, close the valve, and have him let off the pedal. Repeat until there’s clean, clear fluid from the bleeder and no air bubbles. Then do the other side. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 22 Double-check for leaks, clean up any spilled fluid, top off the master cylinder and reinstall the cap. Reinstall the wheels and torque to spec, then go for a spin. If the car stops and the pedal is firm, job’s done. 23 Why is this so important? Here’s what the inside of my wheel cylinders looked like, and this car has been rarely driven in rain and always stored inside. These cylinders didn’t leak, so there was no indication that they were full of rust. So for $30 in parts and 45 minutes of your weekend, replace them!


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing answers to your car questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Reserve or No Reserve? Dave Tomaro No-reserve consignments save on commission fees and generate more attention, says Mecum’s John Kraman Here’s this month’s Reader’s Forum question, submitted by Jerry M.: When considering selling your car at auction, how do you determine if it’s best to have a reserve versus having no reserve? What are the pros and cons of each? Readers respond: No-reserve was a great way to sell your car when the market was very strong. Now with it being a different type of market, it’s better to use a reserve auction to be able to make the auction company work for you, the seller. — Mike Oberle, via email n n n I think under $50k you are better to go with no reserve. I think you get more bidders than with a reserve. After $50k, buyers are more dialed into what they are looking for and there tend to be fewer bidders. I like a reserve then. — Ronald Blair, via email n n n How bad do you need to get rid of the car? If you don’t need to sell the car, put a reserve price that you want for it. That way you’re not going to regret the sale later. If you have to sell the car for some reason, sell it at no reserve. — Kenneth Wible, via email n n n I have always gone to auction to sell a car with a reserve. If you don’t meet the reserve, you are still in the game: You can sell after the auction ends, or like some auctions, be contacted after your car rolls off the stage, and buyers can still make an offer that may be acceptable to you. — Dean Prevolos, via email n n n Reserve only. You might get bad placement auction day, like the 42 AmericanCarCollector.com first car on the first day before real bidders arrive, or the last car on the last day after most of the bidders are gone. You can always remove reserve if bidding needs a boost. — AC Buck, via email n n n If you are concerned of the value of your car, reserve is the method. If the car is over $20k, I would set a reserve and be prepared to accept the bid if it came close. Remember, you can work with the auction company on the commission at the time of the sale. Some cars will bring the money in a no-reserve setting; just be aware of the true real-world values and decide if the additional commission is worth the risk. — Kurt Steidley, via email n n n It comes down to how a vehicle fits in a particular auction focus and mix of cars. Is the car appropriate to the venue? A pre-war auto in a muscle- car-heavy venue might be best sold with a reserve. If the car is venue-appropriate and in proven high demand — say an LS6 Chevelle at a muscle-car-oriented venue — then no reserve. And, of course, how bad does one really need to sell? If it has to go, then no reserve. — Scott Holtz, via email n n n Auction houses weigh in: Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO, BarrettJackson: The debate over reserve versus no reserve really comes down to risk versus reward. But this applies to both the consignor and bidder. When you closely watch an auction, the psychol- ogy is fascinating. The consignor, of course, wants as much money as possible for their vehicle, while bidders hope to spend as little as possible without losing out to someone else vying for the car. And they hope that the car is worth more than they paid for it. For bidding to become serious, people have to believe that a car is actually obtainable. No one wants to waste their time and energy, and they certainly don’t want to be embarrassed or disappointed in front of their peers. No-reserve auctions bring a lot more excitement


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and bidders to the room. We’re primarily a no-reserve auction, and no one else brings the number of bidders and level of excitement that you see at Barrett-Jackson. History has shown over and over that a no-reserve auction, which encourages competition, is the best snapshot of a car’s true value at that moment, and every bid is real. The reason is that the largest number of interested parties, who are usually educated on the vehicle, have the opportunity to buy something that they really want. The law of supply Barrett-Jackson favors a no-reserve format, which Ceo Craig Jackson says boosts excitement Tony Piff and demand best works when people have a chance to really compete instead of being restricted to a more regulated environment with a reserve. The result is that the seller achieves the maximum value for the vehicle at that moment and the buyer knows about what the car is worth because others wanted it at around the same price. n n n John Kraman, Consignment Director and TV Commentator/Analyst, Mecum Auctions: One of the most critical decisions to be made regarding selling at a Mecum auction is the choice to sell no reserve (absolute) vs. reserve (protected). It’s all about peace of mind for a seller, although here are some reasons many savvy sellers elect to sell no reserve. First of all, there are big cost benefits. Sell com- mission is half at only 5% versus 10% with reserve at Mecum. In addition, we refund the entry fee, in full, on all NR sales. This saving ranges, depending on day/time and value of entry, from $500 up to $1,500. Finally, the NR entries do seem to get extra attention from buyers and historically do earn top dollar. As for me personally, I would not hesitate to sell NR, as long as the entry was entered early (two to four months in advance) for maximum market exposure, professionally photographed, accurately described, and show-quality prepped prior to check-in. n n n Donnie Gould, President, Auctions America: There are both pros and cons to listing a car at auction either with or without reserve, and it’s important to choose the option that’s right for your car. First of all, it’s key to note that auction houses often have guidelines in terms of what can be offered with a reserve; meaning that cars under a certain value must be offered without reserve. A reserve listing is a safety net for the seller. If you’re offering a very rare, highly valuable or unusual car of exceptional history and are concerned about recouping your investment, a reserve is likely the best fit. Come auction day, if bidding doesn’t meet your reserve, you have the option of lowering your reserve, working with the auction house to negotiate a post-sale deal, or taking the car home — so your risk is minimal. There can be some drawbacks to selling with a reserve. A key part of the auction event is the excitement — a car listed with a reserve likely won’t generate quite as much buzz as one that is guaranteed to sell, affecting both interest and bidding activity. This brings me to the biggest advantage of selling a car without reserve — the excitement. When a car is guaranteed to sell, the auction house will heavily market this in all pre-sale materials, helping to draw more interest from potential bidders, which can translate to increased activity on the auction block and, in turn, a higher sale price. From the seller’s perspective, you can also often expect a lower seller’s commission for a car offered without reserve. Overall, the key to minimizing risk associated with offering a car at auction is to be as informed as possible. Rather than choosing an arbitrary value for your car, consult well-respected price guides, recent sales, and most importantly — your auction specialist. It’s in both of your interests to set reasonable expectations and to see the car sell for an acceptable price. n n n Drew Alcazar, President, Russo and Steele: At Russo and Steele, we accept vehicles both with and without reserve. We’ve offered our clients both options for years, and they have resoundingly told us that they prefer to have the choice. The clear and obvious advantage to reserve is that it provides a safety net against an offering hammering below perceived value. This certainly can provide for a little less stressful auction experience; however, there are real, clear drawbacks to a reserve auction. Nothing generates excitement and in turn grabs the interest of real, qualified bidders like a no-reserve offering. From the buyers’ perspective, a car with a reserve really isn’t for sale until its reserve has been lifted. This can be strongly discouraging to serious bidders and can cause them to start to “tune out” the lot that’s crossing the block. After all, why bother to show interest if the potential for an unrealistic reserve exists? While a no-reserve auction does present risks, it also generates a level of enthusiasm, as it shows every bidder in the room that the sale is real and that the car will be sold. This often produces much stronger results. Combined with special promotions offered by houses like Russo and Steele, which include extras such as reduced fees, no-reserve can be a very profitable option. A July-August 2016 43


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Economy-Class SUPER SPORT AT $2,804, A HEAVY CHEVY UNDERCUT AN ENTRY-LEVEL SS BY $639 — BACK WHEN YOU HAD TO HAVE HAD A PRETTY GOOD JOB TO MAKE THAT KIND OF COIN IN A MONTH Get heavy Mid-year in 1971, Chevrolet in- troduced the Heavy Chevy. It was an economical yet sporty looking fill-in between an entry-level Chevelle and an SS. Available only as a 2-door “Sport Coupe” hard top, the most pronounced feature of this YF3 code package was bold tape stripes and “HEAVY CHEVY” lettering on the front fenders, hood and deck lid in black or white vinyl. Interestingly, at introduction, A Heavy Chevy from the 1972 brochure B y 1970, closing time was fast approaching the muscle car era, and it was just as apparent at the time as it is now in retrospect. The Clean Air Act of 1970 and safety concerns — along with subsequently high insurance rates — gave enough hints to anyone paying attention, and the auto industry certainly was. For 1971, performance began to be emphasized less, and when it was, it was aimed at a slightly more luxurious market. Even the first of the economy muscle cars such as Road Runners now had power amenities as standard equipment. However, the economy-minded performance enthusiast was still out there, and that guy had a couple extra bucks to spend to score something hotter than grandma’s stovebolt-six Malibu. For 1971, Chevrolet was well on the path of neutering the Chevelle. Even the front fascia was emulating the wildly popular Monte Carlo that had been introduced the year before. The Chevelle SS 396 and SS 454 gave way to a unified Chevelle SS — regardless if there was a 350, 402, or the last remaining tune of 454 powering it. The availability of a 350 was for those who wanted an SS with less of a hit from their insurance. But even with one of the 350 mills under the hood, it was still a pricey car — even before adding options. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com if equipped with a vinyl roof or a black or white painted roof option, the tape stripes were deleted. Also in the basic package was a domed hood with front locking pins (essentially a Cowl Induction lookalike), black front grille without a Bowtie, and 14-by-6-inch squareslot rally wheels with chrome cap and lug nuts but without trim rings (think GTO Judge). The base engine was the 200-hp, 2-barrel-fed, 307-ci V8. However, both flavors of 350 (in 2-barrel 245-hp and 4-barrel 270-hp configuration) and even the 300-hp 402-ci Mark IV big block were optional. The 454 was reserved exclusively for the SS. In addition to the standard “three on the tree,” all other transmis- sion options were available respective to the chosen engine — with all automatics being column-shift only. Priced at $2,804, a Heavy Chevy undercut an entry-level SS by $639 — back when you had to have had a pretty good job to make that kind of coin in a month. Base-level fun It’s been reported by some less-than-reliable sources that a Malibu Sport coupe could also be ordered with the Heavy Chevy package. However, sales literature and dealer ordering documentation state that the Heavy Chevy was a package for the basic Sport Coupe rather than the Malibu. Indeed, the 1972 dealership brochure emphatically states that the Heavy Chevy was the performance-model base Chevelle, while the SS was the performance Malibu. The brochure also states that the base-level and Heavy Chevy interior choices were identical — bench seat only in one of four color or material combinations with color-matched rubber floor, while


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the Malibu and SS choices got a deluxe bench seat or buckets with carpeting. Finally, the YF3 package was a “restricted option,” in that dealers could only order the set groupings of available options and trim. So unless verifiable original documentation can be presented with it, any Heavy Chevy claiming to be a “COPO” or “specially ordered” with nonpackage options or colors is fantasy. The Heavy Chevy was not Detailing Years produced: 1971–72 Number produced: 16,235 (6,727 in 1971, 9,508 in 1972) Original list price: $2,804 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $19,800; high sale, $49,500 Clubs: The American Chevelle Enthusiasts Society Engine # location: Boss on the top right side of the block, just forward of the passenger’s side cylinder head Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Base of the windshield frame on the driver’s side. Web: www.chevelles.com, macswebs.com/yf3registry Alternatives: 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass Rally 350, 1970 Pontiac Tempest GT-37/1971 LeMans T-37, 1973–74 Chevrolet Malibu Laguna S-3 ACC Investment Grade: C carried over to the all-new 1973 A-body Chevelle, Malibu and Laguna series. The SS was delegated as an option package and the Laguna offered an S-3 luxury-sport package as your quasi-performance choices. At least a 454 was still on the approved options list — even if it was in nearly the same tune as those fitted to one-ton trucks. Still cheap — if you can find one Today, a Heavy Chevy is rarely encountered. With only 6,727 built in 1971 and 9,503 for 1972, that’s understandable. Only 30 of them are in the current YF3 registry. Yet when they surface, they don’t pull the money of even a far more This 1972 model sold for $19,800 in 2012 common small-block-powered SS. Then again, in the years they were just used cars, a lot of them probably gained SS badges. Especially so when muscle car interest and pricing began to rocket — and knowledge of what’s correct and not wasn’t as readily available. Thanks to corporate parts sharing (the wheels were also a staple of second-gen Camaros of the 1970s), keeping one alive is a non-issue. Even the graphics are now available in repop land. And as such, there is now also the probability of a fakey-doo being made out of Aunt Flossie’s 6-cylinder Sport Coupe. With fewer top-tier muscle cars hitting the streets today, we’ve already started to see an uptick in values for second-tier sporty cars like the Heavy Chevy. Also helping is the marked rise in interest and prices of smog-era ’70s cars and trucks in general. As such, they should go nowhere but up in price at a higher rate than primary-tier muscle cars in the foreseeable future. A July-August 2016 45


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Horsepower Colin Comer PAY LESS, GET MORE? MATCHING YOUR MACHINE TO YOUR MISSION MAY MEAN BUYING SOMETHING NEWER THAN EXPECTED, BUT YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID 1989 eddie Bauer edition Ford Bronco — classic looks with modern amenities already built in A ll of us are guilty of it. We buy an old car or truck but secretly wish it didn’t perform like one. It is like adopting a stray pit bull and hoping it won’t bite your toddler, or drinking a case of beer and thinking you won’t have a hangover. But the truth is that vehicles of a certain age just aren’t ideal for today’s roads — or sometimes even today’s owners. Take, for example, vintage trucks and SUVs. I’m a huge fan, and I’ve had them since long before they were socially acceptable. I’ve driven my ’73 Bronco for years, often as a daily driver, with manual drum brakes, manual steering, 3-speed, and (oh the horror!) even a points-triggered ignition system. It is a great truck and I love the damn thing, but I also realize its limitations. You have to plan your moves somewhat carefully and always make sure you’re driving it — as opposed to it driving you. I’ve experienced, firsthand, how little fun a high-speed “tank slapper” is in an early Bronco on a snow-covered road. So when my wife wanted an early Bronco of her own, using my experience with these things over the past three decades, I zeroed in on 1977 models. Why? As the last year of the body style, they are the most evolved. Most importantly, the front suspension has more 46 AmericanCarCollector.com (meaning: some) caster, lending a lot more (okay, some) directional stability. They also have front disc brakes, quicker steering, anti-sway bars, electronic ignition and other running changes that really make them much more user-friendly right out of the box. I found a bonestock one with an automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. It drives more like a 1977 than a 1966 and I feel a lot better about her using it as a result. Make it better? But as great as the ’77 is, when we started hauling kids in it, other “old car” things became evident. Like razor-sharp exposed metal edges on seat frames and interior panels. The lack of shoulder belts. Or side-impact protection. Or…well, you get the point. Which brings us to the cottage industry that specializes in modifying vintage vehicles, such as these Broncos, into modernizedbut-still-vintage-looking vehicles. Everything from EFI to four-wheel disc brakes to super-plush interiors with a/c and heated seats seems to be standard, as does a hefty price tag. Which makes sense because labor isn’t cheap these days, neither are parts, nor are good “core” vehicles. And honestly, when all is said and done, isn’t driving a vintage


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vehicle about experiencing what it would have been like to have one at the point in time it was new? I know it is for me. I like skinny steering wheels, “air conditioning” you open with your feet, and the sense of excitement that comes with skillfully exiting a freeway without rolling over or skidding through the red light at the bottom of the ramp. So that’s the quandary for those of us who like to pile the miles on in our vintage rigs: Do you use a vintage vehicle as-is, knowing it is imperfect and likely unsuited to much of what you use it for, or buy one and spend a fortune trying to make it into something it was never intended to be? Even a basic build focusing on safety, braking and performance is a costly undertaking, and the results are often underwhelming. Newer can be smarter My solution? Consider slightly newer “old” vehicles. In our case we’ll never sell our old Broncos. But we are also not oblivious to the fact that a later-gen Bronco is also a cool vintage truck that’s realistically far better in just about every area. I hunted down my ideal (newer) old truck — a 1989 Eddie Bauer full-size Bronco, with an EFI 5.8L (that’s a 351W with fuel injection, for us old guys), a C6 automatic trans, manual locking hubs, and a manual-shift transfer case to maintain its true-truck status. But it also has power everything, a/c, a comfortable (and far quieter) interior, and tons of room for the whole family. And the best part? The whole truck cost less than it would have cost to cut up and modify an early Bronco to a similar level. The icing on the cake is that I think these later SUVs (Broncos, Blazers, Wagoneers, Ramchargers, etc.) in clean, stock condition will continue to increase in value for the very reasons above, not to mention they are just off the bottom of their depreciation curve. With careful shopping, it is shocking how nice of a truck you can find for Modern vintage: 1988 Fox-body Saleen Mustang well under $20k. Of course, that seems to be changing quickly, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. This same logic can be applied to virtually any vintage vehicle still seeing regular use. Worried about driving your 1967 Chevy K10 pickup on today’s supersonic highways day in and day out? Pick up (pun intended) a 1987 model to drive every day and preserve the old one for more fun missions. Same goes for your favorite old Camaro or Mustang. Deciding there are just some applications they are no longer ideal for doesn’t mean you can’t drive a cool old Camaro or Mustang — just pick one that’s not so old. Another case in point: I’ve finally decided that throwing my kids in the back of our ’66 Mustang and going 75 mph around countless zombies driving and texting may not be the smartest thing. So I’ve recently picked up a Fox-body 1980s Saleen Mustang … but that’s a story for another time. Needless to say, as somebody who came of age in the 1980s, I’m rather enjoying playing with the cars I lusted for then and forgot all about. I will now leave you all to scour the Internet with your own 1980s wish list. Be sure to drop me a line and tell me what follows you home! colin.comer@americancarcollector.comA July-August 2016 47


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Corvette Market John L. Stein OLD MONEY Courtesy of Auctions America THERE’S REALLY NO SUCH THING AS PAYING TOO MUCH FOR A CLASSIC CORVETTE, AND I THINK I CAN PROVE IT O ur beautiful minds are badly illogical sometimes. We buy three cases of Cactus Cooler we don’t need because it’s on sale. We remit tax dollars instead of redlining our IRAs. And we miss owning the classic Corvette of our dreams because it “costs too much.” Say what? There’s really no such thing as paying too much for a classic Corvette, and I think I can prove it to you. Must pay to play People often fret about whether they’ll make money on their classic- car purchase. “The guy wants $24k, but after doing the brakes, hoses and fluids, plus shipping, tags and insurance, I’ll be in it $30k,” goes the refrain. “And that’s all those are worth.” I’m chiding myself here because I’ve been that guy, sitting on the fence worrying about whether a car that’s supposed to be fun is a good deal. A particularly sore point is the 4-speed GTO convertible that got away. But that’s another tale. ... Let’s explore the illogical part. Collector cars are definitely fun, the same way dinner and drinks out with friends, a movie and popcorn with your significant other, and a fishing or golf weekend are fun. Do we quibble about these things costing money? No. Instead, we are pragmatic about it — we plan ahead and accept that you gotta pay if you wanna play. Buy the ticket, take the ride. How used beats new Used cars, particularly classics such as Corvettes, are almost invari- ably a great deal compared to new ones. And here’s the proof. The ACC Premium Auctions Database has a terrific graphing data feature that lets you project the value of a particular year, make and model (even including engine, transmission and other features) over a given period. Its purpose is to help you understand how a car’s value has changed over time, and that can help you estimate how much a certain vehicle will cost you — or potentially make for you — in the future. ACC Auction Editor Chad Tyson ran a comparison illustrating how, value-wise, a used mid-year Sting Ray compares with a late-model Corvette over the same period. Instead of looking forward, which would 48 AmericanCarCollector.com only provide a projected comparison, Chad stepped back in time to 2013 and then indexed forward to 2016, showing what actually did happen to the values of these cars over approximately three years. His chart below compares the value trajectory of a 1963 fuel-injected coupe purchased for $116,600 in 2013 to the value trajectory of a 2013 Z06 coupe purchased for $75,600 at the same time, forwarding to today. (Prices shown do not include commissions, fees, taxes, maintenance, insurance, etc.) Corvette Value Trajectory Purchase price in 2013 Value in 2014 Value in 2015 Value in 2016 (as of May 18) Gain or Loss Over 3 years 1963 Corvette L84 coupe $116,600 $129,600 $130,000 $143,000 +$26,400 Gain or Loss NA +11.1% 0% +10% +22.6% 2013 Corvette Z06 coupe $75,600 $68,375 $62,700 $56,500 -$19,100 Gain or Loss NA -9.6% -8.3% -9.9% -25.3% The table reveals that the 1963 Sting Ray soundly outperforms the new Stingray, gaining 22.6% in value over three years while the new Z06 loses 25.3% during the same period. Point earned for the vintage ’Vette. Financing breeds success Now let’s look at how much it might cost you (or reward you) on a monthly basis to collect that 1963 Sting Ray Fuelie compared with a new Z06. After all, doesn’t the world revolve around the “monthly payment”? In our example above, from 2013 to 2016, the ’63 L84 gained $733 monthly in value, whereas the new Z06 lost $531 per month. Yikes! That’s a $1,264 per month advantage for the ’63. A standard financial strategy is to finance (buy) an appreciating asset and lease a depreciating one. Since the ’63 is more like the former than the latter, buying makes sense. But here’s where the trail toughens, because had our fictitious buyer financed the entire cost of that SplitWindow at a typical classic-car rate of 5.5% interest over three years,


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the monthly principal and interest payment would be a whopping $3,521. That’s like shouldering a second mortgage in a nice ZIP code. Not cheap! (In contrast, financing the 2013 Corvette Z06 at a new-car rate of 2.99% for three years would cost $2,198 per month.) Finessing the Financing Monthly payment, principal and interest Interest paid over 3 years In further detail, the 1963 Corvette L84 coupe (financed at 5.5% over 3 years) $3,521 $10,150 2013 Corvette Z06 coupe (financed at 2.99% over 3 years) $2,198 $3,535 total interest paid on the 1963 Sting Ray loan over three years totals $10,150, so in our case study, the old car’s appreciation handily outstrips the cost of financing it. When insurance and upkeep are factored in, the L84 might thus be a break-even buy or even better, meaning that after three years of fun, you could walk away with all your money. I will readily admit this is the simplest of examples that does not Courtesy of Leake Auction Co. reflect variations in insurance, registration or maintenance costs for old versus new cars. Most especially, it rather assumes the best-case scenario for the collectible car, since 1963 Sting Rays — in particular Fuelies — have been on a tear of late. But it’s a start. Dare to compare As they say, aim to succeed but prepare to fail. So what happens to our pie-in-the-sky 1963 Corvette investment scenario if the market tanks like it did in 2009? Back then, the squawking magpies were all frozen on the powerlines, afraid to bail in fear of losing capital and afraid to buy in fear of the market dropping further. So let’s say the economy shakes, rattles and rolls downhill this fall, around election time, and that the $143,000 Sting Ray you have just married over the July 4, 2016, holiday loses 20% to 30% of its value over the coming three years instead of posting a gain? Could happen. In this less-pleasant scenario, by 2019, the same Sting Ray would post a three-year loss of $28,600 to $42,900. On top of the 5.5% interest ($12,449) you’ll have paid, that nets an Advil-headache-case-scenario loss of $41,049 to $55,349 over the three years. Despite this collector calamity, surprisingly, the loss is consistent with the projected $41,463 worth of depreciation and interest paid for our new 2013 Z06 over the same period. So even in a real downturn for the Sting Ray Fuelie market, your exposure above and beyond that of purchasing a new car is minimal. The takeaway Where does this all leave us? According to our findings, buying a new Corvette Z06 will result in significant value loss, almost guaranteed. Whereas investing in the right used Corvette — Sting Ray Fuelie or otherwise — may make you money, recapture your investment, or else in a down market, leave you on par with a new car or slightly below. The outcome depends on many variables — only some of which can be controlled. Because of this, many investments (e.g., stocks, timeshares, gold mines or some barn-find dragster) are something of a gamble. But at day’s end, vintage ’Vettes aren’t a blind wager like nickel slots, because through study, you can learn and neutralize many of the factors that can bite, bettering your odds of success. See? Corvette collectors are not illogical at all. We’re just psycho- logical.A July-August 2016 49


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/290 BIG-BRAKE CONVERTIBLE Hands Off the Original Buy it, love it and drive it. And most importantly, leave it alone VIN: 00867S104441 by John L. Stein • One of 119 RPO 687 “Big-Brake” 1960 Corvettes • One of 759 1960 Corvettes built with the 283-ci/290-hp fuel-injected engine • BorgWarner T-10 4-speed manual transmission • Temperature-controlled radiator fan • Positraction rear axle (4.11:1 ratio) • Heavy-duty brake and steering package • Wide wheels (15 by 5.5 inches) • 6.70-by-15 blackwall tires • Auxiliary hard top • Wonder Bar signal-seeking AM radio • Unrestored and well preserved • Retains mostly original Roman Red paint finish and black interior • Four owners from new ACC Analysis This car, Lot 31, sold for $85,250, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ The Houston Classic Auction in Houston, TX, on April 23, 2016. The more car shows I go to, the more I appreciate cars that are all-original. Just recently, at my local Sunday Cars & Coffee, there were about 70 cars, and most if not all were exquisitely built or restored. And then a 1970 Shelby GT500 4-speed convertible rolled in. It was original. It was dented. It was dirty. The rectangular exhaust tips were corroded halfway through. The interior looked like the Rat Pack had a party there — and left an old matchbook on the floor. It was light years away from “perfect,” but it was also a perfect example of what these big iron lumps used to be. Just old cars. Oh, and guess which one drew a crowd? Yep. 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com Deciding whether restored or original cars are better is like pondering an Arnold Palmer versus a Mike’s Hard Lemonade — ultimately, it’s best left to the individual owner. This Corvette on offer at Worldwide’s Houston event seemed to have a lot of the things I love about original cars, but there were also some questions raised by this one’s presentation and history. So let’s examine this car, a claimed four-owner original with thorough ownership history and which has reportedly been stored every winter since 1962. A solid basis From a presentation standpoint, this car offered some mixed messages. For instance, it carried nice Roman Red paint, period-correct bias-ply tires and painted steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps, along with good chrome and bodyside trim. The wheel rims appeared minimally chipped, which of course would happen as tires were changed and balance weights added during its heyday. As well, the panel gaps were typically spotty, including the doors and trunk lid. Also appropriately for its age, the clear plastic trunk badge was modestly crazed. The car carried a desirable accessory hard top as well, in the right color. Notably, the front license-plate bracket was askew — which should have been a straightforward fix. There were two different fuel-injection options for 1960 — the fourth year for the groundbreaking Rochester system. Available were the 250-hp RPO 579, of which a scant 100 were built, and the most popular solid-lifter 290-hp RPO 579D, of which 759 were built. This car had the higher-horsepower system. Under the hood, things looked appropriate and Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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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: 1960 Number produced: 119 (RPO 687) Original list price: $4,732.85 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $103,800; high sale, $165,000 (1960 283/290) Tune-up cost: $500 (estimated) Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head authentic for a now 56-year-old car. This includes it being a wee bit unkempt, with a dusty fan shroud, chipped and oxidized components, and wrinkled air-induction hoses. I’m cool with that — it adds believability that this car is authentic and unrestored. Unfortunately, the auction catalog included no under-the-car photographs, which is an important omission. There is also an NCRS sticker visible in the auction photos, but there was no documentation by the auction house of any awards won or work done. A quick Internet search of the VIN found that the car had earned an NCRS Second Flight award in 2012, and that it had been “presented to a 2013 NCRS Regional for Bowtie sign-off.” Consideration for the NCRS Bowtie award, which recognizes original cars, makes a good case for its originality. Some questions The chassis and drivetrain were said to be all-orig- inal except for the clutch, rear frame crossmember, brakes and exhaust. And so sometimes it’s not what’s said but what’s unsaid that is intriguing. Was the car raced, as many RPO 687 cars were? One must assume not, given its high level of completeness and that no mention was made of this in the auction copy. Next, could the 18,495 miles showing be original? Again, no claims were made to support this, leaving the supposition that the odometer has been around at least a time or two. (However, once it happens one time, it probably doesn’t matter much how many more trips the odometer takes.) Maybe most troubling are the twin statements that the “rear crossmember” is not original and that the car retains “mostly original Roman Red paint.” These items should have been better explained. Doing so might have actually helped the car’s case, because with nothing else to go on, buyers might have assumed the worst — a big shunt. And if there was actually no shunt at all? Then the omitted information likely hurt the result. Convincing interior Inside, the landscape was just as convincing as the underhood view. The steering wheel was tiredlooking, the clear Corvette badge in the wheel center was quite crazed, and the seat belts were rumpled. Even the heel-pad inset into the driver’s side carpeting was dingy. Further, the seating surfaces, door panels and various carpet pieces looked used and timeworn, but still quite serviceable. Fair enough, and all good for an original car. Somewhat surprisingly, the sale price of $85,250 fell dramatically short of where a 1960 290-horse Fuelie should be in the current market. According to this year’s ACC Pocket Price Guide, the median price for this model — not even taking into account this car’s rare and desirable RPO 687 big-brake and steering package, the auxiliary hard top and the extensive ownership history — should be $103,800, with a topend high-water mark of $165,000. However, the ACC price guide does recognize that the 283/290 prices dipped 9% into the first quarter of 2016, before rising 5% in the second quarter. But even taking that fluctuation into effect, this car looks to have sold cheaply considering all the high points listed. What remains is for the new owner to decide what to do with his prize. By appearances, any work performed has aimed to preserve the car’s original specifications, right down to the blackwall tires. So at this point it would be unwise to “restore” this car beyond the sympathetic attention it has already received. My take? Buy it, love it and drive it. And most importantly, leave it alone. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Tag on steering column Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 coupe, 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 convertible Lot 390, VIN: 00867S104397 Condition: 4 Sold at $99,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/19/2015 ACC# 265015 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake convertible Lot 761, VIN: 00867S108206 Condition: 2Sold at $115,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/5/2013 ACC# 216019 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake convertible Not sold at $87,000 Lot S77, VIN: 00867S103339 Condition: 1- Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 6/25/2010 ACC# 164722 July-August 2016 51CC 51


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PROFILE GM Bargain-Buy Aluminum Monster 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 Karissa Hosek ©2016, courtesy of Auctions America The ZL1’s job was to smoke the competition, and with more than 500 horsepower and the weight of a standard small-block 327, it did that job especially well 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 124379N634918 by Patrick Smith B y specifying COPO Code 9561 (9562 for a Chevelle), dealers could order an L72-equipped 427 Camaro. However, COPO Code 9560 belonged to some really exotic hardware. It provided dealers with a race-ready performance car equipped with the allaluminum ZL1 427 conservatively rated at 430 hp. Production #53 is reported to be the only Code 590 Dover White ZL1 equipped with the M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed manual transmission. The car was titled at one time to COPO “guru” Ed Cunneen. It was raced in NHRA Pro Stock in 1969 and 1970 and was an NHRA record holder. This very special machine has previously been owned and in the collections of Floyd Garrett and Robert Lyle. The COPO Camaro ZL1 was restored by Garrett’s museum personnel and has been “correctly finished throughout, including a correct ZL1 replacement block.” In summary, this “Holy Grail” of Camaros is restored to a very high level and is presented in a meticulous fashion throughout. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 510, sold for $404,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 2, 2016. The last time we saw this car sell was at the Mecum Indy auction in May 2011, when it brought $323,500. We profiled it in the August 2011 issue of our sister magazine, Sports Car Market. A faster big block By 1968, the 427-powered Yenko and Nickey cars had been burning up the record books and giving Chevrolet a leg up in the world of hushed corporate-assisted racing. Chevrolet had been working on an all-aluminum big block for the Can-Am series and for Corvette racing, and Fred Gibb got together with Dick Harrell to request a run of Camaros built by the factory with the new engine. Gibb contacted Chevy performance specialist Vince Piggins, the man with the say over which COPO cars could and would be built, and he agreed to it — so long as 50 were ordered. With that, COPO number 9560 was born, and the heart of it was that ZL1 engine. It was basically an updated L88 with an aluminum block — an L88 on a diet. The ZL1’s job was to smoke the competition by 4th gear, and with real-world horsepower in excess of 500 ponies and the weight of a standard small-block 327, it did that job especially well. The ZL1 was an all-out race engine. A lot of specialized parts went into this package, including transistorized ignition with a specific module installed behind the grille on the front brace, a 1111927 distributor, aluminum high-rise dual-plane intake 3933198, high-lift long-duration cam with dual pattern lobes, and the Chevy 12 bolt “BE” differential paired with either a TH400 or the Muncie M22. All the good hardware was used, and the result was shattering. When Cars Illustrated magazine tested the third ZL1 made, it blazed a 13.16-second ET at 110 mph with Roger Huntington at the wheel. Harrell’s car in Kansas did the quarter mile in 12.14 at 117 mph with slicks and headers. But the cars were prohibitively expensive at over $7,000 new, and as such, the package was a hard sell. Only 69 were built, and it took dealers a lot longer than expected to move them off their lots.


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CoLLeCToR’S ReSouRCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 69 Original list price: $7,300 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $525,300; high sale, $715,000 Tune up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $50 (NOS part) Great history This car was #53 out of the 69 made. The ZL1 Camaro helped form the roots of Pro Stock racing, with stunning NHRA record-setting performance, and it was this very car that set the record. In addition, it has a provenance most owners can only dream of, with Ed Cunneen — a ZL1 guru — as the first titled owner, along with Robert Lyle, a known ZL1 Chevrolet dealer. In addition, the car has a long association with Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum and was given a show-winning restoration to the highest standard while in Garrett’s possession. This one was finished in Dover White with black interior and equipped with AM radio, Rally wheels, rear spoiler and the M22. The only flaw is the original engine is gone. In its place is a correct ZL1 code replacement block. With factory-built race cars, missing engines come with the territory. With racers, you pay a premium for a numbers-matching example, but other intangible factors have as much bearing on the price, such as racing history, ownership and documentation. A known race car is valued even if it’s missing some of its born-with hardware. I’ve seen a rebodied ZL1 sell for not much less than what was paid here. A solid jump ZL1 Camaro prices have been on a roller coaster ride, with the nosebleed high of $840,000 for the Gibbs ZL1 in 2005 (ACC# 39570) to the aftermath of 2008 to 2012, when the market finally gained footing for a recovery. High-profile, high-dollar muscle takes the fall first in a correction, but they’re also indicators of a recovery. When this car sold at Mecum Indianapolis for $323,300, we called it out as well bought. Now, five years and $80,000 later, the sentiment still stands. A premium is paid for the 4-speed examples, and recent activity reveals good stick-shift cars can bring over $500k. Automatics are bound to play catch-up, but they will. This car has a nicer grille now, but that has little to do with the boost in price. The real reason for the 25% gain has to do with buying a sure thing. If you can tolerate the dips and swings in the market and enjoy blistering speed through chambered exhaust, you can’t lose with a ZL1. I’m still calling this one a good buy, and I think there’s room to grow. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Lot S127, VIN: 124379N64294 Condition: 2+ Sold at $567,100 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/2013 ACC# 227413 Web: www.yenko.net, www. camaros.org Alternatives: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Super Stock, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps Engine # location: Partial VIN and code on machined pad on block, ahead of passenger’s cylinder head VIN location: Dashboard driver’s side, driver’s door decal 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Lot 75, VIN: 124379N608536 Condition: 1Sold at $715,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 4/25/2015 ACC# 264984 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Lot S738, VIN: 124379N602238 Condition: 2+ Sold at $605,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/2013 ACC# 214983 July-August 2016 53


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PROFILE FOMOCO Staying Power 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD F-CODE The T-bird seems to ignore the ebb and flow of the marketplace VIN: F7FH333817 by Tom Glatch Holley 4-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, power steering and power brakes. The F-code engine elevated the performance of a standard Thunderbird from a reasonably quick cruiser to a dedicated quartermile contender. This 1957 F-bird was fastidiously restored to be I 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com competitive on the concours field. Accordingly, the F-bird achieved an enviable show record-winning First Place Gold at every Classic Thunderbird Club International event it entered. In preparation for the AACA show circuit, the restoration of this Thunderbird was freshened up and has since done phenomenally well, earning an impressive collection of awards that continues to grow. The majority of the F-code cars were white, with black being the second most popular color, making this Flame Red example unusual. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 386, sold for $193,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 9, 2016. When the Beach Boys sang “She’ll have fun, fun, fun ’til her daddy takes the T-bird away…” what image came to mind? More than likely a beautiful young woman driving a ’50s two-seat Thunderbird. Few automobiles have ever been so ingrained in n total, 21,380 Thunderbirds were produced in 1957. The most rare and desirable of these are affectionately referred to as F-birds. This is one of only 212 examples fitted with the supercharged F-code 312/300-hp V8 engine. It also has a popular culture as the original Thunderbird. They weren’t terribly popular when new — just 16,155 were built in 1955, 15,631 in ’56, and 21,380 in its final year (which ran until December 1957). The two-seater ’Bird was never marketed as a world-beating performance car, either, with advertising instead calling it “a personal car of distinction.” While sales were hardly disappointing, the original Thunderbird was never the profit center that Ford’s data-driven Harvard “Whiz-Kid” general manager, Robert McNamara, had expected. For 1958, the classic two-seater was replaced with the much-maligned (but better selling) four-seater “Square Bird.” McNamara didn’t quite grasp the image-building power a halo car can bring to a manufacturer, instead choosing to focus on the hard numbers. Yet from TV shows such as “Perry Mason” in the ’50s and “Vega$” in the ’80s, to movies like “American Graffiti” and “I Was a Teenage Werewolf,” to the Beach Boys’ hit song, all of which featured the car, it’s clear the original Thunderbird had substantial value in its status as a pop culture icon of the era. 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! Long-lived icon That’s probably why the popularity of the 1955–57 Thunderbirds has never waned. It’s one of those rare automobiles that seems to ignore the ebb and flow of the marketplace. Just before the Great Recession of ’08 prices for these cars averaged $26,000 to $45,000; today they average $29,200 to $142,500, including the performance models Ford added in 1957: the 245-hp D-code and 270-hp E-code. Then there is the legendary 300-hp supercharged F-code. The same engine was installed in a handful of Fairlane 500 sedans in 1957, which Ford used to counter Chevrolet’s fuel-injected Black Widows in NASCAR. The first few of the F-birds were converted D-code cars (known as Code-D/F cars), which causes the list of F-code cars built to vary from expert to expert. Two of the supercharged cars were converted into full-fledged racers called “Battlebirds,” built to take on the competition at the 1957 Daytona Speed Weeks. The rest tended to be fully optioned street machines, which, like our feature F-code, represented the ultimate in ’50s two-seat personal luxury. Our very rare Flame Red example listed for $4,815.13 — big money when the average annual household income was around $5,000. RM Auctions sold this same F-bird in 2006 for a smashing $319,000 (ACC# 43542) — far more than any other F-code sale recorded, and more than the $280,500 the only remaining “Battlebird” racer achieved at auction in 2010 (ACC# 165772). Certainly, color and quality were a factor in this sale, so why did it fetch a below-par $193,900 just a decade later? It could be that one or both sales were anomalies, with unique factors driving the price to record highs or disappointing lows for no particular reason. I hope that’s the case, but it could be something else entirely. Buyers, values and the new market Collectors tend to collect things from their past. Along those lines, baby boomers, born shortly after World War II, are most likely to collect items from the 1950s. In the same way, I doubt there are many collectors of “Star Wars” memorabilia who were born before, say, 1960. Now those early boomers are downsizing their lives, or their estates are selling off their possessions, as we’ve seen happening with some large collections lately. What will be the market for their ’57 Bel Air convertibles and F-code T-birds in the future? Later baby boomers like me tend to be more interested in ’60s muscle. And what about more recent generations? Some of them think of the Honda Civic and Toyota Supra — rather than the finned dinosaurs of the ’50s — as timeless classics. Of course, that could certainly affect values of cars like these when they come up for sale in the coming years. We’ll just have to wait and see. In the meantime, we need to monitor how the market for ’50s cars trends, and we also need to continue to work toward getting today’s youth more interested in collectible vehicles in general, the same way organizations such as SEMA are doing. All that said, remember that it’s best not to under- estimate the power of pop culture. Ford did it when these cars were new, and I think it’s still pretty safe to assume that the next generation of hardcore car collector can also sing most of the words to “Fun, Fun, Fun” without looking up the words on the Internet. There are undoubtedly a bunch of them just waiting for Daddy to hand those T-bird keys over — or to pick one up when it finally becomes available and they have the means to do so. In the hierarchy of 1950s American classics, this blown Thunderbird has everything going for it, and all things considered, I’d call it exceedingly well bought at the price paid.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Detailing Years produced: 1955–57 Number produced: Engine # location: N/A Club: Classic Thunderbird Club International Original list price: $4,815 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $188,000; high sale, $247,500 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $109 (NOS) VIN location: Passenger’s side cowl below hood-latch mechanism Approximately 212 F-code cars in 1957 Web: www.ctci.org Alternatives: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette fuel-injected, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, 1954 KaiserDarrin ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Lot 2124, VIN: F7FH331499 Condition: 1Sold at $142,500 Auctions America, Santa Monica, CA, 7/18/2015 ACC# 266303 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Lot 478, VIN: F7FH394973 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $127,500 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/2015 ACC# 264818 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code Lot 200, VIN: F7FH347627 Condition: 1Sold at $247,500 RM Auctions, Farmers Branch, TX, 11/15/2014 ACC# 256274 July-August 2016 55CC 55


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PROFILE MOPAR In Praise of the Fakes 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER A12 REPLICA If you want to win the burnout contest, an original A12 Road Runner will do it — but a cheaper replica will, too VIN: RM21H9A200431 by Jeff Zurschmeide • A12 replica • Rotisserie restoration • Less than 500 miles since restoration • 440-ci V8 engine • 6-bbl setup • 3.91 gear ratio • Hurst 4-speed transmission • Magnum 500 wheels • Fiberglass lift-off hood with display posts • Yellow with black vinyl top ACC Analysis This car, Lot F203, sold for $38,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Houston auction in Houston, TX, April 14–16, 2016. The muscle car world is renowned for its fakes — or replicas, if you’re being polite. The difference between the two terms is disclosure. It’s only a fake if the seller is trying to cheat the buyer into believing the car is genuine. In this case, the seller readily admitted that this Road Runner is a replica of the hot rod factory A12 edition with the 6-bbl 440 V8 and 4-speed manual transmission. That’s perfect, because the buyer didn’t have to play detective to see if the car was genuine, and the whole deal was on the level. 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com What makes a 440 a 6-bbl? The 440 6-bbl was not the highest-performance Road Runner on Plymouth dealers’ lots in 1969. Hot rod honors go to the Hemi version, sporting that massive 425-hp elephant engine under its hood. But the 6-bbl was no slouch. Its 440-ci engine came equipped with an Edelbrock manifold and three Holley 2-barrel carbs. Buyers could get the car with a 3-speed automatic or a 4-speed manual transmission. Either way, it was a potent combination, yielding 390 horsepower and 490 pound-feet of torque. The Road Runner line was so impressive that Motor Trend named it the Car of the Year in 1969. Just about 1,400 6-bbl cars were built that year, out of a total of over 80,000 Road Runners. The 6-bbl cars represented a healthy performance boost over the base 335-hp 383, yet the option was substantially cheaper than the 425-hp 426 Hemi, which it matched for torque at 490 rated pound-feet. It was a true sweet-spot machine — and many owners will tell you that these cars could keep up with the heavy-breathing (but finicky) Hemi, at least for most of the quarter mile. It should not surprise anyone that a fair number of 383 cars were later upgraded with 440s. Completing the replica is also comparatively easy, because the 440 6-bbl-equipped Road Runners came with a special lift-off fiberglass hood held in place with pins, and Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD CUSTOM WAGON No-Regrets Nomad Modifying a classic vehicle often hurts its resale value, but Nomads are an exception VIN: VC55F147099 by Tom Glatch brakes, power windows, air conditioning and dual Lexus six-way power seats. This car is sorted out, runs great and is ready to enjoy and show. T 58 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 454, sold for $95,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 9, 2016. The 1955 Chevrolets were a dramatic departure from the Chevys of the past, and the most dramatic was the stunning Nomad wagon. From the end of he same proud owner has had this Nomad for the past 22 years. The engine is completely chrome and/or billet. It has a 350 GM Performance crate engine, 700R4 transmission, power steering, four-wheel power disc World War II, the station wagon had been transformed from an expensive wood-bodied luxury hauler to an affordable all-steel family transporter. But the Nomad took that utility to a whole new level. A star from the start Like the Corvette the year before, the Nomad was the star of the 1954 New York Auto Show, with a display in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria hotel. The Motorama dream machine was based on the Corvette, but the final product was built on the Bel Air platform. When it became a part of the all-new Chevrolet lineup for ’55, the Nomad carried the same front sheet metal as the rest of the “Hot Ones.” That distinctive grille and clean design by stylist Carl Renner was said to have been inspired by Ferrari. From the doors back, however, the Nomad was completely unique. The B-pillar leaned forward like nothing before it, and the rear C-pillar and hatch followed suit. Two is more Two-door wagons were hardly unique at the time, but most manufacturers often relegated them to economy, business coupe or panel-truck status. Not the Nomad. Offered only on the top-shelf Bel Air line, the Nomad was a practical dream car come true. Pontiac shared the Nomad’s body, but the Safari’s longer wheelbase and Pontiac’s “Silver Streak” styling couldn’t match the Nomad’s unique character. The Nomad may also have been the solution to a A vintage ad highlights the Nomad’s distinctive look need that didn’t exist. It was the most expensive car in the ’55 Chevrolet line (only the Corvette cost more), 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 and just 8,530 were built that year, with an additional 8,103 in ’56. The ever-popular 1957 Nomad, the last year for the model, was almost outsold by the resurgent Corvette, with just 6,534 built. Universally hailed as a design tour de force, the Nomad was too expensive, and maybe deemed too impractical, for the average meat-and-potatoes Chevrolet buyer. It wasn’t until a decade later that the Nomad seemed to find its niche. Maybe it was the fun-in-thesun Southern California culture, with the image of a surfboard hanging out of a Nomad’s hatch. Or maybe it was the Kalifornia Kustom culture running with the surf image. Whatever the reason, since the ’60s, the Nomad has held its ground as one of the most popular cars of its era. Preserve or rod? Nomads divide owners into two camps: the tradi- tionalist who restores his car to historic perfection, and the customizer who molds his into a personal dream car. You could say that about almost any American car from the past, but the 1955–57 Nomads stand out as some of the most favored platforms for restoration or individualization. Anyone who has driven a factory-stock vehicle from the ’50s in today’s traffic really can’t blame someone for bringing a Nomad’s suspension, brakes and powertrain into the present. Upgrading the interior and adding air conditioning and modern sound makes sense, too. Under normal circumstances, modifying a vehicle can easily have the effect of killing its resale. The rule of thumb for customized cars is simple — don’t expect to get your money back out of it. And the reason is just as simple: No one wants to buy someone else’s dream car; they want to build their own. Taste is subjective, and chances are that one per- son’s vision of automotive perfection — stock-looking “rectification,” the Pro-Mod look, a lead sled, you name it — is different from the next person’s. It’s often hard to find a buyer with the same taste. However, there are always exceptions, and Nomads are one of those exceptions. We’ve seen custom Nomads sell for as much as $324,000 (ACC# 36961), but I couldn’t find a stock Nomad higher than $110,000 (ACC# 48725), and that was an exceptional restoration. Our featured Nomad didn’t quite merit six figures, but it’s a very nice dream wagon just the same. It has all the suspension, engine and comfort upgrades a modern driver would want, and on top of that, it has a great look, too. Clearly, the owner of 22 years lavished the Nomad with TLC, and if much of the work was done years ago, he might have netted some profit from the sale. The buyer got a tastefully done custom at the cost of doing it today, or even a bit less. Maybe by changing a few items the new owner will have a Nomad that checks all his dream-car boxes, and at a very good Jackson.) price. Call this one both well bought and well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Club: Chevrolet Nomad Association Engine # location: Pad on front right hand side of the block behind the water pump Web: www.chevynomadclub. com Alternatives: 1955–57 Pontiac Safari wagon, 1953–55 Chevrolet Corvette, 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird Years produced: 1955–57 Number produced: 23,167 Original list price: $2,571 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $70,000; high sale, $220,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $13.95 VIN location: Left front doorhinge pillar ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Lot 203, VIN: VC55A060137 Condition: 1Sold at $82,500 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/2015 ACC# 265104 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Lot S191, VIN: VC55S164225 Condition: 2+ Sold at $64,800 Mecum Auctions, Austin, TX, 12/13/2014 ACC# 256555 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Lot 685, VIN: VC550030467 Condition: 3+ Sold at $58,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2014 ACC# 256111 July-August 2016 59


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1955 HUDSON ITALIA High-Style Hudson Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers Of the 26 Italias constructed, 21 are thought to still exist. Even with limited production, they appear at auction regularly VIN: 1T10018 by Carl Bomstead • One of only 26 examples produced and one of just 21 remaining • Powered by its original engine and equipped with overdrive • Outstanding driver, tour- and road-ready • Carefully inspected and extensively serviced by Mr. Ed Souers, Hudson Italia Historian for the Hudson Essex Terraplane Club and Manager of the National Hudson Motor Car Company Museum in Ypsilanti, MI ACC Analysis This car, Lot 38, sold for $242,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Worldwide’s Houston Classic Auction in Houston, TX, on April 23, 2016. From humble start to cutting edge The Hudson Motor Car Company was founded on February 20, 1909, and was named for Joseph L. Hudson of Detroit department-store fame. Hudson, one of several stockholders, was named as the first president, but he took little interest in the firm. Their objective was to build “a small, low-cost car of quality,” and their first cars were priced at only $50 above the new Model T Ford. Business prospered until the Great Depression, but Hudson survived with the introduction of the “Great Eight” and the high-performance Terraplane. In the early ’30s, Hudson held every AAA hillclimb record 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com for stock cars, and the Terraplane set 12 Class C records at Daytona. World War II, of course, brought automotive production to a standstill. But when manufacturing resumed, Hudson was well prepared with an innovative “Monobuilt” construction method, which allowed for the passenger’s footwells to sit below the frame. The distinctive “stepdown” Hudson handled better than anything on the market. The Super Six became the Hornet in 1951, and with the “Twin-H” dual-carburetor package, it ruled NASCAR for several years. Hudson Chief Designer Frank Spring was given the assignment to develop the follow-on Jet, but financial restraints and top management’s meddling resulted in an outcome that was boxy and homely. Spring was so distraught that he threatened to leave but was placated with the opportunity to design an experimental sports car that would test public reaction to some radical concepts that might be incorporated in later designs. American Hudson, Italian body Spring worked with Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni, chief designer of Touring Body Works of Milan, Italy, using the Jet chassis, to develop an all-aluminum design that could be presented at the Detroit Auto Show in December 1953. It was also aimed at the Carrera Panamericana, where Marshall Teague had recently finished a remarkable 6th in a Hudson Hornet. Some


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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: Upper right front side of block Club: Hudson Essex Terraplane Club sources claim 50 of the “Super Jets” were commissioned from Touring, but it is more likely only 25 were ordered, perhaps for homologation for the American Class of the Mexican La Carrera road race. The resulting swoopy Hudson Italia was 10 inches lower than the Jet and weighed less than 3,000 pounds. It was claimed that it was capable of over 100 miles per hour. The flamboyant styling featured an inverted “V” front bumper, large faux-cooling “V” scooped vents on the front fenders, and three stacked chrome tubes on the rear fenders that contained the brake, reverse and turn-signal lights. Another of Spring’s unique design features was a door that extended well into the roofline to ease entry. The cars were powered by the Jet six with Twin-H carburation. The engine produced 115 horsepower, which drove through Hudson’s smooth-shifting 3-speed manual transmission. All the cars were finished in “Italian Cream” with red and cream leather interior and a crinkle-finish dash. They were priced at $4,800, although it was reported that each cost Hudson $28,000 to build. All in the timing The Italia could have not been introduced at a worse time. When production began, Hudson was on the verge of bankruptcy and was merging — or was being taken over — by Nash-Kelvinator to form American Motors. An exotic car that was receiving little interest at dealer showrooms and was generating a sizable loss was difficult to justify to the new American Motors management. Sales Manager Roy Chapin was ordered to “get rid of those cars.” Of the 26 Italias constructed, 21 are thought to still exist. Even with limited production, they appear at public auction with regularity. Gooding & Company, at their 2015 Pebble Beach auction, sold a “barn find,” which was lacking its motor and transmission, for $154,000 (ACC# 266289). A year earlier, at Scottsdale, Gooding sold an example with 26,000 miles for $330,000 (ACC# 241451). Barrett-Jackson sold well-restored chassis 1002 for $396,000 in Scottsdale in 2013 (ACC# 214843). That car had once been owned by racing driver Lance Reventlow. And RM Auctions, at their 2012 Monterey sale, sold chassis 10011 for $265,000 (ACC# 209612). Based on the extensive catalog photographs, it would appear that this Italia sold by Worldwide was complete but wore an older restoration that was starting to unwind a bit. Based, however, on the price paid, the new owner has room to write a couple of decent-sized checks to bring it up to snuff and still be on the right side of the ledger. As such, I’ll call this a fair deal for all concerned. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1955 Hudson Italia Lot 5035, VIN: IT1002 Condition: 1Sold at $396,000 Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 25 (plus one prototype) Original list price: $4,800 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $240,000; high sale, $396,000 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Firewall and stamping under passenger’s carpet Web: www.HETClub.org Alternatives: 1956–58 DualGhia, 1953–55 Chevrolet Corvette, 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1955 Hudson Italia Lot 105, VIN: IT10024 Condition: 5 Sold at $154,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/2015 ACC# 266289 1955 Hudson Italia Lot 49, VIN: IT10020 Condition: 1- Not sold at $330,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 8/30/2014 ACC# 245240 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2013 ACC# 214843 July-August 2016 61CC 61


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PROFILE RACE 1966 CHEVROLET NOVA PRO STREET The Right Stuff Courtesy of Mecum Auctions There are cars built to look fast and there are cars built to go fast. This is no street poseur VIN: 113116W130255 by Jim Pickering • Custom build completed in 2015 • Balanced and blueprinted 355-ci engine with Comp Cam • Weiand Team G intake manifold, Holley carburetor with Big Shot NOS system • MSD distributor with Digital-7 programmable ignition • Doug’s ceramic-coated headers • 3½-inch exhaust, Flowmaster mufflers • Aerospace fuel pump and three regulators with 10-gallon aluminum fuel cell • Turbo Action 350 transmission with transbrake and Cheetah SCR manual shift • 3,500 stall converter • Ford nine-inch rear end 4.11 Richmond gears • Mark Williams axles, spool and driveshaft • Aerospace four-piston disc brakes • Wilwood master cylinder, Hurst line lock • Mono-leaf rear suspension, CalTracs traction bars • Harwood fiberglass cowl hood • Eight-point roll cage with swing-outs • Kirkey seats and Simpson harnesses • Auto Meter gauges and Pro Comp tachometer • Cragar 306 Alumastar wheels • Griffin aluminum radiator ACC Analysis This car, Lot S83, sold for $19,250, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Houston sale in Houston, TX, on April 16, 2016. Drag racing has a way of getting under your skin. It makes you spend stacks of money to chase tenths of seconds. It’s a never-ending source of new barriers to break through, faster cars and drivers to beat, and 62 AmericanCarCollector.com broken parts and bruised egos to fix on long garage-lit nights. Consider it an automotive addiction — the full-blown monkey-on-your-back type. I know because I’ve got it. As such, once you get started as a drag racer, it’s hard to silence that monkey and stop hunting speed. The drive to compete and win is how cars like this Nova get built. The look and the hook Now, let’s make a distinction right off the bat: “Drag cars” aren’t all created equal. There are cars built to look fast and there are cars built to go fast. The difference between them can be subtle, but it’s substantial. Show up to the drags with huge 15-inch wide rub- ber, polished blower parts and a $15,000 paint job from the show scene and you’ll get a lot of looks. But while that stuff can make big power and big smoke, that’s only part of what it takes to race and win. In the real world, drag cars are very carefully set up by their owners to function predictably in high-intensity situations, and to generate wins by running hard consistently. Doing that is a lot tougher than you might think. Most of the showy Pro-Street-style cars you’ll run into at any local car show aren’t drag cars in 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 Year produced: 1966, 2015 Number produced: 47,000 (All 1966 Chevy II “100” series cars) Original list price: $2,090 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $44,300; high sale, $126,500 Tune-up/major service: $400 (estimated) strictest sense. They might look like monsters built for straight-line fun with crazy paint, big tires and even bigger engines, but that doesn’t mean they can run the same elapsed time (or ET) twice in a row — and for anything other than your standard Saturday night grudge match, that’s key. Do it again Consistency, both from the car and the driver, is the name of the game in drag racing. Every tenth of a second in ET translates to a car length of distance — and a win or loss — at the far end of the quarter mile. Points racing — the kind of racing where you can win money and trophies — requires a dial-in, where you predict the ET your car will run before the pass, written in big numbers on your windshield. Make some test passes, pick a number, and go. Run closer to your dial-in than your opponent does to his without going faster and you’ve won the round. Running on an index is much the same — say you’re on a 10.5 index, which means that 10.5 seconds is the set dial-in for every car in that class. You’ll need to run 10.501 seconds every time, because when your challenger lines up in the other lane and runs a 10.502 (or a 10.499) in his GT500, you advance to the next round and he goes home. Cars built to do that are more about substance than style, with functional, adjustable components throughout, used to compensate for changes in barometric pressure, temperature, humidity, surface temperature, and more — the kinds of things that can either slow down or speed up a car in the tenth- and hundredthof-a-second world. There’s a cool factor that comes with that sub- stance, too, and that gives legit drag cars like our subject Nova a purposeful style all their own. Sum of its parts So what makes this a legit drag machine? Start with the car itself. The builder chose a base-level Chevy II. Novas are light and there’s a good aftermarket supply of parts that fit them, so they’re the perfect basis for speed. Externally there’s nothing special here aside from a down-low stance and a big Harwood cowl hood under basic white paint. However, those Cragar Alumastar wheels are lightweight units, and the visible CalTracs traction bars show that whoever built this thing knew how to make those wide-as-possible slicks bite the ground hard without spinning. The catalog calls out the engine as a 355-ci smallblock Chevy, but it doesn’t say what’s inside. However, those nitrous solenoids suggest we’re dealing with forged internals here. From there, the parts list goes on and on. Of note are the three fuel-pressure regulators, one feeding each fuel bowl of the Holley and one feeding the nitrous system. A good fuel system like the one pictured — one that can supply a healthy dose of gas to a screaming engine while simultaneously fighting the physics of a hard car launch — can run several thousand dollars alone once all the lines, fittings, regulators, tank, pump and filters are added in. There’s also an MSD Digital-7 ignition system mounted under the dash — that’s the kind of unit that can run individual timing curves for each cylinder, a unique curve for launching the car, and has step retard built in for safely retarding timing for nitrous oxide use. Buying one of those new, with distributor, will cost you well over $1,000. And that doesn’t even mention the Griffin aluminum radiator, the transbrake-equipped TH350 transmission, the nineinch Ford with Mark Williams parts, ceramic-coated Doug’s headers, the custom cage, and more. The money here adds up fast. Good deal on the real deal What got my attention wasn’t all that stuff, but rather the one little cooling fan mounted in the side of the engine compartment. There’s really only one good reason for that fan, and that’s to try to eliminate power-robbing heat soak from the engine compartment. The only reason you’d need to do that? To run dead- consistent times regardless of how many runs you’d made that hour, or how hot the ambient temperature is. To me, that’s the detail that cements this as a serious drag car, built to do it over and over again, probably with most of the bugs already worked out. No street poseur hiding under expensive parts here. So was it a good deal at $19,250? Yes and no. The market outlook on something like this isn’t great — this is no stock market sweetheart, so it’s hard to see it going up in value much from here. But you couldn’t build it for less, and that’s the most important thing to a racer more concerned with buying a tool than a showpiece. Racing is expensive, and the money spent here was just the first stack of cash the new owner laid out on this car. But in the world of wheels-up launches, tenth-of-a-second glory, and flickering garage lights over you and an open Harwood hood, it was money well spent. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) July-August 2016 63 Engine # location: N/A Club: NHRA Web: www.nhra.com Alternatives: Any dragprepped lightweight muscle car, including Ford Mustang, Ford Falcon, Chevrolet Nova, Chevrolet Chevelle, Plymouth Barracuda, etc. ACC Investment Grade: D Comps VIN location: Plate in driver’s door jamb 1966 Chevrolet Nova L79 drag car Lot 5095, VIN: 116376N151058 Condition: 4+ Sold at $41,250 Auctions America, Auburn, IN, 9/2/2015 ACC# 266690 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle Pro Street Lot F45.1, VIN: 136370L113567 Condition: 2- Not sold at $25,000 ACC# 244102 Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 6/14/2014 1966 Chevrolet Nova Lot 81, VIN: 114116W173793 Condition: 2+ Sold at $22,838 McCormick’s Auctions, Palm Springs, CA, 2/24/2013 ACC# 215334


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PROFILE TRUCK 1988 JEEP GRAND WAGONEER Sport Utility Collectible Courtesy of Auctions America The Grand Wagoneer became an aspirational luxury vehicle, due in no small part to being at the right place at the right time 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1JCNJ15U7JT067956 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 5.9-liter, 144-hp V8 engine • Automatic transmission • Four-wheel drive • Reported as driven sparingly • Near-original condition • Known and select ownership • Air conditioning • Power windows and front seats • Roof rack • Aluminum wheels • Excellent condition throughout ACC Analysis This vehicle, Lot 154, sold for $26,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 1, 2016. A new class of vehicle When Jeep introduced the Wagoneer in 1963, no- body would’ve guessed that nearly 30 years and three corporate owners later, this Brooks Stevens-penned people hauler would become the definitive example of a domestic luxury SUV — or in essence create the modern luxury SUV segment. For the first two decades of production, the Wagoneer wasn’t too different from its competitors, the Chevrolet/GMC Suburban, and until 1975, the International Travelall. When International chose to discontinue its light-truck line in 1975, it wasn’t because the Travelall was dragging it down. Indeed, it was one of the shining stars for IH’s Light Line, as it was highly competitive with the Wagoneer and the Suburban — especially in higher trim levels. Jeep noticed this and started positioning the Wagoneer toward the higher end of the market. The introduction of the Cherokee in 1974 was proof of this, as it was aimed squarely at the lower end of the market. In 1978, the path for creating the Grand Wagoneer started with the introduction of the Limited package. As the first Jeep product to sell for over $10,000, its standard features included air conditioning, leather seats, plush carpeting, alloy wheels and premium 8-track stereo sound system. From then until 1983, sales of the Limited trim continued to escalate. Going grand In 1984, AMC took the leap to make the Wagoneer a top-shelf luxury vehicle, turning the Limited package into the stand-alone model called the Grand


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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. Wagoneer. The introduction of the all-new XJ platform Cherokee SUV provided a physical separation from the basic Wagoneer — which moved over to the XJ as its highest trim level. Without a lesser model, the SJ platform Grand Wagoneer was the largest, most dominating AMC product, helping to leverage the luxury vehicle market where “bigger is better” was still the mindset. With the higher profit margins from the luxury seg- ment, an AMC luxury vehicle was a needed addition to help the company offset the XJ’s expenses and the loss of lucrative government contracts from the sale of AM General. While Jeep was positioning the Grand Wagoneer at the luxury market, GM took a broader approach to the Suburban’s market. If anything, it focused more on the truck market as everyone’s wagon — from the workman to the CEO. GM had other vehicles — read Cadillac — that it felt addressed the luxury market. Making a bold statement From 1984 through 1991, the Grand Wagoneer be- came an aspirational luxury vehicle, in no small part due to being at the right place at the right time. The U.S. economy was improving, so there was a burgeoning market of luxury-vehicle buyers. While traditionally they’d have gravitated towards the likes of Lincoln or Cadillac cars, this market entailed a new dynamic. Sure, they wanted vehicles that pampered them, but that definition also included being pampered when the conditions were less than ideal. For all years of production, the Grand Wagoneer had the customer base with the highest mean income of any American vehicle. This market segment embraced the traditional, conservative styling of the Grand Wagoneer. While it was relatively big, it wasn’t as ponderous as a Suburban, yet it was more practical than a 2-door Blazer or Bronco. While not a high-volume seller, the Grand Wagoneer was an instant cash machine for AMC when it needed it the most. With tooling paid for even before American Motors bought Jeep, each one sold made a lot of money for AMC. The Grand Wagoneer, as a strong pillar for the Jeep division, certainly helped convince Chrysler to buy out AMC in 1987, although Jeep as a whole is what they really wanted, letting the AMC car division wither away. While Chrysler generally took a hands-off approach to the Grand Wagoneer, build quality did improve, mostly due to using base/clear paint and streamlining parts content with more Chrysler parts over AMC’s “dog from every town” component sourcing. End of the icon Time does march on, and since Chrysler didn’t have a competing product in the Mopar pipeline, AMC’s earlier development of a ZJ platform to replace the SJ platform Grand Wagoneer got the green light. The last SJ Grand Wagoneer was built on June 20, 1991. With a mere 1,560 built, any original owner of a ’91 could request a Final Edition dashboard emblem from Jeep. After Chrysler took over, Grand Wagoneer enthu- siasts saw the writing on the wall and starting saving better examples. With two decades of hindsight, they can now be deemed geniuses, but back then they were considered nuts. While the new ZJ Grand Cherokee Wagoneer could do everything better and more efficiently, it had a different appeal — wider based, if anything. It appealed to a younger, less affluent market that wasn’t as conservative yet could afford a well-apportioned, no-excuses SUV. It also looked more like a current Jeep product, rather than being from The Land That Time Forgot. Going back in time With the current interest in vintage trucks, the SJ Grand Wagoneer has proven to be a hot commodity. One is even featured on a microbrewer’s label. They are not particularly rare, and yet they are bringing some good coin. It’s certainly not worth cashing out the 401k to invest in them, but even ones that have been around the block a couple of times too many are outpacing similar rough-and-tumble squarebox Blazers, Suburbans, F-series-based Broncos and Range Rovers from the 1980s. If anything, this example was almost a good buy, factoring that most of today’s hot buttons in the market are pushed: below-average mileage, better-thanaverage original condition for the miles, and a known history since new. The 72k on the odometer is the closest thing to a negative, but it does show that it has been regularly exercised and shouldn’t have sleeping-beauty issues such as flaky fuel-system components or electrical demons. If you took the bait back in the 1980s and wanted one — or had one and wished you had yours back despite leaky door seals and a fussy carburetor — this was one worth this price. Call it a market-correct sale today, slightly favoring the buyer — but with the potential to look well bought in the not-too-distant future. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) July-August 2016 65 May-June 2016 65CC 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Lot 299, VIN: Detailing Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $16,900; high sale, $44,000 (1987–91) Years produced: 1984–91 Number produced: 14,177 (1988), 101,697 total Original list price: $25,238 (1988) Engine # location: Boss on passenger’s side of block Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Driver’s side base of the windshield, data plate on the driver’s door post Clubs: American Motors Owners Association, International Full-Size Jeep Association Web: www.amonational.com, www.ifsja.org Alternatives: 1973–91 GMC Suburban Sierra Grande, 1969–75 International Travelall Custom, 1975–83 Jeep Cherokee Chief ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Lot FR135, VIN: 11CN15VIT140822 Condition: 1Sold at $16,165 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/7/2014 ACC# 256472 1JCNJ15U0HT048109 Condition: 3+ Sold at $8,316 Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 4/12/2014 ACC# 243275 1991 Jeep Grand Wagoneer Lot 459, VIN: 1J4GS5878MP802066 Condition: 2- ACC# 214053 Not sold at $13,043 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, ON, CAN, 10/27/2012


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MARKeT OVERVIEW Spring Showers Adversely Affecting Sales? WET WEATHER FACTORS INTO SEVERAL APRIL AUCTION SALES by Chad Tyson TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1967 Shelby Cobra roadster, $1,375,000— Worldwide, TX, p. 82 2. 1965 Shelby Cobra roadster, $957,000—Worldwide, TX, p. 82 3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $550,000— Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 72 4. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, $440,000— Worldwide, TX, p. 78 5. 2006 Ford GT coupe, $412,500—BarrettJackson, Palm Beach, FL, p. 74 6. 1955 Hudson Italia coupe, $242,000—Worldwide, TX, p. 86 7. 1937 Cord 812 SC phaeton, $220,000—Worldwide, TX, p. 78 8. 1930 Packard Custom eight 740 roadster, $209,000—Worldwide, TX, p. 86 9. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $138,600— Worldwide, TX, p. 80 10. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, $126,500— Worldwide, TX, p. 84 BEST BUYS 1998 Lincoln Town Car sedan, $9,350—Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 72 66 AmericanCarCollector.com B arrett-Jackson’s sales at their Palm Beach auction reached $23,096,585 — their highest in two years and a 7% increase over last year’s total. Top sale was a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 garnering $550k, helping the average car price jump to over $49k per car, which results in a new overall high for the sale. Worldwide hosted their annual Houston Classic, with sales rocketing to $11,434,525 from 76 of 105 cars selling — despite threats of deluge and downpour. A pair of Shelby Cobras led the pack at $1.4m and $957k. Leake’s Dallas total sales 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible sold for $193,600 at Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL fell by over a third compared with last year. B. Mitchell Carlson wades into the torrential Texas rain to tell us why. High sale was a 1954 Corvette roadster at $96,800. Silver held their biannual Portland auction on April 16. Thirty-seven of 93 lots sold, bringing in $345,060. Chad’s Market Moment: Our FoMoCo profile this month is the 1957 T-bird F-code sold by BarrettJackson at Palm Beach for $193,600. Is this abovemarket price a product of right time and place? Or is the cream rising higher and higher as fewer buyers are looking? F-codes are by far the most valuable ’Birds, but there’s been a trend of dropping Baby Bird values recently. In the Q2 ACC Pocket Price Guide, of the six 1955–57 listings, only two have shown an increase in each of the past two editions. The F-code was one of them. It strikes me as a typical stratification in the market: Once the buyer pool has diminished to a certain point, the major money goes to special or specific cars, with the more common examples dropping in value thanks to decreased demand. I’m not knocking any first-gen T-birds, but the ol’ ’55 behind the shed isn’t going to match this price — probably ever.A Auctions in this issue Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL April 1–3 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL April 8–10 Branson, Branson, Mo April 15–16 Leake, Dallas, TX April 15–17 Silver, Portland, oR April 16 Worldwide, Montgomery, TX April 23 $0 $5m $4.1m $345k $11.4m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $3.4m $19.7m $23.1m 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe, $51,700—BarrettJackson, FL, p. 72 1948 Lincoln Continental convertible, $34,100—Leake, TX, p. 94 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, $440,000—Worldwide, TX, p. 78 1953 Mercury Monterey wagon, $29,700—Worldwide, TX, p. 82


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2016 HOT ON THE HEELS OF SCOTTSDALE, A NICE, 16k-MILE, ORIGINAL ’70 TRANS AM SOLD FOR $55,000 BarrettJackson Palm Beach, FL April 8–10, 2016 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast and Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/ offered: 516/523 Sales rate: 97% Sales total: $23,096,585 High sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $550,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Standing room only in Palm Beach 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 Morgan Eldridge Market opinions in italics D espite the specter of a down-turning market that has dampened sales early this year, Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction posted a year-over-year gain of $1.5 million — despite offering 42 fewer cars in 2016. To the man leading the company, there’s no mystery or surprise as to why total sales are up. “Our Palm Beach auction was a remarkable success, with an incredible docket of desirable supercars, original muscle cars and automobilia,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “The crowds were electric throughout the weekend, and prime-time Saturday felt like prime time in Scottsdale as the wave of energy carried over from our 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction.” Top seller this year is no stranger to the auction scene — a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429. That Boss, Lot 423, sold for $550,000 here, as well as last year at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale event for the same amount. I bet the seller was pleased to enjoy the car essentially for free (minus shipping and insurance, of course). On television, the audience was expanded via Discovery Turbo making the live broadcast available to more viewers around the world than ever before. Original mid-year Corvettes from the FAC Collection brought strong bids, including a 1967 Corvette 427/400 convertible for $181,500, while another Bloomington Gold-certified 427/400 convertible brought $154,000. On the Mustang scene, B-J offered 24 examples, including the high-sale $550k car. There was a brand-new 2003 Mach 1, with 3.6 miles and never even dealer prepped, which sold for $55k. In the Camaro corner, 29 crossed the block. A 1968 Z/28 RS, said to be numbers matching, sold for $154k. Coming hot off on the heels of Scottsdale auction week, plenty of Trans Ams were present. A nice ’70 16k-mile original example sold for $55,000. There were a few Buick GNXs that attended, too. Lot 453 — only 17 miles since new — was number 435 of only 547 units built. It was bid up to $126,500 but failed to meet reserve. No doubt Barrett is looking forward to bringing their high-energy brand to the inaugural Mohegan Sun auction in June.A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL GM #190-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: LBA929623. Green & black/brown vinyl. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Laser-straight body, tastefully restored to original specifications. Oak wood bed with chrome slats looks great. Panel gaps are normal, good weatherstripping. Cond: 1-. previously crossed the block twice at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, once in 2012 for $35.2k (ACC# 4777587) and then in 2015 for $37.4k (ACC# 6778736). With this kind of increase, it makes me want to start filling a barn up with late ’80s to early ’90s Firebirds. Well sold, but it could look like a bargain in another year. SOLD AT $42,900. These are always fun to report; prices jumped to mid $30k–$40k about two years ago. Between nicely done resto-mods or originals, you can’t go wrong either way; well-bought. #195-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM 10th Anniversary coupe. VIN: 2X87Z9N169012. Silver/silver leather. Odo: 58,606 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice car that is well documented. Door and panel gaps are normal, weatherstripping is in good condition. Paint free of any defects. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,500. These were produced by Henderson Motor Works for only two years. Philip Michael Thomas, who played Tubbs in “Miami Vice,” had part ownership in the car company. Reportedly Tubbs himself drove the car in two episodes. One of only 12 produced. Not many comparables to use here, so let’s just add about 20 large to a mint Trans Am and call it a day. SOLD AT $46,200. Last seen in June 2012, at Barrett Jackson’s Orange County auction, selling for $28,250 (ACC# 6747299). Based on what I have seen this year since Scottsdale, it’s fair to say that the Trans Am market is awake and demanding nice examples. This was a fair deal for both buyer and seller. #468-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87TAN122492. Black/black leather. Odo: 10,088 miles. 301-ci turbocharged V8, auto. Said to have only 10,050 actual miles. Seller wrapped everything in plastic. Window sticker and documents available. Factory a/c and WS6 handling package. Resprayed exterior shows well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. Since the Arizona auctions earlier this year, the temperature of these rocketed up to hot. This car has 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #687-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ117XHP438262. Black/ gray cloth. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint looks like an older respray, but shows very well. Dashboard, seats and headliner are in great shape. Aftermarket gauges, stereo and speakers. Engine upgrades include 67-mm turbo, aftermarket intercooler, injectors, high-performance automatic #180.1-1986 PONTIAC TRANS AM Machiavelli coupe. VIN: 1G2FW87F0GL 227946. White/black leather. Odo: 792 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Car shows like new. No visible imperfections or cocaine residue. Cond: 1.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL transmission with high-stall converter, threerow aluminum radiator, custom 2.5-inch exhaust, Terry Houston custom headers and Terry Houston downpipe. Custom tune, but can be returned to stock. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $27,500. When the Grand National debuted in 1982, the cars were Charcoal Gray, and Buick got the name from its success at the NASCAR Winston Cup Grand National Series. What wins on Sunday sells on Monday. This modded example sold fairly well, as it’s no stranger to the block. In 2014, this car sold at Mecum’s December Kansas City sale for nearly $23k (ACC# 6792153), then in 2015 it went south to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach to be sold for $25k (ACC# 6794986). If I was a betting man, I’d say this could sell for over $30k next year. Well sold. #32-2002 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2G2FV22G322149140. Black/tan leather. Odo: 29,000 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Light swirl marks on paint. Wheels could be polished but look decent. Seats show well with little wear. Clean engine compartment. A two-owner, accidentfree car. Cond: 2+. money for an auto, as cars with three pedals bring more of a premium. However, this was well sold. 138. Black/black leather. Odo: 400 miles. 7.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. The Z/28 comes with Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes, 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, and has a front splitter and rear spoiler with a Gurney flap. New car that shows perfectly. Cond: 1. #513-2015 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 2G1FZ1EE8F9700- only, 1969–70, the Boss 429 was a collaboration between Ford and Kar Kraft, as the 429 engine was too wide to fit into the stock engine bay. This car showed flawlessly, with high attention to detail. Semi-restored with original paint in several areas and seemingly all the right parts. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $550,000. Amazingly enough, this exact car sold for the same price in last year’s Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson auction (ACC# 6779281). The sale price is also the highest recorded price for a Boss 429. Well done, again, by the seller. SOLD AT $51,700. Buyer got a solid deal on this, considering the sticker is in the $70k range. Was it depreciation or just a lack of interest by those in the room? Either way, well bought. CORVETTE SOLD AT $16,500. I wrote about this exact car when it sold in Kissimmee by Mecum earlier this year for almost $20k (ACC# 6798365). This time it only went for $16.5k on no reserve. These are really starting to even out and increase. Regardless of what happened here, be on the lookout for ascending low-mileage cars with three pedals. As is, well bought. #653-2006 PONTIAC GTO coupe. VIN: 6G2VX12U16L813949. Black/black leather. Odo: 33,627 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. No evidence of any prior paintwork. This lower-mileage example shows very well. Interior sports the factory red gauges. #504-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J1M5801059. White/ red leather. 5.7-L 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Car shows very well. No issues in paint. Comes with optional glass roof in hatch. All the weatherstripping looks good. Seats, which can be notorious for wear on bolsters, look great. Clean engine bay. Cond: 2-. #34-1998 LINCOLN TOWN CAR sedan. VIN: 1LNFM82W5WY632299. Charcoal Blue Metallic/Dark Denim Blue leather. 5.0-L supercharged V8, auto. Normal wear and tear for a car like this. Dead giveaway something is up are the Cobra wheels. Underhood features an all-aluminum 5.0 with a blower. Out back are a three-inch dual exhaust and a limited-slip differential. Includes comforts of five-link rear air suspension, ice-cold a/c and a beefed-up automatic transmission. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,350. You can be sure that this Town Car won’t be going 20 under the speed limit with the blinker on. For $9k, go find another one like this—you won’t. Well bought. SOLD AT $19,800. This car was last offered here back in 2010, where it sold for $33k (ACC# 1682641). Seller at this auction was motivated to sell at no reserve, ultimately bringing this amount. The ZR-1s from this era are still great buys considering what engineering and manufacturing hurdles the General faced when taking on this project. I am sure the day will come when we all wish we had a barn full of these. Well bought. SOLD AT $17,600. The extinct goat with an Australian accent. Price was right on the 72 AmericanCarCollector.com FOMOCO 3 Black/black leather. Odo: 6,840 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered for two years #423-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z159752. #194-2003 FORD MUSTANG Saleen S281 coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42X23F350504. Blue/ black leather. Odo: 6,697 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, auto. Said to be one-of-akind with these colors and options. It has been upgraded to 13-inch brakes and 10-inch-wide rear wheels. Exterior and interior show like new. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 BEST BUY BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Palm Beach, FL SOLD AT $19,800. So much like the Terminator cars (2003–04 SVT Cobras) and are normally parallel in price. For under $20k, this was a steal. We are seeing the market for Terminators with under 10k miles in the $30k range all day. This was one-of-a-kind due to the automatic transmission. Unicorns don’t always bring a premium, as in this case, it brought the value down. #103-2003 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42R63F373141. Red/ black leather. Odo: 3 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Time capsule, new car, perfect. Less than five miles and claimed to never have seen water, meaning it’s never even been washed. Cond: 1. Scottsdale and Amelia. Obviously, the Heritage editions bring 10%–20% more than regular GTs. Mileage is key here, as with most new supercars. We had a perfect example of what the difference is between a five-mile Heritage GT (Lot 401—sitting right next to this one) and this 3k-mile car. Turns out it’s $55k. Fair deal for all. SOLD AT $55,000. The new high for a 2003 Mach 1. Well-done application of self control. Ford made 9,652 Mach 1s from 2003 to ’04. Any use will just drop the value. Not sure what the point really is, then. Well sold. Blue & orange/ black leather. Odo: 3,050 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Almost brand new. Zero wear or blemishes on interior and exterior. Originally in Canada until 2015, then the vehicle history reports it being repossessed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $412,500. Priced right at the market for these. There has been some consistency with cars offered this year from Kissimmee, 5 #426-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S26Y401948. Heritage SOLD AT $55,000. Selling at no reserve, this was a great opportunity for someone to acquire so much horsepower. Not sure there was a better buy per horsepower over the weekend. A #512-2008 SHELBY GT500 KR coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT88SX85196037. Metallic silver/ black leather. Odo: 3,857 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Vehicle looked brand new. No evidence of any paintwork. KR is short for “King of the Road.” KR was the last joint venture between Carroll Shelby and Ford, and it received a 40-hp bump from the standard GT500 for a total of 540 hp. Also included revised KR springs, beefier stabilizer bars and a strut-tower brace. Cond: 1-. 74 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX Worldwide — The Houston Classic Auction THIS WAS A BUYER’S AUCTION, AND HIGH-SALE SPOTS ONE, TWO AND FOUR ALL WORE THE BLUE OVAL Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX April 23, 2016 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 76/105 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $11,434,525 High sale: 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $1,375,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Formerly in navy blue with silver stripes, this all-black 289 Cobra brought plenty of green at $957k Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 76 AmericanCarCollector.com J ust days before Worldwide Auctioneers’ 15th annual Houston Classic Auction, Houston and its surrounding areas were in the national spotlight once again for devastating flooding that was crippling the area. By the end of the week — just in time for the preview and Saturday’s auction — the storms had moved on, leaving behind gorgeous weather and unseasonably cool (for Texas, anyway) temperatures. It also left behind what amounted to a virtual swamp just underneath the facade of a manicured lawn. Held in conjunction with the Concours d’Elegance of Texas at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on the shores of Lake Conroe, the auction opened to a packed, standing-room-only house. This year, 105 vehicles crossed the block with a respectable sell-through rate of 72%. Forty-six were offered at no reserve, and many of the ones with a reserve were hammered sold below the catalog estimates. The offerings were solid, with a great mix ranging from early horseless carriages such as a 1906 Sears Motor Buggy to modern collectibles like a 2010 Corvette custom roadster. Of the top 10 sales, half were lots that were sold at no reserve and six hailed from the Red, White and Blue. The top two sellers were both Shelby Cobras — a 1967 Cobra 427 sold for $1.375m and a 1965 Cobra 289 that brought $957k. The latter sold earlier at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale auction in January and had been completely reworked in time for this sale. The stars of the auction were a trio of Corvettes dubbed the Silver L88 Trifecta, which included one 1967, one 1968 and one 1969 convertible. Lot 59, the 1967 L88, had the highest offer in the sale at $2.4m, but failed to meet the reserve. The remaining two of the trio sold at $610k and $525k respectively — the fourth- and fifth-highest sales at the auction. Other notable offerings included a 1969 Camaro ZL1, which sold at no reserve for $440k and was said to be one of just three retaining its factory-original aluminum engine. An imposing black 1930 Cadillac V16 phaeton rounded out the top 10 sales and hammered at $291,500. A rare 1955 Hudson Italia found a new home for $242,000 (see profile, p 60.), and an interesting 1929 Studebaker House Car with acres of patina also sold well below estimate for $70,000. With fewer than 20 more lots offered but only 10 more sales over last year, the grand total for this year’s sale was nearly $11.5 million, outpacing last year’s sales total of $4.7 million by more than double. All in all it was a successful sale with pleasing results.A


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX CLASSICS #1-1908 SEARS MOTOR BUGGY horseless carriage runabout. VIN: 51680NEB. Black/black vinyl. Said to be restored a few years ago. Believed to be two owners from new. Double-chain rear drive. Free-float carburetor. Crank starter. Wood is in average condition. Brass is showing typical age since restoration. Rigid non-pneumatic tires are showing considerable drying and wear, especially the left front tire, which is very worn. Paint decent and not over the top. Leather seat showing a slight patina. Cond: 3-. and out at rear. Backside of rear bumper has surface rust, but exposed surface in good condition. Wood bed painted. Rubber and glass appear all new. Interior better than original. Numbers on gauges dull with age. Stainless around gauges replaced, as well as most buttons and knobs. Interior upholstery and paint all new. Small crack in steering wheel. Cond: 2. about everything with this car was cutting edge at the time—from front-wheel drive and independent suspension to small details such as hideaway headlights and concealed door hinges. Correct selling price compared to its peers. GM SOLD AT $22,000. Texas certificate of title shows this one to be a 1906—although first year of production was 1908. The auction company got it right and represented it as a 1908. Early Sears horseless carriages were manufactured at the Hercules Buggy plant in Evansville, IN, and original owner’s family held on to this one for decades. Restoration said to have been done three years ago and is showing some age. But it appears the goal was pointed to use as opposed to concours. Offered without reserve; similar sales point to a previously stronger market. Could be that this was lot numero uno, or just victim of a softer market. Well bought. Black/black canvas/ red leather. Odo: 49,546 miles. High-quality older restoration with recent cosmetic, electrical and mechanical refurbishment. Finished in factorycorrect colors and trim. ACD certified, with convertible top and piping approved by ACD experts. Excellent paint prep, with only minor imperfections. Light pitting on brightwork. Rubber beginning to dull and become worn. Nicks and scratches in the driver’s threshold. Interior nearly perfect. Light scratching on dash stainless. Gauges have slight cloudiness. Firewall-mounted Marvel lubrication system in top condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $220,000. According to ACD experts, this one is very correct and also has the benefit of 50-year single-family California ownership. Not to mention it’s also the most desirable Cord model, with its Lycoming supercharged V8 and legendary coffin-nosed Gordon Buehrig design. Just 7 #83-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. VIN: 32047H. Eng. # FC2284. SOLD AT $95,700. Last offered at Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale in 2015, where it did not sell with a top offer of $100k (ACC# 6786350). At the time we commented that the high bid was not enough— which, given historical prices, was certainly true. Fast-forward to this sale and prices have continued to slip. This one was the right color and further benefited from a full restoration. Unless you’re talking basket cases, few recent sales are for less than $100k. Consignor should have let it go in Santa Monica to save on shipping and fees. Well bought. #56-1955 GMC 100 NAPCO pickup. VIN: 1028CY3630. Panama Cream/bronze & cream vinyl. Odo: 2,652 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Recently restored example. Paint in very good condition. Fit on both doors questionable, as both are misaligned 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #55-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1057699. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 18,653 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration done to high standards. Factory power options include brakes, steering, windows and top. Weather Warden heater. Selectronic AM radio with telescopic antenna. Paint remains in very good condition. Passenger’s door slightly out at rear, otherwise correct panel fit. Light pitting on tailpipe, with other brightwork in good condition. Rubber becoming dry and brittle. Thorough interior restoration down to gauges. Upholstery shows almost no use. High-quality engine compartment with correct colors, belts and hoses. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,600. 1955 marked the first year of the V8 for GMC pickups. Adding NAPCO’s Power-Pak conversion to one of these cost nearly two-thirds as much as the truck itself. The NAPCO market is significantly higher than its two-wheel-drive siblings. This might not be anyone’s weapon of choice for the Copperstate 1000, but Texas is typically a strong market for pickup trucks, especially NAPCOs. Offered without reserve, this one was a bargain given its condition and recent similar sales. Well bought. 124379N643047. Eng. # T0412ML. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 213 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Number 63 of 69 COPO 9560 cars produced. Recent restoration in top condition—showing no use. Paint excellent and panels line up nicely. Brightwork all replaced. Windows all clean and streakfree. Driver’s door opens with a creak. Shifter boot pushed down into the transmission tunnel. Tires are facing straight ahead but steering wheel is in the 9 o’clock position. Seats appear to be original. Carpets have been replaced. Cond: 2+. 4 #36-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 coupe. VIN: SOLD AT $440,000. Said to be one of possibly three remaining examples retaining original factory aluminum engine. RM handled the sale out of the Robson Collection in 2010, where we noted that at $418k, the selling price was on the high side (ACC# 2076638). Knowing the number of cars with the factory engine still in place is nearly impossible to find gave consignor confidence TOP 10 BEST BUY TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX to sell at no reserve. Estimated between $550k and $700k, it fell closer to the previous transaction than what was anticipated here. CORVETTE 9 180. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 18,087 miles. 236-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Unrestored first-year Corvette. Paint and bodywork showing age. Large area of missing paint on right rear upper fender. Pitting around windscreen. Delamination at edges of window. Rubber dry, hard and cracked. Interior also original. Seats in excellent condition and appear so new that they are almost out of place. Carpets in good shape. Dash paint is failing, with large portions coming off throughout. Gauges cloudy and radio pitted. Knobs are worn. Rain curtains included. Cond: 3-. #47-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001- red hard top, black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 18,502 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Unrestored original and said to be four owners from new. Includes document binder with letters from previous owners and original delivery documentation. Original paint aging gracefully. Dull areas and touch-ups throughout, but not totally lost. Bumpers hazy, but not as pitted as I expected. Mirrors and door hardware heavily pitting. Rubber showing age. Trunk out at right rear. Original tires. Seats excellent. Gauges clean and clear. Clock still ticks. Paint worn off of seat-belt buckles. Cond: 3-. sticker. Few notable flaws—if any. Doors shut nicely. No scuffs in driver’s threshold. Interior smells like new. Engine is better than new. Engine block replaced in 1970s, but current block has correct stampings, date codes and casting numbers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $138,600. This unrestored example—car number 180 of original run of about 300—was the recipient of a repaint long ago that is now failing. Straight and true, but with plenty of unrestored charm. It was said the body has never been separated from the frame. The market on these comes and goes, with fully restored examples bringing in big bucks, while survivors take a back seat. Worldwide’s estimate compensated for the patina, but the sale price still fell short. One of the least expensive examples sold within the past few years, but a great candidate for restoration. Well bought. #31-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 008675100441. Roman Red/ SOLD AT $85,250. Believed to be one of only 119 factory Fuelies with RPO 687 heavy-duty brake and steering package. Additionally, it also has a long list of other options and thorough documentation. Corvettes of this era are not particularly elusive in the market, but when it comes to the configuration here, they get difficult to source. Extra points given to originality, but unfortunately it did not add to sales price. Offered without reserve, it fell at lower end of catalog estimate. Well bought. (See profile, p. 50.) #59-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S115484. Silver pearl/navy blue leather. Odo: 23,516 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be one of only 20 total L88s built for 1967 and one of only 10 convertibles. Bloomington Gold certified. Concours award winner. Factory heavy-duty brake package. Heater and defroster delete. Includes original sidepipes, as well as currently installed OEM off-road side-exit exhaust. Well documented with original invoice, bill of sale and window NOT SOLD AT $2,400,000. Well known in Corvette circles. Three L88 convertibles were offered at this sale—referred to as the Silver L88 Trifecta. The lots ran in a row: the 1969 (Lot 57) then the 1968 (Lot 58), followed by this example—which is the pinnacle for any collector and far and away the most valuable of the three offered. The other two sold well below the low end of catalog estimates. This one was also the pinnacle of the sale here, with the high bid $800k short of the catalog’s low estimate. Looks like we’ll have to wait another day to see where the market is on this one. #69-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CEC Fleet Car convertible. VIN: 194677S118256. Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 74,561 miles. 427-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Chevrolet engineering fleet car. Presented in original colors. Highly equipped with many factory options. Single-family ownership since purchase from General Motors until 2015. Paint appears to be original. Plenty of flaws throughout, with chips, cracking and numerous scratches. Brightwork pitted. Back glass on hard top has lots of scratches. Panel fit correct. Rubber showing age but not cracked. Tachometer face cracked. Seats and door panels average. Typical scratching on console stainless. Clock not operating. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. A typical search online for the VIN of most significant Corvettes returns a bevy of forum results, with members describing seeing particular cars in person or makeshift documentation by users of a car’s history or known whereabouts. This one was dark online. First six years of its life was spent as a Chevrolet Engineering Center fleet vehicle. It was sold 80 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX to a GM employee who kept it in the family until 2015—which might explain the lack of public knowledge. A top example in this configuration, especially with documented long-term ownership, should have no problem breaking the century mark. Even with added GM provenance, this one came up pretty short. #73-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Baldwin Motion Phase III GT coupe. VIN: 194379S725819. Baldwin Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 46,167 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Single 33-year ownership. Featured in numerous magazines. Subpar paint prep, with trash noted in paint at rear of roof and several areas of unevenness and sand marks. Overspray inside side scoops behind doors. Panel fit correct. Brightwork in good condition. Interior tidy. Carpet shows some wear. Gauges clean and clear. Cond: 3+. flawless. Panel fit excellent. If you want to pick it apart, there is a minute crack in plating on top rivet of headlight bezel. Ignition keyhole shows strike scratches. Carpets appear recent. Tiny specks of dirt in carpet can easily be cleaned. Stewart Warner gauges. Interior shows no signs of use. Windscreen clear and streak-free. Cond: 1. conversion nearly doubled the base cost of vehicle being converted. Many of their conversions were intended for military use, but civilian examples were produced to gauge and meet market interest. Ford parts used where available. Offered without reserve, this one changed hands for $20k under the low estimate. Well bought. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Seen at Mecum’s 2014 Indy sale, where it did not sell for $150k (ACC# 6714034), and a year later at the same Mecum sale, where $130k (ACC# 6797171) was offered to no avail. One of just 10 built. With only six believed surviving, they are entirely too rare to really take a hit on value. The continuing decline in top offers could have to do with bidders’ cognizance of recent repeated auction attempts. In 2014, the high bid was more than the catalog estimate, signaling that a deal could have been made, but here we are two years on... FOMOCO #70-1939 FORD MODEL 91 Marmon-Herrington pickup. VIN: 184907508. Red/ brown vinyl. Odo: 98,646 miles. Restored in 2012 and shows some use. Paint and pinstriping of high quality. Scuffing on driver’s running board. Driver’s door out significantly at bottom rear corner. Orange peel noted on left front fender. Wood bed painted. Interior in very good condition. Trash in paint on interior of driver’s door. Piping on seat a little uneven. Missing clip for sun visor. Temperature gauge added under dash. Gauges appear original. Pitting around gauge bezels and horn button. Paint on hubcaps flaking off. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Marmon-Herrington is an earlier converter than NAPCO when it comes to all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles. Like the NAPCOs, the cost of 82 AmericanCarCollector.com turquoise & black vinyl. Odo: 80,836 miles. 255-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Said to be one of last five remaining in International Mercury Owners Association Registry. Older paint holding up well. Last year of real-wood wagons, with a few minor blemishes throughout wood. No evidence of body filler. Rubber showing age and hardening. Hole in wood applique on right rear door. Interior above average. Converted to 12-volt. Equipped with heater, clock and day/night mirror. Cond: 3+. #22-1953 MERCURY MONTEREY wagon. VIN: 53LA27746M. India Black/ SOLD AT $957,000. A mere three months before selling here, this was a completely different car. Wearing navy blue paint with twin silver racing stripes, period Halibrand wheels and sidepipes, this one crossed the block at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in January 2016, where it sold for $797,500 (ACC# 6798392). This was a nearly flawless 1- car when we saw it there, normally a welcome addition to any collection—not usually a candidate for a full costume change. Here it has undergone a transformation—a quick turnaround that seemed to pay off for the seller. #35-1967 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX3337. Green/black leather. Odo: 16,992 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration with a few visible flaws. Crack in paint just ahead of hood near center of car. Three-inch scratch just ahead of windshield on passenger’s side. Panel fit correct. Body seems tight. Windscreen clean and clear, with light pitting around frame. Interior tidy. Gauges like new. Accelerometer added on top of dash. Carpet shows some slight wear and seams over transmission tunnel near passenger’s side splitting. Cond: 2+. 1 SOLD AT $29,700. Sold from Charlie Thomas Collection in 2012 by RM for $44k (ACC# 219146) and sold again a few months later at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach 2013 sale for $55k (ACC# 6739915). Other recent sales and even no-sales point to a market that has been steady at over $40k. Offered at no reserve, catalog estimate here was $40k–$60k. An absolute sale can be a home run when bidders know that a car was brought to be sold, but anything can happen, especially when the market is turbulent. This sale probably brought the consignor heartburn. Very well bought. #19-1965 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2495. Black/black leather. Odo: 9,572 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent ground-up restoration. Lateproduction example with leaf springs. Documented history. Unforgiving black paint is 2 SOLD AT $1,375,000. One of 260 streetconfiguration 427 Cobra roadsters produced and one of the last 100 of total production. Boldly offered without reserve, as consignor was confident that this rare 427 was going to bring all the money. Ownership can be traced back to the original buyer. The car even did a stint in Japan for five years in the 1990s. Landing right in the middle of Worldwide’s estimate, the money on this one was right where it should have been. Well bought and sold. TOP 10 BEST BUY TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX 10 #33-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. VIN: 8T03R20613003223. Highland Green/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,304 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Includes original invoice and Marti Report. One of 518 KR convertibles for 1968. Longtime California car. Panels said to be all original. Older restoration showing age. Several chips in paint. Driver’s door tight at rear, with chipped paint as evidence of misalignment. Pitting around fender marker lights. Hard-water spots on windshield. Interior clean and tidy but shows some age. Vinyl wrapping on center console becoming unstitched near the radio. Seats show signs of occasional use. Cond: 3. ler had intended to build 1,000 examples before having to retool to build Sherman tanks. An estimated 550 1942 Barrel Backs are said to have been produced. This is one of only 17 known survivors. Everything on this one has been touched, resulting in a glorious restoration. Unlike many of the other rare woodies at the sale, this was not formerly part of the Lloyd Mayes Collection. A restoration this extensive should fetch top dollar. High bid was just shy of the $600k catalog estimate, which was likely the reserve. SOLD AT $126,500. Ready for road use, with an older restoration, so no one would fault you for actually using it. Ten short years ago these were bringing ridiculous money, with average examples selling for $300k. Offered at no reserve; the money was on low end of estimate, but still within a reasonable range. It may be a while before these heat up once again, but for now they are a lot of car for the money. The market seems like it has nowhere to go but up—the question is when. Well bought. MOPAR #39-1942 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Windsor wagon. VIN: 70512797. Eng. # C3421240. Black/red leather. Odo: 69 miles. Recent rotisserie restoration with great attention to detail. Very few flaws—if any. Paint is impeccable. Mahogany and ash woodwork absolutely beautiful. Glass clean and clear. Brightwork appears all new. Interior smells like it just left the factory. Rich red leather looks untouched. Correct wool carpets. Instrumentation recalibrated and restored. Clock functional and can be heard ticking. Radio works as well. Everything inside perfect down to the smallest detail. Engine compartment just as brilliant. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $270,000. Dubbed “Big Red,” this is among few remaining, highly coveted 8-cylinder Chrysler woodie sedans left in existence. All four remaining examples were patiently assembled in the Lloyd Mayes Collection, and Big Red was said to be his favorite. This one has sold a few times before, most recently at RM’s Phoenix sale in 2009, where it was acquired for $330k (ACC# 1642990), a price we noted as fair. Consignor here was holding out for more—not an unreasonable request for a sought-after example. NOT SOLD AT $580,000. This rolled off the line a month after Pearl Harbor; Chrys- 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #61-1960 CHRYSLER 300F convertible. VIN: 8403156680. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 54,460 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. With power top, push-button transmission, and power windows and front seat. Golden Touch AM radio. Older cosmetic refreshing, with all-original interior. A few prep issues noted in paint. Pitting on door handles. Bumper and grille appear to have been replaced. Chrysler insignia on hood could use a refinishing. Rubber replaced at one time, but now showing age. Easy-entry swivel front seats. Carpets are #64-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY sedan. VIN: 7402536. Red & wood/red leather & plaid fabric. Odo: 86,626 miles. 324-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Said to be one of only four known to still exist of 102 originally built. Older restoration of very high quality. Roof rack, spotlights and windscreen visor are original. Original wooden framework, with some interior panels replaced. Panels line up nicely. Some rubber beginning to dry and crack. Brightwork shows only minor pitting here and there, but nothing major. Carpets replaced. Interior trim slightly dull around radio. Seats are perfect, showing no signs of wear. Mileage believed to be on the first lap. Cond: 2. original. Some pitting on interior brightwork. Original Astra-Dome gauge cluster in good condition. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Last seen at Auctions America’s 2015 Santa Monica sale, where it did not sell at a high bid of $70k (ACC# 6786352). The catalog estimate ranged from $120k to $140k. That seemed lofty, especially given the high bid last time it was offered. The crowd just wasn’t feeling this one. Values are pretty stable and the high bid was fair given current 300F market. #43-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BH29H9B258132. Alpine White/black vinyl. Odo: 55,254 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Four-year restoration. Numbers matching. High-quality paint evenly applied. Bumpers and brightwork in good condition. Some stainless has light scratches from age. Panel fit correct. Windows streak- and scratch-free. All-new rubber. Pennsylvania registration from 2010. Interior very tidy, with seats showing little wear. Seat belts still have plastic around metal. Interior illumination works. Headliner has a few ripples from glue coming loose. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Offered at no reserve, this is said to be one of 130 built with a 4-speed and 383-ci V8. Assuming description was accurate, an open-checkbook, four-year restoration was done to return car to factory-fresh condition. Values have not done anything drastic over past few years, and this one was brought to be sold. Slightly well bought given the fresh restoration, but take that away and the money was marketcorrect. #54-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B146705. TorRed/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,830 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers matching. Includes original broadcast sheet. 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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Montgomery, TX of only 284 Hemi 4-speeds produced for 1970. Restoration is high quality. Vinyl graphics expertly applied. Light pitting on rear bumper. Shut line slightly tight on left side of trunk lid, otherwise excellent panel fit. Interior above average. Interior stainless shows minor dents. Window trim on top of driver’s door misaligned on interior side. Cond: 2. Interior hit or miss. Cabinetry holding up well, with good overall craftsmanship. Front seats torn open. Rear seats show wear, but are still intact. Rearmost rear-facing seat shows water staining. Two Pullman-style foldout bunk beds. Front-to-rear intercom. Chamber pot. Cond: 4+. doors. Light crazing around black stripe at beltline. Pitting around windscreen and on rear of front lights. Dual sidemount spares. Interior is tidy. New carpets replicated from originals. Gauge bezels are pitted. Wood in good condition. Speedometer and odometer numbers are faded. Exhaust has recent ceramic coating. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $205,000. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2010 Scottsdale auction, where it sold for $231k (ACC# 1680107). Less than 100 miles have been added to the odometer since. Mileage on odometer is referred to as indicated mileage and not actual. This one had the right stuff...numbers-matching Hemi, GTS tag report, and 4-speed manual, but it failed to bring in the high bids. It needed another $45k to reach the catalog’s low-estimate hurdle. AMERICANA #90-1929 STUDEBAKER HOUSE CAR recreational vehicle. VIN: 3251731. Blue/ brown leather. Odo: 32,994 miles. 2009 winner in Best Unrestored class at Hilton Head Island Concours. Unrestored and showing original patina. Paint failing and falling off. Windows slightly cloudy with some delamination. Rubber dry and hard. Wood almost to the point of being rotten. SOLD AT $70,000. Built on a Studebaker commercial bus chassis; the consignor was able to purchase the vehicle from a South Carolina collector after 12 years of trying. Original owners commissioned Advance Auto Body Works to perform conversion. Advance Auto Body Works was most famous for the Arrowhead Teardrop Car and Gilmore fuel trucks. While this was well maintained, but in mostly original condition with heavy patina, the craftsmanship and attention to detail is still evident even in its current condition. Catalog estimate was $125k–$175k, but consignor let it go for much less. Cream & black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 42,870 miles. Believed to be one of only 11 known remaining examples. Wellcared-for older restoration. Condition points to restoration that’s seen use. Several paint touch-ups. Heavy scratches on tops of 8 #11-1930 PACKARD CUSTOM EIGHT 740 roadster. VIN: L83358. SOLD AT $209,000. These rare examples cost over $3,000 new in a time when America was in financial turmoil. Riding on a staggering 140.5-inch wheelbase, the iconic styling and CCCA status draw a crowd at any event. Sure, there were a few things here or there that could be addressed, but this Packard was well cared for, and the restoration has unwound itself enough to make it ready to rally or fit for a Sunday meandering. Ready to drive and enjoy with no immediate needs identified. Well bought, with hammer price just shy of the low auction estimate. #38-1955 HUDSON ITALIA coupe. VIN: 1T10018. Italian Cream/red & cream leather. Odo: 32,044 miles. 202-ci I6, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration showing age. Said to be one of 26 built, with an estimated 21 remaining. Light crazing throughout paint. Panel fit good. Brightwork shows some scratching and pitting. Glass and rubber in good condition. Crackle finish on dash in good condition, but stainless shows some pitting. Gauges clean and clear. Cond: 3. 6 SOLD AT $242,000. Built on the Hudson Jet, coachwork came from Carrozzeria Touring of Italy. Jets were sent to Italy and each Italia was hand built. Assumed to be an older restoration, it was unwinding. This leaves the new owner at a crossroads whether to use and enjoy or spend money for restoration. The car was complete and ready for some attention, and at price paid, there should be plenty with which to work. Well bought. (See profile, p. 60.) A 86 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10 TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Spring 2016 AN 80-CAR NO-RESERVE FIELD ON SUNDAY HELPED BRING OVERALL NUMBERS UP TO $4.1m Leake Dallas, TX April 15–17, 2016 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby D. Ehlert, Dillon Hall Automotive lots sold/ offered: 226/405 Sales rate: 56% Sales total: $4,102,230 High sale: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold at $96,800 Buyer’s premium: 10% (13% for online bidders), included in sold prices Chambered exhaust, for a rather robust exhaust note — 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Indy Pace Car edition coupe, sold at $14,575 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 B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics than usual this year, thanks to two other competing collector car auctions within an easy day’s drive from Dallas. While the spring Branson sale up in Missouri has conflicted with the Leake sale in the past several years, a scheduling change with the Mecum auction in Houston put them on the same April 15–17 weekend, too. As such, all three venues saw reductions in consignments — dealers can only be in one place at a time, even with general managers at other events. One thing to Leake’s advantage as the weekend E progressed was the weather in Houston, as this was the weekend of heavy rains and localized flooding. Several consignors redirected their consignments up to Dallas at the last minute, or in the case of about two dozen of them, went no-sale in Houston on Friday and were brought up to Dallas overnight — with several selling here on Saturday. Not that the sun was shining and the birds were singing up here, as it threatened rain very spring, the Dallas Market Center complex is home to one of Leake Auction’s major events. Typically, about 500 cars fill the original Market Hall for a full three days of auctions. However, the turnout was lighter all day Saturday and finally carried through on it all day Sunday. Those extra cars — assisted by an 80-car no-reserve field on Sunday — brought Leake’s overall numbers up to $4.1m, with a 55.8% sell-through rate. Leading the pack for top sale overall was a modified 1954 Corvette, finding a new home at $96,800. Indeed, this was a good venue for domestically built cars, as the top seven sales were all American made, and that example at number eight was the sole import among the top 10 sales overall. Leake also premiered a new set this year for their twin-lane-turntable layout. There was some grousing by buyers about keeping track of cars on the two lanes, and tweaks done over the weekend on acoustics that weren’t quite dialed in. However, the dual auction rings make it a reasonable-length day versus painfully long, with one ring selling into the wee hours of the night with four bidders left in the room. Leake’s always friendly and knowledgeable staff also makes it a real joy to be at one of their events — be it as a consignor, buyer or just a tire kicker. Their next event at this venue is on November 18–20 — without any other conflicting auction that weekend.A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #426-1950 GMC FC101 pickup. VIN: AZ333257. Nava Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 233 miles. 228-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Titled with Arizona-assigned VIN rather than the original serial number of FC10134440. Excellent frame-off restoration. Body painted better than technically possible in 1950. Clamp-on peep mirror attached to top of driver’s door frame. Glossy varnished replacement bed wood with polished stainless rub strips. Reupholstered upper door panels starting to curl. Radio-delete plugs in dash. Reproduction headliner and rubber flooring. Very clean and authentically paint-detailed under hood. Seems to run out just fine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,150. A fairly honest Batmobile, but not without its issues. A bit unusual in the 21st century to see a 4-door sedan with a 348 in it, although it was the entrylevel “big block” for that year. Stated that the car was driven several hundred miles to get to the auction without a hitch in its gitup, which says, “I trust it to go anywhere” but also “I’m too cheap to ship it to ensure it won’t break or get damaged en route.” Sold at no reserve, so it did what it was going to do, and in this case it did well. SOLD AT $25,025. While one can argue the Arizona-issued VIN ensured it wasn’t going to bring top dollar, it shouldn’t stunt the price by much. What probably has more to do with it is the lack of a Bowtie on it. However, those Chevy fans who lambaste a Jimmy will still talk about pulling the original torque-tube driveline out for an open driveshaft with a modern powertrain and rear axle in a heartbeat—forgetting (or more likely, not knowing) that GMCs never had a torque tube. As a well-restored old truck in today’s market, this was a decent buy. #418-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA sedan. VIN: F59K123632. Copper & beige/brown vinyl & cloth. Odo: 66,000 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dealer-accessory shift quadrant lamp. Recent frame-on cosmetic refresh. Good trim-off base/clear repaint in original combination. Mostly buffed-out original trim, with select replating and replacement. Newer-generation aftermarket mirrors. Front doors have fit and latching issues. Seats were incorrectly reupholstered in cloth and a heavy vinyl that’s a dead ringer for what was used on the bean-bag chair we had at home when I was a kid. The rest of the interior is original and in pretty decent shape. Recent spray-can restoration under hood, with silver paint on exhaust manifolds that hasn’t baked off yet. Cond: 3. #811-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. VIN: 20927O131860. Silver & Gunmetal/ charcoal vinyl & cloth. Odo: 43,600 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Claimed to have a 4-carb, 140-hp engine installed, but the stock 2-carb induction is in place. Motor is a mutt from every town in Corvairland (better known as not numbers-matching), but does run fairly well. Damper doors missing, so it may be fussy when cold. Recent economy-grade exhaust system. Fitted with new radials on 1980s-era Datsun/Nissan 300ZX wheels—early Corvair and Datsun four-bolt patterns are the same. New interior, with correct patterns, but done in modern synthetic fabric. Low-dollar repaint, but they got most of the runs out if it. Monza badge not replaced on right side, but original one still on the left. Cond: 3-. Recent rattle-can restoration on motor, but who paints an alternator flat black? It was pretty fussy to get started, but once it stayed lit, ran out lumpy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,850. Yes, you could get Pontiac’s 2-speed automatic with the Tri-Power induction in 1964—although I have my doubts that this specific car was originally built that way, as did most everyone else here. Reserve was lifted at $23,500 for another example of a five-decade-old car that’s been run hard and put away wet most of those years. #453-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS replica coupe. VIN: 124377N240740. Mountain Green/black vinyl. Odo: 237 miles. VIN and body tags show evidence of tampering, but have correct styles of rivets and match current paint and trim. Engine-stamping numbers have heavy paint over them, making them all but impossible to read asis. Better-quality repaint. Hood sits a tad high at hinges, but rest of panels line up about as good as The General originally did it. Stated that it’s a non-matching-numbers engine, and certainly looks the part, even if it has a “Winters Foundry” casting on intake. Original monoleafs in rear, so it didn’t come with any 396 under the hood. Or even as a Super Sport. All reproduction interior soft trim expertly installed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,407. When one of the few things you can brag about—and get right— on a Corvair is that it has the original glass windshield washer-fluid bottle, you’re in deep weeds. Sort of makes me long for the days of claiming $20 Corvairs, as the games were minimal on cars worth less than the gas in its tank. However, we’re now in the days where you can buy this as Lot 1110 on Friday for $3,630 and flip it on the Sunday session as Lot 811 for $4,407 to a buyer on Proxibid. #1139-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 824F24838. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 48,136 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Retains nearly illegible original broadcast sheet. Originally Saddle Bronze with Saddle Tan interior. Color-change repaint has fisheyes in the hood. Light overspray on the bottom of the car. Modern non-OEM replacement windshield. Door panels, gauge pod, dashpad and seats obviously redyed—especially since dye was applied over crudely patched seat bottoms. Shift linkage swapped out for something modern GM; aftermarket wood-rim steering wheel. 90 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $35,000. The car description-card statement of “added hideaway headlights” translates as “fake Rally Sport.” So much for the theory that nobody fakes a green car. The best way to deal with this car is to assume that it’s originally a 6-cylinder shell and everything else is parts hung onto it until proven innocent. Bidding indicated that’s where everyone else was, too. #1128-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 coupe. VIN: 223378U122097. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 16,126 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Average color-change repaint from original Mayfair Maize with a black vinyl roof. Mix of original and reproduction chrome, trim and badging. Blister on the


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX right side of the trunk spoiler. Okay door fit, front fender fit not so okay. Newer interior soft trim, with light wear. Generally clean, stock-looking engine bay, although motor has an aluminum intake manifold. Mostly flat-black undercarriage, aside from chambered dual exhaust and newer brake lines. Far-wider-than-stock rear Rally II wheels. Got fussy when it came time to sell, as it had to be pushed onto the turntable. Cond: 3. since it was bid into five digits, hopefully it will stay generally stock. #172-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344879Z120031. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,833 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, power steering, power brakes, AM radio and SS-II wheels—now shod with reproduction Polyglas tires. Better-quality trim-off repaint and replacement roof vinyl done about three years ago. New door seals, but no door stop bumpers were put back in. YOM reproduction Texas inspection sticker in the windshield. Yellowed steering-wheel brightwork, although dash trim still quite good. Bangedup original sill plates—mostly from seat-belt buckle. Older engine respray, now showing wear and general dinginess from use. Newer alternator, battery cables and new battery. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. There’s not a whole lot that’s impressive about this second-year Firebird—unless you’re a junior in high school. It just had that look and feel of having four generations of less-than-attentive owners, whose universal credo is romp on it. Bid to $15k on the block, but listed as sold in the company’s after-action report. #1121-1968 CHEVROLET C10 SWB pickup. VIN: CS14S195367. Turquoise & white/tan vinyl. Odo: 29,809 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Per the build tag on glovebox door, was originally Seafoam Green with green vinyl interior. Decent repaint, with poor masking around windshield. Front bumper painted body color instead of original off-white. Old urethane finish on bed wood, which has mounting holes drilled in for various things now gone. Plain black vinyl door panels with stock repop armrests. Plain and borderline crudely recovered stock bench seat, with moderate wear and soiling. Sports a rather interesting exhaust system—glasspack muffler welded right to the exhaust manifold flange and straight pipe on back. Cond: 3. bars. Stock turbine wheels on all corners. Chambered exhaust, for a rather robust exhaust note. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,575. The Pontiac 4.9-L (301-ci) V8 with a turbo on it was infamous for self-immolation—that is, if it didn’t break before then. So it’s not too much of a stretch replacing it with a wild, screaming big block—and bless their hearts for keeping it all Tin Indian instead of going Bowtie. Reserve was lifted at $12,500, which garnered another couple of bids. Maybe not in greatest of condition, but it’s sure to make a Poncho-performance fan proud. CORVETTE NOT SOLD AT $25,000. I won’t make fun of a new battery being a major highlight, because every single auction has cars that look top-shelf, but neglect leaves a battery that’s gone weak from sitting. Or, owners who replace the good battery for a crappy one because they’re selling the car anyway. Another case of close-to-being-market-correct for a 442, but dirt cheap if it was a Chevelle. SOLD AT $11,550. I rather liked this a lot, as it’s just an economical, practical and respectable-looking pickup that doesn’t have to put on airs. As long as it runs out well, I’d just leave it as-is and run it. Maybe going back to stock white on the front bumper, but leaving the holey wood in the bed—that way the box will drain in the rain. I’m not alone, as going past the $5k reserve was easy. A respectable price for a decent truck, and 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #790-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM Indy Pace Car edition coupe. VIN: 2X87TAN128447. White & gunmetal metallic/ gray cloth & white leather. Odo: 70,464 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repowered with a long-ways-from-stock Pontiac 455-ci V8. Aftermarket performance aluminum heads, intake, Holley Street Avenger carb and open-element air cleaner. It all fits underneath stock hood, including the original hokey light show on back of driver-facing fake hood scoop. Other go-fast goodies include performance ignition and ceramiccoated Ram Air exhaust manifolds. All done within past 500 miles—neat and tidy-like. Not so tidy is the interior, with a few light tears on door panels and seats, along with moderate soiling and fading, but it’s far from trashed. Inside hood latch broken. Good older paint and graphics. Fitted with traction #472-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S110588. Eng. # 5119158. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 29,042 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally Sebring Silver, now wearing a good thick base/clear repaint. Speaking of thick, wheelarches are well reinforced. Mostly reproduction trim, with wavy, replated bumpers. 1964–65 fuel-injection badges added. Fresh engine-bay redo—which sort of looks stock, but has enough miscues to keep it away from any judged event. These include a total lack of ignition shielding, modern alternator, spliced-in plastic fuel filter, and engine from a 1965 car. Older reproduction seats show light wear, carpet and doors have a bit more. Aftermarket Hurst shifter, surrounded by a rather dull original console bezel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,700. Bucking the trend of knowing no bounds in Split-Window pricing, the reserve was off at $64k—generating a few more bids, but ending up at a lowerthan-generally-expected price. Being a bit lower than expected in the details—let alone factoring the engine swap and lipstick-red color change—this is actually market accurate to a hint spendy. #1170-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S102348. Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 71,185 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Reproduction bias-ply Goldline tires mounted on knock-off knockoffs. Repaint somewhat brighter than original Sunfire Yellow—prepped and applied fairly well. Fenders at wheelwells reinforced with lots of fiberglass. Consumergrade replate on bumpers—still a touch wavy. Recently replaced soft top, which stayed in the well all weekend. Older reup


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX holstery work, showing little wear. Older engine bay detailing, with some discoloration and soiling from light use. Generally black undercarriage, but accruing plenty of road grime. Surface rust on all other uncoated surfaces. Greasy, grimy rear half shafts from U-joint lube. Runs out well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,000. Looks to have attained an NCRS “If we give you a decal, will you quit whining and go home to clean your car?” award. Not at all a bad car, but a nice driver, not a show car. Reserve lifted at the final bid, so sold correctly rather than being bought well. #2495-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S111460. Sunfire Yellow/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 84,789 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power steering, power brakes, a/c, tilt-telescoping steering column, power windows and Interior Décor Group. Stated the bodyoff restoration done “to NCRS judging standards.” Also stated that it has since attained Bloomington Gold Silver Certification and NCRS Second Flight award. Tidy and generally stock under the hood, yet with modern hose clamps and R134a a/c fittings. Excellent panel prep and paint application. Better-than-stock door gaps and fit. Mostly reproduction brightwork, with slightly wavy rear bumpers. All-reproduction interior soft trim, expertly installed. Mostly semi-gloss black undercarriage, with some clean hardware. Cond: 2. Odo: 948 miles. 305-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Non-conforming VIN statement, as VIN is scratched onto reproduction body tag that’s pop-riveted to inside of cab over upholstery directly beneath rear window. Excellent-quality paintwork. Door handles are there for show only—they don’t work. Auction company’s special handling notes confirm that. Repowered by a bored-out Mustang 5.0 V8, with EFI and lots of aftermarket parts. Vintage Air a/c, with ducts integrated into sub-dashboard panel beneath the stock one. As such, it’s all stock on original dash, but all additions—tach, sound system and climate controls—are in sub panel that also doubles as an anti-submarine shield in event of an accident. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. Final year of the CCCA Full Classic Continental. They are all but identical to 1947, except integral driving lights are clear on 1947 models and yellow for ’48. The cleaner-looking E.T. Gregoriepenned 1940–41 Continentals seem to be holding their value well, while these busierlooking post-war cars, with Cadillac-wannabe styling, seem to be a tad soft in recent years. However, I didn’t think this one would be quite this soft. A good deal as-is, but with some TLC it should make the new owner some money. NOT SOLD AT $33,500. I always thought this deep blue from the pre-war Ford V8 era was Washington Blue, but I guess this came later. Fits my street rod criteria of “what’s on the hood should be under the hood.” Generally tastefully done to boot. Yet with a few hokey things such as the ornamental door handles—and especially with the hokey serial-number issue—this was more than enough bid. SOLD AT $39,600. It’s not too often one brags about getting less than first place, but at least they are honest. Still, this is a pretty decent car. Considering that they said those judging sheets are included (not that NCRS or Bloomington Gold can’t help a new owner, either), you can either tweak it to do better or just have a darn nice one to go use. Either way, this did sell quite strong. FOMOCO #495-1941 FORD custom pickup. VIN: 9C2567. Jefferson Blue/tan cloth & leather. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #487-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 8H181564. Pastel blue/tan cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 724 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Subtle conversion to a 12-volt electrical system; otherwise presents as an older, stock restoration. Repaint has mellowed to the point of coming off as original. Cowl welting not put back on, so there’s some paint loss from hood-tocowl rubbing. Bumper replating looks newer and better than repaint. Light soiling on replacement top. Light wear on seats, door panels and carpeting. Latter wasn’t fitted all too well and bunches up in several places— especially around the pedal box. Rusty exhaust contrasts with gloss black painted undercarriage. Cond: 3+. #445-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R480688. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 10,288 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Deluxe Marti Report with car confirms that it’s generally restored as-built. Only options are Sport Deck rear seat, 3.50 Traction-Lok differential and AM radio. Latter has been swapped out with newer Ford AM/FM radio. Fitted with five-spoke Shelby wheels on radials. Superb bare-body repaint, but darker than original Pastel Gray. Mostly reproduction brightwork. Ol’ Shel signed the armrest, so reproduction interior at least four years old. Concours-quality engine detailing, down to reproduction warranty tags and inspection stickers. Runs out in a healthy stock manner, so it’s more than a show queen. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,200. Call it Pastel Gray if you will, but for all intents and purposes it’s now always-popular black. Reserve was met at $69k, with brisk bidding continuing unabated. Sold reasonably well, however you color it. #178-1974 FORD F-100 Ranger XLT pickup. VIN: F10HLT53578. Pastel Lime & dark green/lime green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 48,431 miles. 390-cc V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-installed optional topper and a/c. Original rear snow tires have been replaced by all-season radials on all corners. Stated indicated miles actual since new. Wears original paint, with a few nicks and scrapes, but presents well. Given a rust preventative treatment back in the day, but all plastic plugs over the holes now missing. Good original trim, congruent with rest of truck. Heavier fading of wheel-cover centers and plastic topper emblems. Original seat has clear, waffle-butt-pattern plastic over it since new. Heavier soiling and discoloring of door panel armrests. Period-accessory FM tuner mounted below dash. Original spare tire still hanging beneath the box. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside SOLD AT $8,910. Once in a great while one of these 1973–77 F-100s turns up with this optional topper. Usually, folks don’t believe me, but in this case it was invoiced on the window sticker. Last seen at Mecum’s Chicago auction in fall of 2013, then selling for $9,095 (SCM# 236859). As such, I was a bit surprised to see the reserve dropped at $7,250. Bought well, especially since both originality and pickups continue to generally do well in the market. Then again, that could’ve been said about this truck three years ago. 1993 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Indy Pace Car thing can be said for Camaros as well, and it’s the rare limited-build versions that seem to be moving first. That brings us to this month’s One to Watch pick: the ’93 Camaro Indy Pace Car. Camaro was all-new for 1993, and the F changes were, at least visually, pretty massive. A new sweeping body and a new interior stole the spotlight and helped GM get out in front of the all-new and similarly rounded-off Mustang, which was soon to be released. In addition to the all-new look and feel, the Camaro was available in a Pace Car edition, built to celebrate its selection as the Indianapolis 500 pace setter in 1993. Finished in white over black paint with multicolor striping at the division, RPO B5A also included special Indy graphics, white-painted wheels and a special interior. All were Z/28 coupes with the LT1 engine. A total of 633 were built, with the package adding $995 to the price of a standard Z/28. Pace cars have a pretty big following in the collector world, Detailing Years built: 1993 Number produced: 633 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 5 Average price of those cars: $16,620 Current Median ACC Valuation: $16,500 96 AmericanCarCollector.com with good examples getting scooped up by collectors looking to complete a set. Along those lines, many of these cars have not been used for the daily grind, so it’s pretty easy to find one without high miles — but be prepared to pay more for it. In 2012, the median price for a B5A Pace Car was just $10,865. Today, that valuation has jumped to $16,500, and I bet we’ll continue to see it move up as market focus continues to move to suit a new group of buyers. A AmericanCarCollector.com — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $3,575. Before you think I’m out of my tiny little mind for writing this up, consider that these first-gen Exploders essentially kickstarted the whole SUV fad of the 1990s. They made so much money for Ford that even Jacques Nasser couldn’t screw it up—try as hard as he did. Thanks to “Cash for Clunkers” scheme/scam circa 2010, these have all but evaporated (although my parents’ 1993 ended up self-immolating last year thanks to a heater coil). I’m not saying that they will be the hot collectible in the future (unlike my folks’, which was hot but not collectible), but like Corvairs, Pintos and Yugos, they do tell the history of the automobile. Picking up a relatively unmolested example for posterity is not as foolhardy as or the better part of the year, ACC has been watching cars from the early ’90s increase in value. The increase goes hand-in-hand with a new group of buyers who came of age at that time and finally has some disposable income to spend on the car or cars they wanted as kids. Most notably, we’ve seen prices move up on Fox-body Mustangs, but the same #188-1991 FORD EXPLORER XLT SUV. VIN: 1FMDU34X3MUA50092. Pearl White/ gray cloth. Odo: 56,166 miles. 4.0-L fuelinjected V6, auto. Options include towing package, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and alloy wheels. Stated it had long-term single ownership in Arizona. Not stated if odometer is on its first or second time around. Good original paint, with its share of parking-lot battle scars. Sun fade on the exterior plastic parts congruent with Arizona cars from this era. NonOEM replacement windshield. Excellent original upholstery, helped to some extent by aftermarket window tint. Used-car engine bay and undercarriage, but not too skanky. Aftermarket Class-III hitch. Cond: 3.


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX it may seem, as more than once I heard folks say they don’t see these much anymore. MOPAR #1161-1960 DODGE POWER WAGON M601 pickup. VIN: 2461832849. Dark aquamarine/black vinyl. Odo: 38,702 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with a frontPTO-driven Braden winch and wood-bench troop seats. Restored approximately two decades ago and used since—now to the point of sitting outside in the rain. Windshield frame damaged en route to auction, so it sits ahead of front seats on floor, with consignor stating that he’ll pay for repairs if sold. Retrofitted with modern truck turn signals. Heavy paint flaking on front of chassis. Lightly varnished wood on cargo seats out back fine, as it looks like the Conestoga top hasn’t been off since it was redone. Not started all weekend; bid where it sat outside the arena. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. It wasn’t just me who though this had a schlocky paint job—it was all but the running gag for a number of folks here. “Egad, look at that,” was heard on several occasions as I was inspecting this. Another example of on-the-cheap upkeep for several decades. Stated as it rolled off the block that it’s going to take $20k. To buy it, or to fix it? #2508-2002 DODGE VIPER GTS ACR coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E72V100844. Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 6,080 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Graphics package on hood. Seller states that miles indicated are actual. Good, original paint all around. Original Michelins about down to wear bars. Minimal wear showing on ACR seats with five-point over-the-shoulder harnesses. Aftermarket carpeted floor mats, with first-gen snake logo embroidered on them. Aftermarket window tint. Light road grime under hood and on undercarriage. Generally stock exhaust note. Seems to run out well, with typical valve-train noise. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. The M601s were, by and large, foreign military-assistance vehicles for countries that wanted our aid, but felt that supplying M37s put them a little too close to looking like our allies. It doesn’t surprise me that it wasn’t driven onto an auction turntable, but I’m a bit surprised it wasn’t even in the hall. Regardless, it hurts the chances of getting a decent price on an open vehicle if you have to go out into the rain to look at it. Poor marketing by the consignor means it’s no surprise that it was bottom-feeder bid and not cut loose. #1135-1969 DODGE CORONET 500 convertible. VIN: WP27G9G125939. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 23,126 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Stated that it has a “recently rebuilt 383 V8 under the hood.” What defines “recent” leads one to wonder, as the shoddy rattle-can repaint is now greasy and dingy again. Aftermarket ignition system. Poorly prepped repaint quite a few years ago. Surface may have been buffed into submission, but buffing can’t cover wavy panels or fisheyes in upper rear of quarter panels. Doors rattle. Older bumper rechroming, passable original trim. Older seat upholstery kit, newer replacement carpeting. DIN-mount sound system cut into the stock radio’s location. Inordinately loud exhaust system—and not a good loud, either. Cond: 3. July-August 2016 97


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX QUICKTAKE 1987 Chevrolet K10 Scottsdale 4x4 Pickup SoLD at $16,500 VIN 1GCEV14H7HS146229 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, April 15–17, 2016, Lot 1143 NOT SOLD AT $38,000. A Keith Martin Collection market-check car here, although the boss’ is actually a 2000 issue. At least this one has ABS, but from the final year of second generation. Seems to have been a track car for the most part. Also having similar miles to the ACC fleet car (in more ways than one), this should’ve been over $40k all day—even factoring the boy-racer color and graphics in lieu of our subtle all-Darth-Vader-black example. We’ll call this a bad day and send it home. AMERICANA Courtesy of Leake Auction Co. uitous — plumbers, roofers, yard maintenance guys all drove these things, and we, as car people, ignored them. Just trucks. Nothing special. A lot of us probably still feel that way. But the collector world is starting to take notice of these GM trucks, and I suspect that’s In the 1990s and 2000s, square GM trucks (1973–87) were ubiq- because a lot of the ones we used to see are gone. You probably didn’t even notice when it happened. But what you will notice, if you go looking for a decent example to buy, is that prices have shot up in the market at the same rate as driver-quality rigs have thinned on the street. This truck is a 1987 — the last year of this long-lived generation. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it the ultimate evolution of the gen — especially not with a yawning 305 trying to turn those 33s — but it does mean that it’s likely in better overall shape than, say, a 1977 model. This truck’s been completely restored, and it looks the part, with smooth paint, good chrome and nice trim throughout. The interior looks stock and clean, and the bed isn’t beat up, suggesting it was used relatively lightly over the years. In fact, the only non-stock things are the wheels, tires and lift — and most owners would swap in all that stuff anyway. $16,500 may seem a little steep for a truck like this, but it’s not. In fact, considering the money spent and the work done here to bring this rig up a few levels, I’d say it was a great buy. And if the truck trend keeps on climbing like it has, we’re all going to wish we’d jumped in right after they were cheap. A — Jim Pickering #129-1955 JEEP CJ-5 utility. VIN: 5754811005. Green/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 14,767 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Stated that $14k was spent in body-off frame restoration costs 20 miles ago. Redone with modern-style top and seats from a newer CJ. Also with quick-disconnect front tow-bar mount with electrical receptacle, steering stabilizer, turn-signal quadrant on the steering column, roll bar, front seat belts, heater and rear jerry can with bracket. Generally good tub-off repaint. Floorboards seem coated with modern pickup spray- or roll-on bedliner. Repro Firestone tires, but smaller fit for WWII G503-series jeep, so they look like casters below the bodywork. Brushpainted chassis, over the surface rust. Engine bay is more function over form. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,700. This first-year CJ-5 was the civilian spin-off of the M38A1—initially built on the first government contract in 1953. The reserve was lifted when bidding ended at $7k—so much for the stated $15k into it. Yet don’t think that this was a smokin’ hot deal, just fairly well bought if you wanted an estate Jeep and you know what you’re getting into. A 98 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Portland, OR Silver — Portland Spring 2016 CARS WERE PLENTIFUL AROUND THE $10,000 MARK, WITH A STELLAR SILVER EDITION PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE FETCHING $10,908 Silver Portland, OR April 16–17, 2016 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, Steve Dorsey Automotive lots sold/ offered: 37/93 Sales rate: 40% Sales total: $345,060 High sale: 1968 Ford Mustang convertible, sold at $26,460 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices one-family car and looks like it — 1967 Plymouth Belvedere Silver edition 2-door hard top, sold at $10,908 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 100AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Jeremy Da Rosa Market opinions in italics S ilver’s biannual Portland auction is consistently hot on affordable autos. The fall and spring showcases often feature local barn finds, single-owner or one-family vehicles, plus the occasional completely original, unmolested forgotten gem — and this spring’s rendition didn’t disappoint. Cars were plentiful and priced well, and one regular guest at the dance finally went home at a higher price than I expected. The most interesting no-sale was a literally like-new ’82 Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro. At just 1,800 miles, the car should be a museum piece. Each tire still wore its vent spews (the thin rubber “hairs” formed on the tire when the rubber is injected into the tire mold), the interior had the original new-car smell (not the hang-from-therearview-mirror parts-house placebo), and the bolts in the engine bay shone like Christmas tinsel. Evidently, however, not everyone was as enthusiastic about the time-capsule Camaro, and bidding stalled at $17,500. The owner wants more for it, but nailing down a value on a car like that is often difficult. Next up was the Silver returnee, a Playboy Pink ’68 Mustang drop top I’ve seen go unsold at least twice at this auction. The frame-off resto Ford finally found a date this time, going home after prom for $26,460. Rounding out Silver’s top sellers was a ’35 Ford pickup, resto-modded with Chameleon Green paint, leather interior and stuffed with a Chevy 350. Hammering at $23,760, this looked to be fair recuperation for the nodoubt much higher build cost. As will happen, fruitless bids were sky high, with a listed one-of-11 ’66 Dodge Coronet climbing to $70,000 before the bids stopped coming in, and a ’62 Corvette topping out at $56,000 before going home with the seller. Cars were plentiful around the $10,000 mark, with a particularly stellar Silver Edition Plymouth Belvedere fetching $10,908. Another car of note was a ’55 Chevy 150 barn find for $2,700. While in need of complete restoration, it was nice to see a 4-door Chevy that wasn’t fitted with a small block, chromed valve covers and Flowmasters. Both parties had to be happy on that sale, regardless of future plans for the car. Portland continues to show out with surprising and unique cars at prices that hobbyists of all means can afford, and it remains one of the few events where buyers can still hope for a steal.A


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Portland, OR GM #63-1955 CHEVROLET 150 sedan. VIN: 013964. Light blue/blue & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 9,681 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Barn-find Chevy sitting since ’81, according to documents. In need of everything cosmetically inside and out. Engine bay stock and tidy. Described as running and driving well, with all trim pieces in trunk. Missing one hubcap, but otherwise complete car. Cond: 4-. doors and soiled carpets. Engine bay commensurate. Definitely in need of cleaning. Minor rust on lower front driver’s quarter panel. A survivor. Cond: 4+. Top on par. Interior dusty but unmolested. Engine bay tidy with 454. Description states SS 454 clone. Radio works but 8-track does not. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Subtle badges along the kick-panel trim were the only indication that this wasn’t your grandfather’s Monte Carlo, and it definitely could fool the untrained eye. Gold paint with black vinyl top was a great look, too. Clones are hard to gauge, but the bid seemed a spot low given its overall quality. Smart hold by seller. SOLD AT $4,536. Four-door hard tops are rare, generally, and this Tempest fits the bill. Lots of potential here, despite the dirt and rust, especially with that 326. Spot-on price for both parties, although the potential obviously benefits the new owner. SOLD AT $2,700. A good project for someone ambitious. Description said gas tank and fuel lines replaced since it was parked with fuel in the tank—along with fuel pump, carb and generator. That work alone probably totaled a third of sale price, so the seller made some money back and the buyer gets a drivable project. Both parties should be pleased here. #60-1965 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 388275Z120231. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 16,061 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and interior look to be redone— absolutely immaculate. Chrome sharp but not perfect. Tilt wheel and floor-mount tach. Engine bay tidy with blueprinted, balanced engine, factory a/c, and sway bar. Redline tires complete the look. Maybe the cleanest overall car at auction. Listed as having no trunk key. Cond: 2. #78-1970 CHEVROLET BLAZER SUV. VIN: KE10514. Light blue/blue cloth. Odo: 970 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great paint. Glass and chrome perfect. Interior on par, seats appear donated from a ’90s GM truck. Aftermarket under-dash gauges and factory a/c, tach and tilt wheel. Bay fitted with 4-bolt-main 350, accompanying performance mods, minus headers. Disc brakes, power steering, new suspension and exhaust. Nicely done truck. Cond: 1-. #48-1975 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: 1Q87L5N624867. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 2,790 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Good-looking car with lots of work done. Slight orange peel on roof, but otherwise okay. Bumpers on par. Interior clean, with Auto Meter gauges. Engine bay hosts 383 stroker, plus intake, headers and some chrome. Traction bars, Posi rear, 5-speed Hurst trans and much more. Listed as over $20k in rebuild receipts. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. Listed as a nutand-bolt, frame-off restoration—down to removal of old paint. They spared no expense on the rebuild and resto, and high bid no doubt was too low to recoup the costs. Despite high quality of the work, this Blazer might be hard to move for much more, even if you like blue. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Where do I sign? Other than the mystery of the missing trunk key, this car was done right. Body-painted wheels, clean interior. Yes, ma’am. Unfortunately, seller said, “No, sir.” The quality of the car is definitely high, but higher than that bid? Maybe with the trunk key.... #73-1966 PONTIAC TEMPEST 4-dr hard top. VIN: 235396Z105161. Cream/gold vinyl. Odo: 16,482 miles. 326-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original paint shows lots of exposure to elements, with chips and dings throughout. Interior similar quality—wear around 102AmericanCarCollector.com #64-1970 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138570L149607. Gold/ black vinyl/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 80,025 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Gold paint with a few blemishes under clearcoat and chips on crests above taillights—otherwise sharp. SOLD AT $8,532. Noted as true Rally Sport, and a large list of work done, including photos. A thorough detailing would have helped presentation, but it still looked sharp. Docs on dash hid half-inch-wide black silicone strip between the dashpad and the dash, which didn’t fit the rest of the quality. It’s almost impossible to recoup all money from a rebuild, but I have to say pretty well bought, given the receipt total. #56-1982 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1G1AP87H1CL164985. White/ burgundy cloth. Odo: 1,829 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Third-generation Camaro with original paint, interior, etc. Everything showroom-floor quality. Less than 2,000 miles on this time capsule. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. I spoke with the seller, who told me he bought this low-mileage Z/28 from original owner 12 years ago. He kept it in the garage, and it shows. Tires even have original valve-stem caps and those little rubber nubs on the side. Not


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Portland, OR even any oxidation on bolts in the engine bay. Only so-called damage is a little tattering on hood insulation pad. The owner described it as a museum piece, so I’m not surprised he held on. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. CORVETTE #21-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S1. Daytona Yellow/ black leather. Odo: 727 miles. 350-ci 350hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original California car, per description. Paint with minor wear on touch points. Interior clean and showing appropriate wear. Factory a/c, tilt-telescope wheel, speed warning and AM/FM cassette. Heavy crazing on rear bumpers. Engine bay on par. Cond: 3+. hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Good example of stock, well-preserved C4. Paint good, glass clear and weatherstripping intact. Interior all original, other than wrapped steering wheel, with only wear on outside of driver’s seat. Engine bay commensurate. NADA retail printout stated value between $24k–$39k, depending on condition. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,850. I’ve always had a soft spot for C4s since my grandpa gave me his ’84. This is what I wish mine had been: an unmolested original with (presumably) low miles. The no-sell was probably a good move, as this car’s worth more to someone out there. How long the seller will wait to find that person is another question. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. A clean, if uninspiring, ’Vette. Looks sharp in yellow with thin whitewall tires, and a true Cali car complete with smog gear. The high bid was probably ball-park acceptable, but given the crazing necessitating a bumper replace or rechrome, I think the bid was more than sufficient. #15-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2187J5103862. Red/ black leather. Odo: 52,776 miles. 5.7-L 250- #14-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2389M5111348. Forest Green/gray leather. 5.7-L 245-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Featuring Greenwood package. Paint mirror-like. C5-style wheels look sharp. Closer inspection shows minor blemishes, but luster hides them well. Rear glass with long scratches, weatherstripping shows wear. Interior commensurate and features custom stereo. Engine bay stock and tidy. Straight pipe, no mufflers after catalytic converters. Some confusion around the condition of the title on this classy ’Vette. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,806. I spoke for a while with the seller, who stated the car had only 5,000 miles put on in the past six years, and a custom $2k stereo system, with new speakers. The Greenwood package, which looked to be a tasteful rear spoiler and body kit, appeared great too. I watched the car cross the block, and the auctioneer said it had a reconstructed title, but that the title was clean now. That definitely contributed to the low sale price. Seller obviously wanted more, but was probably glad to be rid of the car. I’d say well bought—if the title is actually clear. FOMOCO #70-1935 FORD STREET ROD roadster. VIN: N/A. Black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 611 miles. Flat-black paint looked good with chrome dressing on engine and red-andwhite combo inside. Interior dirty but presentable. Hole worn through carpet in driver’s side footwell. Bay fitted with Chevy 355, aluminum fan, Tri-Power setup. Whitewalls and red spoke wheels pop. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $20,500. What you’d expect from a roadster. Nothing to sneeze at, but obviously used. Smudges on whitewalls and white interior are due more to the color and use than wear and abuse, but a cleaning might have helped the appeal. I’m kind of surprised this one didn’t change hands at that price and condition. #24-1935 FORD STREET ROD pickup. VIN: OK91858. Chameleon Green & Pink/ black leather. Odo: 2,909 miles. Custom Ford truck. Paint beyond iridescent. Sprayin bed liner on point. Interior immaculate with ostrich leather on custom seats and aftermarket stereo. Bay stuffed with Chevy 350 and automatic. Body fitted to S10 chassis. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,760. They say Chameleon Green paint, but it’s a tiger in a lion’s clothes. The only thing Ford on the vehicle is the body. The expert mating to the Chevy undercarriage and drivetrain 104AmericanCarCollector.com


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Portland, OR help, but this T-bird still looked great from 20 feet. Sequential taillights and powereverything interior always do well for these cars, even if it’s standard equipment. New tires and custom stereo helped with the sale. I’m saying spot-on for both parties. leaves nothing to be desired. Shows very well, and sold for a fair price. Well bought and sold. #7-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 47832158777. Coral/black vinyl. Odo: 56,699 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Coral paint eye-catching, but very much showing age. No dents or dings, but lots of discoloration and fading. Chrome commensurate. Interior brightwork nicked, but overall, interior sharper than exterior. Engine bay tidy. Listed with $4k complete mechanical reconditioning. Same Portland owner since 1970. New fuel-sending unit and windows non-operational. New tires, which look good with the thin whitewalls. Cond: 3-. #39-1968 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 8R03C126869. Playboy Pink/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 75,590 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Pink paint largely blemishfree. Top sharp and interior sharper, with console, radio (description says it’s spotty) and floor-shift auto. Engine bay tidy and clean. Cond: 3. white decals really seal the ’70s style. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,500. There’s something wonderful about ’70s cars, and this was no exception. The mirrors, white decals and Grabber font were straight out of “Welcome Back Kotter.” The price, while fair, was a bit low. Good move by the seller to hold out for a bit more. MOPAR SOLD AT $26,460. Not this pink lady’s first time at the dance, as I’ve seen her at least once before. Garnered a high bid of $22k at this sale last year (ACC# 6784078). This unique color combo isn’t for everyone, but here’s to true love at $26k. Well sold, and uniquely bought. SOLD AT $6,480. Listed with extensive mechanical repairs, always garaged. Could use a repaint, but that color is quite the stand-out. Single owner for past 36 years and that stack of receipts all add to the value. A good buy, despite the paint condition. #66-1966 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6Y83Z125413. Mariner Turquoise/ Mariner Turquoise vinyl. Odo: 21,159 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Green paint in need of respray. Lots of fading and discoloration throughout, chrome commensurate. Phenomenal interior looks redone, featuring power seats and windows, sliding steering column and retro stereo ready for MP3 playback. Listed as second-owner Cali car. Seat-belt light indicator listed as not working. Cond: 4-. #23-1970 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: F0Y84N115034. Turquoise/white vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 68,389 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint sharp, hood chipped lightly on front passenger’s side and light blemishes throughout. Vinyl top commensurate, interior fabulous featuring hidden custom stereo. Original interior and headliner. Engine bay on par with rest of car. Fullpower everything on this machine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,910. Description stated one of 19,894, so it’s got a small army along with it. Mark T dealer option, although the appointments for option not specified. Custom stereo with 100-watt Bluetooth amp, Alpine speakers. Everything works. Baby moons and whitewalls complete the vintage look. I’d say the buyer got the better end of this deal, but only slightly. SOLD AT $7,128. Exterior needed some 106AmericanCarCollector.com #47-1974 FORD MAVERICK Grabber coupe. VIN: F4K93L154811. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 88,066 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint sharp. Chrome somewhat foggy but presents well. Driver’s door creaky. Interior appears vintage and could use quick cleaning. Great time capsule, and those SOLD AT $20,520. I heard this one rumbling through nice and clear, thanks to the capped side-dump exhausts. Not a show car, but not meant to be. Slight rake made room for larger rear meats, and that sexy red interior really popped. That Wedge motor made some noise, and price made for a square deal all around. #241-1966 DODGE CORONET 2-dr sedan. VIN: WE21H67314646. White/blue & black vinyl. Odo: 54,777 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint clean, minimalist interior on par, with 4-speed tranny and column-mounted tach. Engine bay with trunk mount battery, Hemi looked to be in stock trim, but leaves me wondering where the original 273-ci V8 went. Manual brakes—no frills on this Mopar. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Apparently his/hers with the Wedge 440 (Lot 32) parked next to it, and this one was as pure a ’60s muscle machine as you could get. All raw power, both in stopping and going. A friend in high school had a ’66 Coronet 440, and these always bring back #32-1963 DODGE 440 2-dr sedan. VIN: 6232200106. White & red/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 48,254 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of a handful of muscular Mopars, and the only one with a Wedge. 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SILVER AUCTIONS // Portland, OR snags in rear. Seats covered in plastic. Engine bay tidy and undressed, but very original. Quite a specimen. Cond: 2+. memories. I thought the bid met the mark, but the owner had other plans. #28-1967 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE Silver Edition 2-dr hard top. VIN: RH23F75151943. Silver/black vinyl/gray & black cloth. Odo: 54,533 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint appears to be older respray, but clean, with minor dings. Chrome commensurate. Interior nice, with two minor rips on passenger’s door the only issues. Engine bay with 10-years-ago rebuilt 318, new exhaust and Pertronix ignition. New tires and wheels. Dash light, horn and radio listed as not working on this Silver Edition Belvedere. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,236. The car was original, beyond paint, anyway. Seats looked original and well preserved under plastic covers, but the owner wasn’t around to verify. Small fender skirts in back really took this sled over the top. Quite a car for the price. I think the buyer got a little better of a deal on this one. #27-1969 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE convertible. VIN: RP27H9G146823. Cream/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,676 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint sharp, top immaculate. Rear glass looks new. Interior commensurate, with steering wheel wrapped and Satellite floor mats. Engine bay tidy and original. Factory wheels dusty, same with Redline tires. Large crack on trunk behind deck lid the only blemish on car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,908. One-family car and looks like it. Only wear is on touch points, and the two star-shaped tears. I wish I’d brought my checkbook for this one. Great price for this car. Well sold, but slightly better bought. #97-1968 CHRYSLER NEWPORT 2-dr hard top. VIN: CL23G8C123845. Tan & brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 56,907 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Respray wonderful and without major blemishes. Glass clean, but rock chip in driver’s side of windshield. Interior like new, with only minor use and small NOT SOLD AT $25,000. I love mid-sized Mopar muscle, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Power to spare, long and a drop top—yes, please. The high bid seemed close given the wonderful condition, but it obviously didn’t sit with the seller. Better luck next time. AMERICANA #10-1963 RAMBLER AMERICAN 440 convertible. VIN: B552347. Red & white/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 93,060 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Sharp red and white paint shows well, despite slight blemishes throughout. Chrome side spears dinged but clean. Top and rear window listed as new. Two small chips in front glass. Interior on par with exterior, featuring rare “Twin-Stick” overdrive manual transmission with center console. Listed as purchased at an estate sale. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $8,100. The old Bread Box Rambler American, and this 440 drop top was arguably the top of the line. Besides needing a mild cleaning, this car was ready to go. The twin-stick unit was a standard 3-speed, with a second gearshift which activated the overdrive and effectively made it a 5-speed. Quite a trick, and the two levers in the center console look great. Under 10 grand for a quality drop-top is quite a deal, so no real wonder as to why the seller took it home. #36-1969 AMC AMX coupe. VIN: A9C397X149730. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 91,486 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-original paint with heavy pitting on roof, other pockmarks throughout. Chrome in similar condition, especially around windows. Seats look redone, but not indicated. Engine bay clean and original. Go Pak includes Posi rear and power disc brakes. Raised white-letter tires and factory mags complete this rare muscle machine. Cond: 3-. 108AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $15,250. I always give AMCs love, and this AMX could use some. Not the hottest of the hot (with auto vs. the 4-speed manual), but AMXs are still uncommon enough. This one needed an exterior dress-up, but otherwise intriguing. Condition of roof—despite the repaint—didn’t help presentation, and seller should probably address that if more money is sought. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP American Highlights at Two Auctions Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report GM #549.2-1932 BUICK SERIES 57 Custom sedan. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 12,928 miles. Paint is excellent. Fit is very good. Chrome, underside, engine bay, all excellent. Interior is above excellent. Glass is good and clear. Wire spoke wheels are impeccable. Includes rear luggage box. Cond: 1-. Branson’s high flier — 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon “de Plane,” sold at $302,500 Branson Branson, Mo — April 15–16, 2016 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine and Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered: 147/210 Sales rate: 70% Sales total: $3,353,346 High sale: 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon “de Plane” airplane, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photographs by Andy Staugaard Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL — April 1–3, 2016 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine and Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 301/435 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $19,743,005 High American sale: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, sold at $404,250 Buyer’s premium: 10% included in sale prices Report and photos by Pierre Hedary SOLD AT $58,850. As the auction listing states: “There were only 9,013 Buick sedans built in 1932, and none were anything like this.” One gorgeous Buick street rod. Former owner is well-known Branson Japanese fiddle player Shoji Tabuchi. Everything about this car is almost perfect, from its paint to its Chevrolet 383-ci crate engine, with chromed, polished accessories. Hard to place a value on something like this, but I believe both Shoji and the buyer went home happy. I know the buyer did because I was sitting next to him. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #524-1964 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7K1136132. Metallic Maroon/black leather. Odo: 13,673 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows well, with slight polishing scratches. Chrome and trim need restoration, but glass clear. Interior very good for its age. Panel fit good. Engine bay needs attention. Underside is clean but needs to be restored. Solid car and a good restoration candidate. Cond: 3+. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, sold at $404,250 110AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,700. Showed well, but its condition is not much beyond a daily driver. As a potential investment car, it would pay to spend some more money and bring it up to at least a Condition 2. Early Rivieras in show-worthy condition have upside investment potential. Hammered price does not leave buyer much room for restoration, so I would have passed on this one. Well sold. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #446-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa convertible. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. The most collectible Corvair, the 180hp Corsa Spider. Paint very fresh looking, gaps also in good shape. Very good effort put into detailing engine, but some wiring does not inspire confidence. Interior probably a mixture of original and reproduction, but very well done nevertheless. Hood cable does not work, meaning I couldn’t inspect the luggage compartment. Cond: 2. #217-1966 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: C1546S184805. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 39,623 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. The fair paint reveals some ripples and minor nicks. Original chrome and trim are very good for age. Underside is clean but shows some light rusting. Very clean engine bay. The interior is fair. The glass is good and clear. No power anything. New tires on nice aftermarket wheels. Wood bed in good condition. Cond: 3+. auto. Repaint in excellent condition, with good panel fit. Chrome and interior very good. The glass is clean. Optioned with factory a/c and power steering. One owner until 2005. Current owner states that it has never been used as a pickup hauler. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,350. Supposedly a show winner, fresh out of restoration, which garnered much attention on the block. Despite the efforts of AA, the $35k low estimate just wasn’t happening, giving credence to the theory that there is no such thing as a $35k Corvair. Well bought for the amount of work put into it. Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/16. SOLD AT $7,700. Assuming it runs out well, this truck would make a great starter vehicle for one of my grandsons. It is in good driver condition and should actually increase in value if maintained and cared for properly. Well sold and well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #231-1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136806Z102745. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,999 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, SOLD AT $15,125. Like their cross-corporate truck cousins, Chevy El Caminos and Ford Rancheros are in good demand on the auction circuit right now. Although they look and feel like a car (because they’re based on one), they are classified and titled as a truck. This El Camino is an especially nice one, with definite upside potential. The hammered price represented a fair offer. Both buyer and seller should be happy with this one. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #563-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177K140255. Tahoe Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 652 July-August 2016 111


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent frameoff restoration. Paint is very good with minor swirls. Hood fit is slightly off, but rest of panels decent. Chrome and trim are very good, with some minor scratches and pits. Glass is mostly clear, with just minor scratches. Engine bay is clean. No mention of engine originality or matching numbers. Original manual transmission replaced with a Turbo 400 automatic. The chrome mags with new Redline tires really look great. Cond: 2-. V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-off restoration within the past few years. Excellent paint, with just minor scratches. Interior is very good, showing little wear. Engine bay is clean. Underside is rough and needs restoration to match the top side. Most of the glass is clear, with the exception of the rear window, which has minor scratches. New tires. Comes with owner’s manual, maintenance schedule, warranty information and factory build sheet. Cond: 2-. 3x1-bbl, auto. On close inspection, paint has lots of orange peel and micro swirls. Some chipping around fuel filler. Panel fit probably better than it was when new, but driver’s door sits out a little bit on bottom. Interior very nicely done, with some chips around steering wheel, but otherwise nothing serious. Engine looks a little more used, but everything is correct and even has some patina starting to show. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Nice show car, but needs more documentation for an investment-grade car. This did not seem to hold the bidding back, because the high bid was on the money, especially for a questionably original car. The seller should have taken the bid and ran to the bank. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #531-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379Z102002. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 36,526 miles. 400-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power brakes, Redline tires on Rally II wheels. Older repaint with minor scratches, but still shows well. Chrome is good, but rear trim is pitted. Vinyl hard top in good shape for its age. Interior shows its age with some wear, as the headliner needs replacement. Rear seat belts need to be replaced. Engine bay is fair and needs detailing. Underside needs restoration. Glass is clear. PHS documents included. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. Although not a Z/28, the Rally Sport Camaro could be ordered with the LM1 350/270 engine option. So, performance-wise, this car is similar to a Z/28. Sold at Leake Oklahoma City in February 2015, for $11,250 (ACC# 6784992). The current median price guide value for a 1979 Z/28 is $16.2k, so the high bid of $14k for this RS seems fair. Seller should have taken the several grand of profit over the year to the bank. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #237-1993 CHEVROLET CAMARO Indy 500 Pace Car coupe. VIN: 2G1FP22P7P2104918. Black & white/black & gray cloth. Odo: 23,300 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Body, glass and paint are very good, as is the panel fit. Underside is clean. Engine bay is detailed very nicely. Interior in excellent condition, showing little wear. Tires are slightly worn. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Buyers of American cars are picky, and to make them pay top money, everything has to be perfect. As a result, you see cars like this which have a few flaws that won’t sell for half the price of a perfect example. High bid felt light by $20k for what was a great example of the first-year Corvette. Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/16. #602-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S113763. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 72,778 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint shows well, with minor polishing swirls. Chrome and trim nice, with only minor scratches. Fit good. Engine bay very good, but not all original. Couldn’t see the original broach marks on engine stamp pad. Knockoff wheels are period-correct. Underside very good, matching the top side. Interior is restored very nicely. Runs rough and leaks oil. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. Just not much more than a daily driver if, in fact, it runs out well. It would need some additional restoration work to bring it up to current market value. The high bid would leave some room to do this, but the seller decided it was not enough. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #586-1979 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. VIN: 1Q87L9L633568. Marlboro Maroon/tan vinyl. Odo: 26,854 miles. 350-ci 112AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $16,500. A low-mileage Indy Pace Car, of which only 633 were made. Showed up at Mecum’s December 2013 Kansas City auction and was a no-sale at $13.5k. With a current ACC Pocket Price Guide median value of $16,700, the seller should go home a reasonably happy camper. Fair deal. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. CORVETTE #507-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001214. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 85,468 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Would be a desirable 327/340 Split-Window coupe if all its parts were correct (stamped and dated per NCRS). Many engine-bay parts are incorrect. Auction listing states that it’s had a frame-on restoration with a new transmission, but no documentation details the restoration. Also, no mention made of originality or matching numbers, and there was no NCRS judging evidence. Owner stated the engine was recently rebuilt, but it ran very poorly and leaked oil. The median ACC price guide value of this car is $108k. At that much money, you need to be certain of what you are getting. I was actually surprised this bid as high as it did. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #561-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S103313. Rally Red/ white vinyl/black leather. Odo: 15,992 miles. 427-ci 450-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint starting to show its age. Chrome is very good. Trim has scratches. Underside matches the engine bay and both are very good. Interior is just fair and needs to be restored. The engine is non-original but correct. Most of the rest of the car seems to be original or correct to this particular Corvette. Modern radials on stock steel wheels with stock covers. Cond: 2-. #259-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY8780C5116497. Silver & Dark Claret/red leather. Odo: 72,454 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Very good older repaint. Chrome was totally absent on this year’s models. Most of the fit good, but passenger’s door fit off. Interior is good for its age but needs minor panel work. Underside is showing some rust and needs restoration. Engine bay with its Cross-Fire induction needs to be detailed. Glass, including mirrored T-tops, is very good. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel, a/c, T-tops and rear-window defroster. Stock aluminum wheels with new raised white-letter tires look good. Cond: 3+. mileage. The buyer gets a good car for a good price. Fairly bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. FOMOCO #614-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10U6R15517. Red/gray leather. Odo: 29 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, manual. New frameoff restoration—all excellent. You could have a family picnic and eat off the bed. Gorgeous. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $80,300. This is a nice example of a mid-year Corvette. The only thing that could hold this one back at auction is its non-original engine, and it surely did at this auction. Although it is period-correct, it probably amounts to at least a $10k deduction off its median market value of $95k. There are a lot of these big-block C2 Corvettes on the market this year for some reason, and their prices have been deflated because of it. This one last appeared at the Branson auction in April 2011 and was a no-sale at $93,960. I guess the seller should have taken the money and run at that time. Well bought, even with the NOM. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #251-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L82 coupe. VIN: 1Z8749S453551. Maroon/ black leather. Odo: 27,090 miles. 350-ci 225-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exterior paint poor, trim fair. Interior shows lots of wear. Engine and underside are dirty. Fit is good with the exception of the lower part of passenger’s door. Nice wheels and rubber. Vehicle condition is not consistent with mileage. Barely driver quality. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,210. The 1982 was the last of the C3 generation, with a chassis dating to 1963. The dismal 200-horsepower rating was as good as it got, with no L82 option for more ponies. Appeared to be in good driver condition and, at that sold price, should be a good entry into the Corvette world. Slightly well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #510-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary Edition convertible. VIN: 1G1YY33P4P5102218. Maroon/maroon cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 67,929 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Very nicely detailed. Well-preserved paint shows like new. Great overall condition. Excellent engine bay. Underside very good. Interior in great condition for its age. Fit is good. Good and clear glass. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. One beautiful truck. Also an early F-series that continues to be popular today. With another F-100 recently selling at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach back in April for $38.5k, the seller was wise not to let it go for this high bid. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #497-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 278822. Pink/white hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 25,308 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very thorough restoration of a possibly original pink Thunderbird. Exceptional paintwork, with no serious flaws noted. Interior also done to the same standard as exterior. Chrome work very good, with only some smudges on door handles. Engine bay detailing much better than anything I’ve seen in a long time. A very nice example. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $7,150. Sub-par driver sold for sub-par money, but will make the buyer a good project car with room to upgrade. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. 114AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $15,950. C4 Corvettes (1984–96) are really wonderful cars—all the modern safety and convenience options that you need to go anywhere. A great entry-level Corvette that can be shown, driven and collected. ACC price guide median value for this car is $16k, with a high sale of $54k. The only thing holding this one back is its NOT SOLD AT $60,500. This one missed its low estimate, which it deserved completely, by $15k. Perhaps the pink was just too much. Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/16. #269-1957 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10K7K15389. Blue & white/blue cloth. Odo: 18,863 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP YOURCARS A oNe-oWNeR JAVeLIN ReTuRNS To THe RoAD On May 24, 1974, Linda Towers visited Hooker AMC in Sherman, TX, and special-ordered a new Javelin in G-4 Plum exterior paint. The Javelin was her very first new automobile. From 1974 until 1998, Linda put 118k miles on the Javelin as a daily driver. In 1982, a massive tornado had struck Paris, TX, and the Javelin was severely damaged on the top and passenger’s rear quarter. The insurance company considered the Javelin a total loss and wanted to scrap it, but Linda instead had the Javelin repaired and drove it for several more years. In early 1998, she put the Javelin in storage, with the goal of having it restored someday. In May 2010, we decided it was time to get the Javelin out of storage, to assess what shape it was in, and drive it a little. After sitting idle for about 12 years, the automatic transmission would not operate, but after cleaning the screen and adding new fluid, it worked properly. In July 2012, we decided it was time to get the Javelin restored, but we had no idea what was involved. Linda was not interested in making the Javelin a concours-level show car; she just wanted it restored so she could drive it and enjoy it, as she had in the past. Like most folks, we got a few bids on the restoration work, and took the lowest bid… Big, big mistake. Overall, the experience with the initial body shop was a complete nightmare, with the car in a thousand pieces and no real work completed. It was a valuable lesson learned. In mid-July 2013, work again was started on the Javelin, at Gary Armstrong’s shop in Reno, TX. He put the Javelin back as it was originally equipped from the factory, using many OEM and NOS parts. Linda’s provenance of owner- ship is that she is the owner of this 1974 Javelin since new, has all original dealership-provided documentation, window sticker, car build order, warranty card and service pamphlets. The restoration project took nearly two years, and overall we spent about three times what our initial budget had intended for this restoration. But the tear that I saw in Linda’s eye when she took the keys to her restored Javelin in May 2014 was priceless. — Dickie TowersA SOLD AT $12,650. The Premiere sedan was the mid-level sedan of lesser luxury and price than the Continental Mark II, which was sold at the same time. This is a decent driver example of the luxury car. At the ACC price guide median value of $30k, the new owner has lots of room to make this a top-quality show car. Well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #254-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 5Y85Z145137. Metallic Bronze/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 116 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com Recent repaint is just fair. Fit, however, is good all around. No chrome to judge on this one. Underside is clean and uncoated. Engine bay is very dirty and needs to be detailed. Interior is fair but should be restored. Glass is good and clear. Original wheels with dog-dish hubcaps. Auction listing states “removable bed liner,” but it’s just a piece of tacky paneling cut to fit the bed. Best to remove anyway. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,750. This is the third generation of the classic Ford F-Series pickups. As a 1957, it has good upside potential on the auction circuit but needs some work to get top dollar. This truck could easily go in the $30k range if done right. At this sold price, the buyer has plenty of room to get it there. Good buy. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #271-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 57WA65441. Cream/cream & brown leather. Odo: 48,278 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well, but needs minor touch-ups. Good fit all around. Chrome is very good except for the front bumper, which should be rechromed. Underside needs to be detailed. Engine bay is clean but needs detailing too. Interior dashpad, headliner and carpet need to be replaced. Door panels don’t but need to be restored. Glass is good and clear. Original wheels and hubcaps with good rubber. Cond: 3+.


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GLOVEBOXNOTES GLOBAL ROUNDUP By Jim Pickering 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe GLOBAL ROUNDUP 49,447 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older, 1970s-era psychedelic repaint in good condition. Fit, glass, chrome and trim are good. Soft top is in great shape. Engine bay nice and clean. Underside needs detailing to match engine bay and top-side quality. Interior excellent for its age, with new leather. Cond: 3+. 4-sp. Recent repaint, with polishing swirls. Chrome and trim good except front bumper, which needs rechroming. Fit is generally good, but the left door bounces. Numerous scratches in rear glass. Interior good. Engine bay clean. Underside needs detailing to match the top side. Cond: 3+. Price as tested: $41,880 equipment: 455-hp 6.2-L VVT V8 with cylinder deactivation, 6-speed manual with active rev-matching, magnetic ride control, electric power steering, driver mode selector, rear-view camera, LED running lamps, keyless entry w/ pushbutton start, MyLink audio system with Apple CarPlay, 4G LTE wifi hotspot, dual-mode exhaust Mileage: 16 city/25 highway Likes: Evolved modern/retro looks. Explosive power and refined mileage from meaty 6.2 V8, which shuts half of itself down when you don’t need it. Direct-feel 6-speed manual as good as it ever was, with bolt-action feel and with cool new rev-matching feature that blips the throttle for you on downshifts. Driveradjustable modes turn the car from street driver to track toy. Nasty-sounding exhaust will have you ripping the throttle all the time. Dislikes: Impossible to see out of, especially to the rear. Backup camera helps somewhat, but it’s mounted really low, and it can’t see everything. Merging is best done with the windows down to hear what’s in your blind spot. Rear seat room is theoretical at best. Skip-shift is still there, directing you from first into fourth under light acceleration — but you can learn to drive around it by staying on the throttle. Verdict: Everyone noticed this all-new sixth-gen Camaro, which I wasn’t expecting given that it doesn’t look that different from fifth-gen units GM’s been building since 2010. But while the upgrades might seem minor, the car is much better than the outgoing model — it’s lighter, handles better, and has a bunch more power. The result is a true dual-purpose muscle car driver that the end user can use for tooling around town or cruising to work, and then turn it up for track fun on the weekends. Or, like I did, just turn it up for fun all the time. Fun to drive: eye appeal: overall experience: 118AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $13,750. This fourth-generation Thunderbird has a more squared-off look than its predecessors. I remember as a teenager being fascinated by the sequential turn signals (new in 1965). This particular car would make a nice driver and local show car as long as it runs out well. The high bid was $10k less than its median book value, so the seller was wise to drive it back home. I can’t help but think getting rid of the 1970s-style paint job, with a repaint to its original color, would help it on the block. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #566-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 169601. Blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 3,467 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nearly a #2 condition Boss 302, until you see some lifting in the paint on the roof above the driver. Some bright trim tiring a little bit, but overall looks presentable. Doors and hood shut well, with some fatigue in driver’s side door hinges. Interior passes the test cosmetically, but driver’s seat-bottom spring gives too easily. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. Very nice custom Charger fastback. The auction listing states, “Year-long nuts-and-bolts restoration. Tastefully customized. New front power disc brake conversion, strong 440 with new Edelbrock intake and matching Edelbrock carb.” Those bidders who waited around got a chance on a custom Charger. The ACC price guide’s median valuation for a nonHemi 1966 Charger is only about $20k, so the price paid here probably covers the restoration and customization costs. Well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. #253-1970 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23U0A119406. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 1,795 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Overall terrible panel fit, including the passenger’s door unable to close. The auction listing states that this car was repainted in 2015, but it doesn’t appear that recent— just fair with some peeling. Chrome is good, with minor scratches, but just-fair glass showing scratches. Interior is fair but needs restoration. Engine bay is clean. Underside is dirty and needs a good detailing, if not full restoration. Wheels are dirty and tires are worn. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. While this was not a bad or worthless car by any stretch, it needs an expensive paint job in the near future. The high bidder probably knew this. If the seller wants to move it at $60k, it needs a bare-metal respray. If not, $40k or less would be fair, which makes this bid pretty generous. Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/16. MOPAR #621-1966 DODGE CHARGER custom fastback. VIN: XP29E61193526. Red/black leather. Odo: 39,591 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $18,750. Not much more than a driver with visible flaws. It begs for a new restoration and would have good upside potential if done right. The ACC price guide median for this car is $45k, so at this sale price the new owner has room to do a good restoration. Well bought with that in mind. Branson, Branson, MO, 04/16. AMERICANA #256-1976 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II SUV. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unusual mix of conditions. Looks like a western truck, although there is some bubbling underneath the windshield and in the drip rails. Paint is newer and it looks like the work of an amateur. Mechanically very clean, and might be fully functional. Interior also very tidy, with reproduction seat covers and some other bits that certainly needed to be replaced over the years. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. The low estimate was $24k, but with rust creeping out of the body, the $18k high bid was completely fair. As the market for these things defines itself, a lot of overpriced projects wind up at auctions with unrealistic expectations, as was the case here. Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 04/16. A July-August 2016 119


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The Parts Hunter Patrick Smith Ford Intakes and Corvette Horns NUMBERS-CORRECT PARTS MAY BE EXPENSIVE, BUT THEY’RE VITAL FOR A CORRECT RESTORATION #111968769380 Ford 428 4V Intake Manifold. 7 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Pocatello, ID. 5/16. “Used manifold for auction, sold as-is, no warranty. This manifold has been tanked and cleaned and has no modifications. All original fittings and hoses, which is a rare find. I have seen these fittings on auction for over $70 by themselves and would be hard to find all the fittings and parts. 1968–70 428 SCJ Torino, Mustang, Cougar, 1968 428 CJ, Shelby GT500 KR, 1969–70 Shelby GT500.” Sold at $530. These high-performance cast-iron intakes were always a 50/50 deal for car owners. Yes, they’re original equipment and worth it for a concours restoration, but anyone racing back in the day swapped these out for an aluminum job by Day Two. At 90 pounds, using headers, intake and other goodies could shave a tenth off the ET. It explains why finding a complete one is so tough today. While the price paid seems pretty high, you have to consider where you’ll find another one this solid and complete. On the other hand, the date code makes this useful only for 1969-era cars. A fair deal if the part works for your car. #162058643479 1970–72 Buick Skylark GS Plastic Dash Housing. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay. Manasquan, NJ. 5/15/16 “1970–72 Buick Skylark GS plastic dash housing. All mounting posts intact, not broken. The chrome-plated trim parts are faded but not bad for 62,000 miles as it shows on the speedometer. Also included is the fuel gauge. There are reproduction dash housings out there, but repros usually come with their own issues, and the price is many hundreds of dollars.” Sold at $150. Checking the selling price of reproduction Skylark dash-housing units reveals a retail high of $300 without any gauges. This was cheaper, but consider that you’ll need to go over the vacuum-plated areas with either hobby foil or with a steady hand and silver paint. If you’re sourcing used parts for a resto, you want it to be at least this condition, if not better. Price paid is fair for an automatic-transmission-equipped Skylark, which is how 80% of them came. It would have been a different story if it had the manual-transmission speedometer. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #262421954122 Chevrolet Corvette Horns. 4 photos. Item condition: Used, eBay, Santa Ana, CA. 5/12/16 “Pair of original, working Delco horns for 1955–57 Chevy and Corvette. Delco model # 7598760 12V. These have been tested. These came out of an estate sale with a bunch of Corvette parts and cars.” Sold at: $43. The item leads off with Corvette horns, but the early ones just used Chevrolet passenger-car horns. What made them different were the brackets the horns attached to and how the horn bodies were clocked when being assembled. If you’re just looking for a pair for your driver, you can use passengercar horns, but you’ll need to switch left for right side on the Corvette install. For restoration purposes, it has to have the right part number and appearance. Price paid for this pair seems decent considering one bracket alone cost the same amount.


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#12197513960 1969-1972 Pontiac GTO AM/FM Radio. 5 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Jackson, MI, 5/12/16 “All knobs turn freely, presets work correctly. AM changes to FM, etc. Radio does not have a fader. Radio has not been tested.” Sold at $99. Genuine, correct Delco radios for muscle cars are expensive enough for aftermarket audio companies to offer reproductions of the Big Three’s own models. Updates with Bluetooth, satellite broadcasts and MP3 capabilities are commonly offered, but for the show circuit, nothing beats an original, Kokomo-made Delco radio. As essentially a dry-tested non-powered-up unit, the price is right, and chances are better than 60% this radio will work. All that’s left to do is swap chrome buttons for the correct black-with-white lettering from a parts unit. Correct A-body radios in working condition are frequently double this amount. Buyer got a fair deal here. A July-August 2016 121


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Lievers Towing and Recovery, and a whole lot more Story and photos by Phil Skinner This 1946 Chevrolet wrecker appears to be complete and ready to be brought back to life Collecting Memories L arry Lievers started his Pueblo, Colorado-based towing business in the early 1970s, and after 45 years, he’s collected a lot of memories and a lot of cars. Officially this is a towing and storage business, but he’s been known to sell a few parts, and entire vehicles are now awaiting the restorer’s touch. Over the years, Lievers has acquired a number of older wreckers from nearby cities. Some of them he pressed into service to supplement his own fleet or trucks, others were bought because he knows the history of the places and people that had used his services. One such truck is a late 1930s Federal with its original Wagner’s “Auto Crane” still attached. This rig had served the area of Shady Greenhorn, which might sound like a city-slicker who wasn’t too honest, but was actually the name of a community that has all but disappeared from the map. There is a fondness for orphan cars here, including Detailing What: Lievers Towning and Recovery Where: 3800 E 4th St., Pueblo, CO 81001 Phone: 719-428-0585 or 719-545-3800 Hours: Repair and Parts, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday by appointment. Towing, 24/7 several Studebakers, Nashes and Hudsons. You’ll also find Fords, Chevrolets, Plymouths and Dodges. This is still kind of a rural area, where trucks are as common as cars, and some vintage units appeared to be in roadworthy condition. I even found a gathering of Volkswagen Beetles here. But one car that I don’t think is for sale is a fine-looking 1926 Ford Model T coupe. Currently sitting under a tattered tarp covered with dust, its nickel-plated radiator shines with pride, waiting to see sunlight and feel the pavement below its tires. Lievers is open for repairs and parts sales Monday through Friday, and by ap- pointment on weekends. While the primary business is still picking up wrecked or disabled vehicles, Lievers’ love is for the vintage cars, and he’s willing to share his tales with folks who stop and listen. A 122 AmericanCarCollector.com Having worked with cars since he was a kid, Larry Lievers still enjoys vintage tin today 1932 Studebaker President formal sedan, a Full Classic, awaiting the restorer’s touch at Lievers


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/ SS coupe and interior all original. Only three L-72 solid-lifter 1968 Biscaynes known to exist. This is the only one with certified drag history and known ownership. $98,000 OBO. Contact David, 918-430-5968, Email: gtvalfa@ sbcglobal.net (OK) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 coupe Silver/black. 14,000 miles. V8, manual. This showpiece has only 14,000 miles since a complete restoration on a dry, original, Southern California car. Bare-metal, $16k respray finished in brilliant silver exterior with black rally stripes. $79,000. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213622-9000, Email: adam@bno. com Web: bno.com/2/auctions/ classic-cars (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne coupe S/N 10867S108478. Ermine White/red. 5,418 miles. V8, automatic. Black soft top. Original numbers-matching 283, 2x4bbl, 270-hp engine with numbers-matching transmission and rear end. Perfect unit body with superb paint. Excellent frame. Lovely interior and top. Radio delete. Superb mechanically and a delight to drive. $72,500. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213622-9000, Email: adam@bno. com (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Black/blue. 56,000 miles. V8, automatic. Absolutely gorgeous, with every available option and low miles. 1,000 miles on completely rebuilt 403 engine, new interior completely restored, new everything, no disappointments whatsoever. $34,900 OBO. Contact Frank, Yazco, 408-210-6557, Email: yazcomotor@sbcglobal.net (CA) S/N 154118J28447. Butternut Yellow/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Factory drag car, L-72 solid lifter motor. As optioned: One of one in 1968. 1968 “Ennis’ Menace” best time 12.2. F.A.S.T. series, 1969– 2009 as “Bisquick,” best 13.4. Doors repainted 1969 when “Ennis” removed. Rest of paint 124 AmericanCarCollector.com 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance 4-door sedan S/N 1G6DW54Y8LR726737. Black/black. 425 miles. V8, automatic. Collector’s dream. Triple black with 425 miles (not S/N 1G1YY32G925120434. Light Pewter/black. 50,196 miles. V8, automatic. One of 1,072 in Light Pewter. Stunning condition. Clean CARFAX. $20,900 OBO. Contact Ron, 215-962-9505, Email: redtail0506@verizon.net (PA) FOMOCO 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible a misprint). 5.0-liter V8, wire wheels. Original Royal Seal tires. Essentially new vehicle. Stored in climate-controlled facility by collector. All delivery materials and window stickers included. $44,000. Contact Joseph, 203-45-0044, Email: jbomd@aol.com (CT) CORVETTE 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible gine, power windows, power steering, T-tops. New paint and refreshed interior, new chrome, new AM/FM radio, Rally wheels, new Cooper Cobra GTS tires. A very rare find in this condition. $31,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Email: cpbas@ embarqmail.com (TX) 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 convertible Nassau Blue/white. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching 427 (425 hp) NOM. Side exhaust, aftermarket knockoff wheels, frame-off restoration in 2006. $90,000. Contact Ron, 402-393-4930, Email: lhrh@ cox.net (NE) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 867234. Mandarin Maroon/tan. V8, 3-spd manual. Total restoration on an Arizona native car. Beautiful condition. Mostly original car with the comfort and confidence of a 350-ci V8. Directly replaced without any frame or firewall modifications. LaBarron Bonney interior and top. Drives excellently. Immaculate! New original replacement wiring. $55,000. Contact Al, 480-7344545, Email: almillertime@cox. net (AZ) r1965 Shelby Cobra replica oadster S/N 194379S707124. Silver/ black. 64,912 miles. V8, automatic. Rebuilt matchingnumbers 350-ci / 300-hp en- Dark blue & white/black. 4,368 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Contemporary Cobra, original


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Showcase Gallery appearance with Ford 427 side-oiler engine with 850-carb, 4-speed top-loader transmission, Halibrand wheels, Jag XKE suspension; dark blue with white stripes, white sidepipes, chrome roll bar, tonneau and car cover. Built in 1980 and has 4,368 miles. 4 x 2 weber and manifold carbs optional. $79,000 OBO. Contact Ron, 856-435-0805, Email: rslovett@ gmail.com (NJ) f1968 Shelby GT350 astback 540.364.3647, Email: raceneon1@gmail.com (VA) MOPAR 1974 Plymouth Gold Duster coupe performance stereo system, Volant air intake, Borla exhaust. Very clean. $24,995 OBO. Contact Ed, 269-672-2102, Email: edmassel@gmail.com (MI) AMERICANA 1934 Packard 1101 phaeton S/N 8T02J18511502613. Candy Apple Red/black. V8, manual. One of 1053 1968 fastbacks, #2613. 302-ci, 4-speed manual with factory options: extra cooling package, sports deck rear seat, power disc brakes, power steering, tilt, etc. Marti Report. All original colors and equipment. Original engine (02J185115). Very pretty. $80,000. Contact Adam, bno. com, 213-622-9000, Email: adam@bno.com (CA) 1994 Lincoln Continental convertible Desert Rose/black. V8, automatic. Rare color. Black interior and top. Exterior is average condition, interior is excellent. Runs good, well taken care of. $2,900 OBO. Contact Brian, 630.988.8090, (IL) 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition coupe S/N 1ZVFT82H175264910. Grabber Orange/black w/ Grabber Orange inserts. 3,420 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Number 173 of 500. I am the original, only owner. Kept in a climate-controlled garage. All documents and accessories included. Car is a condition #1 and is a beautiful GT beast. Air bag recall being taken care of. $40,000. Contact Hal, Orange/white. 74,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Rebuilt 318 engine, 4-wheel disc brakes, 8-3/4 rear with Posi, factory sunroof, upgraded OE radio. $13,500 OBO. Contact Jim, 410-242-8282, Email: buckinghamautomotive@ verizon.net Web: www.buckinghamauto.com (MD) 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 specs 35 years ago. No expense spared. Well known and always a front runner. 510-hp engine by Cobra Automotive. Complete file of pics/specs. Includes a limited-edition model. Serious interests only. Trades considered. $169,000 OBO. Contact Gary, 410-218-5992, Email: gpbarnesracing@yahoo. com (VA) 1991 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR race car Blue/blue. 3-spd manual. This Packard has new paint, new interior, chrome is very good, tires new and runs like a Packard should run. $129,500 OBO. Contact Andre R., 418591-0348, Email: argauthier@ hotmail.com (CAN) 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine” Collection coupe S/N 1B3BR65E6RV102085. Viper Red/gray. 15,941 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Unmodified first-generation Viper. Perfect condition, no paint work ever, accident-free, new tires, leather, air conditioning, comes with original windows/vinyl roof, manual, VHS video. A true classic in mint condition. $32,900 OBO. Contact Kevin, 412-4008348, Email: kmccrory02@ hotmail.com (PA) 2005 Dodge RAM SRT-10 pickup S/N AOM190Y256713. Red, white & blue/black. 48,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Featuring the unique June 1969 Press Kit Rebel Machine with prototype parts; a second Machine, 390, 4-speed transmission, sheet metal, donor body. Restoration needed. $27,000 OBO. Contact Patrick, 920.540.1756, Email: phwslw@ aol.com (WI) RACE f1966 Shelby GT 350 astback S/N 3D7HA18H85G740405. Yellow/black. 42,000 miles. V10, 4-spd automatic. Number 319 of 500 Yellow Fever special edition (300 were quad cabs). Good auto check with no stories. Never driven in winter. Recent modifications include professionally lowered two-inch suspension, 22-inch Toyo tires on Granite alloy wheels, high S/N PRS002. Black & gold/gray. V8, 4-spd manual. Driven by NHF Rusty Wallace. PRS002, one of the first 4 RHE chassis Roger Penske purchased to return to NASCAR Racing in 1991. Car was originally built for intermediate and speedway use, but is currently set up for road racing. Car verified and signed by PRS President Don Miller. 700-plushp race engine, road-race transmission, dual MSD ignition. $65,000. Contact William, Rhine Enterprise/Rhine Built, 704-489-8359, Email: rhinew@ bellsouth.net Web: www.rhinebuilt.com (NC) 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR race car S/N 6S293. White/white & black. V8, 4-spd manual. Full and complete restoration in 2015 of this B/P vintage road race car. Converted to comp S/N HMS2445. Blue, Dayglo Orange, green & yellow/gray. V8, 4-spd manual. Jeff Gordon raced 2001 Daytona 500, Jimmie Johnson backup car for 2002 Daytona 500, Kyle Busch ARCA car. Beautiful restoration, HMS SBII engine with magnesium valve covers and intake manifold. T101-A transmission, Brembo brakes, LaJoie seat. All parts original to HMS. $90,000. Contact William, Rhine Enterprise/Rhine Built, 704-4898359, Email: rhinew@bellsouth. net Web: www.rhinebuilt.com (NC)A July-August 2016 125


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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 Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Auctions America. 877-906-2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 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) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. 602-252-6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800-255-4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.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 pickup 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 Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com 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 126 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert Motorcar Portfolio LLC. 330-4538900. 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 website www.motorcarportfolio.com Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-257-9595. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport


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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 Corvette Parts & Restoration Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. 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 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks. com. (IL) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. 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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 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) Corvettes for Sale Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, 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. 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Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Grundy Worldwide. 888-6478639. 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, Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of lux- 128 AmericanCarCollector.com


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ury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877-973-7700 or info@pfsllc. com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Parts—General 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 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. resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com. Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. Restoration—General Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com 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. LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253-2722336 www.lemaymarymount.org. National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead The Kyle Moore Collection Carl’s thought: Goldin Auctions, at their May 7 Sports and Memorabilia event, sold a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card for $63,400, including a 19.5% buyer’s premium. The card was in exceptional condition and had been graded EX 5 by PSA. The year before, Mantle had alternated between the Yankees and Kansas City, but 1952 was his first full year in the “Bigs,” and this was his first card. They bring the money, and this one was no exception. Morphy Auctions also presented the third installment of the spectacular Kyle Moore Collection on April 23–24, with almost 1,300 lots of petroleum- and automotive-related collectibles. Here are just a few that caught my eye. Prices include the 22% vig. Just goes to show that there is no shortage of opportunities to spend your money! LOT 21—SUN-RAE GASOLINE PORCELAIN OVAL SIGN. Estimate: $25,000–$50,000. SOLD AT: $42,700. This colorful oval sign measured 31 by 42 inches and was in excellent condition with only a couple of touch-ups. The colors were bright and vibrant, and it retained a very nice gloss. A rare sign, and as such, it sold for adult money. LOT 57—ACE HIGH 100% PURE PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR OILS TIN SIGN. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. SOLD AT: $31,720. This 38-by-26-inch tin sign had wonderful graphics, with an early race car and biplane. The colors were bright, but there was some paint loss on the lower section of the sign that was distracting and held down the bidding. Tin is obviously not as durable as porcelain, and primer was not used, so flaking is common on older pieces. A very desirable and colorful sign from the Midwest Oil Company that was based in Minneapolis. LOT 101—AMERICAN #201 FIVEGALLON VISIBLE GAS PUMP. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. SOLD AT: $12,200. This visible pump dates to 1919 and would have a “Visible Gasoline” globe on top. It had been professionally restored to far-betterthan-new condition, which is not an issue with gas pumps. With a globe, it would be over 10 feet tall, so a large display area is necessary. A striking pump that would be the center of attention in any car barn. LOT 270—BOWTIE TIN CHEVROLET SIGN WITH MILK-GLASS LETTERS. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. SOLD AT: $14,030. This double-sided crinkled tin sign 130 AmericanCarCollector.com measured 35 by 108 inches and had illuminated milk-glass lettering. It was in excellent condition, except one “H” was cracked. It was one of the few signs in the auction that sold for less than the low estimate — in this case less than half. As such, I’ll call it a bargain. Bet the buyer is still smiling. LOT 293—MILEAGE GAS GLOBE WITH METAL BODY AND BOTH LENSES. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $14,640. An attractive globe with both 15-inch lenses in good condition. The metal body had been repainted, which is not a big deal. It was the brand name for an obscure New York company, Warner-Quinlan. This globe is a reproduction and has been offered on eBay for as little as $106, which often has a negative effect on the real ones. LOT 456—SUNSET GASOLINE 30-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. SOLD AT: $46,360. This extremely desirable sign dates to the early ’30s, although the Los Angeles Company was founded in 1914. It was acquired by Wilshire Oil in 1957. The colorful sign was in excellent condition with only minor chips at the mounting holes. Considering the condition, I’m surprised it did not go for a touch more. LOT 601—HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLES CARDBOARD POSTER. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000. SOLD AT: $8,540. This large cardboard-framed poster measured 26 by 67 inches and dates to the teens. It was from an early Harley-Davidson dealer in Rural Home, VA, and included a number of other framed items from the dealership. Considering the age, the poster was in excellent condition, but the price seems a bit aggressive considering there was no image of a Harley. A