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H&H Duxford, U.K. March 29, 2017

Branson Branson, MO April 21–22, 2017

Worldwide Arlington, TX April 21–22, 2017

Leake Dallas, TX April 21–23, 2017

Silver Vancouver, WA April 22, 2017

Auctions America Auburn, IN May 11–13, 2017

Silverstone Northamptonshire, U.K. May 13, 2017

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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6 • Issue 34 • July–August 2017 The Scoop CORVETTE 1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER $231k / Worldwide First-year Corvette brings blue-chip money — John L. Stein Page 48 GM 1969 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE $78k / Auctions America Ruling on a high-price Judge that isn’t 100% factory — Pat Smith Page 50 Eight Sales That Define the Market MOPAR 1969 DODGE DART GTS 440 $81k / Mecum Record price for Dodge’s go-fast Dart — Tom Glatch Page 54 FoMoCo 1966 FORD FAIRLANE GTA CONVERTIBLE $63k / Auctions America Drop-top mid-size Ford muscle brings a big price — Chad Tyson Page 52 AMERICAN ™ 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1933 FORD 5-WINDOW CUSTOM COUPE $129k / Auctions America A ’50s custom rod sensation still has moxie — Ken Gross Page 56 AMERICANA RACE 1959 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE $47k / Auctions America The right dollar figure for a big statement — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 58 1989 CHEVROLET LUMINA GOODWRENCH #3 $220k / Barrett-Jackson Why the Intimidator’s car will always bring a premium — Jay Harden Page 60 TRUCK 1972 INTERNATIONAL 1210 TRAVELETTE 4X4 $32k / Barrett-Jackson Correct cash for a crew-cab Cornbinder — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 62 Cover photo: 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille www.mikiefariasphoto.com 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 440 , p. 54 Matt Magnino, courtesy of Mecum Auctions July–August 2017 9


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The Rundown COLUMNS 12 Torque: Horsepower wars heat up — Jim Pickering 42 Cheap Thrills: 1975–80 Chevrolet Monza — B. Mitchell Carlson 44 Horsepower: Classic-car parts aren’t what they used to be — Colin Comer 46 On the Market: Classic SUVs are here to stay — John L. Stein 130 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 22 Good Reads: 1,001 Mustang facts, American muscle supercars, factory lightweights and hunting lost muscle — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics: 2015 Ford GT Auto Show Version — Marshall Buck 28 Snapshots: Images from the Portland Swap Meet 82 Market Moment: 1971 Chevrolet Custom K5 Blazer 4x4 — Jay Harden 116 Market Moment: 2002 Chevrolet S-10 “Little Red” truck — Jim Pickering 120 Junkyard Treasures: Selling off Dad’s collection — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 16 What’s Happening: Car events of note 18 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 26 Cool Stuff: Detail with Jay Leno, model in motion, and some modern tech 30 Wrenching: Cooling tricks for your classic or muscle car 38 Your Turn: Mustang engines and a homemade Corvette plug tool 40 Readers’ Forum: Is the Hellcat collectible? 90 One to Watch: 1971–74 Plymouth Road Runner — Jim Pickering 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 118 The Parts Hunter: Tracking down rare parts and pieces on the market — Pat Smith 122 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 123 Advertiser Index 126 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers AUCTIONS 66 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales and best buys, and the Cherokee’s place in the market — Garrett Long 70 Leake — Dallas, TX Improving across every metric, Leake ends with a 66% sales rate and $10.3m sold — B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander 84 Auctions America — Auburn, IN No-reserve race cars and classics bring a 69% sales rate and a $9m total — Kevin Coakley 94 Worldwide — Arlington, TX No-reserve Monical Collection bumps sales rate to 78% with $6.4m sold — Cody Tayloe 100 Branson — Branson, MO Reasonable classics bring Branson to a 69% sales rate with a $2.6m total — Andy Staugaard 108 Roundup American vehicles from Silver in Vancouver, WA; H&H in Duxford, U.K.; and Silverstone in Northamptonshire, U.K. — Chad Tyson and Paul Hardiman Cheap Thrills, p. 42


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Torque Jim Pickering Horsepower Reborn B ack in April, the all-new Dodge Challenger Demon hit the scene. By now, I’m sure you’ve heard all the metrics: 840 horsepower, 9.60s in the quarter, supercharger feeding on cold air from the a/c system, and a transbrake to help yank the wheels off the tarmac. Dodge plans to lash together 3,300 of these monsters for the U.S. and Canada this year. Dodge now owns the top-dog spot in the current muscle-car wars — as they’re building the next-level — and maybe ultimate — instant collectible for a booming modern muscle market. Dodge did a good job of leaking bits and pieces of information about the Demon in the months leading up to its New York debut. The Internet buzzed about items such as optional seats and factory drag radials — both firsts in the muscle world. Even ACC’s editorial staff was caught up in that long-building swell, so it didn’t surprise me that most of the team assembled in my office to watch the unveiling online. Dodge didn’t waste much time getting down to business: After the car rolled out, the driver set his transbrake and the Hemi chugged as it built boost. At the drop of the pedal, the Demon sprang forward, shrieking through a cordoned-off section of warehouse. In my office, ACC Executive Editor Chester Allen dropped a few choice four-letter words as the Demon shot across my screen, and then asked just how in the hell we got here. Culture power shift How did we get here? What got us on the path that led to a renewed Detroit muscle-car war that brought us a 9-second factory drag car with a warranty? There are a lot of possible answers to that question, including the new retro craze that the 2005 Mustang started. Maybe it was the 1997 LS1 engine or the 2004 5.7 Hemi. Maybe it was the 2003 Mustang Cobra Terminator or the 2007 GT500. But I think you have to go further back to explain the fire that brought us the Demon. Specifically, to two cars from the hearts and minds of two old-school car guys: GM’s Jon Moss and Ford’s John Coletti — and to the culture they kick-started in the process. In 1995, GM Special Vehicle boss Jon 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The horsepower shot heard ’round the world: 1993 Camaro ZL1 custom Moss and his team built a 1993 Camaro using a race-spec ZL1 427 big block. The car started life as Moss’ company commuter, but that new engine turned the Camaro into a buzz machine for the 1995 SEMA show, where it was used to show off GM’s performance heritage and future. Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering boss John Coletti saw Moss’ monster Camaro at SEMA. In my mind, this moment sparked this now-red-hot muscle-car war — when a GM staffer leaned over to Coletti and reportedly said, “I bet you haven’t got anything in Dearborn that can tangle with this.” With that, GM took a shot at Coletti, the head of Ford performance, and Coletti fired right back. His weapon of choice was the Boss Mustang, built on a 1994 mule and fitted with a mountain of a Boss 429 motor. Job One: Shame Moss and his ZL1 Camaro. After a couple of years of taunts, secret mechanical upgrades and a back-and-forth over the rules, a final showdown played out in the pages of Car and Driver in January 2000. That’s where I read about two modern Big Three performance bosses turned street racers who used the considerable resources at their disposal to trounce each other on the dragstrip. Maybe the Ford-versus-Chevy thing had never really died, but this event took the fight to a level that we hadn’t seen since the 1970s. It was easy to rally behind one or the other, and thousands of car guys on either side of the fight did just that. Both the Boss and the Z were ridiculously quick cars, with the Boss taking the final win with a 10.55 run to the Camaro’s 11.01. I think that race, brought to us by Detroit, played a big part in stoking a new horsepower war in the market. And with the addition of new technology to fuel evergrowing performance figures, that age-old desire to come out on top is now burning hotter than ever across all the brands. A best buy Just a few days before the Demon was introduced to a throng of reporters and viewers around the world, Moss’ ZL1, with somewhat less fanfare, crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach event. Formerly from the GM Collection, it sold without reserve and on a scrap title for $27,500, including buyer’s premium. Word on the street is that prices on the Demon will fall right around $85,000, which is a heck of a deal considering the engineering that went into it. But will something come along from Chevrolet or Ford to unseat the new king in a few years’ time? How will Hellcat values change now? We’ll have to wait to see who comes out on top. But one thing I can say for sure is the buyer of that old ZL1 got one of the best deals of the year on a modern muscle icon that helped get us back to the days of horsepower.A There’s nothing like a good grudge match to fire up the modern muscle-car war


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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 The Hottest Nights — and Days — in August Hot August Nights is the best time of the year for many American car collectors. The massive event starts in Virginia City, NV, on August 4–5, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 8 through 13. 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. There is no way to see it all, so smart gearheads 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 10 to 12 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Most events are free, but the famous casinos in South Lake Tahoe and Reno remain cash on the table. www.hotaugustnights.net (NV) Where Car-Guy Dreams Come True The U.S. car industry is now mak- ing the best muscle cars in history — who could have imagined the Dodge Demon in 1970 or 1986? There is no better place than Detroit’s Woodward Avenue to celebrate your 1965 Ford Mustang, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window or the comeback of turn-key, tire-smoking Detroit Iron. The 23rd Annual Woodward Dream Cruise rumbles to life on August 19, and you’ll share the asphalt with 40,000 hot classics, street rods and muscle, muscle, muscle. www.woodwarddreamcruise. com (MI) 16 AmericanCarCollector.com A Small Town’s Big Show Back in 1972, a few gearheads showed off 20 cars and shared some food in Iola, WI. Fast forward 45 years, and this year’s Iola Car Show — from July 6 to 8 — will welcome 120,000 people, 4,200 swapmeet booths, 2,200 show cars and 1,600 campsites. Are people seriously worried about the future of car collecting? Not the people in Iola, population 1,301. This year’s show honors the 50th Anniversary of Camaro and Firebird — and Trans-Am Pony Cars. The first-ever Camaro prototype will be on display. A day pass is $10, and a weekend pass — good for all three days — will cost you $18.99. www.iolaoldcarshow.com. (WI) A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 16-19 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 344/706 cars sold / $50.1m Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Star Car: 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible at Mecum in Denver, CO JuLy Silver Auctions Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 1–2 Last year: 31/89 cars sold / $364k More: www.silverauctions.com Vicari Auction Company Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 8 More: www.vicariauction.com Petersen Collector Cars Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 8 More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Silver Auctions Where: Spokane, WA When: July 8 Last year: 31/65 cars sold / $162k More: www.silverauctions.com Smith Auctions Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 7–8 More: www.smithauctionsllc.com VanDerBrink Where: Norwalk, ID When: July 15 More: www.vanderbrink.com Featured cars: • 1970 AMC Rebel Machine • 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: July 20-22 Last year: 403/605 cars sold / $11.1m More: www.mecum.com Star Car: 1948 Mercury Templeton Saturn at GAA in Greensboro, NC GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 27–29 Last year: 357/551 cars sold / $9.5m More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Featured cars: • 1948 Mercury Templeton Saturn. Featured in Motor Trend in 2013 and was a participant at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance • 1958 Cadillac Series 62 • 1957 Ford Thunderbird E-code • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air AuGuST MAG Auctions Where: Reno, NV When: August 10–12 More: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback • 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe • 1969 Pontiac Firebird coupe Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: August 12 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Rick Cole Auctions Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17–20 More: www.rickcole.com Bonhams Where: Carmel, CA When: August 18 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 101/115 cars sold / $34.6m Russo and Steele Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17–19 More: www.russoandsteele.com by Garrett Long Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Pro Touring coupe • 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible • 1966 Ford Mustang K-code fastback RM Sotheby’s Where: Monterey, CA When: August 18–19 More: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 82/100 cars sold / $117.9m Gooding & Company Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 19–20 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 69/79 cars sold / $60.1m A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6, Number 4 July–August 2017 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 Garrett Long Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Is there a better example of ’50s American excess? See p. 58 for an analysis of this ’59 Cadillac Coupe DeVille “S Luminous Examples of Bold Americana ubtle” is not a word used very often to describe American collector cars — especially those from the 1950s. In this issue, we feature a magnificently oversized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, along with an equally imposing 1972 International Travelette 4x4. We continue with Dale Earnhardt’s 1989 #3 Lumina, as well as a 1953 Corvette Roadster that Worldwide sold for a stunning $230,000. Colin Comer took his 289 Cobra on the Copperstate 1000, and despite his typical meticulous preparation, found himself hood-up along the side of the road more than once. The problem? Certain modern repro parts don’t always get the job done. Keeping old cars from overheating is as much a science as it is an art. The ACC team explores ways to keep your car cool as summer comes along. And finally, you get to weigh in on what some are calling the latest “Instant Collectible.” In this month’s Readers’ Forum, we ask what you think the future values of Hellcats will be — and whether you should buy one and put it away. A Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Chad Tyson John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Information Technology Brian Baker Web Developer Ian Burton 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 and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb 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 Summer’s around the corner. See how to keep your old ride running cool on p. 30 20 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 © 2017 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 Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Steve Magnante’s 1001 Mustang Facts by Steve Magnante, CarTech, 336 pages, $4.19, Amazon Steve Magnante is a fact machine. Whether in his books or maga- zine articles or hosting auction broadcasts, he’s the car-guy equivalent of a sports color man. His newest book on Mustang lore covers Mustangs from 1964½ to the present, but Magnante is quick to point out there weren’t really any ’64½ cars — just early ’65s, according to the VINs. And we’re off! Page after page is filled with short items, organized first by model year, then broken down into sections on the Legend and Lore, Body and Interior, Engine and Driveline, Suspension and Brakes, and finally Number Crunching and Press Commentary. Page after page is filled with well-written, easy-to- digest facts, gems and nuggets to amuse any reader. 1001 Mustang Facts is a fun read, and the short-bits structure makes it a data-intensive delivery vehicle for all manner of arcane facts about the various Mustangs. That structure also makes it the perfect bathroom companion, which is nothing but praise. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Detroit Muscle: Factory Lightweights and Purpose-Built Muscle Cars by Charles Morris, CarTech, 192 pages, $37.52, Amazon You could call the ’60s the horsepower decade, although the race to put more ponies under your right foot started a bit earlier with the introduction of the Chevrolet V8 in 1955. But by 1960, increased performance was seen as an important part of any car company’s sales toolkit. Charles Morris takes a detailed look at the decade in Detroit Muscle, highlighting the models and the folks who brought more grunt to bear, whether on dragstrips or ovals. Morris, who has been drag racing himself since 1966 (and inducted into the USA 1 Nostalgia Dragfest Hall of Fame), packs a lot of facts into each sentence, so what appears to be a slim volume is actually a data-rich drive down the race for more horsepower. Along the way, you learn about the cars that didn’t work as well as winners, plus secrets from tuners and marketers. All of that data is supported by beautifully printed color images. A good read. Lineage: Fit and finish: 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Drivability: The Complete Book of American Muscle Supercars by Tom Glatch, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $31.85, Amazon Before the manufacturers got involved — heck, before supercar was even a category — it was up to dealers and specialty shops to turn street machines into something a bit more. Sometimes a lot more. So it was dealers like Royal Pontiac and Yenko Chevrolet that kick-started box stock and turned it into excitement on the track. Then it was Shelby and Hurst and Callaway who created specialty performance vehicles. Tom Glatch, a regular ACC Contributor, has focused his first book on the folks who, working with or sometimes against the car companies, turned up the horsepower and handling, as well as sales. Cutting across time from the ’50s to the present, Glatch covers some of the dealers, the specialty shops and, finally, the late-to-the-picnic manufacturers who have now embraced the American supercar notion (have you ever had a chance to drive a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat?). It’s a handsome book, with plenty of history, lovely images by David Newhardt and an energetic design. While in no way encyclopedic, Supercars is a solid introduction to the American supercar, past and present. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Lost Muscle Cars: 45 Stories of Hunting the Most Elusive and Valuable Muscle Cars by Wes Eisenschenk, CarTech, 240 pages, $21.89, Amazon Archaeologists get hot under the collar finding things that a civili- zation 1,000 years old barely thought about — nothing but everyday objects. That pretty much sums up missing “classic” cars, in that they weren’t classic at the time. They were one-off show cars, sometimes even lacking an engine or running gear, or slight variations on a production model, or given away in a contest. But now the cars are worth enough to turn car folks into amateur detectives — automotive gumshoes following any lead to solve the mystery. Author and editor Wes Eisenschenk has collected 45 stories about missing vehicles in Lost Muscle Cars, but these cars are barely half a century in age. Even in that time, the leads go cold, paper trails peter out and witnesses disappear, because in period they were just tools, prototypes for sales or racing, promotional vehicles and more. Reading tales of the old-car hunt can be as compelling as a new mystery from your favorite writer, and it’s easy to connect the dots and see how you, too, could be the person who finds the lost (fill in the blank). Good read, and good hunting. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Power in the Plate The carburetor under your muscle car’s hood relies on an accelerator pump to transi- tion from idle to throttle, shooting a stream of fuel down the throat of the engine to help keep it from leaning out as you open up the throttle. The problem? That fuel needs to atomize to burn effectively. Thompson’s Power Plate helps it do just that, breaking up the pump shot into a mist that your engine can more easily consume. It’s a simple installation with no grinding or modifications required, and the result, at least for me and my bigblock Chevy, was much crisper throttle response off-idle and at cruise. Make your muscle car jump for $40 at thompsonperformance.com. Parts for your buick With cars from the 1980s continuing their climb up the value ladder, Classic Industries has added a new catalog to their lineup specifically for the 1973–1987 Buick Regal, Grand National, T-Type, Turbo T and GNX. The product line offers many GM-licensed restoration parts, and includes T-Top and vinyl top components, interior parts and upholstery, sheet metal, emblems, weather stripping and more. Order yours at classicindustries.com. Three Steps to Kill rust POR’s three-step system to end the tin worm’s terror now comes in a simple Stop Rust Kit. This kit has everything needed to use the POR-15 three-step system to stop rust on metal surfaces. The result is a non-porous coating that seals and protects metal from water, chemicals, salt and other corrosive contaminants. To find POR-15 products near you, visit POrproducts.com/locator. The right Coolant Bargain antifreeze/coolant often doesn’t 24 AmericanCarCollector.com contain the correct chemical formula, causing corrosion and perforations within the engine over time. Prestone has perfected this solution in its patented Cor-Guard technology, which is five times more effective at protecting against corrosion than the leading branded competitor. Prestone’s Cor-Guard is available in Prestone Concentrate and 50/50 Prediluted Antifreeze/Coolant. Find a local retailer and learn more at Prestone.com.


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COOLSTUFF Let Leno Detail Your Car Jay Leno has one of the most extensive car collections in the world, and he knows what he wants when it comes to keeping vehicles looking their best. Leno partnered with chemists and product engineers to create his own line of premium car-care products, including all the necessities for a quick clean in the driveway to a thorough detail for the show field. Leno’s $99.99 Garage Deluxe Bucket Kit comes with 16 ounces of Vehicle Wash, Quick Detailer, Hand Wax and Tire & Trim Care, a variety of applicators, a 5-gallon wash bucket, a grit guard, a microfiber super-drying towel, a chenille wash mitt, and two microfiber towels. Check out the full line of products at lenosgarage.com. Tire-Pressure Peace of Mind Classic-car owners take pride in a lack of unnecessary technology on their cars. But if we’re being honest, some of those features are nice to have from time to time. FOBO is now offering a Bluetooth-enabled tire-pressure monitoring system that can be fitted to your car simply with the installation of their valve-stem sensors, which then connect with your phone to give you real-time tire pressures. If you have multiple cars in your fleet, the system allows you to track up to 19 vehicles. Find out more at my-fobo.com and purchase the basic kit for $179.99. by Chad Taylor More Than a Model UGEARS is part model, part toy, part 3-D puzzle, and completely cool. Sure, it’s a model in the traditional sense that you must put it together, but it offers much more than that. UGEARS models have functional steering, a working suspension and an engine with pistons COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF COOLSTUFF LSTUFF Let Leno Detail Your Car Jay Leno has one of the most e STUFF Let Leno Detail Your Car Jay Leno has one of the most extensive car collections in the world, and he knows what he wants when it comes to keeping vehicles looking their best. Leno partnered with chemists and product engineers to create his own line of premium car-care products, in- cluding all the necessities for a quick clean in the driveway to a thor- ough detail for the show field. Leno’s $99.99 Garage Deluxe Bucket Kit comes with 16 ounces of Vehicle Wash, Quick Detailer, Hand Wax and Tire & Trim Care, a variety of applicators, a 5-gallon wash bucket, a grit guard, a microfiber super-drying towel, a chenille wash mitt, and two microfiber towels. Check out the full line of products at lenosgarage.com. Tire-Pressure Peace of Mind Classic-car owners take pride in a lack of unneces- sary technology on their cars. But if we’re being honest, some of those fea- tures are nice to have from time to time. FOBO is now offering a Bluetooth-enabled tire-pressure monitoring system that can be fitted to your car simply with the installation of their valve-stem sensors, which then connect with your phone to give you real-time tire pressures. If you have multiple cars in your fleet, the system allows you to track up to 19 vehicles. Find out more at my-fobo.com and purchase the basic kit for $179.99. by Chad Taylor More Than a Model UGEARS is part model, part toy, part 3-D puzzle, and completely cool. Sure, it’s a model in the traditional sense that you must put it together, but it offers much more than that. UGEARS models have functional steering, a working suspension and an engine with pistons Race Race Life Requirement For the track-obsessed driver, Simpso Racing has the bag you need to keep all your gear in order. The Super Speedway b has a heavily padded main compartment for your suits, shoes, gloves, and head-an neck device with a separate compartmen for your helmet. A retractable handle and wheels make air travel easy. Simpson ha also equipped the bag with multiple grab handles, allowing you to toss it around whereever you need to go. See it at simp sonraceproducts.com for $199.95. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 2015 Ford GT Auto Show Version Shown here was the very first release of the 2015 Ford GT from any model manufacturer. This was made by True Scale Miniatures (TSM), and is replicated exactly as it debuted at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. This is a gem of a model — one of the best that TSM has ever made. Fit and finish is flawless. The high-gloss “Liquid Blue” metallic paint is perfect with super-fine metallic. Interior is accurately detailed, as is the top of the engine showing through the rear windowpane. Wheels, tires and brake detailing is superb. Even the minute chrome-and-blue Ford emblem on the nose looks just right. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Liquid Blue, Liquid Red, Triple Yellow with stripes, Ingot Silver with stripes, Matte Black with stripes, plus more race versions Quantity: Estimated 500 to 1,000 of each Price: $85 to $195 Production date: 2016–17 Web: www.tsm-models.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best


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SNAPSHOTS A (Typically) Rainy Day at the Portland Swap Meet The 53rd annual Portland Swap Meet took over the Portland, OR, Expo Center in early April. More than 3,500 stalls of parts make this annual event the largest of its kind on the West Coast, and parts hunters came out in droves — despite sideways rain — to hunt down items for their projects. Jim Pickering Prime for a redo: 1947 Ford truck, asking $2,500 Jim Pickering 1967 Chevy Impala SS 427 Jim Pickering 409 or 348? Checking casting numbers to be sure 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 1955 Chevy wagon gasser


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Chad Taylor Which wheel suits your hot rod? Chad Taylor A clean 1968 SS 396 el Camino tempts a potential buyer Jim Pickering One man’s scrap is another’s rare radiator Brian Baker Need a vintage shop manual? Brian Baker A solid start to a Model A project Jim Pickering rare Mickey Thompson Cross ram intake Brian Baker A running, driving ’59 Corvette with a clear title, asking $34k Jim Pickering 1960–62 Pontiac eight-lug brakes July–August 2017 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO KEEP YOUR COOL Modern traffic can be tough on your classic’s cooling system. Here’s how to fight back without losing that stock look by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson leaving more room and never being in a hurry. Trucks like this are about enjoying the ride, right? But summer is here, and if you want to actually use your old car or C truck, you can’t avoid modern, slow-moving traffic. Creeping along in freeway gridlock on the way to a car show will have both you and your classic boiling over in no time. So it’s time to address that vital cooling system and make it work better than it did when it was new — and that’s exactly what we did to this old workhorse, while attempting to maintain a stock-ish look that won’t stand out compared to the rest of the rig. Here’s how we did it. had Tyson’s farm-fresh 1963 Ford F-100 unibody is almost completely stock from nose to tail, from the 292ci Y-block V8 to its granny-geared 4-speed and drum brakes. Compared to modern trucks, it’s slow and doesn’t stop well. But a driver can compensate for that by just SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST Derale rigid fan, P/N DER-17318, $33.97 Evapo-Rust Thermocure 32 oz., P/N SUM-TC001, $19.97 OTHER PARTS Prestone antifreeze, 1 gallon, $12.47 2x4 Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF), $7.42 Bondo fiberglass resin, 1 gallon, $37.97 Bondo fiberglass hardener, .74 oz., $5.77 Bondo fiberglass cloth, 8 square feet, $6.97 (2) 0.7 mil plastic dropcloth, 9x12, $4.97 Gloss black auto enamel, $4.10 Paint primer, $5.27 Stretch fabric, 1 yard, $6.99 Brushes, paint cups, gloves, $15 TIME SPENT: Six hours DIFFICULTY: J J (J J J J J is toughest) 30 AmericanCarCollector.com


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1 back on the farm in Wyoming, this truck’s origi- nal cooling system was probably sufficient. But that fourblade fan spaced way back from the 54-yearold radiator isn’t going to cut it in modern city traffic, and an electric fan won’t look right and will tax the original generator-based charging system. Our solution: a bigger mechanical fan, a custom shroud, EvapoRust’s Thermocure treatment and some fresh Prestone coolant. 4 2 Thermocure is designed to clean out a vehicle’s entire cooling system — not just the radiator, but also the block, hoses and heater core. This stuff uses “selective chelation,” a process in which a large synthetic molecule bonds with metals and holds them in solution — specifically, in this case, the iron in iron oxide (aka rust). It’s also non-toxic, noncorrosive and biodegradable. Fan shrouds direct the fan’s suction through the radiator, increasing its effectiveness. Chad’s research suggested that only the bigger-series Ford trucks had fan shrouds in this era, and finding an OE piece is tough. The only option here was to make our own out of fiberglass, so we started by measuring the width and height of the core to serve as a blueprint. Note the mounting holes in the radiator, which was likely the same unit used across the F-series line. 3 6 using Thermocure is simple: Drain the coolant and refill the system with one 32-ounce bottle for every two gallons of water. Then run the car for a couple of hours up to a couple of days. In that time, it’ll clean out the system and free it of rust and other deposits that inhibit cooling over time. We know the shroud’s base measurements, but we also need to know the shroud’s depth. For that, we have to mount our new fan — a sixblade 18-inch Derale unit from Summit Racing (P/N DER-17318, $33.97). This unit has two more blades than the stock unit and is the same overall diameter. 7 5 Next, we used a hunk of cardboard to verify the measurements we just took — in this case, 28 inches wide and 18½ inches tall. Making a cardboard template of the radiator, and the mounting holes, serves as a map that can be transferred to a wood template. We bolted on the new fan, using the factory spacer and hardware, checking for clearance all around. This fan shared the same dimensions as the OE unit, but with considerably more air-moving ability. July–August 2017 31


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 9 Once cut, we hung the MDF template on the radiator and measured depth to the middle of the fan’s blades. This gave us the overall depth of our shroud — 2¾ inches to the face of the MDF. Placing the fan with its blades half covered by the shroud promotes the best cooling. 8 After transferring our cardboard template to a sheet of ¼-inch MDF composite wood, we cut out the shape with a jigsaw and drilled our marked mounting holes to match up 11 After cutting a 19-inch-diame ter circle out o MDF with our jigsaw, we were in business — our fan is 18 inche so this gave a half-inch of clearance between the fan and the shroud. We also drilled an alignment hole through the center of the circle, the 4x4 spacer and i the radiator template at the fan’s centerline in the truck — about an inch below the radiator core’s dead-center mark. We used a screwdriv to line everything up and woodscrews to hold the whole thing together. 10 Next up: We cut a spacer from a cedar 4x4 post to 2¾ inches using a miter saw. 12 Fiberglass resin will stick to wood, so we lined our template with two layers of plastic drop cloth, pulled tight and stapled at the rear. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com 13 Stretchy sports cloth from a fabric store works great for this type of job. We covered the template with about a yard and pulled the fabric tight, stapling it down around the rear. Now the shape of the shroud is visible.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 15 resin-soaked cloth isn’t stiff enough for this job, so you need to add in fiberglass cloth. We prefer cutting the cloth into long three-inch-wide strips. 14 After mixing a batch of fiberglass resin and hardener, we painted on a thick coat over our stretched fabric buck. Gloves and a respirator are a must here, as this is a smelly, sticky mess. After letting the first coat set, we painted on two more. Plan to have a bunch of gloves on hand, as well as several brushes. 16 The process here is simple: Paint on a coating of resin to the surface, lay the cloth on it, flatten out any bubbles, and then paint another thick coat of resin over the top. We worked our way from one side to the other, and then let it all set. 17 After the first layer set, we put down another, oriented in a different direction. We used three layers of fiberglass total, placed in various directions, over the resin-soaked fabric. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 18 After a few hours of dry time, we had a solid and strong shroud to work with. I used a flapper wheel on a pneumatic die grinder to level out the visible seams, and a cutoff wheel to trim all the excess cloth from the edges. Again, gloves and a mask are a must here, as is a long-sleeve shirt.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 20 using ¼-inch mounting hardware, we fit the shroud and made clearance as needed for it to sit up tight to the radiator core. Our measurements were correct — good fit and a solid half-inch of clearance all around the new fan. 19 21 22 We used that cutoff wheel around the perimeter of the shroud to free it from the buck, and then flipped it over, scribed a line around the center circle, and cut it out as well, leaving us with a nice fiberglass shroud that fits the truck’s radiator. Fiberglass is not waterproof, so you need to seal it — you could use a gelcoat, but we elected to prime and paint this shroud instead With mockup complete, we also drained out the Thermocure, removed the radiator, cleaned the upper and lower tanks with a wire brush, blasted all the Wyoming dirt from the core with compressed air, and painted the whole unit with glossblack enamel. After the paint set, reassembly was a snap. 23 36 AmericanCarCollector.com After hanging the new shroud over the water pump, we installed the new fan for the final time and bolted the new shroud to the core using four ¾-inch long ¼-inch bolts, nuts, washers to spread out the load, and lock washers to hold it all tight.


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24 The final step was to fill the system with good, quality antifreeze. Prestone prevents corrosion thanks to its trademark Cor-Guard inhibitors, so it’s a good choice to keep that just-cleaned cooling system operating at its peak. Always shoot for a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water. 25 Proof of success is all in airflow — the fan is now only pulling air from the radiator core (instead of from everywhere under hood), and for the first time ever, this truck is using the entire surface of that radiator — so much so that our Thermocure brochure sucks right up to the face of the radiator edge and stays there, even at idle. 26 Our final result blends in relatively well — and will fit in even better as Chad continues to clean up the engine compartment of this ex-farm Ford. Now he need not fear any hot-day traffic, and he can turn it back to stock in a snap whenever he wants. A (Have you tried this project? Tell us about it at comments@americancarcollector.com) July–August 2017 37


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Six or Eight? I’ve just gone through the May/June issue of ACC, and it is very good, as usual. Colin Comer’s ‘66 New Yorker is a cool ride. I really like big 4-door hard tops. It’s a body style that a lot of younger folks may have never seen (or maybe only in pictures, not the actual cars.). The ‘65 Mustang convertible on p. 93, Lot 1168 at Leake, is listed as having a 289 engine swap, with the later alternator versus generator. Description indicates an original 6-cylinder engine, but the fifth digit of the VIN is the letter F. This would coincide with a 260 V8 being the original engine. A 170 (6) would have the letter U as the fifth digit of the VIN. The 200, which became the standard Mustang 6 in the fall of ‘64, would have the letter T as the fifth digit of the VIN. — Paul Shanahan, Upper Darby, PA Homemade C5 Corvette Spark-Plug Tool Over time and heat cycles, GM LS-motor spark-plug boots weld themselves to their spark plugs. This is not ideal when you go to change plugs, as you’re working with limited space to get sufficient grip and leverage to remove the boot. Commercial tools are available that look like long barbeque tongs, curved pliers, or hooks, but they’re too big and clumsy, can damage parts, don’t work well and are expensive for what they are. For a free fix, I came up with a simple lever made with a 24-inch piece of 1x2-inch scrap wood and 18 inches of 3/16-inch rope that works stunningly well. Assemble per the photo, remove the plug wire from the coil pack (or distributor), fashion the rope noose as shown, slide it down to 38 AmericanCarCollector.com the plug boot, and pull tight. Place the short end of the stick against a header bolt, and easily pry off the plug boot by pulling back the longer end. It won’t damage the boot, pull out the wire, or damage the spark plug. (The small clone shown was used to get at the spark-plug boot under my Corvette’s master cylinder.) There you have it: a knuckle-saving tool made in a couple of minutes that cost nothing — and it works! — Jack Tockston, ACC ContributorA


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READERS’ FORUM Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions These thoughts have been dawning on me as I consider selling my This month’s ACC Reader’s Forum question comes from Jeff P.: The Hellcat used to be the hot ticket in the modern muscle world, with its 707-hp engine and take-no-prisoners attitude. What’s in store for it now that there’s a bigger, badder version coming in the 9-second 840-hp Demon? Should owners sell these cars, or are they going to hold value in the future, like a 426 Hemi ’Cuda? Readers respond: There is always going to be something faster and with higher horsepower. Cars that have lasting value evoke passion and are engrossing machines to become one with ... think Cobra. I don’t think Hellcat. — David K., via email n n n Yeah, there’s always something bigger and badder around the corner, but the Hellcat is a standout as the first American production car to offer over 700 hp. Values may take a nosedive like any modern “collectible,” but 426 Hemi cars were cheap in the late 1970s, too. Demon may knock the Hellcat down, but don’t count it out. — Mike M., via email n n n Yesterday’s news. Not collectible or iconic. — Jon H., via email n n n Hellcats were purchased to be the “top dog.” They no longer are. Values on the Hellcat will be ho-hum. The same thing may happen in the Corvette world. The Z06 may be demoted in prestige once the ZR1 returns. Then again, I suspect the ZR1 Corvette may become a bit elusive to the general public due to a more limited production run and much higher MSRP. That will likely keep the ZR1 on a much higher status tier. If that does, in fact, happen, the Z06 will be able to continue to be an “achievable” supercar in performance and respect. After all, we have an abundance of respect for the Ferrari 458 and 488 in spite of the existence of the LaFerrari. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com C5 Z06 and buying a replacement. Yes, I am aware of the impending ZR1, but will not wait for it since I expect the MSRP to be well above $100,000 and thus a bit too rich for something that I will drive only a few hundred miles per year. Having grown up in the muscle car era of the ’60s, I learned the hard way that it really doesn’t matter how fast you are, as there will always be someone faster. Thus, power and speed become accessory factors to the satisfaction of styling that needs to be considered in the analysis. — Jerry D., via email n n n I think many people who purchase these cars will end up wreck- ing them, just like in the ’60s and ’70s. So maybe 40 years from now, our great-grandkids will be wishing they had a Hellcat the same way we wish we had a 440 Challenger or a Hemi ’Cuda. — Ken P., via email n n n The Demon is a different car, so I think Hellcat prices won’t be changed too significantly. There are a lot of Hellcats on the market right now, so prices are cooling, but future owners will want some of the features that a Hellcat has to offer versus a bare-bones Demon — even though the Demon is faster. — Cody L., via email n n n Think about this: Compare a ’66 Mustang 2+2 with a 289 to a ’66 Shelby GT350. People still want the 289, but what they really want is the GT350. Same rule applies with these Mopars. — Earl C., via email n n n It’s about speed and bragging rights. The Hellcat is bad, but not the baddest anymore. The people buying the Demon have the resources and are not 19 anymore; we want smiles per gallon today. Next year it could be a 1,000-hp car and that’s what we will gravitate to. — G.Q., via email n n n How do we know the muscle car world has gone crazy? When 707 horsepower isn’t enough. People still lust after 440 Six Pack E-body cars even though the Hemi exists… I think Hellcats will do fine in the long run. Still a lot of car regardless of the Demon. — Jim B., via emailA


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson DeLorean’s The Monza may be best remembered as GM making the best of a bad situation, but these cars are worth a second look ITALIAN VEGA W hen the Vega program was introduced in 1970, GM’s CEO Ed Cole also went forward with a program to build the Wankel rotary engine under license from NSU. The original intent was to offer it in a sporty new fastback hatchback design called the Monza 2+2 for 1973, and then later offer it in the Vega as an option. While sharing the Vega’s body pan and wheelbase, the 2+2 was four inches longer overall and wider between the front strut towers, so it became its own platform known as the H body. However, GM could not get a balance between reliability, fuel consumption and emissions issues sorted out with the rotary, so it canceled the program in 1974. GM then had a production- ready new car without a powertrain to put in it. However, the wider engine bay could accept a small-block V8 with minimal engineering changes, and that’s how the world was introduced to the Chevrolet Monza 2+2 for 1975. While the V8 and styling were the big news, the newly introduced 110-hp 262-ci V8 (called the 4.3L) was an option. Standard was the same 140-ci four (now called the 2.3L) found in the Vega. Folks in California did have a 350-ci small block as the lone option in lieu of the 4.3L. Yet it was a strangled 2-barrel that has the dubious distinction of being the lowest-powered 350 every built, with 145 wheezy horses. A new look If the engines were uninspiring, the new package around them was a breath of fresh air. Borrowing GM styling cues and some from Ferrari, John DeLorean famously called it the “Italian Vega” — proof enough that he was he was involved with cocaine before starting his famed car company. If anything, it looks like a shrink-wrapped Camaro — espe- 42 AmericanCarCollector.com cially from the rear. The Monza 2+2 was awarded Motor Trend magazine’s Car of the Year, which was either a blessing or a curse depending on your point of view. Midway in 1975, Chevy added a notchback Town Coupe to the Monza line. Its ties to the Vega were more obvious, with upright styling and single front headlights. 1976 saw few tweaks, with the n optional cabriolet roof treatment to tap l-luxury trend. For 1977, the 4.3L V8 , replaced by the 305-ci (badged as a 5.0L) -block V8, available in all 50 states. It ound a home in the Monza as the biggest engine upgrade in all but the basic Town Coupe. 2+2s and Coupes added Sportlevel trim, plus the 2+2 front fascia was grafted onto the coupes, as this was the nal year for the Vega. ffered in 1976, the Spyder Equipment badass arachnid on the hood? Must be 1980 age (RPO Z01) featured sport suspension with radial tires, sport steering wheel and


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fender emblems on any Monza sport. Keeping up with all the other wannabe muscle cars of this era with animals on the hood, in 1977 Chevy added the Spyder Appearance Package (RPO Z02, and only for 2+2 Sport models) for Z01s, with black-out trim, front and rear spoilers, plus plenty of vinyl decals on the body sides and a toughguy arachnid on the front of the hood. Zombie Vegas With the Vega finally put out of everyone’s misery after 1977, Chevy realized that it didn’t have a compact wagon for 1978 to compete with the still-popular Ford Pinto. As such, the Vega wagon was reincarnated in December 1977 as the Monza wagon. It did inaugurate a new single-headlight front fascia as the only thing that didn’t look like a Vega, and was also used on the basic coupe and a one-year-only S hatchback — another undead Vega. All Monzas for 1979 got the wagon’s single-headlight front fascia — except the 2+2 Sport. For the Monza’s final year of 1980, the Spyder was a unified 2+2-only package (Z29) and only non-Bowtie engines — the Pontiac 2.5L four and Buick 3.8L V6 — were under the hood. While the Monza rode the ebb and flow of whatever GM could use at a given time, the car was actually something of a sales success. Over three-quarters of a million were built in total, helped to some extent by fluctuating of gas prices at the time, plus the second Arab oil embargo in late 1979. Also helping the Monza at the time was the use of the 2+2 in some racing circles. IMSA competitor Al Holbert campaigned a highly modified, Corvette-powered 2+2 in this series, becoming the IMSA Camel GT champion in 1976 and 1977. Chevy even offered a similar replica, called the Mirage, to include fender flares and spoilers fitted by Michigan Automotive Technologies before shipment to dealers. These kits were also available over the parts counter. Engine-swapping field day As they were engineered to a price, used hard and minimally cared for, attrition on Monzas has been high. The few stock ones that surface in the 21st century are by and large low-mile “little old lady” cars that were virtually forgotten. More common are Monzas that either had V8s put into them or had their original V8s upgraded. A lot of people did just that to varied levels of quality and success. While supporting these cars lo- gistically is now not as easy as it used to be, parts availability is vastly better than any period import. As for the small-block-powered cars, walk on the side of the road long enough and you’ll be able to rebuild the motor with what you find. Aftermarket restoration trim? Forget it. Best bet is to score NOS that someone is shifting on eBay, praying you’ll buy at the 99-cent opening bid. For future collectibility, the Detailing Years produced: 1975–80 Number produced: 762,539 Original list price: $4,497 Current ACC Median Valuation: $2,970 Engine # location: Stamping pad on the passenger’s side front of the engine block (V8) Web: www.vcca.org, monza. homestead.com/monza.html Alternatives: 1975–80 Buick Skyhawk and Oldsmobile Starfire, 1976–80 Pontiac Sunbird, 1970–80 Ford Pinto ACC Investment Grade: D Monza has a lot going both for and against it. It’s not the lowest ebb of GM reliability and build quality, but they are down pretty low. Yet with the few that have made it this far, the whole quirky 1970s car thing does give traction in the market — especially for the few originals that surface with low miles. Yet even for a vintage drag special, they represent a lot of bang for the buck. A Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Base of the windshield frame on the driver’s side Club: Vintage Chevrolet Club of America July–August 2017 43


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Horsepower Colin Comer HALF LIFE LIVINGthe New classic-car parts hardly compare to the originals they replace. Maybe it’s up to us to solve that problem Original Cobra exhaust manifold: 53 years and 134k miles before needing a repair “ H alf-life” (denoted in scientific equations as t½ ) is the principle typically used to measure how long radioactive decay takes to reduce something to half of its initial value. Scientists, of which I am certainly not one, seem to think t½ is constant. I, perhaps due to the previously mentioned lack of education in this realm, do not — at least not as it applies to old car parts. To me it seems like this half-life thing is accelerating at an alarming rate. Or, in other words, “they just don’t make them like they used to.” I’ve been around old cars my whole life — many since they weren’t so old. I’ve worked on cars as my profession for my entire adult life. So I think I am uniquely qualified to say that we’re getting fed a bunch of crap these days. Ever notice how you replace a 50-year-old part that just failed and the new one makes it eight months? You’re not alone. It appears to be an epidemic. The question is, what should the acceptable full life of any given component be? It seems the lowest bidder has been deciding for us. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com replacement Cobra exhaust manifold gasket: One day and 250 miles before needing to be thrown out Manifold problems For example, when my wife and I were about to leave on the Copperstate 1000 road rally in our unrestored 289 Cobra a few months ago, I noticed a little extra exhaust noise. Turns out one of the cast-iron “Y” exhaust manifolds had a little casting flaw right at the hot spot, and it had turned into a pinhole. This, while inconvenient, didn’t bother me in the least, as this hunk of cast iron had lasted 53 years and 134,000 miles before developing a tiny hole. This thing far outlived any reasonable expectation of longevity — and it was easily repairable with a quick braze job. But when I replaced the manifold, I also had to replace the old exhaust-manifold gaskets. About 250 miles into the rally, these new gaskets completely burned out on the way into the Grand Canyon. I figured maybe it was operator error — maybe I didn’t re-torque the bolts soon enough. So I removed the manifold in a parking lot and replaced the gaskets again.


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Two-hundred miles later they had again transformed into a potato chip-like crispy substance. I did this swap one more time, and you guessed it, 200 miles later the newest ones were toast, too. On the final go-round I just used some copper RTV silicone — no gaskets at all. Guess what? That repair has held just fine. What’s going on? I did a little research and found that the gasket supplier decided to use a non-heat-resistant material to make their exhaust-manifold gaskets. I know I may be in the minority of people who drive their old Cobra extensively, but surely gaskets only designed for cars that idle in and out of trailers can’t be acceptable to anybody, right? And yet this supplier is selling them without issue. Unfortunately, this isn’t an isolated incident. We see all kinds of new part failures in our shop. Countless ignition rotors made out of a material that quickly burns through, immediately causing the car to stop running when the coil’s spark is shorted directly to ground through the distributor shaft. New brake cylinders whose rubber seals self-destruct in two years or less. New ball joints that are loose before they are even installed. New spark plugs with ceramic insulators that fall out right from the box. Fuel-system components — supposedly “ethanol safe” — that melt when exposed to ethanol. And while fuel leaks and brake failures are no laughing matter, I’ve also seen far more serious things, like new steering boxes with gears inside that literally break apart because they are poor-quality castings or were machined improperly. We’re the source, and the solution All of this might help explain why it seems so much harder to maintain old cars today. You take your time to do a repair, buy the best parts available, and find yourself having to do it again either immediately or in short order simply because a new part has failed or didn’t work right to begin with. Let’s not even get into non-critical components like reproduc- tion sheet metal, trim or soft parts. How many of you have had a reproduction fender or door fit like an original? Or a new pre-stitched seat cover or carpet set fit properly without major surgery? How about getting a door or trunk lid to close with new weather stripping installed? The sad part is once you do go through the struggle of getting this stuff to work, it just doesn’t last. Why does an original factory starter last 40 years but the “premium quality” parts-store replacement barely makes it clear of its two-year warranty? I’d be thrilled with a component that offered a guarantee against half-life decay! Of course I’d be irresponsible if I didn’t point out that we, as consumers, are mostly to blame for all of this. We are conditioned to shop for the best price on parts and the lowest bidder for a repair. Somewhere along the line, the idea of value has been lost during the drive for lower cost. It’s kind of hard to unring that bell, and after all, these parts manufacturers are playing the odds that big profits will outweigh warranty claims and returned product. And from what I can see, that bet is paying off. So are we being forced to accept poor quality, or are we happily allowing it under the premise of “it’s available, and it isn’t expensive”? I wish I could offer a solution, but I can’t. All I can suggest is if you find a good product, supplier or manufacturer that offers reproduction parts that are of a superior quality, please keep using them and spread the word. Stick with the guys that might cost a little more but know the product and stand behind what they sell. Network with owners of similar cars and share experiences on suppliers and even the shops doing the work. Don’t shy away from paying more for quality. Let’s do what we can to stop the spread of half-life! A July–August 2017 45


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On the Market John L. Stein OH LORD, Won’t You Buy Me a Big SUV? Classic 4x4 utility vehicles are often less costly than muscle cars and sports cars, and they are more robust daily drivers This 1958 Chevrolet Suburban was a $44,000 no-sale sold a resto-modded 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer for $220,000 in Palm Beach, FL, last April (see “Market Moment,” p. 80). Although that’s an exceptional result, models such as the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, Ford Bronco and others seem to be mirroring the rise of pickups in values, albeit it a few years behind the trucks’ ascent. One reason this is happening may be an inherent “authenticity of C purpose.” In their own way, SUVs are just as purposeful as muscle cars or sports cars. While muscle cars were everyday coupes with big-block engines, the SUV amalgam involved truck mechanical underpinnings, passenger-friendly interiors and a body that bridged the two. Classic utilities are historically important, because their retail success enabled the SUV and crossover segments, which today are powerhouses of new-car sales. In some cases, these utility vehicles are supplanting traditional sedans as high-volume sellers, thanks to their lofty seating position, greater carrying capacity, off-highway versatility and substantial visual presence. Strong classic potential For collectors, classic SUVs make good sense to own and use. With a few exceptions, overall they aren’t as costly as established segments such as muscle cars and sports cars, they are robust daily drivers, they fit in fine at casual shows and you can use them for their 46 AmericanCarCollector.com lassic 4x4 utility vehicles have come up in value in the past few years, and the rising appreciation for them is both interesting and appropriate. Just as with cars, some vintage SUVs are now trading for dizzying amounts. For example, Barrett-Jackson just 1969 Ford bronco, sold at $32,635 this year intended purpose of towing or dirt-road travel with confidence. Plus, since interest in classic SUVs appears to be growing, there’s reassurance that the right models will ascend in value. We’re just getting into this trend. Furthermore, unlike unit-body 1960s and later cars, the typical SUV’s body-on-frame construction could mean they are more impervious to rust, and more repairable by “average” skill sets. (On the downside, though, their versatility and available four-wheel drive could mean that many SUVs were used as all-season tools in snowbelt areas where salted roads and constant exposure to moisture were prevalent.) One thing is for sure, though: Over the nearly 70 years since the first 4x4 Willys wagon appeared and kicked off the segment, there have been plenty of different models to consider. Here are some of my favorite classic and neoclassic American SUVs: 1957–59 Chevrolet Suburban: With roots back to 1935, the Suburban is the longest-running U.S. vehicle nameplate. Early versions were highly utilitarian, whereas today’s versions are comprehensively upscale. Somewhere in the middle is the collector’s sweet spot. I particularly like the fourth-generation 1955–59 Suburban, which features exterior styling evoking the Tri-Five Chevys, along with enough comfort to make them good traveling companions, stout small-block powertrains, and most importantly, a 4WD option that began in ’57. Current ACC median prices are $49,600 for the 1957 model and $44,610 for the ’58 and ’59. 1957–66 Dodge Town Wagon: For brute force in a classic truck, the Power Wagon has it all. Big and beefy, this pickup was capable of pulling a field cannon, carrying a crane or pushing a snow


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plow — and everything in between. A passenger version called the Town Wagon debuted in 1957. Its heavy-duty design and engineering mean it’s hardly the best choice for a short coffee run, but it will get respect everywhere it goes. Power comes from a flathead inline-six, and the design is so iconic that the division has retained certain design cues over the years. Current ACC median price is $16,470. 1966–77 Ford Bronco: With Ford figuring to bring back the Bronco for 2020, the original model will soon get renewed attention. They’ve long been on the radar of certain folks, so consider these pleasantly styled trucks (especially the Roadster model) poised for further appreciation. The first-gen Bronco featured car-based 6-cylinder or V8 powertrains, and its friendly size — just 12 feet, eight inches long, with a nimble 92-inch wheelbase — made it more practical than bigger trucks. As such, Broncos became valued members of suburban households. The median sale price of this gen Bronco is $31,350 year to date. 1958–60 International Harvester Travelall: This is one of my favorites, due to the fact that it looks like a farm truck, and because the Travelall name ended in 1975 and International disappeared five years later as the maker of passenger vehicles. The second-generation, quad-headlight 1958–60 Travelall was big and sturdy, although its 6-cylinder engine made it neither swift nor powerful. A huge glass area creates an attractive element, giving the Travelall a wondrously airy greenhouse. They are fetching in two-tone paint with dog-dish hubcaps and blackwall tires. Their median price is $34,590. 1984–91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: Produced first by American Motors and subsequently by Chrysler, the Grand Wagoneer was a gentlemanly suburban/country ride packed with luxury features, a big V8 up to 401 ci, and the de rigueur woodgrain bodyside applique of its period. Today the big Grand Wagoneers, which weigh in at over 4,500 pounds, are the polar opposite of the new breed of eco-friendly 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, sold at $16,165 in 2014 hybrid utes. Big, boxy and thirsty instead of sleek, aerodynamic and efficient, they are a perfect anti-establishment statement dressed in leather. Pricing in the ACC Pocket Price Guide points to a current median price of $28,000 for 1984–86 models and $17,800 for 1987–91 models. 1949–65 Willys Station Wagon: This is another favorite, due to its “just right” size, its recognition as the very first American 4WD SUV, and Willys’ positive contribution to winning World War II. Hardly a vigorous performer with its base 4-cylinder flathead engine, the station wagon is best in a calmer setting than a fast-flowing Interstate. Think backroads and dirt dual-tracks, with a couple of bedrolls, a canvas tent, some fly rods and a green Coleman cooler in back. At ACC’s median of $20,900, that’s my kind of living. A July–August 2017 47


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER First-Year Boost Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers Given some softening in certain areas of the collector market, this sale emphasized the enduring blue-chip strength of the original Corvette VIN: E53F001062 by John L. Stein • Early production no. 62 • Highly decorated first-year example of “America’s sports car” • NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award winner • NCRS Top Flight Award winner • Bloomington Gold Certified • 235-ci, 150-hp Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine • Triple Carter side-draft carburetors • Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission ACC Analysis This car, Lot 16, sold for $231,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ Monical Collection auction in Arlington, TX, on April 21, 2017. It was offered without reserve. There are few Corvettes as boring, and few Corvettes as exciting, as the original 1953 model. Its hand-built quality varied a bit in places, the performance offered by its 6-cylinder, 150-hp “Blue Flame” engine was just adequate for the day, and this new “sports car” had only a 2-speed automatic transmission with no manual-gearbox option. Corvette’s few American competitors in the nascent segment included the Willys Jeep-based Glasspar G2 kit car and the old-school F-head (intake/inlet over exhaust) Kaiser-Darrin. Various imports were far more advanced, including British cars such as the 6-cylinder, DOHC Jaguar XK 120, and early V12, SOHC Ferraris. Although it seems ridiculous to consider now, in the initial years, the U.S. sports car market was so unproven that the Corvette wasn’t a sure bet to even survive as a nameplate. 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com With only 300 units built in Flint, MI — all painted Polo White with a black convertible top and a red interior — today the first-year 1953 roadster is not only in a super-limited club, but it represents the very tip of the spear of the greatest legacy in American sports cars. It also has one of the greatest legacies for sports cars anywhere in the world, thanks to impressive production volume, loyal owner and club bases, and a terrific competition pedigree. Whole lotta love I love the 1953s because they pioneered the use of fiberglass on a mass-production car, preceding even the marine industry’s full switchover to the material. I also love the ’53s precisely because they don’t have a V8 engine, and as such are not all about bravado and swagger — two elements that underpin every Corvette from 1956 onward. For these reasons, the 1953 Corvettes, really “pre-production” cars in a sense, have always lived and will always live in a unique bubble that deserves special recognition. And so, let’s look at this example sold by Worldwide Auctioneers. Little history of the exact car was presented in the auction materials, but what was revealed is reassuring. It’s a fully restored example rather than a survivor, and the restoration work was said to have been done under caring ownership and to high and accurate standards — although it wasn’t stated when the resto occurred. The car was also stated to have driven 1,000 miles since the work was performed, and to “stand tall” in its running and driving condition.


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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: 1953 Number produced: 300 Original list price: $3,498 Current ACC Median Valuation: $252,000 Club: National Corvette Restorers Society y, its life in two different museums prior to being d in Texas included time with collector Bobby al. at matters more, however, is that this early-VIN s earned a trio of truly significant awards. t any early Corvette an NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award (in this case, one of only 14 1953 Corvettes to win this), an NCRS Top Flight Award and a Bloomington Gold certifiation, and that car has achieved a rare level of nition with regard to Corvette awards. The only step higher would be premium-level concours wins such as Amelia Island, The Quail or Pebble Beach. For what it’s worth Examining the sale price of $231,000, this is 8.3% below the median value for this model in the 2017 American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide (which gives it an “A” rating). Given the softening seen in much of the collector market during the past two or so years, the sale looked solid and emphasized the continuing appeal of blue-chip cars. And the 1953 Corvette is definitely a blue-chip car. Putting this car’s sale price in context is interesting. For instance, comparing this ’53 to a similar (at least in appearance and performance) 1954 model, the ’53 is much rarer, with 12 times more of the later seriesproduction ’54s built. At $231k, its price averages just 3.1 times higher than the far more plentiful ’54 model’s ($82.5k in the ACC price guide). This means that although it is 12 times scarcer, the ’53 is worth only three times as much as the relatively common ’54. Huh. It’s also interesting to see what $231k (plus or minus about 10%–15%) can buy in other American collectibles in the ACC guide. Actually, it’s an interesting mix of low-production cars including a ’70 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda at $199.8k (652 were made), a 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Z16 at $200k (201 were made), a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible at $218k (532 were made), and a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle at $250k (approximately 99 were made). Since these are also heavyweight American post-war blue chips, I’d say that puts the ’53 Corvette in some good lowproduction company. Rest assured, ’53 ’Vette owners. Why not more? Considering that every one of the above alternatives is V8-powered, this value comparison also means the ’53 Corvette, which has long been disparaged for its milquetoast performance, in reality is strong from an image standpoint. And yet as I wind up this analysis, I’m left wondering why the debut-year ’53 ’Vette isn’t worth a whole bunch more — say double or triple its actual value. It’s true that the above-mentioned Eldorado also debuted for ’53 while the Chevelle debuted for ’65, but somehow it seems the original Corvette should warrant greater esteem. But many times (especially right after the gavel strikes!) we can only shrug our shoulders and admit that the market — oftentimes just like life — is what it is. In this case, on an April day in Texas, the market confirmed what the current market trends suggest, and that’s the fact that really good 1953 Corvettes are worth $200k and change. The seller offered a strong car with the awards and honors that matter, and the buyer paid a price right in line with the market. Like it or not, I have to call that fair all around. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot S124, VIN: E53F001129 Condition: 2 Sold at $216,000 Tune-up/major service: $400 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis # location: Plate screwed to left-hand door-hinge pillar Engine # location: On block near distributor Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code convertible, 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, 1964 Ford Thunderbolt ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot 1353, VIN: E53F001200 Condition: 1 Sold at $275,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/16/2017 ACC# 6813239 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster Lot 125, VIN: E53F001274 Condition: 2 Sold at $275,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/13/2015 ACC# 264436 Mecum Auctions, Las Vegas, NV, 2/27/2015 ACC# 257588 July–August 2017 49CC 49


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PROFILE GM Built to Market 1969 PONTIAC GTO JUDGE Courtesy of Auctions America This price doesn’t set a new floor for Ram Air III Judges. Rather, it shows what can happen when an astute restoration is performed with popular extras added VIN: 242379Z119153 by Pat Smith • 400-ci, 366-hp V8 engine • 4-speed Muncie transmission with Hurst shifter • Rare hideaway headlamps • Complete PHS documentation including copy of build sheet and window sticker • Full body-off restoration • Judge package • Many other desirable factory options • Outstanding condition and presentation throughout ACC Analysis This car, Lot 519, sold for $78,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s auction in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 1, 2017. Pontiac Motor Division was on fire in sales through the 1960s, with their intermediate GTO in the lead. In 1966, Pontiac sold 96,946 GTOs. By 1967, the competition had caught up and sales fell back, as buyers were having trouble finding cars that weren’t loaded to the hilt in price and weight. Then, in 1968, Plymouth kicked off an econo muscle car revival to suit the market with their cheap and cheerful Road Runner coupe. The solution seemed obvious to Pontiac marketers: Make a budget GTO to go against the Road Runner. Initial press feelers described the budget GTO as a thinpillar coupe to be equipped with the good GTO suspension, a high-performance engine and a bright color, all in a package priced slightly lower than the standard GTO. The first solution was a bright orange coupe with white stripes called “ET.” The ET model fielded a hotcammed Pontiac 350 4-barrel, manual transmission and dual exhausts. They went all the way including a bench seat and a chrome-nose LeMans body with GTO hood. Test runs of the ET against some 383 Road Runners showed the car was able to take on Plymouth. So what happened? 50 AmericanCarCollector.com Go big or go home Two things killed the “ET.” Pontiac already had a 350 HO LeMans, and Pontiac Division manager John DeLorean hated the idea of a small-bore GTO. During a presentation by the committee, his words were, “Over my dead body. Don’t you know this is a 400-cubic-inch world?” DeLorean ordered the staff to make the car fast and worry about cost cuts later. From that moment on, “budget GTO” died and a legend was born. The “Judge” name was chosen by DeLorean when he green-lit the revised concept car in the summer of 1968. Production was scheduled for early winter, in time for showrooms to get their displays in February. A major ad campaign with posters, jackets, badges and even a song by Paul Revere and the Raiders put the Judge out in front of everyone. The Judge had no trouble staying out front with a 10.75:1-compression-ratio Ram Air III as standard equipment. You also got a Hurst 3-speed manual transmission, low-restriction dual exhaust, 3.55 axle, blacked-out grille, 60-inch-wide spoiler, Rally II wheels minus trim rings, body stripes and glovebox door emblem. The package cost an extra $332 over 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! standard GTO. ousel Red and either came t vinyl interiors. Later on, her standard GTO colors. uarter-panel trim but missed ox door emblem. ket and muscle sweetheart d of being a base model, a uld be ordered with most s. It was a cut above your l muscle car in power, prese and price — and it worked. iac sold 6,833 Judges that , which accounted for a little % of the entire 1969 GTO n. or, a 4-speed Ram Air III . A Royal Bobcat kit dropped asily. If you were any good , low 13s were a breeze, de it a keen rival against , Charger 440 R/Ts and SS LeCTOr’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! standard GTO. ousel Red and either came t vinyl interiors. Later on, her standard GTO colors. uarter-panel trim but missed ox door emblem. ket and muscle sweetheart d of being a base model, a uld be ordered with most s. It was a cut above your l muscle car in power, pres- e and price — and it worked. iac sold 6,833 Judges that , which accounted for a little % of the entire 1969 GTO n. or, a 4-speed Ram Air III . A Royal Bobcat kit dropped asily. If you were any good , low 13s were a breeze, de it a keen rival against , Charger 440 R/Ts and SS lar lar cars to restore since the 1980s, and they recover quickly from market corrections, gaining new ground each time. Compared to its later 455-powered brethren, the ’69 Judge is still a bargain. Only a convertible or Ram Air IV will break the bank. It used to be easy to get your dream Judge for about $50k, but that started to change in 2014. The most affordable Judge sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale that year for $50,600 (Lot 1654). It wasn’t numbers matching and had a few needs. Lot 969 was $10k more and finished in Pro Touring style. The rest of the cars offered brought $70k and up. To understand where 1969 Judge prices are going, look at what Ram Air IV Judges command. Those are now knocking on the $100,000 door, and if they’re numbers matching, the price goes even higher. Ram Air III Judges crossed an important $50,000 psychological threshold, too. They’re no longer affordable for the average fan, and solid, no-excuses cars can easily bring well above that amount. They now average around $60k retail. The remarkable $78,100 result achieved here is striking, especially as the car has a few deviations from stock, such as added power windows, power brakes, AM/FM stereo with power antenna and a woodgrain steering wheel. The PHS invoice shows none of those options as factory-installed. Although 1969 Judges are showing an uptick in the market, this particular car has to be considered a one-off. The price doesn’t set a new floor for Ram Air III Judges. Rather, it shows what can happen when an astute restoration is performed with popular extras added. Chalk it up to sterling presentation and the allure of power options. This car wasn’t cheap, yet you couldn’t restore one to this level for less than what was paid here, and a Judge with these toys from the factory would cost even more. Overall, the basics are sound and this car can be converted back to stock without major problems if desired. Given the continued strong interest and demand for Judges, even at this price, I’d call this one fairly sold and bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-door hard top Detailing Years produced: 1969–71 Number produced: 6,725 (1969 2-door hard tops) Original list price: $3,313 Current ACC Median Valuation: $67,100 Tune-up/major service: $390 Distributor cap: $28 VIN Location: Plate next to driver’s side dash, door decal Club: Pontiac Oakland Club International Engine # location: Partial VIN between coolant bypass hoses Web: www.poci.org Alternatives: 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T 440, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 L78 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Lot 790, VIN: 242379Z114040 Condition: 1Sold at $74,800 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/12/2016 ACC# 6809762 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-door hard top Lot F480, VIN: 242379R184747 Condition: 2 Sold at $55,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2015 ACC# 257048 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge 2-door hard top Lot 669, VIN: 242379G127904 Condition: 3Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/11/2014 ACC# 243202 July–August 2017 51


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PROFILE FOMOCO Mid-Size Market Muscle 1966 FORD FAIRLANE GTA CONVERTIBLE Courtesy of Auctions America Fairlane GTs are usually incredible values compared to Pontiac GTOs, but this price brings that argument to its knees VIN: 6H44S144191 by Chad Tyson • 390-ci, 335-hp S-code Thunderbird Special V8 • Sportshift automatic transmission • One of 4,327 GTA convertibles in 1966 • Ground-up restoration on solid, original car • Restoration utilized NOS parts • AACA National First in Junior and Senior • Appraised as “Condition 1” car • Styled steel wheels • Power top • Buckets and console • Visibility and courtesy light groups ACC Analysis This car, Lot 539, sold for $62,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 1, 2017. In 1966, Ford introduced the fifth-generation Fairlane. The updated model brought back the convertible option after Ford dropped it from the Fairlane lineup in 1959, and used stacked headlamps and just a hint of the coke-bottle silhouette that defined design at the time. The factory-backed match race days were waning at this point, but big, streetable power was far from finished selling in the market. So as the track-dominating Thunderbolts left the scene, in came mid-size family cars with over 300 horsepower. They quickly became commonplace. Ford’s attempt at capturing the burgeoning 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com market, and taking on the popular Chevelle SS 396, was to stuff a 335-hp, 390-ci V8 into that redesigned Fairlane. The new cars became known as the GT and GTA S-codes. The Blue Oval sold 37,342 GT/GTA S-codes that first year, so they got something right. Within the Fairlane lineup, the GT/GTA sat at the top, followed by the 500 XL, then 500 and finally the base models. The current market pricing bears this out as well, but more on that in a minute. Looking legit With every sale, but especially when we’re talking about more than credit-card money, verification and authentication are vital. Buyers need to know whether they’re actually buying the real deal. Faking a 1966 Fairlane GTA is tough business. At least it’s much harder than just an engine swap with some decals added. For one, the S-code 390 was the only engine for 1966 Fairlane GTs, so any variance in the VIN (which Ford stamped in three locations — radiator core support and one on each of the inner fender wells) indicates things are not what they seem. And if there is a clutch pedal? Someone ordered the wrong emblems to fake the car, as in GTA, the A stands for “automatic” (conversely making the GTs manual-only cars from the factory). This car’s authenticity is hardly questionable, however, with copious judging, copies of original paperwork and even a feature (and implicit blessing)


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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: 1966–67 Number produced: 4,327 (1966) Original list price: $3,068 Current ACC Median Valuation: $35,200 Engine # location: Pad forward of passenger’s side cylinder head n the Fairlane Club of America’s magazine. A previous owner put the car through round-up restoration from 1996 to 2000 sing New Old Stock. That owner was supposedly looking for a solid, original Springtime Yellow-with-black-interior car. He found this one in Tallahassee, FL. After ompletion, he then showed it at Carlisle Alld Nationals invitational. h so nice s GTA is exceptionally well equipped, with op, limited-slip differential and tinted glass, among other options. Seems like the only knock is a lack of disc brakes. Ford made front discs available for the later 1966 Fairlanes, and the option became standard for 1967 models. Even the automatic isn’t necessarily a downer. Ford issued a press release in September 1965 touting the new Sportshift transmission “which offers complete manual selection of the three forward Cruise-O-Matic speeds by the driver… And, to put the frosting on the cake, manual shifting is quicker than with a comparable car equipped with a manual transmission.” Given the manual-shift automatic feature’s ubiquity in today’s world — you can even do it in a Hyundai — it’s easy to forget that once upon a time, many automatics had “D” for drive and no individual lower-gear selections. To me, this GTA is everything one would want in a muscle car. Maybe it lacks the street cred of a GTO, but the FE V8 pumps out the same rated horsepower as a ’66 389-powered GTO and wins in cubic-inch displacement. Where I should be going next is the incredible value of GTs versus GTOs, but this price brings that argument to its knees. Top goes down, price goes up These ’66 GTA convertibles rarely arrive at auc- tion. By that measurement, it’s reasonable to wonder how many of the 4,327 GTA convertibles are still around. Granted, it’s likely more than the remaining, running 4-door sedans, but if it is more than half of the original number, I’d be surprised. In fact, this is the only one seen in the past two years according to ACC’s Premium Auction Database. Going back a little further, Mecum sold a GT convertible for $56,160 at their January 2015 Kissimmee sale (ACC# 6774646). This is the most expensive 1966 Fairlane sold at auction since Twin Cities sold an R-code Fairlane 500 for $160,500 in June 2015 (ACC# 678852). Our subject car is also the 13th-highest-selling fifth-gen Fairlane ever sold at auction. As such, it’s difficult to argue it wasn’t well sold. But what is it they say? Buy the best you can? I’d say the new owner did just that. So with that thought, I’d call this GTA drop-top both well bought and well sold.A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA 2-door hard top Web: www.fairlaneclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1966–67 Pontiac GTO, 1966–67 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, 1966–67 Dodge Charger Club: Fairlane Club of America Tune-up/major service: $150 VIN location: Tag on driver’s door ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Lot S113, VIN: 6K40S227966 Condition: 3Sold at $22,680 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/4/2013 ACC# 231901 1966 Ford Fairlane GTA 2-door hard top MidAmerica Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/21/2013 ACC# 225692 Lot 40, VIN: 6K40S168868 Condition: 1Sold at $47,250 1966 Ford Fairlane GT 2-door hard top Not sold at $35,000 Lot T331, VIN: 6A40S16464 Condition: 3+ Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/17/2013 ACC# 215180 July–August 2017 53CC 53


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PROFILE MOPAR The Dart of War 1969 DODGE DART GTS 440 Matt Magnino, courtesy of Mecum Auctions These mighty midgets pack the unique combination of Mr. Norm’s innovation, Hurst Performance influence and mighty Mopar 440 power VIN: LS23M9B300686 by Tom Glatch • M-code Dart GTS, one of 640 produced in 1969 • Frame-off restoration completed in 2010 • M-code 440-ci 375-hp engine • 727 automatic transmission • 8.75-inch rear end, 3.54 gears • B5 Blue with black interior • White tail stripes • Copy of a Texas title from 1982 ACC Analysis This car, Lot S55, sold for $81,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Houston, TX, on April 8, 2017. It was offered with no reserve. A big 383 in a small Dart? Chrysler Engineering said it couldn’t be done. Of course, Norm Kraus and the Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge dealership in Chicago — a beacon of Mopar performance in the 1960s — didn’t agree. “Dodge was supposed to give us a high-perfor- mance Dart (Dart GTS) to be competitive against the Malibu or the Camaro,” said Norm Kraus in a 2007 interview with ShowYourAuto.com, “and they said they had a high-performance engine for us. When we got the car in, the car came with a 273. Right away I called up Dodge and said, ‘I thought we were getting a 383.’ ‘Our engineers said it couldn’t be done.’ That was the challenge.” That was in 1967. Norm continued, “I wanted the same thing that Ford and General Motors had. Put 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com a 330-horsepower engine in a car that’s under 3,200 pounds, you got a little performance, if I could get it to the ground. And we knew how to get it to the ground. “I called Denny (Hirschbeck) back in Parts, and I said, ‘Let’s get a Dart in, and let’s get a 383 engine, let’s put it in a Dart, let’s see what it takes to get it there.’ The next morning, he comes in and says ‘it’s done.’” Now what to call the Dart? Back to the Parts Department: “The only ‘S’ was this red ‘S’,” recalled Norm. “I said, ‘Fine, it’ll stand out. Now it’ll be the GSS, which stands for Grand Spaulding Special.’” From big to bigger Dodge’s General Manager, Bob McCurry, saw the supposedly impossible car and told his engineers, “Look at what the kids from Chicago built.” From there, the 383-powered Dart GTS became a factory option for 1968, based on Mr. Norm’s ’67 GSS conversions. Some concessions had to be made, since power steering and air conditioning would not fit in the cramped engine compartment, and a 4-speed jolted the drivetrain on launch and could have shredded the differential. But with the power-to-weight ratio of a motorcycle, who cared about being limited to an automatic and having no a/c or power steering? By 1968, that 383 just didn’t seem quite as hot as some of the new cars from GM and Ford. So Norm Kraus got Hurst Performance to build 50 of the Dart


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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 S cars, this time powered by Chrysler’s tal 375-hp 440 Magnum V8. Externally, e engine was the same size as the 383, so not? Hurst already had experience with ysler’s A-body compacts, building the 68 Hemi Dart and Hemi ’Cudas for Super rag racing — at least with the 440, Hurst o sledgehammer the inner fenders to get o fit. aulding Dodge was the exclusive dealer m for $3,788 — hundreds less than many rformance cars of the era. Mr. Norm’s ad lled it “The mighty midget that’s got what es to take what they’ve got!” The GTS 440 A year later, Chrysler took over the 440 A-body project, now calling them Dart GTS 440s. Dodge built 640 M-code 440 Darts in batches, rolling through production every few weeks from Sunday, December 1, 1968, to Sunday, May 18, 1969. These cars were no longer exclusive to Grand Spaulding Dodge, but many of them were sold by Mr. Norm. So how fast was this little exercise in excess? Drag Racing Magazine, in its June 1969 issue, found out. After changing their test car’s original E-70x14 tires to something wider, they ran a 12.7-second 112-mph quarter mile. That’s a shocking figure for even the most exotic of 1960s performance cars — but don’t ask about handling or braking capabilities, because this thing was made for one purpose — point straight and hang on. While it is possible to build a “tribute” (aka fake) GTS 440 the same way Mr. Norm’s crew did, the M-code in the fifth digit of the VIN identifies the real thing. That’s what we’re looking at here. Big money for a small rocket Enthusiast Frank Remlinger runs the GTS Registry for both the Dodge GTS and Mr. Norm’s GSS Darts, and is a great resource for owners of these cars. According to the GTS Registry, code F8 Dark Green and B5 Bright Blue Metallic were the most popular colors in 1969, and our featured Dart is one of those desirable “B5 Blue” cars with a black vinyl interior and standard white “bumblebee” stripe. That, and the Dart’s overall excellent condition, may explain why it recorded the highest sale price we’ve seen for a GTS 440: $81,400. This sale was not this Dart’s first rodeo, though, as the same car was sold by Leake in 2013 for $69,300 (ACC# 231545), which then set the benchmark for a 440 GTS price. That suggests that Mecum’s sale was not an anomaly, but the minimal appreciation in price over four years also tells me the GTS 440 is still a rather unknown performance machine outside hardcore Mopar circles. Manufacturers rarely turned to outside contrac- tors to build a special model unless it was a very exotic, very low-volume model. You could spend up to $550,000 for a Boss 429 Mustang built by Kar Kraft, or over $200,000 for a Plymouth Superbird built by Creative Industries, both of which were manufactured in higher numbers. Yet these mighty midgets pack the unique combination of Mr. Norm’s innovation, Hurst Performance influence and mighty Mopar 440 power. All that considered, suddenly this top-market Dart GTS 440 sounds a little more like a well-bought bargain. Even at a big-money price, I’d call this one both well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 440 Lot S120, VIN: LS23M9B357868 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $140,000 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/2/2008 ACC# 117959 Club: The GTS Registry Web: www.gtsregistry.com Alternatives: 1969 Plymouth Barracuda S 440, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO 427, 1969 Ford Mustang 428 SCJ ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Tune-up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $12.97 VIN location: Plate on driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Engine # location: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Years produced: 1969 Number produced: 640 Original list price: $3,871 Current ACC Median Valuation: $69,300 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 440 Lot 457, VIN: LS23M9B300686 (Subject car) Condition: 1Sold at $69,300 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/23/2013 ACC# 231545 1969 Dodge Dart GTS 440 Lot 359, VIN: LS23M9B351847 Condition: 3+ Sold at $19,225 Classic Motorcar Auctions, Akron, OH, 3/30/2012 ACC# 197679 July–August 2017 July–August 2017 55


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1933 FORD 5-WINDOW CUSTOM COUPE Vintage Appeal Jim Coventry ©2017 Auctions America The winning bidder bought an historic car with irrefutable provenance and a remarkable record of achievement. But he also paid a handsome price 56 VIN: 730CTS12436 by Ken Gross • 1951 Cadillac V8 engine with three carburetors • GM 700R4 automatic transmission • More than 60 years of documented history • 1955 Ford Rotunda Custom Show Sweepstakes winner • 1955, 1956 and 1957 Detroit Autorama award winner • Awarded 32 trophies in 21 shows beginning in 1955 • 10 Best of Show Awards • Built by Oliver Hine; later owned by his son Jack Hine • Restored from 2008 to 2011 • 2011 Detroit Autorama Preservation Award ACC Analysis This car, Lot 551, sold for $128,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale auction in Florida on April 1, 2017. A rod or a custom? Although Oliver “Ollie” Hine’s ’33 Ford wasn’t called a custom rod when it appeared on the cover of Rodding & Re-styling in April 1959 or when it was featured in the 1959 Hot Rod Annual, it was heralded as one of the top builds of its era, back when a skilled mechanic and fabricator would combine parts of many AmericanCarCollector.com cars to build a personal hot rod statement. Hine was from Charlotte, MI, not California, so this car was all the more remarkable, because it was a Midwest-based effort. He began with a ’33 Ford coupe, then kicked up and extended the frame at both ends for a longer wheelbase. He fabricated a new X-member from Chevrolet rails, channeled the body four inches and fashioned side plating to replace the running boards. The sleek and widened front and rear fenders were custom-built from ’38 Chevrolet components; the distinctive heart-shaped grille, from a rare Brewster-Ford, was sectioned to fit, and Hine fabricated the aluminum hood himself, adding ’38 Oldsmobile side grilles. The molded Continental kit — with the gas filler in the center of the spare tire — was fashioned from ’40 Cadillac components, as was the steel top insert. The front marker lights are MG; the taillights melded ’36 Dodge and DeSoto components. Inside, nine StewartWarner gauges span the dash panel. While the car had a custom appearance, it’s not so much a restyled Ford as it is a completely integrated concept, reportedly using parts from a total of 25 different cars. The original styling elements have been seamlessly blended and the result was, for its day, quite stunning. When this car was initially built, the 331-ci ’51


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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: 1951 Number produced: One (Ford built 11,244 DeLuxe Model 40 V8 5-window coupes in 1933) Original list price: $540 Current ACC Median Valuation: $42,350 (all 1933 Ford) Tune-up, major service: Estimated $250 Cadillac V8 had a ’55 Caddy camshaft and sported a McCulloch supercharger. Presently, the big Cad mill is fitted with a three-carburetor intake and Offenhauser finned valve covers. Similarly, the early GM Hydra-Matic has been replaced with a more-contemporary 700R4 overdrive automatic. The rear axle, once a Columbia 2-speed, is now a beefy ’54 Oldsmobile unit. The chromed wire wheels, with decorative two-eared knockoffs, were rare and expensive Chrysler options. Hine built the vee-ed nerf bars (tubular bumpers) himself, as well as the chromed side exhausts. Trophy hound Ollie Hine hit the show circuit with his creation, and not surprisingly, he won awards every time the car was shown. In the fashion of the era, the car was headlined as Hine’s “25 Varieties,” and it starred at the Detroit Autorama, and at the 12-day show that Ford Motor Company held at its Rotunda in 1955 — when FoMoCo embraced the growing rod-and-custom culture, inviting just a handful of cars by the likes of George Barris, Gene Winfield, the Alexander Brothers and other custom celebrities. The company’s designers later borrowed many ideas from the hot rod community. Hine, who was in his 50s when the car was cam- paigned, kept it all his life. After his death in 1985, his son Jack repainted the car in a Jade hue, then sold it to a man who promised to restore the car to the way it had appeared when Oliver Hine built it. When this gentleman became the consignor at Auctions America, he offered the car with 60 years of documentation and magazine features. Vintage photos show the original color to be more gold than the present-day orange. Fittingly, after the restoration was completed, the Hine ’33 won the coveted Preservation Award at the Detroit Autorama, decades after it first starred in the same show. Now what? The winning bidder was Grant Miller, a Pennsylvania car dealer who admits he’s not a hot-rodder, “but I fell in love with that car, and I just had to have it. It’s a piece of jewelry.” Mr. Miller bought an historic car with irrefutable provenance and a remarkable record of accomplishment. But he also paid a handsome price, at the high end of Auctions America’s $110,000 to $130,000 estimate range. That said, I think this was a fair deal for both the seller and the buyer considering this car’s quality and history. Miller plans to drive it in his town’s Memorial Day parade. He can proudly display this copper confection at major concours d’elegance, whenever historic rods and customs are invited. It’s reportedly a nice driver, and its lovely amalgam of multi-make styling cues will no doubt have observers wondering just what it is, which is exactly what happened when Oliver Hines displayed it in the ’50s. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1932 Ford Lakes roadster Lot 210, VIN: 18155453 Condition: 2+ Sold at $187,000 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/1/2015 ACC# 265231 Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) VIN location: 18-prefix Ford VIN is stamped on the front frame rail on the driver’s side Web: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com, Alternatives: Any other period hot rod with longterm ownership and show/ magazine coverage history ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1932 Ford Highboy roadster Lot 132, VIN: 1874450 Condition: 1 Sold at $225,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/15/2013 ACC# 227288 1932 Ford Highboy roadster Lot S109, VIN: 18152025 Condition: 1Sold at $742,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/13/2012 ACC# 213966 July–August 2017 57


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1959 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE Big Iron Icon www.mikiefariasphoto.com Depending on your point of view, the ’59 Coupe DeVille was either the first modern Cadillac, or the last one worth looking at VIN: 59J093054 by Jeff Zurschmeide • 390-ci V8 engine • Automatic transmission • Complete body-off restoration • Power antenna, seats, windows, steering and brakes • Two-tone black-and-white interior • Clock and radio • Factory air conditioning • Fender skirts • Wide whitewall tires with factory wheel covers ACC Analysis This car, Lot 520, sold for $47,300, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Auctions America’s sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 1, 2017. A vintage Cadillac is always special, but in the world of big iron, the 1959 Cadillac reigns supreme. Love it or hate it, the smooth, sweeping body style that debuted for ’59 represented a turning point for Cadillac. It’s not the legendary fins — those were reduced to vestigial folds by 1961. The 1959 Cadillac showed the way towards the slab-sided designs that would dominate the next four decades of Cadillac history. Depending on your point of view, the ’59 Coupe DeVille was either the first modern Cadillac, or the last one worth looking at. If you walked into a Cadillac dealership in 1959, the top of the line was the Eldorado. However, the DeVille 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com line was not far behind. An Eldorado in this era got Cadillac’s best engine and every box checked in the option list. The DeVille got the standard engine, and you could pick your own options. The standard Cadillac engine was no slouch. Displacement was raised from 365 to 390 cubic inches for ’59, and you got 325 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Engine power passed to the rear wheels through a 4-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, and you had your choice of two different rear-end ratios: 2.94 (standard) or 3.21:1. Ordering


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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: 1958–60 Number produced: 21,924 (1959) Original list price: $5,252 Current ACC Median Price: $37,400 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $13 VIN location: Left side of cowl Engine # location: Lower left side of cylinder block the car with factory air also got you the 3.21 rear end. The Eldorado engine was exactly the same as the standard 390, except you got three Rochester 2-barrel carburetors instead of a single 4-barrel Carter. That was enough to yield 20 more horsepower and 5 additional foot-pounds. The Eldorado engine could be ordered on any 1959 Cadillac for just $134.30, so it was a popular option. Apart from the engine, the Coupe DeVille offered the same standard equipment as the base Series 6200, plus power windows and two-way power seats. Power steering and power brakes were standard across all 1959 Cadillac models. The option list included features such as cruise control, air-adjustable suspension, power windows and locks, automatic headlight dimmer, tinted glass, whitewalls, radio, and even a power trunk lid. The price for a new Coupe DeVille in 1959 was $5,252, plus options. Cadillac built 21,924 of the 2-door hard-top coupes that year. That made the Coupe DeVille the most popular style of the Series 6300 DeVille line, although combined sales of the two Sedan DeVille models were higher. A pink peacock Our subject car is a delightful example of a ’59 Coupe DeVille. According to the seller, it has undergone a complete restoration, and that certainly shows in the photos. Restorations are opportunities to put things right, but they’re also a time when originality can be lost. A little research on this car’s body plate turned up some interesting facts, and the same research (which takes less than an hour on the Internet) should be done on any car that’s been through a restoration. First, the car in question is indeed a real Coupe DeVille. The cowl tag says the type is 59-6337, which simply decodes as 1959 Series 6300 (DeVille) and the 37 indicates a Deluxe Coupe DeVille. The FW body code indicates the body was made at the Fleetwood factory. Farther down the cowl tag, the trim code is 46, which means the original interior was medium green, and paint code 40-12 indicates the original color scheme was two-tone, Gotham Gold with a white roof. This makes sense, as Cadillac offered nothing like this new shade of pink in 1959. Changing the interior to black and white was a smart move, as the green would not have been harmonious with the new exterior color. Also on the cowl tag, this car was ordered with E, H, K and Y options. Those stand for “EZ Eye” tinted glass, a heater, an air conditioner, and the six-way power seat, respectively. Radios were optional in 1959 but did not generate a cowl-tag code. Icon status It’s worth saying that none of this number sleuth- ing really matters very much on this car. This is not some ultra-rare-engine-code muscle car or factory lightweight racer. The point of a 1959 Coupe DeVille, especially in today’s bland styling world, is to stand out, and as Bruce Springsteen sang, to “ride just like a little bit of heaven here on Earth.” With the fender skirts and period-correct wide whitewall tires, this car surely achieves all those goals. The sale price of this car reflects the work that has gone into the restoration, and while it was not the cheapest ’59 Caddy you could buy, it doesn’t come close to the prices commanded by some top-shelf cars. So all things considered, if you were in the market for a look-at-me piece of Americana, it’s not a stretch to say this car was both well bought and well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) 1959 Cadillac Series 62 coupe Lot 2508, VIN: 59G111154 Condition: 3 Sold at $31,625 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Lot 2416, VIN: 59J076444 Condition: 3Sold at $25,850 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/21/2014 ACC# 239091 Club: Cadillac Country Club Web: www.cadillaccountryclub.com ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Alternatives: 1958–60 Lincoln Continental, 1957–63 Imperial, 1955–60 DeSoto FireFlite 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille Lot 359, VIN: 59J004758 Condition: 3Sold at $36,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/25/2015 ACC# 270213 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/15/2012 ACC# 214543 July–August 2017 59CC 59


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PROFILE RACE 1989 CHEVROLET LUMINA GOODWRENCH #3 Character Value The script name above the window has more to do with this hammer price than just about everything else 60 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 5 by Jay Harden A uthentic Richard Childress Racing serial #5, with a Chevy Lumina body, sponsored by Goodwrench and raced by Dale Earnhardt. This NASCAR Cup car comes with supporting documentation from crew chief Kirk Shelmerdine, who personally inspected the car and found it to be 100% true as raced by Dale Earnhardt. This car was raced by Earnhardt in 1989 and 1990. The car was originally built as a Monte Carlo Aerocoupe and was sponsored by Wrangler, then in 1990 changed to one of the first Goodwrenchsponsored Lumina Aerocoupes. As documented, this car was the Atlanta race win- ner and 500-mile record-holder. It was the last win by one of the original RCR rear-steer cars. The current owner purchased the car seven years ago. It has not been restored in any way since. The fluids, fuel, etc., have been replaced; receipts included. A new, smaller carburetor has been added for ease of operation. The original Holley carburetor, from when the car was purchased, comes with the car. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 648, sold for $220,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s sale in Palm Beach, FL, on April 6–8, 2017. As the resident Southerner on staff, I often field questions such as, “Jay, what’s a grit?” “Jay, what’s the difference between supper and dinner?” and “Jay, why do people spend truckloads of money on old stock cars?” Some of these questions are easier to answer than others. I’ve written about several retired NASCAR racers over the past few years, but most were purchased inexpensively and were likely to go on to lead an active life in the vintage-racing arena. I find researching and writing about those types of cars exciting because it’s easy for me to imagine myself bringing one home and beating it like a rented mule. This car, at this price, is a bit different. It’s not much of a stretch to assume this one has turned its last competitive lap. Big-money stock cars are, like the sport itself, a bit of a niche market within a niche market. 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! Engineering the character Parity in motorsport is a knife’s edge that virtually all sanctioning bodies walk in an effort to limit undue advantage. But perhaps nowhere in the top echelons of racing is parity of machine so tightly regulated as it is in NASCAR. The organization’s top decision makers determined many years ago that tighter racing, bigger crashes and feuding teams would put more fans in the seats more consistently than if the sport encouraged innovation and freedom of ingenuity in engineering. As a result, NASCAR is, unambiguously, all about the drivers. As such, it is the personalities that drive the merchandising, not the machines. NASCAR’s history is riddled with some of the most audacious, unabashed, and larger-than-life characters in all of motorsport. If only one of those personalities could be chosen to represent all that is NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt would likely be the hardcore fans’ choice — particularly if we base the results on a quick Google search for “NASCAR tattoos.” Dale easily owns 75% of the results. Throw Dale Jr. in the mix, and the number jumps to 90%. Hell, Senior simply dominates the search for “NASCAR back hair.” Science doesn’t lie. Dale was a hard-driving, take-no-prisoners competitor with a Southern accent, a quick wit and an insatiable appetite for victory lane. Millions of fans saw him not only as one of them, but as the best among them. As such, they christened him with what I consider to be one of the most badass handles in all of sports — “The Intimidator.” He was a high school dropout who tapped, rubbed, spun and man-handled his way up the ranks, and revealed himself to be a pillar of resilience, dedication and hard work along the way. The man was both hugely respected and hugely despised, and, as such, was one of the most exciting and polarizing figures in stock car racing history. What’s notoriety worth? If it seems like I’m waxing poetically about The Man/The Myth/The Legend in an effort to butter you up to justify the price paid here, I am. Dale’s untimely death in the last corner of the 2001 Daytona 500 meant that he would never have an opportunity to be the winningest racer in NASCAR history, and his seven championships are matched by both Richard Petty and Jimmy Johnson, the latter of whom is still actively racing. These facts, however, matter very little to the diehards. That’s why any attempt at solid valuation in this territory is a bit like a shot in the dark, and I’ll tell you why. First, sale prices for retired stock cars are all over the board. With documented large-sum sales virtually nonexistent prior to the feeding frenzy of 2008/2009, there simply is very little historical data to lean on. The issue is only complicated by the fact that many high-dollar sales see the proceeds handed directly to charity, so the true value for highly desirable cars is muddied quite a bit by generosity. Second, cars that change hands over the $100k mark are somewhat inconsistent in provenance. Most are documented race winners, but not all. Some come from championship-winning years, but not all. The problem here is that few cars are one and done. Is a 10-race, no-win car more valuable than a two-race, one-win car? Maybe. Third, it’s incredibly difficult to quantify a popular- ity contest. As I reasoned earlier, the cars themselves vary physically from their competition in livery and pilot only, so the script name above the window has more to do with the hammer price than just about everything else. The Intimidator reigns supreme The reality is that documented race winners piloted by the top drivers will always pull the biggest money. Exactly what that dollar amount may be varies year to year and auction to auction. What I do find interesting about the sale of these cars is that there seems to be very little in the way of year-over-year turnover, which leads me to believe that fans — true fans — quite possibly buy these cars for the joy of ownership over financial upside. Sound too clichéd? Shortly after taking on this as- signment, I made the long haul between Chicago and Cleveland on the somewhat less-than-luxurious I-90. Somewhere along the way, in the middle of open fields and hardwood clusters, I was running the relevance of a man who’s been dead for a decade and a half around and around in my head. I was trying to understand why someone was willing to separate themselves from almost a quarter of a million dollars for an old race car when I spotted it: Drug out to the edge of a field, by what was likely no small effort, sat a brush-painted, all-black school bus with an enormous 3 emblazoned on the side. Who is popular on any given Sunday has a tremen- dous effect on the ups and downs in this market, and when it comes to NASCAR, there are few, if any, who can match The Man in Black. Well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) July–August 2017 61 1989 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR Lot 645.1, VIN: 5 Condition: 4Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 3/31/2010 ACC# 160375 Detailing Current ACC Median Valuation: $27,820 (all NASCAR) Year produced: 1989 Number produced: N/A Original list price: Over $100,000 Tune-up/major service: $250-plus VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Clubs: Historic Grand National, SCTA Web: www.historicgrandnational.com, www.scta-bni. org Alternatives: Any NASCAR racer raced in period, specifically with big-name provenance ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR Lot 167, VIN: 48267 Condition: 2- ACC# 267175 Not sold at $95,000 Auctions America, Hilton Head, SC, 10/30/2015 1989 Buick Regal NASCAR Lot 146, VIN: 66112588 Condition: 4 Sold at $44,000 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2006 ACC# 41023


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PROFILE TRUCK 1972 INTERNATIONAL 1210 TRAVELETTE 4X4 PICKUP Vintage Crew Cornbinder Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Combine the interest for new crewcab pickups with the few vintage examples built and you have a perfect storm for Travelettes to move up smartly in value 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 62 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: B43204H331871 by B. Mitchell Carlson military tires show-mounted on steel wheels with factory hubcaps. The original Line Setting Ticket (build sheet) is still taped to the back of the glovebox. It retains the original radio. It has had only one repaint. It’s powered by the original 345-ci V8 engine with automatic transmission, has four-wheel drive with locking hubs and dual gas tanks. T ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 328, sold for $32,450, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 7, 2017. Crew-cab pioneer The concept of a truck suited to move a crew of workers surfaced in the years before World War II. As the country was becoming more reliant on truck transportation, workers needed to get to job sites that his is a rare International Travelette 1210 4x4, ¾-ton, crew-cab short bed. A survivor California International, it features factory automatic, power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. It has matching numbers. Features include original IH-stamp bed bolts and were farther away, and they needed to do it efficiently. As such, aftermarket companies began to add second rows of seats to truck cabs. In the 1920s, with wood-framed cabs, this was fairly easy, but as the 1930s all-steel cabs came into the market, specialized body companies became involved — usually by grafting a second cab behind the original one. Most were on medium-duty trucks, but they also applied the formula to pickups. After the war, most truck builders had at least one aftermarket upfitter building crew cabs as factory-authorized conversions. International was the first to offer a crew cab as a regular option built in their factory. It was introduced in early 1957 as part of the all-new A-line trucks. The A stood for “Anniversary,” as they commemorated the 50th anniversary of International Harvester’s first truck. These first Travelettes had three doors — one for the driver and two on the curb side. This mimicked the carryall Travelall, as both models shared door and cab stampings. In 1961, the revised C-series (using a lowered cab structure) ushered in a 4-door cab for both Travelall and Travelette. Still, it would be two more years before the next competitor — Dodge — of


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing Years produced: 1969–75 Number produced: 82,810 (all 1972 U.S.-built Light Line) Original list price: $4,410 Current ACC Median Valuation: $17,738 fered a factory crew cab. Ford followed suit in 1965, although they weren’t made in-house until 1968. By then the International Light Line was losing market share in what was becoming a very competitive pickup truck market, regardless of the number of doors they had. IHC discontinued all light-duty trucks, except the Scout, in 1975. Not just for crews By the end of those 18 years of Travelette production, the need for space in the truck market had evolved. While the primary target had been businesses, IH also marketed the Travelette to rural families — and not just for Pa to take Ma and the kids into town for provisions while he was at the feed store. IH also began tapping into the budding camping and RV market with it. Advertising extolled the virtues of a six-passenger pickup as the perfect truck for camping as much as for the farm — if not more so. By the time the last Travelette rolled off the as- sembly line in 1975, changes in the work environment (with workers driving to job sites in their own pickups) and a boom in the RV market (despite the 1973 Arab oil embargo) saw nearly as many of them used by the campers and RVers as workers. This was just a hint of changes to come in the industry. During the 1990s, the combination of a booming economy, growing market share for pickups and a cultural shift towards “cowboy Cadillacs” in rural markets saw crew-cab sales explode. This trend continues today, where full-sized 4-door pickups are now far more common than single cabs. Opening doors of interest Combine the interest and market share for new crew-cab pickups with the few vintage examples built (let alone still existing), and you have a perfect storm for Travelettes to move up smartly in value. Our featured truck generally reflects the interests and tastes of today’s market. It comes closer to being restored than modified, but it isn’t concours-lawnornament-nit-picky-correct. It also has the necessary trifecta of options that are virtually essential today: power steering, power brakes and air conditioning. The seats were reupholstered in a near-stock pat- tern, one that I remember very well from my family’s 1972 Travelall. Another feature I remember well is the dual-fuel-tank option — necessary with the bone-stock but thirsty 345. The control was a dashboard-mounted knob; pull out and turn to the left for the rear tank, push in and turn to the right for the tank under the front passenger’s feet. Get it wrong and the truck will sputter to a stop within a mile (don’t ask me how I know). The only goofy changes (to me, at least) are the matte finish on the otherwise-textbook 1970s dark gold metallic and a set of vintage military-style nondirectional tires. They may look mil-spec rugged, but they prove that this truck’s builder never really went off-roading with NDTs. Or in the rain. Or on ice. If this Travelette is going to be anything other than a garage queen, the new owner should really ditch them for modern rubber. Overall, with this truck’s good workmanship, the model’s low survival rate, a now-popular body style, and a stable vintage four-wheel-drive pickup market, this price isn’t all that surprising. It may be a little strong compared to the median market of the rest of the remaining Travelette fleet, but its peers should continue to climb in value rather than falter. Call this one market-correct.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) VIN location: Driver’s side frame rail, aft of the bumper bracket, capacity plate and VIN decal on the edge of the driver’s side door Engine # location: Machined boss on the front of the block Web: www.nationalihcollectors.com Additional: oldihc.wordpress. com Clubs: National International Harvester Collectors Club Inc. Alternatives: 1972–80 Dodge W200 Power Wagon Crew Cab, 1968–72 and 1973–79 Ford F-250 Crew Cab, 1973–80 Chevrolet K-20/GMC K2500 Crew Cab or Bonus Cab ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Tune-up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $15 to $36 (NOS) 1979 Chevrolet K30 Silverado 3+3 pickup Lot S62.1, VIN: CKL349B175059 Condition: 3+ Sold at $20,350 ACC# 6811932 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/30/2016 Lot 29, VIN: X25JKDG2572 Condition: 3Sold at $6,372 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ, 1/16/2015 1979 Ford F-250 Ranger XLT Super Cab pickup ACC# 256979 1978 Ford F-150 Ranger XLT Super Cab pickup Lot 174, VIN: X14SKBE6156 Condition: 2Sold at $13,230 MidAmerica Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/21/2013 ACC# 225809 July–August 2017 63CC 63


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MArKeT OVERVIEW Ups and Downs Prove That Consistency is King Plus, a forgotten boxy brother may soon get its due MArKeT MOMENT Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Old pickups and SUVs are in an auction golden age, bringing sales that owners would have thought impossible in the mid-2000s. Fancy, chunky-tired Broncos and pristine Land Cruisers are almost a necessity at high-end sales (probably to bring a little PBR to a Champagne event). But silently riding this old-school, body-on-frame rise is the original Jeep Cherokee. In the ACC Premium Auction This top-horsepower-for-’66 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe found a new home, selling for $77,000 at Leake’s Dallas auction by Garrett Long A uctions America had a stellar Auburn auction, selling $2m more than their 2016 sale, despite 50 fewer lots. I’m sure the no-reserve Level 5 Motorsports parts and cars had a part to play, but the results were indicative of quality offerings. Branson took a dip from last year but still ended the weekend with a 69% sales rate and a $2.6m total. If Branson can maintain their strong sales rate with the greater number of lots they usually offer, they will have a winning formula. Worldwide dropped 44% in sales total, from $11.4m to $6.4m. But despite the plunge, the $11.4m in sales last year was an outlier, and Worldwide settled into their usual number range with 111 lots and a 78% sales rate. Leake and Worldwide traded numbers this year, as it was Leake’s turn to achieve crazy totals. Hitting $10.3m in sales from 438 lots offered, Leake was up 152% from last year and totaled almost $4m more than any previous Leake sale, with 66% sold. A BEST BUYS 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe, $79,200—Leake, TX, p. 74 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 1968 Ford Mustang GT fastback, $47,733—Silverstone, u.K., p. 114 1966 Dodge Coronet 500 2-dr hard top, $57,200—Auctions America, IN, p. 90 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne pickup, $13,970—branson, MO, p. 104 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake coupe, $33,000—Leake, TX, p. 79 Database, we have a total of eight 1974–83 Cherokees in hundreds of recorded auctions. To give some reference, we have 463 first-gen Broncos and 481 boxy Land Cruisers. It’s not like we give preferential treatment, either. We input every car of every auction we cover into our database; Cherokees just aren’t making it to auction in the same numbers, despite some 200k being made. But with those eight Cherokees, there is an obvious trend mirroring their square brethren: They are going up. Now, I admit, eight isn’t exactly a number most scientists or economists would use to publish a paper. But keep an eye out, Cherokee owners. As we crest the classic-SUV curve, you might just want to hop off at the top. — Garrett Long


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MArKeT OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE buy It Now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 1 1969 Chevrolet vertible, $616,000— Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 97 KR fastback, Roadster, $220,000—Auctions America, IN, p. 89 3 1953 Nash-Healey $108,900—Auctions America, IN, p. 90 4 1968 Ford Mustang back, $104,500—Auctions America, IN, p. 89 5 2010 Chevrolet Hennessey HPE700 coupe, $82,500— Branson, MO, p. 105 6 1954 Chevrolet coupe, $79,200—Leake, TX, p. 74 8 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $77,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, TX, p. 96 9 1966 Chevrolet $72,500—Auctions America, IN, p. 86 Corvette coupe, $77,000—Leake, TX, p. 76 10 1953 Buick Super Woodie wagon, Camaro Z/28 ible, $79,557— Silverstone, U.K., p. 111 7 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertCamaro GT 428 CJ fast- 2006–13 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The supercharged 638-hp C6 ZR1, launched in 2009, was the media darling of auto journalists, a favorite of bench racers and Chevrolet’s flagship. But while the ZR1 was competing in group car tests and claiming its spot as King of Corvettes, the 505-hp LS7-powered Z06 was quietly becoming a track-day favorite and contrasted the ZR1’s bruteness with a fine chassis-to-motor balance. With fewer headlines and a solid number-two spot in Chevy’s Corvette lineup, the lack of the flagship title has created a chance for deal hunters. C6 ZR1 sales in the ACC database show a current average value of $73k, with just small dings taken off the price each year. The C6 Z06 median? $52k. That’s a lot of car for the money. The Z06 will never bring as much money as the ZR1, so if you are waiting for a financial opportunity, wait for the ZR1 to drop more. But as a high-performance toy just as capable on the drag strip as it is on the road course, a Z06 with a set of sticky tires and a brake-fluid flush is just about all you need. — Garrett Long Auctions and Totals in This Issue $10.3m $12m $10m $8m $6.4m $6m $5.6m $4.7m $4m $2.6m $2m $364k $0 Duxford, U.K. March 29, 2017 H&H 68 AmericanCarCollector.com April 21–22, 2017 Branson, MO Branson April 21–22, 2017 Worldwide Arlington, TX April 21–23, 2017 Dallas, TX Leake Vancouver, WA April 22, 2017 Silver Auctions America Auburn, IN May 11–13, 2017 Northamptonshire, U.K. May 13, 2017 Silverstone $9m Corvette L88 con2 1968 Shelby GT500


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Spring 2017 Despite Ferrari headlines, American Iron dominates the middle market Leake Dallas, TX April 21–23, 2017 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dillon Hall, Casey Enlow Automotive lots sold/ offered: 290/438 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $10,313,078 high American sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $103,400 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices A few custom touches and affordability — 1991 Chevrolet Caprice 4-dr station wagon, sold at $3,520 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 70 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Roy Velander Market opinions in italics installment drew an in-the-ballpark 438 cars for a full three days of sales on their two auction rings. Although this year the top sale — by a large margin E — was a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, selling for a spectacular $3.7m, American iron was right behind with four in the top 10. Yet if we leave out the LaFerrari, and only consider all the other sales, all numbers were up compared with last year. This includes an improvement in gross sales over last year’s event by over $2m. To further appreciate these increases, this occurred while a competing auction company was also conducting an event in the DFW Metroplex on this same weekend — Worldwide Auctioneers’ first sale in Arlington. Topping out the domestics, and the last car to breach a six-digit sale, was a well-restored 1967 Corvette ach spring, the Dallas Market Center complex is home to one of Leake Auction’s cornerstone events. With a usual consignment turnout of 400 to 500 cars filling the Market Hall just west of downtown Dallas, the April 2017 convertible. Powered by a 390-hp 427-ci big block with a 4-speed, the factory-correct red-on-red drop-top was sold at a very reasonable $103,400. This was also one of over 40 cars that were part of the highlighted David and Laura Williams Collection, all offered at no reserve. Actually, all four of these top sales were from the Williams Collection. Not far behind the mid-year drop-top was another convertible — their 1968 Shelby GT350, selling at $90,750. Leading off the Saturday afternoon segment of this collection was a 1969 Camaro Z/28 with originalto-the-car Cross Ram induction. Going down as one of the best deals of the day, this radio- and heater-delete hard top changed hands at $79,200. Close behind was the Williams Collection’s other mid-year Corvette, a 1966 coupe equipped with the 425-horse 427 and also a real-deal red-on-red Corvette, selling for $77,000 to round off the top 10. Leake’s next event here is their annual fall auction on November 17–19.A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #2486-1938 CADILLAC V16 sedan. VIN: 5270283. Dark blue/beige broadcloth. Odo: 4,021 miles. Dual sidemount spare-tire steel covers. Older restoration, starting to unwind a little. Presentable repaint, although the top of the hood has a light orange-peel texture to it. Body tag removed as part of the repaint, reattached with flat-head screws. Older presentable chrome work, with more recently buffed-out stainless trim. Periodaccessory driving lights and spotlights. AM radio antennas under both running boards. Gauges relettered by hand. Excellent upholstery work on the seats, door panels and headliner. Replacement carpets show only light wear. Decent door fit. The motor is somewhat grimy. Some of the wiring is held in place with modern tie wraps. Older chassis gloss-black paint job, now with most of it flaked off the leaf springs. Car runs out well without any obvious issues. Cond: 3+. stained and oxidized carburetor, the engine compartment is quite clean and well detailed. Gloss-black paint on the chassis is also starting to flake along component edges. Cond: 3+. amples that are staying true to stock, like this one. The reserve was lifted at $15k, garnering several more bids beyond that. While it’s not a concours lawn ornament, I heard plenty of positive comments about it while I was evaluating it, and that should continue for the new owner on show-andshine night. SOLD AT $60,500. This combination trunk/ rumble-seat body doesn’t offer much for luggage space. Essentially, it’s a compartment for the spare tire and for carrying either a picture frame or a pizza. Not both at the same time. I supposed you could put a pan of freshly-baked rolls back there, as it would then be a bun warmer—for the rumble seat. As the entry-level Caddy, a series 60 is not a CCCA Full Classic; this one sold well enough. SOLD AT $52,800. The-new for-1938 redesigned V16, with a 135-degree bank, was almost a Boxer 16. Essentially a pair of straight-eight engines with a common crankshaft; each bank had its own carburetor, distributor, coil, fuel pump and water pump. I’m not saying that Cadillac is overdue for a Bugatti Chiron competitor, but you’ve got to admit that a pair of LT1s joined front-to-back to form a mono-block V16, in an ultra-luxurious sedan, would certainly usurp BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley. Originally bid to $36,500 on the turntable, but listed in post-event data by the auction company as having sold postblock. #2497-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 60 convertible. VIN: 8271982. Light yellow/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 1,855 miles. Period aftermarket spotlights on either side of the windshield and fog lamps. Older frameoff restoration. Better-quality repaint still presents quite well. Polishing compound in most panel gaps and under the hood. All chrome was replated and is now starting to lose some of its luster. Good door fit. Allnew door and glass rubber, when restored. Reupholstered front seat now has some light wrinkling on the bottom cushion, rumble-seat area looks unused. Restored steering wheel is like new. Newer carpeting in all three compartments. Aside from the fuel- 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #177-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: H54S018742. Mint green/brown vinyl. Odo: 43 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Frameoff restoration in recent years, between driver-grade and show quality. Better quality than technically possible when new, thanks mostly to modern two-stage paint. Door window whisker seals not seated very well. Dolled up with chromed bumpers front and rear, stainless grille and front splash pan, plus retro-looking step plates on the running boards. High-gloss varnish side boards and flooring for the pickup box. Authentically reupholstered seat and visors, plus reproduction headliner and floor mat. Lightly painted engine now has rust forming on it. Modern aluminum radiator. Cond: 3+. #1149-1967 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494877H927732. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,590 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A/C compressor is now missing and lines are taped over. Topical repaint a few years ago, which is generally presentable and keeps the rust off. Muted, mostly original brightwork, although the bumpers may have been replated decades back. Mix of stock wheel covers and one of the same design from a 1970 Corvette. Door seals spliced with repair strips and are missing all the stop bumpers, so they rattle when shut. Newer economy-grade radial tires. Roof vinyl has some sun fade, simulated vinyl textured panel below the rear window has been rattle-canned gloss black. Seats show no appreciable wear. Old engine repaint is now dull from heat cycling. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. In addition to 1967 Riviera and 1969–73 Corvette, this wheel cover was also used on 1970–71 Ford T-birds and Ford LTDs. They just had different center caps. Last seen at Mecum’s Kansas City auction a month previous, making the trip down here after it failed to sell at $8k (ACC# 6829737). It got two more bids past the reserve being lifted at $9,750 (which was more than enough the way it was). SOLD AT $20,075. One can essentially do a no-limit “Visa card” restoration on any year of Advance Design pickup—even the cabs are now being reproduced. As such, it’s now more a case of looking at the quality of parts, rather than the workmanship of rejuvenating old, tired components. With the continued strong values on all vintage postwar pickups, we are also seeing more ex- #2534-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164878F144190. Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 71,287 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with power steering, power brakes converted to a dual master cylinder, later-production three-spoke SS steering wheel and reproduction Rally wheels on radials. Decent trim-off but glassin base/clear repaint a few years back. Old replacement windshield. Mostly decent original brightwork. Extra mounting hole under the passenger’s door mirror. Four OEM T-3 headlights. Poorly fitting right rear fender cap. Doors sag slightly. Good seats, door panels and dashpad—all likely original. New carpeting, with a subtle carpeted mini console between the transmission hump and the dashboard to mount the modern CD sound system. Aftermarket rear parcel-shelf


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX speakers. Recently repainted motor. Aftermarket 4-barrel carburetor and open-element air cleaner. Modern refrigerant a/c fittings. Runs out well, if not a touch more robust that stock. Cond: 3+. cab. I was expecting at least an open-element air cleaner or chrome valve covers. Bidding hung at $12,500 until they managed to get the consignor to cut loose his reserve, then it got two more bids in short order before getting hammered sold. No investment potential here, just a good cruise-night special with room to go back to a stock interior at some point in the future. SOLD AT $17,600. I get the impression that this was a grandma’s favorite car, which has subsequently been sexed up a bit. As such, it’s best suited to be the cruise-night special that it has become. Offered at no reserve, bought and sold market-correct. #1115-1969 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136809K348916. Maroon metallic/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 44,664 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional 300hp V8, auto, power steering, power brakes and a/c. Reproduction SS wheels with newer radials. Pretty decent trim-off repaint in recent years. Most trim buffed out when off the car and some selective reproduction emblem replacement. Heavier nicks and scrapes on the door-frame moldings, with new aftermarket stainless visors. Modern spray-on bedliner on the cargo floor only. Reupholstered in modern automotive cloth, in a generic pleat. Moldy passenger’s side headrest. Moderate-pushing-heavier carpet wear and soiling. Vintage aftermarket AM/ FM/8-track stereo and toggle-switch panel below it. Recent stock engine cosmetics, including a better-quality motor repaint, new alternator and aftermarket ignition wiring. Cond: 3. 124379N590547. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 59,301 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with Cross Ram induction, cowl-induction hood, M22 4-speed, radio delete, heater delete, center console, rear bumper guards and the original date-coded Rally wheels shod with reproduction Wide Tread GT tires. Jerry MacNeish’s High Performance Chevrolet registry certified this as a real-deal car, as equipped from new. Superb base/clear bare-body repaint. Door gaps slightly wider at the front than the rear, but otherwise fit well. Bumpers replated to original finish quality. All-reproduction interior soft trim, with no appreciable wear. Repainted dashboard to windshield filler panel, including the VIN tag. Exceptionally clean engine bay. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2+. 7 #2500-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: original built sheet, restored to basically match its original configuration. Factory options include a/c, Positraction rear axle, power steering, full-gauge dashboard, West Coast mirrors, rear step bumper, full tinted glass, push-button AM radio and full wheel covers. Restoration deviations are the addition of correct, stock-style power brakes, smaller mirrors and using 1980s vintage GM truck Rally wheels shod with all-season radials. Steel cargo-box floor configuration, fully coated with spray-on bedliner. Superb bare cab repaint. Reproduction chrome emblems and alloy trim. Reproduction door panels. New seats. Engine has been used enough since it was repainted that it’s now greasy on the front and bare metal is fully surface rusted. Non-stock dual-chambered muffler exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,200. Despite assertions that this car was correct, it hammered sold for less than a lot of folks thought it should. This also was the general start of a sales trend for the rest of the collection. Bought very well, as it essentially sold right for a well-restored Z/28, but with a complimentary Cross Ram setup thrown in. As far as how the seller did, we only present that it sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 Scottsdale auction for $143,000 (ACC# 6725182). SOLD AT $14,850. I was a bit surprised that they went bone-stock under the hood, considering the deviations from stock in the “ #439-1972 CHEVROLET K10 Cheyenne 1/2-ton SWB 4x4 pickup. VIN: CKE142B139910. Black/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 98,740 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Per the Anyone thinking that they’ll hold off on getting a 1967–72 C/K truck until the prices recede had better rethink that proposition. 1972 Chevrolet K10 Cheyenne 1/2-ton SWB 4x4 pickup 74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $39,600. About the only way you can upgrade the configuration of this pickup would be to find one in a color more to your liking (if black isn’t your thing), or actually restore it back to 100% original configuration. Anyone thinking that they’ll hold off on getting a 1967–72 C/K truck until the prices recede had better rethink that proposition. As the trucks continue to move up in value, only examples in less desirable colors or configurations are treading water in price. This very desirable rig saw the reserve passed at $33k and the bidding continued past it unabated. #2432-1974 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Hurst W-30 coupe. VIN: 3J57T5M319948. White/white vinyl half roof/white vinyl & red cloth insert. Odo: 17,573 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c, Positraction rear axle, tilt steering column, swivel bucket seats, power windows, power door locks, AM/FM stereo, and a Hurst dual-gate shifter. Light overspray on the undercarriage from the repaint. Some light paint lifting along the windshield perimeter masking line. Excellent reproduction graphics ” BEST BUY TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX application. Good older bumper rechrome. Hood ornament is something of a bobblehead. Passenger’s door fit is off, and both rattle due to the stop bumpers being missing. Generally clean, tidy and stock under the hood. Dusty air cleaner and top of the brake master cylinder. Good seat upholstery, with more wear and fading on the cloth inserts than the rest of the seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,475. In 1974, a Hurst/ Olds W-30 was the pace car at Indy. This one has turned up a couple of times in our database, the last time being here three years ago and not selling for 10 grand (ACC# 251680). This time around, either this was enough to jostle it loose or the consignor had enough of paying for consignment fees. #794-1991 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 4-dr station wagon. VIN: 1G1BL83E9MW252072. White/maroon velour. Odo: 113,932 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Fitted with Camaro IROC wheels on newer offbrand quasi-performance tires. Average repaint, with good masking. Additional pinstriping in orange and red accenting bodypanel outlines. Decent door fit. Dark window tint film added to all glass, except the windshield. Good original brightwork. Bone-stock under the hood. Newer battery and alternator. Heavier wear on the driver’s side seatbottom piping, but the rest of the interior shows minimal wear—significantly less that its 113k miles and 26 years of age would lead one to assume. Second and third rows look like they’ve been folded down for most of the car’s existence. Unkempt used-car undercarriage. Runs out well and stock. Cond: 3. #2506-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194376S113597. Rally Red/red vinyl. Odo: 64,161 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power windows, AM/FM radio and knockoff alloy wheels—now on gold-line radials. Stated it has its original trim tag, showing it to be a true red-on-red car. Upper portion of the block stamping pad with the unit sequence number has been milled or filed to the point that it’s illegible. Body prep and paint application are better than technically possible in 1966. Good door fit and shut lines. Minimal waviness to the upper bumper surfaces on good plating. Allreproduction interior soft trim, expertly installed and showing only minimal signs of use. Light surface rust on the rear transverse spring-mounting hardware, but the rest of the undercarriage presents well with stock finishes. Generally authentically detailed under the hood, now showing light flash rust on all bare-metal components. Glossy upper radiator hose, dull lower hose with incorrect clamps. Cond: 2. CORVETTE 9 underhood trimmings. Recent replacement seats, carpeting and door panels. Original dashpad is starting to split at the seam along the driver’s side. New brake lines and shocks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,250. The 1969 sidepipes don’t come off too badly, filling in an area generally ignored in the era of integral bumpers and giving some flash to an otherwise vast expanse of painted plastic. On the other hand, they also come off as oversized rocker panels without 1968–72 small chrome bumpers to balance them out, although better balanced than the half plastic/ half chrome 1973s. Offered towards the end of the day on Friday as part of a no-reserve grouping, selling as a slightly better deal for the consignor than the buyer. SOLD AT $3,520. This was the first year of the final generation of the rear-wheel-drive B-body sedans and wagons. By the time they went out of production in 1996, they had already attracted a cult following that continues today (including yours truly, having drunk the Kool-Aid and owned a ’91 Olds Custom Cruiser for several years). While minty low-mile examples will break into five-digit prices quite easily, the majority of the fleet with over 100k on the clock are very reasonably priced (cheap). While this has easily at least another 187k miles left to go if it’s regularly maintained, the final bid is the market. If anything, the IROC wheels help (as it’s a common change-out) while the pinstriping more than hurts the value. 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $77,000. No mention was made if this had any show time on the NCRS circuit or Bloomington Gold, although it’ll need some light touch-up and correcting before the new owners should go that route. And it did find a new home, as it was part of the no-reserve collection that sold on Saturday afternoon. The engine-stamping issue may have kept very serious buyer’s hands in their pockets, but this top-horsepowerfor-’66 all-red coupe was still a pretty good buy. #193-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67T4S403201. Yellow/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 29,685 miles. 350-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with 1969-style sidepipes. Factory-installed optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, tilt/ tele steering column, AM/FM radio and both types of vinyl tops—hard and soft. True to being authentic repaint, it has overall very light orange peel. A few light cracks are beginning to surface around both door handles. Decent door gaps. Replacement hard-top vinyl didn’t bond well. Recent engine repaint, but the stamping pad is very difficult to read due to surface rust. Freshly coated exhaust manifolds. Mostly stock #2529-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Commemorative Edition convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32GX45128996. LeMans Blue/gray cloth/gray leather. Odo: 30,091 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Optional Z51 Sport Suspension. Window sticker displayed is not for this car. 30,091 miles from new and all original, aside from fluids, tires (being upgraded to zero-pressure Michelin Pilot Sports), and economy-grade battery. Paint is in as-delivered-from-GM condition—if not slightly better, with some of the typical light orange peel buffed out of it. Front spoiler is chalky from buffing compound residue, especially noticeable with the tire dressing. Light discoloring on the brake calipers from heat cycling. Squeaky clean and bone-stock under the hood. Light discoloring on the center console lid and door pulls. Minimal wrinkling on the driver’s seat bolster. Dealer-prep film over the carpeting. Light road spray on the undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. While I’m biased because I have an identical coupe, with 70k more miles, I’ll also say that these final-year C5s are starting to be picked up by Corvette TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX enthusiasts who are put off by the increasingly complex subsequent generations. I, for one, prefer my mechanical door handles over the C6 and C7 solenoids. While C5s in the general marketplace are approaching the lower ebbs of depreciation, minty virgins like this promise to do well in the future—if not immediate future. Another one from the no-reserve Williams Collection that was well bought. FOMOCO #1126-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH356152. Raven Black/ white hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 51,922 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, brakes and seat, engine dress-up kit and Town & Country AM radio options included. All confirmed as being correct from new on the car, with a copy of the original “Eminger invoice” displayed with it. Claimed to be unrestored, if you don’t consider an older repaint as restoration work. Okay door fit. Bumper chrome is getting a bit dull, but still presentable in context to the rest of the car. Hard-top moldings have sanding scratches in a few places. Classic Thunderbird Club International decal on the windshield. Door panels, carpeting and seats look too good to be 62 years old, but are far from pristine, either. Older engine fluff-and-buff is still generally presentable. Cond: 3. V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 4-speed transmission, AM/FM radio and power nothing. Shoddy prep work with a minimal-effort older repaint. Several light dings on the tops of the front fenders. Older replated bumpers, but the rest of the chrome has light to moderate pitting. Doors rattle a bit. Aftermarket high-rise intake manifold, carburetor and aluminum radiator. Oddly routed aftermarket coolant-recovery system mounted on the driver’s side fender apron. A couple of vacuum lines are cut off and plugged. New vinyl on the front seat bottoms, in a generic pleat. New carpeting repaired and redyed dashpad. Modern tach mounted below the dashboard. Black leather steering-wheel rim cover. Big-bore aftermarket exhaust gives off a throaty-yet-raspy report. Cond: 3. All-reproduction interior soft trim, well fitted. While it’s been fitted with modern four-wheel disc brakes under those 17-inch alloy wheels, they kept the old rusty single-bore master cylinder. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $18,500. I really don’t want to know the thought process that goes into putting all the work (and money) into converting the car to four-wheel disc brakes, but keeping a grungy old master cylinder that isn’t up to the task. It’s not even power assisted (not that it’ll help when the pedal goes all the way to the floor). All the conversion kits I’m aware of—including those for Corvairs—at least are set up with an unassisted dual master cylinder. Toss in a big built-up FE block, and it all adds up to problems. While leaving the auction block, it was stated that it was going to take closer to $25k to sell it. Can’t be because it has that much into it for parts. Enough was bid for this fantasy Fairlane. SOLD AT $21,725. Those of us who value original paperwork and authenticity in our vintage vehicles can thank Lois Eminger for starting the ball rolling. Decades ago, she worked for Ford and also owned a pink 1957 T-bird. When she got wind that Ford was going to shred the shipping invoices for 2-seat T-birds over 10 years old, she asked if she could get the copy for her car. Corporate response was basically, “if you take one, you have to take them all”—and she did. Now those invoices are available from the Vintage Thunderbird Club International thanks to her willingness to take them. While well-restored 1955s and 1956s are bringing better money, the hordes of middling examples like this one still sell for the same money they did 25 years ago—which mirrors this sale perfectly. #2536-1964 MERCURY MONTCLAIR Marauder 4-dr hard top. VIN: 4Z58Z550049. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 20,125 miles. 390-ci 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $13,475. This was the first full year of the Marauder fastback package, as it was introduced during 1963 on 2-door hard tops only. For 1964, not only was it available on all three model ranges—Monterey, Montclair and Park Lane—but also in both 2-door and 4-door hard tops. It’s a bit unusual to find one with four doors and four speeds, but that’s one of the things I liked about it. However, it’s got two doors too many for most folks, so on the surface it may seem odd that this no-reserve car sold well. It got there because the new buyer’s father won one new in a contest, and it was delivered to him by the buyer’s grandfather, who was a Mercury dealer. #2495-1966 FORD FAIRLANE convertible. VIN: 6H45C134615. Red/white vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 83,766 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NOM 390-ci V8. Originally a yellow-with-black-interior non-XL Fairlane 500 equipped with a 2-barrel 289 V8 and C-4 automatic. Well, at least it’s still a Ford. Also has OEM-type a/c and a period-correct optional AM/FM radio. Pretty paint job and rocker-stripe application. Some paint lifting on the center of the hood. Deeper windshield-wiper scratches on the glass. #469-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R483056. Competition Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 59,375 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Per the displayed Marti Report, sold new in Milwaukee, WI, with only 3.50-ratio Traction-Lok differential, Sport Deck rear seat, AM radio and tire upgrade as options. Bare-body restoration performed at least a decade ago. Excellent repaint in the stock special-order color. Door and trunk shut lines are pretty good, but the fiberglass hood—like original production—leaves a lot to be desired. Light fogging on the original grille surround, but most of the remaining brightwork is either replated or reproduction. Newer reproduction seats, door panels and carpet. Engine is well detailed to stock— only the hose clamps are not authentic. Car smelled like antifreeze for about an hour after it was driven into the hall, but no green puddles were under it. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. If you don’t recognize the color from the Shelby palette, it’s because it is factory special-order paint. The Marti Report shows that Ford referred to it as “Competition Orange,” while the Shelby American window sticker calls it “Competition Red.” To me, it’s the classic ambulance and school-bus Omaha Orange (a perennially available Ford truck color for fleets) and would’ve been readily available in the paint pots at River Rouge. Marti’s database stated that it was one of 15 1969 GT500s painted in this hue. Bidding hit a


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX brick wall at this amount, which does seem to be a bit shy of the market, even with a few bits that should be attended to on the car. #490-1969 FORD F-250 pickup. VIN: F26YRE29315. Harbor Blue/dark gray cloth. Odo: 90,339 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repowered with a 428 big block. Said motor has several performance parts on it, such as high-rise manifold, carburetor, air cleaner and chrome valve covers with neat and tidy workmanship. Stated that it had a frame-off restoration within the past two years. Very good bare-metal prep and paint application. Black spray-on bedliner. A bit incongruent with chrome bumpers and entry-level painted grille. All emblems are reproduction. Good original FoMoCo West Coast mirrors. Well-fitted doors. Reproduction dashpad and door panels. Seat redone in modern automotive cloth, with good workmanship. Upgraded to carpeted floor, sliding rear window and electronic retro-look radio. Aftermarket alloy wheels fitted with oversize off-road radials. Cond: 2-. wings—front and rear—to almost require FAA certification. 7,862 miles from new and looks the part. No discernible paint damage from road abrasions, just some light polishing swirls if the light is right. Clean enough to be sterile under the hood. Carroll Shelby memorial decal on the radiator brace cover. Minimal seat-bottom and carpeted floor-mat wear and soiling. The heaviest-wear items on the whole car are the rear tires (fancy that). Washed-off undercarriage. Cond: 2. harness. Clean undercarriage. Runs out well. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. I can tell that the consignor really didn’t know trucks this old, as the windshield wipers were pushed above the crank-out windshield, likely thinking that they won’t work. Either that, or he wants to scratch the paint on the roof. Not only do the pivoting wiper arms work well, but I’ve actually used the wipers with the windshield cracked open on a hot, sticky day with a fine drizzle (poor man’s air conditioning) on my various old Internationals. Plymouth-marketed Dodgebuilt pickups from 1937 until 1941 only occasionally come onto the market. I’d have expected it to have sold for at least $20k, and apparently so too did the consignor. SOLD AT $33,000. The week before this auction, my house sitter had just bought a bone-stock 2011 GT500, with a mere 550 hp, yet with similar miles on the clock for $38k and was beside himself over how little this car brought. The only downside here is if you wanted bone stock or don’t like Kona Blue with red stripes, but otherwise this Mustang on meth is as cheap as you can get 700-plus horsepower in a near-new car. Bought exceptionally well. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $23,000. In the era of the 1967–72 Ford F-series, the 428 was never fitted into a light-duty truck. The ubiquitous 390 or truck-unique 360 kid-brother FE block, were the “big blocks” assigned that task. I rather liked this big beast, if for no other reason that I grew up around my dad’s Skyview Blue and Wimbledon White ’68 F-100. I can even live with the few nonstock indiscretions beyond the 428 under the hood, as the seat and steering wheel are easily redone, while the wheels keep me from dealing with multi-piece rims. I wasn’t the only one here to have a jones for it, as there were a lot of guys bidding on it, but since the consignor also apparently liked it a lot also, the reserve wasn’t dropped. #2519-2011 SHELBY GT500 Super Snake coupe. VIN: 1ZVBP8JS4B5145421. Kona Blue & red/black leather. Odo: 7,862 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Beyond the usual Super Snake specifications, is additionally fitted with a 2.8-liter Kenne Bell supercharger, in Stage III tune with 18.5 pounds of boost, shifter with linelock button, bigger-bore stainless exhaust system, 4.10 Positraction nine-inch rear end, Brembo brakes, upgraded wheels, custom embroidered headrests and enough #2430-1939 PLYMOUTH PT81 pickup. VIN: 8628437. Dark green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 50,870 miles. Better-quality body-off restoration, but not quite to concours levels. A few painted surfaces, such as the cab corners and dashboard, have some light orange peel. Two-tone incorrectly includes the grille in black with the fenders. The few pieces of chrome on the truck have been replated or are replacements; the more plentiful (if barely) stainless-steel pieces have been polished. Good door fit. Tidy seat upholstery work, with no appreciable wear. Clean and generally welldetailed-to-stock engine compartment. Inside of the horn bell is painted red. Some modern wire has been run along with the reproduction cloth-insulated wiring #1143-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: WS23L75113353. White/ gold vinyl. Odo: 57,822 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Aftermarket power windows and power door locks. Accessory gauges on the center console. Good older repaint, with some light overspray on the undercarriage and masking lines around the vent windows. Older aftermarket chambered dual-exhaust system makes that 440 sound quite beefy. Torque Thrust-D alloy wheels shod with radial tires that are down to the wear bars. Good door and panel fit—or at least on par with original build quality. Hood fit is not as good—and won’t unlatch. Lots of small dents and dings on the bright drip-rail moldings. New reproduction door panels and seats show no appreciable wear. Older wrapped vinyl steering-wheel rim cover. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,850. By the looks of the gold seats and door panel inserts around everything else black, I’d guess that this originally had an all-black interior. Access under the hood to the fender tag would’ve answered that. Bid exceptionally well at $23k on the block, even considering that it was a nosale. Leake’s post-event data shows this as a sale later in the weekend—maybe the buyer got the hood opened? #1161-1968 DODGE D100 pickup. VIN: 1161853738. White/gray cloth & black vinyl. Odo: 33,379 miles. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Dealer-installed a/c. Homemade wood sideboards, with matching cargo-box floorboards. Stated that a “frame-off restoration” was completed on the truck. It’s more like the cab and box were taken off and repainted, as the chassis is generally original July-August 2017 79 BEST BUY


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX and lightly surface-rusted. Good bare cab and box repaint. New door seals, but without door-stop bumpers or plugs for the window-bolt access holes. Generic replacement seat upholstery, correct rubber floor mat and door panels. Modern seat belts. Crazed steering-wheel-hub emblem. Original paint on the engine, but the valve cover has been painted matte black. Clean fender aprons and cowl, with dingy motor. Foil wrapped around the fuel line in an attempt to suppress vapor lock. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. Within the past few years, these have actually started to turn up at collector car auctions, as they’ve previously been missing in action compared to Chevys and Fords of this era. While all 1960s pickups have either done exceptionally well or just increased in value a bit, Dodges of this era pretty much are all in the latter category; undoubtedly part of the reason they hadn’t turned up much at auction. Considering this is pretty much bare bones for ’68, including the ubiquitous Slant Six under the hood (my preferred choice to the 318 any day), this did pretty well here. The reserve was passed easily at $15k, garnering a few more bids. #2461-1968 DODGE DART 2-dr hard top. VIN: LS23H8B348661. Avocado Green Metallic/green vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 2,296 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with Cragar SS mag wheels, shod with modern Redline radial tires. Stated that it had copious quantities of documentation, but no copies of any of it were with the car. Stated that it had a bare-body restoration in 2008, and still looks darn nice a near decade later. Good base/clear repaint. All brightwork was replated, professionally polished or reproduction. Door shut lines and body gaps on par with original build quality. Stated that it has got a beefed-up cam and a heavy-duty Hayes pressure plate as part of the drivetrain rebuild. All-reproduction interior soft trim, with the exception of the crash pad in the middle of the steering wheel. Showquality engine bay. Clean-as-a-whistle undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Mopar purists will note that the 383 in this car is painted standard-issue Chrysler blue-green, rather than high-performance Hemi Orange, since it’s the garden-variety big-car 300-hp version (also found in grandma’s Polara) in lieu of the big Magnum. They had enough of a job stuffing a big block in, so power steering was not available. Then again, the hardcore Mopar loony loyalists (such as my assistant Roy) already knew that and can and will tell the story by heart about how these were further tweaked by Grand Spaulding Dodge into the 440-powered GSS in more space than I can make room for here. There was no doubt that this was Roy’s favorite car here, and I actually liked it too, for its sleeper look. If Publisher Martin gets rid of the SCM/ ACC Viper, it better be to make room for this. #2516-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H8G196070. Petty Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 61,451 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory special-order paint, yet sparsely equipped. Professionally restored by a marquee specialist to match the original configuration, with minimal signs of wear or use since. Authentically repainted— nice but not perfect. Splendid door and panel gaps. All replated or reproduction brightwork. All four headlights are halogens. Modern non-OEM windshield. Reproduction Magnum 500-type wheels, shod with Redline radials. All-reproduction interior soft trim, showing no appreciable wear. Ditch the Wal-Mart battery and add the additional belt for the alternator (yeah, I know getting two belts to work together is a PITA) and the engine bay would be concours-correct. Darn near sanitary undercarriage, even if it’s missing the replicated inspection markings. Cond: 2. AMERICANA #1154-1957 DIAMOND T M52 Modified quad cab 6x6. VIN: 5786. Flat black/dark gray cloth. Odo: 18,186 miles. 478-ci fuelinjected I6, 5-sp. Dashboard-mounted dataplate states that it’s an M52 5-ton semi tractor, but actually has an M35A1 2½-ton chassis and powertrain. Converted into a six-man cab by grafting two G742-series lower cabs (the forward one likely from the dataplate’s M52) and extending the roof of one M35 removable hard top. Hard top fitted with a sliding rear window. Interior lined with foil-lined foam insulation, front and rear seats from a Dodge Ram pickup, satellite radio and automotive a/c. Banged-up cargo box shortened from a standard military drop-side 2½-ton cargo truck. Class III hitch welded to the back of the frame. Rattle-can paint job, inside and out. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,450. Easy parts interchangeability was a major reason that the Department of Defense standardized the Cold-War era REO-designed G742 series “Eager Beaver”-style military truck (better known as a “Deuce and a Half,” to those of us who wore pickle suits and were charged with driving them). As such, parts copulations like this are common, once Uncle Sam mustered them out of active duty. Along with “bobbed” trucks—removing the trailing tandem rear axle and shortening the frame— the phantom crew cab is becoming a popular conversion for Deuce and a Halfs— even if the proportions look goofy with the unaltered wheelbase and tandem rear axles like this one. Hammered sold after the reserve was lifted, for all the money in the world. SOLD AT $31,900. Built on the first day of Road Runner production, this was one of a handful painted in the Petty Racing team colors to promote King Richard driving in the 1968 Daytona 500 on the auto-show circuit, and claimed to be one of three known to still exist. The perfect car for a Mopar Petty-phile. Short on the money at no reserve. Sold very well. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #432-1971 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800B utility. VIN: 882827G433351. Light green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 48,791 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional V8, 4-speed, dual fuel tanks, rear seat and AM radio. The consignor states that it has had two owners and that the 48,971 indicated miles are correct from new. Decent maskedoff repaint in base/clear. Aftermarket bumpers—and stock spare-tire carrier—painted off the truck. Light dings on the tailgate. Modern aftermarket radio antenna. Good door and glass seals. Either exceptionally good original seat upholstery or lightly worn authentic replacements. Light to moderate


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX MARKETMOMENT 1971 Chevrolet Custom K5 Blazer 4x4 SOLD at $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 6–8, 2017, Lot 681 // Dallas, TX MARKETMOMENT 1971 Chevrolet Custom K5 Blazer 4x4 SOLD at $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 6–8, 2017, Lot 681 gauge gauge fading. In-truck engine repaint in recent years. All-replacement hoses, hose clamps and ignition wiring. Recently undercoated. Shod with economy-grade older radials. Cond: 3+. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson I really do, but spending $220,000 on one is simply over the top. Yes, we’ve seen sale prices steadily climb for the early Blazers, Broncos, and FJs over the past few years, but the climb started about as close to rock bottom as you can get. Seeing these first-generation off-roaders cross the block for $30k, $40k, and even $50k is growing more commonplace every day. But $220k? Without having actually been in the room when this blatant disregard for return on invest- What in the world happened here? I love the early Blazers, ment went down, it’s difficult to speculate why at least two people absolutely had to have this truck. Although it’s the perfect color, has the perfect stance, is stompin’ around on some aggressive rubber, and has an LS under the hood, this is basically just a tastefully lifted truck with a late-model engine/tranny swap. Sure, it has slick paint and a complete interior, but so what? Parts for these trucks are readily available and relatively cheap. LS motor swaps are a dime a dozen. This isn’t the first Blazer ever built, nor was it the last. It’s not original, obviously, and there’s really nothing in the way of extensive craftsmanship happening here. It’s a good, clean, bolt-on truck. But at four or five times what I would have reasonably expected, this was very, very well sold.A — Jay Harden SOLD AT $20,350. In theory, the model 800B shouldn’t have existed. International Harvester’s original game plan was to introduce the all-new Scout II at the start of the 1971 model year, in late 1970. With its tooling and engineering issues not fully sorted, a dolled-up version with minor tweaks expanding upon the existing model 800A was released late in 1970 as the 800B to mark time until the Scout II was introduced in mid calendar-year 1971, also marketed as a 1971. With an eight-month limited production span coupled with the general interest in vintage SUVs, there was plenty of interest in this ’binder. The reserve was off by $17,500, yielding a sale a few bids later that may seem strong to some, but it was really at least market-correct, if not well bought, if it’s intended to be a keeper. #414-1972 JEEP J-2000 pickup. VIN: J2A242XN32420. Light green metallic/white vinyl & multi-color cloth. Odo: 80,386 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Modern aftermarket front push-bar bumper, accommodating an aftermarket electric winch. Aftermarket steel wheels shod with radials. Original options include a/c, power steering and brakes. Masked-off base/clear repaint over a minimally prepped body. Decent door fit. Modern plastic tailgate protector. 1970s in-dash AM/FM/cassette deck. Seat bottoms are in slightly better condition than the lightly yellowed backrest and heavily yellowed armrests. Box speakers are also hung on the roof of the cab, helping to hold up the cardboard headliner that’s starting to droop. Very busy under the hood. Engine is difficult to keep running. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,200. 1972 was the first year 82 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX that AMC ceased using the Gladiator model name for these trucks. Instead, in keeping with the three major manufacturers at the time, Jeep used a letter prefix/number suffix scheme. Upping the ante on C-10s, D-100s and F-100s, Jeep started their numbering convention with half tons as J-2000s. These just don’t surface at auctions too often, mostly due to the majority of the fleet being used hard and put away rusty. This one needs some mechanical help—despite claims that the engine was “recently serviced”—so nobody was willing to venture past 10 grand. Likely seeing the booming 1970s’ pickup market, the consignor was firm and fast at a $12,500 reserve, which didn’t get met on the block, but it paid off by the end of the weekend as a post-block sale. #173-1991 AM GENERAL HUMVEE SUV. VIN: 112814. Desert Tan/tan vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 58,386 miles. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Essentially as when decommissioned from military service condition. Remaining graphics indicate that it was an Army National Guard asset. Canvas doors and top over the passenger’s area only, wide open in the rear. Rough-and-tumble pads on the bare steel seat buckets. Driver’s door frame is sprung and won’t close. Repainted chassis, grille guard and wheels, shod with older retread tires. Center of the grille guard is bowed in at the center. Generally runs and functional—at least in the building. Stated that the title was “in transit,” but does not wear any license plates. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Bid on where it was parked, as it was too wide to fit on the ramps and carousel (which can also be construed as a hint for anyone who thinks that they can just park one of these in a typical single-stall garage). The consignor must have really had a get-rich-quick pie-in-thesky reserve, as it barely spent a minute up for bids. With Humvees getting bid on and selling weekly on the government contractors’ website, they are now far from being hard to find. Actually, the hardest part is finding one that actually has a state title assigned to it, rather than the paperwork releasing it from the government—which doesn’t always get you a title. You can pay far less for one with just as much or less ambiguity from the vendor’s auctions. A July-August 2017 83


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN Auctions America — Auburn Spring 2017 Wide Auburn offerings — from race cars to tanks — bring substantial sales Auctions America Auburn, IN May 11–13, 2017 Auctioneers: Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/ offered: 237/343 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $9,048,255 high sale: 1941 Packard One-Eighty Darrin convertible, sold at $360,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 84 AmericanCarCollector.com Stock-looking outside, custom inside — 1938 hudson Terraplane custom pickup, sold at $33,000 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics S ometimes less is more. Take, for example, Auctions America’s 2017 spring sale in Auburn, IN. This year’s sale, while presenting 50 fewer lots, eclipsed last year’s sales total by more than 25%. Opening day was dedicated to the no-reserve sale of all the seized assets from Level 5 Motorsports. The 343 lots presented included several race cars, car-hauling trailers, tools, equipment, parts, scooters and more. And we’re not talking cheap, either, as this team did Grand-Am, American Le Mans and USCC in a notoriously first-class manner. Their 2015 Bruce High Performance trailer came in as the fifth-highest sale of the weekend, selling for $231,000. Sales of the remaining lots took place over the fol- lowing two days, with other notable sales including an AACA and CCCA National Prize-winning 1941 Packard One-Eighty Darrin Convertible Victoria, selling just a hair under the low estimate for $360k, and an original, low-mileage 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback that sold at $220k — or 10% over the pre-sale high estimate. From the more unusual offerings, how about a World War II tank? A 1944 Buick “Hellcat” open-turret tank sold for $247,500, which looked like a pretty strong result. Some notable no-sales included a beautiful maroon 1969 Boss Mustang coming short on a high bid of $240k, and a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat bid up to $52,500. As usual, the auction wasn’t the only attraction. There was robust participation in the car corral and swapmeet lots, as well as the first Triple Crown Meet, which included the world’s two oldest car clubs: the AACA and CCCA. The weekend wouldn’t be complete without a celebrity appearance, and this year was no exception, with Discovery Channel’s Diesel Brothers showing up to sign autographs and hang out with the fans.A


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN GM #3038-1950 BUICK SPECIAL custom sedan. VIN: 35447623. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 1,477 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some sanding prep issues. Panel fit a little wonky. Exterior brightwork showing micro-scratches. Decent engine compartment and interior. Many modifications including a 1968 Buick 430-ci motor, front and rear sub-frames from a 1968 Buick, rear airbags, a/c and power brakes. Cond: 3. Black & wood/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 57,063 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint and wood finish look well done and holding up well. Wood joints and body fit look good as well. Nicely presented engine compartment. Exterior trim looks great, interior looks neat and tidy except for the missing window crank on the right rear door. Twelve-volt electrics. Gauges are said to work, but not the radio. Recent service includes new fuel tank and rebuilt carburetors. Cond: 2. 10 #3132-1953 BUICK SUPER woodie wagon. VIN: 16985358. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Last recorded at Bonhams’ Boca Raton sale in 2013, where it was a no-sale, bid to $48,000 (ACC# 5941565). I concur with the reporter who at that time suggested the lack of factory air would hold this car back. It’s nice, but I don’t see it going up significantly from this price level anytime soon. Seller probably should have let it go. #3089-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 01837N238213. Dark gray/tri-tone red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 29,943 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint really showing its age: faded, flat with stains. Exterior trim shows wear commensurate with age. Decent driver-quality engine detail. Missmatched headlights. Interior okay, except for the screws running along the bottoms of the door cards. Equipped with factory a/c, dual antennas and a Continental kit. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,600. Certainly the high bid wouldn’t cover the modification costs on this car. That being said, considering the rarity of the body style, were these modifications a good idea or should it have remained stock? I’m thinking, from a financial standpoint, keeping it stock probably would have made more sense. I don’t blame the consignor for holding on for more, but it could take some work to find the right buyer. #3007-1951 CHEVROLET 5700 COE pickup. VIN: HEA1062089. Metallic silver/ patterned cloth. Fuel-injected I6, auto. Paint looks decent, hood fit a bit off. Powered with a mid-mounted Cummins diesel. Exterior brightwork is a mixed bag from good to rough. Custom interior with a/c and custom gauges. Set up for fifth-wheel hauling. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $72,500. The news that the carbs were rebuilt and the gas tank replaced comes as no surprise. This car was last recorded as a no-sale at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2008 at $95k (ACC# 1572950). Prior to that there are three other sales in ’07. The first in August at Gooding in Pebble Beach, where it was bought for $105k (ACC# 1571731), prior to economic crash. My guess is someone bought it for a quick flip and the bottom dropped out. It wasn’t sold at any other sale in our system until now, so it got put away without draining the gas; the gas turned to varnish—you know the drill. Seems like the woodie market has gone soft; time will tell if it ever comes back. I’d call this sale market correct—well bought and sold. #3086-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 60F112805. Olympic White/ white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 87,001 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and panel fit look good. Exterior brightwork showing some pitting and micro-scratches. Chrome flaking off on the rear bumper. Top looks decent. Rear window a little dull. Nicely detailed engine compartment except for the new aluminum radiator, which looked out of place. Driver’s door cover screwed in at the bottom. Interior trim showing some pitting; equipped with power steering and brakes. SOLD AT $41,800. This was starting to look a little rough around the edges; that being said, it looks like it was originally well done and there’s still a lot of life left in it. Last recorded at Mecum’s Houston sale in April 2013, where is sold for $53,500 (ACC# 6740941). This one looks like a good deal for both the buyer and seller. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $34,650. This car looked really good in the catalog; unfortunately, the paint condition is pretty rough. All that said, it probably looks pretty good going down the road and it’s got factory a/c. Looks like the selling price is spot-on; this was a fair deal both ways. #3004-1962 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 custom wagon. VIN: 625T02840. Two-tone Candy Apple Red/red leather. Odo: 4,138 miles. 502-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Custom paint looks well done, shows a few scratches but nothing too terrible. 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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN looks a little sketchy on this car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,950. As I was looking this car over, I was asked how much I thought it would sell for. I said probably about what the paint job cost. I probably wasn’t too far off. The consignor claimed there was $85,000 invested; I don’t doubt it. Althought it sold for over the pre-sale estimate, I still have to call it well bought. #2085-1962 BUICK ELECTRA 225 2-dr hard top. VIN: 818009116. Regal Black/red leather. Odo: 72,098 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows well. Minor pitting on taillight surrounds. Decent engine-compartment detail. Interior showing some driver’s seat cracking; looks like the dashpad has been re-covered. Dry and cracking weather strips. Equipped with factory air, floor console and Rally-style wheels and aftermarket auxiliary gauges. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. I opened the hood on this car and a heavy gasoline smell wafted out of the engine compartment. I suspect there’s a gas leak lurking somewhere. Estimate was correct at $20k–$25k. This car should pull a higher offer than what it drew here; another Buick struggling for respect. #3153-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7J1103195. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 87,223 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice black paint showing some minor scratches. Exterior trim showing some pitting here and there. Factory wire wheel covers, decent engine-bay detail. Interior looks to be holding up very well. Equipped with factory a/c, power steering, brakes, windows and antenna. Cond: 3+. cars to take off; I can’t understand why they don’t get as much love as a Chevy Impala. This one was nice, well equipped and well bought at this price. #3093-1964 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 45837L113023. Ermine White/Aqua vinyl. Odo: 4,070 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks spectacular. Exceptional panel fit. Brilliant exterior trim. Spotless engine compartment. Original black interior changed to Aqua, which presents well. Equipped with M21 close-ratio 4-speed, 10-bolt Positraction rear end with 3.08:1 gears. Factory tach and dash clock. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. I keep waiting for these SOLD AT $40,000. I spoke with the consignor, who said he was moving it on because he didn’t have much time for it. A multiple AACA award winner and a beautiful July-August 2017 87


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN presentation. A good deal here today. Well bought. #2061-1971 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD El Deora wagon. VIN: 681691Q1999193. Yellow/brown vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 36,096 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows cracking, fading, crazing and chips. Faux-wood trim has tape down the sides. Variable panel fit; the hood is particularly out of whack. Exterior trim is worn, as you’d expect for its age. Custom grille surround looks good. Vinyl top is separating from the roof in the front rise. Glass shows some scratches, especially on the tailgate glass. Interior looks as bad as everything else. Body modifications by ASC (American Sunroof Corporation). Ordered new by Evel Knievel. Cond: 3-. engine (really, that’s a surprise). Manual transmission, Rare “split window” from the first year of production (how about the only year?). One of 10,594 coupes built in 1963. Very nice example.” Put this one in the wellbought column. opinion, this car was a bargain at this price; well bought indeed. CORVETTE #3090-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S111084. Roman Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,634 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Red paint looks fresh and well done. Good panel gaps. Exterior brightwork showing some micro-scratches. Top looks fairly new, but the fit looks a little baggy on the top edges. Excellent engine compartment detail. Interior looks great—nothing to gripe about. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. The Knievel bump didn’t do much here. Reported to have been registered by anyone but his Evel-ness, yawn...it’s still an ugly, useless car. #3008-1971 BUICK GS convertible. VIN: 434671H203782. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,633 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Red paint looks great. Top looks fresh and well fitted. Decent engine detail. Unmolested interior. Ram Air. Column shift and bench seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,400. A condition 2 car at a condition 3 price. As the base model, it’s not likely to pull the big money. Still, well bought. #3123-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S109541. Riverside Red/red vinyl. Odo: 67,973 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks fresh and well done. Excellent exterior brightwork. Spotless engine compartment. Windshield showing some wiper wear. Spotless interior looks like new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. Last recorded sold at Barrett-Jackson’s West Palm Beach auction in April 2011 (ACC# 6771098). Coming in just over the low estimate looks like a market-correct result. Fair deal both ways. #2072-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1171HP432768. Black/two-tone gray cloth. Odo: 34,687 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint looks to have been done well. Engine compartment presents well. Clean interior with no excessive wear. Equipped with factory T-tops, a/c, AM/FM radio, power brakes and steering. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,375. Okay, it’s not a GNX, but it’s close. In my 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #2054-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S715950. Black/saddle vinyl. Odo: 53,339 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Black paint shows lots of scratches and the fiberglass shows lots of cracks. Rust emerging on the rear bumpers. Driver-quality engine detail. Equipped with factory air, T-tops, new sidepipe exhaust, tilt wheel, four-wheel disc brakes, 4-speed and factory gauges. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,610. Preserve or restore? Its sale price leaves room for some cleaning up, perhaps even a full-blown restoration. But leaving it alone might produce a better result. Either way, put this one in the wellbought column. FOMOCO #3046-1938 FORD DELUXE coupe. VIN: 4520035. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 37,187 miles. Paint showing some scratches and normal wear. Exterior trim a mix of good and bad. Nose trim painted argent. Nice chrome artillery wheels, with caps and rings. Some delamination emerging in glass. Driver-quality engine detail. Dry-rotted running-board rubber coming undone. Weatherstripping mostly rotten and rough. No excessive interior wear, just gauges that are dingy and dull. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $69,000. This one sold far below the low estimate; maybe the seller was in a pinch. They might have pulled a few more dollars with some additional specific information. The consignment card listed “V-8 SOLD AT $26,950. I thought this one looked familiar, because I wrote it up as a no-sale from the Auctions America Auburn Fall auction last year, where it was bid to


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN $21,000 (ACC# 6804693). I suggested some attention to detail might bring up the price, but apparently another round on the block was all it took. It ran here with the only difference being two more miles on the odo, but pulling a few thousand more. Congratulations! Well sold. #3060-1940 FORD DELUXE coupe. VIN: 54544240. Maroon/brown broadcloth. Odo: 11,993 miles. Maroon paint almost 10 years in is still looking good. Decent exterior brightwork with added bumper guards. Engine compartment shows well. Electric fuel pump added. interior looks unworn and well done. Cond: 3+. go. The results reflect the effort. Good luck with this one; it’s nice, but its value is not going back 10 years any time soon. #3068-1959 FORD GALAXIE 500 retractable hard top. VIN: H9FW147971. Torch Red & Colonial White/tri-tone red, white & black. Odo: 69,678 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Repaint of undetermined age looks decent. Nice front and back bumpers, but the side trim pieces are pretty rough. Wiper scratches in the windshield. Decent engine compartment. Interior is original and shows expected wear, but it’s not worn out. Cond: 3. away steering wheel. Provided with original bill of sale, showing an all-in price of $5,805. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $220,000. This one kind of blew me away. It really shows the result of low miles and a well-documented history. The result marched past an optimistic pre-sale high estimate of $200k and any current price guides. Well sold, by a lot. SOLD AT $26,950. Formerly on display at Snook’s Dream Cars Museum in Ohio. Offered here with no reserve. Someone got a very good buy on this car. Sold a good bit below the low estimate. SOLD AT $31,900. Another no-reserve offering from the Snook’s Dream Cars Museum and another good deal sold well below the ACC database values and a reasonable low estimate. #3108-1940 MERCURY EIGHT custom coupe. VIN: 99A157242. Metallic pearl blue & green/white pearl leather. Odo: 6,792 miles. Chopped, shaved and stretched. Body and paint done to a very high standard. Dirty wide whites on steel rims with full spinner wheel covers. Full-custom interior, as the paint-and-body-work is done to a very high standard. Lots of money invested in this build. Cond: 2. #3122-1968 SHELBY GT350 convertible. VIN: 8T03J19320502136. Dark green metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,473 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks great. Brilliant exterior brightwork. Top inch of the radio antenna is bent at a 90-degree angle. Convertible top looks fresh and fits well. The under side of the car looks as nice as the top side. Spotless engine compartment with all the manufacture tags and markings present. Interior shows no signs of wear. Cond: 2+. #3117-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT 428 CJ fastback. VIN: 8F02R215456. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 42,366 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful paint, body fit, engine compartment and interior. Marti Report confirms numbers and colors, GT equipment group. Cond: 2. 4 SOLD AT $104,500. While the value on these cars has been a little flat, this was still a great deal. Well bought by a pretty wide margin. MOPAR NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Last recorded sold in September 2007 at RM Monterey, with the same amount of miles for $137,000 (ACC# 1570525). I think this may have been the last deal in ’07 before the financial markets came crashing down. This Rick Dore creation certainly is one of a kind, and the market for something like this is limited. It looked like someone took it out of storage without any serious attention and gave it a NOT SOLD AT $100,000. With the exception of the Boss 429 this weekend, the bigblock Mustangs were pulling big money. I don’t know if the lack of a big block held this back, but I think the presentation trumps the smaller motor; this one deserved a much stronger result. #3124-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R20319102492. Light green/ black vinyl. Odo: 22,994 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint not great. Evidence of pinstripes buffed out on hood-header panel and C-pillars. Otherwise decent engine compartment and interior. Equipped with factory gauges and fold- 2 July-August 2017 89 #2067-1941 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE sedan. VIN: 11371063. Jib Green Metallic/cream broadcloth. Odo: 34,912 miles. Paint shows some orange peel, but otherwise looks good. Exterior trim looks shiny and dent-free. Clean, well-done engine compartment. Broadcloth interior looks fresh and unworn except the interior has a mysterious, funky smell to it. Cond: 2. TOP 10 TOP 10


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN ONETO WATCH A Focus on Cars That are Showing Some Financial Upside SOLD AT $9,625. This car was reported to have had three owners since new, and has a string of awards from the AACA and National Plymouth Owners Club, and was a prize-winning finisher in the 1995 Great American Race from Ottawa, Canada, to Mexico City, Mexico. I’m not sure what the smell was inside; I would hope a good steam cleaning might help that situation, but this smells like a good deal to me; well bought. #3113-1966 DODGE CORONET 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: WP23H67242453. Hemi Light Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 84,486 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Nice paint over a solid body, rear trunk trim a little dull, decent engine compartment presentation, interior looks neat and unworn. Certification from Galen Govier. Cond: 3+. 1971–74 Plymouth Road Runner I ’ve never really been much of a fan of the second-gen Mopar B-body and its “fuselage” look. To me, it’s sort of bulbous and overinflated. Or at least it used to be. The look is starting to grow on me, and I’m clearly not alone. I keep seeing these cars pop up in modern car culture, from appearances in Motor Trend’s “Roadkill” to the most recent prime ride for Dominic Toretto in the current “The Fast and the Furious” feature film. In terms of screen-based star power, this body is not exactly the second coming of the ’69 Charger, but it’s heading down that path. These cars lived through the end of the original muscle car era. In 1971, you could order up a Road Runner or GTX with a 440+6 or a 426 Hemi, and those cars are leading the pack in terms of values. After that year, power fell off a cliff, thanks to the change to net versus gross ratings, lower compression due to unleaded fuel requirements and rising insurance premiums on muscle. Those cars aren’t valued as much as the earlier examples, save for maybe the five or so 440+6 versions built in 1972 before Plymouth realized that the engine wouldn’t comply with new regulations. 1973 and 1974 models have a different nose and updated body panels. Looking just at Road Runners, the current median value from Detailing Years built: 1971–74 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 52,457 (Road Runner) Average price of those cars: $26,811 months: 10 Number listed in the ACC Premium Database: 129 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,000 A 90 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com this era is $22,000, which is down from 2014’s high-water mark of $28,875. But while the numbers here aren’t bearing out a growth trend — at least not yet — the proof is in pop culture. These have a distinctive look that high-profile players are now showing off, and that will boost the bottom line on cars like this every time. — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $71,500. Last recorded sold at Russo and Steele in Hollywood, FL, in March of ’08, having done 9 miles since (ACC# 1640164). They were pretty expensive miles, because the result today is about $12,000 less than almost 10 years ago. Put this down as well bought — really well bought. AMERICANA #2080-1937 HUDSON TERRAPLANE coupe. VIN: 706692. Maroon & black/brown SOLD AT $57,200. You see that “H” in the VIN? That denotes a Hemi, which is what you want. Was this car a good deal? Oh yeah. There’s meat left on the bone with this one. #3116-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23J9A142007. Light Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,896 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Nice paint, panel fit and exterior trim. Good engine compartment detail. Vinyl top showing some emerging bubbles. Nothing to ding on the inside. Looking sharp with factory steel wheels and Air Grabber intake. Cond: 2. BEST BUY


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AUCTIONS AMERICA // Auburn, IN cloth. Odo: 96,577 miles. Paint looks presentable with no major problems. Exterior brightwork a little rough. Argent-painted bumpers. Driver’s door window glass is broken—held together with shipping tape. Driver-quality engine detail. Interior looks presentable, but the upholstery material doesn’t look correct. Equipped with a slideout pickup bed. Cond: 3-. Nice stock wheels, caps and rings with wide whites. Tight engine compartment contains a small-block Chevy with a very desirable auto-parts-store chrome dress-up kit. Interior updated with tilt-wheel column, Dolphin gauges, seat belts and a/c. Cond: 3. not showing any excessive wear. Said to come with soft top and side curtains, but I didn’t see them around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $108,900. With a little over 500 of these cars produced between 1951 and 1954, there can’t be too many still out there. A former participant in the Concours of America at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI, in 2015, coming in a bit over the high estimate. I’d call it well sold and bought. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. A little investment could go a long way here. Get the bumpers replated and replace the driver’s door window glass and you’ve gone from a 3- to a 3+. The new owner should fluff this up a bit to easily get to the lower estimate of $20k. #3148-1937 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT limousine. VIN: 398249. Black/brown broadcloth. Odo: 63,891 miles. Paint shows lots of scratches and chips. Exterior trim looks decent, considering its age. Roof insert looks loose. Lots of delaminating glass. Engine compartment nothing to write home about. Interior is worn and tattered. Equipped with dual sidemounts, trunk-back external luggage rack. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $33,000. Other than a look under the hood, the only visual resto-mod giveaway was the dash, steering wheel and column. Hard to say if the updates helped or hurt the price here. I’m guessing it had a neutral effect. I’ll call this one well bought. #3106-1947 DIAMOND T 201 pickup. VIN: T745258. Red & green/brown vinyl. Odo: 494 miles. 236-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful fresh paint. Good panel fit. Exterior brightwork is brilliant. Engine detailed to a high standard. Interior looks very correct and well done. Cond: 2-. #3111-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: L411958. Maroon/tan canvas/ brown & white vinyl. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint along decent body panel gaps. Brilliant exterior shiny bits. Top looks fresh and well fitted. Spotless engine compartment. Interior upholstery could use a good cleaning. Chrome trim in presentable condition. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. This is a pretty rare car and it was pretty well done, having won the AACA Senior National First prize in 2010. The consignor was right to hang on; the money just wasn’t there today. SOLD AT $49,500. Pickup trucks continue to be strong, and they don’t get much stronger than the Diamond T. This result is spoton market correct for the price and a bit of a deal when you look at the presentation. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. The consignment card optimistically referred to the car as a “great restoration candidate.” Yeah, if you have a fat wallet burning a hole in your pocket. The cost for a proper restoration would never be recovered; considering that, the consignor would have been wise to let this go. I don’t foresee any higher offers anytime soon. #3058-1938 HUDSON TERRAPLANE custom pickup. VIN: 8845914. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 4,665 miles. Paint looks decent. There are a couple of filler pieces between the bottom of the bed and the running boards that don’t fit well, otherwise decent panel fit. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com Saddle Tan leather. Odo: 57,295 miles. 252-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks to have been done to a high standard and is holding up well. Exterior brightwork looks good, wire wheel covers complete the look. Engine compartment looks neat and tidy. Interior 3 #3129-1953 NASH-HEALEY ROADSTER. VIN: NHA1453. Red/ SOLD AT $22,550. Small issues aside, this result was better than the auction house anticipated, but I’d still call it a good buy. If you compare it to Toyota FJs or Ford Broncos from the same period, this one is a bargain. A #2027-1973 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II utility. VIN: 3S8S8CGD40477. White/blue cloth. Odo: 49,202 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh and well done. Doors sag when opened and don’t latch well— passenger’s door won’t latch at all. Some pitting on the exterior brightwork. New allterrain tires with factory wheel covers. Undercarriage sprayed with heavy black paint. Driver-quality engine compartment. Interior looks fresh and unmolested. Cond: 3. TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Arlington, TX Worldwide — The Texas Classic Auction The market has cooled, but there is always a demand for rare Corvettes Worldwide Auctioneers Arlington, TX April 21–22, 2017 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 87/111 Sales rate: 78% Sales total: $6,446,625 high sale: 1969 Chevrolet L88 Corvette convertible, sold at $616,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Described as the most original in existence — 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, sold at $616,000 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 94 AmericanCarCollector.com Classic Auction, as it has been called in the past, was renamed the “Texas Classic Auction.” Escaping from the questionable weather in Houston, this year’s sale was held at the Arlington Convention Center just outside Dallas. The two-day sale kicked off Friday with a private F collection, formerly owned by Texas-based collector Bobby Monical. The Monical Collection was offered entirely at no reserve. The sale continued on Saturday with the Texas Classic Auction, which offered a good mix of American muscle and European offerings. The auction is a precursor to the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, which also moved from Houston to Dallas. Overall sales here were $6.4m with a healthy 78% sell-through rate, which is down by $5m when compared to their sale in Houston a year ago. The sell-through rate saw an improvement of 6%, aided by the absolute sale of the Monical Collection. While most of the top sales went to the Europeans, there were many significant and notable examples from American manufacturers, with Corvettes reigning ollowing their first-ever Scottsdale sale, Worldwide Auctioneers recently announced their inaugural California auction, which is set to kick off Monterey Car Week this year. As the company continues to expand, the Houston supreme. The top spot for an American marque and second-highest overall of the sale went to a highly original 1969 Corvette L88 convertible that sold for $616k. Another significant Corvette, a 1953 with plenty of pedigree, sold out of the Monical Collection at a no-reserve price of $231k. Aside from Corvettes, a 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible and a 1937 Cord 812 SC phaeton were also among notable sales and both out of the Monical Collection, selling for $148,500 and $176k respectively. This year, Worldwide’s sale coincided with Leake’s Spring Dallas event, taking place about 20 miles away. I talked with Richard Sevenoaks, Leake’s president, at his sale, and he said he was pleased to have Worldwide in town at the same time as some competition in a lively market. Despite the auction overlap, attendees were still able to hit both venues. While the offerings at Worldwide were well researched and some near premium, the atmosphere was casual and not stuffy. I overheard two guests, one of whom visited Worldwide’s Scottsdale sale, discussing their positive experiences working with Worldwide and feeling at ease with the way the lots are handled here from the rostrum. The aforementioned Monterey sale is next on the docket for Worldwide, followed by their 10th return to Auburn the following month.A


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Arlington, TX CLASSICS #39-1939 CORD 810 Beverly sedan. VIN: 81017944. Cream/brown leather. Odo: 90,540 miles. Solid restoration candidate. Paint missing throughout and down to bare metal. Crazing and scratches in other places. Brightwork is heavily pitted. Glass is clear, with some front windscreen delamination. Panels align nicely. Body is straight overall. Interior carpet worn. Interior stainless on the steering wheel is pitted. Other hardware is decent. Headliner in good condition. Upholstery is in very good condition, with rear armrests recently re-covered. Auxiliary fan mounted to the column. Rubber is unsalvageable. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $58,300. The marketing photos had this one looking much more tired and worn out than it really was in person. Refreshingly, all the expensive components and parts that would be required for a restoration appear to be there, making this one quite solid. Cadillac produced only 400 Eldorado Broughams for 1957. Despite the premium price of $13,000, GM allegedly lost about $1,000 per car. Adjusted for inflation, the car would cost nearly $115,000 today. It’s not unusual to see these climb over the $100,000 mark, making this one well sold at nearly half price. It’s not perfect, but it’s all there. SOLD AT $33,000. Two 4-door Cord sporting sedans were offered in 1936: the Westchester and the Beverly. This one was acquired by the consignor in 2011 from the Glenn Pray estate and is said to wear one repaint after changing from its original color of maroon many years ago. It’s refreshing to see some use in the mileage. One in this condition is only worth what someone will pay, and the market has been set. A Cord for the price of an Accord. Fair price for buyer and seller. GM #40-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham sedan. VIN: 5770146803. Black/blue cloth. Odo: 15,226 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Deep scratches down to metal on left front fender and door. Paint shows heavy crazing throughout. New front and rear bumpers with other brightwork slightly pitted. Panel alignment is good. Some waviness in the trim on the right rear. A few small dents in the stainless roof. Great interior in excellent original condition. Foul smell. Some bunching and warping on the top of the dash vinyl. Headliner is in good condition. Rubber needs replacing throughout. Cond: 4+. #8-1962 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. VIN: 626M13999. Chariot Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 92,893 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration in very good condition. Dry spray and minor orange peel here and there. Some age fading throughout. Panel alignment is good. Chrome is lightly pitted. White top has creases from operation. Driver’s door is out slightly at the rear. Rubber is holding up well. Interior is very nicely restored. Carpets have been replaced and show some minor wear. Interior illumination functions properly. Pitting on window switches on the center console. Screen printing is all intact. Cond: 2-. shows age with light surface rust throughout. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,600. 1962 marked the first year for the turbo and top-of-the-line Corvair Monza Spyder. Collectors seem to either love them or hate them, and values are nothing to write home about. But if you are new to the hobby and looking for something different, your chariot has arrived. Bidding started low, as reflected by the selling price, and did not seem to gain a great deal of traction. While it may not be the car for everybody, it was very well bought, especially for a Monza Spyder. No harm, no foul on this one. CORVETTE 8 SOLD AT $41,800. Offered at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2014, where it did not sell with a high offer of $37,000 (ACC# 6709185). One mile has been added to the clock since that sale. There, we noted that the restoration was a body-off seven-year project, but it was not noted when it was completed. It appears seldom driven but has still managed to unwind down to driver quality. Past sales hover right around where this one landed, so no big upsets here. Offered at no reserve; the price is market-correct. #9-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 900 Monza Spyder coupe. VIN: 209270160994. Metallic green/green vinyl. Odo: 53,746 miles. 145-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Older restoration unwound to driver quality. Paint dimples on the hood, with a few prep issues in other places. Scratches here and there that are down to metal. Light pitting on brightwork. Rubber is older but not yet failing. Delamination on driver’s door vent window. Slightly foul interior odor. Chipped paint throughout the interior. Carpets are worn and dirty. Unrestored engine bay 96 AmericanCarCollector.com 925. Pennant Blue/ beige vinyl. Odo: 238 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. One of 300 examples finished in Pennant Blue. Low restoration miles showing little use. Numbers-matching older restoration in good overall condition. Delamination on the windscreen edges. Light pitting on brightwork, with minor but noticeable scratching on the bumpers. Passenger’s door is extremely hard to close. Gaps around the trunk are excessive. Interior is extremely tiny. Carpets have been replaced. Vinyl is all in good order. Driver’s door panel shows some scuffing. Cond: 2. #30-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S001- SOLD AT $77,000. Four color choices were made available in 1954, with Pennant Blue being the most common after Polo White. Still, the color accounts for less than 10% of production for 1954, and was the only color that was offered with a beige interior. Last seen in 2011 at Worldwide’s Houston Classic, where it sold for $86,900 (ACC# 2399764) and our reporter commented that it was “well sold.” Missing from this car is the pedigree often associated with blue-chip Corvettes, such as NCRS or Bloomington awards. The price here was fair, all things considered. TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Arlington, TX #161-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom coupe. VIN: 30837S120505. Argento Nürburgring/black leather. 6.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Split-Window on a modern C7 chassis. Supercharged C7 engine. Very exquisite build that blends old with new. Excellent paint and coachwork. Door fit is probably better than factory. Rubber has all been replaced. Interior is very tidy. Custom door panels. New gauges in old locations. Power-window controls include vent windows relocated to center console. Radio hidden behind vent on dash. Hidden door in glove compartment that reveals original VIN and fender tag. Modern BMW donor seats. Cond: 1-. SCM, this L88 has only rolled a single mile since Mecum offered it at their Anaheim sale in 2012. There, it did not sell with a high bid of $550k (ACC# 5214347). In 2013, Gooding offered it at their Scottsdale sale, where it changed hands for $825k (ACC# 5606950). The market has cooled, but there is always a demand for rare Corvettes. The catalog estimated this one between $650k and $750k, which is a bit steep in today’s market, but it was still a decent deal. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $200,000. The builder was on site representing the car for the consignor. He said his shop specializes in custom Corvettes, but they only do one over-the-top build such as this per year. He mentioned this build was his first foray into 3-D printing, which assisted him with the many one-off parts. Looking at the attention to detail, there is little doubt that the low catalog estimate of $225,000 was likely near the break-even point. Although the car did not sell, it was later found on a dealer’s website for an undisclosed price. 194679S721263. Le Mans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 19,886 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. F41 suspension, Positraction, J50/J56 heavy-duty power brakes, engine-block heater, K66 transistor ignition and audio alarm. Described as the most original in existence. Original paint is beginning to craze in places. A few touch-ups on the nose in a color that is not exact. Paint faded in areas, but this adds to the charm. Panel alignment is good overall. Entry-door stainless scratched from use. Touched-up rear deck from hard-top installment damage. Carpets are original and good for age. Seats show some collapsing of the foam. Gauges are clean and clear. Good screen printing still intact on dash pieces. Cond: 3. 1 #132-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: SOLD AT $15,400. Trucks always seem to fare well in Texas, and this one was no exception. It was a great 20-footer, but up close, the age of the restoration was obvious and it had a few needs that could use addressing. Overall, it was a good driver ready for a Saturday night cruise-in. There is a lot of aftermarket support in the pickup truck arena so the sky’s the limit if someone is into customization. Offered at no reserve, very well sold given recent transactions. SOLD AT $616,000. Also seen in July’s #11-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria 2-dr sedan. VIN: U5DW232669. White/ tan vinyl. Odo: 54,961 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Continental kit and fender skirts. Older restoration in good overall condition. A few paint chips that are touched up here and there. Paint touched up above the left rear window. Light pitting on brightwork throughout. Other glass is in good condition. Rubber is cracked and hard around the doors. Interior is in good condition. Seats and door panels show very well. Headliner reveals some staining around the rear #14-1953 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10D3D10734. Maroon/brown & gray blanket. Odo: 68,517 miles. 215-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older refreshing showing age. Paint beginning to fade, with prep issues throughout. Passenger’s door takes a considerable amount of effort to close. Windscreen rubber is new, with other gaskets having tears throughout. Passenger’s door glass has been replaced with Lexan and is extremely scratched and faded. Running boards show wear. Wood in bed is in decent condition. Three boards were cut too short, with a smaller piece wedged in to make up the difference. Seat is loose. The carpets are dirty with a large tear and wear at the driver’s position. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. A local and very casual gentleman with long, white hair, who was dressed in beach attire and accompanied by his four-legged companion, fell in love with this car while walking through the gallery. His enthusiasm for the car was apparent as he shared with many people, including members of the Monical family, that he just had to have it. When the bidding opened, he held back before easing into the bidding and coming out victorious. He did well and the car stays in Dallas area, where it was originally built. Well bought. #28-1960 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. VIN: 0R55Y100647. Black/white vinyl/white & black vinyl. Odo: 73,565 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quality restoration but showing age. Well equipped with AM radio, power brakes, front seat, steering, top and windows. Black paint is deep and well applied, with clearcoat scratches and age imperfections throughout. Bumpers are on the dull side. Other brightwork is decent, with slight pitting here and there. Vinyl top is good overall. Passenger’s door plunger must be pushed in very far to release the door latch. Seat upholstery and door panels are in very good condition. Carpets are slightly worn. Nicely restored engine. Cond: 2-. window. Dash pulls are in good order with screen printing intact. Carpet appears slightly old and dingy and is bunched around the transmission tunnel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,900. Last sold at Worldwide’s Houston sale in 2015 with two less miles on the odometer for the exact same amount as the no-reserve sale here (ACC# 6783835). This year model was a one-year-only body style, and previous sales over the past few years can regularly be had for under $30k, albeit for a lesser-condition car. 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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Arlington, TX #151-1963 SHELBY COBRA Dragonsnake roadster. VIN: CSX2093. Pink/black leather. Odo: 12,699 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2bbl, 4-sp. Said to have the most wins of any competition Cobra in history, holding titles in four separate classes. By no means perfect, but well preserved. Chipped paint on hood near driver’s-side cowl. Painted graphics restored to look authentic. Seats point to some use, while carpets show little wear. Shifter boot has a large tear. Racing slicks look like they have visited the track a time or two. Engine is tidy. Underside is clean. Cond: 3-. to begin with. I covered one of the other examples produced in Grabber Green at Mecum’s Dallas sale in 2013. Showing less than 1,000 post-restoration miles, it commanded a sales price of $198k, and I commented that it was very well bought (ACC# 6449314). Since then, values have continued to increase. Worldwide showed an estimate of $275k to $325k. AMERICANA NOT SOLD AT $825,000. This one has crossed the block six times now in the past 10 years. First offered in 2007 at Mecum’s Kissimmee sale, where it sold for $1,417,500 (ACC# 1569156). In 2011, it did not sell at Mecum’s Monterey sale with a top offer of $825,000 (ACC# 6765224). It returned to Mecum’s Kissimmee sale in 2012, where it sold for $901,000 (ACC# 4776369). In 2014, it was offered at Mecum’s Houston sale, where it was a no-sale at $1.1m (ACC# 6708869). In 2016, RM Sotheby’s handled the consignment at their Phoenix sale, where it sold for $990,000 (ACC# 6798575). Offered here with a catalog estimate of $1.1m–$1.3m, it was a nosale. #115-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 0F02Z126291. Grabber Green/black vinyl. Odo: 35,514 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. In the Boss registry as KK 2302. Marti Report. High-quality restoration as is typically performed on many a Boss 429. Paint is nearly flawless, with a few very minor prep issues. Doors are a shade off from the rest of the car. Rubber and gaskets have all been replaced. Interior is restored. Carpets have been replaced. Threshold shows few signs of entry and exit. Pedals show little wear. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $210,000. Said to be one of 43 built in Grabber Green; the original build sheet was found inside the car during the restoration, although it was pretty far gone. The mileage was not reset at the time of the restoration, as the car was a fairly low-mileage example 98 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #42-1960 AMC RAMBLER Ambassador sedan. VIN: H100777. White & pink/gray & pink cloth. Odo: 553 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Nice older restoration with very little use. Paint appears well applied and good overall quality. Brightwork has been redone but shows light pitting on the bumpers. Glass is clean and clear. Driver’s door is out at the top rear; otherwise, panel fit is good. Rubber has been replaced. Interior is nicely restored. Carpets have been replaced. Seats have been reupholstered. Dash paint is very nice. All screen printing, knobs and door hardware show well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,700. Said to be built by enthusiasts at the old factory using leftover parts. This example was part of the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum before being acquired by the consignor in 2007. Auction previewers were drawn to this one, possibly because of the striking paint colors or the unusual nature of the car itself. The restoration/build costs likely outweigh the purchase price, especially given the sourcing challenges that go along with a not-so-popular model of an orphaned brand. Offered at no reserve, the price paid was fair. It could later be found for sale on a dealer’s website for $30,000. A Said to be built by enthusiasts at the old factory using leftover parts. 1960 AMC Rambler Ambassador sedan ”


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BRANSON // Branson, MO Branson — Spring 2017 A first-time collector or restorer’s gold mine brought substantial sales Branson Branson, MO April 21–22, 2017 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/ offered: 134/193 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $2,625,795 high sale: 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE700 coupe, sold at $82,500 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices One of only 24 produced — 2010 Chevrolet Camaro hennessey hPe700 coupe, sold at $82,500 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard 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 100 AmericanCarCollector.com Mark would wake up each morning trying to decide which selection from his garage and hangar he would drive and fly that day. He was a close personal friend and mentor to Jim Cox, who owns the car auction today. It is only fitting that this auction be dedicated to him, as he surely had a hand in its outcome. He will be missed. This year’s sale saw some damp weather, but Jim and T Kathy Cox had one of their best auctions ever, scoring a sell-through rate of almost 70% and taking $2,625,795 to the bank. Branson is generally a great venue for some good buys, and this year was no different, with plenty of good cars available at reasonable prices. Overall, there were 91 fewer consignments here compared with the October auction, but the company still managed to sell 134 — or five more than was achieved in the fall. The sell-through rate grew to 69% versus the 45% achieved in October. The offerings in their past two auctions have improved immensely, and the results show it. With half of their sales going for under $24k with his year the collector car and airplane markets lost one of their biggest enthusiasts — Mark Trimble. Mark started the Branson Auction almost 40 years ago. He lived for collecting cars and airplanes — in fact, locals said that a median price of $15k, Branson’s offerings are aimed squarely at someone looking to get a project car in decent condition, or a first-time collector. Branson owner Jim Cox reinforced this goal when he said the purpose of the Branson auction is to “present you with the opportunity to purchase a project car that you can afford so that you and your son/daughter or kid down the street can have a restoration experience neither will ever forget.” The field consisted of mostly a good cross section of American cars and trucks with a few European cars in the mix. The top American sale was a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE700 for $82.5k. Second was a 1941 Packard One-Twenty convertible that sold for $77k. A 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 for $57.5k was a very good deal. Another good buy and an excellent project car was a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe for $16k. And how about a 1972 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne for just under $14k? These were just a few of the good deals this time at Branson. You always get the friendly hometown treatment in Branson, whether you are a buyer, seller or visitor. There is plenty to do in and out of the auction. The next Branson auction is scheduled for October 20–21, 2017, and they are already taking consignments. Take a look at what they have to offer at www.bransonauction.com.A


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BRANSON // Branson, MO GM #596-1959 OLDSMOBILE 98 convertible. VIN: 599M16465. Frost Blue/blue cloth/tricolor blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 96,319 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, brakes, windows, seats, trunk and antennas. Older repaint still shows well with tasteful pinstriping. Continental kit makes this thing look really big. A lot of gap shows on driver’s side door. Interior is very nice and includes original tri-color cloth and vinyl seats. However, front carpet is stained and some door chrome is fading. Convertibletop rubber needs to be replaced. Engine bay and underside are good and match the topside quality. Wheels include original hubcaps. Custom headlights added. Cond: 3+. #584-1962 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 62F065425. Red/white vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 89,384 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optioned with power everything. Body and paint are in fair condition with some signs of rust. Rubber door seals need replacement. Chrome and trim are slightly pitted inside and out. Interior looks to be original in good condition, consistent with its age and mileage. Engine bay and underside are generally good and clean. Exhaust is rusted. Vinyl top is worn and needs replacement. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,500. A decent driver-quality car that could be a show car with minimal expense and a lot of elbow grease. The auction listing states, “This is a nice unmolested Muscle Car!” According to the ACC Pocket Price Guide, the median value for this car is $22.7k. Deduct $8k for its nonoriginal 327 engine and you come up with the selling price. The car appeared in Branson last October and was a no-sale at $16.5k (ACC# 6810798). Well bought and sold, but the seller must wish that they would have taken the high bid in October. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. A classic Olds 98 in good condition. These big boats won’t be seen much longer on the auction circuit because buyers who want them are becoming more scarce every year. However, they do demand a solid place in automobile history and their likes will probably never be seen again. If I had an auto museum, this one would be in it. Seller should have taken the high bid. #580-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: 861P3725. Coronado Red/ white vinyl/Coronado Red leather. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older repaint in excellent condition with only minor polishing scratches. Chrome and trim are excellent, with minor scratches. Interior is original tritone leather and really looks sharp. Engine bay and underside match the topside quality. Wheels are factory alloys with original chrome hubcaps and rims surrounded by new rubber. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. The high bid was right on the money for the condition of this car. To get more, the seller needs to do at least a complete cosmetic restoration. The pitting of the chrome and trim is a concern, as well as rust seen in several areas. It appears that the car was exposed to excessive moisture. The seller should have taken the money and run. #234-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 41447R106703. White/ cream vinyl. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint not so good with lots of overspray. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are generally good but could be restored to realize maximum show appeal. Interior is good for its age but needs a new carpet. The engine is a non-original (NOM) 327. Engine bay and underside are good but need to be detailed. Wheels are nice with factory SS hubcaps. Glass is clear all around. Cond: 3. #225-1965 PONTIAC LEMANS GTO replica convertible. VIN: 237675P340979. Red/white vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 50,988 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Recent repaint poorly done. Chrome and trim need restoration. Fit is just fair. New seats look nice, but dash and doors distract from interior. Engine needs paint along with detailing in the engine bay. Underside needs restoration to match the top side. Windshield is cracked right down the middle. Cragar mags are nice and really set it off. Optioned with power steering and brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. This GTO clone looks really great at 20 feet. However, the devil is in the details. It will come nowhere near the $60k a true 1965 GTO convertible could bring, but will fool some of the people some of the time. Sold for a little under what it should as a 1965 LeMans. SOLD AT $46,200. This car looks like it just came of the Pontiac assembly line. I doubt you would find one in better condition. Back in the ’60s, Pontiac made some of the most beautiful cars in the world, and this is one of them. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. Well bought and sold. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #228-1965 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN utility. VIN: C1465Z161649. Tan & white/tan herringbone cloth & vinyl. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint is dull, could use a repaint. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are good for its age. Interior needs restoration but is good for its age. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Glass is clear all around but frames are slightly rusted. Wheels would look a lot nicer with some detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,750. A mostly original Suburban that has good investment potential with They do demand a solid place in automobile history and their likes will probably never be seen again. If I had an auto museum, this one would be in it. 1959 Oldsmobile 98 convertible ”


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BRANSON // Branson, MO a little money and a lot of elbow grease. Right now it is just driver quality but could be a show vehicle. Good buy at the sales price, with some room to work on restoration. #577-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370P127817. Cardinal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 39,200 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is generally very good, but slightly wavy and bubbled in spots. Fit is good, but the doors are a bit bouncy. Chrome and trim are all very good. Interior is very good for its mileage. Engine bay and underside are very nice with new exhaust. Factory mag wheels are supernice and really set it off. Glass is mostly clear with minor scratches. PHS documentation and build sheet included. Cond: 2-. #506-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE140S128164. Burnt Orange & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 27,331 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration very nicely done. Paint, chrome and trim are very good, with minor polishing swirls. Door fit looks to be off from top to bottom. Interior is very good, but a little too much chrome on the door panels for my taste. Engine is nicely done—just the right amount of chrome and gloss level. Underside is clean but shows some rust. Bed is clean, with thick bedliner spray. Wheels really look nice and set truck off. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,970. This is a very nice truck and one that is in high demand on the auction circuit. As long as it runs out right—and it should with its late-model 350—it represents a good investment potential. The sales price was about $5k below what it should be. Great buy. SOLD AT $23,650. Very nice truck with a popular color combination and born in the right year. Would like to buy this one for my grandson. Selling price is fair given its condition. Both buyer and seller should be happy with this deal. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. This is a real-deal GTO Judge with original matching-numbers engine. In fact, most of the car looks to be original. It sold at Mecum Palm Springs in 2015 for $48.6k, then was sold again at Leake Tulsa in 2016 for $44k. Its high bid here in Branson was $42k. For whatever reason, it can’t break into the low $50k range where it belongs. Blue & white/blue houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 83,343 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, factory tach, cruise control and a/c. Nice repaint in very good condition. Fit is mostly good, but passenger’s door does not completely close. Front bumper chrome needs restoration to match body quality; otherwise, chrome and trim are in good condition. Non-original late-model 350 engine bay needs detailing. Underside is clean. Rally wheels with chrome spinners and rings really look nice. Nice touch with thickly sprayed bed liner and new tonneau cover. Cond: 3+. #220-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne pickup. VIN: CCE142S204660. #279-1973 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. VIN: 1587K3N142947. Maroon/ black herringbone cloth & vinyl. Odo: 88,882 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Poor body, paint, chrome and trim. All are candidates for restoration. Fit is sloppy. The seats look nice with new herringbone seat covers, but the rest of the interior is poor. Engine bay and underside are extremely dirty and both need a cosmetic restoration. Minor scratches on glass all around. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. This car might have sold to a higher bid if it had been cosmetically restored. After all, it is a 1973 Camaro RS. However, it will never sell for much more than the high bid in its current condition. #278-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z6N597643. Burnt Orange/Burnt Orange vinyl. Odo: 79,682 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows well at 20 feet, but a closer inspection shows numerous scratches, chips and cracks. Passenger’s 104 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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door fit is off. Minimal chrome in fair condition. The interior is very good for its age and mileage. Engine bay is very good. Underside needs to be restored to match topside condition. Mag wheels with chrome rings and raised-white-letter tires look nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. This car is a level above daily-driver condition and begs for a complete restoration. With the popularity of Trans Ams these days, it would pay for the new owner to do so. Price paid was about right for its condition. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. #248-1976 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula coupe. VIN: 2U87M6N533191. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 78,422 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is poor with scratches, chips and overspray in the wrong places. Fit is also poor with bouncy doors. Chrome and trim are fair but could use restoration. Interior is really rough and needs restoration. Engine bay is poor, with too much gloss black paint for my taste. Underside needs cleaning. Glass is fair with minor scratches. Cond: 3-. glass, and the rear glass has streaks. Cond: 3-. BRANSON // Branson, MO CORVETTE #526-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1AY078XC5106383. Silver & black/silver vinyl. Odo: 10,390 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Original paint in very good condition. Passenger’s door fit looks a bit wide. Smoked removable T-top glass in great condition. Interior looks like new, with minor wear. Clean and presentable engine bay and underside. Alloy wheels are very nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. These Y88 Trans Ams are hot right now at auctions. However, this particular T/A needs some help. It was sold here in Branson two years ago for $21,330 (ACC# 6783770). In that time it only accumulated 20 miles. However, the owner had a 19% gain in two years—not a bad return on their investment. Well sold. 2G1FT1EW-1A9117882. Black/black leather. Odo: 4,250 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Body, paint and fit are all excellent, with just a few minor chips. Engine bay is nicely detailed, showing off the big supercharged LS9 725-hp engine. Interior is very good. Tinted glass is clear all around. Lightweight alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 rubber add to the appeal. An exceptional car. Cond: 2+. 5 NOT SOLD AT $15,000. This car needs some work. In fact, I am surprised that it bid as high as it did. Seller should have taken the money and ran to the bank. #261-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87K8L184824. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 77,401 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include a/c, WS6 handling package, tilt steering column, power windows and power locks. The radio is not original. The build sheet confirms the Y88 package. Paint is fair, with numerous scratches and chips. Fit is sloppy. Trim needs restoration. Interior looks to be mostly original but needs restoration. In fact, the mirror control lever and driver’s side door handle are hanging down against the door panel. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Minor chips in “ SOLD AT $82,500. Number 14 of 24 produced by Hennessey Performance. Since 1991, racer John Hennessey’s company has been making fast cars even faster. This Camaro is no exception. According to the auction listing, it has a top speed of 201 mph. If you love horsepower, this is the car for you. It’s hard to place a value on that kind of speed, but someone at Branson did. I can only assume that both the buyer and seller were happy. Since 1991, racer John Hennessey’s company has been making fast cars even faster. This Camaro is no exception. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Hennessey HPE700 coupe #574-2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO Hennessey HPE700 coupe. VIN: SOLD AT $21,175. Beautiful color scheme. This collector-edition Corvette was the last of the C3 series. It came with unique hatchback rear glass and Crossfire engine. With its low mileage and excellent condition, the buyer paid a premium but bought a beautiful collectible. Well bought and sold. #237-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G245113473. Red/ black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 48,783 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint very good to excellent. Fit is good all around. Engine bay shows off the LS1 engine nicely. Underside is very good to match topside quality. Vinyl seats have some cracking consistent with age but overall the interior is very good. Glass is clear. Build sheet, window sticker and order invoice included. Cond: 2-. ” SOLD AT $20,500. This is one nice C5 Corvette. It has obviously been well kept and pampered. Not an investment car by any means but a great starter car for those wanting to take part in the Corvette world. It will show well, drive well and go on those long club trips without worry. At a median market price of $19k, the hammered price is right on. Good deal for both buyer and seller. July-August 2017 105 TOP 10


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BRANSON // Branson, MO FOMOCO #244-1939 FORD DELUXE custom roadster. VIN: SP25929LA. White Diamond Metalflake/black leather. Fiberglass-bodied street rod. Paint is excellent and sparkling in White Diamond Metalflake. The body consists of removable hard top and suicide doors. Fit is good. Chrome and trim need no more work. Interior contains tilt steering, digital instruments, a/c, power windows, CD sound system and leather bucket seats. Engine bay is very nice, showing off its Corvette LS1 engine. Underside matches the topside quality. A set of Foose wheels underscore the beauty of it all. Cond: 2-. #223-1949 FORD F-1 pickup. VIN: 98RC187820. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 65,533 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration very nicely done. Paint still shows well. Panel fit, chrome and trim are very good. Interior is nice. Engine bay needs a cosmetic restoration to match the quality of the truck body. Underside is good. Nice steel wheels with original dog-dish hubcaps mated to wide whites. Glass is good and clear. The bed wood is very nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. This is one beautiful street rod. There is not much more to do on this one. Street rod values are hard to estimate because the beauty of each one is in the eye of the beholder, or builder. In this case, the eye of the seller and the buyer saw the same beauty. Great buy at $28.6k. There is no way you could build your own for this price. #246-1949 FORD F-3 pickup. VIN: 98RY253997. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 212 miles. 239ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration. Paint and body are good but need more shine. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are good but could use some buffing up. The interior is nicely restored and includes new dash gauges. It is optioned with an exceptionally rare a/c system under the cab. Engine bay and underside are very nice and match the topside quality. Glass is clear all around. The bed wood has been nicely finished. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,425. A very clean and popular F1 pickup. This one is a good example and sold slightly below market value. Well bought. #514-1956 FORD F-100 custom pickup. VIN: F10D6R25447. Light green/tan vinyl. Odo: 143,420 miles. 4.0-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Body and paint are excellent. Fit is good. Underside is partially done, needs to be completed. Trim and chrome are very good. Glass is good all around. Engine bay fair, needs detailing. Bedliner very nicely done. All-steel body on a 1999 Ford Explorer 4WD chassis and drivetrain. Vintage Air, upgraded radio, Mickey Thompson rims wrapped in chunky tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. An old truck body on a newer truck frame. A good combination and a beautiful truck. I guess you would call this a resto-truck. Price was in line with most well-done trucks, especially a 1956 F-100. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. SOLD AT $20,625. This F-3 was a frameoff restoration from a rust-free original truck. The price paid here seems fair given the current market. Good deal for both buyer and seller. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #241-1960 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10J0N20610. Red/red & white vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is good but needs to be buffed out to eliminate orange peel. Fit is generally good but suffers from the typical


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BRANSON // Branson, MO old-truck door bounce. Chrome and trim are good but need some restoration. Engine bay and underside need detailing. Interior is very nice and the best part of this truck. Windshield and door glass are good. Side vents need replacing. Good-condition steel bed contains protective rubber mat. Cond: 3+. about what a common 1965 Mustang coupe should sell for. The Alice Cooper name did not impress the bidders. MOPAR #247-1968 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE Road Runner replica convertible. VIN: RH27D8G234159. Orange & black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 93,742 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent repaint with minor buffing swirls. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior is very nice and looks to be original. Aftermarket chrome wheels really look great and show well. The engine bay is good but the engine needs to be detailed, if not repainted. Underside needs detailing to match the top side. Glass is clear all around. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,775. This truck is not a show truck but could easily be brought up to that level with a small investment. It appeared in Branson a year ago in exactly the same condition when it sold for $14.3k (ACC# 6799509). The new owner picked up a couple thousand dollars, giving a 16% return on investment in a year. Plus, the owner was able to enjoy it for a year. Well bought and sold. #613-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5R07C205623. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 2,437 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint and interior are very good. New white-faced instruments present well against the black and red car colors. Driver’s door fit is a bit off. Chrome and trim need to be restored. Engine is dirty and dripping oil. Underside is dirty and needs to be detailed to match the topside. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3+. very popular on the auction circuit. This one seems to be mostly original but just in driver condition. A good cosmetic restoration would do wonders for its presentation, as well as its bidding. A few dollars spent on presentation might have gotten the job done. SPECIAL #605-1977 SOROSUUB CORP. X-34 Landspeeder replica roadster. Sand/black vinyl. Auction listing description: “Offered here is a full-sized working replica of Luke’s X-34 Landspeeder from the 1977 “Star Wars” film. The custom fiberglass body comes from the mold of a fan who spent 100s of hours painstakingly researching & then carving it to the correct dimensions of the original screen-used landspeeder. From there, a custom tube chassis was designed with air shocks and an on board compressor for adjustable ride height. The landspeeder is powered by an electric Club Car golf cart engine with all drive components also from the Club Car so parts are readily available.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT $23,925. Although this car is a basic Plymouth Satellite, it shows well. It is a well-done Road Runner clone that would fool most people. (Thanks to the seller for being honest, because it would have fooled me). The market value of a Road Runner is about double that of a Satellite, so it pays to do the conversion. Well sold. AMERICANA #226-1979 JEEP CJ-5 SUV. VIN: J9M83AC063938. Red/tan cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 35,049 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Body and paint look to be original and in good condition for its age and mileage. Engine bay and underside are poor. Interior shows its rough usage and age. Glass is fair with NOT SOLD AT $18,000. According to the auction listing, this car was “previously owned by Rock n’ Roll legend, Alice Cooper. Alice had this car restored to his personal specifications including fresh glossy black paint with red decals, new red interior, custom gauges, GT front grille, fog lights and 15” wheels with new rubber. It is accompanied by an original registration in Alice’s name, his Arizona historic license plate and a photocopy of the title in his name. Alice has also boldly signed the glovebox door.” With all of that, the high bid was just NOT SOLD AT $27,000. I included this “car” from a place far, far away just for fun. Apparently this thing moves on its own power and was built with the intention of loading on and off trailers. I was actually surprised that the bid ran up to $27k. Of course, there is no way to estimate a value for it—although Luke sold his for 2k credits—but is was fun seeing it cross the block and watching people bid on it. Maybe there is someone out there who will pay the reserve price. According to Luke, ever since the XP-38 model came out, the demand for the X-34 just isn’t there, and it showed with a no-sale here. Good luck finding an XP-38, though. A CAR COLLECTOR minor scratches. Painted steel wheels do not do anything for its appeal. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. The CJ-5 is currently SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe July-August 2017 107 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ Keith Martin’s


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Three Auctions GM #102-1955 OLDSMOBILE 88 2-dr sedan. VIN: 557C67605. White & blue/white vinyl & blue velour. Odo: 95,118 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Door jambs are different shade of white than body. Good-sized ding in driprail trim on driver’s side. Chipped paint and surface rust evident above rear glass trim. Black California plates with no date tags. Missing passenger’s side turn-signal cover, leaving the amber bulb exposed. Bug guts surrounding the bulb. White-and-blue theme carries inside. Blue wheels might have once matched hues with the body, but no longer. Dents and dings in full wheel caps. Cond: 2-. 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 2-dr hard top, sold for $36,180 at Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA Silver Vancouver, WA — April 22, 2017 Auctioneer: Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered: 40/98 Sales rate: 41% Sales total: $363,798 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle 2-dr hard top, sold at $36,180 buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum of $250, included in sold price Report and photos by Chad Tyson H&H Duxford, u.K. — March 29, 2017 Auctioneers: Simon Hope, Julian Royse Automotive lots sold/offered: 78/120 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $5,551,373 high American sale: 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $62,987 buyer’s premium: 12.5%, minimum of $187, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.80) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Silverstone Northamptonshire, u.K. — May 13, 2017 Auctioneers: Jonathan Humbert Automotive lots sold/offered: 54/75 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $4,667,433 high American sale: 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold at $79,557 buyer’s premium: 12.5%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.80) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Anyone surprised there’s an AARP Premier Member sticker in the back window? I’m not saying these cars appeal to people of a certain age and no one else, but I’m just saying it seems that way. Not necessarily Tri-Five-era cars in general, but the Olds, Cadillac and Buicks aren’t hauling around younger families like they once might have. All that said, there wasn’t the right buyer here. Bid was light by several grand, as compared with recent sales. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #98-1958 CHEVROLET DEL RAY 2-dr sedan. VIN: 858L172731. Brick Red/black vinyl. Odo: 71,549 miles. 396-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Flat paint stands out among the overpolished offerings. Lone license plate sitting on rear package tray. Tags expired 10/2014. Del Ray vinyl script on quarters matches OMF Racing script in back glass. Car card says auto transmission, but there’s still a third pedal and an apparently manual shifter sticking up from the floor. Cond: 3. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold for $79,557 at Silverstone, u.K. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $12,690. Definitely for the rat-rod fan, even if the trim is too nice to qualify.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Seller’s card states, “This coupe drives and looks great and ready for your next car show!” The expired tags and transmission confusion didn’t hold back bidding, as the car sold where it should have. Anything more and it’d need to be an Impala. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #42-1960 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 860S10064. Majestic Amethyst Metallic/gray velour. Odo: 62,175 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two distinct purples going on here—one on exterior panels and one in engine bay, trunk, wheels and jambs, and they don’t complement one another. Per papers accompanying car, exterior purple from 2007 Chevy HHR, with the appropriately obnoxious name. Other purple looks like it was stolen from the Joker. Sidepipes are cool here. Cracking vinyl on front seat sides. Big tub of detailing equipment in cavernous, carpeted trunk (gray, not purple). Bulb missing from trunk lamp. Three 1960 Pontiac shop manuals on front seat. Purple seat belts front and rear to match painted purple dash (the comic-book color). Cond: 3+. family that had owned it 22 years. A lot of car for the money, and $6k is really not that much for novelty value. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 03/17. #29-1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 63E139468. White/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 21,487 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great presence—a length of 223 inches will get you that. I like the colors, as the bright red vinyl interior isn’t terribly obvious walking up to the car. Paint shines nicely under the lights. Numerous off-color touch-ups on tailfins—almost looks like someone just splashed on whiteout. Right rear spat sticks out at the back. Cracked paint exposing a little bit of body filler in four spots around the body. Slightly cloudy gauges match the equally dirty carpet and the somewhat-fitted vinyl seats. None stand out as bad, however. Moderately dirty engine bay just needs a good scrub. Cond: 3. OUNDUP GLOBAL SOLD AT $10,530. Once you go custom... you must lower your asking price... sometimes significantly. Recent sales for 1961– 64 Bonneville 2-dr hard tops come to a median of $39k. You tell me if there was too much purple going on here. Seller likely realized this was as good an offer as they were going to get and cut bait. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #39-1961 CADILLAC ELDORADO sedan. VIN: 61D110498. Eng. # 14122243. White/ gray leather. Odo: 34,068 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight, repainted, some poorman’s chrome on front-bumper trim, interior all there but a little tired. The perfect cruiser, and a bit unusual in the U.K. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,660. Caught my eye right when I walked into the auction hall. If only we still made cars like these! Seemed to me to be a cared-for car. Maybe not with carte blanche, but it has neither the appearance of being shuffled from dealer to dealer nor of being shuttered away in a barn. An overall used but loved feeling was my impression. A slightly depressed price makes sense for a slightly depressed car. I’d just take it as-is and not worry too much if there is some incidental contact in a parking lot. Fair deal. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. SOLD AT $6,299. First registered in the U.K. in 1989. Offered at no reserve, from a #66-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1361771114113. Sunburst Orange/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 54,990 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “Look at the paint!” Mitch Silver’s signature auction line (to my mind, at least) wholly applicable here. Claimed 500 miles since frame-off restoration/modification. Vinyl top well fitted. Modern console integrated into interior rather well, helped by custom upholstery. Auto Meter tach strapped to the column, matching the volt/oil/water trio below the dash. Possibly original radio not hooked up. Smoothed firewall and body-color engine bay a little off-putting here, more of a street rod thing than muscle car. Classic Auto Air a/c system. Small block “approximately” rated at 350 ponies. Cond: 2+. July-August 2017 109


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $36,180. Another of the nonstock muscle cars at Silver. Difference here was that it sold. It attracted all the right attention, as there seemed to be a line around the car most of the morning into afternoon. Strong price for a car in good condition. The custom choices didn’t wow me, but there were a few people here that obviously thought otherwise. I wonder how repeatable this price is, however. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #50-1968 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS 396 pickup. VIN: 138808Z166390. Torch Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 39,674 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Clean paint and graphics. Seller states frame-off restoration 20 years prior; also that engine is number matching, but that’s the only part they directly claim as such. Rest of powertrain—12-bolt and Turbo 400—should stand up to whatever the driver wants to do to it. Power steering and discs make driving easy. Driver’s door card a bit of a mess, with the lock ferrule not clipped in and bent window fuzzies. Rest of interior clean and newish. Glovebox door latches askew. Buyer can choose steel Rallies already on it, or opt for chromed Torq Thrust lookalikes when purchased. Cond: 2-. fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint would stand out in the deep blue sea. Top body molding not staying put in all spots. Aftermarket carbonfiber-look gauges, with blue accenting to match the electric exterior paint. Auto shifter done to look as a manual. CD player in dash. Convertible boot thrown on back seat, with underside showing plenty of wear. Stat sheet states original 350 block and heads, but with a 0.030 bore and a whole host of other goodies: TRW pistons and rings, COMP’s 268 roller cam, CVF racing pulley set, Edelbrock intake, MSD Digital 6AL, MSD Atomic EFI and Optima battery in trunk. Cond: 2-. done wrap-around steering wheel makes me wonder what it’s covering. Rust where windshield meets dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,636. My affinity for these front-wheeldrive, 119-inch-wheelbase American grand tourers aside, this had as nice an interior as any older car at the sale. Not everything was perfect, as those spots of rust should give pause but aren’t going to keep the car off of the road. Oldsmobile pumped out 26,497 of these for 1968, so they aren’t rare. But this was an above-average example for a middle-of-the-market price. The latest ACC Pocket Price Guide pegs the market median at $12,400 for ’68 Toronados. Cap tip towards the buyer here. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Perhaps it’s best to describe this car as a by-the-book-ifsomebody-else-told-you-what-a-resto-mod-was job. Confusion of car’s purpose is summed up by seller, “Completely rebuilt, restored and modernized to drive like a brand new 2016 vehicle.” Well, which is it? Restored or modernized? Also, the transmission has a 2,500-rpm stall convertor, but just 2.73 gears. These contradictions in purpose make it easy to see why bidding stopped where it did, as stock ones tend to reach mid-$20k pretty easily. Good luck next time to the seller, but the right buyer has to come along to get a higher bid. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. VIN checks in as an SS. Auto might be a drawback for some, but it shouldn’t have held back bidding this much. The market median value for third gens is nearly double this bid at $28,200, so the seller was right to refuse this lackluster bid. A crowd gathered around the car most of the preview and start of auction, but the right buyer wasn’t in the hall. Won’t be hard to top this bid next time. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #64-1968 PONTIAC LEMANS convertible. VIN: 237678B102903. Viper Blue/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 388 miles. 355-ci 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #67-1968 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 394878M623465. White & dark green/dark green vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,801 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Various minor nicks and dings in two-tone paint except for one big one on top of fender. Vinyl top smooth, no obvious rust bubbles. Odd discoloration, as a much brighter green than the surrounding vinyl, on section underneath rear window. Roof, drip rail and window trim could use a polish. Window weatherstripping falling apart. Deep, dark green upholstery almost as dark as the black carpet, and in remarkable condition. Barely a dent in driver’s seat. Flat floor makes cabin feel huge. Poorly #65-1969 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 136809Z366928. Red/black velour. Odo: 1,107 miles. 408-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 396-ci V8 bored 0.060 over, with LS6 heads. Newish trim and glass. Deep, gorgeous paint. Black-painted bedliner, with panels done separately. All the right alphabet-soup parts and names from mail-order parts catalogs: COMP Cams valvetrain, Barry Grant carb, Optima, MSD, B&M, K&N, Vintage Air a/c, all the way down to the BF Goodrich T/As. Headers bluing nicely. Spotless brake booster, but most everything in engine bay clean and tidy. Interior done in same fashion: Painless harness, Auto Meter gauges, Billet Specialties, Thunder Road dash, and LEDs everywhere. Four-wheel disc brakes. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. A resto-mod with a clear purpose—street fun. Dude sitting in driver’s seat was more than happy to crank it over and rev it up. Runs out like a monster—a good thing in this case. But all for naught today. Perhaps having a stock El Camino nearby wasn’t what this car (or seller) needed. Seen previously at Mecum’s 2016 Portland auction, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $25k (ACC# 6809065). The bids are trending the wrong direction, but I think that was more of the crowd than the car here. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #49-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCE142S142548. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 12,246 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL rust. Nice contrast against the black, I suppose. Crate engine. A/C needs recharging. Aftermarket stick-on reflective panels on underside of hood. Best-condition bench I’ve seen in one of these. Cheyenne 10 Super script in remarkable shape, so likely not original. Only deformity on driver’s seat, with the leg grooves already worn in. Mirrored glovebox door. CD player in place of radio, part of $3k system. Wood panel around gauges in decent shape. Spray-in bedliner painted same blue as body. Cooper Cobra Radial G/Ts on super-shiny chrome wheels. Cond: 2. men of a certain age, but this bid was above the current market median ($21,200) for an average car. Well, the Bicentennial edition ones go for $44k, but there are just 200 of those. GM made 14k of these “last convertibles,” and with emissions where applicable, I’m a little surprised it did this well. That’s what originality gets you, but not really, as the seller is still holding out for more. Good luck. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Made me miss Editor Pickering’s old K10. But what a crazy world it has become when $24k won’t get the high bidder this truck. It’s a damn nice truck, but one could easily argue it’s too nice. It really is only a matter of time for the market to catch up with what the seller wanted here. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #53-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 6L675S6Q246590. Copper/ tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,364 miles. 500ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller’s note says it’s a time capsule, with 31k original miles and just two owners from new—likely the fate of many of the ’76 convertibles. Trim along windshield reveals scratches, but nothing major. Scar along top of passenger’s door, but not into primer. Wrinkly, baggy front seats make me wonder how much padding is left. Rear seats in much better shape. Interior clean otherwise. Surface rust on master cylinder, body bolts and horns. Components for a/c system are new. Lots of oxidation on alternator—like it went through a salt spray. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Nice and original are the best I can say about this car. I know the ’76 Caddy convertibles hold a special place for “ 574. Eng. # 0646917F54YG. White/red leather. Odo: 44,381 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Nicely restored five years ago, from what sounds like a very original car, and well kept since, although new interior is leather rather than vinyl. One small paint chip in right edge of bonnet. Excellent chrome. Cond: 1-. CORVETTE 6 #326-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S004- Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ SOLD AT $79,557. An indicator of how carefully this has been kept was when the owner whinged about the display card resting against the left wheelarch... Oh well, it bodes well for the next owner, who paid a U.K.-market-correct sum. You have to wonder how much more it would have been An indicator of how carefully this has been kept was when the owner whinged about the display card resting against the left wheelarch... 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster ” Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com July-August 2017 111 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP worth if left properly original, as it sounds as if it’s only one step removed... Alas, it’s too late. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/17. #83-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S107539. Maroon & white/black vinyl. Odo: 92,018 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored 2007 and looks little used since, as it all presents very well. Paint still nice, interior vinyl good with excellent dash and instruments, motor in factory finishes and no add-ons. Cond: 2-. FOMOCO #71-1940 MERCURY EIGHT sedan. VIN: 99A133396. White/blue & white sparkly vinyl. Odo: 69,730 miles. Decent repaint of unknown age. Door fit not perfectly aligned on passenger’s side. Engine, radiator, exhaust and wiring wear their age proudly. Flathead has thickest V-belt I’ve ever seen running the accessories. Glass washer-fluid jar hooked up to hoses. Real surprise when opening door with sparkly white-and-blue seats and door panels. Two-tone-blue dash featuring a column shift. Trunk light wiring just hanging wrapped in electrical tape, not connected to anything in particular. Cond: 3. bay haphazardly. Les Schwab battery on already corroding posts. Interior is a clash of eras. Seats possibly from a ’90s minivan. Plastic loop to hold the pillar-mounted seat belts still sandwiched between the seat back and headrest on both sides—rather jarring. Whitewalls pretty clean. Missing a lug on driver’s side rear wheel. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. The seller wants somewhere north of here for this one, apparently. But recent sales for the customized post-war Ford customs hover a little above $14k. Seems the buyers knew that here and bid accordingly. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. SOLD AT $62,987. On the money for a nice, stock, restored C1 in the U.K. May look cheapish in dollars thanks to the shift in exchange rates since last June. H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 03/17. #59-2002 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G425116243. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 102,900 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Well-kept late-model ’Vette. C7 Stingray emblems added to fenders. Seller’s notes indicate they kept it in the garage when not in use and they have all service records. Plenty of road rash on front bumper cover. Fog lamps hazing over. Driver’s seat shows appreciable wear and passenger’s getting there. Z06 wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $12,690. Although it was tucked about as far away from the stage as possible—while still being inside—people still walked back to check over this Mercury. I even heard a pair of guys remark how nice it was to see one that hadn’t been streetrodded. Seems to me that enough of them have been chopped, channeled and frenched to the moon and back that working over a 4-door sedan just isn’t worth the extra effort. Pre-war car sold for post-war money. Even the regular sedans can bring in double this without much more polish. Perhaps the sparkles scared away bidders. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. SOLD AT $11,772. Well, based on current laws, we know they (any auto manufacturer in the U.S.) won’t be making pop-up headlights anymore. So in that sense this was a dying breed. But otherwise it was the same car that’s available in the random upperlevel used-car lot. You know the kind—Audis, Bimmers, probably a Caddy CTS or two. But the price paid here was likely better than that random dealer. This auction featured a number of later-model cars that brought similar under-market results. Good job by the buyer hopping in at this price. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. 112 AmericanCarCollector.com #38-1948 FORD DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 899A2346655. Blue/gray velour. Odo: 70,587 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Painter did a good job, as there are minor nicks and scratches but no obvious prep errors. Pinstriper did even better. Doors open suicidestyle. Blue-dot taillamps. Dark window tint. Clean engine bay in nearly all black, save the carb, fuel pump, oil-fill tube and chromed alternator. Wires crossing the #100-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: J9YH145819. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 61,561 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint from 18 years ago holding up pretty well. Some chips on trunk edge. One larger spot of peeling. Black paint in C-pillar trim mostly gone. Trim needs polishing. Bright blue valve covers and white air cleaner assembly serve to highlight surfacerusted exhaust, master cylinder and transmission housing. J-code pumped out 350 horsepower when new. Transmission reportedly rebuilt recently. Sheepskin seat covers over good-condition upholstery. Back seats show practically no wear. White paint worn off most of steering-wheel ring. Gauge lenses a little hazy. Rubber between back seat and package tray seriously deteriorated. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. The bid was light, as the median for these is $16,800. And this one belongs at the median. It’s not perfect, but nothing jumps out as an immediately big bill. So I credit the seller for sticking to his guns, knowing what it’s worth. Better luck next time. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #58-1965 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10JR616185. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 79,845 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Awfully shiny paint, but that’s rather commonplace on old trucks. Chrome kept to a minimum. I’d say an appropriate minimum, but the late-model plastic side mirrors (with chrome back) stick out like a sore thumb. Bumpers, wheels and grille painted same white. Dash is a touch warmer shade. Pioneer cassette radio in place of original, again with chunky plastic bits clashing with rest of interior (Out Of Sight Audio, anyone?). Vinyl upholstery fit


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP acceptable, but nothing to brag about. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,340. The joy of simplicity. That’s what these trucks make me think. Then I think of how reasonably priced they still can be. Median value for ’65 F-100s is currently at $12,375. Sure, 10 years ago this might have gone for half this price, but that’s nothing compared to the accelerated rise in late ’60s and early ’70s pickups. Seems to be a good truck for a fair price, and that leaves the buyer as the one likely to come out ahead on this deal. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #368-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. VIN: 8T02S213425. Green/ green vinyl. Odo: 53,902 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Really sharp—and bone stock. Probably refurbed a while back rather than fully restored. Body fit and finish pretty good, although a couple of small dust marks in paint. Rear bumper a little micro-blistered. Still with 8-track, seat vinyl wearing well, motor stock in factory finishes. Complete with build sheet and service book with 109 (!) stickers. Cond: 2-. #43-1986 FORD MUSTANG SVO hatchback. VIN: 1FABP28T4GF217904. Black/ black suede. Odo: 28,348 miles. 2.3-L turbocharged I4, 5-sp. Hood scoop gives this one away as not the normal Fox body. Bit of a ding in passenger’s fender. Clear lenses. Odd chunk missing from rear spoiler, with discoloration making it obvious. Additional rear spoiler included with sale. Rear Blue Oval emblem weathered. Tires with plenty of shine, but wheels not cleaned well. Lots of tread left. Photocopies of parts of paperwork presented. Per seller’s notes the car was purchased from the original owner in 2007 in Baltimore, then shipped to Vancouver, WA. Cond: 3. value at $8,250 over the past two years, but consistent with condition. Fair bid made— I’m not sure when or where the owner will get a better one. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #25-2004 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 1FAHP60A84Y101441. Platinum Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 90,513 miles. 3.9-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Wrinkled top, seemingly stored down. Dealer stickers on windshield proclaiming “beautiful car with both tops and low miles.” Except in all caps. A cursory search with CARFAX says this car has 28 records with them. Good-sized ding in bumper cover near passenger’s side fog lamp. Professionally detailed interior. Porthole hard top located away from car beside auction stage. Keys, fobs and books come with the sale. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,024. These SVO Mustangs certainly weren’t barn burners, and not nearly as tunable as the 5.0 engines, so it seems they get lost in the shuffle. That and no reserve on the sale nets the buyer here a deal. Recent sales have hit a median of nearly double this price—$6,400. Not deal of the day, but in the conversation. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #5-1999 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42X8XF110346. Red/black cloth. Odo: 43,313 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Done up with Saleen S281 decals, but missing the oh-so-vital supercharger. Colorado U.S. Army plates without date tags attached. Front end looks like it was parked in front of gravel pit and someone took a string trimmer to the rocks—tiny dings mark up the front bumper cover from side to side. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,733. Imported to the U.K. in 2004, with only one previous owner. Unusual to find one in England that hasn’t been made into a “Bullitt” clone—and all the nicer for it—but it’s been saved by mostly sitting on display in a Ford dealer showroom since it arrived. That may be what helped it to a strong price (’66 289 fastbacks start at around £25k/$30k here, near this one’s lower estimate, although one with similar condition and history to this might have got as much). Well sold, but thoughtfully bought, as S-codes are almost as quick as a 428 Cobra Jet (325 vs. 335 hp, 427 vs. 440 lb-ft), and half the price. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 05/17. 114 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $13,000. These cars are much more fun to drive than they are to look at. Sadly, those looks are tough to get past. These last Thunderbirds share the same platform as the underrated Lincoln LS sedan. Ford offered few options for the Premium trim-level Thunderbirds, but the hard top was one of them. Good bid for a potentially good car tells me the owner should have taken it. It will be a long time before these ’Birds get anywhere near their $38k MSRP. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #74-2007 FORD MUSTANG GT/CS convertible. VIN: 1ZVFT85H375281381. Vista Blue/black canvas/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 37,037 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Seemingly straight from the dealer in 2007, until the details start popping up. There’s a Hurst shifter ball. Seller lists over $8,200 of performance and appearance parts. Biggest bit of wear evident is on the parking-brake lever. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL frame, so it’ll take a polish. GT/CS ($1,895 option) adds two-tone seats, floor mats, side stripes and additional body add-ons. No performance increase from the package, however. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. It’s neither cool enough (like a Shelby) nor old enough (like an SVT) for any amount of parsing the build numbers to matter right now. In another 10 years it might be of interest that this was #189 of 374 Vista Blue of 2,598 2007 GT/CS convertibles. Right now it’s a great-condition, modified-a-bit, used car. Even then this was serious money offered by the high bidder. I’ve seen three of these sell for half of this in the past two years. At some point the market will likely hit the seller’s asking price, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. MOPAR #103-1954 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 13736464. Black/light blue & black vinyl. Odo: 47,582 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Paint hides no scratch, swirl or nick. Trim is possibly repairable. Plenty of edge chips all around trunk lid, along with a large chunk of missing paint next to logo. Continental kit adds another foot and a half to the length. Spotlights on both sides seriously cool. Upholstery reminds me of a funeral home I once visited. Door-panel blue different than seat and dash blue. Paint nearly worn off of inside of driver’s door where an arm might hang out of the window. Gauge lenses like a typical Vancouver April day—cloudy. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels and wide whitewalls in decent shape. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. I know this result was a disappointment. During the preview, I was chatting with Mitch Silver and he mentioned that he’d sold one of these recently for around $40k. Small wonder this one went unsold. We see a lot more of the mid’60s Coronets—rather than these third-generation ones—at auction, so price comps aren’t as common (ACC has tracked just two 1955–56 successful auction sales in two years). Can’t blame the consignor for bringing it back home. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. The high bid here is plenty for the condition as presented. Auction photos show the car with dealer sticker years in the windshield. These were the top-of-the-line Plymouths in 1954, but that makes them the best of the basics. Issues with the paint probably scared off some bidders. Not sure why the seller didn’t take the generous bid and run. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #99-1955 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. VIN: 34939507. Salmon, black & white/ white vinyl & blue cloth. Odo: 97,469 miles. 270-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. These three colors would look positively silly on nearly every #51-1963 DODGE POLARA 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6432178556. Red/white & red vinyl. Odo: 25,854 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Engine from 1970. Generic radiator hoses. Old parts in engine bay are highlighted by shiny new ones. Edelbrock Torker intake. Tach stuck to steering column at dash. Redline marker set at 5,000 rpm. Slight leak at modified diff—Posi rear narrowed 10 inches with 3.91 gears. Leaf springs inset four inches, with modified tubs. Surface-rusted exhaust pipes. Great presence—right stance with Centerline wheels supporting thick Firestone tires in back overshadowing skinnier ones up front. Sidewalls cracking all around. ’63 Washing- “ other car here, but they aren’t bad here. Good paint, with no major blemishes. Front chrome trim and bumpers in decent shape—need only a cleaning to really shine. Some micro-pitting on the hood V emblem. Even door, hood and trunk gaps. Acres of clear glass. Green growth on exterior window felt. Smells like a 62-year-old car inside. White vinyl graying. Cloth seat/ door card pattern holding up well. Missing passenger’s side kick panel. Push-button transmission. Clean engine bay—worst part is oxidizing firewall. Cond: 3+. ton State plates affixed with no date tags. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $18,750. Is it just me or does every 1963 Dodge look the same? Reminded me of the old ACC 440—well, minus the 500-ci aluminum Hemi and expertly tucked roll cage. This one is set up for some drag racing, but not all the way. Occupies a weird, in-the-middle spot—neither factory nor a full custom job, but bringing it back to factory would cost some coin. Seems the buyers didn’t know what exactly to do with it either, as the bidding reflected. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #111-1967 DODGE D200 pickup. VIN: 1261727556. Tan/black vinyl. 225-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint with orange peel for days, but it only adds charm. Several spots of sloppy tape lines along windows and trim. Bit flaking off at front of driver’s side of stepside bed. Rust inside bed at wheelwells. Pot metal headlamp trim warped and dinged as pot metal always is. Nothing pretty or fancy about the interior. Just black vinyl and carpet, with three-on-the-tree shifting. Metal door interior surface painted same as body. Bright red horn cap on steering wheel. Big chrome wheels are chunky enough to not seem weird, but they highlight the lack of chrome elsewhere. Cond: 2. Further proof that Dodges, without diesels or fun color-themed packages, get little respect in the market. Four grand? Really? 1967 Dodge D200 pickup July-August 2017 115 ”


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MARKETMOMENT 2002 Chevrolet S-10 “Little Red” truck SOLD at $20,350 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, April 6–8, 2017, Lot 74 VIN: 1GCCS14W82X5532EX NOT SOLD AT $4,000. Further proof that Dodges, without diesels or fun color-themed packages, get little respect in the market. Four grand? Really? I’m glad the seller put a reserve on it. It was one of the better-condition trucks at the sale, but with the focus (frequency of models at auction, aftermarket parts availability, etc.) mostly on Chevys and Fords of the era, the lack of interest is not wholly surprising. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. #17-1971 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 2-dr hard top. VIN: VL29G1B135699. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 27,905 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Great stance with the back end jacked up a few inches. Clean vinyl graphics. Black paints shows all the swirls. By “built 340” I think the seller means accessorized with the parts-catalog best-seller list: aluminum radiator and matching fan shroud, MSD 6AL digital ignition control, K&N air filter, braided stainless fuel line and more. Interior looking mostly stock, attractive in all black, and no console for the definitely-not-stock Tremec 5-speed. There’s also an Autogage tach screwed into the dash. Gauges clean and clear, but odometer numbers much dingier. Car card states “gas gauge fluctuates, no heater, no wipers.” Cond: 3+. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson My first new car was a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup. Regular cab, metallic green, 2.2-liter four and 5-speed manual. It did an okay job of being a truck, but it was painfully slow and not much fun to drive. I put about 30,000 miles on that truck before I moved on to something else, all the while dreaming of dropping an LS1 under its hood. Some of GM’s engineers were thinking the same thing. Here’s the proof. This ex-GM Collection S-10 is fitted with a Camaro powertrain — LS V8, T56 6-speed manual, and more. It has an Impala SS Positraction 4.10 rear end and the S-10’s ZQ8 sport suspension package with some upgraded brakes and Corvette Z06 wheels. It’s the perfect parts-bin formula for performance — big engine, small body. Fun in a truck-shaped package. The only trouble here lies in the VIN — or specifically, the last two characters, which denote this as a GM experiment that probably isn’t licensable in most states. There’s no title, either — bill of sale only. It does have GM provenance, but it’s worth noting that the last time we saw it sell, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2009, it made $30,800. The fun here, at least for me, would be in driving this truck, and the new owner won’t likely be able to do that on public roads. So while $20k’s a good deal on a piece of GM Collection history that I don’t think is set to lose more value, not being able to use it is a deal-breaker for me. No dream-turnedreality here. Not a bad buy, but I’d call it well sold. A 116 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $19,750. Well, when the seller’s card says “Approx $30k in receipts,” and the bid is below $20k, it’s usually a safe bet (if there is a reserve) that the seller will be bringing it back with them. Sure enough, that’s the case here. The seller is going to have to address the stated issues to sniff what they reportedly sunk into the car. Even then, they should temper their expectations. This was a solid bid for a mostly solid car. Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 04/17. A FOLLOW ACC — Jim Pickering


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith When to Pump the Brakes on NOS Pads and shoes have a shelf life — and nobody can see if they’re OEM or not #292087958463 NOS 1967 GTX taillamp assembly. 4 photos: Item condition: New. eBay. Connersville, IN. 4/30/2017. “NOS GTX Plymouth taillight assembly #2853561. This auction content has been in an auto body shop for many years and some parts have the typical shelf wear from either being in box or just sitting on a shelf.” Sold at $395.00. Some parts on a car will break the bank. Usually they’re items no one reproduces or they’re “crash parts,” as they’re known in the trade. Now, molded plastic isn’t hard to do, but the demand for a housing from a two-year-only body built in fair numbers to start with is low. So why did this part get almost $400? The answer is no one makes an entire assembly yet. You can buy a set of lenses or you can buy a pair of chrome lens accent covers, but not the entire housing. Furthermore, the accent covers cost more than this part. So for someone who needs to replace a blitzed housing, this was a good deal. XL500 2-door was a svelte car, and when packed with a 7-liter engine, it was a mover. Finding parts for these cars in the soft-trim and options field isn’t easy. Door edge guards tend to be pricey when reproduced, so this New Old Stock set at under $50 delivered to your door was a good deal, no matter what make we’re talking about. To put it in perspective, I’ve seen GTO dooredge guards go for quadruple this amount, and they weren’t NOS. #122419312895 1967 Ford Galaxie XL500 2-dr NOS door edge guard kit C7AZ6220910-A. 3 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Leola, PA. 5/1/2017. “NOS door edge guards, $10 shipping in Continental U.S.” Sold at $35.99. The 1967 Galaxie #371935918057 Brake Linings 1936–41 GMC Chevrolet Truck. 4 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Coffeyville, KS. 4/30/2017. “Set of 8 brake shoe linings for 1936– 41 GMC/Chevy trucks. Goodyear brand part number DL654. Fits both front and rear wheels. Made in the good old USA. Four linings are 2 inches wide by ¼-inch thick and 14¾ inches long. Four linings are 3 inches wide by ¼-inch thick and 18 and 5/32 inches long. They do not have tapered rivet holes. They have been in storage for years and are in excellent condition.” Sold at $29.95. Another instance where New Old Stock doesn’t make sense in a drivable restoration. Brake pads and shoes also have a shelf life. Ever drive a car that makes squealing noises like a pig under a gate? You checked the wear sensors on the pads and there’s lots of life left. Chances are they’re old brakes and the resins that make up the pad have dried out. The same thing happens to brake shoes. Technically they will work, but in the field, they’re sub-par performers and will probably make a lot of noise. The reason ancient, original manufacturer parts with factory numbers sell is for use in static display on concours show cars. These, on the other hand, were well sold. #302231883941 1972 Cadillac Rear Bumper Guards. 5 photos. Item condition: New. eBay. Worth, IL, 4/30/2017. “Up for auction is a pair of new vintage rear bumper guards marked for a 1972 Cadillac. These are heavy-duty USA-made guards. Chrome plating has box wear, nothing major, no rust or dents. Rubber strips are in great shape, not brittle. Comes with mounting hardware. These should also fit other years.” Sold at $49.99. These are a set of nice-looking aftermarket bumper guards. If you own a classic land shark that’s really nice except for the bumper guards, which have either turned white from waxing or are chewed up or have rusty bases, this kit is a decent low-dollar way out. Genuine Caddy bumper guards are a bit narrower with a vertical white accent strip. They don’t show up very often, but when they do, they won’t be under $50. A good deal for the driver-level cruise-night Caddy until you can find an original pair. 118 AmericanCarCollector.com


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viewing is an NOS OEM glove surround trim bezel. This is the metal ring (not plastic) that goes around the passenger’s side of the dash outlining the glove box area. This one has the black insert; the XLT and Lariat had the wood grain. It is factory-correct for the 1973–77 models. However, if you want to upgrade your 1978–79 models from the plastic to metal trim ring, this is what you’ll need. The plastic ones fade and sometimes split; you will not have that problem with the metal chrome one.” Sold at $160. If you needed any proof the vintage-truck market is a go-go, this auction is as good as any. The glovebox trim ring for an F100 is now a big-dollar item. By the way, the early Broncos do not use these pieces — not even the upscale Ranger. I suspect the seller meant the full-size Bronco that came out in 1978 and shared the same dash as the pickup. 1970s F100s have come on strong as collectibles, and we’re seeing an equal number being restored to original or resto-fied for better drivability. Price paid was high, but how many originals are left out there? #132168803722 NOS OEM 1973–79 Ford Truck Bronco Glovebox Surround Bezel. 1 photo. Item condition: New. eBay: Tipp City, OH. 4/30/2017. “What you are #222488252880 Beautiful Restored 1941, 1946, 1947, 1948 Chevrolet Truck Radio B47. 12 photos, Item condition: Remanufactured. eBay. Elizabethtown, KY. 5/1/2017. “Delco model 98R792. The original 6-volt Deluxe push-button model B47 for trucks and cars. Also included are the hard-to-find original Chevrolet mounting brackets attached (brackets can be removed to adapt to year and model) and the two original special front-mount bolts, nuts and washers. Cosmetics are excellent. Ready to install with nice original electromagnetic loudspeaker placed inside the cabinet. The nice original ivory push-buttons work in both settings and function with no chips. New fuse link, working pilot lamp. The radio receives stations as it should and plays fine.” Sold at $359. Working radios from the 1940s are somewhat rare, as not many vehicles got them in the first place. Everything was optional before the mass-production 1970s. This is a refurbished unit ready to go and it looks great — if you like radios that resemble a cross between a Pullman car and diner. The late Art Deco influence really gives this radio character. Priced less than most reproduction 1960s stereo receivers, this is a good deal for the restoration fanatic. A July–August 2017 119


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JUNKYARDTREASURES Two Seagrave fire trucks — one from the early 1950s (left) and a famous “Waterfall”-grille unit from the 1940s Thinning Dad’s Collection Ray Utter collected hundreds of classics in Oklahoma, and now it’s time for them to find new homes Story and photos by Phil Skinner S tarting in the 1950s, Ray Utter of Shawnee, OK, began acquiring a wide assortment of automobiles. These included Packards, Cadillacs and Studebakers. But Utter had a sporty side too, loved early XK Jaguars and MG roadsters and, according to his son, around 1956–57, was the owner of a 1953 Ferrari 340MM Vignale Spyder as well as the #96 Jaguar XK 120 alloy-bodied roadster. Old Ray had hopes of restoring many of the vehicles that followed him home. However, time and life got in the way, and many of the projects never materialized. Since his death in 2010, the cars have sat, many of them sinking into the ground. His son Ray Jr. recently decided to clear away some of the underbrush just to see what was hiding in the bushes. I was invited to walk the property, and both of us were surprised with what we found. We saw several Jaguar XKs as well as several MGA roadsters. We also discovered a huge pile of 1960s and 1970s vintage Japanese motorcycles. There were also some very intriguing commercial vehicles, including an interesting-looking International Fageol van from 1954. We also saw several fire trucks from as far back as 1920, and two former television mobile broadcasting units. While Ray Utter Jr. doesn’t consider himself in the parts-selling business, he acknowledges that it is time to start downsizing some of his cars. He is open to inquiries from interested parties and is willing to sell entire vehicles. If you have an interest or an inquiry as to something that might be in this collection, contact Ray Utter Jr. at 405-921-2059. A 120 AmericanCarCollector.com In 1940, Plymouth was a full-size sedan, fitting six comfortably, eight on occasion, and 10 when needed Wearing a Fageol body on a 1954 International chassis, this unusual van hauled a number of cars to the utter Collection


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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 1952 Chevrolet 3100 pickup 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina 2-dr hard top Metallic blue/saddle. 1,194 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. The recipient of a frameoff restoration that has logged just under 1,200 miles. Features vivid aesthetics, an air-conditioned cockpit, a modern drivetrain with a proven GM small block that’s guaranteed to haul plenty of, well, whatever you need to haul. Ready for a pickup you’ll be proud to show off? Take a close look at this awesome Chevy! $79,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors.com Web: www. rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/ active/1952%20Chevrolet%203100%20 Pickup%20Truck/135845 (NC) 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom 2-dr hard top S/N 31847J170795. Dark green/78,000 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300hp, Iowa car, excellent condition. Contact Don, Ph: 1.226.421.2328. (ON) 1967 Pontiac GTO HO convertible Lime Green/brown. 87 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. Fresh out of a professional, $350k build, this Chevy is a literal manifestation of “only the best.” If you’re looking for a storied custom that attracts big crowds and even bigger trophies, it’s prime time for Limetime! $145,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/ sales/inventory/active/1955%20Chevrolet%20Bel%20Air/135610 (NC) 122 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N C856H10768. Sandalwood & Sun Beige/Sandalwood & Sun Beige leather. 62,300 miles. V8, automatic. Factory 317 ci, 4-barrel carburetor, Hydramatic. Low miles, drives nice, overall very good condition. Professional repaint in 2006, much trim rechromed/buffed. Newer Coker radial tires. Original nice matching leather interior. Comes with lots of literature, sales brochures, etc. No PS or PB, clock does not work. Have 2012 appraisal for $28k. Owned 11 years. Located in Portland with ’56 Oregon license plates. $24,000 OBO. Contact Tim, Ph: 971.279.5878. Email: twgodfrey@ hotmail.com (OR) 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top Rallye Green & white stripes/black. 94,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers matching, rebuilt original DZ302, M20 4-speed, PS, PB, ZL2 hood, standard interior, gauges and console. Nut-and-bolt restoration, one respray since new. very clean #2 condition. Contact Charles, Ph: 206.427.9606, email: cottageblue@msn.com. (WA) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-dr hard top Willow Gold/black vinyl. 113,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. All numbers matching! I have owned this 442 since 1986. This car is equipped from the factory with power seat, remote mirror, Rallye stripe, AM-FM stereo, sport wheel, power steering, air conditioning and vinyl roof. It was repainted the factory original color Willow Gold in 1988. New vinyl top at time of paint. Body is in really nice condition with no rust. Chrome bumpers have been replated. Car always stored inside. Newer 2½-inch exhaust with balance tube and stock trumpet outlets. It is in excellent condition and has a rebuilt numbers-matching TH400 automatic. Contact Fred, Ph: 919.418.0337, email: fredough@aol.com. (NC) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-dr hard top 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe sole, power steering and front disc brakes. Contact Richard, Ph: 503.577.8226, email: richmaloney@aol.com. (TX) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2-dr hard top S/N 124377L109731. BMW Glacier Silver Pearl/black & gray leather & vinyl. 240 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. Show-quality custom with modern 430-hp LS3 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Allnew systems including electrical, brake, cooling, fuel and exhaust. Power seats, windows, brakes and steering. New leather and vinyl upholstery. Listed on Craigslist, Fresno, CA, for additional photos, description and pricing. Contact Jim, Ph: 559.353.4637, email: jim_ish@yahoo. com. (CA) 1968 Oldsmobile 442 2-dr hard top Ebony Black/black. 73,396 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. The beneficiary of a body-off rotisserie restoration that was conducted by a seasoned 442 expert. This striking Olds pairs an original 455-cubic-inch Rocket V8 with an original Muncie 4-speed and correct black on black aesthetics. And if you’re the kind of gearhead who likes to take their metal to the show, it’s the lust-worthy trophy king you’ve been devoutly saving for! $149,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/ sales/inventory/active/1970%20Oldsmobile%20442%20W%2030/135844 (NC) 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible S/N 34467M151955. Saturn Gold/white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. One of 1,096 automatic convertible 442s. Survivor with 65% original paint, top and interior. Numbers-matching block and transmission. Highly documented with window sticker, broadcast sheets and more. A host of options: a/c, tach, tilt, PW, PS, power top, AM-FM stereo, 8-track and dual-gate shifter. Drives like new. $47,500 OBO. Contact Jason, Ph: 414.688.0604. Email: jstrits@sbcglobal.net Web: goo.gl/photos/ MUJXfAvGJEn37gv18 (WI) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am coupe Black/tan. 2,879,159,334 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. 6.6-L (403-ci), 4-bbl carb, manual trans., W72 package, WS6 package, Pontiac Historical Society documentation. Extensive history/documentation including window sticker, contract application, original 10-day temporary permit, copies of titles and sales of the car, repair orders dating back to 1979, log book kept by owner in the ’80s, original warranty info with original owner’s name and original owner’s manual. $30,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608. Email: craigbas77@gmail.com (TX) CORVETTE 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Signet Gold/black. 80,604 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. This GTO is a real 4-speed HO car. One of 1,591 HO convertibles built in 1967. Drivetrain is NOM, but engine was rebuilt to HO 360-hp specs. Full body-off rotisserie restoration in 2005 with less than 1,000 miles since. PS, PB with front discs and tilt wheel. $80,000 OBO. Contact David, Email: dpilkins@yahoo.com (VA) S/N 136370K185271. Cranberry Red/black. 4,005 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 454-ci big-block engine, M22, Posi rear end with two original and verified build sheets, built at Kansas City Leeds plant, documented by Rick Nelson and complete owner history. Cowl-Induction, bucket seats, center con- S/N E57S101498. Black/red. V8, 3-spd manual. 283/270 hp, 3-speed. NCRS Top Flight (2016). Ownership history back to 1968. Two tops (hard top unrestored). Two sets of wheels and tires. Judging sheets


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Showcase Gallery available. Send email for photo gallery. Contact Jim, Ph: 253.845.3975, email: james.shepherd7@comcast.net. (WA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible ful car. Contact Barry, Ph: 469.628.2360, email: barry@bloomingcolorsnursery. com. (TX) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 30867S118349. Red/red. 94,790 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/340-hp with manual trans. Matching numbers and meticulously cared for. Comes with both hard and soft tops. Loads of history and paperwork and a blast to drive. $49,500 OBO. Mark V Motors LLC. Contact Dustin, Ph: 315.271.7828. Email: markvmotors@aol.com (NY) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194676S118937. Sebring Silver/silver leather. 27,588 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300 hp “CE”, black top. Options: headrests, AM/FM, power antenna, telescopic column, side exhaust, knockoffs, Goldline radials. 1991 stunning body-off restoration and 2012 show-quality repaint. Everything works properly and the car is a delight to drive and show. $64,900 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 317.490.3418. Email: greg@ esmindy.com (IN) 1969 Chevrolet Corvette T-top coupe Cortez Silver/black leather. 49,900 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 350/350hp, Muncie 4-speed, numbers matching with excellent paint and interior. Clean engine and undercarriage. Power windows, everything works except the clock. I am third owner. Beauti- Advertisers Index American Car Collector ..............................125 Auctions America .........................................13 Autosport Groups .........................................73 Barrett-Jackson ............................................93 Camaro Central ............................................75 CarCapsule USA ..........................................77 Charlotte AutoFair ......................................103 Chevs of the 40’s .......................................109 Corvette America ............................................6 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc .......................83 Dr. ColorChip Corporation ...........................83 EMS Automotive .........................................113 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. .........................27 Evapo-Rust ...................................................33 Greensboro Auto Auction .............................65 Grundy Insurance .........................................21 S/N 1G1YY0787F5126061. Red/red. 14,000 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. This Corvette is a real gem. It is a one owner for 28 years, original vehicle with 13,900 documented miles. Looks and drives like brand new. Condition: 1-, with some wear on driver’s seat side bolster, otherwise flawless. Air conditioning blows cold and converted to R134A. No leaks whatsoever, no scratches or dings. Always stored covered and in heated garage, regularly serviced with synthetic oil changed twice a year regardless of mileage. It was purchased in 1985 by a middle-aged business owner, acquired by me in 2013 from the same, now elderly, original owner. The car has brand new Goodyear tires, original tires included with sale. All original documentation including the original window sticker, title, dealer invoice, GM Protection Plan documents, delivery receipt and complete service records. Includes these options: Automatic transmission with overdrive, six-way power seat, power door locks, cruise control, Delco-Bose stereo system, Z51 performance handling package, rear window defroster, removable transparent roof and red leather bucket seats. Contact me with any questions regarding this pristine Corvette. $12,000 OBO. Contact Mark, Ph: 802.343.8700. Email: mbennett8700@ aol.com (VT) S/N 19467OS410099. Monza Red/Saddle leather. 65,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 350/350 hp with manual transmission. Original and unrestored. NCRS 2nd Flight. Needs frame repair. New Saddlecolored top. Ridgetop Restorations. Contact Mark, Ph: 715.385.3341, email: daddy19581955@yahoo.com. (WI) 1985 Chevrolet Corvette coupe FOMOCO 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible originality. $24,500 OBO. Tom Miller Sports Cars. Contact Thomas, Ph: 908.693.5723. Email: tom@millersportscars.com (NJ) 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX Continuation roadster S/N P5FH194712. Red/red & white. 5,400 miles. V8, Frame-off restoration, SVO 351 aluminum-head box motor, serpentine belt system, MSD, 2½-inch ceramic-coated Borla exhaust, ATO C4, Dana Posi 44, front discs, smoothed bumpers, Rocket salt flats, black canvas soft top and red hard top, top storage rack and car cover. $41,500 OBO. Contact Grant, Ph: 623.980.0014. Email: gpavolka@gmail.com (AZ) 1956 Lincoln Premier 2-dr hard top Black/camel. 121 miles. V8, 5-sp manual. If you’re searching for a fresh twist on an old favorite, forget about project cars pieced together from leftovers. And forget about sloppy replica builds that shame their fabled predecessors. Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and pick up this razor-sharp roadster. It’s pristine, rare and ready to rock and roll! $229,000 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@ rkmotors.com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte. com/sales/inventory/active/1965%20 Shelby%20Cobra/135828 (NC) 1968 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Black/red. 62,000 miles. V8, 368-ci engine, power steering, brakes and windows, original interior, dual mirrors, road lamps and radial tires. $21,500. OBO. Contact John, Ph: 216.341.0397. (OH) 1964 Ford Mustang convertible Sunlit Gold/black. 73,515 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. Verified Marti Report, true J-code, GT 302-ci. Original miles, clear Arizona title. West Coast native and history. Flawless body and paint. Excellent condition. No disappointments. $45,000 OBO. Contact Al, Email: arizonaclassiccar@cox.net (AZ) V8, automatic. Two owners, with last ownership from 1971. 260 V8, rebuilt a few years back, power top, power steering. New radiator, heater core, water pump, gas tank, updated to new dual master cylinder, new brake lines, rebuilt power steering valve and slave, all-original interior, new battery. 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Showcase Gallery 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback 1964½ Plymouth Savoy Lightweight Race 426 Hemi Cross Ram 2-dr sedan S/N 8T02R20315602419. Highland Green/Saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. One of 13 King of the Roads with these options. Framed Elite Marti report, 428-4V CJ engine, 3.50 Traction-Lok rear end. Authentic, meticulous rotisserie restoration by Bill Andrews of HRE Motorcars Freeport, NY. $189,900. Paramus Lamborghini. Contact Eddie, Ph: 201.783.6507. Email: EJones@ DrivePrestige.com (NJ) 1970 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 0F02M482967. White/dark red. V8, automatic. PS, PB, very nice and correct car with one very good repaint, rare dark red interior. One of 32 with this great-looking combination, Marti Report. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 330.759.5224. Email: jbenzr@aol.com (OH) 2002 Lincoln Blackwood 4-dr pickup Black/Blackwood Bed/black. 71,000 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Blackwood was Lincoln’s effort to beat Cadillac to the luxury-truck market. The factory really went beyond normal trucks, using an aluminum bedliner with LED lighting. There were only about 3,300 produced for 2002, which makes it a modern-day unicorn. The truck has recently had a full tune-up, new brakes and the wheels detailed. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Contact Jay, Ph: 310.902.0698, email: azvetmn@yahoo.com. (AZ) MOPAR 1955 Chrysler C300 2-dr hard top S/N 3141246868. White/red. 218 miles. V8, automatic. 1964-1/2 factory Lightweight Hemi Savoy. Shown in the 2006 Mopar Performance calendar (copy goes to buyer) and acknowledged by Mopar experts (Galen Govier & others, in Davis book) as a top-tier car. This rare car is a time capsule. Two Govier authentications, window sticker, original fender tag and copy for shows. Infrequently raced in the early to mid-’60s in the Midwest as the “Hemi Harvester“ but never fully caged, tubbed or cut up. First-class restoration by top restorer Scott Tiemann upon its sale to a major collector. 1990 to date largely spent in two well-maintained collections. It has won its class and/ or Best of Show at many major West Coast Mopar shows and high-level concours and is acknowledged by Mopar experts as the best seen. Never abused and used little, its floors and unibody are factory original and straight. Factory-original K-head engine, correct wiring, optional front American Mags and steel rears with period M&H slicks. Car has unique and rare parts. The original lightweight Corning rear window, perfect Plexiglas side windows. Body including all the ORIGINAL aluminum is flawless and has all the ORIGINAL lightweight pieces including alloy hinges, brackets, lightweight front bumper, etc. Body and engine have correct factory build markings and paint swatches. Engine and trans are refreshed. The first of the factory Mopar Super Stocks. Will sell together with the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Super Stock. A package of the first and the last factory Mopar Super Stocks. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail. com (CA) 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi BO 29 Super Stock racer Hurst dual gate shifter (rare and expensive), interior excellent, period 2 1/8-inch Hooker headers now ceramic-coated, dual three-inch stainless track exhaust added for shows. Car used only for show after restoration. Car now has NOS Keystone mags (used on Sox & Martin cars) with correctsize Goodyear slicks. Full set of 1970 dated Centerlines with Firestone slicks originally on car are included. Many spare parts acquired over the years available. For serious Mopar collectors. Will package with 64½ Savoy Lightweight, which is the best of the best. Own the first and last of the SS Hemi Mopars. Hemis don’t get any better than these iconic cars. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail. com (CA) 1976 Dodge B200 custom van AMERICANA 1955 Packard 400 mock convertible coupe Cream & tan/cream & copper. 75,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. Three owners. Restored in 2008, won Best in Class in first show in 2009, driven sparingly since. Gorgeous car, PW, PS, PS, PB, AT. No rust, runs and drives excellent, needs nothing, hop in and take to a show. This is not a convertible but made to look like one. $27,499 OBO. AutoArcheologist.com. Contact Dave, Ph: 860.398.1732. Email: Dave@AutoArcheologist.com Web: www. AutoArcheologist.com (CT) RACE 1960 Indianapolis rear-engine racer Yellow/black vinyl, shag carpet, diamond plate & faux fur. V8, 3-spd automatic. Good times, old-school shaggin’ wagon with double side doors. These short-wheelbase vans were everywhere in the ’70s and ’80s. Just try to find a solid, mostly original one now. Most are rusted out and off to the car crusher. Originally an Arizona van and is mostly rust-free. Runs great with many upgrades including complete new wiring, Edelbrock carb, new 2½-inch exhaust, headers, brand-new seats (with swivel captain’s chair bases), rare Mopar Performance hood with scoop, and more. Email for full details. A few needs to be showready, with the biggest item being some minor body work and a paint job. Trades considered. Contact Stan, email: bighifive@ sbcglobal.net. (TX) Blue/black. V8, Believed to be an early-’60s rear-engine Indy car. Has small-block Chevrolet engine, 2-speed Halibrand H-2210 gearbox, Hilborm fuel injection and NHRA blast-prop bell housing, Vertex magneto and Weaver Bros dry-sump oiling system and period wheels. Engine does run. $69,500 OBO. Contact Phil, Ph: 317.432.0414. Email: rockg930@gmail. com (IN) A S/N 3N551076. White/tan. 106,000 miles. V8, automatic. All original except for lower front seat leather. From the West Coast, excellent condition with 106k miles, PS, PB, power windows, power seats. Everything works, but radio needs new vibrator. Great driver, always garaged, just tuned, all records since 1994. Additional images and info available. Contact Albert, Ph: 814.466.6115, email: bav1140@comcast. net. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N BO29M8B299131. Black/V8, February of 1968 build, #75 of total run of mixed SS Dart and Barracudas. Largely unused from new. Never caged or tubbed, thus from ’70 on it was not allowed to run by NHRA due to no cage. Unibody, floors and torque boxes not twisted or bent like A-bodies that were raced without a cage. Original black rear carpet under large rear window unfaded, floors have factory primer, no rust and original taillight plastic perfect. History from 1980 known, bu ’68 delivery to ’80 unknown. Apparently, car was stored. 8¾ diff with factory heavy-duty drag axle remain. Owned by the Hemi Club president for many years. In magazines and pictured painted yellow in Hemi book prior to complete black-paint restoration. Also featured post-restoration in Mopar 2006 calendar. Very correct, has won many shows and concours, in #1 condition and needs nothing. Correct date-coded wiring, original blue coil. Hidden MSD 6 ignition replaced dead blue-box ignition but have original unit. Period-correct SW oil and temp gauges and correct Jones mechanical tach. Brakecylinder bores stainless bushed, correct It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.AmericanCarCollector.com/classifieds


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Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 126 AmericanCarCollector.com Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888-672-0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) 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 informed experts in the industry. Fax: 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) 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 21 South Auto Gallery. 480-9866460. Located in Mesa, AZ, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of high-quality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investment-grade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser, we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) 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— Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a handcrafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@ allardj2x.com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/allardj2x.com


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and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars. net (FL) 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. Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price. We have you covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) 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 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 (OH) 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. Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Ideal Classic Cars. 855-324-0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks 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 also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) 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 classic auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport 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. 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. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com Collection Management RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Your documentation represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value — yet it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources — all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/ACC. Corvette Parts & Restoration 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) July–August 2017 127


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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 Events—Concours, Car Shows Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at Leasing-Finance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1-866-CAR-9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1-866-CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) 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 The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com (OR) American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) 128 AmericanCarCollector.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404-237-2633. June 1–3, 2018 A 3-day hijinx competitive rally, 1-mile driver time trial and juried Contest of Elegance for Champions and Heroes (race cars through 1974) from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com, www.rmacham- pionsandheroes.com (CA) Insurance Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury 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) Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) Museums LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic back


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drop 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. (WA) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General 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. 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 (AR) coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, 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 (CT) work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the bestselling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps. com. (MI) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have provided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog, call 800-888-8637 (CA) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) 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 Race Ramps. 866-464-2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and July–August 2017 129 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A FOLLOW ACC


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: There’s gold in eBay listings! No, there really is, as the buyer of an ex-Iraqi army tank recently discovered. Seems the British military collector bought the Type 69 tank, which was one of many the Iraqi army used in the 1980s, for about $41,000 on eBay. While inspecting it for any left-over ammunition, he found 60 pounds of gold bars. At a current price of $1,235 per ounce, his discovery is worth over $1.3m. The gold bars are believed to have been looted during the invasion of Kuwait. The tank buyer is waiting to see if the authorities will allow him to keep his unexpected treasure. Here are a few more items of interest — and while “golden,” there were no surprises. EBAY #222434856046— 1933 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT: $4,069.99. Date sold: 3/19/2017. This was the first year inaugural license plates were issued, and the tradition almost ended with President Trump. However, at the last minute, a few were issued. This one was from the collection of the ambassador of Peru and was in very acceptable condition. This was, of course, the first inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was the 32nd president of the United States. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 152—AUTO-LITE ELECTRIC SERVICE PORCELAIN NEON SIGN. Estimate: $8,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $11,400. Date sold: 4/22/2017. This large single-sided sign measured 47 x 82 inches and had bullnose ends with good gloss and color. The yellow sections were stained, but there were no offensive chips or dings. It was in good working order and had the original mounting can. Price paid was up there, as a double-sided example sold for $5k or so a year ago. I do recall passing on one of these many years ago, thinking the asking price of $1,200 was out of line. Times change. EBAY #152425548237—1956 FORD SUNLINER CONVERTIBLE TIN TOY BY MANSEI HAJI. Number of bids: 31. SOLD AT: $1,358.33. Date Sold: 2/12/2017. This very attractive lithographed tin toy was about 11½ inches in length and was in very nice condition. It was complete with a reproduction box that completed the display. It was finished in the “right” colors and had rubber tires and “real” steering. Price paid was reasonable enough, and the toy will make a nice addition to any collection. EBAY #371872916462—1957 CHEVROLET 91-PAGE DEALER CATALOG. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $412.99. Date sold: 2/27/2017. This 91-page 1957 Chevrolet Dealer Catalog was filled with illustrations and specifications for 130 AmericanCarCollector.com the entire model line, including Corvette and station wagons. It also included several pages on the newly introduced Ram Jet Fuel Injection. It was complete and in very nice condition. If a ’57 Chevy of any sort resides in the car barn, then this was a must-have. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 928—AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA MEMBERSHIP DASH PLAQUE. Estimate: $1,400–$2,400. SOLD AT: $2,700. Date sold: 4/23/2017. The Automobile Club of America was founded in 1899 and operated in the New York area. The small brass club plate was used in the 1910–1920s time frame, and while the catalog stated this may be the only one known, they show up every now and then. There was paint loss on the background, but the flag was not damaged. Price paid seems like a bunch considering the condition and that it is far from the “only one.” EBAY #122387101402—1950s CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP NEON CLOCK. Number of bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,935. Date sold: 3/17/2017. This clock was from a dealership in Maryland and was in decent condition, with a bit of surface rust on the face. It measured 20 inches in diameter and is fairly common. The price paid was in line, and the clock will make a great addition to a Chevy car barn. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 55—AMERICAN MODEL #187 CLOCK FACE GAS PUMP. Estimate: $4,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $22,800. Date sold: 4/22/2017. This style pump was used in the late 1920s and had two dials with one hose. It had been restored with a few issues noted. The globe and decal were fantasy pieces with a correct white hose and brass nozzle. A notvery-exciting pump that sold for a bunch. A