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CAR COLLECTOR BUYING SMART What to Look For on a Prospective Purcha AMERICAN Custom ’69 $34k July–August 2019 Issue No. 46 www.AmericanCarCollector.com No-Frills Thrills


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Eight Sales That Define the Market Volume 8 • Issue 46 • July–August 2019 CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 $47k / RM Auctions Has the C4 Z finally started a price upswing? — John L. Stein Page 50 GM 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM $34k / RM Auctions Basic Camaros offer big fun for the money — Dale Novak Page 52 FoMoCo 1993 FORD MUSTANG COBRA R $132k / Barrett-Jackson The new high-water mark for Fox Mustangs — Sam Stockham Page 54 AMERICAN ™ MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER $32k / Barrett-Jackson Mopar’s cheap grunt deserves future market upside — Tom Glatch Page 56 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1947 BUICK SUPER 8 CUSTOM $412.5k / Barrett-Jackson Resto-mod Buick brings big bucks in Florida — Elana Scherr Page 58 AMERICANA 1931 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 99 COUPE $67k / Bonhams A rare example of what could have been — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 60 RACE 1977 CHEVROLET NOVA NASCAR RACER $209k / Barrett-Jackson What’s in a name? A whole lot of value — John L. Stein Page 62 TRUCK 1978 JEEP CJ-7 GOLDEN EAGLE $25k / Barrett-Jackson Why haven’t Jeeps caught the vintage-SUV updraft? — Nick Jaynes Page 64 COVER PHOTO: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro custom Ryan Merrill ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions 1977 Chevrolet Nova NASCAR racer , p. 62 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company July–August 2019 7


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The Rundown COLUMNS 10 Torque: Putting a modern engine in an older vehicle changes everything — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills: 1983–89 Pontiac 6000 STE — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower: Is building a car about the destination or the journey? — Jay Harden 48 On the Road: Why restore one vintage ramp truck when you can restore two? — Elana Scherr 130 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: A guide to modern a/c, Corvette facts, modern classic electronics, and a rundown of Corvette special editions — Mark Wigginton 26 Snapshots 1: Portland Swap Meet 28 Snapshots 2: Portland Transmission 40 Your Turn: T-bird versus Tri-Five, and picking which car to restore 42 Readers’ Forum: Is swapping a modern engine in your classic a good idea? 86 Market Moment 1: 1982 Chevrolet Corvette — Chad Taylor 97 Market Moment 2: 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega — Chad Taylor 122 Junkyard Treasures: Turner’s Auto Wrecking in Fresno, CA — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 12 What’s Happening: Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 8 AmericanCarCollector.com 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 24 Cool Stuff: Power-packed, printed and polished 32 Wrenching: How to review a car at auction 68 Buy It Now: 2003–04 Mercury Marauder — Chad Tyson 90 One to Watch: 1988–98 GM C/K pickups — Chad Taylor 120 The Parts Hunter: Sidepipe covers, Z16 hubcaps and OE Mopar headrests — Pat Smith 124 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 125 Advertiser Index 126 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers AUCTIONS 66 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys — and American cars in Monterey — Chad Tyson 70 Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach, FL Barrett-Jackson pulls in $30.9m on 640 of 643 lots selling in South Florida — John Hoshstrasser 82 RM Auctions — Fort Lauderdale, FL Best-ever result of $23m at Fort Lauderdale sale, with 274 of 368 cars selling — John Hoshstrasser 92 Branson — Branson, MO $2.9m in sales on 142 of 200 vehicles sold in Branson’s first sale of the year — Andy Staugaard 102 W. Yoder — Wautoma, WI Spring Classic grosses $630k on 79 of 98 lots sold — B. Mitchell Carlson 114 RM Sotheby’s — Essen, DEU American-sale highlights from a major auto show in Germany — B. Mitchell Carlson


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TORQUE Jim Pickering A Modern Classic A newer engine in an older vehicle changes everything V alues and trends have always been the heart of ACC, but “value” is a loaded concept. Dollars and cents may run the market, but owning classic cars and trucks is supposed to be fun, and a lot of that fun comes from actually getting out and using the cars we covet. In that sense, value is more than just a number. That factor has been a major theme of ACC since the beginning, from our “Snapshots” features through our “Wrenching” columns. But while original Mustangs, Chevelles and Challengers are the same as they ever were, the world around them is changing, and car people are too. That’s what brings me to this month’s “Readers’ Forum” question: Are modern-engine swaps good for the classic-car hobby? Newer and better? When the LS engine came out in 1997, it changed the old-car world. Here was a small, light pushrod V8 that made more than respectable power, shared some fundamental dimensions with the small-block that came before, and was ripe for modification. In the 22 years since, GM has built millions of these things in a variety of displacements and outputs, and the aftermarket has embraced them fully, offering everything from internal parts through complete-swap bracket-andwiring kits for a variety of older cars. These engines run cool. They don’t tend to leak, and they’re dead reliable. And on top of all that, they can make ridiculous horsepower without many changes from stock. It’s no wonder they’re the go-to powerplant for just about any old car in need of modern motivation — especially those that came from the smogger era, when power took a back seat to emissions and insurance regulations. Now, with the availability of LS power swaps, smogger-era cars and trucks are on the same level as the unregulated muscle that came before. A Corvette with a bed I speak from experience here, as I’m nearly finished writing a book for CarTech on building and modifying 1973–87 Chevrolet and GMC trucks (available in the fall at www. cartechbooks.com). For the book, I built a 2003 6.0 LS engine and dropped it into a 1979 Chevrolet C10 pickup, along with a bunch 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Underneath that Holley Sniper Dual-Plenum intake is a 6.0 Chevrolet LS. Does it help or hurt a C10’s value? Read what readers had to say on p. 42 of other aftermarket parts to reconfigure the truck’s driving characteristics. I picked up the truck in September for $1,650 in completely original shape, with a yawning 350 and SM465 4-speed better suited for a dump truck. The suspension was bouncy and the brakes were so-so — just about what you’d expect for a C10 of the era. Driving this thing was like a time warp, but it wasn’t exactly fun, made less so by having to take off my belt, wrap it around the clutch pedal, and pull to get it to return from the floor. Cross-town traffic was a learning experience with that setup. Now, thanks to parts from RideTech, Holley, Lingenfelter, Baer, Summit Racing and more, the bouncy suspension has become firm and direct, the brakes are instant, and the 6.0 engine I built makes gobs of power and cruises at 60 mph in 6th gear with the tach needle just above an idle. It’s a Corvette with a truck bed. Character lost, fun gained Whether or not all this is good for the hobby is debatable, as it’s really no longer a ’79 C10, at least not in the way it feels or behaves. In a sense, this truck has lost some of its character and has become something else entirely. But GM built millions of these trucks, so why worry about keeping that ho-hum OE smogger character intact? This truck is now more fun to use, and is therefore more usable. To me, that makes it more valuable. Whether or not the market would agree is another question, but we’ve seen prices on similar rigs do well at auction. You can argue the engine swap either way, but I’ll submit this: I shot a few cover photos inside World of Speed’s shop in Wilsonville on a Tuesday, which was instructive, as their high-school shop class was in session at the time. Granted, these kids are car people already, but a horde of them dropped their projects and huddled around the truck when I popped the hood — phones out, cameras snapping. Would they have cared as much about that old LS9 350 and 4-speed? We asked for your opinions on modern swaps for this issue’s “Readers’ Forum” section, and boy, did we get some. They start on p. 42. A


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WHAT’S HAPPENING 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 Hot Place to Be for American Cars Hot August Nights outshines Monterey Car Week as the best time of the year for many American-car collectors. This huge American Iron Lovefest starts in Virginia City, NV, from August 2 to 3, and it then rumbles on to Reno from August 6 through August 11. 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. It’s always a little bit different each year, so it always seems new. Motorsport Auction Group’s big auction runs August 8–10 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) Monterey Car Week and American Cars The world-famous Monterey Car Week is famous for red Italian cars, high prices — and for making American-car collectors feel left out. But the part about leaving out American cars isn’t always true. Check out the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18. This year, Pebble is featuring Historic Hot Rod Cover Cars. Pebble Beach’s ticket price — $375 for Celebrate U.S. Muscle general admission — is a shocker, but every gearhead should visit Pebble at least once. www.pebblebeachconcours.net. You’ll also see some great American cars in the Car Capital: Detroit No one expected the resurgence of U.S. muscle cars, but it is happening right now. Roll into the 25th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise on August 17, and you’ll see modern muscle share the asphalt with 40,000 hot classics, street rods and 1960s to 1970s muscle cars. Detroit forever. www. woodwarddreamcruise.com (MI) 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner coupe on the 2018 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance on The Peninsula’s roads, at gas stations — and crossing auction blocks. Here are a couple more ACC Insider’s tips: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance’s Tour D’Elegance puts all those fancy cars on the road, where they make great noises. They all gather in Carmel-by-the-Sea at 11:30 a.m. on August 15, and it doesn’t cost a dime to walk by and see all of them. Monterey Car Week is also the biggest car auction week of the year. It’s fun to visit the auctions before the cars go on sale. There are just as many cool cars at RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., Russo and Steele, Worldwide Auctioneers, Mecum and Bonhams as there are at the pay-to-play events. Those major auction houses also offer top American cars — at top prices. Fill your Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with gas, stack up your credit cards and head for Monterey from August 9 to 18. Look for the ACC booth at the Gooding & Company Auction. (CA)


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CROSSING THE BLOCK UPCOMING AUCTIONS—Compiled by Chad Tyson (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) STAR CAR: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette fuel-injection Split-Window coupe at RM Sotheby’s sale in Monterey, CA JULY Silver Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 6 Web: www.silverauctions.com Mecum Where: Denver, CO When: July 12–13 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 367/513 cars sold / $9.9m Featured cars: • 1935 Chrysler C6 Airstream business coupe • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS • 1985 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Smith Auctions Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: July 13 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Petersen Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 13 Web: www.petersencollectorcars.com SG Auction Where: Lincoln, NE 14 AmericanCarCollector.com When: July 19–20 Web: www.sgauction.net VanDerBrink Where: Zimmerman, MN When: July 20 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Featured cars: • 1911 Overland roadster • 1910 Brush Model B • 1949 Crosley Hot Shot roadster GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 25–27 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 501/627 cars sold / $14.5m Featured cars: • 1964 Buick Riviera • 1974 Ford Bronco • 1938 Hudson Terraplane sedan Mecum Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 31–August 3 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 747/1001 cars sold / $23.2m Featured cars: • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1966 Batmobile replica AUGUST VanDerBrink Where: Miles, IA When: August 3–4 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com MAG Auctions Where: Reno, NV When: August 8–10 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary Edition • 1970 Dodge Challenger 2-door hard top • 1956 Ford F-100 pickup Vicari Where: New Orleans, LA When: August 9–10 Web: www.vicariauction.com VanDerBrink Where: Beardsley, MN When: August 9–10 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com


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CROSSING THE BLOCK UPCOMING AUCTIONS—Compiled by Chad Tyson (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) STAR CAR: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 at Russo and Steele’s auction in Monterey, CA Worldwide Where: Pacific Grove, CA When: August 15 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Last year: 42/60 cars sold / $8.2m Bonhams Where: Carmel, CA When: August 15–16 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 110/135 cars sold / $37.6m Featured car: • 1932 Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster Russo and Steele Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 106/201 cars sold / $8.5m Featured cars: STAR CAR: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Mecum Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 362/697 cars sold / $45.7m RM Sotheby’s Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 125/150 cars sold / $157.9m Featured cars: STAR CAR: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie coupe • 2005 Ford GT Gooding & Co. Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 16–17 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 122/146 cars sold / $116.5m Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN 16 AmericanCarCollector.com When: August 17 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: August 29–September 1 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 526/712 cars sold / $21.4m Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: August 31 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Last year: 111/114 cars sold / $6.9m Smith Auctions Where: Springfield, MO When: August 31 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Silver Auctions Where: Sun Valley, ID When: August 31–September 1 Web: www.silverauctions.com A


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THIS ISSUE OF ACC WHAT’S HOT IN Editor Art Director CAR COLLECTOR Volume 8, Number 4 July–August 2019 GET IN TOUCH Publisher Associate Publisher Executive Editor Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Keith Martin Erin Olson erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chester Allen chester.allen@AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 503-261-0555 x 218 503-261-0555 x 203 jim.pickering@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 208 Dave Tomaro david.tomaro@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 202 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Auction Editor Senior Data Editor Editor at Large Copy Editors Auction Analysts jeff.stites@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Tyson chad.tyson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor chad.taylor@AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Harden Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Andy Staugaard, Travis Shetler, Dan Grunwald, Pat Campion, Mark Moskowitz, Jeremy Da Rosa, Adam Blumenthal, John Boyle, Bob DeKorne, Michael Leven, Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, Pierre Hedary, Joe Seminetta, Daren Kloes, Jeff Trepel, Brett Hatfield, Morgan Eldridge, Larry Trepel SNAPSHOTS: Images from two big cars-and-parts scenes in Portland p. 26, 28 Contributors Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ken Gross, John Draneas, Tom Glatch, Michael Pierce, John L. Stein, Mark Wigginton, Dale Novak, Jeff Zurschmeide, Phil Skinner, Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker Marketing Manager Financial Manager brian.baker@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 215 Melinda Piette melinda.piette@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 219 Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@AmericanCarCollector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 216 ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com SUBSCRIPTIONS WRENCHING: Do you know what to look for when buying a car at auction? We’re here to help p. 32 Head of Subscriptions Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 217 877-219-2605 x 1 service@AmericanCarCollector.com @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone Fax General Email Feedback Web 503-261-0555 503-253-2234 P.O. Box 4797, Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS help@AmericanCarCollector.com comments@AmericanCarCollector.com www.AmericanCarCollector.com READERS’ FORUM: Is a modern-engine swap in your classic car a smart move? p. 42 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2019 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 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday 877-219-2605 x 214 877-219-2605 x 213 503-261-0555 x 205 503-261-0555 x 221 503-261-0555 x 207 503-261-0555 x 206 AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOOD READS Mark Wigginton Guide to Vintage Air Conditioning by Rob Siegel, Hack Mechanic Press, 230 pages, $30, Amazon Just Needs A Recharge: The Hack Mechanic Rob Siegel has been writing as the Hack Mechanic in the BMW Roundel magazine for a long time — more than 30 years. He’s a breath of fresh air, probably not from my old BMW 2002 tii a/c system, which was like mouse breath. He writes with a loose, funny style that helps vintage-BMW owners have the knowledge and confidence to attack repairs on their cars themselves, rather than heading off to specialists, credit card in hand. This is his fifth book, a thorough and funny explanation of the ins and outs (why is it mostly outs?) of automotive air-conditioning bits and how to fix them. The book’s title is the most common a/c lie, the a/c equivalent of “ran when parked.” Cars don’t consume refrigerant, it leaks out… so you need his book to fix it, with plenty of laughs along the way. He’s a BMW guy, but the book is universal. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Modifying the Electronics of Modern Classic Cars: The Complete Guide for Your 1990s to 2000s Car by Julian Edgar, Veloce, 256 pages, $34.57, Amazon The tide is turning in the collector-car world. What we old-timers think of as “new cars” are fetching true collector-car prices for wheels barely older than the end of the last century. And they are full of — say it with me — electronics. That’s a problem, since you could tell me almost anything about how electronics work, including the inherent power of fish entrails and magical spells being the controlling factor in how the ABS module works, and I’d buy it. I’m still wondering why electrons don’t leak from wall outlets. Along comes Julian Edgar to “demystify” it all for you. Like that’s going to work… I mean, I’ve had magicians explain how close-up hand magic works, and I still can’t get it. But your mileage may vary, as you might be one of those coder kids who also adores cars, in which case this will be the book for you. My abject ignorance really precludes me from telling you anything more than that this book exists. Lineage: Fit and finish: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: from to I have no idea , Corvette Special Editions by Keith Cornett, CarTech, 192 pages, $28.50, Amazon But aren’t they all? Special, I mean. At least that is the hit you get when talking to literally anyone who has been bitten by the Corvette bug, a lifelong affliction with no medical remedy. But I digress… Keith Cornett has rounded up the entire subspecies of special-edition Corvettes for his first book. There might be a tougher maiden voyage behind the typewriter, but I can’t think of one. After all, a lot of the special editions were options packages and marketing exercises, from Indianapolis 500 Pace Cars to Anniversary Editions. At the other end of the spectrum are the dealer, tuner and third-party special editions (we are looking at you, Callaway). It’s a nicely illustrated, photo-heavy tome, and Cornett has a done the research and, at the end of the day, a nice job. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Drivability: Steve Magnante’s 1001 Corvette Facts by Steve Magnante, CarTech, 352 pages, $20.73, Amazon If you know about the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader series, then you know Magnante is the Uncle John of the automotive world. Each book is full of short bits, the perfect size for use during your daily duty, plot-free and easy to dip in and out of at a whim. In this edition, it’s Corvettes that get the short and shorter treatment, and true to claims, there are 1,001 items. Factoid follows factoid, sectioned by year and model, like a look at the history of the Corvette, but stripped of all those pesky transitions. So on one page you learn how Zora Arkus-Duntov was an unemployed engineer back from helping Allard race at Le Mans when he saw the 1953 Corvette launch in New York, saw potential and applied for a job at GM. On another you learn there was no oil filter on early V8s. And quite unlike the Uncle John books, there is almost no humor here. Carry on without me. I feel the urge to go read for 10 minutes or so. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickering Modern Power for that ’57 Own a Tri-Five Chevrolet? Interested in swapping over to LS power? Speedway Motors has made it simple with its 1955–57 Chevrolet LS Swap engine mounts. These TIG-welded steel mounts position the engine off factory frame rivets, requiring only drilling and bolting to install — no welding required. Each set comes with adapter plates and rubber mounts for LS engines. These mounts are part of a series of parts designed to make LS swaps in shoebox Chevys straightforward. Get a set for $97.99 at www.speedwaymotors.com. See Clearly Owners of 1955–57 Chevrolet and GMC pickups, take note: Classic Industries has a complete reproduction headlight bucket assembly for your truck. The unit is designed to factory specifications, including the bucket itself, the bulb retaining ring, all the proper wiring, and the required retaining screws. P/N 14112 fits both 1955 Second-Series trucks as well as 1956 and 1957 models. It’s a great replacement for often-rusty originals. $84.99 at www.classicindustries.com. No More Drips Small-block Chevrolet engines aren’t known for being oil-tight, especially with original cork seals still in service after years of use. In the case of the oil pan, GM designed a three-piece gasket that tended to leak at the corners, where the pieces came together. Summit Racing has solved that problem with its one-piece oil-pan gasket for small-block Chevrolets. P/N G2330 is for two-piece rear-main-seal engines, such as the ones GM built throughout the muscle-car era all the way up until the 1980s. It’s a rubber gasket with a steel core, and as there are no corners to seal, it will keep the engine’s oil where it’s supposed to be, rather than on your garage floor. $31.99 at www.summitracing.com. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOL STUFF Chad Taylor Multi-Use Marvel The JumpSmart is the multi-tool for this century. The all-in-one JumpSmart features an LED flashlight with four modes, a USB port for charging other devices, and can jump-start your vehicle, providing a peak current of 400 amps. Never be without power again for $119.99 at www.limitlessinnovations.com. Patented Posters This Tucker poster from myPatentPrints.com displays the 1949 patent of Preston Tucker’s creation. The simple and clean print would look great in a garage or shop, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a Tucker 48 next to it. Is a Corvette or Viper more your style? Check out all the available prints at www.mypatentprints.com. Order the Tucker Patent print for $6.99 to $89.95, depending on color and size. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Clean and Clear There is nothing more annoying than shining a car’s paint to perfection only to notice grimy, water-spotted glass. With the Fine Glass Polish from Griot’s Garage, your windows will match that lustrous paint. Apply by hand or with Griot’s Random Orbital and Glass Polishing Pads and you will be seeing clearly again. Pick up a 16-ounce bottle from www.griotsgarage.com for $22.99.


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SNAPSHOTS: Portland Swap Meet Text and photos by Chad Taylor Is it a real Boss? Probably not, but it looks the part It’s Raining Parts Every year, auto enthusiasts of the Pacific Northwest escape the doldrums of hibernation and migrate to the Portland Expo Center and Portland International Raceway in search of trim, wheels, carbs and anything else necessary to get their vehicles ready for sunny weather. We here at ACC did the same. Sporting our best Gore-Tex boots and cheap plastic ponchos to avoid the rain, here is a little of what we saw. Torq Thrust? What size and pattern do you need? From horn buttons to hubcaps, this is prime hunting territory 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Lots of cool — and some rare — ways to go fast


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SNAPSHOTS: Local Car Show Photos and text by Jim Pickering Sharp, vintage track Ts glint in the 8 a.m. sun Kicking Tires at Portland Transmission They don’t get much lower than this patina C10 The Saturday before Mother’s Day, the Looks can be deceiving — this patina paint is actually a vinyl wrap, Photoshopped from a Volkswagen 28 AmericanCarCollector.com traditional start of car season in Portland, OR, kicked off bright and early at the Portland Transmission Warehouse Spring Classic. This show fires up early and is over before lunch, and it always brings out some of the best winter projects, finally complete and ready for their moment in the sun.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO NCHING: HOW TO DUE DUE DILIGENCE ACC rates hundreds of cars at auction every month. Here’s how you can use our methods for your next purchase By Chad Tyson, ACC Auction Editor Photos by Chad Tyson and Jim Pickering W e’re all about the cars here at ACC — wrenching on them, driving them, talking about them, and beyond. But it all starts with getting one, which means buying it. We cover auctions in ACC, as they provide verifiable transactions, unlike private sales. Of course, it’s also harder to fully vet a car while it’s queued for the auction block versus what you might be able to do with a private sale. There’s usually no test drive or fiddling with switches, buttons or levers as a car is rolling to the block. However, when was the last time you went to one location with 250–3,000 cars for sale? Like every other thing in life, where you buy is a compromise. You might have noticed a general trend when reading ACC’s Market Reports — often the reporters cover a car in a similar manner. Start on the exterior, work either to engine bay or interior, then the other, then follow up with chassis or undercarriage commentary. It’s a combination of quality from each of these categories that determines the car’s overall rating. Flip over to a Market Report introduction on p. 68 for a recap of what the 1–6 condition ratings mean. When covering cars, I encourage all of our writers to take pictures of what they will be writing about. If there is a dent/ding in the A-pillar, it’s a time-saver at the auction to snap a quick pic instead of whipping out the old pad and pen to scribble 32 AmericanCarCollector.com notes that may not be legible at the end of the day. When I’m reviewing a car at an auction, I start with a perfect rating and take it down from there based on my observations. This might seem to lean a little optimistic, but I find the negatives stand out more when looking for perfection. And no car is perfect. From Pebble Beach to Amelia Island and Pomona to Detroit, not once have I seen a Condition 1+ car. This month, we’re going to take a close look at how ACC auction analysts cover and rate a car at auction. Our main car is a 1971 Dodge Charger R/T that sold at Mecum’s Portland auction in June 2016 for $33,000. Data Editor Chad Taylor wrote it up and I photographed this car for ACC. He rated it Condition 3 at the time of the sale. The other cars shown were from the same sale: a 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T rated at the same Condition 3 and sold for $40,700, and a 1950 Ford Custom Deluxe resto-mod which sold for $63,250 at a Condition 2 rating. WHAT YOU’LL NEED PARTS LIST DSLR camera, notepad and pen, good knees and flexible shoes TIME SPENT: 15 minutes per car DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest)


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1 A magazine must: Get a good overall shot of the car. Front corner at standing height is the standard we use. It captures the best overall view of the car, even if it might miss displaying the most famous features (such as ’59 Cadillac fins). If you’re a bidder and you end up buying this car, you’ll want one of these, too. This is also the easiest way to find the car’s consignor, as they’ll come talk to you as soon as they see you with a camera. 2 The first things to look at are the body panel gaps and alignment. These tend to be easier to see than paint imperfections, but they’re also often overlooked, even by seasoned buyers. Are there consistent, even gaps between each of the panels, or is something askew? Panel alignment from the factory was hardly perfect on older cars, but a half-inch-wide gap at the top front of a door and touching metal at the bottom front ain’t the way it’s supposed to be. That suggests hurried assembly or structural damage. 3 4 Consider the paint condition. How much orange peel is there? Could it be original paint? Plenty of written descriptions claim “mostly original paint” or “80% original paint” and the like, but does it match what your eyes are telling you? Color sanding isn’t something that usually happens in the factory, so if the paint is melted-butter smooth, it was likely done by an independent, professional sprayer. By that same token, just because there is consistent orange peel doesn’t mean that it’s original. Look in the jambs for evidence of tape lines or overspray. Are there trim pieces? Are they correct for the car and in exactly the right place? If the auction information says “1971 Dodge Charger R/T” with a 440 and an automatic transmission, are the R/T emblems there? Has someone put an extraneous Hemi logo where one originally was not? Are those emblems weathered or brand-new repro units? All of this can sometimes hint at the car’s original configuration — or maybe serve as clues of a parts-catalog upgrade. 5 Now for the rest of the brightwork. Is the bumper chrome smooth and clear? Are the wing-window frames in different shape than the windshield surround? Do any of those pieces have dents, dings, scrapes or are missing? Here we see some scuffs on the lower righthand side of the windshield on the ’69 Coronet, as well as some pitting on the wing-window frame. Chrome and brightwork repair work isn’t cheap, and depending on how much chrome there is, it can affect the car’s value significantly. Here’s where you’ll also need to look for bubbling and other blemishes that might indicate rust forming under the paint. July–August 2019 33


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 6 Glass is heavy, expensive and can go *poof* in one mistimed instant. Light scratches might be something to live with, but a deep scrape across the windshield from a damaged wiper or a torn plastic backlight in a convertible top are more problematic. Stickers from clubs or events in the window can add to a car’s story and are much easier to remove than if they were on bumpers or painted panels. If they show a date, are they appropriately weathered? 7 Let’s move on to the car’s interior. Heads up: If you’re out in a field, make sure there aren’t wasps or other undesirable occupants waiting for you when you open the door. Take a whiff of the interior while you’re inspecting it. Is there a musty smell that may suggest leaks or damp storage? Do the door panels, carpet, seat covers and headliner all appear evenly aged? Are the gauges clean and clear? Look under the dash at the condition of the wiring, too. Is it a nest of colorful spaghetti, or clean and original-looking? What you’re looking for here is evidence of preservation versus modification or restoration. That can help with valuation later. 9 8 One detriment to the buying-at-auction process is the lack of keys in your hand. On older cars, the mechanical odometer is usually obvious and clear to see. I’ve been in plenty of vehicles where the odometer is unreadable even from the driver’s position. Electronic odos are their own issue in that without the keys to turn on the dash, you can’t read them. When checking for the mileage, give a good once-over to the dash and note any extra gauges, switches or accessories bolted in. Restomods like the ’50 Ford we looked at inevitably have newer dashes and gauges. Since this odo was digital, we couldn’t record the mileage without turning the key — something of which auction security is rightfully wary. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Is the engine what it says it is? Certain small-block Chevy engines are virtually indistin- guishable from each other when dressed up. That’s not so much a problem with big-block Mopars (although it can be). Still, don’t just trust the sticker on the air cleaner to be correct. If someone is calling this a Hemi, they’re either trying to pull a fast one or are the slowest guy on the block. For this example, everything lines up well. Fifth digit of the VIN is a U, which is the 440-ci, 4-bbl V8 for 1971 models.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 11 10 Pull back from the block and look at the engine-bay condition as a whole. Are there partsstore chrome add-ons such as hose covers? Does a bright green Interstate battery top stick out from the mostly black area? Is there an aluminum radiator now? Given the prevalence (and sometimes necessity) of radiator swaps, that is by no means a bad thing. It could save you the cash from doing it yourself. But does it mesh with the auction description? “All original engine bay” should not be part of it, if that is the case. Also, some engine bays were painted black at the factory, but not as many as you’ll find at auction today. Rule of thumb should be that if it’s as shiny on the firewall as on the fender, it’s not factory, but it might not be a demerit for the car. Diving deeper, we can see electric fans and their wiring added to the engine bay here. Follow that wiring and see if there are any concerns with it, such as it being connected at both ends. This setup appeared functional. 13 It’s really easy to overlook tires in an auction setting. Bright lights in expo centers easily bounce off chrome and paint, distracting us from arguably the most important piece(s) for driving enjoyment — the tires. Many of the restored muscle cars will be ready to go with Firestone Wide Oval Redlines or BFGoodrich Radial T/As (such as our subject car), but glance them over every time. There might be two Hankooks, one Cooper and whatever an AKS is, all of which indicates how well the car has been maintained. 12 Getting under a car and determining the undercarriage condition is really important if you’re a serious buyer. Too much undercoating, too little undercoating, FRESH undercoating, flaking paint, visibly worn suspension bushings, rust — these are all things to look out for, and we note them when we see them. Surface rust will be fairly common on older models that haven’t been restored, but, if you see it, try to investigate its extent. This is also the time to look for leaks, seeps and full-on gushes of fluid. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 14 Although most collector cars came with 14- or 15-inch wheels, it’s very common to see 17s and 18s under first-gen Camaros today. Modern muscle cars come with 19s and 20s, with painfully thin sidewalls. Check each for curb rash and pothole damage. 16 15 Pro tip: Always get pictures of the identifying information — VINs, body tags, engine stampings, etc. Our reporters might not know what everything on a tag means while at the sale, but this allows them to look it up later. If the consignor is nearby, ask them anything and everything you can think of about the car. Lastly, the phones in our pockets can help clear up a lot of misinformation and confusion while onsite — run any numbers you can find to try to verify what’s on the car card. ACC can’t and doesn’t test-drive all the cars we review, but you may be able to if you’re a serious bidder and know who to ask. Failing that, cars do move around during the auction, and you can learn a lot about the car’s mechanical condition just by hearing it run and watching it move. Is the car hard to start? How does it sound when it cranks? Does it need to be jumped? Once running, is the engine quiet? Does it smoke or smell, and if so, why? None of these things may be deal-breakers, but it’s important to know them before you bid. We note what we see in our reports as well. 17 Finally, block time. Here’s where we see what the market deems a car to be worth — and if you’ve looked at the car beforehand, this can really give you a leg up on other bidders. Hopefully, as a bidder, you’ve landed on a price range you feel is appropriate based on condition. Here at ACC, our reporter has, too — using our database of past sales and current market conditions to arrive at a judgment: well bought or well sold, which they’ll then write up and submit for publication. You’ll find more than 100 of these in the pages that follow. And if you’re an avid follower of the collector-car market, you too can have access to one of the most powerful weapons in our auction reporters’ arsenal: the ACC Premium Auction Database. ACC and its sister publication, Sports Car Market, have been tracking auction sales for 30 years. Hundreds of thousands of them are logged in the Premium Database, which is searchable by VIN, lot number, vehicle make or a host of other parameters. You can even track a particular car’s auction performance over time. Get your own subscription to this powerful tool at www.americancarcollector.com. A 38 AmericanCarCollector.com


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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 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible. Why do 1955–57 T-birds bring less at auction than mainstream Ford and Chevy convertibles of the same years? Straights and Vees Thanks for another great issue (May– June 2019). I especially enjoyed the variety of pre-war cars shown. I’d like to offer an observation on some popular post-war cars, and then maybe nitpick a little. As with the examples in this issue, we see ’55–’57 T-birds bringing less than the mainstream Chevy and Ford convertibles of the same years. In the case of the Chevys, it’s often twice as much for a car in similar condition. The 2-seater T-birds were collectible almost from new, they’re much rarer than Bel Air or Fairlane convertibles, and have better performance and sportier styling as well. Yes, the Chevys have always been extremely popular, but how did they get to be worth more than the comparatively exotic T-bird? It’s likely that a higher percentage of T-birds remained unmodified, compared to often “fixed-up” Bel Airs; that should’ve worked to increase T-bird vs. Bel Air values generally, but, I guess, not in the long run. My two cents’ worth: The nice photo ac- companying the response (in “Your Turn,” p. 42) to Greg Wyka’s question on ’53 Packard Caribbeans is of a ’55 Caribbean. Your answer is very thorough and undoubtedly helpful. But the first-year ’53 Caribbeans he’s asking about, with their wire wheels in radiused wells and monochromatic finish, 40 AmericanCarCollector.com have a slight European flair. Add in the straight 8, and they’re nothing like the morelinear tri-tone V8-powered ’55. Speaking of V8s vs. straight 8s, in the Global Roundup section (p. 122) we’ve got the maroon ’49 Chrysler T&C. It’s noted as having “the very desirable V8,” which it’s assumed “makes a big difference” in its selling price. If it had a V8, it couldn’t have been original, or even a replacement for the original block, as Chrysler didn’t have a V8 until the first Hemi in ’51. I’m thinking that it has the 323-ci straight 8 that all New Yorkers had in ’49. A later engine would probably diminish the value; we’re not talking about a resto-mod or rat-rod version for which a Hemi or 360 wouldn’t matter. Thanks again for the very best quality car magazine. — David Carniglia, Placerville, CA What to restore? I need assistance with making a decision concerning my four classic vehicles. Asking for your accurate knowledge of classic-car worthiness, I want to restore one of my classic cars. Would you categorize the cars from best to least in rarity and value? 1) 1967 Buick Electra 225 (custom convertible) 2) 1965 Oldsmobile 442 (factory 4-speed) 3) 1963 Chevy C10 pickup (factory 3-speed, column shift) 4) 1956 Chevy Bel Air (Sport hard-top sedan, no post, 4-door) — Troy Turner, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering: Troy, thanks for your letter. This is a great problem to have. Let’s take a quick look at production numbers, and compare that to what is hot in the market today. Let’s start with rarity. Of the classics you list here, the most common is the ’63 C10, with an overall production of 483,119 that year. Note that these trucks didn’t change a whole lot from 1960 through 1966, so they seem even more common than that. Specific numbers, such as engine options, bed lengths and drive-configuration numbers Oops In the May–June 2019 issue of ACC on p. 90, we incorrectly identified the first model year for eight-lug wheels as 1962. They were first optional in 1960. In the same issue, on p. 107, we stated the Ford Galaxie Starliner was a one-year-only offering. It was offered in both 1960 and 1961 model years.


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aren’t available broken out prior to 1965. Next up is the 1956 Bel Air. 103,602 were built in 4-door hard-top configuration that year. The third is the 442, which was one of 21,535 built for 1965. Finally, the rarest is the Electra 225, with just 6,941 built in 1967. But rarity doesn’t always equal value in the classic-car market. Restoration is an expensive busi- ness, both in terms of money and time. Considering that, I’d leave off the Bel Air right off the bat. Why? Because it’s a 4-door. You’ll simply never make your money back on that car, as the market doesn’t value a 4-door at the same level as a 2-door sedan or hard top. Current median price for the 2-door is $35,000, compared to the 4-door hard top at $26,950. Note that both of those numbers dropped 18% from January. The Buick is a convertible, which is fun, but I think the 442 would be a better choice for restoration, as it’s got more market appeal, being a legit muscle car from the right era. The current market median for the 442 is $24,500, compared to the Buick’s $17,770. But that drop top could surprise at auction in the right setting. The Olds is up 14% from January. Finally, the truck. This is a different animal, as truck restorations don’t tend to be as expensive as car restorations. There just isn’t as much that goes into a truck as there is in a car, so that can help the bottom line. Plus, Chevrolet trucks are hot in the market right now, so there tends to be a larger margin here between build cost and sale price. Parts supply is also robust, so this could be a good option for you if you’ve never restored anything before. Current median is $24,200 and rising. So, of this list, I’d choose either from the 442 or the C10 — and which one you choose really comes down to if you’d like a car or a truck after the work is complete. The 442 may be a bit more of a challenge to restore, and I expect the truck would cost less. But at the end of the day, you really have to pick the project you’re most interested in completing. Don’t let value be the only deciding factor. If you love that Bel Air, then go for it and don’t look back. Pontiac Respect I put a lot of faith in your regular auction profiles, but I don’t know what to make of the recent one for the 1999 Pontiac Trans Am. Your “analysis” notes that “no trick question here, but Pontiac is not a name most enthusiasts think of when asked about legendary muscle...” I’ve re-read this many times and still can’t figure out what you meant. You certainly know Pontiac’s “muscle” history: GTO — the most successful muscle car of the muscle-car era. SD 455 Trans Am — the last of the high-performance big-blocks in the 1970s. Then there are the highly regarded 20th anniversary turbos. And how about the modern (’04–’06) GTOs? Okay, in terms of popularity, I suppose Chevy was always at the top, and Mopar certainly had everyone beat in terms of performance back in the “legendary days,” as you put it. But Pontiac certainly would seem to at least deserve third place, wouldn’t they? I suspect I’m just misinterpreting your “trick question,” right? But those new to the hobby might actually think Pontiac never made anything considered a true muscle car! — Phil Doucet, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering: Hey, Phil, thanks for this letter. To be honest with you, I nearly removed that section of Sam’s profile. But even though I know Pontiac well and understand its history and how it relates to where we are today, when I really thought about Pontiac in the context of today’s car people — the ones watching Mopar, Ford and Chevrolet build 600-, 700- and 800-hp monsters — I had a hard time refuting Sam’s claim, at least in terms of picking a list of three. To me, Sam’s point is more that if they’re not thinking Pontiac, they should be. ESPECIALLY the young ones. To that point, look at the final line in the profile: “Call this a fair deal for everyone involved — and watch this model in the future as younger buyers continue to hunt the cars they wanted as kids, and more buyers give Pontiac the muscle-car respect it deserves.” A 1967 Pontiac GTO 2-door hard top. Did ACC’s previous issue give short shrift to Pontiac’s storied muscle history?


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The Old Switcheroo READERS’ FORUM question: LS engine, modern Hemi, Coyote. Do they have a place under the hoods of older American cars? Ease of use is a good thing. A car that runs well, doesn’t smell and always works is much more likely to actually see use than something that needs tinkering, such as a vintage carbureted engine — especially among younger members of the car world, and those who aren’t yet die-hard car addicts. So what do you think? Are modern swaps good for the hobby, or do they change the old-car experience into something else? Readers respond: Of course modern swaps are good for the hobby. They keep more hobby cars on the road. But more than that, they’re good for the people who want to have a reliable, drivable car with modern equipment, yet retaining the cachet of an older-style automobile. That explains the popularity of “resto-mods.” I fully appreciate completely stock, finely done restorations, as do many other folks. So many, in fact, that we’ve established numerous places to store and display them. They’re called museums. — Steve Switzer, San Pedro, CA n n n Generally I have nothing against “improvements” on classic cars as long as the welding torch and the sheet-metal cutter stay firmly in their drawer. Anything reversible is okay-ish. What I think is totally wrong, though, is making large increases in engine power. First of all, it destroys the character of a car, and secondly, the brakes, the suspension and all other mechanical bits may not be capable of handling the increased power, thus turning your humble 289 whatever into a lethal weapon. Leave the classic cars original! This is the only way we can main- tain their character and pass on this unique, unmolested experience to the next generation of classic enthusiasts. If you want reliability and tons of power, buy something modern. — Beat M., via email n n n I believe there’s room in the hobby for both completely stock old cars and old car bodies with updated chassis, new engines and updated creature comforts. I’m almost 70, I love the look and sound of the muscle cars I grew up around, I love going to car shows to look at the cars I dreamed about as a teenager. But when I get in a car to drive, I don’t want to screw with a manual choke, drum drakes, being worried about the 42 AmericanCarCollector.com Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Are modern-engine swaps good for the hobby? This month’s Readers’ Forum fuel and deadly worried about rock chips on the car. I like the idea of an old-style-looking muscle car with a new engine, chassis and all the comforts of a new car. — Ira Tabankin, via email n n n I think they are interesting, but typically hurt the value of the car. The purists are the ones that drive the car market. — John Warner, via email n n n This could be a firecracker of a question. I am sure the purists will be looking for blood — or at the very least, 40-weight non-detergent motor oil. I am not a purist, per se. What I am is a realist. Let’s say you have a neat old car... oh, a 1948 Packard. Not super collectible, but cool. The OEM drivetrain is long gone or busted beyond repair. Why not drop in a modern V8, with EFI, a/c, a good transmission and a diff with compatible gears? A killer stereo completes the project! But if that were a rare 1938 Packard phaeton, with a V12, I would dig holes in Kansas looking for a good motor. Would I drop an LSX into a 1967 ’Vette with an L71? L89? L88? Not a chance. But if it had a blown 300-hp 327, not numbers matching, with a dead 4-speed, I would do a nice LSX install with a 5-speed manual and fresh gears. I have suggested to Publisher Martin, on more than a bunch of occasions, “Drop an LS1 in that!” And that could be anything from an old Alfa to a not-so-ancient Volvo... I don’t discriminate... If welding tools exist, most anything can be made to fit. The bottom line? If modifying a vintage car keeps it on the road, exposes others to the shared history and keeps it out of a salvage yard, then by all means, I am for it. But I have a hard time cutting up a clean vintage car, just because. — Andy Bogus, San Pedro, CA


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n n n There is a place for modern-engine swaps. These would be for the hobbyists who travel to cruise-ins and car-show venues and want to have a reliable car to drive, and want to travel greater distances to various meets. This subset of the hobby would be for people who want to drive their classic muscle car as much as possible hassle-free. — Jerry Laheta, via email n n n Anything that makes people want to keep the spirit — and look — of classic vehicles alive and on the road is great for the hobby. While I’d like to think vehicles of historical significance will be exempt from having a crate motor dropped into them [fortunately, the NOM stigma is alive and well], if, for example, it comes to buying a The resto-mods have provided tremendous value and enjoyment for many classic-car owners and have put many classics back on the road that might otherwise be relegated to some dusty garage or old barn. 2019 Challenger Hellcat vs. a 1970 Challenger with its slant 6 or 318 engine swapped out for a crate Hellcat setup, it’s clear which is better for the “hobby.” The latter is more likely to keep the classic car front and center in the public’s mind, thus keeping interest in the classics high. — Andrew W. Davis, Van Buren Township, MI n n n I’m an Oldsmobile guy. If someone wants to install an LS in an old Olds that isn’t a real 442 or Hurst Olds without permanent damage, then so be it. After, all it’s their car to do with as they like. I’m no fan of a Chevy engine in an Olds, but that’s me. Now, an LS in a Chevy? No problem. — Henry S., via email n n n Absolutely, I’m putting a 4.6 Ford in my ’58 Thunderbird. The days of getting 10 mpg are long gone. — Bill Van Ess, via email n n n They are great for the hobby. I’ve used two LS engines in my two re-creations, one with 750 hp. — Sammy Vaughn, via email n n n Any time you broaden the appeal of a hobby, you increase the interest in it. The obsession with originality over enjoyment is short-sighted. Modern conveniences on a classic — what’s better than that? — Glenn DeFaber, via email n n n Of course. The late model FI engines are a logical choice for a swap, just like the small-block Chevy was a replacement for the Ford flathead. — Bob Beck, via email n n n Modern-engine swaps and resto-mods are great for all concerned. Examples are C1 and C2 Corvettes. Up until the early 2000s, the hobby was dominated by restored-to-original cars that had to meet NCRS standards. Problem is, guys like us blew up the engines, or replaced or modified to the point of making unrecognizable a significant number — thus eliminating any chance at originality. So those cars languished for years with “Grandma’s” station-wagon motor or some other abomination under the hood. Then came the LS motors from GM, and a few enterprising souls said, “Hey, if I have to have a different motor anyway, why not a n n There is a place fo There is a place for modern-engine swaps. These would be for the hobbyists who travel to cruise-ins and car-show venues and want to have a reliable car to drive, and want to travel greater distances to various meets. This subset of the hobby would be for people who want to drive their classic muscle car as much as possible hassle-free. — Jerry Laheta, via email n n n Anything that makes people want to keep the spirit — and look — of classic vehicles alive and on the road is great for the hobby. While I’d like to think vehicles of historical significance will be exempt from having a crate motor dropped into them [fortunately, the NOM stigma is alive and well], if, for example, it comes to buying a The resto-mods have provided tremendous value and enjoyment for many classic-car owners and have put many classics back on the road that might otherwise be relegated to some dusty garage or old barn. 2019 Challenger Hellcat vs. a 1970 Challenger with its slant 6 or 318 engine swapped out for a crate Hellcat setup, it’s clear which is better for the “hobby.” The latter is more likely to keep the classic car front and center in the public’s mind, thus keeping interest in the classics high. — Andrew W. Davis, Van Buren Township, MI n n n I’m an Oldsmobile guy. If someone wants to install an LS in an old Olds that isn’t a real 442 or Hurst Olds without permanent damage, then so be it. After, all it’s their car to do with as they like. I’m no fan of a Chevy engine in an Olds, but that’s me. Now, an LS in a Chevy? No problem. — Henry S., via email n n n Absolutely, I’m putting a 4.6 Ford in my ’58 Thunderbird. The days of getting 10 mpg are long gone. — Bill Van Ess, via email n n n They are great for the hobby. I’ve used two LS engines in my two re-creations, one with 750 hp. — Sammy Vaughn, via email n n n Any time you broaden the appeal of a hobby, you increase the interest in it. The obsession with originality over enjoyment is short-sighted. Modern conveniences on a classic — what’s better than that? — Glenn DeFaber, via email n n n Of course. The late model FI engines are a logical choice for a swap, just like the small-block Chevy was a replacement for the Ford flathead. — Bob Beck, via email n n n Modern-engine swaps and resto-mods are great for all concerned. Examples are C1 and C2 Corvettes. Up until the early 2000s, the hobby was dominated by restored-to-original cars that had to meet NCRS standards. Problem is, guys like us blew up the engines, or replaced or modified to the point of making unrecognizable a signifi- cant number — thus eliminating any chance at originality. So those cars languished for years with “Grandma’s” station-wagon motor or some other abomination under the hood. Then came the LS motors from GM, and a few enterprising souls said, “Hey, if I have to have a different motor anyway, why not a cue.” cue.” lightweight, powerful modern engine?” The resto-mods have provided tremendous value and enjoyment for many classic-car owners and have put many classics back on the road that might otherwise be relegated to some dusty garage or old barn. Lastly, every resto-mod that’s built is one less opportunity for someone to “create” a classic matching-numbers counterfeit, thus improving the value of the true originals that so many painstakingly restore to their former glory. — John V., via email n n n This question is as nebulous as the definition of the “best barbeI firmly believe a car is a tool, some appreciated for their prov- enance and remembrance of the craft of times now gone by, as they are original only once, and survivors should be treated with respect. Others may survive only with parts transplants, just like many of us older car enthusiasts. We can consider ourselves resto-mods. The freedom to express ourselves through our automobiles is as sacrosanct as our constitutional guarantees of freedom, although that freedom sometimes makes some of the rest of us shake our heads in wonder at what the creator of that contraption was thinking. Only the intolerant would want to mandate their vision of what is correct on others, and we have far too much of that in our world already. Therefore I would leave well enough alone, and if I see something personally objectionable, change the channel rather than demand the channel change the program. — Mike Fitzgerald, via email n n n On one hand, they’re just a continuation of traditional hot rods... flatheads gave way to OHV engines, and now they’re being replaced with newer designs and technology. On the other hand, given the huge power of some of the new crate engines, you have to ask if we might be getting too much of a good thing. Sure, a new Challenger can take a 1,000-plus-horsepower Hellephant engine, but how about sticking one in a 50-year-old Road Runner that has suffered a half century of use/abuse/neglect? There are owners and shops out there who have the capability to do the upgrades to brakes, suspension and steering, not to mention any upgrades to the chassis itself, but I’ll wager not everyone has the knowledge (and funds) to make an old design take the prodigious power some of the new powerplants produce. In other words, there is a huge gulf between a Shelby, Roush, or a latter-day McLaren and some guy with more enthusiasm than engineering knowledge. Have fun, but let’s be careful out there. —John Boyle, ACC Auction AnalystA


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CHEAP THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson The EURO PONTIAC The 6000 STE resulted from a quest to make clones of European cars — or what GM’s corporate minds thought a European car was sourced 2.8-L, 130-hp V6 engine and featured self-leveling suspension with 4-wheel disc brakes and 195/70R14 Goodyear Eagle GT tires — big meats for the time. The Getrag 5-speed was highly touted for the STE and is the best way to stir up some semblance of power from the 2.8-L V6. High marks The stick shift was one of the reasons Car and Driver magazine chose it for their second annual 10 Best list. C&D seemed to have an ongoing love affair with the STE, as it made the 10 Best two more times over the car’s production run. Then again, they also had a love fest with the Chevy Citation. It only took Pontiac one year Such sophistication ... like Uncle Bob in a tailored Italian suit P ontiac tried to re-establish itself as GM’s performance brand in the 1980s. To help it steer that course, they built the 1984–88 Fiero. Yet there was one model that had all the buzz before and during the era of the Fiero and today is all but forgotten — the 6000 STE. For American automakers, it was a new era: Quarter-mile times were irrelevant — the new goal was balanced power and handling like the Europeans. So began the American auto industry’s quest to make clones of European cars — or what their corporate minds thought a European car was. So long, driveshaft GM’s front-wheel-drive, A-platform cars were introduced in 1982. Closely related to their star-crossed X-car platform, they were GM’s largest front-drive sedans at the time, offered as the Chevrolet Celebrity, Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, Buick Century and Pontiac 6000. Pontiac’s numerical name was chosen for a reason: It also aped what Audi was doing in 1982 with their full-sized 5000 (see, we’re a thousand better). Audi was fully engaged as the target for the 6000, although for that first year, the base level and LE were more aligned with Aunt Thelma for Sunday go-to-meeting. New for 1983 was the 6000 STE (Sport Touring Edition). Cosmetically, it cast the mold for the STE look — with six-light grille (high and low beams, plus integrated driving lights), lower-body air dams, limited brightwork and alloy wheels. It ran a Chevrolet- 44 AmericanCarCollector.com to fix one of the more glaring miscues of the STE, namely, adding a tachometer. That tach was actually a string of LEDs, since the STE got a new electronic gauge cluster. 1986 saw the first major styling refresh, featuring flush-mounted lights plus deeper spoilers and side skirts. Functional changes included a 4-speed automatic, ABS, and the industry’s first steeringwheel hub-mounted control buttons. Coupled with the push-button HVAC, sound system options, and additional features as part of the Times-Square-by-night gauge cluster, it seemed like Pontiac had developed a button fetish. In 1988, the wobbly 2.8-L was ditched for an all-new 3.1-liter evenfiring V6 (the first application of this engine by GM). But the biggest


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Detailing Years produced: 1983–89 Number produced: 74,982 (1983–86) Original list price: $13,986 Current ACC Valuation: $3,000–$6,750 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Top of the dashboard on the driver’s side, driver’s door jamb decal Engine # location: Driver’s side front of the engine block, just below the cylinder head Alternatives: 1985–89 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport, 1991–93 Pontiac Grand Prix STE, 1988–90 Ford Taurus SHO ACC Investment Grade: D Like buttons? You’ve come to the right place change was an optional all-wheel-drive system. That system became standard for the STE for 1989 — the final year of the package. Rare then, forgotten today For most years of production, annual sales were in the range of 22k to 25k units. Part of the blame for the lackluster sales was due to dealers, who by the 1980s were becoming parts of larger corporate chains. Chain dealerships were accustomed to relatively easy sales of pre-packed luxury options, and sporty cars were becoming tougher sales. As such, finding an STE on a dealer’s lot was a challenge, even then. It’s much harder to find one now, regardless of condition. When the occasional one pops up on an online auction site, it tends to be the near-unicorn-rare 1988 or 1989 AWD version. These would be the ones to get — better sorted, higher performance and rarer. Ten grand may get you the nicest one on the planet, on the MSO with no miles. If not, it won’t cost much more. Tired high-milers could be bought with couch-cushion change, if you want an interesting car to drive until it dies any one of 6,000 possible deaths. In retrospect, had GM put the turbocharged Buick 3.8-L into the 6000 STE — or even just a naturally aspirated one — it would still be fondly recalled today as the Taurus SHO influencer that it actually was. Yet for what was built, the STE may be the only 1980s A-body car to keep for posterity. A July–August 2019 45


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HORSEPOWER Jay Harden COUNTING in CAR YEARS Projects can seem to take a lifetime to complete — but that’s how it should be When can you leave well enough alone with a project? Probably never, and there’s nothing wrong with that I shared a house with three friends during my last couple years of college. One day I managed to push one of them too far. Maybe I left my dishes in the sink or hadn’t mowed the grass when it was my turn. My friend, who liked to consider himself the house dad, decided it was his place to lecture me about whatever it was I hadn’t done. I wasn’t the easiest 20-year-old on the planet to live with, but I must’ve really gotten under his skin that day — so much so that he figured his light artillery was ineffective. As a result, he reached down deep to drop a bomb. He stared me straight in the eyes, and with breath full of contempt, said, “And by the way, you’re never going to finish that car.” He was referring, of course, to the derelict Chevelle that consumed most of my daydreams, free time and spare cash. Nothing else he ever said during our decade-long friendship had registered anywhere on my “Can’t-take-it-back-O-Meter,” but on that day he put the needle in the red. I just couldn’t let it go. Here was a guy whom I had been friends with for years, and one who knew as well as anyone how important that old car was to me. He was all at once attacking my ambition, my determination, and, at the root of it, my sense of self. Time flies In fairness to my friend, I had been working on my Chevelle for nearly two years at that point. I wasn’t trying to take forever to get it done, but it must’ve seemed that way to the uninformed. I believed I was ahead of the curve, so long as we were measuring in car years. For example, a friend of mine, a man who just so happens to be the most talented fabricator and custom-car builder I’ve ever known, laments the fact that his daily-driver-turned-project car is five years removed from moving under its own power. This guy can run circles 46 AmericanCarCollector.com around most men half his age, but he also can’t leave well enough alone. His exasperation with the process is palpable, but he simply can’t shake his need to handmake or tweak virtually every component on every vehicle he touches. It’s one of the traits I most appreciate and admire about him, because everything he finishes is worth the wait. I’ve even come to accept the fact that he may never complete his most incredible project, but I certainly don’t hold that against him the way my old friend did with me. In fact, I think a small part of me may be disappointed if he ever does say, “Done.” My dad is a more dramatic case. He took a ’53 Studebaker Silver Hawk apart sometime around 1985, and he hasn’t turned a single bolt on it since. He’s dismantled and reassembled (at least partially…) several other cars in that time, but the Stude still waits. Most folks would consider the death of that old car as a foregone conclusion at this point, but my dad still considers it to be in the planning stages. He swears he’s just getting other projects out of the way first. Over time I’ve come to realize that, as with any near-death or soul-crushing experience, rebuilding an old car from the ground up changes a person in a way that only those who have done it can truly understand. I’m not sure if there’s some part of our souls that simply needs to be tortured, or if it’s just that we’re the type of people who prefer the journey over the destination. Either way, our perception of time becomes forever mutilated in a space where hours disappear into days, days into months, and months into years. What’s done I mentioned the story of my college friend a while back to Editor Pickering over burgers, and I felt the pride welling up inside as I reflected back on just how wrong my old friend had been. If felt good to know that he had been wrong about the car, and it felt even better to know that he had been wrong about me. But it was


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then, as I sat there basking in the light of my own personal splendor, that Pickering stared me straight in the eyes and said, “Well, he was right. You’re not going to ever finish that car, ya know, completely. Why would you?” Here’s a guy who knew exactly how much that old car meant to me. He’s turned He stared me straight in the eyes, and with breath full of contempt, said, “And by the way, you’re never going to finish that car.” wrenches with me and is well aware of how much I’ve accomplished thus far. I sat there, staring at my burger, and I realized he was all at once affirming my ambition, my determination, and, at the root of it, my sense of self. Pickering gets it. So does my dad. So does my fabricator friend. We car people may be on our own sched- ule — one that friends, family, and even spouses may never fully understand. But at least we’re in great company. A July–August 2019 47


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ON THE ROAD Elana Scherr RAMPING UP If you already have one ramp truck, why not have two? Now we have a pair of D700s. Think the neighbors will complain? W ho doesn’t love a race-car hauler? Well, possibly our neighbors, but they’ve been blessedly quiet on the subject. Nowadays, professional-level race cars travel in double-decker semis, and it’s a rare driver with a CDL and the responsibility of transporting his or her own cars to the track. Back in the ’60s and ’70s, getting behind the wheel of a tow vehicle was as much a part of the job as driving in the race. A few drivers were sponsored, or wealthy, and those folks hauled their cars on custom-built ramp trucks. I can remember exactly when my husband, Tom, and I got inter- ested in ramp trucks. It was around 2009, when Don “The Snake” Prudhomme was restoring the Snake and Mongoose car haulers, and NHRA reporter Phil Burgess was putting together great columns with photos from former race crews of the different trucks they used to haul from track to track. I’ve mentioned before that Prudhomme’s trucks inspired us to find one, and we ended up with a 12,000-pound baby — a Dodge D700 that used to belong to Pro Stock racer Dick Landy. Well, the Landy restoration is far from finished, but in keeping with Prudhomme’s theory of “If you’re restoring one ramp truck, you might as well restore two,” we’ve just added a second Dodge D700 ramp truck to the backyard collection. I’ll get to that in a second; first, let’s get up to speed on Landy’s machine. On the hunt Around 2013, after months of searching classified ads looking for a ramp truck to buy, Tom was feeling pretty discouraged. There were plenty of ramp trucks for sale, but they were all the smaller versions, basically 2-door passenger pickups with a tilted flatbed. We wanted a medium-duty truck — a professional-class, crew-cab Dodge of the sort used by race teams like Petty and Sox & Martin. “I think Prudhomme got the last two,” Tom told me. But never one to give up, he took out a Wanted ad in National Dragster. Only one person called, but it was enough. The late “Hemi” Fred Ristagno didn’t have a truck, but he remembered seeing one for sale a few years prior, advertised by a stuntman named “Kount” Kennedy who performed in a vampire costume while standing on the tailgate of a flaming station wagon. It wasn’t much to go on, but vampire stuntshows are rare enough that Tom found the Kount — on a defunct MySpace page — and he still had the truck for sale out in Indiana. We bought it and had it shipped back to California. This was the first, but not the last, time that our neighbors would find the street blocked by a low-boy semi with a vaguely truck-shaped pile of rust being unloaded in our driveway. The rust turned out to be most of a 1968 Dodge D700 ramp truck — sans top tire box and widened in the rear. The past five years or so have been an on-and-off restoration of the truck. Layers of Landy We were told it had belonged to Landy when we bought it, and subsequent disassembly backed that up. First we found an old pit 48 AmericanCarCollector.com


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parking pass from 1970, then a faded Dick Landy Industries (DLI) sticker on one of the inner storage shelves. The cut-down tire box had the remains of Landy’s name across one butchered panel, and patient sanding on the door revealed the blue, orange, and silver stripes and lettering we’ve seen in old photographs. Discovering proof of the truck’s provenance was awesome, but it changed the direction of our restoration. Rather than swap to a diesel powerplant and replace the rusted panels with doors and fenders from another Sweptline Dodge, we are now making it a priority to keep as much of the original body as possible. Car collector Todd Werner, who has had quite a few Landy Dodges in his garage, once told us that the value of a famous race car comes from knowing the mechanics and drivers touched it, and the more of the vehicle that remains from that time period, the more it’s worth. So if Landy once rested his elbow on the driver’s door of this truck, gosh darn it, we’ll try to save that door. The downside, of course, is that it’s expensive and time consum- ing to repair rather than replace, so work on the Landy truck waxes and wanes with our finances and motivation. Obviously, what we needed was a second Pro Stock ramp truck, right? Right. It was just so easy After the years of searching for the first ramp truck, the second came right to us. My former boss, “Roadkill” host David Freiburger, sent me a screencap of a Dodge on Craigslist. I, because I am an enabler, sent it to Tom, who was at work. By the time he got home that evening he’d been in contact with the seller, and a few weeks later, the neighborhood was again treated to the sound of an idling semi while we unloaded a white 1971 Dodge D700. Again, rusty and dilapidated with the box and ramps modified. But this one was run- Uncovering the provenance that the truck once belonged to Dick Landy Industries forced some adjustments to the restoration plan ning, so we’re improving slightly in our shopping skills. Our new truck isn’t as famous as the Landy hauler, but it did be- long to a recognizable racer, another Pro Stock driver named Bobby Yowell. Yowell won a few races, but he was probably most famous for the paint jobs on his Sox & Martin-built Duster and this hauler (sadly painted over). The psychedelic landscapes were done by a wellknown muralist in the ’70s, Greg Pussehl (known as Greg of Akron), and the story we’ve heard claims Greg locked himself in the shop for a week with the vehicles and multiple bottles of wine, and when the doors went up, the bottles were empty and the rig was painted. Maybe that’s what we need to do to finish the trucks this time. While I’m at it, I’ll get some for the neighbors, too. A July–August 2019 49


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CORVETTE PROFILE 1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 Overdue Honors Dirk de Jager ©2018, courtesy of RM Auctions For kids of the ’80s and ’90s, the ZR-1 is lustworthy VIN: 1G1YZ22J7S5800447 by John L. Stein • Offered from the Youngtimer Collection • One of 448 1995 Corvette ZR-1s produced • One of 49 Competition Yellow ’95 ZR-1s • 5.7-liter, 405-hp LT5 V8 • Sold new through Uftring Chevrolet-Oldsmobile in Washington, IL • Odometer displays fewer than 1,000 miles • Includes factory build sheet, window sticker and owner’s kit • Includes mileage log and ownership notes from original owner • Believed to be the second-to-last ZR-1 produced ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1018, sold for $47,300, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the RM Auctions sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on March 29, 2019. Not long after its 1984 debut, the long-awaited fourth-generation (C4) Corvette had turned dated. GM came up with a bold plan to slide a Lotusengineered, U.S.-built 4-cam, 32-valve aluminum LT5 engine into the C4 platform. This begat the second coming of the ZR-1. The intention was to one-up 6-cylinder Porsches, head-butt BMW and Mercedes-Benz, match Ferrari’s 308 and 328 V8s, and outdo the swiftly advancing Japanese coupes such as Toyota’s Supra Turbo. King for a day For a time, the ZR-1 lived up to its nickname, “King of the Hill,” delivering the most performance available in a contemporary production Corvette — but at a significant 85% premium in price over pushrod C4 Corvettes. The ZR-1 commanded respect on the street and on the track, eligible as it was for both IMSA and SCCA competition and setting a 24-hour closed-course speed record of nearly 175 mph. But then the bottom dropped out. Although more than 3,000 ZR-1s were sold in 1990, the numbers slumped, ultimately plummeting to just 448 units annually from 1993 through 1995. Making matters worse, the exotic engineering of the LT5 mill flummoxed traditional pushrod ’Vette owners and mechanics. That, coupled with the high purchase price, further hamstrung the car’s wholesale success. Ultimately, the last straw was steadily improving pushrod V8 performance that approached the Z’s power. 50 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Fast and furloughed And so in a period of just six years, the boldest Corvette ever produced rushed in, burned brightly, and then faded out. Following suit, prices on the usedcar market slumped. With over a quarter-century now gone since the launch of C4 ZR-1, the model still hasn’t caught on with key collectors. One reason may be that the cars are relatively plentiful, with 6,922 produced from 1990 to ’95. And among other bellwethers, the ACC Pocket Price Guide lists them as only a “C” investment, with prices ranging from $18,500 for a 1994 ZR-1 to $31,000 for the last 1995 C4 version. Special car, spectacular price Enter the final-year 1995 unit shown here, sold by RM Auctions in Florida for $47,300. This sale represents an impressive 53% spike over the price guide’s median value, for good reason: The car shows under 1,000 miles on its odometer and is configured in desirable Competition Yellow (the third-rarest 1995 Corvette color) with a black leather interior. This is basically a new 1995 ZR-1. As such, in my estimation, the price paid — a huge bump over typical market values for ZR-1s — was well justified. Certainly, other low- or no-mileage ZR-1s are out there, as a bunch of optimistic collectors bought and parked their cars instantly, expecting future premium collector status. While this has not played out in major terms, this auction result, along with a growing average price in 2019 compared to 2018, suggests the ZR-1 market is slowly awakening. Plenty of car At the beginning of my tenure at GM’s Corvette Quarterly magazine, I met Indycar driver Johnny Unser at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Nevada to compare the final and best C4 ZR-1 model (a 1995 like this auction lot) with the then-new C5 Z51. The ZR-1 lapped within a whisker of the times for the much newer platform. Today, track days are more popular than ever, and the C4 ZR-1 is still plenty of This is basically a new 1995 ZR-1. As such, in my estimation, the price paid — a huge bump over typical market values for ZR-1s — was well justified. car for most drivers. For kids of the ’80s and ’90s who are now coming into money in their careers, the ZR-1 should become a target collectible the same way other high-profile special cars of the era have. While the design of the Z may have been underwhelming at the time thanks to only subtle design differences over the base Corvette, these all have a unique, sharp 1990s look, and ZR-1s like this one are the undisputed top of the heap for these cars. In this case, since there are only so many ZR-1s of this caliber, and this was new Chevy Tahoe money, I think the new owner made a wise purchase. This may never play out mathematically, of course — the future owes no one anything — but this one was the right color, had the right condition, and was optioned right for prime interest. Other ZR-1s are starting to bring more as well, as younger buyers have begun hunting down the icons they wanted as kids. DETAILING Years produced: 1990–95 Number produced: 6,922 Original list price: $68,043 Current ACC Median Valuation: $31,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 (estimated) VIN location: Plate at base of windshield Engine # location: Side of block, near bellhousing Alternatives: 1972 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra, 2001 Dodge Viper GTS ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot S125.1, VIN: 1G1YZ23J9L5802877 Condition: 1Sold at $37,400 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/30/2017 ACC# 6856196 1993 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot 295, VIN: 1G1YZ23J0P5800313 Condition: 2- Not sold at $26,000 With that in mind, call this one well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 11/25/2016 ACC# 6810528 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 Lot S69, VIN 1G1YZ22J0S5800340 Condition: 2 Sold at $33,550 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 6/17/2016 ACC# 6803703 July–August 2019 51


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GM PROFILE 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM Entry-Level Icon Ryan Merrill ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions This car, in all its non-special glory, is more the essence of a Camaro than any high-dollar ’69 PROFILE 1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO CUSTOM Entry-Level Icon Ryan Merrill ©2019, courtesy of RM Auctions This car, in all its non-special glory, is more the essence of a Camaro than any high-dollar ’69 by by Dale Novak • 300-hp, 350-ci V8 engine • Automatic transmission • Power steering and brakes • Upgraded aluminum radiator • Bucket seats with console • Aftermarket stereo system • American Racing wheels ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1115, sold for $34,100, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on March 29 and 30, 2019. General Motors sold a ton of 1967–69 first-gener- ation Camaros. Total production for all body styles and trim was 840,000-plus machines. That’s a lot of Camaros. Some were special ZL1s, COPOs, Z28s and the like. Most were not. Our subject car is one of those common machines. There’s nothing special about it. It won’t ring any bells at an auction near you, nor will it get auction-house marketing staff all hot and sweaty. Still, this was a smart buy. While there are plenty of guys who want to own an important car like a COPO or ZL1 — which is great for the hobby — there are multiples of wrench-turning, hard-working gearheads who just want a cool car they can drive and enjoy. This car, chassis whatever-thenumber-is, represents that. Street ready Our subject car doesn’t claim to be a genuine SS, nor a matching-numbers example. What it does represent is that achievable icon that a bunch of buyers — both young and old — want in their garages. This car looks great and would be easy to work on. If you need a part — any part — just jump on the Web and head to Camaro Central’s website, or even go to the local auto parts store. There’s a lot of value in that — different value than what you’d get out of owning a numbers-matching COPO or SS396. You could modify it. Upgrade it. Customize it. Tune it for street or strip. Pile on the horsepower or add some creature comforts such as air conditioning for not a lot of dough. Burn tires for fun. Use it for what it was intended to be — a tire- smoking, high-winding, get-’er-sideways type of machine. Enjoy it without all the worry that can ac-


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company a “special” car that rarely gets driven and is treated like your grandmother’s creepy Hummel collection. As such, a car like this, in all its non-special, go-have-fun-with-it glory, is a better representation of what a Camaro was originally ollar collectible mpany a “special” car that rarely gets driven and is treated like your grandmother’s creepy Hummel collection. As such, a car like this, in all its non-special, go-have-fun-with-it glory, is a better repre- sentation of what a Camaro was originally ollar collectible es es ar to be tually. It’s not he look of an n if it never left the ay. By the VIN, ow about the car t it was born with 8 engine. y way of on-board ipment, the auctionse description is pretty c, which is as expected. e really know is that e a mild-mannered e 350 V8, automatic n along with power ing, power brakes, n MSD ignition and hermal-wrapped heads. Going off what we DETAILING Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 190,971 (1969 V8 coupe) Original list price: $2,727 (base) Current ACC Median Valuation: $47,000 Tune-up/major service: $50 and a case of beer VIN location: Top of dash, driver’s side can see, it appears to be a nicely done street build with smart upgrades aimed at usability. This car speaks to a huge audience and demo- graphic. It offers a seasoned casual collector or firsttime buyer the opportunity to own a car that is easy to own, not just from the wallet side of the equation, but also from the logical side. It’s like the Big Mac of desirable muscle cars: affordable, instantly recognized and pretty satisfying. Running the numbers In 2018, 287 1969 Camaros sold at auction. Most were like this car. Per the ACC Pocket Price Guide, an ordinary V8 1969 Camaro coupe chimes in at a healthy $47,000 median value. This number is likely skewed since there are piles of cars in the database with minty-fresh restorations and another group of better-than-new resto-mods that can fetch north of $100k. But interest remains strong, and I think it will continue to be into the future. The price paid here was right in line with other cars in similar condition and with a similar no-numbers configuration. Was it a deal? Absolutely. The value is there because a ’69 is such a popular Assuming no deterioration to its look, you could easily sell this car again in short order, no matter how large or small your local market is, and get your money back. car, with a pile of buyers of all ages jonesing for it. This one was in a universally appreciated color combination, too. Assuming no deterioration to its look, you could easily sell this car again in short order, no matter how large or small your local market is, and get your money back. That makes it an on-the-money deal for its new owner — and it was well bought as a driver that’s Engine # location: Block stamping at pad on front passenger’s side Alternatives: 1969 Pontiac Firebird, 1968 Ford Mustang fastback, 1970 Dodge Challenger ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS custom coupe Lot ST0108, VIN: 123379N556151 Condition: 2Sold at $44,138 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/26/2018 ACC# 6874866 1969 Chevrolet Camaro custom coupe Lot 190, VIN: 124379N621025 Condition: 2Sold at $45,100 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/17/2017 ACC# 6853677 meant to be driven. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe Lot 265, VIN: 124379N560526 Condition: 2Sold at $38,160 ACC# 6851002 Smith Auctions, Springfield, MO, 9/30/2017 July–August 2019 53


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FOMOCO PROFILE 1993 FORD MUSTANG COBRA R R is for “Record” Lightning strikes twice with R-model pricing VIN: 1FACP42D5PF169198 by Sam Stockham • This Cobra R is #73 of 107 made • No dealer prep, 589 actual miles • Original grease marks and stickers • Radio delete, back seat delete, a/c delete • Comes with window sticker and original battery ACC Analysis This car, Lot 674.1, sold for $132,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL sale, on April 11–13, 2019. Special-edition cars are the cornerstones of all collections. But I challenge you to try to name all of the special-edition Mustangs that have graced the showroom floor. Even dealers got in on the game, using stickers and tape to boost those sales numbers. The king of all these — and the one marketing moni- ker that Ford will never kill — is Cobra. From slick sticker package to real-deal performer, that snake has been on a bunch of different cars over the years — and most bring bigger numbers at auction time over their non-snaked siblings. Surprisingly enough, though, Ford forgot about that goose that laid golden eggs around 1983. It wasn’t until 10 years later that the special-edition Cobra struck again, this time with venom. Parts-bin special Looking back on almost 30 years of Mustang production, there hadn’t been a special edition put out directly by Ford that took an existing powerplant and added more horsepower through simple bolt-on parts that were also offered over the counter — until the ’93 Cobra. This special edition was not exactly rare, with 4,993 cars made in three different colors. In the late 1990s, they seemed to be everywhere. Obviously, that trend has changed, as these cars 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company


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have been retired from dailydriver duty. It also was the case that for almost 20 years, these cars were dead flat in appreciation and were worth somewhere around $15,000 for a respectable mid- to low-miles example. Appreciation has now shown the hockey-stick trend line over the past few years, and the best Cobras are leading the moneymaking charge — if you have a nice one. This story gets even juicier when we talk about the much rarer 107-built Cobra R. This car was the special edition’s special edition. With the R, less was more. Lose the weight Ford basically took the Cobra and shelved the radio, your comfortable a/c, the back seat so you can’t take the kids, and most power accessories. They kindly provided a pair of front seats that had the lateral support of bar stools in the hopes that at least one racing bucket would be installed. In reality, there is not a whole lot about the Cobra R that makes it much different from the standard Cobra. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s performance at a new high, I don’t see the R coming down any time soon. There are no big horsepower upgrades. The ground effects remained the ones unique to the Cobra, with no call-outs to differentiate the R and no huge wing on the back. Even the Vibrant Red color was available on the Cobra. Most performance attention was paid to an have been en retired from daily- driver duty. It also was the case that for almost 20 years, these cars were dead flat in apprecia- tion e been retired from daily- driver duty. It also was the case that for almost 20 years, these cars were dead flat in apprecia- tion and were worth somewhere around $15,000 for a respectable mid- to low-miles example. Appreciation has now shown the hockey-stick trend line over the past few years, and the best Cobras are leading the money- making charge — if you have a nice one. This story gets even juicier when we talk about the much rarer 107-built Cobra R. This car was the special edition’s special edition. With the R, less was more. Lose the weight Ford basically took the Cobra and shelved the radio, your com- fortable a/c, the back seat so you can’t take the kids, and most power accessories. They kindly provided a pair of front seats that had the lateral support of bar stools in the hopes that at least one racing bucket would be installed. In reality, there is not a whole lot about the Cobra R that makes it much different from the standard Cobra. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s performance at a new high, I don’t see the R coming down any time soon. There are no big horsepower upgrades. The ground effects remained the ones unique to the Cobra, with no call-outs to differentiate the R and no huge wing on the back. Even the Vibrant Red color was available on the Cobra. Most performance attention was paid to an was was also a top goal. Thirteen-inch Kelsey-Hayes brakes were also employed to bring it all to a halt, quickly, which is what the Mustang had needed for a long time. Wheels to cover those big-boy binders were 17-inch units from the soon-to-be-released ’94 Mustang, painted black. Right buyers Ford figured that collectors would mothball these cars and speculation would run rampant. The prospect of seeing one on the track as Ford intended would be shot, so Ford made buyers produce a driver’s license from some mainstream racing sanctioning body. Still, more than a few of the 107 Cobra R cars produced were delivered, by special request, without pre-delivery inspection done to keep all the shipping plastic and materials intact. You can guess where those cars went. From day one, the Cobra R increased in value. They soon found their way into the hands of enthusiasts who didn’t have the proper paperwork Ford mandated. Our feature car here is an example of that ethos, with g. Basically, this was a brand-new s great, unless you want to drive it. ar sold for four times what a nice d bring today. Is this expensive? Yes, s the centerpiece of your collection, s been for two owners, and you have ave it. Several potential owners did ere at Barrett-Jackson, which drove his price. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s erformance at a new high, I don’t see e R coming down any time soon. In fact, s sale brings even lower-mile cars to y description courtesy of Barrettetired from daily- driver duty. It also was the case that for almost 20 years, these cars were dead flat in apprecia- tion and were worth somewhere around $15,000 for a respectable mid- to low-miles example. Appreciation has now shown the hockey-stick trend line over the past few years, and the best Cobras are leading the money- making charge — if you have a nice one. This story gets even juicier when we talk about the much rarer 107-built Cobra R. This car was the special edition’s special edition. With the R, less was more. Lose the weight Ford basically took the Cobra and shelved the radio, your com- fortable a/c, the back seat so you can’t take the kids, and most power accessories. They kindly provided a pair of front seats that had the lateral support of bar stools in the hopes that at least one racing bucket would be installed. In reality, there is not a whole lot about the Cobra R that makes it much different from the standard Cobra. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s performance at a new high, I don’t see the R coming down any time soon. There are no big horsepower upgrades. The ground effects remained the ones unique to the Cobra, with no call-outs to differentiate the R and no huge wing on the back. Even the Vibrant Red color was available on the Cobra. Most performance attention was paid to an was also a top goal. Thirteen-inch Kelsey-Hayes brakes were also employed to bring it all to a halt, quickly, which is what the Mustang had needed for a long time. Wheels to cover those big-boy binders were 17-inch units from the soon-to-be-released ’94 Mustang, painted black. Right buyers Ford figured that collectors would mothball these cars and speculation would run rampant. The pros- pect of seeing one on the track as Ford intended would be shot, so Ford made buyers produce a driver’s li- cense from some mainstream racing sanctioning body. Still, more than a few of the 107 Cobra R cars produced were delivered, by special request, without pre-delivery inspection done to keep all the shipping plastic and materials intact. You can guess where those cars went. From day one, the Cobra R increased in value. They soon found their way into the hands of enthu- siasts who didn’t have the proper paperwork Ford mandated. Our feature car here is an example of that ethos, with g. Basically, this was a brand-new s great, unless you want to drive it. ar sold for four times what a nice d bring today. Is this expensive? Yes, s the centerpiece of your collection, s been for two owners, and you have ave it. Several potential owners did ere at Barrett-Jackson, which drove his price. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s erformance at a new high, I don’t see e R coming down any time soon. In fact, s sale brings even lower-mile cars to y description courtesy of Barrett- July–AugustJuly–August 2019 55 ave been retired from daily- driver duty. It also was the case that for almost 20 years, these cars were dead flat in apprecia- tion and were worth somewhere around $15,000 for a respectable mid- to low-miles example. Appreciation has now shown the hockey-stick trend line over the past few years, and the best Cobras are leading the money- making charge — if you have a nice one. This story gets even juicier when we talk about the much rarer 107-built Cobra R. This car was the special edition’s special edition. With the R, less was more. Lose the weight Ford basically took the Cobra and shelved the radio, your com- fortable a/c, the back seat so you can’t take the kids, and most power accessories. They kindly provided a pair of front seats that had the lateral support of bar stools in the hopes that at least one racing bucket would be installed. In reality, there is not a whole lot about the Cobra R that makes it much different from the standard Cobra. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s performance at a new high, I don’t see the R coming down any time soon. There are no big horsepower upgrades. The ground effects remained the ones unique to the Cobra, with no call-outs to differentiate the R and no huge wing on the back. Even the Vibrant Red color was available on the Cobra. Most performance attention was paid to an was also a top goal. Thirteen-inch Kelsey-Hayes brakes were also employed to bring it all to a halt, quickly, which is what the Mustang had needed for a long time. Wheels to cover those big-boy binders were 17-inch units from the soon-to-be-released ’94 Mustang, painted black. Right buyers Ford figured that collectors would mothball these cars and speculation would run rampant. The pros- pect of seeing one on the track as Ford intended would be shot, so Ford made buyers produce a driver’s li- cense from some mainstream racing sanctioning body. Still, more than a few of the 107 Cobra R cars produced were delivered, by special request, without pre-delivery inspection done to keep all the shipping plastic and materials intact. You can guess where those cars went. From day one, the Cobra R increased in value. They soon found their way into the hands of enthu- siasts who didn’t have the proper paperwork Ford mandated. Our feature car here is an example of that ethos, with g. Basically, this was a brand-new s great, unless you want to drive it. ar sold for four times what a nice d bring today. Is this expensive? Yes, s the centerpiece of your collection, s been for two owners, and you have ave it. Several potential owners did ere at Barrett-Jackson, which drove his price. This is the new high-water mark for all Fox-body prices — and it’s not without merit, as another did this same number at Scottsdale in January. With interest in ’90s erformance at a new high, I don’t see e R coming down any time soon. In fact, s sale brings even lower-mile cars to y description courtesy of Barrett- July–August 2019 55 ? ? Maybe just bought a little too early. A 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra Lot 5065, VIN: 1FACP42D8PF129424 Condition: 2- Not sold at $31,500 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/23/2018 ACC# 6877731 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R Lot 851, VIN: 1FACP42D1PF169179 Condition: 1Sold at $132,000 ACC# 6891093 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019 DETAILING Years produced: 1993 Number produced: 107 Original list price: $25,692 Current ACC Median Valuation: $132,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Door tag, driver’s door; plate at base of windshield on driver’s side Engine # location: Partial VIN stamped on rear of block, behind intake manifold Alternatives: 1989 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R Lot 2195, VIN: 1FACP42D6PF169212 Condition: 1Sold at $42,350 RM Auctions, Kensington, NH, 6/10/2006 ACC# 42191


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MOPAR PROFILE 1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Cheap Fun Basic American performance icons, such as the 1968–70 Road Runner, will slowly increase in value in the long run 56 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: RM21H9G188603 by Tom Glatch • Rotisserie-restored to original condition • 13,075 original miles • Matching-numbers 383-ci V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission ACC Analysis This car, Lot 355, sold for $32,450, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 12, 2019. In the early 1970s, many of my freshly licensed friends bought used 1969 Plymouth Road Runners. You could call Road Runners the Timex watches of the automotive world — they were inexpensive, they took a licking, and despite our best efforts, they kept on ticking. When new, most American muscle cars required quite a sacrifice of funds at the dealership. The slick next-generation Pontiac GTO that debuted in 1968, the same year the Road Runner hit the showrooms, had a base price of $3,101. Add a few options and the sticker could cross $3,500. Other similar-performance machines such as the Olds Cutlass 442 or Ford Torino GT cost even more. But the ’68 Road Runner started at $2,896 for the post coupe, $3,034 for the hard top, and options and amenities were minimal. Adjusted for inflation, the difference between the base GTO and the least-expensive Road Runner would be more like $2,200 today, which could be a deal-breaker at a time when the minimum wage was $1.60 per hour. When they hit the used market in the 1970s, Road Runners were ideal for young car people with a need for performance. For as little as $800, you could buy something like our subject car. That was the beauty of the Road Runner: Whether new or used, it packed maximum punch for the dollar. Priced right for success The Road Runner was the smash hit of 1968, with Plymouth selling 44,599 of them. It was crude, but could deliver 0–60 in 7.1 seconds and blow through the quarter mile in 15.0 @ 96 mph, all while display- Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company


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ing minimalist swagger. When the Road Runner won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award in 1969, Motor Trend Technical Editor Eric Dahlquist wrote, “The idea of an inexpensive, high-performance car was not completely original — other manufacturers had built them before. Plymouth’s master stroke was the all-encompassing scope of their thrust — the cartoon character, beep-beep horn, decals, jackets, ad campaign, Sox & Martin drag clinics, all of it. It was the first time their company offered not just a car, but a mood: the Road Runner is in — the car to have if you feel or are young.” There were many more options avail- able in 1969, a convertible was added to the lineup, and 82,292 Road Runners were sold. This was the first time America’s first muscle car, the GTO, was dethroned from the top of the sales list, as both the Chevelle SS and Road Runner surpassed the Pontiac. Adjusted money Fifty years later, you can’t buy a ’69 Road Runner for $2,800, but they are still a relative bargain for their style and fun factor. The ACC 2019 Pocket Price Guide shows a $38,500 median price for a basic Road Runner coupe. As long as a potential buyer stays away from the rare Hemi Road Runners (median price: $80,500) or the ultra-performance A12 440 Six-Barrel Road Runners (median price: $100,000), Plymouth’s performance master stroke can still be reasonably priced — but it’s by no means the cheap buy it once was. Mopar’s excellence in execution, from marketing to pricing and performance in-period, drove these cars to icon status when they were new. Then, prices soared on the best examples as the demographic grew aged and enriched. But after the 2000s market boom and crash, these B-body Mopars — and most similar mass-market American muscle machines — have seen values sit relatively flat. Until the generations after mine tire of their generic-looking sedans and discover the visceral thrills of driving a Q-machine like the Road Runner, I doubt the values of ’60s muscle will change much. Muscling in There will never be more quality 383 Road Runners than there are right now, especially as more are turned into Hemi-powered “tributes” or Pro Touring cars. I belong to the Original GTO Club in southeastern Wisconsin, and the number of young members who have recently joined — and the nice Pontiacs they have purchased — is instructive. Once someone experiences the roar of a big-block, the howl of a wideopen 4-barrel, and the satisfying joy of slamming a bulletproof 4-speed or automatic — all those lickings that Road Runners like our subject were so good at taking — the desire to be in the “in” crowd takes over. That’s why basic American performance icons, such as the 1968–70 Road Runner, will slowly increase in value in the long run — with the best-condition and best-documented examples leading. Our featured Plymouth claims a nut-and-bolt rotis- serie restoration and just 13,075 original miles, yet it sold for $5k less than the median at Barrett-Jackson. Other similar muscle machines at this same auction sold at or above average prices, so I think buyers may have felt this particular undocumented ’Runner was just a little too good to be true. However, considering its condition, usability, the current market median and the long-term outlook for cars like this, I’d still call this Road Runner well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1970 Plymouth Road Runner 2-dr hard top Lot 1018, VIN: RM23N0A133434 Condition: 2 Sold at $55,000 W. Yoder Auctions, Wautoma, WI, 4/20/2018 ACC# 6868036 1970 Plymouth Road Runner coupe Lot 114M, VIN: RM21N0C153528 Condition: 5Sold at $6,825 ACC# 6871949 VanDerBrink, Mansfield, SD, 6/9/2018 DETAILING Years produced: 1968–70 Number produced: 82,292 (all variants, 1969) Original list price: $3,083 Current ACC Median Valuation: $39,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 VIN location: Plate on top of instrument panel at base of windshield Engine # location: Pad on right side of block to rear of engine mount Alternatives: 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee, 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Plymouth Road Runner 2-dr hard top Lot ST0013, VIN: RM23H9G297905 Condition: 3+ Sold at $39,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 3/22/2018 ACC# 6863946 March–April 2019 57July–August 2019


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM PROFILE 1947 BUICK SUPER 8 CUSTOM Resto-Mod Reinvention Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Prices have been up for customs, and clearly there’s an audience for ’40s resto-mods VIN: 147I8580 by Elana Scherr • Modern Art Morrison chassis • 580-hp 6.2-L LSA V8 • Custom body and paint • Redesigned interior • 1,000 miles since build completion ACC Analysis This car, Lot 735, sold for $412,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction, held April 11–13, 2019. Buick spent much of the 1940s making airplane engines, armored tractors and tank destroyers. The last pre-war passenger Buick left the factory in February 1942, and Buick wouldn’t go back to civilian cars until the end of the war in 1945. It isn’t so easy to just switch over from radial engines to straight 8s, so American cars for 1946 were mildly redesigned 1942 models. Lucky for Buick, its 1942 models had been modern for their time, and it wasn’t hard for designer Ned Nickles, under the guidance of Harley Earl, to spice up the round-fendered ’42 design with a bigger grille, smoothed-out body lines, and the famous “gunsight” hood ornament. It was the ’42, but lightly customized, which leads nicely into the hot-rodded ’47 Super we see here. Even if you’re a purist, you can’t claim there’s no historical precedent for souping up a Super. Modern mods In 1947, Buick advertised its cars as having a “bon- netful of Fireball power,” with 110 hp from the 248-ci straight-8 engine. What would those marketing folk say about the Chevy swap in our custom Super? “LSswap all the things,” is what the Chevy missionaries say, and it’s hard to argue against it when you can bolt a fuel-injected, supercharged, LSA crate engine in just about any car and make nearly six bonnetfuls of Fireball power. Of course, you wouldn’t want to try to move all that curvy steel on the stock skinny tires and softly sprung chassis and 12-inch drum brakes. Not a problem for the buyer of this car. The builder matched the underpinnings to the powerplant, choosing an Art Morrison GT chassis with power steering and adjustable suspension. Stopping is no problem thanks to Wilwood 6-piston brakes on 14-inch rotors. The rest of the build is also upgraded to the best of the modern aftermarket. The LS is backed by an automatic 4L85E transmission leading back to a Strange 58 AmericanCarCollector.com


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DETAILING Years produced: 1946–47 Number produced: 37,743 (convertible) Original list price: $2,333 Current ACC Median Valuation: $412,500 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Upper right side of firewall Engine # location: Right side of the engine below the pushrod cover (stock) Alternatives: 1947 Ford DeLuxe custom, 1947 Cadillac Series 62 custom, 1947 Mercury custom ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 9-inch rear with 31-spline axles, and 3.70 rear gears, meaning not only will this Buick go and stop with ease, it’s also going to be a perfectly happy freeway flier. No more Mohair Instead of the felty bench seat you’d normally see in a car of this vintage, there’s a split bench covered in quilted camel-colored leather. Power windows, a full stereo system, a tilt wheel, and a push-button start add in conveniences Ned Nickles couldn’t even have imagined. For the most part, the modern touches are well integrated into the overall look of this custom. You’re meant to notice that it isn’t stock, but also recognize the classic Buick lines and features. The gauge cluster is especially attractive, with an oxblood background and vintage lettering that stands out among the beachy blue-and-tan color combo. One design mystery is the use of the Beechcraft air- plane company’s “B” logo in the center of the steering wheel. Was the original customer a pilot? The auction listing doesn’t say. Maybe the buyer was, and that’s why he or she bid so vigorously to be the new owner. Stay stock or not? The doom-and-gloom crowd has been naysaying the value of customs at auction for years, but 2019 has seen a bit of a turning point in good builds and what they bring across the block. Prices have been up for customs, and this sale goes a little further, showing there’s an audience for ’40s resto-mods. The final price, $412,500, must certainly be close to the build price, if not above it. We’ve seen modernized The doom-and-gloom crowd has been naysaying the value of customs at auction for years, but 2019 has seen a bit of a turning point in good builds and what they bring across the block. Buick customs built by the Los Angeles-based ICON 4x4 shop — arguably the most famous Buick hotrodder since Tommy Ivo — listed for $300,000. If the original owner got 1,000 miles of driving enjoyment out of this build and made money, I’d say it was well sold. Aaron Robinson, an automotive journalist and car collector, is the owner of a considerably more stock 1949 Buick Special. “Slamming a Chevy in it seems sacrilegious,” he said, when I asked him how he felt about the modifications here. “There’s something about driving the car with a straight 8 that appeals to me. It sounds more like a European luxury car than a hot rod. After all, Bugattis were straight 8s.” After a little more discussion, Robinson granted that while he prefers ’em Buick-powered, he can’t argue with the sale result. “A decent one of these stock is $40,000 to $50,000, and this got $400,000, so I guess I’m happy that a ’42 to ’49 Buick can get that kind of money. People must like the styling.” A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) July–August 2019 59 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Custom convertible Lot 76, VIN: 8347993 Condition: 2 Sold at $55,617 ACC# 68979941 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 4/7/2019 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Custom coupe Lot 1368, VIN: 124378L324822 Condition: 1 Sold at $330,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019 ACC# 6891205 1954 Chevrolet Corvette Custom roadster Lot 1354, VIN: E54S004299 Condition: 1 Sold at $269,500 ACC# 6891198 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019


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AMERICANA PROFILE 1931 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 99 COUPE Missed Connection Courtesy of Bonhams ICANA PROFILE 1931 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 99 COUPE Missed Connection Courtesy of Bonhams 99’s 99’s price was probably depressed by its unroadworthy status, even if it is the last surviving example 60 AmericanCarCollector.com ERICANA PROFILE 1931 DETROIT ELECTRIC MODEL 99 COUPE Missed Connection Courtesy of Bonhams 99’s price was probably depressed by its unroadworthy status, even if it is the last surviving example 60 AmericanCarCollector.com by by Jeff Zurschmeide • 15-hp DC electric motor • Mechanical speed controller • Rear-wheel mechanical brakes • Semi-elliptic springs • Formerly part of Harrah’s Collection ACC Analysis This car, Lot 456, sold for $67,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Tupelo Automobile Museum Auction in Tupelo, MS, on April 27, 2019. It’s hard to imagine a time when it wasn’t clear that gasoline would fuel the 20th century, but before World War I, petroleum was just one of many fuels available for automobiles. Even as late as 1925, Henry Ford was unconvinced about gasoline. He said, “The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumac out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust, almost anything.” While Ford was thinking about ethanol, others were thinking about electricity. What is a Detroit Electric? In 1907, the Detroit-based Anderson Carriage Company chose electricity as its energy source when they built their first car. Like most Brass Era vehicles, the Detroit Electric closely resembled the horse-drawn carriage it replaced. A typical early Detroit Electric seated three or four passengers facing each other in two rows, carriage-style. The Detroit Electric was usually powered by 14 6-volt lead-acid wet-cell batteries mounted under hoods at the front and rear of the car. The batteries were wired in series, offering a total of 84 volts to the electric motor. “It’s my favorite car,” says Portland auto enthusiast Monte Shelton, who owns a 1917 Detroit Electric Model 64 Brougham. “I drive it all the time. It’ll do about 25 to 28 miles per hour, so I don’t take it on busy streets.” While the Detroit Electric claimed up to 80 miles of range on a full charge, Shelton finds that he gets 50 to 60 miles. He uses antique equipment to keep


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the car topped up. “I have a 1911 Westinghouse battery charger that’s 220 volt,” Shelton says. “I have to replace the batteries in the car about every six or seven years.” In its day, the Detroit Electric the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t the car t car topped up. “I have a 1911 Westinghouse battery topped up. “I have a 1911 Westinghouse battery charger that’s 220 volt,” Shelton says. “I have to replace the batteries in the car about every six or seven years.” In its day, the Detroit Electric mobiles mobiles per year or a time, it aph there might be ace for electric ca’s new roads. hat’s not how it am-, ethanol- and -powered cars all t favor as more and re drivers chose oline in the 1920s. he Detroit Electric r Company was an im of the Great , going into receiv- . The company sed and continued g a few cars each n the 1930s, with the troit Electric built . In total, about etroit Electric cars car topped up. “I have a 1911 Westinghouse battery charger that’s 220 volt,” Shelton says. “I have to replace the batteries in the car about every six or seven years.” In its day, the Detroit Electric mobiles per year or a time, it ap- h there might be ace for electric ca’s new roads. hat’s not how it am-, ethanol- and -powered cars all t favor as more and re drivers chose oline in the 1920s. he Detroit Electric r Company was an im of the Great , going into receiv- . The company sed and continued g a few cars each n the 1930s, with the troit Electric built . In total, about etroit Electric cars The The only known example The subject sale is a 1931 Detroit Electric Model 99 4-passenger coupe. The auction listing states that it is the sole surviving example of a Model 99. By the time this car was made, the Detroit Electric had adopted a conventional layout and look. In fact, this Model 99 would be hard to tell from any other car of its time unless you looked under the hood. It even has a steering wheel, where earlier Detroit Electrics used a tiller arrangement. Like many cars of the day, the Model 99 has mechanical brakes on the rear wheels only. However, the Detroit Electric has a secret braking technique not available to other cars. “It’s got a rheostat, so if you think it’s not stopping fast enough, you can throw it into reverse,” Shelton advises. This particular Detroit Electric is a preservation example, and unless a bunch more turn up, should probably be kept more or less in its current condition. However, the photos show the car is currently juiced by seven 12-volt batteries that look like a selection from the dumpster behind an O’Reilly store. It might be nice to replace those with something more original. Vintagelooking 6-volt batteries are available on the aftermarket. There aren’t a lot of sales to help establish a market value on a Detroit Electric. The last recorded auction sale took place in 2016. That well-restored 1920 Model 82 Brougham sold for $66,000 (ACC# 6804042), and a 2012 sale of a restored 1918 Model 75 Brougham went for $73,809 (ACC# 209197). The price of this Model 99 was probably depressed due to its unroadworthy status, even if it is the last surviving example. As electric cars return to widespread public accep- tance, antiques such as the Detroit Electric will also regain some cachet. For the era in which they were built, these cars made effective — even impressive — use of technology. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1920 Detroit Electric Model 82 Brougham Lot 119, VIN: 12578 Condition: 2 Sold at $66,000 RM Sotheby’s, Detroit, MI, 7/30/2016 ACC# 6804042 DETAILING Years produced: 1907–39 Number produced: About 13,000 Original list price: $2,000–$4,000 Current ACC Median Valuation: N/A Tune up/major service: N/A VIN location: N/A Engine # location: Plate on the motor body Alternatives: 1899–1914 Baker Electric, 1909–16 Broc Electric, 1927–31 Ford Model A ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1912 Baker Electric Model W runabout Lot 159, VIN: 2245 Condition: 1Sold at $175,000 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/11/2018 ACC# 6882417 1913 Broc Model D Electric coupe As electric cars return to widespread public acceptance, antiques such as the Detroit Electric will also regain some cachet. Lot 40, VIN: D599 Condition 2+ Sold at $96,800 Dragone, Westport, CT, 5/31/2013 ACC# 216506 March–April 2019 xxJuly–August 2019 61


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RACE PROFILE 1977 CHEVROLET NOVA NASCAR RACER The Earnhardt Factor This particular battlewagon topped $200,000, which is extraordinary VIN: 179 by John L. Stein • Driven by seven-time NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. • First year for the black-and-silver Goodwrench paint scheme • Multiple race winner during the 1980s, including at Richmond, Darlington and Rockingham • Earnhardt drove this car to victory in the first Busch Series race at Daytona in 1986 • Driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2005, 2006 and 2009 ACC Analysis This car, Lot 652.1, sold for $209,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Palm Beach, FL, on April 13, 2019. NASCAR race cars come to auction with some regularity and often sell in the $20,000 to $40,000 range. This particular battlewagon topped $200,000, which is extraordinary. An “ordinary” car NASCAR is more of a spec series now than it used to be, but even so, there was much commonality between cars even in the ’60s and ’70s. This includes pushrod V8 motors, live rear axles and 4-speed gearboxes. This makes ex-NASCAR race cars trading at typical prices an immensely good deal for track fun. The downside to NASCAR racers as investments is that they are plentiful and offer nothing particularly extraordinary in design or construction. The physical and mechanical elements of this car alone don’t justify its high sale price. History is everything Like many NASCAR race cars, this one has had numerous lives. It started out as a Pontiac Ventura, then was rebodied as a Chevy Nova. This is where things get interesting. Being a Dale Earnhardt Sr. ride, it originally carried his famous blue-and-yellow Wrangler sponsorship livery, and then switched to Goodwrench after being reformed from a Pontiac into a Chevrolet. And historically, it carried this 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company


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Goodwrench paint scheme during the first year of that long sponsorship. Competing in multiple important events, this Ventura-turned-Nova scored a handful of wins, including at Daytona, Richmond, Darlington and Rockingham. And so, during its time, on certain Sundays, this car and Earnhardt were truly a blue-ribbon combo, building and ensuring the car’s future value. This Nova eventually found its way into private hands, was obviously lovingly kept, and has competed in top vintage events including three times at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new McQueen? Even though he’s gone, the allure and attraction of Dale Earnhardt Sr’s name remains. It may even be stronger now, reminiscent of Steve McQueen’s enduring draw. Who wouldn’t want in on a piece of a legend? Because every celebrity is different, there’s no reliable blanket method for determining the value associated with a name. But let’s use this Nova sale as a trial balloon in the collector-car world. If certain “typical” NASCAR race cars sell for up to $40,000, this $209,000 sale represents a five-time premium based on the Earnhardt name, the sponsorship livery, and the car’s record on the national and even international stage. How to separate the Earnhardt part from the rest is up for debate. Put another way, had this not been an Earnhardt car that had won races, had not been one of the first Goodwrench-liveried cars (after its stint as a Wrangler car), had not appeared at Goodwood or other prestigious events, and not been a proven vintage-racing weapon, it certainly wouldn’t have drawn $200k-plus. So while the Earnhardt name is a big draw, the car’s provenance also contributes. A ready comparison, although for a “foreign job,” is the Steve McQueen 1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L Lusso that Christie’s sold in 2007 for $2.3 million. At that time, the correct price for Lussos was closer to $600,000. Although the McQueen Lusso and the Earnhardt Nova are like chalk and cheese, their commonality is their late celebrity drivers and the premium that empowers. The McQueen scenario commanded a four-times premium of a very expensive vehicle, while the Earnhardt scenario netted a five-times increase. Don’t take those numbers to the bank, but a strong classic celebrity vehicle with no stories and an important track record is going to possess a value-multiplication factor of some sort. Stay on the lookout for such cars. Right room, right day This NASCAR Nova was sold in West Palm Beach, FL, just 25 miles from Palm Beach International Raceway — racing country. Had it sold in, say, the Pacific Northwest, where NASCAR is not so culturally grand, the result may have been different. We can’t choose our parents any more than we can choose who will be in an auction room on a given day. But we can pick the auction venue, and in this case, the seller chose a great one. This is proven emphatically by the sale price this time, as the car sold at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale as Lot 299 for only $53,000 five weeks prior (ACC# 6897368). The seller won big here. So what’s the new owner to do with this Nova? Well, they can go to the track or vintage races and play Dale Earnhardt for a few days. Thanks to organizations such as SVRA, vintage A strong classic celebrity vehicle with no stories and an important track record is going to possess a value-multiplication factor of some sort. Stay on the lookout for such cars. Trans-Am appears rock-steady. Will vintage NASCAR follow? If so, cars like this will be at the top of the heap instantly. And compared to an actual successful Trans-Am car, the best of which can trade for $1 million, the $209,000 spent for this Earnhardt Nova may someday seem like chump change. A big sale — and totally justifiable. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) July–August 2019 63 1989 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR racer Lot 645.1, VIN: 5 Condition: 4Sold at $110,000 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR racer Lot 167, VIN: 48267 Condition: 2- Not sold at $95,000 Auctions America, Hilton Head, SC, 10/31/2015 ACC# 267175 DETAILING Years produced: 1977 Number produced: One Original list price: N/A Current ACC Median Valuation: $209,000 (this car) Tune-up cost: $250 (estimated) VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Alternatives: Vintage Trans-Am and NASCAR race cars ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1977 Chevrolet Nova NASCAR racer Lot 299, VIN: 179 (subject car) Condition: 3 Sold at $53,000 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/7/2019 ACC# 6897368 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 3/31/2010 ACC# 160375


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TRUCK PROFILE 1978 JEEP CJ-7 GOLDEN EAGLE Will Values Soar? With the rise of Bronco and Blazer prices, are specialedition CJ-7s next to catch the updraft? 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: J8F93EH083358 by Nick Jaynes • 304-cubic-inch V8 engine • Manual gearbox • Fresh restoration, including new paint, interior, soft top and doors, and new wheels with mud tires ACC Analysis This Jeep, Lot 162, sold for $25,300, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach, FL, auction on April 11, 2019. With every new model and each passing year, Jeep seemingly forsakes its rough-and-tumble utilitarian heritage with increasingly plush lines of 4x4s. This is in order to appeal to a broader, more comfort-minded clientele — one that wants to appear sporty but in actuality just desires a cushy, powerful and distinctive daily driver. We needn’t look any farther back in time than to the CJ-7 Golden Eagle special edition for a perfect example of Jeep’s early brand perversion. Gold bird on the hood Upon the Golden Eagle’s debut in 1977, with its power features and side steps, I imagine good-ole-boy Jeep purists spat in the dirt in disgust. Meanwhile, I picture the entire population of Aspen, CO, throwing their hands in the air with jubilation. This was not a Jeep for bubbas and mud boggers, after all, but rather for ski instructors and stewardesses. While the Golden Eagle started with the CJ-5 in 1977, the switch to the CJ-7 platform gave it softer suspension and an elongated wheelbase. What Jeep designers did to the archetypal 4x4 to complete its Golden Eagle transformation would forever shock and appall purists. AMC’s 304 cubic-inch V8 — the revolutions of which a driver could monitor from the factoryinstalled tachometer — was fitted beneath the Golden Eagle-decal-festooned hood. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company


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DETAILING Years built: 1977–83 Number built: 379,659 (all CJ-7) Original list price: $5,195 Current ACC Median Valuation: $16,500 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Plate on firewall near master cylinder Engine # location: Tag screwed to passenger’s side valve cover Alternatives: 1966–77 Ford Bronco, 1973–87 Chevrolet Blazer, 1971–80 International Scout II The 5.0-liter 304 featured a cast-iron block and five main bearings with an 8.4:1 compression ratio. The most prodigious variants of the CJ’s 304 V8 — between 1972 and 1978 — churned out 150 horsepower and 245 foot-pounds of torque. Power disc brakes and power steering were added to the Golden Eagle as well. Side steps for those who wanted to more easily enter their CJ-7 were bolted up. And either a soft- or hard-top roof was offered, both of which kept in the cool breeze that pumped out of a factory air-conditioning unit. More livable-ish With more interior space than the CJ-5 and front bucket seats, the CJ-7 Golden Eagle was much more livable than its predecessors. That said, even inside the CJ-7, rear passengers were wanting for room — especially for their shoulders. The optional hard top made the special-edition CJ-7s much quieter on the road, and the vehicle’s longer track reduced the CJ-7’s chances of being thrown off course by potholes. As a result of these stylistic and livability improve- ments, the CJ-7 helped double Jeep annual sales during its 11-year production run, from 1976 to 1986. So, let’s be honest: Adding modern conveniences allowed Jeep to not only survive, but also thrive. Considering that, “ruining” Jeep with creature comforts could now be considered one of its brand pillars — one of the things it’s best known for. Think about it. Each generation of Jeep design- ers is accused of wrecking the marque with softer features — and more of them. The result of the brand’s repeated ruination is increased popularity and sales success. This allows Jeep to live another day — long enough for designers to once again tarnish Jeep for the next generation. Same as it ever was. Rock-crawling Purgatory Unlike the white-hot values of its 4x4 contempo- raries, the Ford Bronco and Chevrolet Blazer, the CJ-7 hasn’t enjoyed the same skyrocketing market price in recent years. By comparison, the CJ-7’s values seem to be virtually stuck in low rock-crawling gear. The CJ-7’s 379,659-unit production run likely factors into the breed’s limited market price as much as its looks. While the Bronco appears every bit a 1960s American 4x4, the ’7 looks timeless — but not in a good way. It resembles every other CJ before and every Wrangler after it. It takes a real Jeep nerd to A.) Distinguish the CJ-7 from other Jeeps and B.) Find it appealing enough to drop upwards of $20,000 on a nice example. Given the fact that the ACC Pocket Price Guide estimates a $16,500 median value for the CJ-7 and that no other comps come within five grand of this particular Golden Eagle’s $25,300 final selling price, this one was well sold and not necessarily well bought. If nothing else, you have to appreciate the Golden Eagle as the forebear of the today’s luxury-laden Jeep JL. So perhaps for that reason, this was worth it as an investment.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1979 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade Lot F83, VIN: J9M93EH82875 Condition: 2+ Sold at $14,300 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 11/30/2017 ACC# 6856425 1977 Jeep CJ-5 Golden Eagle Lot ST0094, VIN: J7F83AH090017 Sold at $19,795 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/26/2018 ACC# 6874873 ACC Investment Grade: D Comps The CJ-7’s 379,659-unit production run likely factors into the breed’s limited market price as much as its looks. 1980 Jeep CJ-7 Renegade Lot TH0035, VIN: 6803893 Condition: 2 Sold at $15,370 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 7/28/2016 ACC# 6803893 July–August 2019 65


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MARKET OVERVIEW American Cars Dominate the Market, Just Not Monterey That’s still no excuse to miss the biggest car week of the year What makes Monterey unusual in this country is the heavy presence of foreign makes. In 2018, the percentage of American-built cars that sold (of the total cars that sold in Monterey) was 36%. Over one out of every three cars sold in Monterey in 2018 was domestic. But again, that’s nearly half of the overall, yearly scope of American car sales at auction. This is definitely a reason that Monterey isn’t viewed as a celebration of American automobiles. Having $20m Ferraris on the regular helps, too. The lack of ubiquity that these domestic cars normally have in an American auction setting is noticeable on the Peninsula. It’s not as if there is a lack of American-car love, but just not as much as other places. The world’s biggest cruise-in, the Woodward Dream Cruise, often takes place on the same weekend as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. That’s happening this year, too. In the past five years, American-built cars sold in Monterey made up 31%–38% of the cars sold over the week. Contrast that with the percentage of total sales (total sales of American-built cars versus total of all cars sold), which ranged from 10% to 22%. So if you are an ardent fan of domestic vehicles, Although foreign makes tend to dominate, American-car lovers can still find plenty of examples to enjoy in Monterey by Chad Tyson A merican cars dominate the collector-car market. I don’t mean that they are the most expensive cars that sell at auction. The first American-made car doesn’t show up on the top all-time sales list until entry number 11. That was the ex-Gary Cooper Duesenberg SSJ that Gooding & Co. sold in Monterey last year for $22m. It’s the volume that I’m talking about here. Consider that in 2018, of all the 101 auctions that SCM and ACC tracked around the world — and Monterey is kind of like the rest of the world showing up on the coast of central California — the percentage of American cars offered was 69% of them. BEST BUYS 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger 500 2-dr hard top, $84,700—BarrettJackson, FL, p. 81 66 AmericanCarCollector.com 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, $69,300—RM Auctions, FL, p. 84 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback, $44,000—BarrettJackson, FL, p. 80 1958 Chrysler 300D 2-dr hard top, $33,000—Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 80 1992 GMC Typhoon SUV, $12,100—RM Auctions, FL, p. 84 you might believe that Monterey isn’t for you. Nonsense. Monterey is one of the best places in the world to buy the best cars. People spend months (and sometimes years) prepping for this week. Sure, there are too many people in too small an area. And, yes, it’ll likely be more expensive than buying off Craigslist, eBay or Bring a Trailer. But quality and opportunity exist for several days on that Peninsula unlike any other place on earth. If you want to buy a Miller racer at auction, Monterey offers a consistent chance to do so. If you want a Shelby, the fewest offered in the past five years (from all auctions during the week) was 24 in 2017; the most was 29 in 2016. Mostly, if you want consistently good offerings of American-built automobiles, you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere better than Monterey Car Week. A


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES IN THIS ISSUE BUY IT NOW WHAT TO PURCHASE IN TODAY’S MARKET — AND WHY 2003–04 Mercury Marauder • Strong, resilient platform • Loads of parts availability • Not the flashiest in stock form I’m not talking about the trim 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $143,000— Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 76 1935 Auburn 851 SC cabriolet, $132,352—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 114 Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 72 1929 Chrysler Series 75 roadster, $129,536—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 116 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $123,200— Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 72 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, $123,059—RM Sotheby’s, DEU, p. 116 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, $121,000— Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 72 Auctions, FL, p. 88 $106,700—Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 74 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top, $105,600— Barrett-Jackson, FL, p. 74 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS coupe, 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, $110,000—RM 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, $132,000— option from 1963 to ’65, or the GM E-body (Oldsmobile Toronado, Buick Riviera) competitor from 1969 to ’70. I’m talking about the one people will slow down for when you roll on by, as they might think some old cop cars are still in use. Mercury’s Grand Marquis was the basis for the Marauder — basically a luxury-oriented Ford Crown Victoria. Just as those Crown Vics had beefy, heavy-duty parts to add on directly from the Ford parts catalog, so did the Grand Marquis. Think of the Marauder as Mercury’s version of the Police Interceptor. After all, they used the same aluminum driveshaft, heavy-duty brakes, suspension bits and limited-slip differential. Dark Blue Pearl is the rarest color, with just 328 of them sprayed in 2003. Black is the most common, and the easiest to lose in a parking lot, with 8,330 produced (of the 11,052 overall) over the two-year run. Silver Birch and Toreador Red are the other factory colors these came in. Power is 302 ponies from the DOHC 4.6-L, so it’s not a slouch on the street or strip. That’s the same engine Ford put in the contemporary Mach 1 Mustang, so you can supercharge the Marauder with a blower for that application if stock power isn’t enough for you. Expect to spend up to $15k for a decent one, although some have reached into mid-$20k range, based on lower miles and excellent condition. Drivers start nearer to $5k, however, so there’s room for a variety of budgets to get behind the wheel of one of the most underrated full-size sedans FoMoCo ever produced. — Chad Tyson $100m $150m $200m $250m $300m $350m $400m $50m $58.3m $0 December 2017 2018 -8% 68 AmericanCarCollector.com January 2018 2019 0% February 2018 2019 +14% March 2018 2019 -9% April 2018 2019 -8% -12% May 2018 2019 SIX-MONTH YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISON $343.5m Combined Overall Auction Totals $341.8m Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 $126.5m $63.3m $110.7m $117.8m $106.6m $99.2m $91m $124.7m $110m 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach 2019 An award-winning restored 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup sold incredibly well at $132,000 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL April 11–13, 2019 Auctioneers: Mast Auctioneers; Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 640/643 Sales rate: 99.5% Sales total: $30,867,870 High sale: 1947 Buick Super custom convertible, sold at $412,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Blurring the lines between work truck and luxury car — 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, sold at $132,000 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics • Second-highest total ever for Barrett-Jackson at this sale, only after last year’s $38.8m total • Three charity vehicles sold for a combined $550,000 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project, Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and Reach Out WorldWide • Resto-mod prices still strong, indicating that Scottsdale’s results are part of a larger market trend B arrett-Jackson returned to West Palm Beach, FL, to hold their annual auction on April 11–13. Held at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Of the 643 car lots offered, 640 went to new owners. The sales totaled $30,867,870 — the second highest they’ve achieved for this auction. Oddly enough, in the last three sales Barrett has run in South Florida only three cars each time have not sold. A 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup received a five-year, faithful frame-off restora- tion and had been awarded the prestigious AACA National First Prize and Grand National First Prize awards. The bidders here certainly appreciated the quality of the restoration, and this truck rang the bell by selling for a very strong $132,000. Quality muscle cars were available in abundance. An Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible presented in Sebring Yellow with white vinyl interior and retaining its com- 70 AmericanCarCollector.com plete matching-numbers drivetrain sold for $187,000. For Mopar fans, a 1967 Plymouth Hemi GTX in an attractive shade of blue over black vinyl has travelled only 38,000 miles. It sold for a very fair $84,700. Restomods were well represented this year. The top lot of the whole sale was a 1947 Buick Super custom convertible powered by a new LSA-supercharged 6.2liter GM crate engine producing 580 hp and 550 ft/lbs of torque. With a host of other modern upgrades and in stunning condition, this car sold for $412,500. Not a restomod, but surely a custom 1981 Ford LTD Custom station wagon. This was a re-creation of the Family Truckster from the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Faithfully styled, this bit of whimsy sold for a staggering $100,100. One consignor offered a 2017 Dodge Viper ACR with only 405 actual miles. It sold for $286,000. Another late-model supercar, a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 had been enjoyed to the tune of 4,216 miles in its first year and sold for $134,200. West Palm Beach has been a staple for Barrett- Jackson’s auction calendar, and for good reason. Warm weather, good entertainment and a variety of quality collector cars will ensure their continued success in South Florida. A QUICK TAKE


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL GM #703-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16828663. White/black cloth/white & red leather. Odo: 2,233 miles. 322-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Shiny paint with a few chips around edges of engine bay. Rechromed bumpers straight as they should be. Cloth top stretched a bit, making it a little baggy. Plastic rear window is wavy. Chrome wire wheels clean and blemish-free. Right rear tire a little low on air. Front bench seat has creases across entire surface, but otherwise seats look good. Dash appears factory fresh. Engine bay appears correct and detailed, with only some fuel stains on the carburetor. Cond: 2. 7 spected this car at Mecum Kissimmee in January, where it sold for $83,600 (ACC# 6891127). I noted that it was well bought there, and the buyer brought it here to Barrett-Jackson three months and three miles later to make a tidy profit. Well sold. bumpers, grille and full wheel covers came standard on the Cameo. Interiors featured two-tone upholstery, armrests, dual sunvisors, a cigarette lighter and chrome interior door knobs. This particular example has been awarded the prestigious AACA National First Prize and Grand National First Prize awards and closely defined perfection. This truck rang the bell and determined bidders fought it out, price be damned. Very well sold. SOLD AT $121,000. Restored in the early 1990s, this car was an AACA Senior National First Prize winner in 1999, and the restoration is still holding up well. A few years ago, these Skylarks went for a lot of money, nearing $200,000, but values have retreated since. This car was last seen at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix sale in 2016, where it sold for $110,000 (ACC# 6798520). It’s been driven 221 miles since. At least they didn’t lose money. Pretty evenly bought and sold, with a nod to the seller. #755-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: H255T017209. Bombay Ivory & Commercial Red/white vinyl, red cloth. Odo: 36,233 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Stated to be a recipient of a five-year frame-off restoration 550 miles ago. Expertly applied paint with no visible flaws. Excellent rechromed bumpers front and rear. Red reflective Chevy Bowtie on tailgate. Wood bed painted red to match color around windows. Replacement glass all around. New vinyl dash top. No radio and has correct blocking plate. New rubber mat. Interior appears unworn. Engine bay concours detailed, with correct hoses and clamps. 235-ci inline-6 motor takes up maybe a quarter of the engine bay space. Period-looking Delco battery a nice touch. Equipped with 3-speed manual transmission shifted on the column. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. These Cameos started to blur the lines between work truck and luxury car. Chrome 3 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #717-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57T267763. Matador Red/white vinyl/white & gray vinyl. Odo: 94,292 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Equipped with power top/windows/brakes, Wonder Bar AM radio, day/night mirror, fender skirts, Continental kit and tissue dispenser. Good repaint over straight body panels, with some surface polishing scratches. Paint touch-ups on door edges. Door gaps are tight front and rear, but other gaps are variable. Rechromed bumpers have some surface scratches. Trim is hit or miss. Fit issues with rear fender skirts—they’re out at rear. Wide whitewall tires starting to yellow. Convertible top wrinkled from being stowed, rear plastic window has some polishing swirls. Continental kit looks good. Some pitting on interior chrome trim. Clean, stock engine bay. Some radiator fins are bent. Correct hoses and clamps. Cond: 2-. 5 #660.1-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F051521. Pink/white vinyl/pink & white leather. Odo: 88,342 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows several touch-ups on nose. All exterior bright trim a little cloudy. Convertible top fits well, with no rips or tears. Rear plastic backlight is clear. Continental kit in good shape. Leather seat covers soft and presentable, but two buttons are missing on tufted driver’s seat bottom. Dash appears a little wavy but not cracked. All interior chrome is cloudy with some pits. Carpets look new. Gauges added under dash. Entire engine bay painted pink except for the chrome air-cleaner top, chrome valve covers and windshield washer bottle. Electric fan added on front of radiator. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,200. The restorer must have had some leftover pink paint and decided to spray the engine bay. Pink was not a factory color for 1959 Cadillacs, only for the 1956 model (called Mountain Laurel and not pastel like this one). Clearly built to be a driver and attract attention, this will get a lot of looks on the road, but it’s way too garish for my taste. The bidders agreed and the high bid was well below current market value. There may be some room in the price to bring this car back to a more tasteful color combination without going underwater. If it was to your taste, this was a great buy. SOLD AT $123,200. This car is equipped with the hydraulic cam, 250-hp fuel-injected motor. No documentation came with this car to show that it left the factory with all the now-equipped options. Regardless, it’s configured well for comfort, performance and style. I previously in- #322.1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza Spyder convertible. VIN: 30967W111010. White/red vinyl/red vinyl.164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Stated to have over $50k in restoration receipts, and that the car has been driven fewer than 1k miles since restoration. New paint applied well over straight body panels. Door gaps tight at rear of doors, wide at front. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim good. All-new interior appears unworn. Wire hubcaps have a few chips. Dash top freshly painted. Aluminum gauge cluster looks original and has scratches. 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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL Engine bay appears to have been painted over rust and dirt. Turbocharger shows some surface corrosion, while fan is oily and dirty. Equipped with a power soft top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,450. The exterior and interior of this Monza looked fantastic, but the engine bay was a little scary. If the restorer couldn’t find time to clean the engine bay before repainting, what other shortcuts are there? I didn’t feel warm and fuzzy about this car, but it brought strong money. Well sold. #437-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177Z158482. Ermine White/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,006 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint over straight body panels. Variable gaps. Chrome bumpers and exterior bright trim fault-free. Nice, correct, small-hubcap Rally wheels with reproduction BFGoodrich Silvertown Redline tires. Vinyl top is a little wavy. Interior looks unworn except for one small scratch on rear seat bottom. Clock inoperative. Engine bay appears correct and is concours detailed, with stock-looking reproduction hoses and correct clamps. No-name, discount battery detracts. Trunk is sanitary with new mat. Equipped with power steering. Documented with Protect-O-Plate. Cond: 2+. #646-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pace Car Edition convertible. VIN: 124679N638869. Dover White/white vinyl/orange houndstooth. Odo: 54,545 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Catalog claims this car to be a real RS/SS Z11 Pace Car, but offers no documentation to back that up. Engine stamped with HA code, which is correct for a 350-ci V8 with 4-speed manual. Recent respray shows scuff marks on left rear fender. Decals and pinstripes applied well. Rechromed bumpers a little hazy. Vinyl top dirty, with a couple of holes and rips. New houndstooth seat covers, with wavy driver’s seat piping. Rest of the interior appears unworn. Aftermarket cassette player added. Engine bay hosed off, but still with stains to intake manifold, painted valve covers. Exhaust manifolds and master cylinder show surface rust. Equipped with Endura bumper, rosewood steering wheel, RS gauges and power windows. Cond: 3+. interior looks unworn. Complete, correct engine bay is concours detailed. Matching-numbers engine with correct hoses and clamps. Period-looking Delco battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $106,700. I spoke with the consignor just before this car was driven to the auction stage. He predicted that it would ring the bell, and it did. This car was impressive in every way, and the buyer paid up for condition. Values have been on the decline since their 2014/15 highs. The consignor missed that window, but this was still well sold. SOLD AT $39,600. I’m a little wary of seeing these 1969 Pace Cars at auction with no documentation, although the catalog states that Barrett-Jackson is willing to put its reputation on the line by calling this example the real deal. If real, this RS/SS with 4-speed is a very desirable Camaro. Values have been relatively flat over the past couple of years. This example had some needs but sold below current market value. The buyer may be able to address some of the needs without going underwater. Well bought. #692.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS coupe. VIN: 124379N657245. Garnet Red/black vinyl. Odo: 61,998 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Consignor claimed zero miles added since rotisserie restoration. Excellent paint shows no flaws. Good Rally wheels shod with reproduction Goodyear Wide Tread GT tires. Straight rechromed bumpers excellent. Minty 9 SOLD AT $38,500. Excellent presentation only held back by lack of options and the pedestrian color, but with a 396 and 4-speed, not much else is needed. I prefer the more compact styling of these 1967 Chevelles. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2018 sale for $43,450 (ACC# 6875494). The attempt at a flip failed, and the buyer here got a good deal. Well bought. 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #670.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370B145421. Fathom Blue/ivory vinyl. Odo: 69,907 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have had a ground-up restoration and full mechanical rebuild in 2012. Very good paint with no noticeable flaws over straight body panels. Rechromed bumpers and exterior trim are very good. Factory Rally II wheels shod with reproduction Goodyear bias-ply tires. Interior looks new except driver’s seat bottom is flattened a bit. Detailed engine bay with correct hoses and clamps. Smog pump is installed. Reproduction Delco battery. Equipped with heavy-duty M22 4-speed transmission, Cowl Induction hood, F41 suspension, power disc brakes, bucket seats and center console. Documented with three original build sheets. Cond: 2+. 10 SOLD AT $105,600. Top-dog LS6 in attractive colors. Excellent restoration is holding up well. It may be too nice to thrash it about like the designers intended, but it would be really tempting. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale in January, where it sold for $99,000 (ACC# 6891778). The seller here lost some money when shipping cost and consignment fees are factored in, but that’ll happen. Well bought. #421.1-1971 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242671P112596. Castillian Bronze/white vinyl/Cinnamon vinyl. Odo: 52,864 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint has some orange peel and chips on nose. Judge side stripes added. Factory honeycomb wheels shod with reproduction Firestone Wide Oval tires. Equipped with a/c, TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL ps, pb, power top and hood tach. Top is down and covered, so can’t inspect, but it looks a little wrinkled in a catalog photo. Replacement interior vinyl seat covers are dirty, with some seams starting to split. New carpet. Crack-free dash. Steering wheel looks good. Hurst shifter added. Engine bay clean and detailed, with some surface corrosion to a/c compressor. Factory chalk marks replicated. Cond: 2-. thanking the owner for their purchase and predelivery checklist. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. By 1972, due to the emasculation of the muscle car, the 442 model was mostly an appearance package. The W-30, 300-hp, 455-ci motor was available, but this car does not have that option. What it does have is a comprehensive restoration that earned a first in class at the AACA National Meet in Hershey, PA, in 2016. This example was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2018 sale, where it sold for $93,500 (ACC# 6875888). Wildly well sold last June, very well sold here. SOLD AT $37,400. The color combination of burnt orange on orange is not my cup of tea, but this GTO had everything else to make it desirable. This car clearly was well restored at some point, and the restoration has been unwinding. That’s fine by me, since I wouldn’t be afraid to take it out on the road. Last seen at Mecum Kansas City on 12/6/2018, where it sold for $38,500 (ACC# 6890698). The seller’s plan for a profitable flip proved unsuccessful. Well bought as optioned, as long as the buyer can stomach the color combo. #663.1-1972 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 3J67M2M217076. Yellow/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 42,236 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a rotisserie restoration competed in 2016, and that it’s traveled 200 miles since. Unmarked paint looks a little thick. Stripes underneath the clearcoat. Rechromed bumpers shiny but a little wavy. Magnum 500 wheels shod with reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires are blemish-free. Restored engine bay clean and detailed, with factory marking replicated. Matching-numbers 350-ci engine makes 180 hp. Equipped with bucket seats, console, ps, pb, AM/ FM stereo, sport mirrors and Hurst dual-gate His and Hers shifter. Documented by two broadcast sheets, Protect-O-Plate, owner’s manual, vehicle warranty, letter from the dealership manager #646.1-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z9N132365. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 88,716 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have had a frame-off restoration a few years ago. Paint generally good, with micro-blisters on right rear fender. One scratch to Screaming Chicken (Rising Phoenix?), all other decals look good. Door gaps wide at front, tight at rear. New weatherstripping all around. Glass is clear. Factory snowflake wheels are blemish-free. Cloth interior in good shape. Slight wear on center armrest. Equipped with power windows, tilt steering wheel, a/c, t-tops and performance V8 engine. Documented with the original window sticker and PHS paperwork. Cond: 2. touched engine bay looks stock and complete. An hour with a degreaser and a hose should do wonders. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,000. Stated in the catalog that this car was resprayed under warranty shortly after delivery, and that paint job was so poor that it was repainted again in 2017. This car is #444 of 547 GNX cars built. The 276 hp may not sound very inspiring today, but it also produced 360 ft-lb of torque, which made the GNX the quickest production American car in 1987. They’ve always had a cult following, and lowmileage examples are readily available. I’m sure even low-mileage examples were thrashed about over their lifetimes, so it’s best to have them fully checked out. This car was listed on Bring a Trailer on 7/6/2018, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $60,000. The seller got more money here, but I’m still calling this result well bought. SOLD AT $48,400. Popular model in period and today due to its prominent appearance in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies. This example was optioned right with the high-output motor, 4-speed, T-tops and a/c. Values for these cars were on the rise a few years ago and have since leveled off. This car was last seen here at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in 2016, where it sold for $55,000 (ACC# 6801428). Very well sold in 2016, merely well sold here today. #678-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1178HP451768. Black/black & gray cloth. Odo: 27,931 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Paint reportedly resprayed in 2017, with orange peel throughout and a few touch-ups and scuffs on fenders around engine bay. Factory wheels appear unmarked. All glass is clear. Interior appears factory fresh, with slight bagginess to driver’s seat bottom the only demerit. Dirty un- 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #704-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S002577. Sportsman Red/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 284 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Stated that a complete nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration was finished in 2006 and is holding up very well. Shiny paint shows orange peel and slight waviness throughout. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim excellent. Side curtains present, appear flawless. Rear deck lid shows light scuffing from soft top. Entire interior shows no wear. Concours engine bay is all correct. Awards include NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and Triple Crown Awards, Corvettes at Carlisle Best of Class, Best of Show, Corvette Homecoming CORVETTE 1 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL Bowling Green, Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance Best of Class, ISCA Chicago 2008 Best Restored of Show, and this car was a National Corvette Museum display car from 2008 to 2009. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $143,000. I spoke to the elderly consignor of this car and he said he was selling because this car has won it all and it’s time to move on. Nearly all 1954 Corvettes were painted Polo White, and other colors are highly desirable, although, aside from window stickers, there’s no way of conclusively telling what color the cars were originally produced with. This example is a pampered trailer queen, and any wear would adversely affect its value. This result was wildly well sold and likely unrepeatable. #681-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S105649. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 715 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Miles displayed since frame-off restoration. Excellent paint shows a few surface polishing swirls. Rechromed bumpers are straight. Dime-sized dent on grille surround. Painted wheels with dog-dish hubcaps are shiny but have a few dents. Rear deck lid has factory holes for the hard top, but no mention of it included in the sale. All-new reproduction interior is excellent. Wonder Bar radio in dash. Vinyl covering on dash rippled where it meets door jamb. Correct-appearing engine bay is detailed, with correct hoses and clamps. Some staining on intake manifold. Correct ignition shielding present. Cond: 2. tion, and the brief description (47 words) in the catalog made no claim of any brake option. Although this ’Vette wasn’t the top-dog Fuelie, it still looked absolutely sinister in the black paint and wheels, with the classic, contrasting red interior. Most Corvettes of this vintage have received a frame-off restoration, and this example seems to have had some shortcuts taken. If there is a hard top included with this sale, then the final price was market correct; if not, then slightly well sold. #696.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S109587. Marina Blue/ black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,172 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage stated to be actual from new. Bright, resprayed paint shows some bubbling on hood. Rechromed bumpers straight and shiny. Vinyl top fits well with clear plastic rear window. Some polishing scratches on stainless windshield surround. Blue vinyl interior looks new. Dash, console and steering wheel look to be in good order. Engine bay clean but not detailed, with some chips and staining to engine paint. Stock-looking spark-plug wire shielding looks old and worn, but a/c compressor appears new. Documented with owner history, tank sticker and NCRS Shipping Data Report. Received NCRS Top Flight award in 2015. Cond: 2-. at the local Cars & Coffee event. Or, if desired, the owner could easily address the few shortcomings and return to the show field. This car was last seen at Mecum Kissimmee 2018, where it didn’t sell at a high bid of $135,000 (ACC# 6859610). A strong price to turn down at Mecum made it well bought today at Barrett-Jackson. #669.2-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S711652. Monza Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,201 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny repaint shows some chips and orange peel. Straight bumpers have been rechromed. Replacement top shows wrinkling. Rear backlight has rubbing wear from being down, and there’s a one-inch tear on driver’s side. Driver’s seat shows significant creasing that’s turning into cracking. Dash, carpet and steering wheel look good. Stock engine bay largely unrestored, with staining on intake manifold. New a/c belt detracts. Equipped with factory side exhaust, a/c, power steering, windows and brakes. Owner history traced back to the original owner. Documented with Protect-O-Plate, bill of sale, financing and insurance paperwork and owner’s manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $84,700. The attractive dog-dish hubcaps were only available with the Big Brake op- “ SOLD AT $96,800. This big-block ’Vette was nicely optioned with the very streetable and reliable single 4-bbl, 390-hp engine and 3.36:1 Posi rear end. Condition was such that you shouldn’t be afraid to drive it on a sunny weekend, but it would still turn a lot of heads on the street and Although this ’Vette wasn’t the top-dog Fuelie, it still looked absolutely sinister in the black paint and wheels, with the classic, contrasting red interior. 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $60,500. This car was the recipient of an NCRS Top Flight award, which was more likely due to the originality rather than condition. If that’s the case, then it would be better just to leave it as-is. In the current condition this car would make a strong driver. Although this car came loaded with options and good documentation, it was still well sold. ” #331-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver Anniversary coupe. VIN: 1Z87L8S430873. Silver/silver leather. Odo: 9,264 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Silver Anniversary edition. Miles claimed to be actual from new. Factory paint with typical orange peel and a few chips on the nose. Factory alloy wheels appear cloudy, with faded crossed-flag emblem on wheel caps. Radial T/A lettering on tires yellowing. Some creasing and bagginess to seat bottoms, especially on driver’s side. Rest of interior shows well. Engine bay clean and complete, with some paint chipped off of valve covers. Factory engine


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL pre-heater system connected between exhaust manifold and air-cleaner assembly. Cond: 2-. FOMOCO #361.1-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10V6A29790. Burgundy/burgundy & white vinyl. Odo: 58,752 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent respray with a few bubbles on top of right front fender. Front and rear chrome bumpers look good. New wood in bed shows no wear. Factory steel wheels and chrome hubcaps are blemish-free. Wide whitewall tires starting to SOLD AT $19,800. By 1978, all Corvettes were loaded with factory comfort options. The low mileage on this example creates quite a quandary. It’s almost to five digits, so do you park it or bite the bullet and surpass 10,000 miles? Regardless, the originality and condition of this car makes it ripe for NCRS and Bloomington Gold awards. I’d clean it up, get the awards, then drive it on sunny days. Well bought for condition and low miles. #361-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2252T5600034. Admiral Blue/black leather. Odo: 1,490 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Mileage stated to be actual since new. Unmarked factory paint shows orange peel throughout. Black-painted wheels appear blemish-free. Slight bagginess to driver’s seat; rest of interior shows no wear. Stock engine bay is extremely clean, with some surface corrosion to aluminum components. Cond: 1-. engine bay looks to be the best part of this rig, as it’s clean and detailed, with bright blue engine paint and FoMoCo windshield-washer bag. Equipped with power steering and 3-speed manual shifted on the column. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $32,450. First year for the Bronco. This example was obviously restored to a good level some time ago and driven since. I see a lot of Broncos at auctions; most seem to be fresh out of restoration. This example is said to have been recently tuned up and ready to be enjoyed. Well sold for condition and base engine. yellow. Interior freshly restored, with some modern gauges added under dash. Exterior mirror added to passenger’s side. Engine bay finely detailed. Period-correct Y-block V8 painted bright yellow. Chrome valve covers added. Threespeed manual transmission shifted on the column. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. There’s no way Ford produced these work trucks with so much bling, but that’s what current bidders expect and want. This was a very handsome truck, maybe a little too nice to take out with regularity. Fairly bought and sold in the current market. SOLD AT $35,750. This car is #34 of 810 Grand Sport coupes produced in 1996. All Grand Sports were Admiral Blue with Arctic White stripes and came with black-painted wheels from the ZR-1, and the 330-hp LT4 engine, with the 6-speed manual as the only transmission available. The interior could be ordered in black or red leather. The red leather cars are rarer and command a premium. Most Grand Sports were used sparingly just like this one, which is showing very low miles. The final sale price looks a little high, but the buyer paid up for the very low miles and excellent condition. Well bought for these factors. #116-1966 FORD BRONCO utility. VIN: U13FL750717. Orange/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 67,147 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Good paint over straight body panels. A couple of chips on painted grille. Bumpers appear rechromed over sanding scratches. Door handles are cloudy. Vinyl top is a little baggy. Some hubcaps are better than others—showing cloudiness at best and pitting at worst. Driver’s seat bottom flattened. New carpet. Newly resprayed dash with some unfilled holes for unknown switches. Steering wheel and column look good. Passenger’s side window crank lying in passenger’s footwell. The #396-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. VIN: 6F07A291166. Copper/white vinyl/white & copper vinyl. Odo: 56,722 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have been a recent recipient of a rotisserie restoration. Resprayed paint is shiny but a little thick. Variable gaps. All exterior trim rechromed. Factory wheels unmarked. New vinyl top shows some bubbling from fit issues. New Pony interior appears factory fresh. Stock engine bay restored and detailed. Period-looking Autolite battery, factory-appearing decals and markings reproduced. Detailed trunk with new tartan mat holds spare wheel with modern tire. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. Good comprehensive restoration on this GT. Color combination may not be to everyone’s taste, but it is unusual and I found it attractive in person. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Northeast sale, where it sold for $31,350 (ACC# 6875707). It was well bought at the Northeast sale, and I don’t fault the seller for trying to flip it for a profit here, but it didn’t work out. A better buy here in Palm Beach. #647.1-1967 FORD FAIRLANE GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7A42S120347. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 13,649 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Quality repaint with no observable flaws. Rechromed bumpers and exterior trim excellent. Magnum 500 wheels shiny and shod with Redline tires. Restored interior appears factory fresh. Original AM radio in dash. Engine bay complete and detailed, with factory-type decals and correct hoses and clamps. Originally a 3-speed manual but now has a period 4-speed. Documented with a Marti Report. Cond: 1-. July–August 2019 79


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL SOLD AT $57,200. Stunning presentation all around, with great colors. Sits right with the Magnum 500 wheels and reproduction bias-ply Redlines. Values for these Fairlane GTs have been relatively flat over the past several years. The sold price may be a little high, but the quality of this example was breathtaking. The bidders agreed and paid up for condition. Well sold. #440-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0T02G141444. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 373 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint with a few touch-ups. Chrome and exterior trim good. Blemish-free Magnum 500 wheels could use a buffing. Some scratches on rear louvered sun shade. Original windshield has some surface scratches. Seat covers appear new. Clean carpets a little worn. Scratches on steering column, but steering wheel looks good. Original seat belts very worn. Engine bay is clean and detailed, with a shaker hood. Upgraded with MSD ignition. New tartan mat in trunk with original jack. Spare tire in a vinyl cover. Equipped with power front disc brakes, 3.91 gears and rear fold-down seat. Cond: 3+. over slightly wavy panels. Some polishing swirls on hood. Clear glass with some scratches. Old cloth weatherstripping on hood and front windows, new rubber weatherstripping on doors and rear windows. New rear fender welts. Rechromed bumpers are straight and shiny. Painted wheels show a little surface rust. Chrome hubcaps look new. New vinyl seat covers fit well. Rubber mat flooring in front passenger’s compartments; bare painted floor in rear cargo area. Steering wheel has a few small chips, dash looks good. Threespeed manual transmission is shifted on the column. Engine bay looks complete, stock and detailed. Cond: 2-. driver condition, and seemingly needs nothing to get behind the wheel and enjoy. The sold price was significantly below current market value and is a bit of a head-scratcher. These letter cars usually do well at Barrett-Jackson auctions. I guess bidders weren’t paying attention. Well bought. Expect to see this car at another auction soon for a flip. SOLD AT $14,850. Plymouth’s Suburban was America’s first all-steel-body wagon. The wood that was used on previous wagons was expensive to build with and maintain, so a lower-cost alternative was welcomed—especially by commercial interests. The rear seat folded flat, which also attracted commercial users. Someone put a lot of love and money in this example. It’s good to see that it hasn’t been chopped, lowered and hotrodded. But at the relatively cheap price realized here, customization may be in this wagon’s future. Well bought. SOLD AT $44,000. The Boss 302 was very successful due in no small part to the Trans-Am racing series. A real product of Race on Sunday, Sell on Monday. The 290-hp rating is said to be purposely rated lower than the actual output. Although this example had a few flaws, it would still make a strong driver and stand out at the local Cars and Coffee event. Very well bought. MOPAR #333-1950 PLYMOUTH SUBURBAN wagon. VIN: 18071539. Dark blue/brown vinyl. Odo: 19,245 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #657.1-1958 CHRYSLER 300D 2-dr hard top. VIN: LC41149. White/tan leather. Odo: 37,932 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Good repaint with some scratches on tops of front fenders around engine bay. Rechromed bumpers, hubcaps and exterior trim need a good buffing. Glass clear, with some scratches on rear window. Seat leather replaced at some point. Front seats show some creasing and bagginess to bottom cushion. Carpet looks newish. Dash is good with clear gauges. Engine bay looks clean and complete, with some chipping of paint on intake manifold. Carburetors are dirty and stained. Period-looking battery. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows and seats, push-button radio and power antenna. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. One of only 618 300D hard tops produced. Due to their flamboyant styling, I prefer these early letter cars in pedestrian colors like this one. This example was in very good #373.3-1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY convertible. VIN: 3441170546. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 60,679 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage shown claimed to be original. Paint expertly applied over straight body panels. Rechromed bumpers and exterior trim all good. Rubber on front bumper overrider cracked. All exterior glass is new. Magnum 500 wheels over period-looking BFGoodrich Silvertown Redline tires. Newish-looking vinyl top a little wrinkled from being in the down position, with clear plastic rear window. New red vinyl interior looks factory fresh. No marks on steering wheel. Some chrome dash switches are pitted. Engine bay is extremely clean and concours-detailed. Modern Interstate battery detracts. Equipped with ps, pb and bucket seats with console. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,800. The Sport Fury in 1964 was available with V8 power standard, all the way up to the fire-breathing 426-ci Super Commando Hemi. This example was optioned well with the very streetable 383-ci, 330-hp Commando engine (that also produced a stout 425 ft-lb of torque), in great colors with bucket seats and a 4-speed manual poking up from the console. Values have been very flat the past couple of years, but this early muscle car was fairly bought and sold today. BEST BUY BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON • WEST PALM BEACH, FL #687-1967 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23J71136792. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 38,219 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Stated that mileage is from new. Good respray paint with some masking issues on drip rails. Vinyl stripes applied over paint. Straight bumpers rechromed, other exterior brightwork in good order. Unmarked Magnum 500 wheels with reproduction Firestone Super Sport Redline tires. Interior in mint condition throughout. Factory console-mounted tach. Stock engine bay clean and detailed, with correct hoses and clamps. Period-looking reproduction Mopar battery is a nice touch. Equipped with power steering and front disc brakes. Cond: 2+. free. Hot Wheels badges added to rear flanks and tailgate. New glass all around. Replacement seat vinyl looks good, but driver’s seat bottom a little lumpy. Engine cover chipped near handles. Vintage-looking gauge pod. Modern, vintagelooking DIN radio with Bluetooth. Engine under the center armrest looks clean and detailed. Three-speed manual is shifted on the column. Immaculate undercarriage. Cond: 2+. Only 52 Hemi-powered Charger 500s were produced for 1969, and this is one of them. Although green on green may not be everyone’s first choice today, green was rather popular in the late ’60s. I believe the color and auto transmission were the only things holding this example back because it was in excellent condition. I spoke with the owner before the auction and he was hoping for something in the six-figure range. This car is worth more than the hammer price. Very well bought. SOLD AT $84,700. I spoke with the consignor of this vehicle, who was the elderly widow of the owner who restored this car. She was wheelchair bound and stated that she could no longer take appropriate care of the car, and that her heirs were in no position to do so either. This example was in breathtaking condition in excellent colors, with only the automatic transmission holding it back. The sales price was above the ACC Pocket Price Guide median, but this was no median GTX. Fair deal all around, with a nod to the buyer for condition. #709-1969 DODGE HEMI CHARGER 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29J9B133977. Metallic green/green vinyl. Odo: 31,507 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows some surface polishing scratches and runs in the drip rail. Rechromed bumpers are straight, rest of exterior bright trim looks good. Dog-dish hubcaps have a few chips to painted centers. Reproduction Firestone bias-ply Redline tires a great look. New green vinyl seat covers unmarked. Trim around console shows numerous scratches. Engine bay is clean and detailed, showing correct hoses and clamps. Modern NAPA battery detracts. With replacement block, but the original matching-numbers block said to be included. Equipped with AM radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,700. Dodge built 500 1969 Charger 500s for homologation for NASCAR. The 500 featured flush front grille and rear window for better aerodynamics on high-speed NASCAR tracks. #129-1969 DODGE A100 custom pickup. VIN: 1882158871. Yellow & orange/black vinyl. Odo: 89,765 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent paint with a single chip on large, flat nose. Nice contrasting orange stripe that ends in flames on the rear panels. Shiny rechromed front bumper looks a little wavy, no rear bumper. The 15-inch Torque Thrust-type wheels are blemish- SOLD AT $36,300. Completely restored in 2012 to resemble a Hot Wheels car, this truck garnered a lot of attention all weekend. The restoration is holding up very well, as the build was very well done. The cost of the restoration was probably more than the sold price. I’m not usually a fan of obvious attention-getters, but I had hundreds of Hot Wheels cars when I was a kid and this truck would undoubtedly look cool on the street. Well bought. A SHIFT UP TO ACC PREMIUM! Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for ACC subscribers www.americancarcollector.com/premium The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values July–August 2019 81 BEST BUY


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL RM Auctions — Fort Lauderdale 2019 One of the best buys from this record-setting sale was a Victoria Maroon 1953 Buick Skylark convertible at $69,300 RM Auctions Fort Lauderdale, FL March 29–30, 2019 Auctioneers: Mike Shackelton, Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/ offered: 274/368 Sales rate: 74% Sales total: $23,082,658 High American sale: 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $286,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices This flew under the radar and was very well bought — 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, sold at $69,300 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics • Best-ever results for RM Auctions in Fort Lauderdale; topping the previous high from 2015 by $1.8m • Consignors brought 26 Corvettes to this sale, with 15 finding new homes • Domestic vehicles were 49% (181) of the offerings and 31% ($7,176,453) of the total sales H eld in the ballroom of the massive Broward County Convention Center, RM Auctions conducted its 17th annual Fort Lauderdale sale. They achieved the best results in this auction’s history. Total automobile sales were in excess of $23 million. 274 collector cars sold out of the 368 cars offered for a sell-through rate of 74%. A 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, in its original shade of Victoria Maroon, was very well bought at $69,300. A 1955 Willys Jeep wagon equipped with 4-wheel drive and the top-of-the-line Super Hurricane engine sold for $26,400. This early SUV had only 58 miles from a frame-off restoration and complete drivetrain rebuild, making it well bought. 82 AmericanCarCollector.com American muscle cars included a very well- restored 1968 Pontiac GTO that sold for a reasonable $37,400. A recent recipient of a rotisserie restoration 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback was well bought at $110,000. A 1999 Shelby Series 1 convertible, with fewer than 2,600 miles, was well sold at $126,500. Two examples of the auction staple Ford GT showed up. Both were 2006 models, but Lot 3083, the Tungsten one with 2,900 miles, was very well bought at $255,750. The black one hit $286,000, so it seems as if the days of $350k GTs are behind us — unless you have one in Gulf colors. RM Auctions is to be commended for once again hosting a very entertaining and successful auction. The Broward County Convention Center is a top-notch venue in South Florida and scheduling the auction before the Florida snow birds head north is a wise move.A QUICK TAKE


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL GM #3080-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16823193. Victoria Maroon/black cloth/white & red leather. Odo: 42,728 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows surface scratches and touch-ups. Chrome all around getting hazy. Wire wheels are bright and shiny. Newish-looking cloth top good, plastic rear window is clear. Accessory driver’s side spotlight integrated with rear-view mirror. Banjo steering wheel good; dash is blemish-free. Autronic Eye attached to dash top. Doors need a good slam to latch, and rattle a bit. Stock-looking engine bay seems to have been restored at some point, but appears to be driven since. Equipped with power windows, antenna, convertible top and steering; also with clock, radio and tissue dispenser. Cond: 2. a 396 badged to be the L78 and has good features added. This car was at RM’s Fort Lauderdale sale last year, where it did not sell at a high bid of $48,000 (ACC# 6869560). This year it received a near-identical offer, so it looks like the market is speaking for this example. Seems like they listened this go-around. in 1957 and priced each at an eye-watering $13,074—nearly double the 1957 Biarritz convertible price. This was a very fine example. This car has crossed the block three times over the past two years. It didn’t sell at the Dan Kruse Waxahachie, TX, October 2018 sale at a final bid price of $100,000 (ACC# 6882153). Before that it sold at Worldwide Pacific Grove, CA, in August 2018 for $132,000 (ACC# 6877747). At the Motostalgia Waxahachie, TX, sale in October 2017, it sold for $126,000 (ACC# 6851050). It’s covered 14 miles since the Motostalgia sale. This car was unsold on the block here at RM, but a deal came together post-auction for a market-correct price. Fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $69,300. Created to commemorate Buick’s 50th anniversary, the Skylark was a styling tour de force with copious amounts of chrome and sweeping fender lines. Buick produced 1,690 Skylarks in 1953—the most expensive Buicks offered that year. Our subject car appears to have been fully restored at some point, then sparingly driven and enjoyed since. The new owner should have no worries about doing the same. You take your chances offering cars at no reserve. Sometimes they generate excitement and sometimes they don’t, depending on who’s paying attention. This example flew under the radar and was very well bought. #1063-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. VIN: 5770091032. Copenhagen Blue/blue leather. Odo: 39,248 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint over wavy body panels. Chrome is good, with some scratches on tops of Dagmars on front bumpers. Hubcaps are dent-free, but when rechormed, the chrome didn’t stick well to the fins. Some scratches on stainless top. Pleated leather seats show no wear. Beautiful dash, but the chrome hasn’t been cleaned in a while and has caked-on dust. One of the interior lights is not functioning. Doors open and close well. Engine bay is clean and detailed. Factory a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $100,000. Cadillac built 400 Broughams 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #3163-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124378N446562. Corvette Bronze/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,732 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have been a recipient of a nutand-bolt rotisserie restoration. Expertly applied two-stage paint much better than original. Stripes under clearcoat. All exterior chrome is excellent. New vinyl seats unworn. Rear seat covers look original and are a little baggy on seat bottoms. Paint on metal Chevrolet labels on headrests worn through on rear seats. Rally gauges added. Concours-detailed engine bay. Noted in catalog that the engine is a replacement. Fuel lines are braided and run through a Mr. Gasket fuel-pressure gauge mounted just outside of the carburetor. Turbo Jet decal on air cleaner a little worn. Equipped with ps, pb, RS gauge package, hideaway headlight covers, bucket seats with console and Tic-Toc-Tach. Cond: 2+. #3170-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379B364937. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,839 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to be a recipient of a frame-off restoration. No observed flaws in paint, but body panels are a little wavy. Vinyl pinstripes along sides are good. A few chips to the Rally II wheels; trim rings are unmarked. Vinyl top fits well. Chrome bumpers are excellent. New interior kit shows no wear. Sunpro tach added under dash. Radio delete with correct blocking plate. Hurst shifter on M22 transmission. Engine bay is stock and clean. Some paint chipping off of engine lift tab. Headers added; new copper radiator. Equipped with power steering and power disc brakes. Engine stamp has JD for 396-ci/375-hp with 4-speed, but could not clearly read the rest, so I can’t confirm matching numbers. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. With the high-horse L78 and M22 4-speed, this checks a lot of boxes for muscle-car fans. The only things that may be holding it back are the color (if yellow isn’t your thing) and the bench seat. This car was last seen at RM’s Auburn Fall sale in 2018, where it did not sell for a high bid of $38,000 (ACC# 6881564). It may appear that the market is speaking on this example, but according to the price guides, the final bid here was way below the current market value, so the seller was correct to refuse. SOLD AT $48,400. The VIN decodes to an 8-cylinder, but with the replacement 396 and no documentation, I can’t tell with what engine it was originally equipped. Regardless, it now has #1066-1992 GMC TYPHOON SUV. VIN: 1GDCT18Z1N0810298. Red/black leather. Odo: 78,571 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Factory paint shows usual orange peel and slight surface polishing swirls. Horizontal painted surfaces starting to dull and need a good buffing. 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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL rear seats show no wear. Aftermarket DIN Sony CD player. Interior is good overall, but needs detailing. Engine bay has been hosed down and aluminum components show surface corrosion. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $58,300. No lie—the photos in the catalog show the engine bay with bird poop splattered on the valve cover. That bird and I have the same opinion of this car. I must say that this example is complete and would be a good candidate for a restoration, but at the price paid here, the restoration cost would quickly put the owner underwater. Well sold. SOLD AT $12,100. Based on the GMC Jimmy, the Typhoon could lay claim to being the first performance SUV. With 280 hp from its 4.3-L turbocharged engine, periodicals recorded 0–60 times of 5.3 seconds in period. That kind of performance could surprise many at the stoplight back in its day. Although I rated this example as a 3, a weekend’s work of cleaning and buffing would bring this up a level. As younger collectors are stepping up, values for these have been on the rise. Previously seen at the Dan Kruse Waxahachie, TX, sale on October 2018 (ACC# 6880007), where it sold for $19,400. Driven exactly one mile since its last sale, the consignor took a $7k haircut here before factoring in shipping and consignment fees. Well bought. CORVETTE #3182-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S003882. Polo White/tan vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 25,049 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1bbl, auto. Older paint a little dull, with chips and scratches on the top surfaces—as if boxes were stored on top of it. Good hubcaps with yellowing whitewall tires. Soft top fits well but is ripped at some seams, and plastic rear window is scratched and stained. Exterior chrome getting hazy, with some areas of pitting. Interior may be original as it’s old, dingy and dirty. Numerous scratches on steering wheel. Button to raise rear deck lid is missing. Engine bay looks to have been restored at some point, but is now oily and dirty, with oil seeping out of valve cover. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $81,400. 1961 was the first year of the ducktail rear end and last year of the 283-ci engine and contrasting-color side coves. This example has the solid-lifter version of the 283 fuel-injected engine that produced 315 hp. Stated to have had a recent body-on restoration, and the quality is holding up well. Black paint is unforgiving, especially under the bright convention-center lights at this auction. The surface scratches may buff out. This car was previously seen in January 2018 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, where it sold at $110,000 (ACC# 6862160). This wasn’t a no-reserve lot, so there must have been a good reason that they had to cut it loose. Very well bought. #3070-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S105261. Rally Red/red vinyl. Odo: 29,190 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Stated driven 500 miles since frame-off restoration. Glossy paint shows well. Bumpers overbuffed and show polishing swirls. Stinger on hood should be black, as the white stinger was only available with the white interior. Factoryappearing aluminum bolt-on wheels and side exhaust look new. All-new interior’s only demerit #3068-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S107130. Tuxedo Black/ black vinyl, black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 29,545 miles. 283-ci 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Older black repaint shows numerous surface scratches. Windshield is clear, hard-top back glass shows scratches, crazing. Cannot inspect stored soft top. Full hubcaps blemish-free, with wide whitewall tires showing a little yellowing. Restored interior appears unworn. Stock engine bay very clean, with slight surface rust on exhaust manifolds. Trunk is clean and rubber mat is in adequate condition. NCRS decal on windshield but no mention of judging. Cond: 2. is a seat-cover-fit issue that shows as bagging on seat bottoms. Engine bay is clean. No orange engine overspray, which would be present from the factory and on a correct restoration. Periodappearing a/c compressor and new alternator. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. Documentation makes or breaks these 1967 big-block Corvettes, and this example had none. Showing a/c, ps, pb, bolt-on wheels and sidepipes would make this an incredibly well-optioned big-block ’Vette. But as it’s fresh out of a comprehensive restoration with no documentation, one must assume that the car wasn’t built this way. But if you only want to wow your friends at the local drive-in, then this is the ticket. The final price reflects the lack of documentation. This car last sold at Mecum’s Indy auction in 2013 for $85,600 (ACC# 6738462). That was before the restoration, so whoever paid for the restoration likely lost a lot of money. Well bought for condition. #1044-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 convertible. VIN: 194670S402265. Donnybrooke Green/black vinyl, black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 921,350 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint better than factory could do back in the day. Rechromed bumpers are straight. Hard top looks good, but cannot inspect the soft top. New-looking interior includes seat covers, dash, door panels, carpeting and steering wheel. Inside door handles look worn. Factory AM/FM radio. Engine bay restored and then driven a bit, with fuel stains on intake manifold. Exhaust manifolds were coated but are now rusting through. Air injector, smog hoses, ignition and spark-plug shielding are present. Equipped with tilt/telescopic steering wheel and AM/FM July–August 2019 85


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL MARKET MOMENT 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe radio. Documented with original order sheet, tank sticker and Protect-O-Plate. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. 1970 was the first year for the LT-1 with solid lifters and 11:1 compression. Rare to see it in a convertible. The 1970 LT-1s were not yet affected by reduced compression, so they have the highest power output. LT-1s are some of the most collectible of the C3 years. Although it’s a convertible, the lack of options on this example may have held it back a bit. Regardless, the hammer price was below current market value and the seller was right to take it back home. Dirk de Jager ©2018, courtesy of RM Auctions SOLD at $35,200 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2019, Lot 1016 VIN: 1G1AY8782C5105503 W hy is it that low mileage can double or triple the selling price of any vintage car? Sure, a low-miles Mopar convertible with a manual transmission I understand. But that well-preserved Pinto with 4k miles for $35,000? Not so much. Vehicles like this belong to, as I call it, the “What the Hell? Club.” The latest addition is this ’82 Corvette, sell- ing for $35,200 with a miniscule 904 miles. It is not a Collector Edition, just a white- over-red ’Vette with similar horsepower to a new Honda Accord. I’m sure many of you are rolling your eyes and lamenting that this was an almost unrepeatable opportunity to buy a mint-in-wrapper Corvette. I agree, it was, but this is still an underpowered C3 near the bottom of the ’Vette pecking order. The current price-guide median for a base ’82 model is $13,000. For a nice car like this, $20k makes sense. Not $35,200. A similarly priced alternative is a ’71 coupe with the 350/330 LT-1 and a median of just $36,000. Both are C3 Corvettes, but one has a much healthier horsepower rating. No, the LT-1 car you find may not be as perfect, original or have zero miles — but it will be a hell of a lot more fun to drive, and you won’t have to search across the country to find a buyer willing to pay a 200% premium when it comes time to sell. If the buyer had to have it, then fine. But bottom line, for most of us, this appears to be a lose-lose situation. Short of putting this in a museum as a pristine 1982 Corvette, everything else will kill its value. Drive it as-is and every rock chip and added mile will cost you. Modify it in any way and your minty stock ’Vette becomes one of the million other examples you can find on Craigslist. There’s nothing left for me to say other than, “What the hell?” A 86 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $81,400. 2013 was the last year for the C6 ZR1, to be superseded by the C7 ZR1 for 2019, thus pushing the C6 variant further down into used-car prices. Original MSRP for this ZR1 was $125k. This car was last seen at Motostalgia Waxahachie, TX, October 2017 (ACC# 6853315), where it sold for $79,920. Before that I wrote up this same car at Motostalgia Amelia Island 2016 (ACC# 6799199), where it sold for $77,500. I wrote back then that it was a shame that this car hadn’t been driven after depreciating so much. At least the consignor here didn’t lose money except for transportation, storage and consignment fees. I hope he enjoyed looking at it, as this car was driven fewer than 70 miles since the Motostalgia sale. Well sold today above current market value. FOMOCO #1083-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria Skyliner 2-dr hard top. VIN: M6UW13- #1067-2013 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1G1Y62DT5D5800232. Arctic White/ blue leather. A 60th Anniversary ZR1. Factory paint with usual orange peel. Vinyl silver stripes added over paint from factory. Some chips to nose. Carbon-fiber front air dam shows no scrapes or scratches. Chrome factory alloy wheels blemish-free. Interior is as-new, with only slight creasing to driver’s side seat bolster. With the digital dash and no key, I cannot confirm the mileage, but the catalog states fewer than 900 miles. Engine bay as clean as a new car can be. Fully loaded with the 3ZR option package. Cond: 2+.


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 3268. Peacock Blue & Colonial White/white vinyl, blue cloth. Odo: 2,602 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows some micro-bubbles in spots. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim good. Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels blemish-free, but wide whitewall tires yellowing. Continental kit in good shape, as are factory rear fender skirts. Some scratches on rear window; all other glass is clear. New seat covers in pleasing color combination. Dash and steering wheel all good. Zip-out cover for glass roof. Engine bay including Thunderbird V8 engine, all clean and detailed. Features a/c, power steering and brakes. Cond: 2. AM radio. Stock engine bay complete and detailed. Equipped with power steering. Undercarriage clean with only slight signs of use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. D-code T-bird is a step up from the base model, adding the 312-ci V8 with 245 hp. Values have been sliding lately, but ’57s still seem to be the most popular of the Baby ’Birds. The quality restoration on this example is holding up well. Well bought for condition. #3048-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convertible. VIN: B9UR723656. Light Aqua/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 26,780 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old paint looks good at 15 feet, but close inspection reveals chips, scratches and orange peel throughout. Exterior chrome trim shows scratches and slight haziness. New windshield is clear. Stainless exterior trim looks good. Significant sun fade to seat bottoms, tops of seat backs. Vinyl dash top is a newish replacement and looks good. All interior chrome is shiny; steering wheel has one minor scratch. The engine bay, although complete, is a rusty mess with lots of chips to painted surfaces. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $99,000. By 1956, Skyliner sales were plummeting due to their high cost and would be replaced by the retractable-hard-top convertible for 1957. Only 603 examples were built in 1956. This example shows all the 1950s styling associated with the era. Pastel colors, Continental kit, fender skirts and lots of chrome. Due to the uniqueness of the model, they’ve always been desirable. Values for this model have been relatively flat over the past couple of years. Current market value is below the final hammer price. The buyer must have been lured in by the colors and options. Well sold. #3036-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH260679. Red/white vinyl, red hard top/red leather. Odo: 84,366 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated that a frame-off restoration was completed on this car five years ago. Paint bright and shiny. Bumpers show surface scratches. Clean and polished chrome wire wheels added. Good gaps and stance. Can’t view soft top, but photo in catalog shows it to be in good order. All-new interior unworn. Town & Country dusty. Exhaust manifolds have some surface rust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,200. These Continentals were massive in their day, weighing in at over 5,000 pounds. But in perspective, that’s what normal SUVs weigh today. This example was said to have been the recipient of a nut-and-bolt restoration that resulted in winning a 2001 AACA National First Prize. It has obviously been used and enjoyed since then, which I think is great. Put the top down and cruise in style. Values have been on the decline, but the sales price here was over current market value. Well sold. SOLD AT $36,300. The Corsair was built on the same platform as the large Mercury models. Although a failure back in the day, they still have all the 1950s American styling cues such as cheerful colors and copious amounts of chrome, thus making them popular with post-war enthusiasts. Unfortunately, enthusiasm for 1950s cars has been declining as of late, and values have been dropping. This particular example has some needs, but since it comes with nice period colors and the top goes down, I’ll call it well bought and sold. #3109-1959 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK IV convertible. VIN: H9YC409390. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 84,571 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint looks a little thick, but no noticeable flaws. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim are all excellent. Left front hubcap looks new, while others are a little hazy. Older interior leather settling in just fine, with some creases turning into cracks on driver’s side. Good dash with clear instruments. Steering wheel has a few scratches. Engine bay is clean but is just a little #3028-1963 FORD FALCON convertible. VIN: 3H15F210360. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 70,504 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint with only slight polishing surface scratches. Bumpers and chrome trim appear to have been replated over pitting. Windshield surround good, replacement windshield is clear. Chrome wire hubcaps over steel wheels are clean. Seating surfaces look good, but it looks like someone with oily pants sat on driver’s side and stained the seat bottom. Chrome trim on dash and steering wheel rechromed over badly pitted surfaces. Dashpad, gauge cluster and carpet look new. Engine bay is acceptable, with some bubbling on radiator and surface rust on exhaust manifolds. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,500. This car looked good at 10 feet; it was only on close inspection that the flaws were evident. Cute sells, as this car had crowds around it throughout the auction. Originally marketed as an economy compact, it would be considered mid-size today, and with the optional V8 engine it should be able to keep up with modern traffic (at least on surface streets). I’m not sure why the restorer didn’t just replace July–August 2019 87


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL the pitted trim pieces instead of rechroming them. An afternoon with a catalog and a credit card would easily take this car up a notch, and the result would make a fun sunny-day cruiser that would turn a lot of heads for not a lot of money. Well bought. #3145-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67410F8A02992. Brittany Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 63,199 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a rotisserie restoration in the 1990s. Well-applied shiny paint shows surface scratches throughout. Bumpers rechromed without adequate prep work— they’re shiny but show pitting underneath. Windshield is new; rear window has scratches. Shelby wheels good. Interior is very nice, with slight musty, old-car smell. Wood-rimmed steering wheel looks good. Correct, clean and detailed 428 completely fills the engine bay. Period-looking Autolite battery a nice touch. Equipped with ps, pb, AM/FM stereo and period Stewart Warner accessory gauges. Recorded history in the SAAC Registry. Cond: 3+. 8 SOLD AT $60,000. Big-dog Super Cobra Jet Eliminator with Ram Air induction. Stated to have had a complete engine rebuild fewer than 100 miles ago, but it wasn’t stated when that took place. This car has been a bit of an auction frequent flier, as it appears in the ACC Premium Auction Database five times over the past seven years, with prices ranging from a high sold price of $90,100 at Mecum Kissimmee in 2013 (ACC# 5685159) to the low price realized here. The odometer reads 340 miles more than in 2013. Hammered unsold on the block here, but a postsale deal came through at $60,000. This price is well below current market value, and someone in the ownership history appears to have lost a good deal of money. Very well bought. MOPAR SOLD AT $110,000. First year of the GT500. For 1967, Shelby production was moved to Michigan and built alongside regular production Mustangs. Shelby had little to do with the brand after this. This car was seen last January at Russo and Steele in Scottsdale, where it sold for $77,000 (ACC# 6897175). It’s unclear what kind of shape it was in for the Scottsdale sale and what kind of work the consignor had to do in preparation for this sale, but that was a screaming deal. The consignor made a tidy profit here, but at this price, it was still well bought. #1053-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0F91Q510719. Competition Green/black vinyl & houndstooth. Odo: 73,366 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good respray with some surface scratches on top of front fenders around engine bay. Rechromed bumpers; front have scratches. Stripes applied well. Repro Goodyear bias-ply tires over factory wheels. Nice houndstooth seat covers. Door panels, dash and carpets without flaw. One crack on stock steering wheel. Aftermarket cassette player in dash. Engine bay restored, but now a little dusty. Some 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #1084-1947 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. VIN: C3927478. Light green/ burgundy cloth/burgundy leather, tan cloth. Odo: 15,986 miles. 223-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint is presentable, but horizontal surfaces starting to dull and could use a good buffing. Exterior chrome is all good; front overriders dented from slight impact. Wood expertly restored. Doors open and close easily. Upholstery looks newish and is starting to settle. Dash is very good and the gauges are clear. Fault-free steering wheel with 3-onthe-tree manual transmission. Engine bay shows factory L-head 8-cylinder with original components including oil-bath air cleaner. Engine looks surface corrosion on aluminum valve covers. Period-looking Autolite battery. Equipped with power steering, brakes with front discs, and factory a/c. Comes with Elite Marti Report showing it to be one of one as built. Cond: 2. complete but is a little dirty from use. VIN not identified by chassis, but engine number, which codes out to a New Yorker T&C. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,750. The woodwork on this Town & Country was impressive. The wood really popped against the light green paint. These cars still showed a bit of carryover styling from before the war, as Chrysler tried to get back up to speed in designing automobiles. This example was obviously the recipient of a high-quality restoration that has since been enjoyed. Stated to have been recently serviced, it’s ready to return to the road. If you wanted a very good example of a T&C woodie convertible that you could actually drive, this was it. Sold price was well below current market. Well bought. #1166-1950 PLYMOUTH SPECIAL DELUXE wagon. VIN: 12493678. Tan/brown leather. Odo: 86,200 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint with a few touch-ups on nose. Woodwork of stunning quality. Windows clear all around. Full hubcaps show a few scratches. Bumpers rechromed, overriders dented from slight impact. Grille and side trim a little hazy. Doors open and close easily. Fog lamps added to front bumper; spotlight on driver’s side. Three-row seating all new and unworn. Older rubber floormats are dirty. Chrome on dash a little pitted. Flathead inline 6 appears stock and complete, with some paint chipped on firewall. Vintage travel decals on rear widow. Spare tire is enclosed in the tailgate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,750. With three-row seating, this is a real depot hack. The catalog stated that the wood along the side and tailgate was believed to be original, and has been expertly restored. Values for 1950s Plymouths have been flat for a long time now, but this wagon was of such quality, you have to bend the price guides a bit. You could throw your kids and your grandkids in this wagon and head out for ice cream, and everyone would smile all the way. You have to figure experiences like that into the value of this vehicle. Taking that into account, I’ll call it well bought. #1008-1963 DODGE DART 2-dr sedan. VIN: 7332504391. Cream/tan vinyl. 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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL okay shape, but would improve with a good buffing. Shiny chrome bumpers show some surface scratches. Interior looks all new and unworn, with only a few small cracks on steering wheel. Dash and trim look good. Engine bay restored and clean, with a little staining on brake master cylinder. Electric fan added. Equipped with power steering and brakes, Vintage Air a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,600. I can easily picture the rich banker Milburn Drysdale from “The Beverly Hillbillies” cruising around Beverly Hills in this, and I’m sure I’d feel like Mr. Drysdale if I was behind the wheel. The conservative styling is devoid of any gimmicks that could go out of fashion over time. This car did not sell at the Dan Kruse Classics sale in Waxahachie, TX, last October, with a final hammer price of $21,000 (ACC# 6884779). This is a lot of luxury car for the money and was purchased for a market-correct price today. SOLD AT $5,225. Somebody must have really loved Grandma’s Dodge Dart to lavish such care and money on it. Probably the nicest 1963 slant 6 Dart on the planet. To be fair, what the slant 6 lacks in horsepower, it more than makes up for in durability. For 1963, Dodge toned down the styling of the Dart to even-more-pedestrian levels. Don’t get me wrong, my grandmother had a third-generation Dart squirreled away in her garage when I was a young kid, so I have some sentimental affection for them. The final price goes below credit-card money and into debitcard territory. The buyer basically paid for the Vintage Air, plus installation, and got the car and restoration for free. Well bought. #1060-1965 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: Y253143677. Blue/blue vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 39,139 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint over straight panels. A few touch-ups here and there. Exterior chrome trim shiny, but shows some surface scratches and light pitting. Full wheel covers good. Wide whitewall tires bright and clean. All glass is clear. Original interior shows creasing to front and rear seats, with rest of interior in really good condition. Stock engine bay clean and detailed. Factory a/c converted to R134a. Equipped with power windows, convertible top, steering and brakes. Interior features a clock and factory radio, with hidden AM/FM/CD and amplifier in trunk. Cond: 2. #3137-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER convertible. VIN: RM27H9G150013. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 66,934 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reportedly recent recipient of a rotisserie restoration. Good paint respray with no obvious flaws. Rechromed bumpers are straight and shiny; trim around rear taillights shows light pitting. Reproduction 17-inch Magnum 500-type wheels good. Top down during preview, so I can’t inspect, but photos in the catalog show it to be in newish condition with a clear rear window. Clean, detailed engine bay has modern MSD coil and Mr. Gasket temperature gauge integrated into the radiator cap. Off-brand discount battery detracts. Equipped with power convertible top, steering and brakes. Cond: 2. for $33,550 (ACC# 6881975). I’m not sure what condition the car was in at that sale, but I’m assuming the restoration is older than that. The seller made a good profit here and the buyer paid up for quality. Well sold. #1035-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23H9G267359. Yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 96,987 miles. 383-ci V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint buffed through along corner of left front fender. Some scratches and touch-ups noted, but looks good at 10 feet. Vinyl top fits well, with two small holes on passenger’s side drip rail. Straight rechromed bumpers. Painted wheels with dog-dish hubcaps and Redline tires a good look. All-new interior unworn and features bench seat, Tic-Toc-Tach. Engine bay is clean and detailed with 3x2-bbl induction added. Custom-painted air cleaner shows a cartoon bee wearing boxing gloves glaring at a lumpy punching bag with the Ford logo on it. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,400. The 1969 Plymouth Road Runner was Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. The base motor was the 383-ci 4-bbl with 335 hp, as installed in our subject car. Values for these have been relatively flat lately. Other than the easily rectified issues with the exterior trim, this was a very good example in nice colors. This car previously sold at RM’s Fall Auburn sale last August “ NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Super Bee values have been a little flat lately. The subdued light yellow color may have held this example back. The auction catalog was very low on details such as documentation and matching numbers, but the VIN decodes to a real Super Bee. The final bid price here was well below current market value, and the seller was wise to pass. #3144-1970 DODGE DART Swinger 2-dr hard top. VIN: LM23H0R182531. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61,590 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed original paint could be believable, as there’s numerous scratches and pitting to finish. Newish vinyl top fits well with no I can easily picture the rich banker Milburn Drysdale from “The Beverly Hillbillies” cruising around Beverly Hills in this, and I’m sure I’d feel like Mr. Drysdale if I was behind the wheel. 1965 Imperial Crown convertible July–August 2019 89 ”


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL ONE TO WATCH Trucks With Values on the Move $12,000 $10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 $0 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 1988–98 GM C/K Pickups T he tide has been rising quickly for classic trucks as of late. In the May–June issue of ACC, we discussed how trucks from the ’80s are riding the appreciation wave, and GM’s 1988 to 1998 C/K trucks seem to be following suit. With an average price of $13,500 in 2019, the C/K is appreciating, but it’s still onefifth the price of a new one-ton pickup. Early-’80s trucks are your cheapest way of getting into a classic pickup that’s just as cool as a ’70s C10. The ’90s C/K, on the other hand, is the most affordable way into a newer pickup that can do much of the work of a new truck but isn’t $50k. Indestructible, decently efficient and comfortable, these have everything going for them. Parts and donor vehicles are plentiful and aftermarket support is strong, making them infinitely customizable. From stock daily driver to modified show truck, this might just be the most versatile pickup you can get your hands on. Buy one and use it to haul gravel as pickups were intended, then turn it into a street machine and sell it for a profit. Daily workhorse today, custom cruiser tomorrow.A — Chad Taylor • Highs: Reliable, reasonably efficient, vast parts supply, infinitely customizable • Lows: Homely styling compared to ’70s GM trucks, lacks the 650 ft-lb of a new Duramax • Outlook: The perfect in-between platform for work truck/ daily driver and custom show sled; buy one for use, modify and sell at a profit down the road 90 AmericanCarCollector.com90 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Years built: 1988–98 Number produced: 5,232,850 (Chevrolet only) Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 88 Average price of those cars: $13,437 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 969 Current ACC Median Valuation: $11,235 $9,675 $9,540 $9,800 MEDIAN SOLD PRICE BY YEAR $10,800 $10,475 rips or tears. Wheel trim rings have some dents. Reproduction period Goodyear tires. Windshield and side glass too good to be original; curved rear glass delaminating at corners. Driver’s side seat bottom a little baggy; dash and carpets are new and look unworn. Rear parcel shelf badly sunburned. Steering wheel blemish-free. Stock engine bay very clean, but with numerous chips to engine paint. Stated to have matching numbers. Accompanied by owner’s manual and broadcast sheet. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,400. The initial, rather pedestrian Dart was restyled in 1967 so that larger V8 engines could fit. This allowed the Dart to compete with the Nova SS. The Swinger was introduced in 1970 to appeal to younger enthusiasts. It came with stripes, functional hood scoops, front disc brakes, heavy-duty suspension, 3.23:1 rear axle ratio and the 340-ci engine as standard equipment. Quite a package. This car was last seen at Mecum Louisville in 2017, where it did not sell for $20,000 (ACC# 6850733). Before that it was seen at Mecum Indianapolis 2017, where it sold for $31,900 (ACC# 6838018). The price was too low at Mecum Louisville, about right at Mecum Indianapolis and well bought today. #3100-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23V0B157694. Plum Crazy/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,097 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Plum Crazy paint looks good, with slight run on left front fender being the only noticeable flaw. Vinyl top fits well with no rips or tears. All exterior chrome and bright trim is excellent. Factory steel wheels unmarked. Restored interior appears unworn. Slight fit issue at corner of rear seat bottom. Chrome trim around pistolgrip shifter is scratched. Correctly finished and detailed engine bay. Stated to have numbersmatching engine. Exhaust manifolds show surface rust. Power steering and brakes, with front discs added. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. This excellent example shows as it was originally configured when new, the only deviation being the addition of front disc brakes. The quality of the restoration is impeccable— had all the right colors and options to knock it


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RM AUCTIONS • FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 10 feet. Bright and blemish-free wheels, wide whitewall tires yellowing. Accessory sunshade and headlight eyebrows added. New interior shows no wear. Three-on-the-tree manual transmission. Ubiquitous surf stickers on rear windows. Stock engine bay recently repainted and is clean. Cond: 2. out of the park. However, the final bid fell far short of the current market value. The seller was right to walk away. #3029-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E3RV101797. Red/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 4,683 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Shiny factory paint with some slight polishing swirls. I counted five small stone chips on front bumper. A few small scratches on wheels but no curb rash. No external door handles or locks, vinyl side windows that use a zipper to open and close, and a rudimentary cloth top that’s best left at home, lest it fly off at speeds over 40 mph. Air conditioning was not available on first-gen Vipers, let alone any driving aids such as traction control or anti-lock breaks. Slight creasing to driver’s seat bottom. Two-inch scratch across glovebox door. Engine bay is complete and stain-free, but a little dusty. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,400. Very well restored, but I don’t get the rechroming of trim over pitting. In the age of the Internet, either reproduction trim pieces or replacement trim pieces are readily available. At the sale price here, the consignor undoubtedly received quite a haircut after subtracting the restoration costs. This was the topof-the-line Willys wagon, with the 4x4 and Super Hurricane engine. Well bought. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Considered a compact car in the 1950s, the Rambler line featured an interesting design of straight—not rounded— wheelwells, making the cars look lower than they were. The styling, paint and accessories makes this example very kitschy—in a good way. This car first appeared in the ACC Premium Auction Database in 2014, where it sold at the Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale at $35,200 (ACC# 6717331). It then sold at the same venue in 2018 for $57,200 (ACC# 6868813). Yes, cute sells, but the hammer price here is all the money for these cars. Buyer paid too much last year, and now finds himself still holding the hot potato. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. These first-generation Vipers are the most raw. A buddy of mine had one and we’d thrash it around on the weekends. If you stomped on the gas, the rear wheels would try to pass the front, and the car would change lanes, even when pointing straight. Values have been spiraling down over the years, but there’s a point where they’ll turn around, as these are a ton of car for the money. With the excellent condition and low miles, this example is collector grade. As such, I don’t blame the seller for walking. AMERICANA #3035-1952 NASH RAMBLER wagon. VIN: D112095. Dark green/cream paint/tan vinyl. Odo: 40,170 miles. 173-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent paint over straight panels. Faux-wood paint around windows and door pillars looks legit at #1096-1955 WILLYS JEEP wagon. VIN: 14563. Maroon & tan/maroon & tan leather. Odo: 58 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Just 58 miles since frame-off restoration. Paint is good, but has a lot of polishing scratches for such a recent restoration. Bumpers, exterior trim and outside mirror rechromed over pitting. Fresh leather seats covered in clear plastic wrap for protection against unwashed masses at the auction, presumably. New gauges and steering wheel. Chrome ashtray rechromed over pitting. New rubber mats over painted floors. New headliner looks good. Engine bay looks factory fresh. Alternator added. This is the 4-wheel-drive variant. Cond: 2. #1010-1969 AMC AMX fastback. VIN: A9C397X341011. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 99,375 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Blue paint excellent, with black stripes applied over it. Bumpers straight and freshly rechromed. Magnum 500 wheels blemish-free and shod with modern Radial T/As. Added sidepipes a good look. Interior appears new and unworn, with some scratches on automatic transmission shifter gate. Detailed engine bay appears correct and complete. Painted surfaces in engine bay are shiny. Clean trunk contains original spare with original can of AMC Tire Inflator, can of American Motors rearaxle lubricant, and a can of American Motors wax-coated polishing cloths. Optioned with factory a/c, power steering and brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,400. I’ve never hidden my fondness for AMX cars. In period, they were very competitive on the racetrack but were underperformers in the showroom. Their values continue to lag behind other period muscle cars from the Big Three today. It’s show-ready, but if it were mine, I couldn’t resist taking it out and hearing the sound of the big block roar through those sidepipes. VIN decodes to an AMX with 390-ci engine and automatic transmission, but I can’t tell which 390 is in the car, and there were no claims in the catalog. The sold price looks high for today’s market, but the buyer paid up for condition and good colors. Well sold. A CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe July–August 2019 91 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ Keith Martin’s


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO Branson — Spring 2019 Auction Despite incorrect parts and a non-original engine, a 1963 Split-Window ’Vette sold very well for $99k The Branson Auction Branson, MO April 12–13, 2019 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/ offered: 142/200 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $2,868,580 High American sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327 Split-Window coupe, sold at $99,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Very well sold — 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe, $99,000 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics • Best sell-through rate for the Branson Spring sale since 72% in 2015 • American-built automobiles made up 74% (148) of the consignments, with 51 Chevrolets the most of a single marque • 59% of the cars offered sold for under $30k Interestingly, this Rolls was made in Springfield, MA, by the American RollsRoyce company. It was one of only 17 known to exist and should represent a solid investment for the buyer. Second-highest sale was a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette SplitWindow coupe at $99k. This one had a period correct, but non-original, engine with many incorrect parts and still brought almost $100k. Rounding out the top three was a 1937 Cadillac Series 75 convertible selling for $78k. Average sale amount was $20,201, consistent with past auctions in Branson. All J 92 AmericanCarCollector.com im and Kathy Cox have pretty much dialed in their bidders and docket the past few years. Of the 200 cars consigned in Branson was a good cross-section of American and European cars. Gross proceeds were $2.9m on 142 cars sold resulting in a 71% sell through rate. The top sale was a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom Regent for $231k. but the top-selling car sold for fewer than $100k, and a whopping 121 cars, or 59% of total, sold for under $30k. Several American made cars caught my eye — one of which was a 1969 Pontiac GTO. This car was very nice with an original interior and had been repainted dark green metallic, not the Verdoro Green that it originally wore. I could not verify that the engine was original. Nevertheless, this GTO was hammered down at $39k. Another very nice consignment was a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with a median market value of $125k. The seller wisely walked away from a high bid of $79k. A 1998 Corvette convertible, with only 6,900 miles, sold for $25,300. This was an essentially new car all the way around, and a great catch for a buyer looking to get into the Corvette world. Finally, another Cadillac caught my eye and got a lot of crowd attention. It was a beautiful, mostly original 1976 Eldorado powered by a 500-ci V8 and sold for $15,675. Branson is beautiful in the fall, so plan on being there October 19–20 for the next auction. A QUICK TAKE


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO GM #561-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 5662052809. White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 2,955 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x2-bbl, auto. Fresh paint shows very well, with almost no issues. Fit is good all around except for some right door bounce. Chrome and trim beginning to dull and show several scratches. Top in good condition. Interior looks mostly original and in very good condition for its age. Wheels are factory standard but show well. Engine bay is nice and clean. Underside needs to be detailed to match the top side. Good glass all around. Cond: 3+. Branson. I think the seller should have let it go for that price. #601-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 21847J230396. White/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 60,677 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim showing age with scratches, dulling and pitting. Interior nicely restored. Chrome mags look great against the white paint. Engine bay needs to be professionally detailed. Underside needs a good detail or restoration to match the topside quality. Ventwindow glass bubbling between laminations. Cond: 2-. auto. Body and paint very good all around. Right front fender is not in line with door. Chrome and trim dulling and need restoration. Mag wheels are nice. Front of engine bay needs restoration. Underside needs to be detailed. Glass with minor scratches all around. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $79,000. A beautiful car that should hold its median market value of $125k. The high bid of $79k was not even close to getting the deal done here. Seller was right to shake the dust off their sandals and walk away. #562-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 11111K157513. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 165 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Recent repaint shows very well, with minor polishing swirls. However, the painter missed some inner door areas. Fit is excellent. Chrome and trim are very good, with some minor scratches. Mag wheels really set it off with good tires. Engine bay is excellent. Underside is clean and glass is good all around. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,250. A very nice Impala with a big NOM 454-ci engine. The median value for this model is $28,500. I’ll throw out a guess that the 2-speed automatic on the column held it back. Good buy. #260-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 31847A127289. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 72,956 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint job with just some minor imperfections. Panel fit is good. Chrome and trim, with lots of dents, should have been restored. Interior with some chrome pitting on door handle and window cranks but is generally well done. Wheels, engine bay and glass are all very good. Underside needs to be detailed to match the top-side quality. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,050. Auction states a body-off restoration with “new radiator, carburetor, tires, wheels, glass, rubber, clutch, ceramic-coated headers, and exhaust.” The engine is obviously NOM because the 454 was not available until 1970. This car sold at Mecum Kansas City just four months prior for $22,000 (ACC# 6890269), including buyer’s premium. So the seller likely made a neat little profit here in Branson after four months. Well sold, but I just wonder why it was flipped so quickly. #540-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 coupe. VIN: 124379N597428. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 43,852 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is generally beautiful, but there is paint over rust in roofline gutter areas. Fit is good, except for bouncy doors. Most chrome is nice, except for pitted door handles. Trim dulling with scratches. Interior is very nice. Wheels are good. Engine bay shows off the big-block 396 very well. Underside needs to be restored to match top side. Glass has minor scratches all around. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. This was one of my favorite cars in the auction—a beautiful early ’60s Impala SS bubble top with an LS1 engine. Although a stock hard-top ’61 Impala books for about $42k, this custom SS with LS1 engine and modern 4-speed automatic transmission is worth much more. How much? The market will decide, but it appears that $61k was not enough in 94 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $22,275. A very nicely restored Impala with a NOM big-block 454-ci motor. The car shows well, especially with its silver-on-red color scheme. Well sold at $5k over the ACC Pocket Price Guide median value. #546-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177Z101263. Aqua Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 41,173 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, SOLD AT $40,150. Good-looking Camaro at 20 feet, but the devil in the details reveals itself at five feet. If this is a true SS 396, it should sell for somewhere mid-$60k. No documentation is visible, so I wonder how original the drivetrain is. Great buy if all original. Still a decent buy if not—it is a big-block ’69 Camaro, after all. #565-1969 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242679B115125. Green metallic/black vinyl/


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO green vinyl. Odo: 51,679 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent deep dark green metallic paint. Auction listing states new paint with five layers of clearcoat. Fit is very good. Can see oneself in the chrome and trim. Claimed-original interior is in excellent condition. Just a few tears in the door panel and window molding on both sides. Original wheels with new Redline tires in excellent condition. Engine bay is well done. Underside is clean. Glass is good all around. With PHS docs. Cond: 2-. I am a buyer, as the rest of the truck is in good driver shape. Well bought for condition in this market. #549-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344670E178964. Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 92,718 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Auction description states “new paint, new convertible top,” but paint looks to be an older repaint, with minor polishing scratches. Panel fit is a bit clumsy but acceptable. Chrome is good with only minor pitting, but trim is just fair with numerous scratches. Interior reflects its age and high miles. Unfortunately, the wheels, engine bay and underside are poor and need restoration. Glass is clear all around. Cond: 3+. the high bid here of $39k, it appears that the market has answered the question. #588-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870M132017. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 99,791 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body and paint are very good. Fit is off slightly all around. Minor pitting on door handles. Trim is dull and shows scratches. Interior looks to be original and is good for its age and mileage. Wheels, engine bay and underside are very good. Glass has some minor scratches in rear window. Would like to see more documentation on the restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,050. The only major issue I found on this car is that it appears to be a replacement engine, as I could not find the engine-block stamping. A previous owner also verified that the motor was period-correct but not original. Auction listing stated that the odometer was not working. That being said, this car should sell somewhere in the lower-$40k range with an original engine. The price here seems a bit high. Well sold as such. #275-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CF140S139484. Maroon/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 38,358 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body and paint pretty good, with minor imperfections, but door sills are rough and need restoration. Fit good, however. Chrome and trim just driver quality. Interior has original dash and gauges, with new seats and door panels. Engine bay is good. Underside is poor. Glass good all around. Wheels are standard factory issue with new tires. Options include power steering, power brakes, sliding window and nicely done wood bed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,750. Just a bit above driver quality but has the desirable 455-ci engine. This car should normally sell for somewhere in the mid$50k range, so the buyer got a good deal in Branson. Plenty of room to work on improvement. Well bought. #567-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370A123049. Champagne Gold Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,631 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with a very good paint job. Minor bubbles and rust in some areas. Panel fit very good. Chrome and trim very good—except for door-sill trim that needs to be restored. Interior restored nicely. Wheels need to be detailed to match topside quality. Engine bay shows off the big-block 454 very well. Underside matches topside quality. Glass clear all around. Restoration pictures and other documentation included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. A very nice 442, but it might have a problem. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows that it was sold here in Branson last October for $48,400 (ACC# 6882413). It hammered sold today for just over half that amount, including buyer’s fee. Why would someone want to take a hit like that after 15 miles and six months? #232-1971 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne pickup. VIN: CE141F822655. Black & white/ white vinyl. Odo: 9,901 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Driver-quality body and paint showing some rust in door sills, under dash and on frame. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are just fair with scratches, pits and nicks. Interior looks to be original except for seats, which are in good condition. Left armrest cracked and left window crank broken. Wheels are factory with dog-bowl hubcaps in fair condition. Engine bay can’t be inspected. Underside shows rust. Bed has older wood that needs to be refinished. Crooked antenna. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,650. A well-kept truck with relatively low mileage. Auction listing states that “the engine is very strong and the transmission shifts as it should.” That’s what I need to know if 96 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $39,000. Auction data sheet seems to imply that it is not a “true” 454 LS6. In fact, it asks the question: “Could this be the real thing?” If so, it should sell for somewhere around $86k. It was a no-sale at Mecum Kansas City in December 2018 with a high bid of $40k. Given SOLD AT $14,850. An older restoration that still shows well from 20 feet. My wife described it


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO as “cute outside but rough inside.” These late ’60s/early ’70s Chevy pickups usually do very well on the auction circuit, but this one needs some TLC to be in that category. Seller was lucky to get what they got. Well sold. #621-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 6L67S60200015. Academy Gray Metallic/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 82,518 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint very good over straight, solid body, with no evidence of rust or damage. Fit good all around. Chrome and trim display some minor scratches, pitting and dulling. Seats are plush and gorgeous, with thick red leather. Door seals need to be replaced. Wheels are original with good rubber. Engine bay and underside need to be detailed but are consistent with age and mileage. Glass is good all around. Lots of original documentation and photos. Cond: 2-. MARKET MOMENT 1975 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega Coupe Courtesy of Mecum Auctions SOLD AT $15,675. This is one nice old Cadillac cruiser. I would have bought it myself if I didn’t need to remove at least two cars from my garage to store it. The sale price was about $5k short of its market value. Well bought. CORVETTE #563-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SplitWindow coupe. VIN: 30837S107053. Daytona Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 32,816 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Daytona Blue paint very deep, excellent. Entire front fiberglass appears to be a single piece—these cars were made with two bonded pieces on each side from the factory. Door sills, rocker panels need more attention. Chrome looks like new. Lots of scratches and scuffs on trim. Interior looks like it should when it came from the factory. Engine bay in SOLD at $13,750 Mecum, Phoenix, AZ, March 15, 2019, Lot F91 VIN: 1V77E5U215244 uninspiring 80-ish-hp Vega in 1971 — a low point in Chevy history that lingered until 1975. Then help arrived from across the pond. British company Cosworth added some A much-needed racing bits and horsepower to the little Vega. At its heart was the Cosworthdesigned and -built DOHC, 16-valve, 122-ci engine, featuring fuel injection, stainless-steel headers and high-compression pistons. Horsepower was bumped to 120 over the 78 horses in the base Vega of 1975. The car’s high price kept sales totals low. At the end of its two-year run, only 3,508 were built. Looking at the ACC Premium Auction Database, nice examples have been selling for more than $10k since 2010. Mecum sold an unusual blue ’76 Cosworth for $25,300 at Kissimmee this year. During Indy 2018, Mecum also pulled in $19,800 for an undriven 1975 example. Both had almost no miles at 3,200 and 235, respectively. Additionally, two examples went unsold at auction last year with final bids over $15k. Those sellers had hefty reserves. Sold or unsold, that is quite a price bump over our subject’s $13,750 selling price. With a relatively low mileage of 15,300, this car presented as a clean, mostly original example and looked to be quite a reasonable buy for the new owner. Hopefully, the allure of more power from the “displacement replacement” crowd won’t strike here, as changing up stock parts will kill a low-miles Cosworth July–August 2019 Vega’s value faster than rust. A — Chad Taylor 97 merican-car manufacturers applied the “no replacement for displacement” mantra when designing cars up until the 1970s, when the growing demand for fuel efficiency and government-required emission standards all but ended the life of big-horsepower, big-displacement V8s. Chevrolet adapted by releasing the


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO excellent condition. Incorrect distributor, air cleaner, master cylinder, heater hoses, radiator, intake manifold and exhaust manifolds. Ignition shielding missing. Incorrect radio. Some documentation from earlier restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $99,000. I immediately caught several things that were not correct on this one— the biggest being its 1965 327 engine. Although it has fuel-injection badges, a 4-bbl sits on top of block. Also, it has a right-side mirror, which did not appear on Corvettes until 1977. Nevertheless, it is still a Split-Window, just not anywhere near Top Flight status. Appeared at Mecum Kansas City a year ago, not selling at $75,000 (ACC# 6863916). It obviously paid the seller to bring it to Branson, where it sold at the high end of its value, considering all its incorrect issues. Originally billed as a Z06, the auction house wisely had it evaluated by an NCRS judge. It was determined that “Z06 lineage cannot be verified... [and] that it was probably an original fuel-injected car.” Very well sold. #529-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67J3S411789. Silver/black vinyl/ black leather. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is just fair. Paint over dust/dirt in trunk area. Chrome and trim fair, but driver’s door handle pitted. Interior is very good and is the best part of the car’s overall condition. Wheels and engine bay need to be detailed. Underside poor—must be detailed for show quality. Glass is good all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. Just above daily driver status, this car would make someone a good entry into the player. Lots of documentation such as owner history, service receipts, window sticker and dealer invoice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,200. Another candidate for NCRS or Bloomington judging. Owner states that it is an “original unrestored survivor car with 24,000 actual miles.” They just don’t come much better than this. Buyer paid a premium but got a new old car. Well sold. Corvette world, assuming that it runs out right. Sold right at its median market value, so, hopefully, both buyer and seller went home happy. #528-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z8789S444644. Red/red leather. Odo: 24,209 miles. 350-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Not much could be found wrong with this car, except that the engine bay could have been detailed. Paint is very good, with the usual scratching imperfections. Panel fit is like new. Interior shows very little wear. Wheels are excellent, and sale includes original wheels and tires. Very highly optioned, including a working 8-track tape #522-1998 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G0W5115810. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 6,900 miles. 5.7-L 345hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Body and paint in excellent condition. Fit is like new. Interior looks and feels like new. Wheels are excellent Z06 style, with new Bridgestone performance tires. Sale includes original wheels and tires, too. Engine bay, underside and glass all in excellent condition. Extensive documentation includes original window sticker and factory build sheet. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. This is about as close as you will get to a new 1998 Corvette, and it is truly stunning. If I were the buyer, I would have it judged by NCRS or Bloomington for top honors. Although its hammered price is a bit pricey, the buyer will go home with a great, almost-new Corvette. FOMOCO #611-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe roadster. VIN: 1214741. Dearborn Blue/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 940 miles. Body and paint are excellent, with just minor scratches. Fit is good, but doors squeak. Chrome and trim in very 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO good condition. Interior is excellent with thick, plush leather seats. Wheels are factory painted and provide a nice contrast to the body paint. Engine bay and underside need professional detailing. Glass clear all around. Top is new. Includes dual mounted spare tires and rumble seat. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. A very nice, classy Ford roadster. Classics (but not Full Classics) in this condition are going upwards of $77k on the auction circuit, so the seller was right to take this one back home. #236-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe custom coupe. VIN: DPS34F0RD40294597. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 8,999 miles. Body and paint are good, with some visible overspray. Fit is good, with minor gaps. Chrome and trim show typical scratches and minor pitting. Interior faded, with a couple of tears on seats. Wheels are good with new tires. Engine bay and underside need to be detailed. Glass is fair. According to the auction listing, this was built with a 1997 Ford sedan and engine. Includes a/c, power steering and antenna, custom gauges, front disc brakes, and MSD solid-state ignition. Images in catalog timestamped 2005/01/07. Cond: 3+. rain channels corroded and it has numerous scratches and swirls visible at five feet. Fit is good all around. Chrome is good, but trim is dull and dented. Interior restored to very good condition. Mag wheels really go nice on this black car. Engine bay could be better detailed. Non-original radiator. Underside is very good and matches the topside quality. Glass is scratched and marred. Cond: 3+. investment as the E- or F-coded birds, the Dcode still gets respect, with a median market value of $40,500 in the price guide. This ’Bird sold here at Branson a year ago for $37,400 (ACC# 6835230), so the seller made a slight gain in a year, which likely went away with the commission. Sale price was just about its median market value, which has been dropping the past few years. Good to let it go now and take a slight loss? I report, you decide. #586-1959 MERCURY COLONY PARK wagon. VIN: M9WD509281. Marble White/red vinyl, black cloth. Odo: 82,505 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Body and paint are very good on this big 9-passenger cruiser. Panel fit good all around. Chrome and trim are very good. Interior seats and dash also very good, but carpet needs to be replaced. Door panels need professional restoration. Wheels are clean, with factory hubcaps. Engine is clean but shows some rust and pitting. Underside needs to be restored. Glass is driver quality all around. Equipped with optional third-row seating and power brakes, steering, front seat and rear window. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. Certainly can’t replicate this for the price. But to that point, I’m not sure too many other people would have made these choices. How many of us have ’97 Ford sedans just hanging around? Hay is in the barn, so call it a wash between buyer and seller. #553-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH115486. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 11,099 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is very good, with minor chips. Passenger’s door fit is off. Door sills need restoration; otherwise, minor dulling and scratches are visible on both chrome and trim. Interior very good for its age and appears to be mostly original. Engine bay is generally good. Windshield has minor wiper rash. Wire wheels really make this ’Bird look nice. Underside is clean. Optioned with a/c, power steering, brakes and windows. Comes with both hard and soft tops and spare tire. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,600. A very nice ’57 T-bird. It has the D-code engine with a single 4-bbl carburetor. Although not as good an 100 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $36,000. The car appeared at Bonhams in Tacoma, WA, in 2009, where it sold for $40,950 (ACC# 1666187). It then showed up at Auctions America in Carlisle, PA, spring of 2011 and sold for $32,725 (ACC# 6612318). Although station wagons have long been popular on the auction circuit, this one has not seen a similar level of interest yet. Seller was right to wait and try again down the road. #581-1961 FORD GALAXIE Starliner 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1N53W133721. Black/brown & white vinyl. Odo: 43,850 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows well at 20 feet, but SOLD AT $22,000. A nice-looking Ford that was reportedly recently driven 3,500 miles without any mechanical difficulties. Recent improvements include full tune-up, electronic ignition, high-output alternator, new fan belts and radiator hoses. Price seems to be fair for both buyer and seller. #255-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5F07F179875. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 227 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint still shows well with minor imperfections. Irregular gaps around the passenger’s door—otherwise, fit is good. Chrome and trim in very good condition. Interior also very good, except for some scratches and pitting on dash. Engine bay nicely restored with a non-original engine. Underside neglected in the restoration for some unknown reason. Glass good all around. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,575. A very nice restoration of a classic Mustang, although there were over a half million of these sold. This car did not sell in Branson last October, with a high bid of $12,500 (ACC# 6882201). Seller was smart to bring it back and take the higher offer. Buyer should also be happy, as the median value of one of these is $18,500. #521-1973 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 3F03H135096. Green/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 50,651 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body


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THE BRANSON AUCTION • BRANSON, MO and paint in very nice condition, with very good panel fit. Chrome and trim are only driver quality, with minor pitting. Wheels are very nice. Engine bay, underside and glass are all in decent condition and detailed well. Top needs cleaning, however. Cond: 2-. in great shape for age, with just a few chips and light bubbling. Panel gaps and fit excellent all around. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor scratches. Interior beginning to show its age. Engine bay and wheels in nice condition. Underside needs restoration to match topside quality. Glass very good all around. Cond: 2-. chips and scratches throughout. Right door fit off. Pits and scratches in chrome and trim. Nice cloth seats (if a little faded) and carpet. Dash and heater show some rust. Wheels are original, in good condition and with new tires. Engine bay and underside are clean. Back-seat canvas side curtains included. Cannot find front side curtains. Some documentation. Said to have just three owners, mostly in the southwest. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. A very nice Mustang with relatively low mileage. This one sold right at its median market value. Both buyer and seller should be happy with the hammered price. MOPAR #587-1963 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3431142883. Light green/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 63,413 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Body and paint look to be original SOLD AT $15,675. According to the auction listing, this car was featured in Mopar Muscle magazine in 1998. Although it has probably lost a little of its luster over the past 21 years, it is still a Condition 2 quality car. Great buy. AMERICANA #539-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER utility. VIN: 46385287. Tan/tan vinyl/red cloth. Odo: 19,894 miles. 231-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint with SOLD AT $20,350. Looks to be a mostly original post-war Jeepster in good condition for its age. The question I have is runability. However, such low mileage in a vehicle 70 years old that has had three owners is questionable. Well bought or well sold? I report, you decide. A July–August 2019 101


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI 2019 Spring Classic Car & Sign Auction One of “Kenny’s cars,” a 1966 Chevy Caprice 2-door hard top looks well bought at $15,400 W. Yoder Auction Wautoma, WI May 10, 2019 Auctioneers: Wayne Yoder, Rudy Hershberger Automotive lots sold/ offered: 79/98 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $629,653 High sale: 1933 Ford street rod coupe, sold at $34,500 Buyer’s premium: 10% for onsite buyers; 15% for online, included in sold prices BMC has fond memories of this one — 1966 Chevrolet Caprice 2-door hard top, sold at $15,400 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics • Total sales moved up 9% on an additional 23 cars sold compared with last year’s spring sale • 82% of lots offered were domestic vehicles, making up 89% of the sales total • 63 lots sold to bidders onsite, with 16 selling online over two different auction platforms W hile it seems like all the auction action occurs at the major auction houses, it’s regional and local auctions where the rubber hits the road. Last year, I discovered W. Yoder Auction’s spring sale. I enjoyed their event enough that I had to come back again this year. Not much hype here, although Yoder did bump up their advertising this year to include commercials on local TV stations. Also, they were active on two separate online auction platforms when they went live and started swinging the gavel with automobilia at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. While those 200-plus lots took almost an hour longer than planned, there was an eager crowd of bidders ready to go 102 AmericanCarCollector.com when they got to the first car at around noon. The onsite crowd stayed engaged for the vast majority of the car sales. What could be considered “headline attractions” were offered within the first third of the consignments, so the consignment quality ebb and flow stayed generally consistent throughout this segment of the auction. The top sale this year wasn’t blatantly obvious like last year, when a street-rodded 1949 Chevy pickup sold for $71,500. This year, a kit-built “1933 Ford” was the top sale at $34,500 — within one bid of the second-highest sale, a 1968 Chevelle 2-door hard top at $32,450. While there wasn’t a big-money lot like last year, there were enough consistent sales that the final take was 9% greater in 2019. With the additional TV advertising for the auction, Wayne not only got an interesting mix of consignments this time, but now has a list of collections that he’s working with for consignments for his next auction this fall. A QUICK TAKE


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI CLASSICS #1021-1938 AMERICAN BANTAM 60 2-dr sedan. VIN: 60606. Black & red metallic/gray cloth. High-quality bodywork and paint application. Even if it is modern two-stage paint, the black looks period-correct; the nearly candytinted fenders, not so much. All chrome and stainless brightwork professionally reconditioned. Good door fit. Reupholstered seats and door panels in modern automotive fabric. Odometer missing first two segments and shows all zeros, while speedometer needle is parked at 7 mph. I doubt that it works at all, since it is heavily faded and rusty. Wiring dangling below dashboard. Wiring harness is a bit helter-skelter underhood, too, but at least repainted engine is rather clean. Undercarriage also rather clean. Cond: 2-. gauges) and glovebox lid (which is personalized). Powered by a built-up 350 small-block V8 with three deuces, backed by a TH350 automatic. Stated that “all original parts are included,” but were not onsite. Cond: 2-. And both left a lot to be desired, even if this early one was the better of the two. At least the consignor was darn proud of the Stovebolt under hood, as early 1955s are the only Advance Designs with an open driveshaft—making V8engine swaps a snap. Bidding opened online at $7,500. By and large, that’s where most of the activity was at. Warts aside, not a bad deal for a rare, final version of the beloved Advance Design. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. The Coupe Express was originally offered by Chevy in the late 1920s, but made a one-year resurrection in 1936. Problem is, being a street rod, everyone thinks this is made up from a regular coupe and not a factorybuilt pickup. That, combined with the consignor thinking it’s gold plated, meant that it isn’t changing hands anytime soon. Had he gone a stock restoration route, it would likely get bid into the same territory, but everyone would take it more seriously, creating a greater pool of interested potential new owners. Much deeper than just folks who really like black and burnt orange. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. It’s not too difficult to make the connection between this and the pilot prototype jeep to the BRC-60 (created by Bantam in late 1940). Essentially, put a live front axle and transfer case under this chassis, then an open tub body on top of it, and you have the genesis of the most famous vehicle of WWII. I’d surmise that it was a body man who did the brunt of the restoration work on this, as that discipline was well executed, while the finish work lacks. Claimed to have $60k into it, but this (market-correct) final bid shows that the consignor is on a long learning curve. GM #1019-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER custom Coupe Express. VIN: 21FC0644982. Burnt orange metallic & black/black & copper leather. Odo: 2,986 miles. Builder/second owner/consignor has a copy of original invoice for when this sold new, as a Coupe Express, for $500 from Gale Chevrolet in Oconomowoc, WI. Built into a street rod within past decade. Good prep and base/clear paintwork. Powder-coated doubletube bumpers. Wood strips and aftermarket step plate in lieu of original running-board rubber. Fifteen-inch American Racing Torq Thrust wheels on low-budget radials. LED Bowtie third brake light. Custom upholstered leather interior, carpeted kick panels, gauge cluster (with modern 104 AmericanCarCollector.com #1008-1955 CHEVROLET 3600 pickup. VIN: J55F009460. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 663 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Average repaint, with sloppy masking in places. At least most brightwork was taken off when it was painted, yet most of the same original, pitted, dull trim was put right back on. Exceptions are grille and headlight trim. Original paint in door jambs. Cartoon-character “Stovebolt 6” hand-painted on sides of hood. Almost all body panels pinstriped. Dry-rotted window seals. Door panels not done well, are curling; seat is better. Engine repainted incorrect blue a while back, so motor starting to show soiling from use. Tiny 215/70R16 SUV radials on modern rims on ground, and original split-rims shod with good bias-ply tires in painted-wood-floor bed. Period grille guard with push bumper. Cond: 3. #1015-1966 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 166476F230667. Copper/ Parchment vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 27,900 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Period FrigiKing a/c, installed for car’s original owner on August 1, 1967. Actual miles from new; only major changes since a/c install are a set of 15-inch Rally wheels fitted with radials and a new, nonOEM windshield. Original paint could stand a buff-out, but quite presentable as-is. Excellent door fit, shut lines. Split starting on driver’s seat bottom, but otherwise, interior vinyl is as good as any repop. Repainted valve covers and air cleaner—decals masked off on former and a repro decal on latter. Rest of engine bay clean and generally original. One of few cars here to have zero defects noted on Wisconsin inspection form. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,400. Of the hundreds of cars that I write up each year at auctions, this one was unique for me. Not only did I know a former owner, but I had previously driven it. That former owner—the car’s second—was the late Kenny Buttolph, retired pricing editor of Old Cars Weekly. This was one of the last “Kenny cars” that I drove to shuttle his dozens of cars between the Iola Old Car Show and his nearby home. At the time, it had 16k miles on it, and despite not being a “Chevy guy,” I was impressed by how tight and precise it handled—a true taste of what these cars were really like in 1966. As such, this was easily my favorite here, and, even nullifying my bias towards it, I still feel it was well bought for its originality. I certainly hope that it doesn’t get a big-block stuffed into it. SOLD AT $11,000. Even including major auction houses with their multi-day mega sales, this is one of the few rare times that both an early 1955 Advance Design and a mid-year 1955 Task Force Chevy pickup were at the same auction. #1081-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD custom coupe. VIN: 223378U118340. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 1,383 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally Meridian Turquoise. Okay older trimoff repaint. Patching done in rocker panels and


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI wheelwells, with rust blisters forming under paint behind the rear wheelwells. Panel gaps are all over the place. Doors rattle due to each missing at least one stop bumper. Nothing made by GM on top of block, which is painted to match body. Aftermarket heads, intake, carburetor, aluminum radiator and electronic ignition. Wiring draped over brake master cylinder. Runs terribly. Repro seat covers slipped over originals—both have seam splitting. Aftermarket gauge pod displaces all stock instrumentation. No rear lights work. Cond: 4+. wheels shod with radials. Non-stock generic seat upholstery, but expertly installed. AM radio and full gauge dashboard also added. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The standard V8 in 1970 was the 200-hp 307-ci unit, and the last year a 283 could be had in a pickup was 1967. A rather nicely redone pickup, even if it didn’t quite live up to the “Barrett-Jackson, eat your heart out” comment by the auctioneer as it pulled up to the block. Then again, this is right in the ballpark with a lot of Chevys from this era I saw at B-J; pretty, but not concours correct. Yet unlike B-J, this had a reserve and the bidding didn’t meet it. Maybe we’ll see it at WestWorld next January…. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. No improvement over when this Firebird was declared sold here last year for $12,100 (ACC# 6867909). If anything, it’s now worse. Spent less time on the auction block than it did to get started—by a long shot. Then again, I’ve seen turn-signal flashes with a longer duration than the time this was up for bids. It also took more time for the auctioneer to express his frustration for having to try to schlep this off against a silly, unobtainable reserve. So no wonder it was on, then off quickly—why waste everyone else’s time? #1014a-1970 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE140A158258. Victory Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 85,688 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Reproduction SPID sticker in glovebox, indicating it only had heavy-duty rear springs as an option. Cab-off-frame restoration in recent years. Highquality panel prep and paint application. Wood bed even correctly painted body color—although they did opt for polished stainless skid strips. Slight paint cracking at door-post-to-door-panel joints, due to doors not quite fitting right. Engine decodes as being from a 1958–59 full-sized car 283 with Powerglide. Very clean chassis and suspension—all blasted and cleaned before painting and reassembly. Later-era GM truck Rally #1010a-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1D37H2K598409. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,169 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Copy of original build sheet confirms it’s a real-deal SS, ordered new by Dibble Chevrolet/Buick of Bemidji, MN. Confirms that it was fitted with full tinted glass, ps, front disc pb, F41 suspension, rear-window defogger, and AM/8-track sound system. Repainted in recent years with easy trim removed but roof and glass trim masked off. Light overspray on chassis. Good door fit, but hood gaps vary. Good bumper replate, with mostly repop emblems. Reproduction carpet and front seat, but headrests and back seat are original. Nothing stock above the heads and block, notably an aftermarket alloy high-rise intake manifold and Edelbrock carburetor. Yet it still has stock exhaust manifolds. Overspray on upper radiator hose. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,175. The consignor had a bunch of trophies the car won from local shows. Big deal, you got all your drinking buddies to vote for your car at the monthly car cruise to Hardee’s. Still, most were for second place in the 1970s modified category. Don’t hang out waiting for an invite from Pebble Beach. Maybe that’s why the reserve got met at $24k (then again, maybe not). I’d be more worried about its initial years up in northern Minnesota, and hoping that any rust that was started from being up there then has been abated. My magnet seemed to stick to the usual trouble spots, but rust never sleeps. Just more of a reason why this was all the money in the world for it. July–August 2019 105


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI #1028a-1973 CHEVROLET NOVA SS Nickey replica 2-dr sedan. VIN: 1Y27K3W206505. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 89,708 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reproduction SS, LT-1 and Nickey badges not authentic, as it is a gardenvariety Nova, which at least originally had a 350 in it. Just not this one. Not that one can easily tell, since nothing above the block is stock. From the way it idles and runs, damn little inside of the block is stock, either. Silicone spark-plug wires resting on headers—this won’t turn out well. Pretty decent color-change repaint from original dark red metallic. It also left the Willow Run assembly plant with a black vinyl roof. American Racing 16-inch wheels with economy radials. Reproduction seats and door panels show only slightest wear. Trail of seven 2004 Power Tour badges across the dashboard—from Green Bay, WI, to Dallas, TX. Newer, professional undercoating. Cond: 3+. ditioned and reproduction brightwork, and missing emblems on back-of-cab beltline trim. Good door fit. Nice stock seat upholstery. Light steering-wheel fade. Recent engine fluff-and-buff. Runs out well. Cond: 2-. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,500. If the pretty, well redone 1975 C10 that also sold here as Lot 1011 doesn’t convince you that 1970s Chevy pickups are very strong in today’s market, maybe this Montana working mule will. Even offered towards the end of the automotive lots, there was still plenty of interest—both online and for boots on the ground—to quash any thoughts of picking it up on the cheap when nobody was watching. Run it as-is or it’ll make an easy credit card restoration—I’m tempted to guess the latter will be the next step. SOLD AT $18,975. Sold here last year for $14,300 (ACC# 6868059). Last year I said, “Given a little time and different venue, what seems to some as well sold could actually prove to be a money maker for the new owner.” Thanks to these ’70s square-body GM pickups being the hottest thing in the market now, the owner didn’t even have to go to a different venue. He just cut the reserve loose when bidders quit bidding, and it’s a minimal-effort, three-grand money maker. Best of all, he got to enjoy the truck for a year and almost a thousand miles. We should all do so well on a regular basis. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. This was originally a Nova Custom, and since only the SS package was available on the base Nova trim, this can’t be a real SS no matter how you badge it. If I was surprised by anything on this car, it’s two things: One, that someone would build up a hatchback Nova into a mean street machine (as they’re more flexible and the hatch leaks like a sieve— confirmed by inspection report that states “rear window leaks”). Two, Yenko Deuce repop badges were missing. The “Kiss my SS” decal in the middle of the dashboard pretty much sums up the whole car—and the bidders’ general sentiment, even if one did bid far more than this pile of parts is really worth. #1011-1975 CHEVROLET C10 Silverado Big 10 pickup. VIN: CCY145F332864. Red & white/ red velour. Odo: 64,733 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new by Tierney Chevrolet of Bismarck, ND. Later-production GM AM/FM/cassette deck displaces stock AM radio. Good color-change repaint from Saratoga Silver with red insert. SPID states it’s optioned with components that made up the Big 10 package, along with ps and cargo-bed light. Painted step bumper now a modern chrome piece, and wood cargo box floor is now steel. Also added dual fuel tanks, tilt steering column and power brakes. Mostly recon- 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #1086-1977 CHEVROLET K20 Scottsdale pickup. VIN: CKR247J163098. Russet metallic/ light orange vinyl. Odo: 75,390 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Service Parts ID label lists heavyduty power brakes, variable-ratio power steering, gauge package, sliding rear window, dual fuel tanks, painted rear step bumper, 61-amp alternator and AM radio—in addition to the 400-ci small-block V8 and TH400 automatic—as options. Weathered “Big Sky Country Montana” mud flaps are a good indication of where it came from originally. Lack of structural rust gives a better idea of how long it was there. Heavily weathered, faded and cracked original paint. Doors need an assertive slam to latch properly. Dingy, greasy engine bay, but is generally stock aside from extra wiring added. Newer brake lines. Seats in pretty decent shape under burlap cover. Newer dual exhaust system. Runs out well. #1012-1978 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 1Q87L8L618782. Bright green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 31,499 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, tilt steering column and power windows. However, all of that has been gutted out. Originally painted Bright Yellow, with trim code all but illegible on body tag. Now known as “the Slimer,” due to bright green paint job. Poor masking on pinchweld moldings in door jambs. Lower grille missing. Plastic hood scoop warping. Varying door gaps, not the best fit. Aftermarket taillight covers. Cowl blanked out, so both a/c and heater have been removed. Engine painted same as body, with all aftermarket, chrome-plated ancillaries. Day-Glo green ignition wiring. Now, all of it is unkempt and dusty. Aftermarket ratchet shifter, gauges added between dash and 1990s-era AM/FM/ cassette. Tires dry-rotted. Has drivability issues (to put it mildly). Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,060. The return of the Slimer. I really appreciate the candor of auctioneer Wayne Yoder. Unlike most auction houses and auctioneers who half-step around vehicles that have, ahem, issues, he flat out calls them as he sees them. In this case, the Slimer was pushed into the auction area and he explained: “It seems to have run outta gas. I told the consignor that I’d put it in (the auction) one more time, but only at no reserve.” Last year, consignor turned down $5,500 (ACC# 6868087). Should’ve taken it. This year, it opened online at $4k and it was all on the Web from there, so it had better not boomerang back here again. #1036-1985 CHEVROLET CHEVETTE CS 4-dr hatchback. VIN: 1G1TB68C3FA177713. Steel Blue Metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 50,723 miles.


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI 1.6-L I4, 1-bbl, auto. Average partial repaint (below lower beltline) not all that long ago, to include spraying over rust holes in bottoms of rear wheelwells. Light scratch going from driver’s door to door behind it. Original paint on majority of body pretty decent. Bottoms of doors have typical GM seam rust starting to percolate. Paint flaking around window openings. Modern replacement windshield. Rusty antenna base, okay plastic and painted trim. Overall light interior wear good enough to make one believe odometer is on first time around. Engine washed, and that’s about it for detailing. Runs well, but has a weeping, rusted brake line that needs attention, along with replacing Clinton-era tires. Cond: 3-. coating and stock twin-outlet exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,550. 1987 is unique for Chevy trucks, in that it was the first year for GM pickups with fuel injection (albeit throttle body) and the last year for the square-body generation, which was last restyled in 1981 (although the ¾- and one-tons continued until 1991). One can truly say this was a lifelong Wisconsin truck, as it was assembled down in Janesville. As such, rust was installed at the factory, as part of the Quality Control inspection. While it sold about right, considering that these trucks are still doing well in the market, the hiding rust weevils kept the selling price in check. And, yes, they are still hiding despite all the bodywork done on it. SOLD AT $1,210. Based on the European Opel Kadett, the 1976–87 Chevette certainly wasn’t the worst offering from Chevy in that era. Some may even argue that during the early 1980s— with Citations and emaciated Corvettes—it was one of their better cars. Still, a whole lot of folks were able to commute to work efficiently with these little buggers. I get the impression that this was a granny-mobile, but she also went to church and bingo year ’round. As such, the obvious and hiding rust weevils kept this from doing any better, when it sold to an online bidder. If you want a dare-to-be-different and cheap commuter bomb in 2019, you could do worse for your twelve-hundred bucks. #1020-1987 CHEVROLET K10 Silverado pickup. VIN: 1GCEV14H1HJ118139. Gunmetal metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 26,851 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional ps, pb, a/c, tilt steering, sliding rear window, and dual fuel tanks. Owner’s manual and warranty booklet suite in glovebox, showing that it was sold new in Oconomowoc, WI. Average repaint in original hue. Panel fit nothing to write home about. New OEM windshield and perimeter seal, but missing locking strip. Spray-in bedliner is water tight, as there’s about two inches of water from previous day’s rainfall. Doors don’t shut well, thanks to weak GM hinge pins. Washed-off engine bay, which is all original except for an economy-grade battery. Original seat in excellent condition. Line of rust on bottom of kick panels. Heavy under- 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #1029-1992 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS 25th Anniversary edition coupe. VIN: 1G1FP23E7NL148167. Purple Haze Metallic/black cloth. Odo: 41,382 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Original window sticker shows it’s optioned with Preferred Equipment Group 2, custom cloth seats, alloy wheels with touring radials, and rear-window defroster. Dealer-accessory mudguards at back of all four wheelwells. 41,382 actual miles and essentially unchanged since it was sold new by Pommerening Chevrolet of Oshkosh, WI, with their sticker still on rear valance. Very well-cared-for original paint, with typical light GM orange peel. Alloy wheels have some light corrosion. Good, solid door fit. Clean, bonestock under hood. Surface rust on bottom of car more from sitting than use. Original muffler rotted out at bottom and seams. Off-brand replacement tires. Cond: 3+. had as soft spot for gen-3 and gen-4 Camaros and appreciates a cared-for original with limited use. Only problem here is that it has tended to sit too long. Although, with 41k on the clock, you aren’t losing money putting some miles on it once in awhile. When the reserve was met (not dropped) at $6k, I figured that might shake up the bidders and get it bid up more. However, the auctioneer pretty much had to beg and plead to wring out a bid onsite, yet one more bid came in from the Web, which made him close the deal. And in my opinion (and likely Jim’s also), this was a pretty good deal for this final-year third gen. #1001-1995 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS sedan. VIN: 1G1BL52P2SR171086. Black/gray leather. Odo: 238,470 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. OE alloy wheels have minimal curb rash, but finish is heavily oxidized, with heavier sun fade on the tires also. Decent original paint, but hasn’t seen a buffer in awhile. Also, sports a few battle scars on right wheelwells from getting up close and personal with something painted white. Paint flaking off the edges of deck-lid spoiler. Used-car-lot sticker on the trunk lid. Mild yellowing of headlight lenses—actually not bad considering its peers. Seat, interior wear markedly better than indicated miles would lead one to believe. Worst wear is a small hole in outboard edge of driver’s seat bottom. Washed-off engine bay, but don’t call it detailed—or clean. Still runs out very well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,875. Having firsthand experience with these 1991–96 B-bodies, the 238k on engine and body is just getting it broken in. On the other hand, I can all but guarantee it’s on its second 700R4 automatic. In short, while it was bid short money due to miles, someone wasn’t scared off by them and got cheap and easy horsepower that’ll keep running until the GM electrical gremlins make things overly annoying. CORVETTE SOLD AT $7,150. I figured this would be my “suck up to ACC Editor Pickering” car, since he #1014-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37J5S412074. Blue metallic/silver leather. Odo: 45,868 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional ps, pb, alarm, custom interior, tilt/tele steering column, power windows and AM/FM stereo. Stated that miles are actual


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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI since new. Wears one good repaint in stock hue. Very slight waviness of plastic nose and tail, but no more than usually encountered on these. Better door fit than average, although hood could be better. Bone-stock under hood. Recent repaint of original engine, with overspray on fuel pump and bottom of smog pump (at least it still has a smog pump). Rest could stand to be better cleaned and detailed. Very good original interior. Older, black rattle-can job on bottom of car. Cond: 3+. auction block, there was plenty of interest online for it. That reserve was met with no problem, with another bid on top of that—to someone who also likely thinks they got “a no-brainer deal.” The only issue that I see is that VIN tag, but it had a Wisconsin title all along—not the easiest state in which to title and register street rods. SOLD AT $28,050. Since gaining its accolades over a decade ago, it’s readily apparent that this didn’t stay a garage-queen trophy magnet but has been out touring. Overall, a fairly clean build, but sold about as well as can be expected—regardless of what it was or wasn’t awarded. If it’s your favorite flavor, good for you, but don’t expect to make money trying to flip it. SOLD AT $14,950. While these aluminum wheels were promised and teased beginning in 1973, it wasn’t until 1976 that they actually became available. Still, they set off the silver leather interior well, as this is a somewhat unusual color combo this year—Steel Blue being the rarest color that year, with 1,268 in that hue. While bidding opened at a claimed $5k online, it advanced steadily until they had to work at it past $9,500. Bidding stalled at $11k, but as it was rolling out, Wayne stated that it was going to take $13k to sell it, which the last bidder online agreed to step up and pay. Everyone should be happy here. FOMOCO #1005-1930 FORD MODEL A street rod coupe. VIN: DPSMN051505. Red & silver/ maroon & gray cloth. Odo: 3,474 miles. State of Minnesota-issued VIN. Built approximately 15 years ago, well enough to be awarded Minnesota Street Rod Association 2006 Car of the Year. Seam-filled steel fenders and windshield visor. High-quality prep and base/clear paint application, with excellent color separation. Less than knock-your-socks-off chrome; the bumpers and light bar look more like a generic repop Model A bits. Fifteen-inch alloy wheels on all four corners. Dummy MotoMeter, since there’s a small-block Chevy 350 underhood. With the usual billet goodies, tube headers and aftermarket induction. A-arm front suspension, Ford 9-inch rear axle with Positraction in the pumpkin. Latemodel, high-back seats, in custom two-tone upholstery that matches door panels, headliner. Custom chambered exhaust system shows some grime and dings from life on the road. Cond: 2-. 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #1010-1940 FORD DELUXE street rod 2-dr sedan. VIN: 185301109. Red & black/red & gray velour. Odo: 8,725 miles. Built approximately a decade ago by a body man at a Ford dealer and his father. As such, panel prep and two-stage paint application is superb. Colorbreak lines are exceptionally well done and clean. Excellent door, panel fit. Period-style windshield visor and fog lamps. Hood-mounted tachometer from a 1968–70 Pontiac GTO the only odd-looking quirk. Engine block dates to 1947. Plenty of period and retro speed parts: Offenhauser heads, dual Stromberg 97 carburetors, tube headers, electronic ignition, 12-volt electrical system with a chrome one-wire alternator, and larger radiator with an electric fan and billet overflow tank. Pop-riveted s/n tag on frame looks homemade. Good upholstery on seats, door panels and headliner. All electronic gauges. Cond: 2-. #1002-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0Y71Y920001. Red/black leather. Odo: 81,640 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power windows and leather seats. Converted to dual-master-cylinder power brakes. Originally left Wixom assembly plant in Oxford White, now wearing an old low-budget repaint that’s heavily faded. Heavy paint flaking in door jambs, along with heavier overspray on lower door glass. All edges of vent-window glass delaminating. Okay door gaps, but doors rattle like children’s toys. All chrome due for replacement. Missing driver’s side wiper arm. Dingy engine bay, to include chrome valve covers. Older front seat covers no longer hiding blown-out driver’s seat bottom—padding and coils sticking out. Heavy carpet wear and weathering. Wisconsin disclosure form indicates that the wipers, horn, turn signals and power windows all don’t work. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,180. All the features that come on these second-generation T-birds—coupled with being Ford’s first unibody car—make these a beast to restore properly. And miserable, too, if done on the cheap like this one was decades back. It may be hard to make the call for this being a project or a parts car that moves under its own power. Plenty paid any way you look at it. SOLD AT $27,500. Hands down, the bestcrafted vehicle at this auction. Had the consignor (who bought it two years ago for $18k as “a no-brainer deal”) not driven it as much, the engine and undercarriage would’ve presented better, but that’s nothing a good detailing can’t cure. He was saying before the auction started that he’s had difficulty finding a buyer locally for it at his $24k reserve, but by the time it hit the #1023-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 6F07T371915. Light blue/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 28,348 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Stated that the indicated miles are actual, and the car is original apart from a recent repaint. If so, then body filler in door jambs and rocker panels was installed on the River Rouge assembly line. 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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI 53 years old. Aside from an electronic retro-look radio with speakers in rear parcel shelf and repop floor mats, interior is all original. Steering wheel has turned beige with age. 140-mph speedometer, which usually isn’t fitted to 6-banger cars. Tidy, generally stock engine bay. Newer, stock exhaust system. Cond: 3+. being built. While the town is right along the Missouri River (now with a dam downstream; it’s Lake Oahe and fantastic for walleye fishing, might I add), the region is the arid high plains. Combined with lack of using road salt in winter, old vehicles just don’t dissolve like they do farther east. This would be a great springboard for a restoration, or just run it as-is as Mother Nature’s perfect rat rod. Just lose the chromed stacks. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. Well, so much for original. With that 140-mph speedo, I can’t even trust the mileage. Nobody else here—or even online—was drinking the Kool-Aid either, as the bidding didn’t even do as as well as if it was a ratty, high-school kid’s winter beater. #1024-1966 FORD F-100 Stepside pickup. VIN: F10YP830535. Safety Yellow & black/gray cloth. Odo: 31,286 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Retains original owner’s manual with warranty information, confirming dealer tag on cowl is from where it was sold new—B&R Motors of Mobridge, SD. Only non-factory paint is front fenders were sprayed black sometime between when it was built and when it was put into service, although original owner wasn’t a governmental agency or business. Black now heavily faded, along with rest of the paint. Has lots of dents, dings from hard use. Rust-out in bottoms of front fenders, but cab corners are solid. Great door fit. Some genius in recent years added a set of chrome exhaust stacks. Don’t trust the wood in the cargo box to carry much of anything. Tattered seat. Hood latch very tricky to get open, but once breeched, shows a bone-stock yet very dirty engine. Cond: 4. #1080-1966 FORD MUSTANG custom coupe. VIN: 6F07A202034. Red/red & black vinyl. Odo: 820 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Still has a title typo, showing VIN as 6F07A20234. Good body prep and glass-out, trim-off paint. Non-OEM replacement windshield. Decent panel gaps, but doors don’t latch well. Reconditioned bright trim and all replacement emblems—including incorrect HiPo insert for the 289 V8 badges. GT badging, exhaust cut-outs in rear valance, fog-lamp front grille. Modifications under hood start with a dual 4-barrel induction system, with front one disconnected from throttle linkage. Other tweaks include wrinkle-finish alloy valve covers and electronic ignition, with performance distributor and coil. Door panels and seats done in a non-original color combination. Custom dash and console appliqué. Wisconsin inspection form notes need for a front-end alignment. Cond: 3+. out. Old repaint presentable, if you like flat paint jobs along with red-and-blue pinstriping over green. Scrape on right front fender and passenger’s door. Resprayed roof, in matte black (at least it has the same sheen as paint), with sloppy masking. Eighteen-inch Shelby wheels with nearbald tires. Good original interior, especially seats, although door panels getting a bit shabby. Gaping hole where radio used to be, with wires dangling out and aftermarket speakers on top of dashboard. Obnoxious exhaust note. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,715. There are some things you really shouldn’t do—even if you can—and this is one of them. Sort of makes me want to get a ’69 Camaro and put a 5.0-L Coyote V8 into it. One can say that it sold for what the engine is worth, which sums this up in spades. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Unchanged from when it was here last year, then a no-sale at $20k (ACC# 6868074), except for enough miles racked up to go from here to its home and back. Once again, a title transfer should’ve taken place. It’ll probably be back next time, bid for less and not sold again. SOLD AT $2,420. Mobridge, SD, was so named because it was where the bridge was built for the Milwaukee Road Railroad to cross the Missouri River. Supplies were to be shipped to the construction site in the late 1890s labeled “MO BRIDGE,” and the name stuck for the town that sprang up on the east side of the span as it was #1007-1973 FORD MUSTANG Grande fastback. VIN: 3F04H245647. Ivy Green Metallic/ black vinyl/green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 67,878 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Originally had a 2-bbl 351, now has Chevy LS from a van. Looks to be a straightforward conversion, aside from some saber-saw butchery to inner hood supports for intake-plenum clearance. Structural rust on radiator support brackets, with more structural rust throughout bottom of car. Factory a/c car, but most underhood components hacked #1028-1974 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 4Y87A132797. Blue metallic/ white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 13,227 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory optional moonroof. Stated that it is “low miles,” leading one to assume that the indicated may be actual. Dull, original paint has surface rust everywhere there is a nick or chip. I doubt that it’s ever been waxed. Roof vinyl stiff and shrinking in rear corners of C-pillars. Serviceable original chrome, with minimal pitting. Interior generally looks the part of a low-mile original, outside of heavier soiling of driver’s side carpet and paint chipping from keys below ignition switch. More corroded than dingy under that massive hood. El cheapo battery sitting loose in tray—the multi-piece retainer bracket long gone. Scaly surface rust on whole undercarriage. Wisconsin inspection form notes that power windows don’t work, and that the car should not be driven due to excessive play in steering wheel. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,738. 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W. YODER AUCTION • WAUTOMA, WI tween steering shaft and steering box. When the rubber deteriorates (when, not if, in my experience with these cars) you won’t lose steering, but it becomes exceptionally sloppy. It’s roughly a quarter of a turn of play; just enough to get you to where you can park it and replace it. I’m also banking on this being 113k miles, but put on quickly in its existence then parked. Sold very well to an online bidder, who likely fixated on “low miles” and probably didn’t notice the Wisconsin inspection form in the photos. If they did, it didn’t soak in, or they are sitting on a pile of NOS grommets. #1016-1978 FORD F-150 Ranger pickup. VIN: F14HCAG8777. Red/black cloth. Odo: 58,792 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Built circa 2004, per Polaroid photo album on seat. Used a 1980–86-era Stepside box. Bare-cab repaint quite good. New glass and seals. Varnished wood used for bed, but has been outside too much and is weathering. Replated bumpers, reproduction emblems and some aftermarket stainless-steel pieces used (such as tailgate latches). Dank, musty smell inside from sitting for longer than over the winter. Stock-style seat upholstery job, with cloth inserts added to stock door panels and headliner. Modern CD sound system cut into stock radio location. Drop-in crate engine, stock until you get to open-element air cleaner. Front suspension from a similar-generation Bronco. 1990s F-150 chrome wheels on radials. Cond: 3+. absorber setup put onto the pickup’s frame. It’s just that they were lacking when it came to seating the rest of the details with the build. Letting it sit for some time also did it no favors. Still, considering that this generation of F-series pickups has been doing well in the market— especially these 1978–79s with the “little Louisville” grilles—the final bidder onsite here did well enough for a truck that can be used before he gets home, or won’t take a whole lot to better detail, then flip. MOPAR #1004-1950 DODGE B-1B panel truck. VIN: T17254397. Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 62,386 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Heavily faded old repaint, which may actually buff out to some extent. No front fender rust, but rear quarters blown out at bottom along with blisters on bottoms of doors. All four of them. Each needs an assertive slam to latch properly, too. Various light dimples, dings throughout bodywork. Dodge badge on right side of hood broken in three-fifths. Plating flaking off edges of bumpers, but pretty good on hood ornament. Locally fabricated stub running boards, made from diamond-plate steel. Heavy end fraying of vinyl door panels, yet good seats that match doorpanel vinyl. Dingy, unkempt engine bay, with emphasis on function over form. Very dingy undercarriage. Runs out well for a low-power flathead. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,060. Panel vans from 1945 through 1954 are fairly rare, as few were originally made. Steel allocations at end of World War II, then during the Korean conflict, meant that it was far easier for manufacturers to fabricate pickups with smaller steel panels than these panel trucks. Bidders on site didn’t generally seem all that interested in it when it rolled up to the auction block, but bidding started online at $2,900 and it was all online from there on. Hammered sold to someone on Proxibid, who did get a pretty good deal—all things considered—in this strong vintage-truck market. AMERICANA #1043-1950 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT custom sedan. VIN: 2362527026. Green & yellow/ brown cloth. Odo: 79,293 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Despite the catalog listing, this is not a Super Eight. Done up in a Green Bay Packers motif, to include emblems on C-pillar, stickers in rear-door glass, and bobbleheads of famed Packer players and personnel in the back window package shelf. Cormorant hood ornament fitted with a miniature Packers helmet. Okay paint job overall. Painted bumpers, headlight trim, and taillight housings. Vestiges of original plating left on heavily pitted grille components. Stiff, dry-rotted window rubber, with masking lines on it. Vent glass delaminating along edges. Seats, door panels were re-covered a while back and are presentable. Fitted with seat belts front and rear. Blah, grubby engine bay. Newer rear shock absorbers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,225. Whoever built this knew what they wanted for suspension, since it had the 1978 and ’79 Bronco-only dual front shock NOT SOLD AT $6,000. That dull rumbling from out of the east was Henry B. Joy, Col. Jesse Vincent, and Alvan Macauley, all doing about 10,000 rpm in their graves. Deep down inside, there’s a Packard that was in pretty decent shape. This is the third over-the-top Packers fan car that I’ve seen, the others being for sale in the car corral up the road from here, at the Iola Car Show and Swap Meet. Stated as it rolled away from the auction podium that “it’s gonna take a lot more money.” Let’s face it, if you can’t get more than what was bid right here in the heart of Packerland, you won’t do any better anywhere else on the planet. A 112 AmericanCarCollector.com


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RM SOTHEBY’S • ESSEN, DEU RM Sotheby’s — Germany 2019 Highlights from RM Sotheby’s in Essen, DEU #152-1935 AUBURN 851 SC cabriolet. VIN: 33326F. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,281 miles. Repainted just over six years ago to a very high standard. Additional gold pinstriping added within the red body character lines. Excellent plating on bumpers and headlight buckets; professionally polished stainless and alloy trim. Moldings at bottom of running boards have some scuffing. Door handles droop at rest. All-reproduction body rubber and glass seals. Whitewalls starting to yellow slightly. Authentically reupholstered interior, down to correct pleats on seats. Glue losing hold on upper door panels, so they have areas of bagginess. Restored gauge faces. Quite tidy engine bay, needing only some minor touchup before hitting the concours field. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 2. CLASSICS 2 Big-block Mustangs still have a strong global appeal — 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, sold at $123,059 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics A merican iron has a way of finding its way around the world. Whether it’s due to military bases, ex-pats or just love of American styling, these cars end up everywhere. RM Sotheby’s first sale in Germany brought several to market. ACC’s own B. Mitchell Carlson headed that way to bring us these highlights. SOLD AT $132,352. This real-deal supercharged cabriolet was owned by several highprofile collectors—such as the Blackhawk Collection—before being purchased by the French consignor in 2014 for his “black and red” collection. While it’s a real-deal convertible with a blower, I put less faith in it to be a real-deal red-and-black car when new. Across the block here, that consignor put no faith in the €120k ($135k) final bid—especially since the low estimate was €140k ($158k). However, by the end of this first day of the auction, a post-block deal was done, and for less than the no-sale bid. Hmmmm. At the end of the day, it was a reasonable sale for all parties involved. RM Sotheby’s Essen, DEU April 11–12, 2019 Auctioneers: Maarten ten Holder, Mark Grohl Automotive lots sold/offered: 185/212 Sales rate: 87% 114 AmericanCarCollector.com Sales total: $21,029,725 High American sale: 1935 Auburn 851 SC cabriolet, sold at $132,352 Buyer’s premium: 15% on first $225,280; 12.5% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.89) #153-1935 CORD 810 convertible VIN: FB781. Black/black cloth soft top/red leather. Odo: 542 miles. Expertly restored between 2007 and 2010, well enough to win Best in Class in the 2010 Madrid (Spain) concours. Wears a more modern mirror on driver’s door. Rest of chrome replated—not quite to show quality, but better than average. Door handles droop when at rest, due to weak springs. Excellent panel prep, paint application. Headlight doors work as designed. Expertly reupholstered seats and door panels. Replacement carpets showing light soiling around pedals. Accelerator pedal lying next to the linkage, with base broken away from floor- TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S • ESSEN, DEU board. Gauges restored using a modern (rather than period-correct) font. Clean and correct under the coffin-nose hood. Clean, but starting to show some light flash rust on bare metal on undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $87,437. I have a military history book about civilian cars captured by the Nazis during WWII, and there’s a page with a photo of Luftwaffe officers enjoying their newly re-requisitioned Cord 812 with this same phaeton body in Lille, FRA, in late 1940. Another ACD product from the Black & Red Collection, this lot was one of the best buys of the weekend. Granted, this is assuming that the Bendix pre-selector transmission doesn’t have issues, but I’ve watched examples of open 810s with known gearbox issues sell for a lot more. If having the gas pedal lying on the floor is all that it takes to keep others from bidding on it, then it was an easy, good buy for the new owner. GM #156-1929 CADILLAC 341B convertible. VIN: 336009. Tan & brown/brown cloth/black leather. Odo: 53,726 miles. Equipped with rumble seat, golf-bag compartment, Bugler radiator cap, mesh grille guard, wood-spoke wheels and dual rear-mounted spare tires, with canvas covers. Modern turn signals installed between upper and lower bumper bars at brackets, along with reflectors stuck to upper rear bumper. Massive stop light located inside spare wheel rims out back. Mechanicals restored last year, with body and paint redone a while back, yet is still presentable. Slight weathering of top. Seats have light wear and wrinkling on bottom cushions. Period aftermarket shift knob. Previously restored engine bay now has some light corrosion forming on manifolds and unpainted fasteners. Newer, unpainted replacement leaf springs on all four corners. Yellowing whitewall tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,320. 1929 was notable for Cadillac: It was the last year until 1941 that they only offered a V8 engine, and it’s the year they introduced the world’s first synchronized transmission. That transmission was worked on as part of the recent mechanical refurbishment. Overall, this is a car for touring over showing, so the consignor did spend his euros wisely. The new owner isn’t much of a fool either, as this was a reasonable sale—especially if they have the same touring-versus-showing mindset as the consignor. #334-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 556285676. White/black vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 49,111 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Body-on restoration done in 2014, finished in original colors per body tag. Pleasing repaint and major chrome replating. Generally good door and panel fit, although hood-to-cowl gap is slightly wide. Light scuffing to some bodyside moldings. Likely original chrome on the Sabre wheels, but with newer center caps and radial wide whitewall tires, which have some curb rash. Undercarriage nothing to brag about, apart from a new gas tank. Generally stock and clean underhood, but far from being detailed. All new interior soft trim; most all of it is reproduction kit items, showing no appreciable wear. Plastic blanking disc bolted to top middle of new dashpad. Modern seat belts with red webbing fitted for front seat only. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $78,848. One of 3,950 produced for 1955; this was the final year of just an Eldorado convertible, as 1956 was the first year that the Eldorado became a two-car sub-series. The convertible was renamed the Biarritz, while a new 2-door hard top (actually a Series 62 body shell) was called the Seville. I’d call this a pretty driver at best, and based on the final bid, so did everyone else here. #301-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 58E024804. Dakota Red/ white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 21,544 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Parade boot. July–August 2019 115


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RM SOTHEBY’S • ESSEN, DEU Sold new in Texas and restored there in 1996. Clean and mostly stock underhood. R134a fittings on the OE a/c system. Paint and all replated chrome still present very well, as does refinished gold-tone trim. Chrome-plated Sabre wheels with new emblems and shod with repro Silverton bias-ply wide whitewall tires. 1958 Cadillac Owners Association decal in modern replacement windshield. Expertly fitted reproduction seats, door panels and carpeting. Door-lock plungers missing, with only bare studs protruding through door panels. Modern repro colorcoordinated seat belts, front and rear. Chassis shows some shortcuts, such as a heavy-duty, cable-bundle tie wrap used to hold fuel filler neck in place (must have been restored by a telephone man). Lots of road spray and seal weeping on undercarriage. Cond: 3+. and correct engine paint, but with red paint on several bolt heads, including head-stud nuts. Gel-cell 6-volt battery. Red paint also on all lug nuts. Body paint nearly glossy, helped in part by being waxed. Vinyl invasion star and ID numbers on hood. Incorrect amber turn-signal lights in grille instead of blackout lights. Siren added to top of right front fender. Wear and weathering on canvas seat pads likely from being used in reenactments. Newer repro top. Outdoor carpet in footwells to protect paint. Cond: 3. pers replated, most emblems were replaced. Original stainless moldings had some refurbishment, but still show some scuffing. Modern replacement windshield, but VIN tag on lower passenger’s side now missing. (OOPS!) Underhood showing some moderate road grime, light seal weeping. Fitted with a modern gel-cell battery. Tidy reproduction interior soft trim, showing no appreciable wear. Bottom of body sports red primer, with repainted driveline and suspension components. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $112,640. One of only 815 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles built for 1958; I was somewhat impressed with the exterior of the car, but the more I looked in detail (especially at the chassis), the less I liked it. Might be why the Belgian consignor put it on the block in the first place. It was bid strongly enough to let it go without regrets—unless it’s below what the consignor paid for it, but that was then and this is now. Consignor evidently decided against this bid. FOMOCO #155-1942 FORD GPW utility. VIN: GPW46819. Olive drab/Olive Drab canvas/Olive Drab canvas. Odo: 5,323 miles. Stated “restored” in 2010, but is more of a motor-pool redo than authentic restoration. Reproduction brass data plate has an impossible-to-be-correct acceptance date of February 28, 1942; s/n 46819 would’ve been built in May of 1942 at the earliest. Clean “ SOLD AT $22,669. I’m restoring GPW 19602, which means that I’m now an anal retentive “rivet counter” when it comes to Ford’s WWII “jeep.” Mine was accepted by the Ordnance Dept. on April 22, 1942, to give some context of how serial numbers fit in when GPWs were built. At least 46819 correctly has its Ford embossed script on the back panel. Still, it’s far better to know too much trivial stuff about a jeep, rather than getting your wallet sucked into one only knowing that “it should be green, right?” That may be closer to the case here, although it sold near the higher prices these trade for over in Europe. In the States, this would’ve been retailplus, since it’s not as nice or correct as some would make it out to be. #148-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R21590504135. Dark green metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 64,064 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report (not displayed with the car) states sold new by Stark Hickey Ford of Royal Oak, MO, in configuration presented here. Restoration work done 2009–10, to include a rather nice base/clear repaint. Bum- 6 It’s far better to know too much trivial stuff about a jeep, rather than getting your wallet sucked into one only knowing that “it should be green, right?” 1942 Ford GPW utility 116 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $123,059. This seemed to be a favorite of the guys pulling security here (most of whom are resident aliens in Germany). I also found it most interesting that that fewer folks in the crowd left after the top-selling Mercedes 540K Cabriolet A sold than after this Shelby hammered sold. I guess big-block Mustangs still have a strong global appeal (and wandering around upstairs at Techno Classica, that gets confirmed). When it did sell, it was after an opening bid of €80k ($90k), then it was all phone bids until it hammered sold. And it sold as a reasonably good buy, to someone who should have no problem gathering a crowd of admirers anywhere on earth. ” #262-1929 CHRYSLER SERIES 75 roadster. VIN: CY7L. Cream & black/ black leatherette/black leather. Odo: 32,863 miles. Work done from 2011 to ’15, to re-create the Mille Miglia 1929 5-liter class-winning car. Since completion, has competed in several vintage race events. Quality body prep and paint application. Replated trim comes off as period correct—not over-the-top show chrome, but not done on the cheap. Tech-inspection sticker for 2018 Grand Prix Nuvolari on passenger’s door. Engine modified with custom intake manifold, three Winfield carburetors and a newly fabricated aluminum cylinder head. Not concours correct, but it’s neat, clean, orderly and very well thought out. Light-to-moderate seat bottom wear on reupholstered leather. Period Jaeger tachometer clamped to steering column. Modern oilpressure gauge attached below passenger’s side of dashboard. Cond: 3+. MOPAR 4 TOP 10 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S • ESSEN, DEU SOLD AT $129,536. While the first Chrysler was introduced in 1924, Walter P. still was willing to showcase his cars in any manner he could to get publicity—European motorsports was just one of the venues. While campaigned by privateers, slightly modified Chryslers did reasonably well in events such as the Mille Miglia and even Le Mans. This example does a reasonable job of paying tribute to one of those cars, and is set up to have the chops to drive in vintage events. It may seem a bit spendy (and is, compared to a garden-variety ’29 Chrysler), but for someone who appreciates Mopar performance eight years before Mopar was even created, you’d spend a lot more than this to get a turn-key ’29 Chrysler to this state. AMERICANA #324-1916 AMERICAN LAFRANCE 14-LITRE Type G6 custom roadster. VIN: 3652. Gray & blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,700 miles. Cobbled together from a fire-truck chassis and powertrain in the early 1980s. Not aging all that gracefully. Repaint over custom speedster body has very bad blistering on the back end—I believe that it says “please strip and repaint me” in Braille. Bare aluminum fenders. Plastic rear license-plate frame is for “Prague Classic Car Centre.” Blue-painted chassis and wire wheels show some heavier chipping and wear. Brass tag on cowl isn’t a factory piece, but looks like it came from a trophy shop. Engine shows rather a lot of corrosion: on brass fittings, on spark plugs, and on custom-made exhaust header. Seat may have been reupholstered in recent years, as it shows minimal wear. Brass fittings inside and out getting rather tarnished, but brass steering column was polished recently. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $101,376. Known history is that it was imported into the U.K. from Nyack, NY, by Cameron Millar in 1980, after which it was made up as this fakey-doo speedster. Not exactly honoring American LaFrance’s heritage by cobbling it up into some kind of wannabe racer. Last seen at Bonhams’ Beaulieu auction in 2008, then fetching $96,213 (ACC# 1641647). Silly money then and utterly stupid not to take this bid today. ALFs were known far more for their ability to run constantly for hours on end, rather than highend speed. #154-1937 PACKARD 120 Series 1501 Town Car. VIN: 113035. Eng. # 113035. Packard Blue/black leatherette/blue & tan leather, tan cloth. Odo: 55,819 miles. Body tag shows delivery by Packard Motor Co. of New York (City) on August 31, 1937. Fitted with later driving lights and light bar, plus mini driving lights as turn signals mounted to bumper brackets. Light bar also has three Old-timer event badges dating from 1986 to 2001. Ten-footer paint job may have been a three-footer when freshly applied a while back, but now shows some chipping and uneven gloss. Chrome congruent in finish with the paint. Padding for rear roof covering uneven, from compressing with age. Good cloth cover over driver’s compartment. Rather odd two-tone upholstery job on front seat, while rear passenger’s compartment is correct cloth fittings. Dashboard woodgrain shows some cracking. Rube Goldberg engine bay, with wrong green paint color being the least of one’s worries. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $64,768. Despite the Rollston custom coachwork—believed to be one of only two done, which actually should allow it to be accredited by CCCA as a Full Classic upon application—this is still mass-production junior bones. And the bones are getting rickety. This generous bid should’ve sent it down the road. Based on the badges on it, that’s the one thing that it seems to do adequately enough. Although, since none of the vehicles here were even allowed to be started for inspection, it’s still a giant leap of faith. A 118 AmericanCarCollector.com


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THE PARTS HUNTER Pat Smith Expensive Wheels Almost $900 for a new rim-blow steering wheel isn’t that bad when you consider NOS can run $3k #233138718563 1969 Mach 1, Boss 302 new deluxe rim-blow steering wheel. 8 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors, Altoona, PA, 2/27/2019. “New, exact reproduction deluxe black three-spoke rim-blow steering wheel. Used in 1969 Mach 1, Boss 302, Boss 429, Ford Torino, Fairlane, etc. This wheel assembly includes the Mustang emblem (not shown).” Sold at $879.69. Restorable cores average $110 apiece, and they’ll need a complete redo of electrical rim-blow padding, switch, plastic steering-wheel repair, and paint. A NOS rim-blow steering wheel by itself sells for $3,000; horn pad extra. Usable unrestored wheels average $360, a little less for a 1970 model. Original wheels are different at the back hub. Yes, it’s expensive, but you’ll meet or shoot past the price if it’s your first wheel resto. Price paid was fair. #254173810310 ’60s–’70s Vintage Thrush “Outsider” sidepipe exhaust covers Chevy, Ford, Mopar. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Granada Hills, CA. 3/30/2019. “Nice used vintage set of ’60s, ’70s Thrush “Outsider” aluminum side exhaust covers. Overall length of 69 inches, central finned section is 49 inches, which can be cut down to shorter length for your application. No cracks, no repairs, the front cast pieces have minor scratches.” Sold at $650. For that Day-Two look, a set of sidepipes adds a great mean aura. This was a fad for the early ’70s and briefly you could get them brand new on Detroit iron such as the Corvette. The EPA’s new noise pollution standards killed off the factory versions by 1973. Finding a decent set of sidepipe covers to use isn’t that hard. Patience will bag you a pair. Price paid was about market. Brackets and inner flex pipes are extra, so it wasn’t a steal. #153386031691 Vintage 1965–66 Chevy Z16 Chevelle L79 mag-style hubcaps. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Chicago, IL, 2/26/2019. “One matching set of 1965–66 Chevy Z16 14-inch mag-style wheel covers. Dings, nicks, scratches. No pitting on the chrome Bowtie.” Sold at $132.45. You seldom see muscle cars restored with these hubcaps. Most restos get factory mags or aftermarket jobs, and the dog-dish hubcap has gained popularity now as well. Mag wheel hubcaps were a mid-’60s phenomenon. They looked nice but were heavy and prone to fly off, wreaking havoc on wildlife and property. Price paid was fair for a restorable set without bad pitting. Lots of other Chevys used these besides the Z16 Chevelle, so it was a decent buy for someone. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #333040049451 1969–70 Dodge/ Plymouth bucket-seats headrests. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Mount Prospect, IL, 2/3/2019. “1969–70 Dodge-Plymouth bucket-seat headrests. Mopar Super Bee Black B-body bucket-seat head rests from a 1969 Charger.” Sold at $150. Sale price worked out to be $75 a head, literally. I used to sell these for $100 each in un-split, good condition. Before reproductions were out, it was a sellers’ market. Nice units are being made, keeping used prices sane. A new pair is about $360, so this sale is still a deal for someone wanting a driver pair or willing to do the work to replace the chrome vinyl beads and spruce up the vinyl. I’d call it a fair deal. A


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Phil Skinner Dedicated to keeping vintage cars on the road with nearly 60 years of business, Turner’s Auto Wrecking is a landmark in Fresno, CA California Metal If you’re looking for rust-free body parts, Turner’s likely has them O Detailing What: Turner’s Auto Wrecking WHERE: 4248 S. Willow Ave., Fresno, CA 93725 WHEN: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. WEBSITE: www.turnersautowrecking.com FACEBOOK: Turner’s Auto Wrecking 122 AmericanCarCollector.com pening in early 1960 on a plot of land that had been in Jerry Turner’s family since the late 1890s, Turner’s Auto Wrecking today has customers from around the world. After checking in with the office, customers are able to roam the yard in search of elusive parts. However, before removing any items, make sure a price is established first. Prices here are fair, CONTACT: Phone 559-2370918 and rust-free sheet metal is common here. Most of the cars in stock date from the 1950s to the 1980s, with a few older and newer examples in the mix. A A wide assortment of domestic makes are found at Turner’s, such as this 1967 AMC Ambassador sedan Jerry Turner established his yard in 1960, and is assisted in day-to-day operations by his grandson Kyle


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This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top has been resting in one of Turner’s outbuildings for many years, supposedly not for sale I found a number of Corvairs scattered throughout Turner’s, some in better condition than this 1965 Monza coupe This forest of steering columns is a sight to behold July–August 2019 123


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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 1954 Buick Skylark Project car on rolling chassis. All major parts included. $22,500. Ph: 315.382.3742.(NY) 1957 Chevrolet 210 2-dr hard top Original factory specifications and fully loaded with factory options. $24,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: info@westcoastclassics.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics. com. (CA) 1957 Chevrolet Cameo pickup S/N 136370F100042. Cranberry Red/black. 88,111 miles. V8, automatic. Only known existing Pilot prototype Chevelle coupe as of 12/31/2018. Engineering test car at Milford, MI. Prototype parts not utilized in restoration included in sale. Delivered to Ver Hoven Chevrolet in Detroit, MI, after testing. Fully documented ownership history spanning nearly 40 years. View entire history of #42 online. Highly desirable SS 396 configuration. $255,000. Pilot Car Registry. Contact Logan, Ph: 620.200.6607, email: pilotcarregistry@gmail.com. Website: pilotcarregistry. com/396-ss-assembly-prototype.html. (KS) S/N VB57L184344. Harbor Blue Metallic/Larkspur Blue with a medium blue cloth & vinyl. 68,550 miles. V8, automatic. A very fine, mostly-all-original example 210 hard top in its beautifully repainted two-tone Harbor Blue Metallic (color code 809) paint over Larkspur Blue with a medium blue cloth & vinyl (trim code 656) interior, with a 283 V8 engine matched to a Powerglide automatic transmission. Full wheel covers with 14-inch whitewall tires, three-spoke steering wheel with full horn ring, electric clock, stainlesssteel trim on windshield, no posts with side windows and rear windows, stainless-steel front fender trim, full carpeting, AM radio and heater. $34,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheW- estCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1961 Cadillac DeVille sedan S/N 61L038824. Olympic White/black & white. 12,440 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. An absolutely exceptional example of this original Southern California car in its original factory color paint with correct, original blackand-white Coronel Cloth & leather interior. 124 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 8K1140250. Regal Black/red. 90,600 miles. V8, automatic. An extremely rare and desirable Electra 225 convertible with 401/325-hp Nailhead 4-bbl V8. Original California black plates and 401/445 Wildcat engine. 90k original miles, in great dailydriving condition and boasting stunning all-new paint in original striking Regal Black (factory code A) color, a matching new black power soft top and beautiful original red vinyl (factory trim code 667) interior. All-new tires and original owner’s manuals from the selling dealer of Lauesen Buick of Westwood, CA. $34,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@ aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 3A57L101030. Red & white/red & white. 500 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. Beautiful restoration to original specifications. Striking red-and-white color combination. 400-ci engine with dual exhaust. 3-speed manual transmission. Star attraction wherever it goes. Autorama show winner. One of only 2,244 made. $49,900. Contact Randall, Ph: 214.504.8703, email: imsweeper@hotmail. com. (TX) 1964 Buick Electra 225 convertible 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top 1966 Buick Skylark convertible interior. I would rate it as a 1- car. Complete service history is available for this car since day one. Purchased from DeVoe Cadillac in Naples, FL. Richard Solomon, Artists Representative. Contact Richard, Ph: 917.841.1333, email: richardsolomonnyc@ gmail.com. (NY) CORVETTE Saddle Mist/Light Fawn. 126,000 miles. V8, automatic. Excellent condition, original interior, drivetrain and arrow-straight sheetmetal. One repaint 20 years ago, still shows like new. PS, pb and power top. Looks and drives beautifully! $35,000. Contact Martin, Ph: 401.742.1360, email: Martscar4@aol. com. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 prototype coupe S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. V8, 4-spd manual. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion and 1972 Daytona FIA; 1973 Sebring 12-Hour; 1993 SVRA Medalion; 1993 Bloomington Gold; 2002 Monterey Historics; 2013 and 2019 Sebring Legends Honoree; 2014 Amelia “Spirit of Road Racing” award. Complete documentation. $285,000. Contact Philip, Ph: 352.378.4761, email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net. (FL) 1978 Chevrolet Corvette coupe 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner wheelwells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att.net. (WI) 2011 Cadillac CTS-V coupe 2,901 miles. V8, automatic. AN ORIGINAL UNMOLESTED SURVIVOR WITH 2,901 DOCUMENTED MILES. This example spent the majority of its life in uninterrupted hibernation. Sold new 1/17/1978 in Union Town, OH, with three subsequent owners. Car comes with original window sticker, (unbelievably) the original tires, past ownership history, delivery documents, presented as an unbelievable true survivor. NCRS judging sheets: two Chapter Events, two Regional Events, and two National Events. All Top Flight scores between 97% to 98.2%. Judging sheets including the coveted NCRS (PV) Performance Verification Judging Certification. Automatic, 350 V8, ps, tilt-tele steering wheel, AM-FM radio, pb, shoulderharness seat belts, aluminum wheels, Classic White (10L), and red leather buckets (722). Documented absolute mileage. Truly one of a kind! $28,500. Contact Don, Ph: 520.349.0940, email: dmack@donmackey. com. 1982 Corvette Collector Series coupe S/N 1G6DV1EP1B0119289. Red Obsession/ Obsidian Black. 28,900 miles. V8, automatic. Powered by a 556-hp, 6.2-liter V8, paired to a 6-speed autobox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Two-owner car with low miles on the odometer. All Vs came with the Corvette 6.2-liter engine that pulled a 4.1 second 0–60 time. I purchased an extended GM Protection Plan Major Guard Coverage Warranty, which expires on 7/13/2019. A1 condition, close-to-flawless exterior and V8, automatic. Nice original 71k-mile garaged car. Documentation, manuals, etc., new brakes, matching numbers. I also have ’78 Anniversary, w/ 42k original miles. Either car: $15,500. Pics available. $15,500. Contact Dave, Ph: 330.544.0242, email: dandtbay@zoominternet.net. (OH)


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1995 Chevrolet Corvette coupe HPOF award winner. Good driver, always garaged, originally a West Coast car, all records since 1994. Photos available. $32,000. Contact Albert, Ph: 814.466.6115, email: bav1140@comcast.net. (PA) 1965 Plymouth Barracuda Formula S fastback Torch Red/red. 9,900 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Torch Red with red leather interior, low miles, LT1 automatic transmission. All original. Please leave a message. $17,500. Contact Andre, Ph: 440.865.5688, email: thecorvetteguy27@gmail.com. (OH) FOMOCO 1951 Ford Custom Deluxe convertible S/N V855127742. Blue metallic/blue. 82,600 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional example. Well kept, garaged and cherished by only two Southern California owners since new. A completely rust-free Formula S Barracuda with the highly desirable 273/235-hp Commando 4-bbl V8 engine matched to its original 3-speed TorqueFlite transmission. Power steering, power front disc brakes and factory tachometer. $22,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics. com. (CA)A S/N B1LB130385. Pale Yellow/brown. 1,405 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example of this completely rust-free and recently fully restored Custom DeLuxe 6-passenger convertible with its 239ci flathead V8 engine matched to a 3-speed column-shift transmission with factory overdrive and a power hydraulic soft top. The restoration was reportedly completed some 1,405 miles ago, when the odometer was set to zero. The car received an excellent paint job, professionally completed in Pale Yellow, and boasts a completely restored interior and new canvas top. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics, LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R coupe CAR COLLECTOR S/N 1FALP42C25F213426. White/black. 11,000 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Rare. The real thing, number 113 of 250. All paperwork included. It has an extra set of correct wheels with correct “sticker” tires. A great opportunity to buy a proper Cobra R for a fair price. $26,000 OBO. Contact Edward, Ph: 770.722.1079, email: docjewell@gmail. com. (GA) MOPAR 1955 Chrysler C300 2-dr hard top ADVERTISERS INDEX S/N 3N551076. White/tan. 106,000 miles. V8, 2-spd automatic. 331-ci Hemi, two 4-bbl carbs, ps, pb, power windows, power seat, tan leather interior. Everything works, but radio needs a vibrator (supplied). Superb unmolested condition, 99% original, AACA American Collectors Insurance ..............................2 Barrett-Jackson...................................................73 Blue Bars ..........................................................123 Bring A Trailer ....................................................93 Camaro Central ..................................................75 CarCapsule USA ..................................................39 CarTech, Inc ........................................................30 Chevs of the 40’s ...............................................105 Classic Auto Mall ...............................................131 Corvette America .............................................. 4-5 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ...............................25 Evapo-Rust..........................................................35 Factory Five Racing.............................................29 Greensboro Auto Auction..................................107 Grundy Insurance ...............................................19 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ..........................69 JC Taylor ...........................................................103 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ........................112 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................117 JJ Rods ................................................................83 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. .......................................99 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...............................17 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ..................................119 McCollister’s Auto Transport .............................132 Michael Irvine Studios ........................................95 Motorsport Auction Group LLC ...........................77 National Corvette Museum ...............................125 National Corvette Restorers Society ..................121 National Parts Depot ..........................................37 New England Auto Auction ...............................113 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. ...................101 Original Parts Group ..........................................21 P.J.’s Auto World ................................................71 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions .......................15 Passport Transport .............................................67 Performance Racing Oils ..................................115 Petersen Collector Car Auction ...........................98 POR-15 ...............................................................23 Restoration Supply Company ...........................123 RM Auctions ..........................................................3 Ronald McDonald House ..................................118 Russo and Steele LLC .........................................11 Saratoga Auto Auction .......................................13 Spring Grove Auction Company..........................27 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc..............................45 Streetside Classics .................................................9 Summit Racing Equipment ...............................109 Volunteer Vette Products ....................................31 West Coast Classics, LLC ....................................119 Zip Products, Inc. ................................................47 zMAX ...................................................................49 July–August 2019 125 AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 Keith Martin’s


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertising/Marketing Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Motorwerks Marketing. 480-2281881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and timesensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@ MotorwerksMarketing.com www. MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Auction Companies Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, 126 AmericanCarCollector.com 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 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) Gooding & Company. 310-8991960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 594-4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longestrunning event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: www.owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org New England Auto Auction. 207- 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 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) 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) 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 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 Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) 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 informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ)


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service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics. com info@WestCoastClassics. com (CA) Classic Car Transport W. Yoder Auction. 920-787-5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semi-annual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction. com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. 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 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) 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) 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. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. 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 Collection Management McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. 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. Copley Motorcars. 781-444-4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) RCC Motors. 800-520-7087. Located in Irvine, CA, we specialize in classic, exotics, customs and motorsports. We have a staff of experts with long careers in the automotive field and offer sales, service, consignment and storage. Please contact us today. www.rccmotors.com (CA) 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 Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925 736-3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com West Coast Classics. 424376-5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled 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. RideCache. 512-751-8450. A professional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Corvette Parts & Restoration 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 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) Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows 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) Leasing-Finance Museums 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! Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla 128 AmericanCarCollector.com Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With 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 LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 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)


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Parts—General 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound.com. (CA) Original Parts Group Inc. 800243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (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 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) 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) 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: Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208-755-3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) 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 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) 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) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724-4524329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cuttingedge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves, getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN www.hahnautorestoration.com ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 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 Pollock Auto Restoration. 610323-7108. Experienced with BrassEra, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@pollockauto. com www.pollockauto.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519-3524575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. 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Automobilia on eBay and Beyond SURFING AROUND Carl Bomstead CARL’S THOUGHT: Babe Ruth was known as the “Sultan of Swat” due to his prowess at the plate, but his 1916 rookie card presented him as a left-handed pitcher. This card, along with about 100 others, was found in a piano that was purchased for all of $25 at an estate sale. They were discovered under a pedal on the piano that had been sticking for years. Goodwin and Company sold the card for $108,378 at their April 26 sale, which was quite a return on a $25 investment. Here are a few that are not going to offer that kind of return, but are of interest nonetheless. EBAY #323777804924— 1923 HAWAII LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT $3,402.99. Date sold: 4/21/2019. The territory of Hawaii first issued pairs of plates in 1922. The county was identified by the number sequence. This plate was most likely issued to government officials, as it was a lower series. It had been repainted some years back, but this plate is so rare that it had only minor impact on value. There is a cult following for Hawaiian plates, so logic goes out the window when a rare one comes along. RM SOTHEBY’S GUYTON SALE LOT 176—“FORDOMATIC DRIVE” ILLUMINATED DEALERSHIP SIGN. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000. SOLD AT $5,400. Date sold: 5/5/2019. This light-up Fordomatic sign was in exceptional original condition. It was 37 inches in length and was in good working order. Sold for more than was expected, which was surprising as the Ford guys don’t spend a bunch on trinkets for go-withs for their cars. RM SOTHEBY’S GUYTON SALE LOT 204—NEW YORK-TO-PARIS THOMAS FLYER MODEL BY BRUCE WHEELER. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000. SOLD AT $7,200. Date sold: 5/5/2019. The Thomas Flyer won the New York-to-Paris race in 1908. It was one of only three cars to complete the race. The actual car is now displayed at the National Automotive Museum in Reno, NV. This 21-inch model, done to exacting detail, was the first of 12 produced. Pricey, but a cool model. AUTOMOBILIA AUCTIONS LOT 141—TACOMA SPEEDWAY FELT PENNANT. Estimate: $400–$1,200. SOLD AT $1,722. Date sold: 5/4/2019. The Tacoma Speedway operated from 1912 until 1922 and was one of the better-known board tracks 130 AmericanCarCollector.com of the era. This pennant was seven colors and the pieces were sewn onto the pennant. One of a couple dozen colorful pennants from the Tacoma Speedway that were offered at the auction. RM SOTHEBY’S GUYTON SALE LOT 336—TUCKER DEALERSHIP FABRIC BANNER. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. SOLD AT $33,600. Date sold: 5/5/2019. This remarkable original banner measured 52 by 39 inches and was in very acceptable condition considering its age. This banner is reproduced — the easiest way to tell the difference is with the thickness of the fringe. The reproduction fringe is rather thin. This one sold for an enormous premium, but at least two bidders had to have it, so logic goes out the door. RM SOTHEBY’S GUYTON SALE LOT 210—CLOISONNÉ AUTOMOTIVE BADGES AND EMBLEMS. Estimate: $2,000–$3,000. SOLD AT $10,200. Date sold: 5/5/2019. This was a display of about 45 badges, so it averages out to be a bit over $200 apiece. Some are rather rare, such as the American, Pathfinder and the Schacht, while others are rather common. Seems a bit pricey, but it is an instant collection, so it saves a bunch of shoe leather. RM SOTHEBY’S GUYTON SALE LOT 284—“NIGHT RIDER” PAINTING BY PETER HELCK. SOLD AT $48,000. Date sold: 5/5/2019. This is one of famed automotive artist Peter Helck’s most well-known works. The gas headlamps cast an eerie glow as the car crests the hill. He claims he did not use any illuminating material in creating the piece. Price paid was not unexpected for such a well-known painting. A