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2 AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR Corvette Market $53k LOW-BALL HIGHBOY KEN GROSS TAKES IT APART INSIDE: Colin Comer on the return of the American market March-April 2012 1969 Plymouth Road Runner $451k 1969 Corvette L88 Worth more restored or original? www.AmericanCarCollector.com $31k Bare-bones muscle $184m — Complete coverage of the Arizona auctions ™ Keith Martin's includes


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CAR COLLECTOR Vol. 1 • Issue 2 • March-April 2012 AMERICAN The Scoop: Profiles Corvette Market MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTHROAD RUNNER 2-DR HARD TOP $31k / Barrett-Jackson The appeal today is the same as it was in 1969 — big motor in a light car — Tom Glatch Page 62 CORVETTE 1969 L88 COUPE $451k / Gooding & Co. 1963 327/340 HP $55k / Gooding & Co. Two well-bought originals on opposite ends of the food chain — Michael Pierce Page 54 GM 1970 BUICKGSX $88k / Barrett-Jackson The GSX held its own against muscle legends — Tom Glatch Page 56 FoMoCo 1964 ½ FORD MUSTANG $38k / Bonhams The engine code tells us this is not a numbers-matching car — Sam Stockham Page 58 RICAN The Scoop: Profiles Corvette Market MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTHROAD RUNNER 2-DR HARD TOP $31k / Barrett-Jackson The appeal today is the same as it was in 1969 — big motor in a light car — Tom Glatch Page 62 CORVETTE 1969 L88 COUPE $451k / Gooding & Co. 1963 327/340 HP $55k / Gooding & Co. Two well-bought originals on opposite ends of the food chain — Michael Pierce Page 54 GM 1970 BUICKGSX $88k / Barrett-Jackson The GSX held its own against muscle legends — Tom Glatch Page 56 FoMoCo 1964 ½ FORD MUSTANG $38k / Bonhams The engine code tells us this is not a numbers-matching car — Sam Stockham Page 58 Keith Martin's includes ��������������������������������������������������������������� Keith Martin's includes


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& CUSTOM 1932 FORD HIGHBOY ROADSTER $53k / Barrett-Jackson HOT ROD With at least $125k in the car, somebody got a deal — Ken Gross Page 64 CLASSIC 1934DESOTOAIRFLOW COUPE $52k / RM When a car “Fashioned by Function” is not fashionable, it's a tough sell — Carl Bomstead Page 66 RACE 1965 FORD MUSTANG CAMMER DRAG CAR $121k / Barrett-Jackson Vintage drag cars are on fire, as enthusiasts search for the most unusual and bitchin' machines — Dale Novak Page 68 TRUCK 1954 CHEVROLET CUSTOM PICKUP $28k / Barrett-Jackson “Patinated” trucks are bringing nearly what a restored original might, without the cost of a complete restoration — Jay Harden Page 70 1954 Chevrolet custom pickup, p. 70 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Inside COLUMNS 10 Torque Scottsdale 2012 is in the books – Jim Pickering 46 Cheap Thrills Five best buys of the Arizona week – B. Mitchell Carlson 48 Corvette Market Rooting out the fakes – John L. Stein 50 Horsepower The muscle car market is back – Colin Comer 60 The Cumberford Angle 1964 ½ Mustang convertible – Robert Cumberford 130 Surfing Around Gotta-have automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead SERVICE DEPARTMENT 12 What's Happening Upcoming events 16 Crossing the Block Auctions this month – Tony Piff 22 Contributors 24 Good Reads Camaro: Five Generations of Performance – Mark Wigginton 24 Parts Time Hose Candy Boa Clamps and other fun toys – Chad Tyson 26 Cool Stuff Make your car smell like bacon – Tony Piff 30 Desktop Classics 1967 Cadillac Eldorado, 1968 Pontiac GTO, 2005 Corvette C6R – Marshall Buck 128 What's My Car Worth? ® 1951 Buick Super estate wagon, 1956 Lincoln Premiere convertible, 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ 428 – Keith Martin FUN RIDES 28 Snapshots Classic a/c and a city of American muscle 32 Under the Hood What makes a classic car club tick? 34 Report fromArizona Cars that had ACC staffers excited 38 Insider's View What readers bought in Scottsdale 42 Car Spotting Cool vehicles seen in Scottsdale – Tony Piff 44 Rust Never Sleeps Three great junkyards – Chad Tyson 52 Q&A How do you value a “Frankenmusclecar”? 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Photo by Jim Pickering AUCTIONS 74 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale $90m total up $22m from last year 84 Russo and Steele 1968 L88 brings $687.5k 94 Mecum Kansas City 411 cars sell for $12m in the Midwest winter 102 Global Roundup How American cars sold around the world 122 Bike Buys Las Vegas Two-wheeled sales total $10.3m in Sin City 124 eBay Instant collectibles: not! – Chad Tyson


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Torque collector car auctions, more than 270,000 attendees, and nearly 40 hours of live coverage on SPEED Channel. But even though Barrett-Jackson is the B company that started it all back in 1971, it isn't the only game in Scottsdale, AZ. This year, Russo and Steele, RM Auctions, Gooding & Company, Silver Auctions, Bonhams, and MotoeXotica all hosted sales in the greater Phoenix area during a two-week period, with more than 2,000 cars for buyers to choose from. Arizona in January has become a gearhead's dream destination — 70-degree days in the middle of winter, and seemingly unlimited classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and trucks for sale all over town. More than $184m worth of cars and trucks traded hands in the desert this year. That's the highest combined total we've ever seen out of the Arizona auction week — premarket crash boom days of 2006 and 2007. The previous high-water mark was in 2007, with $167m sold. And that was back when your house was still worth what you paid for it. Not every car brought big money in Arizona this year. But generally, prices on high-quality lots were up from where they were last January. However, Scottsdale is about more than just values for car guys. It's a visceral experience as well. I was lucky enough to be front and center at BarrettJackson on Friday night as the Mustang Cammer (profiled on p. 68) surged its way onto the auction block, its stack-injected SOHC lurching against the driver's will and prompting the auctioneer to try to clear the stage in the name of safety. As a drag racer, I was instantly hooked by its combination of rarity, performance, and flat-out cool. Not everyone in the tent was an interested bidder on that car, but everyone was tuned in to it. And thanks to so many cars in the area throughout auction week, moments like that were the rule rather than the exception. Are trucks the next big thing? Scottsdale is a huge spectacle, but it all boils down to what people are willing to pay for American collector cars — and trucks. For me, the most interesting value trend 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering Starting off 2012 with a bang arrett-Jackson and its annual Scottsdale auction in mid-January is almost too big to believe — it's part car show, part state fair and part nightclub, with a week of How hot are trucks? This '46 Chev made $63,800 at Barrett-Jackson has been the boost in truck prices. I say “has been” because it's something I've been watching for some time now. Excellent restorations of nicely-optioned trucks started inching up in value several years ago, and those prices got stronger in Arizona this year. The trend makes sense — everyone has some sort of connection to an old American pickup, and they're still generally cheaper to buy and maintain than their car counterparts. They're honest workers — no cup holders or seat warmers here — but you can still cruise one to a car show and fit right in. My personal favorites are 1967–72 GM pickups, as they were built just as trucks were becoming plush but before they lost their rugged edge. These trucks featured niceties that made them easy to use as daily transportation while still being wholly utilitarian. I have a project '72 Chevrolet K10 Cheyenne Super that fits the bill perfectly — quick-ratio power steering, disc brakes, a/c, automatic. It's my favorite driver — nononsense, basic creature comforts, ready to haul anything, and like most of them, it smells like a cross between a leather work glove and two-stroke fuel mix. I paid $3,000 for it two years ago and have put about $2,000 in it since. But under these market conditions, once I finish painting it and install reproduction trim, I'll probably be able to get $12k–$15k out of it. Not a bad margin if you're doing the work yourself. For some trucks, paint and trim weren't even a consideration at this year's auctions — the patina and rust movement isn't a new one, but the increased value associated with it is. Several rust-bucket customs brought substantial money, including a 1954 Chevrolet that brought $28,600 at BarrettJackson — it's profiled on p. 70. This issue of American Car Collector contains the most comprehensive Scottsdale coverage available anywhere. We have auction reports from all of the auction houses in the area, as well as reports from other events that took place in November, December, and early January, all starting on p. 72. And don't miss our look at all the cars we found outside of the auction tents. A


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WHAT'SHAPPENING A room full of Corvette-loving ACC subscribers Fifth Annual ACC Corvette Market Seminar The market for collectible Corvettes, especially C1 and C2 cars, is hitting high gear after slowing down the past two years. That was the message during American Car Collector's Fifth Annual Corvette Insider's Seminar on Jan. 19 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale Auction. ACC's expert panel included: Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks Michael Pierce, NCRS Senior judge and ACC writer Roy Sinor, NCRS national judging chairman David Burroughs, Bloomington Gold chairman Terry Michaelis, ProTeam Corvette owner Kevin Mackay, Corvette restorer and owner of Corvette Repair Jim Jordan, owner of County Corvette ACC Publisher Keith Martin was the moderator. “The C1 market is much stronger than it was in 2009 and 2010,” Jordan told the standing-room-only crowd of more than 200 Corvette fans. “We recently sold a 1961 Fuelie for more than $120,000 — the Corvette market is coming back.” Quality cars, especially 1958-62 Corvettes, are surging, Mackay said. Although the market is rising, savvy buyers can still buy collect- ible Corvettes for less than the cost of the full restoration, Michaelis said. “This is a wonderful opportunity, and it's not going to last forever,” Michaelis said. “The popularity of Corvettes knows no 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Terry Michaelis (from left), Kevin Mackay, Jim Jordan and ACC Publisher Keith Martin boundaries, and they're being bought all over the world.” If you don't have the cash to buy a C1 or C2 Corvette, a good C4 car is a bargain right now — and will probably increase in value, Yager said. “You can't buy a less-expensive, more-powerful car than a C4,” Yager said. “The C4 market is where the C2 market was when Mid America started in the mid-1970s.”


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WHAT'SHAPPENING Bloomington Gold, a celebration of all things Corvette, will move to Champaign, IL, in 2013 Bloomington Gold on the move in 2013 Bloomington Gold, one of the longest-running national Corvette events, will move from Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL, to Champaign, IL, in 2013. Bloomington Gold CEO David Burroughs said Pheasant Run has been a great host for the thousands of Corvettes and Corvette owners, but many people wanted a spot that offers a quick escape to great county roads for drives — as well as big-town hotels and great places for Bloomington Gold judging and social events. Champaign has quick escape routes to country roads — especially for the Bloomington Gold Road Tour — and the University of Illinois grounds have everything needed for judging and other events, Burroughs said during ACC's Corvette Market Insider's Seminar at the Barrett-Jackson auction on Jan. 19. 2013 will mark Bloomington Gold's 40th anniver- sary. For more information, visit www.bloomingtongold.com. 30th Annual All American Get-Together More than 3,000 American rods, muscle cars, cus- toms, classics, street machines and trucks will growl, screech and rumble at Goodguys' All American Get-Together March 24-25 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. The West Coast Custom of the Year contest, which will feature cars from 1936 through 1964, will choose a top car during the event. This is a huge event, with thousands of gearheads admiring cars, judging cars, buying and selling cars and showing cars. General admission is $17, kids ages 7-12 are admitted for $6. This show is a must-see for custom car and truck lovers. www.good-guys.com. Deuce Week at the Petersen Deuce Week rumbles into and around the Los-Angeles- based Petersen Automotive Mu through March 3, and more than 3 will take over the parking garage your Deuce for the show costs $3 with a regular museum admissio seniors and $3 for children. www Spring Carlisle starts The East Coast collector car a son starts every year at Spring C Car Swap Meet and Corral at t Carlisle, PA. This year's event — wh from April 25-29 — will bring m 8,100 vendors — along with thou cars and countless people to 150 a of gearhead heaven. More than 2 cars will be on sale in the Car Co you're looking for a hard-to-find p car, chances are you'll find it at S Carlisle. Adult admission is $10, e on Sunday, April 29, when it dro A five-day pass is $30. www.car isle.com. American Car Collecto to be creating the programs for a Carlisle events this year. A CorreCTIon: We stated an incorrect manufacturing origin and price for Red Hawk car dollies in the January-February 2012 issue of American Car Collector. The dollies are made in Pennsylvania, and a set of four starts at at $398. ACC regrets the error. 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Petersen honors the Deuce


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions Specialty Auto Auctions Where: Loveland, CO When: March 3 More: www.saaasinc.com Last year: 47/116 cars sold / $474k Specialty hosts two sales in March. At this auction at the Larimer County Fairground, 150 vehicles are expected. Early consignments include a 1968 Ford Ranchero, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Silver Anniversary Edition, a 1974 Chevrolet Caprice and a 2004 Chevrolet Corvette with $6,000 in factory options and 5,109 original miles. BLOCK by Tony Piff 1934 Hupmobile Model J rumble seat coupe at Shannons 1948 Chrysler Windsor Highlander convertible at Dan Kruse Dan Kruse Classics—The Dick Burdick Collection Where: Smithville, TX When: March 3 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Important highlights from the Dick Burdick Collection include 1947 Ford Sportsman at Gooding's Amelia Island auction a museum display 1905 Cadillac Model F Touring; a 1910 Empire Model 20 Sportabout referred to as “The Little Aristocrat,” recently restored and road-ready; a restored 1929 Cadillac Model 341B Sport Phaeton with coachwork by Fisher, recognized as a CCCA Full Classic and said to “run like a top;” a restored 1948 Chrysler Windsor Highlander convertible; a 1969 Chevrolet Corvair 500 Monza, driven just 14.7 miles and preserved in climate-controlled storage; a 1911 Packard Model 30 Imperial limousine that stands more than seven feet tall; and a 1938 DeSoto S-5 Custom Touring Sedan, said to be the lone surviving example. Shannons—Melbourne Autumn Classic Where: Melbourne, AUS When: March 5 More: www.shannons.com.au Last year: 31/42 cars sold / $550k Around the other side of the globe, summer is just now chang- Gooding & Company—The Amelia Island Auction Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 70/80 cars sold / $17.9m 2012 marks the third year for this sale from Gooding & Company, held alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, The wine-and-cheese crowd will turn out in force to bid on a handselected assortment of world-class collectibles. Among the bluechip American consignments are a 1948 Tucker Torpedo (Gooding estimate: $950k–$1m) and a 1947 Ford Sportsman ($225k–$275k). ing to fall. This annual sale features about 40 cars of all kinds, including plenty of worthwhile Australian muscle. The featured early consignment is a rare 1934 Hupmobile Model J rumble seat coupe “project.” 16 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Auctions—Automobiles of Amelia Island Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 99/103 cars sold / $24.3m As the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, RM's sophisticated, classy event has been drawing a global crowd for over a decade. Last year, the sale saw an extremely impressive sales rate of 96%. More than 100 premium collector cars from all automotive genres are expected this year,


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK 1941 Chrysler newport Dual Cowl Phaeton at rM's Amelia Island auction including a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Berline LeBaron, with known provenance since new (RM estimate: $800k–$1m); the 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Riley & Scott racing car, with many racing successes at the hands of Paul Newman and Butch Leitzinger ($250k–$350k); and the Ex-Walter Chrysler Jr. 1941 Chrysler Newport Dual Cowl Phaeton, one of five built and the only example to pace the 1941 Indianapolis 500 (estimate available upon request). Nine historically significant motorcycles will also cross the block, including a restored 1947 Indian Chief, a 1911 Wagner strap-tank belt-drive single and a 1912 Harley-Davidson Model 8A. Auctions America by RM—Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 16–18 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 340/498 cars sold / $17.2m This established sale draws thousands of spectators to the $220k. Other headliners include a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible ($160k–$200k), a 1966 Shelby GT350 Hertz ($125k–$150k), a 1935 Auburn 851 cabriolet ($100k–$125k) and a 1933 Chrysler CL phaeton ($350k–$400k). Broward County Convention Center each year. More than 500 cars will cross the block, ranging from classic drivers in the sub-$20k range to cornerstone collectibles, such as a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible, which AA estimates will sell between $180k and 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda at Mecum's Kansas City auction Mecum—Kansas City Spring High Performance Auction Where: Kansas City, MO When: March 29–31 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 330/542 cars sold / $7m Whether you're interested in preserved originals, concours- caliber restorations or outrageous customs, Mecum has it. Muscle, pickups and American classics at a range of five-digit price points make up the bulk of the 500 cars expected for this two-day sale at the Kansas City Convention Center. 1966 Shelby GT350 Hertz at Auctions America by rM Silver—Portland Spring 2012 Where: Portland, OR When: March 30–31 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 43/111 cars sold / $413k Silver prides itself on providing a user-friendly experience. March-April 2012 17


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK They're the only company to host an annual auction in Portland, and the ACC crew will be on hand — if you see someone sporting the ACC logo, don't hesitate to introduce yourself. The veteran auction house has big ambitions for this sale, now expanded to two days and 250 vehicles. Barrett-Jackson—Palm Beach 2012 Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 5–7 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 378/432 cars sold / $15.8m 500 cars will cross the block over the course of three days at Barrett-Jackson's annual Florida sale. As it did last year, the auction will feature a mix of no-reserve and select cars with reserves. Rest assured that this year's totals will be impressive. Watch for Barrett's usual mix of premium collectible muscle cars, hot rods and pickups. Mecum—Houston 2012 Where: Houston, TX When: April 13–14 It seems like every month 500 or 1,000 cars cross the auction block at a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagon at ohio Spring Classic Mecum sale somewhere in the Midwest. Last October, the muscle car powerhouse held their first annual Texas sale in Dallas, earning more than $20m among 519 cars sold. In April, they come to Houston. Expect big things. The star early consignment is a 1931 Cadillac V12 roadster, and more than 30 vehicles will be offered from the Sterling McCall Old Car Museum Collection. Collector Car Productions—Classic Car Auction of Toronto Where: Toronto, CAN When: April 13–15 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com Last year: 202/369 cars sold / $4m Twice a year, 350 or so collector cars cross the Collector Car Productions auc- tion block in Toronto. Average price per car tends to be between $15k and $20k, making this an excellent place to shop for a first collectible or stylish driver. And if the exchange rate swings in the right direction, crossing the northern border to buy a car can pay off big-time. 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS two-door hard top at Classic Motorcar Auctions Classic Motorcar Auctions—Ohio Spring Classic Where: Akron, OH When: March 31 More: www.classicmotorcarauctions.com Last year: 44/106 cars sold / $575k This annual sale attracts a nice mix of collector Leake/Dan Kruse Classics—San Antonio Where: San Antonio, TX When: April 20–21 More: www.leakecarauction.com, www.kruseclassics.com Last year: 132/246 cars sold / $2.3m Dan Kruse Classics and Leake Auction Company team up for this annual sale cars that can be driven straight home — or straight to the cruise-in. Last year, Fords and Chevys were especially well-represented, with an average price paid of just $13k. Early listings this year include a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Sportswagon, a 1957 Dodge Coronet and a 1951 Kaiser Deluxe. Specialty Auto Auctions Where: Brighton, CO When: March 31 More: www.saaasinc.com Specialty supplies Colorado with a continuous The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 20-21 More: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 143/271 cars sold / $3.2m Held in picturesque downtown Branson, this auction bills itself as an upscale of more than 300 collector cars, trucks, motorcycles and boats, taking place at the Freeman Coliseum. Mid-century American classics and 1960s muscle made up the majority of last year's sale, with most cars hammering at or below $20k. heartland collector car event. $22k was the average price per car last year, with a handful of interesting lots fetching four- and six-digit prices. Fans of GM, Mopar and FoMoCo will be pleased with the diverse offerings. stream of cool collectibles at great prices. This sale is held at the Adams County Fairgrounds. Alongside a good assortment of souped-up muscle and cool cruisers, look for a good assortment of trucks and jeeps. 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Auctions America by RM—Spring Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 26–28 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 149/272 cars sold / $2.7m From pre-war classics to late-model sports cars, nearly every decade of auto- mobile production was well-represented at AA's inaugural Carlisle sale last year. Nearly 300 cars are expected this time around. And alongside the family-friendly auction is the Carlisle Swap Meet — one of the biggest in the world. A


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Publisher's Note Keith Martin Super Sunday and a 427/435 Corvette correct restoration to NCRS standards, and the car has been awarded several regional Top Flight awards and Bloomington Gold certification. It's particularly attractive in the correct Goodwood Green with white stinger and black vinyl interior. Driving the car took me back in time to 1967, when muscle ruled A the road. And not only were American cars the fastest in the world in the quarter-mile, the year before, in 1966, Ford GT MK IVs had taken on Ferrari sports cars on their home turf, Le Mans, and crushed them with a 1-2-3 finish. To drive Michael's car is to celebrate American ingenuity, passion and engineering. This second issue of American Car Collector does the same — every page is full of thoughts, insights and interpretations of the great cars from America's past, from L88 Corvettes to 1965 Mustang drag cars to 1970 Buick GSXs to 1932 Ford Highboy hot rods. ACC Editor Jim Pickering and his team of experts have brought you another fabulous spread of American cars; make sure you are comfortably seated before you open the first page, as I guarantee that once you start reading, you won't get up until you finish the very last page. ACC is that kind of magazine. A s a Giants fan, it's hard to imagine anything better than watching their most satisfying defeat of the dreaded Patriots. But ACC contributor Michael Pierce put the icing on the cake when he brought his 1967 427/435 Corvette convertible to our Super Bowl Sunday party. He has owned the car since 1980, performed a complete and CAR COLLECTOR Volume 1, no. 2 March-April 2012 Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions editor Tony Piff Data Analyst Chad Tyson Copy editor Yael Abel Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Tom Glatch Daniel Grunwald John Clucas Chip Lamb Norm Mort Dale Novak Phil Skinner Contributors Carl Bomstead B. Mitchell Carlson Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce John L. Stein Information Technology/ Internet Bryan Wolfe Lead Web Developer Marc Emerson Advertising Coordinator/ Web Content Administrator Erin Olson Financial Manager Nikki Nalum Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin ADVerTISInG SALeS Advertising executives Tom Mann tom.mann@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 211 Jeff Brinkley jeff.brinkley@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 Randy Zussman randy.zussman@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 SuBSCrIPTIonS Subscriptions / events Manager Kyle McBride Subscriptions Coordinator Rich Coparanis Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 am to 5 pm, M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @acc_help CorreSPonDenCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com A celebration of American ingenuity, passion and engineering 20 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. PoSTMASTer: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2012 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA AMERICAN Corvette Market JOIN US Keith Martin's includes


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CONTRIBUTORS ROBERT CUMBERFORD is an experienced car designer, first for race-winning California specials — the Parkinson Jaguar, Miles R2 Flying Shingle — then at GM at age 19, primarily for Corvettes, including the SR-2, '58 facelift, and the first C2 studies in 1956. He was at Holman and Moody in 1963, and he then worked independently for major manufacturers in Mexico, Europe and the U.S. from 1964 to 2001. His 1965 Intermeccanica-built Griffith/Omega/Italia is now a collectible. He taught transpor- tation design at the Art Center College of Design Europe, and designed and engineered the Cumberford Martinique neo-classic in the early '80s. He has written for all major car magazines, is editorialist for Italy's Auto & Design magazine, and writes highly opinionated (and highly qualified) design critiques for Automobile Magazine, Sports Car Market — and now for ACC. His personal fleet includes a Datsun 240Z, Cumberford Martinique, Honda Beat and a Citroën C3 daily driver. He takes a look at the design of the original Ford Mustang on p. 60. DAN GRUNWALD, ACC Auction Analyst, and his wife, Martha, have been working together at D. Grunwald Jewelers in Geneva, IL, for almost 40 years. After a hard day at the jewelry bench working on the small, delicate scale, he seeks solace with a large hammer and wrench working on old cars and motorcycles. He has been an auction reporter for ACC's sister publication, Sports Car Market, for 10 years. He's keen on American cars and European bikes, but nothing is off limits. If it “combusts fuel internally,” Grunwald is interested. He believes there's no better way to learn old cars than to work on them yourself. He and Martha are looking forward to retiring later this year and working more auctions for SCM/ ACC, along with some travel and old car restoration. His '66 Nova project is nearing completion (finally!), with a fresh 383 stroker and 5-speed Tremec to help push it along. His reports on the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction appear on p.74. SAM STOCKHAM, ACC Auction Analyst, had many early experiences with cars. By age 14, was piecing together his first car, a partially disassembled 1983 Mustang GT. His early experience also paved the way for many adventurous jobs, most notably with the Bob Bondurant School by age 21, where he spent more than three years honing his skills on the track. Currently, Sam is the owner of Only Oldies Classic Auto in Tempe, AZ, a service center for classic cars and one of the few Coker Tire distributorships in the United States. Sam holds a business degree from Arizona State University, where he studied commercial real estate development and finance. Sam is an active member of many local car clubs. He resides in sunny Tempe, AZ, with his family and a small collection of cars — including a 1956 Buick, 1970 F-100 Ford Truck and three Mustangs, including a one-of-one 1992 Saleen Mustang. He reports on the Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction on p. 84, and he also takes an in-depth look at a 1965 Ford Mustang in this month's FoMoCo profile on p. 58. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com CHAD TYSON, ACC Data Analyst, opted for a more formal education on automotive technology at WyoTech, in Laramie, WY, after tearing into his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro at age 17. A few years later, he wound up at a Ford dealership for a while, specializing in repairing Powerstroke turbo diesels, and enjoying rekeying Focus ignition lock cylinders. A random conversation with a new friend led him to move to Portland, OR, in 2010 — and eventually into a desk at ACC. Although his early preference was late-'60s GM muscle, he isn't afraid of oddball and unique engineering. After all, a Jaguar IRS sits underneath his Camaro. He has a fondness for dreamily searching for cars on eBay Motors and tromping around junkyards. He is a valuable part of getting auction information into the magazine. He's also part of ACC's traveling road show, so look for him at ACC booths throughout the year. Check out his eBay column on p. 124.


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Camaro: Five Generations of Performance By Darwin Holmstrom, Motorbooks, 348 pages, $22.10, Amazon Think cats or dogs, Coke or Pepsi, Hatfield or McCoy, or Mustang or Camaro. That's how Boomer car guys seem to divide into their camps. It's the automotive equivalent of the “Wilma or Betty?” question: The answer neatly divides people into their tribes. I am an emphatic Mustang guy. I grew up driving my father's '66, a metallic blue beauty with a 289 and blue Pony interior. So reading Darwin Holmstrom's history of Chevrolet's answer to the Mustang was instructive. His comprehensive guide to the Camaro focuses heavily on first-generation cars (with good reason, it seems), and follows through to the reborn Camaro launched in 2010. It's a tale of engineering workarounds, ever-bigger engines and plenty of brand loyalty. Back in the '60s, Chevrolet was clearly unprepared for the success of Ford's Mustang, unable to compete with the way it pried open the huge new Baby Boom youth market. Their supposed answer, at least at the boardroom level, was the Corvair, and while the four-door was quickly adapted to a two-door coupe with more grunt, it was not the answer the marketplace wanted. To stay in the game, the Camaro was born in 1966, hastily grafted to a Chevy II chassis with all the torsional rigidity of a bowl of spaghetti. But it had undeniable style and became the antidote to Mustang fever. Holmstrom details the early struggles, the chase to catch up, the boardroom blind spots and the evolution of the brand, all in a lively, easy-read style backed by plenty of color photos. Fast forward to today, when Chevrolet and Ford have relaunched the Camaro/Mustang wars with new versions that, performance-wise, put the old iron to shame, and it's a perfect time to see how far we've come. After reading this, I see why people love Camaros. But I'm still not hot for Betty. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine eddie Motorsports Billet Aluminum Mustang Taillight Bezels Adding subtle Hose Candy Boa Clamps Looking for a hose clamp that resists automotive fluids, won't rust or corrode, and features a smooth, clean surface for optimal engine bay beauty? Look no further than Hose Candy's Boa Clamps. The hoses are crafted from a thermoplastic that expands and contracts and works on out-of-round fittings — even in sub-40-degree temperatures. These clamps make obsolete those unattractive worm-gear clamps that tend to loosen over time. Boa Clamp kits are $69.99. Specify sizes by outside diameter of the hoses and the color of heat shrink desired. Note that colors are limited above 2½ inches. www.hosecandy.com 24 AmericanCarCollector.com — or maybe not-so-subtle — custom touches is a fun way to get your car to stand out at the local cruise-in. Eddie Motorsports' taillight bezels for 1964–66 and 1971–73 Mustangs give your car that custom touch. Machined from a solid chunk of 6061T6 aluminum, the taillight bezels are a direct replacement for your stock, pot-metal pieces. The bezels are sold as pairs and can be purchased as rawmachined, highly polished, or in a variety of powder-coated colors. Eddie Motorsports also offers replacement LED taillights to fully jazz up your Mustang's stop lights. Prices for the billet aluminum Mustang taillight bezels begin at $285 per pair. www.eddiemotorsports.comA Lineage: ªª Holmstrom has written extensively on Camaro (and HarleyDavidson), with a long list of titles to his credit. While the story of the Camaro is well-plowed ground, the story is well told. This is the story, not the history, and it has little in the way of data for the collector who wants depth. Fit and finish: ªªª First released as a hardcover in 2006, this new edition adds the new generation Camaro. The design is pleasant, if bland, and although filled with color photos, the printing can be indifferent (different images of a single car show color shift). Drivability: ªªªª Five Generations of Performance is the perfect introduction to Camaro. It is breezy to read, with plenty of eye-candy images and just enough depth to tell the story that spans 50 years. ªªªªª is best


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COOLSTUFF Secure that load Whether you need to tie down your show car inside an enclosed trailer or just cinch down a pressure washer in the back of your pickup, doing it right is serious business. Mac's Custom Tie-Downs set the industry standard 20 years ago with their VersaTie track system, and today they supply tiedowns to the best truck and trailer manufacturers in the world. You can order what you need from www.macstiedowns.com, or call 1-800-666-1586 to discuss custom configurations. The straps and track are made in Idaho, and Mac's loves building to spec. by Tony Piff No-slip grip We all know that oil on a concrete garage floor is slicker than a banana peel dipped in lard. WeatherTech's new modular floor system improves traction with rubber texture dots. Everything clicks together for easy assembly, so you can do it yourself. Choose from a rainbow of color options at www. weathertech.com. Cap your hardware Vintage California black plates on your vintage ride aren't just some charming, nostalgic detail. Those plates tell the world, “This car has never seen a salted road in its life.” When it comes time to sell, buyers will pay a premium for that piece of history and peace of mind. Camisasca's plate caps hide your mounting screws and discourage casual tamperers. $19.95 from www.autosportcatalog.com. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Nature's air freshener Bacon. What else do you need? $2.99 from www.thinkgeek. com.A


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SNAPSHOTS Classic Auto Air While most dyed-in-the-wool car guys can spin a wrench in the dark, there are plenty of us who cringe at the notion of working on an old air conditioning system, especially given the state of Freon regulations in most states. But this work is Classic Auto Air's specialty. Classic Auto Air has two distinct divisions: their series of Perfect Fit air conditioning systems, based in Grapevine, TX, or for the original equipment crowd, their OEM division in Tampa, FL. Each division is unique and can fit, solve, repair, fabricate, rebuild or customize just about anything that blows cold air in vintage and custom machines. The Perfect Fit™ systems are generally geared toward custom and street-rod applications. The systems are masterfully designed and can usually be installed by anyone with a reasonable amount of mechanical fortitude. Most of the systems fit neatly under the dash and work well integrating into all Detailing What: Classic Auto Air Where: Grapevine, TX, and Tampa, FL Telephone: 877.342.5526 Web: www.classicautoair.com sorts of applications. The OEM division has thousands of parts for just about every make and model of mainstream American Iron born prior to 1980. Not only can you have almost any part restored or rebuilt, many are in stock, especially for popular breeds of hot-running muscle cars. They also carry various upgrade kits that are ready to install. “We are the largest classic automobile air conditioning com- pany by about twofold over anyone else, and we've been doing this since 1977. At any given time we have approximately 1,800 items listed on eBay and offer over 50 different kits for just about any application you can dream up,” says Tim Cordileone, General Manager of the Tampa location. “Our technicians are some of the best in the world and have been with us for a very long time, which makes a huge difference. For this reason, the restoration trade and classic car enthusiasts widely consider Classic Auto Air to have the best technical support in the industry.” Generally speaking, repairing or installing an a/c system in your classic car or street machine is a net win financially. Your car will be more marketable, and some guys will be willing to pay more versus a non-air comparable car. Plus, you'll get the enjoyment of having a cool ride in your cool car. — Dale Novak rick's retirement portfolio Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City Let's just pretend that you're a self-made guy who happens to love muscle cars so much that you spent every last dime you could afford on old GM muscle. And that you were buying these cars well before a sea of red-blooded gearheads decided that they might be rare, collectible or even worth more than a few thousand bucks. It's a great daydream — but for at least one guy, it was reality. Just off Interstate 75 in Punta Gorda, FL, is Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City. Here, car enthusiasts from around the world can find themselves immersed in a sea of about 175 GM muscle cars from the mid-'60s through the early '70s, all neatly housed inside a former Walmart Rick, a resident of the Punta Gorda area since 1959, started collecting in 1973, long before he made a good chunk of change in the real estate developing business. “I'd eat Spaghetti-Os to buy another car. I never had a retirement plan, so I guess this was it,” says Treworgy. The more successful he became, the more cars he bought, ultimately building a pristine collection of about 200 cars. With his collection scattered all over the area in unassuming ware- Detailing What: Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City Where: Punta Gorda, FL Telephone: 941.575.5959 Web: www.musclecarcity.net houses, Rick decided to purchase an old Walmart store and turn his life's collection into a muscle car museum. It's been a huge success. In addition to the pristine GM cars, all aligned in neat, tidy rows, visitors can also sit down for a meal in a vintage-style 1950s diner or browse through the gift shop. Cars on display include a showcase of GM machines such as GTOs, Camaros, Impalas and Chevelles. For Corvette lovers, the collection includes at least one of every year from 1954 through 1975. “I like being out on the floor, seeing the excitement the collection brings out in people,” Treworgy says. “We say we ought to have a camera take pictures of people when they come in. Their jaws drop. They have to take a minute to recover before they can start looking around. To me, they're not just cars, it's like putting a saddle on a bolt of lightning.” A Thousands of parts for pre-1980 vehicles 28 AmericanCarCollector.com — Dale Novak


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DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1967 Cadillac eldorado The Eldorado is one of my favorite 1960s “personal luxury” cars. The Eldorado is also one of NEO's better models, with a crisp body casting and a healthy amount of detail, much of it in the form of about 50 individually applied photo-etched parts, including Cadillac crests on the wheel centers. But some details are missed or wrong — the backup lights are painted red, wheel covers are chrome, no pronounced vertical crease in rear window, and many vacant areas on the dash. Still, this model is highly recommended, even with the glitches. Find them at model dealers or on eBay. Detailing Available colors: Sable Black, Flamenco Red, Pinecrest Green Price: $70 to $85 Production date: 2011 Web: www.neoscalemodels.com Ratings Detailing: ªªªª Accuracy: ªªªª Overall quality: ªªªª Overall value: ªªªªª ªªªªª is best Quantity: Estimated 1,000 to 1,500 each color 1968 Pontiac GTo The Danbury Mint strikes again with an excellent rendition of the '68 Goat in 1:24 scale. The original (read old) tooling they worked from dates to 1998, with their release of the '69 GTO “Judge.” But they've revamped the old tooling, making extensive updates and improvements. All the panels open with tight panel gaps, including flip-open headlights. The level of detail is impressive, which makes up for the old-style dog-leg door hinges. The interior is great and even has pivoting sun visors and ceiling-mounted shoulder belts. Engine junkies will be happy too — it's all there. Detailing Available colors: Starlight Black Quantity: Serial-numbered limited edition of 2,500 Price: $149 Production date: December 2011 Web: www.danburymint.com Ratings Detailing: ªªªªª Accuracy: ªªªªª Overall quality: ªªªªª Overall value: ªªªªª 2005 Corvette C6r Here's an interesting 1:18 scale release from AutoArt. It's another numbered “limited edition.” Five different, full-liveried race versions are also offered in bigger editions. AutoArt calls this one the “Plain Body Version.” As with all AutoArt models, the windows are crystal-clear, which is the only way you'll see most of what is inside, since the doors don't open. To fully appreciate this model, you really need to hold it in your hands and give it a good look, especially the interior, which is the best part. The stance and overall look is just right. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Available colors: Yellow Quantity: Serial-numbered limited edition of 3,000 Price: $110 Production date: 2006 Web: www.autoartmodels.com Ratings Detailing: ªªªª Accuracy: ªªªªª Overall quality: ªªªªª Overall value: ªªª1/2


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UNDERTHE HOOD Examining what makes a collector car club tick An elite group of car people from all walks of life THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE GREAT AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN CLASSIC AUTOMOBILES IS AT A GRAND CLASSIC OR ON A CARAVAN by David Schultz (CCCA President) the restoration and preservation of distinctive motorcars produced between 1925 and 1948.” The club now recognizes cars built before 1925 that are “virtually identical” to their 1925 peers. The club's objective then — and now — was to A “provide a channel of communication for those interested in such cars and to bring together in good fellowship all who own or admire these finest examples of automotive craftsmanship.” Today, the club numbers nearly 6,000 members. Its signature activities include Grand Classics — showings of Full Classic automobiles — and CARavans — tours in Classic automobiles that can last from three to 10 days. Despite the proliferation of “concours” events, the best place to see the great American and European Classic automobiles is at a Grand Classic or on a CARavan. Grand Classics are held at several locations Detailing What: Classic Car Club of America Where: 1645 Des Plaines River Road, Suite 7, Des Plaines, IL 600182206 Annual dues: $60 Phone: 847.390.0443 Web: www.classiccarclub. org during the year. CARavans take place throughout the United States and Europe. While many members have a serious interest in automotive history, the club comprises an eclectic group of interesting and knowledgeable people from all walks of life. Participation in club activities affords the opportunity to literally, see, touch and drive history. In a nutshell, this is an interesting, fun group of people. The club has 30 regions throughout the United 32 AmericanCarCollector.com lthough the term “classic” can certainly mean different things to different people, there is only one Classic car club — the Classic Car Club of America. It was founded 60 years ago, in 1952, to “further Giving kids the opportunity to see and touch history American classics doing what they do best States. The club publishes an award-winning magazine quarterly, The Classic Car, as well as a Bulletin eight times a year. The annual CCCA Handbook & Directory contains all of the information about the club as well as a complete membership roster, including Classic cars owned by each member. Club members founded a museum more than 25 years ago — the Classic Car Club of America Museum, on the campus of the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. More than 40 Full Classic automobiles are on display. A


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REPORT FROM FROM BEHIND BEHIND THE CURTAINS IN SCOTTSDALE A week at the auctions ACC STAFFERS SHARE OBSERVATIONS AND OVERHEARD COMMENTS 1939 Pontiac Silver Streak Deluxe Six — Chester's dream surf wagon Jim Pickering A favorite moment: 1965 Mustang Cammer rumbles onto the stage Jim Pickering, ACC Editor Someone said: Tony Piff, upon returning from photographing a station wagon parked front and center outside the Barrett-Jackson main gate: “It's always awkward when you're photographing a parked car and the owner is still sleeping in it.” Best moment: Making it to Barrett-Jackson on Friday night and standing near the block as the Mustang Cammer (profiled in this issue, p. 68) lurched its way onto the stage. Low point: My 2012 Chevrolet Impala rental car. I think the color was called “Invisible Silver.” But at least it was faster than the ad sales guys' black 2012 Chevrolet Impala rental car. The car I would have bought: 1970 Chevelle SS offered as Lot 637.1 at BarrettJackson. Tubbed, lowered, and powered by a 6-71 blown 454-ci big block. “May not be emissions compliant,” according to the Barrett-Jackson site. You got that right…. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: 1988 Chevrolet Camaro, offered as Lot 52 at Silver – Pro-touring build with a ProCharged and fuel-injected 406-ci small block. Seemed really cheap at $13,750, considering how fast it should be. Chester Allen, ACC Executive Editor Someone said: “You'll never own the car unless you keep bidding.” Best moment: Watching a little kid — he was 10 years old or so — walk into the giant Barrett-Jackson tent. The kid's excitement and brilliant smile lit up the entire week. Low point: When a woman pushing a luggage cart slammed into my ankle at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and giggled as she apologized. The car I would have bought: The 1939 Pontiac Silver Streak Deluxe Six Station Wagon at Gooding & Company. This classic surfer Woodie rang my bells as a surfer — and as someone who grew up in Southern California. And any car that crosses Gooding's block with Hobie and Bing surfboard stickers on the window is okay with 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air bubbletop 409 — can anyone spare $80k for Tony? me. This car only needed a surfboard rack, two Robert August or Dewey Weber longboards on top — and my hands steering it up PCH toward Rincon. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: The 1991 Chevrolet Caprice Station Wagon with custom two-tone paint and air ride suspension. This car, Lot 103 at Silver's Fort McDowell auction, was begging to become my next Oregon Coast Surfmobile. It was so easy to imagine gliding along in that cruiser with surfboards strapped to the top and old-school steel Coleman coolers softly rattling in the back next to the camping gear. My wife also thought it was a good deal, even though we already own two station wagons. Tony Piff, ACC Auctions Editor Someone said: “Ooh, look: T-shirts!” — the first utterance from a woman entering Barrett-Jackson. Best moment: At a certain swanky breakfast event, when the auction house photographer asked to photograph my family because, as he said, “You're the youngest people here.”


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REPORT FROM FROM BEHIND BEHIND THE CURTAINS IN SCOTTSDALE Low point: At a reception, when a grumpy millionaire tripped over my 4-year-old daughter and dropped his coffee, which splashed on all of us. He stormed off, glowering. The car I would have bought: 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air bubble-top 409, wearing Nassau Blue paint and dog-dish hubcaps, consigned at Silver. It was concoursperfect and reportedly had the special-order boxed NASCAR frame, and I don't blame the seller for turning down the $80k high bid. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: The orange AMC Matador custom in the Silver Auction parking lot. It had all badging, bumpers and trim removed, black-tinted windows, massive chrome rims and was lowered within an inch of its life. It looked like a 1970s concept car. A drop-top for Tom — 1971 oldsmobile 442 W-30 The car I would have bought: 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 Convertible at Russo and Steele, sold at $132,000. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: 1989 Camaro IROC Z at Silver, 24k miles, sold at $5,300. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that had Chad all hot and bothered Chad Tyson, ACC Data Analyst Someone said: “That's not a collectible, it's just a used car.” — Robert Cumberford on a '78 Chevrolet Camaro. Best moment: Sitting around ACC's Arizona headquarters late at night with the staff and sharing ridiculous music videos. The car I would have bought: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Barrett-Jackson. Too bad I couldn't top the $451k winning bid, even by $1. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: The “Ja Rule” '96 Acura Integra from “The Fast and the Furious” at Russo. I'm not necessarily a fan of sporty imports from Japan, or Ja Rule for that matter, but I just really wanted to sit in the car and scream out “No, Monica!” just like in the movie. Tom Mann, ACC Senior Account Executive Someone said: “Really? Someone is going to come to the BarrettJackson auction and buy a mattress?” Best moment: A full room at the Corvette Market Insider's Seminar at Barrett-Jackson on Thursday morning. Low point: Being absolutely drained at the airport as we were leaving Scottsdale on Sunday morning. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com preview.) Best moment: Going to Gooding and RM. I just felt richer. Low point: The Southwest Airlines terminal. The car I would have bought: The 1969 Cadillac Eldorado at Gooding with 18,000 miles. Sold for $26,400. The car I wanted even though I knew I shouldn't: The Duesenberg 20 Grand Replica at Russo was so well-executed. And with 700 horses under the hood, it'll likely outrun the original. A 1969 Cadillac eldorado — all original and perfect for randy randy Zussman, ACC Account Executive Someone said: “I love that smell.” (Referring to a Lamborghini Miura SV's exhaust at Gooding during the morning


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REPORT FROM OM INSIDER'S INSIDER'S VIEW To be on the mailing list for the next issue's question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our weekly newsletter. What did you buy in Arizona? ment panel due to sun exposure. The bidding stopped at $29,000, and I bought it for $30,000. I'm sure the color and the paint job were the reason for the low bids. My plan is to do a proper paint job, in red. I have had it in the shop getting all the mechanicals tidied up, seals, gaskets, some front-end parts, loose bits here and there — but essentially it is a solid car. When I'm finished, I should have an excellent driver for under $50,000, including sales tax and buyer's fee. — Jim Voice, via email n n n I purchased a 1950 Chevy Deluxe in Arizona during auction week. I paid $34,000 for it and it should arrive In the pink: Sam Kyle's (wife's) 1973 Mustang, bought at Barrett-Jackson T his month, ACC asked you, our readers, to share with us the stories of what you brought home from the auctions in Arizona. What did you buy? Why did you choose it? Where did you buy it? What did you pay? Here's how you responded: I purchased Lot 3050 from the Barrett-Jackson auction. My wife has been asking for a pink car for years, and I could never find just the right one. This is one of one painted “Playboy Pink” on a special order in 1973. I paid $37k and no fees, as it was for a great charity: “The Mad Girls.” I got a great deal. It was a complete success — a wife tickled pink and a perfect condition Mustang that was totally restored with only 4k miles. How's that for a win-win? — Sam Kyle (for wife, Patti), Gardiner, WA n n n I bought a 1969 GTO convertible at Russo and Steele. It is a matchingnumbers, dead stock, 42,000-mile, high-option car with factory air, the base 400-ci 350-hp V8, 4-speed, power windows, tilt wood wheel, hood tach, wing on the trunk, Rally wheels and Redlines. It has all the PHS documentation. It had new paint, new black convertible top, new exhaust and new 1969 GTo convertible black interior and tires. A thorough examination of the car before it went on the block convinced me there was no rust and the car looked original. A similar car, red with parchment interior, but with an automatic and fewer options, went through Barrett-Jackson two days earlier for $49,000. A hard top with a partial restoration went through Russo and Steele the day before, a no-sale at $35,000 — it was a 350hp car with a 4-speed in red with black interior and a vinyl top, few options. The seller wanted $40,000. The negatives of the car I bought were a recent very cheap paint job, the color (Limelight Green), and a bit of a tired dash and instru- 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 1950 Chevy Deluxe, fresh from the Home Depot parking lot n n n I bought a car in Arizona and have learned my lesson. Cosmetically, the car was without fault; mechanically, the car has major issues. The car was supposed to be a factory 4-speed. However, it was so low I could not crawl under it to verify. And guess what? The 4-speed shifter hole was chopped out with a chisel. When I first drove the car after it arrived, I heard a grinding noise on the front end because the front wheel bearings and all steering joints were still packed with sandblasting sand. In short, if you can't put it on a lift or drive it prior to purchase and you still decide to bid, you have only yourself to blame. — E.C., via email n n n I bought Lot 49.2 from Barrett Jackson on Tuesday night. It's a 1957 Chevy 210 “Del Ray” Club Coupe. The car hammered for $29k, and when all was said and done after fees and taxes, I wrote a check for $34.7k. I can always justify the fees in my mind since WestWorld is about three miles from my house. This dramatically reduces transportation costs. The car originated in Tucson and is absolutely rust-free. It has in Michigan today. I bought the car at a show at the Home Depot parking lot in Scottsdale. It just caught my eye. I tried to walk away but just kept going back and finally gave in. We did bid on a few at the auctions but were outbid every time. — Bryan McCready, via email


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REPORT FROM OM INSIDER'S INSIDER'S VIEW n n n I purchased Lot 153 at Gooding Scottsdale: a fully restored 1948 Dodge Coupe with Derham coachwork. Hammer price was $55,000. This Dodge Coupe represents the last of the Derham Dodges, with which I have a long and rich personal history. The coachwork by Derham was extensive, as it transformed a Dodge Deluxe Coupe into a “starlight Coupe” with a wraparound rear window inspired by the Raymond Loewy design for Studebaker. My father, John H. White, was VP and General Manager of a large 1957 Chevy 210 “Del ray” Club Coupe a 283 2-bbl with Powerglide, and was recently painted and a new interior installed. As with many cars I have bought at auction, there is some sorting out that needs to be done. I have invested about another $1,000 in parts, restoring the operation of the speedometer, wipers, and radio, etc. My motivation for the purchase was to give the car to my father. My dad bought a 1957 210 new in 1957. Owned the car for two years and sold it in '59. It's a car we don't even have a picture of. He remembered the car fondly, and Lot 49.2 was very similar — with the exception of the color. This was a car I was willing to pay above “market price” since it was exactly what I was looking for. I brought the car home and my father loves it. — Eric W Jackson, via email n n n I bought a '70 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air III convertible with a 4-speed. High-quality restoration. I purchased it at 7:15 pm on Saturday night at Barrett Jackson. Paid $77k, including buyer's premium. Saw the car in staging area and liked it. Price seemed low on the block so I joined the bidding and got the car. One of 168 Judge convertibles built in 1970. Very correct numbersmatching car. Very happy with the purchase. — Robert Smalley, via email 1970 Pontiac GTo Judge n n n 1948 Derham Dodge Coupe — goal of a 64-year quest over two dozen Derham Dodges were created by Derham for Bishop, McCormick and Bishop, which was then billed as the largest Dodge dealership in the world. I have original pictures of my coupe, along with some other very interesting major Derham conversions. As a young, car-crazed kid, I was very aware of these Derham Dodges when they were being created and shown at the Broadway location. All the Derham Dodges were eventually sold to the public after they made their debut on Broadway. As with most cars that did not sell in the New York City location, this Derham coupe was sent to the Brooklyn store next to Ebbets Field. Gertrude Fisher was this car's first owner. She drove it until the early '70s, when it surfaced in Vermont. I saw an ad for the car in Hemmings then and called the seller. No doubt it was the same Derham Coupe. Later, in the 1980s, the car surfaced in Los Angeles. It was in need of an extremely ambitious restoration, and I was in no position to dive into such a project. Fast-forward 25 years to the Pebble Beach Concours in 2011. I was surprised and delighted to see one of the entrants in the Post-War Special Coachwork class was the Derham Dodge Coupe restored to the highest standard. I was even more surprised to learn later that the Derham Coupe was consigned to sell at Gooding's 2012 Scottsdale Auction at no reserve. The Derham Dodge had to be my car. I first saw the car when I 1957 Metropolitan Bought a 1957 Metropolitan! Lot 40 at Barrett-Jackson. Paid $14,850. Unusual car but very interesting one! My fiancée has wanted one for 10 years! — Tony Adsley, via email 40 AmericanCarCollector.com was 8 years old. I followed it through the coachbuilding process on one of my many “tag along with Dad” trips to Derham in Rosemont, PA. I saw it arrive in New York, where it made its debut on Broadway, and I saw it banished to Brooklyn to be sold. I tracked it when it went to a collector in Vermont and another collector in Los Angeles. I saw it presented at the Pebble Beach Concours and consigned for sale at Gooding Scottsdale. Now, the very car my father commissioned from Derham is in my collection after 64 years. — John H. White, Sacramento, CAA Dodge dealership with several stores in the metropolitan New York City area. To further drive high showroom traffic, my father always wanted something different on the turntable at the Broadway and 54th Street location. He struck up a relationship with Jim and Enos Derham. From the period from 1947 through approximately 1953,


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REPORT FROM ORT FROM CAR CAR SPOTTING by Tony Piff In Scottsdale, the cool stuff wasn't limited to the auction block 1977 Ford Bronco 1969 Chevrolet Impala station wagon 1948–50 Ford F-1 pickup 1966 Pontiac GTo 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan 1964 Cadillac Coupe DeVille 1933 Ford 3-window coupe 42 AmericanCarCollector.com


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RUSTNEVER SLEEPS of decades ago the now-beloved cars were merely used and old (stick with me here), and being pushed into the grave by subsequent years' models. This process of use and disposal created hundreds, then thousands of junkyards across this country. Now they're treasure troves, keeping trim pieces and assorted parts secret and safe for our picking years later. If you have a place to score the rare and hard-to- V find, and want to share it with your fellow collectors, send me a line about it at chad.tyson@americancarcollector.com. — Chad Tyson ery few things are as disappointing or frustrating in our hobby as being unable to source original — and sometimes very rare — trim, glass or other bits for the cars we care about. Fortunately, a number Where to troll for trash and treasure in some of the coolest junkyards in the world All American Classics Just across the Columbia River in eastern Vancouver, WA, is ACC's favorite local junkyard. All American Classics specializes in 1930s through 1990s American cars and trucks. Arrive and check in at the showroom that was once a dairy farm's barn. There you'll find books, pamphlets, and a sampling of the new, used, reproduction and N.O.S. parts available for all manner of American cars. Move outside and on to the yard where about 3,000 vehicles sit on 20 acres of auto wrecking. All American Classics has been supplying the area since July 5, 1989, when current owner Todd Toedtli's father opened for business. Most of the vehicles are raised off of the soggy ground by steel wheels. When the cars are no longer there, the wheels act as headstones for the completely dismantled autos. Maps are available for navigating through the well-organized lot. If you work clockwise through the lot, Chevrolets make up the viewing for half of the distance until FoMoCo pieces take their place. Mopar shells follow in the southeast corner, then it is right back to GM metal, predominantly Buick and Oldsmobile. Projects are available. (Tip courtesy of Jim Pickering.) VER SLEEPS of decades ago the now-beloved cars were merely used and old (stick with me here), and being pushed into the grave by subsequent years' models. This process of use and disposal created hundreds, then thousands of junkyards across this country. Now they're treasure troves, keeping trim pieces and assorted parts secret and safe for our picking years later. If you have a place to score the rare and hard-to- V find, and want to share it with your fellow collectors, send me a line about it at chad.tyson@americancarcol- lector.com. — Chad Tyson ery few things are as disappointing or frustrating in our hobby as being unable to source original — and sometimes very rare — trim, glass or other bits for the cars we care about. Fortunately, a number Where to troll for trash and treasure in some of the coolest junkyards in the world All American Classics Just across the Columbia River in eastern Vancouver, WA, is ACC's favorite local junkyard. All American Classics specializes in 1930s through 1990s American cars and trucks. Arrive and check in at the showroom that was once a dairy farm's barn. There you'll find books, pam- phlets, and a sampling of the new, used, reproduction and N.O.S. parts available for all manner of American cars. Move outside and on to the yard where about 3,000 vehicles sit on 20 acres of auto wrecking. All American Classics has been supplying the area since July 5, 1989, when current owner Todd Toedtli's father opened for business. Most of the vehicles are raised off of the soggy ground by steel wheels. When the cars are no longer there, the wheels act as head- stones for the completely dismantled autos. Maps are available for navigating through the well-organized lot. If you work clockwise through the lot, Chevrolets make up the viewing for half of the distance until FoMoCo pieces take their place. Mopar shells follow in the southeast corner, then it is right back to GM metal, predominantly Buick and Oldsmobile. Projects are available. (Tip courtesy of Jim Pickering.) Photos Photos by Dave Tomaro Background photo courtesy of All American Classics


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Courtesy of Vavavoom Garage Vavavoom Garage This Canadian yard is fantastic, accord- Detailing ing to its patrons. It is run by “Uncle” Bill Harrison in Southern Manitoba, Canada, six miles north of the town of Altamont and an hour's drive northwest of Langdon, ND, specifically. He has been gathering all makes and models from the '20s to the '70s for the past 25 years, with hot-rodders and restorers in mind. More than 600 project and parts vehicles fill the yard, plus thousands of other parts including hoods, fenders, bumpers, trim, glass, taillights, and the list goes on. The yard has coupes, sedans, wagons, trucks and plenty of oddballs. Shipping is done worldwide. It has been said there is probably not What: Vavavoom Garage Where: Box 25 Altamont, Manitoba, Phone: 204.248.2221 Web: www.vavavoomgarage.com R0G 0A0 Canada a better yard around for many hundreds of miles. (Tip courtesy of Gord Forman.) Courtesy of Classic Auto Parts Detailing What: All American Classics Where: 15209 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver, WA 98682, not far from American Car Collector's Portland, OR, headquarters Phone: 800.955.4999 Web: www.allamerican classics.com Classic Auto Parts North of Coeur d'Alene, ID, is Hayden, Detailing ID, and north of there is a junkyard that specializes in 1950s and 1960s American cars, including many convertibles. The yard also includes all types of American makes and models 1940–76. Mike has recently purchased an estate that includes many N.O.S. Hudson and Rambler parts. A list of more-or-less complete projects available is on the website. (Tip courtesy of Mike Waller.) What: Classic Auto Parts Where: 18438 North Highway 95, Phone: 208.762.8080 Web: www.classic autopartsonline.com Hayden, ID 83835


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson FIVEcheap thrills from Arizona NO SNIDE COMMENTS ABOUT THIS BEING YOUR SISTER'S CAR. IT WAS THE MOST INTERESTING SIX-CYLINDER MUSTANG I'D SEEN IN A WHILE Courtesy of RM Auctions 1937 Packard Twelve four-door touring sedan Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 1967 Ford Bronco Sport SuV excellent buys to be had. Here are some of the best I found in the desert this year: A Truck: 1967 Ford Bronco Sport SUV; Silver Auctions, Lot 50, sold for $17,280 The first-generation 1966 through 1977 Broncos have undoubtedly been moving up in value over the last decade, stock market correction be damned. Their central demographic has shifted toward preservation and collecting — and is drifting away from the folks who would do motor swaps, cut out the wheelwells and modify the ride height to fit big off-road tires for mud-bogging or rock-hopping. Certainly those folks are always going to be there, and there are Broncos that have been done up in the past to cater to that market that will still be there, but today the truck has finally reached the point where even the off-roaders will think twice about modifying a generally untouched, uncut original. The added sizzle here was that this had both the optional 289 V8 and was set up for the soft top, although the consignor claimed to have the original hard top available for it — sitting in Washington state. Little solace if you live in Texas. Who doesn't like a red convertible — even one that has a transfer case and snow tires? While this example may not have been the most carefully prepared, a little vehicular bonding with some sweat equity in getting more of a shine should reap benefits when it comes time to sell in the future. 46 AmericanCarCollector.com rizona in January is one of the hottest collector car auction weeks on the U.S. calendar, with a handful of auctions offering literally thousands of collector cars to a hungry buying public. But, even as the high-end, top-dollar cars take all of the glory, there are always Classic: 1937 Packard Twelve four-door touring sedan; RM Auctions, Lot 120, sold for $71,500 As a man who owns one, I instinctively thought of picking a Packard for my Classic pick. Specifically, this 1937 Packard Twelve series 1508 seven-passenger touring sedan. A year and a half ago, I watched the Pate Museum's twin to this car sell for $55,000. Being the textbook example of a “museum car,” it looked pretty — aside from a light moldy smell and light sun fade — but had not run in several years (when the auction description includes the words “the motor is loose,” it can't be good). Ten years ago, I got a quote to rebuild a 1933–39 Packard Twelve motor: $25k, ready to send out on a pallet, plus shipping. For a Full Classic, as defined by the CCCA — and which is also a recent CARavan veteran that is ready for the next one — this was a good buy. Full Classic sedans seem to be on the uptick now, with a new gen- eration of enthusiasts. $50k seemed to be the low ebb for a running Twelve sedan a few years ago, but I haven't seen that figure on one that runs without issues in a year. Dead sleds that need a frame-off restoration — let alone $25k plus worth of motor — are now in the $25k range. Having done restoration work on my Packard sedan, I intimately know that getting this car at $71,500 turn-key is the best way to go, rather than laying hands on a needy one. And go they do, as the final three years (1937 to 1939) are the best driving of the bunch. Hot rod: 1947 Lincoln Continental coupe; Silver, Lot 173, not sold for $20,000 Here, I'll go with a car that falls into the accepted age to be a street rod — and is a CCCA Full Classic. This is the 1947 Lincoln Continental coupe that was consigned at both the MotoeXotica and Silver auctions. Consistently bid to no-sale between $17,000 and $20,000, word has it that Silver was close to working a deal for the upper bid. Why was this a hot rod? It was repowered with a 1954 Lincoln overhead valve Y-block V8. Actually, the conversion wasn't as Rube


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Modern car: 1985 Pontiac Fiero SE; Silver, Lot 123, sold for $2,484 Fieros are the 1947 Lincoln Continental Coupe Goldberg as one would initially imagine — although no one will confuse it with stock. In the 1950s, while everyone liked the styling of the first-gen Continentals, the flathead V12s didn't have the best of reputations. Therefore, when a V12 died, it was regularly swapped out with anything else. Caddy OHV V8s, Olds Rocket V8s, and even Ford flathead V8s. I've seen a few street-rodded Continentals with Ford 460s and 5.0s — even one with a “cammer” SOHC 427 — but the powerplant on this car was a first for me. At least it complies with my first rule of street rodding: “What's on the hood should be under the hood.” This one shouldn't break the bank to run it at a Goodguys event or Back to the '50s, and who knows when you might trip over a proper V12 at a swapmeet for cheap. Muscle car: 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback; MotoeXotica, Lot 385, sold for $15,900 While this may not be a muscle car in the purest sense, it was the buy of the weekend on a pony car. Before anyone makes any snide comments about this being their sister's car, it was by far the most interesting 6-cylinder Mustang I'd seen in a long time. Under the hood was the original 6-banger with several surprises. It had jet-coated headers, a progressive Weber/Holley 2-barrel carburetor conversion, Mallory electronic high-discharge ignition system, Clifford cast-aluminum valve cover, Optima battery and dual master cylinder power disc brake conversion. This is the muscle car equivalent of “when life gives you lemons, 1965 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback make lemonade.” Instead of going to the first page of Neanderthal Power Secrets — rip out perfectly good motor, drop in big V8 — the owner tweaked the original engine. Plus, unlike most 6 to V8 swaps I see, the builder actually upgraded the brakes. Most cars with swaps that I see have brake fluid that dates to the Carter administration. It's the “Who needs to stop? We wanna go!” mentality. Even if you have a signed first edition of Neanderthal Power Secrets, this was still a good buy on a lifelong California black-plate fastback. I just hope that it doesn't end up as another cookie-cutter Shelby wannabe. Everyone's got one of those. Be different! March-April 2012 47 Corvairs of the 1980s. As no small coincidence, I know quite a few Corvair club members who also happen to have a Fiero or five. Launched with the best of intentions in 1984, the Fiero was intended to be an economical sporty alternative commuter car. However, economical and sporty rarely play nice together. Yet, like the Corvair, these cars have taken on a life of their 1985 Pontiac Fiero Se own — both as a quasi-collectible and as a “drive it until it drops” economical commuter car. That is, if you consider 20 to 25 mpg economical. While everyone dogs the standard 2.5L Pontiac “Iron Duke” four as being, well, a dog, at least it'll outlast the 2.8L Chevy V6. Still, most people are keen on an upgraded engine regardless of what it's in, and with a claimed 39,634 actual miles and manual transmission, the car rang all the right bells in the tent at Silver on Friday evening. It also didn't hurt that it was no reserve, having been a no-sale for $2,400 a week earlier at the MotoeXotica auction. For this few miles, and for less money than replacing the cylinder head on an Audi that eats a timing belt, you could either pickle it and wait for the market to pick up (hey, it only took 45 years for the Corvair) or just run it until it dies. And then just drop in an LT1 Corvette motor for something really sporty and mildly economical. A


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Corvette Market John L. Stein FRAUDmust be stamped out THE FOUNDATION OF ANY GOOD RELATIONSHIP IS TRUST. IS YOUR CORVETTE ALL IT CLAIMS TO BE? J ust like an innocuous little ring adorning a seductive young lady at a bar, the serial number on a vintage Corvette's engine pad can have huge implications in a relationship. Does the woman's ring denote fidelity or merely friendship, and in the Corvette's case, does the engine number point to authenticity or deceit? As with the wedding date inscribed in a ring, the alphanumeric codes hammered into your engine's three-inch pad definitely mean something. The question is – what? Classic Corvettes left the factory with matching sequential chassis and engine numbers that marry these components together forever. Or put more succinctly, there is one and only one original engine for every Corvette. But over time, engines blow up, cars are wrecked, racers do their thing, and old Corvettes wind up engineless just as engines sometimes become homeless. Replacement displacement Let's say it is your Corvette that's engineless, and there's scant hope of ever finding the original mill. If you honestly just wanted to put the car back on the road, all you'd need to do is find an appropriate replacement engine and install it. And if you were really picky (as a lot of us are), you'd seek one with the right date and build codes replicating, as closely as possible, your car's original motor. So you'd search and search until you found the right engine with the right codes, pay the man and then go from there. You'd end up with an honest car with real numbers that's as close to original as possible and with as few stories as possible. Yes, the engine number might be 612 earlier than your chassis number, but who cares? The car looks and runs great. Life is good. Backroom sleight of hammer But here's a darker scenario. With high prices extant for collect- ible Corvettes, profiteers see an empty engine bay in mothballed big-block Chassis A and envision a nice profit if errant big-block Engine B can be fitted. Well knowing that there's more money to be made on a matching-numbers car than on one with the “wrong” engine – voila: The machine tools whirl into action and the old number is milled off the block, appropriate new sequences are stamped in, and the car is then proffered as a matching-numbers car. In the past, this sleight of hammer has sometimes garnered valuable certification from major Corvette judging organizations, and cars are then sold with awards validating their originality. To my way of thinking, this fits the moral and technical definition of fraud, because there can be no other explanation or justification for erasing and replacing any existing serial number except to deceive. Stealth technology belongs in strike aircraft, not in collector cars. 48 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Roy Sinor


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Evolving rules: If you know it, declare it Bloomington Gold, a major authority in certifying authentic Corvettes, agrees. The organization has recently taken steps to more highly reward cars with their original engines, to reduce judging penalties for cars with legitimate period-correct (i.e., non numbers-matching) replacement engines, and to entirely disqualify cars that are found to be purposely misrepresented as original. The rules are clear: If the owner declares his engine as non-original, the car can still get a Gold award. But if the inspectors are the ones to catch a non-OEM engine stamp, a Gold award is off the table, at least that year. He can come back again next year, define the car as having a non-OEM engine, and be eligible for a Gold award. And if they find your 427/435 is actually a 427/390 that you doctored up, you're disqualified. Period. The brightest thinkers in the Corvette hobby likewise see the folly of building a house of cards atop a house of mirrors. Because while a desirable model with a covertly re-stamped engine may draw strong bidding at auction, or win over certification judges or a buyer on a given day, in the long run granting such fakes impunity will make everything suspect, including worthy original cars, which should rightfully be the stars. Bloomington Gold judges reward cars with original engines Technology to the rescue When GM built its engines, the engine-number pads were finished with an industrial broaching process that is hard to duplicate in a restoration shop. Also, besides having certain font characteristics, the alphanumeric sequence was ganged together in a fixture and then stamped en masse into the pad. Or more accurately, it was stamped into the pad in two different parts – the build code when the engine was built up, and the ID number when the engine was assigned to a particular chassis. Personally, I'd rather own an average house on a nice street than a mansion parked under a freeway. And I'd rather have the world's ugliest dog who truly loves me than a prize-winning Yorkie with a friendly smile that bites small children. Similarly, Corvette-wise, I'll take an honest, no-stories, vanilla car with real numbers over some glistening tart that's a known fake. This interest in authenticity doesn't stem from value, or profit, or pride of ownership – it follows the principle of integrity. Bottom line, the foundation of any good relationship is trust. You wouldn't be friends with a deceptive cheat, and you shouldn't be friends with a deceptive car. A March-April 2012 49


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Horsepower Colin Comer THE RETURN Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 1967 Mustang custom, sold for $275k 2012 marked record sales across the board, with the combined sales total of the “big six” auctions surging to a staggering $184 million (up from $160m last year). While we are not back to the feeding frenzy and insane prices of 2006, what is evident from this year's sales total — and from closely analyzing some key sales — is that stability has returned to the market for American collector cars. E Buying smart and buying right Stability, in my book, could also be called repeatability. Being able to peg within a few thousand dollars what a car will bring on the block based on recent sales of comparable cars is a good thing. It speaks to sellers knowing what their cars are worth and buyers knowing what to pay. I've preached for years for buyers to do their homework and be smart on the buy, or, as I like to joke, to not “buy in haste and repent in leisure.” The auction companies are really making a dent in weeding out fraudulent cars and descriptions, and they should be commended for doing so. But it is ultimately still up to the buyer to make the final call on what is live and what is Memorex. Some of this year's results floored me. Call me old-fashioned, but I find it hard to get my head around the whole resto-mod movement, at 50 AmericanCarCollector.com of American muscle DURING THIS WHIRLWIND AUCTION WEEK, I WITNESSED EVERYTHING FROM RECORD-BREAKING SALES TO FLAT-OUT BARGAINS 1970 Boss 429 Mustang, sold for $247,500 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson ight days, seven auctions, roughly 2,300 cars offered. This year's Arizona auctions unanimously pushed one message: Muscle cars are back. The Scottsdale auctions have long been considered the barometer for the coming year in the collector car market. least from an investment perspective. Yes, they are awesome to drive, and I fully appreciate that people are out there using them. But with few exceptions, I generally don't see people making money on building and selling them. And subsequent owners seem to lose money on them as well. In it for the money, or the drivability? Now, buying a collector car is not all about investment. For many, it is simply a lifestyle choice, such as when you buy a new Corvette or a boat — knowing full well that you just have to count the depreciation as the price for having fun with it during your ownership. That said, let's compare two cars that sold at Barrett-Jackson. Lot 1299 was a 1967 Mustang Custom, a nicely done hot rod fastback with a reported 763-hp supercharged engine, which should be plenty to scare the stuffing out of your car buddies. It sold for $275,000. Lot 1250.2 was a Grabber Blue 1970 Boss 429 Mustang, reported to be a numbers-matching example correctly restored to concours condition. It sold for a spot-on, market-correct $247,500. While my crystal ball doesn't work as well as I'd like, I bet that if these buyers woke up with an auction hangover, the buyer of the Boss 429 would be able to quickly find a buyer for right around what he paid — perhaps even more — while the resto-mod buyer could be looking at a potentially large haircut should he decide to sell it in a hurry. But if both buyers decided they wanted to take a road trip in their


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new cars and asked me to ride along, I'd call shotgun in the resto-mod without thinking twice. After all, there is something to be said for good brakes, suspension, a radio and a/c. Neither buyer made a bad decision, but one bought an investment-type collector car and one bought a kick-ass toy that will be fun to use — but will probably never appreciate in value. Steals and deals Two other examples from this year's auctions show that even in a record-breaking week, good cars sometimes fall through the cracks. RM Auctions sold Lot 243 —arguably the finest unrestored 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T in existence — for $308,000. How can a $308k Dodge be a steal? Let me explain. This was one of 12 4-speed Hemi Challengers built for 1971, and it was also an original Mr. Norm's-tuned “Stage III” car, also known as a dealer-converted Supercar. It also happened to be a 5,000-original-miles, original-paint car on top of that, and the same car that famously changed hands in 2006 for $600k. In the spirit of full disclosure, I was involved in the purchase of this car on behalf of a collector who was thrilled to add it to his collection. Across town at Bonhams' new Scottsdale auction, Lot 355, a very nice 1968 Shelby GT500 KR 4-speed fastback, sold for $70,200. Yes, it was Highland Green and a little rough around the edges, but $70k for a 4-speed KR? That was easily $30k on the short side of the money. The buzz is back What the results can't show on paper is the buzz felt on the ground in Scottsdale. Values are moving up steadily, and rather than having Darin Schnabel ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger r/T — a steal at $308k? to read tea leaves to offer predictions, guys like me now have multiple real-world sales on which to base valuations. After talking to hundreds of buyers during the week, ranging from seasoned collectors to guys just getting started, I found that people once again feel comfortable buying good cars. And the number one reason I heard? They trust cars more than other investment venues, such as stocks. As one collector said, “Where else could I put the money that would be as safe? Not to mention I get to drive the cars!” I'm not an investment adviser, but I can certainly agree that a garage full of old muscle cars is a heck of a lot more fun to have than a big stock portfolio. And judging by the thousands of bidders buying in Scottsdale this year, I'm not alone. A March-April 2012 51


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Q&A Q: by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson You've got questions, we've got answers Send your questions to questions@americancarcollector.com. If we print it, we'll send you an American Car Collector hat! I, probably like many of your readers, own, what I've termed, a “Frankenmusclecar.” I love driving it. I don't want to sell it. But I do want to insure it for its true value. Professional databases don't have any idea about its value, and a professional appraiser said it was worth $35k three years ago. What is it? Well, it's a real 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am with the correct VIN and a lot of history, more than most Pontiacs. It was one of seven originally purchased in '71 by B.F. Goodrich to race and promote its then-new BFG radia seven cars were modified by T&G racing (Titus and Godsall), a Southern California shop, into what became known as “Tirebirds.” Three were real race cars and four were clones used by the company at car shows and tire dealers. I own the only clone left. But that's only part of the story. In 1972, this trashed Tirebird was purchased rebuilt and modified by famed Petersen Publication (Hot Rod, Car Craft) editor, Ardun engine builder and dry-lake racer Tom Senter, who profiled the car in several magazine articles of the mid-'70s. It became known as the “magazine car.” I bought this Tirebird in 2004 from another collector who had kept it in his Fresno barn for over two decades. To the average collector, this history is not worth Bogie's “hill of beans,” and to Pontiac owners and collectors, it's worth considerably less. Why? Because Senter, in 1972, sold the original and trashed 455HO engine and installed a brand-new LS6 454 he bought from Berger Chevrolet. So, even with this storied history and BBC power, this fun-to-drive rocket with considerable style falls through the familiar cracks of valuation, and wallows in a no-man's-land of “Who knows and who cares?” So how should I go about placing a correct value on this car? — John Motroni, San Francisco, CA Chad (left) and Jim to a surprising degree when it comes to modified cars. Every car is unique. So how do you go about setting a value on something like your Trans Am? The first question you need to answer A: is what you think it would actually cost to replace it with something similar. The current ACC Pocket Price Guide places a good, Number 2 example of the 1971 Trans Am at $19,000 to $28,000. Remember, that's a car that's better than a driver but not quite perfect. The guide also adds another 15% for the correct 455. That brings us to a total of $32,200. Obviously, your car doesn't exactly fit that criteria 52 AmericanCarCollector.com Value can be a muddy thing. It always just comes down to what someone will pay, but that varies because of its L and other mods that's OK – rem ber, this is just a guide, so let's c a starting point. Now, about that history. Your car started out as a special piece, almost from new, thanks to its BFG connection and Tirebird status. But that doesn't mean it's going to light up the market and set the value world on fire. Most people probably don't remember these cars, and it doesn't currently wear the Tirebird livery. But again, that's OK — remember, this wasn't a race car. It was a clone. In this particular case, I'd say the magazine history is probably where the most value lives. Why? Because that's likely how most of the buyers for something like this will remember it. It's the most interesting footnote in the car's past, and it's what separates it from a hot-rodded Trans Am built in someone's two-car garage. How close is the car's current condition and presentation to how it was in print? Have aftermarket parts been swapped out over the years in the name of more power and speed, or is it still more or less as Senter built it? Does it still look like it did in its


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“In 1972, this trashed Tirebird was purchased, rebuilt and modified by famed Petersen Publication editor, Ardun engine builder and dry-lake racer Tom Senter, who profiled the car in several magazine articles of the mid-'70s. It became known as ‘the magazine car.'” magazine days? That's absolutely key to this car's value, as its print days were probably its best days – sure, it was modified from stock, but it was also documented by thousands of readers. Is the appraisal appropriate in this mar- ket? I'm not an appraiser, but I'd call it close. The drop in value to purists for the engine swap is more than canceled out by this car's interesting history. If it were mine, I'd bring it back to its magazine condition and then have another appraisal done, with all the documentation (including magazine articles) present. And in the meantime, I'd start with $40k as an agreed value and watch the market very closely — and have your agent on speed dial. — Jim PickeringA March-April 2012 53


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PROFILE CORVETTE Detailing Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), Bloomington Gold Engine #: Passenger's side, front, on engine pad ACC Investment Grade: B More: www.ncrs.org; www. bloomingtongold.com Alternatives: 1969 AMC AMX, 1968 Ford Mustang 428 CJ, 1968 Dodge Charger R/T Original list price: $4,787.05 Current ACC Valuation: $39,000–$72,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $65 Chassis (VIN) #: Appears on engine pad, transmission, frame and VIN tag Year produced: 1963 Number produced: 10,919 convertibles 1963 Comps 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 convertible Lot S107, S/N 30867S120724 Condition 3+ Sold at $57,770 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA, 7/16/2011 ACC# 182363 Corvette 327/340 HP DueLInG CHEVROLET Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Gooding & Company We examine 2 special Corvettes and find ... Editor's note: Originality is only one component of value. To demonstrate that, we had our Corvette expert, Michael Pierce, take a look at two of the cars that crossed the block in Scottsdale. The cars included a 1963 Corvette 327/340 that made $55,000, and a 1968 Corvette L88 coupe that made $451,000. Here are his thoughts. Chassis number: 30867S119304 Engine number: 3119304FO702RE by Michael Pierce 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 convertible Lot 606, S/N 30867S119753 Condition 3+ Not Sold at $56,000 ACC# 176616 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/8/2011 • A true barn find • Original “Survivor” example • 2010 NCRS National Convention Four-Star Bowtie Award winner • Matching-numbers example • Few owners from new • Powerful L76 340-hp engine option • Offered with factory hard top ACC Analysis This car, lot 151, sold for $55,000, including buyer's premium, at Gooding's Scottsdale auction on January 20, 2012. It was built July 11, 1963, and fitted with Positraction, M21 4-speed, radio and heater. It showed 38,346 original miles. The price was certainly a deal for the new owner. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/340 convertible Lot TH304, S/N 30867S117402 Condition 2- Not Sold at $46,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/2011 ACC# 168590 Light on options, but not on style Although an iconic '63, this Corvette suffered the indignity of being from the only year of Corvette production where a roadster is less valuable than its coupe counterpart. It had very few options, the paint was obviously original but thin, and the car was on blocks in the far Northeastern U.S. for 20-plus years, so most of the external metal parts were either rusty or corroded. However, the NCRS honored this roadster at the 2010 National Convention with its prestigious Bowtie Award for original cars. They determined that the mechanicals, chassis, interior and exterior were still within 85% of how each part of the car appeared when it was delivered from the St. Louis plant 49 years ago. The low-option status, overall condition, and lack of paperwork/provenance all probably contributed to its low hammer price. It was not rare, not a SplitWindow, not fuel-injected, not a tanker or Z06; it was just an original 1963, two-top, solid lifter roadster. But that originality is what should make it especially desirable. This car was also offered but did not sell for a $98,000 asking price on a Canadian dealer's website prior to appearing at Gooding. So it was not fresh to market, which may have affected the bidding. Prior to the auction, I figured it would go some- where between $60k and $70k. But $55k? This was a deal. 1963 327/340 HP 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 1969 L88 VS


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1969Corvette L88 CHEVROLET ORIGINALS ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 22,129 (116 with RPO L88) Original list price: $6,652.30 Current ACC Valuation: $283,500–$416,750 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $300 Chassis (VIN) #: Appears on engine pad, transmission, frame and VIN tag More: www.ncrs.org; www. bloomingtongold.com Alternatives: 1963–65 Shelby Cobra 289, 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ACC Investment Grade: A Club: National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS), Bloomington Gold Engine #: Passenger's side, front, on engine pad ... originality alone doesn't drive value Chassis number: 194379S722210 Engine number: T0610LO 19S72210 • The only unrestored Monaco Orange example known • Less than 18,000 miles from new • Factory-delivered, matching-numbers engine • Bloomington Gold Survivor, Benchmark and Hall of Fame recipient • NCRS Top Flight Award Winner ACC Analysis This car, Lot 38, also sold at Gooding's Scottsdale auction, achieving $451,000, including buyer's premium. It was built June 18, 1969, and showed just 17,869 original miles. In my opinion, it was very reasonably bought. A high-level award winner Only 116 RPO L88s were produced in 1969, and this is perhaps the only Monaco Orange version. In addition to that, it has earned just about every nationally recognized Corvette Award available: NCRS Regional Top Flight, Bloomington Gold Survivor and Benchmark, and is a Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame inductee. The Regular Production Option (RPO) L88 started with the 1967 Corvette and comprised a four-bolt main 427 with an unadvertised horsepower of close to 560. The additional cost for this option was almost 25% more than the base model Corvette. In 1968, 80 were built; in '69, 116. L88s are hot in this market, with good restored cars usually bringing between $300k and $600k. This '69 presented better than many older restored examples but was actually extremely original and unmolested. Additionally, the original tank sheet, Protect-O-Plate and bill of sale (along with a complete chain of title) document the Corvette to its current owner. But why didn't it bring a higher price? Had this been a restored example, it might have received the attention of the current buyer plus those whose eyes are brightened by 99+-point restorations. You can compare it with a restored silver 1968 L88 roadster sold across town at Russo and Steele for a record $687,500 — measurably more rare due to its convertible top and lower production year. For someone, that added up to $236,000 more in value. Originality only part of the package To bring substantial sums of money, Corvettes must not only be original, they must be documented, highly optioned, highest performance and generally produced in very low numbers. Ultimately, both of these examples were well bought, but one — the '69 L88 — was at the top of the Corvette food chain, and one — the '63 convertible — was not. While the '63 didn't have much documentation, it had not been wrecked and was a great example of how they were when they were built. It'll be a great driver. L88s are much more valuable than all but a handful of other Corvettes. Many of them have race history. Original examples, such as Lot 38, are money in the bank and huge horsepower in the garage. But the L88 can't readily be driven because it requires a minimum of 108 octane fuel, runs hot and wants to go in a straight line. It's a torque monster and is legendary throughout the collector world. The conclusion Perhaps the most important factor at work here concerns the type of buyer at auction. At the high-end, many auction buyers are simply looking for what they consider to be the best of the best — and that often means instant gratification through shiny restorations of top-option cars. Cars with perceived needs, even if those issues are typical of factory production, may be overlooked, while immaculate restored examples bring top dollar. That means if you're thinking of selling an unre- stored, original car at auction, ask yourself if it's rarity will overcome its lack of visual sizzle. For both of these cars, the ultimate appeal is to a sophisticated buyer who understands how few original examples are still around and can appreciate the fact that you can actually drive them, maintain them as an original, and let them go to the next buyer, who will hopefully maintain them for the next generation. A (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Gooding & Company.) March-April 2012 55 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Lot 151, S/N 194379S736298 Condition 1 Sold at $401,500 ACC # 164596 RM Auctions, San Diego, CA, 6/19/2010 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 10/6/2011 ACC# 187721 Lot S106, S/N 194379S722199 Condition 1Sold at $596,250 Comps 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Lot S134, S/N 194379S721608 Condition 2Sold at $222,600 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/2011 ACC# 179321 VS.


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PROFILE GM 1970GSX BUICK Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Compared with the legends it can run toe-to-toe with, this Buick is a bargain Chassis number: 446370H273985 by Tom Glatch the Concours/Restored Gold award at the Buick GS Nationals. It has spent its recent restored life in a museum and private collection. It has its original matching-numbers engine, T 56 AmericanCarCollector.com transmission and rear differential, and is finished in the stunning original Code Q-Q color of Saturn Yellow that was available only on the GSX model. It is powered by the 455-ci high-performance V8 with a 3-speed HD Turbo-Hydramatic 400 M40 transmission and 3.42 Positraction rear end. Besides the GSX option, this hard top is comple- mented with an impressive list of factory options — and some added options that include air conditioning, bucket seats with floor console shifter, power and tilt steering, front disc brakes, Goodyear raised white letter tires on chrome Rally wheels, instrument gauge package with hood tach, AM/FM stereo and much more. Impeccable iron-clad provenance includes the original owner's manual, warranty papers, customer vehicle delivery package, California emission decals, owner history registration cards back to 1975, and the original build sheet. A rotisserie pictorial as well his particular Buick GSX has been the recipient of a meticulous, concours-grade, nut-and-bolt restoration and is one of the finest examples available. It has been nationally judged twice and was the recipient of as a breakdown and decoding of the vehicle's major components and numbers comes with it. Also included are GSX documentation, statistics and literature. It is also a registered entrant of the GSX Historical Society. Very few of these cars survived, and only a handful of authentic documented real-deal GSX cars remain today. Also, very few were originally special ordered in this stunning Saturn Yellow and black configuration. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1254.2, sold for $88,000, including buyer's pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. It's tempting to lump the term “Buick Muscle Car” in with oxymora such as “jumbo shrimp” and “government ethics.” Buicks have hardly been the pinnacle of automotive performance over the years. Then there's the 1970 Buick GSX. When Road Test magazine drove one for their September 1970 issue, they wrote: “Basically, Buick has taken their hottest car and made it hotter.... Even though the GSX is first a high performance vehicle, it has encompassed the full line of luxury items and roadability of the bigger cars. The GSX is capable of holding its own at any drag strip, and in most cases, it will make the competitors go home crying.” Crying? A Buick? Really? Really. The numbers Motor Trend got out of a GSX were shocking — 0–60 mph in 5.8 seconds, and a quarter mile in 13.38 seconds at 105.5 mph. They declared the GSX nothing less than “the quickest


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American production car we had ever tested.” Road tests of performance cars back then were hardly Real World, and it's known that manufacturers sometimes enhanced the performance of their press cars, but if even remotely accurate, the t it right up there with y of muscle: the 1970 TO Judge, and anyerican production car we had ever tested.” Road tests of performance cars back then were hardly Real World, and it's known that manufacturers sometimes enhanced the performance of their press cars, but if even remotely accurate, the t it right up there with y of muscle: the 1970 TO Judge, and any- On- On par with the greats e good friend and r editor of Musclecar ew magazine, Paul arine, actually ured a shootout of 70 Hemi GTX and a S 455 Stage 1 in the arch 1985 issue, with e Buick taking home the bragging hts. A few years later, a rematch h two similar cars had the Hemi us. In the end, nothing was really ept that the GSX was truly the f the top muscle cars of the era. as torque. Massive amounts of it. 5 engine, Buick simply bored their ngine. That left the 455 design uare,” which can produce more er revs than longer-stroke coun70, the 455 GS engine delivered 0 horsepower at 4,600 rpm, while the optional Stage 1 package added 10 more horses. In both engines, the torque rating was 510 lb-ft at just 2,800 rpm. No American engine surpassed that torque number until the 2003 Dodge Viper. And torque is what got the nearly two-ton GSX off the line quickly. Look at me! While both 455 engines were available in the midsized Buick 455 GS, it's an automotive wallflower, blending into the shadows of the neighborhood drivein. The spinoff of the 455 GS, the GSX is the Buick that has both the performance and The Look, shouting ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years produced: 1970 Number produced: 678 Original list price: $5,000 Current ACC Valuation: $60,000–$126,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $12.88 Chassis #: VIN plate on top of instrument panel at base of windshield More: http://www.buickgsx. net/ Club: 1970–72 Buick GSX Registry Engine #: Pad between #1 and #3 cylinders “game on” everywhere it goes. At a cost of $1,196 over the GS, the GSX was built from February 1970 through July of that year, and only 678 were made. That makes the GSX one of the rarest muscle cars — at least of those that were not developed with racing in mind. Of the two colors offered, 491 (72%) were painted shocking Saturn Yellow to just 187 in Apollo White, and only black trim and interior were available with both colors. Most buyers (400) chose the $115 Stage 1 option, and most (499) preferred the automatic transmission. The GSX included stiffer shocks and suspension, heavy-duty cooling, power front disc brakes, and G60x15 tires. The hood-mounted tach (borrowed from Pontiac's parts bin) and the rear wing were unique to the GSX, as were the black trim and graphics. Both 455 engines returned in 1971 and 1972, as did the GSX, but the GSX was now just a trim package rather than a unique model, and though only a few were built (124 in '71, 44 in '72), it's the '70 GSX that collectors care about. A bargain buy Only a few 1970 GSXs are auctioned each year, so any time one is available, interest is high. This example lacked the Stage 1 option, which can drive up value by as much as 50%, and the 4-speed manual, which can add another 20%. But this is a California emissions car, of which only 16 were built (14 in Saturn Yellow). We've seen top-quality Stage 1 cars sell for as much as $128,700 in 2010 and $124,550 in 2011. That's 30% to 50% less than a comparable LS6, Judge or Hemi. This GSX makes up for its lack of Stage 1 pop with excellent condition and documentation. At $88,000, it was right on the money, and compared with the legends it can run toe-to-toe with, this Buick was a real bargain.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) March-April 2012 57 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 Lot 675, S/N 446370H305619 Condition 1Sold at $128,700 ACC# 160346 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2010 Alternatives: 1968–70 Plymouth Roadrunner/ GTX Hemi, 1968-70 Dodge Charger/Coronet Hemi, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6, 1969–71 Pontiac GTO Judge ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Lot S275, S/N 446370H193675 Condition 1 Not Sold at $135,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/11 ACC# 179391 1970 Buick GSX Lot NR52, S/N 446370H293064 Condition 2 Sold at $59,400 ACC# 44266 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2/9/2007


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PROFILE FOMOCO 1964 ½ FORD Mustang convertible Courtesy of Bonhams This early convertible is a bit of a mystery. It appears that much of the drivetrain was built in 1966 Chassis number: 5F08D110588 Engine number: C6AE6015C by SamStockham styling that spawned a new “Pony Car” market and encouraged stiff competition from Detroit's other major automakers. Part of the Mustang's appeal was the wide range of options; Ford offered the ability to truly personalize a Mustang. A buyer could specify anything from a relatively tame six-cylinder coupe to a fully equipped convertible with one of three highperformance V8 engines. Although Ford projected first-year sales of about 100,000, this mark was reached in a mere four months, making the Mustang's introduction the most successful in automotive history. By 1966, one million Mustangs were being driven on American roads. Due to its mid-year introduction in 1964, the earliest I 58 AmericanCarCollector.com examples of the Mustang were titled as 1965 models (as this example is), but are known unofficially as 1964½ cars. Presented here is one of these revered 1964½ Mustangs, finished in a classic color combination of Code M, Wimbledon White, with a black interior and a white convertible top with matching boot cover. This Mustang was factory-equipped with the extremely ntroduced in April 1964 at the New York World's Fair, and conceived by Lee Iacocca, the Ford Mustang created an overnight nationwide sensation. It offered a winning combination of sporting performance, personal luxury and crisp rare, early production (April 1964), a “D code” 289-ci 4-barrel, dual exhaust V8 engine and 4-speed manual Borg Warner T10 H-1 transmission, with power steering and original-style wire spoke hubcaps. This Mustang is described by the vendor as being in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition, having benefited from a comprehensive major service that included a host of new components. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 311, sold for $37,644 at Bonhams' Scottsdale auction on January 19, 2012. The Mustang was the single-best-selling new model in automotive history and still is to this day. This rabbit, pulled from the hat of Lee Iacocca, was, in essence, a redesign of a comparatively marginal success, the Ford Falcon. This trick gave Ford enthusiastic publicity (something it was longing for) and immediately put the Mustang into iconic status. Regardless of sales numbers, why wouldn't the Mustang be iconic? It's good-looking, it's quick and it's simple. It managed to cross gender lines without either gender caring, which is a feat in itself. Two versions of the initial Mustang are commonly recognized. While all first-year Mustangs were sold and titled as 1965 model year cars, the Mustang community dubbed the early 1965 model year cars as 1964½. These were the cars produced before many small improvements took place in the build halfway through 1964.


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Quick improvements When the Mustang was launched on March 9, 1964, Ford knew that it was playing with some old technology. The charging system was the most glaring of shortcomings. e quickly on their y were replaced , which did r when it came d also knew up would have rformance if the ustang were to keep the attention of its young audience. Top dog of the early cars was the “D code” 289, putting out a respectable 210 horsepower. While this engine was basically a bored-out 260 that was used in the Falcon (and here in e Mustang), this displacement was conred fresh, as it arrived in 1963. This so handsomely beat the 164-hp rating g 260, further inspiring confidence in mance. Not until midyear, though, was 9 Hi-Po engine “officially” released, rmance-buying public a stout 271-hp uick improvements When the Mustang was launched on March 9, 1964, Ford knew that it was playing with some old technology. The charging system was the most glaring of shortcomings. e quickly on their y were replaced , which did r when it came d also knew up would have rformance if the ustang were to keep the atten- tion of its young audience. Top dog of the early cars was the “D code” 289, putting out a respectable 210 horsepower. While this engine was basically a bored-out 260 that was used in the Falcon (and here in e Mustang), this displacement was con- red fresh, as it arrived in 1963. This so handsomely beat the 164-hp rating g 260, further inspiring confidence in mance. Not until midyear, though, was 9 Hi-Po engine “officially” released, rmance-buying public a stout 271-hp , , 1964 (some say the end of July) is the 64½ Mustang became the 1965. This is when most of these changes started to take place. As production was running at a fever pitch, there was no true line in the sand for all identifiers of a 1964½ Mustang. You can bet Ford used up any bits remaining after August 18. For instance, there may be some late '65 models with the old Eaton power-steering pump versus the new Thompson unit. Only an assembly line worker with a fantastic memory would know for sure. '64½ or transplanted '66? This charming little car is a bit of a mystery. Without any service history paperwork over the years, it's hard to explain its many nuances, such as the alternator, that tell us that this car may not be an early production 1964½. But wait — it is a “D code” VIN, which was dropped mid-1965. Then there is the later Thompson power-steering pump. What's going on here? A look at the engine code tells us that this is not a numbers-matching car. In fact, this engine wasn't cast until 1966, and it was not necessarily used in a Mustang. Since the block was changed, then so was the bellhousing, which brings up the question whether the transmission is original. Ford's practice of using up leftover parts on the assembly line may (and I stress may) tell us that this is a transition car. If only the block was changed, that might explain some of the other irregularities. Perhaps this car just got a complete transplant from a '66 car, which included upgraded parts not found on the '64½ — such as the alternator and Thompson power-steering pump. An expensive buy This was a nice car, but $37,644 was big money considering its stories. Nice Mustang convertibles often can be found for $10k less than this, so I think we're looking at a case of someone — or maybe two bidders — simply needing to own this particular car rather than a positive shift in the early Mustang market. After all, at this level, the buyer can expect numbers-matching perfection. With that in mind, this was very well sold. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of Bonhams.) March-April 2012 59 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 162, S/N 5R08A175217 Condition 2Sold at $28,080 Bonhams, Portland, OR, 6/11/2011 ACC# 179568 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 416, S/N 5F08C333976 Condition 3 Sold at $17,050 ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Year built: 1965 Number built: 28,833 early convertibles Original list price: $2,557 Current ACC Valuation: $22,400–$30,400 Tune-up cost: $120 Distributor cap: $12 Chassis # location: Door tag, driver's fender apron Engine # location: Above starter Club info: Mustang Club of America, www.mustang. org ACC Investment grade: B Comps Alternatives: 1967 Camaro 327, 1964 Plymouth Barracuda, 1963 Ford Falcon Auctions America by RM, Carlisle, PA, 9/19/2011 ACC# 186065 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 101, S/N 5R08K154610 Condition 1Sold at $35,100 Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID, 9/4/2011 ACC# 184079


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PROFILE FOMOCO The Cumberford Angle several excellent earlier designs. The front face embodies the graphic composition of Italian-built, Dodge-based 1950s Dual Ghias, created by Chrysler's Virgil Exner. The fender profile was taken by lead designer Joe Oros from his brilliant 1961 Lincoln Continental, and the roof was a crib of the 1963 Pontiac Tempest, although in profile it vaguely resembles early T-Bird hard tops. Mustang chassis design was neither noble or imaginative, and T High-mounted rectangular grille with headlamps alongside, used on '50s Dual Ghias, allowed a long, flat hood and gave the impression that the car was wider than it was in fact. he Mustang was one of the most successful new cars of all time. Really, they were just re-proportioned and restyled versions of dumpy Falcon economy sedans. But what brilliant restyling: Simple and straightforward, the original (and seemingly perpetual) Mustang look was an amalgam of Robert Cumberford A silk purse from a sow's ear initial powertrains were nothing special — either the horrid all-iron Falcon inline six or the lightweight but not particularly powerful 260-ci V8 that later morphed into the legendary 289 and 5.0 units. Buying an early Mustang got you great styling, but little else. A lot of clever design effort went into making cheap attractive: Door inner panels were painted steel with a soft insert. Vinyl-only seats were copied, with credit, from Lotus Elans, and for decent instrumentation, the “Rally Pac” option included a tachometer and an adaptively regulated clock. Those first Mustangs were inexpensive, accessible and agreeable. Now approaching a half-century of service, they're still usable in modern traffic and still very attractive. Especially the convertibles. A Having the windshield frame made of chrome and visually separate from the body is key to the sense that this is a sports car, not a conventional convertible coupe. This little upward kink in the fender line recapitulates the 1961 Lincoln, defines the rear fender neatly, provides a little more space for top stack, and looked great on coupe and fastback, too. The purity of the slim chrome bumper was wonderfully elegant and suited the car perfectly. As fake wire-wheel hubcaps go, these were almost convincing, but they were still fake and still to be avoided at all costs by anyone with the least modicum of taste. INTERIOR VIEW basic, suited to an economy car. The initial selling proposition was a low price, with dozens of Mustang instrumentation was options available to make it into a true sports model. The inner door panel was simple painted steel stamped with a grained texture to resemble leather. Clever, classy and dirt cheap, the interior gave great visual value at minimum cost. 60 AmericanCarCollector.com The deep-dish, three-spoke steering wheel carried painted-on “lightening holes,” and was very much a Detroit-style plastic production without elegance. At least all shifters were floor-mounted. Seats were elegantly pleated but not very comfortable, with no lateral support. Design was credited to Lotus, which used a central tunnel and a very narrow cockpit for lateral support. Standard specification gave you a tacky chrome piece here to simulate a scoop, but you could pay extra and have it left off, much the wiser choice.


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969Road Runner 2-door hard top PLYMOUTH Take an empty Coke can, drop a penny in it, and shake it. That is the sensory equivalent of driving a Plymouth Road Runner hard. Nothing subtle here 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: RM23H9G157810 by Tom Glatch 4-speed transmission. The car is equipped with the Air Grabber hood, rear T wing, factory bucket seats, center console, tachometer, power steering and Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Wide Oval tires. Spare, jack and extra keys are included with purchase. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 690, sold for $30,800, including buyer's pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on Jan. 19, 2012. Take an empty Coke can, drop a penny in it, and shake it. That is the sensory equivalent of driving a Plymouth Road Runner hard. Nothing subtle here. No smooth edges, no hint of luxury, no pretenses, just a big, loud V8 propelling a four-wheeled tin can at a ridiculous rate. Muscle cars were plentiful by 1968. The 1964 Pontiac GTO created the big-engine-in-a-midsize-car genre, and soon everyone copied it. Even the conservative Chrysler Corporation created their version of the muscle car: the Plymouth GTX and Dodge Coronet R/T. But the GTO and Chevrolet's Chevelle dominated the market by a huge margin — in 1967 Dodge and Plymouth sold about 22,000 mid-sized performance his '69 Road Runner is a very original car presented in original factory optional F3 Frost Green Iridescent exterior paint with white vinyl interior. The 383-ci V8 engine is backed by a D21 cars combined, while Pontiac alone sold more than 81,000 GTOs. 1968 would have been a repeat performance for Plymouth, when, just a few weeks before the new models were to be introduced, a radical new idea was proposed. A new kind of performance car Jack Smith was manager of the mid-sized Plymouth product planning group. In a 2000 talk, Smith recalled the new performance car concept: “It had to please the kids if it was going to be successful. First, it had to do 0–60 in under seven seconds, right off the showroom floor. It had to do over 100 mph in the quarter mile in less than 15 seconds. Yet another objective was that it had to have, as standard equipment, all the mechanical toys the kids wanted: high-performance brakes, transmission and stuff like that. Lastly, it had to sell for under $3,000.” It was a tall order, especially with just a few weeks to accomplish it, but most of the pieces were already in place. Lightweight body, police parts Plymouth engineers took the same midsized B-body platform that was used on the GTX, but stripped away everything that was not essential. Most sound deadening was removed, only a basic, bench-seat interior was offered, and exterior trim was kept to a minimum. But by reaching into the police car parts bins (Chrysler had 51% of the police car market), the new car had heavy-duty brakes, suspension and rear axle. Chrysler's trusty 383-ci “B-Block” V8 and heavy-duty Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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transmissions would power it, but the 440 GTX cam and heads were added. 335 horsepower may not seem like much, but in this flyweight, 3,200-pound projectile, it could humiliate cars endowed with much more grunt. And if this wasn't fast enough, the legendary 426 Street beit at a hefty expensive to pped-down muscle o sell well. oad Runner e it really e. Chrysler's ncy, Young & cam, put their best d brightest on the , and called the , youth-oriented Lamancha. ally? Really. ankfully, Jack Smith's assistant ggestion. “Those of you who n the cartoons know that Wile ing to snag Road Runner, and e caught,” Smith said. “He use he is so agile. And best of , beep!'” So Lamancha became the Road Runner. A licensing agreement with Warner Bros. studio for the use of the cartoon character was quickly arranged (it cost Chrysler $50,000), and the Plymouth Road Runner was born. In a final stroke of genius, the Spartan Horn Company took an item they made for the military, removed the mil-spec features, and drove the cost for the unique “Beep-Beep” horn down to 47 cents above a stock piece. Rumor has it that Chrysler spent $10,000 developing the horn, but Jack Smith remembered that the only new component necessary was the mounting bracket, which cost $243 to tool. The Road Runner was unquestionably the surprise ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years produced: 1968–70 Number produced: 44,948 in 1968, 82,109 in 1969 and 39,110 in 1970 Original list price: $3,083 (two-door hard top) Current ACC Valuation: $20,000–$35,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $22.58 Chassis #: VIN plate on top of instrument panel at base of windshield Engine #: Pad on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Club: Walter P. Chrysler Club More: www.chryslerclub.org Alternatives: 1968–72 Pontiac GTO, 1968–72 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, 1968–70 Dodge Coronet Super Bee hit of 1968, with 44,948 cars sold that year. For 1969, a convertible and a new 440-ci option with three 2-barrel carbs was added, and 82,109 were sold, surpassing the GTO for number two in the muscle car market (and getting dangerously close to the salesleading Chevelle). Motor Trend even declared the Road Runner Car of the Year in 1969. The core muscle car experience I had friends in high school who owned a number of Road Runners over the years. We all owned Chrysler products back then, and we filled the front row of the local Big Boy's parking lot with menacing Mopar muscle. My friends bought their 'Runners cheap, rode them hard, and sold them at least for what they paid for them. And they never lost a street fight — even to modified competition. Their appeal today is the same as it was in 1969 — the Road Runner is the essence of the muscle car experience. Today, Hemi Road Runners can hit the $200,000 mark, while the rare convertibles (only 2,711 built from 1969 to 1970) and top-quality 440 Six Pack cars can cross $100k. But the Road Runner the kids bought in droves was the basic 383-ci, two-door hard top — just like our feature car. This car is gorgeous in Frost Green and white, has enough options to make it habitable, and it's in mostly original condition. At $30,800, the price may be right on the current market value, but it's rare to find an authentic, original muscle car like this — especially the car that truly defined the genre. That makes this Road Runner a tremendous bargain — just like it was in 1969. Very well bought. A (Introductory descrip- tion courtesy of BarrettJackson.) March-April 2012 63 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1969 Plymouth Road Runner Lot S78, S/N RM23H9G257306 Condition 3+ Sold at $25,440 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA, 7/16/2011 ACC# 182961 1969 Plymouth Road Runner (same car) Lot 72, S/N RM12H9G157810 Condition 4+ Sold at $29,700 ACC# 177734 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/7/2011 1968 Plymouth GTX Lot 378, S/N RS23L8G269710 Condition 3 Sold at $24,030 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ, 1/21/2011 ACC# 168776


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932Highboy Roadster FORD This Deuce was definitely a beauty, but at BarrettJackson, it just wasn't enough to move the needle. It was a pretty car in a crowded room 64 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 181727931 by Ken Gross carburetors. The transmission is a Turbo 350, and it has a Ford nine-inch rear end with 3.56 gears. Additionally, this rod is equipped with Wilwood T disc brakes in the front and a set of Supreme wheels with “cheater” slicks. But the aesthetic details are truly what separate this rod from the pack. It has a Duval windshield, a custom one-off removable top, tall chrome shifter, fully chromed suspension front and rear, and a 1940 Ford dash. From the undercarriage to the trunk, no detail was overlooked in the construction of this '32. This rod has less than 250 miles on it since its completion. The car is titled and registered currently as a '32 Ford, and it is very streetable. This is a one-of-a-kind real-deal steel-body rod. ACC Analysis This '32 Ford Highboy, Lot 953, er's premium, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in sold for $52,800, including buy- his Dearborn Deuce all-steel body rod is powered by a complete chrome and polished 454-ci big-block Chevy that's been bored 0.060 over. It has polished aluminum Edelbrock heads and polished 650 Holley Scottsdale, AZ, on Jan. 19, 2012. Selling an unknown hot rod at no reserve is a calcu- lated risk — especially one with no provenance and no magazine feature history. And that's especially true at a sale where there were 11 other very nice '32 Fords. This Deuce roadster was definitely a beauty. Done in 1960s style in bright metallic blue with a snow-white top and gut, Astro Supreme hoops with cheater slicks, and a highly polished big block, it looked like it had rolled right out of the Detroit Autorama in the 1960s. The 3-speed automatic might give one pause, but who cares when you've got about 450 horsepower on tap? It appeared to be quite well-built. The 18-prefixed frame number could be correct for a '32 Ford, but I didn't have the chance to see if it was a real frame or a reproduction. Builders can be very creative with a little sleight of hand, an old title and a set of stamping dies. An expensive build If he'd had this car built, the consignor had to have spent north of $125k, maybe even $150k with that massive, polished Rat motor. This car was brand new with only 250 miles. But with so many other Deuce Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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roadsters at this sale, including the much-hyped Chip Foose/Boyd Coddington-designed, Bobby Allowaybuilt “Boydster II,” the 2003 AMBR winner, and several very decent newly built steel cars, there were a lot of choices. Still, Boydster II aside, this was one of the best. So what's the problem? Hot rods are a very personal thing. If you flat-out euce, you'd be delighted. Dearborn Deuce at body. But there were a few hot rod lems, such as a too-flat top, an engine ight rearward tilt and sat a bit too high, ng instruments, a period-correct but l white interior, a kiddy-camp, extended r — and I could go on. You can't change any t without changing the character of the car. The right stuff, but ... On the plus side, the roadster itself sat nicely, the finish work and plumbing looked decent, and Wilwood disc brakes are top-shelf. I also like Astro Supremes on cars like this, a boredout 454 is a choice engine, and the '40 Ford dash was a nice touch. But at Barrett-Jackson, all these positives just weren't enough to move the needle. It was a pretty car in a crowded room. Barrett-Jackson has in the past been the best venue for this type of rod. In 2002, Steve Kormondy, out of Oklahoma, brought a steel '32 he alled “Black Jack,” to Scottsdale to sell. d the look: perfect black paint and a ed blown Ardun V8 by none other than n. It was a high-quality California Street , and it was featured in The Rodder's ue 20 (I wrote the feature). The '32 sold for $172,800 at Barrett-Jackson's 2002 auction. Kormondy, who loves the building process, built it to sell, stayed by the car to answer questions, promoted it well, and it was a big hit at the auction. I don't know if that can happen again. Was this really a good value? The Boydster II, which probably cost $400,000 to build, sold in this same sale for $330k, which must be a record for a Boyd-inspired design. George Lange, its consignor, took good care of it, and there's a slim-butviable market for former AMBR winners, so that helps explain the much-better result. Lot 932, a very similar style '32 to our profile car, was built in 2006 with an original body and frame by Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas for a reported $130,000, and it sold at B-J this year for $51,700. This car brought $52,800. That's in the range of most of the other roadster sales. I'll bet the buyer is delighted, considering it was bought at one-third of the build estimate, I'd call this '32 highboy a total steal.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Number produced: 12,080 DeLuxe and Standard V8 and 4-cylinder roadsters in 1932. Current ACC Valuation: Not listed Original list price: $500 (for a DeLuxe, $460 for a Standard) Tune-up, major service: $200 Chassis #: Stamped on top of driver's side frame rail Club: There really is no national club specifically for vintage hot rods, but the buyer will be welcomed at the National Street Rod Association (NSRA) and Goodguys events. Engine #: On front right pad of engine block More: www.nsra-usa.com; www.good-guys.com Alternatives: None, really... a Deuce is a Deuce. Comps 1932 Ford Highboy custom Lot 432, S/N 18130722 Condition 2+ Sold at $41,250 Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 5/12/2011 ACC# 179439 1932 Ford Highboy “Three Crowns” Lot S228, DMV44486NV Condition 2+ Sold at $190,800 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168845 1932 Ford Custom roadster Lot 416, S/N N/A Condition 3+ Sold at $70,200 Bonhams, Brookline, MA, 9/26/2009 ACC# 142647 March-April 2012 65


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1934Airflow coupe DeSOTO Scott Farence ©2011 courtesy of RM Auctions The Airflow was ahead of its time, and it was a difficult car to sell. The avant-garde look was simply not considered fashionable by buyers 66 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 6078798 Engine number: SE8458 by Carl Bomstead by storm and reap huge profits. A design far ahead of its time, the Airflow featured built-in headlamps and wider front seats that could accommodate three adults abreast. The hood was extended past the front axle, and the rear fenders had full fender skirts. There was also a rounded radiator grille and a modified veeshaped windshield, further styling features that set this car apart from anything ever seen on American shores. Although a truly unique car for the time, the I Airflow was not widely accepted. Introduced at the height of the Great Depression, only 1,520 DeSoto coupes were built in 1934. Of them, reportedly only 15 are known to have survived. This example is one of the few to have been restored. It is finished in silver with the correct brown cloth interior n 1934, the entire DeSoto lineup featured Chrysler Corporation's new streamlined Airflow design. Walter P. Chrysler expected the streamlined and futuristic Airflow models to take the nation and is show-ready. The stylish “waterfall” grille accents this unique — but short-lived — modern marvel. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 215, sold for $52,250, including buyer's pre- mium, at the RM Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa auction on January 20, 2012. It has often been stated that the inspiration for the Airflow originated from Chrysler designer Carl Breer mistaking a flock of geese for a squadron of airplanes and observing the difficulties an airplane has in pushing itself through the air. This prompted Breer to investigate the effects of air resistance on an automobile. On the advice of Orville Wright, a wind tunnel was built, and it demonstrated that a contemporary automobile was 30% more efficient when driven backwards. Looking down from his fourth floor Chrysler Building window, Breer observed, “All those cars in the parking lot have been running in the wrong direction.” Breer and his staff determined that a teardrop design generated the least wind resistance. The first steps included reshaping the body and relocating the


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rear seat ahead of the rear axle. The engine was also moved so it was over rather than behind the front axle. Thus, the car's center of gravity and the floor of the ment were ple-piece hood d, replaced e unit. In effect, verall packng model. w design meets ket s introduced tional Auto 934 to r's 10th anhe car “That es a Hole e Air” was y ordered by the ds. But production glitches delayed ies, and when sales failed to meet ations, Breer blamed those delays chnical problems for the car's poor arket performance. Total production for the 1934 DeSoto Airflow was 13,940 units in the four body styles offered. This compares with 22,736 cars t DeSoto produced the prior year, e the new design was offered. The der Chrysler Airflow met a similar wever, as only 10,833 were sold in ies. If Chrysler had not retained e conventionally styled 6-cylinder eries, total sales would have been d of 1933's total. y did the Airflow plummet? e heart of the Great Depression, but t doubled during that same period, ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Number produced: 1,584 2-door coupes Original list price: $995 Current ACC Valuation: $50,000–$60,000 Tune-up, major service: $150 Chassis #: Plate on center of instrument board Club: Airflow Club of America More: www.airflowclub.com Alternatives: 1934–36 Chrysler Airflow, 1936 Cord 810 Sedan, 1932–34 Auburn Custom/Salon Twelve Coupe Engine #: Upper left side of cylinder block between #1 and #2 cylinders ACC Investment Grade: C Comps as did sales for LaSalle, which clearly indicated that the automotive industry was climbing out of the doldrums. So why was this new design not an instant hit? Simply put, the Airflow was ahead of its time, mak- ing it a very difficult car to sell. The avant-garde look was simply not considered fashionable to buyers. And the Airflow also attempted to sell safety in an era when it wasn't of much concern to the average buyer. The new design quickly became an object of ridicule, and designers rushed to alter the waterfall grille. By 1937, the Airflow was in the history books. Enthusiasm doesn't equal value There is an adage that if a car was not popular in its day, it is not collectible today. But don't mention that to the 600 avid members of the Airflow Club of America. However, their enthusiasm exceeds the values of their cars. The Chrysler Custom Imperial Airflow CS and CX are recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as Full Classics, but with production limited to fewer than 200 units, they are infrequently offered for public sale. There are several examples in the ACC Premium database, with sold prices ranging from the high $20k range to the $52,250 realized with this sale. This 1934 Airflow was freshly restored, and when I examined it at the RM site, I could find very little to fault. The auction company's pre- sale estimate was $50k to $75k, so the consignor was, I'm sure, hoping for a higher sale price. There was no question over the quality of this car's restoration, but when “Fashioned by Function” is not fashionable, it's a tough sell — and this DeSoto Airflow sold for the going rate. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) March-April 2012 67 1936 DeSoto Airflow III S-2 Lot 171, S/N 5092645 Condition 2 Sold at $29,700 1935 DeSoto Airflow 4-dr sedan Lot 154, S/N 5085100 Condition 3 Sold at $27,500 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/30/2011 ACC# 183026 Worldwide Auctioneers, Seabrook, TX, 5/1/2010 ACC# 162631 1936 DeSoto Airflow coupe Lot 219, S/N 5091863 Condition 3Sold at $55,000 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/3/2007 ACC# 46003


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PROFILE RACE 1965Mustang Cammer drag car FORD PROFILE R PROFILE R ROFILE RACE 1965Mustang LE RACE 1965Mustang Cammer drag car FORD which which was very quick, but the racing provenance appears to be primarily regional. No national barnstormer here 68 Chassis number: 5F09A658995 by Dale Novak car, so it has never seen bad weather. The body is perfect — never any rust, never wrecked and always garaged. It was found in June 2000, in a metal building 40 miles east of Cheyenne, WY, where it sat for many years. The engine is a fresh 482-ci rebuild of original T AmericanCarCollector.com Cammer engine #274. The car has Hilborn injection and is computer-controlled using a Carabine computer. It has custom-made headers, a nine-quart oil pan with baffles, a Scat nodular crank, Diamond forged pistons, 13.0 compression, Scat forged rods, and Ferrea valves. The bore is 4.251 inches and the stroke is 4.5 inches. It was originally raced in a light blue color and had Wynns Friction Proofing and Pennzoil stickers on it. It still has the original, metal-flake-blue steering wheel from 1965. It was raced at CDR, Pueblo and in California at the Hot Rod Reunions. It was offered from the Jim Mangione Collection. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1019.1, sold for $121,000, including buyer's pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson sale in Scottsdale, AZ, on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. Vintage drag cars seem to be on fire as of late, as his Mustang was built in 1965–66 and ran Division Five until October 17, 1971, when it was retired. The best time it ran was 9.97 at 137.4 mph, with a weight of 3,150 lbs with a driver, in Denver. It has always been a race collectors and enthusiasts search for the most unusual, odd, radical and, in this case, bitchin' machines. The more authentic the car is, in general, the more it will ring the cash register. It has to have the right stance, the right engine, the right history, the right documentation and the right bidders to move the car up the bidders' ladder. So how does chassis 658995 stack up? Put a SOHC in it Let's start with the most desirable feature this car brings to the table. The 427 “Cammer” engine is arguably one of Ford's finest engineering achievements. In the mid-'60s, Hemi-powered Chryslers were tear- ing up the NASCAR tracks and were literally leaving the competition in the dust. Near the same time, Ford had unleashed the “Total Performance” marketing campaign, which took direct aim at the Pentagram and Bowtie boys to brand Ford as the performance leader. Although the SOHC 427 (single overhead cam, aka “sock”) was an engineering masterpiece, it was banned from use in NASCAR due to good-ol'-boy politics. Team Chrysler threatened to drop out if management let the new, dominating engine on the track — not to mention that no Ford product came fitted out of the showroom with the new engine. Ford responded by sitting out the 1966 season as a measure of protest. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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NASCAR, no. NHRA and AHRA, yes When NASCAR torpedoed the intended use of the engine, Ford turned to the guys HRA for approval to ous Ford drag cars. uickly teamed up with epare 11 Mustang w A/FX class that was g world by storm. uld be fitted with the gine, and the remainRiser” mill — until e supplied. Although t one of the original y drag cars, it is, withnspired by them and ntical in its general appearance. The 680-pound gorilla 7 engine in our profile car is re- o be engine 247 out of 550 built by formance division. As delivered e engine made 616 horsepower m with 515 ft/lbs of torque at m with a single 4-bbl, and 657 r with two fours up top — the most nerated by a production race t weighed in at a manageable eams, never content to leave , squeezed even more power out ing a reported 715 horsepower. ASCAR, no. NHRA and AHRA, yes When NASCAR torpedoed the intended use of the engine, Ford turned to the guys HRA for approval to ous Ford drag cars. uickly teamed up with epare 11 Mustang w A/FX class that was g world by storm. uld be fitted with the gine, and the remain- Riser” mill — until e supplied. Although t one of the original y drag cars, it is, with- nspired by them and ntical in its general appearance. The 680-pound gorilla 7 engine in our profile car is re- o be engine 247 out of 550 built by formance division. As delivered e engine made 616 horsepower m with 515 ft/lbs of torque at m with a single 4-bbl, and 657 r with two fours up top — the most nerated by a production race t weighed in at a manageable eams, never content to leave , squeezed even more power out ing a reported 715 horsepower. s s documentation of a competi- on Five tracks, which are in the west states, including Colorado s good, as it helps to legitimize the elps to confirm the past racing o. NHRA and AHRA, yes When NASCAR torpedoed the intended use of the engine, Ford turned to the guys HRA for approval to ous Ford drag cars. uickly teamed up with epare 11 Mustang w A/FX class that was g world by storm. uld be fitted with the gine, and the remain- Riser” mill — until e supplied. Although t one of the original y drag cars, it is, with- nspired by them and ntical in its general appearance. The 680-pound gorilla 7 engine in our profile car is re- o be engine 247 out of 550 built by formance division. As delivered e engine made 616 horsepower m with 515 ft/lbs of torque at m with a single 4-bbl, and 657 r with two fours up top — the most nerated by a production race t weighed in at a manageable eams, never content to leave , squeezed even more power out ing a reported 715 horsepower. s documentation of a competi- on Five tracks, which are in the west states, including Colorado s good, as it helps to legitimize the elps to confirm the past racing mentation mentation shows a best quarter- mile time of 9.97 at 137.4 mph in Denver, which was very quick for the division, the racing provenance appears to be primarily from the Division Five area from 1965 until retirement in 1971. This would suggest that the car was run locally rather than nationally, ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Approximately 14 HolmanMoody cars. Custom builds similar to this, unknown Original list price: $5,500, estimated (Stock “A code” fastback and 427 SOHC, sold over the counter) Current ACC Valuation: $75,000–$200,000, depending on history Tune-up cost: $500 (Hilborn injection) Year produced: 1965 Number produced: Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Door jamb of driver's side door on data plate and unless other documentation comes forth, it is most likely a car that competed out of the main limelight of the larger sponsored teams. That's not quite so good, as vintage limelight adds value. A personalized restoration Our '65 Cammer was reported to have been squir- reled away in a supply shed for 30 years before being discovered and restored to its condition as presented at the Barrett-Jackson sale. On-board parts consist of a mixture of vintage bits as well as modern-day go-fast components, which indicates that the car has been used, as intended, for plastering its driver firmly into the seat. The car displays much of the original “born-with” aura that an original A/FX drag car would have possessed in 1965. But former track cars are judged by their original- ity, how much documented provenance they carry, and how notorious each car was back in the day. While a guy could build a similar car for less, it would be just that — similar. It would only be a replica of the real deal, but with no actual period track history, be it local, regional or national. What's it worth? Chassis 658995 is not a well-known car. The track history is limited, or at the least regional, which sets the car on a lower tier than a more publicized car by one of the larger racing teams, such as Dick Brannan or Phil Bonner. That said, it still has the right look and stance. The engine alone could bring $50,000 to $75,000 if offered in a largely publicized auction (Mecum sold one for $54,060 in 2011). The Hilborn injection simply adds to the period look, and the car was reported to be ready to use. At the end of the day, this was a well-sorted real drag car with a limited regional provenance and an expensive engine. When you add it all up, take it all in, and analyze the data, I'd call it well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) March-April 2012 69 1969 Chevrolet Corvette “Hell Fire” funny car Lot F169, S/N N/A Condition 3Sold at $42,400 Engine #: On block above oil pan at passenger's side front cover Club: NHRA More: www.vintage-mustang. com, www.racingjunk.com ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/11/2011 ACC# 176553 1972 Ford Pinto, Bob Glidden Lot S20, S/N N/A Condition 3 Not Sold at $125,000 ACC# 165741 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 1933 Willys dragster Lot S79, S/N W127077 Condition 2+ Sold at $68,250 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/14/2005 ACC# 39561


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PROFILE TRUCK 1954Pickup (Custom) CHEVROLET Many restorers have chopped and rebuilt more cars than they can remember. But I'll bet that most remember the trucks that let them get to work 70 AmericanCarCollector.com Chassis number: 9JSF2075 by Jay Harden clean and custom interior. The cab is fully Dynamatted for a quiet ride. Many unique and custom items can be found on this truck, from the horseshoe rear bumper to the spur hood ornament. This truck is totally fun and reliable to drive. (Editor's note: This truck was listed by Barrett-Jackson as being a 1952 model year, but it features a single-piece windshield and grille consistent with 1954 and 1955 model year trucks.) T ACC Analysis This truck sold for $28,600 at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale sale on Jan. 17, 2012. There may be more difficult things to explain than how a 60-year-old, clapped-out, rustbucket of a pickup truck can, recession or not, cross an auction block just a whisker shy of $30,000, but not very many come to mind. So what's going on here? From a purely mechanical standpoint, the truck possesses all the usual bits and pieces you would expect to see on any well-built custom that's meant to be used in the modern world. The chassis has been updated with adjustable air-ride suspension for a his truck features a true patina finish that only Mother Nature can produce. There is a small-block Chevy V8 under the hood with air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, great tunes and a perfect stance, big wheels and brakes provide much improved tractability and a custom look, and a simplebut-functional small-block Chevy built with all the familiar names should be trouble-free and powerful enough. Creature comforts include air conditioning, updated electrical components and a nicely upholstered interior. All good points, but none of them are the real story behind this sale. The truck itself holds no relevant historical value other than the fact that it's old. It's not uncommonly rare, and it's one of thousands of GM Advance Design trucks still on the road. It is not a one-of-one anything. So where is the value? Where is the profitability? What's the point? It all comes down to one thing: patina. What is patina? Literally defined, patina refers to the film that grows on metallic surfaces due to oxidation over long periods of time. The definition is simple to understand, but answering the question of why anyone would pay for it is not. To further complicate the question, why has patina grown to be so desirable that it is being intentionally preserved and even faked? The answer may lie in another definition of the term. Figuratively translated, patina can come to represent an impression or appearance of something. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Shop logos, rust are the new cool Why then are the majority of celebrated, preserved, and affectionately re-created patina finishes found on old pickups? A strong clue may be found dead center y profile, spelled out for us in hand-laid t Rod Shop. ewhere in the background of every er-mile pass, every land-speed record erica's Most Beautiful Roadster lived a y a truck, which served as the “go-fer,” e tower and daily transportation to e workspace. Shop trucks often served as rds that were ridden hard and put away e vital nonetheless. Many racers, customrers have crashed, chopped and rebuilt n they can remember, but I'm willing to emember the trucks that let them get to ogos, rust are the new cool Why then are the majority of celebrated, preserved, and affectionately re-created patina finishes found on old pickups? A strong clue may be found dead center y profile, spelled out for us in hand-laid t Rod Shop. ewhere in the background of every er-mile pass, every land-speed record erica's Most Beautiful Roadster lived a y a truck, which served as the “go-fer,” e tower and daily transportation to e workspace. Shop trucks often served as rds that were ridden hard and put away e vital nonetheless. Many racers, custom- rers have crashed, chopped and rebuilt n they can remember, but I'm willing to emember the trucks that let them get to story, story, one of an all-encompassing car e, that trucks like this impress upon . Dents come with stories, and rust has en earned. And it doesn't really matter f this particular truck actually was a ntage shop parts hauler or not — it has e look, and now it is likely to be most njoyed from the driver's seat. No need to orry about rock chips with this one. It's a way to haul greasy parts in style. The patina trend is further strengthened y simple economics. Not only do the es of classic cars and trucks continue to ut so does the cost of the techniques and s used to restore and refinish them. As a ncial value of many refinished classics reat to risk driving regularly, if at all, ld-be owners are priced out of the game altogether. But what's interesting is the increase in value that patina is seeing, with trucks like this one achieving prices close to what a restored original ACC ACC Detailing Digital Bonus Digital Bonus Years produced: 1947–55 Number produced: 1,000,000+ Original list price: $1,419 Current ACC Valuation: $10,000–$30,000 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $12 Chassis #: On plate on left front inner door post Engine #: On pad in front of right cylinder head might bring, without the added cost of complete restoration. The rising tide of restored trucks is lifting them all. Buying the truck, or the lifestyle? To some, this is just rusty junk. But those who embrace the patina movement may argue that their intentions are simply to realign where they choose to pursue value in their cars. Patina and its impression of history (real or implied) can add value and interest to vehicles that would otherwise have none. Repurposing these machines may help remind us that it is often the car lifestyle we find most valuable. For those of us intoxicated by the aroma of liquefied rubber, liberated by the release of a clutch pedal, and appreciative of the space between here and there, the beauty is in the purpose. So is the new owner of this '54 crazed or just plain crazy? He just bought a comfortable, reliable, dailydriver of a custom truck with the attitude of a rusty nail and a paintjob that never needs to be washed. I think it was well bought, and a perfect example of accomplishing more by doing less. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1947 Chevrolet 3100 Lot 459, SN CA961116 Condition 2 Sold at $35,200 Club: American Truck Historical Society, P.O. Box 901611, Kansas City, MO 64190-1611 (small-block Chevrolet V8) More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1948–52 Ford F-1, 1948-53 Dodge B-series, 1949–51 International R-series ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1954 Chevrolet 3100 5-window Lot 379.2, S/NH540009948 Condition 1Sold at $41,800 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/22/2011 ACC# 185815 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2011 ACC# 168503 1948 Ford F-1 Lot 22K, 87HC85448 Condition 4 Sold at $3,700 VanDerBrink Auctions, Hartford, SD, 5/8/2010 ACC# 162435 March-April 2012 71


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MArKeT OVERVIEW A strong 2012 opener HOW AMERICAN CARS SOLD AROUND THE WORLD TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1948 Tucker Torpedo sedan, $2,915,000—B-J, p. 83 2. 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow sedan, $2,200,000—B-J, p. 83 3. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Town Car, $1,045,000— B-J, p. 76 4. 1930 Duesenberg Model J LWB Dual Cowl Phaeton, $880,000—RM, p. 103 5. 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan, $700,000—Bon, p. 103 6. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $687,500— R&S, p. 87 7. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $687,500— G&Co., p. 116 8. 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible Victoria, $522,500—RM, p. 116 9. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $467,500—R&S, p. 86 10. 1965 Shelby GT350 R fastback, $467,500—R&S, p. 90 BEST BUYS 1. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $253,000— R&S, p. 91 2. 1955 Chevrolet Nomad wagon, $65,100—McCk, p. 104 3. 3. 1941 Lincoln Continental coupe, $64,900—B-J, p. 80 4. 4. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $55,000— G&Co., p. 108 5. 5. 1972 Chevrolet C-10 Cheyenne Super pickup, $27,030—Mec, p. 97 72 AmericanCarCollector.com by Tony Piff a sensory overload. Considering the huge and growing number of collector car enthusiasts who come to town with money to spend each year, it is no surprise that new auctions continue to show up and stake their claim. The increased supply of collector cars in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Fort McDowell has not diminished prices or profits—at least not across the board. Instead, the various auction houses are carving out different market segments. W n n n The biggest and baddest event of the month is Barrett-Jackson, a weeklong festival of hot rods, muscle and classic Detroit iron. The sprawling acreage of tents, rows of cars, vendor booths and beer gardens feels like a rock 'n ' roll state fair, and more than 270,000 people came to soak it in. And those attendees didn't just kick tires. In the stadium-like auction tent — which could eas- ily hold a Boeing 747 — car after car hammered sold for strong money, with nine cars breaking the magical million-dollar mark. Our reporters on the ground at Barrett — Dan Grunwald, Jay Harden and Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead — observed an overall improvement in the quality of cars this year, which helps explain the big prices and the very big overall totals. Sales jumped to $90m this year from $69m last year, and average price per car increased to $70k from $55k. Now offering the option of a reserve on “Salon Offerings,” Barrett's sell-through rate dropped to “only” 99% — so, it was clearly a worthwhile move, and it put B-J back into the million-dollar sale club. n n n The 270,000 paying attendees did not just hole up at Barrett for the week. Down Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Russo and Steele put on a highly theatrical show. Their auction-in-the-round format invites anyone to get right into the action and scope the cars crossing the block. American muscle and high-quality customs are the stars of the show. Russo's sales figures held approximately flat, dipping to $19m from last year's $20m. They sold more cars (411, compared with 379 last year), for a drop in average price to $46k from $52k. ACC had two reporters watching the action — Sam Stockham and Robert Malke — as well as a booth, and we met hundreds of enthusiastic American car people. n n n The Russo and Barrett numbers suggest that pre- mium collectibles will continue to lead the American Car Market, as was the case through 2011, but folks are still buying and selling cars at all price points. Mecum Auctions saw strong growth at their annual Kansas City, MO, sale in December, where the average car went for $22k. More cars were consigned (844, up from 673 in 2010), and more cars were sold (562, up from 435), for an increased overall total of $12.3m, up from $9.9m. Our man on the ground, ACC Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson, remarked on Mecum's ability to move a steady volume of muscle cars all year long — even in the dead of winter. ACC 1-6 scale condition rating 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts n n n In our Market Report Roundup, we continue our survey of the overall market with highlights from the five other Arizona auctions, two Texas auctions, one sale in Florida and three Las Vegas motorcycle auctions. Chad Tyson wraps up the market reports with his eBay Motors column. He takes a look this month at the cars we jokingly refer to as “instant collectibles.” The punch line: they aren't. A hether the market is up, down or flat, Arizona auction week each January is always 1969 Dodge Daytona makes $118,800 at russo and Steele


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ Arizona powerhouse BARRETT-JACKSON TOTALS OVER $90M IN THE DESERT Intro by Dan Grunwald. Report and photos by Carl Bomstead, Grunwald and Jay Harden Market opinions in italics results were impressive, with 1,288 cars sold for $90m, compared with the $68.5m made in 2011. That's the highest overall BarrettJackson total achieved since the boom days of 2007. There was some sun and some very light T rain and clouds with 70-degree temps every day. This beats the rest of the country in January, and much of the population seemed to find their way here again this year. Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012, Scottsdale, AZ January 15–21, 2012 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates — Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered: 1,288/1,291 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $90,423,400 High sale: 1948 Tucker Torpedo, sold at $2,915,000 Buyer's premium: 10%, included in sold prices Barrett-Jackson sales total $100m $20m $40m $60m $80m 0 74 AmericanCarCollector.com 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 Lot 1019 1968 Dodge Hemi “Demented Dart” sold for $176,000 Record attendance once again brought more than 270,000 people through the gates of WestWorld, a 16% increase over last year. Barrett-Jackson used to be the only January Scottsdale auction, but their unbridled success has led to a stampede of world-class competition. The Valley of the Sun now hosts no fewer than seven collector car sales in January. That competition has forced B-J to make some changes to attract the best car consignments at the high end. Once all no-reserve, Barrett-Jackson now allows a limited number of lots to be assigned reserve pricing. This year there were 15 lots with reserves. The new strategy is bearing fruit, as there were more high-level cars on Barrett-Jackson's block this year than last. Some owners have in the past looked at other venues with the comfort cushion of reserve pricing, despite Barrett-Jackson's history of record prices for top-level cars. It appears they are now back in the fold. But in most cases the reserve is unnecessary here, as the vast majority of cars with or without reserves still found new homes, and several also set records. As in any auction, there were a few bargains and a few “scratch-your-head” giant prices, but the numbers show that most of the sales should leave both buyers and sellers satisfied. Noteworthy sales included a LaSalle Series 328 at a bargain $82,500, a 1969 Camaro ZL1 COPO at an expensive $451,000, a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow at a correct $2,200,000, and a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk at a spendy but not over-the-top $148,500. Let's talk numbers. This year saw a 32% increase in sales. 270,000 people attended at $20 to $55 per head. 99.69% of the cars offered were sold. $2,915,000 was the top sale, with nine cars bringing $1,000,000 or more. $5,900,000 was raised for charity through the sale of 22 vehicles. That's an average of over $263,000 per charity sale. And finally, the company achieved more than $92,000,000 in gross sales. The strength of the old car market is indisputable, and Barrett-Jackson clearly has the attention of collectors from every demographic and financial background. The final number here is #1. B-J is still the volume, total dollar, and volume sales leader in Arizona in January. A his is it. Arguably the most important annual “starting the season” collector car sale, which always takes place in early January in Scottsdale, AZ. And this year's


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ CLASSICS 3 Eng. # J381. Maroon & black/black fabric/gray cloth. Odo: 21,052 miles. A majestic Duesenberg with original Town Car body and engine. Driver's compartment finished in black leather; passengers sit on fine cloth. Older restoration still appears fairly fresh. Long list of well-known owners. One of four Murphy-built town cars, reportedly. Earned a CCCA National first some years back. Cond: 2-. #5004-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J Town Car. S/N 2401. ing the kids' college money. An open V8 LaSalle that is eligible for CCCA outings at this price is an absolute bargain, and this was a fine buy indeed. #1240.1-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S001184. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 65,126 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and chrome with light pitting on exhaust extensions and misaligned doors, especially on passenger's side. Clean engine but not highly detailed, has dents in the air cleaner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,700. This had lots of eye appeal. It looked to be an older restoration that was still holding up well from six feet. Sold at a market price. SOLD AT $1,045,000. Last seen in 2005 at the Kruse Hershey sale, where it was a nosale at $660,000 (ACC# 39498). The Duesenberg market ebbs and flows, but recently it has shown steady but not dramatic appreciation. A town car has only limited use but is certainly stately in a collection. Price paid reflects current market. GM #5009-1929 LASALLE SERIES 328 convertible. S/N 415702. Red & black/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 69,831 miles. Restored some years ago to exacting standard and won “Best LaSalle” at 2002 Cadillac LaSalle National meet. Paint chips on cowl that could be easily touched up. Equipped with sidemount spares, rumble seat and single Pilot-Ray driving light. Also equipped with radiator stone guard and luggage rack. An attractive offering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,000. First-gen Corvettes with their driveline and styling are not my personal cup of tea, but if you want one, then '55 is the year to buy. It still uses the Powerglide, but at least it has a V8. Both the buyer and seller should be happy with this number. #1541-1957 BUICK CENTURY Caballero 4-dr hard top wagon. S/N 6D1053377. Red & cream/tan leather. Odo: 179 miles. 350-ci fuel injected V8, auto. Good paint in 1957-correct colors. Most chrome is newer. Some trims over-buffed toward dull. Leather interior from a later model Bonneville. Fitted with newer fuel-injected LT1 V8 and 4L60 transmission. Cond: 2. #1230-1958 BUICK SPECIAL convertible. S/N 4E1061675. White/black/white & red vinyl. Odo: 100 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration of an excellent car. Very good paint, interior and chrome, including chrome wire wheels. Some wavy chrome at front base of hood. Interior in very good shape. Well-equipped with power steering, brakes, top, windows, seat and antenna, plus automatic transmission and auto-dimming headlights. Cond: 1-. Wrinkles in door panels. Equipped with Continental kit and Tri-Power 312-ci J2 engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. The Special was the least-expensive Buick in 1958, but the workmanship and option list were hard to fault on this one, and not many were convertibles. This was a strong example that inspired confidence and sold for a fair price. SOLD AT $49,500. Excellent customization of one of the coolest station wagons ever built. (I'd take one of these over a Nomad any day.) Just enough tasteful custom touches to give extra eyeball appeal. Bought right. SOLD AT $82,500. This well-maintained car can be used and enjoyed without steal- 76 AmericanCarCollector.com #1252-1957 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. S/N 578W02556. Blue & white/white/blue & white leather. Odo: 80,235 miles. 312-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Visible paint flaws if you look really close. Some wavy chrome and some pitting evident. Steering wheel shows cracks, and leather seats could use a fresh cleaning. #954.1-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S105669. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 34,050 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint preparation shows pinholes and some fisheyes. Most chrome good, with wear visible on outside door handles and hole in top of rear bumper. Hardtop trim in terrible shape, with dents, empty holes and rear window scratches. Cond: 2. TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $82,500. It wasn't a perfect car to begin with, but the top really brought the presentation down significantly. Bidders didn't mind or didn't notice, and it achieved a strong price for its condition. #1251.2-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S11601. Blue/white/white vinyl. Odo: 190 miles. 327ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Total bodyoff restoration. Chapter Top Flight in 2007 and it looks like it would still judge at that level. Retains original engine and Muncie 4-speed. Correct injector and distributor. Correct date-coded glass. Cond: 1-. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 50 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully documented and meticulously restored to perfection using many N.O.S. parts, including correct date-coded ZL1 aluminum 427 engine and a GM body shell. #9 of 69 ZL1 Camaro COPOs built. Originally raced in Ohio in 1969. Cond: 1-. toration with everything new. Some light pitting on hubcaps and right door handle. Lots of paint chipping on edges of steel wheels. Ceramic-coated headers. Loaded with power steering, power brakes, a/c, AM/FM and a new 454 big block upgrade. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $118,800. One of 771 Fuelies built in 1965, the lowest number produced for any year, and the last year for the oldstyle Corvette fuel-injection engine. This one looked very stylish, very correct and was very well sold. #48.1-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr hard top. S/N 115376N171185. Blue/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 36,578 miles. 194-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. A 6-cylinder car with two single-barrel carbs and header. Decent newer paint, good chrome and trim. Scratches in windshield, right headlight cracked. Factory-new benchseat interior. Solid undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $451,000. This car previously sold at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Scottsdale sale for $486,000 (ACC# 40402). Considering the dramatic softening of the muscle car market since then, this diminished price doesn't seem like such a terrible hit. Especially since the car doesn't even have its original engine. Well sold. #1571-1971 BUICK GS 455 Stage 1 convertible. S/N 434671H137617. Orange/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 73,456 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matchingnumbers and “unrestored,” except for a quickie repaint including overspray on much of trim. Poor panel fit at hood, doors and deck lid. Silicone used on A-pillar trim. Rust on bumpers, poorly fit stainless trim dented and scuffed, weatherstripping rotted. Said to be one of 81 built with a/c, cruise, tilt, and power windows. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. This truck showed good workmanship on the restoration, and it had all the honest charm that is now making these pickups look very collectible. The good options were everything you'd hope for in a driver, with the engine swap thrown in as an unexpected bonus. A year ago this price would have been expensive, but for this truck at this venue on this day, absolutely well bought. #1516-1972 CHEVROLET C10 short box pickup. S/N CKE142F360141. Purple/gray cloth. Odo: 63,580 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Custom 4x4. Older repaint with custom graphics clearly showing their age. Scuffed trim, dry-rotted weatherstripping, poor passenger door fit. Lifted 4 inches, with 35-inch tires on aluminum rims. Custom cloth interior with aftermarket wheel, shifter and pedals. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,450. A really nice “grandma's car” with upgraded dual carbs and dual header exhaust. The 36k indicated miles were claimed to be actual, and it was believable. This one sold itself due to condition and the great two-model-year styling. It crossed the block recently at Mecum's St. Charles sale in September 2011 and was a no-sale there at $21,500 (ACC# 188850), pretty much the exact price that it achieved today. #5010-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 COPO coupe. S/N 124379N608879. Cortez 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $40,700. Last seen at Mecum's Dallas sale in October 2011, where it was a no-sale at $47,500 (ACC# 190479). These cars rarely pack the financial punch of their more popular cousins, the Chevelles, but the GS 455 nonetheless has its place in muscle car lore. Incredibly complete and fitted with a rare set of options, this car was bid well beyond what would be expected based upon its general condition alone. Well sold. #655.2-1971 CHEVROLET CHEYENNE pickup. S/N CE141S667824. Orange & white/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 218 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh full res- SOLD AT $17,600. Chevy's 1968–72 C and K trucks have gained significant ground in recent years and are increasingly difficult to find in any condition other than derelict—especially the 4x4s. Although the paint and graphics were dated and showing wear and tear, the overall condition of the truck was quite good, and the new owner should be very pleased with its potential. #927-1972 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS pickup. S/N 1D80J2L524557. Hugger


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ Orange/tan leather. Odo: 336 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent recipient of a bodyoff restoration. Runs in new repaint, trim scuffed and dented, chassis powder-coated. Holes in underside of hood for locking pins cut in after paint. Clean, custom interior with cracked dash fascia. Fitted with cowl-induction hood, dual-quad 454 big-block, a/c, Posi rear end, 4-wheel discs, power steering, brakes and windows, leather interior. Cond: 3-. classed by their successors in 1997, for the die-hard Corvette collector, the Ruby Red 40th is an absolute necessity. I doubt there are many nicer than this one. Bought for a market-correct price. #634.1-1999 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 2G1FP22G1X2136442. Victory Red/gray leather. Odo: 26,457 miles. 5.7-L V8, fuel injection, auto. Excellent overall condition. Paint has been well cared for, panels fit factory fresh. Interior like new. Highly optioned with 4-wheel ABS, T-tops, stainless exhaust, a/c, power steering, power windows, power mirrors, posi rear end and factory chrome wheels. Documentation includes original window sticker, build sheet, brochure, In-Transit tags, and all service records. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,700. An unusual blend of high-quality parts and poor fit and finish, this truck struck me as a solid 20-footer. However, the increasingly common $40k El Camino demands that I stand up and take notice. Although this one had all the right parts in all the right places, a substantial amount of work would still be needed in order to realize the truck's true potential. Well sold. #632.1-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary coupe. S/N 1G1YY23P9P5115797. Ruby Red Metallic/Ruby Red leather. Odo: 11,987 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. A one-owner, Las Vegas car. Paint well cared for and virtually unblemished—scrapes on front fascia are the only visible scars. Panel fit to modern standard. Excellent interior includes a/c, power steering, brakes, windows and seats, plus 40th Anniversary Package. Sold with both tops, Select-Ride suspension and full options. Includes original window sticker. One of 6,749 Anniversary cars built. Cond: 2. standard with red leather seating. Digital odo, mileage unknown. A unique one-of-akind custom. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. Cost of build must have far exceeded the price realized here. Fun car for not a lot of money compared to alternatives. Doubt if much will happen with value, so just use and enjoy. #1049.1-1932 FORD MODEL B Highboy roadster. S/N SMRC0632R014. White,red & black/black leather. Odo: 77 miles. Striking paint with black checkered nose. Powered by 350 racing motor with rocker roller cam hooked up to 700R transmission. 9-inch Ford rear end with Posi. DS stereo with iPod connection. Excellent interior. Distinctive graphics on a cookie-cutter highboy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $12,650. This one-owner, highly optioned fourth-gen may be one of the best examples anywhere, but I'd feel torn deciding what to do with it. Park it for the next thirty years and hope the inevitable electric revolution turns patience into profit? Or simply make up for lost time and see how many sets of rear tires I can burn through in a year? Tough call. The price seemed high for a nondescript, thirteen-year old pony car, but this was a very, very nice car. I would think both parties are walking away pleased with this deal. FOMOCO #916-1926 FORD Custom roadster. S/N T12996119. Red/white/red leather. A professionaly built roadster with 350 V8. Polished heads. Paint applied to high SOLD AT $33,000. This was an assemblyline highboy that sold for a most reasonable price. The graphics will attract attention at the next cruise-in, but will soon be old-hat. Enjoy while you can. #1247.1-1934 FORD MODEL B roadster. S/N 18915611. Silver & maroon/silver and maroon leather. Odo: 98 miles. Finished in 2007 after six years. Extremely high-quality construction. Steel body and aluminum hood. Teardrop Woodlite-style headlights, frenched teardrop taillights, sidepipes slightly blued. Equipped with all-aluminum 1932 V16 Marmon engine, now fuel-injected, plus Viper 6-speed transmission, disc brakes and Ford 9-inch rear. Interior has banjo steering wheel with clock in center. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,500. An excellent example of a nice, clean 40th Anniversary car that had barely averaged 750 miles for each year of its life. Although the C4s were wholly out- SOLD AT $99,000. During their 1931–33 production run, only 400 V16 Marmons were built. The engines were very expen- March-April 2012 79


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ sive to manufacture but very smooth, because they eliminated the need for counter-weighted crankshafts. This rareengined custom creation failed to sell at a bid of $180,000 at Mecum Indy in May 2010 (ACC# 163965), then again at $110,000 at Mecum Monterey in August 2011 (ACC# 184967), and today the high bid was far under the money. So thoroughly shopping a one-off car does not help value. #59.1-1936 FORD pickup. S/N 182728479. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 98,294 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely done frame-off restoration. “Demo Yellow” paint looks wild, but was apparently a factory color available on commercial vehicles in the period. Wear on chrome radiator cap and paint chip on hood at hinge. Truck mostly stock in appearance. Nice interior. Converted to a Vega steering box and 12volt electrical system, electronic ignition, tub shocks and hydraulic brakes. Flathead V8. Cond: 2. Wonderful paint in attractive shade of yellow. A delightful custom Ford convertible. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This was a tasteful build and displays Boyd Coddington's extraordinary talent. Price paid was certainly reasonable considering the quality of the end product. A timeless look. #1235.1-1940 FORD pickup. S/N 185557740. Tan & black/tan leather. Odo: 8 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A spectacular restoration that scored a perfect 1,000 points in Early Ford V8 Club of American competition. A perfect score is rare, as Ford V8 Club judging is extremely harsh. Equipped with optional leather interior and heater. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1. I'd call this well bought considering the quality of restoration. I'm willing to bet the seller was looking for a bit more (and rightly so). Now let's just hope the new owner gets the wheels on the road. #1554-1954 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10D4L20201. Black/maroon leather. Odo: 1,972 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Hot rod truck with well-done flamed paint, all-new chrome and custom leather interior. Bed wood shows light weathering. 1956 Ford chromed grille. Powered by 4.6-liter Triton V8 with fuel injection and C6 automatic transmission. Pacer suspension, power steering, disc brakes. Vintage Air, CD stereo. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. The color was bright but didn't overly detract from the vintage aesthetics, and neither did the custom upgrades, which made this something you could realistically take on modern freeways. Well bought for a cool driver, and with the strong truck prices seen all over Scottsdale this week, possibly not a bad investment either. #1315-1940 FORD DELUXE custom convertible. S/N 5K06159. Yellow/brown fabric/brown/tan leather. Odo: 2,419 miles. Powered by LS2 Corvette engine. Built by Boyd Coddington and appeared on the “American Hot Rod” Discovery Channel series program. Interior finished in Ferrari Daytona-style leather seats and custom dash. Loaded with chrome on chassis. SOLD AT $71,500. I suspect the seller was looking for close to six figures, considering the cost and quality of restoration. The only problem with a “perfect” car or truck is that using it is like throwing dollar bills out the window, as the value goes down with each and every mile. But if you wanted a concours truck that was ready to go, here it was. leather. Odo: 161 miles. A recent restoration to high standard. Excellent chrome, paint. and interior. Ready for touring or the LCOC show field. Only 850 Continental coupes produced in 1941 and a CCCA Full Classic today. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $64,900. These are expensive to restore due to the hand lead work required in producing the car. #1235.2-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N H126231. Black/red SOLD AT $55,000. A real head-turner with classic, well done flames and modern running gear. Trucks were in Scottsdale in volume this year and made up about 10% of the lots. This one had everything going for it and brought a strong price. Cruise, enjoy, and tow the boat to the lake in unparalleled style. #956-1956 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10D6R21939. Black/gray leather. Odo: 4,474 miles. 418-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Custom '56 with leather seats, oak bed and tinted glass with new weatherstripping. Floweretched vent glass. Boxed frame, Jag Posi IRS rear. Equipped with a/c, power windows and seat, 4-wheel disc brakes, and blueprinted 418-ci Cleveland V8 in front of a 4-speed auto plus overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. This tastefully done resto-mod pickup truck looked like you could drive it anywhere and still win trophies. This is Barrett-Jackson's meat and potatoes. Well bought and well sold. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ #937.2-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach I fastback. S/N 0F05R150849. Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 63,832 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Extremely poor hood paint, shows lots of wrinkles. Pinholes and flaws in other places, as well. Some side-glass bright trim buffed through. Dents in windshield trim. Wide gap at rear. Equipped with “R code” 428. Cond: 3+. vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 31,000 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Indicated miles said to be actual. Repaint shows bubbles and cracks in quarter-panels. Overspray and tape-lines on headlight buckets. Most trim in excellent condition. Hood fit uneven. Replacement combination of luxury and performance in a flexible range of platforms made these cars very popular for much of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Because of their sheer numbers, Torinos rarely bring this kind of money, but low-mileage, highly optioned examples like this one seem well worth the effort. Well sold. #642.1-1972 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N U15GLP90239. Yellow & white/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 71,286 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Uncut survivor advertised as being stock except for 18-year-old repaint. Paint still shiny but suffers from age and SOLD AT $54,450. It looked like the owner just got tired near the end of the project and started hurrying. At this price, the new owner can afford to bring it up half a grade easily. Bad paint, good car, good price. #331.1-1971 FORD TORINO GT convertible. S/N 1H37M171403. Yellow/white top is clean with good fit and finish. Interior in very good shape, and looks to be professionally restored. Equipped with factory a/c, power brakes, power steering and hideaway headlights. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,400. Torinos came in all shapes and sizes, from 6-cylinder four-door wagons to 429-powered terrors, and showroom sales benefited greatly from the success on NASCAR on tracks around the nation. The THERE'S A NEW KID ON THE BIG BLOCK Introducing a new magazine from the SCM team The expertise that made Sports Car Market the definitive source for assessing collector car values is now focused on the surging market in American vehicles 1 YEAR-6 ISSUES FOR ONLY $29.95! 2-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $55 3-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $80 Go to www.AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe or call 503-261-0555 x 1 H GM H Ford H Mopar H Corvette H Race H Hot Rods H and more in every issue H March-April 2012 81 SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY RATES FOR SCM SUBSCRIBERS!


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ poor application. Body and trim fit quite good, but trim is scuffed, and black inserts are in need of repaint. Aftermarket chrome wheels with radial tires. Much of the weatherstripping is dry-rotted and cracked. Carpet and seat covers appear to have been recently replaced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,550. Another highly desirable and increasingly rare 4x4. These trucks generally suffer from “massaged” quarter panels and decades of trail abuse. This example, however, was in very good and mostly original condition. Ready to drive and enjoy. This sale should have brought a smile to both parties. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #1020.1-1933 DESOTO SERIES SD sedan. S/N 15392. Light green/green fabric. Odo: 85,094 miles. Used in the 1967 movie “Bonnie and Clyde” as the getaway car and in the chase scene from Texas to Oklahoma. Car has been preserved and maintained in same condition. Offered with machine guns and bank money bag. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,600. Some small details could use a friendly touch, but this was a nice car and a real AAR, as confirmed by the VIN number. An honest Mopar sold for a market-correct price. #1575-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER convertible. S/N JH27H1B386666. Citron Yella/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,667 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration. One of 11 shaker hood convertibles built in 1971, as confirmed by Galen Govier. Full documentation. Paint blemished by one or two instances of overspray, tape lines noted on rear valance trim. Sagging passenger's door has resulted in some chips at the door jamb. Small dents in trim. Restored interior shows slight wear in driver's seat. With Pistol-Grip shifter, power windows and 8-track player. Cond: 2. high and wide at left front. Color mismatch on front bumper. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. A low-mile first-year car. Originally, list price on these was around $50,700, and many were driven little and preserved as collectibles. With no shortage of pristine examples on the market at any given time for less money than this, well sold. AMERICANA #5009.1-1920 HUDSON SUPER SIX tourer. S/N 708636. Black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 754 miles. A powerful Super Six that produces 76 horsepower. Car has been used and shows it. Leather with patina. Top bow broken where previous owner sat on it to force it down. Hudson set numerous records with this engine, including across country and back. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $80,300. Movie fame more than doubled the selling price of this car, but what the heck do you do with it? I bet it goes to a museum and is displayed with its props. #952.1-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23J0B294123. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 76,056 miles. 340ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Dents in grille trim, paint flaws on front bumper paint. Noticeable wear on console trim and steering wheel. Poor outside rear-view mirror glass replacement. Listed in the Govier Registry. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,500. Although not a Hemi car, this was a well-preserved, low-number vehicle with all the original goodies. The Mopar movement has stumbled a bit lately but still carries plenty of weight on the block. This particular example bucked the trend and any hint of recession. It sold one year ago at Barrett-Jackson's 2011 Scottsdale sale for $80,300, which we said was “well bought” (ACC# 168490). I'd call today's selling price a confirmation of that. Home run for the seller. #1545-1992 DODGE VIPER RT/10 convertible. S/N 1B3BR65E3NV100076. Red/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 2,556 miles. 8.0L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Firstyear Viper #76, preserved with very low mileage. Scratches on side plastic windows. Couple of small windshield chips and damaged front left headlight cover. Hood fits SOLD AT $38,500. A wonderful early touring car that has been proven on the road. It sold for a most reasonable price, considering the performance it offers. The new owner can enjoy it all summer and then attend to the mechanically simple repair once top-down season is over. #5001-1933 PACKARD EIGHT Model 1001 roadster. S/N 60928. Red & maroon/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 3,855 miles. A recent restoration to high standard, scoring 100 points for a CCCA National first. Boasts the tenth-series styling favored by many, and which only remained in production for eight months. Dash finished in attractive burl Carpathian Elm. The smallest 82 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON //Scottsdale, AZ Eight but still a very desirable and wonderful CARavan Packard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $231,000. This was the 18th coupe roadster off the line in 1933. Price was strong for an Eight coupe roadster, but the quality of restoration made the difference here. It will always turn heads, and the ease of driving will make it a favorite for the new owner. #1230.5-1933 PACKARD EIGHT ROADSTER replica. S/N NEBR008776. Tan & brown/tan fabric/brown leather. Odo: 5,436 miles. A replica that was built at a cost of close to $135,000. Mid-'60s Cadillac V8 with GM transmission. Fiberglass body but genuine Packard grille, headlamps and bumpers. Air, power seats, cruise control and modern dash. Somehow titled as a true 1933 Packard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,200,000. A significant piece of automotive history, as borne out by the impressive sales figure. Hard to argue with the price paid, as the car is fully documented and has been properly maintained. I just hope the new owner uses the amazing automobile. #1230.6-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Model 1101 sedan. S/N 7032592. Tan/brown/tan fabric. Odo: 26,054 miles. Three owners from new and appears to be an original car. Interior in decent condition with signs of wear and time. Paint as expected and pinstriping worn. License plate bracket broken. Engine clean but not detailed. An unmolested survivor. Cond: 3. doubled it. Is this the new going rate for a properly restored Tucker? We will find out when the next one comes along, and I bet we won't have to wait long. #1008.1-1954 KAISER-DARRIN roadster. S/N 161001065. White/red/red leather. Odo: 5,708 miles. A one-owner California car for its first 55 years. Fairly early production, #65 of approximately 435 built. Car originally came with 161-ci flathead that produced 90 hp. 289-ci V8 engine currently installed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $139,700. This car was offered at least twice last year, bid to $55,000 at Barrett-Jackson's 2011 Orange County sale in June (ACC# 182235) and to $75,000 at Silver's Carson City sale in August (ACC# 184505). But the seller held on both times, and his patience was rewarded. Price paid was a very surprising figure, considering that the car is not eligible for any regular club activities. #5002-1933 PIERCE-ARROW SILVER ARROW sedan. S/N 2575018. Silver/tan fabric. Odo: 61,980 miles. Radical design with pontoon fenders and vee'd small rear window, introduced at 1933 New York Auto Show. Only five built, and three survive. Was once part of Harrah's Auto Collection and restored by them in 1980s. Showing minor signs of wear, as would be expected on a 25-yearold restoration. Cond: 2-. 2 SOLD AT $74,800. Cost to restore this would exceed the value, so best to just upgrade over time and use and enjoy. A comfortable and nice-riding tour car that is a CCCA Full Classic. & blue fabric. Odo: 8,100 miles. 335-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored by RM in 2003 and well-maintained since. Loaded with innovative features, including cycloptic center headlamp. Pre-select transmission. Was once a flower shop delivery car. From the Ron Pratte collection. Cond: 2+. 1 #5008-1948 TUCKER TORPEDO sedan. S/N 1043. Silver blue/gray SOLD AT $121,000. Bodies for Darrins were produced in fiberglass by Glasspar Boat Co. Not very fast, but neither was a '54 'Vette, and this is much more rare (and better looking, in my opinion). Some of the later production cars may have come with V8s, but this was likely a later replacement of the original flathead 6-banger. Well sold. #1240.2-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 6100030. Gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 29,654 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Everything reportedly new or rebuilt, with all receipts. Tinted glass all around. Chrome checking on front fender-mounted turn signal-light pods, some light buffing marks on window bright trim. Engine-turned dash. Equipped with supercharger, power steering, power brakes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,915,000. Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” brought the story of Preston Tucker and the 51 cars he built to wider public awareness. This example was last seen at RM's 2004 Arizona sale, where it realized $495,000, which was a record at the time (ACC# 32436). This not only set a new record for a Tucker — it more than SOLD AT $148,500. A great Lowey design that combined style, luxury, sportiness and plenty of power in 1957. Golden Hawks got a supercharger and more horsepower than any other Studebaker to date. A real headturner both then and now. An excellent example, but at this price. I still have to call it well sold. A March-April 2012 83 TOP 10 TOP 10


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COMPANYNAME // auction_cityauction_stateauction_country RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ Sports and muscle in the desert RUSSO AND STEELE'S HOMETOWN AUCTION MAKES $19M Intro by Sam Stockham. Report and photos by Robert Malke and Stockham Market opinions in italics blue-chip muscle through classics and street rods, with all budgets represented. Total sales this year rang the register at $19,085,045, which is down almost a million dollars from last year, but the sold percentage of 63% is their highest since the glory days of 2007. More than 400 cars found a new home, up from last year's 379 sold. I am sure that Drew Alcazar, owner of Russo and Steele, is pleased with the response he got in I Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2012, Scottsdale, AZ January 18–22, 2012 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Jeff Stokes and Frank Bizzarro Automotive lots sold/offered: 411/655 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $19,085,045 High sale: 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, sold at $687,500 Buyer's premium: 10%, included in sold prices russo and Steele sales total $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m 0 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 f you're a true classic auto enthusiast, then the Russo and Steele auction is an event you should never miss. With nearly 700 consignments, there is always something for everyone, from Muscle, classics and modern performance — all under one tent his home town. While most cars trade hands south of six digits, a small handful of cars did manage to get over the block and trade hands north of $400,000, including a 1965 “R code” Shelby Mustang said to be used by the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, which found new owners at $467,500. Sharing this price tag was the 1953 Corvette, owned by Corvette historian and guru Noland Adams. The U.S. Postal Service commissioned Adams to make sure the design work of the stamp, to commemorate the Corvette, was correct. This car was used in the design approval by Adams, who used his own car to make sure that the drawing dimensions were accurate and colors were correct. Let's talk big money. Stomping on all other consignments for top sales price was the 1968 L88 Corvette, which brought a whopping $687,500. And why shouldn't it? It was a very nice car in subtle silver and highly detailed, but not over-the-top restored. The car had a refreshing approachability, like a really cute girl sitting in a trendy bar, whose lack of pretentiousness makes her comfortable enough to be wearing blue jeans. The car was everything you want — raw power, good looks and exclusivity without calling attention to itself. A ton of fun but under the radar. Perfect. “Perfect” describes the entire week of events that all take place in a picturesque setting, with warm sun, temperatures in the mid-'70s, and nary a cloud in the sky. It is getting to the point, however, where you can't even begin to take it all in. There is just too much to do and see within this one week. But this is a good problem, and I encourage any enthusiast out there who has not experienced Scottsdale in January to definitely put it on the bucket list –— you won't be sorry. A 84 AmericanCarCollector.com no sales data


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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ CLASSICS #S681-1936 AUBURN 852 SC convertible. S/N GG5715. Tan/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 30,399 miles. Rumble-seat convertible with dual side-mounts. Paint just OK. Transitions from light color to dark accents show sharp tape marks. Lots of original rubber on exterior and cracking in many places. Body welting is new. Interior very nice with period leather grain on seats and harlequin diamond pattern on dashboard. All gauges look showroom fresh, dash knobs in good shape. Rattle-can resto on undercarriage. Engine fresh in some spots and tarnished in others. Cond: 3+. tion 1953 Corvette. This was one of Russo's featured cars, and the crowd went wild. There were a ton of bidders, but the field quickly narrowed to a handful around the $300k mark. By $400k only a few were still in the game. When the hammer fell, the last man standing let out a huge sigh and then gave a cheer. Crazy money, but a unique car. #F482-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N F59S218527. Frost Green/green vinyl/green cloth. Odo: 79,002 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration, but still in good shape. Nice gaps, small flub in paint at leading edge of trunk. Interior in very nice order. Driver's seatback slightly crooked. Buffing compound in nooks on dash. Nice engine bay with GM hoses. Master cylinder slightly rusty. Whitewalls are yellow. Equipped with all power options. Cond: 2-. door sitting out a bit at bottom. Rear bumper shifted to the side. Lenses slightly foggy. Wiper arms very pitted. Engine bay features rusty master cylinder and peeling paint on engine from heat. New underhood blanket. Kelsey-Hayes eight-lug finned alloys. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. This car was a nice cruiser with all of the option boxes checked. I thought the interior was the best part, with its eye-grabbing tri-color vinyl. These cars have come down a bit in recent years, and right now this is market money. The new owner just needs to make sure the older restoration doesn't come any further unwound. SOLD AT $81,400. These cars have a great art-deco design, penned by Gordon Buehrig, who also gets credit for the Duesenberg Model J. This was an OK example, even if the paint and rubber were rough around the edges. Price paid was below market, and considering the recent upkeep ($12,000 spent in 2009 to be exact), I'll call it well bought. GM 9 E53F001284. White/black cloth/red leather. 235-ci 160-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. The actual car shown on the USPS Corvette postage stamp, restored over 10 years by renowned Corvette aficionado Nolan Adams. Every detail, every part was refurbished, restored and reinstalled. One of 300 firstyear Corvettes built. A museum piece, displayed on a pedestal and rightly so. If anything, over-restored. Unable to note mileage, due to locked doors. Cond: 1-. #S729-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N SOLD AT $74,800. A nice car if you like the colors, but these are easy cars to like. This one had the full-zoot option list and achieved a very respectable price. These have been trading as of late in the $60k– $90k range, so I will call this somewhere between market-priced and slightly well bought. #SN838-1961 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 861S1615. Maroon/white vinyl/tri-color red vinyl. Odo: 64,250 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Top-of-the-line car with Tri-Power, tri-color interior, Wonderbar radio with power aerial, power windows and power seat. Glass delaminating in places, some gaskets splitting. Stainless around windows shows age but not corrosion. Body OK, with passenger's #S774-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S118778. Black/tan leather. Odo: 57,790 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 2,157 L78s in '65. Stated to be a numbers-matching car. Faded paint in the badges. Some scratching on the chrome. Good panel fit. Weatherstrip adhesive showing on hood gasket. Interior looks pretty original, with creased leather and well worn seat belts. Engine bay shows use, including oxidation on aluminum intake, peeling stickers on air cleaner and rusty master cylinder. Nice knockoffs shod with modern Goodyear Eagle tires. An appealing old car that shows honesty in its condition as a driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,800. 1965 was the only year for the 396-ci engine in a Corvette. Documentation of this car as an unrestored original would surely raise the value. As it sat, it just looked charmingly worn. I would recommend spiffing things up under the hood, unless the worn items are original and can be documented—in which case, leave it. Either way, something needs to be done, and I think that is reflected in the sale price here. There is some real room for the new owner to make a few improvements and see some profit. Well bought. SOLD AT $467,500. The limited-produc86 AmericanCarCollector.com #S695-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S114119. Silver/black leather. Odo: 71,128 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. L72-equipped unrestored TOP 10


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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ original. Just repainted 12 years ago and still shows well. Sidepipes are original and starting to tarnish. Chrome may have been redone, as it looks better than everything else. Interior leather looks original and is starting to get a bit hard, seatbelt buckles well worn. Engine bay obviously used. Exhaust manifolds are rusty, as is the master cylinder. Equipped with optional power windows and antenna. Wears knockoff wheels with original hubcaps in trunk. An honest car. Cond: 3. due to the honest presentation. Let's hope it does perform as well as it looks. Fair buy for all. #S638-1966 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242676B132726. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,336 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is well polished, but bodywork showing in quarter-panel has some bubbling. Passenger's door sits out at bottom. Nice Redlines, Rally I wheels could use a repaint. Interior looks good and only shows use on items like dash knobs. Engine bay needs a cleanup: rear carb is leaking, rusty master cylinder, aluminum oxidizing, unappealing JCPenney battery. Equipped with power brakes, quick-ratio power steering, ride and handling package, Posi, Rally gauges and AM/FM. Cali black plate and documentation present. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $77,000. This car had been owned by the seller for the last 18 years and had a really good feel to it. I like cars that have not been taken apart and redone; I think they just work better. The new owner should get many years of enjoyment out of this car, even if he isn't winning any show-and-shines. Sold a bit strong, likely SOLD AT $43,450. Looks to be a pretty original car in nice colors, but has had some bodywork and a repaint, both now starting to show age. The convertible top and Tri-Power setup are what will bring the money, but they didn't seem to here. It was fairly well bought at the price paid, assuming the new owner is handy and not afraid to do a little cleanup. #S733-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S419418. Silver/silver hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 36,783 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 20 factory L88 roadsters produced. Very nice presentation. Blemish-free paint, nice chrome. Both hard and soft tops in great shape. Passenger's door slightly out at bottom. Derby caps showing their age with some missing paint. Interior and top said to 6 March-April 2012 87 TOP 10


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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ be original and show well, with only slight wear. Frame-off undercarriage restoration looks very nice. Belts and hoses look brand new; old plug wires and fisheyes on the brake booster detract. Great example of an icon. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $687,500. I've got two words: Big. Money. This was a very well presented car with tons of documentation and would seem to deserve all of the money brought, even if it did overshoot the market by $200k (a new high for the L88). Hopefully the future market is kind to the new owner. As the saying goes, “he didn't pay too much, he just bought too early.” Well bought and very well sold. #S736-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B127012. Green/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 33,769 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An ACC cover car (see profile in Jan/ Feb 2012 issue.) Well restored, paint done to high standard, good body prep, door gaps all excellent. Brightwork all redone and appears factory fresh. Engine bay detailed to high standard. Nicely detailed undercarriage. Rolling on F70-14 tires and original wheels. Equipped with power steering and brakes, no a/c. Displayed with original build sheet, Protect-O-Plate and owner history. A hard car to fault as long as you like the color. Cond: 1-. is consistent with mileage as a daily driver. Paint in OK condition for its age, with some scratches and a gold “Zora” painted on the doors. Factory wheels are oxidizing, cracking Gatorback tires could be original. Interior OK. Top of driver's door panel coming apart, driver's seat recently redyed. Engine bay shows slight oxidation of all aluminum components but is otherwise clean. Right headlight bucket rubs. Cond: 3. interiors really were. The leather on this truck appeared in great shape, but they weren't exactly top-grain hides from GMC. This was a nice example that brought the right attention and was well sold. #S688-2010 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 2G1FT1EWXA9141078. Yellow/black & yellow suede inserts. 7.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Nearly a brandnew car. #41 in the series. Lingenfelter tuner package with Magnuson blower and huge, vented Brembo brakes. Said to be capable of 10-second quarter-miles. StonGard on the front nose and mirror backs. Digital odo, mileage unknown. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. This car came with lots of documentation, including the original title with Zora's signature on it, and was being sold on bill of sale in order to preserve the original title. One cannot, therefore, title this car and thus it will be relegated to museum status for the rest of its life. Sold for nearly double top money, but where do you find another with this history? Well bought if you worship Zora. Well sold if you don't care. SOLD AT $165,000. So this car is now making the rounds. It sold back in August at Russo's 2011 Monterey auction for $181,500 (ACC# 183968). That was market-topping money for a very nice car, but I would not expect lightning to strike twice. Still, $165,000 is impressive and beats the ACC Pocket Price Guide by nearly $40,000. This seems like a rather expensive way to own an LS6 but I guess if you need a quick way to lose $16,000, this works. I hope the seller at least won a smokey burnout contest prior to selling. #S757-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY3183K5116518. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 33,112 miles. 350-ci 245-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Once owned and driven by Zora Duntov, consiged today by Nickey Chevrolet. Wear 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #TH226-1993 GMC TYPHOON SUV. S/N 1GDCT18Z6P0811806. White/black leather. Odo: 49,856 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Nice presentation. Unmarked white paint and chrome wheels. Factory orange peel in paint is consistent throughout. Window tint turning purple on back window. Backs of side-view mirrors have more rash on them than the front bumper, which might indicate a bumper repaint. Interior and engine bay show nice detailing, and all looks showroom fresh. Clean CARFAX shows no accidents. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $66,000. This car was a team effort with Nickey out of Chicago using Lingenfelter to provide the “go,” with a performance tuner package that got you up to 750 hp and a $100k price tag to boot. Very well bought. FOMOCO #S664-1935 FORD MODEL 48 rumbleseat convertible. S/N 181819143. Gray/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 14,314 miles. Paint looks nice from a few feet, but fender welting is painted over and gloppy. Edges of rumble seat are rough. Chrome has an older polish job and is starting to pit in places. Too much new interior stuff. Nice original gauges, bad aftermarket ones. Fisheyes in dash paint. Window bumper rubbers are missing, with exposed weatherstripping adhesive. Engine wires going everywhere, and crimp-on connectors detract. 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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $45,100. The modernization of this car came off all wrong: the cheap vinyl interior, unsightly seat belts, unnecessarily conspicuous dash switch for the electric cooling fans, mix of plastic and cloth wiring, poorly concealed, etc. It was cute but obviously needed some expertise to pull it together. Car was seen one year ago at MotoeXotica's 2011 Scottsdale auction, where it no-saled at $38,250 (ACC# 168655). Sold at a retail price today. #S640-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N D56E2990. Bronze/Dusty Rose leather. Odo: 71,852 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice repaint starting to show a little age. Decent panel fit, which is very hard to achieve on these if they've ever been hit. Passenger's door out slightly. Chrome starting to wear thin. Nice interior with original carpets and headliner, but seat upholstery does not match the dash. Engine bay looks maintained but not redone. Equipped with a/c and power everything. A nice older car that will no doubt eat large quantities of wallet. Cond: 2-. on the truck. Chassis powder-coated black. Wears T-Bird wire wheels with custom center cap inserts. Cond: 1-. black interior, seats and gauges. Rolls on repro Torq-Thrusts shod with Goodyear Blue Streaks. According to the SAAC registry, this was the mule car for the 427 bigblock and prototype GT500. It set record lap times at the Arizona Ford Kingsman proving grounds back in late 1966. Historic car with a very interesting past. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,800. Why sell it two days out of restoration? How about some shakedown miles? This was big money for a Sunliner of any year, but I know there was more than this put into the restoration. The seller apparently needed to recoup some of his cost in a hurry. #S753-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 2Y86H419488. Black/black vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 2,712 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely presented. Slab sides well prepared and show only slight waviness. Driver's door sits slightly out at bottom, and trunk fit is off at fill panel. Trim below trunk has not been redone and shows its age. Chrome decent, stainless likely original and could use a polish. Pitting around taillights. Top is bunchy and could be tighter. Rattle-canned undercarriage. On new whitewall radials. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,400. These cars were to be the ultimate display of U.S. craftsmanship, akin to a domestic Rolls-Royce. They were very expensive to buy and to build—Ford reportedly lost money on every one. Rebuilding a bad car will make you hate them forever. This car looked very honest, right down to the signs on the doors from the seller that said “close door firmly by handle only.” Price paid was all the money. Well sold. #TH282-1960 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. S/N 0J55X140001. Monte Carlo Red/black canvas/red, black & white vinyl. Odo: 9,553 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Under 10,000 original miles, now literally two days out of overdone rotisserie restoration. Very nice chrome and stainless trim. Floor pans are bright red body color and very shiny. Interior looks great with LeBaron Bonney upholstery and instruction tags hanging from dash. Trunk nice, although they cheaped out on the spare tire. Engine bay is unused except to get the car 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $467,500. The race posture was excellent, but I frankly think it's too rare and nice to put on a track. It really belongs in a museum. Bidding was fierce and concluded with a standing ovation. The car last sold at Russo's 2009 Monterey sale for $396,000, which our reporter said was “well bought at today's deflated muscle car prices” (ACC# 141238). It looks like the seller got thorough enjoyment out of it and still came out ahead. Market-priced today. SOLD AT $55,000. Dealing with 1960s electronics has changed my outlook on these cars. Just try to figure out the convertible top sequence without a manual when one of the 11 relays sticks or a switch contact gets a little corroded. This was not a bad car, especially with its nice color combo, but it needed some attention to minor details and presentation. The money paid could have bought a better example. Well sold. White/black vinyl. Odo: 3,564 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real R-model GT350. Currently used and maintained as a vintage race car, although in great condition. Correct white color and graphics, correct 10 #S737-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. S/N SFM5R537. #F528-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67410F8A02034. Brittany Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 882 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Solid body with nice paint job and clearcoat, although detail and fit are lacking. Restoration looks like older work and shows signs of road use, repair shop bruises, stone nicks and parking-lot wounds. Correct late-production EFFI wood wheel, repro dash bezel on driver's side, other possible interior updates. Factory a/c added. Sits on repro Speedways and genuine 10-spokes. Sloppy with the undercoating. Does have a set of reman BJ/BK carbs, correct datecoded distributor and fan. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $96,800. The only `67 GT500 here, and folks were tripping one another other to get to it. Bidding started off strong, then sputtered, then sped up again. This looked like a decent driver, and a handshaker would have added another 25% in value and interest. Weak sale—drive it like you stole it! TOP 10


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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ #F522-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 8T02J12961700756. White/black vinyl. Odo: 82,159 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice overall car with what appears to be all original sheet metal. Repaint decent, with minor wear and tear. Brightwork shiny. Original black interior in fair shape with comfort weave seats. Door jamb button for tilt kick-away column is missing, so it only works manually. Features optional 10spoke wheels and wheelwell trim, plus incorrect British-type Lucas fog lights. Copy of original build sheet and bill of sale shown with car. Cond: 3+. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 98,511 miles. 428ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good-looking car. Overall, good paint, decent straight body, quarter-panels possibly replaced at one point. Shiny brightwork and some new chrome. Clean interior with comfort-weave seats and newer updated trim. Standard steering column. Underhood looks correct with all the usual repro smog, stickers and stamps. But feels like it's missing something. Lacks that special touch. Cond: 3+. 279 “S” NASCAR solid lifter-engined cars. A national award-winner. Beautiful paint and body, straight tin, good chrome, flawless interior and great detailing. Not quite concours-ready, but still an impressive car. Comes with complete documentation and details on the restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. This stood out in a sea of muscle cars on Friday night—the only real `68 GT350 here. It attracted a lot of attention, but fell short of the owner's expected $90k. Well bought. #F531-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R21325803983. Highland SOLD AT $96,800. Somehow this didn't do it for me, and I am a Ford guy. It looked rushed, but it was the only real GT500 KR in the mix. As usual, the automatic was a major turnoff, and the seller was disappointed with the result. Well bought. #S726-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z150456. White/black vinyl. Odo: 84 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. KK# 1303, one of the first SOLD AT $253,000. The ultimate Mustang (and my favorite): the rare and mighty Boss 429. This car previously sold right here for this exact price: $253,000 at Russo's 2008 Scottsdale sale (ACC# 48549); in 2007 it no-saled for $350,000 at Russo's Monterey auction (ACC# 46362). Today this price was cheap, cheap, cheap and a total steal. It was the only real Boss 429 here, and the auctioneer pumped it until the top almost came off the tent. Tons of attention, but the bidders must have been stupefied or dazed. #S722-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R480653. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 976 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, March-April 2012 91 BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ auto. An above-average driver, not overrestored. Was originally Acapulco Blue. Wears reproduction hood and the usual repro trim stuff. Repro goodies under the hood as well, with all the bogus stickies and stamps. Possible quarter-panel replacements. Equipped with factory AM radio and tilt column; owner added a/c. Cond: 2-. #S690-1963 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. S/N 3436120438. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 1,051 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Said to have “date code-correct” engine and underhood components, suggesting that it wasn't born a Max Wedge car. OK paint shows no big issues. Buffing compound in all the corners. Trim is original and shows some dings. Nice interior with a slightly worn console; aftermarket gauges and tacky tach on steering column. Engine bay basically clean, but not highly detailed. Equipped with push-button auto and 3.91 rear end. Looks like a ton of noisy fun. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $96,250. A really nice car, and I'd love to own it. The 1969 428 Shelby convertible is the most sought-after of the ragtops. However, to really make it a bigmoney car, it needs a 4-speed and/or better yet, the rare Drag Pack option. This one had a lot of interest and sold way too cheap. It just goes to show, 4-speeds bring more money. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #S687-1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL convertible. S/N CQ269CC. Tan/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 4,213 miles. Nice presentation of a rumble-seat convertible restored some time ago. Now aging and needs only a few small details. Paint needs to be buffed up around the edges where wet-sanding haze is still evident. Panel fit is good. Dingy gas cap and gasket around filler neck. Interior nice with original gauges and recently redone carpets. Older whitewalls starting to discolor and crack lightly, but orange wires are a nice contrast, along with the dual side mount spares. Cond: 2+. Tach, radio and sports steering wheel. Window sticker reads $4,589.70. One of 503 built, including the Hemi cars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $118,800. Only 0.6 miles? I would think it would cover that being driven to and from the auction block. And what happens when it does reach the dreaded single-mile mark? Is that the sound of depreciation I hear? These cars have been fairly flat recently, and I don't see any huge upside in the near future. This was a nice car, however, and at this price I would have to call it well bought. SOLD AT $44,000. The Max Wedge engine never gained the same following as the Hemi that shared its displacement, and despite the fact that real Max Wedge cars seem more scarce at auction than Hemis, they typically bring much less money. Part of it may be the less boldly styled bodies in which they came. Make no mistake though, these are fun cars (if not slightly funny looking). Price here seemed a little on the high side, considering the non-original motor, but really no harm done. Drive it. #S712-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B355146. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 0.6 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numbers-matching with Govier report. Less than one mile since restoration. Slight waviness to body, passenger's door slightly out. Nice body stickers. Underhood looks correct with good repro hoses, tags, battery and cables. Slight surface rust on exhaust manifolds. Now on Redlines. Equipped with optional front power disc brakes, console, tinted windshield, remote control mirror, Tic-Toc- #F570-1970 DODGE CORONET R/T convertible. S/N WS27U0G189715. Medium blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 69,668 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 236, and numbers-matching. Good panel fit on older restoration and some bodywork evident under paint. Striping starting to crack. Tarnished trim around trunk. Good interior with redone seats in need of some light cleaning. Engine bay shows use and cheap clamp-on battery cables. Nice PolyGlas tires. Equipped with optional console, power steering and brakes, hood pins, rare N96 Ramcharger hood and tach. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,200. Many consider the angry eyebrow front end rather cartoonish. This was well optioned but not a premium car, with its 4-barrel carb and automatic transmission. Still, a nice car that just needed a new owner with a new set of eyes to work out the small things. I don't see huge growth potential, but these have come down a little in the last couple years. They will probably inch back up with the rest of the market. SOLD AT $110,000. An attractive car that just needs a bit of love. If it were an Imperial custom with desirable options like dual cowls, it would have brought double or triple the money. As it sat, this is about market price with a hint of wiggle room. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #TH297-1970 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23EU0A133418. Rallye Red/black vinyl. Odo: 21,780 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Paint cracking over panel seams. 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RUSSO AND STEELE //Scottsdale, AZ Dash with Tic-Toc-Tach and pistol grip shifter. Engine bay is used and not looked like it would offer the lateral support of a bar stool. The buyer didn't pay extra for the add-ons, but it may cost him something to fix the unsightly stuff. As there's a little play in the price, call this a fair deal for all. glowing clean. Mix-and-match plug wires. Cheap battery. Upgraded from factory with Six-Pack and a Tremec 5-speed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. If you didn't care if it was an all-original car, the 5-speed was a nice touch. But with the up-rated tranny and Six-Pack, the stock driver's seat #S734-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B234614. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 48,786 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very nice presentation in an attractive color combo. Good paint has only slight orange peel. Some body waviness. Good sticker application. Panel fit very good. Chrome and stainless are nice but show wipe-scratching on wheel trim rings. Interior in good order with new materials. Nice engine bay shows some use. Marked-up battery terminals from a jump box on a nice repop battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $115,500. Nice color combo on a very nice car. Hemi 'Cudas are class-A investment vehicles, and this one was certainly no slouch. But it missed the mark with the folks in the room here—maybe it was the automatic transmission. The owner will not lose on this purchase, especially if a few very small details are attended to. Fairly well purchased.A For 24 years, Keith Martin's Sports Car Market has been the informed, authoritative voice of the collector car hobby. Special Offer: 12 Issues of SCM Plus Two Pocket Price Guides—$65 Subscribe Today Pocket Price Guides Every Year www.sportscarmarket.com/offer65 Call 877.219.2605 ext. 1 March-April 2012 93 NEW! Receive Two


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO December blow-out MECUM'S YEAR-ENDER TOTALS $12.3 M Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics Hall of the Kansas City (MO) Convention center, there was a three-block-long room inside to fully contain all of the consigned cars plus support equipment. The biggest change this year was an M added day of auctions on Thursday. Initially, I figured Mecum would be hard-pressed to have half a day of cars on a Thursday, but sure enough, more than 250 crossed the block just that day. Friday saw even more — slightly more than 300 lots — while Mecum Auctions Kansas City 2012, Kansas City, MO December 1–3, 2011 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moauec and Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 562/844 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $12,318,254 High sale: 1966 Shelby GT500 convertible, sold at $174,900 Buyer's premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Mecum sales total $12m $10m $2m $4m $6m $8m 0 94 AmericanCarCollector.com 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302, sold at $83,210 ecum ended their 2011 season with a bang in downtown Kansas City in early December. Once again hosted in the vast Bartle Saturday was almost a coast-down to about 200 lots, with some reruns thrown in for good measure. To give an idea of how big and how successful this venue has been, Mecum sold more vehicles at this sale than were even offered here in the spring – by over 50 cars. With nearly 800 cars bringing a nearly 70% sell-through rate over the three days, this is rapidly becoming one of Mecum's largest venues — second only to their Spring Classic in Indianapolis and Kissimmee in late January (our full report on Kissimmee will appear in the next issue of ACC — stay tuned). The top sale was a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible finished in Gulfstream Aqua with white interior that brought $174,900. This car was a bit of a surprise for what it brought, as most had figured that the highlight car would be the top seller — a 1970 Plymouth Superbird. There were no crocodile tears to shed for that white 440 Six Pack-equipped winged warrior, as it gener- ated the second-highest sale at $129,850. Not what it could've done five years ago, but enough to get the reserve pulled and the deal done. I always seem to be mystified how Mecum can pull together this many collector cars — and get most of them sold — when it's winter outside. Several dealers I talked to this time said the same thing, so I'm not the only one scratching my head. The view from here is that Dana Mecum and his staff have done an excellent job networking inside the collector car world, helping them achieve big numbers even in lesser seasons. Not only do they get folks to bring cars out even in the dead of winter, but those same people are willing to trade their cars out rather than just sit on their hands. If I had to sum up this latest Mecum Fall Kansas City event in a word, it would be “more.” More days, more cars, more car sales, and more dollars generated in sales. And at this rate, there's more to come in the future.A


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO GM #S121.1-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S003900. Venetian Red & white/beige vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 879 miles. 265-ci 240-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored less than a decade ago, judged an NCRS Top Flight car in 2006. Authentically restored body retains typical light rippling throughout. Better-than-original paint, door fit and rechromed bumpers. New reproduction emblems and trim. Only nonauthentic items in engine bay are modern battery and cut-off switch. Undercarriage only slightly less perfect, with body and most of suspension painted semi-gloss black to match chassis. Only discernible interior wear is a few areas on the carpeting. Cond: 2. dared. Fitted with dealer-accessory Continental kit. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Recently sold for $58,300 at Mecum's 2011 Dallas sale in October (ACC# 190522). '57 Chevys built at Oakland and Van Nuys used a one-piece stamped bumper, rather than the threepiece units used at all other plants. If the bumper was swapped here, who's to say that the fuel injection unit is or isn't original to the car either? Those kind of details help explain why bidders were hesitant to go higher. SOLD AT $59,360. Claimed to be one of 111 1956s fitted with the “Duntov” special high-lift camshaft motor, which could only be had with the dual quad induction. That in itself justifies this price of admission. The car sold for $90,038 at McCormick's 2008 Palm Springs sale (ACC# 115934) and was a $75,000 no-sale at Mecum's Des Moines sale in July 2010 (ACC# 165599). It was bought well today, even if '56s are not as well appreciated as later-year C1s. #S5-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57K155341. Highland Green/green vinyl & black Nylon. Odo: 43,413 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Good older respray. New body seals, new windshield seal, vent glass seals original and slightly cracked. Wears a one-piece “California” bumper, although car was built here in Kansas City. Doors are difficult to latch, hood fit slightly bowed. Overspray on door lock plungers. Newer replacement #T120-1961 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. S/N 616K01272. Maroon metallic/white vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 87,012 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted several years ago and still presents well, despite some light panel-edge chipping. Doors shut somewhat clunky, but gaps are good. Mostly usable original trim, with some select older rechroming. Aftermarket hubcaps. Top worn in places, plastic backlight scuffed. Front seats have had some sort of non-breathable cover over them for quite a long time, as the leather is chalky and stiff (with several tears). Heavy carpet wear. Engine bay recently hosed off, but still very average. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,300. A freshly restored Fuelie for under $60k—try that with any other mid-year, especially a '63 coupe. If this doesn't convince you that '64s don't get any respect, nothing will. The fact that the consignor cut it loose at $55k suggests the price paid was approximately market-correct. #S126-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 138176A145364. Marina Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 79,011 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Pop-riveted VIN tag. High-quality bare body repaint. Most chrome replated or replaced, inside and out, although some light sanding scratches visible on windshield trim. Solid door fit, good gaps. Originally had a black interior, as white was not available with Marina Blue in 1966. Mats and wood-grained wheel are only worn interior components. Tidy, authentic-looking motor. Rusted radiator support bracket was painted over. Equipped with 375-hp motor, M22 4-speed, center console, AM/FM and wire wheel covers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,695. Seen last month at Branson's Fall 2011 auction, then a no-sale at $17,000 (ACC# 189934). The only thing done since then was to put a different auction company card in the windshield and drive it on and off a trailer. The deal got done for a touch less today, but I'll still call it reasonably well sold. interior soft trim, with minimal wear. Tidy engine bay detailed nearly to show stan- 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #S88-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S106678. Daytona Blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 144 miles. 327ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored from 2008 to 2010. Upgraded to leather seats at restoration, with no appreciable interior wear. FI unit rebuilt by Jack Podel, topping a well-detailed engine bay. Good paint detailing on the undercarriage, but overall not to concours standards. Vehicle security system decals over the original etched vent window data tag. Equipped with optional fuel injection, AM/FM radio, and alloy wheels—now shod with Coker Classics Goldline radials. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. While I talked to the seller before the car crossed the block, he indicated that he chose this color combo because of his affinity for mid-year Corvettes in Marina Blue with white bucket seats and blue carpeting. It worked for me—and a darn sight better than a blown 454 sticking through the hood with pink ghost flames on the fenders—but not for everyone. It spent a while on the block but wasn't going to get near the consignor's $45k reserve, so he gets to spend a little more time longer enjoying his car. #S92-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 338176M226475. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 24,119 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Good color-change repaint, originally Autumn Bronze Metallic. Retains original


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO L69 Tri-Power, M21 4-speed, Anti-Spin rear axle, tach, center console, and SSII wheels. Bumpers and wheels replated, shiny compared with dull, scuffed stainless trim. Tidy and mostly stuck engine bay and undercarriage. Soft interior has mostly been redone, other trim ranges from somewhat dull to pitted, to even rusty, in the case of the turn signal stalk. Cond: 2-. 4-bbl, 4-sp. Modern pop-rivets on body tag, but Pontiac Historical Service documentation confirms car was built as presented here. Professionally restored in 2005, with minimal deterioration since. Good panel gaps, slightly wider on forward edges of doors than rear. Tidy and clean engine bay with some incorrect fasteners, clamps, etc. Exhaust system, while still shiny, has some pinhole rust-out. Equipped with deluxe interior, full tinted glass, push-button AM radio, and Rally II wheels. And, oh yes, the Trans Am package. Cond: 2. nal spec, per PHS documentation, including M21 4-speed, Saf-T-Track rear axle, variable-assist power steering, power front discs, console and Rally II wheels. Good repaint, wavy rechrome; pitting on original trim. Light cracking of door glass seals. Mostly new interior soft trim, expertly installed and showing no appreciable wear. Rattle-can engine repaint, with non-stock ignition wiring. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,400. The L69 package was a one-year-only offering for the 442. (Not that Olds didn't have any previous experience with triple carburetion with the late 1950s J-2s.) This non-Chevelle A-body earned some good coin when the reserve was lifted at the end of bidding. #S26.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N647616. Fathom Green & white/dark green vinyl. Odo: 11,306 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A recent rotisserie restoration. Some light scuffing on front fender tops, roughness on A-pillars from surface rust. Reproduction trim and emblems. All reproduction interior soft trim expertly installed and shows no wear. Almost over-detailed under the hood, as the cast valve covers are heavily polished. Modern battery. Optional power front disc brakes, cowl induction hood, gauge pack center console, and AM/FM radio. Modern Hurst shifter and Flowmaster dual exhaust added. “Correct replacement” engine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Believed to be the only '69 Trans Am with a red interior, according to PHS. While therefore rare (and rather patriotic, with the white and blue exterior), the color combo hardly made one froth at the mouth for it. As a one-of-one, the seller will toss the price guides into the trash, even if $110k seemed about marketcorrect. #F126.1-1970 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Formula 400 coupe. S/N 226870N113303. Lucerne Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 11,012 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. non-original 428, as it was originally equipped with a Ram Air III 400. Rest of car redone to origi- SOLD AT $17,490. The car was well-presented, especially inside, and the big-block would be fun and usable with power steering and power brakes, but the engine swap limits its value as a collectible. Price paid today is about all it will ever be worth. CCE142Z111822. Orange & white/white vinyl & orange Houndstooth. Odo: 316 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer, professional frame-off restoration. Excellent paint prep and application, even if orange is a shade lighter than stock. All new brightwork. Modern PPG windshield fitted. Varnished wood floor and polished stainless skid strips #S15-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. S/N SOLD AT $48,230. The body tag had the accessory code of X77—which is correct for a Z/28—there were too many parts swapped out for the car to be worth more than the high bid. The consignor also knew that and cut it loose when the music stopped. #S106-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 223379N104772. Cameo White & Tyrol Blue/red vinyl. Odo: 5,911 miles. 400-ci V8, March-April 2012 97 BEST BUY


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO in bed. Looks stock under the hood, except for aftermarket intake manifold and doublepumper 4-bbl carb. Equipped with factorystyle a/c, power steering, power front discs, correct 402-ci truck big block, and modern 700R4 auto. Cond: 1-. mounted in bed. Newer seat and door panels. Running gear has been tastefully updated with an alternator, sealed water pump and Mitchell overdrive unit, along with modern alternator, temperature, and oil pressure gauges. Newer tires on repainted stock wire wheels. Cond: 3+. simulation of real wire wheels. This ran across the auction block on Thursday to a $24k no-sale, and again on Friday to about the same number. The seller caught the drift and let her go. SOLD AT $27,030. This looked darn good and would be fun to play with, even if this wasn't all original. It pretty much checked every box for what you'd want in a 1967–72 Chevy pickup, combined with excellent workmanship and a few tasteful touches, for a selling price that was absolutely justified. #S109-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87W6N518727. White/red vinyl. Odo: 11,517 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted with less-than-perfect body prep, but acceptable at 10 feet. Good replacement decals. Generally good original interior. Recent rattle-can engine repaint, with non-stock ignition wiring, hose clamps and aftermarket chrome master cylinder cover. Like nearly all second-gen F-bodies, the seat belt guides mounted to the seat backs are broken. Hurst shifter and cheapie tape deck fitted with no faceplate. Optional 4-speed, a/c, tilt steering column, power windows and honeycomb alloys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,900. Not a show car by any means, but this did look to be a darn nice driver. Yes, Model As are rather nice cars to putter around with, providing that you respect their limits. While this one now has longer legs with the overdrive unit, it still has mechanical brakes, so familiarity with the downshift double-clutch shuffle is still strongly advised. Market-correct price, as you couldn't duplicate this with a pile of parts and a pile of cash this size. SOLD AT $15,900. Not a bad '70s Trans Am, but $15k really is the ceiling for it in today's market. The consignor knew it, too, hence dropping the reserve when it got there. FOMOCO #F61-1931 FORD MODEL A pickup. S/N A4098667. Black/black leatherette/black vinyl. Odo: 30,093 miles. Recent repaint and replacement of bed wood with matching side stakes. Fitted with reproduction periodstyle quail radiator cap, grille guard, and running-board step plates. WWII T-ration sticker in windshield. Black wooden toolbox 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $24,380. The optional wire wheel covers—available for all three years of the two-seat T-Birds—were actually a two-piece affair, with a wire basket that snapped onto the outer rim over the standard dog-dish hubcap. It was a stylish and cost-effective #F96.1-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P5FH105363. Turquoise/white hard top & white vinyl soft top/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 6,435 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Essentially an original car, barring the older repaint. Rather poor masking on hard top. Later-era aftermarket Talbotlike rear-view mirror. Dingy used car grade engine prep, with a lot of economy-grade aftermarket service parts, such as heater hoses and all clamps. Newer aftermarket carpeted floor mats. Light aging and yellowing of interior vinyl, but otherwise holding up well for 57 years. Equipped with both types of tops, overdrive, padded dash, and wire wheel covers. Cond: 3. #S70-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N D7KW144949. Peach & white/white retractable hard top/orange & white vinyl. Odo: 1,141 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint on exterior surfaces only, with most trim removed. Most trim pieces in pretty good shape, although there are a few light dings. Rattling doors must be slammed to latch. Aftermarket gauge pack added. Light pitting on all interior chrome. Older seat reupholstery work, with light soiling in pleats. Repainted power steering reservoir and air cleaner, with rest of engine wearing original finish and dust. No attempt made to cycle the top. Optional power steering, Ford-oMatic transmission, padded dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,620. Per the body tag, this Skyliner was built around April 22, as an all-black car inside and out. Not surprising, as this wasn't a stock orange, and Ford hadn't started doing the Skyliners in Styletone two-tones at this time. When first introduced mid-year, the flip-top cars were only done in solid colors (black and white, mostly) while Ford dialed in production of these complex machines. This one sold for more than enough after the reserve was met at $26k. #S99-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R480247. Gulfstream Aqua & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 12,547 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Concoursquality restoration done in 1989, minimal use since. Paint and chrome still brilliant. Heavier yellowing of reproduction seat upholstery, especially noticeable in the pleats. '90s-era Kenwood tape deck installed, but original AM/FM radio included. Swap out the modern battery and cables, and the engine bay would be concours-ready.


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO Undercarriage not quite as nice, but could be spiffed right up. Equipped with power steering, brakes and top, full tinted glass, and five-spoke Shelby alloys. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $174,900. Yes, this was a nice car, but it wasn't $175k nice, and no one was expecting it to be the top seller of the event. But sure enough, the reserve was passed at $140k. From there on, it slowly worked its way up $5k at a time, until it was declared sold to a phone bidder. #S86-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G189354. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 2,458 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored with excellent body prep, paint application, and decal fitting. Correct sheen on replated bumpers. Only non-authentic item in the well-detailed engine bay is a modern battery. Light wear on steering wheel rim and center pad. Clear plastic floor mats over the replacement carpeting. No perceived wear on the repro seats and door panels. Equipped with optional shaker hood scoop, 3.50 ratio Traction-Lok differential, rear spoiler, AM radio, and Magnum 500 wheels, and confirmed by recent Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2+. interior, center console, Convenience group, and 3.91 Traction-Lok differential. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Previously bid to $210,000 and not sold at Mecum's Dallas sale in October 2011 (ACC# 190877). Interestingly, the Deluxe Marti Report copy of the shipping invoice displayed with the car was actually from a different Boss 429— although several of the options were the same. Once again, just because there's documentation, sometimes it may not mean anything. (When spending a couple hundred thousand dollars, be sure to crosscheck those insignificant details like, say, the VIN.) Also, just because some Boss 429s have finally sold for more than $200k doesn't mean this one will. CHRYSLER/MOPAR SOLD AT $83,210. Recently seen at Mecum's Dallas sale in October 2011, where it was bid to $80,000 and not sold (ACC# 190873). While its big brother Boss 429 (lot S79, pictured in the background) failed to sell, this 302—albeit sparsely equipped—was a bit more authentic with better documentation. It went for one more bid past the $75k reserve, for an up-to-thesecond market-correct price. #S79-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 0F02Z133522. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 18,185 miles. 429ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number 2372, rotisserie restored. Splendid body prep and paint application. Bumpers replated to stock sheen. Front suspension seems to ride low. Very authentic and recent engine detailing, with fresh gaskets protruding between heads and valve covers. Mostly reproduction interior soft trim. The clutch pedal pad is missing. On reproduction Magnum 500s shod with radials. Equipped with deluxe 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #F180.1-1959 DESOTO FIRESWEEP convertible. S/N M412110715. White/blue vinyl/multi-blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 98,934 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Generally original, aside from an older average repaint that is getting chalky. VIN tag most likely removed at that time. Still has some light overspray on the undercarriage, which retains most of its original undercoating. Doors shut loudly due to missing rubber door stop bumpers, but gaps are decent. Interior is original, with some yellowing and shrinkage from age, as well as heavier soiling on the driver's seat. Equipped with optional dual mirrors and dual rear antennas. Cond: 3-. #F107-1969 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr sedan. S/N WM21H9A253849. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 58,425 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good quality trim-off repaint and major brightwork replating. Heavy pitting under the repaint around rocker panel joints. Good gaps and fit for the doors, but both shut rather clunky. Dull and dinged door sill trim. Newer interior components include a modern Hurst shifter. Good paint detailing under the hood, but has nonstock chrome breather cap and modern battery. Repainted fender tag has jagged edge from rust. Equipped with optional Ram Air hood, Tic-Toc-Tach, and power nothing. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Seen at two other Mecum auctions this year: bid to a $39k no-sale at Dallas in October (ACC# 190813), and a $34k no-sale at St. Charles in September (ACC# 188951). I suspected that this shiny car was patched together from a rusty original, and the stated 10 years spent restoring it would seem to confirm. I won't be surprised to see it elsewhere on the auction circuit very soon, bid to around this same level, and still not selling. #S69-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23V0A167079. White/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 78,440 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Full professional restoration in recent years. Excellent body prep, paint application, rechromed bumpers, and decal placement. Roof vinyl disappointing by contrast, with wrinkles on each corner. Interior like new. Concoursquality undercarriage and engine bay, including a reproduction authentic Mopar battery. Equipped with factory optional Six Pack, 727 TorqueFlite automatic, power steering and brakes, Tic-Toc-Tach and Rally wheels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Last year for a DeSoto convertible, and one of just 596 soft-top Firesweeps built that year. As such, one can pretty much understand why the seller didn't let it go at this bid, even if the car is getting a bit rough. Not that I agree— just that I comprehend his point. SOLD AT $129,850. This car was recently seen at Mecum's October 2011 Dallas sale, bid to $100k and not sold (ACC# 191046). Today the reserve was dropped at the $120k mark, with enough steam left in the


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MECUMAUCTIONS //Kansas City, MO room to go a little farther still, making this look like a market-correct price—although half a decade ago it would've been a nobrainer at $200k. It was bought here by someone on the oil patch of eastern Montana (where the economy happens to be kicking butt). #S89-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23V1B360501. Plum Crazy & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 47 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Betterthan-original body prep, panel fit and paint on a full restoration a couple of years ago. Fully restored interior, like new. Authentically restored under the hood, including period-style battery and correct overspray on exhaust manifolds. Car is so heavily optioned that it has two fender tags: built with 440 Six-Pack, 4-speed, Trac Pak, leather seating, power windows, AM/FM radio, Tic-Toc-Tach, and Rallye wheels. Also retains original broadcast sheet and significant ownership document history since new. Cond: 1-. concours standards. New seat upholstery, rest of interior original and showing light discoloration. Equipped with factory-optional 340, 727 TorqueFlite automatic, a/c, power steering, power front disc brakes, and deluxe interior. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. The description read, “7,791 actual miles per prior title since restoration,” which was confusing enough to significantly hamper bidding. Otherwise, it was a real-deal Duster 340 beautifully presented. According to the ACC database, the car most recently sold for $29,150 at Mecum's 2011 Fall Dallas sale (ACC# 191037), meaning the seller went for a quick flip—and missed. AMERICANA #T72-1961 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 80 pickup. S/N FC6231A. Harvester Red & white/red cloth. Odo: 52,330 miles. Claimed to be a one-family truck with actual indicated mileage. Newer respray to rather average standard, with the occasional waft of overspray on undercarriage and some seals. Very little chrome, as bumpers are painted argent. Front bumper has a set of hinges for a tow bar. Fitted with modern hand-made vinyl tonneau cover. Vertical NOT SOLD AT $85,000. About the only things I could think of that this didn't have was a full leather interior and an 8-track tape deck. Galen would tell me I missed a few, but you get the point. With Six Pack cars showing good signs of increasing again in value, combined with all the goodies on this R/T SE, I wasn't too surprised that the seller held onto it. #F75-1973 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 340 2-dr hard top. S/N VS29H3B580752. Gold/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 7,791 miles. 340-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed to be an authentic 340 with all-original powertrain. Full rotisserie restoration in 2005. Overspray on rear quarter-window seals. Modern OEM windshield fitted. Muted original chrome and trim. Well detailed undercarriage and engine bay—almost to crack in windshield. Non-stock carpeted floor and reupholstered seat cloth. New heater ducts, but untouched original motor. Rolls on stock wheels with original dog-dish caps and modern radial tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $6,750. When the Scout was first introduced in 1961, initial assembly and parts allocation prioritized 2wd pickups, like this one. But the 4wd “TravelTop” wagon proved most popular with paying customers, and IH had to scramble to meet demand. Today, most of the 2wd Scouts that come to market are still 1961s. Bonestock non-rusty first-gen 80s (with the folding windshield) are starting to command some pretty good coin today, if for no other reason than attrition, and the seller may do a little better the next time around.A March-April 2012 101


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Collectors descend on Southwest auctions CLASSICS #315-1919 STUTZ BEARCAT special roadster. S/N G3096. Eng. # 3096. Yellow/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 23,675 miles. A “tribute” Bearcat built from a smorgasbord of different models, and titled under the engine number, but claimed to be 100% Stutz. Sanding marks visible under paint, which is also variously chipped, cracking, and bubbling due to what looks like vigorous use. Nickel parts badly pitted. Seats nicely upholstered. Big 90-hp twin-plug lump must make up a significant percentage of the car's weight. Equipped with modern speedo and electric Klaxon horn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $139,000. Probably a hoot to drive, which someone has clearly done in earnest. The combination of this much primitive raw power and torque, no front brakes, and practically nothing between you and the pavement must be both daunting and exhilarating. The car's value as a collectible is limited, but two bidders fought long and hard for it, achieving almost triple the $55k high estimate. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. Classics, muscle cars and trucks were in demand across the country Here is what they saw. T Auctions covered in this issue: Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/28/2011—Phil Skinner McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/18/2011—Carl Bomstead Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/18/2011—Phil Skinner MotoeXotica, Phoenix, AZ, 1/14/2012—B. Mitchell Carlson rM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2012—Carl Bomstead Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2012—Michael Leven Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ, 1/20/2012—B. Mitchell Carlson Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/2012—Donald Osborne 102 AmericanCarCollector.com he collector car year gets a jumpstart in Arizona, with cars on offer from no fewer than seven auctions in the span of one week. Add in two Texas sales, and one in Palm Springs, and the American Southwest starts to look the place to be in winter. We had reporters on-site at every sale, inspecting cars, talking to owners and observing the action on the block. #318-1923 DUESENBERG MODEL A touring. S/N 892. Eng. # 1260. Cream & black/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 63,439 miles. Paint slightly dull but in good shape with a few nicks, indicating use. Nickel plating has nice patina; radiator shell slightly pitted. Engine bay shows use. Strong smell of stale gasoline from leak underneath car. Tires dried and cracked and will need to be replaced before any serious driving is done. Simple, elegant coachwork by Rubay Carrosserie of Ohio, where LeBaron founder Thomas Hibbard (among others) cut his teeth. Consigned from long-term European ownership. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $183,000. Restored in-house by William Harrah, whose collection was


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL largely dispersed in 1986. As such, this 25-year-old restoration was a lasting reminder of the level of craftsmanship practiced in his shop. Now aging gracefully, it would take just a good detailing to bring this car to regional show standards. The Duesenberg A was way ahead of its time, with an overhead-cam engine, 4-wheel hydraulic brakes and 100 horsepower. The more I looked, the more I liked, and the winning bidder should be very happy. Well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. 2225. Eng. # J355. Red & black/tan canvas/Palomino leather. Odo: 26,650 miles. Ruby red repaint done to good standard; uniform slight orange peel unexpected on this level of car. Polished aluminum body accent at beltline nicely done. Brightwork very nice. Leather interior to show standards. Scuffed whitewall tires distract; chrome wires need detailing. Replacement engine: Born with J204, now with J355. Cond: 1-. 5 #334-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible sedan. S/N replaced J320 some many years ago, which was rather common with Duesenbergs. Will create a stir whereever it goes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $880,000. I watched this sell at RM's 2006 Arizona sale for $1,001,000 and predicted that the buyer would come out “just fine” when it was time to sell (ACC# 40550). I guess we need to define “just fine,” as the O'Quinn Estate took a slight haircut today. I do think that it should have sold for more, so this was well bought, indeed. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. GM #325-1908 BUICK MODEL S TOURABOUT roadster. S/N 1199. Gray/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Older, well done restoration now unwinding a bit. Paint once to local show standard, now with some trim strips separating from body and stress cracks at joints. Brass with beautiful patina but would benefit from polish. Headand taillights converted to electric, but Presto-lite acetylene tank still in place. Modern trailer taillights and battery neatly integrated. Top nice, but shows wear. Engine tidy, but staining indicates use. From the John O'Quinn Collection and offered without reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $700,000. This car shows up twice in the ACC database, both times painted black: bid to a $440,000 no-sale at Brooks' Carmel auction in 2000 (ACC# 10141), and a $780,000 no-sale at Bonhams' Carmel sale in 2007 (ACC# 46292). The convertible sedan is not the rarest or sexiest body style, and the presentation was less than Concours quality, but for an open Duesenberg, the seller was right to walk away from the $650k high bid. A post-block deal came together for a price that looks right. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. Phaeton. S/N 2336. Eng. # J487. Red & black/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 81,395 miles. Category 1 certification by ACD Club. Paint and brightwork have been maintained to highest order. Wears LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton coachwork on a massive 153-inch wheel-base chassis. Engine J487 4 #135-1930 DUESENBERG MODEL J LWB Dual Cowl gas dispensers, sirens and compartments for weapons. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $269,500. We watched this Presidental Limousine fail to sell at the March 2010 RM Amelia Island sale when the highest offer was $185,000 (ACC# 159951). We stated we thought the value was closer to $300,000, and it came closer here. A documented piece of American history that should be preserved. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #344-1948 PONTIAC STREAMLINER woodie wagon. S/N P8PB24430. Burgundy & wood/tan leather. Odo: 39,091 miles. Old paint well applied, but clearcoat now peeling, with numerous nicks and chips. Rubber roof material needs to be resealed. Wood and varnish smooth; catalog claims $20k worth of recent repairs. Interior roof wood nice; newish leather with modern-looking carpet and seating for nine. Smells of mothballs. Engine, clutch and gearbox overhauled in 1995. Other parts replaced as necessary. Extensive documentation since early '90s when car went to Europe. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $87,750. These older Buicks are large and sturdy cars, and when stripped down, performed well in competition at the hands of drivers like Bob Burman and Louis Chevrolet. I liked this car for its honest presentation and was ready to bid, but two others in the room quickly blew through my limit. So of course I think the winning buyer paid way too much. Well, maybe just a little too much. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #132-1938 CADILLAC V16 Presidental limousine convertible. S/N 5270075. Black/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 63,691 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. One of two specially built V16 165-inch wheelbase open limousines that were leased by Cadillac to the White House. Car was used through 1956, this one known as “Queen Mary.” In original untouched condition, so wear and tear evident. Engine replaced with V8 in 1952. Equipped with armor plate, tear SOLD AT $75,000. Previously seen at Bonhams' 2010 Reims sale, where it was not sold at $50,900 (ACC# 166042). This gigantic woodie was a good news/bad/ news/no news proposition. Good: Overall a solid base, with much of the heavy lifting done. Bad: There's a long way to go for someone who wants a nicely finished car. Alternatively, the new owner could just leave it as-is and have a cosmetically-imperfect-but-mechanically-sound hauler for errands and family outings. Fair deal all around. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #326-1951 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N 516256393. Cranberry/tan cloth. Odo: 8,550 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. From the David E. Davis Estate. Claimed to be an March-April 2012 103 TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP original car, condition commensurate with indicated mileage. Paint well preserved, but with pin pricks of unknown cause throughout. Both bumpers look to be replated, but with waviness and sanding marks underneath. Other trim complete and in good order, with most scratching polished out. Springs weak and only hold hood at halfmast. Upholstery and panels very well preserved, with some tearing from general wear. Dry and in good order underneath. Cond: 3. than the babbitt bearing splash-lubricated 216 from the years previous. This makes the 1953–55 Advanced Design pickups the best to drive and use. Not that this showboat will get a lot of use hauling manure anyway. Realistically bid. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #212-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “bubbletop” roadster. S/N E545S002189. Pennant Blue/green plexiglass bubbletop/tan vinyl. Odo: 57,374 miles. 235-ci 150hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Fitted with rare Model Builders of Chicage bubbletop. According to Corvette authority Nolan Adams, 20 were built, half of which were clear, the other half tinted green, as offered here. Top corners of this one have been repaired and vent holes added. Aftermarket chrome wires are shown in pictures taken when car was new. Miles are stated to be actual. Hood fit a bit high, but that is not unusual. Featured in August 2010 issue of AutoWeek. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,290. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in 2000, where it sold for $26,400 (ACC# 13983). David E. Davis was a larger-than-life character and a fixture in automotive journalism for over 50 years. As an automobile investment, the price paid here was not too far over market, especially given its low miles, so no harm done. And if the buyer can refrain from using it too much, all the better. As a piece of history, the Davis provenance is probably a plus, at least for now. Everybody should be happy. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #298-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 5-window pickup. S/N H53L011320. Dark green & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 84,765 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint and fit far better than original. Loaded up with period-style accessories, such as spotlight, fog lights, headlight shields, running board side trim and step plates, wheel rim trim rings, door handle paint guards, windshield visor, hood ornament, high gloss finished bed wood planks with stainless steel retaining skids, plus chromed grille and bumpers. Seat and door panel upholstery kit nicely installed. Very clean and tidy under the hood. Factory-optional 4-speed transmission. Cond: 2-. white/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 50 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 2000 at a reported cost of $150,000. Scored 998 points and a first in 2001 AACA judging, Properly maintained since. Sports “Best of Show” badge on grille. Tinted glass all around. Minor trim issues are the only concern noted. Interior sparkles. The underside also properly restored. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. #147-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC55K091792. Aqua & SOLD AT $65,100. We watched this sell for $95,700 last year at Barrett-Jackson's 2011 Scottsdale sale (ACC# 168505). The 38 miles it had been driven since that time were very expensive indeed. Nomads continue to be a hot commodity, so I'm surprised the seller let this go for under the money. Buyer is smiling, of course. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. SOLD AT $176,000. A standard '54 Corvette roadster in this condition should bring about $76,000, so we are looking at a $100k premium added for the bubbletop. Not a bad return on an item that cost $500 when new and was not very practical at that. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #259-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE “pilot line” roadster. S/N VE55S001009. Gypsy Red/tan canvas/ivory. Odo: 260 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Only 260 miles since restoration. A frequently photographed calender cover car, awarded Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight and Triple Crown awards. Presents very well and just shows typical Corvette production issues. Fit is a bit high at trunk and at right door-bottom. A “pilot line” Corvette from the first day of 1995 production. The ninth built out of 700 for the year. Cond: 2+. #115-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO concept town car. S/N S02491. Black/black leather/black & beige leather. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A one-off show car made of fiberglass. Was part of the traveling GM Motorama. Interior fitted with gold-plated decanter, vanity case and tissue dispenser. Rescued by Joe Bortz and later restored by RM who installed proper 365 V8, but car is not suitable for road use. Older restoration that is showing signs of time. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $258,500. We watched this Eldo cross the block at RM's 2011 March Amelia Island sale, and the O'Quinn Estate did not accept the $460,000 high bid (ACC# 176366). Less than a year later they accept the lesser offer here. Sometimes hindsight is wonderful. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. 1953 was the first year for the full-pressure lubrication and full insert bearing 235-ci version of the venerable Stovebolt Six—a markedly better motor 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $176,000. Price paid was large but not out of line for a '55 Corvette of this quality, and the “pilot line” first-day title did not hurt either. Well bought and sold. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #34-1957 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 7D4011713. Red & white/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,526 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and chrome. Very good panel fit, except hood slightly off. Top lightly soiled. Good patina on seats, carpets show faint soiling, dash well preserved. Cond: 2-. BEST BUY


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Did this many Tri-Fives really come from the factory in this color, or is every single one mysteriously coming to market all at once? Seriously, though— other than the aforementioned (and easily fixed) ride height and manifold, this was a very nice car assembled with good attention to detail, and it would be an appropriate period piece in any collection. The car recently sold for $45,630 in June at Bonhams' 2011 auction of the Wally Lewis Collection in Portland, OR (ACC# 182751), making this price look bang-on-the-money correct. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #336-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR “Temptation, The Wicked Lady” 2-dr hard top. S/N VC570132208. Candy Apple Red/black leather. Odo: 888 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Part resto-mod, part period custom. Candy Apple Red paint very well done. Wears Oldsmobile fascia and front bumper with billet grille, '47 Ford parking lights and '57 Nomad rear bumper, plus carbon fiber-wrapped door mirrors, side spears and rear quarter-field. Fitted with 355-hp ZZ4 engine with 6-speed ZF transmission. Lake-style exhaust cutouts. Lowered and raked on 17” and 18” billet wheels. Black leather seats with carbon fiber inserts. Modern steering column and Wilwood brakes. Built by So-Cal Speed Shop. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,800. This sold at an impressive but well deserved price. Buyer paid a substantial premium, but definitely worth it. The truck bed will soon be loaded with trophies from the local shows. All should be happy here. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #317-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57L141265. Tropical Turquoise & India Ivory/turquoise & black vinyl. Odo: 98,078 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great period color, but perhaps a bit overused. Paint very nicely applied over excellent prep work. All brightwork appears new, as do all seals. Correct multi-colored upholstery well fitted. Equipped with newfor-'57 283-ci Super Turbo-Fire 220-hp V8. Hood springs weak. Optioned with Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. Main complaints are the too-low stance and modern-appearing manifold. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,670. Named “Temptation, The Wicked Lady,” this car definitely could get you into trouble, but it was not overdone. The relatively tame (but massaged) crate motor will be plenty usable on the street. With a build cost exceeding $200,000 in 2007 and moderate use since, the car presented very well. Bidding did not even reach the modest $65k low estimate, and someone got a bargain. Very well bought. The car was a $65,000 no-sale at Bonhams' 2011 L.A. sale in November (ACC# 190008), which probably helped #116-1957 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. S/N V3A5L105020. Turquoise & white/turquoise & white vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A 2002 restoration in original style with some modern additions. Good paint shows faint orange peel in places and a few fisheyes, plus rubbed edges along passenger's door bottom. Panel gaps no better than factory. Most chrome excellent, with only the slightest detectable pitting on bumpers. Glass clear, rubber looks soft. Interior in good shape. Fitted with Dakota digital dash, so no mileage reading. GM Targetmaster small block and modern automatic transmission installed. Glove box signed by Chuck Jordan, designer of the Cameo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. Aside from the digital dash, there was little to hint at this truck's customizations from the outside. With this level of work, it would likely have made its $75k high estimate in stock configuration. But for a custom creation, price paid was market-correct. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12 #395-1958 BUICK CENTURY Caballero 4-dr hard top wagon. S/N 6E2017671. Turquoise/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 10,709 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent respray to reasonable standard, but certainly a bold shade of turquoise. Front bumper scratched and lacking luster. Passenger window cracked, wind wing delaminating. Car rolls on Cragar mags. Cond: 3-. 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An award-winning show car, then restored over the course of two years. Now a striking and completely over-the-top example of a rarely seen Olds. Gorgeous two-tone paint presents as flawless, as does tri-tone leather interior. Stainless trim laser-straight, new chrome plating everywhere. Immaculate underhood, certainly better than factory, although gloss paint on engine may be too shiny. A fantastic example of GM's thennew “Linear Look.” Cond: 1. seller rolling the dice one more time. Buyer came out ahead on this one. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #444-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 21637A214206. Nassau Blue/blue nylon. Odo: 4,026 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with 409-horse 409-cube mill and requisite heavy duty upgrades, plus 4-speed, 3.70 Posi, Comfort and Convenience Group, power steering, and full tinted glass. Professional frame-off restoration to better-than-new standard. Judged Best in Class at the 2011 SuperChevy Northwest National Meet and showing virtually no sign of wear or use—on the exterior, interior, engine bay or undercarriage. Only deviation from bone stock is the period Sun tachometer clamped to the steering column. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,320. 1958 saw a new hood and a mild redesign of the front end, along with quad headlights, just like the cars. A strong sale for a non-Cameo 1958, but this was in a good color with a V8. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #337A-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S109258. Roman Red/red vinyl. Odo: 60,833 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restored by Boyd Coddington and finished to betterthan-factory standard. Gaps even, with show-quality Roman Red paint. All chrome and stainless excellent. Interior well done, although carpets appear slightly faded. One of 745 ordered with top-dog 290-hp FI engine in '59. With 4-speed. No claim of matching numbers but has correct casting numbers and date codes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $70,200. The perfect drive-in car: Put six or seven friends in the trunk, pay only one admission, let everyone out, lower the top and enjoy the movie. While not as extravagant as a mid-'50s Cadillac, still calls to mind the notion “too much is just enough.” You couldn't possibly pay for the restoration at the sale price, so well bought. Hope the new buyer has a really long garage. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #187-1960 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. S/N 8G1006414. Dark blue/dark blue vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 762 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Attractive styling without the bat wings and slanted quad headlamps of the previous year. Trim pitted here and there. Paint cracked and a few buffing swirls noticed in the dark blue livery. Interior very presentable, with minor wear noted. A very desirable “big” Buick, loaded with all the power goodies. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. This car had the reinforced frame seen only on the tophorsepower 409 cars from 1962–64. In addition to that, the seller claimed that it was built with the special-order NASCAR fully boxed frame. As an authentically restored real-deal 409, this bid was about right, but the seller can't be considered greedy for not taking it. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #153-1963 CHEVROLET C-10 pickup. S/N 3C144N104562. Seafoam green/tan cloth. Odo: 68,500 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Bare-bones truck doesn't even have a radio. High-quality restoration a few years ago, and still presents well. Far better than stock repaint and panel fit. Chrome bumpers, grille and hubcaps would've been painted white when new. Generic replacement seat cover, but installed with good workmanship. Spiced up with trim rings, passenger's door chrome mirror, stick-on tailgate letters, varnished wood planks. Aftermarket orange spark-plug wires and chrome bits detract a bit from the rest of the tidy engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $105,300. The top color was probably either black or white, but no one opened the boot, so condition and color are unknown. This was a spectacular C1 beautifully restored in great colors and showing excellent attention to detail. Very little else to say, as there were no nits to pick. Ready 106 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $35,438. Last seen at Mecum's Monterey August 2011 sale, where it failed to change hands at $35,000 (ACC# 184715). Same money today, approximately, minus costs of transportation, etc., but I think the car could have realistically broken the $40k mark, so I understand the SOLD AT $18,974. 1963 was the final year for the wrap-around windshield—much to


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Price paid here was fair all around considering condition and desirable livery. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #160-1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 13506Z149863. Regal Red/red vinyl. Odo: 69,812 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A freshly prepared El Camino. Paint looks rather “splash-and-dash,” body prep not up to snuff in a few areas. Trim has buffer marks and is tarnished in a few places. Interior in good condition with no real issues. Wears dog-dish hubcaps. Cond: 2-. mented dealer-tuned Nickey Camaro. Massive V8 produces in excess of 450 horsepower. Restored from “barn find” condition. Dual 4-barrels, taller front springs, cheater slicks and Sun gauges are just a few of the mods. The exact number produced has never been stated, but thought to be in excess of 300. Cond: 1-. general light wear visible. Underhood, bright chrome contrasts with surface rust. Equipped with the mid-range 340-hp engine. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. “Barnfind” and “preservation” cars have been their own sort of holy grail in the collector car market for a number of years now, so it was something of a surprise to see this car achieve a price comparable to just an average refurbished car. Perhaps the right bidders weren't around. Well bought. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #183-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S103248. Tuxedo Black/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 91,253 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive convertible finished in Tuxedo Black with aftermarket knockoffs. Stated to be numbers-matching. Paint well maintained, with a few polishing swirls. Minor buffer marks on trim. Interior properly fitted. Rolls on goldline tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,550. Larger engines really add to the value here—the L78 SS 396 was the biggest offered in '66 and today brings more than twice what was paid here. This was an honest little muscle truck and a fair transaction. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #249-1966 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 262676X189680. Barrier Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,337 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very attractive paint with no major issues noted. Brightwork well done. Steering wheel cracked, but no big deal. Seats done in deeply piped Morrokide (Pontiac's fake leather). Equipped with 400 Hydra-Matic transmission and a/c (which was a bargain at only $30). A well presented Bonneville convertible, one of about 16,000 produced in 1966. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $385,000. The last Nickey-built 468 V8. With all the wannabe Nickey Camaros running around, a documented authentic example is a treat. I would call this a reasonable buy, as a Yenko Camaro can go as high as $450,000. Question is what to do with it, as the car is now far too nice to use the way it was originally intended. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #164-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS convertible. S/N 124677L118237. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 8,392 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A very striking package with good colors. Upgraded interior, disc brakes. RPO L48 provided the 350/295 Turbo Fire engine and hood stripes, Z22 Rally Sport options provided the concealed headlights and other trim pieces. But no documentation provided. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,325. Was it real, or was it Memorex? If born with all the goodies, this would be worth at least $50k, so the fact that the seller let it go at this bid should answer the question. Still, an attractive package that will be a blast to own, so drive and enjoy. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. SOLD AT $19,688. This was a middle-ofthe-road price for a car that was a bit better than that. I'll chalk this one up for the buyer, and I hope he drives the heck out of it and enjoys every mile. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. SOLD AT $57,225. GM built more than 15,000 convertibles in 1965, which was the 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #261-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Nickey SS coupe. S/N 124377N249460. Marina Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 39,531 miles. 468-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An authentic and docu- #17-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N 124677N225159. Le Mans Blue/blue fabric/medium blue vinyl. Odo: 95,334 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed all original, but paint looks to have been redone and is a bit blotchy at that, with some amateur touch-up work in places. Interior convincingly stock, with exception of add-on gauges and later AM/FM radio. Top supposedly original also, but looks like an older replacement (with a hole cut neatly in BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL the center). Appears to have suffered damage at the right front in recent months. Wears Rally wheels with BFGoodrich radial T/As. Cond: 3+. Corvettes built with the L71 big block, which was a $437 option. Ordered with dual sidepipes, teak wheel and power-assist brakes, as documented with the ever-so-important tank sticker. Little to fault here. Cond: 1-. pebbling of faux wood on console. Very tidy engine bay and undercarriage. PHS confirms car was born with power steering and brakes, hood tach, center console, and Rally II wheels. Add-ons include Edelbrock intake manifold and carburetor, air cleaner, wood rim steering wheel, tape deck, and redline radial tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,040. Overall this really wasn't a bad car. First-generation Camaros continue to be strong players, and in perfect condition this could have brought $30k easily. With $5,000 in a new coating of paint plus needed body work, a little more detailing and some final sorting, this car will have a lot going for it—no major modifications and a rare spoiler in its original condition. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #247-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1946775119474. Marlboro Maroon/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 60 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 2007 to high standard, earning NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Crown awards. One of only 3,754 SOLD AT $205,000. If you want the best, you better be willing to dig deep, and this was the best. The only question was the accuracy of the painted hood stinger. It looked off a bit compared to originals, but that did not seem to hurt the judging results. A sensational Corvette that brought an appropriately sensational price. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #289-1968 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 coupe. S/N 223378U106143. Green metallic/black vinyl/white vinyl. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent body prep and paint. All brightwork either replated or replaced. Equally good workmanship on new roof vinyl and interior soft trim. Light fading and SOLD AT $30,780. Finally, a Firebird that gets as much respect on the auction block as a Camaro. Excellent prep and presentation did more to ring the bell here than the fact that it was a 400/330 Firebird—but that didn't hurt either. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #227-1971 BUICK “EL GRANDE” convertible. S/N 466671Y134050. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 57,448 miles. 455ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Was once employed in livery service in Oregon City, Oregon—no wonder it has low miles! One of only 16 built March-April 2012 109


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP and stated to be the only convertible. Top has been patched. Boasts faux sidepipes and faux spare tire cover. The only redeeming value, arguably, is that Sammy Davis Jr. once owned one. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $13,650. Last seen at Mitch Silver's Medford, OR, sale in 2009, where it sold for $4,860 (ACC# 152549). Driven less than 100 miles since, but the seller knew his market and brought it to the right place. This must be the first time we've seen anyone turn a dollar on one of these. Just hope the buyer has some money left over for some faux gold chains. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #21-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194371S119042. Mille Miglia Red/saddle leather. Odo: 98,334 miles. 350ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A perfect 20-footer. Any closer, and things start to pop out at you. Paint shows some swirls and spider webbing, headlight panel fit is a B- at best. Underhood clean but not detailed, and the aftermarket valve covers and replacement alternator don't help. Pedals show average wear for miles shown. Equipped with aftermarket AM/FM, a/c and raised white-letter tires. Everything seems to work including tach and lights, but not sure about the a/c. Cond: 3. steering, front disc brakes, a/c (with some issues) and a rack on the back just for fun. Odometer on second go-around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,050. Here was a car that really topped out, and the seller knew to let it go. At this price, there's some room left for detailing and minor mechanical attention. Well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #40-1971 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242371Z106702. Copper/tan vinyl. Odo: 85 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with factory-optional power steering, power front discs, console and a/c. Newer repaint is better than average, with recently replated rear bumper. Mostly original interior, with light fading. New glove box door is a deeper tan than rest of dashboard. Recent mechanical work includes tear-down and rebuild of original motor, re-cored radiator, new shocks and new stock-style dual exhaust. AM radio, gas gauge and horn inoperative. Aftermarket air cleaner and 17-inch alloy wheels added. Cond: 3+. pitting on bumpers. Interior tired and smells like a pine tree air freshener. Underhood presents as stock. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,500. There are a lot of these big early 1970s GM convertibles out there, and the market is active but not crazy. For about $5,000 in cosmetics, this Buick could have brought a lot more money. Everything appeared to be in working order, but there was no attempt made to clean it up prior to the sale—It was as if the seller really didn't expect the car to sell. So, fresh paint and chrome and a little elbow grease will make this bad boy into a good buy. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #220-1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Supreme convertible. S/N 3J67H2M243904. Flame Orange/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 68,507 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Finished in cop-magnet Flame Orange. Has a few minor issues with trim, but nothing serious. Equipped with Strato bucket seats with woodgrain dash, power steering, power top. Complete with all books and papers. Last year for the true Cutlass convertible. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,950. Values on Goats drop off like a cliff past 1970, and this one was no exception. The reserve was lifted at $21k, and went one more bid past that to sell for a realistic price. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. While these C3 coupes are in demand due to their chrome bumpers, the market is flush with better examples offered at or below this price range. I still believe that the values of this generation of Corvettes will take off in the not-toodistant future, but today this should have been enough to get it sold. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #70-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S112150. Mille Miglia Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 22,304 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some finish blemishes in the paint and evidence of shortcuts taken, but the color is spot-on. Interior shows a few modifications, like an aftermarket sound system with an ill-placed USB port snaking out from the console and carpet. Fitted with power windows, 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #56-1972 BUICK CENTURION convertible. S/N 4P67U2X211278. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 97,613 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A solid enough car. Appears to have no sign of major collision and all original sheet metal, but time has taken its toll. Repaint probably done during the Reagan administration and aging rather poorly. Same goes for the top. Exterior chrome has seen better days, with minor SOLD AT $18,900. Price paid was spot-on for a Cutlass Supreme convertible in this condition. The new owner will be hard to miss when the law is on the prowl, but still a fun top-down cruiser for a reasonable price. Now go drive the wheels off of it. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #414-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY32P4R5115589. Polo Green/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 91,821 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Wears most of its original paint with a couple of touch-up areas. Front fascia has some chips, factory orange-peel visible in places. Minor wiper marks on the windshield, trim seal shows a bit of weathering. Door weatherstrips aging and cracking. Interior is actually pretty nice—clean seats, dash and gauges presentable, factory sound system, plus power everything. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,710. These C4s continue to


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP offer the perfect platform for a first-time Corvette owner to get into the scene. With tons of them available, it is a buyer's market. Really nice examples bring considerably more than the price paid here, not that I'd recommend spending money to make this a concours car. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/11. FOMOCO #326A-1932 FORD MODEL 18 roadster. S/N 181511299. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 47,515 miles. Extremely well done with excellent paint, upholstery, fit and finish. All Henry steel. Apart from slight rake and oversized wheels and tires, presents as stock from five feet. Extensively modified underneath, with all the right period-correct N.O.S. performance parts and suspension mods: Navarro heads, supercharger, etc. Dropped front axle. New steering gear, cooling system. Still wears WWII gas rationing decal and runs on 6-volt electricals. Cond: 1. mascot, bumper guards, dual horns and fog lights, plus rear-mounted spare and a vintage aftermarket fan. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,200. Early Ford V8s in bone-stock original condition have their own strong following, and this car was a steal. The seller here had been hoping for something in the high teens, but when $12k was on the plate, he decided the open parking space was worth it. I would have to say this car was the best bought car of the sale. In fact, I would have been glad to take it home, if only I had a spot for it. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #330-1935 FORD MODEL 50 pickup. S/N 181710571. Tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 92,895 miles. 221-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration to factory standard. Better quality repaint, with more pinstriping than stock. Tidy under the hood, with several concessions made for modern drivability and servicing. Professionally installed seat and door panel upholstery. Correct one-yearonly S-curved shift lever with V8 emblem embossed on the knob. Modern aftermarket triple gauge pack. Old-style aftermarket dual chrome horns, rear bumper, dual outside mirrors, dual rear running lights, grille guard. On wide whitewall tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,840. The 15-year-old restoration is holding but has certainly lost its edge. Appears as sold twice in ACC database: first at Bonhams' June 2007 sale of the Jack Hogan Collection for $105,300 with nine fewer miles than now (ACC# 46718), and again last August at Bonhams' 2011 Carmel sale for $58,500 (ACC# 184565). Perhaps the seller thought there was profit left in the car with a quick flip, but for lessthan-perfect condition, this was market-correct. Hopefully she'll not be passed around anymore, as the car deserves better. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. SOLD AT $98,280. A real “gentleman's hot rod.” Stylish but not too flashy, and likely pretty fast. Very expensive build and done right (although the supercharger whine might give you away if you try and pick a fight at the stoplight.) This was the real deal and will probably still be expensive in 25 years. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #237-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe 5-window coupe. S/N 184218630. Dark gray/brown cloth. Odo: 87,739 miles. Pure stock. Paint appears to have been done many years ago and has held up well. Original glass starting to show some bubbling and yellowing. Headliner also shows some wear, but not the full 87,000 miles worth. Retains original engine and transmission. Appointments include Banjo wheel, radio, crank-out windshield, Greyhound #105-1942 FORD SUPER DELUXE woodie wagon. S/N 186771494. Blue & wood/black leatherette/brown leatherette. Odo: 258 miles. 221-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint is full of orange peel and the rain gutters are worn. Very acceptable wood. Features stainless steel grille, which was unique to 1942s. Engine compartment clean but not to show quality. Known history from new. The 1942 production of 5,483 Ford woodies was the fewest of the 1936–48 era. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,260. 1935 was the last year of wire wheels for all Fords, including trucks. While the 1936 models also had the shovelnose grille, they had a different look with artillery-style wheels. Considering that any '35 Ford in a similar state (aside from a four-door sedan) will cost this much—or more—this seemed like a proper selling price. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #346-1936 FORD MODEL 68 phaeton. S/N 32050750. Washington Blue/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 50,289 miles. 221-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nicely restored former Grand National/Dearborn award-winner with Early Ford V-8 Club. Good paint shows some uneven application. Slight orange peel, likely good enough for factory, with some visible sanding marks. Brightwork very good, but rear bumper has numerous bubbles rusted through. Front doors shut hard; latch mechanisms not working properly. Wide whites yellowed and stained. Top taut but not overly tight. Gauges clear and crisp. Underside mostly clean and tidy but not show-detailed. Cond: 2+. 112 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $68,750. This was last seen at RM's Inn at St. Johns sale in July of 2011, where it sold for $88,000 and was stated to be “a really good buy.” (ACC# 183030) Well, I guess this time out we have to call it a really, really good buy, which it really was. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #270-1951 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. S/N 51SL777233M. Vassar Yellow/black Haartz cloth/black leather. Odo: 66,803 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. One of few original Mercurys not turned into a “lead sled” custom. Well maintained with little to fault. Interior finished in black leather with red piping. Equipped with 3-speed manual with overdrive plus every available option.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP use. Pre-1953 repop tailgate, repop varnished wood bed flooring and non-stock polished stainless steel clamping strips. Aftermarket trinkets include step plates, fog lamps, dual mirrors, and plastic vent window wind deflectors. Light wear on reupholstered seat. Cond: 2-. in good driver condition. With Kelsey-Hayes wires, heater, radio, and back-up lights. One of 1,363 E code ‘Birds from 1957. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,880. A nice but slow truck, and not so nice that you can't use it to, say, deliver retro motor bikes. The disappointing 6-banger under the hood was offset by the wraparound windshield, available only on '56s. With or without the Whizzer in the bed, price paid was about right for an “Effie.” Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #166-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH240239. Coral Sand/white vinyl/black & white leather. Odo: 2,194 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older paint still looks very good overall, with small signs of use. Chrome is fair to good. Panel fit acceptable. Left vent pane delaminating on edge. Interior a bit soiled, with crooked seat covers. Equipped with Town & Country radio, power windows, power seat and power brakes. On reproduction KelseyHayes wire wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,880. Despite some fit and finish issues, this was still a well optioned E code car, born and presented in unique and striking colors. Baby birds will always have a fan base, and this one is more collectible than most, so there's good chance for shortterm upside, with this selling maybe $15k under the money. It will require a little fettling, but very well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #482-1958 EDSEL PACER 2-dr hard top. S/N W8RG701381. Snow White & Sunset Coral/white vinyl & pattern cloth. Odo: 83,794 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First year for the Edsel. Newer attractive respray shows a few minor issues. Some scratches on trim. Air cleaner and valve covers painted white. It's an early car, so the pushbutton Teletouch Drive transmission was not yet available as an option. The midrange Pacer was powered by the “E-400” V8, which stood for torque, not horsepower. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. The Country Squire was the top trim level for 1963 Ford wagons. With about 40k produced that year and re-creation parts readily available, there are no shortage of offerings to choose from, which makes the price bid seem most generous. I doubt this will do better next time. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #204-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500 lightweight 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N66R142721. Corinthian White/red vinyl. Odo: 37,415 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Confirmed to be the real deal. While 427s were built at a number of plants, lightweights were only built at Norfolk. Top-shelf all around. Aluminum front and rear bumpers, special frame. Proper red interior with special bucket seats; armrest-delete door handles, no radio, heater or even a clock; period tach on steering column; and in glove box is the original disclaimer tag about fit and finish! Underhood is antiseptic. The special air ducting, proper components and visual appeal take one back 48 years. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $79,200. A 270-hp E-Bird, restored some time ago and now considerably mellowed. Overall a solid #3 car, which brought a solid #2 price. Well sold. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #328-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N E7FH139732. Inca Gold/white hard top/tan vinyl soft top//white vinyl. Odo: 61,163 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint to regional show quality over average prep; some panel waviness, uneven accent and shut lines. Trunk bowed. Most brightwork good, hard-to-remove items badly pitted. Rubber on hard top dried and cracking, welting on wheelskirts uneven and crimped. Newish seals poorly installed, which might be why doors open wobbly and hard. Wing windows delaminating. Interior 114 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Last seen at Mecum's August 2011 Monterey sale, where it failed to change hands at $18,000 (ACC# 184912). Maybe there is a message here for the owner, as he watches his Edsel slide down the slippery slope. To my mind, either bid was all the money, and I don't know where he can go to find more. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #405-1963 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 3J76Z143410. Corinthian White & faux wood/red vinyl. Odo: 80,728 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent respray well applied with no real issues. Rear body fiberglass with vinyl appliqué printed to simulate wood. A well presented wagon with no glaring issues. Equipped with wires and a luggage rack, which was a $5 uptick. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Authenticity is most important, and this car had it in spades. Seller was looking for something north of the $100k mark, which a few years ago might have been attainable, but in 2011, this bid plus commission would have put it right at current market level. Still a lot more invested, so I can't blame the seller for keeping it. For the performance crowd, this remains one of the most sought-after icons, and it will sell in near future. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/11. #311-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5F08D110588. Eng. # C6AE6015C. Wimbledon White/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,257 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint with dry spots and fish eyes, but mostly to factory standard; variable application over good prep work. Some overspray on passenger's door panel, which is worn smooth right about where your best friend would be hanging his elbow out. Trim nice, except hard-to-remove items, which are pitted. Doors close well, indicating solid BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL structure. Modern speakers in footwell. Comprehensive mechanical refurbishment from stem to stern. Classy and understated, but still with a great prescence. Cond: 2-. and chrome present as flawless, some minor scuffing on the stainless. Wears the very rare Pyrex headlight covers. Engine is proper for the model year, but numbers from the factory didn't quite match when built. Equipped with R code Thunderbird Super High-Performance V8, dog-dish hubcaps and radio-delete, but does have heater. Cond: 2+. modified Mustang that looks rather stock from the outside. Needs some bodywork, especially hood and door alignment. Minimal chrome. Style-Steel wheels from the factory. Aftermarket gauges and new sound system. Swapped fuel-injected small block of unspecified origin, professionally installed to high standard. Non-factory VIN under the hood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,644. Full marks to the consignor for disclosing that numbers do not match, despite correct engine code. This solid, honest car and with D code 289 and 4-speed should have enough grunt to get you into the right kind of trouble on the street. It would fare well at local shows and be a great cruise-night car. The deal must have been concluded post-block, as this was a no-sale at the high bid of $29,000. Buyer and seller should both be happy. See profile on p. 58. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #223-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE Marauder 2-dr hard top. S/N 4Z63Z551446. Silver Turquoise/tan & white vinyl. Odo: 35,445 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Park Lane was Mercury's top-ofthe-line offering for 1964, notable for its unique Breezeway slanting retractable rear window. Delightful Silver Turquoise livery shows only minor issues. Rear window trim oxidized. Equipped with optional 390/300 engine and wire wheels. Interior called Pearl White Ostrich, but sure looks like white vinyl. Large walnut-tone door panel inserts. An impressive Saturday night cruiser. Mercurys did well in NASCAR in 1964, winning five Grand National races that year. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,600. Before the advent of the muscle car, performance-minded drivers had to special-order monsters like these. This vehicle may have been involved in law enforcement, as the D.S.O. code indicated government service, but there was no history to confirm. Lots of money spent on this creation, probably with money lost at this selling price. The car will be a hit at any Ford performance gathering. Great buy. Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/11. #277-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07C145630. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,031 miles. 302-ci fuel injected V8, 5-sp. A nicely NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Mustangs are still quite popular, and someone with deep pockets could certainly bring this back to near stock perfection. But as it sat, high bid looked like a fair price, $5k below reserve. Seller needs to reconsider his selling point before he brings it back to the block. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #13-1965 FORD MUSTANG 2+2 fastback. S/N 5F09C607233. Rangoon Red/white vinyl. Odo: 72,916 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Looks like a great project car. Dead old color-change repaint flaking in the wind, SOLD AT $19,950. Price paid was certainly in line considering the outstanding condition. The really serious money shows up when the 427/425 is under the hood, and air would have been a big plus. As is, fair to all. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #202-1965 FORD CUSTOM 500 2-dr sedan. S/N 5G51R134232. Prairie Bronze/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 84,714 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Professional restoration of a unique car. Great paint in the right color, body panel fit and interior appointments. Authentic materials. Bodywork March-April 2012 115


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Arcadian Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restored by Charles Turner, a judge for the Mustang Club of America. Restoration completed in 2005, winner of Gold Trailered Award at MCA National. Very good paint shows some small prep flaws. Excellent chrome. Panel fit to factory standard or better. Superb interior with Rally Pac gauges spoiled only by some wear on the glove box door. Fitted with modern vintage-style radio with CD and iPod input. Now on contemporary square-shouldered radial tires. Cond: 2+. appropriate for the age and mileage. All instruments show fading except newer tachometer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $687,500. The 1965 New York Auto Show car, in original family ownership for 46 years. Was an all-original, unrestored car—until it was resprayed last year in its factory color. Now sits in a slightly uncomfortable place, no longer a surviving original, but not restored, either. Still, very appealing and very soon unrepeatable. Well bought near the $650k low estimate. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #280-1967 FORD BRONCO Sport SUV. S/N U15NLA29704. Rangoon Red/black cloth/parchment vinyl. Odo: 99,222 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Shown with cloth top, stated on the block that hard top is available—but it's in Washington state. Generally good repaint, but with less-thanexpert masking along some trim. Alloy trim around the window frames is shiny but oxidized almost to white. Light pitting on door handles. Better-than-usual panel fit for one of these, but not compared to a Lincoln—or even a Pinto. Reupholstered seats and door panels. Good paint detailing under the hood, fresh undercoating below. Cond: 3+. nicely kept originals. Engine compartment and undercarriage tidy and freshly detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. This could be a 2+ car without a lot of heavy lifting, as most of its needs were small fit-andfinish items. Where Shelbys typically have an aggressive look, this one came off as rather more sophisticated in its gold-andwhite livery. This car and the other Shelby (Lot 355) did not get a lot of love from the room. High bid was at least $20k light. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #338-1971 FORD MUSTANG Super Cobra Jet fastback. S/N 1F02J170058. Dark green metallic/green vinyl. Odo: 24,481 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Middling presentation of a rare, special-order 429 Super Cobra Jet. Said to be one of 53 with Drag Pack in 1971, one of one in this exact spec, per Kevin Marti, and matching-numbers. Low miles and well optioned with a/c and power windows, brakes and steering. One respray in original color at unspecified date looks well done. Driver's door slightly misaligned. Stainless trim all good; bumpers rechromed with prep scratches visible. Interior re-dye well done but too dark (almost black). Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,200. An “A code” 225-hp Mustang convertible, in great colors, very well restored and maintained. It presents beautifully and was hard to fault. Stunning, but so was the price, twice what most others would bring. While it would cost the difference to reproduce, it must be considered well sold. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. 00034. Princess Blue/red leather. Odo: 69,566 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highquality recent repaint. Chrome good to fair, with fading on grille and surface rust on front bumper-guard uprights and wheels. 7 #136-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. S/N CSX2570. Eng. # 116 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $17,280. The soft top was an option not much seen anymore, and this example has an upgraded replacement, since the original soft top was vinyl, not Haartz fabric. On Friday, this was a no-sale at $16,500 (as Lot 50), but it hammered sold on Saturday at $16k. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #309-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 8T03S17884502895. Sunlit Gold/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,085 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Trim-off repaint well done, but scuffed in places and could use a buffing. Minor scratching and pitting in otherwise good brightwork would polish up nicely. Ten-spoke wheels should be refin- NOT SOLD AT $56,000. 1971 was the beginning of the end of the first Mustang era, as the car had now grown significantly longer and wider than the original pony car. Production dropped by 25%. This generation of Mustang is just now starting to get a little respect in the market, but even the $60k low estimate seemed fairly ambitious. It should have sold at the high bid. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. CHRYSLER/MOPAR 8 S/N 7802831. Black & caramel/black #214-1931 CHRYSLER CG IMPERIAL Convertible Victoria. TOP 10 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL fabric/caramel leather. Odo: 47,607 miles. This rare Victoria was brought back from the grave with 6,000 expert hours. A flawless restoration. Engine not original to car. Waterhouse only produced about 300 75,741 miles. 324-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Generally excellent paint now shows some minor aging issues. Wood and chrome very good. Excellent panel fit. Gold leaf #240-1956 DESOTO FIREFLITE Sportsman 2-dr hard top. S/N 62049249. Shell Pink & iridescent lavender/pink & white cloth & leather. Odo: 69 miles. 330-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A frame-off restoration finished in striking lavender and pink livery. Numerous AACA and National DeSoto Club awards. Very good paint and gaps. Excellent interior represents the height of '50s styling. Hemi-powered with push-button transmission. As good as it gets for the era. Cond: 1-. bodies during their short lifespan and are known for the swoop in the beltline just past the rear door. Only six were thought to have been on the CG Imperial chassis. Interesting history. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $522,500. Of the entire Arizona auction week, this was my chosen car to die for. To my eye, a Waterhouse design defines the Classic era, and this example's quality, livery and attention to authenticity was truly stunning. As such, this was in my opinion well bought, and I just hope for the chance to see it again, and soon. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #139-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Leo Carillo “Steer Car” convertible. S/N 7407248. Eng. # C3966830. Caramel/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: monograms on doors and hubcaps present as perfect. Dashboard seats and door panels very nice. Nicely groomed steer head and clean horns. (Spare, unadorned hood also included.) Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $192,500. The Leo Carrillo “Pancho” car, ex-Harrah's Auto Collection. Even without the TV star connection and the steer head, this high-level older restoration was still a very nice Town & Country convertible. With the spare hood, the buyer has the best of both worlds. Seen at Christie's 2002 Pebble Beach, CA, sale where in #1 condition it sold at $170,000 (ACC# 29040). It has been beautifully kept by its ACCer owner since and held its value strongly. Fairly sold at the $190k high estimate. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. SOLD AT $120,000. This flashy DeSoto was last seen at Russo and Steele's 2009 Monterey sale, where it realized $137,500 and our man on the street called it money “well spent” (ACC# 141245). Well, that was only true if the seller here had about $20k worth of fun during his two-plus years of ownership. I think price paid here was strong, and the outrageous livery made the difference. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. March-April 2012 117


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #30-1957 PLYMOUTH SAVOY 2-dr hard top. S/N 26608685. Red & white/white vinyl & red cloth. Odo: 29 miles. 318-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. A 1957 Plymouth replicating the 1958 car from the film “Christine.” Newer sheet metal, taillights and side trim. Nice touches include a 14K gold-plated “V” grille emblem and rare 150-mph Fury speedometer. Workmanship good but not concours. Cond: 2-. with a 383 two-barrel that kicked out 290 horsepower, based on the engine code “L” in the VIN. Now in full R/T SE regalia with Shaker Hood, Plum Crazy livery and 440 Six Pack. A high-quality and convincing effort. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Mopar muscle was in short supply at this sale. But then again, so were interested buyers. The seller would have taken something south of $30k, which would have been a bargain. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. SOLD AT $32,000. 14 to 17 actual cars were used in filming, and only two survived. A couple others were created and used in parades and at special premiere showings. As this was just a nice copy, $35k or $40k seemed realistic, but the crowd just wasn't here. I think the seller could market this car, say at an event like Comic-Con or other fan-related event, and get a little more. I do applaud him for the love and work he put into the car and hope that it eventually goes to a good home. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #275-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. S/N 3301120362. Gold/tan vinyl/gold vinyl & cloth. Odo: 35,195 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Good paint and gaps. Grille pitted with small dents, rear bumper stained. Swivel buckets are covered in period seat covers. Fully optioned with push-button TorqueFlite and “Sonoramic Commando” V8 with dual quads. Unique futuristic squared-off “Aero” steering wheel. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. If it came from the factory with these specs, this brute would push six figures, but the description included no mention of of its heritage. The resulting bid therefore looked realistic. If he expects to get more, the seller will have to get lucky. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #142-1971 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L1G225037. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 8,533 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A stunning rare GTX, equipped with Super Commando V8 documented by three build sheets. Equipped with Air Grabber hood with pins. Stated that engine has been rebuilt. Striking black livery has been well maintained. Cond: 2+. AMERICANA #120-1939 AMERICAN BANTAM Model 60 roadster. S/N 64102. Tan & brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 34,174 miles. Older respray has a few nicks and bruises. Interior in good order. Cute as heck, but won't get out of its own way. These were manufactured from 1938 until 1939, offered in nine different body styles. Alexis de Sakhnoffsky had a hand in the styling. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. This was last seen at RM's sale of the Wayne Davis Collection in Dallas 2008, where it sold for a record price of $253,000 (ACC# 116378). Driven only a couple of miles since. Difficult to justify the record price paid three year ago, and seller does not appear ready to accept the inevitable haircut coming his way. RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #329-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. S/N JH29LOE101580. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,132 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Was born 118 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $29,500. This GTX was finished in the right colors and was fully documented. As such, interested buyers would probably need to have ponied up something closer to $50k to get the job done. The seller knew he had a valuable and desirable piece and was not going to let it go on the cheap. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #250-1972 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23H2B195527. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 93,191 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original-color repaint in excellent condition, as are chrome and other exterior trim. Good workmanship, but doors need minor alignment. No evidence of bodywork. Miles could be actual. According to the seller, a numbers-matching car, with two fender tags. Loaded car from the factory, with Rally wheels, AM/FM, a/c, power steering, front disc brakes and much more. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. Price bid was off the mark, and I don't blame seller for taking it back to his garage. Another five grand would not have been out of line. There are many active groups of mini-car owners who go on all sorts of outings, and this would be more than welcome. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #261-1940 INTERNATIONAL D-2 pickup. S/N D280615. Green metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 95,110 miles. 213-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Amateur restoration completed approximately five years ago. Incorrect paint color. All chrome has been replated including windshield frame, which was not chrome when new. Missing windshield wiper arm and lower two grille bars. Tidy under hood,


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL although engine is painted incorrect Harvester Red, rather than black. Newer screw-in steel and rubber frost plug replacement on the right front of the block, where the original steel plugs commonly fail. Amateur seat cover installation, but functional and tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,448. Previously sold right here at Silver's 2008 Ft. McDowell sale for $17,280 (ACC# 48660). This time it was offered at no reserve. The same dealer who bought this also bough the other IH truck out here—maybe I should see if he also wants my eternal project truck, a 1939 IH D-15 ¾-ton... Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #397-1950 WILLYS JEEPSTER roadster. S/N U103171. Yellow & black/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,138 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Sports whitewalls with dogdish hubcaps. Trim pitted and window cracked. Steering wheel badly worn. One of about 5,834 produced for 1950. Production ceased around June of that year, but sales went on into 1951. The Jeepster was created by Willys designer Brooks Stevens, who combined military Jeep features with car features. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. In decent condition, these bring about $17k, so I don't disagree with the seller's decision to take it back home. These are catching on with the mini-car crowd, so the money should be there next time out. McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #339-1954 CRAMER COMET roadster. S/N A070974. Blue metallic/white & black vinyl. miles. 1710-ci V12, 4-sp. Paint uneven, with runs, drips and errors. Handmade body wavy and variable, incorporating Olds, Buick, and Studebaker parts for the hood and cowl, Lincoln and Buick for the fenders, Cadillac “Dagmar” bumpers and capped off by a 1953 DeSoto windsheild. Built around a 28-liter Allison V12 from a WWII fighter plane. Large-diameter custom tube chassis also serves to move coolant to and from rear-mounted truck radiator. Gearbox, clutch and rear end from a twoton GMC truck put power to the ground. Massive sidepipes. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $122,500. Built in the 1950s, reportedly after the period aero and rocketinfluenced designs of GM; nobody will ever accuse Ed Cramer of thinking small. Designed and built in his auto repair shop in Omaha, it is actually fairly well laid out and thoughtfully assembled. While homely and imperfect, Cramer's brainchild is a testament to batshit-crazy dreams and bringing them to life. Mary Shelley couldn't have done it any better. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/12. #116-1954 KAISER MANHATTAN sedan. S/N 1330. Two-tone green/tan & green fabric. Odo: 56,327 miles. 226-ci supercharged I6, auto. Recent respray in correct shades of green. Sports crash-panel dashboard and “safety-glow” taillights. Interior in good order. McCulloch centrifugal supercharger was standard on Manhattans. Often stated that the 1954 Kaiser was inspired by the March-April 2012 119


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Buick XP-300 with its “jet airscoop” grille. Cond: 2. Glass and lenses presentable. Wee bit of bubbling noted in lower door edges. Windshield trim starting to show its age. Interior in good shape, pedals show minimal wear. Equipped with factory heater-defroster (no a/c) and proper in-dash AM radio with period FM conversion mounted neatly. Cond: 3. upgraded by Hurst for AMC: Fitted with Dual Gate shifter, hood tach, simulated hood scoop over the tach, stripes, and requisite badging. Recent repaint, which laid down well, but has sloppy masking and lots of overspray everywhere. Redone striping nicely fitted. 1970s-era aftermarket smalldiameter steering wheel added, along with modern DIN-mount stereo and various eras of aftermarket gauges in the dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,505. These are an acquired taste, and there is not a huge market for them, but the price paid here was a touch light, if anything. Now, if you should run across a Kaiser Dragon with the padded “Bambu” roof, we'd be talking about something else altogether... McCormick, Palm Springs, CA, 11/11. #35-1967 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800 pickup. S/N 781927C250419. Yellow & black/black & yellow vinyl. Odo: 60,236 miles. 345-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Non-original hue of yellow, but applied with decent workmanship. Engine (a replacement 345-ci unit) painted to match, with contrasting components in black. Modern Navistar-era International logo on grille. Bed has been redone with mostly new flat steel covered with paint-on bed liner. Spring shackle extenders added to allow clearance for the aftermarket wheels and tires. Fitted with modern high-back bucket seats and aftermarket wood rim steering wheel. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. Great eye appeal on this family SUV. There was some genuine interest in this, and I would have loved to have heard the word “sold” follow the bid, but the seller wanted at least another $2,500, which just wasn't here with this crowd. A good honest truck, but considering the mileage (with the odo certainly on its second time around) and potential can-ofworms mechanicals, plenty bid. Dan Kruse Classics, San Marcos, TX, 10/11. #98-1970 AMC JAVELIN SST fastback. S/N A0C797H110030. Lime green/black vinyl/black vinyl & houndstooth cloth. Odo: 28,215 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally left Kenosha in Mosport Green Metallic with a green interior and a 304 V8 under the hood—at least it's a real SST. Good trim-off repaint, but original trim looks dull by comparison. New door seals, but they didn't bother to fit new rubber stop bumpers, so both doors rattle a lot (although they latch easily enough). Repro seat upholstery has good fit. Lots of shiny bits added over the engine block—which is painted to match the body. But it's clean and tidy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,580. While a V8 engine first became optional in Scouts during 1967, only the 266-ci version was available. I've been around the block on IH truck values more times than there are blocks, so I was surprised to see that this was bought by a dealer. At this price, seems to me he might get stung by this bumblebee, as the further you go from stock, the less you can say about a market price. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #229-1969 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL 1000 SUV. S/N 1000C212017H785818. Teal/gold vinyl & cloth. Odo: 21,749 miles. 266-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well preserved but not pampered. Repaint in original color presents well. Minor dings in front sheet metal and trim, chrome scripts nearly new. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $12,204. Anything touched by Hurst officially makes it worth a little more. In this case, it's a couple of grand. Sold well enough, considering that all the seller had to do was give it a repaint. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #195-1977 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II SUV. S/N G0062GGD29631. Blue/white painted fiberglass/blue plaid cloth. Odo: 43,567 miles. 345-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent mediocre repaint hasn't even cured yet, with masking tape still on bottom of body. Ziebarted when new, as evidenced by the decal in the back window. Multiple missing side moldings. Aftermarket front bumper. Homemade strap iron adapters for the aftermarket mirrors. Suspension lifted to clear the 32” all-terrain tires. Slightly fading original interior, with no rips or seam separations. Optional 345-ci V8, TorqueFlite 727 automatic, power steering, power brakes, rear seat, and a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,228. AMC's 401-ci V8 started production a model year after this car was made, so the chances of it being original are non-existent. Hopefully the cat who plunked down $15k-plus for this creation knew that. Silver Auctions, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 01/12. #275-1970 JEEP COMMANDO Hurst edition SUV. S/N 8705F1769706. White, red & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 73,353 miles. 225-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. One of 100 Commandos NOT SOLD AT $10,500. Before SUVs, vehicles like Scouts were officially classified as MPVs: Multi-Purpose Vehicles. The only reason this MPV is still around is because the original owner prudently stopped at the Ziebart shop right after leaving the dealership. As much as I like Cornbinders, their biggest fault was the total lack of body rustproofing. While this was one of the most solid and rust-free Scout IIs I've ever seen, this bid was plenty. So was the $8,250 posted when it re-ran on Sunday. MotoeXotica, Phoenix, AZ, 01/12 A


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BIKE BUYS Two-wheeled deals MOTORCYCLES INVADE VEGAS IN JANUARY #150-1913 FLYING MERKEL BOARD TRACK RACER motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 10422. Orange/brown. A Maldwyn Jones “tribute bike.” Excellent paint. Plating superb, alloy cases and magneto well polished. Titled on bill of sale. Cries out, “Put me in your office!” Cond: 1. Auctions America hosting their first motorcycle auction Auctions America Las Vegas Premier Motorcycle Auction Las Vegas, NV January 12–14, 2012 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Motorcycle lots sold/offered: 400/489 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $4,056,714 High sale: 1910 Flying Merkel V-Twin Belt Drive, $86,800 Buyer's premium: 12% Bonhams The Las Vegas Motorcycle Sale Las Vegas, NV January 12, 2012 Auctioneers: Malcom Barber, Rupert Banner Motorcycle lots sold/offered: 98/136 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $1,570,107 High sale: 1953 Vincent Black Shadow & 1955 Vincent Black Prince, $122,500 Buyer's premium: 17% up to $100,000; 10% after MidAmerica Auctions The Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Las Vegas, NV January 12–14, 2012 Auctioneers: Paul Behr, Dan Wall, Dan Schorno, Gary Ordish Motorcycle lots sold/offered: 386/470 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $4,647,518 High sale: 1915 Iver Johnson Twin at $299,600 Buyer's premium: 7% 122 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Somer Hooker Market opinions in italics was soon the premier motorcycle auction in the U.S. This success was not unnoticed by other M auction houses. In 2011, Bonhams set up shop at the Imperial Palace and ran a sale immediately prior to MidAmerica's sale. In 2012, Auctions America's motorcycle sales came in to set up shop in the Rio Casino. This year, Bonhams' cornerstone was the DuPont Collection. The DuPont family owned Indian motorcycle at one time and were enthusiasts in general. There's nothing that gets people's excitement stirred up like a dusty barn find, and there were plenty here. Bonhams did $1.6m in sales in one afternoon. Simultaneously, MidAmerica and Auctions America were starting off a few hours later with their respective dinner sales. The majority of bidders seem to have set up camp at MidAmerica. At Auctions America, some of the no reserves were being hammered down cheap. Word spread and the next day, more bidders showed up to cash in. They did manage to sell a 1910 Flying Merkel for over $88,000 and a mid-sixties Ducati Formula III racer for about $81k. Early BMWs were extremely reasonable here. When the dust settled, Auctions America realized over $4m in sales and a sell through rate of over 80%. At The South Point, MidAmerica Auctions was trying to recreate the Steve McQueen magic with a selection of his former motorcycles and effects. None of the McQueen bikes sold during the auction. The high water mark for MidAmerica was a 1915 Iver Johnson that was still brand new. It was hammered down for $280,000 plus premium. Three days of sales and an 82% sale rate netted them over $4.2m in sales. A idAmerica Auctions began having motorcycle sales in Las Vegas, NV, 21 years ago. As it gained traction, it expanded to three days, and NOT SOLD AT $30,000. I have a thing about tribute bikes. They usually don't look anything like what they are paying tribute to. Is it just someone's attempt to add a name to their creation and hope it sells for more? Maldwyn Jones was a pretty famous rider during the teens, but his bikes never looked like this—they'd be covered with mud and oil and a heavily scratched paint. High bid should have been enough, as there are plenty of other tributes and replicas out there to bid on. Reserve was stated to be $35k. MidAmerica, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #301-1915 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 11-F TWIN motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 3344K. Gray/grown. Odo: 2,000 miles. In remarkable condition for its age. Seat deteriorating around seams. Equipped with optional carbide headlight, taillight and luggage rack. Paint is turning a general brown hue, as rust makes its way through. All original paint with the patina that people kill for today. Titled under engine number, as Harleys did not have frame numbers until the 1960s. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. I recall the amazement expressed when this bike sold for $160,500 three years ago at MidAmerica's Las Vegas auction. It was quite a shock, but then again, it was a lowmileage, original-paint Harley from 1915. (1915 was a pivotal year for the company, with the introduction of the 3-speed transmission.) Bidding opened and shut at $150k today. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #351-1953 HARLEY-DAVIDSON KK SPORT motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 53KK2645. Black/black. Odo: 6,458 miles. A decent rider-quality bike. Nothing outstanding that you would be afraid to get wet. Has the hard-to-find horn and nice solo saddle. Pillon pad detracts. Some hardware is


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BIKE BUYS rusting. Bike appeared in the 1994 film “IQ,” featuring Tim Robbins and Meg Ryan. Titled under engine number, as Harleys did not have frame numbers until the 1960s. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,470. Harley-Davidson introduced the K model in order to compete with the early `50s onslaught of lightweight British bikes. It wouldn't do over 80 mph, and good thing too—at high speeds, it weaved all over the road. About 200 KKs were built for racing homologation, in essence a KR motor for the street. They were decidedly faster, but still handled like pigs— or rather, hogs, I suppose. Price paid was probably good for both parties, with the Hollywood connection of negligible influence. MidAmerica, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #416-1975 HARLEY-DAVIDSON XR-750 dirt track racer motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 1C11029K9. Orange & black/black. Nice original tank/seat combo in good colors— many of these got repainted. All chrome good. Alloy on cases is brilliant, probably better than when it left the factory. Unable to get the motor to engage the gears when spinning the rear wheel, so it may be an empty “show” motor. Competition-only bike, so no VIN. Cond: 2-. remarkably honest bike that appeared to have spent more than half a century in a time capsule. It would be a shame to restore it, as opposed to turning it over to a good conservator. Sale price may have been a little on the rich side, but this was a no-nonsense survivor. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #367.03-1940 INDIAN FOUR motorcycle. S/N 440649. Eng. # DDO649. Indian Red/beige. Odo: 8,988 miles. Older restoration to 1970s standard. Paint good but not great. Dent in tank on lower right-hand side. Grips look funky. Fitted with Crocker steering damper. Nice exhaust. No heat riser from exhaust for carb. Serial number pad painted over and looks funny. Bike was acquired by seller at the McQueen sale in 1984. He then had the audacity to go out and ride it! Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,680. Because of Indians' skirted-fender Art Deco appearance, creative owners often take poetic license with them, as was obviously the case here. Eventually this begins working against you. This looked to be a nice original bike that could be brought back with a repaint and would make a good candidate for judging. Well sold. Auctions America by RM, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #296-1949 INDIAN 249 SUPER SCOUT motorcycle. S/N BD13326. Eng. # 249336. Black/black. Odo: 20 miles. Extremely crisp paint. Bike is clearly an unused restoration. Good patina on seat is out of step with rest of the bike. Dented shroud on left-hand fork tube has scratched paint off with the rise and fall of the inner. Wheels are hardchromed; originally they would have been cadmium-plated. Nice period Indian accessories with windshield, bags and spotlights. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,800. This was a very nice example of a stock H-D XR-750, and these still rule the dirt tracks today. I've seen new ones sell on eBay for less, and with the question about the motor, I'd say well sold. Auctions America by RM, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #228-1915 INDIAN 61-CI board track racer motorcycle. S/N N/A. Eng. # 74G762. Indian Red/black. Archetypical barn find, presented as found with years of dust and “patina.” More-or-less mocked up from parts. Exterior has suffered from humidity exposure. Tanks are very solid with original decals apparent. Cast iron components very rusty. Tires mismatch. Included are crankcases and internal parts. No odometer, no VIN. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $67,860. In the current era of tributes, recreations, and over-restored bikes, “barn find” is a serious buzz word. This was a NOT SOLD AT $84,000. Fours were notorious for hand-grenading cases. Owners often had to acquire other cases, which perhaps explains the funky pad, It was a runner. The seller here was looking for $90,000, but I looks to me like McQueen fever might be passing. There were other McQueen bikes offered here that no-saled as well. MidAmerica, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #141-1948 INDIAN CHIEF motorcycle. S/N Eng. # CDH6684B. Silver/brown. Odo: 16,633 miles. Bike wears an over-the-top paint job in a non-factory scheme. Speedometer is original and clashes with restoration. Same goes for original plastic face on running light, distributor cap, and seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $11,000. The Scouts and Arrows built from 1949 to 1952 suffered from reliability issues and are regarded by many as the final nail in Indian's coffin. This bike had an interesting story of being found by the original owner's son, who then surprised his father with the restoration. Considering this was probably a $20k-plus restoration, it was well bought. Bonhams, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12. #392-1915 IVER JOHNSON V-TWIN motorcycle. S/N 1011. Gray/brown. Paint and striping remarkably glossy for 97 years. Seat in good shape. Even the original tires are good. Some chips on fender sides, some rust on seat springs. Possible paint mismatch on chain guard. No speedometer, mileage unknown. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $299,600. Wowser! A brand new 97-year-old bike! This had reportedly never been started since it was sold. I remember this unit selling for $100k years ago, then $175k, and today $280k plus cheese. Fairly rare bike in the first place, now headed for a museum, allegedly. Good deal for both buyer and seller. MidAmerica, Las Vegas, NV, 01/12.A March-April 2012 123


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EBAY MOTORS // Online Sales Instant collectibles that weren't WERE YOU THINKING COLLECTIBLE TOO? by Chad Tyson later for retirement. The bonus for buyers now is that most were well cared for and driven on a limited basis, keeping them in a more desirable condition today than most of their contemporaries. Here is a sampling of those special editions or body styles that have yet to make good on their investment hype. V GM #180797983024-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q133846. Burgundy/burgundy leather. Odo: 82,000 miles. 66 photos. Austin, TX. “Paint is very nice with very deep color and great shine. Body shows no signs of previous damage and no signs of rust. Glass is very clean and convertible top canvas appears to be near new. Power top mechanism needs service as it does not function. Two of the power windows also need service. Interior is very original and clean. Upholstery shows light age without rips or major damage. The 500 V8 engine starts right up. Overall great mechanical reliability with good brakes and suspension.” 30 bids. sf 99. Cond: 3+. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller's feedback) had zero issues with the Corvette. Full synthetic and at least 91 octane always used in the car. Tires have less than 2k miles on it. Has some cracking on weatherstripping between window and top. Small rubbing on driver bolster. There is one small flaw in the paint. Car has been stored for the past 3 years. Drove maybe 10 times in 6 years. Motor runs great.” 10 bids. sf 20. Cond: 2-. ery few new cars defy the (seemingly) natural law of depreciation and become collectible. Ford's GT is a recent exception. The limited production run and slowly depleting base — mostly due to high speeds and driver error — keep the values somewhere near initial MSRP, even higher for certain models. The following group of cars, found on eBay Motors, traveled a different trajectory. They are the instant collectibles that weren't. People snatched them up — often at high dealer markups — in hopes of either a quick profitable turnaround or to sit on and unload SOLD AT $13,200. These cars were famously marked up by dealers when new, making most of them relative bargains by now. However, this one was a steal. The mileage isn't obscene, it averages to just 4k a year over its lifetime. This just proves there are still deals out there. SOLD AT $6,100. I have never seen so many nice, unrestored examples of one type of car available for sale as I have for the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado. Famously vaunted as the last American convertible— until GM and Chrysler angered the prospective investors with convertible reintroduction in 1983—most of the cars were pickled away in garages. This one has seen considerate use but, as a result, sold towards the lower end of the market. Well bought. #140684116279-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23JXM5800332. Black/black leather. Odo: 86,680 miles. 8 photos. Boise, ID. “Car was bought by my dad 5 years ago from Fairly Reliable Bob's. Have 124 AmericanCarCollector.com FOMOCO #330673837932-2003 MERCURY MARAUDER 4-dr sedan. S/N 2MEHM75V73X623432. Black/gray leather. Odo: 90,170 miles. 23 photos. Griffin, GA. “Adult owned. It has 4.10 rear gears, A-pillar vacuum pressure and trans temp gauges are All-Pro Comp Ultra Lite gauges, same as the factory center gauges for oil pressure, oil temperature and voltage. Factory car cover. Soft leather interior with no tear and stains. Original Marauder floor mats. The tires are 90 percent new. Power windows, power locks, everything works. This is the nicest one you will find. Original Marauder owners manual, all the service records, 2 keys and 2 remotes.” 25 bids. sf 1. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,000. Maybe this didn't make everybody's list for “instant collectible,” but I've wanted an example since one came into the Ford shop I worked at several years ago. $34k in 2003 bought a bulletproof police-spec drivetrain and nearly every example is under $10k now. The styling is bland enough to rob a bank at the lunch rush, making up for the depreciation between then and now. Market correct. #220938670614-2006 SHELBY GT-H coupe. S/N 1ZVFT82H665252153. Black/Charcoal. Odo: 11,500 miles. 28 photos. San Jose, CA. “Very low mileage and the stripes are in excellent condition due to being a late arrival to the fleet rental. This is car #498 of only 500 built in 2006. In excellent condition, everything is perfect. The 2006 GT-H is the 40 Anniversary of the Ford/Shelby/Hertz partnership and as a tribute to the 1966 Shelby


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Hertz “Rent-a-Racer.” What a car and it is very fast! I have the original Hertz documentation. This car is Investment Grade and is expected to increase in value.” 19 bids. sf 24. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $30,300. The buy-it-now was $34k and the seller might have pulled the rug out from under himself when he stated the reserve was at $33k in the additional information section. Either way, the car wasn't bid high enough and it's easy to see why. These must be the most common car ever of which only 500 examples were made. There are a handful available at any point, so I'm not sure why the seller didn't just cut it loose so close to reserve. CHRYSLER/MOPAR #380403877357-1992 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. S/N 1B3BR65EXNV100205. Viper Red/gray leather. Odo: 2,100 miles. 49 photos. Anaheim, CA. “The Viper presented here was part of a vast collection of only the finest sports, luxury and vintage automobiles. Its condition is outstanding from top to bottom and it comes with the side curtains, soft top and custom hard top as well as very extensive documentation including the complete owner's kit. Surely one of the finest Vipers on the market and a blast to drive.” 21 bids. sf 221. Cond: 1-. teed. Original owner's manuals. Infinity sound system with CD changer, cruise control, keyless entry, a/c.” 12 bids. sf 479. Cond: 1-. mpg. In great condition. Housed in climatecontrolled garage, never driven in winter. Fewer than 1,700 still exist. Previous owner added some modifications including custom exhaust and tune, cold-air intake, K&N filters, dual 3-inch tubing and heat exchanger boxes. Eibach springs, adjustable KONI shocks. JRL pillar Pod gauges, boost, amps, and oil pressure.” 19 bids. sf 10. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,900. A proper perspective is the majority of these cars followed the same trajectory as their contemporary Corvette rivals. They sold in the mid-$40ks new and now sell typically somewhere in the mid-teens, so what explains this one? Low mileage. When/if the new owner breaks 4,000 miles, that will be a ding to the wallet. Well sold. #110806866615-2005 CHRYSLER CROSSFIRE SRT-6 coupe. S/N 1C3AN79N95X044739. Black/gray leather. Odo: 47,040 miles. 8 photos. Polson, MT. “Low mileage. Hand-built engines by AMG. Essentially a Mercedes SLK-320 with a 3.2-liter V6 producing 330hp, yet gets 27 SOLD AT $14,800. The MSRP was $45k when new seven years ago. Perhaps the only people thinking these were instantly collectible were the folks at Chrysler at the time. This one sold on the higher end of where they have settled after a precipitous drop. It has enough miles to drive it regularly without killing any value. It also has been boy-racer modified from stock, so additional “souping up” shouldn't hurt eventual resale. Fair deal all around. A WHAT'S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT NOT SOLD AT $29,200. Early Vipers were often stowed away like this example, allowing their otherwise over-used compatriots to rack up the miles, driving up the values of the stored examples. Although not necessarily up to the seller's delight. Even for this one—sporting just 2,100 miles—the glut of 5,988 examples made 1992–95 is too much to overcome. Better luck to the seller next time. #110814088868-2001 PLYMOUTH PROWLER convertible. S/N 1P3EW65G71V701927. Prowler Orange/black canvas/Agate leather. Odo: 3,899 miles. 64 photos. Glen Ellyn, IL. “Only one previous owner. Extremely low mileage, as-new condition throughout. Spotless vehicle history reports - AutoCheck guaranteed, CARFAX guaran- NOW FREE! The world's largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. www.collectorcarpricetracker.com March-April 2012 125


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Keith Martin As the host of the television show “What's My Car Worth,” I look at hundreds of cars each year that are crossing the block at auction. In our “Mailbag” section, we invite viewers to send us highresolution photos and some information about their cars, and we select some for an estimate of value. Here are a few of the recent cars that have been submitted; if you would like us to consider your car, please send a photo and description to mycar@whatsmycarworth.tv. And keep watching “What's My Car Worth” on Velocity. 1951 Buick Super estate wagon Background from owner: 2,212 built in 1951. Bought by current owner in 1973 for $650. Repainted and engine rebuilt by owner in 1982, left roof alone to show original paint. Car has most of its original parts including original spare. Analysis: Woodies are hot, but it is the pre-World War II models that bring the big bucks. This Buick will get you into all the Woodie shows, but you won't be parked in the front row. Collectibility: C Market value: $60,000–$80,000 1956 Lincoln Premiere convertible Background from owner: Background from owner: 2,447 built in 1956. Body-off, complete restoration finished in 2003, including overhaul of 368-ci 285-hp V8. Has eight 24-karat gold trim pieces redone to factory specs. Has won many best of show and first places since restoration. Total mileage since restoration is approximately 300 miles. Analysis: These are very complicated cars to restore and are rarely seen in this condition. However, they simply don't have a big following among collectors, and it is difficult to get your restoration costs back when you go to sell. Collectibility: B Market Value: $75,000–$90,000 1969 Mercury Cyclone CJ 428 Background from owner: 3,261 CJs built in 1969. Original color, numbers matching “R code” 428-ci Super Cobra Jet engine. Drag-Pack, ram air, C6 auto, TractionLok geared at 3.91, power steering and power brakes. One of one, according to Marti Report. 76k original miles. Analysis: Cyclone 428s have to be the bargain of the collector car world. Never in the “Flavor-of-the-Month” club, they offer similar performance as a Chevelle LS6 at only 20% of the price. But they will never be a hot ticket, just a fast one. Collectibility: C Market Value: $30,000–$40,000 128 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay Carl's thought: We have all heard the expression “Lost your shorts,” but this auction gives new meaning to the expression. The boxing shorts that Muhammad Ali wore more than 40 years ago in the “Fight of the Century” on March 8, 1971, recently crossed the auction block in Los Angeles. Ali challenged the champion, Joe Frazier, in the epic match and suffered his first professional loss. The shorts fetched $173,000, perhaps taking a bit of the sting out of the loss. Here are a few cool pieces I recently found Surfing Around — and I'm almost positive the new owners will not lose their shorts on any of them: EBAY #140672652939 — BUDDY L PRESSED STEEL DUMP TRUCK. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $520. Date Sold: 1/9/2012. Buddy L started making pressed steel toys in 1921, and this example was introduced in 1923. It was missing the chain drive and any identifying markings, which made me doubt its authenticity. Others agreed, as the price paid was well below the going rate. EBAY #190601958483 — PAIR OF N.O.S. HARRY MANN CORVETTE LICENSE PLATE FRAMES IN WRAPPER. Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $775. Date Sold: 11/20/2011. Harry Mann Chevrolet was located on Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles, and it was the place to go to buy your Corvette. It closed in the late '70s, and these license plate frames were new in the wrapper. A great find, and they will certainly look cool on a period Corvette. EBAY #130603332897 — 1964 SHELBY AMERICAN 289 DEALER STAND-UP DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $817.77. Date Sold: 11/27/2011. This stand-up display piece was part of the dealer package that was sent to all Cobra 289 dealers. The complete set sells for $4,000 or so, and this display piece is pictured in use at the 1964 New York Auto Show. If you have a true 289 Cobra, the price paid here was nothing compared to the current value of the car. EBAY #260928128642 — MOBILOIL GAS GLOBE. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $3,550. Date Sold: 1/8/2012. The seller stated that this globe was used on a gas pump, but it actually was used on top of a lubrication product cabinet. The 130 AmericanCarCollector.com etched globe was in good condition, and the original paint was not worn or chipped. It was, in fact, one of the best ones I've seen, and others must have agreed, as the price was about double the current market value. EBAY #150738153984 — “CORAZONES SO. L.A.” CAR CLUB JACKET. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $3,565. Date Sold: 1/22/2012. This jacket, which dates to the '50s, was used by the Corazones Car Club from South Los Angeles, CA. The graphics were a bit cultish. The jacket had no label and a few minor moth holes but otherwise was in good condition. Early hot rod stuff is hot property, and as we see here, it can get a bit pricey. EBAY #370566342544 — FORD PORCELAIN SERVICE ARROW. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $5,211.99. Date Sold: 12/13/2011. These were hung pointed down toward the entrance to the service department, but this one had been cut to mount on a pole. It was otherwise in good condition, with minimal damage to the porcelain. It was missing the neon and transformer, but a neon shop can get it in good order for less than $500. These normally sell for about $8,000, so if the new owner can live with the crude hole and get the neon installed, he will be just fine. EBAY #220843174554 — CHRYSLER MOPAR LIGHT-UP DISPLAY CLOCK. Buy-it-Now. SOLD AT: $1,500. Date Sold: 1/11/2012. This Chrysler Mopar parts clock was illuminated by an inner ring of neon. It was in very acceptable condition and sold for the going rate, so fair all around. A way-cool display piece for Chrysler collectors' car barns.A