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Keith Martin’s 8 AMERICAN SCOTTSDALE: Full report from the $225m auction week revolution? CAR COLLECTOR $220k Resto Split-Window Love ’em or hate ’em, prices raise eyebrows Ken Gross as the Riddler: Is Barris’s iconic car really worth$4.6m? ™ Batmania! Dale Novak’s 10 tips for selling your car at auction Colin Comer: Tweaks to make your ride smoother, safer INSIDE: John L. Stein — calculating maximum Corvette bang for the buck March-April 2013 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache pickup Rising values for vintage workhorse trucks Yarborough’s 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass A bargain price for a piece of NASCAR history www.AmericanCarCollector.com $67k $22k


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CAR COLLECTOR Vol. 2 • Issue 8 • March-April 2013 Vol. 2 • Issue 8 • March-April 2013 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1963 SPLIT-WINDOW RESTO-MOD $220k / Barrett-Jackson Modern parts and vintage looks – the best of both worlds — Michael Pierce Page 44 GM 1965 BUICK RIVIERA GRAN SPORT $52k / Gooding & Co. European style meets American grunt — Jim Pickering Page 46 FoMoCo 2000 FORD MUSTANG COBRA R $34k / Russo and Steele Track-day terror or instant collectible? — Sam Stockham Page 48 MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH A12 ROAD RUNNER $90k / Russo and Steele Think the Hemi was the fastest Mopar? Think again — Tom Glatch Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Cover photo: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod Kelly Goodall, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1966 BATMOBILE $4.6m / Barrett-Jackson Batman trumps Bond in B-J’s biggest sale this year — Ken Gross Page 52 CLASSIC 1930 CADILLAC 452 V16 AMBULANCE $45k / Bonhams Restore, preserve, or part out this Full Classic? — Carl Bomstead Page 54 RACE 1977 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS NASCAR RACER $22k / Barrett-Jackson Cale Yarborough’s race car finishes at a cut-rate price — Jay Harden Page 56 TRUCK 1959 CHEVROLET 3100 APACHE NAPCO PICKUP $67k / Bonhams Top money for this vintage 4x4 workhorse — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 58 1966 George Barris-designed Batmobile; profile, p. 52 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson March-April 2013 7


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COLUMNS Inside 10 Torque Breaking down Scottsdale’s results – Jim Pickering 38 Cheap Thrills Five picks for under $10k from Arizona – B. Mitchell Carlson 40 Horsepower The optimized vintage car – Colin Comer 42 Corvette Market Finding the best bang for the buck in collectible and modern Corvettes – John L. Stein 114 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia on eBay – Carl Bomstead SERVICE DEPARTMENT 12 What’s Happening Ed Saari and Corvettes, GoodGuys, Charlotte AutoFair 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions 20 Parts Time Camaro suspensions and racing hoses 22 Cool Stuff Off-road creepy crawler, miracle hood popper, bottle cap destroyer and paper trucks 24 Snapshots Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale: A big show 26 Your Turn Good times in a big-block ’Vette? 36 Insider’s View Should you upgrade your muscle car? 62 Anatomy of a Market Report A primer on how ACC rates cars at auction 70 Expert’s Tip How to track down engine clatter 108 The Parts Hunter Big-money parts and accessories from eBay 110 Showcase Gallery — NEW! Sell your car in our new ACC classifieds section 112 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 112 Advertiser Index 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Photo: 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R; profile, p. 48 Courtesy of Ford Motor Co. AUCTIONS 64 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 82 Leake Dallas POW! BAM! BANG! Batmobile sells for $4.62m! – Dan Grunwald 74 Russo and Steele Scottsdale Big-block muscle and riveting desert theatrics wow bidders, sending totals past $17.7m – Robert Malke Dueling auctioneers work side-by-side auction blocks and send 327 classic cars to a $6.6m total – Phil Skinner 88 Silver Fort McDowell 96 Roundup The Arizona sale grows by $325k as Corvettes and pickups rumble to glory – B. Mitchell Carlson American vehicles from coast to coast – B. Mitchell Carlson, Kevin Coakley, John Lyons, Neil Wood, Carl Bomstead, Norm Mort FUN RIDES 20 Good Reads The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1 – Mark Wigginton 22 Desktop Classics 28 Under the Hood 34 Giving Back charity cars – Tony Piff 104 Quick Take 1966 Corvair Fitch Sprint – Marshall Buck Ten tips for buying a vehicle at auction – Dale Novak 32 Auction Roundtable Auction house insiders tell us what surprised in Arizona Generous bidders pony up over $5m for Barrett-Jackson 1971 AMC Gremlin – B. Mitchell Carlson 965–1 970


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Torque Jim Pickering Collector-car year fires up T OVER 2,200 CARS BROUGHT $225M AT THE FIRST AUCTIONS OF 2013 he Arizona auctions make January one of the most exciting times of the year for me. In the last few weeks of January, around 2,700 cars descend on the Valley of the Sun, all to be offered for sale at auction. These cars are predominantly American — mostly muscle and classics — so they’re right in ACC’s wheelhouse, and the price trends they set have lasting repercussions for the rest of the year. This is the week that fires up the market after a few slow winter months, and this year it barked to life like a big-block breathing through a set of open headers. In mid-January, I made a prediction on the ACC blog regarding this year’s final totals. $200m was my guess, up from $185m in 2012. This was built off the fact that Monterey in August saw such a huge boost ($258m total vs. $198m in 2011). But in Monterey, there were a lot of ultra-high-end cars offered — mostly European — and it seemed unlikely to see the same size increase out of muscle-heavy Scottsdale. Plus, 2012’s Arizona numbers were record breaking in their own right: How much more could we really expect for 2013? Well, this year’s totals are in, and I was a little off with my $200m prediction. Combined, this year saw 2,263 cars sell for a grand total of $225,438,568. That’s a $40.7m increase over last year, and only 80 more cars sold this time around. The average price per car was $99,619, up from 2012’s $84,622. We haven’t seen these kinds of increases from the Arizona auctions since 2006, when the increase over the previous year’s total reached nearly $61m. Rarities and workhorses There are always cars that fall outside the norm in Scottsdale — one-off machines, or cars with movie or TV history — which achieve record prices on the block. This year’s events included the original Batmobile, which brought $4.62m at Barrett-Jackson on Saturday night. Is that price repeatable? It’s hard to say until we see it sell again (see the profile on p. 52). But who’s to say it wasn’t worth it? To the buyer on the B-J stage, that was the 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Big sellers like the Batmobile can skew the market, but overall the trend is up Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson price to play, and he has the only “real” Batmobile, even if none of the gadgets actually work. Cars like that — and the prices they achieve — tend to get the Scottsdale auctions into international headlines. These cars do steal the spotlight, and like I mentioned back in November, they boost enthusiasm and market confidence. But what these cars mean to the market is really a different story, as their impossibly high sale prices skew the results and make it look like overall average prices for everything, including stock Novas, Mustangs and Chargers, were higher than they actually were. What’s more important to the average American car buyer is this: Even if you strip out every single million-dollar car from both the 2012 and 2013 Arizona auction results, this year’s average prices were still higher. The overall sentiment on the ground was that car quality and buyers’ wallets were both just a little bit fatter compared with what we saw last year, and that’s exactly what the numbers reflect. And while a lot of media outlets have covered the Batmobile sale (ACC included), I think the prices seen on lesser lots were just as noteworthy this time around, because they’re a good barometer that the market in general — at all levels — is still on an upward trend. Just take a look at how pickups did this year. Truck sales alone rose by more than $1.34m, and 25 more trucks were sold. The average price per truck was over $35k, compared with last year’s $33k. The quality of the trucks on offer was up, and the market was clearly watching. If you’re looking for a cheap classic project truck, you’re going to pay more this year than you did last year. If I were you, I’d act now. A strong market 2012 was a strong year for collector cars, and the start of 2013 looks pretty good, too. After all, none of these numbers include Mecum’s goliath Kissimmee sale, which took place right after the Scottsdale auctions. As of this writing, the reported total was close to $75m. Combined with Scottsdale, that’s nearly $300m in cars sold over the course of two weeks. Not a bad way to start the collector-car year. Investors are still betting on the classic- car world with their wallets, and that means that the classic American car market continues to be a vibrant place. If you’re looking to buy, sell or trade, there’s no time like the present. You’re bound to get a lot of car for your money, and if you’re in the right place at the right time, you could end up with a lot of money for your car. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING It doesn’t get much bigger than Spring Carlisle for kicking off your collector-car season Spring Carlisle Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time for Spring Carlisle — a giant swapmeet, car corral and auction in Carlisle, PA, taking place April 24–28. This is one of the biggest events of the year on the East Coast, and it’s a great way to shake off winter and start the car year. We’re talking 150 acres and more than 8,100 vendor booths, so this is the place to find that unobtanium part. More than 2,000 cars will look for a new home in the car corral, where you can dicker with the owner for a price that makes everyone happy. Auctions America by RM also puts on a great auction here that focuses on Detroit iron. www.carsatcarlisle.com Corvette Adventures in Wisconsin Longtime ACC friend Ed Saari — a former Bloomington Gold bigwig — is now the director of special events for the Chula Vista Resort in the Wisconsin Dells. Saari is putting together the 6th Annual Corvette Adventures, which puts Corvettes and their drivers on several fun road tours through the scenic Wisconsin Dells region from June 6 to 9. Another Corvette Adventures tour is scheduled for September 13–15. These tours are very popular, so now is the time to make reservations. For more information, call 1.608.225.3359 or log onto www.corvetteadventures.com. 12 AmericanCarCollector.com Goodguys on the road Goodguys is making tracks all over the United States during March and April. The Goodguys 4th Spring Nationals happens on March 8–10 in Scottsdale, AZ, and the 3rd Spring Lone Star Nationals rumbles to life in Fort Worth, TX, from March 15 to 17. The 31st All American Get-Together is March 23–24 in Pleasanton, CA, and the Goodguys Meguiar’s 13th Del Mar Nationals is April 5–7 in Del Mar, CA. No excuses for those who live in California! www.goodguys.com Charlotte AutoFair This year’s Charlotte AutoFair — April 4–7 — will fill the giant Charlotte Motor Speedway with 10,000 vendors, an Antique Automobile Club of America National Car Show and 1,600 cars for sale in car corrals. This car-crazed event is truly massive — it spills out of the speedway onto the surrounding parking lots. North Carolina weather is world-class in April, so plan your trip now. www. charlotte-autofair.com.A


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming auctions BLOCK by Tony Piff 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 COPO at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach MARCh Amelia Island in March. Last year at this ultra-exclusive sale, 70 cars totaled $36.1m, which works out to an average price per car of $515k. The top-selling American lot in 2012 was a 1948 Tucker 48, sold at $1.32m. Gooding & Company—The Amelia Island Auction Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 70/77 cars sold / $36.1m Big-money collectors from around the globe train their sights on house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. Notable early highlights include a 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ Walker-LaGrande convertible coupe, one of three produced and the only factory supercharged example (estimate available upon request); a 1930 Cord L-29 Sport Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck with custom German coachwork (estimate available upon request); a multi award-winning 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial convertible coupe ($550k–$650k); and a fully documented 1965 Shelby GT350 ($225k–$275k). RM Auctions—Automobiles of Amelia Island When: March 9 Where: Amelia Island, FL More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 92/106 cars sold / $22m RM returns once again to the Ritz-Carlton as the official auction Classic Motorcar Auctions—Ohio Spring Classic Where: Akron, OH When: March 16 More: www.classicmotorcarauctions.com Last year: 72/117 cars sold / $1m More than 165 collector cars will cross the block when CMA’s 14 AmericanCarCollector.com excellent condition and equipped with 352-ci 300-hp V8. The sale will also feature an important collection of model cars and airplanes from a local estate. Hollywood Wheels—The Palm Beach Auction Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: March 21–24 More: www.seeyouontheblock.com Hollywood Wheels predicts more than 350 collector cars for their March 2013 sale, held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Exciting consignments here include an all-original 1964 Dodge 330 Max Wedge two-door post; a 1964 Dodge 330 Hemi lightweight; a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 427 Yenko clone; a 1961 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible; and a 1955 Chevrolet Nomad resto-mod with $300k in receipts. Auctions America by RM—Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 22–24 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 388/567 cars sold / $16.9m Important consignments at this annual sale include a 1951 Ohio Spring Classic returns to the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The early headliner is a 1960 Ford Galaxie Sunliner convertible, in Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible, formerly owned by Steve McQueen; a 1969 Dodge Charger “General Lee,” used in the 2005 “Dukes of Hazzard” film and signed by the cast of the original television series; a documented, highly optioned 1971 Dodge 340 Challenger convertible, used on-screen during the 1972 season of “The Mod Squad”; a 1966 Imperial “Black Beauty” Green Hornet continuation car, built by George Barris and Dick Dean; a welldocumented 1967 Dodge Coronet WO23 Hemi Super Stock race car, one of just 55; and an assortment of 1950s convertibles from the Gauthier Collection, headlined by a meticulously restored 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz and a 1952 Cadillac Series 62, offered at no reserve.


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK APRIl ing, and their Palm Beach show is a banger. Star cars for 2013 include a 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible with 428, automatic, power steering and power brakes; a 1957 Chevrolet resto-mod pickup with fuel-injected Ram Jet 350, automatic, a/c and power steering, windows and 4-wheel disc brakes; a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 COPO, numbers-matching and documented by original Protect-O-Plate and build sheet; a 1969 Chevrolet custom Camaro, RCR Series 3, professional 5,000-hour build, powered by an allaluminum 580-hp 427-ci V8; and a 1967 Ford Mustang custom Pit Viper, professionally built by Total Performance, with 500-hp 408-ci V8, 6-speed, power steering, power brakes and a/c. Barrett-Jackson—Palm Beach 2013 Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 4–6 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 435/437 cars sold / $17.8m Barrett-Jackson is a household name in the world of car collect- Houston auction. Headlining this sale is the Lynn Wardley Collection, with premium examples representing six decades of American customs, muscle and sports cars. Standouts include numerous ’30s street rods, ’48 and ’50 Mercurys, a ’55 Bel Air convertible, a 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda and a 1995 Dodge Viper Venom 600. Mecum Auctions Where: Houston, TX When: April 4–6 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 527/660 cars sold / $18.2m Mecum returns to the Reliant Center for its second annual tion. Notable early consignments this time around include a 1957 Nash Metropolitan, rust-free, all original, with less than 22k miles; a 1963 Ford pickup with 4-speed and new interior; a 1953 Dodge Meadowbrook two-door station wagon “Tin Woodie,” with flathead six and 3-speed; and a 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible, equipped with power top, power steering, 292 and 3-speed. The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 12–13 More: www.bransonauction.com Silver Auctions Where: Portland, OR When: April 12–13 More: www.silverauction.com Last year: 113/190 cars sold / $1.2m Silver’s twice-annual Portland sale is a Pacific Northwest institu- Last year: 103/192 cars sold / $2.9m This upscale heartland collector car event happens in historic downtown Branson, MO. $22k was the average price per car last year, with a few lots above the $100k mark and a few under $10k. ACCers will dig all the high-quality muscle, Corvettes, trucks and pre-war Classics. Collector Car Productions—Classic Car Auction of Toronto Where: Toronto, CAN When: April 12–14 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com Last year: 179/331 cars sold / $3m This twice-annual sale sees about 350 collector cars cross the auction block in Toronto, at an average price of $15k–$20k. The consignments come from every genre, with lots of classic American iron. The star cars for April 2013 are a 1966 Shelby GT350H in black and gold and a 1970 Plymouth AAR ’Cuda in factory Panther Pink. Also of note are four no-reserve convertibles: a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500, a 1958 Chevrolet 348 Tri-Power Impala, a 1967 Corvette 427/435 and a 1957 Pontiac Laurentian. Auctions America by RM Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 25–26 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 131/267 cars sold / $2.5m Thousands of collectors swarm here for the weeklong Carlisle swapmeet, and AA’s April sale takes place right in the middle of it all. Muscle cars, American classics, pickups and customs make up the majority of the 300 or so cars offered, with prices averaging $15k–$20k. You can buy a car and then show it in the massive car corral, or go for a project and start digging for parts right away. Mecum Auctions Where: Kansas City, MO When: April 25–27 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 426/607 cars sold / $9.2m This long-running sale continues to grow, with 426 cars sold last year for a $9.2m total and an average sold price of $22k. Top-notch customs and restored American muscle dominate here, not to mention pickups, classics and Corvettes. The high sale in spring 2012 was a 1967 Corvette convertible, sold at $127k. RM Auctions Where: Fort Worth, TX When: April 27 More: www.rmauctions.com At this no-reserve sale, RM will lift the gavel on more than 50 1950 Mercury custom at Mecum houston 16 AmericanCarCollector.com automobiles from the collection of lifelong enthusiast and successful businessman Don Davis. Select highlights include a well-equipped 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, in red-on-black and well documented in the Shelby Registry; a 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra, an original promotional car showing less than 40k actual miles; a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette “Big Tank” coupe; a beautifully restored 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham; and a 1941 Chrysler Newport dual-cowl phaeton, the actual pace car of the 1941 Indianapolis 500 race and subsequently owned by Walter P. Chrysler Jr.A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin Good seeing you in Scottsdale opinions about cars that sold in Scottsdale, with an emphasis on that uniquely American art form — resto-mods. And you’re sure to enjoy the profile of the Chevy Apache pickup; who would have thought these daily workhorses would someday be bringing big bucks alongside Camaros, Mustangs and Corvettes? ACC Editor Jim Pickering and his hand-picked team of experts I continue to bring you the absolute best information, and best writing, in the collector-car world. Is it any wonder that American Car Collector has become the fastest-growing collector car magazine in the world? Thank you for being a part of the ACC family, and I look forward to seeing you at cruise-ins, tours and auctions this spring and summer.A t was good meeting so many ACC subscribers this year in Scottsdale. There were over 200 of you at our Corvette Market seminar, and I appreciated the many positive comments you had about the magazine — and your suggestions for features you want to see in the future. This issue, Number 8, is my favorite so far. It’s full of insider CAR COLLECTOR Volume 2, no. 2 March-April 2013 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 Associate Editor Chad Tyson Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson Kevin Coakley John Lyons Norm Mort Phil Skinner Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Information Technology/ Internet Brian Baker lead Web Developer Marc Emerson SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Coordinator Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Francisco Print Media Buyer Wendie Martin ADVERTISInG SAlES Advertising Executives Randy Zussman randy.zussman@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 Steve Kittrell steve.kittrell@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 5 SuBSCRIPTIOnS Subscriptions Manager Rich Coparanis Administrative Assistant Cassie Sellman Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com Classic Scottsdale: Check out the profile on p. 58 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2013 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 JOIN US Daniel Grunwald Jack Tockston Pat Campion Dale Novak B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965–1970 by Greg Kolasa, CarTech, 192 pages, $26.37 (Amazon) My father worked on the docks in Los Angeles, and he saw lots of cool and interesting things automotive passing through He brought home tales of tiny Honda 600s being picked up an tossed about by longshoremen, explored crates of unwashed driver’s uniforms from the “Le Mans” filming, and watched a broad range of exotic cars coming in or going out of the coun try. But the most excited I ever saw him was the day he came home and described driving a Shelby GT350. The car was headed for Argentina, white with blue stripes fresh from Carroll Shelby’s shop in El Segundo. It caught his eye, and it wasn’t long before the impromptu slalom course was set up; big grins all around, his the biggest. It’s usually what happens to folks after their first time in a Shelby, and often it becomes the “free taste” that turns into a full-throttled addiction. Greg Kolasa, a Shelby expert and guru, is your guide to surviving the cravings. He knows what that addiction is like, and his purchase of a 1966 GT350H sent him headlong down the Shelby rabbit hole. His fascination became mania, which turned into hard-won expertise, leading to the job of Hertz Shelby Registrar of the SAAC Shelby Register. The biggest issue with GT350s, should you get the bug, is authenticity. After all, Shelby took a production car and added and subtracted parts to turn it into the fast, loud and desirable collector car you fell for. Most of the pieces are still available, so the ethically challenged are tempted to convert regular cars into GT350s, turning $20,000 cars into $250,000 cars. Kolasa’s guide to the GT350 is the place to start on your Shelby journey. He used all of his re- sources to create a tool to protect you, using everything from factory records to restoration experts to concours judges to build the “definitive” guide. It’s a claim well made. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson New products to modernize your street machine Aeroquip AQP Socketless Racing hose Spring is arriving in many parts of the country (sorry, Rocky heidts Pro-G Bolt-In Independent Rear Suspension for First-Gen (and Second-Gen) Camaros Sure, your 1967–73 Camaro is a blast to drive. It makes all the right sounds, can smoke the rubber off of any tire set you install, and looks really good doing all of that. But you want to go through the twisties faster, don’t you? Enter the Pro-G IRS from Heidts. You’ll get superb handling turning left, right or going straight, and the unit is designed to handle up to 600 horsepower. Forward struts are attached to the subframe connectors, ensuring that the wheels stay in place during heavy acceleration. Positraction, heavy-duty CV-joint half shafts, inboard disc brakes, and billet single-adjustable coil-overs are all part of the package. The price is $7,995.95 and comes with gear ratio choices from 3.08 to 4.10. Additional options are available. Visit www.camarocentral.com, or call 800.990.1969 for more details. P/N SUS-890. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Mountain and Pacific Northwest regions, you get to wait a little longer), so it’s time to make sure your car is ready for the summer cruise and show circuit. How have your fuel and oil cooler lines held up in storage? Aeroquip’s AQP socketless racing hose is constructed from AQP elastomer (a synthetic rubber) and is compatible with most fuels, oils and coolants. Maximum pressure rating is 250 psi, and the temperature range is minus 45°F to 300°F, so it can handle most anything you’ll use it for. The hose is easy to assemble with Aeroquip’s socketless racing fittings, with no tools and no clamps required. The smooth inner bore allows generous flexibility and the reinforcing textile braiding comes in blue or black. Sizes range from -4 AN to -12 AN, with lengths varying from three to 20 feet. Call 1.800.230.3030 or visit www.summitracing.com for additional information and pricing. A Lineage: ªªªª Greg Kolasa has spent most of his life deep in the weeds of the history of Shelby’s products, starting with the GT350H. He’s the nationally recognized expert. Not much else to say. Fit and finish: ªªª There is nothing unexpected from the folks at CarTech on the design side, just simple, workmanlike layout and typography. Where this book adds value is the hundreds of color photos. Drivability: ªªªª This is one of those books, if you have any interest in Mustangs or Shelbys at all, that needs to be on your shelf. It’s a thoroughly researched, well written and informative text, easy to read and full of amazing details. A few hours with this book will save you tons of money and heartache, not to mention the hours will be pleasurable and informative. It probably won’t keep the addiction at bay, but it might at least lead to safe and sane Shelby ownership. ªªªªª is best


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COOLSTU Corvette hood popper If the hood cable snaps on your C4, you’re in for a major project — unless you have this tool, which does the trick in seconds. $24.99 from www.mamotorworks.com. COOLSTU C COOLSTU C COOLSTU C U Corvette hood popper If the hood cable snaps on your C4, you’re in for a major project — unless you have this LSTU Corvette hood popper If the hood cable snaps on your C4, you’re in for a major project — unless you have this tool, which does the trick in seconds. $24.99 from www.mamotor- works.com. for for resistance during heavy wrenching. If you need to work outside or on the wet, dirty ground, it’s a life-saver. $144.95 from www.genuinehotrod.com. Paper trucks Jesse Smith designs paper models of 4s new and old, h as the Jeep Wrangler, Willys eep wagon, ord Bronco nd Raptor SVT. ck your color eme, order on- d Smith emails the PDF file for you to print, cut and glue. You can download free accessories such as jerrycans and boulders from the website. Fresh X-Acto knife blades recommended. $7 from www.papercruiser.com. Bottle cap destroyer The simplest bottle opener conceivable, machined from solid-bar coldformed steel. A leather strap keeps it handy. $38 from www.machine-era.com. ny Piff Bowtie box This heavy-duty metal toolbox is just one more way to show your reverence for the all-important Bowtie. Perfect for holding your detail supplies at the car show, transporting small tools or just displaying on a shelf. $49.95 from www.camarocentral.com. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1966 Corvair Fitch Sprint Automodello has produced three great versions of the Fitch Sprint — a Corvair with enhanced performance, handling and styling upgrades. Paint finish on each is top-notch, as is the extensive amount of photo-etch metal detailing. Each model shows off perfectly plated chrome wheels with three-ear knockoffs, delicate little metal CORSA and SPRINT badges all around, the signature Fitch “ventop” roof, and more. Inside is just as pleasing, with great detail down to the detailed door panels, dash, wood-rim steering wheel and floor-mounted manual shifter. Both the white and black versions are serial-numbered, and each comes with information cards that were personally autographed by John Fitch. The white “Tribute Edition” was produced as the official model for the 42nd CORSA 2012 International Convention. The black is a “Homage Edition.” 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors, edition size and price each: Willow Green with black top, up to 999 models, $95; white with blue top, 66 serial-numbered models, $166; black, 24 serial-numbered models, $235 Production date: 2012 Web: www.automodello.com Ratings Detailing: ªªªªª Accuracy: ªªªªª Overall quality: ªªªªª Overall value: ªªªªª ªªªªª is best


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SNAPSHOTS The place to be BARRETT-JACKSON SCOTTSDALE IS A SPICY MIX OF THOUSANDS OF CARS AND SPECTATORS, A LUXURY MALL — AND A STATE FAIR Meguiar’s set up shop with a giant tractor-trailer rig parked outside. Big displays showed off new products and old favorites as giant inflated replicas of Meguiar’s wax and polishing potions bobbed on the roof of the trailer. Dozens of gearheads watched product demonstrations and bought waxes, washes and tire cleaners. A new formula for removing spots was selling fast. “This is the place to be,” said RJ de Vera, Meguiar’s associate director of event marketing. “Meguiar’s started out selling at car shows, and the people here are into our products.” The massive tent — which could Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Onlookers kick the tires as Barrett-Jackson stages vehicles for the auction by Chester Allen A camera crew darted among the grid of gleaming cars — getting quick shots for the almost-nonstop television coverage of the massive Barrett-Jackson auction percolating inside the nearby tent. Car owners and Barrett-Jackson employees danced around the cars for last-minute buffing and polishing. A kid wearing a SO-CAL Speed Shop hat stared at the frenzy as his father leaned under a hood with a flashlight in his hand. “This is like the deck of an aircraft carrier,” one man muttered as he wiped down a fender. Barrett-Jackson’s annual Scottsdale Auction is one of the do-not- miss-this extravaganzas of the collector car world. This year’s sale stretched from January 13 to 20, and more than 300,000 people paid to watch 1,331 cars sell for a total of $102 million. This car-crazed week is a really a mix of state fair — including funnel cakes and smoky barbecue grills — and luxury mall. Spectators, buyers and sellers could book a top-notch hunting trip, arrange for a new kitchen or fork over a few million for an executive jet. Just beyond the staging lanes outside the auction tent, dozens of car companies and food stands stretched out for hundreds of yards. A huge television screen kept everyone outside posted on the cars crossing the block inside the tent. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com easily shelter several Boeing 747s with room to spare — pulsed with the rhythms of thousands of spectators, the angst of thousands of bidders and sellers, and the chant of auctioneers selling cars for a lot of money. Kenneth Standley of Dallas, TX, grinned at the controlled chaos in the staging lanes and eyed his shiny black 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air resto- mod — a car he loved but was also eager to sell. “It hurts my heart a bit to sell it, but I have too many cars,” Standley said. “I come here every year to buy and sell cars, and I’m selling six this year, including a 1960 Plymouth convertible and a 1955 Eldorado.” The Bel Air got a lot of attention from potential bidders, as it sported Boyd Coddington wheels, disc brakes, power steering and even air conditioning. But most onlookers wanted to hear the 350-ci engine crank to life. While the bidders beamed at the meaty rumble, Standley finished polishing and eyed his car one last time. “I’m hoping for $80,000,” he said. “We’ll see.” Barrett-Jackson car handlers moved the Bel Air into the wall of noise and light near the auction block. Two cars were ahead in line, but in what seemed like no time, Standley’s Bel Air was on the block. Standley stood on the stage and gazed out over thousands of gearheads staring back at his car. Bidding shot quickly to $50,000, and the auctioneer dropped the hammer, calling out “sold” at $52k. Standley grinned and shook hands with a friend. Just before the car went on the block, Standley said Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale was one of the highlights of his year. “I’ve been into cars since 1944, and I own about 550 cars right now,” he said. “This is the place to be in January.” A


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YOUR TURN Tell us what’s on your mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com John Kindell and his ’65 396/425 coupe. Yes, it drives and sounds as good as it looks A great big-block driver I was thrilled to see that you profiled the ’65 Corvette I purchased at Mecum Monterey 2012 (ACC November-December 2012, Issue #6, pp. 40–41). You are absolutely correct about the car being a GREAT driver. It is loud and obnoxious and draws extreme attention everywhere it goes. According to the NCRS, it was delivered to the Chevrolet Zone Office in Los Angeles when new. While the build date is too early for a 396, could this have been an early show car for the 396 debut? All signs say no, but the factories did some one-offs back then, so who knows? Regardless, I love the car and it will stay “as is” and be driven like I stole it! Thanks for the great mag. — John Kindell, Henderson, NV 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Oops The Challenger profiled in the January-February 2013 issue of ACC was incorrectly labeled as a Charger on p. 50. Everyone here at ACC knows the difference, but I’ve still instituted an intensive E-body / B-body Mopar refresher course for the staff and our proofers, including screenings of “Vanishing Point,” “Bullitt,” and every episode of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” — Jim Pickering


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UNDERTHE HOOD 10 TIPS Buying right at auction RELAX AND LEAD WITH YOUR HEART, BUT USE YOUR HEAD WHEN IT’S TIME TO PART WITH YOUR HARD-EARNED CASH Dave Tomaro Being prepared well before you get to the auction will save you a lot of trouble in the long run by Dale Novak know, especially concerning inspections and the valuing of a car. So consider this a primer to get you started. I 1 Know what you want and do your The first step: Do your homework. Read, research online, buy homework some books, study price guides and the ACC Premium Database. Invest the time to learn as much as you can about the specific car you’re looking to buy. If it’s a style of car, like an early ’50s convertible, study cars that will be in your targeted price range. Ask yourself why you want a car and what you plan to do with it. Investment, club participation, show-’n’-shine, weekend driver, etc. — your answer just might surprise you. I’ve seen plenty of folks jump into the hobby checkbook-first only to buy a piece of garage furniture — a car they will never drive because it’s too nice for its 28 AmericanCarCollector.com n the previous issue of ACC, we looked at selling your car at auction. For this issue, Editor Pickering asked me to write up my thoughts about buying a car at auction — a perfect companion piece to complete the story. Space considerations don’t allow me to cover all there is to intended purpose. Go to some car shows and talk to owners, immerse yourself in the hobby and eat and breathe cars for a while. ACC Editor at Large Colin Comer tells buyers to look at all cars as if they cost one dollar to buy and are only worth one dollar when sold. The purpose of this is to wash your mind of values and really hone in on what you truly want. It also helps you focus on the cars that you gravitate towards — those that fire your internal desires. It also removes that pesky part in all of us that, on some level, views old cars as investments. Maybe you really do want a Shelby for what it represents to you, instead of what your neighbors think of it or any future appreciation it might offer. Or maybe you’ll find that you really don’t. 2 Recon some sales Go to some auctions, large or small, and observe the process — but do not register to bid. Find a few cars you like and try to place your value on them. Observe the bidding process and pay close attention to the ringmen (the men and women taking the bids on the auction floor) and their interaction with the auctioneer. See how close your “fantasy bid” gets to the actual selling (or high


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bid) price. When a car sells or stalls out as a no-sale, make notes and compare those dollar amounts with some price guides. Keep in mind that condition correlates to value, so knowing how to grade a car is also critical. We’ll talk about that later. The idea here is to familiarize yourself with the process. The last thing you want to do is to walk into an auction, checkbook in hand, and start bidding on a car. Dealers tell me that they collect their own mistakes — and they’re seasoned buyers — so take the time to thoroughly understand the process and disciplines required before you even think about buying. 3 The fine print Now that you’re primed and pumped, you know what you want (and why), and you have the funds in place, it’s time to get serious. Research auctions and decide which one you’d like to attend. Understand that company’s buyer’s fees, and grab a copy of the bidder or buyer’s agreement. Read it — and I mean all of it. If you don’t understand the contract (yes, it’s a legal contract), ask for help. Terms and conditions of the sale will vary slightly from auction to auction, so know what you’re getting into. Buying an old car isn’t like buying a cool leather jacket at Macy’s — you can’t just return it when your wife tells you that you look like a relic from “West Side Story.” Sales are almost always final as soon as the hammer drops. 4 Finding cars QuICK TIP: Some auctions offer discounts if you register early. Doing so can save you time when you arrive at the auction, but it can be frustrating if you pay to register up front and find there isn’t a car you’d like to own at the auction. I like to see what’s for sale first and register to bid onsite. Just be sure to bring all the documents and funding requirements to qualify to bid. Next, study the cars up for grabs (online and again in person at the auction) and hone in on those you’d like to own. Keep an open mind if you’re shopping for a style or type of car rather than a specific make and model. Getting to the auction early is key to a successful hunt. Spend the time looking over the cars that interest you (remember the one-dollar mindset) and write down every lot number of the cars you like. Don’t worry about your budget at this point — that will come later. 5 Thin the herd Time for a reality check. If you’ve picked out a few cars that are wildly out of your price range, look those cars over again and understand why you liked them (remember, it wasn’t about money, right?). Perhaps it was the miles of chrome or the big-block Tri-Power setup under the hood. Maybe it was all the options a car had and the power accessories. Maybe it’s simply a car you’ve always wanted to own. No matter what the outcome, you’ll need to narrow your list to under ten cars, preferably less. You did your homework on values, so these few cars should all be within your budget range. Inspection 101 A few basic pointers by a professional inspector: • Spend the time to learn everything you can about the specific car you’re likely to purchase. There are tons of information available in books and online. • Check the panel gaps, doors, hood and trunk fit, wheelarches and how the tires fit within each wheelwell. • look for bubbles forming under the paint, under the vinyl top, lower quarter panels, around the windows and along the rocker panels. • Check the paint for variations such as fading, different shades or a different sheen. These can be a sign of repairs. • Check the chassis (undercarriage) and look for heavy applications of undercoating, scaly rust, soft spots, welded seams, frame patches, horrific exhaust systems, bent or crimped brake lines, caked-on gobs of soil, embedded grease and dripping fluids. • Feel around the fender lips of the car for body filler on the backside; it will feel thick in these areas. This is a tell-tale sign of inferior bodywork. • Check the bottom of the doors and door skin seams for patches, welds and body filler. These are spots that tend to be overlooked in lowerquality restorations. • look for a neat and tidy engine bay. A poorly kept engine bay is a sign of neglect and lack of diligence and care. • look under the dash for a bird’s nest of wiring, spliced wires and disconnected wires. • Rust is the primary killer of cars, so be diligent and look for poorly patched metal and, more importantly, the dubious use of body filler. These areas will come back to life — rust never sleeps. — Craig Gussert Bring a notepad and give your potential purchase a thorough going-over 6 The dirty details If you really want to do this right, you’ve got to dive into these cars. Bring a notepad, an old towel and a flashlight. Start every evaluation by looking under each of the cars. The idea is to get a good sense of each car’s condition. Take your time and go over every aspect, top to bottom. If there are QuICK TIP: Just about every car up for grabs is going to have something wrong with it. Make sure your budget includes some post-sale funds to cure those ills. documents, look them over carefully. If the owner is with the car, talk with him or her and ask a lot of questions. If you are new to the hobby, it’ll pay to hire a professional to help you examine the cars. It might cost a few hundred bucks, but it will be the best money you’ve ever spent. It pays to be curious, inquisitive, fastidious and suspicious all at the same time. Don’t let your love affair with one particular car rule your heart. If you talk yourself into a needy car, the cost to address those needs will be far more than you planned — guaranteed. 7 What’s it worth? Now that you have a list of a few cars that have passed the sniff test, it’s time to place a valuation on those shiny old machines. Your inspection notes should have provided you with an overall grade for each car (#2, #3, #3+, etc. — you can see ACC’s grading system specified on p. 62). Next QuICK TIP: There are always an abundance of selfproclaimed experts at auctions – guys who will tell you with authority what a car is worth. Use your own research and judgment. QuICK TIP: If possible, be by the car when the auction staff starts it. Watch for excessive smoke and odd noises. Ask the driver to test the lights, horn, heating and cooling systems. Check the gauges, power accessories, etc. March-April 2013 29


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UNDERTHE HOOD “One of the biggest advantages to buying a vehicle at auction is the tremendous selection that is available. If you’re looking for a specific car and you have not done your homework, I would highly recommend bringing a marque expert for a pre-auction inspection. Auctions America is very accommodating, and we do a great deal of homework ourselves prior to offering the inventory for sale.” — Donnie Gould, president of Auctions America by RM you’ll need to consult a price guide (such as ACC’s Pocket Price Guide). Each guide will vary in the valuations, but all of them will use condition codes to help you navigate the murky waters of valuing old cars. Some auctions use estimates to offer a range of the car’s value. Scrutinize those values as compared with your own research. 8 Stick to your price, bid with authority QuICK TIP: The amount being solicited by the auctioneer may be flexible. If the auctioneer is asking for $1,000, you may be able to offer $500 or $250 depending on the car’s value and other criteria. Let’s assume that only about five cars from your original list made the cut. You’ve done your homework, did some recon, read the buyer’s agreement, inspected the cars and feel pretty confident that you’re ready to actually raise your hand (and your checkbook). As your A-list of cars roll across the block, you’re in better control as a bidder because you have several options. Make eye contact with one of the ringmen and signal that you plan to bid. He or she will momentarily become your new best friend. Some say it’s better to bid early, and others like to wait until the end. I prefer to bid early and quickly up to the threshold of my valuation number. Know who you’re bidding against and watch them bid. If you can’t see the other bidder (or bidders), ask the ringman where the bid came from. The ringman can be very persuasive to encourage you to bid on the car. Stay in control and stay with your number. If the car sails past your highest valuation, stop bidding. Let the car go and wait for the next opportunity. If all the cars bid higher than you planned, go home and live to bid another day. Do not get sucked into the red mist and convince yourself that it’s only another $500. Stick to your price, period. If you’re the high bidder and purchase the car, there will be a form to sign verifying your purchase, so stay put until they come to you with the form. Rules of the road Five things you should never do when buying at an auction: • Do not drink and bid. Have a drink afterward to celebrate your new purchase. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com • Don’t go it alone. If you’re not sure how to inspect or evaluate a car, hire a professional or bring a friend who does. • never bid on a car you did not inspect, no matter how good the price seems. • Do not guess at a car’s value. Do your homework up front or don’t bid on it. • never keep bidding after you meet your valuation threshold. Stick to your price. you truly wanted and bought it within the valuation range you wanted to pay. 9 Write the check and check the paperwork Make your way to the sales office to avoid the end-of-the-day rush to close out your purchase. There, you’ll fill out some forms, get the title work completed and write the check. Check the math to make sure the hammer price (the amount you bought the car for on the block) and the commission add up correctly. If the car had some documentation, spares, books, manuals, etc., get them now. There usually is a document and records room at most auctions. I prefer to take those items directly to my car or lock them in the trunk of the car I just bought. Make sure you get all the sets of keys. Sometimes there is a separate “key room” where you’ll need to go. 10 Get it home If you didn’t plan to take the car home yourself, meaning via your own trailer or pre-arranged service, there are usually services on site to help you. If there’s more than one, visit with each company and get some quotes for the ride home. Most of the services will be enclosed transporters, and the cost can be alarming if you’ve never done it before — especially given the cost of diesel fuel. Ask if they have any other cars going to the same area, as sometimes that can lead to a small discount. I don’t recommend driving the car home unless you live fairly close and have paid your AAA membership in full. It’s usually best to get to know your car and have a thorough mechanical inspection done before you start driving it more deliberately. (I know, I know, the owner told you it can be driven to California and back. But that didn’t come with a guarantee.) We covered a lot of ground here, but the main takeaway should be this: Knowledge and game preparation are key. The more informed you are about what you want, why you want it, and how to inspect and value the car, the far better off you’ll be when it comes time to make the deal. So take a step back, breathe, relax and lead with your heart. But use your head when it comes time to part with your hard-earned cash. A If you come out on top, congratulations. You bought a car


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SCOTTSDALE ROUNDUP Auction roundtable AN INSIDE LOOK AT THIS YEAR’S UNEXPECTED ARIZONA SALES Craig Jackson, Barrett-Jackson At Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, we were thrilled with the sale of the 1956 Chrysler Diablo concept convertible, which sold for $1,375,000 and set a new world record for a Chrysler concept car. We knew the car would do well on the auction block due to its history and stunning design, but the crowd’s reaction coupled with the continued interest in concept cars set the bidding on fire. It was incredible to witness. David Gooding, Gooding & Company I was truly surprised by the 1965 Shelby 289 Cobra we offered. One of the best, highly original, unrestored 289 Cobras in existence, the car was listed with an estimate of $850,000–$1,100,000 and yet soared through that with a final sale of $1,320,000. While Shelby 289 Cobras have always been desirable cars, it’s clear that this particular example’s value is considerably higher than most due to its limited ownership and extraordinary, original condition. As experts in rare collector cars, we know that exceptional condition draws demand. However, in the example of this FIVA-award winning 289 Cobra with original California plates, just 35,000 miles from Mitch Silver, Silver Auctions There were not many surprises in vehicle values, the prices are up across the board and it was a challenge to buy a collector piece that left money on the table. I have had buyers contact me after the sale apologizing for not buying more cars but said they couldn’t pay the prices we had bid. With that Gord Duff, RM Auctions In terms of surprises, two lots exceeding expectations and worthy of special mention are the 1933 Auburn 8-105 Salon Retractable Hard Top Cabriolet and the 1967 Shelby 427 “SemiCompetiton” Cobra, both of which surpassed their pre-sale estimates at our Arizona auction. A fascinating example of American design and ingenuity, the one-of-a-kind ’33 Auburn was magnificently restored and striking in presentation. It attracted strong interest during the preview and eventually sold for a remarkable $440,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $275,000–$375,000. It’s a car definitely worth keeping a lookout for on the concours field, including Pebble Beach. The Shelby Cobra realized a remarkable $2,007,500 against a presale estimate of $1,400,000–$1,700,000. One of just 29 S/C Cobras 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Jeff Creech ©2012, courtesy of RM Auctions built, cars such as this are seldom offered for public sale. A genuine, low-mileage example with a perfect provenance, I believe collectors viewed its offering as an exclusive ownership opportunity, which contributed to its strong sales price. Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Co. new, we were surprised and delighted that the market responded the way it did, which underscores how valuable these cars have become for American collectors. being said, one example stood out to me as a particularly good buy. A 1955 Ford Sunliner in Torch Red paint with red and white interior and wide whitewalls. It was fully restored and changed hands for $36,200, buyer’s fee included. In my opinion, that would be hard to find anywhere and impossible to restore yourself for that amount. A very good buy.


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David Swig, Bonhams I was very pleased to see the result we achieved for the 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Fleetside Deluxe NAPCO pickup (sold at $66,700 including buyer’s premium). Without question it was an exceptionally restored example of a rare and desirable truck, to the extent that it was featured on the cover of a recent Hemmings Motor News. The result was a clear indicator that there is a serious and growing interest in well-restored early pickups. Despite all the European exotics we were privileged to offer in Scottsdale this year, it was the Apache that generated the biggest smiles during our preview. Drew Alcazar, Russo and Steele As my team starts to focus on our two new auc- tion events in Newport Beach and Las Vegas, we took a minute to reflect on the tremendous results produced by the synergy of Scottsdale Auto Week. The American car that sold in Scottsdale this year that took us by surprise was the Batmobile. The original Batmobile from the television series struck me as a cool piece of nostalgia, but you are talking about a car that is virtually unrecognizable to anyone younger than 30. The younger generation all would recognize the new Batmobiles from the recent movies and maybe even from the original movies. Courtesy of Bonhams Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson However, this one had a very narrow market in my opinion, and the record-breaking sale took me by surprise. A March-April 2013 33


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GIVINGBACK For a good cause THE BARRETT-JACKSON CHARITY CARS BRING MORE THAN $5M by Tony Piff B arrett-Jackson’s 42-year commitment to philanthropy has raised more than $50m for charity to date. This year in Scottsdale, the auction house waived its fees on 21 important vehicles to the jingle of over $5m. Ele Chesney, one of the world’s foremost female car collectors, has been donating cars for more than a decade. She donated two cars at this sale: a 1951 Chevrolet Suburban carryall and a 2008 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition convertible. The Suburban sold for $70,000 and the Shelby sold for $100,000. “I bought the Suburban at Palm Beach last year from Joe Riley for Johns Hopkins,” Chesney said. She donated the car right back to Johns Hopkins. “When I bought the Mustang, I pointed at Craig Jackson and said, ‘This one’s for you.’” In support of the Barrett-Jackson Cancer Research Fund, she immediately donated the Shelby to the TGen Foundation, and both cars were trucked directly to Scottsdale. “I never even brought them home,” Chesney said. In Scottsdale, the Shelby was purchased by Chevrolet dealer Rick Hendrick. “Rick looked at me and said, ‘This one’s for you.’ Now he has a Ford in the family.” Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson, said, “It was an honor to help raise more than $5 million for some of the nation’s most active and worthy causes at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction this year. We have the most generous fans, bidders and consignors, and to give back to communities all across the nation is an incredible feeling. There’s no telling what 2014 will bring.” Said Chesney, a longtime philanthropist, “Wherever you’re needed, you try and help.” A Craig Jackson and Ele Chesney (center) observe the charity auction GM #3000-1951 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN carryall. Proceeds to benefit Johns Hopkins Scleroderma Research Center. #3015-2006 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO NASCAR Jeff Gordon #24 racer. Proceeds to benefit AARP Drive to End Hunger, sold as a pair with Lot 3015.1. SOLD AT $175,000. SOLD AT $70,000. #3007-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA custom 2-dr hard top. Proceeds to benefit Cox Charities and Childhelp. #3014-2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO convertible. Proceeds to benefit the American Heart Association. SOLD AT $150,000. #3015.1-2000 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO coupe. Proceeds to benefit AARP Drive to End Hunger, sold as a pair with Lot 3015. SOLD AT $400,000. #3018-2013 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 convertible. Proceeds to benefit Achilles International. 2014 C7 Corvette brings $1.1m 34 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $175,000. SOLD AT $150,000.


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CORVETTE #3010-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. Proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity. #3009-2008 SHELBY GT Barrett-Jackson Edition convertible. Proceeds to benefit the TGen Foundation. NASCAR Foundation. SOLD AT $200,000. SOLD AT $100,000. SOLD AT $270,000. #3006-2013 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Guy Fieri 427 convertible. Proceeds to benefit Cooking with Kids. #3017-2009 FORD F-150 King Ranch Super Crew pickup. Proceeds to benefit the Fisher House Foundation. SOLD AT $150,000. #3013-2013 SHELBY GT500 Cobra coupe. Proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. SOLD AT $300,000. SOLD AT $150,000. #3016-2014 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. Proceeds to benefit Center for Creative Studies. #3019-2010 FORD MUSTANG GT custom coupe. Proceeds to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation. SOLD AT $200,000. SOLD AT $1,100,000. FOMOCO #3011-1953 FORD F-100 custom pickup. Proceeds to benefit SEMA Cares. SOLD AT $100,000. #3004-2012 FORD F-150 SVT Raptor custom pickup. Created by Sanderson Ford to raise money for the Arizona Special Olympics. AMERICANA #3005-2010 INDIAN CHIEF Black Hawk custom motorcycle. Proceeds to benefit Camp Southern Ground, sold as a pair with Lot 3005.1. #3008-2013 SHELBY GT500 coupe. Proceeds to benefit the Edith and Benson Ford Heart & Vascular Institute. SOLD AT $100,000. SOLD AT $200,000. SOLD AT $170,000. #3020-1969 FORD BRONCO custom SUV. Proceeds to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. #3012-2013 FORD F-150 King Ranch pickup. Proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. #3005.1-2010 INDIAN CHIEF Vintage custom motorcycle. Proceeds to benefit Camp Southern Ground, sold as a pair with Lot 3005. SOLD AT $100,000. SOLD AT $500,000. #3003-2013 FORD MUSTANG GT NASCAR racer. Proceeds to benefit the SOLD AT $100,000.A March-April 2013 35


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INSIDER’S VIEW Crowd-sourcing an answer to your queries To be on the mailing list for next month’s question, go to AmericanCarCollector.com and sign up for our biweekly newsletter. Resto-mod or leave it stock? hard-earned wrinkles alone. Don’t take your car’s history away — otherwise it will not have a story to tell anymore. And if things have really gone beyond preservation or saving, at least restore or repair it to the exact and correct OEM specs. If you want brakes and performance, get a modern car. Only an original car will tell our children how things really were in the good old days, and only authenticity can be of value. Bob Betz, via email: Disc brakes on all four corners are a must. Look at the info provided on the Web by SSBC and Master Power Brakes regarding the shortened stopping distances their kits provide. But giant wheels on a ’60s muscle car just tells the world you are a brain-dead teenager. Glover Photgraphy Rick Matthews, via email: Nothing’s The ACC question: Should you upgrade your vintage muscle car with modern wheels, tires, suspension and brakes in the name of performance and safety, or is that just a modern fad that will die out? Do you keep your car as stock as possible to be true to how they were in their heyday? Which do you think should be worth more in the market today? Readers respond: Allen Leier, via email: NOT! If you have a very good muscle car or are restoring one, keep it original as possible. Once modified, it cannot go back easily. They are slowly disappearing. If you want modern performance, buy a modern muscle car and let’s keep our vanishing heritage intact for as long as possible. Michael Carmichael, Chapel Hill, NC, via email: I vastly prefer resto-mods. The reason: drivability. I want a car that handles, stops and goes like a modern muscle car. That it might be clad in the fashion of the ’60s or ’70s does not matter. If the car is to sit in the Petersen Museum or the Blackhawk, then let them be original, but if the owner wants to drive the beast, resto-mod is far and away the better option. Beat Walti, Zurich, Switzerland, via email: Don’t Botox your car! Leave all those 36 AmericanCarCollector.com better than an old muscle car that looks great and drives like a new car. It’s no fun to have a car that wanders down the road. Gary Ackerman, Henderson, NV, via email: I think there is room in the market for both. The pure classic muscle cars will always have value and appeal, especially the rare highdollar versions, Hemis, Bosses, COPOs etc. I also think that nicely done resto-mods create a place in the market both for collectors and builders. A car not worth a total restoration as a stock classic can make an outstanding restomod, and make the new owner very happy. I own both and am happy that I do. Mark Reynolds, via email: The big- wheel look is trendy today but will appear ridiculous in a few years. Take a look at an issue of Street Rodder or Rod and Custom from the 1980s to see how poorly some of the fads from that time have aged. I suspect the 22-inch craze will do equally as poorly in time. Some modifications for safety should be broadly acceptable, if we want to keep buyers of vintage cars around for the future. The guiding ethic in my opinion is to make the changes minimally visible as is practical. Bill, via ACC blog: I think it’s great to see interest by the new generation in the cars I grew up with. Some of the changes on these cars have been really outstanding. We’ve also found out that change done right can increase the value in many cases. I’ve always said, your friends that don’t smile are the ones without toys. Brian Foster, Pollock, LA, via email: If you own a resto-mod, you might as well drive it, because there is nothing on it that can’t be changed once it gets worn out. I have nothing against the resto-mods, but don’t call them a classic once you modify them to such extremes. They may be classy, but they are not classics. Joe Venturini, via email: If your car “Giant wheels on a ’60s muscle car just tells the world you are a brain-dead teenager” is one of the special originals bringing big dollars, leave it stock. If it is a “standard” version, update it for safety and better performance. It will make it more appealing to a wider audience and easier when you decide to sell it. I am restoring a standard ’65 Impala convertible and am upgrading suspension, brakes and appearance items, including the SS package styling. The younger audience likes the big wheels and suspension upgrade items, and I want them to stay interested in the old-car hobby! Mike Kanalos, via email: The resto-mod fad that is sweeping the collector market will die a slow death in 10 years or so — just like the custom van market from the 1970s. At the end of the day, original cars (restored or not restored) will always be in demand, whether it’s next week or 50 years from now. All of the other BS cars such as resto-mods will find their way to the junkyards. Howard Poulter, via email: The resto- mod is here to stay. The future of the hobby will include that type of vehicle, as more of the young hobbyists will embrace them for their modern drivetrains and suspensions with the “nostalgia” look. There will always be a place for original muscle cars. But few of the young guys today can afford many of them and simply will not find the idiosyncrasies to their liking. But they do and will continue to like the styling. A ACC was flooded with hundreds of responses to this month’s question. View them all at www.americancarcollector.com/ insidersview.


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson BARGAIN BUYS Scottsdale’s ARIZONA’S FIVE BEST SUB-$10K BUYS W Truck ith records being set all over the place at this year’s auctions in Arizona, the editors have called up yours truly, the resident bottomfeeder, to look at the other end of the market and pick the best buys for under ten grand. Here they are: 1 1971 CHEVROLET CHEYENNE C20 ¾-TON PICKUP With everyone and their dog finally figuring out that old pickups are actually Russo and Steele Lot SN948, sold at $2,475 worth something, good buys on them are evaporating faster than an open bottle of Perrier left on a restaurant table in Scottsdale. However, late on Sunday, deals do occur. Recently out of eight years in storage, this truck was used from new until then as a service vehicle for a pop bottler in Burns, OR. Essentially all original including paint, it also had period popular aftermarket auxiliary fuel tanks — rather handy for its rural location. Since Burns is in Oregon’s arid upper plateau, it was also very solid and nearly rust-free. With 1967–72 Chevy pickups continuing to be very popular with no end in sight, this was almost a no-brainer, even if it is a less-desirable three-quarter-ton. At least it had single-piece wheels rather than split rims. Offered at no reserve, it was cheap by anyone’s book, and was also the cheapest vehicle sold at Russo this year. Well bought. Muscle car 2 1985 OLDS CUTLASS SUPREME 442 Russo and Steele Lot SN285, sold at $3,850 I can hear the collective groans already: “This isn’t a real muscle car.” Well, in the 21st century, members of younger generation who have a fresh driver’s license and a hankerin’ for a cheap muscle-esque car have turned to these 1978–87 mid-size models. Look around at the local high school and community college parking lots (the ones where Auto Mechanics is on the curriculum) and you’ll see these cars. If one of these has a 305 Chevy small block or a 307 Olds V8 under the hood (like this car), it can be tweaked for more performance. If it had a lukewarm V6 or (shudder) diesel, yank it for just about any V8 in the GM stable that will physically fit. And as a reminder, the Buick Grand Nationals and GNXs were of this DNA; both iconic ’80s muscle cars that actually delivered the goods. A bone-stock original like this is getting hard to find. The RPO W42 442 package featured a warmed-up 307, recalibrated 700R4 automatic, 3.73 diff, SSII wheels and obligatory decals. Only 3,000 examples were made, most of which were “instant collectibles” when new, so they pop up as either minty examples or thrashed and abused. This example was in the happy medium, as it had been well cared for but wasn’t the virgin you’d be afraid to take out and use. ’60s car 3 1963 CHEVY II NOVA 4-DR SEDAN 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Barrett-Jackson Lot 3, sold at $6,050 Not all Novas sold at Barrett-Jackson are resto-mod street machines. This one was a little-old-lady car. With a claimed-to-be-original 31,172 miles, it had the 120-horse 5 1 2 3 4


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194-ci six-banger (actually an upgrade option from the standard four) and Powerglide automatic. It also had the full complement of documentation from when it was sold new: owner protection plan booklet, invoices, the original owner’s manual, and an original-issue shop manual. It was recently brought back to life after being stored for 30 years. The only things that seemed like they were missing from the top of the dash were a St. Christopher statue or a few lace doilies from Grandma’s sitting room. With nerd cars still popular, 4-door Chevy IIs have generally been under the radar, due in no small part to being overshadowed by the Corvair — a nerd car everyone knows about. While there were enough Corvair hoarders out there who saved every ratty example they could drop $50 on (guilty as charged), nobody cared about these. They almost all went to the crusher when used up. In the 21st century, cars like these, which were once everywhere, are now an anomaly. This is proof that you can get a good deal on an inexpensive car at B-J. You just have to know what to look for. ’70s car 4 1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 1979 was the final year for the big honkin’ MARK V CARTIER EDITION Silver Auctions Lot 55, sold at $5,400 Lincolns. As such, they have seen some increases in recent years, despite the fact that they can only be had with the 400-ci motor and not the bulletproof 460. The Mark V was the most popular car judging class last year in the Lincoln Continental Owner’s Club. After years of being engine donors for their 460s, they’ve become accepted as genuine collector cars. Priced from $6k to $12k for good lower-mile examples, they are very obtainable if you want to get your ’70s groove on with this all-but-extinct class of cars — the luxury coupe. It took the demise of the Cadillac Eldorado and the Lincoln Continental Mark VIII in the late 1990s — displaced by huge luxury SUVs — for the examples from the ’70s to start to get traction in the collector market. You can easily find ones with fewer miles than the 97k this one had, but if cared for like this one was, these sleds tend to hold their miles gracefully as they get older — sort of like Sophia Loren. The Holy Grails for this final year tend to be either the Collector Series or Bill Blass designer series examples, but the Cartier is also rather popular for its neutral light beige with maroon accents inside and out. Someone got a good deal on a great car. ’80s car 5 1989 OLDSMOBILE CUSTOM CRUISER STATION WAGON It’s no secret that I like station wagons. Something about being a tightwad meshes Silver Auctions Lots 21 and 381, sold at $2,160 and $1,836 well with getting the max usage out of a car’s available space. That and they are a bit different in today’s automotive landscape of cloned jellybeans on wheels. This is the antithesis of all that is sterile in the modern auto industry — a big honkin’ cinder block on wheels. It’s also no secret that wagons are still among the most desirable post-war collector car bodystyles, even giving some convertibles a run for their money. The big square box 1977-through-1990 GM B-body wagons have generally been under the radar of most collectors — unlike their 1991-through-1996 replacements — although a few minty ones have occasionally brought good money. This one was a well-kept one-owner local car that — while far from perfect — had plenty of room for either fluffing up and flipping, tidying up and pickling for a future investment, or just plain taking to either Hershey or Turlock (or both perhaps) to load up with swapmeet treasures. This one sold twice, with the second new owner getting the better deal. A March-April 2013 39


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Horsepower Colin Comer CUTTING EDGE m CLASSIC eets HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR VINTAGE? LIVE, MEMOREX OR DIGITAL? 1,000-horsepower “vintage” cars that offer supercar performance with all the creature comforts a new car buyer would expect. Is modern really better? But here’s the rub for a cur- Will Brewster A few judicious tweaks can improve the performance and maintain the spirit of your classic the real world. But are these cars relevant or just a fad? Have original cars offended that many people? Let’s face it, stock muscle cars have little in the way of comfort, T handling or braking. This could explain why owners have been trying to improve these cars’ reliability and performance since they were new. By the 1980s, the roots of today’s Pro Touring movement were forming. We saw Mustang owners scouring junkyards for Lincoln Versailles rear axles to upgrade their cars to four-wheel disc brakes; GM owners looking for the elusive quick ratio F- and G-body steering boxes to speed up the tiller in their GTOs; and companies such as Herb Adams were embracing modern technology and engineering to build turn-key-modified Firebirds that would run with Porsche 911s. BBS wheels, turbocharging, Recaro seats and Gatorback tires were in; chrome and shiny trim were out. And while the fashions may have changed, the state of the art continued to evolve, leading us to today’s Pro Touring cars — 40 AmericanCarCollector.com here is an interesting phenomenon in our hobby: Many of today’s buyers are after modern interpretations of vintage muscle instead of complete “old” originals. Just look at the recent eye-opening high-dollar sales of resto-mod/Pro Touring cars, and the immense following these cars have in mudgeonly sort such as myself: I like old cars. That doesn’t mean I like crappy cars. I like old cars that are finely tuned, sorted, and work as well as (or better than) they did when new. I don’t need 1,000 horsepower, and while I certainly appreciate climate control and satellite radio, I don’t drive old cars to use that stuff. I drive them to appreciate the way things were. It’s a connection to a simpler time. I like giving a Holley carb a couple of prods to prime it and set the choke. I like the whine of a T-10, the racket of a Detroit Locker, and the sound of solid lifters and a cam that is lumpy enough to make its presence known. I enjoy the pre-drive ritual of checking fluids, awakening the old beast, and letting it warm up before hammering it through four (yes, just four) gears. I like the fact that I can identify all of the mechanical parts, and armed with a rock, a pocketknife, and a nail file, I can fix almost anything that breaks. Driving these cars allows me to feel like it is 1965 again. Of course, it isn’t 1965. The roads are different, speeds higher, and brain-dead kids texting “OMG” to their BFFs pose a real hazard to the guy in a 1965 Mustang with only a lap belt keeping him from a lethal steel dashboard. So, between these two extremes of the ultra-high-tech homage to muscle and the ultra-low-tech original cars, is there any middle ground? Optimize it There is a middle ground. It is what I like to call an optimized vintage car. Consider any number of the high-tech Mustangs that have sold in


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the past six months at auction in excess of $200k. All were stunningly beautiful with meticulous workmanship. But let’s face facts — as highly personalized machines done in the current style, they will likely never be worth more than the day they were purchased. It is just like buying a new Corvette ZR1 or Shelby GT500: Both are killer cars, but neither are collector cars. So what would I do with the same money? I’d buy the best col- lector car I could find that speaks to me, i GT350. For you it could be a 1969 Z/28 o same principle will apply, and it’s adjusta you have the car, you can use the last 40improve its performance and reliability. T almost undetectably, without negatively a car. It is amazing how carefully selected, s upgrades such as modern shocks, springs tires, brake pads, aluminum radiators and p fessional tuning can transform these old c A quality engine builder can get you a ca reted, stock-appearing engine that will ru today’s fuels with drivability and horsepo that will surprise you. The idea here is to make sensible, reli tweaks that vastly improve the real-world f cars. The best part? Buy the right car, with a p record as a collectible, and while you are e its value will continue to go up. And whe sell, if the buyer doesn’t like the subtle up unbolt them and put the stock parts back i Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate g resto-mod cars, so I hope the 2013 Hot Ro stop by to burn my garage down. But my point is that stock muscle cars often get a bad rap because most people today haven’t driven a properly dialed-in example. As a guy who drives his “optimized” old cars thousands of miles a year, I get a ton of enjoyment from old cars that work, and when driven properly, can run with anything on the road. I want to hear what you think. What do you like to drive, and how? ix months at auction in excess of $200k. All were stunningly beautiful with meticulous workmanship. But let’s face facts — as highly personalized m past six months at auction in excess of $200k. All were stunningly beautiful with meticulous workmanship. But let’s face facts — as highly personalized machines done in the current style, they will likely never be worth more than the day they were purchased. It is just like buying a new Corvette ZR1 or Shelby GT500: Both are killer cars, but neither are collector cars. So what would I do with the same money? I’d buy the best col- lector car I could find that speaks to me, i GT350. For you it could be a 1969 Z/28 o same principle will apply, and it’s adjusta you have the car, you can use the last 40- improve its performance and reliability. T almost undetectably, without negatively a car. It is amazing how carefully selected, s upgrades such as modern shocks, springs tires, brake pads, aluminum radiators and p fessional tuning can transform these old c A quality engine builder can get you a ca reted, stock-appearing engine that will ru today’s fuels with drivability and horsepo that will surprise you. The idea here is to make sensible, reli tweaks that vastly improve the real-world f cars. The best part? Buy the right car, with a p record as a collectible, and while you are e its value will continue to go up. And whe sell, if the buyer doesn’t like the subtle up unbolt them and put the stock parts back i Don’t get me wrong, I fully appreciate g resto-mod cars, so I hope the 2013 Hot Ro stop by to burn my garage down. But my point is that stock muscle cars often get a bad rap because most people today haven’t driven a properly dialed-in example. As a guy who drives his “optimized” old cars thousands of miles a year, I get a ton of enjoyment from old cars that work, and when driven properly, can run with anything on the road. I want to hear what you think. What do you like to drive, and how? You You don’t have to go this extreme on modifications to improve the drivability of your favorite ride March-April 2013 41


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Corvette Market John L. Stein BEST BANG for the BUCK IT IS POWER OUTPUT AND COST — BOTH OF WHICH CAN VARY ENORMOUSLY — THAT MOST AFFECT MAXIMUM VALUE “F or Sale,” the ad read, “1974 Corvette with 454 crate motor, 550 dyno-certified HP. Flares, racing wheels, Wilwood brakes. Needs nothing, $18,000 OBO.” The response from the guys hanging around my garage was as swift as the car sounded. “That’s a lot of bang for the buck there, Slick,” they whistled in unison. Yep, bang for the buck. It’s a term that rolls off the lips quicker than barbecue sauce off a hot slice of tri-tip. But what does it mean exactly? For some people, a great bang for the buck might be literal, like a tall can of King Cobra for 99 cents. Cheeseburgers at a dollar each. Or two splashes of Hai Karate from a dispenser in the Cactus Casino restroom. The guys whistling Dixie in the shop knew exactly what bang for the buck was — performance gained for money spent. But how can you calculate it? Building the equation It didn’t take much time to figure that some combination of power, weight and cost is key for determining bang for the buck, at least for me. But after devoting several moments of serious thought to the matter, I decided B4B needed further definition. It needed a mathematical model that could be applied to any Corvette (or any car or motorcycle, for that matter). So here is my attempt, which reflects what I’d look In this equation, the money side of B4B is Horsepower, the primary “go” factor in Corvette performance. It is offset by Weight and Cost, which are negative factors. And so in the above equation, Horsepower (a positive factor) is divided by the sum of Weight and Cost (negative factors) to arrive at a B4B score that makes comparing different cars easy. To keep huge cost variations (like between an $8,500 ’85 C4 and a $112,600 ’13 ZR1) from overpowering the equation, I chose to use the square root of the cost instead of the straight-up cost. And finally, to give Weight and Cost approximately equal impor- tance as factors, I divided Weight in pounds by 1,000, and I divided the square root of the Cost in U.S. dollars by 100. It will take more than one adult beverage to explain any further. See you in Monterey for that. Maximum bang for the buck — at least according to our chart — the 2013 ZR1 for on a pure driving performance basis. Warning: Disregard the next few lines if you are bipolar, short on sleep, combative with strangers, or better at math than me (not a high bar there). Courtesy of GM 42 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Putting it to use While the equation made sense on paper, writing the above lines made my skull feel like it’s been slam-dancing with a roll bar. So let’s get to the fun part — analyzing a bunch of Corvettes to figure out where the best bang for the buck lives. Just remember — this formula doesn’t account for historical significance, design quality or curb appeal. It’s all about the performance of the car for the dollar spent. To create ACC’s first Bang for the Buck comparison table, I’ve analyzed three popular models from each Corvette generation. They’re organized by overall ranking at left, while the far right-hand column shows the individual B4B scores. Ranking Generation 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 C6 C6 C4 C5 C5 C6 C4 C5 C2 C2 C4 C2 C1 C1 C3 C3 C3 C1 Doing the math and tabulating the results proved what I first thought: Since Corvettes have historically not varied all that much in weight, it is power output and cost — both of which can vary enormously — that most affect bang for the buck. When the calculator smoke cleared, standing tall were the high-horsepower current ZR1, current Z06 and ’91 Callaway Twin-Turbo C4 in first, second and third places, respectively. But having an extremely high price or low horsepower — or a combination of both negatives — formed a B4B buzz-kill that sent the half-million-dollar ’69 L88, wheezy 165-hp ’75 Shark and seminal ’54 Blue Flame six to the bottom. BANG FOR THE BUCK COMPARISON TABLE Year and Model 2013 ZR1 2013 Z06 1LZ 1991 Callaway Twin-Turbo B2K 2001 Z06 LS6 1999 Hard top LS1 2006 Coupe LS2 1995 ZR-1 2003 Coupe LS1 1965 Coupe L76 1967 Coupe L71 1985 L98 Z51 1964 Coupe L75 1962 RPO 582 Fuelie 1957 RPO 579B Fuelie 1982 Coupe 1969 Coupe L88 1975 Coupe 1954 Roadster horsepower Weight (lbs.) 638 505 450 385 345 400 405 350 365 435 230 300 360 283 200 430 165 155 3,333 3,175 3,527 3,115 3,172 3,245 3,512 3,246 3,230 3,360 3,230 3,180 2,925 2,849 3,345 3,419 3,529 2,850 Current Value (uSD) 112,600 75,600 31,500 29,000 20,000 48,000 44,500 28,000 78,000 160,500 8,500 57,000 145,000 121,000 21,500 496,000 19,000 112,000 B4B Score 95.4 85.3 84.9 79.9 75.2 73.6 72.1 71.2 60.6 59.1 55.4 53.9 53.5 44.7 41.6 41.1 33.6 25.0 Occupying the statistical middle of the B4B scale were two mid- year cars, the 1965 327/365-horse and the prodigal triple-carb 427 L71 of ’67. These original Sting Rays were the top “classic” Corvettes. And how will the new C7 compare? At press time there were still only assumptions about final specifications and price. But using 450 horsepower, 3,000 pounds and $55,000 as a basis, the C7 earns a B4B rating of 84.2 — putting it fourth among the 18 other Corvette models rated. Pretty strong. My main takeaway from all this is that in general, newer Corvettes 1954 Corvette roadster — a classic for sure, but not rated so highly on the Bang for the Buck chart offer a better bang for the buck than old ones, owing to their higheroutput engines and lower current prices compared with classic-era ’Vettes. It’s probably possible to create a formula that would make any Corvette stand out on top — it all comes down to what each of us values in a car. In terms of all-out performance, this formula works for me. And I do need to point out that there was no agenda here whatsoever, except to see where the fiberglass chips would fall. Think it’s an accurate formula? Send me your thoughts at comments@ americancarcollector.com. I do have one admission to make — I totally made up that ad in the first paragraph. And if you promise to never tell the editor, I’ll buy you a can of King Cobra. A March-April 2013 43


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SPLIT-WINDOW RESTO-MOD A new ’Vette in a vintage suit This car represents a continuing trend that even die-hard original Corvette guys like me can’t ignore: the Corvette resto-mod VIN: 30837S116650 by Michael Pierce C6 rear. New from GM, 500-hp LS3 Cammer engine with new 5-speed Tremec transmission. New 6-piston ZR1 Corvette brakes, new 18-inch front and 19-inch rear Grand Sport wheels with new Nitto Invo tires. GM power windows, power steering, power hood, AM/FM stereo and Vintage Air air conditioning. The modern equipment and technology make this icon a true pleasure to drive, with outstanding performance. C 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This ’63 Corvette Split-Window resto-mod, Lot 1320, sold for $220,000, including buyer’s premium, at BarrettJackson’s Scottsdale auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 13–20, 2013. I’m a midyear guy. After more than 30 years as a member of NCRS, a high-level Master Judge, multiyear Corvette Technical Manual Contributor and owner of Duntov, Bloomington Gold and concourswinning Corvettes, I have always evaluated Corvettes in terms of what they were when delivered to the ordering dealer — and without subsequent owner or dealer-inspired options. ompleted in October 2012, a tribute to 50 years of the iconic 1963 Split-Window Corvette. An immaculate combination of original equipment and the latest in modern Corvette technology. New chassis equipped with C5 front suspension and But this car, and the price it achieved here, repre- sented a continuing trend that even die-hard original Corvette guys like me can’t ignore: the Corvette resto-mod. Building the icon Bill Mitchell, GM’s Design Studio Chief, and Zora Duntov had a series of knock-down, drag-out screaming matches about the ’63 Split-Window design and the long nose of the midyear Sting Ray generation. Zora repeatedly said he couldn’t see out the back of these cars (which is true) and that the nose was too long to see the road well (also true). Mitchell let the split disappear in 1964 for several reasons. The first was cost, as one piece of glass was a lot cheaper than two, considering the additional stainless trim and labor. And the visibility issues were very real. Overall, I think Mitchell simply had to defer to Zora’s engineering acumen. It wasn’t all about style, as much as Mitchell might have wanted it to be. The result was the one-year-only Split-Window design, which today is distinctive, iconic, and coveted by collectors. Original looks, all-new performance Resto-mods/resto-rods and Pro Touring cars gener- ally feature donor bodies that resemble their production year but have modern powerplants, suspensions, Kelly Goodall, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus brakes, interiors, electronics, paint, and tire/ wheel combinations. For almost 25 years, these custom Corvettes have shown a gradual and steady increase in market acceptance and demand. Jeff Hayes, owner of American Speed Shop in Bloomington, IN, built this ’63 resto-mod to f the Split-Window imilar C2-based ion. All of them e running gear, ock-themed e Lots 1318, a 1965 , and 1319, a 1967 2,800. otta have it e $220,000 high er on this red ’63 s Dick Wurster from kersfield, CA. This car esented very well — so ll, in fact, that Dick and f Hayes had several cussions in Scottsdale r to its time on the aucck. They had come to ent — Dick would comlicate of this red ’Vette as unsuccessful. That’s e wanted it. As it turned st bidder at the auction. f money for this car? Last op honors went to B-J Lot 1278 — a ’62 Champagne Mist car with a chromed LS7. It made $401,500. Second in line was Lot 1010.1, another ’62 that got hammered at $357,500. For 2013, another ’62 went for $396,000 and another ’63 Split with an LS7 went away at $264,000. Clearly, there’s real money at play in this segment. An investment or a driver? So, here’s the question: Where are these resto-mod Corvettes going? They’re expensive at auction, and building one takes a huge amount of time and money from start to finish. If you buy one of these as a fresh build, can you recoup your investment when you sell down the road? Ostensibly, these cars’ owners buy them to drive. Bill Verboon, a well-known resto-mod builder, reports that one of his custom Corvettes has more than 18,000 miles on it. Our subject car was built to be driven. Or it was built to be shown, with a significant “wow” factor relating to its high level of craftsmanship along with its modern usability. A hybrid Corvette In a sense, this car falls between two categories. Modern high-performance Corvettes are great drivers, while vintage Corvettes tend to be better collector cars. What you see here is a hybrid of the two: a toplevel show-stopping driver with vintage Corvette looks and modern performance, all at a price that reflects what it is now, not what it once was. This falls pretty far outside what I’m used to dealing with when judging original as-delivered Corvettes for NCRS. Values on already-built resto-mods, like this car, fall as time goes on. As the industry moves forward, once-cutting-edge components become yesterday’s news, and resale prices will suffer, even if the cars are not used. What’s going to happen to the value of this ’63 once someone builds a similar coupe with C7 parts? My guess is that cars like this will sell for 50% to 60% of their new price after just a few years, regardless of whether they’re driven. That’s a similar trend to what you might see on a new Corvette — and thousands of people still buy new Corvettes every year. With this, like with each of those, people find that lost value in the use of the car. And this car has significantly more curb appeal than a 2013 model. Car builder Jeff Hayes was a bit disap- pointed on this sale, and buyer Dick Wurster was equally happy for the same reason. Comparing the dozen or so other resto Corvettes in build quality, design-engineering and drivability, I think this was very well bought for a “new” old car. Now the new owner just needs to pack up his things, pick a far-off destination, and hit the road. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) March-April 2013 45CC 45 1963 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod coupe Detailing Years produced: 1963, 2012 Number produced: 1 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $200k–$250k Engine #: N/A Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: VIN tag under glovebox door More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1967 Corvette resto-mod, 1962 Corvette resto-mod, 1962/2004 Corvette CRC roadster ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Lot S226, VIN: 30837S118096 Condition: 1 Sold at $270,300 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2012 ACC# 192873 1959 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod convertible Lot 679, VIN: J59S106390 Condition: 2Sold at $203,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2012 ACC# 197616 1967 Chevrolet Corvette resto-mod convertible Lot 599, VIN: 194677S114264 Condition: 2- Not sold at $70,000 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 10/21/2011 ACC# 189944


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PROFILE GM 1965 BUICK RIVIERA GRAN SPORT A refined muscle car Courtesy of Gooding & Company First-gen Rivieras have an international appeal that most other American classics simply don’t have VIN: 494475H906471 by Jim Pickering package, taking the Riviera’s $4,408 base price to a staggering $6,191.39. The original window sticker indicates that it had F 46 AmericanCarCollector.com 46 AmericanCarCollector.com been used by Buick Motor Division “in company business” prior to being sold at retail. In this case, “company business” meant a pre-delivery visit to Max Balchowsky’s Hollywood Motors Inc. Famed for his home-built Old Yeller racing cars, Balchowsky was a talented mechanic who worked wonders on Buick’s mighty Nailhead V8. This three-owner Gran Sport remains in impres- sively original, unrestored condition and is offered with important documentation, including the original window sticker, Donald McKinney’s check to Max Balchowsky, an Owner’s Guide and Owner Protection Plan, as well as copies of period literature. ACC Analysis This 1965 Riviera GS, Lot 109, I think it was a smart buy at the price paid. Here’s why. sold for $52,250, including buy- er’s premium, at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 19, 2013. This car had absolutely everything going for it, and inished in Sea Foam Green, this Riviera Gran Sport was equipped with 20 factory options, including an AM/FM radio, cruise control, air conditioning, custom-trim vinyl bucket seats, and the desirable ride and handling Style and influence In 1965, if you wanted a sporty, comfortable, roomy, well-equipped car to turn heads, the Riviera was the car for you. But the driving force behind the Riviera didn’t start at Buick, or even at GM. The personal luxury market was created when Ford added a couple of extra seats to its Thunderbird in 1958. The Riviera was one of GM’s attempts at stealing some of that spotlight. GM design chief Bill Mitchell looked across the Atlantic for inspiration for the design. Why? He wanted the new car to be a cross between a Ferrari and a Rolls-Royce — a car that offered luxury as well as sport, which was something the T-bird had arguably lost when it gained those extra seats. The roofline is said to be derived from a custom- bodied Rolls that Mitchell saw while on a trip to London. Features included knife-edge lines, a pillarless hard top, curved glass and more. The resulting car was unique in the American market, and it influenced pretty much everything else that came from Detroit after it, at least into the 1970s. In terms of historical significance, there isn’t much from the time that rivals it, except for the ’63 Split-Window ’Vette. A balanced package The first-gen Riviera was faster and better handling than the pudgy T-bird, but the Thunderbird still


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ACC Digital Bonus dominated in sales through the early 1960s. Just 40,000 Rivieras were built in 1963, 37,958 in 1964, and 34,586 in 1965 — that’s around half of total T-bird production for each year. Still, the Riv’s crisp, classy design and competent road manners drew praise from nearly everyone in the automotive world — both in the U.S. and overseas. Sergio Pininfarina, the legendary Ferrari coachbuilder, reportedly called the Riviera “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built,” while Sir William Lyons, then head of Jaguar, said that Mitchell had “done a wonderful job.” That’s pretty high praise for a Buick, and the sentiments seem to be shared by collectors today — even if they don’t like other American cars from the 1960s. Great model, even better example The initial Riviera design included headlights hid- den behind clamshell doors in the front fenders. Cost cutting kept them from production until ’65, and since a completely new model was introduced in ’66, they became a one-year only feature. As such, buyers tend to gravitate toward the ’65. Score one for our subject car. Also new for ’65 was the Gran Sport option, fitted here. The GS option cost $306 and included the Super Wildcat 425-ci 360-hp Nailhead V8 with dual fours, a 3.42 gear ratio, larger diameter exhaust for greater flow, and heavy-duty suspension components. Only about 10% of the cars sold in ’65 were Gran Sports, including this one. That’s another point for the Buick. This car is unrestored and documented, and heav- ily optioned with a/c, cruise control and an AM/FM radio. Score three and four. Finally, our car’s paper trail leads to Max Balchowsky — a well-known Nailhead guru and sports-car-racing giant killer who used his home-built Buick-powered Old Yeller racers to take on Maserati Detailing Current ACC Valuation: $18,000–$35,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $14 Chassis #: Stamped on plate attached to left front door hinge pillar Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 3,354 (’65 with GS package) Original list price: $6,191, as equipped Engine #: Stamped on driver’s side front of block, in front of valley pan cover Club: Riviera Owners Association More: www.rivowners.org Alternatives: 1961–66 Ford Thunderbird, 1962–68 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1961–66 Oldsmobile Starfire and Ferrari in the 1950s and 1960s. What exactly Balchowsky did to the car is unclear, but the paperwork (and a canceled check) show him as a private party seller of the car in 1965. The auction catalog text suggests he performed subtle upgrades on the car, which is more than likely, as he was a hot rodder to the core and knew Buick engines inside and out. The deal The ACC Pocket Price Guide places the value of a ’65 GS at between $18k and $35k, depending on condition. So how can I call this one a smart buy at over $50k? These first-gen Rivieras have an international ap- peal that most other American cars from the 1960s just can’t reach. Collectors who go for vintage European cars don’t see a Riviera the same way they see a GTO or even a Thunderbird, partially because of the car’s sophisticated style and partially because of its balanced overall package. Those collectors tend to play at a higher average price point for their cars, and as some of the comps to this car on the right show, prices can and do rise into the mid-$40k range on a fairly regular basis. While high, this price wasn’t a record for the model. Another, similar car made $73,450 in 2005 (ACC# 40032). The current market loves originality and documented history in every segment – muscle car, truck, sports car, etc. That translates to value. This car was unrestored and still in fantastic overall condition — and don’t forget it’s the ultimate-spec model with the best options. And if that wasn’t enough, it was owned, and likely modified, by the guy who used hot-rodded Nailheads to embarrass the big boys of Europe on the international sports-car tracks of the 1960s. I’d say all this makes it among the best of the best in first-gen Rivieras, and every last penny of the price paid was justified, even if it was slightly ahead of the market. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) November-December 2012 March-April 2013 47 47CC ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot 51, VIN: 494475H932626 Condition: 1Sold at $20,600 ACC# 201597 Silver Auctions, Spokane, WA, 5/9/2012 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot 167, VIN: 494475H921560 Condition: 2 Sold at $45,100 Worldwide Auctioneers, Seabrook, TX, 5/1/2010 ACC# 162632 1965 Buick Riviera GS Lot 448, VIN: 494475H925015 Condition: 2Sold at $46,200 RM Auctions, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 2/6/2009 ACC# 119549


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PROFILE FOMOCO 2000 FORD MUSTANG COBRA R A race car in a Mustang body Ford Motor Co. You didn’t need a competition license to get your hands on this R model, so collectors snatched them up and put them away VIN: 1FAFP47H9YF223225 by Sam Stockham limited group of 300. This car was ordered by the man responsible for dynoing the engines for the Cobra R project. His only request when he ordered his car? To hand-pick the motor and drivetrain with Jack Roush after the motors where dynoed on all 300 Cobra Rs. The result is that his car was fitted with the highesthorsepower motor and most efficient drivetrain in the entire run. T 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This Mustang Cobra R, Lot F551, sold for $34,100, including buy- er’s premium, at Russo and Steele’s Scottsdale auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 18, 2013. What’s in a name? Modern-day Ford enthusiasts hold a few name plates sacred. “Mustang” and “Cobra” immediately provoke boyhood giddiness in even the most reserved of us, but when you add the (sometimes inappropriately overused) “R” as a suffix to any name badge, visions of days spent at a track day dance through our heads like storybook sugar plums at Christmas. From a marketing perspective, this one letter can turn an otherwise mundane grocery getter into a track-ready brawler, at least according to the badge hese Cobra Rs are regarded as the besthandling Mustangs ever built. Only 300 were made, making this a rare opportunity to own an example of this street-legal race car. But this car is special even among that on the decklid, and that is where it gets over-used. Oftentimes the “R,” which would traditionally stand for “Race” or “Rally,” only seems to stand for “Really?” Building the Cobra R In 1993, Ford decided to combine all of these name- plates into one limited-production-run model on the outgoing Fox-body platform. The model was worthy of the simple “R” moniker, as it was a race car through and through — you even had to have a racing license to get one. It was stripped to the bone — all weightsaving measures were taken to squeeze out precious tenths in lap times at the expense of comfort. A/C, power windows and power locks were not available, there was no back seat, and all sound deadening was yanked, too. A total of 107 cars were produced with the package, most of which went racing. Ford offered another R in 1995, again only to racers. This time a 351 Windsor was crammed under the hood — an engine that hadn’t been offered on a Mustang since 1969. Rated at 300 hp, this was a big jump from the 215-hp base model figures. Again, all comforts were gone in the name of all-out performance. Ford built 250 units, and in typical Henry Ford fashion, these cars could be had in any color as long as it was white. Both of these R models were late to the party when they were introduced, as aftermarket builders such as Saleen had already built higher-horse-tuned Mustangs


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ACC Digital Bonus with the track in mind. Saleen went racing in 1994 with a 351 in their Mustang, and by the time the second R came out, they were offering the general public a version with 371 hp. se needed. uys, these earlier fac- d a lot of mystique, and ly hard to find today. hird time’s a charm e 2000 model year, nd SVT head John ti tried the recipe n. The aged push-rod ne was now gone in vor of a reworked .4-liter truck engine that produced 385 horsepower. It featured billet steel ods, steel crank, aluminum pistons nd all-new heads designed specifically or this car. Those heads worked so ell that five years later they were only htly modified for use on the Ford GT, h boasted 550 horsepower in blower Digital Bonus with the track in mind. Saleen went racing in 1994 with a 351 in their Mustang, and by the time the second R came out, they were offering the general public a version with 371 hp. se needed. uys, these earlier fac- d a lot of mystique, and ly hard to find today. hird time’s a charm e 2000 model year, nd SVT head John ti tried the recipe n. The aged push-rod ne was now gone in vor of a reworked .4-liter truck engine that produced 385 horsepower. It featured billet steel ods, steel crank, aluminum pistons nd all-new heads designed specifically or this car. Those heads worked so ell that five years later they were only htly modified for use on the Ford GT, h boasted 550 horsepower in blower rst rst time, Ford had its own market s Saleen had only the 4.6-liter single- heir lineup. Even with the optional supercharger, that setup only produced 350 hp. But with this factory R, the formula was a little dif- ferent. The R was still a stripped all-out performance machine, with a quarter-mile time of 13.2 seconds, 1.02 g of grip on the skidpad, and excellent brakes. But there was more flash to go along with it, including a massive wing and removable front splitter. Buyers also got dual airbags and a tilt wheel, as well as power windows, mirrors, locks, and a trunk release. And, most importantly, you didn’t need a competition license to get your hands on this R model, so collectors snatched them up and put them away. Detailing Year produced: 2000 Number produced: 300 Original list price: $54,995 Current ACC Valuation: $25k–$40k Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: Top of dash, left-hand side, under windshield Engine #: N/A Club: Mustang Club of America More: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, 2000 Saleen Mustang S281, 2000 Chevrolet Camaro Berger SS The curse of the instant collectible Ford didn’t race these cars, at least not on a notable scale that would have given the car credibility with collectors later on or generated a buzz in dealerships. But they didn’t need to, as all were sold before the first one was delivered. Overall, this generation of cars from 1994 to 2004 just didn’t tug the heartstrings of modern Mustang enthusiasts. Sure, there were plenty sold and they weren’t all that bad looking, but they weren’t iconic like the 5.0 was, and the car’s design didn’t reach back in time to the classic Mustang like the post-2005 cars did and still do. I think those cars in limited production variants will have much more desirability with collectors later on than examples from this generation, including the Cobra R. At $34,100, depreciation looms large here. After all, only 300 were made, and each originally stickered at $54,995 (or more, since there were likely dealer markups). But look at the Corvette C4 ZR-1 market — most of them were pickled as instant collectibles, too, and that has kept prices from moving up. There are just too many minty ones available. It’s the same story here. More of the earlier cars saw track duty, which makes really good ones more of a rarity, and that translates to more buyer interest, if not value. Still, these are great cars, and while we don’t have the exact mileage figure, this car did present well and appeared to have been generally well cared for, as most were. If you were in the market for a Cobra R, there was nothing to turn you off about this one. Race it or store it? If more of these had been raced and used up like the 1995 model, I would say to keep this one under wraps. But it’s a tough call. Using up a few of these cars won’t drive prices of remaining cars through the roof either — I’m not sure if anyone would even notice. For half of its MSRP, this looks well bought, con- sidering all its previous owners only incurred expense and little enjoyment so far. Call it a market price. On the flip side, I don’t see much of a near-term run-up either, and if you can stand stagnant prices and slow market turn, I think the best return would be to fuel it up, install some fresh sticky rubber and head to your nearest track day. After all, if you’re a Ford guy like me, there’s a lot of value in living that dream. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) November-December 2012 March-April 2013 49 49CC 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra R Lot 2195, VIN: 1FACP42D6PF169212 Condition: 1Sold at $42,350 RM Auctions, Kensington, NH, 6/10/2006 ACC# 42191 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R Lot 2196, VIN: 1FAFP47H1YF222893 Condition: 1Sold at $62,700 Kensington Auctions, Kensington, NH, 6/10/2006 ACC# 42192 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R Lot 453, VIN: 1FALP42CCSF213527 Condition: 2 Not sold at $30,000 eBay/Kruse, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/11/2002 ACC# 25502


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 PLYMOUTH A12 ROAD RUNNER A six-barrel street fighter Only the 427 Cobra and the L88 Corvette were typically faster than an A12 — and both were hardly low-cost alternatives VIN: RM23M9A264569 by Tom Glatch • 440-ci 390-hp Six Pack engine • Hemi 4-speed transmission • Dana 4.10 Sure-Grip rear end • Standard wheels with Redline tires • Beautiful chrome, trim and stainless • Correct white vinyl upholstery • “Performance Red” exterior finish • Highly detailed engine bay and undercarriage • Mopar expert Galen Govier registry documents and fender tag decoding are included ACC Analysis This A12 Road Runner, Lot A714, sold for $90,200, including buy- er’s premium, at Russo and Steele’s 13th Annual Scottsdale Auction on January 19, 2013. This is no ordinary muscle car. It had the purposeful form-follows-function look of a pure race car, including a lift-off fiberglass hood and painted stamped-steel wheels. It did without the garish stripes, spoilers and other gimmickry of its wannabe peers. While hardly flashy, it quietly served a fair warning to lesser machines. Marketing hung the “Six Barrel” moniker on its hood scoop, but the faithful just call it the “A12.” It’s not the legendary Hemi. No, the 1969½ Plymouth Road Runner A12 may just be better. Nothing against the Hemi — the 426 earned the respect of the automotive world on the bullrings and drag strips of America right from its first public ap- 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com pearance in the 1964 Daytona 500. The Hemi powered Dodges and Plymouths to numerous championships and helped create racing heroes from Richard Petty to Ronnie Sox. Considering the premium any vehicle originally equipped with the legendary 426 “Elephant” commands today, you’d think they were the fastest car on the block. Think again. Faster than a speeding Hemi Properly prepared with racing induction and exhaust components, the Hemi was a dominating force. But with factory equipment, the Street Hemi was always gasping for breath. Then there were the race-ready mechanical valve lifters, which, said Super Stock magazine, gave the 426 “a maintenance schedule like an Apollo capsule.” Add the weight of this ponderous pachyderm to any vehicle, and the cornering and braking abilities were compromised. It wasn’t just the Hemi that had these issues — other race-derived street engines such as Ford’s 429 Semi Hemi and Chevrolet’s 427 L88 suffered the same fate. Forget the myth. There was a less expensive, more practical way to go even faster. A maximized Road Runner On March 11, 1969, the first A12 Plymouth rolled off the Lynch Road assembly line in Detroit. This Code R4 “Performance Red” hard top took the original Courtesy of Northwest House of Hardtops


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ACC Digital Bonus Road Runner philosophy of maximum power with minimal fluff and injected an overdose of steroids. Under the fiberglass hood was a bril- liant combination of off-the-shelf Mopar components and big-name aftermarket performance parts. Three deuces were nothing new, as a number of cars in the ’50s and ’60s offered them (including the original Pontiac GTO), but the A12s were mounted atop Chrysler’s powerful 440 Magnum. The intake manifold was an Edelbrock aluminum unit with factory part number, loaded with 2300-series Holley two-barrel carburetors. Around town the central carb did all the work, but stomp the throttle and the outer carbs kicked in for a total of about 1,200 cfm. Also included was a dual-breaker distributor, special camshaft, heavy-duty valve springs, chrome-flashed valve stems, moly-filled rings, Hemi oil pump and Magnafluxed connecting rods. Chrysler said the “Six Barrel” produced 390 horsepower at 4,700 rpm, with 390 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. The NHRA begged to differ. They factored it at 410 hp. The A12 performance package didn’t stop with the engine. Heavy-duty manual and automatic transmissions were borrowed from the Hemi cars. The only differential offered was the bulletproof Dana 60 SureGrip with 4.10:1 gears. That’s right; those gears were made for racing. Function over fancy Underneath was the Belvedere’s S15 Police Handling package. The “Hi Impact” colors (Performance Red, Bahama Yellow, Rallye Green and Vitamin C Orange) were standard, but any other Road Runner color could be ordered. If you wanted air conditioning, cruise control, fancy wheels, or a convertible top, you were out of luck (and quite likely the A12 was just not for you). In a famous Super Stock magazine road test, the legendary Ronnie Sox wrung that first A12 Road Runner to a best time of 12.91 at 111 mph, completely in stock trim. Mere mortals got that same car into the low 13s. This was no fluke, as history has shown the Detailing Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 1,412 Original list price: $3,546 Current ACC Valuation: $70,000–$100,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $22.58 Chassis #: VIN plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield Club: A12 Registry More: http://sixpacksixbbl. homestead.com Alternatives: 1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee, 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 ACC Investment Grade: A Engine #: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Comps A12 Road Runners to be 13-worthy, and capable of times well into the 12s with slicks and open pipes. So how could a 390-hp “Six Barrel” beat a Hemi, when the famous 426 monster has been proven to produce nearly 500 hp in street trim on a dyno? That’s easy: We don’t drive dynos. The A12 had a better power-to-weight ratio and a more usable power band on the street, and the lighter 440 engine kept more weight over the rear wheels, aiding traction. Only two production automobiles of the era were typically faster — the 427 Cobra and the L88 Corvette — and both were hardly low-cost, mass-produced sedans. The Hemi engine was an $813.45 option — a shock- ing amount for a car with a base price of $2,599. No wonder just 784 Hemi Road Runners were built in ’69. At $462.80, the A12 package was a real deal, and despite its late debut and spartan nature, 1,412 were built. How to identify an A12 Although many A12 “tributes” have been created in recent years, the real cars are easy to identify: the Six Barrel’s “M” engine code is the fifth character from the left on the VIN, so coupes start with “RM21M” and hard tops begin with “RM23M.” Despite the low production numbers, OEM and reproduction part are still available for these cars. Dodge also built an A12, the Coronet Super Bee “Six Pack,” that actually outsold the Six Barrel by a small amount, but the Plymouth tends to be a bit more collectible. Both cars returned for 1970, but were somewhat less potent and sold in much larger volumes. Hemi Road Runners can bring near the $200,000 mark today, but an exceptional A12 with original equipment and documentation will be at the bottom of Hemi price territory — Russo and Steele sold the first A12 Road Runner, the subject of the famous Ronnie Sox road test, for $110,000 at Scottsdale in 2012. A nice A12 like our feature car is about right at $90k. That’s not inexpensive, but it’s not an inflated Hemi price either. Then again, more bang for less bucks has always been what the A12 is all about. Well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) March-April 2013 March-April 2013 51 1969 Plymouth Road Runner A12 2-dr sedan Lot S74, VIN: RM21M9A260924 Condition: 3Sold at $72,080 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2012 ACC# 192838 1969 Plymouth Road Runner A12 2-dr hard top Lot 356.2, VIN: RM23M9A294942 Condition: 1Sold at $121,000 Barrett-Jackson, Orange County, CA, 6/25/2011 ACC# 182232 1969 Plymouth Road Runner A12 2-dr sedan Lot 96, VIN: RM21M9A282577 Condition: 2- Not sold at $47,000 MidAmerica Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 9/25/2010 ACC# 167845


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1966 BATMOBILE SOLD! Coming from a TV show that never took itself seriously, this iconic original brought serious money VIN: X15007365G (as Lincoln Futura concept) by Ken Gross of the paint shop, this former 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car has been a part of George Barris’ personal collection since he bought it from the Ford Motor Company for $1. After a meeting with the producer of the “Batman” T TV Show, William Dozier, George was left with the challenge of 15 days to build the Batmobile, and a $15,000 budget. The former Lincoln Futura concept car became the original Batmobile. Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman and Robin) drove this car on many television/movie sets. This is the first time that the original Batmobile has been offered for sale. Included will be historical memorabilia and documentation from George’s personal archive. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 5037, sold for $4,620,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale Auction on January 19, 2013. The original DC Comics Batman character dates to the 1940s. The “Caped Crusader,” as we came to know him, starred in a popular television series in the mid-1960s, long before the infinitely more serious “Dark Knight” films appeared. Looking back at old “Batman” TV re-runs, the duo of Adam West and Burt Ward remain “camp” characters, but their car was undeniably cool. And the Batmobile, a fantastic-looking twin-cockpit roadster, with its (mostly fake) accessories such as the Batphone, a cable cutter blade, Batsmoke, Emergency 52 AmericanCarCollector.com he 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is the most recognized car in entertainment history. This vehicle marks a time in television history where the car became the star. Still as beautiful as when it first came out Bat Turn Lever, special anti-theft devices, two-way radio, laser gun controls, a remote camera with its own display screen, and assorted escape and evasion tools, was considered incredible in that era. The Batmobile followed James Bond’s gadget- laden Aston Martin DB5, which debuted in 1964 in “Goldfinger.” While the Aston had twin machine guns, an ejection seat, rotating license plates and extendable knockoff hubs, to name just some of its “Q-inspired” weaponry, it was cleverly disguised, so unless you looked closely, you’d miss those features. There was no mistaking the Batmobile. Back to the Futura Long before George Barris built it, the Batmobile was a twin-canopy “dream car” called the Lincoln Futura. Carrozzeria Ghia built it in steel for Ford Motor Company in 1954 at a reported cost of $250,000. Features included a 330-hp Lincoln V8, backed by a push-button “Turbo-Drive” transmission. The low-slung showcar was just 52.8 inches tall, from the ground to the top of its “twin plexiglass contourmatic tops.” The Futura made numerous auto show appear- ances, was even driven to the U.N. building, and it appeared on the Ed Sullivan variety TV show (Lincoln-Mercury was Sullivan’s sponsor). Countering the impact of GM’s Motorama “star cars,” the Futura attracted excitement and acclaim in the mid-1950s. Reportedly, when L-M no longer needed it, George Barris was able to purchase the Futura for just $1, perhaps as an incentive payment when he was involved as a special consultant with Ford Motor Company’s “Custom Car Caravan” — an effort by Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Pow!!Bam!


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ACC Digital Bonus Ford to better understand the customizing trends that were then sweeping the nation. Barris leased the Futura to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for the 1959 film “It Started With a Kiss,” starring Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford. Recognizing that the r trend was beginning to wane, Barris had rted creating and modifying cars for the film o he and his shop were ready when script r and screenwriter Bob Kane was looking for a special car for the Batman TV series. A rush job, but they made it In his book, “Barris Kustoms of the 1960s,” tten with David Fetherston, Barris said he ent a day refining the design, then sold the oncept to ABC and Bob Kane. He had 15 ys in which to build the Batmobile, and the haped Futura was the perfect donor. ltered the Futura’s nose, rear and sides. As n noted, “The bat-theme was already there d headlights, a peaky nose and nostril-like ps. The stock trim was either removed or , and a full-width, stamped mesh grille that e front treatment was installed at the rear e new ‘jet turbine’ exhaust.” The actual s a 390-ci Ford Galaxy V8 with a B&M smission. The Futura’s slightly curved original fins were completely reshaped and molded in. The resulting 84-inch rear fins were further altered with Batwingshaped tips. Radiused wheel openings, a six-inch-wide side molding ledge and other alterations, including a rotating flashing light, all updated the two-seater, and the side ledge gave Batman and Robin an easier way to leap into the cockpit. Barris finished the Batmobile in jet black with bright red trim, pinstriped it in red and white, hung on a set of five-spoke Radir wheels and Formula 1 tires, then capped the wheels with red bat-shaped knockoffs, and made the deadline. The Batmobile was an instant hit. George built several copies of the car for film use and touring. He kept the original car on display for years. As he recently said, “It’s time for someone else to own it.” Holy moly, Batman, here it goes! As you’d expect, George Barris and the Barrett- Jackson organization hyped this Batsale to the nines. The car was slated to appear at prime time on Saturday night, and the atmosphere was electric. The big stage was darkened, and lights flashed as the Batman theme played at high decibels. Surrounded by family, and with still-stunning ex-Hurst model Linda Vaughn dressed in a Batgirl costume, George Barris, Steve Davis and Craig Jackson all made a few excited remarks and the sale was on. Bidding climbed briskly as a standing-room-only crowd roared with each $500,000 increment. When the bidding reached $4.2m, two bidders decided to flip a coin to determine the winner. The winner of the coin toss was Rick Champagne, a Barrett-Jackson regular, from Ahwatukee, AZ, a nearby Phoenix suburb. Interviewed immediately on television, a visibly pleased Champagne said, “I really liked Batman growing up, and I came here with the intention of buying the car.” Barrett-Jackson later announced the $4,620,000 sale, including commission, was the second-highest in their history (Carroll Shelby’s personal Super Snake Cobra brought $5.5 million in 2007 — ACC# 44047), and B-J said the sale narrowly edged out the result for the Bond DB5 that RM sold in London in 2010 for $4,608,500. Putting a value on the icon This Batmobile’s history is known and its prove- nance is unquestionable. But is it worth $4.62 million? Let’s put one argument to rest. It’s unlikely the original Lincoln Futura would have brought as much. The Futura had to be sacrificed, and although a replica was built years ago by an Ohioan, Bob Butts, the original is “lost” forever. I think the price, considering the 2010 DB5 Bond Aston Martin sale, is market-correct. During this same January auction weekend, buyers paid more than $8m each for a pair of pristine 250 SWB Berlinetta and LWB Cal Spider Ferraris. You could have a helluva Duesenberg for $4m, and any number of “lesser” Ferraris and Cobras. But for this buyer, who wanted the original Batmobile, $4.62m was the price. Mr. Champagne was lucky his rival agreed to a coin flip — otherwise, who knows how high it would have gone? For a delighted Barris, who bought the original car for a buck and had probably written off the construction years ago, it’s a windfall. I’ll call it well sold, and well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) March-April 2013 53 1992 Batmobile Lot S134, VIN: N/A Condition: 3- Not sold at $310,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/26/2011 ACC# 168848 Detailing Years produced: 1955 (Futura), 1966 (Batmobile) Number produced: One original (this car), several copies for film and tour use Original list price: $250,000 build cost for Lincoln Futura concept, $1 Barris sale price, $15,000 conversion to Batmobile Current ACC Valuation: $4m–$5m Tune up/major service: $200 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Clubs: You’ll be welcome at any car-club meeting with the original Batmobile Alternatives: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, James Bond’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5, John Milner’s ’32 Deuce coupe ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1995 Batmobile Lot 588, VIN: N/A Condition: 2Sold at $165,000 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/4/2011 ACC# 169156 1990 Batmobile Lot 157, VIN: BAT90WB01 Condition: 3+ Sold at $209,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Seabrook, TX, 5/1/2010 ACC# 162404


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PROFILE CLASSIC 1930 CADILLAC 452 V16 AMBULANCE Tough call on a Full Classic The question, to which the Bonhams catalog text alludes, is what do you do with this? Engine number: 700731 by Carl Bomstead exuded quality and exclusivity that were reinforced by the refinement of its drivetrain and chassis. The Cadillac V16 was also durable, which explains Q 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com the transformation of the 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 body style 4375S Fleetwood Four Door Sedan into an ambulance with a 1935 Cadillac V16 grille, hood, skirted front and rear fenders, and 1935 Cadillac 17-inch wheels, hubcaps and trim rings. Cadillac V16s were too good not to keep in service, and the cost of updating was far less than a new ambulance. In the depths of the Great Depression, it simply made sense. Preserved in original condition for many years in the Pierce A. Miller Carriage Collection, this Cadillac presents an intriguing challenge for collectors. ACC Analysis This 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 Ambulance with coachwork by Fleetwood, Lot 384, sold for $44,850, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2013. Conceived in the glitter and glitz of the Roaring ’20s and delivered in early 1930 as the gloom of the Great Depression was settling over the land, the Cadillac uiet, strong, flexible and powerful, the Cadillac V16 defined luxury in the golden age of classic luxury automobiles. As brilliantly styled under the hood as its Harley Earl exterior, it V16 was an engineering marvel that never recovered its development cost. It was offered in more than 50 body styles with a handful of full-custom bodies created by the leading coachbuilders. Two-thousand Cadillac V16s, offered in a wide variety of “Catalog Custom” body styles, mainly by Fleetwood, left dealer showrooms in the first half of 1930. But as the dark cloud of the Depression deepened, only 2,000 more were sold from mid-1930 to 1940. Had Cadillac not been under Alfred Sloan’s General Motors umbrella, it is likely they would have joined most of the other luxury car manufacturers in shutting their doors. An all-new car In the late ’20s, Cadillac was not making much headway against their principle rival Packard, and Edsel Ford was breathing new life into Lincoln with attractive body styles. A drastic change of direction was in order. Packard had introduced the Twin Six in 1915, and Cadillac’s General Manager Lawrence Fisher leaked to the press that was the path they were following as well. But they were actually planning two new engines: a V12 and a V16. The V16, introduced in January of 1930, was de- signed by ex-Marmon engineer Owen Nacker and was actually two Buick inline-8 engines with a common crankshaft and two single-barrel carburetors. The Courtesy of Bonhams


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ACC Digital Bonus Detailing Years produced: 1930–40 Number produced: 4,076 Original list price: $6,225 (1930 Four Door Sedan) Current ACC Valuation: $30k–$45k (this condition) Club: Cad-LaSalle Club More: www.cadlaclasalleclub. org Chassis # Not used Engine #: Right side of crankcase Alternatives: Any unrestored Full Classic turned to working duty, including tow trucks, delivery vans and ambulances ee bank angle and advanced overhead n as quietly as any side-valve engine. First in style w V16 was the first engine to receive nsideration. Styled by Owen Sloan, it tractive as it was powerful. Wiring den in the valley between the two ine banks and sheltered by covers ented with cloisonné knobs. The valve ers had black enamel with a brushed minum pattern. In addition, the fuel nes were plated, and a false firewall concealed other components from iew. The elegant styling, from the newly t and Color department, along with the V16 chassis, moved Cadillac to the head of the luxury-car class. Their competitors quickly followed, with Marmon introducing a V16 in 1931 and PierceArrow a V12 the following year. But the Depression was squeezing the luxury-car market, and few companies survived. From ballroom to operating room The V16 offered by Bonhams was born as a Fleetwood Four Door Sedan, body style 4375S, which cost $6,225 — certainly a substantial sum in 1930. For an unknown reason, it outlived its usefulness and was converted into an ambulance. It got a more modern appearance with a 1935 Cadillac grille, hood and skirted fenders, along with 1935 Cadillac 17-inch wheels, hubcaps and trim rings. 1940 Cadillac V16 4-dr sedan While that might sound like a strange turn of events, it actually was pretty common. Many obsolete Classicera vehicles or their engines found other commercial applications when they outlived their original use. A few V16 engines have been found operating sawmills or other industrial equipment, and at least one elegant Aerodynamic coupe was relegated to use as a beer delivery vehicle. Now what? The question, to which the Bonhams catalog alludes, is what do you do with this? To attempt to restore it to its original four-door sedan configuration makes no financial sense whatsoever, as you’d really only be starting with a few parts, and once the job is done, the cost of the work would outweigh what the car will be worth. The same could be said even if it’s built into a tourer or other open car. Another option would be to continue to preserve it. Preservation continues to be a driving force in the market, even for oddities like this. Why not present it at the next All-Ambulance Concours as a contender for the Best Bitsa Preservation Award? Even if that existed and you found some appeal there, it still wouldn’t be any fun to drive. There is one path that actually makes a little bit of financial sense — not that car collectors always make financially logical decisions: Use it as a parts vehicle to give life to more deserving Cadillac V16s. After all, a lot of the parts needed to restore a V16 simply aren’t reproduced. At the price paid here, any of these options are viable. And while I’d probably choose to part it out, as the catalog states, “the choice is up to you.” A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March-April 2013 55CC 55 Lot 141, VIN: 5320019 Condition: 3 Sold at $55,000 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/28/2012 ACC# 209056 ACC Investment Grade: D Comps 1937 Cadillac V12 Series 85 convertible Lot 112, VIN: 4130452 Condition: 2Sold at $88,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn IN, 9/1/2012 ACC# 213581 1937 Packard Twelve convertible sedan Lot 286, VIN: 1073236 Condition: 5Sold at $48,400 ACC# 117412 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI, 8/2/2008


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PROFILE RACE 1977 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS NASCAR RACE CAR Cutthroat racer, cut-rate price As a general fan of hot-dogging, fist fighting and good ol’ boys, I just can’t help but think this car slipped through the cracks in Scottsdale VIN: BP7964R by Jay Harden Checks, this car was instrumental in Yarborough winning the championship in 1978. Legendary crew chief Travis Carter, who worked T 56 AmericanCarCollector.com for Junior Johnson in 1978, oversaw the restoration and authenticated and certified the car in 2000. In 2004, Yarborough drove this car under the lights at Darlington Raceway to celebrate the lighting of “The Lady in Black.” A very authentic and rare piece of racing history. Also included is a Bell Racing helmet autographed by Cale Yarborough. ACC Analysis This Oldsmobile racer, Lot 707, sold for $22,000, including buy- er’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale on January 13–20, 2012. If Formula One is the Dom Perignon of the racing world, then NASCAR is certainly the Budweiser. A once-brash, refreshing, and purely American brand, NASCAR has become a global icon held up by the hardworking everyman. Although NASCAR isn’t exactly my cup of sweet tea, my appreciation of 700-horsepower small-blocks and three-wide racing runs deep. But the era of the “Car of Tomorrow” and, heaven help us, fuel injection, has lost its grip on me. his 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass was built by the legendary car builder Banjo Matthews for car owner Junior Johnson. Driven by three-time NASCAR champion Cale Yarborough and sponsored by First National City Travelers From dirt tracks to big business It’s not that I don’t respect the drivers, and it’s not that I don’t lust for the machines; it’s just that it all seems too polished. Drivers have traded their cigars for smoothies, crew chiefs are rarely caught in the gray anymore, and the slightest bit of rubbin’ lights up the Twittersphere. If Harry Hogge was Kurt Busch’s man behind the wall, he probably wouldn’t hesitate to remind the talented hothead that “Rubbin’, son, is racin’.” I grew up eating hot dogs and inhaling fumes at the appropriately named Dixie Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt oval that could be heard from my bedroom on hot, summer Saturdays. There were no hairpins or corkscrews, no pretty ladies in fancy hats, and no prancing ponies. There was, however, an overabundance of testosterone and cheap horsepower. That slick, red-clay surface had the power to reduce the machine to the sideshow, simply an implement to be wielded at the very edge of control. It was the drivers’ stage, and every challenge, every pass, and every mistake was on display for all to see. It was the fans’ connection to the drivers and their grit as racers that propelled stock car racing to a national pastime. Legions of underdogs were cheering the greasy-fingernailed, rough-around-the-collar local boys who fought their way onto the national stage, and the bigger the underdog, the better. There’s no denying that the sport isn’t what it used to be, and, to be honest, most of the “improvements” have been just that. But the road from Dixie to Daytona seems much longer today than it used to be. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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ACC Digital Bonus Grit, championships and blue-collar legends As a general fan of hot-dogging, fist fighting and good ol’ boys, I just can’t help but think that this car somehow slipped through the cracks in Scottsdale. Cale Yarborough was not an “also-ran.” y four other drivers have matched his total ee stock car championships, and only four s have bested him. All eight of those men acing legends in their own right, but until ie Johnson won his unprecedented fifth ight NASCAR championship just a couple f years ago, Cale Yarborough was the only an to string together three championships in a row. He was also a member of the first class of nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and was one of only five members inducted in the Hall’s third class. Despite all the checkered flags and gold cups, Cale is probably best remembered for what took place on the Daytona infield in 1979. n one of the most notorious collisions in NASCAR history, Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough smashed each other out of contention for the race win under the white flag, and handed Richard Petty his sixth Daytona 500 victory in rocess. o the delight of thousands of fans across the country, the two Southern boys got out of their cars and kept fighting. As Petty strutted by on his victory lap, Cale and Donnie were tangled up in the mud with helmets and fists a-flyin’. That moment, televised to the world, cemented NASCAR’s hold as the blue-collar sport of choice, and helped spark its meteoric rise in popularity. As if Cale’s performances on the track and the infield weren’t enough, the man starred in not one, but two episodes of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” both of which sported his name in the title. If that’s not a legacy, I don’t know what is. A great buy According to the sale literature, this car played an important role in Cale’s championship in ’78, and was authenticated by Travis Carter, one of the most traveled crew chiefs in NASCAR history. The fact that the former car owner was Junior Johnson, the moonshiner who happened to be the winningest driver Detailing Year produced: 1977 Number produced: Unknown Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $20k–$30k Tune up cost / major service: $300 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: N/A Engine #: N/A Club: Historic Stock Car Racing Series More: www.hscrs.com Alternatives: Any vintage NASCAR racer from 1970–80 to never win a championship, is just the icing on the cake. So how in the world did this car roll off the block for a drop in the bucket? Colin Comer’s “Collecting Ricky Bobby” piece in ACC’s May-June 2012 issue (p. 48) outlines a few of the tremendous advantages of owning a retired NASCAR racer, but he may also have shed a little light on why Yarborough’s legacy seems to have had little impact here. Colin points out that access to historic racing venues abounds for stock cars, their safety equipment is second to none, and the quality of engineering and availability of parts makes owning and operating a roundy-round racer as easy on the wallet as it is on the psyche. What this all points to in terms of collecting is that the cars themselves really aren’t all that special. Used-up racers are retired by the bunches, and in an effort to produce parity for the sport, NASCAR has forced a herd of clones upon us. Although Cale’s car was built and raced at the end of what most people consider the “stock” era of stock car racing, the Olds certainly can’t be considered unique. It is simply one of the many thoroughbreds Mr. Yarborough has managed to put out to pasture. Despite that fact, I think our buyer here got a whole lot of car and a heapin’ helpin’ of legacy for a cut-rate price. This is an absolutely usable, near bullet-proof piece of racing history that was had cheap enough to enjoy at full song at the track, or as a polished shrine to one of the sport’s all-time greats. That being said, this may have been the deal of the week. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 2001 Ford Taurus NASCAR racer Lot F188, VIN: 7 Condition: 4 ACC# 37266 Not sold at $65,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/28/2005 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1989 Chevrolet Lumina NASCAR racer Lot 645.1, VIN: 5 Condition: 4Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2010 ACC# 160375 1989 Buick Regal NASCAR racer Lot 146. VIN: 66112588 Condition: 4 Sold at $44,000 ACC# 41023 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/2006 March-April 2013 57


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PROFILE TRUCK 1959 CHEVROLET 3100 APACHE NAPCO PICKUP Vintage 4x4 pulls top money If anything, unique, limitedproduction models like this — just like in any facet of the collector car world — will keep ratcheting up in value 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 3A59J105986 by B. Mitchell Carlson W ell-equipped 4-wheel-drive trucks from major manufacturers have been among the best selling vehicles in the U.S. for decades, but this hasn’t always been the case. There was a time when if GM wanted to sell a go-anywhere utility, they had to turn to an outside supplier to make it a reality. In 1942, NAPCO, the Northwestern Auto Parts Company of Minneapolis, MN, began selling their “Powr-Pak” 4x4 Conversion to owners of GMC and Chevrolet pickups as well as other brands. With their rugged drive technology proven in World War II, by 1956 GM began to offer the NAPCO drive as a regular production option (RPO). However, 1959 was to be the final year of this arrangement, as a redesign of the suspension for 1960 meant that GM would market its own system and the NAPCO equipment was no longer compatible. This 1959 Chevy 3100 Fleetside Deluxe NAPCO truck has been restored to a level normally only seen on high-end passenger cars — but nevertheless attention was paid to ensure that the correct finishes and details were used, so it can’t be considered “overrestored.” ACC Analysis This 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache NAPCO, Lot 363, was sold for $66,700, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Scottsdale auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2013. Battle-proven for a post-war market World War II proved the usefulness of four-wheel drive, not just to the government and industry, but to the GIs who used Jeeps and Dodge WCs on a daily basis. Shortly after hostilities ended, four-wheel-drive trucks started becoming available in the civilian market. While Marmon-Herrington continued to offer conversions on Ford trucks (and even passenger cars until 1947) and Coleman would convert any truck the customer wanted, these conversions were typically expensive and done on an aftermarket basis. But all that changed in short order. The ink was barely dry on the surrender documents when the first civilian Jeep became available from Willys — a mere 10 days after Germany’s formal surrender. Initially it was a mildly changed version of their wartime MB called the CJ-2A, but within a year they started building a four-wheel-drive half-ton rated steel-bodied wagon, and in July 1947, they introduced Courtesy of Bonhams


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ACC Digital Bonus an honest-to-goodness four-wheel-drive pickup truck. Dodge was next with off-the-shelf 4x4 in 1946 with their Power Wagon, which was a unique series until Dodge offered four-wheel drive in the regular pickups for 1957. Next was International, as part of their restyled R-series of trucks in 1953, with Studebaker cataloging their own 4x4 starting in 1958. Ford finally went in-house with its light-duty all-wheel-drive in 1959, although they still utilized M-H for decades afterwards for heavy-duty trucks. GM started building in-house 4x4s in 1960. Cost, supply and demand With four-wheel drive so prevalent today, it seems odd that Ford and GM held out as long as they did. However, at the time, this made perfect sense. Dodge, International and Jeep were able to generally meet the demand, with Ford’s arrangement with MarmonHerrington and GM’s with NAPCO serving those customers who absolutely had to have a 4x4 Ford or Chevy. In the case of Chevrolet, it was a listing in their “Silver Book” catalog of GM-authorized up-fitters for vocational equipment — along with van bodies, school-bus builders and ambulance conversions. Besides, Ford and Chevrolet by the mid-1950s were battling it out for market supremacy with heavy production volume. The extra production steps to build a four-wheel-drive pickup would just slow down the assembly lines. Six years ago, I interviewed a dealer from southern Minnesota who sold both Chevrolets and Internationals from 1955 to 1970. He told me that while he could and did order both 2x4 and 4x4 Internationals and Chevys, he mostly sold Internationals as four-wheel-drives and Chevys as two-wheel-drives. Cost was the major factor. Not only was the International 4x4 setup less expensive, it didn’t have to be special ordered. If a contractor needed three 4x4 pickups, they would be sitting on his lot ready to go. Also, after the termination of the NAPCO arrange- ment, in the dealer’s opinion, the GM-built units didn’t hold up as well as the factory-built Internationals. But around 1967, the roles started reversing, and by the time he sold off the International truck franchise in 1970, the only 4x4 Internationals he sold were Scouts. Authentically restored Our featured truck can truly be called restored rather than refurbished and gussied up like so many we see today. Granted, the two-stage paint is of superior quality to the factory finish, but that is the only nit I can pick. The wood planks in the bed are painted, unlike the high-gloss, knot-free, furniture-grade oak with polished stainless-steel hardware that is prevalent today. Its most lavish appointments are the factory-optional two-tone paint, deluxe interior and AM radio. Nothing aftermarket here — no step plates, visors or extra chrome. Even the tires are authentic bias-ply snows, which are similar to what it would’ve been delivered with new. And, yes, the four-inch suspension lift is also correct, as spacer blocks were necessary between the axles and leaf springs to accommodate the divorced Spicer transfer case and provide clearance for the forward driveshaft. Hitting the concours trail This truck is just starting to show a hint of use, with rust starting to weep from between the leaves of the springs and minimal amounts of lubricant slung on the bottom of the cab from the transfer case and U-joints. Even at that, a bit of cleanup would make it ready to go back onto the concours lawn — a more likely location for it to be seen today than along a rural fence line with a load of hay bales. While some may find it hard to justify spending almost $70k on a 4x4 pickup that’s a trailer queen, the same folks won’t blink an eye at a CCCA Classic-era limousine that will never carry a passenger in the rear compartment. To put it into another perspective, this same money would buy a fully loaded 2013 Chevy K3500 4x4 dualie with a Duramax Diesel and crew cab shod in a whole herd of dead cows as upholstery. The selling price was actually towards the lower end of Bonhams’ pre-auction guesstimate. However, based on real-world sales I’ve seen on comparable trucks over the past year, this is about right. In the “coulda, woulda shoulda” world of speculation, perhaps if this had originally been a V8 truck it could reasonably bring more, but then again, by far and away most NAPCOs were done with Thriftmaster Sixes like this one. The collectible-pickup market has taken a few stops and starts, but it hasn’t retreated. If anything, the unique, limited-production models like this — as with any facet of the collector car world — have been and will keep ratcheting up. It’s also interesting to note that this exact truck — shortly after it was restored — was declared sold at the 2010 Russo and Steele auction in Monterey for $48,200. Got an investment that increased by over 25% over two years anywhere else? Call this one either well bought for the long term or market-correct for the moment, just don’t call it too expensive. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) March-April 2013 59CC 59 Detailing Years produced: 1957–59 Number produced: 326,102 (all 1959 Chev trucks) Original list price: $2,728 Current ACC Valuation: $25,000–$52,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Spot-welded plate on the driver’s side door frame Engine #: Passenger’s side of the block near the distributor (I6), passenger’s side of the block on the front edge of the cylinder head deck (V8) More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1959–60 Ford 4x4 pickup, 1953–60 International 4x4 pickup, 1946–68 Dodge Power Wagon pickup ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Club: American Truck Historical Society, P.O. Box 901611, Kansas City, MO 64190-1611 1947 Dodge WDX Power Wagon Lot S147, VIN: 83902642 Condition: 2+ Sold at $68,900 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 3/29/2012 ACC# 197522 1964 Chevrolet K20 4x4 pickup Lot 754, VIN: 4K254T107616 Condition: 2+ Sold at $15,210 Bonhams, Westport, CT, 9/18/2011 ACC# 189768 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache pickup Lot 238, VIN: 3A59L100214 Condition: 2 Not sold at $23,500 Silver Auctions, Carson City, NV, 8/25/2011 ACC# 184508


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MARKET OVERVIEW For complete results of each auction covered in this issue, scan this code or go to http://bit.ly/YLyfw2 The year starts in Arizona TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1966 Batmobile, $4,620,000—B-J, p. 70 2. 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Semi-Comp roadster, $2,007,500—RM, p. 104 3. 1934 Duesenberg Model J lWB Beverly sedan, $1,430,000—B-J, p. 66 4. 1956 Chrysler Diablo concept convertible, $1,375,000—B-J, p. 72 5. 1971 Plymouth hemi ’Cuda convertible, $1,320,000—B-J, p. 72 6. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette l88 Owens Corning racer, $1,100,000—B-J, p. 68 7. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette l88 convertible, $825,000—G&Co, p. 101 8. 1954 Packard Panther concept convertible, $825,000—B-J, p. 72 9. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Zl1 coupe, $605,000— R&S, p. 76 10. 1955 hudson Italia coupe, $396,000—B-J, p. 72 BEST BUYS 1. 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, $172,500—RM, p. 104 2. 1966 Ford Mustang Trans Am racer, $132,000—R&S, p. 78 3. 1971 Plymouth hemi ’Cuda convertible, $1,320,000—B-J, p. 72 4. 1968 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top, $22,260—Mec, p. 107 5. 1968 Ford Bronco pickup, $13,310—lke, p. 87 60 AmericanCarCollector.com by Tony Piff to the sales results out of Scottsdale as an indicator of the health of the classic car market and what to expect for the coming year. And things are looking good for T 2013. In combined total, the six Arizona auctions made $225m this year. That’s $41m more than last year’s $185m, for growth of more than 22%. Interestingly, the total number of cars consigned and sold has fluctuated by fewer than 100 cars in the past three years. 2,688 cars crossed the auction block this time around (compared with 2,694 in 2012 and 2,777 in 2011), and 2,263 went home to new garages. This equates to an increase in average price per car: $72k in 2011, $84k in 2012, and $100k this time around. This overall trend was repeated on the individual auction level at Gooding & Company, RM and Bonhams. These upscale auctions all averaged well over $100k per sold car, and their run sheets tended to favor European sports cars, luxury cars and pre-war Classics. You’ll find the American highlights from these sales in the Roundup. n n n Barrett-Jackson reported 300,000 attendees at their 2013 Scottsdale sale. Barrett consigned and sold more cars than ever at this sale (1,331 out of 1,335, up from 1,288 out of 1,291 last year), with sales climbing to $102m from $90m last year. Average price per car rose to $77k from $70k. Top lot was the much-hyped original TV Batmobile, sold at $4.62m. A 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible with matching numbers sold for $1.32m, and the storied 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88 Owens Corning racer sold for $1.1m, showing that buyers are willing to pay up for big blocks with history. n n n At Russo and Steele, high-sale honors went to a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, sold at $605k, followed by a 1969 Yenko Camaro at $253k. Other important muscle sales included a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $233k, and a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, sold at $170k. Russo’s figures jumped from last year, selling 451 out of 701 cars offered, up from 411 out of 655. Sales totaled a respectable $17.7m, although that represents a decline from last year’s $19m. he collector market continued its steady ascent this January at Arizona Car Week. It’s a unique slice of the automotive lifestyle, and at ACC, we look 2,263 CARS AT SIX ARIZONA AUCTIONS MAKE $225M — THAT’S $41M MORE THAN LAST YEAR 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 Semi-Competition roadster, sold for $2,007,500 at RM Auctions’ Phoenix sale n n n Silver’s Fort McDowell sale took a jump, growing to a $3m total from $2.7m last year. Consignments increased to 351 from 270, and cars sold jumped to 213 from 158, for a slightly improved sales rate, up to 61% from 59%. With an average sold price consistently under $20k, this sale is a great place to score an affordable driver. A 1967 Corvette sold for $63k and claimed the top spot, followed by a 1955 Bel Air hard top, sold at $47k, and a 1936 Ford Cunningham town car, sold at $42k. n n n 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 In this issue, we take a look beyond Arizona to Leake’s 40th Annual Collector Car Show, held in Dallas, TX, this past November. Here, again, Corvettes topped the charts. A 1967 427/435 convertible was the high American sale at $106k, and a 1957 283/270 Corvette convertible sold for $96k, sandwiching a 2008 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, sold at $99k. And in the Roundup, we also take a look at highlights from Mecum Kansas City, Mecum St. Charles, Collector Car Productions Toronto and RM’s John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection.A


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Anatomy of an ACC Market Report VISUALIZING WHAT WE SEE WHEN RATING A CAR AT AUCTION By B. Mitchell Carlson They say a picture is worth 1,000 words. To give a better appreciation of what our auction analysts look for when they cover cars for ACC, we like to take a specific example and give you visuals of the details. This time, we’ll take a look at a ’70 Plymouth Road Runner that crossed the block at the Mecum Kansas City auction. See more cars from this sale on p. 106. lot number assigned by auction house. General description of vehicle as observed by reporter, with color and mechanical specifications listed first. #F2-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top . VIN: RM23N0A184725. Hemi Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 28,928 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted in stages, showing light orange peel and thick masking. Reflective rear logo is spliced in and applied over the painted stripe. Mostly original chrome with light scuffing and pitting. Newer door seal kit and repro seat upholstery. Wrinkled original door panels. Modern speakers on rear package shelf. Lightly detailed engine bay. Plugged vacuum advance on distributor, with no sign of a vacuum line. Light on the options: power steering, Tic-Toc-tach, AM radio and Rallye wheels. Cond: 3. A price listed in green indicates that the vehicle sold. A price in red denotes a no-sale. Commentary in which reporter sums up factors that may have affected the sale and notes whether it was a good buy. SOLD AT $16,430. This may be interesting out on the road with no obvious distributor advance. It seemed to run OK across the block, but cut loose on I-70 leaving here, things could get interesting. As such, while it looked decent, the devil’s in the details, and there are plenty of mechanical and cosmetic details to deal with for what was paid. Wisely cut loose when the bidding petered out. This symbol indicates vehicles noted by the reporter as exceptionally well bought. Five are called out per issue. CONDITION RATINGS Condition: ACC uses a numerical scale of 1 to 6 to assess a vehicle’s overall condition: 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 4. Meh: Still a driver, but with visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvagable for parts BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale THERE WERE NO FEWER THAN 55 SHELBYS ON OFFER, ADDING UP TO A COMBINED TOTAL OF $6.2M Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Select photos courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Market opinions in italics The choices ranged from a low of $3,850 for a 1937 Ford pickup custom (possibly the best buy of the auction?), to the astounding $4.62m paid for the original George Barris Batmobile (see the Hot Rod & Custom profile on p. 52). T Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2013, Scottsdale, AZ January 13–20, 2013 Auctioneers: Assiter & Associates: Tom “Spanky” Assiter lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered: 1,331/1,335 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $102,320,190 high sale: Original Batmobile, sold at $4,620,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Barrett-Jackson sales total $100m $20m $40m $60m $80m 0 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 highest-selling Shelby of all offered, a 1966 GT350 fastback, sold for $247,500 As always at a Barrett-Jackson event, the vast majority of the cars were strictly no-reserve, and the few “reserve” cars were expensive and rare. There were only four cars by my count that did not reach their reserve prices. That is an amazing 1,331 sold of 1,335 cars offered. Following the Batmobile, other American lots to fetch seven-digit prices included a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible at $1.32m, and the 1968 Chevrolet L88 Owens Corning racer at $1.1m. Perhaps the most notable no-sale was the 1968 Shelby EXP500 “Green Hornet” prototype. It failed to reach reserve despite a high bid of $1.8m. These cars were all part of the “Salon Collection” of extremely fine and rare automobiles. The Salon offerings started in 2012 and expanded this year. Alongside the blue-chip muscle cars that Barrett-Jackson is known for, the Salon offerings attracted consignments from less-familiar names such as Delahaye, Isotta Fraschini, and Bugatti. A 1934 Duesenberg Model J LWB Beverly sedan sold for $1.43m. There were also some very rare and important concept cars on offer, such as the 1956 Chrysler Diablo convertible, sold at $1.375m, and the 1954 Packard Panther convertible, sold at $825k. The largest collection of Shelbys ever sold at one time was here in Scottsdale, and all sold except the Green Hornet. Including continuations and Cobras, there were no fewer than 55 Shelbys on offer, which added up to a combined total of $6.2m. There were 1,331 cars sold, and the total sale netted $102m. That’s $77k per automobile on average. If we throw out the top 10 cars that sold for over $1m each, it leaves the average at $65k per car, which seems quite reasonable when you look at the quality of the cars offered here. Over the course of the week, 300,000 individuals passed through the gate, according to Barrett-Jackson’s official numbers. Charity cars are a staple at all Barrett- Jackson events, and this was no exception. Charity vehicles are sold to benefit children, military personnel, local community organizations and medical research. Barrett does these sales commission-free, with all proceeds going to the charities. This week they raised more than $5m for charitable causes. No other auction even comes close to this ongoing commitment to helping others. This is much more than just an amazing automobile auction. It is an educational museum dedicated to the world of automotive transportation. It’s a unique entertainment venue that mixes millionaires with mechanics, all of whom have a love of automobiles. There is nothing else like it. A he Barrett-Jackson Auction and extravaganza in Scottsdale is now history for 2013, and what a history it was! More cars, more attendees, and more money than ever before.


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ CLASSICS #5030-1920 PACKARD TWIN SIX runabout. VIN: S21699164886. Red/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 35,977 miles. Car appears very original except for the rear body rumbleseat compartment, which has been replaced with molded parts. Fitted with unusual dual rear-mount spare tires. Eightday clock in original dash. The Twin Six was the first production V12 automobile engine ever built. 424-ci and 90 hp. Cond: 1-. the finest one in existence,” according to the catalog. Full documented ownership. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,430,000. AACA and CCCA National first Prize Winner. The prizes pretty much tell the story here. Well bought and sold. GM SOLD AT $181,500. Said to be one of 178 Twin Six Packards and one of three 1920 Twin Six runabouts. Market-correct price. #623-1923 STUTZ SPEEDWAY tourer. VIN: 13424. Green & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 46,198 miles. A very original car that came through the A.K. Miller Collection in 1996. Cosmetically needs everything, but the only apparent rust-through is in the top bows. Otherwise looks dead-solid. Has original (recent valve job) twin-cam T-head 4-cylinder 362-ci engine that makes 88 hp. Seems to run and start quite well. Radiator appears to have a leak. Cond: 4. #122-1955 CHEVROLET 150 resto-mod 2-dr sedan. VIN: A55L021701. White & turquoise/white & turquoise vinyl. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice restoration and conversion, with modern power steering, power disc brakes, vintage a/c, new glass and chrome and 20-inch chrome alloys, plus big block of unspecified origin. Some paint cracks at trunk corners and misfit taillight trims. Window trims show pitting and dents. Front chrome looks new. New roll-and-pleat interior. Digital speedo, mileage unknown. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Said to be totally original on windshield card, but some trim masking gives away a repaint. Still an honest driver, sold right on the market. #954-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS L79 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118376N155898. Butternut/black vinyl. Odo: 269 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint and chrome. New interior with a couple of paint chips around the glovebox. Chrome bubbles on driver’s-side window trim. Some light scratches on rear glass. Said to be matching-numbers with original L79 350-hp engine and drivetrain. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,500. Not perfect, but this looked like a nice, honest ride that should turn heads and go really fast. Top-of-themarket sale for a 150. SOLD AT $39,600. I loved this car. It’s honest and solid and I’m pretty sure I would leave it mostly as-is if I bought it—and if I had the space and some extra dough, I might have. Well bought and sold. VIN: 2489. Eng. # J468. Gold/gold cloth. Odo: 175 miles. Restored by Stone Barn Restoration of New Jersey. Flawless inside and out, top to bottom. Said to be one of 12 Murphy Beverlys built and “without a doubt 3 #5004-1934 DUESENBERG MODEL J LWB Beverly Sedan. SOLD AT $34,100. Not a show winner, but a very usable cruiser with the right look. Fair to both parties. #485-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: O1867F111556. White/white canvas/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 66,359 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed all-original with actual miles. Trim and chrome starting to age a bit, with visible scratches and dull parts. Vent windows starting to delaminate at edges. Interior 66 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $24,200. Probably will never again be used to haul furniture or gravel, but looks like a good cruiser. Fair price in today’s hot truck market. #929.1-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57K195142. Yellow/tan canvas. Odo: 9,013 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A 10-footer with modern 4-speed auto transmission, 350-ci engine (called a “fresh GM 327 engine” on the window), a/c, power steering and brakes in a striking yellow color. Shiny paint shows numerous runs, waves and preparation flaws, with dents by rear quarter-panel trims. Chrome bumpers look new. Modern bucket-seat interior and custom sound system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,800. I have been watching the sales on these 1966–67 Novas, and the trend seems to be increasing prices beyond the general upward curve. The L79 cars have always been good, but we are seeing all the Novas showing unusual strength. Hence, this price. Well sold. #390-1969 CHEVROLET CST pickup. VIN: CE149S819328. Orange & white/red cloth. Odo: 7,849 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored a few years back and still appealing. Mid-level repaint shows some flaws up close, but nothing serious. New oak bed. New custom steering wheel and tachometer. 4:11 gears. Motor is professionally built 454 with roller rockers. Cond: 2. looks like nice original with some trim wear and paint wearing off on steering wheel. Matching numbers. Power steering. Cond: 2. TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ #1577-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS5 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370A149342. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 33,511 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Documented original LS5 with build sheet. Good paint, chrome and interior. Visible scratches on side glass. Has a/c and cowl induction. Cond: 1-. black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 10,679 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Paint good but not perfect with some flaws in front and on top of left rear fender. All-new chrome and interior. Optional AM/FM and seat belts. Correct jack and tools. Cond: 2+. #1556.1-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S109784. Steel Cities Gray/black vinyl. Odo: 32,104 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numerous paint chips visible all over body, as well as paint prep flaws. Side glass shows scratches. Good chrome and trim. Said to be an original-mile Corvette with the original engine and driveline. Optioned with leather, 4-speed, power steering, brakes, windows and a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,200. Complete body-off restoration over a five-year period with “every marginal panel replaced.” Looks fresh and new, and sold well. #1284-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 34467OM217628. Blue/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,974 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Quality repaint on an allmatching-numbers car. Bright trim at the base of the top is slightly dull. One small dent in deck in front of the trunk lid. Complete documentation. One of 264 W-30 convertibles for 1970. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $89,100. Included with the car was an album of restoration photos to document the complete body-off restoration. I have to call this well bought. #1033-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S110805. White/black vinyl. Odo: 63,745 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Newer paint has visible masking lines and preparation flaws. Gauges look a bit dull, and there are dents in the aluminum console trim. Steering wheel is cracked. Windshield trim appears dull with scratches on the front and rear glass. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Steel Cities Gray is not the most exciting color, but on this car it looked very honest and solid. Sold fairly. #59-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J8M5801057. White/ black leather. Odo: 26,450 miles. 5.7-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Couple of stone chips and discoloration starting on the windshield. Driver’s seat bolster showing cracking and wear. Comes with both T-tops. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. With original invoice, Protect-O-Plate, broadcast sheet and three owners from new. Oldsmobile Club of America National first place in 2011. Fair price for a no-questions W-30 convertible. #745-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228870L102707. White/black vinyl. Odo: 35,444 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Orange peel visible in 10-year-old repaint. Grille-surround show lots of roughness under paint. Wheels showing age as well. Factory a/c. Originally sold in Bakersfield, CA. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $83,600. A recent mid-level restoration of a very rare Fuelie Split-Window coupe. Priced right in the ballpark. VIN: N/A. Red & white/black vinyl. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well restored to better-than-original condition. Reinforced windshield-surround, roll cage, racing seat, custom racing dash and instrumentation. Restored by Kevin Mackay. Awarded American Heritage Award by NCRS, as well as Amelia, Quail and Pebble Beach awards. Seen in books and featured in museum displays. Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 1-. 6 #5041-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 Owens Corning racer. SOLD AT $31,900. A clean and somewhat low-mileage ZR-1. The ACC Pocket Price Guide gives these a range of $21,500 to $31,500 for a #2 condition car, so this price was bang on the money. FOMOCO #1253-1934 FORD MODEL 40 roadster. VIN: 181204495. Green/white vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. Built by Rick Dore. Debuted at SEMA 2004. TCI chassis with air-ride chromeplated suspension. 302 Ford Racing crate engine with automatic transmission. No top. Will probably need some tweaking, as it only shows one mile on the odometer since SOLD AT $48,400. Said to be an all-original Ram Air III, with the exception of paint and muffler. Sold fair to both buyer and seller. CORVETTE #1258-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S100312. Charcoal/ 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $1,100,000. This is the Owens Corning-sponsored Corvette and the most winning Corvette ever, campaigned by DeLorenzo, Thompson, Yenko and Hufstader. Lots of documentation. If any Corvette is worth $1m, it’s this one. TOP 10


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EXPERT’S TIP Shedding light on engine clatter Engine noises can be hard to diagnose, especially if they come and go. Say, for example, you have a metallic clatter from your small-block Ford. Is the problem at the top end or the bottom end of the engine? Could it be a loose rocker arm, or is a connecting rod starting to plan its escape? Each makes a specific sound, but if you’re not familiar with them, it can be hard to tell the difference. Here’s a trick to help you get a good idea of where the problem might be, and you don’t even need to get dirty. All you need is a standard timing light. Hook up he timing light s usual — black nd red clamps to the battery and the lead to the #1 spark plug wire. Fire up your engine and watch the light while listening to your noise. Does it clack in time with the flashing of the light? The crankshaft and lower end of your OHV V8 engine turn at twice the speed of the cam and valvetrain — just look at a timing-chain set to see why. The cam gear is twice the diameter of the crank gear. The timing light references the firing of the plug in the #1 cylinder, which is timed to the cam and the upper end of the engine. So if the noise and the flash from your timing light are in sync, chances are your problem is valvetrain-related — cam, lifter, valve spring, fuel pump, etc. If the noise happens more often than the flash, you’ve probably got deeper engine issues — crank, main bearing, rod bearing, wrist pin, etc. Either way, you have engine work to do. But use this tip first and you’ll have a good idea where to start looking. — Jim Pickering 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $20,900. A great-looking truck that would make a wonderful rolling billboard for any business to write off. I would call this fairly bought. 390-ci V8, auto. The original Batmobile, built by George Barris for the 1960s TV series. Barris purchased it from FoMoCo for $1 with no title. Looks a bit rough from studio use. Marginal paint with all of the usual flaws you’d expect of a custom that got used in front of the camera for an extended period of time. Lots of stick-on labels and phony instruments and combat-style stuff. Tachometer mounted in steering wheel hub has Barris logo. Comes with memorabilia and documentation from George Barris. Cond: 3. 1 #5037-1966 BATMOBILE. VIN: X15007365G. Black/black vinyl. BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ 2004. Sold together with Lot 1253.1, a Paul Yaffe–framed custom softail chopper painted to match this car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $74,800. You will never see a more incredible paint and interior on a car. I have my photo of this car from 2004 SEMA as my screen saver even today. Previously sold about a year ago for $78k at Bonhams L.A. in November 2011 (ACC# 190067), which makes the price for this nearly decade-old SEMA car look market-correct. In 2005 it sold for $163k at RM Monterey (ACC# 70539). #411-1948 FORD SEDAN DELIVERY custom. VIN: 159629. Turquoise/gray cloth. Odo: 539 miles. 350-ci V8, auto. Hot-rod panel delivery with fresh high-quality paint and chrome. Small-block Chevy engine with blower and 700R4 transmission. New reclining bench seat done in tweed. Steering wheel cracks and some aging on interior chrome trim. Oak floor boards. Cond: 1-. brought the money because two bidders “just had to own it.” To put it in some perspective, for the same money you could have bought Lot 5001, the Cary Grant 300SL; Lot 5004, the 1934 Duesenberg; and Lot 5041, the Owens Corning Corvette, with $55k left for gas and insurance. See profile on p. 52. #1094-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH328771. Coral/black canvas/white hard top/black & white. Odo: 33 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. AM/FM radio, power steering and brakes, a/c and tinted glass. Two tops including porthole hard top. Judged “Best of the Best” at Classic Thunderbird Club 2012 Nationals. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $126,500. The Minter restoration appeared absolutely like new in all areas. The huge price reflects the superb restoration. Well bought and sold. #5036-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S2371. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 21,047 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and chrome show very well. Delivered without Le Mans stripes. Steel hood. Paint really looks too good to be original, with no visible cracking or crazing, so I’m guessing a repaint at some point. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. A low-mileage Shelby is almost unheard of, but this car is fully documented and very real. Again we see a price that looks very strong by the book, but originality trumps all other factors to make this market-correct. #5024-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 7R02Q146836. Eng. # 67400F2A00213. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 9,508 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint has cracks, chips and scratches everywhere. A few dents are also visible. Chrome shows pitting. Seats show almost no wear. SOLD AT $4,620,000. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ 5 Cracked shift boot and weatherstrips. Engine is clean but not overdone. Still has original wheels and tires. A well-documented surviving original with matchingnumbers, low-mileage drivetrain. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $192,500. Originally purchased as a drag car. Raced for a couple of years and then stored for over 30 years. Lots of flaws but likely the most original GT500 on the planet. A strong price compared with most price guides, but most guides don’t give an option for an original like this. MOPAR 4 9999796. Red/tan leather. Odo: 14,756 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An amazing concept car for 1958. Starting to show some age in several areas but still amazing. Paint cracking on the driver’s-side mirror. Most chrome shows as new. Weak windshieldsurround and rear window showing age. Interior has some faded carpet, driver’s seat has heavy wrinkles and dirt. Equipped with power steering, brakes, top, windows, antenna and added a/c. Cond: 2. #5034-1956 CHRYSLER DIABLO concept convertible. VIN: SOLD AT $1,320,000. The ultimate bluechip Mopar, with a very high-level restoration. At $1.3m for this production car, it makes the Green Hornet’s final bid of $1.8m seem light for a one-off historic prototype. And compared with the $2.5m it would’ve taken to buy this car in 2007, seems like a deal. AMERICANA SOLD AT $1,375,000. Previously seen at RM Monterey 2008, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $1.2m (ACC# 117460). This Chrysler concept car was a collaboration between Virgil Exner and Ghia. The price doesn’t seem out of line when compared with some other factory concept cars. #468-1968 DODGE DART convertible. VIN: LP27B8B311676. Green/white vinyl/ white. Odo: 77,595 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration. Brilliant green paint with a few light chips. New chrome bumpers and grille. Some scratching on side-window trim. Some panel gap inconsistencies on front and doors. Interior has visible dirt on white seats. Shaker hood with 440 non-original engine. Cond: 2. #927-1927 NASH SPEEDSTER roadster. VIN: 32003458. Silver/tan vinyl. Powered by an inline 6-cylinder with three Webers. Pod-style headlamps. All-aluminum body. Racing windscreen and one bucket seat. No speedometer, just an eight-inch tach with built-in temp, volt and oil gauges. Couple of scratches and some waviness in aluminum front end. Cond: 2. VIN: BS27R1B295949. In Violet/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 19,250 miles. 426ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Meticulous restoration to highest museum standard, fully appraised and inspected by Galen Govier. Shaker hood, Super Track Pak, 4:11 rear. One of two built for Canadian export. One of seven Hemi ’Cuda convertibles for 1971. Cond: 1-. #5025-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA convertible. Panthers recorded an offical 110 mph at Daytona. & red leather. Odo: 16,358 miles. 202-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. High-level restoration finished in 2012. Car presents as flawless. Designed by Hudson designer Frank Spring and contracted with Carrozzeria Touring to build 25 units. Aluminum unibody on a steel tub frame with Borrani wheels. The doors are cut seven inches into the roof, similar to a mid-year Corvette. Functional air ducts are built into the body panels. The triple exhaust pipes also house the brake and backup lights. Cond: 1-. 10 #5035-1955 HUDSON ITALIA coupe. VIN: 1T1002. Cream/cream SOLD AT $396,000. Sold for $4,800 new in Detroit in 1955. That was more than a comparable Coupe DeVille, which came with a V8. The weak Hudson engine probably killed this car. I would call this car a bargain at under $400k. SOLD AT $31,900. The tag under the hood says, “Mfg at Seaman Body Plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” but auction data states it was built by the editor of Goodguys Gazette magazine for his personal use. No comps, so this must be the correct value on this day in Arizona. SOLD AT $34,100. Not a bad-looking car, but it isn’t always easy being green. The color won’t appeal to everyone, but that’s also the whole point. Price paid probably wouldn’t cover the cost of restoration and parts, so let’s call it fair for both parties. 72 AmericanCarCollector.com 050. Silver/ gray leather. Odo: 60,208 miles. 359-ci I8, 1-bbl, auto. Fiberglass body with a straight-8 and a McCulloch supercharger, rated at 275 hp. Concept car designed by Dick Teague and built by Mitchell-Bently Corporation, who also built the Caribbean. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $825,000. One of four built as show/concept cars. Originally called the “Gray Wolf,” the name was changed to “Panther” by the production date. One of the 8 #5033-1954 PACKARD PANTHER concept convertible. VIN: M600- SOLD AT $28,600. Studebaker customers weren’t known for buying highly optioned vehicles, especially trucks. This one had everything and looked fabulous. The new owner paid dearly, but I have never seen a Champ with this many options or this nicely restored. Fairly purchased. A #1628.1-1963 STUDEBAKER CHAMP pickup. VIN: E720879. Green/tan green vinyl. Odo: 124 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint looks perfect, with only one chip on passenger’s door. Interior has padded dash and under-dash a/c unit. All-new chrome and trim. Bed looks brand new. Loaded with V8, automatic, clock, radio, sliding rear glass, windshield washers, dome light, heater, emergency flashers and more. Cond: 1-. TOP 10 TOP 10 BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele Scottsdale THE HOLY GRAIL OF MUSTANGS, THE BOSS 429 “S” SOLD FOR $234K, AND GM’S RARE 1969 ALUMINUM 427 ZL1 CAMARO SOLD FOR $605K Report and photos by Robert Malke Market opinions in italics W $10m $15m $20m $25m $5m 0 74 AmericanCarCollector.com ell, the Mayan calendar let us down — no doom, gloom and boom, but that’s a good thing. Again this year, the collector-car world awoke and descended on Arizona, gathering for the year’s big kickoff party. The mood was extremely optimistic, with expectations high, and the air filled with the scent of burning rubber, leaded gas and money. Sunday through Tuesday was chilly, but by Wednesday I was sporting my T-shirt with the big ’57 T-bird gasser on it. Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale, AZ January 16–20, 2013 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall, Jeff Stokes Automotive lots sold/offered: 451/701 Sales rate: 64% Sales total: $17,744,110 high sale: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, sold at $605,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Russo and Steele sales total 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 1970 Chevrolet nova Yenko Deuce coupe, sold at $112,750 Russo and Steele is one of the easiest collector-car auctions of the week to access, right on the corner of Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. You couldn’t miss the tents and the 710 glimmering automobiles up for grabs. People piled in daily to check out the iron. In typical parking-lot and street-race fashion, it was like 1970 all over again, with the Big Three facing off for muscle-car glory. Ford’s Holy Grail of Mustangs, the mighty 1969 “S” — as in the NASCARmotored Boss 429 — sold for $234k. Mopar’s newcomer for 1970, the 426 Hemi ’Cuda (with factory 4-speed) was bid to $200k, but the seller refused to let it go. And finally, GM’s rare 1969 aluminum 427 ZL1 Camaro, all dressed for show in its Sundaygo-to-meetin’ best, sold for $605k, the top American sale of the five-day event. There were also some eclectic and unusual cars, as well as a lot of more common and very affordable vintage domestic drivers. This year’s selection was a good mix with something for everyone. A 1937 Hudson Terraplane pickup, nicely restored, picked up $42k, which seemed like a fair price for an honest oddball lifted by the demand for vintage trucks. Among a number of notable drag and race cars on offer were the headlining ’63 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” frame car, sold for $127k, and a 1966 Ford Mustang Trans Am racer, sold for $132k. The auction layout is straightforward and convenient: two open-wing tents to the east and west, and one huge main tent in the center, where the cars roll through Russo’s signature coliseum-style auction block. Whether you’re an experienced bidder or just a casual observer, the “auction in the round” format makes everyone feel involved. Anyone is free to walk right up and check out the cars as the auctioneers, ringmen and Russo CEO and co-owner Drew Alcazar whip the crowd into a frenzy. On Saturday night, Alcazar announced two new auction venues for 2013, expanding Russo’s calendar by 100%: Newport Beach in the summer and Las Vegas in the fall. Both locations have tremendous potential to draw amazing cars, provide exclusive and entertaining settings, and appease hungry buyers. With over 60% of cars sold and over $17m in total sales in Scottsdale alone, there is clearly a demand for Russo’s winning formula, and the team has stepped up to the plate in a serious way. A NO DATA


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ GM #S757-1961 PONTIAC CATALINA convertible. VIN: 361P38077. Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Body-off resto. Original and NOS parts used, added and rechromed. Triple-blue and very attractive with an aggressive stance. Classic early Pontiac looks sporting painted wheels, dishes and wide whitewalls. Said to be one of 61 Catalina convertibles equipped with the special factory 425A engine option, a 389 with 348 hp. Only options listed are power steering, heater, defrost and whitewall tires. I like the plain-Jane Tempest style steering wheel. With original purchase order from a dealer in Illinois. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $605,000. This had all of the original documentation, including the original GM Protect-O-Plate and warranty booklet, letter of authenticity from Fred Gibb himself, dealer invoice. For no-excuses, best-in-theworld, blue-chip muscle, price paid was correct. #S744-1970 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko Deuce coupe. VIN: 114270W369044. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 222 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely done frame-off restoration of a basic no-frills Nova. Full Yenko documentation confirms matchingnumbers driveline, 360-hp LT1 mouse motor hooked to a Muncie coupled to a 4:10 12-bolt. Firestone Wide Ovals stretched over factory SS rims. Hood tach doesn’t seem right for the car. Under the hood is tidy and the frame sides show some road use. All in all a good small-block “sYc.” One of about 175. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,800. The 340-horse cars are fast becoming as sought-after as the Fuelies, due in part to reliability and the fact that you don’t have to change anything to drive them other than adjust the points and carb occasionally. Strong money for a strong Corvette. Well sold. FOMOCO #TH269-1958 EDSEL VILLAGER wagon. VIN: C179210065L. Coral & Platinum/Coral & white vinyl. Odo: 6,821 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid California wagon in original Coral with rare pewter two-tone accents. Very nicely finished and not over-restored. Excellent detail, clean inside and out. Rebuilt 361 motor and tranny; clean underhood. New interior. With Teletouch pushbutton shift, manual windows and a radio. Super-cool rotating speedo and gauge cluster. Owner added deluxe hubcaps, outside mirrors and wide whitewalls. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Reportedly the only convertible ordered in this configuration, so a one-of-one, as they say. The early ’60s were the heavy Pontiac years, when they were strong in NASCAR and on the dragstrip. Usually found with a lot of extras, this stripped-down drop-top was basic with the right stuff. That said, while the top bid may have been a touch light, the owner’s $100k expectation is not realistic. 124379N602238. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 65,779 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restored to high standard. Impeccable paint, great panel fit, may even be original to the car. Simple black interior is sparse but correct, with just the essentials: a 4-speed shifter and a third pedal. Under the hood is a real live aluminum big-block rat motor with Winters foundry castings on the intake and all the other goodies. Blackwalls and dog dishes give it a harmless appearance. Can’t pick this one apart. Has a ton of original documentation. One of approximately 69 ZL1s built. Cond: 2+. 9 #S738-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 coupe. VIN: SOLD AT $112,750. Nearly a flat 14-second car out of the box, most of these were chewed up on the track. It was nice to see a clean one again. These little Deuces are sought-after, with many knock-offs kicking around. This car and color combination was rare and real, and fetched the right money. CORVETTE #S674-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S115784. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 11,902 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory 340-hp stick. NCRS, Bloomington Gold award-winner. Beautiful paint, not over-restored, and very correct. Restored according to the tank sticker, nothing added, no extras. Interior pleasantly redone. Refreshing simple exterior appearance on blackwall tires and hubcaps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. The 1958 Edsel is by far the best looking of the three-year run. Considered a total business blunder in its day, with a grille design that bordered on offensive, they are far more appreciated today as collectibles, especially the wagons. Fair price paid. #S645-1960 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. VIN: OJ55Y113299. Red/black vinyl/black & red vinyl. Odo: 35,038 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Rare 352 hi-po convertible. Literally within days of a fresh resto, dripping wet color still drying. Could use a bit more blocking on the mirrorsmooth finish. Great color combo. Dash trim, seat covers, carpeting, steering wheel all new. High-dollar fabric top. Repro Coker wires with custom mid-’50s Ford logo spinners. Flawless detail. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,500. The ’60 Fords have long been neglected. 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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ that the owner was hoping for $75k, I’ll call it well bought. #S707-1965 SHELBY COBRA Continuation roadster. VIN: CSX4108. Black/black leather. Odo: 2,455 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well built and cared for. Very nice fit and finish, smooth shiny paint. Correct engine detail with a real 427. Nice low stance with big Goodyear white-letter tires stuffed in the wells. Interior accurate down to the gauges, wide racing belt and a roll-over loop. Billet shifter detracts. Cond: 2-. #S692-1966 FORD MUSTANG Trans Am racer. VIN: 6F07K319819. Black & gold/black vinyl. 295-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real 1966 Mustang K-code converted to a Trans-Am car back in 1967. 289 bored out to 295 ci. Original build replicates Shelby’s road-race notchbacks. Car was black, then gold, then back to black. Full race configuration with modern-day safety upgrades, retaining period guages, switches and some original hardware. Wheels are Torq-Thrusts on Goodyears, and the car hugs the ground. Almost too nice to crack up on a race track. Cond: 2. parts, with some of the usual repro goodies. Flawless paint and body, correct rare parts and detail under the hood. Used all OEM sheet metal to restore the body. Professional rebuild on the 429 Jet motor to assembly-line specs. Factory showroom fit and look on the non-XR-7 interior. Good posture, sitting on factory rims wrapped in Firestone Wide Ovals. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $92,400. If you can’t afford an original Cobra, the CSX 4000 series is the next best thing. I toured the factory in Vegas years ago and the quality control was impressive. These are far more correct than other Cobra replicas, and this car probably cost $70k–$80k to build. Well bought and well sold. #S770-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08T216371. Bungundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. One of two cars driven by Clint Eastwood in the 2012 film “Trouble With The Curve.” A solid car, supposedly restored years ago and then gussied up with simulated age and rust for the movie. Still has the camera mounts in the backseat. Damaged left front fender, quarter-panel and bumper, as incurred in the “infamous garage scene.” Interior in good shape. Engine rebuilt and repainted. Overall a good car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $132,000. Painted in Hertz Shelby colors, this real A-Sedan Class Trans-Am Mustang garnered some serious attention. Drew Alcazar, a vintage racer himself, worked the car hard, with emphasis on pedigree, logbooks and specific classification. And as a vintage racer myself, I think this was a great buy, for performance, condition and history. Well bought. #S732-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z164789. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 51,140 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very straight and correct car. Matching numbers, restoration completely documented. One of the first 279 Boss 9s to get the NASCAR “S” motor, as confirmed by Kar Kraft number 1431. Complete documentation includes original build sheet, copies of Kar Kraft and Ford invoices and a list of all owners to verify authenticity and history. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. Was a parts car, now brought back from the dead, and the restorers did a remarkable job. Definitely rare, but Cougars are highly underrated, with only a select group of Mercury loyalists willing to step up. Should be worth at least $100k. MOPAR #F434-1954 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY wagon. VIN: 76607330. White/ copper/brown leather. Odo: 84,856 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. California car with receipts and records and original bill of sale. Cosmetically reconditioned years ago and well preserved. Older two-tone paint has held up well. Interior nicely cared for. All gauges clear and legible. Lots of chrome and pointy features, although it has a padded dash. Seat fabric is a combination of leather and suede—not sure if original, but looks nice. Wood deck in cargo area appears original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,300. An odd package to value: They started with an honest 6-banger Mustang and added fake patina to make it look like a run-down car. Eastwood himself drove the car rather extensively for what is speculated to be his last appearance in front of the camera. If you wanted a Gran Torino from “Gran Torino,” but your budget was limited to $40k, I suppose this price would look about right. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $233,750. I believe I knew this car 20-plus years ago in Florida. It came from Michigan and spent most of its time sitting in a garage, except for the occasional outing. Well bought. #F479-1971 MERCURY COUGAR GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1F91C504460. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,401 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. First-class restoration. Very little to fault. Mostly NOS and Ford original NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Wagons are more collectible than four-door sedans, and this striking Chrysler would be just the right piece alongside a T&C convertible in the garage. Could be great fun traveling to Hot August Nights in Reno. High offer was a little low, but seller may regret not taking the money. #S740-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23ROB146640. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,380 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Described as a survivor car with low miles. Plenty of BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ documentation. Could be original paint. Rubber bumper. Interior and vinyl top dressed, possibly with some stitching, but nevertheless looked the part. Elephant motor detailed and correct-looking. Steel wheels, beanies and lettered stones. Looks showroom stock. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. A lot of hype about this car, which has been in all the magazines with lots of ink—where it was found, who owned it, who bought it, I get it, now buy it. Plays second-fiddle to nothing except perhaps a Hemi ’Cuda drop-top. Some heavy hitters came out of the woodwork to bid on this rarity. They went at it pretty hard for the first $150k, then things tapered off. Perhaps a market-correct offer today, but the seller’s patience may be soon rewarded. #S752-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A173775. Hemi Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presents as showroomnew. Straight body, gleaming orange paint. One of less than 2,000 built. Giant rear wing secured by internal quarter-panel reinforcement brackets. Correct five-leaf springs and bracket connecting the Dana. Correct repro interior, black vinyl top, good chrome, factory 15-inch Rallies. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,550. The miles look low by today’s standards, but high for back in 1929, when there were a lot fewer paved roads. There were some curious bidders who jumped on this relic, and these have their following, but they’re not big-money cars. Price paid looked comparable to a Model A in the same condition. #F521-1937 HUDSON TERRAPLANE pickup. VIN: 704737. Yellow/red leather. Odo: 17,374 miles. 212-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older decent restoration. Good paint, local show-quality chrome and trim. Interior original and not fancy. Bed is lined with wood. Engine bay tidy. Extras include deluxe interior, heater, toolboxes, side-mount spare, rear bumper and bumperettes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,425. In this corner, weighing in at 1,150 lbs, not much of a car at all. It didn’t bring much, but Crosleys are still cute little collectible cars and have a place in history. Hot Shots, woodies and firetrucks crack the high teens and low twenties. Going rate. #SN864-1948 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible. VIN: 22797704. Yellow/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 26,083 miles. An older restoration and still very presentable. Has been on display at America’s Packard Museum in Dayton, OH. Tasteful colors inside and out. Top firm, seats comfortable. Modern dash is functional and laid out well. Power windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. This was considered a very modern car when new and still has unmistakable style. The bidders fell all over themselves trying to buy this one, but the seller was hoping for more. Well bought and sold. SOLD AT $41,800. Described as part pickup, part car, built for comfort, speed and utility. As a rather weird orphan vehicle with an equally weird name, its appeal and value are limited, but considering overall rarity, the growing truck market and this one’s decent condition, price paid looked about right. SOLD AT $99,000. Another “Winged Warrior,” the infamous Superbird, in the right color of Hemi Orange, with the right 4-speed tranny, but the 440 limits value, compared with Hemi cars. Market-correct high offer. AMERICANA #SN938-1929 HUPMOBILE SERIES A 2-dr sedan. VIN: 149429. White/brown velour. Odo: 51,078 miles. Straight, solid, complete car with all parts intact. Faded, flaky paint, worn and tattered top with no holes. Lots of surface rust. Wood-spoked steel-rimmed wheels. Original and intact interior with full instrumentation. Owner boasts about the unique hand-carved interior door handles. Cond: 5. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #TH273-1947 CROSLEY CC convertible. VIN: CC4719546. Yellow/beige vinyl/beige vinyl. Odo: 9 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. AACA winner back in 1985 and holding up well. Production-quality job, fitting for the car. Simple, kind of tinny and tiny, very nicely detailed. Crosley hubcaps. CoBra inline 4-banger. Roughly 4,000 of these no-frills runabouts were built in 1947. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. These Little 2Aseries Jeeps are all over the board. Many of the ones that wound up on ranches in the western states are still pretty solid with assorted colors and are a good start. Camo and military trim usually bring more money. This one was bid for far less than it cost to get in this condition, so the seller was right to keep it. With the right bidders, these can hit $20k. A #TH398-1949 JEEP CJ-2A utility. VIN: 219620. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,558 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Very nicely restored trailer queen Jeep. Possible original sheet metal. Extremely simple and to-the-point. Highly detailed and very correct for a civilian edition. Has original wheels and spare, non-directional tires, add-on turn signals. Good-fitting seat upholstery and top. Hurst ivory 3-speed shift ball. Show-detailed under the hood and chassis. Cond: 2.


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake Dallas SEVEN OF THE TOP 10 WORE A BOWTIE, INCLUDING A 1967 CORVETTE 427/435 CONVERTIBLE, WHICH WAS THE HIGH SALE AT $106K Report and photos by Phil Skinner Market opinions in italics moters changed from just getting cars consigned and sold to putting on a grand show. You can still experience that family feel at a Leake auction, as their 40th anniversary sale in Dallas, TX, re-confirmed. Established by the late James C. Leake, the company is today run by Richard and I Leake Auction Company 40th Annual Leake Collector Car Show and Auction, Dallas, TX November 16–18, 2012 Auctioneers: Daniel J. Kruse, Jim Ritchie, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 327/577 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $6,574,959 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, sold at $105,600 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices leake sales total $10m $2m $4m $6m $8m 0 82 AmericanCarCollector.com 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, sold at $105,600 Nancy Sevenoaks. (Nancy is Leake’s daughter.) Some of the consignors and bidders have been attending these sales for decades, and Leake continues to welcome longtime customers and novices alike. Staged at the Trade Mart adjacent to the luxurious Renaissance Hotel complex off the Stemmons Freeway, this sale has traditionally been held the weekend before Thanksgiving, and it has always drawn a wide assortment of cars and an active crowd ready to put their hands in the air. One famous Leake tradition is running two active bidding lanes for simultaneous auction action. This keeps bidders on their toes, with no chance for a dull “dead-air” moment, and it speeds things along as well — leaving plenty of time in the evening for a relaxing dinner with good friends. The Dallas sale saw a wide variety of vehicles offered on the block, ranging from low-mile sedans to tire-melting muscle cars, a few street rods, a nice selection of restomods and a lot of pickups and 4x4s — some gorgeous, some back-road-ready. Sales were strong, and the mix of dealers rotating their stock, classic-car fans looking for a good deal and some seasoned collectors after specific vehicles kept the ring staff busy with bids from all over the room. Seven out of the top 10 American sales wore the Chevrolet Bowtie, and three were Corvettes, including a 1967 convertible with a big-block 427/435 and 4-speed. It was the most expensive American car of the weekend, selling for $106k. Despite no mention of matching numbers, the car looked fabulous, reminding everyone of the power of presentation. My favorite off-road rig here was also one of the best buys. The 1968 Bronco was uncut and stock except for the oversized wheels, and I expected it to fetch $20k. The savvy buyer who took it home for $13k did very well, and I think if he swaps in a set of stock rims and tires, he will be even farther ahead. Overall quality of vehicles at this sale continues to improve, and the number of registered bidders was reportedly about 20% higher than last year’s sale. Keeping the collector-car hobby and industry supplied with good cars and a welcoming atmosphere is a legacy established by the late Mr. Leake, and this auction house is carrying that torch proudly into the future. A n the early days of collector-car auctions, the hobby was made up of family-run auction houses. As the interest in the hobby grew into a full-blown industry, the emphasis for many pro


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #2508-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 2-dr hard top. VIN: 59G111154. Red/red leather & black fabric. Odo: 31,576 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body looks good, gaps even, doors open and close with little effort. Minor pitting on some chrome. Windshield has very minor wiper marks but no other issues. Front and rear bumpers have good depth. Interior redone on a budget, seats look plush but not factory-correct. Underhood in order but needs deep detailing. Typical Caddy power equipment but no a/c, just heater-defroster. Cond: 3. tion—you can still smell the paint curing. Straight sheet metal, only a couple of minor specks in the paint and very faint wiper marks on windshield. Interior fresh, but some minor hazing on gauges. Fitted with Rally II wheels and trim rings, basic AM radio, power steering and front disc brakes. Engine runs out well. Underhood has right colors, markings, stickers and decals. No PHS documents. Cond: 1-. ings. With Wonderbar radio, heater, courtesy lights, sunshades, heater and lift-off hard top. Wheels and tires look new, but some minor discoloration on the whitewalls. Spinner wheelcovers look brand new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,625. ’59 Cadillacs are still the king of the hill. However, the Series 62 was entry-level, still a bit cheaper than, say, an Imperial or Lincoln when new. Dedicated collectors look at the little things, and this car showed a number of shortcuts. In certain Scandinavian countries, this red beauty could break the bank, but in the good old U.S.A., this was top dollar. Well sold indeed. #729-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375P614437. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 65,437 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older cosmetic redo, but not a nuts-and-bolt redo. Unappealing aftermarket wheels. Some bodywork on quarter-panels; other colors noted in places. Equipped with AM radio, heater-defroster, power steering and brakes. Reportedly has date-code correct block, but no PHS documents to confirm. No reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,950. Seller was looking for something closer to $40k but dropped his reserve at $31k. New owner very pleased with his purchase, but without documentation, pedigree remains unknown. Goat values are still off their high of five to six years ago, which means the time to buy one is now. #2467-1975 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3G37K5M335369. Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 66,731 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rescued from the crusher and brought back to life. Swivel bucket seats feel like a carnival ride. Radio removed. Grant steering wheel for that sporty touch, add-on gauge below the dash has taken some punishement. Fitted with Edelbrock intake, air cleaner and valve covers. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Fair bid, but considering that this car sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2008 for $176k (ACC# 51916), the high offer here would have meant a pretty big hit. Seller will need to accept reality and bite the bullet. #2465-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S105085. White/red vinyl. Odo: 44,107 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No stress cracking in usual areas. Color looks a bit too white, front bumper uneven. Chrome and glass good all around. Soft trim clean and tight. Underhood tidy but not antiseptic. No mention of matching numbers. Equipped for both speed and comfort, with power steering and brakes, factory AM/FM, tach and even a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,250. This car needed a lot— most importantly, a verification of its heritage, due to these cars having no real identifying marks from the factory. (The date-coded engine is a red flag.) The market for verified examples is picking up a bit since the slump, but buyers are picky and shop with a keen eye and educated mindset. Fair price for condition. #512-1970 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242370Z113767. Atoll Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 99,922 miles. 455-ci V8, Ram Air with 4-bbl, auto. Very fresh cosmetic restora- 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $6,050. The seller of this car should be somewhere north of ecstatic, and the new owner has a major project on his hands. In tip-top condition this car could do mid-teens, and it will take $25k–$30k to get it there. Very well sold. CORVETTE #2478-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S102804. White/white Colortex/red vinyl. Odo: 2,299 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Restoration five or six years old, still holding up very well, some minor detailing needed in recesses. Workmanship excellent, good gaps all around, colors right on the money. Chrome has just a tinge of haze, glass clean and clear all around with proper mark- SOLD AT $47,300. The Split-Window continues to command a premium. Top Flight ’63 coupes should be $60k to $70k, making this turn-key example look very well bought, even without documentation. #508-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S119156. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,891 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nonnumbers-matching block, per owner’s disclosure. Originally black, color change done


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX quite well. Nicely put together, no signs of body stress in usual areas. Fitted with factory-style sidepipes, teak and tilt steering. Interior well done, nothing really unique, but gauge faces clean and clear. Factory AM/ FM. Proper aluminum intake, carbs and other underhood appointments. Unfortunate wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,250. Considering that all modifications were reversible or tastefully done with above-average workmanship, well bought. No major mods means this car could be put into order for a return on investment. Future value will depend on how well it is maintained. #2523-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S115468. White/black Colortex/black vinyl. Odo: 76,831 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Bodywork above average, no signs of stress in any of the usual places, but some dimples in the paint. Stinger hood and lift-off hard top. Soft trim good but shows some wear and tear on driver’s side. Factory AM/ FM radio, heater-defroster, tachometer, teak steering wheel. N.O.M. wears unusual valve covers. Underhood clean but not show-car ready. Cond: 2. themselves, this car lacked documentation. Future sales will be based purely on how pretty the car is and where it is being offered. #2466-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S731175. Monza Red/black vinyl. Odo: 50,054 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetic restoration a few years back to original color and spec. Claimed to be a complete numbersmatching car. Wear is in line with miles shown. Body straight, some light sanding marks on rear quarters. Chrome, glass and fit all proper. Underhood could use some minor detailing. With power steering and brakes, factory a/c. Cond: 2. Minimal wear pedals, seats under plastic, etc. Original tires. Optional cruise control, tilt, Bose sound system. Window sticker and delivery papers included. Two tops. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. Not sold at a high bid of $29k on the block against a firm $35k reserve; Leake put this deal together later at a market-correct price. FOMOCO SOLD AT $27,500. While these early C3s continue to see growing interest, there are plenty of cars on the market to choose from, so the seller’s decision to sell at a fair wholesale price wasn’t out of line. Reserve came off at $22,500, and bidding jumped to the final number within a matter of seconds. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. A powerhouse but not an investment. Mid-year convertibles with matching-number big-block V8s can do quite well, but high bid was all the money for this car. Seller was looking for just a couple grand more than the top bid. #473-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S122678. Rally Red/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 73,758 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent body panel alignment and no signs of typical stress issues. Glass clear, chrome deep and fresh. Stinger hood, original Rally wheels and Redline tires, accessory sidepipes. Original AM/FM in dash. No claims made of matching numbers. Cond: 1-. #2409-1988 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3181J5111493. Burgundy/white Colortex/burgundy leather. Odo: 68,345 miles. 5.7-L 240-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Appears to have had a rough life. Condition worse than expected for the indicated mileage. Factory paint on the weak side; interior worn, with minor repairs to the driver’s seat. Weatherstripping starting to dry out. Factory wheels unmarked and freshly cleaned. Even tire wear all around bodes well. Starts easily, with no weird noises or excess emissions. No reserve. Cond: 3-. #1164-1955 FORD FAIRLANE police car. VIN: U5KT122076. Black & white/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 2,568 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A rather decent looking Fairlane sedan and could be brought back to stock. Workmanship decent, lots of proper equipment used, but falls short of an authentic restoration. Fairlane trim detracts from the utilitarian appeal of a real squad car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. A recent wave of these wanna-be squad cars seems to have flooded the market. Also, in some states these are governed by strict laws, which can have an effect on values. I think the seller managed to cover his construction costs with a sliver of profit, so call this well sold. #2444-1957 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. VIN: D7FY190358. Raven Black/white & red vinyl. Odo: 43,508 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Most disappointing is the applique trim, which appears to be contact shelf paper, now coming loose and bubbling or wrinkling. Paint nice, but SOLD AT $4,950. Probably the cheapest way to get into a Corvette convertible, these C4s are a bargain if you find a sharp example. This one might end up being a money pit, but the buyer shouldn’t get hurt at this price. SOLD AT $105,600. A very strong price, but presentation is what counts, and there were several serious players in the audience. While 1967s remain a breed unto 86 AmericanCarCollector.com #505-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23JXL5801288. Red/red leather. Odo: 2,230 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Very well cared for. NCRS Top Flight in recent years. some debris in the finish. Interior is the highlight, using proper vinyl trim. It even has


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX the impossible-to-find third seats in place. Underhood clean and well detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Station wagons have really started to climb in value, and when they are in exceptional condition, the sky is the limit. This car had great initial eye appeal, and with a little work, it could be a totally stunning vehicle easily worth the $40k this seller was hoping for. I would suggest he invest a little, and he may just get a lot back. #451-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. VIN: 2Y89Z143357. Monte Carlo Red/white Colortex/tan vinyl. Odo: 68,537 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A real-deal Roadster verified by the VIN. Miles could be real, but it does appear to have had one repaint. Light rippling noticed on doors and quarter skins. Chrome good but not fresh. Minor pitting on some trim pieces. Glass all good, top tight. All the required amenities, such as power steering, brakes, seats, windows and top, proper tonneau, grab bar and original wire wheels. Appropriate pedal wear. Cond: 3-. #2501-1968 FORD BRONCO pickup. VIN: U14FLD10207. Aqua/white hard top/ivory vinyl. Odo: 77,193 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Solid, original and uncut. Fitted with factory AM radio, padded dash, fold-down windshield. No signs of major bodywork; some minor dents smoothed over, but no rust-out. Left door alignment needs attention. Engine runs out well with no smoke or hesitation. Rubber good on off-road-style chrome wheels. Cond: 3+. Limelight/black vinyl. Odo: 24,521 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored a couple of years ago; some detailing before putting on the block might have been helpful. Said to be the only known Hemi ’Cuda in this color/trim combination. Professional quality all around. Well presented, including breakdown of fender tag codes as deciphered by a well-known Mopar expert. With Polyglas tires on Rally wheels with rings, AM radio, heater-defroster, console, power steering and front disc brakes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $13,310. Good eye appeal, V8 power, and I really thought it would bring closer to $20k. High bidder had a keen eye and got a great deal. Keeping it pure stock will make for a good return on investment, especially if stock-style wheels can be located. SOLD AT $33,000. The repaint was in original color; all the numbers indicated it was real. Seller was looking for something closer to $45k but seemed satisfied with the bid. I’ve seen prime examples with the M-code engine top $120k, but this car needed a lot. Well sold and well bought. #2482-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. VIN: 4Y86N400925. White/white Colortex/tan leather. Odo: 18,260 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bona fide real-deal LBJ Lincoln, driven hard by the president himself. Miles shown are probably real, but this is one tired ride. Notes indicate that it runs but needs a full tune-up and has no brakes. Unknown working condition of top and other electrics. Cond: 4-. #2489-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 9F02M480042. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,088 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Previously owned by Bob Seger. Started life in Dark Jade, and color wasn’t the only change. Fitted with 1970 lower chin spoiler, plus extra trim and other non-authentic bits. Upgraded transmission with Hurst shifter, add-on a/c. Factory AM/FM radio still in place with economy replacement antenna. Glass and chrome good, driver’s door has slight sag. Underhood good but not showcar perfect. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $155,000. Previously seen at Russo and Steele’s January 2012 Scottsdale sale, where it failed to sell at an undisclosed high bid (ACC# 191569). The Mopar bubble burst was dramatic, and while tons of money was made in the heyday, a lot of people are now loaded down with such cars. The seller here was looking for something just north of $200k. Perhaps in Monterey he’ll come a little closer. AMERICANA #2453-1956 WILLYS JEEP utility wagon. VIN: 5416824879. Tan/brown tweed & vinyl. Odo: 72,267 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Beautiful presentation. Body finish and fit at or above factory standards. Chrome excellent, all glass looks new. Interior material not authentic but comes off well. Wood slats on floor excellent. Only modifications are an auxiliary turn-signal setup and a substitute horn button attached to the steering column. Working 4x4, proper heater, instrument cluster and hard-to-find wheelcovers. Spare tire well covered and 5-gallon jerrycan mounted on cowl. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,350. Previously sold at Dan Kruse’s March 2012 sale in Smithville, TX, for $42k, which we called well sold (ACC# 197055). I think that buyer realized what it would take to get this car back into shape and offered it here. Fully restored it might bring $100k, at a cost of $160k–$200k. SOLD AT $66,000. A cool car modified for fun (which is fine, of course), but the seller will have to put money in before he can get more money out. A stock car this condition car would be $80k, and this one’s modifications negated any celebrity effect. Also, this was a rather early production car, which might be played up in marketing next time around. MOPAR #2481-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B214317. SOLD AT $28,600. Compare this with a Land Rover of the same era, and you’ll see what a bargain this is. Truly a collectible and part of a growing interest in early offroad “sport utility vehicles.” Seller probably made a few dollars, so we call this well sold, but try and find another in this condition. Not a bad investment. A March-April 2013 87 BEST BUY


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ Silver Fort McDowell A 1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 WAS A GOOD BUY AT $37K — SO GOOD THE DEALER WHO BOUGHT IT GAVE IT ANOTHER GO ACROSS THE BLOCK Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics S $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 88 AmericanCarCollector.com ilver Auctions continued their long tradition of successful Arizona sales on January 18–19. Their 16th annual sale was once again held on the grounds of the Fort McDowell Casino near the town of Fountain Hills — a half-hour drive from most of the other auctions that make up the January auction melee. Continuing the two-day format started last year, Silver focused on consigning cars with the best selling potential, rather than getting a big car count. They consigned a Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ January 18–19, 2013 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Bob Graham, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/offered: 213/351 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $3,010,068 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $62,640 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Silver sales total 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback, sold at $36,720 very manageable 351 automotive lots — 81 more than last year. Of those, 213 were declared sold, for a sell-through rate of 61%. With more cars offered and sold than last year, overall sales went up by approximately $325k. While the sales rate declined slightly, selling nearly two-thirds of your consignments is not too shabby in today’s market. There were fewer muscle cars consigned this year. I was disappointed to see only five pre-1982 Camaros, 10 first-generation (pre1974) Mustangs, three GTOs and a handful of Mopars. A 1969 Sport Satellite hard top found a new home for $17k, but a 1973 and 1974 Charger failed to sell at $11k and $17k, respectively. Elsewhere under the Mopar umbrella, a 1952 DeSoto Firedome with 276 Hemi sold for $10k, and a 1964 Chrysler 300 sold for $9,180. An all-white 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 was a respectable enough buy at $37k that the dealer who bought it on Friday gave it a go across the block on Saturday, but he decided to keep it against the high offer of $38k. The lack of muscle was made up for in Corvettes and pickups — still increasingly popular, with no signs of slowing. The trucks represented a wide swath, from bone stock to mildly customized, well preserved to freshly restored. A crisply pinstriped 1968 Bronco pickup made a market-correct $16k, and a 1950 Dodge B-2-C with correct painted bumpers and grille bars earned a proper $11k. A 1973 C20 wearing original paint but far from stock under the hood sold for $9k, with some upside potential if the new owner can undo the customizations. These numbers all confirm that truck popularity isn’t waning. There were a variety of Corvettes on offer, and the crowd was ready to buy. An unrestored 1981 coupe with 31k miles sold for $13k; an unrestored 1971 coupe that spent 41 years with a former GM employee was a fair buy at $19k; and a silver coupe from 1974 — the final year for the 454 in a Corvette, hence the “LAST 454” license plate — sold for a strong $22k. When all was said and done, Mitch and his crew once again saw solid results out in Fort McDowell, again cementing this event as one of the go-to auctions of Arizona car week.A


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ GM #7-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC56L022526. White/white & black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 69,308 miles. 265ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Arizona car. Circa-1983 repaint holding up well; few small chips. Piecemeal brightwork replating and replacement. Front bumper canted upward. Newer authentic seat and door panel redo. Aftermarket seatbelts up front, modern speakers on rear package shelf. Untouched undercarriage. Older engine bay detailing, now getting dusty from use. Factory a/c. Cond: 3. off restoration in last few years. N.O.M. but era-correct 396, recently rebuilt. Engine bay correct and tidy. Decent paint. Good panel gaps; some sections wider than others, but square. Good, solid door function. All-new weatherstripping. Major pieces of brightwork have been replated, smaller ones replaced. Non-authentic coarse-grain seat vinyl, but done with the correct pleats. Correct repro door panels, headliner and dashpad. Cond: 2. sides. Sagging passenger’s door. Tidy underhood, although very little is stock. CD stereo displaces stock radio, aftermarket toggle controls the dual fuel tanks. With a/c, power steering and brakes, gauge package, dual fuel tanks, sliding rear window, tinted glass and tilt column. Period-accessory aluminum wheels. 1988–96 era Chevy bench seat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,830. A nice enough car to either leave as-is or do a low-impact detailing restoration. I’ll call it a decent buy, even after it went past the $31k reserve. #284-1964 CHEVROLET C10 stepside pickup. VIN: 4C144H148649. Red/red nylon & white vinyl. Odo: 49,233 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Better-than-original bodywork and repaint. Spot-welded VIN tag was lifted and pop-riveted back in place. All-new body and glass seals. High-gloss aftermarket wood box flooring. All-new chrome, including hubcaps, bumpers and grille, which would have been painted originally. Carpeted floor instead of rubber mat. Authentic reproduction seat upholstery, with almost no wear. 70-series radial tires on stock rims make it look like it’s on roller skates. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,420. Looking at muscle cars at auctions nowadays, the younger generation must think that they all came with Rally or styled steel wheels. These steelies with dog-dish hubcaps are more repreentative of how most left the dealers. The bidding seemed to have all but died off past $30k, but when the reserve was lifted at $33k, everyone woke up. Declared sold to the phone bidder. Slightly well sold. #250-1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu Concours wagon. VIN: 138358Z160370. Light yellow/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 88,336 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Average repaint, with weak masking around side windows. Piecemeal brightwork. Non-stock cloth inserts on the seats. Column shift steering column, floor shifter showing obvious grinding and rewelding three inches up from the boot. Stereo cut into dash. Aftermarket tach mounted on column, gauges under dash. Heavier carpet fading. Mostly GM under the hood, but not especially tidy. Power steering and brakes, a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,450. I miss woodgrain body panels. Chevy, GMC and International offered them on their top-end models in 1973. Seller claimed this was originally a 425-hp truck, but pickups had the low-compression low-hp 454. The reserve was dropped after bidding ended, making a decent deal on a truck that’s becoming more popular by the day, with potential to make a few bucks if you can bring it back to stock. CORVETTE #239-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194678S404724. Blue metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 4,341 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Newer average-quality repaint, with uneven metal flake. Overspray on mufflers and edges of some glass. Sloppy patching on top of the doors, but otherwise decent prep. Engine bay dusty, greasy and not stock. Older economy replacement top. Older replacement seat upholstery shows light wear. Optional power windows and AM/FM. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. With the continued appreciation of stock pickups, I’m seeing more that are redone with the 6-cyls left in place. This was nice enough to take to the local show, but not too nice to haul home a few bags of grass seed from Home Depot. With the reserve lifted at the very end, this was a pretty good deal for all involved. #349-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. VIN: 138676B126685. Aqua metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,611 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame- 90 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $12,852. With the change from column- to floor-shift and no paper trail, this one’s value as a collectible will always be limited, and bidders responded accordingly. But for a cool, fun driver, not a bad deal. #116-1973 CHEVROLET C-20 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCZ2432121328. Mustard yellow & woodgrain/tan cloth. Odo: 99,861 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. N.O.M. 454, although build sheet confirms it was originally a big-block truck. Good original paint, chrome and DiNoc paneling on body- SOLD AT $27,540. As this left the block on Friday, it was stated that the seller was looking for about $26k. A day later, as the absolute last car offered at the end of the re-runs, it didn’t do better than $22k. Deal put together afterward makes this well sold. #106-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S103319. War Bonnet Yellow/tan vinyl. Odo: 66,443 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed actual miles and generally original aside from one older repaint. Said repaint done well for the


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ time. All-original interior, with light wear and soiling. Generally original, lightly cleaned engine bay, with paint flaking off the valve covers. New radial tires. With a/c, AM/FM, wheel covers, power brakes, steering and windows. Cond: 3. General gaps and panel fit show that they were still on the learning curve at Bowling Green when they built this one. Engine bay tidy and original aside from radiator hose clamp. Aftermarket canvas seat covers in an otherwise original, minimally worn interior. With power driver’s seat, cruise, tinted roof panels and tape deck. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,176. Offered at no reserve, this price accurately reflects the market for lowmile late C3s. SOLD AT $19,440. Recently acquired from a former GM employee who owned it since new. While it may have been under his care for 41 years, it was not quite the virgin “Survivor” the seller thought it was. Reserve lifted at $17,500, generating one more bid. Fairly bought and sold. #285-1974 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z37Z4S426888. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 91,415 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Better-quality repaint, fuel-filler C3 emblem not put back. Better-than-stock door gaps. Wider-than-expected gaps between the T-tops. Complete, stock and tidy under the hood, except for hoses, clamps and belts. Reupholstered with leather seat kits, in like-new condition. Loaded up with a/c, power steering, brakes and windows, Positraction, tinted glass, power windows, tilt/tele column, AM/FM and luggage rack. Cond: 2-. #201-1998 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car edition convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G0W5117816. Purple & yellow/ black cloth/yellow leather. Odo: 22 miles. 5.7-L 345-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. 22 miles since new, retaining most of its protective shipping plastic over the upholstery. Only paint damage is buffing scratches. Light wear on the top, probably from a car cover rather than from use. 1999 New York state inspection sticker in the windshield, but stated that it is still on the MSO and not titled. Optional 6-speed and dual climate control. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,000. Even if you’ve got a D-code 312 sitting around looking for a home (or even an E-code or F-code), this was still plenty of money for the old crate. Sold especially well, as it was bought at Silver’s Carson City auction in 2011 for $17,500 (ACC# 189648). The $23k reserve was plenty. Well sold. #356-1960 FORD F-100 Styleside pickup. VIN: F10J0N26540. Dark green/green vinyl. Odo: 81,869 miles. 223-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent repaint, which would come off a lot better if they did a better job of masking off the dry-rotted window seals. Grille and bumpers correctly painted. Wavy body and correctly dimpled on the box sides where the inner wheelwells were spot-welded on. Faded emblem paint. Incorrect color on the older motor repaint. Older non-stock seat upholstery work comes off as a deluxe school-bus bench seat. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. The seller should have taken the high bid, which approached MSRP. “Instant collectible” is nothing more than the punchline to a joke, and getting your money back on one is a pipe dream. Especially when it’s considered the most garish Corvette of all time. FOMOCO SOLD AT $22,140. One of the 3,494 finalyear big-blocks, although the “LAST 454” vanity plate was a stretch. But it also pushed bidding a little further than expected. Well sold. #383-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY8766B5102181. Beige & brown/Camel leather. Odo: 30,944 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed unrestored with original miles. Well-kept original paint. Slight wrinkling of front valance. #317-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH108167. Red/red hard top/black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 31,401 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Originally Dusk Rose with white hard top and interior. Oh, and also originally powered with a 312 Y-block, not the small-block 302 lump in it now that’s painted like a 292 Y-block. Period-correct power steering and brakes, but likely as original to the car as the 302. Decent 10-footer paint job. Amateur seat and door reskin. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,616. Three years ago, $5,200 for this truck would’ve been silly money. Today, it’s the price of admission. Indeed, it’s actually a pretty decent deal on a rustfree Arizona short-box—by far the most desirable body. While the repaint is average at best, you don’t have to feel bad about hauling a load of gravel in the box, and it’s decent enough to wash up and take to the cruise-in—which is part and parcel of why vintage pickups have caught on. #69-1962 MERCURY MONTEREY convertible. VIN: 2J65X509394. White & beige/white vinyl/white & beige vinyl. Odo: 15,806 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decade-old rotisserie restoration holding up exceptionally well. Bare-body repaint well done. All chrome and stainless professionally refinished and brilliant. Doors are a bit rattly but could be a lot worse. Repro interior soft trim with minimal evidence of use. Engine bay well detailed and all FoMoCo except for hoses, wires, etc. With power steering, brakes and top, full tinted glass, AM radio and clock. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Pretty much a 92 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ fluff-and-buff away from being a concours car, this would certainly be a unique car to take to an AACA meet—or even IMOA nationals. “On the sheet for $56,000,” per Mitch as it was rolling off the block, which realistically could be met in the middle. #288-1963 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. VIN: F10JK416090. Beige/beige & red vinyl. Odo: 34,572 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint has a few years on it and is generally presentable, but shows the downfall of these trucks, with light flaking at the base of the cab due to body flex. Presentable original brightwork. New door seals, which may explain why they don’t shut so well. Five newer radials and 1958 Ford car hubcaps on stock wheels. Painter missed lower half of steering column. Welldone seat redo with minimal wear. Tidy under the hood. 292 reportedly “has 312 bits in it.” Leaky rear main crankshaft seal marks its territory. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,010. Some folks may bemoan the color, but if you don’t like this, find a ’64 in the color this replaced—pea soup Florentine Green—and you’ll change your mind. While these tend to be north of $25k, that’s on better cars in better colors. This one was priced correctly, and a bit of a buy if you like green. #74-1968 FORD BRONCO pickup. VIN: U14FLD60207. Pagoda Green & white/parchment vinyl. Odo: 77,242 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Good repaint of an uncut body. Non-stock stripes. Sagging doors. Aftermarket chrome wheels on oversized radials, with two-inch lifting block on the axles. Repro seats sagging from compressed padding. Modern generic seat belts. Non-stock antenna, but stock AM radio still in place. Very well restored under the hood—just a battery and set of correct hose clamps away from show-worthy. Cond: 3+. ago as 1988, when it sold to its second owner. A photocopy of the original build sheet matched the restored car’s configuration, so for a clean, correct, usable Mustang, price looked right. MOPAR #68-1950 DODGE B-2-C pickup. VIN: 83358868. Green & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 8,302 miles. 218-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted within past decade to decent standard. Correct trim with painted bumpers and grille bars. Original wood flooring in bed still serviceable despite some splits. New radial tires on all four corners, but on non-stock wider rear wheels. New brakes and battery a year ago. Dealer-installed deluxe heater and radio, neither of which work. Newer stock-style seat and door panel upholstery. Engine bay tidy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,100. From the final year of Ford’s unibody pickup. Introduced in 1961 on F-100s only, it seemed like a good idea in theory, but it didn’t take much cargo weight to induce body flex. Perhaps true unitized construction would’ve fared better, but they used the same frame as regular pickups. Enough paid for this one, considering that the rear main leak makes one wonder about the quality of the mix of Y-block parts in the motor. #377-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 5Y85Z144204. Ivy Green Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 24,890 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer repaint, but with noticeable orange peel on most surfaces. Decent gaps. Good top, likely original top, functions well both up and down. Older bumper replate; remainder of brightwork is good original. Stock wheel covers and newer radials on stock wheels. Used-car undercarriage. Good mostly original interior, with a few small seam separations starting. Lightly detailed engine bay. Runs out with no obvious issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,470. While first-gen Broncos have taken off in the past few years, they may have hit a plateau. At the very least, this example shows how the pickups bring less than the wagons, something I’ve noticed in the past half year. Reserve was met at $14,750, picking up two more bids to get it bought. Market-correct. #93-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 9R02M148884. Wimbledon White/white vinyl. Odo: 92,458 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored a few years ago to stock. Good repaint, good stripe application, except for blistering on passenger’s-side deck lid. Sanding scratches on bottom edges of door glass. Engine bay authentically detailed, aside from billet distributor. Older seat upholstery starting to yellow within the pleats. With original 8-track. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,070. The seller (who owned it for the past 40 years) called this a “Pilot House” model, but that phrase refers to the five-window models of this era. It was priced about right for one that’s presentable enough for local shows but can work a little to pay the rent. #353-1969 PLYMOUTH SPORT SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. VIN: RP23H9G289577. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 28,687 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint years ago, but now has some cracking on right front fender where a small dent was floated out, and light chips on the door edges consistent with once having door edge guards. Driver’s door doesn’t close well. Claimed to be alloriginal interior, but seats are too nice. Rattle-can top-o’-the-motor paint detailing, with rest of engine bay hosed down with black paint. Optional 383 Magnum V8, automatic, bucket seats with fold-down center arm rest, AM/FM, a/c and power steering and brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,720. The next day, the dealer who bought in on Friday gave it a go across the block as Lot 452, but it failed to sell against a $38k bid. Signs of age suggested this restoration possibly dated to as long 94 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $16,524. The sole Plymouth muscle car of the sale, and a somewhat


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ rare one at that. Had the Road Runner not been introduced the year before, this would’ve been the entry-level Plymouth muscle car. As it turned out, it was bookended between the Road Runner and the GTX, but buyers were drawn to the extremes rather than the moderate (just like 21st-century politics). A decent buy for a cruiser. AMERICANA #274-1917 STUDEBAKER LIGHT SIX roadster. VIN: 5442. Dark blue & aluminum/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 8,468 miles. Titled as a 1917, but little from that year still on its custom frame. 1923 Light Six body parts, allegedly built during the late 1950s in California, powered then by a ’30s Studebaker President I8 and 3-speed. Repowered with a Chevy 350 crate motor and TH350 automatic in 2005. Repainted in ’70s with paint runs on the cowl and windshield frame. Bare aluminum hood with crudely cut hole to clear the induction. Late ’70s upholstery getting worn in places. Newer reproduction VIN tag on glovebox. Pitted, weathered gauges. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,240. Last seen at the October 2012 Branson auction, no-saling for $23k, although I knew of the car before then. I visited Jim at his shop and home in Dallas in 2005 when I was restoring my ’39 Packard 120; he was the consummate gentleman and a true asset to the Packard community. Despite being restored three decades ago and driven, all it really needs is a cosmetic fluff-and-buff to be a show car again. An outsider may think plenty was paid; bought well if you ask the man who owns one. SOLD AT $12,960. I’d have been more impressed if it was still Stude-powered, as their eights were rather well developed for a flathead in the early ’30s. (Some even competed at Indy.) Actually, it isn’t too far removed from still being Studebaker-powered. They used Chevy’s 283 in ’65 and ’66, so ditch the aftermarket valve covers for a set of stock Studes from those years, and then you can say “What’s on the hood is under the hood.” If a T-bucket is too mundane, here’s your hot rod. No harm done for the money. #131-1940 PACKARD 110 Series 1800 sedan. VIN: C19718B. Centennial Blue/blue broadcloth. Odo: 6,328 miles. Recently from the estate of the late Jim Hollingsworth, author of the definitive book on 1940 Packard restoration. He restored the car well enough that it earned a PAC Senior National award. Now showing some wear and use. Worst is under the hood, where paint is flaking off. High-quality repaint still excellent. Slightly muted rechrome. Dusty reupholstered seats only need a good cleaning. Optional overdrive, AM radio, clock, heater and Goddess #450-1948 PACKARD EIGHT Series 22 woodie wagon. VIN: 22934119. Blue metallic & natural wood/brown vinyl. Odo: 67,041 miles. 288-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Late 1970s repaint shows well from the outside, some lesser masking in the door jambs. Chrome redone at the same time, and still presentable. Wood has heavier dry rotting, and wood along rear hatch is all but broken apart. Doors sag. Older reupholstered seatbottom up front, but rest of interior appears original. More function than form under the hood; but it runs out well with a recent brake job, clutch, starter, generator, carburetor, and radiator flush. Optional overdrive transmission. Cond: 3-. hood ornament. Cond: 2-. green/tan & white vinyl. Odo: 99,332 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Good repaint with most trim removed. Uneven door gaps. Good-quality bumper redo. Pot-metal trim replated well, but still pitted beneath. Vent windows starting to delaminate. Western motif paisley print interior could be original, leading seat edges redone in white. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $21,500. Third no-sale in under a year, following a $22k offer at Dan Kruse Austin in September 2012 (ACC# 213454) and $17k at Mecum Indy in May (ACC# 201921). Before that, it sold for $21k at Mecum Dallas 2011 (ACC# 190953) and for $23k at Silver Hot August Nights 2010 (ACC# 166313). All of which confirm the market-correct high bid today. Seller must own stock in a transport company. #119-1970 JEEP DJ-5A Dispatcher utility. VIN: 851358242. Light blue/blue cloth. RHD. Odo: 43,667 miles. 2.5-L I4, 2-bbl, auto. Stated to be re-powered with a Pontiac Iron Duke 4-banger out of a Chevy S-10. Repaint with light matte finish. Door closes about as well as a tool shed. Weatherseals dry-rotted. Non-stock mismatched seats. Carpeted with a floral print throw rug. Extremely crude shift linkage. Five good radial tires on stock steelies. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $35,640. Provided that you don’t touch the wood, you’ll actually do OK with it as a cruiser. Even the overdrive unit works well (and that’s saying something for a Packard). The minute you try to address the decades of deferred wood issues—and sooner or later it will have to happen—this becomes a money pit. I know a chap who’s a woodworker with a ’48 station sedan, and he’s been working on it for 40 years. This did a little better than the seller was hoping for, so he wisely cut it loose. #175-1956 HUDSON RAMBLER Cross Country wagon. VIN: D298876. Two-tone SOLD AT $2,268. The Dispatchers were only built under government contract—there isn’t a civilian version—so they don’t appear in any sort of price guide. That’s right, you can only read it here. With solid axles front and rear, these handle like top-heavy wheelbarrows, so it’s a good thing that they’re absolutely gutless. A pal of mine has one of these, and even he agrees with me. The cheapest car sold here, appropriately. A March-April 2013 95


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American highlights at seven auctions Rare Twister Specials at Mecum Kansas Mecum Auctions Kansas City 2012 Kansas City, MO—December 6–8, 2012 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 505/794 Sales rate: 64% Sale total: $11,277,773 high sale (tie): 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Twister Special and 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, both sold at $148,400 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Mecum Auctions Fall Premier 2012 St. Charles, Il—October 25–27, 2012 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec, Mike Hagerman Automotive lots sold/offered: 517/952 Sales rate: 54% Sales total: $11,586,672 high American sale: 1937 Chevrolet street rod, sold at $132,500 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Kevin Coakley RM Auctions The John Staluppi “Cars of Dreams” Collection north Palm Beach, Fl—December 1, 2012 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 113/113 Sales rate: 100% Sales total: $10,421,950 high sale: 1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $299,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Lyons Select photos courtesy of RM Auctions Collector Car Productions 2012 Toronto Fall Classic Car Auction Toronto, CAn—October 26–28, 2012 96 AmericanCarCollector.com Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered: 200/337 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $3,688,832 high sale: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, sold at $184,866 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = $0.99 CAN) Report and photos by Norm Mort Bonhams Scottsdale 2013 Scottsdale, AZ—January 17, 2013 Auctioneers: Malcom Barber, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered: 92/112 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $13,455,950 high American sale: 1931 Cord L29, sold at $280,000 Buyer’s premium: 17% up to $100,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Neil Wood RM Auctions Arizona 2013 Phoenix, AZ—January 18, 2013 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered: 75/84 Sales rate: 89% Sales total: $36,415,800 high American sale: 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $2,007,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Gooding & Company Scottsdale 2013 Scottsdale, AZ—January 18–19, 2013 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 101/105 Sales rate: 96% Sales total: $52,492,450 high American sale: 1933 Duesenberg Model J convertible, sold at $2,695,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Lyons SOLD AT $44,850. Custom ambulance based on a 4375S Fleetwood four-door sedan, with imposing Prohibition-era styling cues. Needs everything including a bucket SOLD AT $330,000. With only 63 supercharged “Sportsman” convertibles built, it seems that anything under $300k today is a bargain. This was a big result for a nonshow car but indicates how far the market has come from the dark days of 2008 and 2009. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. GM #384-1930 CADILLAC 452 V16 ambulance. VIN: N/A. Eng. # 700731. Gray/bluegray cloth. Odo: 43,575 miles. Custom ambulance body strangely attractive, now out of very long storage and hanging together rather well. Big and gray all over, with dings, dents, scrapes and more. Decent cloth interior is all there, more or less. Vast rear compartment with side rear door. Twin sidemounts, ’35 slope-back grille, cool headlamps and windscreen spots, disc wheels. Title in transit. VIN unknown. Cond: 5. CLASSICS #6-1937 CORD 812 SC “Sportsman” convertible. VIN: 32463. Eng. # FC3252. Maroon/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 1,489 miles. Higher-quality old restoration with evidence of extensive touring work since. Buffing marks and minor chipping throughout paint. Minor blemishing of chrome and trim with a couple of small indentations. Dated interior with older restored gauges and evidence of wear on seats. Very clean engine bay and undercarriage. Scalloped deluxe whitewall tires are an elegant touch. Cond: 3.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL of imagination, but the world is your oyster, and that V16 Cadillac motor has charisma. Sold in the room under the $65k low estimate, so call it well bought. See the profile, p. 54. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. #S82-1935 CADILLAC 355D rumbleseat convertible. VIN: 3107456. Beige/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 11 miles. 353-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Body-off restoration two decades ago, hardly used since (per mileage) and presents very well. No perceivable paint nicks or scuffing. Good replating on chrome, and over-done. California “35CAD V8” vanity plate last registered in 2011. Light seat wear with minimal fading. Motor near silent, but clutch shudders when depressed. Presentable underhood. Modern kill switch at base of cowl. Cond: 2-. so the seller took a loss on the quick flip. Price paid seemed fair for the presentation. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #S207-1955 OLDSMOBILE 98 Starfire convertible. VIN: 559M31299. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 359 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows very well. Decent gaps, although hood is out of whack. Good brightwork. Clear glass. Excellent engine compartment detail. Nothing to pick on in the interior. With power steering, brakes and factory a/c. Cond: 2. in 1994 and was appraised at $25k this year. Considering current condition, I think the winning bid was generous, but I guess as a short-drive wedding or promo car it has a certain value. Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 10/12. SOLD AT $63,600. Recipient of a frame-off restoration done to a very high level. The market-correct result looked like a fair deal all around. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. SOLD AT $124,550. Previously sold for $106k at Mecum Monterey 2011 (ACC# 184725), then a $95k no-sale at Auctions America by RM’s June 2012 Auburn sale (ACC# 202253). After two decades as a trailer queen and concours lawn ornament, this is starting to show its age. Not that it’s falling apart, but it needs a new owner who’ll love it rather than flip it. For the high price paid today, that should hopefully happen. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S19-1946 CHEVROLET pickup. VIN: 3DPB22357. Cherry & black/cherry vinyl. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration a few notches better than any Chevrolet ever produced; overdone, really. Showquality paint, stained mahogany bed. Nicely detailed engine and undercarriage. Crank-out windshield. On wide whites with rings and caps. Custom seat cover with Chevy Bowtie looks out of place. Cond: 2. #S73-1956 CHEVROLET 210 wagon. VIN: VB56L040958. Green & white/tri-tone green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 83,966 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful paint, good panel gaps, excellent brightwork. Well-detailed engine compartment. Neat and tidy interior. Equipped with power steering and brakes, AM radio and overdrive. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,860. Presented as a frameup restoration of a rust-free original, and well done at that. The sale price probably didn’t cover the cost of restoration. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. SOLD AT $27,560. This sold last May at Mecum Indy 2012 for $29k (ACC# 205340), #SP68-1957 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD limousine. VIN: 5775023097. Silver gray/ blue suede. Odo: 99,241 miles. A good 20-footer movie prop, with same family since 1957. More recent silver gray paint with dirt. Chrome redone, but already pitting. Non-original baby blue suede interior and matching headliner. Some stains on door panels. Engine tired and worn. Flat black and surface rust on frame and floors. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,244. Lots of interest in this no-reserve limo. I was told it underwent a four-year restoration SOLD AT $66,700. Top-of-the-range, highly optioned 1959 Apache Fleetside from the last year of the robust NAPCO 4x4 system. Major show award-winner in 2011 and 2012. Featured in the Hemmings calendar in July 2013, so half the collector world is going to be looking at it. Pickups are still a market in the making, due to the quantity of product, but the appreciation is there now. Sold just above the $65k low estimate and worth every dollar. See the profile on p. 58. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. #S82-1960 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 700 2-dr sedan. VIN: 7270127162. Red/silver vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,092 miles. 140-ci H6, #363-1959 CHEVROLET 3100 Apache Fleetside NAPCO pickup. VIN: 3A59J105986. Frontier Beige & Bombay Ivory/blue check cloth. Odo: 768 miles. 235ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Show standard and beyond for a truck. Fit and finish impeccable throughout. Very desirable and attractive color combos inside and out. Chrome bumpers, grille, rear hubcaps, side spears, windhield and door handle guards and much more. Spot-on equipment. Particular attention paid to correct decals in the engine bay (and everywhere else). Cond: 1. March-April 2013 97


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful red paint; excellent brightwork; well-detailed engine compartment; interior presents as new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,550. This car was being sold on a Wisconsin salvage title, but it was reportedly restored from a rust-free original. Price paid for it was all the money and then some, but if you didn’t know or care about the salvage title, it looked like a very good car. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #S194-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 363D35909. Maroon metallic & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 41,696 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS docs show it was restored to original spec, equipped with Tri-Power, 4-speed, 3.42 ratio locking differential, Ventura interior package, tinted windshield and eight-lug wheels. Recent show-quality restoration. Authentic sheen on paint, chrome and trim. New door seals and refinished door latch hardware (not just painted over). New carpet and reupholstered seats, with some bagginess on the sides. Modern battery and hoses. Cond: 2+. able and emphasizes how underappreciated the GS is compared to the other A-bodies from this era. On the other hand, they’ve also held pretty stable, compared to the roller-coaster ride of mainstream muscle values. Well bought, as you get a lot of good car for the money. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #F161-1967 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 154117F162413. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 2,555 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful black paint, excellent panel gaps and brightwork, clear unmarked glass. Spotless engine compartment. Fitted with 18-inch billet aluminum wheels, Redlines, Brodix aluminum heads, three-inch ceramic-coated headers. Factory a/c. Cond: 2+. claimed original-engine Z/28 than one with a replacement. Price paid for this one is top money, and since this sold here last year for the same $48k (ACC# 190193), call it market-correct. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #263-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344679M363699. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 96 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stellar restoration to far-better-thannew standards. Perfect paint, chrome and trim. Equally impressive interior. Show-detailed engine bay to concours standards. Flawless underside. Great options including 8-track player and 4-speed manual transmission from the factory. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,100. In 1963, Tri-Power was available on both the 389 and 421 engines. The fresh and authentic restoration with proof of identity made this a justified purchase price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S25-1967 BUICK GS 400 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446177K113003. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36,245 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Competent repaint a few years ago on an original red car. Decent panel gaps; leading door edges a bit wide. Lots of light dings and scratches on trim. Newer door seals, so doors take a little effort to shut. Light fading on original roof vinyl. Light interior wear and fading. Clean and reasonably well detailed under the hood, with some incorrect hoses, clamps, etc. New master cylinder. With a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,000. Last seen at Mecum’s March 2012 K.C. sale, where it sold for $41k (ACC# 202640). A well-done, desirable package and not a bad flip seven months later. Throw out the price guides on this one—I’ll still call it well bought. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #S81-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N647616. Fathom Green/dark green vinyl. Odo: 11,706 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Era-correct replacement DZ engine, with original transmission and rear axle. Decent repaint with a few light nicks on panel edges. Sanding scratches on window frames. Door fit is passable. Light wear on replacement seats, noticeable carpet fading with staining down along the transmission tunnel. Hurst shifter. Light tears on door panel edges. Tidy and correct under the hood. With cowl induction hood, gauge pack center console, power steering, power brakes and AM/FM. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. This was possibly the best car in the sale from a restoration and condition standpoint. It had a killer color combination and the right options. It sold well over high estimate, but I was actually a little surprised it did not go further, as restoring a good one to this standard could cost twice the amount paid here. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #S109-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242379B167843. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 97,652 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to concours standards in recent years to original spec, as confirmed by PHS documentation. Better-thanfactory repaint and door fit. Endura bumper fit is typical. Fitted with four T3 headlights. Very authentically restored and clean under the hood and underneath. Minimal wear on fully restored interior. Good options include power front disc brakes, hood tach, rally gauge package, cornering lamps and more. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $18,020. While not a perfectly restored example, this is still very present- 98 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $48,760. Z/28 owners of the day often got carried away and over-revved the seemingly bullet-proof 302 and lunched the motor. As such, I’m more suspicious of a SOLD AT $86,920. This was part of the featured collection of GTO Judge hard tops representing each one of the three years of production. With plenty of hype, this one was as nice as the rest and sold just as well, helped in no small part by becoming no-reserve on the morning they were offered. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #S182-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1363701525464. Mist Green Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 143 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Authentically restored in original colors. Good repaint as part of frame-off restoration in recent years. Good original roof vinyl, with a couple of fixed divots around backlight. Very tidy and all GM under the hood, except hose clamps. All-new interior soft trim. Optional power steering and power front discs, Cowl Induction hood. Retains most documentation from new, including Protect-OPlate. Cond: 2. #277-1970 PONTIAC GTO Ram Air III convertible. VIN: 242670P230708. Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 151 miles. 400ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Immaculate restoration and fantastic color combination with Endura bumper. Great gaps and fit, except for slight misalignment of lower driver’s door and small paint chip in door edge. Paint and trim better than factory. Equally impressive interior with Hurst shifter and hood-mounted tachometer completing a very sporty package. Engine bay and underside restored to same standards as rest of the car. Ready for show at any level. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 1-. low and high estimate with ease. I know it is “only” an RA III, but it had the right options and provenance to carry the day. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #F160-1972 CHEVROLET C-10 pickup. VIN: CCE142S157555. Black & white/black vinyl. Odo: 89,571 miles. Very nice fresh paint shows a few chips. Minor scratching in brightwork. Well-detailed engine compartment. No issue with interior. Very well equipped with power steering and brakes, tilt wheel, factory a/c, factory tach, Rally wheels, Positraction, bucket seats and console. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,100. Nice to see an SS 454 restored to original spec, rather than just correct for the year it was made. Still, it probably would’ve done better with a color change to Cranberry Red. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. SOLD AT $143,000. This car was another one that had a crowd of people crawling on it, under it and through it all week long, as well as reviewing the PHS documentation that was with it. It looks like it held up to all that scrutiny, as it slammed through both SOLD AT $17,490. Trucks have been pretty strong of late, and this one was no exception. Considering the good condition, good options and big block, it looked a fair deal both ways if not a little well bought. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. March-April 2013 99


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #S165-1972 GMC K-1500 Sierra Grande pickup. VIN: TKE142S510053. Orange & white/white & red houndstooth cloth. Odo: 2,416 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very competent and stock frame-off restoration. Excellent repaint. Mostly reproduction trim; replated bumpers front and rear. Steel bed floor with nary a scratch. Reproduction seat upholstery, which fits a bit loosely. Also has new door panels, carpeting and white seatbelts. Tidy and authentically stock under the hood. With a/c. Build sheet is gone from the glovebox door, so unable to confirm original options. Later era GM truck Rally-style wheels. Cond: 2-. #270-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: VE55S001118. Red/tan vinyl/white leather. Odo: 30,081 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very wellrestored car with only minor “typical” Corvette gap issues. Excellent color combination, good chrome and trim. Slightly aged wide whitewall tires the only slight visual distraction. Interior also excellent, with some signs of careful touring use. Some wear evident on seats. All controls and instruments look fresh. Spotless older detailed engine bay. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 2-. #222-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S116851. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 27,025 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very high-quality, low-mile original car. Beautiful paint with buffing marks the only noticeable flaw. Chrome and trim to original factory standards. Excellent interior with original seat covers showing minimal wear and original and spotless instrumentation. Great option set, too, with factory a/c and power steering and brakes among the items this car was ordered with when new. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,260. The Sierra Grande was the new top-tier trim GMC for 1972, and it’s a bit unusual to find one in 4-wheel drive. If it had a Bowtie on the grille, you could’ve tacked another $5k on the selling price, but for an otherwise identical Jimmy, this is about right. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. CORVETTE #S87-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S003461. Polo White/ beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 109,111 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Bloomington Gold Survivor and National Corvette Museum Celebrity Choice Award winner. Original paint shows cracks. Decent brightwork. Water-stained carpets. Equipped with beige soft top and side-curtains, heater and Wonderbar radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $140,250. I loved the color of this car. Red just works for a ’55. As a first-year V8 ’Vette, it was all the better for the bidders in attendance, who quickly took this car right into the mid-estimate range, giving the car its due, and showing that appreciation for ’55s is on the upswing once again. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #212-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104257. White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 70,947 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very nicely restored, with few paint blemishes and prep issues. Some polish marks throughout as well. Very nice chrome and trim everywhere, including perfect chrome on front and rear bumper. Average door fit. Very sexy color combination with silver coves. Interior equal to exterior, with newer carpeting and everything else very tidy. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $101,750. Originality is what serious buyers want these days, and a hefty premium was paid here just for that. This car sold well into the range of what one would expect a factory Fuelie to sell for, and with the base 327 motor and automatic transmission. On the other hand, how often can you call a mostly original car that is 50 years old a #2 condition car? RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #S122-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S102607. Silver blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 43,895 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent highquality repaint. Light scratching on older replated bumpers and most trim. Light wrinkling on the replacement seat coverings, light wear on the replacement carpet. Very authentically prepared under the hood, but not over the top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,080. Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2011 with three less miles for $84k (ACC# 168918). The prices on these cars, like everything else, crashed in ’08. Now they’re starting to make a comeback, but they’re still nowhere near what they were previously. I’d have to call this marketcorrect if not slightly well sold. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. 100 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $77,000. Seen earlier this year at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, where it sold for $55k (ACC# 202331). This car had a ton of pop, and it was well detailed and ready for new ownership. It also represented a nice profit for the Cars of Dreams Museum in just a few short months. Well sold. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. SOLD AT $68,900. In contrast to Lot S120.1, the blue ’63 convertible, we see that a Split-Window with a lesser engine in lesser condition can still hold its own. When the reserve was met, bidding quit and it was declared sold. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. 679S721263. Eng. # T1108IT19S721263. 7 #128-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: 194- TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,885 miles. 426-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Astounding in its originality, with virtually nothing changed from new. Fantastic color combination and unusual option set complete a very significant package. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $825,000. How do you grade a car like this? It looked as good as any modern five-year-old car with 50k on the clock. From a preservation and care perspective, this might have been the best car in the sale (earning the hypothetical score of 1+). The incredibly caring and fastidious caretakers deserved every cent they got on this one, even $125k over the high estimate. Well bought. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. FOMOCO #S54-1931 FORD MODEL A custom sedan. VIN: A4422513. San Diego Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 328 miles. A very well-executed period hot rod known as “Witchy Woman.” Beautiful paint; good panel fit; decent brightwork. Well-detailed period-correct hot-rod engine with Offenhauser aluminum heads. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,150. This was the Altered Street Sedan first-place winner at Autorama Detroit in 2008, and it was on the cover of Street Rodder magazine in December of the same year. A great car for mom to run the kids to soccer practice in and a great deal here. Well bought. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #329-1932 FORD MODEL A Deluxe roadster. VIN: MVIN331701ND. Eng. # A480090. Washington Blue/beige cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 1,248 miles. Quality restoration CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AMERICAN AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe March-April 2013 101 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 ™ Keith Martin’s


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP in mid-’80s, AACA National first in ’89. Acquired from O’Quinn estate by the Oldenburg family in 2010 and cared for since. Older restoration still in fine condition. Paint very good with just a few minor flaws. Black fenders and running boards nice. Panel fit good, except passenger’s door needs hinge adjustment. Stainless radiator and headlamp shells nice, chrome very good, yellow-painted wires excellent. Detailed engine bay. Very nice bench seat. Polished instrument console, painted dash, nice soft top and bows. Very proper. Cond: 2. #24-1941 FORD DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 186594360. Blue & wood/black vinyl/ brown leather. Odo: 31,716 miles. 221-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Largely original car wearing intentionally aged paint, for that “barn find” effect. Original wood carefully refinished in the correct shade, presents as new. Very good door fit. Original chrome and trim. Original engine bay with some fluid stains, but all correct. Cond: 3-. #S71-1956 FORD F-100 Custom Cab pickup. VIN: F10V6R40942. Pale yellow/ red vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 17,660 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. N.O.M. 1957 Ford D-code car 312 Y-block, but is an original Ford-o-Matic truck. Complete frame-off restoration on what is claimed to be an actualmile truck from California. Good bare metal repaint, faithful to the original color. Replated grille is somewhat cloudy. Glossy varnished wood box floor. New weatherstripping, so doors take some effort to latch properly. New interior, with no appreciable wear. Modern Holley doublepumper. Upgraded to modern electric wipers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,050. The facelift for 1930 achieved a lower, more-modern look, stainless radiator and headlamp shells, higher steering ratio and standard vacuum wipers—all of which make these later models more collectible. Sold at no reserve, just above low estimate. Well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. #F206-1939 MERCURY EIGHT sedan. VIN: 99A44731. Washington Blue/tan & blue striped broadcloth. Odo: 72,118 miles. Cosmetic restoration in past decade. Good quality repaint, with a few light nicks on panel edges and wheelwells. Most easily removed trim has been replated in recent years, done on the cheap over pitting. Broken hood spring. Motor showing corrosion and soiling from use. Authentically restored interior. Staining around shifter and pedals, including some paint overspray. Rudimentary attempt at woodgraining the window surrounds. Dealer-accessory glovebox door clock fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,000. With the attention and romantic interest in true barn-finds, more cars are being prepped this way before appearing at auction. The owner was honest about his attempts at restoration, and in the end, the car sold for what an older restored ‘41 Ford woodie should sell for. A fair deal all around. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. #325-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. VIN: 16H57278. Eng. # H114613. Black/black leather & blue cloth. Odo: 68,600 miles. Still big, black and imposing, but some wear evident and old paint job is showing its age. Decent chrome, good panel fit. Waterfall grille, headlamps in fenders, rear spats, rear-mount spare with metal cover. Nice blue leather and cloth interior, with luxury appointments. Headliner okay, dash and instruments very nice, blue carpets worn here and there. Engine and engine bay tidy. Sister car to Lot 326, the ’41 Custom limo also in the movie. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,960. ’56 is the most desirable year for the 1953–56 “Effies.” However, this truck originally had the only V8 available that year: a low-compression 272 Yblock. No-saled across the block at $36k, but by the end of the day, a deal came together. Tell me again how this old truck thing isn’t catching on. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S219-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C5601524. Black/blue & white leather. Odo: 23,779 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint okay except poor prep evident on right rear C-pillar. Window rubber shows some caulk sealing. Okay chrome, but stainless brightwork a little rough. Grungy engine compartment. Interior worn beyond patina. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,815. From the inaugural year of the Eight. I rather liked this car, as it reminded me of the ’39 Packard 120 sedan I used to own; it was presentable, but not so well done that you wouldn’t mind driving it anywhere. A decent deal for the buyer and seller at the price paid; if I had to come home with one car from this auction, this would have been it. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $69,000. Edsel Ford’s personal summer car design transposed into a very successful production car. Used as Sonny Corleone’s ride in “The Godfather” and famous for the tollbooth scene that depicted his death. Painted black for the movie and acquired that way by the Beardslee family shortly thereafter and lovingly cared for since. Wonderful provenance. Sold in the room to same buyer of the Custom limo. No reserve. Rather well bought for a car that will always be famous. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. SOLD AT $27,560. As I was inputting this car, I discovered that I reviewed it for Auction America’s 2012 Auburn Spring auction, where it was bid to a no-sale result of $19k (ACC# 202157). In my comments then, I said to hang on and that the price would come up, and this result confirmed my prediction. Still, not a bad deal. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #280-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH393910. White/red hard top/red leather. Odo: 701 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nicely restored car with excellent gaps and paint. Perfect chrome and trim. Accessory porthole top included. Nicely done interior with everything attended to. Show-detailed engine bay and equally impressive undercarriage. The best of a few T-birds in the sale. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $85,250. I think I finally figured out how to make money selling garden-variety ’57 T-birds. Step 1: Buy a ‘57. Step 2: Spend several million bucks amassing one of the nicest collections of cars in the world. Step 3: Have an auction and sell everything. Astonishing result for a normally-aspirated T-bird. It did have factory a/c, but I am still looking back at the description to make sure it doesn’t have an “E” or “F” in the VIN that I somehow missed. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #F238-1958 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: G8RW133925. Colonial White/two-tone blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 10,589 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint except for some cracking in the rain gutter. Really nice brightwork. Nothing to gripe about in the interior. Antenna appears to be missing. Modern Ford Blue Oval emblem stuck on Continental kit. Very welldetailed engine compartment with period battery. Power steering, brakes and windows. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $56,180. A nice package, and getting it to #2 condition wouldn’t take a whole lot of work. That said, this was strong money. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #163-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SMF5S472. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl. Odo: 37,297 miles. 289-ci V8, March-April 2013 103 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP QUICKTAKE 1971 AMC Gremlin SOlD at $19,080 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, December 6–8, 2012 On the surface, this all seems unreal. Why would someone restore a plain-Jane 3-speed ’71 Gremlin — not even a Gremlin X — to concours standards, and why would someone else drop almost $20k for it? But this deal actually didn’t surprise me all that much. When it comes to 1970s nerd cars, Gremmys have been second fiddle only to AMC’s Pacer in popularity. Quirky almost from day one, as they are essentially a two-door Hornet shortened aft the doors with only a hatchback. Compared with their domestic competition, these cars weren’t all that bad. They didn’t go BOOM like a Pinto, didn’t rust out faster than their 0–60 time like a Vega, and they weren’t just a rebadged Mitsubishi, like what Chrysler sold. Today, these represent muscle car counter-culture — and it’s likely that more people Courtesy of Mecum Auctions owned these early subcompacts than muscle machines. Good or bad, collector cars help chronicle our history — including the workaday commuter or grocery getter, and that means collector cars like this are here to stay. Twenty years ago, the average car collector thought that the few folks restoring and buying 1950s Microcars — BMW Isettas, Messerschmitts, Metropolitans, etc. — were a click off. Today those vehicles are mainstream collector cars bringing good coin. I see the same thing happening with ’70s Nerd Compacts. This example was heavily documented from new and was represented as an actual- mile car, both aspects not only justifying the restoration but helping to justify the price. The vast majority of Gremmys have lost the war of attrition to the smelter, or are just not cost effective to resurrect. There was no doubt that this was the belle of the ball, with more folks talking about this car than most of the high-buck, heavily hyped feature cars. Which, in a way, is some of the appeal. They DO get attention. I’ll go so far as to say that in the long run, this should prove to be well bought. A SOLD AT $78,100. This was a very big result for a more or less basic Mustang convertible with 289. I had to double- and triple-check the description to make sure I hadn’t missed something when I saw the result. Very well sold. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. —B. Mitchell Carlson CSX3045. Guardsman Blue/black leather. Odo: 18,230 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A competition-spec version of the 427. One of only 29 built. Restored when owned by 2 #122-1967 SHELBY COBRA 427 Semi-Competition roadster. VIN: SOLD AT $172,500. A very presentable example. I would have expected this Shelby to break the $200k mark. At the price paid, I will call this well bought indeed. RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 01/13. #274-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08C100909. White/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 14,942 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older amateur-quality restoration. Good presentation with cosmetic GT upgrades and nice paint scheme. Factory 289 V8 and Pony interior. Average gaps and panel fit with nice paint applied. Good chrome and trim throughout. Poorly done interior with seats overstuffed and showing some wear. Newer instrumentation and detailed engine bay. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 3. 4-bbl, 4-sp. First year for Shelby Mustang, with only 562 produced, all in Wimbledon White. This one ordered with stripe-delete. Fitted with hi-po solid-lifter 289 V8. “Cyclops eye” tach in center of dash. Recent engine rebuild with older respray. Original interior. Cond: 2. 104 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL John Mozart. Miles thought to be original. Numerous recent awards. A few nicks and bruises from use. Wider body to accommodate wheels, oil cooler and external fuel filler. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,007,500. Last seen at RM’s 2007 January Phoenix sale, where it realized $1.43m (ACC# 44071). Driven 1,200 very profitable miles since acquisition. Well bought and sold. RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 01/13. #S211-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9H15R541510. Competition Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 91,044 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh door-on respray didn’t include the jambs. Hood fit way off. Grimy engine compartment missing battery hold-down bracket. Heavy pitting on rear window trims; other brightwork shows fit issues. Decent interior. Converted to 4-speed. Cond: 3-. than actual). For us, this was cheap enough. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S89-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special fastback. VIN: 0F05R118924. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 9 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 96 original Twister Specials. Displayed Marti Report confirms restoration to factory spec. Superb repaint, better-than-original panel and door fit. Lightly scratched original rear glass. All reproduction interior soft trim, expertly installed. Correct, concours-quality engine bay detailing. Correctly detailed undercarriage, with authentic body-paint overspray on red primer. Cond: 1-. gine. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S16.1-1972 FORD BRONCO Sport Explorer SUV. VIN: U15GLP15111. Blue/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 30,587 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Good quality repaint, although the painted stripes have some light masking miscues under the clear. All-new door and glass rubber. Light fading of emblems and door handles, newer bumper replating. All FoMoCo engine bay components, well restored. Two-inch suspension lift to clear larger-than-stock tires. Aftermarket steering wheel. Authentic seat upholstery front and back. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,900. These cars unfortunately just don’t pull the big money. This one had some issues, but it still achieved a market-correct result. But for what you get, I’d still call it a bit of a bargain. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #T103-1969 MERCURY MARAUDER 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9Z60Y627834. Aqua metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 44,104 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed to be a Ford executive car, then kept by its first retail owner until he died in 2007. Low-budget repaint in recent years, with uneven metallics. Far better workmanship on the replacement roof vinyl. New headliner and carpeting. Front seat upholstery seems too nice to be original. Aftermarket wood rim steering wheel and Montclair 8-track player. Fender skirts sitting in the repainted trunk. Older half-hearted engine bay detailing. Has a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $148,400. The most telling thing on the Marti Report was that the Sarcoxie, MO, dealer took over a year to sell the car. It could have been a demo for the dealer, or maybe the whole Twister Special thing was a bit over-the-top for the local clientele in rural Missouri. The $110k reserve was quickly passed, and while it sold for a princely sum (tying the 2012 COPO Camaro for top sale of the weekend), it was still not as outrageous as what the 351-powered example did. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S90-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special fastback. VIN: 0F05M118884. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 63,245 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Replacement era-correct motor. Marti Report not displayed, but confirmed by the Twister Special registry as a real-deal example. Bare-body restoration within past decade to show standards. Better-than-original paint quality. All replated or replacement chrome and trim. Replacement carpet bunches up in places. Highly polished VIN tag in the windshield. Authentically restored and all FoMoCo under the hood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,320. The bodyside stripe was actually optional for a Sport or part of the spring special Explorer package, depending upon the model year, as it was available from 1972 until 1976. Originally a no-sale at $22k, and again at $18k, this deal came together before the end of the weekend. Considering how well first-gen Broncos have been doing in the past few years, this is pretty much market pricing. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. MOPAR #238-1960 DODGE POLARA convertible. VIN: 6302183586. Red/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 44,011 miles. 383-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. High-dollar older restoration with signs of use and enjoyment since. Panel and door fit are average, about to factory standards. Trim and chrome restored to about factory original with some minor blemishing. Very correct and well-executed interior, with slight staining on driver’s seat the only distraction. Original instrumentation yellowing a bit from age. Show-detailed 383 with factory cross-ram intake. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,250. If those wheels look familiar, it’s because they were also used on the 1969–70 Shelbys. For those of us who like the big Sled-O-Matics, this was a somewhat rare performer in a huge package (even if the performance was more implied SOLD AT $137,800. Bidding blew past the $80k reserve like a tornado. Even considering that it’s a Twister Special, this was insanely huge money—only $11k less than Lot S89, the equally well-restored Super Cobra Jet car that still had its original en- SOLD AT $123,750. From the category of “Where can you get another?” this entry had all the right baubles for the serious Chrysler collector, including the super-desirable March-April 2013 105


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP cross-ram setup. It is a rare and very fast car, and the color didn’t hurt either. Sold just outside of the high end of estimate; new owner should be very proud of this mighty beast. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #259-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. VIN: 8413197153. Red/white cloth/white leather. Odo: 87,919 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Nicely but very incorrectly restored car. Excellent prep and paintwork. Beautiful chrome and trim. Incorrect KelseyHayes wire wheels added in lieu of original hubcaps. White cloth top and white leather interior with incorrect seat patterns. Dash and instruments all correct. Engine bay show-detailed, but lots of chrome that didn’t come from the factory. State-issued VIN, correct data plate. From the Staluppi Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,695. To their credit, the sellers kept the original steel wheels and dogdish hubcaps, but the small radial tires made it look like a car on rollerskates. Priced about right for a boulevard cruiser in the least popular of all Road Runner bodies: the fixed-pillar coupe. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #S249-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23 N0A180193. Lime Light/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 78,378 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint done thick and quick, with some rust visible on the cowl under the windshield trim. Small hole in vinyl top. Rough brightwork. Aftermarket intake, carb, aluminum radiator, MSD ignition. No heater. Cond: 3-. cosmetic details to deal with for what was paid. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. #40-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD Hemi 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23R0A- 166204. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,295 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fabulous exterior restoration with excellent paint and trim and amazing panel fit (usually a nightmare with these). Very good and clean original interior largely untouched and in nice condition. Original instruments with some dust in the lenses. Spotless show-detailed engine and undercarriage. Has the all-important documentation and original Chrysler broadcast sheet. Bench seat and column shifter the only slight negatives. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,500. Seen at Seroka’s West Palm Beach sale in 1991, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $43k (ACC# 3935); nosaled at $115k several years later at Worldwide Houston 2009 (ACC# 120359); sold for $96k at RM Monterey 2009 (ACC# 141990); and sold again for $112k at Mecum Indy 2010 (ACC# 163653). No previous mention of the state-issued VIN, but looks well sold compared with previous prices paid. RM Auctions, North Palm Beach, FL, 12/12. #S17-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. VIN: RM21H9A175522. Gold/ two-tone tan vinyl. Odo: 4,527 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presentable repaint, with light orange peel on some compound curves. Exterior paint is a shade off from the underhood paint. Light pitting on vent window frames. Poorly repainted stock air cleaner, with sags in the wrinkle finish. Aftermarket ignition wiring, hose clamps, and valve cover PCV filter. Reupholstered seats and door panels, re-dyed dashboard, faded original tan seatbelts are almost white. Minimally equipped with power steering and AM radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,670. Badged as a 383 and confirmed by the “N” engine code in the VIN, this car started life as a High Performance 383. The final result was spot-on for this package. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #F2-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23N0A184725. Hemi Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 28,928 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted in stages, showing light orange peel and thick masking. Reflective rear logo is spliced in and applied over the painted stripe. Mostly original chrome with light scuffing and pitting. Newer door seal kit and repro seat upholstery. Wrinkled original door panels. Modern speakers on rear package shelf. Lightly detailed engine bay. Plugged vacuum advance on distributor, with no sign of a vacuum line. Light on the options: power steering, Tic-Toc-Tach, AM radio and Rally wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $165,000. A blue-chip Hemi. Bidding struggled a bit but eventually wound its way to just under low estimate, and the car found a new home. Slightly well bought, as these have corrected hard in the past six years. In 2005, a car of this caliber could have sold north of $400k. If new owner hangs on, these cars will find their footing, and the Superbird will lead the pack along with the ’Cuda. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/13. AMERICANA #179-1916 PIERCE-ARROW SERIES 4 touring. VIN: 14041. Maroon & black/black fabric/black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,057 miles. Known history from new, with single ownership until 1963. Recent two-year restoration to high standard. Ordered without jump seats. Large 525-ci T-head six. Natural rubber tires. and iconic Pierce-Arrow “frog-eye” headlamps. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,430. 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ROUNDUP GLOBAL condition and clear history, price paid was well within reason. RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 01/13. #S184-1950 CROSLEY HOT SHOT roadster. VIN: VC20661. Blue/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 2,351 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Fresh paint looks good. Clean engine compartment. Well-done top and interior. Cond: 2-. seller later let it go for crazy cheap. Buyer should be able to double or triple his money easily. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. #F182-1968 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A8M397X279878. Turbo Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 59,422 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice fresh paint. Decent brightwork shows some scuffs on the windshield-surround trim. Glass showing some scratches. Engine compartment very well presented. Interior claimed to be new and looks it. On Magnum 500 wheels with Redlines. Cond: 2. #S48-1971 AMC GREMLIN hatchback. VIN: A1F465E301411. Snow White/red vinyl. Odo: 49,584 miles. 232-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A lower-mileage original car restored to concours standards. Superbly repainted; restriped as new, along with a repro dealer sticker on the rear valance. Authentically reupholstered interior. Pristine engine bay. Squeaky-clean undercarriage. Has all documentation from when it was sold new by Don Medow Motors of South Bend, IN—taking a 1967 Opel Kadett in trade. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $7,500. Crosley was a manufacturer of radios and refrigerators, and they started building cars in 1940. The Hot Shot line was produced from 1948 to 1952, with a total production of 2,498 units. Microcars continue to be hot, but today was not the day for this one. Initially unsold, but the SOLD AT $22,260. A very nice presentation of a low-production, low-miles car. This was one of those cars where you pay for the restoration and get the car thrown in for free. Well bought by a long shot. Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/12. SOLD AT $19,080. Restored to vastly better than a Gremmy likely deserves, this car generated more buzz than anything else here, with lots of speculation. Plenty of action from bidders onsite, online and on the phone easily pushed this past its $17,500 reserve. Well sold. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/12. A March-April 2013 107 BEST BUY


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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson Rare parts and pieces for your classic # 300810733894—Stewart Warner Wings Gauges and Hollywood Instrument Panel. 3 photos. Item Condition: Remanufactured. Portland, OR. “Completely disassembled, cleaned, repaired, adjusted, lubricated and calibrated back to factory specification. Freshly chrome-plated bezels. Cases, lightdiffusing windows, insulators, pointers and faces all restored. Each unit comes with mounting brackets and new stainless steel hardware. The instrument panel, measuring approximately 15x7¾ inches, is freshly chromed and includes the original insert. 160-mph speedo, 8,000-rpm tach, fuel gauge, 30-lb fuel-pressure gauge, 30-amp ammeter, 30 in-Hg vacuum gauge, 100-lb oil-pressure gauge, 40–220 degree water temperature gauge. All mounting hardware, fuel tank sending unit, instrument panel and installation instructions.” 72 bids. Sold at $2,500. Many vendors sell modern Stewart Warner Wings gauge sets for $510, but the vintage sets just look better in hot rods with the straight pointers, rather than the arrow/ crescent moon pointers now available. There was another set similar to this that sold for $2,750 in late 2011, so this wasn’t too steep a price for the buyer — especially considering how many bidders were after this set. #271098659352—1970 Plymouth Superbird Rear Window Glass and Chrome Trim. 12 photos. Item Condition: Used. Anaheim, CA. “42-year-old original back window and chrome trim from parted-out Superbird. In good condition. No chips or cracks in the glass or major damage of that sort. Numerous fine surface scratches that appear to be normal wear, and cannot be felt with a fingernail. There are 15-20 scratches best described as light to moderate. These can be felt slightly with a fingernail. The longest is about seven inches, but is light. The rest are no longer than four inches. Chrome trim is very straight, with no dents or crushing. Some fine scuffing in a few spots. Chrysler safety glass etching code reads 119G P M-3 AS-2. This rear window is unique to Superbirds only and won’t fit any other Mopars.” 16 bids. Sold at $4,227.88. The Superbird rear window was unique for “enhanced aerodynamics.” I wasn’t able to find anybody who made replacement pieces, so this is what you’re going to pay to play. If you’re restoring one of these cars, this is a must-have, just like the front nose cone or rear wing. #170945916247—HoneO-Drive Model 200 Overdrive. 7 photos. Item Condition: New. Fredericksburg, TX. “You are bidding on a Hone-O-Drive overdrive unit, Model 200, serial number 3235. It is a 2-speed synchromesh planetary transmission that is manually shifted from a 1:1 Direct Drive to a 1.43:1 Overdrive. The model 200 was designed to fit the Ford 9-inch differential, replacing the pinion carrier and bolting directly to the differential.” 1 bid. Sold at $3,800. I’ve only seen two others for sale recently; one was set up for a Ford eight-inch diff. They both sold for around $1,800 each. This may be a bit of an outlier, but given its condition (and the unobtainable service parts), I can’t say the buyer paid too much here. The seller got a good deal, too. #121028766372—Latham Model 19A Supercharger. 9 photos. Item Condition: Used. Strongsville, OH. “Had this for several years in my collection. The rotor turns freely and the carbs move freely. Last ran in the 1970s. Used on a few show cars. Little wear on pulley. Designed to bolt to a 4-bbl intake. Lower pulley is missing, but the original flat belts are no longer available, so a serpentine or “V” belt system would have to be made. These run at up to five times crank speed with a 33,000 RPM maximum. There is only one moving part supported by bearings on either end.” 13 bids. Sold at $4,061. Norman Latham built superchargers in West Palm Beach, FL, from 1956 to 1965. It was the first use of an axial flow compressor in a car. Just over 600 units were said to be produced. These have doubled in price in the past five years and I doubt that trend will slow any time soon. Well bought. 108 AmericanCarCollector.com


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#330830494240— 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 427/430 L88 engine. 12 photos. Item Condition: Remanufactured. Agawam, MA. “Original 4-bolt-main block bored to 4.280. Forged L88/ZL1 crank, NOS L88/ZL1 connecting rods, Speed Pro L88/ZL1 pistons, GM L88/ZL1 aluminum heads, GM L88/ZL1 intake. No welding or porting of any kind on heads and have been restored and pressure tested. The block has not been decked — broach marks still visible. Correct valve covers, distributor or pulleys for this engine are missing. I believe the engine to be an original T1120LR 427/435 which has been over-stamped T1120LO. Parts were purchased as a pallet load of three disassembled 1969 427 4-bolt main Corvette engines/parts in late 1998 from a seller in Albuquerque, NM, and is the last one to go.”1 bid. Sold at $7,000.99. It’s not quite plug-and-play, but the minor bits shouldn’t be an issue to source. For the guy needing the correct date code for his shell of an L88 car behind the garage, this was a good buy.A Take us with you! ACC anytime, anywhere. Download our FREE app from the Apple iTunes store. March-April 2013 109


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers). Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1960 Buick LeSabre convertible 1972 Buick GS 455 2-dr hard top S/N 1GCHD34J1HF310162. Camouflage/Brown. 18,000 miles. 6.2-liter diesel, Turbo 400. Original miles. 4x4. Unrestored and unmolested. Brand-new tires and brake lines. Runs and drives as miles indicate. $8,900. Contact Kirby, 260.665.5747, Email: millertime3610@hotmail.com (IN) 1994 Chevrolet Impala SS 4-dr sedan Sunfire Yellow/black. 4,500 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-speed M-22 close-ratio. L72 teak wheel. Knockoffs, older frame-off restoration, new soft top, hard top, instruments and clock restored, excellent driver. $78,000 OBO. Contact Brandon, 847.639.7665, Email: bluemax66@att.net (IL) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Contact Mike, 330.727.1152, Email: Classic-Michael@neo. rr.com (OH) 1987 Chevrolet one-ton Army pickup Winner Monterrey, Mexico, 5-Hour. Unquestionable docu Contact Phil, 352.378.4761, Email: Fastphilcurrin@excite. com (FL) 1966 Chevorlet Corvette convertible White/red. 12,400 miles. Beautiful unrestored survivor. 12k documented miles. 99.5% original, including tires. Featured in multiple national magazines. Email for details. Offered by private party. International inquiries welcome. $72,000. Contact Greg, Email: gcockerill@wowway.com Web: www. The1960Buick.com (MI) 1965 Chevrolet Corvair V8 S/N 4G37U2Z104427. Sandalwood/Sandalwood & dark green. 68,000 miles. 455-ci V8, Auto. Very well documented 1972 Buick GS 455, fully and authentically restored in Sandalwood over Sandalwood and dark green. Entirely rust-free, California car from new, assembled in Fremont and purchased from Becherer Buick in Monrovia. Gessler Stage-1 conversion to original heads. Two build sheets, Sloan Museum documentation, extensively optioned. Contact Mark, 503.830.9592, Email: mantaraym@msn.com (OR) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Bandit SE coupe S/N 105375W232590. Tangerine/tan. 79,000 miles. 327, 4 speed. I was the first to do this in 1967, before Crown and Kelmark came out with their kits. $22,000. Contact Randy, 541.549.8909, Email: noodlequeen@hotmail.com (OR) 110 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 2W87Z9L131153. Black/Tan. 56,900 miles. 400, 4-speed. Rare L78 400ci, WS6 performance package, one repaint, build sheet, PHS documentation. Trade ’70–’72 LT1 Corvette. $38,000 OBO. S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. 40,000 miles. 355ci V8, 4-speed Muncie M-22. Possibly the most raced 1963 Corvette in history. Twenty-five professional races from 1971 thru 1974. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion; 1972 FIA Daytona 6-Hour finisher; 1973 Sebring 12-Hour 11th O.A.; 1972 Class Black/White. 327/300hp, 4-speed. Free ’67 Corvette with purchase of my 10,000 sq. ft. home in SW Florida. 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath. Includes additional 3,000 sq. ft. restoration shop. 1967 Corvette fully restored and original engine. PS, PB, side exhaust. Email me S/N 1G1BN52PXRR168991. Black/gray. 120,400 miles. V8, 4-speed automatic. One owner/ driver, garaged kept, North Carolina auto. All original. New shocks and BF Goodrich tires. Looks and runs great. $12,500. Contact Jim, 704.588.8528, Email: jblazer1@carolina. rr.com (NC) CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe Nassau Blue/Bright Blue. 1,000 miles. 427/390, 4-sp manual. NCRS Top Flight 2012 following a two-year body-off rotisserie restoration. Spectacular car that is absolutely flawless inside, out and underneath. 15 judges couldn’t be wrong. Too much to list. Over 100 restoration photos. $130,000 OBO. Contact Robert, 716.694.9188, Email: Bernst65@msn.com (NY) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible


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Showcase Gallery for more info and Web address for home pics. $699,000 OBO. Contact Paul, Corvette Service & Restoration, 941.626.0416, Email: bigpauld@hotmail.com (FL) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1G1YY2255T5104404. Competition Yellow/black leather. 14,600 miles. 5.7-L V8, 6-speed manual. One of 103 Competition Yellow LT-4 coupes with black leather. Both tops, Delco-Bose, power seats. Absolutely original. Full documentation from new. 14,600 adult-owned miles. Pristine. $29,500 OBO. Contact Ed, 269.672.2102, Email: edmassel@gmail.com (MI) S/N 8423191863. Green/tan. 7,488 miles. 413, auto. This is a one of one 1962 300H that is virtually new. Original miles and the original Goodyear Bluestreaks on the ground. It is a 999 Code Car because the green was not a 1962 color, but a special order. 413 w/two 4-bbls. Four leather buckets with full-length console. This is a museum piece offered by a former Chrysler dealer. $50,000. Contact Robert, 308.631.2100, Email: br442@ actcom.net (NE)A MOPAR 1962 Chrysler 300H 2-dr hard top WHAT’S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT 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 2013 111


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay Carl’s thought: You don’t have to be a movie buff to appreciate the 1942 classic film “Casablanca.” Humphrey Bogart played Rick Blaine opposite Ingrid Bergman’s character, Ilsa Lund, in the Oscar-winning World War II love story. In the famous flashback scene, they are leaning on the piano at a Paris bistro as Sam sings “As Time Goes By.” At a recent New York auction, Sotheby’s offered the famed piano, and against a pre-sale estimate of $1.2m, it realized $602,500. Don’t feel too sorry for the consignor, however, as he only paid $154,000 for it in 1988. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Here are a few other items that caught my attention over the past few months: L’ART ET L’AUTOMOBILE LOT 341—1920s FRANCISCO AUTO HEATER PAINTED TIN SIGN. Number of bids: 7. SOLD AT: $2,128, INCLUDING 15% BUYER’S PREMIUM. Date sold: 12/12/2012. This ’20s painted 40x18 tin sign by the aftermarket manufacturer of automotive heaters promises “June warmth in December.” It’s not as colorful or as plentiful as the version with the blue background, but there are only a handful of white ones known in decent condition. As they say, if you don’t like the price, find another. And in this case, good luck. EBAY #300810011829—1946 FORD SPORTSMAN CONVERTIBLE WOOD MODEL. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $39.88. Date sold: 11/11/2012. The cool box was dated 1946 and the model was made by Ace, Models of Distinction. It consisted of a couple blocks of wood and an instruction sheet. The odds of the end result looking anything like a Ford Sportsman are remote, but the box seals the deal. EBAY #370714364137—UPTOWN CHEVROLET LICENSE PLATE FRAMES. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $1,213.88. Date sold: 12/21/2012. Uptown Chevrolet was in Pasadena, CA, and there are numerous references to the dealership dating to the ’30s and ’40s. These frames are unique due to the placement and design of the Bowtie logo. Most pairs have the rear frames with the logos on the bottom so they fit under the trunk handle; therefore, these may not be an original pair. Still, they’re just the thing to complete the package on a period Chevy. EBAY #321039360925—OAK MOTOR OIL PORCELAIN CURB SIGN. Number of bids: 1. SOLD AT: $1,800. Date sold: 12/10/2012. Oak Motor Oil was produced by Frontier Refining and was sold throughout the Midwest. This doublesided curb sign was in wonderful condition with good luster and no noticeable 114 AmericanCarCollector.com chips or damage. Price guides place this at around $4,000, which is actually a little light, so this was a screaming deal. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 488—ONE-OFA-KIND OILZUM OIL SHOW DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $37,200, INCLUDING 20% BUYER’S PREMIUM. Date sold: 12/6/2012. This unique and intricate display was built by Reinhold Studios for the Oilzum Oil Company display at the 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair. The fair’s theme was “A Century of Progress,” and this display shows multiple modes of transportation receiving Oilzum oil from spiral glass tubes as they move from the factory to the garage. An amazing piece of automotive history that has been maintained in good working order. Price, while up there, is most reasonable considering the unique nature of the display. EBAY #300823901885—1942 HILLER COMET GASPOWERED TETHER CAR. Number of bids: 29. SOLD AT: $1,492.52. Date sold: 12/2/2012. Tether-car racing first became popular in the ’20s and ’30s, with miniature cars produced by the Dooling Brothers, Dick McCoy and BB Korn among the more popular. The cars varied in size, with this Hiller Comet one of the largest at 18 inches in length. It was the earlier version with the enclosed bevel drive. Tether-car racing is still popular, and the older ones obviously still attract attention. EBAY #281019098058—21 VINTAGE SPEED EQUIPMENT DECALS. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $219.45. Date sold: 11/14/2012. These cool period decals were taped in a book, so they had markings on the back, but the fronts were undamaged. The more interesting ones such as Jardine Headers and Giovannoni Cams can bring $30 on their own, so the average of $10 each is more than fair. Several of these have been recently reproduced, but these looked like the real deal.A