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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5 • Issue 26 • March-April 2016 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 $71.5k / Barrett-Jackson Small-block screamer brings market money in Scottsdale — John L. Stein Page 42 GM 1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM “BANDIT” SE $110k / Barrett-Jackson Buyers want these cars — and they want them very badly — Dale Novak Page 44 FoMoCo 1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT COBRA $27.5k / Barrett-Jackson Here comes the awaited Fox-body upswing — Sam Stockham Page 48 MOPAR 1969 DODGE CHARGER DAYTONA BARN FIND $99k / Mecum Auctions What’s the next step for this needy Mopar icon? — Patrick Smith Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1932 FORD 3-WINDOW COUPE $154k / Gooding & Co. Cammer-powered Deuce at a discount price — Ken Gross Page 52 AMERICANA RACE 1966 AMC AMX RAMBLE SEAT PROTOTYPE $91k / Russo and Steele Pinning a number on the only running AMX prototype — Tom Glatch Page 54 1957 CHEVROLET 150 “BLACK WIDOW” $206k / Barrett-Jackson Provenance makes the difference on this NASCAR unicorn — Tom Glatch Page 56 TRUCK 1972 JEEP COMMANDO $21k / Silver Auctions Nice buy on a cult street Jeep that rarely survived beyond its era — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 58 Cover photo: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona barn find Teddy Pieper, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1957 Chevrolet 150 “Black Widow”, p. 56 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson March-April 2016 7


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 10 Torque A new crew of American car collectors has arrived — Jim Pickering 36 Cheap Thrills The lowest-priced deals in the Arizona desert — B. Mitchell Carlson 38 Horsepower Going all-in on a mystery Bronco — Colin Comer 40 Corvette Market Every car is a project, so inspect before you buy — John L. Stein 130 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead AUCTIONS 62 Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2016 This week-long mega-sale sends 99% of 1,490 cars to new homes, and sales total $103m — Dan Grunwald 72 Leake Auction Company — Dallas Fall 2015 Dual spinning turntables send 407 out of 607 cars to new garages, and sales total $9m — Brett Hatfield 82 Mecum — Kissimmee 2016 Sales grow to $84.3m at this 10-day sale, and 1,794 out of 2,506 cars sell — Morgan Eldridge 90 Russo and Steele — Scottsdale 2016 Total sales push forward 9% to $21.3m, and 521 of 723 cars sell — John Boyle 98 Silver Auctions — Arizona in January Sales grow 9% to a combined $3.9m, with 281 out of 484 cars sold — B. Mitchell Carlson 108 Roundup American vehicles from coast to coast — Cody Tayloe, Jeff Trepel, Carl Bomstead, Joseph T. Seminetta, Nicholas M. Seminetta 8 AmericanCarCollector.com FUN RIDES 20 Good Reads Ford GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans — Mark Wigginton 22 Desktop Classics Corvette Grand Sport Roadster — Marshall Buck 24 Snapshots ACC talks with buyers and sellers in Arizona — Tony Piff 26 Snapshots 2 Three collector cars make a wintry 3,000-mile journey from LeMay—America’s Car Museum home to their birthplace in Detroit d Tyson SERV DEPA 12 What’s Happening Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 20 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 22 Cool Stuff Shiny tees; a no-touch, no-tools car container; and a puzzling history of the American pickup 28 Wrenching Upgrade your lights for better visibility 70 Quick Take 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1LE — Jim Pickering 71 Quick Take 2 1993 Dodge Ram pickup — Jim Pickering 78 One to Watch 1992–95 Dodge Viper RT/10 — Chad Tyson 96 Glovebox Notes 2016 Cadillac ATS coupe 3.6L RWD Premium 122 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 124 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 126 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 127 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering Old Guard Meets New Blood MODERN CARS ARE COMING ON STRONG, BRINGING A NEW WAVE OF GEARHEADS INTO THE TRADITIONAL COLLECTOR MARKET W hich cars will go up in value? That was the topic at this year’s American Car Collector Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson in January. Just a few yards from cars crossing the main auction stage, John L. Stein, Colin Comer and Ken Lingenfelter joined me and a bunch of ACC readers and Barrett-Jackson attendees in the WestWorld Equidome for a Wednesday morning panel discussion. The topic was cars we think will emerge as hot future collectibles. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surpris- ingly depending on how closely you’ve been following the market over the past year or so, we talked a lot about cars built in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. The Mustang 5.0, Dodge Viper RT/10, fourth-gen Camaro SS, C5 Corvette Z06, Pontiac Trans Am — they all were on our lists of future stars. Our panel’s general consensus was this: As the next group of car collectors acquires some disposable income, they’re going to chase the cars they lusted after when they were younger. That’ll influence the market in two ways: First, select modern cars will see in- creases over their current valuations. Second, those increased valuations will bring more of these modern cars to auction. Funny thing: Not far from where we were having this conversation about the future, cars were crossing Barrett-Jackson’s auction block, and that possible future market transition we described was already under way. And a new generation of collectors was on hand and spending money. Ups and downs This year’s Scottsdale totals fell 15% overall from their 2015 levels — $251m combined compared with last year’s $294m. There were a bunch of possible factors that led to the drop, from greater economic instability on the global stage to just fewer great cars available at auction. Some observers pointed out that there was no market-leading Ron Pratte Collection headline at Barrett-Jackson — or anywhere else, for that matter. Everyone saw the New York Stock Exchange take a nosedive in the days leading up to Scottsdale, and the price per barrel of crude oil falling like a rock was all over the news, too. All of that has an 10 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC’s seers predict the future market at the Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar Tony Piff impact on the collector market in one way or another, and I think a lot of people expected final numbers to be down. But on the ground at Barrett-Jackson, the cars and their prices still looked solid. Just after the seminar, Stein and I watched a driver-level ’68 Chevrolet pickup done up in a ’72 truck paint scheme bring almost $27,000. Trans Ams were on fire this year, and the 1977 Bandit Promo Car led the way at $550,000. A 1979 Trans Am sold at $187,000, and our profile car, a 1980 Turbo, brought $110,000 (see the profile on p. 44). Beyond the traditional market staples, there was also a 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1LE that sold for a huge $49,500, a 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra that made $27,500, and a 1993 Dodge Ram shortbed 4x4 that brought a really surprising $33,000. We cover all three of them in this issue. Overall, American cars built from 1980 to 2000 saw a significant boost in their median price at Barrett-Jackson, from $18,700 in 2015 to $26,400 this year. To top it off, fewer cars from that era sold this year — 69 compared with 73 last year — yet with that boosted median, it’s clear that there were a greater number of higher-priced cars this year than last. Yes, the quality of lots — and interest in them — was up. It was the same story at Mecum’s $84m Kissimmee sale the week prior, where fewer cars from 1980 to 2000 sold than in 2015, but for a slightly higher overall median price. A new era I don’t want to paint a picture of tradi- tional collectibles — your ’50s and ’60s Corvettes, T-birds, and letter cars — falling off the face of the earth in favor of more modern stuff, because I don’t believe that’s what’s going to happen. Instead, what we’re seeing is a diversifi- cation of interests, and a new entry point to draw fresh blood into an expanding collector car market. A guy who buys the 5.0 Mustang he always wanted at auction won’t stop there — I think he’ll eventually end up in a ’68 fastback, because car guys buy what they think is cool, and that’s ever-changing once we’re exposed to the car world. That’s why I want a ’70 LS6 Chevelle, a ’55 Chevy gasser and a Ford Model T, even though I grew up in the 1980s. If I’m right, for our Mustang guy of the future, tracing what got him into the market in the first place — and the ’68 he’ll eventually buy — won’t start with Steve McQueen or “Bullitt.” It’ll start with Vanilla Ice, rollin’ in his five-point-oh. And while that might be a little hard for most of us to take, it may not prove to be such a bad thing. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. LeMay—America’s Car Museum Cruise-in Spring starts the cruise-in season throughout the United States, and the LeMay—America’s Car Museum starts its monthly Second Thursday Cruise-in on April 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone can bring their vintage vehicle — or just a camera — to Haub Family Field for a fun evening of kicking tires, listening to music and entering a raffle. The Cruise-Ins are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month from April through October — rain or shine. The Museum, located in Tacoma, WA, also will be open during Cruise-In hours. For more information on LeMay— America’s Car Museum, log onto www. lemaymuseum.org. The 2001 Lincoln Mk9 concept, above and below right Modern Concepts at Amelia Island Concours The Amelia Island Concours shows off 325 of the world’s most significant collector cars at the Golf Club of Amelia Island, FL, just down the way from the Ritz-Carlton. This year’s event on Sunday, March 13, will include two 21st Century American concepts from the Bortz Auto Collection: the 2001 Lincoln Mk9 and the 2003 Mercury Messenger. Both of these rarely seen cars come from an era not often represented at concours. For more information on the event, check out www.ameliaislandconcours.org. Goodguys on the Road Goodguys burns rubber all over the map during March and April. The Goodguys 7th Spring Nationals takes place on March 4–6 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ, and the 6th Spring Lone Star Nationals rumbles to life in Fort Worth, TX, from March 11 to 13. The 34th All American Get-Together is March 19–20 in Pleasanton, CA, and the Goodguys Meguiar’s 16th Del Mar Nationals is April 1–3 in Del Mar, CA. No excuses for those lucky enough to live in California during the early spring! Finally, the 2nd North Carolina Nationals rolls into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on April 15–17. www.good-guys. com Portland’s Big Swap The Portland Swap Meet is the largest The 2003 Mercury Messenger concept car-parts extravaganza on the West Coast. On April 1–3, you’ll find more than 3,500 vendor stalls crammed with millions of car parts, including those rare pieces you can’t seem to find anywhere else. www. portlandswapmeet.com Just a quick shuttle ride away from the Portland Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap Meet, running from March 31 through April 2. Five miles of booths snake around the road course at Portland International Raceway, filled with anything and everything you need for your project. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and admission is $7. For more information, visit www.portlandraceway.com. 12 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSINGTHE GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 3–5 Last year: 351/502 cars sold / $7,694,618 More: www.gaaclassiccars.com Specialty Auto Auctions Where: Loveland, CO When: March 5 More: www.saaasinc.com Bonhams — The Amelia Island Auction Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 Last year: 65/82 cars sold / $14,955,600 More: www.bonhams.com Gooding & Company — The Amelia Island Auction Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 11 Last year: 76/87 cars sold / $26,967,150 Featured cars: • 1959 Muntz Roadster (Gooding & Company estimate: $250k–$325k) More: www.goodingco.com • 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra ($950k–$1.1m) • Star Car: 1966 Ford GT40 ($3.2m– $3.6m) Hollywood Wheels — The Amelia Island Select Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 11–12 Last year: 114/138 cars sold / $13,970,165 Featured cars: • 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible • 2015 Chevrolet Camaro SVE Yenko More: www.mecum.com • Star Car: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback Smith’s Auction Company Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 11–12 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Electric Garage — Red Deer Collector Car Auction & Speed Show Where: Red Deer, AB, CAN When: March 11–13 More: www.theelectricgarage.com Motostalgia — Amelia Island Vintage Grand Prix Auction When: March 12 Where: Amelia Island, FL • 1956 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible More: www.seeyouontheblock.com • Star Car: 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible Mecum — Kansas City Where: Kansas City, MO When: March 11–12 Last year: 362/636 cars sold / $8,421,330 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Star Car: 1966 Ford GT40 at Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL Featured cars: Last year: 99/101 cars sold / $60,122,000 Featured cars: • 2005 Ford GT. Finished in red with white racing stripes. Two owners and less than 300 miles from new. Offered without reserve (RM Sotheby’s estimate: $320k–$380k) • 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra. Offered following 35 years of ownership by a well-known Shelby enthusiast ($1m– $1.2m) More: www.rmsothebys.com • Star Car: 1932 Ford Model 18 speedster. The very first collaboration of young stylist E.T. “Bob” Gregorie and Edsel Ford, just four owners from new ($1.2m–$1.4m) Shannons — Sydney Autumn Classic Auction When: March 14 Where: Sydney, AUS Featured cars: Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) MArCh BLOCK by Tony Piff More: www.motostalgia.com Featured cars: • 1930 Cord L29 • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1926 Stutz Bearcat, offered without reserve RM Sotheby’s — Automobiles of Amelia Island When: March 12 Where: Amelia Island, FL • Star Car: 1969 Ford Torino Talladega 428 fastback (Shannons estimate: $72k–$82k) More: www.shannons.com.au Dan Kruse Classics Where: San Antonio, TX When: March 18–20 • 1903 Oldsmobile Model R curved-dash runabout ($75k–$85k)


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK The Finest Automobile Auctions Where: Online only When: April 9 More: www.thefinest.com Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby GT500 • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 More: www.mecum.com Star Car: 1932 Ford Model 18 speedster at rM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL Last year: 56/144 cars sold / $736,128 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Featured cars: • 2011 Lone Star 1965 Shelby Cobra. Built by Operation Comfort, an organization that provides support to service members wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center Silver Auctions — Arizona in the Spring When: March 18–19 Where: Fort McDowell, AZ Last year: 76/162 cars sold / $850,179 More: www.silverauctions.com Southern Classic — 42nd SemiAnnual Music City Spring Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 26 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com AprIL Vicari Where: Tampa, FL When: April 1–2 More: www.vicariauction.com Auctions America — Fort Lauderdale Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: April 1–3 Last year: 368/495 cars sold / $21,280,245 More: www.auctionsamerica.com • Star Car: 1948 Tucker 48. Began life as the factory automatic-transmission test chassis. Enthusiasts later completed the car using sourced parts and patterns taken from the excellent original Tucker at the Gilmore Car Museum ($950k–$1.25m) wheel and seat belts ($350k–$450k) Barrett-Jackson — Palm Beach Where: Palm Beach, FL When: April 8–10 Last year: 516/523 cars sold / $21,573,940 Mecum — Houston Where: Houston, TX When: April 14–16 Last year: 645/929 cars sold / $25,178,024 The Branson Auction Where: Branson, MO When: April 15–16 Last year: 124/172 cars sold / $2,344,377 More: www.bransonauction.com Leake — Dallas Spring 2015 Where: Dallas, TX When: April 15–17 Last year: 269/422 cars sold / $6,324,417 More: www.leakecar.com Featured cars: • 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code. One of only 194 1957 examples fitted with the Supercharged F-code engine Silver — Portland Spring Where: Portland, OR When: April 16 Last year: 41/73 cars sold / $501,448 More: www.silverauctions.com Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic Where: Montgomery, TX When: April 23 Last year: 66/87 cars sold / $4,729,870 Featured cars: • 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible. Equipped with 4-speed and finished in Lime Gold. Recent concours-quality restoration (Auctions America estimate: $140k–$160k) • 1953 Buick Skylark Roadmaster. Stored for many years with original paint and no rust. In 2004 the car underwent a total frame-off restoration costing $250k. Restoration receipts, photos and history included More: www.barrett-jackson.com • 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback. Equipped with its original engine and retaining many original features, including correct wood-rimmed steering 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Electric Garage Where: Edmonton, AB, CAN When: April 8–10 More: www.theelectricgarage.com • Star Car: 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner F-code. The original owner campaigned the Skyliner at top-level drag races, winning the national championship for his class in 1957 and 1958. The car was treated to a full concours-quality restoration and has never achieved less than first place on the show circuit Featured cars: • 1912 Locomobile Model 30 torpedo. A well-sorted tour car with original coachwork. • Star Car: Three silver Corvette L88 convertibles: a 1967, 1968 and 1969 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Collector Car Productions — The Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction Where: Mississauga, ON, CAN When: April 29–May 1 More: www.collectorcarproductions.com Southern Classic — Inaugural Louisville Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 30 More: www.southernclassicauctions.comA • 1930 Packard 740 custom roadster. Formerly of the Ray Bowersox Collection. One of 11 known remaining examples


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin S A New Kind of Price Guide ubscribers to ACC are in f a treat. Included with this issu is your 2016 Collector Car Pocket Price Guid You’ll find that the format has been changed to more accurately reflect what is going on in the market. Instead of highly subjective ratings with different prices for different conditions, we have just two prices. The first is the median price. Median and average are two terms that are often confused, but they are very different. Let’s use a 1969 Camaro RS/SS as an example. Let’s assume we have 100 sale prices in the ACC Premium Auction Database. We would list them in least-to-most order (say, from $25,000 to $100,000). The 50th price would be the median, as the median is the price at which there are an equal number of records (or sales) above the number and below it. The advantage to using median over average is that very high and very low prices don’t skew the median value the way that an average price can be affected. For instance, Barrett-Jackson sold the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am “Smokey and the Bandit” promo car for $550,000. This would significantly increase the “average” price of Trans Ams, but has little effect on the median price — $20,600 in this Price Guide. We think it is a very useful way to look at the market, and our numbers are all based on real sales. The second number you will find is the absolute highest price a certain model has been sold for. Looking at the movie Trans Am again, next year you’ll see $550,000 listed as the highest price, but the median might be in the $25,000–$30,000 range. Listing the highest price gives you an idea of just what a difference factors such as previous ownership, race history or placement in a movie can bring. Our Pocket Price Guide continues to have exclusive features you won’t find anywhere else. We list production numbers for most cars, along with an investment grade ranging from A to F, and the percentage change in the median price from last year to this. We continue to fine-tune our Price Guide, and would like to hear what you think. Chad Tyson is our Price Guide editor, and if you have comments and suggestions, please send them to him at chad.tyson@ americancarcollector.com.A 18 AmericanCarCollector.com CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5, number 2 March-April 2016 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 Senior Associate Editor Chad Tyson Copy Editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Daren Kloes Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and Events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVErTISInG SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SuBSCrIpTIonS Subscriptions Manager Meredith Volk Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag CorrESponDEnCE phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DhL/upS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Wallace Marx Bob DeKorne Brett Hatfield AMERICAN JOIN US American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. poSTMASTEr: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton FORD GT: How Ford Silenced the Critics, Humbled Ferrari and Conquered Le Mans by Preston Lerner, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $51.06, Amazon One of the joys of growing up obsessed with racing was opening up the newest Road & Track and savoring the reporting and stylistic flair of Henry N. Manney III. It was Manney who kept me, an obsessed teen, abreast of European sports car racing and the gargantuan battle between Ford and Ferrari around the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was also a new world, and in 1965, ABC broadcast live from Le Mans thanks to the new technology of the Early Bird satellite, which meant I was up well before dawn to watch the Ford GTs whip Ferrari as the race drew to a close. Well before breakfast I was already as disappointed as Henry Ford II. Which is why Preston Lerner’s Ford GT was such a surprising, enjoyable addition to the Big Pile O’Books at ACC headquarters. Lerner is already a well-respected motorsports author, and the story of the Ford GT, the battle of the gods between Ford and Enzo Ferrari that started in a boardroom and ended at Le Mans, promised to be a ripping yarn. The elevator pitch: Ferrari indicates he might sell the company to Ford, then balks at the last minute, after which Henry Ford vows to destroy Ferrari at the event they have dominated for years: Le Mans. Which is how the Ford GT program started in 1963. It took until 1966 for Ford to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, the story of an industrial giant awakened and willing to spend whatever it takes to win. Along the way, the greatest names in ’60s racing take the stage, the ones who only needed one name (Gurney, Foyt, Andretti and so many more), with Carroll Shelby and John Holman (Holman & Moody) taking charge, while having their own off-track battle. You already know how it comes out, this being the 50th-year anniversary of Ford’s victory, but along the way is a tale of focus, determination, hard work and tragedy, from boardroom to track, with ultimate success proving elusive and costly. Lerner does a wonderful job of turning a thousand stories around the Ford GT into a readable history, bolstered by a wonderful collection of images from David Friedman (Shelby American’s official photographer during the period). Reading Ford GT feels like a definitive text. PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson Lineage: Lerner is a journalist first, and his exhaustive research shows throughout the book. Fit and finish: The simple design stays well out of the way of the narrative, and there are plenty of beautiful images, well positioned within the text and bolstered by full and informative captions. detail Lerner manages to cram into the prose without slowing it down shows a journalist at his best. That he has such a great story to tell makes it even more fun to read. It’s a ripping yarn indeed, well told. is best manages to be both a fast-paced storytelling work and a history. The Drivability: Ford GT New products to modernize your street machine Classic Industries 1966–72 Mopar A- and B-Body remote Door Mirror Accidents happen. So does rust. oEr 1969 Chevrolet Full-Size Model Grilles and Trim OER has started producing previously unavailable reproduction grille and headlamp bezels for 1969 full-size models. Each OER upper grille (which will not fit Caprice, wagon, or SS 427 models) is injection-molded and painted the correct silver with black accents. The lower grille and headlamp bezels will fit the rest of the full-size Chevy lineup. Prices range from $99.99 to $389.99. www.classicindustries.com There are a number of reasons to replace your old or missing remotely operated door mirror. Classic Industries now offers this Mopar Authentic Restoration part by OER. The mirror features chrome plating and a factory mounting style. Price is $184.99. Learn the exact models this fits at www.classicindustries.com. 20 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Pieces of History This 1,000-piece puzzle chronicles the evolution of the pickup truck. It features hard-working rigs from Ford, GMC, Chevrolet, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep. $16.97 from www.genuinehotrod. com. by Tony Piff Air Chamber Plug in the ShowCase’s attached air pump, and in four minutes you have a freestanding car shelter. Drive right in through the zippered front panel. Filtered outside air is replaced three to five times every hour, eliminating the possibility of condensation. Prices range from $1,075 to $2,195, depending on dimensions. www.carcapsule.com Mini Grip Benchmade’s patented AXIS system is among the most elegant and effective blade-locking mechanisms ever devised, which helps explain the success of their Griptilian lineup. The Mini Griptilian has a hearty pocket clip and just about disappears in a closed fist. It’s a perfectly sized everyday carry, and lefties will appreciate the ambidextrous design. Choose from a vast range of blade shapes, edges, steels, finishes and handle colors. Made in the U.S. $89–$179 from www.bladehq.com. Just the Shiny Bits Bmpr2Bmpr distills the essence of iconic American classics down to just their chrome trim and lights, printed on T-shirts in reflective ink. The current selection includes trucks, motorcycles, muscle cars from the Big Three and Tri-Fives, with more designs in the pipeline. $30 from www.bmpr2bmpr.com. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1966 Corvette Grand Sport roadster Shown is a great new release from True Scale Models (TSM). This company produces models of all types of cars, in all scales, hence their releases run hot and cold. This little wonder is in the “hot” category. Not perfect, but close to it. It replicates the Roger Penske-entered Grand Sport Corvette as co-driven by Dick Guldstrand and Dick Thompson; unfortunately a DNF in the 1966 Sebring 12 Hours. Overall stance, body shape, and finish are top-tier, with the exception of the fingerprints on the rear deck. Detailing is very good except for a few mistakes: Interior color is too dark, yellow on wheels should also extend to the rims, there should only be one wiper in front of driver, and hood pins should have been added. But you do get underside detail. The model comes supplied in a nice mini display case. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Sunoco Blue Quantity: Estimated 500 to 750 Price: $69.95 Production date: 2015 Web: www.motorsportsminiatures. com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½


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SNAPSHOTS Chasing Dreams BUYERS AND SELLERS PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE IN ARIZONA Lew Bednarczuk and russo and Steele ringman Marty hill seal the deal. Bednarczuk flew in from Boston for a 1970 plymouth Superbird at russo (right), which he acquired for $143k including premium Story and photos by Tony Piff S teve Lammerman and sons Hayden and Brennan polished the fins and panels of their ’57 Chevy Black Widow replica in the shade of an outdoor BarrettJackson auction tent. Wife and mother Christina chatted with auction-goers ambling past. “It should go for $30k to $40k,” she said. “Hopefully $40k or $45k. Usually it’s a find-it-on-Craigslist-sell-it-on-eBay kind of thing, but this is something special. It goes across at 5 or 6. Cocktail hour.” Was this a family hobby or a family business? “Well, it keeps the boys out of jail,” 24 AmericanCarCollector.com John Boyle


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Christina said. “Actually, they’ve got a couple mortgages. They have to stay out of jail now.” Buyers and sellers put it all on the line at Arizona Car Week each January. Whether it’s business or pleasure, this is a place where hopes and dreams play out in real time. Paul Catone, a lifelong collision repairman from New York, relocated to Arizona two years ago when he got the call from Phoenix-based Hot Rod Investments. He now restores classic cars full time. “I’m 55 years old,” he said. “I’m goin’ back to my childhood.” Catone pointed to a resto-mod ’63 Split-Window Corvette in the Barrett-Jackson lineup and then pulled out his phone to show off the car’s “before” pictures. “These things are messes when they show up,” he said. “When they roll out, they’re beautiful. They’re like my kids. When they leave, I get a little choked up.” Lew Bednarczuk flew in from Boston with his sights set on a 1970 Plymouth Superbird at Russo and Steele. As the car approached the auction block on Friday night, bidders came down from the packed bleachers and circled for a closer look. Bednarczuk hung back, made his bids from the sideline, and when the gavel dropped at $130k, he owned the car. “I bought 10 cars this week, but this is the only one I really wanted,” he said, jittering with endorphins. “They had, like, 12 inches of documentation back to the original owner. I spent three hours on the car yesterday.” Bednarczuk texted the news to his friend. “The seller was trying to free up some cash to buy his dream car,” he said. “Sometimes you gotta sell some stuff you don’t want to sell.” Out at the Silver auction in Fort McDowell, Chris Elliot stood in the consignment lot and sipped a Coors Light. Elliot is co-owner of Interstate Restorations and Service in Chandler, AZ. “If we can get seven cars together, dealers get a package deal,” he said. “The Chris Elliot, co-owner of Interstate restorations and Service in Chandler, AZ, brought seven cars to the Silver auction, including this 1970 oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. he dreams of someday owning a C1 or C2 Corvette Buick Riviera didn’t sell, but the Corvette sold for $12,000. Wish we got a little bit more, but I was happy with it.” Corvette tattoos covered his forearm. “C1s and C2s are my favorite,” he said. “I’ll own one one day, hopefully.” When it came time for the Lammerman family’s Black Widow replica to cross the Barrett-Jackson stage, the room was full, and buyers were ready. Bidding quickly finished, and the car sold for $36,300. “It was good,” said Brennan Lammerman. He spoke with the cool enthusiasm of a 20-something businessman. “It brought about what we thought.” A hayden Lammerman preps the family’s ’57 Black Widow replica for Barrett-Jackson primetime. The car sold for $36,300 March-April 2016 25


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SNAPSHOTS DRIVING 3,000 WINTRY MILES TO DETROIT IN THREE COLLECTOR CARS Homeward Bound Derek Klein Thanks, Michelin tires! The 1966 Ford Mustang rips down the highway with the aid of some solid rubber by Chad Tyson F or a “Snapshots” piece in ACC #23, Editor Jim Pickering and I headed up Interstate 5 to LeMay—America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA, for a chat with museum CEO David Madeira. Not only did we come away impressed with the museum’s efforts to engage their community and youth, but Madeira also shared a plan we both thought was a little nuts — driving classic cars across the country right after Christmas. The plan was to caravan with a 1957 Chevy Nomad, a ’61 Chrysler 300G and a 1966 Ford Mustang coupe across the Rockies, through the Great Plains, and ending in The Motor City at the North American International Auto Show. Of course, all this was to take place in the dead of winter. Cars in a museum are not much different from pieces of art. Sure, they’re bigger, can be used as transportation, and leak (more) oil. But sitting in a museum, there isn’t much useable difference between the actual car and a really accurate painting of the car. And cars should be used. Madeira, via his day-to-day blog of “The Drive Home,” agrees: “I argue that while driving vintage cars may put them at ‘risk,’ not driving them makes their ‘death’ certain.” Collectibles become cars again Now, it wasn’t as if Madeira and crew just hit the road after pulling three random cars long held in the museum’s depths. ACM Technical Specialist Dale Wickell was the man for the task. A last-moment repair Wickell made on the Nomad’s clutch pedal probably saved that car’s trip. The sponsors pulled their weight too, with Michelin providing winter tires for each of the cars. (Anyone following Madeira’s blog knows he sang the praises of those tires at every opportunity.) After the driving party kicked off in Tacoma, their first stop heading down I-5 was at ACC/SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR. It was a taste of what the traveling crew would do at nearly every stop. Enthusiasts showed up in their cars to support the endeavor. Local (and even some foreign at later stops) news brought cameras and reporters to spill ink and pixels. A magnum of “The Drive Home” wine was presented to the host. Earned dirt Adding to the authenticity of the journey was that the cars were accepted, celebrated even, inside Club Auto Colorado on New Year’s Eve and at the NAIAS in all their dirty-snowy-icy-used goodness. There was no room for toothbrush-on-wire-wheels cleanliness here — the dirt and grime was hard-earned. Madeira’s drive behind this trip was not only to promote the ACM nationally and grow their supporter base, but also to collaborate with other museums, sponsors and influential auto enthusiasts. He hit a home run for those goals. See their stops at ACC/SCM, Auto Club Colorado, Kansas City Auto Museum, Hyman Ltd. Classic Cars and the Pontiac-Oakland Museum as evidence — as well as the long list of sponsors. “The Drive Home” took the crew 11 days and over 3,000 miles to trek from Tacoma to Detroit. The final stop at NAIAS was proof that despite the age of the cars and the age of the technology in them, classic American iron can still perform just as it was made to, even on a long drive home.A Derek Klein The 1961 Chrysler 300G glides past snow-dusted trees 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Derek Klein The ’57 Chevy nomad shines in a spot of sun


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO SEE AND BE SEEN YOUR ORIGINAL MUSCLE CAR’S LIGHTS ARE DIM BY DESIGN. HERE ARE A COUPLE OF EASILY REVERSIBLE TRICKS TO MAKE THEM BRIGHTER — AND SAFER — ON TODAY’S ROADS by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson Photos by Tony Piff F ace it: Your original muscle car’s headlights and taillights are old. Maybe they’re still as good as they ever were, but the world has changed around them. Drivers today are more distracted than ever, and even the most bland, blob-shaped commuter junk has better lighting than your prized stock GTO, SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST Pico 40-amp mini relay, P/N PCO-5591PT, $6.97/each (2 required) Vintage Air 30A Circuit Breaker, P/N VTA-23160-VUW, $8.97 Ron Francis Wiring Sealed Beam Connectors, set of 8, p/n RFW-AM8 $12.69/each (2 required) Standard Motor Headlight Plugs, 2-wire (high beam), p/n SMP-S529, $5.97/each (2 required) 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Charger or Mustang. Do you really want to gamble that you’re going to be seen when you brave modern traffic in your classic machine? With a little work, you can inject modern lighting technology into your classic car without changing its OE looks or hacking up its original wiring. That’s what we did with ACC Contributor Jay Harden’s ’69 Chevelle — installing a set of headlight relays and a set of Digi-Tails LED taillights at World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR. Don’t let the wiring intimidate you — these are easy projects. Here’s how we did it: Standard Motor Headlight Plugs, 3-wire (low & high beam), p/n SMP-S526, $4.97/each (2 required) Pico wire, 16-gauge brown, p/n PCO-81166PT, $4.97 Pico wire, 16-gauge green, p/n PCO-81164PT, $4.97 Pico wire, 16-gauge black, p/n PCO-81163PT, $4.97 Pico wire, 14-gauge green, p/n PCO-81144PT, $5.97


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headlight relays: From the factory, this Chevelle’s headlight power had to run from the battery into the interior, through the headlight switch and high-beam foot switch, and back out to the lights. It’s not the most direct connection, and there’s some substantial voltage drop in all that old wire and all those old connections. We’re still going to use the factory setup, but only to trigger a set of brand-new relays, which takes next to no juice. All the load on the circuit will be gone, yet the factory switch, dimmer, high-beam indicator and warning buzzer will all still work. 2 1 How dim are your lights? Most GM muscle cars will show about 11.5 volts through the original headlight circuit wiring with the engine running. Jay’s was 11.32. Considering the alternator puts out over 13 volts at idle, we can do a lot better here — and we’re going to do it using modern relays. 1 2 Headlight power will instead come from the original horn-relay bus bar — fed power directly from the alternator. You could also run a wire to the positive terminal of the battery, but using the horn relay requires a lot less wire length. Once you’ve located what will serve as your main power supply for the headlights, disconnect the battery. 3 Next up: finding a suitable mounting location for a 30A circuit breaker and the two headlight relays. The breaker needs to be mounted between the relays and the main power supply, used to cut power in case of a short. Here we found a spot on the core support for the breaker, not far from the horn relay (1). The two relays bolted to two existing holes in the driver’s fender (2). We also drilled a new hole to serve as a ground. Wire, 14-gauge brown, p/n RNB-85717, $6.97 Wire, 12-gauge red, p/n SUM-872100R, $21.97 Performance Tool 285-piece electrical repair kit, p/n WMR-W5207, $24,97 171-piece heat-shrink tube kit, p/n TTN-45238, $9.97 Convoluted tubing kit, various sizes, p/n TAY-38000, $16.97 Cordless butane soldering iron kit, p/n ECG-J-700KT, $58.95 4 Feeding power to the breaker is a simple as fabbing up a short section of 12-gauge wire. We crimped and soldered the ends using a butane soldering iron (fantastic and portable) and used shrink-tube to keep out moisture. One end connects to the positive screw on the horn relay, the other to the new circuit breaker. DIGI-TAILS PARTS LIST 1969 Chevelle Sequential LED Tail Light Kit, P/N 1100469, $199 Digi-Tails No-Load electronic flasher for LED, two-prong, $19 TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: JJ (J J J J J is toughest) Special thanks to World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR. Learn more about their museum and facilities at www.worldofspeed.org March-April 2016 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 5 Each relay came with its own pigtail and plug. We just needed to extend the wires out for our use. Here, the red wires link to the breaker to feed main power to the relays. Blue is main ground for both, while green and brown are trigger wires, used to match the factory harness colors. Finally, yellow runs to the headlights. 6 Headlight Wiring Diagram We used spade connectors on our new 16-gauge relay trigger wires. These simply plug into one of the original low-beam headlight plugs to trigger our new relays when the headlight switch is on. You could also cut the original harness and hard-wire these to the factory high- and low-beam circuits, but we wanted to maintain the original harness’ integrity. 7 The factory headlight wiring used small 16-gauge wires. We’re beefing that up for this project with brand-new 14-gauge brown and green wires to run from the relays to the headlights. The goal is limiting voltage drop as much as possible — which will translate to brighter lights. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 8 We also sourced new plugs for all four headlights, but they also came with dinky wires that were too small for our purposes. Ron Francis Wiring makes the proper plug ends to accept heavier gauge wire, so we used them. Taking out the metal connectors from the plastic plugs is easy with a really small screwdriver. Just bend back the spring tab and pull on the wire. 9 Here’s a good comparison of the factory-size wire with our new 14-gauge headlight feeds. Bigger is better here. 10 Using all new 14-gauge wire and the Ron Francis Wiring terminals, we ran power from the highbeam and low-beam relays out to the headlights. High beam (green) runs in series to all four headlights, low beam (brown) only goes to the outermost lights. We soldered all connections and used shrink tube to keep it all clean. 11 We simply unplugged the original headlight plugs and wire-tied them to the harness, up out of the way where they can’t touch anything. You could remove the factory plugs, shrink-tube the wires, and wrap-tape them up in the original harness, but with the plugs intact, you can revert back to the factory setup on the side of the road if needed. Now We’re Ready to Tackle the Taillights ... 12 Once everything is plugged in, wrapped up, tucked away, and grounded as required, hook up the battery and hit the lights. Now, with the engine running, we’re seeing a much brighter 13V+ at the headlights, and the factory switch no longer gets hot. Problem solved! Best of all, none of the changes made here are permanent. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO LED Taillights Weak bulbs, thin-gauge wiring and crazed plastic lenses all make it harder to see brake lights on our old cars — even at night. Converting to LED taillights not only adds a whole lot of diodes to your car’s rear, but a bit of styling flair as well. Switching over is simple, but there are some important steps to follow: 1 Identify a constant-power source in trunk or rear compartment with a test light. We found an orange wire that fed power to the dome light, which is perfect. After you’ve done that, disconnect the battery. 2 Remove taillights. We had to drop Jay’s bumper here, so take care to mark your bolts for painless reinstallation if that’s your case as well. 3 Disassemble taillights. Go easy on the 45-year-old-plus plastic lenses. Now is a great time to inspect for disintegrated gaskets and other maladies. 4 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Test-fit the new Digi-Tails LED panels. Also ensure both panel switches are set to the same position, i.e. Standard or Sequential. Standard functions the same as stock (only much brighter), while Sequential illuminates rows of diodes from the center of the car out. If you don’t like the setting you’ve picked, changing it up is as simple as flipping each switch. 5 minutes. Apply adhesive, or, in our case, peel the paper from the tape and install each LED panel. Press firmly and allow adhesive to set for a few


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6 Assemble housing. Here’s where you would replace those 47-yearold gaskets. 7 Plug in extension wires, supplied with the kit, and install grommets. A flat-blade screwdriver is handy at this point. 8 Reinstall taillight housings, taking care to avoid scratching the paint. Wait on repositioning the bumper until you’re sure your wiring is done and functioning correctly. 9 Access taillight wiring and splice the new LED panel wires into your original wiring as instructed. Both panels need to be hooked up to the same wires, so it’ll help to lay everything out before splicing. For a secure connection during one of Jay’s burnouts, we soldered and then applied heat-shrink tubing to each of the connections 10 Splice orange constant-power wire into constant-power source in trunk with supplied T-tap. We’re almost there… 11 Secure all spliced wiring. This can be done with wire ties, plastic loom, electrical tape, etc. 12 Digi-Tails require replacing the turn-signal flasher with an electronic no-load flasher. A stock or heavy-duty bi-metal flasher needs more resistance load to function properly than an LED panel creates. This is certainly true for cars equipped with front and rear LED turn signals. Reconnect the battery and test to verify everything works. never need attention as long as he owns the car. 13 A Next to Editor Pickering’s Caprice and its stock taillights, Jay’s Chevelle now has much brighter units — and they should March-April 2016 35


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson DESERT A is best): 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible rM Sotheby’s Lot 206, VIn 6L67S6Q193983, sold for $52,500 Of the 14,000 built, 13,000 seem to have been saved by those who thought these were “future collectibles.” Well, the future is now, and you have your choice in color of cars with equal or less miles than this for less money. And this car wasn’t even all that great. Door fit was abysmal even for a ’70s GM product. Even the color was a Debbie Downer — white with white seats and black carpeting. You might as well be colorblind. This selling price was commensurate to the 199 Bicentennial editions out there, the few times they surface in the market — and at least those white-on-white cars have red carpeting to spice them up. Still, it shows that the cars from the “Malaise era” — as some who weren’t there like to call the 1970s — are now not so malaiseful in the market. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless the 40-year-old top cables fail and tear the vinyl roof to shreds) Well-bought factor: 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible Gooding & Company Lot 4, VIn C7Fh267813, sold for $44,000 While our featured T-bird is a nicely restored unit, it suffers the same fate as all of its brethren — a shrinking fan base. As it has minimal to microscopic race cred, the T-bird’s global appeal is on par with the other Ford soft-top convertibles from 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Not helping the value here is that it is one of the few that were built with the standard 292-ci Y-block with the 3-speed stick, rather than the more common and desirable 312 with automatic. While this car attained CTCI Senior status, that was during Reagan’s first year in office. It’s essentially a moot point, though, as it was restored in 2007 with light fluff-and-buff work since. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless 0–60 times refer to the years you weren’t drawing a pension) Well-bought factor: 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible Bonhams Lot 1, VIn D7Fh334663, sold for $38,500 I remember when these two-place ’Birds got me interested in old cars in the mid-1970s, wishing I could afford to plunk down the cash to buy one, since they surely won’t lose money in the future. Back then, they typically sold for $15k to $25k, with only primo examples rarely going past $30k. Change the date to four decades in the future, and the price points have barely moved, apart from occasional market spikes on examples with desirable options or battling bidders. Factor in inflation and you’re not treading water; you’re sinking like an anchor. THE FOURTH ANNUAL BOTTOM-UP REVIEW OF THE ARIZONA AUCTIONS MARKET DISCOUNTS h, to be back in Arizona in January for the spate of collector car auctions — a week full of diverse vehicles from a diverse group of auction houses, each with its own character and general consignment genre. There is literally something for everyone in Arizona, regardless of the size of your bank account. Some may be seeking a world- class European touring car, some a numbers-matching, high-end muscle car. I, on the other hand, seek what few covet: the cheapest cars I can find at each auction. As in previous years, I’ll rate each to see if they were actually cheap, thrilling or well bought. Or just a cheap, scary money pit. So, here we go, from the most spent to the least ( 1957 — the Fairlane 500 Sunliner ragtop and the retractable hard-top Skyliner. If anything, those are seeing more growth in values than the T-bird. These ’Birds did the best this week at Russo and Steele, with most fetching north of this example’s selling price, yet none besting this one in condition.


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1976 Cadillac Sedan DeVille If you’ve always liked these two-seat cruisers, find a nice one like this example that only needs lube-oil-filter changes and has good colors and desirable options. Enjoy the thing, keep it well maintained, and know financially that it’ll be like renting a car for a long time. Remember, at the core, we’re in this for love, not money. Cheap: Thrilling: (especially if you left the hard top at home and it starts to rain) Well-bought factor: russo and Steele Lot Sn507, VIn 6D49S6Q182412, sold for $2,200 GM let the market know ahead of time that it was downsizing for 1977, and the market for these cars responded. The ’76 DeVille and Fleetwood sold like hotcakes because buyers didn’t want to get stuck with some smaller weeniemobile. A number of these cars were bought for the long term, with an overriding sentiment of, “If the auto industry is going to cave in, at least I’m going to drive a real car for as long as possible.” This example from Russo clearly is from that pathological profile of four decades ago. While not a minty untouched virgin, it shows that it was cared for and used sparingly — yet still used at 89,510 miles. It’s unsettling that they had to drop in a GM crate engine at 89k miles, but it’s now turn-key ready. Offered at no reserve on the last day of the auction, it wasn’t going to see much buyer traffic, so there’s a little money left on the table here — a lot if marketed correctly. Resoundingly, this was the best deal for a low sale all week. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you dig funky velour seats bigger than your living room couch) Well-bought factor: 1999 Cadillac Eldorado 2-door coupe 1949 Crosley 2-door sedan Barrett-Jackson Lot 9, VIn CD104086, sold for $3,850 Truth be told, there was one vehicle that did sell for less than this Crosley at B-J, but it was a collection of parts rather than a regular production car. Some might argue that a Crosley is that, too — although I certainly won’t, as mass production is one thing that founder Powel Crosley Jr. certainly knew well, both in terms of radios and appliances. However, whoever worked on this car certainly didn’t know much about paint work. Or body prep. Or upholstery work. Or even detailing. At least Crosley’s build quality was good enough to surpass the incompetence of whoever had their way with this car, as it ran sufficiently well with the stock CIBA 4-cylinder engine. Done on the cheap is the one congruent thing here, and that rarely yields profitable sales, even for the bottom-feeder end of the market. There were several cars that barely sold for more here that were vastly better deals than this poor lump. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless rehabilitation of others’ poor judgment is your hobby) Well-bought factor: Silver Auctions Lot 443, VIn 1G6EL12Y7Xu610618, sold for $850 While this Caddy looked pretty nice for having over 100k miles, it harbored a serious problem. Suffice to say that it blew enough white smoke out the dual exhaust system to either signal a blown head gasket or the selection of a new pope. While the Northstar engine seemed to be the hot ticket when it was introduced for 1993, it has since proved to be more of a death wish for Cadillac, with blown head gaskets and snapped crankshafts littered all the way to your nearest Lexus dealership. It’s noteworthy that at $600 on the hammer, nearly a third of the total price was the $250 minimum buyer’s fee. With scrap prices at record lows, the only upside here is if you have a ’79 Olds Toronado powertrain with an Olds 305 or 350 V8, good fabrication skills, and a desire to do something really different. Then again, with the threat of the Zika virus, maybe a cheap mosquito killer like this is just the ticket — until it goes bang. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you don’t have AAA on your speed-dial list) Well-bought factor: March-April 2016 37


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Horsepower Colin Comer HUNCHES a ODDSnd Gambling on a Bronco THIS HOLMAN-MOODY/STROPPE BRONCO IS AN INTRIGUING MYSTERY I HOPE TO SOLVE guys getting their rooms comped in Vegas. We wager when we buy a car that the numbers really do match. T We pass that last gas station betting that our gas gauge sitting on “E” is probably just broken. And, as we push an engine toward redline, we play the hunch that the last guy to rebuild it didn’t take a phone call halfway through torquing the rod bolts and forget to finish. Thankfully, these things usually work out. Of course it’s no secret the smart money is on the odds, not on the hunches. And yet when it comes to cars, I keep playing hunches like they are lead-pipe cinch odds. Hey, what can I say? I like cars, not Vegas. Discovered at a junkyard The latest hunch I’ve gone all-in on started as an innocent trip to a Bronco junkyard in Phoenix to buy a $250 set of used steel wheels for my 1989 Bronco. This yard is a regular stop, and I previously bought a pretty incredible ’74 Bronco through the owner, so no visit is complete without asking him if there are any cool Broncos around for sale. Within minutes he walked me over to a red 1969 Bronco that he 38 AmericanCarCollector.com Easy to walk by and dismiss ... he Ten Commandments of Gambling say, “Thou shalt trust the odds, not the hunches.” Now, I realize this is a car collecting magazine, but who among us could deny that this is a hobby based on gambling? Heck, we probably roll the dice more than most of the ... until you see this serial-number tag said was special and could be for sale for the right price. To be honest, I didn’t pay it much mind when I walked in as, well, it was beat up and cut with fender flares and big tires. But then I was shown the special part: its original Holman-Moody serial-number tag. Oh boy. Those $250 wheels just got a lot more expensive! The Holman-Moody/Bill Stroppe and Associates (HMS) Bronco race team won more than their fair share of off-road races from the late 1960s through early 1970s, including the Mint 400, Baja 500 and Baja 1000. In 1969, the year of this truck, HMS entered no less than six race Broncos in the Baja 1000 — which they won. And the team’s drivers? How about Parnelli Jones and James Garner for two of them? These Baja-racing Broncos became the inspiration for Ford’s own “Baja Bronco” option, available from 1971 to ’75, which is now the most collectible of all early Broncos, with just around 500 of the famous orange/white/blue and flat black Bobtails ever built. But this rig I was looking at predated the factory option package by a full two model years — and more than that, it had an H-M serial number rather than a Ford one. Real or not? But hey, I’ve been around this game a while and I’ve seen my fair share of bogus VIN tags and tall tales. However, the more I dug, the more the H-M tag on this truck jumped out as being the real deal. The serial number was in the right format and was also stamped


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“BRONCO HUNTER.” Pulling the Marti Auto Works report made it even more interesting. Listed as a Ford Test Vehicle, with the “Dealer #” listed as Ford Motor Company, it also showed unique options such as front and rear limitedslip differentials and 8.25x15 8-ply tires. Looking at the truck, there was also a very stout PTO winch that appeared to be original, a Stroppe roll bar inside, and a Baja Broncostyle steering wheel. And this is where playing my hunch and the odds come in. Truth be told, this old truck is about as rough as a night in jail. If it weren’t for that H-M serial number, or the Ford Test Vehicle order code and Ford Motor Company being listed as the selling dealer, I wouldn’t have given it a second look. But clearly this was no ordinary Bronco. I rolled the dice and paid nice Bronco money for a crappy Bronco with a hell of a VIN tag. The Bronco community has known about this very truck for years but it remains a mystery — despite the forums lighting up again lately on the subject since it is no longer a secret that it was just dragged out and sold. Hunting the history of the Bronco Hunter So what do I have? The short answer is I still don’t know. It’s an HMS-built Bronco that they called the “Bronco Hunter.” It falls in a period of time where H-M and Bill Stroppe were at odds more than they weren’t. I still don’t know if it was built at H-M in Charlotte, NC, or at Stroppe in Long Beach, CA. And what exactly was its purpose? Does “Bronco Hunter” mean it was a chase truck for the Baja team? Was it a prototype for a special Bronco model that later became what we now know as the Baja Bronco? Was it built for known hunting and Bronco enthusiast (and Detroit native) Ted Nugent, who was enjoying his first moments of superstardom in 1969? Well, okay, that last one is a stretch. The odds that it is a special Bronco are 100% based on the facts, and the hunch is that I’ll be able to know more at some point so I can restore it properly. I’ve been collecting early Broncos for a long time and have never seen, or heard of, another H-M tagged Bronco. It is clear that this was a “dollar car” given to H-M for some reason by Ford, hence the Ford VIN tag being knocked off of the glovebox and an H-M VIN tag being used to title it since Day 1. So my plan is to keep digging. I have located a few former employees of Stroppe whom I hope to quiz, and I will darken my friend Lee Holman’s doorstep soon and also reach out to Willie Stroppe. I’ll be raiding the Ford archives and the Internet for photos of the Baja team in 1969 to see if I can spot a truck that looks anything like this one. In other words, a lot of stones will be turned. But most importantly, unlike the “barn-find” Daytona elsewhere in this issue that took no sleuthing to determine what it is, this “outside the junkyard fence find” is an intriguing mystery I hope to solve. And, knowing that ACCers are an informed bunch, I’m hoping one of you can help me determine if this was a good bet — or not. Have any info or advice? You can reach me at colin.comer@americancarcollector.com.A March-April 2016 39


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Corvette Market John L. Stein ELECT INSPECT to EVERY OLD CAR WILL NEED SOME SORT OF WORK, BUT AVOIDING COMMON PITFALLS IS SIMPLER IF YOU INSPECT BEFORE YOU BUY Courtesy of Scott Young Scott Young’s 1964 — a long road to satisfaction deep into trouble. I knew within the first minute driving this chrome-plated, lacquered- T up, tube-axle beast that it wasn’t normal. The custom front disc brakes dragged terribly, building enough heat to prompt a Smokey Bear warning. One of the pie-crust cheater slicks had a fat goose egg on the sidewall, like a strangulated hernia waiting to blow. Advanced timing made the engine backfire while cranking, breaking the starter-motor housing each time. Worst was a gunky fuel system that made the overbored 327 buck and stall without warning. Even so, that ol’ gasser sure looked fine … stuck by the side of the road. Some kind of fun, huh? Well, actually, years after the annoyances and expenditures faded, I admit it was exactly that. Going one step further, I’d give anything for a do-over. Because, within our shared passion of finding and fixing up old cars, such problems actually make the stories sweeter, the experiences richer, and the affections stronger. So the next time you’re awash in “issues” with a car you perhaps shouldn’t have bought, rejoice that you did — and know that when you ultimately prevail, the sense of accomplishment will be even better. Continuing on the Corvettes-with-problems theme, three friends have also gotten in deep with their mid-years. It’s easy to do, especially when the get-in price of a fixer-upper is well below the street value of a polished example. Here are their stories. Thar she blows Advertising exec Scott Young bought a restored 1964 convertible at auction 15 years ago. Its Satin Silver paint looked terrific, and the 365-horse L84 was the most powerful carbureted engine available. “It happened so suddenly, I didn’t have a plan,” Young says. “We were 40 AmericanCarCollector.com he pearlescent blue 1964 Corvette gasser a friend and I bought years ago seemed like a brilliant idea at the time. By phone, the seller claimed it ran well, and the email pictures looked intriguing. Historic even. Of course, he wanted cash, and we wanted the car. So my buddy and I paid up and jumped in … Courtesy of Jeffrey Barteet Jeffrey Barteet’s 1964 — rescued from the desert sitting in the audience and this came up. It was bid to 28 and the bidding just stopped,” he recalls. “I looked at my brother-in-law and we both said, ‘That’s a good deal.’ I put my hand up at 30, paid for it and drove it home.” Unfortunately, what looked right onstage didn’t work exactly right on the road. “On the way home one head gasket started to seep,” Young recalls. “I could see it was losing coolant. After getting that fixed, I went over the car with an NCRS judging manual and took pages of notes, but ultimately decided to make it a reliable driver rather than a show car.” Thus began a long process of turning the hard-top convertible into an excellent trip companion. “The brand-new four-barrel needed to be rebuilt,” Young says. “I also changed the axle ratio because it had an aggressive gearing that spun the engine at 4,000 rpm on the freeway. There were also lots of rattles and creaks, and the paint bubbled. I got sick of looking at that, and it took six months to get repainted.” Fortunately, the Corvette ultimately became exactly what Young wanted — reliable, powerful and fun. “As a result of all the problems, I do know a lot about the car now,” he says. “I trust it and it’s reliable. It has Corvette performance with Chevy durability, which is exactly what I wanted.” Barn-find road burner Five years ago, IT specialist Jeffrey Barteet noticed a Tuxedo Black 1964 base coupe advertised in a sketchy desert town. When he got there, he found the seller to be, predictably, odd. “The guy was a character — kooky.” Barteet recalls. “He didn’t trust computers, and he wanted all cash. Green $100 bills.” Although the car ran, it had not been driven in 25 years and the brakes were soft and the suspension stiff. But there it was. “Sting Rays versus Cobras and Jags were childhood dreams to me, and suddenly the car was in my grasp,” Barteet says. “I thought, ‘This is a one-shot deal,’ and so I jumped on it.” Knowing that it would be needy after 25 years asleep, Barteet took


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a deep breath, peeled off a fat stack of bills, and started the long trip home. “Driving so far out in the boonies, I was a little spooked,” he admits. “The brakes were pulling to one side. But after I eased onto the highway, pretty soon I was outrunning traffic.” Since acquiring the car, Barteet has undertaken what he calls “a roll- ing restoration” — driving until a fault emerges and then fixing it. “My policy is that I don’t do anything I don’t have to, and I’m still sorting things out five years later,” he says. Barteet likes the robustness of the Sting Ray. “Some people will buy old cars and be afraid to drive hard because they think they are going to break them. The fun thing with Corvettes is that they’re sports cars, but they’re also built to take it.” Surgical precision Physician Phil Scheinberg bought a Rally Red 1965 big-block convertible through an online auction three years ago. “It was a stupid impulse purchase of a car that needed someone to rescue and love it,” he begins. Unfortunately, the inspection Scheinberg commissioned failed to reveal rusty frame rails sneakily patched with fiberglass. “Making it safe and reliable was essential,” Scheinberg says. Courtesy of Dr. Phil Scheinberg phil Scheinberg’s 1965 learning experience Although known issues included body and paint, the tipping point was the compromised frame, and repairing it properly required the body to come off, and that in turn invited — or demanded, if your line of work involves surgical procedures — a full restoration. “At that point there just wasn’t any choice but full commitment, whatever that might take,” he says. Although forced, the restoration did provide an opportunity to create an even better car. This meant installing a 496-inch crate motor with modernized ignition, aluminum heads, and 130 pounds less weight than stock. Scheinberg then added a Tremec 5-speed gearbox, power steering and brakes, and a modern audio system. Air conditioning may follow. Scheinberg is sanguine about the ordeal. “I think the end result will be a better car than I would otherwise have had,” he says. “I have also gained much Corvette knowledge from the experience that I would not otherwise have.” Inspect it yourself Common to all of these Corvette cringe-fests is one critical detail: buying a car without personally seeing, inspecting and driving it first. We expect barn finds to have faults, and these are a natural part of the hunt. Indeed, sometimes sellers truly may not know much about the old heirloom they’re selling. But more unsettling are the lies, omissions or convenient oversights that can accompany other sales. Avoiding such jeopardy requires FBI-level sleuthing to uncover problems before you do a deal. Dr. Scheinberg stitches up the best strategy nicely. “I think one would be well advised to take the time to thoroughly examine the car,” he offers. “And if you’re assigning this job out, make sure the person doing it is your own representative and is highly knowledgeable about the cars.” Any old Corvette will provide ample pleasure and pitfalls over the years. But diligence applied ahead of the purchase will definitely guarantee more of the former, and way less of the latter. A March-April 2016 41


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 Big Power in a Small Package Given its superb performance, it’s a wonder the LT1 small-block doesn’t get the widespread recognition that the Hemi, 427 and L88 enjoy 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 42 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 194370S403893 by John L. Stein transmission, 4.11 axle, power brakes, Firestone F70 white-letter tires, AM/FM radio, alarm system, and a dealer-added luggage rack. The seller purchased the Corvette from the original T owner in 1981 with all original paperwork, including the window sticker and sales order. Now showing just 19,900 original miles, the car still retains its original Marlboro Maroon paint and Saddle vinyl interior, but has enjoyed cosmetic restoration of the undercarriage and engine bay. It received a Bloomington Gold award in 1981, and is offered with the judging sheets. In addition, the car has been featured in books, magazines and a calendar, which are also included. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1070, sold for $71,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 29, 2016. The high-water mark of Chevy small-block engine development for its time, the solid-lifter 350-ci LT1 was at its performance peak in 1970. Just 1,312 Corvettes were so equipped, including 1,287 cars ordered with the stand-alone LT1 option, and another 25 competition-spec ZR1 models, which also included his 1970 Corvette LT-1 coupe was bought new off the showroom floor at BackhusEbert Chevy-Olds in Fowlerville, MI, in May 1970. Options included the 350-ci 370-hp solid-lifter engine, close-ratio 4-speed M21 the hot rod mill. All this represents just 7.6% of the production run of 17,316 cars that year. The LT1’s 370 horsepower was terrific for a small- block V8 at the time, and it remains impressive over four-and-a-half decades later. In fact, it wasn’t until the four-cam, 32-valve, fuel-injected ZR-1 debuted for 1990 that a production Corvette finally surpassed the LT1’s output (albeit by just five horses as rated). Not too shabby for an iron-block pushrod mill with a single 4-barrel Holley on top. Should be famous Given its performance capabilities, it’s a wonder the LT1 small-block doesn’t get the same recognition among car people that the Hemi, 427 or L88 does. After all, a high-performance small block is like a welterweight MMA fighter — quick, powerful, reasonably light, highly durable... and brutally effective. But perhaps this is just as well, because this means the LT-1 moniker (with hyphen as displayed on the car, without as an RPO code) remains something of a secret handshake among Corvette insiders. Now to this car in particular. At 46 years old, this Corvette had accumulated just 19,900 miles, and it was reportedly still wearing its original paint and interior. That works out to just 432 miles per year, or just over a mile per day on average. In the grand scheme of things, that’s chicken feed. Desirable models that have lived pampered lives Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 10,668 (coupes, 1970) Original list price: $5,192 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $39,400; high sale, $112,200 Tune-up cost: $500–$600 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis # location: VIN plate on lower left windshield pillar Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head make for serious bidding whenever and wherever they‘re found. But cars like this one are fairly rare in a sea of hundreds or thousands of restored cars — some doubtlessly of dubious origins and history — orbiting around the major auctions each year. An astute buyer grabbed this one. The best small-block Shark The Corvette was available in a record 11 exterior colors for 1970, but this car’s Marlboro Maroon enjoyed reasonable popularity, although it was only about half as popular as Donnybrooke Green. Fortunately, the maroon on our subject car holds up well today — both literally and artistically — with the finish bright and deep-looking, and apparently unmarred. Equally impressive was the Saddle interior, which still looks showroom-fresh. Clearly a meticulous effort was made to detail the car, as there wasn’t a bolster wrinkle, upholstery stitch or carpet fiber out of place. As referenced in the introductory copy above, the engine bay had been detailed, and it presented at auction as carefully used but original. Just right, and convincing. The 1970 model is one of five C3 years (1968–72) with chrome front and rear bumpers. As such, it falls right smack in the middle of this early and most desirable series of Sharks. Truthfully, somewhat overshadowing the LT1 engine this year was the debut of the 454-ci LS5, boasting a claimed 390 horsepower. However, the big block was a way cheaper option at $289.65 versus the LT1’s $447.65 premium, and with the pizzazz offered by the biggest engine ever to grace a Corvette, it’s little surprise that the LS5 outsold the LT1 by nearly 3.5 to 1. (However, today, the LT1 beats the LS5 in value.) Also to the 1970 LT1’s credit, at 370 horsepower, it was the highest output of the LT1’s short three-year run, as the power rating dropped to 330 hp for 1971 and then further plummeted to 255 hp for 1972 as emissions regulations took further control. The engine option disappeared for good in 1973. All told, this makes the 1970 Stingray LT-1 — either coupe or convertible — the most desirable small-block Shark out there. Of luggage racks and 4.11 gears Regarding the car’s other features, the 4.11 axle is certainly a magic number in street performance (“With 4.11 gears you can really get lost”— Commander Cody), but such low gearing invites stoplight drags more than it does interstate touring. Which means that the dealer-installed luggage rack is a bit of an odd fit for the car, although they’re nostalgic enough today that in my estimation the rack neither damages nor helps the car value-wise. And with such low mileage, original paint and interior, and a Bloomington award to its credit, there is little chance this Shark will ever be used for anything that involves the affixing and transportation of suitcases, ice chests or golf bags anyway. With no other remarkable options or any particular history noted besides the original sale documentation, the chief merits of this C3 are its rare and desirable LT1 engine, the exceptional original finish and interior, and the extraordinarily low mileage. Among 77,909 chrome-bumper 1968–72 Shark coupes built, due to its extraordinary surviving status, along with the zenith of performance for the ’70 LT1 engine, this car fully deserved the $71,500 paid in Scottsdale. With the current ACC Pocket Price Guide framing 1970 LT-1s with a median price of $39,400 and a high-water sales mark of $112,200, this particular sale tucked in about where I’d have expected based off its condition and history. To my way of thinking, that made it a terrific buy. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 convertible Lot 562, VIN: 194670S334087 Condition: 3+ Sold at $79,750 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/14/2014 ACC# 239282 Club: National Corvette Restorers Society More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1962 Corvette 327/250 convertible, 1964 Corvette 327/250 coupe, 1996 Corvette Grand Sport coupe ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 convertible Lot 464, VIN: 194670S406683 Condition: 3 Sold at $49,500 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/19/2015 ACC# 265008 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 coupe Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/31/2014 ACC# 256256 Lot 120, VIN: 194370S413806 Condition: 2Sold at $34,100 March-April 2016 43CC 43


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PROFILE GM Bandit Makes Off With Big Money 1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM “BANDIT” SPECIAL EDITION Low-mileage Trans Ams found new world-record prices in Arizona. Does that phenomenon suggest a trend? VIN: 2W87TAL150286 by Dale Novak This Trans Am is one of the lowest original-miles Special Edition cars in existence. It is documented with all its original books, papers and PHS paperwork. T 44 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 480.1, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett Jackson Scottsdale sale held on January 24–31, 2016, in Scottsdale, AZ. A bunch of you may be tripping over this car’s selling price — $110,000 for a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am. Quite frankly, when I watched this sell at BarrettJackson, I was in total disbelief myself. I had to put on my glasses just to make sure I wasn’t seeing the bid number incorrectly. But the numbers were right, and this car wasn’t the only one seeing big money across the block. Transformation of the Trans Am Even though the 1970 Firebird shared its platform with the newly designed Camaro, the secondgeneration F-body Pontiacs were marketed towards a more well-heeled buyer. Any similarities between the 1967–69 (first-gen) and second-gen cars were his very rare and low-production Special Edition Trans Am has it all. This style Trans Am was immortalized in the “Smokey and the Bandit” movies. This “Bandit” is 100% original and has less than 750 miles on it. nonexistent. The body was completely new, heavier and larger. But with that came a wide range of styling options and a heavy-duty lineup of performanceengine choices. We can’t lump all the Trans Am models into one profile — there are far too many of them. That said, we can dispatch all of the 1970–72 models as well as the 1973 and 1974 Super Duty editions. Doing so still gives us a production run from 1973 to 1981 of a whopping 451,420 Trans Ams. So, needless to say, the Trans Am name was very good for the Pontiac brand. But by 1975, the Trans Am had become more of a styling and touring car than anything else. While it handled great, performance had become a thing of the past. The highest horsepower offered came in the form of the 455 HO (High Output), but that was mainly a marketing buzzword for a paltry 200-horse windbag of an engine suffocated by catalytic converters. Still, as the Trans Am took a nosedive in the performance department, sales climbed. Sales had multiplied from 10,255 units sold in 1974 to 27,274 in 1975. Sales continued to soar all the way up to 1979, with the bean counters tallying up 117,108 Trans Ams sold in 1979 alone. In the automotive world, U.S.-built cars were choked and bloated by emissions and mandated safety equipment. Styling was at an all-time low and the “smogger car” era was fully engaged. With that, the marketing teams at GM plotted a sales theory — if it can’t go fast, it might as well look like it can. It worked. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Burt Reynolds and the ‘cool’ factor In May 1977, Universal Pictures released “Smokey and the Bandit.” It was campy, but it rocked the box office and has grossed over $300 million since its release. Unquestionably, the unspoken star of the movie was the black and gold Trans Am that Burt Reynolds slammed over highways. Pontiac used the movie as an excellent opportunity to market the Trans Am. While there has never been an official “Bandit” edition Trans Am, Pontiac did capitalize on the movie with the Y81- and Y82-code Special Editions — the same type of car driven by Reynolds with black and gold accents. Although the Y81s and Y82s could be ordered in other color combinations, the only “true” color combination is black on black or black on tan. Sales leapt to 68,745 in 1977, with 7,392 of those being Special Edition models. By 1980, the Trans Am was slightly updated, but performance continued in name only. Gone was the 400 V8 (6.6-liter), replaced with the 301 (4.9-liter) Turbo V8 or 305 V8. The turbo system was rather pathetic and horribly unreliable. By 1980, there were 13 Trans Am models to choose from, with several SE models (including Y84 and Y85) so buyers could be as confused as ever in the showroom. Sales fell to 50,896 (from 117,108 in 1979) as the model lost some of its “cool” factor. Pick a Trans Am ... Throughout the sale at Barrett-Jackson, Trans Ams (in general) did very well on the block. It just may be their time to find a new sea of buyers who lusted for one back when they were new. There are piles of Trans Ams out there. A quick search at Hemmings found 98 for sale, from 1973 to 1981, including four Super Duty models. Mecum’s Kissimmee, FL, sale had 22 “common” Trans Ams, and Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sold 10, including the $550,000 real Bandit Movie Promo car (Lot 7004). The cars are not rare and they’re not hard to find — but with limitations. The reality is that most guys are hunting for the black and gold editions, even if they aren’t SE models. When you break down the auction sales, the black cars usually find the best money, with T-tops adding a premium. Automatic or a 4-speed does not seem to play into the equation, but mileage does, with all-original low-mile T/As rising to the top. Trans Ams that have been beaten to death, modified, or littered with wanna-be performance items are quickly kicked to the curb. From movie magic to auction magic Our subject car is one of 3,444 Y84 Special Editions built in 1980 with the 4.9 Turbo and T-tops. This styling packaged upped the price by $1,443 in 1980 — a heady amount to the $7,529 Turbo base price. The mileage was reported at a paltry 750, as this example was mothballed and stored away for a future payday. It was fully documented and in showroom condition. By the numbers, $25,000–$35,000 would be a great price for a 1980 Y84 Trans Am with low miles in exceptional condition. That said, low miles for a 1980–81 model would be more commonly found in the 30,000 to 40,000 range — that’s nowhere near 750. Modern collectibles, such as our subject car, seem to do extremely well when they clock in under 1,000 miles. Under 100 miles and hold on to your hat — Barrett-Jackson also sold Lot 763.1, a 1979 10th Anniversary Trans Am with 7 miles, for a staggering $187,000. The question is how do we discern this Trans Am sale from others? At Barrett-Jackson, low-mileage pristine Trans Ams were finding new world-record prices — and it was happening consistently across the board. But does that phenomenon suggest a trend? My car radar tells me that this sale was a culmina- tion of the perfect marketing storm. The genuine “Smokey and the Bandit” promo car, Burt Reynolds and three other exceptional Trans Ams (including our subject car) gathered a room full of hopeful Trans Am buyers. While that assumption does make me suspect that this sale may have used a little movie magic compounded with some auction magic, it does tell me that there are buyers who want these cars — and they want them very badly. And, like Anniversary and Pace Car Corvettes, there are quite likely more low mileage SE Trans Ams squirreled away — and the guys holding these cars in their garages are getting excited to tell their skeptical wives that they’ve been right all along. However, I think a few more examples will need to come out to play before we know for sure if we are seeing a new value trend or if this is just another round of overly exuberant auction magic. For now, place this one in the very well sold column. 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March-April 2016 45 Detailing Years produced: 1976–81 (SE models) Number produced: 452,615 (1973–81), 3,444 (1980 4.9 Turbo SE T-top) Original list price: $8,972 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $16,000; high sale, $110,000 (this car) Clubs: www.transamworld. com, www.bandittransamclub.com, Pontiac-Oakland Club International (www. poci.org) Engine # location: Suffix code and partial VIN on front engine block below left cylinder head Alternatives: 1980 Chevrolet Corvette L82, 1979 Dodge Li’l Red Express truck, 1980 Ford Mustang Cobra ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $14 VIN location: Plate on driver’s side dashpad, VIN label on driver’s side door, partial VIN on engine block and transmission 1978 Pontiac Trans Am SE Lot 586, VIN: 2W87K8L184824 Condition: 3 Sold at $21,330 Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/18/2015 ACC# 264846 1979 Pontiac Trans Am Lot S112, VIN: 2W87Z9L138385 Condition: 3+ Sold at $26,750 Premier Auctions, Punta Gorda, FL, 4/11/2015 ACC# 264515 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo Pace Car Lot TH275, VIN: 2X87TAL145064 Condition: 3+ Sold at $15,675 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2015 ACC# 257064


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PROFILE GM Trans Ams Sales at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (2016 sales of 1973–81 Trans Ams, not including SD-455 cars) Lot 7004, 1977 Bandit promo Car, $550,000 Lot 763.1, 1979 with 7 miles, $187,000 Lot 480.1, 1980 (profile car), $110,000 Lot 480, 1977 Y82 Special Edition, $82,500 Lot 931, 1976 with 63,500 miles, $51,700 Lot 950.2, 1979 with 8,500 miles, $44,000 Lot 87, 1977 Y82 Special Edition with 33,850 miles, $44,000 Lot 103, 1976 455/4-speed, $42,350 Lot 419, 1977 with 30,600 miles, $33,500 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Lot 359, 1979 with 91,000 miles and a color change, $11,000


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PROFILE FOMOCO Fox-Body Snake Strikes 1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT COBRA This may seem like strong money, but Fox Mustangs are picking up steam as former lead-footed teens mature and start to influence the collector market 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1FACP42D2PF175475 by Sam Stockham original window sticker, registration history back to 1994, and Ford SVT vehicle certification with build date of 5/14/1993. It was number 3,162 of 4,993 Cobras built that year. It also comes with both the short and long 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra vehicle brochures in as-new condition. Presented in Teal Metallic clear-coat paint with an T Opal Gray cloth/vinyl interior, this car appears exactly as it did when new and is original all the way down to its Goodyear Eagle ZR45 tires. In fact, the only thing that is not original on this car is its brand-new Ford Motorcraft battery. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 385, sold for $27,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s flagship auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 27, 2016. Almost all generations of the Mustang have success- fully captured the hearts and imagination of the youth of America. Globally, the Mustang is as American as apple pie and baseball. When it turned the automotive world on its ear in 1964 as a gussied-up Falcon, it was heralded as the best thing since square cheese. his is an extremely well-preserved, all-original 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra. This outstanding car comes with extensive documentation including multiple 100-point judging sheets from the Mustang Club of America, the As the Mustang continued to grow physically, so did the displacement, and by 1973, our beloved federal government (and arguably the insurance lobby) became the cops at the front door of the muscle-car kegger. In 1974, Ford reskinned the Pinto and called it the Mustang II. These were dark days for sure, but surprisingly, sales did not suffer too badly. It was a new world of fuel economy and emissions regulation, and Ford did what it had to do to keep the brand alive. That Foxy 5.0 By 1979, Ford knew it had to bring some magic back to the Mustang. The Fox chassis had already been in use in the Fairmont, which eventually morphed into the LTD II. That car’s benign design could be loved only by a humorless government official, and according to Ford, the chassis was the perfect platform for a new Mustang. Also introduced in 1979 was the “5.0” badge on the front fender. It then went away for two years, reappeared on the 1982 GT, and announced metric displacement until 1993, when it quietly disappeared on the 1994 redesign. That small detail was iconic in and of itself — the Fox Mustang became known as the “5-point-oh Mustang” to a generation hungry for performance. Many trim packages were introduced in the 14-year run to keep buyers coming back. The 1979 Pace Car was the initial standout, and the 1984 GT350 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing gave a nod back to the glory days of Shelby. By the mid-1980s, the SVO (Special Vehicle Operations) with a turbo 4-cylinder was designed to go up against European offerings such as the Porsche 944. The model was certainly unique but failed to gain real traction. It was discontinued after 1986. The return of the Cobra By 1993, Ford knew the Fox–body Mustang was get- ting old, and they decided to inject some last-hurrah testosterone into the model by introducing the Cobra. The Special Vehicle Team (SVT — no longer SVO) was charged with its creation. This performance package included ground effects, which resembled the parts on the GT but were different, a unique wing, special suspension, rear disc brakes, and SVO-esque taillights. Choice mechanical upgrades, only available in the Ford Motorsport Catalog, bumped horsepower to 235 through the addition of smog-friendly GT40 heads, and a custom intake, cam and exhaust system. This marked the first time a special-edition model from Ford actually used Ford’s catalog parts to increase performance. Production was limited to exactly 5,100 cars, 107 of which were Cobra R models, which were considered rather extreme for the day but are top brass in the market today. The remaining 4,993 cars could be had in any color as long as it was black, red or teal, which is the tropical shade of our subject car. Low miles While the Barrett-Jackson description gave no indication of this car’s mileage, some Internet digging revealed the odometer showed a shade over 3,000 miles. The pictures certainly support this as well, but they also show an aftermarket Hurst shifter handle, which should be the first thing to go. The rubberinsulated factory handle will fit on the Hurst base and won’t scream “modified,” which can detract from value. The 1993 Cobra has held steady value since its initial depreciation and has been a $12,000 to $15,000 car for 20 years. I have seen 100,000-mile dogs as low as $8,000, but the market is changing here, and prime examples such as this car certainly command a premium. Later Fox cars will last for 200,000 miles if taken care of, but many were passed down to teenagers when the cars were at the bottom of their depreciation curve. Less so for the Cobra because of the price point, but really, who drives a Mustang and doesn’t lead-foot the thing? As prices move up, we will start to see rough examples get restored, and that’s a real challenge with the unibody Fox chassis. These cars start to flex and squeak over time, and that is where nice low-mile examples like our subject really shine. They were nice cars to drive when new, and getting that new-car feeling back is really hard after 100,000 miles of teenage power-shifts. Big money, or is it? This price — $27,500 — may seem like strong money, but the new reality is that Fox Mustangs are picking up steam as those once lead-footed teens start to influence the collector market. Expect the best cars to rise the fastest. I’ve seen $30,000 for some Fox-body Saleens, and the Cobra is not far behind. A fully loaded GT with under 20,000 miles and no mods can fetch over $15,000 these days, and there were many more of those made than Cobras. By way of comparison, Barrett-Jackson also sold a 100-mile hermetically sealed 1984 GT350 convertible with the 5.0 motor for an eye-opening $71,500. Ford made more 1984 GT350s than 1993 Cobras, and the Cobras are much better cars. I don’t see the buyer getting a better deal on a better car anywhere else, so I’ll call this one well bought. The new owner has a great example of a performance icon of the 1990s, and there’s plenty of upside left.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Club: SVT Cobra Mustang Club (SCMC) Engine # location: Partial VIN stamped on rear of block, behind intake manifold Year produced: 1993 Number produced: 4,993 Original list price: $18,505 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $15,000; high sale, $43,200 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $22 VIN location: Door tag, driver’s door; plate at base of windshield on driver’s side More: www.svtcobraclub.com Alternatives: 1989 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, 1989 Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 20th Anniversary, 1994 Ford Mustang Cobra ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Lot 281, VIN: 1FACP42D7PF176220 Condition: 2Sold at $14,850 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 9/27/2014 ACC# 252409 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra Lot 2415, VIN: 1FACP42D3PF176036 Condition: 2Sold at $13,750 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 4/25/2014 ACC# 243389 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R Lot 2195, VIN: 1FACP42D6PF169212 Condition: 1Sold at $42,350 RM Auctions, Kensington, NH, 6/10/2006 ACC# 42191 March-April 2016 49CC 49


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PROFILE MOPAR 1969 DODGE CHARGER DAYTONA BARN FIND Restore or Preserve? Teddy Pieper, courtesy of Mecum Auctions “Patina” cars are very popular at cruise nights and shows, but this one is a few mossy layers beyond that VIN: XX29L9B355143 by Patrick Smith • Glenwood, AL, barn find • One of 503 produced • Two-owner car • Matching-numbers 440-ci engine • Automatic transmission • Original red with white wing • Custom flames painted on nose cone • Black bucket seats and center console • Featured in November 2015 issue of Mopar Muscle ACC Analysis This car, Lot F186, sold for $99,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s massive auction in Kissimmee, FL, on January 15, 2016. The 1969 Charger Daytona was Mopar’s first winged wonder, built to dominate NASCAR’s super speedways through both brute power and a host of slippery aero tricks. The drivetrain consisted of either a 440 Magnum or the optional 426 Hemi, and both were offered with the heavy-duty TorqueFlite 727 automatic or a 4-speed manual transmission. The winged Charger was a homologation special, and Dodge produced 503 of them for sale. Although the Daytona was a track winner and forced rivals to up their game, it was a poor seller due to that outrageous wing and nose cone. Drivers weren’t enamored with “park by feel,” and the styling was simply too in-your-face for most buyers. Plymouth’s Superbird, built for the 1970 model year, was a little more usable in the real world thanks to 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com revised nose-cone cooling, and more of them were built to satisfy a change in the NASCAR homologation rules. Of the two, the Daytona is the rarer bird. Winged wonder in the barn Decades later, the Daytona became recognized as an influential force in aerodynamics in speedway racing, and it then became a blue-chip vehicle hunted by serious auto collectors. With every market run-up, Mopars led the pack in record-breaking prices and corrections. As market bellwethers, Mopars are frequently involved in trends and fads. We’ve seen shabby-chic-patina rides, and the latest trend is the “barn find.” That’s why you’ve likely seen this car already — even the mainstream news picked up on its sale at Kissimmee. Selling cars in barn-find condition at auction isn’t new. A number of significant European post-war classics have found new homes this way for years. But there’s one important difference between a barn-fresh Ferrari 250 GT California and Dodge Daytona — the law of supply and demand greatly favors a complete Ferrari restoration. That isn’t always the case with a Dodge. Two markets for two engines The Dodge Daytona world is split in two layers for collectors: Hemi cars and 440 cars. Dodge made only 70 Hemi Daytonas, which are more desirable than their 440 siblings in today’s market thanks to their race victories on the track. It’s the Hemi Daytonas


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing that set records at auction, with an astounding $972,000 high-water mark set for a low-mile, perfectly restored Hemi car at Mecum Kissimmee last year (ACC# 263111). By contrast, there were over 400 Daytona 440s made, the bulk of them automatic-transmission equipped just like our subject car. The median sale price for all 440-powered Daytonas sold in 2015 was $147,000, compared with $798,500 for Hemi cars. The highest 440 sale we’ve seen in the past two years was also at Mecum Kissimmee in 2015, at $302,400 (ACC# 263112). Preserve or restore? Let’s suppose you own this car. What’s next? It needs a complete restoration for show standards, and considering recent median pricing, there’s little chance of that being profitable unless you discount the labor and do it as a hobby. Although stored under a carport for decades, there is rust on the front end and part of the roof. The partial white vinyl top may have accounted for that. The interior looks like it was and might still be home to a number of small furry creatures. “Patina” cars are very popular at cruise nights and shows, but this one is a few mossy layers beyond that. It needs to be hauled to go anywhere, which gets old fast. Although the odometer shows 20,553 miles, we have no true knowledge of its condition. A lot of work needs to be done to make it road-worthy, which will remove a lot of the character that makes up its scruffy “barnfind” appeal. So it appears the new owner is in a bind. Or is he? That shining moment There’s an old maxim I like to consider when weigh- ing the “restore, modify, or preserve” status of old cars: What was that car’s shining moment in history? For instance, did it have an illustrious race career with victories or a famous driver? Was it customized for the show circuit by a notable customizer, or perhaps owned by a local street-racing legend? Is it a low-mileage original worthy of preservation? This car was originally owned by a judge in Alabama. He bought it for his wife to drive. By 1974, it had been traded in and eventually ended up sold to an 18-year-old who used it for a vacation cruise down South, complete with flamed paint job. The teen sold the car to someone else, who kept it for decades. That owner stopped driving it after denting the nose, and it spent years parked in an open carport. That owner eventually sold it to Charlie Lyons, who brought it to the Mecum auction. Prior to the auction, this Daytona’s crowning moment was a high-jinx-laden Spring Break run to Panama City. The once-teenage owner may have fond memories from that trip, but they aren’t historically important, and the custom touches aren’t unusual enough for preservation. No, in the grand scheme of things, this car’s true shining moment in history was this well-reported sale, complete with dingy, chipped paint under years of moss and dirt. But would you really leave this car as-is? Bringing it back Considering you can’t do much with the car in its current state, and the fact that it still retains its numbers-matching drivetrain, the most compelling path for this car is a restoration to factory-original status — whether it’s done in stages by various owners or in one go by someone with deep pockets. Here’s why I think that’s the ticket: Fundamentally, the Daytona changed NASCAR history as the first car to smash the 200-mph barrier, and it changed the styling of all Chargers afterward. The Daytona also triggered some of the most controversial NASCAR restrictions in history, with rule changes designed first to make the car uncompetitive, then illegal. Mopar collectors traditionally love the winged cars for those reasons and more, and you can’t argue against these things being most impressive when done up in showroom condition. This one, with its matching numbers, is worth that effort, even if it’s not a slamdunk money-making prospect at today’s market levels. All things considered, at under the ambitious estimate of $150,000, I’d call this one a fair deal for both the buyer and seller. The price paid here was no bargain, but careful handling will get the car mobile and buy the owner time to plan his next move in the world of Daytona ownership. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Lot S154, VIN: XX29L9B390024 Condition: 2Sold at $206,700 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/22/2009 ACC# 119456 Club: Daytona/Superbird club More: www.superbirdclub.com Alternatives: 1969 Ford Talladega, 1970 Plymouth Superbird, 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler Original list price: $3,993 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $147,000; high sale, $302,400 Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $22.80 VIN location: Driver’s side dashpad next to windshield, driver’s door decal Engine # location: Raised machined boss next to distributor has suffix code. Oil-pan rail has partial VIN Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 433 with 440 4-barrel ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Lot 5, VIN: XX29L9B409063 Condition: 2Sold at $96,800 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 5/4/2013 ACC# 215917 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona Lot S712, VIN: XX29L9B355146 Condition: 1Sold at $118,800 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2012 ACC# 191571 March-April 2016 March-April 2016 51


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1932 FORD 3-WINDOW COUPE Screaming Yellow Deal Brian Henniker, courtesy of Gooding & Company As ’32 Fords go, this one’s really special, from its Art Chrismanbuilt 427 Cammer V8 to paint and metalwork by some of the best in the business VIN: 18123937 by Ken Gross • 650-hp, 427-ci SOHC “Cammer” V8 with two 4-bbl carburetors • Rod & Custom cover car in January 1998 • Built by an all-star cast of hot rod greats: Art Chrisman, Steve Davis, Pete Eastwood, Ron Mangus, Stan Betz and Bob Kennedy • Chosen as one of “The 75 Most Significant ’32 Fords” • Beautifully maintained with low mileage ACC Analysis This car, Lot 130, sold for $154,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Gooding & Company’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 23, 2016. It’s not often that I have the chance to inspect an ACC profile car before the auction and be there when it is sold, but I’ve been involved from the beginning on this ’32 3-window, because I know its history. I saw it when it appeared at the Fairplex in Pomona in 2007 for the 75th Anniversary of the 1932 Ford, and I’ve spoken several times with the seller. As ’32 Fords go, this one’s really special, from its Art Chrisman-built 427 big-block Cammer V8 to extensive modifications, paint and metalwork by some of the best practitioners in the business. Sidney Allen, the seller, told me he saw a picture of the car at Art Chrisman’s and had to have it. It was a Rod & Custom cover car in January 1998. Allen bought it after the untimely passing of its builder Mike Martin. Although the coupe was completed nearly 20 52 AmericanCarCollector.com years ago, it’s still immaculate and looks as though it was just completed. If I had a Cammer ... The fun starts under the hood. Ford SOHC V8s are rare engines, and this torque monster, massaged by the legendary Art Chrisman and topped with twin Holley 4-bbls, develops over 650 hp. That’s plenty of punch for a little deuce coupe that can’t weigh more than 2,400 pounds. If you want one of these SOHC engines today, you have to spend $40,000 to $50,000, and that’s before you’d take a gennie Deuce 3-window, chop it, mount it on a boxed, modified and stretched chassis, then pay top dollar to have it finished to a fare-thee-well. I stress the Cammer engine here because you don’t often find Ford’s SOHC 427 big-block V8s in hot rods, and this may have been the first time anyone did one in an early Ford. Rare and expensive, they were NASCAR’s most powerful engine overnight, and were quickly banned from competition. According to R&C, Motorsports Hall of Fame and NHRA legend Art Chrisman upgraded this car’s engine with a forged crank, J&E 9.5:1 pistons, Le Mans connecting rods, Donovan stainless valves, a Vertex magneto, a Buddy Barr aluminum intake with twin Holley 4-bbl carburetors, a Holman & Moody oil pan, and headers by Mike Hamm. Chrisman modified a Ford C6 automatic to handle the 427’s mountain of torque, and fitted period Buick finned drums, a


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1932, 1997 Number produced: Standard and DeLuxe coupes, 70,720 Halibrand quick-change rear and Aldan coil-over shocks. Pete Eastwood fabricated the boxed chassis with a three-inch stretch for better handling and proportions. Ka-ching! Noted metalman Steve Davis subtly wedge-chopped the top a little more than an inch in front and an inch in the rear. He raised the cowl three-quarters of an inch, bull-nosed and shortened the grille and fabricated a three-piece hood that’s three inches longer than stock. The rolled rear pan features frenched taillights and a Jaguar flip-top filler cap. Finished in PPG Deltron Yellow, mixed by Stan Betz and applied by Jerry Cain, the car also has a Ron Mangus interior, a woodgrain dash by Bob Kennedy, and a custom Ron Sexton banjo steering wheel. Those names are some of the best in the business, and beyond their laying of hands on this ’32, the car was also voted one of the “75 Most Significant ’32 Ford Hot Rods” by a panel of hot rod experts in 2006. Power to the people Long a hot rod favorite, the 1932 Model 18 intro- duced Ford’s 65-hp, low-priced flathead V8 for the masses. Production didn’t get under way until March of 1932, and the 3-window coupe arrived late in the model year. Hot-rodders loved the flathead from the get-go, and Henry obliged by improving it substantially until 1953. The go-fast crowd had already started installing OHV V8s from Cadillac, Olds and Chrysler by the mid-1950s, and as soon as Chevy’s lightweight smallblock V8 hit the streets, that motor began its upward trajectory. Big-block engines such as Chevy’s 409, Pontiac’s 421 and, of course, Chrysler’s 426 Hemi found their way into hot rods, but they were comparatively rare. The mighty-but-outlawed Cammers, which went from NASCAR right into Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars, were considered too expensive. So Mike Martin’s yellow coupe was an anomaly when it was first built. I thought it’d go for much more here at the auction, but that’s not what happened. Surprisingly, bids on this ’32 were slow to start at the Gooding sale — the whole event was somewhat sluggish, with hot rods even more so — and bidding eventually eked its way up to $154k with buyer’s commission. That’s decent money, but well short of the $200,000 high estimate. Great expectations This is the first time one of the “Top 75 Deuces” has come on the market, and some observers wondered if that honor would have a positive effect. This blazing yellow coupe’s pedigree is really impressive; it’s in perfect condition, and it’s not been seen too often, so there are still show opportunities for the new owner. Sidney Allen was on hand to tempt looky loos at the Gooding auction: “It’s fun to drive,” he said, “but it’ll step out unless you watch what you do with your right foot!” If you were nit-picking, you might challenge its proportions based on the way hot rods are built today — the roof is a bit high; a threeinch chop would look better, contemporary cars run taller rear meats, etc. But that’s all hindsight. While you couldn’t possibly build this car now for $154k, especially with the talented crew who first did it, a greater issue may be that for six figures these days, many guys would rather commission and author their own cars. Contemporary hot rods aren’t setting sales records, either. I still think this will prove to be a collectors’ item, given its history and “Top 75” status, but that didn’t count for much in Arizona. ACC Editor Jim Pickering called this a “screaming deal,” and I have to agree. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) 1932 Ford 3-window coupe Lot 655.2, VIN: 18207766 Condition: 1 Sold at $55,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/22/2011 ACC# 185821 1932 Ford 3-window coupe Lot 418, VIN: MV1710 Condition: 2Sold at $77,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/12/2014 ACC# 243172 Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $85,000; high sale, $742,000 Tune-up, major service: $500 (estimated) Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: On frame rail, driver’s side, in front of firewall More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com, Alternatives: Other ’32–’34 Ford coupes, 3-window and 5-window ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1932 Ford 5-window coupe Lot 352, VIN: 1503860 Condition: 1Sold at $69,000 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2013 ACC# 215086 March-April 2016 53


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1966 AMC AMX RAMBLE SEAT Prototype Performance Courtesy of Russo and Steele As a running and driving AMX prototype survivor, there had to be some real value here for an AMC collector VIN: N/A by Tom Glatch 1965, the first AMX prototype — short for American Motors experimental — was developed under Charles Mashigan, a leading contributor to Ford’s original Thunderbird and Chrysler’s Turbine. AMC management was suitably encouraged E 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com to approve further development, enlisting outside contractors Smith Inland of Ionia, MI, to build a small group of the distinctive fiberglass bodies differing in fine details from the original AMX show car. While the number of fiberglass AMXs built remains unclear today, it is believed that just two were ultimately created. These fiberglass-bodied prototypes were fitted with powertrains and tested at the AMC proving grounds. This fascinating vehicle is one of those cars. Once the AMX progressed to the assembly line in 1967 for its highly anticipated launch for 1968, the fiberglass prototypes — which were never intended for road use — were slated for destruction. One is reported to have been unceremoniously burned, and the other, the car offered here, was spared, thanks to Domenick Jiardine Jr., an assembly-line worker at American Motors’ Kenosha Lake Front Plant in 1971. As the sole surviving fiberglass AMX prototype, it stands as a unique and formative specimen of one of the most exciting performance cars ever designed and built in America during the 1960s. ager to shed its stodgy reputation during the 1960s, American Motors launched a daring assault on the lucrative youth market with a series of prototypes. Developed at AMC’s advanced styling studios in October ACC Analysis This car, Lot S544, sold for $90,750, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 30, 2016. Audacity, nerve, guts. American Motor’s Vice President of Design, Richard Teague, had little else to work with. His team was made up of a small but talented group of designers, draftsmen and modelers. Miniscule budgets meant the need to rationalize every component and design decision against thin profit margins. This was the challenge Teague faced, first with Packard, and then with AMC beginning in 1961. “As long as I worked at AMC, we were always trying to get maximum bang for the buck. We never had the money to do really dramatic things,” he told author Richard M. Langworth. Going sporty, saving money Project IV was Teague’s long-range plan for the design language and product direction of AMC. When unveiled on the 1966 auto show circuit, the four vehicles of Project IV were conceived to gauge the public’s reaction, and to show what the small company could accomplish. The Vixen hinted at the future Hornet and Gremlin. The Cavalier demonstrated how identical major components such as doors and fenders could be used in both the front and rear locations to save money. The AMX-II was a lovely four-seat coupe that again hinted at the future designs of AMC. But the real star of the group was the two-seat AMX. That first AMX was just a “pushmobile,” or a fiber


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1966 Number produced: Three (estimated) Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $90,750 (as the only known sales data point, there’s no median) Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $22.58 VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Club: American Motors Owners Association More: www.amonational.com Alternatives: Any 1960s prototype survivor, such as the 1964.5 Ford Mustang III “Shorty” ACC Investment Grade: B Comps glass body on a rolling frame. This was common in the industry — a fairly inexpensive way to build a concept car for display by pulling a mold off a full-sized clay model. That car survived and is on display at the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland, OH. AMC then had a steel running prototype built by Italian coachbuilder Vignale, which was completed in just 78 days. With the positive feedback that car generated, AMC built several running fiberglass prototypes for testing. I’m not so sure fiberglass was meant to be a production material, but rather a quick, inexpensive way to build a number of running test vehicles. We know one may have been crashed, while another was destroyed to liquidate unwanted assets (the usual demise of concepts and test vehicles). But one of those AMX prototypes — this car — survived through pure chutzpah. The $50 buy Domenick Jiardine Jr. was an hourly worker at AMC’s Lakeside assembly plant in Kenosha, WI. He heard about the AMX prototypes from his brother who worked at the proving grounds, and he wanted to save the lone survivor. One day in 1971, when AMC President and COO William Luneburg was visiting the plant, Jiardine simply walked up to him and asked if he could buy the prototype. Jiardine told the Kenosha News in 1975, “I just walked up and asked if he was going to destroy it as they do with all prototypes. I don’t like to see anything destroyed and, besides, I collect old AMCs and Nashes. I told him that if he was going to destroy it, why didn’t he give it to me instead. All the guys I work with thought I was nuts. Maybe Luneburg did too.” Soon after, Jiardine was called into the superinten- dent’s office and offered the AMX for a grand total of $50. The AMX prototype became the centerpiece of Jiardine’s collection of AMC vehicles, and was well known in Kenosha and the AMC community. Domenick Jiardine Jr. passed away in 2012, and his family kept the prized AMX until now. Prototype value So what is a one-of-a-kind factory prototype or concept car worth? With no previous sales to benchmark, there was no way of knowing for sure. The Vignale-built AMX Prototype survives in a collection in Canada, but there is no record of its sale to help place this one on the value scale. If this were a Ferrari, we could imagine the price to be in the millions. But an AMC? Considering this was a brazen $50 purchase to begin with, there wasn’t really a whole lot to lose financially here — but as a running and driving AMX prototype survivor, there had to be some real value here for an AMC collector. At Russo, that value boiled down to a number just shy of six figures. If you had to have an AMX prototype, this was your one shot, and I’d say the price paid was the right money for the story and the car’s rarity. Call it well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) March-April 2016 55CC 55 1964 Ford Mustang III “Shorty” Lot 438, VIN: 100009 Condition: 1Sold at $511,500 Auctions America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/27/2015 ACC# 264827 1969 AMC AMX Lot 259, VIN: A9M397X1000029 Condition: 2Sold at $28,080 Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 9/27/2014 ACC# 252385 1970 AMC AMX Lot S71, VIN: A0M397X108693 Condition: N/A Sold at $71,690 Mecum Auctions, Houston, TX, 4/6/2013 ACC# 219917


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PROFILE RACE 1957 CHEVROLET 150 “BLACK WIDOW” Race-Track Unicorn Phillip Pietri, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Proof beyond a reasonable doubt is nearly impossible with Black Widows, but at least Swartz’s Jack Smith #47 has a strong provenance VIN: VA57A124372 by Tom Glatch documentation. 283/283 fuel-injected engine and correct compo- F nents, including six-lug wheels, Fenton headers and exhaust, high-performance Hydrovac brake system, 20-gallon gas tank and special HD 3.90 rear end. This vehicle scored 997 at Classic Chevy Nationals and recently won First Place—Racing Class at the 2012 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1357, sold for $205,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 30, 2016. Chevrolet’s Black Widow was a real cloak-and- dagger operation. SEDCO, the clandestine company that built the cars, was not what it seemed to be, and right out of “Mission Impossible,” headquarters disavowed any knowledge of their activities. Due to all that, the cars, and how they came to be, quickly became the stuff of legend. Race on Sunday, sell all week Although NASCAR wasn’t yet 10 years old, its influ- ence in the automotive market was already vast. Four consecutive championships in the fledging NASCAR series couldn’t save Hudson, but the success of their “Fabulous” Hudson Hornets had to have helped the company stay afloat. Then Chrysler’s powerful 300 series sedan, powered by the first-generation Hemi engines, dominated 56 AmericanCarCollector.com rame-off, state-of-the-art, correct restoration of Chevrolet Black Widow car #47 driven by Jack Smith. This is one of the original six factory-backed cars. SEDCO of Atlanta NASCAR race-prepared vehicle. No GM in 1955–56, but Ford made major inroads and won the Manufacturer’s Championship both of those years due to their consistent performance. Both companies were able to use their success to increase showroom sales. The one manufacturer noticeably absent was Chevrolet. Prior to 1955, Chevy’s 6-cylinder sedans didn’t have a prayer on the NASCAR circuit, but their brilliant “Hot One” in 1955 and 1956 had some success — two of 45 races in 1955, three of 56 races in 1956 — just not enough to make a real impact. NASCAR’s premier Grand National series included 40 races on dirt, 13 on pavement, and three on road courses in 1956, taking racers as far as New York, Wisconsin and California. That’s a wide range of marketing GM was missing, so for 1957, Chevrolet’s head of racing, Vince Piggins, decided to go all in. SEDCO and the Black Widow Vince Piggins knew how to win in NASCAR — he managed Hudson Hornet operations during their glory years. With the backing of GM management, Piggins created the Southern Engineering and Development Company (SEDCO) in Atlanta, which was ostensibly an extension of local dealer Nalley Chevrolet. Of course, SEDCO was a fully factorybacked racing enterprise, modeled after Ford’s similar operation in Charlotte, NC, but with Congress threatening to shut down all auto racing in the wake of a number of high-publicity fatalities, it was essential to make it look anything but “factory.” Ford’s supercharged 312-ci F-code Fairlanes were the target, and out of SEDCO came the most advanced stock-car racers developed to that point. Back then, except for a simple roll bar and seat belts, every piece of that “stock car” had to be issued


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1957 Number produced: Eight to 20 (estimate) from the manufacturer. So every one of the special components that made the Black Widows so fast had a factory-issue part number. Some of those components included a fuel-injected 283-ci V8 making close to 315 hp, Fenton cast-iron headers, a close-ratio 3-speed manual transmission, beefy six-lug hubs and heavyduty suspension, and a 3.90 rear gear set, all mounted in Chevrolet’s lightest 150 model — the one without a rear seat and with fixed rear side glass. Five SEDCO racers were ready for the famous Daytona Speed Weeks in February 1957, while a sixth was sent to Iowa to race in the IMCA series. Buck Baker dominated the Grand National race on the Daytona beach-and-road course, and on the beach in Class 5 (259- to 305-ci), Chevys took 33 out of 37 places in the Flying Mile. At the next race, two weeks later at Concord, NC, they swept the field, with Jack Smith winning, Buck Baker 2nd and Speedy Thompson 3rd. Then on March 17 at Wilson, NC, Baker and Thompson ran 2nd and 3rd. It was a stunning performance, so much so that NASCAR set down new rules in April, mandating just one 4-barrel carburetor. It was the end of fuelinjected, supercharged, and multi-carb stock cars. Even without the Fuelie engines, and after the June 9 pullout of all factory support and the closing of SEDCO, the Black Widows continued their winning ways. SEDCO also published a book called 1957 Stock Car Competition Guide, filled with the list of factory racing components and detailed instructions on how they created the Black Widows. The Competition Guide was sent to 411 dealerships on April 19, 1957, in an effort to get racers to build their own Black Widow copies — with all parts available from their local Chevrolet dealer. NASCAR legend in a scrap heap No one knows where the Black Widow racers got their name, but their black-and-white paint scheme and deadly performance must have been an influence. The total number of SEDCO-built racers is also unknown, since Chevrolet has no record of these cars, but experts claim eight to 20. The lower number seems realistic. The additional cars were necessary, as some of the six original team cars were totaled. Jack Smith crashed twice that year, and one of his famous #47 Black Widows ended up in a pile of about 20 scrapped race cars in a backyard in Georgia. The elderly owner had the towing contract for the old Atlanta Speedway, and always vowed to eventually restore the racers in his yard. He never did, but he wouldn’t sell any of the cars, either. Chevy collector and restorer George Swartz, in con- versation with Jack Smith, asked if he knew offhand where any of his Black Widows were located. Smith pointed Swartz to the Georgia scrap heap. Swartz patiently waited, and after the owner passed away, bought the Chevy from the estate before the cars were crushed. The #47 was nothing more than a wrecked shell, but George Swartz brought it back to its former glory, including parts supplied by Jack Smith. That was in 1998. But now with retirement imminent, it was time for Swartz to let the Black Widow go. Provenance pays off There seem to be three true SEDCO-built Black Widows in existence, including cars in Florida and California, although any Chevy claiming to be a genuine SEDCO car sparks controversy. Proof of originality beyond a reasonable doubt is nearly impossible with these cars, but at least Swartz’s Jack Smith #47 has a strong provenance. Because they are so rare, many re-creations have been built, faithfully following the 1957 Stock Car Competition Guide. These “tributes” tend to sell in the $50,000–$100,000 range. But what about the real thing? The sale of the Jack Smith #47 may be the only documented exchange of a true Black Widow seen so far, and at $205,700, the sale sets the bar for these cars. All things considered, I’d call that very well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible Lot 232, VIN: VC57L107202 Condition: 1 Sold at $209,000 RM Auctions, The Robson Collection, 11/13/2010 ACC# 168388 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedan Lot S116, VIN: VC57J290208 Condition: 2 Not sold at $39,500 Mecum Auctions, St. Paul, MN, 6/22/2012 ACC# 209099 Club: Tri Chevy Association More: www.trichevy.org Alternatives: 1957 Ford Fairlane F-code, 1957 Dodge D-500, 1957 Plymouth Fury ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Tune-up/major service: $275 Distributor cap: $31 VIN location: Plate on the left front door hinge pillar Engine # location: Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Original list price: Unknown Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $65,000; high sale, $205,700 (this car) 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedan Lot F905, VIN: VA57L192615 Condition: 2+ Not sold at $70,000 Vicari Auctions, Biloxi, MS, 10/11/2014 ACC# 255920 March-April 2016 57


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PROFILE TRUCK 1972 JEEP COMMANDO Suburbia’s Jeep Climbs the Grade “Real” Jeep or not, there has always been a close-knit group of Commando enthusiasts who like its simplistic styling and compact package 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 2JA87FVH32330 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 1972 Jeep Commando with 69k miles • Strong running original 304 V8 • Automatic transmission • Four-wheel drive • Dual exhaust • No rust or accident history • New tires • Original upholstery still looks great • No leaks or other issues • Runs and drives as good as it looks • Very rare/low-mileage Jeep Commando ready to drive anywhere ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 409, sold for $20,520, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Silver Auctions’ “Arizona in January” event at Fort McDowell, AZ, on January 29, 2016. Something new from something old With the International Scout and the Ford Bronco entering the personal off-road market in the mid1960s, Kaiser-Jeep figured that their evergreen CJ-5 “universal Jeep” was about to become yesterday’s news. In a way, all that new competition for the Jeep wasn’t really competition at all, as they were essentially different products. The Jeep was more akin to a horse or tractor and used as such. These new Multi-Purpose Vehicles were nimble off road, yet offered comfort and convenience features that bested the CJ — not the least of which was keeping the elements out. Regardless, to counter the competition, Jeep took a card from its former product deck and updated it — the Jeepster. Designed by Brooks Stevens right after World War II, the Jeepster was actually classed as a car. While it did borrow styling cues from the famed G503 Willys MB/Ford GPW jeeps from the war, this was basically a new body on an old platform. But with rear-wheel drive only and essentially no cargo capacity, the phaeton body (lacking crank-down windows, so it wasn’t a convertible) was more playful than functional. It was also lethargic, with the Go-Devil four that was designed before the war. By late 1949, an inline flathead six was available, but it didn’t stave off the inevitable. When the new-car post-war boom market stabilized, the Jeepster was dispatched in 1951 due to lack of sales and more refined products. Getting it right On this second go around, Jeep was determined to get the 1967 Jeepster done right. Internally called the C-101 (the number being its wheelbase) and named the Jeepster Commando, it was based most closely on the B. Mitchell Carlson


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CoLLECTor’S rESourCE: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. CJ-6 chassis of the same wheelbase. This time, it was four-wheel drive exclusively. Styling was similar to the original Jeepster. Plain rear bodywork channeled the original Jeepster not only in looks, but also in ease of tooling. The front clip was similar to the CJ family, but not the same. While the front fenders were similar to those on the CJ, the Jeepster Commando had a wider grille and hood that went over the fenders for the full width of the body. It comes off almost as a cross between the CJ and the Gladiator pickups that Jeep was building at the time — sort of tying two parts of the family together. Initially, body styles consisted of a basic convert- ible, a deluxe convertible with bustle back and “Continental” spare tire, a wagon, and a pickup (albeit with a cargo area smaller than some trash cans). The wagon was the most popular style, maintaining that status for the duration of production. The Buick-sourced 225-ci V6 was an option from the start, which ensured complaints about it being underpowered were a moot point, unless you stuck with the standard 132-ci F-head four. Also with an eye more towards the turnpikes rather than the trails was an optional automatic transmission. Evolved body, better engines AMC’s purchase of Jeep in 1970 all but guaranteed some product changes were going to occur, and the Jeepster Commando was no exception. The second generation of the Commando was introduced for 1972, offered only in wagon, pickup, and soft-top basic roadster configurations. The Jeepster name was dropped, with AMC going only with Commando from here on out. The wheelbase was stretched ahead of the cowl, and the body was fitted with an all-new front clip, dispensing with the Jeep-esque look for a plain aluminum full-width grille. There was a good reason for that modification, as more room was needed up front for the best changes to take place for ’72: AMC engines. The 232 inline six was standard, with the 258-ci version and the 304-ci V8 available as options. With those mills, the Commando finally had the power to be loaded up with the options that were being fitted onto Blazers and Scouts, such as power assists and air conditioning. The model designator was the only major change for 1973 (C-104), and with lagging sales (only 9,583 that year), the Commando was discontinued for 1974. Essentially, it was replaced by the 2-door Wagoneerbased Cherokee, despite that rig being larger and heavier than the Commando. Detailing The misfit Jeep For decades, Commandos (especially the later-year models) were the red-headed stepchildren of Jeepdom. CJ fans didn’t feel it was a “real” Jeep, being not as nimble off road. Cherokee/Wagoneer/J-series truck fans felt it was too car-like and flimsy to be a serious off-roader. As essentially an early SUV, most were bought not to leave the highway. They were used in climates that had real winter and salt to deal with snow, so the vast majority rotted away before Reagan was president. Between that and not feeling the love from the Jeep community, they’ve all but vanished from the landscape. But despite all that, there has always been a small, close-knit group of Commando enthusiasts who like the pleasing simplistic styling and compactness of the package. Time to go Commando? Vintage SUV values have been on the rise over the past few years, and both interest in and values of Commandos have started to increase with them. Considering that Jeep has since had a few “clunk- ers” as far as off-roaders are concerned (Liberty, Compass, and the hackable FWD current production Cherokee come to mind), Commandos are now welcomed in the vintage-Jeep community. Today, the biggest challenge is actually finding one, and if you do, it will more likely be one that was either put out to pasture needing serious restoration, or like our featured unit, it’ll be one of the rare few that managed to be preserved essentially intact. Since a popular use for them was as a dedicated snowplow rig (especially the pickups), be aware of low-mile examples that may be patched-together rust buckets. However, this example seemed to be a straightforward, long-term cared-for Jeep from suburbia. I got a good look at this truck out in Arizona, and while the restoration may have been more of a cosmetic nip and tuck, the bones seemed quite good. The repaint got lackadaisical on the interior and the original brightwork was showing its age, but the selling price was a bit steep to just buy it and give it a concours restoration, or to spend double to turn it into a wild off-road machine. The most appropriate scenario here is that this will be driven occasionally and upgraded as time and funds work out. Regardless of which route the new owner takes, it’s a unique example from the formative years of when the Multi-Purpose Vehicle was evolving into the omnipresent SUVs and CUVs of today. Overall, I’d call this correctly bought and sold for one worth buying. A (Introductory description courtesy of Silver Auctions.) 1969 Jeep Commando Lot 587, VIN: 8705F1756784 Condition: 3Sold at $14,050 Vicari Auctions, Nocona, TX, 5/9/2015 ACC# 265263 Engine # location: Stamped tag riveted to the right side valve cover (V8), stamped on an engine block boss, centered on the right side (I6) Years produced: 1967–73 Number produced: 9,837 (1972 wagons) Original list price: $3,408 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $17,125; high sale, $33,480 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Data tag on the driver’s door A-pillar (1971–73) More: www.jeepstercommandoclub.com Additional: American Motors Owners Association, www. amonational.com Alternatives: 1965–71 International Scout, 1971–80 International Scout II, 1966–77 Ford Bronco Club: Jeepster Commando Club of America ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1967 Jeep Jeepster Commando Lot 56, VIN: 870101610188 Condition: 3+ Sold at $14,850 ACC# 228180 Worldwide Auctioneers, Lake Forest, IL, 9/21/2013 1967 Jeep Jeepster Commando Cape Cod Edition Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 8/31/2013 ACC# 227806 March-April 2016 59CC 59 Lot 76, VIN: 870501613655 Condition: 3+ Sold at $28,600


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MArkET OVERVIEW Mopars Hold Strong While the Market Corrects EIGHT BLUE-CHIP MOPARS BRING $16.1m IN FLORIDA, AND 2,599 CARS TOTAL $252m IN ARIZONA by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1964 Shelby Cobra roadster, $1,072,500—rM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 118 2. 1971 plymouth hemi ’Cuda 2-dr hard top, $1,045,000— Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 88 3. 1965 Shelby Cobra roadster, $797,500—BarrettJackson, AZ, p. 68 4. 1955 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $605,000— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 66 (tie) 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $605,000— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 66 (tie) 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $605,000— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 66 7. 1969 Dodge hemi Daytona 2-dr hard top, $605,000— Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 88 8. 1929 packard Deluxe Eight roadster, $451,000—Leake, TX, p. 80 9. 2003 Saleen S7 coupe, $451,000—BarrettJackson, AZ, p. 71 10. 1963 pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” racer, $412,500— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 64 BEST BUYS 1970 Dodge hemi Challenger r/T SE 2-dr hard top, $143,000— russo and Steele, AZ, p. 95 60 AmericanCarCollector.com C ombined sales declined 15% at Monterey Car Week in late August, signaling a cresting collector car market. At Arizona Car Week in late January the story repeated itself. The six Arizona auctions sold 2,599 cars for a combined $251,802,843, down 15% from $294,426,923 in 2016. Three serial-number-1 Corvettes — a 1955, a 1956 and a 1957 — took high-sale honors at Barrett-Jackson when they sold as a single lot for $1,815,000. Barrett sold 1,481 out of 1,490 cars (99%), and sales totaled $103,403,610, down 21% from last year’s $131,246,800. Russo and Steele sales came to $21,307,765, a 9% increase from last year’s $19,556,895, and 521 cars sold out of 723 (72%). A 2003 Saleen S7 was the most expensive lot at $387,750. Sales totaled $3,919,918 at Silver, up 9% from $3,591,878. The high American sale was a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, sold at $81,000. Over on the East Coast, Mecum’s annual Kissimmee sale grew 24% to $84,275,966 overall from $68,165,970. Over 10 days, 2,506 cars crossed the block, and 1,794 sold (72%). A 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible sold for $2,942,500 and was the most expensive car of the event. A 1929 Packard Deluxe Eight Rollston sold for $451,000 and finished in the lead at Leake Dallas. Leake sold 407 out of 607 cars (67%), and sales declined 12% to $8,988,265 from $10,222,080. Tony’s Market Moment: Mecum’s $16.1m and 24% growth in Kissimmee seemed to defy the wider market correction seen in Monterey and Arizona. How did it happen? Among the possible explanations: Hemipowered Chryslers. Mecum’s top 10 sales included eight blue-chip Mopars, ranging in price from $495k to $2.9m. No Mopar sold in Arizona came close. Those eight Mecum cars alone totaled $10.6m, which accounts for two-thirds of the Kissimmee sales increase. Clearly, the right cars and the right bidders came together in Florida.A 1969 Dodge hemi Daytona 2-door hard top, $605,000 — Mecum Auctions, kissimmee, FL GAA, Greensboro, nC november 5–7 november 20–22 McCormick’s, Leake, Dallas, TX palm Springs, CA november 20–22 Mecum, kissimmee, FL January 15–24 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ January 26–31 russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ January 27–31 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ January 28 rM Sotheby’s, phoenix, AZ January 28–29 Silver, Fort McDowell, AZ January 28–30 Gooding & Co., Monterey, CA January 29–30 $0 $20m $40m $3.9 $42.4m $60m $80m $100m $21.3m $18m $62.7m Auctions in this issue $7.7m $9m $6.9m $84.3m $103.4m 1959 rambler Custom Cross Country wagon, $18,090—Silver Auctions, AZ, p. 106 1966 Ford F-100 pickup, $6,050— russo and Steele, AZ, p. 94 1985 Chevrolet Blazer Silverado SuV, $12,100—Leake, TX, p. 76 1977 Chevrolet C10 Cheyenne Stepside pickup, $12,420—Silver Auctions, AZ, p. 102


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2016 STAR CARS INCLUDED A 1963 PONTIAC CATALINA “SWISS CHEESE” RACER, SOLD AT $413k, AND A 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA AT $248k BarrettJackson Scottsdale, AZ January 23–31, 2016 Auctioneers: Joseph Mast, Mast Auctioneers Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,481/1,490 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $103,403,610 high sale: Set of three serial-number-1 Chevrolet Corvettes — a 1955, 1956 and 1957 — sold at $1,815,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices The last pontiac Super Duty built — 1963 pontiac Catalina Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” racer, sold at $412,500 Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts could possibly be sold to human beings. There were also ride-alongs available to anyone who mustered the courage (and waited in line) for a screaming trip with a professional driver in a late-model muscle car. This sale has seen continual growth every year 2 62 AmericanCarCollector.com since 2009, but that trend did not continue. Even though this year’s total of $103,403,610 with a 99% sell-through was nothing to sneeze at, it was nonetheless 21% under last year’s $131,246,800. This downturn is in line with the dip seen pretty much across board at Arizona Car Week sales. Last year eight cars sold over $1m, including a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake at $5,115,000. This year just three cars made it into the seven figures, and two of those were modern cars — a 2015 Porsche 918 and a 2017 Acura NSX, sold at $1,760,000 and $1,200,000, respectively. The most expensive lot was a set of three serial-number-1 Chevrolet Corvettes — a 1955, 1956 and 1957 — sold together for $1,815,000. Other star cars included a 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” racer, sold at $412,500, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda with 4-speed, sold at $247,500. 016 marked the 45th anniversary of BarrettJackson, and their Scottsdale auction was once again a huge event. Countless vendor booths offered cars, boats, airplanes, automobilia and pretty much anything that There were less expensive cars as well, such as a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, sold at $80,300, a 1967 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica, at $66,000, and a 1956 Nash Rambler Cross Country wagon, at $27,500. The January Arizona figures don’t always predict the future, but it is prudent to pay attention. My overall feeling is that the American market might be finding a plateau here. Early classics also seem to be in a holding pattern. It seems we will likely see a price correction for most cars, although examples with excellent pedigree, documentation, quality and rarity will fare better.A 1956 nash rambler Cross Country wagon, sold at $27,500 Tony Piff


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ GM #1292-1952 CHEVROLET 3800 Steve McQueen pickup. VIN: 0762065F54N. Green/ green vinyl. Odo: 38,938 miles. 236-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Owned by Steve McQueen and used to transport McQueen and the Rev. Billy Graham to the airport for McQueen’s last cancer surgery in Mexico. Dull paint with chips, spots and worn fender welts. Handmade aluminum “Dust Proof” camper top attached to the bed with a wood viewing deck on top. The hubcaps and tires look new, as do the seat and floor mat. The rest of the interior looks more naturally aged. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,600. Shoebox Chevys may not be the flavor of the day like Porsches and Ferraris, but a ’57 Bel Air convertible will always be a classic ride. This one still has lots of flair, you can maintain it yourself and everyone will wave and smile as you drive it. Well bought. SOLD AT $60,500. This is a well-known Steve McQueen estate truck that was sold at the McQueen estate auction at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas in 1984. It also visited the Mecum Santa Monica auction in 2013, where it was a no-sale at $70,000. With its special ownership history, this was well bought. #1056.1-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC56F135550. Purple & white/purple & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 20 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A fresh and very high-quality full restoration with 20 miles on it. Highly optioned with original power steering and brakes. Wonderbar radio, factory a/c and tinted glass. Cond: 1-. #631-1958 OLDSMOBILE 88 4-dr hard top. VIN: 587M31350. White & tan/tan cloth. Odo: 58,820 miles. 371-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lots of paint chips, especially on panel edges. Some interior chips and steering-wheel cracks, but the original upholstery and dash chrome are outstanding. Said to be original and unrestored except for one repaint in 1982. Three-owner car with the original owner’s service manuals. The exterior chrome (lots of it on this car) has some pitting but shows great shine. The original weatherstrips are still pliable. Cond: 3. There are always a few of these at BarrettJackson if you look hard for them. Everyone seemed to have discovered this car, though, and it sold quite well with spirited bidding. racer. VIN: 363P165870. Silver/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 3,068 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Very good paint and chrome. Aluminum front end and drilled frame. Factory exhaust cutouts. Excellent interior with radio and heater delete. All sound and heat deadening materials were also deleted at the factory. Cond: 1-. 10 #1358-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” SOLD AT $412,500. An icon from the days when GM built factory drag cars. This car was designated as a Pontiac company car for engineering purposes and was built on April 2, 1963, well after GM’s January 1963 ban on factory racing. It was the last Pontiac Super Duty built. I reported on the first Swiss Cheese built when it sold at Mecum St. Charles in 2008 for $451,500 (ACC# 117953). I would have to call this fairly priced. SOLD AT $17,050. A very honest survivor that has been loved and cared for. Lots of bling for the money and room for the whole family. Sold strong, but I would call this a fair purchase. What else can you buy of this age and this condition for this amount of money? SOLD AT $99,000. Looks better than factory-new inside and out. Well sold. Abovemarket pricing, which gives you an idea of the quality of this restored automobile. #778-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57F253896. Blue/white canvas/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick newer paint. Driver’s door edge shows a chip, and passenger’s door has a slight paint mismatch at the rear. New trim and chrome. Some panels could fit better. Light dirt is visible on the driver’s seat. Cond: 2. 64 AmericanCarCollector.com #1524-1961 BUICK ELECTRA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7H1055559. Brown & ivory/fawn cloth & vinyl. Odo: 28,806 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be all original except for one repaint. The paint shows a few chips and flaws but nothing serious. Bumpers and trim look excellent. The original bench-seat interior shows better than expected, even with only 28k miles on the car. The gas pedal is taped to the floor on the bottom. The package tray shows age. Tires look new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,300. Nothing too collectible about this year or model Buick, but it is one of those honest, wellcared-for older cars with low miles that should give great service and be a fun family driver that won’t break the bank. #1593-1964 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 824F31998. Black/white canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 12,720 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Fresh black paint looks thick in places, and passenger’s side panel shows light waviness. Good chrome and trim. New top. Interior shows well. Wood-rim wheel. Dealer-installed Tri-Power upgrade. The side glass shows scratches. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. The documentation includes the build sheet. The history in our Premium Auction Database shows a nosale at Mecum Anaheim in November 2013 at $40,000 (ACC# 238684) and a sale at TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2014 for $51,700 (ACC# 241203). The car sold here at a correct market price, and the owner drove it for two years with almost zero penalty. #1051-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 replica convertible. VIN: 338677M321358. Yellow/yellow canvas/yellow vinyl. Odo: 10,941 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A couple of minor paint flaws on door by the Cpillar, but you really have to look hard to find them. The car card doesn’t specify if this was originally a factory 442 or just a Cutlass when it was delivered, but it does have the front sway bar. “Upgraded” to the W-30 package, according to the car card. Cond: 1-. Package with 140-mph speedo and the larger front sway bar. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $330,000. Originally sold in Madison, WI, and later owned by Ed Cunneen of COPO Connection for 10 years. The quality didn’t escape the bidders, and this was a very strong price for a very well-restored car. #1349-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 223379N112402. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 93,866 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-level restoration that looks very complete in all areas. Hood sits high at rear. Said to have been completely mechanically rebuilt with correct Ram Air parts. Unusual a/c option. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $66,000. Last year that the 442 was listed as an option before it became its own separate model series in 1968. This makes it a bit harder to determine if a Cutlass was originally a 442 or if it became a 442 at a later date. Call it fairly bought and sold with the upgraded W-30. #712-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS 396 coupe. VIN: 124379L501299. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 70,592 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Left side of hood fits high at rear. A few light dents on drip rails. Paint prep could be smoother on right side front of Cpillar. New engine during restoration. With a/c and Rally Sport package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $176,000. One of 697 Trans Ams for 1969, said to be one of nine with a/c and automatic. A pretty rare car and well restored, sold fair both ways. #932-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1363701503957. Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Started life as a Malibu with a 307-ci 200-hp engine, gold paint, gold cloth interior and gold vinyl top. Fresh paint is shiny, smooth and very nice. Wide gaps at the doors, trunk and right-side rear bumper. Very nice trim pieces and all-new chrome and interior. The restoration was finished in 2015. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,600. Fairly bought and sold. Not perfect, but the minor flaws did not stop this Camaro from bringing top market dollars. The factory a/c didn’t hurt, either, here in Arizona. #1390-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. VIN: 124379N578842. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 61,346 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The exterior appearance is better than factory-new, including the paint, trim, chrome and glass. It is said to have had a complete mechanical rebuild to original COPO L72 427/425 specs. Also featured is the 9737 Sports Car Conversion SOLD AT $34,100. Still a clone but it has to be an improvement. It now looks much better and runs much faster. Allowing a bonus for the improvements, I would call it a fair deal both ways. March-April 2016 65


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ #472.1-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. VIN: CCE142S195290. Orange & white/black & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 6 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Goodquality new paint with some prep flaws visible by the driver’s side mirror. New chrome and interior. The grille fits poorly, especially on the right side. Some trim misfit, and the hood gaps are variable. Some scratches on the left side glass. Well optioned with power steering, brakes, tilt wheel and a/c. Sliding rear window. Said to be the original engine. Nice dent-free and rust-free bed. Cond: 2. scratches. Power windows, steering wheel scratches. Plastic screwed-on VIN tag. This car was the first 1956 Corvette. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,200. A rare combination of factory options that is said to have the original engine, transmission, differential, interior and paint. A real time capsule that will probably never again be driven. As an unrestored surviving original, I think this was well bought. SOLD AT $605,000. This car was originally built without the fender scoops, since it was a pre-production car. Sold with Lots 1351 and 1353 as a package for $1,815,000 total. SOLD AT $50,600. A nice-looking, recently restored truck that has some fixable flaws but also has lots of recent work and new parts already installed. Lots of eyeball and quite well sold. CORVETTE 4 #1351-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: VE55S001001. Red/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 23 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint, chrome, top and interior. Both doors fit a bit wide at rear and side. Spear on left is a little wavy. Right-side spear trim fit is a bit high on the door. “Serial One” car for 1955. Cond: 1-. #1353-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S100001. Green & beige/beige cloth/beige vinyl. Odo: 21 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Excellent paint. All chrome and trim looks new. Fresh interior and new top. Optioned with Powerglide, power soft top, hard top and windshield washers. This is the first 1957 built, and it features numerous 1956 model parts as it was originally built. Cond: 1-. 6 #1272-2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 Centennial Edition coupe. VIN: 1G1YN2DTXC5800079. Black/black leather. Odo: 1,022 miles. 6.2-L 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. There is a scrape at the top of the spoiler on the right front. Only 1,022 miles on the odometer, but it looks ready for new tires pretty soon. Optioned with the Centennial Package, 3ZR Premium Equipment Group and 6-speed manual transmission. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,000. Special-interest car but still a used car. Having said that, with 1,022 miles, it should still drive like new and with 638 horsepower it must be fun. Sold $9k under the ACC Pocket Price Guide median, and I will call it fair to buyer and seller. FOMOCO SOLD AT $605,000. Not even a hubcap dent. I could not find a flaw other than the hood fitting a little high in front. This was the first production 283-ci V8 Corvette, s/n 001, as well as the first production 283-ci V8 vehicle Chevrolet built. NCRS Top Flight in 2008. Sold as a package with Lots 1351 and 1352 for $1,815,000 total. No-saled at $950k in 2008 at Mecum’s Bloomington Gold sale (ACC# 117102). SOLD AT $605,000. 2008 NCRS Chapter Top Flight with 99.3% score. First production V8 featured many 1954-model-year items factory modified for this 1955 Corvette. I covered this car at the 2008 Bloomington Gold Mecum auction, when it no-saled at $850,000 (ACC# 117100). At that time it showed 5 miles on the odometer. Sold with Lots 1352 and 1353 as a package for $1,815,000. 0010091. Venetian Red & white/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 25 miles. 265-ci 225hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint, chrome, trim, interior and soft top. Slight sagging on the driver’s seat. A few light rear bumper 5 #1352-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E56S9- 66 AmericanCarCollector.com #1030-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S104481. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 46,000 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A very original 400-hp TriPower Corvette with automatic transmission, transistor ignition, power steering and windows, and factory air conditioning. Said to have the original tank sticker still attached. Still shows very well for its age and looks mostly, if not completely, original. Cond: 3. #752-1932 FORD MODEL B roadster. VIN: VTP05587. Red/black leather. Odo: 718 miles. Fiberglass-bodied ’32 roadster with blown 355-ci Chevrolet V8 and dual 4-bbl carbs. Good paint and interior. Smooth frame and chromed front leaf suspension. Ford 9-inch differential. Black leather seats. Disc/drum brakes. Aluminum engine parts could use a bit of polish, and headers are dulling some. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. Hot rods are a mainstay of any Barrett-Jackson event. This appeared to be well built and certainly had eye appeal. Hold on tight when you push the right pedal. With 500 horses and very little weight, it is going to get exciting fast. Well bought. TOP 10 TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ #1340-1940 FORD cutaway chassis. VIN: 1. Maroon. Built as a cutaway chassis for the Ford Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The cutaway areas detail the inner workings of the chromed V8 engine, brakes, transmission and differential. There are lots of chromed parts, including the new-for-1940 3-speed column shifter. All chrome looks new except for some pitting on the cylinder heads. Cond: 1-. for it, and it met the seller’s reserve, so I’d say the market has spoken. SOLD AT $88,000. Following the World’s Fair, this chassis was displayed at state fairs and dealer showrooms and also used as an educational aid. This is a truly one-ofa-kind piece of automotive history that will add to any collection. Priceless? Not today. Well bought. #6-1962 MERCURY COMET 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2H11U541190. Blue/blue & black vinyl & tweed. Odo: 88,178 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Most trim and chrome scratched or pitted; some trim pieces have screw holes drilled with no screws. Dry and cracked weather stripping. Rear bumper shows dents. Very poor masking on the quickie paint job. Re-upholstered seats in vinyl and tweed cloth are in nice condition. Wavy rocker panels appear to have body putty under the paint. Cond: 4. #1058-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 9F02G192960. Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 84,768 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The restoration is high quality and very complete, down to the new weatherstripping and window fuzzies. The left side quarter-window trim shows poor chrome. Cond: 1-. #1162-2008 FORD MUSTANG Saleen Dan Gurney Edition coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT82H385193090. Blue & white/blue, black & white leather. Odo: 350 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, 5-sp. As new as you’d expect with only 350 miles on the odometer. Supercharged with 7 psi of boost, special chassis tuning and upgraded brakes. Bought new and put away rather than driven. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,300. Sold here at BarrettJackson Scottsdale 2014 for $83,600 (ACC# 240766). Market-correct then and now. #317-1971 FORD MAVERICK coupe. VIN: 1X91T265178. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,019 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. The card states that this car is “all original,” including the paint. The bench seat interior and engine compartment seem to bear that out. The interior shows almost no wear, and the engine shows only light driving dirt. But the paint is too shiny for original 1970s work, and there are visible masking lines on several trim pieces which would have been SOLD AT $44,000. Car card says it’s #44 of only 82 Dan Gurney Edition Saleens produced in 2008, but Saleen’s website says there were 300 units, while the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club says the run of 300 was not completed, and only 68 were built. Original MSRP was about $58k. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April 2013 for $55,000 (ACC# 221239), then at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September 2013 for $180,000 (ACC# 233114). Well bought today. MOPAR #559-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23H9G297905. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,069 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Thick paint with orange peel. Scratches on side and rear glass. Chips on windshield. Some trim shows age, dents and fit issues. VariETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ #1340-1940 FORD cutaway chassis. VIN: 1. Maroon. Built as a cutaway chassis for the Ford Pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The cutaway areas detail the inner workings of the chromed V8 engine, brakes, transmission and differential. There are lots of chromed parts, including the new-for-1940 3-speed column shifter. All chrome looks new except for some pitting on the cylinder heads. Cond: 1-. for it, and it met the seller’s reserve, so I’d say the market has spoken. SOLD AT $88,000. Following the World’s Fair, this chassis was displayed at state fairs and dealer showrooms and also used as an educational aid. This is a truly one-of- a-kind piece of automotive history that will add to any collection. Priceless? Not today. Well bought. #6-1962 MERCURY COMET 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2H11U541190. Blue/blue & black vinyl & tweed. Odo: 88,178 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Most trim and chrome scratched or pitted; some trim pieces have screw holes drilled with no screws. Dry and cracked weather stripping. Rear bumper shows dents. Very poor masking on the quickie paint job. Re-upholstered seats in vinyl and tweed cloth are in nice condition. Wavy rocker panels appear to have body putty under the paint. Cond: 4. #1058-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 9F02G192960. Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 84,768 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The restoration is high qual- ity and very complete, down to the new weatherstripping and window fuzzies. The left side quarter-window trim shows poor chrome. Cond: 1-. #1162-2008 FORD MUSTANG Saleen Dan Gurney Edition coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT82- H385193090. Blue & white/blue, black & white leather. Odo: 350 miles. 4.6-L super- charged V8, 5-sp. As new as you’d expect with only 350 miles on the odometer. Super- charged with 7 psi of boost, special chassis tuning and upgraded brakes. Bought new and put away rather than driven. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,300. Sold here at Barrett- Jackson Scottsdale 2014 for $83,600 (ACC# 240766). Market-correct then and now. #317-1971 FORD MAVERICK coupe. VIN: 1X91T265178. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,019 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. The card states that this car is “all original,” including the paint. The bench seat interior and engine compartment seem to bear that out. The interior shows almost no wear, and the en- gine shows only light driving dirt. But the paint is too shiny for original 1970s work, and there are visible masking lines on sev- eral trim pieces which would have been SOLD AT $44,000. Car card says it’s #44 of only 82 Dan Gurney Edition Saleens pro- duced in 2008, but Saleen’s website says there were 300 units, while the Saleen Owners and Enthusiasts Club says the run of 300 was not completed, and only 68 were built. Original MSRP was about $58k. Previ- ously sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April 2013 for $55,000 (ACC# 221239), then at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September 2013 for $180,000 (ACC# 233114). Well bought today. MOPAR #559-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23H9G297905. Yel- low & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,069 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Thick paint with orange peel. Scratches on side and rear glass. Chips on windshield. Some trim shows age, dents and fit issues. Vari- SOLD- SOLD AT $4,730. Not much to show here other than a possible good starter car that a newer, budget-minded collector already started. It sold cheap enough to be called fair to both parties. #1396-1965 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2495. Blue & silver/black leather. Odo: 9,554 miles. 289ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. This is a real CSX Cobra and it appears pretty much flawless. Paint shows some light surface scratching (could be buffed). Dirty shift knob. The interior shows no wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $797,500. The catalog called it “a wellknown, no stories, beautifully restored 289 Cobra.” This was certainly the right venue 3 68 AmericanCarCollector.com bolted on after a factory paint job. Comes with a Marti Report from 2015. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,350. The oil-change sticker from May 1987 showed 4,430 miles. Said to have been sitting long-term in a museum, which explains the original, low-mileage feel of this car. In this instance the low mileage and originality triumphed, as there is nothing else very special about a base-level Maverick. With its sales price, however, this one is now very special indeed. Extremely well sold. SOLD AT $38,500. A base 383 Road Runner with 4-speed that is clean and roadready. These weren’t great, high-level cars when they were built. They were built to offer a fair amount of performance for cheap dollars compared to most of the competition. This car sold on the money for condition and should provide a fun driving experience for its new owner. #1341-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B349189. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36,643 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A high-quality restoration in all areas, inside and out, top to bottom, including correct frame oversprays on the undercarriage. Shaker hood option N96. Said to be the original engine TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ QUICKTAKE 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z 1LE coupe SoLD at $49,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 24–31, 2016, Lot 860 VIN: 1G1FP23F7LL124103 and transmission. Govier documented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. Looks to be a flawless restoration with no miles or wear. 1970 California plates attached. Sold on a bonded title. I reported on this car at Russo and Steele in 2007 when it was a no-sale at $400,000 with 14 fewer miles on it (ACC# 44207). In August 2007 at Russo’s Monterey auction, the car no-saled at $300,000 (ACC# 46380). Today it found a new home at a fair price to all. IROC Camaro — the same kind of IROC you remember blasting Mötley Crüe in the mall parking lot. But this was no mullet-mobile — this was a rare 1LE car with only 204 original miles on the clock. And it’s probably the best supporting example of the emerging modern performance market to come out of this year’s Scottsdale auctions. The 1LE package turned your average IROC into a serious club racer, with heavy-duty Yes, you read that right. Someone spent almost $50,000 for an brakes from the Caprice and Corvette, special shocks, a lightweight aluminum driveshaft, and special baffling in the fuel tank to keep the gas flowing even in tight cornering situations. It was designed for and used in Showroom Stock competition in Canada and SCCA use here in the States, but only a handful were built — GM did not offer a/c, T-tops, or power anything on the cars, which turned off most street buyers while simultaneously dropping weight for the track. This car is one of 62 produced in 1990. Was it worth $49,500? We covered the sale of another 1LE in ACC #20 — a one-of-478 1991 example with just 100 miles. It sold for $25,300. Our car had more miles, yet it doubled the price. Some of that can be chalked up to its rarity over the ’91, some of it was auction magic under B-J’s big tent, and some of it was undoubtedly due to a changing perception of cars of this vintage in the collector market. I’d call this one well sold for now, but it may not look that way for long. A #741-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23N1B391748. Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,539 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very nice paint and chrome. The driver’s door has one paint chip, and the windshield is just starting to delaminate on the lower right. The top is lumpy underneath. The interior looks like new. “Upgraded” to a 440 Six Pack. Started life with a 318 V8 under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. Purists might deduct more than I would for the engine change, but it retains a stock look, and the 440 will be more fun to drive. Fairly bought and sold. AMERICANA — Jim Pickering #935-1948 WILLYS JEEPSTER convertible. VIN: V74566. Maroon & black/black cavas/maroon vinyl. Odo: 43,983 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Good-looking paint and chrome. The step pads have been chromed over some pitting but still look good. Paint crack on bottom of right door. New top. Driver’s side spotlight. New 70 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ interior. Steering wheel cracks. Continental spare tire. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. I like this car and would not have been afraid to bid. Original list price of $1,765 was equivalent to a 1948 Ford Super Deluxe club convertible with a V8. Which would you rather have had in 1948? Slightly well bought today based on condition. #446-1956 NASH RAMBLER CROSS COUNTRY wagon. VIN: D313760. Red, black & white/black & white vinyl. Odo: 20,322 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Looks like newer, fair-quality paint and new chrome. A couple of light trim dents and some light pitting visible, but most trim shows well (and there is a lot). Roll-down tailgate window. Huge door gaps. Tinted glass and factory a/c. Chrome luggage rack. Comes with the optional Nash road-trip mattress. New interior with leather lace-on steering wheel cover. Cond: 2. QUICKTAKE 1993 Dodge Ram pickup SoLD at $33,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 24–31, 2016, Lot 363 VIN: 1B7HM16Z6PS272618 SOLD AT $27,500. A very stylish station wagon that was intended to make crosscountry driving a pleasurable experience. One of the best-looking 1950s wagons that still looks quite stylish today. Another plus is you won’t likely see another one any time soon. Bought and sold fair. #1393-2003 SALEEN S7 coupe. VIN: 1S9SB18193S000021. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 9,100 miles. 7.0-L fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. The whole front end is covered in protective film, so the paint should be factory-new underneath. The naturally aspirated engine is based on an aluminum Ford V8 hooked up to a 6-speed manual transmission. The body is carbon fiber with a space frame of lightweight steel and honeycomb aluminum composite reinforcing panels. Cond: 1-. 9 the American truck market. Its high hood and low headlights gave it a retro feel, replacing a body Dodge had used since the early 1970s. The new trucks seemed to be everywhere overnight — even Chuck Norris on “Walker, Texas Ranger” dumped his GMC for a new Ram. I remember seeing ads in the newspaper at the time, with local Dodge dealers trying to offload the last of their ’93s for what even I, as a kid, thought were ridiculously cheap prices — even for a Cummins diesel extended-cab dually. The trucks were old news. Newer, better versions were already on the lots. It’s funny how perceptions like that stick with you. For me, seeing this short-bed ’93 Dodge bring $33k — double its original MSRP — in Arizona was especially surprising because of that memory. Beyond knee-jerk reactions over the price, the SOLD AT $451,000. One of 78 built, according to catalog, and the first of only four non-turbo S7s built with performance upgrade package. The base MSRP was $395k in 2003. I found one other for sale online at $599,777, and a Twin Turbo S7 sold for $682k at RM Sotheby’s Monterey in August (ACC# 6796780), so I’m guessing this is fair. A truck itself was a surprise. It was brand-spanking-new. Someone pickled it, only driving it 410 miles. Why? It wasn’t particularly special, other than being a short-bed 4x4. And yet, against everything the market at the time was saying, its owner thought it was worth preserving — and he was apparently right. You can chalk that decision up to either incredible foresight or straight-up luck. I’d go with the latter. Regardless of how it came to be, rarity through lack of miles created this payday. There’s a saying that you can’t ever pay too much, only buy too early. With the market for ’80s and ’90s stuff currently on the rise, and classic trucks still doing well, that could be true here. Still, I’ll call this very well sold for now, and one piece of advice to the new owner: Don’t drive it! A Dodge’s all-new pickup line, introduced in 1994, caused a stir in — Jim Pickering March-April 2016 March-April 2016 71 TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Fall 2015 A 1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM WITH ONE OWNER AND THOROUGH DOCUMENTATION SOLD AT $48,675 Leake Auction Company Dallas, TX November 20–22, 2015 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dylan Hall, Bobby Ehlert Automotive lots sold/ offered: 407/607 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $8,988,265 high sale: 1929 Packard Deluxe Eight Rollston roadster, sold at $451,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices one-owner car with extensive documentation to support authenticity — 1977 pontiac Trans Am coupe, sold at $48,675 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Brett Hatfield and Elise Levy Market opinions in italics L 72 AmericanCarCollector.com eake’s signature parallel-auction-block setup with dual rotating platforms isn’t as overwhelming as you might think. Thanks to the strategically aimed PA systems, bidders can sit on either side of the room and hear what’s hap- pening without confusion. For vintage car multi-taskers seeking sensory bombardment, the center aisle is the place to observe both sides at once. More than 600 cars crossed the block at Leake’s Dallas Fall sale. The sales rate was a respectable 67%, and just over 400 cars found new owners. Among the lots were some significant entries, a number of stunning restorations, many cool customs and a few great bargains. The only surviving 1929 Packard Deluxe Eight Rollston roadster sold for $451,000 and was the most expensive car of the weekend. It wore a stunning restoration and was a CCCA First Place car and AACA Senior Award winner. It had also appeared at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. One other American car managed a six-digit price: a custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, sold at $102,300. American performance was well represented, such as a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 replica convertible, sold at $30,250, and a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with one owner and thorough documentation, at $48,675. A restomod 1966 Corvette with modern sixth-gen Z06 engine no-saled at $75,000, but a hot-rodded 1955 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, built at a cost of $150k, found a new garage at $48,400. Big convertibles were plentiful: A 1950 Cadillac Series 62 ragtop sold for $48,400, a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner with retractable hard top sold for a bargainbasement $25,080, and a 1953 Packard Caribbean, formerly of the Peruvian Embassy, sold for $64,350. Overall totals dropped to $8,988,265 from last year’s $10,222,080. That 12% decline is in line with the 15% drop seen at Monterey Car Week in August and at Arizona Car Week in January. And yet despite the smaller take overall, Leake still managed to sell more lots. Cars may have gotten cheaper, but people are still buying and selling. A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #2416-1937 CHEVROLET MASTER custom convertible. VIN: 07021937. Blue/gray canvas/gray leather. Odo: 4,451 miles. 350ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Shaved door handles, hinges, trunk handle and chopped windshield. Blue paint is very shiny, with light orange peel. The gray canvas top is custom crafted. Gray leather seats are well upholstered. Fit and finish very good overall. Cond: 2+. vertible. VIN: 8359231. Black/black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 90,044 miles. 346-ci V8, 1-bbl, auto. Shiny black paint still has polish on the front fenders. Rear bumper chrome is beginning to show signs of age with light pitting. Power convertible top is new and features a glass rear window. Red leather front bench seat shows cracks from wear. Rear seat shows some wrinkles along the lower face, possibly from uneven installation. Red painted steel wheels complement it well. Cond: 3+. polished and scratch-free. Engine compartment is spotless. The self-leveling air suspension was damaged in transit, causing the car to sit high on the driver’s side. White leather interior presents as-new. Heavily optioned. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,500. Despite wearing dated graphics, this was done to a standard beyond the norm. Chopping a windshield and refitting a convertible top is no easy feat. I doubt you could re-create this car for the selling price. Well bought indeed. #439-1941 BUICK SERIES 40 2-dr sedan. VIN: 14099326. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 84,188 miles. 248-ci I8, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Older repaint beginning to show its age and lack of attention during prep. Stainless has scratches, chrome is pitting. Seats are clean and in good shape, but the door panels are dirty and tired. Carpet is in good shape, possibly recent. The original steering wheel shows cracking and age. Bias-ply wide whites on factory steel wheels with original hubcaps. Trunk presents well, with clean carpet and spare with hubcap. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $63,800. A very attractive blackover-red combination. The front bench seat showed more wear than expected, compared with the rest of the interior, but this didn’t deter bidding, and the car sold near the top of the market. #2451-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO custom pickup. VIN: VH255L018217. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 35 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A placard lying in the bed claims this Cameo was a $150,000 build. Lowered suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, Wilwood disc brakes, Vintage Air, custom leather interior, custom dash, power windows. Paint shows bubbles down the length of the passenger’s side bed rail and door frame. Door gaps are uneven. Bed has attractive wood inserts. Tan leather bench shows slight wear but is dirty. Engine compartment is clean and presents well. Undercarriage is painted and detailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $89,000. One of 304 produced. Frame-off restoration presents very well, with the only obvious flaw being the recently damaged air suspension. Bidding stopped short, likely due to the car sitting so high on the driver’s side. Current market price for an Eldorado Brougham in this condition is significantly higher. #2501-1964 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 824F27513. Red/black cloth/red vinyl. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body-off restoration, and it shows. Bright, glossy red paint shows well. Chrome is decent, with few signs of age. Interior freshly restored in red vinyl. New power top. Engine compartment is spotless. Unable to note odo. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Accompanied with PHS documentation, this GTO was a stunner. The fresh restoration left nothing for the new owner to do but drive and enjoy. Power steering and power top complemented the 325-hp V8 and 4-speed. Very well bought. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. For 1941, Buick released new bodies and special factoryorder dual-carb induction on the 248-cube straight 8. This example appeared to have mostly original components. Weary door panels hampered the nice interior, with seats in decent condition, attractive wood dash cap and good carpet. This would be an ideal cruiser or parade car. The owner may have missed the chance to sell this car well. #2461-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con74 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $48,400. The list of work and components certainly sounded like elements of an expensive custom build, but there were disappointments for the cautious eye. Not everyone was so critical, however, and the buyer paid full price. Well sold. #471-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham sedan. VIN: 58P018846. White/ white leather. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. New paint is shiny with no orange peel. Panel fit is consistent and even. Chrome and stainless #2431-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138375K217652. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 81,831 miles. 327ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory SS. Frame-off restoration. Nice respray with minimal orange peel. Chrome is bright and shiny. Stainless is decent, save for the pitted trunk trim. The glass shows some scratches.


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Interior shows as-new and features a factory tach. Engine compartment appears stock and clean. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Though a few flaws could be found with a critical eye, overall this was in excellent condition. An early muscle car, it was very stock and unmolested, making it a rather unusual find. Stock steel wheels with hubcaps complemented the presentation. It was bid close to top value but failed to meet the owner’s reserve. #1178-1967 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: J7248329. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 30,821 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent repaint shows good prep. Hood is slightly high at the windshield on the passenger’s side. Chrome shows light pitting and a mark on top of the passenger’s side fin trim. Original leather interior shows light wear. Cond: 3. was a first-generation Camaro convertible with lots of fresh work completed. It checked the right boxes for somebody. Fairly bought and sold. #446-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N625285. Fathom Green/black & white houndstooth cloth. Odo: 3,854 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The deep green finish on this DZ 302 Z/28 is shiny and well buffed. Equipped with tilt wheel, factory tach, rosewood steering wheel, Rally gauges and fresh interior, this radio-delete Camaro needs very little. Stainless could stand to be polished, but chrome is bright and new. Factory-correct Goodyear Polyglas tires and a spotless engine bay round out the package. With delivery paperwork, matching numbers and impressive documentation. Cond: 2. Black/red cloth. Odo: 50,496 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny black respray with a few touch-ups. Chrome bumpers are just beginning to show pits. Stainless could be polished. Seats show little wear, and there are no cracks in the dash. Instrument trim bezel is beginning to show its age. Original radio has been replaced with an aftermarket cassette player. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,100. This no-reserve Blazer showed very well. Nicely equipped with power windows, locks, steering and brakes, a/c and 4wd. These soon-to-be vintage 4x4s are difficult to find in this condition. They are seeing an upswing in prices, and this one was well bought. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Equipped just the way a Cadillac should be, this deVille had air conditioning, power windows, power locks, power seats, power antenna, and a working factory radio. Wearing only 30,821 miles from new, it looked as though it had barely been driven. The very definition of a cruiser. It sold for $11,880 at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2015 (ACC# 262174), so the seller must be holding out for more. #2529-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. VIN: 124677N223849. Blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 61,366 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The paint, interior and top are all new. The entire car feels like it is covered in overspray. Paint prep is poor, panel gaps are inconsistent. The seat covers are new, but the rear seat is improperly installed, sitting cockeyed. The carpet is haphazardly installed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. This car showed very well, presenting a high level of craftsmanship in the restoration. It showed virtually no wear since completion, and the odometer indicated few miles had been driven. Last sold for $65,450 at a 2012 Collector Car Productions auction in Toronto (ACC# 201380). Would have been a good buy at the high bid. #458-1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z7N147276. Cameo White/ Firethorne leather. Odo: 53,033 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One owner on title, PHS documented, delivery papers, window sticker, build sheet, Trans Am Nationals winner. One small chip has been touched up on the passenger’s door but is barely noticeable. Interior presents as-new with Rally Gauge package, tach and clock. Detailed undercarriage and engine compartment. Cond: 2+. CORVETTE #515-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S113196. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 54,186 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint showing age and wear with heavy orange peel. Chrome and stainless need refreshing. Dash paint old and flat, seat covers and carpet show some wear. Engine compartment needs to be cleaned. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. This restoration looked rushed. With just a little more time and attention to detail, it could have been much better. From 10 feet away, the paint looked shiny and bright, but up close numerous flaws were apparent. Despite all of this, it 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $48,675. Claimed to have been judged one of the best in the world, and that is totally believable. Save for the one paint chip, it was virtually flawless. A one-owner car with extensive documentation to support authenticity, it hammered sold at the top of the money but was well bought. It would be difficult to find another in this condition. #742-1985 CHEVROLET BLAZER SUV. VIN: 1G8EK18L4FF146633. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. This was an old Corvette, and it showed. There was a large star crack in the center of the hood. The repaint was tired. There was moisture inside the trunk emblem, indicating a failed gasket between the emblem and the dish backing. A replacement aluminum radiator sat in a dirty engine bay. The interior needed to be restored, and the aftermarket cassette player should be replaced with a factory Wonderbar. Seller should have sold. #517-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S112016. Roman Red/ Roman Red hard top/white vinyl soft top/ black vinyl. Odo: 92,439 miles. 327-ci 250- BEST BUY


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray just beginning to let go. Chrome is shiny, but closer inspection reveals the early signs of pitting. Stainless has good fit at the headlight bezels but is a little dull. Hard-top Plexiglas is original and age-cracked, as is common. The interior shows light wear. The engine compartment is clean. Cond: 3+. senger’s side headlight is slightly misaligned. Paint in the door jambs is flat and doesn’t appear to have been included in the repaint. Interior looks recent and correct, showing little wear. Engine compartment is clean. Cast aluminum bolt-on wheels, an L79 V8, Muncie 4-speed, original owner’s manual and keys. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Despite showing signs of age, the paint on this solid-axle Corvette still shines brightly. This was the last year of the first generation and the last convertible with a trunk until 1998. High bid would have been a good deal if the owner elected to sell. #496-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 194676S123302. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 46,795 miles. 7.0-L 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Resto-mod shows well. Features the sixthgeneration Corvette Z06’s 505-hp LS-series 427, a Tremec TKO 5-speed stick, C4 suspension, power steering, a/c, and polished American Racing wheels. Glossy paint with minor flaw in rear deck from the soft top. Chrome has very minor marks, and the stainless could stand to be polished in places. Engine compartment is spotless. Vinyl soft top is recent. Undercarriage has been detailed. Interior is new and largely stock. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. With extensive documentation, customer order form, dealer invoice, window sticker and Protect-O-Plate. A very attractive ragtop. Attractive enough to reach this strong bid, far above market for a small-block Corvette of this quality. #160-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE LT-1 replica convertible. VIN: 194670S417249. Mulsanne Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 78,678 miles. 350-ci 360-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. LT-1 tribute car with passenger’s side mirror, luggage rack, a/c and tilt/tele. Custom headers, Edelbrock intake manifold, Holley carb and other modifications pump up the base 300-hp V8 to a claimed 360 hp. Retains original Frigidaire a/c unit. Hard and soft top marks show on rear deck. Paint is shiny but shows large, cloudy inclusions. Chrome and stainless are beginning to show age. Correct interior shows little wear. Aftermarket stereo. Clean engine bay. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The restoration was decent quality but fell short in some minor areas. Bright red with matching leather interior. Pricing on resto-mod Corvettes sometimes exceeds stock restored prices, but this one did not meet reserve. #2497-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S104065. Rally Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 79,157 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Bright, shiny Rally Red paint shows well with a few buff marks. Panel gaps are consistent. Pas- SOLD AT $30,250. This was a great topdown, sunny-day cruiser for someone who wanted performance similar to the LT-1 with amenities unavailable with that option package. It had signs of wear and some needs, but nothing that would keep it from being enjoyed at Cars and Coffee or show-andshine events. That said, $30k is a bit above market for a car in this condition. Well sold. FOMOCO #2415-1940 FORD DELUXE custom business coupe. VIN: DRMVB0000160880MO. Vibrance Money Green/saddle leather. 350- March-April 2016 77


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside ci fuel-injected V8, auto. All-steel custom body with glossy paint shows small prep flaws. Consistent panel gaps, shaved handles, tags, hinges, widened rear fenders and running boards. Bumpers removed, and hidden license plate. Interior is done to a high standard in a rich saddle tan leather. Vintage Air. Wilwood brakes tucked behind polished American Racing wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,400. As customs go, this Ford was done right and with a great attention to detail. The ZZ4 engine had FAST fuel injection and a GM 4L60E programmable transmission with paddle shifters. Selling under $60k, it was very well bought. 1992–95 Dodge Viper RT/10 Shelby Cobra. He even included Carroll Shelby in the development as a project advisor. The Lamborghini-influenced and Magnum-derived 8.0-liter V10 engine made big power, and Tom Gale, then-Chrysler’s design chief, penned a seductive, muscular silhouette to match. The Viper’s profile is as recognizable and desirable as anything else from the poster years. There arguably isn’t a better modern option for uninhibited tire roasting and hooning T around (a track, preferably) than the original Viper. The only way to get something this raw and analog today is to go the kit-car or track-only route, as road-going safety standards include electronic nannies and other fun limiters. Viper prices are clearly trending up. Sales for 1992–95 RT/10 Vipers show a median price that has jumped 58% from 2012 ($30,240) to early 2016 ($47,850). It’s important to note that 2016 prices will likely drop some from the Scottsdale highs, as they often do, but the 2015 median is still 36% higher than 2012’s. It might be unreasonable to expect that same double-digit jump over the next five years, but now might be the time to buy lest that jump is made. Over the past five years, the 1992 cars have maintained the highest median at $38,500, with 1993 models feeling the least love at $30,240. This makes sense for the ’92 models, as only 285 were produced — the lowest one-year total for the entire Viper line to date. Another factoid when looking at buying a year-specific Viper: Options were first available in 1994 and they included a/c, fiberglass hard top and adjustable suspension, among others. In the last five years, the high sale was at Barrett-Jackson Detailing Years built: 1992–95 Number produced: 5,988 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 11 Average price of those cars: $39,364 Current Median ACC Valuation: $34,300 78 AmericanCarCollector.com Scottsdale 2013, where a ’95 Carroll Shelby Limited Edition roadster fetched an impressive $104,500. That car, serial number seven (of 19), came with a certificate of authenticity, photo album, Ol’ Shel’s signature on the steering wheel, and 7,600 miles. A final word of caution, should you decide on a first-generation Viper RT/10 — after you smoke those tires, watch out for hot sidepipes!A AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Tyson SOLD AT $20,900. Buying this Thunderbird would have been buying the opportunity to restore it. It appeared complete but was unmistakably rough. The selling price reflected the condition, but for the right person this may have been well bought. #519-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7FW378944. Black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 1,325 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl., 3-sp. Very shiny black paint shows good prep. Chrome is just beginning to show tiny pits. Unusual dual spotlights. Stainless is nicely polished. Interior shows no wear but is slightly lumpy. Engine compartment is clean and squared away. Thunderbird Special 312-ci V8 rated at 245 hp. Cond: 2-. he Dodge Viper has captured the hearts, minds and wallets of thousands of Americans since its debut as a 1992 model. Who among us hasn’t daydreamed of slinking into the bare-bones cabin, flipping the key, dropping the hammer, and smoking those 13-inch-wide tires? With the Viper, Bob Lutz brilliantly tapped into the same zeitgeist as the #2438-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FJ205656. Red/white hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 96,535 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is rough, crazing, scraped, nicked and chipped. Chrome and stainless both show signs of age and wear. Interior shows wear and dirt. Engine compartment shows age. Wire wheels are rusty. No sign of having been previously restored. Cond: 4.


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX console. Although not perfect, this fastback is far beyond the average restoration. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. With matching numbers, GT package, K-code 289 and Pony interior, this one had a lot going for it. The refresh was a step above the expected, but $50k, well above high market value for this car, was still not enough to take it home. SOLD AT $25,080. This was a clean example from the first year for Ford’s retractable hard top. The black paint gleamed under the lights. Someone got a great deal on this working retractable, well under market. #464-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH170190. Coral Sand/ Colonial White soft top/Coral Sand hard top/Colonial White vinyl. Odo: 532 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with Masterglide power steering, signal-seeking radio, engine dress-up kit and both tops. Paint is virtually flawless. Interior appears showroom-new. Engine compartment is spotless. Chrome, stainless and wire wheels all shine. From the Amos Minter Collection. Better than new. Cond: 1-. #1183-1971 FORD F-100 Ranger XLT pickup. VIN: F10YCL01824. White & red/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 26,696 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Driver-quality repaint with weak prep. Rear body seams on the bed have some sort of odd, dirty-looking filler in them. Chrome is pitting, and the pot-metal grille is heavily scratched. Interior shows little wear but could stand a good cleaning. A little love would go a long way. Cond: 3-. tation and a collection of memorabilia. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Looked like an older restoration beginning to show signs of wear. This may have kept bidding low, as the top offer was at the lower end of the value scale. Recently no-saled at the August 2015 Lucky auction in Tacoma, WA, bid to $104k (ACC# 266498). AMERICANA #429-1929 HUDSON MODEL R coupe. VIN: 845757. Dark blue & black/black leather/black & gray cloth. Odo: 56,802 miles. Very original. Paint shows its age but is in very good condition. Wood-spoke wheels, black leather roof, shiny chrome and stainless, very clean engine compartment. Interior cloth in excellent condition, NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Stunning nut-andbolt restoration on a well-optioned, two-top Thunderbird. It was difficult to find a flaw anywhere. The Colonial White interior complemented the Coral Sand body color well. The engine compartment was surgery-room sanitary. Though the high bid reached $80k, it wasn’t enough to capture this top-of-themarket ’Bird. #2484-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. VIN: 5F09K759440. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 81,588 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny orange paint without flaw save for light overspray at the wiper trim panel. Brightwork is beginning to show signs of age. Back window has some scratches. Engine bay is clean. Pony interior with Rally Pac gauges and woodgrain trim on the SOLD AT $14,850. Classic pickups have been experiencing a good deal of interest of late. Even an amateur restoration like this garners a good bit of attention. It was attractive from a distance, and could pull doubleduty as a fun weekend ride and a practical hauler. Power steering and brakes make it an easy driver, and the less-than-perfect rehab means it can be driven without guilt. Last sold for $15,660 at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2015 (ACC# 263404). Fairly bought and sold. MOPAR #2470-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A175597. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,867 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some shoddy prep work. Scratches on the trunk lid and what appears to be rust bubbling under the vinyl top. Black paint on the nose cap is faded, and the chrome is beginning to look tired. Tear in the driver’s side seat bolster. Mirrors pointed at the undercarriage show it’s been driven through puddles and not cleaned. Numbers-matching drivetrain with a/c. Thorough documen- with original acorn-style door handles. Headliner shows some water marks. Dash features a black painted finish, white pinstripes and an intricate sculptured bezel. Very presentable with minimal restoration, and not one you are likely to encounter at your local show. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. Although the paint on this Hudson was showing its age, it was original to the car. It had been nicely restored and only showed cracks under bright light. The dark color combo lent a bit of elegance, and the wood wheels had a great finish. Speaking with the owner, I learned the bid had only reached $22,000, but it later sold for this price. Well bought. Last seen at the October 2014 Branson Auction, not sold at $22,000 (ACC# 256245); before that, sold for $29,425 at Mecum Schaumburg in 2013 (ACC# 236926). Black & green/black/black leather. Odo: 30,750 miles. One-off custom body by Rollston. Superior restoration. Paint is flawless. Extensive chrome and brightwork is perfect. Panels are smooth, and gaps are perfectly consistent throughout. Teak wood running boards and rumble seat present as-new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $451,000. Built for the 1928 New York Auto Salon, this one-of-a-kind Packard 645 roadster is the only surviving example from Rollston. It featured the original bodywork and original L-head straight 8 engine. CCCA first place 8 #1147-1929 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT roadster. VIN: 173233. March-April 2016 79 TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX SOLD AT $64,350. One of only 750 built. The Peruvian Embassy previously owned this car, using it for parades and special events. A poster claimed that the car had carried the Queen of England, John F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe and Nelson Rockefeller. Although the restoration was beginning to show its age, the car was still attractive with interesting history. Well bought and sold. and AACA Senior winner, and was shown at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours. The selling price seems extremely well bought for a bespoke piece of history. Recently sold at Worldwide’s 2014 Auburn sale for $462,000 (ACC# 245254). #466-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: L212159. Matador Red Metallic/white vinyl/tan & red leather. Odo: 18,339 miles. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration beginning to show age. Paint shows signs of lifting at chrome trim. Chrome is shiny and just beginning to pit. Stainless trim is scuffed, shows wear. Interior is complete but somewhat dirty and lightly worn. Has matching top boot. Glass and lenses are clear and scratch-free. The engine bay is clean and tidy. Heavily optioned with power steering, brakes, windows, top, seat and leather interior. Extensive documentation, including original manual and purchase order. Cond: 3. #461-1960 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL SUV. VIN: B102SB109346A. Blue & white/ white & gray vinyl. Odo: 148,547 miles. 240ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Three-door with split tailgate/hatch rear cargo door. Three-row seating. A nice older nut-and-bolt restoration just beginning to show its age, with a few minor paint chips and very small bubbles on the rear door. Exterior stainless shows some dings. Chrome looks new. Interior is very clean and shows minimal wear. Equipped with such minimal options as a factory overhead AM radio and heater. Cond: 3+. #1125-1981 JEEP CJ-8 Scrambler pickup. VIN: 1JCCM88E8BT064531. Tan/brown hard top/brown vinyl. Odo: 52,346 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A GM small-block replaces the underpowered AMC inline 6. Tan respray with light orange peel and new decals. Chrome and stainless is clean and shiny. Wood bedside stakes need to be refinished. Bed coated with brown Rhino Liner. Brown vinyl interior shows minor wear. Engine compartment dirty. Warn winch custom front tube bumper. Seats are Bestop replacements with a matching console. Shiny chrome factory wheels with newer mud and snow tires. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $14,500. Rust-free body and a recent, driver-quality paint job. It was equipped with air conditioning, power steering and power brakes. This was a nice driver and was bid over the high value but failed to sell. The seller should have dropped the reserve. A SOLD AT $33,000. Reminded me of how spartan family haulers used to be. Last sold at Mecum Kansas City in December 2014 for $36,180 (ACC# 256573). Since then, it no-saled at Branson in April 2015 at the same $33,000, and our reporter said it had a $45k reserve (ACC# 264832). Marketpriced. (See profile, p. 66 in our sister publication, Sports Car Market, March 2016 issue.) CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 80 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin’s


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee 2016 FOUR CARS BROKE THE MILLION-DOLLAR CEILING, AND THEY WERE ALL HEMI-POWERED MOPARS Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 15–24, 2016 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Mike Hagerman, Matt Moravec, Russ Conklin Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,794/2,506 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $84,275,996 high sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible, sold at $2,942,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 82 AmericanCarCollector.com one of only 59 1971 hemi 4-speed hard tops — 1971 plymouth hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top, sold at $1,045,000 “M Report and photos by Morgan Eldridge Market opinions in italics onumental Muscle” was the theme at Mecum Kissimmee 2016, and everything about the auction was larger than life. Kissimmee is the biggest auction on Mecum’s circuit. At 10 days long with more than 2,500 cars on offer and a vast selection of road art, it’s almost more than one person can take in. It didn’t seem to matter that the weather was bad. Perhaps visitors from up north took the chilly temperatures as typical for January, but as a native Floridian I can tell you: Temperatures in the low 40s are always out of the norm here. This year’s sale was Mecum’s largest-grossing event ever. The overall take increased 24% over last year’s $68,165,970 to $84,275,996. Average sold price per car was up 22% as well to $46,976. Four cars smashed the million-dollar glass ceiling, and they were all Hemi-powered Mopars. A 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda convertible was the biggest sale of the week at $2,942,500. Many cars exceeded estimates, such as a 1965 Ford Mustang with 289-ci V8, sold for $66,000. There were also some deals: A 1970 Shelby GT500 sold for $88,000, and a frame-off-restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache sold at $44,000. In the Next Gen category, a 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R sold for a fair $66,000, and a 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport with 3,381 miles looked like a smart buy at $37,950. You would expect a saturation effect at a 10-day auc- tion with no fewer than 128 Mustangs, 132 Camaros and 247 Corvettes to choose from, but Mecum’s Kissimmee numbers prove that’s just not the case. You can’t argue with a 72% sell-through rate and over $84 million in sales.A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL GM #T198-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Seville 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5762051513. Olympic White/red & white leather. Odo: 85,987 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Great paint, brightwork and clean engine bay. Laser-straight body. Interior looks new. Cond: 2+. at no reserve, this example could have used a detail. Prices remain consistent for these cars, and $8k–$15k is the range. Another great deal for buyer and seller. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. Futuristic styling really made the 1957 Cadillac stand out. Larger front-wheel openings, hooded headlights, curved rooflines and angled pillars were purloined directly from the 1954 Park Avenue show car. This car was bid up to $70k at last year’s Kissimmee auction and didn’t change hands (ACC# 262191). That high bid is the top of the market and should have bought the car last year. #F25.1-1959 CHEVROLET APACHE pickup. VIN: 3A59K139591. Tartan Turquoise/black cloth. Odo: 2,030 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration. Paint shows well in period-correct color. Clean whitewall tires, oak bed with painted slats. Seats and dash look good. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2+. #S106-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 124378L334835. Red/black leather. Odo: 130 miles. 416-ci supercharged V8, 6-sp. Laser-straight body with vinyl hash-mark fender stripes. Driveline, seats and interior from a 2013 ZL1 show very well. Engine compartment very clean and well detailed. Four-year build. Cond: 1-. The $225k–$275k auction estimate here was spot-on. #F115-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM convertible. VIN: 223679N104810. Cameo White/white/white leather. Odo: 360 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of eight Trans Am convertibles produced in 1969. Paint, interior, engine all in excellent condition. Tom Hoad ordered the car new as a brasshat company car. Extremely well-documented car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $1,900,000. The only example that comes close to this is Lot F138, the other one offered here that failed to meet reserve at $1.4m. Interestingly enough, Lot F138 was offered in 2010 at Mecum’s Indy sale, where bidding ceased at $1.1m (ACC# 1684809). One day, I would like to say either “well sold” or “a great buy” on one of these cars. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. This build was beautifully executed, and the marriage between new and old driveline and components was well thought out. I doubt you could replicate this even for the $130k low estimate. Too bad it didn’t find a home. #F167-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Yenko 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379B407823. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 30,087 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored example. Paint, interior and engine all show very well. Unusual floor-shift automatic. Well documented. From the Wayne Schmeeckle Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. Last year for Chevrolet’s “Task Force” trucks. Nicely restored examples have been going anywhere from $25k to $45k. Good deal for both parties. No-saled here a year ago at $45k (ACC# 262972). #G81-1967 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 396877M603138. Pewter/black cloth. Odo: 57,877 miles. 425ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray shows well with exception of dings on the trunk. Carpet dirty, seats show light wear. Some dash components discolored. Engine bay has normal dirt and grime. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,450. This was the first U.S.-produced front-wheel-drive car since the 1936 Cord. It was also GM’s first sub-frame car. Offered 84 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $180,000. In 1969, the Chevelle was billed as “America’s most popular midsize car.” This is one of only 99 1969 Yenko Chevelles ever produced. Fewer than 50 remain in existence today, according to catalog. Bidding started at $100k and stalled before it met reserve. This car is no stranger to Mecum: It sold once in 2005 for $357,000 (ACC# 39582) and in 2011 for $171,720 (ACC# 184406). #L25-1988 PONTIAC FIERO Formula coupe. VIN: 1G2PE1193JP201021. Red/ gray cloth. Odo: 17,928 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Original paint and interior shows well with little wear. Clean and tidy engine compartment. Stock radio. Appears to have been garaged its entire life and comes with original window sticker. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,550. The Fiero, meaning “proud” in Italian, was a new concept for the Pontiac, as it was the first two-seat car produced since 1938. New for 1988 was a Formula option, which included the 2.8-L V6, 5-speed, WS6 suspension, crosslace wheels and a rear spoiler. These little guys are starting to creep up in value, generally staying around the $7k–$12k mark for clean, low-mileage examples. This was a good deal for both parties. #G191-1991 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 convertible. VIN: 1G1FP33F2ML149000. Red/black/red leather. Odo: 108,616 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Some light scratches here and there. Front bumper has been in contact with a few parking blocks.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Some water in the parking light. Wear on driver’s seat and carpet, back seats look new. Hood latch inoperable. Original radio. Cond: 3+. top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 69,209 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint, gaps are tight in areas, doors hard to close. Some evidence of rust. Cracked rubber. Newer seats. Instrument cluster cracked. Engine not detailed. Cond: 3-. This sale is almost in big-block territory. Offered at no reserve, it sold within the $100k–$125k estimate range. Well sold. SOLD AT $9,900. With original paint, power options, new top and same owner for the past 21 years. There were a handful of Camaros of this generation here. This one has more miles on its clock than most, but it was an authentic presentation. Fair price paid, and everyone should be pleased. #K150.1-2002 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2G2FV22G322149140. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 28,000 miles. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Light swirl marks on paint, wheels could be polished but look decent. Seats show well with little wear. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,950. I knew there would be at least one ’96 GS on site. Prices are gaining and range anywhere from a high $20k to $70k. GM produced only 1,000, and 810 were coupes. The lower-production convertibles and cars with Torch Red interiors command a premium. Well bought for a low-mileage collector piece. SOLD AT $19,800. The WS6 package consisted of the airbox slightly taller than stock, nestling up to the functional Ram Air hood. Additionally, the WS6s came with de Carbon shocks, 17-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped with Goodyear Eagles, low-restriction dual exhaust and a powersteering cooler. Clean, no-stories cars with low miles seem to be in the $15k–$20k range with a premium paid for manual transmissions. This car was well sold. CORVETTE #S97-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S112248. Tuxedo Black/black/black vinyl. Odo: 41 miles. 327ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body-off restoration by Paul Schuster with excellent paint and body panel fit. Seats and dashboard look new. Redline tires. Brightwork has no pitting and looks fresh. Clean and tidy engine bay. Al Grenning affirmation confirms originality of the engine block, stamp pad and engine stamp. Well documented with tank sticker, invoice and payment receipt. No hard top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. The ’67 was basically unchanged from ’66, but styling was a little cleaner. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $21,500. The first year for the C5 Z06. There are not many cars that offer this performance for the price. Looking at C4 ZR-1 prices, I think this should be on its way up in value shortly. I don’t think the owner was ready to part with this one. FOMOCO #K71-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH100983. Red/red hard #G140-2001 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. VIN: 1G1YY12S415135074. Red/red & black leather. Odo: 43,263 miles. 5.7-L 385-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Paint shows well, very small scratch on hood. Light wear on driver’s seat. Clean engine bay. Overall, super clean and well kept. Cond: 2+. #W213-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2254T5600617. Admiral Blue/black leather. Odo: 3,381 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Original paint shows well, interior has slight wear. Engine bay clean and tidy. Aftermarket headers and exhaust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,200. This car was offered for sale at Mecum Kissimmee last year, but it did not sell at a high bid of $20k (ACC# 263481). It was far from perfect, but the buyer got a good deal on a weekend cruiser. #S139-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5F07K326597. Caspian Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 65,000 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Light waves on paint. Straight body with good door gaps. Trunk fit is slightly uneven. Interior shows nicely with no cracking or wear. Very good attention to detail under the hood, with period-correct stickers and labels. An older but honest restoration with awards under its belt. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,000. Said to have been trailered since restoration, this Mustang sold at the top of the market. Well sold, and the seller may have even recouped his restoration expenses. #F159-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 coupe. VIN: 9F02Z172933. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 58,259 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Concours-style restoration with excellent paint, brightwork and interior. Very clean engine compartment. High attention to detail. MCA award-winner, Marti Report. Only 40-year-old original or NOS components were used. From the Wayne Schmeeckle Collection. Cond: 2+.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL NOT SOLD AT $320,000. The Boss 429 engine was too wide to fit between the Mustang’s stock shock towers, so Ford sent partially constructed cars to Kar Kraft for engine installation. I felt the $375k–$425k estimate was spot-on for this MCA Thoroughbred Gold-winning car. Runner-up representations come close in the $320k–$350k ballpark. #S80-1970 SHELBY GT500 coupe. VIN: 0F02R482882. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 55,135 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-documented restoration with receipts, including engine rebuild. Owner has had car for over 30 years. Marti Report. Paint and chrome show well. Interior looks great except for the loose plastic console by the floor shifter. Gaps and panel fit are all good. Cond: 2-. F314270. Dark Shadow Metallic/black leather. Odo: 12,755 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, 5-sp. One owner. Blemish-free paint with a clean and well-kept interior. Clean engine bay, original window sticker. Claimed to be one of 15 with these colors and options. Cond: 2+. Houston in April 2015, not sold at $625k (ACC# 264658). This time around, bidding stopped at $500k, but it was reported sold in the final results at $550k, not including premium. The 6k-mile 4-speed example sold here last year for $972,000 (ACC# 263111), so maybe this car’s $700k–$900k estimate wasn’t so ridiculous. Well bought. SOLD AT $23,100. The Roots-type blower in the S281 Supercharged boosted power to 375 hp over the standard S281’s 290 hp. Saleen built only 128 of these in 2003. Values seem to be parallel to the 2003–04 Cobras, which are also supercharged and are rated at 390 hp. Bottom line, this was a clean, unmolested example and a good price for buyer and seller. MOPAR SOLD AT $88,000. Fun fact: Shelby never actually produced any GT350s or GT500s for the 1970 model year. They were unsold 1969 models given 1970 VINs under FBI supervision. This car would retail for $95k– $125k, so buying at auction seemed to have paid off. Well bought. #S172-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra R coupe. VIN: 1FACP42D1PF169179. Vibrant Red/gray cloth. Odo: 519 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Still on MSO. Perfect paint. Plastic remains on the seats and steering wheel. Factory barcodes and chalk marks. Number 11 of 107 produced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $92,400. At this price, there must have been a few people in the room fighting for it. An exceptional example that was well sold. SOLD AT $66,000. A Mustang Cobra built for competition use—no insulation, radio, a/c or fog lights. Unlike the Ford GT, most of the owners that bought these cars used them. This low-mileage example sold under its $75k–$100k estimate. There is still room for appreciation on well-kept examples. Well bought. #L73-2003 FORD MUSTANG Saleen S281 Supercharged coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42XX3- 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #F103-1969 DODGE HEMI DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29J9B386573. Red/black leather. Odo: 46,436 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and interior. Clean engine bay. Pistolgrip shifter, Track Pack. Cond: 1-. 7 SOLD AT $605,000. Last seen at Mecum SOLD AT $34,100. These were fun cars meant to be taken out and enjoyed on a Sunday. Few were ever used as daily drivers. Many low-mileage examples are around, with prices currently between $25k and $45k. I always thought a manual would be fun in one of these, but they were only available in automatic. Fair sale for both. A very clean car found a new home. A #F122-1959 CHRYSLER 300E 2-dr hard top. VIN: M591100137. Formal Black/tan leather. Odo: 88,547 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Straight body with nice paint and brightwork. Beautifully restored interior. Clean and neat engine. Good attention to detail on restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,045,000. Of 107 Hemi ’Cuda hard tops built in 1971, only 59 were 4-speed cars. This sale ties the previous record for a ’71 Hemi ’Cuda hard top, back in 2006 at Worldwide Houston (ACC# 41536). More recently, sales have hovered in the $300k–$450k range, although an unrestored 4-speed car with only 33k miles sold at Mecum Kissimmee 2014 for $604,800 (ACC# 232400). Well sold. #T135.1-1999 PLYMOUTH PROWLER convertible. VIN: 1P3EW65G9XV504816. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 5,319 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Well detailed. Car looks brand new. Cond: 2+. 3R1B345763. Winchester Gray/black leather. Odo: 58,992 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Unrestored example. Special-ordered with all stripes and chrome deleted. Paint shows well for its age, with very minor hazing in some areas. All gaps are normal. Good brightwork. Interior shows light patina and clean engine bay. Very well-documented R-code. Formerly owned by Mopar guru Frank Badalson. To call this car “well kept” would be an understatement. Cond: 2+. 2 #F100-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS2- TOP 10 TOP 10


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele – Scottsdale 2016 TOTAL REVENUE WAS $21.3m, AN INCREASE OF OVER A MILLION DOLLARS FROM 2015 Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 27–31, 2016 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Dan Schorno Automotive lots sold/ offered: 521/723 Sales rate: 72% Total sales: $21,307,765 high sale: 2003 Saleen S7, sold at $387,750 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1966 AMC AMX prototype 2-door hard top, sold at $90,750 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by John Boyle Market opinions in italics R 90 AmericanCarCollector.com usso and Steele is known for their balanced mix of exotics and muscle cars, with customs, rods and the occasional oddity thrown into the mix. With 700-plus cars parked under four tents 800 feet long, the selection offers plenty to keep you interested for a few days without overloading your senses. The “auction in the round” format somehow melds Shakespearean theater with the spectacle of a rock concert. Russo and Steele CEO Drew Alcazar told me he had Consignment Director John Bemiss raise standards this year. As a result, the overall quality was higher, and cars sold on Friday and Saturday were very good. Despite decreased sales elsewhere during Arizona Car Week, Russo’s sales rate was 72%, up a healthy 11% from last year, with 521 out of 723 cars offered finding new homes. Total revenue was $21,307,765, an increase of over a million dollars from 2015. A 2003 Saleen S7 was the top sale of the week at $387,750. Other top American cars included a 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 at $308,000 and a low-mileage Ford GT that brought $341,000. If I had to choose a theme for this year’s event, it would be the “Invasion of the E-bodies.” There were well over a dozen early ’70s Barracudas, ’Cudas and Challengers, including, by my count, five Hemis, and not including a clone coupe and a re-engined convertible. A matching-numbers 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T SE was one of the best buys of the week at $143,000. Aside from the Chryslers, there was the expected assortment of Chevelles, Camaros and Corvettes. Part of the fun of any large auction is seeing a variety or cars, and the field included a few Model As, ’50s chrome boats, pickups ranging from the modest to the extreme and a humble ’79 Malibu wagon that brought a top-dollar price of $13,750. Alcazar sees his role as helping newcomers enter the hobby, so this year he and Consignment Director Bemiss held a seminar where bidders and attendees were encouraged to ask questions about the auction process. If all this sounds like fun but you can’t make it to Scottsdale in January, don’t worry. Alcazar said that in the next 12 to 18 months, he’ll be announcing three new venues. He’s looking to go east of the Rockies but isn’t showing his cards yet. “We’re always going to have fun stuff,” said Alcazar, “because fun stuff is cool, and we like cars, and it’s fun. If it ain’t fun, then it’s time to do something different.”A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ GM #F558-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: 71037D817076. India Ivory/ red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 95,991 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Super paint over very straight body. Bumpers have very deep shine. Wheels painted body color. Interior near perfect with nicely done dash and new carpet. Seat covers new and in correct style, but some seams are stretched where fabric meets welting. Underhood is clean and detailed with a modern battery. Cond: 2+. #F560-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 237675K131225. Blue Charcoal/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 57,634 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent-looking paint with only minor issues, body prep very good on unforgiving dark slab sides. Bumper chrome probably better than factory, window trim has only minor scratches. Dash is very nice with excellent brightwork. Gauges look faded. White seat covers look recent but appear slightly overstuffed on bottoms. Rocker plates show wear. Engine bay is clean but has chrome alternator and modern battery. Air cleaner has some corrosion. Cond: 2. #F464-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370A112595. Astro Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 74,307 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint is still holding up well. Very straight body with factory gaps. Chrome and stainless nice with usual weakness to window trim. Slight puckering to top material. Well optioned with a/c, PS, PB, AM/FM. Nice dash and interior, said to be original carpeting. Engine compartment unavailable for inspection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. A beautiful car, almost too nice to drive. Seller says the car was the subject of a $100k professional restoration seven years ago with limited miles since. We keep hearing how the market for these is softening, but there are always plenty of cars at these events that bring respectable money. Well bought. #TH167-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR pickup. VIN: 1R124S1200777. Green/ green plaid. Odo: 20,600 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Average paint in period scheme. Body looks straight, including the top of the ramp door where it hits the ground. A deluxe model with chrome bumpers and trim. Door handles worn. Bed sprayed with gray and white fleck trunk paint. Minor chips in bed with surface rust on several bolts. Funky plaid seats, dash nice, but odometer is barely readable due to brown discoloration. Engine bay not open. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,750. Muscle cars don’t come much more iconic than a ’65 GTO. Comes with PHS documentation and documents. Sold new in St. Louis with a sticker price of $3,549.44. Well bought. #S777-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N529836. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 76,200 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration 200 miles ago. Very nice paint and stripes on straight body. Paint flaw above rear window. Nice window trim and cat’s whiskers. Door handles appear new. Trunk gap wide on passenger’s side. Dashpad has a bump, seats have some puckering. Under the hood it’s clean and correct with all decals and period Delco battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,825. A well-documented (build sheets, Protect-O-Plate) car with rebuilt suspension and transmission. Last seen at the 2006 Mecum Kansas City sale, where it sold in 2+ condition for $52,500 (ACC# 41563). Eight years and 20,000 miles later, it still shows well. Not as crisp as it once was, but minimal depreciation for seller and a fair deal for buyer. #F585-1972 BUICK SKYLARK GS 455 convertible. VIN: 4G67U2H119444. Flame Orange/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 136 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration recently completed. Paint has minor orange peel, but body is straight and has great shut lines. Chrome and stainless are fresh and well done, especially the windshield trim. New interior, but the seat cover color comes off as slightly dingy. Seller says he put in the best dash he could find, but it still has fading and worn plastic trim. Modern radio and speakers cut into kick panels give it a used-car vibe. Underhood looks well used— nothing special with some aftermarket parts. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. I doubt if there are many left in such nice condition. A usable half-ton with a great load area for hauling lawn mowers and furniture. The raised rear deck over the engine would limit its usefulness for some loads. A fair price that might be just a bit well bought. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $63,800. An Ohio-built, Canadian-market car with full documentation proving it was a Z/28 from birth. Seller says DZ engine was balanced and rebuilt during restoration. Options include Positraction and spoiler package. Last seen at Russo’s Monterey event in August, where it sold for a low $55,000 (ACC# 266185). Now a bit more correctly priced but still not badly bought. SOLD AT $36,300. A rare car with just 852 produced. 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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ #TH231-1979 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L9L592268. Blue/ blue cloth. Odo: 44,530 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint with good body gaps. Soft plastic front and rear caps fit well and match the rest of the car’s paint—something that couldn’t always be said when these were new. Cloth interior shows well but might be suffering from a bit of fading. Underhood is clean, dry and largely correct. Cond: 3. retirement community, and it may have. A one-owner car unused since 2012. Every time I walked past there was a crowd looking at it. Sold for double the market value, but deservedly so. CORVETTE SOLD AT $15,400. Sold for $20,350 at 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (ACC 257871). Sold here at no reserve, so seller wanted it gone. Until recently, a one-family, numbers-matching car in California its entire life. Well equipped with power steering and brakes, a/c, tilt wheel and F41 suspension. Comes with documents, restoration book and 1979 Camaro salesman’s guide. Anyone in the market for a disco-era Camaro would love this. You couldn’t restore one to this quality for the price paid here. Sold $1,600 under the ACC Pocket Price Guide median price. #SN929-1979 CHEVROLET MALIBU Classic wagon. VIN: 1W35J9R450417. Blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,208 miles. 267ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint well preserved with a few expected chips. Window trim still very nice, bumpers unmarked. Base-level GM interior holding up well, although driver’s seat-back foam is collapsing. Aftermarket clear vinyl floor mats now yellowing. Dash is like new. Small piece of plastic chrome missing from steering wheel. Interior plastic slightly faded. Vinyl hasn’t faded. Underhood is just a driver. Massive chrome stick shift on the floor is a surprise and would look at home in a ’67 Chevelle. Cond: 2-. #S654-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S105213. Riverside Red/red vinyl. Odo: 85,086 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Unrestored car. Original paint has small pimples where resin looks to be coming through. Filled-in paint chips on nose, a couple of small paintcrack stars on hood. Bumpers rechromed, stainless polished and very good. Hubcaps unmarked. Chassis said to have been cleaned and refurbished two years ago. Minor fading to dashpad and upper door panels. Engine bay clean and correct. Original hoses and brake shoes come in a box. Cond: 2. with tonneau snaps; catalog says cover is included. Seats and door panels redone in red velour that would have looked at home in a ’70s disco. Dash acceptable. Engine bay dusty. Said to still be on a 6-volt system. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,750. Words can’t express my horror at the interior, but it would be easy enough to redo to either stock or custom. Looks a bit well sold to me. #SN815-1966 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10BR788630. Beige/gray cloth. Odo: 60,065 miles. 300-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Thick paint in original color has some dust and bubbles. Bed painted without removing many of the dents. If those dents are all there were, the truck led a pretty soft life. Body straight with some dings to top of box. Poor window and trim masking. Seat recovered in generic material. Dash is freshly painted, stock and uncut. Steering wheel has cracking. Underhood stock with peeling blue paint on valve cover and some minor corrosion on firewall and underside of hood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $83,600. Four-time NCRS Top Flight winner; Bloomington Gold certified in 2014. An original California car delivered to Los Angeles in late November 1963. Well optioned with power windows, power brakes, 4.11 Positraction, off-road exhaust, AM/FM and the all-important fuel injection. Last seen at the Branson Auction in 2013, where it was a no-sale at $80,000 (ACC# 231645). Very well bought if you value originality over a fresh restoration. FOMOCO #SN900-1951 FORD F-1 pickup. VIN: F1H1RH22342. Black/red cloth. Odo: 5,205 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Old thick paint with too many scratches, chips and cracks to count. Severe dent/crack on lower part of front fender. What trim there is is acceptable. Newer oak bed in back. Box lined SOLD AT $6,050. Recent repaint of a barebones work pickup from California. Hopefully this will be kept stock as a reminder of the days when trucks really were bare. Black rubber mats, one gauge, no radio, painted bumper and hubcaps. VIN indicates it originally came with the “big” 300-ci six. Well bought. If it’s a bit too basic for your tastes, at this price it’s a nice starting point for a flashier stock truck or custom. #F427-1969 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9F91M569359. Competition Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 77,229 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older thick paint with many touch-ups. Rocker moldings have dents and poor paint areas. Factory decals uneven on both doors. Extra bolt heads under rear deck spoiler. Window SOLD AT $13,750. This time-warp car looked like it just drove out from a nearby 94 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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stainless good. Dash is good but has newer radio, console and steering wheel worn. Underhood stock but undetailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $33,000. Just 2,250 of Ford’s luxury performance pony car produced in 1969. These bring a hefty price premium over other Cougars. Be that as it may, the price paid here was strong for condition. #TH137-1974 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GLT08137. Bronze/white vinyl. Odo: 10,823 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice paint over an unmarked body. New stainless trim. Top fits well, new window rubber all around. Thin metal trim at top of door windows coming loose on both sides. Great painted dash with uncracked pad. Said to be new seat covers, but they already show some wear. Engine compartment has its original pant, otherwise clean. Seller says engine is a replacement. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,200. A two-owner Nevada truck that has benefited from refurbishment. Nice but not too nice to use. Brought top-ofthe-market price despite issues and replacement engine. The value makes restoration feasible as demand for first-generation Broncos holds. MOPAR #S734-1970 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS29R0B232879. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 44,889 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 2003. Car still shows exceptionally well with polishing swirls and a few stone chips on grille and radiator support. Window stainless has wear, some rubber is aging. Vinyl top shows a few minor bumps. Driver’s seat has minor creasing, dashpad has a crack. Console trim lightly scratched. Engine compartment clean and correct with period-style battery. Cond: 2-. March-April 2016 95 BEST BUY


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GLOVEBOXNOTES RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ By Jim Pickering 2016 Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6L rWD premium SOLD AT $143,000. Just returning from Sweden. Last sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2007 for $192,500. Said to be one of just 63 R/T SE Hemi Challengers built. Numbers-matching. Inspected and decoded by Govier. Although the restoration is aging, it’s been well cared for and shouldn’t need anything major for a long time. Well bought for condition. Price as tested: $56,415 Equipment: 335-hp 3.6L V6, 8-sp automatic transmission with performance algorithm tapshift, magnetic ride control, electronic variable-rate steering, Brembo front brakes, heated 12-way power seats, Cadillac eight-inch touch display with navigation, Bose stereo, Head-up display, start/stop system Mileage: 20 city/30 highway Likes: A sporty little coupe with a lot of nice options. Comfortable interior with high-quality materials, good power from growly V6 and aggressive 8-speed gearing. Tight steering, fantastic brakes, decent mileage. Dislikes: Start/stop technology isn’t exactly in its infancy, but this unit felt clunky at best, especially at restart. Active seatbelts give you an unnerving “hug” when you first start rolling. Cadillac’s CUE touch interface gives you what appear to be radio and climate buttons, but they’re actually hard plastic markers below the actual touch-sensitive controls. Hard to get used to. Verdict: Cadillac is aiming right at higher-priced Europeans in the segment with the ATS, and all things considered, it’s a solid competitor. Then again, I didn’t find a lot that stood out here, and for the $56k you’ll need to pay for one, I expect a little more excitement. But, for a nicely-equipped premium coupe with a balanced grand-tourer feel, this is worth a look. Fun to drive: Eye appeal: overall experience: #S736-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R1B227275. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 130 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh rotisserie restoration, low miles since completion. Better-than-factory paint, straight sides. Door and hood gaps slightly wide in places, probably as from the factory. Window trim has minor scratches and a noticeable ding below vinyl top. Interior new and well fitted. Engine bay not open for inspection but photos show it with period-style battery and factory decals. Well equipped with pistolgrip shifter, AM/FM radio, cassette, leather seats, wood steering wheel, rear window louvers, spoiler. Cond: 2+. area trim showing some age. Engine bay has original paint but is clean and dry, and stock but not detailed. Color-matched period suitcases in the luggage rack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Last year of the original big Ambassadors on the 117-inch wheelbase. This car came across like something an older member of the Rambler club would have owned, and indeed, there is a club decal in the window. Despite being priced near the top of the market for a Rambler, it’s much cheaper than a corresponding Ford wagon and is likely to be a good investment if interest in wagons keeps growing. Buyer is thrilled with his purchase. NOT SOLD AT $440,000. A numbersmatching car with three owners, with the seller for 29 years. Well documented, Govier decoded. It’s hard to imagine a nicer one out there, just like it’s hard for some of us of a certain age to believe these are going for close to a half-million dollars. These have come back nicely since the 2008 crash, but like other muscle cars, I get the feeling they may be more sensitive to ups and downs than other segments of the hobby. Today’s bid was well short of current market, and you can’t blame the owner for holding onto it. AMERICANA #TH301-1961 RAMBLER AMBASSADOR Custom wagon. VIN: H137828. Turquoise/ turquoise & gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 94,243 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Newer paint has occasional chips, especially below rear side windows. Panel gaps typically good, just as I remember the Ramblers of my youth. Side trim has minor dings but nothing a casual viewer would notice. Driver’s outside mirror damaged. Interior is largely original with driver’s seat, headliner and cargo 96 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com #S754-1966 AMC AMX prototype 2-dr hard top. VIN: N/A. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 1,103 miles. 343-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Current paint was done sometime in the ’70s and is now badly cracked and chipped. Door fit poor. Hood vents are foil-covered wood. Looks to have later production seat covers. Door panels nice. Engine compartment not open. One-off grille nice but not perfect. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $90,750. A running prototype that bridged the non-running AMX show car and production prototypes. Said to be one of two built for initial tests. Includes “Ramble seat.” Unlike roadsters of the 1920s and ’30s, however, there’s a handy windscreen that pops up for the passengers. That feature got some press coverage back in the day, but safety concerns killed the idea. General shape is similar to the eventual ’68 AMX, but most details differ. A nice piece of history for the Rambler/AMC fan. Fairly bought and sold. (See profile, p. 54.) A


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ Silver Auctions — Arizona in January A BASE ENGINE AND AUTOMATIC IS USUALLY KRYPTONITE, BUT THE ’63 CORVETTE’S ORIGINALITY AND TWO-PIECE REAR WINDOW SENT IT TO $81k Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ January 28–30, 2016 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Gary Dehler, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/ offered: 281/484 Sales rate: 58% Sales total: $3,919,918 high sale: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, sold at $81,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, $250 minimum, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. perfect: National show standard 2. Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts originally owned by a junior-high-school teacher — 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe, sold at $81,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics a market interested in mid-to-lower-level cars, but that servicing that market can even be profitable. While the higher-end auction houses saw decreases in sales this year, Silver managed to see an uptick. Consignments were up by 168, with 62 more sales. O 98 AmericanCarCollector.com While that knocks the overall percentage down, the big number — total sales — was up by $328k. Not earthshaking growth, but better than a decline. The top American car to sell was a 1963 Corvette Split-Window coupe. Owned for 49 years by the schoolteacher who bought it new, it was about as frugal and docile a car as a new ’Vette owner could have gotten that year, with the base engine and a Powerglide automatic. Usually that combo is Kryptonite in the mid-year ver the past 19 years, some observers in the Arizona auction scene expected Silver’s Fort McDowell to be a passing fad. However, the auction house continues to prove that not only is there market. Yet the combo of general originality with 63k original miles and that two-piece rear window meant that buyers bid fiercely for it. The last man standing took it home for $81k. As a point of comparison, the other C2 consigned here was a ’64 convertible in 300-hp tune with a 4-speed and both tops. Granted, it was in a lesser condition with color-change repaint to red, but that car could only muster a $38,340 sale. Below these sales was a healthy mix of American vehicles. I say “vehicles” intentionally, since trucks — especially short-box pickups — continued to do well here. Quality muscle cars were in short supply, but there were a few that did cross the block. Silver continued to defy the upper tier of the market and brought home another productive sale that once again improved upon the results from the previous year. We’ll see next year if the 20th anniversary event continues the trend. A


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ CLASSICS #437-1937 LAFAYETTE SERIES 3710 sedan. VIN: LE32214. Eng. # LE32214. Maroon/gray cloth. Odo: 78,238 miles. Repainted for the second time in 2015 and not especially well. (First time was 1964.) Overspray on cowl welting, door seals and even on rear tires. Post-war aftermarket sun visor. All original chrome with moderate pitting. Hood-hinge chrome has all flaked off. Passenger’s side headlight lens is cracked. Enamel broken off cloisonné emblems. Recently reupholstered interior with loose-fitting seat coverings. New carpeting. Scruffy, washed-off engine bay. Dingy undercarriage with a newer electric fuel pump near the tank. Cond: 3-. of production, they were referred to as the “Nash-LaFayette 400.” Claimed to be one of four remaining examples, it’s tough to say whether this was worth $2,500 more than the price offered. I’m inclined to side with the bidders, who quit at a point that seems reasonable for a little-known car that’s been kept up on the cheap. GM #421-1958 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. VIN: V3A58L103932. White & red/red & white nylon. Odo: 91,456 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Professionally restored in recent years; limited use since. Excellent body prep and paint. All brightwork replated or reproduction. Excellent door fit. Non-stock high-gloss cargo box wood. Neat presentation under the hood, but engine’s deviations from stock include color (Chevy car red, not truck gray), later exhaust manifolds, and aftermarket carb and air cleaner. Aftermarket coil-over rear shocks and dual exhaust. Excellent reproduction interior. Squealing speedometer cable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,760. The reserve was met with no difficulty at $44k and saw several bids more. Two-and-a-half years after the Lambrecht Chevrolet sale in Nebraska, it appears that we have returned to the normal market for ’58 Cameos. #662-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 6-dr cargo van. VIN: 3R125F106652. Red/ Fawn nylon & vinyl. Odo: 13,355 miles. 146ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Sold new in San Francisco Bay Area to Bob Jauch Photography of Oakland, CA. Original painted graphics can still be read. Recently clear-coated over and in places almost looks like it was brushed on. Some body filler popping out along a couple of seams, but the old bus is actually free of serious structural rust. Original motor runs out well enough. Dry-rotted door seals. Seat reupholstered in correct materials. Consigned on behalf of the owner, Billie Joe Armstrong of the group Green Day. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. Nash’s low-priced car during the Depression was the LaFayette, produced 1934–40. Some sources state that for a period during this car’s year SOLD AT $8,856. Needless to say, Corvair vans are no longer in the realm of “I’ll pay you $50 to take it away,” like they were 18 years ago. (That’s how I got my last one, and yes, it ran.) Armstrong also included an autographed guitar with it, so the celebrity thing skews things a bit. Silly money, going away after the reserve was passed at $8k, but at least they got an interesting piece that’s either neat to cruise with as-is or a good start for a restoration—not an internally rusting Bondo sculpture like the lower half of mine was. #685-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677M153313. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,375 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power steering, center console and AM radio. Decent color-change repaint from the original Crystal Blue. 100 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ Sloppy masking around the unmolested VIN tag, but at least it was masked off. Body gaps at cowl are wide but even. Hood sits high at hinges. Doors close nicely. Wellinstalled reproduction seats show no wear. Plastic trim is original and getting a bit tired. Period aftermarket gauges mounted beneath the dash. Engine bay and undercarriage are clean and generally authentically redone. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,960. Was out at the Arizona auctions last year, not sold at Russo and Steele at $42,900 (ACC# 257105). A year later, the consignor was likely a lot more keen to move it on and cut it loose when the money dried up here. As I’m well known for saying, the B-O-P A-body muscle cars offer more bang for the buck than any comparable Chevelle. If this wore a Bowtie, it’d be a $50k example. Not perfect, not 100% true to original, but still a darn nice example that won’t embarrass. 7F377162. Maroon/maroon velour. Odo: 40,079 miles. 305-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Essentially all original with actual miles. Good 39-year-old GM-applied paint. Door fit is not the greatest; welcome to 1977. Excellent original chrome and trim. Older radial tires. #417-1977 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Stepside pickup. VIN: CCU14- Period-accessory bug shield, mudflaps and tonneau cover over the cargo box. Heaviest wear on interior is brake pad and steeringwheel rim, and those are negligible. Generally circa-1977 under the hood, with light oxidation and paint flaking commensurate with the miles indicated. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,420. It’s easy to tell that this was a truck that was pampered since new and tucked away during inclement weather. It’s a template that would be helpful to anyone restoring a 1973–79, but it didn’t have so few miles that it can’t take in a trip to the DQ once in a while. Bought well. #334-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z8L131458. Silver/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 51,330 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new in Scottsdale with sheeting indicating optional a/c, tint glass, power windows, door locks, steering, brakes and seats, tilt wheel, center console, 2.56-ratio Positraction, lamp group and snowflake alloys. Eight-track replaced with newer tape deck. Aftermarket Hurst dual-gate shifter. Good new repaint and replacement hood chicken. Some door-stop bumpers not reinstalled, but does have new door weatherstrips. Screaming chicken etched into rear window. Interior soft trim is reproduction and redyed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,200. The second-gen Firebirds have certainly seen their ebbs and peaks in the past decade. By the looks of things, they seem to be starting to swing up in value again. That partially explains the strong price here on a car that’s not as 51kmile-minty as some may have believed. CORVETTE #702-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S107822. Saddle Tan/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 63,647 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Miles claimed actual. Stated that it was a oneowner car until her death in 2012, retaining most documentation from new. Sparsely equipped. Splendid repaint done around 1990. No cracking or bonding-strip broadcasting evident. Good door fit. Good original brightwork with occasional light scuffing. Seats look too nice to be original, but the rest of the interior shows the expected light wear and aging. Recent engine-bay detailing, generally to stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,000. The original owner was one Miss Jean Gall, a junior-high-school teacher from Washington state. Why couldn’t I have had cool teachers like that? I generally had crabby old guys with rusty old Chevy Task Force-era pickups. The closest to being cool was Mr. Burr, who was into 4-door 1967–69 T-birds. Reserve lifted at the end of bidding, proving once again that a ’63 Split-Window coupe defies the “top goes down, price goes up rule.” Despite the base engine and Powerglide, I’d say it was bought well. FOMOCO #651-1940 MERCURY EIGHT convertible sedan. VIN: 09A229884. Blue metallic/tan cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 60,717 miles. Optional radio, heater with defroster and clock. Older redo. Paint is still quite presentable, despite a few chips from road debris. Some brightwork in good shape (such as bumpers); other pieces are darn near shot (mirrors). Rattle-can matte black touch-up on running boards where original dried-up rubber has chipped off. Top is faded and splitting. Old upholstery redo; seats still pretty good; door panels getting ragged. Stated that it has an issue with the brakes, and it needed a few shots of ether to wake up 102 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ when cold. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,170. One of 1,083 from the only year there ever was of a convertible sedan from Mercury and the last 4-door convertible from any FoMoCo line until the 1961 Lincoln Continental. No longer in its prime but not quite ready for primer, it’s at that clumsy point of driving if it sells for a lot or restoring if it goes cheap. I’d say it went for more of the former, but get your mechanic on six-ring standby for some job security regardless. #503-1940 MERCURY EIGHT custom convertible sedan. VIN: 16347J. Midnight blue/blue cloth/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 117 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Modern VIN tag. Build completed in 2002, received the Event Director’s Award at the 2002 NSRA nationals and was profiled in the May 2003 issue of American Rodder. Crate Chevy V8 with 4-bolt main, geardriven cam, serpentine belt, tube headers and TPI fuel injection. Ten-bolt rear end from a ’67 Nova. Repaint and replating still present exceptionally well. Generally good panel fit. LED brake lights beneath rear bumper. Not much stock inside, but mods are tastefully integrated. Vintage Air, CD player, etc. Cond: 2. auto. Optional 260-ci V8, automatic, power steering and simulated wire wheel covers. Modern a/c. Superb trim-off repaint. All brightwork either replated, professionally polished or replaced with reproduction pieces. Good panel gaps, but driver’s door could be better. Excellent interior vinyl with just a hint of yellowing. Good older carpet. Non-stock door-lock plungers. Generally tidy under the hood, considering all the modern a/c hardware on top of the motor and quite a bit of modern electrical wiring. Cond: 2-. appealing than a temperamental muscle car with no power equipment. The reserve was cut loose right before it was ushered off the block, yielding a pretty decent buy, all things considered. #728-1977 FORD F-350 Ranger XLT Camper Special pickup. VIN: F35JRY89199. White & brown metallic/tan nylon. Odo: 22,283 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include 460-ci V8, C6 automatic, dual fuel tanks, power steering and brakes, AM/FM and factory a/c (converted to R134a). Claimed unrestored with actual miles. Good original paint, except on the front of the hood and in the box where it worked for a living. Box floor has holes where a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch was mounted. Two spare wheels with tires sitting loose in the back plus the factory spare in its carrier. Excellent original seat and door panels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. The Sports Coupe moniker was essentially Fairlane speak for bucket seats and a center console, á la Galaxie 500 XL, Mercury S55 or even Chevy Super Sport. Performance had nothing to do with it. Still, this is one of those cars that you’ll never have to worry about difficulty telling which one of the 50 at a car show is actually yours. #416-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08U210245. Wimbledon White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 63,064 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. 1964½ production configuration. Optional power steering, power top and a/c. Cosmetically refurbished in recent years, including better-than-typical repaint. Non-stock body character-line pinstriping. While not perfect, body-panel alignment is better than typically encountered on these. All-reproduction brightwork. Clean and generally well detailed under the hood. Fresh interior soft trim. Aftermarket wood-rim steering wheel. Good enough for most shows, but not for the Mustang geeks. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,180. With only about a thousand built in the last year of a Mercury convertible sedan, it’s unusual to see one turn up for auction, much less two. Lot 651 was a stock example that’s getting scruffy. It’s interesting to compare values, although this one being a rod, you’re really comparing apples to pizza. The reserve here was surpassed at $56k and saw a few more bids to become the top seller at this point in the event. #581-1963 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sports Coupe 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3R47F113776. Light blue metallic & white/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 96,032 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $8,208. The 1970s Ford F-350 Camper Specials had a spare tire alcove integral to the right side of the pickup box. With this setup, it was no big deal to change a tire with a camper in the box. I’ve seen quite a few heavy-duty F-series surfacing at collector car auctions in recent years—more so than GMs or Dodges. Most tend to be lower miles and well preserved as tow rigs or campers. With lots of interest in it, this was bid up to $7,600 on the block and declared sold as it left the auction tent. #304-2003 MERCURY MARAUDER sedan. VIN: 2MEHM75V03X645711. Black/ black leather. Odo: 89,285 miles. 4.6-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Early production example with “waterfall M” emblem; FoMoCo revived the “Mercury Messenger Man” logo exclusively for the Marauder later in the year. Decent original paint, with heavier nicks and clearcoat peeling on the mirrors and the ends of the bumper claddings. Excellent door fit. Minimal sun fade on turn signals. Front tires worn from too much toe-in and SOLD AT $21,600. With the power steering pump and a/c compressor, it’s amazing that the car can actually move. (I suspect 0–60 times are measured with calendars). Still, a good example for folks who like Mustangs as they were when they were introduced in 1964: slow, comfy and more


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ should be replaced. Less interior wear than expected for the mileage. Runs out well and completely stock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,000. Mercury’s last attempt at something more than a badge-engineered Ford used the 4-valve 4.6-L V8 straight from the 2003 Mustang Mach 1. It was a good car, with the robust Panther platform fine-tuned over two decades of cop-car use, but the price killed it. It was a couple grand more than it should’ve been, and dealers played the “market-demand price adjustment” game. Most potential buyers stayed away, and with weak sales, the car died after 2004. This one may be a little on the jagged side, but these show signs of future collectibility. MOPAR CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC #731-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23L75108472. Red metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,424 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older, better-quality repaint. Passenger’s flank has some door dings, most without chipping. Heavier chips in the leading edge of the hood, all brush touched-up. Great door fit. Older bumper replating; good, mostly original trim. Carpeting, door panels and seat backs come off as being original, but seat bottoms look newer. Original AM radio in dash, but rear parcel shelf has speakers cut into it. Aftermarket induction and chromed valve covers on an otherwise stock-looking motor. Runs out strong. Cond: 3+. Scuffed door panels and tailgate interior. Recent chrome and trim buff-out. Aftermarket chrome tailpipe outlet. 1960s California Highway Patrol inspection, AACA and AMC Rambler Club decals in original windshield. Authentically reupholstered seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,090. The Custom was the top-end trim of the entry-level (6-cylinder) Rambler line for ’59. Above that were the V8 Rebels and Ambassadors. In a nutshell, this was the fanciest 6-cylinder wagon that year. In pink and white with a period picnic set in the back, it certainly looked the part of ’50s suburbia—and for once, thankfully, there wasn’t a surfboard in back. Seems cheap to me, but the motivated consignor cut it loose at $14k, so he knew what he was doing. I still think, in the long and short run, this was bought well. SOLD AT $24,840. Stock Mopars were few and far between out here, but this one fit the bill nicely. A long way away from being a concours queen, but would do one proud as a cruiser or local show car with better detailing. With the reserve pulled when the bidding ceased, it represents a good solid buy on a good solid car. AMERICANA 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com 106 AmericanCarCollector.com #442-1959 RAMBLER CUSTOM Cross Country wagon. VIN: D543004. Hibiscus Rose & Dover White/black, pink & white vinyl. Odo: 39,706 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Retains original documentation, including invoice, from when it was sold new in Portland, OR. Optional overdrive unit, Weather Eye heater, reclining seats and undercoating. Excellent older repaint. SOLD AT $20,520. While the CJs tended to be saved, these mostly got used up and thrown away—especially up in the Rust Belt. Today, they are just starting to get noticed and are catching the rising tide of American vintage SUVs. (See profile, p. 58.) A #409-1972 JEEP COMMANDO SUV. VIN: 2JA87FVH32330. Blue metallic & white/ multi-blue vinyl. Odo: 69,033 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional 304-ci V8, automatic transmission, power steering, rear seat and AM radio. Newer masked-off repaint is presentable but could be better. Decent door fit, considering that they were iffy at best when new. Original chrome bumpers have light surface rust; alloy trim is far better. Period Selectro locking front hubs, modern radial mud and snow tires. Several interior plastic components are yellowing, but the claimed-original upholstery is rather nice. Mostly stock and well detailed under the hood. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY Keith Martin’s


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Five Auctions GM #358-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC56L105207. Matador Red & Indian Ivory/tan leather. Odo: 68,523 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An attractive resto-mod with a big crate 350-ci V8. Fitted with American Racing mags and B&M shifter. Good-looking paint in glistening Resale Red. Chrome bright and shiny. Interior finished in tan leather buckets. Fitted with air and dual exhaust. Very well done if this is your thing. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $36,225. I doubt the price paid covered the cost of the build. Works out well for the buyer, but a tough pill to swallow for the seller. Price paid was market-correct, so I hope the seller had his fun with the car. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. Less than 300 miles from new — 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold for $310,000 at Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ Gooding & Company The Scottsdale Auctions Scottsdale, AZ — January 29–30, 2016 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 96/113 Sales rate: 85% Sales total: $42,386,050 high American sale: 1929 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $2,420,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joseph T. Seminetta and Nicholas M. Seminetta Photos by Ian Butt RM Sotheby’s Arizona 2016 phoenix, AZ — January 28–29, 2016 Auctioneer: Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered: 126/149 Sales rate: 85% Sales total: $62,747,250 high American sale: 1929 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo convertible, sold at $3,000,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction Scottsdale, AZ — January 28, 2016 Auctioneers: James Knight, Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered: 94/112 Sales rate: 84% 108 AmericanCarCollector.com Sales total: $18,038,250 high American sale: 2006 Ford GT, sold at $310,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction palm Springs, CA — november 20–22, 2015 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Frank Bizzarro, Rob Row Automotive lots sold/offered: 369/530 Sales rate: 70% Sales total: $6,859,978 high sale: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $136,500 Buyer’s premium: 5%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead GAA Classic Cars at the palace Greensboro, nC — november 5–7, 2016 Auctioneers: Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson, Eli Detweiler Automotive lots sold/offered: 337/545 Sales rate: 62% Sales total: $7,733,138 high sale: 1933 Packard Super Eight tourer, sold at $222,600 Buyer’s premium: $500 up to $8,000, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel #ST-0130-1957 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 3A57L125748. Indian Turquoise & Antique White/black & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 63,133 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Excellent workmanship with beautiful paint and chrome. Nice, non-original oak bed. Small scrape on tailgate and brake pedal pad are among the very few flaws. Near-perfect interior with seat belts. Other concessions to modernity include an alternator and AM/FM tape deck. Nicely detailed underhood with minor recent dirt and oldlooking radiator cap. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,270. One of two Chevy pickups from the Doris and Larry R. Bailey Collection, which consisted mostly of pre-war Fords. The late Mr. Bailey owned a cabinet business and apparently was focused on what constitutes good workmanship, because almost all of his cars were outstanding. Less history was presented here than on most of the other Bailey Collection cars, but this was a very nicely done pickup. The price realized was strong for the model and spec, but given its outstanding condition, the result seems fair to both parties. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #355-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC570101089. Dusk Pearl & Imperial Ivory/silver & black fabric. Odo: 16,715 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A very impressive restoration of a popular Tri-Five Bel Air. The windshield is scratched, and the trim is a bit dull. Headliner dirty. The paint is in good order and applied in a professional manner. Interior without issue. Engine clean and appears properly maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2008 Scottsdale sale, where it realized $104,500 (ACC# 48556). Driven only 37 miles since. Even though the car was restored prior to the 2008 sale, it still appears as fresh. Price paid was spoton, so no issues here. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/16. SOLD AT $30,450. These continue to be popular, but they are off their high of a few years back. Even so, the price paid here seems a bit light. Call this well bought. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #503-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57L135617. Larkspur Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 5,934 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An impressive example restored to perfection. Fitted with twin spotlights and aerials. Also has radio and Continental kit. Paint is close to flawless, and interior is without issue. A gorgeous presentation. Cond: 1-. #144-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 58E047525. Desert Bronze/tan cloth/bronze leather. Odo: 715 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A work of art from a bygone era. 2008 restoration, still showing well. Nice panel gaps. Red hue slightly uneven on hood. Steering wheel chips. Correct-grain dash and three-piece rear bumper. Cond: 1-. Impala is its 348 V8 with three 2-barrel carbs, but there was no claim that this was the original configuration. This particular car has the 2-speed Powerglide transmission, but the 348 engine was also available with the 3-speed Turboglide. The restoration is decent but has too many inconsistencies at this price level. Well sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #233-1959 CADILLAC DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 59J066623. Black/white leather & black fabric. Odo: 98,606 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Distinctive styling with large tailfins and twin bullet taillamps. Power windows and two-way power seats standard. A well-presented example with the rear passenger’s window delaminating. Paint very nice and interior with no glaring issues. A solid driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,600. The edge has been off Tri-Fives for a bit, and as a result this did not reach its full potential. A few years back it would have pushed six figures, but not today. A delightful car that was well bought. Kudos to the buyer. Bet he still has an earto-ear grin. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #267-1957 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 98 J-2 convertible. VIN: 579M26916. Festival Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 41 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Oldsmobile’s NASCAR exploits resulted in the J-2 package being offered to the public as an $83 option. It is thought that fewer than 750 were so equipped. An older restoration that still presents well. Engine bay sparkles, and Festival Red paint is almost flawless. Massive grille in good order. Lacking air. Restored in the right colors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. At over 18 feet in length, this lot was a crowd favorite all weekend. The car sold three years ago at this exact auction for $192,500 (ACC# 222186). The owner probably waited one year too many to make some money here. I hope he enjoyed this exceptional car during his short ownership. Traded at the appropriate level given the current market (and within the $175k–$225k auction estimate). Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. #ST-0047-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F58J212081. Onyx Black/white canvas/black, aqua & gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 645 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Attractive ’58 Impala in classic colors, mercifully free of Continental kit that afflicts many of these. Shiny black paint a bit thick. Vague claim that it was “recently restored,” but much of the exterior chrome is faded, scratched, pitted or dented. Bumpers are better. Nice top but with scratches in rear window. Good full tinted glass. Seats very nice; kudos to the restorer for including lap belts front and rear. Interior chrome somewhat better than exterior. Neat engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,960. The distinguishing feature of this particular SOLD AT $45,150. This example sold at the high end of the market. It was a good car but far from perfect. Buyer may have a problem getting his money back, so no reason not to drive and enjoy. Well sold. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #333-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 59F065714. Pink/white vinyl/ black & white leather. Odo: 53,840 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The most flamboyant of the late ’50s cars with huge tailfins and twin bullet taillamps. The Series 62 engine made 20 less horsepower than the triple2-barreled Eldorado. Stated to have been fully restored. Finished in wild non-factory pink. Top is dirty and interior shows a mild patina. Body straight and solid. Heavily promoted. Cond: 2+. March-April 2016 109


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP SOLD AT $136,500. If you want to attract a crowd, this will do it. A wild car finished in a wild scheme suitable for Elvis or Marilyn Monroe. Sold for strong money considering it is not an Eldorado Biarritz. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #207-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: F59J145285. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl/red tri-tone vinyl. Odo: 36 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A recent restoration with test miles since completion. Equipped with 348 Super Turbo-Thrust V8 and desirable Tri-Power. Also has power steering, brakes and dual rear antennas. One-year-only “bat wing” rear fenders and “cateye” taillights. A solid presentation. Cond: 1-. be a better example, so a fair outcome to both parties. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #FR-0217-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr sedan. VIN: 11811B148062. Twilight Turquoise/turquoise cloth. Odo: 86,675 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Another mintyfresh (both in color and condition) ’61 Chevrolet from the Sam Taylor Collection. This unusual two-door post, again with a 283-ci V8, 4-barrel and Powerglide, was even better than the Bel Air (Lot FR-0216). AACA prize winner. Exterior, interior and underhood approach perfection. The clock appears to be inoperable. Cond: 1-. quality could not be reproduced for anywhere near the price. Well bought, but perhaps begs the question: Can you drive it? GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #TH-0071-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 105676L108262. White/white cloth/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 76,282 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Attractive Monza convertible at least partially restored at some point. Shiny white paint with clean white top that could benefit from a tighter fit. Bumpers nice, but balance of chrome shows age. Original-style wire wheel covers ($59 extra in 1966). Interior shade of very dark blue not shown as a color option in the accompanying sales brochure. Seats good, driver’s door panel is warped. Clean and tidy underhood but not detailed. Good collection of books and manuals. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500. Styling that does not appeal to all, but at least two bidders were after this one. They pushed it to a solid number, and the quality restoration was the driving factor here. I doubt it you could do one to this level for the price paid. Kudos to buyer and seller. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/16. #FR-0216-1961 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr sedan. VIN: 11511S211477. Twilight Turquoise/turquoise cloth. Odo: 7,433 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restored at an unspecified time; looks virtually showroom-new. Very minor flaws include faded chrome around the side windows, a scratch on the front bumper and a delaminating rear view mirror. That’s it. Near-perfect interior. As-new underhood, showing off the optional 283 Power Pack with 4-barrel carburetor. Overall the best example anywhere of your grandmother’s Bel Air sedan. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,175. 1961 was the only year that an Impala 2-door pillared sedan was produced. It is difficult to find any comparables for this over-the-top restoration. The phrase “restored to concours condition” is thrown around a lot. This car lived up to that hype yet was not over-restored. The sale price was high, but again it must be the best example in the world. Well sold, but at much less than the cost of restoration, so certainly well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #FR-0218-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 11837B123206. Ermine White/turquoise cloth. Odo: 75 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The third of three frame-offrestored 1961 Chevys from the Sam Taylor Collection. Even better than the first two (Lots FR-0216 and FR-0217). Here are all the flaws I could find on this car: 1) the radiator tag informing the owner about the type of coolant to be used was damaged; and 2) some dirt had accumulated around the hood latch. Otherwise it could be taken to Pebble Beach as-is, if Pebble Beach had an Impala class. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $11,130. Ralph Nader’s safety allegations about the Corvair began to take hold in 1966, but they really related only to the 1960–63 cars. Only about 10,000 1966 Monza convertibles were sold, versus 26,000 in 1965. This was an attractive example which appeared to require only minor cosmetic upgrades.To me the second-gen Corvair is one of GM’s best designs of the ’60s, and the 4-speed transmission promises fun. Fair to both parties, but the buyer also gets the enjoyment. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #247-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. VIN: 123378L323850. Marine Blue/blue leather. Odo: 2,983 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Attractive resto-mod. Big GM 454 under the cowl-induction hood. Holley 750 carb. Bucket seats with center console. Sony stereo with new a/c. Paint striking and all in good order. A solid package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,670. The Sam Taylor Collection consisted of three full-size 1961 Chevrolets, two Impalas and this Bel Air 2-door sedan, which would be very ordinary except it must be the best one in the world. In order to evaluate these three cars, I had to act more as a concours judge than an auction analyst. Sale price may seem very high for such a pedestrian model, but there cannot 110 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $43,725. Is there a rating of “1+” for condition? If so, this Impala bubbletop deserved it. When the reserve was lifted on this car at around $35,000, the bidding took off. One of the few cars in the auction where that occurred. The ultimate sale price may have been high for a 283 (albeit with a 4-barrel) Powerglide car, but the amazing SOLD AT $49,875. Willing to bet that the seller had more than the sales price in


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP vested, as all was finished to high standard. A build such as this is rarely a profitable venture unless you are doing it in-house. Buyer should be all smiles on this one. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #ST-0095-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N688403. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl/yellow & houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 56,223 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Blindingly bright. Shocking to sit in the yellow-and-black houndstooth interior in this era of gray-ongray luxury cars. No radio. Paint, chrome and interior generally without issue. Black vinyl top not indicated by trim tag, so may have been added when new by dealer or at restoration; in any case, it is nicely done. Engine compartment also nice but with added non-stock headers; smog pump appears to be missing. Sits properly on Rally wheels. Cond: 2+. of the speculators are bragging about their smart move. Just a nice collectible Cadillac today, and the price paid here is about right. (See “Cheap Thrills,” p. 36.) RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/16. CORVETTE #14-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104701. Arctic Blue/ white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 367 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Extensive, nut-and-bolt, well-documented 2008 restoration. NCRS decorated and documented. Attractive Arctic Blue paint with inconsistent panel gaps. Slightly discolored interior. Misaligned chrome. Cond: 2-. miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Split-Window was the first Corvette coupe. Fitted with factory air and Powerglide automatic, which was rarely selected. Seating is not fresh, but no other major issues. Asexpected panel fit with paint showing a bit of age. Also equipped with knockoffs and AM/ FM radio. A very presentable example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,600. The yellow-and-black interior is a conversation piece for everyone who sees this car. Does that increase the value? Consignor claims that only 7% of ’69 Camaro production was in Daytona Yellow. Z/28 values have been on a rollercoaster over the past several years. This one previously sold for $64,200 at Mecum Indy in May 2013 (ACC# 22859). Well bought today. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #206-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 6L67S6Q193983. Cotillion White/white leather. Odo: 257 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Has been maintained in factory-fresh condition. Mechanically refurbished with limited actual mileage. The 1976 Eldorado was going to be the last year for the Cadillac convertible. Priced at $11,049 when new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. Opening bid came at $50k, and things inched up nicely to the final sale price. Gooding always brings a few cars such as these to balance out the Ferraris and Bentleys, and this lot sold at a market-correct price. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. #150-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S118592. Saddle Tan/tan leather. Odo: 60,193 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unrestored, solid-lifter L76 Split-Window coupe. Positraction, sintered metallic brakes, power windows. Chipped, scratched paint with mismatched panel tones. Nicely preserved interior. MCACN Heritage and NCRS Top Flight awards. Window sticker, owner’s manual, brochure, protection plan and some early registration docs included. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $126,500. This Corvette was last seen at Mecum Kissimmee a year ago, where it realized $77,760 (ACC# 262621). A year later, a tidy profit for the seller. Any Split-Window coupe is desirable, but this one had the smaller motor and 2-speed auto, so not all that exciting. Very well sold. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/16. #357-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 408678S115928. Riverside Red/red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 7,724 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An eye-catching Corvette finished in the most popular color for 1964. Resprayed to high standard and brightwork in good order. Interior up to standard with ever-popular 4-speed manual transmission, which was on most every ’64 Corvette. Has a few minor fit-and-finish issues, but a very presentable example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,150. Price paid was marketcorrect for a roadster in this condition. A few years back it would have brought a bit more, but the Corvette market has taken a correction. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. SOLD AT $52,250. How many of these were put away as the “last” Cadillac convertible? Factor in storage, insurance and alternative use of the funds, and I doubt any 112 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $115,500. Color is subjective, but Saddle may have deterred some buyers. The $175k–$225k pre-sale estimate was closer to current Fuelie prices. Price paid was fair for buyer and seller. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. #116-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S115045. Sebring Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 41,533 #384-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S103248. Tuxedo Black/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 93,297 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An attractive Corvette convertible powered by the L79 motor. Fitted with aftermarket knockoffs and was complete with both tops. Riding on Goldline tires, which were an option. Attractive leather interior which was in good order. A few buffer marks on trim. Mi


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP nor swirls in black paint. A well-maintained example. Cond: 2+. doors coming unglued. Those are about the only nits to pick. Cond: 2+. attention. Interior clean with a radio blank. Equipped with a 4-speed manual as standard equipment. Paint to high standard and engine clean with no leaks or streaks noted. An attractive package. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,400. The F-2 had a 1,910 pound payload and a roomy 96-inch x 54-inch cargo box. This truck sold at the VanDerBrink Hustisford sale in May 2015 for $17,250 in 3+ condition with no graphics (ACC# 265087). Looks like the added graphics increased the value 70%. Well sold. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. SOLD AT $47,250. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2011 sale, where it realized $51,225 (ACC# 190213). Driven only a couple thousand miles since, most of which were on the Copperstate 1000. Slight decline in value reflects the changing Corvette market. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. FOMOCO #ST-0127-1934 FORD MODEL 40 roadster. VIN: 18636950. Tan/tan canvas/ Tobacco brown leather. Odo: 3,095 miles. Iconic ’34 roadster with rumble seat from the Bailey Collection. AACA Senior National First Place winner in 2012. Another spectacularly preserved Bailey restoration. Virtually perfect inside and out, except that balky driver’s door latch needs adjustment. No opportunity to view under the hood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $53,000. The deluxe phaeton is less commonly seen than the roadster. This car wasn’t quite as gorgeous as the Bailey roadster, Lot ST-0127, but it gets points for rarity. This car garnered a lot of attention in the auction showroom. I absolutely loved the fender skirts with “V8” logos, which I gather were a period accessory. Like the roadster, this phaeton brought a strong price but was well worth it. Well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #354-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: H119248. Black/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 23,579 miles. 292-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. One of only 400 1941 Lincoln Continental convertibles produced. Equipped with pushbutton door handles and gold trim. Paint is very presentable, although there are several large blisters. Interior plastic in good order. Top soiled. V12 motor with overdrive. Cond: 2. #514-1951 MERCURY 9CM sedan. VIN: 51LA13314M. Pink/white vinyl. Odo: 96,210 miles. 255-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Painted a hideous shade of pink that is faded and rubbed through in areas. Even has plastic pink Mercury Man hubcap centers (one missing). Rear window broken, chrome badly pitted and dented. Dash plastic shot. Interior has horrible rotting odor. Hate to think of how much rust was hidden under the carpets. Hard to find anything constructive to say. Probably the worst car McCormick’s has sold in years. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $4,988. You have to assume someone bought this for parts, because the road to restoration would be long and winding. Belongs on the back row at the junkyard. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. SOLD AT $63,600. Mass-produced American cars of the ’30s are mostly in the market doldrums, but not an open Ford V8. This impeccable roadster in great colors is among the best of the best. Not inexpensive, but well worth it for the quality. Very well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #ST-0142-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe phaeton. VIN: 1879330. Black/tan canvas/ Tobacco brown leather. Odo: 32,023 miles. Gorgeous Ford V8 from the Bailey Collection. This is one of the oldest restorations in the collection, an AACA National First Place winner way back in 1977. For a restoration that is approaching 40 years old, it’s astonishingly well preserved but understandably not quite as perfect as some of the other cars in the collection. Paint generally less fresh, with some cracking and lifting on right front fender. Interior side panels behind rear 114 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $52,500. These are for all intents handmade cars and should be worth more than they are. That said, the price paid here was on the high side of market. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #295-1949 FORD F-2 ¾-ton pickup. VIN: 98RY168414. Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 45,450 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. An attractive restoration, and the catchy graphics grab #TH-0074-1954 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN 9-passenger wagon. VIN: U4LX159555. Dark green/ivory vinyl. Odo: 55,944 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Mislabeled as a Country Squire on dealer and auction stickers despite the Country Sedan script right below. Excellent paint, chrome not up to same level but good enough. Driver’s door fit could be better. Nice factory-tinted glass but vent windows are delaminating. Appealing interior with very nice seats, carpet and door panels and later add-on Mark IV airconditioning. Scruffy, authentic underhood.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Factory overdrive is a plus. Nice driver condition with lots of ’50s suburban character. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,430. The 1954 Ford Y-block OHV V8 was a big step forward from the ancient flathead, so 1954 is a desirable model year. I loved this nicely preserved wagon, which would make a sensational football tailgating car for the owner and eight friends. Dealer sticker on car during auction had an optimistic asking price of $23,995. The successful high bid represented a big discount from that but is generally consistent with the scant values found in price guides. Lots of fun for the money. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #243-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56F3045. Light green/white vinyl/white & green leather. Odo: 90,785 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of the most expensive cars of the era, with a price tag that pushed $10k. Ford still lost $1,000 per car. Fully loaded with air the only option. Finished with incorrect white vinyl top. Leather interior in good order with mild patina. Paint well applied with no real issues. Very pricey hubcaps in good condition. A very expensive car to restore. A very nice presentation. Cond: 2+. cracking. Several cracks in steering wheel. Driver’s seat leather is cracking. Gauges clean and clear. Carpets are worn and could be replaced. Paint chips in driver’s footwell. Stained headliner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,800. Produced for only two years, this one is said to be original miles with solid known ownership history. Shown at regional concours events, taking home first in class at the 1988 LCOC Western National Meet, among others. While appealing, don’t look for values to go crazy anytime soon. These seem to be solid and steady. Offered without reserve here, it was bought for market-correct money, almost $20k below the low catalog estimate. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. #142-1959 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. VIN: H9RY141083. Black & faux wood/red & white vinyl. Odo: 3,087 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Country Squire was the top trim level for the three Ford wagons offered in 1959. A very well-restored wagon with black paint that sparkles in the Palm Springs sunshine. Red and white interior all in good order. Dealer-installed Polar-Aire. A striking example. Cond: 1-. shield. VIN indicates this car is equipped with the optional 332 V8 rather than the more ubiquitous standard 292. Used and dirty underhood, but honest. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,480. The Fairlane 500 initially was the top-of-the line full-size 1959 Ford until the Galaxie was introduced several weeks later with its Thunderbird roofline. This unusual Club Sedan body style is rarely seen; only about 10,000 units were built versus 53,000 Galaxie Club Sedans. The odometer reading was undocumented but believable. The sale price is slightly below price-guide figures, which are likely based on limited information. A good value for the buyer on an attractive original car with a little room for touch-up. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #267-1960 MERCURY PARK LANE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0W53M513975. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 89,528 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Park Lane was the top of the line for 1960. It had special trim, and power steering, power brakes and Multi-Drive automatic transmission were standard. A recent respray to decent standard. Trim scratched. Fitted with fender skirts, which were a $11.60 option. An unusual model with only 2,974 produced. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. These are elegant and powerful luxury automobiles that have never really caught on. On rare occasion one will sell for six figures, but this is more the norm. I think it is worth a bunch more but don’t get much agreement. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #89-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56B2094. White/white leather. Odo: 20,292 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original with one repaint. Longtime California car. Original manuals, tools, and history. Mileage said to be original. Miles of brightwork in very good condition. Glass clean and clear. Body panels line up nicely. Touched-up chip on front fender. Rubber around rear window SOLD AT $32,288. This was last seen at Auction America’s August 2014 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $28,000 (ACC# 244759). Driven about 500 miles since then. Seller did a bit better this time around. A surprise, as I thought it would do much better. I’ll call this well bought. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #FR-0012-1959 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr sedan. VIN: B9GV132382. Yellow & white/ gold cloth & vinyl. Odo: 71,188 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed original survivor that has never had “any bodywork or restoration,” in which case the paint looks remarkably good. Chrome varies from good to dull to pitted. Vent windows delaminating; two stars in windshield. Aftermarket wheel covers mimic originals. Interior appears original with good fabrics and surfaces, although dash top is warped near the wind- SOLD AT $25,725. Not all that popular when new and not all that popular today. Price paid was a bit aggressive for a rather ho-hum car. Still, an attractive offering that you don’t see often. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #FR-0094-1961 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 1Y86H414873. Sunburst Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl & leather. Odo: 79,699 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. First year for Elwood Engel’s glamorous 4-door convertible sedan in beautiful and correct Sunburst Yellow. Claimed original two-owner car with one very nice repaint. No rust observed. “Clapdoors” open and close well. Good chrome; antenna mast broken. No opportunity to view top and 116 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP window operation. Interior appears original with excellent dash top; patinated leather which could be left as-is, peeling real wood veneers need to be redone. Engine compartment appears to have been repainted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,150. Despite some ambiguity about what parts were original, this magnificent classic convertible sedan was highly desirable. Refinish the wood and fix the antenna, and you would have at minimum a local show-winner. This was one of my favorite cars at the auction, but I was a little put off by not seeing the complex top and window operation in action. Sold well below market. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #219-1964 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2561. White/red leather. Odo: 41,107 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well documented and registered in SAAC Shelby Registry. Fitted with “Class A” accessories, including whitewalls and luggage rack. Said to be one of fewer than 20 examples equipped with C4 automatic transmission from the factory. Now equipped with 4-speed. A solid example. Cond: 1-. 1 SOLD AT $13,650. The 6-cylinder motor with 2-speed automatic transmission was not a strong combination, and anything other than timid driving will have you quickly in the transmission shop. Good car for your teenager for not a lot of money. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #259-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 convertible. VIN: 9F94H511410. Yellow/tan fabric/tan leather & vinyl. Odo: 50,407 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The XR-7 had special wheel covers and medallions, as well as leather-trimmed vinyl seating. It also had a rim-blow steering wheel. This example equipped with factory air. It has been properly restored with a solid body and brightwork in good order. Interior with only minor wear. Presented with Marti Report. A solid presentation. Cond: 2+. second-gen GT to be released for 2017 will do to the values of the first run. While below the catalog estimate, the price paid here is what it cost to play the game these days for one with no miles. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. MOPAR #485-1950 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country Newport 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7411751. Black/tan/tan fabric & green leather. Odo: 97,024 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. This was the last year for the woodtrimmed cars from Chrysler. Only about 700 T&C Newports produced. The panels between the ash wood sections are painted body color. Fitted with one-year-only aircraft-style disc brakes. Wood in decent condition with a coupe of issues. Attractive green leather and tan fabric interior. An attractive car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,200. Only about 4,000 produced. The ACC Pocket Price Guide shows the current median value for ’69 XR-7 convertibles is $39,100. This was a solid car and was well bought. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. SOLD AT $1,072,500. Price paid was market-correct as expected. This Shelby will continue to move with the market, as long as it is maintained in the current condition. Well bought and well sold, so all is square with the world. Last sold for $825,000 at Auctions America’s 2013 Burbank sale (ACC# 227160). RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/16. #234-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6T08T144373. Silver Blue/white vinyl/ blue & white vinyl. Odo: 98,435 miles. 200ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. A very presentable baseengined Mustang convertible. It has a couple of modifications, including a Grant GT steering wheel and a custom console. Portions of the trim are oxidized, and there are a few paint touch-ups. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $310,000. It has been 10 years since Ford made the GT, and with just over 4,000 built, these are not especially difficult to find, with dozens offered at various auctions in 2015. The difference between now and then is that these days you have to open up your checkbook considerably more. Values have increased and increased, but one has to wonder what the 118 AmericanCarCollector.com #84-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S36Y401862. Eng. # 1FAFP90S36Y401862. Midnight Blue Metallic/black leather. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Odometer is digital but said to be less than 300 miles from new. Includes original window stickers. Routinely serviced. Paint appears factoryfresh. Shut lines are as one would expect. Delivery plastic still on the console in the driver door threshold. Seats look virtually untouched. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,500. If this were a 1947–48 T&C, we would be talking close to six figures, but in 1950 they used less wood trim, which was on its way out due to cost. Price paid here seemed reasonable unless there was something that did not meet the eye. A decent buy. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #311-1961 IMPERIAL LEBARON 4-dr hard top. VIN: 9313193379. Brown/tan vinyl. Odo: 28,104 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Its unique roof treatment set the LeBaron apart from the Imperials for 1960. Power vent windows, steering and brakes were standard. Three-speed pushbutton transmission. Equipped with swivel buckets. Trim a bit pitted but a very presentable example. A few minor issues with paint. Last gasp with the big fins. Toilet-seat spare-tire cover in trunk. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,463. There was a time a few years back when this would have been a screaming deal, but the market for the big finned cars has softened a bit. Price paid here was fair considering the above-average condition. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #FR-0196-1963 CHRYSLER 300 Pace Setter convertible. VIN: 8033215370. Pace Car Blue/white canvas/ivory vinyl. Odo: 63,274 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent driver-quality paint with buffing swirls; Indy 500 lettering on sides corresponds to period photos but possibly was added later. Correct Pace Setter emblems. Bumpers good, but other chrome is dull and scratched. Nice dash and carpet, seats a bit dirty. Soft top good with clear window. Cragar wheels are not a good look on this car. Stance is all wrong. Dull wheel covers in trunk appear to be from a Newport, not a 300 Pace Setter. Very dirty underhood with aftermarket valve covers. Cond: 3. base-level Imperial for ’64. Pushbutton 3-speed transmission. A little extra pinstriping and Vintage Air added. Attractive interior in decent condition. Trim and other brightwork a bit tarnished. Paint just okay. An expensive car in its day. Mileage not noted. Cond: 3+. stored to the high standard and completed in 2014. Most powerful of all the vintage Mercer road cars. Paint is nearly flawless and better than new. Brightwork is topnotch. Front windscreen fits nicely and is clean and clear. Interior pedals, gauges and brightwork are impeccable. Upholstery is nearly perfect and also better than new. Carpets are new and fresh and custom cut with piping. Museum car pre-restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $11,550. A decent starter car that could be fixed up a bit over time. No real upside, however, so don’t get carried away. Fair price for a Saturday night driver. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. SOLD AT $20,670. How can you not love a car with a square steering wheel (specific to the Pace Setter in 1963)? I thought this fascinating car was loaded with potential for easy improvement. Another Pace Setter sold for $27,500 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2014 (ACC# 240601). The ecstatic buyer here got a lot of cool for his money. A surefire sensation at the next cruise-in. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #300-1963 CHRYSLER 300 Pace Setter convertible. VIN: 8033196857. Blue/white/ white leather. Odo: 9,898 miles. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Chrysler introduced the Pace Setter series to commemorate the use of the 300 as the Indy 500 Pace Car. Offered as a hard top and convertible. Only 1,861 convertibles produced. Missing the checkered-flag emblem below the 300 fender badge. This example in very nice condition with good paint and interior. Fitted with optional leather buckets. Cond: 2+. #FR-0096-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23671113626. White/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 98,912 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unspectacular-butsound GTX with smooth older repaint and red stripes to match red interior. White vinyl top does it no favors but is in good shape; Magnum 500 wheels and Redline tires look great. Chrome average at best; signature “Pit-Stop” flip-out gas cap is the worst piece of chrome on the car. Nice interior with excellent dash and seats; carpet fit could be better. Column shifter, no console. No access underhood, but car sounds good on startup with a nice rumble (but not too much). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $187,000. During the three-year restoration, special attention was given to re-engineering some of the engine internals to address known weaknesses with the Rochester powerplant. Once completed, the Mercer went on to win the Ansel Adams Award in 2015 at Pebble Beach. While an exact number is unknown, it is believed that fewer than 5,000 Mercers were built during the company’s existence. The car plus restoration likely exceeds the sale price here. Well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/16. SOLD AT $27,563. Not a Chrysler Letter car, but an interesting offering. Price paid was not out of line, but the new owner better brush up on ’63 Indy 500 facts and figures. He just may get asked a bunch of questions. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #93-1964 IMPERIAL CROWN 4-dr hard top. VIN: 9243255807. White & blue/tricolor leather. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The 120 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $21,730. No it doesn’t have a Hemi in it, but the “date-code correct” 440 sounds good and should provide more than enough power. This was not a great GTX but certainly a good GTX that would be fun to own. These have been stagnant in the marketplace, but this was a remarkably low sale price. Future appreciation may be limited unless the market changes, but if the new owner is an end user, this car was a great deal, and there is certainly room for enhancements. Well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. AMERICANA #90-1923 MERCER SERIES SIX phaeton. VIN: 20024. Eng. # 10124. Green & black/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 104 miles. Award winner at 2015 Pebble Beach. Re- SOLD AT $222,600. The Baileys’ other focus, in addition to pre-war Fords, was Pack- #ST-0144-1933 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT 1004 tourer. VIN: 65016. Two-tone gray/red leather. Odo: 67,316 miles. An older restoration that collected numerous AACA and CCCA awards from about 1997 to 2001. Like all of the Bailey Collection cars, it was beautifully restored and then amazingly well preserved. Among the few flaws were several dull chrome pieces, including the front bumper and the second windshield (which may have been added later). Although this Packard did not have a crisp new restoration, there was very little to fault, and some minor enhancements could make it a concours winner again. Cond: 2+.


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL ards. Any open 1933 Super Eight was a low-production model; most 1933 Packards were mere Eights. This was a dual-windshield touring car but not a dual-cowl, which would be more valuable. The sale price here was strong, but if it runs as good as it looks, the buyer has purchased an excellent car. Fair to both parties. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #FR-0004-1940 CROSLEY convertible. VIN: C25512. Eng. # C2334. Cream/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 282 miles. Many people don’t know that Crosleys were built prior to World War II, sold via appliance dealers and department stores such as Macy’s. The 1940 models included a 2-passenger wagon, a “convertible coupe” and this 4-passenger “convertible sedan,” weighing 900 pounds and priced at $350. Frame-off restoration by the owner previous to the consignor. The 2-cylinder 4-stroke engine sounds like a furious lawnmower. Correct colors. Nearly flawless inside, outside and under the hood. Cond: 2+. top of the line, but it was half again as expensive. Paint is very presentable but has numerous touch-ups. Delamination on windshield. Window trim pitted. Radio plastic worn. A decent driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,750. A starter car that should hold its value. Packard produced a ton of these, so they’re really nothing special. Price paid was market-correct. No harm done here. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #201-1955 NASH RAMBLER COUNTRY CLUB 2-dr hard top. VIN: DC21757. Sunmist Yellow & white/white & tan fabric. Odo: 68,179 miles. 195-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Both Nash and Hudson marketed these. Cute little car on 100-inch wheelbase with 90-hp motor. Paint is very nice, but trim is pitted. Interior in good order with only minor wear. They made a bunch of these, but you don’t see them all that often. Cond: 2-. and interior. Who knows what else? New owner is upside-down before he drives home. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #271-1962 RAMBLER AMERICAN 400 convertible. VIN: B469870. Tan/tan/gold & tan buckets. Odo: 10,566 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. The 400 was the top of the Rambler American line and included padded dash, two-toned steering wheel and a few other goodies. Weather-Eye was a $74 option. This is a well-presented example of an unusual convertible. Paint in good order with a few minor scratches, and the bucket seats have minimal wear. Only about 14,000 convertibles produced, and few survive. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,275. There aren’t many other pre-war Crosleys around for comparison, and they do not seem to appear in price guides. However it is hard to imagine there are many—or any—Crosleys better than this example. Driven only 282 (presumably rather scary) miles since restoration, this rare American microcar seemed like a great deal for a buyer looking for a fun, inexpensive conversation piece. You could talk all day just about the hood ornament—for all intents and purposes, a Crosley refrigerator door handle. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/15. #308-1947 PACKARD CLIPPER Deluxe sedan. VIN: 168210477. Maroon/tan fabric. Odo: 10,966 miles. 282-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. The ’47 Clipper was unchanged from the prior year and was based on the pre-war design. The Custom Super Clipper was the SOLD AT $13,125. Not a lot of money, but not a lot of car, either. Fun to putt around with on Friday night and should be worth about what was paid here when it’s time to move on. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15 #451-1956 PACKARD 400 2-dr sedan. VIN: 56871482. Pink, gray & white/white & red leather & black fabric. Odo: 84,289 miles. 374-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This was the year that the music died at Packard and they became part of Studebaker. The Packard 400 was part of the 56th Series and fit between the Clipper Custom and the Caribbean. The cars had a luxurious look and feel, but sales were dreadful. This very original example’s drastic forward rake indicates suspension issues. A number of scratches and a few areas where the paint has rubbed through. Attractive tri-color seating, but showing serious signs of wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,488. Price certainly seems fair for a cute little convertible that you don’t see every day. If you want the unusual, then here you go. A fun Saturday-night driver that should maintain its value down the road. McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/15. #269-1972 AMC GREMLIN X hatchback. VIN: 3K91L175578. Copper/tan vinyl. Odo: 631,921 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Gremlin was a shortened Hornet. The X option cost $285 and included custom bucket seats, special trim and sport steering wheel. This example is well presented with good paint and trim. Interior in good order. Equipped with factory air. A cute little car that was made in Wisconsin. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,300. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2014 sale, where it realized $12,338 (ACC #256486). 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The Parts Hunter Chad Tyson SD-455 in Pieces A PONTIAC ENGINE AND GM BUCKET SEATS ARE DEALS, EVEN AT THESE PRICES #201486647621—1974 Pontiac SD-455 Complete Motor. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Port Angeles, WA. 12/18/15 “This motor is complete, with exception of the distributor. Carb is there, but choke housing has been broken off. Housing is included. Block and crank are both standard and in fantastic shape, as are the original rods and pistons. Heads still have the original valves, springs, etc., and are in excellent shape as well. Everything has been hot-tanked and magnafluxed, and all checked out well. Includes original matching intake and exhaust manifolds, timing cover, oil pan and valley cover, oil pump, harmonic balancer, pushrods, EGR valve, etc., etc. This is a great opportunity to purchase a very difficult-to-find engine, with all of its matching parts, in incredible condition.” 7 bids. Sold for $11,500. Depending on whether this is going in a Formula SD or Trans Am, assuming it goes in a ’74 Pontiac F-body, it’s either 19% or 16% of the car’s median value. Regardless, this is a fantastic find for the buyer. It could be a win for all of us if the buyer gets this in order and operating again. An engine this great should never go to waste. Well bought. #291562986282—426 Hemi 6-71 Supercharger with Cragar Intake Manifold. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Rochester, MI. 1/16/16 “You are buying a 426 Hemi 6-71 polished blower with Cragar blow-out and Cragar intake. The blower spins free and comes with everything in the picture. This is a nice piece for a nostalgia build.” 2 bids. Sold for $2,950. This was a reasonable price paid for what was all here, as anything new will run closer to $4k. Earlier Hemi cars are much easier to find supercharger equipment for, as owners of the 426 Hemi don’t tend to deviate this far from stock in the current market. I poked around for another set of buckets, I found a whole lot of bupkis. No upholstery, no frames, nothing. Apparently, when bucket seats are reserved for the high-end convertibles, or at least priced for those cars, not a whole lot of buyers picked them as an option. A buyer has to jump fast when a pair as complete as this hits the market. For that reason, fairly bought. #151895322521—1958–61 GM Bucket Seats. 8 photos. Item description: Used. eBay, Saugerties, NY. 11/26/15 “Nice, solid pair of the rare ’58–61 GM bucket seats. These have been in dry storage for 45 years. Factoryoriginal paint, no rust. Passenger’s seat has two tears. You’ll look long and hard for another pair in this shape, if you can find any.” Buy It Now. Sold for $6,995. Challenge accepted, seller. When 122 AmericanCarCollector.com #191800814731—Solarclipse Brass Carbide Acetylene Headlamps Model 1149. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Stafford Springs, CT. 2/7/16 “From the Brass Era of motorcars, these rare antique headlamps were discovered in a barn in New England. They have not been cleaned and still have the dust of many decades of sitting in a dark corner undisturbed. Manufactured by Badger Brass Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Kenosha, WI. 11inch diameter bezels. The glass lenses have “Long Distance Lens Size 9” embossed on their edges. They are a matched pair.” Best Offer. Sold for $2,000. I found some contemporary advertising showing a pair of lamps similar to these selling for $9 each or $15 for the pair. Direct comparables were difficult to find. Bonhams sold a 1903 Brass Badger Phare Solar headlamp for $936 back in 2007. So this price for this set seems reasonable by extension. Fair deal.A


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1979 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 coupe restored, new everything, no disappointments whatsoever. $34,900 OBO. Contact Frank, Yazco, 408.210.6557, email: yazcomotor@sbcglobal.net (CA) 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance 4-door sedan Black/blue. 56,000 miles. V8, automatic. Absolutely gorgeous, with every available option and low miles. 1,000 miles on completely rebuilt 403 engine, new interior completely S/N 1G6DW54Y8LR726737. Black/black. 425 miles. V8, automatic. Collector’s dream. S/N 867234. Mandarin Maroon/tan. V8, 3-spd manual. Total restoration on an Arizona native car. Beautiful condition. Mostly original car with the comfort and confidence of a 350-ci V8. Directly replaced without any frame or firewall modifications. LaBarron Bonney interior and top. Drives excellently. Immaculate! New original replacement wiring. $55,000. Contact Al, 480.734.4545, email: almillertime@cox.net (AZ) Triple black with 425 miles (not a misprint). 5.0-liter V8, wire wheels. original Royal Seal tires. Essentially new vehicle. Stored in climate-controlled facility by collector. All delivery materials and window stickers included. $44,000. Contact Joseph, 203.454.0044, email: jbomd@aol.com (CT) FOMOCO 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible 1963 AC Cobra roadster S/N CSX2023. silver/black leather. V8, 4-spd manual. Black full tonneau, equipped with 289-ci engine, 4-speed gearbox, disc brakes and full weather equipment with side windows. The 23rd production Cobra built. Rare early model and an outstanding example, fantastic performance. $975,000 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. Ph: 310.657.9699, email: sales@ heritageclassics.com. (CA) r1965 Shelby Cobra replica oadster S/N AA9HBMAAHV1CN1050. Indigo Blue with steel gray stripes/black & gray. 966 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Backdraft Racing factory-built Cobra with fully-polished Roush 427 with 550-hp, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, Wilwood big brakes, limite-slip, ceramic-coated headers and sidepipes, 17-inch knockoffs. $49,999. Contact Thomas, email: tomallan185@ aol.com (PA) f1966 Shelby GT350 H astback 124 AmericanCarCollector.com Very original with low mileage. Repainted red and 4-speed transmission installed in the 1970s per Shelby Registry. Otherwise all original. In private Shelby collection past 10 years. Runs and drives absolutely without fault. $145,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT)


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Showcase Gallery r1986 Shelby Cobra replica oadster ERA Cobra. All original and perfect with just 20,000 original miles and one owner from new. 4-speed top loader, Halibrand wheels. All the best components. Always pampered. Needs nothing. $75,000 OBO. Matthew L. deGarmo, Ltd.. Contact Matthew, Ph: 203.852.1670, email: matt@ degarmoltd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1994 Lincoln Continental convertible Desert Rose/black. V8, automatic. Rare color. Black interior and top. Exterior is average condition, interior is excellent. Runs good, well taken care of. $2,900 OBO. Contact Brian, 630.988.8090, (IL) 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones edition coupe owner, original paint, loaded with options: 5-speed manual transmission, Hurst short-throw shifter, cloth convertible top, Shaker 1000 stereo system, interior upgrade package, antitheft system and GT Upfitters wheel package. Built at the Shelby facility in Nevada, unlike GT500, built by Ford. Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package; 319 hp and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. High-flow exhaust with X-pipe. Ford Racing Handling Pack with special-tuned dampers, unique sway bars and a 3.55:1 rear-axle. The overall ride height was dropped to reduce body roll, and a front strut-tower brace adds additional strength to the chassis structure. Factory-set 18-inch polished wheels with high-performance P235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force tires. Roll/light bar and supplemental bracing to give the car additional stiffness. An additional set of factory 18-inch polished wheels and new highperformance P235/50ZR18 tires and an indoor/outdoor California Car Cover are also included. $38,500 Contact Donna, email: raisingkenna@ msn.com. (CA) S/N 1ZVFT82H175264910. Grabber Orange/black w/ Grabber Orange inserts. 3,420 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Number 173 of 500. I am the original, only owner. Kept in a climate-controlled garage. All documents and accessories included. Car is a condition #1 and is a beautiful GT beast. Air bag recall being taken care of this week. $40,000. Contact Hal, 540.364.3647, email: raceneon1@gmail.com (VA) 2008 Shelby GT convertible MOPAR 1974 Plymouth Gold Duster coupe AMERICANA 1934 Packard 1101 Phaeton Orange/white. 74,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Rebuilt 318 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, 8-3/4 rear with Posi, factory sunroof, upgraded OE radio. $13,500 OBO. Contact Jim, 410.242.8282, email: buckinghamautomotive@verizon. net. Web: www.buckinghamauto.com (MD) 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 Blue/blue. Other, 3-spd manual. This Packard has new paint, new interior, chrome is very good, tires new and runs like a Packard should run. $129,500 OBO. Contact Andre R., 418.591.0348, email: argauthier@hotmail.com (CAN) 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine” Collection coupe S/N 1B3BR65E6RV102085. Viper Red/gray. 15,941 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Unmodified first-generation Viper. Perfect condition, no paint work ever, accident-free, new tires, leather, air conditioning, comes with original windows/ vinyl roof, manual, VHS video. A true classic in mint condition. $32,900 OBO. Contact Kevin, 412.400.8348, email: kmccrory02@hotmail.com (PA) S/N AOM190Y256713. Red, white & blue/black. 48,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Featuring the unique June 1969 Press Kit Rebel Machine with prototype parts; a second Machine, 390, 4-speed transmission, sheet metal, donor body. Restoration needed. $27,000 OBO. Contact Patrick, 920.540.1756, email: phwslw@ aol.com (WI)A Vista Blue/black leather. 34,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. One March-April 2016 125


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and Automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists, who offer 190 years’ combined experience making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697. 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics & historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com 126 AmericanCarCollector.com Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General sic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800.668.3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ‘59 Volkswagen Beetle antique auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the east coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-257-9595. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, clas- 4We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters. com/AutoTransport Corvette Parts & Restoration Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Corvette Central . Parts and accessories for all Corvettes. Corvette Central has been a leading manufacturer and distributor of Corvette parts and accessories since 1975. We offer the most comprehensive and detailed parts catalogs on the market today and produce a different catalog for each Corvette generation. All catalogs are also online with full search and order features. From Blue Flame 6 to the C6, only Corvette Central has it all. www.corvettecentral.com. (MI) County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Volunteer Vette Products. 865.521.9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865.521.9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it give us a call. (TN) Insurance no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Zip Products. 800.962.9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800.541.6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully-enclosed, cross-country, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully-licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com 128 AmericanCarCollector.com County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with American Collectors Insurance. 1.866.887.8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT)


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Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1.866.90.LEASE. (CT) Museums carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www. autobahnpower.com. Evapo-Rust® 888.329.9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com California Car Cover Company. 800.423.5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call (800) 243-8355. Restoration—General Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800.888.8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks. Covering over 400 application our radios and speakers fit the original location without modification. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state of the art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound. com. Or if you’d like a free catalog call 800-888-8637. (CA) Mustangs Unlimited. Since 1976, Mustangs Unlimited has been the source for Restoration, Performance, and Accessory parts for 1965–present Mustang, 1967–1973 Mercury Cougar, and 1965–1970 Shelby Mustang. More than 55,000 available parts in 2 fully stocked warehouses, Mustangs Unlimited is YOUR Mustang Parts SUPERSTORE! FREE Shipping on orders over $300. Visit www.mustangsunlimited.com or call 800.243.7278. Corvette America. 800.458.3475. The #1 manufacturer & supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) National Parts Depot. 800.874.7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: Evans Waterless Coolant is a revolutionary coolant with a boiling point of 375° F, providing superior engine cooling protection. This means no vapor formed, no hotspots, no boil-over, and a much lower cooling system pressure. Evans eliminates water caused corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans protects on the other end of the temperature scale to -40°F, and lasts the lifetime of the engine. Visit www.evanscooling.com for more information. Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full-time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A Original Parts Group, Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI March-April 2016 129


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: Heritage Auctions, at their November 20, 2015, auction, sold the original artwork for the cover to the Green Lantern comic book #76 for a startling $442,150. The work was done by Neal Adams, and was the piece that marked the transition from the Silver Age to the Bronze Age of comics, making them more socially relevant. I readily admit that vintage comics aren’t my thing, and I can’t understand why someone would pay the price of a ’63 Corvette Z06 for one. Here are some that I do understand that are from two recent auctions of prominent collections: MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 828—OILZUM MOTOR OILS PORCELAIN “LOLLYPOP” CURB SIGN. Estimate: $30,000–$50,000. SOLD AT: $75,640. Date sold: 1/10/2016. Oilzum was the brand name for White and Bagley petroleum products, which was very active in early racing. The “Oilzum Man” logo was well known in the era. This sign would have been outside on the curb of an establishment that sold their product. The sign had the very scarce white background and was in spectacular condition, with the original base. As such, it sold for serious money. MECUM AUCTIONS LOT Z25—PERFECT CIRCLE PISTON RINGS TIN 30x36 SIGN. SOLD AT: $8,260. Date sold: 1/24/2016. This sign is one of a series of about four tin signs that suggest you utilize their piston rings or feed an oil hog. The level of detail is exceptional, and to find them in decent condition is a challenge. This example had only minor scratches and sold for market-correct money. Good luck collecting the rest of the set. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 97—TOKHEIM MODEL #36 ADC SHOWCASE GAS PUMP. Estimate: $20,000–$40,000. SOLD AT: $32,940. Date sold: 1/10/2016. This impressive gas pump stands 80 inches in height without the globe on top. It has been professionally restored to a generic standard. These were point-of-sale pumps that displayed products the motorist might require. Wayne also made a display pump, and both are very desirable today for displaying automotive collectibles. Each sells for about what we see here. 130 AmericanCarCollector.com MECUM AUCTIONS LOT Z230—SINCLAIR OPALINE MOTOR OIL ONEGALLON CAN WITH RACE CAR. SOLD AT: $5,310. Date sold: 1/24/2016. This is one of the most desirable oil cans produced. The strong image captures the imagination, and while fairly common, they always sell for serious money. Morphy sold an example for $7,320, but it was in a touch better condition, which makes all the difference in value. MECUM AUCTIONS LOT Z418—UNITED MOTORS AUTHORIZED SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. SOLD AT: $20,060. Date sold: 1/24/2016. United Motors evolved into Delco and was part of the General Motors empire. In the era their advertising was ubiquitous and is popular today. This example was in exceptional condition, justifying the strong price. MORPHY AUCTIONS LOT 242—NORWALK TIRES “8000 MILES” TIN FLANGE SIGN. Estimate: $15,000–$30,000. SOLD AT: $34,160. Date sold: 1/9/2016. This die-cut tin flange sign, with the car and golfer graphics, was in as-new condition. It had it all: color, graphics and condition, thus the strong price. It measured 18x24 and the only issue was light paper marks at the top of the sign. A strong piece. MECUM AUCTIONS LOT Z448—TEXACO HOME LUBRICANT COUNTER DISPLAY. SOLD AT: $4,720. Date sold: 1/24/2016. This Texaco counter display was in near-mint condition. Some years back they showed up from time to time but of late they have been rather scarce. It included two of the oval cans, but the challenge will be finding the other 10, and at about $400 apiece, it won’t be cheap. The display was a bit of a bargain, as complete displays have sold for five figures. A