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Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX November 25–26, 2016

Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL January 6–15

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ January 14–22

Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ January 18

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ January 18–22

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ January 19–20

Silver, Ft. McDowell, AZ January 19–22

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ January 19–20

Gooding, Scottsdale, AZ January 20–21

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CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/375 FUELIE $112k / Worldwide Buyer scores a bit of a deal on the last of the Fuelies — John L. Stein Page 48 GM 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 L78 $30k / Russo and Steele Found SS brings the buzz — and the money — Dale Novak Page 50 Volume 6 • Issue 32 • March–April 2017 Eight Sales That Define the Market FoMoCo 1965 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE $83k / Barrett-Jackson Originality drives a big price for this ragtop Pony — Tom Glatch Page 52 MOPAR 1963 DODGE 330 MAX WEDGE $110k / RM Sotheby’s Max Wedge Lightweight brings real money — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 54 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1929 FORD CODDINGTON “ALUMATUB” $132k / Barrett-Jackson Aluminum special waits for big Boyd bucks — Ken Gross Page 56 AMERICANA RACE 1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY CONVERTIBLE $80k / Bonhams Full Classic quality meets a changing market — Carl Bomstead Page 58 1972 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA “SNAKE II” $220k / Barrett-Jackson Market price for a famous Funny Car of the Hot Wheels heyday — Patrick Smith Page 60 TRUCK 1953 INTERNATIONAL R-110 TRAVELALL $32k / RM Sotheby’s Light price for an original Cornbinder — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 62 1965 Ford Mustang convertible, p. 52 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Cover photo: 1972 Plymouth Barracuda “Snake II” Funny Car Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson March–April 2017 7


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The Rundown COLUMNS 10 Torque: Judging the market — Jim Pickering 42 Cheap Thrills: Rock-bottom buys in Arizona — B. Mitchell Carlson 44 Horsepower: When GT350 history comes calling — Colin Comer 46 On the Market: T-birds can offer a lot of bang for the sports-car buck — John L. Stein 138 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: Linda Vaughn, Route 66, 1932 Fords and the cars of Cuba — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics: 1965 Shelby GT350 — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots: Images from Arizona, ACC’s Scottsdale Seminar and Americana in Japan 86 Your Cars: A first car, restored — Glenn Irish 130 Junkyard Treasures: American Iron deep in the heart of Texas — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 24 Cool Stuff: Be prepared, create your own tire stickers, and tools for a professional 32 Wrenching: Measure for wheel fit 38 Your Turn: A Hemi question and a Ford rarity 40 Readers’ Forum: 1950s cars: Buy, sell or hold? 76 Market Moment: 1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille — Jim Pickering 96 One to Watch: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 210, 150 — Jim Pickering 128 The Parts Hunter: Read those auction descriptions carefully — Pat Smith 8 AmericanCarCollector.com 1950s Cars: Buy, Sell or Hold? 132 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 134 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 137 Advertiser Index AUCTIONS 64 Market Overview Measured results in Arizona and Florida, plus ACC’s “Buy It Now” recommendation — Garrett Long and Jim Pickering 68 Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson’s “Lifestyle Event” generates $101m with a 99% sell-through rate on 1,720 vehicles — Dan Grunwald 78 Mecum — Kissimmee, FL Muscle-car mania reigns as 1,983 of 2,704 vehicles sell for an $84m total — Morgan Eldridge 88 Russo and Steele — Scottsdale, AZ Heavy rains can’t dampen a $22m total as 606 of 780 vehicles find new homes — John Boyle 98 Worldwide — Scottsdale, AZ Worldwide establishes a strong foothold in Arizona with a 78% sell-through rate and $11m total — Bob Dekorne 106 Silver — Fort McDowell, AZ Amid a deluge, Silver pushes 219 of 494 vehicles to a $3m total — B. Mitchell Carlson 118 Roundup American vehicles at Dan Kruse in Houston, TX; RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix, AZ; Bonhams in Scottsdale, AZ; and Gooding & Company in Scottsdale, AZ — Cody Tayloe, Carl Bomstead and Joe Seminetta Readers’ Forum, p. 40


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Torque Jim Pickering Judging the Market A few Septembers back, a friend of mine called me to ask if I’d be a judge at his church’s car show. It was a small show — about 50 or so cars — and he was hunting for car people to team up with members of the church’s youth group to teach them about cars and judge the entries. I signed on, and I dragged ACC Contributor Chad Tyson along with me to help spread the good word about 4-barrel carburetors and original paint. The kids were eager to learn and looked wide-eyed at some of the stuff that showed up, from the basic 1965 Mustang in red to a yellow ’70 Camaro fitted with a snarling supercharged drag motor — the car surged against its brakes as its driver idled it to the field. ACC Contributor Jeff Zurschmeide was there with his restored MGA roadster, and I showed my red ’01 SS Camaro — the last show I took it to before I sold it. Funnily enough, the kids in my group all agreed it was boring. I didn’t win anything. I don’t remember most of the cars I judged, save a really rough 327 Caprice like mine with some add-on trim, but I do remember a good number of “Please do not touch” signs. One moment stood out in vivid contrast: Chad and I had just met up after looking over the field, and we happened to be standing in front of a vintage pre-war Packard roadster — the oldest car in a sea of American muscle — as a kid and his father meandered over to it. The car’s owner stood close by to talk to anyone willing to listen. When the young boy stopped to take a look, the guy opened up the door and offered to let the kid sit behind the wheel. The kid lit up and climbed into the seat. The owner had him turn the wheel, grab the shifter, and honk the horn just as he would if he were driving. The owner grinned as big as the kid did, and the kid walked away with a great tactile memory of the time he “drove” a Packard. Now, I certainly won’t admit to any bias that will call my judging credentials into question, but that guy looked even more pleased when he drove out of the show carrying the biggest trophy of the day. 10 AmericanCarCollector.com Chester Allen Want to see a kid light up? Put him in a cool car Get with it This brings me to Scottsdale, where we saw business-as-usual results from BarrettJackson, Russo and Steele, RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., Bonhams, Silver and newcomer Worldwide Auctioneers. Overall totals were up only slightly over last year’s $256m, to $261m, no doubt due to more cars being sold thanks to the new auction addition. Granted, some auctions, like Bonhams, were up considerably over 2016, but averages were, well, average. For me, the one thing that kept popping up, heard in passing and even within several of the expert-laden seminars that took place throughout the week, was the notion that Millennials and kids in general are bowing to the almighty cell phone at the expense of traditional car culture. If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a million times. The next generation just isn’t interested — they’d rather play on Instagram than bother thinking about classic cars. The trouble is that it just isn’t true. Consider this: Cars from all eras crossed the Arizona auction blocks throughout the week, and we saw some big prices for the next generation of collector cars: 1980s and 1990s muscle. Just take a look at the sky-high money a few 5.0 Mustangs brought at Barrett-Jackson: $82k, $71k, $44k — granted, these were low-mile mint machines, but it’s still pretty telling about how the market is changing to reflect younger tastes. Want to look further into the future of the market? Just see how many car pics there are on Instagram right now. Yes, you’ll see 2016 Shelbys, Ford GTs, and ’90s Saleen Mustangs there. But you’ll also see 1957 Bel Airs, 1959 Eldorados and 1969 Camaros as well. This is the future of the market in HD, just spoken in a different language than the drive-ins and drag races we’re used to. But all the eras are represented there in one way or another. Don’t believe me? That’s fine. But I’ll challenge you with this: The next time you and your buddies congregate at a car show, peel off the “Do Not Touch” sign from your car’s glass and give a kid a chance to honk that horn and row the gears. After all, there’s only so much a high-res photo on the Web can do to build interest inside a future car kid. The rest is up to us — and that means it’s up to you. A Interest is trending younger, but that doesn’t have to spell doom for your classic


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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. Courtesy of the LeMay—America’s Car Museum Start the Cruise-in Season at a Hub of American Car Collecting 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 13 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 about LeMay—America’s Car Museum, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. Goodguys on the Road Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events will scorch tires and burn a tankerload of high octane this March and April. The Goodguys 8th Spring Nationals takes place on March 10–12 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ, and the 7th Spring Lone Star Nationals heats up Fort Worth, TX, from March 17 to 19. The 35th All American Get-Together is March 25–26 in Pleasanton, CA, and the Goodguys Meguiar’s 17th Del Mar Nationals is March 31 to April 2 in Del Mar, CA. Finally, the 3rd North Carolina Nationals rolls into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on April 28–30. www.good-guys.com 14 AmericanCarCollector.com 150 Acres of Cars and Parts Spring Carlisle, a giant swapmeet, car corral and auction — and the kickoff to the East Coast car show season — once again takes over Carlisle, PA, from April 19 to 23. This is one of the top five automotive swapmeets in the world, and it’s a great way to shake off winter. This is massive — 150 acres and more than 8,100 vendor booths. This is where you’ll find that unobtanium part. More than 2,000 cars are on sale in the car corral. Not happy with the offerings in the Corral? The Carlisle Auction at the Carlisle Expo Center will run more than 300 cars across the block. www.carsatcarlisle.comA


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CROSSINGTHE GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 2–4 Last year: 382/534 cars sold / $10.9m More: www.greensboroaa.com Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 Last year: 66/96 cars sold / $27.4m More: www.bonhams.com Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) MArCh BLOCK by Garrett Long Star Car: 1989 Ford Thunderbird Lyn St. James Speed record car at Motostalgia on Amelia Island, FL • Star Car: 1911 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 Touring Gooding & Company Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 Last year: 69/79 cars sold / $60.2m More: www.goodingco.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10–11 Last year: 82/93 cars sold / $38.6m More: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 1936 Cord 810 phaeton Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10–12 Last year: 76/124 cars sold / $8.4m More: www.hollywoodwheels.com Featured cars: • 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible • 1968 Shelby GT500 Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 11 Last year: 40/66 cars sold / $5.1m More: www.motostalgia.com • Star Car:1989 Ford Thunderbird Lyn St. James Speed Record Silver Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: March 17–19 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Last year: 134/398 cars sold / $1.1m More: www.silverauctions.com Featured cars: • 1925 HMDE roadster custom Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: March 24–25 More: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible • 1966 Pontiac GTO Dan Kruse Classics Where: San Antonio, TX When: March 24–26 Last year: 64/151 cars sold / $980,000 More: www.dankruseclassics.com Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 24 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Auctions America Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 31–April 2 Last year: 301/435 cars sold / $19.7m More: www.auctionsamerica.com APRIL Barrett-Jackson Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 6–8 Last year: 468/481 cars sold / $23.1m More: www.barrett-jackson.com Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 6–8 Last year: 506/883 cars sold / $18.1m More: www.mecum.com Featured cars: • 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda • 1930 Cadillac Series 353 Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 21–22 Last year: 147/210 cars sold / $3m More: www.bransonauction.com Worldwide Auctioneers Where: Arlington, TX When: April 21-22 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: April 21–23 Last year: 227/404 cars sold / $4.1m More: www.leakecar.com Silver Where: Vancouver, WA When: April 22 More: www.silverauctions.com Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 29 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 6, number 2 March–April 2017 GeT In TouCh Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin Executive Editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auction Editor Garrett Long Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Chad Tyson John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner Information Technology Brian Baker Web Developer Ian Burton At $32k, this highly original 1953 International Travelall was a deal for the buyer. read the profile on p. 62 Arizona sunshine for 30 years. I’ve watched Arizona Auction Week grow from just Barrett-Jackson and a three-day sale to the current weeklong mega-event with six auctions and thousands of cars selling for nearly $260m. You’ll find a complete report on Arizona in this issue, with in- T sights from our auction analysts who were right there, examining the cars and sharing with you exactly what they saw, how much cars sold for, and what their opinions are of the results. Originality continues to be king. B-J got $82,500 for an original 1965 Mustang, and a 1953 International Travelall went for $32,000 at RM Sotheby’s. An as-found 1970 Chevelle SS 396 L78 brought $29,000 at Russo. Should it be left alone or restored? Our Dale Novak weighs in with his opinion on p. 50. John L. Stein takes a look at the market for Ford Thunderbirds, and which years and models you should be watching. The T-bird started out as Ford’s answer to the Corvette, but morphed into a 4-door that, while disappointing enthusiasts, brought a lot of profit to FoMoCo’s bottom line. ACC’s How-To continues to be one of our most popular features. This month, with the help of Coker Tire, we show you how to measure things correctly to get the fit and, even more important, the look that you want for your muscle car or classic. A 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Fun — and Bargains — in the Arizona Sun here’s something for everyone during Arizona Auction Week, and there’s something for everyone in this issue of ACC. From $1,000 beaters to six-figure show cars, you’ll find them all here. I’ve been heading from drizzly Portland, OR, to the 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 Customer happiness Specialist Lyndsey Camacho 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 American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. PoSTMASTer: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2017 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch Michael Pierce Jay Harden Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports by Linda Vaughn with Rob Kinnan, CarTech, 222 pages, $28.96, Amazon Winning the Miss Poultry Princess beauty pageant (and a year’s worth of chicken) is where it all started for “a little redneck from Dalton, Georgia,” as Linda Vaughn describes her beginnings. Looking back from today, that isn’t exactly the first rung on a stellar career path, but it served her well, making her one of the most recognized women in racing. In context though, it was a reasonable choice for a smalltown girl who loved cars, had a winning personality and was blessed with a figure that stopped men in their tracks. Working with author Rob Kinnan, the woman forever linked with the title “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” tells about her life as the most recognizable PR characters in the last half century. Told mostly with captions to hundreds of photos, the story of The First Lady of Motorsports is summed up nicely by Dan Gurney: “She was a friend to many, a confidante to some, and a mother hen to all who needed a kind word or a shoulder to cry on. In a world of tough men, Linda remained a Southern lady, feisty, indomitable, and brave, the twinkle in her eyes ever ready to sparkle.” Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Deuce: The Original Hot Rod 32 x 32 by Mike Chase, Motorbooks, 224 pages, $50, Amazon The ’32 Ford: The Deuce. When it came out, the car’s lines captured the imagination of the public, and shortly after becoming a used car, the ’32 Ford became the bedrock of hot-rod culture — a blank canvas for so many racers, builders and fans. Mike Chase, author and photographer, has created an outstanding look at 32 examples of ’32 Ford transformations. They are sorted into open cars, closed cars, race cars and commercial vehicles. Each is special, and the images and text by Chase aren’t just a document of each builder’s unique take on the ’32, but overall serve as a master class in the hot-rod vernacular, the sometimes shared, sometimes divergent creative impulses lavished on the same Detroit-designed canvas. This is a special book. Off-the-charts good. Lineage: Fit and finish: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Cuba’s Car Culture: Celebrating the Island’s Automotive Love Affair by Tom Cotter and Bill Warner, Motorbooks, 192 pages, $35, Amazon It’s probably pretty fortuitous that Tom Cotter and Bill Warner went to Cuba for extended research into its odd car culture when they did. The recent opening of Cuba to the West will create inevitable changes to the odd time capsule that is Havana today. Thankfully we have Cuba’s Car Culture to remind us how it was until just recently, no matter how quickly it all changes again. Cotter was writing this at the same time he was working on Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip, and in both cases he was dealing with a romantic notion of reality rooted in the ’50s. Unlike Route 66, the automotive clock stopped in Cuba in 1959. Cuba is a strong, readable take on what car culture is like in Cuba now, more than 50 years after the embargo was put on the Communist island nation. Time stopped, but life went on, and it is reflected in the well-worn and well-loved cars from the ’50s that often still serve as primary transportation in Cuba. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Drivability: Route 66 Barn Find Road Trip by Tom Cotter, Motorbooks, 192 pages each, $27.85, Amazon In another addition to the Tom Cotter barn-find series, Cotter and friends follow Route 66 in search of rust buckets, projects and lost-but-restorable cars. Barn-find buddy Brian Barr and photographer Michael Alan Ross joined Cotter in his sweet yellow ’39 Ford woodie for a 2,451-mile trip from Chicago to Los Angeles in search of vehicular unicorns. It’s a fun trip to get to share. With plenty of beautiful images of cars and trucks in less-than-beautiful shape, handsome graphic design in a large format, and simple, accessible prose, Route 66 chronicles a trip that we all might wish to take. Along the way they met a broad range of car guys and found some history, some projects and the heartbeat of our hobby. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Thermocure Your Classic Is your muscle car running hot? Evapo-Rust’s Thermocure is a new rust remover specifically designed to restore your engine’s ability to t to th syste in th and i gine b a sim that r scale a depo all y cool part lead oper The r worr weat warm at $1 more a rust A New Take on the AFB Edelbrock’s Performer II Series 600 CFM carburetor is a new spin on the old AFB design. The big change here is the annular booster ign in place of the old dogleg-style boosters, which improves fuel mization and helps to eliminate flat spots when transitioning from e to full throttle. At 600 CFM, this is a great carb for small-block scle, and comes with all the adjustability and ease of use that has de Edelbrock carbs legendary. Learn more at edelbrock.com. Fresh Gauges for Your e-Body HX Analog Instrument System is a direct fit 74 Challenger or ’Cuda dash, yet it adds a s that Ma Mopar didn’t offer from the factory. t needles, backlit faces and a highly visible al LCD message screen, with precision stepper otors and solid-state sensors working behind the scenes. The kit comes with a variety of sensors and a control unit to make the system work, as well as a lifetime warranty. $995 at dakotadigital.com Billet Tails and Markers Eddie Motorsports has designed replacement taillights and marker lights f Chevy and GMC trucks using precision CNC-machined 6061T6 billet alumi come with the bezel, LED taillights, backup light lenses and a heavy-duty L Matching billet marker light bezels are also available, and all can be ordered i custom finishes. Update the look of your truck for $315 at eddiemotorspor 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF Camera-Equipped Have trouble seeing when P P OLSTUFF Camera-Equipped Have trouble seeing when P P yo yo on w din an The JunoJumper is a small device about the size of your phone that can jump start your car when you’re in a pickle. Carry it with you for your trek around the block or at your all-day cruise-in and nev also features a USB port for pow $99.99 at junopower.com Be Prepared When it comes to gadgets, the more you can fit into a compact p age, the better. That is exactly w get when buying Stat Gear’s T3 T Auto Rescue Tool. The tool offer stainless-steel blade and LED lig everyday needs. It also carries a steel-hook blade for cutting a seat belt and a spring-loaded window punch to break glass. Comes with a stainless-steel belt clip or nylon belt sheath to always keep it on your person. $39.99 at statgeartools.com you’re tinkering under the hood? Clumsy lights and bad eyesight irritate us all — especially when trying to work in awkward spots. ScopeAround now has a flexible endoscopic camera to help. It features a 5.5-mm-diameter lens and offers a high-definition picture. Best of all, it sends and records that picture to your phone or tablet to view multiple times and share your discoveries with others. $189 at scopearound. com Next-Level Personalization Ever wanted to customize the side- wall of your tires? Now you c Tire Stickers offers temporar or permanent looks for your daily or your classic. Add Redlines or whitewalls to your current tires to give them that vintage look. If you want the big, bold, white-letter-out look, Tire Stickers offers logos from your favorite tire brands. Or take it a step further and come up with your own desig to make it completely you. Find out more at tirestickers.com. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1965 Shelby GT350 Another favorite car, but a least- favorite miniature. This is a recent release from Spark Model. Some issues: To start with, they mistakenly list this as a 1966. Overall body shape appears great, but it has big, square, blank European license plates front and rear. Paint is heavy and has orange peel. Stripes are semi-matte decals not matching the gloss-white paint finish. Wheels are incorrectly all chrome, but do have nice little Shelby emblems. With all windows closed, the all-black interior is almost impossible to see, but if light hits just right you can see the oversized steering hub, center dash gauge cluster, big floor shifter, and simulated Carroll Shelby signature on glove-compartment door. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: White with blue stripes Quantity: Estimated 750 to 1,000 Price: $80 Production date: 2016 Web: www.motorsportsminiatures. com Ratings Detailing: ½ Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best by Chad Taylor


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SNAPSHOTS Images from the Arizona Auctions Jim Pickering A pristine 1954 Chevrolet Corvette draws onlookers at Gooding & Co. It later sold for $69k Jim Pickering At russo and Steele, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 L78, dormant since 1983, sold for $30k. See the profile on p. 50 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Sunlight glints off a 1965 Plym Sotheby’s. The car sold for $1


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Jim Pickering Amid a sea of people, a 1953 hudson hornet crosses the block at Barrett-Jackson, selling for $33k Jim Pickering mouth Belvedere I Super Stock Lightweight at rM 121k Chad Taylor A 1934 Ford custom woodie wagon draws a closer look at Worldwide Auctioneers’ first Scottsdale appearance March–April 2017 27


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SNAPSHOTS What to Buy — and Why Garrett Long ACC Seminar panelists (from left) Sam Stockham, Ken Lingenfelter, Gary Bennett, Colin Comer, Carl Bomstead and Jim Pickering ACC’s seminar at Barrett-Jackson calls out best-bet collectibles at a variety of price points by Jim Pickering Cars: What to Buy and Why,” was aimed at picking out our best-buy collector cars at a variety of price points. Our panel consisted of ACC Contributors Carl Bomstead, Colin O Comer and Sam Stockham, who were joined by noted collector Ken Lingenfelter and Barrett-Jackson Vice President Gary Bennett for a two-hour discussion on the market. I served as moderator. Since most buyers tend to look at the market in terms of what they can afford, I had each panel member pick two cars at $10k or less, two at $50k or less, two at $100k or less, two at $200k or less, and two with an unlimited budget. All told, each panel member presented the seminar viewers with 10 carefully selected choices. At the end, I had each member pull their two “ultimate buy” cars from their list of 10, and from those cars, we built another list — the ACC panel’s top 10 list of cars to watch. Good buys $10k or less In the $10k category, Bomstead was hot on Metropolitan convertibles, “because it’s what Lois Lane drove.” Bennett pointed out what was special about Cadillac Allantes and 1984 Eldorado Biarritz convertibles, while both Lingenfelter and Stockham talked IROC-era Camaros, Firebirds and 5.0 Mustangs. $10k–$50k When it came to cars in the $50k range, 28 AmericanCarCollector.com Bomstead and Bennett picked 1965 and 1966 Buick Rivieras (both standard and in GS trim), while Comer pointed out the growing market for vintage SUVs with his choice of 1967–78 n Wednesday of Barrett-Jackson’s big auction week, American Car Collector magazine hosted a collector car seminar as part of our sponsorship of BarrettJackson’s “Behind the Hobby” collector car symposiums. Our seminar, called “The Top Ten Collector Wagoneers — specifically leaving out the later cushy “Vermont maple syrup” versions. $50k–$100k At $100k, Lingenfelter was strong on Tri-Five Nomads and the late-model ZR1 Corvette, as it’s hard to beat the Nomad’s style and the Corvette’s performance. Stockham doubled down on Saleen-built Mustangs — a theme in his picks — because of their specialized nature and low production. He also felt strongly about SLP-built Pontiac Firehawks — very specialized cars built in 1991 and 1992. $100k–$200k As prices crested $200k, the cars diversified further. Bomstead picked the 1948 Chrysler Town & Country (see his profile of a 1946 model on p. 58), while Bennett chose the 1957 DeSoto Adventurer convertible. Comer is a Shelby guy with a history in Mopar, so I wasn’t surprised by his 1966 GT350 or his Hemi E-body picks — but I was surprised by Lingenfelter’s choice in a 440 Superbird next to a 1969 Trans Am. Being a GM guy, it just goes to show how special Lingenfelter thinks these winged warriors are. Unlimited When the budget fell away, the cars really got expensive — Scarab race cars, 427 Cobras, GT40s, L88 Corvettes, Auburn Boattail Speedsters and more. However, interestingly enough, our ultimate top 10 list ended up reflecting almost all the price points we’d listed, showing that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to buy a car that’s up and coming in today’s market. This ACC-sponsored seminar series will continue at every Barrett-Jackson auction this year. All of the “Behind the Hobby” symposium series events are streamed live online at www.barrettjackson.com — and if you want to learn more about what our panel picked and why — including their final top 10 list — go to barrettjackson.com or americancarcollector.com, where the complete video will be posted soon. A


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SNAPSHOTS A sinister black Buick riviera prowls the streets of Akihabara, a district in Tokyo Americana in Japan The Land of the Rising Sun loves American Iron and accessories I have heard about the fascination with American cars in Japan, but only recently was I able to travel there to experience it for myself. Some like to live out the Californian dream, others enjoy a spacious dge or Chevrolet n. One thing is for re, it isn’t cheap to wn an American ar in Japan — and hat shows a level of dedication here you won’t find anywhere else. Here are my shots from the trip. — Brian BakerA The Mooneyes legacy lives on after a Japanese dealer, Shige Suganuma, purchased the company in the ’90s A GMC van stands tall against a kaido racer-inspired nissan Fairlady Z American cars are a bit of a tight fit in Japanese parking spaces 30 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO A FRESH LOOK Wheels and tires can make or break your muscle car’s curb appeal. Here’s how to get the look — and fit — you want by Jim Pickering S o you just bought a car at auction. You take it home, get it in your garage, and after owning it for a while, you decide it’s time to personalize it. The best way to change its look? A new set of wheels and tires. There are thousands of wheel and tire combinations out there for buyers who want something different than OEM. But you really need to be careful, because the right rolling stock can take your car’s look to the next level, but the wrong stuff can hurt curb appeal. That can cost you accolades on the street — and big money at sale time. Ordering a set of wheels and tires is usually a one-shot deal. You pick the bolt pattern, rim diameter, backspace and tire size — and wait. A week later, that set of wheels is yours, with no ifs, ands, buts, or oops allowed — especially if you’ve tried to mount tires on them or if you’ve bolted them to the car. So if you’re thinking of anything other than a stock size, you’ve got to get those measurements right the first time. That’s a lot to consider. With all that in mind, we took a look at how to measure for wheels and tires the right way — and called on the experts at Coker Tire in Chattanooga, TN, to give this 1968 Camaro a new look. Here’s how we did it. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com COKER TIRE PARTS LIST Rims and Accessories Rocket Fuel Wheel, 15x8, 5 on 4¾ bolt pattern, Coker P/N R23-586137 (4½-inch backspace) and R23-576142 (3¾-inch backspace), $200 and $190 Coker Chevrolet Rally Wheel, 15x7, 5 on 4¾, Coker P/N CRP157, $87 each Chevrolet Disc Brake cap, Coker P/N 1015, $32.50 each Trim ring, 15-inch x 3-inch, Coker P/N 3002, $29 each Tires BF Goodrich Radial T/A, 235/60R15, $142 each BF Goodrich Radial T/A, 275/60R15, $162 each BF Goodrich Silvertown Redline Radial, 215/70R15, $229 each SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST Tools Percy’s WheelRite, Summit P/N PHP-01201, $79.99 TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: J (J J J J J is toughest)


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1 our subject car is a 1968 Camaro sitting on a mix-match set of wheels and bald tires — they’re fine for rolling around a paint shop or during final assembly of a restoration, but they’re not going to generate any enthusiasm on the street — or at sale time. 2 5 4 here’s the rear of our subject 1968 Camaro. This car is fitted with a Flowmaster 2½-inch exhaust system, traction bars and air shocks — non-stock items like these can interfere with wheel and tire fit, so just because someone else stuffed huge 295-series rubber under the back of their Camaro, don’t assume you can, too. The first step here is the hardest — deciding which look you want. But the smart money here is in stock-style rims on vintage-look tires and Day Two-style aftermarket wheels and fat rubber. Both have wide appeal. Coker Tire can supply you with either, depending on which you choose. We selected a set of each here to show just how much you can change the look of your car with a simple wheel swap. The basics you’ll be working with: bolt pattern, rim diameter, rim width and rim backspacing. All of these play an important role in look and fit. 3 Before you do anything else, research. Look at pictures of cars online or in the pages of ACC to decide on a style. Then go to model-specific forums to see which sizes other people have fit on their cars and what issues they ran into. Use that info only as a starting point. 6 Since this is a 1968 Camaro, we know that the bolt pattern is 5 on 4¾, as that’s what GM used on all its in- termediates in the era — meaning there are five wheel-mounting studs, and the distance from the center of one to the far edge of the hole across from it is 4¾ inches. Assuming the axle and front brakes are stock, this should be a given — but it’s smart to double check. 7 This Camaro had extensive sheet-metal repairs during its restoration, including two new rear quarter panels, so our first measurement was to check if the rear end is centered in the car with respect to the body. We used a straight edge on the brake drum and a tape measure out to the body on both sides. In some cases, adjustments can be made here. March–April 2017 33


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 9 8 our secret weapon is Percy’s Wheelrite. This tool mounts to your wheel hub and allows you to visualize wheel diameter, width, backspace, and whatever tire size you’d like to run before you buy. This thing works well and will save you a lot of trouble. Summit Racing sells it as P/N PHP-01201 for $79.99. We wanted 15-inch wheels for a vintage Day Two look, and we wanted 8-inch-wide rims on all four corners with fatter rubber on the rear. We settled on BFG Radial T/As, and picked 275/60R15s for the rear and 235/60R15s for the front for a big-and-little look. Our Coker rep suggested smaller 255-series rear rubber as an alternative, citing possible clearance issues on first-gen F-body quarter panels. Coker Tire’s employees are hardcore experts in the field. They really know their stuff — from selection to fit — and that pays off by ensuring you get the right stuff for your car. 10 We set up the Wheelrite for a 15-inch wheel that’s 8 inches wide, and with a 4-inch backspace. We then used the in- cluded wire to mock up a 275/60 tire, which is listed in Coker Tire’s catalog as having an 11-inch cross section and a 28-inch diameter. Now a little math to get our tire mockup correct: a 28-inch-diameter tire minus 15 inches of rim is 13 inches of tire. Divide that by two and you get 6½ inches from the top of the rim to the top of the tire. We bent the WheelRite wire to match — 11 inches wide and 6½ inches tall. 11 using a few lug nuts, we bolted the mocked-up Wheelrite to the rear axle — being sure to jack the car from the axle to maintain ride height relative to the body. We then took the car out of gear and rotated the rear axle. With a 15x8 rim on 4 inches of backspace, everything cleared, but the shock sat very close to the tire. 12 34 AmericanCarCollector.com Coker Tire is a rocket racing Wheels dealer, and rocket makes a great-looking fivespoke with a gray center called the Fuel. Coker offers the Fuel wheel design in a number of different sizes — but 15x8 with a 4-inch backspace isn’t one of them. The options here are 4½-inch backspace and 3¾-inch backspace.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 13 Increasing the backspace from 4 inches to 4½ inches effectively moves the tire a half inch inboard toward the center of the car, and with that wide shock in the way, that wasn’t going to work. So we loosened the WheelRite top screw and slid the adjustment to a 3¾-inch backspace — basically moving the tire out from the center of the car by a quarter inch — to check that option. 14 Bingo — a nice, fat 275/60r15 on a 15x8 wheel with a 3¾ backspace will work here. This car’s new springs keep it high enough and stiff enough in the rear to eliminate tire interference with the quarter panel — the first thing our Coker rep mentioned might be an issue. The shock has plenty of room, too. To verify, we checked the other side as well. 15 Now on to the front. We readjusted the WheelRite with a 4½inch backspace, as we figured the 3¾-inch backspace we used in the rear would interfere with the fender on full left and right lock. 16 A 235/60 tire has about a 9½-inch cross section and is 26 inches in diameter, which works out to about 5½ inches of tire height above the top of the rim. We mocked up the wire to match. 17 18 36 AmericanCarCollector.com With the Wheelrite set to a 15x8 rim, 4½ inches of backspace, and a 235/60 tire, we mounted it on the front of the Camaro and spun it around — also checking clearance on both full lock to the left and full lock to the right. It was tight at the larger-than-stock front sway bar on full lock, but it cleared. We verified on the other side and then got back on the phone to Coker to place our order. Coker is a one-stop shop — meaning that in addition to making a number of their own classic car tires both in radial and bias ply, they can also mount, nitrogen fill, and balance tires prior to sending them to you. The result? You can bolt them on and go. When you order a complete tire and wheel combo, this service is free.


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21 19 After about a week, here’s what we got, ready to be mounted on the car. White letters out, naturally. 20 A little soap and water makes quick work of the blue preservative that protects the BFG white letters. Taking the time to clean each wheel also gives you a chance to inspect each one for any issues before you mount them on the car. Day Two not your thing? We also ordered a set of Camaro rally wheels on BF Goodrich Silvertown redline radials — these are 15x7s on a 4¼-inch backspace, which give a slightly updated look over the bone-stock 14x7s this car came with originally. While Coker can sell you stock-style steel wheels and 100% correct bias Redlines with all the right brand markings for your 100-point restoration, we went with radials here for better street manners. Coker also offers GM-style rings and caps. 22 With the wheels loosely fitted, we double-checked all our clearances — there’s plenty of room here between the shock and the tire in the rear, and the front clears our sway bar, too. 23 Don’t even think of hitting your new wheels with an impact — use a torque wrench. We set ours to 80 lb-ft and tightened in a star pattern. A good trick, particularly for front wheels, is to run the lugs up snug and then let the jack down slowly to where the new rubber just touches the ground. This’ll keep the wheel from turning while you torque the nuts. 24 Payoff time. Time to stand back and survey the difference. I’d say we nailed the Day Two look here. 25 how much can wheels and tires really change the look of a car? Compare the Rockets to these Redline radials on Camaro Rally wheels. Regardless of which you like more — Day Two or original — Coker’s got what you need to give your classic a fresh look. A March–April 2017 37


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Courtesy of Auctions America Hemi or Wedge? I just made a quick pass through the January–February 2017 issue. Overall it’s excellent, as usual. My brother owns a black ’03 Marauder which has been garage-kept, never abused and looks new, despite over 100k on the clock, as it was his daily ride for several years. I will be sure to share the “Cheap Thrills” article with him. Great rundown on the ’61 300G. I’ve always liked these. In terms of the engine history for these cars, Carl Bomstead points out on p. 51 that the 413 engine was introduced in 1960. I believe that the last of the 392 Hemi engines was offered in 1958, and was replaced by the 413 wedge-head engine in 1959, not 1960. — Paul Shanahan, Upper Darby, PA and-through, which means he’s always on the lookout for the strange and unusual. Here’s something he sent through to us from Arizona Auction Week that was too cool to not share: Saw this initially at the corner of Frank Jim Pickering, ACC Editor, responds: Hey, Paul, you’re absolutely right — the 413 did, in fact, come out for the 1959 model year, not 1960 as we state in our 300G profile. Thanks for pointing out the error. A Ford Carryall? Editor’s note: Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson is a car guy through- Lloyd Wright and Hayden, and it about spun my head around 180 degrees. Then when my friend Roy and I were leaving BarrettJackson, we saw it in the parking lot and talked to the guy who owns it. It’s a 1976 Ford B-100 utility. Only made in Mexico for the local market. I’ve seen pictures of them, but never in 27 years of going to Arizona (or California, or New Mexico or Texas) have I ever seen one in the paint and steel. Powered by a 2-barrel 302 with a 4-speed manual. — B. Mitchell CarlsonA 38 AmericanCarCollector.com


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Nick Fancher ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air fuel-injected convertible 1950s Cars: Buy, Sell or Hold? This month’s ACC Reader’s Forum question comes from Gavin L.: I’m seeing more and more 1980s cars come to market, and it does seem like prices on stuff from that era are moving up. I get that the market is changing to suit a new demographic, but what does that mean for 1950s cars like Thunderbirds, Bel Airs, Chryslers and Cadillacs? Is it time to buy, time to sell, or should we just hang on to them to watch what happens? Readers respond: I would hold on to the 1950s cars. It’s plain and simple: The ’80s cars do not compare to the ’50s cars. They do not have the class or looks as good as the ’50s, so it would be a shame to part with the ’50s for the ’80s. — Michael W, via email n n n As the Baby Boomer era comes to an end, we need to look at the next group of buyers and most of those didn’t grow up with ’50s or even ’60s cars. So, not right away but over time, the cars of the ’50s and ’60s will lose value and interest. Also, the Baby Boomers drove the price of the cars higher because there were so many of us that drove up “demand.” — Mike S., via email n n n Unfortunately, holding on to these old ’50s cars may in the near future result in owning nothing more than oversized paperweights. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com The last two years have seen a drop in auction prices for vintage American cars. I see the hobby of collecting old run-of-the-mill cars coming to an end. Car-club average age of members is something like 60-plus years old. The new generation doesn’t need to identify with these cars. Keep one if you like them. Sell the others. — John R., Glastonbury, CT n n n When I was in high school in 1967, a ’57 Chevy was already considered retro and cool. Guys were looking for them to modify and hot rod. A mere 10 years after its introduction, the ’57 Bel Air was a classic. My point is that we looked at the ’57 Chevy the same way in 1967 as we look at it now. It had the right stuff then and still does now. Cars will come and go, but a classic “keeper” never changes. The right car will always be in demand. In other words, hold the 1957 Bel Air. If yours is a 1957 Belvedere, maybe not. — Anonymous, via email n n n The question presumes that all your readers own these cars for their investment value. As a member of a large local car club that has a fair number of ’50s car owners, it’s my impression that only a few of these cars are owned for investment. They are possessed for their style and their intrinsic value. I’d say less than 20% are held for investment purposes. I own two 1956 Chevys (stock Nomad and modified 2-door sedan). Both are what I call 100-point drivers. I would not part with them in any circumstance. Since these cars are already very “drivable” on modern roads and can easily be modified to handle as well as a new vehicle, I really


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don’t think they will suffer the same impact as the cars of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. — Jim Dal Bon, via email n n n My two sons are into cars and can afford the hobby. But they have zero interest in these oversized and outdated vehicles. — Richard A., via email n n n generations aren’t going to b with too much chrome, so-s paratively lousy brakes and t dual spotlights, fender skirt aftermarket Continental kit on porch-sized extensions. Of course, it boils down t in question. Some will alwa ing, others... not so much. — J Contributor, via email n n n I personally believe my u stock 1956 Chevy Nomad w car that will stay in demand low build numbers (8,116), t remaining stock examples ( mine) will command a prem — Art R., via email n n n 1954 Kaiser Manhattan As a Kaiser-Frazer collector, I’ve come to the realization that my cars will most likely never be worth much more than I paid for them. So for me, it’s hold, and not just because of the value. I truly love the cars. These automobiles have always been undervalued in the collector car world (at least in my opinion) so it’s not like I have a fortune invested in them. I enjoy owning them, driving them and working on them. And really, that’s what the old-car hobby is supposed to be about, right? — Dave H., Glasgow, PA n n n I have ’30s cars, ’50s cars and ’80s cars, and have some concerns about my ’30s cars (even though they are some of my favorite ones), but I’m not worried about my ’50s cars yet. The ’80s cars are just coming on but still soft in price. However, I think it has a lot to do with condition, body style and desirability of the car itself (convertible and right year and brand). The early truck market seems to be holding good. Also, the original muscle cars seem to hold very well. — Jerry H., via email n n n Judging from what I just witnessed in Scottsdale, my advice is to hold. I’m not bullish on the market, nor would I have a fire sale. Why? Yes, the guys who lusted after them are getting up there and are more likely to be downsizing than adding to their collection. However, we’ve been hearing that for 20 years, just as the same conventional wisdom has proved premature in a similar analogy with Brass-Era autos, the market isn’t dead just yet. At the same time, it’s not unreasonable to assume that younger 1950s cars appeal most t early Baby Boomers who g up with them. As we age, th become more like pre-war c now: respected but not as w collected. Truly rare cars w to retain value. I prefer cars from 1961 t Jim Pickering was in my teens and 20s, but I like some of the 1950s cars prevalent when I was a child. We all lean toward the cars we grew up with. As the generations shift, interest will be greater in newer cars, but the late-’70s and the ’80s offered bland cars of less interest to collectors. So, I think the shift will be gradual since the Boomers are a large group. — John P., via email n n n I would recommend holding on to your ’50s/’60s car for as long as you are able to. Sell when you want or must. Many current and younger automobile enthusiasts — of all ages — still appreciate these vehicles for what they are and what they represent. How much these vehicles will be worth as time goes on is any- body’s guess. These vehicles represented a unique period and culture in automotive history. There will always be a place for them in the hearts, minds and possessions of automotive enthusiasts and to some degree the general public. So for the time being I recommend holding on to these cars for as long as you can, until it is time to transfer the caretaking of these vehicles to another aficionado, who will keep the flame burning for these cars and for what they represented in their automotive time period. — Tony B., via emailA 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible Jeremy Cliff ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson LOW-RENT FUN T The fifth annual bottom-up review of the Arizona auctions his year, my boots were on the ground at all seven auction venues, searching out the cheapest American cars available. Be it expensive and exotic or cheap and neurotic, every auction has a high and low winner. So once again, back by popular demand, I present the bottom of the Arizona sales chart, class of 2017: ( is best): 1911 Ford Model T Speedster Gooding & Company Lot 2, VIn 50170 Sold for $26,400 This car’s engine block — serial number 10,754,194 — dates to October 1924. It had a creation body based on period aftermarket components, a hot cam, larger valves, counter-balanced crankshaft, and even Kevlar transmission bands. It also had a 12-volt alternator electrical system with starter, so your arm won’t get broken cranking it over — unless you’re into that sort of thing. That said, this was about as close as one could get to an idiot-proof way of reliable Model T ownership. Offered at no reserve with a $40k to $60k guesstimate, that was as much of an expected swing and a miss as watching the Vikings in an NFL playoff game. Had all of it dated to 1911, the lower end of the estimate would not have been out of line. Since this is more closely related to what my Model T enthusiast late uncle Bob could’ve cobbled together in his shop over a long, cold winter (better than watching the Vikings), this sold for enough. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you like your left thumb) Well-bought factor: 1931 Pierce-Arrow Series 8-43 4-door club sedan Worldwide Auctioneers Lot 81, VIn 225755 Sold for $19,800 One of four Fierce-Sparrows from an estate collection. Old repaint was still generally presentable but starting to look dated, wood wheel spokes were well lacquered, and the redone interior had light wear. A good entry point of you had a hankering for a CCCA Full Classic. Thing is, the core enthusiast group for these cars is becoming a Last Man Standing club. While the younger generation seems to be only interested in these randomly, that was also true of Brass Era cars 25 years ago. Given a few more years, even relatively pedestrian 4-doors should see an awakening of interest. Here, the price was right. 42 AmericanCarCollector.com 1947 Divco multi-stop delivery truck rM Sotheby’s Lot 104, VIn uM39575 Sold for $16,500 A historical quandary: The bodywork on this truck dates to the 1936 merger of Twin-Coach and Divco. However, it has the serial number of the more popular Model U. For a while, both this body style and the Model Us were built simultaneously, although I find it hard to believe that would be the case by the late 1940s. This Twin Coach body could have also been updated with a newer U-series chassis after it was in service. If this was the more familiar Model U, it would’ve sold for a lot more. The preservationalist in me hopes that the buyer will retain its Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you miss FDR’s fireside chats) Well-bought factor:


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original configuration. On the other hand, a forward-thinking food truck owner could use this to stand out from late-model Grumman and Workforce retired step vans. Cheap: Thrilling: Well-bought factor: While the TC did have a repaint, it was done fairly well. It also has the removable hard top to boot. If this was an itch you wanted to scratch, you could do a lot worse. (Unless you feel you missed your calling as a milkman) Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you’re good at making dual-overhead-cam noises at a stoplight over the Mitsu’s soft idle) Well-bought factor: 1987 Cadillac Sedan DeVille 4-door sedan 1950 Crosley Hot Shot open roadster Bonhams Lot 75, VIn VC200070 Sold for $7,150 One can usually expect a Hot Shot to fetch a five-figure sale, as Bonhams did with this one’s $12k to $16k guesstimate. However, noreserve can be a dangerous place sometimes, and I’d surmise that the consignor will be grumbling as the settlement check is cashed. While this doesn’t warrant the new owner tap-dancing in the streets, he can smile quietly that he did okay by spending relative chump change. For a collector car, this was the best buy for the buck from our esteemed group. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you try to drive this on the street and the weather takes a turn for the worse) Well-bought factor: russo and Steele Consignment #8453, VIn 1G6CD5182h4361370 Sold for $2,200 In cosmetically better condition than the 95k miles on the odom- eter would lead one to believe, this front-wheel drive DeVille is one of the Cadillacs that helped Lincoln attain all-time sales records in the 1980s. Since the CARFAX confirms it was never registered outside of Arizona, this was likely some elderly person’s last new car, before it became a cheap used car. Here it looked like a front-row-center special at a “Buy Here Pay Here” used-car lot. The Vogue tires probably cost more than the sale price here. It just proves, once again, that not everyone shares your poor sense of taste, but everyone understands that stock is a baseline. Cheap: Thrilling: (Unless you trust 30-year-old GM electronic systems) Well-bought factor: 2003 Oldsmobile Alero 4-door sedan Silver Auctions Lot 118, VIn 1G3nL52F53C262076 Sold for $800 Interestingly, Barrett-Jackson had a near identical example, except that it was the very first Alero built, with 56,172 1990 Chrysler Maserati TC 2-door convertible Barrett-Jackson Lot 6, VIn ZC2FS1200LB205893 Sold for $2,750 Yeah, yeah, I know. A lot of folks think this is an Italian car — and with a Z prefix in the VIN, I can see their point. With a Mitsubishi 3-liter V6 under the hood, it can just was well be called Japanese. But at the end of the day, all the pieces to the puzzle came together in the good ol’ U.S. of A. Regardless, a K-car convertible was a lock for the bottom slot here, as the next-lowest seller was a 1984 Chrysler LeBaron at $3,520. miles on it (Lot 11). Not minty but still well cared for, that car fetched $4,400. While our hero at Silver was not as nice, with 125k miles on the clock, it wasn’t a trashed-out beater either, making it a better buy as a throwaway driver. The final price reflects about a third of it being the $250 minimum buyer’s fee for a vehicle, as it was hammered at $550. Cigars at Barrett-Jackson can cost more than that. I doubt that anyone who was here for the week paid less for a rental out of Sky Harbor. That alone made it the best buy of the bottom bunch. Well-bought factor: A Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if your father needs a spare Oldsmobile) March–April 2017 43


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Horsepower Colin Comer HISTORY CALLING Someday, she might want to know why Dad loved this car so much The best part about old cars are their stories. Especially when they find you A few months ago, I wrote about my decision to sell one of the two 1965 Shelby GT350s I owned, also known as my Noah’s Ark problem, and tried to explain it as being more than a coin flip. In the end, I kept the one I had a lot more history with: 5S249. As I wrote, I’ve owned it for 14 years and driven over 20,000 miles. I know every nut and bolt on the car. I’m not the only one around here attached to it, either. It was the first Shelby my wife drove, the first one my kids rode in and probably the first one they’ll drive as well. It also long ago was nicknamed the “getaway car” by my wife, as right before our third date, I decided I had time for a drive while she decided to be early. She caught me in the act of what she still believes was a failed escape attempt. It wasn’t — I swear — and I think the intervening years have proved that. So as you can see, we’re writing our own history with ol’ #249, and that, to me, is what it is all about. But I’m also very aware that our tenure only represents a small portion of 249’s life. Thanks to the Shelby American Automobile Club, their fantastic Registry, as well as my own sleuthing, I have a complete accounting of 249’s previous owner history as well. But, like my stories above, obviously a lot of this kind of stuff doesn’t convey. I’ll never know all the stories about any impromptu street battles, or whose kid spilled the first soda in it, or if anybody else tried to escape. The historian in me would love to know all that, and my goal is to document what I do learn and create a permanent record of it. And thankfully, especially with cars that leave as indelible a mark 44 AmericanCarCollector.com on folks as a raucous ’65 GT350, nobody forgets owning one, the serial number, or especially the stories. The call I’ll tell you how my most recent “cool stuff” moment came to be. Shortly after the column that mentioned #249 by serial number, the phone rang at ACC HQ. It was Terry Allard, the third owner of 249, trying to hunt me down to offer some of that precious unwritten history. Of course, as Editor at Large, I’ve never even been to ACC HQ in Portland. I hear it rains a lot over there. Well, except for this winter, when it apparently snowed a lot there. And heck, I’ve got that in Wisconsin. Anyway, as a result of me not being there, a message was left that, thankfully and eventually, worked its way downstream to me. And when it hit my desk, I immediately dialed Terry. The conversation that followed was further proof of my opinion that Shelby guys are the best. Terry told me how in the early 1970s, besides being a Formula B racer in the SCCA, he was also a Navy pilot flying out of Oxnard, CA. He was driving a Boss 302 when he met a pilot in another squadron who had 249 — complete with faded paint, American Racing 200S mags, and obvious signs of being driven like it was intended to be. But 249’s pull was undeniable to Terry, and even though he also had a ’66 GT350 that he bought new, the Boss 302 was quickly traded even-up for 5S249. Terry recalled not liking the Detroit Locker rear end, and how he eventually sold 249 for $2,500 because, with two young daughters, a


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Shelby with no back seat wasn’t the ideal family car. As we kept talking, Terry dropped more details about 249 that I didn’t know, such as how the other pilot had found it on the used-car lot at Vel’s Parnelli Jones Ford in Torrance. I knew that 249 was sold new at Carroll Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors dealership, but the fact that it was later sold as a used car at Parnelli Jones’ dealership? Pretty damn cool. This is the kind of priceless info that can be gained from previous owners. In my long conversation with Terry, my pen never stopped moving as I feverishly took notes, now all a part of my file on the car. Not necessarily for my benefit, as I won’t forget these great stories, but perhaps for my kids long after I’m gone and they dig through that file to see why their dad liked this old Ford so much. Before we hung up, I invited Terry to come and visit his old car whenever he wants, and since we share a love of airplanes as well, I suggested we meet in Milwaukee and run 249 up to the Experimental Aircraft Association Oshkosh fly-in show one of these years. I hope that happens. The file And then the very next day, something even more odd happened. My good buddy and Shelby nut Craig Conley from California sent me a text saying he was just handed something I’d want: a file of paperwork for 249. As crazy as it sounds, Craig was looking at a ’66 GT350 that was for sale when the seller said, “Do you know who owns 5S249 these days?” Turns out this fellow had been good friends with another previous owner of 249 and had helped him maintain it. When the owner passed away, 249 was sold, but the file — with just about every receipt from a decade of care — was forgotten. Now reunited with I knew that 249 was sold new at Carroll Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors dealership, but the fact that it was later sold as a used car at Parnelli Jones’ dealership? Pretty damn cool 249, it joins all the other documentation and notes in the file. Funny how things happen, isn’t it? One little mention of the car here in ACC led to some major information thanks to Terry wanting to share it. And then out of the blue a friend’s path crosses with that of another Shelby guy who knew better than to throw out that file because someday he’d find the car again. Many of us joke, “If only this car could talk.” We know they won’t, but that’s okay because the history is out there. Sometimes we find it, and sometimes it finds us. And it is a pretty amazing thing when it does. A March–April 2017 45


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On the Market John L. Stein SOARING L ong drafting in the shad and Challenger — and n — the Thunderbird was n Ford’s original post-war “sports car.” And at leas until history passed it by, the T-bird forged a lasting presence i music and racing too. Witness “Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys (1964), Bob Seg “Makin’ Thunderbirds” (1982), Marc Cohn’s “Silver Thunderbi (1991), and more recently, John Hiatt’s “Thunderbird” (2005). S there have been some great Cob Corvette and GTO songs along t way too, but for some reason, th T-bird rang a bell with artists. Thunderbirds also appeared in v films (“American Graffiti” and “T Louise” come to mind). One of tw Battlebirds raced on the sand at D and T-birds competed in many dr to a NASCAR championship in 1 racing. Cars have consequences So here’s a question: Given their robust credentials, why are Thunderbirds undervalued versus their contemporaries? Compared to the T-bird’s early heads-up rivals, the 1955–57 Corvettes, the 1955–57 first-series Fords (excluding the rare supercharged F-code ’57s) are generally worth less than half as much. The 1958–60 “Square Bird” convertibles are worth only about one-third as much as the s “Bullet Bird” drop-tops a Corvettes, and the 1964– at about 39% the value of 1 convertibles. Averaging o tials, 1955–66 T-birds are w the Corvette dollar. A good argument why is that the T-bird’s long-term trajectory — first morphing into the 4-passenger “Square Birds” in ’58 and then into a long 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Thunderbirds c with other spo with the’BIRDS On the Ma On the Ma ket John L. Stein SOARING L ong drafting in the shad and Challenger — and n — the Thunderbird was n Ford’s original post-war “sports ca the Market John L. Stein SOARING L ong drafting in the shad and Challenger — and n — the Thunderbird was n Ford’s original post-war “sports car.” And at leas until history passed it by, the T-bird forged a lasting presence i music and racing too. Witness “Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys (1964), Bob Seg “Makin’ Thunderbirds” (1982), Marc Cohn’s “Silver Thunderbi (1991), and more recently, John Hiatt’s “Thunderbird” (2005). S there have been some great Cob Corvette and GTO songs along t way too, but for some reason, th T-bird rang a bell with artists. Thunderbirds also appeared in v films (“American Graffiti” and “T Louise” come to mind). One of tw Battlebirds raced on the sand at D and T-birds competed in many dr to a NASCAR championship in 1 racing. Cars have consequences So here’s a question: Given their robust credentials, why are Thunderbirds undervalued versus their contemporaries? Compared to the T-bird’s early heads-up rivals, the 1955–57 Corvettes, the 1955–57 first-series Fords (excluding the rare supercharged F-code ’57s) are generally worth less than half as much. The 1958–60 “Square Bird” convertibles are worth only about one-third as much as the s “Bullet Bird” drop-tops a Corvettes, and the 1964– at about 39% the value of 1 convertibles. Averaging o tials, 1955–66 T-birds are w the Corvette dollar. A good argument why is that the T-bird’s long-term trajec- tory — first morphing into the 4-passenger “Square Birds” in ’58 and then into a long 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Thunderbirds c with other spo with the’BIRDS and and sedans — now paints a cloud over the entire nameplate, including the early cars. The convertibles stopped after 1966, and after 1997, the nameplate fell away entirely until a shortlived reboot in 2002. Since 2006, it’s been nada, zip, zilch. Climbing back up After the gruesome decline through the 1970s, Detroit automakers started to climb out of the doldrums. By the mid-1980s, they were engineering some new excitement into their product lines. In 1983 ean, black, turbocharged icely styled ninth-generation ger and presciently ushered in t now swinging into high gear rket John L. Stein SOARING L ong drafting in the shad and Challenger — and n — the Thunderbird was n Ford’s original post-war “sports car.” And at leas until history passed it by, the T-bird forged a lasting presence i music and racing too. Witness “Fun, Fun, Fun” by the Beach Boys (1964), Bob Seg “Makin’ Thunderbirds” (1982), Marc Cohn’s “Silver Thunderbi (1991), and more recently, John Hiatt’s “Thunderbird” (2005). S there have been some great Cob Corvette and GTO songs along t way too, but for some reason, th T-bird rang a bell with artists. Thunderbirds also appeared in v films (“American Graffiti” and “T Louise” come to mind). One of tw Battlebirds raced on the sand at D and T-birds competed in many dr to a NASCAR championship in 1 racing. Cars have consequences So here’s a question: Given their robust credentials, why are Thunderbirds undervalued versus their contemporaries? Compared to the T-bird’s early heads-up rivals, the 1955–57 Corvettes, the 1955–57 first-series Fords (excluding the rare supercharged F-code ’57s) are generally worth less than half as much. The 1958–60 “Square Bird” convertibles are worth only about one-third as much as the s “Bullet Bird” drop-tops a Corvettes, and the 1964– at about 39% the value of 1 convertibles. Averaging o tials, 1955–66 T-birds are w the Corvette dollar. A good argument why is that the T-bird’s long-term trajec- tory — first morphing into the 4-passenger “Square Birds” in ’58 and then into a long 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Thunderbirds c with other spo with the’BIRDS and sedans — now paints a cloud over the entire nameplate, including the early cars. The convertibles stopped after 1966, and after 1997, the nameplate fell away entirely until a short- lived reboot in 2002. Since 2006, it’s been nada, zip, zilch. Climbing back up After the gruesome decline through the 1970s, Detroit automakers started to climb out of the doldrums. By the mid-1980s, they were engineering some new excitement into their product lines. In 1983 ean, black, turbocharged icely styled ninth-generation ger and presciently ushered in t now swinging into high gear naissance naissance of the late 1990s arly 2000s (which birthed homages such as the Chrysler PT Cruiser, VW New Beetle, et al), the Thunderbird re- 1966 Ford Thunderbird convertible


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emerged again, this time as the first T-bird convertible in 35 years. But its designers’ efforts to bridge the past and present fell short, and the 2002–05 Thunderbirds never looked like they had much game. (However, Ford has learned its lessons well, as evidenced by the latest Mustang Fastback and Ford GT, both dazzling reinterpretations of half-century old design language.) All of the foregoing is to suggest that the vast majority of Thunderbirds are under the radar for collectors. Yet they can still represent a lot for the money in comparison with other sports and performances cars of their time — so long as you can find a good one to love. Here are five of my favorites. 1955 convertible: The original Thunderbird was a lovely and reserved execution reminiscent of a Pininfarina design. Minus the side air vents and Continental spare-tire kit of the 1956 models and the rocket fins of the 1957 models, it represents the original and purest version of the nameplate. The ACC Pocket Price Guide values them at a median of $28,600 today. 1963 coupe: Akin to the Chrysler Turbine Car in some ways, the “Bullet Birds” have a chiseled nose, rakish body sides, subtle rather than overemphatic tailfins and afterburner taillights. Inside was a sweeping console of stainless steel, a swing-away wheel, and a Sinatra-era cocktail of purposeful luxury. The chassis was unremarkable, but under the hood lived a 390-inch motor that could haul the mail. The 1961 through 1963 ’Birds can be quickly distinguished by the unique trim on their body sides — it’s on the rear fenders for the ’61 and ’62, and on the doors for the ’63. The median price for 1963 coupes is $15,000, according to the price guide. 1966 convertible: The year 1966 offered the last Thunderbird convertible until 2002, and the end of the line for any particularly laudable style. Highlights included a complex — but effective when properly sorted — retractable soft top that used a series of relays, motors and hydraulic cylinders to automatically stow inside the trunk. Although not boasting the most graceful front-end design, the tail end and interior are much better, with a wonderful wraparound rear seat reminiscent of a speedboat. Options such as air conditioning and power windows add a premium convertible experience, and today the median price for ’66 convertibles is $26,000 (add 10% for the optional 428-ci big block), according to the price guide. 1978 Diamond Jubilee Edition: Straight out of “American Hustle”, the 1977–79 ’Birds were festooned with more trinkets than the prize bin at Chuck E. Cheese’s. That and volumes of vinyl, woodgrain, and various engineering and design Band-Aids that made the end product reek with dysfunction. And after 40 years, that’s coming around nicely, by my reckoning. In fact, the wretched excess American cars of the 1970s seem like the perfect antidote for a PC world. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows a current average price of $3,500. Sign me up! 1987–88 turbo coupe: Leading up to Ford’s NASCAR championship with Elliott, the Thunderbird had come alive with its turbocharged four — a rarity in America at the time. Built from 1983 to ’88, the Turbo coupe had kick-ass performance for the day, looked great, and the final two years featured a factory intercooler. These cars aren’t in the ACC Pocket Guide and we rarely see them at auction, but the ACC Premium Auction Database shows an average price of $7,000. “My daddy drove a DeSoto/I drive a Thunderbird,” purred the sanguine Hiatt in “Thunderbird.” At these great prices, maybe we should too. A March–April 2017 47


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 327/375 FUELIE CONVERTIBLE Rhapsody in Blue Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers Only 3.3% of 1965 Corvettes had Rochester fuel injection. RPO L84 was the rarest and most expensive option of its time 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 194675S111601 by John L. Stein • 327-ci/375-hp L84 V8 • Original numbers-matching engine • Last year for Rochester fuel injection • Original Muncie M20 4-speed transmission • First year for four-wheel disc brakes • Optional knockoff aluminum wheels • Presented in Nassau Blue • Pristine two-tone blue and white interior • Body-off restoration • Completely detailed • NCRS Top Flight Award winner ACC Analysis This car, Lot 5, sold for $112,200, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 18, 2017. In 1965, if someone wanted a Corvette, a convert- ible is the style they likely bought. This isn’t just a matter of opinion, but fact. 1965’s production run was the largest yet in Corvette’s history, and nearly two-thirds of the production consisted of convertibles. On top of that, this car’s attractive Nassau Blue finish was the most popular color for 1965, with more than a quarter of the entire Corvette run painted that shade. (This eclipsed Riverside Red, the most popular color of the previous two years.) And among the convertibles, most carried a white top like our subject car. Fantastic Fuelie Although this particular body style and finish were desirable in period, sometimes what was common then is less valuable today simply because there are so many of them out there. But not in this case. Why? Because only 771 — just 3.3% — of the 23,564 Corvettes built for 1965 had the desirable Rochester fuel-injection option as fitted to this car. Priced at $538 (a 13% premium on top of the con- vertible’s $4,106 base price), RPO L84 was the most expensive powertrain available for that model year, eclipsing the new and far more popular 396-ci 425-hp L78 big block by nearly twice the cost. (Incidentally, the L84 Fuelie would remain the high point in midyear Corvette option pricing until the vaunted L88 arrived for 1967 at $947.90). Unlike in most of the solid-axle years, there was only one fuel-injected engine available for 1965, and the L84 small-block was a terrifically sophisticated motor for the time. (“He’s hot with ram induction but it’s understood/I got a fuel-injected engine sittin’ under my hood” — The Beach Boys.) This was also the last of the fuel-injected engines until the third


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1963–65 Number produced: 15,378 (1965 convertibles) Original list price: $4,106 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $102,000 Tune-up cost: $500 (estimated) Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Cross brace under glovebox Club: National Corvette Restorers Society generation Shark’s throttle-body injection arrived in 1982. As such, the Fuelies were the unicorns of the Corvette spectrum then, and largely remain so now. This explains why the right ’65 Fuelie can pull from 50% to nearly twice the price of the carbureted smallblock mid-years today. It’s also why in the ACC Pocket Price Guide, the Fuelie is the only 1965 Corvette other than the big-block 396-ci L78 to receive an “A” investment rating. Superb detailing This auction car had plenty going for it, including its original numbers-matching engine (meticulously detailed), the rare Rochester injection option (correctly numbered), and a hard-to-achieve NCRS Top Flight Award, which assures that all gauges, electrics and mechanical systems work correctly, the car drives well, and numerous other details are right. All of this rides on top of a nut-and-bolt restoration that attended to features including date-coded glass, proper finishes on all fasteners, and correct belts, hoses and clamps. Even the build dates are known — February 12, 1965, for the engine and March 9, 1965, for the A.O. Smith-supplied body. In any car, the aggregate effect of many small details can be huge for desirability. In this case, such niceties as properly plated stabilizer links visible under the front end, appropriately sized bias-ply whitewalls instead of newer radials, and most importantly, the uniform presentation of chrome, paint, trim and ancillary bits account for plenty. That is the beauty of a nut-and-bolt restoration where nothing is allowed to slide. In short, this mid-year presents virtually as-new (excepting a modern Interstate battery) and appears to have everything you’d want in a restoration. Where’s the history? However, a few things are a bit unsettling. The catalog copy mentioned nothing of the car’s history, including where it was originally sold, its ownership chain, its condition or integrity prior to restoration, or when, where and by whom the resto was performed. The Top Flight status greatly allays much of the concerns that come with this lack of historical information, but it would still be nice to know, as Paul Harvey used to say, “the rest of the story.” You don’t fully understand what you’re buying until you do. From a fit-and-finish standpoint, there was precious little to dispute: The right-hand grille trim and headlight door fit are a bit off; the left-hand exhaust pipe hangs lower than the right one; and the white sun visors are unevenly shaped and hang subtly differently. All are fixable, and it’s interesting that photos taken from a distance often reveal faults that aren’t visible from close up. Also, purely from a personal standpoint, white upholstery and door trim would not be my first choice, but all’s fair in love and interior color choices. Besides the mighty L84 fuel injection, this car does not appear to be highly optioned. It has manual windows and radio antenna, lacks an auxiliary hard top, and there was no mention in the sales information of other important period options such as power steering, air conditioning or power brakes. None were visible in the underhood catalog photography, and their absence would definitely affect the car’s usability if its new owner chooses to drive it. So perhaps together, the lack of history and relative scarcity of options (apart from fuel injection) partly account for why the car sold well below the preauction estimate of $130,000 to $160,000. That makes this otherwise desirable and nicely finished Fuelie look, altogether, fairly bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide.) Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 270-hp convertible, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 340-hp L76 coupe, 1969 Chevrolet Corvette 435-hp L89 convertible ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 FI convertible Lot 441, VIN: 194675S118548 Condition: 2+ Sold at $165,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/11/2014 ACC# 243156 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 FI convertible Lot 765, VIN: 194675S101608 Condition: 2 Sold at $165,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2013 ACC# 216014 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 FI convertible (subject car) Lot 1251.2, VIN: 194675S111601 Condition: 1Sold at $118,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2012 ACC# 191440 March–April 2017 49CC 49


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PROFILE GM Sleeping Beauty 1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 L78 This Chevelle has about as solid a body as you’ll ever find on a 47-year-old car VIN: 136370L143105 by Dale Novak performance RPO L78 396 car and one of only 2,144 built. The L78 option was discontinued after the first months of the 1970 model year. T 50 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot TH188, sold for $29,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Russo and Steele collector car auction, held in Scottsdale, AZ, from January 18 to 22, 2017. The car was sold without reserve. It seems these days that every auction house has a few “barn find” type cars for sale. I use the term “barn find” to represent all sorts of stashed-away cars found in fields, warehouses, dilapidated garages, sheds, or even on the third floor of an old abandoned factory (true story — I bought it). We all hope to unearth a “holy grail” car that is the envy of all our car buddies. Our subject car is one of those examples, and this his is a very rare find with a very cool story. This car was parked in a storage lot in California in 1983 and was only recently removed from there. This Chevelle is a rare special high- one literally went viral when it was found, at least in car circles. It all started when this old beast graced the cover of Car Craft magazine’s November 2016 issue. From there, and once it was consigned to the Russo and Steele sale, the car gathered more traction as Chevelle enthusiasts all chimed in on the Internet with all sorts of L78 stories and comments. Dismantling a ’70 SS In total, 53,599 Chevelle SS 396 and SS 454 models were built in 1970 — arguably the most sought-after year for the Chevelle SS. That number includes both hard tops and convertibles. Now, I know what you’re thinking — that’s a load of Chevelles. But let’s break it down. In 1970, Chevelle SS buyers could opt for four en- gine choices: the 396/350-hp L34, the 396/375-hp L78, the 454/360-hp LS5, or the monster 454/450-hp LS6. With so many choices, buyers who were sold on big-block horsepower usually opted for the massive LS5 454 (360 hp) or LS6 454 (450 hp) — this gave them cubic-inch bragging rights at the local dog-n-suds. Courtesy of Russo and Steele


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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! Other buyers who gravitated to the proven 396 usually checked the box for the 396/350-horse option. That left the 396/375-horse L78 in the time-out corner — a $210.65 option. Just imagine being a Chevrolet sales guy in 1970 — it was probably easier to upsell the customer on the 450-hp LS6 454 (a $263.30 option) and not even mention the 396/375 L78, which was being phased out by GM in 1970 and was only offered as an option for several months. Incredibly rare Although Chevrolet sold 2,144 L78 Chevelle SS models, very few seem to have survived the swift attrition rate of high-horsepower street muscle. These types of cars were thrashed about, beat literally to hell and Day-Two modified. Cars were sold by their original owners and then rifled through by a dozen other guys before making their way to the scrap pile. Many simply became rusted-out hulks with holes in their once-solid steel floors — good thing we had heavy-duty floor mats. These were little more than throwaway cars when new, so finding a very great example that is still wearing its solid original factory sheet metal is a restorer’s dream. Couple that with a bunch of the OEM stuff still hanging on the car and you’ve got a very nice opportunity to restore a car to near perfection. California car, California body Our subject car was built in the Van Nuys, CA, as- sembly plant. It was sold new at Merle Stone Chevrolet in Tulare, CA. The dealership is still in business today. The build sheet was found intact on the gas tank and had never been removed. This lines up perfectly with the story as told by the consignor to Russo and Steele. It is very likely that this 1970 Chevelle never left the exceptional California climate. As reported, the car was parked in 1983 and has been sitting dormant ever since. By the GM factory build sheet, this Chevelle was built with the feisty L78 375-hp engine, Cowl Induction hood, bucket seats, center console, 4-speed transmission and straight-line 4.10 gears. It was finished out in Cortez Silver with a black interior — a very desirable example. Russo and Steele did not report that the original drivetrain was intact, and I simply can’t imagine that the consignor would have left that out of the description — especially given the barn-find “untouched” presentation. But Russo and Steele did call it “correct.” I perused more than 100 photos of the car, and Team ACC looked over the car in great detail at Scottsdale. I also had my body expert peruse the photos with me. His conclusion: This Chevelle has about as solid a body as you’ll ever find on a 47-year-old car. You can still see the original SS skunk stripes under the surface rust. Much of the original paint seems to be showing in the jambs, and the trunk area looks like it needs no bodywork at all. The chassis and floors also appear to be in remarkable condition. The interior also appears untouched and original. In one of the chassis photos, I spied an original suspension spring tag still on the coil. The original VIN sticker is still affixed to the driver’s door without paint blown all over it. All in all, it’s a rare car and an even rarer find. March–April 2017 51 What’s it worth? I chatted via email with the owner of the L78 Registry, Dale McIntosh. He was aware of the car mainly because it was added to the Registry (which requires proof that the car is genuine). Being immersed in the world of L78s, he suggested that a near perfectly restored 1970 Chevelle L78 could fetch $75,000 with good documentation. I would suggest a down-range value of $60,000 to $70,000 — again for an excellent “no stories” example with indisputable proof that the car is genuine. Our database shows very little with regards to L78 Chevelles, but that’s due to rarity and the small number of cars that come to auction. I did find a fresh sale for a documented, non-numbers-matching example (that is in the L78 Registry) selling for $61,600, including the buyer’s premium, as Lot F90.1 at Mecum Kissimmee just a few months before this sale. It was green with an automatic, so not nearly as desirable as our subject car. The buyer of our subject car paid $29,700. If you add in an assumed $1,500 for transport and another $1,500 for sales tax (if he was not a dealer) you bump up the all-in cash to nearly $33,000. If the new owner plans to restore the car properly, he or she could easily add in another $50,000 to $100,000 for a professional, well-regarded shop to do a high-point restoration. Even if the new owner decides to join the broken knuckles club and do most of the work personally, it would cost another $20,000–$30,000 (or more) for parts sourcing and other work best left to a professional. So depending on the owner, maybe the numbers pencil out or maybe they don’t. For the love of the car So was this Chevelle worth the price paid? If you look at every car with profit in mind, you’ll pass on one like this because the math gets pretty fuzzy. But for some (and perhaps the new owner), this car simply pressed all the right buttons at the right moment in time. It’s hard to argue with the opportunity cost here. After all, try to find another like it. Well bought or well sold? I’d consider it both. A (Introductory description courtesy of Russo and Steele.) 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 L78 Lot 384.1, VIN: 1363701515795 Condition: 1Sold at $37,400 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/3/2012 ACC# 197692 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 L78 Lot S653, VIN: 136370F119184 Condition: 2 Not sold at $48,400 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2015 ACC# 257118 Detailing Years produced: 1970 Number produced: 2,144 Original list price: $3,254 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $61,160 Tune-up cost: $300 VIN location: Base of windshield, door tag Engine # location: Pad on front of block, passenger’s side, ahead of cylinder head Club: L78 Registry Web: l78registry.macswebs. com/index.htm Alternatives: 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440, 1970 Ford Torino Cobra 429, 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 L78 convertible Lot S641, VIN: 136670L147752 Condition: 1Sold at $166,100 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2007 ACC# 46379


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PROFILE FOMOCO Original Pony 1965 FORD MUSTANG CONVERTIBLE Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson No restoration shop on the planet can replicate this car’s factorydelivered originality and one-owner provenance VIN: 5F08A330524 by Tom Glatch inside and out, it’s in pristine condition and runs like a top. It has original everything. The convertible top is in T 52 AmericanCarCollector.com 52 AmericanCarCollector.com excellent condition and original rear plastic window is crystal clear. It’s equipped with the original 289-ci 225-hp A-code engine with a 3-speed manual transmission. It features the optional limited-slip differential, back-up lights, center console, two-speed wipers and AM radio. The paint is bright Rangoon Red and in great condition. The interior is bright red and also in outstanding condition. This vehicle looks and drives like the day it came off the showroom floor. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 7000, sold for $82,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2017. It was offered without reserve. Many people were involved in the creation of the first Mustang, and there are varied stories on how it came to be, but there is no question who had to sell his all-original, unrestored survivor, 1965 convertible Mustang was purchased new in October 1964. Since then it has remained in the same family and has been garaged since new. It has 14,633 original, documented miles. Like-new the concept to Ford’s management. That fell to Lee Iacocca, General Manager of the Ford Division. Ford may have been a publicly traded corporation, but it was still run like a family business — and the ultimate decision maker was Henry Ford II. Building the pony In his autobiography, Iacocca describes his first meeting with “The Deuce”: “When Henry Ford called me over to his office in December of 1960, it was like being summoned to see God.” Ford could be a brilliant automotive man, or a stubborn, temperamental tyrant, and over the years Iacocca experienced both. Considering the huge losses Ford incurred with the Edsel debacle just a few years before, proposing something no other manufacturer had ever done was going to be a challenge. But Lee Iacocca had data on his side. The nation’s demographic was shifting rapidly, with the first post-war Baby Boomers soon reaching car-buying age. Most Americans owned one car, but more were buying a second car. Plus, Iacocca recalled, “our public-relations department was receiving a steady stream of letters from people who wanted us to bring out another two-passenger Thunderbird.” Knowing a two-seater had a limited market,


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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 Distributor cap: $295 (NOS), $10 (reproduction) Years produced: 1965–66 Number produced: 65,663 convertibles (1965) Original list price: $2,871.46 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $29,300 Tune-up / major service: $300 Engine # location: Toward back of engine block on right-hand side, above starter Iacocca’s team decided on a four-seat design. Since developing a new car from the ground up would cost over $400 million, it was decided the sporty new car would be built off the compact Falcon’s platform. Total cost: $75 million. This fit in with the goal of keeping the car affordable, starting under $2,500. Henry Ford II, grandson of the man who gave America the Model T, agreed. An internal design competition resulted in a concept by David Ash and Ford’s design head, Joe Oros, being selected for the new car. Several names were explored, including Monte Carlo, Monaco, Torino and Cougar. Late in the game the new car’s name was changed to Mustang. “We all liked Mustang,” wrote Iacocca, “and as the ad agency said, it ‘had the excitement of wide-open spaces and was American as hell.’” The target launch date would be during the New York World’s Fair, April 1964. Estimated annual sales: 86,000 units. When the Mustang launch date arrived, August 17, 1964, the reaction was shocking. “In Chicago, one dealer had to lock his showroom doors because the crowd outside was so large,” Iacocca recalled. “In Garland, Texas, a Ford dealer had 15 potential customers bidding on a single Mustang in his display window. He sold it to the highest bidder — a man who insisted on spending the night in the car so that nobody could buy it while his check was clearing.” Mustang rarities All Mustangs built between March 9, 1964, and August 26, 1965, are 1965 models, though the cars built before August 17, 1964, have enough differences that they are often called 1964½ models. Combined, 680,989 1965 Mustangs were built. Mustang had the honor of pacing the 1964 Indianapolis 500, and those convertibles — two for the race, 35 for the pre-race festivities, and 185 replicas for the public — would constitute about the scarcest in the corral. But what the first-year Mustang lacks in supply it makes up for in great demand, and the most desirable to collectors are Mustangs powered by the 271-horsepower K-code 289 V8. Available beginning in June 1964, the K-code cars not only had more horses than the 225-hp A-code engine, but were equipped with a slick-shifting 4-speed manual, 3.89:1 or 4.10:1 gears, and the Special Handling Package. Just 7,273 ’65 Mustangs (coupe, convertible, and fastback) were equipped with the K-code package. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the highest-value original or restored 1965 Mustang convertibles in today’s market are K-codes. Big money That makes the sale of our feature ’65 A-code Mustang ragtop all the more outstanding — the $82,500 it earned in Scottsdale puts it right near the top of the K-code convertible’s prices, and far above the garden-variety ragtops. Yet it doesn’t have the high-performance engine or suspension, or even a 4-speed (though in reality these cars are an absolute blast to drive even with the 3-speed manual). No, what this Mustang has is that other component of value — originality and provenance. No restoration shop on the planet can replicate what this car has: factory-delivered originality and one-owner history. This Mustang looks like it just emerged from a time capsule, and no amount of money can create that, since it can only be new once. Considering this car’s incredible originality, I think the price was slightly below where it should have been. But I understand that today’s collectors tend to be mostly interested in performance options, and who am I to complain about a sale that is already way above the current market? Yes, you can call this very well sold — but it was clearly also worth every penny to the new owner.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 66, VIN: 5F08C767923 Condition: 2Sold at $29,700 Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 4/24/2015 ACC# 264990 Club: Mustang Club of America VIN location: Plate on driver’s side door jamb Web: www.mustang.org Alternatives: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 27, VIN: 5F08U201606 Condition: 2Sold at $13,824 Silver Auctions, Vancouver, WA, 10/6/2016 ACC# 6805002 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Lot 207, VIN: 5R08C128250 Condition: 2Sold at $26,950 Leake Auctions, Tulsa, OK, 6/6/2015 ACC# 265421 March–April 2017 53CC 53


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PROFILE MOPAR Lightweight Heavyweight 1963 DODGE 330 MAX WEDGE Darin Schnabel ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s With this car, you could run the quarter-mile in the low 12s at about 116 mph. This was the weapon you bought to go win yourself a Wally VIN: 6132170287 by Jeff Zurschmeide • Offered from a private collection • The third of nine factory 330 Lightweights built • Built with the Aluminum Package option and 426 Max Wedge V8 • Beautifully presented full restoration ACC Analysis This car, Lot 242, sold for $110,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix, AZ, on January 20, 2017. The early 1960s saw tremendous popularity in drag racing, with every automaker looking to win NHRA titles in the factory stock classes. The competition to put muscle on the strip led to some rather special factory production cars, and Mopar had the advantage in that era. In 1962, both the Plymouth Belvedere and the Dodge 330 could be ordered with a 413-cubic-inch engine hopped up with a cringe-inducing 13.5:1 compression ratio. The “Max Wedge” engine, as it was called in ’62, produced 420 horsepower from its wedge-shaped combustion chambers. As 1963 approached, the NHRA decided to limit dis- placement to 427.2 cubic inches in the classes where factory hot rods were competing. It’s no coincidence that the Ford 427 and the Mopar 426 both arrived for ’63 in special factory lightweight editions of eligible cars. GM was kind of there, too, with the Chevy 409 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com and Pontiac 421, but the word had come down that GM was out of the racing business, so further development was quashed for a time. What is a Max Wedge? The most humble Dodge 330 2-door sedan came with a 225 Slant 6 for $2,245, or you could get your choice of 318-, 361-, or 383-ci V8 engines starting at $2,352. The car came with four-wheel drum brakes. A 3-speed manual column-shift transmission was standard, or you could get the 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic for $211 extra. Front suspension was by torsion bar, with leaf springs and a solid rear axle in the back. The 330 with the Max Wedge engine was always a special car, but even with the twin-carb 426, you could buy the sane model or the all-out drag racing rig. If you ordered sales code 08 with your 330, you got a base trim car with your choice of transmission, plus a twin-carb Stage II 426 engine squeezing at 11:1 compression and rated at 415 horsepower. That option cost you an extra $445 above the base price. But if you wanted the real deal, you had to specify sales code 09. That got you the Stage III 426 with two carbs at 13.5:1 compression. It was rated at 425 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The engine internals were beefed up, and you got a big, nasty 320-degree cam with the package. Similarly, the car could be fitted with lightweight aluminum front body


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1962–64 Number produced: Less than 200 (Stage II) and 34 (Stage III) work. Each came with absolutely minimal interior, and the battery was moved to the trunk to assist in weight transfer over the rear wheels. With this car in this configuration, you could run the quarter-mile in the low 12s at about 116 mph. This was the weapon you bought to go win yourself a Wally. However, the factory lightweight Dodge 330 was not a car you could race on Sunday and drive to work on Monday. At least not if you wanted to hide your racing from your boss, your wife, or anyone else on the road. The Max Wedge came with a special free-flowing exhaust and was not known for being manageable on the street. Dodge’s own factory service bulletins on the Max Wedge tell the tale: “The long-duration camshaft provides maximum high-speed output; however, it causes a rough idle operation and lazy low-speed response. The gas mileage of a conventional car cannot be expected.” Further, the tech bulletins warned, “Wide-open throttle bursts must be limited to 15 seconds to prevent engine damage.” Buying a Max Wedge If you read the auction ads for these cars today, a lot of low production numbers are claimed. Most agree that 34 cars were made with the 425-hp engine and lightweight bodies, including both automatic and manual transmissions, and fewer than 200 were made with the 415-hp engine and steel bodies. When you’re considering any muscle car, you have to look closely at the history of the specific car in question. A lot of engines got blown up on the strip, or were replaced with the 426 Hemi that came out in 1964. You could also take those lightweight parts and put them on any 330 or Belvedere you wanted. So documentation is critical if you want to be sure you’ve got the real deal. Looking at this sale, the car appears to be genuine, right down to the el cheapo steel wheels and basemodel hubcaps. The VIN and fender tag are correct for the year and model. The car shows well and the engine bay is so clean you’ll wear gloves to protect the engine from your hands — not the other way around. That’s why this car sold for good money at $110,000. If you look at auction results over the past few years, you’ll see that some cars turn up multiple times in search of a big price and fail to sell. You can also find several that have been modified for racing, which pulls the price down. Then there are the replicas selling for lower money yet. You can find higher bids than this sale price, too, back in the muscle car bubble days of 2005 to 2007, when some sellers walked away from bids as high as $200,000 for examples like this. But in today’s market, for a really clean example of an important muscle car, this is fair money. Both the buyer and seller should be happy with the deal. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Clubs: NHRA, AACA Web: www.nhra.com, www. aaca.org Engine # location: Pad at front of block VIN location: Stamped steel tag on front edge of driver’s door frame Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $94,932 Tune-up / major service: $500 (estimated) Original list price: About $3,000 Alternatives: 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z11, 1963.5 Ford Galaxie Special Lightweight, 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 421 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight Max Wedge Lot S86, VIN: 6142236007 Condition: 4+ Not sold at $105,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/23/2012 ACC# 192832 1964 Dodge 330 S/FX Charger Lot 28, VIN: 6142174676 Condition: 1Sold at $302,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN, 9/1/2011 ACC# 184472 1964 Dodge 330 Lightweight Max Wedge Lot 1268, VIN: 6142185595 Condition: 2Sold at $129,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2006 ACC# 40282 March–April 2017 March–April 2017 55


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1929 FORD BOYD CODDINGTON “ALUMATUB” Coddington Collectible It cost a small fortune to build. And it’s even drivable. So why isn’t it worth more? VIN: 29A00037 by Ken Gross by Marcel Delay on a specially constructed Coddington aluminum frame and chassis. It’s powered by an aluminum 350-ci Chevy engine, C 56 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com with Barry Grant Demon Six-Shooter three-deuce carburetion, a TH350 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission with a Mooneyes electronic shifter, and it has a Winters quick-change rear end, one-off knockoff wheels and lift-off top. It’s been in many magazine features. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1434, sold for $132,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 22, 2017. It was offered without reserve. The late Boyd Coddington turned out an extraor- dinary body of work. Using popular domestic models as a visual inspiration and starting point, his elegant designs — penned by Chip Foose, Larry Erickson, Eric Brockmeyer, Thom Taylor and Larry Wood — were clean and simple, embodying the styling cues of their vintage inspirations, but usually executed in lightweight metal with billet aluminum components. alled the “Alumatub,” this hand-crafted Boyd Coddington creation was built on the popular “American Hot Rod” TV series on the Discovery Channel. It has a hand-formed all-aluminum body Some of his shop’s most notable one-off creations included the “Smoothster” for Fred Warren, “CheZoom” for Joe Hrudka and “CadZZilla” for Billy Gibbons. All three remain custom car classics. Boyd’s La Habra, CA, shop built three all-alumi- num cars, beginning with the radical rear-engine “Aluma Coupe” for Mitsubishi Motors, followed two years later by the “Alumatruck,” and finally, the “Alumatub.” (For you sports car and muscle car aficionados, “tub” is hot rod slang for phaeton). Rush job The “Alumatub” was reportedly built in just eight weeks — to meet stringent TV show deadlines — by a crew of 15, including Mike Curtis, Duane Mayer, Chad Geary, Charlie Hutton and several more Hot Rods by Boyd shop stars. That’s approximately 4,800 hours without overtime, and if you figure an arbitrary $100 per hour shop rate for a Coddington build, it’s $480,000. Okay, call it $75 an hour and it’s still over $380k for the labor on this car, and that’s not counting design fees, custom parts, bespoke upholstery and exotic materials. Home-building magnate and Barrett-Jackson regular Ron Pratte paid $167,400 for the “Alumatub” in 2005 — a pretty good deal (ACC #36951). He then sold it in 2015 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: 2004 Number produced: 1 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: Median to date (this car), $167,400 Tune-up, major service: $250 (estimated) for $187,000 (ACC# 256758), and it just sold again here for $132,000 — hardly an ROI worth talking about. It’s not for lack of creativity. An all-star supporting cast at Boyd’s ensured this alloy beauty met the strict time deadlines. Talented Marcel Delay and his sons reportedly built the body and the curvaceous lift-off top to artist Eric Brockmeyer’s design in just 21 days. Gabe Lopez and his son Gabe Jr. executed the silver Naugahyde interior. The all-aluminum “Shivee” motor, to pronounce it Boyd’s way, was topped with a Barry Grant Demon Six-Shooter setup, Vortec alloy heads, billet valve covers, custom BCG headers, a Mallory ignition and more. Ka-ching! Ka-ching! The one-off, square-tube, 5052 aluminum frame was custom built. At 106 inches, the Tub’s wheelbase is three inches longer than a stock Model A’s, for better proportions. The suspension, which includes a Pete & Jake’s oval-drilled and dropped front axle with billet batwings and high-styled wishbones, is backed by a billet triangulated four-link suspension setup with an alloy Winters quick-change rear end and Carrera coil-over shocks. Spindle-mount front BCG disc brakes, coupled with hefty BCG rear calipers and rotors, a Borgeson/ Mullins/Vega aluminum steering box, sexy Coddington five-spoke alloy wheels, billet custom knockoffs, and a Powertrain Industries aluminum driveshaft were just a few of the alloy-inspired and custom-built components. Classic Instruments created a special set of gauges that complement the all-alloy theme. Goodyear supplied the hefty 15-inch and 17-inch RS-A radial tires. Why so cheap? Boyd’s cars have won all the major hot rod show awards. This car was extensively featured on television and in the magazines. It cost a small fortune to build. And it’s even drivable. So why isn’t it worth more? Look, I’m not the only person who thinks Boyd cars will be serious collectibles one day, and “CheZoom” went for $372,600 in 2005 when it came on the market (ACC# 37047). If Billy G. ever sells CadZZilla, I wager it’s a million-dollar car. Major builders like Roy Brizio and Dave Simard agree that even the lesser Boyd builds should be attracting more money. Okay, Figoni et Falaschi they’re not, but the craftsmanship, exclusiveness, notoriety and design excellence should be highly coveted and I think they will be someday. You couldn’t begin to build this car for its most recent selling price, let alone for the $168k Pratte paid when he bought it. But a more-than-$50k price drop in two years is depressing. Even though major show opportunities and future magazine features are probably out of the question because this sleek silver bullet has been there and done all that, the ’Tub will attract favorable attention wherever it travels, and with its light overall weight and powerful V8, it should go like stink. I’d say the buyer stole it; the seller must be disap- pointed, and we’ll all wait to see when the majority of Boyd’s creations begin to attract really big money. Meanwhile, the Alumatub’s new owner can be content that he has a unique creation from one of the slickest builders ever. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Engine # location: Pad ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head VIN location: Frame rail on front right hand side Web: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com, Alternatives: Other ’20s to ’30s-era high-end hot rods, preferably Boyd builds ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Boyd Coddington “CheZoom” Lot 2514, VIN: VC57S329 Condition: 1 Sold at $352,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/9/2015 ACC# 256704 1929 Ford Boyd Coddington “Alumatub” (subject car) Lot 2516, VIN: 29A00037 Condition: 1Sold at $187,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/9/2015 ACC# 256758 1929 Ford Boyd Coddington “Alumatub” (subject car) Lot 1001, VIN: 29A00037 Condition: 2+ Sold at $167,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/25/2005 ACC# 36951 March–April 2017 57


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY CONVERTIBLE Fully Priced Classic? Courtesy of Bonhams This car sold for well under the historical price points listed, and it doesn’t look like a fluke, as another 1948 Town & Country convertible met a similar fate 58 AmericanCarCollector.com 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 7400026 by Carl Bomstead S uch was the demand for vehicles in the immediate aftermath of World War II that the 1946 Chryslers — like most other American makes — reappeared looking much the same as they had in 1942. One difference in the model line-up was that the wood-embellished Town & Country model, previously available only as a station wagon, was available either as a sedan or 2-door convertible on both the New Yorker (8-cylinder) and Windsor (6-cylinder) chassis. With their contrasting ash framing and mahogany veneer and steel panels, these new Town & Country models were certainly very striking. They were also the best-equipped and most expensive models in the Chrysler range. Today they are among the most highly prized American automobiles of their era. Being one of the very first Town & Country’s pro- duced in 1946, the 25th car in the production line was then shipped to sunny and dry Southern California. This 8-cylinder Chrysler remained in one-family ownership for just under 70 years. Presented here with a California black plate and in great condition. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 51, sold for $79,750, including buyer’s premium, at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale, AZ, held January 19– 20, 2017. The Chrysler Town & Country was developed in 1940 as a streamlined station wagon. It was a 4-door, 8-passenger wagon based on the Chrysler Windsor, with white ash framework and Honduras mahogany paneling. The roof was from the Chrysler Imperial, and “barrel back” doors were an identifying feature. It was a striking alternative to the boxy and awkward offerings of the era. David Wallace was the president of Chrysler at the time, but he also served as the president of Perkins Wood Products, which supplied wood boxes, crates, and other products to Chrysler for years — as well as paneling for the woodies. Of course, that was a potential conflict of interest that just might raise a few


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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 Engine # location: Left side of block between cylinders 1 and 2 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $132,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Left front door hinge Years produced: 1946–48 Number produced: 8,373 convertibles (all years) Original list price: $2,725–$3,430 Clubs: National Woodie Club, CCCA eyebrows in today’s world. A total of 1,997 Town & Countrys — so called because “the front looked ‘town’ and the rear looked ‘country’” — were built in 1941–42 prior to production shifting to the war effort. The most unusual was the 1942 “Laura A,” a Town & Country wagon that was converted by Bohman and Schwartz to an open 4-door touring car. It appeared in numerous Hollywood films but its whereabouts are currently unknown. Varnish or vanish As the war concluded and the country returned to normal footing, there was an unprecedented demand for automobiles to supply the families of returning GIs. With little time to develop all-new models, manufacturers offered warmed-over pre-war designs. With that, the Town & Country returned, but as a sedan mounted on the 6-cylinder Windsor chassis or as a convertible or sedan mounted on the 8-cylinder New Yorker chassis. For some undocumented reason, the station wagon was left on the design room floor. There were seven prototype hard tops built, and one survives to this day. The 1946 Chrysler Town & Country continued in production through 1948 with only minor changes, although Chrysler did switch to Di-Noc decals in lieu of mahogany inner panels in 1948. In that period, 8,373 convertibles were produced, but they required a high level of maintenance, which was often ignored. The owner’s manual stated, “You can keep your car looking new with very little trouble… A good varnish job will last a year, but we recommend that it be varnished every six months…” Owners quickly forgot or ignored that task, which resulted in a low survival rate for the cars. Our subject car This Town & Country was the 25th car produced. It sold to its first owner in California, who kept it for 70 years. It was refurbished in the late 1980s and resprayed in the original shade of Royal Maroon — paint code 18, as noted on the cowl tag. According to the catalog, the original wood and sheet metal were retained at the time. In 2010, the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) granted Full Classic status to the 1941–48 Chrysler Town & Country. That classification often enhances the value of a car, as a “Full Classic” is recognized “as a group that represents the pinnacle of engineering, style and design of the era.” For a time, that was the case, as these cars frequently come to market, and the ACC Premium Auction Database lists numerous sales, with the vast majority in the $110,000 to $140,000 range. And then we have Scottsdale 2017. This car sold for well under the historical price points listed, and it doesn’t look like a fluke, as another 1948 Town & Country convertible met a similar fate when it sold for $77,000 at Gooding & Company’s January 20–21 Phoenix sale. What does that mean for the market here? One con- clusion is that the Town & Country is losing favor in a market with changing tastes, and we are looking at the new correct pricing on these two lots. The other option is that these two sales were outliers, and perhaps the next auction will tell the tale. As for me, I tend to think that the market has spoken.A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Web: nationalwoodieclub. com, classiccarclub.org Alternatives: 1946–48 Ford Sportsman, 1940–47 Cadillac 60 Special convertible, 1937 Cord 812 phaeton ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1946 Chrysler Town & Country convertible Lot 736, VIN: 700604 Condition: 1 Sold at $110,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/12/2016 ACC# 6809796 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible Lot 25, VIN: 7405607 Condition: 3 Sold at $93,500 Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX, 4/24/2015 ACC# 264893 1948 Chrysler Town & Country convertible Lot 28, VIN: 7408351 Condition: 3 Not sold at $75,000 Lucky Collector Car Auctions, Snoqualmie, WA, 4/3/2015 ACC# 264576 January–February 2017 59 March–April 2017 59CC


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PROFILE RACE 1972 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA “SNAKE II” FUNNY CAR Match-Race Icon When it comes to Funny Cars, it’s all about rarity and evoking emotion VIN: N/A by Patrick Smith Motorsports Hall of Famer and legendary drag racer Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, the “Snake II” ’Cuda was built by “Lil’” John Buttera and was the second generation of Prudhomme’s first Funny Car — the 1970 yellow Hot Wheels Plymouth ’Cuda. In addition to competing against Tom “Mongoose” T 60 AmericanCarCollector.com McEwen during their exciting barnstorming match races, the “Snake II” also completed on the American Hot Rod Association (AHRA) tour, winning several events and setting several performance records. During the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) historic 1973 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Prudhomme’s Snake II set the national elapsed-time record in the quarter-mile at 6.35 seconds. Prudhomme also drove the Snake II to its top speed of 226 mph. This is the original Snake II — restored, periodcorrect and in running condition (SFI-certified chassis #C30255). This historic Funny Car was also featured in the 2013 feature film “Snake & Mongoose.” ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1345, sold for mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, $220,000, including buyer’s pre- his original restored Funny Car was made famous during the popular “Snake vs. Mongoose” match racing promotion, which occurred from 1970 through 1972. Owned and driven by International held January 14–22, 2017. The 1970s Funny Car era was one of constant evo- lution and record-setting runs. Every season, the cars got faster and the drivers got more daring. Starting in 1970, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme paired up with Tom “Mongoose” McEwen to matchrace each other. Hot Wheels was the main sponsor of both the Snake and Mongoose rides. This program was wildly successful, running until 1972. After that, the cars were eventually sold off and lost. In recent years, Prudhomme has found and restored a number of his old cars. Funny Cars had a disturbing habit of vaporizing, with a lot of them flashing into fireballs during runs when nitro loads got out of hand or a blower grenaded. Bodies burnt up and chassis were mangled when kissing a barrier at 100 mph. During a three-month spell in 1973, a noted photographer saw 18 Funny Cars die. Don Prudhomme had better luck than most, but even he couldn’t resurrect the original Snake II body, which blew off in a fiery pass during the car’s first season. Still, Snake II was fast, with a 7.08 ET at 208 mph on its first run. It was a poster on many a bedroom wall in the 1970s. Prudhomme eventually got it down to a record-setting 6.35 seconds. 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! Restoring the Snake Since the original body was gone, Prudhomme did the next best thing: He used a body that was built and sold to another racer but was never used during that era. The chassis is a John Buttera piece from the days when he ran “Lil John’s Place,” making rail dragsters and building custom hot rods for fun. Lil’ John got famous in the mid 1970s for his fabulous street rods featuring beautiful custom machined pieces. The chassis was drag raced in 1973, likely running with the yellow “Carefree Sugarless Gum” livery, which was Don’s main sponsor that year after Hot Wheels bowed out. The engine is a cast-iron 426 Hemi built by Ed Pink and mated to a Lenco 2-speed transmission. Put it together and it’s a hot package. This is the last remaining original “Hot Wheels” car from the Wildlife Racing team era, as the drag race wars smoked two of the three originals. It’s complete with the biggest-name parts and hardware going: Ed Pink, Lenco, Chrysler Hemi engine and Cragar mags. Add a legendary driver who managed to set record after record and you have a special car worthy of any drag racing museum display and a sure-fire Cacklefest star. Dollars and tenths This car’s price point sits right below the valuations for Prudhomme’s 1982 “Pepsi Challenger” Funny Car, and well below the Snake 1 1970 ’Cuda Funny Car. The 1970 car went for approximately $450,000 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2013 sale, if you break down the entire four vehicle package it was a part of. The 1982 “Pepsi Challenger” — iconic as the first Funny Car to ever break 250 mph — sold for $113,400 at Mecum’s Indy sale in May of 2012 (ACC# 6749761). Compare all of that to the 1989 “Skoal Bandit” — Prudhomme’s final career Funny Car ride — also sold at Barrett-Jackson this year for $126,500, and you’ve got a decent range of prices. I think this car sold for a slight premium based on the iconic ’Cuda body styling and the vintage chassis by a name builder, albeit modified in front. It goes to show how important styling and having the right year are when it comes to selling. When it comes to Funny Cars, it’s all about rarity and evoking emotion. The “Snake II” is one of one — a genuine Hot Wheels Funny Car survivor with chassis by wellknown builder who crossed over to the street-rod world, plus it has Prudhomme involvement all the way from racing to rescue and restoration. All things considered, I think the price was right. The new owner got a slice of classic Funny Car history without flattening his wallet. Well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Detailing Years built: 1970–72 Number built: Three team cars, plus a few others for privateers Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: $50,000-plus, dependent on race history and condition Tune-up/major service: $5,000 Distributor cap: N/A Club: Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, NHRA Web: www.nhra.com Alternatives: Slingshot dragsters, fuel-altered cars and Funny Cars with race history ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1968 Race Car Specialties Dragster “Stone Age Man” Lot S756, VIN: N/A Condition 2 Sold at: $93,500 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/22/2013 ACC# 6413271 1972 Ford Pinto Funny Car Bob Glidden Lot S20, VIN: N/A Condition 3 ACC# 165741 Not sold at $125,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/2010 1966 Mercury Comet Funny Car “Gate Job” Lot 1306, VIN: N/A Condition 2+ Sold at: $176,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2010 ACC# 155047 March–April 2017 61


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PROFILE TRUCK 1953 INTERNATIONAL R-110 TRAVELALL 2-DOOR WAGON Factory-Fresh Cornbinder Patrick Ernzen ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Whoever won the bid here got a heckuva deal on an original Travelall VIN: R11022714 by B. Mitchell Carlson • 100-hp, 220.5-ci OHV inline 6-cylinder engine • 3-speed manual transmission • Solid front axle, Hotchkiss-type full floating rear axle • Four-wheel drum brakes • Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection • Original, unrestored, and quite amazing • Excellent factory paint and interior • Known history with only three owners from new • Just over 35,500 actual miles ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 172, sold for $31,900, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix, AZ, on January 19, 2017. It was offered without reserve. International Harvester was fairly late to the game of building what was then known as a “carryall” — essentially a truck-based wagon now generically lumped into the modern category of Sport Utility Vehicle. The instigator (as far as being a regularly cataloged, factory-built model) was the Chevrolet Suburban. GMC also eventually fielded one, and Dodge also offered one shortly before World War II (and during that conflict, as the VC-6 and WC-17). With the post-war market boom, the once-limited 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 62 AmericanCarCollector.com demand for this type of truck increased. International Harvester wasn’t exactly a newcomer to this, as they cataloged wood-bodied wagons from outside body makers, and their panel trucks were converted to passenger wagons by several upfitters both before and after the war. But in 1952, IHC decided to go head-to-head with the Suburban with its own model: the Travelall. Several prototypes were built on the 1950–52 L-series trucks. Travelalls were formally introduced along with the revised R-series in early 1953. This proved to be a good move for International, as the Travelall became something of a calling card for the light-line trucks. By the end of the decade, it was recognized as the tow rig du jour for those who were into travel trailers — especially among those who fancied Airstreams. While the Travelall was only around for 22 years (ending production along with all light-line trucks — but not Scouts — in May 1975), it was to become one of International’s most iconic models. Despite the limited competition from the smaller Willys Jeep station wagons before 1963 and the Gladiator pickup-based Jeep Wagoneer after, most folks considered the Travelall the only real competitor to the Suburban — and some considered it superior.


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COLLECTOR’S RESOURCE: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. Detailing Years produced: 1953–56 Number produced: 35,830 (all 1953 R-110s, not broken down by body type) Original list price: $1,788 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $19,800 (all Travelall) Original character The original owner of our featured Travelall must have likely felt that way. He purchased this first-year Travelall and kept it until he died, despite the fact that he could no longer drive after a few years of owning it and 30,000 miles of use. It changed ownership twice before this auction — most recently in 2000 — and it’s evident those caretakers realized how much of a rare time capsule this truck was. Overall, this Travelall shows maintained limited use. It was not simply left to rot in storage. The only repaint work was done on the wheels, likely when a tire change occurred. The original body paint shows some light scarring and areas of buffing scratches from the few miles it has traveled. Since the two-tone paint treatment on the pickups extended down to the body character line terminating at the front fenders in the middle of the hood sides, some may question the authenticity of the two-toning here. Corporate photos and literature do prove that two-tone Travelalls left the factory in Springfield, OH, like this. While the interior is as spartan as a school bus, it’s a bus straight out of 1953. The school-bus-grade seats are very well preserved, as are rare pieces like the original full-length cardboard headliner and carpeting (neither of which are currently reproduced accurately). Another rarity — something I’ve never seen survive — is the early-production water-transfer Travelall decal above the radio-delete blanking plate. The optional rear liftgate/tailgate (double side- opening “barn doors” were standard) functions smoothly, and the doors (each of which may contain more heavy-gauge steel than an entire Kia) close effortlessly. While a bit dingy on the undercarriage and under the hood, neither area has had a fluff-and-buff. Both remain essentially undisturbed — just maintained as needed. Well-bought ’Binder This was the buy of the auction, and that’s not my admitted IH loony bias talking, either. The market continues to be attuned to old trucks, barn finds, and originality, and this rig certainly fit the bill. Some may suggest that it fell through the cracks at this price, but I’m not decisively of that opinion, as the word was out that this was on the market, so buyers in the Cornbinder community should’ve been in a position to take a grab at it. If anything about this venue hurt it, it may have been the perception that “all them rich Ferrari and Duesenberg guys” would drive the price out of reach of your average truck collector. If “them rich guys” were chasing it, they certainly didn’t pay too much. Before the auction, I figured that it was going to fetch in the neighborhood of $40k, and anything less would be well bought. Now, playing Monday morning quarterback, I’d say there’s money left on the table. Past market performance in recent years shows this, as newer restored examples have brought more than this, along with a few restored R-series pickups. At other venues during this week, original post-war light-duty trucks saw sales records that caused price guides to be tossed into the nearest trash can. Why this Travelall failed to hammer over $30k was likely due to several factors — not the least of which was that RM Sotheby’s usual high-end buyers weren’t all that interested in a frumpy-looking old green truck that isn’t from brand C or brand F, and the high-end catalog atmosphere at RM Sotheby’s could have scared off traditional truck and IHC collectors. Regardless, the last one standing as the hammer dropped got a very good deal for a vehicle — car or truck — with a unique combination of rarity, options, and originality. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Engine # location: Driver’s side front of the block Web: www.nationalihcollectors.com, oldihc. wordpress.com Alternatives: 1948–54 Chevrolet and GMC Suburban Carryall, 1957–65 Dodge Town Wagon, 1946–63 Willys Jeep station wagon Distributor cap: $20 VIN location: Driver’s side frame rail, aft of the bumper bracket, weight rating plate on the edge of the driver’s side door Tune-up / major service: $200 Club: National International Harvester Collectors Club Inc. ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1952 Willys Jeep Lot F172.1,VIN: 452FA215300 Condition: 2+ Sold at $27,000 Mecum Auctions, Austin, TX, 12/12/2014 ACC# 256539 1951 Chevrolet Suburban Lot 2473, VIN: 5JPK1157 Condition: 2+ Sold at $37,675 Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/21/2014 ACC# 239115 1960 International Travelall Lot 461, VIN: B102SB109346A Condition: 3+ Sold at $33,000 Leake, Dallas, TX, 11/19/2015 ACC# 6788366 March–April 2017 63CC 63


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MArKeT OVERVIEW January Brings Varied Results Numbers were both up and down in the Arizona desert, while Florida sales held solid MArKeT MOMENT There are plenty of auctions where the high sale and high American sale happen to be the same, but the more likely you are to see driving moccasins or cashmere sweaters at an auction, the larger the gaps are for American cars at the top of the list. This was apparent at most original muscle still brought strong money in Arizona by Garrett Long B arrett-Jackson had their flagship Scottsdale auction total $101.2m in sales — $2m less than last year and $30m less than their 2015 total. The Chevrolet CERV 1, a car as interesting as it is storied, took the high American sale at $1.3m among the 1,720 lots offered. Silver Auctions had a sales total of $3.3m in Arizona in January, dropping 15% from last year. Silver’s sales total has sat at that $3m mark for five years now, which bumped up from $2m in 2013. A supercharged 2007 Shelby GT/CS coupe owned by the Shelby family was the top sale at $70k. Worldwide Auctioneers had a strong introductory year at Scottsdale, with a sales total of $11.4m. The top sale, a 1967 Chevrolet L88 convertible, was in a class of its own at $900k above the next highest sale. It represented 17% of the total sale, which chimed in at $1.98m. Russo and Steele broke the general down trend at Scottsdale this year with a 9% increase in sold lots and $2.5m more in sales from 2016, totaling $22.1m. Their American-iron-heavy auction sold 451 of its 653 lots. Mecum returned to Kissimmee, FL, for a 10-day event and crushed their 2015 results again by $16m, with a grand total of $84.2m, just $100k more than last year. Mecum sold 1,983 out of 2,704 lots for a 73% sales rate. A BEST BUYS 1956 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria 2-dr sedan, $23,650— russo and Steele, AZ, p. 94 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie convertible, $112,200— Worldwide, AZ, p. 102 1956 oldsmobile 88 4-dr hard top, $28,600—russo and Steele, AZ, p. 90 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback, $379,500—Worldwide, AZ, p. 104 1966 Chevrolet Corvette racer, $28,050—Bonhams, AZ, p. 122 Scottsdale auctions, where L88s and Cobras were still regular contenders against the multi-million-dollar Ferraris and Jags, but outside of a few select models, the seven-digit pickings for American cars were pretty slim. Now, that’s not a bad thing, as the middle ground is littered with great small-block cars in great condition. These are still (relatively) cheap enough to drive without dinging a grand off their worth each time you turn the key. So, while Americans cars are still heavily rooted in that middle ground, I see a broadening for what American cars will be worth in the future. The definition of what constitutes a “supercar” is openly debated, and now more than ever, American companies produce cars that fit the qualifications. Saleen S7s, (street legal) Ford GTs, Dodge Vipers and even some Corvette trims are more supercars than muscle cars in today’s world. So while special-edition Ferraris will always make up the auction peaks, I think they’ll have to make more room for their American friends in the future. — Garrett Long


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MArKeT OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE 1 1967 Chevrolet $1,320,000—BarrettJackson, AZ, p. 70 CERV 1, 3 1933 Chrysler CL windshield phaeton, $1,300,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 124 Imperial dual4 1930 Cadillac V16 $1,100,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 118 452 roadster, 5 1964 Shelby Cobra $1,100,000—Gooding, AZ, p. 123 289 roadster, 1987–93 Ford Mustang 5.0 ACC has talked about the 5.0 before. In fact, we’ve called it out as a car to buy several times now. But this year’s Scottsdale results prompted us to underline the point once again. Why? Because we saw several sales of no-miles Mustangs go through the roof at Barrett-Jackson — a 1989 LX hatchback with 638 miles made $71,500, a 1990 LX 7-Up-edition convertible with 16 miles made $82,500, and a triple-white 1993 LX convertible with 165 miles made $44,000. That’s big money in each case. Of course, it doesn’t mean your average beat-down driver is now worth twice what it was yesterday, but it should point out boosted interest in the model, which can mean bigger prices at sale time for really good examples. Do your research, find the best car you can, and act soon before the ship sails. — Jim Pickering 6 2012 Hennessey $800,000—BarrettJackson, AZ, p. 74 $742,500—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 104 convertible, 8 1969 Ford $379,500—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 104 fastback, 10 2006 Ford GT coupe, $360,250— Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 84 Heritage Edition 66 AmericanCarCollector.com fastback, $385,000— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 74 Mustang Boss 429 9 1965 Shelby GT350 Venom GT Spyder, 7 1966 Shelby GT350 $105m $120m $15m $30m $45m $60m $75m $90m $640k $0 Dan Kruse Classics November 25–26, 2016 Houston, TX Kissimmee, FL January 6–15 AMecumuctions Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ January 14–22 AWorldwide Scottsdale, AZ January 18 uctioneers Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 18–22 Scottsdale, AZ January 19–20 Bonhams Ft. McDowell, AZ January 19–22 Silver RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ January 19–20 Scottsdale, AZ January 20–21 Gooding Auctions and Totals in This Issue $101.2m $84.4m vertible, $1,980,000— Worldwide, AZ, p. 102 2 1960 Chevrolet Corvette L88 conBuy It now What to purchase in today’s market — and why $53.7m $36.2m $22m $11.4m $3.3m $33.4m


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2017 American Iron sells strong at Barrett-Jackson’s biggest auction of the year BarrettJackson Scottsdale, AZ January 14–22, 2017 Auctioneers: Mast Auctioneers; Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,711/1,720 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $101,202,020 high sale: 1960 Chevrolet CERV 1, sold at $1,320,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices The first production Firebird — 1967 Pontiac Firebird convertible, sold at $129,250 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 B 68 AmericanCarCollector.com arrett-Jackson has expanded their reach these days with an auction in Las Vegas, NV, and Palm Beach, FL, not to mention a new one in Connecticut that started last June. However the “Valley of the Sun” here in Arizona each January is the original, the largest and most famous. The sun was a bit sparse this year, with clouds, cool temperatures and even some rain, but the crowds did not seem to mind the weather. During the nine days this event was open to the public, Barrett-Jackson counted 320,000 people passing through the entrance. Although this “Lifestyle Event,” as Barrett-Jackson calls it, is centered on the auction, the many sales and display booths are still a large portion of the event. GM, Ford and Chrysler have product displays, and there is also a Ride ’N Drive, which puts spectators in the latest high-performance models and sends them for a ride with professional drivers behind the wheel. There are also hundreds of display booths selling vacations, boats, cars, car-care products, jewelry, paintings, clothing and most anything else you can imagine. They even bring full-sized airplanes in for a sales display. It is indeed much more than just an automobile auction. But the auction is the primary reason for coming to Barrett-Jackson, and the excitement was electric. The automotive sales were stated to be $100 million, with an added $2.4 million in automobilia sales. Barrett-Jackson is well known and highly regarded for their charity sales, and this year they raised about $2.2 million for various charities. This auction is always a showcase of American Iron first, with a fine selection of rare foreign cars. This year, the “American” aspect apppeared stronger than ever. The American Early Classic Car category seemed a bit sparse and the European and Exotic numbers also felt a little light in consigned entries compared with previous years, but the numbers were made up in solid American nameplates. The high American sale this year was the amazing 1960 CERV I (Chevrolet Experimental Research Vehicle), selling for $1.32 million. The second-highest American sale was Lot 1378, a 1930 Duesenberg J dual-cowl phaeton at $880,000. Six of the top 10 cars sold here were American, and that number would have been higher had it not been for four high-dollar American cars that did not exceed the reserve prices set by the consignors. One of those was Lot 1392, a 1970 Hemi ’Cuda convertible that did not exceed its estimated $1 million-plus reserve, and another was the outstanding Lot 1376, 1964 Bill Thomas’ Cheetah, which missed the reserve with an $850k top bid. There was also a great 1969 Corvette L88 (Lot 1369) that ended up unsold with a $600k offer. As you might guess, the top of the market seemed a bit weak, but the mid-market pricing looks pretty firm. The average of all the cars sold across the block this year was $59k. Arizona in January is a great place to be, and with the excitement of the amazing automobile festivities that seem to run nonstop, it really needs to be on any car person’s bucket list. Start your planning now so you don’t miss out on next year. You won’t regret it. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ GM #1275.1-1930 BUICK SERIES 60 Sport roadster. VIN: 2598695. Green & tan/brown leather. Well restored and loaded with extras. Dual sidemounts with strap-on mirrors, cowl lights, radiator stone guard, golf-club door, rumble seat, hard-bodied travel trunk, dual Pilot Rays and wind wings. The older paint shows a few flaws, but nothing too serious. Cond: 2. interior. Aftermarket steering wheel that looks like a factory wheel. Art Morrison GT chassis, LS6 V8, 9-inch Ford rear, Wilwood discs, Vintage air, power top and windows and power rack-and-pinion steering. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $110,000. Great attention to detail with impeccable workmanship. Sold here at B-J in 2015 for $126k (ACC# 6779993). Well bought. SOLD AT $55,000. A lot of eye appeal and a very nice show-or-go classic loaded with every accessory that could be put on it. I think this was very well bought. #1344-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 90 convertible. VIN: 5270045. Black/black canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 87,773 miles. A few flaws in the older paint, but nothing serious. The chrome shows well. Dual sidemounts and a driver’s side spotlight. The top appears to be new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,320,000. One of one built as the “Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle.” Other CERVs were built, but this was the first and most radical. Created during Bill Mitchell’s reign. Design and engine work by Zora Arkus-Duntov. Body weighs in at 80 pounds. Never officially raced despite a 146-mph lap at Indy. A very historic and important piece of GM history. SOLD AT $121,000. Long, low and 16 cylinders. Looks to be an older restoration that can still be driven and enjoyed by the new owner and will suitably impress everyone who sees it. #1085-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom convertible. VIN: VC55F140065. Red & silver/silver canvas/red & silver leather. Odo: 503 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent build with only break-in miles. Onepiece front and rear bumpers. Tinted glass all around. Beautiful four-bucket-seat #65-1965 BUICK SKYLARK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 444375K126426. White/black vinyl. Odo: 26,590 miles. 300-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One repaint with original trim and chrome that show quite well. Some light pitting on the taillight chrome trim. The original interior is still covered in 1965-era clear embossed plastic seat covers. Said to still have the original hoses and spare tire. Radio delete. New exhaust and shocks. Cond: 2. #1390-1960 CHEVROLET CERV 1. VIN: P2152. Blue & white/blue vinyl. MHD. 377-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. There are large chips and cracks in the panels by the front suspension as well as other smaller paint cracks and chips overall. Dents in the windshield support. Discoloration is visible on the right-side exhaust header. Wood-rim steering wheel. Originally built with a 283 V8 with 350 hp and many weight-saving engine parts. Later refitted with the current 377-ci aluminum small block with Rochester fuel injection. Dual master-cylinder brake system. Rear-engine configuration with a 96-inch wheelbase and 1,600 pounds. Cond: 3+. 2 #468-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 237375K139512. Red/black vinyl. 389ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Mid-level paint shows dust and numerous prep flaws. Lots of surface scratches on the rear glass. Visible trim dents on the driver’s door and rear window trim. Repainted dash has pitting and front-speaker-grille dents. Wood-rim steering wheel. Some deep scratches on both bumpers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,200. I think this Tri-Power GTO sold right on the money for condition. Previously sold at Motostalgia Indianapolis in June 2015 at $30k (ACC# 6784674). #241-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118376N127293. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 39,589 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tinted glass all around. Loose driver’s side rear window trim and light pitting on the vent window chrome. Non-original motor. Some orange peel and dull spots in the paint. The interior has a period underdash a/c unit, but there is no a/c compressor on the engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,900. In the ’60s these economy cars made great drag racers when equipped with a V8. The ’66 and ’67 Novas were great-looking fast cars that were not overly expensive when new. Good colors probably helped a bit and made this a strong sale. #1377-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. VIN: 223677U100001. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 386 miles. 326-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Serial # 1. This was the first production Firebird. Recently restored and documented SOLD AT $18,700. One-family ownership from new and it looks like the 26,590 miles are original to the car. Should be a great starter car or Sunday driver. Fairly priced to both parties. 70 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ on the Discovery Channel. The paint, chrome and interior are spotless. Some panel gaps appear to be a bit wide, but probably no different than on any VIN #1 production car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,250. Buying the first year of a brandnew model is generally not a good idea, but buying the actual FIRST car off the line is a different story. Sold together with Lot 1378, Firebird #2. #835-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118377W196563. Gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 27,542 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well-restored Nova SS with a nonoriginal 350-hp L79 engine. Wide fender-tocowl gap on the driver’s side. Paint chip on the left rear of the hood. Otherwise the paint looks good and the panels look straight. The chrome and interior look factory new. Cond: 1-. & white/white vinyl. Odo: 85,659 miles. 302ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality and fresh paint, chrome and trim pieces on this clone Z/28. Also has RS headlight doors that show some misalignment. Dual quad Cross Ram added on the 302 engine. Cond: 1-. Benchmark, Hall of Fame and Survivor awards. Twice featured in Bloomington Gold’s Special Collection. Recipient of two NCRS Top Flight awards in 1991 and two more in 1999. NCRS Performance Verification in 1992. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $176,000. A real Survivor with original tires, wires, belts and hoses. The awards from the major Corvette-certifying organizations prove that this is the real thing. There are bargains at every auction and I think this was one of them. SOLD AT $58,300. Call it a clone, tribute or re-creation, it is still not a real Z/28. But it is a very nice replica. Could not re-create it for the sale price, so I would call it a fair buy. CORVETTE SOLD AT $49,500. Was a no-sale at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2014 at $70k (ACC# 6656524) and then sold at BarrettJackson Palm Beach that same year for $58,300 (ACC# 6717556). A bit of a downhill slide in price here, and I think the color might be a part of that, but still a nice SS, and the $5k difference can reflect a 10% buyer’s premium. So I would say the market price is right on target here. #268-1968 CHEVROLET C10 Fleetside pickup. VIN: CS1481122498. Yellow/brown vinyl. Odo: 75,158 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Beautifully and completely restored in all areas. Paint, chrome, trim, interior and engine look factory new. The fresh oak bed #1353-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001200. White/red canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 21 miles. 235-ci 150hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Restoration still appears fresh in all areas. Good paint, chrome and no hubcap dents. Wonder Bar AM radio. Bloomington Gold award in 2010. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $42,350. A clean chrome-bumper Corvette with some documentation. It had a few minor flaws in the restoration but sold strong nonetheless. FOMOCO SOLD AT $275,000. Looks ready for another Bloomington Gold or NCRS award entry. Top of the market with perhaps a slight edge to the buyer on this one based on the awards and the condition. wood has chrome wear strips. Even the undercarriage looks factory fresh. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $24,200. A very basic Canadian C10 Fleetside long bed that has few options and looks brand new. The restoration could not be repeated for the selling price, which is still at the top of the market. Worth the money and fair to both buyer and seller. #530.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 replica coupe. VIN: 124379N70 5714. Blue 72 AmericanCarCollector.com #1395-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S112839. Marlboro Maroon/maroon hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 17,818 miles. 427-ci 435-hp 3x2-bbl, V8, 4-sp. Evenly distributed cracking and pitting is lighter than would be expected in factory-original paint of this age. The factory hard top looks like a possible repaint due to the fisheye visible in the paint. The rear plexiglass window is clear with no scratching. A couple of chips in the tinted windshield. Comes with Bloomington Gold, #1434-1929 FORD MODEL A “Alumatub” custom phaeton. VIN: 29A00037. Brushed aluminum/silver leather. RHD. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. The original body-panel welds are visible, but those are original to the body and all are smooth and well finished. The aluminum body sits on an aluminum frame with an aluminum dropped axle in the front. Powered by a 350 small-block engine with Tri-Power and an auto trans with a Mooneyes electric shifter. The minimalist interior features a bench seat, steering wheel, three gauges, two pedals and that’s it. Cond: 1-. #251-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 19437S118163. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 45,721 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good interior and chrome. Trim looks smooth and bright. Some visible masking lines show on the new paint. A couple of windshield chips and sanding scratches show on the rear window. Said to have original order and shipper documents and Proof of Purchase. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Since this was built on the “American Hot Rod” TV show, most at


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ tribute it to Boyd Coddington alone. The hand-formed body was actually built by Marcel Delay. The aluminum chassis and assembly were done by Boyd. Previously sold in January 2005 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale for $167,400 (ACC# 1561901), as well as in 2015 for $187k (ACC# 6772513). Not the best hot rod investment for the past owners, but perhaps it might show more potential for the new owner. Room to grow. (See profile, p.56.) #1338-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible. VIN: 8T03R213321. Red/white canvas/ black vinyl. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The driver’s side rocker looks slightly wavy. Some dents and scratches show on the windshield surround. Very nice paint, and the top and interior appear new. Kar Kraft restored and repainted this Shelby in “Resale Red” although the car left the factory with lime green paint. Said to have all correct date codes and the original drivetrain. Cond: 1-. winners got their new Torino delivered to their door by Richard Petty himself. Comes with the original build sheet and a deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,900. This could be the ultimate NASCAR collectible, given very limited production, this engine and the Richard Petty connection. A strong price for an ordinary Torino, but in this case I call it well bought. 8914. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 45,114 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some wide panel gaps at the front fenders to rocker panels on both sides. Good chrome, trim and paint, with a slightly wavy hood by the front of the scoop. The VIN plate looks to be sitting loose on the front of the windshield base. Comes with a Marti Report, build sheet and statement of origin. Cond: 1-. 8 #1400-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z19- odometer are said to be correct. The original window sticker totals $4,669.23. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $216,700. A very lowmile documented Superbird. Because of that, I will call this car well bought. #1392-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27R0B159521. Black/ black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 11,780 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The new convertible top shows a few fold wrinkles. Factory AM/FM radio. Better-than-factory panel fit and paint. Replacement restamped engine. One of 18 built in 1970. Former NHRA and IHRA record holder for both elapsed time and mph. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000. Listed in the Shelby American Registry. Its ownership history is resplendent with renowned Shelby experts. Well bought. #1040-1969 FORD TORINO GT fastback. VIN: 9A42Q211769. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 352 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dull instrument faces. Side-window scratches. Cobra Jet hood pins. Everything else looks fresh and good quality in this restored Torino. In 1969 Ford built 111 “Richard Petty Editions,” and this car was one of only five with the 428 Cobra Jet engine, which were given away in a Ford Sweepstakes. The SOLD AT $385,000. The windshield has the sticker,”Reggie Jackson Collection.” I would call this well sold. MOPAR #1320-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23U0A163487. Blue/ white vinyl. Odo: 14,895 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The mid-level paint probably shows as good as factory original in 1970. Dents in both front fender scoops. The front snoot gap seems a bit wide, even for a wing car. Complete three-owner history and broadcast sheets. The 14,895 miles on the NOT SOLD AT $1,600,000. “As-new” in all visible areas. Discovered as a barn find in Taos, NM, in the ’80s. Data shows a Texas Worldwide no-sale in 2011 at $1.4m (ACC# 2563739). These Hemi cars are still juggling prices around and a bit hard to pin down, but I believe the bid was a bit light here despite it being over $1.5m. AMERICANA #1385-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Touring convertible. VIN: 377131. Red & maroon/ tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 9,969 miles. Pleasant two-tone paint shows very well. New top and leather interior. Beautiful woodgrain dash, with a few chips on the steering wheel center. A couple of visible dents and some worn chrome on the radiator surround and wear on the wind-wing chrome. Dual sidemounts, Trippe lights and spotlights. Original Motorola radio. Cond: 2+. “ This could be the ultimate NASCAR collectible, given very limited production, this engine and the Richard Petty connection. 1969 Ford Torino GT fastback 74 AmericanCarCollector.com ” SOLD AT $121,000. A lovely and large touring car (136-inch wheelbase and 4,621 pounds) that looks ready to drive or show anywhere with pride and confidence. Price seems to be fair both ways. A10495. Black/black leather. 427-ci fuel-in6 #3003-2012 HENNESSEY VENOM GT Spyder. VIN: SCCLHCPC6BH- TOP 10 TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ MARKETMOMENT 1972 Cadillac Sedan DeVille SOLD at $7,700 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 14–22, 2017, Lot 312 VIN: 6D49R2Q264783 jected V8, 6-sp. Some visible chips on the door edge. Wear and some cracking on the driver’s side armrest. Aftermarket stereo system with a large speaker taking up most of the passenger’s footwell. Comes with a Valentine One radar detector mounted on the dash and Texas inspection stickers on the windshield. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $800,000. Car belonged to Steven Tyler, who also appeared on the podium, with 100% of the proceeds going to support his charity, Janie’s Fund. The price is always skewed by the charity, and on top of Steven Tyler’s association, this is just impossible to rate as a good or bad buy. behemoth. It looks like it came right from the pages of the vintage Cadillac ad, minus only a dignified lady in heels and an important man with a briefcase — heading off to some imagined event you wish you could attend in your very own GM flagship. With only 34,600 miles on the clock, this thing is as clean as any example you would have seen back in the day, and the colors are spot-on for the era, too. Those acres of gold paint under a black vinyl top scream 1970s American luxury, and I imagine it’s still quite capable of delivering on the look thanks to a lifetime of what was clearly careful storage. But here’s the thing: While this may seem rare for its condition, it probably isn’t. A bunch of these cars were bought by wealthy retirees back in the day. A good number of luxo-barges have survived, living pampered lives in carports and garages. When the family eventually decides to sell dad’s Caddy, cars like this pop up at auction. I’ve seen it before. But even though the world has changed and cars like this don’t fit as well as they once did — both in the widespread green movement and in mall parking spaces — there’s something very classy and cool about those fins, skirts and missing B-pillars. Collectors should always buy the best car they can find, and this one certainly fit that bill. This was a time machine, and for $7,700, I think it was a steal of a deal. A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $148,500. Built in Holly, MI. Not to be confused with the Ford Falcon. That was a chickadee and this is a true raptor, weighing in at only 2,785 lbs. Not a lot of price data here, but Barrett-Jackson sold VIN# 1 at Las Vegas in 2015 for $198,000. Since this is VIN #2, I would call it fair both ways. A CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 76 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ If you’re into pricing classics by the pound, you won’t find a better buy at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction than this #1332-2012 FALCON F7 coupe. VIN: FMS09282012F7M0002. Silver/black & red leather. Odo: 12,724 miles. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Carbon fiber and kevlar body mounted on an aluminum, carbon fiber and kevlar chassis. Twenty-inch wheels and 15-inch brake rotors. Power brakes and keyless ignition. Go power comes from a Lingenfelter LS7 with dry sump. The only flaw I could find was some paint bubbling on the rear engine vent slats. Cond: 1-. Keith Martin’s


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee Muscle-car mania and automobilia bring sunshine to the market in the South Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 6–15, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,983/2,704 Sales rate: 73% Sales total: $84,370,802 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible, sold at $852,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, with a $500 minimum, included in sold prices Fully loaded with a rare color — 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $308,000 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 Morgan Eldridge, select photos provided by Mecum Market opinions in italics including everything from kiddie rides to exquisite original dealership neon signs. There was recordsetting attendance, with a 20% increase in ticket sales compared to 2016, and January 14 was the busiest day in Mecum history. While not making any leaps and bounds in results from last year, 2017 in Kissimmee was a success with solid sales and a much more interested public. The general atmosphere of the auction tended to be T 78 AmericanCarCollector.com muscle-car mania, which is what Mecum is known for. Adding to that mania, Dodge was on-site with their tire-shredding models, the Viper and Hellcat Charger and Challenger, offering thrill rides to whoever dared to jump in the passenger’s seat. American cars had a strong market pull and many exceeded their estimates. If you wanted a to buy a he biggest auction on Mecum’s circuit, Kissimmee, FL, offers attendees copious amounts of cars, fun and exercise. The massive 10-day experience featured not only automobiles, but also “road art” items, Corvette, Kissimmee was the place to do it, as there were at least 250 crossing the block in a variety of trims and years. We are starting to see clear pulls on the ’80s and ’90s cars, foreign and domestic. The most notable example of the auction was the last Buick GNX produced, still in the factory wrapper, sold over the $200k mark. If that was too rich for your blood, there was one offered the day before, with 230 miles selling for a mere $100k, while a bunch of “regular” Grand Nationals were offered at no reserve in various conditions. One of my favorite pastimes is hunting for cars that appeared lost in the plenitude of cubic inches and fire-breathing horsepower. Among those “lost” cars was a lonely 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto sitting between a Ford Bronco and a Chevy SSR, a car less than half the weight of its heavy American roommates. In last year’s auction, of the 2,506 lots offered, 1,794 sold, for a 72% sales rate. Total sales for 2016 reached $84m, with the highest lot selling for almost $3m. This year, 2,700 lots were offered and 1,981 sold, resulting in a 73% sales rate. Which, despite that slight bump in sales, still resulted in $84m in total sales. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL GM #F76-1964 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 64E041087. Black/white canvas/white leather. Odo: 92,000 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some slight waves on the fins, light patina on the brightwork, but shows very nicely. Older restoration loaded with power options and air. White interior shows well with little to no wear, but engine bay could be a bit cleaner. Owner claims original miles. Cond: 3+. ahead of the federal requirement—and headrests. Cond: 1-. #T204.1-1972 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L2N159311. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 13,794 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well presented with all documentation visible on the dashboard. Seller is claiming original miles and matching numbers. Vehicle was previously in the Hendrick Museum. Power steering, power brakes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $80,300. This one surpassed my expectations selling at no reserve. I expected this to be around the $65k–$75k mark; well sold. SOLD AT $75,900. This brought some big money, I know the price per square foot is pretty high in Florida right now, but geez! There were a few 1960s–70s American Lux-O-Barges bringing in the dough. Either way, well sold! #T67-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379NS72528. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 93,885 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be a true X77 Z/28 with correct DZ block. The car was well presented and laser-straight. Some “goop” wedged in the passenger’s window seals, but overall clean and tidy throughout. An older restoration standing tall. Cond: 2+. #T148.1-1970 PONTIAC GTO Ram Air IV coupe. VIN: 242370P194146. Silver/black vinyl. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comprehensive restoration with original sheet metal, perfect panel gaps, clean and well-detailed engine and interior. Power brakes and steering, Rally gauge cluster and hood tach. Comes with PHS documentation and build sheet. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $63,800. Last offered at Leake’s Tulsa auction with a high bid of only $37k (ACC# 6807657). It appears more than one person was interested this time around. Well sold. SOLD AT $96,250. This car sold two years ago at the same venue for $91.8k (ACC# 6773796). I suppose that is cheaper and more exciting than renting a basic 2016 Impala for the year. Good examples are hard to find. Well bought. SOLD AT $68,200. Of the 46 (yes, 46) 1969 Camaros offered, this one was a good contender as top of the company of Camaros offered. I expected the prices to be in the mid-$50ks; well sold. #T135.1-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379G355622. Blue/black vinyl. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Laser-straight body, perfect panel and door gaps, good brightwork. Owner’s representative said the car hasn’t been used in years. Engine compartment was clean and well detailed. Power brakes, frame-off restoration, claims to be matching numbers. Changes for that year were new round instrument pods, and all ’69 Chevelles got a new locking steering column—one year 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #S45-1971 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5 utility. VIN: KE181S627091. Yellow/white vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks good from 10 feet away; paint and trim all look great. Interior a bit rough but presentable. Plenty of meat on the BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. Cond: 3. #W165.1-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO Bicentennial Edition convertible. VIN: 6L67S6Q263718. White/white vinyl. Odo: 2,200 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Car looks and feels brand new, with very low miles. The leather and top were bright white without any wear. All of the chrome and brightwork looked great with the absence of pitting and fading. The paint has no visible flaws. The car had a flat tire before going on the block. It is said that only 200 Bicentennial Editions were produced. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. When bidding went past $30k, it was crazy, but not crazy enough to meet the reserve. That seemed to be the theme for buyers this year, as the ’70s land yachts are getting popular among collectors. #F254-1977 PONTIAC TRANS AM SE coupe. VIN: 2W87Z7N209605. Black/black leather. Odo: 3,364 miles. 6.6-L V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Y81 special edition sold new at Lou SOLD AT $29,700. Well sold. I think the Bronco hike will help the big K5 blazers regain some momentum.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Meliska Pontiac in Parma, OH. Claims to be original miles, paint and interior. Comes with original build sheet, window sticker, owner’s manual and other booklets. Options include tilt and power steering and power brakes. Car was presented well. Hard to believe someone had the self control to keep this from being “used.” Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Bidding stopped at $75k. Very nice example. #T158-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1175HP453655. Black/black cloth. Odo: 290 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Excellent example with only 290 miles and no visible paintwork or issues. Comes with all documentation since new. Car number 532 out of 547. Cond: 1. $242,000. The new record was set on these today, period. #S50-1993 GMC TYPHOON SUV. VIN: 1GDCT18Z8P0812200. Black/black leather. Odo: 147 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. The last Typhoon built, serial number 2200. Previously owned by the General Motors Heritage Collection. Comes with copy of MSO. Car is essentially brand new. Cond: 1. was lifted at $130k and bidding continued. This well-executed restoration was well bought and sold. FOMOCO #S145-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z159754. Raven Black/ black vinyl. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 857 Boss 429 Mustangs produced in 1969. Rare 820-S engine and a very well-maintained Raven Black exterior. This car looked like it just came out of the factory. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $68,200. Big money for a rare car. I would guess the same guy bidding on the last GNX was in on this, too. Well sold. CORVETTE SOLD AT $110,000. This was last seen on eBay with a high bid only reaching $85k, and bid to $90k at Mecum’s Harrisburg auction in 2016 (ACC# 6812370). Rare cars from the late ’80s and ’90s are gradually picking up the pace. Good job to both buyer and seller for meeting in the middle of auction estimates. This, of course, happened before the last GNX built sold for over $200k the next day. #F155-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1171HP453619. Black/black. Odo: 68 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Last one made, 547 out of 547. Original throughout. Window sticker and factory plastic still intact. Sold new at North Side Buick in #T97.1-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S114407. Sebring Silver/ black vinyl. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Owner states a no-expense-spared restoration was completed in 2016. Car comes with original warranty book, knockoff wheels with whitewall tires, AM/FM radio. Straight body, paint shows very well, interior clean, seats show little to no wear. Engine compartment clean and well detailed. Panel gaps and brightwork appear perfect. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $235,000. Very surprised that this one didn’t make the reserve; the Coral Boss 429 sold for $324k—maybe next time around. These have been hovering in the $250k–$350k range for the past year without much movement. #S98.1-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0F02G206596. Wimbledon White/Vermillion vinyl. miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One-family owned since new and unrestored. Well documented with original sales and financial contracts, salesman’s business card, manuals, books, window sticker and more. You could take a week going through all of the documentation. In 1975, a street race with a Camaro claimed the life of the short block, which was replaced and discussed in the owner’s four-page biography. Still retains the owner’s Department of Defense sticker on the bumper. Seller claims that this was the fourth-last Boss 302 produced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,000. Well-documented examples like this bring the money. Reserve Pittsburgh, PA, for $10k over sticker. The car still retains all plastic. Since a total of 547 were eventually produced, Buick contacted the Pittsburgh dealer and offered to give the original owner GNX number 500 and a new Buick Reatta to acquire the last one; he declined the offer. The car offered is still on the MSO. Cond: 1. SOLD AT 82 AmericanCarCollector.com “ In 1975, a street race with a Camaro claimed the life of the short block, which was replaced and discussed in the owner’s four-page biography. 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 coupe ”


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL SOLD AT $71,500. This car not only looks good, it’s able to tell a story as well. Sold under estimate with room for the new owner to sort out if need be. Well bought. The other white one offered brought $100k fully restored. #F229-1995 FORD MUSTANG Cobra R coupe. VIN: 1FALP42C9SF213591. White/ tan cloth. Odo: 1,900 miles. 5.8-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. I brought this along with some other cars. A one-owner out of Pennsylvania, well documented with sales docs, window sticker, SVT certificate and more. Clean CARFAX and neat throughout. Only 250 produced in 1995. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $360,250. Ford made 343 Heritage editions; of these, only 20 came equipped with the standard cast aluminum wheels. Well bought for a rare car. Sold below estimate of $375k–$450k. SOLD AT $38,500. Let the market speak for itself for the rare Cobra Rs; I want to remain as impartial as possible due to this being my car. The problem with the R models is that very few fall into a happy median, meaning they tend to be a garage queen or a used race car. #F144-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S56Y400986. Speed Yellow/black leather. Odo: 2,560 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. One of the rarest colors in the GT lineup, with only 75 examples produced. This one had all four options, including the McIntosh sound system, painted calipers, racing stripes and forged alloy wheels. With a clean CARFAX report, this was a well presented vehicle that was clean and detailed throughout. Cond: 1-. #F197-2016 SHELBY GT350R coupe. VIN: 1FATP8JZ1G5525656. Avalanche Grey/black cloth. Odo: 890 miles. 5.2-L fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Brand-new car, still in the wrapper. Of the 475 GT350Rs produced, only 44 others match this car’s color and options list, including carbon fiber wheels and Electronics Package. Cond: 1. miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Oneowner car coming with cast wheels, original window sticker, temporary tag, copy of MSO, bill of sale and more. Cond: 1. panel and door gaps with laser-straight body. Under the hood, the attention to detail is high. Brightwork shines without any pitting. Interior is well presented and seats show little to no wear. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $77,000. I personally have not seen one this nice. I think the estimates were in line for what was brought to the table. Well bought. I believe the cost was higher to restore than to buy. #S155-1996 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E5TV201107. Blue & white/ black leather. Odo: 2,800 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. No modifications, with all documentation, including buyer’s order, delivery checklist and more. Car looks brand new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $82,500. A few GTSs sold for over the $60k mark this week; these provide big bang for the buck in performance. The ’96 Vipers have forged pistons, compared to the lighter hypereutectic pistons that were changed in the 2000 models. These were $40k–$45k cars all day long for years. Perhaps now is the time to scoop one up. SOLD AT $112,750. Dealers have been advertising these for $20k–$30k over MSRP (approximate base MSRP; $62k), apparently, people are willing to pay much more over. Well sold! MOPAR #F119-1960 DODGE DART Phoenix D500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5305106874. Red/red vinyl. 383-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent SOLD AT $308,000. After a slight drop among the majority of GTs, it seems collectors now care more about options and color rarity on these. The Heritage car that sold here only had the painted calipers and was very popular among the GT crowd. 86Y401761. Heritage Blue w/ Orange Le Mans stripes/black leather. Odo: 1,828 10 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #F156-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S- SOLD AT $33,000. There were seven here this year; all were bid between $20k–$31k without premiums. This exact car was sold three months ago at the Branson fall auc- #F42-2002 CHRYSLER PROWLER convertible. VIN: 1C3EW65GX2V100078. Silver/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 10,960 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Seller claims original paint and mileage. Car shows nicely, clean and detailed inside and out. This was the last year of production. Chrysler engineers were given the freedom to design whatever they wanted for a “hot rod”-type vehicle; this was the end result. Cond: 2+. TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL YOURCARS 1935 Model 73 Graham Blue Streak Special 6 Business coupe Streaks Graham made. According to the Graham Owner’s International Club Registry, there are only six Model 73s known to exist in the world, and only three are in the U.S. And this is the only one of its kind running its original engine, chassis and body with all matching numbers. It was a groundbreaking car for its time, with a strong and unique “banjo” one of the very last Blue This second series is frame and flowing fenders that were hastily copied by other manufacturers. My barn-find discovery of the car unfolded in the early spring of 1963 while driving down the old country roads of Brentwood, CA, with my father, Dan Irish. We saw two covered cars parked side by side alongside a barn owned by a local rancher. When I finally uncovered the car, it was love at first sight for me. As a teenager, I cruised the strips of Danville, Dublin, Hayward and Concord in this car like the kids in “American Graffiti,” until Uncle Sam called me to go to Vietnam in 1966. I’ve kept the car for years, finally starting restoration in 2010, including the all-oak (red and white) skeletal frame. This restoration process has been dedicated to all veterans and inspired by my late father. It has been a long six years of the restoration process and there were many challenges that we have encountered along the way, but seeing her come to life and reclaim her original beauty has been very rewarding. Owning her for 53 years and seeing her reap rewards in her first car show is a pride and joy to me and to all people who become nostalgic seeing a restored stock/original car. People always say, “They just don’t make cars like this anymore.” — Glenn IrishA lighter hypereutectic pistons and frame improvements. This one was a rare color combination. #T158.1-2004 DODGE RAM SRT-10 pickup. VIN: 3D3HA16H04G253976. Black/black leather. Odo: 90 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Perfect truck, still smells new. Clean CARFAX. Includes keys, books and original window sticker. A Viper that hauls drywall is the best way to describe these. Cond: 1. tion for $22k (ACC# 6810735 )—nicely done! These have been gaining momentum; I would not be surprised if next year the average price turns to $35k for lower-mileage examples. #S260.1-2002 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E62V102343. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 12,850 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Well presented rare stripe delete with clean CARFAX and AutoCheck report. No nicks or scratches, interior and engine compartment are clean and tidy. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. We have seen some big numbers out of the generation 1 and 2 Vipers this week; the low-mile, well-documented cars are gaining market momentum. The main items distinguishing the Gen 2 (2000–02) Vipers are updated SOLD AT $49,500. I never thought it would be possible to make this claim, but these are gaining traction—market traction, that is. No, keeping this monster in a straight line is still impossible. This was one of three Viper trucks offered ranging between $37k– $64k. A 86 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele — Scottsdale Wet socks and big sales under Russo’s tent in Scottsdale Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 19–22, 2017 Auctioneers: Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Dan Schorno Automotive lots sold/ offered: 606/780 Sales rate: 78% Sales total: $22,046,589 high sale: 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, sold at $335,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices There weren’t many Studebakers on offer like this 1962 Gran Turismo hawk 2-door hard top that sold at $9,350, but the local chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club was present to offer support. Report and photos by John Boyle 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 site, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, is a baseball stadium, hotel and entertainment complex that’s the spring training home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies (one might ask why the Diamondbacks, already being in Arizona, need a spring training facility…but I digress). It provides R&S a closer location with ample parking and is covered with grass instead of the previous site’s bare desert. The grass was put to the test on Friday when the C 88 AmericanCarCollector.com clouds opened up with some always-welcome (by locals, at least) rain. While the tents kept the cars dry, the short putting-green-style grass became waterlogged, and more than a few attendees came away with soaked feet. Still, anyone who went to Hershey in the old days knows water is always better than mud. Russo and Steele founder and CEO Drew Alcazar says the increased space and better accommodations are a welcome change and notes that a move had been contemplated for several years. This year’s sale offered 780 cars ranging the gamut from late-model exotics and high-end muscle cars to affordable entry-level cars. The firm reported a sales rate of 78% and a gross total of $22.1 million. Consignments were up by around 60, sales rate increased by 6% and there was a healthy $900k increase in the overall sales figures. onsignments, sales rates and dollars were all up at Russo and Steele’s 17th Scottsdale sale, which moved from their longtime North Scottsdale venue a few miles closer to downtown Scottsdale. The new The top American sale (and third overall) was a close-to-perfect 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, which brought $335,500. Next highest was a 1,100-mile 2006 Ford GT at $261,250, and third was a high-scoring 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 coupe at a strong $165,000. Fifty cars were consigned from the Missoula Auto Museum Collection. All were offered at no reserve and ranged from the expected early Fords, to several ’30s–’40s sedans and an assortment of ’50s American Iron. All were no reserve and as you might expect, many bargains resulted. Alcazar believes the market stabilization makes things easier on buyers because there isn’t a “blood in the water” feeding frenzy where buyers attempt to get a car before it increases in value. The real advantage for buyers in such a market may not necessarily be lower prices but the emphasis on proper documentation. “The sellers have to be more diligent to present their cars correctly, which is good for the hobby,” Alcazar said. The new location provided more room for merchandise vendors, so there were a few more non-automotive stalls. Alcazar says he’s loosened his guidelines but believes the vendors were a good fit with the demographics of auction visitors. One noticeable stall was from the Arizona chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club. The national club takes an active roll in recruiting with its well-advertised “We Invented Cool” campaign, and the local chapter hoped to build on that. With only a few Studebakers being on offer, club members weren’t expecting to gain many new members, but were on hand to discuss their favorite marque. It’s a trend other auctions should encourage clubs to pursue. A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ GM #F558-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: C55B194104. Turquoise & white/white vinyl/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 13,862 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A decade-old restoration is holding up very well. Minor body ripple on right front fender. Paint is old-style enamel, so it has the proper ’50s look. Minor scratching to front bumper, original side trim nicely polished. Interior done in factory-correct style and colors. Paint scratch on glovebox door. Underhood is restored to better than new, with all correct components including decals, tags and hose clamps. Modern battery. Cond: 2-. The seller had far more in it than the sales price. Bought by a Midwest dealer who told me he was going to price it in the mid-tohigh $30ks. #F528-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: F580150685. Bronze/gold vinyl w/ tri-tone cloth. Odo: 81,769 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A three-owner car with one older respray that is beginning to show its age with bubbles on roof and a small crack on driver’s door. Bumper and side trim is very good, with the usual polishing scratches on window trim. Dash is stock, with excellent unpitted trim. Well equipped with Wonder Bar radio and original dealerinstalled a/c. Steering wheel has wear. Tritone interior well fitted, headliner and carpet nice. Engine bay clean and stock with the exception of modern battery. Fitted with Continental kit, dual antennas and fender skits. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,350. Said to have 15 factory or dealer options (power steering, Continental kit, fender skirts, parade boot, among others), this is a nice example of the first of the Tri-Fives. Very well bought for condition. #TH166-1956 OLDSMOBILE 88 4-dr hard top. VIN: 567K190004. Red & white/red vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 57,416 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Freshly restored car features excellent paint in original colors. Bumpers rechromed, rest of original trim restored with only minor wear. Hubcaps and mirrors said to be restored and original to car. Dash paint likely better then factory, minor wear on dash trim and steering-wheel center. Seats and door panels done to factory style. CD hidden in glovebox with no sign of extra speakers. Underhood is equally nice, clean with fresh finishes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $52,250. There was a time when the ’58s were unloved; now they’re not far behind their 1955–57 siblings in price. Bid to very fair price for a car with older paint issues, it could have been taken without regret and I’m not sure where the owner will get a better offer. I liked this car a lot, but it’s still an expensive repaint away from being a better car. #S712-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 58E006546. Red/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 53,068 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Said to have been restored in 1991 and parked in 1993. The restoration is holding up well, with no signs of wear, but gives off a slight air of aging. Chrome is generally excellent, except for the “Eldorado” letters on back. The highlight of the car is the interior; the complex dash is excellent, seats show the right amount of SOLD AT $28,600. Seller was on hand to discuss the car and show before-and-after photos which highlighted its correctness. Rescued from a junkyard in Black Eagle, MT, where it was parked following an engine failure with just 41,000 miles on the odometer. Being off the road at that early age spared it rust and damage, so all panels and trim were rust-free and original to car. Bought at what my price guide says it’s worth, but this particular car was a steal. 90 AmericanCarCollector.com Pocket Price Guide median but about $35k short of what the seller was hoping to get. Perhaps a good detailing might bring back some of its sharpness; if not, he might want to lower his expectations. #S662-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677M415737. Provincial White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 78,601 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller states recent body-on restoration. New paint over straight body. Original bumper rechromed, other trim very nice. Newer interior well installed. Dashpad and gauges are nice, stainless trim and console excellent. Factory sport wheels with newer Redline tires. Under the hood it’s clean and detailed with GM-marked hoses. Well equipped with a/c, vacuum trunk release, power brakes, steering, top and antenna. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,700. I can’t explain the low sale price of this car other than to suggest that a white ’67 442 just doesn’t look like a muscle car. The more muscular ’68–72 restyle better suits the genre. Last seen with 1,400 fewer miles and rated as a 3- at the 2012 Mecum Anaheim auction, where it was sold for $23,850 (ACC# 5180916). The owner didn’t get a lot for his efforts, but someone got a very good buy. #S681-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pace Car replica convertible. VIN: 124679N632276. White/white vinyl/orange vinyl & orange & black cloth. Odo: 377 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very fresh restoration with first-rate paint. Excellent Endura bumper and grille headlight covers fit well. Unused interior and rosewood steering wheel. Excellent dash and gauges. Engine compartment is like the rest of the car, like new and fully detailed with GM hoses, periodcorrect clamps and reproduction Delco battery. Pace car graphics now done in vinyl. Said to be matching numbers and scored 966 points at Camaro Club Nationals. Comes with book and memorabilia. Cond: 2+. patina. Engine compartment is clean and largely correct, but factory a/c has been upgraded, which you’d expect in a Tucsonbased car. 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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $93,500. One of 3,675 Indy Pace Car replicas produced, and a Camaro enthusiast website estimates only 20% had big blocks. A well-optioned, no-excuses car which deservedly brought a top price. #S676-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 223379N109411. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 23,677 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well-applied paint, but a small crack on driver’s side A-pillar and C-pillar. Driver’s door slightly out, passenger’s door slightly sunken. Driver’s door binds when closing. Excellent chrome and stainless. Newer interior well fitted and has optional console. Dash and steering wheel good. Underhood is like-new and correct. Seller states that the Ram Air option was fitted during restoration. Period-correct Wide Oval tires. Cond: 2-. do the quarter-mile in under 12 seconds. After a successful year on the track, it was sold to an owner who appreciated what he had. It’s fully documented with dealer records, receipts and Protect-O-Plate. Last seen at Mecum St. Charles, IL, in 2007 where it went unsold at $135k (ACC# 1571232). If you want the top-of-the-line Camaro, the selling price is above what was bid here. #SN855-1971 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: KE141S672144. Forest Green/white/ green vinyl. Odo: 3,505 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent, somewhat thick-looking paint on straight body. Trim likely reproduction. White painted bumper. Comes with fiberglass “SnugTop” bed canopy that’s probably been on the truck for years since the bed floor is unmarked. New deluxe interior is well installed, nice dash with original radio. Paint flaking off driver’s plastic armrest. The armrests and the steering wheel, are far too shiny compared to factory finish and really detract from the rest of the interior. New Michelins on modern alloys. Engine compartment is clean and stock. Comes with original owner’s manual and service book. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $99,000. One of 697 Trans Ams in 1969. The displayed window sticker stated the Trans Am package added about $725 to the Firebird’s $2,831 base price. The body issues suggest a hurried restoration or quick flip, so the selling price was fair. If the new owner wants to take it up a notch, there is room to do so. #S730-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 custom coupe. VIN: 124379N570256. Cortez Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 17,000 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint over well-prepped body. Factory-style black stripes now under clearcoat. Window trim has the usual wear and the rear bumper has a few minor scratches. Interior looks to be original. The radio-delete dash has the Yenko added tach and gauges. Underhood spotless. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,100. Seller says it’s an original Washington and Oregon truck. A good buy, perhaps due in part to an unexciting color scheme. Seems to scream “well cared for by older owner” rather than looking like a fun show-and-go truck. #S648-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD455. VIN: 2V87X4N138509. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 55,642 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer paint over a straight body. Window stainless and black rubber bumper trim both excellent. Interior is unworn, with minor bunching to some areas of carpet. Driver’s sill has wear and there is the usual slight drop to the long doors. Engine compartment is clean and detailed. One of 943 Super Dutys produced in 1974. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $187,000. Your typical 1969 Z/28 is around $50k–$100k. So why was this unsold at $187k? Famed Chevrolet dealer/tuner Don Yenko sold this car to a friend to go drag racing and equipped it with all his go-fast parts....racing cam, upgraded carbs, ignition, Muncie 4-speed, Positraction and magnesium wheels. Documents include period timing slips that show it could 92 AmericanCarCollector.com cle car era was drawing to a close, so the second year of the SD-455 engine was its last. Despite the car’s quality, the high bid was quite short of what is should bring. Last seen at Russo and Steele’s Monterey sale in August, where it went unsold at $79,200 (ACC# 6804640). CORVETTE #S704-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S103004. Silver Blue & Inca Silver/blue cloth/blue vinyl. Odo: 2,187 miles. 283-ci 270-hp 2x4-bbl, V8, 4-sp. Said to be a matching-numbers car with just 20 miles since recent ground-up mechanical and cosmetic restoration. Body excellent and paint better than factory. Front bumper has minor waves, rest is excellent. Scratch on taillight lens. New Knoch interior with first-rate installation. Top is upgraded to cloth material, a classy touch. Engine bay is first rate, detailed with correct stencils and inspection paint marks. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $103,400. An iconic Corvette in great colors—what’s not to like? Deservedly sold at the top of the market. #S697-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S121141. Milano Maroon/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 68,648 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration of a well-equipped (power steering, power discs, Positraction, AM/FM, leather seats) big block. Paint is better than anything Chevy could do back in the day. Recently rechromed bumpers are generally nice but there were a few waves in the right front unit. Window trim has the usual polishing marks. Newer leather interior is nice with just minor wrinkles on both seat bottoms. Dash is like new, wood steering wheel unmarked. Engine bay is clean and stock. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $63,800. By 1974, the mus


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ SOLD AT $85,800. Originally sold to first owner by Ron Tonkin Chevrolet in Portland, OR, not far from ACC headquarters. Bid to a healthy number just shy of the ACC Pocket Price Guide median, it was still short for an example this well equipped. This car deserved more; the seller was correct to take it home to try another day. FOMOCO #SN842-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH203922. Sunset Coral/ white fiberglass/white vinyl. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint still presents fairly well and has proper 1950s sheen. Minor ripples in rear quarter panel. Bumpers and stainless very nice, porthole window trim badly pitted. Hard top back glass has minor scratches. Interior looks unused since restoration but could benefit from a good cleaning. Please tell me that it didn’t originally come with light pink shag carpeting. Nice dash with clear gauges and steering wheel. Hood not open. Period tires look old enough to vote. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,650. The Crown Victoria was the top of the Ford line in 1956. This looked to be one of the newer restorations of the museum’s cars; hopefully, the mechanicals are as nice as the cosmetics. Very well bought for less than half of what my price guide says it’s worth. Somebody call the FBI—this one was stolen. #S719-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2Y83M160792. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48,686 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One of just five factory Landau M-code (Tri-Power) cars. Completed to concours level. Glass-like paint over flawless body. Excellent huge bumpers, minor wear to window trim. Excellent seats and dash. Dash stainless trim as-new, or probably better. Vintage Air added. Engine compartment is better than factory; only deviations from original are a/c and custom heads. Seller says more than $200k spent on the restoration. Cond: 2+. filler. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $143,000. Said to be an ex-factory demo that was later fitted by Shelby with R-spec race engine. Comes with documentation regarding engine swap, service records and title/financial history. An old bill of sale gives original purchase price of $4,300. Its documented Shelby history didn’t bring a premium; the selling price is below the price-guide median and close to what similar cars bring. SOLD AT $36,850. One of the cars out of the Missoula Auto Museum, so there will likely be some reconditioning or servicing required. The car has few immediate cosmetic needs, but who knows what condition the mechanicals are in. Fairly bought at price-guide median. Should be a fair buy and a fun cruiser. M6FW173106. Blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 2,570 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. The recipient of an undated but seemingly recent restoration, this was my favorite car out of the Missoula Auto Museum Collection. Bumpers and stainless also excellent. Interior looks correct and is unused. The dash features nice paint and trim. Underhood is factory stock, just a bit dusty. Only the yellowing whitewalls detract. Cond: 2. #SN840-1956 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria 2-dr sedan. VIN: SOLD AT $46,200. Originally a Palm Springs car with its original family until 2005. First place at 2013 Vintage Thunderbird Club meet and won class at 2014 Keels & Wheels Concours. Seller was on hand to discuss the restoration and even had 15page folders to show interested bidders detailed ownership history and documentation. Selling price matches what price guides suggest for a Sports Roadster T-bird of the same year, but the over-the-top restoration and documented history make this car very well bought. The owner was hoping for a better return but was philosophical about the money spent, as he enjoyed the challenge of overseeing the restoration and the experiences he’s had with the car. #S734-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S439. White/black vinyl. Odo: 35,565 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Goodquality paint with light orange peel, small bubbles on door and roof pillars. It might be me, but the stripes look a different shade of blue than usually seen. Driver’s door gaps tight. Bumpers and grille nice, window trim has scratches and the occasional small dent. Deck lid has non-standard spoiler that dates back to factory days. Plastic quarter windows have light scratches. Excellent interior with minor wrinkles to driver’s seat. Good Shelby-signed dash and wood steering wheel. Engine bay is clean and detailed, with original style Autolite battery and tag. Excellent factory wheels. Quick-release fuel 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #TH190-1970 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U150LH16394. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent paint over a straight body. Passenger’s door out at top. Only chrome on truck is the worn front bumper. Front turn-signal lenses worn and one side-marker lens is missing. New seat covers in factory style, new carpet. Painted dash has nice pad and factory gauges. Aftermarket radio. Top is new. Engine is clean with fresh paint. Firewall looks to have original paint, which is worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,000. With its soft top, threeinch lift and aggressive new tires, this looked ready to hit the desert trails rather than grace a concours lawn or become a Minnesota snow plow. Like most of the other cars here, its price is market-correct. #S629-1970 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10YRH14960. Reef Blue & white/beige leather. Odo: 45,000 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fresh paint on nice body. Reproduction trim, grille and bumpers. Stock metal dash is well done. Seat is a later unit with vestigial headrests and fold-down armrest, but it could almost be taken for stock and doesn’t look too out of place. Underhood is stock, fresh and clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,800. Looks stock, but on closer inspection has a relocated fuel filler and tank, modern seats, headlights and bed liner. BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside While I was looking at it, a bidder from Minnesota (where colleague B. Mitchell Carlson says these have all turned to rust) indicated that he wanted this one very badly since his dad had had one just like it when he was growing up. I suspect similar sentimentality is fueling the old-truck market. This was sold at the higher end of the market, especially when you consider the modifications. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 210, 150 been going on here in terms of values? This month we took a look at the most iconic of the bunch: Chevrolet’s finned icon from 1957. Interestingly enough, while many con- I sider the mighty 1957 Chevrolet to be heading toward a drop-off in values, the numbers are telling a different story. While we have seen some declines in prices over the past five years, the trend is actually positive in terms of values, with a current median price of $49,500 compared to last year’s $43,200. Of course, as Detailing Years built: 1957 Number produced: Number sold at auction in the past 12 1,401,678 Number listed in the ACC Premium months: 185 Average price of those cars: $55,465 Auction Database: 1,579 Current Median ACC Valuation: $49,500 we’re tracking medians, an increase here does point out that better cars are selling at auction, which suggests that collectors may finally be selling off their long-held prized examples. But the market is paying up for those cars, and that’s a good sign. 96 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com Will the upward trend continue? We’ll have to wait and see. A — Jim Pickering NOT SOLD AT $660,000. The first running prototype. When sold by Ford in 2008, said to have been fitted with a chip that now limits its speed to 5 mph. Likely the only Ford GT you’ll ever see that looks used and abused. Filled with non-standard items, it’s a history lesson in the GT’s development, so the condition is ultimately irrelevant; it’s more of relic than an automobile at this point. The seller had high hopes for this car, but no one here was prepared to spend more than $660k for a display piece. n this issue, readers chimed in with their thoughts on 1950s classics and their current — and future — place in the market. You can check out their comments in our Reader’s Forum on p. 40. But what about the actual numbers on cars from the 1950s? What’s really #S745-2004 FORD GT Prototype CP-1 coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S04Y4400004. Black/ black leather. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Original paint with plenty of chips, scratches and a fair-sized crack in front hood. Lots of wear around door hinges. Looks to have plastic zip-ties holding on front spoiler. Paint on rear spoiler has blistering. Crude, uncovered prototype rear bumper. Most of the metal seat-cooling grommets are missing so you can see the foam seat innards. Handwritten note in black Sharpie on console with starting instruction. Plenty of prototype features: exterior instruction stickers, tailpipe sensors, and most notably, a cutout on passenger’s side rocker for test gear. On the plus side, it’s said to have a one-off carbon-fiber rear clamshell and the engine-bay struts are signed by designer Camilo Pardo, Carroll Shelby and the design and engineering team. Cond: 3-.


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ MOPAR #F518-1947 DODGE POWER WAGON pickup. VIN: 8390543. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 1,109 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, manual. Paint and bodywork far beyond anything anyone did in Detroit in the late ’40s, let alone on a pickup. New cargo box wood and stainless strips. Badges are the only chrome on the vehicle; one was like new, the other had been rechromed with minor pitting. Interior was stock and free from late model gimmicks or add-ons. No radio. Seat now done in leather. Refurbished original wheels now shod with huge new Michelin radials. Winch on front said to be factory original. Engine bay clean and stock. Cond: 2+. is unmarked. Interior leather looks broken in, with expected creases to driver’s seat. Unusual upper and lower dashpads are fine. Dash stainless is very good. Older tires appear to date from restoration. Engine compartment not open for inspection. Cond: 3. heavily worn and chipped. Usual wear to manifolds, heater box and ancillaries. Older whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,800. Last seen at the 2012 McCormick’s Palm Springs auction, where it went unsold with a high bid of $24,500 (ACC# 5328149). The Newport was the entry-level Chrysler with a four-inch shorter wheelbase and smaller V8 than the New Yorker. Bought at an appropriate price, with a bit of a nod to the buyer. At less than $20k, you could make the case that the futuristic dash alone is worth the price of admission. AMERICANA SOLD AT $67,000. Checking the ACC database, prices for these are all over the map, with some lesser cars selling in the $25k–$35k range while the top seller went for close to $80,000 in 2011 (ACC# 196609), and one was a no-sale at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix sale at $95,000 in 2014 (ACC# 241773). Considering this car’s strengths and weaknesses, it seems to have sold about right. If the buyer wants to gamble a bit, he has some room for some improvements before hitting the top price zone. NOT SOLD AT $57,750. It’s probably no coincidence that this was painted like the ex-Tom Selleck-owned ’53 Power Wagon that sold for $121k in June at Barrett-Jackson’s New York sale...The seller had several copies of printouts of B-J’s web page with that truck’s sales result in the cab. The price guides say this is worth something in the $40k–$50k range, so high bid here should have been enough to get the job done, but the seller was looking for a higher number. Maybe he should sell it to a TV star for awhile, repurchase it, and try again. #S674-1958 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: LY16947. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 33,978 miles. 392-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint looks fine from a distance but unwinds the closer you get, including small bubbles forming on a fin. Waves on front bumper, rest of chrome and stainless (and being a ’58 luxury car, there is a lot of it) is much better. Window stainless has minor scratches. Windshield beginning to delaminate. Top looks new and rear window “ Likely the only Ford GT you’ll ever see that looks used and abused. Filled with non-standard items, it’s a history lesson in the GT’s development. 2004 Ford GT Prototype CP-1 coupe #TH168-1961 CHRYSLER NEWPORT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 8113150452. Delicate Dubbonet & White/burgundy cloth & cream vinyl. Odo: 21,857 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very nice paint on massive straight sides. Slight body issue on passenger’s side where B-pillar meets body. Minor wear to bumpers, trim fin has small dings, window trim very nice. Trunk emblem noticeably worn. Jukebox dash features acres of unpitted trim with only minor wear. Newer unmarked headliner. Dealer-installed underdash a/c. Engine bay looks to have original paint with radiator and grille supports #SN880-1962 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISMO Hawk 2-dr hard top. VIN: 62V23783. White/red vinyl. Odo: 14,940 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Aging paint over rust-free body. The chrome and trim have been worked on sometime in the past and are fairly good, but the roof and window trim are worn. Interior is said to be original; driver’s seat discolored, worn with a small split; the rest looks better. Underdash a/c. Correct factory carpet and door panels. Dash shows wear in soft trim, gauges and instruments good. Engine-bay finish is original and covered with dust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,350. In 1962 Studebaker reworked the Golden Hawk coupe into the Gran Turismo Hawk. Brooks Stevens gave it a Thunderbird-like roof line and a redesigned dash with full instrumentation. Firstyear sales were brisk, with more than 8,000 produced. Beginning in ’63, much of its thunder was stolen by the Avanti, but it held on until ’64, when Studebaker stopped U.S. car production. These cars are popular with many Studebaker fans because they’re a bit more conventional than the Avanti. This car has good bones and is a good basis for some level of restoration or, with minor work could, be enjoyed as-is. Sold for an appropriate price. A ” March-April 2017 97


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Scottsdale, AZ Worldwide Auctioneers — Scottsdale Auction A solid start to Worldwide’s first Scottsdale sale Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ January 18, 2017 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 64/82 Sales rate: 78% Sales total: $11,402,970 high sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88 convertible, sold at $1,980,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices one of four GT350 ragtops and also used as a test car for Shelby — 1966 Shelby GT350 convertible, sold at $742,500 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 Bob Dekorne Market opinions in italics W 98 AmericanCarCollector.com ith an ever more crowded calendar surrounding all of the major automotive events, it’s risky stepping into a new market, choosing the new night and bringing the right inventory. Scottsdale, which exists for the auction scene, was the perfect place for Worldwide Auctioneers to step up and join the fray. First they found a great location in Scottsdale — easy to find, and a huge site with easy access and tons of free, paved parking. Then they picked the leadoff spot for the entire week — a Wednesday evening — with their auction preceded only by Barrett-Jackson. A packed house during the auction proved their early start to the week to be a big success. Then Worldwide front-loaded their inventory with impeccable muscle and sports cars, along with some very affordable big classics. The lead car for the sale was an impressive 1967 Corvette L88 convertible, which had great provenance and an impressive restoration. It went to its new owner for $1,980,000. While an L88 is the obvious Corvette to spotlight, there were quite a few additional stellar Corvettes, including my favorite, a 1965 Fuelie convertible. The fuel-injected ’Vette sold for a reasonable $112,200. Also of note, an impeccable and rare 1966 Shelby GT350 convertible rang the bell at $742,500. In the unusual — albeit not American — category was a 1965 Mercedes-Benz 230SL once owned by John Lennon of the Beatles, which sold well at $247,500. Selling right at the market was a 2005 Ford GT at $275,000 and a ’67 Shelby GT500 fastback at $187,000. It was a warm and welcome atmosphere all day, and kudos are due to the Worldwide staff for pulling off a very smooth first-time event. Their official total rounded out to $11,402,970, a solid result that I’m confident means we’ll see them again in Scottsdale. A


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Scottsdale, AZ GM #7-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 17144095. Reef Blue/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 57 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A decked-out Buick in fine condition. Lovely paint finish, quality panel fit and tons of great chrome and stainless trim. Fresh white top, excellent red and white leather upholstery, new carpets and great detailing. Slightly customized engine-turned dash was a surprise, about the only thing keeping this Buick from bone stock. AM radio, power windows, seats, steering, antenna and brakes. Power top and new Kelsey-Hayes chrome wire wheels with wide whites. I have to call this one clean from top to bottom and front to back. Cond: 2+. guy could live in the trunk. AM radio, Autronic Eye, power windows, locks and seats. Power steering and brakes. An impressive presentation of a spectacular car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $165,000. Big, flashy, iconic and one of the most recognized cars in the world. One of two at the sale—the other, a Series 62, sold for $134,750 later in the evening. Pretty much the automotive personification of the Space Age, when bigger really was better and gas was cheap. Can’t miss a guy driving up in this, that’s for sure. Bidding was steady, won by a well-known author and collector right in the middle of the room, who left smiling and successful. A lovely car, for sure, sold right on the money, so both sides win. CORVETTE SOLD AT $132,000. I was smitten with this Buick, a very authentic restoration with a lovely and uncommon color. Very well restored throughout—I can bet the bill for the chrome alone put a hurting on the former owner’s wallet. Highly optioned and a styling masterpiece; to me, it is simply one of the most desirable ’50s cars ever produced. It cost just over $5k when new, making it the most exclusive Buick from 1953. The buyer didn’t steal it, but got a very nice value. Maybe I’m just jealous, but I have to put this transaction slightly in the favor of the new owner. #36-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 59E101397. Kensington Green/white vinyl/white & green leather. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. One fine Cadillac here—excellent paint and bodywork, which is tough on such a long, straight car. Oneof-one custom-ordered color. Wonderful chrome, and lots of it, but a noticeable gap on the rear bumper fit. Special-order bucket seats—one of 99 ordered that way in ’59, with a flashy white-on-green interior. Very nice under the massive hood, and a small #11-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S002090. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 1,811 miles. 236-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. A very correct older restoration that has held up beautifully, complete with meticulous factory markings. Found a couple minor paint cracks near the nose, but flaws evident in the finish are minor. Could not tell for sure if it was the original block, but everything is properly date-coded and looks great. Interior is spot-on, while any wear just adds to the patina. Very clean underhood, and also underneath—obviously well cared for. Not fresh, but a greatlooking and correct ’54 that should be driven and enjoyed. Cond: 2+. #75-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 00867S100234. Tuxedo Black & Sateen Silver/black fiberglass hard top, black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 3,017 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A great-looking Corvette with a little honest wear. Above-average paint with just a few minor flaws. Nice chrome, emblems and glass. Stainless trim is just average. Correctly done and highly awarded in the past. Nice, clean interior, just a bit of tan carpet wear, but still very comfortable. The engine compartment is also highly correct and obviously very well maintained. Numbers matching, with both hard and soft tops. Clean underneath as well—a very wellrounded Corvette that certainly appears ready for the open road. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $104,500. Another award-heavy ’Vette at Worldwide—NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. Looks to be an honest car that has simply been enjoyed since winning those three major awards. The Worldwide staff worked hard here, juggling numerous bidders, and finally dropped the hammer for a collector in the audience. They carved out a very nice price for the consignor, so I have to call this transaction slightly in favor of the consignor, but the new buyer won’t remember that for long—just until the first time he drops the clutch. “ 100AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $66,000. With just 3,640 built in ’54, GM was considering shelving the Corvette, but instead wisely upped the ante and powered it with a V8. Known to be a bit underpowered, but nonetheless, these are historic ’Vettes and absolutely beautiful. Sold without reserve to a bidder in the room. The new owner made an astute purchase, and certainly can’t get hurt at this price. Not a steal, but a very nice buy on an excellent car. I hope he drives the wheels off of it. #48-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. VIN: 30837S109324. Saddle Tan/ tan vinyl. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Excellent fit and finish throughout. No signs of paint flaws in the usual locations. New chrome is excellent, and all glass, badges, and trim are top-shelf. Interior is also concours-ready, with lovely upholstery, carpets, power windows and brilliant dash. The engine compartment is likewise very well prepared, and you sure can’t miss the big Rochester mechanical fuel injection sitting right on top of the 327. Clean underneath. An impressive presentation of an iconic ’Vette. Cond: 1-. 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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Scottsdale, AZ NOT SOLD AT $440,000. Ordered by Helen Matteson with the potent Z06 package and N03 36-gallon fuel tank—but could you have picked a more bland paint and interior scheme? No wonder it’s rare. And yes, this car received a first-rate restoration, top to bottom. NCRS Top Flight Award, Bloomington Gold, and a spot of honor in a few notable collections. It would have taken an aggressive bid to win this car today, and after speaking with the consignor, he’s willing to be patient, confident this car’s turn to ring the bell is coming. #5-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S111601. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl & blue carpets. Odo: 208 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. A top-shelf ’Vette with a solid presentation. Fresh Nassau Blue paint, great panel gaps, a new white top, and a cool white-over-blue interior that matches. Slight wear to the driver’s seat is my only nitpick. Large wooden wheel and clean dash. Beautiful knockoff wheels and new tires, great chrome and emblems. Beautiful under the hood as well, and clean down to the chassis. Numbers-matching engine. A right proper ’65 Fuelie that anyone would be proud to own, with the NCRS Top Flight Award to prove it. Cond: 1-. Black/black fiberglass hard top & white vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 71,723 miles. 427ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older paint job with some rub-through in spots, and just a few flaws. Good shine overall, and very nice factory panel work. Very good chrome, with cool Kelsey-Hayes wheels and sidepipes. Good-looking factory hard top, along with a white soft top. A very correct interior in good condition, with only slight honest wear. A massive underhood package, with the L72 427 wearing a high-rise manifold and a 780cfm Holley 4-barrel. It’s clean but not showdetailed. A very solid car just begging to be driven. Cond: 2+. ership and highly documented by all the sources you’d ever want. Every performance option you could order, and many have estimated over 500 actual horsepower. A very excited gentleman in the room, after trying to buy several significant Corvettes recently, finally struck pay dirt. An undeniable blue-chip muscle car that he’ll cherish for a long time, and a fair transaction for all involved. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $180,000. A first-year 427/425-hp car, which appears to have simply been enjoyed since winning the Triple Crown of Corvette awards—NCRS Top Flight, Chevy/Vette Fest Gold Spinner, and Bloomington Gold. What a great story this car tells—when new, it was top of the heap, and then enjoyed as Chevrolet intended in 1966 since then. Known as the Black Rat; I’m pretty sure the consignor had a lofty number in mind, and is just as happy to take it home and play with it some more. I’d have taken it back home too. SOLD AT $112,200. Absolutely lovely, in one of my favorite Corvette colors. Finding any flaws was a challenge. Lovely bodywork throughout, no cracks in any of the usual spots and a fantastic paint finish. One of 771 L84 fuel-injected cars for 1965. First year for disc brakes, too. There were 10 guys who would have bought it for $100k, but a phone bidder won the car. I’m calling this well bought for condition, by a lucky hobbyist for his own use. Nicely done, a purchase you won’t regret and a condition you couldn’t replicate for this money doing the restoration yourself. (See profile, p. 48.) #70-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S106766. Tuxedo 102AmericanCarCollector.com #32-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: 194677S115484. Silver pearl/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 23,518 miles. 427-ci 430hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fantastic bodywork and finish, with nary a flaw in sight. Downright chiseled panel gaps. Fresh wheels, caps, and tires. Every emblem is perfect. The interior is awesome and perfectly presented. Now the important parts—L88, Muncie M22 Rock Crusher, J50 heavy-duty power brakes, F41 suspension upgrades, and G80 Positraction rear axle. All go, no show. N14 off-road sidepipes added by the first owner. Bloomington Gold certified, with just 23,518 miles, and plenty more accolades to come for the new owner. Cond: 1. 1 SOLD AT $44,000. This car absolutely gleams, with lush paintwork, great panel fit and fine chrome and brightwork. It’s really a beautiful design and very well presented. I loved the interior and the old-school dashboard. There were quite a few people interested in this car, but it finally sold to a phone bidder who was just a bit more persistent than the rest. He should be happy with his decision, and a very good buy on a solid car. Well sold. #62-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD E-code convertible. VIN: E7FH200119. Coral Sand/ black cloth/black & white vinyl. Odo: 367 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Restored to a high level. Wonderful paint and bodywork, excellent chrome, and a lovely #71-1948 MERCURY EIGHT convertible. VIN: 899A2155227. Malaga Red/tan cloth/ red leather. Odo: 84,724 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Obviously a fresh restoration, with clean paint and very nice body and panel work. Overall very nice chrome, especially the bumpers and bumper guards, with just a few dents in one rear-fender trimpiece. Very nice stainless trim as well. The LeBaron-Bonney interior has that just-broken-in feel that is very authentic. Cool fauxwood and chrome dash is in lovely shape. Twelve-volt upgrade and accessory heater. Classic 100-hp flathead under the hood in above-average condition. Someone did a very thorough job on this car, and should be rewarded. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,980,000. One of the stars of the show, just exactly how you would have ordered it back in 1967. One of the holygrail ’Vettes, with known history, great own- BEST BUY TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS // Scottsdale, AZ level of detail throughout. Rear-wheel spats with accessory chrome trim. Complete with factory porthole hard top and new cloth soft top. Power steering, windows and brakes with Town & Country radio. Very nice panel fit throughout. A very sharp two-tone interior and clean trunk as well. Clean underneath, with a wonderfully clean engine compartment. Quality workmanship. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. A no-reserve sale of a very nice E-code ’Bird. Thunderbird Club International Senior and Gold medallion winner. Proper dual 4-barrel carbs and highcompression heads make this a top-shelf T-bird. Lots of bidders in the room. Sold well above ACC average as a result, and this car deserved the attention. A great price for a very desirable car, and when the dust settled, the favor lies slightly with the seller here, with no one getting nicked in a bad way. Wimbledon White w/ blue stripe/black vinyl. Odo: 1,807 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Lovely paint and trim finishes, with excellent panel gaps, even with the fiberglass hood. Reported that all the hidden Ford VIN numbers are present, with the very rare matching-numbers engine and T-10 transmission. Holley carb, high-rise intake, Tri-Y headers into dual exhaust, and all very correct. It’s a lovely picture under the hood. Reported to have all the original body panels. Factory Cragar mag wheels, dash tach, wood steering wheel, and stunning condition throughout including the bone-stock and near-flawless interior. Cond: 1-. 9 #20-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM5S391. examples. Great fresh interior. Very nice seats and carpets, with a large real wood steering wheel. Features a small rear seat, factory alloy wheels, AM radio and a large Carroll Shelby autograph on the glovebox door. It’s a home run under the hood, looking very clean and highly correct. Numbersmatching engine and a great stance make this a very desirable muscle car. Cond: 2+. bidding, but those in the know realized this was a rare opportunity and several stayed with the bidding right to the end. The last man standing got a very fair price on an excellent car, and the final price should make everyone happy. SOLD AT $192,500. One of the first 85 cars built before Hertz realized that an automatic would simply rent to more folks, so this 4-speed car is a bit rare. It won SAAC Concours Gold in 1994, and is well known in Shelby circles. Bidding was lightning fast right from the start, with a very happy gent in the room taking home the prize at well over the ACC average values. It’s no wonder—Shelby has an amazing history, and this car has a real place in that history with its manual transmission. Have to call it well sold after a stellar job by the Worldwide block staff. SOLD AT $379,500. Simply excellent, with a long-known, well-documented history. Per SAAC World Registry, this car has been in some great hands over the years, recently John Brown, the SAAC Head Judge. No wonder the engine compartment looks so good. A great car, sold just a bit under the ACC average for these, and a far nicer restoration than most, so have to call this Shelby well bought. One of the nicest I’ve seen in a while; the former owner has to be thanked for letting it go at ANY price. #31-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM5S391FM6S450. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,145 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely completed, with deep black paint, sharp graphics and excellent chrome and trim. Straight panels with nice gaps. The first car painted of the 200 all-black 104AmericanCarCollector.com Apple Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 114 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very fine example, a quality presentation top to bottom. Excellent bodywork and panel fit, fresh deep paint and new chrome. Sharp graphics and good-looking Magnum 500 wheels with Goodyear Blue Streak tires. Fresh interior, factory air and an excellent dash. Track-style seat belts and AM radio. Immaculate and very correct. A clean presentation under hood that is highly accurate and beautifully detailed. Just nothing to quibble about here—a lovely presentation of a rare car. Cond: 1-. 7 #63-1966 SHELBY GT350 convertible. VIN: SFM6S2377. Candy #50-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67411F9A02598. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 259 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A very sharp car, well prepared with nice panel gaps and a quality finish. Restored in 2008 and presents well today. Very good chrome, trim and graphics. Good-looking Kelsey-Hayes alloy wheels. A great stance, and the car is very clean top to bottom. Very proper engine bay that’s clean as a whistle and chock-full of horsepower. A very nice interior that is very lightly used and looks great. Carroll’s signature present, also. A well-known and highly correct car any Shelby or Mustang enthusiast would be proud to own. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $187,000. Red, 428 Police Interceptor, and a/c—an unusual combination— one of nine built that way in the last year of LA Shelby production. But the automatic transmission holds values back by 20%. Really well documented, with SAAC and Marti Report to back up the original invoice and spec sheets. Several bidders wanted in here, with a thrilled gentleman in the room finally winning over some tough competition. A strong price for a strong car, maybe just slightly in favor of the seller, but the new owner will quickly forget the numbers when he walks out to his garage. #22-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 0F02Z110869. Grabber Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 51 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Built by Kar Kraft #2176, a very nice presentation of an eye-catching muscle car. Excellent paint and great gaps, except for the trunk. Excellent chrome, decals, emblems, glass and details. Inside, the white seats show slight wear, but the real wood wheel and faux-wood dash are excellent. Lovely engine compartment. Accurately restored with factory markings in place, SOLD AT $742,500. Very well known in Shelby circles, one of four convertibles produced, used as a test car for Shelby. Namebrand restoration by Mike McCullough of Worldwide Muscle Cars in Edmond, OK, and Jason Aker of American Muscle Car Restorations in Oklahoma City in 2010, with guidance by SAAC Judge John Brown. Much of the audience was shocked at the BEST BUY TOP 10 TOP 10


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nice and clean below. Full Marti Report accompanying the car, as well as the stickers and manuals when purchased new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $194,700. Essentially a handbuilt race car for the street, although it would turn out to be the last year for the Boss 429. Ford needed 500 built to satisfy Grand National rules, and the Mustangs were expensive to modify to fit the huge V8. These are all-business, with minimal trim— the sinister hood scoop is plenty enough stoplight warning for most. Bidding was brisk from the phones and the room. A phone bidder put on his big-boy pants and got the job done. Have to call this a very wise and fair transaction for both sides. #10-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S95Y401654. Black/black steel/black leather. Odo: 2,604 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Paint is spotless from the factory, an unusual stripe-delete car. Excellent engine bay, with that cool twin-screw supercharger and SVT Cobra R heads. McIntosh sound system and alloy wheels as options, factory seat covers have never been off. Complete with books, tools, car cover and battery charger. With a 205-mph top speed, it’s a rare domestic supercar, and one that is likely to continue to appreciate—good luck finding one under $200k. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $275,000. A low-mileage, oneowner car in like-new condition. Like most of these, obviously kept as an investment, and it worked, as the room bid aggressively on the car. Finally won by a gentleman who will likely repeat this trend—enjoy the car sparingly and mostly park it for an investment. In speaking with him, he has the right idea—long-term ownership and a very lucky son and grandson who will enjoy the fruits of this seed. A strong price, but a great car, so have to call this a draw for both sides. If you want one, you just have to step up. I expect we’ll see these continue to climb slowly as they have for the past decade or so. A CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe March-April 2017 105 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ Keith Martin’s


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ Silver Auctions — Arizona in January An uncharacteristic deluge of rain dampens sales at Silver Silver Auctions Fort McDowell, AZ January 19–22, 2017 Auctioneers: Mitch Silver, Gary Dehler, Steve Dorsey, Matt Backs Automotive lots sold/ offered: 219/494 Sales rate: 44% Sales total: $3,335,371 high sale: 2007 Shelby GT/CS fastback, sold at $70,200 Buyer’s premium: 8%, $250 minimum, included in sold prices Top seller, and sold exceptionally well — 2007 Shelby GT/SC coupe, sold at $70,200 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson 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 We-Ko-Pa resort about a half hour away from the big boys in Scottsdale and Phoenix, the 20th-edition sale will be remembered for what the Phoenix basin isn’t usually noted for: rain. With precipitation in the forecast for the Thursday F 106AmericanCarCollector.com and Friday of the auction, it wasn’t like it caught folks off guard. If anything, the meek drizzle on Thursday made folks think the damp forecast for Friday was going to be the same. It wasn’t, by a long shot. Shortly after cars started crossing the block, the light drizzle gave way to definitive showers, then heavy winddriven rain. For a while, it was such a downpour that water was flowing below the feet of the bidders’ chairs and was pooling in the red carpet at the foot of the block. Staffers ended up cutting out the carpeting to keep the water flowing though, all while cars continued to cross the block and occasionally sell. Saturday saw the rain end, but overcast skies and cooler-thanaverage temperatures kept even us Snowbirds bundled up in jackets. Sunday lived up to its name, and it was clear and dry for the entire final day of the auction. or two decades, the Silver Auction has been the home of real cars for real people during the spate of January collector car auctions in the metropolitan Phoenix area. Located on the grounds of the Fort McDowell Casino’s “Occasionally sell” was the key phrase, as all num- bers except overall car count were off slightly this year. It wasn’t a washout, although that could be a handy excuse. It’s just that the numbers were down slightly. If one were to blame a given factor, the best explanation might be low-hanging fruit, in the form of the hordes of late-model lower-rung used cars that have seemed to permeate this venue. Still, they do help pay the bills, or Mitch would’ve culled them out. All told, less than half of the consignments found new homes this year. Tied for the top sale at $70,200 was an Anglo- Italian-American with decidedly more Yankee ingenuity to it than usual. This 1952 Nash-Healey roadster was repowered with a 1958 Chevy 348-ci V8, installed right after the ’58s were introduced. Undoubtedly more American was the other top sale, a 2007 Shelby GT/CS that was originally used by ol’ Shel’s wife at that time. Interestingly, the final selling price of both cars equals the top sale price from last year. Like any other event that has gone on for two decades, there’s a familiarity with the staffers and consignors that makes going here feel like you’re back in friendly confines again. It may not be the fanciest digs in town, but it’s certainly comfortable (especially if you wore galoshes on Friday). This is why Silver’s presence here in January promises to continue for a long time.A


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ GM #293-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 58343732. Dark red metallic/ tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 40,549 miles. Old restoration, done for previous owners. Decent repaint within the past year and a half. It would’ve been a lot better if they stripped off the old paint, as the cracks from the previous layer are evident. Cadillac/ LaSalle Club and 1995 Michigan State Parks decals in the windshield. Said windshield is also starting to bubble along the edges. Aftermarket spotlights plus flag holders on the front fenders. Top has a few light tears that have been mended—some successfully, some not. Older seat redye, recently reconditioned, with pliable leather and plenty of wrinkles. Poor repaint on the heater box. Smoke-tinted plastic door panel protectors put on beneath the window cranks look odd. Uninspiring engine bay. Cond: 3. tar-top 6-volt repop Delco battery and heavier gauge-battery cables. All high-gloss black undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,540. Stated by Mitch that the car belonged to one of his better customers, who had it restored, then shortly afterwards went blind—hence the sale. While quite the bummer, my sole remaining uncle—who is legally blind—enjoys riding shotgun in his 1950 Ford convertible while his son or grandson drives it. As his favorite car was a 1946 Dodge convertible that my dad totaled out in 1952, I’m certain that he’d enjoy being chauffeured in this Super Buick too—although I’d personally prefer a 1940 without the 1941’s fussy Compound Carburetion. When it crossed the block, Mitch had the owner on the phone, and when the bidding stopped, he okayed the sale. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Last seen in the Merickel Collection auction at Pine River, MN, conducted by Silver in May 2015, then selling on a bill of sale for $43,200 (ACC# 6784508). No mention was made if there was a titling issue or not (here it was wearing a Montana Vintage-series plate), but Mitch did disclose on the block that it was now his car—and that it was going to take about $50k to sell. Also ran across the block on the Montana Rules rerun Sunday segment, then hitting $43k with similar lack of results. #481-1941 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 14214937. Black/tan cloth soft top/ green leather. Odo: 31,355 miles. Restored within the past few years. Excellent barebody repaint, but with a few buffing scratches in scattered locations. All chrome has been replated, to include the dealeraccessory bumper end trim. Door-post rearview mirrors have fisheye lenses. Well-fitted doors and body panels. Top doesn’t latch well on the driver’s side over the windshield. The top material has shrunk, so either one side or the other can be snapped into place over the sides of the top bows—but not both. Fully reupholstered interior, but the pleats are wrinkled. Very authentically detailed under the hood, even if the stock air cleaner assembly was off most of the time and sitting in the rear seat footwell. Correct 108AmericanCarCollector.com #314-1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Sixty Special sedan. VIN: 496066142. Maroon metallic/beige and maroon cloth. Odo: 2,235 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Periodcorrect looking, but later-model-year replacement engine. Good engine repaint and generally clean and tidy around it. Fitted with a 12-volt GM alternator. Modern a/c system added, with control panel and vents cut into the dashboard. Factory-optional power windows, of which the driver’s doesn’t work. Said window also has a vertical crack. Decent repaint in recent years. Good door and panel fit. Selective replating of trim, yet with some window moldings that are lightly to moderately pitted. Mounting hole cut into the rear-bumper splash pan. Most door-stop bumpers are missing, so the doors have a bit of a rattle. Aside from heavier rips at the driver’s seat-back position, the original interior is otherwise in pretty decent shape. Custom-fitted leather steering-wheel rim cover. Older bias-ply wide whitewall tires. Cond: 3. ment can be made that the horsepower race began right here with the ’49 Caddy and its all-new overhead-valve V8 engine. In one swell foop, Cadillac went from being the staid pinnacle of GM luxury to the hot car. Today, this first iteration of that engine (although the one in this car isn’t circa 1949) may now be considered staid, but in the new post-war America, this was the car to have for 1949. Since it has two doors too many for most folks, one can’t blame the owner for fitting it with modern a/c to make the car more useable in the desert Southwest as a driver. If bought within that parameter, this was a fair deal for both parties if not slightly tipped to the seller, as it got several more bids once the $13k reserve was met. #416-1962 GMC 1000 pickup. VIN: 1002CJ3051A. Light blue & white/gray cloth. Odo: 57,634 miles. 305-ci V6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Recent exterior-only masked-off repaint, although the interior of the box was untouched. Extra pinstriping added in several places, aside from the fantasy door graphics. Overspray on the passenger’s door glass and window channel. Better prep work was needed on the replacement hood, as the paint is cracking off around the openings up front. Replated front bumper, replacement door handles and mirror. Repainted rear-step bumper. Period-accessory reflectors on the rear corners of the box. Modern alloy tailgate top edge protector. Heavily weathered box-floor wood planks and painted skid strips. Recently reupholstered seat, in all modern cloth. Repainted steering wheel and column, both of which are starting to flake off and showing the original tan metallic. Radio-delete plate in the dash. Wood tiki doll shift knob. Clean reproduction rubber flooring and new repop door sills. Repainted stock engine in a relatively clean engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,552. A very convincing argu- NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Not sure if it’s because I’m specifically looking for it, but lately I’m seeing a lot more 1960s GMC pickups with their original V6 engines still in place. Not all that long ago, the assumption was that it was yanked out for a small-block Chevy. Call it a better market appreciation for stock or just that I’m paying attention, but regardless, I’m glad to see those bigbore V6s still working for a living, even in trucks that don’t. This was the best offer over the weekend, and considering that it was rerun on Sunday as Lot 628 for a two


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ grand-less bid, the consignor may have had second thoughts about not letting it go the first time. And if not, he should have. #503-1965 OLDSMOBILE 442 F-85 2-dr sedan. VIN: 338275Z120231. Saffron yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 16,141 miles. 400ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory-optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, and tilt-steering column. Frame-off restoration circa 2015. Excellent bare-body repaint. Replated bumpers, select trim replacement and buffout. All-new well-fitted reproduction door and trunk seals. Good door fit and shut lines. Decent panel gaps, although the hood sits slightly high at the cowl. All-reproduction interior soft trim, although the footwell carpeting is showing some soiling and light discoloration. Light pitting on some of the dashboard fixtures, such as the radio bezel. Authentically detailed under the hood, also in that it’s not over-the-top and shining like a new penny. Undercarriage has had a couple of passes with a rattle can. Stock-style exhaust gives the good running motor a proper report. Cond: 2-. scratched and chipped. The leading edge of the hood is heavily chipped, especially compared to the repainted front fascia. New non-OEM windshield and new moldings, with the A-pillar and frame repainted and blended into the roof. Good original interior, with the very pungent odor of highly concentrated industrial-grade mothballs. The mylar interior trim shows the most wear, with the carpet coming in a close second. Older engine repaint, with a recent cleanup. Newer fuel pump and battery. Motor seems to run out fine, but the description card states that the transmission may be problematic. Cond: 3-. trim, expertly fitted. Spray-can gloss black undercarriage, with rattle-can silver on the gas tank. Generally well detailed under the hood. However, the a/c compressor doesn’t have a belt on it. A bit of a lope to the exhaust note, despite a stock-style system. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,640. I certainly hope that whoever bought this—since the reserve was easily surpassed at $7,200 with plenty of bids beyond there—will clean it up, de-fumigate the interior and detail it to reflect when this was a typical used car in the early 1970s. Much better than the usual fate since the early 1980s of making it into a fakey-doo GTO. Be original, keep it original. SOLD AT $31,860. Unlike Donovan, I’m not wild about Saffron, but the paint hue is the only thing I didn’t like about this first full year of the 442. While it was introduced mid-year in 1964, it was one of those cases where you had to know what you were looking for to get one, as it was essentially a civilian police package. In 1965, with Pontiac thoroughly trouncing the infant muscle-car market with the GTO, Olds played for keeps with the out-in-the-open 442 package. Of all the years of 442s, ’65s seem to be the rarest encountered (even compared with ’64), and being a fan of cars styled like cinder blocks, it’s one of my favorites. Even Mitch Silver likes them, as he declared on the block that he used to own this very car. The reserve was off at $28k, garnering a few more bids before selling to a new owner, who should be a happy camper. If not called mellow yellow (that’s right). #340-1967 PONTIAC TEMPEST Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 235077Z600382. White/gold vinyl. Odo: 95,766 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Optional automatic transmission and power steering—and that’s it. Radio-delete plate still in the dashboard. Base wheel covers for the Custom series and older radial tires on the original steel wheels. The vast majority of the paint is original, which also means that it’s heavily 110AmericanCarCollector.com #471-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. VIN: 223679N106510. Palladium Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 40,000 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation confirms that the car was restored to its as-built configuration. Sold new by Lester Goodson Pontiac of Houston, TX; with optional TH400 automatic transmission, a/c, power steering, power front-disc brakes, sports steering wheel, center console, full tinted glass, power top and AM/FM radio with rear speaker. Rally II wheels shod with older radials. Better bare-body repaint. Good panel fit. Any exterior brightwork that wasn’t replated was replaced. Four T3 headlights. Suspension sits high up front. Replacement top has shrunk somewhat. As such, the windshield header isn’t a great fit. All-reproduction interior soft “ SOLD AT $32,400. As much as a lot of things make me want to rate it better, there are other factors such as the free-wheeling a/c compressor that make me wonder what other little details still need to be sorted out. The consignor made absolutely no comments on the windshield card (but at least had the PHS documentation sitting on the dash), in addition to having it locked up the whole weekend except for when it was going up to the block (the rain on sale day certainly making that a valid excuse). The reserve was off at the $30k point in the bidding, wherein it stopped and was hammered sold. That’s in the zone for a number 3+ car, so I’m not the only one to think that way of this. #311-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. VIN: 136670B189056. Maroon w/ black stripes/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 10,147 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl 4-sp. Stated by the consignor to be “a real deal LS6.” Engine accessory bracketry kept me from doing a cursory inspection of the block stamping tag. Aftermarket tube headers and chromed power-steering pump keep it from otherwise looking authentically detailed under the hood. Also equipped with Cowl Induction hood, power front-disc brakes, center console and AM/FM radio. Period-accessory Hurst shifter and Stewart-Warner oil-pressure gauge mounted below the dashboard. Expertly installed reproduction door panels and seats, the latter showing light fading at the tops and headrests. Good repaint. Door fit is a bit off from GM build quality on the driver’s side. Olds played for keeps with the out-inthe-open 442 package. Of all the years, ’65s seem to be the rarest encountered, and being a fan of cars styled like cinder blocks, it’s one of my favorites. 1965 Oldsmobile 442 F-85 2-dr sedan ”


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ Door glass to rear-quarter window alignment slightly off. All-new door seals and door-stop bumpers. Replaced or related brightwork. New fuel tank and stock-style exhaust system—so fresh that the part-number tags haven’t baked off yet. Otherwise, generally black-painted undercarriage with slight road grime. Cond: 2-. relatively few frills in the package. Heavier duty springs with load leveling, dual exhaust, driver’s side sport mirror, and rocker panel badges about sum it up. While the final bid here seems like a case where it was smart for the seller to take the big money and run, these are finally getting some appreciation—especially in unmodified condition like this one—and this one was actually fairly well bought. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. This has surfaced in at least four collector car auctions within the past year in our database. As such, there was little chance it was going to sell here on Friday in the midst of the torrential rains or even as a rerun on Saturday— where it got bid to a grand less. If you feel you missed it, don’t fret; with its track record, it’ll likely be at an auction near you sometime this year. #489-1971 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138571L124968. Beige/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 53,453 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, Strato bucket seats with center console, and AM/ FM radio. Recent above-average repaint “in good desert colors.” Despite the desert colors, the non-OEM replacement windshield is kept clean by a set of modern winter wiper blades. Paint masking overlap on the door and rear-quarter window seals. Good workmanship in the reskinned vinyl halo roof. Replated bumpers, with selective replacement trim. New door seals, so the doors are still a bit tricky to fully latch. Reconditioned interior, with new reproduction seat upholstery, new dashpad and door panels. Older, poorly fitted replacement carpet. Generally stock under the hood. Decent engine repaint. Aftermarket big-bore exhaust system with oversized cheesy outlets. Cond: 3+. #332-1979 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 1Q87L9L588937. Brown metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 55,297 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional T-tops, power windows, a/c and alloy wheels. Stated that the 55,297 indicated miles are actual since new. Older light topical repaint and replacement graphics. Light overspray on the undercarriage, where judicious application of undercoating was missed. Black plastic plugs inserted into the mounting holes for the front license-plate bracket. Doors sag, so they need to be lifted slightly to latch properly. Aftermarket halogen headlights. Light wrinkling of the door panels, which have aftermarket speakers cut into them. Good seat upholstery, with minimal wear or fading. Several mylar interior trim pieces have peeling plating. 1990s-era AM/FM/ cassette stereo mounted in the dash. Aftermarket slip-on steering-wheel rim cover and carpeted dash-top cover. Both door-lock plungers have broken-off ends. Under the snake pit of hoses on top of the motor, a set of aftermarket chrome valve covers for nonstock Gen-III heads can be seen. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,600. One of 1,919 SS-454 Montes in this final year the package was offered. And no, the package did not include Strato bucket seats with console and floor shift. Actually, the SS-454 was the only way to get a 454 in a Monte (in 365-hp tune with a TH400 automatic as the only choice) with NOT SOLD AT $13,300. This will make Camaro fans twitch: My 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V shares the same 15-inch alloy “turbine” wheels. I use what’s now a 235/75R15 tire, while the Z-car used what’s now close to a 225/70R15. Granted, fans of first-gen Camaros will say that the late 1970s gen-2 Camaros are more of a luxury car than muscle car anyway. Even with the Z/28’s 3.73 differential, the torque-monger 460 under my hood would eat that emaciated small-block Chevy for lunch. Stated on the auction block that it was going to take more than $14k for the owner to come home with lunch money. CORVETTE #486-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S105294. Snowcrest March-April 2017 111


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ White w/ Inka Silver coves/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 64,636 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional Wonder Bar radio— which, per the windshield card, doesn’t work. Better-quality body-off repaint in recent years, but not this year. Good panel fit, to include flush fitting and true gaps for both doors. Mostly replated or replacement brightwork, with poor-fitting windshield trim. Actually worse than the usual ill-fitting headlight bezel to fender top-trim joints—which are pretty good on this car. Door-glass frame to folding-top seal fit should be tweaked some more. Replacement top shows a couple of places that it was pinched in the framework. Well-fitted reproduction-interior soft trim. Hurst shifter. Generally clean and well detailed under the hood. Engine stamping pad shows a font not usually encountered on a Flint-made engine. All-black undercarriage, with new nylon rebound strap and raw-cut rear leaf springs. Cond: 2-. placement trim. Light pitting on the doorpost frames and vent-window frames. Said vent-window panes have light edge chipping. Halogen headlights. Newer gas tank and shock absorbers. Repainted engine has a chalky white finish. Modern ignition wires. Modern economy-grade battery cables have too small of a gauge and are too short. Replacement top has shrunk in the past few years. Minimal wear on the reproduction seat and carpeting. Cond: 3+. the Mustangs that shared their bones continually rose in value. Today, folks are finally starting to appreciate the Falcons from the same years as the Mustangs. As they shared platforms, all too many Falcons— even drop-top Futuras like this—were sacrificed to keep their Pony siblings going. Now with a strong reproduction-parts industry supporting these, combined with a demand for them, values are approaching their Mustang brethren. The reserve was off at $19k, garnering a few more bids for a decent selling price, even if there’s a few tweaks that the new owner will have to deal with. SOLD AT $27,540. While the consignor boasted that it came from a prominent collection, maybe they kicked it to the curb when they upgraded to a better example? Unless you were new to two-place T-birds— or even new to collector cars—this isn’t an upgrade. A cheap turkey missing pieces, so sold well enough. NOT SOLD AT $76,000. Old Cars Price Guide’s late editor Kenny Buttolph had a ’57 C1 with this same powertrain combination that I once drove. As a hydraulic lifter engine with dual 4-barrels on top of it, I found it to be well suited for the car—plenty of power in a wide band, but not too much to get into trouble in the twisties with that short wheelbase and solid rear axle. You could also make do without third gear—a good thing because at that time third gear was out in his T-10. The consignor wasn’t going to consider anything south of $80k once it was on the auction block—although he should have. FOMOCO #53-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P6FH213169. White/black vinyl soft top w/ white hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 46,344 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally built in Raven Black with Snowshoe White hard top. One of those is currently correct. Also has a black soft top and correct black-and-white interior. Equipped with power brakes, steering, windows and top. Optional wire-basket multipiece wheel covers. Older decent repaint, with masked-off door handles. Okay door fit at best. Front fascia emblem is missing. Period-accessory rear-mounted antenna base. Replated bumpers and select re- 112AmericanCarCollector.com #506-1964 FORD FALCON Futura Sprint convertible. VIN: 4H14F108548. Ming Green Metallic/white vinyl/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 89,456 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional 260-ci V8 with 4-speed and power top. Fitted with repop Mustang Styled Steel wheels—complete with Mustang centers—on modern radials. Stated that it needs “minor brake work.” Newer base/clear repaint, plus buffed-out trim. Replated bumpers. Subpar door fit. Recent engine-bay fluff-and-buff. Hard plastic coolant overflow bottle added. Economy-grade replacement battery cables are at least a gauge or two too small. Interior vinyl is quite presentable, more likely #201-1965 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10DK677990. Pagoda Green/gray cloth. Odo: 17,300 miles. 352-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory-optional toolbox on the cargo box. Older masked off and mediocre-quality repaint. They even masked-off most of the right front fender emblem, as the left front one is missing. Recently repainted bumpers. Back bumper canted upwards. Replacement door handles. Doors shut well for an old work truck. Fake door graphics and extra pinstriping added. Cracked and dryrotted door and window seals. Older minimal-effort rattle-can repaint of the motor in Ford Corporate Blue, with valve covers painted black. Aftermarket open-element air cleaner. Newer ignition components. Runs out okay, although I’d rather not be the one who has to drive it out of town. Aftermarket wheel covers and newer radial tires, which have some overspray on them. Work-truck dingy interior. Older seat upholstery work, faded original seat belts. Glovebox lid looks like it was painted with the same can that was used on the bumpers. Modern sound system cut into the dash. Cond: 3-. to be old reproduction than original. Definitely modern hard plastic front kick panels, as they have molded-in speaker mounts. 1970s vintage Clarion AM/FM/cassette deck displaces the stock radio. Original dealeraccessory dash-top tachometer. Heavily worn vacuum-plated dashboard trim. Good older top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. For decades, these languished in value, while NOT SOLD AT $6,500. 1965 was the first year for Ford’s Twin-I-Beam independent front-suspension system, which was used until 1996. No matter how you slice it or mark it with graphics, this is basically a work truck. Sure, you can run it as it is, and it would be an eventual easy restoration, but was bid to all it’s worth now. Reran on Sunday, not selling by one more bid to $6,750. #440-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6F08C113918. White/white vinyl/red & white Pony vinyl. Odo: 11,627 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. GT parts on the car include the grille light bar, fender badge (in a nonstock location), Rally Pac gauges and repop Pony seats. Standard front-drum brakes,


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ reproduction-styled steel wheels shod with radials. Older repaint, heavily buffed out. Mustang badging on the front fenders changed to individual letters mounted farther down from the stock location, now almost on the rocker panels. Body tag and window-frame-adjustment bolt plugs are missing from the driver’s door edge. Modern replacement carpeting. Aftermarket center console, Hurst T-handle shifter and in-dash AM/FM/cassette stereo. The aftermarketparts theme continues unbridled under the hood, to include 4-barrel induction, cast alloy wrinkle black-finished air cleaner and valve covers, plus period electronic ignition. Monte Carlo bar and export brace (this must have really shaken like a limp rag before). Runs out with a throaty exhaust note, but also runs rich with stinky old gas. Cond: 3. the dash where the radio used to be. It must have been gone for a while, as the mounting stub for the antenna on the right side of the cowl is rusty. Old wrap-type steeringwheel rim cover. Runs out well, if a tad robust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,832. Not preserved. More of a work truck with work done on it every once in awhile. Came out of the high plains of Montana, so it was neither baked in the desert sun nor rotted away by snow and road salt. Despite being slightly off grade, the bones were still pretty good. Either keep running it as-is, or this will make an easy cosmetic redo. Final price is in line with the market over the past half year. NOT SOLD AT $23,250. Stated on the auction block that it was “a C-code built into an A-code.” No, it’s still a base model with the C-code 2-barrel 289 V8 VIN. Just call it modified, and hairs won’t need to be split. They can call it whatever they want, but the bidders weren’t fooled or impressed, as they chased it to C-code money—which was more than enough. #30-1977 FORD F-250 Ranger Camper Special pickup. VIN: F25SRY06652. Yellow & white/gray cloth. Odo: 87,336 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Equipped with two fuel tanks. Aftermarket alloy wheels shod with modern 16-inch radials. Original steel rim and bias-ply tire on the spare-tire rack. Some areas of older selective touch-up, but mostly wears original paint. Older spray-on bedliner coating, applied over the original paint. Aftermarket decal on the left front fender. Light surface rust leaching out from around the vent-window frames and doorframe rain channels. Newer chrome front bumper, recently rattle-canned rear-step bumper. Seat reupholstered with modern fabric in a generic pattern. Gaping hole in #390-2007 SHELBY GT/SC coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT82H475337261. White w/ gunmetal stripes/black leather. Odo: 1,753 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, auto. Originally built for Carroll Shelby’s then wife. As such, it was essentially a rolling catalog of components from Shelby American. Used for a few years by her, then sold to the consignor, after being signed at least once inside and once outside by Carroll himself. Several Shelby-related decals added to the windshield since, including an SAAC membership sticker. Original tires are showing some chalkiness from heat cycling and age combined. Light carpet and driver’s seat wear. Squeaky clean under the hood, not so much under the car. No paintwork issues. Has two open manufacturer’s recalls on it when offered. Cond: 2-. date-coded engine within three months of production of the car. Replacement transmission and differential. Aftermarket oil filtration system, with the battery relocated to the trunk. Also has an MSD box and Soft Touch rev controller near the original battery location. Otherwise leaning towards stock and quite tidy engine bay. Body-on repaint, with several masking errors on the glass in the form of overspray. Decent door fit. Replated bumpers along with selective trim rechroming and polishing. Reproduction or NOS grille. Wavy reproduction door panels do not match up at all with the good seat upholstery. Modern Hurst shifter and Sun tach clamped to the steering column. Aftermarket oil pressure gauge mounted below the dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $67,500. Stated that this is one of 11 ’66 base Coronet 2-door sedan Hemis with a 4-speed. I state that this is now most useful as a historical-class drag car, or one to manhandle on the street to be “that guy” at the local car show. Bidding started at $50k and ended shortly after the reserve was lifted. If the Arizona auctions showed us anything, it’s that the new normal for Hemi values is significantly lower than it was a dozen years ago. Welcome to the new normal for B-body Hemi pricing. At least the consignor for this one “got it” and let this Hemi parts collection go. SOLD AT $70,200. Based on the 2007 Shelby GT, this car was more of a factory demo car than anything else. Initially a nosale after it was bid to $65k on the block, before the next car behind it rolled off the block, this Shelby was declared sold by Mitch. As Carroll was divorced from the wife who had this car before he died, and not very amicably either, this sold exceptionally well. Especially since you can get a freshfrom-the-factory GT350 R that you can actually use for what was spent here. Nevertheless, it ended up tying for the top sale spot here for the weekend. MOPAR #509-1966 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. VIN: WE21H67314646. White/blue nylon & vinyl. Odo: 54,780 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Original Hemi car, but with a 114AmericanCarCollector.com #261-1972 DODGE CHALLENGER replica R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23G2B152905. Gold w/ black graphics/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 64,411 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c and power steering. Per the G engine code in the VIN, this was originally built with a 318-ci V8, so the 440 under the hood is a newer interloper. Thanks to a large Carter AFB pattern carburetor, longer-duration cam and tube headers, it is a bit of a lopey runner. Motor also wears Mopar Performance cast alloy valve covers and chrome open-element air cleaner. Aftermarket 17-inch wheels and radials do a great job showing off the 4-wheel drum brakes. Decent topical repaint and graphics application in recent years. Good original paint in the door jambs. Good redyed vinyl roof. Window-tint film starting to come loose on a few corners of most glass. New replacement windshield. Newer gas tank and rear shock absorbers. Light wear and soiling on the reproduction seats. Aftermarket oil-pressure gauge mounted at


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SILVER AUCTIONS // Fort McDowell, AZ the front of console, DIN-mount sound system cut into the dashboard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. Anybody expecting this to be a real ’72 Challenger R/T 440 will be sorely disappointed. The only sporty package this year was the Rallye, and the biggest engine was now the small-block 340. From here until the model was discontinued after 1974, the Challenger was essentially a sexy-looking Dart. Still, someone wanted this one badly enough that when they had the high bid at $24k, Mitch announced that the reserve was $25k, and that bidder upped his offer to get it. All I’ve got to say is enjoy. AMERICANA #493-1950 DIAMOND T 222 pickup. VIN: IDC0003559ZZ. Red/red, gray & black vinyl. Odo: 60,928 miles. 236-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Idaho-assigned VIN, rather than the original serial number of 2220249. Comprehensive restoration in 2009. Good bare-cab repaint. Also has some light orange peel on the cab corners and a few other compound curves. Buffed-out original stainless trim. All-new glass, including a non-OEM windshield. Good door fit, with all-new seals. Reproduction headliner and door panels. Deep scratch on the driver’s side door panel. A bit unusual to have bucket seats, but professionally reupholstered to likely better than new. They got cheap with the steering wheel, as the multiple cracks are poorly epoxied and the horn is now activated by a button clamped to the side of the steering column. Better-grade oak planking and stakes on the cargo bed. Blue silicone heater hoses and universal-fit radiator hoses, but otherwise well detailed under the hood. Cond: 2-. new Comfo-Vision cab, the latter was one step behind technologically. While IH went exclusively to overhead valve engines with their new post-war 1950 L-line trucks, Diamond T still used the Hercules flathead that dated to before WWII. All told, these were signs that Diamond T was losing its place as the premier truck builder that it held before WWII. By the end of the decade, it would be part of the White truck empire, and by 1967 essentially gone—blended with REO as Diamond Reo. Consigned by original owner’s grandson, so this fairly reasonable bid wasn’t enough to pry it away from the family. #392-1977 JEEP CJ-5 Renegade custom SUV. VIN: J7F83AH122899. Tan w/ orange & yellow graphics/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,508 miles. 304-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Modified with a body and suspension lift, plus aftermarket wheels shod with oversized tires. Also fitted with step bars, diamondplate rocker moldings, bikini top with tonneau cover, full soft top, 12,000-pound front electric winch, center console, four-spoke steering wheel and full complement of Auto Meter gauges fitted into the dash. Original optional 304-ci V8, but fitted with aftermarket 4-barrel carburetor induction, tube headers, and chrome valve covers. Excellent repaint, with only a few light nicks. Reproduction graphics. Modern replacement windshield. Clean gloss-black-painted undercarriage. Seats reupholstered generally towards stock, but seem to have thicker padding. Diamond-plate-pattern sheet-rubber flooring. Glasspack dual-exhaust system. Cond: 2-. lifted at $15,500, immediately got a $16k bid, then was went back and forth with two on-site bidders in $100 steps. #288-1991 JEEP COMANCHE pickup. VIN: 1J7FJ36S2ML548956. Gunmetal metallic w/ red graphics/gray cloth. Odo: 146,553 miles. 4.0-L fuel-injected I6, 5-sp. Optional 4-liter engine and a/c. Aftermarket box rails and diamond-plate aluminum overlay. Recent stock repaint, with equally stock graphics package and orange peel. Repainted bumpers, with DOT-grade rear reflectors. As for wheels, take your pick. Aftermarket alloy turbine wheels with oversized tires and hokey fake tri-bar spinners are on the ground, while one set of five plain standard rims and styled steel wheels are unmounted in the cargo box (thankfully, a long wheelbase, so they all barely fit). Clean, bone-stock engine, but exhaust gases are plumbed through a custom catback split no-muffler exhaust system. Only the carpeting gives any idea that this has over 100k miles on it—the rest of the interior is passable for 100k less miles of use. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. While International and Diamond T had an agreement starting in 1950 to supply the latter with the former’s 116AmericanCarCollector.com “ SOLD AT $18,900. Looking more stock than it really is; most of the mods were by and large tastefully done and not glaringly obvious (wheels and ride height being the non-subtle exceptions). The reserve was NOT SOLD AT $8,500. The exhaust retort—and the way it was piped—was a dead ringer for what I did on my first brand-new vehicle: a 1992 Ford Ranger SuperCab with a 4.0-L V6 and 5-speed. Both were very robust and neither six-nor-V8-sounding. This truck almost had me pining for another 4-liter compact pickup, but I’ll wait to see what Ford does with the new Ranger instead—although I suspect that it will be only slightly smaller than my F-150. Today’s oversized/overstuffed/overly complex trucks are creating something of a subculture for the compact pickups like the Comanche and Ranger of yore, although the price bump as of now is minimal except for minty examples. The consignor left his proof of insurance sitting out in the cab, showing that it had an agreed-value policy of $8k, so he should’ve been all over this bid. A The exhaust retort—and the way it was piped—was a dead ringer for what I did on my first brand-new vehicle, neither six-nor-V8-sounding. 1991 Jeep Comanche pickup ”


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP American Highlights at Four Auctions Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report GM #230-1930 CADILLAC V16 452 roadster. VIN: 702604. Gray & blue/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 2,803 miles. Cadillac turned the automotive market on its ear when they introduced the V16, which had been developed in secrecy. The engine was “styled” with hidden wires and brushed aluminum. Restored in late 1990s with numerous awards since. Interior showing a bit of age, but paint holding up well. Brightwork with acceptable luster. Trippe lights. An impressive Full Classic that is mounted on a massive 148-inch wheelbase. Cond: 2+. 4 SOLD AT $1,100,000. Quality Full Classics still bring strong money, and this was no exception. A desirable body style and the engine is an engineering marvel. Price paid was as expected, so no issue there. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. Erik Fuller ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Thought to be the last Imperial dual-windshield phaeton built — 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial dual-windshield phaeton, sold for $1,300,000 at rM Sotheby’s, Phoenix Dan Kruse houston, TX — november 25–26, 2016 Auctioneers: Dan Kruse Automotive lots sold/offered: 50/172 Sales rate: 29% Sales total: $640,710 high American sale: 1934 Ford Deluxe custom sedan and a 1954 Ford F-100 pickup, sold at $43,200 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale, AZ — January 19–20, 2017 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 142/159 Sales rate: 89% Sales total: $53,711,250 high American sale: 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $1,347,500 Buyer’s premium: 10% included in sale prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead 118 AmericanCarCollector.com Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ — January 19–20, 2017 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner and James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 84/105 Sales rate: 80% Sales total: $36,215,920 high American sale: 2009 Viper Venom 1200 coupe, sold at $83,600 Buyer’s premium: 10% included in sale prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Gooding Scottsdale, AZ — January 20–21, 2017 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 106/126 Sales rate: 84% Sales total: $33,424,650 high American sale: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $1,100,000 Buyer’s premium: 10% included in sale prices Report by Joe Seminetta, photos by Ian Butt SOLD AT $35,200. A conversation piece that would be a lot of fun at the local cruise night. Sold for a bit more than expected, so a couple of bidders thought it would be an interesting addition to their collections. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #178-1931 CHEVROLET AE INDEPENDENCE Canopy Express. VIN: K4877629. Red-orange/green vinyl. Odo: 56,685 miles. The Canopy Express had a 72-inch bed with scroll-down curtains, making the perfect vending truck for produce. It has been restored to a high standard with all the faux fruit and produce. Paint showed well but undercarriage shows use. Once part of Ron Pratte’s collection. Cond: 2. TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #270-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC56L020258. Matador Red & India Ivory/white fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,614 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in early 2000s and properly maintained since. Equipped with 265-ci “Hot One” with Powerglide transmission. Fitted with fender skirts and Continental Kit. Engine bay sparkles. Brightwork in good order. Finished in the “right” colors. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. work, old dry tires, missing hubcaps, torn seats and the list goes on. However, the interior of the camper was in very good condition. There was definitely a lot of work done in a short amount of time. The consignor is sure to have more invested than the high bid here. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. SOLD AT $63,250. Last seen at Mecum’s 2014 Seattle, WA, auction, where it failed to sell at $75,000 (ACC# 6712544). In hindsight, the seller should have taken the bid, as the market has shifted. Having the car offered at no reserve cost him $12k plus transportation, etc. Bad decision, but new owner should be pleased. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #132-1956 CADILLAC SERIES 60 Caddy Shack Special Camper. VIN: 5660014190. Green/brown & gold leather. Odo: 54,319 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent paint is thick with prep issues. Brightwork is original and shows age. Dents on right side of the camper body have been painted over. Doors are difficult to close. Opening in stitching on the dash upholstery at the driver’s position. Interior camper in good condition. Linoleum flooring is old and original. Signs of water damage around the roof vent. Everything in the camper is unrestored and period-correct. Cond: 3. #257-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: C57K180930. Red/red & ivory leather. Odo: 8,461 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be a multiple award winner. Big-block 462 with four-wheel disc brakes. One-off wheels said to cost $10k. High-quality paint job with a few clearcoat surface scratches, mostly from age. Chrome slightly pitted and beginning to dull. Panel alignment is very good. Rubber has been replaced. Tastefully done interior. Lower panel built below the dash to house the a/c vents. Custom center console. Carpets are all new. Recent upholstery and reworked door panels. Digital aftermarket gauges. Highly dressed engine compartment with custom-made air cleaner. Trunk fully lined to match interior. Cond: 2+. P GLOBAL #270-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR con- vertible. VIN: VC56L020258. Matador Red & India Ivory/white fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,614 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in early 2000s and properly main- tained since. Equipped with 265-ci “Hot One” with Powerglide transmission. Fitted with fender skirts and Continental Kit. En- gine bay sparkles. Brightwork in good order. Finished in the “right” colors. A strong pre- sentation. Cond: 1-. work, old dry tires, missing hubcaps, torn seats and the list goes on. However, the interior of the camper was in very good con- dition. There was definitely a lot of work done in a short amount of time. The con- signor is sure to have more invested than the high bid here. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. SOLD AT $63,250. Last seen at Mecum’s 2014 Seattle, WA, auction, where it failed to sell at $75,000 (ACC# 6712544). In hind- sight, the seller should have taken the bid, as the market has shifted. Having the car offered at no reserve cost him $12k plus transportation, etc. Bad decision, but new owner should be pleased. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #132-1956 CADILLAC SERIES 60 Caddy Shack Special Camper. VIN: 5660014190. Green/brown & gold leather. Odo: 54,319 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent paint is thick with prep issues. Brightwork is original and shows age. Dents on right side of the camper body have been painted over. Doors are difficult to close. Opening in stitching on the dash upholstery at the driv- er’s position. Interior camper in good condi- tion. Linoleum flooring is old and original. Signs of water damage around the roof vent. Everything in the camper is unrestored and period-correct. Cond: 3. #257-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: C57K180930. Red/red & ivory leather. Odo: 8,461 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be a multiple award win- ner. Big-block 462 with four-wheel disc brakes. One-off wheels said to cost $10k. High-quality paint job with a few clearcoat surface scratches, mostly from age. Chrome slightly pitted and beginning to dull. Panel alignment is very good. Rubber has been replaced. Tastefully done interior. Lower panel built below the dash to house the a/c vents. Custom center console. Carpets are all new. Recent upholstery and reworked door panels. Digital aftermarket gauges. Highly dressed engine compartment with custom-made air cleaner. Trunk fully lined to match interior. Cond: 2+. GLOBAL GLOBAL NOT SOLD AT $52,000. This one had a lot of eye appeal and was getting attention from spectators. The build cost likely exceeded the purchase price here, especially given that the custom-made wheels were said to have cost $10k. The dealer who consigned this one had it listed online for $90k. This same dealer passed on the high bids on some of his other consignments at this sale as well. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. NOT SOLD AT $20,500. Of all the vehicles at the sale, this one was getting the most attention. There was a swarm of interest in it throughout the day. In July 2016, this one was offered for sale on Craigslist in Deming, NM, for $9k. It was not in the condition you see here. The paint was faded, dull bright- #213-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: H59L190763. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 62,358 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent refreshening in good condition. A few imperfections in the paint, mostly in the form of sand marks and dry spray. Brightwork appears to be original, with a few flaws. Heavy pitting around the taillight bezels. Other brightwork is in good condition. Scratches on the rear glass. Dry spray on repainted dash, with trash in the interior paint. Reupholstered seats. Gauges in good condition. Carpets have been replaced. Engine compartment is tidy. Aluminum radiator. Repainted inner fenders with new hoses and belts on the engine. Cond: 2-. March-April 2017 119


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP NOT SOLD AT $17,500. This was the first year for the El Camino, which was Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Ranchero. Based on the Brookwood wagon, early El Caminos came in one trim level, which was basically Bel Air exterior cladding with lower-level Biscayne interior treatment. Because these were meant to work, it is not uncommon to find one with trim removed due to previous damage. Trim is difficult to source, and everything on this one was right where it should be. The seller was right to hold out for a higher payday, as one in this condition should be in the $20k range. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. #217-1966 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: C1446S122202. Gold patina/tan vinyl. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original paint with decent patina. A few small dents and dings in the original body panels, but nothing significant. Panel alignment is good. Paint has surface rust with rusted-through panels behind the tires at the bottom. Original wood bed. Doors are solid with good fit. New seat in otherwise original interior. Under-dash gauges and a/c. Gauges are clear. New carpets and thresholds. Updated door hardware. Big, beefy engine with dressed-up components. Original radiator and original paint under the hood. Cond: 4+. #85-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 338677M165524. Eng. # V203241. Crystal Blue/blue canvas/light blue vinyl. Odo: 38,187 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Pitting on mirrors and brightwork around the windows. Pitting on the wheels. Bumpers are in good condition. Doors are out slightly at the top rear. Paint is high quality, with a few small prep issues and the occasional scratch or chipped paint. Some areas touched up while others are not. Glass is clean and clear. Top is believed to be original, with three small tears above the passenger’s seat. New rubber is in good order. New upholstery and carpet. Gauges are cloudy. Most of dash is worn and weathered. Lackluster interior brightwork with lots of scratches and imperfections. Center console stainless is dull. Engine bay is tidy and not overdone. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. Consigned by a large classic-car dealer, it was listed in the auction description as having “less than 500 miles on engine,” but their online description stated “engine has only 750 miles since it was rebuilt.” The odometer shows less than 400 miles, so all around a tad confusing. The dealer has it advertised on their website for $42,995. The earlier Chevelles, such as this one, could be decoded by the VIN number, and this one shows good origins as it had been born an SS 396. While decent entry-level SS Chevelles should still bring about $10k more than the high bid, the reconstructed title will certainly soften the value, as reflected in the top offer here. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. NOT SOLD AT $46,000. This was a welloptioned example with a/c, power top, power windows, power driver’s seat, power antenna, and power steering and brakes. The convertible top is believed to be original. Bonhams had this one estimated between $90,000 and $120,000, which would just about be a world record for a run-of-themill, albeit well-optioned, example that does not carry any real provenance. Offered at no reserve, and the top bid was a marketcorrect $46,000, but post-sale results show that this one did not sell. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. SOLD AT $10,260. Popular natural “patina” finish, but obviously not from a dry climate as is evident from the rust. The patina is described as “mostly original,” which signals that some areas must have been treated to do what Mother Nature couldn’t accomplish in the consignor’s time frame. This reporter recently sold an all-original 1961 Ford F100 Unibody out of Arizona with no rust-through and a good amount of patina for the same sales price as this one here. The Unibody is arguably a more desirable truck and it was in better condition, but the price paid also depends on the buyer being a die-hard Ford or Chevy guy. Well sold. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #240-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177K168176. Bolero Red/black vinyl. Odo: 376 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reconstructed title. Assumed to be a freshly rebuilt engine. Cragar wheels with factory Rally wheels included in the sale. Power disc brakes. Older repaint is glossy, with a few defects. Paint chips around the hood. Brightwork is good and wheels are highly polished. Rubber has been replaced. Glass is clean and clear. Interior is tidy. Upholstery is in good condition. Carpets are newer. Mildew under the passenger’s floor mat. Aftermarket radio. Pitting on the ignition switch. Cond: 2-. #251-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS coupe. VIN: 136379K449159. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 96,619 miles. 398-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. Recent refreshing in good condition. Paint shows a little bit of age with a few light clearcoat scratches. Poor prep on left rear quarter panel and a moderate rub on the rear deck to the right in the trunk lid, possibly a buffer burn. Rear glass is very scratched. Rubber has been replaced. Panels line up well. Rear bumper is pitted and cloudy. Interior is tidy. Wood steering wheel. Tachometer has fallen off the steering column and it’s hanging by the wires. Carpet has been replaced. Power steering and power disc brakes. Very tidy engine. Mickey Thompson valve covers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Most likely an L34 or L35 engine configuration, but the description lacked which powerplant was under the hood. The L78 and L89 could quickly be eliminated, as this would have been a major selling point of the car. Almost 70% of the Chevelles produced in 1969 were equipped with the L35, and 54% of those were manuals, so this one has a high likelihood of being an L35. Values over the past several years have been pretty consistent. All things considered, the high bid here was under the money and in SS tribute territory. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. CORVETTE #236-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S001388. Sportsman Red/tan fabric/red vinyl. Odo: 37,272 miles. 236-ci I6, 150-hp 3x1-bbl, auto. Recent respray in Sportsman Red. Stated to be one of just 100 delivered in that livery, but that


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP can’t be documented by VIN or body tags. Low miles stated to be original. Door fit issues, which are common. Trunk fit also off a bit. Bumpers lost their luster and need to be redone. Needs some TLC. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. This was last seen at Mecum’s 2015 February Las Vegas sale, where it realized $82,080 (ACC# 6773180). The on-site reporter stated that it was well bought and the buyer wouldn’t lose money. Well, two years later he did just that. 1954 Corvettes tend to stick pretty close to $75k, and considering the issues, the lower price paid here was about right. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #60-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE racer. VIN: 1946765118010. Black/ black leather. CSB 500-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. SVRA “Medallion” vintage racer. SCCA, SVRA and HSR logbooks with extensive documentation. Non-conforming VIN. Only five hours of run time since refresh. Very high-quality paint for a race car. No rock chips on the nose. Panel fit is good. Dash top paint is chipped. Face of dash replaced with stainless piece. Painted transmission tunnel has speckles exposing bare metal and other larger chips. Leather seats are in good condition but do show some wear. Five-point racing harnesses. Exposed side exhaust. Cond: 2-. #20-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: 194679S710170. Burgundy/ black vinyl. Odo: 41,277 miles. 427ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Matching - numbers L88. Bloomington Gold Certified. NCRS Top Flight. VetteFest Gold Spinner Award winner. Original tank sticker. Very few flaws, if any. Minor clearcoat imperfections, mostly cleaning. Brightwork is in very good condition. New rubber on car. Panel fit is very good. Passenger’s door slightly out at the bottom. No signs of top lying on the body, but evidence exists on the windshield header stainless. Interior shows virtually no wear. Seats are better than new. Carpets have been replaced. Center console stack is average. Cond: 2+. show only minor wear. Screen printing is all intact. Rubber is original but all good. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. It appears as though the consignor has been looking to offload this one for much of last year. It has now made the rounds at three sales since last summer, starting with Motostalgia’s Indianapolis sale in June 2016, where it did not sell for $28k (ACC# 6803600). Dan Kruse offered it at their Austin sale in September 2016, where bids stalled at $22,500 (ACC# 6804389). Here, the consignor got another reality check for the actual value. Now out multiple consignment and transport fees. The Motostalgia offer was fair, but high estimates have likely led the consignor to believe it was worth much more. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. FOMOCO NOT SOLD AT $490,000. With fewer than a dozen American cars offered at the sale, this was the most valuable of them all. While muscle cars have shown some weakness in recent years, L88 sales have remained in the stratosphere, with two sales and offers in 2016 topping $500,000 and two in 2015 with sales and offers over $800,000. At $550,000 to $650,000, the catalog estimate reflected the market accurately. Bidding stalled just shy of $500,000 and the car stayed under the care of its current owner. Competing with highvalue Europeans, it may inspire more interest elsewhere. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. SOLD AT $28,050. Ready to race and said to be built using the “best of everything”; bidding started very soft below $10,000 and climbed slowly. The logbooks trace its racing history back to 1983. The five hours of run time since the cosmetic restoration do not include any further racing. Offered at no reserve, and the components alone outpace the price paid for this one. Even if this one was a little beat up and showed heavier track use, it was still worth the money. Very well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. 122 AmericanCarCollector.com #295-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J0P5800313. Ruby Red/red leather. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. All original with factory paint presented in well-kept overall condition. Panel fit is correct. No noticeable flaws. Paint has been touched up where small rock chips have marked the hood. Windshield shows early signs of delamination at the edges. Glass roof with a second paint-matched factory targa top stowed in luggage area. Slightly worn driver’s seat outside bolster. Otherwise, interior is in good original condition. Original carpets #123-1932 FORD 5-WINDOW coupe. VIN: 4764995. Red/tan leather & fabric. Odo: 3,331 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, manual. An iconic ’32 5-window coupe with styling by Boyd Coddington. Built in 1984. Fitted with 350 small-block Chevrolet V8. Also has Edelbrock aluminum heads, 4-bbl Weber and long-tube headers. Top chopped two inches. Equipped with air and tilt wheel. Has been properly maintained and has a period look. Very decent condition for older build. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,250. This sold for a bit under the money, but what was a fresh look in 1984 is now a bit dated and often copied. A great touring car, so I suggest the new owner put some miles on this street rod and have some fun. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #275-1954 FORD F-1 custom pickup. VIN: F10D4D24828. Red/tan vinyl. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Vintage Air, power steering, four-wheel power disc brakes, hood-flip kit, air-ride suspension. Fuel filler relocated to bed. Described as a fresh build, but definitely showing some use. Fiberglass running boards and rear fenders. Paint has some areas of sun fading. Driver’s door is significantly out at the rear. Electric door releases with shaved door handles. Brightwork in good condition with new chrome wheels and new chrome grille. New BEST BUY


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL rubber seals. Updated carpets show little use. VDO gauges. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2-. for $9k in April 2011. A few months before being offered here, it could be found postrestoration with an online price of $33k and in another eBay listing where bidding topped out at $30,100. Not too far off from the high bid here, but the consignor is likely in it for more than was offered at this sale. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. SOLD AT $43,200. After being offered twice recently without selling, this one has finally changed hands. Motostalgia first offered it at their Indianapolis sale in 2016 (ACC# 6809387). There, it had a low catalog estimate of $40k, which matched the final no-sale bid when it was offered at Dan Kruse’s Austin sale in September 2016 (ACC# 6804382). Before commissions, the selling price here was exactly identical. It appears the market has been set, and this one sold in line with what Motostalgia previously estimated. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. #247-1955 FORD CROWN VICTORIA coupe. VIN: U5NW141779. Midnight Blue & Sterling Silver/gray & black vinyl. Odo: 15,953 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Build is a few years old. Paint is in good condition, but showing a little age. Trash in the paint on the hood with a few areas of poor prep. Stainless is dull with some small dings. Light pitting on the door handles. Panels lined up well. LED indicators in the mirrors. Interior is in good condition. Newer dash paint. Carpets have been replaced. Custommade floor mats. Uncut dash with R134a a/c. Upgraded custom tilt steering wheel. Upgraded power plant with 12-volt electrical. Dressed-up Edelbrock components. Cond: 3+. Blue/black leather. Odo: 48,720 miles. 289ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Finished in attractive, original Princess Blue. This mid-’64 Cobra had many of the later updates including rack-and-pinion steering and upgraded electronics. NOM with Webers and hood scoop. Exceptional paint, panel gaps and bodywork. Nice interior. Cond: 1-. 5 #14-1964 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2411. Princess NOT SOLD AT $350,000. Formerly owned and raced by Sir Stirling Moss from 1993 to 1999. This was said to be among his favorite race cars. It was sold by Worldwide in 2007 at their Houston sale for a muchhigher-than-anticipated $561k (ACC# 1569759). Moss himself was present at the sale, which could have contributed to the strong transaction. In 2012, Worldwide offered it again, this time at their Auburn sale, where bidding stalled short of the reserve at $340k (ACC# 4952822). In 2013, Mecum offered it in Monterey, where again it did not sell with a high offer of $325k (ACC# 6732541). The bidding here topped the last two attempts but still fell short of the reserve, and the market remains set on this one at around $350k. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. SOLD AT $1,100,000. Both the seller and restorer were often answering questions about the car during the preview. This gave a lot of confidence to bidders. This lot opened with an absentee bid of $800k. The crowd cheered when the $1m mark was reached, but that was the final bid at the high end of the pre-sale estimate. Well sold in this market, given the NOM and other incorrect features. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. #266-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S089. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,185 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A retired ex-Sir Stirling Moss race car. Modified to GT350 R spec in the 1980s. Said to have extensive history with many photos, documents and race registries. Paint has plenty of flaws from use. Typical age-related cracks with a few scratches here and there. Lexan windows in the rear. Aluminum replaces metal on many panels. Panel fit is good. Interior is spartan and tidy. All aftermarket gauges. Racing seats with harness. Roll cage. Mileage hasn’t moved since we first reported on this one in 2007. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. This one was offered for sale privately in 2011 in an unrestored condition. At the time, it featured a Continental kit, retained the original 292-ci powerplant and was said to have been garaged for over 20 years with around 57k miles. Judging from the current condition, the mileage was likely reset to zero when the build was done. The car sold on eBay “ #225-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67400F4A01016. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 10,495 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shelby applied his magic to the ’67 Mustang with lights in the grille, new taillights and side air scoops. The GT500 is powered by the Interceptor 428 with dual quads. Restored in 2005 with original motor. Excellent paint and interior. Engine clean and tidy. An exceptional example with Marti Report. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $286,000. Wow, reset the price guides, as this blew through the previous highs. A wonderful example, but at a price. At least two bidders had to have it, and the “winner” paid a steep price. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. Formerly owned and raced by Sir Stirling Moss from 1993 to 1999. This was said to be among his favorite race cars. 1965 Shelby GT350 fastback March-April 2017 123 ” TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #273-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 replica fastback. VIN: 0F02F185253. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 18,866 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older restoration in good condition. A few blemishes and touchups here and there. Panel alignment is good. Brightwork has all been replaced, with the exception of the door handles, which are scratched. Vinyl graphics not faded. Correct rear wing and front air dam. Comfort Weave high-back bucket seats. Incorrect steering wheel. Major abrasion on the carpet near the automatic gear selector. Gauges are unrestored and decent. No tachometer. Good headliner. A/C upgraded to R134a. Functional shaker hood scoop. New belts and hoses. Cond: 2-. offered this one at no reserve at their Monterey sale in 2016, where it changed hands for $35,200 (ACC# 6808528). Offered at no reserve here; the consignor threw the dice and realized a healthy profit. Well sold. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. Using a replica is guilt-free, as it’s not original and therefore not as valuable. Leake has offered this one twice with good success. They sold it at their Tulsa sale in 2014 for $30,250 (ACC# 6715699). Last year, it appeared at their Tulsa sale again, where it changed hands for $28,050 (ACC# 6807885). Had this been a real Boss 302, prices are typically in the $60k range for one in comparable condition. The consignor here was looking for a number closer to $40k. The market on this particular one appears to have been set around $30k, give or take. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. #57-1976 FORD BRONCO Ranger SUV. VIN: U15GLC78000. Solar Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 613 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. High-level frame-off restoration in very good condition. Glossy high-quality paint. Dull rub mark at the right bottom of the windscreen frame. Restored hard top. Rubber misaligned at the driver’s door entry. Solid door fit. Replaced brightwork and badging. Bumper and grille are in good condition. Vinyl graphics are well applied. Newer alloy wheels. Interior paint is extremely well applied. Headliner is all new. Three-on-the-tree with like-new wood steering wheel. All-new carpet. Door jambs are very tidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. While not official, word was floating around that the three-year frame-off restoration was done at a cost of $60k. Since these have shot up in value a few years ago, there seems to be no shortage of available examples, even at high-end sales that specialize mainly in European marques. Mecum 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #255-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S46Y401580. Red/black leather. Odo: 195 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Built to commemorate Ford’s 100th anniversary. Powered by an aluminum 550-hp modular V8. Offered with all four available options. Priced at $139,995 in 2006. In showroom-new condition with all books, compressor and car cover. Driven an average of 20 miles a year. Cond: 1. $1,210,000. A slight bump since, which just might cover transportation and other fees. A stunning automobile that will always have a following. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #51-1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. VIN: 7400026. Eng. # C392903. Chrysler Royal Maroon/maroon leather. Odo: 898 miles. 324-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Longterm ownership with California black plates. Older restoration in excellent condition. Very well kept. High-quality paint job is evenly applied with few flaws, despite the age. Wood is in very good condition, with some splintering on the driver’s door. Chunk of clearcoat missing at the very front of driver’s door, which is also out toward the rear. Passenger’s door out at the beltline. Trim is lightly pitted. Passenger’s door will not open with the exterior handle. Driver’s seat leather is cracked from use. Pitting and dullness around the horn bezel. Other interior brightwork is average. Top hardware is in good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $305,250. One of the few supercars to more than double in value in 10 short years. Has been maintained in as-new condition. The question is, what do you do with it? Drive it and lose value, or just look at it? I would have to do at least a few hot laps before I put it away. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. MOPAR 3 VIN: 7803657. Moon Glow Blue/tan fabric/ tan leather. Odo: 78,017 miles. Designed by noted LeBaron designer Ralph Roberts as a gift for his wife. Headlights were repositioned and full skirts installed. Thought to be the last Imperial dual-windshield phaeton built. Recent freshening by RM Auto Restoration. Best in Class at 2014 Pebble Beach concours. Numerous other awards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,300,000. We watched this sell at the Milhous Collection sale conducted by RM in Boca Raton in 2012 (ACC# 4776276), where it realized #132-1933 CHRYSLER CL IMPERIAL dual-windshield phaeton. SOLD AT $79,750. If the miles are indicative of post-restoration miles, this one was seldom used after completion. It was the 25th example to roll off the production line. It was purchased new by Southern California newlyweds, who kept the car for almost 70 years. To find one from that year that sold for less than $100k, you have to go back to sales from 10 years ago. The catalog estimate of $120k to $160k was spot-on. The new owner should be smiling ear to ear. Very well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/17. (See profile, p. 58.) #322-1964 PLYMOUTH VALIANT convertible. VIN: 1442518858. White/white & red vinyl. Odo: 32,944 miles. 170-cc I6, 1-bbl, auto. Very tired and mostly original. Paint is very dull with heavily pitted brightwork. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Right rear taillight is melted. Body filler on left rear quarter panel. Top is completely shot and torn. Newer hubcaps are out of place. Front windshield is heavily streaked from wipers. Seats show significant soiling. Appears to have spent some time uncovered with the top down. Rubber is cracked and hard. Optional factory power steering with a very small aftermarket steering wheel. Door pulls are broken off. Interior stainless is very lackluster. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,456. The Valiant was an entry-level car for Plymouth. Parts and support are readily available, making these ideal candidates for a budgetfriendly restoration, but they will still turn heads. The same owner possessed this one for the past 20 years, and despite the neglect, the car was complete and garnered a lot of interest from spectators. The price paid was no-harm, no-foul and a great entry point into the hobby. Throw a few bucks into some minor sorting and it could bring a few thousand extra dollars in the springtime. Well bought overall. Dan Kruse Classics, Houston, TX, 11/16. AMERICANA #116-1931 PACKARD 840 Deluxe Eight convertible. VIN: 188700. Eng. # 188680. Black/tan fabric/black leather. Odo: 16,215 miles. A semi-custom by Dietrich. The 1931 New York Auto Show car. Thought to be one of 11 built with dual rear-mounted spares. An extensive restoration many years back. Unusual accessory mirrors. Correct onyx dash knobs. Top soiled. Door leather restraining strap broken. Paint a bit edgy. Would be an exceptional CCCA CARavan car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,500. The price paid was well below the auction company’s estimate, but the condition does not warrant much more money. The buyer will have to write a few more sizable checks to bring this up a few notches. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. #217-1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT 1104 roadster. VIN: 752604. Packard Green/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 66,807 miles. An older restoration by marque specialists. Engine by Art Brummer. Has been well maintained with wonderful wood on dash and doors. Mild patina on leather interior. A good look with blackwall tires and chrome wires. A very desirable body style. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $242,000. Price paid was in the expected range, as ’34 is a favored year for Packard followers due to fender lines. The coupe roadster has an elegant look from any position. I just hope the new owner gets it on the road, as it is an exceptional tour car. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/17. A 126 AmericanCarCollector.com


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The Parts Hunter Pat Smith The Fine Print Matters Read that auction description with care, because the devil is in the details #302124757770 1965 Chevrolet Impala SS hub- to the same quality as the originals back when metal was cheap. You’d be paying $200 each and they likely would not be identical in quality. Although there are a lot of reproduction 1965 Impala parts available, there are holes in the soft trim and optional equipment areas. All things considered, price paid was fair. caps NOS set of 4. 5 photos. Condition: New. eBay. Pittsfield, MA. 1/17/2017. “You are bidding on a set of 4 Chevrolet 1965 Impala SS full-size wheel covers. These are in the GM boxes part number 3964523. These are the correct covers for 1965.” Sold at $650. $171.25 per wheel disc sounds like a lot, but it isn’t when you consider what it would cost to tool up pieces #25268103522 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T Super Bee 500 bumper. 11 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Choteau, MT, 12/23/2016 #37180175083 1968-69 AMC Javelin/ AMX factory AM/FM radio. 12 photos. Condition: Used. eBay. Santa Cruz, CA. 11/30/2016 “Factory AM/FM radio out of a 1968 Javelin. Model number F8SMG. This radio will fit 1968–69 Javelin and AMX models. Not many of these were made and very few survived. Don’t miss this rare example. This radio is in very good condition as shown. The face/lens is very nice without cracks or damage. All push buttons and dials work well with the exception of the far left button, which works but I can’t seem to change its setting (no biggie, you have four others). The case is very clean. Radio was tested and plays loud and clear.” Sold at $649. FM stereo radios are the most expensive to find for any car. AMC didn’t even sell them in ‘68. This mono job was AMC’s top of the line. American Motors radios, depending on their age, were made either by Soundex, Motorola or Clarion. Some other contracts were awarded as well. This looks like a typical Clarion unit. While it wasn’t a steal by any means, you can’t use other AMC radios as substitutes. Restorers have to scour swapmeets for better deals. AMC radios have been creeping up in price since one of the major suppliers sold his inventory and left the business. This one was market price-plus. “Complete 1970 Coronet, R/T, Super Bee or 500 bumper assembly. One black plastic filler is good, the other is missing. Bumper has scratches and a few dents noted on the center chrome piece and also the outside of the driver’s side. Overall, a good core or usable driver.” Sold at $299. The 1970 Coronet bumper was a one-yearonly deal. Low production meant good cores dried up long ago. Some issues to be addressed: The center piece is only right for Coronet Deluxes, 440s and 500s. The R/T and Super Bee used body-color face bars. The Coronet bumper is a massive unit comprising 38 pieces when complete. This one’s missing the filler panel on one side and the grilles, and needs rechroming and repair work. Otherwise it’s pretty good. Alignment hassles are reduced with complete row of panel brackets. My bet is this went on a driver or patina rod. Price paid was market, but you can’t drive a Coronet without front bumpers. They are truly scary looking minus chrome. #272491406400 NOS 69 Camaro 427 GM 16 lifters mech. 454, LS6, COPO L71, L78. 8 photos. Condition: New. eBay. Boston, NY. 1/16/2017. “Listed is an NOS vintage original GM set of (16) sixteen solid mechanical lifters. Part number 5231585 and group number 0.459. Fits the following applications: 396, 427, 454 high-performance engines with solid-lifter camshafts. Sold as-is and exactly as seen in the photos.” Sold at $500. At $31.25 each, you can see why restoring an engine with NOS parts becomes very expensive. Is it overkill using NOS pieces no one will ever see? Some builders argue that the golden age of quality-machined parts is over and modern available parts aren’t worth installing. On the other hand, you can buy a set of lifters from well-known companies for $100 and it will have a warranty. It’s money better spent elsewhere, but it does show you how some of these engine builds get so expensive. Too bad there wasn’t a NOS GM camshaft as well. 128 AmericanCarCollector.com


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padded attaching bolts and gasket for where it fits against the bucket.” Sold at $185. You have to wonder how many speedometer assemblies GM actually replaced on vehicles in the 1940s. The average truck would have been out of warranty coverage before it failed. In the pre-Monroney sticker era, few people cared about odometer readings. Just owning a vehicle was a big deal right after the war. Most of these speedos were excess inventory, crushed by GM for tax write-offs. Truck restos are now thriving, and pieces like these have a purpose again. You could just buy a speedo decal kit for $12 but it won’t fix a busted odometer. The right price for someone — how often do you come across one of these? #152392053077 1940, 1941, 1946 Chevrolet truck speedometer (new). 3 photos. Condition: New. eBay. Independence, MO. 1/18/2017. “Up for bids is a new speedometer for a 1940 through 1946 Chevrolet truck. New, not rebuilt, so no core is required. It even includes the cardboard cylinder that carries the high-beam light, high-beam lens, CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ #322376049310 Vintage Willys Jeep Jeepster Wagon front bumper. 12 photos. Condition: Remanufactured. eBay. New Caney, TX. 1/16/2017 “This bumper has gone through a complete restoration with cop- per, nickel base. It is ready to install and enjoy. Chrome is a deep, mirror show-car finish.” Sold at $600. Willys and Kaiser-era Jeeps were cult cars way before T. Rex wrote a song about them. A decent reproduction parts scene exists, but some pieces are still tough to locate. Convertible folding mechanisms, sunvisors, and armrest bases are still preferred from original sources when possible. This bumper, taken off a Jeepster, was given a complete restoration and it looks very nice. Fair price. Cheaper ones exist, as many owners took them off while installing PTOs or plows, but they won’t be as clean as this one. A SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com March–April 2017 129 Keith Martin’s


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JUNKYARD TREASURES A former gristmill in Texas is now the 15-year home of a parts supply, towing and salvage business Deep in the Parts of Texas Story and photos by Phil Skinner A bout 15 years ago, Kenneth Jackson set up shop in an old building in Stephenville, TX, in what had been a gristmill, and decided to take the former occupation as the name for his business. The Mill stands proud and operates a combination of parts supply, mechanical work, towing and salvage, as well as a still-strong demolition business. Unlike many yards that thrive on Kenneth Jackson Detailing What: The Mill Where: 21118 North Highway 281, Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday by appointment Phone: 254-918-2165 Web: www.themilltowing. com 130 AmericanCarCollector.com Stephenville, TX 76401 vintage tin, most of his business comes from customers right in the Lone Star State, from San Antonio to the DallasFort Worth area. In addition to parts for vehicles, he also recycles building materials and contents often found in structures he has been contracted to demolish. You never know what you might find at The Mill. There is usually a pretty wide selec- tion of pickup trucks on the property available for purchase or parts, and even a few complete vehicles. Hours of operation for The Mill are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. Inquiries are always welcome. A visit can be a lot of fun, but call ahead. A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door hard top 1956 Chevrolet Task Force-era 3600 series pickup


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1952 Chevrolet 3100 pickup 1956 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Catalina 2-dr hard top Metallic blue/saddle. 1,194 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. The recipient of a frameoff restoration that has logged just under 1,200 miles. Features vivid aesthetics, an air-conditioned cockpit, a modern drivetrain with a proven GM small block that’s guaranteed to haul plenty of, well, whatever you need to haul. Ready for a pickup you’ll be proud to show off? Take a close look at this awesome Chevy! $79,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors.com Web: www. rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/ active/1952%20Chevrolet%203100%20 Pickup%20Truck/135845 (NC) 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom 2-dr hard top S/N 31847J170795. Dark green/78,000 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300hp, Iowa car, excellent condition. OBO. Contact Don, Ph: 1.226.421.2328. (ON) 1967 Pontiac GTO HO convertible Lime Green/brown. 87 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. Fresh out of a professional, $350k build, this Chevy is a literal manifestation of “only the best.” If you’re looking for a storied custom that attracts big crowds and even bigger trophies, it’s prime time for Limetime! $145,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/ sales/inventory/active/1955%20Chevrolet%20Bel%20Air/135610 (NC) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N C856H10768. Sandalwood & Sun Beige/Sandalwood & Sun Beige leather. 62,300 miles. V8, automatic. Factory 317 ci, 4-barrel carburetor, Hydramatic. Low miles, drives nice, overall very good condition. Professional repaint in 2006, much trim rechromed/buffed. Newer Coker radial tires. Original nice matching leather interior. Comes with lots of literature, sales brochures, etc. No PS or PB, clock does not work. Have 2012 appraisal for $28k. Owned 11 years. Located in Portland with ’56 Oregon license plates. $24,000 OBO. Contact Tim, Ph: 971.279.5878. Email: twgodfrey@ hotmail.com (OR) 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top Ebony Black/black. 73,396 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. The beneficiary of a body-off rotisserie restoration that was conducted by a seasoned 442 expert. This striking Olds pairs an original 455-cubic-inch Rocket V8 with an original Muncie 4-speed and correct black-on-black aesthetics. And if you’re the kind of gearhead who likes to take their metal to the show, it’s the lust-worthy trophy king you’ve been devoutly saving for! $149,900 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@rkmotors. com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/ sales/inventory/active/1970%20Oldsmobile%20442%20W%2030/135844 (NC) 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible Signet Gold/black. 80,604 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. This GTO is a real 4-speed HO car. One of 1,591 HO convertibles built in 1967. Drivetrain is NOM, but engine was rebuilt to HO 360-hp specs. Full body-off rotisserie restoration in 2005 with less than 1,000 miles since. PS, PB with front discs and tilt wheel. $80,000 OBO. Contact David, Email: dpilkins@yahoo.com (VA) S/N 34467M151955. Saturn Gold/white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. One of 1,096 automatic convertible 442s. Survivor S/N 1G1YY0787F5126061. Red/red. 14,000 miles. V8, 4-sp automatic. This Corvette is a real gem. It is a one-owner (for 28 years), original vehicle with 13,900 documented miles. Looks and drives like brand new. Condition: 1-, with some wear on driver’s seat side bolster, otherwise flawless. Air conditioning blows cold and Blue/custom black & blue Houndstooth. V8, automatic. Recently restored; replaced quarters, rocker mouldings, convertible top, installed Custom Autosound radio, new custom interior with TMI (comfortable) seat covers and seat foam, newly painted, brand-new tires and alloy wheels (not pictured). A real beauty. Replace smallblock engine with a big block if you want a beast! $35,000 OBO. Contact Darlene, Ph: 724.989.2398. Email: darlindeer@yahoo. com (PA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 2-dr hard top S/N 124377L109731. BMW Glacier Silver Pearl/black & gray leather & vinyl. 240 miles. V8, 6-sp automatic. Show-quality custom with modern 430-hp LS3 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. Allnew systems including electrical, brake, cooling, fuel and exhaust. Power seats, windows, brakes and steering. New leather and vinyl upholstery. Listed on Craigslist, Fresno, CA, for additional photos, description and pricing. Contact Jim, Ph: 559.353.4637. Email: jim_ish@yahoo. com (CA) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro convertible 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS coupe with 65% original paint, top and interior. Numbers-matching block and transmission. Highly documented with window sticker, broadcast sheets and more. A host of options: a/c, tach, tilt, PW, PS, top AM-FM stereo, 8-track and dual-gate shifter. Drives like new. $47,500 OBO. Contact Jason, Ph: 414.688.0604. Email: jstrits@sbcglobal.net Web: goo.gl/photos/MUJXfAvGJEn37gv18 (WI) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am coupe Black/tan. 2,879,159,334 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. 6.6-L (403-ci), 4-bbl carb, manual trans., W72 package, WS6 package, Pontiac Historical Society documentation. Extensive history/documentation including window sticker, contract application, original 10-day temporary permit, copies of titles and sales of the car, repair orders dating back to 1979, log book kept by owner in the ’80s, original warranty info with original owner’s name and original owner’s manual. $30,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608. Email: craigbas77@gmail.com (TX) CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray convertible S/N 30867S118349. Red/red. 94,790 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. 327/340-hp with manual trans. Matching numbers and meticulously cared for. Comes with both hard and soft tops. Loads of history and paperwork and a blast to drive. $49,500 OBO. Mark V Motors LLC. Contact Dustin, Ph: 315.271.7828. Email: markvmotors@aol.com (NY) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 194676S118937. Sebring Silver/silver leather. 27,588 miles. V8, 2-sp automatic. 327/300-hp “CE,” black top. Options: headrests, AM/FM, power antenna, telescopic column, side exhaust, knockoffs, Goldline radials. 1991 stunning body-off restoration and 2012 show-quality repaint. Everything works properly and the car is a delight to drive and show. $64,900 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 317.490.3418. Email: greg@ esmindy.com (IN) 1985 Chevrolet Corvette coupe


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Showcase Gallery converted to R134A. No leaks whatsoever, no scratches or dings. Always stored covered and in heated garage, regularly serviced with synthetic oil changed twice a year regardless of mileage. It was purchased in 1985 by a middle-aged business owner, acquired by me in 2013 from the same, now elderly, original owner. The car has brand-new Goodyear tires, original tires included with sale. All original documentation including the original window sticker, title, dealer invoice, GM Protection Plan documents, delivery receipt and complete service records. Includes these options: automatic transmission with overdrive, six-way power seat, power door locks, cruise control, Delco-Bose stereo system, Z51 performance handling package, rearwindow defroster, removable transparent roof and red leather bucket seats. Contact me with any questions regarding this pristine Corvette. $12,000 OBO. Contact Mark, Ph: 802.343.8700. Email: mbennett8700@ aol.com (VT) FOMOCO 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX Continuation roadster MOPAR 1955 Chrysler C300 2-dr hard top Black/camel. 121 miles. V8, 5-sp manual. If you’re searching for a fresh twist on an old favorite, forget about project cars pieced together from leftovers. And forget about sloppy replica builds that shame their fabled predecessors. Call your friends at RK Motors Charlotte and pick up this razor-sharp roadster. It’s pristine, rare and ready to rock and roll! $229,000 OBO. RK Motors. Contact Troy, Ph: 704.596.5211. Email: troy@ rkmotors.com Web: www.rkmotorscharlotte. com/sales/inventory/active/1965%20 Shelby%20Cobra/135828 (NC) 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible S/N P5FH194712. Red/red & white. 5,400 miles. V8, Frame-off restoration, SVO 351 aluminum-head box motor, serpentine belt system, MSD, 2½-inch ceramic-coated Borla exhaust, ATO C4, Dana Posi 44, front discs, smoothed bumpers, Rocket salt flats, black canvas soft top and red hard top, top storage rack and car cover. $41,500 OBO. Contact Grant, Ph: 623.980.0014. Email: gpavolka@gmail.com (AZ) 1956 Lincoln Premier 2-dr hard top Sunlit Gold/black. 73,515 miles. V8, 4-sp manual. Verified Marti report, true J-code, GT 302-ci. Original miles, clear Arizona title. West Coast native and history. Flawless body and paint. Excellent condition. No disappointments. $45,000 OBO. Contact Al, Email: arizonaclassiccar@cox.net (AZ) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback Black/red. 62,000 miles. V8, 368-ci engine, power steering, brakes and windows, original interior, dual mirrors, road lamps and radial tires. $21,500. OBO. Contact John, Ph: 216.341.0397. (OH) 1964 Ford Mustang convertible S/N 8T02R20315602419. Highland Green/Saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. One of 13 King of the Roads with these options. Framed Elite Marti Report, 428-4V CJ engine, 3.50 Traction-Lok rear end. Authentic, meticulous rotisserie restoration by Bill Andrews of HRE Motorcars Freeport, NY. $189,900. Paramus Lamborghini. Contact Eddie, Ph: 201.783.6507. Email: EJones@ DrivePrestige.com (NJ) 1970 Shelby GT350 fastback V8, automatic. Two owners, with last ownership from 1971. 260 V8, rebuilt a few years back, power top, power steering. New radiator, heater core, water pump, gas tank, updated to new dual master cylinder, new brake lines, rebuilt power steering valve and slave, all-original interior, new battery. This car is a nice driver, and retains a lot of originality. $24,500 OBO. Tom Miller Sports Cars. Contact Thomas, Ph: 908.693.5723. Email: tom@millersportscars.com (NJ) S/N 3141246868. White/red. 218 miles. V8, automatic. 1964-1/2 factory Lightweight Hemi Savoy. Shown in the 2006 Mopar Performance calendar (copy goes to buyer) and acknowledged by Mopar experts (Galen Govier and others, in Davis book) as a top-tier car. This rare car is a time capsule. Two Govier authentications, window sticker, original fender tag and copy for shows. Infrequently raced in the early mid-’60s in the Midwest as the “Hemi Harvester” but never fully caged, tubbed or cut up. First-class restoration by top restorer Scott Tiemann upon its sale to a major collector. 1990 to date largely spent in two well-maintained collections. It has won its class and/or Best of Show at many major West Coast Mopar shows and high-level concours and is acknowledged by Mopar experts as best seen. Never abused and used little, its floors and unibody are factory original and straight. Factory-original K-head engine, correct wiring, optional front American Mags and steel rears with period M & H slicks. Car has unique and rare parts. The original lightweight Corning rear window, perfect Plexiglas side windows. Body including all the ORIGINAL aluminum is flawless and has all the ORIGINAL lightweight pieces including alloy hinges, brackets, lightweight front bumper, etc. Body and engine have correct factory build markings and paint swatches. Engine and trans are refreshed. The first of the factory Mopar Super Stocks. Will sell together with the 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi Super Stock. A package of the first and the last factory Mopar Super Stocks. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail. com (CA) 1968 Plymouth Barracuda Hurst Hemi BO 29 Super Stock racer S/N 0F02M482967. White/dark red. V8, automatic. PS, PB, very nice and correct car with one very good repaint, rare dark red interior. One of 32 with this great-looking combination, Marti Report. $65,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 330.759.5224. Email: jbenzr@aol.com (OH) S/N BO29M8B299131. Black/V8, February of 1968 build, #75 of total run of mixed SS Dart and Barracudas. Largely unused from new. Never caged or tubbed. thus from ’70 on it was NHRA not allowed to run due no cage. Unibody, floors and torque Blue/black. V8, Believed to be an early ’60s rear-engine Indy car. Has small-block Chevrolet engine, 2-speed Halibrand H-2210 gearbox, Hilborm fuel injection and NHRA blast-prop bell housing, Vertex magneto and Weaver Bros dry-sump oiling system and period wheels. Engine does run. $69,500 OBO. Contact Phil, Ph: 317.432.0414. Email: rockg930@gmail. com (IN) A March–April 2017 133 S/N 3N551076. White/tan. 106,000 miles. V8, automatic. All original except for lower front seat leather. From the West Coast, excellent condition with 106k miles, PS, PB, power windows, power seats. Everything works, but radio needs new vibrator. Great driver, always garaged, just tuned, all records since 1994. Additional images and info available. $45,000. Contact Albert, Ph: 814.466.6115. Email: bav1140@ comcast.net 1964½ Plymouth Savoy Lightweight Race 426 Hemi Crossram 2-dr sedan boxes not twisted or bent like A-bodies that were raced without a cage. Original black rear carpet under large rear window unfaded, floors have factory primer, no rust and original taillight plastic perfect. History from 1980 known but ’68 delivery to ’80 unknown. Apparently car was stored. 8¾ diff with factory heavy-duty drag axle remain. Owned by the Hemi Club president for many years. In magazines and pictured painted yellow in Hemi book prior to complete black paint restoration. Also featured post-restoration in Mopar 2006 calendar. Very correct, has won many shows and concours, in #1 condition and needs nothing. Correct date-coded wiring, original blue coil. Hidden MSD 6 ignition replaced dead blue box ignition, but have original unit. Period-correct SW oil and temp gauges and correct Jones mechanical tach. Brake cylinder bores stainless bushed, correct Hurst dual gate shifter (rare and expensive), interior excellent, period 2 1/8-inch Hooker headers now ceramic coated, dual 3-inch stainless track exhaust added for shows. Car used only for show after restoration. Car now has NOS Keystone mags (used on Sox & Martin cars) with correctsize Goodyear slicks. Full set of 1970 dated Centerlines with Firestone slicks originally on car are included. Many spare parts acquired over the years available. For serious Mopar collectors. Will package with 64½ Savoy Lightweight, which is the best of the best. Own the first and last of the SS Hemi Mopars. Hemis don’t get any better than these iconic cars. Contact Roald, Ph: 415.608.1901. Email: tra.kasco@gmail. com (CA) AMERICANA 1955 Packard 400 mock convertible coupe Cream & tan/cream & copper. 75,000 miles. V8, 3-sp automatic. Three owners. Restored in 2008, won Best in Class in first show in 2009, driven sparingly since. Gorgeous car, PW, PS, PS, PB, AT. No rust, runs and drives excellent, needs nothing, hop in and take to a show. This is not a convertible but made to look like one. $27,499 OBO. AutoArcheologist.com. Contact Dave, Ph: 860.398.1732. Email: Dave@AutoArcheologist.com Web: www. AutoArcheologist.com (CT) Race 1960 Indianapolis rear-engine racer


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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. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors 134 AmericanCarCollector.com Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888-672-0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800-255-4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General 21 South Auto Gallery. 480-9866460. Located in Mesa, AZ, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of high-quality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investment-grade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser, we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South Allard Motor Works LLC. The Allard Motor Works J2X is a handcrafted version of the famed British competition roadster that stirred the crowds in Europe and the Americas in the early 1950s. Our modern J2X MkIII, recognized by the Allard Register, integrates the latest technology into the original design, to provide a safe, comfortable and reliable vehicle without compromising performance. www.allardj2x.com • info@ allardj2x.com • 877-J2X-1953 • facebook.com/allardj2x.com


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Classic Car Dashes. Sales@ClassicCarDashes.com. Specializing in reproduction and replacement dash pads for many of your favorite cars, trucks and SUVs. Each pad is manufactured as close as possible to original specs. All dash pads offer quality in both fit and appearance and are manufactured in the U.S. www.ClassicCarDashes.com (PA) Classic Fit Covers. sales@ClassicFitCovers.com. Welcome to Classic Fit Covers. We specialize in custom fit car covers and seat protectors for classic and modern vehicles. At Classic Fit Covers you get quality materials, superior craftsmanship and fast delivery...all at a great price. We have you covered! www.ClassicFitCovers.com (PA) our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800-668-3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ’59 Volkswagen Beetle classic auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent 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 Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) Motorcar Portfolio LLC. 330-4538900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years’ experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our website www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, Reliable Carriers Inc. 877-7447889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com 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 McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800541-6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully enclosed, crosscountry, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport Corvette Parts & Restoration Mid America Motorworks. 800-500-1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks. com. (IL) The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its March–April 2017 135 The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503256-5384 (p), 503-256-4767 (f) www.thechevystore.com (OR) Events—Concours, Car Shows


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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 intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) Riverside Military Academy Champions and Heroes. 404-237-2633.. June 2–4, 2017 A 3-day hijinx competitive rally, 1-mile driver time trial and juried Contest of Elegance for Champions and Heroes (race cars through 1974) from the Carmel Concours on the Avenue producer. info@rmachampionsandheroes.com, www.rmacham- pionsandheroes.com (CA) Insurance Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877-973-7700 or info@pfsllc. com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866-90-LEASE. For over 25 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. It’s Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, visit www.putnamleasing. com or call 1-866-90-LEASE. (CT) Museums American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) 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. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing-Finance Power is a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiasts’ hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use, proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower.com. 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. J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring 136 AmericanCarCollector.com Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253272-2336 www.lemaymarymount.org. (WA) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com. (KY) Parts—General AutoBahn Power. Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! Autobahn Evans Waterless Coolant is the solution to running too hot. With a boiling point of 375°F, our revolutionary liquid formulation is a superior alternative to water-based coolants. Evans eliminates water vapor, hotspots and boil-over, resulting in a less pressurized, more efficient cooling system and preventing corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans also protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) 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)


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Evapo-Rust® 888-329-9877. Evapo-Rust® rust remover is safe on skin and all materials except rust! It’s also biodegradable and earth-friendly. Water soluble and pH-neutral, Evapo-Rust® is nontoxic, non-corrosive, non-flammable, and contains no acids, bases or solvents. Evapo-Rust® is simply the safest rust remover. www.evapo-rust.com info@evapo-rust.com (AR) Super Chevrolet Parts Co. 503-256-0098. Restoring Classic Chevrolets Since 1980. Serving the Chevrolet enthusiast for over 25 years. Since 1980, we have provided the highest quality restoration parts and accessories for: 1967–1981 Camaro 1964–1972 Chevelle & El Camino 1962–1972 Nova Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: ration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A Advertisers Index 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 Corvette America. 800-458-3475. The No. 1 manufacturer and supplier of interiors, parts and wheels for all generations of Corvettes. Our Pennsylvania manufacturing facility produces the finest quality Corvette interiors and our distribution center is stocked with thousands of additional Corvetterelated products. Corvette America is a member of the RPUI family of companies. Visit www.CorvetteAmerica.com (PA) Original Parts Group Inc. With over 30 years’ experience, OPGI manufactures and stocks over 75,000 of the finest restoration parts and accessories for GM classics, at the best prices anywhere. The largest selection of Chevelle, El Camino, Monte Carlo, GTO, Le Mans, Tempest, Gran Prix, Bonneville, Catalina, Cutlass, 442, Skylark, GS, Riviera and Cadillac classic parts anywhere. Visit www.OPGI.com or call 800-243-8355. (CA) Race Ramps. 866-464-2788. Lighter. Safer. Stronger. Offering the ultimate way to display and work on collector cars — including detailing, restyling and general maintenance. Race Ramps provides solutions even for low clearance cars. Complete line includes Trailer Ramps, Service Ramps, Rack and Lift Ramps, and the bestselling FlatStoppers to prevent tires from flat spotting during long periods of storage. www.raceramps. com. (MI) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Allard Motor Works LLC ...................... 12 American Car Collector ..................... 129 Artwork by Jason Bylsma .................. 126 Auctions America .................................. 9 Autosport Groups .............................. 101 Barrett-Jackson ................................... 31 Barron Publishing Company ............... 45 Branson Collector Car Auction ............ 39 Camaro Central ................................... 99 CarCapsule USA ................................. 77 Charlotte AutoFair ............................... 95 Chevs of the 40’s .............................. 111 Classic Car Dashes ............................... 5 Classic Fit Covers.................................. 5 Corvette America ................................... 4 Corvette Expo Inc ................................ 83 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............ 105 Dr. ColorChip Corporation ................ 127 EMS Automotive ................................ 117 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ................ 11 Evapo-Rust .......................................... 35 Grundy Insurance ................................ 19 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. .......... 69 Heggen Law Office, P.C. ................... 126 HV3Dworks LLC .................................. 79 JC Taylor ............................................. 81 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ....... 129 JJ Best Banc & Co ............................ 107 JJ Rods ............................................... 25 Kinekt ................................................ 137 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ............... 109 Leake Auction Company ....................... 3 Liquid Performance ........................... 115 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ...................... 93 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ................. 125 Luxury Brokers International ............... 89 McCollister’s Auto Transport............. 140 Metal Rescue ..................................... 131 Michael Irvine Studios ......................... 91 Mid America Motorworks .................... 13 Mustang America .................................. 5 National Parts Depot ........................... 73 New England Auto Auction ............... 127 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. .. 121 Original Parts Group ............................ 23 Park Place LTD .................................... 85 Passport Transport .............................. 65 Performance Racing Oils ................... 119 Petersen Collector Car Auction ......... 129 Pilkington Classics Automotive Glass . 139 POR-15 ................................................ 15 Premier Auction Group ........................ 75 Race Ramps ........................................ 21 RK Motors of Charlotte ......................... 2 Ronald McDonald House .................... 87 Silver Collector Car Auctions ............ 113 St Bernard Church............................. 105 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. .......... 115 Superformance .................................... 17 The Bradford Exchange, Ltd. .............. 67 The Chevy Store Inc .......................... 121 The Elegance At Hershey .................. 103 Thomas C Sunday Inc ....................... 127 TYCTA ............................................... 125 VanDerBrink Auctions ......................... 71 Volunteer Vette Products .................... 29 Zip Products, Inc. ................................ 47 zMax .................................................. 117 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. 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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: Heritage Auctions, at their recent movie-poster event on November 20, 2016, sold a single- sheet poster from the 1942 film “Casablanca” for $203,150. The classic film, of course, starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman and marked the turning point of their careers. The poster, with artwork by Luigi Martinati, had some restoration around the edges but was otherwise bright and vibrant. Most of us, however, would rather have a poster from Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” or “Bullitt,” but to each his own. Here are a few we all would love to have: EBAY #282277875752—RED INDIAN MOTOR OIL DOUBLESIDED PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of bids: 84. SOLD AT: $5,132. Date sold: 12/12/2016. Red Indian was the brand name for the Canadian firm McCollFrontenac, which was acquired by Texaco in 1941. Anything with the Indian logo is desirable, and this 18-inch-by-12-inch porcelain flange sign was in exceptional condition, thus the interest. With the current appreciation of quality automotive-related signs, I would have thought this might sell for a bit more than was realized here. EBAY #172367767078— FLYING A GIANT POWER LICENSE-PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 8. SOLD AT: $239.40. Date sold: 10/16/2016. Flying A was the brand for the Associated Oil Company, and this attachment supported the San Francisco Giants. This one sold for the going rate, although one sold at Barrett-Jackson’s January 2016 Automobilia event for close to $800. The hard one to find is the Flying A 49er Power, but with the team out of favor, they may just start showing up. EBAY #1523186708—1957 TONKA “BIG MIKE” DUMP TRUCK WITH ORIGINAL BOX. Number of bids: 49. SOLD AT: $560. Date sold: 11/22/2016. This 15½-inch-long dual hydraulic dump truck was in as-new condition, with only mild play wear. The original box stated the toy was “Designed for Child Development,” whatever that means. Over a dozen of these trucks were offered on eBay for prices ranging from $340 to $998, so make your bid and take your chances. EBAY #1523515169973—1908 OHIO LOW-NUMBER PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number of bids: 53. SOLD AT: $3,325. Date sold: 12/17/2016. License-plate collectors covet low numbers and will mortgage 138 AmericanCarCollector.com the farm for quality examples. This one checked all the boxes with rarity, condition and a very low number — but at a price. A few weeks later a very nice example with number 627 sold for about half of what was paid here, so which was the better buy? EBAY #172428081630—INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ONE-QUART OIL CAN. Number of bids: 16. SOLD AT: $691.98. Date sold: 12/7/2016. This was the earlier, more colorful version of the Indian Motorcycle one-quart can. It was in exceptional condition with no scratches or dents. The colors were bright, but the quality of the photograph was so poor that it was not evident. Most likely the can would have sold for a bunch more if the seller had taken some decent pictures. EBAY #3222288601921— 1950s “NOMADS” HOT ROD CLUB JACKET. Number of bids: 23. SOLD AT: $685. Date sold: 10/16/2016. The Nomads were an Oakland, CA, hot rod club, and this jacket was in exceptional condition for its age. It was from an era when wearing your “colors” would not start a gang war. A cool jacket to wear to the next Roadster Show or just display with your collection of hot rods. EBAY #192052580403—FRANKLIN MINT 1967 L88 CORVETTE CONNOISSEURS. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT: $400. Date sold: 12/20/2016. This was a quality die-cast 1:12-scale model of the ’67 L88 Corvette that produced 430 ground-pounding horsepower. Only 20 actual cars were produced, so for most of us, this is as close as we will get to owning one. The model had 500 pieces and was missing its wood base. Die-cast models do not generally hold their value, but this was an exception. A