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Leake, Dallas, TX, Nov 17–19, 2017

Mecum, Kansas City, MO, Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017

GAA, Greensboro, NC, Nov 2, 2017

Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, Jan 5–14, 2018

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 13–21, 2018

Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 17, 2018

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 17–21, 2018

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 18, 2018

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, Jan 18–19, 2018

Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, Jan 18–19, 2018

Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, Jan 19–20, 2018

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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7 • Issue 38 • March–April 2018 The Scoop AMERICAN ™ Cover photo: 1955 Ford Thunderbird custom convertible Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Eight Sales That Define the Market CORVETTE 1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT $24k / Barrett-Jackson Daily-driver money for an up-and-coming Corvette — John L. Stein Page 50 8 AmericanCarCollector.com GM 1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 REPLICA $75k / Barrett-Jackson A big price for a Camaro that started life with a six — Patrick Smith Page 52 FoMoCo 1966 SHELBY GT350 H FASTBACK $253k / Bonhams Carroll Shelby ownership boosts value on this Hertz — Dale Novak Page 54 MOPAR 1968 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T $124k / Gooding & Co. Bargain–priced Hemi on a set of General Lee wheels — Tom Glatch Page 56 Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE $286k / Barrett-Jackson Big bucks for the best ’Bird ever? — Ken Gross Page 58 AMERICANA RACE 1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE STATION WAGON $63k / RM Sotheby’s The market speaks on a driver-quality woodie — Carl Bomstead Page 60 1957 KURTIS KRAFT 500G INDY RACER $308k / Worldwide A deafening, brutal racer at the right price — Thor Thorson Page 62 TRUCK 1984 CHEVROLET K10 CUSTOM PICKUP $55k / Barrett-Jackson “Fall Guy” replica rises to the occasion — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 64 1957 Kurtis Kraft 500G Indy racer, p. 62 Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers March–April 2018 9


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The Rundown COLUMNS 12 Torque: Why trucks are up and Tri-Fives are leveling — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills: The cheapest cars of Arizona 2018 — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower: Kicking tires at ACC’s Arizona Seminar — Jay Harden 48 On the Market: The best first collector cars — John L. Stein 146 Surfing Around: Gotta-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 22 Good Reads: 1001 Drag Racing Facts, The Definitive Firebird and Trans Am Guide, 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 and The Essential Buyer’s Guide: Ford Mustang Fifth Generation — Mark Wigginton 26 Desktop Classics: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 — Marshall Buck 28 Snapshots 1: 100 Years of Chevy Trucks — Jeff Zurschmeide 30 Snapshots 2: Sights of Arizona 2018 — ACC staff 76 Market Moment 1: 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10 pickup — Jim Pickering 126 Market Moment 2: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top — Jim Pickering 138 Junkyard Treasures: A hot spot for cars and parts in the Arizona desert — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Car events of note 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your car 26 Cool Stuff: Items for fun, items for work 32 Wrenching: Installing a modern windshield-wiper system in a classic Camaro 38 Your Turn: More Pinto thoughts, Ford engines, and setting the record straight on a Boss 302 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 40 Readers’ Forum: Has the truck market peaked? 70 Buy It Now: 1973–91 Chevrolet Suburban — Chad Tyson 122 One to Watch: 1994–98 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra — Chad Taylor 136 The Parts Hunter: Tracking down rare parts and pieces on the market — Pat Smith 140 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 142 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 145 Advertiser Index AUCTIONS 68 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys and SUVs climbing the market — Chad Tyson 72 Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale, AZ B-J sells 1,721 cars for $113.8m in their desert mega-sale — Michael Leven 82 Mecum — Kissimmee, FL Kissimmee event offered 2,952 cars, selling 2,045 of them for $89.4m — Morgan Eldridge 90 Leake — Dallas, TX Cadillacs lead the way in the $6.5m sale — B. Mitchell Carlson 102 Mecum — Kansas City, MO KC Fall brings in over $8.2m on 389 vehicles sold — Brett Hatfield 114 Russo and Steele — Scottsdale, AZ Auction at the repaved Talking Stick Resort nets $17.9m on 457 cars sold — Brett Hatfield 124 Roundup American vehicles from Gooding & Co. in Scottsdale, AZ; RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix, AZ; Bonhams in Scottsdale, AZ; Worldwide in Scottsdale, AZ; Silver Auctions AZ in Scottsdale, AZ; and GAA in Greensboro, NC — Joe Seminetta, Carl Bomstead, Sam Stockham, Daren Kloes, B. Mitchell Carlson, Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel


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Torque Jim Pickering Anatomy of a High Price Trucks are up and Tri-Fives are leveling. Here’s why B ack in the days before I had any real responsibilities, most of my weekends slipped by in the garage. In those days, daylight turned to dark unnoticed, as I spun wrenches on my ’66 Chevy. Sometimes I’d stop to eat. My neighborhood, like many of yours, was built out of car waypoints. For those of us young people who spoke the car language, it’s how we navigated our world. There were Chevelles, GTOs, classic trucks and more sprinkled around. They never seemed to move, so we referenced them like points on a map. One of these was notorious: a mossy ’55 Chevy 2-door post that sat, open to the elements, almost exactly halfway between the high school and the auto-parts store where all the local car-guy kids worked, shopped or just loitered. Leaning against its rusty front bumper was a spray-painted wooden sign that was about as friendly as the hollow end of a shotgun. “NOT FOR SALE,” it read, in all caps. I imagine that owner had good reason for that sign, but for the car kids who dreamed of owning that car — which was all of us — it was a constant reminder of what we couldn’t buy even if we could have afforded it. The Tri-Five was off-limits, and every time we went to the parts store, we were reminded. My friend Josh lived just up the street from the no-sale ’55. His hot rod was a 1969 Chevrolet C10, handed down to him from his dad. Those trucks were common among the younger crowd, as they were numerous, cool and cheap. He used to scream by that ’55 in his C10 on the way to the parts store. He still has the truck, along with a few others, and used to always wave to me from it when I still had my ’72 Chevy K10 and we’d pass each other. About once a month he posts a video on social media of that truck smoking the tires, or a picture of his daughter sitting in it. Twenty years on, it’s like a member of his family. That old ’55, on the other hand, up and disappeared one day. Maybe it sold, or maybe it was finally just shoved inside. Nobody among the local car-guy crowd seemed to know. It, along with our trips to the old brick-and-mortar parts store, simply slipped away unnoticed while we were focused elsewhere. 12 AmericanCarCollector.com A new market Our question of the month focuses on the truck market — specifically the boost in truck prices out of the Arizona auctions this past January. Once again, nicely done GM pickups and SUVs, especially from the 1967–72 era, saw increases across the auction block. When will the upward trend slow down? See what ACC readers had to say about it on p. 40. For me, the key question there was this: Should a classic truck be worth the same amount of money as a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air? This year, at least in a few cases, they were. To me, that’s a fundamental shift in the market. Seeing something as iconic as a Bel Air bring a price on par with a 1972 Chevrolet truck is an indication of a seismic jolt in our world. It’s like a movement of neighborhood market waypoints that had for years sat undisturbed. Tracking trends in the market requires equal parts sociology and economics — a lot of times, experiences are what drives prices — or, in the case of the Tri-Five Chevy today, a lack of them. The truck market is booming because they have been ubiquitous across several generations. As such, just about everyone Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson This 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10 pickup sold for $50,600 and this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top sold for $56,000 at the Arizona auctions. Do these price similarities reflect a fundamental shift in the market? Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s has a tactile memory of one. Conversely, Tri-Fives have been off-limits to an entire generation of collector — the collector who is now starting to spend money in the market. As such, prices are leveling off on the Tris and moving up on the pickups. What’s even more interesting to me is the types of trucks that have been bringing solid money. Correctness doesn’t seem to factor in here as much as it might for, say, the Corvette world. Today’s truck buyers aren’t as concerned with what’s right versus what’s cool. That will change as this market gets more sophisticated, with the best trucks bringing good money because they’re both sharp looking and correct. There is no Bloomington Gold or NCRS for trucks, but I expect there will be. I still want a Bel Air and I probably always will. I still think the “Two Lane Blacktop” ’55 Chevy is way cooler than anything Steve McQueen drove, including the “Bullitt” Mustang. But given a choice between any of those cars and my old ’72 K10, I’d take the truck and not look back — even if the responsibilities of adult life doomed it to sit in front of my house, holding up a “NOT FOR SALE” sign and serving as a reminder of carefree weekends and lost time. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let Us Know About Your Events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s This 1948 Tucker 48 sold for $1,792,500 in Arizona. The Tucker Automobile Club of America is now a part of the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA, bolstering the knowledge base and historical research facilities for these icons Tuckers Join the AACA The Tucker Automobile Club of America is now part of the AACA Museum and is a membership category at the museum. All of the club’s resources, including archives and artifacts, will become part of the AACA Museum. The Tucker Automobile Club was founded in 1973 and quickly became a valuable resource for Tucker owners and enthusiasts. The move to the AACA Museum consolidates and strengthens the knowledge base for Tucker cars and history. The AACA Museum, located in Hershey, PA, already houses the David Cammack Tucker Collection. “The synergies between our organizations were immediately apparent,” said Eric Breslow, Tucker Automobile Club President. “This merger gives the TACA a much larger, long-term platform to accurately share one of the greatest stories in automotive history.” www.aacamuseum. org. (PA) 150 Acres of Cars and Parts Spring Carlisle, a giant swapmeet, car Goodguys Hit the Road Goodguys Rod & Custom Association events will scorch tires and burn a tankerload of high octane this March and April. The Goodguys 9th Spring Nationals takes place March 16–18 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ, and the 8th Spring Lone Star Nationals heats up Fort Worth, TX, from March 9 to 11. The 36th All American Get-Together is March 24–25 in Pleasanton, CA, and the Goodguys Meguiar’s 18th Del Mar Nationals is April 6–8 in Del Mar, CA. Finally, the 4th North Carolina Nationals rolls into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on April 27–29. www.good-guys.com 14 AmericanCarCollector.com corral and auction — and the kickoff to the East Coast car-show season — once again takes over Carlisle, PA, from April 18 to 22. This is one of 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 will be 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 500 cars across the block from April 19 to 21. www.carsatcarlisle.comA


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CROSSINGTHE Upcoming Auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) BLOCK by Chad Tyson Star Car: 1952 Kurtis KK4000 single-seater at Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale MARCH GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 1–3 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Last year: 423/553 cars sold / $13.7m Specialty Auto Auctions Where: Loveland, CO When: March 3 Web: www.specialtyautoauctions.com Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 73/86 cars sold / $10.5m • 1913 American Tourist Touring Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 69/88 cars sold / $30.6m Featured cars: • 1954 Dodge Power Wagon • 1969 Dodge Super Bee 2-door hard top Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9–10 Web: www.hollywoodwheels.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 10 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 134/150 cars sold / $70.8m Featured cars: • 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster • 1956 Chrysler 300B Web: www.motostalgia.com Last year: 46/88 cars sold / $4.6m Featured cars: • 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster • 1948 Pontiac Torpedo 2-door sedan Mecum Where: Kansas City, MO When: March 16–17 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 309/496 cars sold / $7.4m Featured cars: • 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible • 1967 Buick GS convertible Featured cars: • 1940 Buick Super wagon • Star Car: 1930 Duesenberg Model J Imperial cabriolet Featured cars: • Star Car: 1952 Kurtis KK4000 singleseater Gooding & Company Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Smith Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 10 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 11 GAA Where: Greensboro, NC When: March 22–24 Web: www.gaaclassiccars.com Silver AZ Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: March 30–31 Web: www.silverauctionsaz.com Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 31 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com


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CROSSINGTHE BLOCK Star Car: 1930 Duesenberg Model J Imperial cabriolet at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island APRIL Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 5–7 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 552/804 cars sold / $21m Dan Kruse Classics Where: San Antonio, TX When: April 7 Web: www.dankruseclassics.com Feature cars: • 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible • 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible RM Auctions Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: April 6–7 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 280/408 cars sold / $17.1m Barrett-Jackson Where: Palm Beach, FL When: April 12–14 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 501/504 cars sold / $20.6m Feature cars: • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible • 2006 Ford GT coupe Leake Where: Dallas, TX When: April 13–14 Web: www.leakecar.com Last year: 290/348 cars sold / $10.3m Silver Where: Vancouver, WA When: April 14 Web: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 40/98 cars sold / $364k 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 20–21 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 134/193 cars sold / $2.6m Worldwide Where: Arlington, TX When: April 21 Web: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 87/111 cars sold / $6.4m VanDerBrink Where: Longview, TX When: April 21 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 28 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com A


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 7, number 38 March–April 2018 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 Jay Harden Auction editor Chad Tyson Senior Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Mark Moskowitz John Boyle Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Jim Pickering 1972 Chevy C10, a $40,700 sale, and one of many trucks, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction Welcome to Truck World! which the auction was held.) This year there seemed to be trucks, trucks and more trucks at I Barrett-Jackson. Surrounding the trucks were muscle cars and restomods. I stopped by all the other auctions, including Russo and Steele, Worldwide Auctioneers, Gooding & Co., Bonhams, RM Sotheby’s and Silver Auctions AZ. But none of them focused so directly on American cars, trucks and muscle. In many ways, Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale exists in its own world. With its nearly 2,000 consignments, thousands of registered bidders, live television coverage and hundreds of thousands of attendees, there is simply no other auction in the world that offers the same kind of spectacle. And this year, Craig Jackson clearly decided that the direction of the market was headed toward trucks of all shapes and sizes. His overall sales of $113.8m, up 12% from last year, showed that this man knows his buyers. You’ll find reports on all the auctions in Arizona in this issue, each peppered with the personal observations and opinions of our veteran auction reporters. In addition, in “Wrenching” you will learn how to put replace that worn-out wiper motor in your classic Camaro with a modern unit — a must-have piece of information in always-drizzling Oregon. Finally, as always, our profiles cover a wide price range from a $286,000 T-bird custom to a $24,200 1996 Corvette Grand Sport. This issue of ACC has a little something for everyone — with a little extra for all of you truck lovers. A 20 AmericanCarCollector.com spent a week in Scottsdale kicking tires and visiting with friends. I’ve been going to Barrett-Jackson for 30 years, and the first article I wrote about the mega-event was titled “Welcome to Horseworld!” (That was the official name of the grounds on Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker Seo Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVeRTISInG SALeS Advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 213 SuBSCRIPTIonS Subscriptions and Customer Service Coordinator Susan L. Loeb 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 Travis Shetler Pat Campion Adam Blumenthal Bob DeKorne Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Daren Kloes Brett Hatfield Larry Trepel B. Mitchell Carlson John Draneas Michael Pierce Marshall Buck Dale Novak Phil Skinner AMERICAN JOIN US American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2018 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton 1001 Drag Racing Facts by Doug Boyce, CarTech, 334 pages, $19.19, Amazon If your trivia night has a drag-racing category, here’s your free pass to the roar of the crowd and free drinks. 1001 Drag Racing Facts is an obvious misnomer, though. Each of the entries is filled with more facts, bulging with data on every page. Author Doug Boyce brings his long history in the sport, plus his experience writing books on all aspects of drag racing, to this compendium of amazing facts about drag racing’s golden years, from the ’50s through the ’80s. Pick a page, any page, and be dazzled with another “I didn’t know that” moment. For instance, did you know tennis star Pancho Gonzalez successfully campaigned a 389-ci Cadillac- Lineage: ( powered gas dragster? Me neither. Fit and finish: Drivability: is best) 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1: Muscle Cars in Detail No. 9 by Mike Mueller, CarTech, 96 pages, $16.10, Amazon If you think of the cereal aisle and General Mills when you think brand proliferation, you might instead think of the Ford Mustang in 1969. There were no fewer than six models, from the GT to the Boss 302 and 429s, the Shelby GT350 and 500s, and finally the Mach 1. The Mach 1 came in a “Sportsroof” fastback only, which was more than made up for by eight engine choices, from stock 351-ci Windsor to the 428ci Super Cobra Jet. And it was a strong seller, with nearly 80,000 units going out the door the first year (so strong they dropped the GT line). Mike Mueller, longtime Ford fan and motoring writer, takes on the Mach 1 in this series from CarTech. It’s a short, concise and well-done look at the model. There are color images on every page, and even auction results for those of you in a collecting mood. Lineage: Fit and finish: 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: The Definitive Firebird & Trans Am Guide: 1970½–1981 by Rocky Rotella, CarTech, 224 pages, $31.33, Amazon This is the second volume of Rocky Rotella’s look at one of GM’s answers to the Ford Mustang. Starting out as a project code-named Panther, GM created the F-body Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. After the initial run, GM created a new platform, and both the Camaro and Firebird launched in late 1970 were a refinement on the original. The second version of the Firebird, while still using plenty of parts from the same bins as the Camaro, had a new look front, back and side. Under the leadership of Pontiac chief designer Bill Porter, the new Firebird was influenced by European design, especially the rearend influences that came with John DeLorean bringing a DeTomaso Mangusta to the studio for inspiration. Rotella, who grew up in a Pontiac family, has brought the same level of detail to the second volume as the first, filling the book with pages of build codes, advertising from the time and interviews with the men who created the Firebird. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: The Essential Buyer’s Guide: Ford Mustang Fifth Generation, 2005 to 2014 by Matt Cook, Veloce, 64 pages, $19.38, Amazon While we are on the Mustang beat, it’s worth looking at the reboot that came in late 2004 with the S197 ’Stang. The Essential Buyer’s Guide series has a specific goal, giving you enough data at the 30,000-foot level to learn about a car you are thinking about owning, or helping you decide on the right one to buy if you are already in love. With minimal graph- ics and a focus on cost, potential weaknesses and drivability, the books, and this one in particular, are little more than a smart shopper’s guide, a starting-off point on a new automotive adventure. It’s a handy start, and an inexpensive way to know enough so that you aren’t simply standing and staring at your potential investment, hands in pockets and looking bemused.


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PARTSTIME by Jim Pickering New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine Firing Both Barrels Holley’s Sniper EFI 2300 is designed to bolt right up to intakes that would have originally used a 2300 Holley flange 2-bbl carb — Fairlanes, F100s, Javelins, Mustangs, Thunderbirds, Cougars, etc. With two 100-pound injectors mounted internally, it can support up to 350 hp. Four-wire hookup makes installation easy, as does its throttle body-mounted ECU. It also comes with an internal fuel pressure regulator, which simplifies fuel plumbing needs. Best of all, it’ll self-tune, giving your classic unmatched drivability and economy. $1,099 at summitracing.com. A new Cab United Pacific Industries has reproduced the 1932 Ford truck cab in steel exactly like the original, complete with doors, door latches and rear cab hardwood inner structure. The cab is stock height and comes with black EDP coating to protect it from rust in transit. It’s an officially licensed Ford restoration product, available with or without a working cowl vent. $14,995 at uapac.com. Go Manual If you’ve got a classic Camaro with an Hotwire that LT engine GM’s LS engine is a popular engine for aftermarket swaps, and the new-design direct- injected LT engine will be too — especially now that Hotwire Auto has designed a selfcontained wiring harness for the 2014-and-up Gen V engines. This harness comes with its own fuse block, connections and relays, and is made to order for your application. It can be made to work with either a manual transmission or GM’s new 8-speed automatic. Get it for $1,210 at hotwireauto.com. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com automatic and you’ve always wanted to swap in a 4-speed, Camaro Central’s got you covered with a bunch of the parts you’ll need in one part number. Their Chevy Bellhousing Kit is a factory-reproduction setup, complete with a bellhousing, flywheel inspection cover, clutch fork, ball-retaining spring, throwout bearing, clutch-fork boot and clutch-fork pivot ball. Available for both 10.5-inch and 11-inch clutch applications. $289.95 at camarocentral.com.


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COOLSTUFF Toolbox Trade-up kle Garage’s Car t the ticket for the our classic. These have a heavy-duty handle and are built of powdercoated steel for rust resistance. Best of all, they come covered in color graphics o add some peronality and maybe e you a laugh. If you don’t want to throw tools in one and use it in the car, each would be just as at home in your man cave. Pick out yours at bustedknucklegarage.com for $49.95. Mechanical Art These Boehm Stirling hot-air model engines are the perfect indoor winter activity. They are made of incredibly well-machined parts and of high-quality materials. You get to assemble the engine itself as well as any accessories you wish it to power, such as a model of an oil pumpjack. When finished, you are left with a great-looking piece of art and a functioning engine built with your own hands. The model engines start at $205. See all of the available products at boehm-stirling.com. Funnel Fanatic This funnel storage kit from Summit Racing may seem like overkill, but think back to the last time you changed the oil on your car. Did you set down your funnel to check the level and it left you a nice puddle of fluid on your bench? Did it drip on the floor while you raced to grab a rag? This kit features a powder-coated funnel holder with spring-action cradle that can be wall- or toolbox-mounted. The funnel will stay upright and let the remaining oil drip into the catch container below. No more mess. Grab one at summitracing.com for $34.99. DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Another great muscle-car release from the good guys at Auto World is this edition, produced to celebrate the Camaro’s 50th anniversary. It is a somewhat limited release, but less scarce than the 602 1967 Z28s Chevrolet produced. It looks great in Nantucket Blue with detailed Rally wheels shod with Redline tires. It is very well finished and packed with a lot of detail including a full list of working features: opening doors, hood, trunk, tilt seat backs, steerable front wheels, working suspension, the driveshaft rotates as rear wheels roll, and my favorite little detail — the glove compartment door is functional with a working hinge. Interior has it all, including cloth seat belts lying on the front bucket seats. The one not-so-great issue is that the steering wheel rests on the driver’s seat. Pop open the hood, which has functional scissor hinges, and you’ll find a terrific-looking detailed 302 engine and compartment. Great value. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:18 Available colors: Nantucket Blue Quantity: Approximately 1,000 Price: $95 Production date: 2017 Web: www.autoworldhobby.com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best by Chad Taylor A Detailer’s Dream One of the worst parts about cleaning our cars is vacuuming the interior. Heavy-duty shop vacuums are bulky and never seem to have a long enough hose, and your household vacuum doesn’t roll and will just tip over, hitting your car on its way. This is where MetroVac’s Vac-N-Blo car vacuum and dryer comes in. This vacuum is small in size but big on power and it can roll where you go or be carried on your body. It features a six-footlong hose, two 20-inch extensions, and a number of accessories, including a crevice tool and blower nozzle for when you want to clean those hard-to-reach places. Buy the Vac-N-Blo Classic for $385.99 at metrovacworld.com.


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SNAPSHOTS Chevy’s Truck Turns 100 A look at Chevy’s past — and future — workhorses Story and photos by Jeff Zurschmeide C hevrolet recently invited American Car Collector to the heart of truck country in Dallas, TX, for a retrospective on the first 100 years of Chevy Trucks and an advance peek at the 2019 Chevy Silverado. The first Chevrolet truck — a flatbed mule made from car parts — was sold in 1918. The truck was developed for hauling parts around the factory, and its utility as a production vehicle soon became obvious. One hundred years later, Chevrolet is still making trucks, and a lot of history has been recorded. I stopped in to drive some of that history before taking a look at the newest Chevy truck to join the family. A Image courtesy of Chevrolet Chevrolet dropped the 2019 Silverado into the event by helicopter. The Z71 Trail Boss edition includes a two-inch body lift. Chevy didn’t share a lot more details than that. The oldest truck at the Chevy Trucks centennial event was this 1926 Chevrolet Superior X utility express one-Ton stake truck. It’s powered by a 171-cubic-inch, 4-cylinder flathead engine rated at 35 horsepower. Trucks were sold with no bed and an open-top cab, to be finished by the customer. The Series X was new in 1926 and featured a new 3-speed unsynchronized manual transmission with a floor-mounted shifter. Brakes were limited to the rear wheels. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com


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The stepside bed was the only bed available in 1956. Although the Cameo line had introduced smooth sides made of fiberglass in 1955, the steel fleetside bed design didn’t join the Chevy lineup until 1958. Chevrolet moved the shifter from the floor to the steering column in 1948, and three-on-the-tree remained available through the 1987 model year. The diamondshaped gauge cluster is similar to that used in the Bel Air passenger cars. This Cheyenne was state of the art with dual-circuit brakes, retractor seat belts, two-speed electric wipers, and safety glass. More importantly, 1971 was the first year that front disc brakes were standard. This truck, like most of its era, came with a column-shifted 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 350 transmission. Buyers enjoyed a heater and optional AM/FM radio. The truck was purchased by Chevy from a farmer in Wisconsin. The factory restoration team put together this resto-mod for the 2013 SeMA show. The aftermarket steering wheel is the only visible clue that this 1978 Silverado is not completely original. The e-RoD crate LC9 engine in the 1978 Silverado makes 336 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. March–April 2018 29


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SNAPSHOTS American Highlights in Arizona Chad Tyson A 1948 Tucker 48 anchors a spread of elegant American iron at RM Sotheby’s Jim Pickering Shelby Cobras aren’t exactly known for spacious interiors, but c’mon. okay, it was actually a children’s car at RM Sotheby’s, and it sold for $18k Jim Pickering Chad Taylor A 1933 Boydster III, on its way to a $110k sale at BarrettJackson 30 AmericanCarCollector.com A 2007 Shelby GT500 draws lookers at Bonhams


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Jim Pickering 1990s cars continue to grab a growing share of the market, as evidenced by the lineup at Barrett-Jackson Jim Pickering 1967 Ford Mustang custom fastback, sold for $126,500 at Barrett-Jackson Chad Taylor Plenty of room to hide bodies in this 1939 Cadillac Series 75 convertible coupe at RM Sotheby’s Chad Tyson A 1960 Ford Galaxie Starliner waits in the queue for the auction in the round at Russo and Steele Chad Tyson A 1964 Chevrolet Impala racer with a 14-71 blower on top of its 540-ci big block requires a parachute at Russo A 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 trails exhaust across the lot at Russo and Steele Chad Tyson


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO NO RAIN ON The Detroit Speed Selecta-Speed Wiper kit will help your classic with all-weather usability wipers it was born with during the Johnson administration. Those original wipers still work, but they’ve never been ideal — YOUR PARADE I Here’s how to bring your muscle car’s windshield wipers into the modern era by Jim Pickering t may be tough to imagine, but your average 1960s American muscle car is now 50 years old. And during that time, while it probably had a few engine swaps or performance upgrades, a bunch of different wheels and tires and other routine maintenance, I’m willing to bet your car is still sporting the two-speed especially in a passing quick spring rain, when the two speeds you have don’t line up with what you really need to see the road in front of you. That’s a big reason why a lot of us leave our classics in the garage at the threat of rain, especially since our modern cars handle rainy-day visibility so much better than our classics do. Detroit Speed’s Selecta-Speed wiper kits, available for a variety of ’60s American cars, solve that problem. They use a modern 32 AmericanCarCollector.com wiper motor and control unit that’s been engineered to bolt up to your classic car’s firewall, giving you five delays as well as low and high speeds. You can set the system and forget it, rather than keeping one hand on the dash to switch your old unit on and off as needed. These systems come complete with their own wiring, so no hacking on your original harness is required for installation. Just supply power and ground and you’ve got a modern wiper system hiding in your Mustang, Corvette, Nova, Chevelle, Camaro, or Chevy truck. We ordered a kit for a 1968 Camaro from Summit Racing to show you how easy the conversion is. Here’s how we did it. SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: J J (J J J J J is toughest) P/N 121301, Detroit Speed Selecta-Speed Wiper kit, $550


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1 Here’s our 1968 Camaro’s original wiper motor and wiring. Before starting the disassembly process, we first disconnected the battery negative terminal to kill all power to the car. 2 We unplugged the two factory connectors from the original motor and set them aside to be wrapped up and hidden away. Three screws held this motor to the firewall. 3 With the wiper motor pulled away from the firewall, the motor’s arm and its 7/16 retainer nut were visible. Removing that nut and arm freed the motor from the car. 4 To gain better access to the linkage assembly and its ballsocket end, we elected to remove the car’s cowl panel and wiper arms. This isn’t absolutely required, but it makes the job a lot easier. A quick twist of a prying tool pops the wiper arms free — we used a rubber mat and some cardboard to avoid scratching the paint. 5 A few screws under the hood are all that held this panel in place. We removed them, then carefully pulled the panel and set it off to the side. March–April 2018 33


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 6 With that panel out of the way, the ball socket and 3/8-inch nuts holding it in place were a lot easier to access — no risk of losing any parts down in the cowl. Loosening those two nuts frees the old ball-socket end from the wiper linkage. 7 The new wiper motor is bolted to a thick aluminum bracket that’s been specially machined to fit the firstgen Camaro. Also note the arm-and-ball-socket assembly, which has a slightly different angle from stock. This motor comes in the park position — all we did was grease the ball end before installing it in the car. 9 8 Installation of the motor is simple — three countersunk 10-24 stainless steel bolts, provided in the kit, affix the new bracket and wiper motor to the firewall. next up, we reconnected the wiper motor arm’s ball socket to the linkage assembly. The quickest tool for the job here is a nut driver. These 3/8-inch nuts just need to be snug. 10 With the motor installed, it was time to turn ourattention to the switch. We couldn’t reuse the original here, so it needed to come out. This one used a set screw to fasten the knob and a nut to hold the switch to the dash — but we didn’t remove the switch itself yet. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 11 The one modification that must be made here is to drill a 5/32-inch hole in the dash for the new switch’s anti-rotation tab. The Detroit Speed instructions come with a handy template to cut out, which when oriented correctly, shows you exactly where to drill. The hole is hidden underneath the switch bezel, so even if you reinstall stock parts in the future, you’ll never see it. 12 once we had the template hanging over the original switch, we used a center punch to mark where our 5/32inch hole would be drilled. Then we removed the original switch and drilled our hole, tucking the factory wiring up and out of the way for possible future use. 13 With the hole drilled, we fished the new switch up into the dash and in place. Note we’ve pulled the driver’s side vent out for better access to the switch. The hole lined up perfectly with the tab on the switch, keeping it from rotating. 15 14 A threaded bezel holds the switch tight to the dash, and an Allen-head set screw holds the new knob on the new switch. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com The brain of the operation is this control module, which comes with its own bracket that you can bolt to the brake-pedal support bracket. We elected to affix ours to the inside of the body under the A-pillar, next to where the driver’s side vent exits into the interior. We used two pieces of double-sided trim tape — just make sure it’s accessible and near the wiper motor.


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16 Installing the wiring is as simple as plugging the switch pigtail into the control module and routing the main harness through the firewall and out to the wiper motor. There’s an optional washer pump as well, and the harness has a provision for that. We didn’t add it here, so we just tucked that wire up under the dash. All in all, this is a clean look, and it takes up less space inside the engine compartment. 17 Hooking up power and ground is all that this kit needs to function. We ran a wire to a keyed hot source on the fuse panel and found a good ground on the steering column under the dash, then used shrink tube to seal the connection. 18 With everything else installed and tidied up under the dash and inside the engine compartment, we reinstalled the header panel and wiper arms, being careful to get the wipers sitting as level as possible. 19 Hooking up the battery was the final step. With the key on, we hit the new switch and tested the new system and all its delays, while being careful to make sure the wipers parked where they should and didn’t hit anything. Now this Camaro is ready for any spring rain — and it will be more drivable because of it. A no need to hide in the garage now when it rains


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Setting the Boss Straight When I received my most recent American Car Collector (January–February 2018) publication, I immediately opened it up and when I came to p. 8, I noticed a review of a 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302. I very quickly turned to p. 54 in order to read the profile by Jeff Zurschmeide. After reading the profile of the car in question, I had to reread the complete article one more time, as I was somewhat shocked as to what I had just read. The contributor clearly missed some vital details on the car. Let me start out with this sentence from the article: “Our subject car is a 2012 Boss 302 in black over red, with the Recaro and Torsen option.” With the large pedestal rear spoiler and large chin spoiler or the unique red wheels, how could anyone not know that this was not a standard Boss 302 but, in fact, was a Laguna Seca Edition? The unique black/ red color combination indicates a Laguna Seca model. In addition, Recaro seats and the Torsen differential were standard equipment and not optional on the LS model as indicated above, with the only option on the LS model being a car cover. “It’s called out as the Pilot Laguna Seca edition car on the windshield but not in any of the auction company documentation.” Aside from the windshield graphics, I am not sure how the contributor missed the following information that was clearly published in the catalog under Lot 55: Hand Built in 2010 as Pilot Production #001 1 of 12 produced. Only 5 believed to survive “But this car sold at auction for an eye- popping $80,300, which is fantastic for the seller but could be ridiculous for the buyer.” The above statement by the contributor speaks for itself. To completely not un- More Pinto Thoughts Collectible Pintos? If any will ever be “collectible,” my order would be: • 1971 with the Rallye option, for firstyear provenance, and arguably the most desirable trim package • 1971 Runabout. A mid-year model that was a hasty response to the Vega hatchback • 1972 Pinto wagon. Later years got those ugly 5-mph bumpers like almost every other U.S.-market car Honorable mention: • 1977–79 Cruisin’ Wagon with the paint 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 1977 Ford Pinto Cruisin’ Wagon graphics and porthole windows, if one can stand those ghastly front and rear bumpers. derstand that this was the very first Pilot Production vehicle assembled and the first Laguna Seca model to be released to the general public when the information was provided to him is inexcusable. I bought “PP0001” a number of years ago from Ford and was the first titled owner of this car once it became available from the Ford Motor Company, and owned this car until the beginning of last year. Last January (2017), I took PP0001 to the Mecum Car Auction in Kissimmee, FL, after which time the reserve was not met. It should be noted that while on the auction block with Frank and Dana, the bidding for PP0001 got to just short of $74,000, including the buyer’s premium. I did not lift the reserve but elected to send the car to the “Bid Goes On Desk.” A day later, with the help of one of Dana’s other sons, the car sold at the “Bid Goes On Desk” to two brothers in Texas for a higher sum. Based on the above information, I would suggest that the Mecum crowd in Kissimmee a year ago knew exactly what this car was worth and bid it up accordingly. That is exactly what happened in Waxahachie, TX, this past October. Just to be clear, I absolutely love your publication. I consider this automotive profile an isolated instance and just wanted to provide some understanding as to why this car sold for what it did not only in Texas but also in Florida. — Harry, via email ACC Editor Jim Pickering responds: Thanks for your note, Harry, and for setting us straight on the Laguna Seca Boss. The electronic version of the catalog we referenced clearly differed from the print version, omitting important details. We should have caught it. As for the value statement, yes, I’d say that confirmation of the car’s Pilot Laguna Seca status certainly made the price paid more understandable. All the other Pintos can be laid to rest. — Craig P., Calgary, AB, CAN Which Engine? Mr. Carlson’s story on the Mercury Comet (“Cheap Thrills,” p. 44, January– February 2018) has an incorrect reference when talking about the “truck-based 250-cubic-inch” engine. The 250 was a longer-stroke 200; perhaps he is confusing that with the Ford truck (and large car) engine which displaced 240 and 300 cubic engines? That was a completely different engine line. — Scott M., via email. A Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Courtesy of Motostalgia


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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 Has the Truck Market Peaked? Vintage trucks remain popular sellers, but can prices really keep going up for the foreseeable future? This month’s Readers’ Forum question: Classic trucks have been bringing strong prices at auction for several years now, and January’s Arizona results saw the same trends continue into 2018, with several shiny 1967–72 GMs bringing over $50k and a number of other makes and models also bringing solid money across the Scottsdale and Phoenix auctions. Has the truck market peaked, or is there still room for values to grow? Which models do you think are maxed out and which ones still have more potential upside? Should a nice C10, done up with all the right options, really be worth the same money as a decent 1969 Ford Mustang fastback or 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air? Readers respond about truck prices: The first-series C10, 1960–66, still has room to run. All the others are probably nearing peak. I know this because I have a beautiful ’66 SS 396 and my ’60 C10 gets a tremendous amount of thumbs up. Way more than the Chevelle. — Gabby L., via email n n n The truck market has not peaked, but it makes no sense unless you are a retired plumbing contractor with more money than you can spend. — Bill Warner, Jacksonville, FL n n n Not at all! There are a multitude of years, models, options and colors to choose from. Just about everyone can relate to trucks. If you didn’t own one, you knew someone who did. They are the all-American workhorses. As the years passed, they became more luxurious and car-like in comfort and features. There were the “muscle trucks” — big-block equipped with short beds. Special editions like the GMC street coupe, Beau James, Gentleman Jim, Warlock, Li’l Red Express and more. There were beautiful two-tone paint schemes and lots of chrome. What’s not to like? — Bill T., via email n n n Yes, old trucks will continue to rise in cost. Chevy, Ford and 40 AmericanCarCollector.com Dodge are good investments now and for the future. Mustang vs. old truck? Old truck all day long. Can you tell I like old trucks? — Brad S., via email n n n They are out of control. I see them falling back to the $20,000 level. — Jack, vintagevettesllc.com, via email n n n The recent high prices for these old trucks continue to amaze me. But over the years our hobby has seen so many surges in values, only to see them settle out years later. I think buyers who pay these kinds of prices will have a tough time recouping their investment if and when they tire of owning these older pickups. But, on the other hand, if the buyer is happy with what they paid and they realized their dream by owning a classic truck, more power to them. Buy what makes you happy and what you can afford. In the end that’s really what this hobby is supposed to be about. — Dave Hollen, Glasgow, PA n n n Have truck prices peaked? Probably not. However, there are still some out there at sub-Scottsdale prices. I’ve been to sales where very nice ’67–72s, as well as less-expensive later GM trucks, have sold for


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reasonable money (as usual, Fords and other makes usually command even lower prices). In a couple of cases, these trucks were bought by dealers who then put a healthy mark-up on them. So by some careful shopping, you can still get them for far below $50k. I hope they stay affordable — not for any personal desire to own one, but as an entry point into the hobby. — John Boyle, ACC Contributor n n n The trucks of the ’50s and ’60s will see a big price increase in 2018, and 4x4s of the ’70s will also come on big! — Zon Davison, Mooresville, NC n n n I have been part of the ’67–72 truck craze for years and do feel that this segment is peaking. As I am writing this, I am working the last few details to get my ’72 2wd Blazer listed or maybe sent to an auction in the very near future in the hope that I can enjoy this peak, since I have had to relocate to the East Coast and do not have the space for my rig. I have placed value in the ’72s with the disc brakes and the last of the body styling over the years of this segment, although I have had a ’71 Cheyenne. I have enjoyed base models that were turned into customs, a couple of Super Cheyennes, a Highlander, a ’72 GMC with a ’67 front clip and LS combo, and also another ’72 2wd Blazer like the one I am finishing now. I have traded in this market space for over 15 years and I am now seeing a shift toward the later square-bodies (’81–87). I believe that there are a few items that have influenced this shift: First is that the ’67–72 short-beds are just getting to the point where buying one done right is too far of a reach for most folks in this marketplace. The second is the drivability of the square-bodies while keeping that clas- Jay Parrish’s 1972 GMC LS sic styling — they have a/c, power windows, power steering and disc brakes offered as stock options. I would be interested to see what is the percentage increase over the past five years in this space, because from what I have followed I have seen an uptick. However, I feel that the GMC is still undervalued and in many aspects offered more than its Chevy cousins. I am enclosing a picture of my ’72 GMC LS-swapped short-bed that I took to Barrett-Jackson a few years ago. As you can see, they had me lined up with two ’72 Cheyenne short-beds. Each of the Cheyennes sold for over $10k more than my truck and both were older builds. — Jay Parrish, via email n n n Given our collective history with trucks, especially the pickup, it may dip but never die. — Rob Pietrafesa, via emailA March–April 2018 41


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson Arizona Fun in the CHEAP SEATS O nce again, back by popular demand, I present the bottom of the sales chart from Arizona 2018 — the lowestselling street-legal American production car from each auction venue. As in previous years, we’ll rate each to see if they are actually cheap, thrilling or well bought. Or just a cheap, scary money pit. So, here we go, from the most spent to the least: ( is best): these cars advertised in the newspaper’s classified ads for the same price this sold for here. And don’t think that this was some Fright Pig, either. This example was competently restored. If you want to scratch off “buy a Full Classic” from your collector car bucket list, a Series 60 Special is the cheapest way to do it for a good-running car. Just don’t wait to flip it thinking you’ll make big money when they are finally fully appreciated, or it’ll be part of your estate sale. 1953 Kaiser Dragon sedan Gooding & Company Lot 25, VIn 001894 Sold for $34,000 While the “Dutch” Darrin-designed 1951 Kaiser was almost avant-garde when new, by 1953 it was just another frumpy, cherubic American sedan. That’s when Kaiser decided that they had nothing to lose and spiced up the basic sedans with a number of styling packages that ranged from “cute” to “what were they drinking?” Between was the Dragon, which was the top-tier Kaiser model for 1953 only. Underneath the bamboo wicker-styled vinyl top and slightly plusher appointments was the same taxi-grade Continental “Red Seal” engine found in every other Kaiser and Checker Cab. This was also the biggest reality check of all our low sales, as Gooding had a $70k to $90k guesstimate on the no-reserve car. The former AACA award winner was worth all of what was bid and the buy fee, but it was still the top money of all the bottom sales. Cheap: Thrilling: (Unless your house is furnished in mid-century wicker) Well-bought factor: 1941 Cadillac Series 60 Special sedan Worldwide Auctioneers Lot 41, VIn 6342534 Sold for $28,600 The 1938–42 Cadillac Series 60 Special is just like the 1955–57 T-bird — they are stylish and have always been collectible, but values are firmly stuck in park. I remember as a teenager in the late 1970s and early 1980s seeing 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 1953 Chevrolet 210 Deluxe 2-door sedan RM Sotheby’s Lot 135, VIn B53n158908 Sold for $17,920 I can almost hear the late Kenny Buttolph, former Research Editor for Old Cars Weekly and Price Guide, chirp in, “It’s a nice car — very nice car,” since he absolutely loved pre-Tri-Five post-war Chevys. Heck, he even kinda looked like them. Yet that’s why lowermile original examples of these are not bringing strong money — that Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you voted for Wendell Willkie in 1940 — no third term!) Well-bought factor:


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demographic is going off to their Great Reward. This was strong money for the genre, as the car had always been well cared for and was essentially original (and has a complete paper trail since it was bought new). It’s also quite bare bones, with the only factory options being the Powerglide automatic and heater. If you, like Kenny did, appreciate these cars, you could do worse for the money. There were scaled-down kids’ cars here that brought double what this Chevy sold for. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you like Ike — and not on Facebook, either) Well-bought factor: there everything was a wild card. There was a panel-truck roof grafted to a pickup box, rear fenderettes fashioned from old license plates, and the prerequisite tractor grille up front. All in all, it came off as a stunt double from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Part of the appeal of the Rat Rod movement is affordability. We also talk a lot about modified cars being worth the sum of the parts, so do the math. For this price, it was damn near worth it across the scale for the mobile scrap pile that it was. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you’re due for your tetanus booster) Well-bought factor: 1988 Mercury Cougar coupe Russo and Steele Lot Sn870, VIn 1MeBM60FJH654113 Sold for $2,200 This wasn’t all that horrid of a car. It had the EFI 5.0 V8 from the Mustang, which was rather clean and tidy. Yet on the outside, the devil’s in the details, and items such as broken mirrors that were taped into place (until 1989 Dodge Shelby Dakota pickup Bonhams Lot 8, VIn 1B7FL96Y2KS114902 Sold for $13,200 During the 1980s, Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca resurrected the concept of the muscle pickup. The Shelby Dakota was born. Dodge had introduced the V6 Dakota Sport for 1989, so it only made sense to have Ol’ Shel shoehorn in some 5.2-L V8 power. This one-year-only Shelby Dakota was the 1,077th made out of the production run of 1,500 — one of 995 done in red. This one was restored by a marque specialist, who went above and beyond to replicate the crappy build quality (yet it looked like a precision Swiss watch compared to the original low-mile Land Rover Defender on the docket). It was pretty on the outside, but the refurbished interior showed its 137,531 miles — that’s 687,665 miles in dog years and approaching Do Not Resuscitate for most domestic trucks from 1989. At best, this was a drivers’ collectible in the same sense that diecast model cars are collectible — because it says so on the box. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you have a Shelby Series II) Well-bought factor: 1937 Chevrolet “rat rod” compilation Barrett-Jackson Lot 3, VIn AZ365122 Sold for $4,400 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Winning out B-J by one bid less than a very nice original 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT was this ratrod creation. It might have had a 1937 Chevy truck frame, but it also had an Arizonaassigned VIN. Most of the cab looked to be from 1937, but from the tape faded away) show that it led the life of a disposable daily driver. Cheap enough here for a car to be parked at the airport for a week with a fresh battery. For this kind of coin, if you hate the rather polarizing design of the Cougars of this era, you have a 5.0 donor that’s turn-key ready to drop into your project. Any way you look at it, it was a reasonably cheap deal. Cheap: Thrilling: (Unless your secretary still owns theirs, because you don’t pay them enough and they can’t afford a Camry) Well-bought factor: 1983 Lincoln Continental sedan Silver Auctions AZ Lot 305, VIn 1MRBP97FoDY700588 Sold for $1,836 It’s easy to say that the 1980s itineration of the Continental as a standalone model will always be known as the 1980– 85 Cadillac Seville wannabe. And to a certain extent, that’s right. But at least the Continental’s 302-ci V8 was bulletproof and the optional diesel engine actually worked. This example is loaded up like a downsized 1980s luxobarge should be: LED instrumentation, power everything, half an acre of fake wood interior trim, and individual dual power overstuffed leather seats with controls over the transmission hump. The only thing missing is a synthesized “your door is ajar” message. It’s easy to believe the 88,478 indicated miles, as this was in better shape than the odometer would lead you to believe. Even among Lincoln aficionados, you rarely see these anymore. For once, the cheapest car was the best buy. Cheap: Thrilling: (Especially if you think a Cadillac Seville from this same year is too risqué-looking) Well-bought factor: A March–April 2018 45


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Horsepower Jay Harden EMOTIONAL INVESTMENT It’s one thing to know the smart play, but another thing entirely to act on it truth, there was very little to disagree about. I’ve been known to go toe-to-toe with a fencepost or two in my time, but even I found myself nodding my head and appreciating the commentary. Among the five of us, Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Are Thunderbirds my favorite? no. But that didn’t stop me from choosing an over-the-top ’55 as my personal vehicle of choice from Barrett-Jackson’s lineup in ways that are both entertaining and insightful. There are times, however, when I just can’t help but wonder where all those words land once they’re shot out into the ether. That’s why when Editor Pickering invited me to participate in T this year’s ACC writer’s panel at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale, I jumped at the opportunity to join him, Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson and Sam Stockham in front of a living, breathing audience. Pickering asked each of us to reflect on the current market and then choose two vehicles to buy, two to sell and two to hold. The forum would then be an opportunity for each of us to dive into the specific rationale for our choices, as well as a chance for a little back-andforth banter where our opinions failed to align. Never one to shy away from a good argument, I couldn’t pass up the invitation. Two to buy, sell and hold Now, you might expect that a panel with birthdates and personal expertise as widely varied as ours would have much to argue, but, in 46 AmericanCarCollector.com he process of writing for and contributing to the publication of a magazine can, at times, feel a bit like a long, lonely, one-way conversation. We report, we analyze, we predict, and we assess — all in an effort to create content that we hope you find engaging, thought-provoking and relevant we’ve contributed to hundreds of pieces of content for ACC, ranging from profiles to market reports to columns and everything in between. As a result, I don’t think any of us were all that surprised by each other’s picks to buy, sell and hold, but that wasn’t the interesting part of our discussion. Where things turned on their head, for me anyway, was when it came time for each of us to divulge our personal vehicle of choice off the sale’s docket. The smart thing to do would have been to support our arguments by following our own advice, but that’s not what happened. None of us, aside from Pickering, who is supposed to be the voice of reason in this crowd, chose vehicles from the “Buy” category we had just spent an hour advocating to our live audience. Hell, Bomstead didn’t even pick an American car. In fairness, Carl was the only one of us who, when asked to pick one car, actually picked one car, so he at least gets credit for following directions. Sam picked a kit-car, one that he readily admitted was little more than a dashingly visceral cash-disposal machine, and a 1977 Pontiac Can Am. You read that right — a 1977 Pontiac. Why? Because, according to him, it was too ugly to pass up. B. Mitchell chose a 2017 Ford GT, a 1940 International pickup, and a 1972 Chevy Blazer — the latter only because it was a dead ringer for the one his neighbor had when he was young. As for me, well, my picks weren’t much better. Both Jim and Sam selected first-gen Thunderbirds for their “Sell” category, and I agreed fully, mostly because I don’t like Thunderbirds. But that didn’t stop me from picking an extensively modified Ridler-award-winning ’55 that hid not a single minute of the thousands of hours that went into its making.


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My other favorite? An ’84 K-10 long-bed shined up as the spittin’ image of Lee Majors’ bermjumping, bad-guy-wrecking man-mobile from the ’80s TV show “The Fall Guy.” Brilliant, huh? As it turned out, both are profiled in this issue on pages 58 and 64, respectively. Buying on emotion So what exactly is the common thread here? We all unapologetically chose vehicles that spoke to us in some very personal way, common sense be damned. It’s one thing to know the smart play, but another thing entirely to act on it. Was this a quintessential case of “Do as I say, not as I do”? Not exactly. Although American collector cars are analyzed and scatter-plotted and bar-graphed as an investment grade market, we’re not dealing with stocks and bonds here. To deny the inevitability of irrational and emotionally charged decision making in this market is to deny the true purpose that draws thousands upon thousands of consignors, bidders and spectators out into the middle of the desert every January — we are enthusiasts first and foremost. Buying and selling old cars for the sole purpose of turning a profit other favorite? An ’84 K-10 long-bed shined up as the spittin’ image of Lee Majors’ berm- jumping, bad-guy-wrecking man-mobile from the ’80s TV show “The Fall Guy.” Brilliant, huh? As it turned out, both are profiled in this issue on pages 58 and 64, respectively. Buying on emotion So what exactly is the common thread here? We all unapologetically chose vehicles that spoke to us in some very personal way, common sense be damned. It’s one thing to know the smart play, but another thing entirely to act on it. Was this a quintessential case of “Do as I say, not as I do”? Not exactly. Although American collector cars are analyzed and scatter-plotted and bar-graphed as an investment grade market, we’re not dealing with stocks and bonds here. To deny the inevitability of irrational and emotionally charged decision making in this market is to deny the true purpose that draws thousands upon thousands of consignors, bidders and spectators out into the middle of the desert every January — we are enthusiasts first and foremost. Buying and selling old cars for the sole purpose of turning a profit can can be a risky undertaking for even the savviest of market hawks, which is exactly why ACC’s contributors work so hard to deliver upto-the-minute information in the form of indisputable fact. We record the sales and crunch the numbers and log the data so that you can make informed decisions to maximize your profit and minimize your risk, if, you know, you’re into that kind of thing. But those numbers, while vitally important, can’t ever tell the whole story. Once our panel adjourned, Sam, Jim and I spent an hour or two cruising the grounds to decompress and get some fresh air. We made our way up and down the rows of outdoor lots, trying to cover as much ground as possible before responsibilities pulled each of us in different directions. The first of our collective picks that we stumbled across was Sam’s ’77 Can Am. As we nit-picked and circled, inspected the shaker and measured the doors (this big!), the smile on Sam’s face told the story that won’t be published. As for the buyer, we may need to track him down. Lot 425 sold for just $26,400, including buyer’s premium. A March–April 2018 47


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On the Market John L. Stein THIRSTFIRST for a Under $5,000 1987–93 Cadillac Allanté Under $20,000 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe When buying your first collector car, choose the experience you want to have — and then go live it doctor’s office; or 3) You love American collector cars. Let’s hope it’s the latter. While there’s a strong likelihood that ACC readers already own T an American collector car or two (or 20, or 200), I recognize that not every reader does. After all, a reader may be the spouse, child, parent, uncle, niece, cousin, aunt or friend of a subscriber. You’re curious about collector cars, but not an owner. In that case, this column is intended for you. Its purpose? To imprint you with the collector-car “virus,” and lead you gently toward the precipice of ownership. Don’t worry, you can thank me later. Using the 2018 American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide as a roadmap, here are four groups of “starter” American collector cars at different price points. They are presented here with full recognition that some readers will have alternatives in mind, or just flat-out disagree. ACC welcomes your input, so please let us know what you think. Until then, though, I’m your “On the Market” columnist, and I approve this message. ACC Top Pick Under $5,000 1987–93 Cadillac Allanté There are only three American cars in the 2018 ACC Pocket Price Guide with median values listed at $5,000 or less. One is the 1970 Cadillac Coupe DeVille (76,043 built) at an even $5k, another is the 48 AmericanCarCollector.com he fact that you’re reading American Car Collector is probably due to one of three reasons: 1) You mistook it for a copy of Cat Fancy, and were astonished to discover that some Cheetahs, Cougars and Bobcats actually have wheels; 2) You discovered ACC while idly waiting in the barbershop or 1988–91 Chrysler TC by Maserati (7,300 built) at $3,500, and the third is the 1951–52 Packard 200 at $4,500. Therefore, as the Dark Overlord of this column, I’m going to bend the rules, bypass those three and include the 1987–93 Cadillac Allanté instead. It tips in at $5,500. The Allanté required the combined resources of General Motors and Pininfarina in Italy to design and build. In its debut, the Allanté was luxurious, sporty and exotic, and thrust Cadillac into a leadership role the division is still pursuing today. And it is relatively rare; whereas 166,187 Corvettes were built from 1987 to ’93, only 21,433 Allantés were produced. The car eventually faded out of the scene, and has been a bottom dweller in the value tank ever since. However, this Caddy actually has a lot going for it: • Exotic Italian-American design and engineering. • A premium product from GM’s pre-eminent division. • Sophisticated Northstar DOHC, 32-valve V8 for 1993. • Low current prices ready to ascend. ACC Top Pick Under $20,000 1968 Chevrolet Corvette coupe There are legions of great cars to choose from in this price range, including this first-year “Shark” 1968 Corvette coupe (9,936 built), the 1963 Buick Riviera (40,000 built), the 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 (27,221 built), the 1971 Oldsmobile 442 (5,475 built), and interestingly, the 1988 Callaway Corvette turbo (125 built). This was a hard call to make, but the 1968 Corvette coupe won out as a great first-time collector’s ride for several reasons: • The chrome-bumper Corvettes of 1968–72 offer the C3 generation’s best styling, which now is maturing beautifully. • Good small-block C3 Corvettes are a fun driving experience.


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Under $35,000 1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback • Parts are plentiful and generally reasonably priced. • C3 “Sharks” are swimming up in value. • Chrome-bumper Sharks know how to draw a crowd. ACC Top Pick Under $35,000 1966 Ford Mustang 2+2 fastback With 35,698 2+2 fastbacks compared with a whopping 499,751 notchback coupes built for 1966, this stylish Mustang, valued at $34,500, is the rarest of all 1965–66 variants, and it is also the sportiest. When equipped with a V8 engine and 4-speed transmission, it provides much of the flavor of a Shelby GT350 at less than 8% the current price of the original 1965 GT350 (521 built), and less than a quarter the price of a 1966 GT350 (1,368 built). To slide even further under the price radar, you can settle for one with a 6-cylinder engine and automatic transmission — although be forewarned, drive quality, prestige and resale value will all suffer. Strong points include: • The 2+2’s high desirability and relative rarity among early Mustangs bodes well for future value bumps. • It’s the basis for the street Shelby GT350, Hertz’s GT350 H “renta-racer,” and factory Shelby GT350 R racer. • Absolutely iconic in design; singlehandedly started the ponycar wars. • A frequent conversation starter. • Huge parts availability at reasonable prices. ACC Top Pick Under $50,000 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible Reasonably plentiful and well loved, the ’67 GTO (“Goat”) convertibles (9,517 built) offer much for their current $44,500 valuation. The 400-ci big-block V8 is powerful, and is available with both dual-gate automatic or manual transmission. Plus, options such as power brakes and steering make the cars easier to drive. And then there is the convertible experience. Nothing tops an empty two-lane, a big V8 under the GTO’s hood scoop, and feeling the sun on your Under $50,000 1967 Pontiac GTo convertible shoulders. By the way, in this “Under $50,000” compilation, the ’67 GTO drop-top narrowly beat out the 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T (4,630 built) at $43,000 and the 1966 Oldsmobile 442 convertible (2,853 built) at an even $50k. Various other Goat attributes include: • The GTO is considered the father of muscle cars. • “Borrowed” by Pontiac from Ferrari, the GTO name is still highly regarded. • Unlike Camaros, Mustangs, Challengers and ’Cudas, GTOs were only built with big-block V8s, making each and every one badass. • It’s a big car, roomy enough for four adults and luggage. Buy the experience The cars cited above, of course, are just a few of the hundreds or even thousands of possibilities that exist for American car collecting between, say, the 1908 Ford Model T and the 2018 Ford GT. Besides reading every issue of ACC cover to cover, referencing the Pocket Price Guide that comes with subscriptions is a great way to learn what’s out there — and what you can expect for your money. Regardless of what kind of car you’re interested in, though, please just do us one favor: Buy it for the experience you want to have — and then go live that experience. You’ll be glad you did. A Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Regardless of which American collector car you ultimately choose, never forget that the whole point is to get take it out and enjoy it March–April 2018 49


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE GRAND SPORT COUPE Ready to Rise If this Grand Sport’s owners had tucked it away, expecting a big payoff, they lost this round. The winner may well be the person who just bought it VIN: 1G1YY2257T5600868 by John L. Stein • No. 868 of 1,000 1996 Corvette Grand Sports produced • One of 810 Grand Sport coupes • 29,959 actual miles • Sold new in Michigan • Resided on East Coast for seven years before moving west • Admiral Blue paint with an Arctic White stripe and red hash marks • Two-tone interior with Torch Red leather seats • LT4 5.7-liter V8 engine • 6-speed manual transmission • Gloss black five-spoke wheels • Gloss black front brake calipers ACC Analysis This car, Lot 166, sold for $24,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 20, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. Designed as Cobra killers, in 1963 Chevrolet’s skunkworks built five Grand Sport racers to take back the track from the Shelby American juggernaut. While General Motors’ ban on racing soon torpedoed the effort, the name Grand Sport lived on in infamy, resurfacing in 1996 for a one-year swansong for the aging fourth-generation Corvette platform. The ’96 Grand Sport was a Regular Production Option (RPO) called Z16, which cost $3,250 on the coupe and $2,880 on the convertible. Included in the Grand Sport coupe were the outstanding 330-hp LT4 engine, Admiral Blue paint 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com with a white stripe and twin red hash marks on the left front fender, wide 17-inch wheels and tires from the ’95 ZR-1 (now painted black), rear fender flares, a choice of black or two-tone Torch Red and black interior, sport seats, and a few other cosmetic touches. The Grand Sport convertible lacked the coupe’s rear fender flares and had narrower tires fitted. Exactly 810 coupes and 190 convertibles were made. A surprisingly good buy A popular refrain of auction-goers is, “I paid too much.” That was not the case here, as this wonderful-looking Grand Sport, showing less than 30,000 miles on the odometer, sold at no reserve for less than the cost of a 2018 Toyota Prius or Honda Accord. Furthermore, it went for 20.6% below the current American Car Collector Pocket Price Guide median value of $30,500. Adding insult to injury, the price guide already lists the car as a “C” investment (downgraded from a “B” in earlier years) due to a 14% value decline from 2017. Let’s dissect the situation, starting with elements in favor of the 1996 Grand Sport. First, the pushrod LT4-powered Grand Sport is considered a pinnacle of fourth-generation Corvettes — an honor shared with the final-year DOHC, 32-valve 1995 ZR-1. Second, few Grand Sports were made (the 1,000 build volume of GS coupes and convertibles represents just 4.6% of total ’96 Corvette production), and they can’t easily be faked because the specialized paint and interior would be expensive to reproduce — and even if such cloning were successful, the VIN would still be wrong. Jim Pickering Addtional images 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: 1996 Number produced: 810 Original list price: $40,475 Current ACC Median Valuation: $30,500 Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Engine # location: Right-front cylinder-head deck Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Plate at base of windshield Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, 1996 Dodge Viper RT/10 convertible, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette coupe And third, in recent years, certain cars from the 1980s through 2000s have started hopping, possibly in part because successful Millennials can now afford influential vehicles from their youth. Some Grand Sport perspective All of the above pluses are genuine strong points for the Grand Sport. However, one detriment is that the 1996 GS coupe is more than four times as plentiful as the ’96 GS convertible. Across all segments of the collector world, the exclusivity borne by limited production is a positive. Put more simply, compared to the Grand Sport convertible, the coupe is fairly common. As an interesting side note, here are some other collector-grade American coupes in the ACC Pocket Price Guide — one from each decade during the 1950s through 1990s — with roughly similar production numbers as the 1996 Grand Sport coupe: • 1957 Corvette 283-hp Fuelie (756 built) — ACC median value of $92,500 with an “A” rating • 1967 Camaro Z28 (602 built) — ACC median value of $92,500 with an “A” rating • 1974 Pontiac Trans Am SD-455 (943 built) — ACC median value of $82,500 with a “B” rating • 1987 Buick GNX (547 built) — ACC median value of $114,000 with an “A” rating • 1998 Dodge Viper GTS (837 built) — ACC median value of $41,500 with a “B” rating Like wine, cars appreciate with age Researching this brief list of vehicles was most educational, because it allowed comparing, for the first time, values of post-war American sporty cars with a build quantity between 500 and 1,000. Choosing one car more or less empirically from each decade, my main requirement was that it be a high-performance model built in sufficient quantities so as to be attainable by a large number of people. As such, I bypassed low-production units like Camaro ZL1s and Corvette L88s. I likewise bypassed well-known cars like the 1965 to 1968 Shelby GT350s, even though in some years they fit the profile, in favor of the less well-known Camaro Z28. Just because. My findings? In an admit- tedly disputable, arguable and grossly general way, this casual experiment suggests that epic cars from the 1950s through 1970s are still the icons of our collecting universe, but also that cars of the 1980s are playing a strong game of catch-up — at least in certain circumstances. Cars from the 1990s? Not so much — yet. And that may be exactly the reason our subject ’96 Grand Sport sold for such easy money in Scottsdale. Since there was nothing to dislike about or dis- qualify this car, there is practically no other viable explanation for its low sale amount except its age — aside from the possibility that the right buyers just weren’t in the room when it sold. If cars’ traditional early depreciation and later appreciation are graphed, the resulting curve would be a lazy inverted parabola: A years-long initial value decline, followed by a low, flat middle, and eventually climbing up and out. The height and steepness of the parabola’s edges would naturally vary by car and environmental conditions, but in general, that’s the way of the car world. The 1996 Corvette Grand Sport coupe cost $40,475 new. Not counting inflation, the 2018 ACC median value of $30,500 represents a 24.6% value drop after 22 years, and the selling price of our subject car represents an even greater 40.2% value drop. If the Grand Sport’s previous owners had tucked it away all these years, expecting a big payoff, they absolutely lost this round. Instead, the winner may well be the person who bought it in Scottsdale — because I’d gamble that the 1996 Grand Sport’s real action will happen in the next 10 years. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe Lot F237, VIN: 1G1YY2251T5600042 Condition: 2+ Sold at $77,760 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/25/2015 ACC# 257179 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe Lot 1028, VIN: 1G1YY2253T5600110 Condition: 1Sold at $40,150 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2017 ACC# 6846756 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport coupe Lot T122, VIN: 1G1YY2254T5600634 Condition: 1Sold at $55,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/16/2017 ACC# 6836038 March–April 2018 51CC 51


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PROFILE GM Parts Made Whole 1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 REPLICA CONVERTIBLE Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson This car started life as an inline 6-cylinder convertible. Reborn as a stomping big-block SS, it blew right past the ACC median valuation for a real-deal car 52 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 123678N462130 by Patrick Smith 3.55-ratio rear end, center console with gauges, tachometer, power top, steering and disc brakes, Delco AM radio, front and rear spoilers and Rally wheels. This Camaro is finished in Matador Red with black convertible top and black striping. T ACC Analysis This car, Lot 772.1, sold for $74,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, January 13–21, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. Chevrolet had a knockout seller of a pony car with the 1967 Camaro, so 1968 was a year of careful tweaking instead of big changes. Small changes included an all-new Astro Ventilation system, which eliminated the side wing windows. Additionally, the grille and taillamps were revised. Camaro got a new console molded completely in plastic with saw-tooth gauges instead of a pot-metal top plate with circular gauges. The interiors were improved with expanded vinyl for a nicer feel and appearance. Buyers went crazy when they saw the SS package, which originally was limited to the new 350 small his Camaro convertible underwent a highquality body-off restoration completed in October 2017. It is powered by a 396-ci engine and Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. It features a 12-bolt Positraction block. By March of ’67, there was a 396 version available. For 1968, engineering changes included a switch to five-leaf rear suspension on high-output models, and staggered shocks, dashboard-mounted VIN plate visible on the driver’s side through the windshield, a vacuum-operated hideaway headlamp system for the Rally Sport and the continuation of the big-block SS 396 option introduced in March of 1967. Evolution of the theme For 1968, you could choose from four different 396 engines. They included the 350-hp L34, the 325-hp L35 or the 375-hp L78 solid-lifter monster. An aluminum-head L89 version of the engine also existed. The 396 came with a high-performance hood with twin non-functional stacked intakes. Transmission choices included Muncie close- and wide-ratio 4-speeds and a heavy-duty M22 along with the TH400. Hurst shifter handles didn’t appear until 1969. The L34 was scarce, with 2,579 engines made. The L78 occupied the middle position, with 4,575 engines, while the L89 aluminum-head 396 is right up there with bigfoot sightings — just 272 made. The most common SS 396 Camaro was the L35, with 10,773 units produced. It’s what this car’s packing between the fenders, along with some very nice options like console, custom interior, pedal dress-up, tachometer power steering and power disc brakes. Finished like a brochure car in Matador Red with black fender stripes and Rally wheels, it was built to create envy and desire within every Chevy fanatic.


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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: 1967–68 Number produced: 16,927 (1968 V8 convertible) Original list price: $2,908 Current ACC Median Valuation: $36,000 Engine # location: Milled pad below cylinder head, front passenger’s side Clubs: Camaro Research Group A do-it-yourself SS Even Jim Phelps from “Mission Impossible” would be stumped searching for an SS 396 4-speed convertible. They just don’t show up that often. Production breakdowns by body style aren’t known, but demand has outstripped supply. That’s one reason why our subject car, which started life as an inline 6-cylinder convertible, later became a stomping big-block SS. The VIN’s third digit is 3 instead of 4, revealing its original 6-cylinder status. The seller took a few liberties by adding chrome valve covers and spoiler package. Dolling up the car paid off with an out-the-ballpark figure when the gavel fell. The ’68 L35 SS Camaros have been selling in the mid- to high-$40k range unless the car is a super-rare L78 or L89 example. This one got almost a third more than that — way above the ACC median recorded to date. But this sale doesn’t mean 1968 Camaros are on fire. If anything, it’s further proof that drivable classic cars are hot, as evidenced by a number of LS-powered pro-touring Camaros that sold for similar amounts at this same event. In this case, clearly two people liked what they saw at a popular auction where TV cameras, good restorations and big prices are the norm. But within this successful sale also lies a bigger story being played out across the nation: an increased focus on usability, driver friendliness and guilt-free motoring. Worry-free Factory-original big-block Camaros aren’t ideal for modern road trips for a variety of reasons, but remove the numbers-matching part from the equation and suddenly the ride gets friendlier because the worry falls away. From there, owners can add hidden comforts such as an overdrive gearbox, modern rotating assembly and better brakes to make a lesser Camaro downright fun. If it does get in an accident, the stakes are relatively low — after all, we’re not talking about some expensive preserved original rarity here. Up until now, that was the thought process. And then this car, and others like it at Barrett-Jackson, brought prices on par with what originals had been doing and blew most of that reasoning out of the water. This was a stout price to pay for a Camaro that isn’t exactly what it appears to be, and that makes it very well sold, as you could buy something similar for a lot less — especially with an older restoration. But the truth of the matter is that building something like this from scratch would very likely cost close to what was bid here, and this one was reportedly just completed four months ago, so it’s as clean as they come. There’s no doubt that the new owner paid a premium for this ride. Is it a trend or was it due to a couple of bidders simply trying to outdo each other in a high-profile setting? For that answer, we’ll just have to wait and watch. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Tune-up/major service: $250 Distributor cap: $13.56 VIN location: Driver’s side dashboard Web: www.camaros.org Alternatives: 1968 Mustang GT 390, 1968 Dodge Dart GTS, 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 Investment Grade: C Comps 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 convertible Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/4/2017 ACC# 6836129 Lot 180, VIN: 124677N221699 Condition: 1Sold at $44,000 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS convertible Lot SP42, VIN: 124678N328047 Condition: 1Sold at $55,899 Collector Car Productions, Toronto, CAN, 4/6/2014 ACC# 243316 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/ SS 396 convertible Lot S121.1, VIN: 124677N180816 Condition: 2Sold at $66,340 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/2013 ACC# 227409 March–April 2018 53


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PROFILE FOMOCO Shelby’s Hertz 1966 FORD MUSTANG GT350 H FASTBACK Courtesy of Bonhams If it was good enough for Carroll Shelby, it’s good enough for me. It’s the type of Shelby that is surely worn, but likely not worn out VIN: SFM6S707 by Dale Novak • Carroll Shelby’s personal GT350 H • On display at Shelby Automobiles since 2008 • Desirable Hertz “Rent-a-Racer” Shelby • Iconic Wimbledon White with factory-painted Le Mans stripes • The ultimate in provenance and ownership history ACC Analysis This car, Lot 16, sold for $253,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Bonhams Scottsdale Auction held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on January 18, 2018. The car was offered with no reserve. This 1966 Shelby GT350 H was one of 999 Hertz Shelbys built for the 1966 model year — at least that’s the number most frequently quoted; however, various sources have cited numbers from 936 to 1,002. As such, they are not entirely rare, but finding one for sale can be a challenge, as they are very desirable and don’t tend to stay available for long. Our subject car was one of the batch of Hertz “rent- a-racers” originally ordered by the Hertz corporation. While the vast majority of those cars were produced wearing the Hertz-branded color scheme of black with gold stripes, chassis S707 was built as you see it here — white with blue stripes. That was common for a GT350 and entirely uncommon for a GT350 H edition. Chassis S707 was originally delivered to a Hertz location in San Diego, CA, in January of 1966. After being thrashed about and probably treated to a few ketchup-laden fries tossed about the cabin, it found its way to the first retail owner, Fred Johnson, on September 7, 1967. Sometime after that, Fred sold the 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com car to Mike Shoen of Vancouver, WA, who modified it with a 1965 GT350 tach pod, R-model apron, valve covers, roll bar and R-model wheels. Driven by Shelby As reported by Bonhams, chassis S707 then found its way to its third owner, Mr. Carroll Shelby himself. That instantly transformed this Shelby Mustang from a tattered old driver to a tattered old driver with a great story to tell. Until this sale, the car had never left the Shelby Collection. It was featured in Petersen’s Complete Ford Book and was displayed at the Imperial Palace Automobile Collection in Las Vegas. At some point, chassis S707 was brought back to its original specifications with the exception of the wheels. One can quickly discern that our subject car is a bit tired and certainly showing its age. The engine bay is somewhat ratty, the paint appears to be heavily orange-peeled, the interior is soiled and the carpet is faded. Based on the condition of the very old Goodyear Wingfoot tires, I’d say the car hasn’t been exercised in a very long time. It was reported as a #3 example, but I’d dig a bit deeper and knock it down to a #4+. That said, who cares? My take on it is pretty simple. If it was good enough for Carroll Shelby, it’s good enough for me. In fact, I love the car, warts and all. It’s the type of Shelby that is surely worn, but likely not worn out. Being a West Coast car all its life, the body is very likely in great shape and hasn’t been invaded by the tin worm. It’s the best type of Shelby, if you ask


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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! Naturally, none of our comps were actually owned by Carroll Shelby. This is the only comp that was actually owned by the man who created them. Better still, he bought the car as the third owner (if you don’t count the Hertz ownership). That says a lot without ever knowing one more thing about the car. Carroll liked it enough to own it. And he didn’t own it for a year or two — he kept the car for many years and it was still part of the Shelby Collection when it was sold. It’s about as close as you will ever get to using a time machine and transporting yourself back to 1966 and buying a car directly from Team Shelby. The fast take on the fastback Bonhams’ pre-sale estimate on the car me — one that you can lay into and enjoy for the street weapon that it is. Most GT350s have simply become over-restored garage furniture. That’s fine from an investment standpoint, but terrible for what the machine was designed to do. The Shelby effect So how did the sold price of chassis S707 fare in the world of 1966 GT350s? Did the Carroll Shelby provenance check the right boxes on the auction block? Using the ACC Pocket Price Guide, we can see a median value placed on a typical, well-sorted GT350 H of $147,000, with a 20% ding for an automatic transmission. The transmission deduction is more relevant to a production GT350 (not an H model), simply because the Hertz models were more likely to be outfitted with an automatic — so we can toss that out for this evaluation. Racing through the sold comps, I intentionally researched non-Hertz models because those cars will generally bring a bit more at auction than a Hertz edition — not a ton, but enough to give them a leg up. The three I selected sold (or bid to) a low of $143,000 and a high of $297,000. was $150,000 to $200,000. Most forums and conversations I managed to find online suggested that they thought the car would sell for more — some speculating $300,000 all in. But there’s a method to the Bonhams valuation. The low estimate likely fired up plenty of collectors thinking that they could be in the running and maybe even buy the car under $150,000. This quiet exuberance can quickly multiply the bidder activity, and Bonhams did a superb job of promoting the car, as articles about chassis S707 were all over the Web. Given the overall condition and presentation, had this been an ordinary GT350 H in the uncommon white/blue color combination, I would have suggested about $110,000 to $130,000. But, we aren’t talking about just any weathered 1966 GT350 H. Condition aside, given the provenance and the stories this Shelby could tell, it was wisely bought. Carroll Shelby may be gone, but his effect on our collective high-performance American-iron car culture lives on. And that, my fellow car aficionados, comes with a price. The car was well sold but astutely bought for the col- Detailing Year produced: 1966 Number produced: 999 Original list price: $3,865 Current ACC Median Valuation: $147,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $10 VIN location: Tag on left inner fender apron Engine # location: Right side of engine block Club: Shelby American Automobile Club Web: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Z06 coupe, 1967 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback Lot FR0084.5, VIN: SFM6S068 Condition: 2- Not sold at $200,000 GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/3/2017 ACC# 6852518 lector who cherishes the unique Shelby provenance. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback Lot 1072, VIN: SFM6S250 Condition: 1Sold at $297,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2017 ACC# 6846484 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback Lot S734, VIN: SFM6S439 Condition: 2Sold at $143,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2017 ACC# 6817036 March–April 2018 55CC 55


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Icon or Original? 1968 DODGE HEMI CHARGER R/T 2-DOOR HARD TOP Did the seller really think evoking the image of Bo and Luke Duke would cause some fan to mortgage the doublewide for this Charger? VIN: XS29J8B302022 by Tom Glatch A 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com lmost 100,000 Chargers were sold in 1968, with 17,584 of them outfitted with the Road/Track package. Of those, only 475 were produced with the optional 426 Street Hemi, including the example offered here. Making this car even more desirable is its rare color combination of dark blue over an Electric Blue interior. Mopar restoration expert Julius Steuer purchased the car and, in 2009, restored it at his shop in Los Angeles. David Mikkelson acquired it shortly after the restoration was complete and later passed it to the current owner. Today, this Hemi Charger R/T presents with aggressive-looking American Racing Vector wheels, popularized on the iconic 1969 Charger used in the TV show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The original wheels are included in the sale, along with two original build sheets, jack and spare. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 111, sold for $123,750, including the buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on Saturday, January 20, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. They say image is everything, and in the automotive world there is no greater proof than the 1968 Dodge Charger. Underneath the sheet metal was Chrysler’s familiar B-body architecture. Even under the hood were Chrysler’s well-known powerplants, with the base Charger model getting the 318 V8 small-block, while the performance R/T model had the 440 Magnum standard. The pinnacle, of course, was the “elephant” in the room, the 426 Hemi. But where Dodge struggled to sell 15,788 of the old fastback 1967 Chargers, 96,100 of the ’68 Chargers flew out the showroom doors, including 475 with the Hemi. Demand was so high that the Hamtramck plant couldn’t keep up, and the St. Louis plant also began building Chargers. Product Planning thought only 20,000 would be sold, based on the history of the previous model. Double diamond image The difference was the sleek “double diamond” shape and “flying buttress” roof of the new Charger. Diran Yazejian, a designer in the Dodge Studio at the time, told allpar.com: “Bill Brownlie, Dodge Studio Executive Designer, wanted an evolutionary design from the ’66 — a fastback. Meanwhile, off in a corner of the Dodge Studio, Richard Sias was making a 1/10scale ‘speed form’ clay model. It was ‘aircrafty’ and had the double-diamond shapes built into its form, but it wasn’t a fastback… the ‘sail panels’ made it look fastback enough to satisfy Brownlie.” When Car and Driver tested the ’68 Charger, they remarked, “The only 1968 car which comes close to challenging the new Charger for styling accolades is the new Corvette, which is remarkably similar to the Charger, particularly when viewed from the rear quarter… Originality takes guts in Dodge’s position as the smaller division of the number three automaker, but the Charger’s aerodynamic wedge theme is not only distinctly new but it is very like the new breed of wind-tunnel tested sports/racing cars which are just now making their debut in the 1967 Can-Am series.” Of course, the Charger R/T was more than just a Brian Henniker, copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company


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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 n cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1968–70 Number produced: 475 (1968 Hemi cars) Original list price: Approximately $4,110 Current ACC Median Valuation: $116,000 With all this performance image e Charger,” Car and Driver said, d to order an engine to go with n you’re talking a Chrysler e performance engine is the Hemi. ’t more honest horsepower availwroom floor than you get from e monster.” They recorded 0–60 e quarter-mile in 13.5 at 105 his was in a Charger packed with ng in at 4,346 pounds. emi Charger has so much going toration, the provenance of the , the rarity and desirability of 426 Hemi power, and the very unusual factory color scheme. Yet auctioneer Charlie Ross fought to squeeze out the last dollar on a no-reserve sale for a car of this quality. Why? The Duke factor While it may seem like a small detail, I think the Vector wheels this car wore at the sale hurt its value. Did the seller really think evoking the image of Bo and Luke Duke would cause some fan to mortgage the doublewide for this Charger? First impressions count for a lot, especially at auc- tion, and it’s important to remember just where this car was — the Gooding auction is known for high-end offerings from Porsche and Ferrari, and as such it draws in a high-level demographic. These are serious collectors in a social setting. Selling a high-end automo- bile is no different than selling a high-end property, and realestate agents will spend the extra money to properly stage a home with designer furnishings and décor to help move it for the maximum price. I have no problem with someone driving a car like this on modern rubber; you don’t realize how much tires have changed until you drive a ’60s muscle machine on bias-ply skins. And as we’ve noted in ACC before, wheels are all about taste, and they’re an easy swap, so owners should feel free to do what they want. But to sell something like this — especially in a high-class setting — practicality and personal preference must take a back seat to the proper staging of the automobile. That means keeping things as “showroom” as possible. When this beautiful dark blue Hemi Charger was featured in Motor Trend Classic, writer Steve Magnante wrote: “It may come as a shock, but this musclecar-loving automotive journalist is of the opinion that Warner Brothers’ hit TV series ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ did more than anything else to tarnish the legend of the Dodge Charger. Sure, the show was fun and exciting and should be applauded for its automotive theme in an otherwise nonautomotive network television landscape. But let’s face facts: Bo and Luke Duke absolutely victimized the General Lee. What else can you call splashing horrid orange paint over its sleek Coke-bottle form, painting that stupid flag on the roof, and treating it like a stolen dune buggy?” The proof is in the numbers: This car itself had a great look, great restoration, rare color and the right equipment. And yet, despite all that, this final price came in at just over the current median of $116,000 for a ’68 Hemi Charger. Were buyers who came to bid on classic Ferraris really going to fight it out for a topnotch Hemi Charger that looked like the General Lee? As they say, image is everything. On the flip side, at the price paid, this was a great deal for the new owner considering the car’s condition and specifications — and it came with a set of stock wheels. Very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Club: Winged Warriors/ National B-Body Owners Association (NBOA) Engine # location: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Web: www.wwnboa.org Alternatives: 1968 Pontiac GTO, 1968 Oldsmobile 442, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner ACC Investment Grade: A Comps Tune-up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $12.97 VIN location: Plate on the driver’s side instrument panel behind windshield 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T 2-dr hard top Lot 1309, VIN: XS29J8B179231 Condition: 1Sold at $150,700 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2017 ACC# 6825752 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T 2-dr hard top Lot 694, VIN: XS29J8B360735 Condition: 1Sold at $132,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/6/2017 ACC# 6833926 1968 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T 2-dr hard top Lot F120, VIN: XS29J8B266091 Condition: 1Sold at $137,800 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/24/2012 ACC# 200298 March–April 2018 March–April 2018 57


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE Top T-bird It’s probably time to put some miles on this baby, knowing that you’re driving one of the fastest, best-looking, and most expensive Thunderbirds ever 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: P5FH257687 by Ken Gross • 2012 Detroit Autorama Don Ridler Award winner • 2012 Goodguys Custom Rod of the Year • 2012 SEMA Mothers Polish Excellence in Design winner • 2012 Legend Cup winner • Featured in Street Rodder Premium and AutoWeek • 1150-hp twin-turbo V8 by Gale Banks Engineering ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1417, sold for $286,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 20, 2018. It was offered with no reserve. Ford Thunderbirds are rarely customized, as they’re clean cars to begin with. Seldom restyled back in the day, most ’Birds simply received the sports car or custom-rod treatment, with a few memorable exceptions. The late Doane Spencer bought a ’55 ’Bird brand new from the factory, modified its Y-block V8 and fitted Halibrand kidney-bean knockoffs. Don Tognotti, the Oakland Roadster Show promoter, commissioned Rick’s Body Shop in Sacramento to do a snazzy green ’55 ’Bird with scallops, reversed chrome wheels and sidepipes. George Barris redid a couple of later T-birds for his wife, Shirley. And legendary pinstriper Larry Watson’s “Vino Paisano” ’58 Thunderbird became a panel-paint classic. The right stuff Built by an all-star cast, this ’55 ’Bird received the full treatment, and as hot rodders like to say, “there’s not a lot of Henry left.” Dwayne Peace, who commissioned the car, had his son Jonathan (a design major at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) pen an elegant, Europeanthemed look. The builders backed it up with solid engineering. The extensively restyled body — every panel was modified — sits on a one-off handmade rectangular and tubular chassis by Torq’d Design Lab (Jonathan and his brother Matt’s shop in Tyler, TX) and Sparc Design. Devil in the details The wheelbase was stretched three inches to 105 inches for even better proportions. It’s powered by a Gale Banks-built, 6.15-liter twin-turbo V8 with Banks/ Dart aluminum heads and an ACCEL Gen VI EFI system, good for 1,150 hp and 925 ft-lb of torque. Handling that power is a reworked Bowler 4L80E automatic 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! transmission, coupled to a Moser nine-inch rear with triangulated suspension and Ridetech coil-overs. The brakes are huge SSBC 13.6-inch rotors with fourpiston calipers. Ron Davis Racing hand-built the hidden radiator and the dual intercoolers. There’s a three-inch custom Borla stainless exhaust system, and since the classic ’Bird bumpers (originally with the pipes through the bumper guards) gave way to thin, recessed bumpers, the exhaust exits through a one-off tip. Jesse Greening’s shop, Greening Auto Company in Nashville, did much of the custom fabrication. That work included a hidden internal roll cage, relocated front fender openings, and redesigned rear quarters. Greening fabbed twin fuel tanks and made a custom steel dash with bespoke Classic Instruments gauges and a Movado clock. The interior, with its bucket seats and modern console, was custom made by Paul Atkins, and there’s lots of billet aluminum trim. Custom taillights (each one whittled from an aluminum billet), three-piece billet spoke wheels and Pirelli P-Zero rubber, a chopped wraparound windshield Glasurit Brilliant Red p Advanced Plating ensur that “no detail was left untouched and no expense was spared in the build of this historic, oneof-a-kind vehicle.” Money talks Why does anyone invest this amount of time, talent and money in a custom car? Probably for the same reason many well-heeled enthusiasts and their restorers vie for Best of Show at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. The top two most important show awards in hot rod circles are the “America’s Most Beautiful Roadster” Detailing Year produced: 1955 Number produced: 16,155 Original list price: $2,444 Current ACC Median Valuation: $29,000 Engine # location: N/A Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) Tune-up/major service: Estimated $350 Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Plate on right-hand side of engine compartment on firewall Web: www.goodguys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other mid–’50sera sports cars ACC Investment Grade: C Comps nine-foot trophy at the Grand National Roadster Show each January and the Don Ridler Memorial Award at the Detroit Autorama every March. The AMBR winner must be an American roadster or touring car up to and including 1937 (the last year Ford built a true roadster, a car without wind-up windows). The Ridler requirement is less restrictive, and it can be awarded to a car (or a truck) in any body style. Both hly coveted by owners and car builders. The Peace corps wanted to compete for the “Pirelli Great 8”— the eight finalists for the 2012 Ridler. They did better than hat, winning the coveted urely bringing joy to the talented craftsmen who sweated the details on this stunning car. The ’Bird went on to win awards at Goodguys, the Golden Builder Award (Hot Rod and Restoration Show in Indianapolis), the Legend Cup (Chicago World of Wheels), and the Chairman’s Cup (Classy Chassis Invitational in Houston). And the winner is? The latest ACC Pocket Price Guide rates the current median price for ’55 Thunderbirds at $29,000, so $260k would appear to be a lot of money. But I reckon the cost to build this car was considerably more than the winning bid. There aren’t any major shows left for the new owner, so it’s probably time to put some miles on this baby, knowing that you’re driving one of the fastest, best-looking and most expensive Thunderbirds ever. I’d call this a great deal for the buyer — and if the Peaces were the ones to sell it here, they can take comfort in having won all those awards for their efforts.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) March–April 2018 59 1957 Ford Thunderbird “Battlebird” racer Lot 135, VIN: C7FH170266 Condition: 3 Sold at $280,500 1957 Ford Thunderbird D/F-code convertible Lot F228, VIN: D7FH202136 Condition: 1Sold at $275,600 1955 Ford Thunderbird convertible Lot 355, VIN: P5FH191216 Condition: 3+ Sold at $39,600 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/23/2016 ACC# 6803667 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/17/2011 ACC# 179366 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/2010 ACC# 165772


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1946 FORD SUPER DELUXE STATION WAGON Driver Woodie Darin Schnabel ©2017, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Some needs kept this woodie’s price down, but it could be a great driver VIN: 99A1313377 Body number: 16356 by Carl Bomstead area until 1985. The body was refinished in its original color of T 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com Maize Yellow many years ago, which is the only major work that has ever been completed or required. The wooden body is in remarkable condition for its age, with minor staining around several of the bolt and joint areas. One small area on the right rear has been refinished with much of the original varnish intact. The chassis and underbody are very solid thanks to “Underseal” applied by the dealer back in 1947. Accompanying the woodie wagon are the original warranty and directional tags from the dashboard as well as the original owner’s manual. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 119, sold for $62,750, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s auction at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, AZ, on January 19, 2018. Mention a woodie station wagon and your first thoughts are of the iconic Ford wood station wagons built between 1929 and 1951. The pioneer, however, was William C. Durant, who introduced the 1923 Star Station Wagon with a wood body by Mengel. It was his amazing Ford woodie, incorporating numerous pieces of original Birdseye and Tiger Maple, was purchased new on January 2, 1947, by Jeanette Schaffer of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It remained in the Milwaukee intended to compete with the Ford Model T, but it was poorly promoted and quickly became a footnote in automotive history. The Model T, however, was never offered by Ford as a station wagon or depot hack, but a number of them were certainly sold by Ford dealers. Custom coachbuilders such as Hercules, Cantrell, MartinPerry and Babcock were doing a brisk business of building wood bodies for the Model T and selling them directly to Ford dealers, who installed them on the bare Ford chassis. A wooden Ford Edsel Ford became president of Ford Motor Company in 1919, but Henry still firmly held the reins. Edsel, however, had an eye for design, and the aftermarket wood bodies that Ford dealers were offering were appealing. Murray was supplying metal stampings and even complete bodies to Ford, and Edsel approached them regarding a wood body for the new Model A chassis. Henry Ford had earlier acquired 313,000 acres of prime timberland in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as a source of wood for Model T floorboards, framing and even shipping crates. By 1923, Iron Mountain had 7,000 employees working around the clock producing wood parts for the Model T. It was, of course, the ideal source of wood for the new wagon. Mengel shaped and created the parts and Murray assembled the finished wood bodies, which were mated to the chassis at Ford plants.


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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: 1946 Number produced: 16,920 Original list price: $1,422 Current ACC Median Valuation: $68,200 Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Left frame rail Engine # location: Top of bellhousing Club: National Woodie Club Web: www.nationalwoodieclub.com Alternatives: 1948 Packard Station Sedan, 1946 Oldsmobile 60 Series station wagon, 1947 Buick Super Estate Wagon The first Model A wagon was completed in 1928 and went to “Skylands,” Edsel Ford’s new summer estate at Sea Harbor, ME — the estate is now owned by Martha Stewart. The Ford Depot Wagon was just the thing for the caretaker to drive when meeting “Fairlane,” Edsel’s parlor car, when the train arrived in Maine. In January 1929, the first Ford wood station wagons were officially announced. Promoted for use at country clubs and estates, the rugged attractiveness and construction proved popular and 6,529 were produced the first two years. They were popular with the Hollywood set, which of course added to their allure. The in-house solution The 1940 Deluxe Station Wagon was the first that was built by Ford at the Iron Mountain plant. They were fully integrated, from the harvesting of the timber to loading the finished bodies on the boxcars. Quality was also stated to be greatly enhanced. The war ended automotive body production but the Iron Mountain plant stayed busy building 80% of the U.S. wood gliders. As the war concluded, Henry Ford II, returning from Navy duty, took the reins at Ford. Station wagons were not high on his list, and he planned on shuttering the outdated Iron Mountain facility. Steel was, however, in short supply but wood was not. So with that, the Ford woodie was back in business and they were quickly snapped up by those who wanted a distinctive vehicle or needed a practical second car. The 1946 Ford Wagon was offered with a V8 and, later in the model year, a 6-cylinder motor. It was priced at $1,422. Production was a respectable 16,920. A brown leatherette top was specified, but factory photos show that black was also used. Maize Yellow, as our subject wagon was finished, was not listed as a factory body color in 1946 — it was, however, available in 1947 and 1948 on convertibles. This car’s wood was stated to be original and there were noticeable dark stains around the bolt holes and joints. The roof leatherette had been replaced and properly tacked to the roof frame. The trim piece that covers the tacks over the drip rails was missing. While it is a difficult piece to find, it is a tell that other items may have also been overlooked. The market has not been kind to Ford woodies as of late. But Ford buyers, to their credit, are a discerning lot, and many of the recent offerings have had significant issues. In this car’s case, the wood needs to be refinished, the body repainted in a factory-correct color (unless it can be proven that this was, in fact, the original hue) and the proper drip-rail trim piece installed, at a minimum. It could, of course, be used as a driver as-is, and if that’s the case, the price paid was about right in today’s market. All in all, call this one a decent deal all around. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe station wagon Not sold at $59,000 Lot 317, VIN: 71A1495096 Condition: 2+ McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 11/17/2017 ACC# 6854041 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe station wagon Lot 423, VIN: 899A2051506 Condition: 2Sold at $50,600 Bonhams, Los Angeles, CA, 11/11/2017 ACC# 6854039 1947 Ford Super DeLuxe station wagon Lot S134, VIN: 799A1657450 Condition: 2 Sold at $71,500 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 7/17/2016 ACC# 6803678 March–April 2018 61CC 61


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PROFILE RACE 1957 KURTIS KRAFT 500G INDY RACER Brutal Glory Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers As the ultimate automotive expression of John Wayne and Dwight Eisenhower’s America, at least one vintage Indy car belongs in every racingoriented collection of Americana 62 VIN: KK500G2 by Thor Thorson • Fifth-place finisher at 1957 Indianapolis 500 with Andy Linden • “Smokey” Yunick’s first Indianapolis 500 entry (1958) • Driven at Indy in 1958 by Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee Paul Goldsmith • AACA Senior First Place Award and Race Car Certification • Multiple awards; appearances include 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed • Great presence; offered in top operating and show condition • Crowd pleaser with “Offy” power and onboard starter ACC Analysis This car, Lot 30, sold for $308,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ sale in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2018. I wrote this paragraph over 13 years ago and it still applies: “There’s something about Indy Roadsters that just oozes ’50s Americana. They’re the big, muscular farm boys with butch haircuts, a trucker’s tan and an aggressive smile, sort of daring you to take them on. They never went to college for all that sophistication stuff, never saw much reason to. They’re all about being real strong, fast against their peers, and lookin’ good to the others at the drive-in.” In the 1950s, America stood confidently astride the world with “can do” optimism and a cocky assurance that the way we did things was always the best. AmericanCarCollector.com If globalization even existed as a word, it meant us showing the rest of the world how to do things better. Sophistication, tact, and humility were attributes for a different time and place; at that time, the racing cars that had evolved in the U.S. specifically to succeed in American automobile racing ruled our imaginations. A better race car The evolution of American oval-track racers has had a number of distinct steps from 1911 to the present. The phases most relevant to today’s subject started in 1937, when Indianapolis adopted the international Grand Prix rules of the time (single-seat, 4.5-liter [272-ci] normally aspirated or 3-liter supercharged cars). The intent was to get the European teams to come to Indianapolis to race, but with a few spectacular exceptions, that never worked out. What did happen is that American builders who had been playing with dirt-track racers modified those cars into something that would work on a four-mile paved oval for 500-mile races. These cars are known as the “upright” racers because the driver sat in the middle of the car above the driveshaft with his legs on either side of the transmission. They were tall and narrow, almost exclusively powered by the Offenhauser 270 engine, and they dominated Indianapolis until the early 1950s. In 1952, the Cummins Engine people hired Frank Kurtis to build a suitable Indianapolis racer using their diesel truck engine. Faced with the reality that the engine was very tall and heavy, Kurtis came


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Since the Offy engine wasn’t nearly as tall as a diesel, they remained upright in the chassis. The new look reminded people of the hot-rod roadsters that were popular in California, so they became known as “Indy roadsters.” The final step in the evolution of this concept came in 1957, when builders started laying the Offy engine on its side, thus further lowering the profile and center of gravity to create what became known as the “laydown roadsters.” These cars dominated Indy until the Europeans arrived with their mid-engined revolution of the mid-1960s and changed everything. The categories are thus “uprights,” “roadsters” and “laydown roadsters.” From France to Indy The Offenhauser engine is every bit as iconic and all-American as the cars it powered, and its evolution is equally fascinating. The story begins in 1912 in France, where three intuitive driver/mechanics built a radically new grand prix engine for Peugeot. It was the first dual-overhead-cam engine and used four valves per cylinder — an entirely new concept. For the 1913 version of the engine, they devised a gear-tower cam drive, made the intake valves larger than the exhausts, and designed a barrel-shaped crankcase with circular support webs for the main bearings to give an extraordinarily stiff and strong mechanical base for the cylinders. On top of that they created the world’s first dry-sump oiling system. It was the first “modern” racing engine. Peugeot was very successful with the car in Europe and decided to send several cars to Indianapolis in 1913 and 1914. Once here, one of the cars made it to California, where it was sent to Harry Miller’s shop for repairs. Recognizing a brilliant concept, Miller more or less stole the design and started making his own racing engines, which, with some evolutionary changes, dominated American auto racing through Detailing Years produced: 1953–60 (classic Indy Roadsters) Number produced: Current ACC Median Valuation: $308,000 (this car) Approximately 50 Kurtis, 120 total various makers Original list price: $20,000 ($10k for chassis, $10k for engine) the 1920s. Miller later sold the design to his head mechanic, Fred Offenhauser. The Offy engines in Indy Roadsters remain remarkably similar to their 1913 Peugeot ancestor: evolved, of course, but recognizable. Deafening exhilaration Returning to the sunburned, muscular farm-boys- with-an-attitude image for a moment, nobody has ever suggested that these cars are easy or comfortable to drive. They are brutal, intimidating, hot and noisy. The driver is exposed to everything, with his right elbow not three inches from the rear tire (or from the Speedway outside wall if you dare get that close to it), the engine is hard-mounted to the frame and shakes like a crazed paint mixer at all speeds, and the methanol fuel is dumped into the intake stacks at about a gallon a lap with appropriate fumes, heat and smoke. The noise is deafening, and if something goes wrong, what happens to you is purely a matter of luck. Sounds like a pretty good definition of exhilarating, doesn’t it? In spite of the intimidation factor, they can be a lot of fun to drive. I have maintained a sister 500G for a client for over 25 years, and every few years we take it to a suitable event to stretch its legs. Yeah, it’s heavy, hot, rough, noisy, and a little scary to drive, but with suitable caution it’s not particularly dangerous, and wow, does it give you an appreciation for the guys who drove these things for real. A dedicated market The market for these cars is small but very real. As the ultimate automotive expression of John Wayne and Dwight Eisenhower’s America, at least one belongs in every racing-oriented collection of Americana. Chromed, polished, and brightly painted for maximum impact from new and with history and heroism dripping off even the lesser examples, these are classic “shiny objects” to anchor any serious showcase garage. They seldom come available, though, and almost never at auction, so the market is difficult to follow. Values generally range from $250,000 to $600,000 and up, with originality, sponsorship (color scheme), history and famous drivers being the primary variables. The upright cars and laydown roadsters are more rare than classic roadsters and thus more valuable. Our subject car was a good, if somewhat ordinary, example and sold at the lower-middle of the range. At that price, I would say it was fairly bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) March—April 2018 63 Engine # location: N/A Club: Historic Champ/Indy Car Association VIN location: Tag on frame in engine compartment Cost per hour to race: $500 (easy use) Web: champindycar.com Alternatives: 1952–60 various manufacturers Indy Roadsters ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1952 Kurtis Kraft 400/Bowes Seal Fast Special Lot 127, VIN: 346 Condition: 2 Sold at $495,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/14/15 ACC# 264367 1957 Snowberger Kurtis Indy racer Lot F450, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 ACC# 46490 Not sold at $125,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 1958 Kurtis Kraft 500G Indy Racer Lot 122, VIN: KK500G215 Condition: 2 Sold at $53,544 Bonhams, Monterey, CA, 8/10/02 ACC# 29332


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PROFILE TRUCK 1984 CHEVROLET K10 CUSTOM PICKUP Tribute to the Unknown Stuntman This truck’s buyer might be a real fan of “The Fall Guy” TV show, or maybe this ’80s custom is indicative of where market interest is going 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 2GCEK14H2E1225070 by Jeff Zurschmeide rear axle and a 10-bolt front axle with 4.10 gears and open differential with custom truss. It has custom driveshafts and a six-inch suspension lift. The body is all GM sheet metal and is painted with Martin Senour primer, sealer, base colors and clear coat. It has a custom bed box with side access doors T (as seen in the television series), and a custom-made winch mount and brush guard with WARN 8274 winch. Other features include custom eight-spoke chrome wheels by Stockton Wheel, wrapped in Dick Cepek Fun Country tires with a bed-mounted spare. The interior was completely restored and has Lee Majors’ autograph and a period-correct Cobra CB with whip antenna. A large lot of “Fall Guy” memorabilia, including cast autographs, toys, games, records, script and magazines are included with the truck. Restoration his 1984 GMC 4x4 “Fall Guy” re-creation pickup is powered by a rebuilt 350-ci 4-barrel engine with dual exhaust and a rebuilt TH400 automatic transmission with a rebuilt NP208 transfer case. Both axles have been rebuilt: a 10.5-inch, 14-bolt was completed by Vincennes University Automotive and Collision Repair students in Vincennes, IN. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 207, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in Scottsdale, AZ, held January 13–21, 2018. It was sold at no reserve. If you’ve always wanted a TV or movie vehicle, the best way to get one is to buy a tribute build. A replica is better because the vehicles actually used to film the show are generally beat up and not nearly nice enough to drive around and enjoy. Film crews typically use several different vehicles for interior and exterior shots, and a whole separate set of safety-prepped vehicles for stunts. A case in point is this tribute to the trucks used in “The Fall Guy” TV series. Unless you’re one of the half-dozen hardcore fans who remember the show clearly, “The Fall Guy” was about a Hollywood stuntman who also worked as a bounty hunter on the side. Lee Majors was the star, and even sang the show’s tedious theme song. “The Fall Guy” ran for five seasons in the first half of the Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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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. 1980s before it was relegated to cable reruns. The thing about the “The Fall Guy” is that the main character’s GMC K10 4x4 was arguably the best part of the show. Every episode featured that truck jumping over things, driving through explosions, going off cliffs, and just generally taking the kind of abuse that GMC wanted you to believe their trucks could withstand. According to Hollywood lore, the studio destroyed several trucks doing the stunts, and eventually built a special mid-engine truck to do the jump scenes. The Rounded Line era If you’re a “Fall Guy” fan, this tribute is the truck you want. This rig never saw the inside of a 20th Century Fox studio, but there’s a lot to admire. For one thing, the Rounded Line GM trucks of the 1970s and ’80s are just now becoming collectible. The Rounded Line era started for both Chevy and GMC in 1973 and ran until 1987. Paradoxically, this generation of GM trucks is also known as the Square Body or Box Body era. Collectors have ignored this generation of GM trucks up until now, mostly because these rigs weren’t old enough to be interesting. Now it’s time to take another look. Buyers in this era had a choice of all the common GM V8 engines, or the venerable GM straight six. You could even get the late, unlamented 6.2-L diesel V8. Rounded Line trucks were built with the usual GM manual- or automatic-transmission options. This was also the first era in which GM offered full-time 4WD with a center differential, and then shift-on-the-fly 4WD with automatic locking hubs. Technology was moving fast in the 1980s. The “Fall Guy” tribute truck Although the studio used various different 1980 and 1981 GMC trucks on the show, this tribute is based on a 1984 Chevrolet. The truck comes with a trusty 350 V8, which should be good for up to 210 horsepower and 300 ft-lb of torque. The TH400 automatic transmission is plenty tough enough to handle the available power. This truck comes with a New Process 208 shift-on- the-fly transfer case. This system can be shifted into high-range 4WD at speeds up to 25 mph. Once shifted, you can drive at any speed. As a tribute, the truck is a faithful reproduction of the trucks used in the show, but it has been completely restored and it’s pretty nearly perfect. That’s what you really want if you’re a “Fall Guy” fan, right? You want a truck that looks and drives just the way you dreamed the truck on the show would. Not coincidentally, that’s also what you want if you’ve never heard of the TV show. You want a really solid example of a mid-’80s GMC 4x4 with a few choice aftermarket upgrades. That’s what this is. They paid how much? All this brings me to the price, and there’s no denying that $55,000 is an eye-popping figure for a mid-’80s pickup truck. Most GMC trucks from this generation are still selling under $10,000, and the next-highest price for a comparable truck is $39,600 (ACC# 6835250). This truck’s buyer might be a real fan of the TV show, or it’s possible that the money was there because this truck is indicative of where the market is going. Previous generations of GM trucks are seriously valuable at this point, so it stands to reason that the Rounded Line years are next. Further, most trucks are subjected to hard outdoor lives so that very few reach 34 years of age without serious wear and tear. You won’t find a carefully restored example like this very often, and if the amount paid is more than the truck is really worth today, that could change tomorrow. One final thought on collecting mid-’80s trucks: Factory originality and provenance is a desirable attribute in real classics, but these trucks were made for modification. The presence of well-implemented and period-correct aftermarket mods on a truck like this is no bad thing. If you lived through the ’80s, this truck looks like what you would have bought if you had enough money back then, complete with the roll bar and off-road lights. That alone can make it worth the price paid. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.) March–April 2018 65CC 65 1974 Chevrolet C10 Custom Deluxe pickup Lot F16, VIN: CCV1441163400 Condition: 3+ Sold at $33,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/21/2016 ACC# 6799883 1975 Chevrolet K10 Silverado pickup Detailing Years produced: 1973–87 Number produced: Approximately 400,000 (1984) Original list price: $7,127 Current ACC Median Valuation: $13,750 Engine # location: Pad on front of block, ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head Tune up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Driver’s side, base of windshield Club: GM Truck Club Web: www.gmtruckclub.com Alternatives: 1975–86 Ford F-150, 1973–87 Chevrolet K10, 1972–1993 Dodge Ram ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Lot 801, VIN: CKM145J135311 Condition: 1 Sold at $25,300 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/2016 ACC# 6809759 1977 Chevrolet K20 Scottsdale pickup Lot T120, VIN: CKL247F442630 Condition: 3+ Not sold at $15,500 ACC# 256604 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/5/2014


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MARKET OVERVIEW Arizona Totals Slightly Down from Last Year SUVs are following pickups’ rise in the market CHAD’S QUICK TAKE Is there a run on sport util- This price may soon look like a bargain — 1971 Ford Bronco SuV, sold at $36,300 at Worldwide’s Scottsdale auction by Chad Tyson Arizona auction week kicks off the new year of car collecting. Often it’s a chance for snow-weary folks to get some winter sun, but it also sets a tone for the year to follow. Overall auction totals were down from $261m last year to $252m this year, but that doesn’t mean each auction fell into that trend. Pickups remained strong sellers and were joined by sport utility vehicles as auction standouts. Let’s dive a little deeper to explore those subjects: Barrett-Jackson held their 47th annual Scottsdale auction, again hosting the lifestyle event for tens of thousands on the ever-changing grounds at WestWorld. Other than the standard 99% sell-through rate and now sixth-consecutive year selling over $100m in cars, Barrett hit an important milestone — over $100m raised for charity to date. Top sale of the auction, and one of those charity cars, was a 2017 Ford GT that brought in $2.5m in bidding for the Evernham Family-Racing for a Reason Foundation, plus an additional $50k from the donator, Ron Pratte. Mecum’s Kissimmee super-sale keeps hitting milestones of its own. This year marked four consecutive years of total-sales growth in a row. A staggering 2,952 cars rolled across the block, with 2,045 of them finding new homes totalling $89.4m in sales — up 6% over last year’s total. Russo and Steele continued their sales in Scottsdale with a second year in a row at Talking Stick Resort. Rains last year caused a bit of a mud pit, but new asphalt, and no precipitation, paved the way to an average of nearly $3k per car over last year’s results. B. Mitchell Carlson headed down to Leake’s Dallas fall sale at the Dallas Market Center from November 17 to 19. Among the $6.5m in sales, he noted the high mark was predictably the Ford GT offered there. Leake found it a new garage for a slightly below-market $280,500. It’s not just a snow-bird issue. Kansas City plays host twice a year to Mecum. Their fall sale ran November 30 to December 2, and pulled in over $8m. High sale was also a Ford GT, this time at $291,500. Our Roundup market report fills you in on other highlighted lots from the rest of the Arizona auctions and GAA’s November classic-car sale in Greensboro, NC. A BEST BUYS 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car edition convertible, $47,300—WWA, AZ, p. 127 68 AmericanCarCollector.com 1968 Shelby GT500 fastback, $95,200—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 132 1964 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk 2-dr hard top, $26,400— Mecum Auctions, Mo, p. 112 1969 Shelby GT350 fastback, $55,550—Russo and Steele, AZ, p. 120 1965 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $77,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 86 ity vehicles? ACC has tracked truck prices for years and noted explosive growth over the past several. In Arizona in 2013, I was walking around Barrett-Jackson with Editor Pickering, and we were just gobsmacked at the bids buyers were throwing up for these old workhorses. I had that same feeling this year, just with the pickup’s more civilized brethren — the SUV. I dug through the past two years of data from Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale extravaganza and Mecum’s Kissimmee sell-apalooza. With those two behemoths as my data points, was there any fire to the SUV smoke I saw? Looking strictly at sold cars marked either SUV or utility as a body style, the numbers paint an ascending — if not insanely so — picture. Barrett’s 2017 versus 2018 numbers: 64 sold for $2,403,720; 87 sold for $3,319,910. That’s a 38% jump in total dollars at just one auction. Mecum’s comparison over the same time period shakes out this way: 122 sold for $2,375,300; 98 sold for $2,014,320. It may not be a sure-fire bet that SUVs are tracking the same as pickups, but there are increases in important measurables across the country. — Chad Tyson


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MARKET OVERVIEW ToP 10 SALES THIS ISSUE Buy It now What to purchase in today’s market — and why 1 1963 Shelby Cobra $962,500—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 130 2 1964 Bill Thomas $660,000—Russo and Steele, AZ, p. 122 racer, $308,000—WWA, AZ, p. 134 4 1970 Plymouth 2-dr hard top, $275,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 86 5 2005 Ford GT $253,000—Bonhams, AZ, p. 130 7 1953 Chevrolet 8 2005 Ford GT $250,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 128 Russo and Steele, AZ, p. 120 9 1970 Buick GSX $148,500—BarrettJackson, AZ, p. 76 2-dr hard top, 10 1970 Dodge Hemi 2-dr hard top, $148,500— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 80 Challenger R/T coupe, $236,500— Corvette roadster, H fastback, Hemi Superbird 500G Indy 500 Cheetah coupe, courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 3 1957 Kurtis Kraft 1973–91 Chevrolet Suburban Perhaps you (or your parents) never had a Chevy Suburban, but a neighbor probably did. My family had a late-’80s Silverado. I remember I loved the scalloped blue paint, and how I didn’t have to sit next to my siblings on long rides across Nebraska. We each had a row to ourselves! I know that’s just a part of our collective Suburban memories. Let’s not forget that the longest continu- ously used nameplate in the automotive world — Chevrolet’s Suburban — is still going strong. GM first used that name in 1935 on the Chevrolet Carryall Suburban. It wasn’t the only vehicle named as such, but it was the most succesful. I think the current sweet spot is the square-bodies. For the seventh-generation Suburban (1973–91), GM Leake, TX, p. 98 6 1966 Shelby GT350 coupe, $280,500— practically made the same body for 18 years, while adding bells and whistles along the way. The biggest change was when GM transitioned to fuel injection in 1987. K5 Blazers earned serious coin at Barrett-Jackson, with the average sales price of the 10 offered pegged at $37,950. That’s decent Camaro money. The pair of square-bodies at B-J this year averaged $14,300. I don’t think Suburbans will ever capture the market’s attention like Blazers, Broncos and CJs, but that just means there might be some time to find the best one for your situation. Auctions and Totals in This Issue $100m $120m $140m $20m $40m $60m $80m $0 — Chad Tyson 289 roadster, 70 AmericanCarCollector.com Nov 30–Dec 2, 2017 GAA Kansas City, MO Nov 17–19, 2017 Mecum Dallas, TX Leake Greensboro, NC Nov 2, 2017 Kissimmee, FL Jan 5–14, 2018 Mecum Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ Jan 13–21, 2018 Worldwide Scottsdale, AZ Jan 17, 2018 Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ Jan 17–21, 2018 Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ Jan 18, 2018 Jan 18–19, 2018 RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ Silver Auctions AZ Fort McDowell, AZ Jan 18–19, 2018 Gooding & Co. Scottsdale, AZ Jan 19–20, 2018 $6.9m $17.9m $25.2m $36.1m $3.4m $49.4m $6.5m $8.2m $10.2m $89.4m $113.8m


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale 2018 What keeps Barrett-Jackson the top dog isn’t the sizzle, it’s the steak BarrettJackson Scottsdale, AZ January 13–21, 2018 Auctioneers: Mast Auctioneers; Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,729/1,749 Sales rate: 99% Sales total: $113,770,305 High sale: 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $2,500,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Barrett-Jackson creates A Lifestyle event in Scottsdale with something for everyone Report and photos by Michael Leven 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 72 AmericanCarCollector.com arrett-Jackson showed once again why they continue to dominate the increasingly competitive Scottsdale auction scene by cranking out another great show for the tens of thousands of visitors who come by to take it all in…and bid on cars. An endless midway with booths ranging from auto manufacturers to art galleries to custom bed makers and everything in between makes it a genuine something-for-everyone affair. It truly is, as B-J likes to promote, A Lifestyle Event. Of course, there were all the usual suspects looking at cars and being seen: TV personalities, race drivers, captains of industry, musical stars, and this year even a former President of the United States (Mr. Bush 43) selling a car for charity. What keeps Barrett-Jackson the top dog isn’t the sizzle, however — it’s the steak. And they bring lots and lots of it, and then keep bringing it. Of course I’m talking about the cars. This year, 1,749 of them, to be exact, and focused on their bread and butter: serious muscle and resto-mods, and lots of other great street machines. But B-J is also upping the ante on its Salon offerings, of which there was a small but very nice selection. To show how serious Craig Jackson is about capturing more of the classic-car market, he has brought in Nick Smith from Bonhams to lead the charge. Of the cars on offer, those sold included all but a few of the Salon cars, which, unlike the other lots, did have reserve prices on them. The final tally for all automobile sales was $113,770,305. Charity sales reached $6.21 million and are included in that total. For perspective, aggregate sales at all the Arizona auctions reached $252m, so B-J accounted for over 45% of the week’s total dollar sales. In other words, their result is almost equal to the other six auctions combined. Like I said, top dog. High non-charity sale for an American, um, vehicle from the seven-day auction was for a full-sized 1965 Chevrolet Corvette cut-away demonstrator, which showed the inner workings of the car in motion, including engine and transmission parts, suspension, et cetera, while suspended on an eye-level pedestal. It sold for $1.1m and will be a fantastic piece for the Corvette collector who thought he had everything. As for actual running and driving items, the highestselling American car was a 1969 Camaro ZL1 painted Hugger Orange and in magnificent condition — it hammered for $770k. Next on the domestic front was the Wimbledon White 1966 Shelby Mustang prototype topped with a one-only light blue vinyl roof and selling for $605k. Then there was a 2006 Ford GT Heritage edition that went for a healthy $495k. Rounding out the top five was a (Holy Grail) 1968 Corvette L88 wearing LeMans Blue that was well bought at $495k as well. There were a number of cars that found new homes at very modest prices as well. A 1986 C4 Corvette with 33k miles went for a song at $9,000, while a 69kmile ’78 Pontiac Trans Am changed hands for an even twenty grand. Another bargain was an all-original 1997 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra that lived its whole life in rust-free Arizona, had a 4.6-L V8, a 5-speed, and only 26k miles; it sold for only $9,900. All said and done, the Barrett-Jackson crew hit another one out of the park, and all the other houses at Arizona auction week are going to have to work hard to knock them off the top step. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ GM #698-1948 GMC COE custom pickup. VIN: WA98246098. Red & black/gray cloth. Odo: 25,590 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. All-GMC build: ’48 COE cab, ’55 long bed (eight feet) all mounted on a ’78 one-ton chassis. Paint well applied, but some fisheyes and debris. Driver’s door needs adjustment. Exterior trim a mix of good original and new custom pieces. Smaller-diameter wheels mimic period commercial truck style. Cherry-stained bed wood with gas filler recessed in floor. Modern seats covered in gray cloth. Gray carpet and hand-made interior trim around doors and windshield. Cond: 2. #1061-1948 CHEVROLET FLEETLINE custom fastback. VIN: 5FKG46049. Gray metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 227 miles. 510-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Chopped, shaved, nosed, Frenched head- and taillights, and with ’46 grille grafted in. Show-quality paint and panel work. All formerly chrome items now painted gloss black—plus-size Coys wheels with baby moons painted black too. Interior uninspired—shiny mottled caramel vinyl with black piping didn’t look good in the ’70s, either. Cadillac engine with fuel injection, Camaro front clip, four-link nineinch Ford rear end, air suspension, disc brakes all around. Cond: 2. miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Very well-executed custom, with a 2017 Goodguys Builder’s Choice award. Frenched, modern headlights, custom taillights, shaved door handles and smooth firewall. Paint excellent. Two-tone colors very handsome. Bumpers and grille painted in matte silver metallic. Color-coordinated interior with suede inserts very well done. LS1 power, with Tremec 6-speed. Modern plussize Torq Thrust wheels. PS, Vintage Air. Ford nine-inch, four-link rear end, AccuAir suspension and Wilwood brakes underneath. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,700. A very nice build with excellent attention to detail. One of my favorite vehicles of the auction. Very well done and looks like it came from the GMC factory this way. Unfortunately, it was way too nice to use, as it would otherwise make a bitchin’ tow rig for a 1950s race car! Still would be a great piece for parades and other light duty. Final price did not cover the build cost, so fairly bought. SOLD AT $63,800. Even with all the highgrade surgery that’s taken place, the final shape of this custom remains disjointed and unfinished. Modern color scheme also at odds with the awkward curves. I kept trying to feel some love for this car, but the more I looked, the less I liked. In my years of writing about auctions, I’ve never done this before, but I’m going to call this car well sold just because it’s so-o-o-o wrong. #1013-1954 CHEVROLET 210 custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: B54J145390. Copper & tan/rust leather & tan suede. Odo: 2,853 SOLD AT $77,000. With some unique, tasteful finishes and a modern engine, this build was more interesting than many. Despite the top-drawer execution and an award of note, nothing here is really new or inventive, so in a few years this will be just another hot rod and begin to lose value. In the meantime, the new owner has a damn nice ride that can still be shown and enjoyed. Both parties in this transaction should be happy. #1016.2-1966 BUICK SKYLARK Gran Sport convertible. VIN: 446676H162515. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,086 miles. 401-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of seven Gran Sports built in ’66 with the 401 Nailhead, 2x4-bbl, 4-speed combination. There certainly would have been even fewer convertibles. Looks to have been restored some time ago and very nicely; Junior, Senior and Presentation award winner. Rich trim-off paint with only slight swirl marks. Interior sound but not overdone; top appears to have seen little use. Redline tires on chrome-ringed Rally wheels. Engine compartment tidy and correct; not overly shiny. From the Richard Hubbard Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $79,200. Aside from the bright red color, this was an otherwise under- 74 AmericanCarCollector.com


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ stated, gentleman’s muscle car. With a 0–60 time of under 7 seconds, it was quite formidable for a big sedan in 1966. I would have liked it better in a more subtle color, but it still looked mighty fine. And so it should, as almost 80 large is big money for this car. But the rarity of its options makes it a bit of a unicorn, and coupled with its quality, warrants this result. #1076-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 118376N104742. Ermine White/black vinyl. Odo: 71,773 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. As plain a Jane as there could ever be—a white compact with steel wheels and dish hubcaps. Redline tires give away the stealthy look to any attentive passersby, however. Restored very well in 2013 and still as-new. Single-stage paint done to high standard. Spartan interior equally milquetoast—all trim and gauges excellent. Home-made spacers on fender mounting bolts beautifully machined, but definitely not correct. Engine rebuilt. Dualsnorkel air cleaner, new clutch and pressure plate. Cond: 1-. MacNeish report. Very good multi-stage paint, with appropriate orange peel. Stripes under clear coat. Very slight rippling in rear fenders may indicate replacement at some time. Trim new. Some scratching on side windows. Yellow and black houndstooth upholstery well done but slightly overstuffed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $117,700. Maybe I’m getting less picky (or more accepting) with age, but the yellow interior wasn’t nearly as garish as I would have guessed. Personal tastes aside, I certainly did appreciate the special nature of this rare combo. More importantly, so did the bidders, who took this odd duck to a fantastic but well-deserved result. Hard to imagine this was the new owner’s first rodeo, so I’m sure this Z/28 will have plenty of good company at its new home. SOLD AT $80,300. Like the Dart GTS 440 sold the previous day (ACC# 6857934, $82,500), this little gem was born of the “let’s put a powerful V8 in a little car” philosophy. Unlike the Dart, however, these L79 Novas got by with a less-powerful, lighter-weight, small-displacement engine. But 350 horses in a compact car was nothing to discount at a green light. Knowledgeable bidders knew what they were looking at but even so, the result here is light—by at least $10k—and the new owner got a good deal on a great car. #789.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 12437L529392. Yellow/yellow & black houndstooth. Odo: 147 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Certainly one of not-verymany yellow-over-yellow Z/28s made...ever. Extremely well done to better than new, but not over-restored. Matching engine, “correct” transmission. Fully documented via “ #1013.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379L503956. Azure Turquoise Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 115 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. L89 aluminum heads. Concours-quality restoration. Very small nits are some light rippling in door panels, and trunk was very slightly high—likely a function of new seals. Paint superb, trim and glass new, as is interior. Engine compartment mostly well presented but with some less-than-tidy wiring, likely per factory. Rides on color-coded steelies and poverty caps. Comes with Protect-O-Plate, window sticker and original owner’s manual. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. A really attractive car This little gem was born of the “let’s put a powerful V8 in a little car” philosophy. 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-door hard top ” March–April 2018 75


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ MARKETMOMENT 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super 10 Pickup SoLD at $50,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 13–21, 2018, Lot 488 VIN: CCE142F328711 with tons of come-hither and an exceptional restoration. And a 396 with those very rare heads to boot—only 311 Camaros were so ordered in ’69. I’ve seen lesser L89s sell for more and can only attribute this somewhat subdued result to one of two things: There was no overt claim that “that” engine and “those” heads were sold with “this” car, or somebody got a very good deal. Discussion to be continued.... Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 33,969 miles. 455ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored by Dave Kleiner at unspecified date. Fully documented by Wayne Roberts and the GSX Historical Society. One of 278 GSXs in 1970. Matchingnumbers engine and a “correct” transmission. Paint better than factory, with only demerits minor polishing swirls and large thin spot under driver’s mirror. Trim all excellent, but not too shiny. Seat covers good but a little baggy. Modern battery in engine bay which is clean and tidy—not overdone. Retains original build sheet. Cond: 2+. 9 #1107-1970 BUICK GSX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H301968. Saturn Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The truck market has been on fire for the past several years, but this year’s Barrett-Jackson sale seemed to kick it up a notch with respect to the prices paid across the block for good examples of vintage workhorses. As has been the case in years past, GM’s 1967–72 trucks and Blazers were at the front of the pack, and this shortbed C10 is a good example of a seller hitting the market with exactly what it wants — and getting a good return for the effort. This pickup had all the right stuff: shortbed configuration, good color, big-block engine, Cheyenne Super package with all the correct woodgrain trim and dash pieces, factory tach, AM/FM radio, factory a/c, bucket seats with center console, wood bed floor, tilt column, bumper guards and more. Beyond that, the engine was a newer ZZ454 fitted with FAST electronic fuel injection, which should make it quite drivable. Add to that power steering and power disc brakes and you’ve got a classic hauler that will drive like a newer rig. It’s the best of both worlds. This truck was also really fresh — it had covered just 300 miles since restoration, and only 50 miles since the new injected ZZ454 was installed. That’s both good and bad — obviously, it was in immaculate shape, but 50 miles is hardly enough to shake down a new engine, especially one that is injected, even if it will tune itself. This truck brought $50,600, which is the new market level for a ’72 with all the right stuff. An original engine and OE carb could have maybe done a little better, and as these trucks are easy to build from a catalog of repro parts, it would have been nice to see the original SPID showing how many of these rare options were there from the factory. But the market doesn’t seem to require proven originality for stout prices. At least not yet. All in all, call this a market price on one 76 AmericanCarCollector.com 76 AmericanCarCollector.com of the newer shining stars of the American market.A — Jim Pickering SOLD AT $148,500. This price isn’t without precedent, but it is very, very strong and at the absolute tippy-top of the market for a non-Stage 1 car. For that kind of scratch, one should expect a concours-ready piece, which this car is not. I was not at the block when it ran, so I cannot say that there were multiple buyers involved who had to have THIS car, but that would be the most obvious explanation for such a tremendous result. Very well sold. #992-1971 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228871N102462. Lucerne Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 49,056 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A very fetching bird from before the days of flashy graphics and giant screaming chickens. Mostly better-than-new frame-off restoration save for some paint blemishes around hood. Random fisheyes and debris in clear coat too. Bird decal on nose starting to shrink. Unpainted honeycomb wheels. TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ Dash very good and seats just starting to break in. One of 885 ’71 T/As with 4-speed and 455 HO V8, which churns out a stumppulling 480 ft-lb of torque. From the Dave Hall Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,700. Always good to see these early, relatively conservative-looking T/As that actually hark back to the original BFGoodrich “Tire-Bird” racers that inspired their name. This one had only test and tune miles since its restoration and still looked great. Perhaps not quite as spendy as the later Super-Duty Trans Ams, this marketcorrect price is still pretty stout when compared to other muscle cars from 1971, the beginning of the end for performance. All should be very pleased with this outcome. CORVETTE #796-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194379S716263. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,263 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A decent car that lacked pop. Repainted at some time, with mostly good prep and application. Rear spoiler cracked at left rear, with checking along entire length. Passenger’s side rear fender with prep issues emerging that hint at later repair. T-tops well aligned. Some scratching on rear window. Factory sidepipes. Vacuum issue as left headlight door popped open—repaired before second inspection. Interior mostly very sound, with console showing some wear. Not especially rare, as more than 2,700 427s were built that year. Cond: 2-. might have once been half-decent. Cracks, some bubbling, and touch-ups don’t help the first impression. Widely variable gaps— rear fender caps badly aligned. Trim pitted throughout. Glass mostly clear with some scratching on left quarter; sealer bleeding on rear fastback window. Seat covers good and carpet faded. Gauges, dash dull, as is cracked steering wheel. Cond: 3-. #621-2001 FORD MUSTANG Bullitt coupe. VIN: 1FAFP42X61F215247. Highland Green/gray leather. Odo: 270 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Not rare with over 5,000 built. Bullitt mods mostly cosmetic except lowered and stiffened suspension. Claimed as-equipped with unspecified optional items, but does have a 3.27 limitedslip diff. As-delivered quality everywhere save some scratching on the rear bumper and creasing on driver’s seat. Correct stylized Torq Thrust wheels. Original base price of $26,230. Comes with a Marti Report. Another pickled, instant classic—that isn’t. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,600. Equipped with the Qcode Cobra Jet 428 and a manual transmission; it wouldn’t surprise me if this old warhorse saw more than its share of time at the strip, which might account for the low (indicated) miles and lack of any recent love. Regardless, it has lived a hard life. Pity. Winning bid reflects the malaise, as one in better condition would command another $10k– $15k. Price is strong, but even with a possible rebuild and cosmetics, the new owner shouldn’t be too far behind the curve. #1040.2-1970 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0F91G534085. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 25,000 miles. 302ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highly documented example with appearances in several publications, including two magazine covers. One of 146 final-year Boss 302 Eliminators. Originally yellow, then blue, now yellow again—paint very good. Otherwise restored to factory level, with a few small nits; alignment of decal application off in places, hood askew, other gaps variable. Interior surfaces also nice, with gauges clear and bright. Hurst shifter. Scuttlebutt on this one is that the engine is reportedly not original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,100. The menacing demeanor of this shark was somewhat diminished with its one headlight up, winking to the viewer. C3 Corvettes, in particular the big-block cars like this one, have been on a steady rise for several years now, and this was the expected result for an above-average car. For perspective, however, the winning bid would buy you a correct, low-spec C1 or C2 example. Still a fair result, and there’s value left for improvements. FOMOCO #532-1969 FORD TORINO fastback. VIN: 9A46Q165224. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 3,634 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A tired old thing in desperate need of some TLC. Paint dull, faded—looks like an old redo that 78 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $21,450. While this generation Bullitt often trades in the low-to-mid-$20k range, it’s difficult to explain this result given the break-in mileage and condition. Okay, so this one was based on a then-old Fox platform. And with only 265 hp, it had way more show than go. But I reckon it’s to do with timing. A meaner, faster and betterhandling Bullitt Mustang arrives mid-2018 and far better captures the spirit of the iconic movie. I know which version I prefer. Even so, this one was very well bought. #1001.2-2008 SHELBY GT500 KR 40th Anniversary coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT88S185178672. Vista Blue/black leather. Odo: 28 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Ex-Ron Pratte Collection. Carbon-fiber hood, splitter and mirrors. 40th Anniversary badging. Forged aluminum wheels made by Alcoa. Dash signed by Ol’ Shel himself—no surprise there. Functionally it’s a brand new, undriven 2008 car. No surprise there, either, given the double-digit miles. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $110,000. While normal Cougars usually represent good value to car collectors, the various Eliminator models shatter the mold and can be quite pricey, like this one. If the engine is not actually original, this car looks a bit expensive. If it is, this result is market-correct. If I had been bidding on this car, for this much money I would have to have no doubt about its correctness. SOLD AT $66,000. Well bought? Well sold? Both? It’s a hard one to call, as this one has some unique things about it that some value more highly than others. 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BARRETT-JACKSON // Scottsdale, AZ portance, these traits seem to have conferred a 10%–20% premium over market. Seems like a lot to me, as I like to drive mine. MOPAR #869-1969 DODGE DART GTS 2-dr hard top. VIN: LS23M9B236089. Medium green metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 51,923 miles. 440ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A highly optioned example of a very desirable car, with original build sheet and order invoice from none other than Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge. Well restored and only let down by paint chips around passenger’s door, poor gaps, some scuffed glass, sloppy caulking, and no longer pristine white seat covers. Equipped with performance hood, HD brakes, sports console, bucket seats, console-mounted tach, wood steering wheel, two-speed wipers, special radio and that oh-so-important Sure Grip rear end. Cond: 2-. bright, interior vinyl with checked cloth inserts taut and crisp. Equipped with ps, pb, Track Pack, tach. All fender tags intact and matching. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $143,000. Sold recently at 2017 Mecum Indy for $77,000 (ACC# 6838005). At first glance, the white vinyl top on this big orange bruiser seems a touch out of place, but the period look is actually quite captivating once fully taken in. And any lingering illusion of this rare bird being “kinda girly” would be immediately shattered at the stoplight. At least two people got the memo and bid this to an extremely healthy but not incomprehensible price. While very well sold, it was also well bought. #1330-1970 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23ROB218163. Go Mango/black vinyl. Odo: 721 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Show-field quality paint. Everything else to same level save the panel gaps, which were arguably better than factory. Lots of NOS parts used in restoration, including tires. Non-original, but correct date-coded Hemi and transmission. PS, pb, Dana 60 Trak Pak. Mileage indicated since restoration. Decoded by Galen Govier. Multiple feature stories in magazines and 2017 Goodguys Muscle Car of the Year. One of only 123 Hemi Challenger R/Ts in 1970. Cond: 1. 10 SOLD AT $82,500. With direct ties to bigtime drag racing, Grand Spaulding had 440 Darts built by Hurst to promote their performance image before the factory took over the program. Save for a factory Hemi racer, this one-of-640 Dart is as far a cry from its indestructible, little-old-lady slant-six-powered siblings as it could be. While this sale price is not unprecedented, it does represent the top of the market for what Mr. Norm’s advertised as “The Mighty Midget.” All parties should be pleased. #1020.1-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29V0G146362. Hemi Orange/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,063 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Absolutely top-drawer work from stem to stern on this one-of-116, 440 Six-Pack Charger R/T from 1970. Four-speed Pistol Grip adds to rarity. Long panels straight as a pin—show-quality. Paint smooth and glassy. Every aspect of appearance done to spectacular level. Crisp vinyl top, trim pristine, glass clear and belts, special signed and serialized plaque, Letter of Authenticity. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. While only 19 of these specials were actually built, several of them have crossed the block or been sold privately within the past few years. Between 2013 and 2018, results have ranged from $51k to $104k, with a few no-sales in between. So while these numbers indicate a premium over a garden-variety RT/10, it’s hard to say exactly what it is. This one sold in the middle of the range, so let’s call it an average price and fairly bought and sold. AMERICANA SOLD AT $148,500. Previously sold at Mecum Seattle 2015 for $162,000 (ACC# 6784688). Everything about this very tasty Go Mango R/T was better than new, and the only minuses were the replacement engine and transmission—not uncommon, as most of these were driven hard in the day. Consignor, who offered extensive documentation and was with the car every time I walked by, was expecting well over $200k, which was not out of line. Despite a sterling presentation in every way, somebody stole this car for a song. New owner will be over the moon when it sells next time. #1016-1996 DODGE VIPER RT/10 convertible. VIN: 1B3BR65E4TV100682. Wimbledon White/black leather. Odo: 3,881 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. The fifth of 50 planned Carroll Shelby Edition Vipers. Modified, offered exclusively by Fitzgerald Motorsports. Changes mostly cosmetic, but also included some mods to boost hp by almost 35. Three-piece custom wheels with white centers. Side curtains. Shelby logo embroidered into seats, four-point Schroth 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #853-1951 HUDSON HORNET convertible. VIN: 7A60917. Yellow/tan canvas/ burgundy leather. Odo: 97,912 miles. 308-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. A 10-footer in the shade... Claimed to have been restored by famed Hudson expert Bill Albright—certainly not since the Earth cooled, however. Gaps wildly variable. Middling application of paint over very casual prep—cracks, chips, very thick in places. Trim badly pitted. Chrome actually pretty good. Newer canvas top good if not a bit rumpled. Delaminating wing windows. Interior is best part of car—nice leather and door panels but rough trim, yellowed gauges. Twin-H 7X power under hood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,600. A lot of folks would not be caught dead cruising in this car as-is, and over 50 large is a lot of money for such ignominy. But it was complete and had good bones—alas, there is hope. In 2011 I saw a truly immaculate Hornet convertible sell for nearly $140k, so the new owner has plenty of room to do the right thing. I hope they go for greatness in any restoration. When done, the purchase price of this car might look reasonable. A TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Mecum Auctions — Kissimmee My prediction this year was a decrease in the high six- and seven-figure cars and an increase in the $150k-and-under zone Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 5–14, 2018 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 2,045/2,952 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $89,359,040 High American sale: Pair of 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s, sold at $1,210,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, with a $500 minimum, included in sold prices numbers 30 and 18 1969 ZL1 Camaros sold together for a whopping $1,210,000 Report and photos by Morgan Eldridge 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 A 82 AmericanCarCollector.com hallmark of Mecum’s Kissimmee auction is that it has everything under the sun, from Amphicars to Zimmers and everything in between. For this year’s eclectic bunch, there were 2,952 offered and 2,045 sold. If you were in the market for a Corvette, there were 278 to choose from in a variety of trims and years. Other events, such as a celebrity-chef cook-off, Dodge thrill ride and other entertainment options, were available for all ages. The general atmosphere last year was muscle-car mania, while this year seemed to be a huge pull by Mecum to tell the world they are trying to be the leader in exotic-car sales as well. But this is American Car Collector, and the top American sale was the pair of ZL1 Camaros sold together. Number 18 and 30 of the 69 produced were both a part of the first 50 ordered by Fred Gibb, owner of Fred Gibb Chevrolet in La Harpe, IL. Gibb’s dealership attracted national attention when a salesman bought a 1967 Z28 and raced it in NHRA D/Gas with a perfect 35-0 record. Those amazing wins eventually snowballed into a relationship between Gibb and Chevrolet tuner Dick Harrell, and was one of drag racing’s more famous partnerships that led to the creation of the COPO 9560 ZL1 Camaros. Number 18 is one of only 10 finished in Dusk Blue and over the years was repossessed, raced and then eventually won in a raffle. Number 30 was bought by a Pizza Hut franchisee in 1969, raced under the Pizza Hut sponsorship for two years, and spent some time in solitary confinement before being rescued in 1989, with only eight or nine miles on the odometer. It has since been restored twice. Given the sheer size of the Kissimmee event, it serves as an effective barometer for the collector car market. One of my predictions this year was a decrease in the high six- and seven-figure cars and an increase in the $150k-and-under zone. Why? The stock market boom and the new law that limits the 1031 exchange for reinvestment into larger-ticket items without taxation could be a factor. The relatively warmer weather this year could have brought more bidders to this southern auction. Don’t forget, many of us learned the term “bomb cyclone” right before this auction began. Whatever an individual’s specific reason, auction total sales jumped 6% over last year, and that’s even with the sell-through rate dropping a bit from 73% to 69%. Between this auction and the others out West, we’re likely looking at the start of another strong year in the collector car market. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL GM #F1.2-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124378N479990. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 67,838 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driver-quality example with decent body, chrome and panel gaps. Non-numbers-matching powertrain mated to a 4.10 rear. Clean and tidy engine. Rally wheels, front disk brakes, Tic-Toc-Tach and center console with gauges. Cond: 3-. V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely preserved car with some evidence of paintwork on the driver’s side rear quarter. Chrome looks nice. Driver’s and passenger’s seats have light wear. Engine bay could use a detail. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,150. I have yet to report on Grandpa’s Cadillac, I suppose it would fetch a premium if it was the actual car used in “Goodfellas.” Nice driver-quality car for under $10k. Some of the ’70s land yachts bring $20k–$40k, so there is possibly room for appreciation if kept nice. Well bought. SOLD AT $41,800. This car was sold at Mecum’s spring Kansas City sale last year for $44k (ACC# 6832068), and a few other times before that. Nice, entry-level collector car for someone getting into the game. Sold for a few grand under market median, but still well sold. #S130-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: 124379N689171. Green/green vinyl. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Complete restoration using original sheet metal and extensive use of NOS parts. Correct markings and stampings throughout. Seller states engine and transmission are original. Straight body, good panel gaps, clean and detailed engine compartment. Underside looks just as good. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,800. A year ago, this would likely be $25k. Really nice examples are starting to climb in value. The ultra-rare LT4 version of this car would be the ultimate for collectibility, but this is second in line. Not many were pickled away with this type of self-control for no real monetary gain. To the buyer, you just saved a bunch not having to store this for the past 20 years. Well bought. SOLD AT $126,500. Values are all over the board on the COPO cars; there was a red one (Lot S175) at this same auction that sold for $214.5k. It was a restored, rarecolor example and had good documentation. Enough to merit almost $90k more? You be the judge. I would argue that a premium for an unrestored survivor would be grounds for an increase that big; seems to be apples to apples here. #W136-1980 CADILLAC DEVILLE coupe. VIN: 6D476A9129180. Colonial Yellow/light yellow leather. Odo: 80,000 miles. 368-ci 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #G188-2002 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 35th Anniversary coupe. VIN: 2G1FP22G322145524. Red/black leather. Odo: 33 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Yes, 33 actual miles on this time capsule. SLP HighPerformance package. SS appearance package includes badging and spoiler. Hurst short-throw shifter. Brand-new car inside and out. With the rare GMMP center exhaust. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $39,600. The owner also brought a matching convertible with 47 miles which sold for $31.9k, proving those who say, “When the top goes down the price goes up,” wrong on this occasion. One other 2002 Camaro convertible here NOT SOLD AT $25,000. One of four latemodel GTOs brought to auction, this one last sold in Mecum’s Indy sale for $31,900 (ACC# 6838699). A 33-mile black-on-red car brought $38,500 here. A little soon to try and achieve instant gains from Indy. Perhaps in a few years; just keep the miles low. #F81-2005 PONTIAC GTO coupe. VIN: 6G2VX12U35L367219. Phantom Black/Red Hot leather. Odo: 33 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Car is brand new. Still has the dealer-prep protective plastic everywhere. Accessories and options include #T239-1997 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 30th Anniversary coupe. VIN: 2G1FP22P9V2147072. Arctic White/Arctic White leather. Odo: 568 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Brand-new car with all the paperwork. Hurst shifter. Level II Bilstein sport suspension package. Remote 12-disc CD changer. Removable T-top panels. Cond: 1. with 6k miles (without the 35th anniversary package) brought $22k. It would be safe to say that these have started to increase in value, as this is a record price for any 35th Anniversary Camaro sold at Mecum. #T86.1-2005 PONTIAC GTO coupe. VIN: 6G2VX12U35L422185. Impulse Blue/blue leather. Odo: 1,780 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. This was the year the GTO’s powerplant was changed to the LS2 from the LS1, raising power 50 points to 400. According to the GTO Forum, Impulse Blue was only on 9.03% of the vehicles, while the most popular color was black. This vehicle was presented with delivery tape still on pedals and sills, and still retains all of its original documentation from new. Vehicle shows like new inside and out. Cond: 1.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL power windows and locks, a/c and six-disc changer among others. In climate-controlled storage since new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $38,500. I haven’t seen another one this nice since they were new. Fun fact—in 2004, it was originally planned to sell for about $25,000, but by the time it was launched in the U.S., the Australian dollar’s growth against the U.S. dollar had inflated the price of the car to well over $34,000. The price paid was well worth it. Seller should have kept it for another decade. Well bought and sold. CORVETTE #S135-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S111397. Milano Maroon/black/maroon leather. Odo: 133 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 2013 with only 133 miles since completion. Rare color combination, excellent panel fit and attention to detail. Paint and interior show very well. First year for disk brakes on the Corvette. Seller states matching-numbers engine, transmission and rear end. Telescopic steering wheel, AM/FM radio with factory power antenna, knockoff wheels. Comes with photo album of restoration. Cond: 1-. condition. Driver’s seat wear is minimal. Car looks new, with the exception of slight fading on the taillight bezels. Power top. Tidy under hood. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $17,600. Limited to just 1,000 units, of which this is number 415; many still remain in this condition. Another one sold the same day with 10k miles for $17k. These are fairly easy to find on any given day with values from $12k to $15k. Nicely sold. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. An unrestored LT-1 with 2k miles sold at the same auction for $143k (Lot F122), so it’s odd that this didn’t bring more money. Perhaps it should have been offered directly after the other one sold. Missed opportunity here. Maybe next time. FOMOCO #T32.1-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08T630814. Rangoon Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. 200-ci carbureted I6, 3-sp. Typical older restoration with nonmatching engine. Reportedly rebuilt 10k miles ago. Pressure plate and throw-out bearing to go with the new clutch. Nice paint and interior. Seller states “brakes have been gone through” on the auction description. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,600. These have been gaining momentum in the past year. I’ve sold a few examples, with under 70k miles, at my dealership for $20k. This price seems spot-on for the questionable history and condition. Well bought. SOLD AT $77,000. Pretty good deal for the buyer on this one. Contrast that with a matching-numbers ’65 L76 coupe (Lot S86) that was bid to $85k here, ultimately not selling. Well bought. #S136.1-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 194370S404103. Laguna Gray/black leather. Odo: 16,289 miles. 350ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This car was said to be unrestored with “mostly original” Laguna Gray paint. NCRS 4-Star Bowtie award in 2015. Original tank sticker, Protect-O-Plate and invoice. Seller states matching-numbers engine, but no mention if transmission is original. For ’70 Vettes, LT-1 engine was a $484 option over base L48, and went into 1,949 Corvettes that year. Additionally, the $1,010 ZR1 package was produced for only 25 vehicles and included said LT-1, but also with a special ignition, flywheel, starter and radiator. The package also added the Muncie M22 transmission, aluminum driveshaft and Positraction differential. Cond: 2-. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $18,000. What’s a car auction without a ’65 Mustang convertible? I know what you’re thinking: Why did you pick a straight six? I used this car as a barometer to gauge the market. This might have been a great entry-level classic for someone. Very surprised the high bid didn’t get the job done. Perhaps the seller has too much in it. Either way, you can snag one up for this price any day of the week. #T104-1994 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra Pace Car Edition convertible. VIN: 1FALP45D8RF158470. Red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 5,918 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Believable miles based on MOPAR 4 RM23R0A166207. Tor-Red/black vinyl. Odo: 9,809 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Seller states a recent “sympathetic preservation service and tune-up” was performed. Minor paintwork was done on the underside of the hood, nose and wing, but otherwise appears excellent without any swirls. Excellent panel gaps. Inside, seats appear to be original and in excellent condition. Vehicle has original broadcast sheet. Galen Govier Report included. Brightwork recently rechromed. Cond: 1-. #S129-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: #G102-1996 FORD BRONCO Eddie Bauer Edition SUV. VIN: 1FMEU15N6TLA24628. Red/tan leather. Odo: 68,200 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Car shows 68k miles, CARFAX says 372k last reported and a prior accident. The paint looks okay, with right side an obvious respray. Rusty undercarriage. Interior presentable. Newer tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $275,000. This car does not posses any stage fright; it has sold on the BEST BUY TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kissimmee, FL Mecum block a few times in the past year. Last January, it sold for $242k (ACC# 6824581) at Kissimmee, then for $253k (ACC# 6836068) in Indy. I think at the current price paid, there could be some slight profit to be made by the new owner. Well bought and sold. #F2.1-1994 DODGE VIPER RT/10 roadster. VIN: 1B3BR65E3RV102805. Viper Red/gray leather. Odo: 1,149 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. One owner with clean CARFAX report. Car appears new, with the exception of the usual dashboard fading and stickiness issue. Comes with all original buyer’s paperwork and brochures. That includes the instructional VHS tape. Top was with the car, but no mention of windows being available. Cond: 1-. which are a crowd favorite for those who prefer to use nitrous and other power adders. In 2000 the Viper updated to lighter hypereutectic pistons, and the prices tend to favor these forged cars by 5%–8%. Any way it’s sliced, this car was well sold. #K85.1-2000 PLYMOUTH PROWLER convertible. VIN: 1P3EW65G7YV603474. Silver/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 6,000 miles. 3.5-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Clean CARFAX, in New Mexico its entire life. Paint looks good. Interior looks brand new. Rocker panels are free of any scratches. Engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,400. Another RT/10 was offered with 13k miles here, selling for a healthy $38.5k (Lot F3.7). The mileage and condition were the primary drivers for the $20k premium over that one. Very impressive numbers for the first-generation Vipers down in Kissimmee. Well sold. #F2-1996 DODGE VIPER GTS coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E7TV200055. Viper Blue/black leather. Odo: 11,794 miles. 8.0-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. One-owner car with clean CARFAX report. Chrome wheels appear without any pitting or curb damage. Front license plate bracket installed. Original Alpine radio installed. Under hood, everything appears clean and unmodified. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,400. Vipers always seem to bring the money in Kissimmee. This was also sold at Mecum’s Las Vegas sale last year for $57,750 (ACC# 6854512). The models before 2000 had the forged pistons, NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Pricing on the second-generation Vipers has remained steady the past few years in the $30k–$70k range—depending on mileage, condition and modifications. Obviously, the lowermileage unmodified cars bring a premium. This vehicle takes the cake and should have sold for all the money. SOLD AT $24,750. This car was last sold at Mecum’s September 2017 Dallas sale for $29,150 (ACC# 6850195). Seller must have been tired of it already and decided to cut it loose. These have been solid performers at about a 5% gain per year. Of the four offered here, this was the least amount bid. Lot F2.7, a yellow one with 19k miles, sold for $43k, to give you the range. I think the number on this one should be closer to $30k–$32k. Well bought. #K236-2002 DODGE VIPER GTS Final Edition coupe. VIN: 1B3ER69E72V102920. Viper Red/black leather. Odo: 259 #W49-2005 DODGE RAM SRT-10 pickup. VIN: 3D7HA16H55G799690. Red/black cloth. Odo: 27,893 miles. 8.1-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Honest truck. No paintwork. Slight wear on the driver’s seat bolster. Stock radio, unmodified powertrain. Clean CARFAX report. Four things you need to know about this beast: 500 horsepower, 525 ft-lb of torque, 505 cubic inches and a 500-watt sound system. The rear wing is actually functional and reduces drag, adding up to 165 pounds of downforce at track speeds. Cond: 2-. miles. 8.1-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Brandnew car. Number 37 of only 360 Final Editions produced. Not a single flaw, period. The Viper GTS is the more subdued choice when it comes to this generation Viper, coming with extras such as door handles, windows and more of a predictable chassis to support the in-your-face 8.0-liter V10 power. This two-owner-from-new example presents itself nicely with a clean CARFAX report. In 2000, the Dodge Viper updated to lighter hypereutectic pistons and factoryframe improvement. Cond: 1. 88 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $33,000. This one was bid only to $25k (ACC# 6851777) at Mecum’s October 2017 Schaumburg sale, where it didn’t sell. This is another one to watch, folks—nice, unmodified examples with lower miles are in the mid-to-high $30k range. The ones with over 25k miles tend to be in the mid-to-high $20k range. This one was well sold, and the buyer doesn’t have to feel guilty using it. A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Americana led the way, from Cadillacs to Ford GTs Leake Auctions Dallas, TX November 17–19, 2017 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Dillon Hall, Clint Cunningham Automotive lots sold/ offered: 280/429 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $6,507,050 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $280,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, 13% for online Ironplanet.com buyers, included in sold prices Far from using all six digits on the odometer — 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $280,500 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 B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I 90 AmericanCarCollector.com f there’s one state that seems synonymous with Cadillac, it’s Texas. To help bolster that perception, Cadillac was king at Leake’s fall auction in the Dallas Market Hall this year. All told, there were 19 examples from “the Standard of the World” consigned, with 16 offered at no reserve and nine of those from one collection. In addition, two of them were owned by the Sevenoaks family, so as auction president Richard Sevenoaks said before the no-reserve grouping crossed the block, “We have some skin in the game, too.” After everything was buttoned up on Sunday, November 19, 280 of the 429 consignments had been moved to new owners. As such, the sales garnered a net of $6.5 million. While the sales rate was a touch softer than their average, at just north of 65%, generally the totals are within the range seen at this venue in the past. Topping all sales was a darling of the auction world over the past several years — a 2006 Ford GT with 1,473 original miles on the clock. Just like clockwork, it was easily the top sale of the weekend at $280,500 — and also like clockwork, continuing the 1950 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, sold at $53,900 descent of GT prices over the past year in the market as a whole. Leake’s next event opens 2018 in Oklahoma City on February 23 and 24. With the unexpected addition of the Rolland Collection (relocated from the auction scheduled on December 9 in California, due to the wildfires there), it promises to be a full, varied weekend. A


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX GM #561-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 506291741. Light yellow/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 43,785 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good-running, freshly rebuilt replacement 1949 engine, due to a recent catastrophic failure of original motor. Tidy and clean installation job under hood. Older 12-volt electrical system conversion. Back when it was repainted, it seems like they went over the top on right side of car for body prep, but forgot about left side. Oh well, more folks will see it on the right anyway. Paint application was of equal quality on whole car—to include undercarriage. Light scuffing on most of stainless trim. Windshield frame top trim piece missing. Good older replated grille and bumpers. Power window module on inside driver’s door panel missing one button. Good reupholstery work on the seats, showing slight wear, as does the replacement carpeting. Clean undercarriage. Cond: 3+. can generally make the argument that the introductory year looked better that the next year’s refreshes. In Pontiac’s case, the forward-staggered tiered headlights and forward-angled headlight cut-out in the front fenders have a more aggressive sporty look (think late-1960s Mustang or late-1970s BMW) than the straight-up-and-down look for 1966 (think church pew). Last seen at Mecum’s Kansas City early winter auction in December 2013 as a no-sale at $26k (ACC# 239948). Not show-car perfect, but for the money—especially with a 421 fed by three deuces under the hood—it’s a darn nice top-down cruiser. SOLD AT $53,900. This Caddy was one of two consigned by the Sevenoaks family (which ran Leake Auctions at this point in time) at no reserve. It was a combination of them wanting to move it on to someone else (as Nancy Sevenoaks has difficulty driving them anymore) and having a group of noreserve Cadillacs selling just before them— hopefully drawing more of the Cadillac bidding faithful. Of the whole bunch, this one was actually right in the zone for being a market-correct sale, while most of the earlier cars were sold a tick low as good deals. #449-1965 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: 262675P231880. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 3,048 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Equipped with Tri-Power, Safe-T-Track differential, and eight-lug wheels (now shod with all-season radials). Accessory fender skirts, which don’t fit all that well. Unequal levels of body prep, with the lesser work on the hood and along the top well (as that area is showing light blistering). Decent repaint above all that. Doors fit well, but the gaps are incongruent. The two N’s on the Bonneville trunk lettering are upside down. Well-fitted replacement top. New seats, door panels, carpeting, and dash pad—all expertly fitted. Older enginebay detailing, but still rather clean. Newer shocks and dual exhaust system on an otherwise flat-black-painted chassis. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,300. Both Ford and GM had all-new full-size cars for 1965, and one 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #562-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS replica 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164376S207639. Lemonwood Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 61,395 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Super Sport trim added to a regular-issue Impala. Decent repaint a few years ago. However, they’d have been better served by getting new body-side moldings than putting originals back on. Lesser masking around windshield, quarter-glass seals, and drip-rail moldings. Generic interior-door panels, with generic pleats on vinyl and exterior SS emblems hung on them—yet done with good workmanship. Pleat pattern repeated on reupholstered seats. Newer carpeting. Slight yellowing of the dash gauges. Small cracks forming on dashpad. Freshly painted engine, with aftermarket chrome air cleaner. Reproduction Rally wheels wearing lowbudget radials. Cond: 3+. tions include a/c, power steering, power brakes, full tinted glass, cruise control, heavy-duty rear suspension, light group, tachometer, Speed Warning and push-button AM radio. However, this is on a reproduction build sticker on glovebox door. Fitted with bucket seats and center console. High-quality frame-off restoration completed within the last few years. Good door and panel fit. Replated bumpers and all reproduction trim. Glossy oak sideboards added. Nearly concours-quality detailing under hood. Just as clean and well detailed on chassis. Center console is glossier than stock, but otherwise well-restored interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,050. It’s a bit unusual to see a stepside loaded so heavily with options— and some pretty rare ones to boot—but that repop build tag doesn’t give me any warm fuzzies that this truck left the Janesville Assembly Plant with all these options. However, I’ve seen similarly very well-equipped pickups bought by farmers from years of good crop yields. To avoid looking ostentatious, they’d buy a heavily loaded pickup— or Chevy car—rather than moving up the GM model hierarchy to an Olds or a Buick. When talking with the consignor before it went over the block, he indicated that $30k was his magic number to cut it loose. However, the money tap went dry at $22k, yet post-sale data shows that a deal did get put together for a little less, so I’ll say that was a fair deal for all involved. SOLD AT $15,400. Had this been a real Impala SS, the VIN prefix would’ve been 168376. Also, while this was redone in the original color combo, an SS’s interior trim code for black all-vinyl bucket seats would’ve been 813, not the 814 that’s on this car’s body tag (for black all-vinyl bench seats). The reserve was off at $13k, garnering two more bids for a realistic sale for an Impala. And just an Impala. #171-1969 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CE149J848195. Light blue & white/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 71,415 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original Protect-O-Plate. Op- #190-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 124379N621025. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl/black & white houndstooth vinyl & cloth. Odo: 458 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Repowered with an LS1 backed by a 4L60E automatic. The motor isn’t too aggressively modified. Generally clean installation. Rather good base/clear paint and vinyl stripe application. Doors need a little bit of a push to latch properly, due in no small part to new seals. No badges on reproduction grille. Emblems that did make it onto the car are all reproductions. Replated bumpers. Fiberglass cowl-induction hood. Vintage Air a/c system, in a non-a/c car when new. Retrofitted with four-wheel power disc brakes, tilt steering column and electronic gauges in dash and center console. Front seats re-contoured along outboard edges. ODB-II port below retro-look electronic radio. Aftermarket chambered dual-exhaust system. Cond: 2-.


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX SOLD AT $45,100. The reserve was lifted at $41k, just as it was starting to look like the car was going to roll off as a no-sale. Not that it helped get more money—it just made it sell. Considering what it took to get it done to this level and that it’s a popular car in a good color, it gives ammo to the camp that preaches, “You’ll lose money modifying cars.” #441-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136379K424108. LeMans Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 61,410 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Power steering, power front disc brakes, and air conditioning—although everything under hood has been removed. Decent bare-body base/ clear repaint. Bottoms of the rear windows inside the car show heavy pitting under repaint, where they were rusty before. Both SS emblems are crooked, and the 396 callout below them is not centered. At first glance, the engine bay comes off as stock, but there are some aftermarket and generic parts fitted. Very recent engine work, as the gaskets and seal weeping are fresh. Aftermarket battery and cables. Reproduction seats, door panels, carpeting and dashpad. The latter is lifting at the passenger’s door end. Cond: 3+. scotch & white/butterscotch & white vinyl. Odo: 52,528 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, sliding rear window, and Rally wheels. Service parts tag missing from glovebox door. Repainted in recent years to quality akin to stock, although hood was prepped and painted not as well. Entire cargo box in spray-on bed liner. Masked-off windshield and door glass seals. Doors take a concerted effort to latch properly. All-original alloy trim, which really should’ve been professionally polished while off the truck, rather than put back on somewhat dull. New OEM seat vinyl, carpeting and headliner. Faded seat belts and trim on door panels. Speakers cut into doors for period Pioneer Supertuner AM/FM/cassette deck in dash. Generally cleaned-up engine bay; with a/c converted to R134a, aftermarket air cleaner, chrome valve covers and tube headers. Cond: 3. the whole engine. Generally clean underhood. Rear suspension sits lower than the front. Light sun fade on most interior components, especially the cloth seat inserts. Vent control knobs missing from kick panels, likely removed when aftermarket speakers were added to support CD sound system in dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. This is the second of two pickups in a comparison between similar-condition and -configuration Chevy versus GMC from the now very popular 1970s-era pickups here at auction. While it may seem odd to have a “Heavy Half” short-box, it would be the ticket for small slide-in campers, some instances of towing where total length of the combination is an issue, or for snow plowing. It also put the truck over the magical 6k-pound weight rating, when up until 1979, that meant that it didn’t require a catalytic converter and unleaded gas. A very sharplooking truck that was very well equipped for the era, and considering that the prices on these are going nowhere but up for the foreseeable future, it was a decent buy. Even as a GMC. SOLD AT $14,850. This is the first of two trucks I chose to compare selling prices of Chevys versus GMCs from the now very popular 1973–80 generation. Granted, this is a 4x4 while the GMC I chose is a twowheel drive, although this Silverado isn’t quite as nice as that Sierra Classic. Yet with both trucks selling for the exact same money, I’ve proven, yet again, that Chevys will still bring more money than a GMC— even if they are otherwise equal. SOLD AT $28,600. Originally left the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Garnett Red, with a red vinyl bench-seat interior, so we have what might be the only example out there that was color changed from alwayspopular red to not-real-popular blue. Why? I don’t know. We can be certain that the original front fenders were not used on this car. They’re most likely imported, with mounting holes supplied by whoever put the car back together. Based on the painted-over rust pitting in rear window frames, I’d reckon this was in a sorry state when the work started. Granted, it’s better now, but it’s not great. Well sold as a fulfillment of someone’s highschool daydreaming. #268-1976 CHEVROLET K10 Cheyenne pickup. VIN: CKL146F397874. Butter- 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #243-1979 GMC 1500 Sierra Classic Heavy Half pickup. VIN: TCL449A505774. Mariner Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 31,167 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two service-parts labels show it was equipped with optional a/c, power steering, power front disc brakes, F44 Heavy Half package, power door locks, cruise control, dual fuel tanks, all-tinted power windows, and tilt steering column. While it was also originally a 350-powered truck, it now has at the very least the heads and induction from a gen-III small-block, with C4 Corvette cast valve covers—if not #432-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z9L159334. Starlight Black/tan cloth. Odo: 74,875 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Retains all paperwork from when it sold new—and PHS documentation to confirm it—by Miller Pontiac of St. Cloud, MN. Options include Special Performance Package, power windows, power door locks, power trunk release, a/c, tilt steering column, lamp group, and custom trim group with color-matching seat belts. High-quality repaint. When they put the small thunderchickens back on the B-pillars, they tilted them to match tilt of windows, rather than straight up like the factory did. Very stiff hood springs. While the motor was detailed around the time the car was repainted, nothing’s been done to it since and it’s getting dirty. No belt on the a/c compressor. Use of modern hoses and screw clamps. Well-cared-for original interior, with minimal driver’s seat and carpet wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $23,600. Back in the late 1970s, Miller Pontiac was THE dealership to go to if you lived in outstate Minnesota and wanted a new Trans Am, as they always had about two dozen in stock. Even into the mid-1980s, they always seemed to have these gen-II T/As on their used-car lot. As such, I was pleased to see that at least one wasn’t sacrificed to the Salt Demons of


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX the Rust Belt. Sold at Mecum Dallas November 2016 for $24,200 (ACC# 6814244), and offered again at Mecum Dallas September 2017—this time a no-sale at $24k (ACC# 6850247). As such, it’s not too surprising that it didn’t get cut loose here—although it was stated rolling off the block that $26k would get it sold. CORVETTE #153-1980 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z878AS432051. Dark blue/ doeskin leather. Odo: 60,180 miles. 350-ci 190-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional tinted roof panels and alloy wheels. Average baseclear repaint in recent years, with somewhat sloppy masking in door jambs. Slightly wavy front and rear plastic fascias. Replacement windshield, which now has a crack at bottom center. Door and glass seals have heavier degradation where they meet. Average door gaps. Passenger’s side headlight door doesn’t park flush at the front. Clean, tidy and bone-stock under the hood—to include all smog gear. Top of engine was somewhat carefully repainted a few years back. Black overspray on the radiator cap. Seat coverings are likely replacements, as they are in better condition than anything inside the car, to include the redyed dashboard. Dingy undercarriage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,125. Manual-transmission C3s were becoming few and far between by 1980. Only 5,726 of the 40,614 built that year had three pedals on the floor. This example was almost left on the auction-block floor, as it initially was a no-sale at $13,750. However, post-event data supplied by the auction company show that a deal was put together on it. FOMOCO #134-1938 FORD MODEL 78 Standard coupe. VIN: 184248073. Beige/beige cloth. Odo: 17,878 miles. Very old repaint that’s somewhat dull, but still looks decent and may buff out. Sloppy masking around the windows, most of which are delaminating to some extent. Windshield seal was actually painted over. Dull bumper chrome, but some individual trim pieces still look pretty decent. Dull, sun-baked running-board rubber. Period-accessory driving lights. Dingy, unimpressive—yet stock—engine compartment. Dry-rotted and crumbling bottom door seals and fender welting. Seats and door panels redone a few years ago, in modern March–April 2018 95


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX automotive synthetic fabric with generic pleats. Period aftermarket heater. Cond: 4+. tage worker-bee before doing a restoration on it. Otherwise, despite the continued strong interest in old trucks, this was well enough sold. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. From 1938 through 1940, Ford carried over the frontend sheet metal from the Deluxe models and gave it some trim changes to make the new Standard models for each of these years. As such, this is essentially a ’37 Ford front end, with open louvers wrapping around the front clip and grille area replacing the previous year’s separate grille assembly. Overall, it makes for a clean, simple look. I’m hard pressed to think of the last time I’ve seen a ’38 Standard Ford of any body style. This is more deserving of having a relatively easy restoration done on it rather than becoming the canvas for a street rod. Either way—or just to leave it as-is—it was sufficiently bid based on its needs. #127-1964 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F10CR482917. Light gold metallic/gray cloth. Odo: 7,572 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Non-conforming VIN statement issued by the auction company. Recent on-thecheap repaint, with poor masking around window seals. Those seals and most of the rest of the rubber on truck are baked and dry. Painted-over door locks, with no fresh paint inside the cargo box. Doors rattle when shut. Mirrors removed, but posts on doors remain. Grille spray-painted in gunmetal metallic. Newer replacement windshield. Generally stock motor, with an insulating sleeve around cross-over exhaust pipe, plus frayed aftermarket braided coverings on the radiator and heater hoses. Newer radiator. Seat and armrests redone in modern automotive synthetic fabric. DINmount CD sound system cut into the dash; speakers cut into the doors. Modern, triplegauge cluster mounted below the dash. Suspension sits low up front. Cond: 4+. #192-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08A300136. Silver Blue/white vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 60,805 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering and power top. Added Rally Pac. Consignor claims indicated miles are actual. Hood prep and paint is lesser than rest of the body respray in base/clear. Rust blisters forming around the top/tonneau cover perimeter trim. Doors rattle a bit when shut. Older bumper replate, with some select brightwork replacement, although most is original and showing minimal pitting and/or scuffing. Correct tower-style hose clamps, modern service replacement distributor and radiator caps. Scruffy fender bolts. Rusty old master cylinder. Well-fitted replacement top. Seam splitting on front seats; all seats have newer insert vinyl. Heavier carpet fading on top of the transmission tunnel. Nonstock dual exhaust system sounds okay, but getting rusty at the seams. Cond: 3. ing, and scrapes. Crooked left-rear wheelwell, along with light dents and dings on the whole body. While it still has the footman loops in place, all of the other components usually bolted to the outside of the body have been removed. Tons of overspray on grungy-but-stock engine. Sloppy paint masking around the gauge bezels. Nonoriginal faded camo seat upholstery, done on the cheap. Holes inside the tub are from the former installation of a radio set. Partial rifle rack mounted to the floor. Faded top. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Even if this is the first time around the odometer, it’s hardly what I’d call a well-preserved example. Actually, aside from the body, what little that’s original on it is what detracts from the car. Before the auction, the figure dancing around in my mind was that it’s a $20k car. Stated that it was going to take $22k today to sell, so consignor and a serious bidder should’ve met at $20k. #124-1966 FORD M151 utility. VIN: 2N1925. Olive drab green/olive drab green canvas/green camo vinyl. Odo: 19 miles. 141-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Decommissioned by the government by cutting the tub. Welded and patched back together with a further schlocky repaint in more recent years. Even at that the paint has numerous chips, flak- SOLD AT $6,875. 1964 was the final year of Ford’s Y-block engine. The reserve was met at $5k, without the bidding breaking stride. Considering that this pickup is a rustfree short-box, it can be an occasional vin- 96 AmericanCarCollector.com “ SOLD AT $5,775. After the Department of Defense had determined that the M151 series of quarter-ton tactical trucks (not to be confused with Jeeps) posed a tipping hazard, they deemed that they were to be rendered inoperable before being mustered out of the military. Initially, they were torch-cut into quarters for scrap, like this one was. When enterprising individuals started stitching them back together, they then just shredded them. This was late across the block, because the retrofitted electric fuel pump quit working due to a bad connection (electrical, not fuel). Once the auction staff sorted things out and got the pump running, it actually ran out pretty well. Considering it’s a patched-up beater, this sold well. #518-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 replica fastback. VIN: 0T02F106932. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 60,012 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Per Marti Report displayed with car, it was originally standard-issue Mustang in Medium Blue Metallic with white interior, having a 302 V8 and C4 automatic. Repop Magnum 500s replace original steel wheels with full wheel covers. Decent prep work under a better repaint. Front valance to hood to fender gaps all over the place. Older Ford Motorsport-branded MSD box. 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LEAKE // Dallas, TX distributor advance is plugged. New seat upholstery, carpet and dashpad. Aftermarket center console. A tachometer is clamped to the steering column at the 12 o’clock position—partially obscuring the tachometer in the dashboard. Okay, then. More added gauges in the console—actually mounted in the ashtray. Aftermarket steering wheels and sound system, with speakers cut into the door panels. Cond: 2-. mark them as such). What this car really is, is a Jade Designer package. In addition to the Designer brand packages—Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Bill Blass, and, yes, Cartier—Designer packages were also available in various colors. The most famous being Lipstick Red, but also in gold, Wedgewood Blue, and in this case Jade Green. Top bid here in Dallas should’ve been more than enough to have initiated a transfer of title. SOLD AT $33,825. The word “correct” was used multiple times on stuff that was changed on this car, yet the only thing correct about it was that it’s a 1970 Mustang with painted sport mirrors. The reserve was lifted at $29k, and a couple of guys just kept bidding. More than enough paid for this Mustake. #123-1976 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK IV Jade Designer Package 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6Y89A806333. Light Jade Green/Dark Jade vinyl/two-tone green leather. Odo: 61,728 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power moon roof, AM/FM/ Quadrasonic 8-track sound system, and forged-aluminum wheels. Generally alluded to that the 61,728 miles are actual from new. Wears original paint, but the upper surfaces have heavier sun fade—which may or may not buff out. Rust blisters at the lower rear corner of the driver’s door frame. 1991-vintage Carlite replacement windshield. Vinyl landau top is shrinking and has pulled out from its molding at the bottom corners, plus the padding beneath it has shrunk below the rear window. Good alloriginal interior, with light to moderate seat and carpet wear at the driver’s position. Both door pulls are cracked. Used-car engine bay, even after washing if off. Cond: 3. #105-1983 FORD MUSTANG GLX convertible. VIN: 1FABP27F7DF173288. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 42,753 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Factory options include air conditioning, power windows, power locks, and cruise control. Later-era Mustang alloy wheels displace the stock rims. Decent topical repaint, with maskedoff door jambs. Wavy bumper cladding—like most of its surviving peers. Moderate sun fade on the black plastic trim, along with dry and cracked door glass seals. Passenger’s mirror has a fisheye lens stuck onto it. Doors rattle slightly. Trunk alignment off, as it sits rather high. Original seats and doorpanel armrests have heavier yellowing. Leather steering-wheel rim has heavily worn off dye. Washed-off engine bay, but a long way from being detailed. New battery. Old chambered muffler, welded to the original single-pipe system. Cond: 3. wheel-rim wear and soiling on driver’s door armrest. Original spare tire looks like it never left the cradle under the truck. Washed-off original undercarriage. Runs out stock, yet healthy. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,350. The 944th of 2,280 built. No statements were made concerning the mileage, but this was likely correct, as it’s commensurate with the general condition. If anything, age is doing more harm to it than wear. If it didn’t get enough sun in Missouri or Texas, it certainly will where it’s heading; after the reserve was dropped at $18,500 and was immediately hammered sold, it was declared to be going to Hawaii. SOLD AT $4,950. From the first year the convertible was back—and the first full year of the general availability of the 5.0-liter V8 (as it was introduced in 1982 for the GTs only). This one was last seen at Mecum’s Houston auction last year, pre-Hurricane Harvey, selling for $7,150 (SCM# 6833358). Over-the-top sale then and still strong now. NOT SOLD AT $4,750. Last seen at Leake’s 2016 Oklahoma City auction, then called a “Cartier Edition” and declared sold at $8,525 (ACC# 6802659). People, it’s not a Cartier edition just because the friggin’ clock is marked as Cartier (which it isn’t— it’s the same crappy 12-volt mechanism in any full-size Ford or Mercury, but Lincoln had a licensing agreement with them to 98 AmericanCarCollector.com #508-1995 FORD F-150 SVT Lightning pickup. VIN: 1FTDF15R2SLA87060. Black/ two-tone gray cloth. Odo: 40,352 miles. 5.8-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Original Fordapplied paint, with typical light orange peel evident (so much for that Job #1 thing). Nary a polishing scratch in the bed—must have only hauled ass. Good original graphics. Aftermarket tube bumper in back. Headlight bezels staring to yellow. Door-latch buttons are markedly faded and chalky. Missouri inspection sticker in non-OEM replacement windshield. Clean and tidy underhood, but not really detailed—just regularly maintained as stock, apart from an economy-grade battery. Well-cared-for original interior, with slight carpet and steering- White & Sonic Blue stripes/black leather. Odo: 1,473 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Retains the original window sticker from when it was sold new by Laurel Ford of Laurel, MT, along with both key fobs. Optional over-the-top stripes, gray-painted brake calipers, and McIntosh sound system—in addition to the “optional” Gas Guzzler tax. Just 1,473 miles from new, and shows minimal to no wear on most components. Heaviest-wear item is original tires. Minimal road spray on the undercarriage. Paint has a few nicks on the wheelwell lips and none on the nose. Minimal seat and steering-wheel leather wrinkling. Stock and clean engine bay. Cond: 2+. 5 #488-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S05Y400599. Centennial SOLD AT $280,500. Oh boy (yawn), another minty virgin low-mile post-Y2K GT for sale. Just once, I’d like to see one that’s using all six digits on the odometer. This one opened at $75k and was steadily bid to the $230k point, where it was announced that it was selling at no reserve. It then took a lot more work to advance the bidding until it was hammered sold for an additional $25k worth of bids later. Maybe nobody wanted to get stuck in the elevator going down, as that’s the only direction these GTs are going in price right now. TOP 10


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX #434-2009 FORD MUSTANG GT Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT82H495145745. Silver/black leather. Odo: 209 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Post-production conversion. Miles since new, and essentially all original. Paintwork show no nicks or other damage—not even polishing scratches. Original upfitted 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, with tires showing marginal wear. Current Texas inspection decal in windshield. Original upgraded pleated leather seating—on stock frames—shows no discernible wear. Builder’s plaque located between center HVAC vents—á la Shelby. All Ford and Mustang badges removed, replaced by Iacocca or “I” emblems inside and out. Bone-stock Mustang GT under hood, aside from another builder’s plate on radiator-support-cover trim, sporting a fresh fluff-and-buff. Sloppy sealant application on the differential cover—including around bolts—which droops downward, indicating that this was done post-production. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. Among the tweaks that were part of the conversion were a longer hood, with more pointed front valance, plus rear window more deeply raked and roofline carried though to the end of car through the trunk lid. While I think the front looks a bit heavy-handed, the rear comes off quite well (having once owned a 2006 Mustang Pony, I feel somewhat qualified to comment on S197 Mustangs). Of the 45 of these made, Lee got car number one. This one, number 11 of the batch, seemed to not have much serious interest here. This is one of those cars that won’t do well in general enthusiasts’ circles—it’ll need the right over-the-top fan looking specifically for one to let the consignor cut it loose for a high, ambiguous reserve, and that person wasn’t a bidder here. At least we captured this one for the ACC database. MOPAR #221-1967 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA convertible. VIN: BH27D72239894. Dark blue metallic/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 28,158 miles. 273-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Retains the original build sheet, which is congruent with the body tag as to how the car is configured. Generally decent base/clear repaint done as part of a restoration that completed in 2011, but it has a few light pimples on hood. All major chrome redone SOLD AT $25,025. I can’t think of the last time I ran into a ’67 Barracuda convert at auction, and with a mere 4,228 made that year, it’s understandable why. Consignor stated in the overall history of the car that it was sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2013 Scottsdale auction to the previous owner in 2013 for $23,100 (corroborated by this car being the subject of ACC# 260392). As such, it was a bit of a surprise that the reserve was to a stock level of finish. A few small pieces—such as the V8 call-out tags on front fenders—are original and presentable. Light scratches on the window perimeter and door top stainless trim. Only power option is the top—a well-fitted replacement. Equally good workmanship in the fitment of reproduction seats, door panels and carpet. Very tidy and generally stock under the hood. Reproduction plastic washer-reservoir jug. Modern battery is sitting loose in tray. Light road spray on undercarriage. Cond: 3+. March–April 2018 99


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LEAKE // Dallas, TX at $15k, yet the seller wasn’t going to end up too short on the car, as the bidding kept moving along smartly. It was a bit of a loss for the consignor, yet the buyer still paid in the range of market price for it when it came time to write the check. #266-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX convertible. VIN: RS27L9G149008. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 55,513 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rebuild completed in 2008. Good body prep and base/clear paint application, with correct matte black finish on hood, tops of front fenders, and rocker panels. Forward door gaps and hood gaps seem a touch wide. Modifications evident under hood: aftermarket induction, openelement all-filter air cleaner, tube headers, metal flex-cover radiator hoses, chrome alternator, aluminum radiator with electric fan, high-output ignition, and plenty of additional wiring. Also stated that it has a 3kRPM-stall torque converter and Positraction. Mostly new reproduction interior soft trim (original interior was black and white), with a few redyed pieces. Four small gauges mounted into console, speakers are cut into rear-seat armrest panels. Cond: 3+. paint went well. Driver’s door could use some more alignment work. Reskinned roof wavy below rear window. Modern DINmount sound system cut into stock radio location and speakers are cut into door panels—which have clearance issues with the window cranks. Squeaky-clean bone-stock engine bay, aside from new NAPA battery. Clean and mostly black-painted undercarriage, with new brake lines, gas tank and stock-style exhaust system. Cond: 2-. exhaust, with the tailpipes held in place by hose clamps. Chrome differential cover. Everything under the car has moderate road spray on it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. Do people actually bid on cars without looking at them up close anymore? This was more than fully priced with a replacement block in it, but with patched fenders and MacGyver engineering on the undercarriage, this was fully priced and change. At least the consignor should be happy—and once this gets rolled off the truck to its final destination (as it had a shipping tag on the windshield, destined for heading out of the Lone Star state), maybe the new owner will scrutinize their purchases better next time. And, if bought thinking it was a deal or even market-correct, take a more detailed look at price guides. SOLD AT $36,300. Yes, in 1970, the basemodel Challenger had a bench seat (deep down in its DNA, it’s basically a sexy-looking Dart). Today, it seems like they all have buckets, yet back in the day bench seats were still popular for young troubadours. That way, your girlfriend could slide next to you when you’re out crusin’ around. Never mind that seat-belt-use enforcement didn’t exist back then. Not all that bad of a car to go out crusin’ today with your significant other, just use your seat belts to keep from taste-testing that new windshield. Market correct sale at no reserve. SOLD AT $52,800. While the GTX was Plymouth’s top trim line for its mid-sized B-body cars, it would also give the top-end Fury VIP a run for its money. This despite the GTX VIN codes that denoted special model lines over the VIP’s top-level Premium trim code. There’s no doubt that the GTX would easily outrun that VIP. The former had a 440 V8 as the entry-level engine, while the latter had a 318 V8. Even with the VIP optioned with a 440 in it, it was still a heavier car than the GTX. There was also no doubt that this real-deal Scorch Red GTX isn’t a luxury car today, based on the performance modifications. As such, this sold very strongly for the good—but not that good—condition. #264-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23N0B115041. Sublime/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,886 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, painted sport mirrors, AM radio, and Rallye gauge pack—that’s it. Reproduction Rallye wheels on radials. Body tag attached with pop rivets rather than the usual Phillips screws. Body prep started getting weak on hood towards cowl, but rest of re- 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #452-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29U0G198254. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,619 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original 4-barrel 440 car, but with a replacement engine block. Optional a/c, power brakes, light group, center seat cushion with folding armrest and AM radio. Better-quality older restoration that has seen some use since. Some of that use was in an article in the Winter 2005 edition of Muscle Car Review. Repaint presents quite well, as does the older replacement of most chrome. Feathered body filler from metal patching evident at bottom of rear quarter panels. Repop butt stripe well fitted—as is the replacement vinyl roof. Uniformly yellowed gauge faces. Aftermarket ignition wiring. Chambered dual #262-1978 DODGE RAMCHARGER SUV. VIN: A10BE8S254855. Flame Orange/black vinyl soft top/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 64,525 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional soft top, power steering, power brakes, and cruise control. Repaint so fresh, there’s a hint of degassing. While it was done with the trim off and glass out, the emphasis seems more to have been to get it done now, rather than get it done well. New nonOEM windshield and seals. New door glass, but seals look like they were reused. Doors need some help to latch properly. Front end has a punched-in-the-eyes look, with blacked headlight bezels in dull original grille. New aftermarket soft top. Aftermarket alloy wheels are so new that they still have barcode tags inside the rims. Reupholstered seats plus new door and side panels. Aftermarket steering wheel. The starter hung on the flexplate when it was driven onto the block (never a good marketing move, especially on a no-reserve truck like this one). Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,850. Even by 1978 (after being introduced in 1975), no top was still standard on a Ramcharger—a hard or soft top was an extra-cost option. Was here last year, then declared sold at $14,025 (ACC# 6814522). Now part of a collection that sold at no reserve. I know that the repaint didn’t cost $825 (even if it did look the part), so call this a loss for the consignor, but the buyer got a free paint job. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO Mecum — Fall Kansas City Sale Mecum always manages to provide a smattering of the truly weird and wonderful Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO November 30– December 2, 2017 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 389/589 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $8,220,833 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $291,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Landing in the truly-weird-and-wonderful category — 1947 Crosley CC pickup, sold at $11,550 ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics M 102 AmericanCarCollector.com102 AmericanCarCollector.com ecum Auctions returned to Kansas City over the November 30–December 2 weekend, the latter of their twice-annual KC classic car auctions. The folks at Mecum have long been a fixture in Kansas City, and their presentation never fails to impress. This auction boasted nearly 600 entries, with American classics and muscle cars comprising the majority of the offerings. Hot rods, customs, trucks, as well as European sports, luxury and exotic cars rounded out the lots available for sale. A good number of those found new homes, with a solid sell-through rate of 66%, yielding a total take of $8,220,833. Mecum continues to prove their standing in the auto-auction world, generating big sales in the face of a subtle downturn in collector car values. The high sale for the weekend was a 3,600-mile Centennial White-with-blue-stripes 2005 Ford GT, with all four options, hammering sold for $291,500. A staggeringly well-done 1968 Mustang fastback “Eleanor” replica found a new home at $104,500 — which was a steal given the quality of the build. Along with finding some of the best built, restored, or highest-performance examples in the sale field, Mecum always manages to provide a smattering of the truly weird and wonderful. There were several giant 4x4s present, only to be offset by the truly diminutive Crosley pickup and woodie wagon. There was a 1970 Plymouth squad car with stereo speakers mounted on the roof, your choice of seven Ford Model As, a “Smokey and the Bandit” clone 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, a 1988 Pontiac Fiero GT with only 520 original miles, and well over 70 Corvettes. The Kansas City auction continues to be a large draw for the Midwest, with strong attendance all three days. The number and quality of lots present continues to enthrall. This sale is car-geek nirvana. The Fall sale seems to bring the automotive hobby season to an end, just as the Spring sale marks the beginning of a new year of activities for those with high octane coursing through their veins. I am already looking forward to the Spring ’18 sale. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO GM #S112-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57A207900. Highland Green & Surf Green/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 60,136 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint in two-tone green reveals extensive prep and great execution. Has a single small touch-up on the driver’s side front fender. Stainless is excellent, as is most of the chrome. One of the headlight surrounds looks to have slight pitting, and there are a couple of buff marks on the front bumper. The engine compartment is spotless and correct. Interior appears to be freshly redone, with the only sign of age visible on speedometer lens. Cond: 1-. ous attention to the last detail. There was no wear on any surface, no obvious flaws to take away from the craftsmanship. This car has traded hands more than once, crossing the auction block at least four times in the past seven years. Most recently, it was sold for nearly $108k at the Mecum Indy auction in May 2012 (ACC# 6751362). This past May, the seller returned to car to the Indy auction, but it failed to make reserve at $100,000 (ACC# 6837407). #S126.1-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: E59K137147. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 13,727 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny red paint looks fairly recent. Shiny stainless not over-polished and the bright chrome shows no buffer marks. Engine compartment may not have looked this good when new, with the only thing out of place being a modern battery. The interior is in good nick, with just a slight lean of the driver’s side tri-color stripes toward the center of the bench. Trunk just as it was when factory fresh. Bias-ply wide whites round out a very nice restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,700. Although the sale price on this Bel Air was well above market, so was the quality of the restoration. The recipient of a thorough body-off, rotisserie resto, there was a fair chance it never looked this good on the showroom floor. It was a no-sale at $45,000 at Mecum Las Vegas in November 2017 (ACC# 6854221). The seller proved right to hold out for more. This one was a real head-turner, and well bought. #S106-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom convertible. VIN: VC57A184643. Harbour Blue/white vinyl/white & gray leather. Odo: 3,100 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint is outstanding, showing painstaking prep and application. The chrome and stainless are both show-quality, as are the glass and weatherstrip. The engine compartment has excellent body-color paint finish, with all wires tucked neatly away. The interior has been fully customized, and features a gorgeous combination of white and gray leather. The trunk is well finished in the same materials and scheme as the interior. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. This thing was just spot-on. There was very little to fault here. The car did not sell at the high bid of $57k, which is well above market, but so was the condition of the car. There was most likely twice or three times the top bid wrapped up in the resto. #S124-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177Z113931. Marina Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 61,009 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Spotless throughout, possibly a rotisserie restoration. There just are not many flaws to be found anywhere on the car—the paint is likely better than new, and chrome, glass, stainless and weatherstrip all look just the way you would want them. Underside looks as good as the top, and the engine bay is surgical clean. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. The centerpiece of the ad campaign for an auto-trim parts supplier, this ’57 Bel Air was finished with obvi- SOLD AT $58,300. The only reason I didn’t give this car a 1- condition is due to a non- March–April 2018 103


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO matching-numbers engine. However, the engine was period-correct and looked the same as it did new. Cars like this are a joy to find, and I wanted to take this one home. Even though it was above market, I think this was both well bought and well sold. #F113.1-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM replica convertible. VIN: 223679N117788. Cameo White/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,403 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Inconsistent panel gaps, and hood doesn’t want to close flush. Stainless and chrome are both showing age. Paint reveals dirt and inclusions, and looks to have had slipshod prep. The interior shows signs of wear. Soft top could be cleaner, too. Decent looking from 10 feet, and probably a fun weekend cruiser. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,100. For the 1971 model year, the 402-ci engine was marketed as the SS 396. This ’71 had the 402, but was dressed as a 454, with the 454 sticker on the air cleaner and 454 fender badges. This Chevelle seemed a little bit odd, as almost everything looked to be freshly restored, with the exception of the chrome bumpers and the windshield—both of which appeared to be original to the car, and showing their age. The rest of the car was restored to a high standard. The car had 17-inch, original-style, five-spoke wheels, a beautiful paint job, excellent engine bay and interior. The high bid was just in between SS 396 and SS 454 values. Probably well bought, as such. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. This looked like it might be okay for your local cruise night or Show-N-Shine, but was in no way ready for close inspection. Last seen at the Auctions America sale in Auburn last August, it sold for $24,000 (ACC# 6846522). It seems to have been cleaned up a little, but no significant improvements had been made. I’m not sure how much investment the seller made, but up $6k in a few months would have made me think about letting this one go. #S117-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 134371R189433. Blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 602 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sharp, glossy paint showing good prep and execution. Chrome looks a little tired, and is just beginning to pit. Stainless is not bad, but could look better with a little polishing. While the weatherstripping appears to have been recently replaced, the glass looks to be original, with some minor scratches and signs of age. Engine compartment spotless, exactly as it should have been when brand new—even a period-correct Delco battery. Interior shows as if new, right down to the translucent rubber Chevelle floor mats. Hurst chrome shifter, but the balance of the interior looks bone stock. Cond: 2+. #F137-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344871Z115653. White/black vinyl. Odo: 91,819 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent prep work done on a single repaint in the late 1980s, but hood and fenders have slightly different shades of white. Paint looks decent, and stripes provide a good contrast. Stainless and chrome both look to be original, and are showing their age. A noticeable gouge in rearward edge of the front bumper—just forward of the passenger’s side headlights. The a/cequipped 455 claimed to be numbers matching. Engine compartment looks to be of original spec, but could stand to be more thoroughly cleaned. The driver’s side seat bolster shows wear from ingress/egress, but the balance of the interior shows no undue wear. Cond: 3. GT. There wasn’t much to pick apart on the car, because it was barely out of the wrapper. I am not sure about the future collectibility of Fieros, but this would have been the one to have. 1988 was the final year of Fiero production, with numerous improvements to the suspension and brakes, making the car what it should have been from the beginning. The GT is arguably the bestlooking of the Fiero line. The only improvement that may have enhanced the car is if it had been equipped with the 5-speed manual rather than the automatic. Possibly well bought, but time will tell. CORVETTE #S134-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104153. Venetian Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 933 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Panel gaps are unfortunately inconsistent, and leading edge of the hood sticks up. Paint looks like an older restoration showing its age, as there are plenty of fisheyes and some crazing. Chrome beginning to pit. Engine bay is clean and correct, but shows that it has been run a little. Interior reveals little wear, as if it may be recent. Dashpad poorly installed, as it is wrinkled and pulling above the speedometer. The car is ready to be freshened. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,800. I wanted to like this car more, but it just needed some TLC. It traded hands at a classic auto and tractor auction in Nebraska in August, and I imagine the seller wasn’t interested in investing any more than his $23,750 purchase price. This looked to be a quick flip for the seller, who made a tidy little profit well north of the current market value. Well sold. #F99-1988 PONTIAC FIERO GT coupe. VIN: 1G2PG1193JP223322. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 520 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Everything on the whole car as it was when new. The panel gaps, paint, glass, trim, weatherstrip, interior, everything is as it was on the showroom floor. The only exceptions are the replacement tires and the appearance of light towel buff marks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,450. This is likely the only way you can own a brand-new 1988 Fiero 104 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $65,000. This Corvette had lots of eyeball, but closer inspection showed an exterior that looked tired. As a Solid Axle owner, I always hope these old ’Vettes will be in top condition, but that was not the case here. A previous outing at Mecum in Schaumburg, IL, in October 2017, yielded a $62,500 high bid (ACC# 6851601) that missed reserve. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO #S120.1-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J58S106010. Panama Yellow/Panama Yellow hard top/black vinyl soft top/gray vinyl. Odo: 45,701 miles. 283ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent panel gaps present, save for leading edge of the hood, which has a larger-than-typical void. Shiny paint finish and shows good prep and execution. Chrome bright and free of pitting, but stainless could benefit from some additional polishing. Clean engine bay, with proper belts and hoses present, as well as correct finishes. Interior shows newer gray vinyl seat covers, fresh paint on instrument binnacle and a clean dashpad. The only sign of age here is the steering wheel, which has the requisite cracking. Cond: 2-. quite ready for NCRS judging. Given the base motor and Powerglide transmission, the high bid was close to median pricing. #S125-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S114494. Roman Red/Roman Red hard top & black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 91,191 miles. Paint is most likely from an older restoration, as are the stainless and chrome—all of which are showing signs of age. The paint looked as if the car had been driven and enjoyed after having been judged. Although shiny, it shows signs of bug marks and road pepper on the nose. Chrome shows buff marks and beginning to pit. The stainless could benefit from some attention. Engine compartment is clean and correct, but the air cleaner cover needs polishing. Interior is also correct, but the carpet shows signs of age, while the seats look a little puffy. Cond: 2-. the Mecum KC auction in March (ACC# 6832115), and did not sell at $70k. Even with the visible age on the restoration, the owner was wise to hold out for more. #S99-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S117407. Daytona Blue/ white vinyl. Odo: 2,225 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An exceptional restoration. The paint is stunning, indicative of first-rate prep and execution. The chrome and stainless look new, as do the glass and weatherstripping. Engine bay looks like it is showroom fresh. The white vinyl shows no wear, and is a perfect complement to the deep blue exterior finish. The aftermarket Torq Thrust-style wheels add just the right bit of attitude. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. The first year for the four-headlight Solid Axles—a major redesign from the previous year. The 1958 models had a busier appearance than the 1959–62 ones, featuring washboard faux vents on the hood, and dual chrome trim bars down the trunk lid. Solid Axles are one of the few really functional classic Corvettes, with a usable trunk and relatively easy ingress/egress. This Corvette has a better-than-average appearance, and is beyond that of a weekend cruiser—but not NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This two-time NCRS Regional Top Flight Corvette was a sharp driver, having been enjoyed after being judged Top Flight in an NCRS regional judging. The car was accompanied by an NCRS shipping-data report. Despite signs of an aging restoration, the car was very correct, had a higher-horse engine, fourspeed, and both tops. This Corvette was at SOLD AT $74,800. With only three owners from new, and the recipient of a recent body-off restoration, this coupe looked better than just about any other ’64 Corvette I have seen. To say the Daytona Blue/white vinyl combo was striking is an understatement. The engine was numbers matching, but the original 3-speed manual had been replaced with a 4-speed. The hammer price, at $25k above market value, was a testament to the quality of the restoration and the immense curb appeal. Well sold. #S113-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S105508. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,644 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Paint in presentable condition, with attention to prep and paint. It shines beautifully, and very little swirl is evident. Close inspection at just the right angle reveals light crazing on the driver’s side headlamp door. Panel gaps consistent, doors and hood close as they should. The engine compartment is complete and original, but could use some minor detailing. Clean interior, with faint carpet fading. Shift pattern plate next to shifter changed to reflect the 5-speed. The chrome has minor buff marks, but no pitting is evident. Cond: 2-. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Equipped with desirable options like side exhaust, knockoff wheels, two tops, and the numbers-matching, high-horse 327, this ’66 Corvette was everything you would want in a mid-year. A Richmond 5-speed in place of the original Muncie-sourced 4-speed might hurt future value, but it does a world of good for drivability. As this Corvette has been at two other auctions in the past 12 months (Mecum KC 12/16, ACC# 6814948, and 3/17, ACC# 6832116), and has failed to sell at similar high bids, it’s clear the buyer may be looking for more than the car will bring. #T114-1980 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1Z878AS425596. Light blue/ tan leather. Odo: 88,125 miles. 350-ci 190hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This shade of blue is a change from the factory Dark Blue. Prep’s good, as the paint shows very few flaws and has a glossy finish. Panel gaps are an improvement over what came from the factory. Chrome door handles appear as new, but the stainless trim could benefit from some attention. Engine compartment clean and original, with no leaks noted. Interior showing its age, with what appears to be original carpet that is pilling and tired. The doeskin leather seats are cracking at the bolsters, and the paint on the exposed seat frames is chipped and worn. Cond: 3. the tires show next to no wear. Interior shows almost no indication of wear, with the exception of very light creasing on the driver’s side seat bottom. The carpet is as-new, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel is free from marks or scratches. Everything here appears as-new or nearly new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The “Bullitt” treatment was fairly well done here, with some odd detail bits overlooked. The paint was so good on most of the car that finding the less-than-stellar areas on the tail was saddening. Side rear-view mirrors had been changed for smaller, round units. These were also painted body color rather than left chrome. As a result, the mirror base was smaller than original, and rather than fill in the extra hole, they painted over a mounting screw. I am sure the owners have far more than the high bid in the restoration, but I don’t think they will get what they want without a bit more work. SOLD AT $37,400. Fourth-generation Corvette interiors wore quickly and aged poorly. Due to an unusually high sill height, getting in and out of these cars was akin to climbing in and out of a canoe. This resulted in heavy wear on seat bolsters and sill carpet. This example showed none of that wear, or any of the other interior deterioration that is the hallmark of most fourth-generation Corvettes. The only flaw on the entire car was that little scratch on the B-pillar. Otherwise this ’Vette was a time capsule. With ZR1s having reached their low ebb, and now on the rise price-wise, this should be a safe bet going forward. It sold well above median pricing, but it looked to be well worth it. FOMOCO SOLD AT $11,000. There were few manual transmissions for the 1980 model year, with only 5,726 leaving the factory from a total production of 40,614 units. The change of paint color, although done to a decent standard, hurts the value of this numbersmatching Corvette. The interior is tired and in need of attention. The $11,000 sales price is in line with the condition. Late thirdgeneration Corvette prices have not risen enough to justify investing the kind of dollars a comprehensive restoration would require. Until then, this is just a driver. #S125.1-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J9L5802877. Bright red/bright red & acrylic hard tops/red leather. Odo: 769 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. A nearly new, original, low-mile ZR1. The paint shows very light buffer swirl. Small scratch on B-pillar of the driver’s door window. Weatherstrip in good condition, showing very little age. Engine bay is as clean and correct as it was on the showroom floor. Wheels free from rash, and 108 AmericanCarCollector.com #S137-1968 FORD MUSTANG “Bullitt” replica fastback. VIN: 8T02T188241. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 86,653 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The Highland Green paint here is in good nick for the most part, but rear portion of car shows some small pock marks and swirls. Paint at cowl panel appears somewhat mottled. Engine compartment boasts numerous upgrades, with a/c, heavy bracing across shock towers, an oval air cleaner, and lots of dress-up bits. Interior is new and looks it, with fresh seat covers, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, Shelby-style shift knob, and some aircraftstyle switches to the left of the wheel. Trunk looks sharp, with new trunk mat and spare cover. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $104,500. This was a full-custom rotisserie build from a bare-metal stripped body. Nearly everything on the whole car had been fabricated or customized to recreate the Eleanor Shelby GT500 from “Gone In 60 Seconds.” The quality of this build was fantastic. The high bid seemed like a ton for a movie replica car, but the build represented at least twice the purchase price. This was an beautiful piece of craftsmanship, and this was a ton of car for the money. #F140-1970 FORD TORINO GT 2-dr hard top. VIN: 0A35C270805. Grabber Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 29,687 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly detailed, very clean and correct engine bay featuring the 370-hp 429 Cobra Jet and factory a/c. Paint and decals done to a high standard. Black vinyl interior looks clean, possibly recent. Driver’s side door needs a door shim, as it hangs a bit low and requires a bit of effort to close. The chrome and stainless look to be nicely polished. A good effort made here, and it shows. Cond: 2+. #S108-1968 FORD MUSTANG Eleanor replica fastback. VIN: 8F02C209321. Charcoal/black leather. Odo: 15 miles. 427ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. This build looks to be fresh in every way. Time has obviously been spent to get the bodywork right. Panel gaps are consistent, and the paint has been done to quite a high standard. Chrome and stainless are both shiny, and glass is new, as is the weatherstrip. Engine bay spotlessly finished. Interior features black leather sport seats, custom white-face gauges, a Hurst shifter with milled-aluminum shift ball, and a three-spoke Shelby sport steering wheel. Cond: 1.


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO SOLD AT $30,800. The selling price for this nicely equipped Torino was decidedly lower than the dollars spent on the restoration. Sporting the 370-hp variant of the 429, this was a few shades better than your average GT. It was last spotted at this same auction a year ago, where it failed to find a new home for a top bid of $29,150 (ACC# 6815204). This year, it sold just below median price, and was likely well bought. #S95.1-2016 SHELBY GT350 R coupe. VIN: 1FATP8JZ4G5520144. Red/black alcantara. Odo: 5,162 miles. 5.2-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Paint, weatherstrip, glass and trim are as-new, save for a couple of spots from insects on leading edge of hood. Seats show signs of having been occupied, as alcantara will do. The engine bay appears as new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Brand-new cars, or nearly new cars, are particularly easy to rate, and this one was no exception. The only thing keeping this Shelby from being showroom-fresh were a few bug splats on the hood. This was the bad boy, the GT350 R, and the sound of the engine, even at idle, was intoxicating. With these still trading hands on the secondary market for well above the high bid, the owner was right to hold out for more. MOPAR #F160-1971 PLYMOUTH GTX coupe. VIN: RS23U1G104077. White/black vinyl/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 97,594 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older repaint that is beginning to show its age, this GTX is still striking from a few steps back. A couple of chips have been touched up on the top of the driver’s side front fender adjacent to the hood. Stripes on hood beginning to craze. There is a crack at the base of the A-pillar. Original engine compartment, but could benefit from a light detailing. Clear glass free from marks, but the weatherstrip is dried out and cracking. Interior shows little wear, but again, some light detailing would improve things. This looks like an older restoration, not a preservation. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This was a heavily optioned GTX that is still in better-than-decent shape, but needed some attention. With the Super Track Pack and heavy-duty Hemi suspension along with the 440 and 4-speed, this one deserved to be freshened up. Despite the deficiencies, the seller was wise not to let it go at this price. #S80.1-2014 DODGE VIPER SRT-10 coupe. VIN: 1C3ADEAZ9EV100197. Black/ black leather. Odo: 5,485 miles. 8.4-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Shiny black paint on this Viper shows no indications of damage or wear—looks just as one would expect from a car that has covered so little ground. Panel gaps are consistent with Dodge factory quality. Glass and weatherstrip show as new, too. The one place you would expect to see wear is the driver’s side seat bolster, but it retains its new appearance. Only a slight bit of creasing in the driver’s seat bottom indicates any use at all. The engine bay is clean. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $69,850. This SRT-10 may possibly have been purchased with the idea of an appreciating investment, as rumors were already spreading about the end of Viper production. This example clearly spent most of its time in a garage, most likely one that was climate controlled. There was nothing exceptional here; just your everyday, run-ofthe-mill 640-hp sports coupe. This one crossed sold a little under book. Reasonably bought. AMERICANA #F45-1947 CROSLEY CC pickup. VIN: CC4724500. Silver/gray vinyl. Odo: 28,662 miles. 724-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Panel gaps are sometimes wide and varying, but characteristic of a post-WWII economy car. Silver paint shows decent prep, and what little trim there is looks to be in presentable condition. Vertically hinged aftermarket mirrors would appear nicely integrated if the passenger’s side mirror did not flop downward. The interior looks freshly redone and, with carpet lining the bulkhead between the cabin and the bed, is likely nicer than new. Thin oak rails line the top of the bed rails, and the cargo area is covered by a clean black vinyl tonneau. Cond: 3+. 110 AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO YOURCARS 1966 CHeVRoLeT noVA ConVeRTIBLe I have a 1966 Nova convertible. Chevy did not make a convertible Nova in 1966, so this car was built from a 1966 Nova 4-door sedan. The windshield and convertible top were taken from a 1962 Nova convertible. Building this car took five years and more than 2,000 hours of labor. It took first place at the Super Chevy Show and has been in many magazines. — Dennis Hellebusch, Washington, MOA SOLD AT $11,550. This tiny truck did not sell on the block, but did after the auction. One of only 3,182 Crosley pickups produced in 1947, this is the first one of these I have ever seen. It makes a Prius look fat and bloated. This Crosley has been around the sale circuit, trading hands several times over the past few years. It was last seen on eBay this October, where it failed to meet reserve. Given its rarity and condition, coupled with being somewhat useful as a tiny hauler, this looks to have been well bought. 64V19841. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 70,291 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Glossy black paint shows good prep and application, with a minimum of buffer swirl. Rear side glass and rear window all etched at the lower edges with some kind of leaf accent. Engine compartment is clean-ish. The interior is in good condition, with only a bit of creasing in the driver’s side seat bottom. Aftermarket chrome wires sparkle, complimenting the deep black finish. Rest of the chrome and stainless show some buff marks. Cond: 3+. #S139-1964 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISMO HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: look to be polished original stock, and beginning to show minor signs of age. Passenger’s side door gap widens somewhat toward the bottom. The engine compartment appears as new, housing the 360cube mill and a massive, factory a/c compressor. Interior is as-new, with exception of an aftermarket stereo hanging underneath dash in passenger’s footwell. Trunk also looks factory fresh. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. This was a really sharp Javelin, which is something not often seen. I couldn’t help but wonder why, when going through all the trouble of making the car look that good (even the black vinyl roof looked well done), the owner didn’t do more with the brightwork. Even with those oversights, the car sold above market, a testament to all the other work done. #F83-1979 JEEP CJ-7 SUV. VIN: J9M93EH82875. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 45,060 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny, glossy paint over new steel replacement tub by Willys Overland, with hard doors and hard top that fit about as well as any other CJ ever did. Interior is fresh, as is weatherstripping. The new body sits atop a suspension lift, and oversize 31x10.50 tires. The undercarriage has also been cleaned up. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,400. This was one of the very last of the Studebaker GT Hawks, one of only 1,548 V8s produced in 1964. It showed well enough, with the black-overred scheme, Continental kit, sparkling chrome wires, and an acre or so of hood. This car demanded a very specific taste, and to the new owner, probably seemed like a bargain. Sold well below the current ACC median. #S154-1973 AMC JAVELIN coupe. VIN: A3C797N227828. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 83,252 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny red paint speaks to a recent and detailed restoration. Chrome and stainless 112 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $14,300. This was a very clean, close-to-stock execution of a classic CJ-7. All of the usual Jeep weak points had been addressed, with a new tub virtually eliminating all of the cancer so commonly seen. The 304/4-speed combo assured plenty of power to move the upsized, off-road rubber. The blue color was attractive with the white hard top. Not all original, but not far from it. Well bought at a price far cheaper than an average used Wrangler. A BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele — Scottsdale It’s one of the few chances you may have to discover that one-of-a-kind find, or different examples of a certain model Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 17–21, 2018 Auctioneers: Rob Row, Mike Shackleton, Dan Shorno, Mitch Jordan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 457/703 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $17,894,335 High sale: 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah GT coupe, sold at $660,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Top seller at Russo and Steele Arizona 2018 — 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah GT coupe, sold at $660,000 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield 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 is positively sublime. Russo and Steele, along with several other auto I 114 AmericanCarCollector.com auctions, holds their winter auction in Scottsdale, AZ, the third week of January. Now at Talking Stick Resort for the second year in a row, the auction continues to attract a massive field of collector, vintage, hot rod, exotic, amazing and absurd vehicles. It’ll take more than a full day to see everything there, and a bit longer if you are in the market for something specific. For a buyer, it is one of the few chances you may have to discover that one-of-a-kind find, or several different examples of a certain model all at the same time and place. This year’s crop of collector goodies numbered 703 lots, with 457 of those finding new homes, for a 65% sell-through rate totaling $17.9 million. The top sale was a 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah GT coupe that crossed the block at $660,000. The 47th 1965 Shelby GT350 ever built went for $341,000. A 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435-hp convertible, believed to be one of five in Rally Red over red leather, sold for a staggering f you are like most of the country, the idea of escaping your frigid hometown to spend a week of January in the Arizona warmth and sun has a distinctive appeal. To do so while spending time at one of the country’s best collector-car auctions $308,000. But there were some bargains to be had, as well. Although not inexpensive, but cheap for any Central Office Production Order Camaro, a heavily documented 1969 ZL1 car in Cortez Silver found new ownership for a positively bargain-basement $132,000. Car auctions wouldn’t be car auctions without a smattering of the truly weird on hand. The genuine George Barris-built “Munsters” Dragula Coffin Car crossed the auction block but failed to change hands with a high bid of only $45,000. Another car that looked like it could have come from Barris, but was built in the 1980s by Richard Fletcher, was the Ice Princess. This bizarre creation, riding on underpinnings that were part Studebaker and part Cadillac, traded hands at $38,500. Russo and Steele is an auction that was begun with the idea of offering the finest Europe had to offer, combined with the best of American muscle and performance. Add in a generous helping of classics, hot rods, and customs, and it is easy to see how owner Drew Alcazar has managed to build Russo into one of the country’s premier auto auction houses. With the recent announcement of the auction coming to the 2019 Amelia Island event, it’s clear they’re going to continue bringing quality offerings to America’s collectors for years to come. A


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ GM #2189-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 7A1082957. Arctic White/black Haartz cloth/red leather. Odo: 1,511 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A gorgeous restoration of a rare Skylark convertible shows paint, chrome and stainless refinished to a high standard. Haartz top fits well. Red leather interior shows some minor creasing on the driver’s side from ingress/egress, but nothing excessive. Balance of interior appears as-new. Engine bay looks factory fresh. Chrome wires sparkle and gleam. A lovely example. Cond: 2+. #2072-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: F58K142812. Rio Red & white/red vinyl, tri-color cloth. Odo: 5,488 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Recipient of a quality restoration in 2001, this Impala still shows well. Engine bay clean, impressive with its rare fuel-injection unit. Paint, chrome, stainless, and rubber trim all still look new. Spinner hubcaps are highly polished. Trunk is as-new. Cond: 2+. #2333-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242177Z108192. Tyrol Blue/ Parchment vinyl. Odo: 359 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is quite nice, showing good prep and application. Chrome and stainless look new. Panel gaps are consistent. Glass and weatherstrip both in good condition. Wheels are well painted and polished. Seats and carpet show as new. The only fault found here is the headliner has pulled away from trim at back window on the driver’s side. It’s hanging down very slightly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. Last seen at Mecum in Seattle 2014, this example failed to sell at $130,000 (ACC# 6709807). This time around, the seller let it go for far below book, at $80,000. Timing is everything. This was a steal. #2175-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: H255K003811. Ocean Green/red vinyl, tweed. Odo: 19,527 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Believed to be original mileage on this three-owner truck. Has the kind of paint job you would expect on a work truck, with some orange peel. Two small flaws above passenger’s side rear fender. Bed with refinished oak and shiny stainless trim. Glass shows patina with minor delamination on passenger’s side wing window. The chrome shows light pitting. Interior has no excessive wear, and is generally tidy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $85,250. Last seen at the Mecum Monterey Auction in August of 2013, where it sold for $75,970 (ACC# 6470672), the excellent condition of this rare Impala doesn’t seem to have changed much. It was still beautiful and garnered lots of attention. The auctioneers worked long and hard, and eventually found the Fuelie a new home. The seller seemingly walked away unscathed. #2675-1965 BUICK RIVIERA Gran Sport coupe. VIN: 494475H944230. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 73,627 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Very shiny black paint shows great prep and execution. Engine compartment is spotless, with original equipment. Glass and weatherstrip in good nick. Some of the smaller chrome bits look to be original, as they show light pitting and patina, but the bumpers look to have been replated to a high standard. The interior is spotless, showing no signs of wear. Very correct, quality restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,300. From the Dr. Jim Glauser Collection. This GTO was sold new in Arizona and never left the state. It had deep documentation, and a long list of factory options. The Tyrol Blue with Parchment was an attractive combo. This one went well above market, but condition and options justified the price. Both well bought and sold in that regard. CORVETTE #2398-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S102592. Tuxedo Black & Inca Silver coves/Tuxedo Black hard top, black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,271 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-top car, claimed to be numbers matching with a “period-correct block.” Clean engine compartment, but finned valve covers are correct for a 245-hp car, not a 230. Top of the radiator is dented and lumpy. Paint is good, but polishing would help. Hubcaps and stainless could also stand to be polished. Chrome showing its age. Incorrect driver’s side mirror. Interior is clean. Chrome bezel around the center stack is flaking. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. This was a nice old truck for cruising or even some light chores. Few owners and low miles had saved it from major corrosion or abuse. It was clean, in decent condition, perfect for sunny Saturdays or a Show-N-Shine at the local burger joint. I’m not sure what the seller was looking for, but $30,000 seemed like all the money in the world. 116 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $96,800. Of the 34,000-plus Buick Rivieras made in 1965; fewer than 10% of them were Gran Sports. Of those 3,300-odd GS copies, there can’t be that many left. Of those, you would be hardpressed to find one much nicer than this was. Save for some small chrome bits that had not been replaced or replated, everything on the car looked as if it had been sweated and worried over—made to be as good as possible. The car looked nearly new, and garnered a price commensurate with that condition. SOLD AT $57,200. This was a pretty driver, but not to NCRS standards. Miles were claimed correct on this three-owner Corvette, but the “period-correct block” state


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ ment gave pause. This was an older restoration beginning to show its age, or a partial resto that needed to have the details addressed. There was a lot to like here, and a driver that shows well while you work on it is indeed a treat. Likely well bought. #2027-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S110789. Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 71,520 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Paint work shows good prep and execution, with little orange peel. Chrome looks new, stainless well polished. Vinyl top free from wrinkles, appears to be stored in the up position. Driver’s side door doesn’t want to close all the way without a good shove. Interior has proper materials and finishes. Engine bay correct and clean, but the air-filter cover could be better polished. Top radiator hose has chalky residue that comes with time and age. Cond: 3+. money. The seller was wise not to part with it for what was still shy of median value. FOMOCO #2180-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH252618. Flame Red/ white hard top, white vinyl/Flame Red leather. Odo: 79,494 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very shiny red paint shows great prep and execution. Chrome, stainless, chrome wire wheels are all bright, fresh. Glass and weatherstripping look sharp. Engine bay is correct, with the engine dress-up kit and dealer-installed a/c. Interior also recent. Leading edge of hard top has a thin strip that looks like masking tape on the trim may have pulled some paint off with it. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. This was a super-cool weekend cruiser, but not quite ready for concours. The colors were good, and the Sports Roadster package is always a knockout. This would make someone a great driver while the small items were addressed. It’s more than 90% finished, with the larger projects already out of the way. Sold well below book value—this one was well bought. #2250-1965 SHELBY COBRA 50th Anniversary roadster. VIN: CSX4567. Guardsman Blue/black leather. Odo: 50 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. As-new. Number 18 of the 50-car run, this is one of three painted aluminum-bodied Anniversary cars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,300. Nicely restored, but not a knockout. The car was 99% there, but just needed a little more TLC. Sale price on a base engine/base trans ’62 Corvette was on target. #2374-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S105430. Marina Blue/white vinyl/bright blue vinyl. Odo: 46,011 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Only 150 miles added since a comprehensive, frame-off restoration done to NCRS standards. Paint, glass, stainless and chrome are all like new. The interior shows no wear. Engine compartment is correct and clean. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. Last seen not selling at Mecum’s September 2017 Dallas sale, with a high bid of $45,000 (ACC# 6850015). This was a high-quality freshening of a solid T-bird. Great colors, very nicely done, all above par. Not surprising the bid went as far above book as it did. Given that the owner likely has much more than that in the resto, it’s also no surprise the reserve was higher. #2372-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. VIN: 2Y85Z127341. Corinthian White/blue Haartz cloth/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 6,194 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be recipient of a restoration in 2014. Overall appearance of the car is favorable, but closer inspection reveals some deficits. The paint is shiny, but chipped and touchedup along upper door trim on driver’s side. Some of the chrome is nicely refinished, but more than a couple of parts were pitting. Stainless could use a bit of buffing. Glass and weatherstrip in good nick. Some signs of wear present in the interior. Chrome wires are shiny, look recent. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $118,000. From the Dr. Jim Glauser Collection. With a laundry list of options, a top-shelf restoration, attractive colors, most desirable drivetrain (provided the beastly L88 wasn’t on your radar), in the most desirable year of the mid-year ’Vettes, it was surprising this didn’t bring bigger 118 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $247,500. Cooler than the other side of the pillow. I fell in love with this Cobra. Having covered only 50 test miles, it was as-new. Sporting a 600-hp 427, it was just like the poster you had on your wall as a kid. As the base price for an alloy-bodied Anniversary Cobra was just under $180k, and the 427 in this one was the last ShelbyYates 427 built, combined with the fact that this is one of just three aluminum cars painted from the factory, the owner was astute to hold out for more. #2378-1969 FORD MUSTANG fastback. VIN: 9T02R210640. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 350 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint quite good, showing attention to prep and application. Shiny chrome, with a small buff mark on the front bumper you have to be in the right light to catch. Stainless could use some polishing, but weatherstrip and glass show well. Engine compartment is clean and correct, save for an MSD coil on the driver’s side fender. The interior appears new, without signs of wear—the seats have that brand-new/almost overstuffed look. Nicely done resto. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,700. I love ’69 Mustang fast


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ backs, so when I find one at an auction, I tend to linger, looking at everything. This time was no different. Spending too much time on this car helped reinforce the quality of the restoration. The only real flaw here was the stainless at what would have been the B-pillar, behind the front side windows. Accompanied by a Marti Report, this R-code was quite sharp. At $51,700, it was quite well bought. #2063-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 9F02M480060. Acapulco Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 52,375 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rather good paint prep and execution, but small flakes missing at top of windshield. Chrome is shiny, as is the stainless. Black vinyl interior shows minimal wear. Hurst shifter and T-handle. Engine bay is clean and correct. Replacement block with GT40 heads. Lots of documentation, Marti Report, and a very proud longtime owner. Cond: 2. of the available options (19-inch BBS wheels, painted brake calipers, stripes and McIntosh sound). What wasn’t common is to see a sale price so low. The price without the buyer’s fee was almost $100k below median value. Mark it up to timing, color, or the way the wind was blowing. Whatever it was, this was very well bought. #2456-2008 SHELBY GT500 KR coupe. VIN: 1ZVHT88S585187620. Red/black leather. Odo: 1,704 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. As you might expect, given the incredibly low mileage, this thing is like new. There are no bug marks,rash, nicks, chips or dings. The glass, weatherstrip and trim all present as-new. The only sign of any use is a very slight wrinkling on driver’s side seat bottom. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $94,600. The cleanest R/T I have seen in quite some time. Full rotisserie restoration on this 440 Six Pack car was outstanding. Extensive documentation, with registry documentation from Galen Govier really set this one apart. High bid was a bit shy of median value, making this an astute buy. Well bought. SOLD AT $55,550. A very clean GT350, with a few small needs. This car’s owner was present and answering questions. When asked why he was selling something he obviously took so much pride in caring for, he mentioned weddings coming up for daughters. This sold for well below book, and may not have had a reserve. Very well bought. Black/Ebony Black leather. Odo: 2,261 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Condition commensurate with a car kept in a climate-controlled environment, and also had a clear bra. There are no signs of wear anywhere on the exterior of this GT. Glass and weatherstrip appear as-new. There are no drag marks on the door sills, nor is there any indication of wear on the seats. Cond: 1-. 8 #2194-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S65Y400557. Mark II NOT SOLD AT $49,500. This GT500 KR was spotless, essentially a nine-year-old new car. It looked to have lots of documentation from original sale, including a window sticker that had a dealer’s premium marking the price up to $135k. There are other examples online with similar miles selling for just a bit more than the high bid here. I’m not sure the seller is going to do much better than what was offered. MOPAR SOLD AT $236,500. This Ford GT was a relatively common animal in the world of mid-2000s Ford GTs: low miles, with all four 120 AmericanCarCollector.com “ #2278-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS23V0B152455. Bright blue metallic/Legendary White vinyl. Odo: 79,409 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is better than new, with excellent panel gaps to match. Every aspect of the car has been addressed during a rotisserie restoration, with the possible exception of needing to polish stainless trim around the rear window a bit more. Engine compartment is showroom-fresh, as is the interior. Cond: 2+. #2297-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27H1B306211. Rally Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 30,019 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The restoration here is excellent, but something has found its way under the paint on hood, as it has several very small bubbles. Otherwise, finish is great, with good prep. Chrome and stainless look new, as do the glass and weatherstrip. Vinyl top shows no wear or wrinkling. The vinyl seats are wrinkle-free. Engine bay clean and correct. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $104,500. Claimed one of 30 340-ci, 4-bbl, 4-speed ’Cudas built in 1971. This convertible had extensive documentation, with fender tag, body numbers and broadcast sheet. It was clear that time, money and effort had gone into this resto. High bid was spot-on, especially with the paint blisters on the hood. The seller might have been wise to let this one go. AMERICANA #2402-1950 STUDEBAKER ICE PRINCESS XF58 coupe. VIN: MVD117963. Light blue & pearl white/plexiglass bubble/ It was clear that time, money and effort had gone into this resto. High bid was spot-on, especially with the paint blisters on the hood. The seller might have been wise to let this one go. 1971 Plymouth ’Cuda convertible ” TOP 10 BEST BUY


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RUSSO AND STEELE // Scottsdale, AZ ONETO WATCH $15,000 $18,000 $12,000 $11,222 $9,000 $6,000 $3,000 $0 2013 2014 2015 2016 1994–98 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra A Number sold past 12 months: 21 39,728 Number listed in the ACC Premium Current Median ACC Valuation: $12,100 Database: 92 s followers of the collector car market, we look at what is selling and focus on the trending vehicle of the moment. Right now, vintage utility vehicles and muscle cars of the 1980s are both hot. One of the front-runners in that category is the 1979–93 Fox-body Mustang. Followers have latched on to that car’s looks and the 5.0 under the hood. Subsequently, prices have gone up. So what’s the next logical step? The fourth-gen SN95 Mustang SVT Cobras of the mid-’90s. In the May-June 2017 issue of ACC, Editor Pickering wrote about the 1965 and ’66 Mustangs and their appeal to young buyers or those new to the hobby. I think these SN95 Cobras have the same appeal. You get a roaring 5.0 V8 (in 1994 and ’95) or DOHC 4.6 V8 (1996 and newer) with a manual trans behind it and still have a car that can be driven to work during the week and to Cars & Coffee on the weekend. The later Cobras, specifically the 2003 and 2004 models, have never been cheap, as their supercharged engines made them performance icons from day one. These earlier cars, however, did see a pretty solid decline in value, which makes finding a good example not particularly expensive today. Median prices have been holding steady for the past few years Detailing Years built: 1994–98 Number produced: Average price of those cars: $14,591 at just about $12k. With that money you can find a decent coupe or convertible. The tricky part will be finding one that has been cared for and not been used and abused. With 40,000 made, there is bound to be a good number of hidden gems out there. As buyers start snatching these up and the demand increases, so will the value. Get out there and find a good one now.A 122 AmericanCarCollector.comAmericanCarCollector.com 2017 SOLD AT $39,200. There was more ugly on this thing than a Rolling Stones group photo. Think “The Jetsons” meet Timothy Leary. The interior was designed by Elvis and Liberace’s love child. Ingress/egress looked like it would be a chore. Dual front axles were an odd choice. Forget being able to find a place to park, as it is over 23 feet long (a Chevy Suburban is just under 19 feet). This car was all about coulda, not shoulda. Well sold. #2032-1964 BILL THOMAS CHEETAH coupe. VIN: 86464007. Green/black vinyl. 377-ci fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Medium green metallic paint is fresh and shows it, with excellent prep and execution. Glass (well, plexiglass) without flaw, and weatherstripping is also new. Interior shows no wear. No signs of wear, rash, nicks or chips anywhere. Cond: 1-. 2 $14,300 $12,166 $12,100 $12,100 A Focus on Cars That are Showing Some Financial Upside Median Sold Price By Year gold alligator vinyl. Odo: 52,997 miles. 500ci, 4-bbl, auto. Paint generally in decent condition, but there is a large discolored spot in the center of the rear deck. Chrome is shiny on the headlight pods and exhaust tips, but pitting and age show in other places around the car. Plexiglass bubbles show light haze. Interior is beginning to show its age. Cond: 3. — Chad Taylor SOLD AT $660,000. The recipient of a recent restoration by BTM of Arizona to original spec, this “Cobra-killer” was only the seventh produced in the extremely limited run of Cheetahs. The Corvette-sourced engine in these little coupes sat so far back against the firewall, it was considered a mid-engined car. In fact, there is no driveshaft, only a U-joint connecting the transmission output shaft to rear end. Originally purchased by Chevrolet dealership owner Alan Green, this Cheetah was said to have been drag-raced by his wife. The car was immaculate, and given the rarity and race history, the price almost seems cheap. Well bought. A TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Six Auctions GM #29-1907 CADILLAC MODEL M tourer. VIN: 23132. Brewster Green/black canvas/ black leather. RHD. Restored in 2013 and claimed well sorted mechanically and tour ready. Paint nicely redone but shows cracks on door. Wood-spoke artillery wheels. Incorrect electric starter added. Full convertible “cape” top with diamond-pattern rear windows. Cond: 2. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top, sold for $418,000 at Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ GAA Greensboro, nC — november 2, 2017 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/offered: 352/560 Sales rate: 63% Sales total: $10,246,365 High American sale: 2004 Cobra Shelby concept convertible, sold at $882,750 Buyer’s premium: 7%, minimum $700, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz, Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ — January 17, 2018 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered: 53/83 Sales rate: 64% Sales total: $6,854,800 High American sale: 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top, sold at $418,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Daren Kloes Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ — January 18, 2018 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 94/108 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $25,072,750 High American sale: 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $489,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Sam Stockham 124 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ — January 18–19, 2018 Auctioneer: Maartan ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered: 112/129 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $49,144,150 High American sale: 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 semi-competition roadster, sold at $2,947,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Silver Auctions AZ Scottsdale, AZ — January 18–20, 2018 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Dillon Hall, Bobby Dee Automotive lots sold/offered: 201/351 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $3,368,625 High American sale: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible, sold at $79,920 Buyer’s premium: 8%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ — January 19–20, 2018 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 111/129 Sales rate: 86% Sales total: $49,144,150 High American sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $962,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joe Seminetta SOLD AT $93,500. Sold for $1,050 when new, this charming Brass Era Cadillac was very well restored to an excellent standard and has never been shown. Although one of Cadillac’s most significant early claims to fame was the “self-starter,” this car’s added electric starter motor predates the innovation by five years. Early as it is, however, it is two years too new to qualify as a Londonto-Brighton entry. The ACC Premium Auction Database lists several sales in the past decade in the $60k to $70k range, so perhaps these ready-to-go antiques are on the upswing. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #138-1930 LASALLE 340 Fleetshire phaeton. VIN: 8721020. Bellaire Grey & Vista Grey/black fabric/black leather. Odo: 49,997 miles. Equipped with running-board spotlight and sidemounts with mirrors. An older multi-year restoration that is starting to unwind. Light rust starting around gauge bezels. Paint mostly flaked off from exhaust manifolds. In need of freshening. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,400. Condition was the issue here, as there is a long list of needs to bring this up to snuff. The Fleetwood-bodied LaSalles were more upscale than the standard offerings and were offered with more exciting color schemes. They were called Fleet


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL shires, Fleetcliffs and Fleetlands. The price paid may have even been a bit aggressive, as there are a number of sizable checks yet to be written. Best of luck to the new owner. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/18. #3-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Deluxe convertible. VIN: 8354260. Burgundy/tan canvas/Butternut Tan leather. Odo: 90,222 miles. Older restoration showing light use since. Excellent paint, although a slightly lighter and more attractive shade than Cadillac’s nearly black Valcour Maroon. Chrome good but shows ground-down pits on potmetal trim pieces. Large cracks in long-agorefinished steering wheel. Accessories include fender skirts, spotlight, clock, power top, radio, and heater, but car lacks desirable automatic transmission and hard-to-find fog lights. Nice leather interior. Cond: 2. Mitchell design statements have beautiful proportions and have always been underrated. While not technically considered a limousine by Cadillac, it might have well been with its longer wheelbase and backseat accoutrements. If Dom Perignon advertised, they could use one of these in their commercials. Sold at no reserve, and was among the best buys of the night. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $77,000. The same engine was used in WWII tanks, but the comparison stops there. Perhaps the best-driving of any full CCCA Classic, despite the horrific blind spot with the top up. This car was from the inventory of Rob Williams’ now-shuttered, The Auto Collections at the LINQ Casino (formerly Imperial Palace), in Las Vegas. The buyer got a slight discount over the dealer’s sticker price of $89,500. Prime examples trade for as much as $125k, but around $75k for #2 condition cars has been the consistent market price going on 25 years. Hammer price for this example was spot-on. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #41-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 60 SPECIAL sedan. VIN: 6342534. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 508 miles. Older restoration completed to a good standard, but starting to show its age. Paint looked good from a distance until close examination revealed some touch-up. Seat fabric at the beginning stages of pilling, but no rips or tears. Chrome on the Flying Lady mascot has some pitting, and scratches evident on bumper guards. Accessories include deluxe full hubcaps and hard-to-find fog lights. Cond: 3. #181-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 5JPF20467. Red & white/gray cloth. Odo: 18,238 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Old repaint over at least one yellow paint job. Wears a plethora of scratches, chips and scrapes over all body panels, with heavy paint removal below fuel-filler neck. Runs in white roof paint. Rechromed front bumper, with a Luke Air Force Base NCO gate-pass sticker. Aftermarket stainless headlight visors, yet still retains stock painted grille. Generally clean, yet not tidy under hood. Engine repainted more recently than bodywork, yet it wasn’t done yesterday—or last year. All stock fittings, including the oil-bath air filter, with exception of a Wolf Whistle on intake manifold. Seat redone with modern automotive cloth on seating surfaces with generic pleats. Seat belts for three. Stock AM radio is still in place, with an FM converter below dash. Cond: 3-. rims and big meats on the back, making this more of a modernized vintage car than a resto-mod or hot rod. With such conveniences as air conditioning, this might be the perfect cruiser for Reno’s Hot August Nights. Very well-executed restoration and appreciated by at least two people who drove bidding to a respectable result. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #267-1958 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 convertible. VIN: 587M34703. Festival Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 81,481 miles. 371-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Dynamic 88 was the entry-level series for Oldsmobile. Fitted with optional Jetaway Hydra-Matic and Super 88 brightwork. Also has Fiesta hubcaps and rear fender skirts. Continental kit added. Ground-up restoration completed in 2017. Lot of eyeball here Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $14,750. For those of us who tire of over-restored show-pony pickups, with cargo-box wood that’s nicer than floors in multi-million-dollar homes, this is right up our street. This is the type of truck in which you can haul 800 pounds of scrap iron to the salvage yard, get home, wash it, then go out to the local cruise night and never miss a beat. Actually, the truck would probably prefer hauling the scrap iron. With a reserve around $23k, the owner must really like it, as it was realistically bid. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $28,600. These elegant Bill #38-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57S186673. Red/red vinyl, black cloth. Odo: 39 miles. 327-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Fabulous stock-looking restoration, but upgraded with a dual-quad 327, 4-speed with overdrive, modern brake assist, and a/c. Gleaming lipstick-red paint still looks fresh. Doodads include skirts and Continental kit. Factory Positraction correct to the car and documented with original factory invoice. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. The owner resisted the urge to add modern SOLD AT $61,600. This was one of 4,456 convertibles produced in 1958. It was last seen at the Barrett-Jackson October 2017 Las Vegas sale, where it realized $71,500. A few short months later, the seller takes a $10k haircut. Flipping cars is not always the road to financial security. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/18. #FR0151-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 4-dr hard top. VIN: F59N128095. Snow Crest White/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 35,962 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older quality restoration, still nice, but some imperfections emerge. Paint and panel fit good, no cracking or peeling, but hood color does not match body. Bumper chrome very good, better than some trim pieces. Tire whitewalls lifting. All glass excellent, likely replaced at restoration. Sloppy rubber gaskets in door areas. Interior mostly impressive, steering wheel crack-free, dash, seats, carpets, headliner all look fairly fresh. Doorpost fabric coming off. Engine compartment also restored, showing little use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,202. Unusual to see a 4-door ’59 Impala; many may have been used as donor cars. This one has now entered March–April 2018 125


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MARKETMOMENT 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hard Top SoLD at $56,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 18–19, 2018, Lot 219 VIN: VC570163461 restoration middle-age, so some wrinkles and spots are moving in. But nothing to be ashamed of, and a visit to the shop could quickly cure some of these flaws. I personally loved this car, especially the “Kennedy/ Johnson” bumper sticker. A drivable but delightfully offbeat car to own. GAA listed it as having “non-conforming VIN,” which may have kept some potential buyers away. Decent buy at about $22k. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/17. ©2017 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Insider’s Seminar at Barrett-Jackson came when Carl Bomstead called out Chevrolet’s Tri-Five cars as one of his two “Sell” picks in the current market. There’s probably no more iconic classic American car than the 1957 Chevrolet, and for years, they’ve been safe bets in terms of value. But as Carl pointed out, the market is changing, and despite the icon status of those ’57 fins, prices aren’t moving up. The buyers who used to chase these cars are thinking more of selling than buying these days, and the next-generation collector doesn’t have the sentimental memories of poodle skirts, sock hops and drive-ins that initially pushed prices up on the ’55s, ’56s and ’57s. Case in point is this 1957 Bel Air sold at One of the more controversial moments of this year’s ACC RM Sotheby’s. The car had been restored by a noted Tri-Five expert and presented really well with a number of rare options. It had the dual-carb 270-hp 283, a 3-speed manual, and had been fitted with factory Chevroletbuilt Continental kit components. Overall, it was a great car and a fantastic presentation, yet it sold for $56,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of the model. The market spoke here at RM Sotheby’s, at least for this car, and I do think we’ll see more of this happen in the future as the market continues to shift to a younger demographic. But I don’t think that spells doom for the Tri-Five — I’ve always wanted one, and I know I’m not alone. There’s a group of buyers who have been waiting for these cars to become a little more affordable, and they’ll be jumping on them as prices come down from the clouds, as was the case here. For now, this was a lot of car for the money, and I’d say that makes it very well bought.A 126 AmericanCarCollector.com 126 AmericanCarCollector.com — Jim Pickering #346-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. VIN: 40967W239931. Metallic Maroon/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 69,394 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Originally painted Crocus Yellow, some of which can be seen at masking gaps and where the average-grade repaint cracked on innerengine-lid seams. Otherwise, car was thoroughly repainted, inside and out—but not underneath. Replated bumpers, with rest of brightwork reused and at best serviceable to worst lightly pitted. Generally clean engine bay, although there’s a lot of latter-day adds and fixes (such as modern fuel filters and additional wiring). UCLA decal on stock air cleaner. Grungy undercarriage. Nonstock seat vinyl, which is overstuffed (seats look fat). Stock pattern on replacement door panels, but it too is overstuffed and uses a non-stock vinyl. Fitted with older replacement top and older radial tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. The final year of the early Corvairs is also the most heavily embellished of the era, as it’s the only year that Monzas (and the newly separate model, Spyders) have wheelwell moldings. Additionally, it’s also the only year to have the rear transverse leaf spring as GM’s best way of coping with swing-axles before latemodel Corvair’s fully independent rear suspension (which is also a full year and change before a certain Mr. Nader wrote his first book). Since all Corvairs seem to have finally pulled out of a seemingly eternal pricing rut—especially convertibles—the final bid here is pretty much in the zone for current values. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18.


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP documentation. I was just a bit puzzled about the interior, which may have original seats but had some other components restored (and nicely done). Seller had previously tried two recent Mecum auctions, where it was bid to $55k (ACC# 6838546) at Indy in May 2017 and $60k at Harrisburg in August 2017 (ACC# 6844302). Rather than take strike three, he was wise to let it go for a slightly lower bid of $57k. Considering it is a 1971 with automatic trans, I’d say it was fairly bought and sold, with new owner getting a beautifully restored, numbers-matching 442 to show and enjoy. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/17. #352-1975 CHEVROLET C10 Silverado pickup. VIN: CCZ145Z130075. Red & white/tan vinyl. Odo: 7,247 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally painted all Frost White and originally fitted with a 454 V8. Other factory options were a/c, TH400 automatic, full tinted glass, and dual fuel tanks. Upfitted with power steering, power disc brakes, power door locks, tilt steering column, cruise control, sliding rear window and power windows. Aftermarket sound system, air bags, headers, tonneau cover, and 17inch wheels. Quality of paint application surpasses some of the masking, even with some light orange peel on some of red. Model call-out badges shaved from the front fenders, yet with reproduction body-side moldings added for the factory-style twotone break. Aftermarket dash trim and seat upholstery kit. New carpeting. Trailer brake controller and air-pressure gauge below the dash. Undercarriage getting rather dusty. Cond: 3+. #396-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z6N520562. Goldenrod Yellow/ white vinyl. Odo: 76,395 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power steering, power brakes, cruise control and tilt steering column. Fitted with Rally II wheels and older radials. Good topical respray done a few years ago, with light overspray on VIN sticker in door jamb. Good application of repop graphics. Some paint flaking on all wheel flares. Seems to have some patch and fill, at least in rightrear quarter panel and bottoms of doors. Missing front fender top trim pieces at cowl. Recent replacement seats, door panels, carpet and dashpad. DIN-mount CD sound system. Aftermarket speakers cut into the front sides of center console and rear parcel shelf. Older engine bay detailing still presentable, if not entirely authentic. Cond: 3+. 21st century, or they were made into fakeydoo Grand Nats (as that seemed to be the intent here at some point). That said, one of these in blue, built in 1986, turned up at Leake’s Tulsa auction last June. Being in better shape and generally original, that one sold for $9,680 (ACC# 6839136). It almost looked like the bidding was going to die off here at $6k, but another bidder entered the fray, so it managed to get here instead. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $26,460. The VIN on this car is a bit of an anomaly. The 2W87 is normal, but a Z-code engine doesn’t appear on the books until 1977, albeit in this size and state of tune. This was also an early production example (October 1975 dated on the body tag), so the argument that they started using 1977 engines early doesn’t pan out. Last seen last year at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction, where it failed to sell at $12,500 (ACC# 6831291). When it originally crossed the block here on Friday, it failed to sell in similar territory at $22k. On Sunday, it did markedly better, as the reserve was lifted at $24,500, to get hammered sold shortly thereafter. Sold well. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $21,600. 1973–80 Chevy pickups seem to be the current hot ticket—even in the hot-selling pickup market. Even at that, the consignor knew there was good money chasing it, as the reserve was lifted when bidding ceased. Even wiser, since modified pickups—akin to modified cars—become more difficult to sell the more they get modified. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #610.5-1984 BUICK REGAL T-type coupe. VIN: 1G4AK4794EH584756. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 56,842 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Optional climate control, power windows and power door locks. Fitted with Grand National wheels, with half the center caps missing. Average older repaint, with mediocre masking and the only emblems put back on are on hood bulge. Most blackout trim painted with body. Chrome; what chrome? Okay, the vacuumplated plastic grille is in pretty decent shape. Modern replacement windshield. Noticeable yellowing on upper portions of seats. Washed-off engine bay. Generally stock motor, aside from a cold-air intake with cone air filter. Hood insulation should get replaced before the tattered pieces go up in smoke on the turbo. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,830. One could make the argument that this was the poor man’s Grand National. However, few survived into the 1184. Polo White/black canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Recent restoration by marque specialist. Bloomington Gold certification of originality received in June 2017. Fitted with optional heater and Wonder Bar radio—although all were so equipped. All were also equipped with whitewall tires. Number 184 of only 300 first-year Corvettes. Powered by anemic Blue Flame six with 2-speed automatic. Cylinder head a date-code-correct replacement. Quality of restoration far exceeds what left factory. Cond: 1. CORVETTE 7 #168-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F00- SOLD AT $250,000. The Corvette market is off its high of a few years back, so the price paid here is in line with current conditions. New owner has a well-restored example that has been rewarded with Bloomington Gold documentation. First-year Corvettes will always be appreciated, so I doubt if pricing will vary that much from what was paid here. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/18. #12-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S106986. Eng. # 1196986F03220U. Tuxedo Black & silver/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 470 miles. 283-ci 270hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice color combo on a decent restoration presents well. Odometer rolled back at restoration and shows 470 currently. Panels fit as they should—which TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL means not perfect, but good. Engine bay tidy, but with some non-factory finishes on small items like hood latches. Seat piping is a bit wavy on bottom. Cond: 2. glossy paint. Medium-output 327, with 300 hp. AM/FM, a/c, PB, PS, Positraction. Nicely presented interior. Missing some Bloomington Gold details under the hood. Cond: 2+. ing to get rough. Sun-baked radio antenna grommet. Light emblem fading. Modern OEM replacement windshield. Older Falken performance tires—getting stiff and chunky—on stock rims. Carpeting is nicer than the good original seats. Modern embroidered console armrest pad. Pioneer AM/FM/CD sound system replaces stock unit. Unimpressive, yet not horrid, engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,500. Nice ducktail car in Tuxedo Black, with silver coves and red on the inside. First year for the round taillights. Not much to really fault here as a #2 car and arguably more drivable than the fussy fuelinjected cars. These drove a bit like a lumber wagon with the solid rear axle. Independent rear suspension fixed that in ’63. This car beat the high estimate by a hair, but I still think it’s a fair transaction considering condition. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #125-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S118345. Ermine white/red leather. Odo: 49,947 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent restoration in original colors with overly SOLD AT $143,000. Last seen selling at Mecum Kissimmee 2017 for $148,500 (ACC# 6822940). Opening bid at $50k, quickly increased to $100k from the telephone (bidder probably thought that would win the lot). Bidding continued mainly in the room to the final hammer price. Very well sold in the room at a huge premium over the high pre-sale estimate. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #616-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1AY0788E5136260. Red/ red leather. Odo: 93,354 miles. 5.7-L 205hp fuel-injected V8, 7-sp. Optional 4+3 manual transmission and til-tele steering column. Older, competent repaint, with heavier polishing scratches and a few light chips. Decent door fit. Window seals start- SOLD AT $6,500. Your Worthless Automotive Trivia Tidbit for the day is that there was never a 5-speed manual transmission offered in a new Corvette. The last C3 with a stick was a 4-speed, available until 1981, then the next manual trans that was available in a Corvette was in the C4, introduced later in 1984 as the “4+3” unit sourced from Doug Nash. Basically, it’s a 4-speed with an electrically actuated overdrive unit, working in gears second through fourth. This had more gears than bids—heck, it had more March–April 2018 129


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP seats than bids. Proof once again that ’84 ’Vettes get no respect. A deal came together afterwards, somehow. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. FOMOCO #315-1940 FORD DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 185320774. Blue metallic/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 51,725 miles. Trim-off and mostweather-seal-off repaint a few years back. New vent-window seals. Replated bumpers and selectively replaced or replated trim. New rubber cladding on running boards. Some paint chipping at cowl from hood edge contact. Decent door fit, even if gaps are a bit wonky. Tidy yet not entirely stock engine bay. Modern aluminum radiator with electric pusher fan. Reupholstered in modern fabric, with non-stock pleats, on seats and door panels. New stock headliner. Dealer-installed AM radio and antenna. Stock steel wheels, shod with newer reproduction bias-ply tires. Older coated undercarriage, with newer non-stock dual exhaust system. Cond: 3+. (ACC# 5815306). Also sold in 2009 out of the ’57 Heaven Museum, fresh from a new restoration at the time, but still has logged only 150 miles. I sold two cars to the museum 30 years ago when its mission was to buy every 1957 American convertible made, regardless of make and model. The catalog touted this car as a Montclair Turnpike Cruiser, which was corrected on the block by the auctioneer when he clarified that the car does possess a Turnpike Cruiser engine, but is NOT a Turnpike Cruiser. Still, the restoration was beautifully executed on one of just 1,265 built. Convertibles from the 1950s continue to take it in the shorts, and this was no exception. By yesterday’s standards, this was a buy. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #10-1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2135. Dark blue/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 589 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rack-andpinion Cobra equipped with Class A accessory package, including luggage rack and whitewall tires. Originally white/red. Delivered to the director of racing at Ford and was used by the factory. Nicely presented paint, with uneven panel gaps. Seats showing normal signs of wear. Cond: 2+. 1 NOT SOLD AT $36,000. Second attempt to sell this car at GAA proved unsuccessful. The high bid was just above the price-guide median for the (already rare) ’66 Cyclone GT convertible without the Pace Car regalia, so perhaps bidders are unwilling to pay a premium for the Pace Car distinction. I’ll speculate that this is one of the least-recognized Pace Car replicas, compared to, say, the famous white-and-orange ’69 Camaro SS. Combined with the ’66 Cyclone’s bland styling (scooped hood notwithstanding), perhaps that left bidders unmoved. I question whether more money can be found elsewhere. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/17. SOLD AT $14,850. Last seen two years ago at Leake’s Oklahoma City auction, where it was declared sold for $13,475 (ACC# 6802545). Any profit was easily eaten up by expenses from both venues, so at best this was a break-even deal for the consignor. As for the new buyer, the purchase price was sufficient—as it’s not really stock, but not really modified. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. #20-1957 MERCURY MONTCLAIR convertible. VIN: 57SL41190M. Fiesta Red/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 158 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nicely restored in ’09 with complete and correct repaint and tri-color interior, with black padded dash. Now shows some light wear to driver’s seat and cracks to rubber on wing windows. Mint chrome with spotlight mirror on driver’s side. Power top, wide whitewalls and well-detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $962,500. Last sold by Mecum in Monterey 2015 for $1.1m (ACC# 6796631). In the room, opening bid of $500k. The final two bidders ping-ponged to the final result. 289 Cobras have fabulous lines and plenty of power. Prices have softened from the seven-figure level of the market peak. This was a market-correct result for a very nice example. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $42,900. Most recently sold by Mecum in February 2013 for $74,250 130 AmericanCarCollector.com #FR0185-1966 MERCURY CYCLONE GT Indy Pace Car convertible. VIN: 6H285627186. Candy Red/white canvas/white vinyl. Odo: 447 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Only 100 1966 Indianapolis Pace Car replicas built. 1966 Cyclone GTs had a lightweight fiberglass hood with twin scoops. No word on this car’s history, but it presents nicely with good-quality paint and chrome and a fresh, attractive white interior. Even the fake-wood wheel looks good. Indy 500 graphics well applied. Demerits include some poorly fitting gaskets and a slightly dirty soft top with shrinkage. Cheap potmetal grille casting very old and weathered. Tidy but not new underhood. Cond: 2-. #16-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S707. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 90,484 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice original condition, but shows many flaws. Front hood and headlight buckets all fit like socks on a rooster. Chrome showing some age, with discoloration on door handles. Lots of scratches around hood pins with incorrect lanyards— could be buffed out. Shoddy paint touch-ups with heavy flaking that’s been covered up at front edge of cowl at hood. Unique Shelby rims in respectable condition. Goodyear Wingfoot tires not safe for speeds above crossing the auction block, with tread that is heavily cracked. Original-looking interior, but steering wheel has a big crack in the plastic fake wood. Underhood kind of grimy, with out-of-place fuel filter and cheap-o radiator catch bottle. Optioned up with a radio and brake booster. Cond: 3. 6 SOLD AT $253,000. This car is conspicuously missing the “H” in GT350 H, indicating that is, in fact, a Hertz car, but we will assume that the history is accurate. Catalog indicates that it was sold to the public after Hertz and carried two owners before Mr. Carroll Shelby himself purchased the car for his own use. It remained in the Shelby Collection from then on. It would have to be assumed that Shelby did some work on the car, including removal of an added rear wing and perhaps redoing of the rocker stripes. This sold short of ’65 car prices, but high for ’66 cars in this condition. The TOP 10 TOP 10


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Ordered from the factory with skid plates, 302 V8 engine, swing-away spare tire, heavy-duty alternator, heavy-duty cooling package, heavy-duty battery, auxiliary fuel tank, and heavy-duty springs for both front and rear. Cond: 2-. near-identical 1995, albeit with 16k miles, in near identical condition for $25k. Hey, I warned you a year ago (in the February 2017 issue of SCM, to be specific) that the time to get one is now, and I still believe that. There were plenty of bidders in the room for this one, and if anything, it sold a tad lean rather than a tad rich. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $143,000. Some regard the 1967 model as the last of the “real” Shelbys, as Ford took over production alongside Mustangs on later models. It added some weight from earlier models but gained a more aggressive go-fast look with accoutrements such as side scoops and giant driving lights. This car presented well in good colors with good documentation, a 4-speed and air. These factors helped lift the price to the high side, but no harm done. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #259-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02S16918100533. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 55,592 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with 428 Police Interceptor as documented by “S” in VIN. Fourspeed manual transmission. An older restoration that has been properly maintained. Fitted with SelectAire a/c, Interior Décor group and Sport Deck rear seat. One of only 1,140 constructed in 1968. Marti Report. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,300. Early Broncos are known for rust issues, so finding a solid one with all of its original uncut panels is a rare feat. This has always been a West Coast truck and apparently rather well cared for since new, judging by the fabulous original interior. The 302 and heavy-duty options are a huge bonus. There have been just three owners, the first of whom kept it until 1990. This Bronco is a unicorn and sold appropriately at the high end of the range. Demand remains high for these, and this price may soon look like a bargain. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #190-1991 FORD BRONCO XLT SUV. VIN: 1FMEU15N4LLB34349. OJ White/gray cloth. Odo: 102,634 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory-optional a/c, power windows, power seats, cruise control, center console and western mirrors. Newer, slightly larger-from-stock tires on original steel wagon-spoke-type rims. While a few panels have been resprayed, majority wears its original paint. Retains original spare tire cover on rear-mounted carrier. Edges of plastic bumper cladding have some scrubbing. Blackened rear window molding mostly worn off. Rear quarter windows have a theft-recovery number etched into them. Door fit representative of marque and era— decent, but could be better. Good original upholstery overall inside, although original headliner cloth coming loose. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $95,200. Shelby styling for 1968 featured more aggressive front end, air scoops and rear spoiler. This fell through the cracks, as a documented Shelby GT500 should bring another $15k–$20k at a minimum. Buyer is all smiles, but seller is licking his wounds. A very well-bought Shelby. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/18. #17-1971 FORD BRONCO SUV. VIN: U15GLJ80612. Swiss Aqua/black vinyl. 132 AmericanCarCollector.com #309-1992 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK VII LSC coupe. VIN: 1LNCM93E1NY659559. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 26,212 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Stated that indicated miles are actual, with a CARFAX tending to agree. Generally good original paint, heavily buffed out, but plastic body-side moldings are baked on the top. Good original interior, although seats show heavier wear than expected. Optional premium sound system, but head unit swapped out with a modern, DIN-mount CD stereo. Used-car engine bay, but not scabby. Ditto to undercarriage. Brake dust has spent a long time on stock alloy wheels, to the point that there’s some light etching in crevasses. Older replacement tires. Stated that transmission was recently rebuilt and airbag system is good. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,500. There’s one system on this car that wasn’t mentioned as far as its integrity, which could kill it off as well as a bad airbag suspension, and that’s the brake booster. On these Mark VIIs, they are a spendy proposition—$1,400 will get you off cheap, if you don’t get dumb lucky with a take-off part. However, these “banker’s hot rods” have now appreciated to the point that a $1,400 part won’t condemn a $1,400 car. Considering that most of production has now likely been turned into imported appliances, these under-appreciated, posh Mustang GTs are starting to move up in value. While this one isn’t necessarily a blue-chip investment, it certainly isn’t a cow-chip investment. The seller dropped the reserve at $5k to get it sold. A good buy, especially for the long term. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. MOPAR SOLD AT $9,828. Make all the jokes you want about OJ Broncos, they sell well. And they don’t have to be white, either, although I know a Ford dealer who recently sold a #8-1989 SHELBY DAKOTA pickup. VIN: 1B7FL96Y2KS114902. Eng. # KN652000912. Red/red & gray cloth. Odo: 137,539 miles. 5.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Glossy red paint is a high-quality repaint certainly better than 1980s Chrysler and heavily wetsanded to a mirror finish. Stickers well ap- BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP plied. Heavy wear on the leather three-spoke steering wheel. Interior door armrests collapsing a little bit, as they all did. Shelby name blazoned on seat inserts and is in good shape, with some slight thread fray on entry point. Aluminum Shelby rims oxidizing. Restoration to undercarriage is only superficial and looks more rattlecanned than anything. Injected V8 wheezing out 175 horsepower with a 4-speed slushbox behind it. Cond: 3. be considered a used car, but really this is as fresh as they come for 10 years old (unless hermetically sealed at delivery) and unfortunately, miles will still devalue this car. This beat the top estimate by $20k. Top dollar, but minty fresh. Well sold, but the buyer isn’t hurting. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. AMERICANA SOLD AT $13,200. Man, did they spend a lot of time on the paint, but that’s where much of the appeal ends. Interior in good shape, but the steering wheel looks to be the victim of Edward Scissorhands being behind the wheel. The foam-injected door armrests are starting to collapse—typical of late-’80s soft interior bits. This truck was well used prior to the restoration with an eye on cost. And I use restoration loosely. Kind of a fun piece, however, if you are into Chrysler-era Shelby. I know more than the hammer price was put into the refurb, so no harm done for buyer. Have fun. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. #57-2006 DODGE VIPER SRT-10 VOI.9 coupe. VIN: 1B3JZ69Z76V101614. White/ black & blue leather. Odo: 271 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Aero package on VOI.9 Special Edition. Practically no mileage on this stunning white Viper, and it shows. Unmarked rims that still show good polish and bright red Viper brake calipers show no dust—or use at all. Interior is perfect as well, and the cool blue console and door panel color scheme is slick. Cond: 1-. #373-1946 WILLYS CJ-2A utility. VIN: CJ2A49496. Light yellow/none/black vinyl. Odo: 36,084 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Low-budget amateur restoration recently completed. Heavy coat of paint, with moderate-to-heavy orange peel on several panels. Reproduction data plates on dashboard, original body and serial-number tags screwed back onto cowl. Sloppy cowl-towindshield-frame seal fit. Hood-seal cowl welting was not put back on, but rivet holes in cowl are a reminder it’s missing. Fitted with modern LED taillights and locally fabricated draw bar with a ball hitch on it. Very clean underhood, and largely stock. Modern wiring, affixed with nylon tie-wraps. Entire undercarriage appears recently completed, down to copper gasket sealant visible on differential covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $308,000. Frank Kurtis was the father of the classic open-wheel Indy racers beginning in the late 1940s, and they remained dominant track cars through the 1950s. They were purpose-built machines for sustained long-distance events at speeds up to 140 mph without much protection. This car famously tangled with Jerry Unser at Indy when he sent his car endover-end catapulting over the Turn Three wall while leaving this car with only minor damage. Excellent history and provenance commands a premium, and this sale was no exception. Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. (See profile, p. 62.) #9-2008 TESLA ROADSTER convertible. VIN: 5YJRE11B881000272. Red/black suede. Odo: 414 miles. Three-phase, fourpole AC electric motor produces the equivalent of 288 hp and 295 ft-lb of torque. Only 414 miles and said to have a new R80 3.0 battery. Car has minimal wear consistent with the mileage. Comes with all the books, manuals and accoutrements. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,580. It may have been a “nut-and-bolt restoration,” as stated in auction listing, but those nuts and bolts either came from a discount hardware outlet store (at best), or more likely that coffee can we all have in our garage where wayward fasteners end up getting tossed. At best, it may be refurbished or reconditioned, but Willys couldn’t have done that sloppy of a job in 1946—or have aluminum radiators, LED lamps and radial tires (even if all of the above are marked improvements from original). Fully priced for a cheap Jeep redo, but at least you won’t feel bad about roughing anything up if you actually use it like the tool it is. Silver Auctions AZ, Fort McDowell, AZ, 01/18. SOLD AT $79,200. Mileage is as low as you are going to find, at 271. At the ACC Insider’s Seminar, I gave these cars a “buy” rating. While I was mainly referring to older first generation, the entire 25-year run can be considered collectible, as production numbers were always fairly low with more special editions than you can count, but they only got better with age. This car could 134 AmericanCarCollector.com Black & gold/black vinyl. MHD. 255-ci fuelinjected I4, 4-sp. Paint restored to better condition than most race cars when brand new, but still not without a few minor blemishes. Offenhauser DOHC 4-cylinder engine and fitted with an onboard starter. Hilborn fuel injection, and “in and out” transmission. A rich history with highlights including a 5th- 3 #30-1957 KURTIS KRAFT 500G Indy 500 racer. VIN: KK500G2. place finish at the 1957 Indy 500, and was later famous racing manager Smokey Yunick’s first Indy car in ’58. One of 14 built to KK 500G specification. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $71,500. These first-generation Teslas were based on the Lotus Elise and paved the way for the Model S that we see in every elementary-school student pickup line around. They were the R&D guinea pigs, and many of the first models were said to have reliability issues. Presumably, most of that has been worked out over the past 10 years, as Tesla Motors has something to prove. Be prepared to spend money on batteries every seven to 10 years. A cool car sure to have kids scratching their heads at the Tesla badge on the hood. Not many of these sell publicly, but the money seems fair considering this car launched the first American car company since the Great Depression that was not the result of reorganization, a spin-off, or relied on parts-bin sourcing. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/18. A TOP 10


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The Parts Hunter Buy, Pass or Get Creative? NOS isn’t always the best way to go; sometimes used assemblies can net you smaller specific parts for less money a 53-year-old NOS parts collection I purchased. Trunk panel shows some minor shelf wear and right-quarter cover has a small dent (see picture). Both quarter coves have the original blue vinyl protective covering in place. Remember, these are original NOS and have normal mold imperfections, as they were not perfect when new. Panel is very thin aluminum and has some waves on extreme lower edge near where trunk molding fastens. The panel will smooth out when molding is properly fastened.” Sold at $399. Sometimes there’s no advantage to buying NOS over a good reproduction piece. Reproductions of this exist, but they’re $200 more than this set, and that doesn’t include shipping. There are a whole lot of assumptions in the ad about the trim straightening out when installed. That has never been my experience with aluminum pieces. I’m calling this one a draw because it is original and is cheaper than reproduction this time. #272903247752 NOS 1963 Chevrolet rear trunk panel molding, satin finish Photos: 8. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Sevierville, TN. 10/27/2017. “NOS 1963 Chevy Impala rear three-piece panel set. Was part of #322920540352 NOS Jeep Wagoneer park and turn signal lamps 1 photo: Item condition: New. eBay Motors, Springville, TN. 12/3/2017. “Up for sale is a pair of NOS genuine Jeep Wagoneer front parking lamp and turnsignal assemblies for 1974–78 Wagoneer models.” Sold at $149.95. At $75 each, this doesn’t seem like a great deal. However, no one’s reproducing these bits, so if your Wagoneer needs ’em, you’re limited to whatever’s in wrecking yards. On the other hand, you might find these from someone selling a complete grille. This is one of those items that requires lateral thinking to get the best deal. I’d be looking hard at grilles for sale. 136 AmericanCarCollector.com #202098706158 NOS 1991–93 GMC Syclone Typhoon pickup grille 8 Photos: Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Coos Bay, OR. 10/30/2017. “NOS 1991–93 GMC S15 Syclone Typhoon pickup grille, OEM#15661740.” Sold at $165. The Syclone was GM’s entry in the hot muscle pickup market for the 1990s. Only 4,697 were made. Today they’re a fast-emerging collectible, which means high visual and wear components like the grille are in demand. Sure, you need to shell out another $40 for the GMC badge, but the grille is new and in the wellbought category. The pick date on this box is in the 1990s, so you’ll be waiting a long time for another one this nice. find a nicer original set. All tabs are intact.” Sold at $482.51. Finding stuff for mid-’60s Fairlane GTs is getting easier, but restoring one is still no cakewalk. Some parts, such as these 390 hood scoops, are very hard to find separate from the hood. If you do, it’s because they need work removing pits or redoing the silver paint. Used ones with needs often sell around $250 to $300, so while this pair wasn’t cheap, their primo shape warranted the extra money. A good respray would make this pair new again. Price paid is fair for condition. #19249239484 1966 Fairlane hood scoops 8 photos: Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Airdrie, AB, CAN. 1/5/2018. “For sale is a beautiful set of 1966 Ford Fairlane GT, GTA 390 hood scoops. They’re the nicest original set I’ve ever had or seen. They have beautiful chrome with very minor flaws, they look 5 years old, not 52. Stored away for years, it would be hard to Pat Smith


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#142546461963 1972 Pontiac GTO LeMans Endura grille, complete set 8 photos: Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Lakewood, PA. 10/27/2017. “These are 50-plus-year-old parts. They are not new and will need refinishing or restoration. They are all usable parts.” Sold at $349. The ad lists grille set, but you’re getting grille inserts, GTO script and two die-cast surrounds — all one-year-only parts that have been out of stock since 1983. The script and grille inserts are reproduced now — I know from experience the repro inserts are either accurate but flimsy, or sturdy and completely wrong. The surrounds aren’t repopped yet and they’re notorious for pitting. These surrounds are pretty good. The inserts are decent and the script is an easy resto. Buyer wore a mask because the price was a steal. A PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values Auction results on over 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Graphs, price trends, photos and more Special pricing for ACC subscribers www.americancarcollector.com/premium March–April 2018 137


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JUNKYARDTREASURES Kings of the Desert This once stately 1961 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Formal Sedan awaits it future. Will it be restoration, parts or furniture? Desert Valley Auto Parts has a hot slice of automotive history Story and photos by Phil Skinner J ason McClure was born to run a parts yard. His father was one of the Phoenix area’s most successful parts-yard operators and brought Jason into the business at a young age. In 1993, his dad fronted him a little money to start his own place, and Desert Valley Auto Parts was born. DVAP now has an inventory of more than 10,000 vehicles and operates out of two locations. The main yard, located in Deer Valley on the north side of Phoenix, AZ, features cars mostly post-1960 to the mid-1980s. Although the really good stuff, such as muscle and performance-era vehicles, has been fairly well picked over, I saw a lot of treasures still waiting to find a good home. The front entry area also features up to 200 complete vehicles for sale. Several screen appearances have made this place famous, and they have a worldwide customer base, with many restorers traveling from all continents to see the yard in person. They also ship items for customers, and those who come to the yard are requested to get a price before removing any parts from a vehicle. From the months of April until October, temperatures in this area can reach well over the 100-degree mark, so plan your visits accordingly. A Detailing What: Desert Valley Auto Parts Where: 23811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85085 Hours: Monday–Friday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Sunday. Check for holiday season operations Phone: 800-905-8024 Web: www.dvap.com 138 AmericanCarCollector.com Plenty of good sheet metal remains on this 1965 Chevrolet 2-door Suburban The panels may be gone, but the metal remains — 1949 Ford “wood-less” wagon Although this 1963 Studebaker Avanti is offered as a complete car, this is the better side, as there is a chunk of left fender and hood MIA


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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 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko coupe WANTED FOR SERIOUS PRIVATE COLLECTOR: 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. Preferably LeMans Blue or Daytona Yellow, with 4-speed. Must be 100% real car with matching numbers, known history and professional restoration or original condition. Ph: 860.690.9630,email: cars@jonathansierakowski.com. (MA) 1971 Oldsmobile 442 convertible S/N C55S093377. Red & tan/red & tan. 2,500 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Noexpense-spared, beautiful pro touring car. Totally upgraded mechanically to current-day specs. GM 383 stroker with 485-hp, Inglese eight-stack aluminum EFI, 700R4 trans with stall speed and overdrive. Tru Trac polished aluminum front dress system, Be Cool modular, polished aluminum cooling system with twin electric fans, HEI, Heidt’s tubular coil-overs with two-inch drop spindles, Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, a/c, 12-bolt GM HD rear w/Strange axles, Billet Specialties Turbine wheels, SS brake/fuel lines and exhaust. No shortcuts taken! Beautiful stockappearing ’55. Many awards and magazine articles and a cover car. $155,000 OBO. Contact Bill, Ph: 847.561.6700, email: billcollopy@holbrookinc.com. (IL) 1956 Buick Super convertible S/N 344671M104959. Nordic Blue/blue. 105,000 miles. V8, automatic. complete nut-and-bolt restoration in 2012, complete numbers-matching drivetrain, including carb, starter, distributor, etc., less than 2,000 miles on rebuilt engine. Air conditioning converted to R134a, suspension (original springs with stamped part numbers). All sheet metal is original to car and floor pans. It was an Arizona car its entire life. Recently scored 987 at Olds nationals. One 0f 1,096 automatic convertibles built in 1971, Protect-OPlate and a broadcast sheet. $70,000 OBO. Contact Maurice, Ph: 414.737.4588, email: m.brown.sr@sbcglobal.net. (WI) 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne Super pickup S/N 30867S109861. White/Saddle. V8, 4-spd manual. White with saddle interior and top. 340hp original engine. Paint is decent. Car is a nice driver. Additional pictures available upon request. Serious inquiries only, please. $40,000. Contact Richard, email: skwerly1@ msn.com. (MA) 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie coupe S/N 40837S105213. Riverside Red/red. V8, 4-spd manual. Multiple NCRS Top Flight awards and Bloomington Gold. Original drivetrain and body panels, 4-speed, 4.11 Posi, off-road exhaust, AM/FM radio, power windows and factory hubcaps w/3-bar spinners. Beautifully restored and runs great. $89,000. Contact Kerry, Ph: 281.630.6718, email: kbonner51@gmail.com. (TX) 1982 Chevrolet Corvette Collector Edition coupe S/N 5C4041572. Red & white/red & white. 5,153 miles. V8, automatic. The rarest Buick from 1956. This beautiful, award-winning Super had a multi-year frame-off restoration completed in 2013. The result is one of the finest examples anywhere. Must see! Vehicle trades considered. $82,500 OBO. Diversion Motors LLC. Contact Rick, Ph: 920.860.3993, email: Rick@DiversionMotors.com. Website: http://diversionmotors. com/64451/1956-Buick-Super-Convertible. (WI) 140 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N CCE142B107376. Turquoise & white/ black & turquoise. 49,351 miles. V8, automatic. 350 V8, long box w/cover, sunroof, power steering/brakes, air conditioning, new interior, sport wheels, dual exhaust, AM/FM cassette, rare side toolbox. $16,995. Jack’s Auto Sales and Service. Contact Mike, Ph: 231.947.1242, email: jacksautoservice@ gmail.com. (MI) S/N 0098BA459983. Green/green & brown. 52,000 miles. V8, 3-spd manual. A partially restored Ford “Shoebox” sedan in very good condition. Has the original 239-cubic-inch flathead. It runs, drives and looks great. Mostly original, but with several upgrades and improved interior. Practically new tires. Chrome is 99% original. Plenty can still be done to restore, personalize or customize this vehicle. Contact me for details. $9,000 OBO. Contact Kenneth, Ph: 307.221.3823, email: yendak@q.com. (WY) S/N 1G1AY0782C5118155. Silver/silver. 20,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. True S/N 1G1YY12S645104770. Torch Red/black. 11,200 miles. V8, 6-spd automatic. This extremely low-mileage car is flawless. It is in hard-to-find original condition with no modifications. OEM Goodyear Eagle tires are practically brand new with less than 2k miles on them. Hard to find a better original Z06! $27,500. Contact Rod, Ph: 405.245.8929, email: insuremeokc@yahoo. com. (OK) FOMOCO 1949 Ford sedan S/N 30837S107118. Riverside Red/red. V8, 4-spd manual. 1972 IMSA GTO Champion and 1972 FIA Daytona 6-Hour; 1973 Sebring 12-Hour. 1993 SVRA Medallion, 1993 Bloomington Gold, 2002 Monterey, 2013 Sebring Legends Honoree, and 2014 Amelia “Spirit of Road Racing” award. Full restoration 1993. Unquestionable documentation. $275,000. Contact Phil, Ph: 352.378.4761, email: fastphilcurrin@cox.net. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe S/N 1Q87L9L597577. Hugger Orange/black. 95,904 miles. V8, 350-ci engine. Recently repainted in Hugger Orange. Deluxe bucket seats, power disc brakes, center console, new 18-inch Ridler wheels with new tires and new modern stereo. $18,999 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608, email: craigbas77@gmail.com. (TX) CORVETTE 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe S/N 1G1YZ23J2L5803031. Torch Red/red. 11,010 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. 375hp DOHC LT5 engine, 6-speed manual transmission, Posi rear end. This ZR1 is in concours condition, with just low original miles, and VERY well documented with plenty of factory and dealer literature as well as service records since new. Highly recognized by the National Corvette Restoration Society (NCRS) as the first ZR1 to achieve the 4 Star Cross Flag Award, along with Top Flight three times, Performance Verification and the Dave McLellan Mark of Excellence. The McLellan Award recognizes individuals for the restoration and preservation of 1975– 92 Corvettes. $33,495. Contact Sam, Ph: 912.604.9553, email: samgallagher82nd@ comcast.net. (GA) 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Collector Edition with low actual miles. One of 6,759 produced. 350-ci engine, unique silver & beige paint, decals and silver/beige multi-tone leather interior. Special wheels resembling 1967 bolt-on wheels. Lifting rear hatch, gold-tinted t-tops, clean CARFAX, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, power seat, a/c, retro modern AM/ FM/CD stereo with USB. $22,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608, email: craigbas77@gmail.com. (TX) 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe


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Showcase Gallery 1954 Ford Customline 2-door sedan Ford parts. One1 of 25 SC cars from’ 90/’91 and ’93. Have factory Ford and Saleen sticker. All SC parts in place. Prices on the way up. Email for further info. $44,950. Contact Chris, email: bcmustang@verizon. net. (VA) MOPAR 1953 Chrysler New Yorker Deluxe convertible Black & white/blue. 70,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Old-school custom with many 1950s accessories. Chevy 327 engine with Edelbrock carburetor, Turbo 350 transmission, Mustang II front suspension, power 11inch disc brakes with GM calipers. Interior in excellent condition with new headliner, radio converted to AM-FM stereo with CD player and iPod connection plus all new speakers. New KYB front shocks, 1,500 miles on new tires. Great highway cruiser; just get in and go. Appraised for $24,500 only asking $18k. $18,000. Contact Allen, Ph: 516.770.0365, email: amlipp@yahoo.com. (NY) 1991 Ford Mustang Saleen SC coupe 100% original. No paintwork, still looks new. Cold a/c. Hard top and tonneau included. Naples, FL. $48,000 OBO. Contact Lou, Ph: 239.597.4427, (FL) AMERICANA 1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV Faulkner, sponsored by Earl Gilmore, driven by Carl Rosenthal and others. Documented part of Bill Harrah Collection. 1928 Van Blerck aluminum-block marine engine. Complete 10-year-old restoration. Not raced since. Amelia award winner. $43,000. Contact Jeff, Ph: 615.438.1063, email: jeff.brock. music@gmail.com. (TN) 1960s Indy prototype racer S/N 7238633. Pimento Red/Red Highlander Plaid. 56,850 miles. V8, automatic. Model C56-2. Stunning, rare, multiple concours winning, top-of-the-line Chrysler with all options including rare Moparmatic steering wheel clock and all brochures. FirePower 331-cubic-inch Hemi with 180 horsepower. $110,000. Contact Loren, Ph: 610.216.9540, email: lhulber@ptd.net. (PA) 1996 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster Burgundy/tan. V8, automatic. 360-ci engine. Interior just redone. Power steering, brakes and windows. AM/FM stereo. Newer tires, lots of new parts. Florida truck. $10,995 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 269.271.4724, email: greg.gorzelanny@yahoo.com. (MI) RACE 1934 Gilmore Special Van Blerck Midget race car V8, 2-spd automatic. This car thought to be a shop-built, early-’60s Indy Car prototype. Features a rear-mounted Chevy small-block V8 connected to a 2-speed Hildebrand H2210 gearbox and Lobro half shafts. This car also has Hildebrand fuel injection, NHRA blast-proof transmission, Vertex magneto and Weaver Brothers dry sump. Has an HRS sticker on the windshield indicating some historical racing. Sold on a bill of sale. $31,500. Tom Lange. Contact Boyd, Ph: 954.562.3247, email: bgumpert@tomlange. com. (IN)A Bright Red/gray leather. 64,721 miles. V8, manual. SC #09 with special-ordered color combo. Fresh cosmetic restoration with OEM S/N 1B3BR65E6TV100098. White w/ blue stripes/black & blue. 18,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Original owner, 18k miles, FOLLOW ACC Red/black. Inline 4, manual. Early frame-rail midget! Believed to be built by Leo “Pop” March-April 2018 141


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(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 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) 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) Wheeler apart from other auction companies in their industry is the quality and quantity of marketing that they do for their clients, combined with some of the lowest selling commissions in the industry. Contact them today to discuss the marketing of your vehicle or collection! Info@WheelerAuctionGroup.com www.WheelerAuctionGroup.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) Buy/Sell/General 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 Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800-255-4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) 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. 142 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated 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) 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. Ideal Classic Cars. 855-324-0394. Our goal as a company is to showcase the highest investment-quality, restored classic cars to the world; while offering these vehicles at a fair market price. Our attention to detail is unsurpassed. If you are looking for a true investment car that will go up in value...contact us. We have a full sales and service department. We also provide shipping worldwide. We are in business simply because of our love and passion for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. Let us share that with you. www.idealclassiccars. net (FL) Wheeler Auction Group. 833.599.8999. Collector Car Auction company specializing in the marketing and sale of pre-war, classic, vintage, antique, muscle and exotic automobiles. What sets Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang


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parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The fouracre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) Classic Car Transport 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. it is fading away in folders and binders susceptible to loss or damage. Let our professionals take those binders and turn them into organized, protected, transferable digital resources — all for less than the cost of a high-end detailing service. Learn more at ridecache.com/ACC. 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) Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. 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 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 Collection Management RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. Your documentation represents 5% or more of your vehicle’s value — yet 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 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) Concours d’Elegance of America. 2018 marks the 40th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America, July 27th–29th, at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. We continue to be one of the most recognized automotive events in the world. A weekend filled with over 15 events for automobile enthusiasts of all ages. Sunday’s field will host 300 spectacular automobiles from around the world. www.concoursusa.org (MI) car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale 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 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail March-April 2018 143


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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 is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) Insurance Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) 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 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 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) 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) 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 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) 144 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 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) 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 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) National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 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 Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic car and trucks.


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Restoration—General 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) 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) Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208.755.3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) 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) Metal Rescue® Rust Remover is your clean, safe, easy-to-use rust remover for iron and steel. From small parts that can be soaked to large parts that can’t, our ready-touse BATH, CONCENTRATE, or on-the-spot GEL are extremely effective at removing rust. The entire line of Metal Rescue offers non-toxic, environmentally-safe rust removal without the use of harmful or corrosive acids. From hubcaps to headlights to spot-rust on doors and hoods, Metal Rescue from Workshop Hero™ has got you covered! Visit www.workshophero.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) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC. (1-866-6225277). The trusted center of competence for all classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts. Located in Irvine, CA, the Classic Center is the only sales and restoration facility in the U.S. exclusively operated by Mercedes-Benz. Over 50,000 Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts in its assortment. From small services to full groundup restorations, work is always true to original. Ever-changing showcase of for-sale vehicles. We are your trusted source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. Our restoration department works full time to restore vehicles of every year, make and model to provide an award-winning finish. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com A Advertisers Index ACC Premium Auction Database ....137 Agents For Montana Titles ..............110 Allard Motor Works LLC ....................73 Autosport Groups ............................111 Barrett-Jackson .................................71 Branson Collector Car Auction ..........91 Camaro Central .................................83 CarCapsule USA .............................109 Carlisle Events ...................................19 Charlotte AutoFair .............................81 Chevs of the 40’s ..............................75 Corvette America ..............................4-5 CoverCar Concepts .........................131 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ............95 EMS Automotive ..............................137 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. ..............13 Evapo-Rust ........................................35 Gano Filter Company ......................141 Greensboro Auto Auction ..................42 Greensboro Auto Auction ..................43 Grundy Insurance ..............................21 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ........69 Holley Performance Products, Inc. ...41 Hot August Nights .............................15 JC Taylor .........................................121 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. .......88 JJ Best Banc & Co ..........................133 JJ Rods ...........................................117 Leake Auction Company .....................3 LicensePlates.tv ..............................106 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. ....................93 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ............85 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ...............127 McCollister’s Auto Transport...........148 Metal Rescue ...................................139 Metron Garage ................................123 Michael Irvine Studios .....................101 Mid America Motorworks ..................23 Mosing Motorcars ...........................131 Mustang America .............................4-5 National Corvette Museum ..............141 National Parts Depot .........................87 New England Auto Auction ...............66 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. 123 Original Parts Group ..........................27 Paragon Corvette Reproductions ....107 Park Place LTD ..................................97 Passport Transport ..........................105 Performance Racing Oils .................103 Petersen Collector Car Auction .........74 Pilkington Classics Automotive Glass .2 Plycar Automotive Logistics ..............89 POR-15 ..............................................25 Raleigh Classic Car Auctions ...........6-7 RK Motors of Charlotte ...................147 RM Auction Holdings Inc. ..................17 Shelby American Collection ..............39 Speed Digital .....................................67 St Bernard Church.............................95 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc. ..........99 Summit Racing Equipment ..............113 The Chevy Store Inc ........................129 The Elegance At Hershey ................115 The WheelSmith ..............................135 Thomas C Sunday Inc .....................112 VanDerBrink Auctions .......................77 Volunteer Vette Products ..................79 Weezy ..............................................119 Wheeler Auctions ..............................11 Zip Products, Inc. ..............................47 zMAX ...............................................135 March-April 2018 145


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia at Auction Carl’s thought: Lew Alcindor, after completing his basketball career at UCLA, turned down a million-dollar offer from the Harlem Globetrotters and joined the Milwaukee Bucks. He led them to their only NBA championship. In 1971, at the age of 24, he took the Muslim name of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. On November 18, Heritage Auctions, at their Sports Collectibles Auction, sold an example of his 1969 Topps card that was rated GEM Mint 10 for $240,000. Now, it had been estimated at $400,000, and another GEM Mint 10 card of his sold for $500,000 some years back, so I guess we have to put this in the well-bought column. Here’s a few other items of note this month: EBAY #142616836449— CADILLAC 18-FOOT DEALER NEON SIGN. Number of bids: 12. SOLD AT: $3,825. Date sold: 12/13/2017. This Cadillac dealer sign was in need of a little help but will be the focal point displayed in a large car barn. It needs new neon, which is not a big deal, and the letters could be touched up a bit. It is in two sections and is 18 feet by 3 feet, so it demands a large display area. I have seen these sell for a heck of a lot more than was realized here, so this was a great deal if you have the space to properly display it. EBAY #152714112919— 1932 LOS ANGELES OLYMPIC GAMES LICENSE PLATE ATTACHMENT. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $155. Date sold: 9/29/2017. Los Angeles was the only city to bid on the 1932 summer Olympic Games, as the world was in the grasp of the Great Depression and many athletes could not even afford to attend. This license-plate attachment, from the event, was not in the best of condition but was still very presentable. I have seen these sell in the $250–$300 range, so call it a good buy here. EBAY #152707062024— 1963 CORVETTE SPLITWINDOW COUPE BY ICHIDA WITH BOX. Number of bids: 39. SOLD AT: $895. Date sold: 9/24/2017. This 12-inch tin toy was in excellent condition, although the original packaging was a bit faded. The paint had not been messed with, and the white livery is much more difficult to find than the red. A cool toy, especially if a Split-Window resides in your car barn. EBAY #162803649282—1911 AUTOMOBILE RACE TROPHY. Number of bids: 2. SOLD AT: $2,404. Date sold: 12/19/2017. This copper-with-silver-plate-overlay trophy was from an obscure South Carolina state fair race that was won by Jay McNay driving a Case White Streak. It is interesting, as McNay was killed shortly thereafter practicing for the Vanderbilt 146 AmericanCarCollector.com Cup race when he ran into a farmer’s wagon that was crossing the race track. A morbid story go-with for a rather average trophy. EBAY #232591787527— 2018 DODGE DEMON PRESS KIT FROM NEW YORK AUTO SHOW. Number of bids: 20. SOLD AT: $1,250. Date sold: 12/17/2017. The wicked-quick 840 horsepower Dodge Demon set a quarter-mile record of 9.65 seconds. This press kit was from a VIP reception for the Dodge Demon Reveal Party that was held on April 17 during the New York Auto Show. It was number 840 of 1,121 produced, and a hard-working journalist augmented his meager income by offering his kit. Several others have been sold for a bit less, but as #840 corresponded to the horsepower of the Demon, it received a bit more interest. Time will tell if it’s a good deal or not. EBAY #302540316383—VINTAGE EDISON “DOUBLE SYSTEM” SPARK PLUG. Number of bids: 15. SOLD AT: $1,082.57. Date sold: 11/30/2017. This unusual spark plug with dual terminals was offered with its original tube packaging. Oddball spark plugs are very desirable and are coveted by a determined group of collectors. The prices they pay are difficult to comprehend, but they are a committed group and make their own market. EBAY #172979138430— 1968 TOPPS MILTON BRADLEY XPAK 400 CUSTOM CAR CARD #12. Number of bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD AT: $650. Date sold: 11/13/2017. The XPAK 400, designed by Barris Kustom City, was a ground-effects car that floated on five inches of air. It had no wheels, transmission or other moving parts and was controlled by a wireless remote. It was shown at the New York World’s Fair and appeared in a couple of movies. No idea if the creation survived, but this Topps trading card, rated PSA #10, sold for a bunch. A