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Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, January 3–13, 2019

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 12–20, 2019

Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16, 2019

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16–20, 2019

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, January 17, 2019

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 17–18, 2019

Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, January 18–19, 2019

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Baby, You’re a Star 44 AMERICAN BUYER HOOKS a BIG ONE ’67 “Eleanor” Mustang Runs Off With $385k ™ CAR COLLECTOR $174k Lands This 1970 Hemi ’Cuda March–April 2019 www.AmericanCarCollector.com • The Biggest Bargains and Eye-Poppers from Arizona’s Auctions • Why You Should Get in Bed With an El Camino or Ranchero • Chill, Dude. We Show You How to Upgrade Your Mustang’s A/C Keith Martin’s


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Eight Sales That Define the Market Volume 8 • Issue 44 • March–April 2019 CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 2008 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 $33k / Barrett-Jackson A pickled high-spec Corvette for Toyota Avalon money — John L. Stein Page 54 GM 1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 conVertIble $258k / Gooding & Company Big money for a rare example, and worth every penny — Dale Novak Page 56 FoMoCo 1967 FORD MUSTANG “eleAnor” MoVIe cAr $385k / Barrett-Jackson A “Gone in 60 Seconds” star car shines on the auction block — Chad Taylor Page 58 AMERICAN ™ MOPAR 1970 PlyMouth heMI ’CUDA 2-DOOR HARD TOP $174k / RM Sotheby’s There are no cheap Hemi ’Cudas, but this 4-speed model is a bargain — Elana Scherr Page 60 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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HOT ROD 1925 SPurgIn-gIoVAnIne CHEVROLET ROADSTER $213k / Gooding & Company Dry-lakes history drives a strong price — Ken Gross Page 62 AMerIcAnA 1940 FORD MARMONherrIngton WAgon $252k / RM Sotheby’s Ultra-rare woodie brings the right money — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 64 RACE 1964 FORD FALCON SPrInt rAcer $79k / Barrett-Jackson When it comes to race car sales, location is key — Thor Thorson Page 66 TRUCK 1962 cheVrolet corVAIr 95 rAMPSIde PIckuP $77k / Barrett-Jackson Rampside rings the bell hard. Why such an impressive bid? — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 68 COVER PHOTO: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top Juan Martinez ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint racer, p. 66 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson March–April 2019 7


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The Rundown COLUMNS 10 Torque: Spotting trends at auction — Jim Pickering 44 Cheap Thrills: Arizona’s cheapest buys — B. Mitchell Carlson 46 Horsepower: Leverage market knowledge and buy smart — Jay Harden 48 On the Road: Taking a 1970 Barracuda back to baseline — and joy — Elana Scherr 50 On the Market: An El Camino or Ranchero is a better buy than you might think — John L. Stein 138 Surfing Around: Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Good Reads: Modifying the Aerodynamics of Your Road Car, Mustang Special Editions, The Definitive Pontiac GTO Guide, and COPO Camaro, Chevelle and Nova — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics: 2017 Ford GT — Daytona 24 Hours — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots 1: Scenes from the Arizona auctions — ACC Staff 28 Snapshots 2: The Barrett-Jackson X-factor — Daren Kloes PLUS: The ACC Insider’s Seminar — Chad Tyson 86 Market Moment: 1958 Edsel Villager wagon — Chad Taylor 94 Glovebox Notes: 2019 Ford Mustang GT coupe — B. Mitchell Carlson 130 Junkyard Treasures: Owens Salvage Company, Wellington, TX — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 12 What’s Happening: Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 8 AmericanCarCollector.com 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 24 Cool Stuff: Happy hauling and healthy batteries 34 Wrenching: Rebuilding a vintage Mustang’s a/c system 42 Readers’ Forum: What was your all-time best buy? 72 buy It now: 2009–13 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 — Chad Tyson 106 One to Watch: 1971–76 Cadillac Eldorado convertible — Chad Taylor 128 The Parts Hunter: Flathead mains, Corvette grilles and little green trees — Pat Smith 132 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 134 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers 137 Advertiser Index AuctIonS 70 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys — and Arizona trucks — Chad Tyson 74 Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale, AZ The mega-auction sells 1,820 of 1,821 for their second-highest total ever of $124m — John Boyle 88 Mecum — Kissimmee, FL Mecum sells 2,173 of 3,363 automotive lots in central Florida totaling $93.7m — John Hoshstrasser 98 Russo and Steele — Scottsdale, AZ Russo and Steele pulls in $11.7m on 304 cars sold to kick off their year — Brett Hatfield 108 Worldwide Auctioneers — Scottsdale, AZ Third-year sale sees 54 of 72 cars change hands for almost $9.2m — B. Mitchell Carlson 118 Roundup Highlights from Gooding & Company in Scottsdale, AZ, RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix, AZ, and Bonhams in Scottsdale, AZ


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TORQUE Jim Pickering The Next Collectible Where is the market headed? Talk to the buyers In total, the 2019 auctions brought $247m, which was pretty close to last year’s total of $249m. Combine that with Mecum’s $94m Kissimmee sale, and January 2019 kicked off with $341m in collector car sales. That’s good news for the market, but what can we learn from it? In truth, the big numbers do tell a A story, but it’s only part of a bigger story. Understanding the market requires more than just knowing about the cars and the numbers they bring on an auction block. If you really want to be able to see trends before they become yesterday’s news, you have to wade in waist-deep and start talking to the people who are buying and selling to try to understand their motivations. The market is a construct, made up of motoring history, psychology, sociology and economics. The proportions of each factor vary per person, too. It’s an ever-changing balance that can be hard to nail down — but an auction gives a good snapshot. These topics come up all the time here at ACC — after all, tracking the market is at the core of what we do. This year, we discussed the market at ACC’s seminar at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ, where I was joined on stage by Ken Lingenfelter, Jay Harden, Sam Stockham, Carl Bomstead and B. Mitchell Carlson. We picked cars to buy, sell, and hold in 2019. We talked about Tri-Five Chevrolets, Grand Nationals, fourth-gen F-bodies, and Ford and Chevy trucks from the 1970s. Many of our choices came down to more than just observed values, and were shaped by observed behaviors. Even that caused trouble, though, as Jay and Carl both used the “but what are you going to go do with it?” sentiment to support their own picks and question each other’s — Carl at the seminar, and Jay later that night. In Carl’s case, it was a Buy for V12 and V16 CCCA Full Classic coupes, and for Jay, it was a Hold on well-done resto-mod muscle cars. The fundamental difference there is in how each views the usability of an old car. Jay wants go to roast tires and stand out in a car built to be used, while Carl sees value in an organized tour that recognizes and celebrates stately vintage classics. The two 10 AmericanCarCollector.com fter years of watching the market at SCM and ACC, once thing has become clear: change is the only constant. Scottsdale’s numbers are in. Jim Pickering At Barrett-Jackson and other auctions, vintage trucks remain the hot ticket picks are at opposite ends of the car spectrum. You can find sales from this January’s event that support both, so who is right? For an end-user, it depends on your point of view, your budget, and your immediate circle of friends. I tend to believe both panelists would be at home in each other’s picks. But Jay’s muscle cars are probably more in line with a younger demographic at an entry level, and if we’re talking about the future, that’s an important factor. Trucks, trucks, trucks From my time at Barrett-Jackson, a few things stood out. First, it seemed like there were a greater number of modified cars on-site this year, and they tended to do well across the auction block. From Corvettes through Mustangs, Novas, Chevelles and beyond, there were simply more nicely done non-stockers on offer than I remember seeing in years past. But bigger than that was the downright frenzy that seemed to circle around classic American pickups. I’ve written about trucks here several times now, and the same trends seem to keep right on moving. Blue-collar idols drove these things when they were new — the kind of people today’s buyers looked up to for answers and for help when we were young. Maybe interest here is reclamation of that past, or maybe it’s because old trucks are just cool. Either way, something drove a buyer to pay a huge $137,500 for a nice 1969 K10 shortbed Chevrolet at Barrett-Jackson, and it wasn’t alone in achieving a hefty price. I spoke with Rick Anderson, who bought a very nicely done 1972 K10 shortbed on ¾-ton axles. Rick was buzzing post-block as his daughter crawled all over their new $63,800 purchase. “I’ve always wanted one.” was his response when I asked him why he chose it — that and the one next to it was lifted too much, with too-large tires. Price aside, I can’t argue with his reason- ing. Still, there’s no wider spread in values than what we’re seeing between unrestored, rough rigs and shiny top-level restos. Even years after the trend began, money is still being made by skilled builder-sellers. The next big thing A few years ago, the hot ticket was ’70s Trans Ams. Then it was Fox-body Mustangs. After that, trucks and SUVs took over as rising stars, and they obviously continue to hold strong in that spot. But for how long? The market is trending younger, both in terms of buyers and in terms of the cars being bought. Newer trucks will start to do well — Jay gets into that a bit in his “Horsepower” column on p. 46. But that doesn’t mean that classics are a bad buy, or that Tri-Five Chevrolets will bottom out completely when their current buyer pool ceases to be buying. After all, if there’s one thing that’s constant about the market, it’s that next year will be different. A


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WHAT’S HAPPENING 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. Lone Star Nationals Goodguys Hit the Road for Gatherings Goodguys Rod & Custom Chad Taylor Vintage Parts to the Horizon The Portland Swap Meet is a do-not-miss outing for most of us at ACC World Headquarters — especially ACC Editor Jim Pickering. Why? This is the largest car-parts extravaganza on the West Coast, and many of the parts are for and from American iron. This year’s Partsfest takes place April 5–7. With more than 3,500 vendor stalls crammed with literally tons of car parts, there is something for every vintage gearhead. More information is at www.portlandswapmeet.com. (OR) And... Next door to the Portland Swap Meet is the PIR Auto Swap Meet, which runs from April 4 to 6. This is a bucket-list event for any gearhead. Hundreds of booths will fill every available space inside the road course at the Portland International Raceway. Need an unobtanium part? It’s probably here — or next door at the Portland Swap Meet. Bring a sturdy wagon or cart to tote your treasures. Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and admission is $7. For more information, visit www.portlandraceway.com. (OR) North Carolina Nationals Acres of Cars and Parts at Spring Carlisle Spring Carlisle, a giant swapmeet, car Jim Pickering 12 AmericanCarCollector.com corral and auction — and the kickoff to the East Coast car-show season — once again takes over Carlisle, PA, from April 24 to 28. 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 hard-to-get part. More than 2,000 cars are on sale in the car corral. Not happy with the offerings in the corral? The Carlisle Auction at the Carlisle Expo Center will run more than 500 cars across the block from April 25 to 26. www. carsatcarlisle.com Association events will scorch tires and burn plenty of high octane this March and April. The Goodguys 10th Spring Nationals is set for March 15–17 at WestWorld in Scottsdale, AZ, and the 9th Spring Lone Star Nationals heats up Fort Worth, TX, from March 8 to 10. The 37th All American Get-Together is March 30–31 in Pleasanton, CA, and the Goodguys Meguiar’s 19th Del Mar Nationals is April 5–7 in Del Mar, CA. Finally, the 5th North Carolina Nationals rolls into the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on April 26–28. www.good-guys.com


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CROSSING THE BLOCK uPcoMIng AuctIonS—Compiled by Chad Tyson (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) STAR CAR: 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 roadster at Bonhams’ auction in Amelia Island, FL MARCH Russo and Steele Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6–8 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 7 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 88/101 cars sold / $13.2m Featured cars: • 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 STAR CAR: 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 roadster Gooding & Company Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8 Web: www.goodingco.com Last year: 82/86 cars sold / $35.8m Featured cars: • 1915 Packard Twin Six 3-35 • 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 R • 1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon Hollywood Wheels Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8–10 Web: www.hollywoodwheels.com RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 8–9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 87/102 cars sold / $27.6m Featured cars: • 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster • 1935 Auburn Eight custom Speedster STAR CAR: 1930 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton BlueChipCar by Motostalgia Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 9 Web: www.bluechipcar.com Last year: 50/67 cars sold / $2.4m Smith Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 15–16 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com Mecum Where: Phoenix, AZ When: March 14–16 Web: www.mecum.com Featured cars: STAR CAR: 1959 Bonneville Streamliner Super Shaker • 1932 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo berline • 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger R/T convertible STAR CAR: 1930 Duesenberg Model J dual-cowl phaeton at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island auction 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: March 14–16 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Featured cars: • 2008 Dodge Viper ACR coupe • 1958 Cadillac Series 62 convertible


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CROSSING THE BLOCK uPcoMIng AuctIonS—Compiled by Chad Tyson (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) STAR CAR: 1959 Bonneville Streamliner Super Shaker at Mecum’s sale in Phoenix, AZ Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 23 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com RM Auctions Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: March 29–30 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 241/336 cars sold / $19m Featured cars: • 1937 Packard Graber convertible • 1953 Hudson Hornet sedan • 1953 Buick Skylark convertible APrIl Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 29–30 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 241/336 cars sold / $19m Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback • 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible • 1956 Chrysler New York St. Regis 2-dr hard top Barrett-Jackson Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 11–13 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 697/700 cars sold / $38.8m 16 AmericanCarCollector.com STAR CAR: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in West Palm Beach, FL Featured cars: STAR CAR: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom convertible • 2009 Ford Mustang AV-X10 custom coupe Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 29–30 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 146/218 cars sold / $2.8m Silver Auctions AZ Where: Peoria, AZ When: April 13–14 Web: www.silverauctionsaz.com Southern Classic Where: Jeffersonville, IN When: April 20 Web: www.southerclassicauctions.com Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 25–26 Web: www.carlisleevents.com Last year: 292/475 cars sold / $5.8m A


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thIS ISSue of Acc WhAt’S hot In Editor Art Director CAR COLLECTOR Volume 8, Number 2 March–April 2019 get In touch Publisher Executive Editor Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Keith Martin Chester Allen chester.allen@AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 503-261-0555 x 203 jim.pickering@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 208 Dave Tomaro david.tomaro@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 202 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites Auction Editor Senior Data Editor Editor at Large Copy Editors Auction Analysts jeff.stites@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Tyson chad.tyson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor chad.taylor@AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Harden Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Andy Staugaard, Travis Shetler, Dan Grunwald, Pat Campion, Mark Moskowitz, Jeremy Da Rosa, Adam Blumenthal, John Boyle, Bob DeKorne, Michael Leven, Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, Pierre Hedary, Joe Seminetta, Daren Kloes, Jeff Trepel, Brett Hatfield, Morgan Eldridge, Larry Trepel Contributors SNAPSHOTS: The sights, sounds and celebrities of Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale extravaganza p. 26 Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ken Gross, John Draneas, Tom Glatch, Michael Pierce, John L. Stein, Marshall Buck, Mark Wigginton, Dale Novak, Jeff Zurschmeide, Phil Skinner, Elana Scherr Information technology Brian Baker SEO Consultant Advertising and Events Manager Financial Manager brian.baker@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 215 Michael Cottam Erin Olson erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 218 Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@AmericanCarCollector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@AmericanCarCollector.com 877-219-2605 x 216 AdVertISIng SAleS Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com SubScrIPtIonS WrenchIng: How to upgrade the a/c unit in your vintage Mustang p. 34 Head of Subscriptions Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 217 877-219-2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday service@AmericanCarCollector.com @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone Fax General Email Feedback Web READERS’ FORUM: What was your all-time best buy on a classic car? p. 42 18 AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 503-253-2234 P.O. Box 4797, Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS help@AmericanCarCollector.com comments@AmericanCarCollector.com www.AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2019 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 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 877-219-2605 x 214 877-219-2605 x 213 503-261-0555 x 205 503-261-0555 x 221 503-261-0555 x 207 503-261-0555 x 206 AMERICAN JOIN US Keith Martin's


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GOOD READS Mark Wigginton Modifying the Aerodynamics of Your Road Car by Julian Edgar, Veloce, 248 pages, $39.12, Amazon If you have always wanted to understand aerodynamics in vehicles but don’t have the time, advanced math skills or personal downforce needed for an engineering degree, this is the book for you. Starting from basic concepts and heading quickly into face-melting math, Julian Edgar has written a truly interesting, useful and readable book on aero. There are even projects you can undertake on your own car designed to solve issues of drag or flow that came right from the factory. I haven’t seen another book like this, which is both accessible and hugely informative at the same time. Well done! Lineage: ( is best) The Definitive Pontiac GTO Guide 1964–1967 by David Bonaskiewich, CarTech, 192 pages, $33.26, Amazon This is another well-done “definitive” guide from CarTech. Author David Bonaskiewich is a deeply invested Pontiac guy (his first car was a 1970 LeMans) and has brought his years of research to bear on the early years of the GTO. It all started as a Tempest stuffed with a 389-ci V8 in 1964, an idea that Pontiac engineers, backed by John DeLorean, had to put some more horsepower on the street without a lot of corporate interference. It resonated with the market, and soon the GTO was celebrated by eager buyers and even pop songs. It’s a detailed look at the history of the Goat, full of great stories, trivia and the details collectors crave. If you are a GTO fan, GTO owner or wannabe owner, you should check it out. Lineage: Fit and finish: 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability: by Jonathan Klein and Jeffrey Klein, CarTech, 192 pages, $31.92, Amazon There have been Mustangs coming out of the Ford factory since Mustang Special Editions 1964, so about 55 years. But throughout that time, thanks to the success of the initial car and the passion of the owners, there have also been plenty of variations on the base model. Even back in 1964, according to authors Jeffrey and Jonathan Klein, there were 50 different factory options and 50 ways to customize your individual car (and, no, I don’t have the math to tell you how many possible discrete combinations that offers). Then the factory marketing folks started creating special editions with a certain set of those options, and then more choices within the special editions… You can see how this goes. The Kleins have created a detailed look at the special editions they have been able to identify — 662 in all. So, Mustang fans, prepare to geek out with Mustang Special Editions. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: Ultimate Muscle Cars by Matt Avery, CarTech, 204 pages, $33.89, Amazon COPO Camaro, Chevelle & Nova: Chevrolet’s Hold up your hand if you know what COPO stands for. You in the back, you must be a Big Chevy fan! For the rest of us, it stands for Central Office Production Order, but what it really allowed was the creation of singular cars that came from the factory floor, as if by magic. Designed to notify the factory when a certain part or parts were wanted or unwanted on an order, the COPO makes perfect sense when you are dealing with fleet orders, and all those taxis need heavy-duty suspensions and larger gas tanks as they come off the line. But when dealers and racers got ahold of the idea, it meant the factory engineers would take a look at your order, see what needed to be added or subtracted, decide if any extra engineering was needed to make it all happen, and then happily internally absorb those design and fabrication costs. Win! This is a fun read on an interesting loophole and the folks such as Don Yenko, who drove high-performance cars right through it. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickering Speed in a Box Adding a modern overdrive transmission to your classic is a great idea, as that extra gear (or two) can turn a highstrung classic Camaro into an easy freeway cruiser. But here’s the rub: Many modern overdrive transmissions don’t have the provision for an OE-style cable-driven speedometer, and that means dash surgery and a non-stock-looking aftermarket gauge in your otherwise stocklooking interior. Not good. Speedhut has solved the problem with its Speedbox — an add-on component that uses satellite GPS and the vehicle speed-sensor signal from your modern transmission and converts it into a turning, mechanical cable. Hookup is simple, with a control box that can be mounted under the dash or in the engine compartment, and the VSS/GPS signals are more accurate across a range of speeds than any factory gear and cable setup. Get it from www.speedhut.com for $345. Planks for Professional Brake Tubing Flaring Tool Makin’ Brakes It may be hard to imagine, but c the Memories Classic trucks brought big money in Arizona, and k to that in many cases was go looking bed wood. If your r original bed has weathered o dry-rotted, then it’s time to replace it, and Summit Racing’s got you covered with a variety of options for your Ford, Chevy or GMC from Bed Wood and Parts. These kits are made in Kentucky and are complete, with all the hardware needed for installation. The Red Oak planks are kiln-dried, pre-drilled and pre-finished, and kits come with new bed strips as well. Prices vary by application and finish. Check them out at www.summitracing.com. A New Grille Owners of 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, Impala, Biscayne, Yeoman, Brookwood and Delray models can finally buy an all-new grille assembly. OER’s 1958 full-size grille is an exact reproduction of the original unit, done in stamped aluminum with correct black-painted accents. If your grille isn’t perfect, this is the part you need — and you don’t need to get muddy in a parts yard to find it. $649.99 from www.oerparts.com. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com ’69 are now 50 years old. Wear item as brake pads and wheel cylinders h likely been replaced a number of times by now, but what about steel brake lines? The time is now to replace them, and the Eastwood Company has the tools for the job. The Professional Brake Tubing Flaring Tool ($199) makes perfect, production-quality 45-degree flares quickly and easily. It will do single, double and bubble flares and can adapt to 37-degree AN-style flares with the proper die set. Eastwood also offers a quality Deburring Tool ($33.99) that’s vital for cleaning up tubing prior to the flare, as well as a Professional Tubing Cutter ($24.99) that makes cutting steel line to length a breeze. Pair all this with a good tubing bender from Eastwood ($15.99), and you’ll be able to make any steel line, from brake lines to fuel lines. Check them out at www.eastwood.com. Tubing bender Deburring Tool Professional Tubing Cutter


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COOL STUFF Chad Taylor Trusty Tie-Downs Here at ACC, we always encourage our readers to drive their vintage cars or trucks. But sometimes you just gotta haul your classic. Whether being trailered home from the track or experiencing an unexpected stop on the side of the road, secure your car with Mac’s Pro Pack Premium Tie Down Strap Kit. The Pro Pack includes four 10,000-pound, two-inch-wide ratchet straps, four 10,000-pound axle/wheel straps with protective fleece sleeves, and a heavy-duty padded storage bag to keep everything organized. Get your car home safely and securely by picking up the Pro Pack for $249.95 at www.summitracing.com. Set It and forget It With your classic tucked away in the garage and lessthan-perfect driving conditions outside, it can be hard to keep that battery charged up. Worry no more with Griot’s Garage Battery Manager V. This is not your old trickle charger from a decade ago. The microprocessorcontrolled charger features multi-phase charging to recondition batteries in less-than-perfect health, and an exercising mode to maintain a healthy battery. There are also a number of other functions including over-voltage protection and short-circuit protection. Check out all the Battery Manager V’s features and order yours now for $89.99 at www.griotsgarage.com. DESKTOP CLASSICS Marshall Buck 2017 Ford GT — Daytona 24 Hours For 2017, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entered four cars in the 24 Hours of Daytona race. Of their four-car effort, No. 66 finished highest, placing 5th overall and winning the GTLM class. It was driven by Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Olivier Bourdais. This highly detailed racer is a fairly new release by True Scale Models (TSM), who are no stranger to the Ford GT; their 2015 auto-show version was shown here in ACC #34. This model is beautifully finished, and the sheer volume of detail inside and out is very impressive, from interior parts to brake calipers. All parts are cleanly attached, and there is much to see from every angle. Yes, this wins as a very good model. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Available colors: Three-tone red, white and blue Scale: 1:43 Quantity: Estimated 750 Price: $86 Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: ( Ratings is best) Production date: 2018 Web: www.tsm-models.com Vintage Cars, Modern Art Is your apartment or house in need of some updates? Start by hanging photos from CarGirl Art. The prints highlight the beauty that comes from old cars displaying the wear and tear of a life well lived. From a Model A or Packard to a row of early Willys wagons, there will be a photo to spark memories in any classic-car admirer. Choose and purchase your favorites at www.cargirlart.com, with prints starting at $10. Snow Removal 101 We are inching closer to spring every day, but winter is still in full swing. Make your routine of clearing off your snow-covered car less of a hassle with the Snoshark. This ice scraper on steroids features a large paddle made of nylon, covered with a foam sleeve and with an ice scraper on one side. The paddle can pivot on the attached handle to either remove layers of snow or scrape ice. To get the hard-to-reach places on a truck or SUV, the handle can be extended to 29 or 37 inches. Make your winter a little easier by picking up a Snoshark for $59.99 at www.snoshark.com.


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SNAPSHOTS: Scenes from Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Jim Pickering The Gary Sinise Foundation auctioned a 1981 Jeep CJ7 for charity at Barrett-Jackson — it made $1.31m. Sinise (right) stands with the Jeep next to Richard Rawlings, owner of Gas Monkey Garage Jim Pickering Jim Pickering Chris Allison of Restocreations polishes his 289 FIA Kirkham Cobra at Barrett-Jackson — it sold for $104,500 26 AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor This 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split-Window coupe was decked out to hit the slopes. It skated to a $77k auction result


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Jim Pickering After a $90,200 trip across the block, a ’65 Mustang fastback rolls back to the preview tent at Barrett-Jackson Jim Pickering Shari, Rick, and Brandi Anderson became the proud owners of a $63,800 ’72 K10 shortbed at Barrett-Jackson Jim Pickering Jeff Gordon was on site at Barrett-Jackson, selling his 2016 C7.R Corvette for $600,000. All proceeds went to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research March–April 2019 27


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SNAPSHOTS: Buying and Selling at Barrett-Jackson The Barrett-Jackson X-Factor “My cars are a whole lot more fun than today’s 0.05% CD rate.” — Paul Pogue Paul Pogue of Dallas, TX, with his 1938 Ford DeLuxe convertible, one of four cars he brought to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction On the ground and in the money at Scottsdale’s biggest auction event Story and photos by Daren Kloes E ach year, American Car Collector provides in-depth coverage of all the January collector-car auctions in Arizona. We reflect, analyze and compare them with one another using nerdy terms and statistics that only true car aficionados can fully appreciate. But while a certain amount of sameness may apply among the different auctions, the experience of buying or selling a car at Barrett-Jackson is truly like no other. Lifestyle event To start with, B-J’s press release references to its Scottsdale auction as an “automo- tive lifestyle event” are not just hyperbole. The company has gone to great lengths to brand the experience with a deep line of merchandise, VIP experiences, celebrity appearances, charity auctions and even its own lines of car-care products and shop cabinets. January’s event has become pervasive, and you’re just as likely to see articles about it in The New York Times or Wall Street Journal as you are in the pages of American Car Collector. More than 300,000 attendees plus hours of broadcast television cover- 28 AmericanCarCollector.com ing the event have completed the recipe needed to create a one-of-a-kind loyal following. Seller experience “You’ll get the most money at Barrett-Jackson,” said Paul Pogue from Dallas, TX. “I have attended many auctions, including Barrett-Jackson, going on 12 years straight. Nowhere will you find more bidders per square foot.” Pogue brought four of his 17 cars to the sale, including a parade-level 1938 Ford DeLuxe convertible (Lot 479.1) that he had bought at B-J five years earlier. His self-proclaimed “love of Americana” was further reflected by his other consignments, which included a ’29 Ford Model A and two Dodge Vipers. Pogue was one of several sellers with multiple cars consigned. Many were collectors, rather than dealers, Continued on p. 30


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SNAPSHOTS: Buying and Selling at Barrett-Jackson Barrett-Jackson, continued from p. 28 but recognized the cars as investments all the same. Multiple makes and models create a hedge on their investments akin to a mutual fund. While it may be unrealistic to experience a home run with every car sold, all were hoping for some upside on the collective sale of their designated portfolios. Regardless of the outcome, Pogue summed it up with an oft-heard sentiment among car collectors when he said, “My cars are a whole lot more fun than today’s 0.05% CD rate.” No reserve With the exception of a few $500,000-plus examples, all of the cars at B-J are offered at no reserve, making it unique among the Scottsdale auctions and helping the company achieve a 99% sell-through rate in 2019. “As a bidder, the worst words you can hear from an auctioneer are ‘reserve not met,’” said Phillip Jackson, who traveled to the auction from Tennessee. “Here, if you’re bidding, you’re buying, and that makes me a Barrett-Jackson guy all the way. It’s the only auction I do anymore.” While a no-reserve auction may be the last bastion of pure capitalism, the format does create opportunities for a steal or two — even at the world’s most famous collector-car sale. An obscure model or one that is offered at the beginning or end of the day may not find the two serious bidders in the room needed to push the value past the wholesale price. Take Lot 633, a clean 1971 Chevrolet K10 4x4 pickup with a recent engine rebuild and a/c. $20k to $30k wouldn’t have been a surprise, but slot it in early Thursday morning, and $11k would have brought it home. Or how about the super-nice 48k-mile ‘94 Corvette (Lot 1685) that sold for $5,500, or about the same as a well-used decade-old Mazda 3? Every auction has at least one bargain, but B-J was rife with deals if you look beyond the obvious. TV time To maximize the bid, prime time is where it’s at. At Barrett-Jackson, this equates to the several hours that the Discovery Channel and Motor Trend Network devote to the live auction on broadcast television. “I want my TV time,” said Tim Ciri from Portland, OR. He conceded to a Wednesday afternoon slot as long as his ’69 Baldwin Motion Camaro tribute car (Lot 489) would be featured during the broadcast — and with at least three full minutes of bidding time. His well-executed tribute car sold for $51,700. Any Barrett-Jackson veteran can attest to the value of prime-time placement numbers that can sometimes multiply the value of a car. If it were easy, consignors would just pay extra to guarantee a Saturday afternoon number. But it’s not that easy. Barrett-Jackson determines placement on the docket, and sellers can only hope their car is worthy of the golden hours. If you do get lucky with a choice spot, you’ll have to pay a premium consignment fee. Bargain hunters took the opposite approach in an effort to steer clear of prime time. Scott Hensrude avoided the limelight entirely when he showed up on Monday and bought a custom ’72 GMC pickup (Lot 97) for $19,250 — an early-bird discount over what similar offerings brought later in the week. “We made a good buy on the truck, then my son drove it home to Washington state the very next day,” said Hensrude. “He flooded it once, but otherwise made it without a hitch. It’s all about the experience.” Phillip Jackson from Tennessee likes the guaranteed action at Barrett-Jackson. “Here, if you’re bidding, you’re buying,” he said. Hensrude stayed the full week and managed to buy four more cars, including a 1970 Shelby GT350 convertible (Lot 1046.1). “I have always wanted one, and Barrett-Jackson is the place to get it. I’ll be back again next year,” he said. Barrett-Jackson has evolved to become much more than a mere auction. It has taken on a life of its own with the air of a great big club whose loyal membership holds its national convention once a year. Buyers and sellers alike are “B-J Believers,” holding court as if they are reciting the club’s credo over open hoods and Candy Apple paint jobs. But there’s one thing as reliable as a Nash Ambassador... they’ll all be back next year. A “I want my TV time,” said Tim Ciri of Portland, OR. He knows the media exposure helps push sales Acc’s experts offer buy-Sell-hold Advice during Insider’s Seminar Each weekday, before the auction cars start crossing the block, Barrett-Jackson hosted the “Behind the Hobby” Collector Car Symposium at the Equidome, with seminars and talks with industry insiders and experts from 9 to 11 a.m. ACC was there on Wednesday. The topic of discussion? Which American cars to buy, sell and hold on to in the current market. Editor Jim Pickering moderated the ACC panel, with a cast of experts rounded out by Jay Harden, Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Sam Stockham and Ken 30 AmericanCarCollector.com Lingenfelter. For the “cars to buy right now” discus- sion, the panel didn’t present many pre-1970 ideas. Well, other than Bomstead’s thoughts on CCCA Full Classic V12 and V16 coupes. Late-’70s trucks, late-’80s SUVs and post- 2000 sports cars were the picks here. When it comes to selling, Harden recom- mended getting out while the getting is good on early Broncos, while Stockham advised divesting from the Chevy SSR. For the “hold” category, Bomstead and Carlson both said to keep certain separate Continentals, whereas Lingenfelter said to keep Grand Nationals in the garage for a bit longer. The big departure here was Stockham’s thoughts on 1967–72 and ’73–79 Ford trucks, as they’re still so far behind the valuation of contemporary GM models. It was a fun game of back-and-forth, with friendly barbs traded among the generationally diverse panelists. Come check us out at next year’s Barrett- Jackson’s Behind the Hobby Collector Car Symposium. — Chad Tyson


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WRENCHING: HOW TO Chillin’ With Your Classic Revitalizing the a/c system in a vintage Mustang doesn’t have to be stressful, thanks to Original Air Group by Jim Pickering, Chad Taylor and Chad Tyson make the classic-car experience fun, you need to control that heat. A bunch of original ’50s, ’60s and ’70s cars came with air conditioning from S new, but chances are that original system isn’t functioning well — or at all. That’s where Classic Auto Air can help. They make kits to install R134a-based modern a/c systems into classic cars — and they also offer, through Original Air Group, conversion kits that can update your original a/c system with R134a refrigerant, all-new hoses and lines, and all the components you need to make it work like new — without changing the look of the control unit inside the interior. ACC’s 1966 Mustang was an a/c car from new, but when we got it, the compres- sor was missing. So we ordered Original Air’s Stage 2 Performance Upgrade Kit for ’66 Mustangs, which included a new rotary compressor and clutch assembly, mounting brackets, all the hoses and fittings required, a high-performance condenser, and a new filter/dryer. It’s an affordable, better alternative to replacing original components one by one, and it makes swapping from hard-to-find R12 refrigerant a breeze. Here’s how we did it. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com ummertime is the best time to drive your classic car. But it’s also the hottest, most uncomfortable time of year in many parts of the U.S. A cool July or August sunny morning cruise can quickly turn into a sweltering, sweaty afternoon in a vinyl-clad classic-car interior, and that isn’t fun for anyone — especially not for your significant other, kids or grandkids. If you’re trying to WHAT YOU’LL NEED orIgInAl AIr grouP PArtS lISt (www.originalair.com) 22-102 Stage 2 Performance Upgrade Kit, 1966 Mustang, $699.99 OTHER PARTS AND TOOLS Used a/c lower mount bracket for 1965–66 Mustang, $50 A/C belt, $15 tIMe SPent: Four hours dIffIculty: JJ (J J J J J is toughest)


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2 1 4 An air-conditioning system may seem complex, but it’s actually pretty simple. The system uses a compressor, condenser, dryer, expansion valve and evaporator. Refrigerant (R134a) is pumped by the compressor through the lines of the system, making its way to the condenser ahead of the radiator. It cools from a gas to liquid form here, passes through the dryer, and then moves to the expansion valve. As refrigerant passes through the valve and into the evaporator inside the car, it’s rapidly cooled, and the cool air blows into the car via a fan, directly onto your otherwise overheated passengers. With the battery disconnected, the first step is to evacuate the system of any remaining R12, which should be done at a licensed a/c shop. As our compressor was missing and our system open to the atmosphere, we skipped this step. From there, we loosened the drive belts and pulled the cooling fan. On our Mustang, the fan is held to the water pump with four 7/16-inch bolts. If the original compressor was still fitted, this would be the time to remove it as well. 5 With the fan and pulley out of the way, we started working on removing the factory dogleg compressor bracket, which isn’t used with the new, smaller rotary compressor. It’s held in place with two bolts, both of which pass into the water pump. 6 The dogleg bracket sat between the a/c idler pulley and the water pump. Original Air supplies a spacer that goes in this location, which keeps the idler pulley aligned correctly. March–April 2019 35 ACC’s Mustang was a factory a/c car from new, but like a lot of classics on the road today, its original a/c was inoperative and missing a few parts. Getting a system like this back on line might seem daunting, but Original Air Group makes it easy — especially if your unit still blows lukewarm air, as ours did. 3 Original Air’s Stage 2 kit includes everything you need to make an original a/c system function better than it did when new. The parts include a new rotary compressor, a special adapter bracket for that compressor, a liquid hose, liquid line, a 90-degree fitting, discharge and suction hoses, a new condenser and dryer, an idler spacer, expansion valve, firewall grommet, and assorted O-rings, lubricants and decals.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 7 The factory condenser and dryer also needed to be removed, which required some front-end disassembly. Original Air suggests removing the grille for this task, but we found we could do the whole job by just removing the hood-latch assembly. Hood-latch alignment is adjustable, so we made sure to mark where everything was prior to disassembly. 8 Next up were the factory horns, both of which were in the way. Note the overspray on the original condenser — it had probably never been out of the car. 9 The factory discharge hose on the condenser was next, as it won’t be reused. R134a refrigerant is not compatible with the traditional rubber seals and hoses used with R12, so they all need to be replaced when converting to the new refrigerant. 10 The original liquid line also needed to be disconnected from the dryer — it passes through the firewall down low on the driver’s side of the car. The kit supplies all new lines for this, too. 11 The radiator mounted to studs that are mounted to the original condenser, so the radiator needed to be loosened and set aside to get the condenser out of the car. If your car still has a fan shroud, it’ll need to be removed first. Ours was long gone. 13 12 With the radiator disconnected from the original condenser, we lifted the condenser and dryer assembly out of the car. 36 AmericanCarCollector.com The original brackets that held the OE condenser in the car need to be transferred over to the new unit, but placement is straightforward, as the new unit has marks that show where they go. We used 5/16-inch hex-head self-tapping screws. We also hooked up the new dryer to the condenser and tightened the fitting before putting the assembly in the car.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 14 Leaving all mounting hardware loose helps in assembly, as some brackets may need to be removed for clearance and then reinstalled once the condenser is in the car. Installation is as simple as removal — being careful not to damage the fins of the new condenser. 15 The radiator is next, followed by the hood-latch assembly — but we left the horns off, as they block access to the discharge-hose fitting. Note how the Original Air unit blends in, looking like a stock piece. The original a/c lines were next to go, including their mounting brackets. These lines pass through a rubber grommet in the firewall, which is fastened to the car with two 5/16-inch bolts. With the grommet bracket unbolted, both lines could pass through easily. 16 17 To access the a/c lines inside the car, we unbolted and removed the under-dash a/c evaporator and fan unit and set it on our workbench. With the firewall grommet removed, the lines and unit came out as one piece, after unplugging its power and ground wires. 18 With the hoses removed from the unit, the next step was to remove the original expansion valve at the evaporator inlet fitting. A couple of big adjustable wrenches worked here, but it’s impor- tant to be careful not to bend or kink the hard lines mounted to the evaporator assembly. The original sensing bulb is part of this assembly, and it needs to be removed, too. You’ll find it under a few layers of cork tape. 38 AmericanCarCollector.com 19 After cleaning as much of the original cork-tape residue as possible from the suction tube, we then installed the new expansion valve and routed its new sensing bulb to the factory location on the suction tube.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 20 The Original Air system comes with new cork tape, which covers over the new sensing bulb. The trick here is to make sure there are no air pockets between the sensing bulb and the tube. We then installed both the suction and liquid lines to the under-dash unit before reinstalling it in the car and routing them back through the firewall in the stock location. 21 The only factory bracket we needed to mount the new compressor just happened to be the one we were missing, but we were able to source one locally from a Mustang shop. The bracket bolts to the face of the cylinder head and supports the original compressor from below. Original Air’s custom bracket, which comes with the kit, bolted in place on top of that OE bracket. The new rotary compressor then bolted in place on top of the new bracket. 22 The new compressor mounts to the bracket with the line fittings pointed to the driver’s side of the car. The bracket’s bolts are slotted, so the compressor could be moved forward or aft to achieve proper alignment with the crank and idler pulleys. Then, once we were satisfied with the alignment, we tightened everything down. The factory trigger wire controls the new compressor, just as it would have the OE unit. 23 With all the hoses routed, we installed them, one by one, making sure to oil each set of threads and only tighten slightly past handtight. All the hoses come from Original Air plugged off, as any contamination will hurt the system and void its warranty. These hoses feature different fitting sizes, which makes installation simple. 40 AmericanCarCollector.com 24 After reinstalling the horns, the water pump pulley, cooling fan, and retightening the alternator and power-steering belts, we measured for a new a/c belt using a piece of string, and then proceeded to our local a/c shop to have the system charged with a fresh shot of R134a. Summer may be a few months away, but now our Mustang is once again ready for the warm days to come. A


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What’s Your All-Time Best Buy? 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 This month’s Readers’ Forum question: ACCers have been buying and selling cars for years, and we’ve all got a story of a great deal we made at one time or another. Here’s your chance to share your stories. What was the best buy you ever made and why? Did you get a 289 Cobra for a song in 1975? Maybe you bought an LS6 Chevelle for $3k in 1982. Or perhaps you paid top price in 2008 for a Boss 302 that turned out to be a totally original and wonderful driver. Whatever it is, we want to hear about it. Readers respond: As someone who works at the National Corvette Museum, if you don’t own one when you start working there, you hope to one day. For me, that day was in December of 2016. For years I’d casually looked online at Corvettes, and the C3 Stingrays with their curvy, unmistakable body style really appealed to me. It was never something I thought I’d buy — not anytime soon, at least. One day, I stopped in a local GM dealership that my husband worked in at the time, and outside sat a 1974 Mille Miglia Red Corvette. I joked with some of the employees that maybe it was my Christmas present. Turns out, the owner was trading it in, and the dealership had planned to just send it to the local auction house. The car had multiple owners over the years — all in Kentucky. I was able to buy the car for just over $6,000 — about half what it was worth. — Katie E., via email n n n I would choose my 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix that I bought in the spring of 1976. Purchased it from the original owner who was meticulous with the car. I had been searching for a 1969–72 Grand Prix for a number of months, only to be disappointed after going to see a number of them. I spotted this car advertised for sale in a small two-line ad in the newspaper and called the gentleman selling it. He assured me it was in showroom condition. I was really hoping he was being truthful, given it had all I wanted as far as 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ACCer Katie with her 1974 Mille Miglia Red Corvette, purchased for about $6,000 options and color. When I arrived at his house, he took me to the garage and when he opened the garage, I was looking at one Mint Blue Metallic, black vinyl top/interior Grand Prix. It was in the mint condition he said it was. He showed me all the service records and log sheet he kept on the car. Test drove and came back and left a deposit. Picked it up two days later. Kept that ride for eight years. Graduated college with it, got married with it and brought home my newborn twin sons with it. In between all that are pressed many great memories in the joy of owning it. I had to sell about a year after my sons where born, as I needed a more family-type car to haul all of us around. I sold it for half of the original cost paid. Felt I got my money’s worth out of that purchase. My wife and I still had our ’78 Camaro and didn’t want to give that up just yet, so I purchased a nice 4-door Olds. — Rick G., Arlington Heights, IL n n n for it, found it in Springfield, IL, and after two trips, bought it. It then took almost 20 years before my wife suggested that I should restore it in this lifetime. The restoration took over eight years. It was invited to the 50th Anniversary Detroit Autorama, and Bill Warner invited it to the Amelia Island Concours in 2003. What a fun car — all-aluminum body, tube frame, small-block Chevy, and it weighed 1,600 pounds. After 37 years of ownership, I sold the car to a fella in Texas. It was sold again at Pebble Beach in 2017 and ended up back in Wisconsin. The new owner has the same passion for the car that I had, and he is going to reproduce it in limited quantities. — Bill H., via email n n n I was a used-car dealer for 41 years. In 1966, I bought a sharp, red ’63 Corvette Split-Window for $1,200 from a Dallas wholesaler. I retailed the car a few weeks later to a young man from Fort Worth, TX, for $1,800! Most money I had ever made on a used sale! Hindsight! — Mike L., via email n n n In 1973, I bought a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with under 13,000 miles and equipped with a 440 and 4-speed. I paid $1,250 for it! I sold it in 2005 for almost six figures! My 1959 Troy Roadster was featured in Hot Rod magazine in October 1960 when I was in high school. In 1975 I did a search — Zon D., Mooresville, NC n n n I think one of my best buys was the purchase of a stock 327 L79, 4-speed 1966


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Corvette roadster with under 20,000 miles in 1971. I was 19, working in the service depart- ment of Lake City Ford in Williams Lake, BC, and we had a new guy start in the parts department. He showed up with this ’66 Corvette. The car was a gift from his wife’s father, who was a doctor in L.A. and needed to sell in order to buy a 4x4. They wanted $3,800 for it. I tried for about three weeks to make a deal but couldn’t get him below $3,000, which was about $800 more than I had. My dad told me to go to the bank and get 22 $100 bills and hit him up at 7:30 am before the shop opened. I laid them out on the counter in front of him and made the final offer. About two minutes later, I was the owner for $2,200 cash. I added a block heater and a set of studded snow tires to make it my daily driver. A few years later, I sold it for $3,800. — Stan F., via email n n n My all-time best buy? It must be our 1957 Fairlane 500 Sunliner that I found in a western North Dakota oats barn in 1976. I was on a business trip in my ’76 LTD Brougham when a local friend told me of a ’57 Sunliner that might be available — all original with 36,000 miles. I had always wanted one because it was the first car I can remember having as a kid in Milwaukee. I thought I paid way too much at $1,700, but I didn’t think I’d find another in that condition. I towed it all the way back home on a bumper-to-bumper hitch. My mom and dad were waiting for me to arrive at my house, and as soon as I rounded the corner with the Ford, my mom started to cry. So many great memories. Today, some 43 years later, we still have her and five others. A few years back we treated it to a full, body-off-frame restoration. — Todd D., Wichita, KS n n n In 2008, Saleen Performance made 25 Anniversary Sterling Saleen Mustangs. MSRP was $100k, and many sold for $150k– $200k because of demand. I wanted one badly, but the cost was too high. Plus, the exchange rate for the Canadian dollar was bad. I watched eBay for three years, but prices were still high. In March 2011, I bought one in Raleigh, NC, for $68,000. It had 734 miles with a 6-speed, 620 hp and 600 ft-lb. Currently it has 9,500 miles on the odometer. Mine is one of 10 in North America and number 5 of 25 built. It gathers quite a following when I go to show-and-shines. — Les H., Edmonton, AB, CANA March–April 2019 43


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CHEAP THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson BESTof the LEAST Gooding & Co. Lot 2: 1963 Cadillac Series 75 8-passenger sedan V arious pundits have claimed that the market is starting to stagnate going into 2019. Auctions in the Phoenix area in January generally proved that to be correct. Yet we’re no strangers to low prices in this column. Every March/April issue, that’s where we boldly go. of the sales chart from this year’s Arizona auctions. (On star ratings, So, once again, and back by popular demand, I present the bottom is best) 1963 Cadillac Series 75 8-Passenger Sedan Gooding & Company Lot 2, VIN: 63R053755 SOLD at $24,640 The 1963 model year was one of Cadillac’s most drastic restyles. If anything, it was Cadillac’s way of admitting defeat against the more conservatively designed Lincoln Continental from 1961 on. Traditions die hard, however — the series 75 sedans and limousines continued to use the wrap-around windshield from all ’59 and ’60 models. This Caddy has been in California from new until this auction, and was in a couple of well-respected collections, most notably J.B. Nethercutt’s. Boasting a mere 35,926 miles from new, this had always been well cared for. At no-reserve, it was a pretty decent buy — factoring that you have somewhere to park 21 feet of Caddy. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you have velvet Elvis posters) Well-bought factor: 1934 Lincoln Model KA 4-Door Sedan RM Sotheby’s Lot 178, VIN: KA2850 SOLD at $22,400 A lot of Full Classics have been restored in rather bright and garish colors, but this mostly original KA represented the unfiltered truth. It was reportedly originally ordered like this for a wealthy Southern California family so that they could go through impoverished areas and not have rocks thrown at them. This family kept it for over four decades, after which it was in a museum before going into 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 1998 Freightliner FL-60 Tractor Worldwide Auctioneers Lot 73 Sold at $12,100 Worldwide had Duesenbergs, Alfa Romeos, even two 1935 Auburn 851 SC speedsters in contrasting colors… and a Freightliner truck? This mud hen in a pond full of swans was a consignor’s car trailer hauler. It was rated for under 26k GCVW, and not having air brakes means that you didn’t need a CDL to operate it (at least without crossing any state lines). Fun from the cheap seats at the Arizona auctions RM Sotheby’s Lot 178: 1934 Lincoln Model KA 4-door sedan the collector market. Like the Gooding Cadillac limo, this Lincoln had its original paint, glass and interior — all of which were very presentable. Unfortunately, plain yet original doesn’t play well in today’s mar- ket full of resto-mods. It ran across the block fairly late on the first night at RM Sotheby’s, but for half of the auction-house guesstimate, this was very well bought if you have any interest at all in CCCA Full Classics. The best buy of the low sales. Cheap: Thrilling: (especially if you forget that these get about 8 mpg and decide to tour with it and don’t bring a few spare gas cans) Well-bought factor:


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Bonhams Lot 90: 1951 Crosley CD Four Super Convertible My car buddy and chauffeur for the week, Roy, checked it out, as he’s a Snowbird and lives in a 40-foot fifth-wheel trailer at one of the parks down in the Phoenix basin. His tow rig is a ’99 Dodge Ram 2500 with a 5.9L Cummins, and he knows a thing or two about big tow rigs for big trailers. His assessment of the Freightmaligner: “Don’t want it. Ran hard and put away wet. I’m better off with my Dodge.” Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you have the complete boxed set of DVDs from every season of “Movin’ On” — plus “B.J. and The Bear”) Well-bought factor: 1951 Crosley CD Four Super Convertible Bonhams Lot 90, VIN: CD304956 SOLD at $8,960 This Crosley was just completed a year ago and is hands-down the highest-condition car in our class of 2019. If anything, it was a tad overdone, as leather upholstery wasn’t an option when new. With an auction house guesstimate of $15k–$25k, I at least figured the car would crack five digits. Unfortunately (or is that fortunately?), this is what can happen near the end of a sale when a car is noreserve. If you always wanted to scratch that Crosley itch, you’d have been hard-pressed to do better for the money. Well bought! Cheap: Thrilling: (especially if a smart car is just too damn big for you) Well-bought factor: 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Custom 4-Door Sedan Russo and Steele Consignment 6514/Run TH281 SOLD at $5,500 Usually, if you say “1965 Chevelle,” most muscle car folks’ ears perk up. Well, they can go back to rest, since this was a 4-door sedan with a 283/Powerslide. On top of that, this was done by one of those folks who had a couple of wounded cars lying around but felt the need to combine them into one good one — “good” being a relative term. While billed as being a rust-free California black-plate car, the rest of the story was that the interior was gone or toast (literally, in the California sun). To remedy that, someone installed a 1989 Cadillac DeVille’s blue velour bench seats and door panels — in the Crocus Yellow Chevelle. Classy! Now you know why it was the lowest-selling American car here. Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you’re not in much of a hurry and are colorblind) Well-bought factor: Barrett-Jackson Lot 2: 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale sedan 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Sedan Barrett-Jackson Lot 2, VIN: 3N69N8X185607 SOLD at $2,200 While the Monday docket at B-J had some truly tasteless autos, this workaday Olds oil burner shone out as The Chosen One the moment I spotted it. Now, granted, this did have promise of doing better, as it’s a one- owner car with all documentation from new. Still, with a kindergarten repaint over toddler prep work, black did this car no favors (even if that was the original color). The garnish was the “Oldsmobile” and “Diesel” badges on the trunk, both mounted crooked and far out of alignment with each other. Yet at least for $2,200, some bearded Millennial who wants a Greasel to run on the cheap can now learn the joys of owning the diesel engine we all ran away from four decades ago. Well-bought factor: A Cheap: Thrilling: (unless you like to Roll Coal incognito) While billed as being a rust-free California black-plate car, the rest of the story was that the interior was gone or toast (literally, in the California sun). To remedy that, someone installed a 1989 Cadillac DeVille’s blue velour bench seats and door panels — in the Crocus Yellow Chevelle. Classy! Courtesy of Russo and Steele Russo and Steele Consignment 6514: 1965 Chevrolet Malibu Custom 4-door sedan March–April 2019 45


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HORSEPOWER Jay Harden TheSMART BUY How can I use my market knowledge to save money? My 1997 Chevy Tahoe LT, purchased for $3,500, may never have value as a collectible, but it has proven nearly priceless for its utility O ne of the first questions I’m typically asked is which cars can be bought and sold quickly in order to turn a tasty profit. If the answer were straightforward and foolproof, I’d be writing this while floating in my private pool in downtown Margaritaville. Of course, I’m not. The question I’m hardly ever asked, yet one that I ask myself constantly, is which cars can I buy and sell without losing money? Granted, the thought of not losing money certainly isn’t as sexy as the thought of making money, but that doesn’t mean we should avoid the discussion. Rather than asking how I can best leverage market knowledge to amass assets, I’m interested in a much more mundane question here: How can I best leverage market knowledge to avoid amassing liabilities? From appliance to collectible If you’re anything like me, you need at least one usable car that can be driven every day. These cars are used and enjoyed without constantly agonizing about an avalanche of depreciation — or worse, trying to maintain a perilous state of appreciation. Like an appliance, a car like this just needs to work. But if you buy it and treat it right, good things can happen. 46 AmericanCarCollector.com I stumbled upon this idea several years ago when I sold a four- wheel-drive Nissan Hardbody pickup that I drove for over a decade. I bought the truck to give my Chevelle a break from daily duties and proceeded to beat on it almost every day that I owned it. I camped and fished and hunted out of it, but I also did my best to keep it clean and well maintained. When I finally conceded that stuffing my wife into the jump seat while my firstborn child rode up front with me would likely result in me sleeping in the truck on a permanent basis, I jumped on Craigslist and did a little pre-sale analysis. I looked at asking prices and condition and equipment and amenities, and I was shocked at what I found. I washed the truck one last time, thanked it for its service, and posted an ad. Within 24 hours I was trading the title and keys for a stack of cash three $100 bills thicker than the stack I’d used to buy it. There was no negotiating at all, just two happy guys trading paper. After 65,000 miles and a young adulthood worth of adventures, my truck was still taking care of me. Who knows how much I spent on insurance and gas and tires — it doesn’t really matter. I paid for the service of using the truck, but few would argue that I lost money on the deal. I bought the truck when Hardbodys were a dime a dozen and just happened to be selling it when the interest in them began


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gaining steam. I asked the guy I sold the truck to about his motivation to buy my truck, and his answer was informed and informative. He had been looking for and test-driving trucks like mine for the better part of six months. He knew what he wanted, and he knew what they were worth. Mine was the best example he had seen that he could afford, and it was exactly what he was looking for. Oh, and his dad drove one when he was a young boy. On to the next one Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I somehow had the foresight when purchasing that truck to anticipate my little windfall, because I didn’t. I got lucky, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t let that experience influence another. To replace my truck, I needed a fourseater four-wheel drive that was daily-driver dependable. I began my search with new and lightly used 4-door pickups, but I simply couldn’t wrap my head around their asking prices. The thought of smashed Cheerios and tiny, muddy handprints all over a $50,000 truck worked the anal-retentive and cheapskate pieces of my psyche into a terrible tizzy. I’d also spent a bunch of time looking at earlier GM trucks — specifically 1973–87 Blazers. But those were rapidly becoming collectible, with values growing to the point that I couldn’t justify buying a nice one. That’s when I stumbled across a 4-door, four-wheel-drive, one- owner 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe LT with leather interior and 99,600 miles. I dropped everything I was doing and headed out the door to meet the owners. I combed over the truck intently. I verified the lack of accident his- tory with paperwork and a thorough visual inspection. I checked for tapelines and overspray and fluid leaks and shade-tree shenanigans. Luckily, I found none. Instead, I received a stack of paperwork and an earful about the truck’s history. The truck was well maintained, clean, rust-free, accident-free, and everything worked. And the best part? It cost me $3,500, or roughly 5% to 7% the cost of a new one — plenty cheap to factor in potential and predictable maintenance and still feel warm and fuzzy about the deal. Ahead of the wave Now, is my Tahoe a collectible? No way. Will it be? Maybe, but that will take a while. If we imagine valuation as a tidal wave running from one end of a timeline to the other, with showroom-new vehicles on the crest of the leading wave, GM’s GMT400 (1988–98) trucks are at the very bottom of the trough behind that lead wave. They’re too old to be new, and too new to be old. As such, their valuation is almost inherently limited to their utility. Chevrolet’s square-body trucks (1973–87), on the other hand, are instructive. They are seeing their values swell dramatically as of late. Those trucks are essentially riding a second wave of desirability after seeing their own stock hit rock-bottom five to seven years ago. That puts the GMT400s, like my Tahoe, smack-dab in the middle of two waves of desirability — one falling, the other rising. Does that mean I’ll make my money back on the Tahoe 10 years from now? I’m not much of a gambling man, but that’s a bet I’d be willing to make. Either way, right now I have a truck that works when I need it, and there’s a lot of value in that. A March–April 2019 47


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ON THE ROAD Elana Scherr Shoulda ’Cuda Woulda There’s no sense dwelling on the decades of misfires by other mechanics. It was time to make our friend’s 1970 Barracuda right W e have plenty to do on our own fleet, but we keep taking on additional work in the form of friends’ cars. This is mostly because my husband, Tom, just can’t see an untidy automobile without wanting to fix it. He’s like the lady who hosts that new Netflix show about organizing houses (“Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”), only instead of holding up a dusty ceramic figurine and asking “Does it spark joy?” he pokes around in a greasy engine bay and asks “Does it spark? No, seriously, is the ignition working?” If houses have a tendency to fill up with knick-knacks and unused Ping-Pong tables over the years, cars tend to get cluttered with fixes gone wrong — especially when multiple mechanics each added their own finishing touches to the décor over the years. Such was the case for our friend Dave Elitch. He owns a glossy green 1970 Barracuda that he bought when he was just a kid in 1999. He has slowly restored it over the past 20 years. It was originally a 318-ci Gran Coupe, but even at 15 years old, Dave knew he wanted a big block. He gave it a good try, pulling out the small block and attempting to replace it with a 413. It didn’t go great. “My dad thought they were interchangeable with a 440 block. I found out the hard way that they were not,” Dave said. After that, Dave stepped away from the wrenching and had a professional mechanic build and install the rowdy 440+6 combo that loped into our yard. It was a lovely engine. It rumbled like thunder at idle and growled like a dog who’s just spotted the mailman when you stepped on the 48 AmericanCarCollector.com gas. What it didn’t do, though, was a burnout. Or a hot restart. Or a cold restart. Oh, and it overheated in traffic, which in Los Angeles is to say it overheated always and everywhere. “I just want it to run as good as it looks,” Dave told us. Killing the gremlins Some of the gremlins were easily tracked down and dispatched. Three burnt plug wires were replaced and rerouted. Somewhere in all the different repair shops over the years, someone had removed the fuel filter and never replaced it — easily fixed. There was an exhaust leak on the passenger’s side header, and someone had installed some custom valve-cover spacers to clear the aftermarket rocker arms. Those dribbled oil. Attempts to check the torque at the tires led to the discovery of a gnarly axle bang when you tried to launch it. That was due to a missing pinion snubber. We installed one. Dave had no great love for the lumpy cam, so that came out — along with its roller rocker arms. In its place, we used a cam from Bob Karakashian (Mr. Six Pack), a student of Chrysler engineer Tom Hoover, whose personal cars have set records in the stock-appearing factory drags. We have one of Bob’s cams in Tom’s ’69 Charger and one on the shelf for our own Six Pack ’Cuda, so it seemed like a good choice for Dave’s car. Since the radiator was out for the cam swap, we put in a larger 26-inch Griffin unit and a new fan to address the overheating issues.


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The spring has sprung One of the main complaints Dave had, other than the overheating, was the hard-start issue. The distributor was oddly set up for a street car. Rather than a stockish 5–10 degrees of initial advance, it was set for 25. Re-curving the distributor got us down to a more start-friendly 15. For once I was useful — normally these weekends involve Tom doing the hard parts while I disassemble, clean, and then lose bolts in the background. But I got pretty good at removing and replacing the tiny springs inside the distributor. Well, I got good after the first try, which launched a wee spring sky high. I never found it. It’s probably in South America. At one point, Tom joked that all the mis- matched pieces were keeping each other in check, because as we fixed them one by one, it seemed like the ’Cuda was running worse rather than better. A new set of carbs were needed Um, about those carbs... After a particularly frustrating day of rechecking cam timing and questioning our distributor mods, he finally pulled the Six Pack setup off and discovered the reason for the high initial advance in the distributor. The previous mechanic had been using timing to cover up a carb issue. The tamper-proof plugs on the outboard carbs were not, in fact, tamper-proof. Someone had been in there before, broken off both idle-mixture screws, put the lead plugs back in and sold the carbs on eBay to an unsuspecting Dave. A closer inspection of the center carb showed it was warped at the base and worn out at the throttle shaft. No wonder we couldn’t seem to chase down the tune — the air/fuel mixture was changing on its own! It’s never a fun phone call to tell someone their $1,700 carburetors are junk, but Dave was a good sport about it. With a new set of carburetors on the engine, tun- ing was just a process of changing jets and making sure all three carbs were adjusted in preparation for a life of idling in traffic as often as experiencing wide-open muscle-car glory. Finally tidy There was one last moment of reproduction-part comedy when the newly-purchased choke thermostat wouldn’t open, no matter how warm the engine was. Eventually we realized that the new part looked like a proper coiled bimetallic strip, but it wasn’t one. It was just a coiled piece of metal. Guess nobody told the repro folks what the purpose of the part was. We cobbled together a workable choke using the original spring and the new housing. Now the ’Cuda fires up at a touch of the key and will lay a pair of rubber suspenders for as long as you’re brave enough to hold the pedal down. I think when Dave picks it up he’s going to find that it both sparks — and sparks joy. Tidy. A March–April 2019 49


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ON THE MARKET John L. Stein HE MARKET John L. Stein 1971 1971 Ford Ranchero With muscle-car punch and prices below blue-chip cars and pickups, El Caminos and Rancheros are easy-money sleepers P eering through the living room window as a fledgling teenager, the world seemed full of possibilities. Maybe, I thought, in a few years I could become the fifth Beatle. A Grand Prix racing driver like Jack Brabham and Jim Clark. Or...the pool guy with a Ford Ranchero. Yep, true confession! That’s because, while I didn’t know who Steve McQueen was at the time, for me the real King of Cool was the city college student across the street who moonlighted cleaning pools in his 1964 Ranchero. With a California tan and his Phoenician Yellow ride filled with pool chemicals, leaf-nets and a pole jutting out the back of the little six-foot bed, I thought Phil definitely had it made in the shade. Both car and truck Half car and half pickup, the Ranchero and the El Camino occu- pied a unique middle point in the Ford and Chevy model ranges from the late 1950s until the 1980s — nearly three decades in all. Clearly more car than truck in design, engineering and intended purpose, in some ways they are odd fellows, neither fish nor fowl. On the plus side, these “utes” (as the Aussies call ’em) are stylish, sporty, versatile and relatively rare. On the minus side, they seat three people maximum, carry too much weight over the front end, and can’t begin to compete with real pickups when the workload toughens up. But who cares? With the V8 punch of a muscle car, a zippy, carefree attitude, and prices that often lag behind blue-chip cars and pickups, they’re right on target for collectors who want something unusual, stylish and cool for easy money. El Camino cool Chevrolet produced five El Camino generations between 1959 and 1987, with a three-year hiatus from 1961 to ’63. Always using Chevrolet passenger-car platforms, the El Camino began as a stylish, finned late-’50s ride, transformed into a rather plain workaday vehicle, 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 1970 Chevrolet El Camino, sold at $14,850 at Branson’s October 2018 auction evolved into a big-block-equipped street weapon, and finally faded away into a choked-down and big-bumpered whimper at the end. Ten years after I’d envied the pool-cleaner neighbor with his Ranchero, I bought a 1970 El Camino SS 396. It was Champagne Gold with a white vinyl roof, gold interior and a column-shift automatic. I paid $800 — more than my buddies and I would typically pay for a fixer-upper. But I was captivated by its “396” big-block (actually 402-ci), its gutsy gold paint, the SS 396 badges and the aftermarket air shocks out back. With humility, I learned why it had been parked under a hedge: The V8 ran on six cylinders. After bartering some motorcycle work to a local gas-station owner, he diagnosed the woes as crossed spark-plug wires. After that the SS 396 ran better: enough to burn rubber — all I really cared about at the time — but flat cam lobes or sacked lifters still hamstrung performance. The big block likewise


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devoured gas, delivering 8 mpg or so, and the air shocks blew out after I overfilled them. Nevertheless, the Chevelle-based 1968–72 El Camino big blocks remain my personal favorites. I’d like another one — especially an elusive 454-ci 1970 LS6 that I just know some Farmer Brown has squirrelled away in the shed. el cAMIno hIghS: Fantastic finned 1959 and 1960 body design; Chevelle-like styling from 1968 to ’72; available big-block V8s and Muncie 4-speed options; and a Super Sport package with CowlInduction hood. el cAMIno loWS: Produced well into the Malaise Era, the once- rowdy El Camino’s eventual base 3.9-liter V6 produced just 110 hp. the VerdIct: Plenty of V8 powertrains available; solid styling in 1959–60 and from 1964 to ’72. Save those Rancheros Ford built seven generations of Rancheros from 1957 to ’79. You simply can’t beat the finned 1957–59 models for ’50s nostalgia, and with cars like the ’57 Ranch Wagon approaching $70,000 today, a top ’57 Ranchero is a comparative bargain. In 1960, the Ranchero was radically downsized to utilize the new Falcon body structure. Small and roundish, its available grunt included only a “Thriftpower” 6-cylinder for 1960–62, but a 260-ci V8 thankfully arrived a year later, making the 1963 Ranchero best runnIng the nuMberS Opinions from subject-matter experts can be helpful in decision- making. But they aren’t everything, tinted as they are by personal tastes and experience. And so, to help make the case for the El Camino and Ranchero nameplates mentioned above, here’s a value chart utilizing prices of various model years of each vehicle, compared to their engineering origin. Prices are from the ACC Pocket Price Guide and NADA (as among the second-generation models. The third-gen Ranchero adopted the “square” styling cues of the 1964-65 Falcon, fully integrating with ’60s design language and leaving the rounded post-war forms behind. Based on the new Torino for the fourth-generation in 1968–69, the Ranchero styling then really leapt ahead for the 1970–71 fifth generation. With a sharply beaked front bumper, a long hood topped by an available shaker intake, and a minimalist greenhouse, this generation is — for me anyway — the zenith of Ranchero design. From 1972 to the 1979 finale, the Ranchero became chunkier and increasingly ungainly. Ford offered plenty of Ranchero V8 power choices, from the early 260- and 289-ci units to 351-ci Cleveland, 390-, 400-, 428- and 429-ci motors…and even an enormous 460-ci (7.5-liter) behemoth in 1974–76. Although, admittedly, this oversized engine arrived during the Strangled ’70s, when the horses had all been chased back into the barn by EPA mandates. The one to get? The 1970–71 Ram Air Cobra Jet or Super Cobra Jet 429. rAnchero hIghS: Seven distinctive generations; wide range of V8 power; almost all built in Ohio. RANCHERO LOWS: Strangled engines and styling missteps in the final generation. the VerdIct: Generally strong styling and powertrains make nearly any year from 1963 to ’76 worth owning. A noted). The selected models represent the earliest and latest included in the ACC guide, plus a midpoint model. El Caminos and Rancheros from the 1950s through 1970s are represented — three decades in all. Not surprisingly, in most cases El Caminos and Rancheros offer better value than the cars on which they’re based. The takeaway? Phil the pool guy knew what was happening all along. 1959 Chevrolet El Camino Chevrolet Model 1959 El Camino 1959 Impala 2-door hard top 1966 El Camino 396 1966 Chevelle SS 396 1972 El Camino SS 454 1972 Chevelle SS 454 LS5 ACC Median Value $49,500 $52,500 $27,500 $45,000 $30,250 $33,000 Advantage Impala (+6%) Chevelle (+64%) Chevelle (+9%) 1957 Ford Ranchero Ford Model 1957 Ranchero 1957 Courier Sedan Delivery* 1964 Ranchero 1964 Falcon Futura* 1971 Ranchero GT 1971 Torino GT * NADA Guides ACC Median Value $27,500 $36,600 $8,000 $10,900 $32,500 $24,000 March–April 2019 51 Advantage Courier (+33%) Falcon (+36%) Ranchero (+35%)


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CORVETTE PROFILE 2008 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Minty Z at a “Drive It!” Price Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Low miles beg the question: Is vigorous use or mothballs the right path forward? VIN: 1G1YY26E085124447 by John L. Stein • 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine • 6-speed manual transmission • Hurricane cold-air intake • Dry-sump lubrication • Kooks Headers • CORSA Performance exhaust • Power-steering fluid cooler • Gearbox oil cooler • Differential oil cooler • PFAVT adjustable coil-over dampers • Front 6-piston brake calipers • Rear 4-piston brake calipers • Radially vented and cross-drilled brake rotors • Head-up display • 9,294 miles ACC Analysis This car, Lot 668, sold for $33,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 17, 2018. If you’ve never heard the Ram Jam song “Black Betty,” grab a cold one, sit back and listen to it on YouTube while staring at a picture of this built C6 Z06 — and imagine what you’d do to the gas pedal at the next local track day. And also, savor the knowledge that the $33,000 it cost to buy this car was less than other people pay for a new Toyota Avalon. Score! The sixth-generation Corvette debuted for 2005, with the 7-liter Z06 following up for 2006. Its 505hp rating was audacious at the time, and even a decade later it’s impressive, given that cars like the 54 AmericanCarCollector.com Challenger SRT Demon require a supercharger to surpass that output. Also in the Z06’s favor, the hydroformed aluminum chassis kept the curb weight down to 3,132 pounds — a passion of Corvette engineers — allowing the high-output Z06 to take on European supercars costing far more. On a test drive with the Corvette engineers at the time, one told me, “You cannot hurt this motor.” What he meant was that the engineering, componentry and assembly standards for the Corvette engines were so high and so thoroughly vetted during prototyping and certification that nothing the average driver could dish out could bring the motor to its knees. Although almost certainly there would be the occasional exception to this, the confidence that the engineers had in their products — especially the beloved Z06 — sticks with me today. Professionally built Whoever modded this Z06 knew what they were doing, and they spent a considerable amount getting it done. They replaced the intake and complete exhaust system with high-quality aftermarket pieces, uncorking the engine somewhat and creating — along with significantly more noise — a potential bump in the Z06 motor’s output. It might have helped the auction result if a dyno sheet was provided to prove the point, but I saw no evidence of this. Fortunately, the powertrain adds all seem to be bolt-on pieces, meaning that the car can hypothetically be returned to stock someday if the new owner so chooses. But that may be costly to do, as no


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mention was made of take-off parts being included in the sale. And anyway, if you wanted a stock Z06, why buy this one? In the chassis department, the matte-gray forged wheels add a custom look, but whether they’re meaningfully stiffer or lighter than the base Corvette’s narrower cast wheels — an advantage that would be felt on winding roads or a road course — is debatable. But they do look good. As well, the adjustable coil-overs are a standard add for track work, but getting the setup right requires considerable study and experimentation — requiring the owner-operator to become a student of car setup. Low miles, perfect buy After more than a decade since rolling off the Bowling Green assembly line, this wicked beauty had covered less than 9,300 miles at its sale in Arizona. Breaking it down, that’s just 845 miles per year, 70 miles per month, or 2.3 miles per day. Heck, if you’re any kind of athlete, you’ll go farther than that under your own power in that time. Bottom line here, any sub-10,000-mile supercar is a great find, and in this case the low mileage is evidence Any sub-10,000-mile supercar is a great find, and in this case the low mileage is evidence that this built Z06 was someone’s special toy rather than a daily driver. that this built Z06 was someone’s special toy rather than a daily driver. That said, time is eventually just as erosive as is heavy use to certain parts and components such as rubber seals, tires, hoses and fluids. And so, sooner or later, all will need to be refreshed and/or replaced on this car to keep it in tip-top, safe driving form. But this falls under the umbrella of normal care and feeding, and would not and should not have been a deterrent to buying a Corvette that’s spent the overwhelming majority of its life parked. Appearances count Speaking of being parked, appearances — together with logic and common sense — suggest this particular Z06 was kept indoors. The black paint looks good and the black interior does too. And a telltale sign of good care, the front air dam below the splitter appears undamaged, as do the wheel-rim edges. Good deal. The interior features include GM’s handy head-up display, and the nice red stitching accents on the upholstery. Any black-on-black Corvette deserves special attention, and this one was crafted to near perfection. Store it or throttle it? If this C6 Z06 had 92,940 or 192,940 miles on the clock, there’d be no doubt that it’s a daily driver and that the new owner should continue apace. But the low miles on this car bring up a question: Is vigorous use or mothballs the right path forward? I vote for the lead-foot approach for three reasons: 1. There are plenty of Z06s around; Chevrolet built 7,731 of them for model year 2008 alone, and plenty more since, so they are hardly scarce. 2. This car was engineered, assembled and later modified to be driven hard, so why deny yourself the pleasure of doing so? Life’s for living. 3. The previous owner already tried the tactic of pouring lots of money into this car and then barely used it, only to be rewarded with it selling for a fraction of the original investment. The new owner is not likely to derive any great benefit from continuing this strategy. Were this my buy, I’d join SCCA in a heartbeat, take care of any servicing needs, throw a change of clothes and a torque wrench for tightening the wheel lug nuts in the back, and head for the next solo event or track day — listening to “Black Betty” on the Bose audio system all the way. Well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lot 204, VIN: 1G1YZ25E395114480 Condition: 1 Sold at $49,280 ACC# 6865763 detAIlIng Years produced: 2006–13 Number produced: 7,731 (2008) Original list price: $71,000 Current ACC Median Valuation: $40,500 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIn location: Plate at base of windshield Engine # location: Right front cylinder-head deck Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Web: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1969 Corvette 427/390 L36 coupe; 1995 Corvette ZR-1 coupe; 2011 Corvette Grand Sport coupe Acc Investment grade: C Comps Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2018 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lot F181.1, VIN: 1G1YY26E175129736 Condition: 1 Sold at $53,000 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 9/15/2011 ACC# 184106 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Lot S141, VIN: 1G1YY25E5751000001 Condition: 1 Sold at $59,400 Mecum Auctions, Canal Winchester, OH, 11/6/2010 ACC# 168135 March–April 2019 55


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GM PROFILE 1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 CONVERTIBLE Top Camaro at a Top Price Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company Some pre-market buzz suggested the car would fall flat in the mid-$100k range. But rule number one prevailed — always do your homework 56 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 124677N223399 Engine number: T05I6MQ7N223399 by Dale Novak I n April 1967, Dave Conner placed an order for a new Camaro convertible destined for fame as a Super Stock drag racer. Conner’s order included the L78 big block, M21 Muncie 4-speed gearbox, and Posi rear end with 4.10 gears. Finished in Tuxedo Black over gold, the new car cost $3,761.25. In 1968, Conner’s Camaro appeared at Raceway Park in New Jersey wearing a new “Batcar” livery inspired by the Batman franchise’s distinctive color scheme. In 1970, Conner sold the Camaro to fellow racer Sherman Gerlach of West Virginia. He continued to race the Camaro — known as Gerlach’s Batcar — through 1975, setting an NHRA record at the Indy Nationals and capturing several class wins in the process. After it was retired from racing, the car was returned to its original configuration and remained in Gerlach’s ownership until 2009, when it was sold to the current owner. In the consignor’s care, the Camaro was carefully restored to showroom condition, preserving original details where possible. It has since been shown at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, earning Concours Gold and Outstanding Display awards. This car was inspected by Jerry MacNeish of Camaro Hi-Performance Inc., who confirmed the car is a real L78. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 23, sold for $257,600, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ, sale held on January 18 and 19, 2019. With the introduction of the new 1965 Ford Mustang, Lee Iacocca and his team at Ford set the stage for one of the most invigorating eras in American automotive history. Soon, GM, Chrysler and AMC engineers and designers were burning the midnight oil to bite into Ford’s market pie. Enter the Camaro In September 1966, the new Chevrolet Camaro hit showroom floors. The game-changer for Chevrolet was the ability for Camaro buyers to order a big-block 396 engine. Up until that time, the Mustang could only be spec’d with the K-code 289, which, while a marvel of high-performance engine technology, was no match for the extra cubic inches of the 396. With the 396 Camaro, buyers could not only buy a Pony car that was arguably as cool and relevant as the Mustang, but one that could leave a smoky trail out back — and compete on the dragstrip right out of the box. The big blocks weren’t cheap, however. While the base 327 V8 only ramped up the sticker $92.70, the top-of-the-line big-daddy 396/375 sticker shocked most buyers to the tune of $500.30. Given that, out of 220,906 1967 Camaros sold, only 1,138 buyers decided to set the big-block 375-hp beast between the fenders.


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One hell of a rare car There are no definitive records for how many Camaro convertibles were built with the 396/375 L78 engine, but we can extrapolate based on the data we do have. We know that 34,411 Super Sport Camaros were built. Of those, 1,138 had the L78. That means that about 3.3% of the total production (SS Camaros) were purchased with the L78 engine option. The other number we can work with is how many total V8 convertibles were built — which was about 12% of total production. Applying that percentage to SS production suggests that about 4,100 Super Sport convertibles were sold. From there, we can apply the 3.3% (L78 production) and that leaves us with about 136 units. Gooding suggested in their catalog text an interpolated number of approximately 150 built and sold — which is certainly a safe assumption to use. Personally, I’d consider the number to be much lower, as the odds of guys ordering L78 Super Sport convertible Camaros versus hard-top coupes would be pretty small — especially for a stripped-down car like our subject Camaro. Be that as it may, it gets even more rare if we start to factor in color and options, especially the optional performance 4.10 Posi axle, which was not a standard regular production option (RPO) offering — meaning a guy had to ask specifically for it to be included. If we continue to make further assumptions about the total produced — such as how many were Tuxedo Black — that number gets pin-point tiny. Dialing in the numbers From those numbers, it’s clear our subject car is damn rare. One blog I read described the car as the GM version of the Hemi ’Cuda convertible — that sort of rare. It’s likely more rare than a 1967 Yenko (107 built), or at least very close to it. But we can keep digging. The car is well docu- mented to have only 1,500 miles on it — presumably one quarter-mile at a time, and the restoration is minty fresh and appears to be very well done. Noted Camaro/GM authority Jerry MacNeish also blessed the car as an original L78 model. While his report didn’t verify the authenticity or originality of detAIlIng Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 136 (1967 L78 convertible, approximate) Original list price: $3,761.25 Current ACC Median Valuation: $257,600 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $500-plus (costs multiply for NOS parts) VIn location: Driver’s side A-pillar Engine # location: Engine pad ahead of passenger’s side cylinder head the components or stampings, he did issue a certificate of authenticity that the car left the GM factory as an infinitely rare L78 convertible. Other documentation includes the full ownership history of the car since it sold new in Worthington, OH. It also includes copies of some of the track time It’s clear our subject car is damn rare. One blog I read described the car as the GM version of the Hemi ’Cuda convertible — that sort of rare. It’s likely more rare than a 1967 Yenko (107 built), or at least very close to it. slips, magazine articles, and a national Concours Gold from its somewhat pampered life (if you can consider drag racing a pampered existence). The engine was also reported to be original to the car when it left the GM factory and the sale included a notarized affidavit that the engine is, in fact, original to the car. Check, please Some very rare 1967–69 Camaros have rung the bell well into the six figures. Using the ACC Pocket Price Guide, a 1967 Yenko will chime in around $295k under the right circumstances. There are other Camaros, such as COPOS and the ultra-rare ZL1s, that can easily go north or south of that number. These are well-publicized cars that contain a lot of known data — meaning they don’t fly under the radar. I must admit, at first, this sure seemed like a ton of money for what appeared to be a $150k Camaro. In fact, most of the pre-market buzz was expecting the car to fall flat in the mid-$100k range. But, rule number one prevailed — always do your homework. By digging deep into the data, the Gooding estimate of $250k–$325k starts to make more sense, and, given the final sale of $257,600, it shines a spotlight on some excellent research by Gooding. I did my homework — and I assume the buyer did as well. This is one immensely rare, well-documented Camaro with excellent pedigree — and it deserved every penny. Call this a market-correct result. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) March–April 2019 57 Club: Camaro Research Group Web: www.camaros.org Alternatives: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390, 1968 Dodge Dart GTS Acc Investment grade: A Comps 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/ SS 396 L78 convertible Lot S121.1, VIN: 124677N180816 Condition: 2Sold at $66,340 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/2013 ACC# 227409 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko coupe Lot 14, VIN: 124377N229158 Condition: 1Sold at $350,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2013 ACC# 215565 1967 Chevrolet Camaro rS/SS nickey Stage III coupe Lot S97, VIN: 124377N184950 Condition: 1 Sold at $446,250 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/3/2008 ACC# 117955


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FOMOCO PROFILE 1967 FORD MUSTANG “ELEANOR” Star Car Hits Huge Payday Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Huge money rains onto a real “Gone in 60 Seconds” Eleanor movie car, but it’s not a real Shelby and it’s not real fast 58 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 7R02S211287 by Chad Taylor T his is an original car from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” This car was used in the street scenes in the movie, and it comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Cinema Vehicle Services signed by Ray Claridge, president of Cinema Vehicle Services. Also included is a license plate that was on the car in the movie. This Mustang is powered with a 351-ci Ford Motorsport crate engine mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, and it is equipped with Total Control suspension. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1437, sold for $385,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s January 12–20 auction in Scottsdale, AZ. Way back in 2000, we started the new millennium with the remake of 1974’s “Gone in 60 Seconds.” The new version starred big Hollywood names, including Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie. It did not, however, earn critical acclaim. Surprisingly, it got no Oscar nominations. The thing it did have was cars. Lots and lots of badass cars. An almost 10-year-old me saw this movie, and it has rumbled in my head ever since. At that time, only one star stood out: a now-legendary 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, known as “Eleanor.” The car’s the real star In my opinion — then and now — Nicolas Who Cares and Angelina Whatever just stole the screen time this car deserved. It didn’t matter that the film was cheesy and often implausible. When is the last time you saw a Mustang jump off a flatbed tow-truck, soar beautifully over cars and then land on the other side without issue? Like me, many car folks noticed this gorgeous customized fastback. They have become so popular, in fact, that they are often referred to as a legit model, the GT500 E, and owners of these argue about who has a “real” Eleanor. Yes, they’re arguing over a car that is not a replica — but a continuation car. A real continuation GT500 of a fake GT500 built for a movie. Oh, the irony. But with fame comes money. Any time one of the cars built for “Gone in 60 Seconds” crosses the block, it brings a ton of real fast cash. Big bucks for real movie cars In 2013, Mecum sold one of the original 11 cars that Cinema Vehicle Services built for the movie. The car sold for an absurd $1,070,000. Granted, that million-dollar Eleanor was featured in shots with Nic Cage. Another CVS-built car, much like our subject car, sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2009 for $217k. Another one sold at Mecum in 2013 for $267.5k.


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detAIlIng Years produced: 1967 Number produced: 11 (Cinema Vehicle Services) Original list price: N/A Current ACC Median Valuation: $326,250 Tune-up/major service: $300 VIn location: Upper flange of left front fender apron Engine # location: N/A (crate motor) Club: Mustang Club of America Web: www.mustang.org Alternatives: “The Fast and the Furious” 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, 1968 Ford Mustang “Bullitt,” “Smokey and the Bandit” 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Acc Investment grade: A (one of the original 11) Comps How disappointing. This GT500 will not be going far in 60 seconds. The new owner will get tons of style points and bragging rights on owning a real-deal Eleanor, but she or he will not win many races. At $385,000, it seems like our Eleanor has seen some appreciation over the past few years. A fake Shelby in a real movie I have mixed feelings about this sale. On one hand, you have a fake, highly customized Shelby, but on the other hand you have a legitimate movie star of a car with signed documentation proving its celebrity. I also need to mention that this car sports a 351-ci Ford crate engine mated to a 3-speed auto. How disappointing. This GT500 will not be going far in 60 seconds. The new owner will get tons of style points and bragging rights on owning a real-deal Eleanor, but she or he will not win many races. Ultimately, it comes down to style over substance. Which do you prefer? And how much are you willing to spend to get it? Although this very slow car is still very cool, $385k seems too much to spend on a piece of memorabilia that looks great but has no grunt. I would rather suffer through the sub-par acting to remember Eleanor in her glory days of high-speed jumps off a ramp truck. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback Lot 2512, s/n 67402F2U00943 Condition 1Sold at $440,000 ACC# 256719 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/15 This car sports a 351-ci Ford crate engine mated to a 3-speed auto. 1967 Ford Mustang “Bullitt” replica fastback Lot 118, s/n 7R0S106536 Condition 2Sold at $90,567 Bonhams, London, U.K., 12/3/18 ACC# 6887684 1967 Shelby GT500 Eleanor fastback (movie car) Lot S135, s/n 7R02C179710 Condition 2 Sold at $1,070,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/13 ACC# 216486 March–April 2019 59


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MOPAR PROFILE 1970 PlyMouth heMI ’cudA Catch This Big Fish Juan Martinez ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s There seem to be more Hemi ’Cudas today than there were in 1970 VIN: BS23ROB146705 by Elana Scherr • 426 Hemi with 4-speed and Trak Pak • One of only 284 Hemi 4-speeds built for 1970 • Documented by Mopar expert Galen Govier • Includes original Chrysler broadcast sheet • Only 19,850 miles, believed original C 60 AmericanCarCollector.com onstructed at Chrysler’s Hamtramck, MI, assembly plant with a scheduled production date of October 6, 1969, this ’Cuda left the factory finished in Code EV2 “Tor-Red” Hi-Impact paint. It was ordered for maximum perfor- mance with legendary Code E74 dual-carbureted 426 Street Hemi V8 engine breathing through an aggressive “Shaker” hood scoop and mated to an A833 4-speed manual transmission. The standard equipment pack- age that was part of the Hemi 4-speed power combo includes a Code A33 Trak Pak featuring the venerable 9.75-inch Dana 60 rear axle with Sure Grip and 3.54:1 gears, the N51 Maximum Cooling package, N65 7-Blade Torque Drive Fan, S15 Hemi suspension with front sway bar, and S25 Firm Ride shock absorbers. As presented, the Hemi ’Cuda continues to benefit from a high-quality restoration to factory specifications. It is firmly believed that the current mileage of 19,850 is accurate and original. A spectacular example of one of the ultimate American factory supercars ever produced, this rare and authentic 4-speed 1970 Hemi ’Cuda represents a truly significant opportunity for muscle-car aficionados and enthusiasts. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 134, sold for mium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on $173,600, including buyer’s pre- January 17–18, 2019. The Plymouth Barracuda has been in Chrysler’s stable — or should we say fish tank? — since 1964. Originally based on the compact A-body platform, it was intended to compete with the Chevy Corvair — and to beat out Ford, which was rumored to be working on a sporty Ford Falcon. Early Barracuda fans remain loyal to the bubble window and later ’60s notchback styles, but fans of the ’70s-style models joke that if Plymouth had introduced the sleek and powerful E-body ’Cuda in 1964 before the Mustang debuted, we’d be using the term “Fishy Cars” instead of “Pony Cars.” Ah, but Chrysler was about three years too late bringing out its long-nosed, short-decked competition to Mustang, Camaro and Trans-Am. That made it rough for Barracuda sales at the time — but it makes for a rare collector car today. How rare? Well, there seem to be more Hemi ’Cudas around these days than there were in 1970, but most sources say 666 1970 ’Cudas were sent out in the world with the 426-ci Hemi engine under the Shaker hood. Of those, only 284 had a manual transmission, so this Tor-Red, triple-pedal car is no common ’Cuda. Myth and muscle Reviews of the Hemi ’Cuda in 1970 weren’t stellar — except from drag-racing rags such as Hot Rod and Car Craft, whose writers were happy to tune a test car and fit it with slicks before hitting the track. Mainstream reviewers found the Hemi overwhelm- ing, and struggled to get better than 14-second quarter-mile times on the skinny street tires. Plymouth


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detAIlIng Years produced: 1970–71 Number produced: 666 (1970) Current ACC Median Valuation: $198,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Chassis # location: VIN plate on the driver’s side dash was also suffering from a reputation for poor build quality at the time, and you’ll see this reflected in the reviews. Motor Trend’s A.B. Sherman complained about the window seal, the seats and the visibility in his May 1970 write-up, and that was just in the first few paragraphs. Other reviews criticized the cost and the fuel mileage. Yeah, bringing out a 10-mpg, $5,000 Plymouth at the start of a double-whammy fuel crisis and economic Fans of the ’70s-style models joke that if Plymouth had introduced the sleek and powerful E-body ’Cuda in 1964 before the Mustang debuted, we’d be using the term “Fishy Cars” instead of “Pony Cars.” downturn pretty much guaranteed that the Hemi ’Cuda wouldn’t be around for long. It wasn’t Plymouth’s best timing. Here’s the thing, though. None of that matters now. Do the windows rattle in the doors? Yup, but you won’t hear it over the sound of 425 big horses and the dying squeals of reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires. The ’Cuda is everything muscle cars should be — bright, brutal, cartoonish and fast. You don’t have to know anything about car collecting to appreciate the good looks and great rumble of a Hemi car. This Hemi car There are no cheap Hemi ’Cudas, but there is a wide spread in exactly how pricey they are. At the top are the ultra-rare 1971 convertibles. Those are the ones making headlines with multimillion-dollar sales. They made fewer than 20 of them, so you can imagine it’s hard to find a real one. 1970 drop-tops are second, also with seven-figure price tags. Our 1970 hard top is the most common of the Hemi ’Cudas, although that’s a bit like saying that diamond studs are the most common gemstone jewelry. I still want some. This particular fish gets a bump in price from its 4-speed transmission and accompanying “Trak Pak,” which includes the coveted and unbreakable Dana 60 rear end. Red paint works as well on Plymouths as it does on Corvettes and Ferraris, so the high-impact Tor-Red probably didn’t hurt as it rolled across the auction block. One performance option we don’t see on this car are the color-matched “Elastomeric” bumpers. Nothing against chrome, but the color-keyed option makes these cars even more of a stand-out. It clearly didn’t bother the buyer. I call this ’Cuda well-sold at $173,600.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top Lot S118, s/n BS23R0B179117 Condition 1 Sold at $154,000 ACC# 6829730 Mecum, Kansas City, MO, 3/24/17 Club: Plymouth Barracuda Owners Club Original list price: $4,700$5,200 Engine # location: Pad located on the right side of the block to the rear of the engine mount Web: www.pbcoc.com Alternatives: 1970–71 Dodge Challenger Hemi, 1970-71 Plymouth ’Cuda 440+6, 1969–70 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Acc Investment grade: A Comps 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top Lot 39, s/n BS23R1B204626 Condition 1Sold at $418,000 Worldwide, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/18 ACC# 6856543 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-door hard top Lot 532, s/n BS23R0B105818 Condition 2Sold at $148,500 Leake, Oklahoma City, OK, 2/24/17 ACC# 6827773 March–April 2019 61


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM PROFILE 1925 SPurgIn-gIoVAnIne cheVrolet ROADSTER Soaked in Dry-Lakes History Very few early historic racing hot rods have survived, and this is one of the best of all time VIN: N/A by Ken Gross • Among the most historic 1940s California drylakes roadsters • Built by Albata Club members Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine • 1948 SCTA Class A Roadster Champion: perfect 1,800-point score • Featured on the cover of the March 1949 issue of Hot Rod • Displayed in the Historic Hot Rod Class at Pebble Beach in 2010 • Dry Lakes Racing Hall of Fame inductee • Grand National Roadster Show Class Winner ACC Analysis This car, Lot 115, sold for $212,800, including buyer’s premium, at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 19, 2019. Starting in the 1920s, mechanically minded young men started stripping down old cars and modifying engines. They couldn’t wait to see how fast their home-built racers could go, often racing each other on the street, which led to a negative public perception of these “hot rodders.” In 1937, when the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) was organized, hot rod clubs in Southern California banded together, under the SCTA’s auspices, to improve the image of hot-rodding, and to compete legitimately (and safely). The location? A network of flat, expansive dry 62 AmericanCarCollector.com Its dry-lakes honors and Hot Rod cover-car status make this car a very special survivor lake beds, located in the Mojave desert about 2,800 feet above sea level, well to the north and east of Los Angeles. The lake effect Known as El Mirage, Muroc, and Harper’s, the dry lakebeds were dusty and susceptible to high winds. The lake surface was made up of alkali-laced, hard-packed dirt. It took several hours for dedicated racers to make their way to the open, largely deserted areas. As timing gear evolved and top speeds climbed, the SCTA and several competing organizations such as the Russetta, Cal-Neva and Bell Timing Associations, set up straight-line courses, marking the start and finish lines, as well as acceleration and runoff/braking areas. Racers often had to wait hours for each individually timed run, but it was safer than illegal street racing. After World War II, racing exploded in popularity among young men, many of whom had service-honed mechanical skills. Classes were established for stripped-down street roadsters, but it soon became obvious that higher speeds on the dry lakes required more specialized cars. In 1949, SCTA classes were divided into both stock- bodied and modified roadsters. The latter always featured open wheels, channeled bodies, and eventually, full belly pans and more streamlined noses. At the time, Mike Maez ©2018, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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the fastest modified production-bodied cars at the lakes were channeled, low-slung mid-1920s Model T Ford and Chevrolet roadsters, such as our subject car. A Chevy, not a Ford This iconic racer mated Spurgin’s 1925 Chevy roadster with Giovanine’s 183-ci Chevy 4, built in 1947 and 1948. Before the flathead V8 ruled the lakes, clever ma- chinists and engine builders mixed and matched parts to optimize horsepower. This engine had a sturdy Ford Model “C” crankshaft, Curtiss OX-5 aircraft engine connecting rods, an Olds OHV three-port head milled for a sky-high 16.25:1 compression ratio, a Winfield cam, Mallory ignition and twin Duke Hallock-designed side-draft carburetors. It cranked out about 150 hp — quite a lot of power for a relatively small engine with a lightweight, streamlined body and chassis. The S-G roadster first ran at the October 1947 SCTA meet, turning 118.89 mph and finishing 15th that season. Prior to 1948, it was streamlined with an aluminum track nose and hood, and a full belly pan. The Chevy front axle was replaced with a ’32 Ford I-beam, and hydraulic brakes were installed on the rear wheels. By the final 1948 SCTA meet, the roadster turned a two-way average of 123.655 mph, achieving a perfect 1,800-point score and the Class A Championship by setting a record at every meet. In March 1949, the speedy roadster made the cover of Hot Rod, and was included in the SCTA Hot Rod Exposition at the Los Angeles National Guard Armory. Spurgin sold the car in 1954 to Carl Borgh, who installed a GMC 6 and turned 141.73 mph at El Mirage. Re-engineered, it topped 149 mph at Bonneville, ran its last race at Lions dragstrip in 1957, and then disappeared for four decades. Back from the dead David Lawrence found the derelict racer in Apple Valley, CA, in the late 1990s. Fortunately, the frame, streamlined body and other trademark features were still intact. Dr. Ernie Nagamatsu acquired the car in 2004 and commissioned a superbly accurate restoration, with research help from the families of the previous owners. Completed in 2009, the roadster won class awards at the Grand National Roadster Show and Palos Verdes Concours, and was shown on the lawn at Pebble Beach. detAIlIng Years produced: 1925, 1947 Number produced: 519,229 (all production, 1925) Original list price: $525 Current ACC Median Valuation: $212,800 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $200 (approximate) VIn location: N/A Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) The Spurgin-Giovanine Class-A dry-lakes roadster remains one of the most beautiful and successful of the early post-war SCTA racers. Don Montgomery, whose hot rod pictorials helped preserve the early racing era, wrote that the Spurgin-Giovanine’s flawless performance in the 1948 SCTA Championship season “was an incredible milestone feat in land speed history.” For collectors, its dry-lakes honors and Hot Rod cover-car appearance make it a very special survivor. Gooding & Company estimated a $250,000 to $300,000 range for this car at its Scottsdale auction. But that’s largely uncharted territory with few sales to compare. When the now-deceased Ralph Whitworth paid $385k for the ex-Jim Khougaz ’32 Ford racer and $440k for the ex-Tom Beatty belly tank in 2007 for his stillborn museum in Winnemucca, NV, he was pretty flush, and he arguably overpaid — as both of those cars sold for substantially less in subsequent auction sales. Ross Myers owns a superb collection of historic hot rods at his Three Dog Garage in Boyertown, PA. He recently bought the ex-Norm Grabowsky “Kookie Kar” — and he purchased the Spurgin-Giovanine roadster. “I was intrigued by its early history,” Myers says, “and the fact that its original parts were still intact. Most racers of its era were either wrecked or robbed of their originality over the years.” I think the price paid was very fair for both seller and buyer. Very few early historic racing hot rods from this era have survived, and this is one of the best of all time. Well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Web: www.goodguys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other ’30s-to’40’s-era period dry-lakes and Bonneville racers Acc Investment grade: A Comps 1932 Ford 404 Jr. roadster Lot 244, VIN: 1B34926 Condition: 1Sold at $324,000 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/24/2018 ACC# 6877262 1932 Ford roadster, Ex-Jim Khougaz Lot 210, VIN: 18155453 Condition: 2+ Sold at $187,000 ACC# 265231 RM Sotheby’s, Fort Worth, TX, 5/2/2015 1951 Tom Beatty Belly Tank Lakester Lot 28, VIN N/A Condition: 4 Sold at $440,000 Gooding & Co, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 ACC# 46531 March–April 2019 63


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AMERICANA PROFILE 1940 ford MArMon-herrIngton STANDARD STATION WAGON Original Explorer David McNeese ©2018, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s It’s not surprising that only a few survived, and extant examples are now counted in the tens, not the hundreds 64 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 185820441 by Jeff Zurschmeide • Formerly of the Nick Alexander Collection • Rare Marmon-Herrington all-wheel-drive woodie • Multiple award winner, including First in Class at Pebble Beach, 2003 ACC Analysis This car, Lot 268, sold for $252,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on January 18, 2019. There’s a reason the SUV was invented. People have always wanted or needed to go places where there aren’t any roads. By the mid-1930s, automakers knew that four-wheel drive was a key feature in creating a capable goanywhere vehicle, but it was expensive to implement. Further, most people back then weren’t willing to pay extra for such a feature unless they really needed it, so the market for 4WD was too small to warrant a regular production option. That would all change after World War II and the development of the basic Civilian Jeep (CJ), but in the pre-war years you could still get 4WD if you were willing to pay the aftermarket price to get it. Companies such as Marmon-Herrington (founded in 1931) and NAPCO (from 1942) existed to take a standard vehicle and give it the off-road treatment. Marmon was the same company that produced the 1911 “Wasp” racing car that won the very first Indianapolis 500. Marmon went on to produce luxury touring cars through the 1920s. When that market dried up in the doldrums of the Great Depression, Marmon partnered with Col. Arthur Herrington to change course and pursue military contracts for 4WD heavy trucks and tow vehicles. By the mid-’30s, the company branched out and offered 4WD-modified civilian vehicles as well. Marmon-Herrington is still in business today, making 4WD conversions for heavy trucks such as Freightliner, Kenworth and Peterbilt, among others. Expensive in its day In 1940, a Marmon-Herrington-modified Ford wasn’t exactly cheap. Where a standard Ford station wagon cost about $947 in standard trim and $1,014


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detAIlIng Years produced: 1937–40 Number produced: 3,255 (standard station wagon; M-H conversions unknown) Original list price: $947 ($1,800 for an M-H conversion) Current ACC Median Valuation: $239,250 Tune up/major service: $100 VIn location: Top of left frame rail, near steering box Engine # location: Bellhousing in Deluxe trim, the Marmon-Herrington started at $1,805, plus some extra depending on the wheels and tires you ordered. So it was easy to pay $2,000 for a Marmon-Herrington Ford back in 1940. That works out to about $35,500 in today’s dollars, or roughly the price of a basic three-row AWD crossover, which is what you were buying. What you got for your money was a new Ford vehicle, either a truck or a passenger car, with an upgraded clutch and transmission, a single-range transfer case, and a modified rear axle with universal It’s unlikely that you could ever find another car like this in anything like this condition, no matter how much you were willing to spend. joints to drive and steer the front wheels. The car’s frame was also updated with additional bracing. Early conversions were full-time AWD, but starting in 1939, Marmon-Herrington vehicles were equipped with the ability to disconnect the front axle and run in RWD mode. Trucks and wagons were popular conversions, but the M-H kit could theoretically be installed on just about any Ford. While Marmon-Herrington vehicles were expensive, having a big SUV was not a status symbol in that era. Consequently the modified trucks and wagons tended to be purchased by businesses for work purposes. Oilfields, mining operations and forestry were popular applications for MarmonHerrington trucks. A rare gem Today, it’s comparatively hard to find a Marmon- Herrington vehicle, and truly rare to find one in show condition. There never were very many made, and these rigs had tough lives. It’s not surprising that only a few survived, and extant examples are now counted in the tens, not the hundreds. The subject vehicle, a woodie wagon, resided in New England at least since the ’50s, and was purchased, restored, and placed in a collection back in 2000. This particular woodie won its class at Pebble Beach in 2003, and has collected other top awards as well. It’s hard to establish a comparable price for a ve- hicle like this, but let’s start by noting that concourswinning Ford woodies of the era have been known to sell for well over $100,000 (ACC# 256715). Solid examples routinely trade in the mid to high five figures (ACC# 6878965) and sometimes peak over $100,000 (ACC# 245185). The most recent recorded sale of another Marmon-Herrington conversion in the ACC Premium Auction Database was a 1939 pickup truck that went for $66,000 in 2016 (ACC# 6805337). Yet for all that, this sale is unique. This vehicle brings together the rarity of the Marmon-Herrington conversion on a passenger car with the quality of a Pebble-winning restoration. It’s unlikely that you could ever find another car like this in anything like this condition, no matter how much you were willing to spend. With that in mind, $252,000 is a great buy on an unmatched and irreplaceable piece of Americana. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1940 Ford Deluxe woodie wagon Lot 818, VIN: 99A211735 Condition: 1Sold at $203,500 ACC# 201943 RM Auctions, Hampton, NH, 6/9/2012 1939 Ford Model 91 Marmon-Herrington pickup Lot 70, VIN: 184907508 Condition: 3 Sold at $33,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 4/23/2016 ACC# 6799603 Club: Early Ford V8 Club of America Web: www.earlyfordv8.org Alternatives: 1935–40 Chevrolet Suburban, 1941– 42 Chrysler Town & Country, 1953–57 International Harvester Travelall Acc Investment grade: A Comps 1939 Ford Deluxe woodie wagon Lot 147, VIN: 185024182 Condition: 2 Sold at $209,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2009 ACC# 141207 March–April 2019 xx 65


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RACE PROFILE 1964 FORD FALCON SPRINT RACER Special-Interest Steal Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Putting a special-interest racing car into a generalinterest auction can be a recipe for disappointment VIN: 4H13F100999 by Thor Thorson T 66 AmericanCarCollector.com his 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint is an SCCA Trans-American FIA/GT race car. The 999 VIN and the fiberglass doors, front fenders, hood and trunk lid identify this Falcon as a “63 Prototype” car. It was driven and built by Shelby team driver Bob Johnson and was sold in 1967 to SCCA driver Jim Harrell, who raced it in the 1968 SCCA A-Sedan races. The race car was acquired by its fifth, and current, owner in 2016 and recently underwent a complete mechanical restoration, leaving all cosmetics in as-is condition from the 1968 season. It is now powered by a 289-ci 458-hp 8-cylinder engine mated to a Super T-10 4-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end with Detroit locker and 3.50 gears. This documented race car was a First in Class Group 6 winner and is Goodwood eligible. It includes FIA papers and an SVRA Medallion. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1064, sold for $79,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 19, 2019. American and European society began evolving very quickly by the mid-1960s. From an automotive standpoint, in the U.S. it involved the influx and acceptance of small cars, first with Volkswagen and European sports cars, followed by the Corvair and Falcon. The new generation of buyers was interested in performance and competition: NASCAR racing was becoming a major professional sport in the U.S. and sports-car racing was capturing amateur hearts and minds. After struggling to recover from the war, European economies were starting to boom and buy cars — an item of great import to global manufacturers such as Ford. The result was that Ford corporate started thinking seriously about small performance cars and getting the Ford name associated with winning races. Going faster It started with Ford putting the small 260 V8 into a few 1963 Falcons, and was followed by a complete redesign of the Falcon for 1964 — one much edgier and aggressive-looking. The Falcon Sprint was introduced with the 289 V8 and a 4-speed manual transmission plus various go-fast options available. Simultaneously, Ford was working on the Mustang — the car that kicked off the Pony Car revolution.


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As this was happening, Ford was getting more involved with both U.S. and European road racing. In 1963, Ford agreed to supply three race-prepared Galaxie 500 427s to British racer John Willment so he could contest the Jaguar dominance in U.K. sedan racing. Although huge and lumbering, they proved very competitive and served Ford’s purposes very well. As soon as the new Falcon Sprint was available, it was pressed into service as a more appropriately sized racer. Ford quietly helped prepare a new pure-race version of the Sprint for both European and American use, using fiberglass body parts, engine modifications and various other tricks to get the weight down and performance up to racing standards. These cars were not technically built by Ford, but lots of help was given to the guys who built them. A number were shipped to the U.K. to replace the Galaxies, while a few ended up with important Ford-friendly American racers to be run in the SCCA A-Sedan wars. A real racer Our subject car was originally raced by Shelby American driver Bob Johnson, and has been a dedicated racing car from new. It and the other racing Falcon Sprints were very successful for a few years but fell victim to the Mustang’s hegemony. The Mustang’s wild success caused Ford to neglect the Falcon Sprint both in the general market and as a racer, so it faded from prominence as newer and faster Mustangs and Shelby GT350s took over the spotlight. In spite of this, the Falcon Sprint maintained some distinct racing advantages. The biggest of these was weight. Aside from bodywork, the Mustang and Falcon of 1964–65 were virtually identical; platform, engine, transmission, and most suspension were the same. Allowable racing weight, however, was a different matter: The Falcon was allowed 2,160 pounds, while the Mustang had to weigh 2,700 pounds. That is 540 pounds, or 20%! The Mustang was allowed substantially more tire (seven-inch rim vs. 5.5) and had less frontal area for better aerodynamics, but the weight advantage was huge. By 1967, the Mustang had evolved to the point that the Falcon was obsolete as a racer. They soldiered on, of course, but nowhere near the front. Engines were now 5 liters (302 ci). Chevrolet introduced the Camaro, AMC the Javelin, and the Trans-Am wars superseded everything that came before. Location, location, location In the U.S., vintage racing is active and has a par- ticular affection for the grids of American sedans. But we tend to group everything in the general category together, which means that a 1964 Falcon Sprint runs against Trans-Am Camaros, Mustangs and the like. As such, it is a beloved but uncompetitive antique. In Europe, all racing is done to FIA International rules, and they use absolute dates for eligibility. The essential split is 1966: cars built before then (Jaguars, Galaxies, Falcons, early Mustangs) run as a separate group from the later ones (Trans-Am primarily), which means that a good Falcon Sprint is a very serious weapon for the battle. Thus, they are far more valuable in Europe, and particularly the U.K. Beyond that, there are at least 10 major auction houses (and lord knows how many minor ones) with sales taking place all over the world, and each venue tends to have a set of strengths and weaknesses for a particular type of car. Racing cars are notoriously difficult to sell well at auctions for a number of reasons, which makes choosing the right venue critical to a result. Scottsdale in January is emphatically not where you want to sell a weapons-grade racing car. In general, racers don’t go there, and the few who do tend to frequent the lower-volume specialty events such as Gooding or RM Sotheby’s. There are relatively good auction venues for selling racing cars; they are generally associated with major racing events so that the appropriate buyers are paying attention. Goodwood in the U.K. and Monaco are the best in Europe, Monterey is good in the U.S., as are some of the marque-specific auctions like RM’s Porsche event. But putting a special-interest racing car into a general-interest auction can be a recipe for disappointment. My English colleagues all shook their heads when they learned of this sale. As it was, nobody in that circle knew it was going to be sold, and their consistent feeling was that if presented at a race car-specific auction, such as the one held alongside the Goodwood Revival, it could have returned a significantly better result — perhaps as much as 30% or 40% more. Hopefully the successful purchaser will enjoy playing with this Falcon Sprint. If not, they can probably do very well by shipping it to the U.K. and selling it where people really want to race it. Very well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) detAIlIng Year produced: 1964 Number built: Approximately 10–15 Original list price: N/A Current ACC Median Valuation: $79,200 (this car) Tune-up/major service: $250 VIn location: Top of left front inner fender apron Engine # location: Bellhousing at starter mount Club: Falcon Club of America (FCA) Web: www.falconclub.com Alternatives: 1964–65 Mustang 289, 1963–65 Jaguar S-Type 3.8, 1963–64 Ford Galaxie 500 Acc Investment grade: B Comps 1965 Shelby GT350 R fastback Lot 162, VIN: SFM5R096 Condition 3+ Sold at $720,000 ACC# 6877335 RM Sotheby’s, Monterey, CA, 8/24/2018 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2-dr hard top Lot 217, VIN: 3N66R143030 Condition 3+ Sold at $623,561 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K, 9/9/2017 ACC# 6852258 1964 ford falcon fIA racer Lot 280, VIN: N/A Condition: 2 Sold at $99,027 Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K., 2/23/2013 ACC# 215546 March–April 2019 67


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TRUCK PROFILE 1962 cheVrolet corVAIr 95 RAMPSIDE PICKUP Dare to Be Different Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Don’t think that you’re always leading the market when you pay big VIN: 2R124S100774 by B. Mitchell Carlson I 68 AmericanCarCollector.com n 1962, only 4,102 Corvair 95 Rampside trucks were built. This truck is registered in the Corvanatics Corvair 95 Registry and is one of only 101 registered. All of the registry paperwork is included. It was completely restored and is in show-quality condition. As the trim tag indicates, this truck was born Crystal Turquoise, but during the restoration it was painted Woodlawn Green and Cameo White. Everything on the exterior has been replaced or restored, including all the glass. It’s equipped with the custom chrome package, which includes the windshield trim, bumpers and hubcaps. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 175, sold for $77,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 15, 2019. The Chevrolet Corvair was introduced in October 1959 with a goal of taking on the Volkswagen Beetle. GM figured they could beat VW at their own game with one-upmanship. VW had a 4-cylinder air-cooled engine, so GM built a 6. VW had a small coupe, GM made a four-door sedan. GM was also gunning for VW’s Type II truck as well. That little truck was considered so much of a threat that it eventually was the targeted vehicle of the 1964 “Chicken Tax,” which is still with us today: a 25% tariff on imported light-duty trucks. Yet before legislation, GM and Ford were the first to fire back with compact vans and pickups. Both introduced for the 1961 model year, the Ford Econoline and the Chevrolet Corvair 95 (as in 95-inch wheelbase) showed the future of American light-duty vans. The Corvair had its air-cooled engine in the back — thanks to Ford’s familiar powertrain from the year-old Ford Falcon, and it became the sales winner overnight. Each of those two manufacturers also offered a pickup truck variant. American tastes generally deemed the drop-side VW pickups as too rudimentary, so both domestic competitors offered styleside pickups — essentially vans with the roof cut off behind the driver. Corvair had two versions: the Loadside and the Rampside. Both had a lower section than the Ford


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behind the cab and ahead of the rear wheelwells. The Rampside was unique, featuring a sidemounted tailgate that dropped to the ground, creating a ramp into the side of the truck bed. A niche market With the Rampside, GM had a truly unique truck. Appliance, music and hardware stores thought they were a godsend; Rampsides were just the thing to deal with heavy and awkward refrigerators, pianos and lawn mowers. Chevy even got sales from Ma Bell, as the Bell System authorized purchases of Rampsides for supervisors of cable construction crews (as a reel of cable could be easily rolled in and out of the back). But despite the novelty of the Rampside, sales were never really there. After a mediocre first year of 10,787 sold, sales plummeted in subsequent years until it was discontinued after 851 were built in 1964. The Loadside fared even worse. After a paltry 2,475 first-year sales, it never made it to 1963 after 369 measly sales in 1962 — it’s the rarest Corvair of all time. Corvair cult By and large, Corvair people are into both the cars and the trucks interchangeably. I’m ACC’s resident Corvair loony, and my first “collector car” was a $50 1961 Corvan 95 in 1983. Early on, Rampsides were at the top of the Forward Control (FC) pecking order — back when $2,500 would buy the nicest one on the planet and I was getting paid $50 to take running vans. Today, you’ll likely have to pony up $2,500 to get the worst one in the junkyard. In the past two decades, several factors have seen Rampside prices move smartly up. First, to a certain extent, GM has finally embraced the FC (even if they still have a cold shoulder for Corvair cars). Secondly, Corvairs of all stripes have finally moved out of the bargain basement of collector-car pricing. Finally, the vintage pickup and SUV craze of the past decade-plus has moved all pickups smartly up the valuation guides — especially those that are left of center. A new reality for a Rampside? Corvair forums lit up like Christmas trees almost as soon as this hammered sold, wondering if there was anything about it that made it special. The answer is a resounding no. First off, it’s not exactly an authentic restoration. Originally, it was Crystal Turquoise Metallic rather than this color-change repaint and added belly stripe. That respray — with the cargo floor and ramp deck in an incorrect gray in lieu of body color — covers quite a few small dents and dings in the cargo box, so the new owner certainly didn’t get their money’s worth in body prep and paint. The engine bay looks pretty in the catalog images, yet it has a correct-for-1964-only alternator rather than the stock generator. The interior was trimmed out quite well with good workmanship, with a lot of repro parts that have become available only in recent years. While the reproduction seat features Deluxe Corvair forums lit up like Christmas trees almost as soon as this hammered sold, wondering if there was anything about it that made it special. The answer is a resounding no. Rampside vinyl, the painted steel doors (in lieu of the Deluxe trim, which has vinyl panels) confirm that this is a standard trim Rampy. 1961 was the final year that GM sourced wide whitewall tires that went all the way to the rims, so the correct optional whitewall was approximately an inch wide. Call me picky, but a vehicle should set a new record price either because it’s concours lawn-quality accurate or the modifications in work and materials justify it. Neither was the case here. Had this been a CORSA Concours Senior Award winner, done in the correct original colors to precisely match the way it rolled out of St. Louis Assembly Plant’s truck line, $77k still shouldn’t have been the number. Trucks may be stars right now, but in the general market, Corvair-powered FCs still carry too much baggage for even today’s new breed of truck collector. That said, $50k would not have surprised me, meeting the above criteria with concours provenance to back it up. Spend your money the way you want to, but don’t think that you’re necessarily leading the market when you do so. Chalk this one up as very well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) detAIlIng Years produced: 1961–64 Number produced: 4,102 (1962); 18,342 (all years) Original list price: $2,165 Current ACC Median Valuation: $16,500 Tune-up/major service: $275 VIn location: Tag spotwelded to the driver’s door frame, adjacent to the driver’s left ear. Engine # location: Front top of the driver’s side half of the engine block, between the engine fan plenum cover and the generator bracket/oil fill casting. Club: CORSA (Corvair Society of America) Web: www.corvair.org Alternatives: 1960–66 Chevrolet C-10 pickup, 1961–67 Ford Econoline pickup, 1964–70 Dodge A-100 pickup Acc Investment grade: B Comps 1964 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside pickup Lot T62.1, VIN: 4R124S103314 Condition: 3+ Sold at $13,750 ACC# 6877396 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/23/2018 1962 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside pickup Lot 340, VIN: 2R1245S105776 Condition: 2+ Sold at $19,170 MAG Auctions, Reno, NV, 8/12/2017 ACC# 6843571 1961 Chevrolet Corvair 95 Rampside pickup Lot 540, VIN: 1R124S120408 Condition: 3+ Sold at $19,800 Branson, Branson, MO, 4/15/2016 ACC# 6799488 March–April 2019 69


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MARKET OVERVIEW Arizona truck prices soar over the past five years Pickups in the Desert Are Hotter Than Ever is most useful for saying that any random truck could have gone for this amount, without getting too stuck in the weeds. Let’s also keep in mind that these auction trucks are primed and shined for maximum dollar on sale day (usually), and are probably more expensive than what one finds while hunting on Craigslist. In 2015, buyers picked up 248 new-to-them trucks at an average price of $37,079, with the median at $30,250. The top seller was from Barrett-Jackson — a 1940 Ford Boyd Coddington custom pickup at $374,000. For 2016, just 150 pickups found new homes over the auction week. They averaged $46,761 (plus $9,682 over the previous year) and the median calculated to $36,300. Top seller again came from Barrett-Jackson — this one a 1957 Chevrolet custom truck nicknamed “Quicksilver” that went for $214,500. This is the peak of average truck prices in our timeline. The numbers dip a little in 2017. On 237 lots, the av- erage fell by $10,154 to $36,607, with the median truck value this year coming in at $29,700. To the surprise of no one, Barrett-Jackson sold the highest-priced truck this year as well. It was a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 custom that sold for $205,700. The numbers jumped back up in 2018. The average Barrett-Jackson 2019 Lot 432 sold for $36,300, right below the 2019 median truck price in Arizona by Chad Tyson Y ou know that we’ve been watching pickup prices move up and up and up for a while now. Instead of vague notions and feelings, let’s dig into the sold truck prices over the past five years in Arizona. What we’re going to look at is the number of sold pickup trucks, what the average and median (half sold above this point, and half sold below) prices were, and the top-selling price for each year at all the auctions take place during the Arizona Auction Week. I find that using the high price and median gives a fair snapshot of the overall numbers in that we have the ceiling and the middle point. The average BEST BUYS 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 2-dr hard top, $44,000—Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 82 70 AmericanCarCollector.com 1931 Duesenberg Model J Custom Berline, $506,000— Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 110 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, $58,800—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 119 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 fastback, $50,400—Bonhams, AZ, p. 124 1936 Packard Twelve series 1407 coupe, $11,550— Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 117 sold price rose by $7,215 to $43,822 on 239 lots. The median value came in at $35,200, again up over the previous year. High seller, again from Barrett-Jackson, was a custom (I’m sensing a theme here) 1941 Dodge Power Wagon for $220,000. This year, 2019 for those still counting, our average checks in at $43,679 (minus $143 from 2018) and the median is $37,400. Auction companies sold 190 trucks in total. Barrett-Jackson’s high seller — top of the week, too — was a custom (you knew it) 1958 Jeep FC170 sold at $159,500. This is the highest median in our timeline. From start to end on our timeline, the truck market in Arizona showed appreciable growth — even with the number of lots fluctuating year-to-year — ranging from 150 to 248 trucks. On average, you’d have spent $37,079 on a truck in 2015, while that number increased by $6,600 (17.8% increase) over the five-year look back. Median value increased by $7,150 from 2015 to 2019. A


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES IN THIS ISSUE buy It NOW WHAT TO PURCHASE IN TODAY’S MARKET — AND WHY 2009–13 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 At the ACC seminar on 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1981 Jeep CJ-7 Custom SUV, $1,310,000— Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 87 1930 Cadillac 452 Series 4260 sport phaeton, $940,000—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 118 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $912,500— Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 122 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster, $687,500—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 112 1969 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $522,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 116 1931 Duesenberg Model J Custom Berline, $506,000—Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 110 2005 Ford GT coupe, $352,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 96 1969 Dodge Daytona 2-dr hard top, $330,000—Barrett-Jackson, AZ, p. 84 2006 Ford GT coupe, $318,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 126 Speedster, $291,500— Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 110 10 72 AmericanCarCollector.com 1932 Auburn 12-160A Modified Boattail Wednesday morning, January 16, at Barrett-Jackson’s “Behind the Hobby” series, Ken Lingenfelter joined ACC writers Jay Harden, Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Sam Stockham and Editor Pickering on stage. While the seminar panelists offered a variety of opinions for cars to buy, sell and hold, the one that caught my ear was Lingenfelter’s pick to buy: a 2009–13 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. The usual focus is on buying something up and coming, rather than on a downward slide, as cars in that 2009–13 range are often regarded as used cars — even if they are tagged as future collectibles. These last of the C6s were top-level performers. The supercharged LS9 pumps out 638 hp and 604 ft-lb of torque. It also reportedly hit 192 mph on the Autobahn. Motor Trend tested a 2013 ZR1 against the SRT Viper GTS — the ’Vette was 2.1 seconds faster per lap around Laguna Seca. List MSRP started at $103,970 in 2009 and grew to $111,600 by 2013. Recent sales in the ACC Premium Auction Database show these cars selling for $66,000 to $91,300 in 2018. A possible 40% reduction in price with no loss for those 638 ponies? Where do I sign? There’s no guarantee that these top-of-the-line Corvettes will ever be worth as much as previous kings of the ’Vette hill — the L72, L88 or early Fuelies — or that they’ll ever sell for over their MSRP. However, it’s positioned atop the performance hierarchy of this era of Corvette, which only bodes well for its future collectibility. AuctIonS And totAlS In thIS ISSue $100m $120m $140m $160m $20m $40m $60m $80m $0 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 3–13, 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ January 12–20, 2019 Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ January 16, 2019 Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 16–20, 2019 Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ January 17, 2019 RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ January 17–18, 2019 Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ January 18–19, 2019 $124.4m $93.7m —Chad Tyson $48.2m $36.9m $9.2m $11.7m $16.1m


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Scottsdale 2019 A 1981 Jeep CJ-7 built for the Gary Sinise Foundation sold twice, topped by a sizable corporate donation, for a total of $1.3m Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ January 12–20, 2019 Auctioneers: Mast Auctioneers; Joseph Mast, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,820/1,821 Sales rate: 99.9% Sales total: $124,436,300 High American noncharity sale: 2005 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo coupe, sold at $687,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1981 Jeep CJ-7 custom SUV, sold at $1,310,000 Report and photos by John Boyle Market opinions in italics Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 74 AmericanCarCollector.com T hey call themselves “the world’s greatest collector car auctions.” I have to admit I came away impressed with the sheer number and quality of the offerings that appeared at the largest and oldest of the Scottsdale sales. It’s been awhile since I last attended Barrett-Jackson and I was surprised by what I saw — and didn’t see. You could count the ’30s classics on one hand (with a digit left over), and no ’60s-built Cobra roadsters were on offer. Sure, there were plenty of stock — and restored to better than new — examples of Detroit muscle, but on entering the main hall, what grabbed one’s attention was the number of cars that may have kept their old-school looks but were packed with modern technology. Company president Steve Davis summed up the changes: “From resto-mod Camaros to custom Broncos, the hunger for classic styling with modern technology is skyrocketing. A major generational shift has occurred…” I heard more than one conversation in which auction-goers picked their favorite C1 and 2 Corvette resto-mods. The top charity car was a 2019 Ford GT Heritage edition, VIN 001, benefiting the United Way of Southeast Michigan. It sold for $2.5m to Rick Hendrick. The first 2020 Shelby GT500 went to Craig Jackson for $1.1m to support juvenile diabetes research. Four Bumblebee Camaros from the “Transformers” film series sold as a single lot for $500,000 plus an extra $25k donation. A tastefully modified 1981 Jeep CJ-7 built on the “Gas Monkey Garage” TV series for the Gary Sinise Foundation sold twice for a total of $300k, and a sizable corporate donation raised the final total to $1.3m. The sale of a nice 1974 Pinto hatchback for $18,150 surprised more than a few. The $77,000 brought by a 1962 Corvair Rampside pickup left a few heads shaking while making flat-engine Chevy fans happy. The $124 million in total vehicle sales shows a healthy jump over last year’s $114 million while selling 91 more cars. With nearly 2,000 cars up for grabs, plus 250 vendors selling everything from therapy pillows to artwork, Alaskan vacations, retro-style carbon-fiberbodied Corvettes to helicopters, Barrett-Jackson is part carnival and part concours. Still, it remains a place for car enthusiasts to meet and see the latest trends as well as longtime favorites. A


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ clASSIcS #1389-1937 CORD 812 Sportsman S/C convertible. VIN: 31631F. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 1,034 miles. An eight-year-old restoration showing some wear. Noticeable paint touch-ups on left front panel, windshield trim lightly scratched. Chips where convertible top fits tonneau. Sidepipes and hood-vents trim excellent. Very nice interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,200. Tri-Five Chevys seem to be the barometer for assessing the values of ’50s cars. Five years ago, the ACC Pocket Price Guide gave these a value range of $49k–$69k; today it lists a median of $44k... But all the news isn’t bad since it also notes an 11% rise over the past year. This was a very clean example, which deservedly sold a few thousand above price-guide values. SOLD AT $231,000. Restorer Henry Portz is described as a leading member of the ACD club. In the ’80s, be began collecting parts for what became a 30-year restoration. After being finished in 2011, the car went through a couple of owners, and when being returned from a European collection, the engine block froze and cracked, necessitating a new block stamped with the original number. This car appears in the ACC Premium Auction Database as being sold with 21 fewer miles, for $100k, at the Bonhams’ Amelia Island sale in March 2018 (ACC# 6863715). Our reporter quoted the Bonhams’ catalog: “...never left the factory officially in its present configuration, but was assembled over a thirty-year period using original Cord 810/812 parts.” Indeed, the definitive Cord book, Cord Complete by Josh Malks, gives this serial to an un-supercharged Beverly sedan. If true, that might explain the 2018 bargain price. At any rate, the sale result here is fully priced for a Sportsman. GM #827-1957 cheVrolet bel AIr 2-dr hard top. VIN: VC57L1600838. Sierra Gold/white/ dark bronze cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 93,548 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Seller said it was a 30-year-old restoration and had just been wetsanded to prepare it for sale. It worked, as it’s one of the very few cars without polishing scratches. Very straight body with better-thanfactory shutlines. Bumpers have minor polishing scratches. Body and window stainless very good. Interior looks unused, with excellent soft trim and dash and refreshingly free of ’50s clichés— no tissue dispenser or fuzzy dice noted. Engine compartment clean and detailed. Cond: 2. 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $60,500. A great-looking car, this is what I think of when the Beach Boys sang “409.” Last sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2012 (ACC# 6742871), where it changed hands for the exact price that it did here; likely a case of paying slightly too much then, rather than a market or condition retreat today. Fairly sold and perhaps slightly well bought. #135-1965 cheVrolet corVAIr corsa convertible. VIN: 107675W232918. Evening Orchid/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 14,234 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, auto. An older restoration; the paint has a few minor scratches, SOLD AT $231,000. Number 27 of the 69 COPOs in ’69. As with many cars that were racers, this one has a bit of a story. It seems after a couple of years of racing, it was sent to a body shop #1018-1963 cheVrolet IMPAlA SS convertible. VIN: 31867B206271. Palomar Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,666 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be a seven-year-old restoration; car features a very straight body with very good paint. Replated bumper shows some waves. Original-finish aluminum grille looks untouched, showing a dullness that stands out against the rest of the car; still, it’s better than having it too shiny. Back panel trim very good. Stainless atop door has wear from elbow-out motoring. Good interior trim but driver’s seat looks a bit overstuffed. Console trim shows slight pitting. Engine bay clean and detailed with chrome dual-snorkel air cleaner and factory battery and hose clamps. Cond: 2-. door dings and a golf-ball-size shallow dent on driver’s side quarter panel. Aside from that, body is straight with decent panel gaps. Bumpers have nicks and scratches. Door-handle finish worn, but windshield and window trim good. Top fits very well with no wrinkles; clear plastic window. New tires on factory wheels with wire-wheel hubcaps. Very good seats and carpet, minor pitting on radio bezel; the radio itself is a newer, periodlooking unit. Engine bay is driver quality, but clean and dry. Front trunk shows no signs of rust or crash damage, but its gray pebble finish is worn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. The seller said this was a project he did with his late father. The one-yearonly Evening Orchid paint sets it apart, although may not be the first choice for an example with the turbocharged engine. Clearly well enjoyed, it sold right where price guides say it should have, so it’s ready for its next makeover. #1402-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO ZL1 coupe. VIN: 124379N609965. Dark green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 890 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exceptional bodywork in a great period color. Small chip at front of trunk opening, excellent chrome and stainless; has factory look, i.e. not too shiny. Base interior is as dark as a coal mine, not that anyone cares in the COPOs. Heart of the car is the all-aluminum ZL1 motor, which is spotless along with the rest of the engine bay. Decal states antifreeze was added 2-69. Formerly owned by Reggie Jackson. Cond: 2.


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ to be tubbed. Well, someone messed up and took out the entire trunk floor. The damage was so extensive it required major surgery. At any rate, the catalog notes: “This car has been rebodied.” Perhaps that’s why, despite its rarity and condition, it sold for about half of the ACC price-guide median. It’s still a COPO with the mighty ZL1, but there is a story attached. #757.5-1970 PontIAc trAnS AM coupe. VIN: 228870N127815. White/black vinyl. Odo: 60,700 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint on a straight body. Hood sits a bit high, other panel lines are good. Very nice Endura plastic nose. Correct finish on window stainless, a couple of chromed-over blemishes on back bumper. Blue stripe decal is lifting at base of spoiler. Interior very nice, with a few small bumps/waves on dashpad. Equipped with factory a/c. Engine bay clean, with aftermarket hoses. Seller notes recently upgraded suspension and that it was lowered two inches. Comes with records of frame-off restoration. Cond: 2. better than most two-year-old cars. Underhood is clean and original. Photos show the underside of the car to be as clean as the top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. A former ACC cover car (May–June 2018), where our Dale Novak called its $73,920 (ACC# 6863642) sale at Bonhams Amelia Island an incredible buy, especially considering it sold for $110k in late 2016 at Mecum Dallas (ACC# 6814167). It’s good to see the car recoup some of its past losses, and considering its rarity and the market for original cars, this one was again well bought. #1310-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370A137728. Cortez Silver/Parchment Pearl vinyl. Odo: 5,667 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint, far better than any GM plant was capable of in 1970. Super-straight body; the only negative is the trunk lid sits high, probably because of new rubber seals. Front bumper has minor waves but has correct factory sheen. Excellent window stainless. Beautiful interior—the only fault there is a Sha Na Na tape in the 8-track. I’d like to think anyone cool enough to drive this car would have better taste. Underhood correct and detailed, with period Delco battery. Comes with build sheets, books and awards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $45,100. One of just 3,196 Trans Ams in the model’s sophomore year. Sold well below the ACC median of $55k; I couldn’t find any glaring issues, so perhaps the buyers were put off by the modified suspension, which might give it a “street racer” image instead of a blue-chip collectible one. #1283-1970 oldSMobIle 442 W-30 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870M182832. Twilight Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 81,785 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint shows a bit of age, but has a nice shine and was good enough to win a preservation-class award at a concours last year. Front bumper has some light wear and scratches, as does the stainless, but with a car this age and with this many miles, comments about age and wear are just nit-picking. The interior shows SOLD AT $159,500. A sub-6k mile, matchingnumbers car that underwent a full restoration in 2000 using original and date-coded parts, this car has won nearly 100 first place awards since. Well equipped with Cowl Induction hood, 12-bolt rear with Positraction and a 3:31 ratio, buckets and console. Fully priced, but it’s not likely you’ll find a nicer one. Original MSRP was $4,682.55. #432-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Super Cheyenne pickup. VIN: CCE142B142489. Blue & white/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 20,231 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Well-applied, recent paint. No signs of use or abuse. Side trim likely repop. Good window trim. Spotless interior largely stock. Houndstooth seat covers fit well. Nice dash fitted with modern radio. Speakers in door panels. Driver’s door-lock plunger broken off. Engine bay not open. Cond: 2. March–April 2019 77


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ given condition and rarity, I’ll say it was well bought. The 1LE is offered on 2019 cars, meaning this one will hopefully go to a collection rather than the track. CORVETTE SOLD AT $36,300. The Super Cheyenne package included heavy-duty suspension, brakes, shocks and springs. With the integral cab lights and bed rails, this certainly looks the part of a top-of-the-line pickup from the period. Last seen last year at this same sale, where it brought $40,700 (ACC# 6862419). The 1967–72 Chevy trucks are the poster child for rising truck values; I can’t explain why this unit lost almost $4k in a year. Could be it got lost in the shuffle of so many trucks at Barrett-Jackson. Suffice it to say, the price paid is very fair in today’s market and may look like a bargain next year. #1532-1992 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 1LE coupe. VIN: 1G1FP23F9NL107659. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 1,961 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Well-cared-for original paint (with plenty of official, factory orange peel) marred only by a chip on driver’s door. Dash in excellent shape; seat foam is aging, so seat covers are baggy. RPO 1LE includes upgraded brakes, an aluminum driveshaft, baffled fuel tank, special shocks, stiffer suspension, 145-mph speedo, 5,000-rpm tach, oil cooler and no fog lights (to clear the grille for more cooling). Most, like this car, deleted anything that might sap power or add weight. This one has hand-crank windows. Nice wheels and tires. Hood not open. Cond: 2. #1353-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001290. Polo White/black cloth/ red vinyl. Odo: 30,298 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Number 290 of the 300 Corvettes produced in the inaugural year. An older restoration with the expected chips, the worst being a somewhat touched-up two-inch chip at the leading edge of the passenger’s door. Sink marks visible on hood, including a two-inch circle, but no cracking. The fiberglass bodies on these are notoriously bad. However, this one has decent gaps, but both doors and trunk sit proud. Fresh interior likely better than new. Wide whitewalls are yellowing. Engine bay is clean and correct, but has modern battery. Cond: 2. high-performance brakes, subtle indirect LED lights, and custom engine cover over the supercharged LS1. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $269,500. Builder/seller told me he bought it as a ’54 body with no chassis or powertrain. In other words, no running ’54 Corvettes were harmed in the making of this custom. Multiple Ridler and Goodguys award winner and featured in several magazines. Now, $269k is a lot of money for any car, and I’m not normally a fan of too-perfect customs, but this car is well worth the money. SOLD AT $220,000. Restored about 20 years and 800 miles ago by NASCAR driver Mark Martin, and on display in his museum for a while. In California since 2008 and recent service includes new brake, cylinders, a valve job and new interior. As it sits, it would be a fine museum display or, with new tires, a good driver, but before heading to a show field, it will need some work. Well sold for condition. SOLD AT $46,200. Sold at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in 2017 for $31,900 (ACC# 6852673). What makes this car special is the 1LE RPO option code, which produced specially equipped cars for SCCA Showroom Stock racing. The option was first offered in 1989, and 1992 had the highest production of the third-generation cars, with only 116 non-a/c units produced. These are so rare they’re not in my various price guides, so 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #1354-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: E54S004299. Soul Red/red fiberglass/Deep Earth leather. Odo: 265 miles. 5.7-L supercharged V8, auto. Exceptional work on a full-blown, no-expense-spared, show custom. A real ’54 body, widened three inches in rear and just under two up front, on a custom frame with C4 suspension. Doors modified for power windows (remember, the early C1 Corvettes had side curtains). A ’56 top and windshield were added to give the car the look of the 1954 Motorama Corvette show car. Clever touches abound, my favorite being custom CNCmachined fender trim having a cut-out “Corvette” which illuminates with flashers. Vintage Air a/c system, custom wheels, custom gauges, #781.1-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S110883. Roman Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 888 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight award winner, so not much to nit-pick. Straight body, stainless trim fits perfectly. Trunk sits slightly high, as does rear of driver’s door. Paint has minor polishing marks. Correct T-3 headlights. Seller claims original, not repro, spinner hubcaps. Frame painted gloss black. Beautiful interior with red and black carpets and ’60s-style seat belts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. Last seen at the 2005 Russo and Steele Scottsdale auction, where it sold for a then-hefty $77,785 (ACC# 1562205). At that time, our reporter noted it in 2+ condition, with a fresh restoration, and summed it up as a “Scottsdale price but not completely crazy.” If it’s the same restoration, it’s been very well taken care of. Sold right where it should have; buyer and seller should be very happy. #1070.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S109814. Marlboro Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 78,938 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A matching-numbers, one-owner car until 2010, and verified as the real deal by Cor


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ vette expert Roy Sinor. An older restoration. Won an NCRS Top Flight award in 2014, where it scored a 96.8. So any flaws are pretty much of the nit-pick variety. The most I found were some waves on right front bumper and some wrinkles in the passenger’s seat. Mirrored display showed a very clean chassis. Well equipped with factory AM/FM and Positraction. Comes with original documents, restoration photos and some original parts. Cond: 2+. #727.1-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport coupe. VIN: 1G1YY2255T5600772. Admiral Blue/black leather. Odo: 815 miles. 5.7-L 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Practically a new car with its low miles. Paint has slight polishing marks. Driver’s seat has more wear than I’d expect for miles, but I guess if the owner couldn’t drive it, he thought he could at least sit in it. Aftermarket tinted windows. Windshield also looks like it’s tinted, which may not find favor with your local police. Uncurbed wheels. Engine bay not open for inspection. Said to have Bloomington Gold certification. Cond: 2+. with ps, pb and wire wheels. Engine compartment with chrome dress-up kit correct, dry and detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,700. There are a lot of these out there. Many I see are coming out of long-term ownership, presumably as owners sell off their collections, so it’s not uncommon for these to need some work. This car’s needs seem fairly minor. Still, it was fully priced—if not a bit well sold—for condition and having the base engine. SOLD AT $137,500. Everyone’s favorite C2, a ‘67 big block; the only thing it lacks is one of the larger engines. This is still a big step up from the base 300-horse or optional 350-hp 327. This was fully priced, and perhaps a bit generous, but that’s to be expected with a car of this quality and documentation. #510.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S1003220. Marlboro Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 36,219 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original paint is free from major cracks, but has numerous nicks and small scrapes and an 18-inch discolored strip on rear deck. Good panel gaps. Excess sealer on A-pillar. Both bumpers have waves. Window stainless good. Turbine wheels in very nice shape. Seats are very good with just a few wrinkles; carpets also good. Dash not cracked, but glovebox stainless has the usual small dents. Underhood is nice driver quality, clean and correct. Fan shroud worn and exhaust manifolds show use, age. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $40,700. One of 810 Grand Sport coupes built with the RPO Z16 Option group with Admiral Blue paint, red fender hash marks and white racing stripe. One of the most collectible C4s; the ACC price guide says these have increased 14% in the past year. Considering the miles and condition, very well bought. FOMOCO #1057-1957 ford thunderbIrd convertible. VIN: C7FH260712. Starmist Blue/dark blue cloth, white hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 83,969 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration holding up well, with minor polishing marks. A few sections of orange peel, and a section of the tonneau, are discolored from where hard top has been sitting on, which stands out. Hard top headliner is so old it’s likely original, with plenty of water stains around all windows. It also has an ancient hard rubber seal with large chunks missing. Both bumpers shine nicely but have waves. Stainless trim is very nice. Good dash and steering wheel. Two-tone seats and door panels are also very good. Original Town & Country radio upgraded to AM/FM. Car equipped SOLD AT $66,000. Claimed original paint and matching-numbers drivetrain. In a sea of restored cars, this was fun to look at. A step above the base 327/300 car, this 350-hp example showed care and light use during the past 51 years. Selling for just under the ACC median of $68k, this was well bought if you prize originality. 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #669-1958 edSel VIllAger wagon. VIN: W8UT702216. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 88,101 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very thick older repaint still presents fairly well. Front bumper worn, with minor scratches. Side trim shows well, but taillight bezels and rear window trim pitted. Seats look correct and are well fitted. Neat dash has wild rotating speedometer, transmission buttons in wheel hub and a 45-rpm record player mounted beneath it. Fitted with power steering and brakes. Engine compartment clean but not detailed, and glass Edsel washerfluid bottle fitted. Comes with period picnic jug and bongo drums. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Sold seven months earlier with six fewer miles at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast 2018 sale for $26,400 (ACC# 6872612). At the time, our correspondent said that prices for these have remained static for years. Well, he spoke a bit too soon, as this sale likely netted a tidy little profit for the seller and brings value to meet various price guides. #551-1959 MERCURY MONTEREY convertible. VIN: N9WA551017. Salmon/white vinyl/ Salmon & white vinyl. Odo: 26,249 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decades-old repaint could almost pass for original, being slightly dull with minor issues and scratches. Still, it’s good enough to take to most events. Stainless has a nice shine, with only the occasional dent. Good bumpers. Headlight trim well worn; looks like they’ll begin to pit in a couple of years if left unattended. Well-fitted top with plastic window mimicking the factory reverse-slope back window. Interior redone in correct pattern, but comes across a bit generic. Dash nice with only minor issues to


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ chrome and stainless. Engine bay clean and dry, but paint blistering off one of the manifold shields. Seller was on hand to answer questions—always a plus. Cond: 3. family and still have some serious performance. This was a nice example with all the right parts and was very well bought. SOLD AT $44,000. Sold right where price guides said it should. Despite its flaws, or perhaps because of them, I liked this car. It came across as honest and solid. As it sits, it’s a car you can enjoy without worry, yet not be ashamed to be seen in. Said to be a three-owner car, this example shows up twice in the ACC database, selling for $36,000 in 2011 (ACC# 6761418), and selling to the seller for $49,500 at this same sale in 2015 (ACC# 6778930). Seller lost about a thousand a year during his ownership, not a terrible loss for enjoying something so unique... Imagine a 1950s convertible that’s not a Tri-Five Chevy or ’55–57 T-bird. #1133-1963 ford gAlAXIe 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3U66R145641. Corinthian White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,360 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. A family man’s hot rod R-code Galaxie ’63½ fastback. A frame-off restoration shows well with excellent paint, good chrome bumpers. Correct Kelsey-Hayes wheels with dog-dish hubcaps and Firestone bias-ply tires are a nice touch. Stainless trim and grille have correct factory, i.e. not too bright, shine. New vinyl top. Interior looks unused and features a very nice dash complete with radio and clock, meaning this wasn’t born to be a racer. Underhood is clean, with chrome accents and modern battery. Cond: 2. #1399-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z195401. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 4,558 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Driven seven miles since a rotisserie restoration in 2000. Excellent paint, detailed chassis and like-new interior have led it to receiving a host of Mustang Club and AACA awards. One slight dent in console armrest. Engine bay is detailed as you’d expect, with factory tags and marks; trunk has correct space-saver spare with the original Autolite charge canister. My biggest complaint is that it’s too nice, and likely too expensive, to drive to the Dairy Queen. Cond: 2+. Michelins with correct-size whitewalls. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $286,000. There were four Boss 429s within a few yards of each other—not a bad congregation for a total production run of 857. For you Mustang historians, it is #605, KK1807. This appears in the ACC database as having sold for $265,000 at Mecum Indy in 2012 (ACC# 6750342), so not much of a return. The seller told me he was hoping for $300,000, and he came pretty close. #5-1974 ford PInto hatchback. VIN: 4X11Y145029. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 24,394 miles. 2.3-L I4, 2-bbl, auto. Newer, thick paint has a couple of small runs and areas of orange peel. Vinyl top is in excellent condition and with correct grain—no signs of wear or rust bumps underneath. Bumpers shine more than what you saw on new cars back in the day. Window stainless excellent. Severe wear to wheelwell trim. Excellent factory hubcaps, new SOLD AT $44,000. Last seen in April 2018 at Silver AZ’s spring sale, where it sold for $63,720 (ACC# 6865851). Detroit’s performance wars of the early ‘60s found increasingly powerful V8s being stuffed under the hoods of innocuouslooking family cars. Like his GM and Mopar brethren, a Ford fan could have room for the 82 AmericanCarCollector.com “ My mom bought my sisters an optionsloaded, new ‘73 Pinto as a college commuter car. I used it in high school and it was a fun-to-drive, well-built car that gave many years of trouble-free service. 1974 Ford Pinto hatchback SOLD AT $18,150. At a sale like this, it’s comforting to see a car you have direct experience with. My mom bought my sisters an optionsloaded, new ’73 Pinto as a college commuter car. I used it in high school and it was a fun-todrive, well-built car that gave many years of trouble-free service. This example has the Luxury Décor Group, which features an upgraded interior and extra stainless trim around the back panel. This car was the object of conversation before the sale; most figured it would sell at $10k, but being Barrett-Jackson, I figured $12k. So much for conventional wisdom. The few price guides that list these top out at about half the final sales figure, but these are rarely seen in this good/correct condition, so what we have is a buyer taking the opportunity of buying a rarecondition car when available. #1561-1974 FORD BRONCO utility. VIN: U15GLU30180. Red & white/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 68,711 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent paint, thick with some orange peel, in upscale Explorer trim. Top looks very thick; in fact, rain gutters are nearly filled with filler and/or paint. Carpet-less floor shows factory welds as well as 45 years of use. New seat covers with excellent ” BEST BUY


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ reproduction door and rear-quarter panels. Unusual for this model: no back seat. Modern radio fitted. Underhood is functional rather than detailed. Clean 302 with usual aftermarket air cleaner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,700. Most of the Broncos here were high-dollar—VERY high dollar—resto-mods. There was even a vendor selling brand-new first-gens for prices up to $300k, so I thought it would be fun to seek out a stock one. Finally, in the back of a tent and scheduled to be sold on bargain Sunday, I found this. That this truck sold as well as it did tells you everything you need to know about the Bronco market. Well sold. #851-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra R hatchback. VIN: 1FACP42D1PF169179. Red/ gray cloth. Odo: 551 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. A new car that’s never been dealerprepped. Plastic still on steering wheel and seats. Paint has minor dusting swirls. Engine bay has all factory marks. The Cobra R was aimed at racers and not equipped with a back seat, a/c, radio or warranty. Cond: 1-. no GPS...no foolin’), with the exception of the seat being re-covered in nice leather. New rubber mats. Engine bay stock and very clean but show signs of slight seepage from water pump and carb. Fitted with quality winch and new tires. Cond: 2+. example of Exner’s Forward Look designs. The price here blew away the most generous of price-guide numbers by a factor of two. Incredibly well done and rare, it was also fairly bought. SOLD AT $63,800. A well-finished truck. These enjoyed their moment in the sun a few years back when Tom Selleck’s old rig sold for $121k at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale. The next year I saw one as nice as this no-sale at $57,750 at Russo and Steele Scottsdale (ACC# 6816958). This result is in line with recent sales; in fact, a few lots later a similar truck sold for $52,800. Given the quality of the work, I’ve got to say it was well bought (if you can afford $60k for a truck that is too nice to use). It’s the perfect truck for Cars & Coffee in Sun Valley or Jackson Hole. SOLD AT $132,000. This is number 11 of the 107 produced, most of which were used for their intended purpose, so it’s safe to assume this is one of the lowest-mileage cars, possibly the best in existence. Kept by its original Ford dealer until 2016, when it was sold for $66,000 to the consignor at Mecum Kissimmee (ACC# 6798358). At that time our correspondent noted it sold well below the auction estimate and said, “There is room for appreciation.” Publisher Martin, give that man a raise. Exceptionally well sold, but it’s likely the best one out there and obviously worth it to a pair of Mustang devotees. MOPAR #823.1-1948 DODGE POWER WAGON pickup. VIN: 83908159. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 15,951 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful body paint over very straight metal. Black fenders have some orange peel. Chrome limited to the huge POWER WAGON badge, which is new or at least appears so. New window and door rubber. Long bed is undented, with new wood and stainless rub strips. Interior is completely stock (no a/c, no radio, no cruise, 84 AmericanCarCollector.com #1296-1958 DODGE CUSTOM ROYAL Super D-500 Spring Special convertible. VIN: LD325851. Poppy Red & beige/black vinyl/red vinyl, black cloth. Odo: 52,970 miles. 360-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Very straight body accented by very good paint. Excellent panel gaps. Only paint issue I spot is a chip at base of each rear quarterwindow track. Excellent chrome and stainless. Some minor scratches at top of windshield where top attaches. Excellent top with small wrinkles at base of B-pillar. Interior very good, with correct cloth inserts and the metal weave that was popular at the time. Dash is unbelievably shiny and must have cast quite a glare with the top down. Cond: 2+. #1429-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29L9B355142. Bright red/black vinyl. Odo: 18,761 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A decade-old restoration has excellent paint over a very straight body. Minor crack at corner of nose section. Unlike its Superbird cousin, the Daytona features a large rubber gasket between the nose and body; this one looked a bit pinched in some places, bulging in others, but they all could be like that given the hand-built nature of the car. Slight polishing marks on stainless A-pillar. Interior is well equipped with buckets and console, but there are minor pits on console trim. Minor wrinkling to headliner along B-pillar. Engine bay spotless and detailed with factory-correct marking and period battery. Cond: 2+. 8 SOLD AT $330,000. One of 433 Daytonas powered by the 440. Not quite a perfect car, but nice enough for anyone other than a Mopar concours judge. Deservedly sold at top of the market, and about $100k more than a similar-condition 440 Superbird. Comes with Dave Wise inspection report. #1370-1970 PlyMouth SuPerbIrd 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V0A166250. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 54,768 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Better-than-factory paint over a straight body. I did notice two spot welds on the panel between roof and trunk, but since both sides had them, they were likely left there on purpose to show how the factory built them. Correct vinyl top with a dime-sized bump forming. Excellent window trim and whiskers. Two-tone interior fitted well with minor wear to trim, but SOLD AT $159,500. The top-of-the-line Dodge of its era. This car always drew a crowd, a prime TOP 10


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ MARKET MOMENT 1958 Edsel Villager Wagon less than I usually see. Fitted with Rallye dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $231,000. Mopar expert Dave Wise walked me through this car and gave it his blessing in terms of correctness and condition. Priced about $50k above the ACC median, this result seems fair both ways. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson SOLD at $33,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 12–20, 2019, Lot 669 VIN: W8UT702216 S ome cars explode onto the market and live forever, while others have a quick flash of success and fade into the rear-view mirror. For FoMoCo’s Edsel line, the spark was never there to begin with. The public release of the much-ballyhooed Edsel lineup finally took place on September 4, 1957. Ford had hoped to win back customers with a new mid-range op- tion. It wasn’t meant to be. Edsel production was distributed to Ford plants already busy with building established models. Workers were not enthusiastic about building the new Edsels, as they required unique touches, and plant managers thought the cars wrecked productivity rates. So, many Edsels were slapped together — and consumers noticed. Ford immediately began improving build quality, but the Edsel name was already tar- nished. Barely two years after the Edsel was launched, Ford killed the line on November 19, 1959. Even today, these cars are viewed as Ford’s weird little stepbrother. They pop up at the local car show occasionally. You might find a fan with a couple of projects parked in their yard, but that’s about it. The fact that the Edsel is so seldom seen and so looked down upon is baffling to me — es- pecially when I slap eyes on a Villager wagon like this one. These are damn cool cars. The iconic long vertical grille and the 1950s rocket flair is so incredibly unique to Edsel. Just look at the push-button transmission controls in the center of the steering wheel, the speedometer that looks like an alien spaceship hovering in the dash — and the big, arrowshaped taillights! You won’t find these special touches on a ’60s Belvedere wagon. The best part about this Edsel Villager is the price. While $33k is not cheap, it is a bargain compared to what many other 1950s wagons sell for. A search of the ACC Premium Auction Database shows 115 1955 to 1960 wagons offered at auction last year. Most of them are Nomad examples — both custom and stock. Many brought huge money. In fact, out of the 79 sold wagons in 2018, only 25 were cheaper than this Edsel. That includes the sale of this very same car at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast Auction in June 2018 for an even-cheaper $26,400. Both buyer and seller won in this transaction. The seller made some fast cash with a quick flip, and the buyer got one heck of a cool wagon at less than half of what the cheaper Nomads are bringing. Take notice, wagon lovers. If you want to jump on board this hot — and fun — trend without completely breaking the bank, then follow in the steps of this buyer and consider an Edsel. 86 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $34,100. A banker’s hot rod. One of a series of Hurst-branded luxury cruisers. This one, ironically, had a column shift, not a Hurst unit. This sold last year at this auction sale for a healthy $50,600 (ACC# 6862484), so the seller took a hefty loss. Well bought today based on condition and miles. AMerIcAnA The spark may not have been there in 1957, but it’s not too late to light it off now. A — Chad Taylor #454-1955 WIllyS 6-226 pickup. VIN: 5516810001. Beige & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 2,120 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older paint has the usual issues, with left front fender having numerous scratches down to bare metal. Limited trim is nice, side trim is very good; door handles not pitted, likewise on license-plate housing. Bed has scratches. Wood cappings atop bed sides need re-varnishing. Interior basically stock with tach strapped to steering column. Newer 1970s radio fitted. Rubber floor mats worn, door cards look stout enough to survive an atomic blast. Hood not open for inspection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. Its VIN says it’s the first 1955 pickup, but since it’s not a Shelby or Corvette, I’m not sure if anyone (other than die-hard Willys fans) #1557-1970 CHRYSLER 300H Hurst edition 2-dr hard top. VIN: CM23U0C219243. White & gold/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 17,663 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The huge, curved “fuselage” body isn’t laser-straight, but given its size, age and rarity, I’ll forgive it. Well-applied recent paint and well-applied tape pinstripes. Excellent bumper and window trim. The highlight of this model is the hood with large scoop and the rear deck with a channel under a flush-fitting rear spoiler, rather like a fourth-generation Camaro. Interior looks unused, but the leather seats are getting a bit stiff. Good padded vinyl roof is likely original, but there are no signs of rust bubbles underneath. Underhood is exceptionally clean. Cond: 2.


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cares. Sold at B-J’s 2017 Las Vegas sale for $33k (ACC #6852996). If the seller was 2017’s buyer, they took quite a loss—likely due to condition issues rather than a cooling of the truck market. With a new Wrangler-based Gladiator on the horizon, this might be well bought, with any money spent on refurbishment a good investment. #3005-1981 JEEP CJ-7 custom SUV. VIN: 1JCCM87E6BTO40245. White, blue & red/black vinyl. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Beautiful white paint with brilliant blue metalflake center panel and red side stripes. Gary Sinise Foundation logo in vinyl on quarter panel and foundation challenge coins added to front fender. Oddly, two small screw holes were left in one of the grille slats. Tasteful, gimmick-free interior with neat, stock-looking—but digital—gauges also feature foundation logo. Super-clean engine bay features original I6 engine. A first-rate build. Cond: 2+. 1 SOLD AT $1,310,000. A charity sale to benefit the Gary Sinise Foundation, which assists defenders, veterans, first responders and their families. Built by Gas Monkey Garage and featured on their “Fast N’ Loud” TV series. As a longtime owner of a similar-era Jeep, I was pleased they left the dash stock rather than messing it up with aftermarket catalog stuff. I was also surprised that they left the straight 6 in it. Sold once for $200k, a million was then donated to the foundation, then the Jeep was resold for an additional $100k. Big money going for a worthwhile cause. Don’t expect the same for yours. A March–April 2019 87 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL Kissimmee 2019 Believed to be the only high-compression 1964 Max Wedge Sport Fury known to exist, it sold for $90,750 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 3–13, 2019 Auctioneers: Jimmy Landis, Mark Delzell, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 2,173/3,363 Sales rate: 65% Sales total: $93,741,010 High sale: 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake fastback, sold at $2,200,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury 2-door hard top, sold at $90,750 Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 88 AmericanCarCollector.com D ubbed “The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction,” Mecum’s annual Kissimmee event certainly lived up to its billing. For 2019, more than 3,300 collector cars and 3,000 items of road art were auctioned off over 10 days. Held once again at the massive Osceola Heritage Park, the auction site covered more than 60 acres, with food, drinks, exhibitors and live entertainment. Dodge brought some Hellcats, both Challenger and Charger types, for some tire-smoking ride-alongs in their Dodge Thrill Ride. All told, 2,173 cars sold for a combined $93,741,010, with a 65% sell-through rate. This is a 4.7% increase over last year with a near-identical sell-through rate. The difference can be attributed to the 411 more cars offered this year. With so many collector cars being auctioned, bidders could be choosy. If you were looking for a Chevrolet Corvette, there were more than 300 of all years available. If, for instance, you were looking for a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette with the L71 427/435 motor, there was a row of them of various colors and options to choose from. For the most part, the best cars brought good money, even sometimes surpassing the high estimates and market values. Many lesser cars went unsold, or the consignors cut them loose below the low estimates. The top-selling American car was Lot F124, a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake that blew past its $1,200,000 high estimate and sold for $2,200,000. Shelby built this Super Snake in collaboration with Goodyear to help them test their new tires. To do the high-speed testing, Shelby installed a 427-ci motor that was basically the same powerplant used in the GT40 Mk II, which had won at Le Mans the previous year. It’s hard to value such a rare car, but someone had to have it on this day. Another significant sale, Lot F100, was a 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury believed to be the only highcompression 1964 Max Wedge Sport Fury known to exist. As presented in #2 condition, it sold for $90,750, making it well bought for a rare piece of dragracing history. For Yenko fans, there were five 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenkos available. Although most went unsold, the one that did sell brought a healthy $220,000. I still maintain that the Yenko market is undervalued. As I live in Central Florida, I’ve attended and en- joyied the Mecum Kissimmee auction for many years, and this year’s offerings were among the best. With an auction so large, you really had to have your walking shoes on to even see a fraction of what Mecum Kissimmee has to offer. In addition to this being the World’s Largest Collector Car Auction, I’ve always thought of it as the World’s Greatest Car Show. Even if you do not intend to bid, there’s plenty of opportunity to educate yourself first-hand on some of the rarest collector cars built. A


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL GM #S90.1-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 custom pickup. VIN: 8HPF8222. Black Cherry/black leather. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. No-reserve charity car to benefit NHRA legend Darrell Gwynn’s The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Shaved door handles and side trim, frenched headlights. Excellent paint over straight body panels. No windshield wipers. Electric doors. Steel running boards and wood bed show no wear. Bumpers painted body color, as are custom grille and 20-inch SSR wheels. Full custom interior that was lifted from a late-model SSR with Pioneer entertainment installed. Built on an SSR chassis, with SSR drivetrain and SSR engine. Engine bay is clean and detailed. Struts won’t keep hood up. Air Ride suspension. Digital dash, so could not record mileage. Cond: 2+. dows, power brakes, Wonder Bar AM radio, day/ night mirror, fender skirts, Continental kit and tissue dispenser. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $83,600. Equipped with the hydraulic-cam, 250-hp version of Chevy’s Ram Jet fuelinjection motor. Less power than the 283-hp version, but I guess the original owner didn’t want to have to adjust valves. This example was optioned well for comfort, performance and style. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 for $139,700 (ACC# 6779977). TriFive values have softened as of late, but as a red, fuel-injected convertible with good options, this example was well bought. SOLD AT $110,000. There wasn’t a lot of this truck that wasn’t modified, and everything was done right. A bit of a head-scratcher regarding the weak engine-lid struts, though. The interior had a kind of vintage Art Deco airplane vibe to it and was beautifully executed. This lot spent a while on the block as the auctioneer wrung every last dollar out of it. High price, but this was a great custom and the proceeds are going to a good cause. Sometimes with charity cars the price guides go out the window. Everybody won with this sale. #S25.1-1957 cheVrolet bel AIr convertible. VIN: VC57T267763. Red/white vinyl/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 94,289 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Older restoration holding up well. Claimed AACA National First Prize in 1985. Good red paint over straight body panels. Some touch-ups to corner of driver’s door. Chrome bumpers and exterior bright trim a little hazy. Pitting to door handles and outside mirrors. Continental kit looks good. Wide whitewall tires are bright. Convertible top was down, so could not inspect. Seat vinyl dirty. Interior chrome shows light pitting. Clock inoperative. Engine bay clean overall, exhaust manifolds rusty, some radiator fins bent. Modern green-top Interstate battery detracts. Optioned with power top, power win- 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #F100.1-1959 CHEVROLET NOMAD custom wagon. VIN: F59L183114. Red/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 4,201 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Good paint applied over body panels with slight waviness. Front bumper chrome starting to get hazy, rest of exterior trim good. Interior restored very well, with factory-appearing finishes. Air added with period-looking control panel. Modern, hidden sound system. Cavernous engine bay holds LS1 engine. Fitted with Baer fourwheel disc brakes and modern power steering. Slight suspension drop and 20-inch Foose wheels are only external giveaway of its resto-mod status. Cond: 2. vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 58,055 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Could be original paint that is wearing through in a couple spots. Paint chipped around door, hood and trunk edges. Pinstripes and Pace Car decals buffed through in places. Bumper chrome good, stainless trim shows scratches and is starting to pit. Driver’s side outside mirror pitting. Stainless windshield surround coming apart from windshield with heavy goop (caulk?) applied to keep water out of interior. Original interior with baggy driver’s seat. Heavy wear to driver’s armrest. All interior trim shows at least some pitting. Doors need a good slam to correctly latch. Engine bay stock, dirty. Chrome valve covers pitting, master cylinder rusty. Aircleaner assembly missing. AM radio is the only option on this car. No documentation to back up SS or Pace Car option claims. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $34,100. This Camaro was a little rough, with no obvious attempts to spruce it up for the auction. However, the rough original condition might actually add credence to its SS and Pace Car claims. If this car was freshly restored with no documentation, I’d be skeptical. If it was the real deal, it sold well enough for condition. SOLD AT $79,750. An attractive build on a massive 4-door wagon. Stated that the build was completed in 2003, and it appears to be holding up well. Resto-mods tend to be built to the particular taste of the owner, but this example has many features that should appeal to a goodsized audience—if they’re into 4-door wagons. Fell short of the optimistic $90,000 low estimate, but, due to its four doors, I’m calling it well sold. #U82-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. VIN: 124677N147548. White/black #S146-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N613061. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 59,360 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed unrestored original. Paint starting to get hazy, but still has some shine. Orange peel consistent throughout shows how these were originally delivered. Some touch-ups around nose area. Front bumper shows light scratches, rear bumper looks new. Slight scratches and cloudiness to exterior trim. Rally wheels look good. Trunk clean, with factory rubber mat. Small tear to corner of rear seat bottom. Carpet shows wear. Paint on top of dash cracking. Weatherstripping new. Matching-numbers engine appears to have been the recipient of an engine-out repaint. Engine bay clean, with new power brake booster, alternator and headers. Valve covers also look new. 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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL SOLD AT $66,000. Sold back in 2012 at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale for $41,800 (ACC# 4775705). Claimed to be all original, but it clearly wasn’t. The engine had been out for some unreported reason, and the engine and engine bay were repainted. The description didn’t specifically say that the paint was original, and could have been an old respray. Slightly well sold due to condition. #S240-1970 oldSMobIle 442 W-30 replica convertible. VIN: 344670M237035. Red/ black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 4 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real 4-speed convertible 442, with W-30 badging. Odometer shows four miles, but catalog says 1,000 miles since restoration. Shiny red paint shows slight scratches and small bubbles throughout. Bumpers show surface scratches. Seat vinyl plush and blemish-free. Dash good. Plaque on dash reads “Restored by Mike Winters.” AM radio with factory 8-track. Engine bay clean, with W-30 intake manifold and red inner fender liners. The frame-off restoration is holding up well. Cond: 2. matching-numbers 455 engine and M-22 4-speed transmission, with miles actual since new. Recent restoration. Paint is excellent with good gaps. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim unmarked. Factory honeycomb wheels blemishfree. Interior shows no discernible wear. Immaculate engine bay with factory heat shields around exhaust manifolds. Additional options include power steering and brakes, tilt steering, and AM/FM stereo. Documented by original owner’s manual, warranty book that shows VIN, and PHS documentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $96,250. The longest worker walkout in GM’s history occurred from April 7 through September 27, 1972. The impact on Trans Am production was significant. Only 1,286 Trans Ams were produced in 1972, the lowest total for any year of the Trans Am after the first, thus making them among the rarest today. Of those, only 458 T/As were built with the 4-speed transmission— making this a rare bird indeed. With the excellent restoration, relatively low mileage and good color combination, it’s no surprise that this car rang the bell, selling far beyond current market value, and even beyond Mecum’s optimistic $90,000 high estimate. Very well sold, but it appears that the buyer had to have it. SOLD AT $99,000. Said frame-off restoration was completed in 2010, and this car took a thirdplace finish at the Olds Nationals that same year. A binder was displayed full of restoration photos and some photos from the original owner showing the car back in the day. One photo even showed this car towing a trailer(!). Thankfully, the trailer hitch is long gone. The consignor was onsite and cheerfully answered all my questions. A 442 convertible with a 4-speed in good colors needs no apologies, so I don’t know why the W-30 bits were added. Any casual 442 fan would see right through it. Although this car fell short of the $115,000 low estimate, it was well sold. #S249-1972 PontIAc trAnS AM coupe. VIN: 2V87X2N515007. White/white vinyl. Odo: 36,395 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated March–April 2019 91 #S151-1975 cheVrolet cAPrIce classic convertible. VIN: 1N67U5S163480. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 3,103 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated unrestored with 3,103 actual miles. Claimed original paint outstanding, with only slight orange peel to side panels. Chrome bumpers show surface scratches. Rubber trim on bumpers excellent. White vinyl interior is bright and appears unworn. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Some staining on hoses and intake around carburetor. Loaded with power steering, brakes, windows, top and door locks. Also optioned with a/c, tilt steering, AM/FM radio,


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL 8-track, cruise control and fender skirts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. It looks like someone’s grandpa loaded up a Caprice convertible and squirreled it away. When I was a young kid, my parents had a 1976 Caprice Classic sedan, and for sentimental reasons, I still admire them. Well sold, but if you’re a fan of these big boats like me, go find another convertible loaded with 3k miles. Likely an unrepeatable sale until this one comes up again. #T192-1976 PontIAc trAnS AM Se coupe. VIN: 2W87W6N601918. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 29,653 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint with some slight waviness to panels. Trans Am decals expertly applied. Small spot on chromeplated nose trim flaked off. Two chips to nose. Honeycomb wheels blemish-free. Interior all good, with slight wear to steering wheel and Hurst shifter. 50th Anniversary emblem on fenders applied upside down per factory. Louvers on rear window good. Engine bay stock and clean but not detailed. Loaded with power brakes, steering, windows and locks, factory a/c, and 8-track tape player. Non T-top car. Documented with PHS window sticker, original invoice and financial paperwork. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. GMC’s hot-rod pickup. Period tests showed 0–60 mph times of 4.6 seconds. Only offered in 1991, with 2,998 produced. If this is your thing, then this example was the one to add to your collection. Excellent condition with low miles. Sold at a slight premium for its condition, but we’ll have to keep an eye on these. Well sold for now. CORVETTE SOLD AT $110,000. Claimed one-family owned until 2014. Loaded with these options, this is a rare bird. A lot of claims of originality but no claims regarding original miles. This car is a real auction frequent flier, as it has been offered at nine different Mecum auctions in the past three years, selling at three of those auctions (including this one). The last time it sold was here at Mecum Kissimmee in 2018 for $64,900 all in (ACC# 6858080). It’s been driven 18 miles since then. If the consignor here was the buyer at its last sale, they made an outstanding profit. Wildly well sold, but I guess the buyer had to have it. #S45.1-1991 GMC SYCLONE pickup. VIN: 1GDCT14Z6M8801781. Black/black cloth. Odo: 11,826 miles. 4.3-L turbocharged V6, auto. Miles claimed actual. Factory paint holding up well, with slight polishing swirls. No curb rash to wheels. Newer vinyl bed cover. Moderate tint to windows. Interior clean and still has new-car smell. Slight wear to Syclone floor mats. Unmodified engine bay clean, but not detailed. Cond: 2+. 92 AmericanCarCollector.com #S203-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S105384CA. Onyx Black/black vinyl, black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 25,288 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Older repaint shows swirls and scratches throughout. Some chemical staining around hood. Paint covered in fingerprints. Side coves painted body color. Chrome and exterior stainless cloudy. Windshield surround pitting. Plastic hard-top rear window hazy. Hard top installed, could not inspect soft top. Driver’s seat bottom a little baggy, armrests worn and dirty. Rest of interior good. Wonder Bar AM radio. Engine bay clean but not detailed. Exhaust manifolds rusty. All ignition shields present. Wide whitewall tires yellowing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,500. I’m usually not a fan of green cars, but this shade with the green vinyl interior shows well. Not much to fault with this example, especially with the very desirable solidlifter LT-1 motor. The reduction in the compression ratio to 9.0 for 1971 resulted in power going down to 330 hp. But no matter, these are highly enjoyable cars to drive. Market-correct price realized here. Well bought and sold. FOMOCO #G170-1936 FORD DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 182718745. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 30,967 miles. Great paint over straight body. Gas-cap gasket cracking, all other weatherstripping good. Chrome bumpers show surface rust on back sides, all other chrome good. New running-board rubber. Wide whitewall tires yellowing. New cloth interior still smells new. New gauges and new rubber floor mat in front. Rest of interior is excellent. Modern temperature gauge mounted under dash. Flathead motor clean, with modern radiator hoses. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. Late-production car with 283-hp fuel injection and factory 4-speed. This example had the desirable drivetrain but had too many needs to bring top money. It would make a good driver, however. The final bid was reasonable for the condition, but the consignor disagreed. #S35-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S104547. Brandshatch Green/green vinyl. Odo: 31,480 miles. 350-ci 330-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration with binder SOLD AT $20,350. This car was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s West Palm Beach sale in 2008, full of photos. Shiny paint a little thick over straight body. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim all excellent. Factory Rally wheels blemish-free. Radio antenna base is present, but antenna mast is missing. Green interior appears excellent and fault-free. Door handles work as designed. Matching-numbers engine bay with good detail. Smog pump installed. Optioned with power steering, brakes, and AM/FM radio. Documented with original bill of sale, Protect-O-Plate and tank sticker. Cond: 2+.


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL GLOVEBOX NOTES by B. Mitchell Carlson where it sold for $36,300 (ACC# 1640051). I know that interest in pre-war cars is waning a bit, but this car lost almost half its value since its last auction 10 years ago. The condition described at the Barrett-Jackson auction looks to be the same today, so at least the consignor here didn’t lose any restoration money. Interestingly, the odometer read 30,967 at the previous auction, so I’m assuming the odometer is broken. This was a handsome coupe, and, if these are your thing, then it was well bought. 2019 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Price as tested: $43,640 (MSRP) Equipment: 460 hp 5.0-L “Coyote” VVT Flex Fuel V8; 6-speed MT-82 manual transmission with rev-matching and hill holder. LED headlights and fog lamps, Pony side-mirror projection lamps, hood vents, quad-tip exhaust outlets. Ambient interior lighting, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, dual-zone electronic climate control, two smart charging USB ports, SYNC 3, SiriusXM satellite radio, TrackApps, universal garage door opener. EPA mileage: 15/24, 18 combined; 20 to 28 mpg observed in the real world. Likes: Gen-3 5.0-L Coyote V8 loves to rev, with a 7,400-rpm redline. Light throttle and quiet-exhaust mode results in reasonable gas mileage. Styling is blue-collar Aston Martin Vantage and retro Mustang. Great driving position. Active Valve Performance Exhaust is more practical than it initially seems. Dislikes: Oil changes are not a cheap date, thanks to a 10-quart system. GT grille is downright fugly — yet can be cured, for a price (see Verdict). Fit and finish is generally good, but back of the hood is poorly finished and the hood-to-fender gaps are off. Staring at it for several hours across boring countryside gets annoying. Verdict: First and foremost, I own this Special Order GT. This is the car that I primarily use to go to auctions (I already put 9,200 miles on it since I bought it in early August) so I spec’ed it out with that primarily in mind — and a few of my whims. It’s easy to see why the Mustang continues to be a best seller in the American performance-coupe market segment. While the price has moved up over the years, I’ve found that you’re getting more for that money in refinement that was vastly better even than the 2006 Mustang that I used to own — let alone my first, a 1979 Turbo Cobra. If you do like me and order à la carte, you can Fun to drive: Eye appeal: is best) ½ Overall experience: ( Special thanks to all the folks at John Wiese Ford of Sauk Centre, MN (www.johnwieseford.com) 94 AmericanCarCollector.com 94 AmericanCarCollector.com pick and choose to your whims quite well to get what you really want without breaking the bank. SOLD AT $80,300. History known from new. Formerly owned and documented by past Mustang Club of America president. Apparently, the car was ordered with the A-code 289 engine, but was delivered with the K-code. Since a/c was not available with the K-code engine, the a/c system was delivered in the trunk for the dealer to install. Used as a daily driver until around 53,000 miles. Then it was restored and hit the show circuit in the mid-’80s, where it won many awards. If that’s the case, then the restoration is holding up very well for 30-odd years. Sold short of the ambitious $90,000 low estimate. It appears that the buyer added value to this car’s interesting story, as the sold price is far beyond current market value. Well sold. #S157-1966 FORD BRONCO utility. VIN: U13FL760993. Red/silver vinyl. Odo: 35,997 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed body-off restoration done very well. Excellent paint inside and out. Some surface scratches to painted wood floor in cargo area. Good rubber mat in front #S148-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. VIN: 6F08K336203. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 54,995 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage stated actual. Red paint shiny, with some polishing swirls and touch-ups here and there. Front bumper shows slight signs of oncoming pitting. Rear bumper looks good. Slight surface scratches to windshield surround and added rear luggage rack. Gaps wide at front of doors. Driver’s seat shiny from wear, other seating matte. Stated that factory a/c was installed by the dealer upon delivery. AM/8-track radio. Equipped with K-code 289. Engine bay clean, with factory-style decals and markings. Copy of original window sticker confirms options. Cond: 2-. compartment. Vinyl seats show now wear. Allencompassing single gauge appears new. Transmission is column-shifted, with 4-wheel drive shifted on the floor. Engine bay stock and detailed nicely. Underside frame shiny. Bumpers appear new. Equipped with factory AM radio and rear bench seat. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. First-year Bronco; this is the rare U13 roadster with no top or doors. Utilitarianism personified. The price paid might be a little aggressive, but this rare roadster was expertly restored. The new owner won’t have to do anything to it but enjoy. Slightly well sold, but I don’t think the buyer feels bad for paying up for such a great example. It likely won’t seem that way at all in a year. #U85-1969 ford torIno cobra 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9K46R129441. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 53,999 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint but a little thick. Good gaps. Bumper chrome and exterior trim good. Date-coded glass clear all around. Trim rings on factory steel wheels have some curb rash. Seat vinyl in good shape, but armrests are wavy and coming loose from door panel. Original seat belts worn and faded. Headliner shows some repair work to keep it attached to roof. Dash top wavy, but no cracks. Engine bay clean and freshly painted. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,350. 1969 was the first year for the Torino Cobra, and this example showed well with good paint and interior, SportsRoof styling, 4-speed manual, and 3.50 rear end. The sold price was in the middle of the estimates and a little below the current value range. Well bought, but the seller should still be pleased.


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL #S214-1969 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 9F02R480217. Acapulco Blue/white vinyl. Odo: 74,039 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed rotisserie restoration of a matching-numbers car and that miles are actual. Expertly applied paint, with only some slight surface polishing scratches on left front fender. Rear bumper shows sanding scratches under replating. White vinyl seats starting to yellow. Visible wear to console around ashtray. Requisite Carroll Shelby signature on glovebox door (did he sign every Shelby?). Engine bay highly detailed. Power steering and front disc brakes. Tilt-away steering wheel, deluxe interior package, fold-down rear seat, and factory AM radio. Documented with Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2. charged V8, 6-sp. Factory paint shows a few polishing swirls. Wheels blemish-free. Front air dam unmarked. Interior like new. Engine bay spotless. Yawn.... Cond: 1-. worn, surface rust on exhaust manifolds. The rest of engine bay concours detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $115,500. I spoke with the consignor of this car, who was also consigning several other high-end muscle cars. I asked him why he was selling and he told me that it’s because his grandkids hate these old, smoky, loud, uncomfortable muscle cars. So while consigning his old muscle cars at this auction, he planned on buying modern sports/muscle cars like a Viper, a late-model Shelby GT500, and maybe a Challenger Hellcat. Interesting story. All of his cars ended up selling, although I don’t know what he ended up buying. Anyway, this Shelby sold over current market value. Well sold. #S224-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S25Y401835. Midnight Blue/ black leather. Odo: 1,499 miles. 5.4-L super- 7 SOLD AT $352,000. It seems every collector-car auction offers a virtually unused Ford GT, although 1,499 miles can be considered medium mileage for these models. This example was offered by the original owner and had all four options. The model name GT40 is now owned by Safir, which makes GT40 replicas. Ford tried to buy the GT40 name back, but negotiations failed, so Ford named these GTs. The modern GT is 43 inches tall, unlike the 40 inches of the original GT40, so maybe Ford could have called it a GT43? Regardless, desirability for Ford GTs has not waned. This example blew past the $275,000 high estimate. Well sold. MOPAR #F100-1964 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3441181935. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 50,639 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed ground-up restoration at unspecified time. Paint holding up well, with slight runs on cowl under hood. Driver’s door a little out at rear. All chrome and exterior trim good. Slight surface scratches to rear-quarter windows and rear window. Slight wrinkling to front seat bottoms, dirt in seat seams. Factory clock works. Hurst shifter in factory console. Stock-looking 426 Max Wedge fills engine bay. Paint on coil SOLD AT $90,750. Stated that this particular car is the only high-compression 1964 Max Wedge Sport Fury known to exist. With 12.5:1 compression and 4.56 rear gears, the only real purpose would be at the local quarter-mile track. It would be a beast on the street. Kinda funny that it has an AM radio, as you probably couldn’t hear it when driving this car. Maybe it provided entertainment while waiting for the next quarter-mile run? Regardless, this is a rare piece of drag-racing history in excellent condition. #T193-1965 PlyMouth SAtellIte 2-dr hard top. VIN: R451278771. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 43 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good shiny paint with polishing swirls. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim all good. Variable gaps with driver’s door out at rear. Fresh interior with some wear to driver’s side armrest. Factory console with tach. Factory radio. Stated that this car came from the factory with 426-ci Wedge engine; now has 440 dressed up as a 426-ci Commando. Extremely clean engine bay. Documented with factory broadcast sheet. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A big brute with a 440 and 4-speed. This car checks a lot of boxes for Mopar fans. Sinister colors with polished American Racing wheels have a great day-two look. It’s a shame this car lost its original 426-ci engine, but that was typical back in the day before rev limiters. Final bid was in the ballpark for current market value, but the consignor decided to take it back home. #S150.1-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27U0B266648. B5 blue/black 96 AmericanCarCollector.com TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 45,200 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed one of 13 440 convertibles with factory a/c. Excellent repaint with good gaps. Bumpers shiny front and rear, with some slight surface scratches to windshield surround. Vinyl soft top a little wavy above clear plastic rear window. Replacement windshield. Claimedoriginal interior very good. Very clean underneath. Engine bay sanitary, with correct hoses, decals and markings. Modern yellow-topped battery detracts. Equipped with power steering, package. Matching-numbers engine and transmission. Documented with the broadcast sheet and Chrysler Registry Report. Includes binder documenting restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. With the options and condition, this car checked a lot of E-body boxes. The only thing I can think of that held this example back was the auto transmission and the single carb. Despite that, this lot sold at a price beyond the current market value, even if well below the auction estimate. Well sold. AMerIcAnA brakes, top, factory a/c, AM/8-track and light #T156-1969 AMC SC/RAMBLER 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9M097X278996. White, red & blue/ black leather. Odo: 62,375 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good A-code paint scheme. Bumpers straight and shiny. Galloway Motors dealer emblem on back of trunk. Stainless trim shiny and blemish-free. Dual sport mirrors good. Factory steel wheels and trim rings without fault. Restored interior fresh, with Sun tach and oil-pressure gauges clamped to steering column. Various dragstrip decals on right rear quarter window. Engine bay stock and nicely detailed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. I love these little SC/ Ramblers with their fun colors. These definitely weren’t your grandma’s Rambler. The SC/Rambler added a slew of performance and heavyduty components. Retailing at just under $3k when new, these cars were the bargain of the muscle-car era. This particular car was an excellent example of the model. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2013 for $48,400 (ACC# 6778479). There was no love here in Kissimmee, as the final bid was light. The consignor was right to take it back home. A March–April 2019 97


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Scottsdale 2019 A 31k-original-mile, one-of-five 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible sold for a bargain-basement $145,750 Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 16–20, 2019 Auctioneers: Rob Row, Mike Shackleton, Dan Shorno Mitch Jordan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 304/557 Sales rate: 55% Sales total: $11,694,100 High American sale: 2006 Ford GT coupe, sold at $286,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, sold at $145,750 Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 98 AmericanCarCollector.com Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics sample their classic, collectible, muscle-car, exotic and even bizarre wares, Scottsdale becomes car mecca for the automotive religion. Russo and Steele’s unique format stands out among A the Arizona auctions. It is akin to a boxing match, as the cars drive through a floor-level center stage, and all of the bidders and participants sit in well-appointed, elevated platforms. In accordance with its reputation, Russo’s sale offers the finest European luxury and performance alongside an impressive selection of American collector, classic and muscle cars. Throw in a generous helping of wild, wonderful and sometimes weird offerings, and it is a show well worth the price of admission. It is impossible to appreciate it all in a single day, or even a couple of days. Buyers are able to see a multitude of lots up close and personal, as sellers have a chance to present their cars in a magnificent forum. uction Week in Arizona seethes with hardcore car mavens, dealers, collectors, fans, press and those who just come to see the show. With more than a half-dozen auction companies rolling out the red carpet for all to come and Sales were down from last year, with 557 lots available, and 304 of those found new homes, for a 55% sell-through rate totaling $11.7 million. The top sale was a 2012 Lexus LFA coupe sold for charity, which crossed the block at $375,000. A glorious 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe, resplendent in Nero with black leather, went for $330,000. A stunning, 31k-original-mile 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, believed to be one of five in Rally Red over red leather, sold for a bargain-basement $145,750. Another bargain included a 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air 409/425, a 4-speed car in excellent nick that found new ownership far below median value at $29,700. There were also Corvettes aplenty with 41 present, including a Triple-Crown-winning 1965 Nassau Blue coupe wearing stunning original paint. Russo and Steele’s real appeal lies in their stellar customer service, attention to detail and many offerings unique to Auction Week. With the recent addition of a 2019 Amelia Island event, Russo promises to keep bringing us the automotive excitement that keeps our dreams alive.A


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ GM #6325-1956 cheVrolet bel AIr convertible. VIN: VC56J145175. Harbor Blue & Nassau Blue/light blue vinyl/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 45 miles. 265-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Resplendent in blue—the paint is exceptional. Chrome and stainless sparkle. Glass is perfectly clear. Light blue vinyl top is correct, free from wrinkles. Engine bay just gleams. Mirrors reveal a similarly finished undercarriage. Interior looks factoryfresh, with no signs of use. Cond: 1-. median condition here, the seller was wise to hold out for more. #6201-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370R243588. Shadow Gray/Ivory vinyl. Odo: 21,573 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Loaded with documentation and original parts; the restoration on this monstermotor LS6 Chevelle appears to have been thoughtfully done. Shiny metallic paint has had considerate prep and application, with a small feather at the base of passenger’s side A-pillar the only visible flaw. Chrome bumpers have been replated. Rare model LS6 without stripes or Cowl Induction (one of 186). Stainless could be polished a bit more but is better than average. Glass and weatherstrip present well. Ivory vinyl interior could stand to be wiped down. Hurst chrome shifter topped by white shift knob. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $96,250. This was a most attractive offering. Heavy documentation, a stunning restoration, and an owner present who was more than willing to discuss the car at length should all have helped drive the price far higher. The quality of the work done could not be overstated, as it is doubtful the car looked as clean or shiny when delivered new. #6136-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: VC57L192709. Harbor Blue Metallic/blue & black vinyl. Odo: 62 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Gorgeous paint shows beautifully. Ultra-rare fuel-injected 283 V8. Power steering, brakes, seats and windows. Single-piece bumper from the Los Angeles Assembly Plant. All chrome has been replated. Stainless is well polished, glass crystal clear. Door panels, seat covers, and carpet all appear new. Engine bay is sparkling clean. Cond: 2+. production 396/350 automatic car. This example was the only known surviving 1970 Chevelle pilot (number 42 of 50 pre-production test mules) car. All of the body panels, windshield and trim were hand made and would be incompatible with any production Chevelle. The seller, who was the founder of the Pilot Car Registry, said he was hoping for a sale in the $500k–$600k range. A piece of history that could not be replicated should have commanded more. SOLD AT $75,900. The winning bid was below median book value of $86,500, possibly due to the lack of bold SS stripes or Cowl Induction. Perhaps it was ordered that way to give it a bit of a sleeper appearance, a move that would have been negated by the SS appearance package’s blacked-out grille, black brake-light filler panel or front fender emblems. The car also looked like it was awaiting a final wipe-down. As it was locked during the days leading up to its sale, closer inspection was not possible. All of these factors could have affected the sale. Whatever the reason, the winning bidder left with a bit of a steal. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Last seen at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale in 2004, where it sold for $64,800 (ACC# 1558630). One of 23 fuel-injected ’57 Nomads produced—exclusivity with this one was assured. Nomad values have remained steadfast in the face of other Tri-Five prices softening. Median value was a fair bit above the top offer, and given the far-above- 100 AmericanCarCollector.com #6060-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 Pilot Car 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370F100042. Cranberry Red/black vinyl. Odo: 88,139 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. SS 396 pre-production pilot car. Paint and prep are very good, with minimal orange peel only visible in the right light. There is a gap at the top of the windshield where the windshield trim sits beneath the lip that would be covered in a production car. Black vinyl, bench-seat interior presents as-new. Engine bay is spotless. A keen eye will keep finding small variations from production units, but the fit, finish and restoration on this test mule smacks of quality. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $132,000. The high bid would have been all the money in the world for a standard #6423-1971 PontIAc trAnS AM h.o. coupe. VIN: 228871N114774. Cameo White/ blue vinyl. Odo: 1,662 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 885 built. Cameo White paint is shiny but has noticeable orange peel. Panel gaps are off slightly at the trunk lid/spoiler. Weatherstrip is flaking at door tops. Chrome bumpers show well, and stainless trim has good polish. Door sills could stand to be better polished. Glass clear, free from road rash. Interior shows very little use. Engine is well detailed, with correct components in place. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,400. Sold far below median value of $105,750. Even without the 50% add for the 455 H.O. option, the ACC Pocket Price Guide median value is just over $70k. The car did have some small cosmetic issues, but nothing that should have kept bidding so low. A lack of significant restoration documentation may have hurt the sale, but it looked like this went way too cheaply. #6212-1973 CHEVROLET C10 pickup. VIN: CCY143A146433. Crimson Red/gray vinyl. Odo: 5,340 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original Crimson Red paint has been very well preserved, with great shine to the factory finish. Bed rails have a few light scuffs, and the driver’s side Bpillar has a small dimple on the back of the cab. Bed appears as-new. Engine bay is clean, with


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ factory finishes. Glass and weatherstrip appear fresh. Interior is a spotless gray vinyl bench and black rubber floors. Every inch of the truck is consistent with the scant miles on the odometer. Cond: 2+. Recipient of the Corvette Triple Crown: an NCRS Top Flight, National Corvette Certification Board Bloomington Gold Certificate, and a Chevy/ ’Vettefest Nationals Gold Spinner Award, as well as an NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. Extensive documentation and ownership history from new. Original Nassau Blue paint has been lovingly maintained from new. Blue vinyl interior shows almost no sign of use. Very rare radio delete/air-conditioning car. Engine bay is as it was when new. An exceptional example with all original finishes and materials. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,000. Pickup trucks in the 1970s were not the super-luxury transports we know now, but were utility vehicles for work. With that thought in mind, it was quite unusual to see this one in this original condition, with so few miles. This Chevy was a time capsule, the best way to see a like-new, 46-year-old truck. Given the recent rise in prices of square-body Chevy trucks, the winning bid was a true bargain. Quite well bought. CORVETTE #6394-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S115481. Riverside Red/red vinyl. Odo: 34,163 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-stage Riverside Red paint has been done to a high standard, far better than new. Chrome bumpers have been replated. Stainless is well polished. Engine compartment is quite clean. Cast-aluminum knockoff wheels are in good nick, free from any damage. Red interior shows only minor wrinkles on the driver’s side seat bottom. Cond: 2+. was wearing cast-aluminum wheels with Redline tires. Claimed to be one of only five red-over-red 427/435 1967 Corvettes, this low-mile convertible was striking indeed. One can only speculate why an owner would take such a hit, particularly in such a short time. Well bought. NOT SOLD AT $82,500. Last seen at BarrettJackson Scottsdale in January 2014, where it found a new home for $94,600 (ACC# 6725105). This was a piece of unrestored Corvette history in all of its original finishes, likely something it would have been difficult to reproduce at any price. #6270-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 19477S117828. Rally Red/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 31,588 miles. 427-ci 435hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. The option sheet on this one is deep indeed, with Tri-Power 427/435 big block, M21 4-speed, 3.70 Posi, transistorized ignition, off-road exhaust, F41 suspension, J50 power brakes, power steering and Rally wheels. Fantastic restoration by the renowned Nabers Brothers shows gleaming Rally Red paint with contrasting black stinger. There is a small flaw in the paint at the base of the A-pillar on driver’s side. Balance of the trim, chrome, stainless, engine compartment and interior are all as-new, as the numerous awards, NCRS Regional Top Flight and Bloomington certificates attest. All numbers and date codes match, with low documented miles showing on the clock. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. The winning bid on this low-mile Split-Window was well above book value, but the condition was exceptional. Add in the highly attractive red-over-red color scheme and thorough documentation, and it was little wonder why this sold so well. The only downside was the car was so nice, you probably wouldn’t have wanted to drive it. #6066-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194375S113272. Nassau Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 9,411 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com #6250-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway Aero convertible. VIN: 1G1YY338XM5110568. Dark red metallic/black cloth, dark red metallic hard top/black leather. Odo: 9,743 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp turbocharged V8, 6-sp. Exceedingly rare Corvette Callaway Aero. The optional hard top would be a necessity on this convertible, as the internal roll bar adds muchneeded stability. Paint is as one would expect for a car with fewer than 10k miles on the clock, showing light peppering and minor bug marks on nose. Aftermarket fifth-generation Corvette Z06 chrome wheels shod in newish rubber. Glass and weatherstrip are in good nick. Driver’s side seat bolster shows the requisite creasing, as ingress/egress on these was akin to getting in and out of a canoe. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $17,600. The final year for the B2K Callaway Twin Turbo option, this Aero convertible was number five of the 10 500-series Callaway Corvettes. The B2K option added $33,000 to the $38,770 Corvette convertible base price. What you got for nearly doubling the price of your Corvette was a bump in power from 245 hp to 403 hp, and a staggering 575 ft-lb of torque. This example appeared on Bring a Trailer in September 2018, where it bid to $26,500 but failed to make reserve. The high bid here would have been appropriate for a stock 1991 Corvette with optional hard top showing under 10k miles. To score a Callaway Aero version will take considerably more. FOMOCO SOLD AT $145,750. This one had been through a number of Russo auctions, last having been sold in January 2018 in Scottsdale for $308,000 (ACC# 6858088). The last time I saw this car, it #6467-1966 ford fAIrlAne 500 Xl convertible. VIN: 6H46C148053. Tahoe Turquoise/ white vinyl/two-tone turquoise vinyl. Odo: 20,642 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Attractive Tahoe Turquoise paint shows good prep, but a bit of orange peel is present throughout. Chrome bumpers have been refinished. Other chrome bits show pitting and patina. Stainless trim around


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ the headlights shows light scratches. Interior shows well, aside from a hole worn through on the outside of the driver’s seat bottom. Convertible-top tonneau has shrunk, preventing some of the snaps from attaching. Engine compartment is clean and correct. Cond: 3+. tosh stereo, painted stripes and painted brake calipers. The rare Speed Yellow Clearcoat paint is factory flawless, with a clear bra protecting the nose. Black leather seats show minimal creasing on the seat bottoms. Glass is crystal clear, weatherstrip is as-new. Engine bay is similarly spotless. Cond: 2+. wear. Windshield is in good shape, but there is some delamination noted at the edges of the side glass. Engine bay is quite clean, with build tags clearly visible on the firewall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,650. An older restoration on a post-war Plymouth; this was a tidy little coupe. The clean but basic design means that this one will likely never be overly collectible, but it is a decent cruise-night car for very little outlay. Well bought. SOLD AT $22,000. Last seen at the McCormick’s Palm Springs sale November 2018, where it sold for $24,938 (ACC# 6889851). This was a better-than-average cruiser. The resto was 97% complete, with just a few niggling items left to address. Even with these minor shortcomings, this somewhat-rare ragtop sold for a bit better than median value. #6376-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 9F03R480653. Candy Apple Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 1,324 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be one of 17. Originally Acapulco Blue, now Candy Apple Red done to a decent standard. Chrome bumpers have been replated. White vinyl interior shows well, with factory AM radio, tilt-away wheel and factory a/c. Engine bay is clean, with correct components. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $286,000. Sale price here was well below median value of $304k, with a top bid, less bidder’s premium, of $260k. The car’s condition was nearly new, and with only 75 Speed Yellow copies produced in 2006, rarity was assured. What kept the bids low can only be speculated—possibly venue, possibly softening in the $250k–$1m price range. The winning bid here was a score for the buyer. Well bought. MOPAR #6428-1948 PlyMouth SPecIAl deluXe 2-dr sedan. VIN: 11887405. Marine Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 14,158 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Shiny blue paint has orange peel that is heavier along the C-pillars. Chrome is in decent condition, having been restored with the rest of the car in the late 1980s. Stainless is presentable but could be better with a bit of buffing. Gray cloth interior shows well, with little indication of SOLD AT $231,000. Deep documentation, history and certification from world-renowned Mopar expert Galen Govier bolstered what was already a stunning car. Even with these considerations, the price paid was well shy for a top-ofthe-market Hemi ‘Cuda. This was a bargain for the flagship Plymouth muscle car. Well bought, indeed. AMerIcAnA SOLD AT $118,800. An auction veteran with appearances at Russo Scottsdale 2012, Russo Monterey 2012, and most recently Russo Scottsdale 2014, where it failed to change hands at $110k (ACC# 6661893). The winning bid here was well below the price-guide median value of $140k, and even more so given the far-abovemedian condition. #6284-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S86Y400805. Speed Yellow Clearcoat/black leather. Odo: 4,600 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. With just slightly higher miles than most of the garage-queen Ford GTs I run across, this 4,600-mile example presents well. Has all four of the available options: BBS wheels, McIn- 104 AmericanCarCollector.com #6247-1953 PAckArd cArIbbeAn convertible. VIN: 26792395. Carolina Cream/tan cloth/ red leather. Odo: 79,262 miles. 327-ci I8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows good prep and application. Chrome is slightly burnished over the center portion of the grille. Stainless presents well. Deep red leather interior appears to have had something fall between the bench seat and the driv- “ Deep documentation, history and certification from world-renowned Mopar expert Galen Govier bolstered what was already a stunning car. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda 2-dr hard top #6101-1970 PlyMouth heMI ’cudA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B191042. Citron Mist/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 43,020 miles. 426ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Rotisserie restoration, and it shows. Citron Mist paint was likely not this good from the factory. 426 cube Hemi, 4-speed, and Shaker hood check all the Mopar muscle-car boxes. White vinyl top is done to a high standard, as is the white vinyl interior. Engine bay is asnew. Cond: 1-. ”


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ ONE TO WATCH Cars With Values on the Move $30,000 $25,000 $22,000 $20,000 $15,000 $14,170 $10,000 $5,000 $0 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 I 1971–76 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible don’t like some of the cars I write about in ACC. The staff knows I have strong opinions about cars, and my fussy nature seems to delight many of them. Recently, however, I have decided to be more of an optimist when viewing vehicles I don’t find appealing. My first shot at this glass-half-full approach is a behemoth in the form of the 1971 to 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. These big “beauties” were the second generation of Eldorado featuring front-wheel drive. They are also the largest iteration of the Eldorado, with a wheelbase of 126.3 inches and an overall length of 224 inches — over 18 feet — for post-1973 versions with 5-mph bumpers. Those bumpers also added considerable weight, sending the Eldorado over 5,000 pounds. The massive heft combined with the mushy suspension, common with cars of this era, gave the Caddy a barge-like ride and handling to match. Somebody sound the foghorn — coming through! Despite their massive length and tonnage, consumers ate these up like denim bell-bottoms. Between ’71 and ’76, Cadillac sold over 54,000 Eldorado convertibles alone. I’m sure it also helped that Cadillac advertised these open-top boats as “the last American convertible.” That was true for a while, anyway. So what’s the bright side? Nice examples have been popping up at auction the past few years and they’ve been bringing big money. In 2016 and 2017, 11 examples sold for over $25,000. Last year we had 17 that sold for more than $25k. The most expensive was an end-of-the-line Eldorado Bicentennial convertible that sold at Mecum Kissimmee in 2018 for $69,300. Barrett-Jackson and Bonhams each sold one in Scottsdale 2019 for more than $50k — $55,000 and $58,240 respectively. Although some are bringing in big sums of money, there are still Detailing Years built: 1971–76 Number produced: 54,640 Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 45 Average price of those cars: $21,205 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 600 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,000 106 AmericanCarCollector.com a ton of examples going for under $15k. If you are patient and search out the nicest one you can (and I do mean the NICEST), there might be some money to be made. Yes, you purchased a sad, malaise-era convertible, but additional money in the bank can heal any bruised ego. Who knows, you might even fall in love with it. Wait… that might be an overstatement. Sorry, I got carried away. I’m still working my way to fully enlightened optimist.A $19,800 $18,020 $15,950 NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Last seen at BarrettJackson Las Vegas in October 2017, where it traded hands for $55,000 (ACC# 6853096). Top money offered here was well below book value, even considering the flaws that were present. The buyer couldn’t let it go for so little. #6189-1964 bIll thoMAS cheetAh racer. VIN: 16464003. Yellow/black vinyl. 327-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An excellent restoration of a very rare car. Paint is glossy, with slight orange peel on the tissue-thin fiberglass. Unpainted screw heads penetrate the roof at the gullwing door hinges. Plexiglass windshield is without flaw, possibly new. Interior shows no signs of wear, with black vinyl covering the seats, and raw metal floor pans. Silver-painted roll cage looks to be freshly refinished. Engine bay is clean and tidy, with a beastly 520-hp 327 topped by twin Weber carbs. Cond: 2+. MedIAn Sold PrIce by yeAr er’s side door, leaving several gouge marks in each. Trunk and engine bay are both nicely squared away. Cond: 3+. — Chad Taylor NOT SOLD AT $730,000. The first of three Bill Thomas Cheetahs ordered by Alan Green Chevrolet, this example was a pure racer. Whereas some of the 14 or so (there are even fewer remaining) Cheetahs built were street cars, with carpet and mufflers, this one lacked any sound deadening or creature comforts (such as side windows)—not even an odometer. The owner, who has restored several of the remaining originals, was present. He took time to discuss the car and the restoration, and even started it up. The cacophonous thunder could be felt in your chest, and would have likely gotten you thrown out of your Home Owners Association. The high bid was well north of the sale price of the 1964 Bill Thomas Cheetah sold here last year, but it wasn’t enough to capture this exceedingly rare cat. A


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ The Scottsdale Auction If “own a Duesenberg” was on your bucket list, this Judkins Berline is as cheap as you can get to living the dream Worldwide Auctioneers Scottsdale, AZ January 16, 2019 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 54/72 Sales rate: 75% Sales total: $9,216,075 High American sale: 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Speedster, sold at $687,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1931 Duesenberg Model J Custom Berline, sold at $506,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 108 AmericanCarCollector.com I n their third year as part of the January Phoenix area auction scene, Worldwide Auctioneers is now anchored as one of the pillars of the week’s events. Settled in at a good, centralized location at a defunct Chrysler dealership on McDowell Road near old-town Scottsdale, they also seem to have found a comfortable groove in the scheme of the week’s events. While their first year did exceptionally well at 78% sell-through, last year was softer at 64%. Third time was a charm, with a centrist 53 of the 72 consignments hammering sold on the block (plus two confirmed post-block sales by the end of auction week). This was up by nearly three million bucks, putting them within $2.8m of Russo and Steele’s take, with several hundred fewer cars. The top-selling domestic car was also the second- highest sale, a 1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedster at $687,500. I actually have to call this “the tan car,” as this was one of those rare instances where you could actually shop for 1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedsters by color — “the red car” was the third-highest sale of the evening at $632,500. This was also the only venue in the Phoenix area where you had a choice of Duesenbergs to bid on — both being good deals, if for no other reason than they were decent cars that brought less than either of the 851 SC Speedsters (when’s the last time THAT happened — if ever?). First to change hands was J757, reportedly the last Duesenberg JN to sell to a retail customer. Rebodied into a Derham Tourister-style phaeton, it brought $605k. The next, in my opinion, was the buy of the night — the sale of J348 (a Judkins Berline sedan) for $506k. If “own a Duesenberg” was on your bucket list, this is as cheap as you can get. A 1969 L88-powered Corvette convertible separated them in the selling-price ranking — now there’s really a “when’s the last time THAT ever happened?” moment. This disparity between the Auburns and Duesenbergs wasn’t isolated, as some Full Classics here did well while others were soft. I’ll chalk it up to individual cars versus their individual histories versus pleasing color and equipment combinations calling the shots, more than Brand A or Brand B being hot or cold. Now anchored as the Wednesday night catalog- auction-house fixture, Worldwide should continue to make their presence notable next year. A


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ clASSIcS #5-1930 STUTZ BLACK HAWK roadster. VIN: 17400. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 57,979 miles. Mostly original paint, but has light fading and moderate surface rust. Has also been mostly buffed and faded through on top of body between top and rumble seat. Original plating—especially the radiator shell and bumpers—quite distressed from corrosion. “Ra” hood ornament looks to be an older reproduction, as the chrome is quite good. Wire wheels were most certainly repainted, as they have minimal chips and far less rust than the body. Tire lettering outlined in white paint, but only on left side. Heavily fogged cowl lamps, yet good original glass on headlights. Engine rather greasy, yet still looks like it’s been tended to occasionally. Twin-ignition six wiring looms neat and orderly. Engine runs out decent, yet is a moderate smoker. Bare wood floorboards, with some newer mounting hardware. Cond: 4-. duties circa 2002. Older repaint presents well. Roof covering looks a bit too shiny. Doors have a good, solid fit, respectable shut lines. Dull chrome on added door-frame peep mirrors, yet remainder of plating is quite good. Interior upholstery is in excellent shape, with supple leather. Toe-board carpeting bunched up ahead of accelerator pedal. Clean yet not really detailed underhood. Missing grease boots on the springs, so they have some rust seeping out from between bands. Undercarriage could stand a good washing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,200. Ra was the Egyptian sun god and the mascot of choice for Stutz cars. There was a renewed interest in mythology during the Roaring ’20s—due in no small part to the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1923—as artists such as Maxfield Parrish were very popular for their renderings of mythology, neo-classical figures and fantasy. In short order, the harsh realities of the Great Depression soon displaced fantasy. It also displaced Stutz to history, with the lower-priced Black Hawk (always two words in official Stutz publications and on the cars) introduced with high hopes in 1929, and ceasing in the year this example was built. Stutz as a company only fared slightly better, closing for good in 1932. The example hasn’t fared too well, and unless you really want to keep milking that “barn-find look,” at the very least some mechanical restoration work would be in order. Sold well enough, just shy of the auction-house guesstimate. 2371. Eng. # J348. Maroon/black leatherette/ maroon leather. Odo: 81,559 miles. AuburnCord-Duesenberg Club Category I certified. Known history from new, from when it was sold new to GM founder William C. Durant’s daughter through to the consignor, who last had it sent to a marque specialist for sorting out for touring 6 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #31-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J Custom Berline. VIN: SOLD AT $506,000. After the Gary Cooper SSJ sold in Monterey a few months back for $22m, there was a bit of a market upward ripple. That’s now given way to a sucking sound. Granted, this example is a 4-door sedan—the bottom of the desirability pecking order—but still, this is a far better car than what was paid. While I call it well bought, that’s for someone who always wanted to own a Duesenberg, for the sake of having one—any one—they can drive. Sure, it’s got “two doors too many” for a lot of folks and the roof doesn’t come off, but the real-deal original bodywork looks handsome on SWB chassis. As such, this was a deal—yet it isn’t a money-lefton-the-table deal (with a $550k–$650k pre-sale estimate proving that), as the seven-digit money is only on open cars or very well-known closed cars (such as the Twenty Grand or the Ethel Mars town car). #34-1931 CORD L-29 convertible. VIN: 2928916. Maroon/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 49,649 miles. Professional frame-off restoration completed circa 2014 in Germany. Expert barebody repaint, in modern base/clear finish. All chrome replated. Replacement rubber edging on running boards. Excellent panel gaps. Well-fitted top. Interior seat redone in leather, with the rumble seat matching along with door and kick panels. The latter has some high spots from hardware underneath. No discernible wear front or rear, just some wrinkling from occasional use and from when rumble seat was folded in. Clean and well-detailed engine compartment. Runs out very well and quietly. Light road spray on painted undercarriage, with new brake lines. Authentic reproduction bias-ply tires on painted spoke wheels that have chrome locking rings. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $242,000. This has to be the most period authentic-looking L-29 that I’ve encountered on the auction circuit. These tended to be over-restored and painted garish color combinations, but this one is appropriately lowkey looking for when it was new during the Great Depression. Helping that look was avoiding what seems to be the prerequisite use of wide whitewall tires on any CCCA Full Classic. While it was dark, and thusly difficult to photograph, it really looked the part from 1931. Last seen at RM’s Spring Auburn auction in May of last year, then selling for a reported $210,000 (ACC# 6879130). Here the reserve was met at $220k, shortly thereafter selling for a marketcorrect price. #60-1932 AUBURN 12-160A Modified Boattail Speedster. VIN: BB1079. Pearl white & blue/blue leather. Odo: 111 miles. Equipped with factory-optional Free Wheeling and dual-ratio 2-speed rear axle. Dual sidemount spares, with rear-view mirrors strapped to them. Accessory driving lights, aimed very close to the road ahead. This V12 chassis now wears a speedster body from an 8-cylinder Auburn of same era, restored and converted before consignor acquired it in 2011. Repainted in a not-at-all-from-the-era pearlescent paint, with solid blue accents. Chrome replated to better-than-OEM stock, but not show quality. Reproduction Auburn hood ornament. Good interior upholstery work showing minimal wear. Tachometer clamped to steering column. Clean, tidy engine bay. Clean chassis and suspension components, with new fuel and brakes lines, yet brush-painted over rusty chassis. Replated or reproduction chrome wire wheels with newer period replica bias-ply tires. Cond: 2-. 10 SOLD AT $291,500. While a handful of realdeal Auburn Twelve Boattail Speeders were built, this isn’t one of them. While it may be made with real Auburn components, it’s still a put-together car, no matter how well it’s sugar- TOP 10 BEST BUY TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ coated (especially with pearlescent frosting). As such, it was bid strong enough to open at $150k. They all but had it sold at $250k when a phone bidder came in just as it was starting to get hammered, which generated one more bid onsite to get it bought. Even if it was in the lower tangent of the estimate, this was still well sold for a bitsta. #52-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Boattail Speedster. VIN: 32369E. Light beige/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 40,680 miles. Optional dual-ratio rear axle, dealer-accessory clock and AM radio. Restored in the late 1980s, wearing an AACA Senior National First Place badge on the grille dated 1989. Three-decadeold repaint still appears good, with only some light edge chipping on a couple of panels and the SUPER-CHARGED painted badges on hood. All chrome presents well. Panel gaps quite good, including butterfly hood. Top not raised for inspection during the event. Front suspension sits slightly lower than rear for a very subtle forward rake. Well-fitted interior upholstery, with expertly tooled leather on door panels. Generally tidy and cared-for engine bay. Light fuel staining on supercharger housing, directly below carburetor. Undercarriage getting a bit dusty. Inboard sidewalls of rear tires show a little lubricant or brake fluid has been dripping on them. Cond: 2-. 4 covers and mirrors, along with tin lift-off trunk painted to match the fenders. Period-accessory Pilot Ray driving lights, which seem to be not really aimed and point haphazardly. Restored in the early 1990s. Wears CCCA National First Prize badge number 3009 on right side of cowl. Paint and chrome still present very well. Small rooster hand-painted on doors in same paint and above pinstriping. Acceptable, not exceptional, door shut lines. Excellent reupholstered interior, in correct materials and patterns, showing no appreciable wear. Brass shift knob almost looks like it was a door knob. Well-refinished interior woodwork. Near-concours-quality engine bay detailing. Mostly semi-gloss black-painted chassis and suspension, which is rather clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $687,500. This was the second of two 851 Supercharged Speedsters at the sale. While it was in several well-known collections since it was restored, it will need a little tending to before new owner tries the show or concours circuit, let alone touring. With no-excuses, on-the-button Speedsters now members of the Million Dollar Club, the period, authentic color combo won out over the Resale Red twin, yet not by much, to become the second-highest sale and top dog of all American-made cars here. While there may have been a little of a price bump on this one due to it selling after the red car, with a bit of “we missed the first one, so we’ll try harder to get this one” in the bidding, the no-reserve selling price is still in line with today’s market. GM #12-1933 cAdIllAc 370A coupe. VIN: T300347. Beige/brown broadcloth. Odo: 54,378 miles. Equipped with dual sidemounts with tin 112 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $145,200. In the ACC seminar at Barrett-Jackson on the morning before this crossed the block, our Carl Bomstead called this specific car out as a car to buy, referring to Full Classic V12 coupes. I do concur that these cars should go up in the future, as they’ve been under-valued for nearly two decades (as the pool of their original enthusiasts has pretty much passed on). Last seen selling for $110k at RM’s Phoenix auction in 2012 (ACC# 6759359), and originally was a no-sale across the block at $120k. However, post-event data released from the auction house shows that a deal was put together for markedly more. As the auction-house guesstimate was $140k to $160k, it could well have been a case of a buyer meeting the reserve. Maybe they were paying attention to Carl, and these are starting to catch on again? #61-1948 oldSMobIle 68 convertible. VIN: 927384H. Maroon/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 83,767 miles. 257-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older repaint presentable, as the finish is transitioning from being gloss to more of a glossy matte sheen. If anything, accessory fender skirts have heavier chipping that has been touched up with paint that’s a shade dark. Retains original selling dealer’s tag from Murphy Oldsmobile of Los Angeles. Good front bumper and grille chrome, muted-to-dull rear bumper chrome. Very light pitting on hubcaps. Heavier crazing on rearemblem plastic insert. Decent fit to non-stock, replacement cloth top. Vent-window glass starting to bubble slightly along edges. Good reupholstered seats, with generic pleats. Steering wheel shows some crazing and discoloration after 71 years. Replacement carpeting. Newer layer of matte black undercoating. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. This was the final year for a straight-8 Olds, as 1949 saw the all-new (and soon to be famous) Rocket 8 overhead-valve V8. It was also the last year of the series 68 moniker; 6 for the GM A-body, 8 for an 8-cylinder engine (and yes, they did make a series 66 with the flathead 6-cylinder that lasted two model years into the Rocket 8 era). Last seen at the last Fall Branson auction, then turning down the $33,000 offer (ACC# 6886250). At this point, the consignor may be kicking himself. Sure, it may be a bit out of character with a 3-on-the-tree instead of a Hydra-Matic, but this was worth closer to what it should’ve sold for in Branson. Well bought, provided that you don’t have a thing against your grandfather’s Oldsmobile. #46-1956 cAdIllAc eldorAdo biarritz convertible. VIN: 5662038844. Emerald Green Metallic/white vinyl/green & white leather. Odo: 65,347 miles. 365-ci V6, 2x4-bbl, auto. Fitted with parade boot and chrome Sabre wheels shod with modern, wide whitewall radials. Restored five years ago with a replacement white vinyl top, in lieu of originally fitted light-green vinyl per re-riveted body tag. Superb bare-body base/ clear repaint in original hue. Splendidly replated chrome, reconditioned stainless trim. Generally good panel fit. While bottom of the body was cleanly painted while off chassis, suspension components and fuel tank side have become rather dirty. Speaking of suspension, the whole car rides rather low to the waterline. Well-detailed engine bay, as it’s authentic rather than over-the-top. Expertly reupholstered seats, door panels and dashboard top. Reproduction carpeting. Cond: 2-. TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ NOT SOLD AT $104,500. Nice to see a ’50s Eldo properly restored in something other than Resale Red or Mary Kay Pink. This shows that all colors were rather dramatic on these top-shelf Cadillacs. Can’t really blame them for doing the top in white, since once you get past white or black in a vinyl top, you essentially have to have someone make the vinyl specifically for the car (let alone making the top once you get the vinyl). My ’62 Corvair Monza convertible originally had a top with an aqua headliner—to get it made, it would’ve cost more than the restored car was worth in the mid-1990s. And that’s just a Corvair. Doing an Eldo to the nines could bankrupt a Third World country. As such, I can’t blame the consignor for holding on to this one longer. #54-1957 cheVrolet bel AIr 2-dr hard top. VIN: VB57J208899. Tuxedo Black/red vinyl & gray nylon. Odo: 62,543 miles. 283-ci fuelinjected V8, 3-sp. Originally built with a Turboglide automatic transmission—substituted for a 3-speed manual with overdrive currently installed in the car. Original tranny stated to be included with car. Completely stock underhood, but also rather scruffy looking in there. Very little paint remains on engine, radiator or air-cleaner assembly. Very dull alloy castings. Most—not all—exterior paint is original, but shows light scuffing, nicks and chips, in addition to light cracking on upper surfaces. Reconditioned chrome and stainless trim. Dual rear antennas. Sun fade on upper door panels and seat backs. Seat piping yellowed. Hole worn into carpet right of the gas pedal. Reproduction floor mats and bias-ply tires. Cond: 3. here, as this was originally cataloged as Lot 72. Regardless, this not-really original but not-really well-preserved Fuelie proved to be a good flip to make it fully sold here. #69-1966 PontIAc gto 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242176P132960. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 99,108 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Fitted with aftermarket a/c. Otherwise restored to match original build, to include Tri-Power induction. Rally II wheels shod with repro Polyglas tires. Generally good repaint, with some light polishing scratches. Light-to-moderate sanding scratches on windshield trim and drip moldings. More light scratches on original side and rear glass. Grille-to-body fit is a bit off. All-new interior soft trim, as part of circa-2011 overall restoration work. Generally clean underhood. Deviations from stock are an aftermarket water pump, alternator and radiator with electric fan—in addition to the modern a/c compressor. Light road spray on undercarriage, yet bare metal and fasteners have, at most, light flash rust. Cond: 2-. work and paint better than original manufacturing processes, with no sign of inner fabric weave broadcasting to exterior. Door alignment slightly off, being a touch low and with usual C1 issue of doors protruding slightly from body envelope. Authentic workmanship on replated exterior chrome, with minimal waviness. Very clean engine bay, with like-new gaskets peeking out. Clean, authentic undercarriage, with only flash rust on threads of some exposed bolts. New rearaxle rebound strap. Authentically reupholstered interior, with only some light seam wrinkling on passenger’s seat bottom. Muted original instrumentation bezel chrome, light yellowing of knobs on dashboard and doors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. The Turboglide, introduced for 1957, was Chevy’s attempt to have a more highly developed automatic than the Powerglide, although both transmissions were available concurrently. Something of a Buick Dynaflow with three speeds, it was GM’s first all-aluminum-case automatic. While I know one guy who bought a new ’58 equipped with it and liked it, most everyone else had issues with them—they were nowhere near as robust as a Powerslide—so they were discontinued in 1961. Last seen at Dan Kruse Classics auction in Houston two months previous, there selling for a reported $48,400 (ACC# 6890754). The deck got shuffled a bit 114 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $36,300. 1966 was the first year the GTO became a stand-alone model, so we tend to see a few more of them with minimal comfort and convenience options compared to the earlier years. Previously, you had to walk up the option sheet to get to a GTO, so it was something of a case of “since we’ve added the GTO package, we might as well add….” As a stand-alone model, which had become one of the hottest cars on the market, it then became easier to get one as cheap as possible, or “just get me a red one with three deuces.” Just like this car. This one opened at $20k and initially worked its way up to almost hammering at $28k, with a bid getting in just as Rod Egan was ready to hammer it. That was a good catch, as it kept the bidding going for another $5k—going from a potential well bought to market correct. CORVETTE #68-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F001209. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 20,000 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1bbl, auto. Recent restoration by an NCRS Master Judge on a late-1953 production example. Body- NOT SOLD AT $220,000. Has been shopped at least twice within the last year and didn’t sell. We first saw it at Worldwide’s Arlington, TX, sale April 2018, where it fared best at $230k (ACC# 6867631), then at RM’s Fall Auburn auction, where it was run up to $210k (ACC# 6881611). Buying a ’53 in recent years that’s ready to roll out of a trailer onto an NCRS judging field should be about a quarter-million-dollar affair, although coming short of that by $30k (and $20k short of the pre-sale low estimate here) might mean that maybe it’s time for an adjustment downward. #38-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S120799. Sebring Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 40,768 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Modern, black-anodized pop-rivets on the Body by Fisher tag. Factory optional ps and Wonder Bar AM radio. Modern repop 1964–65 knockoff alloy wheels shod with radial tires. Good older repaint presents well on exterior, but has some cracking and rust seepage (from drain gutters) in door jambs. Good door fit. Moderate paint chipping on rocker panels and rear quarter panels just behind wheelwells. Light waviness of bumpers. Engine bay generally still clean from an older detailing job. Two different vintages of heater hoses (one has yellowed printing versus the other with new white printing). Original interior, with seam splits on driver’s seat bottom and moderate fading on rear compartment carpet. Bottoms of mufflers have several dents and dings. Several newer chassis components, but generally original and dusty. Cond: 3+.


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ SOLD AT $148,500. If the consignor of the all-but-identical Split-Window Fuelie that was the top sale at the SG Auction in Winona, MN (ACC# 6882260), hears about this car, he’ll likely smack his head against the wall. This wasn’t all that much better than his (darn near equal, actually—better in some ways, worse in others), yet sold for significantly more. Yet as they say in real estate: location, location, location. Granted, land tends to be worth more in old-town Scottsdale—especially in January— but not that much more. Well sold. #64-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S736083. Monza Red/white vinyl, red hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 51,243 miles. 427-ci 450-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to be the final L88-powered Corvette convertible built. Original miles with original major components and finishes. Half-century-old GM-applied paint not aging particularly well, with crazing, lifting and seam broadcasting throughout the car in varying degrees. Door, panel gaps better than usually encountered. Radio antenna plug broadcasting markedly though paint on top of right rear quarter panel. Interior options include Speed Minder, tilt/tele steering column. Seats look exceptionally good for half a century and 51k miles of use—showing only some looseness in inserts. Bone-stock underhood, to include smog pump. Older light cosmetic detailing in there, too. A bit dingy, dirty on bottom of car. Cond: 3. 5 then, it was owned by a series of folks who realized and appreciated its originality and kept it that way—likely ignoring decades of “when are you gonna paint that thing?” comments. Now with a string of NCRS Top Flights, Bloomington Gold Survivor accreditation, and even the only L88 that was invited to be part of GM’s centennial celebration, look who’s laughing now. Just when I thought that it was going to take over $500k on the hammer to sell, the reserve was cut loose at $475k, hammering sold shortly thereafter. FOMOCO #36-1951 FORD F-1 custom pickup. VIN: F1R1SP10231. Distressed red/brown leather. Odo: 17,597 miles. 235-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Paint and bodywork in as-dragged-out-of-thefield condition. Rust is more superficial than structural, but there’s some perforations at common blow-out spots like the front fender brackets, tail gate and running boards. Texas A&M Mechanical Engineers decal on a vent window. If that isn’t enough proof that it’s from Texas, then the “Happiness is a belt-fed weapon” decal in the back window is. Original stainless trim isn’t too bad. Cargo bed wood heavily weathered but structurally sound. Wood dynamite crate mounted in bed for relocated battery. Battery relocated due to late-generation flathead Ford V8 engine now wearing a set of Ardun cylinder heads with triple Stromberg 97s between them. As such, it runs out quite well. Repainted chassis with all-new suspension. New steel rims with baby moons and radials. New cowhide on seats and rug on floor, period Sun tachometer; rest of the cab is original and weathered. Cond: 4. MOPAR #41-1959 CHRYSLER 300E 2-dr hard top. VIN: M591100657. White/light blue leather. Odo: 9,763 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional a/c, Auto-Pilot cruise control, and rear-window defogger. Has a set of repop Imperial/Chrysler-style wire wheels and radials, with stock wheel covers in trunk. Very old repaint, but presents quite well on outside. In door jambs, there’s sloppy masking around original seals and light overspray on door panels and window trim. Doors don’t latch the best and rattle when shut. Hood sits high at cowl. More reproduction than original trim. Mostly original interior, with some re-dyeing done over the years. Replacement carpet. Aftermarket speakers cut into rear parcel shelf. Recent fluff-and-buff underhood, with new a/c lines and connectors. Overspray on horns, yet has an original inspection stamp on driver’s fender apron. Modern, chambered mufflers on a bland undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. Last seen almost a year ago at Leake Auctions’ Oklahoma City February 2018 event, selling for $64,900 (ACC# 6863706). In another example of no good deed going unpunished, a number of (but not all) small and major issues were fixed since OKC, but here it sold at no reserve for $15k less. AMerIcAnA SOLD AT $522,500. Unlike the typical L88 experience, the original owner of this one bought it as a street-driven car. Granted, this was in San Diego, so the lack of a radio was a bigger deal to him and his wife than not having a heater. Still, they kept it eight years. Since 116 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $55,000. This is one of those vehicles that make you wonder why they consigned a rat rod—until you look under the hood. Sold for the sum of the parts if you factor this as a $5k old farm truck, or a good deal on a set of Ardun heads that can deliver themselves to your doorstep—if ratty-looking farm trucks aren’t your thing. #15-1931 PAckArd deluXe eIght Series 840 roadster. VIN: 47249. Burgundy/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,726 miles. Equipped with rumble seat, “sliding boy” hood ornament, and a factory-provided dealer update kit, to emulate the look of the 1932 900 series cars with its radiator shell, grille, horns and bumpers. Part of the reason why is on the original cowl tag, indicating that it was sold new by Packard Motor Car Co. New York on April 16, 1932. Older restoration that still presents quite well. CCCA National First Prize badge 2704 attached to the driver’s side wind-wing glass, which is starting to delaminate. All chrome wears an older replate and still shows well. Dull step plates for rumble seat. Dated engine cosmetics, which are in need of TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • SCOTTSDALE, AZ updating if any type of show duty is being considered for the car. Light fading at top of seat back, especially noticeable on side bolsters. Clean undercarriage. Stated that the auction house has a financial interest in the car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $242,000. With a delivery date in 1932, no wonder it was fitted with a 1932 update kit. Being a Packard dealer during the Depression was no easy way of making a living, even in the Big Apple. When you did get a sale, it was usually pretty good, but those sales were few and far between. While this car originally listed at $3,490, even with the update kit, it was likely sold for less just to move it out. But 87 years later, there’s no need to fire-sale a quality restoration like this, even if it did sell at no-reserve under the $300k lower estimate. #8-1936 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1407 coupe. VIN: 937209. Black/blue cloth. Odo: 87,766 miles. Body tag states that the car was sold new by Packard Evanston on November 30, 1935. Fully known history, to include ownership by past CCCA president Richard Gold and Packard book author Robert J. Neal. Original restoration work was done by the Joy Bros. Packard dealership in St. Paul, MN, in 1954. Most recent work is a mid-1970s era repaint, the addition of a trunk in 1986, and the wire wheels chrome plated in the 1987. Rechrome and repaint look good, even with some chipping on panel edges and around cowl from hood. Single driving light mounted on front bumper has dull plating and best benefits the car by being removed. Recent touch-up underhood. Excellent interior—doubtful that it’s original, but done in stock pattern and materials, with only light wear on piping. Toggle switch added for a supplemental electric fuel pump. Cond: 3+. with hydraulics. While the Twelves had a robust mechanical system, most folks today prefer the juice brakes used on the 1937-and-later Senior cars. One of 10 built, and reportedly one of four that are accounted for, chances are good you’ll have the only one at an event, save a Packard national meet. The reserve was met at $100k, with one more bid to get it sold (unfortunately, not to me). Being a rare coupe that’s presentable with no need to be paranoid, combined with past owners whom I actually knew, this was easily my favorite car on the docket here. In my biased opinion, well bought. #63-1954 PAckArd cuStoM eIght Series 5413 flower car. VIN: 54132153. Cotillion White & black/maroon & gray velour. Odo: 73,542 miles. 359-ci I8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Factoryoptional overdrive unit. Cosmetic restoration done in 2014, as original powertrain is stated to still run quite well. Nice trim-off repaint, with most chrome replated and stainless trim polished off car. Light surface rust on some portions of door-glass framing. Gaps and shut lines befit a Senior Packard. Interior cargo compartment retains mounting brackets and shows occasional light dings and scuffing on stainless-steel paneling. Seat likely original from Henney, as it has the same cheesy synthetic velour that most of their cars used. Heavily cleaned-up rubber floor- ing. Blanking plate, no radio. Very lightly washed off underhood. Unkempt undercarriage. Reproduction bias-ply tires and stock hubcaps on stock, blue-painted wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. A funeral car with overdrive. Seems like an odd combination, especially for the time. Maybe the lads at the funeral parlor wanted to blow off some steam once in a while after all those somber interments. (“Now that the crowd’s back at the church, let’s see if we can blow off all the flowers by the time we get ’er back to the garage.”) However, with 73k miles showing, it was likely also used for cold calls or transfers, where overdrive made a lot more sense out on the pre-interstate blue highways. I originally had this earmarked as one of the potential low sales from here, as funeral cars have a pretty shallow following. Yet the seller has no reason to be somber, as this one really rang the bell—coming just shy of cracking through the high pre-sale guesstimate. A SOLD AT $115,500. This was the final year that the Senior cars had mechanical brakes—although the Junior 120 was introduced in 1935 March–April 2019 117 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP American Highlights at Three Auctions SELECTED SALES COMBINED IN ONE COMPREHENSIVE REPORT GM #257-1930 cAdIllAc 452 Series 4260 sport phaeton. VIN: 702401. Two-tone gray/ black fabric/gray leather. Odo: 3,098 miles. One of only 85 sport phaetons produced with the elegant V16 motor. It’s thought that 16 have survived. The engine, introduced in 1930, is a work of art. Restored in 1990, car has won several AACA and CCCA awards. Equipped with sidemounts, Pilot Ray driving lights and correct “low-boy” trunk. Instruments in rear compartment. Still very presentable and elegant. Cond: 2+. 2 SOLD AT $940,000. Some say that the big, elegant Full Classics have had their time in the sun. I think this sale puts them in a different light. They still have a following, and a number of younger collectors are finding them very desirable. Price paid here was well within reason—fair transaction. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold for at $912,500 at Gooding & Company’s 2019 Scottsdale auction Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ — January 17, 2019 Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered: 108/120 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $16,099,560 High American sale: 1932 Packard Twin Six convertible, sold at $212,800 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ — January 17–18, 2019 Auctioneer: Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered: 131/155 Sales rate: 85% 118 AmericanCarCollector.com Sales total: $36,851,890 High American sale: 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $1,600,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Gooding & Company Scottsdale, AZ — January 18–19, 2019 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 106/124 Sales rate: 85% Sales total: $48,238,880 High American sale: 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $1,050,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250,000; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Joseph T. Seminetta SOLD AT $42,560. The Series 60 came in several body styles and lasted only three model years, but quickly became Cadillac’s best-selling car, filling a lucrative niche between the more- #110-1937 cAdIllAc SerIeS 60 convertible sedan. VIN: 6B2337. Dark blue/dark blue canvas/blue cloth. Odo: 271 miles. One owner for past 30 years. Paint getting thin from buffing; cracking in spots now and filler starting to show. Passenger’s side rear door does not close well. Cast trim pieces—hood vents, grille—with some corrosion. Canvas top taut and in very very good nick. Windlace worn, but window seals perished. Gray leather seats sound and mostly nice, save for some staining; carpets new. Art Deco gauges look great but are yellowing slightly. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3. TOP 10


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ROUNDUP expensive Series 70 cars and the LaSalle brand. Built when Cadillac brand was called “The Standard of the World,” and recently gone through mechanically, this big cruiser would be a nice touring car provided you left lots of room for stopping. A good buy on a big, pre-war open classic and a lot of car for the money. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #205-1938 buIck SPecIAl custom coupe. VIN: 13282604. Silver/red leatherette. Odo: 46,668 miles. A mild custom with dual Strombergs added along with slight overbore on motor. Custom rear seat added and new leatherette seating. Bumpers moved closer to body and new running boards added. Upgraded to 12V, and power steering from ’75 Buick fitted. Has upgraded suspension. A the end of the day, however, it is still a Buick Business coupe. Cond: 1-. #218-1956 cAdIllAc eldorAdo biarritz convertible. VIN: 5662087477. Bahama Blue/ white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 12,498 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Cadillac’s personal luxury car finished in beautiful Bahama Blue. Has parade boot and gold Sabre wheels, as well as dual 4-barrels with batwing air cleaner. Has received recent engine rebuild. Very acceptable older paint with minor wear to leather seating. Body straight and solid, with no evidence of prior body damage. One of only 2,150 produced. Cond: 1-. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid-looking car with comprehensive restoration done at unknown time; not recently, however. Paint well applied and unblemished over variable prep—gaps uneven, body panels wavy. Chrome okay, but trim with some scuffs, dents. Left rear quarter glass noticeably scratched. Interior mostly good, with seat covers broken in and a small tear on driver’s seat. Engine room tidy, save for leaking master cylinder and corrosion in the area. Originally optioned with a/c, pb, ps. Base engine and four drum brakes otherwise. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. GLOBAL SOLD AT $24,640. Someone spent a bunch of money on this, and, even so, it was not appreciated by the market. Sold for a song, but I can’t see that it’s worth much more than was spent. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #275-1941 cAdIllAc SerIeS 62 convertible. VIN: 8353831. Beige/black can- vas/ red leather. Odo: 78,482 miles. An attractive Cadillac convertible that is a treat to drive at highway speeds. Low mileage, which is stated to be actual. Long-term ownership with limited use. Lacking fog lights but equipped with radio and heater. Decent older paint and black fabric top fits properly. Recent mechanically recommissioning. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $92,400. This sold for well under expectations, as the low estimate of $125,000 would still be considered a decent buy. As such, new owner has a well-bought, fun Cadillac convertible. Well bought indeed. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #283-1961 oldSMobIle dynAMIc 88 2-dr hard top. VIN: 612K12229. Azure Mist & Provincial White/tri-colored blue vinyl. Odo: 34,802 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A very desirable bubble top that is loaded with accessories. Equipped with power steering, brakes and Hydra-Matic transmission. Recent quality respray in factory colors. Fitted with skirts, factory radio and trunk opener. Also has factory build sheet and Protect-O-Plate warranty card. Low miles stated to be actual. A true time capsule. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,560. Sharp looking from five feet with good presence, at least looking the business with Redline tires, Rally II wheels and chrome rings. Driver-plus grade restoration no longer fresh, making for a usable car with nothing so nice you’d be afraid of some more wear and tear. Of concern, however, is the leaking brake fluid, which has appeared since the catalog photos were taken—I hope the new owner is having the car towed home.... Strong—but not crazy— money for this low-spec Goat, which was slightly well sold. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #97-1976 cAdIllAc eldorAdo convertible. VIN: 6L67S6Q258404. Eng. # 402803. Greenbrier Firemist/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 2,184 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ultralow-mile car in striking colors. Two-thirds of indicated 2,184 miles traveled in past five years. Paint impeccable; extremely long panels laserstraight and well blocked. Uniform gaps. White leather seats incredibly preserved. Carpets excellent. Thermometer in driver’s side rear-view mirror. Tinted glass clear and bright, chrome like new. Tidy, detailed engine bay save slight SOLD AT $58,800. At the price sold, this is a screaming deal. A few years back these were in the low six figures, and this one was not even close. Seller is licking his wounds, but the buyer is still grinning. Every sale makes someone happy. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. SOLD AT $58,800. Powered by the 394-ci motor that was used in the 98 and with the original date-coded glass, this very original Dynamic 88 sold for a solid premium. Price paid is well justified as the original condition and low miles put it in a class by itself. Driving it, however, will be expensive, so likely destined to be garage art. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #22-1967 PontIAc gto 2-dr hard top. VIN: 242177G127765. Eng. # 723339YS. Burgundy metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 60,001 miles. exterior overspray in right rear section. Comes with window sticker, owner’s manual and two original keys. Sold without reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $58,240. Claimed completely original March–April 2019 119 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP inside and out. However, the fit and finish of this example’s body is WAY too good to be original; Cadillac (and all GM) quality in the ’70s was hardly the “Standard of the World.” Just sayin’.... I often drove one of these barges in period and can say that tooling along with the top down and one arm on the door ledge just doesn’t get any better. For their sheer ostentatiousness, these will always be collectible, and as a real unicorn this one was worth the price paid. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. CORVETTE #93-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J59S100875. Roman Red & white/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 9,509 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Three-owner car in attractive colors. Once-good paint now cracked, badly scratched on trunk and chipped on nose. Gaps way better than new. Chrome mostly good; rear bumper, grille teeth starting to pit. Black vinyl interior very good. Carpet appears newish. Gauges clear and bright. Equipped with Wonder Bar radio. Vinyl top taut but slightly discolored. Low odometer reading hints at limited use. No indication provided in catalog regarding matching numbers. Sold without reserve. Cond: 2-. original car including interior and paintwork from cowl forward. Also has radio and woodrimmed steering wheel. Only 10,594 Split-Windows produced and one of only 728 equipped with air. Needs some attention, but an honest driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,200. Second year of the fourheadlight Corvette, now cleaner looking without the washboard hood and chrome trunk hinges/ trim. A lukewarm catalog entry did this handsome, usable car no favors. But with the lowerspec engine and no claim to matching numbers—a must-have for top-dollar Corvettes—the $110k–$130k estimate range was quite optimistic; such a result was never in the cards. With all that, provided it got enough exercise and has no deferred issues, this Corvette looked like a well-bought car. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #158-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SplitWindow coupe. VIN: 30837S118801. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 62,719 miles. 327-ci 250hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. A highly optioned Split-Window fitted with a/c and power steering. A very SOLD AT $89,600. These have been attracting more interest of late even in a difficult Corvette market. New owner has a decision: restore or use as a respectable driver. I think I would use and enjoy. At price paid, it’s a decent buy. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #144-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S102228V. Eng. # TO922IP6102228. Milano Maroon/tan vinyl/Saddle leather. Odo: 45,640 miles. Early-production L72 120 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP with sidepipes and factory hard top. Positraction and close-ratio M21 gearbox. Exceptional paint quality throughout. Some minor interior wear. Beautiful chrome. Cond: 1-. in good order with no issues noted. Red leather is excellent contrast. One of only 2,250 secondseries Sportsman convertibles built in 1947. Powered by Ford V8 with Columbia overdrive. A strong offering. Cond: 2+. #133-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2448. Black/black leather. Odo: 27,710 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Forty years in single-family ownership. SAAC-documented one-of-30 privateer competition Cobras with period SCCA race history. Comprehensive photo-documented restoration with receipts approaching half a million dollars. Competition 289 fitted with Weber carburetors. Toploader gearbox. Big brakes and aggressive rubber. Owner claimed original chassis and most of its original panels. Removable custom sidepipes. Beautiful paint and interior. Cond: 2+. 3 SOLD AT $109,200. Corvette owners are überparticular about authenticity and documentation. This lot did not have an NCRS certification, a claim of matching numbers or original colors, any ownership history, or documentation. Sold at a market correct level. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #128-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S114980. Rally Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 46,277 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration of an L71 big-block with a factory tank sticker. Has optional F41 suspension, side exhaust and power windows. Won several NCRS awards in 1996–98, but now showing a few signs of age. Restamped block that produces 435 horsepower. Also M21 4-speed manual transmission. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $190,400. These continue to hold their value, and the price paid here was on the money. Maintain in this condition and I doubt if the new owner will lose a penny. Fair transaction. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #6-1956 lIncoln contInentAl MArk II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56S3913. Cobalt Blue Metallic/blue & white leather. Odo: 32,633 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An extremely handsome car in great colors let down by casual presentation. Paint very well applied over mostly excellent prep; odd, long cracks in random places: base of C-pillars, hood, right-hand body line. Opening panels (save trunk) poorly aligned or blocked. Chrome good, but brightwork around windows not so much. Massive expanse of blue and white leather let down by scuffing on front seats. Rears bearing a huge black smudge. Switchgear on dash, associated trim and steering column not detailed. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $912,500. Previously offered at Gooding’s 2017 Pebble Beach sale, where it went back home after a $1,050,000 high bid (ACC# 6844601). An odd combination of concours finishes with non-stock race parts. Auctions are often not kind to combination cars, but this one was well presented. Two bidders pushed it to a level that has to be considered well sold. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. SOLD AT $151,200. Sold for less than expected, but time is taking its toll on the older restoration. The restamped block raised a few additional questions, so price was in line with the current market. Fair all around. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. FOMOCO #253-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE Sportsman convertible. VIN: 799A1974216. Maize Yellow/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 384 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive 1947 Ford Sportsman with the spring updates that include a redesigned trunk lid. The Maize Yellow livery is 122 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $58,240. Designed by Gordon Buehrig, the same man who drew the Auburn 851 Speedster and the Cord 810/12, among other iconic cars. This work is no less sublime, and it has always been a wonder to me why these beauties have struggled for so long to be valued accordingly. The past few years have seen a change and properly (and very expensively) restored examples now command big money. While outwardly very nice, attention to detail was lacking here, and the price reflected this. Fairly bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #55-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 8T02J19245302157. Acapulco Blue/tan leather. Odo: 1,081 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Highly optioned, genuine Shelby with numerous “upgrades,” including incorrect 302 engine. Body well aligned and blocked; paint nicely done. Brightwork good, with some scratching. Virtually stock exterior save for Greek flag and electrical shut-off decals. Custom console with leather Sparco racing seats matched to tan interior. Racing harnesses and roll bar. Turned aluminum dash with modern electrical switches. Fully plumbed fire system. Comes with Deluxe Marti Report. Sold at no-reserve. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $72,800. On the surface this looks TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP downright cheap for a very nice Shelby. Of course, there are a number of liberties taken, and therein probably lie the reasons for the low sale price. However, a work list consisting of installing stock seats with correct covers and seat belts, replacing the dash facade/switchgear, removing the race bits et al., provides easy and quite inexpensive fixes. Sourcing a correct, datecoded 289 would be more challenging. And while the numbers will never match, that can be said for a lot of Shelbys. If taken back to original spec, I reckon this will look like a pretty good buy. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #28-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0T02G126865. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 95,228 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Born in Bright Gold Metallic over Medium Ginger Rhino livery—now Grabber Orange and black. Paint very good; only blemishes on right sail panel and above left rear wheel. Gaps variable, as is panel alignment. Hood bowed and very high at one corner. Trim flat, as-new. Dashboard lumpy, while seat covers and carpet are new. Hurst shifter. Optioned with wide-ratio trans, Traction-Lok diff, Philco radio, Shaker hood. Rides on BFG Radial TAs and Magnum wheels. Comes with Elite Marti Report and sold at no-reserve. Cond: 2. peel on nose. Surface rust forming where windshield and cowl meet. Body panels quite wavy; poor fit of air dam. Flip-up moon roof. Dingy wheels from storage/museum display should polish well. Carpets slightly frayed. Seats, door panels excellent—save the arm rests. Sold without reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,400. Usually the market pays more when cars are restored in their original colors. I would submit that this might be an exception; the color change to the Grabber Orange of the Trans Am championship-winning Bud Moore Boss 302s is an enormous upgrade. That said, this car did not light the block on fire, a Condition 2 car selling for a 3- price. Maybe it would have done better if it were still gold and ginger (yuk!). Anyway, someone got a very nice car at a very good price. Very well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #83-1983 SHELBY CHARGER hatchback. VIN: 1B3BZ6485DD170629. Santa Fe Blue & silver/blue velour, silver vinyl. Odo: 3,007 miles. 2.2-L I4, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Super-low-mile example consigned straight from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. Mostly original; three different hues of blue paint indicate at least one partial respray. Some staining of silver stripe; chipping, orange SOLD AT $26,880. With a warmed-over engine, decent torque, shorter gears and a lot of good suspension bits, this is probably a fun car to drive—if you’d want to devalue it by actually using it.... While this will never be an iconic, super-collectible vehicle like most of Ol’ Shel’s other creations, I see value here as a low-mile piece of history once owned by the man himself. I doubt such provenance could otherwise be had for many multiples of the price paid here. Well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #94-1999 Shelby SerIeS 1 convertible. VIN: 5CXSA1819XL000043. Centennial Silver/ black leather. Odo: 14,403 miles. 4.0-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. A one-owner car, gifted to the consignor—a close Shelby associate—by Carroll Shelby himself. One of fewer than 30 Series 1s (of 249 built) equipped with the factory supercharger. In generally tired condition given mileage. Paint chipped on nose, with scuffs around windshield. Headlight covers yellowed, as are carbon-fiber dash and console. Black leather seats dull but sound. Painted roll bar scratched from buckles on (long expired) five-point racing harnesses. Sold without reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $112,000. Series 1 prices have been very flat for more than a few years, with most sales around $100k. However, two examples sold last year for near $200k and $300k-plus, respectively. The latter sale, for Mr. Shelby’s personal car, is an aberration, and it now appears likely the former sale may be as well. We can’t know the consignor’s expectations here, but I’d guess this result was a bit disappointing. However, it 124 AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP doesn’t look like the broader market has actually changed much, and our subject car was fairly bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #5-2005 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S35Y400029. CentennialCentennial White/black leather. Odo: 2,080 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Early-serial-number Ford GT, purchased under Ford’s “VIP” program. Two-owner example with rather low miles. Well documented with window sticker, build sheets and photos. The car’s condition is in accordance with its mileage, with the exception of some sloppy rubber on the driver’s side door. Ford GTs are very liquid in today’s market, as they offer modern performance with classic styling. Cond: 1-. B602102. Green/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 34,692 miles. Final production of the Senior Series Packard Twelve. One of only four 1939 convertible sedans known to still exist. NOM and added overdrive transmission and electric fuel pump. Worn, cracked paint throughout. Beautiful convertible top. Unusual (non-stock) seat patterns but with excellent patina. Beautiful whitewall tires. Pitted, tarnished chrome. Recent mechanical sorting by marque specialist. Cond: 3. #115-1954 kAISer-dArrIn 161 roadster. VIN: 161001381. Pine Tint/Pine Tint vinyl/Pine Tint vinyl. Odo: 197 miles. 161-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Powered by Willys flathead 6 with iconic design by Dutch Darrin. Only 435 produced, with 100 left over at year end. Restored 1999–2000 and still presents well. Fiberglass body with Darrin dip on sliding door and “guppy” nose. Numerous awards, but past its prime now and just a driver. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $280,000. Opening bid of $100k, quickly doubled. Sold exactly in line with the current market and between the low and high pre-sale estimates. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #170-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S 16Y401908. Centennial White/black leather. Odo: 786 miles. A Canadian-delivery Ford GT, so McIntosh stereo was not offered. All three of the other options were ordered here. Only 222 were finished in Centennial White in 2006. Has been driven only 786 miles since new. In as-delivered condition. Cond: 1. 9 SOLD AT $106,400. Packard prices have been soft for the past few years. This lot was slightly underpriced and well below the optimistic presale estimates. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19. #110-1952 WIllyS M38 Jeep. VIN: 65476. Olive drab/olive drab canvas. Odo: 85 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A very authentic restoration of a Korean War-era Willys M38 Jeep. Has a M2 50-caliber machine gun that fires realistic flame blasts with appropriate sounds. Has a number of grenades and ammo boxes, as well as bayonets and helmets. Korean flag was found under the seat during restoration and an actual bullet hole (one of three) was retained. Ready to go play war or to be used as parade vehicle. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $112,000. Price paid was a bit under the market, but these have fallen off a bit the past few years. Underpowered, but fun to look at as long as people don’t mess with the doors. Always attract a few thumbs-up. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. #63-1959 deVIn SPecIAl racer. VIN: 22. Red & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 19,430 miles. 389ci V8, 3x1-bbl, 4-sp. Pontiac-powered and built on Austin-Healey chassis, presumably in period. Documented history on file but not offered in catalog. Ten-foot paint; cracks and pockmarks aplenty. Poor panel alignment—hood and trunk both high, misaligned. Hand-formed aluminum hood scoop to clearance carb stacks. Period fiberglass bucket seats and wood steering wheel. Square-weave carpet on floor. Monza fuel filler, headers, sidepipes, Halibrand-style wheels, Wilwood brakes. Sold without reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $318,500. These show up at most every major auction and sell near $300k when offered in this condition. Must have been a postblock deal for a market-correct price. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. AMerIcAnA #128-1939 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1708 convertible sedan. VIN: 12532015. Eng. # 126 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $67,200. A well-done restoration of a Jeep that was used by the 45 Infantry Thunderbird Division. Price paid was a bit more than expected, but restoration was spot-on. Slight premium was well justified. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/19. SOLD AT $40,320. Catalog entry bereft of any information on car’s history makes it hard to know if this brutish-looking thing was meant to be fish or fowl. It neither looked like a remotely comfortable street machine nor was it equipped to be a proper race car—kind of a tweener. I suppose it could be taken in either direction, but it’s far closer to street than race spec, and with a reasonable investment in some creature comforts could be a real fun hellraiser around town. With that in mind, well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/19.A TOP 10


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THE PARTS HUNTER Pat Smith Steals, Deals and Go-Figures It’s not always just OE parts that bring big money #254058975010 1976–77 Ford F 150-250, Bronco Truck Speedo Dash Cluster. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. El Paso TX, 1/8/2019. “Listed is a nice used 1976–77 Ford F150, F250, F350 Bronco speedometer dash cluster. 100-mile speedometer and all gauges are in good working condition and have been tested. Circuit number is D6TF-10C956-AA. Lens has no cracks and body has no rot.” Sold at $139.50. Ten years ago this price would have raised eyebrows. Since 1970s Ford pickups and Broncos are on the rise, a piece like this is a good find. The layer of dust inside the cabin gets heavy. If she doesn’t have a/c, chances are good it was driven everywhere with windows down. This basic unit is what came on so many F series; it’d be a perfect replacement part if yours is damaged or not working right. Price paid is fair for a working unit in good shape. #372554342016 VTG Antique, Original “Little Tree” Car Air Freshener Display. 4 photos: Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Independence, MO, 1/1/2019. “Here is a forest fresh air freshener you will probably never see again. Made in the good ol’ USA. This will be for one air freshener off the display card. Very collectible, not 100% perfect but very close.” Sold at $250. Listings like these make me wonder about the people who buy this stuff. $250 could have been reasonable for the display card with air fresheners, but this auction appears to be for just one air freshener, off the display card! Yep, that’s a $250 dollar piece of paper in a plastic bag. A “go figure” moment if there ever was one! #163373398864 1959 Chevy Passenger AM Car Radio. 12 photos: Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Livingston, MO. 11/14/2018. “Chrome bezel very nice and don’t see any pitting. Black pushbuttons all look good and each moves the dial needle when pressed. Right knob moves dial needle. Numbers and dial hand look good. Flat black paint above dial is worn away in places. Overall it is a good-looking radio. Don’t know if it works and won’t try it or guarantee it works before shipping as can’t trust the U.S. Mail to get it to buyer in working condition. Sorry.” Sold at $50. Finding nice vintage car-radio cores is getting harder all the time. Good ones are expensive even at swapmeets. Special-face units like these are especially hard to get in good, unpitted condition. While the push to sell modern radios with vintage styling is strong, many brands aren’t as good as an original radio. The best of both worlds is an original modified inside by a techie. You still need a core to do that and this one is perfect. The knobs and face plate alone are worth selling price. Super deal. 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #183626721626 1963 Corvette Original Hood Grilles. 3 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Rutland, MA. 1/8/2019. “Nice condition used parts.” Sold at $120. One-year-only high-visibility trim parts for anything other than eye-gouging prices are getting to be rarer than chicken lips. Reproduction grilles for the ’63 ’Vette hood are available, of course, at a wallet-melting $480 a pair, plus shipping. This is a roaring steal. The shipping will cost more than the parts. I’m calling this one “swag,” as it was Stolen Without A Gun. A


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Phil Skinner Sporting its original chrome trim and solid sheet metal, this 1954 Dodge Meadowbrook-6 4-door sedan is just waiting for a new home Running Strong O for Five Decades Owens Salvage Co. offers a mother lode of vintage tin off old Route 66 n a recent journey to the Lone Star State, I found myself in Wellington, just south of Shamrock, a famous Route 66 city. That’s where Owens Salvage Co. has been located for over five decades. There are over 60 acres of land here, and at one time the yard boasted up to 6,000 vehicles on hand. Robert Owens Sr. started the yard back in 1964 as an outgrowth of his successful Standard Oil and “Super Service” business. “Flat-top” Bob, who now runs the show, grew up playing with cars. Up to the late 1980s, Owens Salvage Co. dealt Detailing What: Owens Salvage Co. Where: 3725 U.S. Hwy 83 Wellington, TX 76270 Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday, Saturdays by appointment Phone: 800-798-2581, 806447-2581 Website: owenssalvage.com 130 AmericanCarCollector.com mostly with late-model vehicles, but in 1990 they began to focus more on vintage cars. Throughout the years, both the senior Owens and “Flat-top” Bob acquired a large collection of NOS parts for many domestic makes which are in inventory today. Owens Salvage Co. has a customer base from all over the world, with visitors coming from Australia, New Zealand and even Japan, as well as most all of Europe and even some former Soviet-bloc countries. If you are in the area and just want to come and visit, plan on sitting a spell and talking hot rods, customs and motoring stories with “Flat-top” Bob. A With the current high interest in 1960s 4x4 utility vehicles, it is a wonder this 1965 International Scout is still available Yes, they are still out there in the wild. A very desirable 1940 Ford Standard coupe, ready for rodding or restoration


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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 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup 1961 Buick Electra 225 convertible S/N 124378L326054. Fathom Blue Metallic/blue. 152,670 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Original Southern California owner, Los Angeles-built and very desirable highly factory-optioned SS. Original matching-numbers L34 396/350 hp 4-bbl V8 engine matched to a Muncie 4-speed transmission and a 12-bolt 3.55:1 P-code axle ratio 3:70 Posi-Traction differential rear end. In rare factory Fathom Blue Metallic (Code E) paint with factory-delete vinyl roof and deluxe blue bucket seats, factory SS option package with original steering wheel and SS hood, front console and power brakes. $59,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top S/N H5300144487. Blue/blue. Inline 6, 3-spd manual. This is a beautiful original example of a 1953 3100 ½-ton truck. It is an older restoration that has held up extremely well. The paint is a beautiful blue that rates 9 out of 10. The truck’s split windshield and other glass are clear and intact. Its lights, gauges and turn signals all work as they should, and the truck’s bodywork is straight and solid. The bumpers are shiny and fit well to the body. Under the hood is a 216-ci straight-6 engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with synchromesh. 1953 was also the final year for the two-piece windshield and rectangular taillights. The truck has been inspected and is ready to go. It also has a new carburetor, tires that are almost new, a modern radio, and wood bed rails and wooden bed floor. $26,000 OBO. Contact Craig, Ph: 214.232.2608, email: craigbas77@gmail.com. (TX) 1956 Chevrolet 210 sedan V8, automatic. All original, numbers match, runs and drives good. Tear in driver’s seat, newer paint. Nice car. $10,900 OBO. Contact Greg, Ph: 269.271.4724, email: affhalt@aol.com. (MI) S/N 124378N431785. Red/black. 0 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. A beautiful example. Frame-off restored with no expense spared. Factory Rally wheels mounted on BF Goodrich Radial T/A P215/65R15 tires and power steering. Red with a black vinyl roof, matched to its original black color standard bucket seat interior with center console. Powerglide automatic transmission with a 10-bolt rear end with mono-leaf suspension.Recently finished at the renowned Bel Air Ranch Restoration of Buellton, CA. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N J59S102592. Tuxedo Black & silver coves/black. 17,300 miles. V8, manual. Mostly all original and completely rust-free Corvette with its believed-tobe-original matching-numbers 283/245 hp, 2 x 4-bbl V8 engine with casting # 3756519 date code K 21 8 and assembly stamp F1211CT. 4-speed manual transmission with the correct dual-quad air cleaner, upper and lower ignition shielding, correct radiator, hoses and clamps, correct tach drive generator and original washer bottle. The car will be sold complete with original owner’s manual. $79,900 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) S/N 8H2009654. Artic White/blue. 77,100 miles. V8, automatic. Extremely rare and desirable 1961 Electra. 401 ci/325 hp V8 with 4-bbl carb, with its original 410/445 Wildcat engine with believed-tobe 77k original miles. In great daily-driving condition and boasting all new paint in original Arctic White (factory code C), a new blue power soft top, new matching blue leather interior, all new suspension, tires and brakes. Also included are the original owner’s manuals from the selling dealer of Braley & Graham Buick of Sacramento, CA, from where it was originally sold. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS coupe S/N W355104425. Green/green. 103,360 miles. V8, automatic. An exceptionally straight, rust-free and great daily-driving survivor of this very rare and mostly-all-original and stock Mopar (apart from the wheels and paint). Original and highly desirable upgrade 383/330-hp, 4-bbl V8 engine, Torqueflite 727 automatic transmission and factory power steering. $29,500 OBO. West Coast Classics. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.TheWestCoastClassics.com. (CA) AMerIcAnA 1963 Studebaker Avanti coupe Restored to stock. Numbers matching, several upgrades with receipts, much documentation, nearperfect condition inside and out, engine rebuild 9,000 miles ago. Contact me for images and info. $41,000 email: paintim613@aol.com. (AZ) A S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, TicToc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner wheelwells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $70,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@att.net. (WI) CORVETTE 1959 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 86,000 miles. V8, automatic. Preservation car: never restored, no rust ever. Arizona car since new. Original paint. C6 transmission, with 9-inch limitedslip and tilt-away column. Marti Report and build sheet. Engine, transmission and differential rebuilt by marque experts at 84,000 miles. Second place in class at SAAC national Shelby event. $135,000. Contact John, Ph: 928.468.9028, email: johnzilisch@ gmail.com. (AZ) MOPAR 1965 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396 coupe 1979 Chevrolet Corvette coupe S/N 1Z8789S451715. White/black leather. 20,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. A/C, power steering, brakes, windows, 350/195, Gymkhana suspension, sport mirrors and other options. A survivor in very nice original condition, believe low mileage is original. Lots of documentation from new; original warranty paper, owner’s manual, selling dealer intake report, dealer invoice, copy of original title dated 12/10/79, previous registrations, etc. $15,649. Contact Michael, email: mfulton1313@yahoo. com. (PA) FOMOCO 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible


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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 Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 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. 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Buy/Sell/General and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com (WA) 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. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) Mustang America. 844-249-5135. Mustang America is a new company initially specializing in first generation (1965–1973) Mustang parts, interiors and accessories. Launched by Corvette America, Mustang America provides the same level of world-class customer service, product quality and fast delivery. We look forward to serving the vintage Mustang enthusiast. www.MustangAmerica.com (PA) Park Place LTD. 425-562-1000. Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, 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 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. West Coast Classics. 310.399.3990. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Two branch locations in Southern California; 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance, and 1918 Lincoln Blvd in Santa Monica. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics. com info@WestCoastClassics. com (CA) 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. 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) 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 Collection Management 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 RideCache. 512-751-8450. A professional, ad-free software tool and service that helps you manage your collection, digitally preserve your valuable documentation and securely share with those that need access. Manage your collection with our DIY tools or use our RideCache Build service and let our professional team build your account. Learn more at http://ridecache.com/ACC RideCache – Organize, Manage, Preserve your Collection. 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) Zip Products. 800-962-9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) March–April 2019 135


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY 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 Insurance Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com 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) 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) Lajollaconcours.com. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the United States, the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. Experience World Class Cars and World Class Experience on April 12–14, 2019. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) Leasing-Finance 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) The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its 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) 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) 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 Museums 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) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for 136 AmericanCarCollector.com Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosound.com. (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


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protects down to -40°F and lasts the lifetime of the engine. See how it works at www.evanscoolant.com (CT) 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) Store Hours: Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am–5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am–3:00 pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. 8705 SE Stark St, Portland OR 97216. sales@superchev.com www.superchev.com (OR) Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 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) 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 Hahn Auto Restoration. 724.452.4329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cutting-edge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves, getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com 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) Original Parts Group Inc. 800243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (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 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) 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) AdVertISerS IndeX FOLLOW ACC Allard Motor Works LLC ....................................109 American Collectors Insurance ..............................2 Barrett-Jackson...................................................31 Blue Bars ..........................................................120 Branson Collector Car Auction ............................53 Camaro Central ................................................121 Car Girl Art .........................................................97 CarCapsule USA ..................................................81 CarTech, Inc ......................................................131 Charlotte AutoFair ............................................107 Chevs of the 40’s .................................................77 Corvette America .............................................. 4-5 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc ...............................87 EG Auctions .......................................................101 Evans Cooling Systems Inc. .................................15 Evapo-Rust..........................................................37 Factory Five Racing.............................................29 Greensboro Auto Auction..................................111 Grundy Insurance ...............................................19 Hot August Nights...............................................32 JC Taylor ...........................................................103 Jim Meyer Racing Products Inc. ..........................96 JJ Best Banc & Co .............................................133 JJ Rods ................................................................85 Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts ............39 Leake Auction Company .......................................3 Lucas Oil Products, Inc. .....................................115 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ...............................79 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ..................................127 McCollister’s Auto Transport .............................140 Michael Irvine Studios ......................................105 Mid America Motorworks ....................................21 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 Millers Oils ..........................................................91 National Corvette Museum ...............................124 National Corvette Restorers Society ..................125 National Parts Depot ..........................................83 New England Auto Auction ...............................123 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts, Inc. ...................129 Original Parts Group ..........................................41 P.J.’s Auto World ................................................75 Park Place LTD ...................................................95 Passport Transport .............................................89 Petersen Collector Car Auction .........................117 POR-15 ...............................................................23 Restoration Supply Company ...........................120 RK Motors of Charlotte .......................................25 RM Auctions ..................................................11, 13 Russo and Steele LLC .........................................17 Shelby American Collection ................................33 Speed Digital ......................................................93 Spring Grove Auction Company..........................71 St Bernard Church ..............................................87 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc..............................43 Streetside Classics .................................................9 Summit Racing Equipment ...............................113 Superformance ...................................................99 The Chevy Store Inc ..........................................129 TYCTA ...............................................................125 Volunteer Vette Products ....................................73 Weezy .................................................................52 West Coast Classics, LLC ....................................127 Wheeler Auctions ..............................................139 Zip Products, Inc. ................................................47 zMAX ...................................................................49 March–April 2019 137


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SURFING AROUND Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond CARL’S THOUGHT: The Heisman Trophy is the most prestigious award in college football, if not all of amateur athletics. In 1987, Tim Brown from Notre Dame won the award and was the first wide receiver to do so. He went on to a prominent career in professional football and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015. In December of last year, Goldin Auctions sold his trophy for a record price of $435,763. In 1998, the Downtown Athletic Club of New York required recipients of the Heisman Trophy to sign an agreement that the trophy would not be sold, so sales like this will be few and far between in the future. Here are a few more goodies that are also rare but not as expensive as a Heisman. BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 8255—1920s delIon tIreS double-SIded tIn flAnge SIgn. Sold At: $11,500. Date sold: 1/15/2019. This dramatic sign featured the lion inside a Delion tire and guaranteed 6,000 miles of wear. The sign had a few issues but was still very presentable. Rare as heck, so that overshadowed the wear concerns. A desirable sign. EBAY #292813418929—1930s IndIAn Motorcycle one-gAllon oIl cAn. Number of bids: 25. SOLD AT: $5,322.22. Date sold: 11/18/2018. This is far and away one of the most desirable oil cans, even if you are not into motorcycles. The graphics are bold and the colors crisp and vibrant. The condition is there, so the strong price is well justified. Pricey, but well worth the money. BARRETT-JACKSON LOT 8231—1958 ford edSel lIghtuP deAlerShIP clock. Sold AT: $2,530. Date sold: 1/15/2019. This is a rare glass-faced clock with both the Edsel and Ford logos. It was manufactured by Telechron and was in very acceptable condition, with a few minor scratches on the glass. It was in good working order. Price was up there, but it is seldom seen, so it was worth the money. MecuM roAd Art AuctIon lot P115—“YATES FORD USED CARS” SIngle-SIded PorcelAIn neon SIgn. Sold At: $42,480. This large and imposing — 9.6-foot by 8.9foot — neon “Yates Ford Used Cars” porcelain sign was hung at the Yates car lot at 8007 S Chicago Avenue in Chicago for decades. It was part of the Colin 138 AmericanCarCollector.com Comer Collection for years — he recently decided to part with some of his stuff. A no-questions sign that was fairly bought and sold. EBAY #123556288409—1965 ed “bIg dAddy” roth SurfIte reVell PlAStIc Model. Number of bids: 17. SOLD AT: $202.50. Date sold: 12/27/2018. Ed “Big Daddy” Roth made 14 of his wild custom creations during a 10-year period. “Surfite” was a true surfer’s car that was built to carry surfboards to the beach. It made a brief appearance in “Beach Blanket Bingo” and recently appeared at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. While we can’t have the actual car, this NOS Revell plastic model with the cool box will have to do. MecuM roAd Art AuctIon LOT B79—CHEVROLET GENUIne PArtS double-SIded tIn FLANGE. SOLD AT: $10,030. Date sold: 1/9/2019. An amazing NOS Chevrolet Genuine Parts tin flange but at an equally amazing price. Another, in similar condition, sold for $8,555 earlier in the week, so it looks like the Bowtie crowd was out in force. Condition is king, but this is pushing silly money for a rather common Chevrolet tin flange. MECUM ROAD ART AUCtIon lot A50—cuStoM yenko cheVrolet tIn neon SIgn. Sold At: $25,960. This is a custommade fantasy piece that was six feet long and a touch over two feet tall. Made of tin with the painted Yenko logo and neon added. Having made a number of similar signs many years ago, I would estimate the cost to build this at $4,000 or so. As such, a remarkable profit margin, but it will look cool in a garage full of Chevy go-fast cars. A