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GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, November 7–9, 2019

Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 15–19, 2020

Worldwide Auctioneers, Tempe, AZ, January 15, 2020

Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, January 15–19, 2020

Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, January 2–12, 2020

Leake Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16–19, 2020

Gooding & Company, Scottdale, AZ, January 17–18, 2020

RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, January 16–17, 2020

Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, January 16, 2020

MAG Auctions, Peoria, AZ, January 10–12, 2020

Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, December 5–7, 2019

RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, October 10–11, 2019

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CAR COLLECTOR Number One with a AMERICAN Bullitt BEHIND THE CURTAIN: How Barrett-Jackson Evaluates Its Vehicles March–April 2020 Issue No. 50 www.AmericanCarCollector.com McQueen’s $3.7m Mustang, Plus Chart Toppers from Arizona’s $250m Auction Week


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Eight Sales That Define the Market Volume 9 • Issue 50 • March–April 2020 CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/450 CONVERTIBLE $120k / RM Sotheby’s An expensive decal adds to a nice presentation — John L. Stein Page 46 GM 1970 BUICK GS 455 STAGE 1 $50k / RM Sotheby’s A good buy on an up-and-coming GM A-body — Patrick Smith Page 48 FoMoCo 1968 FORD MUSTANG “BULLITT” FASTBACK $3.7m / Mecum Nostalgia fuels the most expensive Mustang in the world — Brad Bowling Page 50 AMERICAN MOPAR 1969 DODGE SUPER BEE A12 $118k / Barrett-Jackson A Mr. Norm Six Pack brings the cash — John L. Stein Page 52 8 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CUSTOM 1936 FORD DELUXE ROADSTER CUSTOM $168k / RM Sotheby’s A great buy, if you know what to look for — Ken Gross Page 54 AMERICANA 1954 TAYLOR AEROCAR $275k / Barrett-Jackson What’s the value of yesterday’s future? — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 56 RACE 1965 DODGE CORONET SUPER STOCK HEMI $55k / Barrett-Jackson Serious buy on a Funny Car, but where do you use it? — Elana Scherr Page 58 TRUCK 1976 GMC SIERRA GRANDE CUSTOM PICKUP $165k / Barrett-Jackson The Squarebody Syndicate sets a new record — Jim Pickering Page 60 COVER PHOTO: 1968 Ford Mustang “Bullitt” fastback David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1976 GMC Sierra Grande custom pickup, p. 60 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson March–April 2020 9


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COLUMNS The Rundown 12 Torque: The car world is evolving, but the market is strong — Jim Pickering 40 Cheap Thrills: Light-money deals in the Arizona desert — B. Mitchell Carlson 42 Horsepower: Why aren’t the Big ’80s cars selling for bigger money? — Jay Harden 44 On the Road: Choosing adventure in a Turbo Trans Am restoration — Elana Scherr 138 Surfing Around: Gotta-have automobilia on eBay and beyond — Carl Bomstead FEATURES 20 Your Turn: A real Motion car, and counting the ports on a Buick 22 Good Reads: The Last Shelby Cobra, Lost Muscle Car Dealerships, Mickey Thompson — Mark Wigginton 28 Snapshots: Photos from Arizona Auction Week 38 Readers’ Forum: The $50k challenge 72 Market Moment 1: 1978 Ford Bronco Custom — Chad Taylor 126 Market Moment 2: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible — Chad Taylor 130 Junkyard Treasures: Purdin’s Auto Parts, Hillsboro, OH — Phil Skinner USEFUL STUFF 14 What’s Happening: Pacific Northwest swapmeets, Goodguys, and Spring Carlisle 16 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 24 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 26 Cool Stuff: Car items for car people 30 Wrenching: Learn what goes into the process for checking in — and on — vehicles at Barrett-Jackson 64 Buy It Now: 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited SUV — Chad Tyson 10 AmericanCarCollector.com 90 One to Watch: 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” — Chad Taylor 128 The Parts Hunter: Rare grille, Quadrajet and that Hurst smell — Patrick Smith 132 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 133 Advertiser Index 134 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers AUCTIONS 62 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys — and were the Arizona Auction Week totals up or down? — Chad Tyson 66 Barrett-Jackson — Scottsdale, AZ Arizona’s mega-event sets a new high-water mark at $137.4m on 1,929 of 1,930 cars selling — John Boyle 76 Mecum — Kissimmee, FL A best-ever $94.7m total on 2,015 of 2,946 cars changing hands in Central Florida — John Hoshstrasser 84 Leake — Scottsdale, AZ For their first auction in the Arizona desert, Leake sold 384 of 638 cars for a bottom-line total of $18.5m — Brett Hatfield 92 GAA Classic Cars — Greensboro, NC A $12.3m haul from selling 456 of 646 — Mark Moskowitz 100 Russo and Steele — Scottsdale, AZ 281 of 512 lots sell at Russo and Steele’s first auction of the year, totaling $10.7m — Andy Staugaard 108 Worldwide — Tempe, AZ The fourth-year sale sold 39 of 55 cars for just under $5.6m — B. Mitchell Carlson 116 Roundup Highlights from RM Auctions in Hershey, PA; Mecum in Kansas City, MO; MAG Auctions in Peoria, AZ; Bonhams in Scottsdale, AZ; RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix, AZ; and Gooding & Company in Scottsdale, AZ


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TORQUE Jim Pickering Keeping the Change Stock C2 Corvettes may be on the wane, but their resto-mod counterparts are driving a bigger chunk of the market Chad Taylor Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The car world is continually evolving, but the market is as strong as ever C hange is a constant in the collectorcar world. From what car people are buying and selling through how much those cars and trucks achieve when they sell, the market is always in flux. This is ACC’s 50th issue. The magazine has come a long way since our first issue back in the late summer of 2011, but measuring change in the market has always been our core mission. What’s interesting, however, is where that change pops up — and where it doesn’t. Scottsdale’s numbers are in. This year’s overall total out of the desert was $249.7m, compared to last year’s $247.5m. Add in Mecum Kissimmee to that total — another $94.7m in cars sold in January — and you get $344.2m in cars sold in the American market in the first month of the new year. That’s a big number, but last year’s total, including Mecum and the Arizona sales, was $341.2m. The difference? A lot more cars sold, and one Steve McQueen “Bullitt” Mustang. At first glance, the market in January 2020 seemed like a repeat of January 2019 all over again. Business as usual, right? Buy, sell, hold ACC’s annual Scottsdale seminar at Barrett-Jackson was on Wednesday of auction week. This year, ACC panelists Elana Scherr, Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson and Ken Lingenfelter joined me for a conversation on what to buy, sell and hold in 12 AmericanCarCollector.com 2020. We talked about muscle cars, trucks, hot rods and more — you can see the entire seminar on our Facebook page. The most interesting part of the seminar for me was one of Ken’s “sell” picks for 2020. Ken runs one of the country’s top GM performance companies — Lingenfelter Performance Engineering — and he has one of the world’s coolest car collections as well. It’s filled with everything from exotics to rare top-level Corvettes. As he’s always buying and selling, he has a lot to say about it. His pick to sell for 2020? C2 Corvettes — those iconic market-topping mid-year missiles. Cue the record scratch. “There’s a dynamic in place, a changing demographic” said Ken, “that’s placing downward pressure on values here. Numbers-matching, perfect cars aren’t doing as well as they used to, and the C2s that are still doing well are resto-mods. I think it might be time to think about selling.” Is he right? You can argue it either way, but there’s no arguing that it’s a well-founded opinion from a self-described Corvette guy. And as an opinion, it’s indicative of a major change we’ve been seeing in what comes to auction, as well as what is just over the horizon for the market, the media and car culture in general. Younger cars and trucks are taking the spotlight at auction, car content is increasingly moving away from print media to serve a digital future, and the C8 has more in common with a Ferrari than it does a C3. Sales numbers aside, it’s clearly not just business as usual in the car world anymore. Evolution That might seem like a troubling pros- pect, especially when some of the traditions we hold most dear in our hobby appear to be changing so drastically. But in all honesty, it’s not a bad sign, and the proof is in the metrics. Yes, newer cars and trucks are still flow- ing into the market, and yes, they’re growing in value at the same rate that some of our old favorites are slowing. And yet, here we have some of the largest sales of the year by both car count and dollar volume turning in very similar sales numbers year-over-year. That means that while the market may be adjusting to changing interests, it’s thriving in the process, and great cars — even those C2s — are still bringing good money. The proof is in the printed pages that follow — and in every issue of ACC. If the notion of change is too much for you, do something about it. Let a kid drive that C2 Corvette in your garage — even a small-block ’64 is enough to turn someone into a true believer for life. Markets live on enthusiasm, and enthu- siasm is about the experience. A car like that can make you a force of change in the market, and that can very directly have an impact on the market later, when that kid enters the market and waves a hand in the air for a Corvette of his or her own. When that happens, ACC will be there to report on it. 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. Chad Taylor All the Parts You Need The Portland Swap Meet is an annual tradition in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. Hosted by six antique car clubs, the meet sprawls out over the Portland Expo Center grounds, including all the buildings and the parking lots. This year’s event takes place April 3–5. www.portlandswapmeet.com (OR) Of course, one swapmeet isn’t enough, and the PIR Auto Swap Meet takes place just up the street at Portland International Raceway April 2–4. Bring your best walking shoes, a sturdy wagon to haul parts, and a handful of $20 bills. Both meets operate at the same time, with regular bus service running between them. If you can’t find what you need here, it’s probably not available. www.portlandraceway.com (OR) Courtesy of Goodguys Goodguys in the Spring It wouldn’t be spring without the Goodguys Spring Nationals, which takes place at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ, from March 20 to 22. This is the place to be to see some of the best customs, hot rods, classics, muscle cars and trucks — at least those built before 1987. In addition, the LMC Truck Spring Lone Star Nationals take place at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, TX, from March 13 to 15, and the All American Get-Together in Pleasanton, CA, is March 28 and 29. If you’re still looking for more, the Meguiar’s Del Mar Nationals take place in Del Mar, CA, from April 3 to 5, and the North Carolina Nationals in Raleigh, NC, is April 24–26. Learn more at www.goodguys.com. 14 AmericanCarCollector.com Even More Cars and Parts Spring Carlisle roars to life April 22 and runs through April 26 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in PA. There are more than 8,000 vendor spaces at this annual automotive flea market, as well as a car corral, Manufacturers Midway and, of course, the Spring Carlisle Auction across the street on April 23 and 24. It’s a great place to find the parts, memorabilia or complete cars you’ve been thinking of all winter. Learn more at www.carlisleevents.com. (PA)


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CROSSING THE BLOCK UPCOMING AUCTIONS—Compiled by Chad Tyson APRIL Mecum Where: Houston, TX When: April 2–4 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 725/1030 cars sold / $18.6m Featured cars: • 1969 Dodge Hemi Charger R/T • 1966 Pontiac GTO convertible • 1941 Ford custom pickup STAR CAR: 1965 Shelby GT350 at RM Sotheby’s auction in Amelia Island, FL MARCH Russo and Steele Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 4–6 Web: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 38/137 cars sold / $3.5m Bonhams Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 5 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 92/108 cars sold / $15.9m Featured cars: • 1909 Cadillac Model 30 • 1967 Meyers Manx dune buggy Gooding & Co. Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6 Web: www.gooding.com Last year: 78/89 cars sold / $22m RM Sotheby’s Where: Amelia Island, FL When: March 6–7 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 117/141 cars sold / $38.1m Featured cars: STAR CAR: 1965 Shelby GT350 • 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe • 1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans coupe Mecum Where: Glendale, AZ When: March 11–14 16 AmericanCarCollector.com Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 731/1,256 cars sold / $30.9m Featured cars: • 2017 Ford GT Competition Series • 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO • 1967 Dodge Charger resto-mod Smith Auctions LLC Where: Cape Girardeau, MO When: March 14 Web: www.smithauctionsllc.com RM Auctions Where: Palm Beach, FL When: March 20–21 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 274/368 cars sold / $23.1m Featured cars: • 1993 Ford Mustang SVT Cobra • 1953 Cadillac Eldorado • 1969 Mercury Cougar Eliminator 428 CJ Premier Auction Group Where: Punta Gorda, FL When: March 20–21 Web: www.premierauctiongroup.com Mecum Where: Davenport, IA When: March 25–28 Web: www.mecum.com Southern Classic Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: March 28 Web: www.southernclassicauctions.com Barrett-Jackson Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: April 16–18 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 640/643 cars sold / $30.9m Featured cars: • 2018 Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition • 1953 Buick Skylark STAR CAR: 1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside pickup (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) Vicari Where: Biloxi, MS When: April 17–18 Web: www.vicari.com Branson Where: Branson, MO When: April 17–18 Web: www.bransonauction.com Last year: 142/200 cars sold / $2.9m Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: April 23–24 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com MAG Auctions Where: Peoria, AZ When: April 24–25 Web: www.motorsportauctiongroup.com A


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THIS ISSUE OF ACC WHAT’S HOT IN Editor Art Director Digital Media Director Auction Editor Senior Data Editor Editor at Large Copy Editors Auction Analysts WRENCHING: See how Barrett-Jackson’s inspectors evaluate vehicles before auction p. 30 Contributors Financial Manager CAR COLLECTOR Volume 9, Number 2 March–April 2020 GET IN TOUCH Publisher Associate Publisher Executive Editor Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Keith Martin Erin Olson erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chester Allen chester.allen@AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 503-261-0555 x 218 503-261-0555 x 203 jim.pickering@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 208 Dave Tomaro david.tomaro@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 202 Jeff Stites jeff.stites@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Tyson chad.tyson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor chad.taylor@AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Harden Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Andy Staugaard, Dan Grunwald, Pat Campion, Mark Moskowitz, Adam Blumenthal, John Boyle, Bob DeKorne, Michael Leven, Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, Pierre Hedary, Joe Seminetta, Daren Kloes, Jeff Trepel, Brett Hatfield, Larry Trepel Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ken Gross, John Draneas, Tom Glatch, Michael Pierce, John L. Stein, Mark Wigginton, Dale Novak, Jeff Zurschmeide, Phil Skinner, Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 215 Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@AmericanCarCollector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 216 ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com SUBSCRIPTIONS SNAPSHOTS: American Dream machines from the Arizona auctions p. 28 Head of Subscriptions Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 217 877-219-2605 x 1 service@AmericanCarCollector.com @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone Fax General Email Feedback Web 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 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday 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 READERS’ FORUM: What’s the best choice for a car lover to spend $50k? p. 38 18 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2020 by American Car Collector LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Contact us at American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions Still a deal at $90k, but it’s a tribute, not an authentic Baldwin-Motion History in Motion I couldn’t help but notice the November/ December 2019 issue’s cover car, “1972 Chevrolet Camaro Baldwin-Motion Phase III, Last Of Its Breed” and comment in your newsletter, “The last Baldwin-Motion Phase III Camaro was well bought at $90k.” First off, while this is a very nice modi- fied Camaro, it is not a Baldwin-Motion Camaro. It probably was well bought, and the buyer knows exactly what he has. At the Mecum Auction where this car was recently sold, it was headlined as a Baldwin-Motion Camaro and referenced in the small text as a “Motion Camaro” and pretty much indicated that it was built by a Motion mechanic! I had tried to get Mecum to change the headline to no avail! Real Baldwin-Motion Camaros, built through 1974, were brand-new vehicles sold by Baldwin Chevrolet and converted by Motion Performance into Baldwin-Motion Chevys, and carried warranties. They also change hands, often privately, for considerably more money. Toward the end of Baldwin-Motion pro- duction, Baldwin Chevrolet changed hands and names. The cover Camaro was built by a mechanic for himself while employed by Motion Performance. It is a stunning Baldwin-Motion Camaro tribute that would probably be hard to duplicate for $90,000. For the record, the Baldwin-Motion brand was co-founded by Joel Rosen and myself in 1967, and I created all the advertising and marketing materials until production ended in 1974. The same held true when we, working with Larry Jaworske and Joel Ehrenpreis, relaunched the brand in 2005 20 AmericanCarCollector.com with the record-setting 2-seat BaldwinMotion SuperCoupe. My book, Motion Performance, Tales of a Muscle Car Builder, covers the brand from inception to relaunching Baldwin-Motion in 2005. Thanks for a great magazine — Marty Schorr, Sarasota, FL Which Buick? American Car Collector’s January/ February 2020 issue shows a ’53 Buick wagon on pages 108 and 110. It is described as a ’53 Buick Ionia wagon under the picture on page 108, and again at the right bottom of page 109. It is referred to as a Roadmaster, which it is not. Although the body is the same as the Roadmaster 70 series, I believe that this car is a Super 50 series. I base this on the three “ventiports” in the front fenders. The lower two series had three “ventiports” while the Roadmaster 70 series had four. The Skylark, basically a ’53 Roadmaster frame and modified body, had none. This looks like one offered for sale in the June 2018 Raleigh auction, which sold for almost $90k. The color is different, but otherwise it’s the same car. I have been a subscriber for over seven years and see few errors, but this one, as a Buick enthusiast, I had to bring to your attention. — Howard Shaw, Smyrna, DE Auction Editor Chad Tyson responds: Thanks for the note, Howard. You’re right; that isn’t a Roadmaster, and the ventiports are the dead giveaway. I appreciate the hawk-eye reading and correction. A It looks like a Roadmaster 70, but the three ventiports give it away


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GOOD READS Mark Wigginton The Last Shelby Cobra: My Times With Carroll Shelby by Chris Theodore, Veloce, 160 pages, $40.74, Amazon Chris Theodore isn’t a household name, but he was almost Zelig-like in his career, being involved at both Ford and Chrysler as Engineering Vice President at times when Carroll Shelby was working his automotive and sales magic at both companies. The Last Shelby Cobra tells his story as it relates to Shelby, where he worked on the Dodge Viper, the Ford GT, the Shelby GT500 and more. Along the way he became a friend and coconspirator with Shelby, both in the design world and helping navigate corporate politics. He went on to buy what is known as the last Cobra, a Ford V10- powered 2004 prototype known affectionately as Daisy, at an auction after Shelby’s death. That auction, and that purchase, closed the loop for Theodore as a friend and co-conspirator with one of the giants of racing and car building. It’s a fun journey. Lineage: ( Fit and finish: is best) Drivability: Lost Muscle Car Dealerships: The Rise & Fall of America’s Greatest High-Performance Automobile Dealers by Duncan Brown, CarTech, 192 pages, $33.85, Amazon Duncan Brown has created a history of car dealerships in the ’60s and ’70s that specialized or made their reputation providing go-fast cars for a market far from the grocery-getters they normally sold. He describes some of the most famous dealerships and the people (or, often, person) who turned that individual lot into a mecca for enthusiasts in the know. Some of the dealerships have recognizable names, often from their drag-race sponsorship origins: Yenko Chevrolet is a prime example. But unless you are deep into the motoring arcane, the sort of per- son who feels the need to know minor executives and sub-designers who worked on classic cars, you might want to avoid this one. However, if you care, it’s well researched and well presented. As they say, your mileage may vary. Lineage: Fit and finish: Drivability: by Tom Madigan, Motorbooks, 299 pages, $20.83, Amazon Mickey Thompson: The Lost Story of the Original Speed King in His Own Words Tom Madigan, who died early in 2019, was one of those automotive writers who found his muse in the stories of racing, fascinated by the characters and the arcs of their lives in the world of fast machines, champions and danger. Mickey Thompson was such a character, and in the early 1970s Madigan and Thompson came together to write Thompson’s story. It was on assignment, and the result was for Thompson to do with what he wanted, when he wanted. Madigan spend long hours interviewing Thompson, then doing follow-up research and sourcing. It turned out to be an experience as mercurial as Thompson himself, who resisted being led or going places in his memory that weren’t comfortable on one occasion, then proved effusive and open the next. The resulting manuscript, finished in the ’70s, was delivered to Thompson and dropped into a desk drawer, only to resurface upon his death in 1988. Madigan finally got a chance to finish the book in 2018, months before his own death. It’s a terrific look at Mickey Thompson, from his early days running the famous Long Beach Drag Strip (know as Lions for the owners, a group of Lions clubs) through drag racing himself, land-speed cars and off-road racing. A great read. Lineage: 22 AmericanCarCollector.com Fit and finish: Drivability:


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New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine PARTS TIME Jim Pickering Fresh Quarters Sourcing the proper, high-quality replacement sheet metal for your restoration can be a challenge, especially when you have something other than a Camaro. For those of you with a 1964–65 Tempest, LeMans or GTO coupe or convertible in need of quarter panels, NPD has the solution for you. Modeled off of NOS GM pieces, these units feature crisp, well-defined character lines, OE fit, and are stamped in 20-gauge steel. They come finished in electro-deposit primer for corrosion resistance. Coupe units are $599.95 each and convertible pieces are $549.95 each. Get them at www.npdlink.com. Noise Now Muscle car things: power noise. Upping t factor isn’t tou custom exhau early morning C Coffee startup won’t win you or your purple Mopar any friends in you neighborhood. That’s where Granatelli comes in — their electronic exhaust cutouts are some of the best in the business. These units don’t leak when closed and offer a full roar at the touch of a button. They use a special controller with an internal processor, utilized to prevent overextension of the valve gearing. They come complete with everything needed for installation. Prices vary by size, but a dual 2.5-inch slip-fit kit in aluminized steel is $313.50 at www.summitracing.com. Stainless-steel weld-in options are available as well. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Juice Clutch If you’re building a 1967 or 1968 Mustang with a modern manual overdrive transmission — or you’d just like less pedal effort with your factory 4-speed — Modern Driveline has you covered with its 1967–68 Mustang/Cougar Hydraulic Clutch Master Conversion Kit. This kit uses your stock pedal — and its full factory swing — and uses the stock clutch rod hole in the firewall. The benefit? Much easier clutch operation when paired with a hydraulic slave and your factory gearbox, and the ability to swap over to a modern hydraulically actuated 5- or 6-speed overdrive using the OE pedal box. Other makes and models are available, too. Get the Mustang unit for $235 at www. moderndriveline.com.


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COOL STUFF Chad Taylor Axle Adaptation An engine stand is an invaluable tool when you are rebuilding that small block for your Camaro. But once you’re done, it becomes a coat rack, taking up precious space in the garage. Give that stand another life with a set of Auto Dolly Engine Stand Axle Adapters. They are made from ¼-inch steel and have a hefty 500-pound limit. Bolt them right to an engine stand and work on an axle safely at any angle or level. Get one at www.summitracing.com for $54.99. The Ultimate Sheen It’s not easy to find time to hand-wash your car and apply a fresh coat of wax. When you do make the time, make it count using the best wax you can. Meguiar’s Ultimate Liquid Wax is a pure synthetic hydrophobic wax that provides maximum depth of color and shine while keeping your paint protected. Using Meguiar’s thinfilm technology, Ultimate Liquid Wax is easy to apply and remove, even in the sun. Also included is one of Meguiar’s soft foam applicators and a microfiber towel. Get it now at www.meguiarsdirect. com for $22.99. Hand-Crafted Cruiser Box up that cardboard puzzle of a cute kitten, grab your tools and start assembling the Royal Voyager metal mechanical model from Time for Machine. The model kit comes with 123 pieces of polished stainless steel that, once assembled, become a miniature 1970s luxury cruiser. The doors, hood and trunk lid open, and with a wind-up mechanism instead of a thirsty V8, the model even moves under its own power. Check out all of Time for Machines’ products and find the Royal Voyager for $79.95 at www.timeformachine.com. 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SNAPSHOTS: Arizona Auction Week Desert Dreams American Highlights from Scottsdale The colorful desert sky casts a warm glow on a Pontiac GTO at Russo and Steele Photos by Jim Pickering


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The auction assembly line at the biggest show in Arizona: Barrett-Jackson Finned classics like this ’59 Chevrolet Impala brought big money at Leake Resto-mod Corvettes are seeing serious interest in the market in 2020 March–April 2020 29


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WRENCHING: HOW TO REALITY CHECK What’s the process like for evaluating a car before it’s auctioned? The pros at Barrett-Jackson show us how they do it by Kevin Whipps L et’s say that you’re in the market for a new vehicle and you go to an auction to pick one up. You want it to be 100% original, numbers matching, the whole enchilada. If one comes across the block, how do you know it’s authentic? Is it the real deal, or did someone build it up from a lesser example? This is the problem facing buyers and sellers at every collector-car auction. Barrett-Jackson has come up with a way to solve this issue. They don’t offer a verification service with their sales. Instead, they confirm that the vehicle in question is, in fact, what the consignor claims it is in their description. This way, before the car even crosses the block, bidders know that what they see listed on the car card is what’s actually out in front of them. And for good reason, too. On the one hand, it’s about liability. Say you bought your dream vehicle and you find out it’s not what it was purported to be. In that scenario, Barrett-Jackson has a problem to deal with, and they don’t want that at all. What if Barrett-Jackson makes up a tag for the window and makes a claim about something that the car doesn’t have? Then they’re not representing what’s actually for sale, and that’s not good for business, either. Ultimately, they want to make sure that both the buyer and seller 30 AmericanCarCollector.com are happy. And to do that, they have to make sure that what’s coming in is what it says it is, and that it’s the same coming out. This is not an easy process to do with a small amount of cars, but the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event had more than 1,900 in January, and that makes things a lot more difficult. Fortunately, they’ve been doing this for almost 50 years now, so they have a good handle on how it goes down. The folks at Barrett-Jackson took us behind the scenes to see exactly what it’s like going through the lanes, from initial inspection all the way to parking. Then they also showed us their verification area, where vehicles are checked out by experts such as David Wise (Mopar), Jason Billups (Ford), Jim and JB Mattison (GM), John Ballard (Corvette), Jerry MacNeish (GM), Mark Schwartz (RestoMod) and others in an effort to make sure the cars are what the sellers claim they are. It’s a fascinating deep dive into what makes this powerful auction tick. But there’s one important thing to take away from this process: If you want to do this type of thing yourself, you either need to become an expert on the type of vehicle you want to buy or hire one to do the work for you. That encyclopedic knowledge of the model is critical to making sure that what’s in front of you is what it’s claiming to be.


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HERE IT IS: The spot where every car that goes over the block starts. Vehicles are unloaded here, put through a basic inspection, and then passed on to the more thorough parts of the process. 2 1 Things run fast right out of the gate, and the car I’m introduced to is a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe. The very first step is an initial inspection, and that begins with looking under the passenger’s side of the dash to verify the VIN. Each inspector has a tablet to use for the process. As they go through and make sure everything is up to par, they check it off the list until everything is done. 4 3 Once the initial inspection is complete, a sticker is printed and stuck on the top of the driv- er’s side of the windshield. This is a surface inspection at this point, so all they’re looking for is the basics. The big stuff comes next. A matching windshield sticker is also printed out and put onto the key bag. This will stay with the car and the driver until it’s parked. Then it will be put into the Key Control Room, where it’s secured and properly sorted. March–April 2020 31


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 5 Any additional notes that are necessary for the next step are put down on the key bag itself. This way, nobody has to hunt for things such as the VIN location. 6 The car is then carefully driven by a designated driver to the next stop. It’s not a long stretch to drive, but with lots of cross traffic, it can be stressful. 9 7 Now at the next leg of the journey, the car is given a good once-over. If there are documents that come with it, they’re presented here, then turned over to the Property Room. The idea is to make sure that everything that’s on the window sticker (Barrett-Jackson calls it a car card) is actually on the car. The check-in slip and all necessary paperwork are also verified. 10 8 Another thing that happens here is that every bit of the car is captured on video using a tablet. This way if there’s a dispute about the condition of the car later, there’s proof of how it was delivered to the auction. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com Now the car card is gone through as well. The goal is to make sure that what’s printed here is actually on the car. If it’s not? Well, then they have to make a determination: Is it simple enough to just change the listing details? Or is it a big enough deal that it needs to go through a more thorough examination?


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 11 In this case, there was a problem: The listing said it had a side exhaust, but the car didn’t. The solution? Scratch out that detail on the listing and send it off for correction. 12 The car is then driven by the same driver to its designated park- ing spot, which in this case was in Tent 9. The driver is guided into a parking space, and — this is the tricky part — has to look only at the guide while driving in reverse. It’s how all the cars get parked so perfectly, but it goes against your instincts as a driver. 15 14 Of course, we’re not quite done yet. The next stop is one tent that holds two key spots: the Key Control Room and the Property Room. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com All key bags are placed in the ap- propriately named Key Return Box. 13 And there it is: Lot 1021 parked and ready for the show. A few days later, it crossed the Barrett-Jackson auction block and sold for $85,800.


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16 Any property for the vehicle is now put into the system, and that starts by filling out the Property Check-In Sheet. Anything that comes with the car — extra wheels, paperwork, etc. — is all logged in here. 19 17 If it’s small enough to fit into a manila envelope, it’s placed in one, tagged, and sorted by day. Then it’s put into the other half of the tent, which looks like it also might hide the Ark of the Covenant. Inside are four four-post lifts and a few experts divided up by brand: Chevy, Pontiac, Ford, etc. These teams are there to do deeper dives into as many vehicles as possible, with the goal being to confirm whether the car is as authentic as the paperwork and owner claim it to be. 20 18 Tucked away from all the main action is this nondescript tent. Turns out this is where a lot of the real action is. Inside, I meet two of those experts: Jerry MacNeish and Norm Meads, who walk me through an inspection of Lot 1004.1, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS. (It ended up selling for $72,600.) The first thing they check is the VIN, which is also stamped on the body under the cowl. If it’s not there, or it doesn’t match the one on the dash, it could be a body swap, and the appropriate actions are taken. March–April 2020 35


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 21 The underside of the car is inspected as well, with the numbers verified on the transmission and, moving back under the hood, the engine. The cool thing is that if they need to unbolt a part or move something to do their job, they will. It’s just another way to make sure they’ve got the right vehicle in front of them. 22 Even the numbers on the axle are checked. If the paperwork says it was built at a certain time but the axle says otherwise, they’ll also make adjustments to the ticket. This is particularly important in claims of having a numbers-matching vehicle. If anything isn’t what it’s claimed to be, Barrett-Jackson makes sure the car card is adjusted accordingly. If everything matches, the car is off to the auction. A Sold! Sold! Sold! — that’s the goal when all’s said and done Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com The $50k Challenge Jim Pickering This month’s Readers’ Forum question: In honor of our 50th issue, let’s say you have $50k to spend in the market right now. You can buy whatever car you want — but only one car. Justify it however you want: return on investment, fun factor, etc. Is it a glossy C10 resto-mod? A needy LS6 Chevelle? A driver- level Road Runner? The best low-miles 5.0 Mustang you can find? A used Hellcat? Maybe a project truck makes the most sense. Or maybe an older restoration on a Tri-Five is where the money is for you. What do you buy and why? Readers respond: In the last 10 years, I have bought and sold three different high- cost muscle cars, including a mint 1966 427/425 Corvette coupe for $95,000. My buy would be an excellent-condition 1969 Chevelle SS. It would have to be the “396” 375-hp L78 motor. It would have to have the M21 4-speed and I would want it to have a bench seat. In the next 10 years, that car would give me the best return on my investment. — Donald Donadio Jr., Butler, NJ n n n I would buy whatever light blue ’63–67 Corvette Sting Ray I could 38 AmericanCarCollector.com find. No need for a big engine, and certainly one I could drive every day. It’s the car I’ve dreamed about since I was 7. — Timothy Scott, Jackson, NH n n n For me, simple: 1969–71 Lincoln Mark III. Distinctive, great build quality, mechanically accessible, not plentiful, but not rare, either. Back in 1982, I was a teenager trying to keep my AMC Pacer on the road. As I entered my favorite salvage yard, sitting in the front row was a triple-white behemoth: a Mark III. Why junk such a lovely car? It hurt that I could not save it. And I still want one. Super-nice ones


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are well under $50k, most under $20k, leaving room for minor fixes and an addition to my garage. — Andy Bogus, San Pedro, CA n n n I will be buying a low-mileage 1987 Buick Grand National. I would purchase it to help diversify my investment portfolio for retirement. This particular Turbo Buick model is rising in price daily in the collector-car market because they only made a little over 20,740 units in 1987 — the last production year. I would also occasionally cruise it on the weekend, though, to a car show or two. — J. Wesley, via email n n n The best ’70–72 Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy I could find. — Michael Thoele, via email n n n I’d spend most of the $50k on a #2-quality 4-speed 1970 Trans Am with just enough left over to get the title changed and fill up the tank for a nice, long, fun drive! — Ric Pratt, via email n n n I would buy a 1968 or 1969 Plymouth GTX 440. My favorite color would be B5 blue. My stepfather bought one brand new and I drove that car. Loved the power of that motor — can’t beat the big-block Mopars. I currently own a 1971 Demon 340. All I need now is a bigblock. — Frank Fernandez, via email n n n Best buy for under $50k is a 1970 Cougar XR-7 convertible, 351- 4V M-code Cleveland. A super sleeper car! — Bob Bassett, via email n n n I would restore my 1968 Ford Bronco wagon that I purchased 30 years ago for $3,500 and give it to my grandson Cody. I promised it to him when he was only 4 years old. He is now 26 and he has promised to hand it down to his son or grandson when his days of caring for it are done. It has the original 289 V8, which needs to be rebuilt. Everything is original except it has Showa dual-shock suspension and the wheelwells were cut out. It has been repainted in its original color. It is rust-free, so the project should be doable for less than the $50k. I also belong to the Automobile Restoration Club in Sun City West, AZ. I know the guys would love to strip it down and do a frame-off I will be buying a low-mileage 1987 Buick Grand National. I would purchase it to help diversify my investment portfolio for retirement. This particular Turbo Buick model is rising in price daily in the collector-car market because they only made a little over 20,740 units in 1987 — the last production year. restoration. It has always been garaged since I purchased it and has been used on several hunting trips in the Pacific Northwest. — Norm Knesal, via email n n n The best bang for your buck is a 2008 or ’09 Z06 Corvette. They’re less than $50k if you shop wisely. I’m on my ninth Corvette and am ordering a 2021, but I am keep- ing my C6 Anniversary 427 Collector Edition. My 2008 black-on-black Z06 was my best ’Vette. My only sugges- tion is put on real tires. Sorry, boys, the C7 never did it for me, and they are taking a tumble value-wise with the C8 hitting the streets. — Les Hastey, via email n n n Without any question, it would be a 1965 Pontiac GTO 2-door hard top in Nightwatch Blue with a medium blue interior. As original as possible, 389 and a 4-speed. Factory Rally wheels and Goodyear Blue Streak tires. Splitter exhaust tips. My reasons? Not only beautifully styled, but also nostalgic, since a very good friend had one before I could have ever dreamed of being able to afford one of my own. — Jerry, via email n n n This is a loaded question for me, since my tastes have grown into Jim Pickering I have seen a noticeable uptick in pricing for Chevy Blazers over the past few years. This uptick has created quiet a buzz in the Blazer world, and I have seen numerous owners sink good money in their Blazers in hopes for that big payday. more-unique, less-expensive models. However, when watching Car Month (Mecum and Barrett-Jackson), I notice that there were some good deals on Chevy Blazers (including some 1970–72). Owning one myself, I have seen a noticeable uptick in pricing for them over the past few years. This uptick has created quiet a buzz in the Blazer world, and I have seen numerous owners sink good money in their Blazers in hopes for that big payday. The Blazers at Barrett-Jackson seemed to stand out more, but that could be the simple fact that there seemed to be a noticeable increase on the docket. I saw some great examples (Lot 695 and 834) cross the block in the mid-$40ks, and with buyer’s premium, that would take us to the $50k benchmark. A great versatile vehicle with room for the whole family and a removable top. Who could ask for anything more? — Jay Parrish, via emailA March–April 2020 39


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CHEAP THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson Arizona’s CHEAPEST Y You decide. GOODING & COMPANY Part of the Portland-based Tonkin Collection, this Kaiser Vagabond was done at $10,080. It has “two doors too many” for most folks — it’s only us cheapos who really value a 4-door. Not quite a wagon but more than a sedan, these unique Vagabonds are usually high on the hit list for Kaiser-Frazer fans — but those guys are getting to be few and far between. For those who like frumpy, odd 1950s sedans, this was a good buy. WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Lot 62: 1927 Ford Model T Custom Dry-Lakes Roadster VIN T14884116. Sold at $11,200 This one took a lot of folks by surprise. The auction house guess- timate was $20k to $25k. It was a good-quality build, even if it was in off-the-shelf project-leftovers territory. With a fuel-injected Chevy 305 small block, 700R4, and modern 4-wheel disc brakes, it would take that $20k estimate to build one. It may not be the most practical hot rod out there, but if you want practicality, get a new half-ton pickup. Well bought. RM SOTHEBY’S For every high auction-week sale, there’s a low-price counterpart ou might 2020’s Arizona Auction Week reflected a down year. But those of us at the entry level of the market might have been caught whistling “Happy days are here again.” The baseline of the hobby is doing well, as was seen at all eight of the venues around Phoenix in January. But “Cheap Thrills” isn’t about high sales and record-breakers. It’s about inexpensive fun. On that note, here are the cheapest domestic consignments from the Arizona sales, from most expensive to least. Cheap? Thrilling? Lot 56: 1972 Ford Thunderbird VIN 2Y87N129498. Sold at $9,350 I have a soft spot for big 1970s FoMoCo products, especially Mark-series Lincolns. From this year through 1976, Big Bird was a mechanical clone of the Continental Mark IV. The 429-ci base engine and different trim are the biggest differences from the 460-ci-powered Mark IV. This one only had one owner from new, with 55,783 miles on the clock — although the tin worm was living under that vinyl roof. The only thing putting me off about the car was the color combination. At $9,350, it sold a bit rich compared to the market. BONHAMS Lot 205: 1949 Kaiser Vagabond sedan VIN K492038169. Sold at $10,080 40 AmericanCarCollector.com Lot 85: 1926 Ford Model T roadster VIN 3986126. Sold at $5,600


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Model Ts are seeing something of a renaissance, but don’t go sell- ing your Hemi ’Cuda to buy every one you can get at estate sales. It’s more a case of demand finally starting to catch up with oversupply, with younger folks (read that as anyone who doesn’t have Medicare) deciding to see what all the oldsters had been making a fuss about. Sold cheap enough to modify, but I say leave it as-is and teach your kids how to drive it. It’s expendable enough and they’ll thank you later. BARRETT-JACKSON LEAKE AUCTIONS Lot 303: 1979 Mercury Cougar 2-door coupe VIN 9H93H701834. Sold at $550 As the new kid on the block in Maricopa County, Leake had a Lot 13: 1993 Chevrolet Caprice 4-door wagon VIN 1G1BL83EXPW109443. Sold at $3,520 Once you get away from minty virgin 1994–96 Roadmasters, GM B-body wagons start to get cheap (despite still having a cult following, mostly among you, my “Cheap Thrills” brethren). Revamped with a repaint, custom DiNoc wood trim (Caprice wagons could be had with plastic lumber as an option), retro-look 17-inch Rally wheels and an obligatory surfboard, you could do a whole lot worse for the cheapest car at the biggest auction in Arizona. MAG AUCTIONS docket that had something for everyone — even “Cheap Thrills” seekers. The winner here was this unassuming Cougar. Granted, I’ve had unassuming Cougars surprise me in the past, but she now lives on the East Coast with a new boyfriend. Granted, I’ve had unassuming Cougars surprise me in the past, but she now lives on the East Coast with a new boyfriend. This Merc with the optional 351M engine, air conditioning, snooze control, tilt steering column and Quadrasonic 8-track tape deck should’ve really been trading for $1,500 or $2k on a bad day. It was one of the first cars to sell on Friday. This was a great deal. I hope a FoMoCo fan got it. RUSSO AND STEELE Lot 314: 1938 Chevrolet Master 2-door sedan VIN 5HB127842. Sold at $2,970 And this is how you can do worse. This small-block 350-powered half-baked street rod took the low honors at MAG. Speaking of half-baked, you could have spent more time waiting for a pizza to cook than was spent working this one’s body filler. They say you can hide a refrigerator in a white paint job, but how about a 53-foot reefer trailer? Hopefully bought as a parts donor for another ’38 Chevy. You could have spent more time waiting for a pizza to cook than was spent working this one’s body filler. Lot TH220: 2000 Chrysler 300M 4-door sedan VIN 2C3HE66G8YH137405. Sold at $330 Cheapest-sale honors go to Russo this year. I had a 1999 (first year of the 300M) as a trusty winter beater a few years ago. That one cost more than double what this one did, ran great, but had more rust and every single panel was dented, dinged or creased in one way or another. I didn’t buy it as a future collectible, and neither should you. Even at used-appliance money, this was well sold. A March–April 2020 41


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HORSEPOWER Jay Harden SPOTTING the NEW WAVE Have we already seen peak demand for vehicles from the ’80s? Total Number of Lots by Decade — Three Key Sales Numbers compiled from Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ; Mecum in Kissimmee, FL; and RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, CA, 2015–20 1,000 2,000 3,000 4,000 5,000 6,000 7,000 8,000 1920s 0 R ecently, Editor Pickering and I discussed a simple question that I think may have far-reaching market implications. We’re constantly scouring market results in an effort to create a high-level view of the American collector-car market as a whole, and we got on the topic of cars from the 1980s and 1990s. That led to a big question — have we already seen peak demand for vehicles from the ’80s? To take this on, I knew we’d need some hard and fast numbers to analyze. Auction Editor Chad Tyson knew just where to look, and he pulled all the sales data from the past five years for three of the most influential auctions in the country. We chose Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale because it’s the highest profile, Mecum’s Kissimmee sale because it has the highest volume, and RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale because it’s the highest grossing. What we found when dissecting the numbers may surprise you — it certainly surprised me. Generational shift Now, before we talk about lots from the 1980s, let’s first talk about 42 AmericanCarCollector.com expectations by decade at these three auctions. The first thing to note is that sales of vehicles built before 1950 are drying up here — that’s a fact. Lots dating from 1900 to 1920 are virtually nonexistent in this data — the sample set isn’t even sizeable enough to evaluate. Lumping all lots representing the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s together accounts for barely 10% of the total lots across the three auctions, and each decade is exhibiting sporadic and scattered results. Put simply, buyers, at least at these auctions, are moving on. For some time now, the bread and butter of our selected auctions have been cars built between 1950 and 1972. Over the past five years, over 61% of all B-J Scottsdale lots and just over 50% of all lots for both Mecum and RM Sotheby’s have fallen into that 22-year window. You shouldn’t expect those numbers to change dramatically in the next few years, but we are starting to see signs that lots representing the 1950s are losing steam both in terms of number sold and in average sale prices. Pickering and I have been discussing this trend for some time now, and I anticipate we’ll see the decline accelerate dramatically in 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970–72 1973–80 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s


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five years’ time. Aside from a handful of iconic models, cars from the 1950s simply do not seem to resonate with the younger buyers in today’s markets the way that vehicles from 1960 onward do. What about the 1980s? Now, let’s dig into the meat and potatoes of this effort. The first thing that jumped out at me was that the numbers didn’t exactly align with my hypothesis. For example, let’s start with the B-J results. The buckets repre- senting 1973–79, the 1980s and the 1990s are much more comparable to one another than I had anticipated. Note that I elected to exclude 1970–72 from the first bucket in an effort to avoid skewing the results with sales that I think we can all agree belong in a different era. The total number of lots in each bucket accounted for around the same percentage of the sale total (about 5%), and the average sale prices were within a whisker of each other. I had expected to see a wave of interest moving across the late ’70s and into the ’80s and/or ’90s, but there really was no wave. The numbers slowly crept up from 2015 until last year, but this year’s results saw all three decades drop in interest. I eventually found the wave I was looking for, but it was not where I expected it to be. Vehicles built between 2000 and 2009 have outpaced each of the prior three decades by about 2-to-1 at two of our three sample auctions. In fact, if we throw the results from all three auctions into one big pile and combine everything built between 1973 and 1999 into one bucket, they account for about 20% of the total lots offered at the three auctions over the past five years. Cars built between 2000 and 2009 represent about 13%. If we look at total dollars, the gap closes even more. As the number of lots from the 1950s has waned, the 2000s have waxed — particularly at B-J and RM Sotheby’s. Should we be surprised? A new story It’s a common notion that there should always be a strong market seg- ment made up of buyers chasing vehicles that influenced their formative years. We expect to see buyers moving into the market in earnest around the age of 40, with the 50- to 60-year-old market holding the most sway. So the current market’s most formidable buyers should be turning the heat up on anything built between the mid-’70s and early-’90s. Why aren’t the market results telling that same story? If we’re being honest, I think we can count the collectible American vehicles built between 1973 and 1999 on two hands. You could also argue that vehicles from the 2000s are still new enough as to not really be collectible yet, but they do represent a golden age of automobile manufacturing where technology, functionality and performance really began to come together. That’s key. So where do we go from here? Trucks and SUVs from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s are going to continue to sell strong for the foreseeable future, but I think the number of high-demand models across manufacturers is going to remain much lower than what we’ve seen with ’60s and early-’70s cars. I’ll also be surprised if we don’t see some sort of uptick in vehicles from the ’90s, but we may need to get used to the ’80s trading at a simmer rather than a boil. As for the 2000s, I’m still trying to make up my mind. Are sales up because new cars have turned outrageously expensive and earlymillennium rides are still affordable, reliable, and comfortable? Are they being traded for their service or for collectibility? Seems too early to know for sure, but the surge makes sense to me even if I wasn’t fully expecting it yet. A March–April 2020 43


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ON THE ROAD Elana Scherr CHOOSE WISELY A Turbo T/A resto is like a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Each new chapter brings a choice to make Go in the spooky castle or cross the spooky field first? D oing an exact restoration on a classic car is like reading a novel. There may be twists and turns along the way, but someone has done the work of plotting it out for you. You can’t change the ending, nor, for a proper resto, do you want to. Working on our ’81 Turbo Trans Am — no, we haven’t given up on it — is more like a Choose Your Own Adventure story. At the end of each chapter, you have a choice to make: Do you go in the spooky castle? Turn around and call for help? Try your luck across the spooky field? The point is, when you are working on a car that nobody ever thought would be worthy of restoration, the story arc gets a bit tangled. At each new chapter, you have a choice to make. Poncho power In chapter one, Tom and I decided against engine-swapping our T/A. First off, we live in California, so plopping a nice, big Ram Air 400 in the ’bird isn’t a smog-friendly option. It is possible to legally upgrade to a more modern powerplant, but it requires a lot of paperwork. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com The coolest part of an ’81 Trans Am — if it works Also, I respect LS engines, but I don’t love them, and I’m not so much of a heretic as to put a Hellcat or a diesel in a Pontiac. I mean, I would support you doing it, but the ’81 Trans Am is the last year of Pontiac V8s in a Pontiac. I want to maintain that. Thus we made our first choice: Enter the spooky draw-through turbo 301 castle. Subsequent chapters were fairly easy to navigate. The wiring harnesses were trashed, and replacement computer-control harnesses aren’t available, so there was no choice other than repairing the ones we had with a mix of soldered-in wires and delicately rescued connectors off used harnesses. If you have never crawled around your garage looking for the silicone seal of a Weather Pack connector that launched itself skyward like Icarus aiming for glory, well then, friend, you have never truly lived. Lessons learned While we had the engine stripped down, we had the option of pulling the whole mill and going through it. Instead, we chose to mask off the bay and paint the top end in place and then reassemble the labyrinth of turbo pipes that locks it into place. Did we regret this? Not at first, but when a mysterious coolant


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leak became a small lake under the Trans Am and it turned out to be a rotten fitting all the way at the back of the engine underneath all the recently reinstalled plumbing, it turned out to be a good lesson. Just because the mechanic before you installed a new hose doesn’t mean that hose is fitted to a solid piece of metal. I mean, you’d think, right? Sigh. Our carburetor chapter was another one where we didn’t have a lot of choice. The computer-controlled Quadrajet for the ’81 California It all blurs together in a haze of yellowed trouble-shooting schematics and bizarre molded hoses. Three rounds of ECM-swapping later and the “check engine” codes fixed themselves, which finally led us to realize that our vintage scan tool was causing the problem. cars was a one-year-only set-up, and peppered with tamper-proof plugs intended to make adjusting the calibrations impossible. Of course, that hadn’t stopped the previous mechanic, so Tom took a deep dive into the Internet in search of base setting instructions for settings that weren’t supposed to have been changed. You know you’re in uncharted waters when the only way to adjust your carb is by knocking a piece off it with a chisel. On the plus side, we now own some very obscure gauges and float measurement scales that should be big hits next time I play “Guess the Weird Tool” on Instagram. Turbo boost What else? It all blurs together in a haze of yellowed trouble- shooting schematics and bizarre molded hoses. Three rounds of ECM-swapping later and the “check engine” codes fixed themselves, which finally led us to realize that our vintage scan tool was causing the problem. That chapter was like being caught in a loop and constantly sent back to the beginning of the story until we finally made all the other choices and had none left but the correct one. Then we came to the turbo-boost light panel. If you’ve never seen an ’81 Turbo Trans-Am, the boost light panel is the coolest part of the whole car. It’s cooler than the long, lean hood, cooler than the engineturned dash, and even cooler than the Screaming Chicken graphics. The boost lights are three rectangular amber lenses in an offset scoop on the driver’s side. As you step on the throttle, they light up in succession from Normal to High. It is the most ridiculous and delightful boost gauge in the world, and ours wasn’t working. More than not working, someone had filled the scoop with a blank panel, and the wiring for the gauges was a lump of melted goo. Oh, and that wiring is no normal copper strand, it’s a twisted resistance wire that runs all the way into the console and is both unobtainable and unspliceable. There is a work-around. TTA Performance in Kenosha, WI, makes a modernized LED panel that bypasses the need for the resistance harness. “But it doesn’t look exactly like the original,” said Tom. “But it will actually work,” I countered. We went to bed mad at each other. The next day I ordered both the repro kit and an original panel. As it turns out, Tom had done the same thing, so now we have more turbo light panels than we know what to do with. But at least we know we have a choice. A March–April 2020 45


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CORVETTE PROFILE 1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/450 CONVERTIBLE Creative License ©2020 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Sold at 50% above ACC’s median value, this early L72 has an expensive “450 HP” decal on the motor VIN: 194676S102228 by John L. Stein • Early-production 427-ci convertible • Built in October 1965 • L72 engine • Sidepipes • Close-ratio M21 4-speed gearbox • Power steering • Finned cast-aluminum knockoff wheels • AM/FM radio • Removable hard top • Milano Maroon paint • Saddle leather interior ACC Analysis This car, Lot 114, sold for $120,400, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 16, 2020. Auction houses are like rock climbers, always look- ing for that small handhold or toehold on a complex surface that allows them to inch upward. But instead of moving toward the apex of a physical climb, the auctioneer pushes toward the highest sale price possible for each unit on offer. This strategy is abundantly clear in the 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 427 shown here. The 396-ci big-block V8 debuted in the Corvette for 1965, but its run was one year only, and was followed by the 427 for ’66. There were two 427-ci V8s available during this first 7-liter year. The “base” 427 was the L36 rated at 390 hp, and atop the ladder was the L72, rated initially at 450 hp and then dialed back in “advertised” power to 425 hp — an internal PR decision at Chevrolet that did not invoke any differences to the engine. Regardless of how much power the 427 actually produced and which Turbo-Jet decal lived on the air-cleaner lid, the L72 was still quite the motor, with a forged crankshaft, hunky 11.0:1 pistons, special rectangular-port heads, a unique camshaft with solid lifters, a big 780-cfm Holley 4-barrel carburetor and more. A step down the options list, below the base 427 L36, were a pair of 327-ci motors including the entrylevel 300-hp mill and the well-regarded L79 with 350 hp. This was a bittersweet year, though, because just as the vaunted 427 debuted, the hypnotic Fuelies were gone. What does this all mean? The early-build ’66 shown here, outfitted with an L72 motor, tops the 1966 Corvette range. 46 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Rarity wins again Clearly, with plenty of L72 coupes and convertibles built for 1966 (5,258, to be exact, among a total ’66 production run of 27,720 units — a new record for Corvette), the seller and/or auction house might have felt they needed a hook to hang their hat on for this auction lot. And thus, it was entirely logical to advertise it as a “425/450” car — even though the early “450-hp” L72 and later “425-hp” L72 engines were essentially identical. Regardless of motive or method, though, judging by the price paid, this was a good call, as the sale price landed an impressive 50% above the ACC Pocket Price Guide’s median value for ’66 L72 convertibles. The result also proved that even though the market is softer now than in recent years, real jewels can still shine onstage. Perfectly ordinary Besides offering the top engine for 1966 in a desir- able early-production car (with a mint julip of intrigue surrounding the “450/425” issue), this lot is actually a fairly ordinary L72 Corvette — just done to perfection. The Milano Maroon paint was the second-most- popular for the year (with 3,799 cars so painted, compared with 6,100 Nassau Blue units); and likewise, there were nearly twice as many convertibles as coupes made for ’66 (17,762 and 9,958, respectively). Popular options on this car include a Positraction axle, an AM/FM radio, aluminum knockoff wheels, Goldline tires and an auxiliary hard top. The paint, chrome, panel fit, sidepipes, wheels and tires, interior, engine and engine bay all look outstanding. Better than as-delivered in late 1965? Likely, but there’s little doubt this is a Condition 1 car — or maybe a 1- due to a few small blemishes. As long as the mechanicals were as closely nurtured as the cosmetics, this would be a complete blast to drive, with its close-ratio Muncie 4-speed transmission and all that torque packed under the domed hood. Where’s the beef? Unfortunately, little history was given for this car. Is it numbers matching? Has it always been together as one car, or have such parts as the aluminum wheels, exhaust, doors and hood, seats and instruments, transmission and differential been replaced? And where’s the window sticker or Protect-O-Plate? We don’t know. Another question is the authenticity and originality of all the replacement components, from seat belts to fan belts, and from hose clamps to headlights. The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) publishes technical information manuals that make A feather in this car’s cap would’ve been to submit it for NCRS judging prior to sale. A car having earned chapter, regional or national Top Flight honors gives bidders confidence that they are purchasing a high-fidelity ’Vette. purifying Corvettes a relatively straightforward process. A feather in this car’s cap would’ve been to submit it for NCRS judging prior to sale. A car having earned chapter, regional or national Top Flight honors gives bidders confidence that they are purchasing a high-fidelity ’Vette. All of the above considered, the sale price of $120,400 for this car seemed very strong indeed. In today’s new collector-car reality, the seller should be pleased. Well done to whoever found, restored and offered this car. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) DETAILING Year produced: 1966 Number produced: 17,762 Original list price: $4,084 Current ACC Median Valuation: $80,500 Tune-up/major service: $500 (estimated) VIN location: Cross brace under glovebox Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head Alternatives: 1958–60 Corvette 283/290 FI; 1965 Corvette 396 L84 convertible; 1967 Corvette 427 L71 convertible ACC Investment Grade: A Comps 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 convertible (subject car) Lot 144, VIN: 194676S102228 Condition: 1Sold at $109,200 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2019 ACC# 6890963 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 convertible Lot 561, VIN: 194676S103313 Condition: 2Sold at $80,300 The Branson Auction, Branson, MO, 4/15/2016 ACC# 6799564 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/450 convertible Lot 658.2, VIN: 194676S103666 Condition: 2Sold at $85,800 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/7/2011 ACC# 176667 March–April 2020 47


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GM PROFILE 1970 BUICK GS 455 STAGE 1 Cashing In on the Win You have to spend over $50k to get a nice Stage 1 car today, which may not be numbers matching VIN: 466370H264513 by Patrick Smith • Offered from the Roadmaster Collection • Show-quality restoration retaining its mint original interior • Features 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter • Factory optioned with bucket seats and air conditioning • Includes original window sticker, owner’s manuals and Protect-O-Plate • Desirable Stage 1 package ACC Analysis This car, Lot 162, sold for $50,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on January 17, 2020. It’s a cliché to describe a Buick as a banker’s hot rod. The reality was a Skylark could be made as plain or as fancy as you wanted it. With the GS option, the Skylark went from a “how- itzer with windshield wipers” mid-size coupe with a 401 in 1965 to a 400-ci brute in 1967. By 1970, GM dropped the 400-ci displacement limit for intermediate cars. The Skylark Stage 1 455 lived up to Buick’s buzz phrase for 1970: “Vehicles to light your fire.” Fast minus the flash The 455 Stage 1 used a hotter cam and different heads than the standard 455. Paired with special Quadrajet carburetor, distributor, cold-air-induction system, low-restriction dual exhaust and a choice between 3.45 or 3.64 rear-axle ratios, a GS 455 Stage 1 could really move. Motor Trend magazine bagged a 13.38 ET at 105.5 mph in their January 1970 issue. But the styling of the 1970 Skylark was clean and subtle — you’d be forgiven for doubting it was a rocket. Only 664 hard-top Stage 1 4-speeds were made. Not many got to do battle before the era shut down amid sky-high insurance rates and vanishing factory support. A reminder from the past By the 1980s, muscle cars started to be restored in large numbers by Baby Boomers. A March 1985 drag test done by Muscle Car Review magazine between a 1970 455 Stage 1 hard top and a Hemi GTX caused a huge upset in the muscle-car world, as the Buick took the win. A rematch confirmed what tri-shield fans knew all along: The Stage 1 could shut down a Hemi. This put the GS on the map and made it a player on the resto and auction scene. Skylarks became a great choice for guys wanting numbers matching VIN: 466370H264513 by Patrick Smith • Offered from the Roadmaster Collection • Show-quality restoration retaining its mint origi- nal interior • Features 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter • Factory optioned with bucket seats and air condi- tioning • Includes original window sticker, owner’s manu- als and Protect-O-Plate • Desirable Stage 1 package ACC Analysis This car, Lot 162, sold for $50,400, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Nathan Leach-Proffer ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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A-body muscle without shelling out long green for a GTO or Chevelle SS. While prices on fine examples have risen steadily, they rival the best of the intermediate muscle-car competition. It takes a heavyweight to tackle a Stage 1 — think Chevelle LS6, Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda or Mustang 428 SCJ. The rise of F.A.S.T. (Factory Appearing Stock Tire) has helped, too. Buick owners have won a lot of races, and they did it with less money than a Hemi or L88 owner. The picture’s changing, however, and it looks like Buick’s best is closing in on the competition at the traps and on the auction block. A great example This all leads us to our subject car: a fine-looking coupe finished in Burnished Brown with Saddle vinyl roof. It’s a 4-speed with console and factory air conditioning, so you’re cool and dry while the competition’s sweating to keep up. This one has power steering, power disc brakes, Major trends have altered the muscle-car market over the past few years. Even more-obscure models like the GS are reflecting those changes. road wheels, tilt steering, tinted glass, custom sport wheel, floor mats and body side moldings. It was restored to a very high standard, with good detail work and superb panel gaps. The fiddly bits such as battery cables seem to be excellent reproductions, and doorsills are factory original, complete with Schutz gun overspray mist. These kinds of flaws aren’t seen on a lot of restored cars. A look at recent auctions shows there’s demand for good examples and very steep prices. You have to spend over $50k to get a nice Stage 1 car today, which may not be numbers matching. A gorgeous red hard top was high-bid to $120,000 at Mecum Indy (Lot F177) in May 2018. A stripper Stage 1 hard top finished in white with only a console, buckets, sports wheel and radio commanded a staggering $135,000 before bidding closed. That car was numbers matching, restored and had enough paperwork to justify the national debt. A stunning blue Stage 1 hard top with just a bench seat, stick shift and dog dishes sold for an aggressive $70,200 at Mecum Indy Classic a few years ago. A nicely restored 4-speed, double green hard top made $47,080 in 2013. At Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale venue this year, a nice Stage 1 (Lot 770.1) with matching numbers, factory a/c and an automatic finished in similar colors sold for $88,000. New trends, great opportunities Major trends have altered the muscle-car market over the past few years. Even more-obscure models like the GS are reflecting those changes. Ten years ago you could buy a solid, numbers- matching driver GS for $25,000 to $30,000. That changed by late 2016, when the same money could only get a base-trim A-body hard top. Real numbersmatching cars started to sell for upwards of $50k, depending on options and body style. The catalog description doesn’t say whether this car is numbers matching. If it is, the price was a steal. If it’s a replacement engine, it’s still a good deal because the car’s really sharp and a 4-gear to boot. You can’t take a driver car to this level for the price paid here, so the buyer can’t lose with this one. The new owner either got a restored numbers- matching jewel and wore a mask doing it or owns an excellent no-worries driver ready to hit the road at a fair price. This was well bought either way. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Lot F203.1, VIN: 446370H165996 Condition: 2 Sold at $70,200 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2015 ACC# 265295 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Lot ST0115, VIN: 446370H192267 Condition: 1Sold at $83,460 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 3/2/2017 ACC# 6827708 DETAILING Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 8,732 (664 4-speed Stage 1 hard tops) Original list price: $3,283 Current ACC Median Valuation: $45,000 Tune up/major service: $300 VIN location: Metal tag, driver’s side windshield Engine # location: Between two front spark plugs and left exhaust manifold Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, 1970 Ford Torino 429 CJ ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Lot F177, VIN: 446370H121924 Condition: 2- Not sold at $120,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 ACC# 6869975 March–April 2020 49


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FOMOCO PROFILE 1968 FORD MUSTANG “BULLITT” Selling With a Bang David Newhardt, courtesy of Mecum Auctions The excitement of the muscle-car era, Mustang mania and the turbulent 1960s, all in one loud, banged-up package 50 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 8R02S125559 by Brad Bowling • The hero car driven by Steve McQueen in the 1968 Warner Bros. film “Bullitt” • Featured in the majority of scenes from the legendary car chase through San Francisco • Sold to Warner Bros. employee Robert Ross following the film debut ACC Analysis This car, Lot F150, sold for $3,740,000, including buyer’s premium, at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee, FL, auction on January 10, 2020. The sale set a record for Mustangs. Considering the car’s pedigree and history, was anyone really surprised? American icon The car that Steve McQueen drove through the streets of San Francisco as Frank Bullitt is one of the few vehicles that can accurately be described as an icon. The green fastback represents the excitement of the muscle-car era, Mustang mania and the turbulent 1960s, all in one loud, banged-up package. The 10-minute chase scene is a cornerstone of America’s car culture. McQueen, an accomplished car and motorcycle racer in real life, was Hollywood’s top box-office action star in 1968. In “Bullitt,” he played a police detective in charge of protecting a mob trial witness. The actor and his Solar Productions company wanted the story to be untainted by studio polishing and backlot filming. McQueen’s character was not a typical, clean-cut hero who followed the rules. San Francisco in the late 1960s had a gritty, grimy side he wanted to show. Frank Bullitt’s affordable daily driver was already banged up when it appeared on the screen, like a lot of cars that have to deal with big-city traffic. The chase scene used the latest camera technology and editing techniques — not soundstage trickery — to make audiences experience every jump. Everything about “Bullitt” felt real, which helped sell the story to the viewer. McQueen never would have dreamed that his Mustang would become as big a star as he.


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What’s the fuss? A typical 1967–68 Mustang GT 390 in number 1 condition sells for far less than McQueen’s hero car. A recent comparison would be a ’67 4-speed car with mild cosmetic modifications that GAA Classic Cars sold on Nov. 7, 2019, for $64,200 (ACC# 6919687). Prices quickly rise if there is a racing pedigree, such as the $245,000 sale of the ’68 lightweight drag car “Daddy Warbucks” that went across the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee 2017 event. Even replicas of the McQueen car have broken into six-figure territory, such as the resto-modded Highland Green 1967 fastback Barrett-Jackson sold for $170,500 at its 2019 Palm Beach sale (ACC# 6901932). For men and women of a certain generation, Steve McQueen was the “King of Cool.” In his films, the former Marine knew how to enter every room with body language that said, “I’m not here for trouble, but you don’t want to mess with me.” The characters he played were always strong but vulnerable, conflicted but levelheaded. On screen and in person, McQueen was the guy you wanted as your wingman in a bar, the driver of your race car, or your cellmate in a World War II prisoner-of-war camp. After we lost the 50-year-old actor to cancer in 1980, the public briefly forgot about McQueen, his legacy, and the Mustang from that old movie. Fortunately, the video-rental market revived interest What went across the block in Kissimmee is a car whose “life” is on full display — very little has been done to hide the blemishes it accrued in the hands of Steve McQueen, Robert Ross, Frank Marranca and the Kiernan family. The 48-year absence is as much a compelling part of its history as the 10 minutes it spent chasing a Charger through San Francisco. in his body of work, which eventually added a substantial premium to absolutely anything he had once owned or worn. For example, a pair of his Persol sunglasses sold for $70,200 in 2006. The Porsche 911S he drove in “Le Mans” went for $1.4m in 2011. Educated guesses in advance of this car’s sale estimated it could bring anywhere from $2m to $10m. On January 31, 2019, ACC’s own Jim Pickering posted his thoughts about the “McQueen factor” when it applies to a car sale. A 1949 Chevrolet 3100 pickup once owned by the actor sold last year for $95,200 (three times its comps) at Bonhams. His 1953 Hudson Hornet brought $165,000 (or five times its comparables) at RM Auctions’ Fort Lauderdale sale. At the time, who could have predicted the “Bullitt” Mustang would go for more than 50 times a “normal” 1967–68 390 fastback? Layers of history The “Bullitt” car was not locked away in a time capsule the day Steve McQueen stepped out of it in 1968. Its movie damage was repaired as inexpensively DETAILING Year produced: 1968 Number produced: 6,016* (1968 Mustang 390 2+2s) Original list price: $3,250 Current ACC Median Valuation: $48,500 VIN location: Driver’s side inner-fender apron, passenger’s side top of dash Engine # location: Back of engine block, passenger’s side Alternatives: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS 396, 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 HO, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 383 ACC Investment Grade: A (this car) as possible by the studio before it was sold as a used car to Robert Ross. Ross told me in a 1989 interview that he did not treat it like a valuable treasure; he drove it like most of us drove muscle cars in the 1960s, and it picked up a few fresh dents. Frank Marranca bought it in 1970 and enjoyed it for its McQueen halo (which he says absolutely no one else cared about at that time), as well as Max Balchowsky’s high-performance engine and chassis modifications. After Robert Kiernan bought it in 1974, it spent six years as a daily driver, during which time it sustained body damage in an accident. The family’s Great Danes often rode in the car. It was parked in 1980 and would not move again under its own power until shortly before its 2018 reveal in Detroit. What went across the block in Kissimmee is a car whose “life” is on full display — very little has been done to hide the blemishes it accrued in the hands of Steve McQueen, Robert Ross, Frank Marranca and the Kiernan family. The 48-year absence is as much a compelling part of its history as the 10 minutes it spent chasing a Charger through San Francisco. No Mustang can top it Some have called this car the “Mona Lisa” of the Mustang world and the holy grail of movie cars. It is true that this car had a stunt twin, but that Mustang (whose VIN ends in 558) was nothing more than a stripped wreck when it was found in a Mexican junkyard in 2016. Its on-set destruction, complete rebuild, and utter lack of connecting history means it will never be as valuable as McQueen’s hero car, 559. Carroll Shelby’s 1967 GT500 Super Snake, the previous high-dollar Mustang record holder at $2.2m (ACC# 6896510) and the most obvious “Bullitt” Mustang comparison, is an amazing piece of American automotive history, of course, but only a small community of enthusiasts had even heard of it before it was restored and started showing up in magazines. “Bullitt,” on the other hand, has been responsible for more car-culture converts than any single automobile on the planet. With that, it’s hard to call it anything other than well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) March–April 2020 51 1967 Ford Mustang GT500 “Eleanor” Lot S135, VIN: 7R02C179710 Condition: 3 Sold at $1,070,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 ACC# 216486 *Statistics provided are copyright Ford Motor Company and Marti Auto Works. More information can be obtained at www.martiauto.com. Comps 1967 Shelby GT500 “Super Snake” fastback Lot F124, VIN: 67402F4A00544 Condition: 1 Sold at $2,200,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/10/2019 ACC# 6896510 1966 Batmobile (original George Barris) Lot 5037, VIN: X150A07365G Condition: 3 Sold at $4,620,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2013 ACC# 214858


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MOPAR PROFILE 1969 DODGE SUPER BEE A12 The Right Stuff This car was sold at “Mr. Norm’s” GrandSpaulding Dodge. That’s a real plus for the right Mopar-crazy buyer VIN: WM23M9A261769 by John L. Stein • Real “Mr. Norm’s” Super Bee A12 Six Pack • Sold at Grand-Spaulding Dodge in Chicago • Period-correct 440-ci Magnum Six Pack • Edelbrock aluminum manifold • Triple Holley carburetors • Matching-numbers 4-speed manual transmission • Super Trak Pak Dana 60 axle • Lift-off fiberglass hood • Hubcap, power steering and power brakes delete • Correct H-code wheels • Original broadcast sheet • Original fender tag • Original radiator-support stampings • Signed by Norm Krause ACC Analysis This car, Lot 789, sold for $117,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 16, 2020. San Francisco may have been full of music, love and flower power in 1969, but on the mean streets of Chicago, near Grand-Spaulding Dodge, an entirely different kind of social evolution was under way: racing on the streets. Each year during the 1960s, Detroit automakers kicked out ever-more-exciting products to entice new customers. And of course, the boardroom executives were driven to dominate the sales charts. They did it in the most innovative way — by helping their customers feel like they were dominating the streets. 52 AmericanCarCollector.com A rare Bee The Super Bee Six Pack was a bare-bones machine designed to win, which is evident in its details, such as NASCAR-style hood pins. The invention probably granted owners a sore back from lifting that big ping-pong-table-sized hood off the car whenever they wanted to check the oil. But the point was to show that this car’s only job was to shut the other guy down, whether on street or strip. The inconvenience of having to remove the hood for inspection or service, plus the intentional lack of hubcaps, power brakes and power steering in the Six Pack (also known as the “A12 package” or “M code,” per the VIN plate), meant that this car was all about business. When this is your car, you’re the boss. In reality, such minor mods would only incrementally help performance. Eliminating the power losses Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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associated with driving a power steering pump via pulleys and V-belt would result in only fractionally more vroom going to the rear wheels (via 4.10:1 gears in this case), and the weight loss from the missing hubcaps, steering pump and brake booster assembly would likewise improve the power-to-weight ratio only slightly. And so, quite likely, omitting these components had more to do with making the Super Bee affordable during the peak muscle-car years, and to give it the right image. “Super Bee can lower your E.T. and your payments at the same time,” said a period Dodge ad. Deep, dark secrets Just 1,907 Super Bee A12 Six Pack cars were built as special orders in mid-1969 only. The Super Bee Six Pack included an Edelbrock aluminum intake manifold supporting three 2-barrel Holleys on top of the 440-ci Magnum V8 — hence the “Six Pack” name. The 440 While quick, this isn’t a small or nimble car by today’s standards. It’s over 17 feet long with a 117-inch wheelbase, and weighs some 3,435 pounds. It may shut your buddy down on the way to Dead Man’s Curve, but after that it would be all over against any Sting Ray or XKE that you encountered. also boasted a special camshaft, 10.5:1 pistons, magnafluxed connecting rods, and a dual-point distributor. Rated output was 390 hp and 490 ft-lb of torque. Other Six Pack ingredients included the customer’s choice of a heavy-duty TorqueFlite automatic or a 4-speed manual gearbox with a Hurst Competition/ Plus shifter, a Dana 60 Sure Grip axle, the aforementioned matte-black lift-off fiberglass hood with its cavernous scoop, heavy-duty 11-inch drum brakes, and bare black 15-by-6-inch steel wheels wrapped in G70-15 Polyglas Redline tires. One thing’s for sure — the Hemi Orange paint on this particular lot was just about as wild as you could get in period. It’s right in there with Plum Crazy, Top Banana and Panther Pink, also offered by Mopar. Done to the nines This restoration looks superb, with nary a misfitted piece of carpet nor a wayward wrinkle in the upholstery. Non-original, date-coded blocks are broadly accepted in show judging today, which is a good thing, because this car lost its original engine and has instead a “period-correct” date-coded unit. However, the original manual transmission remains. While quick, this isn’t a small or nimble car by today’s standards. It’s over 17 feet long with a 117-inch wheelbase, and weighs some 3,435 pounds. It may shut your buddy down on the way to Dead Man’s Curve, but after that it would be all over against any Sting Ray or XKE that you encountered. However, unlike such relatively smaller coupes, the Super Bee could also make a viable highway ride (if not for its 4.10 gears — but a bolt-on change to 3.70 or so wouldn’t tank the car’s value). But that steep ratio brings us back full circle, to the intent of this car from the getgo: short bursts of brutal acceleration on street or strip. This car started life at Grand-Spaulding Dodge, home of the well-known “Mr. Norm’s” drag-racing efforts, which can be a real plus for the right Moparcrazy buyer. That Mr. Norm sticker, mounted to the side glass, brings another level of street cred to a car that wasn’t missing any to start with. Mr. Norm provenance does add value on top of this car’s condition, too. All things considered, I think this was a good buy, even at 49% above the ACC Pocket Price Guide’s current median value. Call this one beautifully restored and brilliantly sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) DETAILING Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 1,907 Original list price: $3,539 Current ACC Median Valuation: $79,000 Tune-up/major service: $600 (estimated) VIN # location: Plate at base of windshield Engine # location: On upper left front area of block Alternatives: 1968 Dodge Hemi Super Bee, 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 Six Pack, 1966–67 Plymouth Hemi Belvedere ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1969 Dodge Super Bee A12 Lot S125, VIN: WM21M9A302870 Condition: 2Sold at $56,160 ACC# 265680 Mecum Auctions, Seattle, WA, 6/6/2015 1969 Dodge Super Bee A12 Lot S119, VIN: WM23M9A255790 Condition: 1Sold at $80,250 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/23/2013 ACC# 231758 1969 Dodge Super Bee A12 Lot 677, VIN: WM23M9A284056 Condition: 2Sold at $81,400 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/4/2012 ACC# 197614 March–April 2020 53


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM PROFILE 1936 FORD DELUXE ROADSTER CUSTOM A Perfect ’36 Patrick Ernzen ©2019, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Shop carefully and you can score the car of your dreams for less than its build cost VIN: AZ347961 by Ken Gross • Traditional-style hot rod with modern drivetrain and conveniences • 406-ci small-block Chevrolet engine with 700R4 transmission • Custom built by Joe White’s Performance and Machine, Austin, TX • Windshield and folding-top assembly chopped two inches • Authentic 100% stock Ford steel roadster body ACC Analysis This car, Lot 227, sold for mium, at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ, auction on January 17, 2020. $168,000, including buyer’s preThere was a buzz about this roadster at RM Sotheby’s sale. People gravitated to it in the parking lot of the Biltmore, where it was on display ahead of the auction. Resplendent in a custom-crafted, single-stage, darker version of Ford “Washington Blue,” this car had “the look,” as my friend Joe Caputo likes to say. 1936 Ford roadsters are rare — only 3,862 were built. They’ve been a hot rod favorite for decades, along with their sister 3-window coupes. It doesn’t take much to improve on this already handsome Bob Gregorie design — a little chassis lowering and a subtle, twoinch chopped top is all a car like this needs. Hidden treasure Joe White, formerly of Joe White Performance and Machine in Austin, TX, built this subtle ’36 in 2004 for a client. It’s held up beautifully. Like many modern hot rods, the original steel Ford body (Joe called it “a major basket case”) was refurbished and mated with a modern chassis from The Roadster Shop, using Pete & Jake’s components. The stock Ford I-beam axle was deep-sixed in favor of a modern Heidts independent front suspension setup and Jaguar IRS. Power steering and disc brakes in all four corners ensure it handles and stops as good as it looks. White says, “The springs and shocks are a perfect match — this car rides phenomenally.” The engine is a 406-ci small-block Chevrolet V8. It’s been meticulously balanced, align-honed, and fitted with Edelbrock heads and an Edelbrock EFI induction system and custom exhaust headers. There’s an Iskenderian 272-280 hydraulic lifter camshaft, and a deep Cal Custom finned oil pan. Joe White built the engine and fabricated a custom fiberglass fan shroud.


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DETAILING Year produced: 1936 Number produced: 3,862 DeLuxe Roadsters Original list price: $560 Current ACC Median Valuation: $55,000 Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Stamped on frame rail near the firewall, driver’s side (for OE frame) Engine # location: Pad on front of block, below passenger’s cylinder head (SBC) Alternatives: Other ’30sto-’40s-era period custom rods It was dynoed at 420 hp. The car has hidden transmission and oil coolers, too. The custom valve covers have engine-turned surfaces, and White used aircraft–grade stainless-steel tubing throughout the car in lieu of rubber hoses. A labor of love “I put 5,000 hours into this car,” Joe White told me. “I even learned to use a sewing machine so I could do the leather interior and the rumble seat.” An older craftsman in Texas built the top — it’s chopped two inches and carefully crafted to fold flat. The windshield features tinted glass, while the rear window glass is from a Jaguar cabriolet. White adapted rare, original Ford Spyder hubcaps by carefully modifying a set of later 15-inch steel wheels to accept ’36 Ford centers. The running boards came from original molds, while the bumpers are stainless steel repops. Advance Plating did the all the shiny bits. Inside, a cut-down banjo steering wheel comple- ments a stock dash that’s been faux-burled-wood finished. Modern electric instruments resemble the ’36 Ford originals. The overall appearance is that of a mildly modified car, but a closer look shows there’s so much more. This car has really been under the radar. The original owner took it to a Goodguys event in Phoenix, where the late Boyd Coddington gave it one of his coveted “Boyd’s Pick” awards. It has never been featured in a magazine. Behind the headlights The high bidder was Ed Chirgwin of La Quinta, CA. Ed told me he had to outbid Wayne Carini (Host of “Chasing Classic Cars”) for the ’36. “When I heard Wayne was interested in this car,” he said, “I knew it was special. I was born in 1936,” Ed adds, “and I already own two other ’36 Fords, so I had to have it.” Joe White says the roadster was appraised at This car has really been under the radar. ... It has never been featured in a magazine. $245,000 some years ago. The sale price was $168,000 with the buyer’s commission, which I think makes this a screaming deal. You couldn’t build this car for what it cost to buy it. Of course, that’s pretty typical. You can’t expect to make your money back on a hot rod or a custom car that you had built from scratch. As an example, the radical, Ridler Award-winning 1959 Cadillac shooting brake called “CadMad” reportedly cost over $2.5 million to build. But at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020, it sold for “just” $302,500. What’s the lesson here? If you’re looking for a high- quality hot rod or custom, shop carefully, do your homework, and you may walk away with the car of your dreams for less than it cost to build it. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1936 Ford Model 68 coupe, ex-Jack Calori Lot S116, VIN: 182636987 Condition: 1Sold at $318,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213968 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1936 Ford Model 68 DeLuxe roadster Lot 804, VIN: 182906380 Condition: 2+ Sold at $192,500 RM Auctions, Boca Raton, FL, 2/15/2012 ACC# 192770 1936 Ford Custom roadster Lot 216, VIN: 181671177 Condition: 1Sold at $132,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/21/2010 ACC# 155066 March–April 2020 55


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AMERICANA PROFILE 1954 TAYLOR AEROCAR High Flyer? Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The vehicle works, even if it’s not the greatest road car or the best airplane one could buy VIN: S66103W by Jeff Zurschmeide • One of six built • The only vehicle in the U.S. that is both air- and roadworthy • Full FAA certification • Lycoming 0-320 engine • Wings, propeller and fuselage may be towed behind and can be attached in under 30 minutes • 15,254 miles • 781 flight hours ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1354, sold for $275,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 18, 2020. Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903, the same year that Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first flight in an engine-powered aircraft. In an era of invention and boundless ambition, it’s no surprise that the notion of combining aircraft and automobiles took hold early. The more astonishing fact is that the dream of a flying car has persisted to this day. The Curtiss Autoplane of 1917 is generally con- sidered the first attempt at a flying car, though the term “roadable aircraft” is preferred by those who build such things. That name is really more accurate, because the rigorous demands of aviation must be met before the much-less-stringent requirements of making a working automobile. 56 AmericanCarCollector.com Over the 103 years that have passed since the Curtiss project, there have been more than 30 designs produced in an effort to make a functional flying car. Most never passed the prototype stage. Development seems to come in waves, with several examples in the ’20s and ’30s, then a resurgence following the Second World War. A few more prototypes were created in the 1970s including the AVE Mizar, which attached the rear half of a Cessna to a Ford Pinto. Yes, really. Post-war boom After World War II, there was a surge of interest in flying cars. We had conquered the atom, and the future was clearly coming fast. Convair Corporation, which had produced the B-24 and the PBY Catalina


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aircraft during the war, looked to civilian aviation and produced two prototype flying cars in 1946 and 1947. These models attached a wing and tail assembly with an aircraft engine to the roof of an automobile. Although they completed a total of 67 test flights, the Convair 116 and 118 were never approved for production. Other post-war attempts included the Fulton Airphibian and the Bryan Autoplane. The Taylor Aerocar was part of that surge. Moulton Taylor of Kelso, WA, was the genius behind the project, which is why the vehicles are commonly known as Taylor Aerocars today. Taylor had been a naval aviator in the war and was also an aeronautical engineer. He had seen the Fulton Airphibian and decided to build his own flying car. How does it work? Taylor called his company Aerocar International, and the firm built six prototypes between 1949 and 1966. The company had a contract with Temco Missiles and Aircraft for mass production, but the contract was contingent on pre-orders that never materialized. When the Aerocar debuted in 1949, it boasted one of the most workable designs of its era. The car seated two people side by side on a bench seat. The car portion uses a rear-engine, front-wheel-drive design. The Aerocar carries a flat-4-cylinder air-cooled Lycoming engine good for about 150 horsepower. A 3-speed manual transmission allows the automobile to manage up to 60 mph on the road. The Aerocar is designed to tow the wings and tail section, including the propeller. To fly the Aerocar, the pilot attaches the wings and tail section to the car. The car’s license plate flips up to reveal a power-take-off connection to a driveshaft that runs through the tail section to the rear-mounted pusher propeller. To fly, the driver simply places the car’s transmission in neutral. Aviation controls are manipulated through the steering wheel and two rudder pedals located on either side of the automotive pedals. A full set of aviation gauges and controls occupies the dash area. Taylor logged over 100,000 road miles and 1,000 flight hours in the Aerocar. The vehicle works, even if it’s not the greatest road car or the best airplane one could buy. There are videos on YouTube that DETAILING Years produced: 1949–66 Number produced: Six Original list price: $9,995 Current ACC Median Valuation: $275,000 (this example) Tune-up/major service: $500-plus VIN location: Tail of the aircraft section Engine # location: Bottom of cylinder near the valve cover Alternatives: Fulton Airphibian, Bryan Autoplane ACC Investment Grade: C Comps demonstrate the Aerocar very well, including the segment when James May of “Top Gear” featured the car-plane on his “Big Ideas” TV show. Mayday, mayday With only six examples built, the market for an Aerocar is highly individual, and each is identified by its tail number. Aerocar N103D was offered for sale for $3.5m in 2006, and N101D was offered at $1.25m in 2011. Reportedly, N103D is on offer again right now at $2.2m. However, an asking price is only half of a deal, and not the most important half. N101D crossed the block with no reserve at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale on January 18. When the hammer fell, this Aerocar landed at just $275,000. This is a tough market for oddballs, as while it’s both a car and a plane, you can argue that it isn’t very usable as either, which limits values for all but the most specialized collector. This does have broad appeal as a curiosity, but there’s a limit to values in that capacity, which is likely what happened here. If you’re reading this and thinking that you’d like to own an Aerocar, your chance probably just flew by. With only five others in existence, we’re not likely to see another at auction anytime soon, and certainly not without a reserve next time. For the most part, the Taylor Aerocar is likely to remain a museum piece, but it’s also a reminder that innovation and lofty dreams are always worth pursu- ing.A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1997 Vector M12 coupe Lot 675.1, VIN: 1V9MB1220V104800Z Condition: 2+ Sold at $106,700 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/22/2011 ACC# 185835 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird Lot S129, VIN: RM23R0A166207 Condition: 1Sold at $275,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/5/2018 ACC# 6858070 1969 Dodge Daytona Lot 1369, VIN: XX29LB410796 Condition: 2Sold at $275,000 ACC# 6857970 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2018 March–April 2020 57


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RACE PROFILE 1965 DODGE CORONET SUPER STOCK HEMI No Laughing Matter This Coronet falls in a funny spot for collectors, but that makes it a good buy for a dedicated user VIN: W051197574 by Elana Scherr • A990 426 Hemi package • Restored to race appearance • Rare period racing components • W051 Coronet Super Stock • Displayed at Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum ACC Analysis This car, Lot 1026.1, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s premium, at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, AZ, sale held January 17–19, 2020. The first Funnies There are few constants in the world, but racers pushing the definition of “stock” might well be one of them. As factory involvement in drag racing grew in the 1960s, the National Hot Rod Association found itself scrambling to keep the rule book up to date with the racers’ innovations. Simply saying a car had to be stock wasn’t enough if the factory up and built cars with aluminum or acid-dipped panels, lightweight glass and giant engines and then sold them to the public. Even worse, from a rule-keeping perspective, if you didn’t specify that the parts all had to have come on that exact car in that configuration from the assembly line, clever racers would throw in the biggest engine from the brand, often with a decidedly unstreetable compression ratio. Then they’d add suspiciously lightweight components under the hood and a straight front axle from the truck-parts bin under the front end, maybe moved up just a smidge for better weight 58 AmericanCarCollector.com transfer, and call it within the rules. NHRA made a class for these Frankencars in 1962 called “FX” for “Factory Experimental.” Direct factory involvement was short-lived. GM pulled out of official race support, and Ford and Chrysler realized it might not be a good look to outshine all their customers in the most extreme “stockers” on track. Ultimately, that only meant that independent racers like Bob Tasca, Dick Landy and Ronnie Sox got more behind-the-scenes support. The FX cars got wildly modified and wildly popular with the fans. By 1965, they were so stretched and lifted and be-engined that they looked “funny,” and you can see how they evolved into the tube-chassis and full-fiberglass-bodied Funny Cars of today. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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Wedges and Hemis Chrysler started the ‘60s with powerful 383 and 413 big blocks. In ’62, it came out with the Max Wedge 413 in a lighter sedan and dominated the Super Stock classes. In 1963, displacement increased to the famous 426 number, and in 1964, speaking of famous engines, Chrysler introduced the 426 Hemi. The Super Stock cars were already limited production and came from the factory with lightweight metal panels, thinner glass and race-ready engines, but in late ’64, the engineers built 12 (six Plymouth and six Dodge) cars for Factory Experimental with a massive wheelbase alteration. The alteredwheelbase cars traveled the country more for match races rather than NHRA competition, but they caught the imagination of fans and fellow racers, and, shall we say, altered the drag-race landscape. The factory-prepared cars went to factory- sponsored racers like Landy and Sox, but there were many additional modified cars built by other racers, and that’s where the blue-and-silver Coronet that we have here enters the picture. Rare racer This Coronet left Dodge as a W051 lightweight Super Stock car with the 426 A990 package. A990 refers to the 426 Hemi and related beefy drivetrain parts and rear gearing. The cars equipped this way are often called A990 Because of the high compression ratio, mechanical injection and gasser stance, it would take a dedicated enthusiast — and friendly local police force — to use this car on the street. cars, but if you’re a stickler, go with W051. The Coronet was shipped to a dealer in Kentucky, along with a selection of fiberglass parts for the wheelbase conversion. The ’65 Super Stockers were acid-dipped steel, and Dodge worked closely with aftermarket race shops to create additional go-fast modifications. Details on the restoration include a date-coded 426 Hemi race block — December 1964 — with a forged-steel crankshaft, Crane cam, high-compression pistons topped by Alcoa aluminum heads, and a rare DETAILING Year produced: 1965 Number produced: 101 Original list price: $4,100 (Hemi, approximately) Current ACC Median Valuation: $118,800 Tune-up/major service: $500 VIN Location: Plate on left front door hinge pillar Engine # location: Top of bellhousing Alternatives: 1965 Plymouth A/FX, 1965 Ford Mustang A/FX, 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Prestolite distributor and ignition. Hilborn stack injection towers over the hood and spent gasses make their historically accurate way out through original S&S A/FX headers. The Hemi is backed by an A990 torque convertor, a rebuilt Art Carr TorqueFlite automatic transmission and 4.56 rear gears. Inside, the Coronet is caged and race-focused, with lightweight seats, a Hurst dual-gate shifter and a dash-mounted tachometer. The interior is spare, but elegant and color-matched in silvery gray. Collecting history This Coronet falls in a funny spot for collectors. It’s possibly too period to be safely competitive on a racetrack, even in a nostalgia class, and yet not famous enough to be the centerpiece of a museum collection the way a Landy or “Dyno” Don car would be. Because of the high compression ratio, mechanical injection and gasser stance, it would take a dedicated enthusiast — and friendly local police force — to use this car on the street. We’ve seen unmodified Super Stock lightweights sell for twice the price of this rarer altered racer, and that might reflect a buyer’s insecurity as to what exactly he or she is going to do with such an outrageous machine. Still, it is a 426 Hemi car, and an excellent entry point into one of the most interesting time periods in drag- racing history. For that, I’ll call it well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1965 Dodge Coronet A/FX Yankee Peddler Lot S61, VIN: 51186734 Condition: 3+ Sold at $787,500 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL, 10/6/2006 ACC# 43081 1965 Plymouth Belvedere Super Stock lightweight Lot 239, VIN: R051191722 Condition: 1Sold at $121,000 RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2017 ACC# 6817108 1965 Plymouth Belvedere A/FX replica Lot F249, VIN: 2145141792 Condition: 2 Sold at $66,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/15/2018 ACC# 6869976 March–April 2020 59


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TRUCK PROFILE 1976 GMC SIERRA GRANDE CUSTOM PICKUP Truck Trends SS02 makes the truck market cool for a new type of buyer VIN: TCS246F733662 by Jim Pickering • Supercharged LS3 engine • Roadster Shop chassis • AccuAir ENDO CVT suspension • RideTech adjustable shocks • Solid billet grille • Billet turbine wheels • Baer 14-inch brakes • Tremec 6-speed manual transmission • Detroit Trutrac differential • Syndicate Series digital gauges and shortened steering column • Integrated chrome roll bar, custom aged rawhide leather interior ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 1431, sold for $165,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s massive Scottsdale sale on January 18, 2020. If you ever doubted the importance of social media in the collector-car market, here’s your supercharged, striped, slammed wake-up call. There’s a lot to unpack with the $165k sale of Syndicate Series 02 — a custom shortbed GMC done up like one of the 1975 Indy Pace Trucks. But before we get there, let’s take a look at where this truck came from. The Syndicate Joe Yezzi is the man behind Squarebody Syndicate — a business devoted to Chevrolet and GMC trucks built from 1973 to ’87, although with a heavy bias toward the first-year rigs. His dad drove a ’73 when he was a kid, and the memories of that truck are the primary drivers of his passion for this body style. Social media has catapulted his brand into the mainstream. It’s rare to find any squarebody GM truck picture on Instagram that isn’t tagged with a Syndicate 60 AmericanCarCollector.com Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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reference — there are 83,600 of them as of this writing — and his stickers, hats and shirts, again carefully chosen and made in short batches, spread the gospel even further among connected young truck people. And then there are the trucks, done with an exacting attention to detail that grows sharper with each passing build. Some of Yezzi’s builds have been stock trucks simply modified for stance. Others have been more in-depth, such as his first SEMA build from 2015. SS02 is the sharpest to date, with customized high-level components and finishes throughout. SS02 In 1975, GMC produced a short run of Indy Haulers — special red, white and blue longbed pickups built to celebrate the Indianapolis 500. Five hundred replicas were planned for 1976 production. None were built, leaving the three 1975 trucks — which participated in the race festivities — as the only examples. Yezzi acquired one of the three as a potential project, but elected to document and preserve it rather than build it. Instead, he decided to build a shortbed tribute, which is where this truck — SS02 — came from. It rides on a Roadster Shop Syndicate Series spec chassis with air suspension, has supercharged LS Social media is where these trends are expanding. This truck is just one example of many in this corner of the car world — but as we saw in both consignments and pricing at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020, custom trucks continue to be a growing segment. power, a 6-speed manual transmission, big brakes, billet wheels, exacting Mar-K replacement trim, and a custom one-off billet grille. All the badges are custom pieces, and the interior has modern gauges and a shorter-than-stock steering column, both of which are available from Squarebody Syndicate’s Web store. The result was a drivable, reliable custom truck that has had its share of the spotlight — online, in truckspecific publications, and even in miniature thanks to a run of 1:64th-scale models made by M2 Machines and sold at Walmart. Getting likes Ultimately, this $165k sale price wasn’t much of a surprise. It’s a new record price for a squarebody GM truck at auction, but this was undoubtedly expensive to build. I would be surprised if much money was made here, after all the receipts are counted. If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s the same thing we see with most high-end custom car builds at auction. It’s generally cheapest to buy something already done. Almost right away, photos and videos of SS02 on the block sprang up on Instagram, while Facebook groups started to bicker about what the price meant for other squares. One popular squarebody LS-swap page admin posted, “Everybody is talking about this truck. Yes, it sold for $165k. How’s that affect the value of our trucks? It doesn’t. Your truck and all those on FB marketplace have about as much in common with this truck as a hang glider does an F22 Raptor. Stop trying to relate to this thing.” That admin has a point. Just because SS02 sold for relatively big money doesn’t mean other squarebodies are instantly worth more. But there’s something missing in that hot take, too, and that’s the value add that SS02’s exposure brought to these trucks, both at Barrett-Jackson and before. Social media is where these trends are expanding. This truck is just one example of many in this corner of the car world — but as we saw in both consignments and pricing at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020, custom trucks continue to be a growing segment. For the next-gen buyer who looks to the Web for a connection to the car world, SS02 is an icon. To build something that looks similar — while not nearly as expensive or as detailed — is not hard to do. There are millions of squarebody trucks out there. Yezzi, and others, have made these trucks cool through builds like SS02, which drives interest and ultimately values as well. As a trendsetter for an emerging market, SS02 was well sold at a record price. But for the end user who wants a cool truck to drive — and something that will be instantly recognizable by a new class of connected car person — I’d call it well bought, too. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) DETAILING Years produced: 1973–87 Number produced: 155,000 (1976 GMC, all variants, approximately) Original list price: $3,863 (base) Current ACC Median Valuation: $14,300 (all 1973–87 GM trucks) Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Plate on dash Engine # location: Pad ahead of passenger’s cylinder head (SBC) Alternatives: 1973–87 Chevrolet C10 custom, 1973–79 Ford F-150 custom, 1972–80 Dodge D-series custom ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1958 Chevrolet Apache Custom pickup Lot 478, VIN: 3A58L105678 Condition: 1 Sold at $110,000 ACC# 6882305 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2018 1974 Chevrolet C10 Custom Deluxe Lot F16, VIN: CCV1441163400 Condition: 3+ Sold at $33,000 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/21/2016 ACC# 6799883 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Cameo pickup Lot 11L, VIN: 3A58K118014 Condition: 3 Sold at $147,000 VanDerBrink Auctions, Pierce, NE, 9/28/2013 ACC# 227824 March–April 2020 61


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MARKET OVERVIEW Arizona Auction Totals Up Over Last Year One-percent growth is still growth, but that’s only part of this year’s story Jim Pickering What will American car collectors be looking for in Scottsdale 2021? by Chad Tyson uptick from the 2019 total, and on 158 fewer cars sold. Out west, the Arizona Auction Week numbers also jumped 1%, with this year’s L $249,671,313 total pipping 2019’s total of $246,536,805 and reversing two straight years of declining total sales. Now, even though the overall total grew, it wasn’t roses and cupcakes for all parties involved. There were 1,004 more cars on offer in 2020 than in 2019. That’s a slight uptick with a lot more cars and an additional sale on top of last year’s seven, as Leake Auctions joining the game made one have to choose among eight sales to visit during the week-plus sale-a-thon. Which company experienced sales growth over last year? Barrett-Jackson saw a 10% jump, and Leake and MAG were new to the show (MAG replaced the former Silver AZ set-up in Peoria). That’s it. Every other company brought in fewer dollars than last year. The biggest percentage drops came from Bonhams (-48%), Worldwide (-40%) and Gooding BEST BUYS 1969 AMC SC/Rambler 2-dr hard top, $26,040—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 83 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 1935 Cadillac 452D Imperial convertible sedan, $472,500— RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 118 1949 Chevrolet Deluxe woodie wagon, $30,240—Bonhams, AZ, p. 120 1957 Devin Special Type T roadster, $17,655—GAA Classic Cars, NC, p. 98 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe, $29,150—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 122 ate-2019 fears of a national recession didn’t bother showing up in Arizona this January — or at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction, for that matter, as sales in both areas beat last year’s numbers. Before the Arizona auctions kicked off in full, Mecum set a new totalsales record at Kissimmee with $94,742,895 in car-auction sales. That’s a 1% & Company (-25%). Of course, we can point out all the million-dollar bids that didn’t result in sales, claiming that’s why the numbers are off, but that’s already part of the picture painted here. Those sales fail to happen all the time. There are a million and one things to throw off a sale when dealing in those amounts. The overall sold percentage in 2020 (81%) was the lowest since the same 81% in 2012. This year also featured the lowest average per-car price ($80,461) since a $71,851 average per car in 2011. All of this points at market saturation to me. There are just too many offerings for the number of people buying right now — most certainly true at the very top end of the market. Even if there’s no economic recession in 2020, or some other national economic situation, I do not expect that we’ll be covering eight auctions from Arizona again in January 2021. 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 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited SUV • One-year-only 1998 model, with 14,286 produced (4,235 with California emissions equipment) Co., AZ, p. 127 Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 126 Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 124 coupe, $484,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 81 1 2 3 4 sedan, $472,500—RM Sotheby’s, AZ, p. 118 sedan, $451,000— Worldwide Auctioneers, AZ, p. 110 5 6 $429,000—Mecum Auctions, FL, p. 82 $423,500—RM Auctions, PA, p. 116 $385,000—Gooding & Co., AZ, p. 126 7 8 9 10 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, $357,500—Leake, AZ, p. 91 64 AmericanCarCollector.com 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, 1908 Oldsmobile Limited Prototype tourer, 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe, 1937 Packard Twelve Series 1508 convertible 1935 Cadillac 452D Imperial convertible 1966 Ford GT40 Superformance replica 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 roadster, $577,000—RM 2017 Ford GT coupe, $923,500—RM 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, $2,040,000—Gooding & • 5.9-L V8 pumps out 245 hp and 365 ft-lb, propelling the ZJ 0–60 mph in 6.8 seconds — at the time, the world’s fastest SUV — while getting about 12 mpg • Hood louvers, mesh grille, badging and different wheels (five-spoke Ultrastars) are the prominent exterior nods to its enhanced performance Before 500-hp SUVs were widely available, or even before all of the major manufacturers decided to get in on the SUV game, Jeep set the sport-utility pace with the Grand Cherokee. The Grand Cherokee was heads above the other SUVs at the time in terms of comfort and performance, bringatrailer.com thanks in large part to its unibody construction and coil-sprung front and rear axles. But it was in the last year of the ZJ-series Grand Cherokee that Jeep decided to go a little crazy by pack- ing a 5.9-L V8 (a 360 from Chrysler’s long-lived LA small-block family) into the engine bay. The 5.9 is practically identical to the 5.2-L V8 option, at least on exterior measurements, so it fit very well. Jeep upgraded the automatic transmission to a heavy-duty 46RE 4-speed and installed a Dana 44 rear axle, with 3.73 gears. Underhood, the 5.9s also received some upgraded gear over the 5.2-L V8 including an electric cooling fan, 150-amp alternator and a hotter cam. Jeep only offered the 5.9 Limited in three colors: Deep Slate, Stone White and Bright Platinum. Despite Jeep making over 14,000 of these performance packages, these Jeeps just don’t come to land auc- tions often. The ACC Premium Auction Database shows just one 5.9 Limited sold, and that was back in 2012 in Canada for $2,310, and just six total 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokees. More examples have, however, recently popped up on Bring a Trailer, with results ranging from $6,500 to $13,600 in the past year. Other Internet searches gave me mid-to-high-mileage results ranging in price from $3,600 (228k miles) to $8,500 (77k miles). It’ll be a little longer before prices are appreciably higher than those, but that means there’s time to get in — Chad Tyson while they’re still five figures. $100m $150m $200m $250m $300m $350m $400m $50m $0 August 2018 2019 -34% September 2018 2019 8% October 2018 2019 15% November 2018 2019 10% SIX-MONTH YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISON $427.4m Combined Overall Auction Totals $283.7m $344.4m $343.5m Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 $105m $96.8m $123.1m $106.7m $61.7m $56.2m $58.4m $14.9m December 2018 2019 -75% January 2019 2020 0.3% 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


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Scottsdale 2020 Strong prices abound in Scottsdale, including a 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 at $203,500, over 50% above its median market value Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, AZ January 15–19, 2020 Auctioneers: Dave Talberg, Kurt Warner Automotive lots sold/ offered: 1,929/1,930 Sales rate: 99.95% Sales total: $137,353,770 High non-charity sale: 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold at $1,485,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 2-door hard top, sold at $203,500 Report and photos by John Boyle Market opinions in italics • The best-ever Scottsdale results; $137.4m is up 10% over last year’s $124.4m, marking three straight years of growth in sales • Charity sales raised $7.6m, headed by the $3m 2020 Chevrolet Corvette s/n 001 • Average per-car price of $71,205 is highest since 2015 ($81,570) A s Publisher Martin recently stated in his blog, “It’s the people, not the cars,” who make land auctions special. The 49th annual Barrett-Jackson sale in Scottsdale is part carnival and part concours, and the people — buyers, sellers and the throngs of generaladmission visitors — loved it. More than 1,900 cars were sold for $137.4 million, a 10% increase over last year and a 36% increase since 2017. Okay, which would you rather have: a stock ’57 Bel Air convertible or a resto- mod? Which will hold its value better? Fans in either camp can claim victory, as a very well-restored example and a resto-mod, both with some years since their makeovers, sold for the same $192,500. Neither has a clear case for value, the restored car came with receipts for a $198,000 restoration (on top of the price of the car), while the resto-mod sold after it was built in 2012 for $264,000. While older Chevys were the blank canvas of choice for resto-mods, the top two non-charity sales came from a pair of nearly-new 2017 Ford GTs, selling for 66 AmericanCarCollector.com $1,485,000 and $1,182,000, respectively — a huge appreciation for a model still in production. Despite the increased availability of the new GTs, prices for 2005–06 Ford GTs remained strong here, with an early car and Heritage Edition both selling at $440,000. Across the hobby, we hear fears that younger gen- erations don’t like cars, while a well-heeled generation is said to be “graying out” of the collector-car hobby. Well, leave it to a mega-event like Barrett-Jackson to provide some insight into those issues: I was reviewing a ’69 Shelby GT500 when two young members of the detailing crew stopped to give it a shine. I asked what they thought of the dozens of high-dollar muscle cars that surrounded them. “I’ll pass,” one said. “They’re not really the kind of cars me and my friends are interested in.” The other quickly added, “Yeah, we like something newer, I’d really love a turbo Supra or Subaru.” So good news/bad news really… Yes, they like cars, but cars of their generation, in much the same way that some guys prefer Shelbys to earlier flathead roadsters. Looking beyond the huge numbers (of cars and dollars), it’s the melding of people and cars that makes Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale sale a huge part of the hobby and a must-do event for thousands. A QUICK TAKE


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ GM #1316.2-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD custom wagon. VIN: VC550058111. Black/red leather. Odo: 1 mile. 6.2-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Another entry in the over-the-top resto-mod category. Classic Nomad body atop a Roadster Shop chassis; has excellent paint and bodywork. Rear wheelwells painted red. Bumpers and body trim excellent. Custom bucket-seat interior with fulllength console said to have used no fewer than 13 Italian cow hides. Comes with ps, pb, pw, power vent windows, six-way power seats and custom steering wheel. Like many of the restomods here, it features 20-inch wheels in front, 22 in the rear, all stopped with Wilwood brakes. Under the hood you get a new 430-hp LS3 under a custom-painted engine cover. It has a polished aluminum radiator and hidden somewhere is a custom fuel tank. Cond: 2+. headliner. Engine bay dominated by massive chrome air cleaner. Newer electronic-ignition box looks out of place. Radiator needs paint. Has a 2009 New York inspection sticker, which may give you a clue about its history and recent use. Wide whitewalls incorrect for period. Cond: 3. more pleasurable than with their ’50s powertrain, suspension, AM radios and likely lack of a/c. This car sold here in 2015 for $110,000 with just 33 fewer miles (ACC# 6772514). Too bad the owner didn’t drive it more. As for me, it looks like a fun car to take a road trip to Glacier, Yellowstone or Crater Lake. #408.1-1958 GMC 100 pickup. VIN: 101CS2419A. Turquoise & white/blue cloth, white vinyl. Odo: 85,037 miles. 270-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint in popular factory color. Door gaps tight in front. No chrome or trim to speak of; just grille, fender badges and hubcaps, all of which are nice. New interior with the seats having slight wrinkles. Old-school dash has no radio but two ashtrays. Odometer numbers faded. Wood bed with stainless strips. Hood not open, but catalog photos show it to be clean with fresh paint. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $196,900. The seller told me he has built almost 20 custom ’55 Nomads, preferring them to the usually more popular ’57s because of their looks, particularly their open rear wheelwells. Considering its new components, think of this as a resto-mod Corvette you can carry two more friends in...or a lucky dog or two. Sold for about what similar resto-mods go for, so certainly no harm done. #1085.1-1957 BUICK CABALLERO custom wagon. VIN: 6D8026175. Copper metallic & cream/cream leather. Odo: 633 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. From a distance it looks stock, albeit lowered a bit and with shaved door handles. Excellent paint and stainless. Huge bumpers have minor waves but no pitting. Stock-looking dash hides Vintage Air. Powered by a 364-ci engine and riding on a tubular front suspension, with front discs, a 700R transmission and a 9-inch Ford rear end as well as custom seats, it should be a fun driver. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $102,300. One of the ’50s most stylish wagons, a 4-door pillarless hard top. Out of 4,456 1958 Century Caballeros built, there must be a lot of survivors—there was a similar car, in similar colors (also a light resto-mod) parked fewer than 100 feet away (Lot 1108, sold for $99k). Additionally, there are two in my town, again modified to make any vacation trips a lot 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $36,300. The GMC variant of the penultimate year of the ’55–59 “Blue Chip” series of truck (equivalent to the Chevy “Task Force”), and the first year with four headlights. The car card is a lesson in conciseness: just the engine size and that it has recently had a frame-off restoration. Like the seller, I don’t have much to say about the truck other than it sold slightly well, at a price of a Condition 1 truck. #404-1964 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7K1028073. White/black vinyl. Odo: 54,705 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older thick repaint looks suspect even in the bad tent light, with areas of orange peel and the odd chip or two. Bumpers show a lot of wear but are straight. Good grille and window trim. Interior very nice with a huge console and huge Buick-branded chrome tach atop dash. Seats look good, as does SOLD AT $24,200. Bill Mitchell’s stunning coupe returned for its second year in ’64, still without the hidden headlights for which it was originally designed. Seller says it’s one of just 2,122 with the optional 360-hp “Super Wildcat” V8, which likely explains the tach. Price came in right at ACC median, but considering its paint and bumper needs, likely isn’t a bargain. #1089-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: 124379N657805. Blue metallic/ white vinyl. Odo: 9,561 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful restoration, with great paint on a straight body. Like-new bumpers, window stainless and door handles. Interior presents well, with light wrinkling on seats, but certainly better than when it left the Norwood factory. Originally sold in Canada, it has GM Canada documentation. It all sounds great until the last line of the car card...”This car has been rebodied.” Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $139,700. One of 822 COPO 9561AA cars (not to be confused with the 69 ’69 COPO ZL1s), with upgraded L72 engines and Muncie 4-speeds. So being a rebody cut this car’s value by a fair bit, but the new owner can take solace in the fact that an online history of the COPOs states that because of their racing careers, many cars received new shells. All things being equal, it should look, perform and drive like a car that costs $100k more; it’s just not as good as a col


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ lectible. Whether you think it was well bought will depend on whether you’re going to be driving or looking at it. #190-1970 CHEVROLET K10 custom pickup. VIN: KE140Z137288. Medium Olive Green & white/green vinyl. Odo: 66,957 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A frame-off restoration of a truck originally sold in Portland, OR. Super paint on a straight body. Paint quality is far above what any truck received back in the ’70s. Bed has only a few very small/shallow dents. Seller says all side trim and chrome is either new or polished; I certainly believe it. Stock interior with upgraded Cheyenne trim. Stock metal dash with new/restored gauges, factory AM radio. Factory-style Rally wheels with brand-new BFGoodrich tires. Engine bay not open, but photos show chrome dress-up items, Bowtie valve covers and air cleaner, as well as an Edelbrock intake and carb. Comes with build sheet and restoration book. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. Another nicely restored pickup of the popular ’67–72 generation. Not a claimed frame-off restoration. It looks to be a more modest restoration than the over-the-top ’70 Chevy (Lot 190) that comes in at a much friendlier price point, but still nice enough for shows and local bragging rights. Sold right where it should have. #1243-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS custom convertible. VIN: 136670B214037. Fathom Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 68 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller says it’s a 396 car reborn with a 454 LS6 upgrade and fewer than 100 miles on rotisserie restoration. Equipped with 4-speed Muncie and a 12-bolt Positraction rear. Excellent paint and body in a great color. All reproduction trim looks good. Well-fitted interior all stock except for aftermarket oil-pressure gauge fitted beneath dash and a modern radio. Engine bay spotless with GM hoses and period hose clamps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. The ’67–72 Chevy truck is the poster child for the restored-pickup movement. This one, very nicely restored in a very period color (I swear, back in the day, they were all this color...whether they were Fords, Dodges or Internationals) deservedly sold at the top of the market. Whether this price is a result of Barrett-Jackson magic or a real jump in the market, your guess is as good as mine. If you told ol’ Charley that one day his truck would go for $35k, he’d have thought you were crazy, but it will likely be worth more next year. #424.1-1970 GMC 1500 pickup. VIN: KE134ZZ64690. Olive metallic/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,479 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A recent restoration of what the seller says is a southern Montana truck (I’m not sure southern Montana is much different from the rest of the state...). Straight body under very good paint. Reproduction bumpers and trim. Body-color lining on bed floor. Interior stock except for homemade radio-delete plate and aftermarket knob on floor-mounted 4WD lever. Antenna-hole plug on fender. Underhood is clean but not detailed. Engine is reportedly a rebuilt unit and comes with aftermarket carb. Cond: 3+. 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #1280.1-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III convertible. VIN: 24267P142990. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 95,017 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Described as a matching-numbers car. Restored a decade ago and driven about 500 miles since. Seller states restoration was done using only original or NOS parts. Nothing to fault really; excellent paint with only light polishing marks. Windshield and window trim like-new. Date-coded glass. Spotless underside. Engine compartment cleaner than the day it was built. Well equipped with power discs, AM/8track radio, remote mirror, console. Originally a Canadian-market car, it has GM Canada documentation, as well as PHS paperwork. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. One of 168 Judge convertibles. Deservedly sold at $8k above ACC median and $12k above another price guide for a #1 car. Compared to the prices of other muscle cars, the rarity of this Judge makes this one seem well bought. SOLD AT $111,100. The seller told me he was hoping for at least $75k, so he went home very happy. Despite its condition, it sold $15k below the ACC median for real LS6 drop-tops of $125k, but some $44k above the median for a 396 convertible. “ #1301.1-1970 BUICK GSX Stage 1 2-dr hard top. VIN: 446370H279508. Saturn Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,149 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A matching-numbers car with a frame-off restoration completed in 2016. Excellent paint, likewise chrome and stainless. Excellent black hood and body stripes. Unmarked Rally-type wheels and Goodyear Polyglas tires. Interior looks unused. Mirrors displayed underside, which looked as clean as the top. Engine bay clean and detailed with just the slightest Those who think of Buicks only as Grandpa-mobiles will be surprised to learn that the Stage 1 engine produced 510 ft-lb of torque, the most of any factory American car until the third-generation Dodge Viper. 1970 Buick GSX Stage 1 2-door hard top ”


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signs of use or age. Well optioned with ps, pb, Positraction, hood tach and more. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $203,500. One of 118 GSX Stage 1 cars with a 4-speed. Originally sold in Oregon, it has a known history from new and comes with copies of every title, original owner’s manual, and GSX Society paperwork. Sold at roughly 50% above the ACC median of $136k. Undoubtedly well sold, but that’s the going rate for something so rare. Those who think of Buicks only as Grandpa-mobiles will be surprised to learn that the Stage 1 engine produced 510 ft-lb of torque, the most of any factory American car until the third-generation Dodge Viper. #1305.1-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. VIN: 344671M229605. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 627 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Straight body and flawless paint on a car that’s been driven 600 miles since frame-off restoration. First-rate bumpers and stainless. Mirrors show underside to be as clean as the top. Interior shows no sign of wear. Clean and correct under the hood. As you’d expect from an Oldsmobile, it’s well equipped with power steering, brakes and top, a/c, AM/FM/8-track, console, tilt wheel and Tic-Toc-Tach. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. Alas, it’s not the top-dog W-30, but that’s the only negative I can say about it. The muscle-car era was fading in ’71, but Olds managed to sell 1,304 442 drop tops. Another car that easily beat the ACC median of $73,000 and another price guide’s estimate range of $56k–$80k. Again, quality sells. March–April 2020 71


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ MARKET MOMENT 1978 Ford Bronco Custom SUV #170.1-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87Z6N531288. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 61,224 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently restored with nice paint, but with a touch of orange peel on driver’s door. New rubber seals and very nice window stainless. Door closes with the factory sound. Interior looks recent, with good stock dash. Well equipped with AM/FM radio, console and power windows. New 17-inch gold wheels mimic factory look, with fresh Nitto tires. Hood not open but catalog photos show it to be clean and correct. Said to be matchingnumbers with PHS documentation. Cond: 2-. Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson SOLD at $63,800 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, January 18, 2020, Lot 1244 VIN: U15HLCA5768 Many of them did. Like many of you, I was left asking myself E why one pickup in nice shape was worth $15k while another one in similar shape was worth $70k. It’s a phenomenon that, at least on the surface, I had a hard time understanding. This awesome ’78 Bronco and its attached $63,800 brought a little clarity. Other than a new 400-ci V8, a mild lift and new set of wheels and tires, it’s freshly restored with a mostly stock appearance. The brakes, transmission, 4-wheel-drive system and engine components have all been tended to. The body has a fresh coat of factory silver and black paint and is fitted with the correct trim pieces. Getting a Bronco to this level isn’t cheap, and with the market now fully awake to the vintage SUV’s “cool” factor, this was going to be expensive — especially at Barrett-Jackson, which always earns strong results for trucks. This one has the look — and the equipment — to justify a high price. But is that price repeatable away from the auction block and the television cameras? The current auction median for sold 1978 to 1981 Broncos is just under $24,000. That’s $40k less than the sale price here. But great examples are beating that number pretty easily, and as that continues to happen at high-profile venues, more great examples will come to market. For now, call this well sold. But the market’s on the move in this segment, so it may not stay that way for long. A 72 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor arly SUVs and pickups were as hot as ever at the 2020 Arizona auctions. Fully customized, mildly upgraded or rotisserie restored to perfection, all had potential to earn a stratospheric price. SOLD AT $30,800. A black Trans Am a year before it became a film star, with the resulting production jump of almost 50%. A base-engine Trans Am, the 400 mill was rated at 185 hp, just 15 behind the optional 455. Non-T-top, which is something many prefer. Sold at the price the ACC price guide lists for a 455 car, but the fresh restoration and matching numbers more than make up for the 15-hp deficit. CORVETTE #1058-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom coupe. VIN: 194376S118856. Red/black leather. Odo: 2,750 miles. 427-ci, 507-hp fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Another Corvette resto-mod, but unlike most of the others, this one rides on its original chassis, albeit with new coil-over suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Beautiful paint, excellent body lines, panel and headlight gaps. New bumpers and trim; the sidepipes too are unmarked. Builder said there is a switch to shift exhaust from the sidepipes to tailpipes to quiet cabin during long-distance drives. Interior looks stock until you notice the reasonably subtle black modern buckets with red stitching. Fitted with


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Vintage Air and stock-looking Dakota Digital gauges. Underhood is immaculate and fitted with an official GM “Continuation” 427 rated at 507 hp. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $126,500. The builder says he has 1,600 hours of labor into this, and it’s easy to believe. A very impressive car and compared to other high-dollar resto-mods offered, a very good buy. #1307-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S114902. Tuxedo Black/black leather. Odo: 44,658 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A reported matching-numbers car that’s been in the same family for 41 years. Fewer than 1,000 miles since 2005–08 frame-off restoration using NOS and date-coded parts. Color changed in the ’70s from its original Marlboro Maroon. Excellent paint over a straight body. Very good sidepipes and factory wheels. Interior like-new, with leather seats and factory headrests. Underhood spotless, but seller told me he had the engine painted in a matte finish so it wouldn’t be too shiny and would look like a car that’s been driven. Comes with Al Grenning report, with photos of serials, shipping data report and 41 years of documents, registrations and inspections. Cond: 2+. dual removable roof panels for $915, a $30 destination charge, and the ZR-1 option added another $31,683 for a total of $65,583. Seller had a handout with his cell number in case anyone had questions....a welcome touch. Cond: 2+. in 2014 (ACC# 240747), dropping the next year to $22k (ACC# 258635). If this seller was the 2015 buyer, he came out all right on the deal. Deservedly sold at the top of the market, and no doubt welcome news to Model A owners everywhere. SOLD AT $28,600. Car and Driver called the ZR-1 a legitimate Ferrari competitor, and said it should serve as an example for the entire American automotive industry. Alas, it never sold anywhere near GM’s hopes (they said they could build 4,000 a year; the high point was in 1990, when they built 3,000). One of 2,044 built in 1991. Like many, this one was essentially put away when new; now they’re coming out of collections. Sold well above the ACC median, but still a great performance bargain. FOMOCO SOLD AT $181,500. The seller’s late uncle, an engineer at St. Louis’ McDonnell-Douglas aerospace firm, bought this in 1978 as a replacement for his first two Corvettes; the first was wrecked, the second stolen. The nephew wanted to keep it in the family but his children aren’t interested. Get out your checkbooks—a ’67 black-on-black (albeit a color change) 4-speed with the largest engine option. Deservedly brought huge money, at $50k above the ACC price-guide median. #414.1-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YZ23J1M5800185. Black/black leather. Odo: 776 miles. 5.7-L 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. A nearly new car. Paint and interior per factory. Engine compartment clean. Rides on new tires, originals come with car. Windshield has been replaced with correct (and very expensive) insulated unit. Comes with all factory documentation: labels, tags, pamphlets, VHS tapes, briefcase, key chain. Original sticker shows a base Corvette with a sticker of $32,455, #51-1929 FORD MODEL A roadster. VIN: 2346337. Black/black vinyl/brown vinyl. An A in basic black. A well-optioned car with winged Motometer, wind wings, dual spares and grille guard. Nice paint with an occasional bit of orange peel, especially on side of hood. Filled-in chip on right fender top. Seller says pinstripe is red, but looks orange to me, thus giving it a Harley-Davidson vibe. Nice clean whitewalls. Excellent chrome on headlights and radiator. Interior looks unused, with first-rate chrome gauge trim. Likewise excellent top. Underhood clean and correct. Odometer reads straight zeroes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. Sold at nearly twice the median value for a Baby Bird with the D-code engine upgrade, there’s no doubt as to its Amos Minter restoration with low miles. You’ll see these everywhere in conditions ranging from cars with amateur restorations of varying quality to a few cars like this. As I write this, there are 225 for sale in an online classified database (a sign of owners “aging out” of the hobby?), most in the sub-$50k class, but a surprising number at prices higher than this. Given the quality of the restoration and the Minter pedigree, I’ll call it fairly bought. SOLD AT $35,200. One of 1.3 million Model As sold in the model’s second year, where a big change was the addition of door handles. This was a very nice car, reportedly a former museum car with an older body-off restoration. It has sold twice at this venue, selling for a healthy $34,100 #1306-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM6S2116. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 27,697 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Virtually flawless, matching-numbers car with excellent paint, body lines, bumpers and stainless. When shut, the doors sounded just they way they did back in the day. Mix of original and reproduction (with Ford markings) glass. Interior looks new, with correct optional three-inch racing-type seat belts and plastic-wood steering wheel. Underhood is spotless with black Ford washer bag and reproduction Motorcraft battery. Rides on reproduction Blue Streak tires and neat, optional Shelby 10-spoke wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $192,500. Just 150 miles since its 2010 restoration. Comes with restoration photos, factory March–April 2020 73 #1257.1-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH280975. Torch Red/white vinyl, red hard top/cream leather. Odo: 120 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Undriven restoration by famed T-bird specialist Amos Minter. Flawless paint, straight body, excellent bumpers and window stainless. Interior looks like it’s never been sat in. Beautiful, correct dash. 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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ insulation, back seat, radio or warranty. What buyers did get with the $7,205 “R” package was a high-performance 5.0, upgraded suspension, tower brace and various fluid coolers. Paint and plastics have aged well (as opposed to a pair of Buick Grand Nationals with similar miles I saw here last year), seats still plastic-wrapped. Underhood unused, but some bare-metal surfaces on pulleys and alternator show age. Call it a new car. Cond: 2+. paperwork and reproduction owner’s manuals. Sold for the median in the price guide, but given its condition, well bought. One of 1,368. #68-1968 FORD TORINO GT convertible. VIN: 8H43Y153663. Wimbledon White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 25,622 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint still presents well despite a few small issues. Painted-over rust bubble at base of rear window. New factory-style stripes. Seller says top is new; it fits well. Very good rechromed bumpers, likewise excellent windshield stainless, but some other trim shows light wear. Factory wheels with new hubcaps. Very nice interior with original Philco (a Ford division) radio, newer correct seat covers and carpet. New tires with correct-sized whitewalls, new hubcaps. A slight rattle when driver’s door closes, a bit of rubber trim is loose and hangs outside when door is closed. Underhood is said to be recently painted, but the firewall finish could be improved. Cond: 3+. the ACC Premium Auction Database, being bid to, but not sold at, $230,000 at Mecum Indy 2018 (ACC# 6874185) and again going unsold at Mecum Phoenix 2019 with a high bid of $175,000 (ACC# 6905217). AMERICANA SOLD AT $143,000. Sold for double the median price of a Cobra R, but that’s not surprising considering it’s never been raced...or even driven. Last year I reviewed a similar 551-mile Cobra R; it went for $132,000, which I thought was all the money. I’ve since learned that a number of the 107 built were stored as future collectibles, so we likely haven’t seen the last one like this to cross an auction block. Parked next to this car was another ’93, with 320 miles; it sold for $121,000. A lot of money for a Foxbody, but worth it to someone. MOPAR SOLD AT $14,850. Ford’s forgotten middle child, the Torino was having a bit of an identity crisis in ’69, as it was still offered under the Fairlane banner; Torino would be the series name beginning the next year. Pending a good investigation of the body for other rust/paint issues, sold right about where it should have. Seemed to have good bones, and with good chrome/interior and the upgraded 390, the price guides suggest a repaint could be done without going underwater. Fairly sold, and perhaps a good buy if it just needs a simple paint job. #1073.1-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra R fastback. VIN: 1FACP42DPF169175. Red/ gray cloth. Odo: 33 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. A factory lightweight racer: no a/c, sound 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #1320.1-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B146694. Rallye Red/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A realdeal Hemi ’Cuda, one of 368 automatic cars built in 1970. Stated NOM, but correct-type engine was sourced from another Hemi ’Cuda at a reported cost of $30k. Excellent paint over a straight body with excellent panel gaps. Excellent interior with a bit of very slight puckering on driver’s seat. Great console, dash and steering wheel. Door locked, so odometer reading not available. Trunk is spotless with correct inflate-aspare. Spotless under the hood, modern battery fitted. Mirrors show a spotless undercarriage, but bottom of oil pan appears to have some dents. Won best Muscle Car Class at Portland roadster show in 2018, and comes with trophies and build receipts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $170,500. Seller says it was restored at a cost of $282,963.11, meaning despite the healthy sale total, someone still lost near $112k. The car appears twice in #384.1-1947 CROSLEY CC pickup. VIN: CC4721263. Yellow & white/brown vinyl. Odo: 11,323 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A fresh restoration with just about everything new...as you’d expect from a truck which spent 40 years in a Yakima, WA, chicken coop. Very good paint and bodywork. New chrome and glass. Very nice interior with two neat gauges and what looks to be a new or restored steering wheel. Bare-metal transmission tunnel undented. Cab floor and headliner looks like they were sprayed with matching yellow bed liner, as does the bed floor. Tiny engine is well painted, as is the rest of the engine compartment (it’s far too small to call it an engine bay). Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,800. Crosley made a series of trucks, both pickups and panel trucks, throughout their surprisingly long history. This car sold here last year for $26,400 (ACC# 6892195). This time, it sold well above the $12k price of a #3 condition convertible that sold at last year’s B-J Scottsdale sale (ACC# 6891037), but well below the $47,600 brought by a #2+ CD Super wagon sold at RM Sotheby’s Monterey last year (ACC# 6908536). On a price-per-pound basis, it’s well sold, even if at a loss from last year, but not out of line for rarity, condition and cute factor.


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BARRETT-JACKSON • SCOTTSDALE, AZ #432.1-1953 KAISER DRAGON sedan. VIN: 001849. Stardust Ivory/black vinyl/black vinyl, cream cloth. Odo: 63,403 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration in factory color and heavily ribbed “Dragon Skin” vinyl roof. Paint is holding up well with just a few chips. Likewise, the top is in good shape with slight color fade but no rips or signs of rust underneath. Massive chrome bumpers are good, very good window stainless. Good window rubber and felt, doors sound solid when closed. Interior is done with factory-correct cloth in a typical, early-’50s design. Likely irreplaceable, I wonder if it’s original. The highlight of the car is a great dash; a mixture of heavy padded vinyl and chrome. Hood not open; however, catalog photos show it to be spotless and correct. Cond: 3. #70-1970 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL utility. VIN: 383107H961128. White/blue cloth. Odo: 66,718 miles. 304-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recipient of a cosmetic restoration circa 2012, with thick paint over a straight body. Very good stainless grille, rechromed bumpers look fine. Original drip rails have the usual scratches and dents. Wide lower body-side trim insert now body color instead of original black or argent. New genericlooking seat covers and carpet in modern materials. Excellent dash with aftermarket radio/CD. Seller gives a long list of service done since 2012: new clutch, brakes, seals, tires and factory a/c converted to R134a. Original paint on firewall gives the truck an honest, maintained look. Aluminum radiator. Cond: 3. fully at that price it will receive continued care and restoration. #53-1984 JEEP CJ-7 SUV. VIN: 1JCCM87E3ET056083. Tan/tan fiberglass/brown & tan cloth. Odo: 102,365 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. A largely stock CJ-7 with original paint. Some wear and scratches to fender tops and paint loss to both exterior hood hinges. Stock dash with correct factory pad, seats are covered with aftermarket covers. Fiberglass top and glass look good. Like the rest of the truck, engine bay is clean and stock but not detailed. Rides on nice chrome wheels with new tires. Reportedly a lifelong California-Arizona truck. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,300. The Dragon was the top of Kaiser’s ’53 range, with a list price of $3,924, not far from the cost of a Cadillac convertible. I rated this a #3 because it looked a bit tired—a good detail and some TLC might bring it up a notch. Sold for #2 money, but considering the correctness of the car, not a bad buy. SOLD AT $20,900. It looks like a well-maintained truck your uncle would have bought off a buddy who’s going into a retirement home. The older cosmetic work was done to a functional, not factory-correct level, as would befit a 40-plus-year-old orphan SUV at the time. It would be interesting to see what the new owner has in store for it. More of the same, or a return to stock? Sold near the top of the market; hope- SOLD AT $14,850. My first collector car was a ’77 CJ-5 bought in 1997; even back then, it was tough to find CJs in such good condition. The modest three-inch lift gives it a bit of swagger, likewise the aftermarket wheels. Too bad it doesn’t have a Laredo or Renegade trim package. Thankfully, it has the optional I6 in place of the standard I4, the V8 option having disappeared after 1981. A good buy. A The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! March–April 2020 75


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL Kicking off the year with a $3.74m “Bullitt” Kissimmee 2020 Mecum Auctions Kissimmee, FL January 2–12, 2019 Auctioneers: Jimmy Landis, Mark Delzell, Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/ offered: 2,015/2,946 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $94,742,895 High sale: 1968 Ford Mustang GT “Bullitt” fastback, sold at $3,740,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices So what will the new owner’s reaction be if a black Charger appears in the rear-view mirror? Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Market opinions in italics • Highest-ever total at Kissimmee, besting last year’s $93.7m by 1% • Star-studded event: Movie cars offered here included the “Bullitt” Mustang, GT40 Superformance replica from “Ford v Ferrari” fame, and the 1958 Plymouth Fury convertible from John Carpenter’s “Christine” • Buyers had their choices from 42 Pontiac Trans Ams, 19 (’60s and ’70s) Dodge and Plymouth Hemi-powered cars, or a whopping 305 Corvettes rate (up from 65%). The big news for this year’s Mecum Kissimmee auction was the inclusion of Lot A F150, the 1968 Ford Mustang GT that was the hero car driven by Steve McQueen in the iconic 1968 movie “Bullitt.” Fully documented from new and in single-family ownership since 1974, this car rocked the house. As it entered the block, everyone was on their feet cheering. It was mechanically restored but cosmetically original, meaning the seat, steering wheel, 4-speed shift knob and accelerator pedal were all the same ones used by McQueen in the movie. A bidding war ensued by several phone bidders 76 AmericanCarCollector.com s “The World’s Largest Collector Car Auction,” Mecum’s annual Kissimmee sale certainly lives up to its billing. For 2020, nearly 3,000 collector cars and 3,000 items of road art were auctioned off over 11 days. All told, 2,015 cars sold for a combined $94,742,895, with a 68% sell-through rate. This is a slight increase over last year’s $93,741,010 result, with a better sell-through until the hammer finally fell for a Mustang world record of $3,740,000, after commissions. Other significant movie cars included Lot S203, a 1966 Ford GT40 Superformance replica that was the Ken Miles hero car from the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari.” Driven by Christian Bale in the movie, it showed very well for a movie car. All in, it sold for $484,000, which may sound like a lot for a GT40 replica, but any fan of the film with the means would like to have this example in their garage. Another movie car at this year’s auction was Lot F156, a 1958 Plymouth Fury that was the hero car for the 1983 cult film “Christine.” As I live in Central Florida, I’ve been attending and enjoying the Mecum Kissimmee auction for many years and I must say, this year’s offerings were the best I’ve ever seen. It seemed like every Mopar was a Hemi, and every Corvette was a big-block. 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 firsthand on some of the rarest collector cars built.A QUICK TAKE


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL GM #F251-1968 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. VIN: CS148S173783. Red/tan leather. Odo: 1,096 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Flawless paint over straight body panels. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim blemish-free. Excellent wood bed. Full custom interior has a vintage vibe, with factory-appearing dash, leather seats and console. LS3 engine components have been chromed including Weiand intake manifold and Vintage Air a/c compressor. B&M 4L60E automatic transmission. Other custom touches include keyless ignition, LED headlights, taillights and side-marker lights, hidden radio, power windows and door releases. Billet Specialties Legacy wheels—19x8 in front and 20x10 in back. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This Z/28 was an attractive car with good options. The aggressive $120,000 low estimate is a large premium to pay just for the color combination. Yeah, it’s the only 1969 in burgundy with red stripes, but to me it wasn’t all that striking. The consignor could have taken the high bid without regret. SOLD AT $143,000. This truck was the 2019 C10 Nationals Truck of the Year and Goodguys Truck of the Year finalist. It’s easy to see why, as the quality of this build was top notch. Very tastefully done interior is luxurious and not overly styled. The cheerful consignor was on site and answering everyone’s questions. This truck did not meet its low estimate of $160,000, but the consignor cut it loose at the hammer price. Although it’s still difficult for me to digest a pickup selling for this kind of money, all should be happy here. #F168-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N518516. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 120 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be the only 1969 Z/28 painted burgundy with red stripes. Early production car without front and rear spoilers. Shiny paint shows a few inclusions. Stripes are under the clearcoat. Stock interior shows little wear. Engine bay is very clean but not concours detailed. Correct components, hoses and clamps. Modern Delco battery with the positive cable disconnected. Power front disc brakes, Z21 Style Trim Group, Z23 Special Interior Trim, U17 Special Instruments. Notarized letter of testimony from the original owner attesting the red stripes were painted at the factory. Dealer invoice, owner’s manual, original keys and vintage photos of the car included. Cond: 2. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com #S232-1969 OLDSMOBILE HURST/OLDS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344879M367939. White & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 8,558 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to have had a frame-off restoration at unspecified date. Shiny paint shows a lot of polishing swirls. Some paint chips on hood scoop. Rechromed front bumpers wavy, rear bumpers are good. Glass is clear all around. New carpet, door panels and seat covers, the rest of the interior looks tired. “His and Hers” Hurst Dual Gate shifter. Stock engine bay is complete and very clean. Factory a/c, power steering and front disc brakes. Documented with reproduction window sticker, Protect-O-Plate and Hurst registry. Cond: 2. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 14 Ram Air IV convertibles built with an automatic transmission. Paint looks a little thick. Only flaw is a dimesized scuff on left rear fender. All chrome and exterior trim apparently flawless, but door gaps off on both sides. Restored interior is all stock and excellent, with factory push-button AM radio. Engine bay is spotless save for some rusting on intake-manifold bolts. SR-suffix warranty replacement block. Equipped with power steering, front disc brakes, driver’s seat and antenna, hood tach, Positraction 3.90 rear end, hideaway headlamps and shoulder belts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $154,000. Documented with original Protect-O-Plate, PHS documentation and Canadian title search. This goat was built in Baltimore and sold new at a Vancouver, Canada, dealer. Traded in for a new Toyota Celica in 1974. Hindsight is 20/20, right? Previous no-sales at Mecum Kissimmee 2017 at a high bid of $175,000 (ACC# 6824643) and Mecum Monterey 2019 at a high bid of $145,000 (ACC# 6908559). The sold price here looks a bit high, but was in the middle of the estimate. Still, well sold today. SOLD AT $66,000. A good interior detailing would do wonders for this car. Legend has it that George Hurst persuaded Oldsmobile to get around the GM-mandated 400-ci engine limit by having final assembly/modification done off-site, with the cars being effectively sold back to Olds for dealer distribution. All Hurst/Olds were built with the “His and Hers” shifter, but only 173 left the factory with a/c like this example. The $125,000 low estimate was very ambitious, and the consignor let it go for almost half that. The hammer price was a little light given the factory a/c. Well bought. #F167-1969 PONTIAC GTO Ram Air IV convertible. VIN: 242679B169050. Carousel Red/ black vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 97,328 miles. #S209-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. VIN: 344670M185344. Sebring Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,867 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that a nutand-bolt restoration was completed in 2015, and it was awarded 998 out of 1,000 points in the 2017 Oldsmobile Nationals. Special-order Sebring Yellow paint shiny but has some polishing swirls. Magnum 500 wheels unmarked and shod with reproduction Goodyear bias-ply tires. New top fits very well. Interior has been restored to perfection. Original foot pedals are a little dirty. Factory AM radio with 8-track tape player below dash. Engine bay with matching numbers is stock


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL and spotless. Equipped with front disc brakes, power top and M21 close-ratio 4-speed manual. Documented with two broadcast sheets. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $247,500. This car checked a lot of boxes for 442 fans: concours condition, nicely optioned and well documented. I was surprised that such a nice, rare and valuable car was parked outside for the duration of the 11-day auction. At least it was under a tent. The hammer price blew past the price guides and ended near the $260,000 high estimate, but the buyer has bragging rights to owning one of the best 442s in existence. Well sold, but for the very best cars, the price guides need to be tossed out the window sometimes. #S217-1972 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN SUV. VIN: CCE162F129189. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 96,967 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unusual 3-door Suburban with a back door on the passenger’s side only. Good paint has a few chips touched up on nose. A few dents and masking issues on drip rails. Bumpers and exterior bright trim are all good. Twenty-inch chrome Boyd Coddington wheels unmarked. Expertly restored stock interior. Modern CD player in dash, with speakers cut into kick panels. Rare dual-zone a/c with outlets in roof of the cargo area blowing forward. Engine bay is stock, clean and complete. Fitted with Custom Deluxe trim package, factory a/c, power brakes and steering, factory tow package. Cond: 2. be clean and original, in good shape but not crisp. Factory AM/FM/8-track stereo. Replacement door-sill trim. Engine bay is clean and correct but not detailed. Equipped with WS6 performance package, T-tops, CB radio, factory a/c and matching-numbers engine. Documented with PHS documents, owner’s manual, books and warranty documents. Glovebox door and CB radio signed by Burt Reynolds. Cond: 2. soft spot for Fieros. As is typical with GM, they improved the Fiero over the years and made it into a good car, only to kill it when it was at its zenith. With the addition of the V8 Northstar with nitrous, this car would be a street beast! There are V8 conversion kits for Fieros available, and these cars have a cult following. If you pull up next to a Fiero at a stoplight, make sure it has the stock engine before you punch the gas. You either love these or hate them. I love them, so I’m calling this well bought. CORVETTE SOLD AT $48,400. These Bandits took off in value in 2015, but have been relatively flat since. This example had all the options that a collector would look for: T-tops, 4-speed, WS6 package, factory a/c, matching numbers and signed by the Bandit himself. There wasn’t a lot of information about the car in the auction catalog and that might have held it back. The final price was in the ball park, and, in the end, it was enough to complete the deal. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This was a nicely restored vintage SUV in pleasing colors. With the 350 small block and a/c it is very usable today. As values for ’67–72 pickups rise, perhaps they will bring the Suburban variants with it. The consignor apparently thinks so. The final hammer price was below the low estimate of $50k, so the consignor took it back home. #F5-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM SE coupe. VIN: 2W87Z9N133965. Black/tan vinyl. Odo: 7,513 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint shows no chips, scratches or orange peel. Wax residue resides around the Screaming Chicken on the hood. Factory alloy snowflake wheels show a few scuffs. Glass is clear all around, except the T-top glass has some scratches. Interior looks to 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #U94-1988 PONTIAC FIERO custom coupe. VIN: 1G2PG1199JP207805. White/tan leather. Odo: 113,488 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Good white paint with ghosted stripes. Masking lines around windshield. Konig alloys show some abrasions. Hood louvered to look like a Trans Am. Pop-up moonroof. Stock interior shows some wear on steering wheel. Creasing to driver’s seat, scuffs on door sills. Still has the factory cigar lighter. Factory cassette player in dash. Oversized quad exhaust tips. Engine has been swapped out with a 1997 Cadillac Northstar V8 and Cadillac 4-speed auto transmission. Engine puts out 300 hp and the addition of nitrous oxide system adds another 150 hp. Wilwood brakes and upgraded suspension. Cond: 2-. #S193-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E53F1300. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 210 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Good paint over wavy fiberglass—just like they left the factory. Some chips around fuel door and on nose. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim excellent. Whitewall tires starting to yellow. Interior appears unworn. Engine bay is concours detailed and all correct. Top down, so can’t inspect, but photos in catalog show that it fits well and the rear window is clear. Bloomington Gold certified in 1988, Bloomington Gold Special Collection in 1991, NCRS Top Flight, Performance Verification and Duntov Mark of Excellence in 1990, and part of GM’s World of Motion display at Walt Disney World. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $269,500. This Corvette was the last of the 300 produced in the Corvette’s inaugural year. This car comes with extensive documentation of its history with good ownership. Last restored in 2007 by an NCRS Master Judge and completely mechanically overhauled in 2015. It has plenty of awards and magazine appearances. This car sold at the upper end of the high estimate and above the price listed in the ACC Pocket Price Guide, but due to the condition and it being the last 1953 Corvette built, I’m calling it fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $9,350. Two seats, mid-engine and the look of an Italian exotic—I’ve always had a #F199-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: J589103177. Charcoal & silver/ black vinyl/red vinyl. 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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL tires starting to yellow. Bright red interior appears as-new. Modern aftermarket radio with Corvette logo. Rare heater delete. Decklid has factory holes for a hard top, but there’s no mention of one being included in the sale. Engine bay is complete, sanitary and correct, with the exception of added tube headers. No documentation mentioned. Cond: 1-. tain, the founder of Fountain Power Boats. This car comes documented with a copy of the Manufacturer Statement of Origin, a notarized letter from Reggie Fountain and a letter of confirmation from Joel Rosen. The modifications performed on this car by Motion Performance are too many to list. A little rough around the edges, but this car deserved more than the high bid, and the consignor was right to walk away. SOLD AT $154,000. Rare, striking Charcoaland-red color combination. This is the tamer 250-hp hydraulic-lifter variation of the famed fuel-injected engine. Stated that this car was the recipient of a frame-off restoration 15 miles ago (but not exactly when). Obviously the bidders found this car very attractive, as the hammer price blew past the $110k high estimate. Well sold, but if you wanted a 1958 Corvette Fuelie, this was a great example to pursue. #S236-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Motion Mako Shark II coupe. VIN: 194379S718498. LeMans Blue/bright blue vinyl. Odo: 43,499 miles. 427-ci 520-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint. Some waviness to custom body panels, as to be expected. Bumpers appear to have been rechromed over sanding scratches. Interior appears to be original and has survived very well, except the carpet is worn, faded and stained. Factory AM/FM radio. Engine bay looks to have been hosed down but not cleaned. Master cylinder is rusty. Distributor shroud is missing. Motion aluminum valve covers. Engine said to be built to 520 hp. Equipped with tilt and telescopic steering, power steering, brakes and windows and a 4.88 rear axle. Cond: 3. #S203-1966 FORD GT40 Superformance replica coupe. VIN: GT40P2339. Blue/black leather. RHD. Ken Miles Hero Car from the 2019 film “Ford v Ferrari.” Good shiny paint for a movie car, let alone a race car. Plastic headlight covers have scratches, as do plexiglass side windows. Knockoff wheels blemish-free but a little dirty. Well-appointed interior with full gauges. Dash signed by Charlie Agapiou, Ken Miles’ crew chief in 1966, and Peter Miles, Ken’s son. Current California license plates. Engine bay looks fantastic with K&N 8-stack fuel-injection system, “bundle of snakes” exhaust system and Roush valve covers. Dan Gurney For President sticker on rear wing is a nice touch. Cond: 2. FOMOCO 4 SOLD AT $484,000. One of two cars built by Superformance for the “Ford v Ferrari” movie. The other car was a reproduction of Bruce McLaren’s black GT40 that ultimately placed first at Le Mans in 1966. This car was driven by Christian Bale in the movie, and also went on publicity tours to advertise the movie. Superformance GT40s are valuable in their own right, but having this movie car comes with huge bragging rights. Hard to value, but the final hammer price shot past the $325,000 high estimate. It would be easy to say this was well sold, but as they say, find another. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. I love these cars with their wild custom bodywork and performance mods. Said to be ordered new by Reggie Foun- #S211-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. VIN: 8T02R201765. Acapulco Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 76,119 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Shiny paint very well done, with no apparent flaws. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim very good. Some scratches on driver’s side door handle. Good gaps all around. Interior very well restored, but armrests show some wear. Dash March–April 2020 81 TOP 10


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MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL signed by Carroll Shelby, dated 2002. Engine bay is correct and very clean. Equipped with power steering and power brakes with front discs. Cond: 2+. #F194-1985 FORD MUSTANG GT hatchback. VIN: 1FABP28M3FF236306. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 3,947 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Mileage stated to be actual. Good factory paint shows light polishing scratches. Light curb rash on left rear alloy wheel, others unmarked. All exterior black trim good. Cloth interior is as-new, with no visible wear. Factory cassette stereo. Mustang Club of America decal on windshield. Engine bay all stock, detailed. Original battery comes with car. Copy of original window sticker attached to driver’s window. Equipped with power steering and brakes, factory a/c. From the Colin Comer Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $132,000. The 335-hp rating for the King of the Road is considered to be extremely underrated. I love this shade of blue and this example wore it well. The only thing holding this car back may have been the automatic transmission. Final hammer price was just under the $140k low estimate, and it was also under the money for KRs. Well bought. #F132-1971 MERCURY CYCLONE Spoiler 2-dr hard top. VIN: 1H17J526202. Yellow/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh paint expertly applied, with no visible chips, scratches or orange peel. Vinyl stripes applied over the paint. All exterior chrome and trim excellent. Clear glass all around. Chrome Magnum 500 tires blemish-free, with reproduction Firestone Wide Oval tires. Seats said to be reskinned with OEM vinyl. Interior appears nearly flawless, except for some light pitting on chrome trim of factory radio. 429 Cobra Jet Ram Air engine is concours detailed. Comes with Elite Marti Report and window sticker. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,600. If you missed out on buying a new 1985 Mustang GT, this was your second chance. This was the desirable 1985 “Four Eye” Fox-body GT and the last year of the 4V carbureted 5.0-L HO engine with roller camshaft. It was said to be a multiple MCA Gold Award winner, and comes from a who’s who in the Mustang collector world. Previously seen at the BarrettJackson Scottsdale auction on January 13, 2018, where it sold for $33,000 (ACC# 6862717). This would be the centerpiece of any Fox-body collection. On paper this lot was well sold, but if you were a collector with means, you wouldn’t be faulted for stepping up. SOLD AT $104,500. Rare, one-of-353 Cyclone Spoilers produced in 1971. The Spoiler was the performance version of the Cyclone, with front and rear spoilers, functional Ram Air hood scoop, competition suspension package and 429 Cobra Jet engine all standard. The final hammer price was much higher than the median price listed in the price guide, and because of that, I have to say this was well sold. But this may be the best example in existence, so no fault to the buyer for paying up for such a great car. 82 AmericanCarCollector.com #F111-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAKP90S76Y400326. Heritage Blue & Epic Orange/black leather. Odo: 625 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. One-owner car. Factory paint unmarked, but shows orange peel throughout. Clear bra covers nose. Wheels blemish-free. Interior asnew. Supercharger signed by Jack Roush. Original tires look good. Equipped with all four options. From the Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection. Comes with Ford GT Certificate package, four window stickers, owner’s manual, car 7 cover, battery tender and all factory brochures available when new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $429,000. For first-generation GTs, it doesn’t get any better than this. Heritage paint, all the options, low mileage and fastidiously cared for by a well-known collector. A market-correct result I’ll call fairly bought and sold. MOPAR #F156-1958 PLYMOUTH FURY 2-dr hard top. VIN: LP2L11322. Red & white/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 79,510 miles. 318-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Featured in the 1983 movie “Christine.” Shiny paint shows some polishing swirls. Abundant chrome and exterior stainless trim are good. Whitewall, bias-ply tires starting to yellow. Glass looks dirty from storage. Interior is in good shape but a little dusty. Engine bay appears to have been concours restored at one point and is now dusty. Cheap hoses with modern clamps. Period-looking battery. Exhaust manifolds show no rust. Offenhauser intake manifold. Equipped with power steering and brakes. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. This was one of the cars used in the movie, which was based on the novel by Stephen King. After production wrapped, it was raffled off. Last seen at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction, where it sold for $198,000 (ACC# 6778838). I don’t know what condition it was in at the last sale, but it looks like someone is trying to recoup the restoration costs. The $400k low estimate was very ambitious. “Christine” isn’t getting any more popular as time goes by. The high bid was all the money for a good (not great) Fury that appeared in a B movie. The consignor should have taken the money. #S184-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. VIN: XX29L9B390018. White/red vinyl. Odo: 56 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Newer paint over straight body panels with orange peel throughout. Chrome and exterior bright trim in good shape. Windshield starting to delaminate around perimeter. Putty placed around sides of the windshield, presumably to keep the elements out. Magnum 500 wheels blemish-free, with Goodyear Redline tires. Door gaps wide at front, tight at rear. New interior shows well, carpet is TOP 10


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baggy around passenger’s footwell. Radio antenna sitting on passenger’s seat. Engine bay is very clean, with correct hoses and clamps. Exhaust manifolds are rusty. Equipped with center console, woodgrain steering wheel, power steering and Tic-Toc-Tach. Documented with broadcast sheet and data tag. Cond: 2. Pam Wellborn’s favorite cars, so it’ll take even more to wrestle it away from her. Otherwise the high bid should have been gleefully accepted. MECUM AUCTIONS • KISSIMMEE, FL AMERICANA SOLD AT $346,500. The white paint with red wing and interior was striking. This car was the recipient of a frame-off nut-and-bolt restoration some time ago and has many concours trophies and many appearances in Mopar magazines. Now the restoration is starting to unwind a bit. The sale price landed very near the aggressive $350,000 high estimate, and I have to call this very well sold. #F112-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29V0G258205. Panther Pink/ white vinyl/black vinyl, houndstooth cloth. Odo: 70,797 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very good paint. Stripe is scratched on right rear fender. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim shiny. Front bumper shows some scratches. Good door gaps, hood gaps are wide. Blemish-free Magnum 500 wheels with reproduction Goodyear Polyglas tires. Interior appears unworn. Factory AM radio. Clock and tach delete, so the left gauge in the dash is blank. Engine bay is concours detailed. Equipped with power steering and front disc brakes. Documented with three broadcast sheets. Stated to be one of two Panther Pink V-code cars. Offered from the Wellborn Musclecar Museum Collection. Cond: 2+. #F268-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM21N0G172160. Bronze/black vinyl/black leather. 6.1-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Originally a 383 Road Runner customized with Superbird bodywork. Build date not specified. Excellent paint with no visible flaws. Good vinyl top. Chrome and exterior bright trim are all good. Aftermarket rear wing is not adjustable. All-custom interior shows no wear. Dash resembles stock, but has digital gauges and modern stereo. Stock-looking horseshoe shifter for the 727 TorqueFlite automatic a nice touch. Modern SRT8 Hemi engine with 8-stack fuel-injection system. Aluminum radiator with dual electric fans. Wilwood power disc brake system. Vintage Air. #K118-1969 AMC SC/RAMBLER 2-dr hard top. VIN: A9M097X264085. White, red & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 628 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is in good shape. Bumpers are straight and shiny. Door handles pitted. Chrome drip rails are scuffed on passenger’s side. Factory steel wheels unmarked. Modern Kumho tires have red stripe painted on. Interior shows little wear but looks tired, could use a good detail. Radio face shows pitting. Sun tach clamped onto steering column, obscuring speedometer. All-stock underhood looks to have been detailed at some point, then driven. Foam insulation around Ram Air air cleaner shows wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $95,700. This was a very nice build, if you don’t mind continuously being asked, “Is it a real Superbird?” This resto-mod may have had more over-the-top appeal to bidders than lot T215, the 1967 Corvette convertible with LS3 power that failed to sell at $75,000. With commissions, the final hammer price landed squarely in the middle of the estimates. Was this one-off custom worth the money? Two people in the room thought so, so call it fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $26,400. Based on your grandma’s Rambler, the SC/Rambler was produced in conjunction with Hurst for 1969 only, with 1,512 built. They offered few creature comforts and a stiff suspension, but no matter—these cars were built for the strip. These were 14-second cars off the showroom floor and, with a few modifications, could get into the 12-second range. This appears to have been restored and then enjoyed. Some shortcuts were taken, but the final hammer price was way under current market value. Very well bought. A NOT SOLD AT $185,000. I could see someone pulling up beside this car at a stoplight and giving a little chuckle, only to have their doors blown off when the light turns green. The final hammer price was above the low estimate and well above the value guides, but this was one of “ Based on your grandma’s Rambler, the SC/Rambler was produced in conjunction with Hurst for 1969 only, with 1,512 built. They offered few creature comforts and a stiff suspension, but no matter — these cars were built for the strip. 1969 AMC SC/Rambler 2-door hard top March–April 2020 83 ” BEST BUY


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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Scottsdale Premiere A strong Arizona Auction Week debut, boosted by no-reserve Cars of Dreams Leake Auctions Scottsdale, AZ January 16–19, 2020 Auctioneers: Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Amy Assiter, John Nickols, Julia McConnell, Bran Martens, Dustin Rogers Automotive lots sold/ offered: 384/638 Sales rate: 60% Sales total: $18,445,452 High American sale: 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, sold at $357,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Nearly triple median value — 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, sold at $357,500 Report and photos by Brett Hatfield Market opinions in italics • Leake’s $18.4m total was the best Arizona Auction Week debut since Gooding & Company set up shop back in 2007 with a $21m opening total • The third-most affordable Arizona auction this year, with an average per-car sales price of $48,035 • Record-setting, $357,500 price for s/n 001 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible shot well beyond its previous record high of $214,500 to much success. They brought with them an impressive assortment of vehicles, including 114 cars from the famous John Staluppi Cars of Dreams Collection, all of which were offered with no reserve. The auction sold 384 cars of the 638 on offer, for a sell-through rate of 60%, yielding a total take just over $18.4 million. The docket was loaded with a surprising and diverse array of offerings. A beautifully restored 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible sold for $357,500, a new record for L 84 AmericanCarCollector.com eake (pronounced “lake”) Auctions has been in the collector-car business for over 55 years. Formed by James C. Leake Sr. in 1964, it is the oldest collector-car company in the U.S. For years, they have held auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. This year, Leake held their inaugural sale at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields, the model. A 1968 Corvette L88 coupe, one of only 80 made for 1968, sold for a positively bargain-basement $275,000. An ultra-rare 1958 Dual Ghia crossed the block for $330,000 and a 2012 Lexus LFA proved to be the top seller for the auction, changing hands for $434,500. The four-day Leake auction also included two ve- hicles sold for charity. They sold a 2020 Jeep Gladiator IASO Rubicon pickup to benefit the pediatric cancer research charity Austin Hatcher Foundation. The Gladiator sold for $145,000, with a further $30,000 raised from private donations. A 2020 Indian Springfield Jack Daniel’s motorcycle was sold three times during the Leake auction — twice the buyers asked for the motorbike to be sold again — raising a total of $130,000 to be donated to The Armed Forces YMCA and Jack Daniel’s Operation Ride Home. “It was an amazing event, and we couldn’t have done any of it without the support of our wonderful consignors, bidders, spectators, sponsors and vendors,” said Gary Bennett. “There were many highlights during our four-day auction, but John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection certainly brought the most excitement. John has a very discerning eye for detail and a magical understanding of the collector-car market.”A QUICK TAKE


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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ GM #435.1-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. VIN: K856H3957. Lilac metallic & white/ white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 40,574 miles. 316-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well equipped with power steering, brakes and top, and automatic trans. Lilac metallic paint presents well. A couple of small chips have been touched up at the driver’s side door sill. Bright chrome bumpers have been refinished. Stainless fender skirts are well polished. Numbers-matching 316 V8 Pontiac Strato Streak is housed in a tidy engine bay. Black-and-white vinyl interior shows very little use. Glass is clear, free from nicks or wiper marks. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2-. very minor pitting on the face, as does the steering-wheel horn button. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $101,200. As with most of the cars from the Staluppi Collection, this one was far nicer than when new, with very little to indicate its age. The rotisserie restoration was done to a fault. Add in a combination of performance and comfort options rarely seen together, and this one became a unicorn of sorts. Winning bid was more than double ACC Pocket Price Guide median value, but easily justifiable given the package. SOLD AT $40,700. Last seen at the April 2019 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale, where it sold for $71,500 (ACC# 6902114). The Star Chief was a nice alternative to the Bel Air, with a somewhat dressier appearance. This example was nicer than your average cruiser, having been the subject of a frame-off restoration a few years ago. Only some minor chips detracted from the appearance. The price here was below market for the condition. Well bought indeed. #625.1-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. VIN: 11867L140287. Tuxedo Black/ black vinyl/Cardinal Red & white vinyl. Odo: 88,010 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An interesting combination of equipment, with manual trans, a/c, power steering, brakes, windows and top. Glossy paint is far better than factory, showing ample care in prep and execution. Panel gaps are excellent. Painted steelies are shod in bias-ply rubber. Squared-away engine bay houses a 348. Chrome, brightwork both brilliant. Red-and-white vinyl interior shows no appreciable wear. Under-dash a/c-control panel has #431-1965 CHEVROLET C10 Custom pickup. VIN: C1445S221023. Light blue & white/gold vinyl & cloth. Odo: 228 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power brakes, and a/c are nice touches on a Custom trim-level pickup. Paint is much better than new. Panel gaps are consistent with 1960s pickup finish. Chrome bumpers done to a good standard are a nice bit of dress-up on an otherwise basic work truck. Rest of brightwork is also in quite good nick. Very clean engine bay is home to an upgraded 350, more-modern a/c, and backed by an automatic. Interior appears recent, with only slight wrinkling on the driver’s side of the bench seat. Dash has been repainted a pewter metallic that is close to the seat cover in color. Cond: 2. better than showroom, spotless and correct. Interior looks fresh, with no signs of wear. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Last seen at the 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale, where it sold for $82,500 (anyone else sensing a theme here? ACC# 6891681). Very well sold here for well north of median book value. Condition was the driving factor, as there was little to fault anywhere on the car. The wife and I discussed taking this one home, but couldn’t keep up with the meteoric bidding. The buyer certainly took home one of the best examples to be found. SOLD AT $38,500. Last seen at the June 2016 Northeast Barrett-Jackson sale, where it found new ownership for $33k (ACC# 6875605). Much better looking than when new. The change to a newer 350 was not much of a sin in a truck that was trying to be an extremely nice driver, as opposed to a super-original example. Much like a flannel shirt that had been starched and ironed, this was a very usable basic truck, if dressed up just a little. Well sold. #440-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS convertible. VIN: 124679N528033. Hugger Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl, black & white houndstooth. Odo: 15,661 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the best examples I have ever seen. Power steering, brakes, windows and top. Hugger Orange paint is far better than new, with obvious attention to prep and execution. Chrome and stainless just gleam. Glass is crystal clear. All weatherstrip is soft and pliable. Engine bay is 86 AmericanCarCollector.com #630-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 Hurst Shifter Parade replica convertible. VIN: 344679E157859. Cameo White & Firefrost Gold/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full Hurst Shifter promotional car replica complete with stand on trunk lid for models, and a nine-foot-tall Hurst Golden Shifter. Replica constructed by Thornton Motors of Bucks County, PA, with input from Hurst engineer “Doc Watson.” Power steering, brakes and convertible top. Paint is in quite good nick, with minimal orange peel. Small scratch in the paint just below the stripe on the passenger’s side. Refinished chrome bumpers and polished stainless trim present well. There is a cut in the black vinyl top cover. Engine bay is very clean and correct. Black vinyl interior (with gold-stripe-painted headrests) shows no wear. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $148,500. Last seen at the April 2014 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach sale, where it changed hands for $200k in a charity auction (ACC# 6717325). Linda Vaughn would be right


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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ at home on this one. What a cool replica, but would be difficult to use without disassembling the stand and giant shifter. The car this one was based on was in tons of Hurst promotional materials in the late ’60s/early ’70s. Book value on a Hurst Olds 442 ragtop was $73.5k. No real way to tell if the price paid was a deal for either the buyer or seller (at least until they sell), but guaranteed there won’t be another one at Cars & Coffee. #629-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N685761. Dusk Blue/black vinyl/Dusk Blue vinyl. Odo: 47,512 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is shiny but has a few small blemishes that have been touched up. Black vinyl roof looks good. Bumpers and stainless are shiny, polished. Glass shows no untoward marks, and weatherstrip is pliable. Engine bay looks as it should, housing a true DZ 302. Dusk Blue vinyl interior shows only some minor wrinkling, with no other wear present. Carpet is in good shape. Equipped with the Rally Pack console gauges. Accompanied by heavy documentation, Protect-O-Plate, and Certificate of Authenticity from Jerry MacNeish. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2. strips show sun fade. Stainless is nicely polished. Red leather interior presents well, with minimal wear. Engine bay is tidy and correct. Glass shows minimal wear. Panel gaps are better than factory. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2-. to create a package with both performance and efficiency, and got neither. The Turbo Indy package was hardly exclusive, with 5,700 copies leaving the factory. This one was boosted by the utter lack of miles and the notoriety of celebrity ownership. Book value was only $20k, so someone paid dearly to own one of Burt Reynolds’ lessdesirable T/As. CORVETTE SOLD AT $40,700. Last seen at the May 2018 Mecum Indy sale, where it found new ownership for $46,200 (ACC# 6872812). Condition was the driving factor on this final year of the Eldorado convertible. Sold for quite a bit less than its previous outing at the top of the market, but still well above market median of $21k. SOLD AT $74,800. Last seen in April 2018, at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL, sale, where it sold for $71,500 (ACC# 6868417). The DZ 302 utilized the 327 bore, combined with the crank from the 283. This was done to get displacement below the SCCA-Trans Am limit of 305 cubic inches. The larger bore coupled with the short stroke produced an engine capable of revving well past the 7,000 rpm mark. The 302-equipped Camaro performed well in both SCCA and NHRA. The winning bid here was above median, but so was the condition. #429-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 6L67S6Q215448. Sable Black/red leather. Odo: 28,182 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned as one would expect, with power windows, locks, steering, brakes, windows, top, seat and a/c. High-quality repaint in Cadillac Sable Black presents well, with only a couple of tiny inclusions. Very subtle orange peel just above driver’s side door handle. Chrome bumpers are in good nick, but the rubber bumper 88 AmericanCarCollector.com #629.1-1980 PONTIAC TRANS AM Indy Pace Car coupe. VIN: 2X87TAN141075. Cameo White & gray/Oyster vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,617 miles. 301-ci turbocharged V8, auto. Previously owned by Burt Reynolds, this low-mile copy just needs some TLC. Factory paint could stand to be polished. Some of the decals and pinstripes are peeling. Engine compartment is reasonably squared away, but the exhaust plumbing has been wrapped in fabric heat wrap. Interior is just sad: Seat-belt tabs have surface rust, covers for the sliders are gone, seat belts themselves are dirty from rust, and seat-belt guides are broken on both front seat backs. Post-It note on the dash indicates an electrical draw, and the battery needs to be disconnected. Dash is signed by Burt Reynolds. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 3. #627.1-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S110883. Roman Red & Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 891 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Lacquer paint presents quite well on this NCRS Top Flight-winning Corvette. Replacement Pilkington windshield is free from nicks or tracks. Chrome has been replated, appears brilliant. Headlight bezels don’t quite line up, but they almost never do. Panel gaps are better than new. Newish interior has had great attention lavished upon it, with chrome and stainless well polished. Wonder Bar radio fitted. Engine bay is quite tidy. Another from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $85,800. Last seen at the January 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale, where it traded hands for a well-above-market $99k (ACC# 6891079). While a loss when compared to the previous sale price, the winning bid here was still well above price-guide median value of $76k. The driving factor was condition and the previous Top Flight award. The restoration alone would have exceeded the sale price, making this one well bought. SOLD AT $52,800. Last sold at the April 2018 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach auction, where it traded hands for $110k (ACC# 6868875). With an eight-second 0–60, and a quarter-mile time in the mid-16-second range, the 1980 Turbo Trans Am was hardly the paragon of performance. Pontiac threw a turbo on top of their positively disappointing 301 engine in an effort #621.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194376S112195. Tuxedo Black/silver leather. Odo: 34,275 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Well equipped with factory a/c, power steering, headrests, knockoff wheels, Goldline tires and telescopic steering wheel. Original starter, regulator, carb, alternator and distributor. Glossy paint looks almost better than new. Two tiny pock marks on driver’s side Bpillar. Slight bonding-strip shadow visible across the tail. 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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ throughout. Engine bay appears showroomfresh, with proper finishes on all surfaces and components. Valve-cover sticker lifting on driver’s side. Interior shows no appreciable wear. NCRS Top Flight Award and Performance Verification. Accompanied by plentiful paperwork, including Shipping Data Report. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. Last seen at the April 2018 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, where it traded hands for $56k (ACC# 6868493). Early third-generation Corvettes have begun to find their stride, particularly those with the more powerful engine options. As they were made in far greater numbers, and with more polarizing styling, the third gen will likely never garner the following or bring the money of the mid-years. This example sold below median value of $38.5k, in much better than median condition. Well bought. SOLD AT $85,800. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Last seen at the January 2019 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale, where it hammered sold for $84,700 (ACC# 6891852). This was an excellent restoration, done to a very high standard. Seeing the bonding strip on the rear of the car broke my heart, as the rest of it was so good. In the car’s defense, you did have to catch the light at just the right angle to see it. Median value of $69k doesn’t take into account restorations of this caliber, nor the attendant documentation. Given what was likely invested to bring the car to this level, the sale price here was a bargain. #419-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67W2S521273. Sunflower Yellow/black leather. Odo: 80,635 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 8x2-bbl, auto. Well equipped with power and luxury features: factory a/c, automatic trans, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tilt/tele, AM/FM stereo, rear defroster and the top-of-the-line 454 big block. Paint shines nicely, but with two small nicks and a visible top ring on rear deck. An optional luggage rack is installed. An extra, passenger’s side rear-view mirror has been fitted. Chrome bumpers have been refinished. Stainless is bright, not overly polished. Steel wheels have the rare turbine-style wheel covers. Engine bay is clean, but not quite concours ready. Black leather seats are a bit overstuffed, show minimal creasing. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2-. #619-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. VIN: 1G1YR26R595800005. Cyber Gray/ black leather. Odo: 869 miles. 6.2-L 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Nearly new, with a scant 869 miles on the clock. Formerly owned by NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon. Paint is factory fresh, as is the carbon-fiber roof. Wheels are all free from rash. The heated seats show only minor creasing. Engine bay also shows as new. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,500. Last seen at the May 2018 Mecum Indy sale, where it found new ownership for $28,600 (ACC# 6873649). Perfect for parades, shows or exclusivity at your local Cars & Coffee. This was just a fun truck in a way few others could be. For the money, this seemed like lots of eyeball and entertainment. Very cool and likely worth every penny. SOLD AT $63,800. Last seen at the April 2019 Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach auction, where it sold for $165,000 for charity (ACC# 6901789). The ZR1 has long been the monster performance variant of the Corvette. They were well loaded with a 638-hp supercharged LS9 engine, and lots of technology, performance and comfort features. They originally stickered well above $120k, but with a new-generation Corvette about to arrive, we should expect softening prices for previous models. This was a bargain for a car with such few miles and celebrity ownership. A great deal for a car whose performance is still quite relevant. FOMOCO #430-1931 FORD MODEL A Chicago Police paddy wagon. VIN: A3445396. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 4,777 miles. A Ford woodie wagon built to resemble a Chicago Police “paddy wagon.” Paint on steel portion of truck up to the cowl is decent, without nicks or scratches. Balance of body is wood, painted a matching shade of black with white Chicago Police lettering, and dual sidemounts. Roof is cov- #434.1-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Sunliner convertible. VIN: M6CC144655. Aquatone Blue & Snowshoe White/white vinyl/light blue & white vinyl. Odo: 91,947 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Striking from 20 feet away, while closer inspection reveals some true needs. Paint combo has plenty of eyeball, and appears to have been done in the past few years, with a decent eye for prep. A handful of touch-ups can be found around the car. Bumpers rechromed. Wing windows show ample pitting, patina. Weatherstrip cracked around windshield. Balance of chrome and stainless shiny. Continental kit in good shape. Seat covers appear recent, carpet is fadefree. Interior brightwork pitted throughout. Gauge lenses are crazing. Engine bay is tidy, with chrome dress-up kit. Cond: 3. ered in black vinyl, impossible to see except from the side. Black leather bench seat shows no wear. Interior features a mock Tommy gun and police night stick, as well as clipboards with wanted posters of Al Capone and “Baby Face” Nelson. Side windows and rear door windows for prisoner compartment are complete with steel frame and window bars. Inside has prisoner benches and shackles on floor. Red lights and a Sireno siren alert round out the package. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Last seen at the April 2018 March–April 2020 89


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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ ONE TO WATCH Cars With Values on the Move $160,000 $140,000 $120,000 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 $0 2016 $69,300 $70,400 MEDIAN SOLD PRICE BY YEAR $155,100 $129,250 $138,600 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale, where it hammered sold for $27,500 (ACC# 6867979). This was little more than a cute cruiser, ideal for weekend work. The fact that the sale price remained static is indicative of this still being an attractive offering that could be enjoyed without guilt. Nobody got hurt here. 2017 2018 like it. Twenty years later, some of those fans are in a spot to make that dream a reality. And they are willing to open their wallets to get there. Cinema Vehicles built the original cars used in the movie, and they undoubtedly bring a pre- T Current ACC Median Valuation: $138,600 mium over the rest. Other shops have produced versions of “Eleanor,” beginning with ill-fated Unique Performance and their GT500E continuations — an endeavor that ended in title-washing arrests and bankruptcy. Today, other shops are building cars with permission from trademark owner Eleanor Licensing LLC, calling them Eleanor Tribute Editions. Those cars can easily fetch prices over $100k. Median values were on a steady rise through 2018, the exception being 2016, when few “Eleanors” sold at auction. Those that did were all in excess of $110k, a clue of things to come. Jump to 2019, the median price increased 120% and only one out of 16 sold examples achieved less than $100k. In January 2020 alone, we have witnessed nine sales ranging from a cheap $99,000 to a staggering $852,500 for the real “Eleanor” used in the chase scene of the movie. As long as it can be proven that a car is an official version of some kind and looks somewhat like the original, it appears that examples of the GT500 “Eleanor” will continue to achieve big prices. Now just might be the time to buy before prices get even more insane. The country appears to have an insatiable appetite for this automotive movie star.A • Highs: Looks that can’t be denied and the centerpiece of the most epic car-chase scene of the new millennium • Lows: Is it real or fake? An official continuation or replica? The lines are blurry; star power can be fleeting • Outlook: A mean-looking fastback that has enthralled fans for over 20 years and shows no signs of slowing down 90 AmericanCarCollector.com90 AmericanCarCollector.com — Chad Taylor 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” Fastback he name recognition for “Eleanor” has become so strong that it is verging on becoming its own make and model. From its debut in the 2000 remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the custom GT500 fastback known as “Eleanor” has accumulated throngs of fans yearning to own one just 2019 2020 Detailing Year built: 1967 Number produced: N/A Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 20 Average price of those cars: $185,999 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 91 SOLD AT $137,500. Last seen at the May 2018 Mecum Indy auction, where it sold for $110k (ACC# 6869959). The work done here likely well exceeded the price paid. The restoration was remarkable and drove bidding to the top of the market. As one may not find its equal any time soon, this may have been both well sold and bought. #425-1965 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: 5Y85Z136284. Rangoon Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 4,582 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration that appears to be holding up quite well. Lovely paint has been done to a high standard. Chrome bumpers and brightwork all very shiny. Very clean engine bay houses a beautiful 390 complete with chrome dress-up kit. Factory a/c sits next to a dented chrome overflow tank. Dual spotlights rest at bottom of windshield on either side. Chrome wire wheels shod with radial whitewalls. Hard tonneau cover fitted. Chrome wing-window frames show patina, pitting. White vinyl interior shows minimal use. Continental kit rounds out this heavily optioned T-bird. Another from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2. #620-1960 EDSEL RANGER convertible. VIN: 0U15Y702534. Cloud Silver Metallic/black vinyl/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 8,146 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally white over black. Equipped with a/c, ps, pb, pw, power seat, AM radio, with dual rear antennas. Dealer-installed spotlights. Rotisserie restoration produced a car far better than new. Paint shows great attention to prep and execution, with the only flaw a 3/8-inch-long scratch beneath the gas-filler door. Panel gaps consistent throughout. Chrome and stainless are both brilliant. Interior shows virtually no signs of use. Spotless engine bay and undercarriage with correct finishes. Multiple AACA National First Place award winner. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2+.


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LEAKE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ ger the size of a Jeep CJ, the Bronco was now being built on the Ford full-size pickup platform. With the run-up of first-gen Bronco prices, the full-size models have been on the rise. This one, while reasonably clean, wasn’t good enough to command big money. It was, however, priced right to use and enjoy. SOLD AT $49,500. Last seen at the May 2018 Mecum Indy sale, where it changed hands for $49,500 (ACC# 6873899). By 1965, the Thunderbird had evolved far away from being Ford’s answer to the Corvette, and had become a far more luxurious personal car. The 1965 T-birds had the first sequential turn signals ever offered in a production vehicle. The interior was roomier. Power steering, power front disc brakes, power windows, front seats, cruise control, a/c and swing-away wheel were all available. This copy had all the goodies, and was in quite decent shape, selling for nearly twice book value. Given all the options and condition, the price seemed in line. #617-1978 FORD BRONCO XLT Ranger SUV. VIN: U15HLBE0927. Dark Jade Metallic & Wimbledon White/green vinyl & patterned cloth. Odo: 83,060 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent restoration. Lifted, aftermarket 17-inch wheels and 35-inch tires makes for quite a stretch to get in. Paint looks to have had decent prep. Color combo is attractive. Poor fit at junction of grille, fender and belt molding. Rub mark on the edge of the grille. Engine bay is clean, with proper finishes. Underside of hood is clean, wears fresh paint. A newer Holley carb sits atop the 351, beneath an Edelbrock air filter. Door panels, seat covers and carpet all appear fresh. Side glass shows some scratches, and moldings are missing some paint in spots. Spare missing from luggage area. Cleaner than most of the old Broncos on the market. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 3+. #638.1-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convertible. VIN: 3N571001. Cloud White/black vinyl/beige leather. Odo: 38,132 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Serial number 001 of 484 built. Former show winner in the early 2000s. Older restoration holding up well. Paint shows good prep and execution. A few small chips beneath grille opening have been touched up. Brightwork in good nick. Glass is damage-free, weatherstrip shows no cracks. Engine bay is as it should be, clean and correct. Interior still appears fresh, with only minor creasing on the seat bottom. All three buttons (headlight dimmer, windshield washer, signal seeker for radio) on the floor. Lovely example of a 1950s velvet hammer. Cond: 2+. MOPAR 10 SOLD AT $242,000. Last seen at the May 2018 Indy Mecum sale, where it traded hands for $286k (ACC# 6873469). The fifth year for both Virgil Exner’s Forward Look design and the Chrysler 300 Letter Cars, 1959 was also the first year for the 413 Golden Lion Wedge engine that replaced the Hemi. This example sold for more than $100k above book value. The sale was certainly condition-driven, with the full host of options one would expect from Chrysler’s flagship personal-luxury car. SOLD AT $357,500. Last seen at the May 2018 Mecum Indy sale, where it sold for $214,500 (ACC# 6869958). Condition was quite good, despite a couple of very minor shortcomings. Not far from concours clean, this first 300 Letter Car for 1957 was a bit of instant exclusivity. Price garnered was quite impressive, even for such a rare bit of history, at nearly triple median value. Very well sold indeed. SOLD AT $31,900. Last seen at the June 2018 Barrett-Jackson Uncasville, CT, sale, where it sold for $38,500 (ACC#6875682). As the first year of the “big body” Broncos, 1978 was a seismic shift from the previous generation. No lon- #639.1-1959 CHRYSLER 300E convertible. VIN: M591100459. Formal Black/black vinyl/ beige leather. Odo: 93 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An impressive, older restoration that is holding up well, with only minor signs of use. Formal Black paint is superior to the factory finish, showing ample consideration to prep and execution. One rub mark on the driver’s side rear fender, likely something garnered in transit; easily removed with some careful buffing. Panel gaps are consistent. Chrome and stainless are both show-quality. Tidy engine bay houses the impressive-looking 413 topped by dual carbs. Interior perforated leather shows some light #632.1-2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT Demon coupe. VIN: 2C3CDZH96JH101215. White Knuckle & Matte Black/black leather & Alcantara. Odo: 11 miles. 6.2-L supercharged V8, auto. As-new, with plastic wrap still on much of the interior and nothing to fault; no wear or tear. Barely double-digit actual miles. Includes Demon crate, original window sticker, two red keys, owner’s manual and Demon Storage Package. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 1. creasing. Well equipped with power windows, power swivel seat, power mirror and antenna. From John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. When these first entered the market, most were grabbed up by speculators hoping to turn a buck on the limited production run of just 3,300 units. Prices north of $140k were the norm for some months, but it seems the market has cooled. $121k is still well above the window sticker of around $90k, and other examples could be found online for fewer dollars, albeit with more miles. The market seemed to have softened, but not enough to avoid the premium above sticker. Well sold. A March–April 2020 91 TOP 10


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC November 2019 Auction Top-selling custom Bel Air convertible is worth every penny of its $112,350 sale price GAA Classic Cars Greensboro, NC November 7–9, 2019 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/ offered: 456/646 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $12,337,396 High sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air custom convertible, sold at $112,350 Buyer’s premium: 7%, included in sold prices From the headlining Shinn Collection — 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hard top, sold at $71,690 Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz and Jeff Trepel Introduction by Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics • $12.3m auction total (up 13% from last year) is highest total for GAA Classic Cars’ November sale • 237 Chevrolets and 164 Fords crossed the block, making up 62% of consignments • 59 of those were Corvettes (1954–2017 models), 37 of which sold for a total of $1,377,893 ($37,240 on average) G AA Classic Cars’ November auction is underappreciated. The spring sale comes with the anticipation of warm-weather motoring fun. In July, buyers are looking for one last great adventure. As winter approaches, many folks are putting toys away and devoting time to home and hearth. However, the November sale has brought some epic GAA sales: The prominent example was a Shelby Cobra concept car that netted $825,000 in November 2017. This year, November leaned domestic, with a highlight being the sale of 46 cars from the George Shinn Collection, all at no reserve. Shinn is a North Carolina entrepreneur who consolidated for-profit colleges under the Rutledge banner and then bought an NBA franchise, the Charlotte Hornets, for $32.5 million in 1987, later selling the team back to the NBA for an estimated $300 million. According to auction official Johnny Ransom, “He (Shinn) was selling these to make room for more… In the last five years he’s not missed one of our auctions.” All but one of the Shinn offerings, a supercharged Jaguar, were classic American makes. Chevys predominated. There were seven ’57s, one of which — a maroon 92 AmericanCarCollector.com resto-mod convertible — represented the auction’s high sale. The impressive, mostly chromed-andpolished engine compartment, Art Morrison chassis and custom interior complete with four leather buckets were show-stopping and show-winning features that made the car worth the $112,350 sales price. While another 236 Chevrolets crossed the block, making up over a third of the cars in the sale, I was a bit more impressed with the Fords. Dean Green, the auction’s principal, is a long-established Blue Oval franchisee, and his events seem to attract similar dealer/collectors. Superb examples of rare Fords, like this sale’s 1963 notchback R-code 427 Galaxie and 1964 Q-code 427 Galaxie convertible, routinely appear. This year’s vehicle sales total of $12,337,396 was GAA’s highest for a fall sale. Expect more. A mile down the road from the Palace, Green is putting the finishing touches on his 60,000 square-foot museum. It’s magnificent, with high ceilings and a second-floor overlook/banquet facility. It houses 250 cars from his personal collection. Most back up to externally routed exhaust ports. There’s an indoor Texaco station, a wash facility and hundreds of wall outlets for neon signs. Next year, the auction’s Thursday lunch transitions to a Wednesday night gala in the new facility. And Green states he’ll add another 150 cars to each auction.A QUICK TAKE


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC GM #TH0190-1941 CHEVROLET SPECIAL DELUXE 2-dr sedan. VIN: 14AH0665406. Tuxedo Black/tan cloth. Odo: 77,712 miles. Body panels are straight, but panel fit is a bit off. Polishing marks and inclusions noted. Window surrounds on passenger’s side show multiple inclusions and orange peel. Excess paint near left fender ornament. Brightwork surrounding windows and overlying doors is very good. Inclusions in fender ornament chrome and a lesser amount on front bumper chrome. Seat covers are appropriate and new. Faux-wood surface around doors and on dash is heavily worn. Gauges and knobs are period appropriate. Some pitting of dashboard chrome. Carpets are excellent. Painted valve cover, but the rest of engine compartment is heavily worn and stained, with wrap surrounding wires melted in spots. Six-volt system. Mix of old and new wires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,150. Unusually heavily optioned SS 396 including Turbo Hydramatic, factory air, power steering, brakes and windows, console, rosewood-rimmed tilt wheel, vinyl top and full tinted glass. Whether the car was originally born with all of that equipment we don’t know, as no restoration history was presented other than stating “frame-off rotisserie restoration.” I was, however, impressed with the attention to detail on this car, such as using the correct 1967 flatcap Rally wheels (on repro Redlines), as opposed to the much more commonly seen 1968-andnewer knurled-cap wheels. Sold for a few thousand below most price-guide values for a 1967 SS 396 in this fine condition, so must be considered well bought. CORVETTE SOLD AT $18,725. One of over 600,000 Chevrolets sold as a Special Deluxe in 1941. This was a town sedan with presence. Not a bad movie or event car. The same effort expended on a cabriolet or pickup of similar vintage would have garnered a higher sales price, but at least this one received a proper bid. Seller should not have expected more and appropriately chose to let it go. #ST0088-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138177B135801. Granada Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 32,519 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exceptionally good-looking, no-reserve SS from the George Shinn Collection. A few exterior flaws are seen, such as a huge chip on the right edge of hood and the trunk lid up slightly on its left side. Paint mostly superb but with a flaw or inclusion here and there. Interior presents beautifully overall, with seats, carpet, headliner and other major components looking almost new. One little chrome doodad is missing from the driver’s door panel. Later, generic AM/FM/cassette is neatly integrated into the dash. Very clean and restrained underhood; not festooned with inauthentic chrome parts. Cond: 2+. 94 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0096-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S109733. Sateen Silver/ black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 791 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice C1 offered at no reserve from Shinn Collection. Panel fit and paint better than new. Some micro-scratching now apparent, especially around hood. Excellent chrome except for dullish windshield surround. Outstanding interior with no apparent flaws in workmanship or materials. Later el-cheapo AM/ FM/cassette player detracts, even if well-installed. Soft top and engine compartment not observed, but engine looks good in website photos. Owner’s manual and binder documenting 2006 frame-off restoration present. Claimed to be done to “NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold standards,” but I did not see any documentation stating it had actually been judged by those organizations. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $69,550. A very fine example of the final Corvette prior to the introduction of the drastically modernized 1963 Sting Ray. Excellent color combination. C1 values have been flat to slightly down lately. Nonetheless, this car sold below the price-guide median for its condition. The absence of a hard top, though correct, may have detracted. I would call this car well bought. Although C1 Corvettes are unlikely to experience a big value increase, there may be a bit of investment potential here. #ST0142-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 25th Anniversary Pace Car Edition coupe. VIN: 1Z8748S905449. Black & silver/silver leather. Odo: 8 miles. 350-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presented as a minimal-mileage, original car. EPA sticker, as well as early Chevrolet invoice sticker still affixed to windows. Paint shows multiple polishing scratches and literally hundreds of pits on tops of front fenders, lesser amounts on rear fenders and none on hood. Orange peel on top. Windshield glass has delaminated. Tight gap in passenger’s door, wide gaps in driver’s door. Some creases in seat leather but no discoloration. Some finish has scraped off the console. Single scratch on left seat-belt buckle. Oxidation in the engine compartment but no sign of wear. All engine paint appears intact. A glance at the chassis shows no evidence of any stone chips or usage—although there is heavy oxidation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,800. This car certainly presents as an enigma. One possible explanation is it was not stored well and portions had to be repainted. Interesting because it is a car with eight miles on it. More than 6,500 25th Anniversary Pace Car editions were built and, with just 220 hp and the “slushbox” on this one, the proposition does not seem that exciting. Yet these ’Vettes remain popular with collectors. Although there have been variations from the norm, the price seems right for a stored-away Corvette of this ilk. Drive it and it will be worth less. A new finish might detract from value. I see little upside. #ST0103-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CRC conversion convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G745104171. Champagne/tan leather. Odo: 18,051 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Well


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC known modification of a 2004 Corvette evoking the vintage look of a 1961–62 Corvette. Excellent body finish, with very rare, superficial scratches in clearcoat. Single inclusion in bumper, but other chrome is excellent. Panel fit is excellent. Stone chip on windshield. Fender tops and hood swing forward as a unit. Engine compartment immaculate. Seat leather is heavily creased. Carpets show age. Dashboard covering is excellent, as is steering-wheel leather. Has factory hard top and Bose sound system. Advertised as capable of 0–60 in 3.9 seconds. Another from the Shinn Collection. Cond: 2-. actual miles,” and could have been appreciated as an essentially new car. Now, it’s a five-yearold model with modifications and customization to one person’s taste. Thus, it was appropriately bid to the price of an excellent 2015 example for an intermediate-level Corvette offering. Finding that buyer who seeks a garish color, those mods and is willing to pay a premium for same is unlikely. FOMOCO SOLD AT $66,340. The presentation is different enough that even the casual observer will realize this is not a real late-C1 ’Vette. Somehow Classic Reflection Coachworks Corvettes command higher prices than the stock examples of their underpinnings. Build quality is obvious, and people like the proposition of modern accoutrements wrapped in a vintage-appearing shell. Bought for well under the money with many miles to be enjoyed. #ST0050-2015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z51 coupe. VIN: 1G1YL2D78F5119853. Lamborghini Ithaca Verde/black leather. Odo: 2,702 miles. 6.2-L 540-hp supercharged V8, 7-sp. Striking 3LT Z51 said to have $43k in custom upgrades including its pearlescent paint and Weapon-X body mods (on top of the $76,225 MSRP). Engine upgraded with a Pro Charger supercharger and a Borla exhaust. Engine intake cover has been painted to match the car’s exterior. Paint and carbon-fiber splitter appear unblemished. A few driver’s seat creases are the only signs of interior wear. Cond: 1-. #ST0095-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: D7KW161895. Flame Red & Raven Black/red cloth, white vinyl. Odo: 87 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Product of frame-off restoration by known specialist Jerry Miller of Arkansas; date unknown. Straight panels and very smooth paint, although some is missing on Continental kit. Crazed chrome on bumpers. Right-side mirror looks old. Most of interior, including seats under clear plastic, looks new—exceptions include older dashboard trim and chrome bordering seat. Neat, correct engine compartment, with some paint loss in spots. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $7,758. This gasser is obviously showing its age but has immense charm, with many original features. An Internet search revealed it in action at Union County Dragway in 2014. You might part it out (wheels, 351, vintage racing parts and the rest to a salvage yard) and recoup the same funds, but better yet, keep it intact as a cool showpiece or an inexpensive entry into nostalgia drag racing. It seems worth the price and perhaps a bit more. SOLD AT $71,690. Part of the headlining Shinn Collection. This sold at no reserve as part of a massive late-’50s Ford collection at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 for $62,700 (ACC# 6860273). Offered in its best color combination, this car had a few issues—many of which were related to storage; most of the rest was spectacular. A win for the seller and acquired by the buyer at much less than many of the restorer’s other similar products. All should be pleased. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. Previously seen at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2015, when it sold for $103,400 (ACC# 6788618), had “under 2,500 #TH0130-1962 FORD FALCON gasser 2-dr sedan. VIN: 2A11S169702. White/black vinyl. Odo: 96,704 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presented as a vintage gasser. Virtually everything that could be removed has been removed from this car. The finish is aged and cracked. The graphics are hand-painted and faded as well. Door-handle chrome and fender ornament chrome is pitted. Rear wheelwells appear to have been radiused by hand. Interior thoroughly gutted, with aluminum panels lining doors and necessary gauges inserted. Engine paint is irregular and pitted, as is inner fender paint. Features #ST0143-1966 SHELBY GT350 H replica fastback. VIN: 6F09C111504. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,739 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated re-creation of a Shelby GT350 Hertz edition. Outstanding paint and striping, with rare polishing scratch. Panel fit is excellent. Sides are straight. Chrome is flawless. Interior, including dashboard carpets and seat vinyl, is as-new. Engine compartment is immaculate, with appropriate paint marks. Engine is an appropriate 289 and not a 302 with Shelby-type intake. Wheels, tires and glass are as-new. Chassis is immaculate and appropriately painted. Cond: 1-. include an early version of the Hurst Line Loc shifter, massive aluminum radiator, as well as aluminum hood scoop and valve covers, custompainted headers and massive Lakewood traction bars. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. This car was stunning and the consistent build quality obvious. There were numerous obvious variations from what one might expect, including lack of a dashmounted tach, lack of Hertz identifiers on the wheels, (safer) high-back seats, different exhaust system and the integrated front spoiler. But again, no attempt made to pass this off as original. A superbly restored 1966 fastback might command the price offered and more. A bit higher bid might occur on another day. March–April 2020 95


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC #ST0065.1-1968 FORD MUSTANG Bullitt replica fastback. VIN: 8F02C155290. Highland Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 26,470 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A Bullitt clone and auction feature car prominently displayed at auction entrance. Panels are straight and fit well. Highland Green paint marred by imperfections in clearcoat on rear section. Bumpers appear to have been rechromed, while mirrors and exterior door handles appear new. Interior is not as nice with pitting of door handle, visor and interior light chrome. Tach held in place with hose clamp. Numerous small cracks in driver’s seat covering and some rips in vinyl door panels. Other fit issues. Non-period 351—backed by a 5-speed and an aluminum driveshaft and topped by AFR heads—sits in a neat but not concours engine compartment. Updated steering. Torq Thrust wheels look like the real deal. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $92,000. This Shelby was anticipated to be an auction highlight. It had over 15k website views. Mustangs average less than a tenth of that. It appeared to have had a hard life and had some recent refreshing. It will be a journey to bring it up to local-show standards, and a number of items need to be addressed before many could enjoy it. No surprise that once seen it did not bring a higher bid. #ST0077-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. VIN: 0F05M136244. Calypso Coral/ black knit vinyl. Odo: 95,141 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great panel fit and excellent paint in one of the best colors for this model, except around rain gutters, where the paint is too thick. Excellent glass and nicely rechromed. The claustrophobic Mach 1 interior is in great shape, with supple vinyl (there are two words you usually don’t see together) seats and a great dash, even including the plastiwood. Later JVC stereo and auxiliary instruments, neatly installed. Magnum 500-type wheels in excellent shape and car sits correctly. Quite nice underhood, with Motorcraft battery. One of the hood pins fell apart and was sitting in the car, but that is one of the very few nits to pick here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,430. This clone has a desirable body in good condition and significant but appropriate engine and chassis mods. The interior issues can be addressed. This seems close to the right price for the time. What will happen when the McQueen mystique wanes? #ST0141-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 8T02514331. Sunlit Gold Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 1,867 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mostly smooth paint with imperfections in clearcoat of left front fender area. Trunk fit less than optimal, and some of the panels seem to be misaligned. Windshield and door trim have multiple scratches and have lost sheen in several locations. Interior carpets are new. Swing-away steering column said not to function. Radio appears new. Pitting of vent window chrome. Fresh glue appears to be separating from rubber around passenger’s window. Rear-view mirror is heavily fogged and loose. Lots of small scratches in front and rear glass. Engine compartment extremely well detailed and appears mostly correct, with new a/c unit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,660. Another very nice, no-reserve offering from the George Shinn Collection. 1970 was a weak sales year for Detroit and Mustang, and Mach 1 sales in particular were down about 43% from 1969. Thus, nice 1970 Mach 1s are not easy to find, and may have been overshadowed by the iconic Boss 302. Despite the big sales decline, more than six 1970 Mach 1s were sold for each Boss 302, but you would never know that now. This is one of the nicest 1970 Mach 1s I have seen at an auction. Mach 1 values have been lightly softening over the past couple of years, but I expected this car to bring at least another $5k, and I think it was quite well bought. #ST0065.2-2019 FORD MUSTANG Bullitt coupe. VIN: 1A6P8K05K05K5500961. Highland Green/black leather. Odo: 84 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Displayed at entrance to auction area next to a vintage Bullitt re-creation. With only 84 miles on the odometer, it presented as a new car and inspection found no flaws. It 96 AmericanCarCollector.com was equipped with the optional Bullitt electronics package and the MagneRide damping system. The accompanying Monroney document listed an MSRP of $51,760. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $48,150. I’ve done a weeklong test of the Bullitt and believe it to be a superbly balanced street car and worthy of any enthusiast’s consideration. They have been popular, but not as popular as Ford anticipated and at the time of this auction, with the 2020s released and the new GT350 and GT500 stealing some thunder, there were plenty of 2019 Bullitts offered on dealer websites at significant discounts. As I write this, an identically optioned new Bullitt is offered nearby for $43,500. Score one for the seller. MOPAR #FR0134-1950 PLYMOUTH SUBURBAN Deluxe wagon. VIN: 18071539. Dark blue/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 19,278 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Quite likely the best example in existence. Glossy paint mostly smooth and well applied, but too thick around the windows and door caps. Decent chrome with pitting and staining here and there. Great dash and seats, wisely fitted with lap belts in front. Ultra-industrial rubber floor mat in front (carpeting is for the bourgeoisie!). Engine compartment not inspected, but looks immaculate in website photos. Blackwalls and poverty caps authentically complete the package. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,075. America’s first all-steelbodied station wagon, starting in 1949. Twofamily owned. If my family had owned such a dowdy and utilitarian vehicle in the Fabulous ’50s, with a whopping 97-horsepower 6-cylinder, I would have been embarrassed to have been seen in it. Now, I think it’s super cool. Needs


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC nothing to be an AACA award winner or a conversation piece at Cars & Coffee. This charming Plymouth previously sold for a remarkably low $14,850 (including premium) at Barrett-Jackson’s April 2019 Palm Beach sale (ACC# 6899794). The flipper recognized an opportunity and realized a sizable profit percentage here. Well sold, but if the buyer is an end-user, he has an unrepeatable classic. #TH0048-2001 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER custom wagon. VIN: 3C8FY4BB51T544702. Blue & black/gray cloth. Odo: 141,315 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Hot Wheels replica covered in wrap rather than paint. Some of wrap is peeling and some is worn away. Bumpers have multiple gouges and scratches. All four wheels have extensive curb rash. Stock interior showing its age, but equipped with Hurst Line Loc shifter and accessory gauges. Engine compartment is a bit dirty; its most attractive feature is a tunnel-ram manifold. Cond: 3. MSRP of $37,700. List for the added wing and nose could be as high as $11,000. Whether he chose to drive it or not, the owner had five years of use and paid little for it. On the buying side, I do not find this car unusual enough to be considered a future collectible and I expect further depreciation. AMERICANA SOLD AT $5,885. Best described as a novelty piece. This car was written up as a fresh build but did not seem so; it was best viewed from several feet away. It would take some tidying up before one would want to take it to a local Cars & Coffee. Sold for roughly twice its typical priceguide value, but that delta was small and close to the combined values of shifter, gauges, custom headers and engine mods. It would not be the highlight of most collections, but beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder/buyer. #ST0091-2013 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T Daytona conversion 2-dr hard top. VIN: 2C3CDYBT0DH51579. White/white leather. Odo: 1,870 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. R/T version carried suspension and trim mods. This one was further upgraded with an aftermarket “Daytona” wing and nose. Driven little, it had a few chips around the grille and on spoiler but was otherwise pristine. From the George Shinn Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $45,475. A throwback to a time when Dodge was a force in stock-car racing. Winged Dodges and Plymouths carved out multiple victories in 1969 and 1970. This car and its multiple options, including 20inch wheels, Super Trak Pak and a 368-watt stereo with Boston Acoustics speakers, carried an 98 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0109-1954 HUDSON HORNET convertible. VIN: 7307752. Red/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 17 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x2-bbl, auto. Another no-reserve car from the George Shinn Collection. 2011 frame-up restoration by 21st Century Hudson of Illinois. Twin-H Power, Hydramatic, power steering, brakes and windows. Very nice repaint with no orange peel, perhaps a little too thick around the body seams. Brightwork ranges from fair to very good. Excellent windshield, but vinyl trim around windshield header is wavy. Very nice leather seats and door panels. Interior chrome a mixed bag like exterior—some dash pieces are almost too shiny. A few pieces, like the turnsignal lever and the pedals, evidently escaped restoration and look fossilized. Overall, a fine presentation with some details that need improvement for more consistency. Cond: 2. #TH0147-1957 DEVIN SPECIAL Type T roadster. VIN: SW102227PA. Yellow/ yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 5,257 miles. 283-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Smooth yellow paint with rare inclusions. Paint appears touched up around right front headlight. Hood displayed separately and its paint quality differs—multiple inclusions and a markedly different shade. Aged headlight surrounds, well-worn hood and trunk holddowns. Custom chrome sidepipes. Early Chevy chassis with coil-overs and a sway bar. Neatly done, but dirty aluminum floor and inside panels. Seat covers appear aged. Numerous gauges of varying ages. Chevrolet 283 with three deuces on an Edelbrock intake. Engine compartment tidy with numerous Aeroquip lines and remote oil filter. Wiring neatly done. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,655. Devin roadster with better build quality than many I have seen. It appears to be the job of a professional. As best as I could discern, the T designation is for the 96-inchwheelbase body for American components. A wise buyer overlooked the tacky yellow seats and scored an amazing buy. This Devin could be flipped for more than double or enjoyed, getting significant attention at some important vintage events. Discover any race history and the possibilities excite even more. SOLD AT $83,460. Final year of the step-down Hudson before Hudson merged with Nash to form AMC, and it became based on the Nash Ambassador. Also the last year for a Hudson convertible. This car last sold (probably to Shinn) at the 2015 Mecum Indy auction for $91,800 (ACC# 6797708), so there has been a slight decline since then. In some cases, price guides show even higher prices for this model, but I don’t believe them. I think the price here was fair to both parties but reasonably generous. #ST0045-1970 AMC AMX fastback. VIN: A0C397P282941. Big Bad Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,740 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Auction website claims this AMX has original paint and interior, and that could be correct. One owner for past 39 years. The Big Bad Blue paint shows abundant micro-scratching and lacks gloss, but is perfectly serviceable and should be preserved, not repainted. Same for chrome. Inside, there is a slight musty odor. Excellent dash top. Armrests warped, as usual on Javelin/AMX. Rear-view mirror delaminating. Decent carpeting and seats, but the driver’s seat padding may have perished or collapsed and needs to be rebuilt. Owner’s manual in glovebox. Looks original underhood, including the original AMC washer-fluid bag, but with the exception of some hoses. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,100. The arrival of the 2-seat AMX in 1968 instantly earned AMC a seat at the cool kids’ table. But it only lasted three model BEST BUY


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PUT YOURSELF IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT WITH ACC PREMIUM! years. For 1970, the “Big Bad” colors packages (blue, green or orange) used regular chrome bumpers rather than the body-colored bumpers of 1969. This is not the hottest AMX performance package for 1970, being a standard 360 with Borg-Warner automatic rather than a 390 4-speed. Still, it’s likely powerful enough. This car sold for slightly higher than I would expect for a “regular” 1970 AMX in this condition, but there cannot be very many, if any, Big Bad Blue cars available in such well-preserved, largely original condition. I think the buyer did very well. #TH0123-1986 JEEP CJ-7 Laredo SUV. VIN: 1JCCF87E7GT12505. Burgundy/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 77,432 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 5-sp. CJ-7 with top-of-the-line Laredo package. Obvious repaint with occasional orange peel, some excessive clearcoat and rare inclusions. Excellently applied graphics. Waviness of panels. Stainless-steel package included hinges, mirrors and handles; all as-new. Door-sill covers also stainless. Said-to-be-original leather interior is in amazing condition. Console appears aged, with a few drill holes and rivets. Dashboard is excellent. Steering wheel covered by a wrap. Unblemished chrome wheels. Clean undercarriage with four new Rough Country shocks. Factory a/c. Engine compartment has not been restored. Wiring a bit messy. Cond: 3+. The Insider’s Authority on Collector Car Values 297,000 vehicles compiled over 30 years Auction results on over Graphs, price trends, photos and more SOLD AT $16,050. Among depreciated Jeeps, the CJ-7s seem to command the highest prices—although CJs, TJs and YJs all have their advocates. Certainly the 7 is considered the ultimate expression of the classic CJ; it rides on a longer wheelbase and has the chassis mods which foster repute as a capable rock crawler. A market-correct sale. A Special pricing for ACC subscribers www.americancarcollector.com/premium March–April 2020 99


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ Scottsdale 2020 A very-well sold V-code 1970 Plymouth Superbird topped all American-make sales at $222k Russo and Steele Scottsdale, AZ January 15–19, 2020 Auctioneers: Marty Hill, Phil Gee, Jerry Daisey, Dan Roush, Kenny Garmen, Brent Earlywine, Britany Epps, Michael Shackelton Automotive lots sold/ offered: 281/512 Sales rate: 55% Sales total: $10,714,050 High American sale: 1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-dr hard top, sold at $222,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Said to be all numbers matching — 1970 Plymouth Superbird 2-door hard top, sold at $222,000 Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics • Russo and Steele moved back to the northeast corner of the Loop 101 Freeway, home to some of their highestgrossing sales ever in Scottsdale • Chevrolet was the most popular-selling consignment (50 sold), followed by Ford (42) and Mercedes-Benz (28) • Their smallest Scottsdale auction in terms of cars offered and dollars sold since last decade (490 cars in 2008; $4.6m in 2004) I t was Russo and Steele’s 20th-anniversary auction in Scottsdale, and they had an excellent selection of cars, trucks and even buses. According to Drew Alcazar, auction president and CEO, “This was the picture-perfect location for Arizona Car Week. The excitement at returning to this spot was palpable as, night after night, the cars crossed the block to a standing-room-only crowd.” The auction-in-the-round (actually it’s more rectangular) format is a relaxing, as well as exciting, way to view and take part in all the action. There were 512 vehicles that crossed the block in four days. Of those, 281 were sold, representing a 55% sell-through rate — the same as last year’s rate. Total 100 AmericanCarCollector.com sales were $10,714,050, with an average sale price of $38,128 and a median of $24k. That average was pushed up by the top sale of a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster for $1.045m, almost twice the price of the number-two sale, a 1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder that sold for $550k. Thirdhighest sale was a 1956 Porsche 356 for $258,500. America finally came in at fourth and fifth with a 1970 Plymouth Superbird at $222k and a 1966 Shelby Mustang at $156,750. There were three woodies with excellent restora- tions of interest: a 1949 Chrysler Town & Country that sold for $74,250, a 1938 Ford woodie wagon that sold for $57k, and a 1951 Ford Country Squire that sold for $45,100. It appears that the woodie market is alive and well. Of special interest to Corvette enthusiasts was the historical 1967 Sting Ray ordered by racer and Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov for Chevrolet chief designer Bill Mitchell’s wife, Marian. This car was the first recipient of the Bloomington Gold Historic Award in 2001. The car was a no-sale with a high bid of $302,500. It’s hard to put a price on history. In all, it was a fun event. The next Russo and Steele auction comes up soon. In fact, it might be happening as you read this, as it’s set for March 4–6 at Amelia Island, FL. A QUICK TAKE


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ GM #5245-1919 CHEVROLET BUCK BOARD racer. VIN: 3943724. Blue/black leather. MHD. Great American Race entry discovered in the ’70s under a grandstand in Canada, according to the auction listing. Paint and interior are excellent. Spoke wheels are really nice. Interior shows some evidence of use but is in nice shape. Clean engine bay. Underside matches top-side quality. Cond: 1-. #5267-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370K137339. Fathom Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,253 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good blue paint with white racing stripes enhances its big-block 454 stature. Panel fit is very good all around. Interior condition matches exterior quality. Engine bay, underside and wheels all excellent. Cond: 2. Body and paint are in very good condition, as well as chrome and trim. Panel fit is good all around. Interior is custom, with new steering wheel, new gauges, and a/c. Engine bay and underside are clean and match top-side quality. Glass is clear all around. Wood bed is very nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,000. A great museum piece or could actually be used in a vintage race, if it runs out right. Hard to place a value on this one, but I would like to have some racing fun with it. In its perfect condition, the price seems to be right for both the buyer and seller. #5673-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N666563. Orange & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 73,405 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body and paint in excellent shape, with only minor imperfections. Fit likewise is good all around. Chrome and trim are excellent; same is true of the interior. Wheels, underside and engine all look like new. Appears to be a matching-numbers and correct restoration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,350. Documentation supports this car being a true-blue 454/450 LS6 with 4-sp manual, and they don’t get much better than this in the Chevelle world unless the top goes down. The price guide lists the median price for these at $96.5k. So was this a real steal or did something hold it back? Well, I found that the carcard VIN number shows 136370K 137339, while the door tag shows 136370K 137399. I report, you decide. #5376-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. VIN: 344870Z115302. Matador Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 9,000 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well from storage in Phoenix-area climate. Panel gaps are good all around. Chrome and trim are good, with minor scratches. Engine is desirable 455 with W-30 option and shows well inside a clean engine bay. Wheels could use better detailing. Underside is very good. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,450. A very nice custom pickup that sold for just about what it should. Hard to complain about a good deal for both parties. CORVETTE #5379-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S003290. Polo White/red leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body shows some cracking in wheelwell areas, but paint is decent all around. Body and fit have typical gap issues found in the first two years of Corvette production due to hand assembly. Interior is very nice. NOM V8 engine and transmission. Inline-6 engines were the norm for 1953–54 ’Vettes. Underside shows minor surface rusting. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $49,500. Someone did a very good restoration on this car. The ACC Pocket Price Guide lists its median market value at $66k. This car appeared at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2018, and sold for $88k (ACC# 6859327). No wonder it didn’t sell here at half the price it did the last time out. The market hasn’t suffered that much, so the seller was wise not to cut it loose at a cut-rate price. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $29,150. The auction listing states “lots of W-30 options,” but this is not a W-30 edition from the factory. That said, the median market value for a base 442 hard top is about $38.5k. At no reserve, the hammered price was still a bargain. Well bought. #5321-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Stepside custom pickup. VIN: CCS142S172069. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 468 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. NOT SOLD AT $35,200. You would think that a 1954 Corvette would be a hot collector’s item, but it is not. The first year, 1953, is the one that is the good collectible because it was the first year for the Corvette, and Chevy only made 300 of them. In 1954 there were 3,640 made and they still had the inline 6 Blue Flame engine. Then, in 1955, Chevrolet introduced the 265-ci V8 to the Corvette. The market median values of those three years were $239k, $69k, and $99k, respectively. You see that the 1954 model is the least desirable of the three model years. The one up for auction here has another thing holding it back—the 350 V8 engine—because there was


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ no V8 in 1954, let alone a 350. The high bid is probably about what it is worth and the car should have sold. #5440-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 30867S120229. White/white vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 19,220 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well. Chrome and trim just above driver quality. Nice reproduction knockoff wheels. Non-original motor (NOM) and Powerglide transmission. Very nice restored interior. Includes factory air conditioning, a good option in 1963. Underside is rough with lots of rust and grease, and needs restoration. Cond: 3+. this one at $532,500, with an A investment grade. The high bid was not even close, and seller was right to take it down the road. FOMOCO #5316-1938 FORD DELUXE custom woodie wagon. VIN: CA569747. Burgundy metallic/tan leather. Odo: 362 miles. Body and paint very good, but exterior wood varnish is beginning to dull and should be recoated. Interior is excellent with shiny wood. Chrome bumpers have some corrosion issues. Trim in decent shape all around. Gaps and panel alignment excellent all around. Engine bay, wheels and underside are all very good. Windshield-washer reservoir cap is missing. Glass is clear all around. Cond: 2. ible for a good while longer. It’s tough to put a price on history when they don’t make them anything like this anymore (or ever did with the updates). #5386-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH144703. Blue/blue & white leather. Odo: 63,408 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint still shows well. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim in good condition. Interior is very good to excellent. Engine bay shows well. Underside matches top-side quality. Clear glass all around. Presented with hard top installed; soft top could not be inspected. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,400. 1963 was the first year of the second-generation (C2) Corvette and the first year of the Sting Ray model, which represented a big paradigm shift from the C1. Of course, the 1963 Split-Window coupe is the one to have, but the convertible is also a good long-term investment. If the price is right, this one would be a good resto-mod candidate because of its nonoriginal drivetrain. With a book value of around $44k, the price is close to being right for this one. Fairly bought and sold. #5206-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. VIN: 194679S704899. Black/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 32,479 miles. 427-ci 430hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Body, paint and fit very good all around. However, there is minor damage to interior molding and top of passenger’s door. Remainder of interior is in excellent condition. Cannot inspect the engine bay; would very much like to have a look at the big 427. Wheels and underside match the top side’s quality. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,000. A very nice classic woodie and, according to the auction listing, was built by Reggie Jackson of “Mr. October” baseball legend fame. Most likely a good long-term investment, this car will always draw a lot of followers. Good deal for both buyer and seller. #5216-1951 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE custom woodie wagon. VIN: B1CS134064. Blue/ brown leather. A custom with a new crate V8, Vintage Air and disc brakes all around. Body and paint very nice except for a few road chips and scratches. Side wood very nice, with just a few scratches. Fit good all around. Chrome and trim very good. Engine bay with unidentified NOM V8, wheels, and chassis all in very good shape. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,450. Although the Ford Baby ’Birds have been slowly declining on the auction circuit, the good 1957s are holding their own. This one was a good base model whose ACC median market value is about $36.5k. Well sold at the hammered bid. #5292-1959 FORD GALAXIE Skyliner retractable hard top. VIN: B9FW231844. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 70,658 miles. 312ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Advertised as a two-owner car. Body and paint are very good. Chrome and trim are excellent. Engine bay and wheels look great. Hard-top mechanism is very clean, looks to be in good condition. However, I would want to see it work before bidding. Interior very good, with clear vinyl covering. Chassis is dirty and showing surface rust—needs to be restored. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $220,000. A rare Corvette, with only 116 produced in 1969, most of which were coupes. The price guide lists the median value of 104 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $45,100. One of several real nice woodies at this auction. Price seems a little steep, but it will likely be in demand as a collect- SOLD AT $33,000. This car was a no-sale at Mecum’s Phoenix sale in March 2019 for $40k (ACC# 6904833). Its median market value is $36.5k, according to the price guide. Seller should have taken the offer back then, but that hesitation turned out to be a good deal for buyer here.


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ #5506-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 5F08A648849. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,517 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has some issues with bubbling, especially on back end around taillights. Chrome and trim are very good. Convertible top and its frame look to be bad and, if so, should be replaced. Engine bay is excellent, showing off the C-code 289 very nicely. Wheels are in very good condition, with new tires. Chassis matches body quality. Cond: 2-. and stained carpet needs replacement. Wheels and tires are dirty and dull. Convertible top is old and needs to be replaced. Engine bay and underside are clean. Cond: 3-. 6.5-L fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. An excellent restoration to like-new, if custom, condition. Everything about this truck is excellent, from its LS3 drivetrain to its polished wood bed. This is why it won the top 10 “Battle of the Builders” award at SEMA in 2017. Looks better now than it could have when it came off the assembly line 79 years ago. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $25,300. The first-year Mustangs will surely be a good long-term investment, if the price is right. The price was just about right for this one, with a median market value of $30k as listed in the price guide. Good buy for an aboveaverage-condition one. #5396-1973 FORD BRONCO custom SUV. VIN: U15GLR92118. Blue/white fiberglass/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 36,212 miles. 302-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Body and paint are just driver quality, with several cracks, chips and scratches, as well as minor rusting. Panel alignment and gaps are good. Interior is in decent shape. Engine bay is clean and presentable. Underside shows a lot of rust and needs to be restored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,675. One of 1,360 7-Up Mustangs produced, according to the auction listing, although that’s for the manually shifted ones. Ford produced 3,837 of these in total. The 7-Up Mustang was made for a 7-Up beverage company contest. However, the contest was cancelled at the last minute, leaving Ford with a lot of special-edition Mustangs that they had to sell. Although that is interesting trivia, the real value to the car is its 5.0-L engine and Fox body. However, in its current condition it should not be worth more than $5k. So the price appears to be right for both the buyer and seller. MOPAR #5493-1941 DODGE POWER WAGON custom pickup. VIN: 86381928. Green/tan leather. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. Another nicely restored, custom Power Wagon. Although restomodded to better-than-new condition, it should have sold for the high bid. Most likely being a SEMA award winner kept its reserve value high, but the seller might be sorry they didn’t turn it loose here. #5317-1949 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. VIN: 7410406. Gulf Green Metallic/ dark green cloth/green & beige leather. Odo: SOLD AT $42,000. I know that Broncos are a hot ticket right now, but at $42k, this one was really hot and not worth the price in my mind. #5409-1990 FORD MUSTANG LX 7-UP Edition convertible. VIN: 1FACP44E6LF157223. Emerald green/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 15,812 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Paint shows slight orange peel in places. Scratches along door sills are deep and numerous. Dirty March–April 2020 105


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RUSSO AND STEELE • SCOTTSDALE, AZ 11,261 miles. 323-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Body and paint are very good to excellent. Fit, chrome/trim and interior all excellent. Engine bay very good. Underside needs to be detailed to match top side’s condition. Wheels with big wide hubcaps and wide whitewalls really look nice. Glass is clear all around. Cond: 2-. first appearance at auction. With a median market value of $173.5k, it was very well sold indeed. SOLD AT $74,250. A very nice and rare (#406 out of 1,000) Chrysler. The price guide shows a median market value of only $51k. So the seller did very well indeed at the sold price. This is a very nice car but not that nice. Someone really had to have it. #5318-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: RM23V0A178666. Lemon Twist/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 80,248 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. One of 716 Superbird V-code 440 Six Pack cars. Older repaint still shows well. Body and fit are excellent all around, with no visible damage. Interior is very good, considering its high mileage. Wheels are nothing special, just factory chrome on steel. Engine bay is good, as well as underside. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $222,000. Seller says car is all numbers matching, and that it was one of 308 4-speed manual Superbirds built by Plymouth in 1970. This one did not show up in the ACC Premium Auction Database, so there’s a good chance that this is its #5335-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ’CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R0B194914. Purple & white/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 45,492 miles. 426-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Body and paint are above standard. Panel fit and gaps are good all around. Engine bay is clean, showing off the NOM Hemi. Interior is excellent. Underside matches top-side quality. Wheels are factory chrome over steel and nothing special. Cond: 2-. been born an original Hemi but is far from original now. The main thing is that the engine, transmission and carburetors are replacements. I am surprised that it was bid so high. The seller should have taken the bid and ran to the bank. AMERICANA #5416-1981 JEEP CJ-7 custom SUV. VIN: AZ343400. Competition Orange/gray vinyl. Odo: 3,500 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 2015, with 3,500 miles on it since then. Body and paint are very good. Interior is in decent shape, except that the floor is dirty, with broken rubber pedal pads and wires hanging from dash. Engine bay is really clean and nice, as are the wheels and underside. Lots of options, including ps, pb, Holley off-road carburetor, tubular steering arm, electric fuel pump, spare-tire mount, fender flares and more. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $330,000. Nice car, but it is not the Hemi ’Cuda that your friends all talk about and want to have in their garage. That would be a real-deal, well-documented, Hemi ’Cuda convertible. This one is a coupe that might have SOLD AT $16,500. A nice, custom Jeep CJ-7 that probably has some good long-term investment potential. This one was right on the money, selling for the listed price-guide median value. Fairly bought and sold. A CAR COLLECTOR 106 AmericanCarCollector.com AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 Keith Martin’s


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ The Scottsdale Auction A 1937 Packard Twelve convertible sedan, formerly owned by Bette Davis, proved to be very well sold at $451k Worldwide Auctioneers Tempe, AZ January 15, 2020 Auctioneer: Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/ offered: 39/55 Sales rate: 71% Sales total: $5,570,325 High sale: 1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster, sold at $880,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices A gift for winning an Oscar — 1937 Packard Twelve Series 1508 convertible sedan, sold at $451,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics • Almost half (27) of the lots consigned were available at no reserve • Forty of 55 offered lots were American made, 14 of which were made prior to World War II • Top seller the past two years was an Auburn SC Boattail Speedster, with last year’s ’35 851 selling for $687,500, under this year’s 1936 852 example at $880,000 W hile MAG Auctions was the first auction company to start selling cars during the busy January auction week, Worldwide has become the first of the higher-end, boutique auction houses to conduct their auction on Wednesday evening. As such, January 15 ushered in a new year for Worldwide, and this year in a new home. Relocating from the defunct car dealership campus in Scottsdale, Worldwide’s new Arizona home was not far away in northern Tempe at Singh Meadows. While a nice venue with ample room on grass for a decent selection of cars (albeit mostly CCCA Full Classics, led by the no-reserve Chuck Morgan Estate Collection), it hosted fewer cars than in past years. With two high-profile lots canceled at the last minute due to a family emergency with the consignor, only 55 lots crossed the block this year. Compare that with last year, when 72 lots crossed the block, with 55 of them selling. This year just 39 were hammered sold, for just over a two-thirds 108 AmericanCarCollector.com sales rate. Part and parcel of having fewer cars and few sales, the gross sales were down markedly from last year. Leading all sales was a 1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster. This well-restored example sold at $880,000. The next-highest car was even rarer — the 1956 Chrysler Plainsman wagon show car. One of two Ghia-built show cars for the 1956 car-show season, it led a rather storied existence that included calling Cuba and Australia home before returning to the U.S. to be expertly restored in recent years. The one-off wagon was declared sold here for $742,500. With seven other auction houses competing against them during this week in the Phoenix area, the lack of consignments can easily be attributed to plenty of competition for consignors (if not too much). This is especially true on the upper end of the market. Additionally, it’s no secret that CCCA Full Classics have been taking it on the chin in the market lately, especially since Monterey last year — and Worldwide’s catalog has plenty of them. While Worldwide was down this year, they certainly aren’t out, and we hope to see them with more cars on the docket next year.A QUICK TAKE


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ CLASSICS #43-1934 AUBURN 850Y Custom phaeton. VIN: 2135H. Silver/gray cloth/red leather. Odo: 49,586 miles. Optional dual sidemount spare wheels with metal covers. ACD Club Category 1 certification (original body and powertrain to this chassis). Concours-quality restoration completed in recent years. Superb bare-body repaint, stated to be in original hue. Show-quality chrome plating throughout. Clean, authentically detailed under butterfly hood. Whole of the undercarriage is clean gloss black paint, with like-new OE-style exhaust. Well-fitted, supple leather seating and door panels, showing no appreciable wear. Slight wear on restored steering wheel. Cond: 2+. bad place to start. However, it steadily worked its way past $200k, then $300k, then $400k until one more bid got the no-reserve Packard sold. GM others of their ilk), which otherwise clutter Packard’s glorious prow. The painted wire wheels are another styling relief, as the wide whites mounted to them are gaudy enough. Packards often were bought by men of business and finance, who, even on a sport phaeton, tended to go in for a subtle, conservative look rather than gangster flamboyance—especially during the Depression. This example does a good job of looking the part of the former rather than pretending to be the latter. Bidding opened here at $150k on this no-reserve example from the Chuck Morgan Collection, taking a while to advance one more bid to sell. SOLD AT $101,750. The 850Y was the top trim level of the four models of 8-cylinder Auburns for this one-year-only design of 1934. It’s sort of a love-it-or-hate-it style, with more haters back in the day‚ hence the radically redesigned front clip for 1935 that carried into Auburn’s final year of production in 1936. Bidding opened at $50k, taking quite some time to get to where the reserve lifted and it hammered sold. Still squeakyclean from the restoration, it’s pretty much turn-key ready for the concours circuit. This was the best buy on a CCCA Full Classic for the night. Yet that in itself gives an idea of what’s going on in the market for CCCA Full Classics—even wellrestored, open-bodied examples. #48-1934 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT Series 1104 phaeton. VIN: 75119. Eng. # 752808. Dark blue/tan cloth/blue leather. Odo: 20,618 miles. Original body tag indicates that it sold new on May 18, 1934, by Packard Motor Co. of Newark, NJ. Optional Goddess of Speed hood ornament, dual sidemount spares with metal covers and pedestal mirrors atop them. Fitted with a folding rear-compartment windshield. Expertly restored in late 1990s. Bare-body repaint still presents exceptionally well. Weak plating on period-accessory driver’s side spotlight. Good door and panel fit. Only a few light chips on radiator shell and cowl from the butterfly hood. Well-fitted, buttery seat leather, with no appreciable wear. Clean, tidy engine bay. Generally clean, black-painted undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $192,500. I was pleased that this didn’t have a set of Trippe driving lights (or 110 AmericanCarCollector.com #35-1937 PACKARD TWELVE Series 1508 convertible sedan. VIN: 1073212. Black/black Haartz cloth/black leather, gray cloth. Odo: 14,161 miles. Delivered new on September 8, 1937, by the W.H. Collins Packard dealership of Hollywood, CA, to Jack Warner, who presented it to actress Bette Davis. Given a state-of-the-art restoration in the mid-1990s, earning three 100-point concours scores. Since then, it’s been used in CCCA CARavans and is starting to show light wear. Paint has light polishing scratches but still presents well—as does most of the plating. Fitted with period Trippe lights, with haphazard wiring between them and frame. Leather tops of front seats show light fading. Scuffing on interior woodwork. Glossblack-painted undercarriage, with more than a few light chips, but generally clean. Cond: 3+. 6 #41-1932 CADILLAC 355B rumble-seat roadster. VIN: 1201917. Red & cream/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 6,614 miles. Dealer-accessory Pilot Ray turning driving lights, plus dual spotlights and Cadillac-branded AM radio. Restored while owned by noted Buick dealer and collector Len Immke in the early 1980s. Repaint still holding up exceptionally well. Generally, the chrome is still pretty good, but getting weak on the windshield support and frame. Blue dots in taillight lenses. Engine compartment due for some cosmetic attention if the car is to be shown. Redpainted undercarriage still fairly clean and holding up well, although the tin grease boots on leaf springs are weeping. Light wear and wrinkling on leather seating surfaces. Minimal carpet wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $129,250. After Len Immke had the car restored, in Ohio State red and white (or reasonably close), he drove famed Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes in the car during a campus homecoming parade shortly before Mr. Hayes’ passing. A good enough buy that the high bidder was a Midwest dealer who generally specializes in muscle cars—either that or he has more refined taste than I had previously figured. Then again, he might be an Ohio State alumnus. SOLD AT $451,000. The story goes that Mr. Warner gave Davis the car for winning the Oscar for Best Actress in the Warner Bros. movie “Jezebel.” Around this time, she also attempted to nullify her contract with Warner Bros., so the car may have also been an attempt at keeping her in the fold. Today, a one-of-four Packard Twelve Dietrich convertible sedan with roll-down centerdivider windscreen should be about a $250k car, let alone one with a restoration that’s starting to unwind. As such, the opening $100k bid wasn’t a #50-1934 PONTIAC EIGHT Series 603 sedan. VIN: 838799P8. Dark blue & black/black leatherette/tan cloth. Odo: 60,504 miles. Humpback-style rear trunk, with spare tire mounted behind it, à la Continental kit. Restored to stock configuration early 2000s. Modern, economygrade trailer lights for turn signals, LED third brake light in backlight, and clamp-on mirrors attached to front door frames the only concessions to the 21st century on exterior. Paint quality is quite good for both hues, as is plating for bumpers and most trim. Mirrors are rather dull; vent-window frames were replated over pitting. All-new glass and weather seals. Don’t heed the advice of the “SNIFF but don’t scratch” decal on vent windows. Despite having newer, well-fitted upholstery, it has a mild yet dank, moldy smell inside. Cond: 2-. TOP 10


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ performance car of choice—be it an Allard or a Model A hot rod. Bidding here opened at $50k and had little difficulty hitting this bid, where the reserve was lifted and it sold. Market-correct sale, but I’d still polish those back two wheel covers, pronto. SOLD AT $20,900. 1934 Pontiacs—regardless of whether they’re sixes or eights—are nearly extinct today. Perhaps part of the reason is that they look rather staid compared to a ’34 Chevy. They almost look like a GMC sedan in a way. While the butterfly hood remained shut throughout the inspection period, it was reported that the tidy engine was recently rebuilt and properly re-babbitted (another reason few have survived, having poured babbitts instead of insert bearings). Good luck trying to find another one better than this, even if this car has a few minor issues. Despite its rarity, it’s still a not-popular 4-door, so it sold about right. #33-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 496213280. Black/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 259 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Concise restoration completed in 2016, with the indicated miles racked up on it since. Good body prep and paint application. All exterior body trim was replated or reconditioned. Front “sombrero” wheel covers were expertly polished, the rears—mostly hiding behind fender skirts—were untouched. Door fit on driver’s side is a bit off. Rear-view mirrors added to vent-window frames. All-new, lightly tinted glass. New top is taut but fails to fully cover the side rails. Well-fitted seats and door panels, showing no discernable wear. Authentically restored engine bay. Clean, matteblack undercarriage, apart from exhaust and a new gas tank. Cond: 2. #39-1950 BUICK ROADMASTER custom 4-dr convertible. VIN: 15697347. Maroon metallic/maroon leather. Odo: 4,064 miles. 320ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Converted from a bog-stock sedan sometime in the 1980s. The top consists of four cloth-covered panels that are stored in the trunk, yet top of windshield frame is refinished without any attachment points. Bolster added behind front seat, spanning from left to right rear door pillars for additional body rigidity; also has a rear windscreen that mounts to it, sitting loose on rear floor. Also appears to have an additional X-brace bolted in on bottom of car. Good older repaint, done after the roof got sliced off, as Bayliff badge on trunk lid has rather mediocre masking. Generally clean and stock underhood. Seats redone in non-stock leather, likely as part of the conversion, but showing minimal if any wear. Cond: 3+. dullness, light edge wear. Minty, repop exterior plastic emblems and lenses. Well-detailed underhood, to include the correct “batwing” air cleaner for the dual-quad induction. Good upholstery work on seats, dashboard top and door panels. Excluding the newer, fuel-stained gas tank, the undercarriage is coated in a murky black. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. Last seen in our database selling at Mecum’s Chicago-area auction in 2013 for $56,710 (ACC# 6728523). As such, the Wisconsin-issued VIN makes a lot more sense, as it was not far from where it last sold. Still, without an original 5562-prefix VIN (since Eldos were serialized with Series 62s), this should be a value leader rather than a record-price setter. And it did that here. SOLD AT $55,000. The setup for the top allows it to be configured as a fully enclosed roof, an open-front town car or an open-rear landaulette. This was actually rather mild for Bayliff, as they were better known at the time of this car’s conversion as owning the rights to the automotive Packard name and trademark, making neo-classic Packards using then-current GM chassis (much to the consternation of more than a few Packard enthusiasts). It is what it is, and being offered at no reserve, it sold for all it’s worth. SOLD AT $105,600. While 1949 was the second year of their new post-war car, this was the first year of the engine that catapulted Cadillac on top of the domestic luxury car industry in the post-war era: the 331-ci, overhead-valve V8. Their pre-war-designed flathead V8 certainly wasn’t a slouch, even compared to Lincoln’s post-war flathead V8 introduced the same year. Yet it became THE engine of choice to put in the #44-1955 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 5781WIS. Red/white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 75,939 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Wisconsin-assigned VIN, etched onto a plaque rather than a state-issued, tamper-proof decal. Hard parade boot. Period-accessory Continental kit. Better-quality bare-body repaint, with a few light polishing scratches. Good door fit, although it rattles a little when latched. Almost all chrome—inside and out—is quite spectacular, with gold-toned trim starting to show some #38-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: 01867S209549. Roman Red/white vinyl/red vinyl, red & white houndstooth nylon. Odo: 62,151 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional 230-hp engine, Powerglide, spinner-style wheel covers and an AM radio with twin rear antennas—mounted close to the C-pillars instead of at far rear ends atop the rear quarter panels. Quite good trim-off repaint about 40 years ago. Still holding up well, but with plenty of wax and polishing compound in gaps. Overall most brightwork is pretty good. Replacement top is taut and generally fits well, but doesn’t fully cover the side bows. Engine compartment detailed a few years ago. Heat-riser tube missing between exhaust manifold and carburetor choke. Front seat bottom vinyl tops and door panel armrests are deeply discolored, but houndstooth inserts look good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. A bit unusual for even a Chevy convertible to be this sparsely equipped. 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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ and wheel covers are easily changed over six decades. Bidding appropriately opened at thirty grand, moving up with not much difficulty until this no-reserve car ran out of bidders. Considering that it was equipped with power nothing, this sold well, as a small-block car that brought bigblock money. #24-1965 CHEVROLET C10 custom pickup. VIN: C1446Z143735. Light blue & white/white leather. Odo: 480 miles. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Short-wheelbase model with Custom-series trim. Good trim-off repaint, but cracked; original vent-window-frame gaskets were reused and masked over. Good door fit and panel gaps. New glossy finish on wood box floor, with argentpainted mounting/skid strips. Heavily modified front and rear suspension, with 4-wheel disc brakes, to sit low on the 20-inch aftermarket wheels and radials. Repowered by a tuned Vortec 6.0-L LS engine, with a 480LE automatic behind it. Good installation workmanship, with modern power brake master cylinder, custom cold-air intake and aluminum radiator. Modern GM pickup front bench seat, re-covered in leather, among custom interior mods. Cruise control and OBD-II reader mounted on bottom edge of dash. Cond: 2. that the engine was pulled and rebuilt; now looking stock and still rather clean. Parts-store belts, hoses, clamps, battery cables and battery—plus various strands of added wiring. Well-fitted reproduction interior soft trim. Cond: 3+. and, while it almost sold at $46k, it got one more bid just before it hammered done. Well enough sold for a small-block car in this condition grade; not a big payday for the consignor’s estate, not a steal for the new owner. CORVETTE SOLD AT $35,750. This GS400 had been shopped extensively on the West Coast a year ago, last seen selling at Silver’s Big Sky auction in Spokane, WA, in May for a dear $35,700 (ACC# 6902414). But don’t call this a draw, as there are seller’s fees and transportation costs. Call it as close to getting lucky to get rid of it as practical. The best thing about this A-body is that it’s not a cookie-cutter Chevelle, which always brings a lot more than the equally competent (if not more so) B-O-P brethren. SOLD AT $35,200. Resto-modded pickups aren’t usually Worldwide’s genre. Seems to be a good, quality build for the driver that it is. Offered at no reserve, the real money started bidding at $20k. Then it hammered at a reasonable price considering the build quality and that this era of Chevy pickups is staring to pick up interest in the market—stock or otherwise. #23-1967 BUICK SKYLARK GS400 convertible. VIN: 446677K122197. Dark green/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 37,825 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power driver’s seat, power top, tilt steering column and AM radio. Fitted with Buick Road Wheels shod with lowerthan-stock-profile Radial T/A tires. Stated to have had “a complete, frame-off restoration,” but the average repaint shows masking lines around windshield trim and vent-window frames. Green overspray present on parts of frame rails and muffler hangers, while it’s mostly burned off the dual exhaust pipes. Good panel gaps—especially for this generation of A-body GM. Stated 112 AmericanCarCollector.com #5-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Indy Pace Car Edition convertible. VIN: 124679N626925. White/white vinyl/orange vinyl houndstooth. Odo: 4,778 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored by a marque expert in the late 1980s to then-state-of-the-art standards, won awards through the late-’90s. Stated that the powertrain is “truly numbers matching,” with a concoursready engine-compartment detailing. Equally clean undercarriage, but not quite as well detailed. Good paint and reproduction decal application, still looking like it was done fewer than five years ago. Windshield adhesive overflow at the base of the windshield, which covers some rust repair in the corners. Expertly fitted reproduction interior vinyl and carpeting, showing no appreciable wear. Cond: 2. #32-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S112200. Roman Red/tan vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 7,196 miles. 327-ci 245-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated that the car received a cosmetic restoration approximately 2k miles ago. Good trim-off repaint. Door fit is okay, but they protrude slightly from the body, like most C1s. Modern branded windshield. Four halogen headlights. New seats, door panels, carpet, dashpad and seat-belt webbing (retaining the original dull buckles and latches). Door armrest bases have vacuum plating peeling off. Wonder Bar radio looks the part as stock, but has modern electronic guts. Recent engine rebuild; generally dressed up as stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,700. The original owner was a gal who drove this daily until 1985, but prudently parking it over the Illinois winters where she lived. While not quite like the rest of the cars from the no-reserve Chuck Morgan Estate Collection that were sold here, they bought it in 2012 because Chuck’s wife was an Indy 500 Festival princess in 1969. Bidding opened here at $20k, SOLD AT $57,750. On the morning of this auction, I was one of the panelists in the ACC seminar at Barrett-Jackson. A fellow panelist, Ken Lingenfelter, chose the C1 as a car to sell. He reasoned that it’s an aging demographic who grew up with them and had driven its market, and that they’re at the point where a lot of them are downsizing. Then this one brought what most would feel is sub-par money. Yet (speaking of aging demographics), like Paul Harvey used to say, now for the rest of the story. I felt this car was hurt more by the non-correct components used to restore it. Anyone wanting to take this to an NCRS event would not be interested in it, as correcting things ranging from the headlights to the windshield will make you spend as much as you would for a car that’s already correct by the time you’re done. If the final bidder just wanted a nice cruiser, they did okay; anyone else would (and did) give it a pass. #9-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194370S405190. Marlboro Maroon/Saddle vinyl. Odo: 77,687 miles. 350-ci 370-hp , 4-bbl, 4-sp. Retains the original window sticker and Protect-O-Plate, showing it was sold new by Sharpnack Chevrolet of Vermilion, OH. Believed to be the only ZR-1 equipped with an optional


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ 3.08 differential. Fitted in period and retains a set of Baldwin-Motion headers and sidepipes, with original exhaust manifolds. Good body prep and paint application. Reproduction hood striping is lifting at edges facing windshield. Said windshield is a modern aftermarket replacement. All-new door and glass seals. Trim on left front corner of windshield glued into place, but now coming loose. Show-chrome bumpers, reproduction trim. Redyed dashboard and plastic interior trim. Well-fitted reproduction seats and carpeting. Black cloth wrap around e-brake handle. Heavily faded, original octane-warning decal on center console. Clean, well-detailed-to-stock engine compartment and undercarriage. However, rear suspension hardware has light flash rust. Cond: 2-. on the top. Well-fitted seat upholstery, with no discernible wear. Varying degrees of fading on gauge faces. Mostly black-painted undercarriage. Newer reproduction tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,800. Unlike most restored A roadsters, they didn’t go over the top with accessories and plated doodads. It doesn’t even have a quail radiator cap—it’s just plain. Combined with the blackwall tires, it has a believable, authentic overall look to it—instead of being a poor man’s Duesenberg. Bidding opened at ten grand, and gradually moved up to this final bid without much undue effort. SOLD AT $99,000. The 1970 LT-1 was essentially an L88 with the 370-hp, solid-lifter, 350-ci small block—the no-nonsense race car without creature comforts. Also like the L88, the ZR1 wasn’t a cheap date to get as a track weapon, costing $968.95. Part and parcel of why only 25 LT-1s were made this first year it was offered. Bidding opened at $50k, and when no more bids were able to be coaxed out, the reserve was lifted and sold to the high bidder on the phone. FOMOCO #53-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe roadster. VIN: A4429474. Green & black/tan cloth/brown leatherette. Odo: 83,569 miles. Period-style mesh grille guard and canvas covers over both fender-mounted spare tires. Period, aftermarketstyle trunk on a reproduction rack, plus wind wings and mirrors. Comprehensive restoration done on it in the late 1990s; now starting to show light wear from limited use. Better-thanoriginal paint and bodywork workmanship—not like that bar is too tall to cross. Light soiling SOLD AT $156,750. This is one of the 20 “brake test” cars done early in the Hertz program, of which 18 were in this white-with-bluerocker-stripes-only configuration. When the cars were released to Hertz, Shelby was told that all future deliveries of 1966 program cars would be black with gold striping. The consignor bought the car from the widow of the previous owner, who specified in his estate that the car wasn’t to be sold until Carroll Shelby also passed away— hence her storing it from 1995 to 2015. Bidding here opened at $75k, with the reserve lifted at $135k, garnering a few more bids before hammering sold. As such, this was a market-correct sale. #40-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z195394. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 45,773 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. KK 1798. Marti Report displayed with car confirms it as a real-deal Boss 429, sold new by #27-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S449. White/black vinyl. Odo: 49,411 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted and restriped when acquired by the consignor in 2015, in the correct, original color combination. Hood is slightly too short, as cowl gap is wide and it also sits a bit too far back to line up with the headlight buckets. All exterior brightwork was reconditioned while off the car. All original Carlite glass. With the exception of the replacement driver’s door panel and repairs on the driver’s seat, the interior is all original. Engine compartment is clean and well detailed to stock, aside from a modern battery. Reconditioned original Magnum 500 wheels with Hertz center caps, shod with reproduction Wide Oval tires. Cond: 2-. Cook Whitehead Ford of Panama City, FL. Options include close-ratio 4-speed, competition suspension, 3.91-ratio TractionLok differential, Interior Décor Group, center console, deluxe seat belts, Visibility Group and AM radio. Excellent bare-body repaint as part of a comprehensive restoration completed within the decade. OEMgrade bumper replating, reproduction brightwork. Good door and panel fit. Heavily faded VIN tag in windshield, with a new dashpad behind it. Seats, carpeting and door panels are also new. Concours-quality detailing under the hood. Just as clean on undercarriage, just not as well detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Sold at Mecum Kissimmee 2018 for $176k (ACC# 6860379), then has been shopped on the Mecum tour circuit since, apart from being here, where it was bid to less that it was bought at for the first time. Not a good trend, as Boss-9s are starting to lose traction in the market (and not just due to repop bias-ply tires either). #46-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 convertible. VIN: 5CSXA1811XL000165. Black & garnet/black cloth/black & gray leather. Odo: 976 miles. 4.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Indicated miles are from new. One-of-one color combination, per copies of the factory records displayed with the car. That unique paint is still in quite good condition. Clean engine bay more from lack of use than from cleaning and maintenance. Minimal seat wear, mostly on upper portions of seat backs. Still has the Mylar instruction cling film on the face of the sound system, including the securitycode number. Steering wheel to steering column shroud fit is nothing to write home about. Nor is the quality of the welds on the rear suspension A-arms. Stock three-piece wheels shod with the original, rock-hard Goodyear Eagle tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $159,500. I’m not sure how they can get away with calling this a 1999. It was ordered in 1997, assembly started in August 2000, and completed in January 2001. Maybe the check March–April 2020 113


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WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS • TEMPE, AZ was cashed for the car in 1999? Then again, I’m also among the legions of those who never fully embraced Carroll’s GM parts-bin-assembled kit car—even if it’s bloody quick. At least he used the somewhat-more-reliable Olds/Aurora V8s instead of the snap-in-half Cadillac NorthStars. Bidding opened at $100k, the reserve was met at $135k, and managed to get a few more bids before selling. If one-of-one due to a paint job is worth a premium to you, then this was still well sold. MOPAR #47-1947 CHRYSLER WINDSOR convertible. VIN: 70636491. Sumac Red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,162 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Optional Fluid Drive semi-automatic transmission. Despite wearing a 1990 AACA National Senior First Place badge on grille, the car was fully restored during 2004. Nice bare-body repaint, although windshield trim has moderate sanding scratches. Balance of brightwork is still quite good. Good door and panel fit. Taut, wellfitted top. Reupholstered seats, with the padding over the leather section being a bit lumpy from compressed original padding. Reconditioned steering wheel, new plastic ends on dashboard control knobs. Overall lightly scuffed original interior chrome. Engine bay starting to show some light dust and flash rust. All gloss-black undercarriage, with a chip on corner of gas tank. Cond: 2-. dian registration. Reproduction 14-inch wire wheels shod with wide-whitewall, bias-ply tires. Exceptionally well-prepped and -applied barebody repaint. Show-quality plating on all chrome trim. Rear suspension sits a bit high, exacerbated by tail fins each topped by a radio antenna. Spot-on door and panel fit. Concours-quality engine bay detailing. Clean, mostly gloss black undercarriage. Taut replacement top, but the side bows aren’t fully covered. Speedometer stuck at 35 mph. Period-style seat belts added front and rear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $115,500. For 1965, 102 Plymouths and 101 Dodges were configured as Hemi lightweights. This one is likely the most original of the lot and has been well documented, not only for most of its past history but in the popular vintage drag racing and Mopar press in recent years. Bidding opened at $100k, and after some coaxing, the reserve was lifted, generating one more bid to sell the car. While the car is something of an albatross (unless you only plan on showing it at Mopar events, where the faithful will flock to it), I nonetheless feel that it was a good buy—especially in the long term. It’s better to spend $115k today on a Mopar factory drag car than a Demon. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. One could make a good argument that this was DeSoto’s version of, or competitor to, the Chrysler 300. More fuel for that fire was that only 300 were made in 1957 (all of them drop-tops). Sold from the Ron Pratte Collection at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2012 for $225,000 (ACC# 193552). Since then, the auction catalog indicated that it changed hands one more time, to the consignor here. Despite the statement from the block that “the reserve is off” at $150k, it didn’t really sell. Not only wasn’t a bidder’s number stated after it was hammered off the block, but post-event data from the auction company confirms that it didn’t sell. SOLD AT $41,250. Unfortunately, this wasn’t fitted with the optional Highlander plaid interior, which would’ve complemented the Sumac Red paint well. Still, it’s good to see a Windsor droptop done as well as a Town & Country (actually, it was a lot better than the T&C that was offered here, Lot 26). Dirt-cheap opening bid of $20k, and even where it ended, was well bought for the quality of the car (and a darn better buy for the money compared to spending $20k-plus more for the lumber wagon). #15-1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER convertible. VIN: 50417567. Gold & black/black vinyl/ gold vinyl, black & white nylon. Odo: 35,902 miles. 345-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Sold on a Cana- 114 AmericanCarCollector.com #34-1965 DODGE CORONET A990 Lightweight Hemi 2-dr sedan. VIN: W051249555. Black/beige vinyl. Odo: 888 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Documented by Chrysler’s historical group in 2012 as a “Coronet Hemi-Charger” that was shipped new to Grand-Spaulding Dodge of Chicago. Stated that the indicated miles are correct from new. Unrestored but repainted in the original black after being campaigned as “the Hustlin’ Hemi” in the 1970s. Mostly original components and configuration. Stock steel wheels with period-correct tires, Plexiglas side windows. Reproduction carpet, but otherwise all-original interior. Retains its primary original engine components (including the alloy heads and magnesium cross-ram intake manifold), although the motor was rebuilt in recent years. Cond: 2-. #36-1971 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27V1B255342. True Blue Metallic/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 54,607 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Options include Six Pack induction, 3.54 Trak Pak differential, Hemi suspension, power steering, rally instrumentation, tinted windshield, sport hood with hood pins, power top, woodgrain steering wheel and AM radio. Restored to Mopar concours judging standards in 2006, attaining a 95.42 of 100 score at the 2007 Mopar Nationals, and going into controlled storage since then. Bare-body repaint done intending to duplicate the imperfect original build quality. Engine bay and undercarriage are concours ready as presented—down to replicated inspection tags and factory overspray on clean exhaust manifolds and repro battery. Light soiling in repop seat pleats, but only showing minimal wear on carpet below pedals. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $675,000. This ’Cuda was bought by Canadian hockey hall of fame goalie Ed Belfour as a present to himself when he signed his first NHL contract in 1987. Having bought it as a disassembled project, it took retirement from the NHL to find time to restore the car. Now moving on to other endeavors, he decided to put it up for auction. As it is one of five ’71 ’Cuda Six Pack 4-speed drop-tops, he was likely looking at closer to three-quarters of a million for it. Not sure if that’s doable in today’s market. I’m more tempted to think that anyone who HAS to have it will contact him in the private market rather than when it is the featured car trolled at other auction houses. A


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Six Auctions Bonhams Scottsdale, AZ — January 16, 2020 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner, James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered: 88/108 Sales rate: 81% Sales total: $8,436,720 High American sales: 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 roadster and 2005 Ford GT coupe, each sold at $285,500 2017 Ford GT coupe, sold for $923,500 at RM Sotheby’s in Phoenix, AZ RM Auctions Hershey, PA — October 10–11, 2019 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 199/208 Sales rate: 96% Sales total: $15,218,500 High sale: 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Fleetwood sport phaeton, sold at $1,221,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO — December 5–7, 2019 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec, Russ Conklin Automotive lots sold/offered: 392/579 Sales rate: 68% Sales total: $8,479,350 High sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $247,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Brett Hatfield MAG Auctions Peoria, AZ — January 10–12, 2020 Auctioneers: Gary Dehler, Rob Row, Jeff Stokes, Jerry Daisey Automotive lots sold/offered: 130/329 Sales rate: 40% Sales total: $2,635,226 High sale: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, sold at $167,400 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Sam Stockham 116 AmericanCarCollector.com 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold for $2,040,000 at Gooding & Co., Scottsdale Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Michael Leven RM Sotheby’s Phoenix, AZ — January 16–17, 2019 Auctioneer: Maarten ten Holder Automotive lots sold/offered: 128/143 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $30,346,210 High American sale: 1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Fleetwood sport phaeton, sold at $1,105,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% on first $250; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Gooding & Company Scottdale, AZ — January 17–18, 2020 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 124/138 Sales rate: 90% Sales total: $36,169,560 High American sale: 1948 Tucker 48 sedan, sold at $2,040,000 Buyer’s premium: 12% for first $250k; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices Report by Joseph T. Seminetta and Jack Seminetta. Photos by Joseph T. Seminetta SOLD AT $423,500. A dramatically impressive car from the era when Oldsmobile embarked on a madcap excursion to compete with top-of-theline Packards and Pierce-Arrows. Utterly enormous in scale, with a 505-ci six, 42-inch wheels, 130-inch wheelbase and Rushmore searchlights that look like they could have come from a lighthouse. Ex-Barney Pollard. The body was separated and destroyed in a fire at Pollard’s warehouse. Thus, the engine and chassis are original to this car but the body is a re-creation built in the early 2000s, prior to Muckel’s ownership. While the sales price was not insignificant, the car hammered at $155k below the low estimate. The price was probably fair to both parties. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. #395-1909 PACKARD MODEL 18 NA limousine. VIN: 9353. Eng. # 9353. Dark green & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,727 miles. Claimed “mostly original survivor” from the Jim Bradley Collection, repainted around 65 years ago! Paint is now rather flat but still serviceable, #406-1908 OLDSMOBILE LIMITED Prototype tourer. VIN: 14. Eng. # 60014. Dark blue/tan cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,268 miles. Another near-perfect Brass Era car from the John Muckel Collection. Flawless paint and brass. Leather a bit older but sumptuous. Every mechanical and cosmetic component beautifully presented. Not one significant deduction to be found. Cond: 1. CLASSICS 8 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL much better than on Lot 412, the 1916 Packard Twin Six. Amazingly solid door-shut for a 110-year-old car. Interior in quite decent condition. I was surprised though, that the rear compartment seat was originally done in leather; usually the chauffered of that era sat on soft and cool/warm cloth seats. Engine not seen. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $107,250. The Model 18, built from 1908 to ’11, was a relatively smaller version of the 4-cylinder Packard 30, designed for those who wanted Packard quality in a car designed for urban driving. According to the auction catalog, this car is one of 11 surviving Model 18s out of 802 built. It has a known ownership chain and survives thanks to a series of very attentive owners. While not 100% original, it appears to be more usable than Lot 412. I found a couple of previous sales of Model 18s with prices that were generally consistent with this car, although none were directly comparable. This car was well sold at more than $20k above its high estimate, but the opportunity to buy a mostly original Model 18 does not come around every day. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. #438-1925 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 48 Sportif tourer. VIN: 19112. Eng. # 19107. Claret & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 16,055 miles. Another outstanding Ruger Collection car offered at no reserve. I will concede at the outset that I could not find a single obvious flaw on this gorgeous Locomobile. Engine rebuilt after Ruger’s acquisition of the car in 1999. Cosmetic restoration by Fran Roxas in 2007–08. No deterioration since that I could see. Lavish instrumentation and controls of particular note. Cond: 1. for the engine rebuild and body restoration. For a relative pittance, the buyer has one of the best cars you could buy in 1925, plus the outstanding restoration work. Spectacularly well bought. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. #449-1925 MARMON D-74 roadster. VIN: D25017. Light green & dark green/black cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 64,203 miles. High-quality restoration, time and place unstated in catalog. Paint and brightwork done to a very high standard, with little apparent deterioration. Bright, distinctive colors but not lurid. Premium-quality convertible top is well fitted. Inside, the leather is settled in, as they say, but in no way shabby. Especially handsome central instrument cluster. OHV engine, advanced for the era, not observed, but looks almost pristine in catalog photo. Cond: 1-. handful survive. All of the photos or illustrations of 1927 Lincolns that I found showed chrome(or more likely, nickel-) plated radiators and headlight nacelles, but they were painted black on this car. I was not able to determine if this was an original cataloged option, a custom order or the preference of a later owner. This was a very long auction (over five hours on Friday night) and I wondered if some cars that were near the end suffered. Sold close to the modest low estimate and seems like a lot of car for the money. Well bought. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. SOLD AT $96,800. In 1925, the Marmon D-74 was priced on the same level as a contemporary Cadillac, slightly above a Packard Six but slightly below a Packard Eight. This was a very substantial (136-inch wheelbase) yet sporting roadster, beautifully proportioned. Both the underlying car and the restoration are of impeccable quality. Well-equipped with three-lens taillight, rumble seat, golf-bag door and dual rear spare tires. Overall, a beautiful presentation. Sold for slightly above the low estimate, and I think the buyer has received excellent value for his money. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. SOLD AT $112,750. The Locomobile Model 48 was one of the most expensive American cars you could buy in 1925, and this was the sporting body. Equipped with a massive 524-ci inline 6 and then-novel four-wheel brakes. Ruger liked to drive his cars, and according to the catalog, he could not abide by the original transmission in this Locomobile, so he had a Ford truck transmission (vintage unstated) bolted in. That might be considered a demerit by some purists, but an advantage for those who want to drive the car. The catalog stated that there is $300k in receipts #459-1927 LINCOLN MODEL L 2-window sedan. VIN: 43904. Blue & black/black leather/ blue leather. Odo: 22,450 miles. Auction catalog infers that this Lincoln was restored early in the 21st century; if so, the restoration is holding up very nicely. Superb panel fit. Well-applied paint now shows some inevitable microscratching. All is in order inside—except for cracks in the steering wheel. Beautiful blue leather. Interior hardware looks good, but most is not quite in concours condition. First year that Henry permitted fourwheel (mechanical) brakes as standard on Lincoln; previously they were a special-order option. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,950. Conservatively elegant design by LeBaron, body probably built by Murray. One of 400 originally produced with this body style, probably no more than a #421-1929 AUBURN 8-120 Speedster. VIN: 2950505. Eng. # MD28801. Two-tone maroon/ red leather. Odo: 78,657 miles. Restored under Jack Dunning’s ownership in the 1980s and showing almost no deterioration since. Paint shows a tiny bit of bubbling and lifting on the deck behind the seat, and one wear spot on the hood, but otherwise looks great. Interior, which is more stark than I expected, is virtually flawless. Good to see correct, painted wire wheels instead of the usual over-chromed wheels. Excellent underhood, but happily shows signs of use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $341,000. The very first car purchased by Jack Dunning, bought by him in 1959 when it was a mere 30 years old (think about this: a year-one Miata is now just as old). Amazingly well-preserved, quality restoration, and a multiple AACA, CCCA and ACD award winner over a 30-year period. High-quality examples of the iconic 1935–36 851/852 Speedsters, as well as early ’30s V12 Speedsters, sometimes sell for almost three times the price of this car, but this model is more rare. Sold for close to the high estimate, but I consider this car to be very well bought. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. March–April 2020 117


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #14-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 840 coupe. VIN: 190041. Two-tone light brown/ brown cloth. Odo: 54,076 miles. Restored some time ago; now showing numerous signs of wear and tear. Paint with thin spots, some recent touch-ups, lots of stippling, cracking on roof. Staining from radiator overflow corroding finish. Overspray around rumble seat. Vinyl roof insert very good. Interior wood, dash, steering wheel may be original. Dual sidemounts, Pilot Rays, Adonis hood ornament. Recent freshening of fuel/cooling/brake/wiring systems. Cond: 3+. 5 #122-1935 CADILLAC 452D Imperial convertible sedan. VIN: 5100043. Diana Cream/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 389 miles. Once part of famed Dr. Barbara Atwood Collection. Restored years back by Steve Babinsky and still shows well. Only 50 V16s built in 1935, and this was one of six Imperial convertible sedans among them. Engine rebuilt in 2016. Fitted with authentic Master radio, as listed on build sheet. Leather interior showing a bit of wear and a few minor issues with paint. Bright work in good order. A stunning, Classic-era Cadillac. Cond: 2+. pearing in favor of more weather-tight body styles such as convertible sedans. So any 1935 Packard phaeton is rare. But this was a sport phaeton, Packard’s designation for the dual-cowl version with a second windscreen for rear-seat passengers. This particular car was a bit of a mystery because Packard cataloged the sport phaeton body only on the larger, more expensive Super Eight and Twelve chassis. However, RM presented convincing evidence, including the body tag, that this car was originally built as a sport phaeton. Considering its rarity and condition, I thought this exquisite Packard should have garnered bids closer to or even above the $200k low estimate. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. SOLD AT $56,000. Older resto, perhaps from 1970s based on livery. “Hang-around brown” motif not flattering, but car is still good enough to show locally. A very stately car, and not so nice that the new owner can’t drive the wheels off it. Bought with enough room to spring for a high-quality respray, so it can be shown regionally. Even if you buy into the notion that the market for this type of car is dying, this car was rather well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. #120-1933 CADILLAC 452C All-Weather phaeton. VIN: 5000082. Blue/tan fabric/blue leather. Odo: 89,208 miles. A well-maintained example of the famed Cadillac V16. One of only 125 produced in 1933, and one of only four allweather phaetons believed to have survived. Mechanical restoration in early 2000s, with Pebble Beach presentation. Was Rose Bowl grand marshal’s car in 2012. An elegant design with copy of build sheet. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $472,500. This was last seen at the RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection May 2015 sale, where it realized $605,000 (ACC# 6784085). Prior to that it sold at RM Auctions’ January 2009 sale for $473,000 (ACC# 1643113). The ride this Cadillac has been on follows the classiccar market of the past decade of so. A very desirable Full Classic that sold for under the money. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #420-1935 PACKARD EIGHT dual-cowl sport phaeton. VIN: 1201206. Silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 51,308 miles. Lovely, sporting Packard with recent repaint and interior. Panel fit and paint are superb. Chrome is not as fresh, but more than nice enough. Gorgeous red leather contrasts beautifully with silver exterior. Slight deterioration to leather at door tops. Instrument cluster shows mild but appropriate patina. Convertible top not seen but looks good in photos. Very clean engine compartment but does show use, which should reassure potential buyers. Starts and runs smoothly and quietly. Cond: 2+. #143-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. VIN: 81231851H. Eng. # FC2530. Cigarette Cream/ tan Wexford cloth/red leather. Odo: 22,377 miles. An original supercharged example that has been restored to perfection. Same owner for 66 years, with the last 20 in the family barn. An extensive three-and-a-half-year restoration followed. Correct dual whitewalls and pre-select transmission. Received Buehrig Award for Best 810/812 in the 2017 and 2018 ACD Club’s National Reunion. Sparking Cigarette Cream livery and luxurious red leather interior. A smash! Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $263,200. Price paid was as expected, but far less than what the “Sportsman” sold for at the cross-town auction. Fully documented with ACD Category 1 Certification. New owner has tough decision as to drive or continue to show; a decision I wish I faced. A wonderful supercharged Cord. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. SOLD AT $257,600. Price paid seems most reasonable for a stunning V16 in desirable body style. The styled engine is a work of art, and will make a fantastic CARavan car. Well bought. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. 118 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $170,000. By 1935 most buyers did not want to deal with side curtains, so the phaeton body configuration was rapidly disap- #105-1938 CADILLAC SERIES 75 convertible sedan. VIN: 3271507. Maroon/tan Haartz cloth/tan leather. Odo: 66,507 miles. Wears an older restoration that still shows reasonably well. Older respray in lacquer. Seating with a bit of wear, and paint has some issues. Claimed to be “routinely serviced and driven since 2004.” A quality driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,400. The Series 75 rode on the massive 141-inch wheelbase that it shared with the V16s. They were TOP 10 BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP nificent dash with trademark Buick “Sonomatic” radio. Beautiful hardware throughout. Steering wheel has cracks in spokes and sill plates show wear. Engine compartment not seen. Cond: 2. bodied by Fleetwood, while the others had Fisher bodies. Only 58 convertible sedans were built in 1938. In an auction full of V16s, this was a relative bargain. A solid driver that will be a fun ride on the next CCCA CARavan. Use and enjoy! RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #390-1940 FORD DELUXE convertible. VIN: 185770052. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 12,841 miles. Very fine example of an iconic pre-war Ford. Paint is smooth and deep. Chrome beautifully plated, but now with a few minor flaws. Quality convertible top, well-fitted. Some rubber gaskets nearing sell-by date. Inside, the seats show a little patina. Well accessorized including factory radio. Art Deco speedometer is interesting, if unreadable. First year for column shift for Ford. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. I loved this car as one you can drive and show. Not quite in concours condition, but its demerits are minor and easily resolvable. However, to be candid, it bombed at this auction. It previously sold at this same auction in 2009 for $93,500 (ACC# 1672318). This year it could garner a high bid of only $50k versus an estimate of $80k–$100k. Yes, late-1930s and early-1940s American cars are not a hot segment in the market right now, but, come on, people, this is no mere Buick Special sedan, it’s a Roadmaster convertible phaeton! Only 312 examples were built in 1941. If a beautiful car like this is worth only $50k in the market, sign me up to buy the next one. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. GM SOLD AT $77,000. In general, “ordinary” 1930s cars, including several Fords, were rather weak at this auction. There are just too many old people trying to sell Model As and V8s to too few young people. This car was an exception, hammering at exactly its low estimate and selling all-in at mid-estimate. The car needs nothing to show, and hopefully nothing to drive to the show. The 1940 model has enclosed seating for four (as opposed to a rumble seat on the 1939 model), so the whole family can go to the show. A good result for both seller and buyer. RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/19. #452-1941 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible phaeton. VIN: 13928872. Royal Maroon Metallic/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 381 miles. Handsome 4-door convertible restored in 2005. High-quality metallic paint now showing a few chips and other flaws. Similar for brightwork. Quality convertible top beautifully fitted. Removable-glass center side pillars don’t seem to be in car but may be locked in trunk. Inside, leather is soft and supple but slightly soiled in front. Mag- 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #23-1949 CHEVROLET DELUXE woodie wagon. VIN: 20GKE12776. Eng. # GAA367165. Black/brown vinyl. Odo: 85,698 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. In consignor’s ownership for several decades. Restored very nicely some time ago, but not overdone. Paint very good but now heavily polished and thin. Chrome starting to pit; most will buff out. Trim good, but some dents, waviness. What looks like original wood is not overly shiny but rich and warm. Seats broken in. Bakelite knobs, switches very good; white steering wheel without cracks. Missing one wheel skirt. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2-. faint semblance of logic, and my wife’s willingness to forgive. Alas, I did not tempt marital fate—even while it was failing to get even a sniff at the low estimate—and another suitor stole this car. To the bold go the spoils. Extremely well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. #111-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC55A064756. Onyx Black/white vinyl/red & beige vinyl. Odo: 23,774 miles. 265ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Received a complete restoration in 2018. Onyx Black sparkles, but trunk fit off a bit. Powered by optional “Power Pack” 265-ci, 180-hp V8, through a 3-speed manual with overdrive. New top and interior. Fitted with optional bumper guards, rocker moldings and gas-filler guard. An attractive offering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,800. This was last seen at RM Auctions’ August 2019 Auburn sale, where it realized $60,000 (ACC# 6911848). A few short months later the seller took a $15k hit. The life of a car flipper is not all milk and honey. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #354-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 1R124S120464. Red & white/gray vinyl. Odo: 90,301 miles. 140-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Paint done to a decent standard, with matching red wheels that are finished only on the outside. Decent chrome with some pitting on the polished front grille and door emblems. Aftermarket gauges with custom wood trim. Newer upholstery, missing brake-pedal rubber. Textured bed in body color. BFG Radial T/A tires are 11 years old. Clean underbody with some leakage around transaxle and a custom spraypainted exhaust. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,240. I LOVED this very honest car, and long before it approached the block— to tepid interest—my mind had parked it at the intersection of automotive yearning, a very, very NOT SOLD AT $19,000. I hate that Ralph Nader killed the Corvair, but his witch hunt BEST BUY


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A solid presentation. Cond: 2+. Window sticker in driver’s quarter window shows MSRP of $3,736 and sold out of Bend, OR. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. If you are into acres of quarter-panel metal that is almost impossible to get straight again after an accident, this car is for you. If you are into custom wheels on old cars, this car is not for you, but the stock eight-lug wheels were in good order. I have always dug these big tuna boats, though, and while the skirts are a little frumpy, the pearl paint and red interior make a statement without being gaudy. The real detractor is underhood, where corrugated wire looming covers the brake-booster hose and various hard lines. Yuck. Some room for improvement, but a nice car. High bid was pretty close to the money it should take to change hands. MAG Auctions, Peoria, AZ, 01/20. SOLD AT $35,840. An elegant car that Sergio Pininfarina once described as “one of the most beautiful American cars ever built.” This was last seen at the June 2019 Portland Mecum sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $40,000. (ACC# 6408080). Prior to that it did sell at the June 2018 Leake sale for $42,900 (ACC# 6874981). Heading in the wrong direction, as the seller got slapped around a bit and lost $10k or so. Sometimes the dog just doesn’t hunt. Decent deal for the buyer, however. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #341R-1966 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: 262676C120779. White/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 88,402 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. All the power options, eight-lug wheels, leather interior with console. Nice restoration of a well-optioned car. Well-done white paint with a modern, heavy metallic pearl. Slight waviness in quarters. Convertible top changed to black from white. Three out of four original-style T-3 headlights. Underhood is superficially clean but shows fisheyes everywhere in too-shiny black paint. Cowl tag sloppily masked off. Some engine paint discoloration around exhaust ports and EGR crossover, which is typical. Engine reportedly rebuilt within 500 miles. Nicely done interior. #358R-1971 CHEVROLET K10 Cheyenne custom pickup. VIN: KZ1412607714. Gray & white/black leather. Odo: 132 miles. 6.0-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Automatic overdrive trans, lift kit, four-wheel disc brakes with Hydro-Boost, modern 20-inch wheels, custom exhaust and painted chassis. Chrome has been refinished and is some kind of wavy. Grille shows road rash; Bowtie is pitted and crazed. Passenger’s door fit is way out at the back and trim hits front fender. Okay repaint with rough edges around the inside of door jambs. Power bucket seats with a console stolen out of a more-modern Chevy. Digital gauges and a modern radio with vintage knobs. Low-rent billet steering wheel with fake wood. Underhood dusty, with exposed wiring that should have been loomed a little bit better. Slick gas-filler cap hidden behind rear marker light. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. While square-body Chevy pickups are gaining momentum every day in the market, these previous-generation trucks are still holding their own and are still twice as expensive as Fords. This truck was nice from only two feet away and represents a decent driverquality rig, especially with the chosen drivetrain components. In reality, there’s nothing terribly unique about LS conversions. They are certainly MUCH better driving, and that is where the execution of the details comes in. Unfortunately, this truck just didn’t have the details to get the price, and bidding stopped at $36k. Considering the parts cost, I would not have taken the bid either, but I don’t see it doing better anywhere else, barring excessive bidder intoxication. MAG Auctions, Peoria, AZ, 01/20. #T71-1977 CHEVROLET C10 Custom Deluxe pickup. VIN: CCL447S184967. Light blue/blue vinyl, plaid cloth. Odo: 22,799 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An absolute time capsule. Doesn’t look as though it has covered the miles on the odometer. Light blue paint appears as it did when new: shiny with a bit of orange peel. Engine bay is clean and houses the requisite 350. Truck bed shows next-to-no-use, with only a few light marks on the original paint showing use. Bench seat looks as-new, dash has no cracks, sill plate has only a couple of heel scuffs. Remarkable condition for a vehicle built for work. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. It might surprise sports-car owners, but many pickups are still used as work vehicles. They are pressed into service, whether construction, agrarian, delivery or some other endeavor. The cabs have become like luxury cars, but the beds always show how they are really utilized. As clean as this Chevy was, it was the bed that surprised me most. Growing up in the lumber biz, most of our trucks showed more wear after a month than this did after more than four decades. Top money bid here was likely too much of a bargain for the consigner to let go of an exceptionally clean pickup that will almost surely go up in time. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #F4-1987 GMC CABALLERO pickup. VIN: 3GTCW80HXHS800812. Light Sandstone Metallic/ light tan cloth. Odo: 7,841 miles. 305-ci V8, March–April 2020 121


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP 4-bbl, auto. This is a nearly new Caballero. Paint shows well, with most of the factory gloss. Very light towel marks can be found, but otherwise excellent, particularly when considering GM’s paint quality in the ’80s. Engine bay is clean, with the maze of wires and hoses typical of the time. Truck bed doesn’t appear to have ever had anything in it. Interior is almost new as well, with only the Mylar chrome trim on door panels peeling to give away its age. Cond: 2. tive” horsepower lower than the pressurized V6 also found in the Grand National. Honestly, It didn’t feel like it to me back in the day, but the V6 car is the one to have and the TTA (Turbo TA) will still have a following in years to come as great examples come to market at the right venue. Still, this is a nice-looking used car with some minor detail work needed. Just drive and enjoy it. Seller was a dealer friend, and was right to let it go at this money. Fair deal for all. MAG Auctions, Peoria, AZ, 01/20. CORVETTE SOLD AT $14,300. Final year of GMC’s version of the Chevrolet El Camino. This had obviously been kept in climate-controlled storage. Most of these usually saw hard use, and it is rare to find them in even decent shape. This automotive example of a mullet was almost perfect. A great museum candidate, and the purchase price seemed a bargain. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #355-1989 PONTIAC TRANS AM GTA coupe. VIN: 1G2FW2180KL254077. Red/Saddle leather. Odo: 85,725 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. T-tops and WS6 Performance Package. Repainted in 2005 per owner, and shows some dirt inclusions and overspray in door jambs. Front license plate rub marks on nose. Reconditioned wheels look nice with decent tires. Vinyl repop seat covers on collapsing foam. Driver’s seat control panel coming loose. Rear carpet fit is off, and rear seat foam showing round edges. Weatherstrip looks original and hard. Scratched, purple window tint. Trunk fit off. Cond: 3. #109-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SplitWindow coupe. VIN: 30837S108329. Daytona Blue/black leather. Odo: 54,102 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A beautifully presented Split-Window in desirable 327/340 configuration. With AM/FM, power windows, knockoffs, leather seats. Some cracks and patchy areas over thicker paint. Nice chrome. Beautiful interior. Missing ownership history. Does not claim to be matching numbers. Cond: 2. $100k. It’s a different market right now, so unless one has to sell, it’s probably best to wait it out. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #S158-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S122843. Sunfire Yellow/ black vinyl, Sunfire Yellow hard top/black leather. Odo: 37,526 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight certification, Bloomington Gold certification and MCACN Triple Diamond Award winner. Paint, chrome, stainless are all in exceptional condition. Engine bay is mint. Black leather interior shows no wear, presents as-new. Well optioned with power brakes, power steering, AM-FM, teakwood steering wheel, hard top and 4-speed trans. Documentation includes window sticker and Protect-O-Plate. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $128,800. An earlier Split-Window sold for a bargain price (Lot 55 for $81,760). Bidders lined the room to see if this was an outlier or a shift in the market. The bid pingponged in the room between a Chicago dealer and a private collector (who eventually took it home). Final price paid was a bit rich given lack of documentation and history. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. SOLD AT $13,500. I almost bought one of these in about 1994 but had my heart set on another Mustang. These just felt too big and lumbering. It is arguably the best-looking of the F-body cars, though. This example came with the biggest engine, which ironically was rated 15 “conserva- 122 AmericanCarCollector.com #134-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Split-Window coupe. VIN: 30837S114083. Riverside Red/black vinyl. Odo: 27 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A very rare Corvette with Z06 Special Performance equipment group and NO3 “Big Tank.” Only 63 were fitted with the 36-gallon gas tank. The Z06 option was deleted after only 199 produced, as Cobra was dominating in racing. This example awarded 2014 Bloomington Gold and 2016 AACA Grand National First. Restored to perfection and rare as heck. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. This was the Corvette to own and was rare as all get out with the 36-gallon tank, a/c and Z06 package. Bid was off the mark by at least $50k– NOT SOLD AT $130,000. This was not the venue for this Corvette. As with most any collectible car, the finest examples command a premium. Market value for the lowest-powered of the big-block cars would have been about $110k, but for a copy with this many options, coupled with documentation, condition, and multiple best-of awards, that price would have been far too low. The owner will likely do better selling in a larger market. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #F159-2006 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. VIN: 1G1YY26E965102119. Black/black & gray leather. Odo: 20,111 miles. 7.0-L 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Equipped with the 2LZ Preferred Equipment Package that includes seat-mounted side-impact airbags, power telescopic steering, auto-dimming mirrors, heated seats, luggage shade, memory package, and a few other goodies. Shiny black paint shows the usual towel swirl. Chrome factory wheels are in good nick. Aftermarket window tint compliments the black finish. Some heel scuffs on driver’s door sill. Seat bolster shows less wear than BEST BUY


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP one would expect given the low entry. Carpets and door jamb could be cleaner. Engine bay is clean. Cond: 2-. trauma to the car, so no harm. Regardless of your bent on this mild resto-mod, I’ll bet its a blast to take on a cruise. A very good price for a usable (and powerful) period piece—well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. SOLD AT $29,150. This first year of the C6 Z06 was a quantum leap forward in performance over the previous generation. With a unique aluminum frame/magnesium engine cradle structure, a fixed roof panel, specific body panels, and a 427-ci engine yielding 505 hp, the Z06 was capable of sub-four-second 0–60 sprints. This copy, with low miles and in better-thandecent condition, traded hands far below book value of $38k. Someone stole this Corvette. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. FOMOCO #29-1951 MERCURY EIGHT custom convertible. VIN: 51SL62928M. Maroon metallic/ black cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 5,824 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Show-quality paint and cosmetics. Cloth top in good shape, save rumpling from stowage. Leather nicely broken in. Modern a/c. Wrapped, smaller-diameter Lecarra wheel, modern steering column and perforations in door for stereo speakers. Carpet and leather in trunk. Power front discs a prudent add with modern 460-ci Ford power. Door trim desperately in need of polishing, with driver’s door handle only significant demerit. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,600. With low cost of entry and an oversized presence, this very usable and stylish car would be a hit anywhere you took it. As the Ford marketing tagline in 1957 said, “Adventures in Motion.” I still love seeing that extended string of pastel Baby ’Birds when the local T-bird club turns up at one of our local car shows. A great value in the collector-car market and well bought. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. SOLD AT $52,640. My first impression upon seeing this car was, “WOW. Nice to see one that hasn’t been cut up and customized.” Then I realized it had a 460 under the hood. I have to admit, it’s a practical (and largely invisible) change that can be undone without too much trouble or 124 AmericanCarCollector.com #S157-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sunliner convertible. VIN: G8DC136249. Raven Black/ black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 64,976 miles. 332-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration that’s holding up reasonably well. Black paint is shiny but shows ample buffer swirl. Chrome looks to be original, with buff marks, but no pitting. Missing radio antenna. Continental kit bumper extensions don’t fit very well. Engine bay is clean and squared away. Driver’s side door sill is lumpy. Black-and-white vinyl interior is decent, shows little wear. Polished bits on dash show some light patina. Equipped with dealer-installed a/c. Black vinyl convertible top in decent condition. Great sunny-day cruiser. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. Not as desirable or complicated as the Skyliner, this more-affordable Fairlane ragtop had several other options that set it apart. With #27-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH107589. Sky blue/blue canvas/ two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 25,801 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice, driver-condition restoration unwinding. Paint largely very good; some signs of age, some orange peel on hood. Some gaps actually wavy. Welting around fender skirts erratically attached. Bumper chrome a little dull; rest still shiny. Trim mostly nice, with a loose screw, missing segment around door. Glass clear and unmarked. Cloth soft top good but shrunken, and won’t quite latch down fully. Two-tone interior sound but slightly dingy. Power steering/ brakes/windows, Town & Country radio. Sold at no reserve. Cond: 3+. the massive Continental kit (doubling as back porch) and a/c, this was a bit more than your average cruise-in entry. Condition held this one back, but it was certainly nice enough for a fun car you could enjoy as you worked on it. A thorough buffing and an antenna would have gone a long way. As it was, someone went home with a bit of a bargain. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #229-1963 SHELBY COBRA 260 roadster. VIN: CSX2047. Red/black leather. Odo: 33,116 miles. 260-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of only 62 early, street-legal 260 Cobras. One of 655 leaf-spring examples that was built prior to rack-and-pinion steering being offered. A respray in 2001 and again in 2019 to original colors. Long-term, 46-year ownership in climate-controlled facility. Fitted with optional bumpers, sun visors, hood latches and aluminum valve covers. An unusual, well-presented example. Cond: 2+. 3 SOLD AT $577,000. The smaller 260 motor is not as desirable as the later 289, and this was reflected in bidding. Improvements were made on the fly at Shelby American, so earlier examples were lacking later refinements. Price paid was slightly under the money, but still fair all around. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. #37-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: SFM5S441. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 32,004 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Low mileage, numbers matching, and claimed in original condition, with known ownership from new. Always in California or Texas. Paint a wee bit too good to have originated in Venice or from Ford...well buffed with proper single-stage sheen. Bumper chrome okay, with prep scratches. Small, bright stuff straight, mostly good. Interior looks mostly original save newish carpets; dash TOP 10


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This feels like a pretty good bid to me for a car that on the street is worth whatever a 16-year-old, looking for his first car, has in his pocket. MAG Auctions, Peoria, AZ, 01/20. NOT SOLD AT $280,000. Decidedly unrefined, these heavily decontented first-year GT350s are near the very top of the Shelby Mustang food chain—preceded only by the 36 or so R models—and therefore command a huge premium over their younger siblings. Other than a lessthan-concours-but-original presentation, there was no obvious reason this car fell so short of the market or its reasonable $350k lower estimate. It’s a real prize, and the consignor’s patience will be rewarded. Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. #S109.1-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. VIN: 9F02Z198745. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 18,261 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint appears shiny, but the surface has overspray throughout. Panel gaps appear as-original. Chrome is in good shape, with some brush/swirl marks. Stainless shows some buffing and sanding marks. The back glass has a few scratches on the driver’s side. The engine bay presents well, clean and correct. Interior shows some slight wrinkling on the driver’s side seat bottom. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,050. Seen previously at BarrettJackson’s 2019 Scottsdale sale, where it sold for $16,500 (ACC# 6892523). These trucks were purpose built, with few creature comforts. They were intended to be work vehicles, and nearly all of them were used as such. It is rare to find one that not only has been kept in pristine condition, but also shows fewer than 20,000 miles on the clock. As classic American trucks have found their groove, examples as clean as this one was will only continue to climb in value. Fair deal all around. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #412R-1978 MERCURY BOBCAT wagon. VIN: 8T22Z500713. White/blue plaid cloth. Odo: 22,760 miles. 171-ci V6, 2-bbl, auto. Blue plaid interior in good shape. Clean carpets and uncracked dash. Original paint and fake woodgrain is in good shape, except for an couple of drip spots on top of front passenger’s fender that have been touched up. Door fit per factory. Trim could use some rubbing compound, but in great shape for age. Headlight trim buckets starting to pit. Engine bay clean but with used-car-dealer shine all over it. As original as they come. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $231,000. This Boss 429 has been seen at six auctions in the past three-and-a-half years—most recently at the February 2019 Leake Oklahoma City sale, where it failed to meet reserve at $210k (ACC# 6897345). Total production for the 1969 model year numbered just 857 units. In better-than-decent condition courtesy of a body-on resto, this Boss ’9 had lots of curb appeal. Likely an older refresh that was holding up well. Miles were claimed original at just a nudge over 18k. Tidy, sharp, everything was there. The winning bid was spot-on. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #F136-1985 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. VIN: 1FABP27M1FF127635. Medium Charcoal Metallic/black vinyl/two-tone gray cloth. Odo: 7,619 miles. 5.0-L V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Factory paint shows no untoward rock chips or nicks, and retains much of its original luster. Glass and weatherstrip still appear fresh. Gray cloth interior, which wore notoriously quickly, still looks new. The elastic on both door map pockets has failed, just like it did on every other Mustang of this era. Engine bay is clean and correct. Wheels are like-new. With dealer’s bill of sale, build sheet, owner’s manual and more. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,150. Fox-body Mustangs have turned the corner, value-wise. These were affordable muscle, easily accessible, and as such, were usually driven hard and far. Examples like this one were the exception, not the rule. With values on the rise, and the rarity and condition being what they were, it was still a little surprising this copy brought a premium price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. I guess if you have to have one, here it is, and with only 22,760 miles #S94-2006 FORD GT Hertiage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S26Y400864. Gulf Blue & Epic Orange/black leather. Odo: 562 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. As-new, with no apparent flaws of any note, as it has covered fewer than 600 miles. One of only 343 Heritage Editions produced in 2006, the second and final year of the Camilo Pardo-designed (under Ford Creative Chief Officer J Mays) GT. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. The obvious upsides of one of these rare Ford GTs are (relative) exclusivity and high-performance driving. The downsides include never being able to drive it or face March–April 2020 125


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP MARKET MOMENT 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 Convertible destroying its “value,” and the inevitability of having to replace all the soft parts that go south due to disuse. So many of these were tucked away as investments; it seems sad they will never be used as intended. As the market for the Heritage Editions is in the mid-$400k range, the seller had little choice but to turn down the high bid. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. Mike Maez, courtesy of Gooding & Company SOLD at $42,560 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, January 17, 2020, Lot 32 VIN: 194677S118069 T he onslaught of barn-find cars at auction is beginning to slow, but it’s not yet gone. And I am not sure it should be. A a well-used convertible with a matching red hard top, this Corvette screams of a well-loved old car that has been retired to the corner of a garage for decades. While not powered by one of the larger 427-ci engine options, it does have the L79 V8 with 350-hp and a 4-speed manual transmission. Call that a drivable bonus. It’s difficult to tell exactly what kind of shape the red paint is in thanks to the mandatory coat of “barn find” dust, but the red interior with some faded orange-ish spots on the dash plastics show a decent patina. What path does the new owner take with this newly purchased ’Vette? Restore it like the zillions of others? Turn it into a fully custom convertible? Or leave as-is? The problem with a restoration is our red example will never be at the top of the Corvette pecking order with its small-block V8. Additionally, with a current median of $75k for a ’67 Corvette L79 convertible, that only leaves $30k for a restoration. It won’t take much before the costs no longer pencil out in your favor. Also, don’t forget that people are replicating patina now. The best bet here, at least in terms of resale value, is to do some heavy cleaning, perform the necessary maintenance and replace only what needs replacement. Do that and this ’Vette will be a great driver, and it will stand out in any group simply because it’s not a custom-show sled or an over-polished restoration. It has character that only dings and scrapes gathered through years of use can bring — and leaving them in place is what will make it special to a market still in love with barn-found objects.A 126 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com #17-2006 FORD GT Heritage Edition coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S26Y400119. Heritage Blue & Epic Orange/black leather. Odo: 5,478 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Rare (one of 343) and attractive Heritage Edition Ford GT, presented with all available factory options. Two-owner example with medium miles. Some recent mechanical work. As-new condition throughout, except some minor seat-bolster wear and worn exterior rubber. No obvious signs of accident damage. Carroll Shelby signature on dash. Cond: 1-. 9 SOLD AT $385,000. Ford GT lots were numerous this weekend, with more than 10 selling on Saturday alone at Barrett-Jackson. This includes their Lot 1353, a lower-mileage Heritage Edition that sold for $440k, including buyer’s premium. This Gooding lot was not sold on the block for a high bid of $345,000. Sale amended post-auction for $385,000. This has to be considered well purchased given other Ford GT sales this weekend. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. — Chad Taylor #246-2017 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 2FAGP9CW8HH200040. Riviera Blue/ black leather & cloth. Odo: 2,870 miles. 3.5-L turbocharged V6, 7-sp auto. Thought to be the only 2017 GT finished in Riviera Blue, which was a $30,000 upcharge. Also has $15,000 carbonfiber package. Lacking the NVH panel from factory, which exposes the carbon-fiber finish. 2 TOP 10 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL Complete with books and papers and optional, serialized Ford GT indoor car cover. Cond: 1. AMERICANA SOLD AT $923,500. This was last seen at RM’s Auburn August 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $875,000 (ACC# 6912007). Offered at no reserve, it sold here for a touch more. The bloom seems to be off the rose compared to the first, perhaps-not-so-legal sales. With a new GT rumored to be just around the corner, these now take a back seat. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. MOPAR #F158-2004 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 convertible. VIN: 1B3JZ65Z14V100025. Viper Red Clearcoat/black cloth/black & light gray leather. Odo: 12,131 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Sports a 2008 hood. Paint shows plenty of swirl, but nothing that couldn’t be corrected with a decent detailing. Aftermarket HRE wheels could also benefit from a bit of polishing. Some wear is evident on the driver’s side seat bolster, as one would expect with a car this low. Aftermarket short-throw shifter and shift knob. Black convertible top looks to be in good condition. Engine bay is clean-ish. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $335,000. Third sale in past two years and heading in wrong direction. Sold at 2018 RM Sotheby’s Phoenix event for $365,000 (ACC# 6857872), and 10 months later at RM Hershey for $357,500 (ACC# 6883431). A Full CCCA Classic that is always welcome at shows and concours, but with no likely appreciation in near future. New owner has a delightful car for tour or the show field. Well bought, at least for now. RM Sotheby’s, Phoenix, AZ, 01/20. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. The spiritual successor to the Shelby Cobra, the Viper SRT/10 was relatively raw and untamed upon its 1992 introduction. Lacking ABS, a/c, traction control, or even proper windows, it was all business. A couple of generations later, and Dodge’s serpent had a proper convertible top, had lost the sidepipes in the door sills, and had become rather polished for a 500-hp sports car. Top bid here was just under average value for a slightly modified Viper. Not sure a substantially higher bid could be had without changing venues. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. #F188-1947 STUDEBAKER M5 pickup. VIN: M542193. Holiday Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,520 miles. 170-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Red body shows some discolored spots just inboard of the passenger’s side front fender, but is otherwise in decent condition. Chrome bumpers have been nicely refinished, but chrome trim shows patina, particularly around the headlight bezels. Stainless trim is showing its age, with a bit of haziness on the hood center strip. Speedometer is dark, and the odometer is quite difficult to read. Cab side windows delaminating at the bottoms. #149-1941 PACKARD CUSTOM SUPER EIGHT One-Eighty Series 1906 Darrin convertible Victoria. VIN: 14292016. Saratoga Beige/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 22,371 miles. One of just 35 examples for 1941 with distinctive “Darrin Dip” on doors. Incorrect 1948 block replaced with period-correct 1941 block in 1990. Also received a respray and new brightwork. New leather and dash plastic. Accessory bumper guards. Known ownership from new. Now showing signs of age. An exciting automobile. Cond: 2. Pickup bed resprayed with a red bedliner material that matches the paint color of the truck well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. Rare to find in any condition, these old Studes turn up at auctions very infrequently. To find one as clean as this, even with the flaws noted, was a bit of a treat. It started up and ran with minimal fuss, and settled into a steady idle. Owning classic vehicles is even more enjoyable when they are practical and can be pressed into service. Average retail for one of these is roughly double what it took to buy this one, although this price falls between some of the recent auction prices. Fairly bought. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/19. 1 #121-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. VIN: 1034. Eng. # 33541. Waltz Blue Metal- lic/ blue leather. Odo: 6,241 miles. 355-ci H6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Historically significant, largely original Tucker 48 with über-low mileage and history from new. Well-documented factory promotional example featured in the “Tucker” feature film. Suspension “upgrades” from stock. Original, worn, soiled portions of the interior including holes in seat panels. Decade-old repaint holding up well over some wavy panels on passenger’s side. Nice whitewalls. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,040,000. Opening bid of $1 mil to silent anticipation. “Selling the car” announced at $1.7 million, followed by “silence is wonderful” by the auctioneer. Previously traded at Gooding 2012 Amelia Island auction for $1,320,000 (ACC# 4777938). Tuckers do not come up for sale every day. While this was strong, it is representative of the current market price for a very rare lot. Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 01/20. A CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe March–April 2020 127 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ TOP 10 Keith Martin’s


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THE PARTS HUNTER Pat Smith Fast, Cool and Tacky I hope the Hurst Scentaire didn’t end up in an Olds 442 #362764840108 1938 Chevrolet coupe, sedan, convertible polished grille. 12 photos. em condition: Used. eBay Motors. Terrebonne, OR. 10/31/2019. “This is a nice original 1938 stainless grille. It is not perfect, but about as nice as used gets. rom the high Oregon desert.” old at $895. This seems like a lot of money if you haven’t priced ’38 Chevy parts recently. Modern street- od-style grilles are nothing like the originals, but original-style car grilles aren’t available. You an buy a few parts for one but not the whole shebang. The truck grille’s different, and you can’t se a ’37 or ’39 either. Some minor work is needed here, but overall, this one’s very good. I’ve een them go for more money than what this sold for, so I’d call this a fair deal. #233395051468 1972 Buick GSX 800-cfm Rochester Quadrajet. 4 photos. Item condition: Recond. eBay Motors. Lexington, PA. 11/15/2019. “You are bidding on a Rochester Quadrajet carburetor number 7042240. This is an original 800-cfm carb for 1972 Buick 455 engines. This one is set up for performance with #75 jets, #47B primary rods and BG secondary rods. This carb has a fresh restoration, has been pressure tested and is ready to install.” Sold at $275. Buick only made 1,129 Skylark GS 455s in 1972, so this carburetor isn’t an easy find. Only a Stage 1 version is more rare. This one was rebuilt and date codes to January 24, which places it nicely in the stream of the production year. Price paid was pretty good even for an automatic carb. A 4-speed is going to be almost triple the amount. This one was a deal. #372848770098 NOS Hurst Auto Scentaire circulatory air freshener. 12 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Santa Cruz, CA. 12/1/2019. “This is a New Old Stock Hurst ‘Auto Scentaire’ circulating auto air freshener. This was an accessory that was actually made by Hurst, not just rebranded. I have never seen another one of these. It came out of the inventory of a speed shop that was closed in the ’70s to early-’80s. The parts that were left on the shelves were stored away until now. Don’t miss this very rare opportunity to own a rare Hurst accessory.” Sold at $260. George Hurst watched his former company wander into dubious territory with items like the Auto Scentaire. It was basically an electric-activated air freshener operated by heat sourced from electrical current. You poured some Pine scent onto a strip inside the unit and it pulsed this stuff into your car in 13-second intervals. Someone dug it enough to pay $260 for it. Sacrilegious. I just hope this didn’t end up inside a 442. 128 AmericanCarCollector.com #22365114220 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, 150, 210 licenseplate lamp. 12 photos. Item condition: New. eBay Motors. Livingston, CA. 11/30/2019. “1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 150, 210 rear license-plate light GM# 898309. These license lights are in driver condition. Check out the photos carefully in the brand-new crispy Chevrolet box. I have three or four of them left out of 20, so ask me for exact photos of the one you’re getting and I can do that.” Sold at $39. Once in a while you can get a bargain like this. New Old Stock has been competing with reproductions for a long time, and now we’re seeing stockpiled parts from the ’50s being cut loose while they’re still worth something. It’s happening to some 1960s cars as well. A repro version ranges from $50 to $60, so this was a nice deal. A


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JUNKYARD TREASURES Phil Skinner Treasures in the Brush With over 28 acres of vintage and later-model vehicles to choose from, chances are Purdin’s may have your desired part Detailing Purdin’s Auto Parts is a great source for vintage tin I n the early 1990s, Ray Purdin Jr. launched his first scrap and salvage company. He eventually established Purdin’s Auto Parts outside of Hillsboro, OH. Today, 50% of the business is pure scrap metal, recycling tons of aluminum, brass and other metals. But for those who are looking for some vintage tin, there are some real automotive treasures hiding in the wilderness here, too. Altogether about 1,500 vehicles are waiting to give up parts at Purdin’s, but this yard is not for the faint of heart. Most of the stock on hand is from the late 1970s and early 1980s, but if you take time to poke around in the weeds, there are a few surprises. There are a few areas that are a bit swampy, so a pair of mid-calf boots is highly recommended. Depending on the time of the year, bring your own weed-whacker. When a part has been discovered, do not attempt to remove it without checking in at the front office. For those who can’t visit in person, Purdin’s has a worldwide customer base and will ship just about any part to most anywhere on the globe. A What: Purdin’s Auto Parts Inc. Where: 4501 U.S. Hwy 50, Hillsboro, OH 45133 Phone: 937-364-3200 Web: www.usedautopartsinhillsborooh.com When: Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed Sunday This 1962 Chevrolet Corvair coupe is almost complete and available as a complete car or could be parted out 130 AmericanCarCollector.com


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I found several vintage military vehicles stashed away at Purdin’s, such as this Korean War-era Dodge M37 troop transport Built in Ohio at Ford’s Lorain assembly plant, this 1962 Mercury Comet awaits a new owner to bring it back to life Ray Jr. and his son currently share the operation duties for Purdin’s Auto Parts March–April 2020 131


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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. 50 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 Buick Special convertible 1962 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside custom short-bed pickup S/N 136677B162510. Marina Blue/bright blue. 17,375 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. White top. SS tribute, frame-on restoration. Rare 396/375, Muncie M20 4-speed, new clutch, Sanderson headers, Flowmaster mufflers, power steering, power disc brakes, factory a/c. Center console with clock, Retrodigital radio, SS gauges, blinker tach, rosewood steering wheel. New chrome bumpers and Rally wheels, trim pieces restored. 2018 engine and bay refreshed. Over $80,000 invested, documented. Featured at two car shows, three websites and carclub ads. $54,900. Private owner. Contact Eric, Ph: 714.401.1034, email: ericver@verizon.net. Website: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0SWd1CQlNs. (CA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top S/N 70249764. Red/red & white. 40,440 miles. Inline 8, 2-spd automatic. Wonderful, original, low-mileage Buick Special. The 50-year anniversary for Buick. Outstanding condition. The last of the straight 8s for Buick. Always garaged and meticulously cared for. No disappointments; a truly beautiful vehicle. $50,000. Contact Todd, Ph: 317.491.3514, email: tj@talonrc.com. (IN) 1954 Buick Skylark Project car on rolling, restored chassis. Body in primer. All major parts and paperwork included. $20,000. Ph: 315.382.3742, (NY) 1959 Chevrolet Impala 348 Tri-Power convertible including air conditioning, power brakes, power steering, dual exhausts, AM/FM radio, electric clock, cruise control and tinted glass. $39,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS replica convertible 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only Split-Window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic-sports-car service business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: jaguarguy.wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) FOMOCO 1956 Mercury Montclair convertible S/N 2C1440107928. Silver/white. 0 miles. V8, automatic. Exceptional Pro Street example. Frameoff restored C10 Fleetside custom short-bed pickup, which is an original C10 Custom Cab big-window short bed that has been restored and customized with no expense spared. Brand-new crate motor; built 350/310-hp V8 with 375 ft-lb of torque mated to a 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive. Four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, custom Vintage Air system molded into dashboard, with custom gauges and tilt column, AM/FM/CD stereo and custom seats. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-dr hard top S/N 59B120807. Roman Red/red. 50,800 miles. V8, automatic. Exceptional frame-off rotisserie restoration and always completely rust-free original Southern California example with every nut and bolt replaced. Very few miles since restoration and mostly all-original specs. 348 V8 with Rochester Tri-Power and Powerglide automatic transmission. Original Roman Red factory color paint, an absolutely beautiful all-new and original-specification red nylon and vinyl tri-tone colored interior with the Impala’s competition-inspired steering wheel. Front power disc brakes, dual exhausts, original wheel spinners, power steering, power top, fender skirts and Continental kit. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 132 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 41447U115970. Tuxedo Black/black. 0 miles. V8, automatic. Exceptional and extremely rare. Recent frame-off restoration of this highly desirable original Southern California Factory SS 2-door hard top (41447) with a date-correct 327 V8 matched to a Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission. Professionally finished in the most striking Tuxedo Black paint, matched to its original black SS bucket seats vinyl interior (trim code 815) with center console and floor shifter. Loaded with factory options Honduras Maroon Metallic/Fawn. 45,378 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptional, NCRS Top-Flight two-top convertible with its numbers-matching, fuelinjected 327 engine. Seven-time NCRS Top-Flight award winner. Tons of photos, additional information and documentation available online. $139,999 OBO. Hubert. Contact Ride Quality Motors, Ph: 805.202.4557, email: info@rqmotor.com. Website: www.1962fuelie.com/. (CA) 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, Tic-Tac-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner-wheel wells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can give all vendors who restored car. $60,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@ att.net. (WI) CORVETTE 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie convertible S/N 56WA18506M. 469 miles. V8, automatic. An absolutely exceptional comprehensive frame-off restoration. Completely rust-free and restored with great attention to detail. 312-ci V8 engine in beautiful and striking Flo-Tone two-tone color combination with a gorgeous matching interior. The car had factory options including 312 V8 engine, Merc-O-Matic automatic transmission, vinyl upholstery, power top, electric clock, horn ring, chrome window surround moldings, full-length body-side stainless trim, rear fender skirts, rocker panel moldings, heater and defroster, signal-seeking AM radio, power steering, tinted glass, four-way power front seat and power windows. $69,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 Skyliner retractable hard top S/N E7KW171886. Flame Red over Colonial White/red & white. 0 miles. V8, automatic. Rare opportunity to own an absolutely beautiful, cosmetically and mechanically restored example of a very stock, original and fully factory loaded Skyliner retractable hard top. Rare E-code 312 dual-quad 270/285-hp V8 engine. Factory air conditioning, power windows, power brakes, power steering, power seat, heater, dual spot lights, skirts and Continental kit. $75,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA)


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1957 Lincoln Premiere 2-dr hard top S/N 57WA77301. Pink & white/pink, black & white. 73,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. A true 1950s piece of art and a great eye-catcher! Car runs and drives very nicely. Radio and seat adjust not working, but everything else does. $25,000 OBO. Contact Stephen, Ph: 401.847.3989, email: srseiter@cox. net. (RI) 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 resto-mod coupe Silver/black. V8, manual. Award-winning restomod. High-performance 302 Ford Racing engine, high-performance cam and Edlebrock fuel injection, hidden weapons/gadgetry, proximity cameras/ alarm, plus many more performance and “007” mods. Experience the unrivaled beauty of an SR-1 E-type with the power, convenience and reliability that comes with modern technology. See weblink for additional photos. Contact Gene, Ph: 612.298.5648, email: gene.berghoff@gmail.com. Website: jaguarguy.wixsite.com/restomod. (MN) 2008 Ford Mustang “Bullitt” Tribute coupe V8, Thomas Special design. Celebrity ownership. Hemi, KLM speedo, Marchal sidelights, leather. Seller owned 40 years. Excellent condition. Serious inquiries only. Alternate phone: 323.327.6110. Contact “CJ”, Ph: 818.754.1298, email: akira01@ pacbell.net. (CA) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top manual. This could be the most iconic movie tribute car ever. Ford made a limited production of these numbered 2008 “Bullitt” Mustangs in honor of the 1968 Mustang in the movie “Bullitt.” This car is highly desirable, collectible, enjoyable (which I can attest to) and a great value. It has always been garaged. It has 53,008 miles. These Mustangs still bring a premium price, for those who know condition is everything. Given my Bullitt’s condition and low mileage, I’m only asking $15,908. HIS. Contact Harvey, Ph: 561.394.7247, email: Hoggfinancial@ bellsouth.net. (FL) MOPAR 1953 Chrysler Ghia Special Sport coupe 2000 Dodge Viper GTS coupe 1963 Studebaker Avanti R2 Supercharged coupe S/N 1B3ER69E0YB603091. 33,000 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Purchased new in Portland, OR. Occasional driver in good condition. Stock, always garaged, never tracked. $47,500. Contact Kim, Ph: 360.468.7390, email: Tanbark97@gmail. com. (WA) AMERICANA 1948 Packard Super Eight Victoria convertible S/N 22792625. Burgundy/black. 80 miles. Inline 8, 3-spd manual. 327 straight-8 engine, manual transmission with electronic overdrive. Power windows, top and seats. All in excellent condition. Appleton spotlight. 80k-plus miles. Runs and drives great. Undercarriage and engine as good as the exterior. More photos and videos available. Clean CA title. $51,000 OBO. Contact Richard, Ph: 949.291.6584, email: rwendt@sti.net. (CA) 1960 Studebaker Lark custom wagon S/N WH23F8G173967. Yellow/white. 61,000 miles. V8, automatic. Repainted July, 2017. All original otherwise. Factory a/c, ps, Flowmaster dual exhaust. Build sheet, new water pump, thermostat, valve-cover gaskets, intake manifold gasket, starter and battery. AM radio. Newer Cooper radial tires. Options include bumper guards, drip-rail and rocker moldings and longitudinal side trim. Garage-kept. $24,000 OBO. Contact Richard, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo.com. (OH) Highlander Green/Charcoal. 53,008 miles. 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Avanti Gold/Fawn. 83,349 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An absolutely exceptional example of this mostly all-original and stock supercharged R2 with matching-numbers 289/289 hp 4-bbl Super Jet Thrust V8 with 9:1 compression ratio. Original Avanti Gold factory color paint with extraordinarily rare and desirable factory 4-speed manual transmission. Factory options include power steering, power front disc brakes, AM push-button radio, electric clock, heater and defroster. Reportedly one of fewer than 500 factory 4-speed Supercharged R2s ever built between the 1963–64 production years. $75,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1982 Avanti Motor Co. Avanti II coupe S/N 60S1908. Bronze & cream/brown. 361 miles. V8, automatic. Rare 2-door wagon, Nebraska body, leather interior, first place concours d’elegance. Fresh build August 2019, 361 miles, Chevy .030 with mild cam, 700R4, 9-inch Ford, Mustang II, Art Morrison frame with air ride, 18- and 20-inch wheels. No trades. $45,000 OBO. Contact Scott, Ph: 419.564.3599, email: scott@scottsharrock. com. (OH) S/N RQB3388. Moondust Silver/red. 77,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. One of the last AltmanNeuman Avanti IIs. Chevrolet 305-ci V8. Turbo 350 auto. All factory brightwork, trim and glass is in great condition. Original spare wheel and tire. SW gauges that remain fully functional, including factory clock. This car was fitted with a factory Blaupunkt radio. A/C converted to R134a. No rust issues. Recent service: new valve covers and gaskets, air cleaner, fuel pump, hoses and belts and rubber trim. New engine oil, coolant and filters, full transmission service including replacement of seals, gaskets and flush and refill with new fluid, new front brake calipers, pads and hoses. $20,000. Contact Harlan, Ph: 804.543.4562, email: has250@ comcast.net. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertising/Marketing Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Motorwerks Marketing. 480-2281881. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and timesensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Auction Companies Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, 134 AmericanCarCollector.com 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 on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888-672-0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Gooding & Company. 310-8991960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the record-setting 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. Recently they have been featured 594-4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longestrunning event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: www.owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org New England Auto Auction. 207- Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. 919-269-5271 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. 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RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) W. Yoder Auction. 920-787-5549. W. Yoder Auction holds the only semi-annual collector car auction in the state of Wisconsin open to the public where anyone can buy and anyone can sell! But we don’t stop there. We specialize in collections and sell it all! Contact us today. info@wyoderauction. com. Learn more about us at wyoderauction.com and like us on Facebook. Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) Buy/Sell/General Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619-515-2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) 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 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. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org Copley Motorcars. 781-444-4646. Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, MercedesBenz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, CA. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) West Coast Classics. 424376-5151. 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. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. 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 Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Collection Management Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925 736-3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. Visit our website at www.blackhawkcollection.com Corvette Parts & Restoration 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) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1953–2013 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at 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) Leasing-Finance J.J. BEST BANK & CO. provides low-rate and long-term 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 5 minutes! 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 17–19, 2020. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com, or call 619.233.5008, for more information. (CA) 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) www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $199.00. 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) 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) Insurance Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800-922-4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com (MI) Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877-973-7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com (PA) 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 136 AmericanCarCollector.com American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage 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)


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Museums 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. 253-2722336 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 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.customautosoundmfg.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) Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts. From our first beginnings in 1969, Larry’s has QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44-1428-687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilverexhausts.myshopify.com always strived to provide the broadest line of high-quality parts for the best prices. We have painstakingly reproduced over 1,000 different parts for our 1955–1966 Ford Thunderbird, 1965–1973 Ford Mustang and 1954–1957 Ford Passenger Car product lines and are never satisfied with less than the best workmanship. Learn more now at www.larrystbird.com or call us at 800-854-0393. Restoration—General National Parts Depot. 800-8747595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for: 1965–73 and 1979–93 Mustang 1967–81 Camaro & Firebird 1964–72 GTO, Tempest & LeMans 1964–87 Chevelle, Malibu & El Camino 1948–96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947–98 C/K 1/2-ton Chevy Truck 1966–96 Bronco 1955–57 Thunderbird www.nationalpartsdepot.com Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208-755-3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724-4524329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cuttingedge 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 CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe March–April 2020 137 SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 Manns Restoration. 636-9337008. Since the 1930s, four generations of the Manns family have been reviving priceless family heirlooms to be treasured by future generations. Honesty and good work have brought recognition and numerous world class awards from across the country. The unifying characteristic of each project is the quest for perfection. No matter what level of restoration your project calls for, we will always strive for Best in Show. We offer a variety of services including Metal Fabrication, Paint, Body, Mechanical, Wood, Upholstery and Interiors, and Electrical. mannsrestoration.com (MO) Pollock Auto Restoration. 610323-7108. Experienced with BrassEra, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@pollockauto. com www.pollockauto.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519-3524575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. Whether it’s a complete “body-off” restoration, a partial restoration, or a cosmetic upgrade, our dedicated team of restoration perfectionists provides an unwavering commitment to deliver flawless work, and to the highest cosmetic presentation, every time. www.rmautorestoration.com A Keith Martin’s


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Millions in Minutes SURFING AROUND Carl Bomstead CARL’S THOUGHT: Legendary championship golfer Jack Nicklaus won 18 major golf tournaments and over 100 other events during his career. He was rarely seen without his 18-karat gold Rolex 1803 Day-Date on his wrist. He received the watch as a gift from Rolex in 1967 and served as their brand ambassador. Phillips, at their December 10 auction in New York, sold the watch in less than two minutes for $1,220,000 including the buyer’s fees. The proceeds were donated to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Foundation. The watch had been expected to sell for between $100,000 and $200,000. It quickly exceeded that estimate, but was not close to the record for a Rolex that was set a few years ago when Paul Newman’s Daytona sold for $17,752,500. Here are a few more timely items I found this month: WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS 95. LOT 3—MOPAR AUTO PARTS NEON CLOCK. SOLD AT $2,006. Date sold: 12/7/2019. This very cool neon MoPar Parts and Accessories clock displays well with strong colors. It shows only minor wear and the clock motor was stated to have been updated. A practical and impressive addition to a car barn full of Chrysler products. Sold for the going rate. EBAY #143412597506— 1963 CORVETTE ORIGINAL SHOWROOM POSTER. Number of bids: 32. SOLD AT $1,426. Date sold: 10/23/2019. This poster displayed the SplitWindow Corvette with the futuristic Los Angeles terminal in the background with a rare empty parking lot. The poster measures 15 by 19 inches and appeared to be in decent condition with only a few minor issues. An impressive go-with if you have the ’63 in the garage. If not, it’s an incentive to go find one! WM. MORFORD AUCTIONS 95. LOT 46—U.S. TIRES ADVERTISING CLOCK. SOLD AT $2,596. Date sold: 12/7/2019. This very early clock was painted wood and had a few scratches and nicks. The painted-gold interior of the numerals had been redone some time ago and the pendulum had been replaced. The “Tire-ly Satisfied’ statement was rather old-timey but clever. An unusual clock that sold for a rather aggressive number. EBAY#163957208880— FORD PORCELAIN NEON DEALERSHIP SIGN. Number of bids: 12. SOLD AT $8,600. Date sold: 11/29/2019. This five-foot Ford neon sign was double-sided 138 AmericanCarCollector.com and finished with an unusual light blue outline. It appeared that the porcelain had a few touch-ups, but nothing serious. Buyer has the choice of displaying it as-is or splitting it and selling a side to help cover his cost. I’d hate to see that happen, but it is not uncommon. EBAY# 274098393718—MARATHON PYRAMID ONE-GALLON OIL CAN. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT $4,100. Date sold: 11/15/2019. This unusual Marathon oil can with its pyramid shape is one of the most desirable and collectible of all oil cans. Condition is the determining factor when considering value; as a trashed example, after one bid, recently sold for $1,500. These were not offered for long, as they were difficult to display and expensive to produce. The price paid was market-correct considering the condition. EBAY# 274095583376— 1941 STEELCRAFT CHRYSLER PEDAL CAR. Number of bids: 5. SOLD AT $1,226. Date sold: 11/20/2019. This very original pedal car was in amazing condition, with only a minor dent on the hood and oxidization on the wheels. The original paint was also exceptional. Most pedal cars are restored to the nines, so it is refreshing to find one so well preserved. A real treat at a most reasonable price. Well bought! EBAY#392528913162—1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA TIN TOY BY ATC NR. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT $1,531. Date sold: 11/17/2019. This delightful tin toy was offered with a reproduction box, which adds to the displayability of the toy. It was in a very unusual yellow livery and the tin trim was in good order. The interior was highly detailed and the rubber tires were in good condition. A desirable Impala in a seldom-seen color. Price was spot-on. A