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CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5 • Issue 27 • May-June 2016 The Scoop: Profiles CORVETTE 1967 CORVETTE 427/390 COUPE $84k / Gooding & Co. Right money for a Survivor ’Vette with a few questions — John L. Stein Page 44 GM 1967 CADILLAC DEVILLE CONVERTIBLE $55k / RM Sotheby’s GM’s luxury powerhouse shows a market uptick — Tom Glatch Page 46 FoMoCo 2005 FORD GT $308k / RM Sotheby’s Ford’s hot-ticket GT may finally be hitting a market slowdown — Sam Stockham Page 48 MOPAR 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A $93.5k / Barrett-Jackson Strong-but-correct money for Mopar’s homologation racer — Patrick Smith Page 50 AMERICAN ™ 6 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin's


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CUSTOM 1950 BUICK CUSTOM “TRULY RARE” $11k / Bonhams A period-built custom with all the wrong looks — Ken Gross Page 52 AMERICANA RACE 1909 STANLEY MODEL E2 RUNABOUT $49.5k / RM Sotheby’s Small money for a steam-powered icon — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 54 1968 CHEVROLET SUNOCO CAMARO $990k / RM Sotheby’s Real-deal Trans-Am racer nears the million-dollar mark — Dale Novak Page 58 TRUCK 1955 CHEVROLET 3100 NAPCO 4X4 PICKUP $64k / Barrett-Jackson Period add-on 4x4 kit boosts value in the market — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 60 Cover photo: 1968 Chevrolet Sunoco Camaro Trans-Am Robin Adams ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A, p. 50 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson May-June 2016 7


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The Rundown EXPERTS’ COLUMNS 10 Torque Time for a new story — Jim Pickering 38 Cheap Thrills 1974–81 Plymouth Trail Duster — B. Mitchell Carlson 40 Horsepower Seat time in Shelby’s new muscle — Colin Comer 42 Corvette Market Advice for the young Corvette collector — John L. Stein 130 Surfing Around Must-have automobilia — Carl Bomstead 122 Junkyard Treasures c Mopars past their — Phil Skinner AUCTIONS 64 Leake Auction Company — Oklahoma City The 1978 Lincoln Continental “elevator car” makes $57k, totals hit a record $12.5m and 452 of 552 cars sell — B. Mitchell Carlson 76 Mecum — Kansas City 413 out of 572 cars change hands to the jingle of $10.25m total — B. Mitchell Carlson 88 GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace 382 out of 534 cars sell for $10.2m at this thriving North Carolina auction — Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz 98 Dan Kruse Classics — San Antonio Classic Car 106 Roundup American vehicles at Amelia Island — Cody Tayloe, Jeff Trepel, Carl Bomstead, Joseph T. Seminetta, Nicholas M. Seminetta 8 AmericanCarCollector.com Auction Total sales approach $1m at the San Antonio AutoRama, and 64 of 152 cars go home to new garages — Phil Skinner FUN RIDES 20 Good Reads True tales of Tuckers, Internationals, diggers and winged wonders — Mark Wigginton 24 Desktop Classics Cobra Daytona coupe — Marshall Buck 26 Snapshots American iron at Amelia Island SERV DEPA 12 What’s Happening Car events of note 14 Crossing the Block Upcoming auctions and highlighted star cars 22 Parts Time Cool parts to keep your car on the road 24 Cool Stuff Over-the-fender creepers, an under-the-roof cargo rack and a talking “Knight Rider” phone charger 28 Wrenching Make your classic sit right 36 Readers’ Forum Restore or modify a Camaro? 74 Quick Take 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition — B. Mitchell Carlson 84 Glovebox Notes 2016 Ford Mustang GT/CS Coupe Premium 104 Our Cars 1998 Ford Expedition XLT SUV — Jeff Stites 108 One to Watch 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 — Jim Pickering 120 The Parts Hunter Rare parts and pieces on the market 124 Showcase Gallery Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 126 Resource Directory Get to know our advertisers 127 Advertiser Index


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Torque Jim Pickering The Real Value is the Story VEHICLES COME AND GO, BUT THE STORIES THEY CREATE STICK WITH YOU FOR A LIFETIME of tricks that gave it a performance advantage during the glory days of Trans-Am. But at the risk of oversimplifying things, T beyond the performance cheats and tweaks, it’s a 1968 Camaro. It’s not fundamentally that much different than the $900 car my dad bought to restore back in 2002. So how do we get from $900 to $990,000? The value’s in the car’s story, and with our cover car, that story is working overtime. I don’t want to make it sound like this Sunoco Camaro wasn’t special in its own right, especially when it came to its equipment, because that’s just not true. It’s the embodiment of Donohue’s Unfair Advantage turned legend, complete with disc brakes rigged with a vacuum system designed to retract the pads in the calipers for quicker swaps and shorter pit-stop times. But that’s all part of this car’s story. Before it was built into a racer, the body that became Sunoco number 16 rolled down one of Chevrolet’s lines, right next to thousands of other Camaros that went to teachers, soldiers, shop owners and more. That was the whole point: Win with one, sell a thousand. But each of those thousand other Camaros also has a story of its own. Swapping stories I spent most of the past weekend work- ing on a sunburn on the tailgate of my ’72 Chevy pickup and talking with an ACCer named Dan at the Portland Swap Meet. He was there with his friend Mike, in a space next to mine, selling a handful of Corvette and Mustang parts and chatting with other car guys busy hunting diamonds in the grease. I was there doing something I said I’d never do: selling my truck. As I pretended not to size up the people looking over my orange and white Chevy, my conversation with Dan spun around to different topics. We talked about ACC’s Pocket Price Guide, Portland’s real estate boom, and what was right and wrong about my pickup. Eventually we got to the fact that he’d grown up in Detroit, and it just so happened that he had worked at Chrysler’s 10 AmericanCarCollector.com his issue’s cover shot features a very special car — a legit $990k Trans-Am Sunoco Camaro. Some of the best in the business raced this car — and they fitted it with a bunch Just like any other ’68 Camaro, except not Hamtramck assembly plant. “I actually built Hemi ’Cudas,” he said. “A lot of Valiants, too.” Dan lit up as he talked about working the Chrysler lines, running out of door panels, the power the unions had over everything, how many cars had wrong parts from new (and shipped that way regardless of what their broadcast sheets said), painting without respirators, and back-lot “test drives” that broke driveshafts in zero-mile 440 and Hemi cars. He gushed about Detroit’s period music scene, and the fantastic food brought into the area from people who moved to the Motor City from all over the United States to work in the plants. It was a snapshot of a legendary time and place, and Dan’s vivid details brought it all to life. But it wasn’t lost on me that Dan, despite this great Mopar story, was most interested in talking about his Goodwood Green 1967 Corvette — and that he had no Mopar parts in his stall. It ends, and it doesn’t I had stressed over the decision to sell my truck. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to do it right up past the point when its new owner handed me $16,500. Funny thing: Even though everyone (ACC blog readers included) told me that I’d regret selling it to fund a new modern driver, I don’t really feel that way. At least not yet. Old trucks have been in my life for as long as I can remember. The first steering wheel I sat behind belonged to Dad’s 1967 GMC truck, and that stainless GMC horn button is still etched in my mind. Then there was the ’75 C20 that I rode around in as a kid and later took to college, and this ’72 — the truck that Dad and I rebuilt when I bought a house and had a kid of my own. When I look back, I feel the exact same attachment to all three of those trucks even though two are long gone, and it took me a while to realize just why that is: It’s not really about the trucks at all. It’s about the memory of grabbing that GMC wheel, peeking over that C20 dash, and hauling my daughter out to the country in the K10 to get a Christmas tree. And while you can keep a truck, you can’t live a memory every day. Those stories may not be as glamorous as Sam Posey running full-tilt in the Sunoco Camaro at Watkins Glen — or as cool as an assembly-line worker shattering a Hemi ’Cuda’s U-joint behind the factory on a sunny lunch break in 1970 — but they’re valuable to me. And now it’s time for a new story. A


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WHAT’SHAPPENING Let us know about your events Do you know of American-car-related events or happenings that we should publicize? Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@ americancarcollector.com. A Goodguys Show is Easy to Find Near You Goodguys car shows crank up in four dif- ferent spots around the United States in May or June. You’ll find hundreds of hot rods, muscle cars and customs at these four huge car shows: The Goodguys 11th Nashville Nationals is at the Tennessee Titans Stadium from May 13 to 15. The Goodguys 23rd Summer Get- World of Speed concept art for their upcoming “Heroes and History” display World of Speed Revs Up for the Indy 500 On May 29, the Indianapolis 500 will hold its 100th annual race. On June 10, World of Speed, the educational and interactive motorsports museum in Wilsonville, OR, will debut the “Heroes and History” display, telling the story of brickyard racing with a 33-IndyCar starting grid. Highlights will include Al Unser Sr.’s 1967 Lola, Janet Guthrie’s 1977 Lightning and Mario Andretti’s 1981 Wildcat. The cars will be joined by interactive exhibits sharing stories of the race and its drivers. www.worldofspeed.org. Together rumbles into the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, from June 4 to 5. The Goodguys 24th East Coast Nationals fires up at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY, from June 10 to 12. The Goodguys/Speedway Motors 2nd “Day at the Hay” rolls into the Haymarket Entertainment District in Lincoln, NE, on June 25. All these gearhead parties include thousands of hot rods, customs, classics and muscle cars, autocross events, swapmeets, live entertainment, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, and, of course, one giant car show. www.good-guys.com Carlisle for GM and Ford GM and Ford fans can agree on one big Corvettes at Indy Bloomington Gold lights up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway — yes, the site of the Indy 500 — from June 23 to 25. Laps around the Brickyard are on the menu this year, so bring your Corvette! Your speed on the track will be limited to 60 mph, but those who want more speed — and who doesn’t? — can plunk down $500 for a back-seat ride in an Indy car around the Brickyard at 180 mph. This is the 44th year of this long-running Corvette show, and thousands of Corvette lovers flock in each year. This is the place to see the nicest, most-original Corvettes around. Many people hope their car is original enough to win a coveted Gold Certification, a Survivor Award or the top-of-the-mountain Benchmark Award. This is more than a judging event. The GoldMine has dozens of Corvettes for sale, and there is a Corvette auction, driving tours and much more. www.bloomingtongold.com 12 AmericanCarCollector.com thing: Carlisle, PA, is the place to be in June. Carlisle Ford Nationals runs from June 3 to 5, and Carlisle GM Nationals takes over the sprawling grounds from June 17 to 19. As you’d expect, both shows attract thousands of great cars and like-minded gearheads. Each show also offers a great swapmeet, Manufacturers Midway, car corrals and other attractions. For more information, visit www.carsatcarlisle. com. A


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CROSSINGTHE Auctions America — Auburn Spring Where: Auburn, IN When: May 5–7 Last year: 199/299 cars sold / $4,962,808 Featured cars: • 1948 Chrysler Town & Country woodie convertible. Finished in green with a green interior and tan canvas top (Auctions America estimate: $100k– $145k) • 1953 Oldsmobile 98 convertible. An award-winning example in white over a green interior with a dark green top. Recent AACA Junior award winner. Frame-off restoration completed using many New Old Stock parts ($70k– $80k) Star Car: 1957 Chevrolet el Morocco at Leake’s Tulsa, OK, auction Last year: 106/216 cars sold / $1,984,784 More: www.vicariauction.com • 1964 Ford Ranchero • 1929 Ford Model A roadster More: www.auctionsamerica.com Silver Auctions Where: Missoula, MT When: May 7 More: www.silverauctions.com Silver Auctions — Big Sky Collector Car Auction 2016 Where: Spokane, WA When: May 11 More: www.silverauctions.com Vicari — Cruisin’ Nocona Where: Nocona, TX When: May 12–14 Featured cars: Last year: 91/147 cars sold / $1,914,059 More: www.dankruseclassics.com • Star Car: 1960 Chevrolet El Camino custom 14 AmericanCarCollector.com • Star Car: 1965 Shelby Daytona Superformance continuation car. With Roush 427R 550-hp V8 and 6-speed transmission VanDerBrink — The Harvey Baus Collection Where: Hoven, SD • Star Car: 1968 Shelby GT500. High-quality restoration completed in 2003 ($110k–$125k) • 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 COPO • 1962 Chevrolet Corvette styling car More: www.mecum.com Mecum Auctions — Original Spring Classic Where: Indianapolis, IN When: May 17–21 Last year: 921/1,401 cars sold / $42,585,633 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster Dan Kruse Classics — MidlandOdessa Classic Car Auction Where: Midland-Odessa, TX When: May 21 When: May 28 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Shannons — Sydney Winter Classic Auction Where: Sydney, AUS When: May 30 More: www.shannons.com June More: www.dragoneclassic.com Dragone — Greenwich Weekend Where: Westport, CT When: June 4 Last year: 54/69 cars sold / $3,815,175 • Star Car: 1939 Packard Twelve, with custom touring cabriolet body by Brunn Southern Classic — Chattanooga Classic Where: Chattanooga, TN When: June 4 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Bonhams — The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction Where: Greenwich, CT When: June 5 Last year: 82/94 cars sold / $7,503,650 More: www.bonhams.com More: www.leakecar.com Leake — Tulsa 2016 Where: Tulsa, OK When: June 10–12 Last year: 513/689 cars sold / $11,644,820 • Star Car: 1957 Chevrolet El Morocco. Thought to be one of only three surviving 4-door hard tops of 16 produced Upcoming auctions (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) MAY BLOCK by Tony Piff


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CROSSINGTHEBLOCK Star Car: 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra roadster at Mecum’s Original Spring Classic in Indianapolis, In Russo and Steele — Newport Beach Where: Newport Beach, CA When: June 10–12 Last year: 173/343 cars sold / $7,371,43 More: www.russoandsteele.com The Finest — The Elegance at Hershey Where: Hershey, PA When: June 11 More: www.thefinest.com Mecum — Portland Where: Portland, OR When: June 17–18 • 1968 Chevrolet Nova SS COPO • 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 More: www.mecum.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: June 17–18 More: www.raleighclassic.com Twin Cities Auctions — Back to the ’50s Where: Saint Paul, MN When: June 17–18 Last year: 112/176 / $1,880,290 Featured cars: • 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air “bubble top” with professionally built 409-ci V8 and 4-speed • 1957 Lincoln Premiere convertible More: www.twincitiesauctions.com Electric Garage — 9th Annual Premier Collector Car Auction Where: Calgary, AB, CAN When: June 17–19 More: www.theelectricgarage.com Motostalgia Auctions d’Elegance — Indianapolis Brickyard Auction Where: Indianapolis, IN When: June 18 Last year: 65/106 cars sold / $4,308,225 More: www.motostalgia.com Barrett-Jackson — Northeast 2016 Where: Uncasville, CT When: June 23–25 Featured cars: show winner, featured in Muscle Car Review magazine and the Special Collector’s Edition of Mustang Monthly magazine. One of one as equipped. This car was never completely restored and retains most of its original sheet metal More: www.barrett-jackson.com Southern Classic — 12th Annual Muscle Car Mayhem Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: June 25 More: www.southernclassicauctions.com Auctions America — Santa Monica Collector Car Auction Where: Santa Monica, CA When: June 25–26 Last year: 162/292 cars sold / $15,407,050 Featured cars: • 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible • 1963 Ford Galaxie 500XL with 406-ci V8 and 4-speed 16 AmericanCarCollector.com • Star Car: 1968 Ford Torino GT 428 Cobra Jet. California black-plate car. One of 193 built with 428 and 3.91 gears. All original, with the exception of a respray 26 years ago. Retains extensive original dealer paperwork and factory markings • 1958 Chevrolet Corvette Fuelie, equipped with manual transmission. Red with white coves and red interior • 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. Multiple More: www.auctionsamerica.com Featured cars: • A selection of 10 cars from the Midwest Duffy Grove Collection, including a 1958 Chevrolet Impala fuel-injected convertible in Onyx Black over a black/silver/turquoise interior (Auctions America estimate: $120k– $150k) and a restored 1958 Buick Limited convertible, equipped with a Flight Pitch Dynaflow transmission, Wonder Bar radio, Autronic Eye and power seats ($140k–$160k) Silver Auctions — Car d’Alene Auction 2016 Where: Coeur d’Alene, ID When: June 28 Last year: 39/101 cars sold / $566,784 More: www.silverauctions.comA


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Publisher’s Note Keith Martin CAR COLLECTOR Volume 5, number 3 May-June 2016 GeT In TOuCH Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Publisher Keith Martin executive editor Chester Allen Editor Jim Pickering Art Director Dave Tomaro Digital Media Director Jeff Stites editor at Large Colin Comer Auctions editor Tony Piff Senior Associate editor Chad Tyson Data Specialist Chad Taylor Copy editors Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Auction Analysts Andy Staugaard Dan Grunwald Pat Campion Jeremy Da Rosa Adam Blumenthal Michael Leven Cody Tayloe Joe Seminetta Daren Kloes Jeff Trepel Morgan Eldridge Contributors Carl Bomstead Colin Comer John Draneas Michael Pierce Jay Harden Tony Piff Jay Leno and his Doble steam car. See p. 56 for his thoughts on the underrated wonders of steam power W Phil Skinner See what Mopar treasures lie in a California junkyard on p. 122 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Leno, Steam Cars and Junkyards ith every issue of ACC, we work to bring you more features to enhance your collecting. In this issue, you’ll see that we’ve increased our number of book reviews to four. We’ve also added a Readers’ Forum in which we ask for your opinions about common collector-car questions. In this case, you tell us whether it’s best to take a first-gen Camaro back to showroom stock or leave it with its “Day Two” modifications. Jay Leno loves steam cars, so it’s appropriate that we have him weigh in on our profile of the Stanley Steamer that sold for $49,500 at RM Sotheby’s sale at Amelia Island. And finally, in this age of barn-find mania, we’ve sent our intrepid reporter Phil Skinner to Williams, CA, to look in a junkyard for any jewels that might be found among the rusted hulks. As always, you’ll find our unique auction reports, with each car personally inspected and rated, and the sale evaluated. It’s another fact- and fun- filled issue of ACC, guaranteed to keep you entertained until the next issue arrives! A Mark Wigginton Jeff Zurschmeide Information Technology Brian Baker SeO Consultant Michael Cottam Advertising and events Manager Erin Olson Financial Manager Cheryl Ann Cox Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer ADVerTISInG SALeS Advertising executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 214 Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 x 213 SubSCrIPTIOnS Subscriptions Manager Meredith Volk Subscriptions 877.219.2605 x 1 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., M–F service@AmericanCarCollector.com 503.253.2234 fax @AmericanCCMag COrreSPOnDenCe Phone 503.261.0555 Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797 Portland, Oregon 97208 Fedex/DHL/uPS 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 Email help@AmericanCarCollector.com Feedback comments@AmericanCarCollector.com Web www.AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTer: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 by American Car Collector, LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group, Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA B. Mitchell Carlson Ken Gross Tom Glatch John L. Stein Marshall Buck Dale Novak AMERICAN JOIN US Travis Shetler Jack Tockston Mark Moskowitz Phil Skinner John Boyle Doug Schultz Pierre Hedary Wallace Marx Bob DeKorne Brett Hatfield Keith Martin's


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GOODREADS by Mark Wigginton The Tucker story is well known, with visionary car guy Preston Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow by Steve Lehto, Chicago Review Press, 288 pages, $27.95, Amazon Tucker trying to push post-World War II automobiles into the future (or at least the more recent pre-war, Tatra-ish past, rather than accept Detroit’s worldview built around sheet-metal lipstick on old pig technology). His rear-engine, rear-wheel drive design pushed the feature envelope, with disc brakes, aerodynamic shape, and a passenger-friendly safety solution. Tucker thought the car-hungry post-war car business was ripe for disruption. It was a pre-Silicon Valley attitude at odds with the most conservative of cultures: Detroit. Author Steve Lehto tries to definitively explain why it all went wrong, using a vast trove of untapped documents and interviews. And wrong it went, with the entrenched industry fighting him, and finally enlisting the power of the Securities and Exchange Commission to bring him down. Readable and informative, Lehto’s book manages to tell a compli- cated story of dreams colliding with power in a page-turning style. Lineage: Fit and finish: is best Top Fuel Dragsters: Drag Racing’s Rear-Engine Revolution by Steve Reyes, CarTech, 176 pages, $24.28, Amazon Seeing a modern-day Top Fuel dragster in action is a bit of an out- of-body experience. They are so loud, so powerful, so freakin’ fast that the first time you see one do a pass in person, your mind rejects what you just saw — and then wants to see it again. Author Steve Reyes, a longtime motorsports photographer, was there at the dawn of the rear-engine revolution led by the legendary Mickey Thompson. Moving from the front-engine “sling-shot” dragsters, the movement of engine to the rear made dragsters faster and safer. Reyes lays out the Top Fuel history quickly, then looks at the biggest names and innovators, all once-over-lightly. More than anything, Top Fuel Dragsters is a collection of historic images with just enough verbiage for context. Not a definitive look at the technology or the people, but rather a quick bedtime or bathroom page-flipper. Lineage: Fit and finish: is best 20 AmericanCarCollector.com Drivability: Drivability: International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History by Patrick Foster, Motorbooks, 208 pages, $31.04, Amazon In the great Venn diagram of automotive passion, there is a big hunk devoted to trucks, and a much, much smaller slice for International Harvester. But the passion is strong. For more than 100 years, the International Harvester (now known as Navistar … thanks, Obama) family tree grew from a merger of farm equipment and truck companies in 1902 (and their first motorcar, the Auto Buggy in 1907). They built a reputation for toughness in a rural environment. But just because you are one of the biggest companies in America in 1902 doesn’t guarantee a smooth path. While IH was a small-truck leader in the ’50s, the explosion of trucks for the every- man in the ’60s and competition with GM and Ford dealer networks started taking a toll. Patrick Foster tells the whole story, in a delightful, good-looking history full of great images and plenty of perspective on how IH battled to stay alive. Lineage: is best Dodge Daytona & Plymouth Superbird by Steve Lehto, CarTech, 204 pages, $29.43, Amazon In the early history of “stock car” racing, words meant something. Heck, Bill France, in his first race as the new promoter of the series that would become a national treasure, had to disqualify the 1st-place finisher for using a common bootlegger suspension trick. But the notion of “stock car” morphed pretty quickly, and by the ’60s, if you built 500 cars and sold them to the public, that version was approved for racing. The Charger 500, for example, was just a version of the current production car with tweaks that turned a car with diabolical han- dling created by bad aero into a winner. The natural end game to all this was the Dodge Daytona and Plymouth Superbird. Steve Lehto does a nice, thorough job of telling the history of two iconic cars from that period, the high-winged, super-slick stock cars that battled the just-as-tweaked Ford Torino and Mercury Cyclone. Now, if I had just bought one of these a few years after they raced when they were used cars nobody wanted …A Lineage: is best Fit and finish: Drivability: Fit and finish: Drivability:


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PARTSTIME by Chad Tyson Oer big-block Fan Shroud for 1969–70 nova and 1969 Camaro How many of us know that a fan shroud improves low-speed cool- ing in our collector cars? How many of us have ignored this and gone without the shroud anyway? This shroud is specifically for big-block, long-water-pump 1969 Camaros and 1969–70 Novas. Precision injection molding ensures quality fit and finish with stock-style cooling systems. Get one before summer heat sidelines your fun. Visit classicindustries.com to order, TSTIME by Chad Tyson Oer big-block Fan Shroud for 1969–70 nova and 1969 Camaro How many of us know that a fan shroud improves low-speed cool- ing in our collector cars? How many of us have ignored this and gone without the shroud anyway? This shroud is specifically for big-block, long-water-pump 1969 Camaros and 1969–70 Novas. Precision injection molding ensures quality fit and finish with stock-style cooling systems. Get one before summer heat sidelines your fun. Visit classicindustries.com to order, New New products to modernize your street machine American Autowire 1967–75 Mopar A-body Classic update Kit American Autowire is known for its impressive catalog of over 9,000 wiring harnesses and accessories. One of its latest offerings easily bridges the gap between stock and resto-mod Mopar builds. The Classic Update kit for A-bodies includes many of the original- style connectors, as well as provisions for aftermarket steering columns and gauge clusters. Wire it right and then forget about it. This Classic Update kit (p/n 510603) costs $799 and comes with everything you need, except the crimper. Go to americanautowire. com or call them at 800-482-9473. oyal Purple Max Z Synthetic Power Steering Fluid x EZ is compatible eplacement ll extend pump nd enhance l while handling ure load you p of that a service n flushes, and it’s ct to r each le, line wide ores. lpurplecon m for addit on. Oer 1972–81 GM F-body rear Interior Side Panels Second-generation F-bodies have been moving up in the market — led by strong interest in SD and Bandit-era Trans Ams. More interest means more support from the aftermarket and less time searching junkyards for acceptable parts and panels to restore. Thanks to OER, you can now replace that cracked, faded or flat- out broken interior panel on either side of the rear seat. High-quality polymers mean this panel replacement will last a long time. Find the panels for $79.99 each (shipped oversize) at classicindustries.com or call 855-357-2787. Don’t forget the paint to match the rest of your interior!A 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOLSTUFF No More Stressing Over Fenders These Topside Creepers support your weight — so your back doesn’t have to — for optimal engine-bay access. With your body in the correct ergonomic position, you can take your time and focus on the task at hand. The Traxion 3-100 ($249.97) adjusts from 48 inches high to 64 inche smaller trucks. For bigger r goes from 53 inches high t www.summitracing.co Not Corny at All Keep your fingers clean with these way-cool cob stickers, styled like real spark plugs. $14.97 for fou pairs from www.genuin hotrod.com by Tony Piff Nice Rack A roof rack does its job, but at the expense of fuel economy and aesthetics, and your cargo is exposed to the risk of weather and theft. The SeatRack installs in less than a minute, giving you an easy, secure way to haul surfboards, fly rods and two-by-fours inside your vehicle. Fifty-four-inch straps with metal buckles cinch everything down. Holds up to 50 pounds. Made in the U.S.A. $129.95 from www.seat-rack Instant KITT Car Now you can play like Michael Knight while juicing your phone. This USB car charger not only looks like KITT’s voice box — it plays eleven different quotes while the light bars flicker in sync. $29.99 from www.thinkgeek com DESKTOPCLASSICS by Marshall Buck Cobra Daytona Coupe — 1964–65 TrueScale Miniatures (TSM) strikes again with its new Daytona coupe models. There are 10 versions so far, divided among at least three chassis numbers: CSX 2286, 2287 and 2299. These are nice models with a lot of very fine detail, and with a good attempt in many areas to differentiate each, but they are also fraught with inaccuracies. Yes, they do look like the cars to a degree, but overall length and height dimensions are significantly wrong here, and the dark Viking Blue color is better suited to a Toyota. 24 AmericanCarCollector.com Detailing Scale: 1:43 Available colors: Viking Blue and Guardsman Blue Quantity: Estimated 500 to 750 of each version Price: $79.95 Production date: 2015 Web: www.motorsportsminiatures. com Ratings Detailing: Accuracy: Overall quality: Overall value: is best ½


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SNAPSHOTS American Iron a Photos by Chester Allen and Chad Tyson A 1968 Chevrolet Penske Camaro prowls the grounds Taking a closer look at a 1940 buick Super estate Wagon at Gooding & Company 26 AmericanCarCollector.com A 1971 AMC Penske Javelin racer brightens the field


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at Amelia Island Careful, they bite. Dodge Vipers lurk in a row in the early morning mist May-June 2016 27


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO A FIRM STANCE NAILING YOUR MUSCLE CAR’S STANCE IS EASIER THAN EVER THANKS TO QA1’S PRO COIL FRONT SUSPENSION SYSTEMS by Jim Pickering and Chad Tyson photos by Tony Piff in the weeds on dropped spindles and cut springs. In the past these sorts of adjustments were an all-or-nothing deal — spend hundreds on the parts, hope for the best, and live with the results. Not anymore. QA1 Precision Products’ Pro Coil coil-over suspension system is an innovative design that F allows complete control over your car’s ride height without making irreversible modifications to the underlying frame or control arms. It’s a shock and a spring in one, designed to fit where the factory spring sits and engineered to give you adjustability you never could have dreamed of with factory parts. You have a choice of spring rates to get you started, as well as standard, single adjustable, or double adjustable shock (compression and rebound) to dial in the ride quality you want. We got a set and headed down to World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR, to show you just how simple getting that right height can be. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com irst impressions are a big deal in the car world, especially at auction. A car might only have a minute or so in the spotlight, and having it look just right for that minute can mean a difference of thousands of dollars on your bottom line. Nothing can make or break a car’s aesthetic more than its stance. Is the nose too high up in the clouds due to reproduction big-block springs? Maybe it’s too far down QA1 PARTS LIST: P/N 507C, Double Adjustable Pro Coil System, w/550-pound springs: $779.80 P/N 7888-110, Spanner Wrench and Thrust Bearing Kit: $49.95 TIME SPENT: Four hours DIFFICULTY: JJJ (J J J J J is toughest) Special thanks to World of Speed in Wilsonville, OR. Learn more about their museum and facilities at www.worldofspeed.org


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1 Call QA1 (1.800.721.7761) to discuss your car and its springrate needs. Once that’s nailed down and your parts are in hand, measure your car’s ride height from the ground to the center of the wheelwell. In this case, our full-size ’66 Chevy is at 28 inches. Then jack up and support the car so its suspension hangs at full droop and remove the front wheel. 2 Loosen and remove the upper shock-mount nut, the steel washer and the upper rubber isolator bushing. Then remove the lower shock-mount bolts from the lower control arm. 5 next up, disconnect the sway bar end link, and thread all the hardware back onto the mounting bolt so you don’t mix up the order of bushings, washers and sleeves. 3 remove the shock, being careful not to lose any of its mounting hardware. Thread the washers, bushings and retainer nut onto the shock — just in case you ever want to go back to stock. 4 GM b-bodies use a strut rod to locate the lower control arm and allow for greater alignment adjustment. It’s in the way, so remove its two mounting bolts and nuts from the lower control arm. A ½-inch impact wrench makes quick work of it. 6 The most complicated part of this process is removing the factory spring. We rented a spring compressor to keep the spring’s power under control. Run the compressor through the upper shock-mount hole in the frame, set its arms to hold the spring, and tighten it up slightly. May-June 2016 29


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 8 7 remove the cotter key from the lower ball-joint castle nut and loosen it a few turns, but don’t remove it yet. next, separate the lower ball joint from the spindle. It’s a tapered press fit, so don’t expect this to go easily. We started with the two-hammer method — hit one side of the spindle while holding a hammer on the other to rattle the taper loose. Note the position of the castle nut — when the taper lets go, that nut will keep the coil spring from escaping. 9 In our case, 30 minutes of hammering wasn’t enough to get the job done, so we employed a pickle fork on an air chisel, which took five seconds. Note the floor jack, placed to help control the spring. 10 With the ball-joint taper loose, set the jack to take some weight off the lower control arm, remove the castle nut, and then jack up until the ball joint clears the lower spindle. Pull the spindle aside and slowly let the jack down a few inches. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com 11 Lower the jack slowly until the control arm stops moving (due to the spring compressor holding the spring), and then loosen the spring compressor until the spring is free. We used the jack here as a backup to control the spring on its way out. 12 next, remove the two spotwelded nuts used to hold the lower end of the shock to the lower control arm. A quick blast from an air chisel is the simplest way — but be sure to find and keep them.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 14 13 We also used a burr to clean up the Pro Coil mounting area on the lower control arm. The factory 5/16-inch holes need to be opened up to 3/8-inch to accommodate new grade-8 mounting bolts. now we can assemble the QA1 Pro Coil unit. First, coat the shock-body threads with anti-seize, and then thread the lower lock nut and the adjuster nut onto the shock body. We also used QA1’s optional thrust-bearing kit, which includes a roller bearing and two steel washers, seated between the spring and the adjuster nut. This makes ride height adjustments much easier. 16 Pull the shock’s piston rod out to full extension, and slide the upper shock steel washer and rubber isolator onto it. Then thread the entire unit into the car, making sure the extended rod slides through the factory shock mount. Slide the other rubber isolator and steel washer onto the shock’s threads on the upper part of the frame, and install the nut to hold it all in place. 15 next comes the spring, in this case a 550-pound unit to handle the heft of a heavy Chevy with a big block under the hood. It slides down over the shock and sits, tapered side down, on the adjusting nut. Note the two knobs at the base of the shock — this is QA1’s double adjustable Pro Coil shock, which features inde- pendent compression and rebound adjustments. Also note we have the height adjustment set at its lowest possible point. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com 17 Line up the lower shock mount to factory shock-mount holes in the lower control arm. Note the shock now sits on top of the control arm, compared with the factory under-arm location. Thread the new grade-8 bolts through the lower holes and tighten them down. Compression and rebound setting knobs should point out.


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WRENCHINGHOW-TO 18 Impala frames use a clocked upper spring pocket, so the spring must be seated in the proper location. We held the spring up, turned it until it hit its stop inside the frame, and then threaded the rideheight-adjuster nut up to hold the spring’s location in the pocket. 19 This is a great time to inspect your ball joints and replace if needed — we replaced the boots on ours after tearing them with the pickle fork, but the joints were fine. Now, using the floor jack, jack up on the lower control arm, line up the lower ball joint to the spindle, and then drop the jack back down, seating it. 20 reinstall the castle nut and torque it. Be sure to install a new cotter pin to retain the nut. Reinstall the strut-rod link to the lower control arm, as well as the sway-bar end links. Also tighten up the upper shockmount nut — but only enough to expand the rubber bushing out to its washer. 23 Drive the car, measure 21 Coat the shock’s threads in anti-seize again, and using the spanner wrench included in the thrust-bearing kit, adjust the spring seat up. We found that about two inches of threads exposed under the lock nut gave us a factory ride height. Once you have the height adjusted roughly where you want it, run the lock nut up and snug it to the adjuster. Now, starting back on step 1, convert the other side of the car. the ride height again, and adjust accordingly by lifting the car off its suspension, loosening the springlock nut, and moving the adjuster nut up or down using the spanner wrench. To lower the front of the car down approximately an inch and a half, we threaded the spring about three-fourths of an inch down. Now the car sits at 26½ inches. 22 reinstall the wheels, drop the car, and bounce it to seat the suspension. With all four knobs at zero, the car bounced like it had no shocks installed. Each knob has 18 settings, so we gave each nine clicks of firmness to start. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com 24 Here’s our final product — not slammed, but not nose-high anymore, either — and completely and easily adjustable to suit taste. Additionally, we now have total control over the front suspension’s shock dynamics, which will help with both street driving and drag racing. And if we ever choose to, we can still easily go back to stock springs. A win-win. A


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READERS’ Stock or Not? Crowdsourcing answers to your car questions This month’s ACC Readers’ Forum ques- tion is from Ron Bradshaw in Toledo, OH: When building a 1967 or 1968 Camaro, is it acceptable and does it add value to build it as a “period-correct” muscle car? I purchased a 1968 Camaro that was modified in the early ’70s by a kid who was building his personal muscle car. It has a 1968 L79 Corvette motor, a Turbo 350 trans and a 12-bolt Posi rear. I’ve decided to keep it as he built it, and restore it to its early ’70s condition. Good idea or bad idea? It seems that the 1967 and 1968 Camaros are among the few vehicles that garner decent cash, even if not “correct.” Readers respond: Do what makes you happy! If you start worrying about value, you won’t enjoy the car as much. Drive and enjoy it! — R. Henry Gilbert, via email n n n If the car was for me to drive, then I would want it custom. I think the market for resale on a well-done custom is close or better right now. — Mike Smith, via email n n n It all depends what you want to do with the car. If you want to drive the car and are not overly concerned with optimizing your return when you sell it to an OEM collector, then by all means make a better driving experience with the correct period — or even later — pieces. If you think you will get OEM prices with a modified car, though, you may want to reconsider this path. Like I said, it all depends what you want to do with the car, and this should dictate how it gets restored. Having said that, there is a demerit that n n n I’ve been doing this for 50 years. Go the custom route ONLY if you have plenty of money. The day will come when it’s time to sell, and chances are very strong that the next “looker” won’t have the same taste as you had, so your market becomes extremely limited. Properly restored cars are always easier to sell. I can absolutely guarantee this to be true. — Raymond Dutra, via email n n n I’ve been doing appraisal work in the Midwest now for nearly 20 years and I’m seeing more “resto-mod” vehicles than ever before. Owners say they want dependable, comfortable rides (sound sys- 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com ACC’S READERS CHIME IN ON WHAT COURSE TO TAKE IN REBUILDING A 1968 CAMARO READERS’ READERS’ READERS’ READERS’ READERS’ READERS’ READERS’ k or Not? Crowdsourcing answers to your car questions This month’s ACC Readers’ Forum ques- tion is from Ron Bradshaw in Toledo, OH: When building a 1967 or 1968 Camaro, is i S’ Stock or Not? Crowdsourcing answers to your car questions This month’s ACC Readers’ Forum ques- tion is from Ron Bradshaw in Toledo, OH: When building a 1967 or 1968 Camaro, is it acceptable and does it add value to build it as a “period-correct” muscle car? I purchased a 1968 Camaro that was modified in the early ’70s by a kid who was building his personal muscle car. It has a 1968 L79 Corvette motor, a Turbo 350 trans and a 12-bolt Posi rear. I’ve decided to keep it as he built it, and restore it to its early ’70s condition. Good idea or bad idea? It seems that the 1967 and 1968 Camaros are among the few vehicles that garner decent cash, even if not “correct.” Readers respond: Do what makes you happy! If you start worrying about value, you won’t enjoy the car as much. Drive and enjoy it! — R. Henry Gilbert, via email n n n If the car was for me to drive, then I would want it custom. I think the market for resale on a well-done custom is close or better right now. — Mike Smith, via email n n n It all depends what you want to do with the car. If you want to drive the car and are not overly concerned with optimizing your return when you sell it to an OEM collector, then by all means make a better driving experience with the correct period — or even later — pieces. If you think you will get OEM prices with a modified car, though, you may want to recon- sider this path. Like I said, it all depends what you want to do with the car, and this should dictate how it gets restored. Having said that, there is a demerit that n n n I’ve been doing this for 50 years. Go the custom route ONLY if you have plenty of money. The day will come when it’s time to sell, and chances are very strong that the next “looker” won’t have the same taste as you had, so your market becomes extremely limited. Properly restored cars are always easier to sell. I can absolutely guar- antee this to be true. — Raymond Dutra, via email n n n I’ve been doing appraisal work in the Midwest now for nearly 20 years and I’m seeing more “resto-mod” vehicles than ever before. Owners say they want dependable, comfortable rides (sound sys- 36 AmericanCarCollector.com Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com ACC’S READERS CHIME IN ON WHAT COURSE TO TAKE IN REBUILDING A 1968 CAMARO Bigger Bigger power is also a factor for some, and today you can drop in more power using contemporary powerplants. Let’s face it ... the days of muscle we all remember really can’t quite match up to today’s technology. I can remember putting up with heat, harsh rides, noise and “sus- pect” handling/braking just because that was the vehicle of choice at that moment. But I’m older and wiser now (and less likely to get my bride in a ride like that), so we are moving to something we can drive pretty much anywhere, anytime, and not worry about nicking up a “perfect” car. — Jim Volgarino, Waterloo, IA n n n If this is purely an investment venture, stock is the way to go. It’s “It’s only original once … so if it’s already modified, why spend the time and money to take it back to original?” comes with modifying the car to your taste, as the OEM money doesn’t take a liking to these types of cars. So when it comes time to sell, you may be disappointed. — Mark Hoffman, via email predictable, generally cheaper, and the fit and finish and the overall reliability factor are in your favor. Also, the major point of resale value is optimum if you choose this route. If investment considerations are not a concern, then let your heart and wallet be your guide. As a general rule, you never get back the money that you put in to a modified nonstock car. Talk to people who are on both sides of the fence regarding building a factory stock vehicle or a modified version. Compare the pros and cons of both approaches and see what appeals to you the most and ask yourself if you can live with it. Knowledge is power, and more money always helps. — Mark Dell Acqua, Millersville, MD n n n Hard one, innit? My first feeling was stay stock, because it could be ... but it wasn’t when he got it. Just like my Euro-spec Escort. I got it as a fake (quite a good fake) RS2. The logbook says Escort 1100L (where the shell came from). It looks, walks and talks like a duck, but does that make it a duck? It’s been this way 20 years or more, which is possibly half its life or a bit more. Where do you go? On the basis that we value continuous history as “history,” I’d say in this case restore it back to what the kid did in the early ’70s. It’s what would have happened. But it’s a hard call. — Paul Hardiman, ACC U.K. Contributor n n n Sure, it’s a great idea to leave it with period-correct mods, especially if it is not original or anything rare. Many of us old-school hot-rodders can identify with those swapmeet period-style cars; in


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n n n A period custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spending that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e iod custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three th od custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spend- ing that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e substandard, substandard, non-OEM, knock-off parts and the net result is that they just have a cheap look about them. Alternatively, they may have been resto-modded. So a nice period build is refreshing to see and conjures up good conversation. — Robert M., Host, Nostalgic Radio and Cars, Largo, FL n n n You can’t go back! Once the car has been modified, it’s modified. But period-correct m Camaro and don’t w car. — Mark Bach, v n n A period custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spend- ing that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e substandard, non-OEM, knock-off parts and the net result is that they just have a cheap look about them. Alternatively, they may have been resto-modded. So a nice period build is refreshing to see and conjures up good conversation. — Robert M., Host, Nostalgic Radio and Cars, Largo, FL n n n You can’t go back! Once the car has been modified, it’s modified. But period-correct m Camaro and don’t w car. — Mark Bach, v As As an older car g their day. We are tal mods are doing so w everything is brand n n A period custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spend- ing that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e substandard, non-OEM, knock-off parts and the net result is that they just have a cheap look about them. Alternatively, they may have been resto-modded. So a nice period build is refreshing to see and conjures up good conversation. — Robert M., Host, Nostalgic Radio and Cars, Largo, FL n n n You can’t go back! Once the car has been modified, it’s modified. But period-correct m Camaro and don’t w car. — Mark Bach, v As an older car g their day. We are tal mods are doing so w everything is brand n The The ’67/’68 Cam for originals and res out in left field with t n A period custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spend- ing that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e substandard, non-OEM, knock-off parts and the net result is that they just have a cheap look about them. Alternatively, they may have been resto-modded. So a nice period build is refreshing to see and conjures up good conversation. — Robert M., Host, Nostalgic Radio and Cars, Largo, FL n n n You can’t go back! Once the car has been modified, it’s modified. But period-correct m Camaro and don’t w car. — Mark Bach, v As an older car g their day. We are tal mods are doing so w everything is brand n The ’67/’68 Cam for originals and res out in left field with t It’s It’s only original o already modified, w time and money to t original? — Michae email n n n Too bad we alwa about stock or custo terms of worth. For t the hobby for the sh of it, always do wha appeals to you. I thi of resto-mods show Scott Holtz, via ema n n n Car has a replace you have or know w is, it will never be “ restored cars tend to b Restore as a peri fun and burn rubber n n A period custom Camaro is pretty darn cool. It would generate some serious fans at car shows, or at least some discussions of items not common at today’s shows. However, here are three things I’ve noticed with period customs: First, for the past few years at Corvettes at Carlisle, I have seen a steel-bumper C3 Corvette in the “for sale” corral. It has an amazing period custom paint job. The car is mild as far as performance, but just oozes disco cool. As much as I appreciate it, I cannot see spend- ing that kind of money not knowing what market it would have in the future, especially when my budget is limited. I may not be alone in this thinking, which is most likely why it has not sold. Second is last January at the Mecum sale in FL, I was going out of e substandard, non-OEM, knock-off parts and the net result is that they just have a cheap look about them. Alternatively, they may have been resto-modded. So a nice period build is refreshing to see and conjures up good conversation. — Robert M., Host, Nostalgic Radio and Cars, Largo, FL n n n You can’t go back! Once the car has been modified, it’s modified. But period-correct m Camaro and don’t w car. — Mark Bach, v As an older car g their day. We are tal mods are doing so w everything is brand n The ’67/’68 Cam for originals and res out in left field with t It’s only original o already modified, w time and money to t original? — Michae email n n n Too bad we alwa about stock or custo terms of worth. For t the hobby for the sh of it, always do wha appeals to you. I thi of resto-mods show Scott Holtz, via ema n n n Car has a replace you have or know w is, it will never be “ restored cars tend to b Restore as a peri fun and burn rubber my my mind when a ’70 Z/28/RS crossed the block. It was built at Nickey in ’70s glory with slot wheels, traction bars, and finished in Okra with black stripes. I thought that it was amazing, and with a history to match its cool look. But bidding started to fade around $30k and stopped in the mid-$40ks. Now, for a ’70 Z/28, that’s about right, but with its history, I had to agree with the seller in closing the bid. The last example was the sale of my buddy’s Motion ’Vette at Barrett-Jackson, also in January. Bidding just did not move and it struggled to get to around $100k. As great as that sounds, with the money put into the car and the purchase alone, the numbers should have been close to double that. So, as much as I love seeing my old magazine cover cars coming to life, I do not believe the market shares this passion. For now, popularity is with resto-mods and over-restorations. So, if you are chasing the dollar, you may want to think of that type of build. But if you want to stand out and generate a show-stopping, car-show-discussion king, then keep wrenching away. I know that I would be stopping to check out that individual build in the Camaro section of the show. —


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Cheap Thrills B. Mitchell Carlson OFF-ROAD PLYMOUTH DODGE RAMCHARGERS OCCASIONALLY SURFACE IN THE MARKET, BUT PLYMOUTH TRAIL DUSTERS ARE VIRTUALLY EXTINCT the only Chrysler product to compete with the Blazer. Plymouth wants to play too Chrysler-Plymouth had also taken notice of the shift in tastes from large cars to MPVs, with Grand Fury station wagons essentially rotting on dealer’s lots during the OPEC oil crisis of 1973–74. With MPVs still holding their own in the market, Plymouth wanted in on the action. So, in addition to the Ramcharger, the first, only, and last Plymouth 4x4 SUV — the PW100 Trail Duster — also premiered as a mid-1974 model. While the name was an obvious tie- An advertisement for a 1975 Plymouth Trail Duster. Good luck finding a real one A lthough the Jeep CJ, International Scout and Ford Bronco got the ball rolling on small personal off-roaders, it was the Chevrolet Blazer that really jump-started the interest in full-size SUVs. Based on a shortened pickup truck platform, the Blazer was more of a play toy than a work truck. While it was able to go off road for camping, hunting, fishing or just boonie-whacking, most Blazers tended to be used on the highway as all-season vehicles in suburbia. As such, creature comforts were just as important as off-road durability. Sensing this shift in the truck market, Chrysler Corporation figured that it was time to quit sitting on the sidelines. While Chrysler can be considered one of the pivotal builders of 4x4s, the vast majority of theirs were pure work trucks such as the 1946–68 Dodge Power Wagon and 1957-and-later W-series pickups. Indeed, the smallest four-wheel drive they built was the W100 half-ton with a short pickup box. And that was their jumping off point for a Mopar multi-purpose vehicle. Essentially mounting a Blazer-like body on top of a shortened W100 chassis and borrowing every possible light truck part possible to save tooling costs, Dodge introduced the AW100 Ramcharger midway through the 1974 model year. However, the Ramcharger wasn’t 38 AmericanCarCollector.com into Plymouth’s popular car of that time, the vehicle was a classic example of badge engineering. Aside from the grille and emblems, both trucks were identical. Even the series name was something of a copy — PW100 (essentially Plymouth Power Wagon 100 series). Right out of the gate, it seemed like both models were out to capture sales more from the Jeep CJ-5 than GM’s Blazer twins. Unlike the Blazers, the off-road Mopars came without a top as standard equipment, with a factory-fitted hard top or dealer-installed soft top as an extra cost option. Additionally, most were also austere entry-level models. However, paying customers clamored for well-optioned hard tops. At the kickoff of the 1975 model year, Chrysler went in for greater fuel economy in their MPVs. At introduction in ’74, each featured the 318-ci V8 as the standard engine. For 1975, not only was the evergreen 225-ci slant six the new standard motor, but Chrysler also added two-wheel-drive variants: the AD100 and PD100 (the latter really showing it to be a copy, essentially standing for Plymouth Dodge 100 series). The 440-ci big block remained on the top of the option list through 1978. Capitalizing on a moving market Despite the OPEC oil crisis a few years earlier, light-truck sales began to blossom again in the later 1970s, and the Trail Duster was there at the right time to have a part of it. As more buyers were clamoring for more trucks with luxury features over the spartan open-bodied models, Plymouth gladly obliged. Sport packages with upgraded trim appealed to the off-roaders, along with football and hockey moms (since no self-respecting kid


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played soccer in the 1970s), and a Macho package with bold graphics was added in 1980, fitting between the base and Sport models. Even a Sno Commander package was available (only in four-wheel drive, like the Macho package), complete with front-mounted snow plow — confirming why so few survived past the 1980s. Detailing Clubs: The WPC Club, Plymouth Owners Club Years produced: 1974–81 Number produced: 13,813 (1974–76, production past 1976 unavailable) Original list price: $3,964 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $9,840; high sale, $10,500 (Dodge Ramcharger) Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $10 VIN location: Body tag on driver’s door jamb Engine # location: Varies by engine. Left side of block (318 V8) More: www.chryslerclub.org, www.plymouthbulletin.com Also: www.plymouthtrailduster. com Alternatives: 1974–93 Dodge Ramcharger, 1977–91 Chevrolet Blazer/GMC Jimmy, 1978–96 Ford Bronco ACC Investment Grade: C End of the trail The biggest changes began in 1979, when the roofless open body was no longer standard — or even available. The hard top became standard equipment, as sales were driven to it far more than the dealer-installed soft top, which still remained as an option. And like the Dodges, the Trail Duster used single round headlights on lower-end models and quad rectangular headlights on the posh series. The platform saw its only significant change in 1981, when the roof became an integral unit with the body. The rear quarter glass curved into the top of the roofline, and now there was a full-height liftgate instead of a tailgate like in previous models. Demand for an open-body Trail Duster (or Ramcharger, for that matter) was all but nil, as most buyers preferred a leak- and squeak-free insulated and upholstered roof in lieu of the bolted-down shell. Because of the new body, the ’81 Trail Duster is also the most unique and rarest, since it was discontinued at the end of the model year. By then, the new-in-1978 full-size Ford Bronco had been dropkicking both Mopars in sales. As for the Ramcharger, it soldiered on with the rest of the Dodge truck line (mirroring the changes in powertrain and trim with the pickups) through the end of this generation of trucks in 1993. Looking for the not-so-dusty trail The Trail Duster hasn’t really proven to be worth either more or less than its Ramcharger siblings. And Ramchargers are generally on the bottom of the Blazer, Bronco, and even Jeep Wagoneer/Cherokee MPV pecking order. Offsetting the “gee, I didn’t know Plymouth made a Blazer” factor for rarity is that the unique trim bits are impossible to find, since there is no Plymouth pickup to contribute to the parts gene pool, unlike a Ramcharger, with its copious quantities of available liketrimmed Dodge pickups. Ramchargers occasionally surface in the market (we have 10 1981-and-later examples in the ACC database), but Trail Dusters are virtually extinct. Few were carefully preserved; most were worked hard in harsh winter weather and subsequently rusted away. None are in our database, and barring the occasional hit on eBay (where I’ve found more NOS emblems than actual trucks), I have yet to find one in any auction company’s online archived results. So unfortunately, values are essentially conjecture. But one thing’s for certain: If you do find one, you’ll most assuredly have the only one at a vintage-vehicle event — if not in your entire state. A May-June 2016 39


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Horsepower Colin Comer What Happens go to Vegas, race track or not! For those of you who haven’t been there, in November 2013, I Shelby American moved to a stunning 135,000-square-foot facility minutes from McCarran International Airport and a block from the Las Vegas strip. In these new digs, SA has everything under one roof — from their engine room to their body shop. Plus, up front is the new Heritage Center with a continually changing line-up of Shelbys on display, from the first Cobra (CSX2000) to the latest Super Snake. More than a logo Don’t let that or the massive gift shop fool you. Shelby American, in spite of the nearly 150,000 visitors through the door every year, is no T-shirt and souvenir store. They are a company that engineers and develops more than just big horsepower numbers. Yes, the entrylevel Shelby GT offers 640 hp, and they’ll build you a car with up to 1,000 hp if you like. But more telling is how they produce balanced performance vehicles; ones that can handle this power yet remain emissions-compliant and docile enough to double as daily drivers. This has always been the biggest hurdle for the aftermarket tuning industry, but Shelby clears it handily, no doubt aided by the fact they are able to work hand-in-hand with Ford. Of course, it is important to mention the continuation cars that remain a large part of Shelby American. Today you can walk into 40 AmericanCarCollector.com IN VEGAS ... SHELBY AMERICAN BUILDS MORE THAN JUST BRUTAL HORSEPOWER was recently invited to Las Vegas to test Shelby American’s new Terlingua Mustang at Spring Mountain Motorsports Resort. The problem was that Shelby’s track time was canceled the day before the event, leaving us one track short of a track test. But hey, I had airfare, a hotel, and Shelby still had cars. I needed to Shelby and order a new Cobra or GT40, built to your specs and fitted with a Shelby VIN. Yes, Shelby has subcontractors build the rolling chassis, but think about it — you’re still buying a car from the same company that built the originals, and not just a “kit car.” During my visit, I witnessed Shelby VP Gary Patterson going sideways in a new aluminum-bodied Daytona coupe for some TV cameras, and clearly scaring the crap out of the “talent” riding shotgun in the process. I also ran into a good friend at Shelby who had just finalized his order for a new 427 Cobra being built to “narrowhip” street-car specs with an aluminum body, undercar exhaust, and without a hood scoop or sidepipe in sight. Pretty cool stuff. Old-car taste, new-car performance Different than the continuation cars that replicate what happened 50 years ago, Shelby’s new offerings are aimed at a demographic that appreciates “old” cars but wants today’s technology to go with the performance. They also, according to Shelby, appreciate how every one is tailored to the owner’s taste — virtually no two cars are alike. The first vehicle I experienced was a Shelby Baja 700 Raptor. If you have to ask what the “700” stands for, please put this magazine down and back away. I’d previously tested a Shelby Raptor with 550 hp, including skipping it through a mud bog and over jumps in an off-road park. The Baja 700 is all of that plus, well, 150! Between the supercharger’s wail and the ability to smoke the tires on Las Vegas Boulevard, they made Ford’s wildest truck that much wilder. Next up was the new Terlingua Mustang. Just 50 will be built, and I was the first journalist to get seat time in one. Essentially a special edition of the Shelby GT, the 750-hp Terlingua commemorates Jerry


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Titus’ 1967 Trans-Am Championship win in the original Terlingua Mustang. Beyond the horsepower lies an extremely well-balanced machine that is as brutally fast as you’d expect. Shelby-specific dampers, springs, and a special Brembo brake package along with extensive chassis tuning has produced a car that doesn’t drive like a 750-hp modified Mustang has a right to. It is completely tractable, puts the power down impressively, and actually gives nothing up in road manners to a stock Mustang GT. That isn’t to say you can’t smoke the tires beyond highway speeds, because you can; it just doesn’t make you think you need a new pair of shorts afterwards. And no matter how hard I beat on the car in the heat of the desert, or sitting in Las Vegas stop-and-go traffic with the a/c on, it never got hot or did anything silly. Impressive. Flogging the mule Later, while poking around the factory, I found a 2016 Ford GT350 being “played” with. While the Shelby guys would only hint at what they were experimenting with, I did manage to get the “mule” out for a drive. As a new GT350 owner, I immediately noticed that this one sounded a lot different. I can only assume whatever GT350 package Shelby comes up with will include cooling and exhaust modifications, but I’m eager to see what (if anything) they decide to do to Ford’s 5.2-L “Voodoo” flat-plane crank engine. With its stout 12.0:1 compression ratio and 8,250 rpm redline, my opinion is that any type of forced induction, a Shelby hallmark, will be far more involved than it is on the 5.0-L Coyote engine. Perhaps not a viable option at all. Time will tell. Speaking of the Coyote, it is clear this engine is not standing in the shadows of the Voodoo at Shelby. The Coyote actually has some notable advantages for tuners over the Voodoo. First, thanks to its Shelby American’s new Terlingua Mustang traditional cross-plane crank, it is traditional V8-smooth. Not only does that make it more “commercially acceptable,” but it also bodes well for anything affected by vibration. The Coyote obviously also responds extremely well to forced induction with no internal modifications. In the Shelby-modified ones I drove, the Coyote just sings along happily under boost, even when hanging at 6,200 rpm roasting tires, and has fantastic, instant torque on throttle tip-in. It’s a highly addictive little powerplant. And while I was sworn to secrecy, I can hint that I saw something in the works that will make all of us track rats very happy. And it isn’t a post-title conversion car. Think about that for a second. As a Shelby guy, I was pleased to see the crew at the new Shelby American doing so much to keep advancing the brand. These guys get it, and the R&D they are doing was far more extensive than I expected, from dyno thrashes to miles and miles of track testing and data collection that they review in detail. They are dedicated to making cars that are truly worthy of the name. Suffice it to say Shelby American has become one of the most exciting things in Vegas these days. If you haven’t been there, you owe it to yourself to check it out. A May-June 2016 41


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Corvette Market John L. Stein HOLD ON, HOLD OUT LIFE’S JOURNEY CAN MAKE RETAINING EVEN THE PERFECT CAR DIFFICULT FOR A YOUNG COLLECTOR. PLAN FOR HOW YOU’LL HOLD ON TO THAT CORVETTE netic pull on a college-age young man, who ambled over to ask about its engine. This somehow took me back to my own college days, when my buddies and I scored dozens of now-covetable cars off the streets and alleyways of Los Angeles. Streets were rife with old iron then, usually with some problem or R another sidelining them from active duty. And with two oil crises, escalating gas prices, and ever-better Japanese imports arriving, these old American lumps were cheap. Knock on a few doors, and we’d eventually find a GTO, T-Bird, Mustang, or a big-finned American convertible for $25 to $350. No joke. While we were busy picking these fruits off the streets — and then inevitably selling them after we’d had our fun — we did have serious conversations about the future. “You know what we should do?” it would invariably start, “Buy a barn in the desert and put some cars away. Someday we’ll regret selling them.” Well, that happened. So in hindsight, for us at least, the biggest problem of young men owning neat old cars was never the mechanical or cosmetic issues — all of these can be solved with effort and dollars — but life getting in the way. Schooling to complete. An apartment with lousy parking. Frequent job or career moves. Girlfriends. Wives. Money needed for a house, or an IRA, or a baby. Poor old cars never stood a chance. So as the college kid looked in the window and I looked out (and back in time), I found myself reliving 22 and thinking about what would 42 AmericanCarCollector.com ecently, I drove down to the harbor to watch a neighbor launch his wood sloop, at last finished after 28 years under construction in his shed. I wasn’t in a Corvette, but rather a 1967 Mustang that I recently adopted. The little Ivy Green coupe exerted a mag- 1978 ’Vettes are plentiful and inexpensive — a good starting point for a young collector have made it work, and what Corvette would I pick if I were that age now. So herewith, I present a brief but heartfelt guide to Corvette collecting for young people. What to collect In almost every case, the value curve for used cars is an inverse bell curve: full retail when new, depreciating for 10 to 15 years, laying low for a while, and then ascending in value as they find favor as collectibles. From 16 to perhaps 26 years old, absent good fortune or family assis- tance, many young Corvette fans must look for the cheapest model they can find. And today, amigos, that means either a late C3, a C4, or an early C5. Are these models poised for greatness in collectibility? Maybe. Maybe not. What matters most is whether you like them. The 2016 ACC Pocket Price Guide lists 25 Corvettes as worth less 1984 models are the most affordable, in the $7,500 range


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than $12,000 in median price. For my money, the top four most desirable ones include: 1978 coupe ($11,900): Benefiting from fresh restyling, the ’78 model was a sales juggernaut, with nearly 47,000 made. Among them were more than 6,500 now-iconic Pace Car replicas. 1980 coupe ($11,900): The last iteration of the C3 Shark body design included a standard kick-up spoiler, adding style points to an 18-year-old platform. 1986 convertible ($10,400): The return of the drop-top Corvette was a huge home run for Chevrolet, and 1,464 of them were painted an eye-popping yellow that year. 1984 coupe ($7,500): Here is the cheapest (all right, “most afford- able”) ’Vette in the ACC guide. With over 51,500 made, they’re plentiful, and the Buck Rogers digital instrumentation is like a throwback video game. For a tech-savvy kid, it’s perfect. Insurance matters Thankfully, the cost of insurance is not draconian for a young Corvette owner. In California, I found that the annual premium for full coverage on a 1996 coupe goes from $623 for a 50-year-old male to $1,095 for a 22-year-old male (or $39 per month more), assuming both have held licenses since age 16 and have clean records. I was surprised to learn that insurers can’t discriminate based on age, but they adjust the rates based on how many years drivers have been licensed. So if you’re a parent, to keep your kid’s insurance rates down when they’re in their 20s, get them licensed when they’re first eligible. How to hold on As noted above, life’s journey of schooling, relocation, jobs, mar- riage and family can make retaining even the perfect car difficult or impossible. To avoid this squeeze, plan for how you’ll hold on to that Corvette when the road gets rocky. Just a few thought starters: Loss of storage: While you’re saving for your Corvette, kick in funds for a secure garage in case you ever need to mothball the car. Plan on at least a two-year window to see you through. If garage space costs $100 monthly in your area, make sure you’ve got $2,400 monthly rent available for the purpose — or at least the ability to make the payments. The benefit? You’ll never lose your Corvette due to lack of storage. No free time: If this is all that stands in between you and a Corvette, count yourself lucky. And the solution is just as easy: Instead of selling the car in frustration, mothball it instead, and look forward to the time when you can reconnect and enjoy the ride. Whether that’s a few weeks or a decade doesn’t matter, as long as you get back together eventually. Plan financially as above. Money blues: Sometimes there just isn’t enough green stuff to go around. This can happen to most anyone at any age, so don’t feel singled out for being young. Contributing monthly to a “rainy day” or discretionary fund can take the sting out of suddenly needing cash, thereby helping you retain your Corvette during lean times. If you absolutely need the money that’s tied up in your ’Vette, as a last resort maybe a parent or relative will agree to buy it from you, with a straightforward deal that has you repurchasing the car after a specific period of time — or else. My final point of Corvette advice for Youth Under Pressure (YUP) has to do with foresight. When we’re young, our world view holds that we’re gonna make all the money, all doors to opportunity will always remain open, we’ll never become 30, or 40, or 50, or worse(!), and we’ll never miss what we pitch by the side of the road. But I’m here to tell you, having been there and lived that, if you’re a car guy (or girl), eventually you’ll reach an age where you’ll wish you had kept just one single car. And so if you can accept this truth today, you can catch and hold that car for tomorrow. While you’re at it, just make it a Corvette. A May-June 2016 43


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PROFILE CORVETTE 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 427/390 COUPE Destiny’s Child This is exactly how I’d want to find a Survivor Sting Ray – nicely equipped in attractive colors, low miles on the clock, substantially original, and lovingly preserved 44 AmericanCarCollector.com 44 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 194377S114881 by John L. Stein • Highly original example of the final C2 Sting Ray coupe • Handsome original color combination with black stinger hood • 427-ci V8 engine • Single Holley 4-bbl carburetor • 390 hp at 5,400 rpm • 4-speed manual • Displays less than 50,000 original miles • 2007 Bloomington Gold Survivor Award • 2015 NCRS Second Flight Award • Accompanied by original jack, spare wheel and owner’s manual • Offered with original tank sticker and important documents ACC Analysis This car, Lot 25, sold for $83,600, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Company auction in Amelia Island, FL, on March 11, 2016. Here’s a question: Would you rather have an authentic Civic War flintlock or a made-for-a-TVreality-show replica? How about a 1963 Cobra roadster or a continuation-series car? A three-minute ride on Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or a trip through Silverton, CO, behind a real steam locomotive? It would surprise me if most people didn’t instantly choose the Real McCoy in all cases. And why not? Real is as good as life gets. That brings me, in my usual roundabout philosophi- cal way, to the Corvette shown here, which Gooding sold at no reserve for just shy of $84,000 at Amelia Island in March. The car was presented as a substantially original 1967 L36 big-block (390 horse) Corvette, painted in attractive Marlboro Maroon and equipped with a black interior, a 4-speed transmission, a Positraction rear axle, tinted windows and a still-useful-today AM/ FM radio. All in all, this was a desirable package when first sold at Daniels Chevrolet in Colorado in March 1967 — although that said, it was hardly top of the line, as above it on the roster lived four more powerful 427 engines. Numerous additional options were also available that year, including air conditioning, power windows, power steering and power brakes — none of which this car had. But it was desirable nonetheless. After its Rocky Mountain years, the Corvette migrated to owners in Kansas and finally Illinois. Owning its past This is exactly how I’d want to find a Sting Ray — nicely equipped in an attractive color combination, low miles on the clock, substantially original and lovingly preserved. There is adequate evidence to support this one’s quality bones, including a fair chunk of its ownership history and especially a recent NCRS Second Flight Award to go with an earlier Bloomington Gold Survivor Award, described as a “certificate of historic preservation.” However, it isn’t really this Corvette’s paint or interior — which presented very well in the catalog — that earn my respect here. What has my attention is the restraint shown under the hood by this car’s past custodians. There sits the Turbo-Jet engine, boisterously orange Anna Taylor, courtesy of Gooding & Company


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing as Chevy motors were in the day, with its big chrome air-cleaner lid and hulking valve covers unapologetically announcing big-block power. But key here is this car’s obviously original components, which carry their age with distinction. Chipped paint on those huge bread-loaf valve cov- ers? Consider those as beauty marks. Rusty patches on the iron intake manifold? Hoses and thermostat gaskets leak sometimes, and besides, it rains in the Rockies. Oxidized fasteners and brackets, and vintage-looking wiring, further added to this car’s authenticity. Parts that have clearly been replaced, such as the upper radiator hose and clamp, were done per OE spec. Nicely played. If you say it, prove it The above praises aside, some wording in this car’s auction literature makes me wonder just how original this car actually is. For instance, the catalog description says the car retains “a majority of the factory paint.” What’s a majority? 50.1 percent? Maybe I’m being pedantic here, but photos of the car clearly show that the passenger’s side door paint differs from that of the right-front fender. Another question has to do with the car’s mileage (the odometer shows 49,223). In one place the auction copy says that when the car was purchased by a Colorado couple in 1977, “the odometer displayed 38,850 miles.” And that now, it “currently displays less than 50,000 original miles.” The words “displayed” and “displays” leaves room for conjecture that the mileage cannot be fully authenticated. Fortunately, though, a lube sticker dated 1971 in the driver’s door opening shows 18,726 miles, suggesting the car traveled about 4,700 miles per year during its early life. Further, the auction copy says the Sting Ray is “is believed to retain its important original mechanical equipment” and interior. Well, I can “believe” in Martians and Sasquatches, but that doesn’t make them real. And so again, the descriptions of this car leave room to debate what is actually original and what isn’t. Not helping matters was that this ’67 Sting Ray was presented in the auction copy as a “Stingray,” a name that, as every certified Corvette geek knows, did not appear as one word until the 1969 model year. And finally, absent from the catalog presentation were under-car photos and information about the mechanical condition of key components, such as engine compression, gearbox and differential, brakes, etc. What were buyers to assume? I’d necessarily hope for the best while assuming the worst. The price is right The reason I mention the above points is not because I don’t like this car. The 4-speed C2 coupes are truly my favorite vintage ’Vettes, and the features, condition and stated pedigree of this one are genuinely exciting. I assert the above points because the car did not meet its pre-auction estimate of $90,000 to $120,000, and academically, I have to wonder why. ACC’s 2016 Pocket Price Guide pegs ’67 L36 coupes at a median of $90,200, so perhaps the $84k selling price of this example was market-correct. But it may also mean that buyers didn’t think this one was all that convincing as a Survivor. In either event, a sale price below both the existing median price and the estimate range at a major auction suggests there isn’t much hope for a huge upside on this one. As such, I’ll call this Sting Ray fairly well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.) Club: National Corvette Restorers Society Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $35 VIN location: Cross brace under glovebox Engine # location: On block in front of right cylinder head More: www.ncrs.org Alternatives: 1957 Corvette 250-hp Fuelie, 1963 Corvette 300-hp L75 coupe, 1968 Corvette 435-hp L89 convertible ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Years produced: 1967 Number produced: 8,504 (all 1967 coupes) Original list price: $4,588 Current ACC Valuation: Median price to date, $90,200; high sale, $783,000 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe Lot 53, VIN: 194377S122032 Condition: 2Sold at $110,000 Gooding & Company, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2014 ACC# 232316 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 convertible Lot S78, VIN: 194677S114121 Condition: 2 Sold at $100,580 Mecum Auctions, Champaign, IL, 6/28/2013 ACC# 225831 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/390 coupe Lot 502, VIN: 194377S120879 Condition: 3Sold at $64,350 Auctions America by RM, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 3/23/2013 ACC# 215774 May-June 2016 45CC 45


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PROFILE GM Unsung Hero of the ’60s 1967 CADILLAC DEVILLE CONVERTIBLE The market’s mania over muscle cars from the same era means these elegant gems are mostly ignored VIN: F7277284 by Tom Glatch • Perhaps the finest restored example • Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior Award winner • Loaded with options valve train and engine fan were refined for smoother operation, and a new carburetor was fitted. Body mounts were tuned, with the result being a car that was everything that a Cadillac should be: a smooth, quiet, and compliant driver. C 46 AmericanCarCollector.com ACC Analysis This car, Lot 113, sold for $55,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s auction at Amelia Island, FL, on March 12, 2016. adillac redesigned its models in 1965 and continued a slow evolution of the new styling in 1967 with reworked contours, which gave the cars an appearance of greater length and muscularity. Underneath, the Some automobiles beg for attention. Cadillacs from the ’60s command it. The 1965 Cadillac was a major redesign which, the dealer data book gushed, “is so new… from grille and vertical headlamps to rear quarter panel and rear lamp housings... as to excite the interest of any viewer. It is so right… in its balanced proportions and sleek symmetry… that even the most discerning fine car connoisseur must voice assent.” The hyperbole, for once, was actually justified, as these Cadillacs were blessed with excellent proportions for their mass, and just enough chrome jewelry to dress it up. Another styling refresh in 1967 gave the cars a more powerful presence, and it had a lasting impact. In an era of annual styling changes, Cadillac remained much the same through the 1970 model, with only another freshening in ’69. Bigger and better Unlike many of today’s luxury makes that ride on the same platform as their plebian family-sedan cousins, rear-drive Caddies rode on three different wheelbases, from 129.5 inches for the base Calais and mid-range DeVille to the 149.8-inch Fleetwood 75. To put that in perspective, the overall length of a 2016 Prius is 179 inches. One could just about tuck it between the wheels of a base ’67 Cadillac. But despite its size, a 1967 Cadillac weighed only around 4,500 pounds — about the same as a modern Chrysler 300 or Dodge Challenger. Cadillac’s power was impressive, too, with a big 340-hp 429-ci engine built for quiet, effortless cruising while powering a multitude of accessories. Bryan Regan ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1965–70 Number produced: 18,200 (1967 convertibles) Original list price: $5,608.00 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $17,500; high sale, $55,000 (this car) Exclusivity, competition and class Big as they were, Cadillacs of this era were so much more than their proportions. The perception of Cadillac as “Standard of the World” hadn’t yet been tarnished by poor design and bad build quality, and although the cars were mass-produced, buyers could still specify custom upholstery and other unique touches. However, the ’67 models hardly had the air of ex- clusivity Cadillacs once enjoyed — the division broke records by selling over 200,000 units for the first time in its history, with the popular DeVille coupes and sedans making up over half of those sales. The DeVille convertible — the only drop-top Cadillac in ’67 — had the smallest production of the bunch, with just 18,200 built. The price of the convertible was steep at $5,608, but that included standard leather interior, which was an option on the closed cars. And to prove nothing is really new, heated front seats were a $36 option with the leather. Across town, Chrysler and Ford also fought for shares of the luxury market. Chrysler’s Imperial received a major makeover in 1967, and by then, the Lincoln Continental was in its second year of a redesign, powered by a monster 462-ci engine. Lincoln also had its unique Continental 4-door convertible, although ’67 was the last year it was built. Still, the marketplace spoke, with just 45,667 Lincolns and 17,614 Imperials produced in 1967. Car and Driver magazine went so far as to rank the Cadillac Fleetwood in second place in a six-way faceoff of luxury cars, behind the Mercedes-Benz 600 but ahead of Rolls Royce, both costing significantly more than GM’s flagship. Vintage luxury in the modern market So how does the ’67 Cadillac’s luxury market popu- larity translate into today’s prices? Not well at all. Sales of DeVille convertibles are far and few between, and prices appear generally weak. Maybe that tarnished image of Cadillac from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s hurts these beauties from the ’60s. In addition, the market’s mania over muscle cars from the same era means these cars are mostly ignored. However, a few ’67s have broken out of the basement to bring strong prices at auction. In September 2014, Barrett-Jackson sold an average-condition DeVille coupe for $88,000 (ACC# 256098), but that car had been owned by The King himself. Elvis and Priscilla Presley drove back to Graceland from their Las Vegas wedding in the red coupe, and were often seen cruising around Memphis in it. It later did duty at Elvis Presley Museums in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Niagara Falls, Canada, before being sold. The only other sale even close to the King’s coupe was a Grecian White ’67 DeVille convertible that RM Sotheby’s sold, also in 2014, for $44,000 (ACC# 244242). This one had enjoyed a complete nut-and-bolt restoration, and earned a Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior Award. With its contrasting Code 388 red leather interior, it’s a striking automobile, but in view of the cost of an award-winning frame-off restoration, the seller may have broken even at best, in spite of a strong sale. Well sold, well bought This ragtop is in fact the same Grecian White ’67 DeVille RM Sotheby’s sold back in 2014, but this time it raised $55,000. I doubt the seller needed to do anything to the car before flipping it, and if that’s true, I’d say this car was very well sold after less than two years of ownership. But when you consider that 1967 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertibles can sell for as much as $30,000 more than this price, this nicely restored example of Cadillac’s ’60s quality and luxury looks pretty well bought, too. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1968 Cadillac DeVille convertible Lot 241, VIN: F8253147 Condition: 3 Sold at $15,012 More: www.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1967 Lincoln Continental 4-door convertible, 1967 Chrysler Imperial convertible, 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 convertible Club: The Cadillac & LaSalle Club ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Distributor cap: $27.73 VIN location: Top surface on the right-hand frame horn Engine # location: Rear portion of crankcase Tune-up / major service: $300 1967 Cadillac DeVille coupe Lot 767, VIN: J7284095 Condition: 3 Sold at $88,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/27/2014 ACC# 256098 1967 Cadillac DeVille convertible Lot 109, VIN: F7277284 (subject car) Condition: 2+ Sold at $44,000 RM Auctions, Plymouth, MI, 7/26/2014 ACC# 244242 Silver Auctions, Portland, OR, 4/25/2015 ACC# 264886 May-June 2016 47


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PROFILE FOMOCO A Sustainable Value Curve? 2005 FORD GT Where will value go from here? That’s a good question, as a lot of industry experts and enthusiasts have been mystified by trendbucking GT prices 48 AmericanCarCollector.com 48 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 1FAFP90S95Y401041 by Sam Stockham • Rare factory Quick Silver Metallic finish and all four options • Less than 1,120 actual miles • Virtually new in all respects ACC Analysis This car, Lot 112, sold for $308,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Scottsdale, AZ, auction on January 28, 2016. Have you seen the new 2017 Ford GT yet? It looks phenomenal. It’s smooth and angular, yet sexy and slinky all at the same time. It certainly builds on the legend of both the GT40 and the GT. But what does that mean for values of previous-gen GTs in the future? We’ll get to that in a second. Target: Ferrari ... again In 2005, retro styling was all the rage, and the Big Three’s design departments all jumped on board. Ford wanted to re-establish real street cred in this new market, and pulling no punches, they brought back the legendary shape of the GT40 in the new Ford GT. The GT40 was arguably Ford’s biggest factory- issued victor at Le Mans. It kicked Ferrari up and down the track for four consecutive years. What’s even more fun is that all of it was done out of spite. The GT40 traces its roots to disagreement over a deal gone south between Ferrari and Ford — a disagreement that led to Ford declaring all-out war on Ferrari’s endurance-racing efforts. Since Ford was back to fighting a modern-day muscle car war with the Detroit boys in the mid-2000s, they decided to up the ante and build an ultimate supercar to celebrate Ford’s centennial — and doing so again put Ferrari directly in their crosshairs, too. The GT aimed to better the successful 360 Modena: a supercar that carried sales profits to new corporate highs for Ferrari, was remarkably usable on the street, and could carry track duty with little modification. Led by John Coletti, the Special Vehicle Team was put in charge of designing the GT, and they did a masterful job of it, using some components from the Ford parts bin. Many high-tech design features and modern build techniques were employed, and chassis crossover was never a consideration. The body was all aluminum, and other exotic materials ensured light weight and torsional rigidity. A 5.4-liter truck block was modified and cast specially for the dry-sump GT. That was mated to a reworked set of SVT Cobra R heads that held two cams each, and between them sat a twin-screw supercharger visible through the rear engine cover. While this engine choice sounds rather mundane, tuning yielded 550 horsepower and a tire-vaporizing 500 pound-feet of torque, which beat the 360 Modena on paper by 150 horses. Karissa Hosek ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s


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PROFILE MOPAR ILE MOPAR 1970 1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson The T/A package included all the basics you needed to be the ultimate small-block terror of your neighborhood VIN: JH23JOB299196 by Patrick Smith of its race car, which it called the Dodge Challenger T/A. This is one of 2,399 total Challenger T/As, F presented in its original as-built color combination. This fully restored T/A Challenger features correct options as decoded by the VIN. It’s rare, as one of 989 complete with factory-option Hurst pistol-grip 4-speed transmission. Its matching-numbers engine is confirmed by documentation. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 827, sold for $93,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 26–31, 2016. The Challenger was a brand-new model for Dodge in 1970. In order to compete in the Trans-Am series, Dodge created a T/A model that was very similar to the Plymouth AAR ’Cuda. The T/A used a different fiberglass hood and decals, but mechanically, it was a duplicate to the ’Cuda. The actual race cars were late to the party, lacking a whole season of development compared with the Boss 302, Camaro Z/28 and AMC Javelin. It showed in the results, with Ford taking home the series championship that year. Building the small-block terror Chrysler released a bulletin to dealers on February 20, 1970, to inform them of the new A53 T/A package for the Challenger hard top. The package included all 50 AmericanCarCollector.com 50 AmericanCarCollector.com eatured only in 1970, the Dodge Challenger T/A (Trans Am) was a racing homologation car. In order to race in the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-Am American Sedan Championship, Dodge built a street version the basics you needed to be the ultimate small-block terror of your neighborhood: The special T/A 340 engine came complete with triple Holley carbs and intake manifold, special Westlake-modified cylinder heads, and a modified valve train and special stressrelieved engine block with its own casting number. The engine also had adjustable pushrods and rocker arms with cast-iron pre-set adjusting screws like the ones used in the 426 Hemi. The block also had extra metal in the main bearing area for use of fourbolt mains. When all was said and done, the engine carried a 275-horse rating — although in reality the output was much higher. Buyers chose either a 727 TorqueFlite automatic or the 4-speed close-ratio A-833 transmission complete with Hurst pistol-grip shifter. Out back, power was sent through an 8¾-inch rear packing 3.55 gears as standard equipment. A low-restriction dual exhaust system was designed with reverse looping megaphone tips that splayed out just before the rear tires. Cool standard-issue items were power disc brakes and Rallye suspension, which included front and rear sway bars and heavy-duty shocks. Dealers found out in March how much all this fun cost: $4,800 to $5,000, depending on transmission choice. If you wanted extras, you could order backlight louvers, dual body-color sport mirrors, Rallye dash, quick-ratio power steering, Rallye road wheels, radio, chin whisker front spoiler, and for the serious road racer, the dealer bulletin made mention of four-wheel disc brakes to be installed at the dealership. Fast, but not perfect When it came to competition, the T/A needed some rear suspension work. Sam Posey’s description of rac


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing ing at St. Jovite pretty much nailed the highs and lows of driving the race-version Challenger T/A: It was very powerful on the straights in spite of excess weight, but threw away the hard-won gains of speed in hairpins and expanding radius corners that peppered the track at Mont Tremblant. Posey finished in 3rd place that season. Dodge exited Trans-Am racing after that, and the Challenger T/A became a one-year wonder. Dodge sold 2,399 cars, and most of them were auto- matics. The entire program was fast paced, from announcement in February to the last day of production in mid-April. By the time car magazines hit the stands, they were reviewing a car that had already terminated production and was sitting on dealer lots. It should have been an ideal publicity push. Sales were good but not stellar due to stiff prices and intense rivalry. Out the door, the T/A was a very good street car capable of 14-second quarter-mile times, and its suspension additions did help handling somewhat. But it had understeer issues at high speeds, and that didn’t help its road-racer image. The Challenger T/A, along with the Boss 302, Z/28, and AAR ’Cuda, was often heralded as an excellent performance-car buy. They were touted as future “investment” cars as early as 1978, but it took the mid-1980s muscle car revival by baby boomers to buff the T/A’s merits to a high sheen. A usable muscle car on the up Challenger T/As are fast, yet docile enough to drive in traffic and use around town. Until two years ago, they were also relatively affordable thanks to a soft market. This changed after 2014, with recordbreaking sales generated from the partial dispersal of the Wellborn Collection of Mopars, much like what happened to Pontiacs when collector Milton Robson parted ways with some of his cars in 2010. Both of those collection sales produced startling record prices for certain models, which created a buzz and temporary lift in private-sale prices. For a while, triple-black 1969 GTO convertibles were all the rage. The difference here is the record prices achieved with Wellborn Mopars are perceived by some to be an indicator of a reviving muscle car market. Pricing activity on Challenger T/As supports the comeback theory. In 2014, it was possible to get an average T/A for $50k and a primo car for $70k. Median price, based out of all the auction sales that year, was $64,400. A year later, the median price rose by $10k. Today, the price for a typical T/A car is around $70k, with excellent examples bringing nearly $95k. You can still bag a nice driver T/A for a price in the mid-$60k range, but it will be bare-bones or in need of restoration before time at any serious car shows. If you want the hot options such as quick-ratio power steering, backlight louvers, Rallye wheels, elastomeric bumpers and Rallye dash, you’re well past $120,000. Looking at the big picture, Challenger T/As are still a bargain compared to a factory dual-quad Z/28 or Cross Boss 302. You can’t get either of those for the price paid for our subject car. Finished in desirable Top Banana yellow, this car also has Rallye wheels, body-color mirrors, radio, and the scarce 4-speed transmission as extras. The new owner has a relatively early-build numbers-matching example with documentation and a full restoration. All things considered, this was bought at market price, and I’d consider it a good deal at that. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Lot S98.1, VIN: JH23J0B279397 Condition:#2 Sold at $64,800 Clubs: www.challengertaregistry.com Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 2,399 (989 4-speeds, 1,410 auto) Original list price: $4,801 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $68,100; high sale, $199,800 Tune up/major service: $350 Distributor cap: $12.40 VIN location: Tag on driver’s side dashpad, door decal, partial stamp on radiator cradle and cowl Engine # location: Partial VIN on oil-pan rail, casting 3577130TA (for all Challenger T/As) Alternatives: 1970 Ford Boss 302, 1970 Pontiac Trans Am, 1969 Camaro Z/28 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Lot F211, VIN: JH23J0B304171 Condition: 2 Sold at $66,960 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 245070 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Lot: F498, VIN: JH23J0B308767 Condition: 2 Not sold at $57,500 Russo and Steele, Newport Beach, CA, 6/20/2014 ACC# 244330 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2014 ACC# 243847 May-June 2016 May-June 2016 51


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PROFILE HOT ROD & CUSTOM 1950 BUICK CUSTOM “TRULY RARE” Bizarre Buick Bargain Courtesy of Bonhams Gene Howard put a lot of time and money in this flamboyant car, but the modifications that won accolades five decades ago appear dated and ugly today VIN: N/A by Ken Gross • 1950 Buick “hard-top” coupe • 350-hp, 364-ci Chrysler Hemi V8 • Six Stromberg carburetors • 3-speed manual transmission, drum brakes • Popular Customs cover car 1965 • Built by Gene Howard • Chopped, channeled and hard-topped “Truly Rare” was built around a 1950 Buick. The body was channeled six inches and rides on a frame fabricated from a ’50 Buick and a ’51 Oldsmobile. The body is equal parts ’50 Cadillac and ’51 Olds. The front and sides are heavily reworked with a flowing plastic look. ’60 Plymouth taillights nestle into deep scallops in the rear fenders. The ’51 Chrysler Hemi by Don Wallace has a three- quarter-race cam and six Stromberg carburetors. Mandy Holder sprayed the original lavender pearl paint. The interior has ’55 Buick instruments, white diamond pleat leatherette upholstery and bucket seats, front and rear. The car is offered today in its final 1960s show livery. A steering wheel replaces the original “T” handle. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 183, sold for $11,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Bonhams’ Amelia Island auction in Amelia Island, FL, on March 10, 2016. The custom car phenomenon originated in the late 1930s on the West Coast. It reached a peak in the late 1950s as it spread rapidly across the U.S, then waned by the mid-1960s, when Detroit offerings became more powerful and very stylish, precluding the need for customs. Leading post-war custom car practitioners such as George and Sam Barris, Gene Winfield, Larry Watson, Gil and Al Ayala, and Detroit’s Alexander Brothers el- 52 AmericanCarCollector.com evated the art to lofty heights. Dan Post’s Blue Book of Custom Cars and the Fawcett and Trend 75-cent books on custom cars spread the word, followed by countless features in Hot Rod, Rod & Custom, Car Craft and Motor Trend, and later Rodding and Re-styling and Popular Customs. Those features helped ensure that custom car methodology spread nationwide.


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! There were a few simple customizing rules, but not everyone followed them, especially in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The fundamental premise behind customizing was to start with a low-priced older-model car and, using skilled metal crafting and attractive components from more expensive cars, alter its appearance for the better. Slab-sided Mercury customs, for example, benefited from sweeping Buick side spears, newer DeSoto and Chrysler grilles, and frenched headlights that were hand-crafted using later Ford and Mercury headlight rims. As domestic car styling became more imaginative, canted quad headlamps from Lincolns and others were grafted onto cars that were never intended to have such a modern treatment — with predictably ugly results. Trendy taillights that were passable on some new cars were horrific when grafted onto earlier cars. What’s the point? Major shows, and especially the ISCA circuit, compounded this problem by awarding cumulative show points for every modification, no matter how minor. This gave rise to some customizers lathering all sorts of bodywork and trim changes on cars that really didn’t benefit from that much surgery. Some restyling treatments, like dual Appleton spotlights and extensive pinstriping, became popular custom clichés. It always seemed strange to me that the lead sledders would carefully shave hoods and decklids, only to replace chrome ornamentation with scads of pinstripes. Ribbed DeSoto and Plymouth bumpers looked attractive on some cars, and really out of place on others. Many custom kemp creators didn’t seem to know the difference. If a mild chop was good, a radical chop was perceived as being better, even if it didn’t make a car’s resulting shape more pleasing. Oh, and they were often given silly names like “She’s So Fine,” “Moonglow,” or in this case, “Truly Rare.” So here we have Gene Howard’s effort on a hapless ’50 Buick Sedanette. His metalworking skills were obvious. But his sense of taste, balance and proportion? Not so much. This car received a serious chop and an asymmetric roof scoop. The roofline, which tapers elegantly into a fastback rear, is rather nice. It went downhill rapidly from there in its second iteration, with truly garish canted and covered headlights, deeply tunneled latermodel Plymouth taillights, a yawning grille, and scalloped side treatments that didn’t complement the rest of the car. Inside, a blinding white interior — another popular custom practice — was enhanced with a large console, and the steering wheel was dropped in favor of a center-mounted lever. Thankfully, it’s since been swapped back to a conventional steering wheel. Under the (nonexistent) hood is a wild, hot-rodded, six-carb period Chrysler Hemi, with everything removable chromed for maximum visual impact. There’s a header tank for cooling, so the grille has been omitted, save for one decorative element. We didn’t call cars like this “custom rods” in the early 1960s, but that’s a good description here, melding a high-performance engine with a radically restyled car. Reportedly, “Truly Rare” won over 60 trophies and received eight Best of Show awards in period. That was then, this is now No doubt Gene Howard put a lot more time and money in this flamboyant car half a century ago than the recent sale price of $11,000 reflects — especially against Bonhams’ $30k to $50k estimate. But the radical modifications that won accolades five decades ago appear really dated — and ugly — today. If the Bob Hirohata ’51 Mercury hard top, which won its class at Pebble Beach last year, were to come on the market, I don’t doubt it could reach seven figures. The ex-Jack Calori custom ’36 Ford coupe, another Pebble Beach Concours winner, realized over $300k in a sale a few years ago. Sadly, that kind of money will never be in the cards for this monstrosity. Without a pedigree, such as a famous customizer like Barris or Winfield behind it, and despite the craftsmanship inherent in its metal reworking, it’s not worth much at all. No reserve made it a certainty to sell at Amelia no matter where the bids stopped. With great custom cars, style and simplicity count for much more than shock value and weirdness. Still, something like this would be warmly welcomed at traditional custom car gatherings, and there is value in that. The seller probably hoped for much more than this bid, but for a buyer looking for a period custom with a high look-at-me factor, this was a decent buy. A (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) May-June 2016 53 Detailing Year produced: 1950 Number produced: 119,837 Special Sedanettes (but there’s just one like this) Original list price: $1,899 Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $23,760; high sale, $54,450 (1949–58 Buick Special coupe and sedan) Tune-up/major service: $400 VIN location: On data plate riveted to firewall Engine # location: On top of block at valley cover Clubs: Goodguys, National Street Rod Association (NSRA) ACC Investment Grade: F Comps More: www.good-guys.com, www.nsra.com Alternatives: Other ’50s-era custom cars 1949 Mercury Custom Lot 105, VIN: 9CM202772 Condition: 2 Sold at $71,500 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/16/2015 ACC# 256891 1936 Ford Model 68 Custom coupe, ex-Jack Calori Lot S116, VIN: 182636987 Condition: 1Sold at $318,000 Mecum Auctions, Anaheim, CA, 11/14/2012 ACC# 213968 1953 Buick Custom Lot 398, VIN: 67034943 Condition: 4Sold at $6,588 Classic Motorcar Auctions, Akron, OH, 3/31/2012 ACC# 197574


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PROFILE AMERICANA 1909 STANLEY MODEL E2 RUNABOUT Steamin’ Demon Corey Silvia ©2013, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s A steam car can generate 800 poundfeet of torque — enough to twist the tires clean off the wheels. So it’s fair to think of a Stanley as the Z06 or Hellcat of its day 54 AmericanCarCollector.com 54 AmericanCarCollector.com VIN: 4520 by Jeff Zurschmeide with water, fired, and tended by the owner’s careful hands, the Model E2 could hum along and climb steep grades with ease. It was a fun car, combining the eerie silence of steam with the peppy performance that, by the late 1900s, “automobilists” were beginning to appreciate. Former Stanley employee Ralph Van Dine also T appreciated it, as he rescued this car in the early 1940s as one of numerous old Stanleys resurrected in the gas-rationing days of World War II. This Stanley has recently been returned to running and driving order for this sale by noted Brass Era specialist Stu Laidlaw. It continues to wear its vintage repaint, with more recently refinished fenders and older restored black upholstery, which only add to the charm and authenticity of its presentation. Only the wheels are inauthentic, with good reason; when this car was found in the early 1940s, the current size of tires was not available. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 110, sold for $49,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on his Stanley Model E2, one of six models of the Stanley steam car available in the 1909 catalog, is powered by a 10-horsepower twinpiston engine — a marvel of simplicity that employed only 13 moving parts. Once the big front-mounted boiler had been filled March 12, 2016. The general rules of car collecting and restoration are pretty straightforward. You buy the best car you can find, and then you restore it with the correct parts and the best quality work you can manage. It may be expensive, but it’s not really complicated. There are vendors who sell just about everything you might need. But that all changes when you start looking at true antiques. If you buy a car from the “Brass Era” (up to 1918), then you’re really on your own, because new replacement parts aren’t readily available for anything less popular than a Ford Model T. In large part, this is because the idea of making every car exactly alike hadn’t really caught on outside of Dearborn. Fast-forward 100 years or more, and today’s col- lector has a unique challenge (and opportunity) with every antique car. Steam power in context Back in 1909, a steam car wasn’t as outlandish as it sounds today. Steam power had been around for 100 years. Everyone traveled around the country on steam trains, traveled the rivers and oceans on steampowered ships, and people used steam engines for all kinds of work. So the steam engine was old, familiar technology, especially to the people who could afford an automobile. Plus, steam cars were fast and powerful by the standards of the day. While most gasoline-powered


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Years produced: 1901–24 (Stanley Steamers; the E2 was 1909 only) Number produced: About 9,500 (total production; E2 unknown, but Stanley produced 613 vehicles in 1909) cars were putting along at 20 or 25 miles per hour, a steam-powered car could hit several times that speed. To give you an example, Fred Marriott set the world land-speed record of 127.659 mph in a specialized Stanley Steamer in 1906. In 1907 he was on track to raise his own record into the 140 mph range but crashed in the attempt. A well-built steam car can generate up to 800 pound-feet of torque — enough to twist the tires clean off the wheels. So it’s fair to think of a Stanley as the Z06 or Hellcat of its day. Still, there’s no denying that a steam-powered car is a curiosity in the modern world. The average person doesn’t really know how they work, and frankly, they can be a little intimidating. When you look at the difficulty of maintaining a Brass Era car in general, and throw in the fact that every part on your Stanley is going to have to be made from scratch or adapted to work, the challenge of owning one is substantial. This works to limit the pool of buyers for these cars, and that helps keep prices down. The buyer of a Stanley Steamer is not an average collector — it’s someone who doesn’t mind getting his hands greasy and who enjoys constant tinkering to keep the car going. A worthy example The 1909 Stanley Model E2 was the entry-level model in that year. At a purchase price of $850, the little E2 runabout cost less than half the money of any other Stanley product. While the E2 came with a 10-horsepower engine, its larger siblings carried 20- and 30-horsepower engines. However, this car is a perfect example of the kind of vehicle that a Brass Era collector wants. The car carries enough patina to be driven without undue fear of damage, and yet is completely functional and drivable. This Stanley is mostly original, and the deviations from its original plan are forgivable in a car of this age. For example, tires are no longer available to fit the original wheels, but the wheels in use are periodcorrect and appear to be borrowed from a Model T Ford. That means that replacement wheel parts and tires will be available, and really, who’s going to know or care? Similarly, the paint color dates from the 1940s, but is similar to shades used on other Stanley products, and it looks the part. Stanley automobiles came in a rainbow of colors, and at this age, having a running, driving car that looks nice is the most important thing. Stanley made just 613 cars in 1909, and very few have survived. By the mid-1920s, as the gasoline engine became the standard for American driving, almost all steam-powered cars went to the junkyard. As the auctioneer’s history of the car stated, this one was revived by an enthusiast during World War II, and then passed down into a museum collection, where it stayed through most of the last century. On the block, the auctioneers expected bidding on this car to end up between $80,000 and $100,000, but the final sale price including buyer’s premium came in at $49,500. With the 10% buyer’s premium, that means the winning bid was $45,000. Why did this car sell for so little? Possibly because another Stanley in concours-ready condition was offered for sale on the same day, drawing a winning bid of $260,000, and a total buyer’s price of $286,000. The chances of finding several bidders all looking for Stanley Steamers at the same auction are small. Still, even falling short of expectations, the sale point of this Steamer shows that prices in general are rising, making this a very smart purchase for the buyer.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) Engine # location: N/A Club: Stanley Register Online More: www.stanleysteamers. com, www.stanleyregister. net Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $93,500; high sale, $286,000 Tune-up cost: N/A Distributor cap: N/A VIN location: Plate on rear of body Original list price: $850 (for the 1909 E2) Alternatives: Any other steam-powered car, including White and Doble ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1908 Stanley Model H5 Gentleman’s Speedy Lot 144, VIN: 4099 Condition: 1Sold at $203,500 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/10/2014 ACC# 256151 1909 Stanley Model E2 10-hp Lot 339, VIN: 4852 Condition: 3 ACC# 252315 Not sold at $64,265 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/6/2014 1909 Stanley Model E2 10-hp Condition: 4+ Lot 120, VIN: 4520 (subject car) Not sold at $75,000 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA, 10/10/2013 ACC# 228370 May-June 2016 55CC 55


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PROFILE AMERICANA Jay Leno takes editor Jim Pickering for a spin in Howard Hughes’ Doble Steam Car in 2014 Blowing Off Steam with Jay Leno J ay Leno is the leading collector of steam-powered automobiles in America, and probably the world. We caught up with Jay after the Amelia Island auction and asked him about driving a steam car. “It takes a good 15 to 20 minutes to get one going,” Leno says. “It works very similar to a water heater. You light a pilot, and then you turn on the boiler and you get a big rush of steam.” Once going, even a 2-piston steam engine at 10 horsepower offers tremendous torque. That’s because steam pushes the piston one way, and then pushes it back again from the other side. “With a Stanley, every stroke is a power stroke, so a 2-cylinder engine has the same power impulses as a V8,” Leno says. “A 4-cylinder has the same power impulses as a V16. You’ve got all kinds of power, and it’s so different from an internalcombustion engine. They’re a lot of fun to drive.” So while it takes some practice to learn the function of every valve and control on the steamer, once you get the hang of it, the car is quite drivable. “They were actually quite reliable back in the day,” Leno says. “The advantages were no clutch, no transmission, no choke, no magneto, and no hand-cranking that could possibly spit back and break your arm. Steam engines tend to run forever because they’re not under any stress.” The other misconception that modern collectors hold is that the Stanley, or any steam-powered car, is a dangerous machine. “People think they blow up, but no Stanley Steamer has ever blown up,” Leno advises. “It can’t blow up just by the nature of the way the steam boilers are built. They have copper in them, so the copper will melt and burst and blow steam in the air, but they don’t blow up.” You can find several episodes of “Jay Leno’s Garage” online, in which Jay details everything you ever wanted to know about steam-powered cars. A — Jeff Zurschmeide “The advantages were no clutch, no transmission, no choke, no magneto, and no handcranking that could possibly spit back and break your arm. Steam engines tend to run forever because they’re not under any stress” 56 AmericanCarCollector.com 56 AmericanCarCollector.com


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PROFILE RACE 1968 CHEVROLET SUNOCO CAMARO TRANS-AM Real-Deal Racer Wins Real Money Robin Adams ©2016, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s With over 100 pages of documents, a traced history, great condition, and notes from both Sam Posey and Ron Fournier, this Sunoco Camaro is a top-tier Trans-Am collectible VIN: N/A by Dale Novak • The first of two examples built for the 1968 season • Raced in 1968 by Mark Donohue and Sam Posey • Numerous podium finishes, with many years of successful club racing in Europe • Comprehensive restoration to 1968 specifications and livery • Raced and shown at many events, including eight appearances at the Monterey Historics • Well documented, including letter of authenticity from Penske engineer Ron Fournier ACC Analysis This car, Lot 180, sold for $990,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, sale held on March 12, 2016. In 1974, Mark Donohue took a year off from his storied racing career to write The Unfair Advantage, a candid look inside the world of professional auto racing. It’s a great read — very revealing — and allows the reader to reminisce about the high-octane world of auto racing during the raucous 1960s and early 1970s. First published in 1975, the new edition (2000) adds 60 additional photos and commentary from those who worked and raced with Donohue. It relates to this car and this profile and is a must-have for your automotive library. Trans-Am racing transforms America In 1966, the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) formed the Trans-Am series of auto racing. From its humble beginnings, the series transformed quickly as it began to zero in on the aggressive new pony cars coming out of Detroit. This led to one of the most storied road-racing eras in American history — from 1968 to 1972. The list of hall of fame racing teams and drivers is staggering and includes Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, 58 AmericanCarCollector.com Bud Moore, Parnelli Jones, Dan Gurney, Sam Posey and Jerry Titus (to name a few). These names are legendary among most gearheads because these guys raced hard and played hard — and they did it for keeps. All of the American auto manufacturers were in the game, including AMC. The stock-appearing cars were aggressive, fast, loud and literally incited guys to cut a check for a Boss 302, Z/28, AMX, AAR ’Cuda or T/A Challenger from their local dealership. It was the type of race-inspired marketing boom that fueled an incredibly cool and very enthusiastic era for auto racing — and for performance-car sales. From spectator to scribe When Editor Jim Pickering tapped me for this pro- file, I was immediately smitten with the car. It brought me back to my childhood and helps explain (at least partially) my frothy love of old cars, especially those from this era. As luck would have it, I lived in Sebring, FL, around 1968 — the birthplace of Trans-Am racing in 1966. Going to the 12-hour race was my annual birthday present. While I was too young to have specific memories burned into my brain, I can recall sitting on the top of a motor home on one of the precarious turns, literally right next to the track, with a fried corn dog in one hand and an icy cold RC Cola in the other. And given that explosion of memories, I was likely watching our subject car thrash about with all the other American Iron on the track. I think it had a lasting effect on me. The hierarchy of race cars Race cars of this era are very special machines. But, given that statement, they are most certainly not all created equal. Imagine 100 Trans-Am race cars from the 1960s and 1970s in a warehouse. All genuine cars. Now


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: You can easily track a car’s value over time with the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, model, VIN and more. Sign up for just $59 at www.AmericanCarCollector.com! Detailing Year produced: 1968 Number produced: Six Original list price: N/A Current ACC Valuation: Median: $990,000 (this is the only Sunoco Camaro sold recently) Tune-up/major service: $500 VIN location: N/A Engine # location: N/A Club: Historic Trans Am More: www.historictransam. com imagine organizing them into a pyramid. With that, there can only be one top-tier choice, the best one in the building. And, at the bottom of our fantasy experiment, there is a row of cars that are less desirable. As you can see (in our mind game), there is no “worst” car in the bunch, just a lower tier of cars based on all sorts of valuation criteria. Among authentic race cars, there are those that rise to the absolute top, there are second-tier cars, and then there are all the others. So how do we to classify the best? First and foremost, the car will be a part of top-tier automotive racing history on the most admired racing circuits. It will be a winning car piloted by a worldclass driver and uncompromising team owner. It will evoke strong emotions, and the owner of the car will know that he is only the steward of its care. The car will be incontestably documented, and not by faded copies of copies, but real paperwork. Experts will have personally examined the car and signed off on its legitimacy. When possible, one of the actual team members will go over the car in great detail. While the parts that make up the car will have been altered over time, the car will be bought back to “as-raced” specifications with exacting detail. And, most importantly, the chassis of the car will be incontrovertibly the chassis the car was born with. With over 100 pages of documentation, a traced history, great condition, and notes from both Sam Posey and Ron Fournier, this Sunoco Camaro is in top-tier territory. An exclusive club, an unlucky crash Owning a car like this takes a special person. Not only will that buyer have the financial means to easily acquire the car, he or she will be passionate about what it means to own it. Occasionally, some will actually use the car in historic racing events to get behind the wheel, and perpetuate the history of the machine. Try doing that with your Picasso. One of the past owners of the Sunoco Camaro #16 was just that. He raced the car with unbridled enthusiasm and passion and exercised a great deal of care with it. And, unfortunately, he lost control of the car in wet-track conditions at Watkins Glen in 2013. The car was badly damaged and the driver (owner) was injured. It was an unfortunate and perhaps even unavoidable mishap. But, that said, this is a real race car, built for that specific purpose — not to crash but to be pushed to its limits. And, like all dutiful stewards of the Sunoco Penske Camaro, he rebuilt the car to exacting specifications. No harm, no foul. Sifting through the data Most Trans-Am cars have simply disappeared into the ghosts of automotive things past. A surviving, documented top-tier example like this one is undoubtedly the exception. You can see a very good example of perhaps a third-tier Trans-Am racer (using the pyramid analogy) by dissecting the 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A that sold for $170,500 at Hollywood Wheels in March 2015 at Amelia Island (ACC# 264418, profiled in the July/ August 2015 issue of ACC, p. 52). As you climb up our imaginary Trans-Am pyramid, finding a storied car that pushes all the buttons becomes extraordinarily difficult — and a lot more expensive. The pre-sale estimate on the car was pegged at $900,000 to $1,200,000. While the car sold at the low end of the estimate, so did much of the inventory at Amelia Island this year. While I can’t call this car well bought, it certainly was a fair deal for both parties, even at close to seven figures. It’s a part of automotive history and one of only a handful of Trans-Am race cars with this sort of pedigree, and for the buyer hunting for the real thing, Alternatives: Any in-period Trans-Am racer, including Ford Mustang Boss 302, AMC Javelin, and Dodge Challenger T/A ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A Trans-Am Lot 248, VIN: TA028 Condition: 2 Sold at $170,500 Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 3/15/2015 ACC# 264418 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am Lot S134, VIN: 18159 Condition: 2+ ACC# 20947 Not sold at $300,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2012 I’m sure it was worth every penny. A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1971 AMC Javelin Trans-Am Lot S660, VIN: N/A Condition: 1Sold at $847,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2010 ACC# 165836 May-June 2016 59


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PROFILE TRUCK 1955 CHEVROLET 3100 NAPCO 4X4 PICKUP Diamond in the Rough Climbing to the top of the market has always been an easy task with a NAPCO VIN: H255K027562 by B. Mitchell Carlson NAPCO 2-speed 4x4 conversions were composed of 85% GM parts. The NAPCO slogan proudly stated: “Now you can have a standard Chevrolet four-wheeldrive pickup featuring the traction power of a tank, or at the flip of a finger, a smoother ride over the road.” This truck has been treated to a very high-quality T 60 AmericanCarCollector.com 60 AmericanCarCollector.com frame-off rebuild. It is powered by the famous 235-ci 6-cylinder engine and 4-speed transmission. The extremely straight body is finished in Chevrolet Neptune Green. The interior is refinished to original, with woven plastic beige seat covering and matching dash color. The box has been redone with wood boards painted low-gloss black as original. All chrome, grille, bumpers and emblems are new or replated. his is a second-series truck with the newfor-1955 styling — and a very rare NAPCO 4x4 conversion. 1955 was the first year General Motors offered the new half-ton pickup with 4x4. ACC Analysis This truck, Lot 1015, sold for $63,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 26–31, 2016. From humble origins to GM supplier NAPCO stands for Northwestern Auto Parts Company of Minneapolis, MN. It began in 1918 when Romanian immigrant Edward Rappaport started buying wrecked cars and parting them out in his backyard for resale. By 1924, it had become Northwestern Auto Parts Company, and it experienced explosive growth as a parts wholesaler and manufacturer, especially in truck components, up through World War II. During the war, NAPCO was a component supplier for a number of military vehicles, including the M8 Greyhound armored car built nearby at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul. By the end of the war, the company had a very good handle on what worked and didn’t work for off-road equipment, and Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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COLLeCTOr’S reSOurCe: The easiest way to track a car’s value over time is the ACC Premium Auction Database, featuring more than 125,000 American cars searchable by year, make, model, VIN and more. Sign up at www.AmericanCarCollector.com. under the NAPCO trade name, it began marketing a “Powr-Pak” four-wheel-drive conversion kit for lightduty pickups in the early 1950s. Although they were available for most truck makes, the vast majority of Powr-Paks were made to fit Chevrolet and GMC. Ford primarily contracted with Marmon-Herrington for four-wheel-drive conversions, dating back to 1936. International began building their own four-wheel-drive trucks in-house in 1953, with Coleman seeing some contract work with larger trucks. Dodge offered the Power Wagon in 1946 almost as quickly as possible after the war ended. All this meant that GM was the lone major automaker without a four-wheel-drive model, so it took the lion’s share of NAPCO Powr-Paks for its trucks. Studebaker was the next largest in Powr-Pak sales, but sales were meager. Factory- or dealer-installed By 1954, the Powr-Pak was a GM-authorized accessory for upfitters of vocational equipment. The kit could be installed either by a local dealer or distributor. However, it was only available for three-quarter-ton and larger Chevys due to the torque tube arrangement on the half-tons. All GMCs had a conventional driveshaft, so its half-tons could be NAPCO-equipped. All 1955-production Advance Design Chevys went to an open driveshaft over the previous torque tube in preparation for the new mid-year Task Force series trucks. That opened up an even bigger door for GM NAPCO conversions. By 1956, the NAPCO conversion could be factory- installed on GMCs, and Chevrolet followed suit by offering it from the factory in 1957 — although the 1,410-pound kit could also still be dealer-ordered and installed as well. Assembly plant installations on Chevrolets were only on 6-cylinder/4-speed-equipped trucks, while GMCs could be done with the V8 and even the optional HydraMatic transmission. However, since it was still a dealer-installed option, in theory any Chevy pickup could be fitted with one — including Cameos — if a customer so desired. And on that note, they were also fitted to Suburbans and panel delivery trucks. End of the light-duty line For 1960, GM changed over to an independent front suspension on its half-ton two-wheel-drive pickups, and they developed their own light-duty four-wheeldrive system. With the combination of a more unified in-house system with a dedicated 4x4 chassis and the complexities of converting from IFS 2x4 to solid-axle 4x4, NAPCO conversions for C-series were only available on medium- and heavy-duty trucks — although Detailing NAPCO did market the earlier Powr-Pak kits for a couple more years for earlier trucks. Shortly after 1962, NAPCO sold the rights, tooling, and intellectual property of the Powr-Pak division to driveline systems manufacturer Dana Corp. Cresting the market NAPCOs have always climbed to the top of the collector market in terms of values, and they continue to do so. Utilizing well-engineered components, such as the gear-driven Spicer 23 transfer case, trucks with a NAPCO conversion always had a cachet over a garden-variety two-wheel drive — even in rougherthan-a-cob condition. As such, these trucks tended to be saved in greater numbers, even just as a backup tool or as the sum of the NAPCO parts, removed from a dead rusted-out example. So these trucks tend not to be as rare as some would suggest. The demand for a NAPCO Chevy has always meant that the prices have stayed high on them, especially over the past decade, where the market has seen steady increases in values on all vintage pickups. As the kit was billed as being easily transferable from one truck to another within six hours (three hours to remove, three hours to install — to include drilling four holes in the frame — as estimated in the instructions), it’s difficult to claim that a given Task Force-era GM today was ordered from new as a NAPCO without some sort of documentation. However, pricing history shows that it’s more or less a moot point, with only a slight premium of about 10% for a verifiable factory or original-selling-dealer installation. No chrome queen This example is also like a lot of NAPCO conver- sions that have surfaced on the market lately in that it’s a high-quality restoration and isn’t festooned with a lot of aftermarket trinkets. This one now has chrome bumpers and grille over the entry-level painted parts, but that’s it. Those who restore these trucks tend to “get it” and do them up as authentic to when they were new. Even the bed wood was correctly painted on this truck, unlike so many pickups that have nicer wood floors than multi-million-dollar mansions. This looks like it was just delivered to a GM dealer, and is ready to have a utility’s name or a state’s Game and Fish Department emblem stenciled on the doors. As such, while the price seems a bit steep, it’s not all that outrageous with regard to the market. You may find a similar truck for less, but not by a whole lot. And it won’t likely be as authentically done as this market- correct rig. Call this one well bought and sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Barrett- Jackson.) Current ACC Valuation: Median to date, $37,300; high sale, $66,960 Tune-up/major service: $150 Distributor cap: $12 VIN location: Tag spotwelded to the upper forward driver’s door frame, stamped aft of the steering box on the left chassis rail (exact location varies by assembly plant) Engine # location: Side of block, behind distributor Years produced: 1954–59 Number produced: 329,791 (total second-series trucks, NAPCO conversions unknown) Club: The NAPCO Owners Group, American Truck Historical Society More: www.napco4x4.org, www.aths.org Alternatives: 1959–60 Ford 4x4 pickup, 1953–60 International 4x4 pickup, 1946–68 Dodge Power Wagon pickup ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1959 Chevrolet 3100 NAPCO 4x4 pickup Lot 492, VIN: K3A59F103646 Condition: 1Sold at $36,575 Leake Auctions, Dallas, TX, 11/24/2013 ACC# 231525 1959 Chevrolet 3100 NAPCO 4x4 pickup Lot 363, VIN: 3A59J105986 Condition: 1 Sold at $66,700 Bonhams, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/17/2013 ACC# 215116 1959 Chevrolet 3100 NAPCO 4x4 pickup Lot TH243, VIN: 3A59J105986 Condition: 1Sold at $48,200 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2010 ACC# 165834 May-June 2016 61CC 61


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MArKeT OVERVIEW Healthy Numbers in the Sub-$30k Segment FOUR ANNUAL AUCTIONS SHOW GROWTH — BUT HAS THE MARKET OVERLOOKED THE FORWARD-CONTROL? by Tony Piff TOP 10 sales this issue 1. 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I coupe, $3,300,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 114 2. 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $1,155,000—rM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 114 3. 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Sunoco Trans-Am racer, $990,000—rM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 110 4. 1910 Thomas Model K-6-70 Flyabout, $825,000— bonhams, FL, p. 116 5. 1932 Ford Model 18 edsel Ford speedster, $770,000— rM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 112 6. 1896 Armstrong phaeton, $483,400—bonhams, FL, p. 116 7. 1953 Muntz Jet convertible, $205,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 118 8. 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, $187,000—Mecum Auctions, MO, p. 82 9. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $173,250—Leake, OK, p. 69 10. 1918 Packard Twin six Ormonde roadster, $162,500—bonhams, FL, p. 117 BEST BUYS 1987 buick GnX coupe, $106,000—GAA, nC, p. 92 62 AmericanCarCollector.com N one of the annual auctions featured in this issue averaged more than $30k per car, but total revenue, total cars sold, and sellthrough rate were up across the board. Leake’s Oklahoma City totals swelled 85% to $12,495,217 from $6,763,295 last year, and 452 out of 551 cars sold. Most expensive was a 2005 Ford GT at $303,600. At Mecum Kansas City, 413 of 572 cars sold, and sales grew 22% to $10,248,245 from $8,421,330. A 1968 Shelby GT500 KR was the top lot at $231,000. A 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda topped the charts 1965 Dodge A100 pickup, sold for $20,900 at Mecum’s Kansas City, MO, auction at GAA Greensboro, selling for $151,580. GAA sent totals up 33% to $10,209,909 from $7,694,618. Of 534 consignments, 382 changed hands. Dan Kruse Classics sold 64 out of 151 lots in San Antonio for a combined $978,966 — a 33% increase over last year’s $736,128. A custom 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air took top money at $50,760. Tony’s Market Moment: I’ve been waiting for forward-control trucks and vans to catch on in the market since the sudden rise of vintage pickups and SUVs a few years ago, but it just hasn’t happened. B. Mitchell Carlson called a 1965 Dodge A100 at Mecum Kansas City “the nicest restoration of an A100” that he’d ever seen, and yet it sold for only $20,900. While pickups and SUVs have kept their same fundamental silhouettes for a century, these trucks were a 10-year anomaly limited to the 1960s. I think that makes them cool, but maybe they’re just too weird for mainstream appeal. Or maybe brief production and natural attrition means too few survive today for a trend to manifest. Whatever the explanation, a forward-control will never be overlooked on the road, even if it’s overlooked in the market today.A Leake, Oklahoma City, OK February 19–21 Greensboro, nC March 3–5 bonhams, Amelia Island, FL March 10 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL March 11 Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL March 11–12 Mecum, Kansas City, MO March 11–12 Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL March 12 rM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL March 12 Dan Kruse Classics, San Antonio, TX March 18–20 $0 $979k $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m $60m $5.1m $38.6m $8.4m $10.2m Auctions in this issue $12.5m GAA, $10.2m $27.4m $60.2m 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $82,500—Leake, OK, p. 68 1968 Chevrolet Camaro Sunoco Trans-Am racer, $990,000—rM Sotheby’s, FL, p. 110 1953 Muntz Jet convertible, $205,000—Gooding & Co., FL, p. 118 1932 Ford Model 18 custom roadster, $63,600—GAA, nC, p. 92


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK Leake Auction Company — Oklahoma City THE 40-MILE 1978 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V DIAMOND JUBILEE “ELEVATOR CAR” SOLD FOR A RECORD $57,200 Leake Auction Company Oklahoma City, OK February 19–21, 2016 Auctioneers: Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby D. Elhert, Dillon Hall Automotive lots sold/ offered: 452/552 Sales rate: 82% Sales total: $12,491,435 High American sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $303,600 buyer’s premium: 10% onsite, 13% for offsite sales, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts 64 AmericanCarCollector.com Stuck for decades between floors in a freight elevator — 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee 2-door hard top, sold at $57,200 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Elise Levy Market opinions in italics W hile February is a pretty sparse month for collector car auctions, one that’s a recurring favorite is Leake’s annual event held in Oklahoma City. Leake makes good use of their two-ring turntable format, which moves things along at twice the normal rate and keeps the auction manageable during the course of a short day. One big change this year was a full day of no-reserve cars selling on Sunday. A major reason forcing the third day was the 100-car Tom Falbo Collection that sold on Saturday afternoon, also without reserve. The collection was displayed apart from the rest of the consignments in a building adjacent to the Cox Pavilion, so it was easy to get a sense of Falbo’s taste. Nothing was older than 1956, and there were clusters of 1970s luxury cars, most with low or super-low miles. Sales were quite strong, showing that these cars from the Malaise Era are coming into their own. Headlining those was a 40-mile 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee edition, known in Lincoln circles as the “stuck-in-a-freight-elevator car.” The elevator car sold for a record $57,200. But the big draw here was Falbo’s collection of Corvettes, which included numerous examples from the first four generations, plus a rough 246-mile 2009 ZR1. The keystone was a set of 18 1967s. Fourteen of those were big-block cars, including one of only 16 L89s ever built. While some predicted the L89 might set a new record, it didn’t, with a $183,700 final sale after some confusion during its initial time across the block. What brought home the most bacon was Falbo’s 41-mile 2005 Ford GT. It may not have usurped the Diamond Jubilee’s low-mile-champion status, but it did make high-sale honors at $303,600. A


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK GM #491-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. VIN: 58P001796. Ebony Black/stainless steel/black & white leather. Odo: 54,048 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2bbl, auto. “Body removed in 2010 to properly strip and refinish in the original Ebony Black… bumpers and chrome refinished in 2014.” Also has updated suspension, leading me to believe original air-ride system has long been discarded. Pitted original wheel covers and old bias-ply tires. Original interior shows age and wear. Needs a jump start; coughs and sputters along. Reportedly has all the goodies these cars came with when new, such as the magnetic-base shot glasses, perfume bottle, cigarette case, notepad and cigarette lighters. Cond: 3-. 500s on the ground) and deluxe AM radio with rear speaker. Bench seat changed to buckets. With Protect-O-Plate and introductory letter. Very old repaint has some masking lines, light prep scratches and chipping. Decent brightwork. Lightly detailed underhood. Cond: 3+. two-door hard top version of the lesser Impala two-door fastback. I can tell that this was a customer special-order car, as no dealer would have an odd mix of options like this—especially in white, and without a vinyl roof to boot. This had to be some older guy who didn’t trust power brakes and thought a/c was for sissies and wanted to be able to monitor all functions of the baselevel V8 comfortably. This was a good buy for something that’s a couple clicks off center. SOLD AT $22,000. Using Olds’ original formula, this one should really be a 432 (4barrel, 3-speed, dual exhaust). The consignor was bragging about the Olds Club of America judging sheets, but those sheets deemed it an 886-point car, and the market deemed it a $22k car with documented proof. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. For those of you who think the Allante was the only Italianbodied Caddy (and consider it an “old car”), well, they did it with the Eldorado Brougham back in 1957–58. This car felt like an ongoing project rather than comprehensive redo. which can be maddening on these, with their unique bodywork and impossible-tofind gadgets/vanity items. Sufficiently bid, probably by a marque specialist or someone who likes a challenge. #2439-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr sedan. VIN: 338076M304487. Nocturne Mist/ blue vinyl. Odo: 45,686 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Original sticker shows it sold with optional L78 performance package (442), heavy-duty floor-shift 3-speed manual, Anti-Spin rear axle, power brakes and steering, dash clock, light group, wheel covers (sitting in the trunk, as it has repop Mag #759-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA Custom 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164478T194283. White/ aqua nylon. Odo: 77,115 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Interesting mix of options: HydraMatic transmission, power steering, windows and seat, full instrumentation with integral tachometer, tilt steering column and clock. Consumer-grade repaint paler than original Ermine White. Wavy replated bumpers but good original emblems and trim. Excellent original interior with minimal wear. Tape deck in dash. Aftermarket valve covers and air cleaner on recently repainted motor. Cond: 3+. #731-1969 CHEVROLET C10 CST pickup. VIN: CE149S842807. Light blue & white/ blue vinyl. Odo: 43,089 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Protect-O-Plate. Original build sheet on glovebox confirms optional 350 V8, automatic, power steering, tinted glass, non-glare mirrors, heavy-duty rear suspension, two-tone paint and pushbutton AM radio. 1980s truck wheels and larger-thanstock mud tires. Decent newer repaint. Mix of original and reproduction brightwork. Mostly replacement interior soft trim. Repro seat with some light staining. Funky electric blue paint on steering wheel. Aftermarket bits on recently repainted motor, which is fussy when cold. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,275. This is something of a counterpoint to the 1969 GMC C1500 custom with the 305-ci V6 (Lot 1194). While not as nice as that truck, this one had more interest when it rolled up onto the block. Seeing that it was more flash than substance, interest waned past $9k, for a correct market sale. SOLD AT $13,750. The Impala Custom was a one-body-only model: a notchback #2477-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 convertible. VIN: 124679N547850. Hugger Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,245 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power front discs. Pretty good trim-off repaint at least half a decade ago. Good replacement top. Replated bumpers, mostly original and slightly scuffed trim. Older engine-bay detail recently tidied up. Air-cleaner element is starting to get a 66 AmericanCarCollector.com


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK bit ragged, replica inspection stamps worn. Light carpet wear, minimal seat wear. Most of the rest of the interior is original and redyed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. While this Camaro had a pretty good restoration, it’s since seen the highway. Not really unwinding, but not minty fresh, either. Plenty offered. Eleven years ago it no-saled at the same $55k at the Kensington Hamptons Auto Classic (ACC# 38583). #551-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2V87Y3N121345. Dark green metallic/ tan vinyl. Odo: 52,328 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include the 455 in basic tune, 4-speed, power steering, power front discs, a/c, rear defroster, AM/FM and hexpattern wheels. Repainted at least a decade ago with a few masking miscues. Lifting on center point on Endura nose but looks respectable elsewhere. Repop decals. Typical F-body side-window scratching from rattly doors. Good original interior with light wear. Some yellowing plastic. Speakers cut into rear shelf. Used-car underhood. Non-stock exhaust. Cond: 3. detail under the hood, but undercarriage shows light corrosion from humidity. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. One of 200 identical Eldos built on the final day of production, billed as the last American-made convertible. It certainly seemed like it in 1976, as safety standards and poor sales made it look like drop-tops were going the way of the dodo. But by 1984, Eldorado convertibles were rolling off the line again—to the consternation of most ’76 Eldo buyers, who thought they had an instant collectible. This is almost a “high mileage” example, so while it sold well, many of the 198 others are likely still untouched and can do even better. CORVETTE SOLD AT $31,350. Not really a preservation-class type of car, but a car that got rerouted while on path to becoming a high-school kid’s car. In fact, I see in this a lot of the used Z/28s and Trans Ams that fellow dorm residents had while I was in Air Force tech school in the early 1980s. As such, it sold well as the last car to cross the block from the Falbo Collection. #2518-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO Bicentennial Edition convertible. VIN: 6L67S6Q262584. White/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 908 miles. 500-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Originally sold to collector Richard Kughn, driven 908 miles since new. Essentially an untouched original car. Only occasional polishing swirls on the original paint. Typical for these boats, the door glass to top frame alignment is slightly off, so the doors do not close effortlessly. Not wearing left-side wheel covers. Minimal yellowing of interior plastic, but the leather seats are still virgin white and supple. Good cleanup #503-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S104085. Aztec Copper & beige/beige vinyl/beige vinyl. Odo: 97,874 miles. 283-ci 283-hp fuel-injected V8, 3-sp. Restored in 1996, good enough that it earned Bloomington Gold certification in 2013. Body well prepped and painted with correct sheen. Both doors fit very well. Slight crack forming on driver’s door. Chrome starting to dull but should buff out. Correct T-3 headlights. Very tidy engine bay. Modern parts-store battery with cutoff switch. Show-quality undercarriage. Wellinstalled reproduction seats and door panels. Carpet has some soiling. Door handles and shift knob yellowing. Title in transit. Cond: 2-. spliced-in front nose, done quite a few years back. Headlight bucket alignment could be better. All replated or replacement brightwork. A few minor liberties taken under the hood. Seats are definitely repop. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $93,500. As represented, the car was built by a shop in Arizona, with further upgrades to the cooling system. It’s also a no-brainer that it was built to drive, not show. Considering the split window in back, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better 300-hp/4-sp car that you could trust to drive and not be paranoid about losing judging points on a few rock chips, on an infrequently seen correct color for ’63, so I’ll call this a decent buy. #497-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 40867S105669. Medium blue metallic/blue hard top/white soft top/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 66,867 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older color-change repaint from Daytona Blue with some flaking in center of hood—possibly from an attempt at adding a non-stock air cleaner, as the flake is right over the carburetor Venturis. Paint also starting to lift around hood scallops. Fiberglass layup indicates a new nose was spliced on. Wire dangling behind radio. Interior pieces redyed at different times. Somewhat clean underhood; Corvette 300-hp engine block is not original to the chassis. Wears 365-hp valve covers and air cleaner. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $82,500. For once, a Fuelie that still has a 3-speed transmission. The 4-speeds were introduced about three-quarters of the way though the model year (April 9, 1957), and just 664 cars out of 6,339 Corvettes got the option, but it seems like I’ve seen 5,675 ’57s with 4-speeds in recent years. Not a perfect restoration, but still darn nice and a Fuelie to boot; I felt that this was a good buy. #520-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 30837S109175. Silver Blue/ dark blue vinyl. Odo: 61,240 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. With power steering, brakes and windows, AM/FM radio. Retrofitted with a/c using modern compressor R134a fittings with period-correct condenser, sidepipes and reproduction knockoff aluminum wheels. Good prep and repaint. Body layup in front wheelwells and extra-thick wheelwell lips seem to indicate a 68 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $37,400. Granted, I did like the switch from the dark, bland Daytona Blue— but that’s the only thing I liked. A rough, color-changed ’64 is still pretty much the bottom of the pecking order, so with all the mid-year Corvettes from the Falbo Collection, I wrote this one up to see if those raised the value of other C2s here. It may have helped this car, since it did sell well, considering that it needs therapy. #501-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S121397. Marlboro Maroon/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 115 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. BEST BUY


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK Equipped with L89 big block, soft top only, and AM/FM radio. Odometer likely reset when restored, somewhere between one to two decades ago. Bare-body high-quality repaint better than original. Good door gaps and fit. Engine paint color is far too dark for stock. Concours-quality engine bay detailing, aside from fuel staining on intake manifold and surface rust on exhaust manifolds. K&N air filter element. Fully restored interior. Neat-as-a-pin undercarriage. Cond: 2. #508-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S117265. Silver Pearl/black soft top & hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 22,244 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include the 400-horse big block, 4-speed, a/c, tinted glass, both tops, power steering and brakes, sidepipes, AM/FM radio and aluminum wheels with Redline tires (now with modern radial lookalikes). Good body prep and paint at least a decade ago. Light cracking in door sill area. Paint has a few brush touchups. Well-restored interior. Aside from light fuel staining on intake manifold, it’s ready to be judged at an NCRS meet. Needs a jump to start. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $183,700. The owner of the collection didn’t even realize that this was an L89 car. The auction company brought in recently retired NCRS Judging Chairman Roy Sinor to evaluate all the cars and discovered it was consistent with an L89, although it didn’t have original papers. It was originally bid to $198k on the block, so when it came back up 20 cars later, it was something of a buzzkill. One can argue that it sold for the sum of its parts, but I think chances are good that once it all shakes out, the buyer got a helluva deal. #502-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S108644. Goodwood Green/white vinyl. Odo: 1,457 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Options include L71 V8, power brakes and windows, tinted glass, telescopic steering column, aluminum wheels and AM/FM radio. Superb repaint. Authentic lesser-quality fiberglass prep in door jambs. Good door and hood fit. Authentic chrome sheen, bumpers are smooth. Bloomington Gold-certified decal in rear window, NCRS decal in driver’s vent window. Authentic overspray on exhaust manifolds has mostly burned off. Otherwise, turn-key concours-ready as presented, with no discernible wear or use. Cond: 1-. 9 #510-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S106192. Marlboro Maroon/Saddle leather. Odo: 29,839 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Older cosmetic refurbishment is just starting to unwind. Repaint holding up well with some light storage rash. Refinished and replated brightwork still presentable. Original interior is in very good condition, with lived-in seat patina in lieu of wear. Window-channel fuzzies are worn almost threadbare. Engine bay recently spiffed up but has fuel staining on the intake manifold. From the Falbo Collection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. If you wanted a midyear with all the bells and whistles, and insisted on having matching carburetors under the hood, this was your car in 1967. The solid-lifter 3x2-bbl 435-hp V8 wasn’t available with a lot of creature comforts (such as a/c), but the hydraulic-lifter 400-hp 3x2-bbl could be had with just about anything as an option. This is a bit nice for touring or driving, but it’s not a show pony, either. Price seems a bit strong, but there were plenty of bidders chasing the car in person, online and over the phone. SOLD AT $88,000. I wrote this car up when it was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction in 2004, selling apparently to Mr. Falbo for a then higher-than-market $94,600 (ACC# 32427). Before that it nosaled at $27k at a Kruse auction in 1998 (ACC# 14855). Odd to think that a big-block Tri-Power ’67 Corvette actually lost money in nearly a decade and a half, but this is more of an example of the difference of buying because you can flaunt it versus selling it because you have to. #512-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S722276. Red/black vinyl hard top, white vinyl soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 6,067 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2- SOLD AT $173,250. Probably the Corvette from the Falbo Collection that was both in the best condition and most authentic, which explains the strong sale. It almost brought as much money as the L89 convertible, Lot 501. Not bad also because it’s green, a color that most dealers dread having on their lots. May-June 2016 69 TOP 10


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK bbl, 4-sp. L71 V8, power brakes and steering, sidepipes, both tops, luggage rack, AM/ FM radio. Mortal remains of tank sticker confirm configuration. Photo-documented restoration 2006–07. Prep and paint better than technically possible in 1969. Door gaps better than most unrestored cars. Most brightwork redone to show-quality. Reproduction Redline bias-ply tires. Minimal wear on the repro interior soft trim. Engine could use a day or less of detailing to get concours-ready. Undercarriage is already there. Cond: 2-. hood, but it’s pretty original. Nice original interior with the patina of thoughtful use rather than a pack of rabid wolverines. Cond: 3+. under the uncut rear fenders. Gauge faces faded. Barring the typical rusty exhaust manifold, the engine compartment is tidy, yet not concours-perfect. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,200. One of several examples from the Falbo Collection of the finalyear Corvette convertible (until 1986). Not Survivor-grade, but better than a beater, typical of the selection and what the cars sold for. SOLD AT $47,850. It’s hard to go wrong with a 435-horse in red with two tops. However, the fact that it wasn’t minty fresh kept it below $50k. #517-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S119706. Brands Hatch Green/green vinyl. Odo: 84,874 miles. 454-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Canadian-market car. Optional LS6 big block, M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed, 3.70 Posi differential, tinted glass, power steering, brakes and windows, AM/FM. Unimpressive old repaint. Upper radiator hose has complex series of intertwining tie wraps to keep the hose away from the alternator. Mostly older reproduction interior fittings, with the A-pillar caps not well fitted. Cond: 3+. #540-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary convertible. VIN: 1G1YY33PXP5111599. Ruby Red/Ruby Red hard top & soft top/Ruby Red leather. Odo: 2,011 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Optional hard top, Selective Ride Control and CD/tape deck. Actual miles and retains almost all original components, including tires. License-plate tags were due in 2013. No dings or scuffing in the paint. Window tinting added. Original dealer’s tag on rear valance. Driver’s carpeting shows more wear than expected for such a low-mile car. Passenger’s seat looks untouched. Clean and stock under the hood, including a newer ACDelco battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,450. Immediately beforehand, bidders fought fiercely for an equally well-restored 1975 Sport wagon, and it sold for $48,400. This roadster followed, and the auctioneer and ringmen were practically begging for bids. Granted, the ’75 had a 302 and was in the rarely seen black, but it still shows that “top goes down, price goes up” isn’t an absolute. Bronco enthusiasts like wagons, plain and simple. #486-1967 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7K35H143994. Maroon/ black vinyl. Odo: 94,168 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Built from a black-plate California-delivered 2-bbl 270-hp 390-ci Fairlane into a radio- and heater-delete drag car. Now has a drag-spec 427 side-oiler with C6 automatic and 9-inch Moser differential. Dyno shows 517.78 hp at 5,800 rpm with 510.98 ft-lbs of torque at 4,900 rpm. Neat-as-a-pin engine bay has a generally stock look. Good repaint. Decent door and panel fit. Looks to be mostly original interior soft trim. Sun tach clamped to steering column. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. One of only 188 LS6 Corvettes built in 1971. However, this was more a used car than a preservation-class car. Couple that with the never-all-that-popular Brands Hatch Green with green guts, and this sold exceptionally well. #538-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 1Z67J5S419385. Silver/silver hard top/white soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 11,415 miles. 350-ci 165-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, power brakes, steering and windows, tilt/tele steering column, both types of tops, Interior Décor group, alarm and AM/FM radio. Dealer-accessory luggage rack. Recent repaint presents well. Door gaps more even than usually seen on C3s. At least one headlight always seems to be up. Rougher than a cob under the 70 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $22,000. These 40th Anniversary models seem to be one of the few C4s which have seen steady increases in value in recent years. Not that they are approaching ’96 Grand Sport territory, but at least they are gaining ground rather than continuing to depreciate. The rarely ordered hard top also helps on this car. Actually, I expected a bit more out of this car across the block, and with the right buyer, I could see that happening. FOMOCO #2452-1966 FORD BRONCO roadster. VIN: U13FL739075. Pagoda Green/ Platinum vinyl. Odo: 70,587 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Power steering, back seat and AM radio are pretty much it for options— doesn’t even have a soft top. Recent frameoff restoration with better-than-original paint and chrome work. Minimal body wave— pretty much as-stock. Reproduction wheel covers, modern off-the-dollar-store-shelf gas cap. Aftermarket off-road shocks help the modern radial mud tires barely tuck up SOLD AT $48,950. Built to duplicate a real 427 Fairlane and run in the Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race series; last raced in 2011 and consistently got low 12s in the quarter-mile. At Mecum’s 2014 Spring Classic it was declared sold for $35,100 (ACC# 254134). The reserve was lifted here at $43k, garnering a few more bids. Editor Jim Pickering will vouch for me on this one: The selling price is about what it would cost to build what is one step from a dedicated drag car. #482-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 9F02G198239. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 34,297 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK power brakes and steering, color-keyed mirrors, tach, and AM radio. State-of-the-art bare-body restoration with minimal deterioration. Excellent, authentic repaint. Replated bumpers and mostly repro emblems; reused most stainless and alloy trim. Reproduction interior well fitted and shows no wear. Concours engine bay. Replacement engine block with correct, reportedly original components. Cond: 2+. AMERICANA #724-1954 INTERNATIONAL R-122 ¾-ton pickup. VIN: R1227070. Harvester Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 74,503 miles. 221-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Ancient repaint in original hue now shows probably more scratches and scrapes than actual paint. Crudely patched under the headlights—a common R-series rust-out area. Modern tires on original rims. Bumpers correctly painted. Rear bumper wraps around back corners from top of box and sweeps down to rear fenders. Most systems were serviced in past couple years. Newer seat vinyl. Original worn door panels. Non-conforming VIN statement, despite the matching frame number and serial-number tag. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. 1969 Boss 302s introduced the Magnum 500-type wheels to the Mustang, and the ones fit here are original. While 1969–70 Boss 302s have been rebounding in value in recent years, the bid here was a bit generous. The car twice nosaled at Mecum Kissimmee, at $60k in 2012 (ACC# 200502), and at $70k in 2015 (ACC# 263264). MOPAR #835-1966 DODGE CORONET 440 convertible. VIN: WH27E61130093. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 57,958 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Power steering and dealer-installed a/c. Modern aluminum wheels; originals included. Repainted well over crazed original paint. Excellent door fit for a convertible. Older bumper replate. Several pieces of trim were professionally restored off the car. Original dealer tag on trunk lid from Parrish & Clark Dodge of Tulsa, OK. Mostly original interior. All interior bright trim is now worn to the base plastic. Decent underhood. Fresh thick layer of undercoating. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,830. Pickup trucks—more than any other vehicle—often show accessories unique to the area where they originally worked. In this case, the wraparound rear bumper is typical of what’s found on farm trucks throughout the mid- to southcentral plains, to protect the cargo box when backing up to a feed-store dock or grain elevator. Bidders took a liking to this ol’ Cornbinder, and bidding went quite a bit further than even I expected, especially for a three-quarter-ton (although tire shops will SOLD AT $17,325. The Golden Eagle package was available on the CJ-5, CJ-7, J-series and the Cherokee in 1978 and 1979. The last 2-door Cherokee I recall was the one my supervisor had when I lived in North Dakota in the mid-’80s, and I’ve never seen one with the Golden Eagle package. While the faded graphics may be irreplaceable, I sort of like the “been there, done that, kicked ass—and will do it again if I have to” look. Price was right on, and if you don’t think so, show me another one. A throw you out when they see those split rims). #2548-1979 JEEP CHEROKEE Chief Golden Eagle SUV. VIN: J9A17NN133722. Brown metallic/tan faux denim. Odo: 63,471 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, power steering and brakes, tilt steering column, cruise control and denim-style vinyl as part of the Golden Eagle package. Aftermarket sunroof, brush-bar bumpers, roof rack, high-flotation off-road tires, suspension lift. Original paint and graphics have significant fading, although the former may actually buff out. Light dings on the hood. Solid door fit. Light fading on the original interior. Modern sound system. Generally original engine compartment. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,500. While the Mopar 318-ci V8 was made into the 1990s, this was the last year of that displacement with the polyspherical heads. Starting in 1967, it was part of the Chrysler small-block family that included the 273 and 340—eventually becoming a staple in all sorts of vehicles from Dusters to D600 trucks. Initially no-saled on Friday as Lot 493, bid to $19k, which was close enough that it was soon declared sold. On no-reserve Sunday, someone got a decent deal on a nice cruiser car, and the seller was likely doing a head-slap. May-June 2016 71


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LEAKE // Oklahoma City, OK QUICKTAKE 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition coupe SOLD at $57,200 Leake Auctions, Oklahoma City, OK, February 20, 2016, Tom Falbo Collection Lot 545 VIN: 8Y89A905591 building’s large freight elevator seemed capable of hoisting the Lincoln up one level, but the Mark V’s weight and overall size was too much, and the elevator got stuck between floors. There it sat for almost 20 years. Eventually the building was sold, so the car was finally removed and listed on eBay to settle the estate. It was purchased by an LCOC these limited-edition land yachts at $35,100, so what happened here? Well, it actually goes back to the day it arrived at the Lincoln-Mercury dealership from the factory, per an article in the Nov./Dec. 2004 issue of the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club “Continental Comments” by a previous owner. It goes like this: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Miller stopped by Rail Splitters Motor Sales of The most optimistic price guide on the planet tops out one of Springfield, IL, the day before their wedding anniversary, because she saw this car on the transport truck and was smitten with it. He figured that it would be the perfect present (mostly because she said so), so he bought it. Mr. Miller insisted that the car be present at the anniversary party they were holding the next day, despite the sales manager telling him that they would be unable to dealer-prep the car that fast. They agreed to bring the car as-is to the party at the Millers’ home, and later the car would get a proper PDI. The party went off without a hitch, but Mrs. Miller became suddenly ill shortly after and died. Grief stricken, Marvin refused to drive the car, which became something of a shrine to his beloved late wife. The car never went back to the dealer for the PDI, at this point with 15 miles on the odometer. After three years, with health problems of his own, he decided to put the car into a trust and then into storage. It was trucked to a former car dealership for storage on the second floor. The member, who carefully awakened it with authenticity in mind — to the point of keeping the original oil and coolant once it was refreshed in the car. Once running and with only light detailing under hood, the only thing he did to otherwise dealer-prep the car was remove the protective plastic seat and carpet coverings. He had it judged at two LCOC national meets; the first time, it attained Senior status, and the second time, it was awarded the Elliston Bell Trophy (Best of Show) — both times attaining 100 points. By the time Mr. Falbo had acquired the car and it was liquidated out of his collection, it had accrued 35 miles, with five more racked up by the time it crossed the auction block. Since this car essentially is a three-dimen- sional Mark V judging manual — with the trophies to prove it — my pre-sale guesstimate of $40k to $50k was much higher than other pre-sale estimates at the auction. Yet a car of this caliber is excessively rare, and the market for it is rapidly increasing, so the new owner was well justified in outbidding everyone else to get it. Great car, great story. — B. Mitchell Carlson 72 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO Mecum — Kansas City THE $100k–TO–$1 MILLION MARKET SEEMS TO BE IN A HOLDING PATTERN, WHILE THE SUB-$100k FOLKS ARE STILL BUYING Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO March 11–12, 2016 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/ offered: 413/572 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $10,248,245 High sale: 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback, sold at $231,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, $500 minimum, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M 76 AmericanCarCollector.com ecum returned to Bartle Hall in the Kansas City Convention Center for their annual spring auction on March 11 and 12, which turned out to be the same weekend of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship taking place downtown. As such, hotel rooms and parking were at a premium. On the other hand, there were markedly more spectators in attendance at the sale. While the easily identified, college-gear-wearing auction-goers didn’t buy cars, they helped pay the rent, at $30 a head. The weather was also unusually mild for early March, and I found it a pleasant six-block walk to the Convention Center. It was a buyer’s auction. By and large, cars sold reasonably, with a few cheap deals here and there, helping buyers offset that more-expensive hotel room. The sales volume was respectable, with a higher-than-typical sell-through rate of 72%. For once, the top sale was not the Ford GT that was consigned. That low-mile Tungsten Metallic 2006 failed to sell against a $230,000 final bid, signaling that with new GTs racing and nearing production, perhaps that trend is finally petering out. Rather, the top sale was an all-black 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback that saw strong bidding beyond the $200k reserve, finding a new home at $231,000. Yet sales were under six digits by the fifth-highest sale, a 1955 Chevrolet 210 resto-mod, sold at $93,500. This reaffirms what I’ve seen since hanging the 2016 calendar on the wall: The $100k–to–$1 million market seems to be in a holding pattern, while the sub-$100k folks are still buying.A Mecum’s Kansas City top seller — 1968 Shelby GT500 Kr fastback, sold at $231,000 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO GM #S110-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 7J1029441. White/black leather. Odo: 3,196 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Speed Minder, double-bar spinner wheel covers and full tinted glass. Betterquality trim-off repaint. While off, the stainless was polished; bumpers were replated before and left with light scuffing. Pitting on wheel-cover spinner bars. Good door and panel fit. New door seals. 1976 Utah inspection sticker in windshield. Recent paint detailing underhood but has mostly modern non-OEM service replacement components. Re-dyed seats are getting a bit stiff. Stock dual exhaust system with aftermarket outlets. Cond: 3+. Equipped with a/c. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. If this is all original paint, why is the VIN tag attached with modern pop rivets? If it had been a true preservation piece, the bidding would’ve gone a lot farther than this. Still, it’s a nice car as-is. #F268-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO 2-dr hard top. VIN: 396876M533535. Light blue metallic/dark blue nylon & vinyl. Odo: 14,629 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Retains original owner’s manual and ProtectO-Plate, but they are water-damaged. Recent mediocre repaint with orange peel on all surfaces. Poor masking around trunk seal, overspray on exhaust. Decent frontbumper chrome; rear has light pitting. Doors rattle when shut. Parts-store replacement mirrors. 1982 North Carolina inspection decal in windshield. Polished wheel covers, newer dingy tires. Good original seats with soiled vinyl inserts. Tears in armrests. Unkempt engine bay. Cond: 3-. hood center spine. Excellent door fit. All original brightwork. Heavy fading of side emblem paint. Reproduction seat. Worn steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,500. What impressed me the most was the authenticity of this truck. It had something that I’ve seen on just one of these 1967–68s in the past five years: the original black button wheel covers. Not that Rally wheels look bad, but you never saw these trucks with them back when they were in frontline service. You also rarely see a truck this late with the overdrive option. You can easily argue either way that the bid was either too lean or too rich, but I’ll side with the former (if barely). SOLD AT $19,250. One unusual feature of these inaugural Rivs was that the exterior skin of the doors unbolts to allow access to its inner workings. This was because GM couldn’t come up with a better way to get into the door for installing the hardware and aligning it due to the contour of the doors. Not only does this make it a no-brainer for floating out door dings, but you can actually drive the car with the skin off. No skin off your back getting a first-year Riv at this price, even in cruiser grade. #S178-1965 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. VIN: 266575C105084. Cameo Ivory/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 84,647 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed that the paint, chrome and interior are all original and that the 84,647 miles are actual. While there are no masking lines to be found, the quality of the paint seems entirely too good to be half a century old. Interior has been re-dyed. Original engine paint; heavy rusting around thermostat housing. The last layer of undercoating was put on quite a while ago, as it has mostly worn off. Oh-so1970s styled whitewall bias-ply tires. SOLD AT $7,150. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that the original Toronado is now a half-century old. They still seem like they were on the back rows of used-car lots—some as trade-ins from the original owners—not all that long ago at half the price of this one. Yet with this example, it’s pretty easy to peg it as being five decades old. Seems like it had been left parked for about half of those decades and then awakened and had paint squirted on it; one wonders what the next thing is that’ll need attention. Sold well enough. #F43-1967 CHEVROLET C10 Custom pickup. VIN: CE147Z143159. Tuxedo Black/red nylon & vinyl. Odo: 30,094 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Optional 327-ci V8, 3-speed with overdrive transmission, gauge package dashboard and AM radio. Steel floor cargo box, with period aftermarket inside tie-downs and modern rubber tailgate mat. Mostly original paint, but door interiors were crudely resprayed sometime in the past. Chipping on front of hood. Heavily buffed paint with some burn-through on #S64-1968 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138378K200585. Tripoli Turquoise/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,774 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include 375-horse motor, M21 4-speed, power steering and brakes, F40 suspension, full tinted glass, vinyl roof, bumper guards and pushbutton AM radio. Wears dog-dish wheel covers; original SS wheel covers are included. Superb repaint. Good original roof vinyl. Trim strips removed and buffed out but still show light scuffing. Wavy replated bumpers. Concours-quality underhood detailing now shows soiling from limited use. Expertly reupholstered interior soft trim shows no discernible wear. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. I take issue with the consignor’s suggestion that this might be “the most fulsomely optioned example produced that year in combination with the venerable L78 396/375 hp big block V8.” What about power windows, tilt steering column, AM/FM radio, 8-track, interior décor group, or even front disc brakes? I bet that somewhere out there in ’68 a well-heeled Type A buyer ordered an SS 396 and checked off every option on the list. #F234.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136370L120200. Gold/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 49,503 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, tilt steering column, power steering, power brakes, AM/FM and clock. Wears 1970 Corvette turbine-style full wheel covers. Miles claimed actual, due to approximately 30 years of storage. 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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO 2005, then restored shortly after changing hands to its original configuration, as PHS documents confirm. Superb bare-body repaint and panel fit. Motor pulled and rebuilt within last year. Incorrect hose clamps on modern hoses. Wrinkled, reupholstered seats. Distressed original seat belt assemblies. The white lettering on the tires is yellowing. Cond: 2. radial tires. Original interior except for the headliner, and in very good shape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,400. Just when you thought every 1970 Malibu hard top has become a “numbers matching” SS 454 LS6, an example like this surfaces. I rather liked it, since it’s now quite different from what you’ll generally find. I have my doubts about the C3 wheel covers, but they date to 1970 and are certainly different from the repop Rally wheels you see today. Also, the 300hp 350 will have plenty of snap for today’s collector car driving, so leave it as-is. If you can appreciate it for what it is, this was very well bought. #F233-1970 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242670P150881. Sierra Yellow/white vinyl/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 48,917 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Equipped with a/c, power steering, power front disc brakes, power top, hood tach and more. PHS documentation confirms restoration to original spec. Good prep and paint in recent years. Endura bumper fit is mediocre at best—just like it was when new. Halogen headlights. Mostly original interior; unsoiled front seats appear to have been replaced. Front kick panels are modern items molded to accept modern round speakers. Re-dyed dashtop pad. Lightly detailed engine bay. New gas tank. Cond: 3+. 146145. Solar Gold Metallic/Camel Tan vinyl. Odo: 12,009 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Copy of PHS-generated ordering invoice shows Y88 Gold Special Edition package, a/c, power windows, power door locks, tilt steering column, lamp group and radio accommodation package. Car is now fitted with a period Delco stereo and aftermarket rear-window louvers. Recent restoration work, including a good trim-off repaint. New door glass, windshield and door seals. Generally cleaned up engine bay. Repro interior with minimal wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. Triple-black cars like this one make some folks go wonky—even without air conditioning. That’s the only thing that explains this decently restored but not-quite-show-quality and generically equipped Goat selling a couple of clicks high of the market. #F59.1-1972 CHEVROLET BLAZER K5 Cheyenne 4x4 SUV. VIN: CKE182F161240. Medium Green/white fiberglass/green vinyl. Odo: 2,172 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Retains Protect-O-Plate and original dealer emblem. Tag on glovebox door shows it’s been restored to original configuration. With a/c, full tinted glass, power steering, skid plate, front hub lockouts, rear seat, AM radio and chrome hubcaps—now swapped for 1980s Rally wheels with mud tires. Better-than-original workmanship on body prep and repaint with minimal light orange peel. Excellent door fit. Lightly detailed as original under the hood. Mostly repro interior with some re-dye and repaint. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,750. The Y88 package featured additional dark gold pinstriping, goldtone trim, Camel Tan vinyl or cloth interior with tan steering column collar and black taillight surrounds. With Y-series Special Edition Trans Ams going bonkers in price again at a few other auction venues this year, I figured that I’d best grab this car to see what it did. While the price didn’t go bonkers, it still did well enough, considering that it wasn’t Bandit black. Reserve was lifted at $22,500. SOLD AT $40,700. This Goat looked like it had lived the life of a sunny-day cruiser rather than a stoplight terror. Not a minty original, not a concours-restored lawn ornament, and nobody was swearing on a stack of shop manuals that this was a low-mile car, so there’s no justifying the selling price—unless you were one of the two people who really wanted a nice sunny-day cruiser GTO. #S105-1970 PONTIAC GTO convertible. VIN: 242670P146985. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 61,184 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power brakes, steering, windows and top, center console, hood tach, AM/FM radio. With original owner until 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #S73.1-1992 CHEVROLET BLAZER Silverado 4x4 SUV. VIN: 1GNEK18K4NJ353720. White/blue leather. Odo: 193,417 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Options include a/c, tilt steering column, cruise control, power windows and power seats. The latter looks swapped over from a conversion van but are in good condition with minimal wear. Heavily reconditioned interior, with virtually all plastic surfaces re-dyed. Goodquality repaint. Selective trim replacement with incorrect Tahoe lettering on the tailgate. Fitted with aftermarket wheels and dual exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. First-generation Blazers were out in force here this weekend. Of the four consigned, this was easily the best on several levels. Considering that vintage American trucks are still selling well, and the quality of the restoration on this top-ofthe-line example, this was market-correct, if toward the upper end of it. Five years ago at a 2011 Branson auction, this truck brought a then-very-good $21,600 (ACC# 187866). #S64.1-1978 PONTIAC TRANS AM Gold Special Edition coupe. VIN: 2W87Z8L- SOLD AT $16,500. The final-generation two-door Blazer (not to be confused with the Tahoe) went from Cash for Clunkers fodder to collectible overnight. This is especially


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO apparent on this truck, which had huge miles on it and several bolt-on deviations from stock. Very well sold, especially since it last sold two years ago at the Leake Spring Dallas auction for $5,940 (ACC #251550). Considering the number of people interested in it, if you have a minty lowmile example, I recommend you start shopping for an auction company to peddle it. CORVETTE #S37.1-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194676S124552. Silver Blue/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 43,398 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional teakwood steering wheel. Repro knockoff aluminum wheels. Good prep and repaint in recent years. Front wheelwell inner lips have been shaved and reinforced for better tire clearance. Tailpipes not well aligned. Door alignment shims missing on passenger’s side, and both doors latch poorly, despite good gaps. Door seals are splitting. Yellowing replacement top. Moderate seat upholstery wrinkled, carpet worn. Aftermarket sound system. Older engine bay detailing, recently fluffed up. Cond: 3+. Valley glass-top that was introduced in 1954 with great fanfare continued through 1955 with little fanfare. For those not paying attention, the botched paint job gave the impression of aged original paint. I got the impression that the owner was ticked at whoever screwed it up and therefore sent it to auction. As such, it sold well enough despite its rarity. #S145-1965 MERCURY PARK LANE Marauder 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5Z67Z543755. Light green metallic/light green nylon & vinyl. Odo: 7,057 miles. 390-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Updates include aftermarket fuel injection and aluminum wheels—likely a necessity as it also now has 4-wheel disc brakes. Repainted in original hue. Good older plating on the bumpers, but right rear corner has some parking-by-braille rash. Superb door fit. Nice original interior (if you can call light green nylon nice). Light wear on seats, wrinkling on door panels. Plenty of additional hardware under the hood to support the fuel-injection conversion, but tucked in neatly and blends in with the stock components. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. A decent driver rather than something to take to an NCRS event. Strongly bid, considering condition, color and lack of options. FOMOCO #S92-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR Sun Valley glass-roof 2-dr hard top. VIN: 55WA47445M. Pastel green & white/green tinted glass/green & white vinyl & nylon. Odo: 69,972 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering and power brakes, rear window defogger. Reportedly had a body-off restoration. However, what may have been a good bare-body repaint somehow got flubbed, as it has an almost matte mottled sheen to it now. It actually looks like someone buffed the hell out of old dead paint to beat some kind of shine into it. At least they knew what they were doing when they buffed out the stainless trim and replated the bumpers. Newer reproduction interior soft trim. Newer skinny whitewall radials. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,700. Little known outside of Mercury circles, the Sun 82 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $12,500. I would’ve liked to have talked to the consignor about the Edelbrock throttle-body injection setup and the 4-wheel disc brakes, as this is the route I’m thinking of taking with my 390-equipped ’64 Ford Country Sedan. However, he or she was never around—which may help explain why it wasn’t pursued further on the auction block. #S120.1-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67400F4A01094. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 742 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Narrowheadlight grille, power steering, power front discs, locking differential and Sport Deck rear seat. NOM 427 V8 with dual quads under the hood; original, freshly rebuilt 428 V8 on a stand and ready to install. Good body prep and paint application. Driver’s door could be adjusted a little better. Bum- 8 NOT SOLD AT $16,000. While the secondgeneration Bronco values lag significantly behind the originals, they, like all light trucks, have been consistently moving up. The bidders started right off at $12k, and it seemed like it was destined for $20k, but they all hit the brakes at $16k. With some pers replated to a stock-like sheen rather than show chrome. Modern tape deck, box speakers in back seat. Good workmanship on repro interior soft trim. Modern Hurst shifter with a chrome fire extinguisher. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $187,000. This leaves me a bit confused. The car and both engines appear to have been restored at the same time. If the original 428 had sent a connecting rod through the side of the block, I could understand dropping in a 427—yet the original 428 is here, ready to go. The car is otherwise restored to stock, so it’s not like they were building some hardcore dragster. And it’s not like the 427 is a more streetable engine. Best bet is swap in the 428 and sell the 427 to offset the purchase price. No matter what you do, this was a pretty decent deal. #F213-1979 FORD BRONCO Ranger XLT SUV. VIN: U15SLFB5140. Jade Green Metallic & white/Jade Green nylon & vinyl. Odo: 83,564 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional 400-ci V8, a/c, cruise control, tilt steering column and dual-shock-absorber front-suspension package. Good trim-off repaint in original scheme. Rechromed bumpers. Good, mostly original trim. Decent door fit. Excellent original interior; new carpet. Glovebox lid missing Bronco emblem. Center console re-dyed, and not especially well. Dingy transfer case lever shift boot. Newer aftermarket retro-style sound system. Dingy but mostly original engine bay. Modern aluminum wheels and tires. Cond: 3+. TOP 10


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GLOVEBOXNOTES MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO By Jim Pickering 2016 Ford Mustang GT/CS Coupe Premium better prep work, including telling the bidders which motor it has in it, this should cross that threshold next time around. Price as tested: $42,275 equipment: 5.0L 435-hp TI-VCT V8, 6-speed manual transmission, HID headlamps and LED taillamps w/sequential turn signal, eight-inch touchscreen with Sync 3, heated and cooled leather seating, Shaker Pro audio, 3.31 limited-slip axle, California Special package, Track Apps w/integrated line lock Mileage: 15 city/25 highway Likes: Great looks. 5.0 gives off a throaty growl and boasts big showy fender badges. Comfortable seating, even in the rear. Decent shifter, good clutch feedback and loads of power. Adjustable driving modes tune engine performance and nanny interference. Cool Mustang lights shine down on the ground from side mirrors upon unlocking. Hoodmounted turn signal indicators? Is it 1970 again? Cool. Dislikes: Soft suspension feels like it came out of the V6 Mustang. It’s compliant and nice for daily driving, but it squats and rebounds a lot more than I want when banging that 6-speed under hard acceleration. Ride sometimes feels floaty — is it 1970 again? Not cool. Verdict: I tested the EcoBoost Mustang a few issues back, and what I said about that car counts here, too. The GT adds powerhouse grunt on top of everything I loved in the four-banger, but it doesn’t exactly feel like a comprehensive package. Modern muscle tends to focus on tight suspension and engine power jointly, and this GT didn’t have that feel. What we’re left with is a true throwback muscle car that won’t beat you to death with a harsh ride every day. Whether or not that’s a good thing really comes down to you. Fun to drive: eye appeal: Overall experience: ( is best) #S36-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra hatchback. VIN: 1FACP42D5PF174126. Red/gray leather. Odo: 7,693 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. With a/c, power seat, windows and locks, cruise control, tape deck and rear defroster. Claimed essentially original with actual miles. Retains all original paperwork, plus a more recent SVT certificate of authenticity. Current Missouri inspection sticker in windshield. Well-cared-for original paint. I don’t remember gaps being this good. Tidy and original engine bay. Clean undercarriage. Seats and floor mat show light wear consistent with the miles; rest of interior is like new. Runs out well. Cond: 2. for civilian setup. Original data plates on glovebox heavily media blasted. Freshly reupholstered seats in incorrect vinyl. Welded hasps for padlocking shift lever in first gear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,725. The problem with old military ambulances is that they tend to end up as ad-hoc campers. Granted, unless you are an MV enthusiast, the usefulness of a retired ambulance is thin. It wouldn’t take much to convert this back, but it isn’t there yet—and the tough pieces are gone. What all but the hardcore MV guys (such as myself) miss is that this was one of the last M43 ambulances built, on the final contract of 560 trucks that was fulfilled in 1964. Not a bad deal, especially if you’re versed in the M37 weapons-haulers these are based on. SOLD AT $26,400. I have to keep reminding myself that the “kids” who were buying ratty $2k Fox-body Mustangs 25 years ago are now old enough to not only remember them fondly, but also to have the disposable income to afford the low-mile originals they really wanted—such as a Cobra from the final year of the third generation. Not all that long ago, this kind of money would get you a Cobra R with even fewer miles than this, but I predict that a year from now it will look well bought. MOPAR #F67-1964 DODGE M43 military ambulance. VIN: 12450. Olive drab/green vinyl. Odo: 42,958 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Demilitarized Marine Corps ambulance with all litter racking and medical equipment. Red crosses and caduceus not put back on after the low-buck repaint. Cowl has been stitch-weld patched at windshield pivots. Spare tire equipment removed. Rear has been converted to a pair of facing bench seats. Original waterproof ignition ditched #S71-1965 DODGE A100 pickup. VIN: 1862015990. Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 79,950 miles. 170-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Superb prep and repaint. Even the tailgate letters were sharply masked off and painted. VIN and body tags were lifted and pop-riveted back into place. Authentically repainted (rather than chromed) bumpers and grille. Excellent door fit. Cargo bed shows spotweld divots from manufacturing but no dents or dings. Aluminum headlight bezels are likely NOS replacements, since they show no indication of catching gravel or bugs over 51 years. Repro seats and armrests. Clean, well-detailed slant six in the doghouse. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,900. Unequivocally, the nicest restoration of an A100 that I’ve ever seen. It’s easily better than when it rolled off the assembly line 51 years ago. It sold insanely cheap, considering both what it took to get this little hauler to this point and the continuing growth of the light-duty vintage truck market as a whole. It’s even more of a bargain considering that the other 1965 A100 here (Lot S74) had a 426 Hemi stuffed into it, bringing $45,100—although you can write off $30k of that to the motor. #S169.1-1969 DODGE CHARGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. VIN: XS29L9B210238. Dark Bronze Metallic/tan vinyl/tan vinyl & leather. Odo: 43,743 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional a/c, power steering and brakes, rear window defogger and AM/FM radio. Okay repaint on the outside, but underhood they got sloppy in places. Replated bumpers, lightly pitted door handles, original lightly scuffed stainless trim. Doors sag 84 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com


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MECUM AUCTIONS // Kansas City, MO slightly and take some effort to latch. Mixand-match interior. New seat upholstery. Discolored original door armrests over repop panels. Moderate carpet wear. Most gauges are yellowed. No two pieces of dash padding are the exact same hue. Water staining on dashboard. Cond: 3. chrome; fender emblems flaking along edges. Excellent original interior with light wear. Rough under the hood, but washed off and generally original, with some added wiring. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,500. An R/T SE was essentially the best of both worlds: performance with luxury. However, this example is not aging well. When the new owner gets his car home and takes a closer look, he may be disappointed at all of the issues. #S126-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23R0G236813. Blue/ black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 82,453 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Power steering, Air Grabber hood, center console and pushbottom AM radio. Rallye wheels with repro Polyglas tires. Restored 10–15 years ago. Good body prep and application of blue; matte black on hood has some masking errors and uneven application. Good gaps. Well-fitted roof vinyl. Reproduction seats already show light yellowing. Dash wood is original and doesn’t fit well. Tic-Toc-Tach bezel over the gauge blanking plate. Older engine detailing. Aftermarket ignition wiring and newer economy battery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. In 1981, the Ramcharger’s removable roof went away (it was originally available from 1974 to 1977 without a top as standard). Ramchargers rarely surface in the auction world, but here there were two (the other being a 2-wheel-drive 1990). As such, I was able to report on the Big Three’s trifecta of full-sized SUVs from the 1970s and ’80s. Both Ramchargers sold for a touch less than the Blazers and Broncos here. AMERICANA #F135.1-1959 INTERNATIONAL A-110 Custom stepside pickup. VIN: SA1107444. Gulf Green & white/green vinyl & nylon. Odo: 123,627 miles. 240-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Optional two-tone paint, 16-inch wheels and roof-mounted AM radio. Sold new in Oregon. Refurbished within past decade. High-quality trim-off repaint. Dent-free cargo box, with crisply embossed tailgate. Brightwork replated or buffed out. Front bumper painted non-stock black to match the locally fabricated rear. Well detailed under the hood but with incorrect hoses and clamps. Interior “mostly original,” but the seat covering is far too nice for 57 years old. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Last seen at a Mecum auction in June 2000, then a nosale at $29k (ACC# 9830), and significantly better now. The only other common trait is that the consignor has failed yet again to grasp that it was bid to the market for its condition. #F229-1982 DODGE RAMCHARGER Royal SE 4x4 SUV. VIN: 1B4GW12PXCS285390. Black/red plaid cloth. Odo: 60,880 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Options include 318-ci V8, a/c, cruise control, rear seat, tape deck and aluminum wheels. Aftermarket rear sunroof. Description suggests that indicated miles are actual, and overall the condition supports that. Average repaint. Door doesn’t latch flush without a hearty slam, which is about as good as a Dodge truck was in ’82. Good original 86 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $29,000. International Harvester did not play the model-year game like the rest of the auto industry until it had to meet federal standards for 1968. Rather, they changed and introduced new trucks as they felt the need. The A-series trucks were rather short-lived, produced just 1957–59. This one was strongly bid, starting right off at $15k, then coming to a grinding halt right before the $30k point. The consignor was looking for $40k, but the market spoke with clarity. #F254-1970 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. VIN: A0C397X251946. Red metallic & semigloss black/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 47,713 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional Go-Pack, a/c, power steering. Better-quality colorchange repaint from original Glen Green Metallic. Great door fit. Decent panel gaps. Rechromed bumpers and mostly original trim. Kansas City AMC club window decals. Tidy and generally correct underhood, apart from modern battery and such. Seat inserts reupholstered in modern cloth, in lieu of the original leather. Woodgraining on glovebox door is slightly off from the rest of the dash and console. Modern stereo. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. The Go-Pack consisted of power front disc brakes, Handling package, hood induction, heavy-duty cooling package, plus white-letter tires. This was akin to Mopar’s Trak Pak, but without an upgraded locking or semi-locking rear differential. With the upgrades and deviations from new on this one, it sold appropriately. #F150-1981 JEEP CJ-5 Renegade. VIN: 1JCCM85EABT010941. Orange metallic/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 36,452 miles. 258-ci I6, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Optional inline six and rear seat. Top included but not shown. Aftermarket roll bar and chrome tube bumpers. Aftermarket plastic fender flares painted body color and showing heavy orange peel; body paint is better. Excellent repro graphics. Baggy, wrinkled reskinned seats. Windshield delam starting. Suspension lift with oversized mud tires. Aftermarket gauge and tape deck added to dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,200. The Renegade package was the mid-level trim for 1981. Jeep CJ-5s were well represented here, and this one was the closest to stock. Bidding got started with no undue fanfare at the $12k point and was briskly bid to where the reserve was lifted and cut loose. A


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GAA — Classic Cars at the Palace OFFERINGS RANGED FROM A 1926 PONTIAC LANDAU AT $12,720 TO A 1987 BUICK GNX AT $106,000 GAA Classic Cars Greensboro, NC March 3–5, 2016 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler Jr., Mike Anderson, Ricky Parks Automotive lots sold/ offered: 382/534 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $10,209,909 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, sold at $151,580 buyer’s premium: 6%, minimum $500, included in sold prices ACC 1–6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts One of several 1987 Grand nationals offered from a single collection — 1987 buick GnX coupe, sold at $106,000 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz Market opinions in italics I 88 AmericanCarCollector.com f I were building an American car collection solely from the offerings at GAA, I could have bought one great car from each decade, beginning with a 1926 Pontiac Landau (for $12,720), a 1939 Plymouth P8 convertible ($36,040), an original 1940 Mercury Eight convertible ($42,400), a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (not sold at $110,000), a 1961 Impala Nomad wagon ($33,920), a 1970 Mustang Boss 302 ($74,200), and a 1987 Buick GNX ($106,000), to take a few examples from many. GAA now holds three Classic Cars at the Palace events annually, in July, November and March. This is a huge auction — over 500 vehicles — and remains an excellent venue for buyers to uncover good deals on a large variety of cars. American muscle, Corvettes and pickups traditionally have dominated, but you can also find great fins and chrome cars from the ’50s, pre-war classics and cool foreigners such as Mercedes, British sports cars and Toyota FJ40s. The auction has a knack for attracting collections large and small, and this time they had several. In addition to the Jeff and Joan March British Car Collection, there was the Whitworth Collection, which consisted of four Mustangs, four Camaros, a Trans Am and no fewer than four 1987 Buick Grand Nationals and GNXs. The eclectic Duncan Collection ranged from a delightful, original 1940 Mercury convertible to a Bricklin. Many cars at GAA had binders of bills and receipts, plus photo albums documenting the restoration work. But some windshield cards said little more than “recent frame-on restoration” or “PHS documentation,” with little additional detail provided. If the restoration is “recent,” why not give the years? And who did the restoration? If you have PHS documentation, make photocopies and put them in a binder with the car! These efforts do not guarantee the success of an auction car, but they do help to make buyers feel comfortable placing bids at a level the car deserves. I know that when I am a buyer, my confidence level goes up in proportion to the amount of quality documentation with the car. This is an up-and-coming auction, and collectors should take notice. In the past I have been both a consignor and a buyer at GAA, and I can say that on both sides of the block, the auction organization treated me with respect and enthusiasm. And Southern hospitality prevails; you’ll certainly never leave a GAA sale hungry.A


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GAA // Greensboro, NC GM #FR-0255-1953 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 536235436. Burgundy metallic/Saddle cloth/dark red leather. Odo: 13,494 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautifully presented Cadillac convertible with deep and rich burgundy metallic paint. Superb-quality convertible top with clear rear window. Mostly gorgeous chrome with a few stray marks and a small scrape on the front bumper. Reproduction wire wheels. Chrome window-surrounds and some of the interior chrome duller. Beautiful seats and door panels; scratches on steering-wheel boss. Magnificent underhood with original Cadillac ID card. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,100. 1960 El Caminos are much rarer than 1959s. I wouldn’t have minded a little less bling, but this was generally a very nice example with easily resolved small deficiencies. A no-sale on the block, but sold post-block for $1,000 higher than the live high bid. The price here is more consistent with the market for a concours example, so quite well sold. #FR-0095-1961 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. VIN: 11835B209935. Twilight Turquoise & Ermine White/aqua. Odo: 3,813 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Appealing wagon. One owner. Rock-solid body with decent paint that could be original. Chrome okay, with some staining that might clean up. Cheap grille casting very dull—typical for the era. Generally very nice interior. If the seats have been redone, the material is authentic and very well fitted. Minor interior flaws such as missing dome light lens and brake-pedal pad, but overall a pleasant place to be. Engine compartment very used, with surface rust on front of the Super Turbo-Fire V8. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $89,000. An exquisite Cadillac convertible with an especially breathtaking paint job. A few nits to pick, but nothing of consequence. The high bid of $89,000 seemed healthy. This car is shown in the ACC Premium Auction Database as a nosale at Worldwide’s August 2014 Auburn sale at an almost identical $90,000 (ACC# 245215), so the two high bids speak consistently. A beautiful car which the owners understandably may think is worth more, but at the moment the market is not keen on most 1950s American cars. #ST-0107-1960 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 01180L155892. Red/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 1,337 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Blindingly red paint nicely applied but with a few chips and other flaws. Very nice chrome. Has a few original, desirable options such as tinted windshield, clock and AM radio. Correct Bel Air exterior trim; nicely done interior is Impala houndstooth rather than correct, plain Biscayne fabric. No harm unless car is judged. Neat engine compartment, but surface rust on engine itself detracts. Very hard to restart after it was first brought into the building, but seemed to cure itself later. Cond: 2-. on some interior plastics, but uncracked steering wheel. Detailed underhood with some non-original finishes and insulation, but no harm. Newer tires on reproduction Rally wheels with spinners. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. While not the most exciting car in the world, this F-85 is a rarely seen compact wagon in survivor condition. Odometer reading appears to be actual, per North Carolina inspection receipts. Bills in car for over $7,000 in engine and transmission work. Given the documentation, low mileage, condition and rarity of the model, the high bid seemed a little light, but this is a difficult model to value with a narrow market. #FR-0180-1965 BUICK RIVIERA GS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494475H907778. Bamboo Cream/black vinyl. Odo: 92,488 miles. 425ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. No a/c—surprising for a top-of-the-line Buick in 1965. Claimed mechanical and cosmetic restoration, but few details provided with car. Good yellow paint with mild orange peel here and there. Grille dull but most chrome okay; the distinctive Buick road wheels show slight pitting and surface rust. Excellent seats, real wood veneer claimed to be new but doesn’t look it. Dash and walnut-rimmed tilt wheel nice, with some minor chrome pitting. Engine compartment quite scruffy for a supposed recent restoration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,920. Another car from the Duncan Collection and an evocative artifact of ’60s suburbia. Great to take the kids to Dairy Queen or Little League games. Could be the basis for a nice restoration, but I would opt to leave it as-is with some room for detail upgrades. Price paid was substantially higher than I expected but not unreasonable for a very well-preserved one-owner wagon. #FR-0273-1963 OLDSMOBILE F-85 Deluxe wagon. VIN: 631H50890. White/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 38,838 miles. 215-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint more than good enough with various minor flaws. Chrome trim mostly good but grille stamping and tailgate appliqué very dull. Interesting retracting tailgate window with crank on the inside of the hatch door. Sill plates dirty, dinged and dented. Nice interior with seats apparently re-covered. Minor wear and warpage NOT SOLD AT $35,000. About 10% of ’65 Rivieras were Gran Sports—real banker’s hot rods. The Gran Sport option was not reflected in the VIN, so it is hard to determine for sure if a ’65 Rivera is an original Gran Sport, but this car had all the right pieces, including two 4-barrel carbs and dual exhaust. This was an attractive car but far from perfect, and at this price level there were too many questions about the extent and quality of the restoration. The high bid seemed quite sufficient to me. #ST-0034-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. VIN: 138176A102929. Aztec Bronze/tan vinyl/bronze vinyl. Odo: 34,735 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well-applied older paint with minor chips and wear on most edges. Vinyl top has minor stains. Average exterior chrome. Driver’s door difficult to open. 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GAA // Greensboro, NC and well-maintained underhood but not detailed. Non-stock radiator and electronic ignition added. No word on whether a/c works. Cond: 3+. ware is very dull. Engine compartment in nicely kept used condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,210. The 1966 Chevelle SS 396 was not rare, with over 72,000 built, but this was a heavily optioned example in great colors with factory air. If you didn’t mind the 2-speed Powerglide, this was a desirable and attractive car, now unraveling a bit. A refresh could be done over time, and you could still drive the car. Values on these have been stagnant to drifting down a bit over the past few years, but the sales price here is slightly under market, so the buyer should be happy with his purchase. #ST-0053-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379N509780. Garnet Red/black vinyl. Odo: 75,193 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint smoothly applied and attractive; overspray on door and window gaskets and primer showing through on trunk edge. Excessive hood and trunk gaps. Trim around window dented. Body chrome in good condition. Seat upholstery excellent; vinyl torn behind driver’s door; console chrome pitted. Engine paint peeling; oxidation on chrome valve covers. Weiand manifold. Air conditioning and multiple power accessories. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $106,000. One of four 1987 Grand Nationals offered from a single collection. The top-of-the-line GNX was prepared at ASC McLaren with extensive engine and transmission upgrades and scooted through the quarter in 13.43 seconds. With approximately 500 built, GNXs are rare and desirable and have changed hands for significantly more than this. Well bought. CORVETTE #ST-0100-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 00867S110200. Black & silver gray/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 12,009 miles. 5.7-L 350-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Good paint and panel fit. Polishing marks. Left front fender and headlight chrome not flush with body. Interior shows signs of gentle use. LS1 engine. Earlier SRIII tube-frame chassis. Excellent ZR1-type wheels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $62,000. The signs around this double-black Corvette emphasized that this was a matching-numbers L79. There was no NCRS or similar documentation, but I found the “nice driver” condition of this car very appealing. This car could be the basis for a high-level restoration, but it might be more fun to leave it as-is cosmetically, except maybe for restuffing the seats. The high bid for this Corvette was well within the price guide range, but arguably the unusual combination of options warranted a higher bid. FOMOCO #ST-0120-1932 FORD MODEL 18 custom roadster. VIN: 1855321. Flat black/black cloth/black & white vinyl. Odo: 96 miles. Hank Young-built chassis with polished drop axle and chrome suspension. 1967 327 Chevy small block with Corvettelabeled valve covers, connected to a Muncie rock-crusher 4-speed. Halibrand quick-change rear end. Steel wheels with Ford V8 hubcaps. Flat black “primer” paint looks just right. Multiple rows of louvers on trunk lid are very cool. Spectacular Bop Top by Sid Chavers of Santa Clara, CA. Apparently only driven 96 miles since completion in the early 2000s. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,482. One of 50 Camaros at this auction. The car was attractive, but details like a large dried insect between dash and windshield hampered presentation. Seller received an above-market price for condition. black & gray fabric. Odo: 528 miles. 3.8-L turbocharged V6, auto. Vehicle taken off road nearly three decades ago with minimal mileage. Paint, gaps and interior are perfect. Composite material between body and bumper is the best I have seen. Engine compartment could have been freshened. Cond: 1-. #ST-0142-1987 BUICK GNX coupe. VIN: 1G4GJ1173HP445814. Black/ 92 AmericanCarCollector.com NOT SOLD AT $68,000. Striking resto-mod. I called the owner of SRIII, and he told me the this car currently has a C5 front end. C5 and later rears can be used but are much more expensive. More powerful engines are common. That said, this car appeared well done and would be difficult to reproduce for the money bid. Owner was right to wait. #ST-0098-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194373S119203. Eng. # 61119203F0419HT. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 68,797 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. L79 heavily optioned with power steering, brakes, windows, antenna, AM/FM, factory air, tinted glass and more. Nicely applied older paint shows lifting around hood spear and big chip in left rear fender fiberglass. Beautiful cast-aluminum knockoff wheels a bit dull. Slight delamination in rear glass. Chrome nice except for dull windowsurrounds. Handsome interior with very clear instruments, but some original hard- SOLD AT $63,600. Every GAA auction has a few outstanding rods, and this highboy roadster was my favorite. The checkered flag-themed firewall didn’t quite make my day, but otherwise this was an exceptional rod, perfect in almost every detail. More documentation with the car would have been appreciated. It is notoriously difficult to accurately predict the price of a one-off custom, but I thought the price paid here was a BEST BUY BEST BUY


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GAA // Greensboro, NC fantastic bargain, obviously a fraction of the cost of construction. Very well bought. #ST-0144-1932 FORD MODEL 18 custom 3-window coupe. VIN: CA864886. Violet/ white leather. Odo: 7,300 miles. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Stunning fiberglass street rod built in England; cover car for at least five different magazines. Beautiful paint and graphics. Chips at right rear quarter. Windshield chrome warped; pitted door handle. Interior shows light use. Matching Stewart Warner gauges. Engine extensively chromed, neat and attractive. Cond: 2. compartment. To restore it would be a sin. The buyer paid a healthy price, but it’s worth it for the unrepeatable originality. #ST-0059-1951 MERCURY MONTEREY custom 2-dr sedan. VIN: 51SL62894. Burgundy/black leather/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 5,988 miles. V8, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Period hot rod. Beautiful metallic paint marred by numerous pits, inclusions and crackling. Panel gaps wide, especially around trunk. Abundance of chrome is mostly excellent. Extensive paint loss on underside of rain deflector. Upholstery, carpet and headliner done to high standard. Engine accessories include Offenhauser heads, a high-rise intake manifold and 12-volt system. Engine dirty. Unique touches include Mercury head etched into window glass and grafted onto Cadillac wheel covers. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $87,000. Some might say it was over-restored, but this sensational Galaxie was a sight to behold. Too nice to touch, much less drive. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to hear the mighty 427 start and run. The high bid was slightly short of what you’d expect to pay for a concours-quality car. I cannot blame the seller for taking it home, and I look forward to seeing it again. #FR-0268-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE Spoiler II Cale Yarborough Edition fastback. VIN: 9H15M580159. White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 97,702 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, excellent paint. Door gaps excellent with slightly bowed hood. Window trim shows wear and chips. Some wrinkles in interior vinyl. Interior door handle pitted and trim stained. Engine shows wear with multiple areas of oxidation. Deluxe Marti Report. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,750. The most striking of all the street rods here. Fiberglass customs are valued less than their metal counterparts, but this one’s provenance, appearance, workmanship and dollars invested should have raised it above the field. Well bought. #FR-0100-1940 MERCURY EIGHT Deluxe convertible. VIN: 99A238685. Garnet Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 76,495 miles. From the Duncan Collection. Charmingly patinated example from Mercury’s second model year, proudly wearing AACA HPOF certification badge. Likely original paint still reasonably shiny and nothing to be embarrassed about. Chrome acceptable. Heavy delamination on passenger’s window. High-quality recent convertible top with good fit and clear rear window. Original leather well worn but not ripped. Steering wheel cracked, interior chrome dull and pitted. Very used engine compartment with new plugs. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Car said to have had frame-off restoration. There is a limited market for large, period, hot rod sedans, and this one has neither the lines of the classic lead sled nor the paint finish of a true custom. Buyers will pay for resto-mods with modern parts but seem to shy away from massive boats with period modifications. Nicer paint might help achieve a higher bid, but at what cost? The bid not taken may be close to all the money. #ST-0089-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500XL R-code 2-dr hard top. VIN: 3W68R155115. Heritage Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 57,421 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Not much to talk about, because this spectacular Dennis Carpenter restoration is virtually perfect. Lexus-quality paint and panel fit that Ford couldn’t even dream of in 1963. The beautiful burgundy color is perhaps a shade lighter than I remember it from 1963. Surprisingly luxurious interior is flawless, as is engine compartment. Aha, the clock doesn’t work! That’s the only issue I could find. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $32,860. W-nosed Cyclone Spoiler IIs were made in fewer numbers than the 351 D-nosed vehicles with their 19.5-inch aerodynamic extension. They were built to bring homologation numbers to 500, and NASCAR did not notice the W cars were grouped with the D cars. They came with an array of options, but the 351 automatic seemed the most common. This car’s paint was exceptional, but the rest was not up to the same standard. Buyer got an unusual car which can be maintained frugally for slightly over market. #ST-0146-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. VIN: 0T02G143197. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 81,483 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Looks great in very nice Grabber Blue repaint; minor application flaws on hood. Rechromed bumpers are too shiny. Excellent Magnum 500 wheels. 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GAA // Greensboro, NC detail miscues such as the limply hanging parking-brake release let things down a bit. Nicely maintained engine compartment with original-style battery; paint peeling off radiator. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $74,200. Claimed to be an original factory Drag Pack car with oil cooler and higher axle ratio, although Ford did not use the words “Drag Pack” on 302 Mustangs, and the details of Drag Pack production remain somewhat controversial. This was a nice example that could have been even nicer with more attention to easily resolved details such as the stiff door latches. Unsold on the block but “close.” Later reported sold just above the high bid. The price is just slightly above the median price for a 1970 Boss 302, so fair to buyer and seller. #ST-0103-1999 FORD TAURUS NASCAR racer. VIN: 26. Blue/red fabric. 358-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 1999 Winston Cup stock car driven by that year’s champion, Dale Jarrett, to a 2nd place in Atlanta and then parked and preserved. Race-car quality paint. Decals are excellent. Hood and trunk fit excellent. Interior and engine compartment are in good shape and appear race-car original. “#26” etched in Plexiglas in two locations. Cond: 3+. paint flaws. Excellent panel fit. Interior well kept and shows minimal use. Right front wheel scratched. Cond: 2+. retreated from their 2012 highs but are still well above what this buyer paid. He should be thrilled. MOPAR #ST-0072-1969 CHRYSLER 300 convertible. VIN: CM27K9C119741. Eng. # 2808178. Red/white canvas/white & brown vinyl. Odo: 3,292 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Blinding Resale Red paint with mild orange peel seems a shade or two brighter than factory original. Excellent panel fit. Chrome mostly nice, but windshield header scratched and dull. Very nice white soft top with clear window. Interior is a mixed bag, reflecting Mopar’s poor-quality materials at the time. Door panels and seats nicely restored but with incorrect brown piping. Console and dash look shabby, steering wheel heavily cracked. Clean underhood with B&W air cleaner. Functionality of a/c unknown. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $78,000. America’s brute sports car prepared for the track by the factory with extensive brake and suspension modifications. Rare, well liked and minimally used, this car deserved more than a bid $45k below its recent new-car price. Owner was wise to wait. AMERICANA NOT SOLD AT $22,500. The real deal right down to the functional roof flaps. Paperwork was not available at time of inspection, but if owned by Robert Yates as stated, you could not hope for better provenance. Car was used by a champion in a championship season and is worth more than this high bid. #ST-0134-2008 SHELBY GT500 Super Snake convertible. VIN: 1ZVHT87S485154834. Black/black fabric/black & red leather. Odo: 668 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Like-new Shelby with perfect paint, interior and engine compartment. Some confusion over initial listing with wrong info from another car in the same collection (such as an aftermarket supercharger producing 725 hp). Auction company later addressed the issue. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,600. A proper modern Shelby supercar with gobs of horsepower, 6-speed manual transmission, new condition and a convertible top. Prices have 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #FR-0239-1953 HUDSON SUPER WASP sedan. VIN: 5C247325. Metallic green/ green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 57,812 miles. 262ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. The Super Wasp was Hudson’s mid-range full-size offering for 1953, a step down (get it?) from the Hornet in wheelbase and power but with the same handsome interior. In this case the interior has been restored using quality, authentic fabrics, although the fit could be better. Outside it’s a different story, with distressed, probably original paint, minor dents galore and dull chrome. Glass is good. Engine compartment looks ancient, with surface rust everywhere. Inline fuel filter added. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,310. I always liked the smooth design theme of the “fuselage body” Chryslers, but now they seem unreasonably massive. You could stand in the space between the radiator and front bumper. This car had a good start on its restoration, but someone lost interest or ran out of funds before finishing the details. With only 1,933 1969 300 convertibles built, this is a fairly rare car. It had numerous deficiencies, but the price was well below market, so well bought. Potential for appreciation may be minimal. #ST-0049-2014 DODGE VIPER SRT TA coupe. VIN: 1C3ADEAZ4EV400015. Black/black leather. Odo: 5,391 miles. 8.4-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. Nearly new car with light scratches from polish. Otherwise no SOLD AT $11,660. The interior has been nicely restored, which begs the question, what do you do with the rest of the car? A full restoration would likely not be cost-effective and would erase its history. 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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // San Antonio, TX Dan Kruse Classics — San Antonio Classic Car Auction THE 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD WASN’T A TROPHY-WINNER, BUT IT WAS WELL BOUGHT AND SOLD AT $29,700 Dan Kruse Classics San Antonio, TX March 18–20, 2016 Auctioneers: Dan Kruse, Rick Garretson Automotive lots sold/ offered: 64/152 Sales rate: 42% Sales total: $978,966 High sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air custom, sold at $50,760 buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices ACC 1-6 scale condition rating for vehicles in Market Reports 1. Perfect: National show standard 2. excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws 3. Average: Daily driver in decent condition 4. Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws 5. Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run 6. Lost cause: Salvageable for parts built in the final weeks of extended 1957 T-bird production — 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible, sold at $29,700 Report and photos by Phil Skinner Market opinions in italics D 98 AmericanCarCollector.com an Kruse shares that same last name as the legendary auction dynasty from Auburn, IN, but he’s been running his own business out of San Antonio for the past 25 years. Today Dan Kruse Classics enjoys a solid reputation for bringing together buyers and sellers from around the country at their one-day regional auctions. On March 19, Dan Kruse Classics joined in the celebration of collector cars at the San Antonio AutoRama. The event took place at Freeman Expo Hall, adjacent to the AT&T Center, home of five-time NBA champions the San Antonio Spurs. (A few Spurs players came to the auction, but they didn’t buy anything.) This year saw a mix of cars, mostly from long-loyal dealers. Many of the vehicles were a bit shop-worn, having been previously offered for sale on websites or at other area auctions. One consignor brought a couple of late-model luxury sports cars directly from the local used-car dealer sale with the tags and barcodes still attached. While the sale had been set up for 180 lots, there were a number of open spaces and quite a few noshows. One problem (plaguing a number of auction houses) is vehicles showing up to auction with title issues, ranging from branded titles to missing VIN tags. This time out, bidders were cautious with their money, while sellers sometimes seemed desperate to see vehicles go to new homes. Sales were mostly under the $10,000 mark, but there were a few exceptions. A 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 10th Anniversary T-top coupe sold for $31,860, which wasn’t bad at all, considering it had over 111,000 miles on the clock. A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS with a few issues and no claims of matching numbers was nonetheless an honest and appealing car, and it sold well at $31,320. Dan Kruse Classics seems satisfied with its niche as a smaller regional operation that generates a few good sales, serves as a training ground for novices and offers a place for veteran collectors to just sit back and enjoy a nice auction with no TV cameras, no hype and maybe a bargain or two. A


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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // San Antonio, TX GM #156-1956 CADILLAC SERIES 62 sedan. VIN: 5662136171. Arlington Green/green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 54,802 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Impressive car at first glance. Body in pretty good shape with no signs of rust-out or major sheet metal issues. All doors open easily, as do hood and trunk. Underhood complete but needs some love and care. Power steering and brakes, manual windows and seats. Factory a/c missing compressor and hoses. Interior looks like it was redone in the ’70s based on the materials used. Cond: 4. bidders jumped in. Seller might not have been totally happy with the deal, but it was the right thing to do. The market for luxury boats is very picky, especially in white, but the right buyer can display this car and enjoy it or spruce it up and turn a little profit. Well bought either way. #54-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. VIN: 124379N521693. Hugger Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 68,102 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No claims of matching numbers. Appears to have been given a quickie respray, with orange peel in the paint. Vinyl top is smooth and flat; seats look soft and supple, but interior had a moldy smell. Rust stains on seat-belt webbing. Factory tach inop. Original AM/FM radio in the dash, working condition unknown. Spotty chrome. The hide-away headlights appear to be working. Cond: 3+. quista, it may very well have hit the seller’s $9k reserve. But this was close enough, and he wisely chose to let it go. Well sold. #45-2003 CHEVROLET SSR custom convertible pickup. VIN: 1GCES14P93B100300. Patinated matte green/black vinyl. Odo: 19,812 miles. 5.3-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Very early production unit purchased new by Mattel as Hot Wheels promotional vehicle. Originally red, flames and surfboards were added. Displayed at SEMA 2004 and maintained, later refinished in patina green. Some of the miles appeared to have been hard. No underhood or interior mods. Wheels are custom one-offs. Wood side rails on pseudo-pickup bed need to be removed to lower top. No mechanical issues or major repairs. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,400. Seller knew this car could be a contender, but he also realized that it was a long way from taking any trophies home, so a check was a great substitute. For the money paid, buyer has plenty of room to invest in cosmetics and a bit of mechanical work and then possibly flip it for a small profit. Reserve lifted $1,500 before it was reached, but it still hammered sold at the hoped-for price. This is the way you hope it will go at auction. #5-1968 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164478D147857. Arctic White/ turquoise vinyl & cloth. Odo: 74,400 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Unmolested, well preserved with original paint, interior, accessories, factory a/c, AM radio and clock, power steering and manual brakes. Aroma of mothballs wafting through the interior. No issues with rust-out. Has a few minor nicks on the front piece over the grille. Chrome shows slight patina of age. Glass has no dings, cracks or scratches. Original dealer sticker from Ed Mollison Chevrolet in Alabama. Wearing Idaho plates. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,320. The 1969 Camaro still remains one of the most sought-after cars. This would be a good starting point for a decent build. Seller was hoping for $40k, but reality set in, and he cut it loose. I have seen worse sell for more, so the buyer should have no regrets, and neither should the seller. Well sold. #89-1984 GMC CABALLERO Diablo pickup. VIN: 1GTCW80H9ER502153. Burgundy/burgundy velour. Odo: 21,785 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older mediocre respray in original color perhaps as good as it was from the factory. Interior redone in generic materials but looks good. Factory tape deck, power steering, frontdisc brakes and a/c. Wheels not detailed. Chrome wears 30 years of patina. Glass has no issues. Underhood complete, no major modifications, new battery and some wiring. Odometer probably on its second go-around. Spray-in liner could be hiding issues. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. For a dedicated “got to have it” Hot Wheels collector, this would be a prize to own. Appeared to sell on the block just shy of the seller’s $28k reserve, but final results show it not sold. CORVETTE #35-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194677S121588. Marlboro Maroon/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,070 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. At a glance a decent car; on second inspection little things pop out, such as misaligned headlights and odd stress cracks at right rear portion of the deck. No claim of matching numbers. Aftermarket air cleaner. Rally wheels and rubber look fresh. Interior features factory AM/FM radio, all gauges clean and clear, steering wheel cracked and missing a few pieces. Total cosmetic re-do would help this car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,316. This was just a nice, well-preserved car that the seller thought should have brought more. 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DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // San Antonio, TX for a mid-year Corvette in this condition. When reality set in with bidders, they sat back down; reality never set in with the seller, who didn’t look like he was especially desperate to sell the car. #130-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 40th Anniversary convertible. VIN: 1G1YY33P0PS104158. Ruby Red/burgundy vinyl/ burgundy leather. Odo: 30,655 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Typically appointed, Delco/Bose stereo, power everything. Texas car from new, looking a little tired. Original paint needs attention, interior shows minimal wear, soft top looks factory but is starting to lift on the sides. Staff had problem with parking-brake release, but seller was able to resolve. Underhood in order but not detailed. Glass is good all around. Engine starts easily. No chatter or transmission issues. Cond: 3-. #7-1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 1G1YY22PXS5104866. Torch Red/ black leather. Odo: 152,110 miles. 5.7-L 300-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Ridden hard and put away wet. Tired but complete, no signs of damage. Front fascia has scuffing from a number of momentary contacts. For the higher miles, interior has held up well. Original stereo in the dash, all instruments working as planned. Engine starts easily, shifts with no effort. Centerline-style wheels give it a little eye appeal. Cond: 4. signed. Underhood is tidy. Reportedly has same engine this chassis and body was born with. Minor scuffing on chrome; paint has micro-scratches from dry dusting. Top not operated but fits well; bows look clean and functional. Chrome wire wheels a bit of a distraction. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $3,780. Will make a nice driver for a while, but the big drawback on this car was the Texas bonded title. With a clean title, fresh exterior cosmetics and maybe a set of stock wheels, it might double the price seen at this sale, but for condition and all else, the seller should be happy to send this car down the road. Well sold. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. There were two bidders that had a real interest in this car up to around the $9,000 mark, but they put their hands down when the seller didn’t want to cut it loose. New bidder jumped in and gave the top bid, but the $12k reserve didn’t budge. A couple-hundred invested in a detail would have probably encouraged bidding above and beyond the money. FOMOCO #52-1929 FORD MODEL A phaeton. VIN: N/A. Eng. # A2530167. Tan & black/tan canvas/dark brown leatherette. Odo: 9,191 miles. Top-shelf restoration appears to be a few years old. Lots of accessories: dual sidemounts, Moto-Meter, shoe scrapers, wind-wings, grille guard, etc. Body very straight. All doors open and close as de- SOLD AT $28,620. Model A Fords remain popular with both seasoned and entry-level collectors. They are simple to work on, surprisingly affordable and can still be driven on modern roads. This example would be ready for show with just a little detailing, and possibly for touring. Seller was looking for $32k but said he would be happy with a bid of $24k. A pleasant surprise for all. Well sold and a decent buy. #133-1951 FORD CUSTOM 2-dr sedan. VIN: H1DL127933. Carnival Red/burgundy fabric. Odo: 56,612 miles. 226-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A basically original family sedan that’s had one repaint in its original color. Interior done probably in late 1980s with period velour material. Underhood retains original flathead six. Electrics updated to 12-volt. Original radio with antenna, heater and clock. Door panels tired. Headliner is economy replacement. Starts and runs, but don’t know how far I’d go without a full mechanical redo. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. These “shoebox” Fords have been overlooked by serious collectors for many reasons. They have great looks, but the mechanicals were still using 1930s technology. This car had potential but not a lot of real interest due to being a six and not a V8. Fun project car, background vehicle or garage filler, and the bid was really where the market is for this car. Seller wants another 50%. Two other ’51s at this sale were also no-sales. 102 AmericanCarCollector.com


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OURCARS 1998 FOrD expedition XLT SuV Owner: Jeff Stites, ACC Digital Media Director Purchase date: November 14, 2015 Price: $2,250! Current miles: 197,067 Mileage since purchase: 5,397 Recent work: Not a damn thing DAN KRUSE CLASSICS // San Antonio, TX #43-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH395328. Colonial White/ Colonial White Porthole hard top/Willow Green vinyl. Odo: 43,095 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, other. Very late production car, fitted with 3-speed manual plus overdrive. Older cosmetic frame-on restoration. Power brakes and windows, manual steering and seats, signal-seeking radio, clock, tach, heater, aftermarket a/c and engine dress-up kit. Alignment issues with rocker panels, doors and deck lid. Chrome shows patina of age, but glass is clean and clear, with no bubbles, cracks or marks. Turbine-style wheelcovers with narrow whitewalls makes this a driver. Cond: 3-. made of solid gold. This was a decent driver car, perfect for entry-level collector status. Not a lot of money for a pretty nice car that, if maintained and cared for, will make a nice return on the investment. Very well bought. #146-1972 FORD F-100 Explorer pickup. VIN: F10YNN42338. Light Goldenrod/brown vinyl & tan fabric. Odo: 74,950 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Just a nice old truck with long bed and upscale Explorer trim package. Has power steering and brakes, factory front bumper guard and rear chrome bumper. Also has full wheelcovers from Ford, but aftermarket Jensen stereo, bolt-on box rails, period a/c and a bolted-in steel tool box. Not quite a collector’s item, not quite a beater work truck, this would be an excellent team truck for vintage racing or a perfect vehicle for taking in the south 40 or checking on the herd in the hills of Texas. Cond: 4. there it was, sitting a ways off from the other shiny used cars at a local dealer not far from my place. I had seen the rig for sale on and off for a few weeks, but the asking price on the windshield had me thinking there was something wrong with it. But I figured I could use a winter rig, even if that’s as long as it lasted — through the winter. Once I looked at it, followed by a short It wasn’t in my plans, but test drive, I was sold. It was super-clean, from mature-couple ownership and all original with no prior damage. A well-caredfor SUV. Plus it had the requirements I’d wanted: tow hitch, V8 (4.6-L), automatic, a/c and 4WD, all for a mere $2,250! Since picking it up, I’ve watched the four running-board bulbs burn out one at a time, and a bad wheel-speed sensor has kicked on the ABS dash light. But the truck made it through winter and is still going strong, offering scenic views over traffic. Gas mileage? Don’t ask. But hey, $2,250! A SOLD AT $29,700. Seller had no illusions of this being a trophy-winner in its current state. Interesting car, as it was built in final weeks of extended 1957 T-bird production. Has the mysterious “6” on the data plate between color and trim codes. Seller was looking for close to $35k, but this car brought every penny it was worth, and both parties should be quite pleased. Well bought. #116-1968 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 8F01C208234. Lime Gold/black vinyl/Lime Gold vinyl. Odo: 97,610 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older amateur restoration with a lot of the original parts apparently good enough to be saved. Bumpers replated, some trim replaced, interior mostly original. Underhood properly done. Simple car with heater and AM radio. Interior needs a little help; bright trim on dash is faded, floor-shift mounting plate is loose. Engine starts easily, and car appears ready to be driven. Good tires, original wire wheelcovers, quiet exhaust. Only the hokey radio antenna needs replacing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,428. This era of Ford trucks is so far behind Chevrolet in terms of collectibility that they can’t even see the dust. But this solid truck didn’t look bad, was well equipped, had a very good powertrain and looked like it had never suffered a hit or crash. Seller didn’t want the world—just wanted to sell the truck for a fair price, which is what happened. In the right hands this could bring a little profit or could provide many years of dependable service. Either way, a bit of a bargain. A CAR COLLECTOR AMERICAN ™ SUBSCRIBE TO ACC SOLD AT $10,530. Nice to see a plain coupe on the market, and nice to see a seller who doesn’t think his Mustang is 104 AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AmericanCarCollector.com Keith Martin’s


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report American Highlights at Five Auctions CLASSICS #110-1909 STANLEY MODEL E2 runabout. VIN: 4520. Green/black leather. Odo: 8,915 miles. Twin-piston steam car. Appears to be very original and somewhat neglected. Recently returned to running order. Older repaint and replaced interior. Correct-size tires are no longer available. Once part of D. Cameron Peck Collection. Cond: 4+. One of 31 road-going GT40s — 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I coupe, sold at $3,300,000 Gooding & Company The Amelia Island Auctions Amelia Island, FL — March 11, 2016 Auctioneer: Charlie Ross Automotive lots sold/offered: 69/79 Sales rate: 87% Sales total: $60,162,150 High American sale: 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I coupe, sold at $3,300,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Pierre Hedary RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island 2016 Amelia Island, FL — March 12, 2016 Auctioneer: Eli Rodriguez Automotive lots sold/offered: 82/93 Sales rate: 88% Sales total: $38,577,000 High American sale: 1932 Packard Twin Six roadster, sold at $1,210,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Bonhams The Amelia Island Auction Amelia Island, FL — March 10, 2016 Auctioneers: Rupert Banner, Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered: 66/96 Sales rate: 69% 106AmericanCarCollector.com Sales total: $27,444,150 High American sale: 1910 Thomas Model K-670 Flyabout, sold at $825,000 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Mark Moskowitz and Jeff Trepel Motostalgia Amelia Island Amelia Island, FL — March 12, 2016 Auctioneer: Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold/offered: 40/66 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $5,116,850 High American sale: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 coupe, sold at $132,500 buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by John Hoshstrasser Hollywood Wheels The Amelia Island Select Amelia Island, FL — March 11–12, 2016 Auctioneer: Charlie Adcock Automotive lots sold/offered: 76/124 Sales rate: 61% Sales total: $8,399,430 High American sale: 2005 Ford GT coupe, sold at $270,000 buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Morgan Eldridge Market opinions in italics SOLD AT $143,000. To my taste, far better than any concours queen, and with some improvement, its value will increase. Recently sold at RM Phoenix in January of 2015 for $159,500 (ACC# 261962), then no-saled in September at Worldwide Auburn at $140,000 (ACC# 266537). Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $49,500. Last seen at RM’s 2013 October Hershey auction, where it failed to sell at $75,000 (ACC# 228370). Obviously with hindsight we can state that the seller should have taken that offer. But the steam car society is deep and narrow, so I have to think a needs-everything example is a tough sell. (See profile, p. 54.) RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #13-1936 CORD 810 Sportsman cabriolet. VIN: 8102533F. Eng. # 1879. Ivory/ brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 503 miles. Paint has numerous chips and blemishes on top surfaces. Doors and hood do not match cowl, indicating that they were painted while off of the car. Probably an older restoration that has seen some use. Numerous panel-fit issues with trunk, tonneau and doors. Interior looks cozy and nice, with no issues that stand out. No idea how it is mechanically, but it looks like it has been enjoyed over the past few years. Cond: 3+. Chester Allen


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL #17-1936 CORD 810 Westchester sedan. VIN: 1113A. Eng. # FB24F. Ivory/blue cloth. Odo: 72,608 miles. Shiny paint with some chips and cracks. Bumpers rechromed. Stainless trim cloudy. Weatherstripping cracked and painted over in places. Driver’s door inoperative. Chrome wheels need polishing. Whitewall tires yellowing. Interior cloth good. Patina to engine-turned dash. Interior metal painted to match blue cloth seats. Horn ring rusty. Steering wheel has chips. 1990 Texas inspection sticker on windshield. Good ACD tourer. Cond: 3. Cadillac that can tour as-is with the CCCA represents value for the buyer. Fair transaction for seller as well. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #183-1950 BUICK “Truly Rare” 2-dr sedan. VIN: N/A. Red/white naugahyde. Odo: 65,912 miles. 364-ci V8, 6x1-bbl, 3-sp. Oneoff 1960s custom with cracked red paint and multiple dings and dents. Pitted chrome everywhere and much trim separated from body. Seats not attached to floor. Engine compartment like rest of car. Catalog pictures do not reflect extent of deterioration. Cond: 5+. P GLOBAL #17-1936 CORD 810 Westchester sedan. VIN: 1113A. Eng. # FB24F. Ivory/blue cloth. Odo: 72,608 miles. Shiny paint with some chips and cracks. Bumpers rechromed. Stainless trim cloudy. Weatherstripping cracked and painted over in places. Driver’s door inoperative. Chrome wheels need pol- ishing. Whitewall tires yellowing. Interior cloth good. Patina to engine-turned dash. Interior metal painted to match blue cloth seats. Horn ring rusty. Steering wheel has chips. 1990 Texas inspection sticker on windshield. Good ACD tourer. Cond: 3. Cadillac that can tour as-is with the CCCA represents value for the buyer. Fair transac- tion for seller as well. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #183-1950 BUICK “Truly Rare” 2-dr se- dan. VIN: N/A. Red/white naugahyde. Odo: 65,912 miles. 364-ci V8, 6x1-bbl, 3-sp. One- off 1960s custom with cracked red paint and multiple dings and dents. Pitted chrome everywhere and much trim separated from body. Seats not attached to floor. Engine compartment like rest of car. Catalog pic- tures do not reflect extent of deterioration. Cond: 5+. GLOBAL GLOBAL SOLD AT $90,750. CCCA Full Classic. Lots of innovations on this model, including frontwheel drive, independent front suspension, hide-away headlights and pre-selector transmission. FWD allowed these Cords to be lower, negating the need for running boards. I love the coffin nose and suicide doors, but unfortunately, these cars were unloved in period, and many unsold 1936 models were carried over as 1937s. The condition of this example is perfect for touring and enjoying. Bidders recognized this and it sold well, $5k over high estimate. Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. GM #189-1940 CADILLAC SERIES 60 Special limousine. VIN: 6321499. Black/gray fabric. Odo: 14,871 miles. Stately limo with aged but presentable paint. Touched-up paint crease on passenger’s side. Panels straight. Mild pitting on chrome blinkers. Interior fabric looks good, with small tear on rear seat. Glass delaminated in multiple locations. Purred as it drove onto the stage. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,000. Created by a noteworthy customizer, this award-winning custom’s styling and structure have not aged well. Auctioneers struggled to generate any interest. A car with great potential bought at an extremely low price, reflecting the cost of achieving that potential. (See profile, p. 52.) Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #184-1957 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. VIN: 7D4021740. Carlsbad Black & red/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 22,334 miles. 364-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Top of the line with “sweep spear” side trim and “Dagmar” bumpers. Four trademark Buick “ventports.” Quality frame-off restoration by previous owner. Still presents well with highly detailed engine bay and sparkling paint. Loaded with options. Only 4,364 produced in 1957. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $148,500. This was last seen at RM’s January 2011 Phoenix sale, where it realized $121,000 (ACC# 168751). Before that, it sold for $214,500 at Worldwide in 2008 (ACC# 116835). Not all ’50s American cars have been appreciating, but this one struck a positive chord. Sold well above expectations. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $22,000. Imposing and attractive Fleetwood-designed classic with divider window partition. A presentable running #247-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: VC57F264242. Larkspur Blue/white/two-tone blue. Odo: 22 miles. 283-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older restoration that still looks new. Continental kit, bright chrome, straight body. Power steering, May-June 2016 107


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP ONETO WATCH A focus on cars that are showing some financial upside brakes, day/night mirror and all of the other goodies. All gaps look normal. Glass and rubber all appear new. Said to be the recipient of multiple awards. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $129,600. These iconic cars always stand out in the crowd, even though they made more than 1.5 million in 1957. Values for the convertibles in excellent condition can break $100k, while driver-grade examples are available in the $50k range. Well sold at the top of the market. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 W hat was GM’s baddest A-body? Four different car guys will give you four different answers. But one of them will always be the 442 — specifically the W-30. The 442 got its start as a performance package on the 1964 Cutlass. To keep up with Pontiac’s GTO-based performance image, Olds had three simple specs: 4-barrel carb, 4-speed manual and dual exhaust. With that, the performancethemed 442 was born. By 1970, GM dropped the ban on engines smaller than 400 cubic inches in the intermediate A-body series, which allowed Olds to run the 455 as the standard engine in the 442 for the first time. The popular higher-spec W-30 package included a fiberglass hood with functional air scoops; a low-restriction air cleaner assembly; an aluminum intake; and revised heads, cam, distributor and carburetor. The W-30 was the hottest 442 yet, with a rating of 370 hp and 500 pound-feet of tire-roasting torque. W-30 cars have been market favorites for some time, but in building the newest ACC Pocket Price Guide, ACC’s Associate Editor Chad Tyson noted a significant increase in 1970 Olds 442 W-30 prices over this time in 2015: Specifically, an increase of over 107% in the median level, from $51,700 in 2015 to $107,250 by April of 2016. Since the start of the year, we’ve seen only six cars sell, but, Detailing Years built: 1964–80 Number produced: 3,100 (1970 W-30) Number sold at auction in the past 12 months: 6 Average price of those cars: $109,633 Current Median ACC Valuation: $107,250 as reflected in the median price, those cars have brought much bigger money across the block. The lowest price was $41,800 at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, but every other price, each from either Barrett-Jackson in Arizona or Mecum in Florida, was $99k or higher, topping out at $165k. Does this signal a new trend for W-30s in the market? The data certainly points that way. But it also could be a sign of the strength of the market in general, with better cars finally being sold by sellers who see this as the best time to let go of their A-list A-bodies. 108AmericanCarCollector.com AmericanCarCollector.com Either way, we’ll be watching to see if the trend continues. A — Jim Pickering #228-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR custom convertible. VIN: VC57L112504. Canyon Coral/white/silver & white leather. 5.7-L fuelinjected V8, auto. Professionally restored, straight body, nice paint, panel gaps normal. Very clean and well-presented engine compartment and trunk. Front and rear brightwork clean and shiny, without any pitting. Digital gauges, HID headlamps, a/c and other creature comforts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,600. While some say the market for the ’57 Bel Air has softened, this example sold very well. This was well executed and tastefully done, the marriage between old and new was very subtle and attention to detail was a priority. For close to $130k, you could possibly replicate this, but it would be a challenge. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #176-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: K558H1951. Rangoon Red/ white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 28,572 miles. 370-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. An older restoration that was complete down to the Barrett-Jackson


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP primered floor pans. Still presents extremely well. Loaded with options, including TransPortable radio and the very rare fuel-injected motor. Front and rear bucket seats. A rare and striking example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,000. As a general statement, American ’50s cars are a bit weak, but this could have easily brought another $15k– $20k and still have been a reasonable buy. As such, well bought for a flashy and rare Pontiac. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #58-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. VIN: 60A101356. Red/ white/ white leather. Odo: 36,863 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older paint with some touchups and scuffs. Bumpers starting to get cloudy, with some scratches. Stainless trim with slight dents and scratches. Whitewall tires cracking. Wire wheels good with bright center cap emblems. White leather showing pleasant creasing. Steering wheel cracked. Dashpad excellent. Loaded with power brakes, steering, windows, seats, top, a/c, cruise control, signal-seeking radio, parade boot. Stock-appearing engine bay with light dust. Aftermarket battery. One of 101 built. Cond: 3+. has smaller fins than the 1959. Large, beautiful lines. No-reserve lot that sold for market-correct money. Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #107-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. VIN: 01867L189246. Roman Red/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 2,346 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Powered by upgraded Special Super Turbo-Thrust V8 with Tri-Power. Loaded with every possible goodie. Straight Line Tuning radio, dual mirrors and Continential kit. Fender skirts and badged exhaust tips. Roman Red paint glistens, but top dirty. Interior a bit dull. An issue is the top fit. A real head-turner. Cond: 2. tion and M22 “Rock Crusher” transmission. After extensive racing career, the car was restored to original configuration in 1994. Loaded with history and ready for the vintage circuit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $990,000. Considering the documented history of this Sunoco Camaro, I’m surprised it did not do a touch better. Another $100k or so would not have been out of the question. As such, call it well bought. (See profile, p. 58.) RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. CORVETTE SOLD AT $66,000. The full horizontal tailfins were a 1959–60 trademark for Chevrolet. With Tri-Power under the hood, this car will certainly not be last off the line. Price paid was market-correct for an attentiongetting example. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $88,000. A fine driver ready for cruise night. The hand-built Pininfarina body racer. VIN: 9908 H046. Sunoco Blue/black racing bucket. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. First of two examples built for 1968 season and raced by Mark Donohue and Sam Posey. Fitted with dual 4-barrel Cross Ram induc- 3 #180-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO Sunoco Trans Am #197-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S109208. Roman Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 1,927 miles. 283ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 10,939 Corvette convertibles for ’61. This example with base engine, power windows and factory hard top. Stored for 33 years after receiving a professional restoration. Pitting on rear bumper and crack in fiberglass on driver’s door. Presented in the right colors. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. Strong money for a base-motor Corvette. Market has been a bit soft for Corvettes of late, but this bucked that trend. Considering that it was far from perfect, this was well sold. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #25-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S114881. Marlboro Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 49,229 miles. 427ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Bloomington Gold-certified original. Checking and crazing throughout paint, except on passenger’s door, which was repainted. Consistent panel fit for original vehicle except roofline gap on right door. Interior in much better shape, but carpets may be newer. Engine bay consistent with model year, original finishes with paint peeling off the valve covers, original hose clamps, and no effort to make engine bay look any better than the exterior. Cond: 3-. 110AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY TOP 10


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GLOBAL GLOBAL GLOBAL ROUNDUP a/c compressor in engine compartment. Power brakes and steering. Engine bay clean and tidy with reproduction hoses. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $83,600. A shabby preservation piece, which is what Corvette collectors love. Within the market range for a big-block car with 4-speed and NCRS-approved originality. (See profile, p. 44.) Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #41-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S106901. Silver Pearl/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,848 miles. 427-ci 435hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint excellent. Gaps typically uneven. Weatherstripping new. Chrome bumpers and stainless trim good. Gaskets around door handles cracked. Redline tires on good aluminum bolt-on wheels. Sidepipes good. Glass good. Newer interior. Window handles not flush against door panels. Seams on both seats unwinding. Gauges fading. New-looking clock inoperative. Engine bay a little dirty. Matching numbers. Rare J56 heavy-duty brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. At first glance this looked like a big-block with the hood and lettering. I let out an audible groan when I noticed the numbers on the hood said 327. This example can’t expect to do well at NCRS or Bloomington judging, but it makes a great club car and weekend cruiser. The L79 engine and 4-speed provide lots of fun. Though not as valuable as the big-block cars, these small-blocks have a good following. Slightly well sold. Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. FOMOCO 5 Tunis Gray/brown leather. Odo: 15 miles. The first of three one-off custom speedsters built for Edsel Ford. Designed by Bob Gregorie and built by Ford Aircraft. Full fender boattail design with extended hood. Body panels hand-formed from aluminum. For years it was thought the car had been scrapped after an accident. Owned for 50 years by a man who did not know what he had. Recently completed five-year restoration. A piece of Ford history. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,500. Roy Sinor, the former Judging Chairman of the NCRS, authenticated this car’s tank sticker. But that was the tank sticker only—no mention of any NCRS judging. These 435-hp cars will always be in demand. Unsold on the block, but the seller accepted the high bid postauction. Well bought and sold. The car previously no-saled at $100k at Mecum Kissimmee 2015 (ACC# 262680). Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #54-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S101532. White/red vinyl. Odo: 144 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Thick repaint with small cracks around hood and passenger’s side headlight bucket. Gaps good. Chrome bumpers wavy. Bolt-on aluminum wheels good. 327 emblems on 427 big-block hood. Interior new and fresh. Headrest seats. Weatherstripping wavy. With added a/c; correct controls and outlets in dash but not listed on window sticker. Recent aftermarket 112AmericanCarCollector.com #162-1932 FORD MODEL 18 Edsel Ford speedster. VIN: 1814449. SOLD AT $770,000. Sold well under the $1.2m–$1.4m estimate, but the boattail design was not as elegant as the other Edsel speedster that is now in the Ford Collection. First time offered for public sale, so it will be welcomed at most any event. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #265-1942 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 26H5676. Darian Blue/tan/ blue leather. Concours-quality restoration with straight body, well-presented interior and clean engine bay. All weatherstripping seals and in good condition. Cond: 1-. TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP all length of 227 inches. An older restoration that has been properly maintained. Loaded with all the creature comforts. One of only 2,044 produced in 1960. Red leather interior glamorous. The right colors. Cond: 2+. 48036) and for $1,465,000 at RM Monterey 2008 (ACC# 117485). Well bought and sold today, just over the $3.2m low estimate. Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $135,000. 1942 was the only year that included the ball-and-wing hood mascot, according to the catalog. This desirable V12 convertible was only produced in a quantity of 136 that year, due to the wartime production slowdown. This was very well sold. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #129-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: D7FH123145. Willow Green/ white fiberglass/two-tone green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 22,618 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. D-code Baby Bird with power steering but no other power options. Smooth and attractive Willow Green repaint now with micro-scratches and blemishes, but still shows well. Absence of fender skirts gives a sportier look. Nice bumpers, other chrome decent. Excellent seats, carpet, dash, headliner. Original Town & Country radio. Aged steering wheel starting to crack; door panels unraveling at bottoms. Detailed engine compartment generally good. No battery holddown may indicate recent battery replacement. Cond: 2-. #255-1967 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. VIN: 7Y86C834651. Turquoise/ Parchment leather. Odo: 62,345 miles. 462ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Laser-straight, paint shows well. Door gaps are normal. Interior clean and hardly any wear visible. Engine bay clean and tidy. Trunk clean. Rubber and seals remain in good condition. Said to have had a full cosmetic refresh in 2015. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. Sold under the money, but not all appreciate the excess that went into this design. It won’t fit in most garages, so I hope the new owner measured before bidding. Well bought if it fits. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #179-1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. VIN: CSX2188. Black/red leather. Odo: 486 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Known history from new. Recent restoration with engine rebuild by Roush and mated with original T10 4-speed transmission. Engine bay spotless and interior presents as-new. Paint and brightwork to perfection. A stunning example. Cond: 1. 2 SOLD AT $56,700. Production numbers were down about 10% this year due to the main competition (Cadillac and Imperial) introducing new designs. This one was a fair price for buyer and seller considering the quality. A great car ready for summer. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $1,155,000. A no-questions example that will prove a solid investment if properly maintained. Ready for the open road and just the ticket for the Copperstate 1000. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. SOLD AT $36,300. The D-code ’57 Thunderbird featured a 4-barrel Holley carburetor. This car had long-term single-family ownership until 2011 but was a mixed bag in terms of condition and restoration quality. For example, the hardware in the door jambs, which should be bare metal, was painted—a very amateur shortcut. Previously sold at Gooding Amelia 2012 for $50,600 (ACC# 196916). If Gooding’s buyer was today’s seller, he took a sizable loss. Too many old sellers are trying to sell twoseat Thunderbirds to too few young buyers. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #112-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V convertible. VIN: 0Y85H405253. Cherokee Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 88,714 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A “bigger is better” design by John Najjar. Mounted on 131-inch wheelbase with over- 114AmericanCarCollector.com #62-1966 FORD GT40 Mk I coupe. VIN: 1065. Light blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 3,214 miles. One of 31 roadgoing GT40s, with hard-to-love color, decent paint, correct panel fit and no serious cosmetic defects. Interior looks unused and engine exceptionally clean. Wheels look like they have only seen minimal use. Cond: 2. 1 #65-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. VIN: 67400F2A01014. Dark blue/black vinyl. Odo: 87,018 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Blue metallic paint applied well, with some masking lines at trim and rear scoops. Bumpers have scratches and are nearly buffed through. Aluminum trim is good. Wheels dirty with some corrosion. Reproduction windshield. New seat covers. Dash and door panels excellent. Later cassette stereo. Hurst shifter looks good. Wood steering wheel is nice. Power steering and brakes. Engine clean and stock with dust. New red battery detracts. Maybe not concours but will impress at regional meets. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,300,000. A blue-chip car that will probably see very minimal use in the hands of its next owner. This car sold for $2,041,380 at RM London 2007 (ACC# NOT SOLD AT $77,000. First-year GT500 built in San Jose, CA. These cars were powered by Ford’s Police Interceptor 428-ci engine that was also installed in other fullsize Fords. This was an excellent example. It appeared to sell on the block at this below-market price but was not listed in final results. Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. TOP 10 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP #201-1971 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 1F03F114538. White/white/red leather. Odo: 6,973 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Newer repaint, interior and top. Door gaps look normal. Power steering, brakes and a/c. Straight body, no waves. Said to be numbers-matching engine. A clean drop-top with three options: sport mirrors, stripes and aluminum slotted wheels. Cond: 2-. 237-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration that is holding up very well. Equipped with Tip-Toe hydraulic shift. Pushbutton radio and clock. Body and paint have been properly maintained and are very presentable, considering the age of restoration. Only 3,385 produced and seldom seen today. Cond: 2. “all-there” convertible that will make a great weekend cruiser. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. AMERICANA 6 NOT SOLD AT $18,000. This car shouldn’t have stage fright on the block—it has sold twice before at auction: once at Leake Dallas in 2013 for $12,500, then at Mecum’s Kissimmee in 2014 for $18,900. Proxibid showed the car sold at a reasonable $18k, but it was not listed in the final sales results. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. MOPAR #180-1933 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CL dual-cowl phaeton. VIN: 7803639. Eng. # CL1345. Gray & burgundy/black cloth/dark red leather. Odo: 1,327 miles. Magnificent coachwork in close-to-magnificent condition. Excellent panel fit, paint and chrome, inside and out. A few paint chips on edges. Windshield gaskets deteriorating. Beautiful leather just beginning to patinate. Tidy underhood with light soiling showing use— bravo! Some surface rust on engine block. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. I’m willing to bet this will be the only one at Saturday morning Cars & Coffee. Price paid was beyond expectations, as two bidders just had to have it. Well sold, but the new owner has a unique ride. RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #245-1956 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER convertible. VIN: N5616029. Maroon/tan/ tan leather. Odo: 64,772 miles. 354-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Laser-straight body. Welldone restoration from the ground up. Originally black, it was repainted Royal Crown maroon. Upgrades included dual 4-bbl carburetors and batwing air cleaner. Interior looks brand new. Chrome is free of any hazing or pitting and shines bright. Documented restoration. Cond: 1-. RHD. The catalog called the Armstrong “a true hybrid automobile a century before the Toyota Prius,” and that was not an exaggeration. The basic concept is to use a dynamo as the flywheel for the enormous 2-cylinder 6.5-liter gasoline engine. This mechanism charges the storage batteries, provides regenerative braking and can even propel the car on electric power alone. Plus it has an early version of a CVT. The car was driven onto the stage. Roadworthy and London-to-Brighton eligible. Cond: 3+. #152-1896 ARMSTRONG phaeton. VIN: N/A. Black/red leather. NOT SOLD AT $580,000. The CG and CL Imperials were possibly Detroit’s most gracefully designed cars of the early 1930s. This LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton bodystyle was at the pinnacle of the Imperial family. Prices range widely, but given this car’s history and beautiful body, the high bid—far below the $750k–$950k estimate—was light. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #192-1949 DESOTO CUSTOM convertible. VIN: 50013751. Dawn Gray/blue fabric/ blue vinyl & fabric. Odo: 62,816 miles. 116AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $162,000. It can be a challenge pricing cars like this due to the limited availability; Amos Minter currently has one for sale in Texas with an asking price of $96,500, stated to be in 1- condition. This one was extremely well sold. Hollywood Wheels, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #246-1957 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: C5719109. Regimental Red/ tan/tan leather & cloth. Odo: 35,445 miles. 393-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint with some waves; panel gaps are normal. Engine and trunk clean. Interior well presented. Highway Hi-Fi record player. Single-family ownership since new with documents and window sticker. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. With only 1,167 examples built for 1957, this was an honest SOLD AT $483,400. One of one. Amazing technology which Armstrong was unable to bring to market in those early days. Rediscovered in the 1990s and, amazingly, brought back to running condition. Further technical work in 2015 resolved some remaining problems, notably that the engine’s torque repeatedly fractured the carriage wheels! Who would have guessed that this car would blow through its $275k high estimate? Reportedly going to the Louwman Museum in The Hague. Evert Louwman is the Dutch distributor for Toyota, so it’s a perfect fit. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #142-1910 THOMAS MODEL K-670 Flyabout. VIN: 318. Red/black/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 12 miles. Extensive restoration by Harold Coker in 1970s, holding up well with maintenance work done by recent owners. Body is not original, but Coker tried to rebody to original type. Some 4 TOP 10 TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL slight aging of leather seats, wood and brass adds appropriate patina. Odometer reads 12 miles. Chain drive with chain looking large enough to handle force from 748ci engine. Wonderful sticker on acetylene tank identifying brand as Prest-O-Lite. Electric starter installed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $825,000. Photos don’t do justice to the size and power of this car. You need to stand near it to appreciate it. Thomas cars were not easy to sell, and this one was originally sold to the fire department of Chattanooga. If odometer accurately reflects post-restoration miles, I hope the new owner will drive it on the road and not just onto another auction stage in several years. Difficult to value, but encouraging to know there are still collectors willing to spend significant money to purchase and care for these treasures. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. Eng. # 158825. Red/black leather. Odo: 21,478 miles. Coachwork by Rubay. Smoothly applied paint now showing age with cracks on body and black fenders. Chips around doors. Panels straight. Brightwork well preserved. Excellent interior leather. Painted wooden wheels. Titled on engine number. Cond: 3+. 10 #192-1918 PACKARD TWIN SIX 3-35 Ormonde roadster. VIN: N/A. SOLD AT $162,500. Stately V12 roadster aging gracefully and now CCCA eligible. Despite deteriorating paint, presents well with desired patina. Ten cars from the end, it was bid to $135k and drove off to find a buyer post-sale. While this century-old car brought a strong price, its unique coachwork and usability justify the premium. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #113-1934 DIAMOND T 406 Deluxe Express truck. VIN: 4061410. Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 664 miles. May-June 2016 117 TOP 10


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GLOBAL ROUNDUP GLOBAL ROUNDUP Paint is marred by inclusions and orange peel. Panels of cab are straight. Side rails on giant bed are cut unevenly. Brightwork is excellent. Dashboard and upholstery attractive and well done. Door jamb panel deteriorated but painted over. Engine shabby compared to exterior. Cond: 2-. stripping, very good chrome work with some waves in the windshield pillar. Paint glitzy, but this is what they were going for. Passenger’s door fit slightly off. Interior done in very rare boa vinyl—owner reports a roll of it was found in a warehouse in Tampa. Said to be one of four short-wheelbase, 2-passenger roadsters built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $91,300. Attractively proportioned truck with numerous Art Deco touches. These don’t come to market often, but a seemingly well-done later-model 406 fire truck sold for $71,500 at Barrett-Jackson in 2014 (ACC# 240626). Very strong price here. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. metallic/snakeskin vinyl. Odo: 39,573 miles. 317-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration of a rare and challenging car. New weather- 7 #18-1953 MUNTZ JET convertible. VIN: 53M602. Blue SOLD AT $205,000. This was a little out of place here at Amelia, with many of the American cars struggling to sell close to their estimates. Considering the work that was put into it, and the owner, who was present to tell everyone about its time-consuming restoration, it should have brought another $20k or so. Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #12-1957 DEVIN TRIUMPH S “Gary Special” roadster. VIN: CT8986L. Dark red/ black leather. Odo: 29 miles. Beautiful fiber- 118AmericanCarCollector.com BEST BUY TOP 10


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ROUNDUP GLOBAL glass roadster in excellent condition. Good paint with some swirls and a few chips. Wire wheels highly polished. Plexiglas windshield hazy. Sidepipes and trim good. Interior leather bucket seats good. Wood steering wheel with nice Devin horn button. Breitling Wakmann chronograph stopwatch in passenger’s dash. Aluminum engine with Offenhauser intake and custom headers. Electric fan. Engine detailed and polished. Devin hand-stamped VIN tag. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. Reportedly race-built on a modified Triumph chassis in California in 1956 and period raced. Many owners and many restorations have erased a lot of history. I doubt it can be raced at vintage events in its current configuration, but it has functional head- and taillights, so it may be streetable. Previously sold for $66,000 at Russo and Steele Monterey 2012 (SCM# 212923). Looks market-priced today. Motostalgia, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. #135-1981 FRISSBEE GB-2 Can-Am racer. VIN: 2. Blue/black racing bucket. MHD. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Restored to the cosmetics of Danny Sullivan’s 1981 Las Vegas win. Paint better than race car quality over a few chips and edge dings. Bare metal of chassis detailed and clean. Engine not original but has period heads. Cond: 2-. Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends ™ NOT SOLD AT $95,000. One of two cars built by Frissbee on a chassis designed by Trevor Harris rather than Lola, and said to have been the winning car driven by Danny Sullivan. The later Can-Am cars were subject to a strict rather than unlimited formula, and though they may not have had the size or horsepower of their forbears, could provide just as much excitement for mere mortal vintage racers. Thrills, hall-of-famer provenance and many spares made this racer far more valuable than the amount offered. Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 03/16. A become a collector car insider www.sportscarmarket.com Subscribe to SCM today and become a collector car insider Subscribe to SCM today and May-June 2016 119


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The Parts Hunter Jay Harden Leading by a Hood Ornament TRUCKS FROM THE REAGAN ERA ARE MOVING UP IN THE MARKET, AND SO ARE THEIR PARTS #252266756045—1956 Ford Truck Cab. 10 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Marne, MI. 2/3/16 “Completely restored ’56 Ford Cab. Sandblasted in and out, rustfree, currently in primer. All original seam seal has been removed, blasted, primed and reinstalled. This includes drip edge and all internal and external panels. Includes: Door inspection panels, ashtray, glovebox, fresh-air intake, cowl air vent and linkage, and new battery cover. I also have rear cab mounts and OE trans cover.” Buy it Now. Sold at $6,000. Plunking down cash on freshly primed sheet metal is a scary proposition. High-build primer can hide a lot of imperfections, and as a result, any money you saved by purchasing a partially prepped car (or cab) can quickly come back to bite you. If this was a local sale that the buyer could put eyes on, then he or she may have been able to dismiss any unknowns — which would be the only way I’d be comfortable with a purchase like this. Once bitten, twice shy… That said, there simply aren’t that many ’56 cabs lying around these days, and sometimes you just have to roll the dice and hope for the best. Fair deal. #201529646117—1981-87 Chevy Hood Ornament OEM. 9 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Skowhegan, ME. 3/6/16 “Up for grabs here I have one ’81–’87 GM truck, Blazer and Suburban OEM GM hood ornament. This is nice — NOT perfect — but very nice compared to most I see. Driver quality, meaning there are signs of wear and may have scratches or nicks. Both bottom mounting studs are there and I’ll include a couple speed nuts.” Buy it Now. Sold at $115. If you still doubt values in the rapidly rising ’80s truck market, maybe this sale will set you straight. We’re now starting to see these trucks restored to as-new condition — and bringing big money as a result. The fact that we’re seeing this level of commitment applied to ’80s trucks should be a strong indicator of the future of the market, at least in the short term. It’s also worth noting that we’re not even talking about the world’s best ’80s truck hood ornament here. Looks well sold, but I’d call it an even deal. 120 AmericanCarCollector.com #111926163662—Big-Block Chevy Camshaft. 6 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Sacramento, CA. 3/11/16 “Used Big-Block Chevy factory high-performance cam. I pulled this out of a low-hours engine and it is too good to discard, so here it is. Very little wear. There is a small imperfection on the rear bearing surface shown in the photos but nothing that would prevent you running it as-is. If you require perfection, you could machine that surface and install one oversize bearing, as it is only the rearmost. I measured the lift at 0.805 on intake and exhaust. This cam came from a factory high-performance 415-hp engine.” 1 bid. Sold at $20. Sales of used valve-train components always intrigue me — morbid curiosity, I guess. Unless you’re welding together a life-size Carzilla sculpture in your backyard, what purpose could you possibly have for a used mystery cam that walked off without its matched lifter set? If you’re competent enough to perform a cam swap or engine rebuild, I’d have to assume you’re competent enough to understand the significance of the camshaft, right? Then again, it’d be an incredibly interesting experiment to throw a bunch of used, super-cheap, mystery-spec cams, lifters and springs at a working bottom-end and see what happens. If you’ve got time to kill and money to burn, let us know how it works out.


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available new again, but this one cost about a thousand-ish dollars less. If everything turns out to be in good working order, then this was probably money well spent. If it needs some work, it’ll at least make a cool paperweight. A #351672803298—Original Hone-O-Drive Overdrive Unit. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay, Santa Cruz, CA. 3/14/16 “Hone Overdrive units are well known for being installed in Baldwin-Motion supercars, Shelby Mustangs and Cobras, as well as other high-performance cars of the ’60s and ’70s. They allowed a car with high-revving strip gears to be comfortably driven to the track. They also allowed the top speed of highperformance muscle cars to be significantly increased. “This original Hone overdrive unit is in very good condition as shown. It was taken out of service very early in life and has been in cool, dry storage for decades. The unit spins over smoothly with no slop or binding and shifts well. This overdrive unit will require a shifter and crossmember for your application.” Buy it Now. Sold at $2,450 These old Hone-O-Drives don’t have the best reputation when it comes to maintenance-free reliability, but they’re still pretty neat. You could buy a new Gear Vendors over/underdrive unit for about the same price paid here, but it simply won’t fit a period restoration the way this would. The Hone-O-Drive is The most valuable tool in your box AmericanCarCollector.com 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SUBSCRIBE TODAY! May-June 2016 121


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JUNKYARDTREASURES Phil Skinner A rarely seen, once stately 1941 Studebaker Commander appears to have spent part of its life as a taxi Heavy Metal Love Song A s a kid, John Fowlie loved working on cars. His passion was preserving vehicles primarily from the mid- to late-1950s. He operated his own repair shop and dabbled in minor restorations, and in 1997 he and a friend brought their dream to reality, opening the doors of Big M Automotive in Williams, CA. They set up shop on what had been old U.S. Route 99. The main building had been a genuine honky-tonk from the late 1940s up into the 1960s. A relatively small stage today holds a group of early 1950s TV sets, and on the back walls are the signatures of many musicians who performed on that platform. Today, the building is packed with thousands of parts, sorted in a somewhat haphazard way. But ask Fowlie about a certain part, and if he has it, he can go right to it. Today, Big M has consolidated all of their automo- Detailing What: Big M Automotive Classic Car Dismantler Where: 271 N. 7th St., Williams, CA Phone: 530.473.2272 Web: www.bigmauto.com tive stock to a large yard on the west side of town, where an estimated 750 to 800 vehicles are lodged. About 80% of the stock is available for parts, with as many as 150 complete vehicles available for sale. While Fowlie still loves the Exner-era “Forward Look” Mopar products, he also has a soft spot for Fords, Mercurys and Edsels from the late 1950s. Due to his involvement with the Chrysler-related parts, he has gained worldwide fame as a supplier of rare and desirable parts, particularly in Australia and Scandinavian countries. Fowlie tries to keep regular Monday to Friday business hours as well as Saturdays, at least when there isn’t a major car event nearby. A 122 AmericanCarCollector.com — Phil Skinner Christine is still waiting for her date to show up ...


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When was the last time you saw a 1959 Ford Galaxie Skyliner retractable hard top in a parts yard? 1954 Monterey Tudor sedan, one of the treasures in Williams, CA May-June 2016 123


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Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/ SS coupe Biscaynes known to exist. This is the only one with certified drag history and know ownership. $98,000 OBO. Contact David, 918.430.5968, Email: gtvalfa@sbcglobal.net (OK) 1979 Pontiac Trans Am WS6 coupe Silver/black. 14,000 miles. V8, manual. This showpiece has only 14,000 miles since a complete restoration on a dry, original, Southern California car. Bare-metal, $16k respray finished in brilliant silver exterior with black rally stripes. $79,000. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213.622.9000, Email: adam@ bno.com Web: bno.com/2/auctions/classic-cars (CA) 1968 Chevrolet Biscayne coupe S/N 154118J28447. Butternut Yellow/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Factory drag car, L-72 solid lifter motor. As optioned: One of one in 1968. 1968 “Ennis’ Menace” best time 12.2. F.A.S.T. series, 1969–2009 as “Bisquick,” best 13.4. Doors repainted 1969 when “Ennis” removed. Rest of paint and interior all original. Only three L-72 solid-lifter 1968 124 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 10867S108478. Ermine White/red. 5,418 miles. V8, automatic. Black soft top. Original numbers matching 283, 2x4bbl, 270-hp engine with numbers-matching transmission and rear end. Perfect-unit body with superb paint. Excellent frame. Lovely interior and top. Radio delete. Superb mechanically and a delight to drive. $72,500. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213.622.9000, Email: adam@ bno.com (CA) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Black/blue. 56,000 miles. V8, automatic. Absolutely gorgeous, with every available option and low miles. 1,000 miles on completely rebuilt 403 engine, new interior completely restored, new everything, no disappointments whatsoever. $34,900 OBO. Contact Frank, Yazco, 408.210.6557, Email: yazcomotor@sbcglobal.net (CA) 1990 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham d’Elegance 4-door sedan S/N 1G6DW54Y8LR726737. Black/black. 425 miles. V8, automatic. Collector’s dream. Triple black with 425 miles (not a misprint). 5.0-liter V8, wire wheels. original Royal Seal S/N 1G1YY32G925120434. Light Pewter/black. 50,196 miles. V8, automatic. One of 1,072 in Light Pewter. Stunning condition. Clean CARFAX. $20,900 OBO. Contact Ron, 215.962.9505, Email: redtail0506@verizon.net (PA) Dark blue & white/black. 4,368 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Contemporary Cobra, original appearance with Ford 427 side oiler engine with 850 carb, 4-speed top loader transmission, Halibrand wheels, Jag Nassau Blue/white. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching 427 (425 hp) NOM. Side exhaust, aftermarket knockoff wheels, frame-off restoration in 2006. $90,000. Contact Ron, 402.393.4930, Email: lhrh@ cox.net (NE) 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 convertible S/N AA9HBMAAHV1CN1050. Indigo Blue with steel gray stripes/black & gray. 966 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Backdraft Racing factory-built Cobra with fully-polished Roush 427 with 550-hp, Tremec TKO 600 5-speed, Wilwood big brakes, limited slip, ceramic-coated headers and sidepipes, 17-inch knockoffs. $49,999. Contact Thomas, Email: tomallan185@ aol.com (PA) r1965 Shelby Cobra replica oadster tires. Essentially new vehicle. Stored in climate-controlled facility by collector. All delivery materials and window stickers included. $44,000. Contact Joseph, 203.454.0044, Email: jbomd@aol.com (CT) CORVETTE 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convertible S/N 867234. Mandarin Maroon/tan. V8, 3-spd manual. Total restoration on an Arizona native car. Beautiful condition. Mostly original car with the comfort and confidence of a 350-ci V8. Directly replaced without any frame or firewall modifications. LaBarron Bonney interior and top. Drives excellently. Immaculate! New original replacement wiring. $55,000. Contact Al, 480.734.4545, Email: almillertime@cox.net (AZ) r1965 Shelby Cobra replica oadster FOMOCO 1940 Ford Deluxe convertible


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Showcase Gallery XKE suspension, dark blue with white stripes, white side pipes, chrome roll bar, tonneau and car cover. Built in 1980 and has 4,368 miles. 4 x 2 weber and manifold carbs optional. $79,000 OBO. Contact Ron, 856.435.0805, Email: rslovett@ gmail.com (NJ) 1968 Ford Galaxie 4-door sedan 215,105 miles. V8, automatic. Original 390-ci V8 & transmission. Vehicle is in moderate condition. A driver that needs some work, and most parts on it are stock. Includes original rims and hubcaps. $4,000 OBO. Contact Jonah, 360.513.5037, Email: j.harris25@students. clark.edu (WA) f1968 Shelby GT350 astback S/N 1ZVFT82H175264910. Grabber Orange/black w/ Grabber Orange inserts. 3,420 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. Number 173 of 500. I am the original, only owner. Kept in a climate-controlled garage. All documents and accessories included. Car is a condition #1 and is a beautiful GT beast. Air bag recall being taken care of this week. $40,000. Contact Hal, 540.364.3647, Email: raceneon1@gmail.com (VA) 2008 Shelby GT convertible S/N 8T02J18511502613. Candy Apple Red/black. V8, manual. One of 1,053 1968 fastbacks, #2613. 302-ci, 4-speed manual with factory options: extra cooling package, sports deck rear seat, power disc brakes, power steering, tilt, etc. Marti Report. All original colors and equipment. Original engine (02J185115). Very pretty. $80,000. Contact Adam, bno.com, 213.622.9000, Email: adam@bno.com (CA) 1994 Lincoln Continental convertible Desert Rose/black. V8, automatic. Rare color. Black interior and top. Exterior is average condition, interior is excellent. Runs good, well taken care of. $2,900 OBO. Contact Brian, 630.988.8090, (IL) 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition coupe Vista Blue/black leather. 34,500 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. One owner, original paint, loaded with options: 5-speed manual transmission, Hurst short-throw shifter, Shaker 1000 stereo system, interior upgrade package, anti-theft system, and GT Upfitters wheel package. Rare, built at the Shelby American. 2,171 Shelby GTs built. Breakdown as follows: 1,376 coupes (149 automatic and 1,227 manual) and 795 convertibles (197 automatic and 598 manual). One of 598 manual-trans convertibles. Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package, 319 hp, 330 lb.-ft. of torque. High-flow exhaust system with X-pipe. Ford Racing Handling Pack with specialtuned dampers, unique sway bars and a 3.55:1 rear axle ratio. Factory 18-inch polished wheels, P235/50ZR18 BF Goodrich G-Force tires. Matching spare wheels and tires, and indoor/outdoor California Car Cover also included. $38,500. Contact Donna, Email: raisingkenna@msn.com (CA) MOPAR 1974 Plymouth Gold Duster coupe S/N AOM190Y256713. Red, white & blue/black. 48,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Featuring the unique June 1969 Press Kit Rebel Machine with May-June 2016 125 S/N 1B3BR65E6RV102085. Viper Red/gray. 15,941 miles. V10, 6-spd manual. Unmodified first-generation Viper. Perfect condition, no paint work ever, accident-free, new tires, leather, air conditioning, comes with original windows/ vinyl roof, manual, VHS video. A true classic in mint condition. $32,900 OBO. Contact Kevin, 412.400.8348, Email: kmccrory02@hotmail.com (PA) AMERICANA 1934 Packard 1101 phaeton Deep Cherry Red/black premium leather. 15,321 miles. V8, 5spd automatic. 6.4-liter, 470-hp Hemi. Mint, one owner, garagekept, non-smoker, adult-lady driven. Every available option. Still smells new! $43,900. Contact Bobby, 803.646.1966, Email: bcnc@bellsouth.net (SC) RACE f1966 Shelby GT350 astback Orange/white. 74,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Rebuilt 318 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, 8-3/4 rear with Posi, factory sunroof, upgraded OE radio. $13,500 OBO. Contact Jim, 410.242.8282, Email: buckinghamautomotive@ verizon.net Web: www.buckinghamauto.com (MD) 1994 Dodge Viper RT/10 prototype parts; a second Machine, 390, 4-speed transmission, sheet metal, donor body. Restoration needed. $27,000 OBO. Contact Patrick, 920.540.1756, Email: phwslw@ aol.com (WI) 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT-8 SUV Blue/blue. Other, 3-spd manual. This Packard has new paint, new interior, chrome is very good, tires new and runs like a Packard should run. $129,500 OBO. Contact Andre R., 418.591.0348, Email: argauthier@hotmail.com (CAN) 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine” Collection coupe S/N 6S293. White/white & black. V8, 4-spd manual. Full and complete restoration in 2015 of this B/P vintage road race car. Converted to comp specs 35 years ago. No expense spared. Well known and always a front runner. 510-hp engine by Cobra Automotive. Complete file of pics/specs. Includes a limited-edition model. Serious interests only. Trades considered. $169,000 OBO. Contact Gary, 410.218.5992, Email: gpbarnesracing@yahoo. com (VA) A


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Auction Companies N Loud on Discovery, Dallas Car Sharks on Velocity and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and Automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists, who offer 190 years’ combined experience making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the BarrettJackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, Barrett-Jackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www. luckyoldcar.com (WA) Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602.252.2697. 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th St., Phoenix, AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. Family owned & operated for 28 years. Producing 2 large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, California. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November & February every year. www.classic-carauction.com Worldwide Auctioneers. 866.273.6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Buy/Sell/General center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector & exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Classic Car Transport Direct Connect Auto Transport. 800.668.3227. “The driver was friendly and helped our son feel comfortable about moving his lowered ‘59 Volkswagen Beetle antique auto. The driver communicated well during pick up and delivery. It was fast, too. We spent two days in Phoenix after the car was picked up and it beat us back to the east coast.” 5-Star Reviews Let Us Earn Yours directconnectautotransport.com 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 Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — Fast 126 AmericanCarCollector.com RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, 413.436.9422. 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. (MA) Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Corvette Parts & Restoration Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles doorto-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. County Corvette. 610.696.7888. Sales, service, parts and restoration. When it must be right. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) Mid America Motorworks. 800.500.1500. America’s leader in 1953–2016 Corvette parts and accessories. Request a free catalog at www.mamotorworks.com. (IL) Volunteer Vette Products. 865.521.9100. 1963–2004 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $150. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865.521.9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it give us a call. (TN) Insurance Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren’t like their latemodel counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value, so standard market policies that cost significantly more won’t do the job. We’ll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Thomas C. Sunday Inc. 800.541.6601. Established in 1970, Thomas C. Sunday Inc. provides clients with fully-enclosed, cross-country, door-to-door service. Thomas C. Sunday Inc. are well-seasoned experts in the field of automobile transportation, hiring only Grade-A drivers, and offering clients the best possible service at competitive pricing. Fully-licensed, insured and bonded. Call 1-800541-6601 or 717-697-0939, Fax 717-697-0727, email: info@sundayautotransport.com County Corvette. 610.696.7888. The most modern and bestequipped Corvette-only facility in the nation. www.countycorvette.com. (PA) The Chevy Store. At The Chevy Store, you will find only the highest-grade, investment-quality Corvette and specialty Chevrolet automobiles. We take pride in providing our clients with the finest selection anywhere. Offering investment-quality Corvettes and Chevrolets for over 30 years! 503.256.5384(p) 503.256.4767(f) www.thechevystore.com. (OR) Zip Products. 800.962.9632. Zip customers know that the voice on the other end of the phone is a true enthusiast. Someone who, in minutes, can hold in their hands any item in stock. Further, someone with knowledge of, experience with, and genuine affection for, the car we hold so dear: Corvette. www.zip-corvette.com (VA) Corvettes for Sale American Collectors Insurance. 1.866.887.8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Leasing Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) 128 AmericanCarCollector.com


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


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Surfing Around Carl Bomstead Automobilia on eBay and Beyond Carl’s thought: Goldin Auctions, at their recent Babe Ruth auction, sold, after 1 Hillerich and Bradsby bat that he used in the 1926 season for $146,400. That was th 0.372 and hit 47 home runs, leading the Yankees to the World Series. Adding to the legend was his claim that he would hit a home run in the fourth ga hit four and visited the boy after the game, to the delight of the press. The bat was f barrel had a few indentions with stitch impressions where “the Bambino” really un Here are a few more items that are not as exciting as Babe’s bat, but they weren’t as expensive, either: EBAY# 191763607325—1960s SPEEDOMOTIVE SPEED AND POWER EQUIPMENT DECAL. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $42.99. Date sold: 12/27/2015. SpeedOmotive was one of the many speed-equipment shops in Southern California. They were located in El Monte, and this little decal measured 5-by-3. Very cool on your period rat rod or add it to your display case. Not a lot of money for a neat piece of hot-rodding history. EBAY# 351648783946—“TURBONIQUE” ROCKET FUEL SUPERCHARGER. Number of Bids: 40. SOLD AT: $2,588. Date sold: 2/14/2016. This was developed in the ’60s by a NASA engineer and used rocket fuel to power a small turbine that was stated to double your horsepower. Tested on a 1963 409 Chevy, the horsepower was increased to 835. A guaranteed wild ride indeed, but they never really caught on. I wonder if the new owner is going to install it on a car or just leave in the display case? EBAY# 231806716553—1959 CORVETTE FUELIE DEALER SHOWROOM POSTER. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $425.99. Date sold: 1/14/2016. This showroom poster had its original aluminum frame, but there were a few pin holes in the corners. It measured 34 x 20 and would certainly make a statement hanging in a collection of ’Vettes. EBAY# 1519660711116—1903 PHILADELPHIA PORCELAIN MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $2,652. Date sold: 2/4/2016. This is one of the oldest porcelain license plates I have seen. It was in decent condition with a little edge wear, but 130 AmericanCarCollector.com the blue was in good condition. It had a low number, which added to its desirability. Early rare plates bring the money, and plate collectors will raid the kids’ college fund for the rare and unusual. EBAY# 391369647775—CHEVROLET “OK” USED CARS NEON PORCELAIN ROUND SIGN. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $3,075. Date sold: 1/28/2016. This was the smaller 24-inch version of this ’60s Chevrolet dealer sign. The larger ones also stated “Used Cars.” The outer neon ring was broken, but that’s an easy fix. Price paid was in line, and this would be way cool displayed in a car barn full of Chevys and Corvettes. EBAY# 141924300000—H.H. HILL CAST-IRON HAPPY HOOLIGAN PULL TOY. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $2,594. Date sold: 3/13/2016. Happy Hooligan was a period comic character. His head moved and the bell rang when his little car was pulled along. It had “play wear” and the wheels were not original to the car. Considering that it was well over 100 years old, the condition was not all that bad. Price paid was as expected for an interesting comic toy vehicle. MORPHY’S PREMIER TOY AUCTION LOT 1454—1960s MATCHBOOK TOY CAR DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $3,660. Date sold: 12/19/2016. This Matchbook toy-store display included 74 of the original 75 cars, trucks and motorcycles. It was missing number 67, a tank. They were originally priced at 55 cents, as noted on the display. The display had a little edge wear, but the toys had not been played with. With appreciation, they are closer to 40 bucks apiece today!A