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Eight Sales That Define the Market Volume 9 • Issue 51 • May–June 2020 CAR COLLECTOR The Scoop CORVETTE 1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 $81k / RM Sotheby’s ACC’s Premium Auction Database tells a Corvette tale — Tom Glatch Page 46 GM 1986 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC-Z $22.5k / Carlisle Auctions Has time washed away the mullet stigma? — Nick Jaynes Page 48 FOMOCO 1970 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 428 SCJ $64k / GAA Classic Cars Buyer scores a lot of Mustang for the money — John Boyle Page 50 AMERICAN MOPAR 1971 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 340 $30k / GAA Classic Cars How long will this Mopar remain affordable? — Jeff Zurschmeide Page 52 COVER PHOTO: 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Yenko Stinger Courtesy of Mecum Auctions 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283, p. 46 Lucas Scarfone ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s 6 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CUSTOM 1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE CUSTOM $82.5k / Mecum Powersliding to a big result on the block — Elana Scherr Page 54 AMERICANA 1952 MUNTZ JET $118k / RM Sotheby’s A sure-fire ticket to stand out at any car show — Carl Bomstead Page 56 RACE 1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA YENKO STINGER $75k / Mecum Market-correct money on a real Stinger — B. Mitchell Carlson Page 58 TRUCK 1967 FORD F-100 PICKUP $88k / Mecum Coyote-powered Ford goes for big bucks — Kevin Whipps Page 60 May–June 2020 7


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The Rundown COLUMNS 10 Torque: Getting back to basics when we’re all stuck at home — Jim Pickering 40 Cheap Thrills: What kind of muscle can you get for $10k? — B. Mitchell Carlson 42 Horsepower: How will the market react to the new Bronco? — Jay Harden 44 On the Road: Ramping up projects on a Dodge D700 — Elana Scherr 106 Surfing Around: Gotta-have automobilia on eBay and beyond — Carl Bomstead Horsepower, p. 42 USEFUL STUFF 12 What’s Happening: ACC Editor Jim Pickering’s new book on GM Squarebodies, Bloomington Gold honors Arkus-Duntov 14 Crossing the Block: Upcoming auctions 22 Parts Time: Aftermarket pieces for your vehicles 24 Cool Stuff: Car items for car people 28 Wrenching: Make your drum brakes work 64 Buy It Now: Second-series fourth-generation (1998–2002) Chevrolet V8 Camaros — Chad Tyson 82 One to Watch: 1971–74 Dodge Charger — Chad Taylor 96 The Parts Hunter: Vintage speed parts can bring big bucks — Patrick Smith 100 Showcase Gallery: Sell your car in ACC’s classifieds section 101 Advertiser Index 102 Resource Directory: Get to know our advertisers AUCTIONS 62 Market Overview Top 10 auction sales, best buys — and what happened right before the auctions stopped? — Chad Tyson FEATURES 18 Your Turn: More Motion, and where’s the truck respect? 24 Good Reads: American Zoom: Stock Car Racing trom the Dirt Tracks to Daytona — Mark Wigginton 26 Snapshots: American Iron at Amelia Island 38 Readers’ Forum: How will COVID-19 change the market? 72 Market Moment 1: 1996 Chevrolet Corvette coupe — Nick Jaynes 92 Market Moment 2: 1965 Chevrolet Impala 2-door hard top — Jim Pickering 98 Junkyard Treasures: Country Classics in Staunton, IL — Phil Skinner 8 AmericanCarCollector.com 66 GAA Classic Cars — Greensboro, NC Of 644 automobiles crossing the block, 516 sold at the February sale in Greensboro, NC, totaling $14.5m — Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Mark Moskowitz 78 McCormick’s — Palm Springs, CA 285 of 499 lots sell at the Palm Springs Collector Car Auction, totaling $4.6m — Carl Bomstead 88 RM Sotheby’s — Palm Beach, FL Their first online-only sale of 2020 had 173 of 259 cars sell for $13.6m — John Hoshstrasser, Chad Tyson


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TORQUE Jim Pickering Back to Basics Our days may be redefined, but our old cars haven’t changed rescheduled. With many states now pushing stay-at-home orders for their residents, those of us with classic cars are finding ourselves alone in our garages more than ever. With the culture side of classic-car ownership on hold for the time being, we’re stuck re-evaluating our personal relationships with the cars we own. We’re also finding an escape within the garage, where a constant barrage of bad news can be dulled by fundamental, basic tasks started and completed. We wax paint. We rebuild carburetors. We detail engine compartments. An old car is a great place to park your time. Projects are a promise of good days to come. But even this is a relationship redefined. Katie Pickering Drastic times call for comforting measures T his month’s “Wrenching” feature is all about getting back to basics with drum brakes. It’s the kind of task I love to tackle, as it’s a blending of skills both old and new. This kind of job means I get to pull out a handful of my special tools — the stuff that sits most of the time — and go back through all the tricks I learned while fixing classic cars on a daily basis in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Looking back on it, I must have done hundreds of drum-brake rebuilds when I was working on cars every day, and I did them on everything from minivans to classic Corvettes. This wasn’t my first ’66 Mustang brake job. But this time the work was different. A new reality You might notice a new name on the top of p. 28, right above our “Wrenching” headline. Actually, if you’ve been reading ACC long, you probably recognize it. Katie Pickering is my daughter. She’s 8 years old. A few days before I had planned to get started on the Mustang for this issue, we got word that Katie’s school, like many others all over the country, was shutting down in an 10 AmericanCarCollector.com effort to try to social-distance in the midst of coronavirus. All of a sudden, both of my girls were to be home all the time. My wife is a nurse at one of Portland’s bigger hospitals, so the job at hand fell mostly to me. That meant I needed to relocate my efforts at ACC from our main office in Portland to my home on the other side of town. It also meant that I’d be taking on the task of keeping Katie busy with the type of work she had been doing at school — subtraction with borrowing, reading comprehension, that sort of thing. It’s been a deep dive back into the way back of my memory — some of this stuff I haven’t had to think about on a fundamental level in 30-plus years. It’s been a balancing act for us that’s being mirrored in households all across our country: being parents while being professionals, being kids at home while also being students. The threat of the virus has forced many of us to redefine our days, for better or worse. Escape to the garage Auctions, events and even your weekly cruise-ins have all been canceled or Why do you keep your old car around, really? Is it because you actually love the car, or is it because it’s fun to be seen in it? Maybe this alone time has caused you to realize what it is that makes your cars special to you, or maybe it’s made it clear that when things normalize out in the greater car world, it’ll be time to sell one car to buy a different one. The fix When I was a new mechanic, I learned drum-brake tricks from a guy named Barry. He used to say that if you can fix a car, you can fix anything. Plumbing, wiring, whatever. The basics, he said, apply to everything. It was an important lesson for me — and it wasn’t something I could have learned in school. So in the midst of this crisis, the basics are where Katie and I have started. Between lessons about carrying the one, questions about what happened in a specific story she read, and writing prompts I’ve been creating for her, Katie was knee-deep with me in the Mustang’s drum brakes as I tore them apart and rebuilt them. I showed her how they work, and how to use my tools. She learned how to take a good picture, too, earning her a real-deal photo credit in this magazine. For her, this stuff is all new and interest- ing. For me, it’s a return to normalcy amid the changing reality of being a dad. But for both of us — maybe all of us — it’s an escape, a special tool we all share, and a promise of more good days ahead. A


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n Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, ar Collector, P.O. Box 4797, ACC ACC Editor Jim Pickering’s New GM Squarebody Book Note from Executive Editor Chester Allen: Resto-modded American trucks continue to soar in the market — and interest is rising on GM’s 1973–87 trucks. These rigs, known as Squarebodies, are solid, simple and easy to find — which makes them prime candidates for modification. ACC Editor Jim Pickering’s first book, Chevrolet/GMC Trucks 1973–1987 — How To Build & Modify, dives deep into these trucks and the many ways they can be upgraded. It’s a step-by-step look at building something that’s fast, safe, reliable — and drips curb appeal. The truck that Jim built while creating this book is fast — and takes him wherever he wants, whenever he wants. This notice is in ACC this month because I couldn’t let the publication of Jim’s first book slide by quietly. Nothing Jim creates is quiet. What’s more, it’s a terrific book. 176 pages, 400 photos. Get it at cartechbooks.com or Amazon.com for $36.95. tor, P.O. Box 4797, ACC Editor Jim Pickering’s New GM Squarebody Book Note from Executive Editor Chester Allen: Resto-modded American trucks continue to soar in the market — and interest is rising on GM’s 1973–87 trucks. These rigs, known as Squarebodies, are solid, simple and easy to find — which makes them prime candidates for modification. ACC Editor Jim Pickering’s first book, Chevrolet/GMC Trucks 1973–1987 — How To Build & Modify, dives deep into these trucks and the many ways they can be upgraded. It’s a step-by-step look at building something that’s fast, safe, reliable — and drips curb appeal. The truck that Jim built while creating this book is fast — and takes him wherever he wants, whenever he wants. This notice is in ACC this month because I couldn’t let the publication of Jim’s first book slide by quietly. Nothing Jim creates is quiet. What’s more, it’s a terrific book. 176 pages, 400 photos. Get it at cartechbooks.com or Amazon.com for $36.95. Arkus-Duntov Arkus-Duntov at The Brickyard Bloomington Gold honors Zora Arkus- Duntov — and Corvette models he touched during his long engineering career — at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from June 25 to 27. This is the 48th 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, there is a Corvette sale area, driving tours and much more. www.bloomingtongold.com 12 AmericanCarCollector.com


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CROSSING THE BLOCK Upcoming Auctions—Compiled by Chad Tyson (Images are courtesy of the respective auction houses unless otherwise noted) Mecum Where: Portland, OR When: June 12–13 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 252/416 cars sold / $6.6m Tom Mack Auctions Where: Asheville, NC When: June 13 Web: www.tommackclassics.com STAR CAR: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible at RM Sotheby’s in Elkhart, IN MAY RM Sotheby’s (Postponed) Where: Elkhart, IN When: May 1–2 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Featured cars: • 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition coupe STAR CAR: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible • 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback SG Auction (Postponed) Where: Winona, MN When: May 1–2 Web: www.sgauction.net Featured cars: • 1912 Cadillac Model 30 tourer • 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top • 1970 Plymouth Superbird J. Wood & Company (Postponed) Where: Nashua, NH When: May 8 Web: www.jwoodandcompany.com RM Auctions Where: Auburn, IN When: May 8–9 Web: www.rmsothebys.com Last year: 185/281 cars sold / $4,689,515 Vicari Where: Nocona, TX When: May 22–23 Web: www.vicariauctions.com 14 AmericanCarCollector.com VanDerBrink Where: Independence, MN When: May 30 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Lucky Collector Car Where: Tacoma, WA When: May 30–31 Web: www.luckyoldcar.com Bonhams Where: Greenwich, CT When: May 31 Web: www.bonhams.com Last year: 71/99 cars sold / $4.4m JUNE Mecum Where: Jefferson, NC When: June 3–7 Web: www.mecum.com Leake Where: Tulsa, OK When: June 5–6 Web: www.leakecar.com VanDerBrink Where: Stillwater, MN When: June 6 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Worldwide Where: Auburn, IN When: June 11–14 Web: www.worldwideauctioneers.com Southern Classic Auctions Where: Murfreesboro, TN When: June 20 Web: www.southerclassicauctions.com Mecum Where: Indianapolis, IN When: June 23–28 Web: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,127/1,724 cars sold / $63.1m Featured cars: • 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster • 1970 Plymouth ‘Cuda convertible • 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible Barrett-Jackson Where: Uncasville, CT When: June 24–27 Web: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 548/548 cars sold / $23.2m Vicari Where: Dalton, GA When: June 26–27 Web: www.vicariauctions.com Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: June 26–27 Web: www.raleighclassic.com Carlisle Auctions Where: Carlisle, PA When: June 27 Web: www.carlisleauctions.com VanDerBrink Where: Shakopee, MN When: June 29 Web: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com A CanCeled CanCeled


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THIS ISSUE OF ACC WHAT’S HOT IN Editor Art Director Art Director Auction Editor Senior Data Editor Editor at Large Copy Editors Auction Analysts WRENCHING: Getting the most out of your muscle car’s drum brakes p. 28 Contributors Financial Manager CAR COLLECTOR Volume 9, Number 3 May–June 2020 GET IN TOUCH Publisher Associate Publisher Executive Editor Email: comments@americancarcollector.com Keith Martin Erin Olson erin.olson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chester Allen chester.allen@AmericanCarCollector.com Jim Pickering 503-261-0555 x 218 503-261-0555 x 203 jim.pickering@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 208 Kirsten Hegg kirsten.hegg@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 221 Dave Tomaro david.tomaro@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 202 Chad Tyson chad.tyson@AmericanCarCollector.com Chad Taylor chad.taylor@AmericanCarCollector.com Jay Harden Yael Abel, Dave Tomaro Andy Staugaard, Dan Grunwald, Pat Campion, Mark Moskowitz, Adam Blumenthal, John Boyle, Bob DeKorne, Michael Leven, Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, Pierre Hedary, Joe Seminetta, Daren Kloes, Jeff Trepel, Brett Hatfield, Larry Trepel Carl Bomstead, B. Mitchell Carlson, Ken Gross, John Draneas, Tom Glatch, Michael Pierce, John L. Stein, Mark Wigginton, Dale Novak, Jeff Zurschmeide, Phil Skinner, Elana Scherr Information Technology Brian Baker brian.baker@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 215 Cheryl Ann Cox cheryl.cox@AmericanCarCollector.com Advertising Coordinator Jessi Kramer jessi.kramer@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 216 ADVERTISING SALES Advertising Executives Darren Frank darren.frank@AmericanCarCollector.com Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@AmericanCarCollector.com SUBSCRIPTIONS READERS’ FORUM: How will the coronavirus change values for classic cars? p. 38 Head of Subscriptions Subscriptions Susan L. Loeb susan.loeb@AmericanCarCollector.com 503-261-0555 x 217 877-219-2605 x 1 service@AmericanCarCollector.com @AmericanCCMag CORRESPONDENCE Phone Fax General Email Feedback Web 503-261-0555 503-253-2234 P.O. Box 4797, Portland, Oregon 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS help@AmericanCarCollector.com comments@AmericanCarCollector.com www.AmericanCarCollector.com 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100 Portland, Oregon 97232 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday–Friday 877-219-2605 x 214 877-219-2605 x 213 503-261-0555 x 205 503-261-0555 x 207 503-261-0555 x 206 AMERICAN JOIN US CHEAP THRILLS: How to score a muscle car when you have only $10k to spend p. 40 16 AmericanCarCollector.com American Car Collector magazine (ISSN# 2164-1323) is published bimonthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to American Car Collector, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. The information in American Car Collector magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats, and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2020 by American Car Collector LLC, Automotive Investor Media Group Inc., and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by American Car Collector magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Keith Martin's


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind Contact us at American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com Mr. Brody wants to know why this beautiful machine is not an original Baldwin-Motion Camaro History in Motion, Part II My name is Craig Brody, and I am the owner of C. Brody Investment Motorcars Inc. (www.investmentmotorcars.net) located in Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am the proud owner of the 1973 Motion Performance Phase III Camaro that adorned the cover of your November–December 2019 issue. When I saw this beautiful Light Copper Camaro on the Mecum website selling for no reserve at the Harrisburg sale, I was all over it. Once I won the bid, I called on my Facebook friend Marty Schorr, who wrote the book on Joel Rosen’s “Motion Performance” and wanted to ask his opinion. Marty was Joel’s side man and promoter at Baldwin Motion. Marty said he never knew this car of mine existed when he wrote the book. The fact remains that Joel Rosen knew of it when seeing it on display at the MCACN show in October 2005. It belonged to Dave Belk, a prominent Baldwin-Motion collector, and Joel autographed it twice — on the radiator support and on the center armrest. Marty Schorr mentioned it was not an original “Baldwin” Chevy-ordered car as Mecum advertised it to be, as those were sold through Baldwin Chevy with factory backing. It is, however, a very documented car from new, and Marty never asked if I had proof of its origins. Marty decided on his own that it was not original in any way and called it a “tribute.” I think that was uncalled for. A clone or a tribute means it’s a copy of the original and was not built when it was new in 1973. I then arranged to have a sit-down at Joel Rosen’s home in Coral Springs and discussed my Camaro’s beginnings. Joel and I went 18 AmericanCarCollector.com Craig Brody (right) with Joel Rosen through his complete hand-written logbook from the early 1980s. Joel stated to me that any car made after 1971 was no longer a Baldwin-ordered car, as the EPA crucified that segment of the muscle-car market and that was the beginning of the end. To clarify, my Camaro was built in- house when new at Motion Performance by Dominic LoPinto and the Motion team. Joel made this into a full-blown race car. Joel and Dom decided to sell it off their front lot on Sunrise Highway, perhaps under the radar of the EPA. Along came Mr. Ray Ongaro, who saw it on the lot and made a deal on it for $8,000, which was huge money in 1973. Mr. Ongaro raced the car for the next 10 years and won the “National Super Pro” title at Bristol Dragway in 1980, doing 9.8-second passes. By 2005, it was restored by Dave Belk, a known Baldwin-Motion collector. He soon sold it to the Todd Werner Collection, and there it stayed until 2019. I have enclosed a photo of a dark green 1969 Corvette that a Vietnam vet sent to Motion Performance from Texas to have a full-blown Phase III conversion done. This


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YOUR TURN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind beautiful truck. John writes, “Although it’s still difficult for me to digest a pickup selling for this kind of money, all should be happy here.” Really, John? A “pickup” selling for that kind of money and you can’t quite “digest it”? Where have you been for the past 20 years? I take what he wrote as disparaging and was an in-house build with no “Baldwin” name tied to it. Anyone could bring a car in, have it blessed by Joel and have a real original Motion build. This same Corvette also appears in Marty’s book twice, yet it has nothing to do with Baldwin Chevy. My Camaro was built in-house by Joel’s best technician, for himself, with Joel’s blessing. It was made with every go-fast goodie Joel offered. Is this not an Original Motion Performance-built car? Both the green Corvette and my copper Camaro were done to all Baldwin-Motion specs, so why is the Corvette in the Motion book an original and mine is a tribute? Am I missing something? — Craig Brody, via email Respect the Truck I just received ACC Issue No. 50, March– April 2020, and while it’s the usual fantastic issue and I always learn a lot, I’ve got a bone to pick. I’m having a HUGE issue with John Hoshstrasser! And I mean, if he was standing near me, I would tell him exactly what YOUR TURN YOUR TURN YOUR TURN YOUR TURN YOUR TURN URN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind beautiful truck. John writes, “Although it’s still difficult for me to digest l Us What’s On Your Mind beautiful truck. John writes, “Although it’s still difficult for me to digest a pickup selling for this kind of money, all should be happy here.” Really, John? A “pickup” selling for that kind of money and you can’t quite “digest it”? Where have you been for the past 20 years? I take what he wrote as disparaging and was an in-house build with no “Baldwin” name tied to it. Anyone could bring a car in, have it blessed by Joel and have a real original Motion build. This same Corvette also appears in Marty’s book twice, yet it has nothing to do with Baldwin Chevy. My Camaro was built in-house by Joel’s best technician, for himself, with Joel’s bless- ing. It was made with every go-fast goodie Joel offered. Is this not an Original Motion Performance-built car? Both the green Corvette and my copper Camaro were done to all Baldwin-Motion specs, so why is the Corvette in the Motion book an original and mine is a tribute? Am I missing something? — Craig Brody, via email Respect the Truck I just received ACC Issue No. 50, March– April 2020, and while it’s the usual fantastic issue and I always learn a lot, I’ve got a bone to pick. I’m having a HUGE issue with John Hoshstrasser! And I mean, if he was stand- ing near me, I would tell him exactly what disrespectful disrespectful toward trucks and us truck guys. Would he say the same thing if this were a ’68 Camaro or a ’68 Mustang? I know he wouldn’t. But if it’s a truck built to this level, well, he can hardly digest it, because it’s a “truck.” How about on p. 80? The “unusual 3-door Suburban with a back door on the passenger’s side only.” I have to tell ya, I was laughing and cussing all at the same time! He has no clue about 1967–72 Suburbans. I’m very passionate about these trucks, so this kind of stuff bothers me. To me, this kind of stuff it cheapens the content and the magazine as a whole. Every make and model should be given its due, especially when they have been as consistent as trucks have been. — Gary Binge, via email John Hoshstrasser, ACC Auction Analyst: In my auction analysis of the C10 pickup, I wrote “all should be happy here,” which was a positive statement of the result of the sale. Whether I could digest it is irrelevant. I believe the high quality of the build warranted a higher bid than the traditional median value for a C10 pickup. RN Tell Us What’s On Your Mind beautiful truck. John writes, “Although it’s still difficult for me to digest a p Tell Us What’s On Your Mind beautiful truck. John writes, “Although it’s still difficult for me to digest a pickup selling for this kind of money, all should be happy here.” Really, John? A “pickup” selling for that kind of money and you can’t quite “digest it”? Where have you been for the past 20 years? I take what he wrote as disparaging and was an in-house build with no “Baldwin” name tied to it. Anyone could bring a car in, have it blessed by Joel and have a real original Motion build. This same Corvette also appears in Marty’s book twice, yet it has nothing to do with Baldwin Chevy. My Camaro was built in-house by Joel’s best technician, for himself, with Joel’s bless- ing. It was made with every go-fast goodie Joel offered. Is this not an Original Motion Performance-built car? Both the green Corvette and my copper Camaro were done to all Baldwin-Motion specs, so why is the Corvette in the Motion book an original and mine is a tribute? Am I missing something? — Craig Brody, via email Respect the Truck I just received ACC Issue No. 50, March– April 2020, and while it’s the usual fantastic issue and I always learn a lot, I’ve got a bone to pick. I’m having a HUGE issue with John Hoshstrasser! And I mean, if he was stand- ing near me, I would tell him exactly what disrespectful toward trucks and us truck guys. Would he say the same thing if this were a ’68 Camaro or a ’68 Mustang? I know he wouldn’t. But if it’s a truck built to this level, well, he can hardly digest it, because it’s a “truck.” How about on p. 80? The “unusual 3-door Suburban with a back door on the passenger’s side only.” I have to tell ya, I was laughing and cussing all at the same time! He has no clue about 1967–72 Suburbans. I’m very passionate about these trucks, so this kind of stuff bothers me. To me, this kind of stuff it cheapens the content and the magazine as a whole. Every make and model should be given its due, es- pecially when they have been as consistent as trucks have been. — Gary Binge, via email John Hoshstrasser, ACC Auction Analyst: In my auction analysis of the C10 pickup, I wrote “all should be happy here,” which was a positive statement of the result of the sale. Whether I could digest it is irrelevant. I believe the high quality of the build warranted a higher bid than the traditional median value for a C10 pickup. uniformly uniformly with the many makes and models of vehicles I have the pleasure to get to know in my experiences. In the analysis of the 1972 Suburban, I described it as “unusual,” which in my opinion is an appropriate statement for a 3-door SUV produced from 1967 to ’72. No other manufacturers that I know of were producing 3-door SUVs at that time. This again was a positive statement, albeit the word “unusual” could also be interchanged with “unique.” All readers of ACC might not know that 1967–72 Suburbans had three doors, so I wanted to point that out. There are a lot of collectors in this hobby, and each has their expertise for the models they fall in love with. Through SCM and ACC, I get the opportunity to share my personal opinions and enjoy the hundreds of hours that I spend at the auctions, researching and writing about these vehicles. I appreciate the time you took to read my article and share your feedback. At the end of the day, my opinions are my own, and I personally do not see these reviews in the same light as you have characterized. I have my own personal collection and have respect for the hobby throughout different eras and vehicle types. One of the cars in my collection is a 1967 VW Squareback, and I would also have a hard time digesting an example selling for six figures. If one did sell for that, I would immediately consign mine in hopes of riding the wave.A 1968 Chevrolet C10 custom pickup — sold for $143k and deserving of respect


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PARTS TIME New Products to Modernize Your Street Machine by Jim Pickering Keep Cool Trucks are all the rage right now, and Fords are a great way to buy into the market without having to pay for the current GM hype. But once you have an F-100 and the weather turns hot, are you really going to sweat it out on that factory bench seat? No need — Old Air Products has you covered with their Hurricane A/C system for 1968–72 Ford trucks. This complete heating and cooling system mounts to the firewall with custom mounting plates and has a molded plenum that runs under the dash. It interfaces electronic switching with the truck’s original controls for defrost and heater functions. Comes with everything you need, including a condenser assembly and all the custom tubes and hoses required to make it work. Priced at $1,450 at www. oldairproducts.com. T-Bird Tach Drive If you’ve built or bought a classic T-bird and would like to make a few engine mods without losing that factory cable-drive tachometer, you’re in luck. Top Street Performance now offers a Pro-Series Ready-to-Run distributor with a mechanical, cable-style tach-drive output. It comes complete with circuit-board module and adjustable mechanical and vacuum advances for control over your timing curve. It also features a coil to match, too. Bring some modern spark power to that first-gen T-bird. $356 at www.topstreetperformance.com. Now See This In today’s bright and fast-moving world, those tiny original 1955 Chevrolet taillights can be hard to see. United Pacific has the solution with their LED Sequential Taillight for 1955 Chevrolet passenger cars. With 48 super-bright LEDs crammed behind a high-quality red polycarbonate lens, nobody is going to miss when you’re on the brakes. Comes with a selector switch to control the sequential function — off, sweep left, sweep right, or sequence-once for maximum attention when you hit the pedal. It’s a plug-in solution for 1157-style bulbs and is reverse-light-delete — but United Pacific offers a special license-plate frame with integrated reverse light as well. Get these taillights at www.upcarparts.com for $70.99. 22 AmericanCarCollector.com


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COOL STUFF by Chad Taylor Tool Time 2.0 The BitzBlade 2.0 is a multi- tool packed with 26 features, including a knife blade, box cutter, hex wrench, carbide-tip window breaker, nine doublesided steel bits, and LED light. Plus, the BitzBlade is easy to carry thanks to a pocket clip and durable nylon tool pouch with belt loop. Get it at www. statgeartools.com for $99.99. Clean-Room Crossover Tired of using Q-tips to clean and detail tight spots on your car? Leave them in the house and use the Detailing Swabs from Griot’s Garage instead. The swabs were created for high-tech clean rooms that need to stay dust- and static-free. There are five different sizes of swabs with large to fine-point cleaning heads, made of either microfiber or foam. Overall lengths vary from three to six inches. Perfect for scratch-free cleaning in difficult spots. Grab the Detailing Swabs Variety Pack of 250 swabs at www.griotsgarage.com for $24.99. Game Time Take a break from perfecting the shut-lines on that Galaxie door and play a game or two on your own “Star Wars” home arcade game. The cabinet and riser stand at just over five feet tall, feature the artwork from the original arcade game and include a light-up marquee. The original arcade versions of the “Star Wars” game are played on a 17-inch color screen accompanied by two speakers and flight yoke with control buttons. Get it for $499, and check out all the other available games at www.arcade1up.com. GOOD READS by Mark Wigginton When the COVID-19 pandemic appeared at the end of last year, isolated in China to start, then quickly expanded in a world of easy global travel, one admittedly minor impact was how it all but shut down motorsports worldwide. First MotoGP canceled, then the first half of the F1 season, then Indycar, and on and on. As of now, the pandemic has shuttered everything down to local tracks. Faced with imposed social distancing, it’s a good time to grab a few good, older reads to get our racing fix. American Zoom: Stock Car Racing From the Dirt Tracks to Daytona by Peter Golenbock, John Wiley & Sons, 493 pages, $4.57, Amazon Peter Golenbock, a noted and prolific writer about sports, turned his attention in 1993 to a history of NASCAR. He came late to the sport, and the book covers the well-trod historical path, from the field that moonshiners started meeting at on Sundays to see whose work car was fastest to the buttoned-down corporate world of today’s sanitized personalities and super speedways. Along the way, you meet the (almost always) men who made it to the top, or died trying. The book’s oc- casionally tone deaf about racing, since Golenbock’s really a baseball guy who was new to the sport for the book, but it is detailed, sprawling and filled with anecdotes, some famous, and some as fresh as the smell of grass cut by a car sliding below the apron. Provenance: Fit and finish: Drivability: 24 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SNAPSHOTS: American Iron at Amelia Island Photos by Chad Taylor A trio of 1959 Scimitar concept cars glides down the field. The cars, all built on 1959 Chrysler New Yorker chassis, were designed by Brooks Stevens for the 1959 Geneva Motor Show and were never produced or offered for sale You’d need a huge garage for this 1951 GM LeSabre concept car, part of the Cars of Harley Earl Class, celebrating the masterpieces of the legendary designer. It won the HVA National Automotive Heritage Award and is owned by the General Motors Heritage Collection in Detroit, MI 26 AmericanCarCollector.com


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1956 Chevrolet Corvette SR-2, featured in the Cars of Harley Earl Class, for which it won an Amelia Award. It was designed by Harley Earl for his son Jerome as a way to persuade the younger Earl to stop racing a Ferrari. It is owned by Irwin Kroiz of Ambler, PA 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, part of the Team Penske Sunoco Class, celebrating the success of Penske Racing. Finished 1st in class and 9th overall at the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring. Won an Amelia Award in the Team Penske Sunoco Class. Owned by Kevin J. Mackay of Valley Stream, NY The 1956 Nash Rambler Palm Beach concept, designed by Pinin Farina but never mass-produced 1963 Chevrolet Grand Sport #004, featured in the Cars of Roger Penske Class. Penske has a long history with the original Grand Sport Corvettes going back to their release, having both owned and raced them. This car won an Amelia Award in that class, and is owned by the Miles Collier Collections at Revs Institute May–June 2020 27


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WRENCHING: HOW TO by Jim Pickering (Select images by Katie Pickering) BEATING THE DRUM How to get the most out of your factory muscle or Pony Car brakes D isc-brake conversions are all the rage these days. After all, discs have been the industry standard for years now, and it’s easy to convert just about anything over to them via a number of companies that specialize in bringing classic cars into the modern era. But what about those of us who really don’t want to change out factory components? Maybe discs won’t clear your factory 14-inch wheels, or maybe your car is 100% original and you want to keep it looking that way. Are factory drums really all that inferior to discs? Yes, disc brakes are a superior design to drums, and they bleed heat well, so they don’t fade as badly. But there’s a lot to be said for a stock drum setup that’s installed correctly and working as it should. How do you make your OE system better? Not all drum-brake shoes are created equal, and you can get race-spec friction materials via musclecarbrakes.com or porterfield-brakes.com if you really need them. But even a good set of new semi-metallic shoes from a reputable source are more than enough for your street-driven classic, and Summit Racing has everything you’ll need to tackle just about any brake rebuild. That said, there are a lot of springs, clips and hardware that make up a drum- brake setup, and just diving in to upgrade or swap out parts can be a little intimidating if it’s been a while since your last drum rebuild, or if you don’t have the proper tools. Our ’66 Mustang has been fitted with front discs, but out back, it still has its factory drums. I dove into the system to show you how to rebuild it and make it work well — and to give you a few tips and tricks I’ve learned over the years to make the process a little easier. Here’s how to do it. 28 AmericanCarCollector.com WHAT YOU’LL NEED SUMMIT RACING PARTS LIST Brake shoes, Raybestos Element3 ceramic/semi-metallic shoes, P/N AGB-151PG, $21.75 Brake-spring kit, Raybestos, P/N AGB-H7102, $8.97 Right wheel cylinder, Wagner, P/N DHB-W17507, $8.99 Left wheel cylinder, Wagner, P/N DHB-W17508, $7.99 Drum and rotor paint, VHT, P/N VHT-SP739, $10.99 OTHER PARTS LIST: Brake-parts cleaner, 4 cans, $5.99 each White grease, $4.99 Gloves TIME SPENT: Two hours DIFFICULTY: J (JJJJJis toughest)


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2 Our ’66 had been given some upgrades over the years, but checking the paperwork tipped me off that the rear brakes hadn’t been touched in a long time — if ever. Peeking through the openings in the GT wheels showed rusty drums. The first step was to jack up the car, support the rear axle on blocks, and chock the front wheels so the car couldn’t move. 1 With the wheel out of the way, here’s what our drums looked like. The next step was to remove the drums, which can be tough, but there are a few tricks to make it easier. Before you proceed, make sure your car is in neutral and the park brake is fully released. 5 3 If the drum doesn’t just slide right off, I first smack it with a hammer to break any rust that may be holding the drum to the axle. Best bet is to aim for the area between the wheel studs and give it a few good smacks in a couple of spots (but don’t hit the studs, or else you may damage their threads). Next, I try to rotate the drum while pulling on it, as sometimes it’ll act like a screw and walk itself off as it turns. Failing all that, I just remove the adjustment plug, usually at the bottom rear of the backing plate, and use a brake spoon to back off the shoe adjustment so the drum can come off. One of these slid off, and the other required adjusting the shoes down. 4 Here’s what you’ll find behind the drum: two brake shoes, held in place with a handful of return and retainer springs, some clips and other hardware, a threaded adjuster at the bottom, and a selfadjuster designed to keep the brakes adjusted correctly. Be sure to put on some gloves and safety glasses here, as brakes are dirty, and sometimes retainer springs can get away from you if you’re not careful. Our brakes weren’t worn out all the way, but it was time for some new shoes. Getting the old shoes off re- quires removing their return springs. Don’t try to do this job with improvised tools. It’ll take all day and you’ll end up bleeding. Instead, get a drum-brake spring tool, such as Snap-On’s P/N 131A — I think it’s the best in the business. May–June 2020 29


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WRENCHING: HOW TO (A) (B) 6 A brake spring tool has two ends that make this process easy. The first, for removal, has a little tab that looks like this (A). Placing it over the stud, you rotate it (B), which lets the tab grab the hooked end of the spring. Then you pry to work it loose. In this case, I started with the blue spring, then did the yellow. With all drum brakes, it helps to only work on one wheel at a time — the other side can serve as a roadmap for reassembly. 7 9 On a Ford system, this cable is used as part of the self-adjuster, which cinches up the adjustment every time the car is driven in reverse and the brakes are applied. It rides in a grooved retainer plate that’s held in place with the yellow return spring. I went ahead and removed all of it. With the return springs out of the way, the next step was to remove the shoe retainers and the shoes themselves. A steel pin passes through the backing plate and up the center of each of these retainers — a pair of pliers can work here, or a special tool designed for the task, like what I used. Just be sure to hold the pin at the rear while compressing the spring, and turn whichever tool you’re using to release. 30 AmericanCarCollector.com 8 10 This metal bar below the wheel cylinder is the parking-brake link, which applies pressure from the park-brake cable evenly to both brake shoes. Note its placement, and where the spring sits, facing the front of the car in this case. Once the retainers were re- moved, the shoes basically fell off the backing plate. However, the rear shoe hangs from the park-brake cable, like this. You’ll need to compress the park-brake cable spring to remove the cable from the brake-shoe assembly, then it will all come apart.


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 11 Here’s a neat trick to make your life easier: Take a pair of needle-nose Vise Grips and wiggle them between the park-brake cable end and the spring. Compress the spring about an inch up the cable and then clamp the Vise Grips shut and leave them there. This will hold the spring back for you, which makes both disassembly and reassembly a breeze. 12 With the shoes and springs removed, I hosed down the brake backing plate with brake-parts cleaner — after making sure I had an oil bucket underneath to catch the dirty cleaner. 13 Whenever you’re replacing drum-brake parts, wheel cylinders are a must. Why? Because as they wear down, they allow moisture into your brake-system hydraulics, and that causes rust and leaks — and that’s especially bad when your car is pre-1968 and has a single-circuit system with only one master-cylinder reservoir for both the front and rear brakes. Cylinders are cheap, so replace them. I started by loosening the brake line with a line wrench, and then I removed the two bolts that hold the cylinder in place. 15 Some cars’ cylinders are inter- 14 Even if your cylinders look new, pull back the rubber boot slightly and inspect for leaks. If it’s wet behind the rubber, replace or rebuild the cylinder. You might find it’s full of sludge, like this one was — this is caused by water entering the system at the cylinder. changeable from side to side. The Mustang wasn’t. I cracked open the bleeder valve slightly before installing these, as compressing the cylinder with the bleeder closed and the line hooked up will pump the air inside the empty cylinder back into the brake line. Rule of thumb: Always start the hard line first, then install the two retaining bolts, then snug down the hard line. Be sure to use a line wrench. 32 AmericanCarCollector.com


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16 The park-brake system on a Ford works via an arm that’s fastened to the rearmost brake shoe with a horseshoe clip — I needed to remove this arm so I could reinstall it on the new brake shoe. I used a flat-blade screwdriver, utilizing the shoe itself as a place to pry, and was careful not to lose the spring washer that sits between the shoe and the arm. 17 For under $10, a hardware kit is a smart buy, as it comes with everything you’ll need to reinstall your brakes without needing to clean and reuse the old parts. This kit came with new horseshoe clips as well. 18 The brake shoes I chose are a combination ceramic and semimetallic design, which give great bite, long wear resistance and low noise. After matching the replacement brake shoes to verify I had the right one (the shoe with the smaller friction material goes in front), I then reinstalled the park-brake arm and the new retainer clip. A pair of pliers clamp it in place. 20 There are six raised surfaces on 19 Next up is the adjuster, which really just needed to be cleaned and lubed with high-temp grease so it turned easily. I then adjusted it all the way in, which made reinstallation easier. the brake backing plate that each brake shoe contacts. I made sure these were all clean and smooth. You can dab each with high-temp grease if you want, but keep it off the surface of the brake shoe. May–June 2020 33


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 21 Hanging the shoes was simple, starting with the rear shoe and the park-brake cable, then the shoe retainers. 22 This end of the brake tool made installation easy. I simply hooked the spring over the tool, placed the tool’s tooth on the peg, and pulled up. The spring slid down the tool and into place. After installation, I closed the wheel-cylinder bleeders. 23 With everything reinstalled, this is what you should see. Next up is resurfacing the drum, which can be handled by any local auto shop and even some parts stores. They’ll also measure your drums to make sure they’re still in spec before they cut them. Depending on how many times they’ve been resurfaced over the years, you may need to replace them. 34 AmericanCarCollector.com


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WRENCHING: HOW TO 24 Now to handle those rusty drums. In this case, after having them resurfaced, I wire-brushed them and then hit them with a coat of high-temp black caliper and drum paint from VHT. This stuff won’t burn off like regular paint would under braking heat, so it’s perfect for this application. After the paint dried, I adjusted the shoes up to where I could just start to feel them dragging on the drum when rotating it. 25 26 Those wheel cylinders were full of air, so the next step was to bleed the system, starting at the passenger’s side rear. I filled the master and got a friend to work the pedal while I worked the bleeder. If the pedal feels firm but is low, you can raise it by adjusting the brake shoes up a little tighter. The final step, after checking for leaks, was to reinstall the wheels and torque them appropriately. The pedal was nice and firm, and after a few break-in miles, these drums will be better than new. If you keep them clean, properly adjusted, and inspect them from time to time, drum brakes will serve you well for years — and as long as you don’t overheat them, they’ll stop you when you need them to.A 36 AmericanCarCollector.com


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READERS’ FORUM Crowdsourcing Answers to Your Car Questions Contact us at: American Car Collector, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 or online at comments@americancarcollector.com How Will COVID-19 Change Classic-Car Values? This month’s Readers’ Forum question: The world is a very different place than it was just one month ago. You’re likely home a lot more now than you were before, and for many of us, those old cars in our garages have become a great focus of attention while we protect ourselves and wait for the outside world to normalize. But with auctions and events canceled or postponed, there’s a looming question about value. The global market is seeing some extreme flux related to the virus and investors’ concerns, and many of our regular data points to reference, at least in the world of old cars, are on hold. We’ll be out of this mess soon enough, and when we come out on the other side, what do you think the impact will be on classic-car values? Is that old car you’re working on even more dear to you now than it was before? Will you be selling it for something different as soon as you can? Will the “life is short” crowd finally pull the trigger on those cars they’ve always wanted? Will the market struggle to regain its footing, or was that footing too solid to be shaken? Here’s how you responded: Readers respond: On Sunday afternoon, March 15, following the Federal Reserve’s unscheduled interest-rate cut, a pundit on a cable financial-news channel said, “We’ve never seen anything like this before.” It’s been repeated over and over again. The irony of that statement is that the exact same words were spoken after the ’29 market crash, Pearl Harbor, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Crash of ’87, the AIDS crisis, the tech bubble, 9/11, and the financial meltdown of ’08–09. Certainly the coronavirus situation involves our health on a wide scale, but so did 9/11, when each of us thought we’d be killed the next day, and months, thereafter. One could not access a medical test to find out. As for Pearl Harbor, on Monday, December 8, 1941, do you think 38 AmericanCarCollector.com anyone would believe that someday, the best-selling car in America would be Japanese? So here we are, holed up in our houses, 79 years later, and cars are becoming electrified and autonomous. Perhaps, as one of my clients mused, it’s the time to reassess our relationships and quieter times, not unlike after 9/11. This would include enjoying cars as our hobby. Once we “come out on the other side,” as is the other COVID-19 cliché, the act of driving and its inherent freedom will be even more appreciated. And those of us who appreciate cars, Classic, Brass Era, special interest and otherwise, will take more pleasure and yearn for models yet to be owned, or even appreciated from afar. In Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, Al Joad’s connection to the


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Hudson Super 6 is described as his becoming “the soul of the car.” Hopefully, others may be as lucky as some of us have been by finding the car of one’s soul. We’ll get through this situation, as we have in the past, and the collector-car hobby will flourish. Remember, when we wake up in the morning, you can honestly say, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” — Thomas G. Ferrara, MBA, Pound Ridge, NY Classic-car values will plummet, as the economy will not return to “normal” for a very long time. Pretty great time to be a buyer if you can catch a falling knife at the right time. — Paul Gelpi, via email It will, much like any event that impacts the economy. People are unemployed; others have lost chunks of their IRAs and other investments. It would be naive to believe this won’t have an impact. With that said, the best of the best will still command value, but the suspect could lose in big, ugly ways. Scanning Bring a Trailer, the volume of no-sales seems higher than usual. However, only they can tell us, ’cause I haven’t been keeping a running tally! Oh, and things will rebound quickly. If I was out to sell, I would wait four or five months. — Andy Bogus, San Pedro, CA If the stock market is the fickle woman and is all pouty over this scare, then the old-car market is the trusted old friend that stands beside you through thick and thin. I’m betting that my beautiful ’69 Chevelle SS 396/375 4-speed will be worth much more when this scare is all over. But then again, who cares? I would never sell her for any price anyhow. P.S. — I held on to all my stocks also. Everyone please stay healthy through this crisis. And God bless America. — Donald Donadio Jr., Butler, NJ The short- to medium-term impact on car values will be rather severe. There will be a lack of liquidity in the market due to the stock market pullback, and people tend to hoard cash in times like these. Also, those needing cash and having it tied up in a car collection don’t have the auction houses to use to find a buyer and may be apt to discount prices to raise cash. But in the long run, I believe the market will rebound as our economy recovers and liquidity returns. At this point, I plan to enjoy my collection and will do my best to avoid selling anything at a perceived discount. — Gary Johnson, via email Bottom line: It all depends on how long it takes for things to normalize. — Andrew, via email Wait it out… this, too, shall pass! — Henry Carlson, via email All great art holds its value! — Jon Hagstrom, via email We see them a little softer in the short term. But once we get this virus in our rear-view mirror, all quality classic cars will firm up pretty quickly. Maybe even higher? — Jack Wallace, via email I also collect vintage guitars. When the market tanked in 2008, so did the guitar market. It has not fully recovered since. Same thing may happen with old cars. They were saying on the news today that if this stuff goes away by summer, it may come back next fall. Bodes ill for the Scottsdale auctions. Also, if a lot of old folks succumb (I’m We’ll get through this situation, as we have in the past, and the collector-car hobby will flourish. 79) there may not be so many people interested in older cars. I’m just detailing mine, hoping for the best. — Mike Obermeyer, via email I’d like to think that the “life is short” crowd will energize the market, but my own feeling is that values will decline, and if so, more of us will hang on to our cars and ditch the idea of selling them for the foreseeable future. — Henry Carlson, via email The high-end market will be fine as those buyers never seem to lose their jobs or suffer like most of the rest of us. The under-$50k market will take a big hit. Keep an eye on the Indy auction, if it doesn’t get canceled or rescheduled. I bet sales and prices will be way down — just my thoughts. I sold most of my cars two years ago and my street rod in November. I plan on keeping my remaining cars until I’m not allowed to drive anymore. It will be a good year to drive them when gas goes down to $1 a gallon next month. Shine ’em up and drive them! — Jane Brooks, via email The overall outlook looks fairly solid for collector cars right now. Traditionally the marketplace has done extremely well during periods of economic downturn, because not only are cars overall more stable than things like the stock market, they are also tangible, which can increase investors’ comfort levels. This is apparent if you examine the marketplace from 2007 to 2014. Additionally, with things like sports and restaurants and other means of entertainment off the table, collector cars will likely become an escape for people. Trapped inside with nothing to do? All of a sudden that project that’s 80% of the way done in the corner of the garage — or that random car you’ve always wanted that you just spotted for sale at a crisis discount with a dealer online — becomes a lot more attractive. Also, collector cars are physically safe. Chances of contracting coronavirus while working on your car or taking it for a drive are very low. All things considered, and comparatively speaking, collector cars look like a bright spot in the middle of this mess. — Darin Roberge, via email A May–June 2020 39


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CHEAP THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson MUSCLE on the CHEAP Y ou want a muscle car. Here’s the problem: You only have $10k to spend. What can you really get in today’s market for that kind of coin? Will it be a hidden gem or a problem-filled pile? Let’s explore. Parts or whole? First, lose those rose-colored glasses. Want a ’Cuda, first-gen Camaro or ’69 Mustang? Your best hope is a running parts car. Of course, that purchase price is just the down payment on a big stack of receipts needed to make it usable, unless your end game is yard art to mow around. For our purposes, we need a looser definition of “muscle car.” So here are the criteria: mid-size body with a large-displacement V8 under the hood when new, decent paint that buffs out glossy, two doors, was built before the OPEC oil embargo and can burn rubber long enough to call a “muscle car” with a straight face (our Thrill Level). The target? Driver-grade cars in 3 or 3- condition. With that, here’s what I’d recommend: What are your options for $10k muscle? Hope you like bench seats At left, the original catalog image for a Buick Skylark GS thin-pillar coupe. It’s so rare that a photo of 1966 hard top (right) is the closest we can find 1966 Buick Skylark Gran Sport 2-door sedan Buick’s first true muscle came in 1966 with the Gran Sport — an option package of the Skylark that featured a 401-ci Nailhead. For this inaugural year, the 2-door sedan (or “coupe” in Buick parlance) was the low-price leader over the hard top and convertible. It was also the preferred body for drag racers and the rarest of the three body styles, with only 1,835 built — but it’s the least desirable. Low-option bench-seat examples in driver grade tend to trade at or a touch below our $10k ceiling. Identical 1967s will only drop into four-figure sales if they are rough #4 or worse cars; dual-mastercylinder brakes, collapsible steering column, and just “hey, it’s a 1967” boost that year’s value. Best condition you can hope for: 3 THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson MUSCLE on the CHEAP Y ou want a muscle car. Here’s the problem: You only have P THRILLS B. Mitchell Carlson MUSCLE on the CHEAP Y ou want a muscle car. Here’s the problem: You only have $10k to spend. What can you really get in today’s market for that kind of coin? Will it be a hidden gem or a problem-filled pile? Let’s explore. Parts or whole? First, lose those rose-colored glasses. Want a ’Cuda, first-gen Camaro or ’69 Mustang? Your best hope is a running parts car. Of course, that purchase price is just the down payment on a big stack of receipts needed to make it usable, unless your end game is yard art to mow around. For our purposes, we need a looser definition of “muscle car.” So here are the criteria: mid-size body with a large-displacement V8 under the hood when new, decent paint that buffs out glossy, two doors, was built before the OPEC oil embargo and can burn rubber long enough to call a “muscle car” with a straight face (our Thrill Level). The target? Driver-grade cars in 3 or 3- condition. With that, here’s what I’d recommend: What are your options for $10k muscle? Hope you like bench seats At left, the original catalog image for a Buick Skylark GS thin-pillar coupe. It’s so rare that a photo of 1966 hard top (right) is the closest we can find 1966 Buick Skylark Gran Sport 2-door sedan Buick’s first true muscle came in 1966 with the Gran Sport — an option package of the Skylark that featured a 401-ci Nailhead. For this inaugural year, the 2-door sedan (or “coupe” in Buick parlance) was the low-price leader over the hard top and convertible. It was also the preferred body for drag racers and the rarest of the three body styles, with only 1,835 built — but it’s the least desirable. Low-option bench-seat examples in driver grade tend to trade at or a touch below our $10k ceiling. Identical 1967s will only drop into four-figure sales if they are rough #4 or worse cars; dual-master- cylinder brakes, collapsible steering column, and just “hey, it’s a 1967” boost that year’s value. Best condition you can hope for: 3 1966 1966 Plymouth Belvedere I 2-door sedan


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This is what most folks want from a 1966 Dodge Coronet 2-door post — a monster Hemi under the hood. It just so happens that this one is actually one of the real ones 1966–67 Dodge Coronet/Coronet Deluxe or Plymouth Belvedere I 2-door sedans* These are the biggest bang for the buck in Mopar muscle. A lot of folks are cold to the blocky “boxcar,” hence the lower demand, but some of us like cars styled like cinder blocks. Near the bottom of the range are the 2-door sedans. Even at our $10k low-cloud ceiling, you can still find a presentable 361-ci (1966 being its final year) and 383-ci-powered 2-door posts. Original 361 cars are hard to find these days. Many were swapped with Hemis. 1967 was the first year of the RB 400 (as in Raised Block) — good luck finding a driver-grade example of one of those for under $10k. Just be prepared for all your buddies constantly asking you, “When ya gonna put a Hemi in ’er?” Just punch the throttle and leave ’em in tire smoke. Best condition you can hope for: 3 Thrill level: How far is it between stoplights? Best place to be seen: Waiting in line to screen-test for the “Adam-12” remake *(with 361 or 383 engines) Part narc car, part good-ol’ boy moonshine car, a base-trim 1969 Fairlane 2-door Formal hard top looks like nothing but business 1968–69 Ford Fairlane/Fairlane 500 2-door hard top 390 In 1968, the all-new Fairlane became an entry-level model, while the new Torino sat at the upper half of the mid-sized pecking order. The Torino got more performance and comfort goodies, but you could still get a 2-door formal hard top and fastback in both series and most engines. That included Cobra Jet 428s and the FE-block 390. Don’t assume all 390s are S-code 325-hp 4-barrels — the Y-code 265-hp 2-barrel was also on the option list. But if you find a decent enough Y-code for under $10k, you could always swap the intake and carb. Sure, a 428 or 429 would be more potent than a 390, but they will be in five-digit selling prices for anything that actually drives. The 390 wasn’t the hottest thing out there, but they’ve got good low-end torque. You and your local tire dealer might become best buds after some tuning and tweaking. Best condition you can hope for: 3 Thrill level: 35 feet Best place to be seen: Paddock parking at any NASCAR event 1973 Pontiac LeMans GTO This was the one and only year the GTO was available throughout the 1973–77 “Colonnade” generation. Those magical three letters got you the 4-barrel 400-ci V8 as standard (advertised as 250 hp), but you could also get the T/A’s same optional 250-hprated 455 V8. Every GTO had dual exhaust from the facto Too many folks have been hating on these since the 19 to kindle, so 100 dead Benjamins will get you a pretty up coupe. A Sport Coupe (with louvered rear-quarter window features) tends to run a little richer (as do the 455-powere With good negotiating skills, $10k is possible for 3+ ca like the rest of our profiled cars, a middle-ground 3-condi car is more likely at our $10k limit. If you can find one. Undoubtedly, some 1980 Turbo Trans Am owner has likely plucked the motor out of any trashed example you find in a wrecking yard — with Dio playing on a nearby boom-box just loud enough to muffle his cursing GM for p ting those badges on a friggin’ LeMans. But hey, if you think this was an abomination to those t letters, there’s always the Nova-based 1974 Ventura GTO w Aussie Goats have a Corvette LS motor under their hoods Best condition you can hope for: 3+ (3 for LeMans Sport Coupe with GTO package; 3- for 455 cars) Thrill level: 10 or 25 feet Best place to be seen: Concours d’LemonsA Art Fitzpatrick did such a great job with automotive art for Pontiac from the 1950s through 1970s that even the 1973 LeMans GTO package looks good with his rendering May–June 2020 41


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HORSEPOWER Jay Harden BUCKING the S First gen: The 1969 Ford Bronco lineup How will the new Bronco’s arrival affect the booming market for originals? hakespeare may have melted the hearts of star-crossed lovers when he wrote, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/ By any other name would smell as sweet,” but he was clearly no marketing man. Take the name “Bronco,” for example. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past couple of years, you’ve likely been inundated with news blurbs and Internet rumors of the impending return of Ford’s iconic nameplate. There have been so many “leaked” renderings and spy photos circulating online that I’m beginning to wonder if anyone at Ford even bothers to lock the doors at night. Do you think people would be as excited about this new four-by if it were being called an Explorer? I doubt it. The notion of legacy and its impact on consumers can be bewildering sometimes, but it can’t be denied. Anything you can do… All this excitement about the new Bronco got me thinking about the old Bronco, which I guess is the point. We’ve watched sale prices of the first-gen Broncos skyrocket over the past 15 years, but I can’t help but wonder what will happen to the oldies once the new ones hit the lot. A while back I hypothesized that Jeep CJ-7 values were languish- ing in the doldrums when compared to the dramatic rise of similarvintage four-bys such as the Bronco, Blazer and Scout because a modern version was readily available. And more importantly, the modern version encapsulated the essence of the original in a safer, more comfortable and more reliable package. If you want to drive a Jeep, what can an old one do that a new one can’t do better? Similarly, if the new Bronco can deliver an old-Bronco experience 42 AmericanCarCollector.com without all the old-Bronco quirkiness, is it safe to assume old-Bronco prices will finally stabilize or even start to head south? To answer that question, I looked at the trend lines for the four other classic SUVs at the forefront of the market to get a grasp on where the first-gen Bronco market is headed. I looked at the first-gen Chevy K5 Blazer (1969–72), the Jeep Wagoneer (1963–91), the International Scout (1961–80), and the Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40 (1960–84). And yes, I realize the FJ is not an American-made automobile, but it is an essential comparison nonetheless. The first thing we need to recognize here is that the vintage-SUV market is on fire, with no model surging as strongly as the Bronco. In the early- to mid-2000s, first-gen Broncos were trading consistently between $5k and $10k. The prices never faltered during the If the new Bronco can deliver an old-Bronco experience without all the old-Bronco quirkiness, is it safe to assume old-Bronco prices will finally stabilize or even start to head south? volatile years between 2005 and 2010. Instead, sale prices doubled while almost everything else in the market corrected. By 2015, sale prices had crept up another 30%–40% to about $30k, but that’s when things really got crazy. Prices for first-gen Broncos have tripled in the past five years. In comparison, Chevrolet’s first-gen K5 Blazer comes closest to matching the Bronco’s meteoric rise, but it neither started as low nor has climbed so high. The first decade of the century saw K5s consis- TREND Courtesy of Ford Motor Co.


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tently trading in the $10k to $15k range, with average values climbing into the low-$20k range by 2015. As with the Bronco, the past five years have been bonkers for K5s, with prices again tripling, now into the $60k-plus range. The International Scout and Jeep Wagoneer are worth mentioning here as well because they too have surged in value over the past 10 to 15 years, albeit a bit more erratically than our front-runners. Following along the same curve as the Bronco and K5, Scouts and Wagoneers are both trading at three to four times what they earned 10 to 15 years ago, but at a much lower price point and without the all-in confidence the Bronco and K5 have inspired. What’s old is new again What’s interesting here is that the valuation surges for all four of these vintage SUVs are nearly identical in slope — particularly in the case of the Bronco and K5. They’ve risen together with key market upturns that are fully in sync with one another. What’s also interesting is that none of these models have modern-day equivalents. Which brings me to the CJ and FJ. When we compare the sale-price trends for Jeep CJ-7s and Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40s over the past 20 years to those of the four other models, a stark contrast jumps right off the page. The CJ-7s, as I mentioned before, missed the invitation to the vintage-SUV upswing, and have been trading consistently between $5k and $15k since the turn of the century. More interesting than that, they were not spared the market correction of 2008 the way the other off-roaders were. Surprisingly, the FJ-40’s trendline matches that of the CJ very closely, albeit about $15k higher up on the graph. What I think is most interesting about the FJ, and the reason that I thought its inclusion here was necessary, is just how similar it is to a first-gen Bronco 1972 Ford Bronco in dimension, capability and experience. They’re also both iconic nameplates that forever shaped the face of an industry. Why, then, are their value trajectories so divergent? Do new FJs and Land Cruisers have something to do with it? My guess is yes. So, does a rose by any other name really smell as sweet? I think first-gen Bronco owners and prospective buyers would be wise to think long and hard about that question. My guess is that no matter in what production quality the new Bronco is presented, we’ll see a quick uptick in first-gen Bronco prices. However, if the new Bronco is any good, and lessons learned through the success of the Raptor means it likely will be, my guess is that the booming old-Bronco market should prepare to finally be put out to pasture. A Courtesy of Ford Motor Co. May–June 2020 43


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ON THE ROAD Elana Scherr WORK FROM there are just so many things to do. With limited wrenching time on weekends and evenings, the F priority of projects is usually based on which part is closest to falling off on the freeway during Monday’s commute, followed by which eBay New Old Stock purchase came in today’s mail. Now, though, we can work on anything. How to choose? Pick your project You might think that our first order of business would be finishing up the Trans Am, and tackling the leaks on the Opel GT and the ’93 Cummins truck, both of which — the leaks, I mean — have been around long enough to qualify for tenure. Yup, that would certainly be sensible. We started out with good intentions. We got the 301 in the Pontiac running like a champ. The turbo lights in the hood go on, the “check engine” light in the dash stays off. It was good enough to go for a test drive — and discover the transmission is fried. So, while we source a Turbo 350C, we’ve moved on to another project. 44 AmericanCarCollector.com or reasons that will hopefully be old news by the time you’re reading this, Tom and I have a lot more work-in-the-garage time these days. You wouldn’t think too much time would be a problem, but HOME If you’re stuck at home with time to work on a project, you might as well go big Even small projects turn into big ones when you’ve got a D700 in the backyard Is it the Manx buggy in the back corner? A buggy would be fun to rip around the neighborhood in — we could do our best Steve McQueen “Thomas Crown Affair” impersonation. Is it the Barracuda under the car cover in the front garage? All that needs is a little carb cleaning and some race gas and we could join the teenage drifters down in the parking lot on the corner for midnight doughnuts. Oh my friends, do you not know us by now? We go big. Dodge D700 big. Ramping up Yes, it was clearly the time to pull our 1971 Dodge ramp truck out of the back corner of the yard. To be fair, this started out as a reasonable decision. We have a race car, a 1976 “Spirit of 76” Dart Lite that has been a drag car for the past 25 years. Even before the motorsports freeze, we haven’t been racing much, so it made sense to put it up on the back of the hauler to clear up space and keep it high and dry. That all went according to plan. The winch on the hauler still works, and the scoop on the Dart just barely cleared the overhang of the ramp box. The original owner of the truck, Pro Stock racer Bobby Yowell, told me that they used to have to take the hood off his Duster to load it up, due to a measurement mistake in building the truck. It gives


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you some idea how big the old Pro Stocker scoops were, especially considering that those cars were lower in the front than my mostly-stock-suspension Dart. The plan was to put the truck right back in its corner once the Dart was loaded up, but first it seemed like a good idea to drain the rusty water and replace it with actual coolant. It’s never good to leave a car sitting with water in the radiator and block — although that didn’t seem to have bothered the owner before us. Opening the hood to get to the radiator made it obvious that the hinges were shot, and we couldn’t bear having it sit there, visible from the kitchen window with a crooked hood. A wiser mechanic might suggest simply turning the truck to face away from the window, but that person would miss out on the fun of lifting off a hood the size of Rhode Island, and even better, reinstalling that hood with new hinges after welding and re-drilling the hinge holes to replace the rusted-out mounts. Those rusted mounts meant the hood was flapping around for whoever had the truck between Yowell and us, and an attempt to straighten out the latch broke it right off. So, more welding. Why isn’t it turning? During this time of moving the truck back and forth in the yard, it was hard not to notice a lack of power steering. While we could have considered it a weight-training exercise, instead it became the next day’s adventure. Speaking of weight training, every nut on the suspension required the biggest, longest wrenches in the toolbox. We had so much leverage on that thing I’m surprised we didn’t slow down Earth’s rotation and add a few more seconds to each day. The power steering on the medium- With a hood the size of Rhode Island, it’s appropriate that the state motto is “Hope” duty Dodge trucks of that era is powerassisted manual. It’s sort of an oddball setup, so working on it takes a little bit of detective work. How did we ever repair things before cell-phone-camera photos? “Hey, E, which way did that seal go in? Where’s the picture?” became a common refrain. I highly recommend taking photos at each stage of disassembly if you’re working on an unfamiliar system with lots of parts. Because this is not our first or only Dodge D700, we had many of the hoses and bearings in stock, and what we didn’t have we either cleaned up and reused, or if it was missing altogether — like the leather boot to seal one of the steering linkages — we made a replacement out of an old pigskin work glove. Just like the pioneers did when they had to fix their Dodge D700s on the Oregon Trail. The goal for this week is to finish it up and take it for a drive. There’s no racetrack to haul the car to as I write this, but I’m hoping that by the time you read it, we’re all back in action. And maybe then I’ll stay home and fix the leak in the Opel. A May–June 2020 45


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Fuelie Factor CORVETTE PROFILE by Tom Glatch 1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 283/283 Lucas Scarfone ©2020, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Is it real or was it built? ACC’s Premium Auction Database yields a trove of information VIN: E57S104676 • One of just 1,040 Fuelies built for 1957 • Comprehensively restored in 2011 • Superbly presented and ready for anything ACC Analysis This car, Lot 130, sold for $81,200, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction on March 6, 2020. It was offered with no reserve. Chevrolet’s small fold-out brochure for the 1957 model condensed the Corvette experience into one word: FUN! The 1956 models brought the Corvette’s sports car mission into focus: updated body styling with roll-up glass windows and a real convertible top, the secondyear 265-ci V8, smooth 3-speed manual, and improved suspension. But the 1957 Corvette finally turned fun into FUN! How? Two firsts: the optional Rochester “Ram Jet” mechanical fuel injection and a 4-speed manual, available mid-year. Fuel injection was a hot topic in 1957. Open-wheel and sports-racing machines were transitioning to FI. Chrysler and American Motors sold a few cars with highly problematic Bendix electronic FI systems (and recalled them to install carbs). But GM’s Rochester system, designed by the brilliant John Dolza, was elegantly simple, and worked amazingly well for such a new concept. It added horsepower over carbureted versions of the new 283 V8, and it also prevented fuel flooding and starvation when driven hard. Road & Track recorded 0–60 in 5.7 seconds with 132 mph top speed in a 283/283, stating, “The data are unequalled by any other production sports car.” 46 AmericanCarCollector.com Burden of proof Just 756 283-hp models were built out of 6,334 Corvettes in 1957. The market reflects that: The SCM/ ACC 2020 Pocket Price Guide shows the median for 1957 283-hp Corvette is $97,500, while exceptional vehicles sell for as much as $170,000. What makes those top-selling Corvettes so much more valuable than a comparably restored Fuelie? Invariably it’s Bloomington Gold or NCRS Top Flight certification. First-generation Corvettes are exceedingly difficult to document. The VIN number simply indicates that it is a Corvette and nothing more. Unlike most vehicles, including later-generation Corvettes, there is no trim or equipment tag to indicate how a C1 Corvette came from the factory. That’s the beauty of certification. Bloomington Gold states: “A GOLD CERTIFIED car appears as it would just after completion of ‘typical factory production.’” It means that a Corvette has been preserved or restored within 95% of the way it appeared when it left the factory — no better, no worse, no different. Bloomington Gold’s standards for authenticity and condition are clear — the goal is to attain historic perfection, not cosmetic perfection. The National Corvette Restorers Society states: “NCRS does not consider the restoration or replacement of components as counterfeit as long as the intent is to restore the car to its former or original state as it left the factory.” Without an original window sticker, bill of sale or factory build sheet, there is no way of knowing what the correct paint, trim or options are. At the very


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least, Bloomington Gold requires the owner to attest that to the best of their knowledge, their Corvette is equipped as it was from the factory. Some buyers, desiring the very best Corvette possible, will gladly pay the premium for this accuracy. Beyond a reasonable doubt But what about the enthusiast who wants a nice Corvette yet doesn’t want to shell out $100k? Most previous owners didn’t keep the original documents, and today there is no evidence to support what many Corvettes really were. Our Aztec Copper ’57 is a perfect example. It has no awards from NCRS or Bloomington Gold. Is it one of the 452 that left the factory in this paint color? Is it even one of the 756 283-hp FI cars? What’s a potential bidder to do? The ACC Premium Auction Database can yield a trove of information. Searching VIN E57S104676 returned three previous entries. The oldest, from an eBay/Kruse auction in 2002 (ACC# 25965), stated: “23-year-old frame-off nutand-bolt rotisserie restoration, same owner 25 years. Fuel injected, numbers matching including motor, transmission, fuel injection, generator. 283 with 283 hp (one of only 43), factory 4-speed (first year), factory radio delete, rare tan interior. Texas car.” While some of the data is circumspect — this clearly is not one of the 43 “Air Box” fuel-injected competition cars, and 1,315 ’57s had the “tan” (actually beige) interior — I’m now much more confident this is a true Fuelie 4-speed, though the complete entry stated the Corvette was black at the time. It also was a no-sale at $47,000. The next result is this car’s sale at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015. Barrett-Jackson’s site shows the Corvette looking exactly as today and selling for $106,700 with claimed matching numbers (ACC# 257945). Finally, E57S104676 was a no-sale at $85,000 at Mecum’s Chicago auction in October 2019 (ACC# 6921330). So, a little sleuthing delivered important information: two thorough restorations, photos showing the radio-delete option, and claimed long ownership and numbers-matching components way back in 2002. Dealing with a major auction house like RM Sotheby’s is also important. They have a reputation to maintain, and they state, “Our team works hard to make sure all lots we offer are fully researched and historically accurate.” They call the engine “reportedly original to the car.” One other fact comes out: E57S104676 sold in 2020 for almost $25k less than in 2015, and $16,300 under median. Perhaps the Aztec Copper paint limits its appeal? Maybe the resto-mod movement is continuing to diminish interest in restored vintage Corvettes — after all, median prices for ’57 Fuelies are down 14% since 2015. All things considered, I’d say this beautifully restored — and fun — Corvette was well bought at the price paid.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 convertible Lot 48, VIN: E57S103654 Condition: 2Sold at $106,400 DETAILING Years produced: 1953–62 (C1) Number produced: 756 (1957 283/283) Original list price: $3,756 Current ACC Median Valuation: $97,500 Tune-up/major service: $300 VIN location: Plate on the steering column Engine # location: Pad on front of block below right cylinder head Alternatives: 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 coupe, 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible ACC Investment Grade: A Comps Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/24/2018 ACC# 6877296 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 convertible Lot 11, VIN: E57S102166 Condition: 1 Sold at $125,400 Worldwide Auctioneers, Pacific Grove, CA, 8/17/2017 ACC# 6844468 1957 Chevrolet Corvette 283/283 convertible Lot 144, VIN: E57S101560 Condition: 2 Sold at $126,500 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/2015 ACC# 257483 May–June 2020 47


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GM PROFILE by Nick Jaynes 1986 CHEVROLET CAMARO IROC-Z Retro Z Courtesy of Carlisle Auctions If one third-gen Camaro is destined to rise out of collector-market darkness, it’s the IROC VIN: 1G1FP87F2GN128910 • Highly optioned IROC-Z with very low miles • Outstanding original condition • 5.0-liter V8 engine with tuned port injection • Four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive • Factory T-tops • Deluxe interior with overhead console • Air conditioning ACC Analysis This car, Lot F266, sold for mium, at Carlisle’s Lakeland Winter auction in Lakeland, FL, held February 21–23, 2020. $22,500, including buyer’s preThe Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z was designed and built expressly to destroy the Mustang 5.0. But as has always been the case, the two Pony Cars were similar in many ways. However, the newer Camaro had a few legs up on the Mustang. The Chevy’s sleek body was more aerodynamic than the Ford’s, which had been painstakingly penned during the Carter administration, and the IROC’s interior was far plusher and more modern than that of the Mustang. Track star The Camaro’s dominance of the Mustang contin- ued on the track, where the IROC-Z mopped the floor with the Ford. While the Mustang suffers from excessive body roll, exacerbated by heaps of understeer, the Camaro handles flatly. A dab of additional throttle immediately solves any hint of understeer in the Camaro’s cornering. By comparison, pumping additional fuel into the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 only makes matters worse; more power causes the Fox-body ’Stang to grind its front tires even harder. Despite being better on the track, the Z falls short of the ’Stang in its street manners. The Camaro’s automatic, which most cars had, did the job well enough but wasn’t all that high-performance feeling, while the T-top body was known for flexing when pushed hard, which caused rattles and squeaks. 48 AmericanCarCollector.com


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The Camaro appears to have been designed as if it were destined to be featured in the music video of a hairmetal band — one that couldn’t afford to rent a Ferrari 308 for the day. There’s something oddly appealing about that. Worse yet, the Camaro’s twin rear seats were more akin to a luggage shelf than a bench on which you’d expect full-size humans to sit. Meanwhile, the Mustang can comfortably seat a family of four. That is, if the children are still small. Ultimately, Mustangs and IROC-Zs spent most their time on the street, not on the track. So it makes sense the Ford continued to outsell the Chevy in the arena where it conducted itself more comfortably. On the upswing While the enthusiasm for Fox-body Mustangs has ebbed and flowed over the past 40 years, the third-gen Camaro’s following hasn’t. It’s remained relatively low. However, that’s starting to change. The IROC-Z recently sold at the Carlisle Lakeland Winter auction is a perfect example of the shifting of the tides. It was listed as having “very low miles” (the odometer shows 23,389 miles) and is in “outstanding original condition.” It was optioned with factory T-tops, deluxe interior with overhead console, and air conditioning. Finished in yellow paint, this IROC-Z is a prime example why the make is finally coming into its own. When I showed this auction result to my 33-year- old friend who is both a police officer and a new father, he replied: “That seems about right. But, to be fair, I would never have wanted to own an IROC-Z until right about now anyhow.” I initially laughed off his comment. But it has stuck with me. Like most Pony Car fans, it seems, I had not thought much about the third-gen Camaro — let alone the IROC-Z. But my friend’s interest, albeit mild, wormed its way into my brain. And it got me thinking. A new world Like its contemporary, the C4 Corvette, the third- gen Camaro’s styling has sluffed off most of its social baggage (both good and bad) in the last 30 years. Meanwhile, its lines have aged into a fine retro-chic; it’s cool in an ironic way. By comparison, the Fox-boxy Mustangs look like cheap and dreary economy notchbacks. Sorry, not sorry. The Camaro, however, appears to have been de- signed as if it were destined to be featured in the music video of a hair-metal band — one that couldn’t afford to rent a Ferrari 308 for the day. There’s something oddly appealing about that. Add to that the optional T-tops and a shouty paint color and you have yourself a real winner in the looks department. Rise of the IROC I doubt that the third-gen Camaro will ever enjoy the popularity the Fox-body Mustang has experienced. But if one third-gen Camaro trim level is destined to rise out of the proverbial collector-market darkness, it’s the IROC-Z. It has undeniable track-day performance bona fides — after all, it’s named after the International Race of Champions and was bred from new with higher performance over a standard Z. It doesn’t look like virtually anything else on the road today, save the contemporary Firebird, and although they were produced in large numbers, the IROC-Z was still a special-edition model. So it has some extra noteworthiness baked in. Let me go ahead and warn any prospective buyers: The IROC-Z may have been quicker than the Mustang 5.0 on a track in 1986. However, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be anywhere near as enlivening today by modern automotive standards. So if you do invest in an IROC-Z, get it with the expectations of enjoying it most while either parked or at a gentle cruising speed. Same goes for the Fox-body Mustang, mind you. But at least the IROC-Z is fun to look at. Call this one well bought. A (Introductory description courtesy of Carlisle Auctions.) 1992 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 1LE coupe Lot 1532, VIN: 1G1FP23F9NL107659 Condition: 2 Sold at $46,200 ACC# 6891268 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/12/2019 1984 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 coupe Lot 33, VIN: 1G1AP87G8EL180358 Condition: 2 Sold at $13,750 Dan Kruse Classics, Waco, TX, 3/2/2019 ACC# 6897376 DETAILING Years produced: 1985–90 (IROC-Z) VIN location: Driver’s side base of windshield Number produced: 129,688 Original list price: $11,719 Current ACC Median Valuation: $14,575 Engine # location: On righthand front of block under a/c compressor Alternates: 1983–86 Ford Mustang 5.0, 1982–87 Pontiac Firebird 5.0, 1996–97 Chevrolet Camaro SS ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z coupe Lot 65, VIN: 1G1FP2386LL133859 Condition: 2Sold at $23,100 Worldwide Auctioneers, Houston, TX, 4/21/2018 ACC# 6867659 May–June 2020 49


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FOMOCO PROFILE by John Boyle 1970 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 428 SCJ Super Mustang Courtesy of GAA Classic Cars A top-shelf example that demonstrates that even the most desirable models can still be attainable VIN: 0505R165579 • 428 Super Cobra Jet R-code • Automatic • Power steering • Power disc brakes • Factory shaker hood • Factory oil cooler • Frame-off restoration to show-standards • From the Davis Collection ACC Analysis This car, Lot ST0112, sold for $63,720, including buyer’s pre- mium, at GAA Classic Cars’ Greensboro, NC, sale held February 27–29, 2020. Power stable When introduced in 1969, the new Mach 1 was one of six high-performance Mustangs on offer: GT, Mach 1, Boss 302 and 429, Shelby GT350 and 500. The basic premise was to combine performance, appearance and luxury upgrades into one package. Buyers had five engine choices: the new base in 351-ci 250-hp/2-bbl and 300-hp/4-bbl trim, the venerable 320-hp 390, and a pair of 428 Cobra Jets: Ram Air R-code and the non-Ram Q-code, both rated at 335 hp. Either Cobra Jet could be turned into a “Super Cobra Jet” by ordering the “Drag Pack,” which featured minor internal upgrades, quarter-mile-friendly numerically higher axle ratios and an external oil cooler. 50 AmericanCarCollector.com Visually, the Mach 1 featured a blacked-out hood with NASCAR-style pins, dual chrome exhaust tips, a reflective tape stripe, dual color-keyed mirrors, a deluxe interior with two-tone seats, and wood trim on dash, doors and console. Impressive performance numbers helped bring impressive sales numbers. The Mach 1 was an immediate hit, selling more than 72,000 — nearly a quarter of the 302,000 Mustangs sold that year. It became an icon, the name surviving until 1978 and revived in 2003–04. Sophomore-year blues For 1970, the big Mustang news was the absence of the 390 and indeed the entire GT model, while the Boss 302 was more widely available and, unlike the ’69, even listed in the catalog. The Mach 1 shared the minor body revisions to the ’69 shell, most notably a retreat from quad headlights. The tape stripe was replaced by a large die-cast panel that ran the length of the rockers, a honeycomb applique found its way to the rear panel, and the hood pins were replaced with Shelby-like twist units. 1970 also saw increased competition in the market- place, with the introduction of the second-generation Camaro/Firebird and the Mopar E-body Barracudas/ Challengers. The net result was Mustang sales fell to 191,000, with Mach 1 sales dropping 43% to 41,000. Rich Golisch, editor of Mustangconnection.com, says the fall of the Mach 1 wasn’t as bad as it may


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look. “The actual percentage of Mach 1s sold from total Mustang production isn’t that different, falling from 24% to more than 21%. Also, you have to remember that in 1970, Ford sold about 7,000 Boss 302s, which certainly cannibalized some potential Mach 1 sales that year.” Golisch also notes, “In today’s market, generally a similarly equipped ’69 will sell for more than a ’70. I think some of the ’70–specific elements may hurt it. The performance crowd seems to find the heavy lower side cladding a bit too much.” Well-equipped The GAA Classic Cars example has got to be considered the ultimate spec for a ’70: 428 Ram Air R-code, Drag Pack, 4-speed with an impressive frame-off restoration in the very period G-code Medium Lime. It’s reportedly numbers-matching with supporting documents and Marti Report. The car presents with excellent body lines and chrome and sits on correct wheels and tires. The only deviation from stock is a thin pinstripe that follows the bodyline on the front fenders and door. The interior looks new, with great seat covers, car- pets, instruments and dash. Underhood is likely better than new, spotless with correct factory stamps and stickers and correct hoses, belts and wires. Like many of the cars we see, it has a modern battery in place of the original Autolite — something easily changed. A great buy The ACC Pocket Price Guide gives a $64,000 valuation for a 428-equipped ’70 Mach 1 — a healthy bump over the $39,500 for a 351 car. The price guide reports a recent 7% increase and that looks correct, as five years ago the value ranged from $30k to $46k. The GAA sale is just a bit above the most recent sale of a ’70 428 in our Premium Auction Database: a condition 1- yellow example that brought $58,300 at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast sale in June 2019 (ACC# 6906921). Underscoring the value of this example, it’s cur- rently listed for sale by a large Midwest dealer with an asking price of $79,998. All in all, this was a great buy on a really nice example, and it demonstrates that even top-shelf examples of popular models are still within reach of average enthusiasts.A (Introductory details courtesy of GAA Classic Cars.) 1970 Mustang Mach 1 351 Ram Air Lot F172, VIN: 0F05M183313 Condition: 1Sold at $51,700 ACC# 6906857 Mecum Auctions, Portland, OR, 6/21/2019 1970 Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Lot 723, VIN: 0T05R112897 Condition: 1Sold at $58,300 Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/26/2019 ACC# 6906921 DETAILING Year produced: 1970 Number produced: 40,970 Original list price: $3,271 Current ACC Median Valuation: $64,000 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: Tag under windshield Alternatives: 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 RS, 1970 Dodge Challenger 440, 1970 Plymouth ’Cuda 440 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps Engine # location: Front righthand cylinder bank 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Lot 969 VIN: 9F02R113755 Condition: 2+ Sold at $56,100 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/13/2020 ACC# 6922209 May–June 2020 51


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MOPAR PROFILE by Jeff Zurschmeide 1971 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 340 The Last Affordable Mopar Ken’s Classic Cars, courtesy of GAA Classic Cars Are bargain prices on Dusters an anomaly or a leading indicator? VIN: VS29H1B174859 • Fresh 340-ci 4-bbl engine • 727 automatic transmission • Factory a/c car • Broadcast sheet • New T/A radials • New paint • Factory EV2 Tor-Red (Hemi Orange) • V24 Performance Hood Treatment with engine callout ACC Analysis This car, Lot FR0140, sold for $29,700, including buyer’s pre- mium, at the GAA Classic Cars auction in Greensboro, NC, on February 28, 2020. In every family, there’s a kid who always seems to get overshadowed by his siblings. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the kid, but the older brother just gets all the attention. In the Mopar family, the Duster is that overlooked child. Compared to the GTX, Barracuda, Road Runner and Superbird, or to the Dodge Coronet, Challenger and Charger lineup, the baby-brother Duster just never got much glory. Valiant beginnings The Plymouth Duster was introduced for the 1970 model year as a sportier 2-door fastback version of the workhorse Valiant compact sedan. The basic Duster came equipped with the venerable slant-6 engine in 198- or 225-cubic-inch displacement, but buyers could also upgrade to the 318 or 340 V8 engines. The Duster 340 was the hot rod of the bunch. A Carter 4-barrel carburetor yielded an official rating of 275 horsepower and 340 foot-pounds of torque. Buyers could choose the standard 3-speed manual transmission or upgrade to a 4-speed or a TorqueFlite automatic. Out back, 3.23 gears were standard, but limited-slip 3.55 or 3.91 final-drive gears were avail- 52 AmericanCarCollector.com


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able. The Duster 340 also got a few extra goodies not available on the more-economical trim levels, such as beefier springs, bigger sway bars and Rally wheels. Options included the very desirable pistol-grip shift knob, bucket seats, floor-mount shifter and a tach. Suggested base retail price on a 1970 Duster 340 was $2,547. The formula was reasonably successful, and Plymouth sold 24,817 Duster 340s that year, among more than 200,000 Dusters sold overall. However, the Duster hit the showrooms at the same moment the Barracuda graduated away from its early Valiant underpinnings and got its own E-body classification. The new ’Cuda offered stunning looks and 425 horsepower if you bought the 426 Hemi. Plymouth also released the Road Runner Superbird that year, so it was hard for the Duster to stand out in the Plymouth family. The Duster you want If you’re looking for your first Mopar, or if you just don’t have a Duster to complete your collection, this one would have been a solid choice. After the first year, sales of the Duster 340 dropped to 12,886 in 1971. In 1972, The Duster 340’s horsepower dropped to 240, but sales rose to 15,681, and we all know how it went in the years that followed. The Duster 340 that you want was made in 1970 or 1971 and was originally ordered with all the good stuff. What’s impressive is that you can take your pick of nice Dusters, and the price you’ll pay is generally reasonable. This attractively restored Duster 340 sold for $29,700, and that’s right in the fat part of the bell curve for a Duster of this quality. The orange-overblack color scheme inside and out gives this car the appropriate in-your-face quality that Mopar owners prize, and the car comes with its original “production broadcast” build sheet to document its authenticity. To prove the point about affordability, there were two other Dusters sold at the same GAA Classic Cars auction in February. Lot FR0055 was a 1972 Duster built up as a replica Duster 340 that sold for $24,300, and Lot FR0023 was a well-kept ’73 model that sold for $22,680. Looking through the ACC Premium DETAILING Years produced: 1970–73 Number produced: 24,817 (1970 340 cars) Original list price: $2,547 Current ACC Median Valuation: $22,470 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN Location: Plate at base of windshield Engine # location: Left side of block Auction Database, that’s typical. While a few 1970 models have peaked as high as $48,400 (ACC# 6913604), the vast majority are changing hands under the price of this example. Sign of the times? One final note: At least at this auction, muscle-car prices were generally lagging. There were many 1970s pickup trucks selling at the same price range as this Duster. However, a nice resto-mod 1972 Barracuda with a 440 (Lot FR006) sold for $41,580, which is almost $10k above the ACC Pocket Price Guide median valuation for the model. What does this tell us? Certainly it says that some buyers took home some great deals on Mopar muscle. But more broadly, it seems that the market for resto-mod, replica and even well-restored muscle cars that are not particularly rare may be becoming more selective. My feeling is that there will always be a market for these run-of-the-factory cars, precisely because they are not rare or expensive. A muscle car you can drive and enjoy without con- sidering it part of your retirement portfolio is a good thing to have — especially if you find one with all the right options, like this example. Mopar’s overlooked Cars.) kid can pitch a no-hitter, too.A (Introductory description courtesy of GAA Classic 1970 Plymouth Duster Lot 460, VIN: VL29G0B352683 Condition: 1Sold at $24,200 ACC# 6839558 ACC Investment Grade: C Comps Alternatives: 1967–76 Dodge Dart, 1965–73 Ford Mustang, 1967–73 Chevrolet Camaro Barrett-Jackson, Uncasville, CT, 6/21/2017 1970 Plymouth Duster 340 Lot F76, VIN: VS29H0B184103 Condition: 3 Sold at $30,740 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/8/2012 ACC# 213138 1971 Plymouth Duster 340 Lot S23.1, VIN: VS29H1B191116 Condition: 3+ Sold at $24,750 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 12/2/2010 ACC# 168278 May–June 2020 53


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HOT ROD & CUSTOM PROFILE by Elana Scherr 1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Custom Power Courtesy of Mecum Auctions Over-the-top builds can buck a model’s market trends — but it takes the right buyer VIN: 136371R199132 • Frame-off rotisserie restoration • Procharged 496-ci 800-hp Dart engine • Six-speed manual transmission • Brembo brakes • Air conditioning • Estimated over $200,000 invested in restoration ACC Analysis This car, Lot T169, sold for $82,500, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, FL, on January 2–12, 2020. Mini makeover 1971 saw a mild redesign for the popular Chevelle. The previous year, its sheet metal was squared up, and while the overall body stayed the same for ’71, it did get a mini makeover to stand out from the previous year’s models. Dual headlights became a single “Power-Beam” flanked by cornering lights, and the square rear taillights were redesigned as double rounds, integrated into the bumper. It looks the business, but we must pity the muscle- car manufacturers in 1971. There were mileage concerns, insurance concerns, safety-bumper concerns, lower octanes and lower horsepower ratings all starting to affect design. Luckily for the buyer of a 1971 Chevelle in the year 2020, none of that matters, because you can make any trim level into the performance car of your dreams. That’s basically what was done here. SS who? Despite the Super Sport-style black-out paint job, there’s no double S in the middle of the grille of this Chevelle, nor does it sport a jaunty Bowtie, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s just a plain old base model. Somebody took this car apart inside and out, and what they built would leave even a 1970 SS 454 LS6 in the dust and turn a mean corner at the end of the straightaway. These days, hot-rodding has moved from the straight-line brawlers of Pro-Street to road-raceinspired Pro-Touring builds, where handling and modern street comforts are integrated with old-school muscle car looks and power. This Chevelle build is a mild Pro-Touring setup. It’s still carbureted, it’s not swapped to a modern LS engine, and it doesn’t have any radical frame or suspension work listed. What it does have is an engine bay full of horses, and an interior that looks perfect for daily driving or long road trips. 54 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Pop the cowl-induction hood and shield your eyes from the reflections off an 800-hp Procharger supercharged and intercooled 496-ci Dart big block. The engine bay is dressed up with billet hood hinges and glistening chrome. To make sure that the sparkle also has spark, the ignition system has been upgraded to an MSD 6AL. Behind the big block is a 6-speed manual transmission, so your left foot can join in the driving fun. Announce your arrival through dual turn-down exhaust, and when you’re done painting your name in Nitto 555 tire rubber all over your neighborhood, you can slow it down with four-wheel Brembo disc brakes behind 20-inch Asanti five-spoke wheels. Classic black There’s a reason Chevrolet advertised the Chevelle as “America’s Most Popular Mid-Size Car.” Especially after the body changes in 1968, the Chevelle has been a perfect mix of intimidating bulk and sporty promise. In black, with silver Rally stripes down the deck lid and hood, this Chevelle looks menacing and classy. Its black-and-silver color scheme and modern muscle mash-up continue inside, with bucket seats, 6-speed floor-mounted shifter, white-face gauges, a Billet Specialties steering wheel, air conditioning and a digital stereo system. Much like how home-buyers can be turned on or off by an easily changed detail like the color of the living room, sellers of customized cars are betting on a shopper with similar taste. Changing the paint color on a car isn’t as easy as repainting the den, but things like wheels and engine dress-up items can be swapped out in a day, and because the brakes on this car don’t appear to be family-pizza size, a new owner could go down several sizes if he or she preferred a more traditional musclecar stance. Usable power The hard work has been done here. The super- charger and intercooler routing, the new exhaust, the paint, body and interior all look good, and the finished complete product appears to be a solid car that would stand out at a show while still being a comfortable cruiser to take the family to dinner that evening. A/C and that dual-overdrive transmission are big reasons for that. On paper, at least, this car offers the best of both worlds: performance and usability. So was this a deal? Well, if you’re looking to build something along these lines, sure. Buying someone else’s completed project is almost always cheaper than re-creating it from scratch, even if you end up changing a detail here or there after purchase. The only downside is not knowing every last detail of the build, from the engine through the bodywork. To some, the peace of mind of knowing a car was built “right” is worth the cost of doing that work, even if it’s more expensive than this. This build seems nicely done, but lacks some com- mitment to fully embracing Pro-Touring technology with more-modern suspension and fuel injection. Aside from the beefy V8, it looks a little more extreme than it is, and that may have hurt it with buyers who were looking for a contemporary car in old-school sheet metal. Chevelles of this year, even SS 454 LS5 packages, have an average value of less than $50,000, so even though this car went for below its estimate of $95,000 to $110,000, I’d still say it was fairly well sold. A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) DETAILING Years produced: 1968–72 Number produced: 35,600 base Chevelles (412,889 all models, 1971) Original list price: $3,611 Current ACC Median Valuation: $20,500 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Tag on dash at driver’s A-pillar Engine # location: Pad front in front passenger’s side below cylinder head Alternatives: 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro, 1971 Dodge Charger ACC Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 LS6 Lot 11, VIN: 136370B148471 Condition: 2 Sold at $61,000 Worldwide Auctioneers, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/2020 ACC# 6919194 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Custom Lot 455, VIN: 1383782120909 Condition: 2+ Sold at $46,200 ACC# 6897321 McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, 2/22/2019 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Custom Lot ST0068, VIN: 136370A165212 Condition: 2Sold at $41,605 GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, 10/27/2016 ACC# 6809628 May–June 2020 55


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AMERICANA PROFILE by Carl Bomstead 1952 MUNTZ JET One of a Kind ©2020 courtesy of RM Sotheby’s Muntz and his car were both unique — and this is a great example VIN: 52M230 cars to returning servicemen, as well as Kaisers and Frazers along with his Muntz television sets. He was known all over Southern California for his outrageous radio and television ads that earned him the sobriquet of “Madman Muntz.” The Muntz Jet offered is thought to have been I n 1949, Frank Kurtis started building an aluminum-bodied 2-seater sports car under his own name. However, by 1950 he sold the operation to Earl Muntz, who made his fortune selling used owned by Grace Kelly, although these rumors remain unsubstantiated. It features a removable Carson-type top with a white Iguana-skin-patterned interior and padded dash along with a rare Muntz tape deck. The car is finished in House of Colors purple with just a hint of metallic. ACC Analysis This car, Lot 235, sold for $117,600, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island, FL, auction, held at the Ritz-Carlton on March 7, 2010. The story of the Muntz Jet is as much about the man as it is about the machine. Earl Muntz was born in 1914 and was selling cars when he was in the eighth grade. He became a Chrysler-Plymouth dealer in 1936 and in 1941 opened a used-car lot in Glendale, CA. He soon became the largest used-car dealer in Southern California, partially because of his zany ads. A radio announcer referred to Muntz as “that automotive madman,” and the moniker stuck. His billboards screamed, “I buy ’em retail and sell ’em wholesale. It’s more fun that way.” His radio ads proclaimed, “I want to give my cars away, but Mrs. Muntz won’t let me. She’s craaaazy.” Financial success followed. Used cars, TV and the Jet In late 1945, he became a Kaiser-Frazer dealer. As television was becoming part of the culture, he started 56 AmericanCarCollector.com


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marketing inexpensive television sets. He promoted them with sky writers and invented the term “TV,” as by the time a skywriter wrote the word “Television,” the smoke had blown away. In promoting his televisions, he admonished people to “stop staring at your radio, folks.” In the 1940s, Muntz bought two of Frank Kurtis’ Ford-powered Kurtis sports cars. He liked them so much that he bought all the stock and tooling in the company for $200,000. He stretched the wheelbase to accommodate a back seat and renamed the car the Muntz Jet — and of course fitted a Muntz radio on the console. They were first powered by a Cadillac V8, but due to expense and high-rpm issues, he switched to new Lincoln V8s. He loved bright, bold colors, so a lot of these cars got candy-apple and pastel hues. Muntz claimed that he had produced 394 cars when he ceased operation in 1954, but the total was more likely a couple hundred. The Muntz Jet was sold directly to the public and was priced at a hefty $5,500. Muntz claimed he lost $1,000 on each one sold, which is very likely as hand fabrication, advertising and economies of scale were not in his favor. And besides, a 1953 Cadillac convertible was priced at about $1,400 less. Additional factors leading to its demise were the result of the automotive industry moving on and the stigma of driving a car promoted by a “carny pitchman.” The Muntz Jet was just one of his many endeavors. In addition to new- and used-car operations and television sales, he developed and sold automotive stereos, home air conditioners, videotape recorders and television satellite dishes. He promoted these with his usual unorthodox but successful flair. His personal life was just as bizarre, as he was married and divorced seven times. A great example The Muntz Jet sold by RM Sotheby’s was consigned by Amelia Island Concours founder and Chairman Bill Warner. The car is not his normal fare, and when asked, he stated, “As a youth, I’d spend many Saturday afternoons watching westerns at the local theater. One Saturday, Lash LaRue, one of our western heroes, was out front in his Muntz Jet and gave a number of us a ride around the block. I was hooked.” Bill went on to say that “Lash LaRue always wore black and carried a whip rather than a six-shooter. Think of a modern-day Barry Meguiar with a whip!” Warner acquired his Muntz Jet about 19 years ago. He installed a fresh triple-carb engine that featured rare Edmond heads that took Bill 14 years to find. It was maintained in exceptional condition, but Warner rarely drove it. The car did, however, appear at numerous events, earning an AACA First Junior Award. There are a handful of Muntz Jets listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database, and prices range all over the board. A needs-everything example sold at Mecum’s 2019 Monterey sale for $35,750 (ACC# 6908645), and Bonhams sold a well-restored Muntz Jet at their August 2016 sale for $165,000 (ACC# 6806635). The car offered here was well restored with bold livery, was wicked-quick, and based on prior sales, I’d call it well bought indeed.A (Introductory description courtesy of RM Sotheby’s.) DETAILING Years produced: 1951–54 Number produced: 394 (others claim 198) Original list price: $5,500 Current ACC Median Valuation: $107,500 Tune-up/major service: $200 (estimated) Engine # location: Stamping on right front engine block ACC Investment Grade: B Comps VIN location: Right front frame member Alternatives: 1954 KaiserDarrin, 1952–53 Nash-Healey, 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible 1952 Muntz Jet convertible Lot S129, VIN 52M195 Condition: 3 Sold at $35,750 ACC# 6908645 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2019 1953 Muntz Jet convertible Lot 537, VIN 53M522 Condition: 3Sold at $62,700 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14/2016 ACC# 6804819 1951 Muntz Jet convertible Lot S118, VIN M125 Condition: 4Sold at $54,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2014 ACC# 245094 May–June 2020 57


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RACE PROFILE by B. Mitchell Carlson 1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA YENKO STINGER Earned Stripes Courtesy of Mecum Auctions All Yenko muscle cars got their start from the hot Corvair VIN: 107376W130968 • Yenko Stinger YS043 • One of 100 produced • Previously owned and raced by Jim Schardt of Ohio • Campaigned on the SCCA circuit in the 1970s • One of the most successful Yenko Stinger race cars • Later sold to actor Tim Allen, who kept the car for more than 15 years • Engine and transmission recently rebuilt by Yenko Stinger mechanic Warren Dernoshek • Roll cage with inspection stickers • Documentation from when it was raced, and vintage photos included ACC Analysis This car, Lot F21, sold for $74,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Mecum’s Kissimmee, FL, auction on January 3, 2020. It was offered with no reserve. Don Yenko was a second-generation Chevrolet dealer in western Pennsylvania with a keen interest in road-course racing. While he had success in campaigning Corvettes in SCCA beginning in 1957, by 1965 he was becoming an also-ran behind the Shelby Cobras and GT350s. Eventually, he “got tired of looking at the rear bumper of Mark Donohue’s Mustang.” He was a Chevrolet guy, and he felt there was only one model of theirs in 1965 that he could build into a proper road-course car: the Corvair. What it lacked in brute power out of the box it made up for in superb handling, with a fully independent rear suspension that featured four U-joint half shafts that by that time had replaced the early-model swing-axle design. The power problem was solved as well — Yenko offered these cars in four stages of tuning up to 240 hp. Don certainly wasn’t a stranger to short-run pro- duction, having marketed accessories and doing race prep for Corvettes at his dealership. Yet to make his track-focused Corvair SCCA legal (as they ruled the stock 1965–66 models “sedans” for classification), he needed to make at least 100 Stingers before the 1966 calendar year to be homologated. So in November 1965, after creating the division “Yenko Sportscars Inc.,” Don placed a fleet order through Chevy’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) group for 100 Corvair Corsas. This was a huge leap of faith, as the dealership had averaged about 190 new vehicle sales a year to that point. 58 AmericanCarCollector.com


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Yenko’s COPO cars All 100 were ordered in white with black interiors, equipped with the base Corsa 140-hp engine, optional F41 heavy-duty suspension, M20 4-speed, N44 quick-ratio steering, plus the two “options” that made them unique from all other ’66 Corvairs: dual-mastercylinder brakes (sourced from Cadillac) and a 3.89 Positraction differential (roughly half were fitted with 3.55s due to parts availability). The cars arrived in mid-December, and Yenko’s team scrambled to get them all converted to Stinger specifications. SCCA certified the car for D-Production class — the same class Triumph’s TR4 was dominating. It wasn’t where Yenko wanted them to be, but at least the cars were SCCA race eligible. And race they did, as a constant force in D-production into the 1980s. The lessons Yenko learned in the Stinger homologa- tion program translated into success in his future products — namely the 1967–69 S/C Camaro, 1969 Chevelle 427 and 1970 Deuce Nova. In addition, 25 Monzas were fleet-ordered for a 1967 Stinger production run (as both the Corsa and the quad-carbureted 140-hp engine were dropped that year). Yenko also licensed dealerships to convert Corvairs, in addition to selling later YS tags to allow regular Corvairs to run in SCCA D-Production. None of these cars were COPOs. A visible racer Our example — YS043 — is well known, and not just in Yenko Stinger and Corvair circles. Short of Jay Leno’s YS054 that is all over the Interweb, this example is probably the one that most folks have seen in the paint and steel. Painted to resemble Jerry Thompson’s 1967 SCCA National Championship car, it raced successfully in SCCA until the early 1980s and then on the vintage circuit — and not just with Tim Allen, but with its other owners as well. Therein lies a lot of the appeal of the Stinger. Even the ones that have been restored to concours condition tend to hit the track to show their mettle. This is a far cry from the subsequent Yenko muscle cars, which now seem to mostly be well-heeled man-cave ornaments. Since Corvair engines didn’t have a partial VIN stamped on them (just the usual Chevy plant/date/ configuration code) until 1968, a “non-numbersmatching” engine isn’t as much of a value killer in a Stinger as it is in a muscle car. There are a handful of Stingers that have their original engines, but most have at the very least been rebuilt. One plus here is YS043’s engine and transmission, which were recently rebuilt by the original crew chief for the Yenko team. Coveted Stinger Original COPO homologation cars make up the largest group of Stingers, but a significant number of wrecked and rusted cars have been reborn with their YS number plates moved to other cars. And like SAAC, the keepers of the flame have generally kept track of Stingers that have been swapped and those that are still whole. YS043 is one of the whole Stingers, and it still presents very well and is race-ready. I last saw this car in person when it crossed the block at Mecum’s Spring Classic at Indy last year, then failing to sell on a $90k final bid (ACC# 6902267). As a number 3+ condition car, I felt that bid was on the high side, but at the time, that was becoming the nature of the beast. The cheap Corvair enthusiast in me still thinks this A was plenty of money, but the reality is that this was a market-correct sale at Kissimmee. It’s a good bet we’ll see it once again drifting through Canada Corner at Road America or winding through the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca. That is, after all, where these cars shine. (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Yenko Stinger Lot F237, VIN: N/A Condition: 1 Sold at $220,000 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, 1/3/2019 ACC# 6894016 DETAILING Years produced: 1966–69 Number produced: 100 COPO cars (plus 25 1967 and one 1969 Yenko cars and 33 known authorized conversions by other dealers) Original list price: $3,278.53 Current ACC Median Valuation: $147,400 Tune-up/major service: $250 VIN location: GM issued VIN, driver’s side engine compartment frame rail near the battery well. YS number plate is screwed to the driver’s door pillar Alternatives: 1965–66 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa, 1962–64 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder, 1970–72 Chevrolet Corvette LT-1 or ZR-1 ACC Investment Grade: B Comps 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Yenko Stinger Lot F171, VIN: 107376W130968 (Subject car) Condition: 3+ Not sold at $90,000 ACC# 6902267 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/14/2019 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Corsa Yenko Stinger Lot T224, VIN: 107376W130890 Condition: 2 Sold at $39,590 Mecum Auctions, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/2013 ACC# 216592 May–June 2020 59


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TRUCK PROFILE by Kevin Whipps 1967 FORD F-100 PICKUP Bowtie Buster Courtesy of Mecum Auctions It’s not a C10, but this truck brought in C10 money VIN: F10YCB41155 • 5.0-L Ford Performance Coyote V8 • Ford 6R80 automatic transmission • Black paint with chrome trim • All original sheet metal • Recently restored • Champion aluminum radiator with electric fans • Ford electric steering conversion • Independent rear suspension • RideTech air suspension • Disc brakes on all four corners • Vintage Air ACC Analysis Ford F-100s don’t historically bring in the big dollars, but this custom option, Lot T295, sold for $88,000 in Kissimmee, FL, at Mecum’s January 2–12 auction. What makes this F-100 so special? Part of it may be that it’s not a Chevy. Blue Oval boom The 1967–72 truck market is an interesting one. Those years saw the introduction of the fifthgeneration F-100, an insanely popular Chevrolet C10 and, from 1968 to ’71, the Dodge D-Series. If you were a buyer in that time period, you had quite a choice in front of you, and if you go strictly by the numbers, many people chose the F-100. Ford sold a lot of trucks over that five-year span, but for some reason they’re not seen as money-makers on the auction block the way the C10s or any other generation of F-100 is. Why would that be? Is there something wrong with these bulletside trucks, or is it just that people like GMs more? And if that is the case, then why did this particular truck bring in just under six figures? Let’s hash it out. Popular, and yet not The thing is, the F-100 was (and is, if you carry it over into the F-150 lineup) a popular truck. Ford sold a smidge over 230,000 of these in 1967, which was no small feat. In just the two-wheel-drive Styleside model — our fleetsides today — they sold almost 205,000 60 AmericanCarCollector.com


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While most people are out there looking at C10s and other GM options of the era, these F-100s are quietly becoming even more popular. It’s easier to lower these trucks today, and the aftermarket is bursting with parts to make them cool. compared to Chevy’s 43,940. That’s five times as many trucks, and yet there just aren’t as many out there on the auction block today. Why? The argument could be made a bunch of different ways. Maybe the trucks are still out there being used on various farms and such, and therefore aren’t candidates for restorations. It might be the higher resale value that’s never dipped low enough to make it attainable for restorers working on the cheap. Or it could be that the GM offerings get so much attention that nobody looks at F-100s anymore. But one of the most powerful arguments is that it all comes down to the suspension. Customizers keep old trucks alive. When nobody wanted 1973–87 Chevy trucks because they were considered to be “too ugly” back in the early 2000s, custom-truck guys bought them up cheap and made them cool again. And for a lot of builders, that meant lowering the trucks with coils and control arms, which was relatively cheap and easy to do. But Fords don’t have the same advantage. Ford used a twin I-beam front suspension for decades, and it’s not only powerful but able to handle quite a load. But lowering them creates a crazy amount of negative camber, and often they just don’t get as close to the ground. Even a mild lowering job turns into a small nightmare, so much so that Mustang II and Crown Vic front clips are popular swaps. That’s not the kind of thing that everyone can do in their garage, and when the alternative is almost literally any Chevy, it’s hard to make the argument that a Ford is better. But when it’s custom, it’s cool Here we are, though, with an F-100 that stands out from the rest because it does have some modifications, yet nothing too extreme. The powertrain is modern and powerful, giving the buyer a sense that the truck is reliable. The independent rear end adds better handling to the truck, and RideTech air suspension sits it low, but not on the ground. It’s basically a slot car in truck form, and its straight black paint makes it look that much better. Which brings up another point: While most people are out there looking at C10s and other GM options of the era, these F-100s are quietly becoming even more popular. It’s easier to lower these trucks today, and the aftermarket is bursting with parts to make them cool. And since the Coyote engine is Ford’s LS, there’s opportunity to create something that stands out from the crowd. That and, let’s face it, they look good with this kind of stance. A case of GM overdose Then there’s the other big elephant in the room. The 1967–72 C10s are crazy-popular and, as a result, super expensive. Just this January we saw trucks go over the block at Barrett-Jackson in the low six figures. It could be they’re reaching a saturation point; they’re so popular and expensive that builders and buyers are looking for relatively more affordable options. And lying in wait is the F-100, a truck of the same era that not only looks great but was more widely produced and therefore easier to find. That’s all speculation, of course, and there’s no hard data to back that up. But looking at these trucks and what’s out there on the market, it’s easy to come to that conclusion. Maybe trucks like these are considered to be a bargain for Blue Oval fans because of their relative affordability with similar options. After all, if given the choice between this truck at $88k and an identical C10 at $120k, which would be right for you? A (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions) 1970 Ford F-100 Pickup Lot S629, VIN: F10YRH14960 Condition: 2 Sold at $30,800 ACC# 6816968 1967 Ford F-100 Ranger Lot 1012, VIN: F10ANA85596 Condition: 3 Sold at $22,000 ACC# 6867915 W. Yoder Auctions, Wautoma, WI, 4/20/2018 DETAILING Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 230,082 Original list price: $2,198 Current ACC Median Valuation: $14,300 Tune-up/major service: $200 VIN location: Under the hood, on the cowl panel, right side Engine number location: Casting number only, above oil pan on passenger’s side Alternatives: 1967–72 Chevrolet C-series, 1968–71 Dodge D-series, 1969–75 International D-series ACC Investment Grade: D Comps Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2017 1969 Ford F-100 Ranger Lot F12, VIN: F10HKF90212 Condition: N/A Sold at $18,725 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/15/2013 ACC# 227268 May–June 2020 61


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MARKET OVERVIEW Please Hold One Moment Just before the U.S. pressed the “pause” button due to the coronavirus pandemic, a few auctions hammered down in the nick of time Dave Tomaro What will American-car collectors be looking for in Scottsdale 2021? by Chad Tyson I n the following pages, you’ll read about some of the last auctions any companies ran before COVID-19 shut down the country for weeks. We get to live through something new, and everybody has to make adjust- ments. The two February auctions covered, McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction and GAA Classic Cars, were the last two large American car auctions relatively unaffected by the pandemic. GAA Classic Cars wrapped up their February sale with the second-highest total ever registered there at $14.5m, which was down 4% from last year’s all-time high of $15.1m. McCormick’s sales total fell by 27% from last February’s sale, but that wasn’t necessarily due to below-market bids. The bids were about right, but a number of the consignors felt that yesteryear’s prices were still good today. And,. boy howdy, does that seem like a long time ago now. It’s when the calendar flipped to March that Americans started taking the warn- ings more seriously on a larger scale. Remarkably, major sports-league closures, dire warnings from public-health BEST BUYS 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, $99,900—GAA Classic Cars, NC, p. 69 62 AmericanCarCollector.com 2002 Chevrolet Camaro 35th Anniversary Edition, $23,220— GAA Classic Cars, NC, p. 70 1971 Chevrolet El Camino pickup, $15,900—McCormick’s, CA, p. 83 2006 Ford GT coupe, $242,000—RM Sotheby’s, p. 94 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster, $682,000— RM Sotheby’s, p. 92 officials and a swerve towards what we needed to do to flatten the curve, as they say, started only 10 days before RM Auctions kicked off their sale in Palm Beach, FL. I have no doubt that alternative plans were being made in the meantime, but publicly it was a massive shift in a short time span. The next few months of auctions have been can- celed or moved to the late summer or fall. I’ve spoken to several auction principals, and the general feeling I get is that summertime will probably be the next chance to attend an auction in person. Until then, there will be online sales and whatever is going on in your local market to scratch any carbuying/selling itch. It’s a smaller market, for sure, but could be worth fishing. It’s an odd time, but we’re glad that you’re here with us as we all have to get through this. Stay subscribed for whatever comes next. A


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MARKET OVERVIEW TOP 10 SALES IN THIS ISSUE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster, $682,000— RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p. 92 2006 Ford GT, $242,000 — RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p. 94 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee, $210,600—GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, p. 75 1967 Shelby GT350 fastback, $115,500— RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p. 93 1956 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, $110,000— RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p. 91 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO coupe, $99,900— GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, p. 69 1957 Chrysler 300C, $92,880— GAA Classic Cars, Greensboro, NC, p. 74 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6, $87,450— McCormick’s, Palm Springs, CA, p. 83 1955 Packard Caribbean convertible, $78,100— RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p.95 10 1961 Chevrolet Corvette convert- ible, $72,600— RM Sotheby’s, Jupiter, FL, p. 91 64 AmericanCarCollector.com $100m $150m $200m $250m $300m $350m $400m $50m $56.2m $0 OCTOBER 2018-19 2019-20 % Change $106,719,610 $123,139,447 15% NOVEMBER $56,190,661 $77,457,786 38% $14.9m DECEMBER $58,352,654 $14,862,781 -75% JANUARY $343,457,634 $344,414,208 0.28% FEBRUARY $126,526,549 $90,110,378 -29% MARCH $137,460,353 $116,464,553 -15% SIX-MONTH YEAR-TO-YEAR COMPARISON $343.5m Combined Overall Auction Totals $344.4m Condition Ratings ACC’s 1–6 scale for describing vehicles in Market Reports 1 2 $123.1m $106.7m $77.5m $58.4m $90.1m $125.5m $137.4m $116.5m 3 4 5 6 Perfect: National show standard Excellent: Club show-worthy, some small flaws Average: Daily driver in decent condition Meh: Still a driver, with some visible flaws Questionable: A problem-plagued beast that somehow manages to run Lost cause: Salvageable for parts BUY IT NOW WHAT TO PURCHASE IN TODAY’S MARKET — AND WHY Second-Series Fourth-Generation (1998–2002) Chevrolet V8 Camaros ·1998-and-later models sported a 305-hp (and up) LS1, replacing the long-used LT1 ·Much better-looking than the first-series fourth generations — it’s amazing what revised headlamps can do ·1998 Chevrolet Camaro SS was first SS model GM produced in 20 years Starting in 1998, you couldn’t buy a faster car for less than a V8 Camaro. You could spend a lot more and still watch the SS pass by until it was just taillights up ahead. We’re all used to the LS series of engines by now, but in 1998 it was only in its second year of production. We were only waking up to the promise of this little mill. V6 Camaros of this generation typically bring under five figures, but the discrepancies between the engines are so great that the lesser cars aren’t really worth pursuing as any sort of stock car. Wanna pull that 3.8 and throw in a monster V8 for dragging down the strip? Go for it, although you still might be better off with a tuned V8. Those LS1s can make a ton of power with some modifications. Speaking of those mods, do be wary when buying one of these. Many people came up with many parts over many years to “upgrade” from stock, but not many of those folks had GM’s R&D budget. A line to keep in your head is that the closer it is to stock, the better the chance it’ll run longer. Prices on the Z/28 and SS models vary depending mostly on mileage and condition, with preference for a certain body style sorting it out from there. Back during the Scottsdale auctions in January, Barrett-Jackson sold five fourth-gen V8 Camaros ranging in price from $11k (two Indy Pace Car convertibles) to $44k (an ’02 SS custom convertible), with a median price of $13,750. Leake and MAG also had several to choose from that sold for $4,218 up to $15,400. They’re still out there, even if they’ve disappeared from regular street use. It’ll be a little longer before prices are appreciably higher than those, but that means there’s time to get in while they’re still in the low five figures. — Chad Tyson


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC Late Winter 2020 Auction From the strip to the shop to the block, a fully restored 1969 Hemi Super Bee topped all sales at $210,600 GAA Classic Cars Greensboro, NC February 27–29, 2020 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler, Ben DeBruhl, Ricky Parks, Mike Anderson Automotive lots sold/ offered: 516/644 Sales rate: 80% Sales total: $14,501,322 High sale: 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee 2-door hard top, sold at $210,600 Buyer’s premium: 8% for onsite buyers; 10% for phone buyers; 11% for online, included in sold prices 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee, sold at $210,600 Report and photos by Jeff Trepel, Larry Trepel, Mark Moskowitz Intro by Jeff Trepel Market opinions in italics ·$14.5m total is second-highest ever for the late-winter classic-car sale ·Phase III of the Davis Collection sold here; a group of 16 Ford and Chevrolet muscle cars, supplemented by Shelbys and Corvettes ·Three letter-series Chryslers from the Herb McCandless Collection, fascinating side-by-side, all sold for expected prices G AA Classic Cars at The Palace, along with the Amelia Island auctions about a week later, were fortunate to have occurred just before the full weight of the coronavirus pandemic was felt in the United States. A two-week delay would have deprived GAA of one of its most successful sales. Luckily, GAA was able to put on its usual show with emphasis on American muscle and sports cars, mixed in with enough imports, trucks and ’60s-and-earlier classics to provide something interesting for almost everyone. This year’s late-winter auction resulted in a sell-through rate of 80%, a figure all the more impressive because GAA does not require all cars below a certain dollar value to be sold at no reserve. Two of the headline cars were from the muscle-car apogee year 1969. A Dodge Coronet Hemi Super Bee, one of 258 built for that model year, was easily the high sale of the auction at an impressive $210,600 (including buyer’s premium). A 66 AmericanCarCollector.com dragstrip veteran early in its life, the Super Bee had undergone a spectacular restoration and may be the best example in the country. A ’69 COPO Camaro, also beautifully restored, sold for $99,900, a price considerably below market. A disappointing result for the consignor, no doubt, but thrilling for the buyer. Multiple small, focused collections enhanced the diversity and character of this GAA auction. The Moore’s No-Reserve Collection featured four well-preserved Japanese sports cars from the ’80s in addition to four Corvairs and three Chevrolet/GMC pickups. Some of these had been stored for many years. As a Corvair owner, my favorite Corvairs were a rare 1966 Corsa Turbo convertible, which seemed very nicely preserved though in need of new paint ($17,010), and a 1961 Corvair Rampside pickup ($26,460). The Rampside was quite nice but was eclipsed by a just-restored example elsewhere in the auction. Dazzling in Tahiti Coral and white, this second Rampside was flawless but failed to find a new home at a high bid of $45,000. Hopefully, the present pandemic will have subsided before the next GAA Auction, scheduled for July 23–25, and we can get back to the fun and excitement of this large and diverse auction. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy! A QUICK TAKE


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC CLASSICS #TH0158-1931 GRAHAM 820 Special sedan. VIN: 1003247. Black/light green cloth. Odo: 22,589 miles. Restored about 10 years ago, body and paint still dent- and crackle-free. Some surface rust on inner body. Chrome pieces mostly good, including grille and headlight shells. Rear window has bad delamination, also some in rear-door windows. Interior inviting; well-restored cloth seats holding up, front seat driver’s surround worn through. Faux-wood finish in good condition, with excessive poly on dash. Restored wheel spokes show some minor wear. Engine all black, a bit hastily done. Carb leaking a bit; smell of stale gas. Odometer not working last 15 years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,800. This car attracted 2,546 views on the website and lots of attention when displayed. Great effort and expense expended in its preparation were obvious. This could be a great CCCA tour car. I was not the only one to notice. Bidding was fierce. Fairly sold and bought. SOLD AT $15,660. While not a top-level restoration, this is a fine driver-quality example to display in appropriate shows. Some freshening and detailing would go a long way; fixing glass problem is a must. Previously a no-sale at GAA November 2018 (ACC# 6928924), with high bid of $19k, then hammered sold at GAA March 2019 for $14,445 (ACC# 6898974), so GAA just received their annual Graham 820 bonus. Graham was a notable brand, but many sedans from this era are fading a bit in value. GM #ST0080-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. VIN: 5354832. Gray/tan cloth. Odo: 61,024 miles. Imposing classic with new bushings and brakes and rebuilt carbs, shocks and seat springs. Smooth paint, with orange peel near drip rails and rear window. Brightwork and piping are excellent. Bumpers seem to have been recently rechromed. Panels are straight. What appears to be interior faux wood is well done. Seat covers and carpet appear new. Chrome on the dashboard is not pitted. Some cracks in the steering wheel. Heater. Engine-block paint peeling. Excellent rubber insulation. Cond: 2+. 68 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0053-1957 BUICK SUPER Riviera 56R 2-dr hard top. VIN: 5D1111729. Dover White/white vinyl & green cloth. Odo: 60,871 miles. Well-done but aging restoration. Body straight, no dents, door, hood and trunk fit all very good. Paint luster no longer perfect, thinning spots on top of fenders. Chrome varies from very good to fair, with pitting on front bumper. Wire wheel covers appear very good; whitewalls yellowing. Fender skirts were on and fit well. Interior has no major flaws, but white vinyl shows some discoloration. Dash, controls, steering wheel all good but not great. General feeling of an older middle-aged interior. Underbody restored and shows years of use. Exhaust system has surface rust. Cond: 3+. short of stunning. Outstanding paint and chrome—better than far more expensive cars in this auction. Panel fit better than new. Authentic, like-new gray cloth seats (my dad had a ’61 Greenbrier back in the day, and I recall that pattern). Later radio correctly installed. I have the impression that the hubcaps may be from a later model. Engine compartment not seen, but looks new in website photos. If there is ever a concours for pickups, this will be Best of Show. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. I do not recall ever seeing a Corvair in Code 725 Tahiti Coral, but it is shown on the color charts and looks great here. We know consignor was thinking about the 1962 Rampside that sold for $77,000 at BarrettJackson Scottsdale 2019 (ACC# 6891825), because he had a photocopy of the Web listing taped to a side window. The high bid here was far less, but I am not sure that B-J sale is replicable. This sale actually had two Rampsides. The other one (Lot FR0099) was quite decent, but not as spectacular as this example. It sold for $26,460, including premium. I can understand seller taking this Rampside home to wait for another day, but how much more can be garnered? SOLD AT $23,220. The restyled ‘57 Buicks were popular, and this car is similar to the first car I remember in my family. Unfortunately, we both now need some freshening up. Some paint correction and interior work by a high-end detailing shop might well bring luster back to this Buick. Fairly well sold considering current market for imperfect examples of this era. #FR0191-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. VIN: 1R124S128974. Tahiti Coral/gray cloth. Odo: 90,273 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Windshield card states “ground up restoration just completed,” and it is nothing #ST0054-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA convertible. VIN: 362P18854. Ensign Blue/white canvas/tri-tone blue Morrokide. Odo: 20,414 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Presented as a one-owner, completely original car, unrestored, never painted, with the spare never out of trunk (and so forth). Some components, such as the top, showed signs of replacement. Apparently had a period of long storage. In any event,


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC an amazing presentation. Except for microscratching to paint, the interior and exterior are almost perfect. Ultra-clean underhood, with typical surface rust on manifolds. Ordered as a performance model with Tri-Power, 4-speed, Saf-T-Track, and eight-lug wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,620. No power steering or brakes, so get yourself in shape before driving. Well-documented car ordered new by college student and owned by him for almost 58 years. (I would like to ask him why he did not order a side-view mirror.) The unique story takes this car well out of the realm of the typical 1962 Catalina, so no real comparables. The price here feels about right to me—maybe somewhat of a bargain for the buyer. #FR0098-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa convertible. VIN: 107676W175312. Tuxedo Black/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 56,646 miles. 164-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Driven about 90 miles since 1995, and apparently stored from then until recently. Attractive overall, but terrible paint with pits all over. May have resulted from storage conditions, or previous poor body preparation, or both. Should have pinstripe around beltline. Decent, factory-level panel fit. Most brightwork good. Excellent convertible top with clear window. Interior is without major flaws but not show-quality—may be original. Clean engine compartment. I did not observe the car running. Cond: 3+. 4-bbl, 4-sp. Extremely nice RS/SS from the Davis Collection. Described as a “fresh, frame-off restoration,” with no further detail given. Excellent paint, chrome and glass. Body fit quite good, but driver’s door sticks, probably needs minor adjustment. Nice repro Rally wheels, but for 1968 the center caps should be knurled (I believe flat caps were used on 1967 Camaro only). Outstanding deluxe interior with no apparent flaws. Mirrors under car show off squeaky-clean undercarriage, and engine compartment is equally clean, with modern battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,900. Sold at Mecum Kissimmee in January 2019 for $121k (ACC# 6893747), then offered as part of dealer David Maxwell’s collection at Barrett-Jackson Northeast in June 2019, where it appears not to have sold. At some point after, sold to consignor here. Much original production documentation and COPO Camaro certification, but lack of restoration records can be a negative to buyers of a car at this level. Regardless, a stunning COPO Camaro for just under $100k was surely a great buy. SOLD AT $60,480. Only about 8% of 1968 Camaros had 396 engines, in four variations. This car was nicely equipped with power steering, disc brakes, teak tilt wheel, tinted glass and gauge package. Rally Sport exterior and deluxe interior give the whole car a notably more luxurious vibe than a base SS. I would like to have seen more detail on the restoration, but the substantial price was justified by the exceptional presentation. Well sold, but worth it. 6 #ST0075.4-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO coupe. VIN: SOLD AT $17,010. From the no-reserve Moore Collection. A desirable turbo Corsa (only 3,142 convertibles built in Corsa’s final year) with much potential if the new owner springs for a paint job. Loaded with options such as wirewheel covers, tinted glass, factory AM/FM, telescoping wood-rim wheel and more. I own a fine ’65 Monza convertible but would have been tempted to bid on this Corsa if it had better paint. The price seemed right for a rare Corvair that could easily be made into an outstanding example. #ST0104-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS 396 coupe. VIN: 124378N361640. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 25,957 miles. 396-ci V8, 124379N659193. Cortez Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 49,539 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Superb restoration and condition in every respect. Paintwork beautifully done but not overdone. Stated to have “proper” 427/ 425-hp L72 iron-block motor, so I assume that means non-original. Interior has plain look and little instrumentation; only flaw is some very minor wear on the silver edges of instrument surrounds. Underbody meticulously restored and unused. Documented Canadian car with no modifications. Cond: 1. #TH0165-1993 CADILLAC ALLANTE convertible. VIN: 1G6VS3391PU128359. Pearl Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 52,201 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Shiny Pearl Red paint drew one to this car. A close look revealed a few dents in the right front fender and multiple scratches. Glass is chipped and black trim is faded. The interior shows wear but no signs of abuse, but there is loss of finish on driver’s leather seat. The wiring, block and inner fenders are well detailed; hood insulation is heavily damaged. Stains in the trunk. One of three Allantes sold on the auction’s first day. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,670. A relatively low-production convertible by a luxury manufacturer, in its last model year, with its largest and most powerful engine and a body by Pininfarina should excite. Especially a model that served as the Indy 500 pace car. But these do not! There are over 700 in the ACC Premium Auction Database and only one of the last 25 commanded five figures. This Cadillac will require a significant investment to bring to a presentable condition, and is considered appropriately bought. A future collectible? Maybe. #FR0077-2002 CHEVROLET CAMARO 35th Anniversary Edition convertible. VIN: 2G1FP32G02213290. Bright red/black canvas/ebony & gray leather. Odo: 7,936 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Low-mileage SS-SLP (free-flowing exhaust) 35th Anniversary Special Edition presented as one-owner car. Small chip in front fascia, and a few tiny chips in applied silver graphic. No evidence of previous damage. Except for a few seat wrinkles, the interior is excellent, as is engine compartment. 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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC rash or wheel chips. Twelve-disc CD. No evidence of original Owner Portfolio. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,220. The last of the fourth-generation Camaros was celebrated with this special edition best recognized by silver graphics that faded to a checkered pattern. Performance goodies propelled it to a sub-6-second 0–60 time. One of 789 convertibles with a T56 6-speed. I believe that this is a future collectible for GM fans, and that this outstanding, wellcared-for example was very well bought. CORVETTE #FR0201-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E57S101508. Onyx Black/black hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 25,007 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Older restoration showing appreciable aging. Quality paint no longer fresh. Chrome acceptable, though barely so on hard top. Hard top seems to sit a little high around the rear side windows. Soft-top delete, allegedly. Attractive interior with aging to brightwork and armrests. Seats and carpet quite nice. Interior lower windshield gasket needs help. Authentic engine compartment with huge fuel-injection unit. Entire engine compartment shows wear but also integrity. Little documentation. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Temporarily residing in a drag racer’s collection typically does not confer value. A 4-speed, convertible top and an attractive façade do. While one would not expect top dollar for a C1 without one of the two highest-horsepower motors or without a performance suspension, convertibles in this condition typically bring a bit more. Although C1 prices seem to have drifted a bit downward, the owner might get 20% more on another day. SOLD AT $64,800. This may be the first C1 Corvette I have ever seen equipped with both fuel injection and Powerglide. Evidently only 284 1957 Corvettes were produced with that combination. The 283 Fuelie produces 250 hp with automatic, versus (a remarkably coincidental) 283 hp with a 4-speed. A decent car if you are not going to show it competitively. The absence of NCRS or other documentation was another blow to this car’s value. Sold for almost $30k less than the ACC Pocket Price Guide median value. 70 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0110-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194675S119619. Tuxedo Black/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 67,312 miles. 396-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Appealing driver-condition 396 Corvette from the Davis Collection. Surprisingly good panel fit. Nice older paint, considering it is black fiberglass. Trim good but not new-looking. Aluminum knockoffs on gold-line tires a good look. Soft top clean but not new, rear window slightly fogged; no hard top. Interior surfaces and fabrics mostly very good, but some controls rather aged-looking. Fairly luxurious spec with original AM/FM radio, tilt/telescope teak wheel, power windows and tinted glass. Clean, used-car-level engine bay. Cond: 2-. #FR0203-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 20867S100290. Roman Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 15,398 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Presented as having a body-off restoration and having been the property of NHRA star Joe Amato. Excellent paint and body fit. Bumpers rechromed; other trim pieces have an uneven surface and polishing marks. Dashboard trim shows age with pitting of chrome around speedometer. Loss of finish on console. Seats creased but not ripped or worn. Replacement radio. Engine and surrounds repainted, but air cleaner and valve covers look older. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $64,800. The 396 debuted midway through the 1965 model year, and fewer than 10% of 1965 ‘Vettes were so equipped. In 1966 the 396 morphed into the 427, so a triple-black 396 roadster is a rare bird. No NCRS or other documentation that I observed. If you wanted a nice, driver-quality 396 and you didn’t care about awards, you certainly could drive this car as-is. Or it would make a good basis for a rerestoration. Sold well under median for an L78 convertible, so a good deal for a certain buyer. #ST0082-2004 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CRC conversion convertible. VIN: 1G1YY32G745104171. Champagne/tan leather. Odo: 18,053 miles. 5.7-L 405-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Popular modification of 2004 Corvette mimicking an early-‘60s model. Excellent clearcoat and finish beneath. Single inclusion in bumper chrome. Other chrome and panel fit is excellent. Seat leather creased but not torn. Carpets show age. Engine compartment quite tidy. Power windows and power locks. Accompanied by factory hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,200. Sold on the Internet at the last GAA but never claimed. Two miles added to the odometer, plus a higher bid and a sale this time. Still under the norm for this quality-built Corvette re-creation, thus it’s well bought. These command a premium over the stock ‘Vette, one that I suspect will narrow. #ST0133-2019 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Grand Sport convertible. VIN: 1G1YY3D79K5114212. Shadow Gray/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 2,673 miles. 6.2-L 460-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. The last of the six-year run of C7s and front-engine ‘Vettes. This low-mileage example has no stone chips; the only apparent flaws are slight scrapes on the bottom of the air dam. Everything else appears new. Cond: 1-.


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC MARKET MOMENT 1996 Chevrolet Corvette NOT SOLD AT $62,000. Grand Sports offered the less-fussy powerplant of a standard ‘Vette, with chassis and appearance mods that bring it close to the appearance of a Z06. 2LTs are not as prized as 3LTs, and neither have the collectibility of a Z06 or ZR1. New 2019 2LT Grand Sport convertibles typically list for around $80k, and there have been an abundance on dealer websites for $14k less; most left with an even larger discount. At the last GAA auction, it was bid to $57k (ACC# 6913974). This was a great offer. FOMOCO Courtesy of Carlisle Auctions SOLD at $3,000 Carlisle Auctions, Lakeland, FL, February 21–23, 2020, Lot S585 VIN: 1G1YY22P8T5105208 W hen I was a kid and I first started to notice and appreciate cars, my mother informed me — unprovoked, knowing her — that only men with severe emotional deficiencies bought Corvettes. Fast-forward 30 years. For the first time in my life, I find myself lusting after a Corvette. I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about my emotional fortitude. The ’Vette I want most is a C4. Now, from what I’ve been able to glean, it seems most sports-car enthusiasts, including Corvette aficionados, don’t really care for the C4. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but as a result, these cars can sell for ridiculously low sums. This 1996 Corvette was just $3k. $3k! That’s crazy. Volvo 240s routinely sell for more than double that these days. Granted, the auction description of the ’96 ’Vette was brief: “Well kept. All original.” What’s more, it featured just a single image. And no mileage or chassis number was listed. It’s also an automatic with dark green paint and tan interior — not exactly the makings for a hot ’Vette build combo. But who cares? Even with high mileage, these cars are pretty reliable. At that price of entry, why not take a chance and have a little fun? If I had unlimited space and funds, I’d snap up all the bargain-basement C4s I could get a hold of. For me, they represent an odd bright spot in the Corvette lineage that people from my generation are starting to appreciate. These cars are quick but not unwieldy. They have an ’80s flair that makes them cool. The color combinations are absolutely tremendous. It’s cool with a soupçon of silly that makes it socially palatable. I imagine tooling through town in my C4, playing Talking Heads loudly on the stereo. You know, to set the tone. I expect a 30-something woman could see me in a white-on-red C4 convertible at a traffic light and not grimace or scoff in disgust. In fact, she might actually appreciate it. Hot on the heels of not being laughed at by a woman, I’d gun it into the hills. There, I’d pop in a Metallica tape and uncork the LT1 and let it rip. Does that sound emotionally deficient to you? See, I imagine the C4 is a car you can enjoy as much at 2 miles per hour as you can at 80, all for less than $10,000 — or in this case, just $3,000. Sign me up. A — Nick Jaynes SOLD AT $44,820. The Beach Boys sang “Little Deuce Coupe” and also sang “I Get Around.” The latter is more applicable. This was an excellent presentation of the car described above and it is considered properly sold today. It brought $62,700 (ACC# 6907446) at Barrett-Jackson’s Northeast sale in June 2019, and $37,400 (ACC# 6925188) at Leake in Scottsdale this year. The less-obvious lesson is that even though a metal body might cost $5k–$8k more, it seems to bring a more consistent and higher return. #FR0029-1939 FORD DELUXE Tudor sedan. VIN: 54391642. Black/tan corduroy. Odo: 31,322 miles. An eye-catching Ford 2-door sedan with quite straight body panels and excellent brightwork. Paint issues include blistering beneath left rear window and on top of door, as well as several areas of touch-up. Newly chromed bumpers. Corduroy seat covers are excellent and #FR0199-1932 FORD MODEL B highboy replica roadster. VIN: NCS96450. Black/Hobgood Red leather. Odo: 16,000 miles. A 2015 creation said to have been driven 48 miles. GM 350-ci V8, Turbo 350 and 9-inch rear axle are the drivetrain. Other than rare paint chip on an exposed frame, a spectacularly finished fiberglass roadster. Many details including chromed front axle and radius rods, polishedaluminum Currie rear end and massive, polished Dagger wheels. Titled as replica. Cond: 1-. 72 AmericanCarCollector.com


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC sheathed in vinyl; however, upper door fabric has deteriorated. Switches and gauges appropriate. Front and rear glass delaminated. Engine compartment needs detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,920. The engine in this sleeper was topped with triple carbs, velocity stacks and an Edelbrock intake manifold and heads. It was obviously the attraction. Pre-war Ford hard tops appeal to far few collectors these days. At present, appropriately if not well sold. #ST0117-1965 SHELBY DAYTONA Factory Five replica coupe. VIN: MT00906. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 395 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Recently built, shows just 395 miles. Factory Five kit includes space frame, body and most components, including Mustang IRS. Carbureted Smeding 427 engine stated to put out 560 hp, paired with Tremec 5-speed. Track-ready, with racing seats and Simpson belts. Body panels and paintwork beautifully done overall. Sloppily glued-on headlight covers are only noticeable flaw. Chrome 18-inch wheels not to my taste, but an easy swap if desired. Interior very well executed, period appearance with multiple gauges, machined metal dash. Cond: 1-. appearance. Gas cap is from a ’66 Mustang— odd given that ’65 gas caps can be found anywhere. Cond: 2-. holes in upper windshield. Small defect on right rear wheel rim. Interior leather worn, not ripped. Neat engine compartment with 427 side oiler. Special features include heavy-duty rods, lightened crank, MSD ignition. No leaks seen. Jaguar IRS and custom front end. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,280. GAA is always heavily populated with high-performance Mustangs of the GT, Mach 1 and Shelby varieties. I wanted to see how the Mustang that started it all, a 260-equipped 1964½ model, would fare against the ferocious array of Hi-Po Mustangs. The answer is not badly at all. The price guide shows a median value of $17,000, almost exactly the price here. Little needs to be done to this car cosmetically (perhaps replace or paint console), and both parties achieved a fair deal. #ST0111-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. VIN: SFM6S1678. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 80,008 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Part of Davis Collection and said to be fresh frame-up restoration. Paint excellent, with small chip on trunk. Excellent graphics. There are a few chips in the windshield and some scratches on back window. Extra interior sealant around rear window panes. Excellent interior; steering wheel appears new. Just as nice under the hood, with Paxton supercharger. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,220. A brother to, but rarer than, the many Shelby Cobra replicas out there, this Daytona coupe was a beautifully engineered and produced alternative. Styling and engineering very well executed. The full kit and engine total somewhere around $40k, so likely buyer received some discount on what this must have cost to complete. No-sale on stage at $45,500, but post-sale price listed as this. Fairly bought and sold; a tremendous performance car for the money in the big picture. #FR0250-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. VIN: 5F07F122842. Rangoon Red/red vinyl. Odo: 8,053 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Base 1964½ Mustang in nice driver or local-show condition. Vivid Rangoon Red paint smoothly applied, but with minor flaws such as large chip on trunk-lid edge. Chrome good enough. Black paint on left side wheel covers is worn off, but not on right side. Red interior nice overall, with orange peel on door panels and numerous scratches on steering-wheel hub and console. Good seats except for wear to driver’s seat bolster. Neat underhood SOLD AT $42,660. This Cobra replica seemed professionally done and had lots of extras. A competition-spec 427 surrounded by heavy-duty upgrades adds value. Unfortunately, nothing was done to enlarge footwells (e.g. a Shamrock). Titled as a ‘67; the more-modern replica will be treated to a favorable tax valuation in North Carolina at annual renewal. Slightly above the going price for replicas, but worth it. #ST0113-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 8T03S18512502729. Lime Gold/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 42,417 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to have had repaint in 1990. Inclusions and deterioration of clearcoat. Evidence of left rear quarter repair, and both fiberglass tail pieces fit poorly. A few chips on hood scoop. Door jambs probably not repainted. Discoloration of top with some damage on left. Gauge bezels have lost finish. Likely replacement seat covers and carpet. Console cover askew. Dirty engine compartment with extensive paint loss and oxidation. Most fittings appropriate. Factory air. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Quite unusual to have a supercharger in a Hertz edition. Said to have been prepared for an executive. The Paxton is period-correct and was present when reviewed in 1997 at a Mecum auction in Arlington Heights, IL (sold at $31,138, ACC# 1533468). Last reviewed in 2007, when it did not sell for $150,000 (then in 2+ condition) at the Mecum St. Charles, IL, sale. This prized collectible presented well and deserved more. Properly not sold. #ST0154-1967 SHELBY COBRA Boles replica roadster. VIN: SCDHT206602. Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 17,177 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Replica Cobra with chassis fabrication by a graduate engineer. Design drawings were included. Metalflake paint has rare chip in front. Drill NOT SOLD AT $125,000. This is not a preservation car. It’s been repainted and a few of the interior pieces appear to have been replaced. Vehicles with special provenance or in better condition have changed hands for more. The price bid seemed appropriate for condition. #FR0176-1969 FORD F-100 pickup. VIN: F11YCE36429. Candy Apple Red/red. Odo: 36,149 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC along pickup bed. Exterior and interior trim seem new, as do seat covers and carpet. Engine compartment and chassis have been restored. Power disc brakes, Classic Auto a/c, five-inch Rough Country Lift, BFG All Terrains and mags are among well-done modifications. Cond: 2+. more than the standard 460 hp (the Bullitt, GT350 and GT500 are only offered as coupes). In addition, there are chassis and cooling upgrades and the special paint scheme of the Shelby (Hertz implied but not stated) GT-H edition. The Ford Performance Supercharger boosts power over 750 hp. Cond: 1. (ACC# 6854482). Yes, a similar 300C convertible sold at Leake Scottsdale 2020 for $357,000, but it was serial number 001. Well sold here, given the car’s flaws. SOLD AT $43,200. A wonderful restoration and, in the case of a truck, the aftermarket modifications should do no harm to value. A review of the last couple of dozens of F-100s to sell at GAA reveals median and average prices well below $40k, but a nearly identical restored truck sold for $43k before commission and wilder resto-mods have done even better. Call it an appropriate price in today’s market. #ST0159-2007 SHELBY GT-H convertible. VIN: 1ZVHT85H775359184. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 42,901 miles. 4.6-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Either meticulously preserved or restored, with excellent paint and fit. Imperfections noted beneath stripe on rear suggest some previous repair. Creases in driver’s seat. Some top wear from adjacent supports. Engine compartment looks new. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $92,000. This car was listed before, during and immediately after its block appearance on the dealer’s website. The retail was stated as $114,800, and with potential discounts the dealer’s price was $89,999. The dealer owns the auction, and had the bid been accepted, the intake would have been $97,200. Go figure. #ST0126-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convertible. VIN: 3N572586. Cloud White/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 66,690 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Mostly decent panel fit, but trunk lid is up on right and driver’s door out at back. Smooth paint, not too thick. Chrome quite good. Convertible top well fitted, with a few minor stains. Inside almost all is in order with nice leather, carpet, steering wheel and especially well-done padded dash. However, both armrests are about to detach themselves from the door panels, not an unknown problem on this model. Large crack in trim around original radio. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels ubiquitous in this application, but not really correct. Cond: 2-. MOPAR 7 SOLD AT $59,400. Striking, iconic Chrysler in a splendid color. Concours-worthy, but on close inspection, some of the work is disappointing. Reminder of the enormous skill and patience it takes to restore a car to perfection. Still, many of these small issues can be easily addressed, so I’ll call it well bought. SOLD AT $29,160. There were enough modifications to distinguish this from the standard Mustang GT: the Shelby GT-H was lowered front and rear with new springs and shocks, bigger anti-roll bars were installed, strut towers were braced, and tuning and a cold-air intake boosted horsepower. Prices have slowly come down, but the Shelby mystique, a unique and recognizable color combination, limited production and a drop top all confer some value to this well-presented Mustang. Appropriately if not well bought. #FR0027-2019 SHELBY GT-H Heritage Edition convertible. VIN: 1FATP8FF2K5132336. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 20 miles. 5.0-L supercharged V8, auto. An upgrade on the Mustang GT, and the only convertible offering 74 AmericanCarCollector.com #ST0125-1959 CHRYSLER 300E 2-dr hard top. VIN: M591100210. Ivory White/tan leather. Odo: 90,442 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. A mixed bag cosmetically. Like the other two 300s from the McCandless Collection, there seem to be body-fit issues. Hood up on right, both doors out at back. Smooth paint, however, and excellent chrome. Inside, the dash should be padded, plus the add-on a/c vents under the dash look rather cheesy. Nice leather with slight soiling and nice steering wheel. I’m impressed that the clock works. Engine bay reveals modern alternator but original windshield washer-fluid bag. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $92,880. From the Herb McCandless Collection of three 1957–59 Chrysler 300s. America’s premier high-performance car in 1957. Only 484 1957 convertibles built (along with 1,918 coupes). A very desirable car, but with enough issues to keep it from the top rank. Last seen at Mecum Las Vegas November 2017, where it sold for almost the same price, $94,600 #ST0124-1958 CHRYSLER 300D 2-dr hard top. VIN: LC4116. Coral/tan & white leather. Odo: 806 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. More time than mileage since receiving full restoration. Much work very well done, but noticeable flaws abound. Trunk and door fit is poor. Paintwork beautiful in most areas but with orange peel and drips in some spots. All glass appears new, but windshield gasket fit off in spots. Cracked driver’s vent-window frame. Most chrome parts very good, but front bumper pitted. Inner grille finish dull. Interior shows nicely, no wear, but seat fit imperfect. Engine compartment pristine and impressive. Underbody condition reflects low mileage. Cond: 2+. TOP 10


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC SOLD AT $59,400. In 1959 Chrysler maintained the performance status of the 300 by replacing the 392 Hemi with a 413 Wedge with hydraulic lifters. The primary cosmetic change from the 300C/D was a rather baroque rear bumper shared with the lesser 1959 Chryslers. 300Es are rare; only 550 hard tops and a mere 140 convertibles were built. This car, as well as Lot ST0124, the 1958 300D, were no-sales on the podium. Later, both were announced as sold at $55,000 (hammer) each, exactly the price-guide median for the 300E. I wondered if they both went to the same home. #TH0174-1961 DODGE DART Pioneer wagon. VIN: 5616170248. Red & white/white & gray vinyl. Odo: 34,385 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body panels straight, fairly dent-free; paint condition varies in different areas. Driver’s door fit a bit off, but all doors shut solidly. Bumpers and all chrome trim in fair to good condition. Engine appears recently installed, but no mention in description. Interior features original seats with original plastic covers still installed— split open in some sections. Rear-facing back seats, with some rough interior panels in back. Dash and steering wheel in good shape. Much use and wear in nooks and crannies. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,160. Chrysler hired designer Elwood Engel from Ford in 1962 and he reprised his masterpiece, the 1961 Lincoln Continental, in the majestic 1964 Imperial. They follow the same crisp theme without being redundant. This would make a great summertime cruiser at the price of an ordinary convertible, if you have a very large garage. Purchased just six weeks before GAA, at Mecum Kissimmee 2020, for $28,600, a few hundred dollars less than the price here (ACC# 6927438). If this was an attempted quick flip, it didn’t work out. 3 #ST0075.1-1969 DODGE HEMI SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. VIN: WM23J9A224937. Ivory White/Parchment vinyl. Odo: 9,463 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the stars of the auction. Sensational restoration; I cannot identify even one flaw or demerit. Paint and panel fit far better than Mopar could have imagined back in 1969. Interior is like going back to a 1969 Dodge showroom. Loaded with both performance and luxury accessories such as Ramcharger air induction, Super Trak Pak rear axle and Deluxe interior group. Steel wheels with finned deluxe wheel covers a refreshing departure from typical Magnum 500s or poverty caps. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Rare, delightful car to look at. Claimed to have driven to all U.S. states except Hawaii, with stickers as evidence, evoking adventurous history from a bygone era. Restored-as-needed quality that somehow doesn’t detract much here. Given condition, high bid may be about all that it will see, but consignor is touring it to another auction. #FR0233-1964 IMPERIAL CROWN convertible. VIN: 9243155477. Dune Beige/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 74,585 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Panel fit good, except trunk-lid gaps are uneven. Smooth, well-applied paint, but far from new-looking. Exterior chrome mostly good, but some small pieces dull and door handles pitted. Excellent tinted glass. Inside has very nice leather, with a few marks and scuffs. Most interior chrome shows slight tarnishing or pitting. Convertible top well fitted and in nice shape with clear rear window. Clean underhood but not detailed. All power accessories but no a/c—surprising for an Imperial of this era. Cond: 2-. “ SOLD AT $210,600. One of only 92 1969 Hemi Super Bees built for the U.S. market. You would never know now that when near new, it was a drag car named “Hide & Watch.” Restoration details not provided, but kudos to the restorers for the superb workmanship. Alongside the brutal performance from its Hemi, this car gives off almost a luxury vibe with soft colors inside (white seats with mauve piping!) and out, and nicely appointed interior (far fancier than a base Super Bee). The price here handily beat the priceguide median of $154,000, but based on the rarity of the spec combined with the fabulous restoration, I thought this car was well bought. #ST0075.3-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. VIN: BS23R08324703. Blue Fire Metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 23,356 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent fresh blue paint and applied graphics. Straight panels, consistent gaps. Excellent windshield trim. Rare scuffs on door panel and some pitting on window cranks. Seat covering and carpet nearly new. Original seat belts. Pristine engine compartment with appropriate stickers and chalk marks. Shaker hood. Super Trak Pak. Rallye wheels. Accompanied by Wise Report. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. Period-correct Hemi is not original to car. Prices for these cars have fallen by more than 25% over the past five years. And while I am sure the replacement powerplant held this one back, it was an excellent example of a rare, sought-after car, and the seller, wise to wait, might get more on another day. One of only 92 1969 Hemi Super Bees built for the U.S. market. You would never know now that when near new, it was a drag car named “Hide & Watch.” 1969 Dodge Hemi Super Bee 2-door hard top May–June 2020 75 ” TOP 10


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GAA CLASSIC CARS • GREENSBORO, NC AMERICANA #ST0048-1929 PACKARD EIGHT Series 633 2-dr sedan. VIN: 266466. Yellow & reddish brown/light plum cloth. Odo: 88,062 miles. Eyecatching, long-wheelbase Packard was an AACA National Prize winner in 1985. Still presents well with mostly smooth paint with some cracking around the drip rails. Cracked rubber insulation around doors. Excellent wood in the interior, but gauges and bezels have deteriorated. Engine compartment showing its age, with stains on brass fitment and some general discoloration. Luggage attached to rack and multiple accessory lights on cowl and above bumper. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. A superb and rare Studebaker in attractive colors and well equipped with power steering and brakes, tinted glass and Twin Traction limited-slip differential. Delivered new in Santa Monica, CA. With all this, it could only garner a high bid of $39,000. That is close to the price-guide median price of $42,000, but it seems to me this example is well above the median car in quality. I think it “should be” worth $45k–$50k. One of my favorite cars in the auction. NOT SOLD AT $25,500. One of seven Packard 633 body styles that year. Average cars in its day did not have 8-cylinder engines. Then it was special; now, not so much. Still, it looks great and is a CCCA Classic, allowing access to tours. In its present state it might fetch $8k–$10k more on another day. Then again, it might not. #ST0157-1958 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. VIN: 6104768. Eng. # PS5807. White Gold & Parchment/tan leather. Odo: 9,804 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Nicely restored example of the final year of Golden Hawk. Panel fit excellent, probably better than new. Beautiful paint. Chrome also mostly excellent, although the die-cast grille shows some age upon close inspection. Nice wheel covers, twin rear antennas, and, I was happy to see, correct exhaust outlets. Inside we see very nice leather and a beautiful engine-turned dash, but some interior brightwork is starting to show wear. Outstanding engine compartment with enormous supercharger installation and NAPA battery. Cond: 2+. #ST0004-1960 RAMBLER AMERICAN Super wagon. VIN: B121051. Seafoam Green & white/white & green vinyl. Odo: 81,246 miles. 196-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Restored a few years ago; body and paint still in fine shape overall, usual small flaws on close look. Most noticeable is crack in windshield, and darker chrome on one headlight surround. Interior nicely restored, but white vinyl upholstery could be better detailed for auction. Crack in steering wheel, a few paint chips in simple dashboard. Pioneer CD player, nice carpeting. Engine compartment clean but has a few rusty ancillary parts. Staggered tires for no good reason; I don’t believe oversteer was a problem with these. Cond: 2. doubtedly much rust and body filler underneath. Poor upper repaint in white during some past decade. Original-appearing seats with some tears in cloth. Engine has excessive rust. Runs, driven onstage. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $9,180. A frightening example of a 4,000-pound monster that might collapse while hurtling down the road. Has rust in areas you don’t normally see rust. A monumental project that will take years, or just drive as-is and take extreme risk. Stunning sale price; appeared to be just one online bidder, who may be unpleasantly surprised when it shows up. #FR0109-1973 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL 1010 SUV. VIN: 1H3H0H00H332502. Dark blue/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 45,523 miles. 345ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Partial restoration, retaining much originality. Body panels good, no evidence of rust, partial repaint. Padded vinyl top in very good condition. Original faux-wood side paneling has some small pieces out. Pitting or corrosion on some chrome trim and mirrors. Interior appears to have original dash in good shape. Seat cloth in fine shape, likely redone in original style. Engine compartment presentable; evidence of recent work such as new carburetor. New exhaust system. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. One of my favorite cars at the auction. Odd, rare, great period color, and a wagon. Can’t do better than that. The dashboard is as simple as a Tesla’s without the computer. Good-looking restoration, sold restored at Silver Fort McDowell for $22,680 in March 2018 (ACC# 6865803). Given the narrow market and spending patterns of Rambler collectors, owner might have considered taking the sale. #TH0159-1972 INTERNATIONAL TRAVELALL 1210 SUV. VIN: B47207H265927. White & black/black vinyl & green cloth. Odo: 64,168 miles. 304-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rust coming through everywhere: at upper roof seams, in front of windshield, on floors and other areas. Lower body covered in black bedliner paint, un- 76 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $16,200. This Travelall was hammered sold at GAA in July 2019 for $20k (ACC# 6907020). That sale fell through for some reason, so put up at no reserve again by Hendrick Performance. One rarely sees two International Travelalls offered at the same auction, and the other one helped this one appear impressive. That wasn’t enough to keep it from hammering at $5k less than the previous sale. An unusual early SUV that I considered well bought. A


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA Palm Springs Auction 68 One of the better buys in the desert was a ’71 El Camino going on down the road for under $16k McCormick’s Collector Car Auction Palm Springs, CA February 21–23, 2020 Auctioneers: Frank Bizzarro, Jeff Stokes, Rob Row, Gary Dahler Automotive lots sold/ offered: 285/499 Sales rate: 57% Sales total: $4,615,770 High American sale: 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS LS6 2-door hard top, sold at $87,450 Buyer’s premium: 6%, included in sold prices 1971 Chevrolet El Camino, sold at $15,900 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics ·Of the 49 domestic pickups at the sale (nearly 10% of consignments), 30 sold for a total of $507,475 (11% of total sales) ·Final totals were all down from last year’s February sale, with the per-car average dropping by $2,258 ·Corvettes were the most popular model to bring to the sale, with 25 to bid on — ranging from a 1961 Fuelie to a 2007 Callaway coupe T he 68th McCormick’s Collector Car Auction was again held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, taking place February 21–23. Record crowds enjoyed sunny and warm Palm Springs weather, while the sale presented a varied selection of interesting vehicles. A quick tally indicated that pickups and were the vehicle du jour, with some four dozen consigned. Prices, however, were all over the board. Most of the pickups were modified to some degree or another and sold in the $25k–$30k range. A well-restored 1972 Chevrolet C10 with a 350 small block and custom wheels realized $28,600. A favorite was a 1971 El Camino powered by a 350 V8 crate motor, with big aftermarket mag wheels. The silver metallic paint was exceptional and, at $15,900, the rig was a relative bargain. From first-hand experience, I can say those don’t pass by many gas stations. 78 AmericanCarCollector.com Corvettes were out in force, with mixed results. A resto-mod 1967 with a 5.0-liter motor, aftermarket wheels and a white stinger hood realized $67,840, but a 1961 Fuelie finished in Roman Red failed to sell when bid to $80,000. It had been acquired a month earlier at the January Barrett-Jackson sale for $82,500, and the seller was not willing to cut his losses. The days of “not paying too much, just buying too soon” are in the rear-view mirror. As mentioned, people came out for the event in droves, but, unfortunately, many of them forgot their checkbooks and sat on their hands. Sales were off from last year’s November auction, as well as last February’s sale. As Jason McCormick mentioned, “A lot of cars were bid to strong money, but the offers were refused by the consignors who have yet to adjust to the changing market.” McCormick’s 69th auction will take place on their traditional weekend before Thanksgiving, November 20–22, 2020. By then, the world will have stabilized and hopefully the collector-car market will return to normal. Regardless, the sale will be entertaining, and the weather will be far more pleasant than in the northern climes. You don’t want to miss it. A QUICK TAKE


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA GM #243-1948 BUICK SUPER convertible. VIN: 44949732. Black/maroon canvas/red leather. Odo: 65,409 miles. 248-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. The Super convertible featured power top, seat and windows. It was powered by the Fireball Eight. This example converted to 12V. Fog lights. Striking red leather interior with properly fitting maroon top. Few swirls and scratches noted in black paint. Engine bay clean but not highly detailed. A strong example. Cond: 2. Sombrero covers. Has Hydra-Matic 2-speed automatic and radio. Minor pitting on brightwork. Wind wing delaminating. A few chips and touchups. Cond: 2-. mags. Shaved doors and hood. Highway rearend gears. An award winner at recent Dr. George show. Paint to perfection. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $72,000. Price paid should have been close to getting the job done. Customs are often tough to sell, as individual tastes don’t always come together. Sensational paintwork that will draw a crowd. SOLD AT $42,400. A desirable convertible. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $46,000 (ACC# 6916421). Driven 30 expensive miles since. A few months later, that bid looks pretty darn good. As we have often stated, the first bid is usually the best bid. Seller made a costly decision last time out. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. This was last seen at Mecum’s October 2019 Las Vegas sale, where it realized $34,100 (ACC# 6918016). A nine grand profit—less expenses—in six short months! Seller was looking for a home run and turned down a solid triple. Good luck with a better at bat next time. #254-1949 CHEVROLET 3100 Thriftmaster pickup. VIN: Beige & white/tan fabric. Odo: 542 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A recent restoration of an attractive Thriftmaster pickup. Engine was replaced and stated to have 235-ci 6, where the Thriftmaster motor was 216 cubic inches. Paint very presentable, with new oak in pickup bed. Interior sparkles. A solid presentation. Cond: 2+. #451-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: 20JPH8102. Yellow/brown cloth. Odo: 862 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A mild custom with 350 V8, unique interior and air-bag suspension. Attractive aftermarket wheels. Striking interior with power seats. Additional gauges and a/c added. No flaws noted on bold yellow livery, and brightwork sparkles. A strong offering. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Have to wonder what the seller was thinking here. Price bid was all the money and then some. All the goodies don’t add that much to the value, so bid should have been enough to close the deal. SOLD AT $33,920. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $37,000 (ACC# 6920085). Seller had a change of heart and was kicking himself for turning down the earlier offer. As we have often stated, the first offer is often the best offer. SOLD AT $25,440. Price paid was the going rate for an attractive 6-cylinder pickup. All should be pleased with this nice truck at a market-correct price. #348-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. VIN: 506272419. Green/tan fabric/green leather. Odo: 61,357 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. An attractive Caddy convertible that is finished in an unusual shade of green. Wheels with 80 AmericanCarCollector.com #465-1951 CHEVROLET STYLELINE Custom coupe. VIN: CKDE3749. Maroon/tan fabric/black leather. Odo: 260 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A wild custom with flames and dazzling paint. Powered by 350 V8 and 3-speed automatic. A slight chop and louvers on the hood. Aftermarket #185-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. VIN: C542039881. Red & white/red & white vinyl. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A recent engine and transmission rebuild. Converted to 12V. New paint but a quickie, with overspray on lower areas. Door alignment off a bit and trim pitted. Buffer marks on trim. Would call this a quickand-dirty partial restoration. Very attractive 20-footer. Cond: 2-. #241-1953 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. VIN: C530028672. Light blue/white vinyl /blue & white vinyl. Odo: 62,559 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive Bel Air convertible that is loaded with options including Continental kit, sun visor and spotlights. Sun visor looks a little out of place on convertible! Also has tissue dispenser. A decent fairly recent respray has a few touch-ups to note. Top fits properly. Trim is pitted here and there. Over 24,000 produced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,730. Considering the condition, the price paid was market correct. Will be a fun driver but needs some attention prior to offering


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it again. The red-and-white colors make this desirable, but details drag it down. Drive and have fun while you pick away at it. #058-1956 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. VIN: V3A567005021. Light blue/white vinyl, blue cloth. Odo: 55,795 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A recent restoration with 350 under the hood with 700R4 auto transmission. Stated to have been frame-off restored, and no reason to doubt. Custom interior is very attractive. Recent respray properly applied, with no issues noted. An attractive Chevy pickup finished in bold shade of blue. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $26,235. A quality restoration that most likely was more costly than what was bid here. Pickups continue to be hot property, and there’s no reason to think the trend won’t continue (when things get back to normal). Price paid was market correct, so get out and have some fun with your new toy. #306-1956 OLDSMOBILE 98 sedan. VIN: 569C8564. Gold Mist/white/gold fabric/tan fabric. Odo: 15,171 miles. 324-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An unusual Oldsmobile 98 that is thought to be an Autorama car. Unconventional side trim and taillight trim. Jetaway HydraMatic was a $190 option on the 98. Spinner wheel covers. A one-off color. Has power everything and factory air. Only noted issue is damage and scratches on window trim. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. The big question here is documenting the possible auto-show connection. The unusual side trim and taillight housing have a factory look, so there’s a strong possibility the connection is there. Price doubles or triples if documented, so it’s well worth the effort of finding out. May–June 2020 81


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA ONE TO WATCH Cars With Values on the Move #283-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. VIN: C558H2775. Patina Ivory & Redwood Copper/white vinyl/ivory & copper vinyl. Odo: 3,143 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. A recent restoration of a fully loaded Bonneville convertible. Fitted with Tri-Power, 3-speed Super Hydramatic and Circulair air-conditioning, which was a $410 option. Attractive ivory and copper combo. Seating with mild wear or, to be polite, patina. A striking offering that had to be a real head-turner in the day, as it still is now. Cond: 2+. 1971–74 Dodge Charger Detailing from this era were still available with the optional 440-ci V8 — though its rated output dropped by nearly 100 hp between 1971 and 1974. Pricing for these later Chargers has been volatile. Appearing A to near the $30k mark in 2015, values then dropped to a low of $18,700 a year later and did not surpass that 2015 high until this year. In 2020, we have seen nine examples sell at auction so far. mong the last Mopars yet to see price increases are 1971 to 1974 Chargers. As some of the final 2-door muscle cars from Dodge, these third-gen cars were always meant to be mid-size performance machines, even in an era when performance was slipping. Chargers Years built: 1971–74 Number produced: 346,348 Number sold in past 12 months: 22 Average price of those cars: $39,078 Number listed in the ACC Premium Auction Database: 343 Current Median ACC Valuation: $35,750 Six of those brought $33k or above, with one more at almost $29k. The earlier cars of 1971 and ’72 with bigger horsepower and less-staid styling bring the highest prices. Find an example with the 440 and you are looking at the top dog among thirdgen Chargers. For example, a ’71 R/T 440 sold at Mecum Kissimmee this year for a strong $90,750. Not too shabby. With prices sky-high for the second-generation Charger, thrifty buyers will gravitate to the more-affordable ’71-and-later model, as it is the last of the truly muscular original Chargers. Take your time, find a pristine example and be willing to pay up for one with a larger engine. It might just pay off in the future. A — Chad Taylor HIGHS: A name synonymous with muscle-car greatness; available with the massive 440-ci V8 LOWS: Styling was on the decline; big displacement didn’t equal big horsepower OUTLOOK: With prices of its predecessor in the stratosphere, fans of American muscle will turn to this generation for a chance to own a piece of mighty Mopar history 82 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $43,990. New owner bought a wonderful Riviera GS at a fair price. Has all kinds of upside if maintained in current condition. I keep thinking these are going to catch the wave. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. This was last seen at Russo and Steele’s January 2020 sale, where it realized $72,600 (ACC# 6924811). Prior to that it was offered at the August 2019 RM Auctions Auburn sale, where a $105,000 offer was turned down (ACC# 6908779). Driven only 20 miles since Auburn sale. No explanation here, as the bid would have resulted in a handsome profit in a one-month period. A confusing trail. #471-1965 BUICK RIVIERA Gran Sport 2-dr hard top. VIN: 494475H926351. White/green vinyl. Odo: 64,412 miles. 401-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. The Gran Sport option provided 35 additional horsepower due to 4-bbl. Also offered dual exhaust, positive traction and engine trim. Identified by badges and Gran Sport full wheel covers. This example with new a/c and rebuilt transmission and carburetors. Minor issues with paint, with swirls and blemish in trunk. Troublesome clamshell headlamp covers appear to be in good order. A two-owner Riviera. Cond: 2.


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA #260-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. VIN: 136176Z127298. Tangelo/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 77,014 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A mild custom with Edelbrock aluminum intake and Sanderson heads. Has GT Grant steering wheel and aftermarket gauges. Finished in bold orange. Rides on Corvette C3 wheels. An attractive offering, if orange is your color of choice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,900. The El Camino had a new look for ’71 due to single-bezel headlamps, but at some point someone put a 1970 front clip on this car. The price paid covered the wheels and new paint, and the rest of this El Camino was thrown in for free. A more-than-fair price that should leave the buyer with a big grin. Quality respray and bucket seating in good order. Very impressive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $38,425. A quality offering at a fair market price. The optional L36 motor is a big plus, and the quality restoration finishes the deal. All should be happy here, as this should be a hoot to drive. Fairly bought and sold. SOLD AT $20,140. Price paid more than fair for a mild custom. Bold livery is an acquired taste that just might get old in a hurry. Fun driver at a realistic price, so use and enjoy. Should be square on dollars when the ride ends. #258-1969 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 444679H215196. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 99,827 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. The Skylark Custom was the plushest intermediate offering, but this well-presented example was the regular one. Has dual exhaust and Buick Rally wheels. Body straight and solid, with good luster on the brightwork. Outside mirror pitted but an easy fix. Side molding was an option. Clean example. Cond: 2. 136370R243763. Black Cherry/white vinyl. Odo: 60,467 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An LS6 big block that is documented with original build sheet. Has M22 Rock Crusher 4-speed manual transmission. Only 1,500 miles since restoration. Finished in Black Cherry—code 78. Cowl Induction hood. After brief inspection, nothing to fault. An impressive offering. Cond: 1-. 8 #245-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS LS6 2-dr hard top. VIN: CORVETTE #268-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S104830. Roman Red & Ermine White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 82,703 miles. 283-ci, 315-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. A frameoff, long-term restoration that holds an NCRS Top Flight award. Finished in Roman Red with Ermine White coves. Fewer than 500 miles since completed. Has new white vinyl top and Knoch interior. New carpet. Typical problem with headlight bezel fit. Little to fault on well-presented Fuelie. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $87,450. This was last seen at the January Barrett-Jackson sale, where it realized $82,500 (ACC# 6922865). Seller looking for a quick hit, but five grand barely covered expenses. A solid car that should bring more, but we are in a squishy market, so it’s hard to predict. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Boy, the price bid here should have gotten the job done. This was a respectable example but not perfect, so bid was market correct. No idea where he will find more money, but time will tell. #076-1969 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. VIN: 164379U197074. Maroon/red vinyl. Odo: 71,610 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A recent restoration of a stunning Chevrolet Impala SS. Equipped with the optional RPO L36 Turbo Jet V8 that produces 390 horsepower. Was a $237 option. Engine bay highly detailed. Equipped with disc brakes and power steering. May–June 2020 83 #200-1971 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. VIN: 1368012136958. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 43,021 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have received full restoration in 2018, but they neglected the stainless trim that was scratched. Powered by 350 crate motor with 4-barrel. B&M shifter. Tilt wheel and air. Impressive, but won’t pass many gas stations. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. Bought earlier this year at the January Barrett-Jackson sale for $82,500 (ACC# 6922931), and seller looking for a quick turn ’n’ burn. Same seller as Lot 263? No profit offered here, and seller not willing to spin his wheels. Time will tell if this is a good play or not. An exceptional example, but the Corvette market is—as noted on Lot 263—a bit soft at present. #380-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S108810. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 95,413 miles. 327-ci, 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. An attractive and well-optioned L84 fuel-injected Corvette. Chassis highly detailed. Fitted with factory air and knockoff wheels. Has M20 4-speed transmission. Paint with a few issues including chip on door and swirls. One of only 1,534 L84 fuel-injected Corvettes produced in 1964. Cond: 2+. BEST BUY TOP 10


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA NOT SOLD AT $67,500. This was last seen at the January 2020 Scottsdale Leake sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $55,000 (ACC# 6924999). Prior to that it was sold at the November 2019 McCormick’s sale for $61,480 (ACC# 6916411). At the February 2015 McCormick’s sale it realized $62,213 (ACC# 6772842), and in 2012 it failed to sell at McCormick’s at $54,000 (ACC# 6756555). All this and not a lot has happened, but I can’t understand why seller did not cut it loose here and move on. #263-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194377S109100. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 50,789 miles. 427-ci, 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Powered by the L71 motor with Tri-Power and M21 4-speed manual transmission. Documented with tank sticker. Stated to be matching numbers. Has stinger hood and radio with Protect-O-Plate. Motor was a $427 option. Only 3,754 produced. Has Redline tires mounted on Rally wheels. A stunning example of a big-block ‘Vette. Cond: 1-. installed. MSD ignition. Paint in good order, with white stinger on hood. Aftermarket mags. A potent Corvette. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $67,840. The seller had a bunch in this build, and I seriously doubt if he got his money back. The price paid was the going rate, so he has few complaints. Fair all around. #466-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 194679S704472. Monza Red/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 44,671 miles. 350-ci, 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older restoration that could use a little help. Paint cracking in a few places. High-rise hood added, but no engine mods noted. Aftermarket stereo. Interior in decent condition. Aftermarket mags just don’t have the look. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. The condition made the difference here, as a zillion of these exist, but most need all kinds of work. This one is good to go and standing tall. Should bring a touch more than was bid here. #262-1934 FORD MODEL 40 woodie wagon. VIN: 705461. Tan/brown leatherette. Odo: 55,419 miles. 221-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. An attractive woodie that has tight wood joints and no separation noted. Subject to a recent quality restoration and only 300 miles since completion. Paint professionally applied and interior properly installed. Engine nicely detailed. Overall, a very strong presentation. In same family since 1976. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. This L71 Corvette was seen earlier in the year when it sold at the January Barrett-Jackson auction for $139,700 (ACC# 6922969). Buyer looking for a quick hit here. Had a chance but was looking for more. We are in a changing market, and Corvettes are a bit weak now. I wonder where the seller will find a better offer. #248-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom convertible. VIN: 194677S101316. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 9,534 miles. 502-ci, 500hp V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A mild custom with 502-ci crate motor and 5-speed Tremec transmission. Chassis has been rebuilt and aluminum radiator NOT SOLD AT $29,000. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $28,000 (ACC# 6920154). Bid was a grand higher this time out, but this dragster appeals to a narrow (if deep) market. Seller will come to the difficult conclusion that there is not much more money out there for his toy. 84 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $27,560. A McCormick’s regular, as it was acquired in February 2012 for $22,830 (ACC# 4777886), and offered at the February 2017 and 2018 sales, where if failed to sell when bid to $30,000 on both occasions (ACC# 6856682, 6865962). Seller had a change of heart and took the lower offer here but still made a few bucks in his eight-year ownership. Only driven 500 miles during that time. FOMOCO #279-1931 FORD MODEL A roadster. VIN: A4567074. Tan & black/tan canvas/tan vinyl. Odo: 63,012 miles. A properly restored Model A finished in tan with black fenders. Engine bay clean and tidy. Seating in good order. Tan top is not worn or otherwise damaged. A solid example. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. This was not an inexpensive restoration, and the price bid was a tad short. Money spent does not equal value, but seller should do a bit better next time around. #061-1939 FORD MODEL 91 C Stake-Bed racer. VIN: 185163003. White/black vinyl. A 1939 Ford pickup that has been converted into a drag racer. Powered by a 454 Chevy crate motor with 2-speed Powerglide transmission. Pearl white paint is cracked due to stress. Engine bay clean but not detailed, which is not surprising. Won Best Engineered award at GoodGuys back in 2003. Not street legal. Cond: 3+.


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#257-1940 FORD DELUXE 022A 2-dr sedan. VIN: 185707598. Brown/tan fabric. Odo: 47,337 miles. Recent restoration to high standard. Engine bay highly detailed. Equipped with radio and heater. Engine with slight modification, as it has Fenton headers and dual exhaust with Smitty mufflers. Paint and interior properly restored with new plastic knobs. Brightwork sparkles. Must have been a labor of love, as car is not very attractive and color is not very appealing. Cond: 1-. #221-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE convertible. VIN: MP76CJ10G106. Maroon/black fabric/red & white vinyl. Odo: 80,102 miles. 239ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A mild custom with red-andwhite vinyl seating. Has B&M shifter and aftermarket gauges. Older paint lacking luster and is chipped here and there. Very poor top fit and issue with driver’s window. Has led a hard life. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. Seller of this Ford is a regular who rarely takes a car back home, but price bid was off the money. Not a very attractive Ford, but will appeal to someone. Better luck next time out. #267-1947 FORD DELUXE custom convertible. VIN: 799A189183. Metallic green/Oyster leather. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A rather oldschool custom until you look under the hood, where it sports a 1970 Cadillac V8 with GM Turbo 400 transmission. Vintage Air. Lowered with mild chop, frenched taillights and shaved doors. Oyster White interior. Custom grille. Green metallic paint that is not the most appealing. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This was last seen at McCormick’s November 2019 sale, where it failed to sell when bid to $32,000 (ACC# 6920111). Now on the slippery slope down the hill. With all the needs, it’s difficult to see how it’s worth much more than was bid here. #246-1951 MERCURY 1CM custom woodie wagon. VIN: 51LA29167M. Maroon/red vinyl. Odo: 4,807 miles. 4.6-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. A custom Merc woodie done with a South Pacific flare. Supercharged V8 under the hood, with Mustang II front end and 6-speed manual transmission. Vintage Air and a number of other custom touches. Exterior in good order, but no longer fresh. An expensive build and will attract attention at every outing. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. This is a Mecum frequent flier, as it was last seen at their February 2018 L.A. sale (ACC# 6865523), where it was a no-sale at $40,000. Prior that it sold at their August 2014 sale for $67,500 (ACC# 6719680), and two months earlier in Seattle it failed to sell at $30,000 (ACC# 6712324). Whew, after all that, I have no logical explanation as to why it did not move on here. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. This was last seen at Mecum’s November 2013 sale in Anaheim, CA, where it failed to sell when bid to $80,000 (ACC# 6726302). Wow, a unique build with a bid that is all the money and the seller walks. I May–June 2020 85


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA think they will have their unique Merc in the garage for many years to come. Can’t explain this one. #237-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: P5FH221814. Turquoise/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 6,633 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Finished in bright Turquoise, which was a correct Ford color for 1955, just not for the Thunderbird. Equipped with four-way seats and radio. Brightwork in good order, and bold paint— while not correct—was decent, with a few scrapes and bruises. Replacement interior properly installed. Cond: 3+. #250-1957 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK II 2-dr hard top. VIN: C56R376. Starmist White/white & maroon leather. Odo: 86,251 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A recent two-year restoration to a very nice standard. Bridge of Weir leather installed to factory specifications. Air the only option; otherwise, all the creature comforts were included. Only 444 produced in final year. Even at $10,000, they lost money on every one sold. The ultimate ‘50s luxury car. Cond: 1-. show. Interior looked decent, but car locked up tight, so close inspection not possible. Typical issues with black paint, with swirls noted. Buffer marks on chrome. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,815. One of about 57,000 produced, so a bunch of them readily available. Price paid was about right for a Sunday driver. Drive and maintain and the value should be there when it’s time to move on down the line. T-bird club is active, so join up and enjoy the car. #261-1965 SHELBY COBRA Continuation roadster. VIN: CSX6024. Light blue/black vinyl. Odo: 6,262 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Titled as a 1965 but built in early 2000s by Shelby American as CSX6000 continuation. Fitted with 427, which was recast under license from Ford. Shelby signature on glovebox door. Has signed MSO document. Body in good order with minimal signs of use. Still just a clone. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Price bid should have sent this T-bird to a new garage. The paint is a big negative, and the rest of the car was rather basic. Should have taken the money and not looked back. #538-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. VIN: C7FH257207. Flame Red/red hard top/white vinyl. Odo: 89,797 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A rather basic T-bird with the porthole hard top. Does not have power seats. Paint with a few issues. Interior recently fitted. Trim is pitted and bumpers are dull, with a few scratches. Several pieces of interior hardware appear to be newly installed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $58,000. These are exciting cars and very expensive to restore. For some reason, they just don’t get any traction and sell for less than what was bid here. This was a high-point example and was worth more, but they just don’t feel the love—yet. #240-1959 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. VIN: H9YH113647. Raven Black/black & red vinyl. Odo: 46,521 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A rather basic ‘59 T-bird hard top with a claim to fame that is a People’s Choice award at a local NOT SOLD AT $100,000. This was last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s 2014 January sale, where it realized $84,700 (ACC# 6724196). Playing with your car for six years and selling it at a profit is everyone’s dream. Seller had a chance here but turned it down. “Ford v Ferrari” gave these a boost, but that rose will wilt. I’m willing to bet seller will regret turning down the offer. #478-2007 SHELBY GT500 convertible. VIN: 1ZVHT89S475348214. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,807 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. The GT500 motor has an Easton R122 Roots-type blower that kicks out 50 additional NOT SOLD AT $15,000. A rather uninspiring Thunderbird, but the price bid was not even close. Should be worth at least $20k–$25k, and seller wasn’t willing to sell for a wholesale number. Bottom-feeders hard at work here. “ 86 AmericanCarCollector.com New owner has tough decision. Drive it and the car depreciates, or just look at it and preserve low miles. I know what I would do. 2007 Shelby GT500 convertible ”


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MCCORMICK’S • PALM SPRINGS, CA horsepower. This example in as-new condition with fewer than 2,000 miles on the clock. Cost about $45k when new. Paint as it left the showroom and interior sparkles. A stunning example. Cond: 1-. #264-1948 WILLYS JEEPSTER roadster. VIN: 73859. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 529 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A recent restoration with fewer than 600 miles since completion. Powered by the flathead Hurricane 4. The maroon paint in good order and the interior clean and sharp. Engine clean and crisp. Three-speed manual with overdrive standard. Designed during WWII by Brooks Stevens. Cond: 1-. Purple/black vinyl. Odo: 63,662 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A heavily modified Studebaker bullet-nose that is finished in a bold shade of purple. Powered by 350 Chevy with TH350 transmission. Mustang II front end and custom gauges. A noticeable repair patch on nose. A bunch of money spent on a rather nothing car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,390. A 13-year-old performance Shelby Mustang that sold for a premium. Well deserved, however, as the condition was spectacular. New owner has tough decision. Drive it and the car depreciates, or just look at it and preserve low miles. I know what I would do. AMERICANA #251-1937 PACKARD 115-C roadster. VIN: N77258CAL. Black/gray fabric/black leather. Odo: 51,498 miles. A very respectable restoration with new top, clock, luggage rack and artillery wheels. Woodgrain dash. A few minor blemishes and swirls in paint. Interior with no noticeable issues. Assigned California VIN. A very nice junior Packard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,560. This was last seen at Mecum’s October Las Vegas auction, where it sold for $17,600 (ACC# 6918754). A few short months later the buyer rings the bell with a quick flip. A well-restored Jeepster but powered by the 4-cylinder rather than the 6. I think the buyer got a bit carried away. Very well sold. #065-1948 JOHN DEERE B tractor. VIN: 228035. Green/black vinyl. MHD. A fully restored Model B Row Crop tractor. Rated at 25 draw-bar horsepower. Now equipped with padded seat. Converted to electric start. A well-presented example. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $6,360. Car sold for a song, but then it’s not much of car, either. The purple livery could get old in a quick hurry. I hate to think how much money was spent on this, with very little of it returned to the seller. Parts would be covered by the price paid here, but that’s about it. #338-1954 KAISER SPECIAL sedan. VIN: 022694. Black/gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 39,828 miles. 226-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Powered by the Supersonic Six, which sounds impressive but produces a touch over 100 horsepower. Finished in Raven Black. Has a padded dash and radio. Body straight and solid. Decent paint with a few swirls to note, as you expect on black; road rash on nose. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,060. Introduced in late 1936 but titled as a ‘37. A touch over 30,000 were produced. The junior Packard with 6-cylinder motor. A very solid example that sold for a marketcorrect number. Condition made the difference here. Not a CCCA Full Classic, but still lots to do with this attractive Packard convertible. SOLD AT $3,816. Produced between 1947 and 1952. Cost of restoration was a bunch more than was paid here. Project was a labor of love. Buyer has a cool tractor for pocket change. Well bought, if buyer has a spot for it. #019-1950 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER Starlight custom coupe. VIN: G881729. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. The Special is the lowend offering for Kaiser. Even so, the price bid was a bit light and should have brought another $3k–$4k. Will always raise a few eyebrows, as few Kaisers are still on the road. A May–June 2020 87


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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL Online Only: Palm Beach 2020 The top-priced American car is also one of the better deals, as a 1963 289 Cobra sold for $682,000 RM Sotheby’s Palm Beach, FL March 20–28, 20200 Automotive lots sold/ offered: 173/259 Sales rate: 67% Sales total: $13,619,165 High American sale: 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $682,000 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold at $682,000 Report by John Hoshstrasser, with Chad Tyson; Intro by Chad Tyson Photos courtesy of RM Sotheby’s; images by Darin Schnabel, Thatcher Keast, Corey Escobar, Ken Wallace, Tim Scott, Pete Fisher and Debby Winder Market opinions in italics ·$13.6m in automobile sales is a 41% drop from last year’s — let’s call it normal — $23m Fort Lauderdale sale ·Catalog entries include extensive photography, documentation files when applicable and condition reports completed by RM Sotheby’s specialists ·RM Online Only division was launched in 2019, with a mascots sale in late October and three more sales to close the year W ho saw this coming? The world got caught pants-down by the novel coronavirus, with the U.S. instituting fast and drastic changes not long after the Amelia Island weekend. RM Sotheby’s had their Palm Beach sale planned for March 20–21 but called an audible when recommended group sizes became too small for an inperson land auction. Fortunately for them, RM Sotheby’s introduced their online-bidding platform late last year. So, instead of bringing all of the cars to one spot in Florida, the company brought everyone interested to one spot on the Internet to bid on the cars. It’s important to understand that this report was written without the benefit of a hands-on inspection. John Hoshstrasser perused the extensive photo logs for each 88 AmericanCarCollector.com lot, along with each of the attached files of documentation. There’s no doubt an online sale lacks the excite- ment of the in-person variety, but these are odd times, and everyone has to roll with the punches. I logged on to navigate the bidding process at a few points during the open bidding, as well as sticking around for a number of lots as they closed. Frankly, it appeared to be a very good online-bidding system. When the lots I watched ended, it was apparent and clear what the final price was and whether it sold or not. If that seems a low bar, well, I’m not sure how little Internet bidding experience you have, but it can’t be too much. As expected in a tumultuous time, there were some bargains. I found the Ford GT sold at $242,000 to be a rather good deal, even as the market has softened for those. The other big deal still came at a big price. A 1963 289 Cobra sold for $682,000, which — even with 64k miles and not being in perfect condition — was one of the lowest-selling prices on a 289 I’ve seen in a number of years. That car was also the top-bid American lot of the weeklong auction. There will probably be few in-person auctions during spring 2020. RM Sotheby’s pulled this one off during uncertain times and in a way that we may have to get used to for a few more months. A QUICK TAKE


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GM #270-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. VIN: 16922840. Balsam Green/white vinyl/green & white leather. Odo: 27,485 miles. 322-ci supercharged V8, auto. Presentable paint. Exterior chrome trim shows pitting. Top shows no rips but is older and yellowing. Plastic rear window yellowed and difficult to see through. Chrome wire wheels shiny. Wide whitewall tires starting to yellow at edges. Door sills scratched and dented. Front bench seat very good; rear seat creasing and baggy at seat bottom. Steering wheel shows no cracks; chrome horn ring has light pitting. Carpet is old and fading. Engine appears fresh and detailed. Rest of engine bay shows scratches and age corrosion. Trunk not shown. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Excellent example in pleasing colors. The base price for a 1953 Eldorado convertible was a then-whopping $7,750, which may be the reason that only 532 were sold. These days, like most other cars of the 1950s, values are on the decline. Consignor either missed or disregarded that memo, and didn’t let it go at $5k under the low estimate. That’s fair for them, but it could be a while until they get a bid like this again. #342-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO custom coupe. VIN: 124377N248366. Blue/black vinyl. 6.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Custom metallic blue paint applied well over straight body panels. Trunk gaps off, but the rest are good. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim shiny. Chrome Torq Thrust wheels blemish-free. Interior mostly stockappearing, with a few mods such as upgraded speedo and tachometer with digital odometer, billet-spoke steering wheel. Both front seat bottoms baggy, rear seat looks unused. Carpet newish; stock console houses 6-speed shifter. Detailed engine bay. Motor is a modern LQ9 block with LS3 intake, LS7 fuel injection and LS7 lifters. Power brakes, steering and a/c. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. The original owner had the dealer install the McCulloch supercharger before delivery—catalog entry claimed that this car is the only one to have this done. This car was last seen at the Mecum Monterey 2017 auction, where it sold for $165,000 (ACC# 6846829). And that’ll explain why it wasn’t let got at a bid just over half of the high estimate. #326-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. VIN: 536220065. Azure Blue/black cloth/blue leather. Odo: 53,788 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shiny with no visible flaws. Gaps variable but probably still better than factory. Copious chrome straight and shiny. Chrome wire wheels blemish-free, whitewalls starting to yellow. Top fits well, with clear plastic rear window. Small scuffs on driver’s side door sill. Front bench seat wrinkling on driver’s side, but the rest of interior shows as-new. Engine bay stunningly detailed at a concours level, with factory tags, decals, all-correct components and clamps. Equipped with power steering and windows. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. Tasteful resto-mod that was done well. The LQ9 is known for its ability to make a lot of horsepower and respond well to upgrades, as shown here with the claimed 650 hp. I liked that the interior was left in its stock appearance, but the baggy seat bottoms were a turn-off. This car was last seen at Mecum’s Kissimmee, FL, sale in January, where it failed to sell for a high bid of $40,000 (ACC# 6925910). The $41k bid here should tell the consignor that the market is settling on a price for this car, whether they sell it or not. #261-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. VIN: 124379N515385. Fathom Green/green vinyl. Odo: 35,471 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good green paint, with a few touch-ups around nose area. Painted Endura front bumper, chrome rear bumper with good rubber on overriders. Rally wheels, hubcaps and trim rings blemish-free, Goodyear Wide Tread May–June 2020 89


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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL GT raised letters yellowing. Interior correct and as-new with wood trimmed dash, console and steering wheel. Rally gauges. Engine bay clean and mostly stock. Tubed headers and AC Delco air conditioning added. Equipped with power brakes. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. body color; no rear bumper. Foose wheels. Stepside bed excellent with new wood bed. Velour seat covers not my favorite but done well. Original-appearing dash upgraded with modern gauges. Vintage-looking radio has a remote stereo hiding somewhere and speakers mounted in kick panels. Billet 14-inch, leather-padded steering wheel. Sanitary engine bay holds very custom supercharged small block, with polished and chrome bits. Very clean undercarriage. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,300. 1969 Z/28s are auction staples, and with 20,302 produced, they’re relatively plentiful. I’m not usually a fan of green cars (especially green interiors) but it works here. Values are off their peak of a few years ago, but this one hit between the low and high estimates. Fair deal all around, with a slight nod to the buyer based on the car’s apparent condition. #152-1971 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 228871L108297. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 41,970 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent paint, with chipping on corners of doors, hood and trunk. Trunk and door jambs not repainted. Variable gaps. Finish on honeycomb wheels rough—one wheel has a small crack. Seats, dash and carpet look good, but top of center armrest badly worn. Gauge faces have scratches. Factory AM/FM/8-track tape player. Engine bay clean and complete with repro factory decals. Paint chipped off in places on engine block. MSD ignition and modern parts-store battery added. Equipped with factory a/c, power steering and brakes, and tilt wheel. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. This lot was offered at no reserve and will need to be collected from Auburn, IN. I can’t help but wonder if that maybe held back some bidding, or if it was mostly the paint issues. I don’t think the buyer will be able to bring it up to a top level without going underwater, so best bet is to use as-is and fix the little things as they occur. SOLD AT $25,850. This custom was done right. Excellent stepside, short-bed styling and those polished Foose wheels gave it the right stance. The supercharged small block would provide plenty of grunt, and the power front disc brakes would provide the “whoa.” Modern stereo and a/c ensures comfortable cruising. The sold price ensures the buyer didn’t break the bank. I can’t help but think of what bidders in resto-mod havens like Scottsdale would have ponied up for this truck. Very good deal here at nearly $20k under the high estimate. #112-1976 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. VIN: 2W87W6N590274. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 33,237 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint looks shiny from farther-back photos but has swirls and scratches throughout on close-ups. Paint on front bumper shows multiple cracks. Body filler around the driver’s side B-pillar needs to be redone. Screaming Chicken and other exterior decals good. Unmarked snowflake wheels wrapped with older Comp T/A tires. Interior good, with only slight creasing to driver’s seat bottom. Dash good, with clear gauges. Clock SOLD AT $50,600. Oh, how great this would be with a 4-speed. No doubt it’s great as it sits, but the auto so often puts a damper on bidders’ enthusiasm. Wasn’t let go for a song, but it didn’t make it to the $55k low estimate. Call it a fair deal, with a nod to the buyer. #227-1971 CHEVROLET C10 Custom pickup. VIN: CS141A640456. Silver/black velour & vinyl. 350-ci supercharged V8, auto. Quartersize scuff on driver’s door. Front bumper painted 90 AmericanCarCollector.com #259-1990 CHEVROLET C1500 454 SS pickup. VIN: 1GCDC14N0LZ174302. Black/red velour. Odo: 44 miles. 7.4-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Mileage shown claimed actual. Factory paint without noticeable flaw, but shows requisite GM orange peel throughout. Black rubber strip on rear bumper starting to fade. Very dated but factory-original velour interior shows no wear. Dash, carpet and console show as-new. Engine bay a little dusty but appears unused. Fully loaded with all available options. Includes original window sticker. Offered at no reserve. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,600. Chevrolet caused quite a stir in 1990 when they dropped the 454 into their smallest short-bed half-ton pickup. Other trucks of this era were built in equal parts of function and comfort, but Chevrolet injected some muscle into the equation. Built from 1990 through 1993, all of these trucks were specced the same, with black paint and red cloth interior. Past owners of this example must have known it was something special, as it only has 44 original miles. That’ll explain the premium, as the most recent sales of these trucks have been $15k–$28k. CORVETTE is inoperable. Aftermarket Audiovox DIN tape player in stock position does not fit well. Engine bay clean, with some paint scratches and staining. Red heater hose and red spark-plug wires detract. Optioned with power steering, brakes and factory a/c. Cond: 3-. #352-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. VIN: E54S001563. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 2,599 miles. 235-ci, 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Older restoration now unwinding. A few chips and touch-ups in paint. Gaps vary widely, just like they left the factory. Painted steel wheels show some chips, hubcaps good. Old Firestone bias-ply tires cracking and whitewalls yellowing. Chrome trim around windshield and rear-view mirror starting to pit. Wiper scratches on windshield. Top has a few small rips, but rear window is clear. Seat bottoms are flattening and vinyl is baggy. Carpet dirty, but dash is good. 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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL with surface rust on exhaust manifolds. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This car was a recipient of an NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence Award, and judging paperwork is included. Values for 1954 Corvettes lag behind the other C1s, as they weren’t first-year like 1953 and they don’t have the V8 engine like the 1955s. This car was last seen at Mecum’s 2015 Indianapolis auction, where it sold for $82,000 (ACC# 6797211). Can’t blame the owner for turning down this low bid, as it’s off base by 50%. #356-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: E56S003584. Polo White/black canvas, white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 1,352 miles. 265-ci 225-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration completed in 2017. Paint has no noticeable flaws, but panels are slightly wavy, just like from the factory. Chrome exterior trim good. Wheels and hubcaps excellent, bias-ply whitewalls bright. Soft top fits well with clear plastic rear window; hard top has chips on the edges from storage but still good. Stock interior as-new with no discernible wear. Engine bay has all correct components, hoses and clamps, and is very clean but not over-the-top detailed. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2+. 5 SOLD AT $72,600. Stated it is believed to be a real Big Brake car, but there’s no documentation offered to back that up. With its metallic brake linings and special finned drums, the Big Brake option was not really suited for the street, as these cars took a long time to warm up and be effective. It’s much more common to see the Big Brake option with the fuel-injected engine in a racing package. This car was last seen at the RM Sotheby’s Auburn Fall 2019 sale, where it failed to sell for $80,000 (ACC# 6911876). If they only knew then what they know now, or something like that. Very well bought. SOLD AT $110,000. Scored 98.8 at the 2019 NCRS National Convention to achieve the Duntov Mark of Excellence Award. The restoration was performed by a former NCRS national president and NCRS national judging chairman, so there’s little question regarding its provenance or condition. The 1956 model really turned the corner for the Corvette, with gorgeous styling, much-improved performance and more creature comforts such as roll-up windows and an improved top that kept the rain out. Quality worth paying up for, as the final price was $33k over the ACC Pocket Price Guide median. Fair deal both ways. #421-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. VIN: 10867S106316. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 57,376 miles. 10 #344-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 40837S118175. Riverside Red/black vinyl. Odo: 50,024 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have received a comprehensive restoration at unspecified date. Very good paint over straight body panels. Chrome bumpers and exterior trim show no flaws. Knockoff aluminum wheels blemish-free, with modern Goodyear white-stripe tires. Interior stunningly like-new with no noticeable wear to seats, dash or console. Clock is inoperable. Factory AM/FM push-button radio. Sills scuff-free. Engine bay appears like it left the factory, with correct components, hoses and clamps. Equipped with factory a/c. Cond: 2+. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny paint shows polishing swirls. Exterior chrome trim dirty and dusty, but looks to be in good shape. Claimed to include both tops, but no photos of either in the catalog. Painted 5.5-inch-wide steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps were used on Big Brake cars exclusively. Interior good, with a few scratches on painted console. 1990s-era cassette stereo added. Stock and correct engine bay clean, with modern GM hoses and belts. Plug-wire heat shields in place. Needs to be collected from Bel Air, MD. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,000. The L76 motor in this example was the the same as the L84 fuel-injected motor, but with a 4-bbl carburetor instead of the fuel-injection system that knocked 10 hp off the company’s rating. Factory a/c was rare in 1964—seeing it on the solid-lifter L76 is überrare. 1964s always lag behind other mid-years: no split window and no disc brakes. Stated to be an NCRS Top Flight award winner with the certificate and ribbon included, so this car was in excellent order. Just managed to hit the $65k low estimate. #432-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. VIN: 194371S118695. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 55,175 miles. 454-ci, 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Only apparent flaws in paint are two small chips above rear license plate. Chrome and exterior trim good. Rally wheels, hubcaps and trim rings blemish-free, with modern Goodyear Eagle tires. Seat covers new, while the rest of the original interior reveals expected wear. Scratches on steering column and console. Surface rust on chrome ventilation controls. Gauges clear, factory AM/FM push-button radio. Engine bay clean and correct, with reproduction factory decals. Firewall paint shows chips. Stated to have a fresh engine rebuild. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. I liked this Corvette. With its less-than-concours condition, it can be driven without worry of hurting its value, and that 454 with 4-speed would be very entertaining. Yellow paint may be polarizing, but I like it. This car was last seen at Mecum Harrisburg on July 31, 2019, where it failed to sell at a high bid of $30,000 (ACC# 6912816). The seller let it go at $1k less on the hammer. That’s going to sting just a little, but this was a fair-market deal all around. FOMOCO #360-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE wagon. VIN: 186472898. Blue/black vinyl/brown leather. Odo: 527 miles. Last restored in 1985 and has unwound since. Paint shows scratches, chips and touch-ups throughout. 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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL MARKET MOMENT 1965 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door Hard Top whitewall Firestone tires bright. Driver’s side seat bottom flattened, making the leather baggy, other seats look good. Interior wood looks great. Painted dash and steering wheel are good. Engine bay clean, while flathead V8 shows chips and corrosion on valve covers. Carburetor shows fuel staining. Needs to be collected from Collins, NY. Cond: 3. Courtesy of Mecum Auctions SOLD at $27,500 Mecum Auctions, Kissimmee, FL, January 2–12, Lot T72 VIN: 164375S290404 W hat’s in a name? I guess it all depends on the name in question. Here we have a 1965 Chevrolet Impala. It’s a 396 car, wears original paint and has an original interior. There’s no real damage anywhere save for age-related wear. The noteworthy thing here is the reported mileage: 14. Not 14,000 or 140,000. 14. Or to be completely accurate, “believed to be 14 miles.” There just aren’t many sub-20-mile 1965 Impalas out there, so that number might be hard for some of you to believe. Well, maybe not. See, I’m pretty sure that the GM fanatics reading this already know where this car came from. The VIN tells the story via the ACC Premium Auction Database. It’s a Lambrecht car. If you don’t remember, Ray Lambrecht was the owner of a Chevrolet dealership in Pierce, NE. He had a habit of keeping his unsold inventory, which resulted in a sizable collection of no-miles Chevrolets — the kind of situation from which urban legends are born. VanDerBrink Auctions sold off the collection in 2013 in what was a huge car-media moment. There, in the middle of a big Nebraska field full of car crazies from around the world — 30,000 of them — this 12-mile Impala sold to its first owner for $76,125 (ACC# 227818). At Kissimmee, away from the power of that moment in Pierce, NE, the car made just $27,500 — or about what a nice 100,000-miler that lived a life on the road would make. What’s the deal? There was some question about the true value of Lambrecht’s cars when the original sale took place. How much of the bids were due to hype? Quite a bit, it would seem. But you can’t discount owning an all-original new 1965 Chevrolet if that’s your thing. That said, I suspect the reality of the situation, after that initial high moment out under the big sky in Nebraska, set in heavily for this car’s first owner. What do you do with a car you can’t drive because its value is in its untouched nature? Would you stare at it in your garage? Polish it and show it off? Disconnect the speedometer and drive it occasionally so as not to clock any more miles? Maybe that’s where the “believed to be” copy on Mecum’s site came from. But curiously absent was any mention of Lambrecht there at all. Considering the frenzy over Lambrecht’s cars, I think that was a missed opportunity. Regardless, this was one heck of a buy, as you’re not going to find a better original 1965 Impala anywhere. At over $70k, the question of what to do with it might have weighed heavily, but at this money, it’s not quite so weighty. I’d replace a few components and start using it. After all, what’s the difference between 14 miles and 4,000 miles on a $27k car? It’ll always be a Lambrecht car, and there’s value in that name. A — Jim Pickering 92 AmericanCarCollector.com SOLD AT $682,000. Nice driver quality, if such a thing as a driver Shelby Cobra exists. This car has been marketed heavily by a Vero Beach dealer and on eBay asking $899,999. Previously this car was a no-sale at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey auction at a high bid of $775,000 (ACC# 6877334). Not sure if the pandemic scared them into accepting this bid (and I wouldn’t blame them if it did) or if it was just weariness from marketing the car, but this represents an outstanding buy. SOLD AT $53,900. This car achieved AACA First Junior in 1986 and Senior Award in 1987. But that was 34 years ago and time has taken a toll on this woodie. Although no longer a show car, it’s still presentable and would make a great sunny-day driver. This car was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Hershey auction, where it sold for $57,750 (ACC# 6853253). Including buyer’s premium, it sold just over the low estimate of $50k. 1 #330-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. VIN: CSX2095. Black/red leather. Odo: 63,881 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Stated to have been restored by Mike McCluskey of Torrance, CA, in early 2000s. Has been driven since. Paint shows polishing swirls. Door gaps off. Chrome-wire knockoff wheels shiny. Bright red leather upholstery baggy on seat bottoms, more so on driver’s side. Clean engine and engine bay. Intake is 2x4-bbl induction with two small, round chrome air cleaners. Needs to be collected from Vero Beach, FL. Cond: 2-. TOP 10 BEST BUY


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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL #336-1965 SHELBY COBRA 4000 Continuation roadster. VIN: CSX4862. Blue/black leather. Odo: 2,208 miles. 511-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Shelby CSX4000 Continuation built by Park Place in Seattle, WA. Very good paint over straight body panels. Chrome QuickJack receivers front and rear. Chrome roll hoop and sidepipes. Good seats, but carpet baggy on transmission tunnel. Full gauges with obligatory Carroll Shelby-signed glovebox door. Good woodrimmed steering wheel. Clean engine bay holds Roush-built 511-ci, 588-hp V8. Oversized radiator with three electric fans: two pushers in front, one puller behind. Custom a/c. Cond: 2+. guide median and fell between the estimates. All of that leads to a pretty good deal just when gasoline is getting inexpensive. #125-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. VIN: 67200F50008. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 64,443 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint. Chrome bumpers, trim shiny and straight. Chrome Shelby wheels have no curb rash and wear Goodyear Speedway tires. Interior freshly restored with obligatory Carroll Shelby signature on the glovebox door. Stewart Warner gauges added under dash. Mildew forming in rear seat seams suggest storage in a humid environment. Trunk clean, with new mat and original spare and jack. Engine bay looks correct and detailed, with factory decals and chalk marks replicated. Modern parts-store battery. Equipped with power steering and brakes. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2. 4 NOT SOLD AT $80,000. CSX4000-series Cobras usually go for about one-eighth the price of a real Cobra. In my opinion, this Cobra is overbuilt. Over 580 hp in these little bodies would be too much power to be of any use on the street. This car has been heavily marketed at a Vero Beach dealer and on eBay asking $129,900. No wonder it wasn’t let go at this high bid. I’m not sure bidders are going to offer much more anytime soon. #165-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. VIN: 6T08C279177. Raven Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 80,888 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. C-code 289. Shiny black paint with chips at door corners. Factory chrome steel wheels good, with dual Redline radial tires. Soft top down—covered with a red vinyl parade boot. Restored optional Pony interior looks fresh, with no discernible wear. Wood steering wheel separating at joints. Factory-looking AM push-button radio. Engine bay detailed with correct decals and tags. FoMoCo windshield bag and period-looking battery are nice touches. Has the air cleaner and decal from a High Performance 289. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2+. $69,300. 1969 was a banner year for the Cougar. Widely considered just an upscale Mustang, the addition of the Eliminator option puts some fangs into these cats. This example with the 428 Cobra Jet engine with Ram Air intake was restored to apparent perfection. Maybe yellow isn’t your thing, but it’ll stand out on the road. It sold for way over average 1969 Eliminator prices, but I have to say it’s probably worth it for this one. #417-1990 FORD MUSTANG LX 7-Up convertible. VIN: 1FACP44E5LF159903. Emerald green/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 2,385 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Factory paint good, with no observable flaws but with orange peel throughout. Headlights and taillights clear. Luggage rack on trunk lid shows no use. Factory alloys show no rash. Original convertible top has no rips but is dirty at bows. Driver’s seat bottom shows slight wrinkling; rest of interior appears as-new. Trunk looks unused. Engine bay stock and very clean, retaining factory decals throughout. Undercarriage very clean. Includes original window sticker and all manuals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $115,500. Odd to see a GT350 without the stripes, and I would prefer it if this car had them in white. Seems so plain otherwise. Anyways, this was another lot that split the high and low estimates. Good car for a good price, so all should be pleased with this transaction. #310-1969 MERCURY COUGAR Eliminator 2-dr hard top. VIN: 9F91R567026. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 77,191 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cobra Jet. Early-2000s restoration holding up well. No noticeable flaws in paint. Exterior trim and bumpers shiny. Steel wheels good, with raised-white-letter Goodyear Polyglas tires. Fully restored interior shows no wear. Factory AM push-button radio in dash. Engine compartment NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Interesting story on these LX 7-Up Mustangs, but it takes far more space than allowed in a Market Report. Read up on it when you get a chance. They were all specced the same and came with an auto or 5-speed transmission. Ford built around 4,000. This example would make a great addition to a Fox-body collection. The 2,385 miles is low enough to be very collectible but high enough where you could take it out on a sunny day and not feel guilty. The bid was $9k off the low estimate, so there’s little wonder it failed to sell. SOLD AT $38,500. Striking color combination. That 289 would be a lot of fun to drive with the 4-speed manual. This lot was offered at no reserve. The sold price is $8k above the price- factory fresh and finely detailed, with factoryreplicated chalk marks and decals. AACA Senior National First prize in 2006. Includes original build sheet and Elite Marti Report. Needs to be collected from Naples, FL. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT #411-1993 FORD MUSTANG SVT Cobra hatchback. VIN: 1FACP42D1PF176147. Vibrant Red/gray leather. Odo: 2,563 miles. 302-ci fuelinjected V8, 5-sp. Stated to be unrestored and miles shown are actual. Paint bright and shiny, with no apparent flaws. Wheels look blemishfree. All glass clear. Seats show light creasing. Dash console and steering wheel all unmarked. Factory a/c and original cassette stereo. Carpet and floor mats look fresh. Rear seats look unused. Engine bay is complete and very clean. Includes framed factory window sticker, owner’s manuals and Ford Motor Company SVT certificate. Cond: 1-. May–June 2020 93 TOP 10


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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Ford built 4,993 Mustang SVT Cobras in 1993, and, if you wanted one now, this was the one to get. Good colors, excellent condition and low miles. However, the 2,563 miles are not so low that you could take this car out on sunny days and not worry. The abovemarket bid here wasn’t enough of a premium to match the car’s apparent condition, leaving the seller to look for more another time. 2 #320-2006 FORD GT coupe. VIN: 1FAFP90S76Y400701. Mark IV Red/black leather. Odo: 13,761 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Three-option GT with factory McIntosh radio added. Canadian-delivery example. Paint appears without fault. Clear bra covers nose. Front air dam and wheels blemishfree. Very slight creasing to driver’s side seat bottom is the only noticeable flaw to interior. Engine bay very clean, suggesting a good detailing. Engine upgraded with an Accufab throttle body and aftermarket exhaust, though original exhaust included. Recently serviced, which included air-bag replacement due to Ford recall. Comes with owner’s manuals and window sticker. Needs to be collected from Chatham, Ontario, Canada. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $242,000. At 13,761, this is considered a mid-to-high-mileage GT, but that’s fine with me. It’s still in wonderful shape, you don’t have to pay a premium for ultra-low miles, and you could actually drive it without worrying about depreciation. Here’s hoping that’s what the new owner does, as they got this in a belowmarket deal. Very well bought at $60k under the market median. MOPAR #343-1967 PLYMOUTH HEMI GTX 2-dr hard top. VIN: RS23J77138360. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 52,644 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Quality paint shows polishing swirls. Bumpers and exterior trim good. Magnum 500 wheels blemish-free and wrapped with newish Firehawk Indy 500 tires. Interior claimed original and appears in great shape. Steering wheel cracked at left and right spokes. Gauges clear, factory AM push-button radio. Sunpro tach clamped onto steering column. Multiple wires hanging under dash. Engine bay clean and complete, with wires correctly routed and some paint chipping here and there. Budget partsstore battery. Trunk not shown. Equipped with power brakes. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. The fifth-digit J in the VIN says it was originally a Hemi-powered car, but no mention in the catalog whether this car has its originally-born-with Hemi. Yes, in the files available for the car, the broadcast sheet was included, but no close-up images of the block casting. The final price ended up in the ballpark for a legit Hemi GTX, so all should be pleased here. #422-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA convertible. VIN: BS27H0B280941. Lemon Twist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,233 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. No noticeable flaws in expertly applied paint. Hockey-stick decals look good. Enduro front bumper and good chrome rear bumper. Steel wheels painted body color, with good dog-dish hubcaps and new Comp T/A tires. Top fits well with clear plastic rear window. Stock interior shows little wear except on wood shift knob. Clear gauges and factory AM push-button radio. Engine bay repainted with engine out. Matching-numbers engine clean with chipping around number stamp. Exhaust manifolds have surface rust. Equipped with power steering and top. Cond: 2+. “ Today, Vipers provide a ton of performance for the money, as evidenced by the price here. It breaks down to about $85.56 per horsepower. Call it a win for the buyer. 1998 Dodge Viper convertible 94 AmericanCarCollector.com ” NOT SOLD AT $69,000. First year for the Ebody that removed all its previous commonality with the Valiant and the economy-car stigma that went along with it. It’s refreshing to see a Mopar at auction with its original small block, given all the 440 and Hemi transplants that frequent sales. A 4-speed would have been preferable, but with the top down this would make a fine cruiser. Too bad the bidding stopped well short of market here. Seller will likely prove wise for not dropping the reserve today. #258-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. VIN: JH23L0E106674. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 99,658 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a professional rotisserie res- TOP 10 BEST BUY


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RM SOTHEBY’S • JUPITER, FL toration and it shows. Excellent paint over straight body panels. Exterior chrome and trim without obvious flaw. Stock Rallye wheels shod with Firestone Wide Oval tires. Interior restored and looks unworn, but carpet is a little baggy in rear area. Sanitary engine bay is all correct, with transplanted 440 Magnum engine. Undercarriage cleaner than my dining-room table. Equipped with a/c, power steering and brakes. Cond: 1-. 383-ci, 335-hp engine, while the SE package gave you a vinyl top, smaller rear window and more luxury inside. Muscle-car collector Alice Cooper is noted for collecting some of the best examples, and that provenance, with the current condition of this car, adds value. This car previously sold at the Mecum 2018 Kissimmee auction for $71,500 (ACC #6860072). They took a hit letting it go here, but that happens. Sold between a 383 R/T SE and Hemi Challenger, but more towards the SE price end. SOLD AT $57,750. The VIN decodes to a 383 car built at the Los Angeles plant. Seemingly no expense was spared with the restoration, as every surface and component down to the nuts and bolts appears as-new. This car was completely dismantled before painting—all painted surfaces including trunk, engine bay and undercarriage are glossy. No mention of any show participation, but with the engine transplant, this car would easily be competitive in the Mopar National Clone class. Maybe that is where the new owner plans to take it. Well sold. #407-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SE 2-dr hard top. VIN: JS29N0E120757. Sublime Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 95,276 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Stated to have had a nut-and-bolt restoration. No apparent flaws to paint except a few chips under front bumper. Bumble Bee stripes painted, blackout decal on hood. Go Wing on trunk. Vinyl top fits well. Foose wheels with low-profile BFGoodrich tires. Interior restored to stock and is excellent. Odometer numbers yellowing, trip numbers are white. Spotless engine bay with transplanted Hemi engine detailed nicely. Air cleaner and steering wheel signed by Alice Cooper, as he once owned this car. Needs to be collected from Collins, NY. Cond: 2+. #111-1998 DODGE VIPER convertible. VIN: 1B3ER65E7WV401237. Viper Red/red hard top/black leather. Odo: 5,521 miles. 8.0-L fuelinjected V10, 6-sp. Low mileage claimed actual. Factory paint shows polishing swirls, orange peel and a scuff on passenger’s side rocker panel. Plastic headlight covers clear. Factory alloy wheels blemish-free with Michelin Pilot tires. Interior excellent and detailed. Only demerits are the driver’s side bolster shows slight wear and the seat bottom is a little baggy. Engine bay stock, complete and detailed. Offered with no reserve. Needs to be collected from Auburn, IN. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Mileage claimed under 12k, but display not shown. Tasteful custom on a potent Viper-powered SRT-10 Ram pickup. SRT10s were offered in 2-door and 4-door configurations, with the few-door variants now commanding about a $10k premium. Values for these have been rising of late. Good call by the seller not to let go of this custom at below wholesale. It may take some time, but they’ll get a lot closer to the $50k–$60k estimate another day. SOLD AT $38,500. Second-generation Vipers like this example came with a hard top, electric windows, a/c and rear-exiting exhaust. Although they had more creature comforts than the raw first-gen cars, these were still brutally fast. A buddy of mine owned a 1998 just like this one, and we would thrash it around town on weekends. Today, Vipers provide a ton of performance for the money, as evidenced by the price here. It breaks down to about $85.56 per horsepower. Call it a win for the buyer. SOLD AT $63,800. The VIN decodes to a real R/T SE, but this car now has a period-correct Hemi engine. The R/T Challenger gave you a #210-2006 DODGE RAM SRT-10 Custom pickup. VIN: 3D5HA18H16G100319. Black/black leather. Odo: 12,000 miles. 8.4-L fuel-injected V10, auto. SRT-10 custom by Foose. Good paint with polishing swirls and scratches here and there. Foose logos painted on doors and sides of bed. Blemish-free, 20-inch Foose wheels wrapped with new Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires. Orange Foose disc-brake calipers all around. Custom leather upholstery with orange piping and logo embroidered on headrests. Infinity audio/navigation system in dash. Interior shows little wear. Trunk bed sprayed with Tuff Skin and has a hard cover. Engine bay stock but a little dusty. Cond: 2+. #353-1955 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. VIN: 55881269. White Jade & Zircon & Sapphire/white cloth/white & blue leather. Odo: 344 miles. 352-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration holding up well. Paint shows no obvious flaws. Abundant exterior chrome good. Top down, so can’t see it. Chrome wire wheels blemish-free with good whitewall tires. Interior in attractive colors, shows little wear. Chrome dash and instruments shine like jewelry. Steering wheel has no cracks. Correct engine bay detailed well, with factory-appearing decals. Chips on engine paint. Heater hoses have modern clamps. Modern budget battery detracts. Equipped with power windows, seat, top, steering and brakes. Needs to be collected from West Palm Beach, FL. Cond: 2+. AMERICANA 9 SOLD AT $78,100. It was only a few years ago that good Caribbeans broke six figures. But, like most other cars of the 1950s, values have since taken a dive. This example was last seen at RM Sotheby’s 2016 Hershey, PA, auction, where it sold for $77,000 (ACC# 6809757). The reporter then called it a good buy. I can’t say the same here, as the market has dropped since then and it sold for more this time. The gain isn’t enough to offset any fees or anything, but it’s not the worst feeling to get in and out of the car at about the same price. A May–June 2020 95 TOP 10


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THE PARTS HUNTER Pat Smith Vintage Hot Rod Swag #202870703544 6-71 GMC blower. Not every old speed part is worth a lot — but there are diamonds in that rough 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Greenup, KY. 1/12/2020. “6-71 blower supercharger GMC hot rod. Condition is used. Good condition and must be converted to street blower. Buyer pays shipping.” SOLD AT $307. I can’t call this a deal, as it’s a core needing complete cleanup and a bearing kit just to start. The case-reinforcing ribs and mounting tabs are intact, so it hasn’t been used on a hot rod yet. Looking at those tips, I’d say you’ll need new rotors, so add $200 right on top. We can’t see the inside of the casing, but it may show deep scratches as well, which could write off the whole ball of wax. There isn’t a shortage of good cores, so this one is well sold. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Mullica Hill, NJ. 1/19/2020. “Here is a vintage original Thickstun PM-7 high-rise dual carburetor aluminum intake manifold #124050873179 Vintage original Ford flathead V8 Thickstun 2x2 high-rise manifold. that fits Ford flathead V8 engines. This just came out of an old hot-rodder’s parts stash, where it’s been for decades. This is in good shape for its age. It has never been welded or repaired anywhere and has never been modified. This will need a quality cleaning up before use to look a lot better than the photos show.” SOLD AT $685. Before Edelbrock became a big name, the pre-World War II hop-up market was handled by a bunch of small firms. Thickstun was one of the bigger companies, based in Los Angeles. Burns, Jack Henry and Meyer were other brands selling parts as well. Thickstun disappeared after the war and would have been a footnote in parts history if old-school hot rods hadn’t become so popular. Survivor finds and retro build-ups have created a demand for reproductions, but originals are desirable. Price paid for this one is steep for condition. The extra work needed will get you a nice one ready to go. minum fuel-tank gasser, hot/street rod. 8 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Cape Neddick, ME. 2/4/2020. “Very good used condition. Will require #223874511647 Eelco 5-gallon alu- bomber seats. 12 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Waterman, IL. 2/19/2020. “Original pair of WWII warbird pilot seats original or custom mounting saddles/straps. Fuel outlet will need to be installed/fabricated/ welded to use. Selling as-is as shown.” SOLD AT $175. Aluminum fuel tanks are part of the classic “gasser” look. Moon and Eeelco are the two biggies in that field. You’ll pay more for an original tank so this one is quite a deal. I’ve seen them hit $450. Real, old hot rods often used beer kegs fabbed up for use in racing, but that won’t pass a tech inspection now. If you have to have an older unit with some patina, this will do the job. If it doesn’t leak, buyer did fine here. 96 AmericanCarCollector.com #293445309562 World War II aircraft removed during restoration. I’ve had these for 10-plus years and can tell you finding a pair of matched original bomber pilot seats is next to impossible. Auction includes foam pads as shown in second photo and pair of classic three-inch green military surplus seat belts that typically would be used with a seat of this vintage. Seats are aluminum with hand-bucked solid rivet construction and are being sold as-is as shown in photos.” SOLD AT $2,500. Looking at these, the price seems high — until you get quotes on custom upholstery work on bench seats from the era. This set comes with padding and seat belts, which adds to the retro feel. It’s possible these went into a lakes hot rod or street roadster. They’re something you won’t see in every hot rod, and that’s worth extra money.


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valve covers 331, 354, 392 3 photos. Item condition: Used. eBay Motors. Fernley, NV. 2/11/2020. “Chrysler valve covers. Condition is used. Fits Used. eBay Motors. Simla, CO. 1/6/2020. “Barn find. Appears to be from a 1939 Lincoln Zephyr. Columbia 2-speed rear end complete #333294517590 ’36–39 Columbia 2-speed axle Lincoln Zephyr. 8 photos. Item condition: sunbaked, but it’s all there. The parts to do a rebuild are still around, and rebuild info is available from flathead sites. While not cheap, you’re getting two rear ends for the price — and more usability from your rod and an instant kool vibe among the cats. with radius arms, enclosed driveshaft and complete hydraulic brake assemblies. Uses wide-five wheels. Photo shows one wheel still installed, but it has been removed and is not included. Condition unknown. We’ve tried to turn the drums and driveshaft without success. The internals might be fine or they may be hopelessly broken.” SOLD AT $1,190. Two-speed axles are common on early lakes rods, along with Halibrand. This one looks pretty 331, 354, 392. Off a ’57 392 Hemi. Chrysler Fire Power script. Really good condition.” SOLD AT $127.50. The early-generation Hemis are quite popu- lar hot-rod motors. This set is missing the center spark-plug hold-downs and boots, but you can use Toyota spark-plug boots if you’re bucks down or just want those wires exposed. The finish is pretty nice and would be perfect for an aged look or can be repainted for an easy resto. Buyer did well here — this will likely be among the cheapest parts on his hot rod. A #202897843000 Chrysler Hemi May–June 2020 97


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JUNKYARD TREASURES by Phil Skinner Country Classics Your next car project might be living in Illinois R uss Noel, founder of Country Classics in Staunton, IL, fell into the world of car collecting almost by accident. After buying — and flipping — a unique 1957 Chevrolet 150 Series Utility Sedan he found, he started looking for other old cars needing minor repairs. Within a couple of years, his farmhouse had turned into a used-car lot. Neighbors eventually com- plained, which Noel said was a blessing in disguise: “It forced me to find a place where I could conduct business, which led me to my current location.” While the bulk of Country Classic’s business deals with running and driving collector cars, there are occasions when Noel will have to buy a group of vehicles and in the mix are some cars that need more than minor repairs. He adds those cars to his inventory and offers them to hobbyists as project vehicles or, if needed, as parts cars, as long as the customer takes the entire vehicle. Noel keeps a rather interesting stock of vehicles for sale, often more than 600 at any one time. Averaging 50–60 sales a month, and shipping cars all over the world, he has built a loyal customer base and the stock is always changing, which is different from, say, your average auto wreckers. Country Classics maintains a full-time mechanic and can even do light repairs and restorations. It’s well worth the time to visit this Illinois treasure. Country Classics is like a year-round car show, and you never know what you might find in the mix. A Detailing What: Country Classics Where: 2149 E. Frontage Road, Staunton, IL 62088 Hours: Monday–Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Sundays and holidays Phone: 618-635-7056 Web: www.countryclassiccars.com Russ and Anita Noel fell into the collector-car business, and they both have enjoyed dealing with vintage tin Looking for some mid-century modern luxury? How about a 1956 Lincoln Premiere sedan, which was equipped with factory air conditioning? 98 AmericanCarCollector.com


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SHOWCASE GALLERY Sell Your Car Here! Includes ACC website listing. Showcase Gallery color photo ad just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified ad just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) Three ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit americancarcollector.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@ americancarcollector.com. We will contact you for payment information. Snail mail: ACC Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 50 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of American Car Collector Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. GM 1947 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood 7-passenger sedan 1958 Pontiac Bonneville convertible Maroon/black. V8, manual. Only three laps on new well-built 302. Email for complete spec sheet. Great value at this price, from my client who has had and raced Camaros for decades. More details online. $49,900. Race Car Locators. Contact Rick, Ph: 509.868.2034, email: ricksminis1@msn.com. Website: www.RaceCarLocators.com. (WA) 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 replica 2-dr hard top S/N 3423869. Cavern Green/Original Broadcloth. 53,000 miles. V8, automatic. All-original survivor, CCCA registered, only 930 built in 1947. 346-ci V8, radio, twin heaters, original paint, excellent chrome, show winner, always garaged. More pictures available. $37,500 OBO. Don Kiesbuy Enterprises. Contact Don, Ph: 509.981.3013, email: dkiesbuy@gmail.com. (WA) 1953 Buick Skylark convertible S/N C558H2775. Patina Ivory & Redwood Copper. Automatic. Absolutely exceptional, rotisserie frame-off, nut-and bolt restored. An always completely rust-free original Southern California car with only very few miles since restoration. Mostly all original spec matching-numbers 370-ci Tempest 395, Tri-Power V8 and 3-speed Super HydraMatric automatic transmission. Faithfully finished in its original Patina Ivory over Redwood Copper Metallic (color code VVU) paint and with an absolutely beautiful all new and original specification matching colored all leather interior. $155,000 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol. com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1962 Chevrolet C10 pickup 1962 Pontiac Catalina convertible CORVETTE 1962 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 Fuelie convertible S/N 362D7040. Red/white. V8, 4-spd manual. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@ saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) 1967 Chevrolet Camaro racer Honduras Maroon Metallic/Fawn. 45,378 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An exceptional, NCRS Top-Flight two-top convertible with its numbers-matching, fuel-injected 327 engine. Seven-time NCRS TopFlight award winner. Tons of photos, additional information and documentation available online. $139,999 OBO. Ride Quality Motors. Contact Austin, Ph: 805.202.4557, email: info@rqmotor. com. Website: www.1962fuelie.com/. (CA) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/300 Split-Window coupe S/N 30837S108028. Daytona Blue/dark blue. V8, 4-spd manual. Numbers-matching, very original, iconic one-year-only Split-Window Corvette, finished in arguably the most desirable color combination offered. Beautifully maintained and carefully owned by former exotic-sports-carservice business owner. Complete with original manuals and literature, original-style wheels and original floor mats. See Web link for additional photos. Contact Pat, Ph: 952.454.6618, email: pcotter33@gmail.com. Website: www.jaguarguy. wixsite.com/corvette. (MN) 1964 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365 coupe S/N 344870E166189. Burnished Gold 58/black. 10,000 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Engine and body rebuilt and painted by local professional engine and body shops. Power windows, locks and trunk, Tic-Toc-Tach. All Ram Air components on engine. Red inner wheelwells, Rally 1 wheels. I have all documents on all work done on car. Can provide all vendors who restored car. $60,000 OBO. Contact Jerry, Ph: 262.497.3747, email: mr1970olds@ att.net. (WI) 1984 Chevrolet El Camino IROC-S pickup S/N 16839256. Cream/white & black. V8, 3-spd automatic. This is the 50th Anniversary Special Edition of Buick—only 1,650 of this model were ever built, and there are only a few in this condition still in existence. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctons. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www. saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) S/N 2C1440107928. Silver/white. 0 miles. automatic. Exceptional Pro-Street example. Frameoff restored C10 Fleetside custom short-bed pickup, which is an original C10 Custom Cab big-window short bed which has been restored and customized with no expense spared. Brand-new crate motor; built 350/310-hp V8 with 375 ft-lb of torque mated to a 700R4 automatic transmission with overdrive. Four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, custom Vintage Air system molded into dashboard with custom gauges and tilt column, AM/FM/CD stereo and custom seats. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www. WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 100 AmericanCarCollector.com S/N 40837S108800. Silver Blue/blue. 72,272 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Beautifully restored and seemingly accident-free very rare Sting Ray coupe with its original matching-numbers L76 327/365hp V8 engine and finished in its original and quite stunning Silver Blue factory color paint with its original correct blue (code-STD) vinyl trim interior and added factory options: 327/365-hp L76 V8 engine ($107), 4-speed Muncie close-ratio manual transmission ($188), four-seasons air conditioning ($421), push-button AM/FM radio ($176), Positraction axle 370R ($43), transistor ignition EQ ($75), vacuum power brakes ($43), tinted glass ($16) and back-up lamps ($10). $74,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Simon, Ph: 310.779.0526, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) S/N 1GCCW80H1ER210934. White & blue & red/ maroon. V8, automatic. The El Camino IROC-S series was a limited custom offering that produced approximately 15 vehicles characterizing an IROC Pace Truck. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit us online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill. windham@saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www.saratogaautoauction.org/. (NY) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Glen Green/green. 33,500 miles. 4-spd manual. Stunning example of a Top Flight awarded car, having a body-off nut-and-bolt restoration to a highly detailed standard. Correct code Glen Green/green with matching-numbers drivetrain;


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optioned with the base 327, 4-speed, PS, factory a/c, Teakwood wheel and AM/FM radio. Beautiful paint over a laser-straight body with excellent panel gaps and a spotless interior. Original steelies with caps and Goldline tires for show, along with polished Torque Thrusts wrapped with modern radials for go. Docs and 100 photos available. $69,500. Contact William, Ph: 609.790.1526, email: classiccarcritic@yahoo.com. Website: www.flickr.com/photos/99107519@N02/ albums/72157693256242851. (NJ) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette coupe superb collectible. A non-abused example of one of the outstanding designs of the early-1940s pre-war Art Deco period! Luxury at its finest. Reportedly only 725 of these ‘41 Zephyr V12 convertibles were built, with only 14 still known to exist, according to the Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club. $65,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA) 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible S/N 194377S118846. Marlboro Maroon/Black. 44,875 miles. 4-spd manual. 1967 L71 coupe. Four-speed, Marlboro Maroon with black interior. Matching numbers and correctly dated driveline and components. 44,875 original miles with 1,000 miles on rebuilt engine built to factory specs. Tank sticker, POP plate, window sticker and NCRS dealer delivery report. Body-off restoration. Original headrest seats. Additional information and photos available for serious inquiries. $125,000 OBO. Contact Richard, Ph: 413-552-8078, email: rplumb409@msn.com. (MA) FOMOCO 1941 Lincoln Zephyr convertible S/N D7FH10789. Starmist Blue/blue. 25,802 miles. V8, automatic. Beautifully restored, great daily-driving and completely rust-free example. In its original Starmist Blue factory color paint with a matching blue soft top, and loaded with factory specifications and desirable options including Ford-O-Matic automatic transmission ($212), Swift Sure power brakes ($38), Master Guide power steering ($69), power windows ($70), engine dress kit, Magic Air heater and defroster ($85), original Town & Country radio ($100), electric clock ($15), full wheel covers, whitewall tires ($30), rear fender skirts, dual exhausts, safety belts and its original 312/245-hp D-code V8 engine. $42,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. Website: www.WestCoastClassics.com. (CA)1 1965 Shelby Cobra replica roadster S/N H126488. Zephyr Blue/red leather. 96,254 miles. automatic. This is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully restored and and never abused example of an obviously always garaged and rust-free Zephyr V12 convertible. A car ready to show today, very rare, highly desirable and a S/N F73A6782331. Shelby Blue/black. 2 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. An absolutely stunning and S/N 0F02Z133517. Grabber Blue/black. 28,103 miles. V8, 4-spd manual. Hemmings Concours d’Elegance winner. To be offered at fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auction, September 18–19, 2020, at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY; to consign or register to bid, call or visit online. Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Contact Bill, Ph: 518.401.5180, email: bill. windham@saratogaautomuseum.org. Website: www.saratogaautoauction.org. (NY) S/N 9F02R129507. Indian Red Metallic/black. 67,580 miles. automatic. An exceptional example of this very rare and highly factory optioned Mach 1 with R-code 428 CJ engine. Deluxe Marti Report and factory added options: 428/335-hp CJ Ram Air 4V V8 engine ($357.46), C-6 Select Shift Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission ($222.08), power steering ($94.95), power front disc brakes ($64.77), Stereosonic tape system ($133.84), tinted glass ($32.44), 3.50 conventional rear axle, Visibility Group ($11.16). $62,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback S/N M554101249. Ivory White/red. 78,400 miles. An exceptionally straight, rust-free and great daily-driving survivor. Very rare and original California car since new. Mopar big-fin car with 413-ci/350-hp V8. Original and highly desirable and legendary high-performance 413-ci/350-hp V8 MR Golden Lion Wedge-type engine with the 4-bbl Carter carburetor. Fully loaded with factory options including the very desirable power sixway swivel-seat option, push-button TorqueFlite transmission, power steering, power brakes, dual exhaust, original AM radio, custom heater, power windows, cruise control and tinted glass. Survivors from this era are rare. $47,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 1968 Dodge Coronet 440 2-dr hard top exceptional example. 1965-titled Factory 5 Shelby Cobra replica 302-ci V8 in Shelby Blue with white sports stripes and black interior. $44,500 OBO. West Coast Classics LLC. Contact Larry, Ph: 424.376.5151, email: wcclassics@aol.com. (CA) 969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 CJ Sportsroof MOPAR 1959 Chrysler New Yorker 2-dr hard top S/N WH23F8G173967. Sunflower Yellow/white. 59,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. 318-ci, 2-barrel with dual exhaust, ps, pb, white vinyl top, splitbench seat, a/c, heat and defrost, tinted glass, bumper guards, drip rail and rocker moldings, styled road wheels, Cooper radial 15-inch tires, broadcast sheet, low original miles and recent repaint. $29,000 OBO. Contact Richard L, Ph: 513.678.1274, email: ls3_camaro@yahoo.com. (OH)A ADVERTISERS INDEX Camaro Central ........................................35 CarTech Inc .................................................4 Chevs of the 40’s .......................................85 Classic Auto Mall .....................................107 Country Classic Cars, LLC ..........................97 Custom Autosound Mfg., Inc .....................81 Grundy Insurance .....................................17 Hagerty Insurance Agency Inc. .................25 JC Taylor ...................................................63 JJ Best Banc & Co .....................................65 JJ Rods ......................................................67 Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts ....2 Law Offices of Bruce Shaw ........................37 Leake Auction Company .............................3 Lutty’s Chevy Warehouse ..........................71 McCollister’s Auto Transport .....................08 Michael Irvine Studios ..............................13 National Corvette Museum .......................97 National Corvette Restorers Society ..........99 National Parts Depot ................................11 New England Auto Auction .........................5 Obsolete & Classic Auto Parts Inc. ............79 Original Parts Group ..................................5 Paragon Corvette Reproductions ..............31 Passport Transport ...................................19 POR-15 .....................................................23 Ronald McDonald House ..........................89 St Bernard Church ....................................81 Steve’s Auto Restorations Inc....................43 Streetside Classics .......................................9 Summit Racing Equipment .......................21 West Coast Classics LLC .............................79 Zip Products, Inc. ......................................45 zMAX .........................................................71 May–June 2020 101


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertising/Marketing Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com Motorwerks Marketing. 1-833-4-MWERKS. Founded on a passion for the special interest, classic and collector automotive marketplace, Motorwerks is a full-service marketing and creative agency. With a focus on crafting a high impact, highly effective, budget- and time-sensitive message, Motorwerks brings a level of industry expertise that is tailor made to meet your brand’s objectives. We only service clients in the Specialty Automotive arena and like you, our team are first and foremost true automotive enthusiasts. Ask us what we can do for you! Info@MotorwerksMarketing.com www.MotorwerksMarketing.com (AZ) Auction Companies Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480421-6694. 480-421-6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com (AZ) Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, 102 AmericanCarCollector.com motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: 415-391-4000 New York: 212-644-9001 Los Angeles: 323-850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com. (OK) GAA Classic Cars Auction, Greensboro, NC. 1.855.862.2257. A classic, muscle and unique vehicle auction experience. Offering 650-plus vehicles three times per year: spring, summer and fall. All presented in a climate-controlled, enclosed, permanent, dedicated facility affectionately called “The Palace”. GAA Classic Cars brings you a customer-oriented team full of southern hospitality, a floor team with many years of classic auction experience and a selection of vehicles that continues to evolve and grow with each sale. www.gaaclassiccars.com, 1.855.862.2257 (NC) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. 888-672-0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541-689-6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February—Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July— Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September— Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction. www.petersencollectorcars.com (OR) Gooding & Company. 310-8991960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com (CA) Leake Auctions. 800-722-9942. Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured 594-4418. Presented by the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the New England Auto Auction™ is the nation’s largest and longestrunning event in its class that operates solely to preserve the legacy of transportation’s earliest pioneers. Over more than four decades, NEAA™ has continuously raised the bar by connecting discerning enthusiasts and collectors with rare and sought-after automobiles. Web: www.owlshead.org Email: auction@ohtm.org New England Auto Auction. 207- Premier Auction Group. 844-5WE-SELL. The auction professionals that have been taking care of you for the last two decades have partnered together to create a team that is dedicated to providing the utmost customer service and auction experience. We applied our 83 years of auction experience to build a platform ensuring that every aspect of our company exceeds your expectations. Join us for the Gulf Coast Classic March 17 & 18, in Punta Gorda, FL. 844-5WE-SELL / 844-593-7355 www.premierauctiongroup.com info@premierauctiongroup.com Raleigh Classic Car Auctions. 919-269-5271 Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760-320-3290. Family owned and operated for 28 years. Producing two large classic car auctions per year in Palm Springs, CA. Each auction features over 500 cars. Held in November and February every year. www.classic-carauction.com BUY — SELL — SPECTATE We are proud to offer some of the most desirable, low mileage, original and collectible vintage automobiles nationwide. Offering 300-plus vehicles twice each year in June and December — all within modern, well ventilated, temperature controlled and very comfortable facilities. 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David Young 619.515.2220, sales@pmautos.com, www.pmautos.com (CA) RM Sotheby’s, Inc. 800-2114371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM Sotheby’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private-treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.RMSothebys.com (CAN) Worldwide Auctioneers. 866273-6394. Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world’s premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world’s finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www. worldwide-auctioneers.com (IN) Buy/Sell/General Russo and Steele Collector Automobiles. 602-252-2697. Specializing in the finest American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles and European sports; Russo and Steele hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. Fax: 602.252.6260. 7722 East Gray Road, Suite C Scottsdale, AZ 85260. info@russoandsteele.com, www.russoandsteele.com (AZ) California Car Cover Company. 800-423-5525. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-4235525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. Copley Motorcars. 781-444-4646. Copley Motorcars has been trading in sports and classics for over 20 years out of its suburban Boston showroom, specializing in vintage Ferrari, MercedesBenz, Porsche and Land Rover Defender. And now a second showroom — CopleyWest — has opened in Newport Beach, CA. www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@gmail.com (MA) www.copleywest.com pat@copleywest.com (CA) Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. Located in Saratoga Springs, NY, the fourth annual Saratoga Motorcar Auctions returns September 18 & 19, 2020. Proceeds help to fund the educational programs of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. To consign a vehicle, register to bid, or to learn more about the Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, visit www.saratogamotorcarauction.org Precious Metals: Fine Motorcars of San Diego. 619-515-2220. We are one of the Premier Classic Exotic Dealerships in Southern California since 2004. Owned by Dr. Perry and Judith Mansfield, we buy, sell, consign and provide auction management. American Classics, Vintage European, Modern Performance. Help with exhibiting client vehicles at car shows. Our showroom hosts private events, art shows and club meetings. Precious Metals is passionate about making your car experience first class. Contact West Coast Classics. 424376-5151. West Coast Classics are internationally renowned California Classic Car Dealers who specialize in buying and selling of rare and classic European and American classic cars. Southern California location at 1205 Bow Avenue in Torrance. We ship throughout the world and will provide you with unparalleled service of your rare, sports, exotic, luxury, collector or classic car needs. www.WestCoastClassics.com info@WestCoastClassics.com (CA) Classic Car Transport Passport Transport. 800-7360575. Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com Intercity Lines Inc. 800-221-3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years our standards for excellence have clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-748-3160. Reliable Carriers Inc. 800-5216393. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the past 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/ AutoTransport Blackhawk Collection, Inc. 925 736-3444. One of the world’s foremost companies specializing in buying and selling classic cars for clients around the globe for over 45 years. Over the years, many of the greatest cars in the world have passed through the doors of the Blackhawk Collection. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Corvette Parts & Restoration Paragon Corvette Reproductions. 800-882-4688. At Paragon, you’ll receive the finest quality of 1953–96 Corvette parts and experience in the industry. Our catalogs and website are filled with hundreds of helpful schematics, photos and tech-tips. Our Vintage Department has a treasure chest of NOS and used parts. Look up our Stick With Us Discount Program and our firstonline-order savings. Call us or visit www.paragoncorvette.com to order today. (MI) Volunteer Vette Products. 865521-9100. 1953–2013 Corvette Parts and Accessories. Supplying Corvette restoration parts and accessories for 30 years. Visit our website at Put your company in the ACC Resource Directory. Call 877-219-2605 Ext. 218, or email advert@americancarcollector.com United States, The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance continues to attract discerning car enthusiasts from around the globe. La Jolla California is excited for the new September dates and is proud to welcome the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance presented by LPL Financial and Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty back to the jewel of the West Coast on Saturday September 19th, and Sunday September 20th, 2020 to celebrate its 16th year of automotive excellence. Register and purchase tickets at lajollaconcours.com jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! Grundy Insurance. 888-6478639. James A. Grundy invented Agreed Value Insurance in 1947; no one knows more about insuring collector cars than Grundy! With no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, low rates, and high liability limits, our coverages are specifically designed for collector car owners. Grundy can also insure your daily drivers, pickup trucks, trailers, motorhomes and more — all on one policy and all at their Agreed Value. www.grundy.com (PA) www.volvette.com and take advantage of the Free Shipping offer on orders over $199.00. You can also speak with us directly by calling 865-521-9100. New parts are added daily, so if you can’t find it, give us a call. (TN) The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. 831-620-8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents. peninsula.com. (CA) 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows Insurance American Collectors Insurance. 1-866-887-8354. The nation’s leading provider of specialty insurance for collectors. We offer affordable, agreed-value coverage for all years, makes, and models of collector vehicles. Since 1976, we have provided superior service and broad, flexible coverage. Experience our quick quoting and application process, as well as our “Real Person” Guarantee every time you call. Email: Info@ AmericanCollectors.com www.AmericanCollectors.com (NJ) La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. 619.233.5008. Earning the reputation as one of the finest internationally renowned classic automobile showcases in the 104 AmericanCarCollector.com J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800-3458290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com (PA) Leasing-Finance Hagerty. 800-922-4050 is not just the world’s largest provider of specialty insurance for enthusiast vehicles: they are all-in on the automotive lifestyle dedicated to the love of driving. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, DriveShare, Car Values, Hagerty magazine and MotorsportReg. Hagerty also helps keep the car culture alive for future generations through youth programs, support for Historic Vehicle Association and the RPM Foundation. For more information, call or visit www. hagerty.com (MI) Premier Financial Services. 877973-7700. As a serious sports car enthusiast, you’re always seeking a better driving experience. Your high standards should also apply to car financing. Since 1997, Premier Financial Services has been recognized by countless owners for our integrity, deep understanding of the sports car market, high level of customer service and ability to tailor flexible leasing solutions. If you’ve never considered leasing, let us explain how it could be your best financing alternative. If you’ve leased from others in the past, let us show you how we’re different. Either way, you’ll benefit from starting or ending your search for a better financing experience by contacting us at 877-973-7700. Learn more at www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) 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) Legal J.J. BEST BANK & CO. provides low-rate and long-term financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www. Law Offices of Bruce Shaw. 215.657.2377 Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation.


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Museums LeMay Family Collection Foundation. LeMay Family Collection Foundation at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, worldclass art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swapmeets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253-2722336 www.lemaymarymount.org (WA) National Corvette Museum. 80053-VETTE. The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY, was established as a 501(c)3 notfor-profit foundation with a mission of celebrating the invention of the Corvette and preserving its past, present and future. www.corvettemuseum.com (KY) Parts—General broadest line of high-quality parts for the best prices. We have painstakingly reproduced over 1,000 different parts for our 1955–1966 Ford Thunderbird, 1965–1973 Ford Mustang and 1954–1957 Ford Passenger Car product lines and are never satisfied with less than the best workmanship. Learn more now at www.larrystbird.com or call us at 800-854-0393. MetroVac. MetroVac’s car vacs and car dryers are the top choice of professional detailers and passionate car enthusiasts worldwide, like Wayne Carini. Our products are proudly made by American workers using only U.S. steel. These powerful machines are built to be virtually indestructible and last decades. MetroVac products are the classic way to care for classic cars. www.metrovac.com QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 44-1428-687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilverexhausts.myshopify.com Restoration—General National Parts Depot 800-874-7595. We stock huge inventories of concours-correct restoration parts for; 1965-73 and 1979-93 Mustang 1967-81 Camaro and Firebird 1964-72 GTO, Tempest and LeMans Custom Autosound Manufacturing. 800-888-8637. Since 1977 providing audio solutions for classic cars, trucks and street rods. Covering over 400 applications, our radios and speakers fit the original locations without modifications. Keep the classic look of your vehicle while enjoying state-of-the-art audio. Check out all of our products at www.customautosoundmfg.com (CA) Larry’s Thunderbird and Mustang Parts. From our first beginnings in 1969, Larry’s has always strived to provide the Original Parts Group Inc. 800243-8355. At Original Parts Group, we are proud to be the largest USA supplier of in-stock restoration parts for your classic GM A, B, C, E and G-body vehicle, including newly released Cadillac CTS, ATS, STS, Escalade, EXT and XLR. 100% privately owned to serve you better, since 1982. We are devoted to quality parts and customer service. Visit OPGI.com today or call today to order your free parts catalog. (CA) Classic Garage Automobile Restoration. 208-755-3334. Classic Garage is a full service, classic car shop offering full-restoration and partial-restoration work, including custom builds. Our specialty is high-end, show-quality body and paint work. We work with many reputable shops around the country that send us their projects for bodywork and paint. We also offer classic car collection management, storage, consulting and classic car valuations. www.classicgaragellc.com (ID) 1964-87 Chevelle, Malibu and El Camino 1948-96 F-Series Ford Truck 1947-98 C/K 1/2 ton Chevy Truck 1966-96 Bronco 1955-57 Thunderbird 1967-73 Cougar www.nationalpartsdepot.com Cosmopolitan Motors LLC. 206467-6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Hahn Auto Restoration. 724-4524329. We take pride in offering concours-level collector car restoration, recommissioning, custom builds and repair services. With our experienced staff and cuttingedge technology, we can restore your car back to its original beauty and help it perform better than when it was first driven off the lot! We understand how much your classic car means to you and we will treat your restoration or repair with the quality care and respect it deserves, getting the job done right the first time. We believe that a restoration should last a lifetime and beyond, so we strive to provide our clients with quality restoration services that will last for generations. www.hahnautorestoration.com Manns Restoration. 636-9337008. Since the 1930s, four generations of the Manns family have been reviving priceless family heirlooms to be treasured by future generations. Honesty and good work have brought recognition and numerous world class awards from across the country. The unifying characteristic of each project is the quest for perfection. No matter what level of restoration your project calls for, we will always strive for Best in Show. We offer a variety of services including Metal Fabrication, Paint, Body, Mechanical, Wood, Upholstery and Interiors, and Electrical. mannsrestoration.com (MO) Pollock Auto Restoration. 610323-7108. Experienced with BrassEra, Pre-War, Post-War American and European Classic Cars since 1955. Pollock Auto Restoration performs virtually all restoration services in-house. Our metalworking and woodworking equipment allows our skilled staff to re-create any type of coachwork, which we refinish in our state-of-the-art paint spray booth. We have a large upholstery department stocking many years worth of materials. All chassis and engine repairs are performed by trained and talented technicians and craftspeople. info@pollockauto. com www.pollockauto.com (PA) RM Auto Restoration. 519-3524575. RM Auto Restoration is North America’s leading classic car restoration facility. 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A Silver-Medal Price for the Gold SURFING AROUND Carl Bomstead CARL’S THOUGHT: It was 40 years ago that the “Miracle on Ice” took place at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Games. There, the U.S. amateur college kids beat Russia and Finland, the two most powerful hockey teams on the planet, for the gold medal. Coach Herb Brooks gave an inspirational speech at the end of the second period, when they were behind 2-1, which spurred them on to victory. Goldin Auctions, at their February Winter Catalog sale, sold center Steve Christoff’s medal for $319,000, which was less than expected, as it had previously changed hands in 2006 for $540,000. Here are a few more items I found from the various auctions of the extensive John Child Collection that are not as expensive as a gold medal, but they’re not as cool, either: MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 23—AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA WATCH FOB. SOLD AT: $390. Date sold: 2/5/2020. The Automobile Club of America was founded in 1899 in New York and operated in the area until the mid1960s. Their signs and hood ornaments are colorful and very collectible. This watch fob is seldom seen and was in excellent condition, with the eagle as part of the logo. Rather pricey, but go find another. MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 117—FIRESTONE TIRES CELLULOID WATCH FOB. SOLD AT: $180. Date sold: 1/29/2020. This attractive fob had the Firestone logo on the front and stated on the reverse that it was from the 1912 Most Miles Per Dollar outing. It had some slight crazing on the edges but overall was in very acceptable condition. Another that was not as nice and was lacking the strap sold for $118 in the same auction. I think this was a better buy considering the condition. MILESTONE AUCTIONS LOT 116—FLYING A ETHYL GASOLINE PUMP PLATE. Estimate: $800–$1,400. SOLD AT: $1,980. Date sold: 2/15/2020. This colorful porcelain plate was used on gas pumps to identify the product. This one measured 10 inches square and was in very acceptable condition, with only minor edge wear. Any number of different ones were used in the era, and prices are all over the board. Condition is key, and the more unusual brands usually bring more money. This one sold at a slight premium. MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 121—SHELL POCKET WATCH WITH FOB IN THE PRESENTATION BOX. SOLD AT: $570. Date sold: 3/11/2020. The complete Shell watch and fob are rarely offered with the box. The back of the Girard-Perregaux 10-jewel watch was clear glass so you could see how a drop or two of Shell Oil would keep the watch lubricated. This was offered in the 1940s, so to find one with the presentation box is a treat. Price paid was most reasonable. 106 AmericanCarCollector.com MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 523—KILGORE 1930s TAKE-APART CAST-IRON TOY WRECKER TOW TRUCK. Estimate: $300–$400. SOLD AT: $2,400. Date sold: 2/5/2020. This multicolored 5½inch cast-iron toy was in exceptional condition, with very nice paint and no cracks noted. A bit pricey, but a Kilgore dump truck sold for the same amount, so this must be the going rate. MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 185—LEE TIRES VERTICLE TIN SIGN. Estimate: $800–$1,600. SOLD AT: $1,680. Date sold: 2/5/2010. This attractive, colorful tin sign showed minor signs of wear, with a slight dent near the bottom. It was mounted on a wood frame and was about six feet tall. Will be a cool addition to any car barn or display. Price paid was a bit strong but not unreasonable. MATTHEWS AUCTIONS LOT 129—PLYMOUTH SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $2,000– $3,000. SOLD AT: $2,400. Date sold: 2/5/2020. This is a rather common sign that has a cool early ship logo. Condition is key, and this one had some chips at the mounting holes. There was also some edge wear. Considering the less-than-stellar condition, I think it sold for a bit of a premium.A